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Kerry to Canada on Keystone
XL: We’ll do all the
consultation we feel like, thank
you very much
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/18/2014 1:15:52 AM     Post Reply
Like I said the other day, nobody on either side of the fight is going to oblige the Obama administration’s interminable dithering on the Keystone XL pipeline by finally backing off the politically contentious issue and letting it fade into the background of bureaucratic purgatory — not Congress, not the oil and gas industry, not the eco-radicals, and certainly not Canada — so why not just man up and make the tough decision already, either way, and have it out? It was about this time last year that Kerry was blithely assuring Canadian officials that they would have a decision

Cuomo: Pro-life people have “no
place in the state of New York”
Hot Air, by Mary Katherine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/18/2014 1:13:10 AM     Post Reply
Forty-eight percent of Americans and all priests and nuns are no longer welcome in the Empire State, according to its governor. Delivering a monologue on Republicans with all the hyperbole of an MSNBC anchor and none of the charm, Cuomo offered this: You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less

Is a mini ice age on the way? Scientists warn
the Sun has ´gone to sleep´ and say it could
cause temperatures to plunge
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 1:12:13 AM     Post Reply
The Sun´s activity is at its lowest for 100 years, scientists have warned. They say the conditions are eerily similar to those before the Maunder Minimum, a time in 1645 when a mini ice age hit, Freezing London´s River Thames. Researcher believe the solar lull could cause major changes, and say there is a 20% chance it could lead to ´major changes´ in temperatures. ´Whatever measure you use, solar peaks are coming down,´ Richard Harrison of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire told the BBC. ´I´ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I´ve never seen anything like this.´ He says the phenomenon could

  


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Obama’s Speech: A Little Relief,
More Dereliction of Duty
National Review Online, by John Yoo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 1:10:11 AM     Post Reply
Conservatives could react to President Barack Obama’s NSA speech today with a collective “whew,” sop their brows, and say it could have been a lot worse. President Obama did not give in to the pleas of the antiwar Left and cripple the NSA completely, or end the collection and analysis of telephone metadata. He should receive some credit for a speech that recognized the long American history of signals intelligence — the interception of foreign communications — and its great benefits during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWII, and the Cold War. Critics who want the NSA’s activities shut

Is the Obama marriage on the rocks?
Astonishing claims emerge of ugly
fights over that selfie, and even a
Presidential affair
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Tom Leonard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 1:02:09 AM     Post Reply
With invitations warning guests to ‘EBYC’ — Eat Before You Come — and rumours they’ll be dancing to star turns from Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z, it won’t be your usual White House knees-up. Michelle Obama was 50 yesterday and President Barack Obama will be feting his redoubtable First Lady tonight with a party that will give them the chance to let their hair down and forget their troubles for a few hours. The email inviting guests to the ‘snacks & sips & dancing & dessert’ advised them to wear comfortable shoes and practise their dance moves. Purse-lipped Washington etiquette experts

Our Perpetually Surprised President
National Review Online, by Peter Kirsanow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 12:56:14 AM     Post Reply
While President Obama gives (yet another) speech today on NSA surveillance, the New York Times reports White House aides say “Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after the leaks by Edward J.Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone.” Our president’s time in office has been one of wonder and astonishment. He was surprised by the depth of the recession when he came into office. He then became surprised at the duration of the bad economy. He was surprised to win the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was surprised there were no shovel-ready jobs. He

‘MITT’ documentary offers rare,
intimate look at Mitt Romney’s
six-year quest for presidency
Washington Post, by Phillip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/18/2014 12:38:32 AM     Post Reply
SALT LAKE CITY — A few hours earlier, Mitt Romney was marveling at his big crowds and chewing over lines in his victory speech. But now, in a Boston hotel suite, the camera zooms in on a roomful of family and advisers. The would-be president is on the couch, an iPad on his lap, and asking, “So what do you think you say in a concession speech?” Silence. His wife, Ann, arrives and sits down next to him. “What’s going on?” “We’re writing a concession speech,” Mitt says. “It’s finished?” she asks. “My time on the stage is over, guys,”

  


  

Obama’s restrictions on NSA
surveillance rely on narrow
definition of ‘spying’
Washington Post, by Barton Gellman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/18/2014 12:35:03 AM     Post Reply
President Obama said Friday, in his first major speech on electronic surveillance, that “the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security.” Obama placed restrictions on access to domestic phone records collected by the National Security Agency, but the changes he announced will allow it to continue — or expand — the collection of personal data from billions of people around the world, Americans and foreign citizens alike. Obama squares that circle with an unusually narrow definition of “spying.” It does not include the ingestion of tens of trillions of records about the telephone

Argentine central bank reserves fall
below the 30bn dollars threshold
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/18/2014 12:13:21 AM     Post Reply
Argentine central bank international reserves continued to erode and on Wednesday pierced through the 30bn floor threshold reaching 29.858bn dollars, the lowest level since November 2006. On Tuesday reserves stood at 30.019bn. Since the beginning of 2014 the Central bank has intervened daily trying to sustain the exchange rate with an “administered devaluation”, which so far has proven non effective. In the twelve months of last year the Argentine central bank lost 30% of its reserves. “The central bank intervened with sales in exchange houses and at the end of trading recovered some of the lost ground because of sales from

US dollar keeps breaking
records in Argentina; central
banks reserves fall a further
100 million
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/18/2014 12:10:20 AM     Post Reply
The US dollar reached a new record high on Thursday as purchase pressure on the so called “blue” or informal market continues pushing the price which closed 35 cents up at 11.50 pesos for buyers and 11.55 pesos for sellers. High tourist demand and mere speculation since there seems to be no roof for the US dollar in Argentina, have helped to increase the price. On Wednesday the ´blue´ dollar also hit a new record high, 11.25 Pesos. Meanwhile in the formal market at Buenos Aires City banks, the US currency was traded one cent and half higher at 6.73 pesos

Millions in farm subsidies flow freely
to DC residents who don´t actually farm
Fox News, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/18/2014 12:01:04 AM     Post Reply
Washington, D.C., doesn´t have many farms, or farmers. Yet thousands of residents in and around the nation´s capital receive millions of dollars every year in federal farm subsidies, including working-class residents in Southeast, wealthy lobbyists on K Street and well-connected lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In neighboring Chevy Chase, Md., one of the nation´s wealthiest communities, lawyers, lobbyists and at least one psychologist collected nearly $342,000 in taxpayer farm subsidies between 2008 and 2011, according to the watchdog group Open the Books. Taxpayer subsidies were also paid out to Gerald Cassidy, the founder of one of Washington´s most powerful lobbying firms, Cassidy &

  


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Romneyworld buzzes over
Chris Christie troubles
Politico, by Kenneth P. Vogel    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/17/2014 10:06:04 PM     Post Reply
Rom-denfreude (noun) — The pleasure Mitt Romney loyalists are taking in the struggles of Chris Christie. The condition is prevalent, stemming from a range of perceived Christie slights towards Romney during the 2012 campaign, which several Romney loyalists ticked off quickly — and with still-evident bitterness.There was the New Jersey governor’s barring Romney from raising money in the Garden State, his unwillingness to answer vice presidential vetting questions and his highly autobiographical convention keynote speech. Most of all, though, Romney allies remain resentful of Christie’s embrace of President Barack Obama as the two worked together on Superstorm Sandy relief in the

California kids enlist in Mexico
militias to rout a drug cartel
Global Post, by Dudley Althaus    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/17/2014 9:01:50 PM     Post Reply
NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico — Moises Verduzco says he learned how to handle himself in a fight from his teen years running with a street gang near Los Angeles. Now back home in western Mexico’s violent Michoacan state, Verduzco and other United States-bred youths are putting those lessons from the barrio to war against the Knights Templar criminal cartel. Verduzco, 22, spent most of his life in the working-class city of Hawthorne, Calif., until the US deported him to Mexico a few years ago following a criminal conviction. “This is way better,” he says, comparing his preferred vigilante post with California gangster life. “Here

GOP establishment panics over
Christie’s troubles: “I think
we need Mitt back”
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 8:46:17 PM     Post Reply
Dude, it could happen. Three easy steps to Romney 3.0: He comes out strong for amnesty to mend fences with Latino voters; he finally decides to ix-nay the “makers and takers” etoric-rhay, and of course he chooses Mike Huckabee to be his VP. Can’t. Miss. Seriously, though, this is just one Republican operative talking and he’s obviously joking. I think? In interviews with more than a dozen party officials, fundraisers, and strategists in New York and Washington over the past 10 days, Republicans described a palpable sense of anxiety gripping the GOP establishment in the wake of Christie’s meltdown, and an emerging

US agrees to send new arms,
artillery to Iraq to fight Al Qaeda
Fox News, by Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 8:23:51 PM     Post Reply
The United States has agreed to send new arms to Iraq to thwart Al Qaeda-linked militants currently controlling Fallujah following a request by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, senior defense officials told Fox News. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to detail the immediate status of those trainers, but did confirm Maliki’s request, adding that the United States will send “several thousand” M-16 and M-4 rifles, as well as ammunition. The new weapons have been “sourced,” Warren said, and should arrive in Iraq in weeks. The United States is also in discussions with the Iraqis to send officials to

  


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Putin: Gay people will be safe at
Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’
Washington Post, by Kathy Lally    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/17/2014 8:19:26 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone. Putin met with a group of volunteers in the Olympic mountain venue at Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Friday to wish them success at the Games. During a question-and-answer session, a volunteer asked him about Russia’s attitudes toward gays, a subject that has provoked worldwide controversy, and Putin offered what was apparently meant to be a reassuring answer for visitors to the Olympics. “One can feel calm and at ease,” he said. “Just leave kids alone, please.”

John Kerry, Jihad coddler
Human Events, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 8:17:32 PM     Post Reply
The myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist never dies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest Obama administration official to peddle this odious narrative. Cue John Lennon’s cloying “Imagine,” don your plaid pajamas, and curl up with a warm cup of deadly naivete. While meeting with Catholic Church officials at the Vatican in Rome on Monday, Kerry expounded on their “huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet.” In other words: If

Ranchers, farmers fear eco-terrorists
after EPA releases private info
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 7:53:23 PM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency has told farmers and ranchers it is sorry for handing private information about them over to environmental groups, but agriculture advocates who fear attacks from eco-terrorists say it´s like closing the barn door after the horses escaped. In response to Freedom of Information Requests, the federal agency released information on up to 100,000 agriculture industry workers, including their home address and phone numbers, GPS coordinates and even personal medical histories. The agency later acknowledged much of the information should never have been provided, and even asked the recipients to give it back. “If someone is setting

Federal Government Has
Declared War On Work
Investor´s Business Daily, by Richard K. Vedder    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 7:47:39 PM     Post Reply
While 50 years ago the federal government declared war on poverty, I would submit that in recent years it has led an undeclared but real new war: a War on Work. The government increasingly is using its coercive powers to punish people who want to work, creating a vast class of able-bodied Americans dependent on the government — and politicians — for their daily bread. The statistics are startling. A smaller proportion of working-age Americans works today than when the recession officially ended 4-1/2 years ago (June 2009). But this trend is not just a failure of policies to encourage economic recovery,

Obama Ties Pentagon´s Hands In
Hunting Benghazi Attackers
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 7:32:42 PM     Post Reply
War On Terror: By refusing to acknowledge the role of al-Qaida-linked terrorists in the Benghazi attack, the administration has kept our military from hunting down and killing people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack. There would seem to be no shortage of targets for America´s fleet of drones after the Senate release of a report documenting, despite the efforts of the New York Times and others to revive the video lie, the presence and participation of terrorists from no fewer than four al-Qaida-affiliated groups on the ground in Benghazi. Among the al-Qaida-affiliated groups involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack, according

  



Canada Is Tired Of Obama´s
Keystone XL Pipeline Delays
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 7:28:34 PM     Post Reply
Energy: President Obama continues to drag out a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Meanwhile, the Canadians have been standing by while the administration dithers. Now they´re tired of waiting. ´The time for Keystone is now," Canada´s Foreign Minister John Baird said Thursday while speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Canada has reached the point where the uncertainty has become intolerable. Baird said Canada needs an answer right away, "even if it´s not the right one," because his country "can´t continue in this state of limbo." If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline will transport crude from Alberta´s oil sands to Gulf

NSA Trawling A Dragon That
Should Be Slain, Not Reformed
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 7:26:46 PM     Post Reply
National Security: The NSA´s phone-trawling program is intrusive, unconstitutional and ineffective. But the president´s "reform" plan will make it even worse. It´s time to slay this dragon and retool for a better approach. Millions of Americans have been outraged to learn that the National Security Agency has been vacuuming up their phone, text and email records in a massive program authorized by the Patriot Act and subsequently revealed by renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The government may dismiss their concerns as failure to recognize legitimate national security aims, given the horror of 9/11. But the hard fact remains that the Fourth Amendment

Records Prove Muslim Brotherhood
Delegates Skipped Airport Inspections
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Steven Emerson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 7:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Newly released records confirm a 2012 Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) report that the State Department cleared the way for a visiting delegation of Muslim Brotherhood officials to enter the country without undergoing routine inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The April 2012 visit came before the Muslim Brotherhood´s candidate was elected Egypt´s president, although the Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had won a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections. The expedited entry is known as a "port courtesy" normally reserved for high-ranking visiting government officials and dignitaries. The records, marked "sensitive but unclassified," were obtained through a Freedom

Watch Richard Simmons Perform
a Bizarre Dance-Off to Get You
to Sign Up for Obamacare
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 7:09:07 PM     Post Reply
There are no words to describe what happened Friday during a live event held by Covered California designed to increase interest among young people in the Affordable Care Act. Actually… there are words: insane, perplexing, inexplicable, and psychologically scarring come to mind. What was billed as a “live celebration of the 35 million Americans who now gain access to affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act,” the six and a half hour event rapidly — almost immediately — devolved into a celebration of the offbeat and eccentric. And it was fitness guru Richard Simmons who took us there. Millennials,

Judicial Watch to Boehner: Create Select
Committee to Investigate Benghazi
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/17/2014 6:56:53 PM     Post Reply
There is little doubt that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is dodging a thorough, top-to-bottom, no-holds-barred investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack. The only question is, “Why?” As the only non-governmental organization in the country litigating in federal court to uncover the full story about what happened before, during, and following the Benghazi massacre, Judicial Watch knows first-hand that the full story has not been told and that a massive cover-up is underway. As we said in our special report, The Benghazi Attack of September 11, 2012: Analysis and Further Questions from a Diplomatic Security Service Regional Security Officer

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