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DOJ Argues to Court Against Rules
to Prevent Foreigners From Voting
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 7:57:13 PM     Post Reply
Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard was in court today trying to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote. Bradley Heard The Election Assistance Commission said no, so Kris Kobach went to federal court. Enter Eric Holder’s Justice Department, as usual, opposing election integrity measures. Despite harping about resource concerns (which apparently means that the DOJ can do nothing about corrupted voter rolls),

Senate Conservatives Fund levels
harshest attack yet on Mitch McConnell
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 7:49:08 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, the Senate Conservatives Fund called for the ouster of House Speaker John Boehner. Now the SCF, originally founded by Sen. Jim DeMint and run by a close DeMint associate, has launched the harshest attack yet on its No. 1 target, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In a new ad based in part on supposition, misleading reporting, questionable assertions and a single (erroneously cited) poll, the SCF likens McConnell´s leadership of the Senate to Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservatives. "Bullying. Threats. Intimidation," the ad begins. "The IRS? No. Try Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader. That´s right. Mitch McConnell

Amnesty Faster at Head Table
with Obamas for State Dinner
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 7:41:10 PM     Post Reply
The SEIU leader who fasted for 22 days last year in Washington to pressure Congress to pass amnesty sat at the head table with President Barack Obama at the State Dinner for French President François Hollande Tuesday. It was feast, not famine, for Eliseo Medina, who sat together at the head table with Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Hollande, and even comedian Stephen Colbert, according to pool reports. The Obamas expressed their support repeatedly last year for the "Fast For Families" advocates, and President Obama even visited the fasters after the Thanksgiving holiday.

  


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Behind the scenes of
a dramatic debt vote
Politico, by Manu Raju*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 7:35:34 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz and the GOP rank and file ultimately backed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn into a corner on the debt ceiling increase. The leaders had wanted to allow the toxic measure to pass with just 51 votes so all 45 Republicans could vote against it. But Cruz, the Texas tea party freshman, demanded approval by a 60-vote threshold. So McConnell and Cornyn tried to persuade more than five Republicans in safe seats to support the plan, but they were met with stiff resistance. No Republican wanted to be vote No. 60 on a

Nobel Prize winner paints
bleak climate change picture
Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel, by Bob Fowler    Original Article
Posted By: Heil Liberals- 2/12/2014 7:21:39 PM     Post Reply
A Nobel Prize-winning scientist painted a bleak picture of the future of global warming and climate change Wednesday, likening the world’s current path to Russian roulette, but with the gun pointed at a knee. The world isn’t about to stop using pollution-producing fossil fuels or run out of them soon, he said, as technologies to extract oil and natural gas continue to improve. Future supplies will keep up with demand “for decades,” he said. “Every decade you put in another bullet and you pull the trigger,” Dr. Steven Chu told a capacity crowd at an Oak Ridge National Laboratory auditorium. “After four

´2 or 3 hissed, [it] just killed
her´: Diary of Hillary Clinton´s
confidante reveals the jeers
over Bill´s affair that Chelsea
had to endure at Stanford
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 5:39:41 PM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton was the butt of jokes at Stanford University in the late 1990s as her father battled impeachment and fended off the national scandal of his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. And first lady Hillary Clinton kept careful track of her experiences in the White House, especially during her ill-fated 1994 ´HillaryCare´ effort to nationalize the health care industry, confiding in long-time friend Diane Blair that she might one day need her notes for ´revenge.´ The new revelations come from a previously unknown archive of Blair´s papers, willed to the university after the political science professor passed

Anti-Government Protests
In Venezuela Turn Bloody
Business Insider, by Linette Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/12/2014 5:21:42 PM     Post Reply
The anti-government protests started on Monday, and even then Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had had it. "I´ve had enough," said angry Maduro, who has held a wobbly grip on power since he replaced late-President Hugo Chavez last year. "You can accuse me of what you want, I am obliged to defend democracy and the peace of the people." Two days later and the protests have turned violent. When the demonstrations started, there were simply a few hundred protesters — mostly students — in cities around the country. Those students called for others to join them today as the country celebrates ´Youth

  


  

Blown away! Flood-hit Britain
battered by 100mph ´Wild Wednesday´
storms causing travel chaos across
road and rail networks
Daily Mail (UK), by Mark Duell, Ray Massey*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 5:11:17 PM     Post Reply
Britain was tonight being battered by a ‘Wild Wednesday’ of severe storms and rising water levels, with no prospect of an end to the misery in sight. Motorways are flooded, major road bridges closed and rail lines are offering limited - if any - services, stranding travellers and bringing the country to a standstill. The storm has claimed at least one life, a man in his 70s, who was electrocuted while attempting to move a tree which brought down power cables, Wiltshire Police said tonight. The man in his died at around 3.20pm near Chippenham, Wiltshire.

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.

  


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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

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

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

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