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De Blasio’s Secret Speech
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/25/2014 2:29:26 PM     Post Reply
The fact that Mayor de Blasio’s speech at the Manhattan meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was unannounced is causing a stir this. There’s a terrific dispatch on it by one of the ferrets at the Times, Kate Taylor, formerly of the Sun. She reports that His Honor assured Aipac’s members that “part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel.” Ms. Taylor reports that the appearance, at the Hotel Hilton, “was not listed on the mayor’s public schedule” and that “a reporter who tried to attend was escorted away by the security staff.”

Obama: “I’m Not a Particularly
Ideological Person.”
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 1:53:33 PM     Post Reply
A couple of days ago, I counted the ways why I disliked President Obama following his recent interview with David Remnick of The New Yorker. In the interview, he attributed some of his unpopularity to racism. Dishonesty and disingenuousness are unbecoming a President and here’s another example from the same interview. Remnick follows Obama to a Democratic Party fundraiser at the home of former Microsoft President Jon Shirley near Seattle. He told donors, “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” He also went on to say, “There are reasonable conservatives and there are those who just want to burn down the

24 seniors missing in nursing
home fire feared dead
CNN, by Susanna Capelouto    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 1:52:28 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Eight people are dead and 24 are still unaccounted for after a fire ripped through an elderly community in Quebec on Thursday, officials confirmed Saturday. Search teams continued to comb ice-covered debris for the missing at the Residence du Havre in the small town of L´Isle-Verten, police said. Frigid temperatures have made search efforts difficult, as water used to fight the blaze froze, coating the collapsed three-story building in ice. "The ice in certain areas is as thick as 60 centimeters. We´re talking 2 feet," Guy LaPointe, with Surete du Quebec police, said. "So you can imaging how difficult

  


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Obama to outline new plan to help
long-term unemployed: adviser
Reuters, by Roberta Rampton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 1:47:39 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama will announce a new plan next week to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs even as the economy recovers from recession, his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said on Saturday. Obama´s efforts to help the long-term unemployed are part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday and expound upon during a four-state tour, Pfeiffer said in a mass e-mail from the White House. "With some action on all our parts, we can help more job seekers find work, and more working Americans find

Media Not Very Curious
about D’Souza Indictment
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 1:44:26 PM     Post Reply
The indictment of a major critic of the president has elicited little more than yawns from the media. This is a case where you don’t even have to connect the dots. Just read a little history: After news broke Thursday that federal prosecutors had charged conservative commentator, author, film-maker and professional Obama-basher Dinesh D’Souza with violating campaign finance laws, Walter Olson at the Overlawyered blog posted on the relatively mild civil sanction meted out to a “big-league trial lawyer” who’d done pretty much the same thing D’Souza is accused of. D’Souza has been indicted for allegedly paying $20,000 to reimburse

Michelle Obama to appear
on Fallon´s ´Tonight Show´
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 1:43:55 PM     Post Reply
Jimmy Fallon´s first week as the new Tonight Show host is expected to include at least one powerful political player. First lady Michelle Obama plans to stop by Fallon´s studio during a Feb. 20 visit to the New York City, reports The New York Post. Fallon, who is moving The Tonight Show back to New York more than four decades after Johnny Carson took the show to California, debuts in his new slot Feb. 17. Both Michelle Obama and President Obama appeared on Fallon´s late, late night program. Also reports the Post: "We hear that before taping her segment for Fallon,

Obama Shifts from ´Income Inequality´
to ´Ladders of Opportunity´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 1:22:07 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has already changed his vernacular concerning his second term focus of "income inequality." He is now calling it "ladders of opportunity." In an apparent effort to blunt criticism over his intent to engage in full-blown class warfare during his second term, Obama is softening the harsher term with a new label. The Associated Press reports that Obama has shifted his rhetoric from "complaining" about income inequality toward language that creates an appearance that he is offering support for the middle class. Since his December 4 economic speech where he used the word "inequality" 26 times, the word is

  


  

RNC Changes Primary Rules to
Empower Voters, Strengthen Nominee
Breitbart Big Government, by Reince Priebus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 1:16:58 PM     Post Reply
After the 2012 president election, it was clear that the Republican Party needed to take steps to give our presidential nominees a better chance at winning the White House. One of those steps is a shorter primary process. It’s my goal to have a convention in late June or early July. That way the nominee has access to general election resources earlier, allowing him or her to be more competitive against the Democrats’ nominee. It also means the media can’t over-hype a drawn-out fight among our candidates. But we did have to make sure that our primary voters would have

Barack Obama -- our appeaser in chief
Fox News, by Danielle Pletka    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 1:02:09 PM     Post Reply
As bloodshed and nuclear menace mount in the Middle East, China and North Korea flex their military and nuclear muscles in Asia, and America retreats almost everywhere, how will history judge Barack Obama? Is he the wise Dwight D. Eisenhower who understood the limits of American power and used military might as an instrument of peace? Or the appeaser Neville Chamberlain, whose naivete accelerated Hitler’s rise and led to World War II? Neither analogy rings true. But there are others whose choices more closely mirror Obama -- and they do not inspire optimism about where we are going. Winston Churchill was said to

Wendy Davis endorsed by
‘sugar daddy’ dating service
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 1/25/2014 12:55:31 PM     Post Reply
A dating service that pairs wealthy “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies” for “mutually beneficial dating arrangements” has endorsed Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis. SeekingArrangement.com’s Friday announcement followed a recent report in the Dallas Morning News which detailed a number of discrepancies in Davis’ personal narrative, including that she left a man 13 years her senior the day after he made the last payment for her Harvard Law School education.

3 dead in Maryland mall
shooting, police say
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 12:40:11 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA, Md. – BREAKING NEWS: Police confirmed at least three are dead in a shooting at a suburban Baltimore mall. The Howard County Police Department confirmed the deaths on it´s Twitter account, and said the amount of victims are unknown. Authorities had reported an active shooting situation at the Mall in Columbia earlier but did not provide any additional details. The Howard County Fire and emergency services department sent out a tweet at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, saying that police and rescuers were responding to "an active shooter" at the mall. Authorities have not said how many people may be involved.

  


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Eric Cantor Mingling with Global
Elite on Taxpayer-Funded Trip
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 12:35:29 PM     Post Reply
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is on a taxpayer-funded trip to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, where the global superclass regularly meets to discuss multinational issues that are important to them--like immigration reform. Cantor told the Huffington Post on Friday that his trip to Davos, described as a "veritable Disneyland of ostentatious cocktail parties underwritten by global banks, technology companies and other well-heeled concerns," was an "official trip." He is reportedly leading a congressional delegation there. Back at home, Cantor has in the past spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which similarly gathers the "Party of Davos"-minded "intellectuals" about

Sept. 11 museum´s planned
admission fee stirs some anger.
Los Angeles Times, by Tina Susman    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/25/2014 12:32:14 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — When the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens in mid-May, it will have shards of the fallen World Trade Center towers. It will have walls covered with portraits of the nearly 3,000 victims, and the watch worn by Todd Beamer when he declared, "Let´s roll," and helped launch an attack on the Flight 93 hijackers. It will have a burned-out ambulance that raced to save people, and helmets of firefighters who battled dust and flames to reach those trapped in the ruins. It will also have a $24 admission fee, which directors say is needed to maintain the site, a cost

Outrage over Benghazi Investigation
Compels Release of Documents
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 12:27:47 PM     Post Reply
Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles blogger Irene Garcia, formerly with the Los Angeles Times, recently wrote on the latest Benghazi developments: It’s no coincidence that, days after prominent conservatives--including Judicial Watch--and family members of Benghazi victims demanded action and accountability, House leaders released classified files documenting the Obama administration’s lies and cover-up involving the terrorist attack… Last week, JW joined forces with surviving Benghazi family members, U.S. military leaders, and other top conservatives to call House Speaker John Boehner on the sad job he’s doing investigating the tragedy. In a scathing letter, JW and the other signatories blasted the Republican leader

An Allen West comeback?
Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 11:24:30 AM     Post Reply
Allen West may have lost his seat in Congress, but the Florida Republican is not done with elected politics. West told radio host Jesse Lee Peterson Thursday that another Allen West candidacy would likely be coming in 2016. “I will definitely come back,” said West, who lost his seat in 2012 to now-Congressman Patrick Murphy by fewer than 3,000 votes. This year, for the midterm elections, West said, he was going to work to help other people get elected, specifically: “more military, minority conservatives.” “In the 2016 cycle, we’ll look to getting back in and running myself,” he said in

  


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For GOP, Adjusted 2016
Primary Calendar Is All
About The Money
Time, by Zeke J Miller    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/25/2014 11:21:32 AM     Post Reply
The Republican National Committee took steps Thursday to change how it will pick its presidential candidate in 2016, the latest effort by the national party to tighten control over the primary calendar. The motivation behind the change is simple: it’s all about the money. In the summer of 2012, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was cash-strapped as most of its resources were tied up until he officially became the GOP‘s nominee at the Republican National Convention, allowing the Obama campaign months to define him with a television blitz. The RNC, is looking to free up those general election dollars sooner by moving

RNC ´primary reform´ aimed
at the base
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/25/2014 11:13:09 AM     Post Reply
The Republican National Committee is looking to reform the presidential primary process, and in so doing, weaken the influence of the party´s conservative base. Is this a feature? Or a bug? More like a marriage of convenience. The length and bitterness of the 2012 primary season weakened Mit Romney going into the general election. All those silly debates did nothing to enlighten the American people and only served as a point of contention between candidates. So while compressing the primary season may be a sound political strategy, it has the side effect of diluting the conservative vote.

NYC Mayor Supports Moratorium on
Fracking in NY – ‘Too Much Danger’
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 11:12:37 AM     Post Reply
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the hydraulic fracturing debate in his state during a press conference Thursday in Washington, D.C. “The one thing I’m firm about is I don’t see any place for fracking,” de Blasio told reporters at the U.S. Conference of Mayors when CNSNews.com asked what his policy would be “as far as developing oil, natural gas and other traditional energy sources in the state.” “The science simply isn’t reliable enough; the technology isn’t reliable enough, and there’s too much danger to our water supply, to our environment in general,” de Blasio said. “So, my view

The Fight for Principle in the GOP
Town Hall, by Ken Blackwell    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/25/2014 11:04:10 AM     Post Reply
For millions of Americans, politics has lost its meaning. There is growing dissatisfaction with both party organizations. More and more Americans tell pollsters they are Independents. The way to reclaim the Republican Party is not by seeking some illusory “middle ground” between principled conservatism and radical liberalism. The way to bring the GOP back at the national level is to hold the party leadership to the pledges it has made for generations. A lot has been said and written lately of what journalists and call the “Republican Civil War.” We need to remember that whenever Republicans have a party clash, journalists

Pentagon: U.S. not capable of
detecting foreign nuke threats
Washington Times, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 10:59:19 AM     Post Reply
American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board. More nations than ever are pursuing nuclear arms. However, the United States does not have the

  



Denver and Las Vegas woo
RNC for 2016 GOP convention bid
The Hill (Washington DC), by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 10:45:12 AM     Post Reply
Republicans may be choosing between gambling or pot when they pick their 2016 convention site. Las Vegas has emerged as the clear early front-runner to host the party’s next presidential nomination convention despite its “Sin City” reputation. Denver is seen as another serious contender, though the city’s “Mile High City” moniker had taken on a different connotation since Colorado legalized marijuana last election. The choice between the two cities — both in crucial swing states the GOP needs to win — had a few RNC members nervous about potential scandals during this past week’s winter meeting, but most were chortling

The right’s fantasy is shattered: Why
Obamacare has already succeeded
Salon Magazine, by Brian Beutler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 10:41:42 AM     Post Reply
Last week, conservative Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle and American Enterprise Institute fellow Scott Gottlieb debated New York magazine’s liberal columnist Jonathan Chait and former Assistant Surgeon General Douglas Kamerow over the proposition that Obamacare is “beyond rescue.” If you have an hour and a half of free time and a nearby brick wall to repeatedly smash your head into, you can watch the whole debate here. In the event that you’re unfamiliar with Salon dot com, suffice to say, I stand with Chait and Kamerow. I didn’t write about this earlier because, even though McArdle and Gottleib won the debate

Mangled metal, victims´ screams
marked Indiana pileup
Associated Press, by Charles D. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 10:38:51 AM     Post Reply
MICHIGAN CITY — Cars were mangled, and some were burned despite the blowing snow. Other vehicles were crushed between jackknifed semi-tractors, so entwined that it was difficult to tell them apart. People were screaming, but emergency responders couldn´t see many of them as they quickly tended the victims amid frigid conditions. Within seconds, traffic along snow-covered Interstate 94 in northern Indiana had become a mile-long pile of debris after wide-out conditions swept in during Thursday´s evening commute. Three people were killed and nearly two dozen were injured. "It was such a devastating scene, you don´t know where to start,"

Partial-Birth Abortion Pioneer
Ordered to Shut Clinic
Cybercast News Service, by Marjorie Dannenfelser    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/25/2014 10:36:57 AM     Post Reply
On the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, notorious partial birth abortion pioneer Martin Haskell was ordered by the state of Ohio to shut down his Cincinnati-area abortion business on or before February 4. Haskell failed to meet Ohio´s medical standards as he was unable to obtain a transfer agreement with area hospitals to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. In a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health said: "There is a history of problems with this particular ambulatory surgery facility and operator ... The agency no longer

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