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Former prime minister
Ariel Sharon dies at 85
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/11/2014 7:48:40 AM     Post Reply
Former prime minister Ariel Sharon died on Saturday at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, days after his condition deteriorated dramatically. Sharon would have turned 86 next month. His family gathered at the hospital to be with him in his final moments. His sons Omri and and Gilad had been by his side since his condition deteriorated on January 1."He is fighting and we are here with him all the time," Omri Sharon told The Jerusalem Post Thursday afternoon. A state funeral will be organized for Sharon by the Prime Minister´s Office. Current and former world leaders are expected to

Jonah Goldberg: White House is
trying ´to kick the can´ on Iran
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/11/2014 7:31:31 AM     Post Reply
(Video)Jonah Goldberg said Friday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the conflict brewing between President Obama and some of his fellow Democrats over new sanctions on Iran is because "this White House is very worried they won´t be able to kick the can past Obama´s term."Goldberg, the at-large editor of National Review Online, said he believes Obama does not want to be put in a position of "actually having to do anything" involving Iran and its nuclear program.

A Fork? De Blasio’s Way of
Eating Pizza Is Mocked
New York Times, by MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/11/2014 7:11:53 AM     Post Reply
The pizza arrived, steaming and delectable, a smoked-mozzarella-and-sausage pie presented to Mayor Bill de Blasio like a gilded offering to a visiting caliph. The mayor, on a pilgrimage on Friday to Goodfellas, a venerable Staten Island pizzeria, smiled, nodded at his slice and then proceeded to do the unthinkable: eat it with a knife and fork. Cue the foodie firestorm. “Disaster,” declared a writer at New York magazine, citing the longstanding city protocol of devouring pizza, no matter how greasy, with the hands, and the hands only. One website called it Mr. de Blasio’s first mistake as mayor.



Seeking Redemption, Sometimes
With a Familiar Ring
New York Times, by BILL MARSH, ALICIA PARLAPIANO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/11/2014 7:06:14 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Chris Christie’s lengthy press conference on Thursday had many echoes of previous political moments of regret. Herewith, strung together, apologies culled from notable speeches and statements made in the aftermath of wrongdoing or other officeholder embarrassments. I rise today to deliver a very difficult speech. Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, 2009. I´ll lay it out. It´s going to hurt.

Finally! White House to replace
lead HealthCare.gov contractor
Washington Times, by Tom Howell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/11/2014 6:54:55 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration plans to replace the lead contractor on HealthCare.gov, the glitchy federal website that hindered the fall rollout of the new health care law, with another company. Officials plans to drop CGI Federal, after the company took a share of blame for its role in preparing a website that serves 36 states and needed extensive repairs after its Oct. 1 launch, the Washington Post first reported. A major consulting company, Accenture, will take its place. CGI’s contract runs out at the end of February, and Accenture had built the relatively well-functioning health exchange that California is using to enroll people

Ted Cruz: President Obama runs America like
a “corrupt dictator” not bound by the law
Morning News (Dallas, Tx), by Wayne Slater    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:40:07 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz compared America under President Obama to a corrupt dictatorship in which the chief executive decides which laws to follow and which to ignore. He cited the Obama administration delay of the employer mandate under the Affordable Health Care Act. He said the directive to ease deportation of immigrant parents and not to defend the federal ban on marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington that choose to legalize it were other examples of the president’s “consistent pattern of lawlessness.” “If the president of the United States can simply pick and choose which laws to follow… we know

How Sarah Palin became my new bestie
The Globe and Mail (Toronto,Canada), by John Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:35:51 AM     Post Reply
You can feel the charm when you watch her operate in person, that Sarah Palin. You don’t expect it, but it’s there – the awkward mix of pseudo-authenticity and charisma, the smooth way with a room full of reporters, the way she just carries on, regardless. Me, I was taken aback. She’s practically my new bestie, now. Squeezed my hand, called me “honey,” even stopped to squeeze my shoulder on her way out and thank me. We had a wee chat and a laugh. Palin was here Friday for an early breakfast event to promote her new series on a fairly obscure



Hannity, Bozell Talk About Wacky Matthews
Claiming GOP Will ´Erase Obama From the
History Books´
Newsbusters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:33:50 AM     Post Reply
While MSNBC has struggled mightily with scandalous outbursts from its hosts Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, and Melissa Harris-Perry, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews keeps pounding away at allegedly racist Republicans who want to “erase Obama from the history books.” On Thursday night’s “Hannity,” Sean Hannity asked MRC president Brent Bozell “why no scrutiny” for the wacky accusations of Matthews? He began his Tuesday night show wailing about the horrific consequences if Republicans advance in the 2014 midterms: MATTHEWS: ...a return to something like Jim Crow days, redolent of all the old anti-black gimmickry of that time -- literary tests and poll taxes all

Senate Democrats Block Amendment
to Restore Military Pensions
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:31:50 AM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican attempt to restore military pensions cut in last month’s budget deal, denying a vote that would save up to $20 billion by closing a loophole that allows tax refunds to go to illegal aliens. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) called an effort by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) to repeal the military retiree cuts “fiddling while Rome burns.” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) “filled the amendment tree” on Thursday, ending debate and blocking any Republican amendments to a bill to extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Among them was Ayotte’s measure, which would repeal cuts to

Trayvon Martin´s mother to lead racial
profiling discussion at University of Utah
Orlando Sentinel, by Matt Mauney    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:30:29 AM     Post Reply
The mother of Trayvon Martin will participate in a University of Utah public discussion on Jan. 16 during a weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., KTVX-TV reports. Sybrina Fulton is scheduled to speak at the university´s Union Ballroom for the 30th annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year´s theme is "Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America." Fulton´s son, a 17-year-old black Miami high-school student, was fatally shot in February 2012 by George Zimmerman. A jury in Seminole County acquitted Zimmerman in July of murder. The case stirred a national debate on

Food stamps at pot shops
banned under Colo. bill
Associated Press, by Kristen Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:24:04 AM     Post Reply
DENVER -- Food stamps for a pot brownie? It´s an urban myth in Colorado, but state lawmakers want to make sure that doesn´t happen. A bill proposed this week by several Republicans would add marijuana dispensaries to liquor stores, gun shops and casinos as places where recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can´t use their electronic benefits cards to access cash. There haven´t been any reports of public EBT cards being used at marijuana dispensaries. But lawmakers say pot shops should be added to the law to make clear it´s not legal. "We need this bill, if for nothing else, as



Feminist Film: Violence Caused
by (Surprise!) Masculinity
Newsbusters, by Kristine Marsh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:20:05 AM     Post Reply
BREAKING: Despite skinny jeans, mocha latte and Chris Hayes, U.S. males still haven’t been adequately feminized. The tragic result: continued bloodshed in American society. That’s the gist of a new documentary called “The Mask You Live In,” by feminist filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The focus of “The Mask” is the male population’s place in and relationship to American culture. Predictably, judging from the trailer and the film’s enthusiastic reception in left-leaning media, traditional masculinity is a leading cause of murder and mayhem. The trailer opens with commonly heard “macho” phrases like, “Be a man,” “Man up,” and “Don’t be weak,” as taken

California Democrats will push
background checks for ammunition
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:18:32 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO — Following passage last year of some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn., leading California Democrats will open a new front in the fight against gun violence this year with a proposal to conduct background checks on people who purchase ammunition. State Senate Democrats will push to require a comprehensive background check on anyone seeking to purchase ammunition, and to require a one-year permit for ammunition purchases. “Anyone can walk into any gun store, a bait and tackle store, and purchase all the ammunition they want to, no questions

MSNBC’s Abortion-obsessed Irin
Carmon Chides Republicans For
... Talking About Abortion
Newsbusters, by Paul Bremmer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/11/2014 6:14:46 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC contributor Irin Carmon continued her obsession with abortion on Thursday, penning an article for MSNBC.com titled “Why the GOP Is Still Talking About Abortion.” Carmon mocked Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and RNC chairman Reince Priebus for holding up the protection of innocent life as a core principle of the Republican Party. Yes, the party which got its start advocating the sanctity of human lives degraded and exploited on the plantation is being scolded for advocating the sanctity of human life in the womb. Wrote Carmon: All of the sensitivity trainings in the world can’t change that core principle, apparently, in part

Senate support for Iran sanctions
bill reaches veto-proof majority
Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/11/2014 6:03:25 AM     Post Reply
A new Iran sanctions bill is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill as talks to finalize a nuclear deal drag on between the Obama administration and Iranian officials. Fifty-nine senators have signed onto a bill introduced by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., up from 33 co-sponsors in late December. One Senate aide though said the bill had reached a veto-proof majority – well above 67 and into the 70-vote range, referring to whip counts of those planning to back the bill if it comes to the floor for a vote. Democratic leaders have so far blocked a



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

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