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America´s Dwindling Economic Freedom
Wall Street Journal, by Terry Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 8:25:38 PM     Post Reply
World economic freedom has reached record levels, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. But after seven straight years of decline, the U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries. For 20 years, the index has measured a nation´s commitment to free enterprise on a scale of 0 to 100 by evaluating 10 categories, including fiscal soundness, government size and property rights. These commitments have powerful effects: Countries achieving higher levels of economic freedom consistently and measurably outperform others in economic growth, long-term prosperity and

Exclusive: Mayor de Blasio donors
exploited loopholes allowing double-,
triple-giving
New York Daily News, by Greg B. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 8:21:47 PM     Post Reply
Mayor de Blasio took political fundraising to new extremes during his come-from-behind campaign, a Daily News review has found. Deep-pocket donors showered him with checks far in excess of the usual campaign finance limitations, thanks to loopholes that allowed for double- and even triple-giving. De Blasio was able to raise money on three fronts in the same election cycle: first for his campaign, then for a $300,000 fine he still owed from a 2009 campaign, and finally for his inauguration and transition costs. That meant individual donors limited to giving no more than $4,950 per election cycle were able to give the maximum

Report: IRS Harasses Sarah Palin’s Father
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 8:19:32 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin’s brother, Chuck Heath Jr., posted this note on Facebook on January 11: Coincidence? You decide. My father, who worked multiple jobs and faithfully and honestly paid his taxes for fifty years, had never heard a word from the IRS. In 2008, his daughter was tapped to run for vice president of the United States. Since that time, he has been, in his words “horribly harassed” six times by the agency. They’ve tried to dig up something on him but he’s always operated above board. Government and politics are ugly. Kudos to the few that are trying to clean

  


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California Democrat George
Miller to retire after 20 terms
Washington Examiner, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 8:09:14 PM     Post Reply
Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat and close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, announced Monday that he would retire after 20 terms as a congressman. “This is a great institution and I cannot thank my family and my constituents enough for having given me the honor and privilege of representing my district in Congress these past 40 years,” Miller said in a statement. Miller is the top-ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and is the fifth-longest serving congressman. He was just 29 when he was first sworn in in 1975. The congressman also famously

Obama: ´Give Peace a Chance´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 7:52:20 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama talked briefly about the Iran nuclear deal and said "give peace a chance." Via the pool report: Pres. Obama said the implementation agreement finalized over the weekend gives the parties "the time and space" to reach a comprehensive accord. "It´s going to be difficult, it´s going to be challenging, but ultimately this is how diplomacy should work." "If Iran is willing to walk through the door of opportunity that´s presented to them" then the country and its people will benefit. "If they fail to walk through this door of opportunity, then we are in position to reverse

Va. Gov: Bush Family
Should Be Thrown in Jail
Weekly Standard, by Jim Swift    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 7:45:35 PM     Post Reply
A 2008 documentary reveals that Terry McAuliffe, who is being sworn in today as governor of Virginia, thinks that members of the Bush family “should all have been put away in jail.” The documentary, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, features a clip of President George H.W. Bush’s 1989 Inaugural Address, where Bush discusses the need to “make kinder the face of the nation” with regard to "those who cannot free themselves of enslavement to whatever addiction—drugs, welfare, the demoralization that rules the slums.” The film cuts from the inaugural footage to novelist Ishmael Reed, who thinks it’s hypocritical for

Supremes Poised to Strike Down
Obama´s Recess Appointments
Breitbart Big Government, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:34:59 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding whether President Barack Obama´s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are unconstitutional. The case will probably be a lopsided defeat for the president, with his own Supreme Court appointees expressing deep skepticism of the Justice Department´s arguments. If the Court goes the route it signaled during argument, all the rulings and regulations from that powerful body over a period of a couple years will be declared illegal, at least temporarily until a new Board can reconsider them. For decades, presidents of both parties have strayed from the limits of the

  


  

FBI not expected to file
charges in IRS targeting
of tea party groups: report
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 7:31:58 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t find the kind of political bias needed to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service’s heightened scrutiny of tea party groups, law enforcement officials told the Wall Street Journal. “Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn’t understand, according to the law-enforcement officials,” the newspaper said. The case is still being investigated, but officials familiar with the case said it is increasingly unlikely any criminal charges will result. The investigation was sparked after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed the

Congress Must Curb The
´Soft Tyranny´ Of Bureaucrats
Investor´s Business Daily, by Chuck Devore    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 7:31:56 PM     Post Reply
On Jan. 28, America will hear the president deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress. The president will, no doubt, call for a larger role of government in our daily lives. More government is the last thing Americans need. The late Sen. Eugene McCarthy, D-Minn., observed, "The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty." He said this in 1979 when the Code of Federal Regulations contained about 30,000 rules. Today, the federal government has more than 180,000 rules. Alexis de Tocqueville warned that the threat to American democracy

Top Secret Benghazi Docs Prove
that After Stevens et al Died,
Obama and Clinton Lied
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:24:02 PM     Post Reply
This is far more significant than the closure of a bridge. The Pentagon’s top brass knew, immediately, that the attack on the US facility in Benghazi, Libya on 9-11-2012 was a terrorist attack, and not a demonstration gotten out of hand. Fox’s James Rosen has obtained transcripts of top secret testimony on the attack. Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents

Proposed IRS Regs Would
Immediately, Unlawfully and
Permanently Muzzle Conservatives
Cybercast News Service, by J. Matt Barber    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 7:23:57 PM     Post Reply
In 2010, millions of American tea-party constitutionalists, to include the GOP´s Christian base, united in a remarkable grass-roots effort to rein in our unbridled federal government and return it to its expressly limited constitutional confines. As a result, an unprecedented number of counter-constitutionalist lawmakers (read: liberal Democrats) were swept from office. The Obama administration wasn´t going to take this lying down. Whether it was by tacit approval or via direct order remains largely immaterial. The president quickly and unlawfully politicized the Internal Revenue Service, using it as a weapon against his political enemies. In an explosive scandal that continues to

  


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Michelle Obama´s second inaugural
gown headed to Smithsonian
The Hill (Washington DC), by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:16:31 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama´s ruby-red second inaugural gown is headed to the Smithsonian´s popular "First Ladies" exhibit. Her Jason Wu-designed dress, which she wore to the inaugural balls, will go on display Tuesday, the Smithsonian announced on Monday. It´s unusual for a first lady´s second inaugural gown to the Smithsonian. Those gowns traditionally go to a president´s library. But, with President Obama still in the Oval Office, Michelle Obama´s gown will grace the National Museum of American History for a year. The loan of the dress also coincides with the centennial of the "First Ladies" exhibit and the museum’s 50th anniversary. With Obama´s

Reid delays unemployment vote
The Hill (Washington DC), by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:11:12 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday postponed a procedural vote on a three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits. Democrats will need 60 votes to proceed to the bill, and at least 17 senators weren´t present for the vote Monday evening due to the severe cold weather that has delayed flights across the country. The vote is now set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. “Because of the timing of this vote, we know what the outcome is. It is transparent that this is a political exercise,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said moments before Reid asked unanimous consent to reschedule

GOP AWOL As Obama
Crushes Federalism
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 7:08:18 PM     Post Reply
States´ Rights: As Republicans watch from the sidelines, pinning their hopes on 2016, the president and his radical troops are storming local school and zoning boards in an unprecedented federal invasion. Last week, after the attorney general and education secretary jointly announced an alarming new witch hunt against local school officials over allegedly racist disciplinary policies, we watched with keen interest Republican reaction. Disappointingly, barely a whimper was registered from the opposition party. Even Fox News punted on the administration´s dangerous anti-discipline crusade, preoccupied as they were handicapping a speculative race, two years away, between Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie. Yet we can´t

Fed up tea party and conservative
critics attack John Boehner over
´ideologically bankrupt´ GOP
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 7:08:13 PM     Post Reply
Potential political woes are multiplying in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol. The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC has declared that House Speaker John Boehner is an enemy of conservatives, and is acting, well, according. There’s a public petition against the Ohio Republican, an advertising buy, a new website - all coordinated by a group that claims to be the nation’s largest political action committee for the grassroots movement. “John Boehner has declared war on conservatives demanding lower taxes and limited government,” says talk radio host Rusty Humphries, spokesman for new campaign. “Today we declare war on him. We

  


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This Is What Government-Run
Health Care Looks Like
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 7:05:23 PM     Post Reply
Socialized Medicine: More than two-thirds of the public don´t think the government can be trusted to run the nation´s health care system successfully. ObamaCare is proving these skeptics right. The public might not agree on much these days, but one thing it overwhelmingly believes is that government is ill-equipped to manage one-sixth of the economy — 67% said so in the January IBD/TIPP poll. This distrust has only gotten worse as the ObamaCare debacle unfolded, climbing 4 points in one month. Even Democrats — at 44%, up from 34% the month before — are increasingly skeptical. Little wonder, since every day ObamaCare provides

The Benghazi Transcripts: US
military woefully unprepared
for attack, documents show
Fox News, by Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 6:45:13 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of pages of declassified transcripts from the U.S. military´s top commanders present a picture of a woefully ill-postured military force whose assets were not in a position to quickly respond to the Benghazi terror attack -- or other hot spots across Africa and the Middle East. The 450 pages of newly declassified transcripts detail testimony from secret, closed hearings last year before Congress. They provide fresh insight into the military´s decision-making that night from the very commanders who staged the rescue efforts, including the top commander in Africa at the time Gen. Carter Ham. Among other details, they reveal gaps in

Stocks drop sharply on talk of Fed
slowing its stimulus, poor earnings
CNBC, by Kate Gibson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/13/2014 6:32:35 PM     Post Reply
Stocks closed sharply down on Monday, with the Dow dropping almost 200 points, after a Federal Reserve official said the central bank will continue to taper off its stimulus and several companies warned of poor quarterly results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its worst session since Sept. 20 and closed 179 points, or 1.1 percent, down, with 29 of its 30 components finishing in the red. The S&P 500 lost 23 points, or 1.26 percent, and the Nasdaq was 61 points lower -- a 1.47 percent drop -- on a day when earnings reports began in earnest. Stocks slumped

Comedian Evan Sayet: Liberals
Believe ´We Are Evil Because
We Have Succeeded´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 6:22:37 PM     Post Reply
The late Andrew Breitbart called Evan Sayet’s original Heritage Foundation talk on the Unified Field Theory of Liberalism "one of the five most important conservative speeches ever given.” That is hearty praise for someone most people consider a comedian and a comedy writer. On Sunday, we learned that Sayet is above and beyond that label; he is an astute conservative commentator and a culture warrior for the “right." Sayet joined Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125. Bannon introduced Sayet as one of the most “courageous conservatives” who was with

Robert Gates says that Obama never welled
up at a Medal of Honor ceremony unlike
George W. Bush as he criticizes his
´disturbing lack of passion´
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 6:21:20 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has strongly criticized President Obama´s passion for the nation´s military - contrasting his attitude strongly with that of his predecessor President George W. Bush. In his forthcoming memoir ´Duty´, Gates claims that he never once saw Obama become emotional during a Medal Of Honor ceremony - claiming that his coldness was in stark contrast with Bush, who would regularly ´well up´. Declaring himself to be ´disturbed´ by this ´absence of passion´, Gates goes onto say that the only time he saw his commander-in-chief become animated during his time in the administration was during Obama´s push to repeal

  



The Benghazi Transcripts: Top
Defense officials briefed Obama
on ‘attack,’ not video or protest
Fox News, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 6:18:26 PM     Post Reply
Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation´s top civilian and uniformed defense officials -- headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama -- were informed that the event was a "terrorist attack," declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president´s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward. Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of

How Hillary´s ´Hit List´ Struck Fear
in the Hearts of Democrats
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 6:10:01 PM     Post Reply
A new book jointly written by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Politico’s Jonathan Allen, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, details how the Hillary Clinton campaign composed a political hit list of those who had betrayed Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign and supported Barack Obama instead. The book asserts that the list was finalized in June 2008 after months of keeping score of those who stuck with Hillary and those who stabbed her in the back. The job of finalizing the list fell to Kris Balderston, deputy assistant to Bill Clinton during his presidency and later Hillary’s

MSNBC to Air One-Hour
Bridgegate Special
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 6:07:30 PM     Post Reply
There isn’t enough coverage of Chris Christie and the lane closures leading to the George Washington Bridge over at MSNBC, so the network is devoting an entire one-hour special to the story tonight. Mediaite notes that Chris Hayes will host the special at 11 p.m. on Monday, in which he will interview individuals close to the situation and report on the latest developments. The one-hour special looks to be an extension of what Hayes’s 8 p.m. show, All In, has been over the last few days. Since the story broke last Wednesday, he has dedicated nearly all of his daily show to

MSNBC Contributor Sees Sexism in
Media Coverage of Hillary Clinton’s
‘Hit List’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 6:06:26 PM     Post Reply
An MSNBC panel convened on Monday to discuss the hours-old revelations surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s maintaining a graded list of Democrats she believed did not support her 2008 presidential bid to her satisfaction. Most of the panel agreed that this is not a damaging revelation because it would not be unique to Clinton’s campaign, but one guest said that the “gendered” elements of the coverage of this scandal disturbed her and indicates that “we just don’t know how to deal with gender.” “This doesn’t surprise me in the least,” said Democratic strategist and columnist Zerlina Maxwell of Clinton’s

NBC´s Lauer Grills Bob Gates on
´Dangerous or Dishonorable´ Criticism
of Obama
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/13/2014 6:02:16 PM     Post Reply
During a live interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday´s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested that criticism of President Obama in Gates´s new memoir was endangering American troops overseas: "As this criticism is leveled by you in the book of the commander-in-chief, the acting commander-in-chief, at a time when some 40,000 U.S. troops are in harm´s way, do you think that by calling him into question at this stage it is either dangerous or dishonorable?" After Gates rejected the notion, Lauer insisted: "But you don´t think it undermines his credibility with the troops he is commander-in-chief of

John Kerry topped a list of ´traitors´
compiled by Hillary Clinton during
2008 presidential campaign
Daily Mail [UK], by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/13/2014 5:40:25 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry topped a list of ´traitors´ who Hillary Clinton´s staff believed betrayed her during her bitter 2008 presidential primary battle with Barack Obama, a new book has revealed. The detailed list, which also included Democratic Party heavyweight Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009, was kept by Clinton´s aides who ranked names on a seven-point scale, it is claimed. Kerry, who was Senator for Massachusetts at the time and went on to replace Clinton as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, was among those receiving the worst possible score, according to the book. HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary

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