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GOP Has Plan to Get Endangered Species
Act Out of ‘Litigation Driven’ Mode
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 4:53:29 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – A House Republican working group is recommending sweeping changes in the 40-year-old Endangered Species Act, asserting that local interests are not being properly considered in the law’s implementation and that lawsuits carry excessive weight in its determinations. While preserving species “is a laudable and worthy goal,” according to the report, “federal implementation of it, and seemingly never-ending litigation are creating increasing impediments towards reaching that goal.” Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), who led the 13-member panel with Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said the law needs to be brought into the 21st century as a

AFL-CIO: Bring on the natural-gas
exports, Keystone XL
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:48:06 AM     Post Reply
Big Labor’s support for the Keystone XL pipeline has been on the books for a long time — theirs is one of the fissures in the progressive coalition that has turned the project into such a giant politicized headache for the White House — but I am a little surprised by the apparent endorsement of natural gas exports. The Obama administration has approved four liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminals in their five years of fiefdom, but otherwise, they’ve done little more than sit on their hands while lawmakers have battled over whether or not approving some of the more than

Returning Mystery Call Will Cost You $19.95
ABC News, by Alan Farnham    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:39:26 AM     Post Reply
The Better Business Bureau and the attorneys general of several states are warning consumers of a phone scam that costs victims $20 or more per call. It works like this: Your phone rings once, leaving you notice of a missed call from an unfamiliar number. When you call back, you´re charged $19.95 for an international call, plus $9 per minute for however long you stay on the line. What keeps the scam going, Adam Levin, chairman and founder of Idenity Theft 911, tells ABC News, is the average person´s "unquenchable curiosity" about a mysterious call. "These are robocalls," says Levin, sent out

  


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Russian TV Shows Doctored
Video of Olympic Rings
Associated Press, by Nataliya Vasiyeva    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:33:56 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia-- Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn´t happen. The opening ceremony at the Winter Games hit a bump when only four of the five rings materialized in a wintry opening scene. The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. But one snowflake never expanded, and the pyrotechnics never went off. But everything worked fine for viewers of the Rossiya 1, the Russian host broadcaster. As the fifth ring got stuck, Rossiya cut away

President Obama explains to
Bob Costas why he didn´t attend
the Sochi Olympics
Yahoo!Sports, by Mike Oz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 4:13:05 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama went one-on-one with NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas in an interview before the Winter Olympics opening ceremony aired for the primetime audience in the U.S. Obama — a tired-looking Obama, we should add — talked to Costas from the White House, not from Sochi (the interview was recorded Thursday). Costas addressed that in his first question to the president. Why didn´t he attend the Olympics? And why didn´t the vice president, the first lady or any other high-ranking members of the president´s cabinet? Obama´s response: Unfortunately, I haven´t had a chance to go to the Olympics since

Energy regs come with $70M price tag
The Hill (Washington DC), by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 3:58:26 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is moving forward with tougher energy efficiency standards that would cost manufacturers more than $70 million, but save consumers billions of dollars in energy bills. The Department of Energy (DOE) said the new requirements for metal halide lamp fixtures and external power supplies will cut energy waste, save families money on their utility bills and reduce pollution. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEERE) — a branch of the Energy Department that is behind the rules, which strengthen existing standards — plans to publish both in Monday´s Federal Register. The agency said the new rules

Bill Clinton will campaign for
Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:40:11 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton will hit the campaign trail in Kentucky later this month for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, in one of the marquee races of the 2014 midterm election cycle. Clinton "called and said he wanted to make this race his top priority,” Grimes said in an interview with the Courier-Journal confirming Clinton´s plans. The appearance on the stump, at an event in Louisville on Feb. 25, will be the first for Clinton during the midterm election cycle. He plans to be active supporting other Democratic candidates, including Sen. Mark

  


  

Former Russian figure skater
who lit the Olympic flame had
posted a racist photo about the Obamas
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:28:52 PM     Post Reply
The former Russian figure skater that lit the Olympic flame during the Sochi opening ceremony has deleted a racist photo of President and Mrs Obama that she had previously posted. Irina Rodnina is a triple Olympic champion figure skater and is close with Russian President Vladimir Putin so it came as little surprise that she was chosen to be one of the two athletes to have the key role in the opening ceremony. A scouring of her Twitter account by The Guardian found that she had posted a photo of Mr and Mrs Obama looking at someone who was holding

George Soros’ ex-girlfriend goes
berserk during deposition and
smacks the 83-year-old billionaire
in the head: court papers
New York Daily News, by Barbara Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:23:53 PM     Post Reply
George Soros’ former girlfriend came out swinging at her billionaire ex during a private deposition for her multi-million dollar lawsuit against the octogenarian, newly filed court papers allege. Adriana Ferreyr, a South American soap actress, clocked Soros in the head, knocked the glasses off his California lawyer Martin Singer, cursed his other prominent lawyer William Zabel and even screamed at her own high powered attorney William Beslow, according to papers filed Friday by Singer. “A--h--le! You piece of s--t!” Ferreyr, 30, allegedly screamed at Soros, 83, when he passed her in the hallway on the way to the restroom. The

What Does It Cost To Be
an Obama Ambassador?
ABC News, by Mary Bruce & Jonathan Karl    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:16:14 PM     Post Reply
Upwards of a half a million dollars. That’s what more than half of President Obama’s second-term political appointments raised for his re-election campaign, according to data gathered from the American Foreign Service Association and the Center For Responsive Politics. Rewarding donors and political allies with ambassadorships is nothing new, but Obama vowed to buck the tradition, promising shortly after he was elected to “have civil servants, wherever possible, serve in these posts.” “My expectation is that high quality civil servants are going to be rewarded,” he said in a January 2009 news conference. In fact, Obama has rewarded political supporters

Victim recounts snow day attack at
Warner Robins High; 2 arrests made
Telegraph [Macon, GA], by Wayne Crenshaw    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/7/2014 11:10:12 PM     Post Reply
Warner Robins — Two teens have been arrested in connection with an attack in front of Warner Robins High School while school was out due to snow. Shymalik Raekwon Mitchell, 17, of Warner Robins, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault, according to a news release from the Warner Robins Police Department. (Snip) According to police, a group of about 30 people were having a snowball fight at the high school Jan. 29. Members of the group allegedly were jumping on vehicles in the parking lot, and when one of the vehicle’s owners asked them to stop, they allegedly attacked

  


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Death of American Title Co. chief,
under investigation, a suicide
UPI, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/7/2014 10:49:47 PM     Post Reply
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The death of the chief of the American Title Co., under investigation by state insurance regulators, was a suicide, the Arapahoe County, Colo., coroner said. Richard Talley, 57, was found dead in the garage of his Centennial, Colo., home, earlier this week, the result of self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun, the Denver Post reported Friday. Talley, and the company he founded and led as chief executive officer, are under investigation by the Colorado Division of Insurance, a part of the state Department of Regulatory Agencies which regulates title companies, an agency spokesman confirmed Thursday. Department spokesman

Great Lakes ice cover spreading
rapidly; see which lake set a
new record
MichiganLive.com, by Mike Torregrossa    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 2/7/2014 10:44:30 PM     Post Reply
Ice continued to build this past week on the Great Lakes due to the cold air and temperatures staying below freezing, and Lake Superior´s new record shows it. The lake is 92 percent frozen, toppling a 20-year-old record of 91 percent set on Feb. 5, 1994. That statistic helped total Great Lakes ice cover soar, and we can expect to see more form in coming days. The air temperatures this past week averaged around five degrees below normal for the Great Lakes area. This amount of deviation from normal means it was a fairly cold week. As of February 5,

NBC Glorifies Russia´s Soviet
Past as ´One of Modern
History´s Pivotal Experiments´
Newsbusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/7/2014 10:31:36 PM     Post Reply
NBC whitewashed Russia´s communist legacy in the lead segment of its Friday broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage narrated the network´s lionization of the largest country by land mass: "Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it´s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence." However, Dinklage continued with a glorification of the Marxist-Leninist totalitarian state that slaughtered tens of millions of people between 1917 and 1991:

EPA set to strike key
blow against coal?
Fox News, by Doug McKelway    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 2/7/2014 10:31:20 PM     Post Reply
Stymied by the GOP´s long resistance to cap and trade legislation, the EPA this week began public hearings -- the next step toward a final rule -- to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new coal plants. The rule would limit emissions to 1100 pounds per Megawatt hour, a level the coal industry says is technologically unattainable. Green energy proponents disagree. "Opponents say this will prevent ever building another coal-fired plant in the United States today. They say that the technology is not commercially available. These claims are scare tactics," Rep. HenryWaxman, D-Calif., said in a press conference Thursday outside EPA headquarters in advance

  


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Obama, the come-together president,
goes it alone on Michigan
trip snubbed by GOP
Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/7/2014 10:25:40 PM     Post Reply
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The warm-up act for President Obama’s speech here Friday featured a four-piece jazz band playing in front of a John Deere tractor. Obama’s quest to bring together two other disparate elements — Democrats and Republicans — was not as successful. The president traveled to this middle-American college town to tout the passage of a $1 trillion farm bill this week, a rare bipartisan achievement by Congress that the president was eager to highlight. Six congressional Democrats flew aboard Air Force One — but none of the two dozen Republicans invited by Obama showed up. House Agriculture

President Obama’s magic
words and numbers
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/7/2014 10:18:56 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama, the first president shaped by the celebratory culture in which every child who plays soccer gets a trophy and the first whose campaign speeches were his qualification for the office, perhaps should not be blamed for thinking that saying things is tantamount to accomplishing things, and that good intentions are good deeds. So, his presidency is useful after all, because it illustrates the perils of government run by believers in magic words and numbers. The last progressive president promised Model Cities, with every child enjoying a Head Start en route to enjoying an Upward Bound into a Great

AOL chief ignites firestorm
over 401(k) cuts and
‘distressed babies’ remark
Washington Post, by Jia Lynn Yang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/7/2014 10:14:58 PM     Post Reply
It should have been a glorious week for AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong. His company’s quarterly earnings, announced Thursday, were the best in a decade. “Olympian,” he declared. Instead, he angered employees, insulted parents with sick babies and shined a light on a practice seeping its way into corporate America that threatens to rob workers of thousands of dollars in 401(k) savings. The strange turn of events began Tuesday, when employees began learning that AOL was switching its 401(k) match to an annual lump sum, rather than distributing the money throughout the year with every paycheck as it had done

Retirement plan for Paterson
cops, firefighters puts four-
year tab at $11 million
Paterson Press [NJ], by Joe Malinconico    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/7/2014 10:12:34 PM     Post Reply
Paterson – City officials are planning to borrow $1.65 million to pay nine firefighters and eight police officers for unused leave days when they retire. This would represent the fourth consecutive year in which Paterson has borrowed money to pay severance to retiring firefighters and police officers at a total cost of more than $11 million over that time. “The budget can’t support this, so you have to borrow it, which means your children end up paying for it eventually,” said Council Finance Chairman Kenneth Morris. “Paterson needs to do a better job managing these costs,” said Councilman William McKoy.

GWB scandal: Fort Lee mayor
now says Christie campaign
courted him for endorsement
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Mike Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/7/2014 10:04:04 PM     Post Reply
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, in his most extensive comments yet, said Governor Christie’s aides courted him for over two years with gifts from the Port Authority to his town — like shuttle buses, pothole repair and emergency radios — as well as a personal tours of the 9/11 Memorial in a effort to win his endorsement. But when Sokolich did not volunteer his support, he says he was punished by paralyzing traffic jams on Fort Lee’s streets leading to the George Washington Bridge that were ordered by Christie’s appointees at the Port Authority during portions of five days last September.

  



Woody Allen Speaks Out
New York Times, by Woody Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Harleynyc- 2/7/2014 9:59:47 PM     Post Reply
TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer. I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan

Roberts: NYT Residency Story Is Wrong
National Review Online, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Kansas senator Pat Roberts hit back today at a New York Times story questioning whether the senator has a residence in his home state. “We had an interview with Jonathan Martin where we discussed the senator’s residency, and what turned up in the story is a distortion,” Sarah Little, the Roberts campaign’s communications director, tells National Review Online. Little says the senator is in Wichita today and goes back to the state whenever he can, and that the Times piece is a hit job. The Times reporter, Jonathan Martin, leads his story with a man-in-the-street interview of retiree Jerald Miller held at a

The Left´s Valentine to Defiant
Jihad-Enabler Lynne Stewart
Cybercast News Service, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 9:26:18 PM     Post Reply
What are you doing for Valentine´s Day? Bleeding-heart progressives across the country are raising money for "an evening of music, song and sharing love for recently released People´s Lawyer Lynne Stewart." Warm fuzzies for one of the world´s most notorious terrorist helpers? I can´t think of a more stomach-turning way to mark the holiday. Thanks to the Obama administration, Stewart walked out of prison on New Year´s Eve. She is reportedly suffering stage-four breast cancer. Now she´s passing the plate among her supporters, asking them to foot the bill for her health insurance deductibles and co-pays, as well as for a

Moderate Republicans team up
with labor unions to defeat
the tea party in 2014
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 9:21:02 PM     Post Reply
A Republican super PAC committed to defeating the tea party in 2014 congressional primaries is mostly funded by labor unions. The super PAC Defending Main Street, formed by moderate Republican and former congressman Steve LaTourette, has committed itself to destroying tea party challenges to establishment GOP candidates in the 2014 midterm elections. “Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” LaTourette said. His PAC has already committed itself to defending Republican Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson from tea party opponent Bryan Smith, who is backed by the conservative Club for Growth due to Simpson’s support for

Mia Farrow´s Brother
Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse
NBC News [Washington, DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/7/2014 9:02:28 PM     Post Reply
The brother of movie star Mia Farrow will spend the next 10 years in prison for sexually abusing two boys in Maryland. John Charles Villiers-Farrow, 67, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, with 15 years suspended. Villiers-Farrow entered an Alford plea in July to two counts of child abuse in the molestation of two 10-year-old boys who were his neighbors in Anne Arundel County, Md., in 2002. He had faced 39 counts. Authorities say he abused one victim for seven years, beginning when the boy was nine, and abused another boy from the ages of 8 to 13. An Alford plea means the suspect does not admit guilt,

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