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Egypt former top officer
to testify in Morsi trial
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LOL Thomas- 2/4/2014 9:51:36 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - An Egyptian court will begin hearing testimonies in the murder trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from Wednesday, when a former top military officer will give evidence. [Snip] Morsi was present in the court, inside a soundproof glass dock to prevent him from interrupting proceedings with defiant outbursts, as he had done in previous hearings. Morsi and 14 co-defendants, including former aides, are accused of inciting the killing of opposition activists outside the presidential palace in December 2012, an incident that hastened his overthrow by the military almost seven months later.

Eyeing a majority, Senate GOP
cool to House immigration plan
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 9:44:18 PM     Post Reply
Eyeing a new majority, Senate Republicans are seeking to trample the immigration reform blueprint crafted by their counterparts in the House. They are careful not to criticize the substance of the House GOP’s new set of principles by simply saying the chances of crafting a new immigration law this year are remote. Should the thorny debate continue in the months ahead, it could hurt the chances of GOP senators facing primaries and jeopardize the party’s chances of winning the majority in November. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Tuesday that he doesn’t see any way the Democratic-controlled Senate and GOP-led House

Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘We’ll Give President
Obama a Number of Executive Orders’
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 9:30:04 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.” Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus. “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Jackson Lee said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride

  


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Justice Antonin Scalia says
World War II-style internment
camps could happen again
Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 9:25:23 PM     Post Reply
Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another a wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II. "You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again," Scalia told the University of Hawaii law school while discussing Korematsu v. United States, the ruling in which the court gave its imprimatur to the internment camps. The local Associated Press report quotes Scalia as using a Latin phrase that means "in times of war, the laws fall silent," to explain why the court erred in that

Everyone in L.A. has started a
campaign for Waxman’s open seat
Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 2/4/2014 9:23:23 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced that he wasn´t going to run for a 21st term in the House of Representatives four days ago. Only days later, it seemed that nearly every person with political ambitions in his Los Angeles district has said they are thinking about running for the seat, which hasn´t been in contention for decades. Here´s a list of the top people who have either already started a campaign for the seat or have at least failed at Shermanesque equivocation. (unlike "Sweatin´ to the Oldies" star and former huckster of Bluth wares Richard Simmons, who has made it perfectly

RNC´s Black Republican Trailblazer
honorees like Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 9:20:56 PM     Post Reply
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has prioritized reaching out to black Americans, but two of the three Black Republican Trailblazers he honored Tuesday suggested that Republicans face an uphill battle in appealing to black voters if the party continues to be identified with opposition to Obamacare. "It´s not a perfect bill, it has a lot of flaws, but I think we need to work on it to improve it, yes," Trailblazer award recipient Louis Sullivan, Health and Human Services secretary during George H.W. Bush´s presidency, told the Washington Examiner when asked after the ceremony at the Howard Theater in

Venezuela Goes from Bad to Worse
Tal Cual [Caracas, Venezuela], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/4/2014 9:08:04 PM     Post Reply
Not only Nicolás Maduro has inherited the presidential chair, but has he the heavy economic legacy from Hugo Chávez. With two devaluations of the bolivar currency this year and a third looming in the horizon, the battered economy of Venezuela is starting to put the president of the Republic against the wall. It has all been as if hunger and an urge to eat had had become accomplices to create this situation. By forcing businesses to lower their prices, without a criterion of rationality and in a gesture of obscene demagogy, the Government recently gave the country’s commercial establishments a surprise

  


  

Fox News #1 in Prime Time for
All of Cable TV Last Week;
Beats USA, ESPN
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 9:04:36 PM     Post Reply
Fox News has been the highest-rated cable news network for each of the last 12 years, but last week the network pulled off an even more impressive feat. During a week that began with the State of the Union and ended with the Super Bowl, Fox News was the most-watched cable network period in prime time with an average 2.265M total viewers, topping networks like USA (#2 with 2.214M) and ESPN (#3 with 2.078M). The network was buoyed by the State of the Union address, which was watched by 4.719M total viewers on Fox Tuesday night, January 28th. Fox’s primary

Paul, Trump, Huckabee, Lee to
Headline New Hampshire Event
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 8:58:45 PM     Post Reply
Maybe it´s too early to call it an official 2016 “cattle call,” but the group of Republicans headlining an April New Hampshire event is going to get a lot of tongues wagging. Featured speakers include Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Donald Trump, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) President Arthur Brooks. Citizens United and Americans For Prosperity Foundation are joining forces to host the April 12 event, titled the “Freedom Summit,” in Manchester, New Hampshire. Breitbart News will be live broadcasting the event online

ObamaCare´s Potemkin Village
Website Written In Belarus?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2014 7:51:14 PM     Post Reply
Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the Healthcare.gov website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid Healthcare.gov, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker´s paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon´s Bill Gertz quotes one

The Jobless Care Act
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2014 7:50:20 PM     Post Reply
There are 7.8 million Americans working part-time who want full-time work, including a fry cook whose restaurant cut his hours to avoid Affordable Care Act mandates and confronted President Obama in an online Google Q&A last week: "We can´t survive. It´s not a living." Mr. Obama changed the subject to raising the minimum wage. But he can´t dodge reality forever as the evidence piles up that ObamaCare is harming the labor market. On Tuesday no less than the Congressional Budget Office reported that the health law is causing Americans to work less or not at all, in a remarkable

  


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Creating Killing Millions Of Jobs
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2014 7:47:25 PM     Post Reply
Dept. Of Corrections: Leading Democrats said ObamaCare would create 4 million jobs by cutting health costs and unleashing entrepreneurs. Now we learn the promise was off by 6.5 million — in the wrong direction. Here´s what Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democratic in the House, had to say about ObamaCare in February 2010: "It will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately — jobs, again, in the health care industry but in the entrepreneurial world as well." Pelosi was citing a paper released a month earlier by the left-wing Center for American Progress, which claimed the law would lower health care costs,

The Tyranny and Lethargy
of the Times Editorial Page
New York Observer, by Ken Kurson    Original Article
Posted By: Axeman- 2/4/2014 7:38:41 PM     Post Reply
IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the very fabric of the institution—is how deeply the liberal-leaning reporters at The New York Times resent the liberal-leaning editorial page of The New York Times. The New York Observer has learned over the course of interviews with more than two-dozen current and former Times staffers that the situation has “reached the boiling point”

Birth-control activist Sandra Fluke
will take a shot at Congress
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 7:08:53 PM     Post Reply
Sandra Fluke, the contraception activist who shot from obscurity to the national spotlight in 2012 when she argued that her Catholic law school should be required to provide birth control to female students for free, is preparing to step up to a larger stage with a run for Congress in California. The newly minted ´social justice attorney´ is one of three Democrats who have petitioned the California Democratic Party for its endorsement in the 33rd District election set for nine months from now. Henry Waxman, who has served in Congress since 1975, is vacating that seat at the end of his current

Wisconsin town sued for banning
display of American flag on overpasses
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Rachel Stoltzfoos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 6:58:51 PM     Post Reply
The town of Campbell, Wis., is facing a federal lawsuit challenging ordinance 9.12, which bans the display of banners or flags on or near the town’s pedestrian overpass. Demonstrators began using the overpass in August 2013 to call for President Obama’s impeachment and to display patriotism. After a gathering in October angered local citizens and garnered media attention, the Town of Campbell passed the ordinance, which prohibits the display of signs, flags or banners within 100 feet of the overpass. On Oct. 24, Gregory Luce and a few supporters, wearing T-shirts that collectively spelled out “IMPEACH OBAMA,” were ordered by

  


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Morgan Stanley Reaches $1.25
Billion Settlement of FHFA Suit
Bloomberg News, by Michael J. Moore    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Morgan Stanley (MS) agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle a U.S. regulator’s claims the investment bank sold faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (FMCC) that added to their losses in the financial crisis. Morgan Stanley took a $150 million charge, reducing fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 earnings by 5 cents a share, the New York-based bank said today in a regulatory filing. That would bring last year’s earnings per share to $1.36. The Federal Housing Finance Agency sued 18 banks in 2011 seeking to recoup some of the losses taxpayers covered when the government took control of

Bozell Takes Aim at GOP Leadership
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2014 6:41:55 PM     Post Reply
Conservative activist Brent Bozell says it’s time for Republican leaders in Congress to step aside. His organization, ForAmerica, announced “an aggressive, six-figure social media and digital ad campaign” on Tuesday against top Republicans in the House and Senate between now and the midterm elections in November. “It’s a simple proposition,” Bozell tells National Review Online. “The Republican leadership that has been championing conservative principles and promising action has just failed miserably. A day doesn’t go by where they’re not surrendering on something, and it is the sense of conservatives around the country that they have to step down, that it’s time

Navy probing alleged cheating
on nuke reactor work
Associated Press, by Robert Burns*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 6:38:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— The Navy is investigating 30 or more senior sailors in connection with alleged cheating on written tests designed to qualify them as instructors at a school that trains younger sailors to operate naval nuclear power reactors, officials said Tuesday. The reactors at Charleston, S.C., are of the kind used in propulsion systems for Navy submarines and aircraft carriers. The alleged misbehavior is unrelated to Navy nuclear weapons carried aboard Trident submarines, according to Adm. John Richardson, the director of the Navy´s nuclear propulsion program. He said it came to light on Monday when a senior enlisted sailor at the

NAACP Official: GOP Uses
‘People of Color’ as ‘Mouthpieces’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2014 6:34:11 PM     Post Reply
The same NAACP official who called South Carolina Republican senator Tim Scott a ventriloquist’s “dummy” is at it again. On Tuesday, Reverend William Barber, director of the North Carolina NAACP, described minorities who support conservative causes “mouthpieces.” “They frantically seek out people of color to become mouthpieces for their particular agenda,” Barber said on a conference call. He also addressed the Scott comments, which he had previously defended. He said his remarks had “nothing to do with color,” because they were intended to apply to anyone who supported Republican platforms, such as South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and North Carolina governor Pat

What is the farm bill?
Associated Press, by Mary Clare Jalonick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 6:29:13 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— The huge, five-year farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama on Tuesday sets policy for hundreds of programs, including farm subsidies and food stamps. It would make small cutbacks to both, eliminating some subsidy programs and cutting the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program by $800 million a year, or 1 percent. Conservatives had proposed much higher cuts. President Obama is scheduled to sign the bill in East Lansing, Mich. on Friday. Some questions and answers about the farm bill and its politics: Q: What is the farm bill? A: It´s a wide-ranging bill, usually written every five years, that

  



Republicans to the Rescue
TownHall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 2/4/2014 5:58:37 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

´Evidence Exists´
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 5:28:46 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times finally ran a correction today of its much-criticized Chris Christie scoop: An article on Saturday about the contention of David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official, that "evidence exists" that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew about the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge as it was happening misidentified, at one point, the person for whom a lawyer wrote a letter to a panel investigating the closings. The letter was written for Bill Stepien by Kevin H. Marino, his lawyer; it was not written for Mr. Marino. So, other than that the story

San Antonio most romantic
city in U.S.
Houston Chronicle, by Kolten Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 4:21:30 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — Whether it´s riding in a horse-drawn carriage down Houston Street, eating a candlelit dinner at an intimate restaurant on the River Walk or having a cocktail atop the Tower of the America´s, San Antonians know how to spice up a date. In fact, just ahead of Valentine´s Day, the Alamo City was named the most romantic city in the country by Amazon.com, who tabulated purchases per capita from 2013 of romantic propaganda ranging from Marvin Gaye albums to adult toys. “Love is in the air in San Antonio,” said Stacy Keller, a spokeswoman for Amazon, adding that

Boehner: ‘No Sense Picking a Fight We
Can’t Win’ on Debt Limit (Updated)
Roll Call, by Daniel Newhauser    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/4/2014 4:19:39 PM     Post Reply
Just days away from the administration’s deadline to extend the nation’s borrowing authority, Speaker John A. Boehner told House Republicans he sees no reason to pick a fight they cannot win on the issue. “There’s no sense picking a fight we can’t win,” the Ohio Republican told members in a private conference meeting, according to sources in the room. Leadership has been looking for a plan that could draw Republican support for a debt limit increase, and Boehner urged his members to coalesce around a plan. If they do not, he warned, the Senate could move first and tack a provision to

Russia President Putin
encounters Sochi leopard cubs
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 4:17:02 PM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken senior Olympics officials on a tour of a Persian leopard sanctuary ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi. He tried to calm one leopard cub, which had become agitated and attacked two journalists, Russian media said. The visit to Sochi National Park comes amid efforts to show the games are positive for the environment. President Putin is well known for his encounters with wild animals which have helped burnish his outdoors image. In the past, he has been shown on state TV tagging whales, saving a TV crew from a tiger and taking to

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

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