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The Hillary Papers
The Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 2/9/2014 10:07:57 PM     Post Reply
On May 12, 1992, Stan Greenberg and Celinda Lake, top pollsters for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, issued a confidential memo. The memo’s subject was “Research on Hillary Clinton.” Voters admired the strength of the Arkansas first couple, the pollsters wrote. However, “they also fear that only someone too politically ambitious, too strong, and too ruthless could survive such controversy so well.” Their conclusion: “What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary.” The full memo is one of many previously unpublished documents contained in the archive of one of Hillary Clinton’s best friends and advisers, documents that

Parallels to ObamaCare site
woes seen as vets try to get
benefits online
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 9:34:08 PM     Post Reply
The glitches and other problems with the ObamaCare website that sparked a national firestorm are similar to those military veterans using the federal government’s online benefits system have routinely faced for about the past 18 months. Eric Jenkins, a veteran and American Federation of Government Employees representative, recently told Congress that during January the Veterans Benefits Management System crashed about once a week with downtimes ranging from one hour to multiple days. “The constant … technical issues and frequent shutdowns make it difficult for me and others to serve veterans,” Jenkins told a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee.

Heritage Action gets it —
loud and clear
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 9:26:04 PM     Post Reply
When Speaker John Boehner declared in December that conservative groups like Heritage Action for America had “lost all credibility,” Washington was stunned. For years, the powerful organizations had pushed congressional Republicans further and further to the right, keeping score of every vote — even if a “no” vote meant shutting down the government. But Heritage Action is now rolling out a less confrontational approach by holding its first-ever Conservative Policy Summit on Monday to celebrate ideas from conservative stars like Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho on everything from health care

  


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Does Michael Needham run
the Republican party?
PowerLine, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 9:18:48 PM     Post Reply
David Brooks seems to think so. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Brooks said that the immigration reform debate is really “about who runs the Republican Party.” That is, “do the leaders who want to have a long-term future, a presidential, national future as a multi-racial party, do they run the party, or does Mike [Needham] run the party. And the truth is, Mike runs the party.” Brooks is partly right. The immigration debate is about whose influence is primary within the Republican Party. And he has not misidentified Contestant Number 1 — it’s the Party leaders coupled with the business

Kelly Ayotte: We Can´t Trust Obama,
But Let´s Do Amnesty Anyway
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 9:09:44 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) says she agrees that Republicans can´t trust President Obama to enforce the law, but they should immediately move forward on comprehensive immigration reform, anyway. (Video) “Here’s the deal: The status quo is totally unacceptable,” Ayotte said on CBS News’ Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. Ayotte, who rode the Tea Party wave in 2010 to her election to the Senate but has emerged as one of the upper chamber´s more liberal Republicans, conceded there is a "trust deficit" with Obama. "There’s a trust deficit that the Speaker is facing right now and it’s related

MSNBC Scrambles Behind the Scenes
to Change Its Vitriolic Culture
Breitbart Big Journalism, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 9:05:28 PM     Post Reply
The Associated Press writes that MSNBC, the network that is rife with anti-conservative and anti-GOP rhetoric, is beginning to realize – together with its corporate affiliates – that its personal attacks on Republicans may not be in its interest. The AP reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who apologized to GOP National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus after MSNBC’s twitter feed contained a message that implied the political right wing would hate a Cheerios ad featuring a biracial couple, “has quietly put the word out to hosts to avoid personal attacks.” MSNBC’s recent history has featured firing a staff member who was

Finally, a Conservative Leader
American Spectator, by Samuel Gregg    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/9/2014 7:27:57 PM     Post Reply
In the middle of 2013, a French journalist asked me who I thought was today’s outstanding center-right head of government. After a few moments’ thought, I responded: “She died in April. Requiescat in pace.” Looking around the world, the search for what might be called a full-spectrum conservative government leader was, until recently, a depressing exercise. On many issues, Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron seems positively ill-at-ease with most of his own MPs (and certainly grass-roots Tories) who are more-than-a-few clicks to the right of him. Across the Channel, most European center-right governments are pursuing policies best described as

  


  

D.C. Needs a Grassroots Fix That
Will Come When Left and Right
Find Common Ground
The Daily Beast, by Lawrence Lessig    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/9/2014 7:08:39 PM     Post Reply
Citizens on the left and right agree that the government is in dire need of reform. So why are the political parties, including the Tea Party, of so little help when it comes to working for legitimate reform? Walking across New Hampshire last month, recruiting citizens in the “Live Free” state to the cause of fundamental reform—a 185 mile walk that we just finished, with about a hundred crossing the finishing line: read more here—I met a man who told me he was a “conservative Republican,” which, as he explained is “spelled ‘T E A P A R T Y.’”

Ingraham Battles George Will,
Fox Panel: GOP ‘Elites’
Pushing Immigration Reform
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/9/2014 6:45:05 PM     Post Reply
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham battled the rest of the Fox News Sunday panel over immigration, arguing that immigration reform and current enforcement of immigration laws were weakening the American workforce, even as her fellow panelists countered that reform would bolster the economy. “I think what we’re seeing here is a split inside the Republican Party between two staunch conservatives,” host Chris Wallace said, going on to ply Ingraham with a Wall Street Journal editorial that called flinching on reform “de facto amnesty.” “As far as I can tell, the Wall Street Journal is on the side of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer,

Hollywood earthquake
is third in 10 days
Los Angeles Times, by Jason Felch    Original Article
Posted By: ruready?- 2/9/2014 6:23:43 PM     Post Reply
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake that was centered near Hollywood and shook parts of the Los Angeles basin Saturday morning was the third temblor to hit the area in the last two weeks. The latest quake occurred at 10:13 a.m. at a depth of 5.0 miles and was felt from the Westside to East L.A., said Anthony Guarino, a seismologist at Caltech.

NBC Accused of ´100%
Fraudulent´ Story with
Olympics Hacking Report
Breitbard Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/9/2014 5:34:18 PM     Post Reply
On February 4, NBC´s Richard Engel issued a shocking report from the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, claiming that all his electronics were "almost immediately hacked" once he got there. However, security experts have called this claim into question, with one cybersecurity expert saying the story is "100 percent fraudulent." In his report, "Hacked Within Minutes," Engel repeated claims that visitors to the Olympics should have "no expectation of privacy" in their electronic communications. "As tourists and families of athletes arrive in Sochi, if they haven´t been warned and if they fire up their phones at baggage claim, it´s probably too

  


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In the Cruz family, Ted is
the diplomatic one
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 4:13:26 PM     Post Reply
MADISONVILLE, Texas— Bursts of applause had already interrupted Rafael Cruz repeatedly, but the loudest cheer of the night came when the Cuban-born pastor finally made the Barack Obama-Fidel Castro comparison the crowd had been waiting for. "He acts no different than that bearded guy I left behind in Cuba," the father of firebrand U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told a packed tea party gathering. Likening the president to Castro has become something of a trademark for the elder Cruz, and it´s actually one of his milder comments. The 74-year-old from suburban Dallas has in the past called for sending Obama "back

Schumer: Let immigration law
take effect in 2017
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 4:09:54 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Sen. Chuck Schumer says he has an easy fix to the GOP´s latest doubts about overhauling the nation´s immigration laws. Pass legislation this year, but don´t let the law go into effect until after President Barack Obama´s second term ends. The New York Democrat offered his idea Sunday on NBC´s Meet the Press in response to House Speaker John Boehner. The Ohio Republican recently cast doubts on the prospects for an immigration overhaul this year, saying President Barack Obama can´t be trusted to implement the law.

Corporate backing is helping
Obamacare go mainstream
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 4:07:37 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Fans of the Jet City Rollergirls are hearing public announcements about Obamacare when they go to the roller derby track north of Seattle. Univision, the nation´s largest Spanish-language television network, is airing half-hour specials about healthy living and educating viewers about how to sign up for coverage under President Obama´s health law. And tax preparers at thousands of Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block offices are talking to their customers about how to enroll in the new insurance plans sold through the law´s online marketplaces. Although many companies are wary of associating with the health law while it remains a

Sinking America
Tampa Tribune, by John Grant    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/9/2014 3:51:16 PM     Post Reply
A year ago, the seat was not on anyone’s radar screen. The Republicans didn’t have to defend it, and the Democrats couldn’t even dream of it. Then, like a lot of things in politics, things suddenly changed. Bill Young announced his retirement and said he would not run for re-election in 2014. Suddenly, it was a marginal seat for the fall elections. Republicans were in a panic, and the Democrats were salivating. A week later Young passed away, and the seat was a high blip on the political radar screen. Not only is it in play, but it becomes a

  


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Tribune endorsement: David Jolly
for U.S. House District 13
Tampa Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/9/2014 3:47:49 PM     Post Reply
Voters should ignore the distortions and name calling in the negative TV advertising for the District 13 congressional race and instead focus on which candidate is better prepared to represent constituents. (Snip) Both candidates are smart and capable, but we give the nod to Jolly because of his experience working with Young and his more conservative views. We also worry about a complete loss of legislative balance if enough Democrats are elected in this fall’s midterm election to have a majority in the House, leaving a single party to control the Senate, the House and the White House. District 13

Beware the green decoys
wearing sportsmen’s camo
Tampa Tribune, by Will Coggin    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/9/2014 3:40:13 PM     Post Reply
In nature, camouflage is often a defensive strategy. It allows prey to escape detection. But in politics, camouflage can be used by the predators just as well. And it appears many traditionally left-leaning foundations have now found their own camouflage among a traditionally right-leaning community: sportsmen’s groups. Many of these organizations started out furthering an agenda that ensured hunters and anglers could continue their favorite pastime for generations to come. But more recently, many of these groups have been co-opted by wealthy grant-making bodies notorious for their support of anti-gun, radical environmentalist agendas, all the while purporting to represent the

Bill De Blasio Hits Back at Joe
Biden´s LaGuardia ´Third World´ Insult
Breitbart Big Government, by Francis Martel    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/9/2014 3:02:41 PM     Post Reply
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is not happy with Vice President Joe Biden´s allegation that his city´s LaGuardia airport can be easily confused with "some third-world country." Noting that the aging airport needs "an upgrade," he chided the Vice President for comments he considered "inappropriate." De Blasio responded to comments the Vice President made at an Amtrak event in Philadelphia while discussing the need to improve America´s infrastructure, in which he suggested that someone blindfolded and brought into LaGuardia Airport would think they were in "some third-world country," while the same person would think Hong Kong´s modern airports

Stronger Pacific winds explain
global warming hiatus: study
Reuters, by Nina Chestney    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/9/2014 3:00:47 PM     Post Reply
LONDON - Stronger winds which have cooled the surface of the Pacific Ocean could explain what is likely to be a temporary slowdown in the pace of global warming this century, researchers said. Last year, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the pace of temperature rise at the Earth´s surface had slowed over the past 15 years, even though greenhouse gas emissions, widely blamed for causing climate change, have risen steadily. (Snip) "This hiatus could persist for much of the present decade if the trade winds trends continue, however, rapid warming is expected to resume once

Sir James Dyson reveals his firm
are entering the race to build an
affordable robot that can do
chores around the home
Daily Mail (UK), by Mia De Graaf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 2:26:27 PM     Post Reply
British inventor Sir James Dyson has revealed he is working on an affordable robot to carry out chores around the house. The entrepreneur said this week he will announce a £5 million investment in a new robotics laboratory at Imperial College London to develop the technology. Sir James said soon a ´new generation of robot that understands the world around them will be able to clean the house, put out the bins and even keep an eye out for intruders´. Sir James claims his firm currently competing with Japanese rivals to become the first to create an advanced generation of

  



Dems Trying to Blame IRS IG
for Targeting Scandal
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 2:15:05 PM     Post Reply
This is really quite the novel approach to the IRS targeting scandal by congressional Democrats. Seeking to change the narrative in order to get on top of scandal, Democrats have hit upon the idea to blame the IRS Inspector General, Russell George, for the scandal getting out of hand. How do they figure that? It appears that many Democrats were unhappy with Mr. George’s initial report on the scandal, believing it to be “misleading.” Mmmkay, whatever. But now they’ve got a mind to file an ethics complaint against George because they think he is conspiring with Darrell Issa’s oversight committee

A fresh start for Hillary Clinton
and liberals?
Associated Press, by Ken Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 2:02:41 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— As Hillary Rodham Clinton mulls a second presidential bid, liberals are closely watching whether the onetime supporter of the Iraq war moves to the left or straddles the center. Democrats say economic issues such as raising the minimum wage and protecting Social Security have become paramount for anyone aiming to lead the party after years of tough economic times. During the 2008 primary campaign against Barack Obama, Clinton was hurt by her stand on the Iraq war while she was a senator. But she burnished her image among party loyalists during four years at the State Department in the

Senate to vote Monday on
repeal of COLA caps for retirees
Military Times, by Patricia Kime    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/9/2014 1:36:17 PM     Post Reply
Legislation that would repeal caps on annual cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees under age 62 will be considered next week by the Senate. Majority leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has fast-tracked a bill drafted by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., setting a procedural vote for Monday that paves the way for a vote by mid-week. The legislation, S 1963, would repeal the portion of the Bipartisan Budget Act that will reduce annual COLA increases by 1 percentage point for “working age” retirees, starting in late 2015.

Teachers oppose tying student
test scores to teacher licensing,
push for legislative change
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 1:32:13 PM     Post Reply
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators. But since winning the $500 million Race to the Top competition in 2010, teachers say the state has gone too far in using student test scores to assess their performance. Teachers say that isn´t what they signed up for when the state was competing for the prestigious and lucrative Race to the Top grant. They are now calling for legislation to place a moratorium on the use

Why are Democrats Rarely
Published for Saying Stupid Things?
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 1:28:21 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) did his part Sunday morning to demonstrate why Obamacare will continue to be the most important issue for Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections. In response to the Congressional Budget Office´s latest projection last week that 2.5 million Americans will leave the labor force in response to Obamacare, Ellison said: "This is a good thing....We might want to look at our work-life balance." On the scale of stupid statements said by politicians, Ellison´s ranks somewhere around Todd Akin´s infamous "legitimate rape." The thought that a representative of a congressional district that recently had a 9.5 percent

Bay Bridge´s new problem: leaks
San Francisco Chronicle, by Jaxon Van Derbeken    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/9/2014 1:28:14 PM     Post Reply
The just-opened eastern span of the Bay Bridge, already beset by questions about flawed welds and cracked steel rods, has a new problem: It leaks. Rainwater is dripping into the steel structure beneath the road deck on the suspension stretch of the span, which is supposed to be watertight, Caltrans said. Outside experts say that could pose a risk of corrosion on a bridge that cost $6.4 billion and is supposed to last well into the 22nd century. "That´s a problem, a big problem," said Lisa Thomas, a metallurgical engineer who studies material failure at a laboratory in Berkeley

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