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Buzz off, Waxman —
Congress can’t tell a
newspaper how to do business
Reuters, by Jack Shafer    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/9/2014 8:28:12 AM     Post Reply
Oh to be a fly on the wall Jan. 15, when Tribune Co. executives meet with the staff of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., in a command performance to explain the media conglomerate’s plans to spin off its newspapers — which include the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Baltimore Sun — into a separate company named Tribune Publishing. Waxman called for the meeting in mid-December after Tribune filed its blueprint with the Securities and Exchange Commission, arguing in a letter that the restructuring may not “be in the best interests” of his constituents,

ObamaCare, Obama Support
Hit Record Lows In New Poll
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 1/9/2014 8:20:03 AM     Post Reply
One in five Democrats now opposes ObamaCare, a record high, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. And more than one in six Democrats now say they want it repealed, another new high. Overall, 55% of the public oppose the law, the highest since IBD/TIPP started asking this question in 2010. Just 37% support ObamaCare, matching a record low. And while support for outright repeal of the law inched down in January, that was because it fell among Republicans and independents. Among Democrats, support for repeal jumped 4 points. ObamaCare is also clearly driving down President Obama´s approval rating, which dropped to just 38%

ObamaCare´s Rude Awakening for the Young
Wall Street Journal, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/9/2014 8:19:00 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama won PolitiFact´s 2013 "Lie of The Year" for claiming, that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Instead of being ashamed, members of his administration appear to have been inspired by the award. Take the statement by Department of Health and Human Services´ National Press Secretary for Health Care, Joanne Peters. On Jan. 2, the Journal quoted her as saying ObamaCare "is making health insurance more affordable for young adults." That assertion is farcical for most young adults forced to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act´s exchanges.

  


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Obama administration is in full meltdown
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/9/2014 8:09:18 AM     Post Reply
While President Obama hit the beaches and golf courses of sunny Oahu for a three-week vacation in December, palace intrigue was afoot in the White House and beyond. First, The New York Times began the lengthy rehabilitation process of Hillary Clinton, the highest Cabinet member to depart so far. As the president has plunged in approval rating, hitting a new low of just 39 percent, Hillary has hit a lifetime high of 66 percent (goes to show you what disappearing from the public eye can do for your popularity). The paper published a 7,500-word account of the Sept. 11, 2012,

Blood of Fallujah
New York Sun, by Seth Lipsky    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 7:45:39 AM     Post Reply
News that al Qaeda is flying its flag over Fallujah this week certainly takes me back — not to Iraq, but to Vietnam. I’ve been making this point for years now, but never as well as it was made in Megyn Kelly’s interview Tuesday with Rep. Duncan Hunter of California. Mr. Hunter has unusual credibility in that he is both a congressman and a former officer of the Marines. He appeared in arms in the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq before returning home to run for Congress, where his father had long served before him. “I know,” Mrs. Kelly asked him, “that

Security alert in southern Russia as
bodies found in bomb-rigged cars
Telegraph (UK), by Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 7:43:45 AM     Post Reply
Russian authorities said on Thursday that security forces had been put on combat alert in the southern Stavropol region after the discovery of six bodies with gunshot wounds in four different cars, three of which were rigged with explosives. Only one of the bombs went off and no one was hurt. But the killings are further heightening security concerns ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which also lies near the Caucasus region, where an Islamic insurgency is simmering. Russia has already tightened security before next month´s Games, on which President Vladimir Putin has staked a lot of political and personal prestige,

Meryl Streep attacks Walt Disney
on antisemitism and sexism
Guardian (UK), by Ben Beaumont-Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 7:40:21 AM     Post Reply
While honouring Emma Thompson at a dinner for the National Board of Review on Tuesday night, Meryl Streep made an extraordinary speech that criticised Walt Disney for being a "gender bigot" who was a member of an antisemitic lobbying organisation. Streep, perhaps Hollywood´s most respected and beloved actor, showed she is far from a cosy establishment figure as she carefully trod a line between praising Thompson and attacking Disney. The very film Thompson was being celebrated for, Saving Mr Banks, is based around Walt Disney´s persuading of PL Travers to allow him to adapt Mary Poppins. According to Variety´s Ramin Setoodeh,

  


  

Nation Magazine Freaking Over
´Racist´ Seminole Mascot Winning BCS
Breitbart, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: Passion- 1/9/2014 7:12:49 AM     Post Reply
Sports offers teachable insights into the leftist mindset, and even cursory observations verify that everything is political with these folks. This is unavoidable, I suppose, when your power is derived from electoral or public relation successes of the grievance industry. Thus, we know for sure liberals could not simply enjoy Monday´s BCS Title Game the way normal folks did.

Ignore the scaremongering: America
would be better off if Britain left the EU
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:11:38 AM     Post Reply
Would a British exit from the EU harm Britain’s partnership with the United States, and weaken the Special Relationship? The idea that it would is an argument that is being increasingly deployed by Eurofederalists on both sides of the Atlantic, and the Obama administration has also sent strong signals that it is against a British withdrawal. I expect that the US angle will be hammered on heavily by the pro-EU lobby in advance of the planned 2017 UK referendum, even among those who care little about the Anglo-American alliance. In Nick Clegg’s words, “we would not be taken as seriously

Immigration suppresses wages, says
Margaret Thatcher´s former adviser
Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Holehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:07:32 AM     Post Reply
Immigration is in part to blame for low wages, Margaret Thatcher’s former policy chief has said. John Redwood, the former Cabinet minister, said the “unprecedented expansion of labour supply” had contributed to stagnant wages. Immigration will be “front and centre” of the European Parliament elections in May, Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister said earlier. Wages have been falling behind prices since 2009, meaning families have felt hundreds of pounds a year worse off. Mr Redwood, the MP for Wokingham who was Mrs Thatcher’s Chief Policy Adviser in the 1980s, said low wages were in part due to banks moving to low-tax regimes

´Of course fracking doesn´t cause your
sex to change´ writes Jane Delingpole
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:01:07 AM     Post Reply
Rarely have I witnessed such rampant troll activity as I did on my gently snarky recent blogpost Global Warming Devastates America. There´s a reason for that, of course. The alarmists are losing the argument and their incoherent ranting is the sign of a movement in its death throes… [Snip] Which is to say, as I argue in Watermelons and again in The Little Green Book of Eco Fascism, the so-called "science" is simply being used (or, more accurately, abused) in order to provide an intellectual and pseudo-empirical fig-leaf to justify what, deep down, is an ideological war being waged by

  


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Common Core and the EduTech Abyss
Creators Syndicate, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/9/2014 6:59:22 AM     Post Reply
The Common Core gold rush is on. Apple, Pearson, Google, Microsoft and Amplify are all cashing in on the federal standards/testing/textbook racket. But the EduTech boondoggle is no boon for students. It´s more squandered tax dollars down the public school drain. Even more worrisome: The stampede is widening a dangerous path toward invasive data mining. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the ed tech sector "is expected to more than double in size to $13.4 billion by 2017." That explosive growth is fueled by Common Core´s top-down digital learning and testing mandates. So: Cui bono?

Behind Obama´s Gates
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/9/2014 6:46:35 AM     Post Reply
As President Obama’s defense secretary, Bob Gates concluded this about his boss during a session in the White House Situation Room: “As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand [Afghanistan President Hamid] Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” Duh. Notwithstanding the headlines Gates has generated with his new memoir, “Duty,” President Obama has himself given many signals his “new way forward in Afghanistan” owed more to domestic politics than to any real effort to defeat our enemies. He did so in his

It´s Colder? Hotter?
Blame Climate Change
American Thinker, by Robert Babcock    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:38:42 AM     Post Reply
When Fargo is 25 below zero, Baton Rouge 24 above, and nearly the entire nation is in the grip of a record-breaking frigid spell, one´s thoughts naturally turn to global warming -- or, rather, make that climate change. The former term -- "global warming" -- as it turned out, was too specific; to believe that global warming was a real threat required...well, that global warming actually occur. That did not happen, as the data have proven, and for once Al Gore was right: truth can be so inconvenient, because the fact that the globe failed to heat up as advertised not

Putting the Chill on Discipline
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:34:12 AM     Post Reply
The Associated Press, via Breitbart, reports that Attorney General Eric Holder wants public schools to back off zero tolerance policies that he alleges discriminates against minority students. Putting a chill on discipline and stymieing schools from ousting miscreants means lots of public schools -- particularly inner-city ones -- will do even less educating. Holder ´s guidelines aim at halting "targeting minorities," but, practically, will accomplish defining deviancy downward yet again in urban minority-dominated schools -- that´s mostly black and Hispanic kids from broken families and single-parent households. The A.G.´s guidelines are another tacit admission that there are enormous dysfunctions in poorer minority

  


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Does the Constitution
Force Bakers to Bake?
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:27:51 AM     Post Reply
Several recent court cases have resulted in small business owners, who create the wares and services that they sell, being ordered by a judge to sell their custom-made products (e.g., wedding cakes and floral arrangements) or services (e.g., wedding photography) to gay couples despite the small business owners´ refusal to do so based on their religious principles. If the business in question sold standard, mass-produced items, such as rings, then denying gay couples the right to purchase such things would be clearly discriminatory in the same way that a realtor would be discriminating if they refused to show a house that

Rumors of Chris Christie´s Demise
Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Atlantic, by David A. Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/9/2014 6:23:59 AM     Post Reply
t´s a bad day for Chris Christie. Like, even worse than stuck-in-traffic-for-hours-trying-to-get-over-the-bridge bad. But let´s not overstate it.The New Jersey governor has been tangentially involved in a scandal over the closure of several lanes of the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York. The bridge is run by a bi-state agency, the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey, and David Wildstein, a Christie-appointed Port Authority official violated protocol last fall by suddenly shutting down lanes of traffic on the bridge. Wildstein resigned last month. Christie has long denied accusations that the closure was political, but

President Christie? Crossing that bridge
New York Daily News, by Mike Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2014 6:09:16 AM     Post Reply
Call it Chris Christie’s strongman moment. The formidable New Jersey governor has found himself embroiled in a kerfuffle over the closing of three entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September. Allegedly, it is all connected to a raging beef between Christie and the mayor of Fort Lee, a foe whose city was gridlocked by the mess the lane closing created. New emails showing senior Christie staffers discussing — and in one case, chortling over — their role in creating the mayor’s traffic problems have been fueling a media firestorm. Late yesterday, Christie released a statement expressing surprise, outrage and disappointment that

Labor Department tells Arkansas
businesswoman she can´t have volunteers
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2014 6:06:46 AM     Post Reply
Ladies and gentlemen, be careful who you volunteer for — you could be doing them a lot more harm than good. The federal government sometimes takes dim view of such generosity. Just ask Rhea Lana Riner. She owns a small Arkansas-based business that organizes consignment sales. Since August, the Labor Department has been threatening her with stiff financial penalties, saying her business practices are illegal. It has even been contacting donors to her events and encouraging them to instigate legal action against her. Why? Well, the department says Riner cannot legally allow the people who provide items for sale to also volunteer at

Covert cronies? Obama’s attorney
general appoints Obama donor to
investigate Obama’s IRS
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 6:00:34 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s deputies have picked one of his political donors to investigate the IRS’ attack on independent political groups during the 2012 election, according to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House investigations committee. “We request you immediately remove Ms. [Barbara] Bosserman from the ongoing investigation,” said a Jan. 8 letter from Issa to Attorney General Eric Holder. The secret selection of Barbara Bosserman, a lawyer in the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, was revealed by a committee investigation after the DOJ stonewalled the legislators. Bosserman contributed $6,100 to Obama’s political campaigns from 2008 to 2012.

  



Down and Out in Benghazi
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:55:43 AM     Post Reply
It is time to present the top prize for fraudulence in international reporting in 2013 — the annual Walter Duranty award. As Moscow bureau chief for the New York Times at the height of Joe Stalin’s reign of terror, Duranty not only reported the news, he invented it — earning the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and wining the sobriquet of “Stalin’s apologist.” In the midst of a famine that caused millions of peasants to starve to death, he told American readers that Soviet granaries “were overflowing with grain” and that the cows were “plump and contented.” As Stalin’s favorite Western reporter,

Larry King’s bad-boy past resurfaces
New York Post, by Richard Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:53:02 AM     Post Reply
Larry King is bracing himself for a bad trip down memory lane with the upcoming publication of “Junkman Genius,” a book about his old friend, Louis E. Wolfson. Written by Louis’ daughter Marcia and Harry Hurt III — the biographer of Donald Trump and the Hunt brothers — the book will detail how Wolfson tried to destroy King over a bad debt. Marcia told me Wednesday she hopes King will grant an interview for the book, which is now being pitched to publishers. “We get along,” she said. “We’re not on bad terms at all.” Wolfson was a boxer and a college football

’Nam comes to Iraq: Losing
to al Qaeda, after winning
New York Post, by Seth Lipsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:50:20 AM     Post Reply
News that al Qaeda is flying its flag over Fallujah this week certainly takes me back — not to Iraq, but to Vietnam. I’ve been making this point for years now, but never as well as it was made in Megyn Kelly’s interview Tuesday with Rep. Duncan Hunter of California. Hunter has unusual credibility in that he is both a congressman and a former officer of the Marines. He appeared in arms in the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq before returning home to run for Congress, where his father had long served before him. “I know,” Kelly asked him, “that a lot

Virginia Special Election Surprise:
Republican Trails Democrat by 10
Votes in District Obama Won Big
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 5:47:32 AM     Post Reply
A special election held Tuesday for a Norfolk-based state senate seat should have been an easy win for Democrats. President Obama won the district by 15 points (57 percent to 42 percent) in 2012, and Democratic governor-elect Terry McAuliffe won the district by roughly 12 points (52 percent to 40 percent) just two months ago. But as of Wednesday evening, we still don´t know the result of the election, which will determine control of the Virginia state senate. As election officials continue to double-check the accuracy of vote tallies, Democrat Lynwood Lewis holds just a 10-vote lead over Republican Wayne

Obama Announces ‘Promise Zones’,
Because We All Know How Reliable
an Obama Promise Is
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:44:02 AM     Post Reply
The news this morning: “President Barack 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. On Thursday, Obama will announce the first Promise Zone locations: San Antonio, Texas; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.” The rest of the country will be designated an “Obama Broken Promise Zone.” Three of the zones are located in politically-uncompetitive areas, at least in U.S. House of Representative races. Southeastern Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District is heavily Republican, as is Oklahoma’s Second District, which

Hollywood Reporter: Roger
Ailes Runs the World
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 5:39:10 AM     Post Reply
Roger Ailes, like his Fox News Channel, is as divisive as he is successful. The chairman and CEO of the de facto victor in cable news´ ratings war, whose colorful professional past includes a tenure as a talk-show producer (The Mike Douglas Show) and decades as a political consultant (presidential campaigns for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush), built his 21st Century Fox network into Rupert Murdoch´s most profitable property. Fox News´ subscription revenue continues to climb, rising to 94 cents a month per customer in 2013 for an estimated $1.1 billion -- making FNC No. 6 among

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