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Putin’s Olympic Shame
Daily Beast, by Michael Weiss    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/27/2014 6:11:45 AM     Post Reply
It was inevitable that Alexey Navalny would do something big with the Olympics. The opposition leader famous for his anti-graft muckraking — and put on show trial for bogus “embezzlement” charges — couldn’t let the biggest racket in Russian history pass without his own peal-back of corporate cronyism, cost inflation, and outright criminality. The upcoming 2014 Winter Games in Sochi is now estimated to have cost more than $50 billion, a price tag higher than the last 21 Winter Games combined and more expensive than any Summer Games ever held. (The fact that Russia, a country associated with arctic temperatures,

The Dubious Promise of Universal Preschool
National Affairs, by David J. Armor & Sonia Sousa    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 5:38:13 AM     Post Reply
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a "Preschool for All" initiative, pledging $75 billion in new federal funding over a period of ten years. In a partnership with the states, the federal government would provide the majority of funds needed for the implementation of "high-quality" preschool for all four-year-old children whose families make up to 200% of the poverty line. The federal government would also provide incentives for states to offer preschool to all remaining middle-class children, thus approaching "universal" preschool. The idea of universal preschool is not new, and a handful of states already have

The Next George Bush
Politico Magazine, by Christopher Hooks    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 5:34:20 AM     Post Reply
It’s an unseasonably warm midwinter day when a giant blue campaign bus arrives at a downscale strip mall in Pasadena, Texas, announcing the imminent return of a Republican dynasty. George Prescott Bush, the scion of arguably the most successful political family in American history, is launching a statewide bus tour that will introduce him to public prominence as he runs for commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, an important but generally obscure statewide position. Bush is a lock: He faces no serious challengers, a fact attributable largely to the overwhelming advantages that accompany his name. Come November, the handsome, studious

  


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A Botched Operation
New Yorker, by Eyal Press    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 5:30:31 AM     Post Reply
In May of 1990, several hundred physicians gathered in a conference hall at an Atlanta hotel, as uniformed guards stood at the door. Colleagues traded tips about installing bulletproof glass in their offices and spoke about fielding hate mail and death threats. It was the annual gathering of the National Abortion Federation, or N.A.F., a professional association with a beleaguered membership. At the time, fewer than a fifth of the counties in the United States had abortion providers. Since the mid-eighties, clinics across the country had been blockaded, vandalized, and firebombed. Most of the physicians at the conference were well

Missing Congressman Steve Stockman
Reportedly Went to Russia, Is Now in London
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/27/2014 5:24:12 AM     Post Reply
Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX), who has been nowhere to be seen for almost three weeks, may have just turned up in London after a trip to Russia, according to Breitbart. Stockman, who submitted a last-minute longshot primary challenge to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), has missed fifteen roll call votes since January 9, and has held nary a campaign event, despite drastically trailing Cornyn in the polls for an election in early March. Reporters trying to track Stockman down have been met with unresponsive campaign and congressional offices, though he appeared to have been located last week in Cairo, Egypt. Breitbart reported Sunday

New York Times Wonders If It´s
´Immoral To Watch The Super Bowl´
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 5:18:50 AM     Post Reply
Sunday, The New York Times weighed in on next week’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seakhawks. The Times didn’t pick a winner; it asked whether watching the game would be “immoral.” As reported by NewsBusters, in a column titled “Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?”, NYT writer Steve Almond, best known for resigning a professorship at Boston College because Condoleezza Rice was picked for commencement speaker, argued that sending men to the NFL was like sending our underclass soldiers off to war in Afghanistan. Excerpts: Pro sports are, by definition, monetized arenas for hyper-masculinity. [Football] is

Obama’s Keystone Dithering
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 5:11:44 AM     Post Reply
Nowhere has President Obama’s legendary indecision been on more vivid display than in his bizarre dithering over the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries some 1,700 miles to the south. The southern leg of the pipeline, from Oklahoma to the Gulf, began operating last week. But the northern end has been in limbo for five years. Last March Obama assured Senate Republicans that a decision on Keystone would be made before the end of 2013. We are still waiting. One more broken promise. Of course, the president claims

  


  

A Nation of Turkeys: Ben Franklin´s
Crusade Against the Bald Eagle
Atlantic, by Adam Chandler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/27/2014 5:08:41 AM     Post Reply
On this day, 230 years ago, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter outlining his objection to the use of the bald eagle as an American symbol. According to legend, Franklin believed America was a nation of turkeys. The year was 1784 and the United States was still sorting out its national iconography. Just after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Franklin had served with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on a panel whose charge was to design the national seal. But the three Founding Fathers each swung and missed, striking out and leaving the decision—in classic congressional form—to be

Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda
Wall Street Journal, by Carol E. Lee & Damian Paletta    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 5:04:05 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama´s State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public´s souring view of his leadership, a challenge the White House sees as critical to shaping the nation´s policy direction over the next three years. Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said. He also is expected to announce that some of the nation´s largest employers, including Xerox Corp. , AT&T Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co., have signed a

"Mitt", New Documentary From Netflix
Comes a Year and Change Too Late
American Spectator, by Bill Zeiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 4:57:28 AM     Post Reply
"All I know about politics is what I get from ´The Daily Show´ and ´Colbert,´" a hotel desk clerk tells the camera in the new documentary "Mitt." And that seems to have been the problem for Mitt Romney´s failed 2012 presidential bid.(Snip)Here we see Romney not as we knew him from speeches and news clips, but as a man who laughed along with his family while listening to an episode of "This American Life," who chased after garbage blowing in the wind on a hotel balcony, who prayed and cried along with those who he loves. It was deeply moving

The best and worst of
the Grammy Awards
New York Post, by Hardeep Phull    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/27/2014 4:51:57 AM     Post Reply
The one thing you can say about the Grammys is that the performances are always inconsistent and last night, the good was again very much mixed in with the bad at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here are five of the best and worst moments of the night. BEST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna, Queen Latifah The Grammys is usually where artists strive to please everyone. But despite knowing full well that the issue of same sex marriage is still hotly debated across the country, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis still performed “Same Love” with pride and commitment before marrying

  


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Silencing the political opposition
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 4:47:42 AM     Post Reply
Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, thinks the Internal Revenue Service hasn’t done enough to silence the Tea Party. He wants the White House and the IRS to “immediately redouble” efforts to shut down conservative political-action groups through tougher government oversight and enforcement. The Tea Party opposes much of President Obama’s agenda, and to Mr. Schumer, that’s both a sin and a crime. In a speech last week to the liberal Center for American Progress, the senior senator from New York said, “There are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies” to silence groups

I Wonder Why
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 4:37:48 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times has a human interest piece on a lawyer, a partner in a reputable firm, who has fallen on hard times. “According to his petition, he had $400 in his checking account and $400 in savings. He lives in a rental apartment at 151st Street and Broadway. He owns clothing he estimated was worth $900 and his only jewelry is a Concord watch, which he described as ‘broken’”. How does a man earning $375,000 a year fall to the clothes on his back and a busted wristwatch? The answer is expenses. The NYT describes how difficult it is

Rats: Cannibal-rat-carrying
ghost ship is likely a hoax
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 4:33:23 AM     Post Reply
The ship isn’t — the Lyubov Orlova actually exists, and actually did get lost at sea after a tow line broke as the ship headed to the scrapyard. It may not have sunk, either, although that’s still up for debate. But no one knows where it is, or whether it’s headed to the British isles or to Timbuktu (which would be a neat trick, admittedly, since Timbuktu is landlocked). But the cannibal rats that just might be lurking offshore are the product of one part speculation and nine parts imagination:(Snip for video) A science writer for NBC says: ”It made for

What Drives Success?
New York Times, by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/27/2014 4:30:27 AM     Post Reply
A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall. Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-, Lebanese- and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America, holding top positions in many of America’s most recognizable companies. These facts don’t make some groups “better” than

  


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Obama’s Plan to Use Executive
Action Triggers Criticism
Bloomberg, by David Lerman & Gopal Ratnam    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/27/2014 4:21:02 AM     Post Reply
Republican lawmakers said President Barack Obama risks antagonizing an already polarized Congress by threatening to use executive authority to make good on the policy agenda he will outline in his State of the Union address. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Obama is wrong to think he can bypass lawmakers if they don’t make legislative progress this year. “Ronald Reagan didn’t think that and Bill Clinton didn’t think that,” McConnell said yesterday on Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” program. “Frequently, times of divided government are quite good times in terms of achieving things for the American people.” McConnell said Obama erred since

Ex-Marlboro Man Dies From
Smoking-Related Disease
Associated Press, by Daisy Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/27/2014 4:18:10 AM     Post Reply
Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72. Lawson died Jan. 10 at his home in San Luis Obispo of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, his wife, Susan Lawson said Sunday. Lawson was an actor with bit parts on such TV shows as "Baretta" and "The Streets of San Francisco" when he was hired to appear in print Marlboro ads from 1978 to 1981. His other credits include "Charlie´s Angels," ´´Dynasty" and "Baywatch." His wife said injuries sustained on the set of a Western film

Here´s what´s missing in the debate
on income inequality
Orlando Sentinel, by Jack A. Chambless    Original Article
Posted By: seminolesecure- 1/27/2014 3:02:38 AM     Post Reply
In 1795, the United States Supreme Court declared, "The right of acquiring and possessing property, and having it protected, is one of the natural, inherent and inalienable rights of man. No man would become a member of a community, in which he could not enjoy the fruits of his honest labor and industry. The preservation of property then is the primary object of the social compact."

Obama´s State Of The Union Address:
If You Like Your Income Inequality,
You Can Keep It
Forbes Magazine, by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/27/2014 2:10:41 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama was right when he said, “The long-term unemployed are not lazy. They’re not lacking in motivation. They’re coping with the aftermath of the worst economic crisis in generations.” He should know, his policies prolong the situation. From a promised minimum wage increase, to destabilization of the health care system, to an energy policy encapsulated by “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” no part of the Obama vision is about making America freer and richer. (Snip) Washington’s unreality has become offensive on a personal level, almost an affront to America itself. Washington is booming at

Ex-Mayor Nagin goes on
trial for bribery charges
Associated Press, by Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/26/2014 11:40:28 PM     Post Reply
NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during its darkest days after Hurricane Katrina, will be thrust back into the spotlight this week when he goes on trial in a corruption case that mushroomed at the end of his eight-year tenure. Even before the allegations, Nagin´s popularity steadily eroded as the city struggled to recover from Katrina´s devastation, and he has kept a low profile since leaving office in 2010. Nagin was living in a Dallas suburb when a grand jury indicted him a year ago on charges he accepted free trips and more

  



Pictured: Live-at-home teen
who shot dead mother, 21, and
her colleague, 25, at Zumiez
skate shop where he worked
before killing himself
Associated Press & Daily Mail UK, by Staff & Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 10:56:11 PM     Post Reply
Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon gave a brief press conference this afternoon about the shooting at the Mall in Columbia yesterday that left three dead.Shooter Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, from College Park had no criminal history as an adult, said McMahon, and bought the gun used to commit the murders legally early in December. Howard County detectives have seized a diary from the home of Aguilar which expressed unhappiness with his life. McMahon said that the police investigation has not revealed any relationship between the victims and the shooter, but Benlolo and Aguilar lived close to one another.

Congressional inquiry on Christine
O’Donnell tax records heats up
but truth may stay hidden
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/26/2014 10:50:28 PM     Post Reply
Powerful committees in both chambers of Congress now want answers to questions surrounding Christine O´Donnell’s personal tax records and whether the Delaware Republican’s private information was illegally accessed and ultimately used in an effort to derail her 2010 U.S. Senate bid. The House Ways and Means Committee has joined the Senate Finance Committee in probing a string of incidents dating back to March 2010, when Ms. O´Donnell — a tea party favorite who riled Delaware’s GOP establishment by besting party mainstay Mike Castle in a primary contest before losing to Democrat Chris Coons in the general election — was told

Chamber of Commerce:
Conservatives the ´Problem´
in Amnesty Battle
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/26/2014 10:47:25 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said once again that conservatives were the "problem" when it came to passing immigration reform legislation with amnesty provisions. “The left has never been the problem on this,” Randel Johnson, the chamber’s senior vice president, said on Friday during an immigration summit in Washington. “The right is the problem.” As Breitbart News reported, that is why the Chamber is reportedly going to spend $50 million against the Tea Party, largely because the Tea Party opposes amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform. According to Bloomberg News, the Chamber of Commerce wants to "rewrite" the immigration laws because

Justice Department Inquiry Takes Aim
at Banks’ Business With Payday Lenders
New York Times, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
Federal prosecutors are trying to thwart the easy access that predatory lenders and dubious online merchants have to Americans’ bank accounts by going after banks that fail to meet their obligations as gatekeepers to the United States financial system. The Justice Department is weighing civil and criminal actions against dozens of banks, sending out subpoenas to more than 50 payment processors and the banks that do business with them, according to government officials. In the new initiative, called “Operation Choke Point,” the agency is scrutinizing banks both big and small over whether they, in exchange for handsome fees, enable businesses

The NY Times Editorial Board:
Bitter Opponents of Free Speech
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/26/2014 10:38:02 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday’s New York Times editorial titled “The Koch Party” raises once again the question whether the paper’s editorial board has been hijacked by Democratic Underground: Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform. Remember the good old days when people called the Times the “Gray Lady?” Now it’s far-left hysteria, all the time. What has the editors riled up is the spreading of “malicious falsehoods” about Obamacare. Falsehoods such as, if you like your health care, you can

Afghanistan Exit Is Seen
as Peril to Drone Mission
New York Times, by David E. Sanger & Eric Schmitt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2014 10:31:24 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The risk that President Obama may be forced to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year has set off concerns inside the American intelligence agencies that they could lose their air bases used for drone strikes against Al Qaeda in Pakistan and for responding to a nuclear crisis in the region. (Snip) If Mr. Obama ultimately withdrew all American troops from Afghanistan, the C.I.A.’s drone bases in the country would have to be closed, according to administration officials, because it could no longer be protected. Their concern is that the nearest alternative bases are too far away for drones to reach the

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