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Kerry Plan May Put
Al Qaeda in the West Bank
Weekly Standard, by Lee Smith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 1:13:22 PM     Post Reply
Gossip in Jerusalem suggests that many Israelis misunderstand John Kerry’s obsession with the peace process: They believe that the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate is using Israeli-Palestinian negotiations as a platform to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 nomination. That’s not likely. Instead, it’s in comparing Kerry’s dogged efforts to that of his predecessor that Kerry’s real motives become clear. Clinton left a light footprint as secretary of state because she didn’t want anything sticking to her when campaign season rolls around. Kerry on the other hand is doubling down on the peace process because the 70-year-old former senator knows this

Texas surpasses California
as top tech exporter
Dallas Morning News, by Nick Swartsell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 1:03:58 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON–Texas is tops for tech exports, a new report says. Companies in Texas making semiconductors, telecommunications devices, computers, and other items shipped more than $45 billion in products to other countries in 2012, according to a report by the TechAmerica Foundation, a lobbying and advocacy firm representing the technology industries. That’s a $3 billion rise from 2011. Tech from Texas most often goes to Mexico– companies in the state shipped $22 billion south of the border in 2012. All that trade supported 331,000 jobs in Texas, the report said, also the most of any state. Texas has 22 percent of

Nation of Islam’s Farrakhan challenges
‘lovers of Jesus’ to a ‘showdown’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 1:00:05 PM     Post Reply
Fiery Louis Farrakhan of Nation of Islam fame said during his weekly video sermon that white people have a history of stirring up trouble, and that Allah has chosen blacks “to give life” and sit at the “top of civilization.” He also “issued the final call,” as he termed it: “I say to the Pope and all the lovers of Jesus, if you desire, let’s have a showdown. You call the Jesus that you know, and I’ll call on the Jesus that I know, and let’s see which one of us really knows Jesus.” Mr. Farrakhan quoted widely from Elijah

  


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Suspect Software
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 12:48:28 PM     Post Reply
Software developed in the former Soviet state of Belarus is part of networks used by U.S. medical and insurance companies that are now part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, according to a senior official of a government technology park in Minsk. However, Alexander Martinkevich, deputy director of Belarus’ High Technologies Park (HTP), said no Belarusian software companies took part in developing the Healthcare.gov system. “If we did, it would work from the first day of its launch,” Martinkevich said in an email. The comments by the Belarusian official contradict statements by Obama administration officials who have said

White House Keeping Tabs on
Who Views Secret Iran Deal
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 12:43:33 PM     Post Reply
The White House is keeping close tabs on who has read the text of the recently signed Iran nuclear deal, a document that has been marked as “unclassified,” yet is being kept in a highly secured location. Members of Congress and staffers with high-level security clearances are being forced by the White House to consent to top-secret security measures in order to view the deal text, which is off limits to the American public, according to a senior Senate aide familiar with the process. The White House has come under fire from Congress and others for refusing to publicly release text of

Holder: State Laws That Bar
Felons From Voting Are ‘Too
Unjust to Tolerate’
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 12:39:57 PM     Post Reply
Three days after announcing that the U.S. Justice Department will recognize same-sex marriages in all legal matters, even in states that forbid it, Attorney General Eric Holder took a swipe at states that don’t allow felons to vote. “In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books. And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore -- it is also too unjust to tolerate,” Holder told a criminal justice forum at Georgetown University Law Center. Holder urged lawmakers “to stand together in overturning an unfortunate and outdated status quo.” And he called on the American

Ice Storm in South to Become
Nasty Nor´easter for East Coast
NBC News, by Erik Ortiz and Bill Karins    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/12/2014 12:36:32 PM     Post Reply
The intense ice storm slickening roads and pelting power lines across the South will morph into a bona fide Nor’easter, sweeping up the East Coast overnight Wednesday. That means a potentially perilous commute Thursday morning in a string of eastern cities and the strong possibility of school closings. Major hubs from Washington, D.C., to Boston will see at least a few inches of snow, while interior areas north and west could get walloped with around a foot, said Bruce Terry, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Md. Snowfall totals will all depend on how the storm, which is

  


  

Girl who lit up the darkest days:
How Shirley Temple, who´s died at
85, became the greatest star in
history – by bringing innocent joy
to a world in depression
Daily Mail (UK), by Michael Thornton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 12:36:28 PM     Post Reply
Have you ever wondered who was the greatest box-office star in Hollywood history? If you have, let me tell you this .?.?. It wasn’t Clark Gable. It wasn’t Marilyn Monroe. It wasn’t Elizabeth Taylor. And it wasn’t even Harry Potter and his amazing phantasmagorical exploits. They all made millions in their time, but in terms of bums on seats, and hard cash in the tills, they were completely upstaged by a bright-eyed, curly-haired six-year-old tot with dimples and ringlets who saved a major Hollywood studio from financial ruin and became, in the process, the most instantly recognisable and idolised figure in

Boehner’s Office on Obama ‘Rewriting’ ACA:
‘We Are Examining All of Our Options’
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 12:26:17 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner’s office said today that he is examining options on how to respond to what the speaker yesterday characterized as President Barack Obama’s “rewriting” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “on a whim.” “We are examining all of our options,” Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. On Monday, the Treasury Department announced a new regulation that frees employers with between 50 and 99 employees from complying until 2016 with the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires all employees with at least 50 full-time workers to buy them health insurance. Under the law, such employers were required

CAIR Trying to Have Anti-Islamist Muslim
Kicked Off Religious Freedom Panel
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 12:23:37 PM     Post Reply
Having failed in an earlier attempt to scupper the appointment of a prominent anti-Islamist Muslim to a statutory international religious freedom watchdog, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is actively trying to have him removed from the post. CAIR, a controversial lobby group that describes itself as “America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization,” wants the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to investigate its vice-chairman, M. Zuhdi Jasser, questioning his suitability to serve on a body promoting religious freedom. Jasser said Tuesday that Americans should wonder why CAIR seems so troubled about his presence on a commission whose work

Poll: Warner leads Gillespie by 6 in Virginia
Politico Magazine, by James Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 12:21:58 PM     Post Reply
A Republican poll conducted last week found Democratic Sen. Mark Warner leading GOP challenger Ed Gillespie by just 6 points, 44 percent to 38 percent, among likely voters in Virginia. The automated survey, conducted by the Republican firm Harper Polling for the center-right American Action Network and shared exclusively with POLITICO, also found that a generic Republican would beat a generic Democrat by four points among likely voters in the Commonwealth, 46 percent to 42 percent. Warner, a freshman senator who was previously governor, is working hard to reassert his bipartisan bona fides. The poll found that Warner is viewed favorably

  


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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,

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

  


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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

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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