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I’m Starting To Forget It Already
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 11:20:38 PM     Post Reply
I’ll leave it to others to fact check the thing. There were more than a few statements that struck me as the sort of thing that wouldn’t bear up well under close scrutiny — particularly on Iran’s nuclear program, women’s pay and on domestic energy– but I’m too tired to do the scrutinizing now. My general impression was this was a remarkably boring speech, intellectually and rhetorically. Not every idea was terrible. But no idea was particularly exciting, or all that significant. Because it lacked ambition, it was a far less offensive speech that I thought it would be. He soft-pedaled the inequality schtick, preferring instead to talk the

A Clintonian Speech
National Review Online, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 11:19:22 PM     Post Reply
It seemed like a laundry list of mostly dinky initiatives, and as such a return to Clinton’s style of State of the Union addresses. Those speeches got some bad reviews as oratory but were pretty popular and I suspect this one will go over well too. The speech gives the president the opportunity to present himself as a reasonable guy working hard for the American public, and he did an effective job of that. A few of the ideas in the speech may even be good ones: the “myRA” proposal, for example, seems like it’s worth considering. But nobody is

State of the Union Media Verdict:
Obama plays small ball
with subdued speech
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 11:15:42 PM     Post Reply
President Obama delivered a rousing finale with an emotional tribute to a soldier last night, but that followed a lengthy speech that received less than rave reviews. With the sustained ovation for wounded veteran Cory Remsburg, Obama briefly united Congress and the television audience—even the snark on Twitter was silenced—but the overall media reaction ranged from respectful to tepid. Obama signaled during the media buildup to the speech that he wouldn’t be making sweeping proposals, and as State of the Union rhetoric goes, “new ladders of opportunity” isn’t exactly the New Deal. But the president faced two problems: a Congress



Is Obama Backing Away from Obamacare?
National Review Online, by Grace-Marie Turner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 11:01:59 PM     Post Reply
The president devoted less than 7 percent of his State of the Union address — just 462 words in a speech that was 6,778 words long —? to an anecdotal and weak defense of his signature legislative achievement. Surely Democrats in the Senate who are facing the voters for the first time this November after voting for Obamacare were expecting much more. Instead, they got an anecdote, pointing to Amanda Shelley of Arizona who needed a safety net and was grateful for Obamacare. But the president didn’t mount a strong, energetic defense of the law or make any explanation for

Drowning in misery: Homes flooded
for a month, vast tracts of farmland
wrecked, lives put on hold... all
because of staggering incompetence
Daily Mail [UK], by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/28/2014 10:39:00 PM     Post Reply
Furious flood victims last night accused officials of gross incompetence and abandoning them to the elements. They said they feared the ‘worst was yet to come’ in the Somerset Levels, huge stretches of which have been under water since Christmas. Experts backed up their claim that the Environment Agency’s decision to stop dredging key rivers had created a ‘disaster area’ covering 25 square miles. The agency has instead spent £20million on a coastal nature sanctuary, and run a programme encouraging farmers to flood their fields to promote birdlife. The Government has accepted that dredging has to resume, but Environment Agency chairman

Obama vows to flex presidential
powers in speech
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 10:36:30 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of modest executive actions to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers and make it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement. "America does not stand still and neither do I," Obama declared in his prime-time address before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television. Draped in presidential grandeur, Obama´s

Immigration Less Than Two Percent
of Obama´s State of the Union Speech
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 10:29:58 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama only mentioned immigration reform efforts as a mere throwaway line in his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. The only time he mentioned the matter, according to prepared remarks distributed to press before delivery, was as something he argued would help the economy after a long line of other policy prescriptions he pushed. “Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system,” Obama said. “Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted.



Obama throws in towel on
global-warming legislation
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 10:28:29 PM     Post Reply
President Obama came to office promising significant action to fight climate change, and Tuesday night’s State of the Union indicates this administration fully recognizes any action on that issue over the next three years will come not through legislation but through regulations and executive actions. Rather than call for a “comprehensive energy and climate bill” as he did in 2010, Mr. Obama on Tuesday focused on much smaller goals and touted the controversial efforts of his Environmental Protection Agency to cut down on carbon emissions from power plants. He again drew attention to climate change and cast it as a

Full Text: Barack Obama´s
Remarks at 2014
State of the Union
Breitbart´s Big Government, by White House    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 10:26:24 PM     Post Reply
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years. An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign

Obama promises a dramatic
‘year of action’ — with or
without help of Congress
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 10:23:16 PM     Post Reply
Provoking Republican lawmakers with an in-your-face vow to bypass Congress if necessary, President Obama said Tuesday night that he would use his executive authority on a dozen issues including income inequality and job training to spur “a year of action” for his stalled agenda. “America does not stand still — and neither will I,” Mr. Obama said in the annual State of the Union address. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” In the Republican response, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state said

Obama prepared to avoid
Congress, go it alone on
carrying out modest initiatives
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/28/2014 10:20:24 PM     Post Reply
This wasn’t the presidency Barack Obama had in mind after winning his historic election five years ago. But it is the one he believes he has left. For the first time since taking office, Obama spoke to Congress on Tuesday evening from a clear position of confrontation. The areas he identified for possible cooperation with a divided Congress have shrunk, leaving an agenda filled out by a growing number of modest initiatives that he intends to carry out alone. Among them is an executive order raising the minimum wage paid under future federal contracts. He intends to implement more than



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

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

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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