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K Street and Tea Party in
Nebraska proxy war
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/21/2014 9:33:09 PM     Post Reply
The GOP Senate primary in Nebraska will be a 2014 battlefield in the hot war between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party insurgents. But at first glance, it´s hard to see a casus belli. State Treasurer Shane Osborn is a conservative Republican who rails against Washington insiders and criticizes the Republican leadership for the recent budget deal, but whose pedigree shows strong ties to the Republican establishment. Former Bush administration official Ben Sasse is also a conservative Republican who rails against Washington insiders and criticizes the Republican leadership for the recent budget deal, but whose pedigree shows strong ties to the

Wendy Davis Slams Paraplegic
Opponent: ‘Hasn’t Walked
a Day in My Shoes’
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/21/2014 9:31:31 PM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis is under fire following a Dallas Morning News report that found a number of factual discrepancies in the personal narrative she has made a centerpiece of her long-shot campaign for Texas governor. Davis, who is quoted multiple times in the article, issued a statement after its publication suggesting that her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, was behind the “attacks.” Davis said that for Abbott, who has been a paraplegic for nearly three decades, to question her story proves that he “hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.” Full statement: We’re not surprised by Greg Abbott’s campaign attacks on the

America’s Bipartisan Political Class
American Spectator, by Doug Bandow    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/21/2014 9:18:30 PM     Post Reply
America is a class-based society. But based on politics, not economics. An elite political class runs the state to their benefit. The rest of us pay the bill. The differences between the assumptions and values of people within and without Washington’s 68 square miles of fantasy long have been on ostentatious public display. For example, for years Congress routinely exempted itself from rules imposed on everyone else. The Republican-controlled Congress in 1994 theoretically stopped that. However, legislative privilege never really ended. The Democrats’ health care “reform” became the latest example of elite privilege. Never mind the endless rules exemptions and multiple deadline



Quotations from Co-Chairman Keith
PowerLine, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 9:14:32 PM     Post Reply
Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s Fifth District in Congress. He proudly identifies himself first and foremost as the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. With a little help from Karen Hunter (as he notes in the Acknowledgements), he has now written the memoir cum manifesto My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future. Ellison was born and raised in Detroit. He was witness to a part of the city’s death spiral, but he has nothing useful to say about it. Ellison writes in chapter 5 (“My Damascus Moment”): During my freshman year at Wayne State in 1981, Coleman

Man and two children found
dead at Ft. Hood military base
New York Daily News, by Stephen Rex Brown    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 9:10:04 PM     Post Reply
Fort Hood officials discovered the dead bodies of a man and two children Tuesday morning, the Army base announced. The bodies were found in military housing on the Texas base at 7:15 a.m., officials said, adding “there is no further threat to the community at this time.” The base said it would not release further information until the victims’ next of kin had been notified. On Nov. 5, 2009 Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people on the base and wounded 30 more.

De Blasio ‘getting back at us’
by not plowing: UES residents
New York Post, by Jennifer Gould Keil*    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 1/21/2014 8:22:21 PM     Post Reply
It really is a tale of two cities — this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft! Huge swaths of the city’s wealthiest neighborhood had been not been plowed by early Tuesday evening, leaving 1-percenters out in the cold, according to the city’s own map of snow-plower activity. “He is trying to get us back. He is very divisive and political,” said writer and life-long Upper East Side mom Molly Jong Fast of Mayor de Blasio. “By not plowing the Upper East Side, he is saying, ‘I’m not one of them.’ But we have everyone in this

ObamaCare Puts ´Entire Health
Insurance Industry At Risk´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 7:28:00 PM     Post Reply
Calamity: Despite repeated reassurances that ObamaCare website glitches were fixed, officials are frantically trying to repair massive problems that, by their own admission, could crush ObamaCare and the insurance industry. Throughout December, administration officials said that they´d all but fixed the start-up problems with the ObamaCare exchange site, pointing to the sharp increase in enrollment that month as evidence. And as to those "back end" problems that sent erroneous information to insurers, they claimed to have cut the error rate to less than 1% by early December. But hidden from view, administration officials were in a state of panic. A procurement document posted



Our Gravest Peril
Wall Street Journal, by Pete Du Pont    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 7:22:45 PM     Post Reply
America´s most worrisome problem may not be the failed takeover of our healthcare system. It may not be our languishing economy or even the massive federal debt hanging over future generations. As dangerous as these problems are, perhaps more perilous is just how far our nation has fallen in the eyes of our allies and the lack of caution our feckless foreign policy inspires in our adversaries. Our country too often looks weak. Our foreign policy too often seems rudderless and unreliable. Washington is abuzz over the new memoir by Robert Gates, the former defense secretary, with its recounting of the

Obama´s ´JV´ al-Qaida Is
Far From Shooting Hoops
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 7:20:16 PM     Post Reply
War On Terror: President Obama says post-Bin Laden al-Qaida´s control of more territory than ever doesn´t matter because it´s like a junior varsity high school basketball team. Hoops aren´t what al-Qaida is shooting. When New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to Obama during a November interview that years after Osama bin Laden had been killed, "the flag of al-Qaida is now flying in Fallujah, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria" and "al-Qaida has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too," the response he got was either delusional or deceitful. The president retorted that "if a JV team

The Young and the ObamaCare-less
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 7:18:58 PM     Post Reply
ObamaCare´s defenders say its troubles are over as more people sign up and, by the way, stop griping because the law is here to stay. Much evidence says otherwise, to the extent that the embroidered information the White House is willing to release counts as evidence. Lifting the veil of secrecy last week, the feds revealed that 2.2 million people nationwide had selected a plan through December. That is a major improvement, especially for the 36 federally run exchanges, which gathered 1.19 million total enrollees. Traffic increased sevenfold over October and November. The Health and Human Services Department still won´t say how

U.S. Needs To Watch For
´Black Widow´ Terrorists
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 7:16:57 PM     Post Reply
Jihad Jane: With female suicide bombers targeting next month´s Winter Olympics, the West faces a new threat from radical Muslim women. Terrorist profiles and security measures should be adjusted accordingly. Moscow says it´s looking for as many as four "black widows" sent to Sochi, Russia, to carry out terrorist attacks against Olympic athletes, including at least one female suicide bomber thought to have already slipped through security. Wanted posters warn of suspected terrorist Ruzana Ibragimova, a 22-year-old widow of a terrorist killed by Russian forces last year. Chechen terrorists are known to use such "black widows" in attacks, since they´re more willing



Mexican Militias Hail Arrest
of Cartel Capo
Agencia EFE [Madrid, Spain], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/21/2014 7:15:30 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY – The armed vigilante groups that arose to defend communities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan from the depredations of a powerful drug cartel voiced satisfaction Monday over the arrest of one of the gang’s leaders. Jesus Vasquez, alias “El Toro”, considered one of the seven capos of the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar), was among 38 criminals apprehended in a joint police-military operation in Michoacan, federal authorities said Sunday. “We’re pleased by his arrest, he’s one of the people who did the most harm to society, above all in Tepalcatepec, where he was boss of the territory,”

House GOP Plans To Save
Obama With Immigration Reform
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 7:13:32 PM     Post Reply
Immigration: President Obama expects House Republicans to jump-start his presidency by embracing amnesty for illegal aliens. But if it does, the GOP could wreck its chances to take back the Senate. Republicans should own the issue of immigration. After all, the last time — 1986 — the nation took the "comprehensive" approach that Democrats now propose, nothing ended up being fixed in exchange for the amnesty for millions of illegals. And today, insisting on securing the border before doing anything else is no-lose politically. Yet the House GOP is poised to use a piecemeal strategy as cover to enact, more or less,

March for Life, and pro-life movement,
now led by young adults
Washington Times (D.C), by Rebecca Hagelin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 7:09:01 PM     Post Reply
Equal protection under the law for pre-born human beings is headed our way — and from the work of a surprising demographic: adults younger than 30. A 28-year-old dynamo working on college campuses across the nation, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins, exemplifies why hers is the “pro-life generation.” Ms. Hawkins feels deeply the loss of nearly one-third of her age group. “The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation was killed by abortion. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives. But [we’re] determined to set it right. We’ve seen the ultrasounds of our

D.C. man on trial for one shotgun
shell - wasn’t given David
Gregory deal
Washington Times (D.C), by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 7:03:58 PM     Post Reply
A year ago this month, the attorney general for the District of Columbia let NBC News anchor David Gregory off scot-free for possession of a “high capacity” magazine because doing so “would not promote public safety.” Now, Irvin Nathan refuses to use that same prosecutorial discretion for an average citizen who violated a bizarre technicality that makes empty casings and shells a crime as serious as having an illegal firearm. Mr. Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal history, is the first known case of a citizen being prosecuted in D.C. for inoperable ammunition. Washington police and prosecutors have



Guttmacher Study Shows Pro
-life Success in Swing States
National Review Online, by Michael New    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 6:08:02 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this month, the Guttmacher Institute released their 2013 state-policy review. The report indicates that pro-lifers continue to make very good legislative progress at the state level. In 2013, 70 state-level pro-life measures were enacted — making 2013 the second most productive year on record. The report specifically cites Texas, North Dakota, North Carolina, and Arkansas as being especially active in passing pro-life laws. Overall, according to Guttmacher, there have been more pro-life laws passed between 2011 and 2013 than in the entire previous decade. Guttmacher places each state into one of three categories based on the number of pro-life laws

Obama Is Eagerly
Mainstreaming the Iranian Regime
National Review Online, by Benjamin Weinthal    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 6:02:02 PM     Post Reply
A State Department spokesman announced Monday that the United States and the European Union will begin offering sanctions relief to Iran because the country “has begun to take concrete and verifiable steps to halt its nuclear program.” Here’s just three items over the past week that suggest that Iran’s behavior perhaps isn’t quite worthy of State’s praise: First, the regime-controlled Fars News published an article on its website asserting that the U.S. government is run by Nazi space aliens (a “US-Alien-Hitler” troika). I asked Abas Aslani, the general director of the Fars News Agency, on Twitter if Fars believes the content

What Made America Exceptional?
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 5:58:34 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Mary in Glenburn, Maine. It´s great to have you on the EIB Network hello. CALLER: Hi, Rush. Greetings from the great state of Maine. RUSH: Thank you. Great to have you here. CALLER: I promised to say hi to my husband Phillip who is hopefully still listening on his lunch break. I have two points to talk about today, which back up what you said earlier about the difference between America and Europe. RUSH: Yeah. CALLER: The first is during my time working for Lufthansa German airlines as a stewardess. I was stationed in Frankfurt but I had been visiting a friend of mine,

Doggie Deception: Thieves
Target Dog Lovers
CBS 4 (Denver, Colo), by Libby Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 5:57:26 PM     Post Reply
AURORA, Colo Coloradans love their pets. Now thieves are using adorable pictures of puppies to steal money. Now an Aurora woman says she got drawn into this twist on the classic Nigerian scam. Kellie Bohrer was looking for a puppy for her brother. She found an advertisement on dog.oodle.com for a cute Siberian husky. The puppy was described as a purebred and listed for $320 dollars. A good deal considering that purebred huskies can run $1,000. Kellie contacted the sellers and got more cute pictures and a registration certificate. “The agency called and said that we needed to give them $1,600,” Bohrer

Adm. Mike Mullen: Americans forget the
troops who die in ´our dirty little wars´
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 5:48:41 PM     Post Reply
Americans love the troops -- until they´re killed in action, at which point all too many people forget the soldiers and their families, according to retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Our culture is a culture of ´if you´re here, we love you, and if you are not, please carry on [with] whatever it is,´" Mullen said at a breakfast hosted by Concerned Veterans for America and The Weekly Standard. "And the best and worst example of that were Gold Star families." A Gold Star pin "is distributed to members of the immediate family of a fallen servicemember by the Department of Defense," as the National Gold Star


March for Life expands
to new cause: Obamacare
Washington Times, by Meredith Somers    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 5:45:59 PM     Post Reply
When the March for Life first stepped off in 1973 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of abortion, Dr. Jack Kevorkian had not begun to advertise “death counseling,” capital punishment had been suspended and the Affordable Care Act was decades from being signed. Over the course of 40 years, laws have changed and society’s perceptions have shifted beyond a simple division between pro-life and pro-choice. Issues such as the death penalty, assisted suicide, “do not resuscitate” medical orders and euthanasia frequently enter the right-to-life debate these days. “Our belief in the dignity of human life from conception to

Parties Seize on Abortion
Issues in Midterm Race
New York Times, by Jeremy W. Peters    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 5:44:29 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — When the Republican National Committee gathers for its winter meeting here on Wednesday, the action will start a few hours late to accommodate anyone who wants to stop first at the March for Life, the annual anti-abortion demonstration on the National Mall. And if they need a lift to the meeting afterward, they can hop on a free shuttle, courtesy of the Republican Party. “We thought it only fitting for our members to attend the march,” said Reince Priebus, the party chairman. Abortion is becoming an unexpectedly animating issue in the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans, through state ballot initiatives and

Rep. Gohmert drops health
coverage, blames Obamacare
Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Ben Kamisar    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 5:41:30 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare. Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is. The Tyler Republican gave up his health insurance for 2014, asserting that the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has made coverage too expensive. “Other people are going to see what I did when I looked into health insurance for my wife and me: that the deductible rate, it doubled, about $3,000 to $6,000, and our policy was going to go from about $300 to about $1,500 a month,” he said during a recent radio interview with Trey Graham, a

Liberals Fret Over Obama,
Swimming Up the River of History
Rusimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 5:37:40 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I mentioned earlier in the busy broadcast, Juan Williams read the 18-page interview, David Remnick´s interview with "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!" and is not happy. Juan thinks that Obama sounded defeated. Here´s what he said. This was on Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel during the Fox All Stars. I didn´t know there was anybody else on the All Stars. I didn´t know Juan was still there. I thought the Fox All Stars were Dr. Krauthammer and George Will. I didn´t know that Juan was still among the All Stars. So I´m happy to

Record 20% of Households
on Food Stamps in 2013
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/21/2014 5:35:24 PM     Post Reply
A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The numbers also show that there were a record number of individuals on food stamps in 2013 and that the cost of the program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was at an all-time high. For fiscal year 2013, the USDA declared that 23,052,388 households were on food stamps, an increase of 722,675 from fiscal year 2012, when household participation stood at 22,329,713. Those numbers were compared with the Census Bureau’s estimates for the total number of

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