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It Would be Helpful If Guys Like Bob
Gates Would Tell the American People
What They Know About Democrats
When It Matters
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 3:24:46 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Is it any surprise that Barack Obama -- see, this is my point, in a nutshell, this is it, this is it. Is it any surprise that Barack Obama and his gang don´t like the military? Is it any surprise that everything they do is a political calculation? No. None of this ought to be a surprise to anyone. The real question is -- and I don´t know Robert Gates -- you know, this is becoming a trend. You got journalists who are covering campaigns who do not report things that could have impact on the outcome. They save

Jay Carney Reacts to Gates’
Book: What You Get When
You Pick a ‘Team of Rivals’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 3:17:14 PM     Post Reply
From the first question at Wednesday’s White House press briefing, Jay Carney was bombarded with inquiries regarding former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, and its damning assessments of President Barack Obama and especially Vice President Joe Biden. Elaborating on the official White House statement released last night, Carney said Obama “greatly appreciates the advice and counsel” of his vice president and these types of disagreements can be expected when pick a “team of rivals” to fill your cabinet. “When it comes to the internal inner-agency process, the president expects it to be

Eric Cantor wants school choice
nationwide within a decade
Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/8/2014 3:14:18 PM     Post Reply
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told a think tank audience Wednesday he wants every student in the nation to have access to school choices outside the public system in ten years. Cantor, in an address to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., highlighted his school choice agenda ahead of the release of the think tank's 2013 education Choice and Competition Index, which examines school choice issues. Cantor told the crowd that he believes the ability of parents to send children to affordable schools outside of the public system "is under attack," in places including Washington, New York City and Louisiana, where state and federal lawmakers have moved to stymie charter schools and school vouchers.



Jeff Ireland out as Miami Dolphins GM
USA Today Sports, by Tom Peliserro    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 1/8/2014 3:10:02 PM     Post Reply
Jeff Ireland is out as the Miami Dolphins´ general manager. The team announced Tuesday it has mutually agreed to part ways with Ireland, who had been a controversial figure since being named GM in 2008. (Snip) The Dolphins haven´t been to the playoffs since 2008, finishing 7-9, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9 and 8-8 since. They needed to win one of their final two games to make the postseason this season but lost to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. That cost offensive coordinator Mike Sherman his job Monday and surely contributed to Ireland's ouster a day later.

Obama to announce investment
in 5 ´Promise Zones´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 3:07:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will announce five "Promise Zones" this week as part of his effort to focus on income inequality in the lead-up to his State of the Union address. Promise Zones are areas where the federal government provides tax incentives and grants to help communities tackle poverty. Obama first announced the initiative during last year´s State of the Union speech. On Thursday, Obama will announce the first Promise Zone locations. They´re in San Antonio, Texas; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The White House says Obama believes investing in and rebuilding economically challenged communities is

´Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee´:
Chris Christie deputies snarled up New
York City bridge traffic against
political enemy, emails reveal
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 3:05:05 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie´s aides punished a Democratic mayor for refusing to endorse their boss by snarling commuter traffic entering his town´s on-ramp to New York City´s busiest bridge, emails revealed today. [Snip] But a raft of electronic messages subpoenaed from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by the New Jersey Assembly´s Transportation Committee show details beyond what reporters have guessed at to date. Emails and instant messages between Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and two appointees at the Port Authority reveal a calculated effort to retaliate against Mayor Mark Sokolich by

Jonathan Martin Told Richie
Incognito ... I'm All About
The Strip Club!!
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 1/8/2014 2:59:18 PM     Post Reply
Jonathan Martin didn´t look like a man who was dragged into hitting strip clubs before he accused teammate Richie Incognito of bullying ... at least judging by this pic, which is now in the hands of investigators and obtained by TMZ Sports. Of course, after Martin left the Miami Dolphins in the wake of his bullying allegations against Richie, there were reports Incognito had been holding linemen meetings at Tootsie´s Cabaret in Miami ... and players who didn´t show up were fined and mocked. But sources connected to the NFL investigation tell TMZ Sports ... Martin had sent several text



It may be ´the law,´ but
Obamacare deserves no respect
Washington Examiner, by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 2:56:30 PM     Post Reply
To fans and defenders of the Affordable Care Act, the bill is your normal, run-of-the-mill but wholly fantastic and wonderful game-changing measure, up there with Social Security, Medicare and the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts as national milestones -- bills that were launched amid opposition and discord, but in time were accepted and loved. But from the beginning, this has been different in three signal ways that have been self-destructive, the last of which may be the worst. The first is the fact that previously mentioned programs were simple: the civil and voting rights acts stopped abuses and the others involved

Robert Gates´s memoirs add
to the sense that Obama´s
presidency is unravelling
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 2:53:53 PM     Post Reply
Maintaining presidential authority--or even dignity in Bill Clinton´s case--into a second term is always difficult, and today another layer of gloss is stripped from Barack Obama´s reputation with the publication of the first extracts of a memoir by his former Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates.[Snip] And we know that his first term administration was run by a bunch of control freaks who centralised control of national security policy, undercutting and upstaging the Pentagon and the State Department to maintain that control. But the fact that this truth-telling comes from Robert Gates, a Republican who cut the figure of a non-partisan

Gates should have waited
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 2:51:05 PM     Post Reply
I believe that Barack Obama is a weak and failing president. I believe his policies are contributing to an American decline that will endanger this country and the world in incalculable ways. I think President Obama’s White House has more than its share of enablers, delusional sycophants and people who don’t believe in the United States as the indispensable nation. In my view, an election, giving us an opportunity to try to reverse the trajectory that President Obama has put us on, can’t come fast enough. That said, I don’t think this president, or any other president — at least

Johnny Manziel to enter NFL draft
ESPN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/8/2014 2:48:42 PM     Post Reply
Johnny Manziel will enter the 2014 NFL draft, forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility at Texas A&M, sources confirmed to ESPN. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner filed the official paperwork to declare himself eligible for the draft on Wednesday.(Snip) Widely projected as a first-round selection, Manziel is coming off his second productive season as the Aggies´ quarterback. He threw for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns while rushing for 2,169 yards and 30 more scores over his two-year career at Texas A&M. Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman in 2012, when he set an SEC record for total offense by



Scandal imperils Chris
Christie´s no-nonsense image
Politico, by Alexander Burns    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 2:45:21 PM     Post Reply
For the first time in his short career as a national political figure, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in dire peril of losing control of his own story – and perhaps a lot more than that. The former federal prosecutor-turned-tough talking governor finished his reelection race last year on a spectacular high note: The only Republican to win an important election in 2013, Christie seemed well positioned to present himself as the cure for what ails the GOP, boasting a huge victory margin in a solidly blue state that included a narrow majority of the Hispanic vote and support

Deep discounts fail to
woo U.S. holiday shoppers
Reuters, by Maria Ajit Thomas and Phil Wahba    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/8/2014 2:44:26 PM     Post Reply
U.S. retailers posted their lowest holiday sales growth in four years after shoppers stayed at home despite some of the biggest discounts and promotions since the recession, retail industry tracker ShopperTrak said. Retail sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas rose 2.7 percent, compared with 3.0 percent a year earlier, while the number of people walking into stores across the United States declined 14.6 percent, ShopperTrak said. "Not only were people more promotional this year, giving away more margin, but it didn´t generate the incremental traffic they would have expected," said Cowen & Co analyst John Kernan.

Activist: Congressmen confessed
to not reading budget bill
that cuts veteran pay
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/8/2014 2:43:34 PM     Post Reply
Many lawmakers including a vast cross-section of Republican House members voted for the recent two-year budget deal without reading the bill and realizing that it slashes veteran pensions — and there’s now bipartisan desperation reaching the White House to repeal that provision with new legislation. “[The House] moved it very quickly. It came out Tuesday, they voted Thursday and they were gone Thursday night,” retired Col. Mike Barron told The Daily Caller. Barron’s organization Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is now leading a charge on Capitol Hill to repeal the pension cuts.

Robert Gates: Barack Obama allies hit back
at criticism from former defence secretary
Telegraph [UK], by Raf Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 2:41:43 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s allies on Wednesday struck back against a scathing new book by Robert Gates, his former defence secretary, calling the critical memoir "a disservice" to a president in wartime. The well-respected Mr Gates surprised Washington with his harsh criticism, saying Mr Obama lost faith in his own strategy for Afghanistan and describing a poisonous relationship between the White House and the military. [Snip] In a statement, the White House said: "The President disagrees with Secretary Gates´s assessment...Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America´s leadership in the world."



Emails reportedly suggest
Christie´s office involved in
controversial lane closures
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/8/2014 2:40:19 PM     Post Reply
Newly published emails reportedly suggest New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie´s office was involved in controversial lane closures in a north Jersey town last fall, giving fresh ammunition to Democrats who claim the closures were political retribution against the local mayor. Though he repeatedly has denied involvement, Christie has faced criticism for months over the bizarre incident in September, when lanes at the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, N.J., were closed for four days. He faced accusations that the lanes were blocked in retaliation over Mayor Mark Sokolich´s refusal to endorse him for re-election last November.

House Dems Mike McIntyre (N.C.),
Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) to retire
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan & Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 2:38:35 PM     Post Reply
Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) plan to retire rather than run for reelection, according to multiple Democrats familiar with their decisions. McIntyre´s decision is a boon to Republicans, who have a close eye on picking up his seat. Mitt Romney won the district with 59 percent of the vote in 2012 and McIntyre won by a slim margin in the closest U.S. House contest of 2012. McCarthy´s district is expected to remain in Democratic hands. President Obama won there by 13 percentage points in 2012. McCarthy has not voted since early June, when she announced she would be taking a

Soap bubbles can predict
path of typhoons
Telegraph [UK], by Sarah Knapton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 2:34:09 PM     Post Reply
Soap bubbles can be used to predict the strength of hurricanes and typhoons, according to scientists. Physicists from the University of Bordeaux found that the flow of surface liquid around a soap bubble membrane acts in the same way as huge weather systems which form over the earth. A detailed study of the rotation rates of the bubbles vortices - the spinning fluid on the surface - enabled the scientists to obtain a relationship that accurately describes the evolution of their hurricanes and typhoons, and come up with a simple model to predicts their path. Predicting wind intensity or strength in

Agonizing with Frank Luntz
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 2:29:34 PM     Post Reply
GOP pollster Frank Luntz has stirred the pot this week for saying some obvious and disheartening things. The re-election of Barack Obama has convinced Luntz that American politics have fundamentally and permanently shifted. “I spend more time with voters than anybody else,” Luntz says. “I do more focus groups than anybody else. I do more dial sessions than anybody else. I don’t know [squat] about anything, with the exception of what the American people think.” (Snip) Jim Geraghty uses his valuable morning newsletter today to try getting Luntz to buck up. After arguing that even a bland run-of-the-mill leftist president

Watch: Nobody at Fox Has Actually
Read Gates’ Memoir but They Sure
Have Opinions on It
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 2:07:34 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday morning, Fox News ran eight — count ‘em — eight segments on former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ forthcoming memoir, in which he scalds President Barack Obama for frivolously deploying troops in Afghanistan under a military strategy he didn’t support. Or at least that’s the impression you’d get from the pundits who pontificated on the book. The problem— none of them have actually read it. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War doesn’t come out until January 14, and all Fox News’ anchors and guests relied on very selective excerpts from Bob Woodward’s Washington Post review. (Cherry-picked excerpts at that—most


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee:
Change the Word ´Welfare´
to ´Transitional Living Fund´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 1:57:46 PM     Post Reply
In a brief speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) hailed the war on poverty, endorsed government welfare programs, and said the "safety net has to be something for all of us." As part of her five-minute speech, she displayed a photo of people in a long line "who are possibly looking for work." Jackson-Lee said there´s no way to know which of those people "are near the edge of poverty or living in poverty simply because they cannot find work." "Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, ´a transitional living fund.´ For

DOD Reviewing Its ´Equal
Opportunity´ Training--After
Anti-Christian Materials Exposed
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 1:51:14 PM     Post Reply
In response to a letter from a coalition of religious liberty advocates concerned about anti-Christian bias in Defense Department "equal opportunity" training materials, the Department of Defense says it is reviewing those materials and will decide this month whether to continue using “private organizations” as resources in developing them. The coalition specifically cited the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a group the military should stop relying upon as a source for equal opportunity training. DOD spokesman Lt. Commander Nathan Christensen told CNSNews.com on Dec. 19 that if DOD decides to continue using private groups as resources, it will also decide whether

Bill Daley on Robert Gates
memoir: I never sensed a White
House-Pentagon conflict
CBS News, by Aliah Git    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 1:39:26 PM     Post Reply
(Video) A former White House insider called into question Wednesday assessments made by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a new memoir on Gates´ time serving under President Obama. In the book, Gates writes that Mr. Obama wanted out of the war in Afghanistan and did not have confidence in his commanders - even questioning his own strategy. But former White House chief of staff Bill Daley told the co-hosts of "CBS This Morning" that´s not what he saw. "I saw a president who was very committed, obviously, to support the troops, to support the policy of trying to decimate

DeFazio: U.S. Must Regulate Carbon
Emissions and ´Force´ Regulation
on Other Countries
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 1:28:38 PM     Post Reply
Blasting Republican "climate-change deniers" as well as "blathering idiots on talk shows" who joked about the "Arctic vortex," Rep. Peter DeFazio urged Congress to tackle climate change in 2014. He called it one of the "biggest challenges of our time." He wants the Obama administration to regulate carbon emissions as pollution. And "even if we take strong measures here, we´ve got to force those measures on other countries," he said in a five-minute speech on the House floor Wednesday. "Now how are we going to get China and other countries lined up on this?" DeFazio asked. He called trade agreements

French court convicts Islamic
veil-wearing woman
Radio France Internationale, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/8/2014 1:12:40 PM     Post Reply
A French court has kicked out a challenge to France´s burka law and given a young woman a suspended prison sentence for a dispute with police officers who arrested her for wearing the face-covering niqab.(snip)It also threw out a challenge to the law on the grounds that it breaches the constitutional provision of equality for all, declaring that the Constitutional Council has already declared it legitimate. Riots broke out in Trappes, a town near Paris, in July after Belin, a Muslim convert, and her husband, Michaël Khiri, confronted police officers who had stopped her because she was wearing niqab. Belin did not

Giuliani: ‘Nothing progressive’
about de Blasio’s ideas
Capital New York (NY), by Azi Paybarah    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/8/2014 1:05:02 PM     Post Reply
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said neither the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, nor President Obama, should be considered progressives. “I’m beginning to really bristle at this progressive label for de Blasio’s programs and Obama’s programs,” Giuliani said during an interview this morning with radio host Geraldo Rivera. “There is nothing progressive about anything they are recommending," Giuliani said. "It’s all retrogressive. Every idea is 130 years old. ... To tax the rich, to set up class warfare, to try to bring people out of poverty through entitlements is a terrible mistake. That is what Bill Clinton declared in the

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