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School party for high-scoring students
condemned as ‘caste system’
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2014 11:15:21 AM     Post Reply
A Maryland middle school that sponsored a dance and pizza party for students who earned straight As on their most recent report cards has left some parents of lower-scoring kids angry and outraged, wondering about the state of their child’s self-esteem. “The students that don’t get to go end up feeling bad,” said Karen Hanlon, the parent of a daughter with learning disabilities whose grades didn’t make the cut, in The Washington Post report. The party at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, billed the “Academic Achievement Celebration,” doesn’t actually leave out all the lower-scoring students. Fox News reported that

CGI Federal earned 6 more CMS
contracts after Obamacare website flop
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 11:15:18 AM     Post Reply
The company that built the failed Obamacare website received six additional contracts from the Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website’s disastrous launch, The Daily Caller has learned. According to a company spokesman, CGI Federal was awarded six additional contracts from CMS worth approximately $37 million between October 1 — when the over $600 million Obamacare website launched — through January 2014. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of the Canadian company CGI Group, and was formed in 2009 to bring CGI into the federal contracting business. The company employs Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate, and 2010

Puttin’ on the Ritz
Washington Free Beacon, by Ellison Barbar    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 11:11:12 AM     Post Reply
Embattled Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has spent more than $131,000 in campaign funds to pay for luxury apartments in Austin, Texas, since her election to the Texas State Senate in 2008, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis. While such use of campaign funds is legal in Texas, the amounts involved and properties rented may undermine Davis’s campaign persona of a working class single mom, observers tell the Free Beacon. Davis, whose permanent address is in Fort Worth, lists government accountability as a primary issue on her campaign website, which says she opposes elected officials who “have turned state agencies and

  


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NLRB resurrects union election rule
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 11:08:22 AM     Post Reply
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is resurrecting a controversial rule that would speed up union elections. The proposed regulation mirrors a proposal that was struck down in court in 2012, and would provide organizers with the email addresses and phone numbers of workers after a union election petition is filed. It would also consolidate appeals of union votes into a single post-election process and allow for electronic filing of union petitions, among other changes. The regulation is certain to draw forceful opposition from business groups and Republican lawmakers, who say the rule is evidence of how the NLRB has

You´re wrong, Mr. Obama,
the IRS is corrupt
Fox News, by Jay Sekulow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 11:06:22 AM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of an IRS targeting scandal that may have influenced the 2012 election, in the midst of criminal and congressional investigations, while civil litigation is pending in federal court, before a single deposition is taken and while the IRS clings to tens of thousands of documents, the president of the United States has spoken. His meaning is clear. Move along, nothing to see here. In his Super Bowl Sunday interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Obama declared that the IRS scandal was the product of “boneheaded decisions,” and there was “not even a smidgen of corruption.”I suppose that’s just

Less than half of doctors
in nation’s largest cities are
accepting Medicaid now: study
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 11:03:13 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare supporters have boasted about an uptick in Medicaid enrollments, but does the program offer much more than an insurance card? Health-care consulting firm Merritt Hawkins conducted a survey of Medicaid acceptance rates which found that just 45.7 percent of physicians are now accepting Medicaid patients in the U.S.’s largest 15 cities. The federal welfare program cuts costs by reimbursing physicians at extremely low rates, preventing many doctors from seeing patients with Medicaid coverage. The report considered care in 15 cities and across five specialties, and also cataloged wait times to access physicians given any insurance plan across the spectrum using 2013

Amid pushback, Jarrett to meet
black Democrats on Obama picks
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mike Lillis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 11:01:12 AM     Post Reply
Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Wednesday amid intensifying concerns over President Obama’s judicial nominations. Black lawmakers have been up in arms over a number of Obama’s picks for the federal bench, particularly in southern states, where they contend the process don’t reflect the ethnic diversity of the regions they would serve. Many think Obama gave up too much to Republican senators, who also have a say in the nominees, and plan to tell Jarrett just that in Wednesday’s meeting. “Win or lose, we’d feel better if there’s a fight,”

  


  

Obamacare’s scorekeepers
deliver a game-changer
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 11:00:01 AM     Post Reply
For years, the White House has trotted out the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to show that Obamacare would cut health-care costs and reduce deficits: “CBO Confirms Families Will Save Money Under Health Reform.” “CBO Update Shows Lower Costs for the New Health Care Law.” “CBO Confirms: The Health Care Law Reduces the Deficit.” Live by the sword, die by the sword, the Bible tells us. In Washington, it’s slightly different: Live by the CBO, die by the CBO.

Big Labor Burned by ObamaCare
FrontPage Magazine, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 10:52:00 AM     Post Reply
Unions that undoubtedly believed they were part of the Obama administration’s select group of “winners,” have discovered otherwise. In a scathing letter addressed to Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV), the presidents of UniteHere and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) declared they were “bitterly disappointed” that the proposed regulations to ObamaCare would be detrimental to their interests. In short, unions that supported the president’s two election campaigns are apparently just discovering what many Americans have known for years: Obama’s promises are worthless. The unions are incensed that ObamaCare does not provide subsidies for union-negotiated trust funds known

No dithering: Tea party rolls
out community organizing,
‘conservative style’
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 10:46:48 AM     Post Reply
Tea party organizers are intent on repeating the 2010 midterm elections, when heartland candidates swept through a number of important races, proof that grassroots folks were alive, kicking and politically engaged. Evidence of such this year: here comes the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund SuperPAC, launched Monday to focus on key Senate races in the 2014 midterms, plus the care and training of those voters who could make the difference. “Unlike other Super PACs that drop in negative ads from their perches in Washington to trash opponents, we will empower the people to have the most impact in targeted districts

Parched California´s Worst
Water Enemy: Its Governor
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/5/2014 10:40:47 AM     Post Reply
Politics: California Gov. Jerry Brown has blasted as "unwelcome and divisive" a desperately needed drought-relief bill in Congress that will likely win in the House soon. That´s rich coming from a man who´s done nothing. In case you haven´t heard, the drought that has plagued California´s southwest Central Valley, one of the great breadbaskets of the nation with $26 billion in production, is still going on. Extended for three years now, the nation´s prized fruits and vegetables — its vineyards, its almond, orange and peach groves, its vegetable fields — are all drier, dustier-than-ever wastelands. Driving along Highway 5 through the area,

  


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Is Boehner’s Gavel on the Line?
Roll Call, by Matt Fuller & Steven T. Dennis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 10:40:39 AM     Post Reply
Updated 8:15 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner should lose his gavel if he pursues immigration this year, a prominent tea party Republican said in an interview with CQ Roll Call on Tuesday. “I think it should cost him his speakership,” Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho warned, if Boehner puts an immigration overhaul on the floor. But even if Boehner shelves immigration, Labrador said, the party needs new leadership — and the two-term lawmaker is not ruling out a run for leadership himself. “There is a hunger in the conference for bold, visionary leaders, and this is not just conservatives — you

Trader Joe’s Pulls Out Of Poor
Portland, Oregon Neighborhood:
Defeat Of Gentrification?
International Business Times, by Palash Ghosh    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/5/2014 10:36:35 AM     Post Reply
Trader Joe’s, the privately held retail grocery chain, has cancelled plans to open a store in a poor neighborhood in the northeastern section of Portland, Ore., following “negative reactions” from the local community. (Snip) In late January, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also entered the fray. In a blistering op-ed published in the liberal Huffington Post, Dedrick Asante Muhammad, the NAACP’s senior director of economic programs, condemned the Trader Joe’s project as a new kind of “gentrification.” “Economic inequality has reached an epic height in our nation, shutting the doors of opportunity for millions of

Immigration will kill GOP, but
only if it goes along with amnesty
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 10:24:44 AM     Post Reply
Immigration as a top concern for American voters polls somewhere around 2 or 3 percent, according to the latest Gallup survey. That is right down there with “lack of respect for each other” and “hunger.”And remember, a good portion of that 2 or 3 percent who consider immigration their most pressing issue do so because they want the federal government to simply do its job and enforce its own immigration laws and protect the borders. So, why is it that Republican leaders in Washington have suddenly thrust immigration into the spotlight and made it the most pressing issue in the

Germany Announces Military Rearmament
American Thinker, by Chriss Street    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/5/2014 10:22:38 AM     Post Reply
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on January 30th: "As correct as the policy of military restraint is, it must not be misunderstood as a culture of standing aside." In a full-page interview under the headline "Germany and the World" released later the same day, Steinmeir emphasized: "Germany is too large, just to comment on world politics." When asked if that meant use of military force as the "ultima ratio" (last resort) of foreign policy, he warned: "No foreign policy in the world can banish the ultima ratio from its political thinking." In response to questions about America´s diminished sway

  


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Scottish brewery mocks Kremlin
with ´Not for Gays´ beer
Telgraph [UK], by Roland Oliphant,    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 2/5/2014 10:18:18 AM     Post Reply
Sochi - There is no shortage of official memorabilia for the Sochi Olympics. Everything from ballpoint pens to T-shirts and table wear comes with codes that can be checked to make sure they are the "genuine article." One thing you couldn´t buy, however, is a beer bearing the Russian president´s name and poking fun at Russia´s anti-gay propaganda law. Until now, that is. "Hello my name is Vladimir" is the latest offering from Aberdeen-based novelty beer company BrewDog (snip) "I am a beer for uber hetero men who ride horses while topless and carrying knives. I am a beer to

Obama Praises CVS Dropping Tobacco
Products for Helping ‘Advance My
Administration’s Efforts’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 10:12:38 AM     Post Reply
CVS, the second largest retail drug and convenience chain in America, announced on Wednesday that it intends to pull all tobacco products from its shelves starting October 1. CVS Caremark Corp. CEO Larry Merlo said in an announcement that tobacco products do not belong in an environment where health care is being delivered. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose,” Merlo said. President Barack Obama quickly issued a statement praising the chain’s decision. “I applaud this morning’s news that CVS Caremark has decided to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores,” Obama said. “As one

Singer Clay Aiken
launches bid for Congress
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/5/2014 10:09:57 AM     Post Reply
Clay Aiken formally declared his bid for Congress, setting aside the singing career he launched on TV´s American Idol to run as a Democrat for a North Carolina seat now held by a Republican. In a video posted Wednesday on You Tube, Aiken alluded to the "golden ticket" that got punched when he was the 2003 runner-up on the reality singing show. He stressed his upbringing by a single mom and his days as a special education teacher in explaining that he wants to serve in Congress for people who don´t have a voice. "I´m not a politician. I don´t

Federal debt may be forgotten,
but it´s far from gone
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 2/5/2014 10:01:14 AM     Post Reply
Debates over reining in the federal debt are so 2011. President Obama barely mentioned the issue in his State of the Union address, and Republicans have downplayed it as well, searching for a more optimistic message than one of impending fiscal doom. In her cheerful response to Obama, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., didn´t use the word “debt” or “deficit” even once. Though the federal debt issue has largely been forgotten in D.C., a Tuesday report from the Congressional Budget Office reminds us that it´s far from gone.

ADP Jobs Report Misses Expectations
Business Insider, by Matthew Boesler    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/5/2014 9:57:53 AM     Post Reply
ADP´s January National Employment Report is out. The payroll-processing firm estimates 175,000 workers were hired by private-sector firms in January. Market economists were looking for a 185,000 estimate. The December estimate from ADP´s previous report was revised down to 227,000 from 238,000. Below is a summary of the data from the release: Goods-producing employment rose by 16,000 jobs in January, down from a downwardly-revised figure of 50,000 in December. Nearly all of the growth came from the construction industry which added 25,000 jobs over the month; this followed increases of 30,000 and 32,000 in the prior two months. Manufacturing lost

  



It´s time for a real executive
as our chief executive
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/5/2014 9:56:48 AM     Post Reply
Don´t be fooled into thinking that the 2016 presidential race and its main competitors will be determined in Washington. It can look that way with Washington media talking to Washington inmates about Washington issues on Washington shows. Rand Paul. Hillary Clinton. Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz. Paul Ryan. Peter King. (Just kidding.) Because these past 1,842 days with a rookie senator pretending to be the nation´s chief executive have shown how really well that works.

Best-selling author ‘Zane’ faces financial
mess worthy of a plot twist in her steamy novels
Washington Post, by DeNeen L. Brown    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/5/2014 9:56:19 AM     Post Reply
“Zane,” the renowned Prince George’s County author who has sold millions of steamy novels, has been chased for years by creditors, including the IRS and the state of Maryland, according to court records and state officials. Kristina Laferne Roberts, 47, who writes under the pseudonym “Zane,” owes the IRS almost $541,000, according to court documents filed by the government. In 2010, the Treasury Department placed a tax lien on her imposing house in Upper Marlboro, which Roberts had bought for more than $1 million in 2004. She avoided foreclosure in 2009 after falling 79 days behind on her mortgage payment —

Mayor wants to impose regulations
on ride-sharing industry
Chicago Sun-Times, by Fran Spielman    Original Article
Posted By: AltaD- 2/5/2014 9:44:40 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will move Wednesday to fill a “regulatory vacuum” that has given ride-sharing companies an unfair advantage over taxicabs, with no safeguards to protect consumers. The 20-page ordinance, expected to be introduced at a City Council meeting, would license ride-sharing companies as “transportation network providers” and require them to pay an annual, $25,000 fee, plus $25 per driver. UberX, Lyft, SideCar and other ride-sharing companies that allow drivers to offer rides in their personal vehicles to passengers who order them on their smartphones also would be required to pay the city’s $3.50 a day per vehicle ground transportation

Wendy Davis imploding
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/5/2014 9:36:06 AM     Post Reply
Democrats across Texas and America may be regretting their choice of Wendy Davis as the Great Feminist Hope, designated warrior in the battle to lock-up the female vote. Having raised something north of 12 million dollars for run at the Texas governorship, she has become the standard-bearer in the great crusade to turn Texas blue. But she is turning out to be something of a laughingstock, and the worst of laughingstock at that: one whose foibles reveal the conceits which define the feminist left. The embarrassing omissions in her self-proclaimed biography are by now well-known (snip)these realities of Wendy Davis reveal

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