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No Room in Polite Society for
Anti-Catholic Contempt
US News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/10/2014 5:16:42 PM     Post Reply
Justice Sonia Sotomayor´s recent ruling, issuing a stay on the fines for the Little Sisters of the Poor, struck some people in violent ways. One blogger, Jamie Stiehm writing for U.S. News, seems to think that Sotomayor outed herself as that most crass and small minded of people: a Catholic! This was certainly not a predictable outcome in the minds of those progressives who celebrated the elevation of the first "wise Latina" to the highest court in the land. She was supposed to stay on the reservation, of course, voting reliably to uphold the foundations of liberal orthodoxy, whenever they

Can John Kerry manage
a Middle East miracle?
BBC News [UK], by Anthony Zurcher    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 5:10:04 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East next week to continue attempts to broker a peace deal between Palestinians and Israelis. His self-imposed goal is to reach an agreement by April. If opinions in Israeli and Arab media are any indication, however, not many think he can find success where others have failed. "The mission John Kerry has taken upon himself reminds one of a boy going out into the garden with a kite. The intention is good, the equipment suitable, but the wind refuses to lift the kite into the air," writes Nahum Barnea in Israel´s Yedioth Ahronoth.

Obama administration recognizes
same-sex marriages in Utah
McClatchy News, by Michael Doyle & Lesley Clark    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 5:03:21 PM     Post Reply
Same-sex marriages performed in Utah will be recognized by the federal government, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday. Holder´s decision means that the approximately 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah since December will be eligible for federal tax, estate and other benefits. "These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds," Holder declared. "In the days ahead, we will continue to coordinate across the federal government to ensure the timely provision of every federal benefit to which Utah couples and couples throughout the country are entitled, regardless of whether they are in same-sex

  


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Still no timeline for water
restoration in Kanawha Valley
Charleston Gazette [WV], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 4:59:11 PM     Post Reply
Residents of Charleston and a nine-county surrounding area don´t know how much of a coal-cleaning chemical is in their drinking water, exactly what that substance could do to them, or when West Virginia American Water officials will lift a "do not use" order issued later yesterday afternoon. During a press conference this morning, water company representatives and local government officials had little good news for 300,000 residents believed to have been impacted by the leak at Freedom Industries, a small facility located about 1.5 miles up the Elk River from West Virginia American´s water intakes. "We don´t know the

Target says data breach affected
70 million more customers,
including online shoppers
Chicago Tribune, by Staff and wire report    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/10/2014 4:51:34 PM     Post Reply
Target customers whose information -- name, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses -- was stolen need not have shopped at the retailer´s stores during the busy holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. The information, said Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder, was collected during the "course of normal business," and could include online shopping. Friday´s latest disclosure by the Minneapolis-based retailer that hackers made away with the data of 70 million additional Target customers shows that the data breach late last year was far larger and broader than previously thought. Related House passes bill to address possible health website data breach

U.S. has deployed military
advisers to Somalia, officials say
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 4:50:42 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. military has deployed a small number of uniformed trainers and advisers to the failed state of Somalia for the first time since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed in the failed “Black Hawk Down” operation. A cell of U.S. military personnel has been stationed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu since last fall to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia, an Islamist group whose leaders have professed loyalty to al-Qaeda, according to three U.S. military officials.

Iran claims nuclear talks found
solutions over all disagreements
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 4:36:36 PM     Post Reply
Iranian and European negotiators have found solutions to "all" their disagreements over how to implement the Geneva nuclear deal, Iran´s deputy chief negotiator announced on Friday, in a move that could pave the way for a final deal to contain Tehran´s nuclear programme. "We found solutions for all the points of disagreements," Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state television at the end of two days of talks in Geneva that he described as "good, constructive and intense". A spokesman for the EU said "very good" progress was made "on all the pertinent issues", but added that results of the talks still

  


  

How Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC Covered
Chris Christie ‘Bridgegate’ on Wednesday
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 4:04:24 PM     Post Reply
Developments in the scandal involving the September closing of toll lanes from Fort Lee, New Jersey onto the George Washington Bridge exploded in a major way Wednesday with the release of emails and texts implicating top deputies to Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) in a political retribution scheme. The news also presented a challenge for the three cable news networks, which had to make choices about how, and what, to cover. Here’s how the three cable news networks, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN, handled those choices: (Video clips, charts)

MSNBC Led Fox by 1100% Among Black
Primetime Demo Viewers in 2013
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 3:57:44 PM     Post Reply
In the cable news ratings race for 2013, Fox News was the clear winner, with MSNBC and CNN duking it out to spin the Silver Medal round, but there’s on category in which MSNBC achieved a level of dominance that none of its competitors can touch. In the weekday prime daypart (8 pm-11 pm, Monday through Friday), MSNBC led its competitors by country miles with African American viewers in the key 25-54 year-old demographic. For the same time slot and age demo, CNN held the edge with Hispanic viewers, in a much more level field. 2012 saw MSNBC achieve stunning

NY Times and the Left:
Champions of Polygamy
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/10/2014 3:56:24 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times, ever eager to push any meme that undermines the Judeo-Christian devotion to traditional morality and the single heterosexual family unit, has progressed from championing LGBT rights to its newest passion: polygamy. The Times is not alone; other leftist media outlets such as Huffington Post are leaders in the effort, too. The Times´s latest puff piece regarding polygamy revolves around Kody Brown, his four wives, his children, and their TLC reality show Sister Wives. The Brown “family” filed suit against Utah’s polygamy ban, having moved to Nevada to avoid it, and watched as a federal judge partly

Democrats Choose Immigrant Fraudsters
Over Veterans And Unemployed
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 3:53:21 PM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats are prepared to let their proposed Unemployment Insurance extension die instead of even allowing a vote on a Republican amendment that could pay for the benefits, and restore some other cuts to veterans benefits, by ending fraudulent tax credit payments to illegal immigrants. "We´ve done everything Republicans wanted," Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Thursday of his decision to schedule a vote on the UI bill Monday, "Now is the time to fish or cut bait." Of course, Reid has not come close to working with Republicans on the issue. Instead, Reid "filled the amendment tree" on the

  


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Sears, Kmart, Family Dollar Sales Plunge
ABC News, by Richard Davies    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/10/2014 2:41:33 PM     Post Reply
Sears and K-Mart stores are facing major questions about their future plans after their parent company reported dismal sales for the holiday shopping season. Sears Holdings says it expects a loss of as much as $914 million for 2013. The struggling retailer also says its sales from stores open at least a year fell 7.4 percent for the quarter in the United States. Sears shares plunged in after-hours trading, falling nearly 14 percent. Despite signs of improvement for the U.S. economy, Sears and other low-end retailers had a miserable Christmas. Walmart shares are down nearly 3 percent in the past

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

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

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