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Six ways to fight inequality
CNN, by Julian Zelizer    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 2:11:41 PM     Post Reply
When President Obama takes center stage for the State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, he is certain to address the issue of economic inequality. (snip) 1) Raise the minimum wage: Most important, the minimum wage has been central to the nation´s efforts to provide a base of support to working Americans. Since its enactment in 1938, the federal minimum wage has been integral to boosting the income of workers in some of the lower-paying jobs. But current minimum wage levels are not adequate. Most economists agree that there is room to increase the minimum wage without any dramatic impact on unemployment.

Everything You Ever Needed to
Know about the Left’s View of
Income Inequality, Captured in
a Single Image
Townhall, by Daniel J. Mitchell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 2:11:38 PM     Post Reply
If you want to know why the left is wrong about income inequality, you need to watch this Margaret Thatcher video. In just a few minutes, the “Iron Lady” explains how some – perhaps most – statists would be willing to reduce income for the poor if they could impose even greater damage on the rich. This picture is another way of getting across the same point. It was sent to me by Richard Rahn (famous for the Rahn Curve), and it uses two pizzas to show how leftist policies would “solve” inequality. (Photo) I like this analogy, and not

Obama to speak on economy
at Maryland Costco store
Washington Times (D.C.), by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 2:07:30 PM     Post Reply
A day after he delivers his State of the Union address, President Obama will head to a Costco store in suburban Maryland to speak about the economy, the White House announced Monday. The president’s remarks, which are open to the media but closed to the public, will come at Costco’s Lanham store at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The administration announced no other details about the speech, but it’s possible the president will use the event to push for greater federal investment into infrastructure, research and other areas. Mr. Obama is also likely to again address the growing issue of income



Frustrated progressives start
to look beyond Obama
CNN, by Alan Silverleib    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 1:57:59 PM     Post Reply
Washington - "I am not a member of any organized political party," Will Rogers once joked. "I am a Democrat." Plenty has been written on the current fight for the soul of the Republican Party. But as President Barack Obama unofficially rings in the sixth year of his administration with Tuesday´s State of the Union address, another intriguing struggle may be emerging -- between moderates and progressives on the Democratic side. It´s not a divide on a par with the cavernous pre-New Deal divisions of Rogers´ day. Not even close. But it is taking on growing importance as Democrats, frustrated with

Vladimir Putin has outperformed
Barack Obama time and again on
the world stage, says Mitt Romney
Daily Mail, (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 1:57:38 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney has criticised President Barack Obama´s presence on the world stage - claiming he has been outperformed by Russian President Vladimir Putin ´time and time again´. The former Masssachusetts Governor suggested that America´s stature on the international political scene has ´diminished´ in recent months while Russia has managed to ´elevate´ its position. Romney, who was beaten by Mr Obama in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, gave the damning verdict during an interview with NBC. He said: ´I think most observers of the international political scene suggest that Russia has elevated itself in stature and America has been diminished.´ Mr Romney, who managed

The Slow-Motion Munich Agreement
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman    Original Article
Posted By: jpundit- 1/27/2014 1:51:37 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with Robert Gates, posted on Friday, Hugh Hewitt asked the former defense secretary to respond to John Bolton’s characterization of the Iranian deal as another Munich (and Charles Krauthammer’s characterization of it as a catastrophe more cynical than Munich). Gates did not directly respond, but he set forth a procedure designed to prevent it from being one: (snip) [W]hat I would be arguing if I were in the Situation Room is okay, then the negotiations begin on whatever the date, January 25th or whatever. Exactly six months from then, the negotiations stop.

Benghazi victim Tyrone Woods’
father to attend State of the Union
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 1:48:05 PM     Post Reply
An Oklahoma congressman said Monday that he will host Charles Woods, father of former Navy SEAL and Benghazi terrorist attack victim Ty Woods, at Tuesday’s State of the Union. “As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I understand the importance of knowing that America leaves no one behind. I am honored to host the father of a true hero,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Oklahoma Republican, said in a statement.His office characterized the invite as a way to make sure the September 2012 attack in Libya “will not be forgotten” in the House chamber, where President Obama will deliver his speech. Woods was



Iran issues report critical
of U.S. human rights
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 1:41:52 PM     Post Reply
TEHRAN -- The Iranian military published a 28-page report Monday highly critical of the human rights situation in the United States.(snip)The report is broad, highlighting Internet privacy concerns stemming from the controversy surrounding whistle blower Edward Snowden to the acquittal of neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The report, backed by the so-called Basij force, said the U.S. government is "one of the main violators of human rights." Ahmed Esfandiyari, a lieutenant commander of the force, was quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency as saying similar reports on the human rights situation in

The Hottest Men Drive….Pickup Trucks?
Fox News, by Kate Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 1:33:19 PM     Post Reply
Men looking for a date for Valentine’s Day might want to invest in a Ford pickup truck--in black. According to a new survey from Insure.com that asked men and women to rank the kind of vehicles driven by the most attractive members of the opposite sex, women said drivers of black Ford pickup trucks were their top choice.(snip) The cars rounding out the top five women’s choices for the types of cars they tend find attractive drivers behind were: sports cars (27%), SUVs (16%), sedans (11%) and hybrid or electric cars (9%). The cars rounding out the top men’s choices for the

Sochi Winter Olympics will be safe
from terrorism, says IOC president
Guardian [UK], by Owen Gibson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 1:31:42 PM     Post Reply
The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, has said there are no regrets from the IOC over awarding the Winter Games to Sochi and urged athletes and fans to trust the Russian authorities to keep them safe, despite heightened security fears. More than 37,000 Russian police and troops are erecting a so-called "ring of steel" around the Black Sea resort following terrorist threats and suicide bombings that killed 34 people in Volgograd last month. "We have full confidence in the Russian authorities," said Bach, who will oversee his first Olympics as IOC president since taking over from Jacques Rogge in

MSNBC Shakes Up Daytime Schedule
with New Shows from Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 1:20:31 PM     Post Reply
Two weeks after CNN is set to launch its new daytime schedule, MSNBC will be making some major changes of its own, complete with new shows from Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid. Starting February 24th, the network will start airing its brand new lineup. The weekday show show MSNBC promised from Farrow last year still does not have a name, but it does have a time slot. The show will air at 1pm ET daily, currently occupied by Andrea Mitchell Reports. The 2pm ET hour where NewsNation with Tamron Hall currently airs will go to an also as-yet-unnamed show from Joy



Michelle Obama wants $10 donations
to ´help protect Obamacare´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 1:19:23 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama is seeking $10 donations to protect Obamacare, her husband´s troubled health insurance system. Just one day before he gives the annual State of the Union address, the first lady sent out a fundraising email to supporters hoping to use the speech to prompt donations to help Democrats in the midterm elections this fall. Friend — Earlier this month, because of what you did, it became illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against the up to 129 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. Young Americans are able to stay on their parents´ health care plans as they get on their

Mika Brzezinksi: Bill Clinton
got away ´pretty clean´ with
Monica Lewinsky scandal
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 1:00:00 PM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton escaped the Monica Lewinsky scandal "pretty clean," MSNBC´s Mika Brzezinski said while discussing the possibility that his White House years could dog Hillary Clinton´s candidacy. "I´ve always been torn about how easily Bill Clinton has been treated about this whole thing," Brzezinski said. "You can´t deny that that was reprehensible, what happened, and defied so many morals that we stand by in this country in terms of how you treat women, other people´s children. ... Do you disagree that he did something utterly terrible and got off pretty clean?" she asked, turning to Al Sharpton. "I don´t think

Obama´s polls nothing to brag
about ahead of big speech
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 12:56:56 PM     Post Reply
Washington– President Barack Obama´s poll numbers are near the lowest of his presidency as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday. According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled on Monday which averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys, Obama´s approval rating stood at 44%, with 51% of Americans giving a thumbs down to Obama´s performance in the White House. That´s marginally better than two months ago when they ran at or near all-time lows for Obama. But it´s still far below where it stood a year ago, at his second inaugural, when

Hillary Clinton: ‘My Biggest Regret
Is What Happened in Benghazi’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 12:55:37 PM     Post Reply
During her Monday morning closing address at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named the September 2012 Benghazi attacks as her “biggest regret.” According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Clinton told the NADA crowd that “My biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans.” Jake Tapper ? @jaketapper Follow Hillary at NADA convention: "my biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans..." 11:54 AM - 27 Jan 2014 Clinton took the brunt of public blame for the lack of security and



Closed doors for jury selection
in ex-New Orleans mayor´s trial
on bribery charges
CNN, by Matt Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 12:53:47 PM     Post Reply
Closed courtrooms. No laptops, phones or Wi-Fi. Bathrooms closed off by marshals. The corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin cranks up Monday with a federal judge imposing tough rules on spectators and reporters during jury selection. In an order issued last week, U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan imposed those restrictions because of concerns that courtroom rules "may not be respected" by some unnamed miscreants. Nagin´s pleas for federal help for his flooded city caught the nation´s attention in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now out of office, he´s pleaded not guilty to federal charges of

Barney Frank: ´The NRA Is
the Model´ for Gay Marriage
Atlantic Magazine, by Adam B. Kushner    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 12:50:19 PM     Post Reply
Former Representative Barney Frank´s career roughly mirrors the arc of the modern gay-rights movement. He reminisced with National Journal. Edited excerpts follow. Linda Hirshman´s new history of the movement is called Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution. Do you agree with the premise? No question. We´ve made a great deal of progress in abolishing prejudice. In some parts of the country there still is a problem with marriage and job discrimination, but in much of the country there´s virtually no legal disability and not too much social and political disability. Forty years ago, there wasn´t a single state where we were

Wendy Davis, Classic
Texas Four-Flusher
Real Clear Politics, by Carl M. Cannon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
Near the end of "The Texan," a 1918 work of pulp fiction by James B. Hendryx, we find our hero "cursing himself unmercifully" for his poor judgment—guiding a young lady into dangerous country where they´ve run out of water. “This is all your fault, you dammed four-flusher!” the Texan says under his breath. “You low-lived skunk, you! You think you’re fit to marry her, do you? Well, you ain’t. You ain’t fit to be mentioned in the same language she is.” The author was a grandson of William Henry Harrison. In President Harrison’s day—and in James Hendryx’s—Texas voted Democratic. Today,

A Republican plan to replace
ObamaCare, cover pre-existing
conditions and lower costs
Fox News, by Sen. Richard Burr*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 12:45:45 PM     Post Reply
During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama will probably declare that his signature health care law is finally starting to work as designed. We expect him to claim the mantle of “forward” progress and suggest that anyone who opposes the law either does not understand it or simply wants to go “back” to days when insurance companies wreaked havoc on consumers. But the problem is not that American families and businesses do not understand ObamaCare. The problem is that they simply do not like the product the White House has been pushing since 2010. Why should

Sheriffs cheer pot shot, say DEA
chief ripped Obama remarks
Boston Herald, by O´Ryan Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 12:45:35 PM     Post Reply
DEA chief Michele M. Leonhart slammed President Obama’s recent comments comparing smoking marijuana to drinking alcohol at an annual meeting of the nation’s sheriffs this week, according to two sheriffs who said her remarks drew a standing ovation. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said he was thrilled to hear the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration take her boss to task. “She’s frustrated for the same reasons we are,” Hodgson said. “She said she felt the administration didn’t understand the science enough to make those statements. She was particularly frustrated with the fact that, according to her, the White


One more try for Mitt Romney?
Boston Herald, by Kimberly Atkins    Original Article
Posted By: ccprops- 1/27/2014 12:43:47 PM     Post Reply
Their words say “no,” but that’s not enough to stop the presidential speculation surrounding certain Massachusetts politicos. And as the monthslong speculation over the political futures of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Secretary of State John F. Kerry continues unabated, this week a third familiar name is generating buzz: Mitt Romney. Less than a year ago, the prospect of a Romney comeback seemed as likely as Miley Cyrus entering a convent. Suddenly, after the release of a documentary that presented a warmly humanized version of the GOP’s last pick for president and an accompanying media blitz by the former governor, it

Green Drought
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 12:42:16 PM     Post Reply
San Joaquin Valley, Calif. — “We have the greatest factory anywhere on earth,” Harris Farms’ executive vice president, William Bourdeau, tells me, as our car bumps rapidly along the dirty, uneven track. “These are pistachio trees,” he says, sweeping his hand across the horizon. “Over there, we have asparagus.” He points through the windshield. “And in that facility, we process garlic.” Around the corner and away from the freeway, I see almonds, broccoli, onions, watermelons, and tomatoes. Lettuce, which in the grand scale of things is a mere afterthought for Harris, is produced nevertheless on an astonishing scale, with 3 million

Carquinez Bridge retrofit
also faced unusual bolt issues
San Francisco Chronicle, by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/27/2014 12:39:54 PM     Post Reply
That new, highly critical Bay Bridge report out of Sacramento has renewed debate over the extent of cracked welds found in the Chinese manufacturing process, but there was one footnote that also caught our eye: That´s the passing mention of 250,000 bad bolts that were destined for the retrofit of the Carquinez Bridge. (Snip) "When the bolts arrived at the construction site, Caltrans found they had been made to the wrong size and they all had to be rejected and remade," says the report. "This story was never revealed to the public." Caltrans spokesman Matt Rocco confirmed that the bolts

Must-Read Memo on GOP Health Proposal
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 12:39:35 PM     Post Reply
2017 Project executive director (and frequent TWS contributor) Jeff Anderson has an important memo outlining the new health care reform proposal from three senior Republican senators that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with legislation that "beats Obamacare in every particular" and would also "address many of the most serious shortcomings of the pre-Obamacare status quo." You can read Anderson´s memo in full, below. There´s been a lot of talk in magazines and from think tanks about a "conservative reform agenda"—and some laments as to the slowness of GOP elected officials to champion such an agenda. This proposal could mark

Cruz calls on Obama to answer
questions about Benghazi
in State of the Union address
Your Houston News (TX), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 12:36:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is calling on President Obama to hold himself and his administration accountable for the preventable attacks on the U.S. foreign post in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 where four Americans – Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ambassador Christopher Stevens – were murdered by terrorists. Ambassador Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador murdered on duty since 1979. Regarding the Benghazi attacks, Sen. Cruz has asked: Will the President call on Congress to form a Joint Select Committee to finally discover the truth of why four Americans perished in a preventable terrorist

Don’t Do It
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 12:34:29 PM     Post Reply
The House Republican leadership has been confronted by devilishly difficult tactical choices over the years. But what to do on the issue of immigration right now isn’t one of them. The correct course is easy and eminently achievable: Do nothing. The old Reagan catchphrase calling for non-action — don’t just do something, stand there — has never been more apt. Yet the House leadership is about to roll out a set of immigration principles reportedly including an amnesty for illegal aliens, and presumably will follow up with a push to pass them through the House. This is legislative strategy as

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