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Marco Rubio: Distrust of Obama
sinking immigration reform
Washington Examiner, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:57:46 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio cast doubt on the prospects for immigration reform passing Congress this year, despite a renewed effort by House Republicans to address the issue. The Florida Republican, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, was a key negotiator of the bipartisan immigration reform legislation that cleared the Senate in June. But Rubio said a deep lack of trust in President Obama to uphold the border security measures likely to be included in any final deal stands in the way of attracting the Republican votes needed to send a bill to the White House. In a brief interview with reporters Monday evening, Rubio

CBO nearly triples estimate
of working hours lost by 2021
due to Affordable Care Act
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:55:03 AM     Post Reply
A historically high number of people will be locked out of the workforce by 2021, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. President Barack Obama´s signature healthcare law will contribute to this phenomenon, CBO said, citing new estimates that the Affordable Care Act will cause a larger than-expected reduction in working hours - eliminating the equivalent of about 2.3 million workers in 2021 versus a previous estimate of an 800,000 decline."CBO estimates that the ACA will reduce the total number of hours worked, on net, by about 1.5 to 2 percent during the period from 2017 to

None of our politicians will tell you
the truth: our jobs are doomed
Telegraph [UK], by Sean Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 10:41:58 AM     Post Reply
I went to a wedding last year. It was like touring the Somme in late August 1916. All around me lay The Fallen. I don’t mean actual dead people, I mean friends, colleagues, acquaintances, who used to be journalists with me, back in the day, but who have now dropped out of this shrinking profession, to retrain as solicitors, teachers, house-husbands. [Snip] A recent, fascinating article in the Economist, quoting a study by professors Carl Frey and Michael Osborne of Oxford University, made this quite clear. Frey and Osborne believe that fully 47 percent of all jobs are at risk



O’Reilly: Obama Annoyed with
Fox Because He Doesn’t Think
IRS, Benghazi ‘That Important’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:38:45 AM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly joined the hosts of Fox & Friends on Tuesday to discuss his interview with President Barack Obama and the president’s regular criticisms of Fox’s coverage of his administration. O’Reilly said that the president attacked Fox’s coverage of the response to the Benghazi attack or the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives because he really does not believe those issues are “that important.” Asked if he was surprised by Obama’s repeated assertion that both Fox and O’Reilly were not fair to him, the Fox host said that the president was talking about the network’s track record

Susan Rice Blasts Israel--on Twitter
Breitbart Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 2/4/2014 10:38:27 AM     Post Reply
National Security Advisor and former UN Ambassador Susan Rice took to Twitter on Monday night to blast Israel for widespread recent criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry by Israeli government officials. The torrent of tweets ran from at 8:14 to 8:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and spoke in defense of both Kerry and President Barack Obama, calling recent Israeli criticism of them "totally unfounded and unacceptable." (snip) Kerry has been criticized by Israeli leaders over recent remarks in Munich suggesting Israel could face international boycotts if it failed to reach peace with the Palestinians.

The Massive Liberal Failure on Race
Slate, by Tanner Colby    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/4/2014 10:37:34 AM     Post Reply
“There is no place in the movement for the white liberal. He is our affliction.”—James Baldwin Five years ago, while fervently supporting the candidacy of the man who would become America’s first black president, I came to the realization that I didn’t actually know any black people. Most of the people I did know (i.e., other white people) didn’t know many black people either. One, maybe two, was the norm. I asked one white guy I knew if he had any black friends, and he replied, “You mean ones that aren’t on television?” I wanted to know why integration—actual, genuine integration—had failed

Parents upset over ‘game´ at
middle school that asked questions
like ‘Do your parents drink?’ and
‘Has anyone in your family been in jail?’
Yahoo!News, by Will Lerner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 10:35:57 AM     Post Reply
The game was called “Cross the Line,” an ironic title because that’s exactly what parents of students at a middle school in Marinette, Wisconsin think the educators did. WLUK Fox 11 News is reporting that Marinette Middle School played the game in which 5th through 8th graders were grouped together and asked to step forward if they had a “yes” answer to questions like, “Do your parents drink?” and “Has anyone in your family been to jail?” (Video) It’s unclear who exactly was leading the game. Parent Amanda Fifarek was not happy with the activity, telling WLUK, “It was too



Recruiting fraud, kickback
scandal rocks Army
USA Today, by Tom Vanden Brook    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/4/2014 10:34:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — More than 800 soldiers are under criminal investigation for gaming a National Guard program that paid hundreds of millions in bonuses to soldiers who persuaded friends to sign up during the darkest years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, USA TODAY has learned. Fraudulent payments total in the "tens of millions," with one soldier allegedly pocketing $275,000 in illegal kickbacks, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY. At least four others made more than $100,000 each. "This is discouraging and depressing," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said in an interview. "Clearly, we´re talking about one of the largest criminal investigations

Bad News for Obama’s Antiobesity Effort
National Journal, by Clara Ritger    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/4/2014 10:31:23 AM     Post Reply
With the obesity epidemic in full swing and millions of American living in neighborhoods where fruits and vegetables are hard to come by, the Obama administration thought it saw a solution: fund stores that will stock fresh, affordable produce in these deprived areas. But now, three years and $500 million into the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative, there´s a problem: A study suggests it´s not working. Adding supermarkets to areas with short supplies of fresh produce does not lead to improvements in residents´ diets or health outcomes, according to a report published Monday in the February issue of Health Affairs. Researchers studied two

You can’t celebrate America, school says
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:28:47 AM     Post Reply
Students and parents at a Colorado high school are outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit week day honoring America because it might offend non-Americans. “They said they didn’t want to be exclusive to any other country,” a 17-year-old member of the student council told me. The students and parents who talked to me about this incident have asked to remain anonymous. The parents feared their children “They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say
Obama´s policies will fail
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 2/4/2014 10:24:29 AM     Post Reply
Washington (CNN) – 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



Justice Sotomayor describes
navigating new worlds
Associated Press, by John Christoffersen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:21:46 AM     Post Reply
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up poor in New York City, described Monday how she navigated new worlds of Ivy League universities and the nation´s highest court. Sotomayor told students at Yale University that she has a competitive drive to improve herself and isn´t afraid to ask questions. Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court, said she didn´t even know what an Ivy League college was when a friend suggested she apply. She wound up attending Princeton and Yale Law School. On the Supreme Court since 2009, Sotomayor said it was tough at first

At last some good news from Syria:
civil war has broken out within al-Qaeda
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 10:18:08 AM     Post Reply
Following the collapse of the Geneva peace talks on Syria, where the rival factions could not even agree on a ceasefire to allow humanitarian assistance to trapped civilians, there is one small scrap of good news from the battlefield: civil war has broken out between al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremists. Speaking from his hideout somewhere on the Afghan-Pakistan border, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has disavowed one of the leading jihadist groups in Syria, the Islamic State of Syria and al-Sham (ISIS), claiming its wanton campaign of violence threatens to damage the al-Qaeda brand.[Snip] But the barbarous campaign waged by ISIS

Three Cheers for Lillyhammer
FrontPage, by Bruce Bawer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/4/2014 10:02:16 AM     Post Reply
It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that half of the comedy you see on Norwegian TV is anodyne whimsy about Norwegian dialects and the other half is P.C. mockery of the U.S. and/or of that most pro-American of all Norwegian political parties, the classical-liberal Progress Party. The very funny Norwegian-produced series Lilyhammer, then, most of whose humor derives from parody of Norwegian social democracy – historically an almost verboten comic target – as well as of the country’s manners and mores, is a remarkable departure. Our hero is New York mobster Frank Tagliano (played admirably by Steven van Zandt

Sandra Fluke files in California
for congressional bid
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 2/4/2014 9:56:08 AM     Post Reply
Women´s rights activist Sandra Fluke appears to be moving forward with a run for Congress. Fluke has filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement in the race for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman´s (D-Calif.) seat, according to the state party Web site. A state party delegate confirmed to Post Politics that Fluke has filed and paid the fee to appear on the ballot this weekend. Fluke hasn´t officially announced her campaign or filed with the Federal Election Commission, and she didn´t immediately return a request for comment. But filing for the state party´s endorsement means she´s now



Dunce Susan Rice Blasts Israel
for Criticizing John Kerry
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 9:50:18 AM     Post Reply
National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who made a name for herself when she went out and lied to 5 networks the Sunday after the Benghazi attacks about an imaginary protest, lashed out at Israel on her Twitter page. The challenged Obama official blasted Israel for criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry. (Snip for tweet)Israel National News reported, via Free Republic: Susan Rice, U.S. President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, blasted Israel on Monday over its criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry’s threats of a boycott should peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) fail. In a series of posts

What´s Your Favorite
Woody Allen Movie?
American Thinker, by Kim Zigfeld    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/4/2014 9:43:47 AM     Post Reply
It seems Woody Allen has received one too many Oscar nominations. (snip) Just try watching Allen´s 1989 film Crimes and Misdemeanors after reading Dylan´s harrowing letter without throwing up. In the final ten minutes of that film, there are not one but two appalling scenes. In the first, Allen tells his on-screen sister he´s fleeing his sexless marriage and jokes "the last time I was inside a woman was the Statue of Liberty." The camera then instantly cuts to a close-up of two tiny young girls in party dresses. After that, one of the last images on screen is Allen walking

Source: Rob Andrews to leave Congress
Philly.com(PA), by Jonathan Tamari    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 2/4/2014 9:43:24 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm, a source close to the situation said Tuesday morning.Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will resign around President´s Day weekend, the source said. He will take over a public affairs job at the firm, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and did not want to name the firm in advance of Andrews´ announcement. State Sen. Donald Norcross is expected to run to replace Andrews and will be

As Super Bowl exits NJ,
taxpayers on hook for many expenses
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Mark Di Ionno    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/4/2014 9:41:15 AM     Post Reply
As the NFL packs out of town, with their self-proclaimed all-American extravaganza, we should say good riddance, and make sure they don’t come back with their big money, big everything, big game. Because you, New Jersey taxpayer, are on the hook for the league’s big party for itself. Consider these facts: • The NFL pays nothing for security. It’s right there in the bid contract, which was obtained by The Star-Ledger. So who pays for the 700 state troopers who patrolled the game and circled overhead in two choppers? Or the New Jersey National Guard in their Humvees,

Debunking the 97% ´consensus´
on global warming
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/4/2014 9:40:31 AM     Post Reply
The main pillar of the warmist argument is the contention that a "consensus" exists among scientists that global warming is caused by man and threatens catastrophe. But a Canada-based group calling itself Friends of Science has just completed a review of the four main studies used to document the alleged consensus and found that only 1 - 3% of respondents "explicitly stated agreement with the IPCC declarations on global warming," and that there was "no agreement with a catastrophic view." "These ´consensus´ surveys appear to be used as a ´social proof,´" says Ken Gregory, research director of Friends of Science. "Just


Five years of Obama promises:
What´s changed?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/4/2014 9:31:51 AM     Post Reply
Did you ever find an old high school yearbook and shake your head at what´s changed since then? Not just the obvious clothing and hairstyles. But so many of the plans and promise of so many people. That´s what we did. We went back 1,818 days to one of the first speeches Barack Obama gave as the 44th president. Back to Feb. 12, 2009, less than a month from his first morning in office. There he was in East Peoria, Ill., at the massive Caterpillar factory, selling his then $879 billion stimulus spending plan wending its way through Congress.

Last pictures of Philip Seymour Hoffman reveal
how his sad relapse cost him his family
after battling to stay sober for 23-years
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/4/2014 9:23:59 AM     Post Reply
Philip Seymour Hoffman lost his family because of his heroin addiction said friends of the tragic Oscar winning actor who died on Sunday with 70 bags of heroin and 20 used needles inside his home. Refuting all suggestions that the 46-year-old had been kicked out by his partner of 14-years because of an affair - friends confirmed that Hoffman had been asked to leave for the sake of his three children as he was battling a huge drug habit. ´It was known that he was struggling to stay sober, and girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell had given him some tough love and told him

Mother´s concern changes Wake
schools curriculum on slavery
WRAL News [Raleigh,NC], by Julia Sims    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/4/2014 9:14:33 AM     Post Reply
The Wake County Public School System has removed an assignment from its middle-school history curriculum after a Knightdale mother complained that it was racially insensitive. Amaya Melvin´s eighth-grade class at East Wake Middle School is studying the Civil War, and the students were given an essay assignment entitled "I am a slave." "For her to have to put herself in the shoes of a slave, for her to complete the assignment, she had to be a slave at the moment. I didn´t think that was appropriate," said Amaya´s mother, Ariel Melvin-Hall, who is black. "It´s harsh. It cuts deep."

Obama Aides Doubt Clinton Strategy
Buzzfeed, by Ben Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 9:03:15 AM     Post Reply
Top advisers and former aides to Barack Obama say Hillary Clinton is repeating the mistakes she made in 2008, building a machine in lieu of a message and lumbering toward the Democratic nomination with the same deep vulnerabilities that cost her the nomination eight years earlier. The former secretary of state has offered her tacit blessing to a series of Democratic organizations, including a draft group, Ready for Hillary, which was recently taken over by a former Clinton aide; and Priorities USA Action, the Obama super PAC repositioning itself to raise huge sums for Clinton. The moves have been effective in

Inside China’s Mistress
Industrial Complex
Daily Beast, by Junheng Li*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 8:54:47 AM     Post Reply
If you’re pretty and educated, there’s a booming new job market for women—as someone’s mistress. What the increasing number of females entering these relationships means for China’s economy and demographics. Spend a Tuesday afternoon in one of the high-end shopping malls in China’s capital city, and you will see for yourself what has China buzzing with gossip—a group of beautiful, young Chinese women with fake eyelashes and sparkling manicures, out to show off their Prada purses and Mikimoto pearls. This is China’s mistress culture out in full force. Stories of Chinese adultery have splashed across headlines in recent months, as the country’s

Doubts raised over man’s
13 months ‘lost at sea’
New York Post, by Sean Piccoli    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 8:54:15 AM     Post Reply
Thirteen months adrift at sea in a tiny boat left Jose Salvador Alvarenga on the brink of madness and ready to die — then he spotted something that made him believe in miracles. “I had just killed a bird to eat and saw some trees. I cried, ‘Oh, God!’ ” Alvarenga said, in his first interview since he washed up on a remote Pacific island last Thursday. “[Then] I got to land and had a mountain of sleep. In the morning I woke up,” he told The Telegraph newspaper. “I saw a small house. I didn’t have any clothes — I was

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