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Raiders of the lost art:
We saved the world´s
art treasures from Hitler
Daily Mail [UK], by Adam Luck    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/26/2014 6:03:32 AM     Post Reply
It was the most unlikely crack military unit ever put together, with an equally improbable mission. The Fine Arts and Archives unit (MFAA), known as the Monuments Men, were the most cultured and eclectic Allied force of World War II, led by a Cambridge professor, Geoffrey Webb, with art historians, museum curators, critics and connoisseurs among their number. [Snip] But Hollywood, not for the first time, stands accused of playing fast and loose with the facts, diminishing the extent of the British MFAA’s efforts while exaggerating those of the U.S. Today only one British member of the MFAA remains--a woman.

Obama´s NSA blind spot
Los Angeles Times, by Bruce Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:53:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s recent speech on government surveillance is dominating the conversation, but he won´t be making the key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency´s collection of domestic phone data. The statutory provision authorizing these massive sweeps expires June 1, 2015. If Congress simply does nothing, the NSA´s domestic spying program will soon come to a screeching halt. The question is whether Americans will seize this opportunity to gain critical perspective on the crisis responses of the George W. Bush years. Voters elected and reelected Obama precisely because he promised to engage in this decisive reappraisal. But his speech

U.S braces itself for coldest month of the
century with yet another Arctic blast as
fears grow for Super Bowl Sunday
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle & Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/26/2014 5:48:46 AM     Post Reply
America is set for the coldest month of the century as weather forecasters predict yet another freezing blast of Arctic air - putting Super Bowl Sunday in jeopardy. Teams have been warned to stay on high alert for changes to the scheduling of the first Super Bowl to be played in an open-air stadium. Temperatures have already hit record lows, at times making parts of the U.S. colder than the North Pole, and are expected to plunge in the coming days. The timing could not be worse for one of the biggest global sporting events, which will be exposed to

  


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As rivals stumble, Rubio rebounds:
Asia trip shows statesmanship
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 5:43:49 AM     Post Reply
Talk about a change of fortunes. Sen. Marco Rubio started off 2014 on a downswing, but while scandal and controversy have been plagued other prominent American politicians, Rubio has been flexing his “statesman” muscles on a trip to Asia. While there are a lot of reasons being a U.S. senator can be detrimental to a presidential aspirant, there are some upsides, as well. Rubio sits on the Intelligence Committee and is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee’s East Asia Subcommittee, which means this is official business. But that doesn’t mean it also isn’t good politics. Rubio (to the extent his

Wisconsin´s Not Worthy of National
Attention Any More, Because
Scott Walker Has Been Successful
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 5:40:25 AM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, whose name has come up as a possible 2016 presidential contender, had his name splashed all over the nation by the establishment press three years ago when he largely succeeded in reducing the disproportionate influence of public-sector union members. That attention remained steady until Walker beat back a statewide recall in tbe spring of 2012. One might argue that Walker´s now-obvious success is boring and unworthy of national attention, except for the fact that the press still features Walker in national stories from time to time — really important stuff like the fact that he got

Obama’s Shrinking Speech Ratings
Wall Street Journal, by Dante Chinni    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 5:37:37 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s ratings are down. And that’s likely to be true for the size of his State of the Union audience, too. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will give his fifth State of the Union speech, his sixth if you count his speech to a joint session of Congress in 2009 just after he was elected. With the speech, the White House controls the news cycle for a few days and gets to float new ideas and policies. But as the news cycle shrinks and technology creates multiple ways to direct and redirect Washington coverage, fewer Americans are bothering to

Obamacare enlists 3 MILLION Americans but
more young enrollees are needed to offset the
cost of older, sicker people under the plan
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/26/2014 5:37:28 AM     Post Reply
The number of people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare has soared by more than one-third in recent weeks to around 3 million, according to government data released on Friday. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the preliminary tally in a blog posting. She forecast that enrollment through new federal and state health insurance marketplaces would continue to grow in coming weeks as a public outreach campaign accelerates. The new data adds to evidence that President Barack Obama´s administration has turned the corner on enrollment after a botched October 1 launch.

  


  

Wendy Davis on defense
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:34:34 AM     Post Reply
The honeymoon is over for Wendy Davis. The Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate this week sustained the most negative coverage she’s faced since shooting to political stardom last summer. And her campaign, still smarting from the scrutiny, is determined to change the subject by turning up the heat on her opponent, GOP Attorney General Greg Abbott, over education. In the high-profile, astronomically expensive Texas gubernatorial race, Davis was riding high just over a week ago. While she has always faced an uphill battle, she had just raked in stellar fundraising numbers and scored yet another national television interview that showcased her compelling journey

Now we’re all dopes
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:28:55 AM     Post Reply
Marijuana makes you stupid. Nobody wants to acknowledge the obvious fact, but that’s what this whole legalization debate is all about. That’s why most of the candidates for governor, of both parties, have come out against legalization, even if they have to obfuscate why they’re opposed to the Colorado-ization of Massachusetts. After all, the pols can’t offend that pivotal ganja-American voting bloc, assuming they can remember to vote in November. It’s left to comedians like Jay Leno Thursday night to poke around the truth: “Doctors warn that pot smoking impairs young people’s thinking, which of course makes them much more likely to sign up

Voice of the little man,
courtier of plutocrats
Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 5:26:35 AM     Post Reply
The favorite senator of Wall Street and K Street explained to a liberal D.C. audience last week how to defang the Tea Party: offer a populist message that splits the grassroots from their wealthy donors. Republicans should listen to this counsel, and turn the tables on Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. Schumer argued at the Center for American Progress on Thursday that the Tea Party is built on a foundation of deception: “Wealthy, hard Right, selfish, narrow” elites have fooled regular Tea Partiers into hating government. Schumer’s premise is that Big Government is the friend of the regular guy,

Media let Hillary off the Benghazi hook
New York Post, by L. Brent Bozell, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:18:45 AM     Post Reply
CNN anchor Jake Tapper blandly admitted the obvious in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. The same reporters that insist their former GOP favorite Chris Christie is ruined for 2016 by traffic jams on a bridge are letting Hillary Clinton skate for embassy-security neglect that led to four dead government employees at Benghazi. Why would so-called watchdogs of government suggest Clinton is a shoo-in in 2016 as if Benghazi never happened? Tapper strangely suggested that Benghazi always seemed like more of a White House scandal than a State Department scandal, and I don’t blame him, because Clinton didn’t grant

  


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ECI: No Excuse for Wasserman Schultz
Deceiving Her Constituents on Iran
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:13:04 AM     Post Reply
Certain elements of the pro-Israel community are willing to give DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz a pass on being tough on Iran. After all, she´s in difficult position, they say, trying to be pro-Israel and the head of the Democratic party. "The [Iran sanctions] bill is only a litmus test for the unsophisticated in the pro-Israel community," AIPAC member Michael Adler tells Foreign Policy. "People can disagree on tactics, but Debbie is in a unique position as DNC chair and has the pro-Israel agenda deeply-rooted in her." Another AIPAC member, Bruce Levy, says folks should cut the DNC chair some slack --

Liberals Who Love Obama,
a 501(c)(4) for the
Age Of Gangsterism
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/26/2014 5:06:22 AM     Post Reply
Apart from me, there is only one other non-Democrat I know of in my immediate D.C. neighborhood. Let´s call him John Doe, because he´s petrified that he´ll be the next target of this extra-constitutional gang from Chicago and wouldn´t want to see his name made public. I hadn´t seen him around for a while, but yesterday afternoon there was a knock on the back door. No one ever uses it so I figured it was the gas meter reader, but no, it was John who scurried in, using the cover of the large fig tree branches out of fear he might

Appalachia: The big white ghetto
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:02:41 AM     Post Reply
T HERE ARE LOTS of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any derogation, as peasants. Thinking

How Congressional Retirements
Will Affect Election 2014
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 4:53:23 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – And the retirements keep rolling in. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) this month became the most recent lawmaker to announce he would not seek another term in Congress. In fact Coburn, battling a recurrence of cancer – which he maintains is not related to his decision – is stepping down two years early, setting the stage for a special election this fall. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) already has made clear his desire to run for the seat. Coburn’s decision brings to eight the number of lawmakers who will not return to the Senate in 2015. And the number of House incumbents

  


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Notre Dame professor: Hey, maybe
the Pope should rethink abortion
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 4:50:09 AM     Post Reply
I missed this until late yesterday, but the New York Times offered space on Thursday to Notre Dame philosophy professor Gary Gutting on the topic of abortion. Gutting, who also edits the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews for the Catholic university in Indiana, argued that Pope Francis really should get with modern times and show love to women by allowing for abortion. According to Professor Gutting, the lack of “an all-out effort to prevent spontaneous abortions” and the “purely biological” humanity of the fetus means that the Catholic Church shouldn’t really care whether babies get aborted or not. Small wonder the Times

Newspaper boss says gun permit
database idea was misfire
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:43:54 AM     Post Reply
A national newspaper chain never intended to create a multi-state database of gun owners with permits allowing them to carry concealed weapons according to its top executive, who told FoxNews.com a "poorly crafted" internal memo erroneously indicated such an idea was being planned. The memo -- sent by a top content editor to various editors at Civitas Media, which owns about 100 newspapers in 11 states, with 1.6 million in total circulation -- laid out a plan for an enterprise project that would use public information requests to establish the database. But Civitas President and CEO Michael Bush, in an email

Why pro cheerleading may be
one of America’s worst jobs
CBS News, by Aimee Picchi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:41:30 AM     Post Reply
Parents, don’t let your girls grow up to be cheerleaders. That’s just one lesson to be gleaned from a lawsuit filed by a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, a National Football League team, which alleges sub-minimum wage pay and other labor abuses. While professional cheerleading may seem glamorous, the cheerleaders allegedly earn barely enough to afford their own pom-poms. And, by the way, if they forget their pom-poms, the cheerleaders are reportedly socked with a fine. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of current and former Raiderettes, lays out a damning case against professional cheerleading, portraying the profession as a place

Hospital: No Decision on
Order to End Life Support
Associated Press, by Nomaan Merchant    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:36:24 AM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Executives from a Texas hospital conferred with the county district attorney´s office Saturday to determine their next step, after a judge ordered the hospital to remove a pregnant, brain-dead woman from life support. Officials from John Peter Smith Hospital and the Tarrant County district attorney´s office, which is representing the county-owned hospital, met to discuss Judge R. H. Wallace Jr.´s order regarding Marlise Munoz, hospital spokeswoman J.R. Labbe said. She declined to say whether a possible appeal was being discussed, but said an announcement wouldn´t come Saturday. Both the hospital and family agree that Marlise Munoz meets the

Obama’s rough 2013
prompts a new blueprint
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/25/2014 11:07:20 PM     Post Reply
An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps. Obama has said that his fraught relationship with Congress, especially after Republicans won the House in 2010, complicated his ability to promote his agenda. But for the first time, following what many allies view as a lost year, the White House is reorganizing itself to support a more executive-focused presidency and inviting the rest of the government to help. The new approach comes after weeks of

  



281 Passengers Ill Aboard
Royal Caribbean Ship
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/25/2014 10:54:26 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 281 passengers have fallen ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The CDC said in a statement Friday that another 22 crew members also are ill, with people reporting vomiting and diarrhea. Authorities said it´s not yet clear what is causing the illness. The CDC said health officials will board the ship on Sunday while it´s docked in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Authorities said specimens are being collected and will be tested. A total of 3,050 passengers and 1,165 crew members are aboard the Explorer of the Seas. The CDC said Royal

5 firearms a day found at
TSA checkpoints in 2013
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 9:23:18 PM     Post Reply
Transportation Security Officers found more than 1,800 firearms in carry-on luggage at checkpoints all over the United States in 2013. Of the 1,813 firearms — or 5 firearms a day, on average — found at TSA check points in 2013, 1,477 or 81 percent were loaded. The number of found firearms was a 16.5 percent increase from 2012’s total of 1,556. According to the TSA the top airports for gun discoveries were Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (111 guns found), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (96 guns found), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (68 guns found), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Obama´s Recessional
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: ladychatalie- 1/25/2014 9:15:54 PM     Post Reply
There is nothing accidental about the president’s apparent foreign-policy blunders. Does Barack Obama have a strategy? He is often criticized for being adrift. Nonetheless, while Obama has never articulated strategic aims in the manner of Ronald Reagan or the two Bushes, it is not therefore true that there is no “Obama Doctrine.” Indeed, now that he has been in office five years, we can see an overarching common objective in otherwise baffling foreign-policy misadventures.

Arizona GOP group censures
McCain over ´liberal´ voting record
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 9:14:12 PM     Post Reply
PHOENIX – The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative. The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate. Sifert said no further action was expected. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure. McCain isn´t up for re-election until 2016, when will turn 80. He announced in October that he was considering

Cops: WMD Found at Russian
National´s House During Pot Bust
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 9:07:44 PM     Post Reply
On Friday evening, Pennsylvania authorities arrested a Russian citizen for reportedly possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Police arrested Vladislav Miftakhov, a 19-year old who the Altoona Mirror reports is an engineering student at Penn State Altoona, after finding "a suspected bomb and other bomb-making materials inside a suitcase." They had originally gone to his residence to investigate reports that he was growing marijuana at his home. Miftakhov "is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering another person, possession

Tiger likely to miss secondary cut
ESPN, by Bob Harig    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/25/2014 8:50:50 PM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods is on the verge of suffering an unflattering career first -- missing a secondary cut on the PGA Tour. With a 7-over-par 79 on Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, the current world No. 1 nearly matched his worst career round as a pro when he shot 81 amid brutal weather conditions in the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield. (Snip)Because the 36-hole cut this week included more than 78 players, by PGA Tour regulations another cut is made to reduce the field to the top 70 and ties through three rounds. When he finished his round,

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