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Former Energy Secretary Joins
Board of Stimulus Recipient
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 3:35:47 PM     Post Reply
Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu will join the board of a company that got millions of dollars from the Department of Energy during Chu’s tenure and is backed by some of the nation’s most politically connected investors. Lithium ion battery manufacturer Amprius announced Chu’s move on Monday. His “ideas and experience will help Amprius accelerate the development of even higher-energy batteries,” the company said in a statement. Chu has already helped the company accelerate that development through more than $4 million in DOE grant money paid to the company since 2011. The company was awarded a $4,998,336 grant that year

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell
and wife charged in gifts case
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman*    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/21/2014 3:28:22 PM     Post Reply
Former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged in federal court Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman who sought special treatment from state government. The two were charged in connection with their relationship with dietary supplement executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Authorities alleged McDonnell and his wife received gifts from Williams again and again, lodging near constant requests for money, clothes, trips, golf accessories and private plane rides. In exchange, they alleged the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governorship to Williams’s struggling company, a

Florida Politician Calls
for Hanging of Obama
WRGT-TV (Miamisburg, OH), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/21/2014 3:27:58 PM     Post Reply
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- A Republican candidate for a Florida House seat claimed on Twitter that President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes. His comments came on the day when the nation was celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "I´m past impeachment," tweeted Black, who is a candidate for the Florida House in District 68 in the St. Peterburg/Clearwater area. "It´s time to arrest and hang him high." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Black defended his original tweet, which reportedly has remained on his account. He claims Obama ´should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a

  


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Tim Scott responds to NAACP
insult: Reminds ‘me and others
of what not to do’
Daily Caller (Washington, DC), by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 3:15:33 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday, South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott slammed the NAACP chapter president who called him a ventriloquist’s dummy for the tea party. According to Scott, North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber II is an example of how not to behave. “To reflect seriously on the comments a person, a pastor, that is filled with baseless and meaningless rhetoric would be to do a disservice to the very people who have sacrificed so much and paved a way,” Scott told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement. “Instead, I will honor the memory of Dr. King by being proactive in

State NAACP Chief: Tim Scott
a Ventriloquist’s ‘Dummy’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 3:12:03 PM     Post Reply
A prominent NAACP official recognized Martin Luther King Day by labeling black senator Tim Scott a puppet for the Republican party. “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” said Reverend William Barber II, the president of North Carolina’s NAACP chapter. The State reports that Barber’s remarks came in a speech in Scott’s home state of South Carolina. “The extreme right wing down here,” he said, “finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.” Last year, Barber

Millionaire Congresswoman: Income
Inequality is ´Existential Threat´ to U.S.
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 3:08:47 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who is worth millions of dollars according to her congressional financial disclosure statement, says Congress needs to tackle income inequality because it “poses an existential threat to our nation and our way of life.” On the House floor last Wednesday DeLauro said, “Every generation of leaders in this institution has faced their own time of testing. Whether it’s an economic panic, Great Depression, slavery, Jim Crow, Civil War, World War, Cold War. There are times when our country is confronted with a crisis that poses an existential threat to our nation and our way of life

Report finds PAC contributions to
N.M. campaigns more than doubled
after Citizens United case
Santa Fe New Mexican, by Steve Terrell    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 1/21/2014 2:51:52 PM     Post Reply
SANTA FE — The amount of money from political action committees going to New Mexico campaigns more than doubled following the U.S. Supreme Court´s decision in the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The head of a statewide government watchdog group says that makes it more difficult for citizens to find out who really is paying for political campaigns. The Citizens United case resulted in a controversial ruling that established that corporations and unions have the same political speech rights as individuals under the First Amendment and can spend as much as they like to elect or defeat

  


  

What the heck is Michelle
Obama doing in this video?
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 2:01:08 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama and the Miami Heat recently filmed a promotional video for the first lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity. Let’s Move! released the PSA Tuesday, explaining that the video was filmed in the Diplomatic Room last week when the team was at the White House to celebrate their 2013 championship win. “Rumor had it, during their visit, they teamed up with the first lady in support of Let’s Move! to highlight the importance of eating healthy and drinking water to perform like a champion,” Elyse Cohen, the deputy director of Let’s Move!, wrote in a blog post.

Yes, Mark Warner is beatable
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 1:56:42 PM     Post Reply
The Roanoke College poll of Virginia residents (not voters) unsurprisingly finds Sen. Mark Warner (R-Va.) ahead by almost 30 points over just-announced Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. The good news for Gillespie, however, is below the top-line numbers. For one thing Warner’s identification with President Obama is problematic. (“Obama’s job approval rating has declined 5 points since October 30, 2013 Roanoke College Poll and now is at 38 percent (47% disapprove).”) If Gillespie can paint Warner as a rubber stamp for Obama’s key initiatives, he made be able to chip away at Warner’s claim to independence and moderation. Moreover, Warner doesn’t

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

  


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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

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..

  


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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

  



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

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.

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