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Wendy Davis Gave Up Custody of
Youngest Daughter in 2005 Divorce
Breitbart Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 5:26:00 PM     Post Reply
It´s one of the most striking details in Texas State Senator Wendy Davis´s life uncovered by Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater: in 2005, Davis, apparently eager to advance her career, relinquished custody of not just her child with her second husband, Jeffry Davis, but also her first child from another marriage. "It´s not a good time for me right now” Davis said at the time, explaining her decision, according to Jeffry Davis. Wendy Davis´s first daughter Amber, born during her first marriage to Frank Underwood, was 23 at the time – an adult. Her daughter with Jeffry, Dru, was 17.

Misery Index: Half of the Industrialized
World´s Unemployed are in America
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/22/2014 5:25:36 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: "Target Corp. announced on Tuesday it would no longer offer healthcare coverage to its part-time employees. In a blog post on the company’s website, Jodee Kozlak, the executive vice president of human resources, framed it as a positive development for part-time employees of the company. ´The Health Insurance Marketplaces provides new options for healthcare coverage that we believe our part-time members may prefer,´ she wrote. ´In fact, by offering them insurance, we could actually disqualify many of them from being eligible for newly available subsidies that could reduce their overall health insurance expense.´" So Target is coming along, and

The Chef Who Brought Down
Bob McDonnell Tells All
Washingtonian, by Luke Mullins    Original Article
Posted By: Nwpa- 1/22/2014 5:24:00 PM     Post Reply
Todd Schneider didn’t like the first table the maître d’ showed us. It was on the patio at Indigo Restaurant, right by the main entrance, and would leave Schneider exposed to gawkers on Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale’s Rodeo Drive—not ideal for a guy who decided he needed to go into hiding more than a year ago. [snip] “How the hell did I get caught up in all this? That’s the million-dollar question.”



Report: Medicaid applications drop
in South Carolina in December
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 5:22:06 PM     Post Reply
Medicaid enrollment in South Carolina dropped nearly 23 percent in December, according to new federal data released Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, enrollment in states that chose to expand eligibility for the low-income health insurance program saw a 14.4 percent increase during the same time period. In South Carolina, 20,817 new Medicaid applications were filed in December, compared to an average 26,947 per month earlier last year. Across the country, the federal government estimates 6.5 million applications were filed for Medicaid and the Children´s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1 and the end of December.

These Boots Are Made for Harvard
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/22/2014 5:03:35 PM     Post Reply
How many conservative writers does it take to change a light bulb? THAT´S NOT FUNNY. That gibe at the expense of our own kind was prompted by a pair of posts the other day. The first, by The Weekly Standard´s Daniel Halper, revealed breathlessly that "in an article published a couple [of] days ago, Time magazine endorses ´Polyandry,´ which Merriam-Webster defines as ´the state or practice of having more than one husband or male mate at one time.´ " The Washington Free Beacon followed up with an unbylined piece focusing on the author´s affiliation: "A senior fellow for the Center for American Progress

A defining moment in Megyn
Kelly’s life: Her father’s death
The Hill (Washington DC), by Bob Cusack    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 4:55:13 PM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly was only a sophomore in high school when her father died. In a new profile of Kelly, Elle writes the Fox anchor “is haunted by death and mortality; she credits it with pushing her forward with the urge to wring everything out of the time she has.” The host of “The Kelly File,” told the magazine: “It was nothing expected — not like he had been sick. He was fine. And then, 10 days before Christmas, he died of a heart attack in our house. I mean, the Christmas tree was there and everything.” She added, “I remember

Christie ´punishes´ head of abusive
state agency with judgeship: Editorial
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/22/2014 4:51:22 PM     Post Reply
Given all the questions surrounding Gov. Chris Christie’s political maneuvers these days, it’s probably not the best time for him to pluck a figurehead from the notorious Delaware River Port Authority and knight him a Superior Court judge. Yet that’s exactly what the governor did this month. He nominated John Matheussen for a seat on the bench, with a six-figure salary and the prospect of lifetime tenure. His only qualification for this prestigious position appears to be his decade-long reign as head of an abusive state authority now under federal investigation. The Delaware River Port Authority, which controls several



Massachusetts Dem in Sochi
Says Russian Cops Don’t Have
‘Constraints of Human Rights’
Like in U.S.
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 4:47:18 PM     Post Reply
A Massachusetts Democrat in Sochi said that Russian police have undertaken “extraordinary” efforts to find would-be terrorists in the region of the Olympic Games because they “do not have the constraints of human rights and civil rights that we have in the United States.” Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he was witnessing “the greatest security effort ever implemented in the Olympics.” “There’s 100,000 estimated law enforcement agents here, 40,000 police officers, 30,000 active military people,” Keating told CNN. “…There’s what President Putin calls his ring of steel, which is a concentric area

´I Have Faif in You´: Girl Writes Touching
Letter to Deaf Seahawks Player
Fox News, by Fox News Insider    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:45:56 PM     Post Reply
On Fox and Friends this morning, we heard what is likely to be the best story you´ll see during the two-week run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York. His story is becoming well known after he appeared in a Duracell commercial, talking about how he proved so many doubters wrong before eventually making an NFL team. That ad inspired a little girl in New Jersey to send this letter to Coleman:(Snip for graphic) It was posted on Twitter by 9-year-old Riley Kovalcik´s father. Check out the segment above.

To Mark Abortion Decision, Obama
Touts ´Freedom and Opportunities
to Fulfill Their Dreams´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 4:43:09 PM     Post Reply
In a statement marking the controversial Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, President Obama says that "this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams." Here´s the president´s full statement: Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy,

The Culture of Death and
Our Towering Self-Regard
National Review, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/22/2014 4:35:53 PM     Post Reply
I’m still shaking my head at Wendy Davis — not that she lied about her biography (sometimes it seems as if every politician springs out of some kind of heroic narrative) — but that she, as a very young lawyer doing the simple, ordinary work that thousands of young lawyers do, conceded custody of her child on the grounds that “it’s not a good time for me right now” to be the custodial parent. I’m also shaking my head at the president of the United States, speaking on the anniversary of the legalized killing of tens of millions of children, justifying



´Secret dealing´?
Emails show cozy relationship
between EPA, environmental groups
Fox News, by John Roberts    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 1/22/2014 4:10:21 PM     Post Reply
Newly disclosed emails suggest senior policy officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups are working closely to kill the Keystone XL pipeline, critics say. "These damning emails make it clear that the Obama administration has been actively trying to stop this important project for years," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who has long advocated for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline´s construction, said in a statement to Fox News. The emails were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. In one communication, Lena Moffit of the Sierra Club wrote to three senior policy staffers

Another Wendy Davis Gaffe?
Democrat Touts as Her New
Idea, a Policy That Is Already State Law
P J Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/22/2014 4:09:22 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday evening, the AP published a story in which Texas Democrat governor candidate Wendy Davis attempted to change the subject from her discrepancies in her origins story. CNN, by the way, has joined those in media who regard Davis’ untruths as significant. Back to Davis. In an attempt to move off her bio, the bio which up to now has been a centerpiece of her campaign, she has begun lashing out at the Abbott campaign while her online allies are attacking the political reporter, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, who wrote the article questioning her background. Neither is

Poll: Majority Believe Obama´s
White House is Incompetent
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 3:34:11 PM     Post Reply
According to new polling from Quinnipiac, a majority of Americans view President Obama´s White House as incompetent. In addition, a majority of Americans are still questioning Obama´s character and view him as dishonest and untrustworthy. The Obama administration is not competent running the government, voters say 53 - 42 percent. The president is paying attention to what his administration is doing, 45 percent say, while 47 percent say he is not paying attention. The president´s character measures remain low: 46 percent say he is honest and trustworthy and 49 percent say he is not; 49 percent say he is a strong

Bee Deaths May Stem
From Virus, Study Says
New York Times, by Michael Wines    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/22/2014 3:25:19 PM     Post Reply
The mysterious mass die-offs of honeybees that have wiped out roughly a third of commercial colonies each year since 2006 may be linked to a rapidly mutating virus that jumped from tobacco plants to soy plants to bees, according to a new study. The research, reported Tuesday in the online version of the academic journal mBio, found that the increase in honeybee deaths that generally starts in autumn and peaks in winter was correlated with increasing infections by a variant of the tobacco ringspot virus. The virus is found in pollen that bees pick up while foraging, and it may be spread



Alabama House reacts
to IRS-tea party issues
Associated Press, by Phillip Rawls    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 3:05:31 PM     Post Reply
MONTGOMERY — Reacting to the ruckus in Washington over the Internal Revenue Service, the Alabama House voted Tuesday to make it a misdemeanor crime for state or local tax officials to audit an individual or group because of their political views. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Wayne Johnson of Ryland, said it is the result of how the IRS gave extra scrutiny to applications from tea party groups and others seeking tax-exempt status and delayed the applications for years. “Our goal is to ensure that Alabamians never have to worry about their state government threatening them because of their political views,” he

Wendy Davis’ snobby campaign pities
single moms and trailer park folks
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 2:58:56 PM     Post Reply
I’m so old, I remember when feminists believed women didn’t need a man to be happy or to raise a family, and liberals argued that the American Dream was not restricted to tony subdivisions of McMansions. And then we have the Wendy Davis campaign, which has captured the heart of progressive America by supporting unfettered access to late-term abortions. But along that road to ending viable life, the Wendy Davis campaign picked up on a campaign theme that treats single moms as hopelessly failed. Davis said it in a tweet yesterday: Mine is the story of single mothers who feel alone in the

Climbing to Great Heights Above Rio
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 2:57:11 PM     Post Reply
Workers climbed to dizzying heights on Tuesday to begin repairing damage to the Christ the Redeemer statue caused by recent lightning storms in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The right thumb was chipped during a storm last week, and its right middle finger and a spot on its head were damaged last month. Officials say they will place more lightning rods on the statue in an effort to prevent future damage. The statue will remain open to the public during the repairs.

Marist poll shows most Americans
favor increasing abortion restrictions
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 2:55:01 PM     Post Reply
Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, and we’ll have stories about the March for Life in Washington DC today that protests that Supreme Court decision every year. We’ll also have coverage of other aspects of the abortion issue, such as the status of public opinion on abortion. The Catholic service group Knights of Columbus regularly commissions polls through Marist (which also conducts media polls on national and state levels) on this topic each year at the same time. This year’s survey shows that an overwhelming number of Americans oppose unrestricted abortion on demand — and that attitudes

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,

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