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Obama Abandons Unrealistic Progressives,
Courts the Right with New Media Strategy
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 12:43:18 PM     Post Reply
A “diminished leader.” “A study in scaled-down ambition.” “None too ambitious.” These are some of the reactions to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night from prominent media outlets like the New York Times, POLITICO, and the National Journal. It’s not that agenda items the president articulated last night are so modest themselves, it’s simply that articulating the same agenda two years in a row with little to show in the way of progress is dispiriting. What seemed like an ambitious agenda in 2013 appears “scaled down” in light of the fact that much of it was never

NY1 Reporter Describes Altercation
with Rep. Grimm: ‘Angrier Than I’ve
Ever Seen a Politician’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 12:33:08 PM     Post Reply
NY1 Washington reporter Michael Scotto spoke to Morning Joe about his altercation with Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) after last night’s State of the Union, in which Grimm reacted angrily to Scotto’s question about corruption allegations and threatened to throw the reporter off the rotunda balcony (he phrased a bit differently). “I’m used to people giving me pushback for questions, but I was not used to something like that,” Scotto said, adding that Grimm was “angrier than I have ever seen a politician talk to a reporter about a question that he or she didn’t like.” Scotto said NY1 had been trying to

Six reasons why Mike Lee’s
tea party response to the State
of the Union was amazing
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/29/2014 12:29:30 PM     Post Reply
Utah Sen. Mike Lee delivered a pretty amazing tea party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Lee’s speech was completely separate from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ official GOP response to the State of the Union. (Snip) 1. Slammed establishment Republicans “In the few minutes I have tonight — I’d like to speak especially to those Americans who may feel they have been forgotten by both political parties. Those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule … and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t



Chuck Schumer: Shut Down Priorities USA
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 12:27:13 PM     Post Reply
BILL O´REILLY: Look, I´m on your side on this thing. I think it´s being abused by both sides. But I don´t think you pointed that out strongly enough. That´s my beef with you. I don´t want rich guys, alright, like what happened -- do you know how much, do you know how much Priorities U.S.A. spent defaming Mitt Romney in the last election? Do you know how much? SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): Hey, I don´t know the number but it was too much. O´REILLY: $57 million. $57 million. SCHUMER: If they did it under the 501©4 they ought to be

What the Monuments Men Wrought
Wall Street Journal, by Lynn H. Nicholas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 12:24:35 PM     Post Reply
In the next few days "The Monuments Men," directed by George Clooney and boasting an all-star cast, will be previewed in staid and upper-crust locations such as the National Gallery of Art and Harvard´s Kennedy School of Government before being released nationally on Feb. 7. This makes sense, for the film is about a small group of art professionals, many of them from Ivy League colleges and top U.S. museums, who, in the last days of the war and well after the surrender of Germany, secured and preserved millions of European cultural objects looted by the Nazis and returned them

Trump prominently considers
run for NY governor
Associated Press, by Jonathan Lemire    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/29/2014 12:24:34 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - Donald Trump, the nation´s most shameless political flirt, is at it again. This time, the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV star and perennial self-promoter is toying with the idea of challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying the state´s high taxes and tight gun-control laws make the Democratic incumbent vulnerable. Trump has met with Republican leaders and has pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars on a potential campaign, the same kind of motions he´s made once before for governor and several times for president over the years without ever actually jumping in. For now,

The State of Liberalism
National Review Online, by John Yoo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 12:22:24 PM     Post Reply
Read President Obama’s State of the Union version 6.0, and one theme comes into sharp relief: the bankruptcy of liberalism. President Obama’s speech asked for this and that, ranging from anti-obesity programs to gun control to a minimum wage for government contractors. It made open pleas for the support of different interest groups, including recent immigrants and women. It claimed achievements for which the White House was not responsible, such as the addition of millions of new jobs in the recovery and America’s growing energy independence. Obama’s State of the Union reads like a shopping list while those of earlier presidents



Romney praises Christie for
´strong LBJ-type leadership style´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 12:20:46 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney praised New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday for his “strong LBJ-type leadership style.” In an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network, Romney confirmed an earlier report that Christie wanted Romney’s 2012 campaign team to clear with him who Romney would raise money with in New Jersey. Cavuto asked Romney if that depicted Christie as a bully—a criticism he’s faced in recent weeks as details of the bridge and Sandy recovery funding scandals unfold--but Romney spun it as a positive trait. “No, I consider it to be a strong LBJ-type leadership style,” Romney replied. “I

The State of Our
Union Is Depressing
National Review Online, by Veronique de Rugy    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 12:13:19 PM     Post Reply
The speech last night was depressing for its predictability, its lack of self-awareness, and its lack of solutions to help America get back on track. It was, however, stunning to listen to the president still trying to sell his misguided health-care law to the public as if nothing had happened. That takes some courage. Over at Forbes, Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon has a great piece that looks at the president’s statements about Obamacare. [The President] : More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.” [MC] Sean Trende, Glenn Kessler, and Megan McArdle have shown how

Obama Is Cory Remsburg,
and Everybody Else
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 12:06:47 PM     Post Reply
At least one part of Obama’s speech last night was both moving and fitting: I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack. We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch. A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater,

Pork in the Farm Bill
National Review Online, by Michael Tanner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 11:56:29 AM     Post Reply
It’s been overshadowed by the hoopla surrounding the State of the Union, but we have finally had an outbreak of bipartisanship in Washington. Of course, bipartisanship means, as it usually does, that Democrats and Republicans have teamed up to mug taxpayers: An agreement has finally been reached on a new farm bill. The farm bill will cost taxpayers about $950 billion over the next ten years. Lawmakers are calling this a $23 billion cut. But as Veronique de Rugy and my colleague Chris Edwards have pointed out, this is a cut only in the Washington sense of spending less than previously



Pistorius murder trial to
have own TV channel
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:53:16 AM     Post Reply
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius´ murder trial will have a dedicated 24-hour television channel in South Africa, the country´s top cable provider said Wednesday, promising "round-the-clock" coverage of one of the blockbuster stories of the year. MultiChoice said in a statement the temporary "pop-up" channel will launch on March 2, the day before the double-amputee Olympian goes on trial in a high court in the capital, Pretoria, for killing his girlfriend in his home on Valentine´s Day last year. It is the first time it has launched a channel of this kind to cover "a major news event," MultiChoice said.

Commuters Sleep In Grocery Stores
After Abandoning Cars On Highway
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:50:14 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — Students camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations — even grocery stores — after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks. Tuesday’s storm deposited mere inches of snow, barely enough to qualify as a storm up North. And yet it was more than enough to paralyze Deep South cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham, and strand thousands of workers who tried to rush home early only to never make it home at all.

Egypt charges 20 Al-Jazeera journalists
with belonging to Muslim Brotherhood
Guardian, (UK), by Patrick Kingsley    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/29/2014 11:50:12 AM     Post Reply
Egyptian prosecutors say they have charged 20 al-Jazeera journalists, including two British citizens, with belonging to Mohamed Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood, fabricating news reports and tarnishing Egypt´s reputation abroad. The journalists include the Australian ex-BBC correspondent Peter Greste and Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, who has worked for the New York Times. "Investigations showed the defendants created a media network headed by an Egyptian-Canadian Muslim Brotherhood member [Fahmy] that has specialised in creating video scenes contrary to reality and aired them through Qatari al-Jazeera English to distort Egypt´s international reputation," the prosecution alleged. Other charges included "disturbing public peace, instilling terror, harming the general

1 Day After Storm, Atlanta
Highways Still Gridlock
Associated Press, by Ray Henry and Russ Bynum    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:47:54 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA -- Students spent the night on buses or at schools, commuters abandoned their cars or idled in them all night and the highways-turned-parking lots iced over when a winter storm slammed the city, creating a treacherous traffic jam that lasted into Wednesday. It wasn´t clear exactly how many people were still stranded out on the roads nearly 24 hours after the storm slammed the Deep South on Tuesday. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said it was "a lot of people," and officials were working to get them food, water, gas and eventually a way home. The timing of when things would clear



At Maryland Costco Obama
Touts His Plan to Boost Wages
CBS News/Asociated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/29/2014 11:38:39 AM     Post Reply
LANHAM, Md. — President Barack Obama promoted his State of the Union proposals to boost personal finances of low-income Americans in a morning-after trip Wednesday to push Congress to pass a minimum wage hike for more than the small number of workers he can help on his own. “It’s time to give America a raise,” Obama said. Obama visited a Costco store in Prince George’s County to drive home the argument that businesses who pay higher wages can improve their bottom line. “I guarantee you if workers have a little more money in their pocket, they’ll spend more at Costco,” Obama

Biden: ‘I Have Great
Respect for Bill Gates’
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 11:29:39 AM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden had another lovable gaffe Wednesday morning, confusing his cabinet-mate of three years Robert Gates with the mega-billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. When asked by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie about Gates’ recent criticisms of the Vice President, Joe responded, “Look, I like Bill Gates…I think he’s a man of great integrity as well. The fundamental problem here is Bill Gates and I have – Bob Gates – have disagreed on everything since Vietnam.” Gates, who served as Secretary of Defense from 2006-2011, wrote in his recently released book, Duty, that Biden has been wrong on “every foreign policy issue

ICE officer slams Obama for illegal
immigrants attending State of the Union
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 11:26:13 AM     Post Reply
The head of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff issued a harsh rebuke to President Obama for having illegal immigrants in the chamber during his State of the Union address. “According to news accounts, the President has once again invited illegal immigrants to the State of the Union — and yet the President still refuses to meet with ICE officers,” National ICE Council head and ICE officer Chris Crane in a statement. “We have a President who will provide those illegally in the US with the seat of honor at one of the most important events of

California Sen. Rod Wright
convicted of perjury, voter fraud
Los Angeles Times, by Jean Mehl    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 11:24:36 AM     Post Reply
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008. In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then

McCain on Obama’s Executive Orders:
‘He Relies On’ Lengthy Court Battles
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 11:20:51 AM     Post Reply
When asked by CNSNews.com whether President Barack Obama has the constitutional authority to act on climate change without congressional authority, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president does not have that authority and relies on the complexity of legal challenges to his actions. CNSNews.com asked: “Does President Obama have the constitutional authority to act on climate change, for example, without congressional approval?” “I don’t believe so,” McCain said. “Certainly not the spirit of the Constitution and I think (he) violated the letters we’re finding out in the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) case. “The problem is, the challenging of these actions takes


Rubio: Congress may wait out
Obama on immigration bill
USA Today, by Susan Page    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/29/2014 11:19:15 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a leading Republican voice on immigration, suggested Wednesday that major legislation on the issue probably can´t be passed while President Obama is in the White House because of questions about his willingness to enforce all the provisions of a new law. "I don´t know if it´s going to happen this year; I don´t know if it´s going to happen with this administration," Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, said at a breakfast with reporters hosted by The Wall Street Journal. While there is an emerging consensus on key provisions of immigration legislation, the most contentious

How to judge the constitutionality of
President Obama’s State of the Union ideas
Washington Post, by Eugene Kontorovich    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 11:19:14 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s State of the Union address is expected to lay out how he will “bypass Congress” by acting through executive orders to advance policies that he cannot get passed in the legislature. There is a major problem with this, familiar from high school civics: under the Constitution, Congress cannot be bypassed. Indeed, it plays the primary role in setting national policy. Yet despite the White House’s rhetoric, many of the policies discussed tonight may be constitutionally unproblematic. Here’s a rough test. The president can exercise some legislative powers when i) Congress has delegated such power to the president by statute

Biden Asks for $3 After State of the Union
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/29/2014 11:18:04 AM     Post Reply
Almost immediately after tonight´s State of the Union Address, Vice President Joe Biden sent an email to supporters of the Democratic party asking for money. "Friend," Biden wrote, "I am so proud to stand with Barack tonight. If you are too, chip in $3 or more to support Democrats, and let´s go follow through."

NBC´s Mark Murray: Story of Wounded
War Hero Also ´Story About Obama´
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 11:16:45 AM     Post Reply
The morning after President Obama´s State of the Union speech, NBC News senior political director Mark Murray composed a tweet that compared Obama´s "story" to that of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, the wounded war hero honored by the president last night. Mark Murray ? @mmurraypolitics Follow Obama´s ending on Remsburg wasn´t just a story about America -- it also was a story about Obama. Nothing has ever come easy Jon Favreau @jonfavs Follow @mmurraypolitics my thought exactly the first time I read it

Obama urges Guantanamo closure
this year, shift from ´permanent war footing´
Reuters, by Matt Spetalnick    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/29/2014 11:16:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told Americans on Tuesday that 2014 should be the year to finally close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay as the United States winds down its military role in Afghanistan and shifts away from a "permanent war footing." (Snip) While seeking to add a sense of urgency to the issue, Obama stopped short of offering any new prescriptions on how he intends to empty Guantanamo of its remaining 155 prisoners. They were rounded up overseas after the September 11, 2001, attacks and have been held without trial ever since. After U.S. lawmakers made it easier

Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.
Washington Times, by Marc Bennetts    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/29/2014 11:12:01 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.” More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West. “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in

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