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Al Qaeda-Affiliated Group
Assaulted U.S. Embassy in Tunis
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 2:37:44 PM     Post Reply
The State Department today designated three Ansar al Sharia organizations, as well as three of their leaders, as terrorist entities. The State Department reports that Ansar al Sharia in Derna was “involved” in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Former Guantanamo detainee Sufian Ben Qumu, who long served al Qaeda, is named as “the leader” of Ansar al Sharia in Derna. These details are important for our understanding of the Benghazi attack, but there is more to the designation that is worth notice. On September 14, 2012, just three days after the assault on the U.S. Mission and

Ford: ‘We have GPS in your car,
so we know what you’re doing’
Daily Caller, by Giuseppe Macri    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 2:35:09 PM     Post Reply
A top Ford executive made a startling admission about the amount of data the auto maker tracks from its customers at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show this week. “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it,” Ford Vice-President Jim Farley told a crowd in Las Vegas during the show. “We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing.” The global marketing and sales division chief was trying to make a larger point about the amount of real-time data Ford has on drivers that could be used in the future to alleviate problems

Did the Obama administration try a
“clumsy putsch” against Karzai?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 2:31:33 PM     Post Reply
It’s no secret that Barack Obama and the White House have no particular love for Hamid Karzai, and that the feeling is mutual. Allegations of corruption and the issues of security in Afghanistan have pushed the two reluctant allies farther apart, to the point where Karzai now refuses to sign a status-of-forces agreement that would allow NATO to protect his government — despite the support of the loya jirga he called to discuss it. According to a catch by Foreign Policy from the new Robert Gates memoir My Duty, Karzai has pretty good reason to distrust the Obama administration: Lost in

  


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‘Chaos’ as West Virginia customers pack
stores to buy water after chemical
spill, federal gov´t opens investigation
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 2:28:39 PM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The federal government said Friday it will open an investigation into a West Virginia chemical spill that shut down much of the state´s capital and put 300,000 residents at risk. Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day´s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston, even as the extent of the danger remained unclear. The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster, and the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to

Memo to atheists: God’s not dead yet
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/10/2014 2:17:37 PM     Post Reply
For most of human history, theism was treated as a given. To be sure, there were differences of opinion on the issue. Are there many gods or one? Does he communicate through law? Or prophets? If so, which ones? Might he have become incarnate at some time in human history? These questions and countless others have been answered in many different ways by the world’s great religious traditions. But the underlying presumption in favor of some form of theism remained a constant. This is no longer the case. Where atheists of old worked to conceal their skepticism for fear of

In prison, Nikko Jenkins was deemed
too dangerous to mix with other inmates
Omaha World Herald, by Todd Cooper & Paul Hammel    Original Article
Posted By: bluehouse- 1/10/2014 2:08:43 PM     Post Reply
Update: Nikko Jenkins´ mental state is again under review. Douglas County District Court Judge Peter Bataillon on Wednesday granted a hearing to determine Jenkins´ competency to be tried on four counts of first-degree murder. Bataillon set the competency hearing for Feb. 12. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will present the opinions of separate psychiatrists who have most recently reviewed Jenkins´ mental state. In the two years before his release into the general population of Omaha, Nikko Jenkins wasn´t even released into the general population of his prison. The main reason: He was too dangerous to mix with other inmates. Yet prison administrators

Begich Skips Unemployment
Vote to Speak to Execs in Hawaii
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/10/2014 2:00:58 PM     Post Reply
As Democrats have been pushing extending unemployment benefits in Washington this week, Alaska Democratic senator Mark Begich missed an important vote to give a speech to a lobbying organization in Hawaii. Begich, one of a handful of vulnerable red-state Democrats, delivered a speech at an annual event hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives, according to the Hill. While in Hawaii, he attended two fundraisers and met with Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie. An aide stated that the senator committed to the speech before the vote was scheduled, and the additional events were later planned.

  


  

Toddler in profanity-laced video was
hurt in shooting 3 months ago
in his home
Omaha World Herald, by Alissa Skelton    Original Article
Posted By: bluehouse- 1/10/2014 1:56:49 PM     Post Reply
The 2-year-old Omaha boy who unwittingly prompted a debate about the culture of gang violence was wounded three months ago in a shooting inside his own home. His 17-year-old father, D´Marco Pope, was killed last spring in what police said appeared to be a gang-related shooting. His grandmother was arrested last month after five guns were found in the house. She now sits in jail facing a weapons charge. His grandfather was sent to prison last year, convicted of a weapons charge. The little boy who was coaxed by adults to utter profanities for an online video has grown up

To defend Christie
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/10/2014 1:23:21 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to Chris Christie and Bridgegate, there is, as National Journal points out, a lot of “he’s getting what he deserves” attitude among Republicans. I get that. Christie likes to stick his finger in other Republicans’ eyes. He unfairly demonized Republicans upset that the Sandy Relief bill was stuffed with unrelated pork. Christie’s figurative wet, sloppy tongue kiss with Obama just before the election was dispiriting (and gross!). I get all that, and I can’t really blame people for enjoying watching him twist in the liberal media windstorm, as they seek to take him out of the 2016 race. But. I’m also not

‘Tell her to sue me’ — LePage defies
AG Mills’ demand to release
welfare study
Bangor Daily News, by Mario Moretto    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 1:16:55 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Attorney General Janet Mills demanded in a letter that Gov. Paul LePage release a publically funded report crafted by the controversial Alexander Group to anyone who requested it. When asked in an interview how he responded, LePage said simply: “Tell her to sue me.” The letter from Mills — a Democrat who was elected to office when her party regained majorities in the House and Senate in 2012 — was addressed to LePage and Mary Mayhew, whose Department of Health and Human Services signed a $925,000 contract for the Rhode Island-based Alexander Group to study Maine’s welfare system, including the

Exclusive: Tea Party Leadership Fund to
Recruit Boehner Primary Challenger
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/10/2014 1:16:01 PM     Post Reply
The Tea Party Leadership Fund will announce on Friday an effort it plans to undertake to search for a candidate to primary House Speaker John Boehner, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. The group is funding a $25,000 ad campaign against Boehner and a petition drive at PrimaryBoehner.com with a goal of collecting 1 million signatures by Jan. 31. Radio’s Rusty Humphries, a spokesman for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, is leading the group’s effort to find a candidate. “John Boehner has declared war on conservatives demanding lower taxes and limited government,” Humphries said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “Today

  


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Utah gay marriages will be
recognized by federal government,
attorney general says
NBC News, by Pete Williams and Miranda Leitsinger    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/10/2014 1:03:15 PM     Post Reply
The federal government will recognize marriages performed in Utah after a judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, Attorney General Holder said Friday, noting that the newly-wedded gay couples “should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status” as the legal challenges unfold. (Snip) "I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," Holder said.

Feds Fund Validation of Penis-
Measuring Tool For Custom-Fit Condoms
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/10/2014 12:50:39 PM     Post Reply
The federal government is spending $224,863 to test custom-fitted condoms and validate a self-reporting penis measurement system for commercial use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the grant with funding through July of 2014 to TheyFit, LLC of Covington, Georgia for the project: “Behavioral and Manufacturing Science to Commercially Develop Fitted Condoms.” (snip) The condoms are currently unavailable in the U.S. but the FAQ section of their website claims, “Condoms are regulated medical devices and must conform to international standards documents such as ISO: 4074. Standards specify what a company must do to test each condom to ensure that

Pinellas sheriff limiting access
to mugshots online
St. Petersburg Tribune, by Stephen Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/10/2014 12:20:08 PM     Post Reply
When someone is arrested, how public should their mugshot be? That question is being debated by lawyers and legislatures across the country as companies that publish mugshots online - and often charge a fee to remove them - have proliferated in recent years. On Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri jumped into the fray, announcing his agency will take booking photos offline. The names, addresses and initial charges of those arrested still will be accessible on the agency’s website - but not their pictures. The sheriff, who appears to be one of the first, if not the first, sheriff in

Climate change warning stickers
on gasoline pumps?
Houston Chronicle FuelFix, by David R. Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 12:15:24 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — Buy a pack of cigarettes, and a printed warning from the surgeon general will remind you that smoking causes cancer. Obviously, you’ve chosen to smoke anyway. But maybe one day you’ll look at that message, printed on the pack, and resolve to change your ways. Now, apply that idea to global warming. A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel they’re buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change. “Human beings are not really wired

  


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Living Under a Paper Moon
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Bogdanovich    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 12:10:07 PM     Post Reply
Cybill Shepherd and I first met in 1970, when I cast her as Jacy Farrow in "The Last Picture Show." I was directing, and it was Cybill´s first film. We fell in love during the picture and moved into an apartment together on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Just before I began to direct "Paper Moon" in 1972, I decided to buy a house for us to live in. I was busy preparing the picture, so I asked Cybill to go house-hunting. She found a beautiful one in Bel Air. Cybill Shepherd and I first met in 1970, when I

DPS flies $7.4 million spy
plane to the border
Houston Chronicle, by Kolten Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 12:09:16 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers flew the fancy $7.4 million high-altitude spy plane — equipped with $1 million worth of surveillance cameras — from San Antonio to Fort Stockton Friday, according to a flight tracker. The purchase of the Swiss-made aircraft by DPS flew largely under the radar of media outlets in 2012. But as controversies surrounding drones and the National Security Agency continue to balloon, more focus is being shifted toward government-run spy programs. The plane, purchased from Swiss company Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., is jam-packed with military-style features including high-resolution and thermal imaging surveillance cameras,

Survivor releases dramatic images
of Molokai plane crash
Hawaii News Now (Honolulu HI), by Jim Mendoza    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 12:03:32 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU -Ferdinand Puentes was on the Makani Kai aircraft that crash-landed into the ocean off Kalaupapa December 11. He recorded the entire ordeal on his GoPro camera."Physically I´m fine. Emotionally I´m still a little bit shaken," Ferdinand Puentes said. The Ewa Beach man was on the Makani Kai Air flight that crash landed into the ocean off Molokai December 11. When the airplane took off, lost power, and made a water landing, Puentes had his camera in his hands. "The engine made a noise and all the bells and whistles started. I just turned it back on. I had to

Obama administration to end contract with
CGI Federal, company behind HealthCare.gov
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein,    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/10/2014 11:56:32 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work of repairing it, according to a person familiar with the matter. Federal health officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract worth roughly $90 million, probably early next week, with a different company, Accenture, after concluding that CGI has not been effective enough in fixing the intricate computer system underpinning the federal Web site, HealthCare.gov, the individual said.

BBC Editor: Ignoring Immigration
Concerns a ´Terrible Mistake
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 11:48:35 AM     Post Reply
BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson is lashing out at his own company for what he calls "terrible mistakes" in covering the UK´s internal immigration debate. The network, he alleges, decided on its own that concerns about large influxes of immigrants were "not acceptable views" and did not cover them. Robinson, who is speaking out against his own network´s immigration coverage before the release of the new BBC documentary The Truth About Immigration, has told several media outlets that the new reporting is meant to correct what has been a chronic deficiency in coverage of immigration at the network: that concerns about

  



De Blasio Says Christie’s Bridge
Scandal ‘Raises Bigger Questions’
About His Leadership
New York Observer, by Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/10/2014 11:45:19 AM     Post Reply
Bill de Blasio is taking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to task over his ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal. At a press conference today, New York’s newly minted mayor ripped into Mr. Christie’s administration for the “absolutely immoral” behavior conducted by his top aides and appointees after evidence emerged indicating they forced massive traffic delays in a bizarre act of political retaliation. “Look, it’s really troubling. What happened was absolutely inappropriate. … This was a big problem. And this is not how we’re supposed to treat the people we represent,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker, taking questions at an education event in

Chris Christie Expected in Florida
to Campaign for Rick Scott
National Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 11:44:27 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the new chief of the Republican Governors Association, one of the most popular governors in the country and a potential presidential candidate, is poised to be a superstar surrogate for as many as 20 Republican chief executives seeking re-election in 2014. But revelations that his top allies engineered a massive traffic jam to get back at a local mayor could diminish his appeal as a top headliner at fundraisers for fellow Republicas. A test looms next Friday, when he is slated to appear at a RGA fundraiser for Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Naples. Fundraisers

How to fight academic bigotry
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 11:27:03 AM     Post Reply
For decades, the American Studies Association labored in well-deserved obscurity. No longer. It has now made a name for itself by voting to boycott Israeli universities, accusing them of denying academic and human rights to Palestinians. Given that Israel has a profoundly democratic political system, the freest press in the Middle East, a fiercely independent judiciary and astonishing religious and racial diversity within its universities, including affirmative action for Arab students, the charge is rather strange. Made more so when you consider the state of human rights in Israel’s neighborhood. As we speak, Syria’s government is dropping “barrel bombs” filled

Outrage! Obama Donor Picked to
Head IRS Scandal Investigation,
Big Three Networks Censor
NewsBusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 11:24:25 AM     Post Reply
After months of stonewalling the Justice Department finally named someone to head the investigation into the IRS-Tea Party scandal - and it´s an Obama donor. So far ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to mention what Darrell Issa called “a startling conflict of interest.” In fact the Big Three networks have almost completely stopped covering the IRS scandal investigation altogether. Since July 1, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted a total of just 2 minutes and 8 seconds to the IRS imbroglio. On Wednesday the Washington Times’s Stephen Dinan reported that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and regulatory

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