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US reportedly waives sanctions
on Iran´s state broadcaster
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 2:28:13 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The Obama administration is temporarily waiving sanctions on Iran´s state broadcaster, a senior Obama administration official said late Thursday. (Snip) The official said the move comes after the U.S. determined that "harmful satellite interference" was not currently emanating from Iran. The U.S. levied sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting last year, charging that the state-run broadcaster was blocking foreign channels that the government found objectionable and citing human rights groups who say the broadcaster distorted and falsified reports. The official confirmed the waiver the same day

Secret court approves
phone surveillance changes
McClatchy Newspapers, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 2:06:16 AM     Post Reply
National intelligence chief James R. Clapper said Thursday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had approved two limits on how the government can use huge volumes of data it collects about Americans´ phone use. The new restrictions were among reforms promised last month by President Barack Obama to the controversial anti-terror surveillance program of the National Security Agency. Under the first change, Clapper said, the massive caches of phone records can be searched only after a court finds that there is "a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the selection term is associated with an approved international

U.S. pro-Israel group:
Wait before Iran sanctions vote
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 1:57:46 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The main pro-Israel U.S. lobby came out against an immediate vote on imposing sanctions on Iran, hours after 42 Republican senators demanded a vote within days. (Snip) "We agree with the chairman that stopping the Iranian nuclear program should rest on bipartisan support and that there should not be a vote at this time on the measure," AIPAC said in a statement. "We have not and are not calling for [an] immediate vote," an AIPAC official told the Washington newspaper the Hill. The New York Times said AIPAC previously pressured Senate Democrats to vote for the bill.

  


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Exclusive: Pentagon to boost
missile defense spending by
over $4 billion: sources
Reuters, by Andrea Shalal-Esa    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 1:37:22 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The U.S. Defense Department plans to ask Congress for $4.5 billion in extra missile defense funding over the next five years as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request, say congressional sources and an expert. (Snip) The Pentagon´s request for added funding comes despite continued pressure on military spending and cuts in other arms programs, a sign of Washington´s growing concern about missile development efforts by North Korea and Iran, the sources said. The White House plans to send its fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4. Missile defense is one of the biggest items in

Doctor diagnoses man
with help from TV´s ´House´
Associated Press, by Maria Cheng    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 1:28:49 AM     Post Reply
London - If you’re unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you´d better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including fever, blindness, deafness and enlarged lymph nodes, which stumped doctors for months. The 55-year-old man was diagnosed only when he was referred to Dr. Juergen Schaefer, a fan of the U.S. television medical drama, ‘‘House.’’ ‘‘After five minutes, I knew what was wrong,’’ said Schaefer, who works at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg,

In Japan, a Beloved Deaf Composer
Appears to Be None of the Above
New York Times, by Martin Fackler    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 1:10:35 AM     Post Reply
Tokyo - He was celebrated as a prolific musical genius whose compositions appeared in popular video games and the competition routine of a top figure skater in the coming Sochi Olympics. His deafness won him praise as Japan’s modern-day Beethoven. It turns out his magnum opus was his own masquerade. On Thursday, Japan learned that one of its most popular musical figures, Mamoru Samuragochi, 50, had staged an elaborate hoax in which someone else had secretly written his most famous compositions, and that he had perhaps even faked his hearing disability. Across a nation long captivated by Western classical music,

He Can Carry a Tune,
but Can He Carry the Race?
New York Times, by Jennifer Steinhauer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 12:38:44 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Clay Aiken, the 2003 runner-up on “American Idol,” officially announced on Wednesday that he is running for Congress in North Carolina. Now it is time to ponder some questions he might face on the stump: 1. Many Democrats in North Carolina have bailed out of Congressional races after being drawn into heavily Republican districts, like the one you are running in. How can you win? 2. What are your thoughts on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership and how it might affect the North Carolina manufacturing industry? 3. What do you think is harder — placing in a national singing competition

  


  

Fraternity Life, Islamic Style
New York Times, by Kyle Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 11:36:58 PM     Post Reply
Shortly before sunup, a dozen or so students at the University of California, San Diego, stumbled dutifully out of bed. They ironed their collared shirts, knotted their ties and piled into their cars. Their destination was the Islamic Center of San Diego, where they were to be initiated into the country’s first Muslim fraternity, Alpha Lambda Mu, named for three letters that start several chapters of the Quran: Alif Laam Meem. After the morning prayer, Fajr, the 13 pledges recited a passage from the Quran, then listened attentively as their adviser applied the Islamic values of loyalty, sincerity and brotherly

Police: Art thief among
2 held in violin heist
Associated Press, by Dinesh Ramde and M.L. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/6/2014 11:11:58 PM     Post Reply
Milwaukee — The mystery of what happened to a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen in a stun gun attack was answered Thursday when Milwaukee police recovered the instrument and blamed the heist at least in part on an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery and then tried to sell it back. The violin, which was built in 1715 by the renowned Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari, is valued at $5 million. It was found hidden in a suitcase in the attic of a man who police said was unaware the instrument was in his home. Three people have been

The health-care myths we live by
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/6/2014 11:05:29 PM     Post Reply
Swedish researchers report that antioxidants make cancers worse in mice. It’s already known that the antioxidant beta-carotene exacerbates lung cancers in humans. Not exactly what you’d expect given the extravagant — and incessant — claims you hear made about the miraculous effects of antioxidants. In fact, they are either useless or harmful, conclude the editors of the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine: “Beta-carotene, vitamin E and possibly high doses of vitamin A supplements are harmful.” Moreover, “other antioxidants, folic acid and B vitamins, and multivitamin and mineral supplements are ineffective for preventing mortality or morbidity due to major chronic diseases.”

Republicans argue Obamacare is
expanding House playing field
Washington Post, by Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/6/2014 11:03:49 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans believe they can expand the field of battleground seats in the November midterm elections, following the struggled rollout for President Obama’s new health-care law and his own sagging popularity. Despite signs that barely one in 10 House seats are competitive, the National Republican Congressional Committee recently commissioned polls in four Democratic seats that are not currently on any political strategist’s radar, finding Obama deeply unpopular in several districts with a normal tilt toward Democrats. “Republicans have the opportunity to expand the playing field and stay on offense in 2014,” Liesl Hickey, executive director of the NRCC, wrote in

  


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NYT: Democrats ´At the Highest
Levels of the Party´ Mobilizing
to Destroy Christie
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 10:32:57 PM     Post Reply
"And we´re here to help," the Times added. Okay, maybe they didn´t actually include that verbatim quote in the piece, but the paper´s recent actions speak for themselves. In all seriousness, this report outlines the extent to which national Democrats have plotted to exploit the Fort Lee lane closures controversy to go in for the political kill: Democratic Party operatives have churned out 11 different videos depicting Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey as a revenge-happy gridlock maker who cannot keep his story straight. They are unleashing attacks on any Republican in the country who dares to defend him publicly,

Making butane hash a
lethal mix in home drug labs
Los Angeles Times, by Joe Mozingo    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/6/2014 10:32:19 PM     Post Reply
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting." The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices. (Snip) And they bring on a soaring high even among longtime cannabis smokers who have a strong tolerance

Not a Smidgen of Corruption?
Cleta Mitchell Rattles Off A
Litany Of IRS Criminal Offenses
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 10:29:40 PM     Post Reply
As I was watching the explosive IRS targeting hearing, this morning, I was reminded of Speaker Boehner´s words from eight and a half months ago. "My question isn´t about who is going to resign. My question is who´s going to jail over this scandal?" Since then, the Obama administration has gone from an initial "outrage" phase to a "phony scandal" phase, to the current old news/"what difference does it make" phase in which they think enough time has passed that they can push IRS rules on 501 (C) (4) groups that codify into law the what the IRS did to

FBI Agents revolt against Eric Holder
PowerLine, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 10:28:00 PM     Post Reply
First it was the Justice Department’s career prosecutors; now it’s FBI agents. The federal employees responsible for fighting crime are simply unable to digest the anti-law enforcement slop being served up by their boss, Attorney General Holder. The FBI’s beef is with the selection of Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. The FBI Agents Association’s opposition is based on the way in which Adegbile defended, and led the cheers for, cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The problem isn’t that Adegbile defended Abu-Jamal. The problem, as Bill Otis explains, is that Adegbile led a street campaign to

  


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Bill De Blasio to Close New
York Schools for Ramadan´s
End, Chinese New Year
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 10:24:16 PM     Post Reply
Newly-minted Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio is calling for school closures on two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. Eid al-Fitr, which marks the last day of Ramadan, Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, and the Lunar New Year, which celebrates the first day of the Chinese Calendar Year, were all given the go-ahead; but De Blasio passed over the Hindu festival Diwali. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights—which celebrates life, its enjoyment, and goodness—has historical origins dating back to Indian “harvest” festivals. Dr. Shashi Shah of the Association of

Senators Refuse to be
Obama’s ‘Scapegoats for
a Bad Deal’ with Iran
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/6/2014 10:01:27 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s Iran deal came under pressure on three fronts in Congress today: from the Democratic author of the sanctions bill who vowed to “not yield” under the White House’s veto threats, from Senate Republicans leaning on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to bring that bill to the floor, and from one lawmaker asking President Obama if he planned to get Congress’ approval to undo existing sanctions law. In a mostly desolate Senate chamber Thursday afternoon, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) propped up incendiary quotes from Iranian leaders on a large easel as he

Iran rejects US remarks
on its nuclear facilities
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 2/6/2014 10:00:59 PM     Post Reply
Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday rejected as "worthless" a US claim that Tehran has no need for some of its nuclear facilities, media reported. "Iran´s nuclear technology is non-negotiable and comments about Iran´s nuclear facilities are worthless and there is no need to negotiate or hold talks about them," said Zarif, reacting to the remarks of the US top diplomat in the nuclear talks, ISNA news agency reported. "Those who know our peaceful objectives are also aware that we will not negotiate about our (nuclear) facilities," Zarif added.

Wind power plan ‘threatens
Macbeth hill fort’
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Frank Urquhart    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/6/2014 9:59:54 PM     Post Reply
A major campaign was launched today to prevent an ancient hill fort immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth being threatened by Perthshire’s tallest wind farm. The owners of the Bandirran Estate and green energy company Banks Renewables have submitted a joint application to develop a “community” wind project near Balbeggie and close to the historic fort on Dunsinane Hill, celebrated in the Bard’s “Scottish play”. The developers are planning to erect six turbines, each up to 132 metres high, and capable of generating more than 20 megawatts of electricity. The development has sparked an outcry among residents and anti wind farm campaigners,

Retreat: Obama Admin May Extend
Plans Canceled by Obamacare
for 3 Years
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 9:52:13 PM     Post Reply
This is either a glaring admission of defeat from the White House or… no, that’s really all it could be. After weeks of defending the cancellation of health plans insurers discontinued in 2013 in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandates, the White House announced in November of last year that it was urging insurers to reinstate those plans. The catch was, of course, that most insurers would be unable to turn on a dime and reinstate those plans. Furthermore, the administration allowed individual states leeway to determine whether or not they would even allow insurers to reinstate

  



O’Reilly: Obama Sees Benghazi,
IRS as ‘Mistakes’ and Unimportant
‘in the Long Run’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 9:51:12 PM     Post Reply
For the fourth night in a row, Bill O’Reilly spent time talking about his interview with President Obama, and this time he said that Obama doesn’t consider Benghazi and the IRS to be the serious, important scandals conservatives do because he has a very social justice-centric agenda and anything that doesn’t concern that is not considered to be that important in the grand scheme of things. O’Reilly argued that “the far right is making a huge mistake” in saying Obama is going out of his way to harm the nation, saying he learned during his big interview that Obama’s number one

O´Reilly reporter confronts Pelosi
Politico, by Ginger Gibson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2014 9:46:22 PM     Post Reply
A reporter from Bill O’Reilly’s television program attended House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s weekly press conference to confront her about why she won’t sit for an interview with the Fox News anchor. “Bill O’Reilly has a quick question for you,” the reporter, who had camera filming his inquiry, began. “He ran into you at the Kennedy Center Honors recently and he said you said you would do an interview with him, in fact he said you would do an interview in your office.” Pelosi chuckled and sought to brush off the question. “But I already did Greta,” Pelosi interrupted, referring to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren.

Feds OK $26.3M to buy out
flood-prone Woodbridge homes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/6/2014 9:25:35 PM     Post Reply
Woodbridge — The federal government has awarded New Jersey $26.3 million to enable it to buy 89 homes in flood-prone sections of Woodbridge. The state is in the process of buying homes from willing sellers affected by Superstorm Sandy to preserve the land as open space and protect against future flooding. Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency has now approved $100 million for the purchase of 361 homes in Sayreville, South River and Woodbridge. (Snip) "We continue to make excellent progress toward our goal of moving willing sellers in flood-prone areas out of harm´s way," Christie

Exposed: The Muslim Brotherhood/
Al-Qaeda Connection
PJ Media, by Raymond Ibrahim    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 9:09:45 PM     Post Reply
As former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces of the trial: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt. Based on these accusations of high treason, Morsi and others could face the death penalty. Concerning some of the more severe allegations, one of Egypt’s most widely distributed and read newspapers, Al Watan, recently published what it said were recorded conversations between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri,

Alaska primed to become third
state to legalize retail marijuana
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2014 9:02:09 PM     Post Reply
Alaska is poised to become the third state to legalize retail marijuana after pro-pot advocates this week cleared the signature hurdle to place an initiative on the August ballot. The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska hit 31,593 valid signatures Tuesday, well above the 30,169 signatures required to place the measure before voters. The initiative is expected to appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot once a final count is certified by the state. Alaska follows in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, where voters approved measures to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana for adults in November 2012.

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