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House GOP gathers to plot
immigration, debt ceiling strategies
Washington Examiner (DC), by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 12:07:31 PM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- House Republican leaders on Thursday took pains to emphasize that, like President Obama, they, too, have solutions to improve the lives of middle-class Americans. And in their view, better solutions. But the undercurrent driving their annual policy and political retreat along the banks of the Chesapeake Bay is how they plan to tackle immigration reform and the debt ceiling, which must be raised by the end of February to avoid a federal default. During a news conference, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said his leadership team would present principles for overhauling U.S. immigration law to their members,

Suspended NFL player Richie
Incognito claims texts show
Jonathan Martin wasn´t bullied
Fox News, by Charlie Gasparino    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 12:07:17 PM     Post Reply
Richie Incognito is fighting back. The Miami Dolphins offensive lineman who was suspended by his team for allegedly bullying teammate Jonathan Martin fully intends to return to pro football as a free agent in the 2014 season, people close to him tell Fox News. What´s more, Incognito has hired high-profile public relations firm Sitrick & Co. to mount a public defense and rebut allegations he bullied Martin, while his attorneys have turned over information to the National Football League that they believe shows Martin to be a troubled player both on and off the field, who at times made inflammatory

Cruz Vows Spending Fight on
Debt Cap Boehner May Avoid
Bloomberg News, by Kathleen Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 12:04:00 PM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz vowed to use a debate over raising the federal debt ceiling as leverage to extract a new round of U.S. spending cuts, even as House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that defaulting would be “the wrong thing” for the country. Cruz, the Texas Republican who led the fight to defund Obamacare that contributed to a 16-day partial government shutdown in October, said today he wouldn’t give in to Democratic demands to raise the debt limit without conditions. “We should not raise the debt ceiling without significant structural reforms that address the out of control spending and out

  


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Dem Casualty List Grows
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/30/2014 12:03:57 PM     Post Reply
Each week, it seems another Democrat lawmaker announces their retirement from Congress. On Thursday, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) joined the growing list. It is only January, but 11 Democrat lawmakers have said they are quitting at the end of this current term. Sen. Max Baucus (MT) Sen. Tom Harkin (IA) Sen. Carl Levin (MI) Sen. Jay Rockefeller (WV) Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY) Rep. George Miller (CA) Rep. Jim Moran (VA) Rep. Jim Matheson (UT) Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC) Rep. Bill Owens (NY) Rep. Henry Waxman (CA) All the lawmakers, with the exception of Owens had a lot of seniority and

More than 400 snakes
found at Santa Ana home
Orange County Register, by ALYSSA DURANTY    Original Article
Posted By: jubal- 1/30/2014 12:03:16 PM     Post Reply
Neighbors knew Bill Buchman had a snake. But they had no idea how many snakes were slithering, coiling and dying in his North Fernwood Drive home until Wednesday. That was when police served a warrant, gagging at the stench that betrayed the elementary school teacher who moonlighted as a snake breeder. The smell rolled into the street and over a gathering of friends, neighbors and gawkers. It swept over a team of police in biohazard jumpsuits and facemasks as they pulled 182 live pythons – and more than 240 dead ones – from Buchman’s rodent-infested home.

Academic Poison: Professor Says
Bin Laden Was A ‘Freedom Fighter’
In Required Textbook
PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 12:00:28 PM     Post Reply
The Idiot Class- Usama bin Laden was a freedom fighter and the U.S. is a “neocolonial power,” according to a California state university teacher whose writings are required reading for his political science students. Emmit Evans, a political science lecturer at the public university Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, requires students in his “World Food Systems” class to read the textbook he co-authored, “The Other World.” In the book, about politics in the developing world, Evans offers up a sanitized version of the 9/11 mastermind and the terrorist group he headed. “The Al Qaeda movement of Osama bin Laden is one example

Sen. McConnell: New IRS Rule Trying
to Silence Conservative Groups
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 11:23:35 AM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is accusing the Obama administration of trying to silence conservatives. McConnell was on The Kelly File tonight, where he said that the administration is initiating a new rule through the Treasury Department and IRS which will aim to quiet the voices of outside groups, specifically conservatives. He said the tax-exempt category that the rule focuses on is the same category that the IRS targeted during the 2012 campaign. “So now what I think they’ve decided to do is to take these people off the playing field, and if it hits a few liberals, fine,

  


  

Henry Waxman, 20-Term
Democrat, Leaving House
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 11:15:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, a diminutive Democratic giant whose 40 years in the House produced some of the most important legislation of the era, will announce on Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the year. Mr. Waxman, 74, joins the growing list of House members who are calling it quits, many in disappointment over the partisanship and ineffectiveness of a Congress that may end up as the least productive in history. “It’s been frustrating because of the extremism of Tea Party Republicans,” Mr. Waxman said

Henry Waxman to retire at
end of congressional session
Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 11:13:42 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), one of the most prolific and successful lawmakers of the modern era, has decided to retire at the end of this congressional session. “Forty years have gone by very quickly. I have a great deal of satisfaction in our legislative accomplishments. There’s obviously more to be done,” Waxman, 74, said Wednesday in an interview. “But I’m in good health, and my family is in good health. This is a good time to move on and have another chapter if I am to do anything after Congress.” The walls of his suite in the Rayburn House

´You were warned!´ Al Roker and National
Weather Service hit back at politicians
blaming bad forecasts for chaos in the*
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle, James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2014 11:13:17 AM     Post Reply
The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic is slowly moving again but a storm is now brewing over who exactly is at fault for the South´s winter weather fiasco. Weatherman Al Roker and the National Weather Service hit back at politicians in the South who have pointed the finger at inaccurate forecasts as the reason why authorities were so ill-prepared for snowfall and icy conditions which led to chaos on the roads. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Tuesday that the storm was ´unexpected´ and ´we can´t control Mother Nature´. However NBC´s Al Roker completely rebuffed this claim on

Manning and Sherman:
Profiles in Greatness
Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 1/30/2014 11:10:36 AM     Post Reply
“It’s hard to be humble,” Muhammad Ali rationalized, “when you’re as great as I am.” In Sunday’s contest between No. 1s, the Super Bowl’s two most visible faces — Bronco Peyton Manning and Seahawk Richard Sherman — are case studies of Ali’s theory. Manning is football’s undisputed heavyweight champion, whose aww-shucks humility belies — and explains — his unrivaled ownership of five NFL MVP awards. Quick to credit his teammates, even after a seven-touchdown performance, the 13-time Pro Bowler and comeback king leaves it to others to laud his game. With his legacy on the line in his third Super Bowl, Manning is

  


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The road to hell
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/30/2014 11:03:27 AM     Post Reply
Max Boot notices that although “President Obama’s State of the Union included the following pledge: ‘Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our defenses and combat new threats like cyberattacks. (Snip) War is no more. The lawyers have simply defined it out of existence. After all, if you don’t go to Congress for authorization, where’s the war? It is a condition of what used to be called strategic mindlessness. But this time it’s a bug, not a feature. It’s not just Max Boot and Kevin Baron who’ve noticed that the cat has gone away. The rats know it too. Pyongyang is

Stanford law prof: Second Amendment
is about restricting gun rights
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 11:01:54 AM     Post Reply
A Stanford University law professor took the view that the Second Amendment permits strong gun control, telling the crowd that “restriction has to be at the core” of the right to carry a gun. John J. Donohue, a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, made his remarks during a debate with attorney Donald Kilmer, an adjunct professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. “I support the right to self-defense,” said Donohue during the debate, according to The Stanford Review. “But that doesn’t mean that you have a right to high-capacity magazines.” Donohue explained that the Second Amendment must

Jimmy Kimmel Live Gets Pedestrian
Reactions to SOTU… Before It Happened
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 10:57:04 AM     Post Reply
As he’s done before for the Inauguration and the Super Bowl, Jimmy Kimmel sent his roving correspondent out onto Hollywood Boulevard in the days before last night’s State of the Union to get pedestrians’ reactions to the speech that hadn’t happened yet. The more times the late night hosts pulls his “Lie Witness News” prank on the somehow unsuspecting public, the less surprising it is that people have all kinds of opinions on something they blatantly haven’t seen. From House Speaker John Boehner falling asleep to President Barack Obama faking a heart attack at the end of his speech, these

House-passed farm bill bans gov’t from
food stamp advertising, promotion
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:54:06 AM     Post Reply
A new House-passed farm bill bans the Department of Agriculture from actively recruiting or advertising for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. On Wednesday, the House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, a five-year farm bill, by a vote of 251-166. “[N]o funds authorized to be appropriated under this Act shall be used by the Secretary for — ‘(A) recruitment activities designed to persuade an individual to apply for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits; ‘(B) television, radio, or billboard advertisements that are designed to promote supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits and enrollment; or ‘(C) any agreements with

  


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The GOP and Social Issues:
Another Perspective
PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:48:09 AM     Post Reply
On the question whether the Republican Party ought to de-emphasize social issues, I find myself more in the Bryan Preston camp than in Roger Simon’s. That’s ironic because, though I’m drawn to the logic of Bryan’s “Where do the surrenders end?” argument, the brute fact is: the political divide in the country has almost nothing to do with logic. It is, instead, about “us versus them.” Roger thus gets closer to the heart of the matter when he contends that “fairly or not,” opposition to gay marriage – today’s hotly contested social issue – is used “to paint the right

Why on Earth Is Jeb Bush Still
‘Undecided’ on a 2016 Run?
PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/30/2014 10:30:21 AM     Post Reply
On what planet is this a good idea?!? Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been rumored to be a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016 and Wednesday he did nothing to end the speculation when asked about a possible run. (Snip) Jeb isn’t crazy or delusional, and he is not still entertaining these thoughts because he is a raging egomaniac. This is happening because there are still power players in the upper echelons of the GOP who would sincerely like Jeb to run. The old-money players are very much of the opinion that there is a queue in the GOP

Obama Speechwriter: The Keep
Your Plan Pledge Wasn´t
"Examined Closely Enough"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:27:13 AM     Post Reply
At an AEI event on the secrets of the State of the Union speech, former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett acknowledged that the "keep your health care plan" pledge didn´t turn out to be as accurate as the administration planned. JON LOVETT: I can tell you that that that statement that that that about the way the law was work was something that was perhaps not examined closely enough at the time, but it was never, ever something that was viewed as not being true but something that should be said anyway. It was viewed as something that largely described the

An American Tragedy
FrontPage, by Bruce Bawer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/30/2014 10:25:21 AM     Post Reply
In his fascinating new memoir, Civilian Warriors, Erik Prince – founder of Blackwater, the security firm that became world-famous for its pivotal role in the “war on terror” – tackles head-on the claim, often voiced by critics of his company, that the involvement of private military contractors (PMCs) in an American war is a radical and morally questionable departure from national tradition. On the contrary, argues Prince, Christopher Columbus, like Prince himself, was a PMC – an Italian who led his own military force under contract to Spain. Prince takes us to Lafayette Square, near the White House, where statues

Obama´s latest crop of ambassadors,
clueless like the boss
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/30/2014 10:17:04 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has never shown any great respect for ambassadors, a president´s hand-picked representative to another country. You´ll remember how shook up this president was over the 2012 murders of Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi; Obama flew off to Las Vegas fundraisers before the bodies were even cold. But two of Obama´s recent ambassadorial choices reveal the Democrat´s uber-political modus operandi—Max Baucus and George Tsunis.

  



Easter egg in Old Spice Super Bowl
ad yields two tickets to curious fan
Chicago Sun-Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 10:15:06 AM     Post Reply
There’s a reason why all commercials, movies and television shows use numbers with a 555 prefix — because they’re all fake and will prevent people from calling them and harassing the person on the other end. But what happens when a real number shows up, like in Old Spice’s Super Bowl commercial slated to run on Sunday? The leaked ad surfaced on Mashable. “I saw this girl giving out her number to a guy in the commercial; turned out it was a real number, so I called it,” said Scott Knowlton, a Buzz:60 producer who was researching commercials for a possible story. And he’s

Michelle Obama Asks Hollywood
for a ´Big Fat Check´
U.S. News & World Report, by Nikki Schwab    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:13:44 AM     Post Reply
Attending a DNC fundraiser that was originally scheduled during October´s government shutdown, first lady Michelle Obama was the special guest of "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife Monica Horan Wednesday night at their home in a gated community in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park. Obama, according to the White House pool report, made a big deal about the November midterm elections to the crowd, which included singer and actress Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin. The first lady told the champagne-sipping attendees exactly what they could do to get engaged. "You can write a check,

Convicted murderer arrested for
shooting teenager in convenience store
Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], by Jody Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/30/2014 10:05:49 AM     Post Reply
That freedom and fresh air Timothy McKinney was talking about as he walked out of court a free man last spring didn’t last too long. McKinney, convicted of killing a Memphis police officer and sent to death row before winning a reprieve last May, is in trouble again. This time, he’s accused of pulling a pistol and firing several shots inside a North Memphis convenience store, striking a 14-year-old girl in the leg. McKinney, 39, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, using a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of reckless endangerment.

Complaint: Wendy Davis failed
to disclose income, lobbyist ties
Townhall, by Jon Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 10:02:17 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON – An ethics complaint filed against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis this week argues that Davis has failed to disclose all of her sources of income and ties to lobbyists, as required by state law. According to the complaint, Davis failed to disclose more than $25,000 in interest and dividends she earned from 2010 to 2012 on the personal financial statements she filed those years. Davis also failed to disclose that she was paid by the employer of a lobbyist — namely, the law firm of Cantey Hanger, LLP. Cantey Hanger lists Davis as “of counsel” to the firm. It

Reports: Lunches seized from Utah
schoolkids because of unpaid bills
NBC News [Salt Lake City], by Henry Austin    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/30/2014 9:57:14 AM     Post Reply
Dozens of children at a Utah school had their lunches seized and thrown away because they did not have enough money in their accounts, prompting an angry response from parents, it was reported. "She took my lunch away and said, ´Go get a milk,’” Sophia Isom, a fifth-grader at Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School, told NBC affiliate KSL.com. "I came back and asked, ´What´s going on?´ (Snip) Salt Lake City District Spokesperson Jason Olsen told the Tribune that parents had been notified about negative balances on Monday and a child nutrition manager had decided to withhold lunches to deal

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