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Obama plans to use executive
powers to drive ‘year of action’
Washington Post, by David Nakamura and David A. Fahrenthold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 10:16:26 PM     Post Reply
President Obama sought Tuesday to restore public confidence and trust in his presidency after a dispiriting year, pledging to use his White House authority with new force to advance an agenda that Congress has largely failed to support. In his fifth prime-time State of the Union address, Obama returned to a familiar problem--Washington’s bitter and stalemated politics, the complaint that drove his insurgent campaign for president in 2008. But now, after five weary years in office, it was clear he saw it differently. Instead of pledging to fix the mess, the president was now promising to find ways around it,

Bill Frist-led group continues
support of Common Core
Tennessean [Nashville], by Joey Garrison    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/28/2014 9:48:34 PM     Post Reply
Topping the priorities of a Bill Frist-led education advocacy group in its latest report is the item it has trumpeted for months in Tennessee: stay the course on Common Core. "Tennessee´s commitment to high standards ensures that we’re putting our students on the path to success," Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader and founder of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, told a crowd in Nashville Monday for the release of his group’s 2013-14 report. Frist is aligned with fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who has remained steadfast in support for Common Core and its companion Partnership for Assessment

The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama
Wall Street Journal, by Ted Cruz    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 9:47:55 PM     Post Reply
Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president´s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president´s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: "There can

  


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Weather Channel´s Jim Cantore kicks
Charleston heckler off screen
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/28/2014 9:16:51 PM     Post Reply
During the social media craze of Winter Storm Leon, as the Weather Channel has named it, one video is making the rounds. Twitter user Kara Hope Hanson posted a Vine video of Weather Channel reporter Jim Cantore fending off a heckler during a live broadcast in the Lowcountry.

Andrea Mitchell: ‘Iran Was More
or Less an American Ally’ Before
Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’ Remark
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 7:44:30 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell recalled on Monday some of the most impactful State of the Union addresses in the recent past, focusing primarily on George W. Bush’s post-9/11 speech in which he called North Korea, Iraq, and Iran members of an “Axis of Evil.” Mitchell ripped into Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell for approving that remark which alienated Iran, a country she said had been “more or less an American ally.” Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza said that the “Axis of Evil” address was among the most important State of the Union addresses delivered in recent memory. “That

As Latin America´s Leaders
Hail Democracy In Havana,
Cuba´s Beatings Intensify
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 7:44:18 PM     Post Reply
Hypocrisy: Gushing at Cuba´s rulers, Latin America´s leaders gathered in Havana this week to proclaim "democracy." And as Fidel Castro lapped it all up, real Cuban democracy advocates were being beaten by his goons. Coming together as CELAC, the late Hugo Chavez´s 32-nation club that prides itself on excluding the U.S. and Canada, Latin American "democratic" leaders met in one of the world´s last remaining Stalinist redoubts to "deepen Latin American integration" as well as reaffirm "the preservation of democracy and democratic values, the validity of institutions and respect for rule of law" and "human rights." Well, yeah. In such a hypocritical

Cable war becomes massacre:
Fox dominates as CNN suffers
huge decline
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 7:38:09 PM     Post Reply
The cable news ratings are out for January 2014, and boy, do things look shaky for CNN. Numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research show that Fox News is towering over the competition. Its total viewership surpassed CNN and MSNBC combined, with the gap increasing even further during prime time. Fox even surpassed its own record, coming up 6 percent in prime time viewers from this time last year. It’s great news for the cable network, which saw a slight decline in 2013 but now appears poised to regain that ground and more. The big story, however, is CNN’s precipitous drop

  


  

Obama: I won´t ´stand still´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 7:35:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will vow to pursue a populist economic agenda with or without the help of lawmakers in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Obama will say he will not “stand still,” but will act on his own if he cannot work with Congress. “What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class,” Obama will tell the assembled members of Congress, according to excerpts of his speech provided by the White House. “Some require Congressional action, and

A Dangerous Deal
National Review, by John Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 1/28/2014 7:26:06 PM     Post Reply
For nearly three decades, Iran’s ayatollahs have outfoxed and outmaneuvered Western counter-proliferation efforts. Tehran has repeatedly bested our diplomats, our spies, and, most especially, our gullible political leaders. In the Joint Plan of Action, reached in Geneva this November, the mullahs did it again, worsening the already-grim prospects for stopping or even slowing Iran’s nuclear program. (snip) Worse, Secretary of State John Kerry, under a thick rhetorical fog, is blithely pursuing a “comprehensive solution,” despite the certainty that Iran will never agree to anything precluding it from possessing nuclear weapons.

Hillary Clinton Sends Her
Regrets On Benghazi
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/28/2014 7:11:21 PM     Post Reply
Benghazi: Hillary Clinton regrets Americans died in what a Senate panel said was a preventable terrorist attack that she downplayed. While the committee didn´t acknowledge her role, it can be called criminal negligence. What difference at this point do the regrets of former Secretary of State Clinton make, as expressed in an interview Monday during the National Automobile Dealers Association conference in New Orleans? Not much, particularly to Charles Woods and Patricia Smith, parents of Ty Woods and Sean Smith, respectively, two of the four Americans murdered by al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists in an attack Clinton blamed on a video. Clinton expressed no regrets for

If the credit charge was
$9.84, take a closer look
USA Today, by John Bacon and Byron Acohido    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 7:09:50 PM     Post Reply
If you see a $9.84 charge on your credit card statement, you should give it a hard look. The Better Business Bureau says scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money, and many recent victims were charged $9.84. The scammers believe few cardholders will review purchases involving such small amounts -- and that credit card companies won´t aggressively investigate them, either, the bureau says. Gerri Detweiler, director of consumer education forCredit.com, tells USA TODAY that cardholders too often overlook small charges. "It can be a lot easier for a crook to steal small amounts from thousands of customers

  


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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recommits
to her slam on Koch brothers
Washington Post, by Eric Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 7:07:26 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow came in for some media criticism this month. PunditFact, NewsBusters and ourselves questioned some of her allegations about the activities of Charles and David Koch, the famous industrialists-cum-political activists. In her Jan. 2 program, Maddow connected the Koch brothers to a Florida law that required drug testing for welfare applicants. A federal court had just declared the law unconstitutional, and Maddow suggested that the brothers helped bring this misguided legislation into existence — along with a group called the Naples, Fla.-based Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA): “That’s the Koch-brothers group that has been promoting this idea, right,

Pete Seeger
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 7:04:52 PM     Post Reply
It happens that as Pete Seeger lay dying in Presbyterian Hospital at New York we were thinking of him. We did not know he was ill, but we ourselves were down with a cold and had retreated to our study, where we pulled up a few of his songs from the internet and spent an hour or so in reverie. We’ve done this from time to time, even when we didn’t have the flu. It’s an odd fact that although we have given much of our life over to the struggle against communism, we’ve never lost our love of Pete

Hillary Clinton drives down
memory lane, says first car was
´63 Cutlass
- Thread Closed
The Detroit News, by Karl Henkel    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 1/28/2014 6:35:28 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s history with cars is nearly as colorful as her political background. The former secretary of state, first lady and U.S. senator revealed Monday in a speech at the National Automobile Dealers Association conference that her first car was an Oldsmobile Cutlass, she has not driven since 1996 — and that husband Bill Clinton’s 1970 Opel was “one of the ugliest cars ever built.”

State of the Union: Obama to
lay out go-it-alone approach
Chicago Tribune Wire Services, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 6:33:24 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama will lay out his strategy for getting around a divided Congress starting with a wage hike for federal contract workers in a State of the Union speech on Tuesday that reflects scaled-back legislative ambitions after a tough year. Obama will make clear in his address (9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST) that he is willing to bypass U.S. lawmakers and go it alone in some areas by announcing a series of executive actions that do not require congressional approval. The White House said Obama would announce that he is issuing an executive order to raise the

  


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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,

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