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Computer Simulation Predicts
Seahawks Over Broncos, 24-21
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:21:01 AM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA – The Seahawks and the Broncos will only play once for the title of Super Bowl champion. The game won’t be played on a computer, but on the field. But that doesn’t stop people from trying to guess what will happen on the field, with what happens in a computer simulation. Prediction Machine’s Predictalator ran a simulation of Sunday’s Super Bowl 50,000 times, and found that the most likely score has the Seahawks beating the Broncos, 24-21. Of the 50,000 simulations, the Seahawks won 54.8% of the time, and the Broncos 45.2% of the time. The Broncos are currently

Homeless man hit by NYC subway
train awarded $1.9 million
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Alex Napoliello    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/28/2014 11:17:36 AM     Post Reply
A homeless man who was hit by a subway car in New York City in 2006 was awarded $1.9 million in damages Monday, according to a report from the New York Daily News.(snip) He had just left a methadone clinic prior to the incident, the report said. "He could not remember how he wound up on the tracks," Obey´s lawyer, Mark Bernstein, told the Daily News. After hitting Obey, the train´s operator waited until pulling into the next station to report the incident. A month prior, Obey was stopped by cops for jumping down to the subway rails to get his

Just because it´s cold doesn´t
mean global warming isn´t real. It is
PennLive [Harrisburg, PA], by Cynthia Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/28/2014 11:13:56 AM     Post Reply
It´s a good thing I remembered where I stored all my old ski gear, including the thermal underwear that I hadn´t worn in years. I´ve needed it during a season in which even the Deep South has seen an epidemic of frozen pipes, single-digit temperatures and school cancellations without snow. School kids were allowed to stay home for a day or two because, according to administrators, the weather was too doggone cold. The deep freeze might have forced most of us into a shoulder-hunching slouch, but it prompted an Easter Parade-like promenade by a crew of familiar climate change skeptics

  


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ABC News’ Brian Ross strikes jaywalker
New York Post, by By T. Palmeri, K. Sheehan & J. Schram    Original Article
Posted By: ruready?- 1/28/2014 11:13:43 AM     Post Reply
ABC correspondent Brian Ross smashed his BMW into a jaywalking pedestrian outside the network’s studios on the Upper West Side Sunday evening, authorities said. The man he hit, a 52-year-old former taxi driver from Queens, suffered a broken left arm, bruises and back pain. “I said, ‘I know this guy, I’ve seen his face!’?” injured ex-hack Roman Dati told The Post on Monday of the journalist who appears on such programs as “20/20” and “Good Morning America.”

Cuomo shares experience as ‘designated
survivor’ on State of the Union nights
New York Daily News, by Kenneth Lovett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:12:39 AM     Post Reply
ALBANY — It’s a role that Gov. Cuomo does not often talk about: “designated survivor.” Tuesday night, as President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, one of his Cabinet members will be located far away, just in case the unthinkable happens and the Capitol is attacked. Twice when he was President Clinton´s housing secretary, Cuomo was chosen to be the designated survivor, putting him one national catastrophe away on the night of the big speech from being the last man standing in the executive branch. Cuomo said it was hard not to ponder all the terrible possibilities when

Democratic senators to file amicus brief
in Hobby Lobby birth control case
Yahoo News, by Liz Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 1/28/2014 11:11:03 AM     Post Reply
In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom. The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs.

Rep. Steve King: Congress
needs to restrain Obama from
‘extraconstitutional behaviors’
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:08:29 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, chastised President Obama Tuesday for ignoring Congress on big-ticket items — for example, a new executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers — saying lawmakers on Capitol Hill need to act to rein in the Executive Branch. “This Congress should lay out the violations that the president’s had, and there are many,” Mr. King said on CNN’s “New Day.” “He goes through the immigration piece, No Child Left Behind, welfare-to-work, many of those components — Obamacare itself is probably the clearest one. When the president extended the employer mandate for

  


  

Ted Cruz defends Dinesh D’Souza
against election fraud, claims CBS’
‘Face the Nation’ cut him off for it
New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:04:47 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz is joining supporters of anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza, claiming the conservative pundit is being targeted with election fraud charges because of his critical rhetoric against the President. D´Souza has accused CBS of cutting off the firebrand GOP Texas senator during his Sunday appearance on "Face the Nation" when Cruz tried to steer the conversation to D´Souza´s case. During the segment, Cruz accused the Obama administration of an "abuse of power,” asking "can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?" on the Sunday show.

Hong Kong to Cull 20,000 Chickens
After Detecting Bird Flu (3)
Bloomberg, by Joshua Fellman and Natasha Khan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2014 11:04:02 AM     Post Reply
Hong Kong banned live chicken sales and will cull about 20,000 birds at a wholesale market after a sample imported from mainland China tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus. The 21-day halt of live-poultry sales comes two days before families traditionally hold feasts on the eve of the Lunar New Year. Shanghai is halting the sales of live poultry from the first day of the Chinese New Year, according to a Jan. 27 statement on the local government’s microblog. Hong Kong is seeking to keep local cases of the disease from spreading via chickens arriving from China, which supplies most

Nancy Pelosi is outraged: ‘We did
not treat President Bush this way’
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:01:24 AM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday that a large segment of the GOP is “anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama” and that while Democrats opposed much of President George W. Bush’s agenda, Republican obstruction to President Obama is “something quite stunning.” “What’s interesting to me is that Democrats and Republicans know what they believe,” Mrs. Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “They know what they believe, and that’s what’s happening in Congress … what’s happening here now is we have a large segment of the Republican party that is anti-government. We don’t want any more government than we need,

56 congressional Democrats offer
early endorsements for Hillary Clinton
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 10:59:49 AM     Post Reply
Congressional Democrats are already eager to support Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and 56 of those lawmakers are offering their early endorsements, a survey conducted by The Hill newspaper has found. Among the Democrats backing Clinton is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a fantasy candidate for some Democrats in the party´s progressive wing, who has said she has no plans to run herself in 2016. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who last year traveled to Iowa, a key early-voting state, is also listed. Other Democrats on the list span the ideological center-left spectrum.

  


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19 Senate Democrats Join
Fight to Force Hobby Lobby to
Pay for Abortifacient Drugs
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 10:57:32 AM     Post Reply
The Green family were literally minding their own business when the Democrats passed and President Obama signed Obamacare into law. The Greens own Hobby Lobby, their family business. Obamacare forces the Green family, who are evangelical Christians, to pay for drugs and services as part of the health insurance plans that they offer their employees, that the family finds objectionable on religious conscience grounds. Before Obamacare, they had the freedom to contract for, or not contract for, those services that violate their religious beliefs. They chose not to contract for them, but Obamacare takes that freedom away from them. My

Ukraine’s Premier Quits as
Parliament Repeals Restrictions
New York Times, by Andrew E. Kramer    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2014 10:49:32 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine — Mykola Azarov, the prime minister of Ukraine, resigned on Tuesday, hours before a planned vote of no confidence in Parliament that could have stripped him of his powers. The resignation came shortly after the pro-government Party of Regions joined with opposition lawmakers on Tuesday to repeal most of the laws in a package of legislation restricting freedom of speech and assembly that was enacted only last week. Together, the resignation and repeals were significant concessions by Ukraine’s embattled president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, as well as clear signs of the building momentum of opposition to his rule. In

First They Came For Indian
Immigrant Documentary Filmmakers
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 10:45:35 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has unleashed a series of attacks on conservatives that at present has no end in sight. One of those attacks was the indictment of Dinesh D’Souza, whose anti-Obama film 2016 is the second biggest-grossing political documentary of all time. D’Souza is accused of contributing $20,000, more than the legal limit, to the Senate candidacy of his friend Wendy Long. The U.S. Attorney in New York announced a “zero tolerance” policy with regard to campaign finance, and D’Souza was arraigned in New York, handcuffed briefly, and released on $500,000 bond. Consider that for a moment: the magnitude of

Poll finds little faith
in nation’s leaders
Washington Post, by Dan Balz and    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2014 10:39:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday night with approval ratings lower than for any of his previous State of the Union addresses and with Americans broadly pessimistic that he or lawmakers of either party will make good decisions for the future of the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Obama’s general weakness and the overall lack of confidence in the country’s political leadership provide a stark backdrop to the beginning of a potentially significant election year. Obama is looking to rebound from what many have judged to be the worst year of his presidency while

  


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Charlie Rangel’s last
campaign for Congress
New York Post, by Richard Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/28/2014 10:33:33 AM     Post Reply
This is Rep. Charlie Rangel’s last hurrah. The 83-year-old Democrat is preparing to announce that this will be his last campaign for re-election, and that he will retire from Congress in 2016 as President Obama is leaving the White House, Harlem insiders told me. “Rangel is hoping that he will get more support for re-election by promising this will be his last term — and that party leaders will allow him to step down in dignity then, rather than backing a challenger now,” said one source. Rangel, who has represented Harlem since 1971, was barely re-elected in 2012 after his district was redrawn,

Sen. Portman Fills Coffers Well
Ahead of ’16 Re-Election
Wall Street Journal, by Patrick O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/28/2014 10:30:49 AM     Post Reply
It’s never too early for an incumbent politician to think about re-election. A case in point: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. The first-term Republican ended 2013 with more than $4.4 million in the bank, according to an adviser. That includes much of the $1.3 million he raised during the last three months of 2013. That’s a staggering sum for someone whose re-election is almost three years away. In fact, for the sake of comparison, it’s more than twice as much as the three most recent Ohio senators had in the bank at a similar stage in their terms. Mr. Portman, a veteran of the

The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Proposal
Weekly Standard, by James C. Capretta    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/28/2014 10:27:59 AM     Post Reply
As Bill Kristol and Jeff Anderson noted earlier today, the introduction by Republican Senators Burr, Coburn, and Hatch of an Obamacare replacement plan is an important milestone in the health care debate. This is a serious and practical replacement proposal, offered by three prominent legislators. It could easily serve as the starting point for a legislative effort, perhaps even next year if Republicans regain control of the Senate, to undo Obamacare and replace it with something far better. This plan is well thought out substantively and politically. It would cover ten of millions of Americans with private insurance, solve the

GOP measure would promote
‘school choice’ with federal funding
Washington Post, by Lyndsey Layton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/28/2014 10:25:57 AM     Post Reply
Republicans are positioning “school choice” — sending public dollars to charter schools, vouchers, virtual schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools — as a way to address income inequality in this election year and connect with low-income, minority voters. Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), a former education secretary, and Tim Scott (S.C.), one of only two African Americans in the Senate, will propose far-reaching “choice” legislation on Tuesday that would take the $24 billion in federal money spent annually to help educate 11 million students in poverty or with disabilities and convert it into block grants to the states, among

Gassy German cows
cause barn explosion
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/28/2014 10:15:41 AM     Post Reply
A build up of methane gas from a herd of flatulent cows has caused an explosion on a farm. The blast, caused by a concentration of gas emitted by a group of 90 cows, damaged the roof of their cow shed — leaving one of the animals injured. High levels of the gas had built up in the structure in the central German town of Rasdorf. Then "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames," police said in a statement. One cow was treated for burns. Methane emitted by cows worldwide is believed to contribute to global warming. Just one of

  



Nigeria: Cat Disowned
for Being Gay
International Business Times, by Ludovica Iaccino    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/28/2014 10:09:09 AM     Post Reply
The crackdown on homosexuals which has brought international criticism raining down on Nigeria now appears to be spreading to animals. A woman from Lafia, central Nigeria, has disowned her cat due to his "unnatural sexual behaviour," the Leadership news website reported. The cat, named Bull, allegedly had the habit of making sexual advances exclusively towards the owner´s other male cats, despite there being females in the household. The woman, whose name is unknown, claimed that the seven-year-old pet gave her a great deal of concern because its behaviour is "a contradiction of the laws of nature". "Anybody interested in the gay cat can have

Demaryius Thomas’ mother, grandmother
will watch him play Super Bowl from prison
Yahoo! Sports, by Eric Edholm    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/28/2014 10:09:02 AM     Post Reply
Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas won´t be able to give out Super Bowl tickets to two of his biggest fans. Both his mother and grandmother are in prison, his mother in the midst of serving a 20-year sentence and his grandmother a life sentence for cocaine distribution. (You can read more about Thomas´ story in this fascinating 2012 New York Post feature.) But Thomas will hit the field in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night knowing that they will be watching him play in the biggest game of his life from their prison in Tallahassee, Fla. “My momma, she just

The Pull of The SOTU
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 9:53:25 AM     Post Reply
Every year we get the explainer pieces about the State of the Union. After George Washington’s address, the SOTU was written. It used to be called the president’s message or some such. We get the tallies of what SOTU’s accomplish and, more importantly, don’t accomplish. And so on. I know I am hardly alone in finding it all a bit tedious. It’s no doubt true that the tedium hinges at least a bit on ones view of the person delivering the State of the Union. I’m sure that President Obama’s biggest fans aren’t so much bored as hopeful that this

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

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