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Liz Cheney to abandon Senate bid
CNN, by John King & Peter Hamby    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 11:59:43 PM     Post Reply
New York - Liz Cheney, whose upstart bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN late Sunday. Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, began telling associates of her decision over the weekend and could make an official announcement about the race as early as Monday. Cheney´s surprising decision to jump into the race, an announcement made in a YouTube video last summer, roiled Republican politics in the Wyoming, a state Dick Cheney represented in Congress for five

U.S. troops prevented from
helping even as al Qaeda
overruns Iraqi cities
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2014 11:23:12 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. has inserted 200 troops in Iraq since 2012, but they cannot directly help the Iraqi military repel a surge of al Qaeda fighters, even as the country succumbs to sectarian violence and insurgents claim control of two key cities. On Sunday, at least 20 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and 34 others in fighting in the western province of Anbar, where Iraqi troops were trying to oust insurgents who had laid claim to the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. In Jerusalem on a Middle East peace mission, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said the U.S.

With pro-life rally plans, RNC delivers
big statement on abortion
Washington Times, by Ralph Z. Hallow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2014 11:21:07 PM     Post Reply
In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other committee members can join the March for Life on the Mall, The Washington Times has learned. Mr. Priebus, a plain-spoken Greek Orthodox lawyer from Wisconsin, will join members of his party’s national committee and thousands of other abortion opponents in the annual right-to-life march scheduled for Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that declared abortion a constitutional right. “I saw that there was a real interest among a

  


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Kerry says U.S. will help Iraq
against al-Qaeda but won’t
send troops back in
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris and Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2014 11:18:50 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Sunday that the United States is ready to help Iraq in any way possible as that country began a major offensive to wrest control of two cities from al-Qaeda-linked militants. But he made it clear that no American troops would be sent in. Kerry described the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as “the most dangerous players” in the region. But as Iraqi forces launched airstrikes and clashed with the militants in western Anbar province on Sunday, Kerry said it was Iraq’s battle to fight. ISIS, formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq but renamed to reflect the group’s growing

Koch-backed political network,
designed to shield donors,
raised $400 million in 2012
Washington Post, by Matea Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2014 11:16:37 PM     Post Reply
The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents. The filings show that the network of politically active nonprofit groups backed by the Kochs and fellow donors in the 2012 elections financially outpaced other independent groups on the right and, on its own, matched the long-established national coalition of labor unions that serves as one of the biggest sources of support for Democrats. The resources and the breadth

Nice weather... for swans: Streets are turned
to lakes and commuters face miserable return
to work after the Christmas holidays as the
stormy weather wreaks havoc on road and rail
Daily Express [UK], by Liz Hull    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2014 11:09:02 PM     Post Reply
Commuters were facing a miserable return to work today after the Christmas holiday, as the stormy weather wreaked havoc on the road and rail networks. Millions of workers and schoolchildren were due back at their desks this morning after the festive break but they were warned to expect closures, delays and cancellations as torrential rain and gales continue to batter the country. The south of England, Wales and coastal areas across the country are bracing for heavy rain and winds of up to 70mph for at least another two days, as emergency services attempt to cope with the trail of devastation caused

Rodman´s Ex-NBA Team
Heads to North Korea for Game
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 10:47:47 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - Dennis Rodman said Monday he wants to show that North Korea isn´t so bad, as he took a team of former NBA players on a trip for an exhibition game on Kim Jong Un´s birthday. The flamboyant Hall of Famer headed to the North Korean capital from Beijing with a squad of a dozen former basketball stars including Vin Baker and Cliff Robinson in what Rodman calls "basketball diplomacy," although U.S. officials have criticized his efforts. "It´s about trying to connect two countries together in the world, to let people know that: Do you know what? Not every country in the world is that bad, especially North Korea," Rodman told

  


  

Senator Paul wants light punishment
of Snowden for NSA leaks
Reuters, by Richard Cowan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 10:16:13 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The public debate over the fate of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden intensified on Sunday with conservative Senator Rand Paul calling for a light prison term as punishment for Snowden´s disclosure of information on government surveillance programs. Paul, a Republican, said in an interview on ABC´s "This Week" that Snowden does not deserve the death penalty or life in prison for the leaks, which have rattled the U.S. intelligence community, not to mention an American public that had been unaware of the extent of NSA data collection. Instead, Paul spoke favorably of "some penalty of a

Reid says Democrats will work
to extend unemployment benefits
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 10:02:32 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday Democrats will focus on the middle class in 2014 and attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits. "It´s the right thing to do. We have long-term unemployment. That´s why the American people support this -- Democrats, Independents and Republicans," the Nevada senator said on CBS´ "Face the Nation." He said he is supporting a plan that would restart the benefits for three months before determining how to offset the cost of doing so. The support of five Republicans is necessary to avoid a filibuster. But many Republicans have spoken out against approving benefit checks

Downton Abbey creator admits
next series of ITV hit
could be final one
Mirror [UK], by Tom Bryant    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 9:49:56 PM     Post Reply
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has given the biggest hint yet that the next series will be the last. He admitted he would not be able to continue to write the show’s storylines at the same time as working on his next major project, a TV drama in the US called The Gilded Age. Asked about this new programme, Fellowes, 64, said in an interview: “It will happen when Downton finishes because I just couldn’t do both at once.” He confirmed there would still be a fifth series of Downton, which is expected to be screened this year, but added: “I don’t know yet if there is a season six, but it’s not going to go on for ever. It won’t be Perry Mason.”

Kerry says Saudis back
his Mideast peace moves
Agence France-Presse, by Jo Biddle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 9:27:20 PM     Post Reply
Jerusalem — US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday said he had won Saudi support for his efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, in a day of whistlestop diplomacy to key Arab allies. The top US diplomat, on the fourth day of his 10th visit to Israel and the West Bank, promised any agreed plan would be "fair and balanced." (Snip) But he warned his efforts could ultimately fail, saying he could not tell when "the last pieces may decide to fall into place, or may fall on the floor, and leave the puzzle unfinished." Kerry briefed the key Jordanian and Saudi stakeholders about his intense shuttling between Israel's Prime Minister

  


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On Tour of Mideast, Kerry Says Iran
Might Play Role in Syria Peace Talks
New York Times, by Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 9:16:49 PM     Post Reply
Jerusalem - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that Iran might play a role at the peace talks on Syria in Switzerland this month. It was the first time that a senior American official has indicated that Iran might participate in the session, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 22. Mr. Kerry said there would be limits on Iran’s involvement unless it accepted that the purpose of the conference should be to work out arrangements for governing Syria if opponents of President Bashar al-Assad could persuade him to relinquish power. Iran has provided military and political support to to Mr. Assad. “Now, could they contribute from the

Iraqi tribes taking lead
in fight to evict al-Qaeda
USA Today, by Jim Michaels    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/5/2014 9:09:28 PM     Post Reply
The Iraqi army is letting local police and tribes lead the fight against al-Qaeda in Fallujah and Ramadi, a strategy that reflects concerns that a large influx of government forces could provoke a backlash from the mainly Sunni cities. The tactic also runs the risk that al-Qaeda militants will establish a foothold in the Iraqi cities and score a major propaganda victory before they are expelled. (Snip) Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that while America will support Iraq, the U.S. won´t be sending any troops. "This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis. That is exactly what the president and the world decided some time ago when we left

Mark Wahlberg: Making ´Lone
Survivor´ Had a ´Huge Impact on Me´
ABC News, by Anja Crowder    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/5/2014 6:26:34 PM     Post Reply
It was a Navy SEALs mission gone terribly wrong. One evening in June 2005, four Navy SEALs were sent on a mission to track down Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. As they moved up a mountain in Afghanistan, they were surprised by 3 goat herders. The mission was compromised. (Snip) The special operations chopper that flew in to rescue them was shot down. Luttrell´s SEAL brothers, Danny Dietz, Matt Axelson and Mike Murphy were all killed. They were three of 19 U.S. service members lost that day. Luttrell, the lone survivor of the mission, was left gravely wounded. Then something unlikely

Your Birthday Gift to Michelle
Whitehouse Dossier, by Keith Koffler    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/5/2014 6:14:26 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama failed to accompany President Obama and their daughters home from Hawaii today, a decision that will likely incur taxpayers at least a couple of hundred thousand dollars in costs. The White House described the move as a “birthday gift” from President Obama to his wife, allowing her to “spend times with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday,” which occurs January 17. But for this gift, you are footing much of the bill. I estimated some costs a year ago when, on their previous vacation to Hawaii, it appeared that Michelle was going to stay in Hawaii

  


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Chuck Todd: White House Would
Rather Talk About Anything
Other Than Obamacare
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2014 5:42:45 PM     Post Reply
(Video) DAVID GREGORY: Chuck Todd. A year of action, President Obama said 2014 would be. So how does he take his presidency back? CHUCK TODD: Well, he´s going to have to start with making sure healthcare works. You know, it´s interesting, I was talking with some administration officials over the weekend and I said what´s your January going to look like and they ticked off a whole bunch of issues. Confirmation of Janet Yellen, fight for employment insurance, we´re going to have those NSA reforms. Sort of ticking off all these issues. They sort of left out healthcare completely and

Documents detail fire,
maintenance issues with
Charlotte airport buses
Charlotte Observer, by Rick Rothacker    Original Article
Posted By: Muncsdad- 1/5/2014 5:42:09 PM     Post Reply
It seemed like a can’t-miss deal: Charlotte’s airport in 2007 started buying hybrid buses from a local company that promised better gas mileage, cleaner emissions and a quieter ride. (Snip) U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the former Charlotte mayor and DesignLine lawyer, is referenced three times in the airport documents reviewed by the Observer: • When Foxx decided to join DesignLine shortly after being elected mayor in 2009, he asked the city attorney for a “conflict of interest advisory opinion.”

MSNBC: Maybe Syria Wasn’t
a Great Success for Obama
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2014 5:39:06 PM     Post Reply
For a network whose news anchors had insisted that the so-called “deal” to rid Syria of chemical weapons, hammered out in Moscow and eagerly embraced by a short-sighted White House, was a great success, this is a pretty glaring admission. The fighting in Iraq between the government, assorted tribes, and Al Qaeda-linked militants has exploded again in recent days, culminating in the fall of the city of Fallujah to Islamic fighters. This development prompted the capable NBC News reporter Richard Engel to admit that the collapse of the Iraqi government in Anbar province has as much to do with the

Noted Global Warming Expert Al Sharpton
Lectures On ´Right-Wing´ Meltdown
Over ´Global Warming´
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:57:25 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton dressed in a lab coat and stood behind fake test tubes in front of a cartoon setting on Friday and lectured everyone from Republicans to Fox News about the “facts” of “global waming.” Sharpton used part of his “Politics Nation: Science Lab” segment on MSNBC on Friday to exploit the arctic winter freeze hitting much of the country this weekend: “These right wingers are boiling over with denial. Just because it snows in winter doesn’t mean the planet isn’t getting warmer. Remember a UN panel said there’s a 90 percent probability that humans are the primary cause of global

Too Important to Fail? Big Insurance Will
Look to Washington for Obamacare Bailout
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:54:49 PM     Post Reply
It’s early yet and there’s a chance that the skewed Obamacare numbers of young and healthy enrollees being dwarfed by old and sick ones may not be as bad as some analysts are predicting. But Big Insurance companies who salivated at the chance for tens of millions of new customers driven into their laps by a coercive government didn’t take any chances when the law was being written. By dint of the millions of dollars they’ve contributed to the campaigns of both parties, they were able to sneak into Obamacare a bailout provision that would have taxpayers footing the bill for

  



‘It’s a Mess’: Rand Paul’s Son
Erroneously Enrolled in Medicaid
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:49:22 PM     Post Reply
His healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act was supposed to begin January 1, but Rand Paul on Sunday said he remains unsure if he and his family are covered. At least one member of the Paul family is, though, albeit erroneously. The Kentucky senator held up the Medicaid card his son received through the Kentucky exchange. “We didn’t try to get him Medicaid, I’m trying to pay for his insurance,” Paul said, “but they automatically enrolled him in Medicaid. For a month they wouldn’t talk to him because they said they weren’t sure he existed. He had to go

A Tale of Two Bills: Clinton vs. De Blasio
Daily Beast, by John Avlon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:44:21 PM     Post Reply
The former president and the New York mayor-elect may need one another for symbolic reasons, but their similar message mask a much deeper ideological divide. When New York City´s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, took the oath of office on New Year´s Day, he asked former President Bill Clinton to swear him in on the City Hall steps. On the surface, the symbolism seemed to make sense for both men. After all, De Blasio is, in many ways, a Clinton kid. He worked in the Clinton administration as a top deputy to then-HUD Secretary and now New York Governor Andrew

Susan Collins’ primary challenger says fight
against assault conviction shows integrity
Daily News [Bangor, ME], by Mario Maretto    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 3:51:31 PM     Post Reply
PORTLAND, Maine — Erick Bennett, a conservative Portland consultant who has launched a Republican primary campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, says his experience with the justice system — which he obtained when he was convicted of domestic violence assault 10 years ago — is driving him toward what he calls a “pro-family” agenda. Bennett held a news conference Monday in Portland, during which he talked about his campaign, the domestic violence conviction, and controversy over his self-described role as a staffer for Gov. Paul LePage’s 2010 campaign — a role that others in LePage’s campaign team said Bennett

Candy Crowley: ‘Why Would
I Become a Republican´ If I´m
Unemployed or on Minimum Wage?
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2014 3:44:43 PM     Post Reply
On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, host Candy Crowley asked a question of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.) that should offend people on both sides of the aisle. “If I am an unemployed American…or if I am a minimum wage worker…why would I become a Republican?” (video follows with transcript and commentary):CANDY CROWLEY: If I am an unemployed American and I hear from Republicans that, “Yeah, you know, we should go ahead and do that provided we do the following three things,” and it’s a caveat approval of extending those [unemployment] benefits, or if I am a minimum wage worker

Fiery plane crash at Aspen Airport
TheDenverChannel.com, by Anica Padilla    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/5/2014 3:17:04 PM     Post Reply
ASPEN, Colo. - The Pitkin County Sheriff´s Office confirms emergency crews are responding to an accident at the Aspen Airport. Comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted: "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet." "Fire truck and ambulances were on the scene within minutes," Nealon tweeted. "I don´t believe there are any survivors." "Airport is closed now. I think I´ll drive back to LA after seeing that," Nealon posted. "So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport," LeAnn Rimes Cibrian tweeted.

Fire rips through Manhattan high-rise
New York Post, by Kevin Sheehan    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/5/2014 3:15:26 PM     Post Reply
A furious blaze tore through a Manhattan high-rise Sunday morning, critically injuring at least two people and leaving desperate residents fleeing flaming balconies and smoke-filled hallways. The fire erupted on the 20th floor of the 42-story apartment building at 500 43rd St. at about 11 a.m., authorities said. One neighbor witnessed a resident pleading for help from his 20th-floor balcony. “I was in my living room, and I heard screaming,” said Eirik Mosveen, who lives down the block. “I came outside, and when I looked up, I saw a man on the balcony screaming. A short time later, the flames were covering the balcony.

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