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The Partisans in the Closet
Politico Magazine, by Alan Abramowitz    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 4:49:25 AM     Post Reply
According to the latest Gallup Poll, last year a record 42 percent of Americans considered themselves political independents. That’s the largest percentage of independents Gallup has recorded since the polling firm began doing interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Moreover, the percentage of independents rose to 46 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Based on these results, Gallup’s managing editor, Jeffrey Jones, concludes that the increase in independent identification “adds a greater level of unpredictability to this year’s congressional midterm elections.” Jones goes on to argue that, “with Americans increasingly eschewing party labels for themselves, candidates who are less closely

The f-word is everywhere
CNN, by Roy Peter Clark    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 4:47:16 AM     Post Reply
Not long ago I received a complaint from a co-worker that I had used the f-word in a tweet. I was quoting a lyric from the band Vampire Weekend: "Who gives a f--- about an Oxford comma?" My answer was, of course, "I do." The full quote, without the fig leaf, appears in my book "The Glamour of Grammar." I come by my f-wordiness honestly. My grandmother used it easily and could swear in three languages. My mother -- at the age of 94 -- drops an f-bomb in every telephone conversation. During a trivia game at her assisted living home,

Boehner Bashes Obama’s Decision
to Assign Iraq Policy to VP Biden
ABC News, by John Parkinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 4:44:43 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner today implored President Barack Obama to take a more active role regarding U.S. policy with Iraq, implicitly casting blame in the direction of Vice President Joe Biden as terrorist elements tied to al Qaeda have overtaken several key areas from Iraqi forces. “Starting with the president delegating his responsibilities to the vice president, the administration has chosen to spend much of its time and energy trying to explain why having terrorists holding key terrain in the Middle East is not the president’s problem,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters during a news conference at the Capitol Thursday. “The United

  


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Obama, Kerry surrender Syria
and the Middle East to Iran
Fox News, by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 4:40:01 AM     Post Reply
In the Middle East, tribal politics and insidious power grabs are par for the course. Thus, the only effective way to deal with regional hegemons like Iran is from a position of strength, not appeasement. President Obama and Secretary Kerry, however, have allowed Iran to drive the end game in Syria – and to drive America into irrelevancy. This administration’s capacity for appeasement, weakness and dysfunction with regard to foreign policy – particularly on Syria – seems to know no limits. First there were meaningless red lines, followed by chemical weapons distractions

Town´s Love-Hate Bond to
Span at Heart of Scandal
Associated Press, by Adam Geller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 4:35:36 AM     Post Reply
FORT LEE, N.J. -- When Mayor Mark Sokolich´s annual Christmas card showed up in mailboxes a few weeks ago, some residents took careful note of the photo selected for the front: the steely silhouette of this borough´s treasured, and sometimes detested, George Washington Bridge - and a Revolutionary War cannon firing off a shot, as if to warn off unseen enemies who might try to threaten it. "My opinion, just as a recipient of the card, I think the photo speaks for itself," said Tom Myers, a fourth-generation resident, town cultural officer and student of Fort Lee´s history, chuckling at the

Chamber of Commerce throws down
the gauntlet to Tea Party
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 4:16:08 AM     Post Reply
Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, gave his annual "State of American Business" speech and didn´t pull any punches toward the Tea Party. Claiming he wasn´t "attacking" the Tea Party, going so far as claiming that they agree with many Tea Party positions, Donohue nevertheless made it clear which side of the GOP civil war he´s on.{SNIP}The die is cast, the Rubicon has been crossed - there´s no going back now. Supporting incumbents is one thing. But challenging Amash, a Ron/Rand Paulite and Tea Party favorite steps over the line.

Beware the Left-Wing-Funded
"Main Street" Republicans
Town Hall, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 4:03:16 AM     Post Reply
What do George Soros, labor unions and money-grubbing former GOP Rep. Steven LaTourette all have in common? They´re control freaks. They´re power hounds. They´re united against tea party conservatives. And they all have operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as "Main Street" Republicans. LaTourette heads up the so-called "Main Street Partnership," which claims to represent "thoughtful," "pragmatic," "common sense" and "centrist" Republican leadership. Reality check: The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal New York GOP Congressman Amory Houghton includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans. LaTourette

  


  

Congress Is Now Mostly A Millionaires’ Club
Andrew Katz, by Time    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 3:49:20 AM     Post Reply
Congress is loaded, if you weren’t already aware. The Center for Responsive Politics analyzed the personal financial disclosure data from 2012 of the 534 current members of Congress and found that, for the first time, more than half had an average net worth of $1 million or more: 268 to be exact, up from 257 the year earlier. The median for congressional Democrats was $1.04 million and, for Republicans, $1 million even. To calculate the net worth of lawmakers, the Center added together members’ significant assets, such as corporate bonds and stocks, then subtracted major liabilities such as loans, credit card debt

“Crony Birds” Karl Rove and the
establishment GOP take aim
at a principled liberty minded
Republican
Town Hall, by Nick Sorrentino    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 3:37:10 AM     Post Reply
Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There’s a battle outside And it is ragin’ It’ll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin’. -Bob Dylan (Times are changing again) I’m talking about Representative Justin Amash from Michigan. The guy is a force for the Constitution. {SNIP}”But the crony wing of the GOP hates Amash. Boehner loathes the guy especially. The Michigander does what he thinks is right, and often bucks leadership. He’s

´Sleazy´ GOP Establishment
Targets Mark Levin
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 2:42:30 AM     Post Reply
The communications director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) tried to smear conservative talk radio host Mark Levin Thursday by alleging that outside groups spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to make his book a best-seller, which they did not. Levin responded by saying he would hold Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and NRSC Chairman Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) personally responsible for the "intimidation tactics." As Breitbart News has documented, there has been plenty of bad blood between the NRSC and McConnell and the Senate Conservatives Fund, which backs conservative candidates who do not want to get co-opted by

Pelosi Says Dems Focusing on
3 ‘R’s to Win Midterms: Recruiting,
Raising Cash, Raising Issues
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 11:10:29 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told her party at a caucus meeting that the midterm elections have to be won day by day over the next 10 months despite this week’s loss of two House Democrats. But despite the fact that she’ll hardly miss a departing Blue Dog Democrat who has voted against the president’s key agenda items, she maintained that the right would send moderates into her party’s “bipartisan” arms come November. “We have to use every day, every week; one good day, one good week, one good month, one good quarter on top of another,

  


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Unemployment talks stall in Senate
The Hill (Washington DC), by Vicki Neeham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 11:07:04 PM     Post Reply
The Senate left town Thursday without a deal for renewing federal employment benefits after bipartisan talks over an offset reached an acrimonious impasse. Prospects for forging an agreement that could pass the upper chamber with bipartisan support seesawed throughout the day, with Democratic leaders expressing optimism that a deal was close. But hopes for a breakthrough were dashed when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered up a mostly Democratic-driven plan that would cover the $18 billion cost of extending the federal benefits through November. Senate Republicans were further incensed when Reid told them

West Virginia chemical spill
cuts water supply for thousands
Reuters, by Mary Wisniewski    Original Article
Posted By: muncsdad- 1/9/2014 9:45:06 PM     Post Reply
About 100,000 homes and businesses in West Virginia were being told on Thursday not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or bathing following a chemical spill along the Elk River in Charleston, the state´s capital, according to local officials. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for five counties as a result of the spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry. Health officials were advising residents only to use the water for flushing and fire fighting. The spill originated with Freedom Industries, a Charleston company, according to Laura Jordan, external affairs manageer for

´She is not a political pit bull´:
Mother-of-four Christie aide fired over
´Bridgegate´ was made a ´scapegoat´
claim friends and co-workers
Daily Mail [UK], by Matthew Nestel, David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 9:35:31 PM     Post Reply
Bridget Anne Kelly wasn´t known as an aggressive political animal who would take delight in snarling up the traffic for schoolchildren and emergency services to score petty political points. She is a mother-of-four after all. One who rose quickly up the political ladder in New Jersey with the words ´pleasant´ and ´integrity´ attached to her by those who worked and shared the school run with her. [Snip] And for her friends, those who know her the best, this just doesn't fit, she was 'no political pit bull'. They are convinced she's the scapegoat, the fall guy, or at the very least has been set up. 'The young lady did not just wake up one morning,

U.S. collected $8 billion in civil,
criminal cases in 2013
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 8:33:05 PM     Post Reply
The Justice Department collected more than $8 billion in civil and criminal actions – stemming from cases ranging from health care fraud to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion – in the 2013 fiscal year, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday. According to a Justice Department press release, the bulk of the $5.9 billion civil collections were from cases in which the U.S. recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct. The government raked in approximately $3.2 billion related to health care fraud and more than $430 million related to environmental cases. The total amount collected in criminal actions

  


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Lawsuit filed against Christie,
others seeking damages for
traffic jams in NJ community
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 8:00:38 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON, N.J. – Six New Jersey residents have filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie, the state of New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and others over traffic jams in September. The suit filed in federal court Thursday appears to be the first civil claim over traffic that appear to have been caused as political punishment for the Fort Lee mayor. The plaintiffs want it certified as a class action. Lawyer Rosemarie Arnold says she filed it after learning this week that lane closures on an approach to the George Washington Bridge were "deliberate

Darrell Issa Demands Answers
from Eric Holder on ´Operation
Choke Point´ Bank Shakedown
Breitbart Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 7:54:03 PM     Post Reply
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the Economic Growth Subcommittee, sent a harsh letter to Attorney General Holder Wednesday accusing the Department of Justice of abusing its power and intimidating banks through its "Operation Choke Point." In the letter, Issa and Jordan stated, "[t]he [House Oversight and Government Reform] Committee is concerned that both the goal and mechanisms of Operation Choke Point may constitute a serious mismanagement and abuse of the Department´s FIRREA [Financial Institution Reform and Recovery Act of 1989] authority." Breitbart News broke the

Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal´s
Lawyer To Top DOJ Post
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 7:42:55 PM     Post Reply
Justice: The nominee to head the Department of Justice´s civil rights division is a radical lawyer who fought to free from prison a cold-blooded killer of a Philadelphia cop. On Dec. 9, 1981, Officer Danny Faulkner, 12 days from his 26th birthday, observed a car going the wrong way down a one-way street without its lights on. He pulled over the vehicle, and the driver, one William Cook, got out of the car and began wrestling with Faulkner. Moments later, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cook´s brother (aka Wesley Cook), showed up at the scene with a .38-caliber handgun and opened fire, hitting Faulkner, eyewitnesses said,

Is Obama Trying To Whitewash
The IRS Investigation?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 7:27:31 PM     Post Reply
Scandal: When the news broke that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for harassment, the president assured us that responsible parties would be held accountable. Chalk up one more empty promise. Last May, President Obama said if IRS personnel were indeed "engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that is outrageous, and there is no place for it." "I have got no patience with it," he said, "I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this." A few months later, there

Undisciplining Kids Through
´Restorative Justice´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 7:16:55 PM     Post Reply
Re-education: Under new federal guidelines for reforming "discriminatory" school discipline, the disruptive will learn quickly that their teachers must now tolerate even more disruptive behavior. This is about the only learning that will be going on, especially in inner-city schools, once this insane policy is fully implemented. This week the Education Department warned the nation´s school administrators it´s not a good idea to remove unruly kids from the classroom. What about the violent ones? Suspend them only as a "last resort." Think twice about even sending them to the principal, and whatever you do, don´t call the cops. Obama´s educrats say minorities bear

  



Why Chris Christie´s presidential ambitions
could be swimming with the fishes
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:12:41 PM     Post Reply
Chris Christie, the giant governor of New Jersey and Republican front-runner for 2016, has just completed a 105-minute press conference defending his administration over the George Washington Bridge closures scandal. Christie repeated his denials that he knew anything about the bridge closure which caused massive traffic snarl-ups, and announced he was firing the aide who (it emerged yesterday) was responsible for the vindictive punishment of a local Democrat mayor who refused to endorse Christie during last year´s gubernatorial re-election race. On the surface, this was the kind of bravura performance for which the straight-talking pol is well known, but when

Bin Laden May Be Dead,
But Al-Qaida Is Ascendant
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 7:08:36 PM     Post Reply
Terrorism: "Al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead," President Obama has been fond of saying. But today, al-Qaida is ascendant, territorially and strategically. For many years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, liberal Democrats pummeled President George W. Bush for not getting al-Qaida founder and leader Osama bin Laden. Campaigning in 2006 — a campaign that would bring Democrats into power in both houses of Congress — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tauntingly noted that Bush promised bin Laden "was going to be taken ´dead or alive.´" But "five years later he is still on the loose

Fears for the elderly under
new NHS drugs policy
Telegraph [UK], by Sarah Knapton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:04:58 PM     Post Reply
New drugs would only be licensed for the NHS if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the health watchdog. [Snip] A senior professor also said that the plans could threaten the well-being of older people and were “deeply suspect”, while charities questioned the ethics of the policy. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which decides whether new medicines should be approved, is due to change its criteria on how funding should be allocated. Under an appraisal system, Nice will have to take into account “wider societal benefits” alongside the

The battle of the brands
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/9/2014 6:59:19 PM     Post Reply
One of the ways to better evaluate Chris Christie’s current problems with a bridge scandal is by reading Jonathan Rauch’s underrated 2010 essay, The Tea Party Paradox. He helps answer the question: should Republicans care about Christie? Rauch notes polls unambiguously show that the US is getting more conservative, yet Democratic pundits point out this has not translated into more GOP votes. Rauch argues that there is no contradiction. “Over the past decade or so, the country has grown more conservative but less Republican.” Why? Pew’s eight-category breakdown of the public by both party and ideology suggests the answer.

Mob of teens caught on tape ransacking
convenience store in 20 minute spree
before TWERKING in defiance as
clerk desperately tries to stop them
Daily Mail [UK], by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 6:46:38 PM     Post Reply
A mob of teenagers have been caught on tape robbing a convenience store in Bryan, Texas. Surveillance video shows the kids rushing through the store, grabbing everything they can get their hands on as girls are seen twerking and doing the splits outside. The frightening ransacking incident took place Saturday as store clerk Terry Polsgrove, 19, was shutting up for the night. A few teenagers are seen trickling into the Chevron Food Mart, then, all of a sudden, 30 to 40 teenagers are dancing and acting ´crazy´ down the aisles and in the parking lot. The surveillance video shows some

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