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President Obama: Michelle ´still
thinks I´m pretty cute´ with gray hair
NBC News, by Stacey Klein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 8:42:35 PM     Post Reply
The first lady loves her silver fox. In a Google Hangout on Friday dubbed "A Virtual Road Trip with President Obama," the president took a question about how presidents age more rapidly than the average population, and acknowledged that even though he is sporting more salt than pepper in his hair these days, his wife Michelle is a fan. When it was his turn to talk to the president, Rob Page from Portland, Maine brought up an article he´d read about "how presidents age extremely — a lot faster than any person in the world ages," earning a laugh from

Venice underwater and French vineyards washed
out: How the World has also been hit by flooding
as huge downpours batter the continents
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/1/2014 7:23:03 PM     Post Reply
Much of Europe has been plunged underwater as huge downpours hit the continent. Hundreds have been evacuated from homes in Pisa, Italy, as the city’s Arno river looks set to break its banks, and in Venice, tourists could only look on in flooded St Mark´s Square as it was enveloped in a yearly phenomenon known as ´acqua alta´ (high water). A third of Venice is already under water as an unrelenting wave of rain sweeps across Italy. The French department of Finistere has been placed on alert as forecasters warn of huge waves and widespread flooding and army and police have evacuated

Wine stocks could run dry as devastating
drought in California threatens harvests
and forces farmers to plant fewer crops
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/1/2014 7:18:12 PM     Post Reply
As a drought tightens its grip on California, farmers in the Golden State are fearing harvests of almonds, oranges and grapes could be lost. The state´s famed vineyards and other farms will be further affected by the decision yesterday to not send water from a vast reservoir system to local agencies in spring. The unprecedented move means water supplies for 25 million people, and irrigation for one million acres of farmland, will be forced to look to other sources. The announcement was timed to give farmers more time to determine what crops they will plant this year and in what



Labor union officials say Obama
betrayed them in health-care rollout
Washington Post, by Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 5:59:57 PM     Post Reply
Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections. Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.

Dylan Farrow’s Story
New York Times, by Nicholas Kristof    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 5:54:58 PM     Post Reply
WHEN Woody Allen received a Golden Globe award for lifetime achievement a few weeks ago, there was a lively debate about whether it was appropriate to honor a man who is an artistic giant but also was accused years ago of child molestation. Allen’s defenders correctly note that he denies the allegations, has never been convicted and should be presumed innocent. People weighed in on all sides, but one person who hasn’t been heard out is Dylan Farrow, 28, the writer and artist whom Allen was accused of molesting. Dylan, Allen’s adopted daughter who is now married and living in Florida under

Why Pete Seeger Sent
Me a Check for $5
Wall Street Journal, by Joe Queenan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 5:46:03 PM     Post Reply
In 1988, I published a satirical piece in the New Republic called "If I Had a Hammer." It revealed that Nixon administration representatives had secretly met with leaders of the antiwar movement in a Carson City, Nev., motel back in 1970. Mr. Nixon´s people agreed to end the war in Vietnam if the antiwar people would make folk singers go away. All of them. The deal was struck; the war ended; folk singers vanished overnight. But they never turned in their guitars. For 15 years, the folk singers honored the agreement. Then, strapped for cash and just plain evil, they started to

Pete Seeger: A Mean-Spirited
and Vengeful Recollection
PJ Media, by David Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/1/2014 5:26:49 PM     Post Reply
I first heard Pete Seeger perform when I was five or six, when I was a red-diaper baby and he was blacklisted and drunk. What I recall most about the encounter was that the tip of his needle-nose glowed bright red. He was performing for a children’s group of some sort at a time when his Communist background kept him out of public venues. His records — not just the Weavers albums, but the early Asch 78´s of the Almanac Singers — were daily fare in my home, along with Woody Guthrie’s children’s songs. My parents knew Guthrie casually; my



IRS chief should drop new rule
that would silence non-profits
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 5:26:13 PM     Post Reply
John Koskinen, the new IRS commissioner, is on the hot seat and would do well to follow the example of Johnnie Mac Walters, who held the same post when President Nixon occupied the Oval Office. After Nixon aide John Dean handed Walters an envelope with a list of some 200 individuals the president considered political enemies, Walters refused to go along with the request for audits. He locked the list in his safe without ever opening the envelope. He subsequently gave the envelope to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. Considering Nixon´s paranoid penchant for revenge, Walters´ decision to defy

Saudis snub US congressional delegation
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 5:15:08 PM     Post Reply
Saudi Arabian diplomats and military officials refused to meet with a bipartisan delegation of senior congressional staffers who visited the Middle Eastern country last week, an unusual snub that suggests increased tension between the U.S. and a key ally. "Everyone on the trip definitely took it as a snub," one of the staffers who went on the trip, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Washington Examiner. The delegation was comprised of "high level" staff from three House committees: Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Armed Services. The staffer said that the delegation asked to meet with representatives of Saudi Arabia´s Foreign Affairs Ministry

More states grant in-state
tuition to immigrants
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 5:08:01 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey and three other states have recently passed statutes to allow students brought to the United State illegal as children to pay in-state tuition, energizing immigration-rights supporters. The changes last year brings the of states that now have such statues to 15, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition, university boards in Hawaii, Michigan and Rhode Island have granted these students in-state tuition. To qualify, high school graduates typically must meet requirements such as living in a state for a set number of years. And Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Virginia have bills under consideration that

Keystone opponents vow civil
disobedience, vigils starting Monday
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 5:04:00 PM     Post Reply
Environmentalists and other opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline are ramping up their opposition to the project following the release Friday of a largely favorable State Department report -- vowing to hold vigils, jump into the November elections and even perform acts of civil disobedience. The report raising no major environmental concerns bolster the hopes of the oil industry, some union groups, congressional Republicans and others that President Obama will soon approve the $7 billion project, after a roughly five year wait. They say the Canada-to-Texas pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs and make the United States less dependent on



California Insurance Rates Skyrocket
for Pre-Obamacare Policies
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 4:59:49 PM     Post Reply
Up to 306,000 Anthem Blue Cross customers with insurance policies purchased before Obamacare was enacted will have rate hikes as high as 25%. Additionally, some premiums have already jumped 53% since 2010, not including this latest change. Last year, when Americans were barraged with healthcare insurance cancellations, state officials warned that holding onto grandfathered policies wouldn´t shield them from significant rate hikes. Unless Anthem can be swayed by California regulators to back down, the increased rates will go into effect on April 1. Alternatively, the Affordable Care Act offers affected customers an opportunity to buy less expensive insurance. "Many of the members

Fans Boo Governor Christie
At Super Bowl Event
CBS NY & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 4:58:26 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was greeted with a scattering of boos and some cheers during a visit to a Super Bowl ceremony in New York City Saturday. But the good-natured crowd was focused on football and largely left him alone during the NFL’s Hand Off Ceremony in Times Square. play Fans Boo Governor Christie At Super Bowl Event WCBS 880´s Peter Haskell reports 00:00 Christie is a big football fan and the event would have seemed to be an opportunity he would relish, WCBS 880´s Peter Haskell reported. However, with fresh accusations regarding the George Washington Bridge

Tim Tebow´s Terrific Super Bowl Ad
Boston Globe, by Obnoxious Boston Fan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:46:19 PM     Post Reply
World peace? No problem for Tim Tebow. Turns out the Patriots did themselves and Tebow a huge favor by releasing him from his contract before the season. Tebow has cashed in on his #NoContract status with a pair of 30-second commercials for T-Mobile set to air during the Super Bowl. If this one is any indication, the rest of the field will be fighting for second place in the "Best in Show" category. The ad is both creative, funny and incredibly well-produced. Enjoy this slice of Super Bowl ad heaven and God bless.

The Democrats’ well-oiled
money machine
Politico, by Byron Tau & Tarini Parti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 4:43:25 PM     Post Reply
The Democratic Party has created a well-oiled fundraising machine. While unlikely to recapture the House of Representatives and playing defense in key Senate battlegrounds, party leaders and their allies have created an efficient and well-run cash operation consisting of a small network of outside groups and party committees with distinct, concrete responsibilities. The party’s House and Senate fundraising arms closed out 2013 with big cash hauls bolstered by extensive fundraising commitments by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. On the outside group front, Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC have emerged as legitimate



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

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.

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