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Hillary Clinton drives down memory
lane, says first car was ´63 Cutlass
Detroit News, by Karl Henkel    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/27/2014 11:37:14 PM     Post Reply
New Orleans — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s history with cars is nearly as colorful as her political background. The former secretary of state, first lady and U.S. senator revealed Monday in a speech at the National Automobile Dealers Association conference that her first car was an Oldsmobile Cutlass, she has not driven since 1996 — and that husband Bill Clinton’s 1970 Opel was “one of the ugliest cars ever built.” Clinton said she paid $220 for a 1963 Olds Cutlass to get around at Yale law school. But the car quickly developed problems. “I concluded it was cold and the battery would get cold,

Virginia governors before Bob
McDonnell accepted lots of gifts
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/27/2014 11:01:13 PM     Post Reply
A $200 leather jacket, an $18,000 Caribbean vacation rental, $350 in hunting gear — just a few of the valuable things given to the governor of Virginia in recent years. But the items weren’t accepted by Bob McDonnell, whose indictment on federal public corruption charges has renewed attention to the comparatively lax laws over Virginia’s culture of gift-giving. They were made to his predecessors, Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine. The former Democratic governors accepted thousands of dollars worth of tickets to professional football, basketball, hockey and auto racing events, as well as countless bottles of wine, rounds of golf

Obama tries to reach past TV
to touch diminished audience
with State of Union
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/27/2014 10:59:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has been losing his TV audience — literally. With the State of the Union proving ever less entrancing for viewers, the White House is desperate to turn the speech into a multiday event in an effort to bolster interest in Mr. Obama’s policies, even if people don’t tune in to hear his words. With online question-and-answer sessions, a “virtual road trip” scheduled for Friday and a presidential video, the White House is determined to spread Mr. Obama’s message beyond Tuesday night’s hourlong address. “Literally, the conversation never ends,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet

  


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The chocolate treat so popular
in North Korea that workers are
buying it for up to a day´s wages
on the black market from South
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/27/2014 10:48:17 PM     Post Reply
At best, theirs is a fractious relationship. But it seems that the two Koreas have been united by one thing - a love of chocolate. For a marshmallow chocolate pie has become so popular in North Korea that people are buying it for up to a day´s pay on the black market after it has been smuggled out of the South. The average North Korean reportedly makes the equivalent of between $100 (£60) to $200 (£120) a month. But they are paying up to $10 (£6) for South Korea´s Choco-Pies - a Wagon Wheel type biscuit containing two disc-shaped, chocolate-covered

Obama´s State of the Union will promise tax
rate cuts to corporate giants but leave small
businesses out in the cold – while
increasing government´s overall take
Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 10:37:02 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is expected to outline a seismic shift during Tuesday´s annual State of the Union address in how much tax American businesses pay, but the devil is in the details. While his plan will lower the top corporate rate, smaller companies whose proceeds are considered individual income – since they´re not organized as large corporations – won´t see any benefit. And the net impact, says one Washington, D.C. watchdog group, will be more money, not less, flowing into the federal government´s coffers. Those funds, the group says, will be redistributed into public works projects calculated to benefit labor unions that support

´UK Tea Party´ Surges to Become
Country´s ´Most Favoured´ Political Movement
Breitbart Big Peace, by Raheem Kassam    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 10:35:46 PM     Post Reply
Nigel Farage´s right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) has once again rocked the British political establishment by coming first in a recent poll which quizzed Brits on their feelings towards the four main political parties. While UKIP hasn´t yet mustered up any elected members of the UK Parliament, the party this week registered as Britain´s most favoured political organisation, scoring 27 percentage points ahead of the left-wing Labour Party´s 26 and the Conservative Party´s 25 percent. UKIP is also expected to take a huge chunk of seats at the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in May, promising more Eurosceptic Members (MEPs) who

Exclusive--Tea Party Movement to
Celebrate Five Years of Victories
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 10:32:38 PM     Post Reply
Breitbart News has learned that the Tea Party movement will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a blockbuster event on February 27 in Washington, D.C. that will bring together Tea Party conservatives in Congress with local activists and movement leaders from across the nation. The Tea Party Patriots will organize the event that will reflect on why the movement formed, the significant victories it has achieved, and the road ahead as it comes under assault by the institutional left and even the Republican establishment that wants to preserve the status quo. “It’s amazing to think of all the things we have

  


  

96 Percent of Dems Who Support
Minimum Wage Hike Don’t Pay Their Interns
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/27/2014 10:31:10 PM     Post Reply
Liberals are really pushing raising the minimum wage for 2014. Thirty states have put forward bills to increase it, and Democrats have made this issue part of their political strategy for this year. Yet, a new study from the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) has exposed the proponents of raising the minimum wage of their "hypocrisy." It seems that 96% of Democrats who support such measures don´t pay their interns. The abstract of the EPI study noted that "the same Members of Congress who are supporting a 40% wage hike on private sector employers are simultaneously failing to provide any wages

Confusion Over Deadlines
Jeopardizes Obamacare
Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/27/2014 10:25:11 PM     Post Reply
As the enrollment deadline approaches for Obamacare, The White House is counting on a surge of sign ups. But more than half of Americans have no idea when that deadline is, and even more are shrugging it off because they believe it will be extended. Despite the administration’s outreach efforts, a new Bankrate survey shows 55 percent still aren’t aware of the March 31 health care sign up deadline through the exchanges. Nearly 25 percent believe it already passed on January 1, and 11 percent think they still have until December 31, 2014 to sign up—nine months late.

Democrats hope Obama’s State of Union
speech will be start of populist agenda
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/27/2014 10:22:05 PM     Post Reply
Democrats consider President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday a launching point for a year of sustained assault on Republicans over a populist economic agenda, part of an effort to focus more on bread-and-butter issues and less on income inequality. Party officials say they hope Obama’s speech will set the stage for Senate and House candidates to confront Republicans on issues such as the minimum wage, unemployment benefits and access to college education. Their minimum goal is to preserve Democratic control of the Senate, because not doing so could cripple what remains of the president’s legislative agenda. In

Winter Olympics: U.S. opening
ceremony uniforms unveiled
United Press International, by Danielle Haynes    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/27/2014 9:57:48 PM     Post Reply
Ralph Lauren unveiled the opening ceremony uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team Thursday and this year the apparel designer made sure the items were 100 percent made in the United States. After getting some backlash for outsourcing some of the clothing manufacturing for the team´s 2012 uniform, the company stayed closer to home, employing some 40 U.S. companies to complete the look. "It is a privilege to be a part of dressing Team USA during the Sochi Games," says David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s son and executive vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications, in a press release. "It’s a

  


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Pentagon fumes as Afghanistan frees
Taliban fighters with ´blood on their hands´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/27/2014 9:50:45 PM     Post Reply
Afghani officials freed 37 insurgents and Taliban fighters with “blood on their hands” in what the Pentagon called a “major step backward” for the rule of law in the war torn nation. The hardened fighters were among 88 prisoners who were being held by the U.S. and being transferred to the emerging Afghan criminal justice system. U.S. authorities said many had directly participated in attacks that wounded or killed scores of U.S. military personnel and Afghan citizens, yet were freed by the Afghan Review Board. “The ARB is releasing back to society dangerous insurgents who have Afghan blood on their

Kurt Vonnegut´s State of the Union
Wall Street Journal, by Bret Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/27/2014 9:48:50 PM     Post Reply
The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren´t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. —From " Harrison Bergeron " (1961), a short story by Kurt Vonnegut The year was 2019 and Americans were finally on their way toward real equality. Not just equality

House Republicans to offer
own immigration reform plan
Arizona Republic [Phoenix, AZ], by Dan Nowicki & Daniel González    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 9:04:44 PM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders plan to unveil their principles and outline their priorities on the politically potent issue of immigration reform this week, as President Barack Obama revisits the issue in his State of the Union address. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, expects the outline will help gauge which pieces of reform — increased border security, changes to the visa system, a pathway to citizenship and others — can win support from his House Republican Conference. Boehner intends to consider a series of immigration bills rather than the comprehensive legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate last summer. Immigrant advocates are watching the process

John Warner endorses Mark Warner
Politico, by James Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:43:17 PM     Post Reply
Retired Republican Sen. John Warner endorsed his Democratic successor and onetime rival Mark Warner on Monday in his race against Ed Gillespie. The 86-year-old told POLITICO that the state benefits from the seniority in the Senate that the 59-year-old Warner (the two are not related) is accumulating. The former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee also praised the younger Warner – with whom he has developed a friendship since the two squared off in a race nearly two decades ago – for effectively advocating on behalf of the state’s large military presence. John Warner had nothing negative to say about

  


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WaPo’s Ruth Marcus: ‘Thong Flashing’
Monica Lewinsky Was Asking for It
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:34:47 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, Ruth Marcus, left-leaning political columnist for the Washington Post, stepped on a rhetorical landmine. Or, that is, she would have if she was Ruth Marcus, right-leaning columnist for the Washington Post. Maybe former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was just asking for it? That is the impression that this headline and the selected pull quote will project. When Marcus was making a fairly anodyne statement about how female sexuality is routinely mischaracterized in the press when it involves a politician (intentionally so, I would submit), Marcus lamented how sexually active women are branded as either insatiably promiscuous predators

A Drug Dog Named ´Guilty´
Washington Post, by Radley Balko    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 1/27/2014 8:33:58 PM     Post Reply
Over the last 20 years or so, the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the alert from a drug dog is enough to establish probable cause for a search. The problem is that while it’s true that dogs have a finely tuned sense of smell, far better than any technology we humans have been able to develop, we’ve also bred into dogs a trait that can supersede that ability—an eagerness to please us. Without careful training, drug dogs will end up relying more on the body language of their trainers than on their olfactory prowess.

Senators defend RFS in letter to EPA
Biomass Magazine, by Erin Voegele    Original Article
Posted By: Kane Toad- 1/27/2014 8:27:00 PM     Post Reply
A bipartisan group of senators has issued a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing concern over the EPA’s proposed rule to set 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements and urging the EPA to modify the proposal. In the letter, the senators call the proposal a “significant step backward—undermining the goal of increase biofuels production as s domestic alternative to foreign oil consumption.”

Farm bill ends subsidies,
cuts food stamps
CNN Money, by Jennifer Liberto    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/27/2014 8:23:04 PM     Post Reply
A group of bipartisan lawmakers on Monday agreed to a deal on a farm bill that would end direct subsidies to farms in favor of crop insurance. The deal could trim as much as $90 a month from food stamps for 850,000 recipients. The farm bill would last five years and needs to pass both chambers and then be signed by the president. The bill could be passed before the spring planting season. That´s significant because farmers need to know early how it might affect prices and what to expect for their corn, wheat or tobacco yields. The bill changes the current agricultural subsidy

Exclusive--Sessions: House Leadership
Immigration Push Could Imperil GOP in 2014
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:14:52 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Sunday evening during an exclusive appearance on Breitbart News Sunday with Stephen K. Bannon that House GOP leadership’s push to grant amnesty to America’s illegal aliens this year could jeopardize Republicans in the 2014 elections. “A poll just showed that just 3 percent of Americans consider immigration a top priority," Sessions said. "So now we’re going to take an issue that divides the Republicans, that is not good for working Americans, and we’re going to alter the definition of this election from an overreaching central government and Obamacare and taxes and regulations to a controversial

  



Get ready for an immigration
fight the public doesn´t want
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 8:06:25 PM     Post Reply
Just a few weeks ago, a State of the Union call for immigration reform would have seemed an exercise in futility. But now, President Obama, who Tuesday night will urge the House to pass new legislation, might have at least an outside chance of getting what he wants. Immigration reform is back. Left for dead countless times in recent months, the effort to overhaul the nation´s immigration system -- and deal with the estimated 12 million immigrants now in the country illegally -- is again on the priority list for Speaker John Boehner and House GOP lawmakers. But there´s a problem,

Cheese and an ´enhanced experience´:
White House goes showbiz on the
State of the Union address
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 7:57:49 PM     Post Reply
It´s a tough audience. The annual primetime State of the Union address is not exactly galvanizing the viewing public. Just 28 percent say they definitely plan to watch President Obama’s address on Tuesday evening, according to a new Harris poll. That includes 26 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of more loyal Democrats. Another 40 percent overall say “maybe” and less than a third a flat “no.” And the biggest complaint about Mr. Obama, according to the survey of more than 2,000 respondents? Sixty percent agree that the president spends too much time talking and there isn’t enough action.” What to do?

Illegal Immigrant Wins Grammy
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 7:49:32 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday, La Santa Cecilia, a so-called "crossover" rock band whose accordion player is an illegal immigrant, won a Grammy for their Treinta Dias album in the “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album” category. Jose “Pepe” Carlos, the accordion player, is a "DREAMer." He was brought to the United States when he was six by his parents when they came into the country illegally. The group formed in 2005 by lead singer Marisol Hernandez and Miguel Ramirez to "blend ethnicities and identities uniquely forged in multicultural Los Angeles," and has used pop culture to push for comprehensive immigration reform,

Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons
flow to ´moderate´ Syrian rebels
Reuters, by Mark Hosenball*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 7:45:40 PM     Post Reply
Light arms supplied by the United States are flowing to "moderate" Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according U.S. and European security officials. The weapons, most of which are moving to non-Islamist Syrian rebels via Jordan, include a variety of small arms, as well as some more powerful weapons, such as anti-tank rockets. The deliveries do not include weapons such as shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, known as MANPADs, which could shoot down military or civilian aircraft, the officials said. The weapons deliveries have been funded

Welden sentenced to nearly 14
years in abortion pill case
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/27/2014 7:37:53 PM     Post Reply
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida man who admitted to disguising abortion pills as antibiotics was sentenced Monday to 13 years and eight months in prison. John Welden, 29, admitted last year to giving Remee Jo Lee a bottle of the drug Cytotec, disguised as an antibiotic, after she became pregnant and refused an abortion. At a hearing earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara found a single dose of the drug caused Lee to lose a nearly seven-week pregnancy. Welden would have faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder under the federal Unborn Victims of

President Obama’s cousin wants
to be the next Ted Cruz
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 7:30:27 PM     Post Reply
"It´s nothing personal," said Milton Wolf, President Obama´s second cousin, once removed. But Obama´s actions, he added, "are destroying America." And you thought your family had problems. Wolf is a tea party-aligned conservative running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, where Obama´s mother was born and where Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is trying to win a fourth term. In an interview Monday with Post Politics, he recalled meeting the president for the first time in 2010 at an event in Kansas City. "I think I´m probably one of the only people on this planet who´ve actually stood toe to toe

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