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Happy birthday, Michelle . . . from all of
US! Taxpayers foot the bill for First Lady´s
extended Hawaiian vacation... so she can
celebrate her 50th in Oprah´s Maui home
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2014 8:00:32 PM     Post Reply
When President Barack Obama suggested that his wife should spend extra time in paradise as an early birthday present, he was committing U.S. citizens to pay for the gift, whose costs will likely spiral into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The White House conceded on Monday that the federal treasury will foot the bill to fly First Lady Michelle Obama back to Washington, D.C. on a separate government aircraft after she finishes her extended vacation at the palatial 12-bedroom Hawaii home of talk show legend Oprah Winfrey. Dedicated vehicles, Secret Service costs, and security sweeps of the Winfrey estate

Inside the Turmoil at MSNBC:
The Network Responds
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/6/2014 7:58:12 PM     Post Reply
The spate of impolitic statements from MSNBC’s liberal-minded hosts in recent months have led many to wonder what, exactly, is going on inside the network. Over on the homepage, I write about the dynamics at play at Rockefeller Plaza, where sources say an executive, Rich Stockwell, is now proofreading the scripts of the network’s daytime hosts before they air. They also say MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who is not an ideologue, is letting primetime star and avowed liberal Rachel Maddow exercise a lot of control. MSNBC is pushing back against the piece, for which I relied heavily on anonymous sources,

No soldiers will return to Iraq: Britain and
the U.S. rule out sending troops despite Al
Qaeda´s takeover of two major cities
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Marie-louise Olson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:56:30 PM     Post Reply
Britain and the U.S. last night ruled out sending troops back to Iraq despite the takeover of two major cities by Al Qaeda. A Foreign Office spokesman said ministers were ‘deeply concerned’ by events in Fallujah and Ramadi, where Al Qaeda-linked fighters have taken control, but sources dismissed any military involvement almost five years after the last British troops were pulled out of the country. Bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 20 people yesterday, while violence around Ramadi left at least 22 soldiers and 12 civilians dead, as well as an unknown number of militants. U.S. Secretary of State John

  


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Eight-year-old girl captured as she
attempted to detonate suicide vest
outside a police station in Afghanistan
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jill Reilly    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:47:34 PM     Post Reply
An eight-year-old girl wearing an explosive suicide vest was stopped by Afghan police as she tried to carry out a deadly attack. The Interior Ministry said police had apprehended the young girl who had intended to carry out a suicide attack against Afghan border police in southern Helmand province. The girl, named as Spozhmay, by NDTV, is reported to be as young as eight and thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander. She was said to be in a state of shock and confusion. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the girl claimed her brother, a local Taliban commander, had

Misplaced Compassion For
Blind Sheik Lawyer Lynne Stewart
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:35:18 PM     Post Reply
War On Terror: At the administration´s request, a New York federal judge granted a "compassionate release" from prison for the radical lawyer convicted of helping a terrorist communicate with his followers in Egypt. Lynne Stewart´s release last week by U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl came after a request from the director of the Bureau of Prisons through the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, no doubt with the consent of higher-ups at the Department of Justice. The 74-year-old Stewart was not scheduled for release until August 2018, but prosecutors say she suffers from recurrent stage-four breast cancer and has been

´Jihad Jane´ gets reduced 10-year prison
sentence for terror plot to kill artist after
telling judge she was once obsessed with
militant Islam
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:34:13 PM     Post Reply
The Pennsylvania woman who called herself ´Jihad Jane´ and plotted to kill a Swedish artist was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she was once obsessed with jihad. Colleen LaRose, 50, had faced a potential life term. But Judge Petrese Tucker accepted a government request to reduce the sentence, because of her extensive cooperation with investigators. Prosecutors still asked for decades in prison, fearing she remains dangerous. LaRose, of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, told the judge she once had thought about jihad from morning to night, saying she was ´in a trance.´ ´I don´t want to be into jihad no

Progressivism Is A Move
Backward, Not Forward
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:31:23 PM     Post Reply
Going Backward: The political left is celebrating last week´s inauguration of "progressive" New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and believes a new era of American progressivism has arrived. If it´s right, the country is in trouble. Politicker reported Wednesday from City Hall that de Blasio "was feted" at the inauguration "as the sudden hero of progressives and good-government advocates across the city." On the same day, Washington Post opinion writer E.J. Dionne predicted "the re-emergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014" in a column headlined "The Resurgent Progressives." Dionne suggested that Democratic

  


  

Babylon On The Potomac
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:28:26 PM     Post Reply
Inequality: As of New Year´s Eve, Washington´s wastrels have overspent $17.2 trillion of your money. In their deficit-spending orgy, many have gotten filthy rich, developing a taste for diamonds. Last month we noted the latest Census Bureau data reveal that four of the five richest communities in America are now in Washington — not Manhattan or Silicon Valley or any other business hub derided by class warriors as cauldrons of greed. In fact, the nation´s wealthiest denizens live in the Washington suburb of Falls Church, Va., just outside the capital, with $121,250 in median income. This is also the home of the

Arctic Monday for 140 million as ´POLAR
VORTEX´ barrels across the US: 4,400
flights canceled, schools closed as far
south as ATLANTA and the coldest
temperatures recorded in 20 years
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:23:12 PM     Post Reply
More than half of the U.S. is enduring a dangerously cold start to the week as a whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a ‘polar vortex’ descended on Monday morning, pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold and adding to the brutal weather that has grounded more than 4,400 flights. Record low temperatures have already been set; at Chicago´s O´Hare International Airport, temperatures of minus 16 degrees were recorded at 8am on Monday, beating the previous record of minus 14 set in 1988. In Minnesota, officials took the rare step of closing all of the state´s public

Hillary Clinton Campaign Rents
Email List to Pro-Hillary Super PAC
Time Magazine, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:18:15 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign has rented its email list to Ready for Hillary, the super PAC laying the groundwork for a potential second attempt at the White House. On Sunday, the group emailed the Clinton list offering free “I’m Ready for Hillary” bumper stickers, but unlike dozens of recent emails from the group offering swag, this one had the return address info@hillaryclinton.com. Seth Bringman, a spokesman for the super PAC, told TIME on Sunday that “Ready for Hillary rented the hillaryclinton.com email list to connect with her past supporters.” It’s not uncommon for defeated political campaigns to rent out

From Hawaii, Obama Blasted Republicans
Who ´Went Home for the Holidays´
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:13:28 PM     Post Reply
In his weekly address released on Saturday, January 4, President Obama had the audacity to slam Republicans for "going home for the holidays" and letting unemployment insurance benefits expire. The only problem is that Obama said this while still on his holiday vacation in Hawaii. A day before his Sunday return to Washington, DC, from a two-week holiday visit to the state of his birth, Obama criticized Republicans for going home for the holidays: "Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline - the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends

  


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Executive Order: ´Excessively High
Temperatures´ ´Already´ Harming Public Health
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 7:04:34 PM     Post Reply
"Excessively high temperatures" are "already" harming public health nationwide, Pres. Obama declared on Nov. 1, 2013, two months before today´s assault by record low temperatures. In his executive order on climate change, Obama warned that too much rain - and not enough rain - also dictated that executive action against climate fluctuations: "The impacts of climate change -- including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise -- are already affecting communities, natural resources,

Pelosi steps into SF City College dispute
KTUV-TV (Oakland, CA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 7:01:21 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited a City College of San Francisco campus Monday to express support for the embattled school and to encourage potential students to sign up for classes during the open enrollment period currently under way. Pelosi, who was City College´s commencement speaker in 2011, appeared at the school´s Chinatown/North Beach campus. The school is facing the possible loss of its accreditation because of a decision last July by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which found that the school had failed to adequately implement needed reforms.

You Were Warned About Obamacare
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:58:11 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Lebanon, Ohio. This is Dave. Thank you, sir. Great to have you with us on the EIB Network. CALLER: Rush, it´s a real pleasure to talk to you. I´ve been listening to you since the days the Magic Johnson stuff was going on. I heard you on the radio. So I´m self-employed. I´m 52 years old. I´ve had a wife pass away. I do a little ministry. I´m a builder, remodeler, and I have a master´s in music. I´m not the dumbest guy in the world, maybe not the sharpest, either, but I was amazed when all this Obamacare stuff

Snowed In? Sign Up, Says HHS
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:57:26 PM     Post Reply
A snow day; Christmas dinner -- anytime is the right time to concentrate on health insurance, the Obama administration says. Particularly if you’re young and healthy. On Friday evening, at the end of a “snow day” in the Northeastern United States, the Health and Human Services Department posted the following “get covered” reminder aimed at the Facebook crowd: "SHARE THIS: A snow day is the perfect day to #GetCovered" “Not Going Anywhere Today?” says the caption on a photo showing a snow-covered car and home. “Visit Healthcare.gov to #GetCovered.” As CNSNews.com reported, first lady Michelle Obama,

  


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The unbeatable Roger Ailes
USA Today, by Michael Wolff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/6/2014 6:56:03 PM     Post Reply
Why would you work in the cable news business? Does anybody look their best in cable news? The people in front of the camera look extreme, demented, desperate or vapid. People behind the camera, the suits charged with finding shameless programming ploys to move the ratings needle, pretty much constantly disappoint their bosses. Except for Roger Ailes. The 2013 numbers are out, and once more, for 12 years running, Ailes´ Fox News trashes everybody else in the cable news space, with an audience larger than CNN´s and MSNBC´s combined. It´s a one-man business. Ailes is the beginning and end. Since he took the

Jahi McMath Q&A: Can
brain death be reversed?
Los Angeles Times, by Lee Romney    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/6/2014 6:50:53 PM     Post Reply
OAKLAND -- Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old Oakland girl, underwent complex surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids, uvula and bony structures from her nose. She was declared brain-dead three days later, after she went into cardiac arrest, lost oxygen to her brain and suffered extensive hemorrhaging. Tests by multiple neurologists confirmed that Jahi was unable to breathe without a ventilator, had no blood flow to her brain and no sign of electrical activity. The ventilator has kept her lungs and heart working and her body warm, although she is legally dead. Her family maintains she

City´s gun ordinance ruled
unconstitutional by federal judge
Chicago Tribune, by Jason Meisner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 6:46:33 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge today declared Chicago’s ordinance banning the sale of firearms in the city unconstitutional. In his 35-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang wrote that the city failed to persuade him that banning the sale of guns by licensed dealers was necessary to reduce gun violence that has plagued the city. “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms, and at the same time the evidence does not support that the complete ban sufficiently furthers the purposes the ordinance tries to serve,” Chang

Carney Confirms President Gave
His Wife Permission to Stay in Hawaii
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:43:28 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: This is funny. Jay Carney at the White House got a question at the press briefing today from Ed Henry about Moochelle staying on in Hawaii as a birthday present from Obama. His question was, "Mr. President, Mr. President, the first lady stayed behind in Hawaii, and the White House said that that was an early birthday present from the president. Does that mean that he is paying for her flight back?" CARNEY: As with all personal travel, the first family will appropriately fund personal expenses, Ed, and in line with travel of past presidents and first ladies, the first

Abortion Rights as a
Free-Speech Flashpoint
Wall Street Journal, by Floyd Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:42:31 PM     Post Reply
When Chief Justice John Roberts announces, on the morning of Jan. 15, that the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in McCullen v. Coakley , the stage will be set for the court to address one aspect of the searing national debate about abortion. The case isn´t about the scope of legal protection for that procedure, but about what limits may be placed on speech on public streets near medical facilities in which abortions are performed. McCullen v. Coakley presents the court with an opportunity to reconsider what may well be its most indefensible First Amendment ruling so far this

  



Long flight, high prices face families
headed to Sochi for Winter Games
Gazette [Colorado Springs, CO], by Stephanie Earls    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2014 6:38:46 PM     Post Reply
Four years ago, Jean Anne Schaefer was in Vancouver cheering as her son led Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal in more than 60 years in the four-man bobsled. When Steven Holcomb attempts to re-create the magic next month in Sochi, Russia, it will be without his mom´s in-person encouragement. (Snip) The coastal city of Sochi, on the northeast sweep of the Black Sea, isn´t a destination easily reached by most of the world´s elite athletes and their families. Deadly terrorist attacks in recent weeks in the city of Volgograd, about 600 miles northeast, have added an additional

How Many Trees Must We Plant to
Compensate for the Stupidity of the Global
Warming Cruisers Who Got Stuck in Ice?
Ruahlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:34:49 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: By the way, one more global warming story. Just one more. It´s about the Russian global warming research vessel that went down to the Antarctic area to find melting ice. I´m not kidding. A bunch of global warming scientists had an expedition to Antarctica (the South Pole, for those of you in Rio Linda) to document melting ice in Antarctica because of global warming. As you know, they got stuck. They got stuck so bad that it took ChiCom and American rescue ships to get them out. You know, this has to be a real dilemma for Obama. The United States

The Moralistic Fallacy
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:32:37 PM     Post Reply
City Journal´s Kay Hymowitz weighed in over the holidays with a response to our Dec. 16 column, in which we faulted the premise of her earlier article titled "Boy Trouble." She maintains that the main body of the article (which we described as "informative and important") is responsive to our criticism: "Men traditionally sought to ´better themselves´ not because working in an office or on an assembly line was itself a source of delight, but because being a workingman enabled them to earn respect and made possible the joys of domestic life," Taranto writes. I´ve made a similar point repeatedly (though

Left Creates "Polar Vortex" to Make You
Think Winter is Caused by Global Warming
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:31:17 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: So, ladies and gentlemen, we are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it´s completely unprecedented. Because they´ve got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It´s called the "polar vortex." The dreaded polar vortex. Do you know what the polar vortex is? Have you ever heard of it? Well, they just created it for this week. Actually, there is a piece. I´ve got a piece in the Stack that

Nearly Two Thirds of 2013 Government
Waste, Fraud Came from HHS
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Edwin Mora    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/6/2014 6:17:10 PM     Post Reply
The estimated amount of taxpayer-funded payments that the federal government doled out through fraud, waste, and errors slightly decreased in 2013 to $106 billion from $108 billion the previous year, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). On Dec. 31, FederalTimes.com reported the estimated government-wide improper payments dollar figure for fiscal 2013, citing Frank Benenati, an OMB spokesman as the source. Benenati did not provide a breakdown of the 2013 payment errors by government program, saying that information would not be available for weeks, according to the FederalTimes.com article.

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