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Reeling Wendy Davis Grasps for Guns, Tells
AP that Her Origins Story Is Now Off-Limits
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:39:02 AM     Post Reply
When she was on the Fort Worth City Council, Wendy Davis tried to kick gun shows off of municipal property. She tried this in Fort Worth, Texas, “where the West begins,” and failed. Fort Worth is not Austin, and Texas is not like the liberal enclaves where Davis tends to raise her campaign funds, as she is learning this week. Revelations that her origins story has some holes in it has sent Davis’ campaign for governor into a full-blown crisis. What’s a candidate to do? Change the subject, of course. So tonight, the AP reports that Davis is out suggesting that if

New executive overreach: Obama may relax U.S.
sanctions on Iran — without action from Congress
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:32:59 AM     Post Reply
Like the man said, he’s got a pen and a phone and he’s not going to wait around for the legislature just because the law says he has to. It used to be that O reserved his executive power grabs for matters on which Congress was deadlocked, or simply wasn’t moving fast enough for his liking. Not always, of course: Congress duly enacted the ObamaCare employer mandate that he suspended, but that likely would have produced deadlock if he had asked Congress to suspend it instead, which, I guess, in Obama’s mind is close enough. This time is different. If anything,

The global grip of cigarette smoking
Los Angeles Times, by Thomas J. Bollyky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:27:10 AM     Post Reply
Fifty years ago this month, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced the bombshell conclusions of a new report to a crowded room of journalists: Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, is associated with other deadly illnesses and warrants remedial action. That 1964 surgeon general´s report on smoking and health spurred profound and lasting changes in tobacco use and policies in the United States, but its call to action has gone unfulfilled internationally. In the intervening decades, smoking has expanded in developing countries and has had devastating consequences for the world´s poor. Until that 1964 report, smoking rates had been climbing in the United



Sochi still scrambling
to sell Olympic tickets
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 4:23:21 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — What if they held an Olympics and nobody came? The situation isn´t that bleak, of course, for the Sochi Games. Yet, with less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony, hundreds of thousands of tickets remain unsold, raising the prospect of empty seats and a lack of atmosphere at Russia´s first Winter Olympics. There are signs that many foreign fans are staying away, turned off by terrorist threats, expensive flights and hotels, long travel distances, a shortage of tourist attractions in the area, and the hassle of obtaining visas and spectator passes. "Some people are scared it costs too

Snow Swirls Up East Coast,
Leaving A Bitter Trail
Associated Press, by Bob Salsberg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 4:20:23 AM     Post Reply
BOSTON -- Snow blowers whirred and shovels scraped across sidewalks as the Northeast tried to keep up with a winter storm that swirled up the coast, creating blizzard conditions on Cape Cod, disrupting government work in Washington and leaving behind it bitter Canadian cold that sapped fuel supplies. The huge storm stretched from Kentucky to New England but hit hardest along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston. Snow began falling midmorning Tuesday in Philadelphia and had dumped as much as 13.5 inches by midnight, with New York seeing almost as much. Manalapan, N.J., had the highest snowfall

Ferraris, Rolexes And A Shopping
Spree: Inside The Extravagant Life
Of Bob McDonnell And His Wife
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 4:16:52 AM     Post Reply
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, liked to live large. The couple was indicted in a federal court on Tuesday on federal corruption charges for allegedly illegally accepting dozens of expensive gifts and donations from a wealthy friend. The indictment alleges that the McDonnells used the governor’s position to try to help Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplement company Star Scientific, in exchange for lavish gifts and donations. The former governor, who left office earlier this month, maintains he did nothing illegal in his interactions with Williams. Many of the indictment’s most shocking details focus on the activities

Will Christie aide fired over Bridgegate
rat out her boss? Lawyer with deep
ties to the governor splits with
Bridget Kelly over ´conflict of interest´
Daily Mail [UK], by ML Nestel, David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 3:56:27 AM     Post Reply
The lawyer slated to represent a top Christie Christie aide sacked over the Bridgegate scandal is no longer representing her, MailOnline has learned, leading to speculation that she may be planning to turn on her former boss. The news came on an icy, snow-drifted Tuesday as Christie took his oath of office for a second term as New Jersey´s governor. Walter Timpone, a Christie-linked attorney whom Kelly retained after her public firing, received the subpoena served on her Friday by a New Jersey Assembly special investigative committee. But he is stepping aside because he has a conflict of interest.



Syrian ´peace talks’ are
all part of the war
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 3:48:44 AM     Post Reply
So that’s it. There were, we now know, secret talks with the Iranians to bring them to the Syrian peace table but they failed. The war is not over. Iranian troops, active across Syria as “advisers”, will continue to fight; their proxies will continue to die. Somehow, Ban Ki-moon, the ultra-cautious UN chief, managed to blow it. Having cornered Javad Zarif, the reformist Iranian foreign minister, in New York on Sunday, he revealed his hand too early. He tried to bind the Iranians to a position that they were unhappy to admit to publicly, and scared them off. The Iranians

Military Eyes Afghan Force
of 10,000, or a Pullout
New York Times, by Jackie Calmes & Eric Schmitt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:36:50 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has proposed to President Obama that 10,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan when the international combat mission there ends after this year, or none at all, senior government officials said Tuesday. That figure, debated in recent days within the White House, is the midpoint of a range of 8,000 to 12,000 troops — most of them Americans — that has been contemplated for months as the United States and its NATO allies planned for the long mission’s end. Anything less than that, the officials said, would be too few to be able to protect the reduced

A physician’s view on the sanctity of life
Washington Times (D.C), by Ben S. Carson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:28:07 AM     Post Reply
Several years ago, I was consulted by a young woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and was on her way to Kansas get an abortion. I informed her of the multiple options available to her outside of abortion and she decided to go through with the pregnancy even though the child had hydrocephalus and required neurosurgical intervention after birth a few weeks later. She kept the baby and loves the beautiful child that has resulted. A couple of decades ago, I came into the pediatric Intensive Care Unit on morning rounds and was told about a four-year-old girl who had

Higher-income Americans hit
hardest by tax changes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:16:39 AM     Post Reply
Higher-income Americans and some legally married same-sex couples are likely to feel the biggest hits from tax law changes when they file their returns in the next month or two. Taxpayers also will have a harder time taking medical deductions this year. In other changes, the tax rate tables and the standard deduction have been adjusted for inflation, as has the maximum contribution to retirement accounts, including 401(k) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts. The Alternative Minimum Tax has been patched -- permanently -- to prevent more middle-income taxpayers from being drawn in. And starting with the 2013 tax year, there´s



Bob McDonnell: If I´m Guilty,
So Is Obama
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:05:56 AM     Post Reply
After he and his wife were indicted on fourteen felony counts Tuesday, former Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said that he was being charged based on a "misguided legal theory" that would implicate President Barack Obama and nearly every other elected official were it applied as the law of the land. Appearing with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law to address the media hours after the indictment, McDonnell, who is the first Virginia governor to face criminal charges and will be arraigned in Richmond Friday, said he was "falsely accused," that his public service has been "wrongly attacked," and that he would

Where Have All the Uninsured Gone?
Bloomberg News, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/22/2014 12:59:57 AM     Post Reply
My last column referred in passing to a surprising fact that came out of last weekend´s Wall Street Journal: Somewhere between 65 percent to 90 percent of the 2.2 million folks who bought insurance on the exchanges through late December seem to be people who already had insurance. Some came to the exchanges when their policies got canceled; others came, voluntarily or not, from the employer market. (Snip) But where are the rest? We just created a giant new entitlement to take care of these people. Why aren’t they showing up to take advantage of it?

Disarming the White House
New York Times, by Norman J. Ornstein    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/22/2014 12:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Washington — Amid the coverage of the Christie controversy and the latest budget deal, it was easy to miss the news about last week’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. And yet the Canning case represents the biggest threat to presidential power in decades, and the stakes in the decision are extremely high. (Snip) But what happens when we have a president from one party and a Senate majority from the other? The justices, in the oral argument, focused on the “originalist” fact that at the beginning of the

Lawmakers tie Pakistani aid
to release of hero doctor
FOX News, by Sib Kaifee    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/21/2014 11:30:53 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are attaching some strings to $33 million in aid to Pakistan, making the funds contingent on freeing the doctor who helped the CIA find Usama bin Laden. The GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee inserted language that appears to withhold the foreign aid unless the State Department certifies Dr. Shakil Afridi is released from prison, where he’s serving a 33-year sentence on a dubious conspiracy conviction. The condition left Pakistani officials fuming. “Any linkage of US assistance to this case is not in keeping with the spirit of cooperation between the two countries,” said Pakistan Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam. President Obama



Snowden Calls Russian-Spy Story “Absurd”
New Yorker, by Jane Mayer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/21/2014 11:16:56 PM     Post Reply
Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower, strongly denies allegations made by members of Congress that he was acting as a spy, perhaps for a foreign power, when he took hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents. Speaking from Moscow, where he is a fugitive from American justice, Snowden told The New Yorker, “This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd.” On NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, described Snowden as a “thief, who we believe had some help.” The show’s host, David

Obama goal for quick revamp
of NSA program may be
unworkable, some U.S. officials fear
Washington Post, by Sari Horwitz and Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/21/2014 11:14:03 PM     Post Reply
U.S. officials directed by President Obama to find a way to end the government’s role in gathering Americans’ phone records are deeply concerned that there may be no feasible way to accomplish the task soon, according to individuals familiar with the discussions. In a speech last week, Obama put the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in charge of developing a plan by March 28 to transfer control of the massive database of records away from the National Security Agency — a step aimed at addressing widespread privacy concerns. But even among U.S. officials who

Benghazi, Obamacare and the
absence of accountability
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/21/2014 11:12:01 PM     Post Reply
In the narrative of every political scandal comes the accountability moment. New facts slow to a trickle, and the next, insistent demand becomes: Who is being held accountable? This is often a dumb question, asked for lack of a more fruitful topic and fueled by partisans more interested in point-scoring than in problem-fixing. The better question is: What is the goal of accountability? A showy, timed-for-the-evening-news firing to demonstrate action and quiet the baying hounds? Or a change in personnel that will help clean up the mess at hand or send a cautionary message to deter future messes? Consider the

California drought: Scientists puzzled
by persistence of blocking ´ridge´
Christian Science Monitor, by Gloria Goodale    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/21/2014 10:44:34 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - While much of the United States has experienced a weather year with fewer extremes and an easing drought, the record-breaking California drought – the worst since 1895 – is not leaving the region anytime soon, according to climatologists. The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge lurking offshore and blocking the typical winter storms needed to drop precipitation all along the West Coast. This ridge has persisted for 13 months and the longer it lingers, the less likely it is to leave, points out climatologist Brian Fuchs, from the

Gov. Scott will vote against
medical marijuana
Associated Press, by Brendan Farrington    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 10:09:32 PM     Post Reply
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Republican Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will vote against a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the medical use of marijuana if it makes the 2014 ballot. "I have a great deal of empathy for people battling difficult diseases and I understand arguments in favor of this initiative. But, having seen the terrible effects of alcohol and drug abuse first-hand, I cannot endorse sending Florida down this path and I would personally vote against it," Scott said through a spokeswoman. "No matter my personal beliefs, however, a ballot initiative would be up to the voters to decide." The


Warren Buffett Offers $1 Billion for
Perfect ´March Madness´ Bracket
Breitbart Sports, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 10:04:29 PM     Post Reply
Warren Buffett is partnering with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to offer $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect bracket for the 2014 men´s "March Madness" college basketball tournament. Buffett´s Berkshire Hathaway and Dan Gilbert´s Quicken Loans will pay out the prize in "40 annual installments of $25 million. If there´s more than one winner they´ll have to share. The winner or winners can also take or split up an immediate $500 million lump sum payment." "It is our mission to create amazing experiences for our clients. This contest, with the possibility of creating a billionaire, definitely fits that

Has Wendy Davis’ Charmed
Run for Governor Started to
Implode? (Update: Meltdown)
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/21/2014 9:37:04 PM     Post Reply
By now you’re aware of the Dallas Morning News story that debunks Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’ own origins story. Briefly, she divorced her first husband when she was 21, not 19. She makes much of having lived in a mobile home, but the fact is that she only lived there a few months before walking away from the mortgage. Rather than working her way through college as she claims, she married wealthy attorney Jeff Davis, who paid for her education at expensive Texas Christian University and more expensive Harvard. She divorced him and left him with their two children —

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

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