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Obama tells Democrats he´s
limited on immigration actions
Los Angeles Times, by Michael A. Memoli & Lisa Mascaro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 3:40:34 PM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- President Obama told House Democrats on Friday that his executive power to help immigrants who are in the U.S. without legal status is limited and urged them to keep pressing for legislation to overhaul the immigration system. "Don´t take your foot off the pedal," the president said in remarks to a closed-door meeting of his Democratic allies, who were gathered for the party´s annual issues retreat on the Eastern Shore. Hopes have substantially dimmed for immigration law changes this year after House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) downplayed the chances that the chamber´s Republican majority would take

Meet the New Farm Bill
Weekly Standard, by Dave Juday    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 2/14/2014 3:28:04 PM     Post Reply
The president just signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, a multiyear, comprehensive agricultural, rural, and nutrition policy measure. As legislation goes, it was rather unremarkable. What was remarkable was the path it followed to approval. Unlike most farm bill debates, which tend to be festivals of bipartisanship and comity, this one split lawmakers—rural from urban, House from Senate, Republican from Democrat—along every political fault including between the Tea Party caucus and the rest of the GOP.

Obama ambassador nominees
prompt an uproar with bungled
answers, lack of ties
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 3:17:16 PM     Post Reply
A century-old debate over whether presidents should reward political donors and allies by making them ambassadors has flared again following a string of embarrassing gaffes by President Obama’s picks. The nominee for ambassador to Norway, for example, prompted outrage in Oslo by characterizing one of the nation’s ruling parties as extremist. A soap-opera producer slated for Hungary appeared to have little knowledge of the country she would be living in. A prominent Obama bundler nominated to be ambassador to Argentina acknowledged that he had never set foot in the country and doesn’t speak Spanish.

  


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Tony Rice, Guitar Hero
New York Times, by Sandra Beasley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 3:03:19 PM     Post Reply
One morning last September, the red carpet was laid in Raleigh, N.C., for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards, which had moved there from Nashville to escape country music’s shadow. The city’s bronze statue of Sir Walter Raleigh was newly adorned with a banjo. A few miles from the convention center, I was on my phone, trying to find out if Tony Rice, the legendary flatpick guitarist, would show up for his induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. “Tony has canceled a lot of dates over the last decade,” his longtime agent, Keith Case, had told me, “but nobody

The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/14/2014 2:58:58 PM     Post Reply
First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place "researchers" in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings? As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren´t menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn´t supine enough. Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a

Tea Party still needed to prevent
GOP lurch toward big government
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/14/2014 2:55:34 PM     Post Reply
On Oct. 20, 1998, eager to avoid another government shutdown weeks before midterm elections, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich acceded to President Clinton´s demands by pushing a 40-pound, 16-inch thick, 3,825-page, pork-laden spending bill through the Republican-controlled chamber. At the time, the Associated Press reported, “Gingrich lectured his own party´s conservatives, labeling them ´the perfectionist caucus´ ” for demanding a tougher stand against Clinton. It was four years earlier that Republicans had taken over control of Congress, storming into Washington on a pledge to shrink the size and scope of government. In the winter of 1995-96, the failure of Clinton and

Occidental Petroleum to move
HQ to Houston, spin off California assets
Los Angeles Times, by Shan Li    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 2:40:40 PM     Post Reply
Occidental Petroleum, the longtime Los Angeles-based energy giant, announced Friday that it would move its headquarters to Houston and spin off its California assets into a separate company. The latest move is part of the company´s strategic overhaul as it seeks to bolster its profitability and share price after falling behind competitors in recent years. The move signals the end of a storied run for Occidental in Los Angeles, where it was founded nearly a century ago and grew into the nation´s fourth-largest oil company. "Creating two separate energy companies will result in more focused businesses that will be competitive

  


  

Court overturns restrictions on
concealed guns in much of California
Los Angeles Times, by Maura Dolan & Tony Perry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 2:36:20 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — In a significant victory for gun owners, a divided federal appeals court Thursday struck down California rules that permit counties to restrict as they see fit the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. The 2-1 ruling by a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel would overturn restrictions on carrying concealed handguns, primarily affecting California´s most populated regions, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The majority said the restrictions violate the 2nd Amendment´s guarantee of the right to bear arms because they deny law-abiding citizens the ability to carry weapons in

Biden: "[O]n Every Major Issue,
the American People Agree With
the Democratic Party"
Townhall, by Daniel Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 2:28:44 PM     Post Reply
For conservative bloggers, Vice President Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving. Roll Call has the scoop (via Weasel Zippers): “For the first time in my career … on every major issue, the American people agree with the Democratic Party,” said Biden, rattling off areas where polling shows that agreement, such as: reproductive issues, early childhood education, an immigration overhaul, background checks for gun users and unemployment insurance. “I can’t think of a time when the issues that most affect the American people, most affect the middle class, overwhelmingly, overwhelmingly support us,” he said, praising DCCC recruitment of

Obama´s Valentine´s Day bachelor
golf holiday marks 23rd vacation
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 2/14/2014 2:17:27 PM     Post Reply
America, you know how to treat a president and his family. With another Presidents´ Day bachelor holiday planned by President Obama, this time golfing in California, and Aspen, Colo., resort reporters on the lookout for the annual first lady ski trip this weekend, the taxpayer´s tab for the first family´s vacations has topped $2.4 million. But that´s just the start. That total is just from the skimpy documents detailing travel and security expenses obtained by the public watchdog group Judicial Watch from a handful of first family vacations.

Who’s Lost Credibility Now?
National Review, by Chris Chocola    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/14/2014 1:36:38 PM     Post Reply
When Speaker of the House John Boehner said that conservative groups like the Club for Growth have been “misleading their followers” and have “lost all credibility,” I didn’t pay much attention to it. After all, members of Congress are constantly saying the Club doesn’t matter — even though it’s belied by the facts: Since 2006 the Club’s PAC has helped nearly 50 endorsed candidates get elected to Congress. Some of the party’s brightest stars — senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Ted Cruz of Texas, congressmen Ron DeSantis of Florida and Justin Amash of Michigan —

  


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The Grisly Origins of America´s
Most Romantic Day of the Year
National Journal, by Marina Koren    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 1:35:50 PM     Post Reply
Valentine´s Day is an occasion to shower your significant other with flowers, chocolates, and, as one wise animated clock once said, promises you don´t intend to keep. Not the case centuries ago. Long before Valentine´s Day became Hallmark´s holiday, Feb. 14 marked the day a Roman priest was beaten with clubs, stoned, and beheaded for his attempts to protect people´s right to get married. The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there actually were, remains a mystery. One was a Roman priest, another an Italian bishop, and a third was a clergyman in Africa. None of them

Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?
National Journal, by Charlie Cook    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 1:28:30 PM     Post Reply
At least every week now, there is a new story supporting the narrative of an inevitable 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid. Indeed, the conventional wisdom is that it is an absolute certainty that she will run. If anyone is currently saying, flat out, that Hillary isn´t running, I haven´t come across them. Is the inevitability of her run really as certain as the conventional wisdom suggests, and further, is it unfolding in an optimal manner for the potential candidate? In all likelihood, Clinton will not make a final, "go-or-no-go" decision until early next year, after the dust has settled from

Delingpole quits Telegraph ahead
of UK launch of Breitbart.com
Spectator [UK], by Steerpike    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2014 1:27:17 PM     Post Reply
Green-baiter James Delingpole has quit his blog at Telegraph with customary flair: ‘Today is the sad day when I must bid you all farewell. I have been appointed Chief Sustainability Consultant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, working directly to one of my all-time-heroes Ed Davey, with a juicy, taxpayer-funded salary, a ring-fenced pension and a bio-fuel-powered Aston-Martin just like the Prince of Wales’s. No, not really, about the second bit. Just the first bit: I’m off to pastures new.’ Mr Steerpike hears that the pastures new are the launch of a London office of right-wing muck-racking website

Dozens of Vehicles Involved
In Chain of Crashes on Ice-
Coated Pa. Turnpike
CBS 3 [Philadelphia PA], by Bob Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 1:25:38 PM     Post Reply
BENSALEM, Pa.— Several multi-vehicles crashes, involving as many as 100 cars and dozens of tractor-trailers stretched over several miles of icy highway, shut down the eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike this morning. One crash area involved approximately 75 cars and several tractor-trailers. There were reports of at least 24 injuries. As of 11:40 a.m., Doylestown Hospital confirmed it was treating one victim who was in stable condition, while Abington was reportedly treating 16 people. Dr. John Kelly, chief of staff at Abington, says the good news is none of the injuries are serious: “The word that we have is

  


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Another Tesla Caught On Fire While
Sitting In A Toronto Garage This Month
Business Insider, by Linette Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2014 1:22:54 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this month, a Tesla Model S sitting in a Toronto garage ignited and caught on fire. The car was about four months old and was not plugged in to an electric socket, says a source. Fires are a touchy issue for the company, which reports Q4 2013 earnings on February 19th. Last year, three vehicles caught fire over the course of six weeks. The company has previously pointed out in a government filing that the lithium ion battery cells "have been observed to catch fire or vent smoke and flame." So the fires have raised concerns with consumers and caused

GOP lawmaker: Obama ´doesn´t
understand´ the Constitution
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 1:22:42 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Thursday that President Obama doesn´t understand how the three branches of government work under the Constitution, and said he hopes the House will soon file a legal challenge against some of Obama´s Executive Branch decisions. When asked by Ransom Notes Radio whether people will finally get tired of Obama´s use of executive authority, Brady said: "I certainly hope so because enough´s enough. He just doesn´t understand the branches of government or the Constitution." Brady said Congress in theory has the power to stop Obama, but Senate Democrats are making that impossible. Courts, he said, can

Pride weekend attacker found guilty
San Francisco Chronicle, by Kale Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2014 1:18:53 PM     Post Reply
Christopher Porter-Bailey, the man arrested in a brutal robbery and attack during San Francisco Pride weekend, has been found guilty in the assault of the woman, the District Attorney’s Office said. The June 30 attack was captured on video. In the widely circulated clip, a woman sits dazed on the sidewalk after three men punched her and stole her phone. Having gotten what they came for, the group moves along, but then Porter-Bailey turns back and delivers a violent kick to the woman’s face. A cautionary note: The video below is disturbing. The 28-year-old victim did not

Is the Tea Party´s Dream
an Illusion?
Creators Syndicate, by Pat Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/14/2014 1:15:30 PM     Post Reply
"There is no education in the second kick of a mule," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. With some such thought in mind, Speaker John Boehner strode to the floor of the House to offer a "clean" debt ceiling bill and relied on Nancy Pelosi´s Democrats to pass it. They did. "Surrender" and "betrayal," are among the epithets coming the Speaker´s way. Yet Boehner was holding a losing hand. Had he added a GOP wish-list bill to the debt ceiling, Harry Reid´s Senate would have rejected it. President Obama would have denounced it as putting at risk the full faith and credit of

Politically-Based Faculty
Discrimination, A Test Case
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 1:09:29 PM     Post Reply
Today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the case of Wagner v. Jones. Our friend Peter Berkowitz discussed the case in a Wall Street Journal op-ed (it’s behind a pay wall). Teresa Wagner accuses the University of Iowa College of Law of violating her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by refusing to hire her for its legal analysis, writing, and research program due to her strong pro-life views and activism. Her accusation is strongly supported by a comparison of her qualifications for the position and those of the two individuals selected by the law school. Wagner was already

  



Cruz: Establishment Republicans´
"Heads Explode" When
"Forced to Tell the Truth"
Townhall, by Daniel Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/14/2014 1:04:19 PM     Post Reply
He was referring specifically, of course, to squishy Senate Republicans who tried to obfuscate how they voted on raising the debt ceiling last Wednesday. The Hill caught the transcript of Sen. Cruz’s remarks: “In the 13 months I’ve been in the Senate it has become apparent to me the single thing that Republican politicians hate and fear the most, and that is when they’re forced to tell the truth. It makes their heads explode,” Cruz told radio host Mark Levin Thursday. Cruz tried to filibuster a vote in the Senate to raise the debt ceiling Wednesday, forcing the approval of 60 senators

36 Hours On The Fake Campaign
Trail With Donald Trump
Buzzfeed, by McKay Coppins    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 12:53:11 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump is sitting in the passenger seat of a black SUV packed with four well-dressed yes-men — and me — as we wind through the snowy roads of Manchester, New Hampshire on a quiet Tuesday morning in January. He has just finished a series of speeches and interviews at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics designed to stoke speculation about his political ambitions. His most recent gambit has been to make noise about running for governor in New York, but none of the students, activists, and local politicos he just spent the morning glad-handling seemed interested — a fact

Valentine´s Day Is an
Environmental Travesty
New Republic, by Jeffrey Ball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 12:50:11 PM     Post Reply
Friday is Valentine’s Day, the most saccharine holiday of the year. Ignoring it is noble social protest but, I can report from experience, risky domestic policy. Which is why, over the next two days, millions of consumers will be buying their significant others ridiculous red cards. According to the industry’s trade group, some 145 million Valentine’s cards are sold in the U.S. every year. Those cards are ridiculous not just because of the sappy sayings on their covers. They’re ridiculous because, on a planet of seven billion people, it’s nuts to buy a piece of card stock, place it into

Jordan or LeBron? Obama takes sides
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 12:46:16 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said former NBA star Michael Jordan will always be his guy — but added LeBron James has a chance to be as good as anyone. Obama sat down for an interview with Charles Barkley on Thursday ahead of the NBA All-Star Game this weekend. Obama said Jordan’s time with the Chicago Bulls was a “magical” moment for the city, in a short clip before the interview airs Sunday. Jordan led the team to six NBA championships. “Now, I´m a Chicago guy, and Mike will always be the guy, for me, just because that was a magical moment for the city,” Obama

McConnell’s bring-it-on moment
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton & Erik Wasson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 12:41:16 PM     Post Reply
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) delivered a message to Tea Party critics when he cast a decisive vote Wednesday that led to Senate passage of a debt-ceiling hike: Bring it on. In perhaps his most defining moment in the 113th Congress, McConnell strode up to the dais and declared his “aye” vote in a clear voice heard throughout the chamber. It broke the impasse and seven more Republicans soon voted as well to end the filibuster. It was a risky decision for McConnell, who is facing a difficult primary battle from businessman Matt Bevin, a conservative backed by Tea Party groups. McConnell’s

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