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Obama prepares to hit reset button
MSNBC, by Zachary Roth    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 3:04:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama returned to work Monday looking to revive his second term and regain the momentum after a frustrating 2013. And the next few weeks could be pivotal. To get his presidency back on track, Obama badly needs some policy wins—even small ones—despite unyielding Republican opposition. To that end, Obama will kick off the year with a concerted focus on economic populist themes. In his Jan. 28 State of the Union address, he’ll call for raising the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour, as well as other measures to combat growing economic inequality, the White House has said. Support for a minimum-wage

Will Christie´s immigration
bill haunt him in 2016?
CNN, by Peter Hamby    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 3:00:23 PM     Post Reply
In late May 2011, Mitt Romney made his first campaign jaunt to South Carolina, a primary state that bedeviled him during his first presidential campaign and would prove just as vexing in his second. (snip) Having won re-election last November with a majority of Hispanic voters, Christie´s support for the so-called tuition equality bill is another notch in his belt as he cultivates an image as a Republican who can appeal to independent voters and nontraditional constituencies. He is, his supporters believe, a GOP candidate who can actually win a national election.

Rush on Polar Vortex ´Warming´:
´The Truth and the Left Never
Intersect, Anymore´
Cybercast News Service, by James Beattie    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/6/2014 2:59:17 PM     Post Reply
Rush Limbaugh said "the truth and left never intersect, anymore" when discussing a Daily Beast article with a headline reading: "Thank Global Warming for Freezing You Right Now." The article claims that this year´s weather could be the coldest in history due to a "polar vortex," a term used to discuss a persistent, large-scale cyclone. Included in the article is a warning from the National Weather Service to Twin-Cities, Minnesota residents stating that "ANYONE STUCK OUTSIDE FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME WILL BE AT SERIOUS RISK FOR INJURY OR DEATH." Responding his radio program today, Limbaugh said: "There´s an article - I referenced



Scott Walker to tea party: Focus on defeating
Democrats, not challenging Republicans
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/6/2014 2:39:02 PM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker urged tea party activists Sunday to focus on defeating Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections, not challenging Republicans they think are insufficiently conservative during primary season. The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Candy Crowley: CROWLEY: When Republicans on Capitol Hill agreed to a budget agreement before they left for the holiday recess, Speaker John Boehner came out and really took on conservatives — tea party-types — for having an undue influence on some of his members that have blocked, famously, a number of things that we

Iranian Cleric: ‘Having a
Nuclear Bomb is Necessary
to Put Down Israel’
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 2:27:50 PM     Post Reply
A top Iranian lawmaker and cleric said that the country’s uranium enrichment program could allow it to build a nuclear weapon “in two weeks” in order to “put down Israel,” according to multiple reports in the Farsi language press. Iranian lawmaker and cleric Muhammad Nabavian said on Friday that Iran would be able to build a nuclear bomb in “two weeks” if it gets “access to 270 kilograms of 20 percent [enriched uranium], 10 tons of 5 percent, and 20 thousand centrifuges,” according to reports on Iran’s Radio Farda and in Fararu. “We are not looking for a nuclear bomb, but having

Mediaite Q&A with Fox’s Bret
Baier: Five Years of Highs and
Lows Anchoring Special Report
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 2:15:57 PM     Post Reply
In January 2009, Bret Baier took over for long-time Fox News Channel anchor Brit Hume as the host of Special Report. The program now averages 2 million viewers and regularly ranks as among the most watched cable news programs. Recently, Baier spoke with Mediaite and shared his reflections on the past five years and his thoughts for where both he and Special Report are headed. Baier began by confiding that, when he took over for Hume, who had occupied Special Report’s anchor chair for 10 years, his greatest concern was whether “people would actually watch.” “It was daunting,” he confided.

Christian Writer Calls Out Fox’s
‘Huckster’ Todd Starnes for Lying
About ‘War on Christianity’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 2:10:13 PM     Post Reply
Sweet mercy! Last week at religion blog Patheos, Christian writer Alan Noble wrote a devastating critique of Fox News’ resident “War on Christians” alarmist Todd Starnes, a frequent butt of Mediaite mockery. “Todd Starnes Sold Us a War on Christianity. We Bought It,” Noble lamented in the headline. The piece itself was an exhaustive fisking of the Fox pundit’s attempts to scare fellow evangelicals into believing there’s a war on Christianity being waged either by Muslims, atheists and “seculars,” or “the homosexual agenda.” “When Starnes reports on an event, he will influence the way a lot of people think,” Noble wrote.



USDA To Permanently Loosen
Requirements For First Lady´s
Unpopular School Lunch Program
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 2:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Parents, teachers and students who have been complaining for the past couple of years about the unappetizing, and unfilling lunches Michelle Obama´s signature anti-obesity program has imposed on schools, finally have something to cheer about. USDA regulators have agreed to relax rules that imposed reductions in calories and portion sizes as part of the law designed to improve school breakfasts and lunches, and ironically called the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The modifications were aimed at limiting fat and salt, reducing portion sizes and increasing fruit and vegetable servings. For kindergarteners through fifth graders, their meals

Sensible on Weed
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/6/2014 1:59:50 PM     Post Reply
Launching 17 million “Rocky Mountain High” jokes, Colorado has become the first state to make the prudent choice of legalizing the consumption and sale of marijuana, thus dispensing with the charade of medical restrictions and recognizing the fact that, while some people smoke marijuana to counter the effects of chemotherapy, most people smoke marijuana to get high — and that is not the worst thing in the world. Regardless of whether one accepts the individual-liberty case for legalizing marijuana, the consequentialist case is convincing. That is because the history of marijuana prohibition is a catalogue of unprofitable tradeoffs:

The Fed´s 100th Anniversary,
Part 3: Confirmation Will
Make Janet Yellen Second Most
Powerful Person in World
Breitbart Big Government, by Hunter Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 1:59:32 PM     Post Reply
What will this mean for the average American, the middle class, and especially the poor? In recent years, the Fed, led by chairman Ben Bernanke and since 2010 also by vice chairman Janet Yellen, has embarked on the most radical monetary experiment in US history. It responded to the crisis of 2008, caused by too much new money and debt, by engineering an even greater flood of new money and debt. Harvard economist Ken Rogoff accurately summed it up by saying: “ We borrowed too much, we screwed up, so we’re going to fix it by borrowing more.” (Ironically, Rogoff

De Blasio´s horse-drawn carriage ban:
Is it really about campaign cash?
American Spectator, by Robert Stacy McCain    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/6/2014 1:22:32 PM     Post Reply
Mayor Bill de Blasio´s promise to ban New York City´s iconic horse-drawn carriages could backfire, exposing what the newly-elected mayor´s critics suggest is a corruption scandal masquerading as an animal-rights crusade. Defenders of the carriage industry point to a real-estate executive who is one of de Blasio´s major campaign donors as the driving force behind the effort to abolish the carriages. "It´s got everything a scandal could ever want," says Eva Hughes, vice-president of the Horse and Carriage Association of New York City. Hughes spent 16 years driving carriages, her husband still drives a carriage, and she says they are



Chelsea Clinton, queenmaker:
Why the former first daughter
may ultimately decide whether
her mother runs for president
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2014 1:13:17 PM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton has her mother´s ear like no political adviser can, sources tell MailOnline, and she has more influence than anyone else in deciding whether Hillary Clinton takes the plunge and runs for president in 2016. ´Chelsea talks to Hillary about her political future more than anyone else,´ a long-time Clinton insider said Monday in Washington. ´Everyone else is just guessing at this point, but her daughter will have more influence than all the fundraisers and political operatives put together.´ In a wide-ranging profile of the would-be Democratic candidate, Politico reported Sunday night that ´it would be hard to overstate

GOP Pollster Frank Luntz Became
‘Depressed’ After 2012 Election
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 1:08:50 PM     Post Reply
According to a new profile piece in The Atlantic, GOP pollster and frequent Fox News contributor Frank Luntz sunk into a depression following the 2012 election in which President Obama won re-election over Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Luntz described himself as “less healthy now than [he has] ever been in [his] life,” sleeping two or three hours at a time and fretting over the future of his career in political consulting. The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball wrote: The crisis began, he says, after last year’s presidential election, when Luntz became profoundly depressed. For more than a month, he tried to stay occupied, but

Obama Flies Back to Washington,
But Michelle Stays in Hawaii
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/6/2014 1:04:03 PM     Post Reply
President Obama flew back from his holiday Hawaii break yesterday with daughters Sasha and Malia in tow, but without the first lady. Michelle Obama stayed behind in Hawaii. According to the White House, “As part of her birthday gift from the President, the First Lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday.” Her birthday is Jan. 17. The Maui News reported that evidence suggests Michelle is hanging out with Oprah: A caravan of Maui police cars and black sports utility vehicles was sighted near Oprah Winfrey’s house Sunday morning, local residents said, fueling speculation that first

A New ‘Mother’ to Digitally Nag You
Wall Street Journal, by Geoffrey A. Fowler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 12:57:44 PM     Post Reply
More and more gadgets seek to replicate the sorts of things your mother used to needle you about: getting exercise, eating more slowly or brushing your teeth. Now one company has decided to embrace that image – it has named its product “Mother.” The device, from a firm called Sen.se, caught my eye at a press preview for the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in part because of its unique design. It looks like a cross between WALL-E’s girlfriend EVE and Russian nesting dolls. Mother has slightly creepy glowing eyes – but surely has your best interest at heart?



Europe has stolen the rights we
won at Magna Carta. Let´s
fight to reclaim them
Telegraph [UK], by Norman Tebbit    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2014 12:57:28 PM     Post Reply
I wonder if when he announced his policy of fixed-term Parliaments David Cameron had taken in to account that we would be celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at the time of the general election next year. Well, most of us that is. Here in Bury St, Edmunds we will celebrate this year the 800th anniversary of the meeting of the barons here in the rose garden beside the Cathedral at which they first completed drafting the great charter, and then swore terrible oaths that they would stick together and force the King to sign at a council at

Scarborough Takes Totally
Unprovoked and Unnecessary
Cheap Shot at Palin
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 12:52:16 PM     Post Reply
Sometimes I think people at MSNBC have Sarah Palin on the brain. In a Morning Joe segment about Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology to the Romney family for mocking their adopted black grandson, and former Governor Mitt Romney’s classy acceptance of said apology, host Joe Scarborough for some reason decided to take a totally unprovoked and unnecessary cheap shot at Sarah Palin (video follows with transcript and commentary):JOE SCARBOROUGH, CO-HOST: Isn’t it sickening, Willie, seriously, these people on Twitter. It’s like, you know, people are total animals on both sides. Like Martin Bashir. Right? He said something terrible. And you know who

FBI quietly drops ´law enforcement´
as its primary mission
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 12:41:54 PM     Post Reply
Without any fanfare, "law enforcement" has been dropped from its status as the FBI´s primary mission. John Hudson reports on The Cable blog of Foreign Policy: The FBI´s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring "law enforcement" as its "primary function," as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists "national security" as its chief mission.As Hudson notes, federal agencies realize that citing "national security" seems to open the funding spigot.

Issa Introduces Bill
to Stop Military Pension Cuts
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/6/2014 12:30:37 PM     Post Reply
A new bill offered in the House of Representatives by Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) would replace pension cuts to military retirees by ending the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) delivery of Saturday mail. The proposal would save an estimated $17 billion over 10 years and eliminate a controversial provision in the budget deal passed last month that hit military retirees with a 1 percent decrease in their annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLA). The budget agreement did not cut pensions for federal civilian retirees.

Thunderstorms predicted statewide
Maui News [Hawaii], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 1/6/2014 12:25:07 PM     Post Reply
The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a special weather advisory for all Hawaiian Islands on Sunday night. Scattered thunderstorms moving toward the southeast around 10 to 15 mph are expected affect the state overnight, according to the advisory. Frequent dangerous lightning, small hail and locally heavy rain are expected with the strongest storms. Residents and visitors are encouraged to seek shelter and remain alert for changing weather conditions. Maui County Civil Defense will be monitoring the situation.


Is this the hardest place
in the world to visit?
News Limited [AU], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2014 12:06:43 PM     Post Reply
Don´t expect to be greeted with a smile if you attempt to visit this island - you´ll be lucky to make it out alive as spears and arrows fly towards you. North Sentinel Island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which is a group of 572 islands in the Bay of Bengal between Myanmar and Indonesia, could be the hardest (and perhaps least desirable) place in the world to visit. The locals who live here just don´t like visitors ... and never have. The inhabitants are a tribe of Sentinels said to be direct descendants from the first humans to emerge from Africa. It's estimated that they have lived in the Andaman Islands for up to 60,000 years,

Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday
Will Feature Dancing But Not Dinner
Washington Post, by Helena Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 11:52:34 AM     Post Reply
Guests attending Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party at the White House later this month can look forward to “a little Dougie” but definitely not dinner. Word’s out that the lucky VIPs invited to fete Mrs. Obama at a “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert” party have been advised to dust off their dancing shoes and, more strictly, “to eat before you come.” While it’s always nice to give the stiletto sporting crowd a heads-up, the East Wing’s “EBYC” directive has some folks in the party planning business scratching their heads.

´She´s not Lady Mary anymore´:
Downton Abbey´s Michelle Dockery
transforms into a gun-toting crime
fighter in hilarious new spoof video
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Saunders    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2014 11:43:49 AM     Post Reply
She shot to fame as the refined Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey. But Michelle Dockery has poked fun at her aristocratic alter-ego in a hilarious new Funny Or Die skit, narrated by Jon Hamm. Appearing alongside The Shield‘s Michael Chiklis in the spoof video, the British actress transformed her ladylike image and emerged as gun-toting crime fighter, Connie Tough. Trading in her elegant gowns in favour of a slick trouser suit, the 32-year-old star appeared as a tough-talking Chicago police detective in the fictional drama, entitled Tough Justice. Batting one criminal to the floor, she growled: ´You´re going away

Weren’t Those the Bad Old Days?
The Poison of New York City Nostalgia
Daily Beast, by Michael Moynihan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/6/2014 11:33:20 AM     Post Reply
Forget the reduced crime of Bloomberg—de Blasio’s mayoral inauguration was suffused with a longing for uglier, more ‘authentic’ times. And this irrational forgetfulness is everywhere. I flipped on the television on New Year’s Day, bleary-eyed and head throbbing, to discover something dreadful. New York City had become a Dickensian nightmare. Gangs of feral, ragged children tugged at the hems of billionaires, who were too distracted by their glistening new condos to pay any heed. Remember those quaint ethnic communities, once teeming with stickball games and eggplant-shaped old women wielding rolling pins? All bulldozed by developers, eager to satiate the needs of

House Republicans take aim at
Obamacare this week with two
transparency bills
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 11:23:05 AM     Post Reply
The House this week will debate two Republican bills intended to highlight problems with the Obamacare website, including one measure that would require the government to notify users of security breaches and another that would require the administration to regularly report to Congress on the website´s operations. Republican leaders plan a vote Friday on the Health Care Security and Transparency Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to inform the users of state and federal health care exchanges within 48 hours of any security breach that "endangers personal data and information." Republicans said the legislation is

New IRS rule could cut into
restaurant workers’ tips
Watchdog.org, by Eric Boehm    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 1/6/2014 11:22:39 AM     Post Reply
MINNEAPOLIS — Even as President Obama and progressive activists are trying to sell the nation on hiking the national minimum wage to help restaurant workers and other low-wage employees, the Internal Revenue Service is seemingly determined to make life harder for those same workers. A change in tax policy implemented Jan. 1 will prevent restaurant workers from collecting automatic gratuities — the added 18 percent fee many restaurants charge to groups of eight or more — as part of their tips. Instead, that added fee will be included in their payroll, meaning workers have to wait up to two weeks

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