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A Stranger in the Sochi Night.
Wall Street Journal, by Brian Costa    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 2/5/2014 12:45:33 PM     Post Reply
During an episode of “Breaking Bad,” Walter White memorably declared, “I am the one who knocks.” During my first night in Sochi, I got a visit from the one who doesn’t. The only sound I heard was a key going into the lock and, at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, the door to my hotel room opening. Half asleep, I looked up and saw the light shining in from the hall. But by the time I sat up to see who was there, the door had been shut again. The one who doesn’t knock scurried away without uttering a word. Do

John Kerry a no on 2016:
This is my last stop
CNN, by Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham     Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 12:35:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington - While his predecessor Hillary Clinton, and his colleague Vice President Joe Biden may be contemplating another run at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry says he is out for 2016. "I´m out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever, this is my last stop," Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN´s "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "I´m going to serve the country in the extraordinarily privileged position the President has given me, the great challenges that I have, and move on," said Kerry.

Elizabeth Hurley denies reports she
had affair with former President Bill Clinton
New York Daily News, by Rachel Maresca    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 12:32:14 PM     Post Reply
Elizabeth Hurley has denied ever having an affair with Bill Clinton. Radar Online put out a shocking report on Wednesday claiming that the 48-year-old actress engaged in a year-long tryst with the former President. "Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn," Hurley tweeted to her close to 500,000 fans after the news broke.In an audio tape obtained by the gossip site, the ex-boyfriend of Hurley, Tom Sizemore, explained in detail about how he set up his ex with Clinton, now 67, during a screening of "Saving Private Ryan" at the

  


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Liz Hurley had ´year-long affair´ with
ex-US President Bill Clinton,
claims Tom Sizemore
Daily Express [UK], by Dion Dassanayake    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:30:54 PM     Post Reply
Glamourous British actress Liz Hurley had a year-long affair with former US president Bill Clinton, according to bombshell claims coming out of America today. Her ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore today made the allegations, saying he introduced the actress to the 67-year-old politician. Miss Hurley has blasted the claims and described them as "totally untrue" on social networking site Twitter. The Black Hawk Down actor said the former President ended the affair after a year when he started falling in love with Miss Hurley. [Snip] He said the former leader even sent a plane to pick up Miss Hurley and was taken to the

Elitist lipstick on the CBO pig
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2014 12:25:58 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday´s Congressional Budget Office report on Obamacare´s jobs impact is, in the words of liberal Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, "a game-changer." The congressional number-crunchers, perhaps the capital´s closest thing to a neutral referee, came out with a new report Tuesday, and it wasn´t pretty for Obamacare. The CBO predicted the law would have a "substantially larger" impact on the labor market than it had previously expected: The law would reduce the workforce in 2021 by the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers, well more than the 800,000 originally anticipated. This will inevitably be a drag on economic growth,

Panama Canal expansion work halted
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:23:09 PM     Post Reply
Work has been halted on the expansion of the Panama Canal, one of the world´s busiest shipping routes. The stoppage follows a breakdown in talks between the Panama Canal Authority (APC) and the Spanish-led consortium behind the project. The two sides are engaged in a dispute over who should foot the bill for cost overruns totalling $1.6bn (£1bn). The consortium says 10,000 jobs are at risk but the Canal´s authorities say they will not "yield to blackmail". Canal Administrator Jorge Quintano accused the GUPC consortium of being "inflexible" in its negotiations. He did not rule out a deal could still

Colossus at 70: the computer
that helped bring down Hitler
Telegraph [UK], by Sophie Curtis    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:19:30 PM     Post Reply
War veterans and their families are gathering at Bletchley Park today to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of Colossus, the world´s first electronic computer. Designed by British telephone engineer Tommy Flowers, Colossus was built to speed up code-breaking of the complex Lorenz cipher, used in communications between Hitler and his generals during World War II. Its first job was on 5 February 1944, and its work thereafter is widely thought to have shortened the war and saved countless lives. Colossus occupied the size of a living room (7ft high by 17ft wide and 11ft deep), weighed five tonnes, and used 8kW

  


  

Immigration-Reform Opponents
Suspect a Ruse
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: athina- 2/5/2014 12:10:32 PM     Post Reply
Opponents of the Senate Gang of Eight legislation have long been wary of the House leadership’s intentions with respect to immigration reform. They are perhaps even more skeptical now that proponents are already downplaying the odds of success. House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), one of the most prominent GOP advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that reform’s prospects were “clearly in doubt.” Opponents of comprehensive reform say they have reason to suspect a ruse. For example, the fate of the Gang of Eight legislation was frequently called into question, even though

Revolt: How Kurson Buried the
New York Times Editorial Page
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2014 12:10:24 PM     Post Reply
The New York Observer has made a huge splash with an investigative story by editor Ken Kurson on internal tensions at the New York Times. According to Kurson´s story, the Times´ reporters have growing contempt for the "tyranny and lethargy" of the paper´s editorial page, which is not only badly run but rarely read under Andrew Rosenthal. The Internet has lit up with debate about the story--and no small degree of delight. The controversy has everything that the new media universe loves: gossip, rivalry, and a shot at "the man"--or the Grey Lady, in this instance. Yet is the story, beneath

Head of Mormon church Thomas Monson
summoned by British magistrate´s court
over Adam and Eve teaching
Telegraph [UK], by Jophn Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:09:47 PM     Post Reply
A British magistrate has issued an extraordinary summons to the worldwide leader of the Mormon church alleging that its teachings about mankind amount to fraud. Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London next month to defend the church’s doctrines including beliefs about Adam and Eve and Native Americans. A formal summons signed by District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe warns Mr Monson, who is recognised by Mormons as a God’s prophet on Earth, that a warrant for his arrest could be issued if he fails

A Really Big Show
American Spectator, by Lisa Fabrizio    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 12:04:14 PM     Post Reply
Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, giving America its first taste of what became known as The British Invasion. As a little girl, I remember the excitement surrounding this appearance; in fact, my parents let my five brothers and sisters and me stay up “late” to watch the show. Coming from a big family, I used those older than me as sounding boards and the verdict was in: my older female cousins were originally unimpressed by the Fab Four, preferring instead to continue to imitate the dance steps and hairstyles of girl groups

  


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Debbie Does USAF
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 11:53:39 AM     Post Reply
Poor Deborah Lee James. She’s only been Secretary of the Air Force for about six weeks but she’s been handed the problems of a huge cheating scandal, a $400 billion fighter aircraft that can’t fly in combat and an air force that not only has made some enormous mistakes in the past decade, but seems eager to make another by retiring an attack aircraft the force can’t do without. She’s a natural for the job, at least by Obama administration standards. She spent 20 years of her 30-year career as a House Armed Services Committee staffer and a Clinton administration

Bill would require Haslam to get
lawmakers´ approval to expand TennCare
Tennessean [Nashville], by Max Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/5/2014 11:39:57 AM     Post Reply
Republican state lawmakers are working on a bill that would force Gov. Bill Haslam to get their permission before expanding Tennessee’s health insurance program for the poor. A House committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would bar the governor from unilaterally expanding TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program. The measure’s sponsor, state Rep. Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin, said it would ensure the expansion gets the same “scrutiny” as other bills. “We have bills to fix commas,” Durham said. “I think Medicaid is important enough that we go through the regular process.” The measure, filed as an amendment to House Bill

Three Ways Obama´s Executive
Orders are the Worst of Any President
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 11:32:42 AM     Post Reply
Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post is the latest to defend President Barack Obama´s use--past, present, and future--of executive orders to circumvent Congress. She argues that his "push-the-envelope moves" are "within the bounds of the modern presidency." Marcus is not alone here: others have pointed out that Obama has used fewer executive orders than his predecessors, forgetting that constitutionality is what matters, not quantity. Complaints about executive orders, Marcus suggests, are just "politics dressed up in constitutional clothing, to be put on and off depending on which party holds the White House." I can say with confidence, as someone who

‘The ultimate elitist argument’:
Tucker Carlson blasts White House
spin on projected Obamacare job losses
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 11:21:34 AM     Post Reply
Daily Caller editor in chief Tucker Carlson slammed the White House’s spin on a new Congressional Budget Office report projecting that 2.3 million people will drop out of the workforce due to Obamacare, calling their claim that people can now spend time with their kids and pursue their favorite hobbies “appalling” and “the ultimate elitist argument.” Carlson joined Weekly Standard columnist Steve Hayes and Associated Press reporter Julie Pace on a Fox News panel to discuss the CBO’s new report, which claims that 2.3 million Americans will leave the workforce due to the Affordable Care Act. At the daily press briefing, White

  


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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

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

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