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New York Finds High Taxes
Send State´s Wealthy Fleeing
Investor´s Business Daily, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 8:09:20 PM     Post Reply
If there is anything New York doesn´t need it´s more reasons for Empire State residents to flee. Over the last decade (2001-11) New York´s population fell by 1.6 million. Many disgruntled New Yorkers said enough, packed up and left the state. This was a larger population drain than suffered by any other state. Congratulations. That´s why Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo´s declaration that "extreme conservatives ... have no place in the state of New York" was so dumbfounding. Is it just me or does it seem like only yesterday that "progressives" like Mr. Cuomo were lecturing us about embracing "diversity"? As they say in

Obama stresses US
position as climate leader
Washington Examiner, by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:55:56 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said his second-term climate agenda will position the United States as an international leader that pushes large polluters like China and India to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. emits the second-most greenhouse gases in the world, behind China and ahead of India. Republicans who have criticized Obama´s climate push have noted that U.S. action alone cannot avert some of the catastrophic conditions climate scientists say will come if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius by century´s end. Obama acknowledged that in an interview with The New Yorker, but said that taking the lead will give

Obama´s State of the Union
to Highlight Inequality
Townhall, by Heather Ginsberg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:49:41 PM     Post Reply
With President Obama’s State of the Union address coming up next week, themes are starting to be release by senior officials. Apparently President Obama’s second term is off to such a weak start, he has decided to go with inequality as a major theme of his speech next Tuesday. It’s not surprising that Obama will focus on income inequality in his address, as many of his appearances lately have been centered on this issue. The president has yet to get many of his initiatives from his first term accomplished, so it seems best for him to return to basics. A senior administration official said the president will call for a raise in minimum wage to



Glenn Beck says he regrets
‘helping tear the country apart’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:46:21 PM     Post Reply
Top television and radio host Glenn Beck said in an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News that he regrets some of his time at the cable network, when he hosted his own show, and admitted that he ratcheted rhetoric that helped drive a political wedge in America. “I remember [my time on Fox] as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes,” Mr. Beck said on Fox News on Tuesday night. “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart.” He also said if he could hit the rewind button, that he’d focus more on uniting, not dividing. “I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language,” he said,

Obama blames media for ´caricature´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:43:46 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said that gridlock on Capitol Hill stemmed from an inability to "penetrate the Republican base" and convince voters there that he´s "not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh," rather than his oft-questioned willingness to socialize with lawmakers. In bonus excerpts from an interview with The New Yorker´s David Remnick, Obama conceded that there was "no doubt that personal relationships matter at the margins and can tip something over the finish line," and admitted that he "wasn´t in a position to work the social scene in Washington" as the father of two young girls.

Mike Huckabee urges fellow
Republicans to stop attacking
each other as RINOs
Washington Examiner (DC), by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:38:52 PM     Post Reply
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday urged a gathering of Republicans in Washington to stop attacking each other as RINOs -- Republicans in Name Only. Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and is considering another bid for the Republican nomination in 2016, lit up Twitter with his implicit criticism of conservative groups and Tea Party activists who regularly attack Establishment Republicans as RINOs to suggest that they aren´t committed to party principles. “Some of the differences we have [with each other], compared to the differences we have with the other party are small. And, that’s why I’ve asked

Obama: ‘I’m Not the Caricature
That You See on Fox News or
Rush Limbaugh’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:38:08 PM     Post Reply
In follow-up comments to his big New Yorker interview over the weekend, President Obama sounded off on a few other issues, from BridgeGate to criticisms of his leadership style, and in the case of the latter, he took a shot at the conservative media for reducing him to a “caricature” in the eyes of Congressional Republicans. The president talked about his past relationship with Chris Christie without saying much about the current scandal he’s engulfed in, but Obama got “particularly touchy” about the criticism that he has not done a good enough job dealing with Congress. He said that earlier in



Climate Change: Don´t Blame
Man For California´s Drought
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 7:36:40 PM     Post Reply
Environment: California is enduring a historic drought. Naturally some are blaming it on man-made global warming. Are they right? Probably not. This isn´t the first time the Golden State has gone dry. California was parched, drained and dehydrated in 2013. Los Angeles, which averages almost 15 inches of rain a year, had less than 4 inches. Farther north, San Francisco went through its driest days since 1849, the Gold Rush year that record-keeping began, with less than 4 inches of rain falling. It usually gets more than 20. San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento all received far less rainfall than they typically

Watch what happens when Obama
picks a top donor as ambassador
Yahoo News, by Oliver    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:34:35 PM     Post Reply
(Video) This is why a future president might finally do away with the practice of nominating a top political donor to be an ambassador. Here’s how the White House described wealthy executive George Tsunis when President Barack Obama nominated him to be the top U.S. diplomat in Norway in September 2013: “George J. Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels, LLC. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Tsunis was of counsel at Rivkin Radler, LLP and served as partner since 2005. Mr. Tsunis was Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington Committee on Open Space Preservation

Republicans Shouldn´t Run
Away From The Tea Party
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 7:33:59 PM     Post Reply
Politics: Republican Party leaders seem willing, anxious even, to walk away from the Tea Party, certain that such bedrock support will brand the GOP as extremist in voters´ eyes. If anything, polls show, the opposite is true. With 10 months to go before the crucial midterm elections, Republicans understandably will try to avoid screwing up their chances for victory. Democrats have taken to vilifying any Republican who actually stands for something — such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — as a captive of what they´d like to label as the far-right fringe. This can be seen in the efforts of Sen. Charles Schumer of New York — the Democrats' top

Gen. Dempsey’s ‘failures in leadership’
cited in Benghazi disaster
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:26:10 PM     Post Reply
Congress has generally given the Pentagon a “pass” on failing to come to the aid of Americans in Benghazi — that is until now. Six Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, have issued a blistering criticism of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who as Joint Chiefs chairman is the nation’s highest-ranking officer and chief military adviser to President Obama. Under the heading, “Failures in leadership — General Dempsey,” the senators signaled out the four-star officer for not having an emergency plan in place for a crisis in al Qaeda-infiltrated North Africa, to include



Major Obama group will now
push for Hillary Clinton
CNN, by Kevin Bohn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:20:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington– The major super PAC that supported President Obama´s re-election now will begin raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run, the group confirmed to CNN. Priorities USA Action is reaching out to major Democratic donors as it starts to build support for her potential run and plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to begin to lay the groundwork for a potential candidacy. Also one of Mr. Obama´s closest political aides, 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, is joining the group as one of its co-chairmen. Not only will Messina bring contacts

Ryan: House will take
up immigration in pieces
Associated Press, by Paul J. Weber    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:14:01 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday told Texas business leaders eager for changes to immigration laws that House Republicans will tackle reform in pieces and ruled out negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive measure. The Wisconsin Republican didn´t offer a timetable ahead of next week´s GOP House caucus annual retreat, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said immigration will top the agenda. Supporters of an immigration overhaul are renewing hopes that 2014 could bring the first sweeping changes in decades. Ryan expressed optimism at a luncheon hosted by the San Antonio Hispanic

´2016: Obama´s America´ Filmmaker
Indicted for Violating Campaign
Finance Laws
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:10:14 PM     Post Reply
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama’s America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Insiders say D’Souza has been friends with Long since they attended Dartmouth College together in the early 1980s. According to the indictment, D´Souza

IRS Targets Hollywood Conservatives
Townhall, by Carol Platt Liebau    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:06:25 PM     Post Reply
Show business is a lefty paradise, so myopically liberal that these apostles of tolerance see nothing ironic about a Latina actress, Maria Conchita Alonso, being bullied simply for having supported a non-liberal, Tea Party candidate. Hollywood is full of left-wing activist groups -- Norman Lear´s People for the American Way, a 501(c)(3), being the prime example. There are a couple tiny, modest little counterparts on the right, where for the most part, participants keep quiet for fear of getting the same treatment as Maria Conchita Alonso. But in this era of IRS harassment of groups ideologically dissimilar to the President,



Conservative Commentator Dinesh D´Souza
Indicted On Campaign Finance Fraud Charges
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 6:59:13 PM     Post Reply
Dinesh D´Souza, the conservative commentator, best-selling author, and filmmaker, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating federal campaign finance laws. The U.S. Attorney´s Office in the Southern District of New York announced the indictment Thursday evening. According to the indictment, in August 2012 D´Souza directed people to contribute $20,000 to a U.S. Senate candidate´s campaign. He later reimbursed those people. Federal law limits primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each. That means an individual can contribute a maximum of $5,000 to a single candidate. The Senate candidate was not identified in the indictment. "As we

Chuck Schumer reveals new
strategy for subduing the Tea Party
Washington Examiner, by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 6:53:53 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., offered a new strategy for dividing and conquering the Tea Party in a speech Thursday. Schumer, a top strategist among Senate Democrats, said he believes there is a “glaring weakness, one very weak link in the Tea Party´s armor” that Democrats can exploit to reduce the political influence of the group. Schumer acknowledged that Democrats failed to address the rise of the Tea Party over the past four years, with the result that top conservative donors´ “quack medicine” was allowed to “fill the vacuum and capture the anger that was bubbling in the land.” He said

Internet Community Helps
Crack Grandma´s Code
ABC News, by Amy Forliti    Original Article
Posted By: barbcrose- 1/23/2014 6:22:55 PM     Post Reply
When a brain tumor took away Dorothy Holm´s ability to speak, she picked up index cards and began filling them, edge to edge, with seemingly random, indecipherable sequences of letters. Her grandchildren saw her scribbling and thought she was leaving them a code — but it was one the preteens couldn´t crack. Eighteen years later, the puzzle has been solved after one of Holm´s granddaughters posted images of a card online. In just 13 minutes, a MetaFilter.com user figured out that as Dorothy Holm was dying, she was writing out prayers.

Stunning: Nobody
is Watching CNN
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 6:10:30 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Have you heard about CNN? Folks, this is inside baseball, and normally I don´t talk about ratings of other people in this business, because the vagaries are just too volatile. The whole ratings system is too volatile -- and if you live by it, you can die by it. Everybody´s ratings, depending on when you take the snapshot, are gonna go up and down, and sometimes they´re gonna fluctuate greatly. But CNN now has had enough steady erosion here that it oughta be panic time. Listen to this: "CNN´s Neilson ratings for the key important demographic which remains 25-54..."

Parsing the Latest Polling Data
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 5:57:39 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I mentioned at the top of the program there´s a lot of polling data out. There´s a Fox News poll out, and the headline here: "As Obama Starts His Sixth Year, 74% Say the US is Still in a Recession -- A third of voters say they like Obama and his policies, a dramatic drop from 47% who felt that way in October of 2012." This is a dramatic plunge. Thirty-three percent say they like Obama and his policies. That used to be near 50% just a year and a half ago. In addition, 62% now say that they dislike


Scott Walker Stood Firm and Proved
Conservatism Works -- in a Liberal State
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 5:42:47 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Does the name Scott Walker mean anything to you? You know him well. Scott Walker is the Republican, conservative governor of the state of Wisconsin. He has survived numerous efforts by the left, by the Regime, and by union buddies to destroy him, to take him out of office, to recall him from office (twice) to ruin his reputation. He has survived it all, and he has survived it not afraid. He has not been compromised in surviving this. He did not become one of them in order to survive. He remained who he was. He remained a conservative --

Smearing Tim Scott
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 5:41:47 PM     Post Reply
"NC NAACP Chief Denounces Extremists of All Kinds, Including Conservatives" read a headline in Monday´s edition of the State, daily newspaper of Columbia, S.C. But if the story is a full account of the Rev. William Barber II´s "speech of fire and thunder," delivered in the Palmetto State capital on the eve of Martin Luther King Day, the headline should have read "NC NAACP Chief Denounces All Kinds of Conservatives as Extremists." As far as we know from reading the article,the only people he criticized other than conservatives were, as the reporter put it, "blacks who he said aren´t following

It´s Me Again! Obama
Says I´m His Problem
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 5:40:22 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Well, ladies and gentlemen, it looks like I continue to live rent free in the head of the president, Barack Obama. It seems that the New Yorker has just posted more from their 18-page Obama interview. I don´t know if the whole thing has been on the Internet. I didn´t read the whole thing. It may have been up there all the time. But here is what the president said, the New Yorker interview with David Remnick that they have just posted. "Another way of putting it, I guess, is that the issue has been the inability of my message

Bike Lane Indignados
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 4:53:33 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — There are many different indicators of an unhappy society. Sociologists point to crime rates, suicide rates, the incidence of divorce, even the frequency of customers leaving the lights on in public restrooms. Economists point to economic growth rates, unemployment rates, the University of Michigan’s monthly economic outlook for the United States. One of my own personal favorites is the sudden transformation of the Republic’s healthy, happy, rosy-cheeked bicycle riders into a mob of angry cranks. It happens every few decades and is a sure sign of an unhappy society. I well remember back in the late 1970s when, come to

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