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Why the Media Sees Bridgegate
as a Scandal but Benghazi as
a ´Conspiracy´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 9:05:24 PM     Post Reply
At the height of fascination with the "Bridgegate" scandal, Chris Christie decried MSNBC´s coverage as "gleeful" and "partisan." Maybe so. However, one undeniable aspect of the left´s attack on Christie is the rigor with which it has pursued the case, rigor worthy of a life-or-death story it has all but ignored – the Benghazi attacks. Many conservatives, particularly those who have defended the way the New Jersey governor has handled this scandal, have been quick to point out that, at its worst, the George Washington Bridge scandal is about petty politicians being petty and ruining everyone´s lives with their pettiness.

Fox’s Dobbs Tears Into GOP Rep.
Louie Gohmert: You Don’t ‘Control
the Federal Government!
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 9:04:30 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) was just one of 199 Republicans who voted against raising the debt ceiling yesterday, in open defiance of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). But when Gohmert appeared on Fox Business Network with Lou Dobbs Tuesday night, he received what seemed like 100% of the blame for what the host called pure “political theater” by the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP. “How in the world do you expect the Republican Party to not find itself in the same strategic blind and bind that it was in last year when you guys shut down the federal government?” Dobbs demanded

Ray Nagin found guilty
on 20 of 21 counts
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 9:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, whose tenure in office included disastrous incompetence in handling Hurricane Katrina (for which the media blamed President George W. Bush), has been found guilty on 20 of 21 counts of corruption in a federal trial. Conviction on all counts could have led to a 20 year jail sentence and $1 million in fines, but at this point it is unknown which count went not guilty and how that will affect the sentence. Bill Chappell of NPR writes an article that does not identify Nagin´s political party, which is the mainstream media convention when treating



Soap Opera Actress Punches
Ex-Boyfriend George Soros in Face
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 8:58:45 PM     Post Reply
That’s not an exaggerated headline at all: according to Manhattan court records, an angry Brazilian soap opera actress named Adriana Ferreyr literally punched her ex-boyfriend George Soros in the head during a deposition, and hit at least three other people. As stated in testimony from Soros’s lawyers, the punch-fest took place last week during a private deposition for a multi-million dollar lawsuit Ferreyr filed against Soros in 2011. Ferreyr, 30, is demanding that Soros, 83, give her the $1.9 million condo in the Upper East Side he promised her while they were dating. (Soros eventually gave the condo to his new

Obamacare boasts nearly 3.3 million signups,
but administration won´t talk about how
many have PAID for insurance policies –
and that number is less than 2.2 million
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 8:52:41 PM     Post Reply
The White House and the Health & Human Services Department boasted Wednesday that 3.3 million Americans have signed up for private insurance coverage through marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act. But the administration still hasn´t said a word about how many--or how few--of those signing up on the chronically ill healthcare.gov website have paid for their insurance, and are actually covered. A MailOnline analysis of publicly available totals from five states that run their own health insurance exchanges found that on average, just 66.5 per cent of enrollees in those states have paid premiums.

Farewell, Knights of Delingpole –
and thank you, trolls
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 8:43:01 PM     Post Reply
A few years ago a friend who wishes to remain nameless suggested that it was about time I started writing a blog. "Why would I want to do that?" I said. "Because it´s the future and you´d be good at it," he said. So I gave it a go and I´ve been here ever since. But not for any longer I´m afraid. Today is the sad day when I must bid you all farewell. [Snip] What am I going to miss most? Well, you lot, obviously. Especially the ones who call yourselves the Knights of Delingpole. But even also, up to a point,

Debt Up $2.7T in 2.5 Yrs Under
Boehner Debt-Limit Deals
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 8:29:53 PM     Post Reply
The debt of the U.S. government has increased by $2.678 trillion in the 2.5 years since House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) completed his first deal to put legislation increasing the debt limit through a Republican-controlled House of Representatives. On Aug. 2, 2011, President Barack Obama signed legislation, approved by the Boehner-led House, permitting the Treasury to increase the debt by $900 billion. Since then, the debt limit has been repeatedly suspended by legislation that needed to pass through the Republican-controlled House. Yesterday, the House once again passed legislation to suspend the debt limit—this time through March 15, 2015, which is after November’s



Rep. Gutierrez on Immigration:
Obama ´Should Continue to Expand
on His Executive Authority´
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 8:26:37 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) says President Obama "should continue to expand on his executive authority to stop the deportation of certain groups of immigrants in this country.” Gutierrez made the comments during a Wednesday morning appearance on C-Span while discussing the future of immigration reform. The Illinois Democrat was asked if the president should stop America’s deportation policy. “I think the president should continue to expand on his executive authority to stop the deportations of certain groups of immigrants in this country,” Gutierrez said. “I think there are American citizen children, millions of them, millions of American citizen children, which

So Kirsten Powers Says that She’s
Tired of Defending Obamacare Too
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2014 8:11:32 PM     Post Reply
Kirsten Powers has more of an excuse to defend Obamacare than Ron Fournier. The latter is supposedly a journalist. Powers worked for Hillary Clinton and is a career Democrat operative. Up to now, attacking Obamacare would have been a career-limiting move — especially with Hillary poised to run for a sequel to the squalor that was the 1990s Clinton White House. But now that Hillary’s gearing up for a presidential run, she will necessarily have to distance herself from Obama and his policies. Anyone who wants to work for Hillary must do likewise. Powers also says she is pro-life, yet supports Democrats

White roofs could curb warming
from urban growth, study finds
Los Angeles Times, by Tony Barboza    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/12/2014 8:09:46 PM     Post Reply
In the debate over how to confront climate change, carbon dioxide gets most of the attention. But at the city level, new research suggests, we ought to be looking just as critically at how urban growth is raising temperatures. A group of researchers found that as urban areas in the United States expand, so too will the “heat island effect,” in which pavement, rooftops, parking lots and other hard surfaces absorb heat and slowly release it, boosting temperatures higher than rural surroundings. By century’s end, the built environment will contribute as much to rising temperatures in cities across the United States

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.

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.

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.

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