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Hillary 2016 — not so inevitable
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 5:20:44 AM     Post Reply
I wrote a book with the subtitle: “Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President of the United States Unless ...” Unfortunately, I wrote it in 2005 and published it in 2006 — and my answer to the “unless” wasn’t Barack Obama, but Rudy Giuliani. My book did about as well as it deserved to do. Still, its central contention — that Hillary would be the 2008 Democratic nominee — was entirely uncontroversial when I wrote it, when I published it and for a year afterward. And it would be entirely uncontroversial now for 2016. This time she comes into the

Speed Read: Juiciest Bits From
Secretary of Defense Bob Gates’ ‘Duty’
Daily Beast, by William O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 5:16:20 AM     Post Reply
In his eagerly anticipated memoir ‘Duty,’ former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pulls no punches about President Obama, a threat from David Petraeus, and Nancy Pelosi’s bad side. Famous for the decisions he made in two wars as well as for serving two presidents of opposing parties, Robert Gates’s memoir Duty leaves little room for misunderstanding how he saw people or events during his time as secretary of defense. Here are some of the juiciest bits from the memoir. He Wasn’t Awed by Obama Whether it was his age (his nickname in the Obama administration became Yoda) or that he was

Growing Up Unvaccinated
Slate, by Amy Parker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/8/2014 5:09:14 AM     Post Reply
I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy; we took daily supplements of vitamin C, echinacea, cod liver oil. I had an outdoor lifestyle; I grew up next to a farm in England’s Lake District, walked everywhere, did sports and danced twice a week, drank plenty of water. I wasn’t even allowed pop; even my fresh juice was watered down

  


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For Cheney, Realities of a
Race Outweighed Family Edge
New York Times, by Jonathan Martin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/8/2014 5:03:42 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Liz Cheney’s short-lived Wyoming Senate campaign shows the perils of personal ambition outpacing a rationale for candidacy. Ms. Cheney, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s elder daughter, on Monday morning cited “serious health issues” in her family when she withdrew from her primary challenge of Senator Michael B. Enzi. But well before she dropped out, it was clear that her first bid for public office was off-key. She ran in a state that she had not lived in for decades rather than in her longtime home state, Virginia, she targeted a genial and well-liked incumbent with no glaring ideological vulnerabilities,

A Chaos-Driven Path to Single Payer?
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 4:59:12 AM     Post Reply
Those who have resisted the idea that the HealthCare.gov web site and Obamacare in general may have been intentionally designed to create confusion and chaos as a means for imposing a single-payer healthcare system on a currently unwilling populace are going to have a tough time explaining away yet another recently discovered “quirk.” To be clear, I’m not claiming, as some have inferred from previous columns, that there is a widely orchestrated chaos-creation plan, or that any attempt to capitalize on the current bedlam to impose single-payer is destined to succeed. What I am saying is that the evidence supporting the

White House disputes Gates memoir claims
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 4:56:05 AM     Post Reply
Just the first volley and return in what is sure to be a pretty consuming tussle for the next week. Allah brought you Gates’ part— the very serious claim that President Obama sent American troops to war for political reasons despite having no faith in the plan or will to complete it. Now, the White House: “It is well known that the president has been committed to achieving the mission of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al-Qaeda, while also ensuring that we have a clear plan for winding down the war, which will end this year,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden

High-Speed Train in California
Is Caught in a Political Storm
New York Times, by Adam Nagourney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 4:54:38 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown of California is riding into an election year on a wave of popularity and an upturn in the state’s fortunes. But a project that has become a personal crusade for him over the past two years — a 520-mile high-speed train line from Los Angeles to San Francisco — is in trouble, reeling from a court ruling that undermined its financing, and from slipping public support and opponents’ rising calls to shut it down. Mr. Brown and his advisers have strongly affirmed their support for the planned $68 billion rail line, the most ambitious

  


  

Sister of American jailed in North
Korea ´outraged´ by Rodman´s actions
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 4:47:07 AM     Post Reply
The sister of an American citizen being held in North Korea says she is "outraged" by Dennis Rodman´s visit to Pyongyang for a game on leader Kim Jung Un´s birthday and his comments about the jailed missionary during a bizarre television interview. Asked in a CNN satellite interview Tuesday whether he would raise the issue of Kenneth Bae, who is being held in North Korea on charges of "anti-state" crimes, Rodman yelled in response, "I don´t give a rat´s ass what the hell you think." "Kenneth Bae did one thing," an angry Rodman shouted, as he waved a cigar at the camera.

Gov´t Offers New Approach
to Classroom Discipline
Associated Press, by Kimberly Hefling    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 4:41:29 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules. Civil rights advocates have long said that a "school-to-prison" pipeline stems from overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that bring them out of school and into the court system. Attorney General Eric Holder said the problem often stems from well intentioned "zero-tolerance" policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s,

Voluntary government checkpoints spark backlash
USA Today, by Larry Copeland    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/8/2014 2:54:54 AM     Post Reply
A tactic used by the federal government to gather information for anti-drunken and drugged driving programs is coming under criticism in cities around the country, and some local police agencies say they will no longer take part. The tactic involves a subcontractor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that uses off-duty but uniformed police at voluntary roadside checkpoints where motorists are asked on their behavior behind the wheel. In some cases, workers at the checkpoints collect blood and saliva samples, in addition to breath samples. NHTSA has said previously that the surveys do not collect any DNA.

Time Magazine Swings Both Ways
P J Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/8/2014 12:58:11 AM     Post Reply
As spotted by Steve Goddard, and linked to by Climate Depot: In 1974, Time Magazine blamed the cold polar vortex on global cooling. ‘Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world.’ Another Ice Age? – TIME Forty years later, Time Magazine blames the cold polar vortex on global warming. ‘But not only does the cold spell not disprove climate change, it may well be that

  


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Obama’s rhetoric on fighting
poverty doesn’t match his policies
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 11:29:33 PM     Post Reply
Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama. Aides said Mr. Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office.

A City of Two Tales
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/7/2014 11:26:14 PM     Post Reply
Two of the most depressing stories to come out of Washington since the New Year involved vignettes, little slices of life illustrating what happens in that great city when the kitchen lights are turned off and the roaches come out to play. (Snip) The word Gates uses to describe many of Obama’s actions are “breaches of faith”. That is a literary way of describing what prosaically used to be called a double-cross. But who is double-crossing whom? Implicit in Ron Johnson’s suit and Gates’ memoir is that the politicians in Washington are shafting each other to a minor extent. But

Obama Administration´s Benghazi Bombshell
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 11:26:05 PM     Post Reply
The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials suspect Sufian Ben Qumu, an ex-Guantanamo 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.” Ben Qumu is based in Derna, Libya and runs a branch of Ansar al Sharia headquartered in the city. U.S. officials have found that some of Ben Qumu’s militiamen from Derna “participated in the attack” and “were in Benghazi before the attack took place on Sept. 11, 2012.” Ben Qumu was fingered early on as a suspect in the

Vail Founder´s Grandson
Killed in Colorado Slide
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/7/2014 11:17:34 PM     Post Reply
The grandson of Vail´s founder was killed and three other people were injured Tuesday in an avalanche near the ski resort, authorities said. Anthony Seibert, 24, was killed in the slide in the backcountry near Vail, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said. She said Seibert is the grandson of Peter Seibert, who along with Earl Eaton is widely credited with finding the terrain that would later become Vail Mountain. The three others who were injured were expected to recover from their injuries. Their names weren´t released. Sheriff´s spokeswoman Jessie Mosher said the slide happened at around 11:30 a.m. in East Vail Chutes, an

  


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Iraq War veterans watch losses
of hard-fought gains in Fallujah
Washington Times (D.C), by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 10:24:46 PM     Post Reply
Robert Reynolds chokes up when asked to recall what it was like to be among U.S. forces who routed al Qaeda-linked fighters from the western Iraqi city of Fallujah a decade ago. “We lost hundreds of men, so many men, and so many more men were injured,” said the former Marine, who received a Purple Heart for the bullet he took in the arm during the combat. Like other Americans who put their lives on the line in one of the most intense U.S. combat operations in decades, Mr. Reynolds, 36, finds it hard to come to grips with news

Black Hawk down in Norfolk:
Four crew dead as US helicopter
crashes during routine low-level
flying exercise over coast
Daily Mail (UK), by Francesca Infante and Emily Davies*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 10:09:10 PM     Post Reply
Four people are feared dead following a military helicopter crash on a coastal nature reserve in Norfolk. The aircraft, a Pave Hawk took off from the U.S. airforce base at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, for a routine low-level flying exercise. Residents told of hearing a ´heavy and very unusual´ sound overhead as the helicopter - which specialises in recovering troops from war zones - plummeted into flooded marshland. The aircraft, a modified version of the U.S. Army´s Black Hawk, is believed to have crashed just after 8pm close to the shoreline near the village Cley-next-the-Sea. Police confirmed the chopper was carrying

White House Responds to Gates:
Biden a ‘Leading Statesman
of His Time’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 10:04:11 PM     Post Reply
The White House has issued an official response to excerpts released earlier today from the forthcoming memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In the book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Gates suggests that President Barack Obama came to disavow his own strategy in Afghanistan. But his harshest remarks are saved for Vice President Joe Biden. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes of the vice president. According to the White House statement, Obama “disagrees with Secretary Gates’ assessment.” Read the Obama

WSJ Columnist: MSNBC Has a
‘Pattern’ of ‘Hiring Black Mediocrities’
to ‘Race-Bait’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 9:46:36 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Wall Street Journal editor Jason Riley joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel to weigh in with this thoughts on the controversy surrounding MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s comments about Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild. Riley said that MSNBC has established a pattern of hiring African-American hosts that he describes as “mediocrities.” Riley, a Fox News Channel contributor, insisted that he “didn’t buy” Harris-Perry’s first tweeted and later tearfully broadcast apologies to the Romney family and to interracial families across the country. “She suggested that it was sort of a segment gone awry,” he continued. “I somehow doubt that.” He said

´Downton Abbey´ premiere
breaks ratings record
CNN, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 9:42:42 PM     Post Reply
The "Downton Abbey" phenomenon just keeps getting bigger. Sunday´s season four premiere of the upstairs-downstairs drama on PBS surpassed the comparable ratings for every previous episode. According to Nielsen data, at least 10.2 million viewers tuned in live (or within a few hours via digital video recorders) on Sunday night, up from 7.9 million at the start of season three and 8.2 million at the end of it. This was more than a "personal best" for "Downton." The season four premiere outperformed every other drama on Sunday night, too. CBS´s "The Good Wife," for instance, had 9.2 million viewers; ABC´s "Revenge"

  



Rep Poe: Congress Should Cut
Foreign Aid, Not Military Pensions
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/7/2014 9:32:07 PM     Post Reply
After Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) succeeded in pushing through one percent cuts in the annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veteran and military retiree pension funds, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) pushed back by urging cuts in foreign aid instead. Breitbart News spoke with Poe on January 6th, and he made clear he was alarmed by plans to place these cuts on "benefits that were promised [to our military personnel] when they signed up to serve our country." Poe voted against the cuts; he explained that the "one percent" aspect is misleading, as the cuts "could amount to a 20 percent decrease

Krauthammer on Gates revelations
about Obama: ´How can a
commander-in-chief do that?´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/7/2014 8:36:38 PM     Post Reply
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ revelation in his new memoir that his commander-in-chief didn’t believe in the war in Afghanistan and subsequent surge in troops was shocking. “Obama doesn’t believe in the surge or in the war, or in his own actions,” Krauthammer said, “He doesn’t believe in [General] Petraeus, he hates [Afghan President] Karzai, he thinks the war isn’t his. How can a commander-in-chief do that?” Krauthammer went on to say he assumed President Obama didn’t believe in the war,

Top 10 Revelations From
Robert Gates’s Memoir
Wall Street Journal, by Dion Nissenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/7/2014 8:30:47 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is releasing his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” a 600-page book that offers a stark, insider’s view of Washington, the Pentagon, Congress and America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can read an exclusive WSJ excerpt.) Here’s a look at some of the book’s most riveting revelations: 1. Contempt for Congress Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone

Global warming devastates America
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2014 8:12:26 PM     Post Reply
See that white stuff floating down past the orange trees and landing on your alligators and manatees, Florida? That´s global warming, that is. See that frozen white thing by the harbor that used to look like a green woman with a spiky headdress, New York? That´s global warming, that is. See that chilling solid yellow stream extending upwards from the snowy ground to your shrivelling blackened member after you made the very wrong call to take an al fresco leak, Chicagoans? That´s global warming, that is. How do we know this? Because Bryan Walsh of Time magazine says so: But not only does the cold spell

AGs to Obama: We
need meeting on ACA
Associated Press, by Meg Kinnard    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 8:00:17 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Attorneys general from South Carolina and Florida have asked the White House to arrange a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over prosecutors´ concerns about the health care overhaul. In a letter provided on Tuesday to The Associated Press, Alan Wilson of South Carolina and Pam Bondi of Florida ask President Barack Obama to direct Sebelius to meet with them, saying previous requests made directly to the secretary have gone unanswered. "Due to the lack of response to the multitude of concerns shared with your Administration by numerous states over the last

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

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