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Militants Down Egyptian
Helicopter, Killing 5 Soldiers
New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2014 10:23:03 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Islamist militants shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai Peninsula with a surface-to-air missile over the weekend, raising new alarms about the terrorist insurgency that developed there in response to the military takeover last summer. The attack — described by witnesses, documented in a video released by the militants, and confirmed by three people briefed on the Egyptian government’s investigation — validated longstanding fears that such weapons would spill into Egypt and beyond after the Libyan civil war tore open Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s fearsome arsenals. Known as manpads, for man-portable air defense

Dinesh D´Souza´s ´America´
Trailer Released (Video)
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 10:13:55 PM     Post Reply
The conservative behind "2016: Obama´s America" is under indictment for campaign finance violations but his next doc will open on schedule on July 4, filmmakers say. The filmmakers behind Dinesh D´Souza´s upcoming doc have vowed to press on while their star defends himself after his indictment on federal charges that he violated campaign finance laws in 2012. On Sunday, they released a trailer for the movie, America, that is set for release on July 4. America is the follow-up to the surprise hit 2016: Obama´s America, which earned $33 million in 2012 and became the second most popular political documentary

US forces launch missile strike
against Shabaab leader in Somalia
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2014 10:11:17 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The US military launched a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday targeting a suspected Shabaab militant leader, defense officials said. One of the officials said an unmanned drone launched the missile in the late evening hours, but declined to confirm the suspect´s identity or whether the strike was successful. The US government has "been tracking this guy for years," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. A second US official said the strike in the southeastern port town of Barawe "was against a senior Shabaab commander." "The US is assessing the results of the operation" to determine if the suspect was killed,

  


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Wallace Grills Obama Advisor:
If Economy’s So Great, ‘How
Come Things Are So Lousy?’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 10:07:04 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace grilled Obama senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer on the economy and Obamacare ahead of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. “You talk about restoring opportunity: median household income is down, labor force participation is down, food stamps are up, poverty rate is up,” Wallace said. “If things are so great, how come they’re so lousy?” “We’ve made tremendous progress, but there’s much more work to do,” Pfeiffer said. “We have a series of proposals from last year, and additional ones this year. These are things that have been bipartisan in the past, raising

‘Face the Nation’ Edits Out
Senator Cruz Condemning Obama’s
‘Abuse of Power´
NewsBusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 9:57:53 PM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday morning and was met with a barrage of questions from host Bob Schieffer about his involvement in the government shutdown. Apart from being the victim of Schieffer’s accusations that the Tea Party senator was to blame for the shutdown, it also appears that Mr. Cruz was the victim of editing by CBS. Based on video from Senator Cruz’s YouTube page and what aired on today’s Face the Nation broadcast, the senator’s comments surrounding President Obama’s “abuse of power” were edited from the program. Instead what aired was a segment that ignored many of the senator’s

Tunisia approves new
constitution, appoints government
Reuters, by Tarek Amara    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2014 9:57:18 PM     Post Reply
Tunis - Tunisia´s national assembly approved the country´s new constitution on Sunday in one of the last steps to establishing full democracy three years after the uprising that toppled autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Just before the constitution vote, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa appointed a caretaker cabinet as part of a deal to end a crisis between Tunisia´s Islamist party and its secular opposition until new elections this year. Tunisia´s new constitution and progress contrasts sharply with messy transitions in Libya, Egypt and Yemen which are still caught up in turmoil after ousting their own long-standing leaders in 2011 revolts and

Texas hospital ends life support
for brain-dead pregnant woman
Reuters, by Jana J. Pruet    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2014 9:49:10 PM     Post Reply
Fort Worth, TX - A Texas hospital removed a pregnant brain-dead woman from life support on Sunday in line with a court order obtained by her husband who argued the fetus she was carrying was withering inside her lifeless body, the family´s lawyers said. Marlise Munoz, who was about 22 weeks pregnant, had been on life support in the hospital in Fort Worth since November 26 after suffering what her husband believes was a pulmonary embolism. Erick Munoz had sought to remove his wife from life support, with the support of her parents, but the hospital had refused, citing a Texas law that says life-sustaining treatment cannot be

  


  

Feds have high hopes, low expectations
for Obama’s State of the Union address
Washington Post, by Joe Davidson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2014 9:41:12 PM     Post Reply
When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night, many federal employees will be listening to what the boss-in-chief has to say about them. They shouldn’t get their hopes up too high. Obama has given scant attention to federal employees in his previous State of the Union speeches. Don’t expect this year to be different. One mention was in 2011, when he said: “We’ve frozen the salaries of hard-working federal employees for the next two years.” Two years became three. Of course, everyone with a just cause or a pet project wants a mention in the State of the Union. It is a high-profile address

How Americans can kill
Obamacare, legalize pot
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/26/2014 8:20:05 PM     Post Reply
In his excellent book, Two Cheers For Anarchism, Professor James Scott writes: One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called ´Irish Democracy,´ the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people, than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs. That seems to be happening right now, in two very different areas. In one area, we have the refusal of people to sign up for Obamacare in anything like the numbers that were predicted, or needed to make it work.

Midwest misery: Snow
piles up to record levels
USA Today, by Doyle Rice    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/26/2014 6:09:15 PM     Post Reply
A series of winter storms in the Midwest has snow -- and removal costs -- piling up way above normal in many cities. Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati already have seen more snow than they typically get for the entire season, and there are two months left in winter. (Snip) The snow this month is busting the snow-removal budget in Indianapolis: The costs of salting, plowing and employee overtime are close to exhausting the city´s $7.3 million snow-clearing budget, which is supposed to last for all of 2014. Chicago as of Sunday has seen 45.8 inches of snow this winter. In

Rep. McCaul calls Sochi terror
threat the greatest he´s seen
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/26/2014 6:02:45 PM     Post Reply
Security at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continues to be a top concern for Americans traveling to Russia, though lawmakers and other public figures are trying not to cause a mass panic by urging people to stay home. (Snip) In particular, McCaul said al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for a global jihad against the Olympics. “There’s never been this connection between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Chechen rebels before. Although, some would argue there´s been support. But for the first time, Zawahiri coming out and endorsing, blessing and calling for this global jihad against the Olympics, wow, that gives

  


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In Speech to Congress, Obama
To Talk of Ignoring Them
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/26/2014 5:57:50 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will be addressing Congress Tuesday in his State of the Union speech, but much of his speech will include plans to bypass them, White House officials said Sunday. "We need to assure to the American people that we can get something done, either through Congress or on our own, White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on CNN. “If Congress doesn’t act, the president will,” Pfeiffer said in a separate appearance on Fox News. (Snip) "It sounds vaguely like a threat, and I think it also has a certain amount of arrogance,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

The Smearing of Chris Stevens
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:31:41 PM     Post Reply
Last week the Wall Street Journal published Gregory Hicks’s column “Benghazi and the smearing of Chris Stevens.” It would be easy to overlook Hicks’s column in the crush of last week’s news, but it is deserving of special attention. In the column Hicks offers his eyewitness testimony to the security issues that Stevens dealt with at our Libyan facilities before his death. The redacted report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee that was released on January 15 has left some to draw the conclusion that Stevens rejected additional security and to imply that he is responsible for the success

A Harder Outlook for Today’s Cowboy
New York Times, by Dan Frosch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:23:26 PM     Post Reply
DENVER — Just a few miles from the midday bustle of this city’s hip downtown, a pen of black-hided yearlings trotted into a dusty arena, as a crowd of burly men in cowboy hats looked on silently. “I’m in the market for some heifers,” whispered one cattle rancher, eyeing the animals up and down. “If the price is right, I’ll be buying.” For more than a century now, the National Western Stock Show has been a proud totem of the old frontier — a place where rodeos, ranching and cowboys still live and breathe, even as Denver’s cow town roots have long

Scarlett Johansson
rejects criticism of
her SodaStream role
The Times of Israel, by Debra Kamin & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/26/2014 3:53:31 PM     Post Reply
American actress Scarlett Johansson released a statement Friday about the controversy surrounding her role as the first-ever brand ambassador of the Israeli company SodaStream, describing the firm as “building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine,” and making clear that she would not stepping away from it. Her public comments were made after she came under fire for the endorsement deal — which is to include a TV ad screened during the Super Bowl — from the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. “While I never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation

  


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Fort Worth hospital ends life
support for Marlise Muñoz
Fort Worth Star-Telegram [TX], by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 3:31:44 PM     Post Reply
A Texas hospital said Sunday that it would remove life support from a pregnant, brain-dead woman following a judge´s order that it was misapplying state law to disregard her family´s wishes. J.R. Labbe, a spokeswoman for John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, issued a statement Sunday that says the hospital "will follow the court order" issued Friday in the case of Marlise Muñoz. Life support was terminated at 11:29 a.m. Sunday, family members told News 8. Heather King and Jessica Janicek, attorneys for Marlise´s husband Erick Muñoz, issued a brief statement to confirm what happened: "The Muñoz and Machado families will now proceed

Pomona says bye-bye to Big Boy
Los Angeles Times, by Bob Pool    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 3:25:33 PM     Post Reply
A massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy will roll out of Pomona’s Fairplex on Sunday morning on its way to restoration at Union Pacific’s rail yard in Cheyenne, Wyo., and its eventual return to rail tracks across America. Union Pacific crews will sever the Metrolink tracks shortly after midnight near the Fairplex Metrolink station and push the 600-ton locomotive on the main line, where it will be towed by modern diesel freight locomotives 56 miles to Colton as it is readied for its trip to Wyoming. Track crews will work under floodlights to restore the mainline to service before

Palin appearing more and more the
Prophet as older UK cancer patients
are increasingly shunned
Canada Free Press, by David C. Jennings    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/26/2014 3:05:30 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin caused quite the stir in 2009 when, in challenging the drafting of the Affordable Care Act, she stated that the bill would create a “death panel” of bureaucrats who would decide whether Americans—such as her elderly parents or children with certain disabilities were “worthy of medical care”. But critics like Palin had already viewed Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) and its cost-effectiveness analysis to determine whether new treatments and drugs should be available to those covered by under the NHS.The Daily Telegraph took note and the Sunday Times wrote that Sarah Palin’s use

Is John Boehner ´A Man
Taking a Walk?´
Town Hall, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/26/2014 2:14:12 PM     Post Reply
Newfound understanding as to why America is in the dire straits it´s in was gained when Speaker of the House John Boehner (´Beener,´ ´Bonner,´ ´Boner´) Boehner (pronounced BAY-ner) finally appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.The guy with the perpetual cottonmouth took to Jay´s couch to spout off on people like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Vladimir Putin.{SNIP}Whoa Nellie! You mean that´s all it takes to get 64-year-old Boehner to sell out America to tyranny - a golf cart, a riding mower, a case of Ripple, and a few cartons of Marlboros?

Usher, Scooter Braun fly to Panama for
‘sit down’ with Justin Bieber after
singer´s arrest
New York Daily News, by CHIDERAH MONDE    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/26/2014 2:09:38 PM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber´s Panamanian getaway appears to be the perfect setting for an intervention.Usher, who discovered the 19-year-old pop star in 2009, has reportedly flown down to Nitro City, a resort in Punta Chame, Panama, to be with his prodigy. He was joined by Bieber´s manager Scooter Braun and childhood friend Ryan Butler, TMZ reports.Several excited "Beliebers" tweeted sightings of the singer´s "original crew" in Panama, which apparently refers to the people who surrounded the pop star in the beginnings of his career.Before his arrest Thursday, rumors that Bieber´s drinking and drug abuse had gotten out of control began to surface

  



Crony Capitalism in America:
Public Sector Union Scandals Begin to Leak
Townhall, by Hunter Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/26/2014 1:59:19 PM     Post Reply
Many reporters reflexively support unions, and prefer not to acknowledge scandals related to them, especially at the local and state level. Nevertheless, troubling news accounts have emerged: - A New York City sewer engineer is paid $775,000 ($173,000 regular annual rate plus back payments from settlement of a labor dispute).292 ?? – A Chicago union leader takes a leave of absence in 1989 from the city’s sanitation department, where he earned $40,000, to work for a union. He is then allowed to “retire” from the city at age 56 with $108,000 pension. (The rules say that the individual should waive a union
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The new face of food stamps:
working-age Americans
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/26/2014 1:52:47 PM     Post Reply
In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps -- a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients. Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role. It suggests that government spending on the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program -- twice what it cost five years ago -- may not subside significantly

Mystery woman jumps to her death from roof
of Beverly Hills plastic surgery clinic to the
stars where she had undergone a facelift*
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/26/2014 1:50:19 PM     Post Reply
A 53-year-old woman jumped to her death Wednesday in Beverly Hills after undergoing a facelift at the office of Hollywood´s most exclusive plastic surgeon. The unidentified woman was reportedly a patient of Dr Brian Novack, considered one of the best - and most expensive - doctors specializing in keeping Hollywood A-listers looking eternally young. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Novack´s tragic mystery patient had been staying overnight under supervision at his sleek clinic on North Camden Drive in Beverly Hills following a facelift procedure. According to the celebrity news site, the woman - described as blonde and

Deadly Short Hills mall carjacking
fuels bail reform debate
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Thomas Zambito    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/26/2014 1:36:16 PM     Post Reply
Newark — One week before police say he took part in a deadly carjacking at the Short Hills mall, Hanif Thompson was spotted breaking into property in Newark, getting into an Audi and trying to drive away, Essex County prosecutors say. Newark police caught Thompson near the Weequahic Avenue property on Dec. 7 and charged him with burglary and resisting arrest, prosecutors say. He remained locked up at the Essex County Jail through Dec. 11 when, prosecutors say, the ex-con was released after a Newark Municipal Court judge reduced his bail from $50,000 to $20,000 with the option of paying $2,000

2005 stabbing: Family´s lawyer says
White Plains didn´t secure garage
Journal News [White Plains, NY], by Erik Shilling    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/26/2014 1:17:56 PM     Post Reply
A lawyer for the family of a woman who was stabbed to death in White Plains because she was white argued Thursday that the city failed to adequately secure a parking garage near the Galleria where the crime occurred. The lawyer spoke during the opening of a civil trial in the case, pressed by the family of Concetta "Connie" Russo-Carriero of White Plains, who was stabbed by Phillip Grant on June 29, 2005, at the parking garage. Grant, who is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison, told police shortly after his arrest that he was

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