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Reid says vulnerable Democrats
should not run away from Obama
CNN, by Dan Merica    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:48:29 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid embraced President Barack Obama´s standing in an exclusive interview with CNN on Tuesday, stating that he encourages vulnerable Senate Democrats running for re-election in 2014 to invite the President to campaign with them even in states where he is unpopular. Reid´s exclusive comments to CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash come just hours ahead of the President´s State of the Union address on Tuesday night and months ahead the 2014 midterm elections, where Democrats will fight to keep the majority in the Senate. "Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy. And people love this man. They

Obama lunches with network anchors
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/28/2014 4:32:19 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama and top members of his staff held their annual off-the-record lunch with network television anchors ahead of Tuesday´s State of the Union address In attendance: ABC´s Diane Sawyer, NBC´s Brian Williams, CBS´s Scott Pelley, CNN´s Wolf Blitzer, FOX´s Bret Baier and PBS´s Gwen Ifill.Also in attendance: Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who snapped a photo of the menu and shared the following during today´s show: Wolf Blitzer was there. I sat next to him. Wolf Blitzer likes to separate the food into different piles. The next course, there was meat, vegetables there, little, like, starchy stuff. He put

Enemies of Friends of Abe
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:27:09 PM     Post Reply
These days "IRS Targets Conservative Group" is a dog-bites-man story. But this one was man-bites-dog by virtue of its placement: on the front page of the New York Times, a newspaper that is usually supportive of this administration´s efforts to suppress domestic dissent. Put it down to a sudden outbreak of news judgment. The news value to the Times may lie more in the nature of the organization than its trouble with the IRS. "In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds,"

  


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Same Old Playbook:
Raise Minimum Wage
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:25:38 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The media wants you to see this as, "Can Obama revive his sagging poll numbers? Can Obama successfully make an end run around the Congress? Can Obama use the power of the office and executive powers and executive orders to move his agenda forward? Can Obama thumb the Republicans in the eye? Can he finally just tell the Republicans to leave?" That´s the interest that the media has in this. As always, "Can Obama revive what are considered to be plummeting fortunes? Can Obama save the liberal agenda? Can Obama overcome the mean-spirited, extremist, racist Republicans in the House of

Republicans Keep Amnesty Alive
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:23:27 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: It´s the State of the Coup address tonight. USA Today is reporting that, for the second straight year, undocumented immigrants will be in the chamber when President Obama makes the State of the Coup speech tonight. "As Congress struggles to reach an agreement on a way to overhaul the nation´s..." You know, this is dead. Except for the Republicans, this is dead. Everybody acknowledges it´s dead for 2014. The Democrats could not get it done on their own, and Obama could not get it done. I mean, the time passed. Now, the Republicans are planning on reviving it. It

Depriving the guy
with the pen and phone
of an audience
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/28/2014 4:15:37 PM     Post Reply
Every King Lear needs a captive audience and without one is merely acting for himself. As Obama gets ready to preen at tonight’s State of the Union Address, sending out lies lies and more lies over the boob tube, ‘The Tune-out of all Time’ is the Little Guy show prep today. Calling it “The State of Coup”, Rush Limbaugh said on today’s radio show that all male SOTU attendees should put their arms around another woman and take a selfie—just the way Obama did at the Mandela Memorial. The State of the Union Blacked Out Union Address Party rocking on Facebook will be

Ind. House passes constitutional
gay marriage ban
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: hoosier observer- 1/28/2014 3:53:02 PM     Post Reply
Indianapolis - Indiana´s House of Representatives has approved a proposal that would place the state´s gay marriage ban in the constitution. The House voted 57-40 Tuesday in favor of the measure. The proposed ban now heads to the Indiana Senate, where members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are set to take up the issue. The vote followed weeks of uncertainty for a measure that swept through the General Assembly with ease just three years ago.

  


  

Nicaragua scraps term limits in
boost for socialist Ortega
Reuters, by Ivan Castro    Original Article
Posted By: schnapps- 1/28/2014 3:43:17 PM     Post Reply
MANAGUA - Nicaragua´s national assembly on Tuesday voted to scrap presidential term limits, which could allow socialist President Daniel Ortega to remain in power indefinitely and has stoked concerns about democracy in the Central American country. Lawmakers must still formally sign off on the details of the bill, likely in a vote on Wednesday, which will make the impoverished country the latest in a string of Latin American nations from Bolivia to Ecuador to give presidents power extending beyond their traditional limits.

Roll up for the county fair:
Denver offers joint-rolling contests
and prizes for the biggest marijuana
plant at summer show
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/28/2014 3:41:58 PM     Post Reply
Pot plants are to be judged alongside tomato plants and marijuana brownies will compete for blue ribbons in cake categories at Denver County Fair. Organizers say the marijuana categories will add a fun twist to the already quirky fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and contest for dioramas made with Peeps candy. Despite Colorado relaxing its drug laws, there won´t be any marijuana at the fairground. Judging will be done off-site, with photos showing the winning entries. And, in the live joint-rolling contest during the three-day show that opens on August 1, pot will be replaced with

Willie Robertson attending
State of the Union address
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 3:16:26 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday night´s State of the Union address may be “happy, happy, happy” with “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson in attendance. Robertson will head to D.C. as a guest of Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, who the reality star endorsed back in November. "I am proud to have my close friend, constituent and small business owner, Willie Robertson, attend tonight´s State of the Union Address as my special guest," McAllister said in a statement, according to E! News. "Willie is thankful for this opportunity and honored to attend. I look forward to the two of us representing the Fifth District in DC

Bill de Blasio and Chris
Christie Look Chummy at
Super Bowl Kick-Off Party
New York Observer, by Jill Colvin    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/28/2014 3:08:20 PM     Post Reply
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Mayor Bill de Blasio may have harshly criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his administration’s recent “bridgegate” scandal, but for one night, at least, it was all water under the bridge. The pair kicked off this weekend’s Super Bowl festivities with a joint appearance in Jersey City last night. And if Mr. de Blasio had any lingering harsh feelings about the alleged traffic shutdown over the George Washington Bridge, he certainly didn’t show it. Instead, the bipartisan pair looked like old friends as they appeared on stage together to count down to a fireworks display at the

  


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Bill seeks to identify
candidates running for
office with felony convictions
Detroit Free Press, by Kathleen Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/28/2014 2:54:08 PM     Post Reply
Lansing — A candidate for office would have to reveal any felony convictions in the previous 10 years under a bill that unanimously passed the House Elections and Ethics committee Tuesday. Currently, candidates have to provide an affidavit of identity which includes their name, address, where they are registered to vote, a statement of U.S. citizenship and whether all prior campaign finance reports have been filed and any late fees paid. The new law, which passed on a 9-0 vote Tuesday, would add a requirement that any felony convictions from the prior decade be disclosed as a matter of transparency.

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

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

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