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WaPo/ABC poll shows decline
in trust of public officials
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 10:51:58 AM     Post Reply
Color me shocked, shocked that the American public has less faith and trust in public officials. President Barack Obama spent the last six years lying to insured Americans by telling them that ObamaCare would have no impact on them, and it’s been years since Democrats and Republicans have passed a budget on regular order. What a surprise that few trust any of them to do their jobs well, as the latest Washington Post/ABC poll shows: [Obama´s] current approval stands at 46 percent, up from a low of 42 percent in November. Still, for the first time on the eve of

Woman, 61, Tells Cops A Man Named
Ted Stole Her "Obama Phone"
Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 10:33:25 AM     Post Reply
A South Carolina woman told cops that a male acquaintance stole “her government issued ‘Obama Phone’” and a pair of rented DVDs from her residence, according to a police report.Rosa Clowney, a 61-year-old Spartanburg resident, told officers that she had invited a man named “Ted” over to her house Thursday night to watch a pair of movies she had rented from the library (“Act of Valor” and “The Bourne Identity”). After watching the films, Clowney told police, "Ted" left her residence with the DVDs and her blue “Obama Phone.” Clowney said that she had no other information about “Ted,” adding that

The Phone and Pen President
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 10:29:43 AM     Post Reply
Presidential administrations can get terribly insular, especially when things go poorly. Believe me, I worked in the Bush White House in the second term. People under stress inside a bubble are very bad at understanding their own predicament and doing something about it, and often they reach for ideas that are forms of the problem rather than solutions to it, and they just can’t see it even if everybody else can. This story in Sunday’s Washington Post on how team Obama plans to turn things around is a powerful exhibit of that pattern. The president and his advisors understand they are

  


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Republicans May Rue Reince’s Rules
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 10:18:07 AM     Post Reply
The Republican National Committee, falling back on its default option of centralizing power while trampling over grassroots activists, may have made a terrible mistake last week in condensing its presidential-nominating process, with a plan to schedule the convention for no later than July 18, rather than late August, as in 2012. Front-running candidates with early access to big money will benefit, as will the entrenched consultants who bleed the party dry. Initial might, rather than staying power, will determine the victor, and the party could get stuck with a candidate whose flaws become manifest only after it’s too late for voters

Silicon Valley billionaire compares
treatment of America´s rich to
Nazi persecution of Jews
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Allen    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/27/2014 10:10:45 AM     Post Reply
A billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist has been condemned for "ghastly and disgraceful" comments after he compared criticism of America´s rich to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. (snip) In his letter titled "Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?" Mr Perkins said: "Writing from the epicentre of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ´one per cent´, namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one per cent, namely the rich.

Investor compares U.S. wealth
debate to Nazi Germany
CNN, by Gregory Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 10:09:47 AM     Post Reply
Venture capitalist Tom Perkins came under fire after publicly comparing the experience of wealthy Americans to a deadly Nazi campaign that preceded the Holocaust. "Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ´one percent,´ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ´rich,´" he wrote, opening a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal. "This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent ´progressive´ radicalism unthinkable

52 dead in northeast Nigeria
attack by extremists
Associated Press, by Haruna Umar    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/27/2014 10:08:05 AM     Post Reply
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Security officials say suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack a village in Nigeria´s northeast, killing 52 people and razing more than 300 homes. A security official said Monday the attackers planted several explosives at a market around Kawuri village Sunday. A police official who evacuated wounded victims confirmed at least 52 people were killed. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to speak to reporters. Ari Kolomi, who escaped the massacre, said there were more than 50 attackers. The security official blamed the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram, which has killed thousands over

  


  

Obama vows no political harassing
by NSA, says that´s the IRS´ job
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/27/2014 9:53:29 AM     Post Reply
Fallon: A California woman gave birth to a 15-pound baby. The Mom is resting comfortably. The baby drove himself home. Fallon: More than half of all ObamaCare enrollees are over age 45. No big deal, until you realize they were 25 when they first tried to log onto the website. Letterman: All these snowstorms make driving nightmarish. So be very careful while texting.

Trey Radel to resign from Congress
CNN, by Deirdre Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 9:39:03 AM     Post Reply
Washington - U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, the Florida Republican who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last November, will resign from Congress on Monday, multiple GOP House leadership sources confirm to CNN. One of those sources, who is close to Radel, says the first-term congressman will submit a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner. Radel was caught buying cocaine from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a substance abuse program in Florida. Upon returning to Capitol Hill this month, Radel apologized for his actions and insisted he was not yet thinking about re-election to another

Obama´s Inequality Baloney
American Spectator, by Ralph R. Reiland    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 9:32:57 AM     Post Reply
The big story that’s simultaneously being spotlighted from the Vatican to the White House, from Oxfam to newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City, is economic inequality and the purportedly overly-skewed and unjust distribution of wealth. “The human rights group Oxfam reported that the wealth of the world´s 85 richest people is equal to that of the poorer half of the world´s population,” reported Voice of America on January 20. In other words, the wealth of a little group of people who can easily fit into two Mercedes party buses is equal to the combined wealth of the 3.5

Chuck Schumer to unveil Avonte´s
Law, to put tracking devices
on autistic kids
New York Daily News, by Rich Schapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 9:18:48 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to outfit autistic kids with tracking devices. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is planning to unveil "Avonte´s Law" on Sunday, a day after 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo was laid to rest. The autistic teen disappeared from his school Oct. 4. His remains were found Jan. 16. The senator wants to expand an existing voluntary program for people suffering with Alzheimer´s to include autistic children. Schumer first raised the idea in November when the autistic teen from Queens was still missing.The tracking devices could be attached to wristwatches, affixed to ankle bracelets, clipped on belts, or woven into shoelaces.

  


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Conservatives Must Break
the Establishment’s Rules
Townhall, by Kurt Schlichter    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/27/2014 9:18:00 AM     Post Reply
Have you noticed how the Establishment invents a lot of special rules that only seem to apply to conservatives? Have you noticed how these rules always involve preventing conservatives from winning? And have you noticed how these rules never, ever seem to apply to our enemies? Take the imbroglio over Wendy Davis, the pride of Harvard Law School and the scourge of fetuses everywhere. Turns out her story of pulling herself up by her stiletto straps was a bit more complicated than it initially appeared. And by “a bit more complicated,” I mean it appears to be a miasma of distortions,

Don’t Blame the Maps
New York Times, by Jowei Chen & Jonathan Rodden    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 9:16:21 AM     Post Reply
DO the Republicans owe their current congressional majority to gerrymandering? At first glance, it seems self-evident that they do. In the 2012 election, the Democrats won the popular votes for the presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives. But somehow in the House — for whose seats Republicans controlled the redistricting process in many crucial states — the Republicans managed to end up with a 16-seat majority despite losing the popular vote. The presumption among many reformers is that the Democrats would control Congress today if the 2012 election had been contested in districts drawn by nonpartisan commissioners rather than

White House: State of the Union
Guests Will Include Boston Marathon
Bombing Survivors, First Openly
Gay NBA Player
ABC News, by Matthew Larotonda    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 9:12:19 AM     Post Reply
The White House has partially unveiled the list of guests who will join first lady Michelle Obama in her box at the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Six names have been revealed thus far, including two survivors of the April terror attack on the Boston marathon and the first male athlete in a major American sport to come out as openly gay. An administration preview website suggests 22 individuals are expected to join Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett in the Capitol that night. The White House says more names will

President Obama´s State of the
Union Should Be Aimed at Harry Reid
Breitbart Big Government, by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 9:04:14 AM     Post Reply
For the last five years we have watched President Obama try time and again to use government to create jobs. More government spending. More government programs. Just more and more federal government. And time and again, he has failed to actually create jobs—to the tune of unemployment still sitting above seven percent. I know some people believe if you say something enough, it will come true. After "If you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance," I would hope the president would finally realize that’s not how things work. And no matter how many times he says

  


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Five years later, journalists challenge
White House ´economic crisis´ excuse
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:49:28 AM     Post Reply
On "This Week," ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl challenged White House press secretary Jay Carney over the knee-jerk excuse that administration officials give when they are asked about the bad economic numbers. During the interview, Karl showed a clip of Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., reminding his audience that seven million more Americans are living in poverty today who were not in poverty when President George W. Bush was leaving office. "I assume Senator Scott didn´t notice that, you know, a lot of people were thrown into poverty by the worst recession since the Great Depression, which was in full bloom when President

Michael Bloomberg: Amnesty Needed
To Prevent National Suicide
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 8:45:19 AM     Post Reply
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was not an "exaggeration" to say America would be committing "national suicide" if it does not pass amnesty legislation. “Our current immigration laws are national suicide,” Bloomberg said on Friday at an immigration summit in Washington. “I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.” Bloomberg, who spent most of 2013 financing campaigns for more gun control and intends to focus on amnesty in 2014, then offered some unsolicited advice to Republicans, saying that the GOP also will not have a future if it does not embrace more amnesty. “If you are against the fastest-growing voting bloc

Jay Carney: Obamacare ´absolutely
worth it´ despite political fallout
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:44:17 AM     Post Reply
White House press secretary Jay Carney said that passing Obamacare was the right decision, regardless of any political fallout for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. “This is not about politics. So the answer is, it is absolutely worth it, no matter what happens politically,” said Carney in an interview aired on ABC´s “This Week” on Sunday, when he was asked about the prospect of the health care law costing Democrats control of the Senate. Support for President Obama and his signature domestic achievement dropped after the botched rollout of the law´s new insurance exchanges in October. The healthcare.gov website was

Health Benefits For Gay Couples
In NC Cut By Blue Cross
CBS News, by Nichole Jaworski    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 8:42:46 AM     Post Reply
(Charlotte) — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina recently cancelled insurance polices which were previously purchased by gay and lesbian couples who opted to purchase a family insurance policy from the company. The health insurance company opted to cancel the policies after stating that the language in the respective policies was geared more towards married couples and not gay couples. Terms such as “spouse” and “opposite sex” were used in the health insurance contracts, making them invalid. Gay couples who purchased family coverage from Blue Cross have the option to instead purchase individual health care coverage.

The best and worst
of the Grammy Awards
New York Post, by Hardeep Phull    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 8:39:40 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

  



Did Mockery of Obama Get
Dinesh D´Souza Arrested?
American Thinker, by M. Catharine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/27/2014 8:37:06 AM     Post Reply
Has Marxist/Leninist pal of Bill Ayers Mike Klonsky just given us the reason for the arrest of conservative writer Dinesh D´Souza? Does he have inside information? On January 24, Klonsky dashed off a quick "note" to D´Souza on his Small Talk Blog: Note to Dinesh D´Souza -- You probably shouldn´t have Tweeted that racist remark about Obama and Trayvon Martin. S**t like that sometimes comes back to haunt you. (snip) Klonsky was awarded $175,000 by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, chaired by Barack Obama. In 2001 he stated that he and Ayers were still gung-ho in their zeal to destroy capitalism, but they had

Reince´s Solutions Miss the Mark
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: Passion- 1/27/2014 8:33:20 AM     Post Reply
In typical establishment fashion, Reince Priebus and the wizards at the RNC have looked at the last presidential nomination cycle and learned the wrong lessons. They have concluded that not allowing Mitt Romney a smooth coronation was the problem, and they are out to make sure their anointed one never has to face that again. As such, the prescriptions for change recently announced by Priebus will only make things worse. This is what happens when a national party is isolated from -- and igorant of -- its nation.

How Scott Walker and the conservatives
saved Wisconsin. America, take note
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/27/2014 8:30:25 AM     Post Reply
There was a time when Wisconsin was headline news. You must remember the story? Wisconsinites elected some caveman called Scott Walker as their governor on a platform of drowning government in the bath. He wanted to reform the unions and bring spending under control – and the public sector came out onto the streets to stop him. It was a kind of velvet revolution led by teachers and social workers and the folks who shoot bears when they start eating out of trash cans. They tried to remove Walker from office, but that didn´t work because he somehow won the

Rand Paul on Lewinsky Scandal:
Dems ‘Have the Gall’ to Accuse
GOP of War on Women?
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:23:52 AM     Post Reply
In response to whether the Monica Lewinsky scandal that plagued then-President Bill Clinton’s second term should factor into a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told Meet the Press’ David Gregory that he found the Democrats’ “concocted” issue of a War on Women rich in light of Clinton’s behavior. “One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office,” Paul said. “I think the media really seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was twenty years

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.

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