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Probe Finds White House Wanted
to Make Sequestration as ‘Painful
as Possible’ for Rural Schools
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 10:39:17 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department. The committee’s report released today, “A Less Secure Future for Rural Schools: An Investigation into the Obama Administration’s Questionable Application of the Sequester to the Secure Rural Schools Program,” detailed how last February the USDA had determined 2013 sequestration wouldn’t apply to 2012 funds that had already been distributed in the program. The White House stepped in and overruled the USDA, though both

Who Does the GOP Really Have
To Run Against Hillary in 2016?
Daily Beast, by Myra Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:17:30 PM     Post Reply
Even without Bridgegate, Chris Christie wouldn’t get the Republican nomination. That leaves a pack of conservatives vulnerable to Clinton. As a Republican hoping that my party will retake the White House in 2016, I watched with intense interest as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talked and talked and talked his way out of ”Bridgegate.” The general consensus is that Christie did a decent job bemoaning his circumstances and keeping his cool, considering that the damaging political/ legal issues have only just begun. But it was Christie’s "I am not a bully" persona that reminded me just how truly weak the entire bench of

Obama: "We´re Not Going To Be
Waiting For Legislation... I Can Use
That Pen To Sign Executive Orders
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:12:01 PM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA: So Congress is going to be busy, and I’m looking forward to working with Democrats and Republicans, House members and Senate members, to try to continue to advance the economic recovery and to provide additional ladders of opportunity for everybody. But one of the things that I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone -- and I can use that



Obama to Congress: We´re
not waiting for legislation
McClatchy Newspapers, by Anita Kumar    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:02:41 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent a message to Congress Tuesday: He plans to use his power whenever he can to move his agenda forward. "We are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need," Obama said before a Cabinet meeting. "I´ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone -- and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward." Obama said he told members of his Cabinet the need to use all the

US judge strikes down Okla.
same-sex marriage ban
Associated Press, by Justin Juozapavicius    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/14/2014 10:01:15 PM     Post Reply
Tulsa, Okla. — A federal judge struck down Oklahoma´s gay marriage ban Tuesday, but headed off any rush to the altar by setting aside his order while state and local officials complete an appeal. It was the second time in a month that a federal judge has set aside a deeply conservative state´s limits on same-sex marriage, after Utah´s ban was reversed in December. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern described Oklahoma´s ban on same-sex marriage as "an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit." The decision drew criticism from the

Thousands of Berlin Wall
Documents Declassified
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:01:02 PM     Post Reply
Thousands of newly declassified documents about the Berlin Wall reveal the struggle and resolve of the human spirit for freedom, archivists and historians said on Tuesday. The National Archives’ National Declassification Center (NDC) has released 11,000 pages of previously classified documents on activities in Berlin from 1962 to 1987—the years Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan delivered iconic speeches in the divided German city. The collection, culled from documents circulated by the U.S. Army, NATO, and U.S. government agencies, details the construction of the Berlin Wall and attempts by East Germans to escape to the democratic West. The barrier, first erected

Alleged mastermind behind 9/11
attacks says he has renounced violence
Nationl Post (Canada), by Araminta Wordsworth    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 9:59:34 PM     Post Reply
Instead of blowing people up, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attack wants to bring converts to Islam by subtler means of persuasion. Khalid Sheik Mohammed is seeking to convince members of the military tribunal trying him at Guantamo Bay he has renounced violence. In a 36-page manifesto published in the Huffington Post, he even argues, “The Holy Koran forbids us to use force as a means of converting” and reaching “truth and reality never comes by muscles and force but by using the mind and wisdom.” “Don’t believe the media that the mujahedeen believe that Islam spread in the past and



Amid focus on lighter cars
and fuel efficiency, big
performance vehicles steal the show
Washington Post, by Michael A. Fletcher    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 9:50:07 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT — No sign of economic strife mars the dazzling floors of the North American International Auto Show, where Vice President Biden is expected to lead a contingent of Obama administration officials Wednesday and Thursday in what amounts to a victory lap. The U.S. automobile industry was on the brink of collapse before the administration invested $80 billion to prop it up in the face of widespread opposition. Now the vast majority of bailout money has been recouped and car companies are thriving. But if Washington saved the domestic auto business, it has yet to transform it into the small-car-producing,

Obama working to mobilize
outside coalition of groups
to promote White House agenda
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 9:47:40 PM     Post Reply
Faced with a recalcitrant Congress and a constrained budget, President Obama and his top aides are increasingly working to mobilize an outside coalition of corporate, nonprofit and academic groups to promote White House economic and social policies. The strategy will be on display Thursday as the White House holds a summit with more than 100 college and university presidents, who will promise to enroll more low-income students and ensure that they graduate. This month, the administration also will sponsor a session for corporations that pledge to hire the long-term unemployed. The president is privately exhorting his allies to do more

Supreme Court Rules U.S.
State Courts Do Not Have
Jurisdiction over Foreign Companies
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 9:41:24 PM     Post Reply
Foreign plaintiffs cannot bring suit in America against foreign defendants for events that took place entirely on foreign soil, according to a Jan. 14 unanimous judgment by the Supreme Court. If part of a global business empire committed illegal acts involving foreigners in a foreign country, but also owns a subsidiary in America, those foreigners cannot sue here for those illegal acts. It would violate the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment for any state courts here in the U.S. to claim jurisdiction over the foreign company. The case is Daimler AG v. Bauman. Twenty-two Argentinians sued Mercedes

GOP revives 2010 jobs message
after poll shows voters blame
Obama, not Bush, for economy
Washington Examiner (DC), by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 9:40:31 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Tuesday dusted off his 2010 campaign message ahead of this year´s midterm elections, saying the central issue for voters in November will be jobs and Obamacare. Standing before a backdrop that read “GOP.gov #4jobs,” the top Republican in Congress argued that the economy continues to lag because of the policies of President Obama and Senate Democrats, including the Affordable Care Act. And during a weekly closed-door meeting of House Republicans, Boehner presented the rank and file with new polling that suggests voters no longer blame Obama´s predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, for the slow



No more funding for official
portrait paintings
Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 9:32:10 PM     Post Reply
Congress‘ spending bill funds the National Endowment for the Arts, but one art project finally is getting cut off: the official portrait paintings of presidents, Cabinet secretaries and high-ranking members of Congress. For the first time, the bill bans taxpayer money from financing official portrait paintings, many of which can’t even be viewed by the public. That is one of a number of “policy riders” that negotiators attached to the massive bill, most designed to tweak Obama administration policies on items including coal and incandescent light bulbs. Call them ideological earmarks — the provisions House Republicans demanded to garner enough conservative

Proclamations and politics: Obama mixes
commemorations and presidential plugs
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 9:23:59 PM     Post Reply
Presidential proclamations have been fixtures of American government since the Washington administration issued one establishing Thanksgiving in 1789, but analysts say President Obama has broken ground by using the traditionally bland, apolitical statements as public relations tools. Mr. Obama increasingly has used presidential proclamations to tout his accomplishments, to draw attention to initiatives such as first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign and to make the case for programs such as Obamacare. Last year alone, the president praised the Affordable Care Act with at least 18 proclamations, including for National Diabetes Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and World AIDS Day. “That is

9/11 Mastermind Now Says Use
of Violence to Spread Islam
Is Forbidden by Quran
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 9:20:00 PM     Post Reply
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks who has been in military custody at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, has released a new manifesto that contains a major reversal regarding the use of violence to spread Islam. According to the document, obtained by The Huffington Post, KSM (as he is often called) now believes that “The Holy Quran forbids us to use force as a means of converting.” KSM spends most of the 36-page document trying to convince his captors to convert to Islam. “It is my religious duty in dealing with any non-Muslims such as the people in

A Gloating Chris Matthews: ´Only´
Christie Could Have Beaten
Hillary in 2016
Newsbusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 9:16:17 PM     Post Reply
A gloating Chris Matthews on Tuesday appeared on The View and labeled the wounded Chris Christie as the "only" candidate who could have beaten Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Hardball anchor sneered, "That´s why you´re left with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. They´re not going to be elected president of the United States." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Speaking of Christie, Matthews pronounced, "When you make a list, one guy can really go on national TV against Hillary Clinton as a sort of the middle of the road Republican. The rest are far to the right. The. Republican Party,



Are people without kids happier?
New studies offer mixed picture
CNN, by Kelly Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 9:13:57 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to who is happier -- parents or child-free people -- most of the research up until now has concluded that it is the childless who are more satisfied with their overall lives. As a married mom of two, I always find myself reacting a bit defensively to that research. "I´m happy," I say to myself. I may be stressed, sleep-deprived and sorely in need of "me" time, but I am very satisfied with my life. Isn´t it possible that I could be just as happy as someone without kids -- even if they have more time to sleep and

A Victory for an Unfettered Internet
Wall Street Journal, by Robert McDowell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 8:59:56 PM     Post Reply
A federal appeals court in Washington slapped the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday for overstepping its legal authority by trying to regulate Internet access. The FCC is now a two-time loser in court in its net-neutrality efforts. Has the government learned its lesson, or will the agency take a third stab at regulating the Internet? The answer to that question will affect the Internet´s growth in the 21st century. The FCC´s quest to regulate the Internet began in 2010, when the commission first promulgated rules for net neutrality. The rules, proponents argue, are needed to police Internet "on-ramps" (Internet service providers)

House Republicans About to
Vote on Trillion-Dollar Spending
Bill They Haven’t Read
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 8:59:40 PM     Post Reply
Last month, the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray discretionary spending bill was unveiled. Sort of unveiled, anyway: it didn’t actually exist, but was summarized in a series of bullet points. Now the bill has taken tangible form. Here it is, all 2,860 pages, including explanatory statements: The House is expected to vote on the omnibus spending bill tomorrow, less than 48 hours after copies became available. No one will have read the law; this is government by press release. The bill is advertised at $1.1 trillion, but in the brief time available, Republican Senate staffers have found that it actually spends $18

Radical Syrian Cleric Secures US Visa
Despite Endorsing Suicide Bombings
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by John Rossomando    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 8:51:47 PM     Post Reply
A Syrian sheik who labeled all Jews as legitimate targets for suicide bombers and who supports the death penalty for homosexuals is the latest extremist Muslim cleric raising money for Syrian-American groups supporting dictator Bashar al-Assad´s ouster. Sheik Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi is in the middle of an 11-city tour across America on co-sponsored by the Syrian American Council (SAC) and the Wylie, Texas-based Shaam Relief. A promotional announcement hails al-Nabulsi as "an internationally-known Muslim scholar, renowned for his scholarship of Islam, who has lent his formidable clerical authority to support human rights, tolerance and respect for all." But tolerance is not part of

Afghanistan Times: ´Obama´s War...
Yielded Nothing but Collateral Damage´
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Edwin Mora    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 8:46:28 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s war in Afghanistan has been a failure, according to the Afghanistan Times. In an editorial article, the Afghan news outlet stated, “If we dig deep into [Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert] Gates’ scathing critique, it can be comprehended that Obama’s war in Afghanistan has faltered and yielded nothing but collateral damage.” “Besides, Obama’s phony commitment to the Afghan war has been so misleading, having inflicted irreparable imprints on Afghanistan. Also, since Obama announced a withdrawal deadline, war and unrest has escalated,” continued the news outlet. “Taliban misconstrued this proclamation as a confession of the US failure, which consequently emboldened


Jeff Sessions: Budget Deal ´Fix´ Still
Slashes More than 90% of Vets´ Pensions
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 8:38:17 PM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) announced Tuesday that the “fix” Washington politicians developed to stop cuts to veterans’ pensions actually still slashes pensions for more than 90 percent of retired members of America’s armed forces. Millions of men and women who put their lives on the line for this country are still going to see reductions in their pensions, while illegal aliens still have access to a tax credit loophole, Sessions said in his statement. It was discovered in December that the budget deal House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman

Insurers say they´re in
Obamacare for the long haul
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 8:30:41 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s health care law may have gotten off to a rocky start, but executives of major private health insurance companies are informing investors that they´re still betting on the program in the long run. Speaking at a health care conference sponsored by JPMorgan this week, insurers indicated that that they viewed the 2014 implementation of the health care law as a learning opportunity. Over time, the health care law’s expansion of Medicaid and creation of government-run insurance exchanges promises to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money into the insurance industry. And insurers don’t want to miss out on

The Warped Priorities
of the American Press
Canada Free Press, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 8:27:10 PM     Post Reply
In a shocking development, the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., has put its weight and prestige behind the bogus “news organization” Al Jazeera and its reporters, now jailed in Egypt, for associating with the pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. A statement issued by the NPC calls for the “immediate release” of “imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists” in Egypt, but fails to take into account the pro-terrorist nature of this so-called “independent” news organization and its documented links to the Muslim Brotherhood. NPC President Angela Greiling Keane, whose name appears on the statement, is a reporter for Bloomberg News who mostly covers transportation issues and

Blueprint for Tyranny
Canada Free Press, by Alan Caruba    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 8:22:59 PM     Post Reply
There are lots of Americans who, after the first five years of living under the governance of Barack Hussein Obama, have concluded that, among his most notable characteristics, he is an incompetent, a pathological liar, a Marxist, and, fearful as the prospect is, a potential dictator who will not leave office when a new President is due to be sworn in.The fears are largely based on the astonishingly lax Congress that, with the exception of Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has done little to investigate the many scandals that litter the Obama administration. It doesn’t help

Brown rules out presidential bid
Los Angeles Times (CA), by Seema Mehta    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/14/2014 8:16:53 PM     Post Reply
RIVERSIDE — Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2016, dashing political speculation that he might make a fourth bid for the White House. “No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately,” he told reporters at a news conference before brightening about his current job: “Actually, California is a lot more governable.” Brown, who ran for president in 1976, 1980 and 1992, was the subject of some speculation recently when his office did not categorically rule out another run, the governor was touting his work in California as a template for the nation and some activists named

Democrats miffed at NBC for
smoking gag during Golden Globes
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Blake Neff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 8:08:52 PM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats were not amused to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus puffing away on an electronic cigarette during the Golden Globe Awards. The lawmakers said the Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a fictional vice president on HBO’s “Veep,” helped glamorize smoking on the broadcast, and are pressing NBC Universal to ensure that the “e-cigarettes” are not featured again. “The Golden Globes celebrates entertainers who are an influence on young fans," the Democrats wrote. "We ask the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal to take actions to ensure that future broadcasts of the Golden Globes do not intentionally feature images of e-cigarettes. Such action would help

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