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Barack Obama Is the
First Yuppie President
Daily Beast, by Stuart Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:24:59 AM     Post Reply
There’s no mystery about him anymore: he is just like the rest of rich, middle-aged guys. “Nearly 4 years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: who is he?” So opened an October 22, 2012 piece by Jerry Schwartz of the AP. It’s remarkable that such a piece would be written in the fourth year of a presidency about the most observed person on earth. Schwartz and the many others who wrote similar pieces weren’t talking about the nonsense over the president’s birth certificate but rather a lingering sense

In the Buckeye State, the
Tea Party Bucks the
Establishment Republican Governor
Daily Beast, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 5:21:14 AM     Post Reply
Governor John Kasich once declared he was “in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.” Now a conservative activist wants to revoke his membership and kick him out of office for going soft on Obamacare and more. The battle for the soul of the Republican Party is coming to the heartland. Late Wednesday night, Tea Party leaders in the all-important presidential battleground state of Ohio announced that one of their own, Ted Stevenot, 48, a business owner and past president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, would mount a primary challenge to Republican governor John Kasich. “Ted is serious about running. It

5 Myths Propping Up
the Obama Presidency
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:19:06 AM     Post Reply
As 2014 begins, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at its lowest point in his five-year tenure. Imagine where it would be if the establishment press treated him the way it did George W. Bush. The president’s media apparatchiks are propping up what remains of the president’s popularity with five myths. 1. The economy has become strong, and is getting stronger. Media reports have been calling recent job gains “robust.” Hardly. 2013´s estimated job growth of almost 2.4 million is still only 60 percent of what was achieved annually on a population-adjusted basis for a full six years during the



Lobbyists cash in on do-nothing Congress
Politico, by Anna Palmer and Byron Tau    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 5:12:30 AM     Post Reply
Congress didn’t get much of anything done last year, but you wouldn’t know it looking down K Street. Washington Inc. experienced only a minor squeeze, continuing to hum along even as Congress failed to pass the kind of bills that lobbyists are paid top dollar by corporate clients and other special interests to influence — like an overhaul of the Tax Code, immigration reform or a major deficit package. The fact that big business is just barely scaling back on its spending for hired guns in a year when Congress is expected to do even less and a year after the economy

Weed: Been There. Done That.
New York Times, by David Brooks    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/3/2014 5:10:24 AM     Post Reply
For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I smoked marijuana. It was fun. I have some fond memories of us all being silly together. I think those moments of uninhibited frolic deepened our friendships. But then we all sort of moved away from it. I don’t remember any big group decision that we should give up weed. It just sort of petered out, and, before long, we were scarcely using it. We didn’t give it up for the obvious health reasons: that it is addictive in about one in six teenagers; that smoking and driving is a

Desperate for Mideast Deal, Kerry
Gets Earful from Netanyahu About
‘Unabated Incitement’ Against Israel
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:08:15 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Jerusalem today determined to ram through a Mideast peace deal despite recently spurning Israel on the Iran nuclear deal and pressing forward without the cooperation of half of the Palestinian territories. Kerry and President Obama are both desperate to make the forging of some peace plan a legacy issue, and Kerry quickly jumped into the task after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who was reportedly critical of Obama’s stance toward Israel — left the post. Hamas not only dismissed Washington’s fresh push for talks over the summer, but welcomed Kerry by firing

WH: We’re confident we know
more about religious fidelity than
a bunch of nuns, or something
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:03:49 AM     Post Reply
It didn’t take long for the Obama administration to respond publicly to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s temporary injunction against HHS for enforcement of the contraceptive-coverage mandate. Expressing confidence in their position, the White House insisted that their “compromise” for religious organizations satisfied any risk to conscience objections: “We defer to the Department of Justice on litigation matters, but remain confident that our final rules strike the balance of providing women with free contraceptive coverage while preventing non-profit religious employers with religious objections to contraceptive coverage from having to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for such coverage,” a White House



No, Obamacare Won’t Reduce
Emergency Room Usage
Reason Magazine, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:01:09 AM     Post Reply
Supporters of Obamacare have long pitched the law as a way to address emergency room crowding caused by lack of health coverage. Individuals without health coverage, the thinking goes, have no place to turn when they need medical attention, and as a result they head to the emergency room. That creates crowding, which can strain medical resources. It’s also more expensive than an ordinary trip to the doctor. The theory was that by giving people insurance, Obamacare could mitigate this problem, allowing more people to skip emergency care facilities by relying on less crowded, less expensive doctors offices instead. President Obama

The Gender Battlefield in 2013:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Real Clear Politics, by Cathy Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 4:58:09 AM     Post Reply
2013 was something of an anniversary year for the modern women’s movement, marking fifty years since Betty Friedan’s best-seller “The Feminine Mystique”—which, while hardly without flaws, offered a bracingly positive vision of embracing female achievement and strength without demonizing men or sacrificing family. Some of this year’s events reflect the remarkable progress women have made in those decades. Women claimed leadership at General Motors and Lloyd’s of London, the world’s top insurance market; Angela Merkel was reelected to a third term as German chancellor while widely recognized as Europe’s leader. The Pew Research Center reported that women made up 40

Blizzard blasts Northeast with
snow, wind and bitter cold
CNN, by Lateef Mungin & Greg Botelho    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/3/2014 4:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Bitter cold. Below-zero. Blizzard conditions. Sorry, Northeast. But those are phrases you´ll be using a lot Friday amid a monster storm. And not just the Northeast, forecasters said. About one-third of the nation -- approximately 100 million people in 22 states -- is in the path this storm. But the Northeast will be hardest-hit, the National Weather Service said. "Heaviest snow will fall from central New York to the Massachusetts coast. Blizzard conditions are possible for eastern Long Island and the Massachusetts coast. Bitter cold will move into the Midwest and East following the storm," the Weather Service said. The

More Civil Disobedience, Lobbying
Blitzes for Amnesty in 2014
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 4:53:51 AM     Post Reply
Amnesty advocates are planning more acts of civil disobedience in 2014 to force Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform because they know that this year may be their last chance to get such legislation passed. The New York Times notes that "advocates for an immigration overhaul will start 2014 with a race against the election-season clock," and will have campaigns "aimed at forcing action on Capitol Hill." They will be joined by big-business groups that will pour millions of more dollars into the pro-amnesty campaign. According to the Times, "civil disobedience demonstrations are planned in Washington and elsewhere. Business groups



Writer, Doyle Estate Dispute
Copyright on Sherlock
Associated Press, by Jason Keyser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/3/2014 4:49:11 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- It´s the kind of puzzle that might have amused Sherlock Holmes himself. Now that copyright protections have expired on nearly all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle´s tales about the pipe-puffing detective in the deerstalker hat, are writers free to depict the character in new mysteries without seeking permission or paying license fees? A federal judge in Chicago says yes, so long as they don´t stray into territory covered in the 10 stories still protected by copyright. Not so fast, says the Doyle estate, which is considering an appeal this month. Descendants of the Scottish physician and author argue he continued

Judicial Watch´s Ten Most Wanted
Corrupt Politicians of 2013
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 4:44:33 AM     Post Reply
Judicial Watch (JW) has released its list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2013, and it’s bipartisan in nature. Not only are eight members of the Obama Administration named, starting with Obama himself, but also GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner and GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss. As the release states, “President Barack Obama actually tops this ´Top Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians´ list for 2013 as the driving force behind so many of the misdeeds... He is a master at catch-me-if-you-can, corrupt politics.” Judicial Watch notes Obama’s penchant for ignoring Congress and rewriting federal law himself, including rewriting the Obamacare

Adding a Baby to Health Plan Not Easy
Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 4:44:09 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- There´s another quirk in the Obama administration´s new health insurance system: It lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes. With regular private insurance, parents just notify the health plan. Insurers will still cover new babies, the administration says, but parents will also have to contact the government at some point later on. Right now the HealthCare.gov website can´t handle such updates. It´s a reminder that the new coverage for many uninsured Americans comes with a third party in the mix: the feds.

Suspect gripes about conditions in jailhouse
Boston Herald, by John Zaremba    Original Article
Posted By: seminolesecure- 1/3/2014 3:57:53 AM     Post Reply
An accused Dorchester drug lord — whose champagne-and-sportscar lifestyle ended with his arrest last year — says he can’t stand the conditions in federal lockup, telling a judge the food in jail is cold, the water is foul and the cells have no microwaves. Alexis “Papi-Thing” Hidalgo, the deposed, alleged high-rolling head of the Hendry Street gang, is requesting a transfer to the Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island or MCI-Cedar Junction...



Qaeda-Aligned Militants Threaten
Key Iraqi Cities
New York Times, by Yasir Ghazi & Tim Arango    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 12:42:12 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Radical Sunni militants aligned with Al Qaeda threatened Thursday to seize control of Falluja and Ramadi, two of the most important cities in Iraq, setting fire to police stations, freeing prisoners from jail and occupying mosques, as the government rushed troop reinforcements to the areas. Dressed in black and waving the flag of Al Qaeda, the militants commandeered mosque loudspeakers to call for supporters to join their struggle in both cities in the western province of Anbar, which have increasingly become centers of Sunni extremism since American forces withdrew from the country at the end of 2011. For

Climate to be 2014 battlefield
The Hill (Washington DC), by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 12:36:06 AM     Post Reply
Climate change and energy will be a major policy battleground in the 2014 midterms, advocates on both sides of the issue promise. Republicans like Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) plan to go on the attack against President Obama’s climate action plan, which they have dubbed a “war on coal.”They’re backed by conservative groups like the American Energy Alliance, which is already airing campaign ads attacking Democrats such as Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) for supporting a carbon tax. Green activists led by Tom Steyer plan to return fire. The billionaire former hedge fund manager, who has poured his money into

Is World War Three about to start...
by accident? Max Hastings asks
whether rising tensions between
China and Japan could boil over
Daily Mail [UK], by Max Hastings    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 10:42:35 PM     Post Reply
Perhaps it is possible--and how nice it would be to believe this--that war between the greatest nations on earth has been abolished. The cost and the threat of nuclear escalation is so horrendous that reason argues that nothing remotely resembling the 20th century´s vast global clashes can ever happen again. Assuredly, there can be no more Dunkirks or D-Days, because no Western nation--even the United States--can deploy a mass army. If conflict does come, it will be waged with the high-tech weapons of our own time: warplanes manned and unmanned, missiles, cyber-attack weapons and the many instruments of destruction guided

Justice Department will spend $544,000 on
a new LinkedIn profile – but that´s not the
most ridiculous new government contract!
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 10:35:16 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Justice´s Criminal Division is paying $544,000 for a shiny new LinkedIn profile, in the wake of a partial government shutdown that followed a top Democrat´s assurance that ´the cupboard is bare, there´s no more cuts to make.´ [Snip] According to the ´Google for government´ website FedBizOpps.gov, the federal government has issued more than 1,300 procurement contracts since the beginning of December, including six-figure outlays for valet parking, portable toilets, expensive lamps, and special boxes to ship fruit flies from one government facility to another. The LinkedIn contract, first reported in the Washington Free Beacon, includes ´Work

John Kerry and America to the
rescue – but is it too late?
Telegraph [UK], by David Blair    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 10:27:21 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry has many faults, but poverty of ambition is not among them. In the first half of 2014, the US Secretary of State has placed two items at the top of his “to do” list. One: secure a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, preferably by April. Two: settle the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear ambitions once and for all, hopefully before August. Then, with both of those Gordian knots safely cut, Mr Kerry might turn his hand to other tasks, like curing cancer, or exploring mining opportunities on Mars. In truth, the easy jibes are unfair


Fun, sun and a lot of Golf:
Obamas living the life on
extended Hawaii vacation
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/2/2014 10:12:38 PM     Post Reply
History will record that on the 12th day of his latest Hawaiian vacation, President Obama tweeted about Obamacare. That was one of the president’s few visible acts of official business during his 16-day holiday retreat before he and his family return to Washington on Sunday. The president’s winter recess has rivaled just about anyone’s dream getaway, filled with golf, dinners at high-end restaurants and quality beach time. The president’s aides say he is always on the job, even in the Pacific paradise. Mr. Obama, they said, has received daily presidential briefings — secret guidance culled from intelligence agencies about hot

U.S. faces many challenges as
influence on world stage wanes
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/2/2014 10:10:13 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, Syria’s raging civil war and missed deadlines to disarm, a potential breakthrough nuclear deal with Iran, Chinese military muscle-flexing in Asia, a rapidly evolving and amorphous al Qaeda terrorist threat, a global backlash against American spying activities — Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s first full year as the top U.S. diplomat promises to be busy in a foreign policy landscape increasingly resistant to American dominance. But analysts predict that the Obama administration is likely to hold firm to its pursuit of neutrality on the world stage by seeking diplomacy over confrontation and steering away

Stop the bailout — now
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/2/2014 10:07:51 PM     Post Reply
First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014. Make it one line long: “Sections 1341 and 1342 of the Affordable Care Act are hereby repealed.” nd of bill. End of bailout. End of story. Why do we need it? On Dec. 18, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers was asked what was the administration’s Plan B if, because of adverse selection (enrolling too few young and healthies), the insurance companies face financial difficulty. Jason Furman wouldn’t bite. “There’s a Plan A,” he replied. Enroll the young. But of course

U.S. relations with Russia face
critical tests in 2014 as Putin,
Obama fail to fulfill expectations
Washington Post, by Will Englund    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/2/2014 10:04:27 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — With mutual trust all but gone, the United States and Russia enter a new year full of challenges that will test whether the world’s nuclear giants can salvage their relationship. The Winter Olympics, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the case of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, turmoil in Ukraine and Syria, and the uncharted consequences of the shale gas boom all threaten to bring new difficulties and irritants. Things were supposed to be easier by now. Five years ago this month, the Obama administration took office vowing to repair Washington’s tattered relations with Moscow. In a

Poll: 71% don´t think Redskins
should change name
USA Today, by Erik Brady    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/2/2014 9:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Washington´s NFL club said Thursday that a poll showing public support for the team keeping its name "demonstrates continued, widespread and deep opposition to the Redskins changing our name." The poll released by Public Policy Polling on Thursday found that 71% do not think the team should change its name, while 18% said the team should change it and 11% said they are not sure. The firm surveyed 741 registered voters through automated phone interviews and the margin of error is plus or minus 3.6%. "The results of this poll are solidly in line with the message we have heard from fans

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