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Stunning: 92 Million
Americans Not Working
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:36:19 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The jobs number came out. And I´ll tell you, I have never seen anything like this, either. We now have 92 million Americans not working. We created the equivalent of 1,700 jobs per state in December. One of the highest employment months of the year. December´s hiring traditionally is so good that the experts in the Drive-By Media were expecting 196,000 jobs to be created or begun, recorded in December, and the number came in at 74,000 jobs. So 74,000 jobs, and half of these jobs are part time, meaning under 30 hours. The media is scratching their heads

Thousands of pages of Chris Christie
bridge scandal documents released
Star-Ledger [NJ], by Ed Murray    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 5:35:55 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON — The New Jersey Legislature today released thousands of pages of subpoenaed documents provided to a state Assembly committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal. Many of the documents were given to the panel by an attorney for David Wildstein, a former top official of the Port of New Jersey and New Jersey, and include the e-mails that emerged on Wednesday revealing a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie was directly tied to the traffic-clogging closure of local access lanes leading to the bridge in Fort Lee. Democrats have sought for months to link the lane closures to the

Reports: Senate’s Iranian sanctions bill
approaching a veto-proof majority?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 5:25:14 PM     Post Reply
As of Thursday, the tally of senators officially throwing their support behind the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act was up to 56 — news with which the White House was most put out. “If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose

  


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Economy out $5B in cold cash
after weeklong deep freeze
Associated Press, by Steve Karnowski    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/10/2014 5:23:06 PM     Post Reply
Minneapolis — Hunkering down at home rather than going to work, canceling thousands of flights and repairing burst pipes from the Midwest to the Southeast has its price. By one estimate, about $5 billion. The country may be warming up from the polar vortex, but the bone-chilling cold, snow and ice that gripped much of the country — affecting about 200 million people — brought about the biggest economic disruption delivered by the weather since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, said Evan Gold, senior vice president at Planalytics, a business weather intelligence company in suburban Philadelphia. While the impact came nowhere close to

The Unshocking Christie Scandal
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 5:22:22 PM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (Including those of you reading this while ensnared in a traffic study), I don’t know how long this G-File will be as I am on a plane from Tampa with a low battery. Every percentage point it drops rings in my ears like the countdown from 24. The pressure is making me sweat like Chris Christie reading the Bergen County Record. The Christie scandal is an odd thing. Outside the peculiar context of Christie’s presidential ambitions, the idea that this should be front-page news across the country is somewhat baffling. Quick: Show of hands. Who is surprised that New Jersey

On Progressives, Tampon
Earrings and Pasta Strainers
American Spectator, by Bill Zeiser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 5:20:02 PM     Post Reply
An interesting debate has been brewing these past few days over what it means to be a public intellectual—an honorific job description which I can imagine my intelligent but practical mother rolling her eyes at. Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic wrote a piece on Monday dubbing MSNBC host and political scientist Melissa Harris-Perry "the smartest nerd in the room" and "America´s foremost public intellectual." Coates is a frequent scribbler of divisive pieces which dubiously impute racist motivations to white society at large—sort of a black, male Joan Walsh, if you will. So it was no surprise when he accused Dylan Byers, media

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

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

  


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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

  


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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

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

‘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.

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