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Obama secures $750 million in
corporate gifts for Internet push
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 2:06:08 PM     Post Reply
(Video) President Obama announced Tuesday more than $750 million in charitable commitments from technology and telecom companies for a new effort to bring high-speed Internet to the classroom. Speaking at a middle school in suburban Maryland on Tuesday, the president touted ConnectED — a program announced last year that aims to get nearly every classroom in America outfitted with high-speed Internet access. "In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools," Obama said. The president touted a $2 billion "down payment" from the Federal Communications Commission that will connect some

White House Responds to CBO:
Claims That Obamacare ‘Hurts
Jobs’ Not Supported by Facts
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 1:58:24 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday afternoon, the White House responded to the Congressional Budget Office’s new annual budget projection, arguing that the details of the report did not support claims that Obamacare was eliminating jobs. “Claims that the Affordable Care Act hurts jobs are simply belied by the facts in the CBO report,” the statement read. “CBO’s findings are not driven by an assumption that ACA will lead employers to eliminate jobs or reduce hours; in fact the report itself says that there is ‘no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the ACA.” The statement goes on to

Police Make Second Arrest In
Brutal Chickasaw Stabbing
WKRG-TV [Mobile, AL], by Ashley Knight    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/4/2014 1:58:08 PM     Post Reply
Update: People have made a second arrest in the brutal beating and stabbing of 86 year old, Carrol Jordan. Tonight, Deangelo Terrell Smith was taken into custody. Police are still looking for a female person of interest in the case. Donald Johnson is married to the victim´s niece and says Carrol Jordan did not deserve what happened to him last Monday afternoon. "Always waves to people, friendly, if he´s got something you need, he´ll give it to you," (Snip) But that kindness was struck down when two men and a woman walked through his open front door, pulled him from his favorite chair,

  


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GOP Amnesty: The Final Last Straw
American Thinker, by J.T. Hatter    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 1:47:55 PM     Post Reply
The Republican Party is pushing immigration reform, and the GOP´s new apparent political adviser, Chuck Schumer, gleefully approves. Next, the Democrat senator will be advising the party on gun control, government spending, abortion and homosexual marriage. We finally have a news cycle that exposes Obama and his socialist Democrats´ biggest blunder, the absolute worst piece of legislation in the history of the nation -- Obamacare. And the GOP´s response is to divert national attention to an illegal immigration reform plan that most Americans adamantly oppose. Is the Republican leadership insane? The editors at National Review call the GOP immigration reform push "one

Democratic congressman seems
to assume his party won´t
regain House anytime soon
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 1:43:56 PM     Post Reply
Here´s some shocking political news from New Jersey, and it has nothing to do with the George Washington Bridge. The news, from philly.com, is that Rep. Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with an unnamed Philadelphia law firm. No big scandal here, though the article notes that Andrews may be under investigation for spending campaign money on a family trip to Scotland (sounds pretty innocent to me). What´s interesting is that this comes just days after California Rep. George Miller announced his retirement, as I noted in my Monday column on the passing

Apparently Your Pets Want
You to Get Obamacare
National Review Online, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 1:32:33 PM     Post Reply
If you like having terrible songs stuck in your head for hours, then you’ll love the new Enroll America video. The ad was posted on YouTube this morning and features singing pets encouraging people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care. It’s got a rapping pug (“So listen to me, / A talking pug, you see, / If you get health insurance / Preventive care is now free”) and it’s even worse than it sounds. Enroll America president Ann Fillipic told USA Today that this campaign aims to reach young women, nothing that “more than half of

Bob Shrum Accuses Republicans of
´Apartheid´ with Immigration Plan
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 1:21:02 PM     Post Reply
Democrat pundit Bob Shrum made a point that was both useful and incendiary on CBS´s Face the Nation Sunday morning, when he likened the Republicans´ new immigration principles to "apartheid." Shrum´s point was that granting millions of illegal aliens a kind of legal status, but not allowing them to apply for citizenship, would be morally unacceptable--equivalent, he said, to South African apartheid or to segregation in the Jim Crow South. It is always tough to criticize a Democrat over Jim Crow analogies. After all, Democrats invented it, and they enforced it for a century, denying blacks both voting rights and basic human

  


  

The worst headline for
Democrats this year
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 1:17:06 PM     Post Reply
Here´s the headline of the Washington Post´s writeup of a new Congressional Budget Office report on the Affordable Care Act: "CBO: Botched health-care law rollout will reduce sign-ups by 1 million people." Ouch. According to the CBO report, the problems with HealthCare.gov late last year will reduce sign-ups for the law from 7 million to 6 million. But, wait, it gets worse for Democrats. Writes WaPo´s Zach Goldfarb: (Snip) Double ouch. Close your eyes for a minute and fast forward to October. And imagine yourself sitting in a Charlotte hotel room watching TV. And this ad comes on: "Kay Hagan voted for

CBO: Health-care law will
mean 2 million fewer workers
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb & Sarah Kliff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 1:10:57 PM     Post Reply
The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday in the most detailed analysis of the law’s impact on jobs. After obtaining coverage through the health law, some workers may forgo employment, while others may reduce hours, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office. Low-wage workers are the most likely to drop out of the workforce as a result of the law, it said. The CBO said the law’s impact on jobs mostly would be felt after 2016. The agency previously estimated that

Morning Joe on 2016: Hillary´s
Problem ´Inevitability´, But Christie ´Over´
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 12:56:45 PM     Post Reply
Two possible presidential candidates. Although there´s no evidence of it on the record, some have accused the first of closing bridge-access lanes for political purposes. The other failed to respond to pleas for help, four Americans died in Benghazi, and her response was a petulant "what difference does it make?" So where do those two candidates stand as we look to 2016? In the case of Chris Christie, his candidacy is "over" and he "doesn´t belong in the conversation." Hillary Clinton? Her biggest problem is fighting an air of "inevitability." Such was the collective wisdom of today´s Morning Joe panel.

George Will: Obama Knows He
Has Media Covering for Him on IRS
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 12:48:28 PM     Post Reply
George Will zinged the media’s duplicity in how they have approached the IRS scandal versus past major scandals when a Republican was President, a lack of interest President Obama recognizes and, “hence, his sense of weariness and boredom as he discussed this with Bill O’Reilly.” Will, on Bret Baier’s FNC panel Monday night, recalled “three big” scandals “regarding the distortion and abuse of institutions: Watergate, Iran-Contra and the IRS,” noting “the first two were ravenously covered by the media; they were Republican Presidents’ problems.” (Video) Will, on the February 3 Special Report with Bret Baier, during a discussion of Bill

  


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Boehner blasts Obama for
delays on Keystone
The Hill (Washington DC), by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 12:42:07 PM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday criticized President Obama for not approving the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a simple decision. Boehner went off on a rant during a press conference after being asked if the oil-sands pipeline was too "complex an issue to attach" to legislation raising the debt ceiling. "Complex? The Keystone pipeline is complex?" Boehner said. "It´s been under study for five years! "We build pipelines everywhere in American everyday. Do you realize there are 200,000 miles of pipelines in the United States? "The only reason that the president´s involved in the Keystone pipeline is because it

Kirsten Powers to Bret Baier:
Why Can’t Obama ‘Just Tell the
Truth’ About Benghazi?
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 12:11:47 PM     Post Reply
A panel on Fox News Channel’s Special Report expressed their thoughts on President Barack Obama deflecting questions about the Benghazi attack and the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives by implying that Fox is stoking its audience’s ire over non-issues. In conjunction with a tweet via former Sec. Hillary Clinton going after Fox, the panel of guests wondered why the administration has an aversion to “the truth” and apparently suffers from “Fox derangement syndrome.” “I don’t understand why the administration just can’t tell the truth about this,” said The Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers. She added that unbiased reporting has

IRS employees to receive bonuses
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 12:04:24 PM     Post Reply
Because they´re doing such a great job, right? The Hill: The IRS has given the green light to tens of millions of dollars in employee bonuses, a decision that congressional Republicans immediately rebuked. IRS employees will receive around $43 million in bonuses this spring under an agreement reached with the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some agency employees. Union officials said that total was well short of the $75 million that the employees were owed under their labor agreement. But in the wake of last year´s targeting controversy, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) quickly and sharply criticized the decision to give

The exhausted US economy,
and a lesson for Republicans
PJ Medeia, by David P. Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/4/2014 12:04:03 PM     Post Reply
When employment hit an air pocket in December, most analysts brushed off the dreadful jobs number as an anomaly, or a function of the weather. They chose to believe Ben Bernanke rather than their lying eyes. (Snip) The Fed has insisted throughout that the treatment was working and the patient was getting better. Americans know better: in late January, 74% of respondents to a Fox News poll said the country still was in recession. Republicans have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to roar back to power given the miserable performance of the economy on Obama’s watch. But they still could fall on

  


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Florida Court Allows Taking Of Private
Land To Build A Major League Soccer
Stadium Based On A Broad Application
Of "Public Use" Doctrine
Forbes, by Marc Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 11:22:27 AM     Post Reply
Last Friday, the Orlando Sentinel and News 13 Orlando both reported that a Florida Circuit Court upheld the City of Orlando’s decision to take private property located on West Church Street to build a soccer stadium for Orlando City SC, which is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. The City of Orlando had defended its power to seize the land under “eminent domain,” which allows for municipalities to take private property when doing so serves a public purpose and the municipality provides just compensation to property owners. According to the Orlando Sentinel article, the Florida court found a sufficient “public

Captain Obvious: ABC Warns Americans
Not to Hide Rifles at Playgrounds
Newsbusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 2/4/2014 11:19:09 AM     Post Reply
The journalists at ABC News offered yet another high profile experiment to terrify the parents of America into not owning guns. In an hour-long special on Friday night, Diane Sawyer and David Muir hid pink guns at the playground of an elementary school in an effort to see if young girls would play with them. Unsurprisingly, the young children did. The Young Guns program also included the obvious revelation that firearms shouldn´t be concealed in backpacks and with candy. Diane Sawyer narrated, "For more than a decade, there has been a powder pink gun on the market." Referencing the location of

Three candidates in Congressional
District 13 race debate
Tampa Bay Times (FL), by Curtis Krueger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 11:18:41 AM     Post Reply
SEMINOLE -Three candidates for Congress sculpted more detailed images of themselves on Monday as differences emerged over new topics such as medical marijuana, light rail and a military response in Syria. A debate organized by the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, St. Petersburg College and the AARP also sharpened the outlines the candidates already have projected on Obamacare, flood insurance and Social Security. Republican David Jolly spoke of personal liberty and opposing big government; Democrat Alex Sink called herself a bipartisan problem-solver; and Libertarian Lucas Overby portrayed himself a pragmatist who believes in government reform. "It was a great

EXography: 65 of 70 biggest
spenders are Democrats, led by
Congressional Black Caucus members
Washington Examiner, by Luke Rosiak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 11:15:51 AM     Post Reply
Democrats in Congress sponsored 618 bills in 2013 that would have spent at least $1.35 trillion, and Republicans sponsored 147 bills worth $635 billion, according to a Washington Examiner analysis. The figures provide an unusual insight into what members of Congress would do if they ran the show and had a free hand to spend tax dollars. Of the 70 members who sponsored the largest number of spending bills, 65 were Democrats, four were Republicans and one an independent. Most of the bills introduced by an individual senator or House member never make it to a floor vote, so they aren´t reflected in

US factory orders drop 1.5 percent,
biggest setback since July, as
aircraft demand falls
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 11:10:09 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturers saw orders for their products decline in December by the largest amount in five months although the setback for a key category that tracks business investment was not as large as first reported. Orders to U.S. factories fell 1.5 percent in December, the biggest drop since July, with much of the weakness coming from a plunge in aircraft orders, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Orders had risen 1.5 percent in November after a 0.5 percent October decrease. Orders in a closely watched category that serves as a proxy for business investment declined 0.6 percent, a smaller

  



Jeb Bush steps back into politics
to help GOP keep House
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 11:02:17 AM     Post Reply
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, mulling a 2016 presidential bid, is reentering politics to help the Republicans keep control of the House. In a new ad sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bush goes to bat for former Washington congressional aide Dave Jolly, the GOP nominee to replace the late Rep. Bill Young. Jolly faces well-funded Democrat Alex Sink in the upcoming special election March 11 for the 13th House District seat in Pinellas County, Fla. The election has national overtones because Obamacare has been a huge issue. But in his 30-second endorsement, Bush focused instead on jobs, wasteful spending

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

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