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Larry King: I Have Never
Heard Of Juanita Broaddrick
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 5:29:54 AM     Post Reply
Famed former CNN host Larry King said he has never heard of Juanita Broaddrick Thursday in an interview with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV. Broadrrick, a former Arkansas nursing home worker, accused President Clinton of raping her during the late 1970s in a 1998 Dateline interview. Malzberg was describing a double standard of media coverage during the 2012 conventions, noting left wing pundits dubbed the GOP convention a “convention of rapists” while remaining silent on President Clinton’s keynote address despite sexual assault allegations directed against the former president. King interjected “Hold up, hold up. Stop! Bill Clinton was accused of rape?” Malzberg reacted

Bob Costas and His Eyes Plot Their Return
Atlantic Wire, by Esther Zuckerman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 5:25:05 AM     Post Reply
Praised be the Olympian gods: we finally have some good news to share about the eyes of our fallen Olympic guide—our Hermes of sorts—Bob Costas. He may be coming back soon. He explained his ailment to lord of all media Ryan Seacrest this morning on the radio, that he´s may be back by the weekend. "I’m hoping that I’m back by the weekend, and I certainly think I’ll be able to do the second half of the games," he said per The Hollywood Reporter. "The virus, they tell me, won´t run its course for two or three weeks, but the symptoms

Hillary, Relentless and Shameless
National Review Online, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 5:18:27 AM     Post Reply
The phrase “Clinton fatigue” entered the political lexicon during the previous century; by this point, we surely must have entered the age of Chronic Clinton-Fatigue Syndrome. But the recent making public of the so-called Hillary Papers — the notes kept by her close friend Diane Blair during Mrs. Clinton’s tumultuous White House years, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon — shed additional light on the character of the “co-presidents” who just will not go away. It transpires to nobody’s great surprise that Mrs. Clinton was more than a passive victim in the sexual scandal that preceded her husband’s impeachment on

  


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One-Fifth of New Enrollees
Under Health Care Law
Fail to Pay First Premium
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/14/2014 5:18:09 AM     Post Reply
Washington--One in five people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January, insurance companies and industry experts say. Paying the first month’s premium is the final step in completing an enrollment. Under federal rules, people must pay the initial premium to have coverage take effect. In view of the chaotic debut of the federal marketplace and many state exchanges, the White House urged insurers to give people more time, and many agreed to do so. But, insurers said, some people missed

Few tears shed for Ray Nagin
in the city he once led
CNN, by Matt Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 5:15:20 AM     Post Reply
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin faces prison with few of his former constituents shedding any tears for the man who led them through the biggest disaster in the city´s modern history. The two-term mayor quit New Orleans after leaving office in 2010 and now lives in the Dallas suburbs. He swore off public life on his way out, and much of the city appeared ready to wash its hands of him after his Wednesday conviction on federal corruption charges. "At one point or another, just about everybody voted for Nagin," said Clancy DuBos, political editor of the New Orleans alternative weekly

Ambassadorships are President
Obama’s political plums
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 5:13:40 AM     Post Reply
NOAH BRYSON Mamet is a political consultant who raised at least $500,000 for President Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2012 election cycle. As of last week, he had never visited Argentina — which helps explain the ambassador-designate’s spotty performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing. Mr. Mamet repeatedly described Argentina as a U.S. ally, said it was “a mature democracy” and praised its record on human rights. That provoked a bipartisan tongue-lashing from Sens. Robert Mendendez (D-N.J.), the committee chairman, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who pointed out that the Argentine government under Cristina Fernández de

All Mrs. Obama’s calories
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 5:05:35 AM     Post Reply
That was some spread Barack and Michelle Obama put out the other night for François Hollande — a feast fit for the leader of a nation that gave the world haute cuisine. Even so, it has one Republican congressman steaming. Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis wants to know what example the White House is setting with a 2,500-calorie dinner (with 153 grams of fat to boot). Because that’s a day’s worth of calories the USDA recommends for an average man. And it’s three times the calories the USDA allows American students in the school lunch program. Let’s put it this way: The dinner

  


  

Ex-Employees of Conservative Figure L. Brent
Bozell Say He Didn’t Write His Books or Columns
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/14/2014 5:02:23 AM     Post Reply
The news that L. Brent Bozell, the ginger-bearded conservative ideologue who runs the Media Research Center, doesn’t write his own columns landed in Washington with a thud Thursday. Jim Romenesko reported that Bozell uses Tim Graham, the MRC’s Director of Media Analysis as his ghostwriter. One former Media Research Center employee reacted to the news with a deep sense of befuddlement, “I thought everyone knew it.” Bozell was once relatively important in the conservative movement, playing off his connections to his uncle William F. Buckley, but in recent years he’s become a marginalized, antiquated figure. As The Daily Beast reported

Cuomo aide caught breaking
gun law, quickly receives waiver
Daily Caller, by Will Rahn    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/14/2014 4:54:08 AM     Post Reply
Jerome Hauer, a top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appears to have regularly carried a firearm to work in violation of state law. Hauer runs New York’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Cuomo, an advocate of ultra-strict gun control laws, appointed him to the job in 2011. Hauer’s 9-millimeter Glock first came to the attention of local newspapers when he used the gun’s laser sighting attachment as a pointer during a meeting with a Swedish delegation. That event occurred last October at a State Police bunker, and was first reported by the Albany Times Union in January. Officials at

North Korea Does the Sochi
Olympics—Without Athletes
PJ Media, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/14/2014 4:49:39 AM     Post Reply
Not a single North Korean athlete qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. That was no obstacle, however, to North Korea’s titular head of state and president of its “parliament,” Kim Yong Nam, leading a delegation of North Korean officials to the Olympics. According to North Korea’s state mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency, they were seen off at the Pyongyang airport on Feb. 5 by ”a suite” of fellow North Korean officials, as well as the Russian ambassador to North Korea. Once in Russia, Kim Yong Nam and his suite appear to have fashioned their own athletics-free Olympic program

Icy blast heats up coal debate
Politico, by Darius Dixon & Erica Martinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 4:44:14 AM     Post Reply
As another snowstorm socks the East Coast, the coal industry has a message for the nation’s electricity customers: We told you so. Signs of growing pains have abounded in the past few weeks of frigid weather, which struck a U.S. electrical grid that’s in the early stages of a long-term shift away from coal-fired power to natural gas. Wholesale electricity prices have spiked in regions such as New England, natural gas costs have surged with demand in Boston and Chicago, and power companies in Texas and Eastern states have had to urge residents to cut back. Some utilities have even been

  


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Great Lakes Become
Nearly Covered With Ice
Associated Press, by John Flesher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 4:35:40 AM     Post Reply
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. -- From the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, northern Lake Huron looks like a vast, snow-covered field dotted with ice slabs as big as boulders - a battleground for the icebreaker´s 58-member crew during one of the roughest winters in memory. It´s been so bitterly cold for so long in the Upper Midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the lakes´ surface was frozen. As of Thursday, ice cover extended across 88 percent, according to the federal government´s

Federal judge strikes down
Va. ban on gay marriage
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 4:32:53 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge in Norfolk struck down as unconstitutional Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Thursday night, saying the country has “arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.” U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen issued a sweeping 41-page opinion that mentioned at length Virginia’s past in denying interracial marriage and quoted Abraham Lincoln. She struck the constitutional amendment Virginia voters approved in 2006 that both bans same-sex marriage and forbids recognition of such unions performed elsewhere. She stayed her decision pending appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for

Another Messy Morning
in Winter-Weary Northeast
Associated Press, by Ron Todt & Mark Scolford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 4:32:51 AM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA -- Commuters face a messy morning of travel a day after a winter storm brought snow and ice to many states, leaving at least 21 dead, including a pregnant woman struck by a mini-plow in New York City whose baby was then born by cesarean section in critical condition. The next go-round of bad weather began early Friday in some places - just in time to delay tens of thousands of deliveries of Valentine´s Day flowers. The sloppy mix of snow and face-stinging sleet grounded more than 6,500 flights nationwide on Thursday and closed schools, businesses and government centers.

How Mitch McConnell Could Win
the Senate, But Lose His Seat
National Journal, by Alex Roarty    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/14/2014 1:59:40 AM     Post Reply
Mitch McConnell´s party has never looked a better bet to retake the Senate. But if they do, he might not be around to enjoy it. (Snip) While a tough race is not a surprise, what does alarm Republicans is how McConnell´s standing has stagnated as the political environment improves for the GOP. President Obama´s still-sagging poll numbers have weakened Democratic incumbents from North Carolina to Alaska—but not in Kentucky. And that means a good year for Republicans isn´t guaranteed to bail out McConnell. "All Senate races are individual," said Billy Piper, the senator´s former longtime chief of staff. "We in D.C.

  


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Our Numbered Days:
The Evolution of the Area Code
Atlantic Magazine, by Megan Garber    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/14/2014 12:45:36 AM     Post Reply
In the mid-20th century, in response to the United States’ rapidly expanding telephone network, executives at the Bell System introduced a new way of dialing the phone. Until then, for the most part, it was human operators—mostly women—who had directed calls to their destinations. Dialing systems had reflected this reliance on the vocal cord. Phone numbers weren’t numbers; they were alphanumeric addresses, named after phone exchanges that encompassed particular geographic areas. The Elizabeth Taylor movie Butterfield 8 gets its name from that system: The Butterfield exchange served the tony establishments of Manhattan´s

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.

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

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