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Weighing power among branches,
U.S. court could tip against president
Reuters, by Joan Biskupic    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:48:07 AM     Post Reply
When a prominent U.S. appeals court last year slashed President Obama´s power to appoint government officials, many legal experts said the Supreme Court would be unlikely to let that surprising decision stand. But that view may underestimate the allure of the lower court´s reasoning to the dominant, conservative wing of the high court, which takes up the case Monday. In its January 2013 ruling involving "recess appointments" to a key regulatory agency, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit repeatedly invoked the nation´s early history and a literal reading of key constitutional terms. Such an "originalist" approach in

Why Some are Outraged at These
Amazing Videos of Deaf
People Hearing for First Time
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:40:55 AM     Post Reply
One of the most moving things you will ever see is the overwhelming joy, absolute astonishment, and emotional release of people who are suddenly cured of a physical impairment or disability. These moments captured on video for the world to see are intimate and revealing, and they are remarkable because they allow us a window into another person’s world. Imagine what it must be like to have this transformative power that we often take for granted instantly bestowed to another person. Although we cannot truly imagine it, we find ourselves empathizing with these people and sharing their joy in being released

What if Americans rebel against
the Obamacare mandate?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:34:29 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is trying to persuade millions of uninterested, or perhaps reluctant, Americans to purchase health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. But the heart of Obamacare is coercion. If Americans fail do what the law´s Democratic authors believe is best, the federal government will punish them, through the progressively higher penalties of the individual mandate, until it hurts more not to buy coverage than it does to give up and purchase it. But what if many of those Americans rebel? Even if they know having health insurance is better than not having it, what if they refuse to be

  


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A Tale of Two Surges
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/13/2014 5:31:03 AM     Post Reply
In Friday’s “Notable & Quotable,” the Wall Street Journal quoted then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s famous remark at the September 11, 2007 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, where she told Gen. David Petraeus his testimony on the Iraq “surge” required “the willing suspension of disbelief.” It was her sophisticated way of telling him she thought he was peddling fiction. (Snip) Kerry said he wanted to remind everyone that: [A]lmost half the names that found their way etched into the Vietnam Wall after Westmoreland’s testimony found their way there when our leaders had acknowledged, in retrospect, that they knew the policy was not working,

Chris Christie has problems,
but he’s still atop the 2016
GOP presidential field. For now.
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/13/2014 5:23:58 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just endured the worst week of his five years in elected office, battered by a scandal involving traffic jams as political payback and implicating several top — and now former — aides. Make no mistake: Bridge-gate has hurt Christie and slowed, badly, the considerable momentum he built during a sweeping reelection victory in 2013. But, assuming that no other revelations emerge linking him to the closure of several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, Christie remains the candidate — with the possible exception of former Florida governor Jeb Bush — who is best positioned to

Obamacare: Clearly and Consistently Negative
American Spectator, by J.T. Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:19:01 AM     Post Reply
Political parties’ real electoral danger isn’t overwhelmingly negative public opinion, but opinion clearly and consistently negative. The reason is obvious: Political parties are neither stupid enough — nor long survive — taking hugely unpopular positions. The bad news is Obamacare looks to be the kind of clearly and consistently negative issue that leaves the administration and Democrats damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. The political landscape clearly shows political parties are more likely to face political difficulties from issues that decidedly and consistently run against them. Most contentious issues exist and persist with both parties hovering around majority

This Thing of Ours
Weekly Standard, by The Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:15:49 AM     Post Reply
Before Chris Christie’s first scandal devolves into an obsessive quest to prove who knew what, when, it’s worth pausing to appreciate the wonderful, quintessential New Jerseyness of the incident itself. What happened, roughly, is this. On August 13, Bridget Anne Kelly, one of Christie’s three deputy chiefs of staff, sent an email to David Wildstein, a Christie confidant serving as an executive for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls much of the transit infrastructure of northern Jersey. Kelly said that it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Some speculate that the precipitating

  


  

ACORN’s Seeds Sprout
Up Across the Country
Daily Beast, by David Freedlander    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:12:15 AM     Post Reply
The left-wing group crushed by the right is gone, but its members never stopped working. After four years of anonymity, the liberal veterans want conservatives to know they’re back. In 2010, ACORN, the grassroots organizing group, was reeling from a series of scandals, and with most of its funding pulled, shuttered the last of its remaining offices around the country. For conservatives, it was a triumph. The newly ascendant right-wing blogosphere caught ACORN reps on tape giving their low-income clients advice on how to engage in tax evasion, human smuggling, and child prostitution (the tapes, it was revealed later were heavily and

Too much estrogen!
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/13/2014 5:08:47 AM     Post Reply
For the first time in the recent history of awards shows, Lena Dunham didn’t win anything, but in a way she won everything, because last night’s Golden Globes broadcast might as well have been called “Girls.” With its strenuously chummy hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, its saccharine-bordering-on-absurd acceptance speeches and its deluge of tearjerking “inspirational” commercials that sought to forge a hitherto unsuspected link between Golden Globes and Humanity’s Greatest Achievements, the night was a deep dive into a pool of estrogen. Fey and Poehler, in accordance with the tiresome defense mechanism of female nightclub comics to make it all about

Don’t Destroy This Family
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/13/2014 5:05:34 AM     Post Reply
Ronald Reagan electrified the world when he demanded that the Berlin Wall be torn down. Barack Obama is helping to build a new one, even as the German government begins rounding up members of a despised religious minority. The Romeike family was granted asylum in the United States because the German government was intent on wresting away the children and putting the parents in cages for the crime of homeschooling their children, which is verboten in Germany, a legacy of the country’s totalitarian past. The Obama administration, which in other notable areas of immigration law has enacted a policy of “discretion”

You have to break some healthcare
plans to make an Obamacare
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:01:48 AM     Post Reply
Who really cares about those much-maligned kulak individual health insurance market policy holders? Hell, depending upon how you count them, they could number 15 million, or maybe as low as 6 million. You know who else didn’t care about … oh, never mind. Just because you are not one of the much-maligned, don’t think you can run from Obamacare, which stalks each of us like the Grim … oh, never mind. Second wave of health-insurance disruption affects small businesses (h/t Charles Cooke): When millions of health-insurance plans were canceled last fall, the Obama administration tried to be reassuring, saying the terminations affected only the

  


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Hillary’s Hit List
Politico Magazine, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:57:24 AM     Post Reply
Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Va., Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list. It was late June 2008, and Hillary had dropped her bid for the presidency earlier that month. The war room, where her brain trust had devolved into profanity-laced shouting matches, was empty. The data crunchers were gone. The political director had drifted out. A handful of Hillary’s aides had already hooked up with Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign in Chicago. Balderston’s salt-and-pepper beard gave him the look of a

Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare
on Tradition of Election Day Goads
New York Times, by Manny Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:55:14 AM     Post Reply
DONNA, Tex. — In this Rio Grande Valley town of trailer parks and weedy lots eight miles from the Mexico border, people call them runners or politiqueras — the campaign workers who use their network of relatives and friends to deliver votes for their candidates. They travel around town with binders stuffed with the names and addresses of registered voters, driving residents to and from the polls and urging those they bump into at the grocery store to support their candidates. Despite rumors that some politiqueras went over the line in encouraging voters, the tradition continued in Donna and other border

‘Telephonic Signature’? As of Jan. 1,
Obamacare Forces States to Accept
Applications ‘Signed’ by Voice
PJ Media, by David Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:50:15 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s interest in creating a streamlined application process for Medicaid, CHIP, and subsidized health insurance via the state Obamacare exchanges has come at the expense of effective security and fraud prevention. As of January 1, 2014, this easing of requirements now includes the mandate that states accept applications completed entirely via telephone. Rather than require such applications be later accompanied by the electronic or mailed transmission of a signed document, HHS instead requires states to accept a spoken assent on a telephone call as the equivalent of an actual signature. Says J. Christian Adams, PJ Media legal editor

After 5 Days, W.Va´s Water
Crisis Nears Its End
Associated Press, by Brenton Farrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:36:28 AM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the fifth straight day, hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia had to wash, cook and brush their teeth with bottled water, but officials promised the ban on tap water that was tainted by a chemical spill would soon be lifted. Over the weekend, tests showed levels of the licorice-smelling chemical used in coal processing were consistently below a toxic threshold, and in some samples, there was no trace of the chemical at all. As the tests were expected to continue Monday, there were still questions about how and why the leak occurred and whether the

  


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Investigator says Chris Christie´s claim to
know nothing about Bridgegate closures
´not credible´ as it´s revealed chief of staff
was warned that closures had broken the
law HOURS after traffic lanes were opened
Daily Mail [UK], by Marie-louise Olson, Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/13/2014 1:56:36 AM     Post Reply
The woman now serving as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie´s chief of staff was directly informed via email about the problematic lane closures on the George Washington Bridge within hours of the closures being reversed by a New York official. Regina Egea, a longtime staffer of Christie and the incoming chief of staff to the governor was forwarded an angry message from Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, regarding the closures on September 13. Following this latest revelation, the New Jersey assemblyman leading the investigation into the shutdown of the George Washington Bridge has said he doesn´t think Christie´s assertion

Golden Globes 2014: ´Slave,´
´Hustle,´ McConaughey, Blanchett
top winners
Los Angeles Times, by Susan King & Rene Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 11:44:08 PM     Post Reply
"12 Years a Slave" went into the 71st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night with seven nominations but was passed over again and again. That is, until the last award of the evening, and arguably the best of them all. The harrowing portrayal of slavery in America took home the prize for best drama of 2013. The film´s director, Steve McQueen, seemed surprised by the win. "Little bit in shock," said the British filmmaker, clutching the award. "I wasn´t expecting it." But the evening´s biggest victor was David O. Russell´s Abscam-inspired comedy, "American Hustle." It won three trophies during the

Horror on the red carpet as
Golden Globes entrance flooded
with sewage as stars begin to
arrive for annual awards ceremony
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/12/2014 11:27:48 PM     Post Reply
It was a mad dash to scrub the red carpet ahead of Sunday´s Golden Globes after a pipe burst, spewing liquid some say smelled of sewage across the pathway for the stars. Black water gushed onto horrified members of the international press awaiting the arrival of Hollywood glitziest stars dressed in their finest gala attire. The press fled from the spill as the Beverly Hills Fire Department rushed to the scene to clean up the smelly mess in front of Hollywood´s famous Beverly Hilton Hotel. An E! Television red carpet correspondent was among the disgusted press members who witnessed the

Meet the Press Devotes More
Than Half of Show to Christie´s Bridgegate
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 11:24:32 PM     Post Reply
The people at NBC News and Meet the Press should be ashamed of themselves. With all that happened last week - a bombshell new book released by a former Defense Secretary as well as the worst jobs report in years - David Gregory and Company decided to devote more than half of their show Sunday to the truly earth-shattering Bridgegate scandal that directly impacted a small percentage of the nation. "What a week in politics, playing defense, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie right there, responding to the bridge scandal rocking his administration, raising questions about the impact on a possible

Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’
fight was only time Obama showed
‘passion’ for military issues
Fox News, by Ed Henry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 11:02:21 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sharply questions President Obama´s "passion" for military matters in his forthcoming memoir, and claims that practically the only time he saw that in the president was during his push to repeal "don´t ask, don´t tell." The former Pentagon chief said in an interview aired Sunday that he was "disturbed" by Obama´s "absence of passion" when it came to his military strategy. But in the book, "Duty," reviewed by Fox News, Gates hit Obama harder -- and in personal terms -- by contrasting his style with that of former President George W. Bush. "One quality I

  



Health care website
frustrates Spanish speakers
Associated Press, by Russell Contreras and Kelli Kennedy    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/12/2014 10:18:06 PM     Post Reply
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties. The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late. A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form. And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes that critics say they must have been computer-generated — the name of the site itself can literally be read "for the caution of health." "When you get into the details of the plans, it´s not all written in Spanish. It´s written

Chaos in Iraq could be omen for
Afghanistan without U.S. troops
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/12/2014 10:09:31 PM     Post Reply
Afghanistan’s war planners trying to picture their country without U.S. troops next year might want to cast an eye toward Iraq. Since the U.S. pullout two years ago, a defeated al Qaeda in Iraq has reassembled, brought in fresh fighters, freed prisoners and unleashed waves of deadly car bombings. Last week, al Qaeda claimed control of Fallujah, the town in western Anbar province where scores of Americans lost their lives in house-to-house fighting in 2004. The same situation could befall Afghanistan, as the Taliban, the Haqqani Network and al Qaeda wait patiently in Pakistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused

Doubts rise on Obama’s
nuclear deal with Iran
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/12/2014 10:06:33 PM     Post Reply
A preliminary deal designed to halt Iran’s nuclear program will take effect next week, the White House said Sunday, but some U.S. lawmakers and analysts have little faith that the Middle Eastern nation will comply. In exchange for about $7 billion in economic sanctions relief, Iran on Jan. 20 will stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent — a level high enough for energy purposes but not nuclear weapons — and will begin to dilute its existing stockpile of 20 percent uranium. Iran also has pledged not to construct more centrifuges and will submit to rigorous inspection of its facilities, though

´Legally Blind´ Marine Acquitted
in Florida ´Stand Your Ground´ Case
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/12/2014 10:04:29 PM     Post Reply
On January 10, a Florida judge threw out murder charges against a "legally-blind" former Marine, citing that state´s ´Stand Your Ground´ law. According to the Orlando Sentinel, 40-year-old John Wayne Rogers killed 34-year-old James T. DeWitt on March 27, 2012 by shooting him "in the chest" with a .308 rifle. On March 26, Dewitt and his girlfriend went to Rogers´ house in Geneva, Florida for drinks and spent the night. The next morning, the group went to a convenience store, after which Rogers asked DeWitt to leave--but instead of leaving, he allegedly attacked Rogers. At that point Rogers allegedly "walked

Sarah Palin: ´Would Be Fun´ to Be
Conservative Oprah, Ellen
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 10:04:24 PM     Post Reply
The late Andrew Breitbart always emphasized that culture was upstream from politics and said Sarah Palin was one of the only conservatives who could impact the culture like Oprah Winfrey. On Friday, when asked by Extra´s Mario Lopez, Palin said she would be open to doing a talk show like Ellen or Oprah. “That probably would be a fun opportunity as long as I got to pick the subject matter and got to talk to more inspiring people out there to help empower others," Palin said. Palin spoke to Extra to promote her new show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin,

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