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Republican lawmakers blindsiding
the party’s conservative base
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/29/2014 10:12:45 PM     Post Reply
Legendary football coach Lou Holtz gives motivational lectures about “overcoming seemingly impossible challenges,” according to his page on the Washington Speakers Bureau Web site. So it would seem that Holtz found an ideal client for his services: He was scheduled to deliver a keynote address Wednesday night to the House Republican Conference, meeting in Cambridge, Md. The retired Notre Dame coach, whose bio says he has a “sterling reputation for turning pretenders into contenders,” had his work cut out for him with this GOP squad. The night before, Republicans sat in the House chamber and listened to President Obama

WaPo poll: Current GOP lead on the
economy much larger than in 2010
Hot Air, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 10:07:43 PM     Post Reply
Lots of poll posts around these parts lately, and here’s another one. (You’re welcome). This should worry Democrats: The challenge for the president and his party: Win back the political high ground, which Republicans have seized on the economy for the first time in nearly 12 years. That should come as troubling news for president and his party 9 1/2 months before election day. Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats to do a better job handling the economy 44 percent to 37 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. It’s the first time since 2002 that Republicans have sported

Holder Confirms Obama Ready to Use
Executive Order on Guns ‘in Absence
of Meaningful Action’ by Congress
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 9:57:58 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today that President Obama is open to using an executive action to push through gun-control and/or associated mental health measures that haven’t found approval in Congress. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), one of the top proponents of new gun-control measures in Congress, noted that Obama only made a “very brief” reference to gun violence in his State of the Union address. “But I hope, and I hope you will join me in the view that the president remains completely committed to ending gun violence in this country, adopting common sense sensible measures



Rep. Ryan: GOP Looking at Legal
Status, Chance for Citizenship
Wall Street Journal, by Laura Meckler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 9:33:58 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), a leading GOP advocate for tackling immigration, confirmed Wednesday that Republicans are looking to give illegal immigrants legal status right away, with the chance for a green card—and citizenship—down the line. Officials familiar with the planning had said as much before. But Mr. Ryan is the first member of the GOP leadership to lay out the Republican vision publicly. At issue is how to handle more than 11 million people already in the U.S. illegally. Most House Republicans oppose the Senate approach, whereby all qualified illegal immigrants would first win legal status, then have the

Affordable Care Act ‘success story’ at
State of the Union needed extra help to sign up
Washington Post, by Jenna Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 9:32:28 PM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) invited a guest to President Obama’s State of the Union address: Lorita Katherine Waltz, a 49-year-old nurse from Prince George’s County who the congresswoman considers an Affordable Care Act “success story.” But Waltz’s family did not become enrolled in a new insurance plan until Tuesday — the day of the president’s address — after weeks of trying and only with help from state leaders.

GOP Crafts Plan to Wreck
the Country, Lose Voters
Townhall.com, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 1/29/2014 9:11:37 PM     Post Reply
As House Republicans prepare to sell out the country on immigration this week, Phyllis Schlafly has produced a stunning report on how immigration is changing the country. The report is still embargoed, but someone slipped me a copy, and it´s too important to wait. Leave aside the harm cheap labor being dumped on the country does to the millions of unemployed Americans. What does it mean for the Republican Party? Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson

Exclusive: Syria has shipped out less
than 5 percent of chemical weapons
Reuters, by Anthony Deutsch*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 9:03:36 PM     Post Reply
Syria has given up less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal and will miss next week´s deadline to send all toxic agents abroad for destruction, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The deliveries, in two shipments this month to the northern Syrian port of Latakia, totaled 4.1 percent of the roughly 1,300 tonnes of toxic agents reported by Damascus to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It´s not enough and there is no sign of more," one source briefed on the situation said. true The internationally backed



Herion Sold in Happy Meals: Police
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/29/2014 9:03:02 PM     Post Reply
An employee of a McDonald´s restaurant in Pittsburgh was charged Wednesday with selling heroin in Happy Meals to customers using the coded request "I´d like to order a toy.´´ Allegheny County authorities made the arrest after an informant told them that an employee was selling the drug at a McDonald´s in the East Liberty section of the city. Customers looking for heroin were instructed to go through the drive-thru and say, "I´d like to order a toy,´´ said Mike Manko, spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. The customer would then drive to the window, hand over the money

Holder: New media guidelines in weeks
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/29/2014 8:59:39 PM     Post Reply
New guidelines on how the Justice Department can monitor the media will be published in the next coming weeks, Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has been an advocate for media protections, noted that it has been more than six months since a report was given to President Barack Obama with proposed changes to the Department guidelines on criminal investigations that involve the news media. Holder said he had hoped to have the guidelines done by the hearing but that there was a "glitch toward the end," though

State of the Union draws 33.3
million viewers, lowest since 2000
Los Angeles Times, by Ryan Faughnder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/29/2014 8:55:29 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s 2014 State of the Union address drew an average of 33.3 million viewers Tuesday night, according to Nielsen. That is the lowest showing since 2000, when President Clinton´s speech averaged 31.5 million viewers. Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year´s. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people. The speech was covered live by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision

Attorney General Eric Holder can´t
explain constitutional basis for
Obama´s executive orders
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 8:53:05 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder couldn´t explain the constitutional basis for executive orders such as President Obama´s delay of the employer mandate because he hasn´t read the legal analysis -- or at least, hasn´t seen it in a long time. "I´ll be honest with you, I have not seen -- I don´t remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time, so I´m not sure where along the spectrum that would come," Holder replied when Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked him to explain the nature of Obama´s constitutional power to delay the mandate. Lee had based his question on



Fed to reduce pace of bond
buying by another $10B
Associated Press, by Martin Crutsinger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/29/2014 8:49:36 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Given the U.S. economy´s growing strength, the Federal Reserve pushed ahead Wednesday with a plan to shrink its bond-buying program, even though the prospect of reduced stimulus and higher interest rates has rattled global markets. The central bank said it will cut its monthly bond purchases starting in February by $10 billion to $65 billion. It also reaffirmed a plan to keep short-term rates at record lows to try to reassure investors that it will keep supporting an economy that´s stronger than at any point since the recession yet remains less than fully healthy. The Fed´s decision came in

Bachmann says House preparing
to sue Obama for overreach:
‘He’s not a king’
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 8:46:27 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says House conservatives are preparing to sue President Barack Obama for executive overreach in response to his threats of unilateral action on a host of issues. “He’s the president of the United States — he’s not a king,” the Republican lawmaker told reporters after Obama’s State of the Union address. “He may think he’s a king, he may declare himself king, but that’s not what he is under our Constitution.” Bachmann said an effort is underway in Congress to take back their “authority under the Constitution as the House of Representatives.” She said the

MARK LEVIN: Republicans Should Pass
Resolution Declaring NULL AND VOID
All Unconstitutional Presidential Acts
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 8:39:45 PM     Post Reply
Mark Levin says he thought long and hard about what the House of Representatives can do, given that they won’t use the power of the purse to reign in this president, and has come up with a solution. He says they should pass a resolution declaring null and void all presidential acts that are unconstitutional. Hey lays it out below: There’s something the House of Representatives actually can do. …Congress is a co-equal branch of the federal government and the House of Representatives is a co-equal branch of the United States Senate. The House of Representatives should pass a resolution.

No longer on the run? Intel chief
Clapper says Al Qaeda threat
no less than a decade ago
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 8:26:35 PM     Post Reply
A little more than a year after President Obama confidently declared on the campaign trail that Al Qaeda was on the run, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified Wednesday that he can´t say the threat from the terror network "is any less" than it was a decade ago. Further, he said Al Qaeda probably poses an even bigger challenge today -- because its franchises are "much more globally dispersed" and the organization recently has benefited from the massive leak of U.S. intelligence information. Clapper made the blunt statements during the annual worldwide threat hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee



Organic Shmorganic
Slate, by Melinda Wenner Moyer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/29/2014 8:24:45 PM     Post Reply
When my son was a baby, organic was a synonym for edible. If the apples I found at the grocery store weren’t certified, I wasn’t buying them. I knew that conventional produce could harbor traces of pesticides, and I’d read that pesticides could affect brain development. (Snip) Instead of continuing to wonder, I decided to dig into the literature and talk to toxicologists, horticulturists, risk experts, and nutritionists to find out whether the chemicals in conventionally farmed foods could truly pose a risk to my child. What I’ve discovered has totally surprised me—let’s just say I’m going to be a

Gays hit State of the Union, feel left
out of Obama´s fight for equality
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 8:24:17 PM     Post Reply
A leading gay rights group lashed out at President Obama´s State of the Union address because he again failed to fulfill a six-year-old promise to sign an executive order outlawing sexual discrimination against gays and lesbians by federal contractors. “As CEO of the largest workforce in the country -- the federal government -- it is incumbent upon President Obama to ensure that all Americans are able to benefit from his executive action; the refusal to do so would mean that the president is actively choosing to permit discrimination against LGBT workers,” said Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL, an activist group

Jackson Lee on SOTU: ‘Executive
Orders are Legal,’ Obama Acting
‘On Behalf of the American People’
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 8:15:50 PM     Post Reply
In reference to President Barack Obama’s pledge, during his State of the Union speech, to advance his agenda on climate change and the minimum wage by executive order, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said “executive orders are legal” and that he is “acting on behalf of the American people.” At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Lee, “What about the Republicans criticizing the use of executive orders when it comes to climate change and minimum wage – his use of executive orders?” Rep. Jackson Lee said, “As I was saying, [the address] was appealing to the needs

Testosterone therapy doubles heart risk
in older men
USA Today, by Liz Szabo    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 1/29/2014 7:54:55 PM     Post Reply
Taking testosterone therapy doubled the risk of heart attack among men over age 65 and nearly tripled the risk in younger men with a history of heart disease, a new study shows. (snip) Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota not involved in the new study, describes the heart risks posed by testosterone therapy as substantial. "That´s equivalent to smoking one or two packs of cigarettes a day, or having sky-high cholesterol," Lopez-Jimenez says.

Wasserman Schultz: ´The President Is Going
to Have to Use His Executive Authority´
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 7:41:34 PM     Post Reply
Despite criticism of President Barack Obama’s pledge that he will use his executive authority and executive orders to advance his agenda regardless of Congress, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said the president “should use his executive authority.” At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday following the president’s State of the Union speech, CNSNews.com asked Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz, “What do you think of the criticism about using executive order(s) to get things done on climate change or [the] minimum wage?” “Well, the ball’s in their court,” she said, in reference to Republicans in the House of Representatives. “I mean, they have an opportunity


This Made Me
Jump Off the Couch
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 7:37:49 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: This is the one that almost made me come out of the couch. OBAMA: In the coming months, let´s see where else we can make progress together. Let´s make this a year of action! That´s what most Americans want: For all of us, in this chamber, to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. What I believe unites the people of this nation -- regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor -- is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all, the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can

GOP Missing Obamacare Opportunity
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 7:34:19 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The Republican response. You know, the Republican response is a no-win. Any response is a no-win. There´s nothing you can do. It´s television. It´s optics. There´s just no way. You can have the nicest looking room and fireplace in the world, and nothing is gonna compare to a packed House chamber no matter who the president is, no matter what he´s thought of. So it´s a tough thing to overcome. There´s another thing here that -- just so there´s no confusion, I like Cathy McMorris Rodgers. I think she´s fantastic, and I really hope -- well, what I want

Pentagon, McDonald´s
Capitulate To Sharia Law
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 7:33:02 PM     Post Reply
Islamofascism: Caving to pressure from Muslim groups, the Pentagon has relaxed uniform rules to allow Islamic beards, turbans and hijabs. It´s a major win for political correctness and a big loss for military unit cohesion. Also, the sharia-compliant regulation threatens to expand the jihadi Fifth Column that counterintelligence already is dealing with in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre. The FBI is tracking more than 100 suspected jihadists within the military. Making special accommodations for Islam will only attract more Muslims into the military at a time when two recent terror cases highlight the ongoing danger of Muslims in uniform. Earlier this

Liberals Unhappy with Diminished Obama
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 7:17:42 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: You remember back in the period of time 2007 and maybe 2006, when the economy was roaring here? We´re at 5% unemployment, real 5% unemployment. There isn´t any economic crisis. We´ve come out of two recessions, in 2001 and after the World Trade Center attack on 9/11, and the media is just trying as hard as they can to convince people we´re on the verge of a recession/depression. Because they´re trying to get rid of Bush, and they´re trying to taint Republicans so that whoever the Democrat nominee for president is will win. They´re trying to tell everybody the

Source: Bieber, facing assault charge
in Canada, is turning himself in
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 7:17:08 PM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber is in Toronto to face an assault charge in connection with an encounter with a limousine driver a month ago, a source close to the singer told CNN Wednesday. Bieber traveled to Toronto to be booked on the charge, which will happen at a police station later Wednesday, the source said. This is the 19-year-old pop star´s second arrest in a week. Bieber was briefly jailed in Miami last Thursday after he was stopped by a police officer who said he was drag racing in a residential street. He was booked on charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving with

Republicans Are In Danger Of
Losing Their Tea Party Mojo
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 7:16:29 PM     Post Reply
Principle: Republicans look ready to throw in the towel on shrinking the nation´s gargantuan debt. With 10 months to go before midterm elections, it´s yet another slap in the face to the GOP´s most enthusiastic supporters. Nearly all political pundits agree Republicans have the inside track to winning this fall´s congressional elections — and perhaps even recapturing both houses of Congress. The GOP certainly seems to think so. But it might be taking such success for granted. Not only are party leaders like John Boehner and Paul Ryan talking up limited amnesty for immigration law breakers, but Republicans simply shrugged when the

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