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Carville: Days ahead for
Dems not so dark
The Hill, by James Carville    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 2/6/2014 1:53:02 PM     Post Reply
When one has retired from the ranks of American domestic political consulting, as I have, you are not really allowed to just quit. You become emeritus, of counsel, senior status and God knows what. Basically your role becomes one of trying to talk active participating democratic consultants to not, as current politics would have it, “jump off the bridge.” There appears in both public and private to be more than usual pessimism and gloom about Democratic chances in 2014. Allow me to point out the following facts — yes, facts, not opinions. Last week’s Washington Post/ABC News poll found that fewer than

Happy birthday, Mr. Reagan
Washington Times (D.C), by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 1:46:36 PM     Post Reply
Three cheers, hip-hip hurrah. Those who fret that the 103rd birthday of Ronald Reagan on Thursday would come and go without much ado can take heart. There’s big, cheerful doings planned in the tenth year since his passing. We’re talking music by the Camp Pendleton Marine Division Band, a color guard, a brass quintet, a 21-gun salute, an official aircraft flyover, the blessings of a chaplain and the placing of an official White House wreath — all this at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. “President Reagan is one of few presidents where Americans remember the man,

Elizabeth Hurley forced to deny
claims of an affair with Bill Clinton
Telegraph [UK], by Anita Singh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 1:42:07 PM     Post Reply
As celebrity gossip goes, it takes some beating: actress and model Elizabeth Hurley has year-long affair with Bill Clinton while he was US President. Throw in the suggestion that they had a liaison in the White House while Hillary Clinton was next door, and that Mr Clinton ended it when he realised he was falling in love, and you have a story that rivals Marilyn Monroe’s alleged fling with John F Kennedy. But when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, as Miss Hurley pointed out on Wednesday when she was forced to deny the “ludicrously silly”

  


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Kristol Loses It over Chuck
Todd’s Suggestion Palin Might
Run for President for the Money
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 1:29:38 PM     Post Reply
In his new “Kristol Clear” prediction segment on Morning Joe, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol augured Thursday morning that Sarah Palin might run for president in 2016. “I mean, why wouldn’t she run?” he asked, causing NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd to answer what was probably a rhetorical question. “I think it’s a financial reason,” Todd said. “To get back into the spotlight. Get the speaking fees back up. You know, there’s some question in my mind about [Mike] Huckabee’s motivation, how much of that is about — you know, there’s a lot of people who run for

With Anger Building, Boehner
Puts the Brakes on Amnesty
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle & Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 1:23:14 PM     Post Reply
In an abrupt switch from his months of work to bring immigration reform back from life support, Speaker John Boehner told reporters today that the issue cannot move forward until President Obama proves he can be a trustworthy partner to implement the law as written. “There´s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it´s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes,” Boehner said. The change in tack comes after rank-and-file members pushed hard against action on the issue this year when immigration “principles” when unveiled at a retreat last week

Cher’s son Elijah Blue Allman
opens up about heroin addiction,
says drug use began at 11
New York Daily News, by Kirthana Ramisetti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 1:17:02 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death, Cher’s son Elijah Blue Allman is among the celebs going public about their struggles with substance abuse. Allman, son of Cher and her second husband rock musician Greg Allman, spoke to Entertainment Tonight Tuesday about his former drug use, which began at a young age. "I started with drugs around the same time that we all did, around 11,” Allman said. “I mean it´s just what you did, it´s just what everybody did.” He added that he started off using marijuana and ecstasy, then later began abusing harder drugs like heroin.

SocGen bear growls: deflation shock-wave
from Asia to trigger global recession
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2014 12:55:59 PM     Post Reply
Albert Edwards from Societe Generale has returned from two weeks holiday in a completely foul mood. "The ongoing emerging market debacle will be less contained than sub-prime ultimately proved to be. The simple fact is that US and global profits growth have reached tipping point and the unfolding EM crisis will push global profits and thereafter the global economy into deep recession." [Snip] Analysts are slashing their forecasts at an "all-time record rate--this is wholly inconsistent with talk of economic acceleration". "The dire profits situation will only get worse as EM implodes and waves of deflation flow from Asia to

  


  

Newsflash: Dutch would be better
off if they had freedom to set
their own economic policy
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2014 12:51:53 PM     Post Reply
Well, fancy that. A study by Capital Economics (an organisation which won the Wolfson Prize, no less, in 2012), has concluded that the average Dutch household could be £8000 per year better off, and that the national income would grow if Netherlands left the EU. [Snip] "…there are also good reasons to believe that a nation, untied from the bureaucracy of Brussels and able to make decisions for itself rather than have imposed one-size-fits-all policies will benefit economically…" You don´t say. In fact, isn´t that what you and I (and lots and lots of other people) have been saying ever

Ex-official: Attack on Silicon Valley
power grid was ‘terrorism’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 2/6/2014 12:38:27 PM     Post Reply
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley’s phone lines and power grid was terrorism — despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up. Wellinghoff, who was in office during the incident, said he reached his conclusion after consulting with Defense Department experts about the attack that involved snipping AT&T fiber-optic lines to knock out phone and 911 service, and firing shots into a PG&E substation, causing outages.

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

  


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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.

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

  


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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

  



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

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