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Escape Poverty: Graduate, Work,
Get Married, Have Kids
Cybercast News Service., by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 12:36:57 PM     Post Reply
Fifty years ago today, in his State of the Union Address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." Over the next two years, he massively expanded the federal government, creating Medicaid, Medicare and the food stamp program, and increasing federal involvement in public education. What impact did this have on poverty? In the mid-1960s, as measured by the Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in poverty was on its way down, dropping from 22.4 percent in 1959 to 14.7 percent by 1966.

The Catholic Supreme Court’s
War on Women
US News, by Jamie Stiehm    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/8/2014 12:30:48 PM     Post Reply
Et tu, Justice Sonia Sotomayor? Really, we can´t trust you on women´s health and human rights? The lady from the Bronx just dropped the ball on American women and girls as surely as she did the sparkling ball at midnight on New Year´s Eve in Times Square. Or maybe she´s just a good Catholic girl. The Supreme Court is now best understood as the Extreme Court. One big reason why is that six out of nine Justices are Catholic. Let´s be forthright about that. (The other three are Jewish.) Sotomayor, appointed by President Obama, is a Catholic who put her religion

Florida executes Askari Abdullah Muhammad
(Thomas Knight) for killing guard, couple
Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), by Tamara Lush    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/8/2014 12:21:38 PM     Post Reply
STARKE - A Florida inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally stabbing a prison guard with a sharpened spoon while on death row for abducting and killing a Miami couple. Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the governor´s office said. The execution took place in the same prison where Muhammad killed corrections officer Richard Burke in 1980. "This is where my dad took his last breath," said the slain guard´s daughter, 47-year-old Carolyn Burke Thompson. She was among several family members who witnessed the



Alfred Hitchcock´s unseen Holocaust
documentary to be screened
Independent (UK), by Geoffrey Macnab    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/8/2014 11:57:22 AM     Post Reply
The British Army Film Unit cameramen who shot the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 used to joke about the reaction of Alfred Hitchcock to the horrific footage they filmed. When Hitchcock first saw the footage, the legendary British director was reportedly so traumatised that he stayed away from Pinewood Studios for a week. Hitchcock may have been the king of horror movies but he was utterly appalled by "the real thing". In 1945, Hitchcock had been enlisted by his friend and patron Sidney Bernstein to help with a documentary on German wartime atrocities, based on the footage of

Top Saudi lets the cat out of the bag
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/8/2014 11:18:23 AM     Post Reply
It is worthy paying close attention when a certain Saudi prince speaks his mind. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is sometimes described as the most powerful Arab in the world, thanks to his enormous wealth, business acumen, and influence in the Saudi royal family, which runs the Kingdom as a family fiefdom. Western-educated, he has shown himself to be an effective power broker, owning a 7% stake in News Corporation and donating $20 million each to Harvard and Georgetown Universities, arousing suspicions of undue influence. The good prince let the world know what the real stakes are in the battle over fracking.

New York Yankees´ Mark Teixeira
Tweets About Climate Change
Yahoo! Sports, by Howard Z. Unger    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/8/2014 10:59:41 AM     Post Reply
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira broke one of baseball´s unwritten rules this week when we he took to Twitter to question climate change. On Tuesday, Teixeira, using his @teixeira25 handle, tweeted: Most confusing thing I have heard this week, "Global warming is causing all of this cold weather." Huh? Within the first 2 hours, Teixeira´s 103-character dispatch, which went against an unwritten rule to never discuss politics, garnered more than 200 retweets. Among responses to the first baseman´s admitted confusion over the extreme weather pattern over most of the United States were: @JYates29: Huh? *sigh* #dumb" @JasonMillman: thank

50 Years In, War on
Poverty Needs New Strategy
American Magazine, by Josh Good    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/8/2014 10:53:56 AM     Post Reply
Fifty years ago today, Lyndon B. Johnson stood before the U.S. Congress and, in his State of the Union address, declared, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” A half-century later, how are we to evaluate the War on Poverty? What are its most decisive victories, its defeats, and its path forward? A Sunday New York Times article paints a reasonably accurate picture, noting that the U.S. poverty rate has fallen from 19 percent to 15 percent in two generations: not a complete failure, but hardly a definitive success. Of course, not only are



Legendary student-banging teacher Mary
Kay Letourneau has been arrested again
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 10:52:16 AM     Post Reply
You remember Mary Kay Letourneau, right? She’s the former Seattle-area elementary school teacher who molested her 12-year-old student Vili Fualaau in the 1990s, had a couple kids with him, spent about six years in jail, then married Fualaau in 2005—in a ceremony at a winery covered exclusively by television show Entertainment Tonight. Well, Letourneau’s penchant for misbehavior is back in the news again. On Monday morning, Letourneau, 51, was booked into the King County Jail in Seattle on a misdemeanor arrest warrant, reports The Seattle Times. The cradle-robbing teacher’s crime this time: failing to appear in court on a charge

Jindal: DOJ ´More Interested
In Skin Color´ Than Education
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 10:45:01 AM     Post Reply
In November, the Obama Justice Department dropped a lawsuit aimed at stopping a school voucher program in Louisiana. The Louisiana Scholarship Program is intended to give students in failing public schools a chance to attend better schools, including private ones. Justice tried to block the program on the basis that it may have violated a 1975 federal desegregation order. The case began to heat up when Republican governor Bobby Jindal, joined by some parents of students (chiefly minorities) who had benefited from the voucher program, began a defense in the courts. Justice then filed a motion contesting the parents´ standing

An Unauthorized Book Leaks
and Roger Ailes Declares War
Daily Beast, by Lloyd Groves    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2014 10:42:21 AM     Post Reply
In ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room,’ charges of anti-Semitism, Bill O’Reilly mockery, and a trophy from Lachlan Murdoch’s tenure. Full of falsehoods, says Fox News. Television wizard Roger Ailes and his combat-ready army at the Fox News Channel, the cable-news powerhouse he launched in 1996, have spent three years preparing for all-out war over New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman’s forthcoming Ailes biography, The Loudest Voice in the Room. And now, with the book’s official publication two weeks away, war has finally been declared. After contents of the book leaked on Tuesday, a Fox News spokesperson said Sherman reported

Ready for Clinton PAC collects millions
of dollars without a candidate
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/8/2014 10:41:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The super-PAC urging former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 raised more than $4 million in 2013, the PAC´s spokesman said. In a memo obtained by CNN, Ready for Clinton -- despite Clinton´s silence on whether she´ll seek the Democratic nomination again -- heralded a "groundswell" of support during the second half of 2013, saying the number of new supporters nearly quadrupled and donations doubled those in the first six months, the U.S. broadcaster reported Tuesday. "We have exceeded our goals and are ahead of schedule in raising the funds necessary



Embattled LA County Sheriff Lee Baca
to retire amid misconduct probe
NBC News, by Andrew Blankstein    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/8/2014 10:37:51 AM     Post Reply
Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday that he will step down from his post at the end of the month and will not run for a fifth term as the county´s top cop later this year because he doesn´t want "a campaign of negative contentious politicking." (Snip) His decision to retire comes weeks after Andre Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for California´s Central District, announced charges against 18 current and former deputies assigned to the Los Angeles County jails in connection with “a wide scope of illegal conduct,” including allegations of unjustified beating of inmates, unjustified detentions

Emails Tie Top Christie Aide to
Lane Closings, Despite Denials
New York Times, by Kate Zernike    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 1/8/2014 10:28:04 AM     Post Reply
A series of newly obtained emails shows that Gov. Chris Christie’s office was closely involved with the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey in September, and that officials closed the lanes in what appeared to be retribution against the mayor whose town was gridlocked as a result. Mr. Christie, a Republican, has insisted that his staff and his campaign had nothing to do with the lane closings, and said that they were done as part of a traffic study. But the emails, obtained by The New York Times, show that Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff

In Defense of Obama
on the Gates Memoir
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/8/2014 10:20:04 AM     Post Reply
In what Bob Woodward called a "harsh" judgment of President Obama, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes of the commander-in-chief adding troops to Afghanistan over the objections of his political team, second-guessing that decision, and never quite trusting his generals. "For him," Gates writes in his memoir, "it´s all about getting out." To that I say, bravo. While excerpts of Gates´s books are being interpreted as embarrassing for Obama, I´m looking forward to reading the memoir in full—and expect to come away more impressed with the president than his Defense chief. Consider first what the memoir says about Gates himself. Criticism of

U.S. Trademark Office Says
‘Redskins’ is Derogatory
CBS/ Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harleynyc- 1/8/2014 10:13:36 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — There will be no trademark for “Redskins Hog Rinds,” a bad omen for the Washington Redskins in the legal battle over their name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a request from a company to sell pork rinds using the word “Redskins” because it deemed the term to be “derogatory slang.” In a letter dated Dec. 29, the agency wrote: “Registration is refused because the applied-for mark REDSKINS HOG RINDS consists of or includes matter which may disparage or bring into contempt or disrepute persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols.”



Ships break free from ice off Antarctica
CNN, by Brian Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Mobyclik- 1/8/2014 10:04:40 AM     Post Reply
Two ships broke free Tuesday from the Antarctic ice that had trapped them off the continent´s coast. Cracks in the ice allowed the Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy to escape the ice field where it had been stranded for two weeks, Australia´s Maritime Safety Authority said. The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, which had gotten stuck in the ice during an attempt to extract the Russian ship, broke free about an hour later, officials said. (Snip)The Xue Long will remain on its original mission in the Antarctic, China´s state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Jahi McMath case: Brain-dead girl in
´very bad shape´ after transfer
Los Angeles Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/8/2014 10:00:07 AM     Post Reply
The attorney for the family of Jahi McMath, the brain-dead 13-year-old girl at the center of a legal controversy, says her body has deteriorated to the point that "we don´t know if she´s going to make it."(Snip)Bodies of the brain-dead have been maintained on respirators for months or, in rare cases, years. However, once cessation of all brain activity is confirmed, there is no recovery, Rebecca S. Dresser, professor of law and ethics in medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, told The Times. Dresser also served on a presidential bioethics council that in 2008 reaffirmed "whole-brain death" as legal

Jahi McMath case used as Consumer
Watchdog fundraising tool
San Francisco Chronicle, by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/8/2014 9:50:00 AM     Post Reply
The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after a tonsillectomy at Children´s Hospital Oakland, is now the centerpiece of a political fundraising effort aimed at lifting California´s $250,000 cap for pain and suffering awards in medical malpractice cases. Consumer Watchdog, a Southern California nonprofit that has teamed up with the state´s trial lawyers on a proposed November ballot initiative to lift the limit, just sent out a mailer to supporters saying, "Hospitals like Children´s actually have an incentive to let children like Jahi die. (Snip)Dolan is past president and a current board member of Consumer

Vermont plots course for
single-payer healthcare
FoxNews, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
Posted By: MattMusson- 1/8/2014 9:46:38 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – While all eyes are on the ObamaCare rollout, an ambitious health care experiment is going forward in Vermont that would create a government-run alternative know as a "single-payer" system -- and it´s starting to attract more attention from liberals frustrated with the Affordable Care Act´s implementation. Democrats´ faith in ObamaCare has been shaken by the technical failures of the federal and state insurance exchanges as well as, in some cases, premium increases. In Vermont, however, they see a potential first step toward the kind of national government-run health care system some have advocated for years.

Poll: Obama, Hillary Clinton ´deliberately
misled´ nation on Benghazi attack
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/8/2014 9:36:22 AM     Post Reply
As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton battles new allegations that she only considered presidential politics in voting against the successful surge of troops to Iraq in 2007, the 2012 Benghazi attack continues to haunt her, with a new poll finding that Americans believe the administration “deliberately misled” them on the scandal. A new YouGov poll found that 44 percent of the public believes “the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people” when the president, Clinton, and others suggested the attack was sparked by outrage over a western movie, not terrorism. Some 30 percent said the administration “shared the facts as


Biography Casts Critical
Light on Fox News Chief
New York Times, by JULIE BOSMAN and BILL CARTER    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/8/2014 9:27:55 AM     Post Reply
Roger Ailes was so eager to influence national politics that in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, he told fellow Fox News executives point-blank: “I want to elect the next president.” In the corporate thicket of News Corporation, according to a new book, Mr. Ailes dared to battle with Lachlan Murdoch, a son of Rupert Murdoch, the chairman, openly gloating when the younger Mr. Murdoch eventually left his post at the company and even commandeering his chair. At Fox News, the book says, Mr. Ailes was disdainful of even his most bankable on-air talent, privately calling Bill O’Reilly “a book salesman

Happy Birthday, Elvis!
Albany Herald [GA], by Barry Levine    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/8/2014 9:00:40 AM     Post Reply
If Elvis Presley were alive today to celebrate his 79th birthday, he probably would get “All Shook Up” while holding his “Teddy Bear” and celebrating at “Heartbreak Hotel.” The “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” unfortunately died of a heart problem in 1977 at age 42 at his massive Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn. Graceland, where Elvis spent most of his time when not performing, is the most famous home in America after The White House. Elvis reportedly earned the nickname the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” when a magazine ran a contest between Elvis and calypso singer Harry Belafonte to

Rodman sings Happy Birthday
to North Korea´s Kim Jong-un
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 9:00:03 AM     Post Reply
US basketball star Dennis Rodman has sung Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital. Rodman said Mr Kim, who was in the audience with his wife and other senior officials, was his "best friend". The former NBA star is on his fourth North Korean visit to mark Mr Kim´s birthday with a basketball match. He has angrily defended his visit after criticism from rights groups. The US said he does not represent the country. The crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped and waved as Rodman

Why is the GOP launching a
new anti-poverty campaign
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/8/2014 8:51:51 AM     Post Reply
This week many prominent Republicans are taking part in a new campaign to emphasize GOP solutions for poverty. Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Reince Priebus and others are marking the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson´s War on Poverty by outlining conservative ideas for improving the lot of the poorest Americans. And the effort is not just to commemorate an occasion; these leaders and others want the Republican Party to give anti-poverty policy a newly prominent place among GOP priorities. It´s unclear whether Republicans will be able to actually enact any of their policy proposals -- especially since so far, they

Freeze sent SCE&G power plants reeling,
left a lot of us shivering in the dark
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Christina Elmore*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 8:49:29 AM     Post Reply
The coldest weather in more than a decade proved too much Tuesday for SCE&G generating plants knocked out by mechanical failure attributed to the deep freeze. [Snip] "The bitter cold temperatures affected normal operation of a transmitter involved with regulating pressure in the plant´s boiler system," SCE&G spokesman Eric Boomhower said in an email. Other plants affected by the weather included Urquhart Station, Fairfield Pumped Storage, Wateree Station and McMeekin Station. SCE&G said it would take steps to prevent a recurrence of the outages that affected 50,000 statewide, including 9,000 in Charleston County. The preventive measures include portable heaters to

Chicago´s gun ban is unconstitutional, says
Obama-appointed federal judge, paving
the way for residents to arm themselves
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 8:22:56 AM     Post Reply
A federal court ruled Monday that Chicago´s ban on private gun ownership, one of the nation´s toughest, violates the U.S. Constitution´s guarantee of individuals´ rights to bear arms. The decision was the fourth major court ruling in recent years to go against the Windy City, in a trend that has Second Amendment supporters trouncing gun-control advocates even in the face of widely publicized school massacres and other public shootings. The city ´has not demonstrated that allowing gun sales and transfers within city limits creates such genuine and serious risks to public safety that flatly prohibiting them is justified,´ read the 35-page

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