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White House says Keystone report not
final step as pressure mounts for action
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:19:41 AM     Post Reply
A new environmental assessment from the State Department that raised no major environmental concerns on long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline isn´t the last step in deciding whether the pipeline can be built, the White House said late Friday. The long-delayed pipeline got a major boost as it cleared a major hurdle toward approval, a serious blow to environmentalists´ hopes that President Obama will block the controversial project running more than 1,000 miles from Canada through the heart of the U.S. The White House released a statement pushing back on the notion that the pipeline is now headed for speedy approval, saying Sec. of

Beer-delivery drone grounded by FAA
CNN, by Heather Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:15:43 AM     Post Reply
Ice fishers in Minnesota are reeling from a recent FAA decision prohibiting beer delivery by drone. Local brewery Lakemaid was testing a new drone delivery system to airlift frosty cases of beer to fishermen holed up in ice shacks on Mille Lacs Lake. After spotting a Lakemaid YouTube video that went up last week of one of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on a test run, the Federal Aviation Administration contacted Lakemaid and told the company to stop. Unfortunately for Lakemaid fans and anyone else dreading a walk to the corner store, it´s currently against the law to fly drones for commercial

Christie Hits Back, Attacks Wildstein
in Letter to Friends and Allies
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:12:49 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hitting back after allegations of his involvement in the widening lane closure scandal, sending an email to friends and allies going after his former political ally and classmate and again saying he had “no involvement, knowledge or understanding of the real motives behind David Wildstein’s scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge.” The letter, first reported by Politico and obtained by ABC News, is titled “5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That’s Not A Bombshell” and lists attacks against Wildstein’s credibility, as well as the New York Times. “Bottom line –

  


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IOC Urging Sochi to Sort
Out Hotel Problems
Associated Press, by Stephen Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:09:51 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia — The IOC is urging Russian Olympic organizers to move quickly to resolve the issue of accommodations that are not ready for accredited media personnel in the mountains outside Sochi. According to the Sochi organizing committee, only six of the nine media hotels in the mountain area are fully operational. Some media have arrived and found they had no place to stay, and thousands more journalists are expected to arrive Monday. The matter was being examined Sunday at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board. "There are still some issues to be solved as always just

Kansas files brief supporting Hobby Lobby
Witchita Eagle [Kansas], by Bryan Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/2/2014 12:33:24 AM     Post Reply
TOPEKA — Kansas has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma-based retail chain challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers cover emergency contraceptives. Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green, a Christian, has objected to the regulation based on his religious principles. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office said the issue is not contraceptives but religious liberty. In a statement, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the Constitution protects businesses that want to base policies on religious teachings. “This is true whether it is the [plaintiffs in this case] operating their businesses

So, Michelle and Barack Obama: What IS
the state of your union? Rumours their
21-year marriage has been racked by
screaming rows, allegations of infidelity*
Daily Mail [UK], by Caroline Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/1/2014 11:58:33 PM     Post Reply
It is the question that has been dominating Washington dinner parties for weeks – could the once-golden First Couple of the United States really be heading for the rocks? If rumours are to be believed, the 21-year marriage of Barack and Michelle Obama has been racked by screaming rows, allegations of infidelity and a string of jealous fights. While the White House has refused to comment on the reports there has been a distinct frostiness in the air between the couple in recent months. According to a report in the National Enquirer--which plastered ‘Obama Divorce Bombshell!’ across its front page--the

Prominent tea party groups
raise almost $8M in last six
months of fiscal year 2013
Washington Times, by Kellan Howell    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/1/2014 10:49:52 PM     Post Reply
The tea party might have a lot of enemies, but they also have friends — with deep pockets. Two national tea party groups were given a combined total of almost $8 million during the last six months of fiscal year 2013, according to Roll Call. The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund filed receipts of over $4 million and disbursements of $3.8 million leaving a little over $1 million cash on hand at the end of 2013, Roll Call reported. Almost $3 million came from donors who gave $200 or less each. The largest donor, Cary Katz, CEO of College Loan

  


  

Chris Christie attacks N.Y.
Times, David Wildstein
Politico, by Mike Allen & Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 10:22:10 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after a low-key initial response to Friday’s explosive allegations about his involvement in a bridge-closing scandal, mounted an aggressive defense late Saturday afternoon, attacking The New York Times and a former political ally in an email to friends and allies obtained by POLITICO. “Bottom line — David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein,” the email from the governor’s office says, referring to the former appointee who reignited the controversy. (Snip) The subject line of the 700-word email from the governor’s office is: “5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That’s

Woody Allen´s daughter Dylan Farrow details
how he sexually abused her in open letter
NY Daily News, by Rich Schapiro    Original Article
Posted By: squid- 2/1/2014 10:21:08 PM     Post Reply
Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, in a wrenching letter, describes in stomach-churning detail how the iconic film director sexually abused her. “When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” wrote Dylan Farrow, who is now 28. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”

Manning wins record 5th
NFL Most Valuable Player award
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 10:14:29 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – Peyton Manning´s record-setting season earned him his fifth Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night in a landslide.No other player has won more than three. Denver´s record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC´s best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote. Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, `04, `08 and `09. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson. Manning still trails several

Iran gets first $500M under
Obama nuke deal
The Hill (Washington DC), by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 10:00:41 PM     Post Reply
Iran has received its first installment of $500 million under the nuclear deal struck with the U.S. and five other nations, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Saturday. The country is set to receive a total of $4.2 billion in frozen assets over the next six months. The deal, which went into effect Jan. 20, also suspends certain sanctions and allows Iran to continue exporting its oil at current levels, for a total of $7 billion. “The first tranche of $500 million was deposited in a Swiss bank account, and everything was done in accordance with the agreement,” Araqchi told

  


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What’s so great about America:
Ayers vs. D’Souza
PowerLine, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 9:52:57 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday night unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and Dinesh D’Souza engaged on the subject “what’s so great about America?” at Dartmouth College courtesy of Young America’s Foundation and sponsored by The Dartmouth Review. They met on stage before a large audience at Spaulding Auditorium in the college’s Hopkins Center. Katie Pavlich calls it a “must see debate.” Ann Kane provides an interesting assessment here. The Right Scoop offers this rundown on the debate, which runs about two hours long: “They begin by each taking 18 minutes to state their positions. After that is complete they respond to each others positions for

Ohio wind turbine project
stopped near Lake Erie
Associated Press, by John Seewer    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 2/1/2014 8:47:41 PM     Post Reply
TOLEDO, Ohio - A group of birding enthusiasts hopes a decision to halt plans for a wind turbine at an Ohio National Guard base will send a message to developers proposing other wind power projects along Lake Erie. Federal officials sent notice this past week that they are pulling back from building the proposed wind turbine just weeks after two organizations threatened to take legal action. The American Bird Conservancy and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory argued that the wind turbine would endanger migrating birds and bald eagles while also violating several federal laws designed to protect those birds.

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

  


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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

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