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Sharpton: ‘Many Of Us Are
Frustrated’ Obama Hasn’t Brought
Up Race Card More Often
CBS News (DC), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 2:46:56 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Civil rights leader Al Sharpton responded to President Barack Obama’s recent comments on the racial effect to his approval numbers by stating that he believes the president doesn’t bring up “the race card” enough. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week, Sharpton said Obama has encouraged civil rights and other African-American leaders to abstain from using race issues against his opponents. Sharpton said “in every meeting” with civil rights leaders throughout the five years of his presidency, Obama has asked that his race be left out of criticism against his opposition. “He has discouraged us, who firmly believe

Bob McDonnell, and the perils
of being famous but not rich
The Week, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 2:44:16 PM     Post Reply
"We are broke," confessed former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell´s wife Maureen in an email to his staff, and "have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt." Let´s assume for the sake of argument that this is true. Does it exonerate the McDonnells from the very-serous allegations of accepting gifts in return for using the governor´s office to dish out special treatment? Of course not. And yet... it might serve as at least a partial explanation as to why someone who seemed to be a rising star in politics would risk throwing it all away. "The American political system makes it easier for

NYT Reporter: Why Does Netflix
Documentary Show ´Human, Warm
Side´ of Romney That His
Campaign Could Not?
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 2:38:53 PM     Post Reply
During a report on Wednesday´s NBC Today about an upcoming Netflix documentary of Mitt Romney´s two presidential runs, New York Times reporter Ashley Parker scratched her head over the footage taken by fimmaker Greg Whiteley: "One of the big questions is, why could this 90-minute documentary by a filmmaker convey a personal, human, warm side of Mitt Romney that his team of very high-paid strategists could not?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Perhaps the reason lies in the way Parker and her media colleagues constantly portrayed Romney as being out-of-touch with voters. In one



Obama’s 7 State of the Union talking
points. No. 1: Defending Obamacare
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 2:31:19 PM     Post Reply
When President Obama brings up health care during his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, he will make one issue clear (yet) again: He will defend the Affordable Care Act against any and all political attacks this year. Unlike some other initiatives such as immigration, Obama will not ask Congress for anything, focusing instead on the law´s ongoing implementation as the top priority. While the Oct. 1 botched rollout of Healthcare.gov represented a significant blow to both the White House and Democrats more broadly (especially those on the ballot this November), the high-profile speech gives Obama the chance

The downside of diversity
The Economist, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/22/2014 2:24:58 PM     Post Reply
The closest thing the business world has to a universally acknowledged truth is that diversity is a good thing: the more companies hire people from different backgrounds the more competitive they will become. Diversity helps companies to overcome talent shortages by enlarging their talent pools. It helps them to cope with globalisation by expanding their cultural horizon. It stimulates innovation by bringing together different sorts of people. And so on. (Snip) It is far too easy to present “diversity” in one-sided terms: as a triumph of enlightenment over bigotry and creativity over closed-mindedness. But the subject is too important to

Willard Agonistes
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/22/2014 2:22:58 PM     Post Reply
Like my PJ colleague, Victor Davis Hanson, I too am pessimistic about the future of our country. Like many of us, I fell into the trap of thinking that, during the election of 2012, the country would somehow come to its senses and evict from the White House an obviously unqualified charlatan with a threadbare act, and that we would begin the slow restoration of Foundational values to the Republic. (Snip) But we have an excuse — we were had. By the GOP nominee, Willard “Mitt” Romney, a man with apparently serious daddy issues who never should have run because,

NASA data shows that the ‘pause’
in global warming continues
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 2:20:10 PM     Post Reply
The so-called “pause” of global warming continued through 2013, according to NASA, as there was no statistically significant rise in global temperatures last year. “The trends over the last 10 to 15 years compared to the trends before do appear to be lower than they were,” Gavin Schmidt, climatologist with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told reporters. “We’ve been looking at this in separate work and partially it seems to be a function of internal variability in the system, so the fact is that we’ve had more La Nina-like conditions over the last few years compared to earlier on in the



Alberta premier to challenge
Gore on oil sands ´myths´
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 1:57:59 PM     Post Reply
Alberta Premier Alison Redford said she wants to clear things up with Al Gore over his claims that the province´s oil sands are one of the dirtiest sources of fuel. On a call with Alberta reporters Monday, Reford said she will set the record straight with the former U.S. vice president when she sees him at the World Economic Forum in Davos later this week, according to the Calgary Herald.(snip)"I will do what I always do, which is to talk about Alberta’s record and to give him the facts and to suggest that as he draws conclusions which are erroneous with

Luxury NY village plans to
seize WWII vet’s store
New York Post, by Melissa Klein January 19, 2014 | 2:08am    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 1/22/2014 1:56:24 PM     Post Reply
The Fire Island resort of Saltaire wants to seize private property — using taxpayer money. World War II vet Frank Whitney is locked in a legal battle with officials who want to take his Saltaire Market grocery by eminent domain in order to build their own updated version. And the upscale village may increase property taxes to do it, raising as much as $2.5 million to buy and rebuild the market, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Whitney’s family says it wants to fix the store — the village’s only commercial property — and has the money to do so, but it accuses

RNC Chair to CNN: Christie
should stay at RGA
CNN, by Dana Bash & Dan Merica    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 1:55:35 PM     Post Reply
Washington– Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should remain in his job as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, pushing back on a call from Virginia’s losing GOP gubernatorial candidate for Christie to step down. “No, not at all,” Preibus told CNN in response to whether he agrees with Ken Cuccinelli’s demand that Christie quit the RGA. “I don’t know of a better governor right now to lead that effort that is just a powerhouse across the country. I have seen him in rooms and I have seen him turn crowds on and his

See No Evil
Cybercast News Service, by Charlie Daniels    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 1:48:17 PM     Post Reply
I just saw a tease on a news site that said Obama didn´t know the extent of the NSA surveillance. It seems that he also didn´t know about our nation spying on the German Chancellor, didn´t know the Obamacare website was nowhere close to being ready to roll out, didn´t know about the IRS targeting conservative groups, didn´t know about the Petraeus investigation, didn´t know about the Department of Justice seizing the AP´s phone records, had no knowledge of Fast and Furious and doesn´t remember a thing about what he was doing the night four Americans were slaughtered in Benghazi



Ken Cuccinelli: Chris Christie
should resign as RGA chair
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 1:43:04 PM     Post Reply
Ken Cuccinelli, the 2013 Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, said Tuesday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should resign the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association now that evidence has emerged tying the Christie administration to a politically motivated bridge closing. Christie is under intense state and federal scrutiny after public revelations that his top aides last year closed access lanes between Fort Lee, N.J., and the George Washington Bridge to create gridlock and punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, possibly for not endorsing Christie´s re-election.

Kerry: Syrian peace talks cannot be
about Assad clinging to power
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 1:42:53 PM     Post Reply
MONTREUX, Switzerland – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling the rocky start to Syrian peace talks “a tough and complicated process.” Kerry spoke to reporters after a bitter clash Wednesday over President Bashar Assad’s future threatened to collapse peace talks, even before they had begun, with the aim of carving a path out of Syria’s civil war. Kerry noted that the purpose of conference was to begin the creation of transitional government and that “every entity here today with one exception talked about that.” The resolution of the talks, he said, “cannot be about one man, or one

Obama policies drive deportations
decline in Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal (GA), by Jessica M. Vaughan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 1:30:00 PM     Post Reply
Illegal alien activists and their allies in Washington have staged vigils, occupied busy intersections and chained themselves to jailhouse fences in a coordinated campaign to persuade President Obama to declare an end to deportations, which they say are at record levels.(snip)According to the Office of Immigration Statistics within the Department of Homeland Security, which compiles and publishes immigration statistics, the Obama administration actually has the lowest number of deportations, and lowest average annual number of deportations since the Nixon administration.

Russia party leader:
Obama should get a divorce
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 1:17:27 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW -- The leader of Russia´s Liberal Democratic Party told U.S. President Barack Obama to get a divorce to become a more effective leader. Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said Wednesday he is sending a letter to Obama explaining the leader should divorce his wife, Michelle, because world leaders should remain celibate to prevent them from being distracted from their duties, the Moscow Times reported Wednesday. Zhirinovsky said former U.S. President Bill Clinton had been "ruined" by his affair with Monica Lewinsky and it was evident from the wrinkles on Obama´s face that Michelle had already "got to" him. Zhirinovsky, who is known for



Another Republican Step Backwards
Will Motivate Tea Party And Grassroots
In GOP Primaries
Forbes Magazine, by Matt Kibbe    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 1:09:50 PM     Post Reply
Let’s be honest. Some Republicans just don’t want to fight on spending anymore. Some want more spending and a return to handing out favors and earmarks to their insider friends. “We surrender,” they could have admitted. Instead, House Speaker John Boehner and others tried to sell us a dream, claiming that the $1.129 trillion spending bill the House just passed moves the ball incrementally down the field towards real reform. But grassroots conservatives and tea partiers know a rotten deal when we smell one. The numbers don’t lie: the omnibus budget deal is a total spending surrender by the Old

At the Iowa caucuses:
‘Feeling very patriotic here’
Des Moines Register [IA], by Jennifer Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 1:09:23 PM     Post Reply
It will likely be months before anyone knows for certain who’s winning the tug-of-war for control of the Republican party machine in Iowa – the current leaders, or those who hope to see them replaced. Tuesday night’s caucuses, with none of the global attention of presidential year caucuses, felt a bit anti-climactic, some caucusgoers reported. But several GOP precinct officials told The Des Moines Register they had the best turnout they could recall for mid-term caucuses. Republicans and Democrats gathered in their neighborhoods for precinct meetings, the first step in a multi-step process that leads to the selection of state party

Shooting reported at
University of Oklahoma
CNN, by Josh Levs    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 1:03:46 PM     Post Reply
The University of Oklahoma in Norman reported a shooting on campus Wednesday. "Avoid Gould Hall. Seek immediate shelter in place," the school said on Twitter and on its website. Fifteen minutes later, the school tweeted, "No new info at this time. Remain sheltered in place." Gould Hall houses the university´s College of Architecture. Major Bruce Chan of campus police told CNN there was a report of shots fired in that area of campus, and that university as well as local police were responding. It was not immediately known whether anyone has been wounded. The incident took place at around 11:20 a.m. local time (12:20 p.m. ET),

Heat, Michelle Obama team up for video
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 12:33:46 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI— Michelle Obama is a big proponent of fitness. The Miami Heat are big fans of the photobombing craze. Combining the two seems like a hit. The first lady and some members of the Heat are starring together in a new video promoting fitness and healthy eating, part of Mrs. Obama´s "Let´s Move" initiative. The 50-second public service announcement was taped last week when the Heat visited the White House in commemoration of winning last year´s NBA championship. Among the highlights: Mrs. Obama, James and Bosh all "crashing" interviews Spoelstra was conducting with Wade and Allen. The first lady also dunked

Scarborough: Bridgegate is
the Left’s Benghazi
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 12:27:01 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday morning, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough called the left’s reaction to the Chris Christie scandal “excessive,” to the point that it was functioning as their “Benghazi”-level obsession. “It reminds me what people did on Benghazi the second after the Benghazi attack,” Scarborough said. “It became this rallying cry for the right, just like this Chris Christie bridge scandal has been to the left. I’m not equating the two, so please, save your energy and your Cheetos. But it’s sort of like shoot first, ask questions later, and it is just so excessive on the left.” “It’s just like


Pigs´ faces blackened
out in papers in Malaysia
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 12:26:25 PM     Post Reply
The company which prints copies of the International New York Times sold in Malaysia blackened out the faces of pigs in two photos in the paper Wednesday, sparking ridicule online in the Muslim-majority country. KHL Printing Co superimposed black boxes on the pigs´ faces in line with government guidelines, said a company employee who declined to be named. "This is a Muslim country so we covered the pigs´ eyes," he told AFP. "We usually do that for the International New York Times -- also for pictures of cigarettes, weapons, guns and nude pictures." The front-page picture of a group of brown and black-and-brown

We Told You So: McDonnell, Christie
Dumped Tea Party Long Ago
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 12:24:09 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were the first victors in the Tea Party wave, riding fresh conservative enthusiasm--and outrage over Obamacare--to victory in November 2009. The left, predictably, is trying to link Christie´s bullying scandal and McDonnell´s corruption indictment to that Tea Party support. The truth, however, is that they dumped their Tea Party principles and supporters long ago. There were several minor scuffles between these governors and the conservative grass roots, including a fight over some of Christie´s judicial appointments, and McDonnell´s tax hikes. Yet the major falling-out occurred over Obamacare--specifically, the decision

Rev. Jeremiah Wright slams tea party
as ‘a 2.0 upgrade of a lynch party’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 12:13:56 PM     Post Reply
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright — known for his perceived anti-American rhetoric and ties to President Obama — has come out strong against the tea party, blasting them in a speech as akin to a lynch mob. “We’ve got some unfinished business on the agenda, with one branch of the tea party being nothing but a 2.0 upgrade of a lynch party,” Mr. Wright said at a Martin Luther King Day event in Delaware, according to the Wilmington News-Journal. “We’ve got some unfinished business on the agenda, with some folks doing everything they can to get that black man out of their

Quirky addition to Mandela
statue causes controversy
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 12:09:38 PM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG – A new, 29.5-foot sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears. South African officials want the miniature bunny removed from the statue, which was unveiled outside the government complex in Pretoria, the capital, on Dec. 16, a day after Mandela´s funeral. The department of arts and culture said it didn´t know the two sculptors, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, had added a rabbit, said to be a discreet signature on their work.

John McCain says Obama worse
president than Jimmy Carter
CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 12:05:47 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday decided to add a little more oomph to his running criticism of how President Obama has handled the ongoing turmoil in Syria. “I have never seen anything like this in my life,” McCain told Phoenix radio station KFYI-AM while discussing the president’s policy on Syria. “I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president, in my opinion.” Comparisons to the unpopular Carter administration were rampant during the 2012 presidential campaign season. Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tried continuously to point to anti-American unrest in

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