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Greens blast Obama as oil flows
through southern Keystone leg
The Hill [DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:39:19 AM     Post Reply
Oil shipments on Wednesday began to flow through Keystone XL´s southern leg. TransCanada announced the start of oil deliveries to Gulf Coast refineries on Wednesday morning. The shipments run from Cushing, Okla. to Nederland, Texas. While not as controversial as its northern leg, which is still under review by the State Department, the decision by the Obama administration to allow the flow of oil through the southern Keystone leg is stirring controversy. Green groups like the Sierra Club blasted the administration for failing to adequately review the pipeline. “Today’s announcement is a painful example of President Obama’s all of the

Andrew Cuomo´s Soviet America
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:31:23 AM     Post Reply
You could call him the governor of a sovereign state. A sovereign state of Soviet America. Andrew Cuomo is not the governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo is the governor of a state of Soviet America. An America that is the land of a government-created Privileged Class. A land where political correctness rules — and people like, say, Sean Hannity or the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty or South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott are not wanted. It is the American version of the late Soviet Union. In fact, this is exactly what Barack Obama has been about when he talked

Iran Sanctions Relief Could
Fund Terrorism Against U.S.
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:27:50 AM     Post Reply
Iran has been granted absolute control over more than $4 billion that will be unfrozen and returned to Tehran under the recently enacted nuclear accord, causing concern that the cash will be used to fund terrorism. The billions in cash come with no strings attached, meaning that Iran has complete authority over how the funds are spent—and the U.S. government cannot ensure that it will not go toward terrorism. The White House did not mandate oversight of the funds under the nuclear deal, leading to concerns that one of the world’s top terrorism sponsors will give a cash infusion to radicals across



Chuck Hagel: The Invisible Man
American Conservative, by Kelley Vlahos    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:25:31 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a year since former Republican senator Chuck Hagel emerged from one of the most grueling and cringe-worthy nomination hearings in recent history with the confirmed title of secretary of defense. Since then, his most vocal critics—all from his own party—have apparently moved on, leaving Hagel to steer the massive military industrial complex through its first war drawdown in more than 20 years. More urgently, he’s had to navigate the shoals of party politics, including a dysfunctional budget sequester and shutdown of the federal government. He’s also implementing unprecedented policies extending benefits for same sex couples in the military. He

Harry Reid’s casino luck
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:22:21 AM     Post Reply
In a just world, no politician would leave office wealthier than on the day he takes the oath of office. We don’t live in a just world, alas, and the rags-to-riches life stories of more than a few U.S. senators strain credulity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, once an officer of the Capitol Police, joined the ranks of multimillionaires during his four decades on the public payroll. He says he’s a good investor, and no doubt he is, but the watchdog group Cause of Action wants the Senate Ethics Committee to inquire as to whether and how he used his office

Antiabortion movement faces a cold reality
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/23/2014 5:16:05 AM     Post Reply
James Dobson’s Focus on the Family asked Christians to pray for rain to fall on Barack Obama in 2008 when he accepted the presidential nomination. Various religious conservatives have said that hurricanes, earthquakes and other meteorological phenomena were divine punishment of wayward humans. So what are we to make of Wednesday’s March for Life on the Mall in Washington? The temperature was 12 degrees at the start of the annual antiabortion event, the wind chill below zero, and participants were trudging about in snow and ice from the previous day’s storm.

We´ve got to dump the ´wonder of
the world´ myths about the NHS
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 5:14:00 AM     Post Reply
Mum was supposed to have her gall bladder removed this week. After 24 hours of starving and worrying, she arrived at the hospital at 6am. [Snip] “Oh, yes, we tried to call you,” said the nurse. “You can go home, Mrs Stanley. Your operation’s been cancelled because we’ve run out of beds.” “You’ve run out of beds?” mum said. “I’m not proud, love. I’d make do with a deckchair.” Dealing with the NHS over a long period can turn you into a tougher person. It reinforces the universal truth that “if you didn’t laugh, you’d cry”. Even if the joke



Make Pro-Abortion Extremists Play Defense
Weekly Standard, by Marjorie Dannenfelser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:12:18 AM     Post Reply
In 2012, Democrats ran a well-coordinated campaign to demonize and distort pro-life candidates as anti-woman misogynists hell-bent on taking away birth control. The Republican response to this line of attack consisted mostly of pivoting away to focus on “jobs” and the “economy.” With rare exceptions, instead of responding, GOP candidates were unwilling to answer the attacks head-on. In order to win elections in the future, Republicans will have to change tactics and better respond to these scurrilous accusations. They had a chance to change things in Virginia in 2013. Going into the Virginia governor’s race, pro-life advocates believed it would be

The president’s privacy epiphany
New York Post, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:07:36 AM     Post Reply
Last June, after news reports revealed that the National Security Agency was surreptitiously collecting everyone’s phone records, President Obama called this massive dragnet a “modest encroachment” that “the American people should feel comfortable about.” Last Friday, he portrayed it as a significant threat to privacy. Which is it? Evidently the answer depends on the latest polls, which find that the American people are not as comfortable with the NSA’s snooping as Obama said they should be. His obvious lack of conviction about the threat posed by mass surveillance makes it hard to believe he is serious about addressing it. There was a

Stunner! Iranian FM on Nuke Deal:
‘We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything’
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:03:46 AM     Post Reply
Another brilliant moment in Obama foreign policy— Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters today the regime did not agree to dismantle anything in the recent nuclear deal. Gee, who could have seen this coming? CNN reported: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that “we did not agree to dismantle anything.” Zarif told CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto that terminology used by the White House to describe the agreement differed from the text agreed to by Iran

Israel´s Most Reliable Ally
American Thinker, by C. Hart    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/23/2014 4:58:39 AM     Post Reply
"Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you," were the closing remarks of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Israeli Knesset on Monday, January 20, 2014. (Snip) There was no outspoken criticism of Israel -- another "first" by a head of state visiting the land. Harper´s friendship with Israel has been a welcome relief at a time when the Jewish State has become increasingly isolated. Israel´s diplomatic troubles have come to the forefront, recently: • Israeli ambassadors were called on the carpet by four European governments that demanded an explanation of current Israeli settlement policy; • UNESCO cancelled an exhibit portraying



Seattle Seahawks’ Richard
Sherman ‘surprised’ by backlash
Seattle Post-Intelligencer [ WA], by Stephen Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 4:54:41 AM     Post Reply
Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was surprised that the online backlash “blew up the way it did” following his comments immediately after Seattle’s 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Just after making a game-clinching play by tipping a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for receiver Michael Crabtree into the arms of teammate Malcolm Smith, Sherman sparked outrage with his on-camera outburst during a sideline interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews. The reaction continued well after the game, as online critics disparaged his bravado and lack of sportsmanship. Sherman defended himself in a piece published after

Pro-death Insanity Envelops Belgium
American Thinker, by Mark Mostert    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/23/2014 4:52:13 AM     Post Reply
To most people´s minds, the notion of killing others because they are sick, suffering, or disabled is simply outlandish, because our moral code rightly dictates that those so afflicted need comfort, care, and as much positive support as we can muster. However, there´s an insidious creeping horror that is progressively challenging our inherent notions of compassion and decency: the Culture of Death, which, over the last 30 years, has steadily been pushing the limits of acceptable medical behavior. Europe has been ground zero for the pro-deathers´ ultimate goal: Death on demand at any time, anywhere, for any reason, for anyone, and

Disappointment about the
true Wendy Davis story
Morning News [Dallas,TX], by Tod Robberson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 4:45:16 AM     Post Reply
I read Dallas Morning News staff writer Wayne Slater’s set-the-record-straight story about Wendy Davis on Sunday after taking a big gulp. I wasn’t sure I wanted to know the truth, or how badly she and her aides had screwed up the truth. Like lots of readers, I wanted to know that Texas finally had a viable Democratic candidate so that this would truly be a contest. I didn’t want Greg Abbott (or whoever the Republicans ultimately choose) to win just because he’s a Republican. Going into this race, Davis’s campaign certainly knew that the Republicans were going to investigate the

Why Are Fewer People Looking for Jobs?
National Journal, by Major Garrett    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/23/2014 4:38:40 AM     Post Reply
I´m not an economist. I don´t even pretend to be one on television. But something has been nagging at me through the aftermath of the Great Recession, and it´s the labor-force participation rate, which enumerates Americans who have a job and Americans who want a job. The LFPR has fallen from 66 percent to 62.8 percent since the Great Recession began. That accounts for 12.6 million people leaving the workforce, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. When the national jobless rate fell from 7 percent to 6.7 percent, much of the decline was due to Americans leaving the workforce. The Wall



A ´tsunami´ of store closings
expected to hit retail
CNBC, by Krystina Gustafson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/23/2014 4:35:51 AM     Post Reply
Get ready for the next era in retail—one that will be characterized by far fewer shops and smaller stores. On Tuesday, Sears said that it will shutter its flagship store in downtown Chicago in April. It´s the latest of about 300 store closures in the U.S. that Sears has made since 2010. The news follows announcements earlier this month of multiple store closings from major department stores J.C. Penney and Macy´s. Further signs of cuts in the industry came Wednesday, when Target said that it will eliminate 475 jobs worldwide, including some at its Minnesota headquarters, and not fill 700 empty positions. Experts

No, Mr. Obama, we don’t dislike
you because you’re black
Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 4:33:12 AM     Post Reply
America, we have an egotistical, delusional president. He has convinced himself that he is disliked by many Americans because he is black. In a lengthy interview with New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick the president tells him, "There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president. Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president." President Obama’s approval rating has fallen badly in

Judge rules Kansas sperm
donor must pay child support
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 4:30:56 AM     Post Reply
TOPEKA, KAN. – A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday. Topeka resident William Marotta had argued that he had waived his parental rights and didn’t intend to be a father. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi rejected that claim, saying the parties didn’t involve a licensed physician in the artificial insemination process and thus Marotta didn’t qualify as a sperm donor, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. ‘‘In this case, quite

Texas Executes Man Despite
Opposition From Mexico
Associated Press, by Michael Graczyk    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 4:18:25 AM     Post Reply
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24. Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled "no" and shook his head. As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began taking effect, he took a few breaths and then made one slightly audible snore before all movement stopped. He was pronounced dead 17 minutes

Presidential commission offers
ways to shorten voting lines
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 3:23:23 AM     Post Reply
A nonpartisan panel of election and management experts is recommending that states embrace technology, more flexibility in the voting process and better resources for voters in order to improve the speed and ease of casting a ballot in the U.S. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, an idea presented by President Obama during his 2013 State of the Union speech, met with theMr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday to present the findings of a six-month study that involved conversations with stakeholders like election administrators, activists, voters and academics. They concluded that the problems that led to record-long lines


´Mac´ turns 30 in changing
computer world
Agence France Presse, by Glenn Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 3:15:59 AM     Post Reply
Decades before changing the world with iPhones and iPads, Apple transformed home computing with the Macintosh. The friendly desktop machine referred to as the "Mac" and, importantly, the ability to control it by clicking on icons with a "mouse," opened computing to non-geeks in much the way that touchscreens later allowed almost anyone get instantly comfortable with smartphones or tablets. The Macintosh computer, introduced 30 years ago Friday, was at the core of a legendary rivalry between late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft mastermind Bill Gates. Thousands of Apple faithful are expected for a birthday party this weekend in

In a few short years, mighty
Republicans have fallen
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/22/2014 11:37:37 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell stormed the national stage in 2009 as symbols of the GOP’s anti-Obama momentum, but with both now under federal investigation, Republicans’ unity is shattered and strategists and fellow officeholders struggle to contain the damage. Mr. McDonnell was indicted Tuesday, while Mr. Christie is facing a state investigation over “Bridgegate” and a federal probe over New Jersey’s use of Superstorm Sandy emergency response money — money that the governor badgered Congress to give him. Each were political stars and were reportedly on the short list to be the 2012 vice

Experts: McDonnell’s corruption
trial will test line between
political favors, official action
Washington Post, by Carol D Leonnig & Rosalind S Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/22/2014 11:32:22 PM     Post Reply
Prosecutors laid out a startling corruption case against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, but the government faces a high bar in proving that the couple committed a crime, legal experts said Wednesday. To make its case, the government must show beyond a reasonable doubt that McDonnell (with wife Maureen as co-conspirator) struck a corrupt bargain with a Richmond businessman who lavished $165,000 in cash and gifts on the McDonnell family. They must deliver evidence that the former governor agreed to provide his official help to Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams in exchange for his

On Syria, Obama administration
is leading to failure
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/22/2014 11:29:10 PM     Post Reply
THE OUTSIDE world seems to have grown numb to reports of atrocities from Syria — “barrel bombs” dropped on schools, Scud missiles aimed at apartment houses, blockaded neighborhoods where children die of starvation. But a report released Monday by a panel of international jurists ought to * some consciences. Based on 55,000 images smuggled out of the country, mostly by a defector from the military police, it reports the murder of some 11,000 men detained by the Syrian government between 2011 and last August. Many of the bodies in the photographs show signs of torture; some are missing eyes. More

Administration fears part of health
care system so flawed it could
bankrupt insurance companies
Fox News, by Jim Angle    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/22/2014 11:22:11 PM     Post Reply
While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything´s working fine, there´s no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their contractor." To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the lead contractor, the administration released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center

Ex-scoutmaster pleads guilty
to 36 felony sex crimes
Roanoke Times, (VA), by K. Burnell Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/22/2014 11:04:25 PM     Post Reply
An ex-scoutmaster who admitted to molesting his son’s teenage friends and fellow troop members for years at his Keswick home pleaded guilty to 36 felony sex crimes Wednesday in Albemarle County Circuit Court. David Brian Watkins, now 50, entered into an agreement with prosecutors that shields him from additional local or federal charges and calls for an active term of 30 years and five months in prison.(snip)An attorney grilled Watkins about the allegations during divorce proceedings in 2006: “Are you aware of these claims that you are a pedophile, a child molester, a bisexual, a homosexual, a pervert of the

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