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Former Bloomberg Ally Says ‘Mayors’
Group’s Goal Is Gun Confiscation
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 8:49:20 PM     Post Reply
A former member of Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group claimed this week that the group’s objectives are far more radical than it has let on. John Tkazyik, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., said he quit the former New York City mayor’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after he realized its objective was outright confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens. “Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intend[s] to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” Tkazyik wrote in a Wednesday column in the Poughkeepsie Journal. I’m the mayor of one of the largest cities

GAO: DHS Mismanaging Upgrades to
‘Vital’ Border Enforcement System
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 8:41:44 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is mismanaging an upgrade to its vital border security computer database that tracks who is eligible to enter the United States, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO’s Director of Information Technology Management Issues David A. Powner testified before a House homeland security subcommittee on Thursday, regarding millions in waste and failures by DHS to meet deadlines for upgrading its primary border enforcement system. TECS is the DHS system responsible for “sharing information about people who are inadmissible or may pose a threat to the security of the United States.” The program has been used

Conservative activist claims Rep.
Cummings tried to ´intimidate´
her, files complaint
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 8:29:02 PM     Post Reply
A conservative activist targeted by the IRS and other agencies claimed Thursday that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings also tried to intimidate her, filing a formal complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics alleging an "abuse of power." Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote and the King Street Patriots, aired the allegations during a hearing hosted by the committee on which Cummings sits. An attorney working with her also questioned whether Cummings might have encouraged the IRS and other agencies to target her groups. Cummings, though, adamantly denied wrongdoing and said he can "assure" Engelbrecht that he did not direct

  


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House Republican pushing mileage tax to bolster
Transportation funds; Update: Or did he?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 8:27:09 PM     Post Reply
Over the last few years, we’ve seen Democrats raise the idea of adding a new revenue source to supplement the gas tax, as revenues have declined from this stream due to increased fuel efficiency thanks to mandates to that effect imposed by Congress. One bad idea that never seems to die is a mileage tax, which would force Americans to track their travel — or have government do it for them. That idea got shelved along with the Democratic House majority in 2011, but now it’s crept across the aisle (via Instapundit): House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said

Obama explains Sochi absence in
interview with NBC’s Bob Costas
Politico, by Jennifer Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 8:16:20 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama dismissed that he has an “icy” relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying instead there is a “surprising amount of humor,” in an interview airing Thursday. “I wouldn’t call it icy. The truth of the matter is that when we are in meetings there are a lot of exchanges, there’s a surprising amount of humor, and a lot of give and take,” Obama said in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas according to an NBC News transcript.He added that he has always been treated by Putin “with the utmost respect.” Obama also commented on Putin’s demeanor ,

Andrea Mitchell: Immigration
Reform Would Be ´Jewel in the
Crown´ of Obama Presidency
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 8:15:43 PM     Post Reply
On her 1 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Thursday, host Andrea Mitchell saw immigration reform as a way to save Barack Obama´s floundering presidency: "This would be, you know, the jewel in the crown for this administration, they´ve had so few legacy things that have not been complicated. Health care is obviously complicated by the downsides. Immigration would be the real key to this second term." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus agreed: "It would be the jewel in the crown of an otherwise rocky second term..." Mitchell

How Obama Could Get Amnesty
Passed In The House
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 8:01:18 PM     Post Reply
The headlines out of Capitol Hill today are all screaming about how immigration reform is, yet again, dead. "Boehner Doubts Immigration Overhaul Will Pass This Year," blares The New York Times. "Boehner hits brakes on immigration overhaul," Fox News reports. Don´t believe any of it for a second. If anything, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened the door wider for immigration reform this year. But only if President Obama is willing to pass the rest of the House Republican leadership jobs agenda. Here is what Boehner actually said: Listen, there’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going

  


  

Crew of 5,000 mobilized to
tackle power outages
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Andrew Maykuth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 7:53:25 PM     Post Reply
With public dissatisfaction mounting, Peco Energy Co. on Thursday mobilized an unprecedented emergency response to restore service to hundreds of thousands of customers who lost power in Wednesday´s ice storm. Peco said 1,600 workers from utilities as far as Arkansas and Canada were expected to arrive Friday to join the 3,500 employees and contractors already on the ground. The force of more than 5,000 workers would be a third larger than Peco´s response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which caused more outages. With temperatures forecast to sink into the low 20s through the weekend, customer tolerance for a prolonged outage was

U.S. bans carry-on liquids,
gels on flights to Russia
Reuters, by Mark Hosenball & Eric Beech    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 7:46:34 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is temporarily banning carry-on liquids, aerosols, gels and powders on flights between Russia and the United States, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Thursday. The items can be packed in checked luggage, said the official with the department, the TSA´s parent agency. ABC originally reported the ban. The United States issued a warning on Wednesday to airports and to some airlines flying to Russia for the Olympics to watch for toothpaste tubes that could hold ingredients to make a bomb on board a plane. Russian forces are on high alert to head

Deal Hasn´t Bought U.S. Time,
But Given Time To Iran
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 7:45:53 PM     Post Reply
Mideast: The State Department claims the deal with Tehran has bought "time on the clock" before the terror state goes nuclear. The head of Iran´s Atomic Energy Organization says Tehran bought itself that time. Promising the moon again Tuesday in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, an ex-social worker and PAC operator whose past "triumphs" include coordinating the Clinton administration´s 1994 Agreed Framework with North Korea, which spectacularly failed to deliver in its promise to rein in Pyongyang´s nuclear program. The interim agreement with Iran on its nuclear program negotiated in

Poll: 58% of GOP oppose
citizenship for illegals
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 7:45:42 PM     Post Reply
Republican leaders eyeing immigration reform have been shaken by new polling that shows a majority of their supporters oppose immigration reform, the Dream Act and citizenship. “The leadership should run from this one,” said a key House leadership advisor. According to a new YouGov poll, Republican voters are strongly opposed to the so-called “pathway to citizenship,” which some interpret as amnesty even if immigrants have to pay a fine. According to YouGov, 58 percent of Republicans oppose “providing a legal way for illegal immigrants already in the United States to become U.S. citizens.” It breaks down this way among Republicans: 33 percent don’t

  


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President Obama talks about God´s ´guiding
hand´ leading him to Michelle while joined
by one-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton at
the National Prayer Breakfast
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 7:42:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has kept up with the tradition of hosting a National Prayer Breakfast by inviting guests from 130 nations and a collection of Congressmen and Senators. One of the most distinctive guests was not in politics at all, however, as professional surfer Bethany Hamilton addressed the crowd at the Washington Hilton Thursday morning. The 23-year-old, who survived a shark attack in 2003 where she lost her left arm, read two passages from the New Testament and talked about the inspiration she received to thrive in spite of her injury. The non-denominational gathering focused on the issue religious freedom and the President discussed

Obama bundler nominated as
ambassador to Argentina has
never been to the country
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 7:40:50 PM     Post Reply
Presidents often award diplomatic posts to campaign donors and fundraisers, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspects that Obama´s choice of ambassador to Argentina -- a man who bundled more than $500,000 for President Obama´s 2012 re-election campaign, but who has never been to the country -- is in over his head. "Have you been to Argentina?" Rubio asked Noah Mamet during a Senate.gov/hearings/nomination-02-06-2014">Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday. "I haven´t had the opportunity yet to be there," Mamet replied. "I´ve traveled pretty extensively around the world, but I haven´t yet had chance [to visit Argentina]." Rubio implied that Argentina is

ObamaCare Disaster May Deliver
Mortal Blow To Liberalism
Investor´s Business Daily, by Scott Powell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 7:33:24 PM     Post Reply
Although unexpected, the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act may deliver a mortal blow to liberalism. At the very least, it presents a momentous opportunity for a majority of the American people to recognize that dependence on unaccountable government bureaucracies is a loser´s wager. Since failure is often the best teacher, the ObamaCare fiasco may well catalyze a broad renaissance of appreciation for the power and virtue of self-reliance and choice that only the free market provides. The fact that ObamaCare is prompting early retirement among doctors and reduced medical school applications, while also creating 16,500 new IRS enforcement agents, reveals just how

A Smoking Gun Memo And One
Sorry Apology From The IRS
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 7:30:13 PM     Post Reply
Scandal: As a new IRS boss vows that targeting the right will never happen again, a new memo shows the agency knew its acts were illegal but proceeded anyway. Seems there´s more than a "smidgen" of corruption here. Smoking Gun Memo On The Tea Party And One Sorry Apology From The IRS Just the apology offered by John Koskinen, the new commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, to reporters after a House Ways and Means hearing belied President Obama´s claim over the weekend that the agency was simon-pure. Singling out organizations such as the Tea Party was "intolerable," he intoned, and "to the

  


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New Congressional Caucus
Wants To Make Law Illegally
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 7:25:22 PM     Post Reply
Separation Of Powers: A new caucus believes its chief purpose is to provide the president with executive orders to sign. That´s not lawmakers´ job, but in today´s Washington, constitutional limits seem to mean little. Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus says "we´ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength. "I think that should be our number one agenda," she said. "Let´s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment." Congress´ duty is to draft laws

9/11 Truther Rosie O´Donnell Gets
Standing Ovation in ´View´ Return
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Christian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 7:16:33 PM     Post Reply
Rosie O´Donnell, the comedienne who said she doesn´t believe the "official story" regarding the 9/11 attacks on America on The View, received a standing ovation when she returned to the show this week. The taped episode, set to air at 11 a.m. EST tomorrow, marks the first time the far-left comic graced The View´s tage since leaving in 2007. ABC shared the news of the reunion today, teasing the discussions viewers will here on Friday´s telecast. Never shy on opinions, the Emmy® Award-winner joins the co-hosts for Hot Topics, shares how her life dramatically changed since leaving "The View" and

Committee clears controversial
DOJ nominee on party lines
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 6:55:50 PM     Post Reply
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved President Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, who had drawn scorn from some Republicans and police unions. Debo Adegbile had received criticism for his involvement in the legal defense of Mumia Abu Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982. Adegbile was approved on a 10-8 party-line vote. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said the nominee did not deserve the “disparagement” aimed at him by some media outlets. Adegbile currently serves on the committee´s majority staff. Much of the criticism of Adegbile stemmed from the incorrect assumption that he

James Carville joining
Fox News as contributor
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 6:33:56 PM     Post Reply
Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville has been hired as a Fox News contributor. ADVERTISEMENT The former Bill Clinton adviser will join the network to provide political commentary. Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming, announced the move on Thursday. "James´ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News," Shine said. "We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network." Carville helped lead Bill Clinton´s successful 1992 presidential campaign; he continued to serve as a senior political adviser in the Clinton White House. Carville went on to work as

CNN Poll: Pathway to citizenship
trumps border security
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 6:02:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Americans overwhelmingly favor a bill that would give most undocumented immigrants a pathway towards citizenship, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that a majority of the public says that the government´s main focus should be legalizing the status of the undocumented rather than border security. The poll was released Thursday, the same day that House Speaker John Boehner signaled any action on immigration is unlikely this year because House Republicans don't trust President Barack Obama on the issue. According to the poll, 54% say the top priority for the

  



Romney Shoots Down Rumors
He Might Run Again
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/6/2014 5:44:37 PM     Post Reply
Despite speculation that he may run for president again, Mitt Romney says it’s time for someone else to seek the Republican nomination. Even after CNN’s Wolf Blitzer showed him some promising polls with him leading the GOP field, the former Massachusetts governor said he is going to pass on 2016. “I’m absolutely convinced that there are other people who would have a better chance of becoming the nominee, and becoming the next president of the United States better than I would have,” Romney said on CNN on Wednesday. “I’ve had my turn — I gave it two good shots, didn’t win,

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

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