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Belgium passes law extending
euthanasia to children of all ages
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/14/2014 12:18:09 AM     Post Reply
Brussels - Belgian lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to extend the country´s euthanasia law to children under the age of 18. The 86-44 vote in the House of Representatives, on Thursday, with 12 abstentions, followed approval by the senate in December. The law lifts Belgium´s age restrictions on euthanasia and can sanction it where children have a terminal and incurable illness, are near death, and suffering "constant and unbearable physical" pain, and where parents and professionals agree to the choice. The law was opposed by some Belgian paediatricians and the country´s leading Roman Catholic cleric. The law will come into

Suspense in Senate: Debt
Vote Shrouded in Secrecy
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/14/2014 12:02:44 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Financial markets were watching, the retirement accounts of millions of Americans on the line. Nervous senators were watching too, well aware that political fortunes could be on the line. So on perhaps the most important vote of the year, the Senate did something extraordinary this week: It tried to keep the vote tally secret until the outcome was assured. As lawmakers voted Wednesday on must-pass legislation to increase the government´s debt limit, they dropped the parliamentary equivalent of a curtain on the voting as it was in progress. Typically, roll-call votes in the Senate play out in a very public manner.

Schumer Offers Long-Shot Option to
Skirt House G.O.P. on Immigration
New York Times, by Ashley Parker & Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 11:44:54 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, offered a long-shot option on Thursday to revive the moribund effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws that would require the support of more than a dozen House Republicans — and, if nothing else, pressure others to act on an election-year issue that Tea Party-aligned members strongly oppose. The legislative maneuver, known as a discharge petition, would allow supporters of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws to circumvent the Republican majority in the House by bringing the measure directly to the House floor, bypassing the regular committee process.

  


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Bobby Jindal to warn of
´silent war´ on religion
Politico, by James Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 2/13/2014 11:31:24 PM     Post Reply
n a Thursday night speech at Ronald Reagan’s presidential library, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will warn of a “silent war” on religious liberty in America and urge states to pass laws designed to block overreach by the Obama administration. The 4,500-word address, shared first with POLITICO, touches on several hot-button issues, including same-sex marriage and contraception. Jindal, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate trying to woo social conservatives, argues that liberals will use the mantra of anti-discrimination to force people to violate their religious beliefs.

What Belgium’s child euthanasia law
means for America and the Constitution
Washington Post, by Eugene Kontorovich    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2014 11:29:09 PM     Post Reply
Belgium has just passed a law allowing euthanasia for children. The Low Countries allow for suicide and doctor-assisted suicide, but Brussels is the first to open to door to dealing death to children of any age. If the prospect of youngsters being helped to off themselves seems horrifying, do not worry – the law has “safeguards” to ensure all the killing will be purely voluntary: a psychologist has to certify that the child has “capacity or discernment” to understand what they are doing. Aside from its inherent significance, Belgium’s move requires us to revisit Roper v. Simmons, the 2005 Supreme

Conservative Group Takes Sides
in Michigan G.O.P. Primary
New York Times, by Nicholas Confessore    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 11:24:56 PM     Post Reply
The country’s biggest conservative political organization announced Wednesday that it was diving into a bitter Republican primary in Michigan, its first such intervention into the broader battle between GOP-leaning business groups and Tea Party conservatives. (Snip) But the decision to get into a hotly contested primary on behalf of one of the most aggressive lawmakers hints at the delicate line the group is trying to walk: to maintain its credibility with other conservatives seeking to reshape the Republican Party without committing itself to an expensive internecine struggle that could endanger its chances of retaking the Senate this year.

Obamacare’s war on jobs
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2014 11:24:34 PM     Post Reply
In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs. First, the Congressional Budget Office triples its estimate of the drop in the workforce resulting from the disincentive introduced by Obamacare’s insurance subsidies: 2 million by 2017, 2.3 million by 2021. Democratic talking points gamely defend this as a good thing because these jobs are being given up voluntarily. Nancy Pelosi spoke lyrically about how Obamacare subsidies will

  


  

Assistant gets 6-12 years for
Gosnell clinic role
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Joseph A. Slobodzian    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/13/2014 10:53:00 PM     Post Reply
Middle-aged, a graduate of a Caribbean medical school just starting to take his licensing exams, looking for work in the job market´s offseason - it wasn´t surprising that Steven Massof had trouble finding a residency program. So Massof leaped at the chance to work at Kermit Gosnell´s Women´s Medical Society in West Philadelphia: "I wanted to get experience. I wanted to counsel women and their partners about health issues." What no one - least of all Massof - could explain to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner was why he stayed five years, working under the table for $300

Time for another Democratic shellacking
Washington Times (D.C), by Donald Lambro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 10:51:18 PM     Post Reply
Suddenly, with two roll-call votes, the messy, multi-issue battles of the 2014 elections have been refocused on two central issues that will put the GOP back in charge of Congress. The budget and debt-limit fights have been set aside for the time being, with the swift votes this week for a debt-limit extension and the earlier passage of a budget to keep the government running for the rest of this year. This means that the midterm election battles for the rest of this year will be turned into a clear referendum on the voters’ two foremost concerns: a weak, jobless

3 ways to think outside
the box on S.F. homelessness
San Francisco Chronicle, by C.W. Nevius    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2014 9:42:52 PM     Post Reply
Last week Supervisor Mark Farrell held a hearing to evaluate the city´s 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness in San Francisco. I wasn´t able to attend, but I watched the hearing on the SFGov TV channel. (And I´d like my two hours and 47 minutes back, thank you.) The idea was to see if the plan is working. Spoiler alert - it isn´t. It´s not from lack of effort. The city has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 10 years - this year the Department of Human Services budget alone is $102 million for homelessness. San Francisco has created

Army sent in to Venezuelan cities
as unrest prompts coup warning
Telegraph [U.K.], by Hannah Strange and Alasdair Baverstock    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/13/2014 9:31:21 PM     Post Reply
Venezuelan troops fanned out across the capital, Caracas, and other major cities on Thursday after President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military clampdown against deadly unrest that he warned was part of a "fascist" coup plot. Piles of burning rubbish sat smoking along Caracas´ main avenue as troops moved to secure the city following an outbreak of street violence that left three dead on Wednesday. Armed soldiers surrounded government buildings and diverted traffic, while riot troops guarded entrances to the shuttered subway system as residents picked their way through broken glass.

  


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WH: Send These Obamacare Ads to
Your Tweet-heart This Valentine´s Day
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:29:51 PM     Post Reply
The White House Twitter account is becoming an abject disgrace. That, or they´ve simply run out of ways to positively spin Obamacare. This afternoon, the White House tweeted that they´re distributing "get covered" Valentines. The administration also posted this tragicomic initiative on their blog. It reads: This Valentine´s Day, share the word and help make sure your friends, family and loved ones get covered today at healthcare.gov. Share the graphics below with your social networks, or share your own message with the hashtag #ACAValentines. Download the "I Heart ACA" ACA Valentine Download the "R U Covered?" ACA Valentine Download the

Tobacco-Less CVS Will Continue
to Sell ‘Plan B’ Abortifacient
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:24:51 PM     Post Reply
The CVS drug store chain has announced it will halt the sale of tobacco products in its store beginning in October, but the retailer will continue to sell Plan B: One-Step, an abortifacient that is for sale without prescription to anyone regardless of age. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company,” CVS announced on its website. “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health.” If the company is concerned about public health,

R.I.P. ‘The Waltons’ Patriarch Ralph Waite
Deadline Hollywood, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/13/2014 9:24:36 PM     Post Reply
The man who played the patriarch on CBS’ long-running series The Waltons has died. Ralph Waite was 85. He starred for nine seasons on the Depression-era drama as John Walton Sr., who eked out a living at the family lumber mill on Walton’s Mountain. He scored an Emmy nom for the role in 1978 and also directed more than a dozen episodes of the hourlong series, which ran from 1972-81 and was followed by a series of telefilms. Most recently he recurred on Bones and as Mark Harmon’s father, Papa Gibbs, on NCIS. Waite also played Father Matt in nearly 100 episodes of Days Of Our Lives and appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI,

Openly gay Eagle Scout a
first since new Boy Scout policy
Los Angeles Times, by Paresh Dave    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 9:23:56 PM     Post Reply
A Maryland teenager is the first openly gay Boy Scout to become an Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank, according to the advocacy group Scouts for Equality. High school senior Pascal Tessier is already awaiting the next challenge, which will come this summer when he turns 18. Until recently, gays had been barred from the Scouts. After years of debate, the organization eliminated the ban for minors effective Jan. 1, but kept the restriction against adult Scouting leaders. Pascal, who turns 18 on Aug. 5, has said he will apply to become an adult leader and see how the Scouts respond. “On Aug. 4, he’s an Eagle Scout and has the

  


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Medical Center won´t let
patients watch Fox News
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:15:33 PM     Post Reply
I imagine the only thing worse than being forced to watch CNN inside an airport terminal is being forced to watch it in a doctor’s office. So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered a Michigan health care facility, funded by federal tax dollars, blocked Fox News Channel from its waiting room television sets. The president of Family Health Care directed staff to block Fox News after a board member complained about our network’s coverage of the Affordable Care Act, an employee told me. “The board member complained that patients were turning the channel to Fox News,” said the employee who asked

Battle for the Arctic? Concerns
US ignoring resource-rich
region as ice recedes
Fox News, by Dan Springer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:04:47 PM     Post Reply
While the Obama administration focuses on hotspots like the Middle East and Asia, some lawmakers worry the U.S. is ignoring what could be a critical battleground – the Arctic Ocean. The permanent sea ice around the North Pole has been receding since the 1970’s. Countries are now staking their claims, whether it’s for oil, valuable shipping lanes or national defense. ADVERTISEMENT “The Arctic is already in play,” said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. “We do know there are many countries that are trying to set their sights on the Arctic, and that’s going to be an issue.” The biggest immediate concern, some say, is the

The Pentagon’s Bow to Islamic Extremism
FrontPage Magazine, by Raymond Ibrahim    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 8:57:57 PM     Post Reply
“Caving to pressure from Muslim groups, the Pentagon has relaxed uniform rules to allow Islamic beards, turbans and hijabs. It’s a major win for political correctness and a big loss for military unit cohesion,” said a recent report. This new relaxation of rules for Muslims comes at a time when the FBI is tracking more than 100 suspected jihadi-infiltrators of the U.S. military. Just last month, Craig Benedict Baxam, a former Army soldier and convert to Islam, was sentenced to seven years in prison due to his al-Qaeda/jihadi activities. Also last month, Mozaffar Khazaee, an Iranian-American working for the Defense Department,

Democrats hint at petition drive
to force immigration debate
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 8:10:11 PM     Post Reply
House Democrats said Thursday they’ll soon launch an official petition drive to try to force Republicans to vote on Democrats’ immigration bill — but said even before that, they’ll try to force a vote on a minimum wage increase. Emerging from a day of meetings at their policy retreat in Maryland, Democratic leaders said the minimum wage will come first because it’s the most central to their efforts to try to paint Republicans into a corner on income inequality. But, under fire from immigrant-rights advocates, Democrats said immigration will come soon after that. The petition drives, known as “discharge petitions,” are a

EPA’s use of secret email addresses
was widespread: report
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 8:05:54 PM     Post Reply
EPA employees’ use of their own private email accounts to conduct government business was rampant among top-level officials, according to according to a new report Thursday from Senate Republicans that accused the agency’s own internal watchdog of botching an investigation. Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said their findings call into question the work of the EPA’s inspector general, who in September issued a report clearing the EPA of wrongdoing in the email scandal. But the GOP, in a new memo, said it has learned of at least 17 current and former EPA employees, including top leadership,

  



God Help Us
Weekly Standard, by Zack Munson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 8:05:24 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles- In case you were wondering, things in California just got a little weird. Okay, maybe not “just.” Let me be more specific: The congressional election in California’s 33rd District, a coastal tract encompassing some of the wealthiest, most liberal quarters of Los Angeles County?—?Bel Air, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills, to name a few?—?just got a little weird. On January 30, Henry Waxman, the district’s long-serving and notoriously cantankerous representative, surprised everyone by announcing he would retire at the end of this term. Since arriving in Congress in 1975, Waxman has been a dogged champion of progressive causes

WSJ: Ted Cruz on Mission to ‘Make
Republicans Even More Unpopular’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 7:53:52 PM     Post Reply
The Wall Street Journal editorial board published a tight and scathing criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday after the freshman senator criticized Republicans who helped to pass a clean debt ceiling limit increase on Wednesday. The board criticized Cruz for lacking a strategy and for pursuing an ideological agenda that would result in negative consequences for his party. “The Senate passed the House debt-limit increase on Wednesday, but not before some needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority,” the WSJ piece began. They went on to note that not passing a debt ceiling increase would likely

Have Sweden’s permissive parents
given birth to a generation
of monsters?
Telegraph [UK], by Judith Wood    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 7:49:37 PM     Post Reply
My five-year-old is extravagantly furious at being thwarted. I have infringed her human rights by mildly suggesting that she turn off the television and put some clothes on. I can see the dark storm clouds gathering on her thunderous brow, her eyes narrowing, mouth pursed in Shakespearean displeasure as she reaches for the most hurtful, serpent’s tooth ingratitude she can think of. “You’re Not My Friend Any More!” To which I reply, swift as Lady Macbeth’s dagger, “I never was your friend in the first place, darling. Friends don’t wash your socks or buy you a warm winter coat or

Welfare In America: A
$1 Trillion Tab And Rising
Investor´s Business Daily, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 7:49:15 PM     Post Reply
Republicans in Congress are being accused of fighting a "war on the war on poverty," in part because of a tiny cut in the food stamps program last week. Democrats charge that these "cuts" will take food from the mouths of hungry children, and they claim this is an example of how Congress has shred the safety net for the poor. Never mind that this is the food aid program that has tripled in cost and doubled in participation in just the last decade. Even during the economic recovery, the number of recipients — one in seven Americans — continues to

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