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Couple Injured in Boston Marathon
Bombing to Marry in Dream Wedding
People Magazine, by Kate Hogam    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 1:08:56 PM     Post Reply
Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino are going to get their fairy-tale wedding – but their love story hasn´t always been so magical. The two – who met in March 2012 and began a long-distance relationship a few months later – were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last April, cheering on DiMartino´s mom. When the bombs went off, Gregory was thrown on top of her young son, saving his life but breaking just about every bone in her foot, leg and ankle in the process. (Fifteen surgeries later, she´s still in a wheelchair.) DiMartino was injured too, losing

Dems want detained immigrants to
be informed of their legal rights
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 1:03:45 PM     Post Reply
Reps. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) have proposed a bill that would require U.S. officials to ensure that immigrants who are detained are made fully aware of their legal rights. The Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act, H.R. 3914, establishes an Office of Legal Access Programs, which would educate illegal immigrants about their rights. The program would also help detained immigrants make "informed and timely decisions regarding their removal and eligibility for relief from removal." The bill and its sponsors say this would increase efficiency and reduce the costs associated with immigration proceedings. "Far too often immigrants are taken

Obama to Dems: Boehner will pass
immigration reform in 2014
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 12:50:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014. Obama believes Republicans will feel politically vulnerable, if they fail to advance the issue, a high priority among Hispanic voters, according to Democratic senators who met with the president this week. Obama sees immigration reform as a source for optimism in what has otherwise shaped up as a tough year for Democrats. “He predicted the House would pass something this year,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who attended the meeting. Obama cautioned senators to brace themselves for difficult

  


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50 Ways to Celebrate
Michelle Obama’s Birthday
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 1/17/2014 12:18:39 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama turns 50 today, and although the big White House celebration planned by President Obama isn’t until Saturday, that doesn’t mean you have to wait to celebrate. If your invite to Saturday’s dance party in Washington went missing, here are 50 other ways to honor the first lady on her big day — by doing some of her favorite things, from wearing stylish dresses to eating your veggies to doing the Dougie, preferably with Jimmy Fallon. 1. Dance to Beyonce 2. Eat your vegetables 3. Move into a massive new house with your family and invite your mother to move in

WWII soldier who hid in
jungle for 29 years dies at 91
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 1/17/2014 12:08:00 PM     Post Reply
TOKYO -- Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender, 29 years after the end of World War II, has died. He was 91. Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after a brief stay there. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Friday expressed his condolences, praising Onoda for his strong will to live and indomitable spirit. "After World War II, Mr. Onoda lived in the jungle for many years and when he returned to Japan, I felt that finally, the war was finished. That´s how I felt," Suga

Maryland is for millionaires!
DC´s wealthy neighbor tops list
of states with households
boasting seven-figure assets
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 11:58:13 AM     Post Reply
Of all the states in the nation, Maryland once again reported the highest concentration of millionaires, according to an annual survey conducted by a wealth research firm. A report released this week by the New York-based Phoenix Marketing International showed that there were just over 6million millionaire households in the nation - an increase of 53,000 from the year before. In other words, 1 of 20 households in the U.S. has more than $1million in investible assets, not counting the value of real estate.

Madden, ´Partridge Family´ agent, dies in Fla.
Associated Press, by Frazier Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 1/17/2014 11:57:49 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK (AP) — Comic actor Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family," died in Florida on Thursday at age 82. Madden died at a hospice center near his home in the Jacksonville area, his niece Mary Frances Miller said. Towering and rumpled, Madden was best known for his role as Reuben Kinkaid, who managed the Partridge family band and regularly clashed with its impish pre-teen bassist, played by Danny Bonaduce. While the series starred Shirley Jones, with her real-life stepson David Cassidy as the resident heart-throb, it was Madden and the freckle-faced Bonaduce who

  


  

Did Rep. Connolly Read 1,582-Pg. $1.1T
Bill: ´I´m Not Going to Dignify That
Question With an Answer´
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 11:56:38 AM     Post Reply
When asked whether he read the entire 1,582-page, $1.1-trillion government spending bill before he voted for it yesterday, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said he would “not dignify that question with an answer.” On Capitol Hill on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Connolly: “Did you read all 1,582 pages of the bill?” Connolly said: “I’m not going to dignify that question with an answer.” The bill will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal 2014, which ends on Sept. 30, 2014. Sixty-four Republicans and only three Democrats voted against the legislation. The final vote was 359-67. The legislation was strongly opposed by Tea

Michigan snowfall so far
this year: Here are the
staggering totals
MLive, by Mark Torregrosa    Original Article
Posted By: jackburton- 1/17/2014 11:53:36 AM     Post Reply
Snowfall has been heavier than normal for southern and western Lower Michigan so far this season. However, snowfall has actually been lower than normal for northeast Lower Michigan and some of the Upper Peninsula. The winter snow pattern so far has been characterized by above normal lake effect snow in western Lower Michigan, and several strong system snows bringing heavy snow to the southern half of Lower Michigan. The Ann Arbor and Detroit areas are the farthest above normal with 42 inches in Ann Arbor

Exclusive: Sensenbrenner’s VRA Bill
Wins Praise from Far-Left, Soros-
Connected Race-Hustling Groups
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 11:46:06 AM     Post Reply
Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner (WI) this week announced his intention to pass a bill “reforming” the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act last year. As Christian Adams reported, Sensenbrenner’s bill would “radically expand federal power over state elections. It would give Attorney General Eric Holder expansive new federal powers over state elections, including the ability to barge into polling places to monitor the use of foreign language election materials. It would also give Holder the power to block election integrity measures like Voter ID and citizenship verification.” Holder has earned

Michelle Obama touts new AARP
card on milestone birthday
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 11:42:03 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama took her 50th birthday in stride Friday, smiling for a photo with her new AARP card. “Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club today… check out my @AARP card!” she said in a Twitter message. It is signed “mo,” a sign the first lady did the tweeting herself. “Welcome!” tweeted back AARP, a membership group that promotes qualify of life issues and benefits for people over 50 years old. Mrs. Obama, a lawyer known for her “Let’s Move” campaign and keen fashion sense, is grabbing headlines around her milestone birthday. President Obama turned 50 back

  


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Republican leaders push bill
to update Voting Rights Act
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 11:36:16 AM     Post Reply
Key lawmakers announced a rewrite of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, creating a test to judge which states are still so discriminatory that they need federal scrutiny of their voting decisions — moving to revive the iconic law just months after the Supreme Court declared part of it unconstitutional. In their June decision, the justices said Congress couldn’t use discrimination from four decades ago to single out states for special federal scrutiny, so the proposal would update the test to look at recent federal court rulings that found a state or municipality violated voting laws. “This bill modernizes the Voting Rights

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

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

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