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Not So Fast, Senator Cruz
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/30/2014 6:39:42 AM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz is tired of talking about the government shutdown. “I understand that there are a lot of folks in the media that love to talk about the shutdown from four months ago,” he told reporters: What we ought to be talking about is the fact that we have the lowest labor force participating in 30 years since 1978, that Obamacare has taken away more than 5 million people’s health insurance plans, that people are hurting, that income inequality has increased under the Obama agenda and that there is an abuse of power and lawlessness.(Snip)Now why oh why would Senator Cruz

Are Obama´s Executive Orders
Constitutional? Eric Holder Explains
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 6:16:59 AM     Post Reply
Well, he doesn’t, actually. But Senator Mike Lee did a good job of trying to pin down Attorney General Eric Holder as to the constitutional basis of some of President Obama’s executive orders, particularly his deferral of the employer mandate under Obamacare. As he so often does, Holder bobbed and weaved without ever articulating a constitutional rationale. In my opinion, there is none. Regrettably, in my opinion, Lee couched some of his questions in terms of Justice Jackson’s three-tier analysis of presidential powers, which I think is plainly wrong, but nevertheless has sometimes been used by the courts. Still, it

The Beatles Invasion: 50 Years Later
New York Daily News, by Marvin Scott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 6:13:20 AM     Post Reply
It wasn’t the biggest story of 1964, but it was one that transformed the music culture of an entire generation. I was one of 200 reporters and photographers at Kennedy Airport that cold Friday afternoon in February, awaiting the arrival of four working-class lads from Liverpool who were about to “invade” the very country that inspired them to become musicians. The piercing screams of 3,000 adoring, wide-eyed fans standing on the observation deck overpowered the whine of jet engines as Pan Am flight 101 landed at 1:35 pm. There was a crescendo of shouts – “We want the Beatles! We want the



Federal consumer bureau data-mining
hundreds of millions of consumer
credit card accounts, mortgages
Washington Examiner [DC], by Richard Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 6:09:34 AM     Post Reply
Officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are conducting a massive, NSA-esque data-mining project collecting account information on an estimated 991 million American credit card accounts. It was also learned at a Congressional hearing Tuesday that CFPB officials are working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency on a second data-mining effort, this one focused on the 53 million residential mortgages taken out by Americans since 1998. The mortgage information is being compiled in a database that can be "reversed engineered" by hackers seeking information for identify theft, according to an expert cited during the hearing. The revelations came in a

‘The Rules Are The Rules’: Government
shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business
Daily Caller, by Breanna Deutsch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 6:04:23 AM     Post Reply
The government has pulled the plug on an 11-year-old Illinois baker’s oven. A day after a local newspaper ran a story about the young and ambitious Chloe Stirling, who operated a cupcake business out of her parents’ kitchen, the local health department came calling. “They called and said they were shutting us down,” Heather Stirling, Chloe’s mother, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Officials told Stirling Chloe could continue selling cupcakes on the condition that the family “buy a bakery or build her a kitchen separate from the one we have.” “Obviously, we can’t do that,” Heather Stirling told reporters. “We’ve

Mounting Threats
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:54:16 AM     Post Reply
China and Russia pose significant threats to U.S. cyber and space systems, the director of national intelligence (DNI) told Congress on Wednesday. James Clapper, the DNI, stopped short of saying both states are engaged in cyber attacks against the United States in a prepared testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. However, in a carefully worded assessment submitted as part of the annual threat assessment briefing, Clapper indicated that Russia and China are the main challenges in both the cyber domain and space arena. In response to senators’ questions during the hearing, Clapper said that “foreign nation-states, principally China and Russia, …

The Poison of Postmodern Lying
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:46:31 AM     Post Reply
All presidents have, at one time or another, fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their résumés and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore — a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture. Postmodernism (the cultural fad “after modernism”) went well beyond questioning norms and rules. It attacked the very idea of having any rules at all. Postmodernist relativists claimed that things like “truth” were mere fictions to preserve elite privilege. Unfortunately, bad ideas like that have a habit of poisoning an entire



Obama´s "77 Cents on the Dollar" Debunked
American Spectator, by Natalie deMacedo    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/30/2014 5:40:10 AM     Post Reply
Obama won’t give it up. If you also suffered through the State of the Union address, you heard him praise Obamacare, claim he would slash bureaucracy, and of course, fight for income equality. Obama pandered to the ladies, his tone becoming more passionate with every overly emotional word: Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. You have probably heard that statistic—77 cents on the dollar. Speech after speech from the left side of town

State of the Union: platitudes
of a post-imperial presidency
Guardian [UK], by Simon Tisdall    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:31:42 AM     Post Reply
Mutterings about America´s withdrawal from the world, about a new era of isolationism and introspection, have grown ever louder since Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009. The president´s state of the union address on Tuesday night will likely turn those mutterings into a roar. Obama offered no great global objectives, no noble world vision. There was no strategic foreign policy realignment or even a calibrated international rebalancing. Here instead was an abdication. Here was evidence of unabashed retreat from attachment to the imperious might, the responsibilities and the ideals that once made America an unrivalled and deserving superpower.

Ted Cruz is sick and tired of being
asked about the government shutdown
Yahoo!News, by Chris Moody    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:24:38 AM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz would appreciate it very much if you would kindly stop discussing his role in the government shutdown. The Texas senator who burst onto the public scene when he convinced congressional Republicans to adopt a scheme to withhold federal funding unless President Obama’s health care law was repealed, defunded or delayed, said Tuesday that talk of the shutdown in 2014 amounts to nothing more than a distraction. In October, the federal government closed for more than two weeks after Republicans in the House and Senate refused to vote for any plan to reopen the government that did not injure the health

33.3 Million Watch 2014 State of the
Union, Lowest Audience Since 2000
TV Newser, by Merrill Knox    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:12:23 AM     Post Reply
According to Nielsen, 33.3 million viewers watched the President’s fifth State of the Union address across 13 networks, down from 33.5 million viewers last year. It was the lowest audience for the State of the Union since Bill Clinton delivered the address in 2000. The networks carrying the address live were CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2. Fox News won the night on cable, pulling in more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined during the speech. As for the broadcast networks: CBS won the night in viewers and NBC won



Eli and Giants created
fake memorabilia: suit
New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/30/2014 5:08:52 AM     Post Reply
Quarterback Eli Manning and New York Giants brass created bogus “game-worn” football gear to pass off as the real deal — and one of the forgeries is sitting in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an explosive new lawsuit claims. A helmet on display in the hallowed Canton, Ohio, gridiron museum — supposedly worn by Manning in Big Blue’s 2008 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots — is just one of dozens of fake items the football superstar and his Giants cohorts have created to fool fans and make money from collectors over the years, the lawsuit alleges.

How Good Could 2014 Be for GOP?
PJ Media, by Rich Baehr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:02:17 AM     Post Reply
Several thoughtful political commentators, including Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics and Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, have written articles this month suggesting that prospects for Republicans in Senate contests in 2014 are improving. Trende goes as far to suggest that in a wave year, if the GOP can avoid nominating self-destructive embarrassments like Todd Akin, the net pickup could reach 10 Senate seats. In 2010, the GOP gained seven seats, including Scott Brown’s special election victory in Massachusetts. Sabato thinks the chances of the GOP winning a net six seats, the number required to

Snow Job
Politico Magazine, by Edward Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 4:56:07 AM     Post Reply
LONDON Anyone who has seen the Bourne Identity, or scores of similar Hollywood films, finds Edward Snowden a familiar character. The fugitive insider is the star. The rogue agency is the villain in pursuit. By the closing credits, the hero will be vindicated, thanks to media coverage and belated congressional scrutiny. He gets the girl. Generals James Clapper and Keith Alexander—or their screen counterparts—take a perp walk. It is easy to go along with that narrative, particularly if you are a journalist. Our trade instinctively sides with David, not Goliath. We thrill to the idea of disclosing secrets. We flinch at any

Are cruise ships floating petri dishes?
CNN, by Marnie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/30/2014 4:52:43 AM     Post Reply
No one wants to spend their vacation in the bathroom. Reports of an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea at sea have some imminent cruisers worried. "My mother, who is a first time cruiser, is seriously reconsidering our choice for our family vacation," wrote CNN reader Monica Mancera in an e-mail. The University of Texas at Austin student is booked on a Carnival cruise with her family in March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating an outbreak this week of gastrointestinal illness on Royal Caribbean´s Explorer of the Seas; the cause has not yet been determined. More than 650 passengers and



Who in the World Kept Air Force
One Waiting for 22 Minutes?
ABC News, by Ann Compton & Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/30/2014 4:46:36 AM     Post Reply
A funny thing happened to President Obama on the way to Pittsburgh today — some guy made him wait 22 minutes in Air Force One on a freezing tarmac. That guy was Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who was hitching a ride on the president’s plane. Casey was seen sprinting across the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews more than 22 minutes after President Obama boarded for his short flight to Pennsylvania. A spokeswoman for Casey said the senator was checking on the status of “some important votes” and then hit a snag. “Senator Casey had to double check on the timing

Parties Target Campaigns
For Secretary of State
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/30/2014 4:43:39 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Campaigns for secretary of state, often relegated to the back burner of American politics, are drawing increasing attention from Democratic and Republican groups that hope to influence how elections are overseen in a number of presidential battleground states. Democratic strategists who have advised the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were launching a political action committee called iVote on Thursday, vowing to back Democrats running for secretary of state in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and Ohio. A Republican super PAC called SOS for SOS has outlined plans to spend up to $10 million this year to bolster

There´s Something About MyRA
Bloomberg, by Ben Steverman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 11:27:48 PM     Post Reply
By now, you may have heard about MyRA. The acronym, which President Barack Obama stumbled over in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, stands for My Retirement Account. Obama introduced the new plan like this: “MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in.” On Wednesday, the administration said it will launch a pilot program of the "new, simple, safe and affordable ‘starter’ retirement savings account” by the end of the year. Bloomberg’s Richard Rubin has the details here. The early verdict: MyRA is intriguing but limited.

MSNBC Accuses ´Rightwing´
of Hating Biracial Family in
Super Bowl Cheerios Ad
Breitbart.com, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 1/29/2014 10:34:54 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday night, the official MSNBC Twitter account posted a tweet celebrating General Mills’ decision to air a biracial commercial touting Cheerios during this Sunday’s Super Bowl. However, that tweet came at the expense of suggesting “the rightwing” was racist. Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new#Cheerios ad w/ biracial family. http://on.msnbc.com/1dPgQEU The commercial titled “Gracie” is part two of last year’s popular “Just Checking” commercial for Cheerios, with the father this time using Cheerios to explain to “Gracie” she will soon have a younger sibling.

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars
Nation, by Michelle Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/29/2014 10:32:21 PM     Post Reply
In the summer of 2012, twenty-one feminist bloggers and online activists gathered at Barnard College for a meeting that would soon become infamous. Convened by activists Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti, the women came together to talk about ways to leverage institutional and philanthropic support for online feminism. Afterward, Martin and Valenti used the discussion as the basis for a report, “#Femfuture: Online Revolution,” which called on funders to support the largely unpaid work that feminists do on the Internet. “An unfunded online feminist movement isn’t merely a threat to the livelihood of these hard-working activists, but a threat to


Economists see few dollars and
little sense on Obama agenda
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/29/2014 10:23:53 PM     Post Reply
Five years after the Wall Street collapse, the plan President Obama laid out this week to try to revive a sluggish economy and build “ladders of opportunity” into the middle class has been received largely with yawns from economists and business groups, who argue that his small, targeted policy proposals aren’t substitutes for a broader vision of less spending and regulation and of fundamental tax reform. To sell his initiatives — which include minimum wage increases and government-backed retirement accounts for workers — Mr. Obama hit the road on a four-state swing, where he is repeating his pledge to bypass

Europeans are flocking to the
war in Syria. What happens
when they come home?
Washington Post, by Griff Witte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/29/2014 10:19:12 PM     Post Reply
LONDON — Word spread quickly last autumn in the rapidly gentrifying north London neighborhood where the Sebah brothers were raised: Mohamed and Akram had died in a car crash. The news was devastating for friends and neighbors who had watched the brothers grow from affable and popular boys into promising young adults. But the truth, as recently revealed in jihadist Web site postings, was darker still. Mohamed and Akram had been killed in Syria while fighting alongside rebel forces. The Sebah brothers were part of a growing legion of Britons who have left behind their often comfortable lives here and

Four words in the ACA
could spell its doom
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/29/2014 10:16:05 PM     Post Reply
Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter, ACA). Scott Pruitt and some kindred spirits might accelerate the ACA’s collapse by blocking another of the Obama administration’s lawless uses of the Internal Revenue Service. Pruitt was elected Oklahoma’s attorney general by promising to defend states’ prerogatives against federal encroachment, and today he and some properly

Surprise: California Hires Convicted
Felons to Administer Obamacare
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/29/2014 10:13:27 PM     Post Reply
You may recall when Kathleen Sebelius said this, under questioning from Texas Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn: “Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive sensitive, personal information from individuals they help to sign up for the Affordable Care Act?” Sebelius: “That is true. States could add an additional background check and other features but it is not part of the federal requirement.” (Snip)I give you California: At least 43 convicted criminals are working as Obamacare navigators in California, including three individuals with records of significant

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

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