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Defining al Qaeda Down
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:37:59 AM     Post Reply
The fallout continues from the New York Times’s failed attempt to change the narrative on the Ben-ghazi attacks. The latest hit comes from an unexpected source—the Washington Post: U.S. officials suspect that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorist organization, according to officials familiar with the plans. Militia-men under the command of Abu Sufian bin Qumu, the leader of Ansar al-Sharia in the Libyan city of Darnah, participated in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J.

A liberal botches foreign
policy and we’re surprised?
Boston Herald, by Michael Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2014 5:35:34 AM     Post Reply
“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Vice President Joe Biden Hey Bob, tell me a liberal who hasn’t. Step back from the ongoing scandal of Benghazi or the shameless politics of Hillary Clinton’s “I opposed the surge because you were in the primary, Barack” politics. Look instead at the Democratic Party’s record on foreign policy over the past 40 years. It’s not bad — it’s abysmal. Take Gates’ challenge: Name a foreign policy position that Democrats like John Kerry and Ed Markey have

U.S.-India dispute: A diplomat
and a double-standard laid bare
Reuters, by Jonah Blank    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:31:35 AM     Post Reply
Relations between the United States and India have crashed to their lowest ebb since the last millennium, something many Americans might have missed during the holiday buzz. A spat over the treatment of a diplomat and her maid threatens the foundations of a key international partnership, and the implications extend far beyond foreign policy. This case could endanger American diplomats, businesspeople and tourists travelling abroad. The fight began with the December arrest of Devyani Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul in New York. Khobragade, a young mother accused of under-paying her maid and making a false statement on a visa form, says

  


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Escaping the Rat Maze
of the Welfare State
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:25:36 AM     Post Reply
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” and as the joke goes, “Poverty won.” Five decades after a blizzard of programs began descending on the American people, the poverty rate remains essentially unchanged. That’s a little unfair. What counts as poverty today would not have seemed so impoverished 50 years ago, when many of the poor lived without electricity and were no strangers to hunger.(Snip)The UBI is a pretty simple idea. Everyone gets a check from the government. (Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that, depending on how you implement it, but you get

Can TIME Predict Your Politics?
Time, by Jonathan Haidt & Chris Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:16:09 AM     Post Reply
Social scientists find many questions about values and lifestyle that have no obvious connection to politics can be used to predict a person’s ideology. Even a decision as trivial as which browser you’re using to read this article is imbued with clues about your personality. Are you on a Mac or PC? Did you use the default program that came with the computer or install a new one? In the following interactive, we put together 12 questions that have a statistical correlation to a person’s political leanings, even if the questions themselves are seemingly apolitical. At the end of this (completely

Intel panel: DOD report finds
Snowden leaks helped terrorists
The Hill [DC], by Jeremy Herb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:07:51 AM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden´s leaks about National Security Agency programs have put U.S. troops at risk and prompted terrorists to change their tactics, according to a classified Pentagon report. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Mich.) said that the Pentagon report found a significant portion of the 1.7 million documents Snowden took were related to current U.S. military operations. Rogers said the Pentagon report concluded that Snowden’s disclosures place U.S. forces at greater risk, and that his actions “are likely to have lethal consequences for our troops in the field.” “Snowden handed terrorists a copy of our country’s

Polygamy as Lifestyle Choice,
and a Reality TV Brand
New York Times, by John Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:05:33 AM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — Kody Brown, his four wives and 17 children want to be the new face of polygamy, what some consider the next frontier after same-sex marriage. That is why, the Browns say, they invited TLC television cameras into their homes for their reality show “Sister Wives,” why they have written a best-selling book about their lives, and why they challenged Utah’s polygamy ban in federal court. Fear of prosecution under that law led them to flee to Nevada. Last month, a federal judge partly overturned the ban, ruling that prohibiting “cohabitation” violates the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of

  


  

The Slacker Manifesto
PJ Media, by Bonnie Ramthun    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:00:50 AM     Post Reply
Rolling Stone recently published an essay titled “Five Economic Reforms Millenials Should Be Fighting For” by twenty-something author Jesse A. Myerson. It won’t take long to read, though you might develop a headache while doing so. Essentially, young Jesse wants communism, and he wants it now. There are several wonderful takedowns of this youngster’s astounding ignorance about communism and the misery, degradation, and death that result in the countries that have attempted to force it on their people, but I’d like to address the why. Why does communism sound so lovely and appealing to teenagers and young adults? You can argue that

Some find health insurers
have no record of them
Associated Press, by Tom Murphy & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 4:53:08 AM     Post Reply
INDIANAPOLIS -- Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama´s health care overhaul. Insurance companies are still trying to sort out cases of so-called health insurance orphans, customers for whom the government has a record that they enrolled, but the insurer does not. Government officials say the problem is real but under control, with orphan records being among the roughly 13,000 problem cases they are trying to resolve with insurers. But insurance companies are worried the process will grow more cumbersome as they deal with the flood of

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,

  


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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

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.

  


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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,

  



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

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

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