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George Will: IRS Scandal as Big
as Watergate and Iran-Contra;
So Where’s the Media?
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/6/2014 12:34:32 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s Special Report on Wednesday, conservative columnist George Will said the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative groups is as serious as Watergate or Iran-Contra. The distinction between those scandals and the one involving the IRS, he said, was that the press covered those earlier controversies heavily while they have largely dismissed the latest. Will began by recalling that, immediately after former IRS official Lois Lerner preemptively apologized for targeting conservative groups, President Barack Obama called the scandal “outrageous.” Lerner would go on to resign and refuse to testify before Congress about the details

Resist the Siren’s Call of ’Originalism’
Bloomberg.com, by Cass R. Sunstein    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 2/6/2014 12:31:16 PM     Post Reply
“Originalism” is an influential theory of constitutional interpretation. In the 1960s, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, a prominent liberal, marched proudly under the originalist banner. In the modern era, originalism is championed by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the court’s most conservative members. In its least attractive form, practiced by politicians rather than judges, originalism is ideological posturing with a constitutional veneer -- a naive or cynical way of attributing the views of the current political right to the Constitution’s ratifiers. But for all those who seek to restrain judicial power, originalism should be attractive. At the same time, the

Bill Henck: Inside the IRS
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: previouslyon24- 2/6/2014 12:13:09 PM     Post Reply
As noted at the top, William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the General Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. Although it goes over some old ground, we submit the following personal account by Mr. Henck for the consideration of readers in the context of current controversies without further comment. He writes: I have been an attorney in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel for over 26 years. Over a number of years, I have attempted, largely unsuccessfully, to alert the public to abuse within the IRS.

  


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How Sarah Palin Helps Chris Christie
Bloomberg, by Jonathan Bernstein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/6/2014 11:45:21 AM     Post Reply
Let´s start with the caveats: It’s one poll. It’s from one subsample. It’s not a huge effect. It could easily just be statistical noise. Still, I can’t help noting that a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s ratings going up among “Core Republicans” following the terrible publicity he received from the bridge scandal. In October 32 percent had a favorable view of him; now he’s up to 42 percent with positive feelings (via the always invaluable Political Wire). If true (and again: see caveats above), it’s a fascinating finding, confirming that for at least some non-trivial group

Durham police officer won´t be charged
in Man´s shooting death
WRAL News [Raleigh,NC], by Julia Sims and Arielle Clay    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/6/2014 11:45:03 AM     Post Reply
The Durham District Attorney’s Office said Thursday there is no probable cause to charge a Durham police officer who shot and killed a man he encountered while investigating a crime scene last summer.Officer Ronald Mbuthia was investigating a report of a stabbing in the 800 block of Park Avenue on July 27 when he and other officers found Jose Adan Cruz Ocampo nearby, holding a knife. Police said officers ordered Ocampo to drop the knife, but he refused.He was shot four times in the head, chest, abdomen and left wrist, according to an autopsy. The shot to the head was

Must the Obamacare Debate Be Stupid?
Washington Post, by E. J. Dionne    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 2/6/2014 11:28:29 AM     Post Reply
One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn´t because they feared they wouldn´t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere. This worry was pronounced for people with pre-existing conditions but not limited to them. Consider families with young children in which one of the parents would like to get out of the formal labor market for a while to take care of the kids. In the old system, the choices of such couples were constrained if only one of the two received employer-provided family

House panel says Obamacare co-op
improperly diverted $25 million
Washington Examiner, by Richard Pollock and Kelly Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 2/6/2014 10:46:12 AM     Post Reply
A New York nonprofit improperly diverted $25 million meant to help establish three Obamacare health insurance co-ops to a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, a congressional oversight committee said Wednesday. The Freelancers Union, which received $340 million in federal loans to set up co-ops in New York, New Jersey and Oregon, gave some of that cash to a for-profit entity called Independent Worker Services. The accusation appeared in a congressional report made public Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by outspoken Obamacare critic Darrell Issa, a California Republican.

  


  

Geraldo Says No Amnesty Because
of Xenophobes Who Criticize Coca
Cola Super Bowl Ad
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 10:38:55 AM     Post Reply
Some conservatives suspected immigration reform was a subtext of the Coca Cola Super Bowl ad that featured children singing "America the Beautiful" in foreign languages. But now liberal Fox News host Geraldo Rivera is connecting the two ideas. Geraldo told host Sean Hannity the reason immigration reform legislation proposed by Democrats in Congress has not become law is because of political opposition from the same people who found the ad offensive. "This hostile reaction to this [Coca Cola Super Bowl] ad," he told Hannity, "shows how deep seated the xenophobia is ... the fear of the other... that´s why we

Intruder scared away
by Big Mouth Billy Bass
Minneapolis Star-Tribune [MN], by Pam Louagle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 10:20:21 AM     Post Reply
Score one for the fish. The crime scene of a break-in at a Rochester´s Hooked on Fishing shop showed evidence that a burglar got scared off by a motion-activated, singing bass, authorities said. The novelty bass, which had been hung near the door and would start singing "Take Me to the River" whenever someone entered the shop, was found on the floor after the intruder knocked it down as part of breaking the door to get in, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff´s Office. But the intruder appeared to have left in a hurry, without stealing anything -- not tackle nor cash that

Wendy Davis Supports Open Carry Law
Associated Press, by Jim Vertuno    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 10:16:06 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas — The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that. Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed "open carry" law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public. Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. In a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at

Key Democratic Group Will
Sit Out Midterm Elections
Buzzfeed, by Ruby Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 10:10:59 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic Party’s biggest super PAC, recently retooled as an early pro-Hillary Clinton effort, will sit out the midterm elections this year. A spokesman with the group, Priorities USA Action, confirmed to BuzzFeed on Wednesday night that it would not be involved in House or Senate campaigns. “House Majority PAC and Majority PAC are doing everything right and making a real difference. We fully support their efforts,” said the spokesman, Peter Kauffmann, referring to the main groups supporting Democratic congressional candidates. Priorities USA, which operates under loose campaign finance rules that allow it to raise and spend unlimited sums, put $65 million behind

  


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Democrats Block Widow of Murdered
Police Officer From Testifying Against
Obama DOJ Nominee Debo Adegbile
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 10:01:28 AM     Post Reply
Last month Maureen Faulker, the widow of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, requested a chance to give testimony against President Obama´s nominee to head the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Her husband was killed in 1981 by former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of murder in 1982. Thirty years after the conviction, nominee Debo Adegbile voluntarily took up Abu-Jamal´s case and the cause in the name of race during his time as the head of NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley asked for Faulkner´s request to present testimony be granted, but Democrats have blocked

Paul Foster apparently attends
secret Koch brothers meeting
El Paso Times (Texas), by Marty Schladen    Original Article
Posted By: mickeymat- 2/6/2014 9:47:31 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN >> El Paso businessman Paul Foster might have attended a secret conclave held last week by the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists who tap big-money donors to push an anti-regulatory agenda. If Foster attended, a prominent political scientist said Wednesday, he could harm the public´s faith in his ability to serve as chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents.

GOP Will Force Reid to Save Obama’s
Iran Policy—Over and Over Again
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 9:32:36 AM     Post Reply
Dozens of Republican senators joined Wednesday to demand that Harry Reid allow a floor vote on a new Iran sanctions bill. If he doesn’t, they are planning to make his life miserable. The Republican Senate caucus is planning to use every parliamentary trick in the book to push Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a floor vote on a new Iran sanctions bill that the Obama administration strenuously opposes. The Obama White House has succeeded in keeping most Democrats in line against supporting quick passage of the “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act,” which currently has 59 co-sponsors, including 13 Democrats. Reid

Congressional Dems get the
Big Kiss-off from Big Money
Dem Super-PAC
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/6/2014 9:32:01 AM     Post Reply
A Super PAC funded by big money Democrat donors seems to have made up its mind that 2014 is hopeless, and is concentrating its resources on electing Hillary in 2016. Tough luck for all those Democrats who bet their political careers on backing Obamacare.(snip)When push comes to shove, it is the interests of the Clintons that matter most to the big money crowd, and the little fish of the Democratic Party in Congress can raise their own money. Besides, GOP control of Congress will give Hillary something to run against in 2016. That´s a lot more attractive to them than

  


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A Brief History of Woody Allen
Being Creepy About Young Girls
New York Magazine, by Joe Coscarelli    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 9:24:06 AM     Post Reply
In light of Sunday’s open letter from Dylan Farrow, which resurfaced allegations that her adoptive father Woody Allen sexually assaulted her at age 7, the Internet continues to dig up disturbing stories about the celebrated writer and director’s relationship with children. Farrow coming forward follows a campaign by her mother, Mia, and brother, Ronan, to shine a brighter light on the accusations against Allen in the early nineties, around the time he left Mia for another of her adoptive daughters, Soon-Yi Previn, resulting in a hideous custody battle. Once considered tabloid scripture, the upsetting specifics had been largely forgotten, or

A Brutal Translation of
the ´Disincentive to Work´
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/6/2014 9:20:38 AM     Post Reply
The biggest "disincentive for people to work" is not Obamacare. It´s the lack of jobs in a fast-changing, post-industrial economy leaving millions of Americans behind. These people need a health insurance system that follows them from job to grinding job – that gives them flexibility to seek re-training and, for a lucky few, a new career path geared to the high-tech economy. The Affordability Care Act is far from perfect. It needs to evolve with bipartisan thinking. But it´s at least a step toward recognizing that the employee-based insurance system built for the 20th century is inadequate for this one. Rather than an

Mau-Mauing Trader Joe´s
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/6/2014 9:15:39 AM     Post Reply
The Left: Grocer Trader Joe´s has pulled out of a planned expansion to a poor area in Portland, Ore., after a community organizing group objected. The organizers can now take a bow for the neighborhood´s loss. Hectoring the private chain with racially tinged language, wealthy poverty-racketeers from a foundation-funded group called the Portland African American Leadership Forum claimed that a $2.4 million store on a vacant lot in a run-down part of northeast Portland would gentrify the area, driving up retail prices and driving out the local black community. "This is a people´s movement for African Americans and other communities for self-determination,"

Donald Trump Reopens The Blue
Monster At Doral And Answers
Questions About His Role In Golf
Forbes, by Darren Heitner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 9:13:33 AM     Post Reply
Today marks the grand opening of the brand new version of the famed Blue Monster golf course at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. It serves as the culmination of a two week celebration that began on January 23 with Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and special guest Gary Player in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil “The Gary Player Villa” at Doral. The course is now all set to host the 2014 World Golf Championships, which will take place on March 6-9. Historically, Doral has been regarded as one of the most exceptional golf resorts

Half the nation’s uninsured
live in just 116 counties
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/6/2014 9:08:44 AM     Post Reply
Those without health insurance have less than two months to enroll in new plans before penalties kick in, and the Obama administration is racing the clock to get them signed up. A new study conducted for The Associated Press shows the administration is best off focusing on a relatively narrow geographic area: Half of those under 65 without insurance live in just 116 of the nation’s 3,143 counties. And half of all 19-39 year olds without insurance — the most coveted demographic as health-care providers look to expand their risk pools — live in 108 counties. Thirteen heavily urban counties are

  



Agriculture chief says climate
change already hurting agriculture,
unveils new ´climate hubs´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 9:01:39 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today, warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities. Unveiling a new effort to coordinate the government’s response, Vilsack said extreme weather events have already taken the U.S. by surprise, putting ranchers and others out of business. He pointed to the intensity and frequency of recent storms, long droughts, snowstorms and subzero weather as evidence that climate change is no longer hypothetical or in the future.“The combination of all those factors convinces me that the

More Men in Prime Working
Ages Don´t Have Jobs
Wall Street Journal, by Mark Peters and David Wessel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 8:47:57 AM     Post Reply
Mark Riley was 53 years old when he lost a job as a grant writer for an Arkansas community college. "I was stunned," he said. "It happened on my daughter´s 11th birthday." His boss blamed state budget cuts. That was almost three years ago and he still hasn´t found steady work. Mr. Riley, whose unemployment benefits ran out 14 months ago, says his long and fruitless search is proof employers won´t hire men out of work too long. "We´re poor, but we´re not broke," Mr. Riley said. "We still have property. We have cars. We have some assets, we just

Study: Fatal Car Crashes
Involving Marijuana Have Tripled
CBS Seattle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/6/2014 8:45:00 AM     Post Reply
Seattle – According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S. “Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News. Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data from six states – California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia – that perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This data included over 23,500 drivers that died within

Philip Seymour Hoffman´s friend vows
to sue National Enquirer for $50 million
over report they were gay lovers:
‘I never said that, no’
New York Daily News, by Caitlin Nolan, Nancy Dillon and*    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/6/2014 8:38:41 AM     Post Reply
The screenwriter who found Philip Seymour Hoffman dead flatly denied a supermarket tabloid´s claim that he and doomed actor were lovers - and he´s suing for $50 million. "I never said that, no," David Bar Katz said Wednesday after leaving the West Village apartment of Hoffman´s longtime girlfriend, Mimi O´Donnell. Katz´s denial was followed by a lawsuit that called the story "a complete fabrication.” “There was no interview,” Katz’s lawyer claimed in the suit. “Bar Katz and Hoffman were never lovers. Bar Katz did not see Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he died or at any other time. Bar

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