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Conservative and Single: The Odds
are Good, But the Goods are Odd
Breitbart the Conversation, by Lisa De Pasquale    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2014 12:53:12 PM     Post Reply
When I moved to DC in 1999 for my first job in the conservative movement I didn’t think much about finding a boyfriend or husband. I was 21 and just out of college. I was ready to work. But at a conference for conservative college students, I recall one speaker told the audience that the most important decision they’ll ever make is who they decide to marry. The last 15 years in the conservative movement now seem like the lightening round of a game show. Travel across the country with Ann Coulter. Ding! Direct CPAC for five successful years. Ding!

U.S. weighs lethal strike
against American citizen
Washington Post, by Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/10/2014 12:40:26 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is weighing whether to approve a lethal strike against a U.S. citizen who is accused of being part of the al-Qaeda terrorist network overseas and involved in ongoing plotting against American targets, U.S. officials said. The officials said that no decision has been reached on whether to add the alleged operative to the administration’s kill list, a step that would require Justice Department approval under new counterterrorism guidelines adopted by President Obama last year.

Time to panic? McConnell trails
Democratic challenger in polls
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 12:20:42 PM     Post Reply
The latest Kentucky poll found that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, is trailing his Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes, by 4 percentage points. Forty-six percent of those polled said they would vote for Ms. Grimes, who has campaigned primarily on bringing jobs to Kentucky and raising the minimum wage, while just 42 percent said they would vote for Mr. McConnell, the Courier-Journal reported. “When he says that raising the minimum wage is the last thing he wants to do, Mitch McConnell apparently thinks that over 60 percent of Kentuckians are wrong. Only 32 percent oppose

  


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Expert: Obama´s ´myRA´
violates multiple investment laws
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 12:13:32 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s new and low-budget proposal to help Americans build a tiny nest egg appears to violate federal laws barring retirement plan sponsors from steering investments to self-serving accounts, in this case the Treasury´s own bonds, according to a new analysis. The “myRA” plan Obama unveiled in his State of the Union address would also be outlawed in the private finance world because it offers no investment diversification and amounts to a conflict of interest, violations that call for fines up to $100,000 and up to a year in prison. “If private sector plan sponsors offered this plan to their

Immigration czar: 11.5 illegals
´are not going away,´ citizenship,
not fences, the answer
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 12:06:04 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s new Homeland Security boss dismissed the GOP’s focus on building a border fence with Mexico as the answer to the nation´s illegal immigration problem and urged Congress to OK a “path to citizenship” because 11.5 million illegals “are not going away.” In a major address to explain his agenda, Jeh Johnson on Friday also said that the government should shift from mass deportations to removing those who pose a national security threat. “We must prioritize our resources on those who represent threats to national security, public safety and border security,” he said in an address to the Wilson Center. Despite

Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally
Kills Iraqi Pupils
New York Times, by Duraid Adnan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/10/2014 12:00:27 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said. The militants belonged to a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government, mostly in Anbar Province. But they are also linked to bomb attacks elsewhere and other fighting that has thrown Iraq deeper into sectarian violence.

Why Is Rand Paul Talking About
Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?
Atlantic Magazine, by Peter Beinart    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/10/2014 11:26:13 AM     Post Reply
In recent weeks, one Republican after another has come forward to rebut the Democratic claim that the GOP is waging a “war on women.” The responses have ranged from homey (Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers responding to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address by noting that she’d given birth just eight weeks earlier) to creepy (former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee saying Democrats think women can’t control their “libidos.”) But perhaps most puzzling has been the tack taken by Rand Paul, who in interview after interview after interview has accused Democrats of “hypocrisy” for claiming to support women’s rights while giving

  


  

First lady: Gay football
player is ‘inspiration’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 11:01:02 AM     Post Reply
ASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says a gay University of Missouri football player is “an inspiration to all of us.” The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who announced Sunday that he is gay. Mrs. Obama says she “couldn’t be prouder” of Sam’s courage, both on and off the field. The tweet was signed “-mo,” which is how the White House marks messages personally sent by the first lady. Sam could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. He’s scheduled to participate in the league’s weeklong scouting camp, where potential draftees

Prostituting Science
American Thinker, by Russ Vaughn    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/10/2014 11:00:49 AM     Post Reply
Over at Forbes, Patrick Michaels, Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute and a senior fellow in research and economic development at George Mason University, has written a serious and thought-provoking piece regarding the deleterious impact of the fraud of global warming on the world scientific community. Michaels, citing an article in the Australian literary journal, Quadrant, by Garth Paltridge, whom Michaels characterizes as one of the world´s most respected atmospheric scientists, posits a harsh view of the inevitable and devastating impact of the current climate change hysteria on future scientific research. For those of

´The Biggest Loser´: A warning from
someone who´s been there
CNN, by S.E. Cupp    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/10/2014 10:50:20 AM     Post Reply
This year, on the 15th season of NBC´s weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser," Rachel Frederickson did exactly what the show producers, the celebrity trainers and the audience asked her to: She lost the most weight. She lost so much weight, in fact, that many have decided she is now unhealthily thin. Jaws dropped at her final weigh-in. Social media exploded. At 5-foot-4 and 105 pounds, her body mass index is below what the National Institutes of Health considers healthy. I won´t speculate on her health. That´s for a doctor to determine, and hopefully she´s regularly seeing one. She says she´s "never felt

91 Minutes With Philippe Reines
New York Magazine, by Reid Cherlin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 9:59:04 AM     Post Reply
If you come out in the next 3 minutes,” the e-mail reads, “just look for the SUV trapped in 1983 and rocking to ‘Gloria.’” Philippe Reines is BlackBerrying from an Uber car idling outside Union Station in Washington, D.C. Sure enough, there’s the black Suburban, shining in the afternoon sun amid many impatient taxis. Reines, Hillary Clinton’s most visible spokesman and the guardian of her public persona, is sprawled in the back passenger seat with the window a few inches down. “We’re going to drive in circles,” he says. In person, Reines is none of the things his reputation for

  


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The Risible ObamaCare Counterattacks
Commentary, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/10/2014 9:38:08 AM     Post Reply
I wrote a column earlier this week in which I said that the report by the Congressional Budget Office on the federal budget over the next decade might have delivered the “death blow” for ObamaCare. Pete Wehner responded here by saying he was not as “optimistic” as I. The truth is that I didn’t write the column in a spirit of optimism or pessimism. What was striking to me about the CBO report was how it detailed a problem with ObamaCare that had gone all but unnoticed in the debates over its passage and in the criticisms of it since:

Artworks Choked by Artichokes: Bureaucrats
Condemn Creative Entrepreneurship
Townhall, by Rebecca Furdek    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/10/2014 9:37:47 AM     Post Reply
In 2005, James Dupree bought a dilapidated warehouse and garage. Today, after almost a decade of steady investment and physical labor, the once-blighted space is now a vibrant 8,600-square-foot studio showcasing over 5,000 pieces of art. However, “I definitely want a grocery store,” says Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. And, decided the city council, a nice location for this grocery store would be on Dupree’s lot. While the building plan itself is essentially undetermined, with no potential tenant even identified yet, the city sent Dupree a letter to condemn his successful studio.

What Rand Paul needs
to stop doing
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/10/2014 9:36:02 AM     Post Reply
Here´s a little unsolicited suggestion for likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul: Ditch the Clinton-Lewinsky meme. Twice in recent days, the Kentucky senator has gone out of his way to drag into his comments Bill Clinton´s smelly sexual scandal with a White House intern. [Snip] Once again, as in 2007-08 Hillary Clinton seems to be a lock for the Democrat presidential nomination in 2016. Do we really want to drag her name into the midterm´s political discourse as the wronged woman, another victim of another philandering spouse?

Hillary Clinton’s New Money Man
Buzzfeed, by Ruby Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/10/2014 8:16:52 AM     Post Reply
During a trip to Los Angeles last year, Hillary Clinton didn’t leave town before meeting with the man who wants to make her president: Jeffrey Katzenberg. It was spring. Clinton was a few months out from her job at the State Department. Hundreds of thousands of people were clicking “Like” on a Facebook page called “Ready for Hillary.” A small group of operatives in Washington were plotting to make the Democratic Party’s largest super PAC, Priorities USA Action, the biggest, best Clinton game in town. And Katzenberg, the short and intense 63-year-old movie executive funding Priorities, was positioning himself, publicly and privately,

  


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A plot even Borat couldn’t make up —
leader plans to rename Kazakhstan
The Times (UK), by Roger Boyes    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/10/2014 8:14:54 AM     Post Reply
Dissidents in Kazakhstan have been pressing for change in the country’s leadership, having grown tired of the 24-year rule of President Nazarbayev. He has a better idea: he will stay in power but change the name of his state. If the elaborate rebranding goes ahead, Kazakhstan will drop its “stan” and be dubbed Kazakh Eli. Both names mean the same — land of the Kazakhs — but the “stan”

Local Papers Shine Light
in Society’s Dark Corners
New York Times, by David Carr    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/10/2014 8:09:45 AM     Post Reply
A lot of important journalism begins with a simple, seemingly obvious question, like why traffic is snarled in New Jersey on the way into New York. Traffic coverage may be the lowest species in the dog-bites-man pantheon of news, except when it is not. John Cichowski writes the “Road Warrior” commuter column for The Record, a daily newspaper in northern New Jersey that covers Bergen County. In September, the editor of the newspaper, Martin Gottlieb, received a tip from the publisher that navigating onto the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee was taking hours. Mr. Gottlieb told Mr. Cichowski, who called the

Senator Tom Harkin; Once
Bitten Twice Duped
Canada Free Press, by Humberto Fontova    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/10/2014 8:00:21 AM     Post Reply
If Justin Beiber had returned from Cuba smitten with its healthcare and calling it “awesome!” most Americans would understand. But Iowa Senator and Obamacare champion Tom Harkin serves as chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He just returned from an official tour of Stalinist Cuba hailing its healthcare as “quite remarkable.” “Cuba’s a poor country,” he marveled. “But they have a lower child mortality rate than us….their public health system is quite remarkable.” What Senator Harkin actually believes to be true or “quite remarkable” might be (implicitly) worthy of emulation. If so, this would affect the lives of

Look behind the Iran warships
headed to U.S. borders
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/10/2014 7:53:55 AM     Post Reply
It’s easy to downplay or even dismiss the threat by Iranian warships said to be on their way to sail close to U.S. maritime borders if one merely looks at this move as taking place in a geopolitical vacuum. The problem is that we are not residing in such a vacuum, and the majority of Americans are not understanding the significance of events that have been taking place since the planning phases of the “Arab Spring.” The American public is not getting the truth from the White House or the Western media that appears to be covering for, if not facilitating

Reagan on Religious Tolerance
American Spectator, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2014 7:41:40 AM     Post Reply
Every conservative by now should have noticed that February has become Ronald Reagan Month for Republicans. The man’s birthday was last week, February 6, the forerunner to Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), Washington’s birthday (February 22), and President’s Day (February 17). Throughout the nation, county and statewide Republican groups have been changing their longtime annual Lincoln Day dinners into Reagan Day dinners. I’m speaking on Reagan multiple times this month, including at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, where we’re releasing (pardon the plug) my new book that endeavors to answer the question “What is a Reagan conservative?” Thus, this is

  



Abbott, under fire for Rio Grande Valley
comment, calls Wendy Davis ‘clueless’ on region
Houston Chronicle [TX], by Peggy Fikac    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 7:29:42 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN – Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. Wendy Davis are ramping up their battle over the border in the governor’s race after he cited Rio Grande Valley criminal cases in comparing corruption in the region to that of a third-world country. Davis’ campaign first denounced the reference last week, when Abbott in unveiling his border security plan cited instances including a bribery case involving drug dealers in referring to “creeping corruption” that “resembles third-world country practices that erode the social fabric of our communities and destroys Texans trust and confidence in government.” The ante was upped after The Monitor in McAllen

Common Core: How The Left Will
Grow Its Power in America´s Schools
Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2014 7:22:49 AM     Post Reply
In 2012, terrorist and activist Chicago professor Bill Ayers told his followers that the left had “absolute access to the community, the school… the classroom,” and that is where it should do its “movement-building.” In October of 2009, when speculation had arisen that Ayers had been the real author of Barack Obama’s autobiography, Dreams From My Father, the activist was in Washington D.C. to present a keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Renaissance Group. Also speaking at the conference was Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Nevin Brown of Achieve, Inc., who spoke about the “Common Core State

Woody & Mia: A Greek tragedy
New York Post, by Maureen Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: HoneyBadger- 2/10/2014 6:47:11 AM     Post Reply
It was the perfect Christmas tableau at the Allen-Farrow household: There sat Mia and nine of her children around the dinner table. There were two turkeys, an abundance of side dishes, and in the middle, a carved angel. In came Woody Allen with a holiday greeting. “Pardon me while I puke,” he said, then went off to the kitchen to juice apples. Long before the scandals — Woody taking off with Mia’s adopted teen daughter Soon-Yi, Mia accusing Woody of molesting their 7-year-old daughter, Dylan — the Allen-Farrow family was regarded as the ultimate cosmopolitan clan, a multiracial brood of 11 children,

No end in sight! Snow set to hit
the South AGAIN as big freeze
goes on in the North East
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/10/2014 6:46:01 AM     Post Reply
Another round of snow and ice dubbed ´Winter Storm Pax´ is expected to coat Atlanta and other parts of the Deep South this week. Less than two weeks after some southern cities were crippled by a couple of inches of snow, forecasters have issued another winter storm watch for the Georgia area. With forecasters predicting snow, sleet and freezing rain for parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and possibly north Texas on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has begun to treat priority roads and bridges to avoid another ice storm fiasco. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was forced to apologize for the state´s

MSM Whitewashes CBO Obamacare Report
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/10/2014 6:28:53 AM     Post Reply
Samuel Butler once observed, “The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.” Anyone who wishes to confirm the accuracy of Butler’s assessment of the Fourth Estate need look no further than its Orwellian coverage of the recent report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concerning the economic effects of Obamacare. (snip) The damning CBO report and Director Elmendorf’s brutally candid testimony has created a serious dilemma for a press corps dedicated to protecting the Democrat Party from the electoral consequences of its own folly.

Obama´s Loafer Nation
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/10/2014 6:14:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has broken many promises. One that he has not broken is his boast that he would "fundamentally transform America." He and his fellow Democrats are on the verge of doing just that by turning us into a nation of loafers. A loafer is an idle person who lives off others. Barack Obama seemingly has no problem with such people. He might even relate to them. He does have a serious problem with his own work ethic, and finds work boring. (snip) But Obama and his Democratic Party allies seem to be gleeful about the rise of the loafer class.

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