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Donations to Karl Rove´s Groups
Drop 98% after Targeting Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 4:41:42 PM     Post Reply
After wasting nearly $325 million during the 2012 election cycle with nothing to show for it and then declaring war on the Tea Party, donations to Karl Rove´s three Crossroads groups decreased by 98% last year. The groups reportedly raised a paltry $6.1 million combined in 2013. Rove runs Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads, and the Conservative Victory Project Super PAC, which was formed this year to wage war against conservatives. Rove´s two groups raised $325 million in 2012 and about $70 million in 2010. As Politico notes, though, "Rove added a third group to the network in 2013, forming the

Small Texas Oil Town Property Soars
to $5 Billion Thanks to Fracking
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 4:38:06 PM     Post Reply
The shale oil and gas boom has skyrocketed property values in the tiny town of Cotulla, Texas, from $550 million in 2011 to a staggering $5 billion in 2013, reports Newsmax. Cotulla´s wealth explosion has also tripled tax revenues. That means 1,300 new iPads in every students´ hands, new school buses, football stadium upgrades, remodeled education office space, and no more asking parents to pony up extra cash for school supplies. Cotulla-LaSalle County Chamber of Commerce Manager Mariane Hall says the windfall is "all related to the shale industry. This was what woke us up and put us on the map," said

Another American banker commits
suicide as New Mexico family
demand answers over workload of
banking executive who jumped to
his death in London
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 4:36:19 PM     Post Reply
Russell Investments chief economist Mike Dueker was found dead Thursday, and police said it appeared he had taken his own life by jumping from a ramp near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. His death is the latest in a series of untimely deaths among finance workers and business leaders around the world this past week. An officer who knew Dueker was missing in the area spotted the body about 8:30 a.m. at the base of a 40- to 50-foot embankment for a Highway 16 ramp, Pierce County sheriff´s spokesman Ed Troyer said. Dueker´s car was parked at nearby

  


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Dinesh D’Souza Tells Hannity
Indictment Could Be ‘Payback’
for Anti-Obama Film
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 4:33:50 PM     Post Reply
Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative commentator and filmmaker who was indicted last month on charges of campaign finance fraud spoke out for the first time about his legal troubles on Fox’s Hannity Friday night. His defenders have spent the last few weeks wondering aloud whether D’Souza’s indictment was some kind of retribution from the Obama Administration for his film, 2016: Obama’s America, but now it was his turn. “Now, remember,” Hannity said before introducing D’Souza, “his indictment comes after the IRS harassed conservative groups last year and after the disgraced tax agency recently placed extra scrutiny on a group of conservatives in

No, Women Don’t Make
Less Money Than Men
Daily Beast, by Christina Hoff Sommers    Original Article
Posted By: emilyj- 2/1/2014 4:30:57 PM     Post Reply
It’s the bogus statistic that won’t die—and president deployed it during the State of the Union—but women do not make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns. President Obama repeated the spurious gender wage gap statistic in his State of the Union address. “Today,” he said, “women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.” What is wrong and embarrassing is the President of the United States reciting a massively discredited factoid. The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings

Chris Hayes Takes on Obama’s
‘Addiction’ to Oil: Just ‘Say No’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 4:30:28 PM     Post Reply
Following the release yesterday of the State Department report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes delivered a blistering rebuke of America’s dependence on fossil fuels, likening President Barack Obama’s apparent willingness to embrace the project to a drug addicts trapped in a “self-destructive cycle.” As The New York Times’ Coral Davenport reported, “The conclusions of the report appear to indicate that the project has passed Mr. Obama’s climate criteria, an outcome expected to outrage environmentalists, who have rallied, protested, marched and been arrested in demonstrations around the country against the pipeline.” Showing a clip of Obama

Rebel Conservatives Excel in
G.O.P. Fund-Raising, Heralding
a Tug Right
New York Times, by Nicholas Confessore    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 4:30:05 PM     Post Reply
Insurgent conservatives seeking to pull the Republican Party to the right raised more money last year than the groups controlled by the party establishment, whose bulging bank accounts and ties to major donors have been their most potent advantage in the running struggle over the party’s future, according to new campaign filings and interviews with officials. The shift in fortunes among the largest and most influential outside political groups could have an enormous impact in the 2014 election cycle, as the Republican factions prepare to square off in a series of Senate and House primaries and as Republican leaders seek

  


  

Top Democrat On Senate Health Committee
Hails Cuban Health Care System
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:29:09 PM     Post Reply
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, returned from Cuba this week and promoted its healthcare system. The Washington Times reported: Sen. Tom Harkin, the Democratic chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, returned from a weeklong tour of Cuba with a somewhat shocking assessment: The poverty-stricken nation does much better in protecting children from dying than America. “[Cuba‘s] a poor country, but they have a lower child mortality rate than ours,” he told reporters Wednesday, the National Journal reported. “Their life expectancy is now greater than ours. It’s interesting — their public

Book thieves stole 70,144 books from
the Brooklyn Public Library in 2012
New York Daily News, by Reuven Blau    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 4:28:02 PM     Post Reply
Book thieves checked out but never returned 70,144 books from Brooklyn Public Library’s 60 cash-strapped branches in 2012, records show. GED prep guides, nursing and other professional exam cliff notes were high on the list of frequently filched books — but so too were graphic novels, library officials said. “Those are always going missing,” a librarian at the Brooklyn Heights branch told the Daily News Thursday. (Snip) Despite the thefts, library officials have kept the shelves full — in 2012, the system bought 419,790 new print books and 18,323 new e-books. But the overall catalogue continues to shrink.

Daley taken to hospital after
returning from business trip
Chicago Tribune, by Hal Dardick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 4:24:49 PM     Post Reply
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the intensive-care unit where he is undergoing tests after he felt ill Friday upon returning from a business trip to Arizona, according to representatives of the former mayor. Daley, 71, felt ill Friday afternoon during a conference he was attending with members of the Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm, where Daley is of counsel, said Jacquelyn Heard, a longtime Daley aide who now works as a spokeswoman for the firm. He was still feeling ill and disoriented when he boarded the plane home, she said. The former mayor´s family

Your Super Bowl Etiquette Guide From
Food to Clothes to What Not to Say
Daily Beast, by Kelly Williams Brown    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:18:42 PM     Post Reply
Don’t Make Weed Bowl puns, lay off the Puppy Bowl, do bring chips, and whatever you do, don’t mention the Patriots. Your Super Bowl Etiquette Questions — Answered Once again, we are approaching that most solemn and perplexing American social ritual—the Super Bowl party. Weeks ago, when you received your engraved invitation, the anxiety started. But it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous, to wonder what to say and do. It is a fraught, complicated experience. But happily, by following these simple guidelines, you are sure to get through with flying colors.

  


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Study: Liberals drink more
alcohol than conservatives
The Week, by John Aziz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:11:43 PM     Post Reply
A sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population’s politics becomes more liberal. The study by Pavel Yakovlev and Walter P. Guessford of Duquesne University in Pennsylvania shows a direct correlation between political beliefs and the demand for alcohol. The study compares sales of alcoholic beverages against the political leanings of a state´s members of Congress, as ranked by liberal organizations Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE). The research reveals that states with

Gibson Sticks Thumb in
Obama Administration´s Eye
with ´Government Series´ Guitars
- Thread Closed
Big Hollywood, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 2/1/2014 3:46:49 PM     Post Reply
In 2011, the Department of Justice raided Gibson Guitar facilities in Memphis and Nashville, alleging a violation of the so-called Lacey Act, a law that bans the importation of certain kinds of wildlife, plants and wood. At the time of the raid, Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that the feds confiscated tonewood imported from India for the guitar Gibson manufacturers which would result in a cost of $2 to $3 million for his company. At a great expense in legal fees and time, Juszkiewicz fought the federal government tooth and nail.

Stolen Stradivarius lays bare intimate
bond between violinist and instrument
Guardian [UK], by Ed Pilkington    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/1/2014 3:43:34 PM     Post Reply
When Jennifer Koh was told by her agent about the theft of a Stradivarius violin that was untimely ripped this week from the hands of the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the news struck her like a knife. While newspaper reports focused on the $6m estimated value of the instrument, and the dramatic details of the robbery, she could only feel a overwhelming sense of loss. (Snip) On Monday night at about 10.30pm, a robber armed with a stun gun set upon Frank Almond in the parking lot of Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he had just performed Messiaen’s Quartet for

President Obama may accept deal offering
11 million undocumented immigrants legal status
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 3:09:20 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In a major shift, President Obama on Friday opened the door to a potential election-year compromise on the contentious issue of immigration reform. Obama said for the first time that he might accept a deal that would offer the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. legal status instead of full citizenship. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republican leaders had floated just such a proposal on Thursday.Until now, Obama and other Democrats insisted that any compromise on immigration reform contain a path to full citizenship.Anything short of that, they said, would create a two-tiered class system. But in

  


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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,”

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

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