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Opiate of the Elites
Weekly Standard, by Vincent J. Cannato    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:06:20 PM     Post Reply
After the 2012 election, Mitt Romney’s loss prompted questions about the future of conservatism. A year later, the ongoing drama of Obamacare’s failures has seen similar concerns voiced regarding the future of liberalism. So what, exactly, do we mean when we talk about “liberalism”? Conservatives used to equate it with the New Deal and Great Society, with the social and cultural liberalism of the late 1960s mixed in. Recently, conservatives have dug deeper and found a different foundation for modern liberalism: the Progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The assault on progressivism started with the writings

Senator rebukes IRS over decision
to reinstate 2013 employee bonuses
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 9:05:27 PM     Post Reply
The IRS´ announcement Monday that it will pay cancelled 2013 bonuses has infuriated Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who wants to know why an agency with employees who “inappropriately” targeted conservative political groups would reinstate the rewards. “The IRS is accused of targeting conservative groups, with many of its employees having conducted themselves in a manner inappropriate for government officials, and the agency decides to reinstate employee bonuses?” asked Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. “This is outrageous.” The announcement was made by new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who said the performance bonuses were reinstated after agency employees repeatedly

The Heart of Liberalism
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:03:28 PM     Post Reply
I haven’t read Fred Siegel’s new book yet, but there’s a really interesting review of it in The Weekly Standard by my friend (and occasional NR contributor) Vin Cannato. He writes: The assault on progressivism started with the writings of people associated with the Claremont Institute, like political scientist Ronald Pestritto, and reached a wider audience with Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism (2007). These writers explain how “progressives” turned away from older notions of individualism and believed that the Constitution was an increasingly archaic document in a modern industrial world. Progressives looked admiringly at Germany and other strong European states and built

  


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Senators: John Kerry
Suggested Arming Syrian Rebels
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by John Rossomando    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:58:25 PM     Post Reply
Two leading advocates of direct American involvement in Syria´s civil war say the Obama administration may be considering taking a greater role. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., say Secretary of State John Kerry made blunt remarks during a bipartisan meeting Sunday indicating a more aggressive U.S. policy may be in the works. The meeting with McCain, Graham, and thirteen other members of Congress took place at a Munich hotel. Afterwards, the senators briefed three reporters about their off-the-record meeting with Kerry. Al-Qaida´s presence is creating a threat that is growing "out of hand," Kerry reportedly said. "[Kerry] acknowledged that the chemical

White House Writes NFL
Players’ Pro-Obamacare Tweets
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:56:15 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare got a boost from current and former National Football League players on Super Bowl Sunday after the White House sent suggested language for laudatory tweets to a representative of the league’s players union. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo earned a retweet from the White House after telling his followers, “don’t forget you can affordable [sic] healthcare at healthcare.gov.” That was the last in a series of tweets composed by Ayanbadejo about Healthcare.gov. Other messages were more grammatical, containing language copied directly from an email sent by Kyle Lierman, a liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, that encouraged players

Herridge: Fmr. CIA Director Morell
May Have Altered Benghazi Talking
Points to Benefit Obama Admin.
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/3/2014 8:50:33 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director Mike Morell may have altered the Benghazi talking points to benefit the Obama administration during the 2012 election, Catherine Herridge of Fox News reports. On September 15 one day before Susan Rice made her infamous appearances on various Sunday shows, according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya indicating the Benghazi attacks were “not/not an escalation of protests.” The report does not indicate when Morell read the email, but that same day Morell cut the word “Islamic” from the talking points and left the word “demonstration.”

Obama Doubles Down During
Taped O’Reilly Interview: Fox
Absolutely’ Unfair to Me
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:50:29 PM     Post Reply
In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, President Barack Obama went after the host and his employer for investigating issues like the White House’s response to the Benghazi attack and the Internal Revenue Service’s undue targeting of conservative groups. On Monday, O’Reilly played portions of his interview with Obama that were not broadcast on Sunday which revealed details of the president’s thinking on the Keystone XL Pipeline, the cultural issues facing African-American families, and how Fox News covers the White House. O’Reilly asked Obama about the large number of children being born to unwed black mothers.

  


  

Let’s Move? Fat Chance
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:46:33 PM     Post Reply
Has First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign actually reduced childhood obesity rates? That’s a $4.5 billion question whose answer appears to be “No.” Immediately after announcing that he would “take steps without legislation . . . wherever and whenever I can” in last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama touted First Lady Michelle Obama’s four-year-old Let’s Move campaign as a seemingly unobjectionable and efficacious example of a primarily executive effort that benefits the American people. “Michelle’s Let’s Move partnership with schools, businesses, and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years,”

Congress Took More Free Trips in 2013
Than in Any Year Since the Abramoff Reforms
National Journal, by Shane Goldmacher    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:44:58 PM     Post Reply
Members of Congress and their aides took more free trips around the world in 2013 than in any year since new restrictions were put in place after the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal. The website LegiStorm, which compiles congressional travel records, said Monday that lawmakers and their staffs took a combined 1,887 free trips last year for a total cost of almost $6 million. That amount is more than double the sum private groups spent on congressional trips in 2008, the first full year that the tightened travel rules of 2007 went into effect. The total number of trips has bounded upward by

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen: If You
Like Your Doctor and You´re Willing
to Pay More, You Can Keep Your Doctor
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:42:40 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and other Democrats made a series of promises regarding Obamacare, including “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But reality is saying otherwise, and many Americans are finding that Obamacare is costing them their doctors in one way or another. The most common way new Obamacare plans that replace plans have smaller networks. The doctor you and your family have been seeing are now out of network. Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) gave an interview on WKXL radio on Friday. She offered a solution to the doc drop problem, but it’s one that most people

FBI Shuts Down Virginia Bribery
Scheme for Illegal Alien
Driver Licences
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/3/2014 8:40:00 PM     Post Reply
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — Jose Calderon, 42, of Sterling, Virginia, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for engaging in a bribery scheme that resulted in the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. “Schemes such as this, trading cash for DMV documents, undermine the enforcement of our immigration laws and potentially threaten public safety,” said

  


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MSNBC President Phil Griffin
Claims Station Has No Ideology
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:32:58 PM     Post Reply
In a recent interview, 57-year-old Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, said that the network “has never had an ideology.” The former NBC researcher, who prefers jogging suits to business suits and is beset with constant nervous twitching, insisted that the network stays “true to the facts.” Griffin maintained that if a Democrat has problems, MSNBC anchors are not going to bail them out. He claimed, “If you’re a Democrat in trouble, we’re not a place where we’re going to rehabilitate you. You’re not going to get a free ride if you did wrong.” Furthermore, the 30-year NBC operative stated the network has

If You Liked Health Reform,
You´ll Love Immigration Reform
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:32:57 PM     Post Reply
Entitlements: ObamaCare is already a fiscal nightmare for the country. Now Democrats, and even some Republicans, want to expand it to ruinous levels by making 12 million illegals eligible for subsidies. Adding these largely poor immigrants to the state health exchanges and Medicaid rolls threatens to explode the $2 trillion cost of ObamaCare by another $210 billion to $300 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Senate Budget Committee. The Congressional Budget Office, moreover, estimates the Senate immigration bill would boost federal health spending by $112 billion over the next decade as more people take advantage of Medicaid, Medicare and

Skid Roe
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:27:18 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," the Washington Post reports, leaping to conclusions right in the lead paragraph. The impulse behind that leap is understandable. Journalists are attracted to cause-and-effect explanations because they make storytelling easier, and in this case the causal explanation bolsters the cause of the group doing the study: the Alan Guttmacher Institute, research arm of Planned Parenthood. Guttmacher´s data, we should note,

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority
say Obama´s policies will fail
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/3/2014 8:27:07 PM     Post Reply
Washington – President Barack Obama´s approval rating has edged up a bit since the end of last year, according to a new national poll. But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates the number of Americans who hope that his policies will succeed has dropped 12 points since last year and a majority now predicts that his policies will fail. According to the survey, which was released Monday, 45% of the public gives Obama a thumbs-up on the job he´s doing as President. That's up from 41% in November and December, when the President was at or near all-time lows in polls from CNN and other organizations.

  


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GOP Could Blow 2014 Election
With Unwise Push For Amnesty
Invsetor´s Business Daily, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:25:46 PM     Post Reply
Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically as the problems of ObamaCare continue to escalate, and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate. But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory. The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican base and

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

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.

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