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Capitol Police won´t pursue
case against NY Rep. Grimm
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 7:46:01 PM     Post Reply
United States Capitol Police told The Hill on Friday that it won’t pursue a case against Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) regarding his confrontation with a reporter this week. “Consistent with our law enforcement responsibilities, we looked into the event, determined there isn’t a complainant and have closed the matter,” Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus told The Hill. The decision comes a day after Fox News reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia was considering pressing charges against Grimm for threatening a reporter at the Capitol on Tuesday after the State of the Union address. The U.S.

Obama Pollster Gaffe: Income
Inequality ´A Bit Overhyped´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/31/2014 7:43:01 PM     Post Reply
Last month, President Barack Obama hailed income inequality as "the defining challenge of our time." Politico says nervous Democrats are "convinced" the issue will help stave off midterm election losses to Republicans. On Wednesday, however, Obama´s own pollster, Joel Benenson, told reporters at a Democratic gathering he believes "the attention on inequality is a bit overhyped." Benenson said the widening gap between rich and poor is "a real issue in America"; however, CS Monitor says Obama´s pollster "doesn´t think Americans resent people at the top who have done well--as long as the playing field is level." Benenson´s comments echo recent

Maine’s highest court: Transgender
student’s rights were violated
Portland (Maine) Press-Herald, by Matt Byrne    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 7:41:52 PM     Post Reply
The rights of a transgender girl from Orono were violated when school administrators made her use a staff bathroom at her elementary school instead of the girls’ restroom, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday. The ruling is the first in which a state supreme court has affirmed a transgender person’s right to equal access to restrooms in places of public accommodation. Lawyers representing Nicole Maines, who is now 16, said the decision could lay a foundation for other states’ courts that are facing questions about the emerging rights of people who identify as the opposite of their birth gender.



Bloomberg tapped to be UN
cities, climate change envoy
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 7:18:35 PM     Post Reply
UNITED NATIONS — Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was appointed Friday to be the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, a position that will give the billionaire businessman and philanthropist an international stage to press for action to combat global warming. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chose Bloomberg, who made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor and was very outspoken on how cities should be run to cope with ever increasing populations without harming the environment. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Bloomberg will assist the U.N. chief in his consultations with mayors

Inside the GOP´s Immigration
´Principles´ Showdown
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 6:58:03 PM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Maryland—House leadership began the closed-door immigration meeting Thursday by passing out their immigration "principles" just as the first news stories about what was in them were starting to pop. But if the public rollout of the document seemed like an announcement, the feeling inside the room was much more tentative. Speaker John Boehner, in particular, surprised many in the audience with his tepid words on behalf of moving forward. "He seemed timid or reluctant to suggest that this was anything but a discusssion," Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) told Breitbart News. "He even said, he made the statement—which I found surprising --

If GOP Leadership Pushes Immigration Reform,
House’s Rising Stars Are Likely to Campaign
Against It
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 6:45:12 PM     Post Reply
One tacit premise of the Republican House leadership’s push for immigration reform is that it’s good politics. The four members of the GOP conference stepping on to a larger stage this year, as candidates for the U.S. Senate, will probably disagree, and the 2014 campaign season may pit House leaders, chief among them Speaker John Boehner, who are campaigning for reform, against some of the party’s rising stars who are likely to crisscross their states inveighing against it. Two of the GOP’s Senate candidates, West Virginia congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Arkansas congressman Tom Cotton, are considered up-and-comers in the party.

Did alien life flourish straight after the
Big Bang? New theory claims we may
be latecomers to the universe
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 6:42:27 PM     Post Reply
Humans may have been a late arrival to a universe full of alien life, a new theory has claimed. Harvard astrophysicist Abraham Loeb believes that exoplanets warmed by radiation from the big bang may have been teeming with life just 15 million years after it occurred. The earliest evidence of life on Earth so far found dates from 3.8 billion years ago, around 700 million years after our planet formed. ´When the universe was 15 million years old, the cosmic microwave background had a temperature of a warm summer day on Earth,´ he told Space.com. ´If rocky planets existed at that epoch, then the



NBC In Miami Calls Republican
Party ´Reprehensible´
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 6:29:19 PM     Post Reply
NBC does it again, this time through a Miami affiliate that broadcast a graphic (see above) that read: "Reprehensible Party of Florida." You have to ask yourself what kind of culture there is at NBC News that makes staffers believe that dehumanizing Republicans in this way is okay. This isn´t a one-off. It is a troubling pattern that just never stops. The full segment is below: Lenny Curry, the Republican Party of Florida Chairman, fired off a letter to the station demanding an apology and floating the idea of legal action: President and General Manager Larry Olevitch WTVJ - NBC MIAMI Vice President of

Will Obama´s proposed retirement account
plan muster bi-partisan support?
Fox News, by Doug McKelway    Original Article
Posted By: SallyHerigstad- 1/31/2014 6:06:25 PM     Post Reply
In the polarized atmosphere of Washington, President Obama may have found that rare idea with bi-partisan appeal - his plan for new, federally-backed savings accounts for low and middle income wage earners called MyRA, short for My Retirement Account. "What it is, it´s a new type of savings bond that we can set up without legislation that encourages Americans to begin to build a nest egg," Obama told a crowd in West Miflin, Pa. the day after he unveiled the MyRA plan in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.

Christie denies allegation from
Port Authority official
Daily Caller, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/31/2014 6:05:12 PM     Post Reply
Responding to an allegation lodged against him by a disgruntled official at the center of the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reiterated on Friday that he had no direct knowledge about the infamous lane closings last year. An attorney for David Wildstein — the former Port Authority official who oversaw the closings and lost his job as a result — said in a letter released Friday that “evidence exists” that ties Christie to the closings. “Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the Governor has said all along – he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before

Ex-Port Authority Official Says ‘Evidence
Exists’ Christie Knew About Lane Closings
New York Times, by KATE ZERNIKE    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/31/2014 6:02:28 PM     Post Reply
The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, central to the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said on Friday that “evidence exists” the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening.In a letter released by his lawyer, the former official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence



Prince Charles slams
climate-change deniers
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:46:38 PM     Post Reply
LONDON -- Prince Charles has called people who deny human-made climate change a "headless chicken brigade" who are ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence. The heir to the British throne, a dedicated environmentalist, accused "powerful groups of deniers" of mounting "a barrage of sheer intimidation" against opponents. He made the comments at a Buckingham Palace awards ceremony on Thursday. Charles said it was "baffling ... that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything - until, that is, it comes to climate science." He praised finalists for the Prince of Wales

It Ought to Be
Curtains for the TSA
National Review, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/31/2014 5:44:05 PM     Post Reply
It has been the worst kept secret of the last decade: a truth that dared speak its name only when muttered quietly, a ruse that has been justified and rejustified on grounds that would never traditionally pass muster; and a target for Americans across the political board — for the recalcitrant, for the complaisant, and for those somewhere in between. It, of course, is the TSA — that vain, extravagant, and unhappily anxious piece of post-9/11 performance art that has been extended far beyond Broadway and out onto a permanent tour of the provinces, in whose airports a cast of

S&P 500 ends January with
a loss: Bad 2014 omen?
USA Today, by Adam Shell and Kim Hjelmgaard    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 5:42:47 PM     Post Reply
Stocks finished the day and the week with losses Friday as Wall Street posted the first negative January for the Standard & Poor´s 500 since 2010 -- a poor start that history says could bode ill for the remainder of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 149.76 points, or 0.9%, to 15,698.85. The S&P 500 closed down 11.60 points, 0.7%, to 1,782.59. The tech-laden Nasdaq composite ended down 19.25 points, 0.5%, to 4,103.88. The Dow had earlier tumbled as much as 230 points -- its biggest drop since Friday, when it gave up 318 points. The drop

Making Sense of the Senseless
Ruslimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:31:13 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Now, let me close the loop on immigration. We sit here, it doesn´t make any sense. It´s the end of the Republican Party. The polling data all shows it. The people that would be granted amnesty are not gonna vote Republican because of this or anything else. I mean, not without a lot of work. And the Republican Party being so publicly for amnesty is not going to change how these people vote. I don´t know if the Republicans think that´s going to happen. I do know that the prevailing thought or theory is really baked in total defensiveness. "Don´t



Jobless claims rise more than expected
Reuters, by Lucia Mutikani    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 5:24:11 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the underlying trend suggested the labor market continued to heal. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 3,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast first-time applications for jobless benefits rising to 330,000 in the week ended January 25. The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of underlying labor market conditions

Obama´s Version of Equality is Defined
by the Lowest Common Denominator
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:21:56 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The president has been on this kick lately of income inequality and fixing it. We gotta do something about economic inequality, educational inequality and income inequality. It´s just all equality. We gotta do something about it! The president said, "If the Congress doesn´t do anything about it, I have a pen, and I have a phone, and I will do it myself." Now, the way liberals go about changing inequality. A, the whole premise is flawed because you can´t. There is no such thing as equality, other than of opportunity and before the law. But there is no equality of

‘Run, Sandra, run!’ Democrati
lawmaker welcomes Sandra Fluke
congressional campaign
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 5:20:01 PM     Post Reply
New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney wholeheartedly endorsed a rumored congressional campaign by birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, saying she’d make a “terrific” candidate and urging her to “run, Sandra, run!” Maloney made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC Friday, after the anchor asked her thoughts on the announced retirement of twenty-term New York Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. The lawmaker noted that Waxman’s retirement is part of a broader trend in Congress, where many legislators are leaving in frustration over Capitol gridlock. “There’s a frustration of inability to work together to get things done,” she explained. But Maloney became excited at the

Amnesty is Suicide
for GOP -- and America
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:18:45 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Look, I don´t care how you slice it, folks, it just doesn´t make any sense. Even the most accepted, and some might say logical explanation, it doesn´t make sense, and here´s what it is. Why are the Republicans willing to commit suicide? Because that´s what it is. Let´s review. Last fall, remember, leading up to the government shutdown, the Republican Party leadership is making sure they´re out there, they´re publicly saying, "Focus on Obamacare. Get rid of Obamacare. We gotta get rid of Obamacare." They wanted us to think that´s what they´re focusing on, and do not lose sight of

Hillary Clinton Is The Biggest Democratic
Presidential Nomination Frontrunner Ever
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 5:18:38 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton is the biggest frontrunner ever for the Democratic presidential nomination. That´s according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, which finds former Secretary of State Clinton with a 73-12 lead over Vice President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2016 Democratic primary race. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets 8% of the vote. As the WaPo points out, Clinton´s 61-point lead is nearly three times as large as it was in 2006, when the conventional wisdom held that she would be the 2008 Democratic nominee. In 2006, she took 39% of the theoretical vote, compared to then-Sens. Barack Obama


Just Say No, Republicans
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:16:42 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, when we opened yesterday we spent about an hour, maybe a little bit longer, talking about immigration and the Republican Party -- where they are on it, what´s happening, Democrat and Republican electoral fortunes in the House and the Senate -- and there´s more on that today. The Republicans are having their three-day retreat in Maryland, and there´s a really confusing story here from TheHill.com. The headline reads this: "Boehner: House GOP is ´Alternative´ to Obama, Not ´the Opposition.´" Now, if that is accurate, that is also problematic. We need to be the opposition. An alternative, obviously.

Republican Fools Are
About to Throw 2014 Away
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 5:11:46 PM     Post Reply
Someone needs to grab John Boehner by the lapels and shake him until he cries. Granted, that would be, at most, one shake. But still. The alleged leader of the GOP in the House just tossed a land mine into the path of his party as it was set to march to victory this fall. The immigration “principles” that Boehner backs are indistinguishable from the Senate Gang of Eight bill that Boehner rejected, according to Byron York. He looks like an unprincipled fool, and a rube. Now that the principles — all 804 words of them — have been released,

Gay therapy ban author
seeks Calif. House seat
Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 4:59:56 PM     Post Reply
The California lawmaker who wrote the first-in-the-nation ban on “reparative” therapy for children with same-sex attractions is seeking the congressional seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. State Sen. Ted Lieu announced Friday that he would seek the seat of Mr. Waxman — whom he described as “a living legend” — as his district overlaps with more than 80 percent of the 20-term Democrat’s 33rd congressional district. Mr. Lieu, a Taiwan-born immigrant, lawyer and U.S. military veteran, has been active on fiscal, transportation, consumer protection and environmental issues. He has also become known for sponsoring the nation’s first law prohibiting licensed mental-health

State Dept. Webcast Features Guest
Who Called Clarence Thomas,
Condi Rice ´Uncle Toms´
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 4:58:18 PM     Post Reply
The State Department is presenting a global webcast on February 4, titled "From the Street to Mainstream: The Evolution of Rap/Hip Hop Music." The host of the webcast, rapper and State Department Music Ambassador Toni Blackman, will be joined by Pras Michel, a founding member of the hip hop group the Fugees, to discuss "how rap and hip hop have increased social awareness of the African-American experience — and raised even broader issues in contemporary society." Some of Michel´s more inflammatory comments in the past raise questions about the appropriateness of his appearance with the U.S.´s music ambassador on a

Biting cold puts a freeze
on restaurant business
Associated Press, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 4:56:14 PM     Post Reply
TOLEDO, Ohio — The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals´ NY Deli — because there just aren´t very many of them. "After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don´t want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash. Across much of the eastern half of the country, bitter cold and snowstorms in recent weeks have put a chill on restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops, limiting the number of walk-in customers and shrinking tips. Some merchants report sales cut

Incognito & Martin Talked
Drugs In Text Messages
CBS News (Miami FL), by Tim Kephart    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 4:51:42 PM     Post Reply
DAVIE– While most of the stories surrounding the text messages between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito have focused on the relationship between the two players, a secondary issue could put both players at risk of further suspension. Incognito’s attorney, Mark Schamel, gave CBS4 40 pages of text messages between his client and Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. At multiple points in the texts, both Martin and Incognito refer to drugs. On July 29, 2013, Incognito is exchanging texts with Martin and said, “Pop a couple Molly I’m sweeeeatin.” On August 31, 2013, Incognito is trying to coax Martin to

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