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Three cheers for Scarlett Johansson´s
stand against the ugly, illiberal
Boycott Israel movement
Telegraph [UK], by Brendan O´Neill    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2014 5:03:31 PM     Post Reply
As if her otherworldly beauty and screen presence were not enough, here is another reason to love Scarlett Johansson: Oxfam, of which she was an ambassador, hinted that she should cut her ties with SodaStream on the basis that it maintains factories in Israeli settlements and she responded by cutting her ties with Oxfam! What’s not to love about this story? [Snip] But instead the celeb basically tells the worthy charity to get stuffed and says she will carry on working with and promoting the Israeli company. Ever since she was signed up as the face of SodaStream, Ms Johansson

Prey in the blackboard jungle: Shocking
video shows teacher stuck in the middle
of a violent classroom fight as the rest
of her students do nothing to help
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/30/2014 5:00:22 PM     Post Reply
A shocking video shows a teacher helplessly stuck in the middle of a classroom fight - with no one coming to her aid. The footage, recorded by a teenage boy in the class at Gibbs High School in St Petersburg, Florida, shows two young girls exchanging a war of words with their classmates egging them on. The female teacher initially stands between the girls, trying to get them to calm down, but then the students start lashing out at each other - and she can do nothing but stand back and watch. Other students clear tables to make way for

Sandra Fluke may seek
Henry Waxman House seat
Politico Pro, by Kyle Cheney    Original Article
Posted By: kofcfn- 1/30/2014 4:35:14 PM     Post Reply
Sandra Fluke, who became an instant celebrity when she was denied the opportunity to testify at an all-male hearing on Obamacare’s contraception requirements, is “strongly considering” a bid for Rep. Henry Waxman’s congressional seat, according to KPCC, a Southern California radio station. “I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate,” she told the station. “A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running.”



Amanda Knox found guilty of
murder again by Italian court
CNN, by Marie-Louise Gumuchlan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 4:12:48 PM     Post Reply
[Breaking news update at 4:00 p.m. ET] An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night. Prosecutors said the couple had killed Meredith Kercher in 2007. They were convicted two years later of murder, but those charges were overturned on appeal in 2011. It is unlikely Knox, who lives in Seattle, Washington, will return to Italy to serve additional prison time because U.S. law dictates that a person cannot be tried twice on the same charge, a legal expert tells CNN.

Province of Ontario announces minimum
wage hike same time as Obama
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/30/2014 3:58:34 PM     Post Reply
One day before President Barack Obama announced he was boosting the minimum wage from $7.25-an-hour to $10.10 an hour, at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, the Liberal Ontario Government announced a coming increase to Ontario’s minimum wage. Talk about global government by coordination! Ontario may be a long way from Washington, D.C., but the ties that bind between here and DC are family tight. Ontario Liberal MPP and Deputy Speaker Bas Balkissoon—who posted the coming Ontario Minimum Wage boost on his personal website—is the father-in-law of Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, Laura who is married to Balkissoon’s son, Tony, both lawyers having met at

Sen. Udall´s son arrested for
drugs, breaking into cars
KUSA-TV 9News [Denver], by Brandon Rittiman    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/30/2014 3:22:44 PM     Post Reply
The son of US Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) faces felony charges in Boulder County for breaking into cars and possessing heroin. According to the Boulder County Sheriff´s Office, 26-year-old Jed Udall was released on bond Wednesday night after being booked on three counts of first-degree criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance. All four counts are felonies. Deputies say Jed Udall broke into three cars on the 4700 block of Eldorado Springs Drive around noon on Wednesday, saying that they also found heroin on Jed Udall at the time. Sen. Udall and his wife Maggie have two children, Jed,

Wendy Davis Comes
to a Moment of Truth
Time Magazine, by Hilary Hylton    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/30/2014 3:10:50 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to portraits, a gauzy look can be a welcome thing for people of a certain age. But politics takes place in an unforgiving spotlight, as Texas Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis discovered when the Dallas Morning News exposed discrepancies in her oft-told tale of bootstrapping her way from single motherhood in a Fort Worth trailer park to graduating from Harvard Law School. That narrative has been central to Davis’ appeal as she seeks to translate the national attention from her marathon filibuster in defense of abortion rights last year into votes for her underdog candidacy this year.



Maduro opens Hugo Chávez
Museum in Havana
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/30/2014 2:53:46 PM     Post Reply
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro took part in the opening of the Hugo Chávez Museum located in San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress, Havana. The ceremony was held within the framework of the Second Presidential Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, (Celac). "Chávez was the warrior of the light, the warrior of ideas who found the lost paths," said Maduro during the opening ceremony attended by several heads of state, including the presidents of Uruguay, José "Pepe" Mujica; Bolivia, Evo Morales; and Cuba´s Raúl Castro.

AG to seek death penalty against
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Boston Herald, by John Zaremba    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 2:49:09 PM     Post Reply
Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz announced today. The much-anticipated decision by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. comes months after Ortiz´s office made a top-secret recommendation on whether they would seek capital punishment against Tsarnaev, who authorities say planned and carried out the attack that killed three and injured more than 260 on April 15. "Today, United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. authorized the government to seek the death penalty in the case of United States v. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev," Ortiz said in a

Obama MyRA proposal unlikely
to boost retirement savings
Los Angeles Times, by Walter Hamilton    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 2:48:48 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s plan to tackle the U.S. retirement crisis is ambitious and well-intentioned but unlikely to have much of an effect, experts say. In his State of the Union address, Obama proposed a new type of retirement account for the 4 in 10 Americans who don´t have access to 401(k) plans at their jobs. The accounts, dubbed MyRA, would offer guaranteed investment returns, no fees and tax-free profits. But Obama´s proposal rests on a pair of uncertain assumptions: that employers would be willing to offer the accounts and that financially stretched low-income workers would agree to participate in them.

As world ages, immigration
seen as big boost to US
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 2:45:10 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Americans are among the least likely to be concerned about retirement security, or to view the growing number of older people as a major concern, a new global study finds. The analysis of surveys across 21 nations by the Pew Research Center is timely because it details some of the benefits of immigration as lawmakers in the U.S. debate an overhaul of immigration laws: higher population growth and a slower rate of population aging. The surveys found that people in nations where the population is aging less swiftly, such as the U.S., are less likely to be worried about



Firearms Company Beretta USA
to Create 300 Jobs in Tennessee
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 2:41:22 PM     Post Reply
Historically located in Maryland, Beretta USA is expanding its operations to Tennessee where the company will open up a new plant, creating 300 new jobs. Beretta is planning to pour $45 million in investment money into the new plant, which will be built in Gallatin Industrial Park. The company is being welcomed with open arms by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. “Beretta is one of the world’s greatest companies, and their decision to expand into Tennessee speaks to the standards of craftsmanship and quality our state’s workforce embraces every day,” Haslam said in an announcement. “Attracting a legendary company like Beretta

Black America: Stop The Insanity!
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 2:14:21 PM     Post Reply
Remember that spiky-haired blonde fitness guru all over TV years ago? Her famous line was "Stop the insanity!" As a commonsense-thinking black conservative, I offer the same clarion call to fellow black Americans: "Stop the insanity!" Why do you continue sleeping with the enemy, voting for liberal Democrats whose policies imply that you are inferior, stupid, and culturally immoral? When the NAACP and Democrats claim that requiring a photo ID disenfranchises blacks, such implies we are stupid. For the life of me, I do not understand why millions of blacks are not highly insulted by this absurd claim. Do blacks fly?

Crist, 8 points up on Scott,
names campaign manager
Tampa Tribune [FL], by William March    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 2:03:12 PM     Post Reply
TAMPA ­­— A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Charlie Crist with a larger lead in the governor’s race than other recent polls at the same time the Crist campaign is leaking news he has hired a campaign manager with strong Tampa ties. The poll shows Crist up 46-38 percent over Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a contrast with two other recent polls that showed Crist clinging to narrow leads. (Snip) Crist’s campaign manager will be Omar Khan, a veteran Florida political operative and Obama administration appointee, and a former University of South Florida student body president.

Will Nancy Pelosi Be
the Next to Retire?
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 1:26:53 PM     Post Reply
With Rep. Henry Waxman´s retirement announcement, many of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi´s top lieutenants are abandoning ship. Waxman joins his California colleague, Rep. George Miller, and Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia as close Pelosi allies to retire after this Congress. And last July, Pelosi´s leading in-house strategist Jen Crider announced she was decamping from her office to work for Microsoft. Their decisions are as strong a signal as any that veteran House Democrats hold little hope of taking the House in 2014, and they probably are pessimistic about their long-term prospects for a congressional majority. Miller and Waxman would



Scarborough’s ‘Super Bowl Ad’
Proclaims Him ‘Most Interesting
Morning Anchor in the World’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 1:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Morning Joe debuted its “Super Bowl ad” Thursday morning, in which host Joe Scarborough is portrayed as the Most Interesting Morning Television Anchor in the Whole World. If you need to be told what it’s spoofing, there’s nothing Mediaite can do for you. The ad mostly makes light, no pun intended, of how early the show is. “I don’t often get up on time,” Scarborough said, “but when I do, I’m on Morning Joe. Stay sleepy, my friends.” The hosts joked that the ad would air during the second quarter of this weekend’s professional football championship, and had cost MSNBC

Sen. Mike Lee Grills Eric Holder
on Executive Orders: ‘But You’re
the Attorney General…’
Mediaite, by Matt Willstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 1:19:02 PM     Post Reply
The day after he delivered the official tea party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) aggressively challenged Attorney General Eric Holder on the constitutional basis for the executive orders Obama announced in his speech. After questioning Holder about NSA surveillance programs, Lee moved on to discuss the president’s renewed efforts to bypass Congress with executive orders. He asked Holder specifically about the legal basis for the executive order that effectively delayed the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. “I’ll be honest with you, I have not seen — I don’t remember looking at or

More States Are Quietly Becoming Republican
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 1:15:51 PM     Post Reply
A Gallup Poll in late January showed that more and more states are becoming Republican. Gallup tells us that 14 of the 50 states have a clear majority of respondents calling themselves "Republicans," and 17 of the 50 states have a clear majority of respondents calling themselves "Democrats." This, however, dramatically understates the growing Republican advantage in many states. The following 14 states are presented by Gallup as neither Democrat nor Republican: Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio. Election results, however, suggest a strong Republican trend. State legislatures are the

CA drought drying up Hearst
Castle´s fountains and pool
McClatchy News (Wash.DC), by Bert Etling    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 12:35:25 PM     Post Reply
Hearst Castle visitors will soon find dusty buses, dry fountains and an empty pool, thanks to one of the worst droughts in California history. Springs that supply the state historical monument are running at just one-sixth normal, said Nick Franco, superintendent of the San Luis Obispo Coast District of State Parks. Only 47,000 gallons a day now flow from the springs, which State Parks shares with the Hearst Ranch, down from a normal of 285,000 gallons a day in a normal year. That means a trio of reservoirs that typically are filled with 2.75 million gallons of water this time

How does Obama stack up
on women’s pay himself?
McClatchy News (Wash.DC), by Lesley Clark    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 12:27:14 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama calls it “wrong” and an “embarrassment” that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, saying women deserve equal pay for equal work. “At a time when women make up about half of the workforce, but still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns – we’ve got to finish the job and give women the tools they need to fight for equal pay,” Obama said Wednesday in Maryland, calling for an end to “workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.” His remarks echoed what he said the night before


‘I slugged 78-year-old
woman in self-defense’
New York Post, by Josh Saul    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 12:26:10 PM     Post Reply
An unhinged Brooklyn man accused of punching seven women — including a 78-year-old — in brutal “knockout” attacks last year told cops he attacked six of them in “self-defense,” and hit another woman because she almost made him spill his Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, court papers revealed Wednesday. Barry Baldwin, 35, hit the women in seven separate attacks in Canarsie and Midwood between Nov. 7 and Dec. 27, court papers state. His Jan. 3 arrest came in the midst of a slew of possible “knockout game” attacks — in which innocent people are sucker-punched by thrill-seeking punks — including multiple attacks against Orthodox

RNC Chair Calls for MSNBC
Boycott over Race Tweet
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 12:19:35 PM     Post Reply
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is launching a boycott of MSNBC over an incendiary tweet from the network that suggested "the rightwing" would "hate" a television ad featuring a biracial family, Breitbart News has learned. "Until you personally and publicly apologize for this behavior, I have banned all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC. I have asked Republican surrogates and officials to follow our lead," Priebus told MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a letter sent today. Priebus also sent a memo to Republican officials and surrogates urging them not to appear

House GOP to Obama: Let´s Do
a ´Year of Action´ Together
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 12:19:20 PM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Maryland--House Republicans responding to President Obama´s State of the Union vow to move forward on a “year of action” with or without Congress say they agree and want to partner with him. “We heard the president say this should be a year of action and that is our goal. We join the president in this effort to make this a year of action,” GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers told reporters here. The top four House Republicans also sent Obama a letter this morning outlining areas of agreement where the two can collaborate. The letter notes, “Of course, under

CFPB HQ rehab to cost more
than Trump Towers
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2014 12:14:28 PM     Post Reply
Congress is warning Americans that the agency charged with safeguarding their wallet -- the Consumer Financial Protection Agency -- is orchestrating a huge taxpayer rip off, renovating their downtown headquarters for nearly as much as the building is worth. “You are spending more per square foot than the Trump World Tower” cost to build, jabbed Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chair of the House Committee on Financial Services, at CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “You are spending more than the Bellagio Hotel and Casino” cost to build in Las Vegas, he added at a hearing this week. At issue is the $114 million-$145 million

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