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More Democrats than Republicans Sit on
10 Richest Members of Congress List
Washington Free Beacon, by Stephanie Wang    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 10:59:59 AM     Post Reply
While Republicans often get the reputation for being “the party of the rich,” seven of the 10 richest members of Congress are Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). Mark Warner Mark Warner, the senior senator from Virginia, is the richest member of the Senate. CRP estimates his net worth at up to $418,742,000. Warner used his political connections to make his millions, according to the 2014 Almanac of American Politics. Warner worked as a fundraiser at the Democratic National Convention after graduating from law school. While there, he made some crucial connections that would allow him to become

Veteran Virginia Democratic
Rep. Moran to Retire
Associated Press, by Matthew Barakat    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2014 10:58:04 AM     Post Reply
Veteran Rep. Jim Moran, a pugnacious Democrat who made headlines as an early, outspoken opponent of the Iraq War and for saying during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that he might like to punch Bill Clinton in the nose, announced Wednesday that he will retire from Congress after 12 terms representing northern Virginia. The 68-year-old former mayor of Alexandria, Va. was first elected in 1990. He has been a staunch supporter of federal civilian employees who have a heavy presence in his district. "It´s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge," he said in a

Study: Obama’s proposed minimum
wage hike could destroy 1 million jobs
Daily Caller, by Breanna Deutsch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 10:53:47 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could result in as many 1,084,000 jobs eliminated from the work force, according to a new study conducted by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) “No amount of denial by the president and his political allies — and no number of ‘studies’ published by biased researchers — can change the fact that minimum wage hikes eliminate jobs for low-skill and entry-level employees. Non-partisan economists have agreed on this consensus for decades, and the laws of economics haven’t changed,” Michael Saltsman, research director at EPI, said in a statement.



Ads Attacking Health Law
Stagger Outspent Democrats
New York Times, by Carl Hulse    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 10:49:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Democrats are increasingly anxious about an onslaught of television ads hitting vulnerable Senate and House candidates for their support of the new health law, since many lack the resources to fight back in the early stages of the midterm campaign. Since September, Americans for Prosperity, a group financed in part by the billionaire Koch brothers, has spent an estimated $20 million on television advertising that calls out House and Senate Democrats by name for their support of the Affordable Care Act. The unusually aggressive early run of television ads, which has been supplemented by other conservative initiatives, has gone largely

NSA Unleashed, Obama
Tells Public, ´Trust Me´
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 10:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Nearly six months ago, President Obama sought to temper outrage over the nation´s mushrooming surveillance programs by pledging new steps to balance privacy and safety. "It´s not enough for me, as president, to have confidence in these programs," he said. "The American people need to have confidence in them as well." In other words, no government, not even one led by a liberal constitutional lawyer, can shield bad policies with empty promises. It´s not enough to say, "Trust us," while curbing sacred liberties -- and yet that still appears to be Obama´s position. Previews of the president´s address on counterterrorism Friday suggest

What do liberal Catholics want?
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/15/2014 10:30:36 AM     Post Reply
A few months ago, I wrote a cover story for The New Republic about Pope Francis, assessing what reforms, if any, we could expect from the Roman Catholic Church under his leadership. I was impressed with the new pontiff´s gestures of modesty and expressions of loving acceptance for all — for gays ("Who am I to judge?"), for Muslims, for atheists, and especially for the poor. I also took note of early signs that Francis would attempt significant reform of the Vatican bureaucracy (the Curia). I was far more skeptical that the new pope would attempt to reform or revise

Petition to White House Calls on Public
Schools to Recognize Muslim Holidays
Cybercast News Service, by Dan Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 10:29:38 AM     Post Reply
A petition on White House.gov is calling for President Obama to support an effort to encourage public schools to recognize Muslim holidays on their official school calendars. The petition was put on the "We the People" site last month by a group of Muslim students from Virginia and has garnered about 28 thousand signatures so far. "With the growing population of Muslims in he United States of America (including first, second, third and fourth generation) we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized by schools throughout this nation," reads the petition text. "Unfortunately many Muslim families are forced to choose



Kerry: ´Root Cause of
Terrorism´ Is Poverty
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 10:27:23 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry covered a broad range of topics with his counterpart Pietro Parolin at the Vatican in Rome on Monday. Besides Syria, the Middle East peace process, Sudan, and Cuba, the subject of poverty came up during their discussions. In remarks following the meeting, Kerry linked poverty not only to terrorism, but to the "disenfranchisement of millions" [emphasis added]: We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global basis. The United States of America is deeply involved in efforts in Africa and in other parts of the

The Communist Party Hails
De Blasio and Obama
American Thinker, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 10:24:56 AM     Post Reply
For a long time, the communist left has used the word "progressive" to cloak its agenda. This phenomenon is hardly new. It has gone on since at least the 1930s, not long after the American Communist Party was founded in Chicago. I know this well, having written at length on the subject. You might have thought this strategy died with the USSR, when we won the Cold War and once defeated communism. Unfortunately, thanks to the left´s takeover of education and media, it continues unabated, and is moving full steam ahead in Barack Obama´s fundamentally transformed America, where the far left

They Lied: Obamacare’s
12 False Premises and Broken Promises
Reason, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 1/15/2014 10:10:58 AM     Post Reply
On November 7, President Barack Obama made a first tentative stab at an apology for the fact that, despite his often-repeated assurances to the contrary, millions of Americans were losing their health insurance plans as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told Chuck Todd of NBC News. The president´s reluctant apology was as empty as the promise that he broke. Obama was not sorry for the law or its impact on the health insurance status of

Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound
in Benghazi could have been prevented
Washington Post, by Adam Goldman and Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 10:04:30 AM     Post Reply
A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report released on Wednesday spreads blame among the State Department and intelligence agencies for not preventing an attack at an outpost in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The bipartisan report lays out more than a dozen findings regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 assault on the diplomatic compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi. It says the State Department failed to increase security at the compound despite warnings, and faults intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of a secret CIA outpost at the site.



Heroin and Pill Abuse Stir
a Battle Cry in Vermont
Associated Press, by Wilson Ring    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2014 9:51:05 AM     Post Reply
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state. Nearly every day, police across Vermont are responding to burglaries or armed robberies investigators believe are prompted by the unslakable hunger for money to feed heroin or pill habits. In many cases, law enforcement officials say, what began as the abuse of prescription drugs has turned into heroin use because

Deaths in shootout during pre-
Olympics security sweep in Russia
CBS News and Wire Services, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2014 9:43:49 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW -- Three members of Russian security forces and four gunmen were killed in a shootout in southern Russia on Wednesday during a sweep for militants before the Sochi Winter Olympics, authorities say. Russia´s National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) said the dead gunmen included a man accused of carrying out a car bomb attack in the city of Pyatigorsk late last year that killed three people. (Snip) Dagestan´s capital, Makhachkala, is about 385 miles east of Sochi. The mostly Muslim region is plagued by bombings and shootings that mainly target police and state officials as part of the militants´ fight to

Davis, Abbott report big money in Texas race
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 1/15/2014 9:38:19 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas - Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis says she raised more than $11 million over the past six months in her race for Texas governor. Republican Greg Abbott reports collecting $11.5 million over three months. Davis reported raising a total of about $12 million, including her Senate account, gubernatorial account and a political action committee formed with Battleground Texas. That group was formed to boost Democratic chances in Texas.

Paul Ryan and Hugh Hewitt
have heated exchange
over veteran pension cuts
The Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/15/2014 9:20:30 AM     Post Reply
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt slammed Rep. Paul Ryan Tuesday in a heated exchange over the federal spending bill’s pension cuts for active duty military servicemen. “This will destroy retention, it will destroy morale and it is deeply unfair to the American military,” Hewitt told Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget committee. “…On every level it is an outrage to what we stand for in the Republican party.” “If you think I wanted to do this…that’s not true,” Ryan said, later adding, “Look, I didn’t write this bill that’s coming to the floor tomorrow…this isn’t a bill that I



Poverty, White Privilege
and Short Memories
American Thinker, by Rosslyn Smith    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/15/2014 9:10:53 AM     Post Reply
The poor whites of Appalachia may have become unfashionable, but they have not gone anywhere. The current political left´s obsession with both income inequality and so called White Privilege overlooks a lot of history. How quickly does the left forget. Or perhaps it is more a matter of fashion. In 1964, when LBJ declared his War on Poverty, the area he mentioned by name was not the urban ghettos of Detroit, Watts or Harlem but rather the isolated rural counties of Eastern Kentucky. Four years later, in 1968, Bobby Kennedy decided to run for the presidency mere days after touring

Dear Bill Keller: I Have
Cancer. Is That OK?
Gawker.com, by Robert Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 8:47:46 AM     Post Reply
In the fall of last year, I noticed a lump in my left neck which felt to me like a run-of-the-mill swollen lymph node. When it didn´t go away I sought the advice of a doctor. Several months and countless medical tests later, the official diagnosis is stage IV non-Hodgkin´s lymphoma.(snip)In separate columns, both published in the past week, husband and wife Emma and Bill Keller argue in no uncertain terms that they take offense to what I´m doing. That they don´t think I´m handling my cancer with proper decorum, which would be to sit down, shut up and stop

Snowden to Join Board of the
Freedom of the Press Foundation
New York Times, by Charlie Savage    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 8:41:23 AM     Post Reply
Washington — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leaks of secret documents set off a national and global debate about government spying, is joining the board of a nonprofit organization co-founded by Daniel Ellsberg, the well-known leaker of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. The announcement by the group, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, is the latest contribution to a public relations tug of war between Mr. Snowden’s critics, who portray him as a criminal and a traitor, and his supporters, who say he is a whistle-blower and source for the news media in

Growing the income gap
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/15/2014 8:40:06 AM     Post Reply
Snarky attacks on Wall Street, wealthy investors, bankers and other favorite liberal targets have become the soup of the day. President Obama’s “income inequality” has replaced the “war on women” as his second-term mantra, but the inequality is from Mr. Obama’s own kitchen. The Obama stock market is soaring. Wall Street and private investors are reaping record returns on their investments, while seniors and ordinary Americans with no millions to invest see their savings and the return on their investments dwindle as interest rates are held unrealistically low.

America in crisis: Government cited
as No. 1 problem in the country
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/15/2014 8:39:55 AM     Post Reply
Americans think poor leadership within government is the most important problem facing the nation, according to a new poll. Gallup says 21 percent of people put their dissatisfaction with Congress and politicians in general just above the economy, at 18 percent. Unemployment and health care issues come in third, at 16 percent. Only 3 percent of people cite issues like foreign aid and immigration, and 2 percent say welfare and “a lack of respect for each other” are the top problems. Gallup says concern about the government spiked during the government shutdown in October


Bill de Blasio’s Other Party
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 8:39:23 AM     Post Reply
As recently as 1998, New York State’s Republican party controlled the governorship, a United States Senate seat, and the mayor’s office in Manhattan. Today, it is greatly diminished, with its sole beachhead of influence in the state senate, where it shares a majority with four independent Democrats. In contrast, the Working Families party (WFP), a 15-year-old left-wing, union-fueled group with just 20,000 members, now holds the whip hand over much of the dominant Democratic party in New York — and is already spreading its wings to other states. The WFP not only was a major force behind Bill de Blasio’s victory

´Lone Survivor´ is realistic about this:
We owe these heroes a debt
Chicago Tribune, by John Kass    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/15/2014 8:32:40 AM     Post Reply
I wasn´t eager about seeing "Lone Survivor," the new hit film about four U.S. Navy SEALs forced to fight a terrible and heroic battle of impossible odds against the Taliban in Afghanistan. What worried me was that it would turn out to be a typical Hollywood war movie, with archetypal characters (the city kid, the cynic, the country boy, etc.) and some kind of big speech at the climax. But it wasn´t a typical Hollywood war movie. It is about morality and the cost and a mission gone wrong. And I´m glad I saw it. One of the good things about "Lone Survivor"

NSA can´t say if it collected
data on lawmakers, officials
The Hill, by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/15/2014 7:44:26 AM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency said it is lawfully unable to search its database to determine if it has swept up phone records from members of Congress or other elected officials. NSA Director Keith Alexander said, however, nothing the agency does can be fairly described as “spying on Members of Congress” or U.S. politicians, according to a letter dated Jan. 10.The director said the agency could not cull its database because it can only access records that are reasonably suspected to be linked to a foreign terrorist group. “For that reason, NSA cannot lawfully search to determine if any records NSA has

In a word: Former Defense
secretary assesses the eight
presidents he´s served.
USA Today, by Susan Page    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/15/2014 7:29:39 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Robert Gates, whose career leading the CIA and the Pentagon perhaps didn´t lend itself to levity, is clearly unenthusiastic about the idea of describing each of the eight presidents he´s served in a word or two. But in an interview Tuesday with USA TODAY´s Capital Download, Gates — who after all is promoting his new book — agrees to give it a try. LBJ? "Tragic figure." Richard Nixon? "America´s strangest president." Gerald Ford? "Greatly underestimated." Jimmy Carter? "Too unfocused, too many priorities." Ronald Reagan? "Visionary leader." George H.W. Bush? "Another greatly underestimated president." Bill Clinton? He notes

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