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Gov defends policy allowing
criminals to qualify as prospective
foster parents
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 4:15:40 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Deval Patrick acknowledged today that under Massachusetts policy, prospective foster parents can have a criminal record, but said he has faith in officials at the embattled Department of Children and Families to weed out those who could harm at-risk children. “You can have a record. It might be stealing a candy bar when you’re 14, 15 years old. That’s a record,” Patrick said today after cutting the ribbon on Vertex’s new Seaport building. “You’ll have a CORI for that or similar sorts of things. ... That’s why I say they are right to take into account the specific circumstances

Reid: Obamacare Doesn’t Cost Jobs,
It Turns Workers Into ‘Free Agents’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 4:12:27 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Congressional Budget Office report that shows Obamacare will make the labor force lose 2.3 million full-time workers by 2021 is positive because it lets Americans be “free agents.” “We have the CBO report, which rightfully says, that people shouldn’t have job lock. If they — we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want,” Reid told reporters outside of a close policy luncheon. “And what they’re saying here is — and the fact checkers have already done this — the Republicans talk about losing

Truthful Tuesday protest at South
Carolina Statehouse today seeks
better health care to the poor
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 4:10:43 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A group of protesters who want South Carolina to do more to provide health care to the poor is bringing its rally inside the Statehouse. This week´s Truthful Tuesday protest will take place at 12:30 p.m. outside the governor´s office. About a half-dozen people will talk about how they have struggled to pay for health insurance or how the new federal health care law has helped them get coverage. South Carolina´s Republican dominated Legislature has been adamantly against the new health care law and refused federal money to expand Medicaid. After the rally outside the governor´s office, protesters plan

  


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More than 2.3 MILLION full-time jobs
will be lost because of Obamacare by
2021 - three times the initial estimate,
finds shocking official report
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 3:53:04 PM     Post Reply
The Affordable Care Act will push the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers out of the U.S. labor force by the year 2021, according to a stunning report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday. The office´s latest estimates threaten to puncture the Obama administration´s argument that Obamacare won´t be a long-term job killer, since incentives built into the health care law appear to be discouraging taxpayers from working. ´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 2024,´ the CBO

First on CNN: Conservative group pushes
to topple GOP leaders in Congress
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 3:50:04 PM     Post Reply
Washington - A conservative group is launching a new campaign which calls on "the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside." ForAmerica told CNN that it´s putting six figures behind its "Dump the Leadership" campaign between now and November´s leadership elections. The group says that its digital ads will target House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn, and the group adds that the first paid spots are now up online. "Time and again, year after year, the Republican leadership in the

Shivering can help you stay slim
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 3:45:54 PM     Post Reply
It is usually a signal to reach for a jumper or turn up the heating, but it seems shivering may also be an effective way to stay slim. A new study from scientists at Sydney University has found that placing volunteers in temperatures of less than 59F (15C) for around 10-15 minutes caused hormonal changes equivalent to an hour of moderate exercise. These same hormonal changes have been linked to the creation of brown fat, a form of fat that actually burns up energy. Brown fat was once only thought to be found in babies, but scientists have since discovered that adults

Mind-Boggling Stats on Illegal Immigrants
With Criminal Records the Press
Rarely If Ever Publishes
NewsBusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 3:41:30 PM     Post Reply
As we head into yet another year wondering whether Washington, meaning President Obama and both political parties, will finally betray the nation and pass some form of illegal-immigrant amnesty, "Machiavelli" at the Virtuous Republic blog reminds us that the argument is about more than depressed wages, "keeping families together," and (in the misguided minds of Catholic bishops) Christian charity. Machiavelli went to Immigration and Customs Enforcement records for 2013 and found the following crime-related information the establishment press is extremely reluctant to acknowledge at its main page for removal statistics (bolds are mine throughout this post):

  


  

Return of the Reagan Revolution
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 3:19:52 PM     Post Reply
The Reagan Revolution is back. In fact, as documented side-by-side on the front page of the New York Times — on the Sunday before the February 6 celebration of Reagan’s 101st birthday no less — the Reagan Revolution is not just alive but thriving. Ironically, one story was about The Why. The other story was about The Results of The Why. The first Times headline put it this way in describing The Why: Law Doesn’t End Revolving Door on Capitol Plenty of Exemptions Ex-Aides Find Ways to Rapidly Begin New Lobbying Jobs The first paragraph of this story began this

Obama: Coffee shops shouldn´t
have better Internet than schools
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 2/4/2014 3:09:19 PM     Post Reply
President Obama, outlining his push Tuesday to bring high-speed Internet access to more U.S. schools, said Americans should demand the same level of technology in learning facilities as they do in coffee shops. “In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools,” Obama said in Adelphi, Md., highlighting $750 million in new commitments from private companies to put digital learning labs in schools. Under his plan, the Federal Communications Commission will also spend $2 billion to connect 20 million students to wireless technologies.

Fry Cook Shifted to Part-Time
Work Confronts Obama
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/4/2014 2:54:19 PM     Post Reply
During a Google Hangout session on Friday, fry cook Darnell Summers told President Obama that his hours were cut due to the Affordable Care Act. “We were broken down to part time to avoid paying health insurance,” he said. Summers explained that he makes $7.25 an hour and has been on strike four times seeking a wage increase. “We can’t survive, it’s not livin’,” he said. The president responded by urging states to increase the minimum wage. “I am working to encourage states, governors, mayors, state legislators to raise their own minimum wage,” Obama said. “Obviously, the way to reach

Stockman urged to quit
Senate race over “antics”
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 2:53:40 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Ken Cope, one of seven Republicans running against Sen. John Cornyn in the March 4 primary, today called on Rep. Steve Stockman to drop out, asserting that he has become an embarrassment to the party. “The unserious antics you have engaged in since entering the Senate race have done damage to the Republican brand,” Cope wrote Stockman in a letter shared by his campaign. “There are a number of serious candidates opposing Senator Cornyn. But the way you have conducted your campaign has caused the news media and other observers to view all of the challenging candidates negatively

  


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Hillary Clinton begins partnership with
Univision to reach Hispanic parents
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 2:48:25 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — For a stateswoman-celebrity whose public life has been a whirl of black-tie galas and glitzy awards ceremonies, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s event here Tuesday morning was a stark departure. The prospective 2016 presidential candidate came to an East Harlem classroom, sat beneath crayon posters and alphabet letters and urged Hispanic parents to read and sing to their children to help develop their language skills. “Every child — every single child — in our country deserves to have a fair chance to live up to his or her God-given potential,” Clinton said. The appearance was tied to the launch

Aiming for a World Series next?
Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson
is heading to a minor league
BASEBALL spring training
Daily Mail (UK), by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 2:44:37 PM     Post Reply
The Seattle Seahawks are not going to rest on their Super Bowl laurels as victorious quarterback Russell Wilson has announced plans to head to a baseball team´s spring training session. The professional football player has a history of switching between sports, as he played in one of the minor league baseball teams before being drafted into the NFL. He played as a part of the Class A teams for the Colorado Rockies baseball teams in 2010 and 2011 before switching his sights to football in 2012. Back in December, a year after signing his four-year $2.99million contract with the Seahawks,

Grassroots GOP looking for Hill
leaders with backbone
Washington Examiner, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 2:41:20 PM     Post Reply
To understand why grassroots dissatisfaction with the Republican establishment in Washington is so intense, look no further than the Agriculture Act of 2014 produced by a Senate-House conference committee. The measure will soon be on President Obama´s desk, and he will sign it into law. The conventional wisdom inside the Beltway is that the farm bill shows it remains possible for the Democratic Senate and Republican House to put their profound differences aside and compromise in order to move important legislation. On closer inspection, however, it´s business-as-usual in Washington, with Republican conference committee negotiators collapsing like an old sports stadium

State Dept.: Not Building Keystone Pipeline
Could Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 2:41:04 PM     Post Reply
Not building the 875-mile Keystone XL Pipeline could result in the release of up to 42 percent more greenhouse gases than would be released by building it, according to the State Department. Not building the pipeline “is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the [Canadian] oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States,” the department noted in a long-awaited environmental report released January 31st. But the “No Build” option is likely to result in an increased number of oil spills, six more deaths annually, and up to 42 percent higher greenhouse

  


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Wendy Davis´ Campaign For Texas
Governor Sounds Like A Total Disaster
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 2:35:45 PM     Post Reply
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis´ (D) four-month-old Texas gubernatorial campaign has been taking a beating lately. The newest slam is from Texas Observer, generally viewed as a left-leaning publication, whose Dave Mann on Friday provided a takedown of the campaign´s media operation. Mann called Davis´ press team the "worst" he´s ever seen, and wrote that it´s hurting her campaign: [...] I have covered many political campaigns in Texas the past decade, so I know what it looks like when a campaign handles the press well. And the Wendy Davis operation is about the worst at media relations that I’ve ever seen. Her team’s

Bad dog! Car fanatic gives his
pet dog away after she chews a
HOLE through fibre glass wheel arch
of his prized £80,000 Aston Martin
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 2:31:47 PM     Post Reply
A car fanatic gave his pet dog away after he was left distraught when she chewed a hole through the wheel arch of his prized £80,000 Aston Martin. Builder Royston Grimstead, 42, was devastated when he came home to find his border collie spaniel cross Luce had chewed through the fibreglass panel of his luxury car - causing £3,000 of damage. Mr Grimstead, from Chedzoy, Somerset, said he had already been considering re-homing the dog, which he said did not get along with his other dog, but the damage to the car was the final straw. A dog behaviour expert

The Rapist Next Door
CNN, by John D. Sutter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 2:30:46 PM     Post Reply
Stand outside Ruth´s wooden home here in Alaska and you´ll hear only an occasional sound: A plane buzzes overhead, a reminder that the only way in or out of this village at this time of year is by air. Snowmobile tracks in her driveway, fossilized by the cold, creak and pop under your feet like brittle Styrofoam. And the wind: The constant shhhhh as it rattles the tundra. It sounds almost like a whisper. Like this land is keeping secrets. Next to Ruth´s house is a shack: One room, wood stove, metal roof. Its plywood walls are so leaky that socks and towels are

GOP War on Conservatives Backfires
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 2:26:01 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, every political campaign had to file its 2013 year end report with the FEC. The reports delivered two big surprises. The Democrats are dominating the Republicans in fundraising. More surprising, perhaps, though, is that Tea Party and conservative SuperPACs raised around three times as much as GOP establishment SuperPACs. The DC GOP may have started the war against the Tea Party, but it won´t finish it. Not long after their stunning losses in 2012, Karl Rove and other establishment Republicans announced a new effort to engage in primaries to ensure the "right" candidates got the party´s nomination. Rove and

Obama blames Fox News
for covering his scandals
Fox News, by Greg Gutfeld    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/4/2014 2:25:15 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday in an interview with Fox News host and my squash partner, Bill O´Reilly, President Obama slapped Fox News for covering stuff like the IRS and ObamaCare.(Snip)Now, blaming Fox News for Obama´s scandals is like blaming rubble for an earthquake. FNC did not create ObamaCare or target enemies for IRS investigations. His people inflicted that pain. FNC just asked about the bruising. But to use a football metaphor, once again, FNC is that sole remaining cheerleader who won´t end up under the bleachers with the star QB. Sorry, O. We aren´t like all those other MSM floozies. Anyway, if you dislike the president,

  



It´s Elizabeth Warren´s Party.
Barack Obama Is Just Living in It.
National Journal, by Alex Seitz-Wald    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 2:23:53 PM     Post Reply
When Elizabeth Warren announced her Senate candidacy in September 2011, President Obama had just signed into law the Budget Control Act, which raised the debt ceiling but also made concessions to Republicans that would eventually lead to $1 trillion in sequestration cuts. Deficit control was a top priority for both parties, and something that Obama pledged to continue to pursue in a rare address to a joint session of Congress that month on his jobs plan. But the speech Obama gave last week to a similar joint session of Congress felt very different. His 2014 State of the Union address brushed

Ex-lawmaker accuses Oregon Obamacare
exchange of creating fake site
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 2:21:14 PM     Post Reply
Former Oregon Republican state Rep. Patrick Sheehan is alleging that Cover Oregon staff created dummy web pages to fool the Obama administration into thinking the Obamacare exchange was being built on time. Sheehan, a former state representation on Oregon’s joint IT oversight committee, reports that he’s gone to the FBI with his evidence concerning Cover Oregon’s botched launch. Sheehan alleges that Oregon officials may have been touting “smoke and mirrors” in order to receive federal funding and con state lawmakers into believing the Obamacare exchange was further along than it really was. Cover Oregon won “early innovator” grants from the federal government

Seahawks star Richard Sherman
says they cracked Peyton Manning´s
hand signal code during the
Super Bowl so they were able
to predict every play
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 2/4/2014 2:19:15 PM     Post Reply
The Seattle Seahawks have revealed that a good part of their defensive strategy at the Super Bowl came from the fact that they were able to decode Peyton Manning´s hand signals on the field. Controversial corner back Richard Sherman said that he and his fellow defenders cracked the code that the Denver Broncos quarterback was using, meaning that they knew exactly what to expect for each play. ´We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes.

Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan talking
on immigration
Politico, by Jake Sherman, Seung Min Kim ,John Bresnahan    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 2:10:30 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has held private talks on immigration with Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy. President Barack Obama’s emissaries have spoken with House GOP leadership about an overhaul. Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also chatted on the House floor about immigration. It sometimes seems like House Republicans are in their own universe when it comes to rewriting the nation’s immigration laws. But since late last year, key House Republicans have been meeting with House and Senate Democrats as they try to reach a deal. The talks haven’t led to any agreement on hugely

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