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Rep. Dave Camp: 100 Percent
of Groups Audited by IRS
Were Conservative
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 5:03:24 PM     Post Reply
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) said Tuesday that the committee’s investigation of the Internal Revenue Service found that 100 percent of the tax-exempt groups that were flagged and targeted with an audit were right-leaning. The Wall Street Journal reports: “We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s,” Mr. Camp said in a statement. “At Washington, DC’s direction, dozens of groups operating as 501(c)(4)s were flagged for IRS surveillance, including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites and any other publicly available information. Of

Democrats Who Oppose Keystone
XL Pipeline Own Shares in
Competing Companies
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 4:59:15 PM     Post Reply
Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. “In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest,” Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his

Where´s the debt ceiling now?
CNN Money, by Jeanne Sahadi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 4:53:43 PM     Post Reply
[Chart] NEW YORK -Lawmakers have decided to suspend the debt ceiling again -- this time, at a level that´s now about $512 billion higher than it was last fall. On Tuesday, the Treasury Department reported that the nation´s borrowing limit automatically reset to roughly $17.2 trillion, after the last suspension expired on Friday. Here´s why: Suspensions have become lawmakers´ favorite way of "raising" the debt ceiling. They let Treasury borrow as needed to pay the bills and avert default. And when the suspension ends, the debt limit resets to the old cap plus whatever Treasury borrowed during the suspension period.

  


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Obama plans Dem fundraiser
at Alonzo Mourning home
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 4:47:28 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama will host a fundraiser for House Democrats at the home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning. That´s according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press. The event in Miami on March 20 will benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers will also attend. The event will feature a cocktail reception and photo opportunity, followed by a dinner. The fundraiser is among the first Obama will hold ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. Obama will also raise money for Senate Democrats and the Democratic National Committee.

Sid Caesar dead at 91
USA Today, by Olivia Barker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 4:36:40 PM     Post Reply
Sad news: One of television´s original comic stars, Sid Caesar, has died. He was 91 and at home in Los Angeles, according to his friend and former collaborator, Carl Reiner, reports Reuters. His biographer and friend, Eddy Friedfeld, confirmed the news to the Los Angeles Times. Friedfeld told the paper Caesar died after a brief illness. Caesar broke TV ground with his now-classic sketch series, Your Show of Shows, which co-starred Imogene Coca and Reiner and ran on NBC from 1950-54. Caesar´s Hour followed and ran through 1957. Caesar charmed later generations with his turn has the rangy, lovable Coach Calhoun in the

The plot to make Big Food pay
Politico, by Helena Bottemiller Evich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 4:15:02 PM     Post Reply
Lawyers are pitching state attorneys general in 16 states with a radical idea: make the food industry pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs. It’s a move straight from the playbook of the Big Tobacco takedown of the 1990s, which ended in a $246 billion settlement with 46 states, a ban on cigarette marketing to young people and the Food and Drug Administration stepping in to regulate. There are plenty of naysayers, just as there were in 1994 when Mike Moore, Mississippi’s attorney general, famously suggested suing the tobacco industry. But a number of nutrition and legal experts think a similar

Can Wendy Davis Have It All?
New York Times, by Robert Draper    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 4:02:39 PM     Post Reply
One sunny Friday morning in late January, Wendy Davis took me on a two-hour tour of the life she led just a decade or so ago, back when she was a city councilwoman and the world knew nothing of her or the pink running shoes she wore during her epic filibuster, or her ambition to be elected this November as a Democratic governor in the deeply Republican state of Texas, or the way her parenting has become a point of debate in whether she’s a suitable candidate for that office. We were in Fort Worth, where Davis, who is a state senator, has lived for about 35 of her 50 years, most in utter obscurity.

  


  

American Humanist Association demands
students stop feeding starving kids
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 3:40:56 PM     Post Reply
Stop feeding starving children, or else! The American Humanist Association sent that message to a school in Robbinsdale, Minn., accusing them of violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing students to participate in a community service project at a church that involved preparing meals for impoverished children in Haiti. The humanists got their britches in a bunch after the family of a student at the School of Engineering and Arts objected to the project being held at Calvary Lutheran Church. “The school has clearly violated the Establishment Clause,” AHA attorney Monica Miller wrote in a threatening letter to the school and district officials.

‘Don’t Run’: MSNBC’s Krystal Ball
Urges ‘Anti-Union’ Hillary to Pass on 2016
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/12/2014 3:35:15 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Krystal Ball told her audience on Tuesday that she admires former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and she would support her over any Republican and most Democrats to replace President Barack Obama. However, she said that America’s present “existential crisis” requires a candidate that is not as “anti-union” and friendly to Wall Street as Clinton. For that reason, Ball urged Clinton not to run and for freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to get in the race. Ball began by saying that she supported Clinton in 2008 over Obama. She said she longed for the competence and respect in

The Senate Just Passed The
Debt Ceiling Bill After A Dramatic,
Hour-Long Vote
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 3:27:10 PM     Post Reply
The Senate narrowly voted to advance — and, eventually, pass — the House of Representatives-passed debt-ceiling increase , after Democrats spent a long time on the floor trying to wrangle more Republican votes. In the end, the measure cleared rather easily, 67-31. The vote on final passage was 55-43. (Snip) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) voted to break a potential filibuster on the bill, leading to final passage. Several other Republicans ended up joining them. The Senate vote started at 1:56 p.m. ET. More than 40 minutes later, only three Republicans had supported the legislation. It

Congress approves increase in
debt limit after dramatic vote
Washington Post, by Wesley Lowery    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 3:25:37 PM     Post Reply
The Senate passed a suspension of the limit on federal borrowing Wednesday, ensuring that the Treasury does not default on its more than $17 trillion debt for another year. With the Republican-controlled House approving the "clean" debt ceiling increase Tuesday without any concessions, the legislation now goes to President Obama for his signature. The votes came two weeks before the Feb. 27 deadline, after which financial experts warned of havoc in financial markets if Congress hadn’t acted. The final passage vote came after a dramatic, hour-long vote to end debate and assure Republicans did not filibuster the legislation. Needing 60 votes, including

  


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Don’t Celebrate Eric
Holder’s Pending Departure
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/12/2014 3:23:22 PM     Post Reply
Nobody should celebrate the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder will be leaving the administration this year. Whoever replaces Holder will be just as radical and ideological. What the replacement will enjoy, however, is a clean slate. Some will naively assume a new attorney general means a fresh start and an attorney general better than Holder. Don’t fool yourself. The best thing that could happen for President Obama is for Holder to go and be replaced by someone just like him. He’ll get the good without the bad. Holder’s replacement will be just as radical as Holder.

White House transcript hides Obama’s
chattering-class gaffe [Video]
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 3:22:12 PM     Post Reply
White House officials have quietly changed an official transcript to hide President Barack Obama’s embarrassing historical error during his international press conference with French President Francois Hollande. Obama’s error came when he misnamed Alexis de Tocqueville, a clear-eyed Frenchman who explained the subtle miracle of American culture and democracy in the 1830s. His book is a classic, partly because his insights about Americans’ social equality and civic society have become commonplace among centrists and conservatives. But Obama called him “Alex” in front of the French and U.S. press, and while facing banks of TV cameras. The White House’s official transcript,

Before Coming Out,
a Hard Time Growing Up
New York Times, by Joe Drape, Steve Eder and Billy Witz    Original Article
Posted By: bemused conservative- 2/12/2014 3:21:21 PM     Post Reply
Columbia, Mo. — Michael Sam was the loud country boy who wore a tank top and a cowboy hat. He was the smooth-singing baritone who could irritate his coaches and crack up his teammates with his improvised songs. He was one of the best players to come out of tiny Hitchcock, Tex., where his family was well known for all the wrong reasons. He was an all-American and defensive terror on the football field. He was a regular at the gay club, where the bartenders knew him by name. Sam introduced himself to the world Sunday night as a National Football League

Why Democrats Hate Work
FrontPage Magazine, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/12/2014 3:09:20 PM     Post Reply
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report discussing the ramifications of Obamacare. The report revealed that the work-hour equivalent of approximately 2.5 million jobs would disappear from the workforce, thanks to Obamacare, in a voluntary process in which employees would simply dump out of their jobs, knowing they could get health care through expanded Medicaid and federal subsidies they would lose by working. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., an ideological leftist thought leader, spun the report as a massive positive for Obamacare: “The single mom, who’s raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of health

  


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Wyoming officials prepare for
court fight after EPA ruling
hands land to tribes
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 3:01:26 PM     Post Reply
Wyoming officials are gearing up for a potential court battle against the Environmental Protection Agency as they try to reverse a sweeping agency ruling that transferred more than 1 million acres of land -- including an entire city of 10,000 -- to Native American tribes. The dispute started in December when the EPA ruled on a request from the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes, which sought "state status" in order to administer air quality monitoring. The EPA determined the land in question actually belongs to the Wind River Indian Reservation and has for more than a century, despite a 1905

On the Left, the Specter
of Communism Lives On
Real Clear Politics, by Cathy Young    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 2:57:13 PM     Post Reply
In the mid-1980s, in my student days at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, I once got into an argument at the campus pub with a student activist who thought communism was unfairly maligned. (Back then, I had a reputation as a right-wing extremist because I didn’t think it was crazy to call the USSR—from which my family and I had emigrated a few years earlier—an evil empire.) When I mentioned the tendency of communist regimes to rack up a rather high body count, the young man parried, “Well, what about all the people capitalism kills? Like the people who die from

Bucking His Party Again, TX
Sen. Ted Cruz Vows Another
Fight Over Debt Ceiling Bill
Fox News Latino, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 2:34:33 PM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz is threatening another filibuster. The Texas Republican is bucking his party, insisting that a vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling —which GOP leadership had agreed to debate as a “clean” bill, meaning that they wouldn’t attempt to attach spending cuts to it— be held to a 60-vote threshold. In doing so, he would open the bill, scheduled to be discussed on Wednesday, to the possibility of a filibuster. On a Tuesday conference call with Texas reporters, Cruz said of the debt ceiling issue, "If you get outside Washington, D.C., it´s a no-brainer." The Senator´s office released

Bus riders frozen out as fight
over snow removal leaves many
NJ Transit stops packed in ice
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Abbott Koloff, Minjae Park*    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/12/2014 2:33:52 PM     Post Reply
Commuters getting on and off NJ Transit buses along highways in Bergen and Passaic counties have been climbing over boulders of ice and snow for the past week because no one seemed to know who was supposed to plow the bus stops. One woman hung onto an NJ Transit bus stop sign that poked out of a mound of packed snow on Route 3 east at Passaic Avenue in Clifton as she waited for a bus to New York City on Tuesday morning. Others, grumbling about conditions at the bus stop, walked around the ice and onto a shoulder of

New York public school parents
demand names of teachers who
backed pedophile colleague
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 2:21:40 PM     Post Reply
Twenty-two teachers at an upstate New York public school wrote letters to a judge supporting a colleague who sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy, and parents of students in the Rochester district want those teachers´ names. The letters, some on school district stationery, were written to a judge on behalf of gym teacher Matthew LoMaglio, 37, who was convicted in November of second-degree sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. LoMaglio is serving four years in prison for the assaults, which took place in 2006 and 2007 and only came to light after the boy came

  



Stalinist Lawlessness: Companies
Must Swear to IRS They Didn´t Fire
Employees Because of Obamacare
RushLimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 2:14:52 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, there´s so much going on out there. The lawlessness of this Regime knows no bounds. There´s nothing stopping this man from doing anything. If he wants to raise marginal tax rates, he can just do it. Nobody´s gonna stop him. Here is the latest. As you know, the Regime recently delayed the implementation of the employer mandate for three years, until 2016. This means that employers who have a hundred or less employees will be subject to the mandate. (Snip) I mean, this is absolutely lawless. It is against the law. They cannot, ladies and gentlemen,

Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor,
convicted in corruption trial
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 2:01:11 PM     Post Reply
Ray Nagin, the former two-term mayor of New Orleans and indicted after he left office, has been convicted of federal corruption charges. A jury delivered the verdict Wednesday just before 1p.m. after roughly six hours of deliberations that followed a nine-day trial. (Snip)Here are descriptions of all 21 corruption charges against the former New Orleans mayor, the maximum prison terms they carry, and how the jury voted on each count: Count 1: Conspiracy - GUILTY The charge: Creating, through a variety of bribes and kickbacks, "a scheme and artifice to defraud" the residents of New Orleans of his honest services as a public

Abraham Lincoln Quotes: 25
Inspirational Sayings To Celebrate
The President’s 205th Birthday
International Business Times, by Zoe Mintz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 1:59:00 PM     Post Reply
Happy Birthday, Abe! The 16th president of the United States would have turned 205 years old today. For decades, Lincoln has consistently been ranked first or second in polls for the best U.S. president. He served as president from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. During that time he led the United States through the Civil War, preserved the Union and abolished slavery. The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County. Five months before receiving the Republican Party´s nomination for president in 1860, he

King blasts ´morons´ in Republican Party
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 1:54:07 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) defended Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday after the House passed a clean debt-limit bill that raised the ire of conservatives. King branded as “morons” many conservatives in the GOP caucus who consistently oppose any effort to pass the debt limit, asserting they are the same faction that led to the government shutdown last year. “This is the same group that back in September and October went into a government shutdown that everybody knew was a disaster,” King said on MSNBC. “They ended up looking like morons following Ted Cruz over the cliff.” King had been

Have You Made Your Valentine´s
Day Reservations at McDonald´s, Yet?
Cybercast News Service, by Dan Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 1:53:24 PM     Post Reply
What were you planning on getting your sweetheart for Valentine´s Day this year? Candy? Jewelry? Maybe a seven foot tall stuffed animal? Well, if you live in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, cancel all the plans, because now you can get your significant other what he or she REALLY wants: a romantic dinner at McDonalds! According to The Tampa Bay Times, On Friday, February 14th, one McDonalds in Tampa will convert into a romantic, full service restaurant with waiters, LED candles, flowers on every table and the ability to make phone reservations. The menu items will be the same as always.

Democrats Running Ads
Criticizing Obamacare
National Review, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 1:49:22 PM     Post Reply
In Florida’s 26th district, Democrats are running away from the president completely, and Obamacare in part: [Video] Now, it is true that Garcia doesn’t call for repeal. Indeed, the ad boasts that the candidate is “working to fix” the law, and it praises him both for holding “insurance companies accountable” and for defending the provision that prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. But it is fascinating to watch a Political Action Committee associated with Nancy “we’re going to run on Obamacare” Pelosi slamming the White House for “the disastrous healthcare website” and boasting — without

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