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The GOP’s Gift to Cornwallis
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 6:14:56 PM     Post Reply
You all know the history of Yorktown, right? George Washington’s continental army had Lord Cornwallis’s British troops hemmed in on a peninsula with no egress available by land. A French fleet controlled the waters right offshore, so Cornwallis seemed unable to be rescued by sea. And then Washington — getting pressure from war financier Robert Morris, who thought the French were scoundrels – started working with Cornwallis to shoot cannon at the French to drive them away from the Chesapeake . . . Well, if that’s not how it really happened, it certainly seems to be the model of political warfare

Forget global warming, worry about the
MAGNETOSPHERE: Earth´s magnetic field is
collapsing and it could affect the climate and
wipe out power grids
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 6:13:45 PM     Post Reply
Deep within the Earth, a fierce molten core is generating a magnetic field capable of defending our planet against devastating solar winds. The protective field extends thousands of miles into space and its magnetism affects everything from global communication to animal migration and weather patterns. But this magnetic field, so important to life on Earth, has weakened by 15 per cent over the last 200 years. And this, scientists claim, could be a sign that the Earth’s poles are about to flip. Experts believe we´re currently overdue a flip, but they´re unsure when this could occur. If a switch happens, we would be exposed

An Obamacare Replacement in the Senate
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 6:08:15 PM     Post Reply
The past few months have seen some very promising new conservative reform initiatives emerging from Capitol Hill — ideas that build on the work of conservative wonks in the think-tank world and the academy and translate them into practical proposals. Senator Mike Lee has offered a very appealing tax-reform proposal and important ideas for transforming our approach to transportation and higher-education policy. Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Paul Ryan have outlined some promising improvements to the safety net. And today, senators Tom Coburn, Orrin Hatch, and Richard Burr have proposed a conservative health-care reform that has enormous promise. Herewith, some quick

  


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White House warns Obama
could go around Congress
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 6:06:04 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday´s State of the Union speech. Obama faces a politically divided Congress on Tuesday and will use his annual address to demand expanded economic opportunity. Absent legislative action, the White House is telling lawmakers that the president is ready to take unilateral action to close the gap between rich and poor Americans. "I think the way we have to think about this year is we have a divided government," said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama adviser.

A ban on autos? Major cities
consider going carless
CNBC, by Paul A. Eisenstein    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 6:03:34 PM     Post Reply
Germany, home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. But in an effort to go green, the country´s second-largest city is studying ways to eliminate cars by 2034. The northern city of Hamburg has laid out an initial concept, named the Green Network Plan, that would expand public transportation and add more routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. The most controversial aspect of the plan calls for a steady phase-out of automobiles in the center of the city over the next two decades. And Hamburg

Hillary Clinton: "My Biggest Regret
Is What Happened In Benghazi"
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 5:44:30 PM     Post Reply
Please upgrade your browser to view HTML 5 content QUESTION: Any do-overs that you would -- relative to Secretary of State? HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, sure. I mean, you know, you make these choices based on imperfect information. And you make them to -- as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn´t mean that there´s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns. You know, my biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy, losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it´s public, so I can say two CIA operatives, losing an ambassador

CNN apologizes profusely after
airing video of Hillary Clinton laughing
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 5:41:14 PM     Post Reply
A CNN anchor quickly apologized for airing a video clip of Hillary Clinton expressing regret for the the Banghazi terrorist attacks spliced together with video of the former Secretary of State laughing while she was asked about her plans in 2016. After playing the clip, CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield apologized to viewers, realizing that it looked like Clinton was laughing about the terrorist attack. "I want to be real clear here," she stated. "Those were two separate sound-bites that we tried to get to as quickly as possible -- we call them tape turns -- one of them was about Benghazi and

  


  

Scott Walker´s Unnoticed Revolution
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 5:27:11 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, for three days last week I told you the amazing story of Scott Walker, governor Wisconsin and the rebirth and revitalization of his state, a blue state, with conservatism. Conservative economic policy has revitalized that state. The upshot of it is that there´s a near $1 billion budget surplus that he is returning to the taxpayers in the form of income property tax cuts. Interestingly, by the way, the Wisconsin legislature is opposing him on this. They want to spend the money on... what do you think? Education. Oh, yes. We´re not spending enough on education, the

Let´s Make the White House
Correspondents Dinner an Awards Show
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 5:22:38 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Did you watch the Grammys last night? Snerdley, you missed it. Folks, I gotta tell you something. I´m beginning to think -- this a quick Grammy takeaway. I ended up having to watch the Grammy opening a little bit. You know, this weekend I had tech problems in everything except my iPhone and iPad. Well, no, I had one in my iPad. Printers here are all screwed up, printers at home are all screwed up. Every remote control for my audio-video system at home is blown, not working. It´s just a total mess. It´s a total breakdown, total melt.

My Advice to the Dictator for His State
of the Coup Address on Income Inequality
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 5:14:43 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: So I get the audio sound bite roster today from Cookie. I actually get an e-mail before I get the roster. She said, "You´re back. They were talking about you all weekend long." And in these sound bites, folks, this is about the president calling me out along with Fox News last week in the New Yorker magazine. They went to a bunch of these media types in the audio sound bites, and they all say he´s justified. They all say the president is seriously agitated with me. This is not just talk; he is really, really agitated. The

Tu Quoque ad Hitlerum
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 5:13:23 PM     Post Reply
If Tom Perkins of San Francisco was trying to be provocative, he succeeded. In a letter to the editor that appeared in Saturday´s Wall Street Journal, Perkins, a founding partner of the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture-capital firm, drew a parallel between Nazi Germany´s "war on its ´one percent,´ namely its Jews," and "the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ´rich.´ " He described some of the local manifestations of "a rising tide of hatred of the successful" and concluded: "This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its

  


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The Drive-By Media Thinks Obama
Has Accepted Reality: I´m His Problem
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 5:10:47 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: To the audio sound bites. As you recall, it was revealed in the New Yorker magazine that the president blames me and Fox News (and apparently now blames me more than Fox News) for his inability to convince a majority of Americans to agree with him policy-wise. Friday night in New York City, on NY1´s Inside City Hall, the host, Errol Louis, interviewed Chuck-U Schumer. And Errol Louis said, "Do you expect Tea Party and other conservative politicians to try and fight with you for those issues of income inequality?"

Political Review Hampers
FOIA Process, Watchdogs Say
Washington Free Beacon, by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 4:59:17 PM     Post Reply
Government watchdog groups and reporters say political appointees have been given increased sway over Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in the Obama administration, slowing down the release of public records and introducing political pressure to the process. Numerous federal agencies have adopted policies to review “significant” or “sensitive” FOIA requests. The White House also frequently reviews FOIA requests it claims contain executive branch materials. The Washington Free Beacon has had one FOIA request under White House review for the past three months. The Free Beacon requested emails from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ previously secret email address concerning

Wall Street’s bad bet
on Hillary for 2016
New York Post, by Charles Gasparino    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 4:56:48 PM     Post Reply
The big Wall Street types will tell you that, as bad as things have gotten with President Obama and his disastrous economic policies, help could be on the way in the form of President Hillary Clinton in 2016. Keep in mind, this bunch bet heavily back in 2007 and 2008 that then-candidate Barack Obama was “a moderate” (a term used by BlackRock chief Larry Fink to describe Obama in ’08), shoveling lots of money his way. And the same crew in 2012 bet big that Mitt Romney had what it took to expose Obamanomics as the disaster it had become. But the

Delta Force commando
who saved ‘numerous lives’
in Benghazi seige honored
The Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/27/2014 4:39:30 PM     Post Reply
An Army Delta Force commando who infiltrated Benghazi to rescue U.S. diplomats, spies and security officers during a 2012 terrorist attack “was critical to the success of saving numerous lives,” according to a citation awarding him the military’s second-highest honor. Delta Force’s role was not disclosed in any public report or congressional testimony. The Army citation for the Distinguished Service Cross, posted on a website for Army personnel, provides the first detailed look at what one of the commandos, Master Sgt. David R. Halbruner, accomplished.

  


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´Downton Abbey´ recap:
Bates set to go psycho
Los Angeles Times, by Meredith Blake    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/27/2014 4:38:22 PM     Post Reply
Is Bates about to live up to his name and go "psycho"? That’s the question we’re left with at the end of Sunday’s “Downton Abbey,” as the seemingly mild-mannered valet and wrongly convicted criminal, having learned about his wife’s rape, warns Mrs. Hughes that “nothing’s over and done with.” Given the ominous music swelling on the soundtrack, the indication seems to be that, yes, Bates is bent on revenge. On the one hand, it’s hard to blame the guy for wanting a bit of justice. Bates is prompted to action after eavesdropping on Anna and Mrs. Hughes during their 823rd identical conversation

Mitt Romney bathes in press,
media adulation after media
pounded him in 2012
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Christian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/27/2014 4:17:15 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney is going the full Bob Dole. You never go the full Bob Dole.Back in 1996, the media fed a portrayal of GOP presidential hopeful Dole as a dour, humorless opponent to President Bill Clinton. Dole lost. Then, months later, we saw a new Dole in the press. He was funny, self-deprecating and smart, the kind of guy you could grab a beer with and trust. He got a friendly reception at liberal outposts like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It was too late then, but Dole probably enjoyed the second media life.Now, Romney is threatening to go down

The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons
Indianapolis Star, by Marisa Kwiatkowski    Original Article
Posted By: mossley- 1/27/2014 4:11:32 PM     Post Reply
A woman and three children who claimed to be possessed by demons. A 9-year-old boy walking backward up a wall in the presence of a family case manager and hospital nurse. Gary police Capt. Charles Austin said it was the strangest story he had ever heard. Austin, a 36-year veteran of the Gary Police Department, said he initially thought Indianapolis resident Latoya Ammons and her family concocted an elaborate tale as a way to make money. But after several visits to their home and interviews with witnesses, Austin said simply, "I am a believer." Not everyone involved with the family...

ObamAccountability: Official
Who Oversaw Failed Security
At Benghazi Given Promotion
Independent Journal Review, by Editor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 3:42:33 PM     Post Reply
Obama has called the attack that resulted in American deaths at Benghazi a “phony scandal,” but the latest news shows just how much disdain he has for holding anyone in his administration accountable for failure. From The Blaze: Charlene Lamb, cited for failures in leadership from the Department of State’s own Accountability Review Board report, has been promoted to Regional Security Officer. We’ve heard rumor that she’s slated for international duty in Canada. She started the security officer training last week, much to the dismay of many within the State Department. For those not keeping track, Charlene Lamb was in

Despite tea party grumbling, John
Cornyn in good shape in GOP primary
Dallas Morning News, by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 3:32:35 PM     Post Reply
WICHITA FALLS — With five weeks to go before the primary, tea partiers are still grumbling about Sen. John Cornyn. But grumbling isn’t the same as spitting mad. After a dozen years in the Senate and his climb to become the party’s deputy leader, he’s the definition of the “establishment” many of them despise. He’s not aggressive enough, they say. He abandoned Sen. Ted Cruz in the fight to defund Obamacare, they say. “Yeah, I hold it against him. Doesn’t mean I won’t vote for him, but I hold it against him,” said Wayne Pharries, 48, a commercial banker who

  



Hillary Clinton: I haven´t
driven a car since 1996
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 1/27/2014 3:02:25 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton hasn´t gotten behind the wheel in a long, long time. The former first lady and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, who has had drivers for much of her three decades in public life, said Monday that she hasn´t driven a car since 1996. Clinton made the confession at the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in New Orleans. “The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996,” the 66-year-old Clinton told the audience. “And I remember it very well, and so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.”

Exclusive: Bill O’Reilly Talks
Obama Super Bowl Interview;
Reveals His Favorite MSNBC Host
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 2:49:59 PM     Post Reply
Last week Fox News announced that their primetime centerpiece Bill O’Reilly would interview President Obama during the Super Bowl XLVIII pre-game show. Mediaite spoke briefly with the Fox host about what to expect from that interview, as well as his thoughts on his critics, cable news wars, his favorite MSNBC host, and what it’s like being disliked by both extremes of the political spectrum. Read below: Aside from the obvious deal involving Fox carrying the Super Bowl, why do you think President Obama agrees to sit down for an interview with you in particular? You’d assume there would be five

Republicans Will Support
Immigration Reform (Once the
Primary Threat Has Passed)
Atlantic Wire, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 2:49:17 PM     Post Reply
Only 20-some months after Latino voters helped propel President Obama back to the White House, Republican leaders will likely bring immigration reform proposals to a vote in the House this summer. Why wait? First, they have to get past the threat posed by their congressional primaries. This is a pretty remarkable commentary on the imbalance within the party. The Republicans´ very vocal, very energized far-right conservatives strongly oppose any measures meant to relax rules around immigration. The party´s quieter, more moderate majority is less fervent; in most cases, the party´s establishment recognizes the need to reach out to the Latino

Feds charge Bitcoin start-up
founder with money laundering
Washington Post, by Timothy B. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/27/2014 2:45:50 PM     Post Reply
Less than a year after raising $1.5 million for his Bitcoin exchange start-up BitInstant, CEO Charlie Shrem has been charged with money laundering. A news release from U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan said that Shrem knowingly facilitated illegal purchases on the now-shuttered underground drug marketplace Silk Road. Silk Road was a Web site that allowed users to buy everything from heroin to fake IDs. To help preserve users´ anonymity, the site required all transactions to be conducted in bitcoins. According to the government, a man named Robert Faiella worked with Shrem to sell bitcoins to Silk Road users. The two men

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

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