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The FBI´s IRS Outrage
Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman and Brian Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 7:51:01 AM     Post Reply
The Journal reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is unlikely to file any criminal charges in the targeting of conservative political organizations by the Internal Revenue Service. Yet Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who represents many of the targets, says that the FBI has never contacted any of her clients to discuss their treatment at the hands of the IRS. "Shouldn´t law enforcement talk to the victims in an investigation?," she asks in an email. "That´s like investigating a burglary without interviewing the burgled," notes a Journal editorial. The press corps suddenly cares a great deal about cancelled meetings in

New Mortgage Rules
Another Empty Obama Promise
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/14/2014 7:36:40 AM     Post Reply
Misregulation: The president´s new consumer credit czar is doing a victory lap in the media over new mortgage rules, which go into effect this week. He claims they´ll stop another crisis. What a screaming joke. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray chirped during an interview on the "Daily Show With Jon Stewart" that the new rules are a "big change from the status quo" and will take mortgage banking back to the days of prudent lending. (Snip) Despite all the hype of tightening underwriting, CFPB´s celebrated new mortgage rules in fact require no minimum down payment or credit score

DirectTV Customers
Lose The Weather Channel
Associated Press, by Lynn Elber    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/14/2014 7:15:03 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — About 20 million DirecTV customers nationwide lost The Weather Channel because of a dispute over fees between the channel and the satellite service. The two companies pointed fingers at each other late Monday as a midnight EST deadline for renegotiation of carriage fees paid by DirecTV to The Weather Channel passed without an agreement. In a statement, David Kenny, CEO of the channel´s parent company, The Weather Co., said it offered DirecTV the best rate for its programming. Kenny accused the satellite provider of putting profits ahead of public safety. "We are not looking for a large fee increase," Kenny

  


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Three Reminders that Obamacare
Still Isn´t Hunky-Dory
New Republic, by Jonathan Cohn    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/14/2014 7:12:30 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare has been getting better press lately, and rightly so. More people keep enrolling and, better still, more people are taking advantage of the law´s benefits. But not everything is hunky-dory, as three new stories make very clear. Story one is about people who signed up for insurance and are trying to use it. Some are showing up at drugstores, physician offices, and hospitals—only to discover that insurers don’t have records of their enrollments. A New York Times story, by Robert Pear and Abby Goodnough, reports on a few such stories, including at least two in which people have delayed getting

Chemical in baby wipes
´causes scaly, itchy rashes on
children´s faces´ study reveals
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/14/2014 6:34:55 AM     Post Reply
Baby wipes are leaving children with an itchy, scaly and red rash which is often misdiagnosed as a more serious skin condition, a study revealed today. An allergic reaction to moist wipes is believed to be behind the rash which is being mistaken for conditions such as eczema, impetigo and psoriasis. Dr Mary Wu Chang, a professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, said that she has seen six children with the mysterious rash over the past two years. The study which Dr Chang co-authored was published on Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics.

GOP Myths About
Conservative Candidates
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 6:28:05 AM     Post Reply
The pundit class and the GOP establishment currently are engaged in massive "concern trolling" over the possibility that Republican voters will elect conservatives in party primaries. Karl Rove, the US Chamber of Commerce and other special interests have vowed to spend whatever it takes to prevent citizens from nominating the "wrong" candidates. Setting aside the conceit that these interests know better than voters who should represent them, are these concerns even valid? The establishment´s argument is based on three things: 1) Rep. Todd Akin (MO), 2) Sharron Angle (NV), and 3) Christine O´Donnell (DE). Granted, these campaigns were train wrecks, but

Cuba: Cemetery of Hopes
American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 6:17:18 AM     Post Reply
It is with deep melancholy that one reads about the ongoing suffering of Cubans under communism. January 1, 2014 marked the 55th anniversary of Cuba´s communist revolution. In fact, Cuba is "the only full-blown dictatorship in the Western hemisphere" and "no other country in Latin America is ruled by a regime that ´represses virtually all forms of political dissent.´" In Freedom House´s annual index of political and civil liberties worldwide, Cuba is "consistently rated ´Not Free.´" The "Future of Freedom in Cuba" was a March 2013 Cato Institute event that highlighted the continuing repression in Cuba. Cuban dissidents Orlando Luis Pardo

  


  

Obamacare premiums for the sick and
elderly set to skyrocket as young
people pass on new policies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/14/2014 6:15:32 AM     Post Reply
The government finally released Obamacare enrollment figures Monday and the findings could spell higher premiums for those who need coverage most. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans are needed to keep premiums from rising because they pay more and take less from the system. [Snip] Adults ages 55-64 were the most heavily represented in the signups, accounting for 33 percent of the total. Overall, the premiums paid by people in that demographic don´t fully cover their medical expenses. Some are in the waiting room for Medicare; that coverage starts at age 65. Young adults from 18 to 34

The Divided States of America
American Thinker, by Gene Schwimmer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 6:10:02 AM     Post Reply
Washington Post pundit Dan Balz has a problem: Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. Republican states have pursued economic and fiscal strategies built around lower taxes, deeper spending cuts and less regulation.... They have clashed with labor unions.... moved to restrict abortion rights or to enact voter-identification laws.... Yes, yes, all true. Yet, at the same time, as Balz also notes: Blue states have also been forced to cut spending, given the budgetary pressures caused by the recession. But... a number of them also have raised taxes....

Dozens of trade-offs in $1.1 trillion budget bill
Associated Press, by Andrew Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 1/14/2014 6:09:21 AM     Post Reply
The sales job is on for a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year. The massive measure contains a dozens of trade-offs between Democrats and Republicans as it fleshes out the details of the budget deal that Congress passed last month. That pact gave relatively modest but much-sought relief to the Pentagon and domestic agencies after deep budget cuts last year. The GOP-led House is slated to pass the 1,582-page bill Wednesday, though many tea party conservatives are sure to oppose

Obama´s Internal Devaluation
Causes Income Inequality
American Thinker, by Chriss Street    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 6:07:16 AM     Post Reply
The Obama Administration´s $5.8 trillion of big government deficit spending has caused the United States to suffer an "internal devaluation," as American worker wages after inflation were forced down in each of the last five years. American competitiveness increased by over 10% due to worker sacrifices, but all the benefits flowed directly to corporate officers and financial speculators. When the president recently lamented, "The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream," he could count on the unwavering support from Warren Buffett, who was the last year´s biggest dollar gainer with a

  


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10 Best ‘Lone Survivor’
Takedowns of Liberal Media
Newsbusters, by Matthew Philbin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:55:32 AM     Post Reply
CNN’s Jake Tapper would have done well to read “Lone Survivor,” rather than just seeing the new movie, before interviewing former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell last week. If he had, Tapper might have been more careful than to describe the deaths of Luttrell’s SEAL comrades in Afghanistan as “senseless.” And he would have been wary of Luttrell’s contempt for the liberal media. The film “Lone Survivor, which ” took in $38.5 million at the box office its opening weekend is based on a 2010 book by Luttrell that tells the tragic story of a 2005 operation in which the three

Jahi McMath is Alive
American Thinker, by James Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/14/2014 5:49:05 AM     Post Reply
The case of Jahi McMath brings up numerous critical bioethical issues, especially as we are going into period of health care rationing and fewer choices in our medical care.(snip) In the wake of early enthusiasm for heart transplantation, "brain death" legislation was passed in the 1970´s in all fifty states in the USA, to allow for death to be declared by neurological criteria, rather than the cessation of cardiac activity. This permits surgeons to remove hearts from "brain dead" donors and not be charged with homicide. Despite claims that there has never been a case of a person diagnosed with

Obama ignores Constitution by
recognizing same-sex marriages in Utah
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:45:05 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama doesn’t always win. Sometimes he has to settle for a tie, which Bear Bryant famously likened to “kissing your sister.” A Gallup poll last year found that in his fourth year he had tied George W. Bush as the most polarizing president ever. Democrats gave Mr. Obama a job approval of 86 percent against just 10 percent for Republicans. That tied the mark set by President Bush who, at the end of his first term, held 91 percent Republican support and 15 percent among Democrats. Mr. Obama and his administration seem to be trying to edge Mr. Bush. Attorney General Eric

Strange bedfellows: Feds piling on Christie
may finally rally conservative pushback
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 5:35:48 AM     Post Reply
The other day I tried to make the distinction between dislike of Chris Christie, and joining the media mob which eventually will turn on Republican candidates you like. I told you not to feed that beast. To defend Chris Christie: This is not about Chris Christie. It’s about any number of other Republican candidates who will be met with the same faux-outrage and media-led obsession a year from now as the 2016 field begins to define itself. Don’t feed the beast. It’s getting worse, as the feds are piling on. Within days of Bridgegate, Eric Holder and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were on the

  


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Politics Versus Education
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:35:25 AM     Post Reply
Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department´s latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life. Among the few bright spots in a generally dismal picture of the education of black students are those successful charter schools or voucher

Obama’s drives to stoke class
warfare to win midterm elections
Washington Times (D.C), by David Keene    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:30:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has all but announced that this fall’s House and Senate campaigns should focus not on the collapse of American influence abroad, or on the continuing disaster that we know as Obamacare, or even on the apparent inability of his policies to create jobs, but on “income inequality.”The mantra from the administration, like the rantings of the “Occupy” crowd and the new finger-pointing quasi-Marxist mayor of New York City, is that in today’s United States, it is impossible to get ahead unless one is born rich, works on Wall Street or finds some other way to profit from the

Congress Voices Concerns About
Chinese Hypersonic Missile Test
Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: darthmuaddib- 1/14/2014 5:26:33 AM     Post Reply
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and two senior committee members voiced concerns Monday about China’s first test of a new high-speed missile vehicle. “While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck “ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement.
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Omnibus deal cuts EPA
spending, ends light bulb ban
Washington Examiner [DC], by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 5:25:36 AM     Post Reply
Republicans won several energy and environment concessions in the $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 spending bill House and Senate lawmakers unveiled late Monday, though attempts to handicap a slew of Environmental Protection Agency regulations did not make it into the final version. The package will maintain spending levels for a review of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, end funding for the federal light bulb standard and soften policies that restrict public financing for construction of coal-fired power plants abroad. The overall deal would fund the government through Sept. 30, preventing another government shutdown. Since current funding expires Wednesday, lawmakers are expected to

Detroit´s Imperiled Vault of Cultural Treasures
American Spectator, by Bill Zeiser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 5:23:39 AM     Post Reply
Astute Spectator readers may have observed that I am a fan of post-apocalyptic and dystopian films and imagery. There is something hauntingly beautiful in seeing the familiar laid to waste. A recent move to Michigan meant that it was only a matter of time until I made my way to Detroit, a post-apocalyptic landscape that exists outside of the realm of cinematic fantasy. This first visit, however, was not to survey the ruins, but to visit a more conventional cultural treasure: the Detroit Institute of Arts. The sprawling complex contains works by some of the world´s greatest artists, including Matisse,

  



Know Your Enemy
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:20:55 AM     Post Reply
In the summer of 2008, Barack Obama, senator and presidential candidate, toured the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama had endeared himself to the antiwar left by denouncing President Bush’s decision to topple Saddam Hussein and repeatedly claiming that the war in Iraq had diverted resources from defeating al Qaeda and its allies in South Asia. Obama did not tone down this criticism even as he spoke with CBS News from Kabul on July 20, shortly before proceeding to Saddam’s former abode. “We got distracted by Iraq,” Obama said. Afghanistan “has to be the central focus, the central front

Iran: ‘We Will in No Way, Never,
Dismantle’ Nuclear Infrastructure
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:18:42 AM     Post Reply
Iran vowed to maintain its nuclear infrastructure and threatened to boost its uranium enrichment capabilities just hours after announcing that it had agreed to a deal to halt some aspects of its contested nuclear program. Iran and Western nations announced on Sunday that they had agreed to an interim deal to halt portions of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some $7 billion in sanctions relief. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the interim agreement, which will officially begin on Jan. 20. However, Iranian officials threatened to ramp up nuclear activities should they feel the West is violating the accord. “We will in no

Life-size Titanic replica to be
at heart of Chinese theme park
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:16:00 AM     Post Reply
The Chinese version of "the unsinkable ship", with a price tag of 1 billion yuan (£101 million) and an expected opening date in 2016, will be built at least 930 miles from the nearest ocean in the central province of Sichuan.(Snip) "We think it´s worth spreading the spirit of the Titanic. The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent the spiritual richness of human civilisation," he told a media conference on Sunday. The project aims to be more than a museum that replicates the original ship and the 1997 movie that became a global hit.

The ‘crime’ of the IRS
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:15:30 AM     Post Reply
Only days after we learned the Obama administration had appointed an Obama donor to head investigations into the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, we now have a leak from law enforcement saying the FBI doesn’t expect to file criminal charges. That’s the gist of a late-breaking story Monday evening in The Wall Street Journal. The story notes that though the investigation may go on another few months, unless other evidence is unearthed, the FBI conclusion will be that the IRS was a “mismanaged bureaucracy” enforcing rules “ it didn’t understand.” Without the evidence, we’re not in a position to say. But criminal

The Idol of Equality
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:11:30 AM     Post Reply
“There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” —Alexis de Tocqueville In his famous admonition about the tyranny of the majority, Tocqueville went on to warn that “Liberty is not the chief and constant object of

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