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Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist
Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/6/2014 5:40:35 AM     Post Reply
The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes. Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office. Ahmady, who also serves as a top official in an al Qaeda-linked Yemeni political party, did not attend because of visa issues. The State Department said

Rachel’s Show
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/6/2014 5:31:07 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC, the left-leaning cable-news network, has settled on one solution to its recent problems. It now has an executive reviewing scripts before they go on the air. The role, which has fallen to Rich Stockwell, a former executive producer of The Ed Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann who now oversees special projects at the network, was created as several of the network’s hosts have, to the embarrassment of network brass, conducted a master class in political incorrectness. In recent months, Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, and, most recently, Melissa Harris-Perry have awkwardly crashed into the trinity of sexual orientation, gender,

Susan Rice’s Sudan disaster
New York Post, by Arthur Herman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 5:24:36 AM     Post Reply
The world’s newest country, South Sudan, is trapped in a bloody civil war as rival political factions fight for control of the country’s oil reserves — the third biggest in sub-Saharan Africa. More than a thousand have died, and another 180,000 are refugees from the bloodbath, which, despite UN and US intervention and the opening of peace talks, shows no signs of slowing. Sadly, this tragedy could have been avoided if the Obama White House had followed a more sensible policy in that strife-torn region. Instead, it’s relied on our former ambassador to the UN, new National Security Adviser Susan Rice,



So Many Intolerable Lies
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 5:21:00 AM     Post Reply
Two events last week — one an announcement by the Marine Corps, the other speeches at the inauguration of New York City´s new mayor — illustrated vividly how President Obama and his media cohort have so narrowed the boundaries of political speech that we no longer believe we can challenge outright lies. Among the lies we’ve become inured to is that women can perform every job a man can, including those of combat infantryman and special operators. We’ve also been told the lie that the injection of women into combat arms has no effect on the warrior culture. The liberals insist

Haunted by Syria?
Weekly Standard, by Elliott Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 5:17:09 AM     Post Reply
When the history of the Obama administration is written, there will be a long and damaging chapter on its immense humanitarian and strategic failure in Syria. With three years of Obama yet to come, we have not even seen the full humanitarian disaster play out?—?nor have we yet confronted the dangers that are arising there from the vast jihadist presence. There are hard choices to be made when strategic and humanitarian interests diverge or even conflict. In Syria, they combined: The United States had an obvious interest in seeing the Assad regime replaced, and two and a half years ago

I´m Suing Over ObamaCare
Exemptions for Congress
Wall Street Journal, by Ron Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 5:11:36 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America. By arranging for me and other members of Congress and their staffs to receive benefits intentionally ruled out by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the administration has exceeded its legal authority. The president and his congressional supporters have also broken their promise to the American people that ObamaCare was going to be so good that they would participate in it just like

Hillary Clinton´s shadow campaign
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 5:06:48 AM     Post Reply
Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington’s Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign. Three officials from the Democratic consulting firm Dewey Square Group — veteran field organizer Michael Whouley, firm founder Charlie Baker and strategist Jill Alper, whose expertise includes voter attitudes toward women candidates — delivered a dispassionate, numbers-driven assessment. They broke down filing deadlines in certain states, projected how much money Clinton would need to raise and described how field operations have become more sophisticated in the era of Barack Obama.



Gore and Kerry: The Perils
of Presidential Losers
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 5:02:33 AM     Post Reply
It shouldn’t be that much of an embarrassment to lose a U.S. presidential election. After all, you made it to the top of the ticket in one of the two major parties in the most powerful country on Earth (at least for now). Yet, if you judge by the post-defeat activities of Al Gore and John Kerry, you would think their losses were a personal disaster of untold proportions that had to be made up for in some monumental manner that would cement their (positive) reputations into posterity. Call it Extreme Narcissism Deficit Disorder (ENDD). And the closer the election,

Desert Tech, Utah gunmaker, turns
down $15 million deal with Pakistan
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 4:53:40 AM     Post Reply
WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – A Utah-based gun manufacturer has turned down a $15 million deal to supply Pakistan with precision rifles, citing concerns they could eventually be used against U.S. troops. Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns. It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal. "We don´t know that those guns would´ve went somewhere bad, but with the unrest

Liz Cheney plans to exit
Wyoming Senate race
Politico, by Alexander Burns & James Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 4:51:44 AM     Post Reply
Liz Cheney has signaled to allies that she is preparing to drop her bid for the United States Senate and may announce as soon as this week that she plans to focus on issues related to her family, sources told POLITICO on Sunday. Two GOP sources said that a recent incident involving a member of Cheney’s immediate family prompted her to reconsider the race, among other factors. Cheney announced a primary challenge to Wyoming GOP Sen. Mike Enzi last July and raised more than a million dollars for her campaign, largely from Republican elites close to her father, former Vice

Fracking Contamination Found
in Well Water in 4 States
Associated Press, by Kevin Begos    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 4:49:00 AM     Post Reply
In at least four states that have nurtured the nation´s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided only general outlines. And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the



Seven Minimum Wage Facts
That Have Democrats Worried
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 2:31:01 AM     Post Reply
With the midterm elections just over 300 days away, nervous Democrats reeling from the Obamacare debacle are hoping a big push to raise the minimum wage will be the silver bullet that will spare them from the historic losses they suffered in 2010. Democrats and unions are busy working to get minimum wage initiatives on state ballots in the hopes of creating an electoral “minimum wage magnet” to attract low-income, minority, and union voters to the polls. Seven minimum wage facts, however, may diminish Democrats´ high hopes. 1. Just 2.8% of American workers earn at or below the minimum wage.

Liberals’ Skewed View of Conservatives
Townhall, by Kurt Schlichter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 2:27:04 AM     Post Reply
Have you ever been pigeon-holed at a party by a liberal? I recommend avoiding it at all costs, but if it happens, go with it. You’ll get an education in what our opponents actually think as he rails, whines and complains about the terrible, inhuman monster that lurks on the fringes of American society. This scourge is called a “conservative,” and I hope I never meet one in a dark alley. They apparently carry automatic weapons as they stalk the streets, hating science and hunting the poor for sport. You’ll quickly note how your liberal monologist – they literally never

Zero Tolerance, Reconsidered
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 2:22:41 AM     Post Reply
Schools across the country are rethinking “zero tolerance” discipline policies under which children have been suspended, even arrested, for minor offenses like cursing, getting into shoving matches and other garden-variety misbehavior that in years past would have been resolved with detention or meetings with a child’s parents. These reappraisals are long overdue. Studies have shown that suspensions and expulsions do nothing to improve the school climate, while increasing the risk that children will experience long-term social and academic problems. Federal data also indicates that minority students are disproportionately singled out for harsh disciplinary measures. These policies date back to 1994,

Malvinas: Argentina calls UK
a lion that ´no longer frightens´
and insists on dialogue
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/6/2014 12:17:52 AM     Post Reply
In a long statement recalling the 181st anniversary of the ´usurpation of our Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the adjoining maritime spaces´ (almost three million square kilometers) the Argentine Foreign ministry contrasts Buenos Aires peaceful, dialogue attitude with the verbal aggressiveness from British officials when referring to the Malvinas issue. The release accuses the UK of ignoring UN resolutions, International Law and growing world public opinion favorable to Argentina and sovereignty negotiations, which is the best evidence that in the Malvinas issue, “the lion still roars but no longer frightens”.



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

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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