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The Dark Side of the
War on ´the One Percent´
Wall Street Journal, by Ruth R. Wisse    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:23:33 PM     Post Reply
Two phenomena: anti-Semitism and American class conflict. Is there any connection between them? In a letter to this newspaper, the noted venture capitalist Tom Perkins called attention to certain parallels, as he saw them, between Nazi Germany´s war against the Jews and American progressives´ war on the "one percent." For comparing two such historically disparate societies, Mr. Perkins was promptly and heatedly denounced. But is there something to be said for his comparison—not of Germany and the United States, of course, but of the politics at work in the two situations? The place to begin is at the starting point: with

TX Reporter: Wendy Davis
Campaign ´Worst at Media
Relations I´ve Ever Seen´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/3/2014 8:23:01 PM     Post Reply
For a candidate who owes her name recognition to a friendly media, Wendy Davis is having trouble not riling up the local press. Dave Mann of the Texas Observer writes that the extent to which her team is botching media relations is "the worst ... I´ve ever seen," an embarrassment weakening her candidacy. Mann initially admits that he is not a media relations specialist, but has covered a large number of political campaigns. Davis´s, he says, holds the record for absolute worst, and it threatens to sink her entire campaign. Attributing the follies to inexperienced, young media flacks, Mann nonetheless

A Smidgen Of Baloney
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:21:50 PM     Post Reply
Scandal: President Obama told Fox News´ Bill O´Reilly that the IRS targeting of dissidents had not a "smidgen of corruption." In light of rafts of evidence it happened, his dismissal of such an abuse of power is disingenuous at best. In a contentious interview with O´Reilly, President Obama claimed the Internal Revenue Service´s targeting of political dissidents he´d earlier blasted as enemies had "not even a smidgen of corruption" about it. Perhaps his denial is an indirect admission that what happened wasn´t pocket-lining, but an actual purge, but we think he understood very well that an impartial federal agency has no business

  


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Kerry: ´Energy Policy´ Will
Solve Climate Change and Create
´Mother of All Markets´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:19:40 PM     Post Reply
Just as computer technology greatly expanded Americans´ wealth in the 1990s, the clean energy market could do the same thing in the years ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday. He touted climate change as a societal challenge and an economic opportunity: "We created the greatest wealth the world has seen during the 1990s, greater even in America than the period of the Pierponts and the Morgans and the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Mellons--much greater. You know what it was? It was a $1-trillion market with 1 billion users. It was the high-tech market,

19 Vets Die Because of VA Delays
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/3/2014 8:18:13 PM     Post Reply
Nineteen veterans diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and 2011 died because the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to conduct medical screenings in a timely fashion, CNN reports. VA documents obtained by the network linked these veterans’ deaths to long-term delays in the system that impeded their receiving timely diagnoses and treatments. The 19 veterans are part of a larger group of 82 veterans who have died, are dying, or have suffered serious injuries because of the delays. One man, Barry Coates, was repeatedly told that he “may need a colonoscopy,” but only after calling the department and setting up an

Charlemagne´s bones identified: 1,200-year-old
remains in a German cathedral belong to
´Europe´s father´, claim scientists
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2014 7:51:43 PM     Post Reply
He has been dead for 1,200 years – but only now have scientists finally identified the bones of Charlemagne. After 26 years of research, German scientists are satisfied that bones held for centuries at Aachen Cathedral, Germany, are those of the king of the Franks, who is also known as the father of Europe. They said that the bones came from an older man who was tall and thin. A total of 94 bones and fragments were analysed from the cathedral and are believed to belong to the founder of the Holy Roman Empire. The sarcophagus holding the remains was

DOT takes step toward
driverless vehicles
The Washington Post, by Ashley Halsey III    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 2/3/2014 6:57:55 PM     Post Reply
The air may seem endless, but the airwaves are not, and automotive and technology experts fear competition for them may impede their visionary future of the automobile. The Transportation Department announced Monday that it is moving forward with what is known as “connected-vehicle technology,” the first step toward driverless vehicles.

  


  

NHTSA Will Require
Vehicle to Vehicle Communications
in All New Cars, Trucks
DailyTech.com, by Tiffany Kaiser    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 2/3/2014 6:50:32 PM     Post Reply
It´s been decided that vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, which allow cars and trucks to "talk" with one another and their surroundings, will move from just research to actual implementation thanks to a recent approval. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to put V2V technology in all new cars and trucks as a way of avoiding traffic accidents and fatalities. For example, your car could let you know that another vehicle ahead is about to blow through a stop sign in an attempt to avoid a crash.

Super Bowl ads tread lightly so
as not to offend millions of viewers
Associated Press, by Mae Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/3/2014 6:37:14 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — What Super Bowl ads will people discuss over the water cooler a day after the big game? There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable scenes were missing. In short, there wasn´t much shock value. Sure, RadioShack poked fun at its image by starring 80s icons like Teen Wolf in its ad. And Coca-Cola struck an emotional chord by showcasing people of different diversities in its spot. As did Chrysler, with its "Made in America" message. But with a 30-second Super Bowl commercial fetching $4 million and more than 108 million

Leno: 2nd ´Tonight exit´ is
quits for late-night
Associated Press, by Lynn Elber    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 4:50:22 PM     Post Reply
BURBANK, Calif.— Jay Leno, as affably efficient backstage as he is in front of the camera, avoids waxing poetic about his 22-year ‘‘Tonight Show’’ run that draws to a close Thursday. Instead, he relies on numbers to tell the story. Leno’s tenure is second only to Johnny Carson’s 30 years; ‘‘Tonight’’ was No. 1 among viewers when he took it over and will be when he hands it off to Jimmy Fallon; he´ll have taped more shows than any predecessor, Carson included, with the final and 4,610th one. His dry assessment also may stem from a case of deja vu.

Barbara Walters Defends Woody
Allen, Fights With Sherri Shepherd (Video)
Hollywood Reporter, by Hilary Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 4:44:11 PM     Post Reply
Barbara Walters defended Woody Allen on Monday´s The View, following adopted daughter Dylan Farrow´s open letter accusing the legendary writer-director of sexually assaulting her. Referring to her long friendship with Allen and seeing how he behaves around his two daughters with wife Soon-Yi Previn, Walters said, "I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody is and Soon-Yi to these two girls. I don´t know about Dylan. I can only tell you what I have seen now." But View co-host Sherri Shepherd pointed out that we often hear that people accused of doing horrible

  


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A new study finds that added
sugar increases your risk
of death from heart disease.
USA Today, by Nanci Hellmich    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/3/2014 4:42:25 PM     Post Reply
Sugar not only makes you fat, it may be killing you. Consuming too much added sugar — in regular soda, cakes, cookies and candy — increases your risk of death from heart disease, according to a new study, the largest of its type. "The risk of cardiovascular disease death increases exponentially as you increase your consumption of added sugar," says the study´s lead author, Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, adults in the USA in 2010 consumed about 15% of their daily calories — about 300 calories a day, based on

Time Warner Cable Customers
Demand Refund After Super
Bowl Blackout
KTLA (Los Angeles CA), by Anita Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 4:39:04 PM     Post Reply
Angry Time Warner Cable customers across Southern California demanded the cable giant offer a refund or credit customers’ accounts Monday, after their service was interrupted during Super Bowl XLVIII. Dennis Johnson, Director of Media Relations at Time Warner Cable, said the company was looking into the issue but “hadn’t finalized our plans for what we do for affected customers.” Time Warner’s analog and standard-definition feeds of Fox affiliate KTTV went dark Sunday during the second quarter of the big game. The outage also affected Southern California stations KCAL and KTLA. Time Warner Cable sent out a tweet Sunday around 4:45

Ben Bernanke to join D.C.
think tank Brookings
Washington Examiner (DC), by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 4:29:10 PM     Post Reply
Ben Bernanke´s first stop after an eight-year tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve will be the Brookings Institution, the Washington think tank announced Monday morning. Bernanke, a Republican, will be a "distinguished fellow in residence" at the center-left Brookings´ Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, the center´s director, David Wessel, announced in a blog post. Wessel, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, also wrote that Bernanke will be writing books. The Hutchins Center, named for investor and patron Glenn Hutchins, was opened in December. Bernanke left the central bank on Friday, and his successor, former Fed vice chairwoman

Philip Seymour Hoffman Had
50 Bags of Heroin, Police Say
ABC News, by Dan Good*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/3/2014 4:27:39 PM     Post Reply
Investigators found roughly 50 bags of heroin and used syringes in Philip Seymour Hoffman´s West Village apartment, police told to ABC News. This information comes one day after the Oscar-winning actor was found inside his New York apartment. Hoffman was 46 years old. Police sources say Hoffman was found unconscious at around 11:15 a.m. Sunday on the bathroom floor of his apartment by friend and screenwriter David Bar Katz, who called 911. Hoffman was pronounced dead at the scene. He was supposed to pick up his three children Sunday, but never showed. He was last seen at 8 p.m. Saturday

  


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Joe Namath’s fur coat steals
the show during Super Bowl XLVIII
New York Daily News, by Rheana Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/3/2014 4:02:35 PM     Post Reply
Joe Namath seems to be taking fashion tips from the IKEA monkey. The football legend showed up to Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday in an oversized fur coat, not unlike the one the infamous primate was spotted running around in at a Toronto IKEA store last fall. The extravagant fur was the talk of Twitter, even as the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Denver Broncos in a 43-8 win. Fans drew comparisons to coats worn by rapper Macklemore, Liberace, Ron Burgundy and several users’ grandmothers. Namath was the designated coin-tosser at the game — a job he botched when he flipped it

Harry Reid, progressive hero?
Washington Post, by Greg Sargent    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 3:47:51 PM     Post Reply
Harry Reid is set to meet privately with President Obama today. Many on the left expect them to discuss the Senate Majority Leader’s recent declaration of strong opposition to “fast track” trade promotion authority that will make it easier for the President to negotiate free trade deals currently being discussed with the European Union and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “I’m against fast track,” Reid said, adding: “Everyone would be well advised just to not push this right now.” This is being widely seen as a sign the administration will have a tough time winning Congressional approval for the fast track bill,

SecState Kerry Deeply Offends Ally
Israel with ´Boycott´ Comments;
WashPost Spins, Buries on A8
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 3:41:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine, if you will, it´s the midterm election year of 2006 and President George W. Bush´s secretary of state making careless remarks which seem to lend moral validity to an economic boycott of the United States´s staunchest ally in the Middle East. The Washington Post would surely glom onto such an embarrassing gaffe and play it up as much as possible. Yet when John Kerry made such remarks about the State of Israel, the Post´s William Booth spun the gaffe as best he could, seemingly exasperated that Israeli statesmen were even complaining about the remarks. For their part, Booth´s bosses

Carney: ObamaCare enrollment
errors ´a very small percentage´
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 3:31:25 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Monday vowed they help the tens of thousands of ObamaCare enrollees who contend that the HealthCare.gov website improperly enrolled them during the sign-up process to purchase new insurance. "We are going to get them help," White House press secretary Jay Carney said. On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that approximately 22,000 Americans had filed appeals with the government to correct errors with their enrollment data. The complaints charge that the ObamaCare marketplace had charged them too much for insurance, incorrectly enrolled them or didn´t enroll them at all. According to the report, the administration has not been

Michael Tomasky: Only ‘Fox
Viewers’ Care Whether Benghazi
Spontaneous or Terror Attack
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 3:23:05 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on MSNBC with Tamron Hall on Monday, The Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky criticized Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly for spending what Tomasky called “wasted time” asking President Barack Obama about the deadly 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi. After playing a portion of the interview, Hall noted that Tomasky had written that the interview was largely about generating ratings than about getting to the bottom of the White House’s early response to that attack. He specifically criticized O’Reilly for asking Obama about former United Nations Amb. Susan Rice insisting that the attack was initially a

  



The Wendy Davis Campaign’s
Luxurious Accomodations
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/3/2014 3:17:52 PM     Post Reply
The gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis filed its January semiannual finance report with the Texas Ethics Commission, detailing how much donors have given the campaign and how it’s being spent. She may have once been “living in a tiny trailer” – at least for four months – but Wendy Davis’ campaign ensures she sleeps in better places these days. When in New York, she stayed at the Sofitel, running up $1,545.55 in charges from October 22 to 24. When in San Francisco from August 17 to 19, she stayed at the Fairmont Hotel, running up $1,015.27 in charges.

Emanuel seeks to borrow $900 million
Chicago Tribune, by Hal Dardick & Jason Grotto    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 3:16:56 PM     Post Reply
Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s administration is making preparations to issue up to $900 million in bonds this year to lower some of its borrowing costs, push other debt off into the future at an overall higher cost, cover legal settlements and pay for construction, building maintenance and equipment. At the same time, the administration is making plans to double the city´s short-term credit line to $1 billion, Chief Financial Officer Lois Scott told aldermen at a City Council Finance Committee meeting. The committee recommended giving the administration authority to put together two major bond deals and double the city’s the line

Stock pullback pain:
Dow drop tops 310
USA Today, by Beth Belton & Adam Shell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 3:11:26 PM     Post Reply
Stocks were down sharply in early afternoon trading as Wall Street struggles to shake off the first down January for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor´s 500 since 2010. Weaker reports on U.S. manufacturing and construction spending brought fresh concerns about the economy. Investors were also disappointed in auto sales from General Motors and Ford. In afternoon trading, the Dow was down more than 310 points -- losing nearly 2% to 312.89. The S&P 500 index dropped 2.2%, while the Nasdaq composite index tanked 2.7%. "What is clear is there is a lot of jitteriness in

Dem Support of Amnesty ´Principles´ May
Hurt Boehner´s Credibility with House GOP
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 2:49:13 PM     Post Reply
The openness of top Democrats to the House GOP´s immigration “principles” could undercut Speaker John Boehner´s credibility on the right as he seeks to sell his conference on moving forward. Obama had previously said he would not sign an immigration reform bill that does not provide a pathway to citizenship. On Friday, he said on CNN: [If Boehner] proposes something that says right away, folks aren´t being deported, families aren´t being separated, we´re able to attract top young students to provide the skills or start businesses here, and then there´s a regular process of citizenship, I´m not sure how wide

Authorities find abandoned Jeep in
search for escaped Michigan murderer
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 2:44:32 PM     Post Reply
The Jeep abandoned by a murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison Sunday has been found by law enforcement authorities searching for the convict. Michael David Elliot, 40, convicted in four murders two decades ago, is at large after he escaped from a Michigan prison disguised as a prison worker and abducted a woman who fled his grips when he stopped for gas in Indiana, authorities said Monday. Investigators told Fox 17 News that Elliot abducted a woman using a knife or box cutter and made her drive to Elkhart, Ind., roughly 100 miles southwest of Ionia near the Indiana-Michigan state line.

Iran Emboldened: New Fighter Jets,
Executions, Reaffirmed Support for Assad
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Raheem Kassam    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 2:30:37 PM     Post Reply
Iran is set to receive its first batch of oil money from a $4.2 billion pot this week, according to its chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi. The funds, thought to be around $550 million, are due to be deposited in a Swiss bank account, Araqchi told the Islamic Republic News Agency. "As far as I know, all necessary measures have been taken and transfers are under way," he said. The news is quite evidently nothing to celebrate, and the capitulation by the U.S. State Department and the European Union towards Hassan Rouhani and his country´s nuclear ambitions is already heralding

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