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Brookings study points to Harry
Reid and Senate Democrats as
source of gridlock
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 9:06:09 AM     Post Reply
Brookings Institution scholars, inspired by baseball statistics, conducted an analysis of the 113th Congress that points rather directly at the Democrat-controlled Senate as a the locus of congressional gridlock. The analysis opens with the observation that the House, contrary to expectation, passed twice as many bills as the Senate in 2013. Why? Because of the Senate committee process. "When we look at this category, then, we begin to understand where the problem lies: even in the traditionally collegial Senate, 87 percent of bills die in committee," Molly Jackman and Saul Jackman, of Brookings, and Brian Boessenecker write in Politico.

Amazon Employees Vote to Reject Union
Bloomberg Businessweek, by Brad Stone    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/16/2014 8:41:53 AM     Post Reply
Amazon.com (AMZN) will not, it turns out, be getting its first labor union ever in the U.S. On Wednesday night, a majority of a group of 27 technicians at an Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown, Del., voted to reject an initiative to form a union under the auspices of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, according to John Carr, a spokesman for the IAMAW. The vote was 21 to 6. “That number is a clear reflection that the tactics Amazon and their law firm employed were very effective,” Carr said. “Under the intense pressures these workers faced on the

Chris Christie´s New Jersey
Is Least Solvent State
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 1/16/2014 8:26:04 AM     Post Reply
More bad news for Gov. Chris Christie: New Jersey is dead last in the nation in terms of its fiscal solvency, according to a new report. The study, released this week by the free-market Mercatus Center at George Mason University, ranked each state´s financial health based on a variety of measures, such as cash on hand to pay its current bills, budget surpluses or deficits, unfunded liabilities and ability to provide adequate public services. The Mercatus study used 2012 data. New Jersey came in last on two of those measures — budget and long-term solvency — and finished in the bottom 15 in

  


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Eliot Spitzer throws himself
boozy divorce party
New York Post, by Page Six Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/16/2014 8:25:22 AM     Post Reply
Eliot Spitzer threw himself a drunken divorce party hours before he and long-suffering wife Silda Wall filed paperwork in Manhattan to end their 26-year marriage. Spitzer, with his new girlfriend, former Bill de Blasio flack Lis Smith, and six other friends were seen knocking back bourbon and a tower of beer at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ on Eighth Avenue late Monday, after attending the Knicks game. Eliot and Silda quietly filed for a contested ­divorce on Tuesday, under the name Anonymous v. Anonymous, after their lawyers were apparently not able to reach a private agreement on terms. It is believed that Spitzer’s

Lawmakers kill bill to spy on
motorists with license plate scanners
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Garry Rayno    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 1/16/2014 8:25:12 AM     Post Reply
CONCORD — Touting the privacy rights of New Hampshire citizens, House members Wednesday voted overwhelmingly — 250-97 — to kill a bill that would have allowed police to use license plate scanners, and then banned the issue for the rest of the session. With the House vote, New Hampshire continues to be the only state in the country to prohibit the use of license plate scanners. Collecting license plate information at toll booths and bridges is allowed. Recording license plate data is the same as Big Brother watching citizens in George Orwell´s novel "1984" opponents said — or at least

How Obamacare will hurt doctors
New York Daily News, by Marc Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/16/2014 8:17:43 AM     Post Reply
A study just published in the prestigious journal Science reveals that new Medicaid patients in Oregon were 40% more likely to use the emergency room than the uninsured were. This finding is not a surprise to me or most physicians — we have known that truth for years. But it does undermine one of the basic philosophical and practical underpinnings of Obamacare: the notion that expanding insurance will invariably unclog ERs, improve primary and preventive care, prevent diseases and lower costs. The study underlines the findings of a prior survey by the PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting firm that indicated that Medicaid patients are 35%

Senate report on Benghazi: CIA beefed
up its security ahead of 2012 attacks
McClatchy News, by Nancy A Youssef    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2014 8:13:33 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO — A Senate intelligence committee report released Wednesday offers the most damning and detailed public account to date of how the State Department, intelligence agencies, the military and even Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens ignored deteriorating security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi ahead of the Sept. 11-12, 2012, attacks that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador. Calling the deaths “preventable,” the bipartisan report said that in the three months leading up to the attacks U.S. intelligence agencies offered hundreds of briefings and documents on the increasingly dangerous security situation in Libya, and that the CIA even

  


  

German Beer´s Existential Crisis
The New Yorker, by Michael Filtz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2014 8:10:48 AM     Post Reply
In 1886, an American consul named George C. Tanner, who was stationed in Chemnitz, Germany, wrote, “Beer is the national beverage, and is used as such, if not to a greater extent than water, then assuredly equally so.” To illustrate his point, he wrote that, during his stay in Germany, he had yet to see anyone drink a single glass of water. Tanner’s report—which one suspects wasn’t conducted scientifically, in the absolute sense—noted that the sheer volume of Germany’s annual beer production could be compared to some of America’s largest rivers, and painted a picture of a highly refined beer

Obama is off-message on the unemployed
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/16/2014 8:08:26 AM     Post Reply
Why is it so hard for President Obama to stick to a theme? Wednesday afternoon provided a vivid juxtaposition that underscored his on-again, off-again relationship with message discipline.On the House floor, 25 Democrats interrupted debate on a spending bill, coming forward one at a time to ask Republican leaders to take up an extension of unemployment benefits, which lapsed last month. The previous day, Senate Democrats had been doing their part to keep the issue prominent, provoking Republicans

´Francois Hollande looks totally ridiculous,´
French newspaper claims Nicolas Sarkozy said
Telegraph (UK), by Henry Samuel    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2014 8:07:31 AM     Post Reply
François Hollande has made the French presidency look "ridiculous" with his scooter-driven nocturnal trips to visit his mistress, Nicolas Sarkozy was reported as saying on Wednesday. As the scandal over Mr Hollande´s affair with Julie Gayet, a 41-year old actress, continued to reverberate around France, Le Canard Enchaîné, the investigative weekly, said that Mr Sarkozy – his Right-wing predecessor – has been gloating over his rival´s woes. "He´s got himself into a right old pickle," he was reported as saying to "visitors". "Perhaps this will put an end to all his moralising," said Mr Sarkozy, whose Socialist successor has often accused of shamelessly

Chris Christie: the noose is closing…
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 7:53:59 AM     Post Reply
When the New Jersey "Bridgegate" scandal first broke, I wrote a post arguing that Chris Christie´s presidential ambitions could be fatally damaged by this story of petty retribution in the Soprano State. My argument was that Christie´s credibility as a serious prospect for the White House would die by association – whether or not it was ever proved that he personally ordered the September lane closures that snarled up the world´s busiest bridge. That argument still holds, but I may have underestimated how difficult it would be for Christie to maintain his assertion – delivered in a marathon two-hour press

  


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It´s taken an American to expose the
brutal truth of Britain´s military decline
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 7:51:38 AM     Post Reply
Robert Gates´s devastating critique of Britain´s military decline since the Government´s ill-considered 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review is as long overdue as it is welcome. The former US Defence Secretary, who served under both the Bush and Obama administrations having previously enjoyed a glittering career at the CIA, says the "fairly substantial reductions" to the defence budget undertaken by the Coalition mean that Britain can no longer viewed as a "full partner" by the US. So far as our national security is concerned, this is simply devastating. Close military cooperation between Britain and the world´s only

Lemonade Lessons: the Tea Parties
are just the tip of the iceberg
Daily Caller, by Janie Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/16/2014 7:12:12 AM     Post Reply
What the New York Times and so many other liberal institutions do not realize is that all of this recent political fuss is not about the Tea Parties or the Tea Party members. It is not about the rallies, the signs, the undocumented accusations of off-color or rude or politically incorrect comments, the Tea Party leaders (or lack of same), the candidates they support, or even the candidates they oppose. These are all just symptoms of a much larger frustration and anger. These political protests are about the people of our nation learning or relearning about our founding principles of limited

Is Chris Christie Less Believable
Than Tawana Brawley?
Townhall, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/16/2014 7:09:33 AM     Post Reply
I agree with MSNBC. I find it hard to believe that Gov. Chris Christie knew nothing about his staff´s plotting a massive traffic jam on the ramp to the George Washington Bridge for political retribution. On the other hand, I also find it hard to believe that Obama didn´t know his own IRS was auditing his political enemies. And I find it hard to believe that Obama didn´t know you wouldn´t be able to keep your doctor under Obamacare. But most of all, I find it hard to believe that MSNBC host Al Sharpton didn´t know Tawana Brawley was lying when she claimed to have been gang-raped by rogue cops on the Wappingers Falls, N.Y., police force.

NRCC Blacklists Conservative Firm
Jamestown for Fighting Republican Incumbents
National Journal, by Alex Roarty    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/16/2014 7:00:05 AM     Post Reply
The National Republican Congressional Committee has quietly blacklisted the conservative political firm Jamestown Associates, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the decision, an apparent payback for the group´s previous work targeting Senate GOP incumbents. The NRCC is the second major political committee to effectively excommunicate Jamestown from its operation, joining the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which announced in November that it would no longer work with the firm. Unlike the NRSC, however, the NRCC—which made the move at the same time as its Senate counterpart—

  


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Holder Shakes Down ´Racist´
Banks For Nearly $1 Bil
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/16/2014 6:58:11 AM     Post Reply
War On Banks: Attorney General Eric Holder has opened up a new front against car lenders and has forged an alliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to frame them for racism, too. We don´t use the term "frame" capriciously, certainly not like Holder uses the charge of racism. His department and the president´s new consumer credit watchdog agency, CFPB, have announced a new settlement with Ally Bank for nearly $100 million. It´s the largest fair lending deal against the auto industry and the third-largest ever to resolve charges of lending discrimination. Throw in four new mortgage-lender settlements over equally

The Primal B!tch of Income Inequality
American Thinker, by Glenn Fairman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 6:50:38 AM     Post Reply
Being an Economic Progressive apparently means rarely having to say you´re sorry. For even when the jig is up in some liberal Promise Zone fantasyland, you´re still the top vulture of the carrion food chain. On the other hand, in the world of accountable men, any CEO or Captain of Industry whose dismal economic track record even remotely resembled Barack Obama´s would have long since been ridden out of town on a rail, after having been regaled in an honorary suit composed of tar and feathers. But be that as it may, there is to be no relief on the horizon

Wife of Miami Dolphins QB
Ryan Tannehill leaves AR15
rifle in rental car
Miami Herald, by Carli Teproff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/16/2014 6:50:18 AM     Post Reply
It may not be a crime, but leaving a rifle behind in a rental car could be dangerous.Lauren Tannehill, wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, turned in a rental car, but forgot to remove an AR-15 rifle from the back seat. The weapon was found by the next rental customer, a woman from New York, who turned it into police.“This is certainly the kind of item you don’t want to forget anywhere, but forgetting isn’t a crime,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion.According to a BSO report, Lauren Tannehill, 26, rented a Nissan Rogue from E-Z Rent-A-Car on

Bitcoin Revolution
Creators Syndicate, by John Stossel    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/16/2014 6:47:54 AM     Post Reply
The big online retailer Overstock.com now accepts payment in Bitcoin. That´s good news for lovers of liberty because Bitcoins give us an alternative to government-controlled money. Bitcoins are a currency created by anonymous, private tech nerds, not by government. Governments don´t like competition, and our government sometimes bans competing currencies. But as more of us use Bitcoins, and more businesses accept payment in Bitcoin, it becomes harder for government to dismiss the currency as illegitimate, or ban it. There are two advantages to Bitcoin. First, it´s harder to trace transactions back to people who make trades. I don´t particularly care about that, because

Bombshell bipartisan Senate
report: Benghazi was preventable
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 6:44:39 AM     Post Reply
A bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi has just been released, and it is worse news for Hillary Clinton than Bridgegate is for Chris Christie. Adam Goldman and Anne Gearan of the Washington Post report: The bipartisan report lays out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on Sept. 11 and 12, 2012 on the diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the Libyan city of Benghazi. It says the State Department failed to increase security at the sites despite warnings, and faults intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S.

  



Tea Party, Conservative Groups
Blast Rushed Passage of
$1.1 Trillion Omnibus Deal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/16/2014 6:43:56 AM     Post Reply
Local and national Tea Party groups joined Heritage Action and the Club for Growth on Tuesday in blasting the bipartisan $1.1 trillion Omnibus budget deal that was introduced in the House of Representatives late Monday night and could be scheduled for a final vote as early as Wednesday. In statements released Tuesday, Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, and the Tea Party Patriots announced their strong opposition to the hurried passage of the budget deal. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, called the Omnibus bill "unacceptable" and said it "sets the stage for another

Benghazi was Preventable:
Hillary Cited for Lapses
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/16/2014 6:39:53 AM     Post Reply
The 2012 terrorist assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, involved attackers from several major international terrorist networks, according to a bipartisan Senate report released Wednesday that blames the intelligence community and the State Department — and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens himself — for lapses.Mr. Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack, which the report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said could have been averted if the State Department had heeded numerous warnings. SEE ALSO: CURL: For liars like Obama and Clinton, ends justify means on Benghazi But Mr. Stevens himself rejected Defense Department

The Myth of the Middle Ground
American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 6:37:24 AM     Post Reply
Are moderation and compromise good things? It´s worth pondering. No matter what your pet conservative issue is, there are always people eager to tell you to sit down with the other side, "build bridges," "open a dialogue," "listen," and "not demonize." The people who say this usually state their pleas in vague terms. More often than not they are trying to placate friends or co-workers who find something about conservatism unappetizing, or else they simply don´t know very much on a specific topic and would rather not get "caught in the weeds" between two debaters who are well-informed. There are countless examples

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