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US Correspondent Barred
From Entering Russia
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:30:37 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russia has denied a visa to a journalist for the U.S-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, saying his presence in the country is "undesirable." RFE/RL President Kevin Klose said in a statement issued Monday that barring David Satter from entering Russia represented a "fundamental violation of the right of free speech." Klose said the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has lodged a diplomatic protest with the Russian Foreign Ministry. Satter, a veteran foreign correspondent, began working with RFE/RL in Moscow in September. He said he learned about the ban last month while trying to get a new Russian visa. Klose

Atheist Afghan man granted
asylum in UK to protect him
from ‘religious’ persecution
Telegraph [UK], by John Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/14/2014 12:03:54 AM     Post Reply
A young Afghan man who became an atheist after coming to Britain has been granted asylum on the grounds that the threat to his life for having no faith would amount to “religious” persecution. In what is thought to be the first case of its kind in the UK, the Home Office accepted that sending the man back to his country of birth could put him in danger specifically because of his lack of religious beliefs. The man, who is not being named for safety reasons, was born a Muslim but abandoned his faith after coming to the UK as

Shale gas boost as plans for
EU laws are scrapped
Telegraph [UK], by Emily Gosden, Bruno Waterfield    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/13/2014 11:59:46 PM     Post Reply
Britain has seen off the threat of new EU laws that could have strangled the nascent UK shale gas industry at birth, according to European Commission documents seen by The Telegraph. The EC has shelved plans for a new directive, following lobbying from David Cameron, and is instead preparing to announce guidelines that shale drillers say will not inhibit the push for fracking as they simply echo existing UK rules. The EC is also preparing to say that shale gas could cap or even cut energy prices and bring economic benefits to Europe, according to a draft copy of its communication, due



Global warming? Public attitudes often
at mercy of the weather, study finds
Christian Science Monitor, by Pete Spotts    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/13/2014 11:27:43 PM     Post Reply
When much of North America was caught in the grip of unusually cold weather in early January, images of ice-encased lighthouses on Lake Michigan and hunched, bundled pedestrians crunching along snowy sidewalks elsewhere brought hoots from some circles asking "where is global warming?" (Snip) Social scientists have long recognized a tendency for many people to base their views on global warming at least in part on what they see outside the window, even at the time they are asked for their opinion. Now, a research team at Columbia University in New York suggests that this tendency may result in part

Retired cop guns down man for
texting at Florida movie: sheriff
NBC News [Florida], by M. Alex Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/13/2014 11:19:37 PM     Post Reply
A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said. Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET. Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand.

Health-insurance sign-ups by
young adults are off pace
seen as key to new law’s success
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashkehar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 10:04:31 PM     Post Reply
Young adults account for slightly less than one-fourth of the Americans who signed up for health plans during the initial three months of federal and state insurance marketplaces — fewer so far than the government has said will be needed to make the economics of the new exchanges work. The figures, part of a monthly progress report on the marketplaces that was issued Monday, offer the first glimpse into whether the health plans available under the Affordable Care Act are becoming provinces of the old and sick or are managing to attract young, healthy people who have not previously considered

Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion
spending bill in bipartisan compromise
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 10:02:15 PM     Post Reply
Congressional negotiators late Monday unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of another government shutdown. With a deadline fast approaching at midnight Wednesday, House and Senate leaders were preparing a temporary bill to keep the government open through the weekend. That would give lawmakers a few days to review the new measure, which could run to more than 1,000 pages and will stretch into every corner of the federal government. The spending bill puts flesh on the bones of a bipartisan budget deal



Electric cars in NC to pay $100
annual fee, starting now
Charlotte Business Journal (NC), by Rebecca Troyer    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 9:53:50 PM     Post Reply
Beginning with registrations due in January, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will assess a $100 annual fee on all electric vehicles registered in the state. Legislation approved in 2013 established the fee to make up for the fact that gasoline taxes are not collected for these vehicles. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, about 1,600 all-electric vehicles are currently registered in the state. Hybrid vehicles that use a combination of gasoline and electricity are not subject to the fee.

Ted Cruz Hires Conservative
Hill Staffer House GOP
Leadership Pushed Out
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/13/2014 9:47:32 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has hired Paul Teller, the former executive director of the House’s Republican Study Coalition (RSC), his office announced in a press release Monday. Teller will serve as Cruz’s deputy chief of staff effective Jan. 16, 2014. “Paul’s many years of experience working in Congress and his tireless work to advance conservative principles make him a tremendous addition to our team,” Cruz said in a statement announcing Teller’s hiring. “I look forward to working with him to keep making Texans’ voices heard in Washington and to promote a positive policy agenda that will restore economic growth, rein

GOP’s big tent springs a
hole over Christie flap Party
divided over best response to ‘Bridgegate’
Washington Times, by Ralph Z. Hallow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 9:40:12 PM     Post Reply
If the GOP is still the party of the big tent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie needs to check the roof over his section for a gaping hole. Over the past few days, Republican establishment leaders have rained down on Mr. Christie with a barrage of opinions — sometimes contradictory — in response to the media-driven fury over the closing of lanes on a New Jersey bridge that has put Mr. Christie’s 2016 presidential ambitions at risk. Some party leaders have suggested “Bridgegate” is a small-potatoes scandal unworthy of attention, or pleaded to give Mr. Christie the benefit of the

Rush Limbaugh Reacts to Survey
Calling Him More ‘Admired’ Than
Hillary Clinton
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 9:39:43 PM     Post Reply
Rush Limbaugh laughed off the “shock and dismay” Monday from those who just can’t believe Americans “admire” him more than the presumptive 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The poll was conducted by YouGov.com, which ranked the top 10 “most admired” people according to the U.S. and twelve other countries. While Clinton just barely made the U.S. list at #10, Limbaugh came in just ahead of her at #9. Pope Francis I was at the top of the list, followed by President Barack Obama, Revered Billy Graham and former president George W. Bush. Besides Limbaugh, the only true media figure on



Under Obama, Wall Street soars
while Main Street hurts
Washington Times, by Patrice Hill    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 9:37:48 PM     Post Reply
Despite his best efforts, the president who vowed to conquer Wall Street and revive opportunity for everyday Americans on Main Street has this to show for his first five years in office: U.S. stock markets are in record territory, posting 30 percent gains just last year, and Wall Street is home once again to the biggest concentration of billionaires on earth, while wages for the middle class have barely kept up with inflation. As President Obama prepares to lay out an economic agenda to address this disappointing state of affairs in his State of the Union address this month, his

New York Times Covers for Radical,
Violent Leftist Carter Camp
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 9:36:25 PM     Post Reply
A radical-leftist American Indian who was convicted of abducting, confining, and beating four postal workers during a militant crime spree has died. The New York Times began its report of his death by first listing all of the wrongs American Indians suffered at the hands of the U.S. government 100 years prior to the thug’s crimes, as though they somehow provided context or excused the man´s illegal and violent behavior. Carter Camp, a radical and violent leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), an American Indian version of the former Black Panther Party, took up arms in 1973 against the

Ted Cruz hires sacked RSC
staffer Paul Teller
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 9:31:07 PM     Post Reply
A sacked aide to the Republican Study Committee, a group of House conservatives, has joined the office of Sen. Ted Cruz. Paul Teller, who was fired in December as executive director of the RSC after leaking private conversations of members, will serve as deputy chief of staff for the Texas Republican firebrand, Cruz’s office said Monday morning.In a statement Cruz said Teller’s “tireless work to advance conservative principles make him a tremendous addition to our team.” Teller called Cruz’s leadership “truly motivating.” He will start working for Cruz on Thursday, Jan. 16. Teller was a longtime influential force at the RSC, which

´24´ Returns to Television in May
with 12-Episode Run on Fox
Associated Press, by Beth Harris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 9:22:10 PM     Post Reply
PASADENA, Calif. Jack Bauer is back, and he´s on the run in London. Kiefer Sutherland returns as the intrepid counter-terrorist in a 12-episode run of "24: Live Another Day," debuting with a two-hour show May 5 on Fox. It will take up its regular one-hour slot starting May 12. "I´m about as anxious and wound up as I´ve been in a long time," Sutherland said Monday at the Television Critics Association winter meeting. He returns to a character he played for eight seasons, from 2001 to 2010. "There´s a great impetus for all of us to create something new with



Iraq needs U.S. aid now
USA Today, by Michael Knights    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 9:14:45 PM     Post Reply
On December 31, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – al-Qaeda´s affiliate in Iraq and Syria – took over the centers of Ramadi and Fallujah, the two largest cities in Iraq´s Anbar province. A week later the terrorist movement still controls Fallujah, the site of titanic street battles between al-Qaeda and the U.S. Marines in 2004. The center of al-Qaeda´s self-declared caliphate is just 35 miles from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and only 25 miles from the runway where airliners land in Iraq´s capital. Fallujah is an iconic location for other reasons. In 2004 , 122 U.S.

Guantánamo´s ´architect of 9/11´ has
care worker pen pal in Nottingham
Guardian [UK], by Terri Judd    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 9:09:32 PM     Post Reply
Details from an extraordinary exchange of letters between a Nottingham care worker and the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks can be revealed in the Observer today, offering an unprecedented insight into the mind of one the world´s most notorious Islamists. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 49, who is held at Guantánamo Bay, has endured the harshest of the CIA´s interrogation methods and allegedly confessed to a career of atrocities. Pre-trial hearings before a military commission are due to be held at Guantánamo next month. In his letter to Rory Green, 25, Mohammed wrote: "I appreciate your deep concern regarding my worldly and hereafter

Scalia slams Obama
Daily Caller, by Christopher Bedford    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 8:59:28 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia slammed President Barack Obama’s interpretation of the U.S. Constitution during oral arguments over Recess appointments. The case, National Labor Relations Board vs. Noel Canning, is over whether the president acted legally when he made a series of temporary appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was not conducting business but still gavelling in and out every day. Clause three of the Constitution’s section on presidential powers states that, “The president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions

Robert Gates to Yahoo’s Katie Couric:
White House ‘Should Look in the
Mirror’ Before Attacking Me
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 8:51:58 PM     Post Reply
Katie Couric made her Yahoo News debut Monday with an in-depth interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, whose new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War has caused a massive stir for its criticisms of the Obama Administration. On the White House’s objections to what he wrote, Gates suggested they “look in the mirror.” Gates, wearing a neck brace that is the result of a recent fall, pushed back against those who say he should have waiting until President Barack Obama was out of office to write his memoir, or that the overall tone of the book is negative

Robert Gates’s Dishonorable Act
Bloomberg, by Cass R. Sunstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 8:45:38 PM     Post Reply
Robert Gates has been an extraordinarily distinguished public servant. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he has worked for eight presidents, serving as defense secretary under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. The nation owes him a deep and enduring debt of gratitude. But his new memoir, “Duty,” raises troubling ethical questions. A former public official has a special obligation -- in fact a duty -- not to betray the confidence of a sitting president, especially in the area of national security. Even if private conversations involve people who are no longer in office, the


Whoa: Fast & Furious Was Part
of a US-Drug Cartel Alliance?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/13/2014 8:43:49 PM     Post Reply
Business Insider reported a bombshell this afternoon. It reports, by translating Spanish-language reporting from El Universal, that the US government has had a relationship with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel since the Clinton administration. That relationship/alliance was used to damage Mexico’s other drug cartels, but at a great price: Sinaloa alone imports about 80% of the illegal drugs that make their way to Chicago. The alleged deal allowed the cartel to import drugs virtually without fear of capture or punishment by the US government. While the relationship predates the Obama administration, El Universarl reports that one part of it does not.

Beyoncé Writes Essay on Gender Equality
People Magazine, by Sheila Cosgrove Baylis    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 8:42:59 PM     Post Reply
Girls may run the world, but Beyoncé is making it known that they don´t have the paychecks to show for it. The singer has written an essay for The Shriver Report, a media initiative led by journalist and former California first lady Maria Shriver, that aims to document and discuss societal trends that impact women. "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn´t a reality yet," she writes in "Gender Equality Is a Myth!" from the 2014 special report entitled, "A Woman´s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink," which can be downloaded for free until Jan. 15

Debate over Bridgegate vs. IRS Coverage
More About Sensationalism Than Media Bias
Mediaite, by Joe Concha    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 8:38:09 PM     Post Reply
Media bias is a topic we hear much about working in the news business and the news-that-covers-the-news business alike. Bias obviously exists, and despite what one side or the other will claim, it is most definitely a two-way street against conservatives and liberals alike…just depends on your network or publication of choice. But objectivity has become such a dirty word in 2014 not because journalists suddenly became activists and advocates. Instead, it’s the same rule that applies to the reason behind anything and everything in this world: Follow the money. And in television and print, money mostly comes in the form

Local authorities overwhelmed by gun applications
Associated Press, by Don Babwin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 8:37:06 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO — More than 1,000 requests for concealed carry gun permits are pouring in each day in the nation’s last state to allow the practice, sparking concerns among Illinois law enforcement officials that they might fall behind on weeding out applicants with a history of violence. The Cook County Sheriff’s office says it already has identified about 120 applications it plans to contest since the online application process was opened to most state residents Jan. 5. Chicago Police Department officials, locked in a battle to control high-profile gang violence, say they, too, are worried about keeping up with the flood of

Obama, Maria Shriver to talk
women’s poverty issues
CNN, by Becky Brittain     Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/13/2014 8:30:19 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will on Tuesday discuss a topic he is familiar with from his childhood – American women living in economic insecurity and trying to be breadwinners and caregivers at the same time. Raised by a single mother who was described as someone who struggled to pay the bills, Obama on Tuesday will meet with Maria Shriver, who is reporting on some 42 million women who she says live “one single incident – a doctor´s bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down car – away from economic ruin." Shriver´s latest investigation in her series from "The Shriver Report" is titled: "A

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