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Hilarity Ensues When Americans
Are Asked About Joe Biden
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 1/17/2014 11:32:33 AM     Post Reply
Recently, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote in his memoir that Vice President Joe Biden isn´t really an expert on anything, especially on foreign policy. Gates noted that Biden has been wrong on every foreign policy decision for the past four decades. So, what do Americans really think about Joe Biden? MRCTV´s Dan Joseph decided to investigate and let´s just say that the Vice President shouldn´t expect any positive comments about his political acumen anytime soon.

KSM’s Prison Communiqués:
Enemy Combatants Back to
Being Criminal Defendants
PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 11:28:44 AM     Post Reply
I was invited to provide commentary Tuesday night on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program (“The Kelly File”) regarding the all too predictable but nevertheless appalling news that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — al Qaeda heavyweight, 9/11 mastermind, decapitator of Daniel Pearl, jihadist warring against America for the better part of two decades, and murderer of nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens — has been permitted to transmit propaganda out of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. The interview is posted on Megyn’s site here — I respond to contentions made by the first guest, defense lawyer and former JAG Charles Swift.

Analysis: Men still make a lot more
than women in Obama’s White House
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/17/2014 11:18:45 AM     Post Reply
This week, Maria Shiver presented President Barack Obama with the most recent report on the economic plight of women in America. The report looks at women’s financial insecurity, poverty, and inequality, including the contested assertion that the median earnings of full-time female workers make 77 percent of the full-time male’s income, and offers public and private solutions to raising their economic status in America. “As the president knows well, investing in and supporting women over their lifetimes is one of the best ways to tackle income inequality and achieve greater social mobility, and he looks forward to learning about the

  


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The Top Ten Books
People Lie About Reading
The Federalist, by Ben Domenech    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/17/2014 11:15:59 AM     Post Reply
Have you ever lied about reading a book? Maybe you didn’t want to seem stupid in front of someone you respected. Maybe you rationalized it by reasoning that you had a familiarity with the book, or knew who the author was, or what the story was about, or had glanced at its Wikipedia page. Or maybe you had tried to read the book, even bought it and set it by your bed for months unopened, hoping that it would impart what was in it merely via proximity (if that worked, please email me). There’s a great poem by Joseph Bottum

Heavy Heart
Weekly Standard, by Tevi Troy    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/17/2014 11:13:49 AM     Post Reply
Those who follow politics know that Dick Cheney’s biography is an extraordinary one. His rapid ascension from Capitol Hill intern (and Yale dropout) in 1969 to White House chief of staff by 1974 is one of the fastest rises in American political annals. It was so fast, and he rose so high, that it comes second only to Theodore Roosevelt’s five-year ascent from New York City police commissioner to assistant secretary of the Navy to New York governor to vice president to president. And Cheney, unlike Roosevelt, was completely unknown when he started his climb.

CNN Throws a Barely Attended,
Glitzy TCA Party
Hollywood Reporter, by Merle Ginsberg & Gary Baum    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/17/2014 11:10:34 AM     Post Reply
Jeff Zucker´s first foray into the press tour´s cocktail circuit with his new network saw Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Wolf Blitzer and Christiane Amanpour mingling mostly with each other at the Friday bash in Pasadena. (Snip)CNN rolled out the red carpet for the Television Critics Association the evening of Jan. 10, though many critics and reporters didn´t bother showing up for the news network. The late-Friday affair on the Langham hotel´s pool deck in Pasadena was poorly attended, at least during the early part of the event.

Obama to Announce
Sham NSA Reform Today
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 11:09:00 AM     Post Reply
Reeling from Edward Snowden’s disclosures that the Obama-era NSA has been sweeping up Americans’ data despite Candidate Obama’s promise to wage a nicer war on terrorism, the president is set to announce some “reforms” of how the spy agency handles the data it is gathering. Once we get past the fluff, the reforms appear to be to 1) have the NSA house the data somewhere other than NSA’s own servers; 2) require a judicial finding before the government queries the database; and 3) let Eric Holder figure out the rest. What is Eric Holder’s expertise on terrorism and national security?

  


  

Greta: ´Obama Administration Tried
Very Hard to Discourage Fox News
From Reporting Benghazi´
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 11:03:40 AM     Post Reply
For well over a year, NewsBusters has been reporting how the Obama-loving media have done everything in their power to not only avoid covering the details surrounding the September 11, 2012, attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but also assist the Administration in promoting its version of events. On Thursday, Greta Van Susteren wrote at her blog, "After Benghazi on 9/11/2012, the Obama administration tried very hard to discourage Fox News Channel from reporting on it. The effort was obstruction – pure and simple." "They tried to prevent the truth from coming out and the Administration tried just about everything

Mark Levin: Republicans should stage
´historic´ boycott of State of the Union
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 10:59:27 AM     Post Reply
Conservative talk show host Mark Levin pitched an idea to Republicans who are trying to confront President Obama´s lawlessness in the White House. Boycott the State of the Union address. "They should boycott the State of the Union so half of the House floor is empty," Levin said on his show Thursday evening. Levin said that Republicans should hold their own State of the Union address and explain "how the president threatens this republic." "They need to do something bold that will get the attention of some of our fellow citizens, at which the media which will attack it but

The Obama Administration’s
Mandated Racism
National Review Online, by Mona Charen    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/17/2014 10:52:27 AM     Post Reply
The Departments of Education and Justice have teamed up to make the lives of students in tough neighborhoods even tougher. Framed as a measure to combat discrimination against black and Hispanic children, the guidelines issued by the Obama administration about school discipline will actually encourage racial discrimination, undermine the learning environments of classrooms, and contribute to an unjust race-consciousness in meting out discipline. Claiming that African-American and Hispanic students are more harshly disciplined than whites for the same infractions, the Obama administration now advises that any disciplinary rule that results in a “disparate impact” on those groups will be challenged

Rep. Keith Ellison: Islamist Terrorists
Struggle For Democracy Like We Struggle
Here For Income Equality
NewsBusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 10:45:36 AM     Post Reply
Whatever the question, politicians have a way of working their issue of the day into the answer. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) took that tendency to new heights today. Asked on Morning Joe to explain the disproportionate amount of terrorism against the United States that emanates from the Islamic world, Ellison, the first Muslim Member of Congress, asserted that it is the struggle for democracy, not the Islamic faith, that motivates the terrorism. In a giant leap, Ellison then compared people in Islamic countries "who don´t want to yield power to the vast majority" . . . to the struggle in the

  


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Sen. Inhofe on Obama´s Global Warming
Claims: ´The President Just Made that Up´
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/17/2014 10:21:08 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee hearing today that the president must have fabricated two oft-repeated climate claims. "Both statements are false," Sen. Inhofe said of Obama´s global warming claims, since neither the EPA nor the U.N. IPCC climate group can provide any supporting statistics: "On multiple occasions, and most recently on May 30th of last year, President Obama has said, and this is a quote he has used several times, he said that ´the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even ten years ago´ and that ´the climate

Republicans Quietly Talk About
Skipping Next Budget
National Journal, by Tim Alberta and Billy House    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/17/2014 10:17:34 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans are quietly discussing the option of not writing a budget in 2014, a maneuver that would free up time on the legislative calendar and protect GOP lawmakers from a potentially damaging vote in an election year. The idea of Republicans skipping this year´s budgetary process seems odd when considering the House GOP made history last year by attaching a policy rider called "No Budget, No Pay" to a debt-limit extension. That measure tied lawmakers´ salaries to budgets being written in both chambers and paved the way for a budget agreement between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate

Understanding the Iran deal
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/17/2014 10:09:59 AM     Post Reply
I think that Iranian officials have been pretty good sources of understanding the nature of the deal we have entered into with Iran. Among other things, in my view, they rightly crow that it’s a good deal for them and a bad deal for us. They claim victory. By contrast, the Obama administration has misrepresented and obfuscated the nature of the deal from the git-go. In terms of understanding, they are an obstacle to be overcome. Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi (or Aragchi) is the guy who recently disclosed the existence of the 30-page side deal (or “nonpaper”) we have yet

First Lady Michelle Obama returns
to White House for first official
appearance of 2014
New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 9:57:23 AM     Post Reply
She´s baack! Michelle Obama resurfaced at the White House on Wednesday after an extended vacation in Hawaii. Obama hosted a White House screening of "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete." The movie, produced by Alicia Keys, is about two boys left in New York to take care of themselves. The First Lady was with her family for a 15-day island vacation, but she decided to stay on for another week when the President and first daughters returned to Washington on Jan. 5. Various reports suggest she was staying at Oprah Winfrey´s Maui mansion for some downtime before her 50th

  


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Christie bridge: Get over it
CNN, by Ruben Navarrette    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/17/2014 9:47:19 AM     Post Reply
San Diego (CNN) -- Tom Brokaw has had enough of "bridgegate." Appearing last week on MSNBC´s "Daily Rundown," the veteran newsman lamented the fact that so many of his colleagues are stuck on the story of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie´s bridge problems. They can´t stop talking about whether members of Christie´s staff tried to harass the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, by shutting down traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, and whether Christie was in on it. Do you ever get the sense that the media are on Mars while most Americans are on Earth?

Lessons of Benghazi
Washington Post Writers Group, by Eugene Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/17/2014 9:43:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan report on Benghazi released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee should finally convince conspiracy theorists of the obvious: There is no there there. Administration officials did not orchestrate any kind of attempt, politically motivated or otherwise, to deceive the American people. In their public statements, including the infamous talking points, they relied on what intelligence analysts told them. In other words, if Susan Rice was wrong when she went on the Sunday talk shows and said the attacks were the violent outgrowth of a spontaneous anti-American demonstration rather than a long-planned terrorist assault, it was only because the

Starting year six, does Obama
finally own the economy?
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/17/2014 9:29:06 AM     Post Reply
For years, Republicans have marveled at President Obama´s success in blaming former President George W. Bush for the nation´s problems, particularly its economic problems. Now, as Obama begins his sixth year in office, that success may finally be coming to an end. Of course Obama inherited an economic mess. He deserved time to fix it. The GOP clock started at one year; after 12 months in office, would Obama own the economy? (Snip)Now Obama is starting year six in the White House. Does he finally own the economy? Some polls suggest things haven´t changed.

Democrats´ Midterm Blues
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/17/2014 9:18:52 AM     Post Reply
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. At the end of 2013, the Washington Post’s electoral number-crunchers calculated that the Democrats had a 1 percent chance to win back the House of Representatives. Barely into 2014, that already seems pretty optimistic. In the last week, several Democratic representatives saw the writing on the wall and voted with their feet — or with their seat — and announced they will be retiring. Even a popular president can usually expect disappointing midterm results for his party. What makes things particularly dire for Democrats is that a president’s approval rating has a significant impact on

Dan Rather Defends Fox News from
Allegations of Being GOP
‘Propaganda Machine’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/17/2014 9:13:27 AM     Post Reply
Well, this may come as a surprise to some: A veteran news anchor has come to the defense of Fox News against allegations that the network acts as a “propaganda machine” for the Republican Party. That newsman is Dan Rather. In a recent interview with Larry King, Rather pushed back on such allegations as they’ve repeated by critics in light of Gabriel Sherman‘s new book about Fox CEO Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room. -RELATED: Who’s That Guy? Many Americans Don’t Know This Top News Anchor “Do you ever think the thought that Fox News Channel is an

  



Obama invisible in media
coverage of Benghazi report
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 9:06:28 AM     Post Reply
Barry who? The president of what? It seems that our national media has experienced a collective memory lapse. The Senate intelligence report that was published earlier this week that concluded the Benghazi attack could have been prevented never mentions the name of the individual most reponsible for the debacle. Newsbusters: While NBC, ABC, and CBS all covered the new Senate Intelligence Committee report blaming the Obama administration for security failures leading up to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, none of the coverage on Wednesday´s evening newscasts or Thursday´s morning shows mentioned President Obama by name. At the top of Wednesday´s

Clinton aide: Benghazi
and 2016 aren´t linked
Politico, by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/17/2014 9:03:34 AM     Post Reply
Phillippe Reines, longtime advisor to Hillary Clinton, on Friday said Clinton’s camp is not going to help those who are trying to tie the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, to Clinton’s potential bid for the presidency in 2016. Reines said looking back there will always be things that could have been done differently to help prevent the 2012 attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, under Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State. But he asserted there was no actionable intelligence warning about the specific attack. “In terms of the politics of it, it is very even sitting here, very

DJ Adrian Loving Mixes Michelle
Obama’s Dance Party
Washington Post, by Helena Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 9:02:57 AM     Post Reply
So your invitation to Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday bash got lost in the mail too? But don’t fret, there’s no reason to let your dancing shoes go to waste. In this week’s “Mix the News” we asked local turntablist DJ Adrian Loving, who’s scored every major dance floor around town, to give us a taste of what guests might expect to hear at the White House on Saturday night. “You’re looking at Motown, Cooley High, and vintage soul type of vibe,” said Loving. “Then you want to build the energy in the room. Warning, you may sweat your hair-do out!”

Houston Mayor Annise Parker marries
long-time partner in California wedding
KTRK, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 1/17/2014 8:50:15 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker married her long-time partner, Kathy Hubbard, in a California wedding Thursday. Eyewitness News was the only Houston television station in Palm Springs for the wedding, and Mayor Parker told us shortly after she tied the knot that her wedding was "lovely." "We had a beautiful day," Parker told us. The city of Houston says Parker and Hubbard were married before a small group of people Thursday on the 23rd anniversary of their relationship. Parker´s mother and Hubbard´s sister were on hand for the exchange of vows, which were presided over by the Reverend

King Alfred the Great bones believed
to be in box found in museum
Telegraph [UK], by News Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 8:44:27 AM     Post Reply
Bones found in a box in a museum are believed to be those of King Alfred the Great or his son Edward the Elder, scientists from the University of Winchester have said. Archaeologists carried out an exhumation of the grave at St Bartholomew´s Church in Winchester, Hampshire, in March 2013 in a bid to find the last resting place of the ninth-century king. Tests have shown that those remains were not the influential warrior king but further investigations have uncovered a pelvis bone which had been in storage at Winchester City Museum from a previous excavation carried out at the

Israel berates ´pro-Palestinian EU´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 8:31:51 AM     Post Reply
Israel has summoned the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy and Spain, accusing their countries of pro-Palestinian bias. The Foreign Ministry said the envoys would be told that their "perpetual one-sided stance" is unacceptable. On Thursday, the four EU countries summoned Israeli ambassadors to object to plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank. [Snip] "The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel´s destruction?" he said at a meeting of foreign journalists on Thursday.

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