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Remittances Sent to Mexico
Fall 4.5% in First 11 Months of 2013
Latin American Herald Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2014 1:28:05 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY – Mexico received $19.8 billion in remittances from emigrants in the first 11 months of 2013, down 4.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012, the Bank of Mexico said Thursday. Mexico received $20.73 billion in remittances during the January-November 2012 period, the central bank said. Remittances totaled $1.693 billion in November 2013, up 0.05 percent from November 2012, when $1.692 billion in remittances flowed into the country. This was the fourth consecutive month that the figure was positive, with a 13-month negative trend ending in August 2013.

Obamacare puts nation on
path to rationed care
Boston Herald, by Tom Shattuck    Original Article
Posted By: calvincaspian- 1/3/2014 1:24:41 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare is a tumor and believe it or not, the website is the more benign portion of the ailment. Yes, with HealthCare.gov, President Obama has done what Y2K failed to do — paralyzed a vast swath of the American economy. Adding insult to injury is the hard truth that a great portion of the population was driven to the poisonous portal under threat of IRS action. But trudging through a transaction rife with technical difficulties is by no means the most pernicious condition Obamacare presses millions of Americans into. The real impending tragedy of Obamacare is the law itself. That malignant expanse includes the ultimate nightmare of a rationed care.

Obama Proposes Firearm
Background Check Changes
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 1:21:58 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims to clarify terminology used by federal law to prohibit people from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons. The administration said states have complained that some wording is ambiguous, making it difficult to determine who should be blocked from buying a weapon. A second proposed rule change would allow hospitals and other entities covered by patient privacy provisions to submit additional



Adminstration says Colo. nuns do not
need injunction against health law provision
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 1:14:52 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Friday that a group of Colorado nuns does not need a special injunction against the new health-care’s law provision providing contraceptive coverage for employees because the group can easily exempt itself from the requirement. The government asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to lift the temporary injunction she issued New Year’s Eve for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides services to the elderly. The Affordable Care Act, new provisions of which went into effect Jan. 1, requires employers who provide insurance coverage to include contraceptive services.

Doctor’s Office Spends 2 Hours
On Hold With Health Insurer For
Patient’s Surgery Authorization
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 1:11:13 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO— The new year brought relief to some Illinois patients newly insured under the nation’s health care law. Others still weren’t sure whether they were covered, despite their best efforts to navigate the often-balky new system. The major benefits of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul took effect Wednesday, the first day of 2014. By Thursday, the first business day of the new insurance system, it became clear that snags in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act still remained. On the plus side, the law’s protections mean consumers can no longer be denied coverage if they’re in poor health.

Focusing on inflation-adjusted
minimum wage is misquided
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/3/2014 12:29:46 PM     Post Reply
Under fire for the botched rollout of President Obama’s health care law, Democrats have vowed to step up the push for increasing the minimum wage. Politically, it’s easy to see the attraction of the idea, as it’s a long-favored Democratic policy that will help mobilize the party’s base in an election year, and the concept also has broad populist appeal. But the arguments being made in favor of the minimum wage present a misleading picture of its role in economic policy.

NFL playoffs: Saints fans cancel
´Rocky run´ in Philly following
threats from Eagles fans
NJ.Com, by Eliot Shorr-Parks    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 12:28:41 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA -- So much for that idea. With the New Orleans Saints and their fans coming to Philadelphia on Saturday for the NFC wild-card game between the Saints and the Eagles, members of the New Orleans media tried to put together a ´Rocky run´ for their fans.(snip)Here are some of the reactions to the run, from Twitter and in the comments section promoting the run. From the NOLA.com post promoting the run: "We will be waiting in our black and green at the top for you. Bring it" -- Diggity0607 "Y´all may be crazy. Philadelphia is one of the few cities in the NFL



MSNBC´s Chris Hayes complains of
Drudge-fueled ´snow-trolling´
on global warming
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 12:19:50 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC´s Chris Hayes is tired of conservatives snarking about global warming every time it gets cold. During his show Thursday evening, Hayes complained of the "strange bizarre underworld of climate trolls" that came to life when Matt Drudge ironically linked an article on the Drudge Report about cold weather. "Of course, no one ever said that climate change meant it wouldn´t ever be cold," Hayes said defensively, calling the annual tradition "willful stupidity" of conservatives "who delight being on the wrong side of history." Hayes admitted, however, that Drudge had been successful in creating a culture of global warming skepticism. "I mean, Drudge has

Portion control -- how the
government plans to dictate
what´s on your dinner table in 2014
Fox News, by Baylen Linnekin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 12:13:24 PM     Post Reply
Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins.

Administration to high court:
Don´t exempt Catholic groups
from contraception mandate
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 12:06:40 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court not to exempt Catholic groups from an ObamaCare requirement to offer contraceptive coverage, after the high court gave them a temporary reprieve earlier this week. The court filing comes in response to a surprise order -- issued shortly before coverage under the law went into effect -- by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The justice issued a stay late Tuesday preventing the government from enforcing the so-called contraceptive mandate against the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. The group of Catholic nuns argues that the contraceptive coverage requirement

2013: The Year Dysfunctional Politics
Sabotaged America´s Mideast Policy
Atlantic Magazine, by David Rohde    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 12:05:05 PM     Post Reply
The furious partisan debate that erupted this week after a New York Times investigation questioned the central tenet of the Republican assault on the White House regarding Benghazi was a fitting end to 2013. The lengthy article revealed that the State Department and CIA’s intense focus on al Qaeda caused officials to miss the threat posed by local militias. David Kirkpatrick’s reporting showed that Libya’s rebels appreciated the U.S. support in helping oust Muammar al-Qaddafi, but were strongly influenced by decades of anger at Washington’s support for dictators in the region. Militants gained strength from Syria to the Sahel over the course



Magpul Moving Headquarters to
Texas Over Colorado Gun Laws
Associated Press, by Bob Moen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 11:56:19 AM     Post Reply
One of the country´s largest producers of ammunition magazines for guns is leaving Colorado and moving operations to Wyoming and Texas because of new state laws that include restrictions on how many cartridges a magazine can hold. Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries Corp. announced Thursday that it was moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas, making good on a vow it made to leave Colorado during last year´s gun control debate. "Moving operations to locations that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important," Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said in a

Government asks Supreme Court
justice to remove block on health
law´s birth control mandate
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 11:49:46 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says a Supreme Court justice should stop blocking the new health care law´s requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. The Justice Department Friday called on Justice Sonia Sotomayor to dissolve her stay on the contraceptive coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The government says religious nonprofit groups can certify that they don´t want to provide contraceptive coverage. A group of Catholic nuns who run nursing homes sued, saying even signing that form violates their beliefs. Government lawyers say the nuns´ insurance is a "church plan" that is

Will States’ Rights Go to Pot?
Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 11:48:59 AM     Post Reply
On January 1, the Centennial State (it hasn’t yet changed its nickname to “The Rocky Mountain High State”) became the first place in the country to legalize marijuana sales for recreational purposes. And Brandon Harris is stoked. The 24-year-old Harris drove 20 hours from Cincinnati, along with a smoking buddy, to be the first Ohioans to buy legal pot in Colorado. “It’s such a big day in history,” Harris, told the Washington Times. “The fact that we don’t have to be criminals and can just smoke, and not be looked down on, or have to mess with the local police.”

How Conservatives Dominate
TV/Radio Talk Game
Variety (Los Angeles, CA), by Brian Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 11:44:42 AM     Post Reply
In the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama garnered almost 69% of the vote in Los Angeles County, vs. 29% for Mitt Romney. Yet beginning Jan. 1, the U.S.’ second-largest media market lacks a dedicated progressive talkradio station, as KTLK-AM became the Patriot, espousing “True American values,” anchored by Rush Limbaugh. KTLK’s format change, along with Limbaugh’s demotion from KFI-AM to its weaker-signaled sister station, raises an interesting question: Why can’t liberals talk — or more accurately, why can’t they get more people to watch and listen? Sure, there’s MSNBC, but its ratings lag far behind those of Fox News Channel. Air America,



Detroit police chief: Legal
gun owners can deter crime
Detroit News, by George Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/3/2014 11:36:37 AM     Post Reply
Detroit — If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday. Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind. (Snip) Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009. “Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to

Progressives promote equality
by pushing inequality
Columbus Dispatch (OH), by Jay Ambrose    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 11:28:33 AM     Post Reply
Progressives have a new Armageddon, namely income inequality, and, yes, there are some things to be worried about, not least of all what the progressives themselves will do about it. In the end, you see, many are not really egalitarian at all. They are instead condescending, disdainful, neo-aristocrats who think the ordinary Joe and Jane cannot tie their own shoes without help from Washington. Mighty mistakes grow from such stunted attitudes. And while you might say that you’ve never heard liberal politicians talk like that, large numbers of them definitely act like that, even as they avoid the sneering, haughty

Will 2014 Be the Year of Amnesty?
Canada Free Press, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/3/2014 11:25:45 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seems determined to undo the political advantage the GOP has gained from the disastrous implementation of ObamaCare. According to the New York Times, Boehner “has signaled he may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation’s immigration laws in the coming months,” bringing up a series of bills to advance that agenda. Apparently Boehner is holding firm to the belief that the need for some kind of “reform” outweighs the risks of alienating his core constituency. According to the Boehner’s aides, the Speaker is considering a “step by step” process, though they did not identify these

Teens in Muslim garb
try, fail to rob gun shop
Philadelphia Daily News (PA), by William Bender    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 11:08:37 AM     Post Reply
MOST TEENAGERS do dumb things. But not trying-to-rob-Joe-Galiano dumb. Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County. There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, Galiano is surrounded by guns, including the .45-caliber pistol on his hip.(snip) "They had the whole-body Muslim garb," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. "They came in with the gun and pointed it for a holdup." Galiano, faced with the incongruous image of a male dressed in female Muslim garb waving a gun around, decided to make use of one of the many firearms at his disposal. "It

Wild West shoots down Hillary
Clinton and Elizabeth Warren
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 11:02:42 AM     Post Reply
As a Tea Party troublemaker and liberal lightning rod, former Florida Congressman Col. Allen West is used to fending off attacks from Democratic critics. But he admits getting nervous when he thinks about a certain Massachusetts Democrat running the White House. “I’m more ... concerned about Elizabeth Warren than I am about Hillary Clinton,” West said in an interview on Boston Herald Radio. West said despite Warren’s statement that she won’t be in the presidential race, he believes the freshman senator would have a better chance of rallying progressives unimpressed by Clinton’s liberal credentials. “Elizabeth Warren is their


GOP Targets Obamacare
Security Risks
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/3/2014 10:59:18 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans will begin the new year by teeing up another shot at Obamacare -- this time taking aim at the risks the online enrollment process poses to Americans´ personal privacy. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., sent a memo to colleagues Thursday informing them of his plans to schedule a vote when Congress returns next week on a bill that would require the government to notify individuals if their personal information has been compromised on healthcare.gov or in the process of sharing it with other government agencies or insurance companies.

Palestinian protesters greet John
Kerry in Ramallah, yelling ´Go home´
Haaretz, (Israel), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 10:41:20 AM     Post Reply
Palestinian protesters on Friday condemned the latest efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to advance peace talks with Israel, using chants evoking the Arab uprisings and telling him to go home. Hours before Kerry was due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a raucous crowd of several hundred took to the streets of Ramallah, the West Bank´s de facto capital, chanting "Kerry, you coward, there´s no place for you in Palestine!" Separately, an official close to Abbas dismissed Kerry´s drive for a "framework agreement" as biased toward Israel. Kerry has said such an accord would narrow gaps between the sides and

Please, Liberals: Stop
Abusing ´A Tale of Two Cities´
New Republic, by Reid Cherlin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 10:02:22 AM     Post Reply
Wednesday was a big day for Charles Dickens, the beloved novelist who died 143 years ago. At the inaugural ceremonies for Mayor Bill de Blasio, singer and activist Harry Belafonte called the justice system under Mike Bloomberg “deeply Dickensian.” The new mayor himself followed suit: “When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it,” he said. “And we will do it.” Decrying inequality by invoking the 1859 classic—the title was capitalized in his prepared remarks—is certainly nothing new for de Blasio and his supporters. Neither is the more ballistic phrasing, “taking dead

Ezra Klein Is Said to Plan to
Leave Washington Post
Washington Post, by Raavi Somaiya    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 10:02:10 AM     Post Reply
Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and television commentator who runs The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, is making plans to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website he wanted to create within the company, according to four people with knowledge of the negotiations. Mr. Klein, who quickly ascended into the ranks of the Washington media establishment with a multiplatform blend of policy nuance and number-crunching on Wonkblog, approached Katharine Weymouth, the Post’s publisher, in recent weeks, the people said. (Snip) Ms. Weymouth and the paper’s owner, Jeff Bezos, declined to support the project.

Military retirees say new budget deal
breaks the ultimate promise
KXXV- TV [Waco, TX], by Markeya Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 10:01:49 AM     Post Reply
The recently passed bipartisan budget deal is causing chaos amongst military retirees. Once a person serves 20 years, they are promised retirement benefits including a 1% Cost of Living adjustment. Under the new budget deal, COLAs are cut for working age retirees, for a medically or 100% disabled military retiree, that money goes a long way.{SNIP}Retirees say congress always cuts vet benefits when there is a budget issue, and enough is enough. "A contract is a contract, a promise is a promise. If you have a contract, you must honor it. You can´t break it because of politics,” said Kevin

Another Problem Obamacare
Won´t Solve: Health Costs
Bloomberg News, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2014 9:58:57 AM     Post Reply
Does giving people health insurance help control costs? Conventional wisdom holds that it should, by diverting them from expensive emergency room use to less-expensive visits to doctors and nurse practitioners. This argument was very popular with advocates for health reform in 2009, and it remains a sort of folk wisdom among educated people; I’ve heard some version of this argument in virtually every discussion I’ve had about health care in the last decade. To health-care economists, though, the question is more complicated. Health insurance does theoretically let you go to a primary care physician rather than relying on ER docs who are

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