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Israeli Defense Minister: Kerry
is ´Obsessive,´ "Messianic´
Breitbart Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 11:02:04 AM     Post Reply
Israel´s Defense Minister, Moshe "Boogy" Ya´alon, is facing criticism from the opposition after slamming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported earlier on Tuesday that the outspoken Ya´alon had said that Kerry, who recently completed his tenth trip to the region in less than a year on the job, "turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor" for a peace deal. Ya´alon added: "In reality, there have been no negotiations between us and the Palestinians for all these months --but rather between us and the Americans. The only thing that

They fall right into his lap: Journalists
jump for jobs on President Obama’s team
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 11:01:25 AM     Post Reply
Journalism and open government groups have criticized President Obama for falling short of promises to increase transparency, but that hasn’t stopped reporters and editors from gobbling up jobs in his administration. One of the latest to go from covering the administration to promoting it is Dorie Nolt, who left her job as education reporter for The Associated Press to become press secretary at the Education Department. She joins at least 22 other former journalists who have worked or who continue to work in the administration, according to White House announcements, ethics filings and media reports. They include prominent media figures like former

Obama to press jobs agenda
with executive actions
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 10:53:35 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Ready to put an economic spotlight on his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and making a case that, even against a divided Congress, he can still be relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery. With two weeks left before his message to a joint session of Congress, Obama is showcasing how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and through his ability to coax action from important interest groups. On Tuesday, Obama is meeting with his Cabinet to discuss measures that can help the middle



Black dogs are last to
picked at shelters because
of the color of their fur
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/14/2014 10:41:03 AM     Post Reply
Black dogs don´t get as adopted as easily as others animals of other colors. The reason is largely because of some common misconceptions about them. Black dogs are mischaracterized as mean and potentially violent and according to NBC News. Black Dog Syndrome is a phenomenon in which dogs with black fur often go unadopted because of misinformed stereotypes. Black dogs are are euthanized at a much higher rate than dogs with different complexions. Many owners of black dogs say they are sweet, lovable, but also unwanted. The chances of being adopted are poor if you´re a black dog.

Fmr. Kerry Aide: Iran Should
Not Be Required to Cease
Terrorism Against U.S.
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 10:40:05 AM     Post Reply
A longtime aide for Secretary of State John Kerry is urging senators to oppose a new Iran sanctions measure because it would level tough penalties on Tehran should it carry out a terror attack against Americans anywhere in the world. One of the requirements of a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill in the Senate is that President Barack Obama certify “Iran has not directly, or through a proxy, supported, financed, planned, or otherwise carried out an act of terrorism against the United States or United States persons or property anywhere in the world” during nuclear negotiations with the West. If Iran—one of

Rouhani boasts of West´s ´surrender´
to Iran in nuclear talks
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 10:39:51 AM     Post Reply
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to social media on Tuesday to boast that the interim nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and the P5+1 nations was the result of the “world powers surrender[ing] to the Iranian nation’s will.” The UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday a planned meeting with Iran next week to discuss steps meant to ease concerns over its nuclear program has been pushed back to Feb. 8 at Tehran´s request. (Tweet) The International Atomic Energy Agency did not say why Tehran asked for a delay. But the original date, Jan. 21, is just a day after Iran and

Ted Cruz thunders into a new
year, while fellow Republicans
seek softer tone
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 10:34:19 AM     Post Reply
"Good impressions are pretty good, but actually bad impressions are even better," Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference, admitting that his staffers cringed every time he tried to do an imitation of someone he was quoting. Cruz smiled and then channeled his Senate predecessor, Phil Gramm, who introduced Cruz at the conference. "This will pass over my cold dead political body," he quoted Gramm, imitating his deep Texas drawl -- referring to a quote from Gramm in the early 1990s, crediting him with successfully killing then-first lady Hillary Clinton´s public insurance proposal. That sums up Cruz´s political



Kentucky Poll: McConnell Leads Bevin 53%
to 31%, Leads Coach Calipari 59% to 26%
Human Events, by Neil W. McCabe    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 10:30:20 AM     Post Reply
The Kentucky senator, who leads the Republicans in the Senate, is ahead of his opponent in the May 20 GOP primary as they reach the final stretch of their campaign, according to a Jan. 2 Human Events/Gravis poll of 683 registered Republicans. Sen. A. Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell was the choice of 53 percent of respondents compared to 31 percent for Louisville businessman Matthew G. Bevin, said Doug Kaplan, the president of Gravis Marketing, a Florida-based polling company that conducted the poll. The poll carried a margin of error of 4 percent. In the general election, Bevin or McConnell will face

The winners and losers
of the new spending bill
Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 10:26:20 AM     Post Reply
Congressional negotiators released the details of 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. So, what´s in it? We quickly sifted through the legislation, consulted supporting documents from Democratic and Republican aides, and called out some of the more notable and controversial elements below. (If you want a detailed report on each of the 12 pieces of the broader spending bill, it´s all here.)ABORTION The bill once again bans the use of federal funding to perform most abortions; bans federal funding for

An Obamacare supporter
recounts his misadventures
dealing with HealthCare.gov
Daily Caller, by Steven Friess    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 10:23:23 AM     Post Reply
As we hoisted champagne flutes in the first seconds of 2014, my partner and I toasted all the usual things people do as they look ahead to the coming year. Health. Happiness. Love. Optimism. Hope. To that traditional list, we added one more: Obamacare. My husband, Miles, was enrolled in what appeared to be an excellent, affordable plan at the stroke of midnight. Celebration seemed in order. It had been a tough slog, of course. We’d worried the GOP would succeed in defunding it or undermining it in some other way that would put affordable coverage further out of our

West Virginia Begins to Lift Water Ban
Wall Street Journal, by Jennifer Levitz, Cameron McWhirter*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 10:15:33 AM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Officials in Kentucky and Ohio were preparing Monday for the arrival of a slow-moving, 60-mile-long chemical plume drifting toward them down the Ohio River, after its accidental release prompted a five-day water ban here. While many said they didn´t foresee a major problem, they also weren´t taking chances after the release of the chemical, called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said his city is going to shut down its water valves for 48 hours beginning Tuesday night, but has enough stored supply to continue providing water. Water sanitation officials had found the leading edge of the



Grimm’s reaper of campaign cash busted
in campaign finance fraud scheme
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 10:07:38 AM     Post Reply
A fundraiser for Republican Rep. Michael Grimm was arrested by federal agents on charges tied to campaign finance violation allegations. Diana Durand was taken into custody by the FBI on Friday and accused of setting up a straw donor scheme to funnel $10,000 to the New York Republican’s campaign, NBC New York reported. Ms. Durand also allegedly lied to federal agents after she was questioned about the plot and the reported violations of $4,800 campaign donation limits, authorities told the media outlet. The FBI said agents have uncovered emails that tie Ms. Durand to the campaign fundraising allegations. One email:

Obama administration awards another
noncompetitive contract for
- Thread Closed
Washington Examiner, by Richard Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/14/2014 10:03:24 AM     Post Reply
Open government advocates and IT experts are slamming the administration’s decision to award without competition another multimillion-dollar contract for the troubled Obamacare website.

Beanie Babies creator Ty
Warner to be sentenced today
Reuters, by Mary Wisniewski    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 10:00:37 AM     Post Reply
The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, could face up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in Chicago federal court on Tuesday on his guilty plea for tax evasion. Warner, 69, who in 2013 was ranked as the 209th richest American by Forbes, "went to great lengths" to hide from his accountants and the Internal Revenue Service more than $3.1 million in foreign income generated in a secret Swiss bank account, according to the U.S. Attorney´s office in Chicago. Warner pleaded guilty to the charge in October and has agreed to pay a civil penalty of

French vent their dislike
of U.S. tech firms on Uber
Investor´s Business Daily, by Patrick Seitz    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/14/2014 9:52:44 AM     Post Reply
Recent attacks on Uber cars in Paris provide more anecdotal evidence that the French hate foreign competition and especially U.S. tech companies. Striking Paris taxi drivers attacked and vandalized at least a dozen cars booked through Uber, Bloomberg Businessweek and Rude Baguette reported Monday. Cab drivers are protesting increased competition from private car services. In a statement, San Francisco-based Uber strongly condemned the violence against its partner drivers and their cars. The attacks included broken windows, slashed tires, eggings and assaulted drivers. Uber makes a mobile app that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services.



Wouldn´t you know, FBI says it can´t find
anything illegal in all that IRS intimidation
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/14/2014 9:12:39 AM     Post Reply
Here´s a January column opening we could have written early last summer when the broad scale of the Internal Revenue Service´s intimidation of conservative political groups began emerging [Snip]: "What the FBI investigation will find to prosecute in the flagrant IRS abuse of power is Nothing. By mid-January an unidentified Holder aide will leak that, by golly, after diligent detective work, they really didn´t find anyone or anything to prosecute. Probably just unclear instructions or misunderstandings. Move forward. So, scores of fringe groups could not raise money in time to exercise their free speech against the president in 2011-12.

A Fitting End
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/14/2014 9:02:40 AM     Post Reply
HBO has finally announced it will cancel Newsroom, the smarmy TV series dedicated to satisfying the ache of l’esprit d’escalier for MSNBC liberals (“That’s what we should have said about the tea parties!”) and pandering to the sensibilities of those who think Bill Maher is funny. Though I’d quickly figured out how to avoid one of the biggest must-miss TV shows of recent years, it’s good news to be sure. The bad news is there will be a whole third season before it finally goes away. But maybe there’s an opportunity here. I always liked crossover episodes. You know like when

Congressional negotiators
unveil $1.1T spending bill
Fox News, by Chad Pergram    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 8:59:22 AM     Post Reply
Congressional negotiators unveiled a bipartisan, $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday night that will reverse a 1 percent cut to cost-of-living increases for disabled veterans and provide $1.525 billion in aid to Egypt, among other provisions. The measure fleshes out the details of the budget deal that Congress passed last month; it would fund the government through October. The budget pact gave relatively modest relief to the Pentagon and domestic agencies from the deep budget cuts they would otherwise face. The detailed bill was released by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and Senate counterpart Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who have

Windfarm blades may go to landfill.
Press and Journal (UK), by Kaye Nicolson and Alistair Whitfield    Original Article
Posted By: Earlgrey- 1/14/2014 8:54:03 AM     Post Reply
MORAY campaigners have hit out after it emerged that hundreds of wind turbine blades may have to be buried in the future. An official report has warned that rotor blades on the structures could be destined for landfill when they are decommissioned. Unlike other parts of wind turbines – such as the foundations, tower and generator – the blades are made of complex materials which cannot be recycled.

Hello, Death Spiral.
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 8:53:36 AM     Post Reply
At first, it sounds good that 2.2 million Americans signed up for private health insurance through the federal and state exchanges from October 1 to December 28. But the administration’s goal was a bit more than 7 million by the end of March. So half of the signup period has passed, and they’re at 31 percent of their goal. Much better than October and November, obviously, but still considerably behind. (Recall that December was expected to see a bump because of the deadline to have coverage begin January 1.) And in an ominous sign for those who worry about a “death spiral”


Further Proof Emerges That Obama
Knew the Truth About Benghazi
Canada Free Press, by Roger Aronoff and Bethany Stotts    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/14/2014 8:33:55 AM     Post Reply
New details have surfaced which further put the lie to the idea that the Obama administration’s knowledge of the Benghazi attacks was “developing” at the time, and that the administration could reasonably have believed that the terrorist attacks perpetrated on September 11, 2012 had anything to do with the anti-Islam video “Innocence of Muslims.” Previously, before her famous Congressional outburst asking “What difference at this point does it make?” then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked “Was information developing, was the situation fluid?” as an excuse for blaming the video. No, information was not “developing,” as recent news reporting shows. In fact,

The Insiders: The problem
with ‘no-drama Obama’
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/14/2014 8:13:46 AM     Post Reply
Members of the president’s own team have made it clear that the president does not like to be in a challenging environment and that he is generally bored. David Axelrod labeled the president “no-drama Obama” during the 2008 campaign, and Valerie Jarrett infamously said that Barack Obama has been “bored to death his whole life.” And now, in an interview with CBS News, former defense secretary Robert Gates — arguably President Obama’s most experienced Cabinet officer — tells us that he saw in the president an “absence of passion … absence of a conviction of the importance of success.” A blasé,

New Iran agreement includes secret
side deal, Tehran official says
Los Angeles Times, by Paul Richter    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/14/2014 8:07:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday. Abbas Araqchi disclosed the existence of the document in a Persian-language interview with the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency. The new agreement, announced over the weekend, sets out a timetable for how Iran and the six nations, led by the United States, will implement a deal reached in November that is aimed at restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Will IRS bully people to
sign up for Obamacare?
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/14/2014 8:01:44 AM     Post Reply
The individual mandate, Obamacare´s requirement that all Americans have health insurance that includes "minimum essential coverage," has been in effect for two weeks now. No one has noticed because nothing has happened. But it will. The mandate is the heart of Obamacare; without it, supporters believe, the system won´t work. So the Obama administration hopes millions of Americans will voluntarily comply with the mandate and purchase government-approved coverage. If they don´t do it voluntarily, they´ll be punished. Starting next year, the government will coll

For the GOP: Why Victory?
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: philsner- 1/14/2014 7:52:29 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie and his bridge. Sean Hannity and his Conservative Solutions Caucus 2014. Mark Levin under attack by the Senate GOP Establishment. Three different events — and exactly the same point. By now the entire world political and beyond knows the tale (thus far revealed) of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate.” The closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge that resulted in days of traffic jams, all as the result of a political vendetta carried out by Christie aides against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee. In a lengthy press conference, Governor Christie, the Great Moderate GOP Establishment Hope for 2016, announced

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