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With the clock ticking,
Republicans seek a solution to
raising debt limit, but not a fight
Washington Post, by Paul Kane & Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/10/2014 12:44:55 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans return to Washington on Monday still struggling to find a path to raising the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority, but the normally raucous caucus is in unusual agreement that the best option is to put the white-knuckle confrontations of recent fiscal wars behind them. Facing a timeline that leaves no room for trial and error, some party leaders were advocating a debt-ceiling solution that would wrap several popular, must-pass items around a provision to extend the federal government’s borrowing authority beyond the November midterm elections. That approach has drawn support from some surprising quarters,

With election on horizon, each
party is tracking the opposition
Los Angeles Times, by Maeve Reston    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/10/2014 12:25:56 AM     Post Reply
In the midst of a busy 2012 election cycle, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin´s offhand remark to a local television station about what constituted "legitimate rape" might have slipped under the radar. But Akin was a prime target for an opposition research powerhouse, American Bridge 21st Century, and their Akin tracker was on the ball. Within hours, the Democratic "super PAC" had uploaded the clip to YouTube and pushed it to reporters — ensuring that it blew up on Twitter and headed to the top of national news. Akin´s candidacy was doomed. For Republicans, who had no research outfit to match American Bridge,

Friends mourn USF frat brothers killed
in wrong-way crash on I-275
Tampa Tribune, by Anastasia Dawson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/10/2014 12:19:49 AM     Post Reply
Mourners gathered on the side of Interstate 275 on Sunday evening to lay a wreath, bouquets and candles near the site of a fiery crash that killed four University of South Florida fraternity brothers and the driver who struck them head-on several hours earlier. (Snip) The crash happened just after 2 a.m. A 2001 Ford Expedition was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-275, just north of Busch Boulevard, said Steve Gaskins, spokesman for the Florida Highway patrol. An apparent video of the scene shot by a southbound driver and posted on her Facebook page shows the Expedition traveling

  


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The student loan crisis: How
middle-class kids get hammered
Los Angeles Times, by Sarah Amandolare    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/10/2014 12:17:46 AM     Post Reply
Last October, in between arguments over the debt ceiling, the federal government somehow found time to send me an email. My student loan payment was 70 days past due, the message read, so the government had negatively reported me to each major credit bureau and would continue to report me until my account was brought current. (Snip) In August, President Obama announced that over the next 18 months, the Department of Education will create value-based college rankings that should make it easier for all students to avoid excessive debt. But in the meantime, millions of former students are suffering the

Swiss immigration: 50.3% back
quotas, final results show
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 11:54:56 PM     Post Reply
Swiss voters have narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries. Final results showed 50.3% voted in favour. The vote invalidates the Swiss-EU agreement on freedom of movement. Fiercely independent Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but has adopted large sections of EU policy. (Snip) The BBC´s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the vote has shown up traditional divisions, with French-speaking areas against the quotas, German-speaking regions divided, and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino firmly in favour.

US Embassy in Guyana warns
of ´unconfirmed threat´
on US-bound flights
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 11:43:41 PM     Post Reply
Georgetown, Guyana – The U.S. Embassy in Guyana warned Sunday that it had received "unconfirmed threat information" about a regional airline´s flights from the South American country to the United States on Monday and urged Americans to avoid using the carrier. The terse message about flights of Caribbean Airlines was unusual for being so specific about a potential threat, although it gave no details on the threat. The warning was posted Sunday on the embassy´s website. It advised all U.S. citizens in Guyana to make alternate travel arrangements through Wednesday if they were planning on traveling home on flights with

NFL´s first openly gay player?
Missouri draft prospect comes out
- Thread Closed
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Pearce    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 11:35:22 PM     Post Reply
Three months before the NFL draft, star Missouri football player Michael Sam has publicly come out as gay, raising the possibility that the league may soon have its first openly gay player. In interviews published Sunday, Sam -- the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year -- said he came out to University of Missouri teammates last year and decided to go public now so he could tell his story his own way. "I am an openly, proud, gay man," Sam, 24, told ESPN, adding: "I understand how big this is. It´s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the

  


  

Fighting for your rights: Ukraine gets it
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 2/9/2014 11:17:26 PM     Post Reply
Q: What do you know about the Ukraine? A: Not much. Q: What do you know about revolution? A: Just what I read in the history books. One size does not fit all. Some, like the American Revolution, are good. Others, like the Russian Revolution, are bad. Q: What do you know about the current attempt at a Ukrainian Revolution? A: The people of the Ukraine are fighting for their rights against an increasingly dictatorial government. Q: Why do so few people know about the Ukrainian uprising? A: Perhaps because the people of the Ukraine are struggling to come out from under the yoke of Moscow, and

John Kerry to embark on Asian tour
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/9/2014 11:10:43 PM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State John Kerry will make his fourth trip to North and Southeast Asia on Thursday, stopping in China, South Korea and Indonesia for climate change and North Korea talks. The top US diplomat will also visit Abu Dhabi at the end of his February 13-18 voyage, his spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement. In Seoul, Mr Kerry will "discuss ways to expand our cooperation on regional and global issues, and continue our close coordination... on North Korea," Ms Psaki said. Mr Kerry last visited Seoul in April, and the new trip comes just after Washington learned Friday that a

Bill Keller, Former Editor of The Times,
Is Leaving for News Nonprofit
New York Times, by Ravi Somaiya    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/9/2014 10:51:39 PM     Post Reply
Bill Keller, a columnist at The New York Times and its former executive editor, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the American criminal justice system. “It’s a chance to build something from scratch, which I’ve never done before,” Mr. Keller said, “and to use all the tools that digital technology offers journalists in terms of ways to investigate and to present on a subject that really matters personally.” Over the course of a three-decade career at The Times, Mr. Keller won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting as a

Hollywood films a testament to
renewed interest in Bible stories
Washington Times, by Meredith Somers    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/9/2014 10:30:35 PM     Post Reply
In the beginning, there was “The Bible,” the most-watched cable TV show of 2013. Following its flood of faith-inspiring success are three Bible-based movies set to open in theaters this year. The first, “Son of God,” is produced by the married couple who brought “The Bible” to the History Channel and into households across the country — producer Mark Burnett and actress Roma Downey. “We really believed that people would show up in droves, but 100 million people was a big number,” Mr. Burnett said of the 10-hour miniseries’ total audience. “Before we knew those results, we’d already started on

  


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To distance themselves from
Obama, 2016 Democrats
will move to the left
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/9/2014 10:25:57 PM     Post Reply
The 2016 Democratic presidential field is likely to run to the left of President Obama, partly because candidates will try to distance themselves from his political baggage while jockeying for an increasingly liberal base of voters, analysts predict. Prospective candidates and their surrogates insist it’s too early to tell what kind of standing Mr. Obama will have with voters and whether he will be seen as damaged goods the way President Bush was for Republicans in 2008. But discontent is brewing within the Democratic Party over what some see as Mr. Obama’s concessions to Republicans. Those Democratic voters will be

Accenture, hired to help
fix HealthCare.gov, has
had a series of stumbles
Washington Post, by Jerry Markon and Alice Crites    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/9/2014 10:20:44 PM     Post Reply
Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but has a record that includes troubled projects and allegations of ethical lapses, a review of the consulting giant’s history shows. At the University of Michigan, students and faculty members are protesting the school’s use of Accenture to help cut costs, citing a report by a committee of alumni and graduate students that said the firm has “a disturbing pattern of problematic past performance.” In North Carolina, glitches in an Accenture-configured computer system contributed to massive backlogs for food-stamp recipients, leading

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.

  


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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

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

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

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