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Security Check Firm Said
to Have Defrauded U.S.
New York Times, by Matt Apuzzo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 1:54:35 PM     Post Reply
The company that conducted a background investigation on the contractor Edward J. Snowden fraudulently signed off on hundreds of thousands of incomplete security checks in recent years, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The government said the company, U.S. Investigations Services, defrauded the government of millions of dollars by submitting more than 650,000 investigations that had not been completed. The government uses those reports to help make hiring decisions and decide who gets access to national security secrets. In addition to Mr. Snowden, the company performed the background check for Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor who killed 12 people at the Washington

De Blasio Backs Cuomo: Tells
Conservatives to Get Out
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 1:47:39 PM     Post Reply
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio emphatically backed New Governor Andrew Cuomo’s controversial remarks that “extreme” conservatives – which he defined as being pro-life, second amendment advocates, or supporters of traditional marriage – “have no place in the state of New York.” “I stand by that 100 percent,” de Blasio told reporters at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s remarks. I interpret his remarks to say that an extremist attitude that continues the reality of violence in our communities or an extremist attitude that denies the rights of women does not

Republicans Wooed With BBQ,
Trucker Hats, Ice Cream As Search
Begins For 2016 Convention City
Time, by Zeke J. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 1:36:19 PM     Post Reply
The mayor of Columbus promised Ohio. Las Vegas offered gifts. Kansas City supplied an American hero. Three years before the next president will be inaugurated, Republican Party leaders gathered in Washington to start their search for the home of the next presidential convention. With the host role, comes a boost in a city’s national profile, and, in the eyes of organizers, millions of dollars in economic benefits. More than two dozen cities have explored bids, according to Republican National Committee officials, but those seen as seriously considering hosting the convention are making themselves known in Washington this week. In addition

  


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Bill O’Reilly to Interview President
Obama During Super Bowl Pregame Show
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 1:20:20 PM     Post Reply
O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly will interview President Barack Obama during the Super Bowl pregrame show. It will be O’Reilly’s third interview with Obama, the last airing before the 2011 Super Bowl. The interview will be held at the White House, and will be broadcast at about 4:30 p.m. ET. An additional portion will be taped and aired on Monday night’s edition of the O’Reilly Factor, after which the entire segment will be available on Fox’s website. Obama’s most recent filmed sit-down interview was with Steve Harvey in December; last weekend The New Yorker’s David Remnick published a 17,000-word interview

How Harry Reid Delivered a 235-
Mile-Long Power Line to Nevada
National Journal, by Amy Harder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 1:06:28 PM     Post Reply
For the better part of the last decade, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has gone out of his way—and dipped into federal funds—to help get a massive, cross-state transmission line built in his home state of Nevada. On Thursday Reid will attend the opening of the 235-mile line, which at the beginning of this year started carrying large amounts of electricity produced from renewable sources rather than coal, just as Reid envisioned seven years ago. In at least three different instances, Reid ensured that federal legislation moved the project forward, including helping get a $343 million loan guarantee approved from

CNN Lays Off 40+ Senior Journalists
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 12:55:09 PM     Post Reply
The Financial Times reports that more than 40-plus senior journalists have just been laid off at CNN and its sister network, HLN. Most of the layoffs occurred in November, were concentrated in Washington, Atlanta, and New York, and, according to CNN, mostly involved those already closing in on retirement. One person fired, however, was a pregnant producer just two weeks away from giving birth. CNN claims that by the end of the year they will have actually increased the number of people working for them. A spokesperson told the Financial Times that around a 100 new people will be added

Schumer to poison Tea Party
The Hill (Washington DC), by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 12:47:48 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ political guru, has a plan to poison the Tea Party by driving a wedge between its rich funders and its blue-collar rank and file. Schumer, one of the Democrats’ most influential strategists, will argue in a major speech on Thursday that super-wealthy Tea Party donors have hijacked the grassroots movement that grew out of the economic anxiety of the 2008 financial collapse to suit their pro-big-business agenda. He’ll lay out a blueprint for how Democrats could exploit what, he argues, is a weakness in the opposition in the address at the Center for

  


  

Surviving Anxiety
Atlantic, by Scott Stossel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 12:39:55 PM     Post Reply
I’ve finally settled on a pre-talk regimen that enables me to avoid the weeks of anticipatory misery that the approach of a public-speaking engagement would otherwise produce. Let’s say you’re sitting in an audience and I’m at the lectern. Here’s what I’ve likely done to prepare. Four hours or so ago, I took my first half milligram of Xanax. (I’ve learned that if I wait too long to take it, my fight-or-flight response kicks so far into overdrive that medication is not enough to yank it back.) Then, about an hour ago, I took my second half milligram of Xanax

Conservative Activist James
O’Keefe Claims Cuomo Is Trying
to Run Him Out of NY
Daily Beast, by David Freedlander    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 12:31:03 PM     Post Reply
The rightwing prankster and documentarian whose videos have drawn blood at ACORN and NPR, says his organization is being harassed by the state of New York. Do extreme conservatives pranksters and videographers have no place in New York State either? Late last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ignited a firestorm of criticism in right-wing media when he told a public radio host that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the State of New York.” Cuomo was referring to the prospects of far-right political candidates in the deeply Democratic Empire State, not the prospects of his

The Moral Case For Allowing
Abortion Grows Ever Weaker
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 12:25:55 PM     Post Reply
BRIT HUME: This is the 41st anniversary of the day the Supreme Court found that a generalized right to privacy it had basically invented, meant that a woman has a constitutional right to snuff out an unborn life, a human being with a beating heart. That´s what a fetus as young as six weeks is. Small wonder these protesters still come every year to register their continuing objections. Some estimates are that as many as 55 million abortions -- 55 million -- have occurred since the Court acted. In that time, science has given us an ever clearer picture of

The Obama Tapes
New Yorker Magazine, by David Remnick    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 12:18:19 PM     Post Reply
This week’s issue of the magazine contains “Going the Distance,” a portrait of Barack Obama, drawn from interviews with the President at the White House and on Air Force One during a fund-raising swing through Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. There was also an on-the-record call just as the piece was closing for publication. I think I will get no argument that the piece was long enough, thank you, but there were some moments that further illustrated the President’s capacity to argue both sides of a question and, when needed, to opt for a magnanimous non-answer rather than launch

  


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Justin Bieber arrested on drunken
driving, resisting arrest charges
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/23/2014 12:07:57 PM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police saw the pop star street racing Thursday morning, Miami Beach police said. "What the f*** did I do? Why did you stop me?" Bieber told the police officer who pulled him over just after 4 a.m., according to the arrest report. Bieber, 19, was booked into a Miami jail after failing a sobriety test, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters Thursday. Bieber "made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication," Martinez

No Statistics, No Mischief
Weekly Standard, by Andrew Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/23/2014 11:37:13 AM     Post Reply
It´s been more than a week now and I’m beginning to suspect she’s not going to call, so here I will offer Janet Yellen the advice I’ve been hoping to give her privately since the Senate confirmed her as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve. My advice is: Think about John Cowperthwaite. By this I mean: Really think about John Cowperthwaite. The name is familiar to economic historians, academics in postcolonial studies, specialists in the tax policy of the Far East, and avid libertarians, but less well known to normal people.

Conservatives don´t circle the wagons
around corrupt politicians
Washington Examiner, by David Freddoso    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/23/2014 11:12:41 AM     Post Reply
If 2013 was the year of Filner and Weiner, 2014 is (so far, anyway) the year of Republican corruption. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in hot water after his staff (without his knowledge, he insists!) implemented a traffic study that just happened to clog traffic in the borough of a mayor who hadn´t endorsed him for re-election. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have now been indicted for not just accepting but in fact seeking out and requesting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from a political donor, according to court documents.

Gohmert Blames ‘the Left’
for Twisting Welfare Comments:
‘Thank God for Fox’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/23/2014 10:45:27 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on Fox & Friends on Thursday where he attacked “the left” and various left-leaning news outlets for what he said was an effort to misrepresent comments he made on the House floor about single mothers and rampant welfare fraud among young women. Gohmert told Fox host Brian Kilmeade “thank God for Fox News” for correcting the record. “We’re seeing more and more young women, single women coming before me, single moms, charged with welfare fraud,” Gohmert said on the House floor recently. Gohmert told Kilmeade that his comments were misconstrued. “The left tried to say I was

  


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Future US envoy displays
total ignorance of Norway
The Local [Norway], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/23/2014 10:40:21 AM     Post Reply
The US´s next ambassador to Norway has committed a jaw-dropping diplomatic blunder before he even begins, describing the Progress Party, which has seven ministers, as "fringe elements" that "spew their hatred" in a US Senate hearing. Asked by Senator John McCain what he thought it was about the "anti-immigration" Progress Party that appealed to Norwegian voters, Greek American businessman George Tsunis seemed unaware of the party´s role in the ruling coalition. "You get some fringe elements that have a microphone and spew their hatred," he said in the pre-appointment hearing. "And I will tell you Norway has been very quick to

Texas Gov. Rick Perry:
Obamacare won´t stick around
CNBC, by Jeff Morganteen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 10:38:35 AM     Post Reply
(Video) Texas Gov. Rick Perry believes President Barack Obama´s signature health-care law will undergo substantial changes as individual states develop better alternatives, the former Republican presidential candidate told CNBC on Wednesday. "So the idea that this Affordable Care Act—Obamacare, whatever you want to call it—is going to stick around is just not reality," Perry told CNBC during an interview on "Squawk on the Street." "The reality is that the states will be where the ideas bubble up from." Perry´s comments come as the governor traveled to Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum, an elite gathering of world business

Applications for US unemployment
aid mostly unchanged at 326,000;
total recipients fall
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 10:25:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits ticked up 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, a level consistent with steady job gains. The Labor Department says the four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell for the third straight week to 331,500. Both figures are close to pre-recession levels and suggest that companies are laying off few workers. One sour note in the report: Nearly 1.4 million people who have been unemployed longer than six months lost benefits in the week that ended Jan. 4, the latest period for which figures are available. That´s because an emergency

The Accidental Activist
Vanity Fair, by Joshua Prager    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 10:20:05 AM     Post Reply
It is a spring night in rural Texas, and crickets sing as a woman in her 60s with broad shoulders and short brown hair stops a pregnant young woman on an empty sidewalk. The older woman has heard that the younger woman, her neighbor Lucy Mae, may be seeking an abortion. “You don’t have to do this,” she says, her brown eyes and long loose cheeks filling with emotion. “Children are a miracle—a gift from God!” The women are performing a scene in Doonby, a movie about a drifter who awakens a sleepy Texas town to its spiritual possibilities. The movie,

Judge rules that Kansan who provided
sperm to lesbian couple owes child support
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/23/2014 10:12:58 AM     Post Reply
TOPEKA — 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 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.

  



Survey: Respect at school in decline
USA Today, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/23/2014 10:02:43 AM     Post Reply
Compared with when they were students, Americans today believe there´s a lot less respect in the hallways of the nation´s schools. A new Harris Poll out Thursday finds that fewer adults believe teachers respect parents or students - and that fewer believe parents and students respect teachers. In other words, just about every relationship in a school has soured a bit. In a first-of-its-kind survey, Harris asked 2,250 adults last fall to compare their memory of "school dynamics" when they were students with today. The percentage of respondents who agreed with the statement "students respect teachers" dropped from 79% to

Ratings: Zucker era CNN
collapses to new low
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/23/2014 10:02:22 AM     Post Reply
I´ve said it before and I´ll say it again: the most under-covered media story in the country right now is the collapse of CNN. Other than Tapper o´clock, the network is an absolute mess. As I write this, Brooke Baldwin is devoting a full segment to a game called "Candy Crush." This was followed by yet another segment on -- wait for it -- "Blackfish!" Who is this network programming for? The latest ratings show, pretty much not anyone. In the all-important 25-54 age demo, CNN has sunk to its lowest point since Jeff Zucker took over a little over

Zulu: is this the greatest
ever British war film?
Telegraph [UK], by Will Heaven    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 9:59:56 AM     Post Reply
What’s so great about Zulu? To answer that question properly, you need to pass this test first. 1) Do you know Men of Harlech off by heart? 2) Can you name at least half of the 11 Victoria Cross winners in the film (by their nicknames where possible) without resorting to Google? 3) Have you ever found yourself stirred to ridiculous feelings of patriotism by John Barry’s magnificent film score on the morning commute? I really hope someone else answers “yes” to all three, otherwise you can chalk me up as a lone madman. Zulu--released 50 years ago this week--is

Fox News Poll: Voters say addressing
income inequality is not government´s job
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/23/2014 9:38:07 AM     Post Reply
A new Fox New poll shows a possible disconnect between President Barack Obama and voters on what the president says will be the top priority for the rest of his term: reducing income inequality. The poll finds that only a small minority of voters (13 percent) thinks the government should do something about the fact some people make a lot more money than others. A 62-percent majority is okay with disparities in income “because that’s just how the economy works.” Another 21 percent say income inequality “stinks,” but still think the government “shouldn’t get involved.” Twenty-one percent of voters with

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