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Battling Cancer, Coburn Cutting
Senate Career Short
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar and Michael Catalini    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/17/2014 1:52:54 AM     Post Reply
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn announced Thursday night that he will be resigning his seat at the end of the year as he battles a recurrence of cancer. (snip) Coburn was first elected to Congress in 1994, as part of a wave of House conservative firebrands swept into office as part of that year´s GOP landslide. Like many of his freshman colleagues, he pledged to only serve three terms. Unlike most of his colleagues, he kept his word. He returned to Washington as a senator in 2004, handily defeating two prominent Republicans for the nomination and a highly-touted Democratic congressman who succeeded

A spate of retirements
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/17/2014 12:07:53 AM     Post Reply
Janet Hook and Thomas Crittenden of the Wall Street Journal try to explain the rash of retirements on Capitol Hill. (Snip) The biggest danger facing the Democrats, however, is an unexpected foreign policy crisis which may materialize at any time. A respected British defense advisor publicly called Obama “chronically incapable” of military strategy. Nor is he likely alone in this assessment. Last year the British Parliament voted against David Cameron’s proposal to support Obama’s proposed bombing in Syria, effectively delivering a vote of no-confidence in Obama. The world is expecting trouble. Japan has stepped up its defense spending, as has

Stark warning: Admiral concedes
U.S. losing dominance to China
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor and Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/16/2014 10:58:02 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s ballyhooed military “pivot” to Asia is running into some frank talk from the top U.S. commander in the Pacific. Three years after the Pentagon said it was de-emphasizing Europe in favor of the Asia-Pacific region, NavyAdm. Samuel J. Locklear III said this week that U.S. dominance has weakened in the shadow of a more aggressive China. “Our historic dominance that most of us in this room have enjoyed is diminishing, no question,” Adm. Locklear, chief of U.S. Pacific Command, said Wednesday at a naval conference in Virginia. Although Adm. Locklear said it is obvious that Chinese military



Robert Gates’s memoir is not the problem
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/16/2014 10:53:13 PM     Post Reply
Some autobiographies emerge from careful reflection, others from career calculation. Robert Gates’s “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” seems the result of a good, long seethe. This is not to discount Gates’s compelling, sometimes self-critical, recounting of recent history — ample reason to read the book. But consider this judgment: “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.” So much for the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Gates is an exceptionally competent, sober-minded public

How in good conscience?
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/16/2014 10:48:50 PM     Post Reply
By early 2011, writes former defense secretary Robert Gates, he had concluded that President Obama “doesn’t believe in his own [Afghanistan] strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his.” Not his? America is at war and he’s America’s commander in chief. For the soldier being shot at in the field, it makes no difference under whose administration the fighting began. In fact, three out of four Americans killed in Afghanistan have died under Barack Obama’s command. That’s ownership enough. Moreover, Gates’s doubts about Obama had begun long before. A year earlier, trying to understand how two senior officials could

Environmental groups say Obama
needs to address climate
change more aggressively
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin and Lenny Bernstein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/16/2014 10:46:41 PM     Post Reply
A group of the nation’s leading environmental organizations is breaking with the administration over its energy policy, arguing that the White House needs to apply a strict climate test to all of its energy decisions or risk undermining one of the president’s top ­second-term priorities. The rift — reflected in a letter sent to President Obama by 18 groups, including the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund and Earthjustice — signals that the administration is under pressure to confront the fossil-fuel industry or risk losing support from a critical part of its political base during an already difficult election year.

Credit card belonging to missing
Wall Street Journal reporter
David Bird used in Mexico: report
New York Daily News, by Nina Golgowski    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 1/16/2014 9:56:32 PM     Post Reply
A credit card belonging to a Wall Street Journal reporter who mysteriously vanished while taking a walk from his New Jersey home on Saturday has since been used in Mexico, according to a report. Sources close to 55-year-old David Bird´s family told NBC New York that his credit card was used across the border on Wednesday night. They said his family fears that his coverage of OPEC for the Journal may be connected to his disappearance. Bird, who is an energy markets reporter for the paper, was last seen at his home in Long Hill Township around 4:30 p.m., according



NBC News Fails to Disclose Soros
Connection In Shriver Report on Women
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 9:42:25 PM     Post Reply
The Media Research Center reports that a report promoted heavily by NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver was funded by a ultra-left political group funded by George Soros. Earlier this week Shriver was all over NBC News and MSNBC to talk about a study titled "The Shriver Report: A Woman´s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink." The promotion of the report also allowed Shriver and NBC News to portray President Obama as "sympathetic to working mothers." This push focusing on women we see throughout the media, not just on NBC, is nothing more than the media prepping the battlefield to

The Washington Way: Top officials
rarely fired in times of scandal
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 9:34:43 PM     Post Reply
Everyone who works for someone does so knowing that at any time, they might be handed the pink slip. Don´t do your best at the job you have, and it´s sure to come sooner than later. In Washington, things work ... differently. A look at presidential administrations over the last few decades shows that very few high-level officials ever hear the word "fired" -- as a top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did last week when her role in shutting down busy bridge lanes was exposed. And as the scandals pile up in the Obama Executive Branch, the

Venezuela Post-Chávez:
Hustlers´ Paradise
Bloomberg Businessweek, by Roben Farzad    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/16/2014 9:31:24 PM     Post Reply
Venuzuela, a country of 30 million, has been in a state of economic bedlam since strongman socialist Hugo Chávez succumbed to cancer a year ago. His successor, former vice president and bus driver Nicolas Maduro, has a penchant for sub sandwiches and the teachings of an Indian spiritual guru with an afro. The stock market is up 483 percent in the past year, largely because people holding depreciating Venezuelan bolivars seek any store of value and traders bet on the end of Chavismo and/or a return to some semblance of capitalistic rule of law. The black market, meanwhile, seems straight out

Campfire blamed and three men
charged over 1,700 ACRE wildfire
still burning out of control
north of Los Angeles causing
thousands to be evacuated
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 8:29:54 PM     Post Reply
Authorities say up to 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that burned two homes and threatened neighborhoods in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California´s San Gabriel Mountains wildfire. Police say the fire was started by three people throwing paper in a campfire. They were booked on charges of recklessly starting a fire.The suspects were identified as Clifford Eugene Henry, 22, of Glendora; Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 23, of Irwindale; and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, a Los Angeles transient. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby says one resident suffered minor burn injuries in the fire being fanned by



2 Minor Tremors Rattle
The Southland Ahead Of Northridge
Earthquake Anniversary Symposium
KCAL-TV [Los Angeles], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/16/2014 8:25:35 PM     Post Reply
WESTWOOD — Two minor earthquakes rattled the Southland overnight, just one day before the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. A 3.8-magnitude earthquake shook Villa Park at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, while a 3.2-magnitude tremor hit Fontana at 1:50 a.m. Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Snip) Friday will mark the 20th anniversary of the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake that caused $40 billion in property damage, killed 57 people and injured thousands more. The quake, which spurred changes worldwide to earthquake engineering and risk management, and overall preparedness for the “big one” will be discussed Thursday during a two-day Northridge 20

Wildfire near L.A.: Part of
historic Singer mansion destroyed
Los Angeles Times, by Ruben Vives and Samantha Schaefer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 8:16:39 PM     Post Reply
Ron Galloway, 63, stared at the smoldering remains of a guest house at the historic Singer mansion on Kregmont Drive, where he has lived for four years. Spanish-style arches were all that remained standing in front of piles of broken roof tiles and the smoking rubble of the property. The skeleton of his burned out 1978 Toyota MR2, tire rims melted on the ground, rested in the courtyard nearby as firefighters continued mopping up the area. “I lost everything, how am I going to survive?” he said. The historic mansion was built in 1924 by the heirs of the Singer family,

IRS Targeting and 2014
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 7:35:17 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and Democrats have been at great pains to insist they knew nothing about IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofits before the 2012 election. They´ve been at even greater pains this week to ensure that the same conservative groups are silenced in the 2014 midterms. That´s the big, dirty secret of the omnibus negotiations. As one of the only bills destined to pass this year, the omnibus was—behind the scenes—a flurry of horse trading. One of the biggest fights was over GOP efforts to include language to stop the IRS from instituting a new round of 501(c)(4) targeting. The

An Unholy Alliance Of Business,
Congress Push Amnesty
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 7:33:26 PM     Post Reply
Immigration: Major businesses are calling for immigration reform this year, one that would include a massive amnesty for those here illegally. It might be good for their bottom lines, but it´s bad for America´s. The Business Roundtable, a group of 208 major U.S. companies, has come up with its priority list for 2014. Not surprisingly, that list includes immigration reform. Sounds innocent. But to the Roundtable, immigration "reform" includes "a path forward for undocumented workers already living in the United States." In other words, amnesty for those here illegally. We´re glad they think it would be good for them. But for the rest



Global Warming A Back Door To Socialism
- And Now Even The UN Admits It
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 7:17:36 PM     Post Reply
Power: As evidence discredits global warming, resistance to such facts by green elites reveals their real aim is bringing socialism in through the back door. But don´t take our word for it. Listen to the climate change boss at the U.N. Christiana Figueres, with the lumpy title of executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), came right out and said it: Democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. The really good model is communist China. China is "doing it right," she told Bloomberg News Tuesday. "They actually want to breathe air they don´t have

To Balance Energy Demand,
We Need Nuclear Power
Investor´s Business Daily, by Mark J. Perry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 7:11:46 PM     Post Reply
Should America´s new growing dependence on natural gas for electricity production be a cause for concern? Despite America´s abundance of natural gas from shale production, some parts of the country have already had warnings that over-dependence on gas for electricity generation exposes consumers to soaring prices for electricity. The problem is the declining use of coal and nuclear power, the two sources of electricity that provide the greatest price stability and serve as a hedge against wide fluctuations in gas prices. For the power industry to become increasingly dependent on a fuel with a history of price volatility could be problematic. Take PJM, the

Foreign Policy Has Left Obama
A Global Laughing Stock
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 7:01:56 PM     Post Reply
Foreign Policy: The latest U.S. ally to openly sneer at us is a senior British defense adviser who says President Obama has "devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability" in the world. In his first campaign for president, in April 2007, Barack Obama complained George W. Bush´s war in Iraq cost the U.S. "in influence and respect." Because of Iraq, he said, "many around the world are disappointed with our actions, and many in our own country have come to doubt either our wisdom or our capacity to shape events beyond our borders. Some have even suggested that America´s time has

Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 6:46:37 PM     Post Reply
Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1.1 trillion spending bill that eases the sharp budget cuts known at the sequester and guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. 1. After three years of politically bruising and economically damaging battles over the budget, the bipartisan agreement to fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year passed with little fanfare. The Senate voted 72 to 26 to approve the measure Thursday evening, after Republicans persuaded Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to drop a last-minute push to force another showdown over the Affordable Care

Joe Biden Tells Auto Executive:
‘Thank You For Saving Our Ass’
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 6:42:51 PM     Post Reply
While touring the Detroit Auto Show on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden had a special message for Bill Ford Jr., the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. “Thank you for saving our ass,” Biden said to Ford, according to the print pool report. (It was unclear what exactly Biden was thanking Ford for). Biden, a car lover who owns a classic Corvette back home in Delaware, appeared to enjoy himself at the show, checking out everything from a 1965 Mustang to a red Corvette Stingray. “I’m like a kid in a candy shop,”


Lone Survivor and the
Racial Politics of War
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 6:16:19 PM     Post Reply
Amy Nicholson, the head film critic over at L.A. Weekly, recently characterized the new war movie, Lone Survivor, as a “jingoistic snuff film” whose protagonists are possessed of the “simple” and “hairy-chested” conviction that “brown people bad, American people good.” In acting upon this belief, she set off something of a firestorm. Were this a rogue view, it would be well worth ignoring. Unfortunately, it is not, for, among a certain sneering subset, the conceit that the actions and decisions of the American military are informed by racial animus enjoys genuine currency. Not content merely to critique foreign policy on its
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Is this the worst campaign
video ever made?
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 6:10:30 PM     Post Reply
Regular readers will know Guy Verhofstadt – former prime minister of Belgium, leader of the Liberals in the European Parliament and now, incredibly, a candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission. I´m currently posting a series of his best lines on Twitter. Here´s a sample: "Our fatherland is now Europe. Our national anthem is Ode to Joy. And our flag is that of the twelve yellow stars on an azure background." "A clear victory for the pro-Europeans at the 2014 elections must herald the creation of a real constituent assembly, with the aim of establishing a truly federal Europe."

Yes, Richard Dawkins,
a Muslim baby is a Muslim baby.
Because that´s just how it works
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 5:52:43 PM     Post Reply
A few days ago, Richard Dawkins wrote to the Times to complain that they had referred to "Muslim babies". Because, in his view, a baby isn´t a fully developed human being so it can´t possibly be conscious of being a Muslim. Sigh. Richard Dawkins is just an Angry of Tunbridge Wells with a PhD. Let me define that. He is a prejudiced pedant who goes through newspapers looking for small things that irritate him greatly. [Snip] A Muslim baby is a Muslim baby for two reasons. First, because that´s how Islam works. Dawkins might not believe in Islam but Muslims

The "Make Nurses
Doctors" Movement
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 5:41:30 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Basin, Wyoming, next. Josh, great to have you on the Rush Limbaugh program. Thank you for waiting, sir. Hello. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. The reason I called is because earlier in your show you said that lateral movement is one of the biggest problems in our country right now, and I wanted to add to that and say that I think health care is actually one of the worst fields for allowing people to move laterally. When you have a nurse working in a long-term care facility for 30 years performing treatments, passing out medications, those people are capable of

Obama Mouths the Virtues of
"Hard Work" (And You´ll Never
Guess What Got Michelle Robinson
from Chicago Through Princeton)
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 5:23:50 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Did you know, folks, that if you work hard, you can get ahead? Did you know that? I vaguely remember hearing some nutcases say that, but I didn´t believe it. But, yeah, I was just watching the president. There´s a thing going on at the White House called the college costs summit. And President Obama´s there, along with the first lady, Moochelle. By the way, Saturday night at the White House, big gala, 50th birthday party for Moochelle. I´ve never heard of this at this kind of thing. Guests are being told to eat dinner before arriving, because this is

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