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Power play: Federal ruling
forbids states from checking
voters’ citizenship
Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 1:09:56 PM     Post Reply
A federal commission rejected three states’ requests to ask voters for proof of citizenship, issuing a complex decision Friday that said it’s up to the national government, not the states, to decide what to include on registration forms. Under the motor-voter law, federal officials distribute voter-registration forms in all of the states. Arizona, Kansas and Georgia all asked that those forms request proof of citizenship, but the federal Election Assistance Commission rejected that in a 46-page ruling. The EAC said states can check driver’s license databases or ask federal immigration authorities for information, but they cannot tell the federal government

Obama: ‘I’ll act on my own’ to
make ‘breakthrough year’ happen
Washington Times (D.C), by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 1:06:45 PM     Post Reply
Again promising to act on his own wherever and whenever he can, President Obama on Saturday said the U.S. is on the cusp of an economic breakthrough but accused Republicans of standing in the way. “We are primed to bring back more of the good jobs claimed by the recession and lost to overseas competition in recent decades. But that requires a year of action,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “And I want to work with Congress this year on proven ways to create jobs, like building infrastructure and fixing our broken immigration system. When Congress isn’t acting,

Coverage Expansion Fail: Less Than
One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange
Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured
Forbes, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/18/2014 12:44:30 PM     Post Reply
At the end of the day, for all of the rhetoric and promises about what Obamacare would achieve, the health law’s most ardent supporters have stuck to their guns because of one thing: coverage expansion. But new data suggests that Obamacare may fail even to achieve this goal. Instead of expanding coverage to those without it, Obamacare is replacing the pre-existing market for private insurance. Surveys from insurers and other industry players indicate that as few as 11 percent of those on Obamacare’s exchanges were previously uninsured. If these trends continue, the probability increases that Obamacare will eventually get repealed.

  


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It´s not poverty that breeds jihadis
New York Post, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/18/2014 12:35:59 PM     Post Reply
The myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist never dies. Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest Obama 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 naïveté. While meeting with Catholic officials at the Vatican 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 only every al Qaeda

How much longer can President
Obama claim that he ´didn´t know´?
American Thinker, by Silvio Canto, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 11:57:06 AM     Post Reply
According to The NY Times, President Obama didn´t know again: "At the same time, aides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone. "Things seem to have grown at the N.S.A.," Mr. Plouffe said, citing specifically the tapping of foreign leaders´ telephones. "I think it was disturbing to most people, and I think he found it disturbing."" Sorry but this is incredible! I have to assume that President Obama was briefed about the full extent of these programs when he walked into

Military school teacher’s torrid
affair with 15-year-old girl
included pretend WEDDING VOWS
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 11:53:01 AM     Post Reply
Teachers never cease to impress in their quests to have sex with underage high school students. The latest incident appears to involve a 15-year-old girl and a lusty 54-year-old male teacher who routinely hid her away in his bachelor pad in a shabby apartment community. The twist this time is that the teacher, Duane Ernest Adams, said he and the girl have exchanged wedding vows a well as rings, reports the Ocala Star-Banner. They’re in love, see. And Adams assured detectives that, in the eyes of God, he and the girl are married. He added that his plan had been

With California´s strong nut
market, thieves see chance to steal
the crops by truckloads
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 11:50:08 AM     Post Reply
ESCALON, Calif. –The soaring value of California´s nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves, who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days. In one case from this harvest season in the Central Valley, thieves cut through a fence and hauled off $400,000 in walnuts. Investigators suspect low-level organized crime, while some pilfered nuts are ending up in Los Angeles for resale at farmers markets or disappear into the black market. Such heists have become so common that an industry task force has devised ways to thwart

  


  

The Next GOP Leadership Betrayal
Canada Free Press, by Michael R. Shannon    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/18/2014 11:47:12 AM     Post Reply
House Republican leadership is preparing to betray the base. Again. To illustrate the magnitude of the sellout I was going to use a hypothetical analogy with Democrats and their base. Initially I was going to posit that Sen. Tim Kaine (D–Secular) had changed his mind about abortion. For years Kaine has said that although he’s personally opposed to abortion, he is not willing to impose his beliefs on a ‘woman’s right to choose.’ Essentially confessing that his Catholic faith is not strong enough to get in the way of his political ambitions. (In his last campaign he became even more weaselly,

What were once vices
are now Dem priority
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/18/2014 11:46:53 AM     Post Reply
Kimberly Strassel’s weekly Wall Street Journal column “IRS targeting and 2014? is something of a bombshell. As Mark Tapscott explains, Strassel reports that keeping the IRS “muzzle in place” for 2014 was Obama’s top priority during negotiations with House Republicans on the just-passed omnibus spending bill. (snip) In other words, the Obama administration seeks to achieve legally by regulation in 2014 what it achieved illegally by agents acting under orders in the 2012 election cycle. What were once vices are now to become the law.

Cash for Kidneys: The Case
for a Market for Organs
Wall Street Journal, by Gary S. Becker & Julio J. Elias    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 11:45:07 AM     Post Reply
In 2012, 95,000 American men, women and children were on the waiting list for new kidneys, the most commonly transplanted organ. Yet only about 16,500 kidney transplant operations were performed that year. Taking into account the number of people who die while waiting for a transplant, this implies an average wait of 4.5 years for a kidney transplant in the U.S. The situation is far worse than it was just a decade ago, when nearly 54,000 people were on the waiting list, with an average wait of 2.9 years. For all the recent attention devoted to the health-care overhaul, the

Paul Ryan’s New Idea Is
Really Smart—But Will It Fly?
Fiscal Times, by Rob Garver    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 11:43:32 AM     Post Reply
As part of the general effort among Republicans in Washington to prevent President Obama’s focus on inequality from painting them as the party of plutocrats, Rep. Paul Ryan appeared at the Brookings Institution this week to talk about poverty. The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice-presidential nominee discussed how the poor could be “reintegrated” into society, and as part of his speech, he proposed that the United States consider adopting a “Universal Credit” scheme that would both streamline the various social safety net payments and tax credits the poor receive and, rather than cutting off abruptly when recipients cross a certain

  


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Breaking News: Labour election
candidate and fellow Briton among
21 people killed in Kabul
suicide bombing
Daily Mail (UK), by Amie Keeley, Wills Robinson*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 11:41:30 AM     Post Reply
A Labour candidate for the forthcoming European elections was one of the two Britons killed in a devastating suicide attack in Kabul that claimed 21 lives. Labour leader Ed Miliband this morning confirmed that Del Singh, who had been campaigning to become MEP for the South West, was killed in Afghan capital. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office had already confirmed that two British nationals are among those killed in last night´s incident. Scroll down for video

Ted Cruz praises Abbott but won’t
say yet if he backs him for governor
Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Gromer Jeffers, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 10:59:42 AM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Ted Cruz praised his former boss, Greg Abbott, on Friday but declined to endorse the attorney general’s bid for governor. “Time will tell,” he said. “Greg Abbott is someone I think extraordinarily highly of. He is a strong, principled conservative who has meant a great deal to me over a decade. I admire Greg Abbott.” Cruz, a tea party leader and hero in the Republican activist movement, has said he probably will not back candidates in contests that feature incumbent Republicans. But the governorship is open, as Republican Rick Perry is stepping down at the end of his current

NY Gov. Cuomo: Pro-Life,
Pro-Gun, Pro-Marriage Conservatives
´Have No Place In The State´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PeoplesRepublikNY- 1/18/2014 10:45:54 AM     Post Reply
On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), who has been widely discussed as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, told Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom that “extreme conservatives” should leave the state. He said that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay” have “no place in the state of New York.” He began by ripping into the Tea Party

GOP Frets About Year-End Fundraising
Thanks to Shutdown
Roll Call, by Emily Cahn    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/18/2014 10:21:18 AM     Post Reply
A financially damaging mix of a government shutdown and the holiday shopping season has prompted top Republican operatives to temper expectations for fourth-quarter fundraising reports, which are due at the end of the month. The final three months of the year are always a notoriously difficult time for members to raise money, as donor interest and candidate call time decline during the holidays. But the 16-day government shutdown in October further poisoned the financial well, especially for House Republicans, who polls show took most of the blame for the standoff. As year-end fundraising reports trickle in over the next few weeks, GOP

  


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Dope or dopes?
Philadelphia Daily News [PA], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/18/2014 10:12:12 AM     Post Reply
TWO recent economic experiments tell us a good deal about the priorities of young Americans. They want marijuana, and they´re not so crazy about Obamacare. First, the pot. Colorado essentially legalized the drug Jan. 1. There are lines around the block, most outlets are already sold out, and the price has shot up to $400 an ounce. A quick look at photos of those lined up for pot tells you they´re exactly the kind of people Obamacare needs. Most experts agree that Obamacare would work best if the so-called young invincibles would agree to buy insurance. But these same invincibles are not crazy

Obama Can’t Help Dems Keep Senate
Commentary, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/18/2014 10:04:49 AM     Post Reply
President Obama understands the stakes in the midterm elections all too well. If Republicans take back the Senate in November that will give them a stranglehold on both Houses of Congress and ensure that the president will get nothing passed in his final two years in office. If the talk about the president being a lame duck hasn’t already begun, such a result would ensure him being consigned to irrelevance for the remainder of his term. While the GOP missed chances to win seats in the last two election cycles, 2014 offers them a golden opportunity with the Democrats defending

7 Lies Liberals Tell Young Americans
Town Hall, by John Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/18/2014 9:54:15 AM     Post Reply
Saying that life is hard is kind of like saying the sun is hot, water is wet, or noting that politicians lie a lot. It´s so obvious that anyone who´s paying attention already knows that it´s true. That being said, life´s even harder when you´re working under false assumptions that have been drilled into you by your teachers, college professors, Hollywood, and politicians in D.C. Much of what liberalism drums into the young skulls full of mush simply isn´t true and millions of lives have been ruined by people finding it out the hard way. The good news is that

Cavuto: Why do we willingly fork over
more money to known spending addicts
and expect a different result?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/18/2014 9:42:12 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a pretty slow day, friends, and I’m a fan of a good truth-spittin’ Neil Cavuto monologue as much as the next gal — so here’s a bit of sanity after a week chock-full of the trumped-up demagoguery of extending unemployment benefits, income inequality, and the minimum wage, and before a year that’s sure to be all about the same as Democrats seek to avoid the disaster that is their leader’s crowning legislative achievement. Five years and one piddling “recovery” later, and progressives are fully convinced that the only thing that went wrong with their big-government, more spending, more

Obama: I want to work with
Congress on new jobs
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/18/2014 9:41:14 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. This week, I visited a company in Raleigh, North Carolina that helps make electric motors that save businesses money on energy costs and cut harmful carbon pollution.And I stopped by N.C. State University, where engineers are set to develop the new technology that will make those motors even better. It’s part of my push not only to make America home to more high-tech manufacturing — but to make America more attractive for the good jobs that a growing middle class requires.

  



The Reign of Collective Stupidity
American Thinker, by David Solway    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 9:40:36 AM     Post Reply
An acquaintance of mine tells the story of finding himself in the midst of a public demonstration against Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The chant being raised, so reminiscent of the 1960s, was: Hey, Hey, Ho Ho! Stephen Harper Has Got To Go. My acquaintance asked a placard-bearing young woman, obviously a student, what precisely she objected to in Harper´s conduct and policies. She was unable to respond. He repeated his question and, after some hesitation on her part, received the answer: "I don´t know, but he´s got to go." Ipse dixit! Listening to CBC radio´s weekly opinion sampler, Cross-Canada Checkup,

GOP: Everyone wants new jobs except
Harry Reid´s Senate Democrats
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/18/2014 9:26:55 AM     Post Reply
Hello. I’m Congressman Marlin Stutzman, a fourth-generation farmer, and I have the honor of serving Indiana’s Third District. Across the country, from small towns to inner cities, too many of our fellow citizens feel like the American Dream is out of reach. More than ten million Americans are unemployed. Last month, roughly 350,000 Americans—a little more than the population of Tampa, Florida—stopped looking for work.

The Three Christs of Obamanism
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/18/2014 9:22:59 AM     Post Reply
I start with an apology to faithful Christians who believe in one Christ the Savior. This column is not about religion, but about a classical psychological study of three mental patients in Ypsilanti, Michigan, each of whom believed he was the true Christ. The study appeared in 1964, called The Three Christs of Ypsilanti. (snip) False prophets are typically megalomaniacs, but they are also charismatic, so they can persuade others to validate their deadly fantasies. Jim Jones was one. We have seen others. False prophets often bring mass tragedy in their wake. Or, to put it differently, there is hardly a

Obama´s NSA Speech: More mush
from the proto-tyrant
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/18/2014 9:03:30 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday, President Obama delivered a speech to an audience at the Justice Department on NSA telephone spying that, in typical fashion, said very little of substance but sounded nice until you paid attention. Almost every change announced included a backdoor that vitiated any substantial change. (snip) Obama is behaving like a tyrant, but doing it sneakily, with the connivance of a mainstream media that refuses to present to their audience the alarming stories of what is really going on. The low information majority is blissfully unaware that the organs of state power are being mobilized to suppress Obama´s political opponents. In

Baby-faced teen suspected in
Target data breach that hit 110M
New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 8:54:08 AM     Post Reply
This baby-faced teen is a key suspect in developing the software that was used in the massive security breach that hit as many as 110 million Target shoppers last holiday season, according to a shocking new report. In addition, the malicious software, or malware, has infected the payment systems of six other retailers — a possible sign that a half-dozen other attacks are underway, a California cyber-security firm said in the report. The firm, IntelCrawler, which has tracked the malware’s architect for months, ut/press08?>said on Friday that its main suspect is this boy in the photo. He’s a 17-year-old with “roots” in

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