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Steve Stockman Is Having
Fun / Lying with Photoshop
Atlantic Wire, by Phillip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 1:53:02 PM     Post Reply
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, who is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in this year´s Republican primary, couldn´t find a picture of Cornyn smiling at President Obama. So someone on his team made one, repurposing an old photo of Florida´s Charlie Crist. The odd image was spotted by Politico´s Burgess Everett on Stockman´s breathless Cornyn Loves Obamacare website. Of the image, which is below, Burgess pointed out that it looked "like Cornyn´s face was photoshopped onto Biden´s head." Right idea; wrong guy. It´s actually a 2009 photo of Obama with Crist, who was governor of Florida at the time. Here´s the original image,

What does the NSA
Know about Obama?
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 1:49:39 PM     Post Reply
National Security Agency (NSA) veterans Bill Binney, Russ Tice and Kirk Wiebe spoke at a Friday news conference at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., with Tice declaring that the spy agency monitored Barack Obama’s telephone conversations—and those of his wife—in 2004, apparently as a result of Obama’s run for the U.S. Senate and emergence as a major figure in the Democratic Party. This should have been big news. However, the claim was ignored or dismissed by most of the major media. A major exception was NBC News, which posted a clip from the press conference and an item noting

The blunt truth — White house drug
czar contradicts Obama on marijuana
Washington Times, by Ernest Istook    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/21/2014 12:57:45 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s latest claims about marijuana are contradicted by research and official positions of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House. And Mr. Obama’s words have anti-drug leaders worried about negative repercussions among youth. Mr. Obama claimed to The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol and he promoted state efforts by Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. The National Drug Control Policy’s official stance, posted on the whitehouse.gov website, says the opposite of Mr. Obama on all counts. For example, as documented in agency

  


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Syria: Assad’s torture camps
expose Ban Ki-moon’s naivety
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 12:52:02 PM     Post Reply
What a way to run a peace conference. One minute the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the Iranians to attend; the next he is forced into the humiliating position of withdrawing his invitation to Tehran, with all the implications that is likely to have for the success of this week´s scheduled talks in Montreux. [Snip] For anyone who has followed closely Syria´s brutal descent into full-scale civil war, Iran´s fundamental objective has been to ensure at all costs the survival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s regime, its most important regional ally. Thus the UN´s requirement that Tehran accept the protocols

A new ´crypto-war´ breaks out,
as citizens and criminals learn
to hide from government
Telegraph [UK], by Jamie Bartlett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 12:41:30 PM     Post Reply
Throughout the 1980s the US government was increasingly worried about a new, ungovernable public space. Although still tiny, this “cyberspace” was becoming a nuisance to the law: untraceable paedophile networks were sharing images, anonymous hackers were stealing intellectual property. In 1990 the FBI launched Operation Sun Devil, a nationwide, over-the-top crackdown on hackers and upped their monitoring of the online world. [Snip] But here’s Act Two of the drama. Philip Zimmerman was so incensed by the government trying to stop people from using cryptography that he decided to develop powerful cryptographic software and make freely available to everyone. His “PGP” remains

Sen. Tim Scott Responds to NAACP Official
Who Called Him a Ventriloquist’s ‘Dummy’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Moritz55- 1/21/2014 12:38:41 PM     Post Reply
North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber II courted controversy over the weekend when he called Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), one of two African-American members of the U.S. Senate, a puppet. Scott recently responded to those comments by saying that he thought it was regrettable for an NAACP official to use the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to attack a black elected representative. “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber is quoted as saying of Scott in an extensive profile in the South Carolina outlet The State..

Defending Freedom Feminism
Reason, by Christina Hoff Sommers    Original Article
Posted By: emilyj- 1/21/2014 12:08:28 PM     Post Reply
Readers of Reason who happened to see a review of my book Freedom Feminism by Sharon Presley might conclude that I am a hidebound reactionary—someone with views antithetical to liberty. As Presley tells it, I believe most women are homebodies who would be far happier staying out of the workplace altogether. She confidently concludes that my views have “nothing to offer feminism, let alone libertarian feminism.” I wish Presley had engaged with my arguments instead of caricaturing them. Freedom feminism is libertarian feminism.

  


  

Chuck Todd: GOP Donors Say Chris
Christie´s 2016 Hopes May Be ´Done´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 12:03:52 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may not have passed his first major challenge since the cornucopia of scandals that surfaced over a major traffic jam created for political retribution. MSNBC´s Chuck Todd declared Christie´s presidential hopes "done" if donors believe he will be the person he has been this week. Todd, who was on Morning Joe to describe the way Christie sources told him the Governor appeared on his Florida fundraiser tour this weekend, had a dire report on Christie. As flagged by Mediaite, Todd suggested that Christie´s charisma had waned in the face of donors he had spoken to

Coburn´s Principles
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 11:15:03 AM     Post Reply
Congress is more unpopular than ever, but some Members are better than its reputation. One of them is Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who announced on Friday that he´ll leave the Senate at the end of this year. (Snip) Mr. Coburn´s tenure on Capitol Hill has been notable for his convictions on behalf of limited government combined with a determination to do more than grandstand. He and his staff ground out reports that exposed the titanic amount of misspent government money, most recently on fraud in the Social Security disability program. He also held his own party to account and coined

Mostyn Law Firm donates $1 million to
help Wendy Davis in Texas governor´s race
Washington Examiner [DC], by David Yates    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 11:06:52 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — The Mostyn Law Firm and its attorneys are spending a small fortune to ensure Texas Sen. Wendy Davis´ political ambitions come to fruition. The most recent contribution came on Dec. 31, with the Mostyn Law Firm ringing in the New Year by donating $1 million to the Texas Victory Committee -- a joint project of Wendy R. Davis for Governor and Battleground Texas, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. Davis, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is no stranger to law firms specializing in civil litigation, as she first joined the Fort Worth law office of Haynes & Boone in

Many Liberals are
Naifs and Innocents
American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/21/2014 11:02:04 AM     Post Reply
We conservatives, crouching in the trenches of the political wars, experience liberals as haters and culture warriors. When we think of liberals we think of the Kos Kidz over at DailyKos and the execrable hosts on MSNBC. We think of the liberal journalists that sneer "who me?" to the charge of journalistic bias. But I was reminded this last week that many liberals are naifs and innocents. They don´t see feminists as the professional class making a virtue out of poor women raising their children; they think of career women and two-income families as a simple natural progress from darkness to

  


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Democrats Still Paying the
Price for 2010 Losses
National Journal, by Steven Shephard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 11:01:17 AM     Post Reply
The 2010 midterm elections could not have gone much worse for Democrats. Not only did the party lose control of the House of Representatives and six seats in the Senate, the GOP picked up just shy of 700 state legislative seats, controlling 56 of the 99 chambers throughout the country. Adding to their gains in the states, Republicans also picked up six governorships in 2010, cementing their advantage. But it wasn´t just the breadth of Democratic losses that made them so damaging for the party; it was the timing. Following the 2010 census, the nation´s congressional districts were reapportioned, and so

William Levin: Obamacare Death Throes
Powerline, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: solalogos- 1/21/2014 11:01:10 AM     Post Reply
William Levin, a graduate of Yale Law School and former clerk on the D.C. Circuit, manages an investment banking firm. He writes to comment on the case involving the legality of Obamacare subsidies on the 36 federally facilitated exchanges provided to states that have not established their own. Last week D.C. District Judge Paul Friedman ruled that the subsidies provided on these exchanges were legal despite statutory language to the contrary. Judge Friedman’s opinion is posted online here. Mr. Levin comments:

Denied Obamacare coverage, Michigan
family with disabilities finds alternatives
much more expensive
Bay City Times, (MI), by Cole Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/21/2014 10:56:19 AM     Post Reply
BANGOR TOWNSHIP, MI — A Bangor Township family of four, all of whom have disabilities, say they fall within a niche that makes the Affordable Care Act more of a burden than a blessing. Now, they say, they´ll be paying nearly $8,000 more per year for medical care after being denied coverage through Obamacare. The family in question is the Daverts — husband and wife Ken and Melissa and their 15-year-old twins Austin and Michaela. The twins and their mother are afflicted with osteogensis imperfecta, a disease that makes their bones extremely fragile. They are also highly susceptible to lung infections.

As independent voters’
numbers rise, GOP hurt most
McClatchy News (CA), by David Lightman    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/21/2014 10:46:01 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Fed up with the Democrats and Republicans who run Washington, growing numbers of people are calling themselves independents. The Republican Party stands to suffer the most from the movement away from staunch party loyalty, but Democrats also are affected. “This says both parties are dealing with wounded brands,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. As a result, he said, “there are more voters up for grabs.” Voters are increasingly wary of anyone with ties to the political establishment. A McClatchy-Marist poll last month found 41 percent of registered voters called themselves independent, a much higher

  


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Stop Giving Obama Radicals
the Benefit of the Doubt
Front Page Mag, by Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/21/2014 10:38:40 AM     Post Reply
In the Spring of 2011, National Security Council staffer Samantha Power sent emails to top Pentagon officials. Her emails contained GPS coordinates in Libya. She demanded that the Pentagon launch immediate air strikes on top of these coordinates, no questions asked. Power, you see, had friends in NGOs on the ground in Libya looking to borrow American might for a moment or two. Her emails were ignored at the Pentagon. But her cavalier and hasty email demand that American airmen be launched on a dangerous mission to benefit her friends might seem incompetent and reckless.

Obama to meet Pope
Francis during March trip
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/21/2014 10:18:44 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, capping a European trip that will take him to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. "The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," said a statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney. During his trip in late March, Obama will participate in a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands and a U.S.-European Union summit in Belgium. (Snip) "As part of the United States´ ongoing consultations with our allies and partners in Europe and beyond, President Obama will travel to the Netherlands,

Obama to discuss "income
inequality" with Pope Francis
Breitbart InstaBlog, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 10:12:12 AM     Post Reply
USA Today has the announcement that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis next month, and hopes the Pontiff will prove useful to his political agenda: President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, capping a European trip that will take him to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. "The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," said a statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney. Sounds like a swell afternoon! Maybe President Obama can show the Pope some photos from his luxury vacations, or his wife´s protracted holiday

Iranian warships depart for
Atlantic Ocean to protect ships, tankers
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 10:09:05 AM     Post Reply
TEHRAN- Iranian warships headed for the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday to protect the country´s cargo ships and oil tankers, navy officials said. "Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is among the most important countries that takes responsibility for the security of the vessels which pass through the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mandeb strait," Iranian naval commander Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said. The effort marks the first time Iran has dispatched warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the Times of Israel reported. The fleet includes a Kharg logistic warship, which is capable of carrying helicopters, and a Sabalan destroyer. The fleet will

Exclusive: Sarah Palin Invited,
Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan Confirmed
to Speak at CPAC 2014
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 9:54:08 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. Also, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been invited to speak and is close to being confirmed. CPAC is an annual gathering of thousands of conservatives in Washington, D.C., aimed at unifying the movement and connecting leaders with grassroots activists. The American Conservative Union (ACU) hosts the event. In 2014, it will happen from March 6 through March 8 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland,

  



NJ Gov. Christie Cancels
Party Because of Weather
Associated Press, by Angela Delli Santi & Geoff Mulvihill    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 9:47:29 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Chris Christie, who starts a second term with multiple investigations into his administration´s tactics underway, will accentuate bipartisanship and diversity in his inaugural speech Tuesday. "We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes," Christie said in prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press. "We have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us." Christie is also expected to return to a favorite theme: Washington gridlock. "We cannot fall victim to the attitude of Washington, D.C.," he said in the prepared remarks. "The attitude that puts political wins ahead

Hillary´s ´Political Football´ Baggage
American Thinker, by Warren Beatty    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/21/2014 9:44:40 AM     Post Reply
Here it is, early 2014, and already pollsters are gearing up for the 2016 presidential election. Quinnipiac University of North Haven CT, recently released a poll that has former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey governor Chris Christie at 41% and 42%. That is a massive downswing for Hillary, who in October 2013 held a 13% lead over Christie. To say that polling numbers could change further would be a gross understatement. (snip) It´s going to be difficult for Hillary Clinton to refute her statement, "What difference at this point does it make?" But the effort has already

Sen. Mike Lee to deliver tea
party response to Obama
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 9:44:24 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will deliver the tea party response to President Obama´s State of the Union address next week, the Tea Party Express announced Tuesday. The group has been offering a second GOP response of sorts in recent years. Past speakers include Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). "Senator Mike Lee has been both a tea party hero for supporters across the nation, and a conservative leader in the upper chamber," TPX Chairwoman Amy Kremer said in a statement. "He has introduced tangible policy solutions to some of America’s biggest problems. We are honored to have

The truth about the long
execution of Mr. McGuire
Daily Caller, by Christopher Bedford    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/21/2014 9:31:01 AM     Post Reply
The world’s anti-death penalty activists really outdid themselves last week. And shameless as they are, they show no signs of abating. And their star is Dennis McGuire, deceased. Here’s the popular account of the execution of Mr. McGuire: The experimental drug cocktail administered him by the state of Ohio didn’t work as quickly or painlessly as planned, and it took the condemned 26 unhappy minutes to meet his maker — or about 11 minutes longer than the average Ohio execution takes. Now, all of this is fact, but as with most matters of life and death — especially those matters where the

Good news: Obama wants 3d party to hold
NSA phone data. Bad news:3d party is Target
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/21/2014 9:25:47 AM     Post Reply
Conan: A couple let the Internet vote to name their daughter. So watch for the birth of the beautiful little girl named "Cat Fail Bieber." Fallon: Yesterday, a Southwest Airlines plane with more than 100 passengers actually landed at the wrong airport in Missouri. On the bright side, at least passengers met up with their luggage. Fallon: Michelle Obama turned 50 years old the other day. She had a great party--especially when she blew out the candles on her birthday kale.

How MSNBC´s Steve Kornacki Broke
the Latest Christie Scandal
Daily Beast, by Lloyd Grove    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/21/2014 9:20:25 AM     Post Reply
Steve Kornacki, the latest source of misery for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has been getting worried messages from relatives over the past few days. “My family has been sending me all sorts of texts about being careful,” the host of MSNBC’s weekend morning program, Up with Steve Kornacki, said on Monday. On Twitter, the National Journal’s Ron Fournier predicted--jokingly--that Kornacki “will be sitting all month in traffic.” And The Daily Kos’s Greg Dworkin, a Connecticut Democrat, tweeted mock-threateningly: “Nice cable show you got there, Steve. Shame if something happened to it.”

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