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Idaho firm that beat EPA
in court now targeted by
Army Corps of Engineers?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/28/2014 2:52:20 PM     Post Reply
Nearly two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court smacked down the Environmental Protection Agency in a landmark property rights case. The court ruled that the EPA was overstepping its bounds in going after the Sackett family of Idaho. In 2007 the Sacketts wanted to build their dream home on their own land, but the EPA swept in and tried to stop them, arguing that their land was a “wetland.” It wasn’t a wetland, the Sacketts tried to go to court to win their property rights back, but the EPA ruled that they had no right even to defend themselves in court.

House Speaker John Boehner warns
Obama about exceeding authority
Associated Press, by Donna Cassata    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 2:49:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (BAY´-nur) says President Barack Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers. But the speaker warned against any other unilateral steps that could encroach on the Constitution. Boehner told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday that a unilateral increase in the minimum wage is bad policy that will cost low-income Americans their jobs. He says that will hurt the people the president intends to help. The Ohio Republican said the GOP will be watching Obama to ensure he doesn´t exceed his authority with other executive

Questions on Port Authority Chairman
David Samson´s PATH station vote
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Shawn Boburg*    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/28/2014 2:47:39 PM     Post Reply
Port Authority Chairman David Samson voted for a $256 million reconstruction of the rundown PATH station in Harrison three months after a builder represented by his law firm proposed converting a nearby warehouse into hundreds of luxury apartments, according to records and interviews. Samson, now embroiled in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure controversy, wasn’t the only commissioner with ties to land around the train station. Commissioner David Steiner also voted for the massive overhaul of the station, four months after he secured rights to build a 20-story apartment complex on another key parcel of land along the Passaic River,

  


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Split over bombing suspect’s fate
Boston Herald, by Joe Dwinell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 2:36:47 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Still-healing Boston Marathon bombing victims and their kin are split on whether accused pressure-cooker bomb terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should face the death penalty or not — with some saying he should be shown no mercy while others refuse to even utter his name. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. must decide by Friday if he will call for capital punishment so the case can begin to pick up speed. Stoneham’s Liz Norden, the mother of JP and Paul Norden, who both lost their right legs in the blasts, told the Herald last night she’s hoping Holder pushes for the death

Drone Surveillance Leads to
Man’s Arrest, Prison Sentence
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/28/2014 2:27:31 PM     Post Reply
Rodney Brossart has a unique distinction, although it may not be one he wanted. The North Dakota man became the first person to be sentenced as a result of drone surveillance in the United States. Brossart’s three-year sentence comes following a 116-hour stand-off with a SWAT team on his ranch in 2011. The team was called in after Brossart resisted arrest for not returning livestock from a neighboring farm that had wandered on to his property; Brossart and his three sons then engaged in the stand-off before authorities brought in the Predator drone. On loan from Customs and Border Patrol, the drone

This year´s State of the Union
is a defining test for Obama
CNN, by John King    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 2:12:50 PM     Post Reply
Washington- Three numbers to keep in mind Tuesday night as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address: six, 30 and 43. Six as in the number of seats Republicans need to gain this November to take control of the Senate. 30: The historical average of House seats gained by the other party -- in this case the Republicans -- in a two-term president´s "six-year itch" midterm election. And 43%, of course, is Obama´s job approval rating -- a reminder that his political standing is weak, though up slightly from its recent low point, as he stands before

International Holocaust
Remembrance Day’s fatal flaw
Jerusalem Post (Israel), by Caroline Glick    Original Article
Posted By: Ripper1- 1/28/2014 1:47:06 PM     Post Reply
On the surface, it is very moving to see half of the members of Knesset at Auschwitz marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But in a larger sense, it is not at all clear why this is necessary. The Jewish people have Yom HaShoah V’Hagevura, our own national day of mourning for the genocide of our people in Europe. More importantly, we carry the legacy of the Holocaust inside of us. Every day, at some level, we experience the ulcerative loss of a third of the Jewish people in the hell of Europe, because we feel the hollow absence of the victims. The six million murdered have become 10 million descendants who were never born. And we miss them.We remember them too, every day, when we look at our children and thank God we can protect them.

  


  

Obituary: Pete Seeger´s Magnificent,
But Messy, Legacy
New Republic, by Paul Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/28/2014 1:24:45 PM     Post Reply
Have you ever heard a recording of Pete Seeger singing one of his anti-war hymns from the period, 1939 to 1941, when the Soviet Union was allied with Nazi Germany? Pete Seeger in those performances sings in a lovely naïve tone, as always. His charming banter is childlike in its simplicity—his denunciations of the capitalist imperialists who might like to see America go to war foolishly against the Nazis. (Snip) Pete Seeger´s anti-war performances from those years are revolting. He and his musical colleagues sang anti-war songs in 1939-41 because, in the Soviet Union, Stalin had decided that an alliance

Take a moment today to remember
our nation’s fallen astronauts
Houston Chronicle, by Eric Berger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 1:09:30 PM     Post Reply
It’s that somber time of year when we take a few moments in Houston, the home of NASA astronauts, to remember the three crews who sacrificed their lives for the advancement of human exploration. Apollo 1: On Jan. 27, 1967, during a pre-flight test on the launch pad at Cape Kennedy, astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee lost their lives when a fire swept through the command module. Theirs was to be the first crewed flight of the Apollo program. Challenger: On the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, seven astronauts died when a booster engine failed, causing the

New DHS chief endorses
´earned´ citizenship idea
Associated Press, by Alicia A. Caldwell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 1:04:57 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— The new Homeland Security secretary says an earned path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally is a matter of national security. It was the first time Jeh Johnson, who had little experience with immigration policy before he was appointed, had outlined his approach on the subject. The Defense Department´s former top lawyer, who worked on U.S. drone policies and helped end the Pentagon´s ban on gays in the military, said offering a path to citizenship would encourage such immigrants "to come out of the shadow, to be accountable, to participate in the

Louisiana will change protocol,
adopt Ohio lethal injection drugs
one week before scheduled execution
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Lauren McGaughy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/28/2014 1:03:41 PM     Post Reply
With just more than one week to go before convicted killer Christopher Sepulvado is scheduled to die by lethal injection, Louisiana will alter its execution protocol and swap out a one-drug recipe for the same two-drug cocktail used in Ohio executions. In an email statement sent late Monday (Jan. 27), the Louisiana Department of Corrections confirmed it would be changing its execution protocol to allow for the "two-drug protocol" used in Ohio. Previously, the state planned to use just one drug, the barbiturate pentobarbital, to carry out Sepulvado´s Feb. 5 execution. But officials were unable to secure the amount needed to administer a lethal

  


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Matthew Dowd’s State of the
Union Advice Reveals the Problem
with Punditry
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 12:51:40 PM     Post Reply
Leave it to a former speechwriter to be the last person still clinging to the “one great speech” fallacy. Long after even President Barack Obama’s supporters abandoned the canard that suggests the president can orate his way out of any predicament, apparently former George W. Bush wordsmith and Good Morning America contributor Matthew Dowd refuses to give up the ghost. Obama delivers his fifth State of the Union Address tonight in decidedly suboptimal conditions. This word cloud, via the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, shows how most voters view the state of the American Union: (Photo) In short, it’s

Obama praises Stalinist and
folk singer Pete Seeger
Daily Caller, by Will Rahn    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 12:38:03 PM     Post Reply
Pete Seeger, the folk singer and unrepentant communist who died Tuesday at age 94, is being celebrated by President Barack Obama as a civil rights hero who tried to “move this country closer to the America he knew we could be.” “Over the years, Pete used his voice — and his hammer — to strike blows for worker’s rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation,” said Obama in a statement released Tuesday. “And he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always

New Orleans braces for
worst winter storm in years
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Richard Rainey    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/28/2014 12:34:57 PM     Post Reply
New Orleans remains under a state of emergency this morning as temperatures begin to drop and the city braces for what Mayor Mitch Landrieu described as potentially the worst winter weather to hit southeast Louisiana in 25 years. "These winter storms can be unpredictable with unfamiliar conditions to our area," he said Monday. Tuesday´s precautions were predicated by dozens of motor vehicle crashes that occurred Friday evening when ice formed on roadways and bridges. Landrieu said emergency responders were anticipating as much as a quarter-inch of ice to form Tuesday that could cause widespread power outages and create dangerous driving

Let’s fetch: White House
hosts ‘Puppy Bowl’
Politico, by MacKenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 12:29:35 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama — along with presidential pets Bo and Sunny — hosted a training camp at the White House to prep the contestants for this year’s Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, the cable network announced Tuesday. The White House welcomed 13 puppies from shelters and rescue groups to “work out” before the Puppy Bowl, which is held annually on Super Bowl Sunday and features puppies playing inside a model stadium. “It was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House!” Michelle Obama said in a statement. “This year’s pups showed

  


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Obamacare: Tom Coburn
loses cancer doctor
Politico, by Tal Kopan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 12:23:10 PM     Post Reply
Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn’t cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care. “I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday when asked about his health. “Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care and I have a great prognosis.” The Oklahoma Republican’s spokesman confirmed to POLITICO that since the senator enrolled in his health insurance plan under Obamacare, his coverage has been reduced and he lost coverage for his

Backing in G.O.P. for Legal
Status for Immigrants
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman & Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 12:14:51 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The House Republican leadership’s broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party’s statement of principles. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship. But even before the document is unveiled later, some of the party’s leading strategists and conservative voices are urging that the immigration push be abandoned, or delayed

Queen down to her last million due to
courtiers´ overspending, report finds
Telegraph [UK], by Steven Swinford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/28/2014 12:05:23 PM     Post Reply
The Queen’s household finances were at a “historic low” with just £1 million left in reserve, MPs said on Monday. Her courtiers were advised to take money-saving tips from the Treasury. A report by the Commons public accounts committee found that the Queen’s advisers were failing to control her finances while the royal palaces were “crumbling”. MPs said her advisers had overspent to such an extent that her reserve fund had fallen from £35 million in 2001 to just £1 million today. The Royal household had made efficiency savings of just 5 per cent over the past five years compared

Dark lands: the grim truth behind
the ´Scandinavian miracle´
Guardian [UK], by Michael Booth    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/28/2014 12:00:41 PM     Post Reply
For the past few years the world has been in thrall to all things Nordic (for which purpose we must of course add Iceland and Finland to the Viking nations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden). "The Sweet Danish Life: Copenhagen: Cool, Creative, Carefree," simpered National Geographic; "The Nordic Countries: The Next Supermodel", boomed the Economist; "Copenhagen really is wonderful for so many reasons," gushed the Guardian. Whether it is Denmark´s happiness, its restaurants, or TV dramas; Sweden´s gender equality, crime novels and retail giants; Finland´s schools; Norway´s oil wealth and weird songs about foxes; or Iceland´s bounce-back from the financial abyss,

Big government does too much, badly
Washington Examiner, by Rep. Linda Upmeyer    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/28/2014 11:59:04 AM     Post Reply
Around the country there have been calls to raise the minimum wage, to impose strict regulations on our businesses and to forcibly adopt a health care system that nationalizes one-sixth of our economy. The intended role of the federal government established by our Founding Fathers was to protect the rights of all Americans. Nowhere in our Constitution is there a clause that mandates government to act as an employer, a health care provider or a charity—nor should it. However, over the years the role of government has shifted from protecting rights to selectively distributing them. This, in turn, has spawned a host of redistributionist policies that have been thrust upon the public as commandments. Many people are beginning to wonder why they are being forced to pay for their neighbors.

  



Fox’s Erickson Responds to Greta
with Graphic Abortion Description
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 11:58:12 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday evening, Fox contributor Erick Erickson responded to Greta Van Susteren‘s blog post calling him a “jerk” with a blog post of his own. In a RedState post, Erickson gave thanks to Van Susteren for turning the country’s attention to “abortion lover” and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, by way of attacking him. Van Susteren was incensed by several of Erickson’s tweets referring to Davis as “Abortion Barbie” and using condescending language towards the female lawmaker. “I don’t care how much you disagree or agree with Texas’ Wendy Davis, you have to agree that this guy, Erick Erickson, is a real

House GOP signals it could sue
Obama for executive overreach
Washington Examiner, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:56:49 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans are mocking President Obama´s plans to circumvent Congress to achieve key policy priorities and are not ruling out suing his administration for executive overreach. House Republican leaders spoke during a Tuesday morning news conference, just hours before Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address. They argued that if Obama really wants to boost economic growth and living conditions for middle-class Americans, he should work with them -- not around them -- on bipartisan jobs legislation. Obama´s plan to rely on executive orders to push his agenda is expected to be a major theme of Tuesday evening´s

Can Mike Lee Save the Tea Party?
Politico Magazine, by Jonathan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/28/2014 11:54:55 AM     Post Reply
In its short history, the Tea Party has offered its own response to the president’s State of the Union address with a colorful cast of characters: Rep. Michele Bachman’s (R-Minn.) deer-in-the-headlights production in 2011 became rich fodder for late night comedians; she was followed in 2012 by the inimitable pizza CEO Herman Cain and last year by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has since moved in a more mainstream direction as he gears up for a possible presidential run. In contrast, this year’s Tea Party representative, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)—a mild-mannered Mormon Eagle Scout whose father served in the Reagan

Mayor that accused Christie of withholding
funds recently accused of perjury
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/28/2014 11:50:06 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic mayor that accused Chris Christie of withholding Hurricane Sandy relief money was recently accused of perjury. Christie’s camp has staunchly denied Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s “outlandishly false” accusations – which she allegedly documented in her personal diary — that Christie staffers withheld funds for Hoboken under the condition that Zimmer support a development contract. Zimmer’s own record includes accusations of “lying” in sworn testimony, trying to ethnically “cleanse” the city of Hoboken, and trying to steer a government contract to a politically friendly law firm. Zimmer allegedly perjured herself and obstructed justice in a discrimination lawsuit filed against her by the

Robert Redford To CNN: GOP´s Lust
to ´Destroy the Motives´ of Obama
Shows We Have a ´Diseased System´
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:42:47 AM     Post Reply
Leftist actor-director Robert Redford laid into Republicans in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Try not to notice this journalism show began with a Justin Bieber segment and included a Redford interview. Host Brian Stelter first asked how Redford felt about Obama. "I think he´s a good human being. That´s, I think, clear," Redford replied. "He´s a humanitarian at heart, and that´s good. He´s trying to manage an extremely difficult situation. I mean, it´s -- it´s almost too much for one person." He wouldn´t say the same for the GOP: “When you have one half whose only motive is

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