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Woody Allen Has Some Defenders
Atlantic, by Adam Chandler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2014 5:26:02 AM     Post Reply
This weekend, much internet bandwidth was devoted to Dylan Farrow—the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Farrow alleged in a post published on Nicholas Kristof´s Times blog yesterday that she was sexual abused by Allen when she was seven. The post reignited a story that had lay mostly dormant for decades, but never exactly left the public consciousness. Farrow´s horrible, shocking, and poignant words immediately mobilized support from a bevy of writers and public intellectuals who chastised both Hollywood and the world for continuing to venerate Allen, one of America´s most honored directors. It would take a lifetime to

John Boehner outraised Nancy
Pelosi by over 50 percent in 2013
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2014 5:23:00 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner KO’d Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in 2013 fundraising by over 50 percent, according to just released figures. Boehner outraised the former Democratic speaker by a whopping $19 million, $54 million to Pelosi’s $35 million. When Pelosi’s team last month revealed her success collecting checks, they heralded it as a huge win, a figure that surpassed her past fundraising efforts in the last three non-election years. By comparison, Boehner’s win in 2013 was offered to reporters with just simple numbers and a comment from aide Cory Fritz who said, “Liberal super PACs and labor unions outraised and outspent conservatives by

Seattle residents celebrate Seahawks´ Super
Bowl XLVIII win with fireworks, bonfire
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 5:15:46 AM     Post Reply
SEATTLE — With shouts, cheers and fireworks, Seattle residents celebrated a dominant victory in the Super Bowl — the city’s first major sports championship in more than 30 years. Thousands of people took to the streets and Seattle police planned an increased presence throughout the city Sunday night. They sent a tweet on the department’s widely followed Twitter account saying, “Officers will be out and about citywide making sure everyone is celebrating safely.” The Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8. The last time a major Seattle sports franchise won a championship was in 1979 when the Supersonics took the NBA title. The

  


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A Serious GOP Alternative to Obamacare
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 5:09:30 AM     Post Reply
The most frequently repeated Democrat talking point concerning Republican opposition to Obamacare is the claim that the GOP has offered no alternative. This is nonsense, of course, but it has proved an effective device for suppressing a serious debate about the President’s “signature legislative achievement.” Predictably, Obama offered yet another variation on the theme during his recent State of the Union message: “I don’t expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law.… So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice — tell America what you’d do differently.” Ironically, as

‘America the vulgar’
Washington Times, by Robert Knight    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 5:05:42 AM     Post Reply
The trouble with liberals is not just that they eventually run out of other people’s money, as Margaret Thatcher observed. It’s that they find new ways every day to project their own dysfunctional worldview on the rest of us. It’s like living next door to a nuclear-waste dump run by the Bumpusses. You’d like to ignore it, but shards of spent fuel keep falling into your yard and setting your dog on fire. This is how non-progressive Americans increasingly view our ever-coarsening, “progressive” popular culture and the ruling elites who promote it. They’re aghast at not only the moral meltdown, but the

ABC’s Slime-Time News
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/3/2014 5:01:34 AM     Post Reply
On March 21, 2012, NBC led the nightly news with reporting about the Trayvon Martin case. CBS led with a report that the NFL was imposing unprecedented sanctions on a team for a scheme that involved paying athletes to injure opponents. It was a slow news day, and the Big Three newscasts had to choose unconventional leads. But ABC’s lead on World News was, even in that context, unlikely. It was news the network had played an integral role in creating: The program’s aggressive coverage of an obscure food product was yielding results, and Diane Sawyer announced that some of America’s

Five Ways Reagan Nostalgia
Misleads Conservatives
American Conservative, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 4:55:13 AM     Post Reply
This week marks Ronald Reagan’s 103rd birthday. Non-conservatives often mock the right’s nostalgia for the fortieth president, but the enthusiasm is as well placed as the FDR portraits that hung above many a New Deal Democrat’s mantle. Reagan was one of just two political figures associated with the modern conservative movement to win the Republican presidential nomination, and he’s the only one to make it to the White House. Ever since his 49-state landslide reelection in 1984—he came within one vote per Minnesota precinct of making it a 50-state sweep—conservatives have held the reins in the GOP but have been unable

  


  

Rumors of al Qaeda’s Demise
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 4:52:07 AM     Post Reply
For five years, the Obama administration has touted its success in the war against al Qaeda. In formal addresses, daily press briefings, and campaign speeches top administration officials have celebrated the “decimation” of al Qaeda and predicted its imminent extinction. John Brennan, the president’s top adviser on these matters, even took the bold step of putting a timeframe on the end of al Qaeda. “If the decade before 9/11 was the time of al Qaeda’s rise and the decade after 9/11 was the time of its decline, then I believe this decade will be the one that sees its demise,”

The Obama impact statement
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 4:49:19 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes even the federal government is capable of grasping the obvious. So it was late Friday afternoon, when the State Department dumped its report on the environmental impact of the proposed Keystone Pipeline, which is designed to transport oil extracted from Canada’s tar sands through America down to the Gulf Coast. Essentially, the report concluded that whether or not we go ahead with the pipeline, Canada is going to extract this oil. “The dominant drivers of oil-sands development,” says the report, “are more global than any single infrastructure project.” And because it will be developed with or without the pipeline, nothing the United

Bill O´Reilly´s ridiculous Super Bowl
interview with President Obama
The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 4:41:42 AM     Post Reply
Never have I ever watched a less informative, self-parodic nationally televised interview with the President of the United States. So bad, in fact, that it makes me question whether Bill O´Reilly, famously Fox News´s most erratically independent primetime voice, a very smart man and incredibly talented broadcaster, has lost his ability to distinguish between what makes a question tough in the real world and what gets that distinction in Fox News´s made-up world of indignant self-pity. O´Reilly doesn´t get along with Sean Hannity, but it seems like Hannity somehow took over his brain. Question one was about the Obamacare website. Mr.

State OCare “Glitches” May Doom Dems
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2014 4:36:11 AM     Post Reply
The word “glitch” hasn’t been heard lately from Democrats. After months of pretending the problems with ObamaCare could be dismissed as mere glitches on an otherwise perfectly functional website, the party has lately adopted a stance in which the president’s signature health-care legislation is considered to have transcended its rough rollout. The president’s State of the Union address not only glossed over the disastrous start to the law’s implementation but also, in another now familiar Democratic meme, treated the debate about the issue as finished. But unfortunately for his party, the latest batch of ObamaCare problems may serve not only

  


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Report: Hotels company apparently
hacked, exposing guests´ credit cards
CNN, by Joe Sutton & Holly Yan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/3/2014 4:25:34 AM     Post Reply
White Lodging -- a company that maintains Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin hotel franchises -- has apparently suffered a data breach that exposed guests´ credit and debit card information in 2013, independent security researcher Brian Krebs said. Banking industry sources noticed fraud among hundreds of cards that had been previously used at Marriott hotels, wrote Krebs, who first reported that Target had suffered a massive data breach around Black Friday last year. "But those same sources said they were puzzled by the pattern of fraud, because it was seen only at specific Marriott hotels, including locations in Austin, Chicago, Denver,

Quadruple-Murderer Escapes
From Custody, Abducts Woman
ABC News, by Ben Gittleson*    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/3/2014 4:22:27 AM     Post Reply
A convicted quadruple-murderer is on the loose this morning after escaping from custody in Michigan and abducting a woman, corrections officials confirmed to ABC News. Officials say Michael David Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility Sunday before driving to Indiana. Elliot abducted a woman with a knife or box cutter before driving with her to Elkhart, In. - about 130 miles south - where they stopped for gas, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said. While the woman was able to escape, Elliot remains at large. There’s no word on how he was able to escape from custody. Michigan State Police Lt.

Sochi Culling Stray Dogs
Ahead of the Olympics
ABC News, by Kirit Radia    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/3/2014 1:36:26 AM     Post Reply
Sochi - The city of Sochi has quietly hired a private company to kill as many of its stray dogs as possible ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics, ABC News has learned. The city´s move came after it publicly backed off plans to do so last year amid outrage from animal rights groups. The owner of the company, Alexei Sorokin, told ABC News (snip) " Imagine, if during an Olympic games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres an hour [over 80 mph] and a dog runs into him when he lands. It would be deadly for both a jumper and

Obama personally signed fundraising
email referring to Washington, D.C.
as a ‘state’
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/3/2014 1:19:40 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent a weary email to supporters Saturday that referred to Washington, D.C. as a “state.” (snip) The email, which basically amounted to a 115-word tired sigh, was regionally targeted. The version sent to people in the District of Columbia (which links to a DNC fundraising page showing a map of the nation’s capital) said that “we’re counting on Democrats from every corner of the state to pitch in – and we still need 153 people from Washington. Will you be one of them?” The District of Columbia is not one of the 50 U.S. states.

  


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‘Not even a SMIDGEN of corruption’:
Obama DOUBLES DOWN on IRS
targeting denial
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/3/2014 1:10:11 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama again denied any wrongdoing by the IRS over their targeting of conservative tea party groups, telling Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the way the tax enforcer processed tea partiers’ 501(c)4 paperwork. (Snip) “So you’re saying there was no corruption there at all?” O’Reilly asked. “Absolutely not,” the president replied. “There were some bone-headed decisions out of a local office.” “But no mass corruption?” O’Reilly persisted. “Not even mass corruption,” a visibly-annoyed Obama replied. “Not even a smidgen of corruption.” It’s a far cry from Obama’s May 2013 statement called the targeting “outrageous.”

Obama: ´I Don´t Think We Need to
Fundamentally Transform the Nation´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/3/2014 12:05:53 AM     Post Reply
In an apparent reversal of his past campaign statements, President Barack Obama told Fox News´s Bill O´Reilly in a Sunday interview that he does not believe in fundamentally transforming America. O´Reilly read Obama a question from a viewer who asked, "Mr. President, why do you feel it is necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?" "I don´t think we need to fundamentally transform the nation," said Obama. "But those are your words," explained O´Reilly. "I think what we have to do is make sure that here in America, if you work hard,

Super Bowl 2014:
Seahawks Bury Broncos
Wall Street Journal, by Kevin Clark    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2014 10:44:25 PM     Post Reply
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Peyton Manning is 37 years old. He has had four neck surgeries. He has admitted he doesn´t have the arm he used to. But despite all that, it took him until Sunday night to look truly helpless. Like he was staring at something even he, the most prepared quarterback in NFL history, couldn´t navigate. It seemed like the quarterback who had always thought of everything had nothing left. The Seattle Seahawks wrecked Manning and his historically spectacular offense to win Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8, in one of the biggest blowouts in the history of the league´s biggest game.

Hillary Clinton: ´fun to watch FOX
when it´s someone else being blitzed´
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/2/2014 10:28:05 PM     Post Reply
Step aside, Jon Stewart. There´s a new political satirist in town. Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and a potential Democratic presidential candidate, took an apparent shot at Fox News during the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Tweet) The tweet, which had been retweeted more than 30,000 times by the start of the game´s fourth quarter, was apparently a reference to the cable news channel´s coverage, which has been highly critical of Democrats and the September 2012 terror attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton has come under fire for the State Department response to the attack.

Hillary Clinton calls on Senate
not to impose more sanctions on Iran
Guardian [UK], by Spencer Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/2/2014 10:21:00 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential heir apparent, has urged her former Senate colleagues not to pass new sanctions on Iran, even as she called the Islamic Republic a “threat to global security”. The intervention from Clinton, who holds a commanding lead in a 2016 Democratic primary contest she has not formally entered, represents both a new opportunity for the Obama administration to rescue its major diplomatic overture from a Congress that largely loathes it and a threat of being undermined by a potent and independent force within the Democratic Party.

  



The average age of Fox News viewers is
68 and a majority of them are politically
conservative and white
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Alexandra Klausner    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/2/2014 10:18:21 PM     Post Reply
According to Nielsen TV data through mid-January, the average age of Fox News viewers is 68-years-old. In Frank Rich´s New York Magazine article, ´Stop Beating a Dead Fox´ he calls Fox News a politically conservative ´retirement community´ that´s losing young viewers at a faster rate than it´s competitors. The average viewers at MSNBC and CNN are 60, and the average is 62-64 for the broadcast networks. Not only are Fox News viewers old, they´re almost all white. Rich points out that only 1.1 per cent of Fox News viewers are black. That´s a far lower number than other news networks. MSNCB has a 25

The troubled last months of tragic Philip Seymour Hoffman: Oscar winner had SPLIT from mother of his three children
Daily Mail (UK), by Sara Nathan and Joshua Gardner *    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 10:11:15 PM     Post Reply
Tragic Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman had separated from his longtime girlfriend Mimi O´Donnell in the months leading up to his death, it can be revealed. The 46-year-old, who has three elementary-age children with the costume designer, also 46, began renting a $10,000-a-month apartment in Bethune Street in Manhattan´s Greenwich Village in October. And it was here his body was found today by close friend and playwright David Bar Katz, who had been asked to check up on him by Miss O´Donnell. The actor´s estranged partner was later seen weeping as she entered the property. This afternoon, a New York

O´Reilly plays hard ball with Obama as he
grills him on Obamacare, the IRS and his
handling of the Benghazi raid
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/2/2014 10:11:00 PM     Post Reply
Fox News host Bill O´Reilly tackled Barack Obama on his affordable healthcare act and the 2012 Benghazi attack in a tense Super Bowl Sunday interview today. In the network´s annual live pre-game show, President Obama was forced to defend himself against a barrage of Republican criticism. During a tense 15-minute interview, Obama hit back at O´Reilly, saying the Fox News network was to blame for promoting scandals. As he was questioned about Obamacare, the Benghazi raid and accusations that the IRS targeted right-wing groups like the Tea Party, the President took a shot at Fox. ´These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part

Study: Abortion rate at
lowest point since 1973
Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2014 10:08:57 PM     Post Reply
The abortion rate in the United States dropped to its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states, according to a study suggesting that new, long-acting contraceptive methods are having a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies. There were fewer than 17 abortions for every 1,000 women in 2011, the latest year for which figures were available, according a paper published Monday from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion-rights think tank. That is down 13 percent from 2008 and a little higher than the rate in 1973, when the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Roe

HealthCare.gov can’t handle
appeals of enrollment errors
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2014 10:06:31 PM     Post Reply
Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors. Roughly 22,000 Americans have filed appeals with the government to try to get mistakes corrected, according to internal government data obtained by The Washington Post. They contend that the computer system for the new federal online marketplace charged them too much for health insurance, steered them into the wrong insurance program or denied them coverage entirely. For now, the appeals are sitting, untouched, inside a government computer. And

Obama’s solo strategy to pit
GOP anger vs. Democrat zeal
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2014 10:02:12 PM     Post Reply
With his new emphasis on creating government policy through executive fiat, President Obama is betting he will fire up his Democratic base more than he will infuriate Republican voters in this year’s midterm elections. Democrats increasingly are abandoning their dream of winning back the House in November. Even Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said last week that she can’t “confidently predict” it. But the president needs Democrats to hold on to the Senate, where a swing of six seats would give Republicans control, to have any hope of achieving more of his policy goals and reshaping

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