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Meretricious Meets Meddlesome
City Journal [NY City, NY], by Heather MacDonald    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 2:40:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has become “acutely” conscious of the “limits of his power,” reports the New York Times, obviously sharing the president’s sense of pathos. Modern-day expectations for government have become so unmoored from common sense that a federal bureaucracy of nearly 3 million employees, erupting daily in mandates and directives, can be portrayed with a straight face as inadequate to the presidency. Leave aside Obamacare and the unilateral Dream Act. In the last few weeks alone, the White House has alerted the nation’s schools that disciplining black students at higher rates than whites will put them at risk of a

Of politics, families, and skin color
Boston Globe, by Jeff Jacoby    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 2:38:20 PM     Post Reply
A FEW days before the Super Bowl, MSNBC embarrassed itself with an obnoxious tweet implying that “rightwing” conservatives are such bigots that they were bound to “hate” a Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial couple and their adorable daughter, Gracie. The backlash was blistering and instantaneous, and the cable channel apologized and deleted the tweet. When it comes to playing the race card against anyone to its right, MSNBC is a recidivist. The smear over the Cheerios ad came just a few weeks after an on-air panel smirkingly joked about Mitt and Ann Romney’s newly-adopted black grandson and how incongruous he appeared

Chamber prods GOP on debt ceiling
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 2:37:37 PM     Post Reply
The nation’s main business lobby on Monday called on the House to raise the debt ceiling, increasing pressure on Republicans to move a bill forward. The letter to lawmakers calls on the House to pass a “timely increase” to the debt limit, which had been suspended until Friday. The government´s debt is above $17 trillion. The Treasury Department has set a Feb. 27 deadline for raising the limit, arguing it might not be able to pay all U.S. obligations at that time. The chamber’s chief lobbyist, Bruce Josten, wrote that raising the debt limit would eliminate the threat of default and allow credit

  


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Reid again eyes Senate rulebook
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 2:35:00 PM     Post Reply
Liberal groups are agitating for another round of filibuster reform, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) controversial triggering of the nuclear option last year has done little to alleviate Senate gridlock. A coalition of labor and liberal groups have pressed Reid to make additional changes to the Senate rules this year, something that senior Democratic aides say is very possible. “We strongly urge Majority Leader Reid and Chairman [Patrick] Leahy [D-Vt.] to consider reforms to floor and committee rules that will hasten the confirmation of President Obama’s talented and qualified set of nominees,” they said in a statement. The coalition, known as

Dem Strategist: You Don´t Try to
Impeach Someone Because ´They´re
Black in the White House´
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 2:12:16 PM     Post Reply
Democratic strategist Angela Rye in an appearance on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” on Friday accused Republicans of trying to impeach President Barack Obama, because he’s “black in the White House.” “You don´t just fight to get the person out of office because you don´t like how they comb their hair, the color of their skin or the fact that they´re black in the White House. That´s not what you do,” said Rye, executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus. Rye’s comments were made during a segment of the show on former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), who is running for Congress

Lawmakers Ramp Up Pressure on Other
Drugstores to Yank Tobacco Products
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2014 2:05:39 PM     Post Reply
Other drugstores chains are going to start feeling the congressional pressure this week to go the route of CVS and pull tobacco products from their shelves. Drugstore chain CVS received praise from President Obama on Wednesday after announcing that it would stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores across the country. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO, CVS Caremark. “Put simply, the sale

Winter Olympics in Sochi are offering
summer temperatures, challenging conditions
Washington Post, by Dave Sheinin    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/10/2014 1:55:14 PM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia — There are plenty of Olympic Games — precisely half of them, to be exact — during which it would be no big deal to walk a few blocks from the teeming sporting venues and find dozens of locals sunning themselves on the beach, or a man taking a lazy dip in the sea. Those however, are typically of the Summer Olympics. On Monday, that sun-splashed scene occurred on the shores of the Black Sea, a hard slap shot from the gleaming arenas of the 2014 Winter Games, where organizers were finding it challenging to keep the ice from

  


  

The Unheralded Return
of Michelle, The Activist
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/10/2014 1:54:26 PM     Post Reply
The unmasking of Michelle Obama the ‘returned activist’ went down in history at a Virginia high school on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Five years into the Obama regime, Michelle came out of the White House as the activist she’s always been to instruct high school students that they are entitled to “free” government handouts. “Don’t leave money on the table,” she said. In a personal trajectory that went from telling kids what to eat to teaching them how to game the system, it’s no longer encouraging students to be the best they can be but how to get the most they can

French Paparazzo Claims WaPo
Will Break Obama/Beyoncé Affair;
Is Probably Just Projecting
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2014 1:19:23 PM     Post Reply
Ever since the President of France was caught cheating on his partner of seven years — with a gorgeous French movie star, no less — the world’s been obsessed with imagining world leaders having affairs with hot women from the entertainment industry. (See: the recent Bill Clinton/Liz Hurley rumors.) But now, a famous French photographer just upped the presidential fan fiction ante with his claims that Barack Obama is having an affair with noted hot entertainer Beyoncé — and that the Washington Post is going to break this story. Oh! And he’s supposedly getting divorced from Michelle Obama, too! (He’s

As first defendant in Brian Terry
murder is sentenced, Fast
and Furious questions linger
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 1:10:55 PM     Post Reply
PHOENIX – A Mexican man will be sentenced in federal court Monday in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death revealed a botched law enforcement sting in which agents lost track of hundreds of guns sold to criminals. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes is the only defendant to face justice in the U.S. in the death of Agent Brian Terry, whose family is traveling to Arizona to attend the sentencing hearing. Prosecutors are seeking 30 years in prison for Osorio-Arellanes, who was wounded in the shootout on Dec. 14, 2010. The gunbattle brought attention to the Fast and Furious operation in which

Magna Carta copy arrives
in Houston for exhibit
Associated Press, by Ramit Plushnick-Masti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2014 1:08:50 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON— It was care fit for a king: The yellowing parchment was fitted inside a custom-designed aluminum and steel case with monitors, then wrapped in specially made packaging. Once it was on the plane, a canon chancellor nervously tracked the flight as it crossed the Atlantic Ocean. That document, a rarely seen copy of the Magna Carta, had never before left England´s shores and only once been outside its home in the Hereford Chapel near the Welsh border. Now, the famous charter, written nearly 800 years ago and considered one of the most important documents in the history of democracy,

  


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Durbin’s claim that 10 million now have
health insurance because of Obamacare
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 1:03:07 PM     Post Reply
“Bob, let’s look at the bottom line. The bottom line is this: 10 million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act. Ten million.”Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Feb. 9, 2014 Sometimes, talking points persist even in the face of new evidence negating the previous claims. The Fact Checker has written often about the problems with claims based on the number of new insurance enrollees under the Affordable Care Act. Yet here is the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate trotting out the same tired talking point. So

50 best places to work in 2014
Houston Chronicle, by Torrie Hardcastle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2014 1:00:18 PM     Post Reply
Check out the slideshow above to see the winners of Glassdoor´s sixth annual Employees´ Choice Awards. Glassdoor, an online jobs and career community, ranked the 50 best places to work based solely on anonymous employee reviews. All companies vying for a spot on the list had to have at least 1,000 employees and a minimum of 50 approved company reviews shared in the past year. Six Texas companies made the list and one Texas company, National Instruments, appears for the sixth year in a row. You can also check out the official Glassdoor announcement for more details about each company

Why Do Republicans Want
Us to Work All the Time?
Politico Magazine, by Benjamin Kline Hunnicut    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 12:57:22 PM     Post Reply
This week, America’s political class has been consumed by an intense, vitriolic debate over a single number: 2.5 million. That’s the amount by which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, President Obama’s signature health care law will effectively reduce the U.S. work force over the next decade. The initial Republican reaction was predictable: Pundits filled the airwaves, Cassandra-like, to paint Obamacare as the ultimate job killer. Never mind that, reading the fine print, it’s clear the CBO was talking about workers voluntarily reducing their hours in response to the law—not getting laid off or seeing their shifts scaled back. And

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!

  


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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

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

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:

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