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Obama’s immigration strategy
is to give room to House GOP
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 11:33:43 AM     Post Reply
The White House has crafted an explicit strategy when it comes to dealing with House Republicans on immigration: give them space. Senior administration officials say they want to give Republicans as much breathing room as they need to negotiate a bill in their own divided party and then see what materializes. It’s a delicate balancing act for Obama, who wants to secure an immigration reform law for his presidency and favors a path to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. He must negotiate that outcome with a House Republican conference that does not trust him, and that

Colorado high school basketball
player benched over prosthetics
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 11:31:14 AM     Post Reply
Safety concerns have put a double-amputee high school basketball player´s dreams on hold. The Colorado High School Activities Association told Bailey Roby earlier this month he could no longer play after game officials balked when they learned Roby didn´t have an official letter of authorization. (Snip) Roby tells The Denver Post the ruling does not make sense because he has been playing school basketball for several years, beginning with a junior varsity team. Roby, who stand 6-foot-5 on the prosthetic legs, was reportedly born without a fibula in both legs and had them amputated before his first birthday. He never

Automakers continue to quietly
void warranties if you use E-15 gas
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 11:22:48 AM     Post Reply
It seems to be a growing trend that motorists are shopping around for gas stations which offer ethanol free gas, even if they have to pay a bit more per gallon to get it. Distributors are noticing, and more and more stations are featuring this option. (You can find a list of such stations near you here.) I noticed this myself during a recent trip in New York, and now it’s showing up further south as well. Arthur Wyckoff III has sworn off alcohol — in his gasoline. “I make it a point, before I get real low, to make



$650 per hour for lawyer in bridge probe
Asbury Park Press (NJ), by Bob Jordan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 11:15:39 AM     Post Reply
TRENTON — Attorney Randy Mastro is being paid $650 per hour to help Gov. Chris Christie’s administration respond to the George Washington Bridge scandal, according to a letter of retention released by the governor’s office Thursday night. Mastro, from the New York firm of Gibson Dunn, noted in the agreement that the price is more than a 40 percent discount off his normal rate. But the price is nearly twice what is being paid to the attorney advising an investigative legislative panel. Former federal prosecutor Reid Schar is charging $350 per hour. In both cases, taxpayers will pick up the

Tough talk: Why immigration
reformers say ´get right with the law´
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 11:14:59 AM     Post Reply
Supporters of immigration reform have carefully poll-tested the words they use to advocate an overhaul of the nation´s immigration system. "The language on this stuff is really important," says one expert who´s been intimately involved in the work. In general, advocates of far-reaching reform have found that the toughest-sounding words work best. Words and phrases that sound as if the government might confer some sort of benefit on illegal immigrants don´t test well. "Legalization," for example, is open to all sorts of interpretation and could suggest a gift from the government. Same with "path to citizenship." And obviously "amnesty" is

Jim Moran’s health care epiphany
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/1/2014 11:13:44 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia rarely holds his tongue (and never his punches), but he was the loyal Democratic soldier when it was time to vote for Obamacare. His pending retirement from Congress has freed him now to finally say what he thinks about the president’s takeover of the nation’s health care. Mr. Moran joins a group of departing Democrats conceding what everyone knows: Obamacare is a train wreck. An airliner crash. A battleship aground on the reef. Pick your metaphor.

Zogby Report Card: Strong opening salvo
gives Obama much-needed momentum
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 11:10:03 AM     Post Reply
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama is starting the year on a high, using his State of the Union to build momentum for his agenda and shore up his base. "The president took advantage of his State of the Union address to give a confident and strategic speech. Confident, because he listed accomplishments in the areas of energy, education, health care and job growth. Strategic, in that he put aside a broad vision and offered bite-sized nuggets for change that challenged the GOP to either join him or ignore him while he moved



Tom Coburn: The Doctor
Who Is Sick of Washington
Wall Street Journal, by Joseph Rago    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/1/2014 11:04:51 AM     Post Reply
Tom Coburn stood for Congress in 1994 as a political tenderfoot for two main reasons: As an obstetrician he thought government was impinging too much on his medical practice, and the nine-term House Democrat who held his Oklahoma district´s seat favored the Clinton national health plan then under consideration. Another reason Dr. Coburn entered the race, he says, was that "the cowardice of career politicians governing to win the next election above all else made me sick." Twenty years later, he finds himself amid another health-care scrimmage—and in a similar political climate.

Bernanke Leaves Fed with Record
Balance Sheet of $4,102,138,000,000
Cybercast News Service., by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 10:25:35 AM     Post Reply
Retiring Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who was replaced by Janet Yellen as of today, is leaving the Federal Reserve with an unprecedented $4,102,138,000,000 in total assets on its balance sheet, up 391 percent from the $834,663,000,000 in total assets the Fed showed on its balance sheet when Bernanke took over as chairman in February 2006. Much of the increase in the Fed’s assets has come in the form of U.S. Treasury securities and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities that the Fed purchased over the last five years in its attempts to stimulate the economy. As of Feb.

GOP: 4 bipartisan House bills all
passed and ready for Senate action
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/1/2014 10:10:13 AM     Post Reply
You may not have been thinking about it at the time, but on Tuesday, when the president was delivering the State of the Union, we were observing a tradition prescribed by our Constitution. All branches of government and all walks of life gathering round in the people’s House. It is democracy at its finest. But these blessings do come with responsibilities. The Constitution also requires the president and Congress to heed the will of you, the people, and work together to carry out the business of the country. So in that spirit, Republicans identified 4 areas of bipartisanship.

The Champion Barack Obama
Atlantic, by Ta-Nehisi Coates    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 10:07:24 AM     Post Reply
Last week The New Yorker ran a lengthy profile of Barack Obama in which you can hear the president´s opinions on everything from marijuana legalization to war to racism. Obama is as thoughtful as ever, and I expect that admiration for his thoughtfulness will grow as the ages pile upon us. I have tried to get my head around what he represents. Two years ago, I would have said that whatever America´s roots in white supremacy, the election of a black president is a real thing, worthy of celebration, a sign of actual progress. I would have pointed out that



Let´s Hear It for The
Low Information Voter
American Thinker, by Jerome Huyler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:55:32 AM     Post Reply
During the 1956 presidential campaign, an enthusiastic supporter called out to the Democratic candidate, Adlai Stevenson: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person. Stevenson wistfully called back: "That´s not enough, madam, we need a majority!" Once known as the "silent majority," now as the nation´s "low-information voters," these citizens perform their civic duty on election day. But they have no real clue for whom or what they are voting. Yes, when it comes to their occupational callings, investment, or sport picks, they may be highly rational. It´s just politics and public affairs that hold no interest for them. It

The Limitations of Capitalism
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:50:50 AM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (Including the growing number of you who don’t want this “news”letter to be a safe place where you can share things), Here’s something I don’t say everyday: Capitalism ain’t all that. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still the artist behind the spoken-word album, Capitalism Is My Bag, Baby. But here’s the problem. Because most people on the right love and respect capitalism and pretty much everyone on the right feels the very real need to defend capitalism from the Occupiers, technocrats, sans-culottes, nudgers, equalizers, faux pragmatists, and other members of the Social Justice League, we don’t spend enough time focusing

GOP Establishment Secretly
Pining for Mitt Romney in 2016?
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:47:24 AM     Post Reply
Some Republican establishment operatives and their big donors want former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run again in 2016--but they won´t go on record with their comments. An anonymous establishment operative told left-wing BuzzFeed that the 2016 GOP field, which is considered as strong as 2012´s was weak, has "gotten so bad" from the establishment´s point of view that donors are "looking back fondly on the good old days of 2012." “You know what a lot of them say to me? I think we need Mitt back," the anonymous source told the liberal outlet. A recent poll of 2016 presidential primary voters

Silencing the Opposition
American Thinker, by Edward H. Stewart, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:41:05 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Mitch McConnell told Fox News´ Megyn Kelly that the Obama administration is "initiating a new rule through the Treasury Department in the IRS to quiet the voices of outside groups." According to McConnell, the new rule would redefine what groups like the Tea Party could advocate, during a political campaign "to silence the voices of their critics going into this important fall election by using the Treasury Department regulations." This Obama strategy apparently grew out of one of the many lies both IRS witnesses and Democratic members of the Congressional Oversight Committee used to explain away delays in granting



Mark Levin Instructs House GOP on
Confronting ´Imperial President´ Obama
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:38:47 AM     Post Reply
On his nightly radio show the evening of the State of the Union address, conservative host Mark Levin, author of The Liberty Amendments, instructed the House of Representatives on how to confront President Obama’s declaration that he would be using further executive orders and other means to get around Congress when the legislative body fails to enact the type of legislation he desires. Levin said: The House of Representatives should, post-haste, pass a simple but blunt resolution, as follows: Whereas the President of the United States has exerted executive powers not granted to him under the United States Constitution, the United States House

Obama and Executive Orders
American Thinker, by Richard Winchester    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:36:51 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama announced in his 2014 State of the Union Address that he intends to bypass Congress "whenever and wherever" to achieve his extreme left-wing goals. Evidently, Obama intends to govern by executive orders (EO´s). EO´s are usually defined as directives that either implement or interpret a federal law, a constitutional provision, or a treaty. Obama has threatened to issue executive orders to make policy, a different use of them. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll (1/20-23/14) found that 52% of the public approve of a president´s use of EO´s, while 46% oppose. Opinions about EO´s are highly dependent on partisanship. Sixty-nine percent

Ukraine unrest: EU and US
clash with Russia in Munich
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/1/2014 9:34:10 AM     Post Reply
Ukraine´s future has sparked angry exchanges at a summit in Munich. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the "future of Ukraine belongs with the EU" while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US backed Ukraine´s "fight for democracy". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western countries of double standards over violent protests. Ukraine has been in turmoil since November, when it scrapped an EU accord in favour of a Russian bailout. [Snip] Mr Van Rompuy´s opening speech referred to the EU´s offer of close association with Ukraine. "The offer is still there and we know time is

The Nuclear Option: Meet Preet – Obama´s
Hatchet Man Against Filmmakers
- Thread Closed
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:33:20 AM     Post Reply
Meet Preet Bharara, the U.S. prosecutor who last week indicted anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza on campaign finance charges. Mr. Bharara is the snapping jaws of Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s junkyard attack dog and the velvet fixer of President Obama’s thorniest political problems. Mr. D´Souza very well may be guilty of a few winks and nods that wound up violating limits on campaign contributions he was allowed to make to a friend running a long-shot campaign for the Senate. However, it does seem rather odd to handcuff a guy and set $500,000 bail for a crime that in the past has

Obama: Let me review my
State of the Union for you
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/1/2014 9:32:47 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. This week, I delivered my State of the Union Address. Today, here’s the three-minute version. After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years. And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year. But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.


Valuation: Freedom vs. Fairness
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:29:44 AM     Post Reply
Through the course of thirty-five years of practicing psychology, I have come to believe that the key to happiness and success in life resides in the power of valuation. True valuation is the ability to recognize the most important value in every circumstance and to behave in order to actualize that value. The happiest people automatically recognize and act upon true values. Applied psychology has not fulfilled its potential to make the world a better place because it has not focused on the powers of valuation. America´s happiness and success as a nation have resulted from the one-pointed emphasis on the

How the GOP Lost Middle America
Human Events, by Patrick J. Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: dman- 2/1/2014 9:27:11 AM     Post Reply
Out of the Republican retreat on Maryland’s Eastern shore comes word that the House leadership is raising the white flag of surrender on immigration. The GOP will agree to halt the deportation of 12 million illegal aliens and sign on to a blanket amnesty. It only asks that the 12 million not be put on a path to citizenship. Sorry, but losers do not dictate terms. Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO says amnesty is no longer enough. Illegal aliens must be put on a path to citizenship and given green cards to work – and join unions.

Article V Convention:
Path of Least Resistance
American Thinker, by Robert Berry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:24:57 AM     Post Reply
In what is taking shape as a sort of Great Awakening, state legislators have begun to learn that they hold equal status with Congress when it comes to proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, a handful of state legislators from each state, as yet unknown, are destined for the annals of American history the moment the nation´s first Convention for Proposing Amendments is gaveled to order. The process, found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, requires the legislatures of at least two thirds (34) of the states to pass resolutions demanding that Congress call a "Convention for Proposing Amendments"

Imperial Washington, and an
America which is fed up
Townhall, by Nick Sorrentino    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/1/2014 8:55:14 AM     Post Reply
I just read Peggy Noonan’s most recent column and she writes about something we have been concerned about for a long time.There is something very wrong with America. Americans feel less like citizens, and more like subjects. We are dictated to, not consulted. We are told to get in line, or feel the wrath of the state. Washington is a den of power seekers and power mongers. It probably always has been. The difference now is the size of the machine. Leviathan has grown in such size and power that unlike in past generations it can’t be ignored. It dominates

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