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Federal Probe into New Jersey
Sen. Menendez Is Widening
WNBC-New York, by Jonathan Dienst    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:20:59 AM     Post Reply
The federal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned. The Department of Justice is investigating Menendez´s efforts on behalf of two fugitive bankers from Ecuador, multiple current and former U.S, officials tell NBC 4 New York. The probe into Menendez’s dealing with the bankers comes as federal authorities are also investigating his relationship to a big campaign donor from Florida. The criminal investigation is focusing in part on the senator’s ties to William and Roberto Isaias and whether the senator crossed a line in trying to help the two brothers

The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:17:21 AM     Post Reply
So the president´s State of the Union address is Tuesday night, and it´s always such a promising moment, a chance to wake everyone up and say "This I believe" and "Here we stand." The networks are focused and alert, waiting to be filled with a president´s excellence and depth. It´s a chance for the American president to say whatever the storm, however high the seas, the union stands "rock-bottomed and copper-sheathed, one and indivisible." That´s how Stephen Vincent Benet had Daniel Webster put it, in a play. In a State of the Union a president tries to put his stamp on

Sochi 2014: IOC jeopardized safety of athletes
and fans in awarding Games to Putin’s Russia
Washington Post, by Sally Jenkins    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:13:18 AM     Post Reply
The Olympics aren’t supposed to kill people. They’re supposed to exalt them. But it’s too late to take the dangerous, despoiling Winter Games away from the thugocracy that is Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime, so the only option is to count on the man’s bulging biceps and hope it’s an adequate “ring of steel” that can keep people safe in Sochi. It’s a cold hard fact that these Olympics have become an agent of death. Sochi already is a catastrophe, and if it becomes a tragedy too, it will be because the International Olympic Committee has become the tool of “colossal authoritarian



He plans to run for Congress -- in 4 states
CNN, by Ashley Killough    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:10:55 AM     Post Reply
Allan Levene really -- really -- wants to serve in Congress. So much so, that he plans to run in four states: Georgia. Minnesota. Michigan. Hawaii. It´s puzzling, but the Republican freely admits his strategy increases his odds of winning a House seat. As he sees it, all roads lead to Rome. "No matter where you win a seat in Congress, you go to the same building. You do the same work," he said. "You can work for your constituents, which all have similar needs, but the key is you go to Washington and help solve the country´s problems." Legally, his strategy is possible. But

Mafia Cheated Out of ´Goodfellas´
Loot, Suspect Told Informant
ABC News, by Josh Margolin *    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:08:46 AM     Post Reply
An alleged mobster arrested today for the long unsolved Lufthansa heist made famous in the movie “Goodfellas” admitted to an FBI informant that the theft´s ringleader, Jimmy “the Gent” Burke, cheated the Mafia out of its share of the loot. Vincent Asaro, 78, of Howard Beach, N.Y., was arrested today and among the charges against him was conspiring in the 1978 Lufthansa heist which netted $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels. At the time, it was the biggest theft in U.S. history. The money has never been recovered. Court documents released at his arraignment quote two of four FBI

Mexico City Bets On Tap
Water Law To Change Habit
Associated Press, by Adriana Gomez Licon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:05:55 AM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY -- "Drink the water." It´s a suggestion alien to Mexico City residents who have long shunned tap water in favor of the bottled kind and to the throngs of tourists who visit the city each year, bringing with them fears of "Montezuma´s Revenge." But a law recently approved by Mexico City´s legislators will require all restaurants to install filters, offering patrons free, apparently drinkable potable water that won´t lead to stomach problems and other ailments. "We need to create a culture of water consumption," said Dr. Jose Armando Ahued, health secretary for Mexico City. "We need to accept our water." Bad

3 dead, 20-plus hurt in
I--94 pileup in Indiana
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 3:43:51 AM     Post Reply
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.- Police say a massive highway pileup in northwestern Indiana has killed three people and injured more than 20 people. Indiana State Police say the pileup on Interstate 94 Thursday afternoon involved about 15 semitrailers and about 15 passenger vehicles and pickup trucks. They say one injured person remained trapped in a vehicle Thursday evening, hours after the pileup began. The accident happened near Michigan City, which is about a 60-mile drive from Chicago. Police say Michigan City has provided two buses that are being used to warm people and transport the injured to hospitals.



Greg Abbott Reacts to Video
Showing Battleground Texas Activists
Mocking His Disability (Update:
Davis Reacts)
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 2:10:09 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this afternoon, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a video showing Battleground Texas activists mocking him and condoning voter fraud. In the video, an attorney and voter registrar for the group, which is supporting Democrat Wendy Davis’ run for governor of Texas, is seen making a joke about the fact that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is confined to a wheelchair. Abbott is the presumed Republican nominee for governor. Today, the Abbott campaign released a statement on the video. AUSTIN – Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the release of Project Veritas’ video

Boehner tells Leno he won´t
give up wine, golf to be president
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 2:02:46 AM     Post Reply
BURBANK, Calif. – House Speaker John Boehner says he likes his life too much to run for president. Making his first appearance Thursday night on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Boehner twice gave an emphatic "no," then repeated it, when Leno asked if he´d ever seek the nation´s highest office. Boehner told Leno he likes to play golf, cut his own grass, drink red wine and smoke cigarettes, and he´s "not giving that up to be the President of the United States." The line got a round of applause from the Burbank, Calif. audience. Boehner also got a laugh when

Gov. Christie, Camden superintendent
tout new after school dinner program
South Jersey Times [Woodbury, NJ], by Phil Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/24/2014 12:06:11 AM     Post Reply
Camden — Gov. Chris Christie continued his campaign to reform the Camden school district at the Thomas H. Dudley Elementary School on Thursday, promoting the district´s most recent initiative: free dinner for Camden students. Joined by newly-appointed Camden superintendent of schools, Paymon Rouhanifard, and Mayor Dana Redd, many expected Christie to follow up on his comments during his State of the State address about lengthening school days and extending the school year. However, the governor and superintendent focused on the After School Dinner program implemented earlier this month, which gives students at six select schools in Camden a hot meal to

House Conservatives Plot Takedown of
GOP Leaders´ Amnesty Plans
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/23/2014 11:53:27 PM     Post Reply
As House Republican leaders prepare an immigration proposal that could go much further towards amnesty than their prior public stances, conservative lawmakers are quietly plotting to push back. (snip) Officials close to the matter say conservative critics of Speaker John Boehner´s planned immigration push are working to issue their own rival immigration principles to vie with the document Boehner is drafting. “There is definitely a growing mood of confusion and aggravation among conservatives in the House over the immigration issue right now,” one House GOP aide said in an email to Breitbart News, adding that many on the right find



Conservative activist O´Keefe
claims Cuomo targeting his group
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 11:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Conservative activist James O´Keefe is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo´s administration of targeting his group with document requests and a subpoena, claiming the Democratic governor´s recent comments critical of conservatives "aren´t simply words." O´Keefe, whose Project Veritas is behind a series of hidden-camera investigations against left-leaning groups and causes, made the claims on the heels of the controversy over a recent Cuomo interview. In it, Cuomo blasted "extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay" and said they "have no place" in New York. He later walked back his remarks, and said they were being taken out of context in the

Dinesh D´Souza indicted for
violating U.S. election law
Reuters, by Jonathan Stempel    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 11:13:17 PM     Post Reply
Dinesh D´Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate. According to an indictment made public on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, D´Souza around August 2012 reimbursed people who he had directed to contribute $20,000 to the candidate´s campaign. The candidate was not named in the indictment. Attempts to reach D´Souza and a lawyer representing him were unsuccessful. D´Souza was charged in the indictment with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing

Krauthammer: ´Whiny,´ ´Unseemly´
for Obama to Blame DC Gridlock
on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh
Breitbart's TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 1/23/2014 11:10:12 PM     Post Reply
On her Thursday broadcast, “The Kelly File” host Megyn Kelly brought on Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer to sound off on the latest excerpt of President Barack Obama’s interview with the New Yorker magazine’s David Remnick. In that excerpt, Obama blamed Fox News and conservative talker Rush Limbaugh for the gridlock in Washington, D.C. Krauthammer noted Obama has “the commanding heights of the culture” in his corner and said it was unbecoming of the leader of the free world to complain on those grounds. “At least he is not blaming it on climate change or George W. Bush

Fracking protestors glue
themselves to wrong gas station
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Rick Couri    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2014 10:51:17 PM     Post Reply
Missed it by that much. That’s how the six gluees have to feel after such a mistake. The group thought they were attaching themselves to pumps at a gas station owned by a company called Total. They were upset after the company announced they would invest millions in shale oil and fracking. But there was a pretty big oops involved. Station manager Reezwan Patel told The Bolton News in Ruston Lane UK, “Total don’t own the station any more. It is owned by Certas Energy, but the signs haven’t changed yet.” “We had to close for six hours,” Patel grumbled.



Stop jerking Canada around
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2014 10:23:41 PM     Post Reply
Fixated as we Americans are on Canada’s three most attention-getting exports — polar vortexes, Alberta clippers and the antics of Toronto’s addled mayor — we’ve somewhat overlooked a major feature of Canada’s current relations with the United States: extreme annoyance. Last week, speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s foreign minister calmly but pointedly complained that the United States owes Canada a response on the Keystone XL pipeline. “We can’t continue in this state of limbo,” he sort of complained, in what for a placid, imperturbable Canadian passes for an explosion of volcanic rage. Canadians may be preternaturally measured

Little-known aspect of Medicaid now
causing people to avoid coverage
Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2014 10:15:06 PM     Post Reply
Add this to the litany of scary but improbable things people are hearing could happen because of the new federal health-care law: After you die, the state could come after your house. The concern arises from a long-standing but little-known aspect of Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health coverage to millions of low-income Americans. In certain cases, a state can recoup its medical costs by putting a claim on a deceased person’s assets. This is not an issue for people buying private coverage on online marketplaces. And experts say it is unlikely that the millions of people in more

Michelle Obama admires ´Hanoi´ Jane
Fonda who she calls ´politically savvy´
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 9:58:59 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama´s decision to cite Jane Fonda as a woman she admires has caused a Republican backlash because of the actress´ left-wing activism. Fonda, who has been infamous since she took a trip to North Vietnam in 1972 and was pictured wearing a helmet and posing with a gun during the war which was taken as an insult to American troops, was one of two actresses that she said she looks up to as she thinks about growing older. [Snip] (And) there´s Jane Fonda, a beautiful, engaged, politically savvy, sharp woman,´ Mrs Obama said in an interview with People Magazine

Welcome to RIP--New York´s Rat
Information Portal that charts the
areas with the densest infestation
(you’ll want to avoid the areas
marked red like the plague)
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 9:53:26 PM     Post Reply
New Yorkers with musophobia--the fear of rats--should look away now. The irrational fear of rats, in New York City where there are an estimated two times as many rats are there are people, may not seem so crazy after a look at the New York City Health Department´s Rat Information Portal, or RIP. The dense human population means rats thrive in New York, roaming city streets by night, hanging out in subway tunnels and feasting on curbside garbage. To discover the extent to which any neighborhood or building is infested, residents and businesses can look at raw data gathered by

Pentagon Proposes $1 Billion
Cut to Commissary’s Budget
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 9:49:13 PM     Post Reply
The Pentagon has proposed a plan that would cut $1 billion from the commissary’s budget over the next three years, Military.com reports. The commissary agency currently operates 247 stores across the world. All but 24 rural stores would be closed under the proposed plan. The plan would cut the commissary agency’s $1.4 billion annual budget to $400 million. “If DeCA’s budget is cut to such a magnitude, it would ultimately require DeCA to close stores or change the way it delivers the commissary benefit,” a source with knowledge of the proposed cuts told Military.com. “But those options would mean military


Schumer Calls for Using IRS to
Curtail Tea Party Activities
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 9:39:44 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to “exploit” and “weaken” the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday. Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS. “It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done

Covered California gets federal
money to improve service, enrollment
Los Angeles Times, by Chad Terhune    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2014 9:38:24 PM     Post Reply
California´s health exchange said it would use an additional $155 million in federal grant money to address customer service woes and to boost low enrollment among the key market of uninsured Latinos. The Covered California exchange announced the injection of money from the Obama administration Thursday as it faced growing criticism for dismal service and a disappointing sign-up rate among Latinos. The state has led the nation with more than 625,000 people enrolled in health plans through mid-January, and it´s a bellwether state for the national rollout of the Affordable Care Act. That large volume of enrollment, much of

Your tax dollars at work:
Security for Obamas and Bidens
cost $295,437 during a single
VACATION weekend, records show
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 9:29:33 PM     Post Reply
The Obamas and Bidens spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on three separate vacation trips during last year´s President´s Day weekend, records show. The total tab for the U.S. Secret Service came to at least $295,437. President Barack Obama spent that weekend golfing in West Palm Beach, Florida with Tiger Woods´ former coach, and appeared briefly with the golf superstar. [Snip] The watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained records from the Secret Service through a Freedom of Information Act request, learning that the cost of protecting the president that weekend came to $98,135.79. That total included $32,406.50 for flights, $16,466.25

RNC tries to simplify 2016 primary,
may unleash untold chaos
Daily Caller, by Katie McHugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 9:28:57 PM     Post Reply
The next presidential election might be months away, but the Republican National Committee is acting to cut the party’s primary season in half in order to regain control over the chaotic lead-up to the convention. If the five changes proposed by a subcommittee pass with a super majority during the RNC’s January meeting, the first four states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — would be permitted to hold their primaries in February of 2016, while the rest of the states would have to wait until Mar. 1, and would be barred from holding winner-take-all elections until Mar. 15.

Arizona´s ´Sheriff Joe´ mulling possible
bid for governor, raising millions
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 9:27:44 PM     Post Reply
Arizona´s controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced this week he added $3.5 million to his campaign coffers last year – a personal best – as he hints he´s again considering a run for governor. The record haul was made possible mostly from out-of-state donors who supported the Maricopa County sheriff’s enforcement tactics. Critics of Arpaio tried unsuccessfully to force a recall election against him last year, a battle which his office claims cost him about $8 million. But as he builds his war chest back up, he´s vowing to run again, presumably for a seventh term but possibly for governor.

Ghost ship with cannibal
rats may head to Scotland
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Stephen McGinty    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2014 9:17:43 PM     Post Reply
An abandoned Russian ‘ghost ship’ infested with cannibal rats may be drifting towards the west coast of Scotland according to salvage experts. The cruise liner, Lyubov Orlova, has been drifting across the Atlantic for almost a year after being cut adrift by the Canadian government and now a Belgian salvage company have asked Scots sailors to be on the lookout for the vessel which is worth £600,000 in scrap metal. Built in Yugoslavia in 1976, the 300 foot ship was abandoned by its owners and crew at the port of St Johns in Newfoundland in September 2010 after they were unable

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