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Bill Clinton’s favorite DC restaurant
shuts down buffet due to Obamacare
The Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Sparky86- 1/17/2014 5:19:04 PM     Post Reply
One of former President Bill Clinton’s favorite restaurants has eliminated its Friday buffet due to Obamacare. “We regret we had to make this decision but unfortunately we face new expenses as a result of the Healthcare reform and the Friday Buffet, though wonderful, was not profitable and required extra staff which we can no longer sustain,” a notice at the Georgetown Italian restaurant’s website reads. The Friday Lunch Buffet ended on Jan. 1.

A conservative case for universal coverage
Washington Examiner, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/17/2014 5:05:21 PM     Post Reply
Pyrrhic vindication feels pretty darn good. As Obamacare´s problems continue to mount, conservative morale has improved. For example, in 2008, despite vigorous objections from the right, PolitiFact rated as “true” then-Sen. Barack Obama´s promise that his health plan would allow Americans the choice to keep their existing health coverage. Although PolitiFact´s stamp of approval helped deliver two presidential victories to Obama, it later declared the same Obama promise to be 2013´s “Lie of the Year.”

Exorcism rituals on the rise as
way to battle evil of Mexican cartels
New York Daily News, by Deborah Hastings    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/17/2014 4:57:51 PM     Post Reply
In the heavily Roman Catholic country of Mexico, exorcisms battle the evil violence of drug cartels, priests say. Also blamed for syndicate savagery is the rising popularity of Santa Muerte, folk saint of narcotics kingpins and some two million Mexican followers. It was the most awful confession Father Ernesto Caro ever heard in 22 long years of serving the church. The sinner was a killer for the Los Zetas cartel, Mexico´s most heinous crime syndicate. His specialty was chopping people into pieces, while they were still alive. "He said he smiled while he was doing it. He said he enjoyed



The question to haunt the West
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/17/2014 4:56:46 PM     Post Reply
When the going gets tough, the tough are supposed to get going. But not in Obama World. Not in Hillary World, either. When the telephone rings at 3 o’clock in the morning the safe response is to let it ring. It might be bad news. Time to turn over and try to get back to sleep. (snip) Maybe the world is just too dangerous for Americans to get out and about. “Hard decisions must be made when it comes to whether the United States should operate in dangerous overseas locations.” Quote, unquote. There is no understanding of history in the nooks and crannies

The far right starts another phony fight
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 4:23:11 PM     Post Reply
For some time, the right-wing has been trying to paint mainstream Republicans as amenable to keeping Obamacare. No, really. They suggest the John Boehners and Mitch McConnells of the political world would be content to keep the health-care law, maybe just fiddle around the edges. (One of those accused of such treachery, Doug Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum, says that is hogwash: “Nobody has written, researched, testified, or whined more about . . . ObamaCare than me.”) The far right accused opponents of the shutdown as, in effect, voting for Obamacare. This is all poppycock, but it’s worth asking

This 11-Year-Old Guitar Prodigy Blew
Our Minds on ´Fox and Friends´
Fox News, by Fox News Insider    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 4:19:35 PM     Post Reply
An 11-year-old guitar prodigy from Nebraska stopped by Fox and Friends this morning to do some live shredding in the studio. The world found about Aidan Fisher´s amazing talents after he was invited up on stage at a Steel Panther concert in Kansas City. The band´s guitarist, Satchel, actually met Fisher and his dad at a hotel before the show. Fisher had already planned to go to the concert with a sign challenging Satchel to an on-stage solo duel. What the kid did next amazed the band and the crowd as Fisher did a pretty spot-on Eddie Van Halen impression,

Just the Flacks
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/17/2014 4:16:16 PM     Post Reply
Ezra Klein is back in line. The Journolist founder, who now runs Wonkblog for the Washington Post, took some flak from other left-liberal journalists last year when he acknowledged that the ObamaCare exchanges had serious technical flaws. But now, as we move into Phase 3 of the ObamaCare failure--the unraveling of its economic assumptions--Klein and his wonkblogger staff are full denial. One result has been an entertaining and informative set of rebuttals from the heterodox liberal blogger Mickey Kaus. It began with a Dec. 17 post by Wonkblog´s Sarah Kliff with the less-reassuring-than-intended title "Why Obamacare Won´t Spiral Into Fiery, Actuarial



TIME’s Nancy Gibbs: For POTUS
Run, Hillary Doesn’t Have to
‘Answer Every Controversy
That Comes Up’
Newsbusters, by Paul Bremmer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 4:04:02 PM     Post Reply
TIME Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs is a well-established fan of Hillary Clinton, and on Thursday she brought her cheerleading act to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. Gibbs was there to discuss this week’s cover of TIME, which asks, “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” Mitchell asked Gibbs how long Hillary can postpone making a decision about whether to run for president in 2016. Gibbs responded, “I think she can postpone it almost longer than anyone we have seen. It allows her to not have to answer every controversy that comes up, the latest obviously being the Benghazi report today.” [Video below. MP3

Johnny Weir caught between calls
for boycott, dreams of Olympic glory
Yahoo! Sports, by Jay Busbee    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/17/2014 3:51:35 PM     Post Reply
Skater Johnny Weir is caught in a bind. An openly gay skater who competed in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, he is being criticized by a segment of the LGBT community for not calling for a boycott of the Sochi Games because of Russia´s anti-gay propaganda policy. But Weir insists that the sacrifices one must make to become an Olympian far outweigh the political concerns of one group. "I´ve come under so much hate and scrutiny from within my own LGBT community for my views on the Olympics,"Weir told Reuters. "But as somebody who watched my parents sacrifice everything

Ted Cruz to GOP Establishment:
Stop the "Carpet Bombing"
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/17/2014 3:16:02 PM     Post Reply
‘Much of the Washington establishment wants to spend 2014 hiding in the caves,” Ted Cruz tells me. To say the least, the freshman senator won’t be spending the next year in the shadows. Though 2014 has been uncharacteristically quiet for him thus far, he is as provocative as ever chatting about the year ahead, vowing to escalate his battle against the Washington establishment and to tangle with members of both parties on issues from immigration reform to income inequality. Cruz, who enraged his colleagues at the end of last year by spurring a government shutdown, continues to stick his thumb in

Seven Devastating Economic Facts
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 3:14:45 PM     Post Reply
U.S. economic conditions in 2014 continue to languish, as millions of Americans remain jobless. Seven economic facts underscore America’s increasingly dire economic outlook. 1. A Record 91.8 Million Americans Are No Longer in the Workforce ~The latest Labor Department figures reveal that a record 91.8 million Americans are no longer in the U.S. labor force. To be included in the Labor Department´s calculations for this statistic, a person must be 16 years or older, a civilian, not in an institution (such as prison), and someone who has not looked for a job in the last four weeks. Minorities have been



Immigration Reform Reborn?
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/17/2014 3:04:49 PM     Post Reply
The House leadership’s decision to outline a series of “principles” with respect to immigration reform has given new life to an issue some had pronounced dead. However, some fear it will distract from the continuing problems with Obamacare, problems that call into question the Obama administration’s ability to implement an immigration overhaul of similar scale and complexity. A number of House Republicans, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), have argued that the Obamacare fiasco is to blame for their reluctance to tackle immigration reform. They questioned the wisdom of passing, as the Senate did last June, a comprehensive reform bill

Shredding the layers of
the ObamaCare onion
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/17/2014 2:43:06 PM     Post Reply
A few days ago, I was given a gift of sorts. It arrived in a plain manila envelope with no return address. Inside was a note that stated that I would know precisely what to do with the information this anonymous source provided. That source was indeed correct. According to this benefactor of inside information, the electric bills of certain companies for the next billing cycle and employee overtime costs for the next pay schedule will be particularly high due to the cost of operating shredders and paying people to use them. Not just for physical shredding, but for the electronic

Pennsylvania voter ID
law struck down
The Hill (Washington DC), by Blake Neff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 2:36:22 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, among the nation’s most stringent, was struck down Friday morning by a state judge. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley ruled that the law, requiring almost all voters to present photo identification prior to voting, was an unreasonable burden on voters. He said the free voter ID that residents were entitled to under the law was insufficiently available, only at 71 drivers license centers located across the state. Several counties had no such centers and others were only open two days a week, leading McGinley to rule that the law “unnecessarily burden[s] the hundreds of thousands

Change for a Nickel? U.S.
Mint Is Weighing It
Wall Street Journal, by Jeffrey Sparshott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 2:26:14 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA—The loose change in American pockets could get a bit lighter and take on a new hue. The U.S. Mint is considering a change to the mix of metals it uses to make quarters, dimes and nickels, a study Congress mandated in 2010 to examine ways to save money. If the materials are altered for the first time in half a century or more, some coins could have new colors and weigh less. The Mint, which turns a profit on the dime, quarter, half-dollar and dollar, has driven manufacturing costs lower in recent years. But it now costs 1.8 cents



Mr. Castro Goes to Washington
Texas Monthly, by Joaquin Castro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 2:01:21 PM     Post Reply
One year ago I was sworn in as a United States congressman. Representing Texas’s Twentieth District, I was the successor to a South Texas legacy and part of the most diverse freshman class in American history. We came to Washington to change things, certain that we could do better than the do-nothing Congress that preceded us. We would take on big issues and finally find agreement on things like immigration reform, which had been stuck in partisan gridlock for a generation. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way. By the end of the year, the 113th Congress was one of

Breaking: Far Left Code Pink “Peace” Activists
Linked to Second Al-Qaeda Group in a Week
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 1:54:50 PM     Post Reply
Last week Kristinn Taylor reported that Jodie Evans and Code Pink, the leftist group she co-leads, were reportedly working with a group whose leaders have recently been declared terrorists and al Qaeda supporters by the Treasury Department. As Kristinn noted, Code Pink has a long history of working with terrorist organizations and enemies of the United States. The most recent allegations involve Code Pink’s relationship with al Karama, a so-called human rights group. Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemeni director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D.,

A ‘Preventable’ Tragedy
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 1:51:12 PM     Post Reply
The latest report on the 2012 debacle in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were killed in an attack on an American diplomatic mission, offers new detail and a chilling bottom line: the tragedy was “preventable.” Released in unclassified form by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the report reflects a bipartisan consensus about the tragedy that is broadly consistent with the findings of previous inquiries.(Snip)In the last analysis, however, it is the State Department that must bear most of the blame for failing to provide adequate security and not preventing the preventable.

In ´Price of Gold´, recalling the
far-off era of Tonya Harding
Los Angeles Times, by Steven Zeitchik    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 1/17/2014 1:49:23 PM     Post Reply
It can feel like a lifetime ago that the world was transfixed by the Harding-Kerrigan figure-skating scandal -- you know, Tonya, Nancy and, of course, Gillooly, one-word signifiers for the bizarre winter soap opera that preceded the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Memories of that time come rushing back, though, on seeing Nanette Burstein´s new documentary, "The Price of Gold," a thorough look at the tale of revenge and redemption from the dawn of the modern celebrity age. Burstein´s film -- produced as part of ESPN’s "30 for 30" series and airing Thursday night on the network -- aims to shed new

The Conservative War on Liberal
Media Has a Long History
Atlantic, by Nicole Hemmer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 1:45:59 PM     Post Reply
In his new book The Loudest Voice in the Room, Gabriel Sherman portrays Roger Ailes as “the quintessential man behind the curtain,” a great-and-powerful Oz who has remade American politics and journalism. Sherman shows how Ailes transformed the Nixon Administration’s calls for balanced news into the platform of his cable channel, Fox News. Fox News, Sherman argues, used “entertainment techniques to shape a political narrative that was presented as unbiased news,” something that makes Ailes “a unique American auteur.” (Snip)The tension between those two ideas—between objectivity and partisanship—would become a defining feature of conservative media. Conservatives spent most of the 1950s


Elvira Arellano: From undocumented
immigrant to international activist
Chicago Reporter, by María Inés Zamudio    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/17/2014 1:23:26 PM     Post Reply
She crossed the border illegally, like thousands of Mexicans do every year, to find work. A decade later, she returned to her home country as the face of immigration reform. Elvira Arellano received a deportation order in 2002 following a sweep at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, where she cleaned airplanes in 2002. But instead of leaving, she sought refuge inside a Chicago church in 2006,sparking a nationwide sanctuary movement. Arellano and her U.S.-born son, Saul, became iconic symbols for immigration reform. And in 2006, Time Magazine named her Person of the Year. “I knew there was nothing I could legally do for

Rep. Cohen looks to reduce racial
disparities in criminal justice system
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 1:10:45 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) this week re-introduced two bills aimed at reducing and preventing racially based outcomes in the criminal justice system. "From the biased use of ´stop and frisk´ policies to the impact of unfair mandatory minimum sentences on minority communities, there is widespread evidence that racial disparities pervade our criminal justice system," Cohen said. "These disparities undermine confidence in the system, threaten the cause of justice, and cannot continue in a society that holds fairness and equality in high regard." Cohen´s Justice Integrity Act would establish new advisory groups in all 10 of the nation´s judicial districts that

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

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