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Natural gas shortage affects
Calif. power supply
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 5:44:01 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — California’s power grid operator has asked for voluntary conservation of power because the extreme cold in much of the United States and Canada has caused a shortage of natural gas supplies to Southern California power plants. The California Independent System Operator issued a so-called Flex Alert until 10 p.m. Thursday.The natural gas shortage is only impacting Southern California power plants, but authorities say statewide electricity and gas conservation will help free up both electricity and gas supplies. Flex Alerts are usually associated with power demands for cooling

Hillary Partners with Univision
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:35:49 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton and Univision have joined together to work on a new initiative for Hispanic children, allowing the prospective 2016 Democratic candidate to partner with the massively popular Spanish-language network. This week, Clinton introduced a new effort with Univision, called Pequeños y Valiosos, a project of her “Too Small to Fail” initiative for early-childhood issues that will focus on helping Hispanic children five years and younger to develop language skills. As the Washington Post notes, “the agreement with Univision provides her with a bridge to the nation’s fast-growing and politically influential Hispanic community.” Univision consistently ranks among the most-watched networks on American

Jay Leno Tapes His
Final ´Tonight Show´
Inside Edition, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 5:35:35 PM     Post Reply
Jay Leno signed an autograph for a fan as he arrived to the taping of his very last Tonight Show. What a show it promises to be. Oprah Winfrey told INSIDE EDITION, “I’m on it! Yeah, it´s a surprise!" Oprah spilled the beans about appearing on the finale. She has this advice for Leno after he says good night for the last time on Thursday night, "It takes a moment to step back and say, ‘Okay, the show isn´t my life. What is my life without the show?’" Leno’s scheduled final guests are Garth Brooks and Billy Crystal, who was



Evan Sayet on How Liberals Think
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:34:41 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Now, maybe I´m naive, and maybe you disagree with me. The reason that I believe it would have been a giant, great pay-off if there were a massive education information campaign to instruct people on ideology -- who liberals are, what they do, how to identify them, and how you don´t want it -- is rooted in the belief that I think a vast majority would reject it. I think most people who vote for liberals do not really know what they´re doing. Now, there are some true believers. Don´t misunderstand. I know this. This is why I still have

Cantor takes mission impossible
The Hill [DC], by Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 5:34:41 PM     Post Reply
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is taking the lead on crafting the GOP’s Obama-Care replacement proposal. The extraordinarily tough task faces many obstacles and is complicated by election-year politics and an unruly GOP conference. But Cantor believes the Republicans must shake their “party of no” reputation, and passing an ObamaCare replacement bill is part of that strategy. Most, if not all, Democrats will reject whatever Cantor produces. To pass a bill through the House, Republicans will need to keep defections to about 20 or fewer. That will be a tall order. For years, Republicans have promised a “repeal and replace” strategy on ObamaCare,

E-Cigarettes: A $1.5 Billion
Industry Braces for FDA Regulation
Bloomberg Businessweek, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2014 5:34:29 PM     Post Reply
Verleur, a heavy smoker, was living in Prague and happened to spot the strange new product in a Vietnamese grocery store. The crude early version obviously didn’t work very well, but Verleur, a serial entrepreneur, immediately realized that if it did work, it could upend the tobacco industry. That was worth looking into: Cigarettes are a global business that generates more than half a trillion dollars every year, according to data from Euromonitor International. In its simplest form, an e-cigarette is a cartridge filled with a nicotine solution and a battery powering a coil that heats the solution into vapor,

Jails Enroll Inmates in Obamacare
to Pass Hospital Costs to U.S.
Bloomberg News, by Mark Niquette    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:33:23 PM     Post Reply
Being arrested in Chicago for, say, drug possession or assault gets you sent to the Cook County Jail to be fingerprinted, photographed and X-rayed. You’ll also get help applying for health insurance. At least six states and counties from Maryland to Oregon’s Multnomah are getting inmates coverage under Obamacare and its expansion of Medicaid, the federal and state health-care program for the poor. The fledgling movement would shift to the federal government some of the more than $6.5 billion in annual state costs for treating prisoners. Proponents say it also will make recidivism rarer, because inmates released with coverage are more



Biden compares New York´s LaGuardia
Airport to ´Third World country´
Yahoo News, by Mike Krumboltz    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 2/6/2014 5:31:55 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden, talking about the need to invest in America´s infrastructure, compared New York City´s LaGuardia Airport to a "Third World country." "If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2 o’clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said, ‘Where do you think you are?’ They’d say, ‘This must be America. It’s a modern airport.’ If I took him blindfolded and took him into LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think ´I must be in some Third World country.´ I’m not joking,” Biden said at Philadelphia´s 30th Street Station, during an event to

Humana Will Get $250-450
Million to Offset Expected Losses
This Year. That’s Just One Insurer.
National Review Online, by Veronique de Rugy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:30:57 PM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, we were told not to listen to the hype about Obamacare’s troubles, because insurers believed it was all going to be okay. Better yet, even after a rocky start in 2014, it was going to be good for their businesses. And indeed, it is likely that the reason they agreed to let the federal government tell them what they can sell or not and at what price is that they thought this was worth it in exchange for Obamacare’s forcing citizens to buy their products. But what will this bargain take? One large health insurer, Humana,

Source: Obama offers to stay
away from some Senate races
CNN, by Jim Acosta and Dana Bash    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:26:47 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has told Senate Democrats that he´s willing to stay away from election battles where his presence would not be helpful, a Democratic source said -- an apparent nod to his poll numbers. Obama´s comments came when he and former President Bill Clinton attended the Senate Democrats´ issues conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday. Sources at the meeting said Obama assured Democrats that maintaining control of the Senate is his top priority this year. "I don´t remember him (Obama) saying he wouldn´t be offended if he wasn´t invited (to help campaign), but he certainly acknowledged how low his numbers are in

Boehner: ´We´re Not
Going to Default´ on Debt
Associated Press, by Andrew Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2014 5:26:28 PM     Post Reply
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won´t miss a late-February deadline to increase the government´s borrowing cap. "Look, we do not want to default on our debt, and we´re not going to default on our debt," Boehner said. The Ohio Republican held open the possibility that the House could consider a debt limit increase that´s "clean" of any GOP add-ons. (Snip) Lifting the cap on the government´s more than $17 trillion debt is needed to permit the government to meet all of its obligations, including Social Security benefits, interest payments on U.S. treasuries,



The GOP Establishment Thinks
Voters Want Big Government
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:15:17 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Here is Richard in Everett, Massachusetts. Hi, Richard. Great that you waited. Hello. CALLER: Thank you. Mr. Limbaugh, it´s a pleasure. It´s a pleasure to speak with you. RUSH: Thank you, sir. CALLER: I´ll be honest with you: I´m fed up. I was a Democrat most of my life, and I turned independent about 20 years ago, but I vote Republican, ´cause I didn´t like the way the country was going with the Democrats. What I´m really upset about is our leadership. Republican leadership like Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain talk a good story but don´t stand up to

U.S. diplomats´ conversation
on Ukraine posted on YouTube
Reuters, by Doina Chiacu & Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2014 5:11:52 PM     Post Reply
Washington - A conversation between a State Department official and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine posted on YouTube revealed a frank exchange on U.S. strategy for a political transition in that country, including a crude swipe at the European Union. In the audio posted on Tuesday, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt she doesn´t think Vitaly Klitschko, the boxer-turned-politician who is a main opposition leader, should be in a new government. "So I don´t think Klitsch (Klitschko) should go into the government," she said in the recording, which appeared to describe events that occurred in

Obama Fans Can´t Believe Their
President Wanted This to Happen
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:09:00 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: It was an LA Times story on Obamacare, and these are popping up more and more. An Obamacare fan says, "Now I can´t sleep at night. I can´t imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen." No matter what problems that they´ve had at the website or the exchanges, you can find some Obamacare supporters who´ve touted the relative success of some of the state exchanges. One of the ones they point to is Covered California, as a success. But now, people who have been able to sign up with Covered California, are discovering that doctors are

Why Did I Want Obama to Fail? The
Answer is in the CBO Report on Obamacare
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:06:31 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The CBO report. Folks, to do this properly we almost have to go back to January 16th of 2009. This would be two weeks before President Obama was inaugurated. January 16, 2009, was when I said over and over again -- what happened, the Wall Street Journal had asked for 200 words from a bunch of conservative media people, advice for President Obama, one of those kind of things. I forget what the exact question was. I wrote back and I said, "I don´t need 200 words. I just need four. ´I hope he fails.´" The reason I said



´Desert´ Aisles
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:03:05 PM     Post Reply
Poverty used to mean going hungry. These days--at least in the developed West, and especially in America--it means getting hungry, consuming loads of inexpensive carbohydrates, and becoming fat and unhealthy. It´s progress of a sort, but those concerned with social uplift aren´t wrong to see a problem here. But their assumptions about its cause and solution have been tested and found wanting. As National Journal´s Clara Ritger describes it: With the obesity epidemic in full swing and millions of American [sic] living in neighborhoods where fruits and vegetables are hard to come by, the Obama administration thought it saw a solution:

New guidelines: Best ways
to prevent a stroke in women
USA Today, by Nanci Hellmich    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2014 4:57:43 PM     Post Reply
Women may have many of the same risk factors for stroke as men – diabetes, high blood pressures, smoking, high cholesterol – but they also can face separate issues such as high blood pressure during pregnancy, the use of birth control pills and other hormonal and lifestyle factors. (Snip) A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, the American Heart Association says. When that happens, part of the brain is no longer getting the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die. Strokes can affect language, memory and vision as well as cause paralysis and other health issues, the group says.

New York Times Profit Falls 12%;
Print, Digital Revenues Still Falling
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 4:57:29 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times announced Thursday that operating profits had fallen 12% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year before. Earnings per share dropped by roughly two-thirds, from $0.76 to $0.24. Total revenues were down 5.2% and advertising revenues were down 6.3%, with print advertising revenues falling by 7.0% and digital by 4.3% over 2013. The company added digital subscribers, up 19% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to same period in 2012, but its circulation revenues were down, too. The Times´ results will surprise analysts who had predicted healthy results for the

Administration eases restrictions on
asylum seekers with loose terror ties
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2014 4:45:01 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called "deeply alarming." The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered for entry into the U.S. Supporters of the change, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., argued that the current ban on anyone who has ever aided terrorists has unfairly blocked thousands of

Hall of Famer Ralph
Kiner passes away at 91
CBS Sports, by Mike Axisa    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 4:38:03 PM     Post Reply
Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner passed away at his home in California on Thursday. He died peacefully from natural causes with his family at his side. He was 91. “With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Ralph spent eight decades as a player, executive and broadcaster. He was a man who truly loved our National Pastime and made it better in every way. His legacy will live forever


U.S. House Speaker Boehner expresses
doubts over immigration bill
Reuters, by Lucy Nicholson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2014 4:36:09 PM     Post Reply
Washington - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday joined other leading Republicans in expressing doubts that immigration reforms could be passed this year and put the blame on President Barack Obama. "I´ve never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year," Boehner said at his weekly news conference. (Snip) "One of the biggest obstacles that we face" in advancing immigration legislation, Boehner said, was a lack of trust in Obama to implement any law that might be enacted "as it is intended to be." As evidence of that, Boehner accused Obama of changing "the healthcare law on a whim,

The Media´s Most Outrageous
Olympic Outbursts: Saluting the Socialists
Newsbusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 3:48:50 PM     Post Reply
Sports fans checking in on coverage of Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia might want to brace themselves for unexpected outbursts of liberal preaching from reporters covering the games. Over the years the MRC has documented lefty reporters and writers using the games to celebrate socialist policies, bash expressions of patriotism and even work in jabs against Republicans, like when Bryant Gumbel, in 2006, complained that the “paucity” of black athletes “makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.” In the spirit of the games, the most outrageous journalists are competing with each other in

Pelosi Deserves Her
Planned Parenthood Award
Cybercast News Service, by Dr. Alveda King    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 3:43:28 PM     Post Reply
It´s true that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi deserves Planned Parenthood´s Margaret Sanger Award - almost no one has done more to promote the killing of innocent babies in the womb than she has. If Mrs. Pelosi wants finally to take her role as a public servant seriously, though, she will reject the award named after a racist woman who had no problem speaking to a Ku Klux Klan meeting. The Sanger Award has been given annually by Planned Parenthood since 1966, when the Rev. Dr. Luther King, Jr., my uncle, was named, but did not personally accept one of the first four citations.

Ukraine crisis: Putin adviser
accuses US of meddling
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2014 3:42:04 PM     Post Reply
A senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of meddling in Ukraine, in breach of a 1994 agreement over non-intervention. Sergei Glazyev said the US was spending $20m (£12.3m; 14.8m euros) a week on Ukrainian opposition groups, supplying "rebels" with arms among other things. (Snip) Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is due to meet Mr Putin on Friday in Sochi, on the opening day of the Winter Olympic Games there. He held talks in Kiev with US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on Thursday, at which he said he favoured dialogue and compromise with the opposition.

Michelle Obama Pitches Student
Aid: ´Almost Everyone Is Eligible´
Cybercast News Service, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 3:39:56 PM     Post Reply
"Almost everyone is eligible for some form of financial aid, and all you have to do to access that aid is fill out this one little form. It´s so simple," First lady Michelle Obama told students at a suburban Washington high school on Wednesday. The form is FAFSA -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. "[T]hrough FAFSA, the Department of Education provides more than $150 billion every year in low-interest loans, in grants that you don´t have to pay back, and work-study programs that can help cover your educational expenses," Mrs. Obama said. She equated higher education with freedom:

Sochi terror threat shows the truly
global nature of modern jihad
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2014 3:36:09 PM     Post Reply
When, during the early phase of Syria´s brutal civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West against undertaking military intervention in Syria, his arguments were dismissed as nothing more than a blatant attempt to save the Assad regime, Moscow´s long-standing regional ally. But now that, on the eve of tomorrow´s opening ceremony at the Sochi Olympics, American intelligence agencies are warning that terror cells are planning to blow up airliners bound for the Olympics with explosives hidden in toothpaste, the Russian president´s warnings do not look so far-fetched after all. Moscow´s long-running battle with Islamist dissident groups in places

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