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Chris Christie faces probe for alleged
misuse of Sandy funds: source
Chicago Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/13/2014 11:39:20 AM     Post Reply
U.S. investigators are looking into whether embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie misused about $2 million in Superstorm Sandy relief funds for an ad campaign that put him in the spotlight in an election year, a lawmaker said on Monday. Already enmeshed in a scandal over snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge, Christie, a rising star in the Republican party, is now being audited by the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat. The inspector is focusing on a federally financed $25 million Jersey Shore marketing campaign that

Marianne Williamson´s
spiritual path into political realm
Los Angeles Times, by Jean Merl    Original Article
Posted By: varkdriver- 1/13/2014 11:23:30 AM     Post Reply
It was a Thursday night, normally a slow time for churches and synagogues, but the sanctuary of The Source Spiritual Center in Venice was packed. When a diminutive woman stepped to the front of the room, people paused in their scramble for a chair or purchase of a T-shirt and engulfed her in cheers and applause. She called for a moment of silence. The audience stilled. She dedicated the evening ahead "to all that is good … to the fulfillment of love" in everyone. "And so it is," concluded Marianne Williamson — friend of Oprah, associate of Hollywood elites, best-selling author and charismatic

Harry Reid Blocks Iran Sanctions Vote
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/13/2014 11:21:43 AM     Post Reply
The Iran nuclear deal is in place. And Senate majority leader Harry Reid is preventing the Senate from voting on Iran sanctions to be implemented in case the Iran deal fails. Reid is holding up the vote at the urging of President Obama. The Emergency Committee for Israel is calling on Reid to allow a vote on the sanctions bill that´s supported by many Democrats and Republicans, and well over half of the Senate. "Who says President Obama isn´t tough?" ECI asks in its statement.

  


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Europe’s Outlook in 2014
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/13/2014 11:18:44 AM     Post Reply
An unhealthy sense of complacency about Europe’s economic and political outlook pervades European policymaking circles. It does so despite the fact that the European periphery’s economy is still very depressed, which is driving a disturbing political divide between the euro’s southern and northern member countries. And there are few reasons to expect that the year ahead will bring progress either in reducing Europe’s record unemployment rate or in preventing a further fragmentation of its politics. One of the more striking features of the European political economy over the past three years has been the radicalization of its politics. In Greece,

Pope, in nod to conservatives,
calls abortion ´horrific´
Reuters, by Philip Pullella    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/13/2014 11:05:34 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice "horrific". The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his "State of the World" address. "It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day," he said in a section of the speech about the rights of children around the world. Since his election in March, the pope, while

Jolly, Peters trade charges
in U.S. House primary
Times [Tampa Bay, FL], by Joshua Gillin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/13/2014 10:15:15 AM     Post Reply
The two favored GOP candidates in the shortened campaign for the late C.W. Bill Young´s U.S. House seat have taken a few shortcuts in their campaign rhetoric, too. Young´s heir apparent, former lobbyist David Jolly, and state Rep. Kathleen Peters have unloaded on each other ahead of the Republican primary Tuesday, questioning each other´s platforms, backgrounds and honesty. (Candidate Mark Bircher, a retired Marine, has yet to unleash a direct attack on either.) Peters very quickly brought up Jolly´s past as a Washington lobbyist, pointing out he had "given almost $30,000 to keep Democrats in Congress" in a campaign mailer

Twinned Cities Now Following
Different Paths
New York Times, by Monica Davey*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 10:10:57 AM     Post Reply
DULUTH, Minn. — The soaring Blatnik Bridge spans a modest body of water but a political gulf. Most mornings around 7, Kim and Kyle Smith drive a mile and a half across the bridge from Duluth, where they live, to Superior, Wis., where they teach. On the same bridge most mornings, scores of workers from Superior head the opposite direction, making their way to a foundry that Andy Fulton’s company runs in Duluth.(Snip) But these days, when residents cross the bridge, they enter starkly different political territories. Since Republicans in Wisconsin took control of the State Legislature and governor’s office

  


  

White House fights Iran sanctions bill
as nuclear deal start date announced
Fox News, by Joy Lin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/13/2014 10:10:54 AM     Post Reply
Iran and six world powers announced Sunday that they´ve agreed on the terms for implementing a recently struck nuclear deal -- but the Obama administration continued to battle a bipartisan push for new U.S. sanctions which it claims could jeopardize the pact. The White House said Sunday that the deal will kick in starting Jan. 20. Under the terms of the six-month agreement, Iran will begin to rein in its nuclear program, while the United States and other countries will ease off existing sanctions. Iran will begin receiving blocked overseas funds around Feb. 1, when the nation will receive $550 million, a

Yakima firm’s labor fight turns
into test of Obama’s powers
McClatchy Newspapers, by Michael Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/13/2014 10:07:59 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A routine labor dispute at a soft-drink bottling company in Yakima has now bubbled up to the Supreme Court, posing a serious challenge to presidential powers. In a longer-than-usual oral argument Monday, justices will weigh the appointments that presidents can make during a Senate recess. It’s a unique civics test that has drawn the interest of politicians, states and business leaders, not to mention constitutional scholars of all stripes. “On its face, it looks like a little tool, this tool about recess appointments,” Nicholas Rosenkranz, a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, said at a Federalist Society

Arizona cannot enforce abortion
ban, Supreme Court rules
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson AZ), by Howard Fischer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 10:04:27 AM     Post Reply
PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning Arizona cannot enforce its ban on abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancies. In a brief order, the justice rejected a bid by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to review an appellate court ruling concluding the 2012 law is likely unconstitutional. The justices gave no reason for their decision. Technically speaking, Montgomery still has an opportunity to challenge the law. The only thing at issue today was his request to dissolve the injunction against its enforcement while the litigation proceeds. But given the broad sweep of the language of the 9th U.S.

New Patriotic Movie
Blasts the Media
Canada Free Press, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/13/2014 9:56:33 AM     Post Reply
As incredible as it sounds, Hollywood has produced a patriotic movie for a change. “Lone Survivor,” the new war movie starring Mark Wahlberg, is so powerful in its depiction of the brutality of al Qaeda and its Taliban backers that it could awaken the American people to the reality of President Obama’s deliberate retreat in the face of this global danger. “‘Lone Survivor’ leaves box office shocked and awed,” is how USA Today described its debut. It depicts the grueling training of U.S. Navy SEALs and the sacrifices that American soldiers are making to keep Afghanistan free of Taliban and al-Qaeda

  


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Dubai Ruler Demands End of Iran Sanctions
FARS News Agency [Iran], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/13/2014 9:44:11 AM     Post Reply
Tehran - Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum urged the international community to lift economic sanctions against Iran. “Iran is our neighbor and we don’t want any problems,” Sheikh Mohammed, who is also vice president and prime minister of the UAE, said in a televised interview with BBC News. Sheikh Mohammed said that wider relief from sanctions would mean “everyone will benefit”. On November 24, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action in Geneva to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with

Senate Democrats Block Amendment
to Restore Military Pensions
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/13/2014 9:44:08 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

Former Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon Laid to Rest
Arutz Sheva [Israel]*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/13/2014 9:32:49 AM     Post Reply
The funeral procession for Israel´s 11th prime minister, Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday at age 85, began Monday morning at the Knesset at a formal event attended by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US Vice President Joseph Biden, and former British prime minister Tony Blair. (Snip) "Arik, you were the shoulder on whom Israel´s security rested," said President Shimon Peres standing in the Knesset plaza, where Sharon´s flag-draped coffin stood on a black marble plinth. "The story of your life is bound to the story of this country. And your life was dedicated to the life of this country.

Who Will Obama Blame for
his Failed Iran Policy?
The Jews, of Course
American Thinker, by Lauri B. Regan    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/13/2014 9:32:36 AM     Post Reply
As the Iran sanctions bill gains bipartisan and expansive support in the Senate, the Obama White House is in panic mode.(snip)But while Obama is putting all of the pressure on Democrats to side with him (and Iran) on this issue, he may also be setting up a fall guy if the mullahs do indeed walk away from the table or if they fail to meet their obligations under an interim deal. The Soros-funded and Obama surrogate Moveon.org has begun a new fundraising campaign labeling the proposed legislation "AIPAC´s war bill." While co-sponsored by 16 Democrats including Senators Schumer and Menendez, Moveon.org

  


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Robert Gates´ "Duty"
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 9:22:39 AM     Post Reply
Washington has been abuzz this past week over the new memoir by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Now Secretary Gates speaks for himself in his first television interview about his book. Our Cover Story is reported by Rita Braver: Robert Gates doesn´t pull any punches about why he now lives in a town outside Seattle: "Well, other than the fact that it´s the farthest place from Washington, D.C. …" he laughed. But it wasn´t all that long ago that he was Secretary of Defense -- the first person in history to hold the job under two presidents from two different parties. And

Feds investigating Christie´s
use of Sandy relief funds
CNN, by Chris Frates    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/13/2014 8:47:44 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds. CNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family. The news couldn´t come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country´s busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.

What Liberals Don’t Get
About Single Payer
Bloomberg, by Ezra Klein    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/13/2014 8:42:01 AM     Post Reply
Documentarian Michael Moore greeted the introduction of Obamacare with an admission many liberals will cheer. “Obamacare is awful,” he wrote. Its awfulness, Moore said, stems from “one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.” Like Moore, I’d prefer a more nationalized health-care system. But his analysis relies on a common mistake that distorts both the benefits of single-payer systems and the deficiencies peculiar to Obamacare. Insurers are the bogeymen of American health care.

A Bridge to Scandal: Behind
the Fort Lee Ruse
New York Times, by N.R. Kleinfield    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/13/2014 8:09:16 AM     Post Reply
By his own account, Mark Sokolich rarely asks people for anything. “When you ask,” he said, “you usually have to give.” And that is how he likes to govern as the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., a dot of a borough perched atop the Palisades in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge. One day last spring, though, he was the person asked to give. A member of Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign staff came calling to see if Mr. Sokolich, a Democrat, would endorse the governor, a Republican. There was scant doubt that Mr. Christie would win. But his ambition was

Obsessive-Compulsive Racism
and the Black Guilt Complex
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/13/2014 7:35:31 AM     Post Reply
My relationship with Joe evokes the Jane Austen line, "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?" Joe is an 82-year-old black man, a very successful retired computer engineer. He owns homes in the most affluent areas of this city, and until recently he tooled around the southeastern U.S. in his Cessna. Joe is a forceful man who has assumed the role of a leader among our common acquaintance. Joe is obsessed with white racism, and because he is black, people acquiesce to him in ways they would not for

  



Ex-NFL Great, Hollywood Star Fred
Dryer: GOP Establishment Afraid
MSM Will Call Them ´Racist,
Sexist, Homophobe´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:33:33 AM     Post Reply
Fred Dryer, the former All-Pro NFL defensive end and Hollywood actor of shows like Hunter and Cheers, is furious at the Republican establishment for waging war against the Tea Party. He sees the establishment as surrendering to the mainstream media and accepting its stereotypes about conservatives. Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon, Dryer said it was the "dumbest thing" for the GOP establishment to abandon constitutional principles when the country – and the constitution – is center right. He blasted GOP establishment honchos like Ed

Suntory buying spirits maker
Beam for $13.62B
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:27:09 AM     Post Reply
DEERFIELD, Ill.— Beam, the maker of Jim Beam and Marker´s Mark alcohol brands, has agreed to be acquired by Japan´s Suntory Holdings Ltd. for approximately $13.62 billion. Shares of the spirits maker rose in Monday premarket trading. Suntory will pay $83.50 per share, a 25 percent premium to Beam´s Friday closing price of $66.97. The companies put the deal´s value at about $16 billion, including debt. Suntory has a portfolio of spirits, with whiskies including Yamazaki and Hakushu as well as Midori liqueur and other beverages. Suntory already distributes Beam´s products in Japan. Beam distributes Suntory´s products in Singapore and other

Obama´s Apocryphal Kenya Trip
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/13/2014 7:17:31 AM     Post Reply
In 1994 or early 1995 the still unknown Barack Obama sent his editor at Times Books, Henry Ferris, the first two-thirds of his memoir Dreams from My Father. He told Ferris that to complete the book, he had to return to Kenya to do some research. The evidence strongly suggests that Obama went not to Kenya to do that research but to the local library to do some borderline plagiarizing. In the way of background, Barack and Michelle Obama visited Kenya in the summer of 1992 and married in October of that year. There is little dispute about the timing of

Single Payer: We´ve Been There, Done That
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/13/2014 6:20:36 AM     Post Reply
Well, our progressive friends are once again calling for single payer health care. The ironic pretext this time is that Obamacare has collapsed into chaos. [snip] But the advocates of the “Affordable Care Act,” as these people stubbornly refer to it, refuse to accept that the crackup was caused by the inevitable incompetence of government bureaucrats. They believe the real problem was avaricious insurance executives. Thus, people like Michael Moore, Paul Krugman and even Colin Powell urge us to cast out the money changers and wholly surrender our health care to the tender mercies of the federal government.

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

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