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Obama Wouldn’t Let His
Adult Son Play Pro Football
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 1:01:02 PM     Post Reply
He doesn’t have a son — that we know of — but that didn’t stop President Obama from weighing in on the pro football concussion controversy. The president made those comments in a wide-ranging interview appearing in The New Yorker today. The Hill reports: President Obama said that he believed NFL players “know what they’re doing” and understood the impact that concussions could have on their long-term health in an interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday, adding that he would not let his son play pro football. “At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor,” Obama

Two-thirds unhappy with income
distribution, Gallup poll finds
The Hill (Washington DC), by Blake Neff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 12:52:37 PM     Post Reply
As debate in Washington turns increasingly to the issue of income inequality, Gallup´s annual “Mood of the Nation” survey finds that two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with the current distribution of income and wealth in the U.S. When asked how satisfied they were with the “the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.,” 67 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied, while 39 percent described themselves as very dissatisfied. In contrast, only 32 percent were content with America´s wealth distribution, and a scant 7 percent described themselves as very satisfied. While there is a sizable gap in sentiments

‘Parallel universe’: Woman spends
6 weeks trying to disenroll from ObamaCare
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 12:47:55 PM     Post Reply
Think it´s hard to enroll in ObamaCare? Try getting out of it. Missouri resident Lesli Hill learned the hard way that terminating an Affordable Care Act plan can be far more difficult than navigating the website to buy one. She spent six weeks being bounced from operator to operator, calling the help line, using the online chat, blasting out emails to anyone who would listen, before ultimately driving to Kansas City last week to enlist her insurance company´s help. Only then was she able to break through the bureaucratic logjam, and cancel her policy. "It´s consumed my whole life," she

  


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Nashua duck case: Two aldermen
seek commissioner´s resignation
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Kimberly Houghton    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 1/20/2014 12:09:36 PM     Post Reply
NASHUA — Two city officials say Police Commissioner Thomas Pappas should resign because of his involvement with state Rep. David Campbell and an accident in which the lawmaker ran over and killed five ducks. "Commissioner Pappas should resign, but does not seem inclined to do so," said Alderman Ken Siegel, Ward 9. "... Now, we can only sit idly by and hope that the governor puts ethics ahead of politics." Members of Nashua´s police commission are appointed by the governor.

Dallas Morning News Calls Out
Wendy Davis for ‘Blurring’ Facts
About Personal Life
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 12:05:01 PM     Post Reply
As pro-choice icon State Sen. Wendy Davis continues her run for Governor of Texas, it’s only natural that the image she’s constructed for herself comes under public scrutiny. On Sunday afternoon, The Dallas Morning News‘s senior political writer called out the Democratic lawmaker for “blurring” key details of her personal biography as she attempts to lure voters into her camp. “Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century,” Morning News political writer Wayne Slater noted. “[I]t is her biography —

Inside the Beltway: The bipartisan
side of the March for Life
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 1/20/2014 11:58:09 AM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are not ignoring the March for Life, scheduled at high noon Wednesday on the National Mall, and currently the largest pro-life demonstration on the planet, according to organizers. “In a rare feat for the nation’s capital, representatives from both sides of the aisle will come together,” the organizers say, pointing out that keynote speakers include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Dan Lipinski, Illinois Democrat. Also speaking, though the House is in recess this week: Republican Reps. Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey and Vicky Hartzler of Missouri.

Custom Writing Service Says
Students ´No Longer Have to Face
the Burden of Academic Coursework´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:37:15 AM     Post Reply
A Dallas-based company that writes research papers, essays and other classroom assignments -- so students don´t have to -- says it is doing so well that it has expanded its staff from just a few writers to more than 100 in the past year. The company bills itself as the one "students trust to write professional, in-depth and plagiarism-free essays that receive the highest grades for all levels of coursework...so they no longer have to face the burden of academic coursework." It says the writing is done for an "affordable" fee; and it has foreign writers on staff for non-American

  


  

Velveeta Cheesy Skillet single
dinners recalled over packaging
Chicago Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:31:05 AM     Post Reply
Almost two million pounds of single-serving Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillet dinners are being recalled because the labels didn´t identify that they contain soy products. The 9-ounce microwaveable Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac meals were made over the last seven months and have use/sell by date between March and October, 2014. The dinners are produced by Truitt Brothers Inc. of East Bernstadt, Ky., which reported the ingredient list error to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said there have been no reports of illnesses due to the mix-up. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the

The Left’s War on the Free Press
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Sonny Bunch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:22:38 AM     Post Reply
As anyone who has been paying attention knows, the left isn’t terribly fond of the free press because the free press makes the narrative harder to control. That’s why you end up with “thought leaders” like Paul Krugman bemoaning the fact that his preferred narrative is “up for argument.”* Krugman’s lament is benign in comparison to a pair of other complaints aired this weekend. Remember the story published by Grantland and written by Caleb Hannan that I highlighted? Hannan and his editors were faced with a tough choice: publish a story about someone who was caught lying about her past

Supreme Court to Hear Case
on Forced Unionization
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:19:55 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court will hear arguments about forced unionization among government workers on Tuesday in a case that could greatly curtail powerful labor groups. At issue is an Illinois law crafted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.) and enforced by his successor Pat Quinn (D.) that forces home healthcare workers, including family members caring for relatives, to pay union dues. The state claims that the caregivers are government employees since patients receive taxpayer dollars through Medicaid and Medicare. But the issue is more complicated than who is signing the checks, according to lawyers for the National Right to Work Legal

People remember "Bob" the
opossum at funeral home
WLOX-13 [Biloxi, MS], by Christine Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/20/2014 11:19:07 AM     Post Reply
GULFPORT, MS - He´s been used to teach thousands of people about wildlife with Wild at Heart Rescue Center. Last year alone he took part in nearly 300 educational programs. But on Saturday, Bob the opossum wasn´t playing dead; he actually died a few months ago due to a neurological injury. Recently, a good Samaritan stepped up and donated funds so Bob could have a proper funeral. His viewing was held at A Pet´s Memory Funeral Home and Crematory in Gulfport Saturday afternoon. Those who´ve come in contact with Bob over the years paid their respects to the marsupial. Many

  


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Wendy Davis Testimony in
Federal Trial: ´I Got Divorced
by the Time I Was 19´
Breitbart Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:16:38 AM     Post Reply
Texas State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis testified in a Washington, D.C. Federal courtroom on January 20, 2012 that she "got divorced by the time [she] was 19 years old." The Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday that, in fact, Senator Davis did not file for divorce from her first husband, Frank Underwood, until December, 1983, when she was 20 years and six months old. The divorce was finalized on May 22, 1984, just a week after her 21st birthday. The case in which Senator Davis testified, State of Texas, plaintiff, vs. United States of America and Eric

Barbara Bush confesses:
´I love Bill Clinton´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/20/2014 11:00:27 AM     Post Reply
Barbara Bush has spent recent weeks in the hospital for breathing difficulties. But before that the former First Lady granted a long interview to the calm cameras of C-SPAN for its revealing two-year series of profiles on the nation´s first ladies. Monday´s program will examine the influence and image of presidential wives and will focus entirely on the spouse of President No. 41 and mother of President No. 43.

Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor´s Favorability
Now Nine Points Above Barack Obama´s
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/20/2014 10:54:01 AM     Post Reply
In a bad omen for Democrats hopes in the mid-term elections, Barack Obama’s favorability rating has slide so far that he’s now nine points under the rating for our favorite crack-smoking Canadian mayor. In the most recent polling, Rob Ford gets 47% of Toronto’s denizen’s approval, while Obama gets a dismal 38% from Americans: Mayor Rob Ford’s response to the December ice storm seems to have thawed his approval rating, according to a new poll. A Forum Research poll provided exclusively to the Toronto Sun found Ford’s approval rating slid up in the wake of last month’s storm to 47% – up from

Wendy, We Hardly Knew Ye
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:51:35 AM     Post Reply
Last June, Texas state senator Wendy Davis led an unsuccessful filibuster trying to block a bill abandoning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She became a mainstream media darling was hailed as “incredible” by the national Girl Scouts office, and her flush $12 million-campaign war chest almost certainly makes her the Democratic candidate for Texas governor. But unlike her fellow Texan, U.S. senator Ted Cruz, who stayed on his feet for hours in September of last year speaking against Obamacare, Davis didn’t see her background and life story put under a microscope and picked apart. The Daily Beast went so far

  


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Philanthropists rescue S.F.
from $105,000 in Batkid costs
San Francisco Chronicle, by Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:43:45 AM     Post Reply
Here´s a happy ending - philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman have quietly handed San Francisco a check for $105,000 to cover all the city´s costs of the Batkid day that took the world by storm. "When we read in your column how the Make-A-Wish Foundation was trying to raise the money to pay back the city for the setup and public safety costs surrounding the event, we thought, ´Wait a minute - they shouldn´t have to pay for such a good deed and such an amazing event,´ " John Goldman said when we called about the donation. Goldman said the donation was

The ´conversion rate´ on Healthcare.gov:
This Obamacare number that nobody is
talking about may be the most revealing
Forbes, by Scott Gottlieb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:37:14 AM     Post Reply
When officials at the Department of Health and Human Services announced the most recent Obamacare enrollment figures earlier this week, they focused on one brag point amidst otherwise discouraging news about the program’s progress. According to government tallies, 44.5 million people called or visited state and federal websites they said, presumably indicating broad interest in the new benefit. But we also know that only 2.2 million people have signed up for Obamacare. Factoring in all of the professed web traffic, this would mean that the number of people who signed up (but didn’t necessarily pay) for an Obamacare health plan

Sebelius: Observe MLK Day
by signing up for Obamacare
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Sparky86- 1/20/2014 10:15:50 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is using the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to encourage Americans to sign up for the troubled Obamacare system. “As we celebrate the inspirational life of Dr. King, please join us in this historic effort by helping your friends, neighbors, and loved ones get covered through the Marketplace,” Sebelius said of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Liberalism in Brooklyn
American Thinker, by David Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/20/2014 10:02:06 AM     Post Reply
I am watching them take my country from me -- the Obamas, the de Blasios, the Holders, the generic Democrats with their imaginary sincerity and their simplistic complaints about income inequality. As if excellence and the ability to earn are wicked traits. In the meantime, Obama and his ilk are living pretty well. They are not sleeping in boxes on cold urban streets. Like thieves in the night, they try to steal the votes from the poor so that they can live even richer lifestyles. They pretend to identify with the middle class, as if their lifestyles and prestige even resemble

Video threat emerges amid security
concerns over Sochi Winter Olympics
CNN, by Laura Smith-Spark and Catherine E. S    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 9:51:11 AM     Post Reply
A video surfaces threatening the Winter Olympics. Russia´s President vows the Games will be safe. Some U.S. lawmakers warn that they won´t be. One thing was clear as debate over the situation surged on Sunday: security is a top concern, less than three weeks away from the competition. Winter Olympics threat Putin: Gays ´can feel safe´ at Sochi U.S. Rep. on Sochi: Russia not sharing Sen. on Sochi security: ´I would not go´ "It´s a very serious fear," Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, told CNN´s State of the Union Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that the Games, like any high-profile event, could be a

  



On Running from Reality
American Thinker, by Don Sucher    Original Article
Posted By: chabis- 1/20/2014 9:46:52 AM     Post Reply
It seems to be almost universally true that people who cannot comfortably deal with reality run from it, and often at a gallop. This is nothing new; mankind has been doing so likely since the beginning of time. And the methods used to do so now are really nothing new either. ...at least not if we look below the surface. Young children often have an aversion to reality. Their ways of running from it are often amusing: the pretend friend, the one that takes their side when things are difficult, and the pretend enemy, the one who takes the blame for their errors and misdeeds.

Israel To Kerry: Back Off
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/20/2014 9:17:29 AM     Post Reply
April is the deadline John Kerry has set for himself. By then he aims to negotiate a peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He’s been at it for six months, to the dismay of pretty much everyone, especially the Israelis. Last week, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon blew his stack at Kerry. Yaalon said, in conversations with American and Israeli officials, that Kerry “operates from an incomprehensible obsession and a sense of messianism — can’t teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.” He added, “The American plan for security arrangements that was shown to us isn’t worth

Christie speaks, and looks for lessons
Yahoo News, by Matt Bai    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 9:16:58 AM     Post Reply
“I will learn things from this,” Chris Christie told me last Friday, a little more than a week after he gave the News Conference to End All News Conferences, and a few days after the cable channels covered his annual address to the legislature in Trenton as if it were Nixon waving from the helicopter. “I know I will. I don’t know exactly what it is yet that I’ll learn from it. But when I get the whole story and really try to understand what’s going on here, I know I’m going to learn things.” We were sitting in a conference

Our Selfish ´Public Servants´
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/20/2014 9:05:47 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes the most obvious thing is the most unnoticed. I find myself thinking this week about the destructive force of selfishness in our political life. This common failing is the source of such woe! Politicians call themselves public servants, so they should be expected to be less selfish than the average Joe ; their views and actions should be assumed to be more keenly directed toward the broad public good. But no one expects that of politicians anymore, and they know it and use the knowledge to justify being even worse than they´d normally be.

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