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Final Custody Decision Expected For
West Hartford Girl In Boston Hospital
Fox News Connecticut, by Beau Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/10/2014 7:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Friday could be “judgment day” for a West Hartford teenager held inside a hospital against her will for 11 months. A Boston judge is set to decide whether the girl will return to her parents in Connecticut or remain in state custody. But on the eve of the decision, our continuing Fox CT investigation has revealed new details once again. In a new development, former Boston Children’s Hospital nurse Katie Higgins, who has been following the case from the start, wrote a scathing letter this week to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families Commissioner Olga

Christie’s Apology, Done His Way
New York Times, by Michael Barbaro    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/10/2014 6:58:32 AM     Post Reply
He was, he said, heartbroken. Embarrassed. Sad. Disappointed. Humiliated.By the end of an extraordinary and exhaustive 107-minute news conference, Chris Christie had transformed himself from a belligerent chief executive, famed for ridiculing his detractors, into a deeply wronged father figure, shaking his head, whispering his words and verging on tears. The bravado had vanished. The certitude was gone. In its place was an entirely new vocabulary of self-doubt and a once unthinkable spectacle: Governor Christie acknowledging a “crisis in confidence,” sleepless nights, second-guessing and nonstop soul-searching. Political apologies generally follow a robotic sequence. The public figure caught doing wrong offers a terse, often

TV gives ´Bridgegate´ 17 times
more coverage in one day
than IRS scandal in 6 months
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/10/2014 6:16:16 AM     Post Reply
The Big Three networks, in a frenzy over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie´s traffic headache dubbed “Bridgegate,” have devoted a whopping 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage to the affair in just the last 24 hours. By comparison, that´s 17 times the two minutes, eight seconds devoted to President Obama´s IRS scandal in the last six months, according to an analysis by the Media Research Center. “While routinely burying new stories on the IRS scandal, the media practically fell over themselves to start taking shots at the potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee,” said the conservative media watchdog.

  


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Police on ´heightened´ alert for violent
response to Mark Duggan inquest verdict
Telegraph [UK], by Sam Marsden    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 6:09:13 AM     Post Reply
Scotland Yard’s top officer expressed concerns on Thursday about the possibility of fresh violence erupting in Tottenham as the family of Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked rioting, announced a vigil for Saturday. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, met community leaders from the troubled north London district to discuss how to avoid any repeat of the 2011 disorder following an inquest jury’s verdict that the father-of-six was lawfully killed by firearms officers. Supporters of 29-year-old Mr Duggan warned anyone planning to cause “unrest or anarchy” to stay away from the vigil in his memory to be held

What if you could restore veterans´ pensions,
fund jobless benefits, and stop illegal immigrant
fraud, all at once? Democrats would block it.
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 6:02:53 AM     Post Reply
Two of the most pressing concerns on Capitol Hill are 1) finding a way to restore cuts in veterans´ pensions that were included in the budget deal brokered by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan; and 2) figuring out a plan to pay for extended emergency unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans whose benefits have run out. They are vexing problems, but Republicans, led by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, came up with a proposal to solve them. The only difficulty was, the solution -- finding billions to pay for the restored pensions and unemployment insurance -- involved cracking down on

EU is a pestilence, says
referendum pilot Lord Dobbs
Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Holehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 5:59:14 AM     Post Reply
The European Union has become a “poison in our political system” that can only be addressed through an in/out vote, the peer who will pilot the referendum Bill through the Lords has said. Lord Dobbs, the author of House of Cards, said the European Union had become a “pestilence” that politicians had failed to deal with. More than 70 peers have asked to speak in today’s second reading debate on the Bill, which would set in law a commitment to hold an in/out referendum on Britain´s membership of the EU. Lord Mandelson, the former European Commissioner, said a referendum

Poverty Chic
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2014 5:54:01 AM     Post Reply
“Poverty,” the New York Times announced yesterday, “is suddenly the subject of bipartisan embrace.” I have spent a lot of time parsing that sentence. There is, for example, the adverb: “suddenly” does a lot of work; it carries the weight of the entire piece on its eight letters. The condition of the working poor, after all, has been a subject of political dispute since, oh, the Industrial Revolution. The author of the Times article, Jeremy W. Peters, seems to recognize the Groundhog Day aspect of his argument when he writes, in a fine example of mixed metaphor, “To read the flurry

  


  

Turkey´s response to the Syrian
refugee crisis has been heroic
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 5:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Turkey: what a place. Taxes are low, growth is strong, people are patriotic. I´m here in a camp for displaced Syrians, just across the border, doing some work alongside Centre-Right parliamentarians from around Europe, but I haven´t got time to blog about that right now. Let me instead say just one thing. The unflashy, unsentimental, uncomplaining way in which Turks have dealt with the arrival of 600,000 refugees is humbling. Many Syrians have been taken in by Turkish families. Others have been provided for by charities. Some are being housed in hastily assembled tent cities that fill up immediately.

24 Underreported Democrat
Scandals That Make News Media´s
´Bridgegate Mania´ Look Like a Joke
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2014 5:51:27 AM     Post Reply
Whatever happened in New Jersey under Governor Chris Christie in regards to the already-infamous “bridgegate,” the open gloating by the media over the unacceptable behavior of the Republican governor’s staffers is extremely revealing. Regardless of one’s views on Governor Chris Christie, this coordinated political feeding frenzy is liberal hypocrisy at its finest. Take a look at some of these over-the-top headlines:(Snip for graphic)Here are 25 underreported stories that most news media barely reported on, or blew by as quickly as possible because Democrats are involved. 1. Fast & Furious

Missing Brookline teen Caleb Jacoby
found safe, police say
Boston Globe, by Jennifer Smith    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/10/2014 5:45:15 AM     Post Reply
Caleb Jacoby, the 16-year-old Brookline student missing since Monday, was found safe on Thursday evening in Times Square, police said. Jacoby, who disappeared at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, is a student at the Maimonides School in Brookline and has been the subject of a wide search aided by social media outreach. The teen is also the son of Boston Globe OpEd columnist Jeff Jacoby. “Our prayers have been answered,” Jeff Jacoby tweeted Thursday night. “We are thrilled to hear from the Brookline Police that our beloved son Caleb has been found and is safe.

Bypassing Barry
American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2014 5:43:33 AM     Post Reply
The anecdote has it that someone once asked Louie Armstrong what jazz was. Satchmo is reported to have something like this in response, “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.” Great answer. There are other questions we sometimes hear, the only response to which is: “If you can even ask that question, there is no answer I can give you that would satisfy or enlighten you.” One of these, and one that always pole-axes me that any sentient adult could ask, is: “Why shouldn’t women serve in combat roles in the military?” The why on this one, at least

  


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Late to the party: FBI finally
contacts some targets of IRS
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 5:40:41 AM     Post Reply
The FBI finally has begun to contact some of the tea party groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for inappropriate scrutiny and delays, in the first public signs that the administration’s criminal investigation is progressing. A lawyer representing some of the tea party groups that battled the IRS for tax-exempt status told The Washington Times that a “small number” of his clients were contacted seven months after the investigation was supposed to have begun. The progress was revealed a day after The Times reported that the Justice Department lawyer who is leading the investigation into the IRS, Barbara Kay Bosserman,

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,

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

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