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‘Welcome to the United States of paranoia’
New York Post, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 3:01:20 PM     Post Reply
NSA leaker Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Angry Birds site hacked following claims of NSA spying NSA targeted ‘Angry Birds,’ Google Maps to gather data US looks at ways to prevent spying on its spying Feel like Big Brother is watching you these days? You’re not alone. “This is not some far-out Orwellian scenario,” wrote the late William Safire of The New York Times in 2002, in the panicky aftermath of 9/11. “Here is what will happen to you: Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail

The Truth About Valerie Jarrett,
Mystery Woman of the White House
Chicago Magazine, by Carol Felsenthal    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 2:34:54 PM     Post Reply
What exactly does Valerie Jarrett—the Chicagoan often described as a big sister or mother figure to the Obamas—do in the White House? The instant histories of the Obama White House tend to portray her as the Obamas’ pit bull, a woman loyal only to the president, first lady and her own image. In a recent book on the 2012 campaign, Jonathan Alter writes that Rahm Emanuel, on agreeing to become Obama’s chief of staff, recognized that Jarrett would wield such outsized power that he tried unsuccessfully to finesse her into Obama’s senate seat. (Alter also speculates that Valerie Jarrett was

Bill Maher Jokes There
Should Be a ‘Mass Shooting
At the Country Music Awards’
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 2:23:50 PM     Post Reply
Stand-up comic and Real Time with Bill Maher host Bill Maher really killed on Friday night with the penultimate joke in his “New Rules” segment. In an episode that featured an otherwise listless audience, the crowd roared with laughter when Maher joked that since the Grammy Awards featured the liberal dream of a mass gay wedding, conservatives should even things out with a mass shooting. “Now that liberals have forwarded their agenda by inserting a mass gay wedding into the Grammys,”

  


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Anthem Blue Cross to raise some
premiums as much as 25 percent
unless state regulators step in
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 2:20:02 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers whose policies were unchanged by the nation´s new health care law could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent unless California regulators step in. The increases — 16 percent on average — are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday (http://lat.ms/1cCP6rs ). Consumer advocates and state officials warned that some policyholders could see significant rate hikes if they held onto grandfathered policies purchased before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the newspaper said. The California

Ex-Clinton aide: Dems must admit
they ´screwed up´ on O-Care
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Bob Cusack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 2:19:05 PM     Post Reply
A top Democratic strategist on Friday said his party needs to admit they "screwed up" on ObamaCare. In an interview on Fox News´ "The Kelly File," Lanny Davis, White House special counsel to former President Clinton, said Democrats — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — should take ownership of their mistakes on the healthcare law. "Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up...We have to take ownership," Davis said, indicating that admitting fault is the first step to fixing the Affordable Care Act. He added that the private sector should have had more of a role in developing HealthCare.Gov, which

Third prominent banker
found dead in six days
HousingWire Magazine, by Trey Garrison    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 2:17:17 PM     Post Reply
Bloomberg is reporting this morning that former Federal Reserve economist Mike Dueker was found dead in an apparent suicide near Tacoma, Washington.Dueker, 50, a chief economist at Russell Investments, had been missing since Jan. 29 and was reportedly having troubles at work. Normally HousingWire wouldn’t cover deaths in the industry, but what’s strange is that Dueker is the third prominent banker found dead since Sunday. On Sunday, William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank, was found hanging in his home, also an apparent suicide. On Tuesday, Gabriel Magee, 39, vice president at JPMorgan Chase

Protests over Russian
anti-gay law focus on Sochi
Associated Press, by David Crary    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 2:14:33 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. (Snip) “LGBT people must not be targeted with violence or deprived of their ability to advocate for their own equality,” the letter said. “As all eyes turn toward Sochi, we ask you to stand with us.” The law, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, bans pro-gay “propaganda” that could be

  


  

Another Obamacare Horror Story
Which Won´t Get Further Than Local News
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 2:02:19 PM     Post Reply
I suspect that more than a few readers have noticed, with likely little surprise, that there hasn´t been a lot of national establishment press attention paid to how Obamacare has been working out in the real world since it officially went into effect on January 1. Non-existent HealthCare.gov security? Who cares? Patients turned away from emergency rooms voluntarily (because they don´t want to risk huge uncovered costs they will have to pay out-of-pocket) or from medical providers involuntarily (because they don´t know whether a particular patient is or isn´t covered)? You might find coverage of that in the British wing

S.E. Cupp: MSNBC Has a Problem
That’s ‘Spiraling Out of Control’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 1:54:17 PM     Post Reply
Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp lashed out at her former employer, MSNBC, during an interview with TheBlaze Friday, where she currently serves as a contributor in addition to her role has host of CNN’s Crossfire. After the official MSNBC Twitter account sent out a now-deleted tweet claiming that “right-wing with hate” a new Cheerios commercial featuring a bi-racial couple, Cupp said she’s “deeply disappointed” with the network. Cupp said this incident has proven that liberals are “absolutely fixated” on bi-racial marriage to the point where it’s “all they can see, even when they watch an adorable Cheerios commercial.” It was apparently

Defamation suit against Mark Steyn,
National Review a go, judge says
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 1:51:25 PM     Post Reply
A climate change scientist’s defamation suit against National Review writer and frequent Rush Limbaugh fill-in Mark Steyn will proceed, a judge decided earlier this week, ruling against the magazine’s attempt to dismiss the case. The case stems from Mr. Steyn’s written reference to Michael Mann’s climate change data as fraudulent, according to news website Raw Story. Of especial ire to Mr. Mann was that Mr. Steyn quoted Competitive Enterprise Institution analyst Rand Simberg, who compared Mr. Mann to convicted Penn State child molester Jerry Sandusky. Mr. Simberg called Mr. Mann “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting

GOP insiders back
Rubio in 2016
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 1:38:53 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) political stock is rated a buy by major Republican fundraisers in Washington, who are bullish on Rubio’s future as a 2016 presidential candidate. A group of Republican fundraising heavyweights and wise men in Washington’s business community are solidly behind Rubio, and see him not only as someone who could win the White House, but someone they can work with. The fundraisers include Bill Paxon, a former New York lawmaker who is now a senior adviser at Akin Gump; Dirk Van Dongen, the president of the National Wholesalers Association; and Wayne Berman, a big-time donor with a

  


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Mrs. Obama Takes a Jab
at Us “Wilderness” Folks
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 1:31:08 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama took a jab at rural Americans during a speech she delivered to Democrats at the posh Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, according to a White House transcript of her remarks. Her comments came as she was imploring the high-dollars donors to dig deep and “max out” their checking accounts. “Leave San Francisco,” she told the laughing audience. “Leave this bastion. Go out in the wilderness. And roll up your sleeves because we know that those person-to-person contacts, those calls and doors knocked on, all of that can also mean the difference between

Christie Plays Defense
New York Times, by Gail Collins    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 2/1/2014 1:28:50 PM     Post Reply
Do you think Chris Christie will be able to enjoy the Super Bowl? Everything looked so promising. The whole sports-loving world’s fixated stare upon New Jersey. Plus, not insanely cold. And then a lawyer for one of the key players in the great bridge-lane-closing scandal drops a letter suggesting there’s evidence the governor knew about what happened before he said he knew about what happened. Back to Bridgegate! This comes on the heels of the saga about a New York City congressman threatening to throw a reporter over a balcony in our nation’s Capitol. In response to which, former Congressman Anthony Weiner resurfaced

What is Boehner’s secret
immigration plan?
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:57:09 PM     Post Reply
What did House Speaker John Boehner really mean on Thursday when he announced that the GOP will back a multi-stage amnesty for 12 million illegals, and increase the flow of foreign workers into the country? The various GOP legislators and advocates can’t tell if Boehner is faking solidarity with the GOP’s immigration-boosting business donors, or is moving slowly to muffle voters’ worries about competition for jobs and wages. So they’re looking for clues to what Boehner will do next. They’re checking his statements and demeanor, his quips, claps and shrugs, to find out if he really want to push the

Cost of Generic Drugs Soaring Due to
Increased Demand from Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:47:51 PM     Post Reply
The pervasive use of generic over brand-name medications was anticipated to be a money-saver, but recently prices are soaring, even up 6,000 percent for some common drugs that were once fairly low-cost. As National Journal reports, pharmacists are perplexed about the huge price hikes in many drugs and are asking Congress to hold a hearing to look into the matter. Generic drugs such as Pravastatin, which treats high cholesterol, and the antibiotic Doxycycline spiked upwards of 1,000 percent in 2013, according to a survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association. According to the survey, 77 percent of pharmacists said they

  


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Fellow Democrats press Obama
to approve Keystone, following
environmental report
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:41:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is facing increasing pressure from Senate Democrats to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, following the release Friday of a State Department report that raised no major environmental concerns. “Today´s Environmental Impact Statement confirms what Alaskans already know -- there are ways to safely and responsibly diversify our domestic energy supply,” said Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. “Move this project forward.” Begich also said he will continue to “demand” that Obama approve the $7 billion pipeline project while reminding him that development in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean and National Petroleum Reserve is critical in securing the county’s energy independence from foreign

James Holmes´ Defense to Take
Reporter to Supreme Court
Associated Press, by Dan Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:34:29 PM     Post Reply
Lawyers for the man accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater said Friday they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to require a Fox News reporter to reveal the confidential sources she used in a story about defendant James Holmes. The defense wants reporter Jana Winter to identify the law enforcement officials who told her that Holmes sent a notebook containing violent images to his psychiatrist before the 2012 attack. Holmes´ lawyers say whoever spoke to Winter violated a gag order and should be punished. They also say that officers might have lied when they denied under

Desperate Measures in the State of Texas
US News, by Peter Roff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 12:32:45 PM     Post Reply
Texas Democrats are no doubt beginning to regret placing their hopes for turning the state blue on a previously unknown state senator whose gubernatorial campaign is unraveling right before their eyes. At first it looked like a good bet, at least for national fundraising purposes. Wendy Davis, the bottle blond who mounted a lonely and ultimately unsuccessful filibuster against a bill banning abortions in Texas after 20 weeks, galvanized the left by "speaking truth to power." Taking to the floor and talking and talking and talking – about her life, her personal experiences, the so-called injustice of the bill – she

The reason I’m leaving Congress
Washington Post, by Rep. Henry A. Waxman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/1/2014 12:25:45 PM     Post Reply
I announced this past week that I will be retiring after having the honor of serving my Los Angeles constituents in Congress for 40 years. Immediately, speculation began that I am leaving because I am frustrated with a broken institution. But the exact opposite is true: I am leaving Congress with my conviction intact that the legislative branch can be a powerful force for good. Of course there are aspects of the current Congress that I abhor. This past week, every Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where I have served most of my career, voted to limitthe Environmental Protection

‘Kelo’ Revisited
Weekly Standard, by Charlotte Allen    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/1/2014 12:21:46 PM     Post Reply
New London, Conn.- "See that pole with the transformer hanging from it?” Michael Cristofaro asked me. “That was where my family’s home was.” I looked up at a line of high telephone poles marching diagonally against a blanched winter sky across a vast, empty field?—?90 acres?—?that was entirely uninhabited and looked as though it had always been that way. New London, population 27,000, a rundown onetime whaling port on the Atlantic coast that never recovered after the whaling industry died at the end of the 19th century, is a desolate-looking city. Cristofaro, a 52-year-old New London-born computer network engineer, and I

  



Soros, Wal-Mart scion
pony up for Clinton
Politico, by Maggie Haberman & Elizabeth Titus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:13:20 PM     Post Reply
A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC named several prominent Democratic donors on Friday in its push to build support for the former secretary of state to run for president in 2016. Wal-Mart scion Alice Walton, financiers George and Robert Soros and the law firm of liberal megadonors Steve and Amber Mostyn all cut $25,000 checks to Ready for Hillary last year, the super PAC said in a public filing. The filing paints a fuller picture of the people who helped the super PAC raise more than $4 million in 2013, well ahead of a presidential race that Clinton appears to be

Oscar winning actor
Maximilian Schell dies at 83
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/1/2014 12:02:17 PM     Post Reply
Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won the best actor Oscar in the early 1960s for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83. Schell´s agent Patricia Baumbauer said Saturday that Schell died overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck following a "sudden and serious illness," the Austria Press Agency reported. The Vienna-born Schell won his Oscar in 1961 and later was honored with further Oscar nominations — in the best actor category for "The Man in the Glass Booth" in 1975, and for best supporting actor in "Julia" in 1977. Born to

Five Major Problems with GOP´s
´Immigration Principles´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/1/2014 11:55:28 AM     Post Reply
After the House Republican leadership unveiled its "immigration principles" on Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who has staunchly and relentlessly defended American workers against amnesty, weighed in once again. Sessions said it looked like the consultant-driven and "recycled talking points" offer a lot of promises that will not be matched by "legislation that, at bottom, ensures only the amnesty and not the enforcement." Here are five major problems with the immigration principles: 1. Legalization Before Enforcement The GOP leadership´s "Standards for Immigration Reform" states that there "will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would

Melissa Harris-Perry brags
about her sixth sense for
knowing when stuff is racist
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 11:54:53 AM     Post Reply
At a recent forum at the University of Michigan, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry explained to her audience that white people will never understand why things are racist, because they lack an innate “racial trigger,” that instantly tells them when to be outraged. Harris-Perry, on the other hand, has a very finely-tuned racial trigger. “I know that this moment is racist because it trips my racial trigger, because it makes me feel nauseous,” she said, according to The Michigan Daily. “I’m not generally angry, but you just made me mad.” While lamenting that her ‘white allies’ would never be fully able to understand

Michelle Obama binge-watched ´Scandal´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 11:51:47 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama binge-watched ABC’s “Scandal” over the recent holiday break. “I hadn’t watched it until this past vacation and we went to Hawaii so we had a long flight. I watched all of the seasons. I caught up on ´Scandal,´ ” she revealed in a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest during her trip this week to Los Angeles. “I love Kerry Washington. She is amazing. It makes the show fun. It makes it fun to watch,” Obama admitted. In the show, now in its third season, Washington plays a character whose job is to clean up political scandals

Report: Obama heading to Saudi Arabia
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 11:43:24 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is planning a trip to Saudi Arabia to repair badly frayed ties with one of America´s key allies in the Middle East, The Wall Street Journal reports. Obama will visit the kingdom in March for a meeting with King Abdullah, the Journal reports, citing Arab officials. The White House declined to comment. The visit comes as the U.S.-Saudi relationship has hit its roughest patch in years over disagreements on Iran, Syria and other flashpoints. The Saudis have joined Israel in criticizing the Obama administration´s nuclear deal with Iran, their main rival in the region, and have been pressing for the

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