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Biden to lead delegation to Sharon funeral
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 1:56:09 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who is also chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will join Vice President Joseph R. Biden in the presidential delegation attending the state funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the White House said Sunday. President Obama also selected for the delegation Rep. Eliot Engel, New York Democrat; Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel; and Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel. Mr. Sharon died Saturday at age 85 after eight years in a coma due to a stroke. A state memorial ceremony is planned for Monday in Israel, with world

Beverly Hills Dermatologist
American Spectator, by Ben Stein    Original Article
Posted By: jj1319- 1/12/2014 1:43:34 PM     Post Reply
Monday For many years now, I have endured a mild skin disorder, rarely fatal. I usually am monitored by a fine doctor in Rancho Mirage. But I wanted a dermatologist near our home in Beverly Hills, so I asked around and got a reference for a Dr. Wang, as I will call him. (Not his real name.) This afternoon, I entered his tiny waiting room, introduced myself to the young women behind the counter and smiled. The women asked me to fill out several forms, which I did and handed them back.

Enrollees at Health Exchanges
Face Struggle to Prove Coverage
New York Times, by ROBERT PEAR and ABBY GOODNOUGH    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/12/2014 1:19:13 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Paul D. Donahue and his wife, Angela, are among more than a million Americans who have signed up for health coverage through the federal insurance exchange. Mr. Donahue has a card in his wallet from his insurer to prove it. But when he tried to use it to get a flu shot and fill prescriptions this week, local pharmacies could not confirm his coverage, so he left without his medications. Similar problems are occurring daily in doctors’ offices and drugstores around the country as consumers try to use insurance coverage that took effect on Jan. 1 under the

  


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Robert Gates: ‘I Agreed With
All the President’s Decisions
on Afghanistan’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 1:16:09 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Face the Nation Sunday morning that he had no regrets about the timing or tone of his forthcoming memoir Duty, excerpts of which stirred up controversy in some quarters this week about President Barack Obama’s faith in his Afghanistan strategy. “With the experience and perspective of working for eight presidents and having been secretary for four-and-a-half years, I didn’t think that waiting until 2017 to weigh into these issues made any sense,” said Gates, who is recovering from a neck injury. While many have read the excerpts as critical of Obama’s foreign policy, Gates

Priebus Battles Gregory: At
Least Christie Fires People,
Obama ‘Doubles Down’ on Them
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 1:12:00 PM     Post Reply
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sparred with Meet the Press host David Gregory on Sunday morning over whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie should be held liable for creating a “culture” in his administration that encouraged political retribution, as the chairman had said President Barack Obama should be with regards to the IRS scandal. “He trusted people that lied to him and he fired those people,” Priebus said. “The president doubles down on Eric Holder, he doubles down on Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner and Susan Rice. It’s the opposite effect.” “There’s some deflection going on here,” Gregory said. “You said

California farms lead the way
in almond production
Los Angeles Times, by David Pierson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 12:04:36 PM     Post Reply
One of California´s top ambassadors often comes lightly salted and travels in a vacuum-sealed can. Eat an almond anywhere in the world and chances are that it was grown in the Golden State. California produces 82% of the globe´s almonds, harvesting about 800,000 acres of the tree nut across a 400-mile stretch from northern Tehama County to southern Kern County. Fueling the boom is robust foreign demand, particularly from emerging consumer markets like China and India, where the industry has been promoting almonds as a healthful snack. About 70% of California´s almonds are sold overseas. That made the crunchy nut

Ersatz
PJ Media, by Richard Fernendez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/12/2014 11:53:39 AM     Post Reply
They said health rationing would never come, that if you liked your plan and doctor, you could keep it. They lied, and now that that’s over let’s move on. Since it’s the government’s doctor not yours any more, Maryland has announced a bold deal with state and federal officials not to treat people unnecessarily. (Snip) Of course much of the problem of overtreatment is one of government’s own making. Think tort law. One of the major reasons why American treatments cost so much is defensive medicine. Defensive medicine, also called defensive medical decision making, refers to the practice of recommending

  


  

NYT: Yeah, ObamaCare has made
the healthcare system a mess in 2014
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/12/2014 11:43:47 AM     Post Reply
The Associated Press first reported this developing and completely predictable problem earlier in the week. What happens when you pass a law that (a) causes the health-insurance cancellation for millions and then (b) forces them and millions more to use a disastrously-built web portal as a middeman to replace that coverage? Answer: You end up with millions of people flooding into providers without any idea whether they have coverage or whether their doctor will accept it. The New York Times confirmed this issue … for its Saturday edition, of course: In addition to the difficulties many face in proving they

Supreme Court to hear case on
Obama´s disputed NLRB appointments
Washington Examiner, by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/12/2014 11:41:27 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Monday is set to hear a bitter dispute between Republicans and the White House over whether President Obama exceeded his authority when appointing members to the National Labor Relations Board during a congressional recess. The justices´ decision could cast a legal cloud over hundreds of rulings by the board, which resolves complaints of unfair labor practices and conducts elections for labor union representation.

How Reading a Novel
Can Improve the Brain
ABC News, by Lee Dye    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/12/2014 11:38:31 AM     Post Reply
It´s amazing you can read these words. It took millions of years for humans, and our recent ancestors, to develop the visual and motor and auditory skills that let us function in the complex world we inhabit today. But in less than 5,000 years, a brief span in human history, we learned how to read. And that skill, or at least our understanding of it, is still evolving. Scientists are using some of their most sophisticated tools to peer inside the human brain to see what happens when we engage in the process of reading, and they are finding a number of surprises: --

Court weighs president´s recess
appointments power
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 11:27:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refereeing a politically charged dispute between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over the president´s power to temporarily fill high-level positions. The case being argued at the high court Monday is the first in the nation´s history to consider the meaning of the provision of the Constitution that allows the president to make temporary appointments to positions that otherwise require Senate confirmation, but only when the Senate is in recess. The court battle is an outgrowth of increasing partisanship and the political stalemate that´s been a hallmark of Washington for years, and especially since Obama took

  


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Senior Tory MP reveals how
´spy in the pocket´ phones
track your every move
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Walters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 11:24:25 AM     Post Reply
The extent to which mobile phones act as ‘spies in our pockets’ has been exposed by a senior Tory MP. Former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis discovered how closely we can be watched when he asked his phone provider for the information it held on him – and found it could track his every move. Mr Davis investigated after American whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the security services were forcing phone companies to hand over data on their customers. The campaigning MP, who writes about his discoveries in today’s Mail on Sunday, says the list of times and co-ordinates – known as metadata

State leaders closely watch
migrating millionaires
San Francisco Chronicle, by Kathleen Pender    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/12/2014 11:18:08 AM     Post Reply
When golfer Phil Mickelson hinted last January that he might leave California because of a big jump in his federal and state tax rates, it was met with such venom that he later apologized, saying it was insensitive to state his opinion publicly when people are living paycheck to paycheck. Mickelson still lives in California, but other wealthy people say they have moved out mainly or partly because of skyrocketing tax rates. (Snip) In 2011, the top 1 percent of tax returns accounted for 41 percent of the state´s personal income tax revenues, and that was before Proposition 30 raised rates

Welcome to ‘The Year of the Happy Hacker’
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/12/2014 11:16:31 AM     Post Reply
The year 2014 is destined to go down as ‘The Year of the Happy Hacker’. Never have hackers, who turn mega profits on millions of unprotected, unwitting consumers, had it so good. Today it’s Target Corp and Neiman Marcus and as yet unnamed smaller retailers. They’re only the latest on a growing long list that includes online giant Adobe’s 2.9-million customers’ 2013 data breach. In 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported a broad new hacking attack with the personal data of 2,500 companies being breached.The government’s not doing anything about it, because some of the power brokers of the day

Iraq: Deadly blast at
Baghdad bus station
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 11:14:14 AM     Post Reply
A car bomb has killed at least nine people and wounded others at a bus station in central Baghdad. The bomb went off on Sunday morning outside the station in the Allawi area, local police said. Last Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up among army recruits in the same area, killing 23 people. Political tensions and violence have escalated in Iraq. The UN says 2013 was the deadliest year for five years, with more than 8,800 people killed. No group has yet admitted carrying out the bus station attack. The violence comes days after the UN´s envoy to Iraq warned of a "critical humanitarian

  


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California conservative multimillionaire
supports minimum wage increase
Associated Press, by Michael R. Blood    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 11:12:12 AM     Post Reply
Los Angeles Democrats across the nation are eager to make increasing the minimum wage a defining campaign issue in 2014, but in California a proposal to boost the pay rate to $12 an hour is coming from a different point on the political compass.(Snip)Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley multimillionaire and registered Republican who once ran for governor and, briefly, US Senate, wants state voters to endorse the wage jump that he predicts would nourish the economy and lift low-paid workers from dependency on food stamps and other assistance bankrolled by taxpayers. A push for bigger paychecks for workers at the lower rungs

First Lady Valerie Trierweiler ´to
be kicked out of Elysee Palace over
partner Francois Hollande´s sex scandal
with actress 20 years his junior´
Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/12/2014 11:10:26 AM     Post Reply
France´s First Lady Valerie Trierweiler was yesterday facing the prospect of becoming the first in history to be kicked out of the Elysee Palace. It follows humiliating revelations that her partner, President Francois Hollande, has ‘fallen in love’ with a woman almost 20 years his junior. Mr Hollande’s relationship with actress Julie Gayet, 41, was exposed by a series of pictures in French Closer magazine which show him travelling to see her on a moped. But beyond a new romance, opponents claim the scandal exposes publicly funded deceit, security lapses, and the huge cost of a first lady who no

Pope names 19 new
cardinals, none American
USA Today, by Cathy Lynn Grossman*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 11:04:50 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis released the names of 19 new princes of the Catholic Church Sunday -- none from the United States. The list included cardinals for Burkina Faso and Haiti to show "concern for people struck by poverty," according to Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi. And the pope created new cardinalatial sees: Perugia in Italy, and Cotabato on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The consistory, scheduled for late February, will fill 13 vacant seats plus bring in three more cardinals to replace those who will turn age 80 -- too old to vote in a papal election -- by the

Neiman Marcus hit by hackers
stealing credit card data
Dayton Business Journal [OH], by Don Baker    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 10:57:24 AM     Post Reply
Neiman Marcus joins Target and other department stores hit by hackers stealing credit card data, the upscale retail chain confirmed this weekend.(Snip) The security breach was first disclosed by security blogger Brian Krebs, who said sources in the financial sector told him there had been a rapid increase in the number of fraudulent charges on credit cards and debit cards of customers who had shopped at Dallas-based Neiman Marcus recently. On his blog, Krebs on Security, Krebs said the store is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate the theft and that it has no indication that the crime is

French first lady hospitalized in
wake of affair revelations
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 10:53:09 AM     Post Reply
French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has been hospitalized in Paris following revelations about an affair between French President Francois Hollande and an actress, French daily Le Parisien said on its website on Sunday. On Friday, Hollande threatened to sue celebrity magazine Closer, complaining of breach of privacy after it alleged he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. (Snip)Le Parisien said that Trierweiler, shaken by the revelations about the affair, had been taken to hospital on Thursday, right after hearing about the liaison. The paper said doctors had prescribed rest and that she would be release in a few days.

  



No Space, No Books, No Clue At
NYC’s Worst Elementary School
New York Post, by Susan Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 1/12/2014 10:44:05 AM     Post Reply
This principal runs a school of “no.” Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say. The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day. “The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” a source said. The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrigerator or cot. The library is a mess: “Nothing’s in order,” said a source. “It’s a junk room.” No substitutes are hired when a teacher is absent — students are

Liberal self-congratulation: hilarious,
sad, and a little frightening
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/12/2014 9:51:54 AM     Post Reply
A new breed of website has sprung up, powered by social media, in which liberals congratulate themselves, and attempt to provide spiritual instruction on improving the world through their ideology. (snip) many people find the discipline of genuine religions daunting, unpleasant, and a general buzz-kill. Liberalism offers hedonism and self-congratulation in place of genuine contact with the numinous. It may not have any depth to it, but for those inclined to reject everything that came from their forbearers´ world, convinced that they have found a better, or at least a more pleasant approach to life, liberalism is a decent crutch.

Sabbatical program may help US
military keep women in the ranks
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 9:50:23 AM     Post Reply
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated. So she decided to take advantage of a fledgling Navy program that allowed her to take a year off and return to duty without risking her career or future commands. Now, three years later, she´s got a 2-year-old daughter and a 9-month old son, she´s back at work at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and

CNN to Republicans: Drop Dead
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 9:43:15 AM     Post Reply
CNN Chief Jeff Zucker might not be very good at getting ratings for his Nielsens-challenged network, but he’s great at hurling insults. On Friday, Zucker tried to diminish both the Republican Party and Fox News by alleging that the GOP is being run out of Fox. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was having none of it, firing back at Zucker to let him know that Fox News is not the GOP´s mouthpiece. "Hey Jeff Zucker, we´re the Republican Party and we speak for ourselves, pal," Priebus tweeted. "Have a great weekend." At a Television Critics Association event on Friday, Zucker alleged

Congressional Extortion
Town Hall, by Bruce Bialosky    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/12/2014 9:37:49 AM     Post Reply
Some of the world’s most famous people became such by challenging conventional wisdom. Who does not know the name Galileo? He was scorned as a heretic in his day. Or what American does not know of Jonas Salk, who developed a nonconventional process and saved the world from the dreaded polio disease. Now comes along a man challenging conventional wisdom. The subject is not as lofty as curing polio or defining the center of the universe, but it challenges an accepted orthodoxy that has been beaten into our brains for decades. Though campaign finance reform dates back to 1867 when Andrew

Hillary Clinton: Clock ‘turning
back’ for women in U.S.
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/12/2014 9:26:04 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton warns in a new book that the “clock is turning back” on women across America and offers a passionate argument for prioritizing the advancement of women and girls. Clinton, the former secretary of state and possible presidential contender, is one of a slew of high-profile contributors to a new report set to be released Sunday compiled by author and activist Maria Shriver and the liberal Center for American Progress. “[Fighting] to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t just a nice thing to do,” Clinton writes in “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation pushes back from the

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