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My brother said I would survive suicide
attack, says 10-year-old Afghan girl
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2014 8:00:15 PM     Post Reply
The girl, who identified herself only as Spozhmai, said on Tuesday that her brother told her to "ask the deputy commander for a ride with him to Kunar province. I agreed then he attached the vest on my body and told me to spend the night here and leave in the morning." But she said she refused to carry out the attack the next day. She said her brother promised the police would die but she would live. The girl spoke to television cameras after police detained her on Monday. Colonel Hamidullah Sediqi, a Border Police commander, said that the

Former Guantanamo detainee
implicated in Benghazi attack
Washington Post, by Adam Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 7:47:12 PM     Post Reply
U.S. officials suspect a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorism organization, according to officials with the plans.(snip)Qumu also had links to Abu Zubaida, a key al-Qaeda facilitator, who is being held indefinitely at the Guantanamo Bay prison. In 2007, Qumu was sent to Libya, where he was detained. The Libyan government released him in 2008. The United States is offering $10 million for information about the Benghazi attack. The day before the raid, anti-American violence erupted

Caleb Jacoby, teenage son of
Boston Globe columnist
Jeff Jacoby, is missing
MassLive [MA], by Shira Schoenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 7:24:05 PM     Post Reply
BROOKLINE — Caleb Jacoby, the 16-year-old son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby and his wife Laura, has been missing since Monday. Jacoby is a Brookline resident who is in the 11th grade at Maimonides School. According to a flier distributed by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Maimonides School, he is 5-foot-11 and weighs 140 pounds. Ellen Pulda, a spokesman for Maimonides School, said, "The school is engaging all of its resources to aid Caleb´s parents and the Brookline Police. Our entire school community is praying for Caleb´s safe return." The Brookline police did not immediately return a call for



Obama Affordable Care Act Hurts
Twice As Many As It Helps
Investor´s Business Daily, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 7:22:56 PM     Post Reply
In 2014, 25 million to 30 million Americans who have employer-provided health insurance are likely to lose it, thanks to ObamaCare´s requirement that all plans cover what Washington deems "essential benefits." Some employers will consider that unaffordable and drop coverage altogether, when their current, less-expensive plans expire over the course of the year. These 25 million to 30 million are in addition to 6 million who bought plans in the individual market and had them canceled by Jan. 1. The plight of those 6 million made headline news and caused the first cracks in the Democratic Party´s support for the law.

Disability Has Become A Long
-Term Jobless Benefit Program
Investor´s Business Daily, by Lewis K. Uhler*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 7:17:33 PM     Post Reply
The latest annual report of the Social Security Board of Trustees projects that the Disability Insurance (DI) portion of the program will run out of funds to pay promised benefits by 2016, or possibly even 2015. That´s because of a 22% increase in disability dependents on the program to 2 million since 2008. America has not suddenly become subject to a rash of disability since 2008. Disability insurance has effectively become a long-term unemployment assistance program enabled by the Obama administration´s abandonment of rational qualification standards. The root of the problem is that DI is a government program governed by political pressures,

RNC chief: Clinton
bid could help GOP
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 7:16:32 PM     Post Reply
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday it could be a boon for the GOP if Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016 due to all the “scandal” that surrounds her. The GOP´s campaign chief called Clinton a “very political person who makes decisions based on how the wind blows.” “I’m not sure,” Priebus told CNN when asked if Clinton would be the Democratic nominee in 2016. “But with all of the scandal around her, I’m not so sure it would be all that bad for the Republican Party, to tell you the truth.” The RNC head was reacting to excerpts from

The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates
Wall Street Journal, by Robert M. Gates    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 7:11:26 PM     Post Reply
All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a * in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout



Al-Qaeda´s spread unchecked
since bin Laden´s death
USA Today, by Abdulrahman al-Masri, Michele Chabin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 6:59:40 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the spread of al-Qaeda, say analysts. It may have even helped it. The chaos of the Arab Spring revolutions, al-Qaeda´s shift to a more bottom-up structure and a perceived pullback of U.S. influence in the Middle East are behind the spread of America´s No. 1 enemy in the world, say several analysts who study the core group in Pakistan and affiliates who swear allegiance to it. The latest and most stark example came this week in Iraq, where al-Qaeda militants seized control of government buildings and districts of Fallujah

GOP Is Right To Seek Cuts
Before Extending Jobless Benefits
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:58:58 PM     Post Reply
Welfare: Senate Democrats are close to passing a three-month extension of emergency jobless benefits. At the very least, Republicans should refuse to go along unless it´s paid for with spending cuts. Once again, Democrats are styling themselves as the party of compassion by spending money they don´t have and forcing taxes on future generations of workers to pay for it. It´s phony, but they´ve gotten so good at this class-warfare schtick that hey, they just might get away with it again. And not wanting to be seen as Scrooges, the GOP will no doubt eventually go along. But Republicans would do the country

U.S. to speed up deliveries of
missiles and drones to Iraq as
Baghdad battles Al Qaeda resurgence
Agence France Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:56:21 PM     Post Reply
The US is to speed up deliveries of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq as the Baghdad government battles a resurgence of Al Qaeda linked militants. Joe Biden, the US vice president, spoke by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki yesterday and ´expressed concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists,´ a statement said. The Pentagon said Washington would accelerate the delivery of 100 more Hellfire missiles - which were due to be sent to Iraq in the next few months. Colonel Steven Warren said an additional 10 ScanEagle surveillance drones would also be delivered. Hellfire missiles, originally designed

Cheesy shortage: Kraft says
Velveeta running low
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/7/2014 6:53:39 PM     Post Reply
Playoff parties may have one fewer dip option this year. Kraft Foods says some customers may not be able to find Velveeta cheese over the next few weeks. A representative for the company, Jody Moore, didn´t give any reasons for the apparent shortage, saying only that they happen from time to time given the "nature of manufacturing." She noted that the lack of availability is more noticeable because of the seasonal demand during the NFL playoffs. The company has been airing TV commercials featuring a recipe for a chili con queso dip made with Velveeta. Moore says it should be



So cold the fountains are freezing
in Florida! Half the US battles coldest
day in decades as polar vortex brings
-62F temperatures
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:38:41 PM     Post Reply
Brutal, life-threatening cold descended over the East and the South, sending the mercury plummeting on Tuesday into the single digits and teens from New York and Washington to Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham - where many people have little experience in dealing with freezing weather. After pounding the Midwest and Great Lakes over the weekend, snow from winter storm Ion started to move into the East on Tuesday. The morning weather map for the eastern half of the U.S. was dotted with lots of small, negative numbers with the Midwest and the East were colder than much of Antarctica. The historic freeze shuttered schools,

Devastating moment light aircraft crash
lands into tarmac and turns into giant
fireball killing two… but not the pilot
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ted Thornhill    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:26:23 PM     Post Reply
A pilot made a miraculous escape from a plane crash in Iceland that killed the other two occupants – and footage of the incident has been released for the first time. The shocking footage shows the aircraft – an ambulance plane – banking hard and at speed, with no landing gear visible, above a runway in Akureyri. It quickly loses altitude as it passes the camera – fixed inside a truck – and careers into the ground, creating a gigantic fireball. A watching member of the ground crew in the foreground is momentarily frozen with shock, before he runs, with another man,

Four U.S. crew feared dead as
military helicopter crashes in UK
Reuters, by Michael Holden    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 6:25:49 PM     Post Reply
LONDON- Four crew on board a U.S. military helicopter were feared dead after their aircraft crashed in eastern England during a routine training operation on Tuesday, police and U.S. officials said. The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing based at the nearby U.S. air base RAF Lakenheath, went down at about 1800 GMT on the north Norfolk coast, a rural area about 130 miles northeast of London. "We can confirm that one of our HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters went down outside Cley during a low-level flying exercise," said a spokesman at the U.S. base. "The conditions of the four

You think THIS is cold? Black-and-white
photographs reveal New Yorkers battling
sub-zero temperatures through the decades
- including city´s coldest ever day in 1934
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:15:22 PM     Post Reply
Today´s biting temperatures in New York City may be breaking records - but they´ve got nothing on the freezing winds that rattled through the city 80 years ago. Black-and-white photographs capture New Yorkers huddling together for warmth during the city´s coldest day on record - February 9, 1934, when it was 15 degrees below zero. Other images taken throughout the last century reveal the untold hardships on the homeless, commuters and workers as they battled snow-covered streets and icy winds on winter days. Some images show the beauty of the city dusted in snow - including horseback riders taking a trail through Central



Latest fatwa from Iran: No
online chatting between sexes
Fox News, by Lisa Daftari    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 6:12:24 PM     Post Reply
The latest religious edict from Iran´s supreme leader takes aim at the Islamic Republic´s lonely hearts. Online chatting between men and women on social networks is forbidden under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei´s latest fatwa, delivered ironically enough on his website in answer to a question sent by email. The top mullah´s reasoning is that such contact could eventually lead to activities prohibited by Islam. “Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted,” Khamenei wrote. Khamenei often delivers fatwas on his website, but the latest one could further expose the spiritual and generational rift between the nation´s web-savvy youth and the

Benghazi mom: ‘Why
won’t Hillary talk?’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 6:02:18 PM     Post Reply
The mother of an American killed during the terrorist attack in Benghazi continues to pressure top Obama administration officials — particularly former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — for answers. “If it’s not Hillary, why doesn’t somebody tell me something?” she asked Tuesday on Fox News. Patricia Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an American diplomat killed along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and two U.S. security personnel during an attack on a U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

Surprise: Obama Administration
´At least A Month´ Behind
Schedule on 2015 Budget
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/7/2014 5:58:44 PM     Post Reply
Botched deadlines and sloppy governance are hallmarks of Barack Obama´s presidency. Every president is required by statute to submit a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year by the first Monday in February. For the fifth time in six years, Obama will fail to meet this core governing responsibility (via Congressional Quarterly): The White House is said to be at least a month behind its own schedule for developing a fiscal 2015 budget, which by statute is supposed to be submitted to Congress on the first Monday in February. That will slow work on next year’s spending bills, even though

Robert Gates: Obama White House
‘offended’ Hillary Clinton
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 5:53:34 PM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told President Barack Obama she opposed the troop surge in Iraq because of concerns that it could hurt her in the 2008 presidential primary, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates writes in a new book, which says that Obama also “vaguely” acknowledged politics factored into his stance against the surge. “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary,” writes Gates in his forthcoming memoir, according to an early writeup of the book by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.

Mónica Spear: UCF grad, former
Miss Venezuela killed by armed
Orlando Sentinel [Florida], by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/7/2014 5:46:31 PM     Post Reply
Mónica Spear, a 29-year-old former Miss Venezuela who used to live in Orlando, was gunned down along with her ex-husband while vacationing in the South American nation, authorities said on Tuesday. Spear, who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in theater, was also a soap-opera actress. Spear and her ex-husband, Henry Berry, 39, died late Monday in an attempted robbery on the highway between Puerto Cabello and Valencia in central Venezuela.


2017: The Obama
Regime in Exile
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 5:06:29 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Here´s Bob in Coronado, California, as we head back to the phones. Hi, Bob. CALLER: Hi. Today Obama changes any aspect of Obamacare by fiat. My question is, why can´t a Republican president, when elected in 2016, undo any aspects of the Affordable Care Act by fiat or executive order just as Obama´s doing it now? We could eliminate the IRS involvement with health care, could rescind union waivers, eliminate any useless bureaucracy, and just do it by fiat. I mean, it would give the libs a complete conniption. RUSH: So you think two wrongs make a right? CALLER: Well, I think

Empty promises, warmed-over
Marxism seduce NYC
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/7/2014 5:00:19 PM     Post Reply
The life and times of Bill de Blasio, the new mayor of New York City, reads like a satire from the typewriter of Evelyn Waugh. His Honor could have been a minor character in “Scoop,” Waugh’s classic send-up of newspaper journalism and bungling do-gooders stumbling across the margins of the real world. He’s a perfect fit in the scurvy precincts of Gotham’s radical left-wing politics. Unlike his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, Mr. de Blasio has never had a real job, preferring the fun and games of political campaigns and hanging on at City Hall, where making trouble for people is a profitable

Group unveils Satan statue
design for Oklahoma
Associated Press, by Sean Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/7/2014 4:49:55 PM     Post Reply
OKLAHOMA CITY — A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist´s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that´s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him. "The monument has been designed to

Gates Slams Biden in Memoir,
Reveals He Nearly Quit
Time, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/7/2014 4:40:23 PM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has harsh words for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy judgement in his soon-to-be-released memoir.According to the New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the memoir, Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” but questions his record. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes, according to the Times. Gates, the only high-level holdover from the Bush administration to the President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, reveals he nearly quit his post in September 2009 while Obama reviewed his Afghanistan

Obama formally nominates Baucus
as ambassador to China
Washington Times (D.C), by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 4:36:57 PM     Post Reply
It was no secret that Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, was the White House’s pick to serve as the next American ambassador to China, but President Obama now has made that choice official. The president on Tuesday formally nominated Mr. Baucus, who has served in the Senate since 1978 and was planning to retire when his current term ends in 2015. The White House also put forth nine other nominees to serve in key posts. Perhaps most notably, Mr. Obama officially named Leon Rodriguez to serve as the next director of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. But like Mr. Baucus’

Christie signs N.J. ´Dream Act´ [video]
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Patricia Alex    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/7/2014 4:30:48 PM     Post Reply
Governor Christie held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday in Union City for legislation that allows some students in the country illegally to attend New Jersey’s state colleges and universities at resident rates. The legislature passed the tuition equality bill in a rushed lame duck session before the holidays, and Christie quickly and quietly signed it so that it could apply for the spring semester. The bill allows the students – who have lived here for at least three years and graduated from high schools in the state – to pay in-state tuition, which is about half the out-of-state rates

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