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A tale of two cities, two
factions, two Clintons
The Globe and Mail (Canada), by Konrad Yakabuski    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:31:30 PM     Post Reply
It’s not every new mayor who gets to be sworn in by a former president while a former first lady and secretary of state looks on. But New York’s Bill de Blasio is not just any rookie mayor and Bill and Hillary Clinton are not just any former Washington power couple. Mr. de Blasio is the most unapologetically leftist New York mayor in decades and a symbol of the recent ascendancy of the liberal populists in the Democratic Party. The Clintons are the wiliest political duo in modern U.S. history, out to rewrite the latter so as to ease Hillary’s path

Obama´s 2014 Game Plan: Fewer
Swing-State Visits, More Fundraising
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:26:47 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama’s 2014 campaign to help hold the Senate and gain seats in the House is hampered by one salient factor: Obama’s own low poll numbers are a drag for candidates, who consequently want to keep him at a distance. The rollout of Obamacare, with all its glitches and subsequent disaffection among voters, has caused some Democrats to divorce themselves from the Obama Administration. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in December showed Obama with 54% disapproval of him and only 43% of respondents approving. Yet Terry Holt, a consultant and former George W. Bush campaign spokesman,

New York is saved. The
left-wingers are in charge
National Post (Canada), by Kelly McParland    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:25:16 PM     Post Reply
It’s touching, in a way, how left-wingers consistently find society in need of saving. The saving never seems to get done, despite their best efforts. Even when they control governments and the associated political machinery, somehow just as much saving is needed at the end of their tenure as there was at the beginning. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is a good example. When Mr. Obama ran for the presidency six years ago, many excited supporters thought he possessed the magic formula to reconfigure Washington’s chronic dysfunctionality. Americans weren’t alone in that — the Nobel organization awarded him

  


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Poll: Majority Want
Benghazi Select Committee
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:19:38 PM     Post Reply
A poll released by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell and Republican pollster John McLaughlin shows that a vast majority of American voters want a special select committee to investigate the Benghazi scandal. However, House Speaker John Boehner is denying them a shot at it. Secure America Now president Allen Roth, whose organization commissioned the poll, points to it as a major reason why he signed a letter to Boehner sent Monday that demands he stop obstructing the investigation and install a select committee. "In a recent national poll, conducted by Democrat Pat Caddell and Republican John McLaughlin, 62% of Americans say

Exclusive–Allen West
Questions if Boehner, Cantor
Helping Cover Up Benghazi
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:09:12 PM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a leader in the conservative movement and retired Lt. Colonel of the United States Army, told Breitbart News that he thinks House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) might be trying to help the Obama administration cover up the Benghazi scandal. West is a signer of the letter from a coalition of conservative and military leaders, along with three family members of the victims in the Benghazi terrorist attack, that demanded Boehner create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi terrorist attack. Boehner has been blocking the House Resolution from Rep.

Obama: Yellen a ´fierce
champion´ for Americans
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:03:45 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is hailing the confirmation of Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve. He says she will be a "fierce champion" for the American people. The Senate on Monday voted 56-26 to confirm her, with several senators absent due to flight delays. Yellen will be the first woman to lead the nation´s central bank. Obama says Yellen is committed to the Fed´s dual mission of keeping inflation low and reducing unemployment. Obama initially wanted former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers for the job. He says Yellen will - quote - "stand up for American workers, protect consumers, foster the

GOP Leadership: Benghazi Victims´
Families ´Absurd and Inaccurate´ in
Select Committee Demand
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:02:24 PM     Post Reply
An anonymous aide for House GOP leadership told the Washington Examiner Monday it believes three family members of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack and other conservative movement and military community leaders are being untruthful in their demand for a select committee investigation into Benghazi. The unidentified aide would work for either Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, or Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, per the Examiner´s identification. Pat Smith, the mother of murdered Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of murdered security officer Tyrone Woods, along with Smith’s uncle Michael Ingmire, joined scores of

  


  

Michelle Obama crashes
at Oprah´s Hawaii pad
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Emily Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 9:58:11 PM     Post Reply
SUVs, Secret Service agents and Oprah! Michelle Obama´s extended Hawaii vacation plans have leaked thanks to security sightings reported by locals near Oprah Winfrey´s tropical vacation home. The Maui News reports residents said saw police cars and black SUVs near Winfrey´s home in Kula on the island of Maui. The talk show host owns several hundred acres on the island. Other residents told local news outlets that security personnel asked them to leave the area and that paparazzi have been spotted. President Obama left Hawaii, where the first family spent the holidays, on Saturday with daughters Sasha and Malia. The White House said the

Climate Change Groups Seek New
Leadership as Green Movement Loses Momentum
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 9:55:49 PM     Post Reply
It is unclear exactly why many climate change organizations are installing new executives, but it appears they are following the professional sports paradigm: When a team loses more than it wins, you can’t fire all the players, but you can fire the coach. In the last decade the environmentalist have peddled harsh laws to install climate change strategies. However, many of these laws don’t pass, and new regulations fail to get traction. With global warming at a standstill for most of the last two decades and – much to Al Gore’s chagrin – plenty of ice still on the polar

How the tea party undermines conservatism
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/6/2014 9:49:05 PM     Post Reply
One of the main problems with an unremittingly hostile view of government — held by many associated with the tea party, libertarianism and “constitutionalism” — is that it obscures and undermines the social contributions of a truly conservative vision of government. Politics requires a guiding principle of public action. For popular liberalism, it is often the rule of good intentions: If it sounds good, do it. Social problems can be solved by compassionate, efficient regulation and bureaucratic management — which is seldom efficient and invites unintended consequences in complex, unmanageable systems (say, the one-sixth of the U.S. economy devoted to

Brazil’s oil euphoria hits reality hard
Washington Post, by Juan Forero    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/6/2014 9:47:26 PM     Post Reply
RIO DE JANEIRO — When fields said to hold billions of barrels of oil were discovered off the coast here, exuberant government officials said the deep-sea prize would turn Brazil into a major energy player. Six years later, the outlook for Brazil’s oil industry, much like the Brazilian economy itself, is more sobering. Oil production is stagnant, the state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, is hobbled by debt and foreign oil companies are wary of investing here. “It’s funny, a few years ago, everybody loved Brazil,” said Roger Tissot, a veteran consultant on Latin America energy. “And now it seems the love

  


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In Iraq, a Sunni revolt raises
specter of new war
Washington Post, by Liz Sly    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/6/2014 9:44:02 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — An eruption of violence in Iraq is threatening to undo much of what U.S. troops appeared to have accomplished before they withdrew, putting the country’s stability on the line and raising the specter of a new civil war in a region already buckling under the strain of the conflict in Syria. In the western Iraqi province of Anbar, Sunnis are in open revolt against the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Militants affiliated with al-Qaeda have taken advantage of the turmoil to raise their flag over areas from which they had been driven out by American troops,

The ´Trickle-Down´ Lie
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 1/6/2014 9:09:16 PM     Post Reply
New York´s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people "on the far right" who "continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics." According to Mayor de Blasio, "They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else." If there is ever a contest for the biggest lie in politics, this one should be a top contender. While there have been all too many lies told in politics, most have some little tiny fraction of truth in them, to make

The Ostrich of Pennsylvania Avenue
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/6/2014 8:52:36 PM     Post Reply
Although much has been written about the collapse of the administration’s foreign policy, of equal importance has been the parallel collapse of the foreign policy consensus in Washington. ”Our political elite was so deeply divided in 2013 that we could not define a common enemy. We turned a blind eye to the revival of Mideast authoritarianism. And we fashioned no plans for how to respond to Syria becoming a new Afghanistan.” Washington is drifting like the Flying Dutchman. The year 2014 threatens to be a disastrous one for the administration and it cannot make port. Its woes will get worse not

A Quick Summary of Today’s
Second Amendment Ruling
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/6/2014 8:27:02 PM     Post Reply
This afternoon, the United States District Court For The Northern District Of Illinois struck down Chicago’s egregious ban on gun sales. The summary from the case: The ban covers federally licensed firearms dealers; even validly licensed dealers cannot sell firearms in Chicago. The ban covers gifts amongst family members; only through inheritance can someone transfer a firearm to a family member. Chicago does all this in the name of reducing gun violence. That is one of the fundamental duties of government: to protect its citizens. The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds

  


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Ad agencies prepare for
the legal marijuana market
CBS News, by Bruce Kennedy    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2014 8:21:52 PM     Post Reply
The slogan, “This Bud´s for You” may already be claimed, but that isn´t stopping advertising executives from dreaming about getting in on the burgeoning sales of legal medical and recreational marijuana – an industry estimated to already be generating revenues in the billions of dollars. (Snip) Mass-culture advertising of cannabis products “is going to happen quicker than you think,” said Greg Wagner, a former long-time ad executive who is now a lecturer and internship director in the marketing department at the University of Denver´s Daniels College of Business. Wagner believes the ad agencies are already working on how to counter

Define income inequality
USA Today, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/6/2014 8:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are revving up for a huge national "conversation" on income inequality. This is in no small part because the Obama administration and congressional Democrats would rather talk about anything other than Obamacare. But it would be unfair to say this is all a cynical effort to gain partisan advantage. For instance, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is certainly sincere in his desire to take "dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities" in the Big Apple. He and his team want to fix the distribution of income in New York by distributing it differently. This in itself

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

  



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

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