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More Americans than ever before are
not working with 92 MILLION people
out of the workforce
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:01:55 AM     Post Reply
The share of Americans in the workforce has sunk to its lowest point in 35 years. It´s a sign of both an aging population and of unemployed people who have given up on their dispiriting job hunts. The drop could accelerate in the months ahead because Americans who have been out of work for more than six months have lost their unemployment benefits. Congress is debating whether to renew for a sixth year an emergency program that paid benefits averaging $256 a week. As a requirement to receive unemployment checks, recipients needed to actively look for a job. Without their payments, many

Republican Party is run from Fox News
headquarters, CNN chief claims as he
hits back at criticism
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 5:59:49 AM     Post Reply
The president of CNN has said the Republican Party is being run from the headquarters of Fox News Channel. Jeff Zucker´s comments on Friday were made in response to an interview Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes gave in December with The Hollywood Reporter, which published it this week. In it, he suggested CNN had thrown in the towel on the news business after hearing Mr Zucker planned to have ´more shows and less newscasts.´ Mr Zucker said the criticism by Mr Ailes was silly and meant to deflect attention from an upcoming book on Fox News and its boss by New York

The Hallowed and Hollowed Constitution
American Thinker, by Shelby Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 5:50:38 AM     Post Reply
The Constitution deserves its hallowed place in the nation´s consciousness. Yet too often, those who invoke it completely disagree on what it says. How is it that the most important document in our government could be so ambiguous? How could it be that more than three hundred million Americans rely upon nine oracles to interpret it for us? The answer, ironically, is because we let the government hijack the Constitution. It will remain that way unless the states take it back. Party affiliation has largely ceased to matter in the government. What now matters is whether it´s "our guys" in power. In



The GOP’s Low Identification
Rate—and What to Do About It
National Review Online, by Jeffrey H. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 5:49:33 AM     Post Reply
Even in the wake of the disaster that is Obamacare, and the wider disaster that is the Obama administration, Gallup’s polling indicates that the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Republicans is at its lowest point in the past quarter-century: 25 percent. Surely this is largely attributable to a presidential-selection process that leaves rank-and-file Republicans feeling marginalized, while encouraging the selection of nominees (see McCain, John; Romney, Mitt) that the typical Republican only marginally likes—and whom the citizenry as a whole likes even less. Such a dire situation calls out for significant reform, not merely for the sort of tweaking

Three Fortunate Sons and the
Humiliation of the Military
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 5:42:40 AM     Post Reply
Representing the strongest nation on earth, Americans fought and died for the sake of Vietnam, a weak and distant nation, to prevent communist domination. My brother served in Vietnam, and I have worked with hundreds of Vietnam veterans. I have never spoken to one who is entirely at peace with his service, or who fully credits America´s role in trying to prevent the communist takeover of southeast Asia. I am convinced that many of the few thousand people who actually watch MSNBC are Vietnam vets, understandably embittered to this day. These not so fortunate sons, who have not claimed the

Elvis Is Dead? Nobody Told the Aussies
Wall Street Journal, by Rachel Pannett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 5:32:23 AM     Post Reply
PARKES, Australia—Elias Jamhour has a problem. He´s bigger than Elvis. Or at least that´s the case on a train departing Sydney for one of the unlikeliest Elvis festivals on the planet. As the tribute artist gyrates through the carriages on a seven-hour journey into the Australian countryside, the attentions of his fans—many of whom wear badges declaring "Elias 4 Elvis" and "I-heart-Elias"—becomes suffocating as he is mobbed by increasingly exuberant middle-aged women full of cheer and bored by the limited view of eucalyptus forests that give way to endless cattle and sheep farms. Last year, he was barricaded in a carriage by

U.S. warns of possible terrorism
at Sochi, but no specific threat
Reuters, by Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 5:30:42 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department warned Americans on Friday of the potential for terrorism at the Sochi Olympics but said it was not aware of any specific threat to U.S. citizens. In a "travel warning," the department urged Americans to be vigilant about personal security at the February 7 to March 14 Olympic Games, and flagged the possibility of petty crime, inadequate medical care and hotel shortages. It also highlighted a Russian law, much criticized by rights groups, that would make it a crime to publicly promote the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. "Large-scale public events such as the Olympics present



After Obamacare
Reason Magazine, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 5:27:38 AM     Post Reply
On January 19, 2011, in one of their very first actions after retaking majority control of the House of Representatives, Republicans voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The vote was largely symbolic; no one expected the Democratic Senate to take up the measure. But for the House GOP, the repeal vote was the necessary fulfillment of the core campaign promise that helped sweep them back into power. That promise, however, was only half fulfilled. Republicans had not merely vowed to remove Obamacare; they also said they would pass a program of their own in

Woman who ´bought rare $100,000 Renoir for $7
at flea market´ must hand it BACK to Baltimore
Museum where it was stolen more than 60 YEARS ago
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/11/2014 5:11:30 AM     Post Reply
The story began with one of those improbable tales of an artistic masterpiece uncovered at a flea market. It concluded Friday, the painting still a masterpiece but the story about the flea market all the more improbable. A federal judge has awarded ownership of a disputed Renoir painting to a Baltimore museum, citing ´overwhelming evidence´ that the painting had been stolen from the museum more than 60 years ago. The judge´s decision rejected the claims of a Virginia woman, Marcia ´Martha´ Fuqua, who maintained that she bought the painting at a flea market for $7, even as others, including her own brother, disputed

Finding a new villain in
the Chris Christie drama
Washington Post, by Kathleen Parker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/11/2014 5:01:08 AM     Post Reply
In the days since revelations surfaced about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office orchestrating the now-infamous George Washington Bridge lane closings, I’ve had at least four different reactions. Listed in chronological order, they were: He’s dead; maybe not so bad if he didn’t know anything; OMG, an elderly woman died! He’s gone. Latest and hardly least, Christie may emerge relatively unscathed as the media displace him as villains. To stipulate, we recognize that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made the sanest observation when asked Thursday to comment. “I think the right approach is to be a bit prudent here and not jump

Lobbyists Are Using Loopholes to
Fly Lawmakers Around the World
National Journal, by Shane Goldmacher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/11/2014 4:57:18 AM     Post Reply
Dennis Hastert and Dick Gep­hardt couldn´t stand each other when they led Congress a decade ago. But now they´ve moved to K Street, where the flood of money tends to wash over such personal differences. These days, they work hand in hand as two of Turkey´s top lobbyists, with their respective firms pocketing most of a $1.4 million annual lobbying contract. It was this business that took Hastert and Gephardt to Turkey last April, but more surprising than the odd couple´s newfound alliance was their set of travel companions: eight members of Congress on an all-expenses-paid journey overseas. It´s widely believed that



College basketball, football
athletes can barely read
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/11/2014 4:53:20 AM     Post Reply
We’re still weeks away from college basketball’s March championship tournament. But we’re already seeing some madness. It comes in reaction to a CNN study of the reading levels of athletes at 21 public universities. The headline over the dispatch this week says it all: “CNN Analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like fifth-graders.” For those familiar with college athletics — especially the sports that bring in the millions — that’s not exactly a news flash. But a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Mary Willingham, came in for particular vitriol after reporting that of 183 Tar Heel football or

The Moral Evolution of Progressives
American Spectator, by Marta H. Mossburg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:50:04 AM     Post Reply
Boy, have progressives “evolved.” The party of saloon protesters, suffragettes and crusaders against smoking, prostitution and immigration are now the champions of government-regulated vice. They no longer want to save souls, but use them to increase tax revenue to fund an ever expanding list of new priorities in a turnaround that would likely make Frances Willard, the famous head of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in the late 1800s, reach for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. The reversal is not totally consistent, however. No sooner had progressives successfully helped to ban smoking everywhere in public places had they moved on to champion

Hillary’s skeleton stampede
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:46:42 AM     Post Reply
Every night’s going to be Halloween night for Hillary. The skeletons in her closet are signing up now for the conga line. They’re impatient to put on their dancing shoes for the 2016 presidential campaign. Like it or not, it’s just around the corner. Even when her friends try to raise their voices in Hillary’s defense, what comes out is mostly static. The attempted whitewash by The New York Times of the hash she made of Benghazi only reminds everyone that she was asleep when the telephone rang at 3 o’clock in the morning. Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary, tried

State Dept. Offers $10 Million
Reward to Find Benghazi Terrorists
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:39:06 AM     Post Reply
The State Department today publicly announced a $10 million reward "for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual responsible for the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks." The announcement for the reward is posted on rewardsforjustice.net. Seeking Information Against International Terrorism Wanted Information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual responsible for terrorist attack against the U.S. Special Mission Compound and Annex in Benghazi, Libya Up to $10 Million Reward "On September 11-12, 2012, four Americans — U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and Protective Security Specialists Glen



Inside The White House War on Dems
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:31:18 AM     Post Reply
The White House is now openly declaring that Senate Democrats who support new sanctions against Iran are idling for war, but their campaign to pressure their own party members has been going on for months and has done little to dissuade Democrats from supporting sanctions. The White House brought their fight with Congressional Democrats out in the open Thursday evening when National Security Staff member Bernadette Meehan sent an incendiary statement lashing out at pro-sanctions Democrats to a select group of reporters, accusing them of being in favor of a strike on Iran. “If certain members of Congress want the United States

Pentagon Boosts Ability to Rescue
Men Overboard or Behind Enemy Lines
Time, by Mark Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/11/2014 4:27:44 AM     Post Reply
For those wearing U.S. military uniform, there are few things worse than falling off a warship, unless it’s becoming stranded behind enemy lines on a battlefield. Both are scary, potentially fatal events — and something the Pentagon is trying to fix. The Defense Department announced a pair of contracts Thursday aimed at helping to rescue such lost souls. The Navy is buying what it calls “Man Overboard Indicators”— miniature radios, basically — that transmit a water-activated alarm when a sailor falls off a ship. The objective of the program “is to outfit each ship with a system capable of alerting the

Thank Labor Force Dropouts, Not New
Jobs, For A Falling Unemployment Rate
The Federalist, by Sean Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/11/2014 4:19:52 AM     Post Reply
According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released this morning, the U.S. economy last month added 74,000 new payroll jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent from 7.0 percent. Good news, right? Not really. Yes, the unemployment rate has fallen significantly from its high of 10 percent in October of 2009. But it turns out the unemployment rate has been falling for a pretty depressing reason: people dropping out of the labor force. Last month, 347,000 workers dropped out, effectively sending the message that it wasn’t even worth looking for work anymore. Here’s what the unemployment

Scientists say Americans are
becoming weather wimps
Associated Press, by Seth Borenstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:15:52 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — We’ve become weather wimps. As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep freeze strikes, scientists say, it seems more unprecedented than it really is. An Associated Press analysis of the daily national winter temperature shows that cold extremes have happened about once every four years since 1900.Until recently. When computer models estimated that the national average daily temperature for the Lower 48 states dropped to 17.9 degrees on Monday, it was the first deep freeze of that magnitude

$70K in Newtown Donations Missing
Associated Press, by Pat Eaton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:12:21 AM     Post Reply
Hartford, CT - A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running, one of its co-founders said Friday. Ryan Graney, of Nashville, Tenn., said only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the 26.4.26 Foundation was used for the organization´s purpose. That money was presented last January by co-founder Robbie Bruce to the nonprofit NYA, a youth sports center in Newtown, where the December 2012 shooting occurred. Graney said Bruce was in charge of the organization´s finances but has cut off contact with her. Bruce didn´t


Surprisingly Weak Jobs Report
Puzzles Economists
Associated Press, by Christopher Rugaber    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 4:08:05 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- It came as a shock: U.S. employers added just 74,000 jobs in December, far fewer than anyone expected. This from an economy that had been adding nearly three times as many for four straight months - a key reason the Federal Reserve decided last month to slow its economic stimulus. So what happened in December? Economists struggled for explanations: Unusually cold weather. A statistical quirk. A temporary halt in steady job growth. Blurring the picture, a wave of Americans stopped looking for work, meaning they were no longer counted as unemployed. Their exodus cut the unemployment rate from

‘They Died for Nothing?’: Jake
Tapper’s Interview with Lone
Survivor Vet Gets Tense
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 2:42:45 AM     Post Reply
CNN host Jake Tapper’s Interview with the subject of the Mark Wahlberg film Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, became tense on Friday when the veteran of Operation Red Wings apparently took offense at Tapper’s suggestion that the botched mission was a mistake. Luttrell defended his fellow veterans who lost their lives in that operation and asked if Tapper was suggesting that they died “for nothing.” Tapper said that he was struck by the loss of life and the sense of “hopelessness” he felt while watching the film adaptation of that mission. “And I was torn about the message of the film”

False alarm: First responders
exempt from Obamacare employer
calculations, Treasury says
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/11/2014 12:53:13 AM     Post Reply
The Treasury said Friday it will not count “nominally compensated” volunteer firefighters or emergency medical services personnel as full-time employees when the employer mandate tied to Obamacare takes effect next year. In a blog post, the department said it reviewed the tax code and concluded it would not be reasonable to count first-responder volunteers against the law’s threshold of 50 employees. The controversial mandate, which defines full-time work as 30 hours a week, penalizes employers with 50 or more employees that do not provide health coverage. In July, the Obama administration delayed the mandate’s implementation by one year from 2014

House passes Obamacare
security-notification law;
67 Democrats join GOP majority
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/11/2014 12:50:53 AM     Post Reply
The House passed a bill Friday that requires the federal government to notify consumers within two days if their personal data has been breached on online-based insurance markets tied to the new health care law. Roughly one third of voting Democrats joined the Republican majority in passing the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, 291 votes to 122, even though the Obama administration said legislation is unnecessary because notification rules are in place. Republicans said the measure is common sense. “All it says is the administration has to let victims of identity theft or information theft to be notified. That’s

U.S. veterans despondent over
al-Qaeda’s resurgence in Iraq
Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/11/2014 12:44:08 AM     Post Reply
The towering former three-star general keeps a wooden box on his desk with the photos of 257 service members who died in Iraq under his command, sorted by date. During quiet moments, usually a couple of times a week, Mark Hertling opens the lid, inscribed with the words “Make it Matter,” flips through the laminated portraits of uniformed troops and reflects on their loss. “I try to keep track of anniversaries of the deaths and say a prayer for them and their families,” said Hertling, who now works at a hospital in Orlando. “During the holiday season, you think about

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