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Kerry ´Deeply Concerned´ By
Nigeria´s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/14/2014 12:07:19 PM     Post Reply
Of all the problems in Nigeria, including the ongoing persecution of Christians by Islamic terrorists, the U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the African nation´s new law banning same-sex marriage. "The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement issued Monday. "Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians," the statement said.

Hillary Clinton´s Iowa problem
CNN, by Peter Hamby    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 11:46:32 AM     Post Reply
Des Moines, Iowa -- In Iowa, the state that pulled the first block out of her wobbly Jenga-game of a presidential campaign six years ago, Hillary Clinton enjoys stratospheric approval ratings, well-heeled outside groups toiling on her behalf, and important political connections that date back decades. From a distance, she appears invincible once again, far outpacing her rivals in the polls and primed to redeem herself in the caucus state that has never been especially friendly to the Clintons, or to female candidates. Iowa has not elected a female governor, senator or member of Congress. In 2016, Clinton could finally put those

Iran´s Rouhani: ´World Powers
Surrendered to Iranian Nation´s Will´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 11:44:17 AM     Post Reply
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is taking to Twitter to gloat about the nuclear deal his country struck with the U.S. and other Western countries. "Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation´s interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation´s will," Rouhani tweeted about an hour ago. In a recent interview, Iran´s chief negotiator for the nuclear deal also claimed victory. “No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded,” the chief nuclear negotiator said. “All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”

  


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How religion cuts crime: Church-goers
are less likely to shoplift, take drugs
and download music illegally
Daily Mail (UK), by Victoria Woollaston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 11:42:23 AM     Post Reply
People who regularly visit a place of worship are less likely to get involved in low level crime and delinquency, according to new research. A survey from Manchester University found a direct correlation between higher visits to religious places and lower crime figures, especially in relation to shoplifting, drug use and music piracy. Researchers believe this is because religion not only teaches people about ´moral and behavioural norms´, but also spending time with like-minded people makes it less likely they´ll get mixed up with the ´wrong crowd´. As part of the project, more than 1,200 18 to 34-year-olds from across

Darrell Issa slams Justice Deparment
over report no charges forthcoming
in IRS Tea Party probe
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 11:25:37 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., slammed the Justice Department after a report late Monday that no charges would be forthcoming in its probe of the Internal Revenue Service´s targeting of conservative Tea Party groups. In a statement emailed to reporters, Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said: Anonymous — and apparently politically motivated — leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation. These leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress and

Dan Pfeiffer: ´President Obama
is ready to use every executive
action available´
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 11:22:43 AM     Post Reply
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer sent an e-mail early Tuesday to preview President Obama´s plan to use his executive power in ways Americans have never seen before. "President Obama has a resolution for 2014: That this will be a year of action," Pfeiffer said in the e-mail, pointing out that Obama would no longer be waiting around for Congress to get things done. "Instead, the president will use his executive authority, both his pen and his phone, to work with anyone to get things done — whether they be leaders in business, education, Congress, states, or local communities," he said. Obama´s threat

Omnibus Funds ‘Permanent Extended Coffee
Break’ for Dozens of DOJ Employees
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 11:11:25 AM     Post Reply
Hans von Spakovsky has the inside scoop of the new omnibus spending bill. Most notably, the new bill funds the government jobs of dozens Department of Justice employees who no longer have any work to do after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Von Spakovsky writes: Of course, the other thing needed with the Civil Rights Division is a cutback in its budget, which has grown considerably, and gives Eric Holder the resources to file numerous suits challenging common sense voter ID, immigration, and other state laws he does not like. There are also at

  


  

State Obamacare web exam
handed to one-man band
Boston Herald, by Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, Bob McGovern    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 11:06:59 AM     Post Reply
The glitch-plagued Obamacare website that has failed thousands of people trying to sign up for health insurance is getting an emergency review from just one private consultant — news that surprised experts who yesterday said the system needs a deeper probe. The Bedford-based nonprofit government contractor MITRE Corp. began the review of the $69 million website on Jan. 6 and is expected to submit a report by Friday ­— a time span of less than two weeks. “Given the short time period for the report you would want a whole team of people looking at different angles, from the application

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

  


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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

  


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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
healthcare.gov
- 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

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