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Russian volunteers smuggle Sochi strays
to new life, far from Olympics host city
Washington Post, by Will Englund    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 12:21:30 PM     Post Reply
TUAPSE, Russia — The purple Chrysler PT Cruiser sped through the night, barreling around rain-slicked hairpin curves on a clandestine rescue mission. It was 3 a.m. Ahead glared the harsh lights of a security check point. Sochi was 60 miles behind. This was the outer edge of the “Ring of Steel” guarding the Olympics, and the Chrysler was aiming to get past it, to break free into the vast Russian countryside that lies beyond. The back of the car was crowded with uneasy, bewildered passengers. Most were drooling out of anxiety. One had thrown up several times, but at this moment

U.S. special forces ordered
the destruction of Osama bin
Laden´s death photos two weeks
after top secret seek and destroy
mission to kill him
Daily Mail (UK), by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 12:18:41 PM     Post Reply
A newly-released document has revealed that after the top secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden the head of U.S. special forces ordered all photos of his body be either turned in or destroyed. The e-mail was sent by then-Vice Admiral William McRaven two weeks after the secret seek and destroy operation found the Al Qaeda leader. A conservative campaign group which requested its release has claimed the e-mail, which is almost entirely redacted, ´may have been in violation of the law´. Dated May 13, 2011, it said: ´One particular item that I want to emphasize is photos; particularly UBLs

Bill Clinton´s 2 a.m. Phone
Call to Jim Clyburn
US News, by David Catanese    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 12:18:39 PM     Post Reply
South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn stayed publicly neutral during most of the epic 2008 presidential primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. But former President Bill Clinton believed Clyburn was personally responsible for his wife’s 29-point drubbing in the pivotal Palmetto State -- and he let him know it in no uncertain terms. In a new memoir -- “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black” -- due out this spring, Clyburn recounts how an irate Bill Clinton called him the early morning after the January primary at 2:15 a.m. to take him to task. “If you bastards want a fight,

  


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Lamar Alexander crushing Tea Party
foe, leads 7-1 among key conservatives
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 12:16:14 PM     Post Reply
They did it in Utah, Texas, Kentucky, Delaware, and Indiana but the Tea Party isn´t taking over the Republican Party in Tennessee, and it isn´t going to beat longtime Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, no matter how much anti-establishment bravado it gins up. And his lead over primary opponent and Tea Party fave Joe Carr isn´t by an “edge,” as Politico reported. It´s huge and likely insurmountable. According to a memo from established polling expert Whit Ayres, president of North Star Opinion Research, the folksy Alexander holds a 70-percent-to-11-percent lead in conservative East Tennessee, where half the GOP primary vote comes

How many Obamacare customers
have paid for their plans?
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 12:15:15 PM     Post Reply
Democrats claim three million people have enrolled in private health insurance through Obamacare. But how many have actually paid for their plans? Several state exchanges have begun reporting the number of customers that did pay their first premiums, and some results are as low as 51 percent. The Obama administration defines HealthCare.gov enrollees as those who have simply selected plans, but not paid. If the limited data available plays out for more states, actual enrollment could be much lower than the three million private insurance signups currently claimed. Only five of the 15 state exchanges clearly differentiate between paid enrollments

Obama’s Workforce:
Discouraged, Disincentivized, Downsized
Fiscal Times, by Liz Peek    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/12/2014 12:13:32 PM     Post Reply
Is work becoming optional? In our zeal to alleviate poverty, and to protect our most vulnerable, have we invited Americans to put their feet up and take it easy? That’s how many read the recent CBO report predicting job losses courtesy of Obamacare. Data on the condition of our long-term unemployed, and the impact of extended unemployment compensation points in the same direction. After five years of disappointing job growth, isn’t it time for the Obama White House to think more critically about why our workforce participation is at a 35-year low? And about why it is that employers continue

Obama to host Benjamin Netanyahu
at White House in March
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 12:12:33 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on March 3, with the Mideast peace talks likely topping the leaders´ agenda. “The President looks forward to discussing with the prime minister progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, developments in Iran, and other regional priorities,” said the White House in a statement announcing the visit. "Prime Minister Netanyahu´s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of security issues." The meeting between the two world leaders comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is

  


  

Appeals court quashes IRS
tax-return preparer crackdown
Reuters.com, by Patrick Temple-West    Original Article
Posted By: alecto2- 2/12/2014 12:12:24 PM     Post Reply
An Obama administration campaign against tax-return fraud suffered a blow on Tuesday when an appeals court invalidated the first federal rules for unregulated tax-return preparers. A three-judge appellate panel upheld a lower court´s January 2013 ruling that said the U.S. Internal Revenue Service does not have the power to impose test-taking and continuing education requirements on hundreds of thousands of tax-return preparers.

Southeast shivers, slides
under winter storm
CNN, by Tom Watkins, Ed Payne    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 12:03:37 PM     Post Reply
Atlanta- After icing parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, a winter storm arrived Wednesday in Georgia, dropping a mix of ice and rain that was expected to continue pelting the Southeast into Thursday. Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was expected to accumulate on Atlanta and up to 10 inches of snow and sleet on Charlotte, North Carolina, making travel treacherous. Area residents had heeded ample warnings issued by forecasters, emptying grocery store shelves, filling up their tanks with gas and filling their trunks with salt. In Atlanta, the city that couldn´t get out of its own

Mayor de Blasio calls a top cop after pal
arrested — and then the friend is freed
New York Daily News, by Tina Moore*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 11:58:52 AM     Post Reply
A church pastor with outstanding warrants — and a position on Mayor de Blasio’s inaugural committee — dodged a night in the slammer after Hizzoner made a call to one of the city’s top cops. Bishop Orlando Findlayter, 50, was released from custody early Tuesday after de Blasio inquired about his status. It was not clear how many other prisoners were released without seeing a judge that night, but people with warrants are usually held until the matter is cleared up in court. Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said the minister should have gone to jail. “Did the

Michelle Obama covers those famous
arms in ´$12,000´ Carolina Herrera
gown at the White House state dinner
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 11:56:28 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama chose Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera for the gown she wore Tuesday to the state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande. The formal, ornate style of the sumptuous gown by Ms Herrera reflected French aesthetics, from the intricate beaded black bodice, to the train and full skirt in a color called liberty blue. ´From the White House to Versailles it´s not that far,´ said Susan Swimmer, author of Michelle Obama: First Lady of Fashion and Style. ´It´s much more keeping in a French aesthetic than I´ve seen her wear before. It´s very French in terms of how ornate it

  


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Kirsten Powers: ‘I’m Tired of Having to
Defend This President’ over Obamacare
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 11:56:26 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday evening, Fox liberal contributor Kirsten Powers echoed the sentiments of National Journal‘s Ron Fournier who explained how he has grown weary of defending the Affordable Care Act during its troubled rollout. Fournier first expressed such lamentations on Fox’s Special Report and again in a Tuesday column entitled “Why I’m Getting Sick of Defending Obamacare.” “I’m going to say amen, brother, because it’s exactly how I feel,” Powers said on Wednesday’s Special Report. “People who have supported the law, who support universal health care, are constantly put in the position of having to defend this president, who has really incompetently put

Networks Applaud GOP Caving on Debt
Ceiling: ´America One Step Closer
to Being Able to Pay Its Bills´
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 11:53:40 AM     Post Reply
All three network morning shows on Wednesday cheered House Republicans giving up on trying to attach conditions to raising the nation´s borrowing limit. On NBC´s Today, news reader Natalie Morales proclaimed: "America is one step closer to being able to pay its bills next month." None of the coverage acknowledged that the move actually meant adding to the nation´s massive $17 trillion debt without making any effort to reduce government spending. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] On ABC´s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos touted "some good news coming out of Washington" as the "debt

Steve Hayes Pleads: ‘Where is the
Mainstream Media’ on Obama’s
Lawlessness? If This Were Bush...
NewsBusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 11:50:23 AM     Post Reply
“Where is the mainstream media on this?” Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard pleaded on Tuesday’s Special Report with Bret Baier in reference to President Obama’s latest decision to change the ObamaCare law. “Can you imagine if this were George W. Bush? I mean, we would be talking about a constitutional crisis, front page New York Times splashed above the fold, ‘George W. Bush: Dictator President.’ You’re seeing none of that.” Just before Hayes spoke, panelist Charles Krauthammer called out liberals and the media as “unbelievably hypocritical,” recalling “when Republicans were trying to change the law, legally and constitutionally, in

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

  


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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.

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