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Crowley to Pfeiffer: Is Obama’s
Plan to Use Executive Orders ‘Kind
of a Threat’ Toward Congress?
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:19:19 AM     Post Reply
White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer told State of the Union host Candy Crowley that President Barack Obama planned to use the leverage of executive action if Congress didn’t act on the proposals set to be laid out in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, but denied that this constituted aggression toward the legislative branch. “This is supposed to be a year of action,” Pfeiffer said. “So [Obama] is going to look in every way he can, with his pen and his phone, to try to move the ball forward.” “It’s kind of a threat,” Crowley said. “Hey, Congress, work with me

White House panics as millennials
wise up, bail on President Obama
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/27/2014 8:08:03 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is making a sudden push to win back millennial voters, who have grown disillusioned over his failed “Hope and Change” campaign that left them without jobs, living in their parents’ basement.Even though he has run his last race, the president needs the 18-to-34 age group to make his signature Obamacare policy work. Without them, the whole system falls apart — not tomorrow, today, right now, before the radical reform of U.S. health care can even get off the ground. Just how bad is it? Just 24 percent of the new enrollees to Obamacare are between 18 and 34.

Busted! The Democratic
Party´s Moral Superiority
American Thinker, by Michael Bargo Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/27/2014 7:53:37 AM     Post Reply
Many analysts of national news media have noted that there is a double standard with regard to how the media report the behavioral faux pas of Republican versus Democratic politicians. But there is a far more important difference between the two national parties and their moral postures. This difference is revealed when one compares the campaign rhetoric used by the DNC to the behavior of Democratic officials at the local, state, and national levels once they have achieved positions of power.

  


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Cops find Maryland mall
shooter’s rage-filled diary
New York Post, by Joe Tacopino    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 7:50:33 AM     Post Reply
The gunman who fatally shot two people before killing himself in a Maryland shopping mall left a diary in his bedroom that expressed “unhappiness” with his life, cops said. Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, who opened fire at The Mall in Columbia on Saturday morning, was described as a quiet kid, but police discovered the rage-filled personal notes inside his home. “We did retrieve documents,” said Howard County Police Chief William McMahon. “There is a journal where he expressed general unhappiness with his life.” Aguilar’s mother, however, said her son was a “gentle, sweet kid” and was stunned at the shooting. “I don’t know what

Super Bowl Already Putting Big
Pressure on a Weatherman
New York Times, by Marc Santora    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/27/2014 7:48:43 AM     Post Reply
There comes a moment in so many memorable games when a team will turn its anxious gaze to one player and ask a simple question: You got this covered? In the National Football League, it is likely to be the kicker, quarterback or running back. On Sunday, it was the weatherman. At 8 a.m., John Bateman, a meteorologist hired by the league, made his first presentation to some two dozen executives who are looking to him to tell them what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday. “Not much pressure, right?” Mr. Bateman, 43, said wryly. Every morning in the week leading up to the game,

Is Barack Obama an imperial president?
Christian Science Monitor, by Linda Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 7:47:10 AM     Post Reply
Washington — Ju Hong´s voice rang out loud and clear, interrupting the most powerful man in the world. "You have a power to stop deportation for all undocumented immigrants in this country!" the young South Korean man yelled at President Obama during a speech on immigration reform last November in San Francisco. Waving away security guards, Mr. Obama turned and addressed Mr. Hong, himself undocumented. "Actually, I don´t," the president said. "And that´s why we´re here." "We´ve got this Constitution, we´ve got this whole thing about separation of powers," Obama continued. "So there is no shortcut to politics, and there´s

Are House Republicans planning to
pull a fast one on immigration?
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/27/2014 7:27:28 AM     Post Reply
In the House of Representatives, immigration reform is not only not dead, it´s actually the subject of a lot of working and talking as Republicans prepare for their annual retreat this weekend. That much has been clear at least since Speaker John Boehner announced the GOP will come up with a statement of "principles" on immigration reform that might -- or might not -- lead to legislation. But the Wall Street Journal stirred a lot of interest this weekend when it reported that GOP leaders are hoping to put one over on voters who oppose reform. The plan, the Journal said,

  


  

Impending Democrat Election Disaster
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Chriss W. Street    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/27/2014 7:15:26 AM     Post Reply
A Quinnipiac University National Poll released January 22nd reveals that American voters rate President Barack Obama’s leadership on the economy, jobs, and healthcare as very poor; his only positive marks come from fighting terrorism. Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign narrative argued that President George W. Bush and the Republicans were so interested in fighting a “War on Terror” they had failed America at home. At his victory speech on November 5, 2008, President-elect Obama bellowed: “Tonight, because what we did in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.” According to a Gallup Poll, after the same

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

  


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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

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

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."

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