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The delicate case of Ariel Sharon
Polirico, by EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/11/2014 2:34:30 PM     Post Reply
Faced with the intense difficulty of what to say about Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died early Saturday after eight years in a coma, President Barack Obama didn’t say much.The statement from Obama — who never met Sharon, and wasn’t yet even running for president when he fell into a coma, mentioned nothing about the Israeli leader’s own complicated history with war and peace, remarking only in sending “our deepest condolences” that he was a leader who “dedicated his life to the State of Israel.”

Issa heading to New Hampshire
Union-Tribune (San Diego CA), by Mark Walker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 2:22:41 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Darrell Issa is headed to New Hampshire next month to speak at a venue that has been a must-do appearance for presidential aspirants. The Vista Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will address a joint session of the Concord Republican City and Merrimack County committees annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday, Feb. 17. The appearance was announced by former Issa staffer Kurt Bardella, who’s firm Endeavor Strategic Communications represents Issa’s political operation. He said the appearance does not mean Issa is testing the water for a presidential bid. “There is a broader conversation that

Michelle Obama Turns 50! See the
First Lady from Childhood to Today
Parade, by Vi-An Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 2:04:19 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama hits a milestone birthday—age 50—on Jan. 17. And five years after she moved into the White House, the nation pays rapt attention to her every move, from her Let’s Move! program to curb childhood obesity to her hair and her outfits. Of turning 50, the first lady says she’s “never felt more confident.” When asked about her thoughts on the landmark in her Parade, August 18, 2013 cover interview, she replied: “What you learn is that each decade brings a new set of challenges but also a new set of possibilities. I have never felt more



Five myths about Michelle Obama
Washington Post, by Robin Givhan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 2:00:26 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama entered the White House as a chimera. To some, she was emblematic of fully realized African American womanhood and an incomparable fashion icon. To others, she was the voice of racial grievance, the nanny state and Seventh Avenue vanity. She has proved herself to be neither vengeful nor the patron saint of activist feminism. Yet misperceptions linger. So as she celebrates her 50th birthday, here are a few facts in the face of persistent fictions. 1. Michelle Obama is the most fashion-friendly first lady. Obama has been a pronounced and polished advocate for American style, seamlessly moving from

Polarization we can live with.
Partisan warfare is the problem.
Washington Post, by Sean Theriault    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 1:40:19 PM     Post Reply
I have been studying party polarization in Congress for more than a decade. The more I study it, the more I question that it is the root cause of what it is that Americans hate about Congress. Pundits and political scientists alike point to party polarization as the culprit for all sorts of congressional ills. (Snip)Perhaps my home state of Texas unnecessarily reinforces the distinction I want to make between these two dimensions. Little separates my two senators’ voting records – of the 279 votes that senators took in 2013, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn disagreed less than 9 percent

Leaders, Others React to the
Death of Ariel Sharon
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 1:02:35 PM     Post Reply
Here is a selection of reactions from world leaders and others to the death of former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was both admired and despised for his bold style and hard-driving tactics. "Arik was not a warmonger. When it was necessary to fight, he stood at the forefront of the divisions in the most sensitive and painful places, but he was a smart and realistic person and understood well that there is a limit in our ability to conduct wars." — Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Sharon´s former deputy who took office after the 2006 stroke. ~"On behalf of

Blue State Blues: We Don´t Need Another Plan
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/11/2014 12:52:08 PM     Post Reply
It would be easy enough, at this stage, to add to the voluminous commentary on Gov. Chris Christie´s bridge scandal. But there is not much new to say, other than to observe that petty political retaliation is what blue-state conservatives like yours truly have come to expect from government, whether Republican or Democratic.{SNIP}Here´s the brutal truth. We don´t need more plans. We need principles. That´s what a conservative opposition party should stand for, especially one that ostensibly commits itself to free markets and the primacy and dignity of the individual. You wouldn´t trust your government to conduct a "traffic study"



ABC’s Karl: What does the White
House have to say for itself over
a jobs report that is “barely
treading water”?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 12:47:46 PM     Post Reply
(Video) JON KARL: Back to the jobs numbers today, I seem to remember you at the podium not long ago, showing us charts of jobs growth over the past couple years, and the implication — taking some credit, the White House taking credit that the president’s policies contributed to jobs growth. Now we have this report, I mean, barely treading water, 74,000 are created, and probably more ominously, the workforce participation rate is down at a low for almost 40 years. CARNEY: Pretty much where it’s been since 2009, but yeah. KARL: So does the White House, do the president’s

"The Continued Lack of Accountability
at ATF is Disturbing"
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 12:42:15 PM     Post Reply
In January 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dropped a bombshell report showing ATF Agents who attempted to set up a storefront in the city, ended up damaging the building, owing the landlord money and lost a machine gun on the streets after it was stolen out of a government vehicle. A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee´s Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren´t interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

Kelly was messaging about GWB
lane closures on day she accompanied
Christie to Seaside fire, documents show
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Matthew McGrath    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/11/2014 12:39:09 PM     Post Reply
Bridget Anne Kelly, the aide Governor Christie fired for her role in manufacturing a Fort Lee traffic jam apparently as political retribution, was receiving messages about what to tell reporters before she accompanied him to the Seaside Heights boardwalk fire, newly released documents show. On the fourth day of the traffic jam, the governor - accompanied by Kelly - rushed to the scene of the inferno raging in Ocean County. The pair arrived at the boardwalk on Sept. 12 at about 6:25 p.m. The fire was first reported at about 2:05 p.m. Ocean County photographer, Phil Stinton, snapped photos of Christie

Daily pot tied to age of first
psychotic episode
Reuters, by Benjamin Stix    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/11/2014 12:33:28 PM     Post Reply
In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder, according to UK researchers. "This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about the association between specific patterns of cannabis use . . . and an earlier onset of psychotic disorders," Dr. Marta Di Forti, who led the research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, said in an email. (Snip) Psychosis is a general term for a loss of reality, and is associated with several psychiatric



Exec Backpedals After
Saying Ford Tracks Drivers
CNBC, by Phil LeBeau    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 12:30:29 PM     Post Reply
A Ford Motor executive who said the company tracks and collects data on how Ford customers drive their vehicles said Thursday that he regrets making the comments. Jim Farley, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Ford (F), said that he was wrong to suggest to customers that the automaker uses GPS devices in vehicles to collect data on how people drive. "I definitely left the wrong impression with my comments, and I regret it," Farley told CNBC. "It´s important to me that our customers know where we stand and that we do not track them." Wednesday night, while taking part in a

Teen in custody battle to be moved from hospital
Boston Globe, by Patricia Wen, Neil Swidey    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/11/2014 12:26:53 PM     Post Reply
Justina Pelletier, a teenager caught in the middle of a high-profile medical dispute and child custody battle, is expected to be discharged from Boston Children’s Hospital to a residential facility in the next few weeks, after a juvenile court judge moved on Friday to end a stalemate that has kept the girl at the hospital for almost a year. Eleven months to the day after Justina’s mother brought her to Children’s, Judge Joseph Johnston put in motion a plan that fulfills the parents’ long-sought wish to have her leave the locked psychiatric ward of the Harvard teaching hospital. But instead

Harry Reid´s Senate Shutdown
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/11/2014 11:50:06 AM     Post Reply
The popular judgment that Washington´s dysfunction is the result of "partisanship" misses a crucial point. Washington is currently gridlocked because of the particular partisanship of one man: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And Republicans are warming to the power of making that case to voters. It´s often said the 113th Congress is on track to become the "least productive" in history—but that tagline obscures crucial details. The Republican House in fact passed more than 200 bills in 2013. Some were minor, and others drew only GOP votes. But nearly a dozen were bipartisan pieces of legislation that drew more than

Conservatives on Chris Christie:
Diva Getting What He Deserves
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/11/2014 11:42:04 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie took the first step in damage control Thursday by apologizing and announcing he was firing two of his closest aides connected to a scheme to jam up traffic on the George Washington Bridge. But despite a textbook press conference, his longer-term political problem is likely to be from his own party, where the scandal is giving a legion of under-the-radar Christie skeptics room to criticize the governor.Christie´s base has always been his New Jersey inner circle and Wall Street donors enthused over his electability and pragmatic approach to governance. By contrast, Christie never engendered deep support among Washington



Sacred Revival
City Journal, by Colette Arredondo    Original Article
Posted By: masscon- 1/11/2014 11:36:44 AM     Post Reply
A Catholic architect calls for churches that “look like churches.” The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal by Duncan G. Stroik (Hillenbrand Books, 182 pp., $60) In May 1941, German incendiary bombs turned the Commons Chamber of the U.K House of Commons in London to rubble. While there was no question of whether to rebuild, how to do it in a way that preserved the “form, convenience, and dignity” of the destroyed chamber, which dated to 1852, was very much an issue. In a speech before the Commons, who met for the remainder of the war in

The Wars of Robert Gates
Wall Street Journal, by Robert M. Gates    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/11/2014 11:33:40 AM     Post Reply
I had been the secretary of defense for just over two years on Jan. 21, 2009, but on that day I again became the outsider. The Obama administration housed a web of long-standing relationships—from Democratic Party politics and the Clinton administration—about which I was clueless. I was also a geezer in the new administration. Many influential appointees below the top level, especially in the White House, had been undergraduates—or even in high school—when I had been CIA director. No wonder my nickname in the White House soon was Yoda, the ancient Jedi teacher in "Star Wars."

Ted Cruz: Obama guilty of ‘pattern
of lawlessness on a breathtaking scale’
Houston Chronicle, by David Rauf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 11:07:09 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN — Sen. Ted Cruz accused President Obama of exercising “imperial” power and “lawlessness” to the extent that it has become an “extraordinary threat” to liberty. (Snip) He cited several examples of what he described as Obama defying the rule of law in favor of cherry picking which laws to follow. That includes the administration’s stance on allowing several states to move forward with plans to legalize marijuana, creating last-minute exemptions to Obama’s signature health plan and granting relief from deportation to some young undocumented immigrants via executive order. Cruz, whose name is being floated as a potential candidate for the

America´s oldest teacher
celebrates 100th birthday with
students at No. Plainfield School
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Peggy McGlone    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/11/2014 10:50:52 AM     Post Reply
North Plainfield — Believed to be the oldest working teacher in America, Agnes “Granny” Zhelesnik celebrated her 100th birthday this morning with her extended family – the faculty and students at The Sundance School in North Plainfield. Truth be told, the honoree said she would rather have been in her kitchen with her students. “They did all this, and so I´m going to live with it," Zhelesnik said. The school auditorium was decorated with portraits of Zhelesnik, who started teaching cooking and sewing at the private pre-kindergarten through Grade 5 school when she was 81. The 230-member student body sang happy

WashPost Buries GOP Slam of
Obama Regarding al Qaeda Resurgence;
Runs Two Christie Bridge Pieces on A1
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 10:45:38 AM     Post Reply
"Republican lawmakers Thursday blamed the Obama administration for the stunning resurgence of Iraq’s al-Qaeda franchise and called on the White House to take assertive steps to help Baghdad beat back militant uprisings in the country’s west." That´s how Ernesto Londono opened his January 10 story "Republicans blame Obama administration for al-Qaeda resurgence in Iraq," a front-page-worthy story which Washington Post editors buried on page A10. By contrast, the Post ran not one but two Chris Christie bridge-scandal stories on the Friday edition´s front page. The other stories rounding out the front page centered on efforts to hash out a long-term


Wisconsin Political Speech Victor
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 10:38:00 AM     Post Reply
Chalk up a big victory for the First Amendment. On Friday a Wisconsin judge struck a major blow for free political speech when he quashed subpoenas to conservative groups and ordered the return of property to the targets of a so-called John Doe campaign-finance probe. John Doe probes operate much like grand juries, allowing prosecutors to issue subpoenas and conduct searches while gag orders require the targets to keep quiet. We wrote about the kitchen-sink subpoenas and morning raids by special prosecutor Francis Schmitz that targeted dozens of conservative groups that participated in the battle to recall Republican Governor Scott

Obama DOJ Nominee Evasive on
Whether Amnesty a ´Civil Right´
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 10:31:59 AM     Post Reply
During Wednesday´s Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing, President Barack Obama´s nominee to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights refused to answer whether he believes that amnesty is a civil right, which is the belief of the person who may be his boss – Attorney General Eric Holder. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) read what Holder told the Mexican American Legal and Education Fund last year in his questioning: Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential. The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a

Christie´s aides were warned within hours that
´Bridgegate´ lane closures were putting lives
at risk . . . but they kept traffic snarled
for FOUR DAYS, documents reveal
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/11/2014 10:29:00 AM     Post Reply
Aides to Chris Christie knew traffic closures they spitefully ordered on the George Washington Bridge were putting lives at risk after just a few hours--but carried on snarling traffic for another four days, it was revealed Friday. A huge dump of documents showed the Republican-orchestrated political revenge stunt that threatens the White House ambitions of the New Jersey governor continued for an entire work week with little regard for public safety. Before noon on the first day the traffic pattern was changed, September 9, bringing the streets of Fort Lee, N.J. to a standstill, Port Authority community relations director Tina

GOP on ObamaCare: ´We´re spending billions
of taxpayer dollars on these failing policies´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/11/2014 9:43:31 AM     Post Reply
Hello. I’m Thad Cochran, United States Senator for Mississippi. The beginning of the New Year is a time when many Americans decide to make positive changes in their lives. It can be a time we decide to adopt healthier lifestyles or take a fresh look at the family budget. Unfortunately, as this year begins many people are worried about how the so-called Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is affecting both their health and personal finances. Republicans in the Senate think we should repeal or defund the program.

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