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Obama Has Made it Impossible
for Israel to Strike Iran
American Thinker, by Karin McQuillan    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/28/2014 9:53:04 AM     Post Reply
I called a hardheaded realist, a Harvard trained PhD who has been watching the Middle East professionally for decades, to ask him about Obama´s Iran deal. This is what he told me. It´s done. Iran will get a bomb. They want a bomb and they will not be denied unless somebody stops them. Obama does not want to stop them. He does not want a friendly regime in Iran. He wants Iran as a counterforce to America and Israel. Obama is not a Muslim, but he is a radical. He sees the U.S. and Israel as imperialistic and oppressive. He doesn´t like

Valerie Jarrett: SOTU Is ´All About
Action -- A Very Optimistic Speech´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 9:52:14 AM     Post Reply
"People around our country are hungry for action," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "And what you´ll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action -- creating opportunity -- and it´s going to be a very optimistic speech." Jarrett said the president, in his sixth State of the Union Address, will "set forth very specific, concrete proposals that he things will move our country forward -- create opportunity for hard-working Americans who want to succeed." She said he will continue to prod Congress to pass major pieces of legislation, such

Boehner Says Obama’s Plan to Go
Around Congress Leads to ‘Brick Wall’
ABC News, by Jeff Zeleny    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/28/2014 9:51:37 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner today dismissed President Obama’s idea to increase minimum wage to federal contract workers, declaring: “It will effect absolutely no one.” An early look at the GOP’s response to the president’s plan to use more executive actions to bypass Congress was met by this blunt statement from Boehner, R-Ohio, over breakfast with network anchors and correspondents this morning . The speaker said the president ignores the Congress and Constitution at his own political peril if he hopes to go it alone. “If he tries to ignore this, he’s going to run into a brick wall,” Boehner said. “We have a

  


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Trouble Ahead for Obama
and the Democrats
New Republic, by John B. Judis    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/28/2014 9:50:55 AM     Post Reply
In his memo this week, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg warns me to “forget the conventional wisdom” that “the president is in trouble.” Greenberg points to Barack Obama’s approval rating being up, the Republicans’ reputation at a “remarkable low,” and the generic Congressional vote between the parties even. Some of this makes sense, but on eve of Obama’s State of the Union address, I’m going with the conventional wisdom: Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble. Greenberg cites an improvement in Obama and the Democrats’ polling numbers over the last month, but the improvement is very slight. What I’d point to

Obama´s 6th State of the Union:
Hear today, forgotten tomorrow
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/28/2014 9:49:39 AM     Post Reply
A survey arrived from the Obama crowd Monday. It asked what we most wanted to hear from the recovering smoker´s State of the Union address. That´s a trick, of course, to collect more emails and donations. The speech has been in the works for weeks with policies vetted by departments and key phrases poll-tested. It won´t surprise you after tonight that "income inequality" tested well. Our answer to what we most want to hear tonight is: “Thank you very much and may God bless America.” [Snip] This is all thanks to Woodrow Wilson.

Podesta: Obama Has ´Warmed Up´ to
Executive Action; Will Use It for
Climate Change, ´Energy Transformation´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 9:46:33 AM     Post Reply
If President Obama believes that "he has the authority" to "make progress" without Congress, he will do it, White House adviser John Podesta told NPR Tuesday morning. "But he doesn´t like to do this, does he?" the NPR host asked Podesta. "Uh, I think he´s warmed up to it," Podesta replied, laughing. "And I think you´ll see that -- across a wide range of topics, including retirement security, moving forward on his climate change and energy transformation agenda -- ah, there´s a lot that he has the authority to do that´s vested in him under the laws of the United

The Insiders: Democrats would rather not
have a State of the Union speech
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/28/2014 9:41:48 AM     Post Reply
Part of the theater associated with the State of the Union address lies in the camera capturing the live reactions of a few members of Congress and other attendees. I’m sure several of the Democrats who are facing reelection in 2014 are nervous about how they will comport themselves during the speech if they are caught on camera. If the president sets himself up for an applause line on Obamacare, how will they handle it so that their reaction can’t be used against them in their campaigns back home? Will Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu applaud at all?

  


  

Did British socialite jump naked
to her death from Beverly Hills plastic
surgery clinic after a bad reaction
to anaesthetic used for facelift?
Daily Mail [UK], by David Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2014 9:39:30 AM     Post Reply
A British socialite who used to work for Asprey, jeweller to the Royal Family, has been identified as a naked woman who jumped to her death from a 15-storey building in Beverly Hills. Sandra D’Auriol, 53, reportedly underwent facelift surgery hours before the tragedy last Wednesday and woke up the following morning ´agitated and aggressive´, possibly due to a bad reaction to her anesthetic. Police spent three hours unsuccessfully attempting to talk the Hong Kong-based mother-of-two down as she sat naked with her legs dangling over a ledge.

Mursi in Glass Cage, Shouting
"I’m Egypt´s President"
Fars News Agency (Iran), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/28/2014 9:32:18 AM     Post Reply
Mursi and others faced the start of their trial over charges related to 2011 prison breaks on the third anniversary of one of the most violent days of Egypt´s revolution that year. Mursi supporters, meanwhile, clashed with police in central Cairo as gunmen killed an aide to the country´s interior minister, Al-Alam reported. State television aired recorded video of Mursi in a white jumpsuit, pacing in a metal cell separated from other defendants. Earlier, the feed was cut, something a senior state television official told local media that security forces demanded. In the footage, Mursi raised his hands in the air and

CBS´s Mellody Hobson, Whose
Husband George Lucas Is Worth
$7 Billion, Slams Rich CEOs
NewsBusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 9:29:36 AM     Post Reply
CBS analyst Mellody Hobson, whose husband George Lucas is worth $7.3 billion, appeared on This Morning to slam excessive salaries for corporate bosses. Discussing income inequality and Barack Obama´s planned discussion at the State of the Union, Hobson lashed out, "If you look today, the typical CEO makes 354 times more than the typical worker in his or her company, mostly his because there are so few women running companies." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] (How much more does the male Lucas make than the average worker?) She continued, "If you look back to 1980, that difference was just 42

Obama can’t be trusted on
immigration, Ryan admits
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 9:21:13 AM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has joined the long list of Republicans who say President Obama’s selective enforcement of federal laws makes it difficult for Republicans to negotiate a high-stakes immigration deal. “The challenge with all of this is we have a hard time trusting this president in enforcing the laws,” he told a friendly audience of business executives gathered by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio, Texas. “Look what he’s doing on health care and all these extra-legal things he’s doing with executive orders and executive actions that we don’t believe he has the authority to do,” Ryan said. But

  


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Guns Don´t Kill People,
Democrats Kill People
American Thinker, by David Waciski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 9:16:55 AM     Post Reply
Headlines that blame a "gun culture" for the high rate of firearm- related homicides in the United States are not too difficult to locate (e.g., here, here, and here). The need to eliminate this "gun culture" is then used as justification for restriction of 2nd Amendment rights. What goes unmentioned about the so-called "gun culture" is its pervasiveness, or lack thereof, throughout our society as a whole. Even a casual reader of local news headlines should not be shocked to learn that firearm-related homicides are more prevalent in some neighborhoods than others. However, what may be shocking is the near

John McCain on
reprimand: ‘It fires me up’
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 9:15:21 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain said a censure from Arizona’s Republican Party is “regrettable” but that it will not dissuade him from running for reelection in 2016. The Republican senator and former presidential candidate said that the formal reprimand from the GOP over the weekend only serves as a motivator as he weighs whether to pursue a sixth term in the chamber. The state Republican Party passed a resolution over the weekend that derided his record as too liberal and “disastrous and harmful” to the country. “We’ve got polling data that shows overwhelming support. I’ve won every election in Arizona by very

Polar Bears Turn to
Snow-Goose Egg Diet
New York Times, by Sindya N. Bhanoo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/28/2014 9:13:53 AM     Post Reply
As a warming climate causes sea ice in the Arctic to melt earlier each year, polar bears are spending more time on land — and changing their diets accordingly. A new study shows that the bears, whose traditional prey is ringed seal pups, are now eating more snow-goose eggs and caribou. Linda J. Gormezano, an ecologist at the American Museum of Natural History and the Hudson Bay Project, and her colleagues studied the scat of polar bears in the western Hudson Bay and also captured video footage of the bears foraging. They reported their findings in three papers published in

Krauthammer: Obama’s threat
to bypass Congress is all bluster
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 9:09:37 AM     Post Reply
Charles Krauthammer has a message for his conservative compatriots: Be not afraid! President Obama’s pledge to override congressional defiance is nothing but a “pathetic” bluff, with the right-wing commentator noting that “in the end, there’s very little he can do.” Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Greta van Susteren on Monday about Obama’s promise to override congressional disapproval of his agenda through executive orders. The columnist noted that while the president’s promise is “unconstitutional” and contrary to Article I of the Constitution, at the end of the day it’s nothing but bluster. “What makes it sort of pathetic,” he explained, “is

  


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Colleague says conservative
director D’Souza being singled
out in donation case
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 9:00:50 AM     Post Reply
Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Monday night he believes his colleague, conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, is being singled out by the Obama administration. Federal prosecutors last week announced campaign finance charges against D´Souza, the documentarian behind the anti-President Obama film “2016: Obama’s America,” which was released during the 2012 presidential campaign. Molen, an executive producer on “2016,” said he finds the prosecution of D’Souza strange and he believes D’Souza could be being targeted because of the material in his films.

NBC News poll: Pessimism
defines the state of the union
NBC News, by Mark Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 8:54:59 AM     Post Reply
As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Just 31 percent say the country is better off, and a deep pessimism continues to fuel the public´s mood. Most respondents used words like “divided,” “troubled,” and “deteriorating” to describe the current state of the nation. On the eve of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, more than six-in-10 Americans believe that the nation is headed in the wrong direction and 70

California students file
suit aimed at tenure law
Associated Press, by Linda Deutsch    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/28/2014 8:43:11 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES - In a packed courtroom, attorneys unveiled opposing views Monday on the emotionally divisive issue of whether California public school teachers should be protected from dismissal if they are found to be grossly ineffective in their jobs. The opening volleys in what´s expected be a monthlong trial came from lawyers for nine students seeking to abolish teacher tenure and seniority, and from attorneys for the governor, state education department and teacher unions who say such extreme measures are not needed. "The evidence will show that the impact of an effective teacher is profound and undeniable," attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. said.

Obama’s 2013 State of the Union proposals:
What flopped and what succeeded
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 8:21:01 AM     Post Reply
Every president announces a slew of initiatives in his State of the Union address. Here, in order of delivery, is a summary of the key proposals, pledges or priorities announced by President Obama a year ago — and what happened to them. In general, Obama’s success rate has been relatively poor since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011. In 2013, Obama had only four wins out of 23 proposals checked, for a batting average of .174. (If we exclude the five “in the works” proposals, the batting average rises to .222.) To see how Obama has fared

De Blasio makes misstep admitting
city surplus isn´t for pre-K
New York Daily News, by Kenneth Lovett    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 8:19:20 AM     Post Reply
ALBANY — Mayor de Blasio Monday went to Albany and made the first major misstep of his young mayoralty. Testifying at a state legislative budget hearing, de Blasio basically admitted what many had long suspected — even though the city has a budget surplus that could pay for prekindergarten expansion, he wants to increase taxes on the wealthy so he can use the surplus to help fund labor settlements. RELATED: MAYOR DE BLASIO LATE TO BUDGET HEARING WITH STATE LAWMAKERS The candor played right into the hands of his friend, the governor. De Blasio has vehemently argued that he wants to raise taxes on

  



Super Bowl XLVIII: Sex traffickers
targeted in countdown to big game
New York Daily News, by Joseph Straw    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 8:17:35 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Beyond the bright lights of this week’s Super Bowl parties in New York and New Jersey, sex trafficking will flourish in the shadows, Congress was told Monday. “In less than a week, New Jersey will be hosting the Super Bowl, and along with welcoming enthusiastic fans, the state also is preparing for a likely influx of both domestic and international traffickers,” Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) said at a House hearing. “We know from the past, any sports venue — especially the Super Bowl — acts as a sex-trafficking magnet.” Lawmakers and advocacy groups used the three-hour hearing to shine a spotlight

´I´m moving to Alaska, it´s warmer there´:
Brutal cold continues to blanket the
Midwest as ´once-in-a-generation´ icy
front prepares to paralyze the South
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/28/2014 8:17:11 AM     Post Reply
From Chicago and Minneapolis in the north to the Gulf Coast, Texas and Georgia in the south, 20 states are battening down the hatches as a once-in-a-generation winters storm brings record lows which forecasters are calling ´potentially paralyzing´ and ´crippling´. The second polar vortex in the space of one month--a mass of Arctic air shooting southward--is forecast to move through the U.S. South on Tuesday, bringing snow, freezing rain and high winds as bitter cold temperatures continue in the Midwest, according to the National Weather Service. Over the next two days temperatures will range from the teens to below zero,

Brutal cold shuts schools,
delays travel in Midwest
Reuters, by Mary Wisniewsk    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 8:15:56 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO - Bitter cold and high winds surging down from the Arctic pushed wind chills to dangerous lows across the U.S. upper Midwest on Monday, forcing officials to close schools and warn drivers off roads, and slowing public transit and river traffic. Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and other parts of the upper Midwest are forecast to have two consecutive days of subzero highs on Monday and Tuesday, while most of the Northeast will see highs in the single digits and teens on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Accuweather.com. National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Krein blamed the weather on a surge of arctic high

Hillary Clinton’s ‘regret’ over Benghazi
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/28/2014 8:15:17 AM     Post Reply
A year after saying it didn’t matter what sparked the vicious attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling the incident the “biggest regret” of her stint as secretary of state.“My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi,” Clinton told an auto dealers conference in New Orleans on Monday. Clinton didn’t acknowledge any particular blunder in the days or weeks leading up to the 2012 siege that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. Critics blame unmet security requests by the tragic US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack. Clinton

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