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Study: Extending Unemployment Benefits
Increased Unemployment by More than
3 Percentage Points
National Review Magazine, by Noah Glyn    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 1:56:27 PM     Post Reply
There has been much debate recently over the merits of extending unemployment benefits — last week, the Senate reached cloture on a bill to do so for three months, and will vote on the bill tonight. Even just among conservatives, the debate has been robust: AEI economist Michael Strain has argued, on the Corner, for extending the benefits, while others, such as Senator Rand Paul, have argued against such an extension. But the debate hasn’t focused on the academic literature on the subject – including an important, surprising new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), perhaps the most

Masculinity is More Than a Mask
TIME, by Christina Hoff Sommers    Original Article
Posted By: CarolineAEI- 1/13/2014 1:55:21 PM     Post Reply
Are school shooters and mass murderers born out of an aggressive emphasis on masculinity in our society? The trailer for filmmaker and feminist activist Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new documentary, “The Mask You Live In,” would have us think so. The recently released trailer has attracted 1 million views on YouTube. It argues that American boys are captive to a rigid and harmful social code of masculinity. From the earliest age, they are told to “Be a Man!” “Don’t Cry!” “Stop with the emotion!” and “Man up!” This “guy code” suppresses their humanity, excites their drive for dominance, and renders many of them dangerous. The trailer features adolescent men describing their isolation, despair, and thoughts of suicide, artfully interspersed with terrifying images of school shooters and mass murderers.


States may team up to defy
federal gun-control laws
Associated Press, by Jordan Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/13/2014 1:54:14 PM     Post Reply
Jefferson City, MO. — Having failed in an earlier effort to bar federal agents from enforcing gun regulations in Missouri, conservative lawmakers are trying a new tack this year: banding together with other like-minded states to defy certain federal laws at the same time. Supporters believe it will be more difficult for the federal government to shrug off such statutes if more states act together. Missouri’s latest proposal, introduced this past week, would attempt to nullify certain federal gun control regulations from being enforced in the state and subject law enforcement officers to criminal and civil penalties for carrying out such

  


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John Kerry´s gift to Russian counterpart?
Two ´impressive´ Idaho potatoes
NBC News, by Alexander Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 1:44:11 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry drew a chuckle from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when he presented two large Idaho potatoes as a gift during a meeting in Paris on Monday. Kerry said Lavrov had mentioned Idaho´s most famous export the last time the pair met. Russia´s foreign minister seemed to appreciate the gesture, smiling and remarking that the gifts were "impressive." The delegations were in Paris along with Syrian opposition groups ahead of U.N.-led Geneva II peace talks in Switzerland next week.

Broader investigation of N.J.
bridge closures launched
Washington Post, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/13/2014 1:38:07 PM     Post Reply
Democrats in the New Jersey state Assembly have decided to launch a special investigative committee to question more members of the Christie administration about the bridge closures in Fort Lee, N.J., according to two Democratic aides. "It will look into a wide variety of issues related to the closures and Gov. Chris Christie´s staff," an aide said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal decisions. "There is a need to focus on a broad array of issues and the Assembly is going to dedicate itself to finding the truth beyond the usual committee process."

Crossword creator marks
100th birthday with puzzle
Associated Press, by Kathy Matheson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 12:45:02 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA- What´s a nine-letter word for a significant event? Try MILESTONE. Longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon is marking two big ones: She turned 100 on Saturday, and The New York Times will publish another one of her puzzles on Wednesday - making her the first centenarian to have a grid printed in the newspaper. "They make my life," Gordon said. "I couldn´t live without them." Gordon has created crosswords for decades for the Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and others, including puzzle syndicates and brain-teaser books from Dell and Simon & Schuster. She still constructs a new grid every day.

Can you answer these five
questions? The 15-minute home test
that spots signs of Alzheimer´s
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 12:38:11 PM     Post Reply
A 15-minute test you take at home can show up the first signs of mental decline nearly as well as diagnostic exams. The written test could be used to help catch and treat Alzheimer’s early. U.S. researchers who developed it say healthy older people would do the test at home and share the results with doctors so they could keep track of their condition. (Photo of test) The questions range from simple feats of memory – writing the date, for example – to more complex everyday tasks, such as working out the amount of change needed when shopping.

  


  

When Dashiell met Raymond,
or the day Hammett met Chandler
Los Angeles Times, by Carolyn Kellogg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 12:28:45 PM     Post Reply
Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, the two masters of classic noir fiction, met just once. That was 78 years ago today, Jan. 11, 1936, in Los Angeles. The occasion was the first West Coast get-together for Black Mask Magazine. A photograph taken at the end of the meal shows 10 pulp writers gathered patiently around the end of a table. Chandler and Hammett are both standing: Chandler has the pipe. Hammett, the tallest, is at the far right. Of the 10, it was Hammett and Chandler whose work would become the most enduring. But there was no way of knowing

Anthony Bosch describes Alex
Rodriguez´s PED use on ´60 Minutes´
Los Angeles Times, by Dan Loumena    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/13/2014 12:26:54 PM     Post Reply
Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball´s case against Alex Rodriguez, described in detail during a "60 minutes" interview how he provided an array of performance-enhancing drugs to the New York Yankees third baseman and helped the suspended player use them. Bosch, founder of the now-defunct Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, told CBS´ Scott Pelley in an interview that aired Sunday that Rodriguez paid particular attention to the types of drugs and dosages needed to bolster his performance. Testosterone and human growth hormone were among the banned substances he provided, Bosch said. Bosch said that Rodriguez spent approximately $12,000

Hillary Clinton team reportedly
created list of traitors after ´08 bid
FoxNews.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 1/13/2014 12:14:09 PM     Post Reply
The Clintons are known for holding grudges against their political enemies. But according to a new book, their aides went so far as to build a formal spreadsheet rating their friends and foes. The so-called "hit list" reportedly was entered into a Microsoft Excel document at the end of Hillary Clinton´s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid. In one draft, Democrats in Congress were even given a rating, from 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst.

´I paid nothing,..It was amazing!´
shameless actress Emmy Rossum
boasts how she got ill in *
UK Daily Mail, by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/13/2014 12:10:34 PM     Post Reply
She may be a highly-paid actress, but she still enjoys saving a few dollars - or, in this case, pounds.Emmy Rossum, the star of Showtime´s Shameless, has marvelled at the ´amazing´ and ´free health care´ she received in Britain.Speaking as a guest on Wednesday night´s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 27-year-old told how on a recent visit to the UK she suffered a nasty bout of food poisoning.

  


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Woody Allen´s Son:
Diane Keaton Forgot to Say
My Dad´s a Child Molestor
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/13/2014 12:10:29 PM     Post Reply
Woody Allen´s biological son thinks Diane Keaton´s fawning acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award on Woody´s behalf lacked one material fact -- that he allegedly fondled his 7-year-old adopted daughter. Ronan Farrow -- who´s mother Mia Farrow split from Woody after she learned he was having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi -- tweeted this after Keaton´s speech at the Golden Globes: "Missed the Woody Allen tribute -- did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?"

President Trump? Stranger
Things Might Happen
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 12:05:01 PM     Post Reply
The question is absurdly premature, but we can´t help ourselves. Who´s going to win the presidency in 2016?"There are basically 50 lifetimes between now and then, so a lot´s going to change," Democratic operative David Plouffe said Sunday, after reluctantly agreeing with This Week host Martha Raddatz that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Chris Christie are front-runners for the party nominations. "I predict that a year from now we´re going to be talking about another candidate—some other candidate who has lit the fire in either party," said Matthew Dowd, who worked for President George W. Bush, but now is an

Ford Introduces a New
F-150 Made of Aluminum
Associated Press, by Dee-Ann Durbin & Tom Krisher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 12:01:46 PM     Post Reply
DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford pickups have been doing the country´s work for 66 years. They´ve hauled grain, towed logs and plowed snow. They´ve cleared debris after tornadoes and pulled floats in the Rose Bowl parade. They´ve shouldered those loads with parts forged from steel. Until now. On Monday, Ford unveils a new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. The lighter material shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck, a revolutionary change for a vehicle known for its heft and an industry still heavily reliant on steel. The change is Ford´s response to small-business owners´

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

  


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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.

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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