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Judge: Ex-Tennessee prison guard
eligible for death penalty in
killing of 2 postal workers
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 6:29:30 PM     Post Reply
MEMPHIS, Tenn. –A federal judge has ruled that a former prison guard charged with killing two rural Tennessee postal workers is eligible to face the death penalty at trial. U.S. Senior District Judge Jon P. McCalla ruled Tuesday that Chastain Montgomery is not mentally disabled and thus eligible to face the death penalty on charges that he killed Paula Robinson and Judy Spray in the post office in rural Henning in October 2010. Prosecutors say the women were fatally shot during a robbery committed by the 50-year-old Montgomery and his 18-year-old son Chastain Montgomery Jr. Defense attorneys argued that Chastain

Reid´s biggest SOTU fear?
Falling asleep.
The Hill (Washington DC), by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 6:12:46 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reassured reporters Tuesday that President Obama’s State of the Union address won’t drag on for too long — and quipped his biggest fear is falling asleep during the speech. Reid said White House staff told him the speech won’t be too long, unlike some of the laundry-list speeches that were a hallmark of former President Clinton. “I understand the speech isn’t going to be very long,” he said. “Katie Beirne told us it won’t be a record-breaker for length,” he added, in reference to Katie Beirne Fallon, the White House director of legislative affairs.

How many workers will be affected by
Obama´s minimum wage executive order?
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/28/2014 5:55:48 PM     Post Reply
Ahead of tonight´s State of the Union Address, the White House has announced that President Obama will sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for workers employed through federal contracts. The policy is a part of a "year of action" being touted by the Obama administration, in which the president will attempt to impose changes through executive order that he cannot pass through Congress.



Women Don’t Need Abortion
to Fulfill Their Dreams
National Review Online, by Marjorie Dannenfelser    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 5:03:30 PM     Post Reply
Last week was an exhilarating one for advocates of women and their unborn children. In a desperate attempt to regain territory they lost as a result of the rousing March for Life and the new focus on adoption and late-term abortion, liberal voices tried to resuscitate their “war on women” meme. Their target? Comments by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee about the Obama administration’s obsession with mandating “reproductive health care” coverage nationwide. Governor Huckabee’s point was simple. American women are proud and strong and by no means uniform in their views. They do not equate health care with abortion or abortion-inducing

How Liberals Would Deal with the
Disadvantages of Single-Parent Families
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 5:01:58 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I think I touched on this yesterday, and I want to mention this again. "Harvard Study: Single Parents are a Hindrance to Social Mobility." Actually this study did not come up, but I´ll tell you how this topic came up yesterday. You know, I had an idea for Obama to propose in his State of the Coup Address. Let me review this. Let me set it up this way. You know as well as I do that the Democrats believe that there is political hay to be made in this whole argument of inequality. How do they always suggest attacking

The State of the Union: The Self-
Congratulatory Blowout of the Governing Class
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 5:00:56 PM     Post Reply
Jonah, Kevin, Yes! The State of the Union Address feels like a national ritual that is stuck on autopilot, lumbering along year by indistinguishable year, immune to reform or adaptation or updating, usually instantly forgotten and increasingly irrelevant… and yet unstoppable. Even the speech text is pretty much the same every year, regardless of the actual condition of the country. National Journal’s Matt Vasilogambros points out how often the opening statement must include the cliché, “the State of our Union is strong!” (It’s become a catch phrase. The audience expects it like the bar crowd shouting “NORM!” on Cheers, or

Emotion Trumps Logic in Politics
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:59:12 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: From the Associated Press: "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." We have simply got to give them their citizenship. To deny them their citizenship is a matter of national security. I have a question, and I´m sure this question´s borne of total ignorance. How does being in the country illegally and taking jobs away from Americans and getting benefits like education, welfare, food stamps, and all that, without paying any taxes, how does that earn you anything?



57 Hill Democrats Already Backing Hillary
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:56:24 PM     Post Reply
With more than two years before the 2016 election, one-fifth of all congressional Democrats have already endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, even though the secretary of the state has not yet announced she is running. The Hill finds that 18 Democratic senators and 39 representatives have voiced support for Clinton, making up one-third and one-fifth of the respective chambers’ members, and bringing Clinton-backers to a total of 56. Among her early supporters are a handful of members in leadership positions in their respective caucuses, including second-ranking House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland and third-ranking Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. Some

With Senate at Stake, Two Ex-GOP
Senators Endorse Democrats
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 4:50:47 PM     Post Reply
With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs this November, a single seat may determine who has the majority. That’s why Republicans should find it disconcerting that two of their establishment lions have broken ranks and are backing Democratic candidates in competitive races. The latest apostate is former senator John Warner, who announced this week he is backing incumbent Democratic senator Mark Warner for reelection. He is thus giving the back of his hand to former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, a former George W. Bush adviser, who has a decent shot at winning and is no wild-eyed radical. Last year,

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,"

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


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.

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