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Former Obama labor secretary
did not report union-funded
private jet trips to the FEC
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 11:42:25 AM     Post Reply
Former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis took thousands of dollars of free trips on a union’s jet to “avoid freeway traffic” and did not report the trips as required by federal law, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against union leaders. Solis traveled on a private jet owned by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12 in a series of pricey trips that she did not report to the Federal Election Commission, according to a report on the lawsuit by Hews Media Group. The trips occurred in 2009, and some were intended to fly

University of Alabama Removes
´Offensive´ Pro-Life Display
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 11:37:38 AM     Post Reply
An administrator at the University of Alabama removed the pro-life display of Bama Students for Life last week without notification, claiming that some students found the display “offensive.” The display, which featured abortion-related facts, photos of women who died as a result of abortion, and two small pictures of aborted babies, was among numerous other displays by other student organizations. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Bama Students for Life, which registered a formal complaint about the incident with the university on Tuesday. In the letter, the group states that they complied with proper procedures and obtained permission to use the display case. In

Report: ObamaCare Enrollment
´Slowing to a Crawl´ in 2014?
Townhall.com, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: oh-heck- 2/12/2014 11:36:27 AM     Post Reply
The White House and its Congressional allies have been pumping greatly exaggerated Obamacare enrollment statistics in the media, which we helped debunk earlier in the week. How are they going to dress up an apparent sharp downward trend in sign-ups (or "plan selections") in late January and early February, with the March 31 enrollment deadline fast approaching? Investors Business Daily´s Jed Graham examines some of the available state-level data and sees an enrollment trajectory plateau: With less than seven weeks of open enrollment to go, ObamaCare enrollment — and payments — have slowed to a near-crawl in some states. Minnesota´s



Conservatives rally against debt ceiling
‘surrender,’ call for Boehner’s head
Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 11:27:22 AM     Post Reply
The House voted Tuesday to raise the debt ceiling with no conditions attached, and conservative groups are calling for Speaker John Boehner’s head. The vote was 221-201, with just 28 Republicans joining 193 Democrats to vote for it. Speaker Boehner cast a rare vote in favor of the bill. But the attacks began before the vote even took place, as soon as it was known that Boehner would bring a no-strings-attached debt ceiling hike to the floor. “A clean debt ceiling is a complete capitulation on the Speaker’s part and demonstrates that he has lost the ability to lead the House of

GOP Report Concludes Military Could
Not Have Changed Outcome in Benghazi
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 11:22:27 AM     Post Reply
The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, continues to be a line of political attack against the Obama administration, but a new report from the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee belies at least one aspect of the popular conservative criticism, that U.S. forces were ordered to “stand down” when they could have saved lives in Benghazi. The Republican-authored report’s findings are, by no means, a love letter to President Obama or then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. For example, the report concludes that U.S. personnel in Benghazi were woefully

Massive sinkhole swallows 8 cars
at National Corvette Museum
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/12/2014 11:20:28 AM     Post Reply
Bowling Green, KY. — A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight cars there but not shutting down the facility. Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster said the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department. Frassinelli said no one was in the museum at the time. Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors.

Front-runner to lead North Carolina
Democratic Party a Nation of Islam member,
formed an all-black political party
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 10:56:13 AM     Post Reply
North Carolina Democratic Party chairman Randy Voller is considering naming former Nation of Islam leader Benjamin Chavis as the state party’s new executive director. Voller was expected to announce Chavis’ hiring at a Wednesday press conference, but canceled the event Tuesday night during a conference call with party leaders, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. An interim executive director is being tapped for 30 days while Voller and his cohorts “explore a permanent replacement.” Voller made clear on Tuesday night’s call that Chavis is his preferred choice for the job. Chavis burnished his civil rights credentials as a member of the



Obama Turnout Machine Crashes in San Diego
—Loses Mayor´s Race by Nine Points
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 2/12/2014 10:50:25 AM     Post Reply
Kevin Faulkoner recaptured the mayor’s office in San Diego for Republicans in a special election yesterday. The polls were skin-tight leading into yesterday’s election, and unions poured in millions to keep control in the nation’s eighth-largest city. But in the end the vaunted Obama election model — flood the zone with negative attack ads and excite the base of the Democratic party — flopped. Faulkoner defeated fellow City Council member David Alvarez by nine points in a city that Barack Obama carried by 63 percent to 37 percent only 15 months ago.

EPA ‘clean coal’ rule would increase
power prices by 70 or 80 percent
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 10:45:21 AM     Post Reply
An Obama administration official has said that the new clean coal rules could increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent. Dr. Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Department of Energy, told House lawmakers that the first generation of carbon capture and storage technology would increase wholesale electricity prices by “70 or 80 percent.” The Obama administration’s plan to fight global warming includes limiting carbon dioxide from new power plants. In order for new coal-fired power plants to be built, however, they would need to install costly carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. “The precise number

The Man in the Arena
Texas Monthly, by Erica Grieder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 10:33:09 AM     Post Reply
On a crisp autumn morning, Ted Cruz emerged from the headquarters of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., and dashed toward a black BMW that was waiting to whisk him to the Capitol. Cruz was moving quickly, dressed in a slightly baggy charcoal suit with black ostrich cowboy boots, but he made it only a few steps beyond the building’s classical facade before he paused, coughed, and seemed to lose his focus. He had just finished giving a speech, and he had been in fine form, ignoring the lectern to speak directly to the crowd

Obama’s state dinner for France: Let
them eat beef, caviar, fudge and cotton candy
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/12/2014 10:27:51 AM     Post Reply
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness." In "A Tale of Two Cities," Charles Dickens quilled those lines about 18th century France and Britain. But as often happens with great writing, the expressed sensibilities about one time in history also apply to others like, say, 21st century Washington. [Snip] Truth is, there might not be a United States as we recognize it without our even older friendship with France.



Former District Attorney to
immediately begin 13-year
prison sentence
KGBT-TV, by Sergio Chapa    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 2/12/2014 10:09:41 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge has sentenced ex-Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos to 13 years in federal prison. Villalobos choked on sobs as he stood before the court asking for leniency before U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen. The former district attorney refused to address the charges because he stated he will seek an appeal. But Villalobos said a prison sentence would deeply hurt his family. The former district attorney said his wife has already filing for divorce and that his 12-year-old daughter is an honor student and plays the piano but is battling depression.

The Playing Fields of Suburbia
American Magazine, by Joseph Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/12/2014 10:09:04 AM     Post Reply
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal was headlined “Youth Participation Weakens in Basketball, Football, Baseball, and Soccer.” In solid journalistic fashion, the article went on to document the decrease in sales in sports equipment, the many new interests competing for the time and attention of the young, and the opinions of various experts in health and physical education. A girl from an athletic family gives her reason for abandoning the track team in her high school in Ohio — too time-consuming — and high-school athletic directors blame video games for the decreasing participation in sports.

Everything You Wanted To Know
About Bob Costas’s Olympic Pinkeye
Daily Beast, by Kent Sepkowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/12/2014 10:05:28 AM     Post Reply
Bob Costas has a case of mild pinkeye at the Sochi Olympics. Here’s what we know. The 2014 Sochi Olympics, known thus far for Olga Graf’s slight cleavage and Putin’s ?massive slights, finally has an Olympic Moment to cherish. It’s one for the ages; a sure-fire where-were-you-when event. Bob Costas has pink eye. Yes, NBC’s veteran sports reporter, who seems to sip from the Dick Clark ?fountain of frisky youth, has sidelined himself because of the discomfort from his inflamed eyes. And in truth he looks rather ghoulish—pink and a little puffy—though that Costas voice is steady as ever as

Immigration and National Survival
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/12/2014 9:45:17 AM     Post Reply
When pondering our obsession with immigration, I´m reminded of how people in the ridiculous dystopian film Idiocracy were watering their crops with an energy drink called Brawndo. And even though the crops weren´t growing, the suggestion to try water instead was met with the following conditioned response in the drink´s defense: "It´s got what plants crave! It´s got electrolytes!" No one knew what electrolytes were. No one could explain why they were in Brawndo. It was all sloganeering. And so it is with immigration. Why do we have immigration? "Because it´s got what America craves! It´s got people!" But why does



Repeal the Debt Ceiling
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 9:33:15 AM     Post Reply
A mere eight weeks from the December budget deal, House Republicans on Tuesday bowed to the inevitable and allowed a vote on a "clean" debt-ceiling increase that Democrats promptly passed—no reform strings attached. Perhaps as a follow-up the GOP could repeal the debt ceiling altogether and finally end this periodic self-torture. Speaker John Boehner deserves some credit for bucking his caucus´s earlier gambit to pair a debt-ceiling increase with a measure to repeal December´s modest cut in military pension cost-of-living increases. So for the sake of forcing Democrats to vote against "veterans"—if Democrats also voted for a clean debt increase—Republicans were

Healthcare Slavery
American Thinker, by Howard McCrum    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/12/2014 9:28:43 AM     Post Reply
This week and last we learned from Democrats that Obamacare is society´s latest liberating influence. Americans can stop and smell the roses now that they are unshackled from the adult responsibility of providing for their own basic necessities. The need to perform honest yet unpleasant or even difficult work is a thing of the past. Free at last! However, those of us who work for a living are feeling a lot less liberated now that we must subsidize the sabbaticals of those who vote for a living. In 1858, other Democrats were living a "liberated" life at least somewhat similar to their

First on CNN–Confidant’s diary: Clinton
wanted to keep records for ‘revenge´
CNN, by Dan Merica and Robert Yoon    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 9:00:46 AM     Post Reply
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Shortly before Hillary Clinton’s effort to pass health care reform died in the summer of 1994, the first lady asked a close friend and confidant for advice on “how best to preserve her general memories of the administration and of health care in particular.” When asked why, according to the friend’s June 20, 1994, diary entry, Clinton said, “Revenge.” That exchange is among thousands of pages of notes, letters, and diary entries penned by Diane Blair, a political science professor and longtime Clinton friend whose papers were donated to the University of Arkansas after her death in

The WSJ Tirade Against Retreat
on Immigration ‘Reform’
PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 8:51:59 AM     Post Reply
As noted in my weekend column at National Review Online, last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal editorial on the IRS scandal was stellar. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for last Wednesday’s editorial on immigration – a rant against the Republican establishment’s sudden retreat from plans to push for immigration “reform” this year. A number of conservative commentators, myself included, were baffled by the GOP’s apparent embrace of “amnesty first, enforcement (maybe) later” proposals. Those initiatives, while preferred by the Journal, the Chamber of Commerce, the Obama administration, and congressional Democrats, are anathema to Main Street – including the GOP’s conservative base,

Republicans expanding field in Senate
contests, but what about the House?
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/12/2014 8:43:47 AM     Post Reply
There´s no question that Obamacare hurts the prospects of Democratic candidates in 2014. The question is how much -- and where? Last week I wrote a blog post comparing President Obama´s Gallup job approval numbers for calendar year 2013 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia with Obama´s 2012 percentage of the popular vote there (which tracked closely his November 2012 job approval). I found the biggest declines in almost all the 2012 target states, most of which have 2014 Senate races which at the beginning of the cycle did not appear to be competitive but which appear


Obama’s Arbitrary Health
Care Flexibility
National Journal, by Major Garrett    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 8:36:00 AM     Post Reply
The Affordable Care Act means what it says and says what it means. Until it doesn’t. The arbiter is President Obama and a phalanx of health care advisers and political strategists. Together, they try to implement what even Obama’s heartiest loyalists concede is an onerous and complicated law. They do this amid myriad Democratic midterm anxieties. And frothy Republican objections. But it’s time to concede that no one has been more adept or aggressive about delaying and defanging Obamacare than Obama himself. Systematically and with an eye toward his party’s immediate political troubles, Obama has reshaped, photo-shopped, reimagined, and reengineered Obamacare. It all

The Secret to Shortening
Long-Term Unemployment
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/12/2014 8:30:06 AM     Post Reply
So you’ve been fired. Or they just laid off half the department, including you. Maybe you saw this coming, or maybe you should have, but didn’t. Either way, it’s pretty clear at this point: Something has gone terribly wrong. The good news is that you know you have a problem, which is, as the 12-steppers say, the first step to finding a solution. The bad news is, you still have to figure out what to do next.How you answer this question matters a lot. The people who keep moving -- sometimes literally -- may ultimately find that a job loss is

CNN: Michelle Obama´s ´Dress
Probably Cost Around $12,000´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 8:23:45 AM     Post Reply
One guest thought the cost of the dress was close to $10,000. "Well, first of all, I love the dress on her because I think it´s so elegant and so simple. I mean, that shape is what we call the princess shape. It´s got that sort of poof at the bottom that´s very sort of billowy at the same time. It´s strapless. I think we want to call that French blue, maybe," said a guest. "Some people might call it periwinkle and it´s got this sort of jet bodice and everything, and I think it´s realy pretty. But a dress like that

The Obama administration has a
mandate on the health-care law, too
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/12/2014 8:17:09 AM     Post Reply
THE OBAMA administration on Monday announced that it was delaying, once again, enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “employer mandate.” Yes, Republicans have done everything they can to impede implementation of this law. Yes, their “solution” — gutting the individual mandate — is an awful idea. And, yes, their public response to the administration’s action was predictably over-the-top. But none of that excuses President Obama’s increasingly cavalier approach to picking and choosing how to enforce this law. Imagine how Democrats would respond if a President Rand Paul, say, moved into the White House in 2017 and announced he was

ObamaCare: The Phony
´Job Lock´ Escape Defense
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 2/12/2014 8:13:35 AM     Post Reply
Anyone following the debates over ObamaCare has been hearing a lot about "job lock" these days. "The Affordable Care Act will enable more than 2 million workers to escape ´job-lock´ — the situation where workers remain tied to employers for access to health insurance benefits," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to cite just one example. All this job-lock talk was sparked to defend ObamaCare after the Congressional Budget Office reported the work disincentives it creates will lead to the loss of the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs. But it turns out that the Democrats´ claim that millions can´t escape the

Philip Seymour Hoffman revealed
to be tortured by love of two women
following discovery of diaries
New York Daily News, by Rocco Parascandola and Corky Siesmaszko    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 8:08:45 AM     Post Reply
He was hooked on heroin and torn between two women. Doomed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was in constant torment over his feelings between two women — his longtime girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell, and his new flame, a law enforcement source told the Daily News on Tuesday. The source didn’t identify the other woman. Hoffman had three children — son Cooper, 10, and daughters Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5 — with O’Donnell. They started dating in 1999 while Hoffman was directing “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings.” O’Donnell, then a costume designer on the film, had their son a few years later.

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