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´Year of Action´ price tag:
$40B more a year
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/30/2014 9:52:43 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s 43-point State of the Union speech and second term agenda laid out to Congress on Tuesday will cost taxpayers nearly $40 billion more annually if fully implemented with over half -- $20.2 billion -- just to reform immigration, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. The foundation, which annually tabulates the cost of programs presidents propose in their speeches, set this year´s annualized price at $39.995 billion. The bulk would pay for the immigration and amnesty, followed by $12.8 billion to restore unemployment insurance and $3.5 billion to fund a pre-K request. When totalled, the president’s wish list

Michelle Obama in Los
Angeles asks donors to
´write a big,fat check´
Los Angeles Times, by Seema Mehta    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/30/2014 9:43:08 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged supporters in Los Angeles to donate money to boost Democratic prospects in the 2014 midterm election, saying such efforts were crucial to President Obama’s ability to accomplish the goals he laid out in his State of the Union speech the night before."We need to be engaged right from the beginning, and this is where all of you here tonight come in. This is your part, because there is something all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference…. You can write a check, do you hear me?" she said Wednesday

MSNBC Slimes ´Right Wing´ as Racist
Over Cheerios Ad Featuring Biracial Kid;
Forced to Apologize
Newsbusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 9:37:27 AM     Post Reply
Less than a month after Melissa Harris-Perry´s tear-drenched apology for a panel discussion on her MSNBC program which mocked Mitt Romney´s adopted black grandson, the cable network again had to apologize on Wednesday, this time for an online post (now deleted) that unjustly accused conservatives of being against interracial marriage and reproduction. An anonymous writer on MSNBC´s official Twitter account wrote: "Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family." Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin led the charge against the inflammatory Tweet, encouraging her followers to post photos of their

  


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PPP National Poll: Huckabee 16%,
Bush 14%, Christie 13%
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 9:32:29 AM     Post Reply
With twenty-four months to go until the first votes are cast in the Republican presidential primary, Democratic pollster PPP surveys the country and finds Mike Huckabee atop the field: Following the controversy over his ´Uncle Sugar´ speech Mike Huckabee has...taken the lead in the Republican primary race for 2016. He´s at 16% to 14% for Jeb Bush, 13% for Chris Christie, 11% for Rand Paul, 8% each for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, 6% for Scott Walker, and 5% for Bobby Jindal. There´s been more movement than usual over the last month, with Huckabee and Bush each gaining 3-4 points,

A sorry state of the union -- what if
Obama believes he answers to no one?
Fox News, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 9:31:11 AM     Post Reply
What if the state of the union is a mess? What if the government spies on all of us all of the time and recognizes no limits to its spying? What if its appetite for acquiring personal knowledge about all Americans is insatiable? What if the government uses the microchips in our cellphones to follow us and listen to us as we move about? What if the Constitution expressly prohibits the government from doing this? What if the government has written laws that are interpreted in secret by judges who meet in secret and are applied by federal agents who operate in secret

Scarlett Johansson Leaves Humanitarian
Group Over Israeli Controversy
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 8:55:55 AM     Post Reply
Ghost World star Scarlett Johansson recently signed on as “global ambassador” for SodaStream, a move that includes a Super Bowl ad—but that has now ended her tenure with Oxfam International, a humanitarian group she has worked with for eight years. SodaStream has a large factory presence in the West Bank, while Oxfam boycotts trade from Israeli settlements. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement quickly called on Oxfam to drop Johansson over the sponsorship, which Oxfam did on Thursday.

Theology vs. Spin
American Thinker, by Malcolm Unwell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:52:53 AM     Post Reply
As the cliché goes, people are free to do what they want in their bedrooms. But people are not free to alter theological history in order to generate the best possible spin for their political causes. Everyone knows that the Old Testament is unequivocal in its condemnation of homosexuality (see Leviticus, where the death penalty is recommended "if a man also lie with mankind" 20:13-15). It is therefore strange to see certain leftists claim that the Bible is somehow being appropriated by radical conservatives to suit their own agenda. Some would claim that the New Testament does not touch upon homosexuality, at

  


  

Snake Bite Costs North Carolina
Couple $89,000 Hospital Bill
Time Magazine, by Maya Rhodan    Original Article
Posted By: Bad Dog- 1/30/2014 8:50:07 AM     Post Reply
Subhead: The couple visited the emergency room in August to receive treatment. The sticker shock comes as Americans continue to battle high health care costs following the introduction of the American Care Act /snip/ A couple in North Carolina is speaking out against hospital pricing after receiving a bill for an 18-hour emergency-room stay which they say cost them a whopping $89,000. The Charlotte Observer reports that Eric Ferguson visited a hospital near his home in Mooresville, N.C. over the summer after being bitten by a snake.

Michelle Obama Wore an
´a-what-a?´ to the SOTU
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:48:41 AM     Post Reply
One week after partying in the White House with millionaires and billionaires for Michelle´s 50th, the pre-SOTU buzz was that the president was planning to address income inequality and the minimum wage, among other non-issues Americans aren´t concerned about. Determined to get the president´s attention, notorious aisle-hugger Sheila Jackson Lee showed up in a two-piece suit the color of a wad of Bazooka bubble gum or perhaps a drippy bottle of Pepto-Bismol. As for Michelle Obama, in an effort to counterbalance the ocular assault, the woman who spends America´s money like a drunken sailor must have thought it would be a good

For 2016, Hillary Clinton has commanding
lead over Democrats, GOP race wide open
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Scott Clement,    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:47:22 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6 to 1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the Republican field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Clinton trounces her potential primary rivals with 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, reinforcing a narrative of inevitability around her nomination if she runs. Vice President Biden is second with 12 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is third with 8 percent. Although Clinton’s favorability rating has fallen since she stepped down as secretary of state a year ago, she has broad Democratic

President Wuss and the State of the Union
American Thinker, by Chriss Street    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:44:53 AM     Post Reply
During the morning before the 2014 State of the Union Address, White House Counsel John Podesta fired up the Democrat faithful with visions of a passionate President Obama about to declare rule-by-executive-orders to vanquish his obstructionist Republican adversaries. But instead of triumphant warrior fervently wielding his pen as a sword and his phone as a shield, the president seemed to politely sleepwalk through his prepared speech to the joint session of Congress. With his poll numbers at the same level as President George W. Bush the year before the Republicans were annihilated in the 2006 mid-term elections, Barack Obama seemed

  


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Hypnotic animation of Earth shows
how the freezing Polar Vortex has
penetrated so deep into North America
it has pushed the Gulf Stream south
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2014 8:36:24 AM     Post Reply
The latest Arctic blast that has pummeled large swathes of the nation and reduced the South to a quivering, freezing standstill is visualized in a beautiful GIF from the data website ´Earth´. The hypnotic animation is created from weather forecast data from the Global Forecast System that is then put through supercomputers and the lines represent both the wind speed and its temperature from January 26 through to Wednesday morning. The swirling lines rushing from the northwest down to the south are color coded, with the lighter purple and pink shades denoting the frigid temperatures that have battered the nation

Obama´s State of Disunion
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:29:08 AM     Post Reply
The 2008 campaign phrase "hope and change" will haunt future histories of the Obama presidency. Many Americans voted Barack Obama into the White House for that reason alone. That reason is gone. The notion that this president would unify the nation by allowing people to summon their better spirits, as he promised, faded fast. Even Mr. Obama´s supporters see now that his operating method wasn´t unification, but political and social division. Support for the president among the independents who gave him 52% of their vote in 2008 has fallen into the 30s. Dividing the nation in his first term so that some Americans

Obama´s Love of Elites
National Journal, by James Oliphant    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:27:04 AM     Post Reply
President Obama drew applause from the House chamber for striking what seemed to be a populist blow against elitism in his State of the Union. "I believe that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams," Obama said early in his remarks. Looking at his administration, however, you would never know he believes that. Yes, as the president pointed out, both he and House Speaker John Boehner come from modest backgrounds. But as a graduate of Harvard Law School, Obama has shown himself more

Why Kerry Is Scary
New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:20:28 AM     Post Reply
TEL AVIV — It is pretty clear now that Secretary of State John Kerry will either be Israel’s diplomatic salvation or the most dangerous diplomatic fanatic Israel has ever encountered. But there isn’t much room anymore for anything in between. This is one of those rare pay-per-view foreign policy moments. Pull up a chair. You don’t see this every day. In essence what Kerry is daring to test is a question everyone has wanted to avoid: Is the situation between Israelis and Palestinians at five minutes to midnight or five minutes after midnight, or even 1 a.m. (beyond diplomacy)?

  


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Cruz Grills Holder on
IRS Scandal Investigation
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/30/2014 8:19:16 AM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz demonstrated again yesterday why he sets conservative hearts aflutter, pointedly questioning Attorney General Eric Holder when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday over the IRS´s going-nowhere investigation of the IRS targeting of Tea Party and conservative nonprofits.(snip)"In the 280 days since that inspector general report, nobody has been indicted," Cruz said. "Not a single person. In the 280 days since that inspector general report, it´s been publicly reported that no indictments are planned. Today in this hearing, you were unwilling to answer a question whether even a single victim of targeting has been interviewed."

Gallup Obama approval numbers
suggest shifting Electoral College map
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:09:28 AM     Post Reply
Gallup has released President Obama´s approval numbers for 2013 for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. I thought it would be interesting to compare those percentages with Obama´s percentage of the 2012 popular vote in each state and D.C. His approval numbers seem to track closely with his percentage of the vote: his job approval nationally was 50 percent in the first week of November 2012, and he received 51 percent of the popular vote. Gallup conducts many interviews over the course of a year, and so its figures for each state are statistically meaningful,

State of the Union moot
as Obama becomes irrelevant
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:01:07 AM     Post Reply
CNN had a countdown clock, like Cape Canaveral launching a rocket to Mars. “2 hours 19 minutes 44 seconds” the clock said, ticking down to The Big Moment.So many talking heads appeared at once it was like a murmuration of starlings (except they flew in a giant loop because they could only turn left). John King worked “The Magic Wall,” diagramming congressional districts like Jon Gruden dissecting a play. Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room took us LIVE! to THE SITUATION — President Obama leaving the White House on his way to the Capitol (assuming he actually was in the

Afghanistan´s Oversized Army
Can´t Read or Fight
Bloomberg News, by James Gibney    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 7:57:06 AM     Post Reply
Clint Eastwood is no Clausewitz -- or even much of a convention speaker -- but he was onto something when he intoned, in "Magnum Force," that "a man´s got to know his limitations." That lesson seems to have been lost on planners for Afghanistan´s post-occupation security forces, envisioned at a strength of 352,000 in the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. The latest evidence of the gap between vision and reality comes from a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on the force´s level of literacy: According to one Bloomberg News story, more than half the

Obama branded ´Typhoid Mary´ as
Democratic senators in tight races are
terrified of campaigning with president
after limp State of the Union address
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2014 7:51:53 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has become the ´Typhoid Mary´ of congressional politics, a Republican political operative told MailOnline on Wednesday, with Democratic senators terrified to be seen with him as they fight to keep their jobs in November. Obama delivered a fiery State of the Union speech Tuesday night that was more about style than substance, drawing jeers for avoiding mention of the scandals that have plagued his administration since his last speech to a joint session of Congress. The president raised eyebrows and Republicans´ hackles before the address by threatening to go around Congress to implement his agenda, but proceeded

  



Threats to Sochi Olympics Whistleblower:
´You Will Be Drowned in Blood!´
ABC News, by Cindy Gall, Rym Montaz and Brian Ross    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 7:43:07 AM     Post Reply
A Russian businessmen said he is a "marked man" after publicly alleging officials in the office of President Vladimir Putin demanded payoffs in exchange for Olympic construction contracts in Sochi. "You will be drowned in blood," Valery Morozov said he was told after fleeing Russia for Great Britain in the wake of his allegations of rampant corruption surrounding the Olympics. "The contract is there," Morozov told ABC News for a report to be broadcast tonight on ABC News´ "World News With Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline". He says he believes the greatest chance of an attempt on his life will come after the Olympic

Poll: Sarah Palin had highest favorability
rating among GOP primary voters
Breitbart, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: philsner- 1/30/2014 7:25:41 AM     Post Reply
Though former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not included in a Public Policy Polling survey of potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders, she was still overwhelmingly the most liked person among Republican primary voters. According to Public Policy Polling: The best liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin who has a 70/20 favorability rating. She´s followed by Huckabee at 64/18, Ryan at 58/18, Paul at 58/21, Bush at 56/18, Cruz at 45/20, and Christie at 40/38. Most of those numbers are similar to what they were a month ago but Christie´s seen a substantial drop

Short list of providers for cheap
plans frustrating to enrollees
Arizona Republic [Phoenix,AZ], by Ken Alltucker    Original Article
Posted By: fiesta del sol- 1/30/2014 7:18:40 AM     Post Reply
Some Arizonans who secured health coverage through the federal marketplace are now finding that their new plans drastically limit the providers they can use. Metro Phoenix and Tucson residents who signed up for plans with so-called narrow networks have discovered fewer options for primary-care doctors, specialists, hospitals, pharmacies, labs and clinics. And some rural Arizonans purchasing the least-expensive plan in their communities have discovered that the nearest participating doctor is 200 miles away. Insurers and brokers acknowledge that some consumers are confused by the narrow networks, a strategy health insurers embrace to lower costs.

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