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Could We Get Some Immigrants
Who Can Take a Poll?
Human Events, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/8/2014 11:04:09 PM     Post Reply
With Republicans tying themselves in knots over the Democrats’ destructive, but superficially appealing, demand that unemployment benefits be extended to two and a half years, I return to my suggestion that Republicans stop playing defense and go on offense. For every issue that MSNBC loves to prattle on about, gloating that it will cost Republicans this or that demographic, there’s an equivalent issue to use against the Democrats. (The difference is: Our proposals would actually be good for the country.) In addition to my repeated suggestion that Republicans introduce bills to institutionalize the dangerous mentally ill and force the Democrats

Sugar is ´the new tobacco´:
Health chiefs tell food giants
to slash levels by a third
Daily Mail [UK], by Sean Poulter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 10:58:16 PM     Post Reply
Food giants are being told to cut the amount of sugar they use because it has become the ‘new tobacco’. Doctors and academics say levels must be reduced by up to 30 percent to halt a wave of disease and death. They found that even zero-fat yoghurts can contain five teaspoons of sugar, while a can of Heinz tomato soup has four. The equivalent of 11 teaspoons are found in a small Starbucks caramel Frappuccino with whipped cream. A Mars bar has eight. [Snip] ‘Everywhere, sugary drinks and junk foods are now pressed on unsuspecting parents and children by a cynical industry

Paramedics were delayed reaching
91-year-old who later died at the
hospital due to traffic caused
by Christie´s Bridge-gate
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 10:53:11 PM     Post Reply
Marring traffic on the George Washington Bridge had fatal consequences for one 91-year-old woman who was being rushed to the hospital when officials in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie´s administration blocked lanes on the world´s busiest bridge out of political retribution. The governor´s chances of a presidential run are now threatened following the release of emails proving members of his staff blocked lanes on the bridge back in September because the mayor of Fort Lee refused to endorse Christie´s re-election campaign. ´Is it wrong that I am smiling,´ former Port Authority official David Wildstein said in a text message after successfully reverting



An incomparable strategic weapon
for the United States
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/8/2014 10:37:36 PM     Post Reply
As Russia prepares to strut its stuff before the world at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the economic foundation of Russian power and prosperity is crumbling, thanks to a strategic weapon developed by the United States. That weapon is fracking, and it is paying havoc with Russia´s ability to exercise power on the world stage. Three articles lay out the devastating consequences of this technological revolution developed mostly not by a national laboratory, huge government initiative, or top scientists, but by guys out in the Texas and Oklahoma oil patches. The American Interest sums it up most pithily: North America´s shale gas boom

Iraqi diplomat wants Obama
engagement in al Qaeda crisis
Washington Post, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:29:16 PM     Post Reply
Iraq’s ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn’t fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor. “The administration has to have a better understanding of any adverse impact of any delay in provision of support to Iraq,” Ambassador Lukman Faily told The Washington Times in an interview Wednesday. “It cannot afford a whole town or province of Iraq falling to al Qaeda and becoming a safe haven. It’s against the U.S. strategic interest. It’s against

Michelle Obama’s extended Hawaii
stay annoys locals: report
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:25:08 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama’s birthday visit at Oprah Winfrey’s Maui estate has neighbors a little miffed at the additional security and its impact on business. The owner of nearby Goble’s Flower Farm told TMZ that security checkpoints have been dissuading customers from shopping there. Other business owners complained of dwindling inventories due to road closures blocking their deliveries. Even recreational areas like hiking trails have been closed to accommodate the first lady’s stay, TMZ reported. President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia returned to the White House on Sunday from their Christmas vacation, but first lady Michelle Obama remained in Hawaii for

Despite what the critics say,
Obamacare is working
Washington Post, by Harold Meyerson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:22:00 PM     Post Reply
Despite the treasured right-wing talking points, it’s increasingly clear that Obamacare is a success. Moreover, in places where Obamacare is not succeeding, it’s also clear that the right wing is to blame. Well, it’s clear to any who look at the state-by-state numbers of the newly insured. A whole lot of Americans will have to look, however, for the program’s success to redound to Democrats’ advantage. Charles Gaba, an enterprising Web site designer, has taken it upon himself to track the number of Americans who have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tallying those who have signed



Liberalism by gesture
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:14:57 PM     Post Reply
The era of Gesture Liberalism is at hand. It may be more amusing than consequential. Americans who exercise consumer sovereignty wherever Barack Obama still tolerates it are constantly disappointing him. For generations they persisted in buying what he calls “substandard” policies from what he calls “bad apple” health insurers. They stopped only when he forced them to stop — when he rescued them from their ignorance by banning their benighted preferences. Have consumers thanked him for trying to wean them from their desire to drive large, useful, comfortable, safe vehicles that he thinks threaten their habitat, Earth? The 2013 numbers

Obamacare Customers Given
More Time to Pay Insurers
Bloomberg News, by Alex Nussbaum    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/8/2014 9:52:30 PM     Post Reply
Two of the largest U.S. health insurers are giving Obamacare customers more time to pay their initial premiums as the industry tries to coax millions of people to take the final step in cementing coverage for 2014. (Snip) Insurers and the Obama administration have repeatedly moved deadlines, relaxed sign-up rules and made other concessions to smooth the process for people who are getting new health coverage this year as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The industry had already pushed back the premium deadline from late December until Jan. 10, following website outages that depressed sign-ups last

Christie’s Waterloo
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 9:33:50 PM     Post Reply
In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself. Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection. Local officials say the gridlock they caused delayed ambulances in responding to four calls, including one involving an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died. Christie’s presidential ambitions are all but

Three charts plus one
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/8/2014 9:31:23 PM     Post Reply
Jonathan Chait is waiting for the Republicans to manufacture another “fake” crisis to put Obamacare back in the news again. For bad as the rollout was the media has moved the narrative along and he expects that the outrage will soon fade to be replaced by the inevitable acceptance. The progressive machine notches up another “gain” and it is onto the next. (Snip) However Chait’s analysis ignores the fact that the Obamacare site failure will be driven from the news by other scandals, not in the least by shortcomings in the economics and business model of Obamacare itself. It’s true



U.S. Benghazi compound
lease renewed without security
CBS News, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 9:23:47 PM     Post Reply
The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards. That news comes from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducted with a survivor of the attacks. The survivor, a State Department diplomatic security agent whose name isn´t being disclosed, spoke behind closed doors in late November to Senators Graham, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The previously-undisclosed existence of the year-long lease calls into question the State Department´s designation of the compound as "temporary" and therefore exempt from

Obama invites Merkel to Washington
in bid to end phone bugging row
Telegraph [UK], by David Millward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:23:34 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has invited Angela Merkel to Washington in an attempt to settle the row over the bugging of her mobile phone by the US National Security Agency. The US president made the invitation to the German chancellor as he called to wish her a speedy recovery from a recent skiing injury. Mrs. Merkel´s office said she would accept the invitation, but did not confirm a date. Revelations last year that Mrs Merkel´s phone had been tapped by the Agency triggered a furious reaction from the German leader. She said the closet surveillance operation, which was disclosed by Edward Snowden,

The secret life of Robert Gates
Politico, by Philip Ewing    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:19:18 PM     Post Reply
Robert Gates’s tenure running the Pentagon might go down as the greatest performance in acting history. On the outside, he was an even-keeled, plain-speaking former college president, one who declared to Congress he hadn’t returned to Washington to be a “bump on a log.” He cleaned house at the Air Force after an embarrassing nuclear weapons scandal and, most of all, righted the course of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — as much as any secretary of defense could.On the inside, according to an early copy of Gates’s new memoir obtained by POLITICO, he was apparently hating every minute of

New ethics rules for Pa. Supreme Court
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Craig R. McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:14:10 PM     Post Reply
Pennsylvania´s 450 judges are barred from hiring relatives in the future and must bow out of cases in which any of the lawyers have given them substantial campaign donations, according to a new ethics rules imposed by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. The update of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the first revision since 1992, also requires judges to quit corporate boards. These are among the highlights in a revised code that now stretches to 41 pages - three times the length of the old one. Most of the changes take effect July 1, though judges have until July



CDC: U.S. Fertility Rate Hits
Record Low for 2nd Straight
Year; 40.7% of Babies Born
to Unmarried Women
Cybercast News Service., by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:10:27 PM     Post Reply
The fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in 2012, according to data released last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also for the second year in a row, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers. The fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15-44. In 2012--according to the Dec. 30, 2013 CDC report “Births: Final Data for 2012"--the U.S. fertility rate was 63.0. That was down from 63.2 in 2011,

Insane Clown Posse, fans sue
over gang classification, say
it´s brought ´real lasting harm´
Detroit News, by Adam Graham and Robert Snell    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/8/2014 8:55:10 PM     Post Reply
The horror rap duo Insane Clown Posse and four fans sued the Justice Department on Wednesday, alleging it was unlawful for the government to classify the group’s fans as a gang. The federal court lawsuit, which also names the FBI as a defendant, is the latest development in a long-running dispute between the group and the government, which classified Insane Clown Posse fans as a gang. Insane Clown Posse fans are called Juggalos and were added to the Justice Department’s gang list. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, also wants to block the government “from

Chamber of Commerce
President Wants Tea Party
to ´Feel Some Heat´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 8:54:58 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Tom Donohue, the President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, vowed to make the Tea Party "feel some heat" in 2014 in order to get amnesty legislation passed. In his "State of American Business" address, Donohue, without directly naming it, said that the Tea Party would face a "significant response" from the Chamber in 2014. He said "early involvement in the primaries is all about where we are going" and emphasized the group will try to make an impact "right from the beginning" in at least ten primary contests. As Breitbart News reported, the Chamber is

House Republicans Eye
Unemployment Reforms
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:45:02 PM     Post Reply
Following the unexpected win for the unemployment-insurance extension in the Senate yesterday, House Republicans convened for the first time in 2014, engaging in a spirited internal debate about how the party should proceed on the issue as Democrats press for political advantage on income inequality. GOP lawmakers are brimming with ideas for how to reform unemployment insurance, but they are without a single, clear voice on how to proceed. Speaker John Boehner privately told lawmakers he doubts whether the Senate bill, despite advancing yesterday, will pass the upper chamber, leading some to consider the issue dead. Other Republicans are interested in proposing

3 Reasons Why the Radical Anti-
Discipline Policies at DOJ Will
Outlast the Obama Era
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/8/2014 8:39:34 PM     Post Reply
Today the Drudge Report covers the Justice Department’s racialist attack on school discipline policies. The DOJ policy is based on the idea that school discipline policies are racially discriminatory because black students comprise a greater percentage of students disciplined than their percentage in the general population. Call it exceeding the bad-behavior quota. That this four-year-old federal policy exists wasn’t news. I covered it in my 2011 book Injustice. What is newsworthy is how these radical racialist education policies will outlast the Obama administration, and Republicans are ill-equipped to reverse it even if they win the White House.


Rubio on Poverty and
the Welfare State
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:26:57 PM     Post Reply
This speech, which Senator Marco Rubio delivered today, is well worth your while. Rubio offers a great example of how conservatives should be thinking about poverty in America, and about the conceptual perversity and (resulting) practical inadequacy of our vast array of anti-poverty programs. And he helps us also to see how the Democrats’ misguided emphasis on inequality as the core of that problem opens up real opportunities for Republicans to lay out for the country their vision of the American Dream, and their agenda for helping more Americans achieve it. Rubio also essentially endorses (and apparently plans to propose in legislative

Congressional Exodus Grows:
Two House Dems Call It Quits
ABC News Radio, by staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/8/2014 8:26:32 PM     Post Reply
Two veteran Democratic members of Congress have decided to retire at the end of the term, making it tougher for Democratic plans to recapture a House majority this fall. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a nine-term Democrat from New York, and Rep. Mike McIntyre, a nine-term Democrat from North Carolina, both announced Wednesday that they have had enough. “I have decided not to seek re-election to the United States Congress in 2014,” McCarthy wrote in a statement to campaign supporters. “As I plan for the next chapter of my life, I look forward to resuming my role as a citizen activist for the causes

50 Years Later, The War
On Poverty Is Lost
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:19:59 PM     Post Reply
Poverty: President Obama is so obsessed with income inequality that he´ll make yet another speech on it Thursday. But he´ll do nothing about it. After all, the poor are still with us, only there are more of them than ever. Wednesday marked 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson asked Congress to wage "all-out war on human poverty and unemployment" — a war that´s seen no end, let alone victory, to celebrate. A record 46.5 million Americans are still counted as poor, and the share of those living in poverty — 15% and rising today vs. 19% and falling in 1964 — is

Biden calls Iraqi leader
for 2nd time this week
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/8/2014 8:19:34 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday for a second time this week to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, voicing support for the Baghdad government´s effort to regain control of the city of Fallujah from al-Qaida-linked fighters. The White House said Biden encouraged al-Maliki to continue talks with local, tribal and national leaders and said Biden welcomed al-Maliki´s affirmation Wednesday that Iraqi elections will occur as scheduled in April. The White House said al-Maliki described a series of political initiatives in the embattled Anbar province. Biden endorsed a decision by Iraq´s Council of Ministers to provide state benefits to tribal

U.S. Naivete Could Turn Iran
Into Regional Superpower
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:17:53 PM     Post Reply
Mideast: The Obama administration actually thinks Islamofascist Iran could broker peace with its terrorist ally Syria. Of course, Tehran immediately took advantage of this latest example of dangerously naive U.S. appeasement. When Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that there might be "ways" Iran could "contribute from the sidelines," "weigh in," or "help the process" in the Syrian peace conference in Montreux, Switzerland, to begin later this month, he apparently thought the mullahs would be flattered. Predictably, Tehran responded with more contempt of the Great Satan, complaining that "the Islamic Republic of Iran will not accept any proposal which does not

McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge
In Iraq At Obama´s Feet
National Public Radio, by David Welna    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/8/2014 8:02:48 PM     Post Reply
Forces allied with al-Qaida are battling to retake two major cities in Iraq´s Sunni-dominated Anbar province: Ramadi, the capital of the province, and Fallujah, the city where U.S. troops prevailed after fighting two major battles. There have been no American forces in Iraq since 2011, when President Obama ordered the last troops to leave. Now the man who lost the presidential race to Obama five years ago is pointing a finger at the president for al-Qaida´s resurgence. Some 1,300 U.S. troops died in the area during the Iraq War, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says the troops that fought there

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