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GOP activists side with
Chris Christie over media
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/20/2014 3:56:32 PM     Post Reply
Conservative activists haven’t exactly been beating the drums for Chris Christie to run for president in 2016 — many view him as too accommodating to the left and too much a creature of the Republican East Coast establishment. But as they watch the bridge traffic scandal unfold in New Jersey, jeopardizing the New Jersey governor’s political future, some are finding that an old maxim holds true: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” In their eyes, the mainstream media is the enemy. Its unrelenting coverage of Christie’s troubles over the past 10 days is generating a surprising level of sympathy

64% of Israelis Believe Obama
Won´t Prevent Iran from
getting Nuclear Weapons
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/20/2014 3:52:20 PM     Post Reply
A new poll finds that 64 percent of Israelis believe President Obama will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Only 22 percent "trust" that the U.S. president will be able "to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon." "Just one in five Israeli voters believes that President Barack Obama will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to a new survey conducted for The Times of Israel," the Israeli news outlet reports. "Asked if they agreed with the statement, “I trust US President Barack Obama to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon,” just 22 percent of

Obama celebrates MLK holiday,
visits soup kitchen
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 3:48:53 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service Monday by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals and a host of administration figures fanned out across the capital to appear at holiday events. Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha to DC Central Kitchen, which is a few minutes away from the White House by presidential motorcade. They joined an assembly line that was churning out burritos. Asked what the burritos were being stuffed with, Obama said it looked like lamb. It actually was beef in a sauce, along with unidentified vegetables

  


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Death race to Damascus continues
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/20/2014 3:43:17 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee report on the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans was released. The primary investigative report, including redactions, consists of 42 pages with an additional 16 pages of appendices and another 25 pages of additional “majority views.” While the report validates much of what I’ve written well in advance of media reports, it also appears to be deliberately deficient in a number of critical areas. The report acknowledges that there were no protests over an obscure internet video at this facility in Benghazi, which was neither an embassy

Sarah Palin: Obama should
stop ´playing race card´
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 3:38:00 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin criticized President Obama on Monday and invoked Martin Luther King Jr.´s "I Have a Dream" speech. "Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card," Palin wrote on her Facebook page on Monday, the national holiday marking the civil rights icon´s birthday. She included King´s quote -- "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of

Mother shares heartbreaking photos
of baby son born at just 19 weeks
Daily Mail (UK), by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/20/2014 2:51:45 PM     Post Reply
A Pennsylvania mother who gave birth to her son at 19 weeks posted her story and photographs on her blog to share with friends and family, but her brave choice has spread way beyond her immediate circle to bring comfort to other grieving mothers. Alexis Fretz was 30 years old and 19 weeks pregnant with her third child when she began bleeding lightly. Not overly worried, she called her midwife and as a precaution was advised to head to the ER in a Kokomo, Indiana hospital for a check-up. By the end of the day, her son Walter had been

Brains of elderly slow because
they know so much
Telegraph [UK], by Sarah Knapton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 2:38:06 PM     Post Reply
Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline. “The human brain works slower in old age,” said Dr. Michael Ramscar, “but only because we have stored more information over time. “The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know

  


  

´I´m readier´ to be president, says
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 2:32:06 PM     Post Reply
The focus on his staff´s handling of the ?Bridgegate affair and the media´s obsession with his sharp-elbow tactics hasn´t dulled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie´s interest in the White House, which he now says he´s “readier” for. “I think I´m a fairly good politician,” Christie told Yahoo´s Matt Bai in an interview. Asked about running for the White House, which he refused to do in 2012 because he wasn’t ready, Christie said, “I’m readier, if that’s a word.” Christie added, “I think it is most likely that the next Republican nominee for president will be a governor.” The bridge affair

Welcome to LA´s ´death alley´:
Two-mile stretch of road which
has had 60 homicides in seven years
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 2:25:48 PM     Post Reply
A new series of photos shows a daily life in Westmont, Los Angeles -- including a 2-mile stretch where 60 people have been killed since 2007. Nicknamed ´Death Alley,´ it is part of the city´s South Vermont Avenue, and goes up to the Imperial Highway. Most of the people killed on this road were shot to death.Westmont is one of the deadliest places to live in Los Angeles County -- 100 people were killed in the 1.8 mile space between Los Angeles and Inglewood in the last seven years, The Los Angeles Times reports. The community does have its own

Christie says he´s ´readier´ to be
president despite Bridgegate scandal
which made him feel ´like I got hit
across the forehead with a 2x4´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 2:22:37 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he´s ´readier´ to be president than he was a few years ago and has hit back at claims he knew about Bridgegate as ´ridiculous´ and ´arrogant.´ He claimed in a softball interview conducted by Yahoo! News on Friday that learning learning about incriminating emails sent by his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, was ´completely disorienting, like I got hit across the forehead with a 2x4.´ Pressure on Christie has intensified in the last week as his political and campaign offices and 18 aides and political appointees received subpoenas for documents related to the George Washington

SAS to guard British athletes
at Winter Olympic Games
Daily Express [UK], by James Murray, Will Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 2:11:56 PM     Post Reply
The SAS are on standby to protect British athletes when the Winter Olympics start next month in Sochi. [Snip] Although Russia is primarily responsible for the safety and security of all athletes in the Black Sea resort, SAS soldiers will be on hand to protect our athletes in the event of an incident. A team GB spokesman said: “As with previous Olympic Games, we will have security personnel as part of our delegation. For obvious reasons, much of what is done in the area of security must be kept confidential.” Russia has thrown a ring of steel around Sochi, flooding

  


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Life as a Female Journalist: Hot or Not?
New York Times, by Amy Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 2:04:00 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — IN 2009, I wrote a cover story for Wired magazine about the anti-vaccine movement and profiled Paul Offit, a leading proponent of vaccines for children. Dr. Offit is a man. I am a woman. That was sufficient grounds for things to get ugly. In online comments and over email, I was called a prostitute and the C-word. J. B. Handley, a critic of childhood vaccination and the founder of the autism group Generation Rescue, affiliated with the actress Jenny McCarthy, sent me an essay titled, “Paul Offit Rapes (intellectually) Amy Wallace and Wired Magazine.” In it, he implied

Russia hunts as many as four
‘black widow’ bombers before Olympics
New York Daily News, by Joe Kemp    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 2:00:06 PM     Post Reply
Russian authorities are looking for as many four women who could be used in terrorist attacks during the Winter Olympic games — including one suspect who may have already slipped through the ring of security in Sochi. Ruzanna (Salima) Ibragimova, 22 — the widow of an Islamic militant killed during a gun battle with police last year — has been missing from her Dagestan home since last month, ABC News reported. Wanted posters with Ibragimova’s picture littered area hotels and even a nearby airport last weekend, the news station reported, after authorities launched a massive search for the woman.

Coyote conspiracy: Myth, or
state-business collusion?
The Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Rita Giordano    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 1/20/2014 1:56:25 PM     Post Reply
Mike Gambardello, a construction worker from Pennsauken, has been hunting for 17 of his 25 years. He recalls clearly and with pride taking down his first deer, a four-point buck, in the Pine Barrens at age 15. His father was there to see it. "It´s the biggest high you can ever get in your life," he said. But in the last several years, Gambardello has become increasingly aware of other hunters in the woods: Coyotes. "Eight years ago, it was very, very rare," he said. "Now walk down the road, and you see more coyote tracks than deer tracks." He

World´s richest 85 people have as
much as bottom half the population
McClatchy Foreign, by Matthew Schofield    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/20/2014 1:22:33 PM     Post Reply
The world’s richest 85 people control the same amount of wealth as the total held by half the world’s population, according to a report issued today by the British-based anti-poverty charity Oxfam. The means the world’s poorest 3,550,000,000 (3.55 billion) people must live on what the richest 85 possess. Another way to look at it: Each of the wealthiest 85 Earthlings has access to the resources available to about 42 million of the world’s poor, a population equal to the total number of people living in Canada, with those all those from Kentucky and Kansas tossed in.

  


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Do we face a disastrous
century due to global cooling?
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/20/2014 1:03:23 PM     Post Reply
Are we facing a dangerous period of global cooling? That´s not a question that many have been asking. But reports that there has been a sharp reduction in sunspot activity raises that possibility. It has happened before. (Snip) The result of the “Maunder Minimum” of sunspots was a so-called Little Ice Age, with significantly colder temperatures in the temperate zones, low crop yields to the point of famine and, Parker writes, “a greater frequency of severe weather events—such as flash floods, freak storms, prolonged drought and abnormal (as well as abnormally long) cold spells.” Global warming alarmists have been claiming

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

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

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