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Teen killed after shooting several people,
including 2 ATF agents, police say
CNN, by Lateef Mungin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:19:59 AM     Post Reply
A teen was shot and killed Thursday night in Oklahoma after shooting several people, including two ATF agents, police said. All the victims shot by the 19-year-old are expected to survive, police said. The teen, identified as Henry Jackson, was killed at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after going on a two-day crime spree, said Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt of the Ardmore Police Department. Authorities say the incident started on Wednesday night when a 19-year-woman called 911 and said she had been shot in the arm. About four blocks away from that shooting, another man was shot in the hip Thursday afternoon. Officers began to gather

The cowardly new anti-semitism
New York Post, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 5:16:37 AM     Post Reply
An obscure academic organization called the American Studies Association not long ago voted to endorse a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli universities. The self-appointed moralists were purportedly outraged over the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians. Given academia’s past obsessions with the Jewish state, the targeting of Israel is not new. Yet why do the professors focus on Israel and not Saudi Arabia, which denies women the right to drive and only recently granted them the right to vote? Why not Russia, which has been accused of suppressing free speech, or India, which has passed retrograde anti-homosexual legislation? The hip poet Amiri

Iran Top Nuke Negotiator:
Deal Reversible In One Day
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 5:05:57 AM     Post Reply
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, said this week that if Iran decides to resume enriching uranium to levels prohibited by the new nuclear deal, it could begin to do so in one day’s time. Araghchi spoke on Jan. 12 to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Channel 2 following his return from Geneva, where he led the Iranian delegation to the negotiations with the P5+1 countries that resulted in an agreement to implement the Joint Plan of Action signed last November. The interim agreement goes into effect Jan. 20, giving both sides six months to reach a final deal over

  


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Maybe the Tea Party really is finished
The Week, by Peter Weber    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:03:31 AM     Post Reply
T ea Party activists and the conservative groups that have enforced their agenda are vehemently opposed to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through September. On Wednesday evening, the House passed the bill anyway, 359 to 67, with plenty of votes to spare. Sixty-four of those no votes were from conservative Republicans. But it seems pretty clear from the vote tally that Tea Party–style "ideological purity has lost its power," says Jonathan Weisman in The New York Times. "The budget process that is culminating in the passage of the spending bill has ushered in a remarkable marginalization

Britain is not a small island:
few countries have longer reach
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 5:01:52 AM     Post Reply
Britons in Brussels are frequently told, typically with a little smirk, about our national superiority complex. We are the way we are, we’re informed, because we haven’t got over the loss of empire. The reason we don’t appreciate the EU is not that we have constitutional, economic or democratic objections, but that we are peculiarly pleased with ourselves. It’s one of the few national stereotypes allowed in today´s Europe. Indeed, it is trotted out so frequently and so breezily that many Euro-politicians think it wholly uncontentious. To take only the most recent example, Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway

Mr. Smith decides to go home
The Hill [DC], by Jessica Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:00:35 AM     Post Reply
To put it bluntly, being a member of Congress sucks — and the 16 members in the growing caucus of legislators heading for the exits seem to agree. Someone has announced his retirement every day this week — on Wednesday it was Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D), with Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) set to go on Thursday — and the numbers have added up over the past month. Now, the daily question in D.C. has become who will go next. The result has shaken up the political math for both parties heading into 2014, but more

Canada loses patience on
Keystone XL, tells U.S. to decide
Reuters, by David Ljundggren    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 4:55:44 AM     Post Reply
Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp´s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long. The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the clearest sign yet that Canada´s Conservative government has lost patience over what it sees as U.S. foot-dragging. Baird also conceded that Washington might veto the project, the first admission of its kind by a Canadian government minister. The 1,200-mile (1,930-km) pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day from the Alberta tar sands in western Canada to

  


  

First tobacco, then booze, then sugar:
the control freaks who would
happily ban everything
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 4:51:53 AM     Post Reply
In this week´s Spectator I have a rant about all those pressure groups you see quoted in all the papers pretty much every day. Some are small, obscure and marginal--Bright Blue, the think tank for Lib Dems who want to play at being Tories, comes to mind--while some sound superficially respectable--the British Medical Association, say. [Snip] First they came for the smokers, but I said nothing for I thought (like Jeremy Clarkson did) it might help me give up; next they came for the boozers and I thought "well I can always drink at home"; next they came for the

Why Pols From New
Jersey Aren’t Born to Run
Time, by Nick Gillespie    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 4:48:55 AM     Post Reply
I’m beginning to feel sorry for increasingly embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. I’m not feeling Christie’s pain because he’s a Republican (I’m a small ‘l’ libertarian politically), but because I’m a proud native of New Jersey, the greatest state in this — or any other! — country. Whether you’re talking about arts and media (Philip Roth, Jon Stewart), industry (Johnson & Johnson), a history of invention (Edison’s Menlo Park, Bell Labs), hiking, beaches, scrub pine forests, the best goddamn tomatoes ever (seriously), or paying more in federal taxes than it gets back, New Jersey has always punched above its

Texas Man Fights Charge of
Warning Drivers About Speed Trap
ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 4:44:50 AM     Post Reply
A Texas man who was arrested for waving a sign to warn drivers of a lurking traffic cop defended himself in a court by saying his warning was "the same thing as a speed limit sign." Ron Martin, 33, appeared in court Wednesday to fight a misdemeanor charge of waving a homemade sign. He was arrested last October after Police Officer Thomas Mronzinski saw him on the median strip of a six-lane highway holding up the sign – he is a sign painter by trade – reading "Police Ahead." The officer first had his suspicions that Martin was in the area as he

Surgeon General Urges New
Resolve to End Smoking
Associated Press, by Lauren Neergaard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 4:41:38 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- It´s no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes´ harms - even as the government struggles to get more people to kick the habit. A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General´s office says the nation is at a crossroads, celebrating decades of progress against the chief preventable killer but not yet poised to finish the job. "The real emphasis needs to be put on the fact that we still have a major

  


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Obama to announce reforms to US
surveillance revealed by Snowden
Telegraph [UK], by Raf Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 4:36:59 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will on Friday announce some reforms of the mass surveillance programmes revealed by Edward Snowden but is expected to ask Congress to make the final decision on the dragnet collection of phone data. Mr Obama is likely to call for new protections for foreigners from US spying and to say that foreign leaders may only be targeted for surveillance with presidential approval. In a speech at the Justice Department, he is also expected to announce a new public advocate tasked with arguing against the government in the secret intelligence courts which authorise the surveillance programmes. Mr Obama´s

NSA collects millions of text messages
daily in ´untargeted´ global sweep
Guardian [UK], by James Ball    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 4:24:03 AM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents. The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages--including their contacts--is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in the UK.

Holder’s terror surrender
Boston Herald, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/17/2014 2:14:17 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly decided to unilaterally disarm the Justice Department in the war on terror. Yes, in the interest of political correctness Holder will put this nation’s law enforcement units in handcuffs. Holder is reportedly considering expanding the definition of racial profiling in a way that would prohibit federal law enforcement agents of all kinds from considering religion and national origin in investigations — including, it would appear, in counterterrorism efforts and possibly surveillance. If indeed he follows through on promises made to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio(snip), Holder should quite simply be impeached.

Falklands fisheries will come
under attack from Argentina so
as to ´strangle the Islands´´ economy
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/17/2014 2:06:49 AM     Post Reply
Argentina is preparing a battery of instruments to attack the Falklands fisheries and involved fishing companies with the purpose of ´strangling the economy´ of the Islands thus forcing the UK to sit and dialogue on South Atlantic Islands sovereignty, according to a piece by La Nacion columnist Martín Dinatale. “Under these premises the Foreign ministry is working on the regulation of the fisheries bill to apply hefty fines to those companies which benefit from fishing simultaneously in the ´Argentine Sea´ as in South Atlantic waters under dispute with the UK”, writes Dinatale who reveals that the administration of President Cristina

  


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How Chris Christie Lost His Way
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/17/2014 2:00:18 AM     Post Reply
It´s easy to forget now, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a hero to the Right during his first year in office. He became a fiscally conservative icon for pushing through a budget that focused on spending cuts, particularly to a bloated public sector. The governor tackled entitlements, reducing billions in scheduled pension payments. And he made his mark as an education reformer, aggressively challenging teachers´ unions, (snip) But at some point, he replaced his devotion to policy with a devotion to reelection. The cult of Christie went into overdrive after Hurricane Sandy hit, when he developed a politically

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

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