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Passengers rescued from
icebound Antarctic ship
Associated Press, by Rod McGuirk    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/2/2014 11:11:18 AM     Post Reply
A helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday. The Chinese helicopter carried the scientists and tourists from the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy in groups of 12 to an Australian icebreaker, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority´s Rescue Coordination Centre, which oversaw the rescue.

China may face a revolution
of rising expectations
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/2/2014 10:55:02 AM     Post Reply
In 1793 the envoy Lord Macartney appeared before the Qianlong emperor in Beijing and asked for British trading rights in China. “Our ways have no resemblance to yours, and even were your envoy competent to acquire some rudiments of them, he could not transport them to your barbarous land,” the long-reigning (1736-96) emperor replied in a letter to King George III. “We possess all things,” he went on. “I set no value on strange objects and have no use for your country’s manufactures.”

Netanyahu: doubts growing in Israel
over Palestinian peace commitment
Reuters, by Arshad Mohammad    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/2/2014 10:47:30 AM     Post Reply
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that doubts about the Palestinians´s commitment to peace are mounting in Israel. "There is growing doubt in Israel that the Palestinians are committed to peace," Netanyahu said, with Kerry at his side, at the start of their talks in Jerusalem.

  


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Conservative of the
Year: Rep. Darrell Issa
Human Events, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/2/2014 10:41:01 AM     Post Reply
The rule of law is a matter of much concern lately, thanks to President Obama’s extraordinary use, and often flagrant abuse, of executive power. Congress held hearings on the subject in December, with some of the most damning testimony coming from leading liberal intellectuals. For the past five years, no one has worked more diligently to hold this Administration accountable than Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who represents northern San Diego County, and chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. After serving in the Army and reaching the rank of captain, Issa built an impressive private-sector business resume, founding Directed

Don´t extend unemployment benefits
Washington Examiner [DC], by David Freddoso    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 10:20:37 AM     Post Reply
People who find themselves unemployed today are no more lazy or unworthy than you or I. They´ve just fallen on hard times -- as a lot of people have in recent years, and as more are sure to in the years to come. They don´t want to go on unemployment benefits, which in most cases pay much less than nearly any job. But that doesn´t mean it´s a good idea to maintain a permanent unemployment benefits regime that goes on for a year or even two. As the new year began, Congress allowed its extended unemployment benefit program to expire. Depending on

The price of political ignorance:
More government
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 10:19:01 AM     Post Reply
It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Nevertheless, many voters’ paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public opinion, electoral mandates and officials’ accountability. In “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter” (Stanford University Press), Ilya Somin of George Mason University law school argues that an individual’s ignorance of public affairs is rational because the likelihood of his or her vote being decisive in

Gun reregistration begins in D.C.,
may lead to arrest and confiscation
Washington Times, by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/2/2014 10:09:52 AM     Post Reply
For the first time in the United States, a citizen who has legally registered a gun will have to submit to a renewal process. The consequences of not knowing about this new law or missing the specific 60-day window are dire. Starting on Jan. 2, every single D.C. resident who has registered a firearm since 1976 must go to police headquarters to pay a $48 fee and be photographed and fingerprinted. (Snip) If the registrant does not go to the police station within three months after a set time frame, the registration is revoked. That citizen is then in possession

  


  

Which Buzzwords Would You Ban in 2014?
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/2/2014 10:02:12 AM     Post Reply
Business executives suggest words and phrases that should be banned from conversation in the boardroom, office and beyond:Push the Envelope-Spirit Airlines Inc. CEO Ben Baldanza says people who use the metaphor "have no idea this phrase comes from test pilots." According to the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., World War II test pilots´ job was to push the "envelope," or the conventionally accepted limits of flight, such as speed, altitude and wind speed.

France Surrenders Its Wealth
And Talent To High Taxes
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/2/2014 9:53:29 AM     Post Reply
Big Government: As the new year kicks in, a French high court has OK´d a 75% tax hike on France´s top earners in the interest of "l´egalite." In reality, it will lead to the destruction of wealth and the loss of French talent. Fulfilling his cornerstone campaign promise to stick it to "the rich," French President Francois Hollande gave France its highest taxes in history, forcing French employers to pay a 50% tax rate on employees who make more than $1.4 million (1 million euros) a year for two years. Combined with the other taxes France´s high earners are saddled with, the

Packers must sell 7,500 tix by
Thursday afternoon to avoid TV blackout
Fox Sports, by Paul Imig    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/2/2014 9:29:58 AM     Post Reply
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The deadline is approaching and available tickets are still plentiful for the Green Bay Packers playoff game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. As of Wednesday night, the Packers announced that there are "less than 7,500 tickets" remaining. Earlier that morning, there were 8,500 tickets left to sell, meaning that approximately 1,000 tickets were sold throughout the entire day. (Snip) The weather is likely playing a significant factor for fans, as projections for Sunday have temperatures at or below zero degrees. The temperature could drop as low as negative-15 degrees by the second half, at which

At Issue in Skakel’s Libel Suit
Against TV Host, Degrees of
Tarnish on a Reputation
New York Times, by Alison Leigh Cowan    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/2/2014 9:14:16 AM     Post Reply
Is a journalist committing libel if he falsely reports that a known traitor like Benedict Arnold is also a shoplifter, or a notorious mobster like John J. Gotti a dognapper? Or are some stains to a reputation so ruinous that they obliterate the risk that an offender will ever be able to sue for libel over false statements that cause further harm to it? That is the crux of the federal lawsuit Michael C. Skakel, 53, has been pursuing for the last year against the lawyer-turned-television personality Nancy Grace and others associated with her current-affairs program.

  


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Europe is slowly strangling the
life out of national democracy
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Oborne    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 9:03:37 AM     Post Reply
Every so often one comes across a book, a poem or a work of art that is so original, perfectly crafted, accurate and true that you can’t get it out of your head. [Snip] Written by the political scientists Richard Katz and Peter Mair, and called “The Emergence of a Cartel Party”, it immediately explained almost everything that had perplexed me as a lobby correspondent: the unhealthy similarity between supposedly rival parties; the corruption and graft that has become endemic in modern politics; the emergence of a political elite filled with scorn and hostility towards ordinary voters.

Today is the anniversary of the
fall of Moorish Spain. Was it
really such a wonderful place?
Telegraph [UK], by Dominic Selwood    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 8:58:32 AM     Post Reply
On 2 January 1492, a 40-year-old Italian sailor stood amid the fluttering banners outside the fabled walls of Granada, and watched as Muhammad XII handed the city’s keys over to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. On Muhammad’s ignominious ride south, as he looked back from a mountain peak now known as el ultimo suspiro del moro (the moor’s last sigh), he wept for the 781-year old Islamic state he had lost forever. Al-Andalus was no Muslim outpost. The Spanish Islamic society had been a quintessential part of the European continent for almost 800 years. In an English context,

Margaret Thatcher is voted
´best modern PM´ in poll
Daily Express [UK], by Martyn Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 8:45:29 AM     Post Reply
Margaret Thatcher is today hailed as Britain’s most successful post-war Prime Minister. The Tories’ Iron Lady topped a survey in which MPs rated every leader between 1945 and 2010. She beat Labour’s Clement Attlee into second place. David Cameron, who has not yet completed his tenure at No 10, was omitted from the University of London study. [Snip] Mrs Thatcher, who led the country between 1979 and 1990 and died last April aged 87, gained an average of 7.4, just ahead of Mr Attlee’s 7.3. Labour’s Tony Blair came third with 6.8.

Obama tees off for seventh round of golf
on vacation as Republican party take a
chip at how much time he has spent on
the green while in office (over 155 games)
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 8:30:07 AM     Post Reply
He´s working hard to maintain a respectable handicap of about 16 or 17, but President Obama is playing straight into the hands of his Republican rivals while doing so. [Snip] The game came just days after the Republican National Committee designed six e-cards of mock presidential resolutions, posting aspirational messages alongside ironic images of Obama. The headlining ´resolution´ was to ´spend less time on the gold course´, with the President playing an estimated 155 rounds since he assumed office in 2009. On Sunday, after playing nearly five hours of golf at Marine Corps Base, veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler from

  


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Mighty winter storm
´Hercules´ heads to Northeast
USA Today, by Doyle Rice    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/2/2014 8:22:54 AM     Post Reply
A major winter storm could complicate the first post-New Year´s Day back to work and school for millions in New England and beyond. The storm, predicted to affect the USA from the upper Midwest to the East Coast, is expected to bring the heaviest snow across southern New England on Thursday and early Friday. "Over a foot of snow will fall in localized areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut and the cities of Hartford, Conn., Providence, R.I., and Boston," predicted AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. Lesser amounts, in the 6- to 12-inch range, are likely in northeastern Pennsylvania, in New

Storm Hercules to sweep across a third of
America and affect 100million as Canada
records temperatures colder than MARS
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Ward    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 8:21:15 AM     Post Reply
A freezing cold blizzard is set to affect as many as 103 million people as it sweeps across a third of the United States, as Canada records temperatures even colder than the planet Mars. Some of America’s largest cities in the Midwest and Northeast are bracing for the storm known as Winter Storm Hercules, which could see as much as 1.5 feet of snow tomorrow. In Canada’s city of Winnipeg, a temperature of -31C was recorded on Tuesday--colder than the surface of Mars (at -29C), as a deep freeze causing extreme wind chill extends across much of southern Manitoba.

Unlucky duck: Massive rubber
icon bursts in Taiwan waters
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/2/2014 8:19:49 AM     Post Reply
A massive yellow rubber ducky that stands more than 59 feet high and was floating in waters around Taiwan lost its luster New Year’s Day, deflating and sagging, leaving tourists despondent and dejected. Some saw the icon’s demise due to a bird attack, CNN reported. One tourist told various Taiwan media outlets that she saw an eagle scratch the massive rubber ducky with its talons. But a meteorologist guessed otherwise, saying the duck was subjected to harsh weather conditions and rapid temperature changes that ultimately brought on its fatal rupture.

Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 8:17:35 AM     Post Reply
Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they spend their nights. The public learned in great detail how the agency has exceeded its mandate and abused its authority, prompting outrage at kitchen tables and at the desks of Congress, which may finally begin to limit these practices.

City leaders excoriate a
good man in Bloomberg
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/2/2014 8:03:43 AM     Post Reply
During his 12 years as mayor, Michael Bloomberg provoked in me admiration and anger, passionate support and dismissive ridicule. But never once did I feel sorry for him.Until yesterday. No man or woman who has done for New York what he has done should have to sit still while an avalanche of smears, lies and distortions rains down on him. He deserved better than the disgraceful drubbing he took at his successor’s inauguration.Mayor Bill de Blasio and his entourage of “progressives” were as cold as the weather. Shame on them.Are their hearts made of stone? Have they no manners? Not

  



Bloomberg blasted at
de Blasio swearing in
New York Post, by Aaron Short    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 8:02:44 AM     Post Reply
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! Mayor de Blasio’s inaugural guests took turns beating up on former Mayor Mike Bloomberg at City Hall Wednesday — even calling his reign a “plantation” that callously ignored New York’s hungry children. With the ex-mayor seated just feet away, in the front row of the dais, performer and civil-rights icon Harry Belafonte launched the first shot by calling the city’s justice system “Dickensian” thanks to Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk policy — an apparent reference to de Blasio’s “Tale of Two Cities” campaign theme. “New York alarmingly plays a tragic role in the fact that our

Boehner Is Said to Back
Change on Immigration
New York Times, by Michael D. Spear and Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 7:59:55 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has signaled he may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation’s immigration laws in the coming months, giving advocates for change new hope that 2014 might be the year that a bitterly divided Congress reaches a political compromise to overhaul the sprawling system. Mr. Boehner has in recent weeks hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser to Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has long backed broad immigration changes. Advocates for an overhaul say the hiring, as well as angry comments by Mr. Boehner critical of Tea Party opposition

Obamacare Contractor Blamed for
Slow Medicare Payments to Hospitals
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/2/2014 7:55:49 AM     Post Reply
The contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov is being blamed by a Houston hospital for delayed Medicare reimbursements that have caused the hospital to miss payrolls for weeks. Novitas Solutions is the federal government´s new Medicare payment processor for the south-central region of the country hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) ABC-KTRK in Houston reports: According to the CEO Jason Leday, more than 150 employees haven´t been paid in nearly a month. "I understand that they have children and a house payment, bills. Not getting

Karl Rove and the GOP Socialists
The American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/2/2014 7:35:21 AM     Post Reply
Happy New Year. It’s war. While America was celebrating the holidays, the Wall Street Journal ran a page one story the day after Christmas headlined as follows: GOP, Business Recast Message Republican Leaders, Allies Aim to Diminish Clout of Most-Conservative Activists The story said this right up front: Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014’s midterm elections. Translation? Karl Rove (i.e., architect of the American Crossroads SuperPAC), the Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington GOP Establishment have declared war on the Reaganite conservative

Ruling by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor
sets off another battle over Obamacare
Washington Times, by Meredith Somers    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 7:24:51 AM     Post Reply
Advocates for a Denver-based congregation of Catholic nuns on Wednesday applauded an eleventh-hour order by Supreme CourtJustice Sonia Sotomayor to temporarily block a requirement under the Affordable Care Act to insure birth control procedures, but attorneys and analysts agreed the fight is far from over. The complicated politics of Obamacare were on full display on the first day of the year as a key component of President Obama’s health care law was put on indefinite hold at the last moment by a Catholic court justice whom Mr. Obama himself named to the high court.

Industry, not environmentalists,
killed traditional bulbs
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/2/2014 7:11:31 AM     Post Reply
Say goodbye to the regular light bulb this New Year. For more than a century, the traditional incandescent bulb was the symbol of American innovation. Starting Jan. 1, the famous bulb is illegal to manufacture in the U.S., and it has become a fitting symbol for the collusion of big business and big government. The 2007 Energy Bill, a stew of regulations and subsidies, set mandatory efficiency standards for most light bulbs. (Snip) People often assume green regulations like this represent the triumph of environmental activists trying to save the plant. That’s rarely the case, and it wasn´t here. Light bulb manufacturers whole-heartedly

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