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HHS Regulation Could Add More Names
to List of Prohibited Gun Buyers
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 3:48:33 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration says it is doing away with "unnecessary legal barriers" that discourage states from sending the names of some mentally ill people to the national background check system for gun-buyers. Late on Friday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it plans to modify HIPAA -- the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 -- "to expressly permit certain HIPAA-covered entities (hospitals, doctors, clinics, etc.) to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of individuals" with mental problems that should legally disqualify them from owning a gun. "There is

Jihadists seize Iraqi towns in
drive for new Islamic caliphate
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 3:41:01 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD -- The seizure of the key western towns of Fallujah and Ramadi by jihadists of al-Qaida´s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Dec. 30 in a campaign against the Shiite-dominated government underlines the Sunni group´s growing strength and its drive to re-establish an Islamic caliphate centered in Baghdad that will extend into war-torn Syria. Iraqi officials say hundreds of people, including scores of ISIL fighters, have been killed or wounded in the street battles and the army´s bombardment of the towns. It´s the worst violence to hit Iraq´s Anbar province, which borders northern Syria, since al-Qaida´s ferocious battles

Oprah Reportedly Entertaining
Major ‘First Guest’
Maui TV News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/6/2014 3:32:22 PM     Post Reply
There’s a bit of a traffic jam at the top of Thompson Road in Upcountry Maui. Police cars and black SUVs are turning traffic around near the Maui estate of Oprah Winfrey. That’s because Oprah is entertaining a VIP. Michelle Obama, America’s first lady. Maui TV News contributor Krystal Haywood and her fiancé were hiking in the area when Maui Police asked them to leave the area. An apparent paparazzo was trying to take pictures with “…a very long lens…” on his camera, according to Haywood. It was from this person that Haywood learned of Oprah’s very important house guest.

  


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Former White House Official: Obama
Really Needs Another Campaign, Because
He’s Not So Good At Governing
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 3:28:32 PM     Post Reply
CNN’s Peter Hamby reveals that it has dawned on at least one of Barack Obama’s former aides, that the president isn’t very good at his job. “I talked to a former Obama White House person, just before Christmas, when Obama was sort of adrift, figuring out what to do, his poll numbers were pretty low,” Hamby said. “And he said, ‘Look, the president needs to find an issue to campaign on. This is what he’s good at. He’s really good at campaigning. Maybe not governing,’ according to this Democrat.” That Democrat must have been the Deputy Senior Undersecretary for the

GOP senator sues over Obamacare
subsidies for Congress
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 3:24:09 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday he will ask the courts to make sure that Congress is treated the same way regular Americans are treated in the Obamacare marketplace, even if it means taking away his colleagues’ health care subsidies, because the financial aid is not in the Obamacare law they passed in 2010 and forces taxpayers to pay for part of lawmakers’ premiums. Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, filed suit against the Office of Personnel Management, the agency that months ago said members of Congress and their staffs could keep the subsidy that paid for up to 75 percent of their premiums

Subzero ´polar vortex´ pushes
frigid air across US
Associated Press, by Tammy Webber and Kerry Lester    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/6/2014 3:23:40 PM     Post Reply
Minneapolis — Frigid, dense air swirled across much of the U.S. on Monday, forcing some cities and their residents into hibernation while others layered up and carried on despite a dangerous cold that broke decades-old records. Wind chill warnings stretched from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures moved in behind another winter wallop: more than a foot of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous. Officials closed schools in cities including Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee and warned residents to stay indoors and avoid the frigid cold altogether. The forecast is extreme: Wind chills

CBS’ Bob Schieffer Shocked When
Sen. Reid Refuses to Rule Out
Eliminating Filibuster Entirely
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 3:18:41 PM     Post Reply
CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer appeared taken aback on Sunday when he repeatedly prodded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to clarify that he was not considering further changes to Senate rules to revoke the “privilege” of minority Republican rights including the filibuster. While Reid said that the Senate was “not there yet,” he refused to rule out further curtailments to the Senate’s minority rights. Schieffer began by noting that 2013 has been the least productive year for Congress in history and asked if this trend would continue into 2014. “Unless the Republicans in Congress decide they should do something

  


  

Rev. Jesse Jackson Tweets
Praises of Dennis Rodman´s
North Korean "Diplomacy"
Townhall, by Christine Rousselle    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 3:12:37 PM     Post Reply
Two-time presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson turned to Twitter on Monday to praise former NBA player Dennis Rodman´s "diplomatic" trips to North Korea. Congrads @dennisrodman on your diplomacy efforts in North Korea. It might be dark but you are a light! — Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) January 6, 2014. Rev Jesse Jackson Sr @RevJJackson Follow @dennisrodman ping pong diplomacy worked in China, and Basketball seems to work in North Korea. #KeepHopeAlive 1:47 PM - 6 Jan 2014

On MSNBC, Schaeffer Sees GOP
´Pathological Hatred,´ Want to ´Stop
the First African- American President´
NewsBusters, by Brad Wilmouth    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 3:09:06 PM     Post Reply
Appearing as a guest on Friday´s PoliticsNation on MSNBC, during a discussion of conservative Christians making plans to push their agenda, liberal guest Frank Schaeffer charged that Republicans have a "pathological hatred" of President Obama, asserted that the GOP´s goal is to "Stop the first African-American President from succeeding at all costs," and then drew a parallel with racist opposition to school intregration decades ago. After recounting conservative concerns about same-sex marriage, Schaeffer continued: But there´s something else going on, and this is something I think so many Americans -- especially white Americans and others -- find so embarrassing, they

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.

  


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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.

  


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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

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