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Pandora Thinks It Knows
if You Are a Republican
Wall Street Journal, by Elizabeth Dwoskin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 5:07:06 PM     Post Reply
Next time you listen to a Bob Marley channel on Pandora Media Inc., the Internet radio service may peg you as likely to vote for a Democrat. The Oakland, Calif., company plans to roll out a new advertising service next week that would enable candidates and political organizations to target the majority of its 73 million active monthly Pandora listeners based on its sense of their political leanings. How can it do this? The company matches election results with subscribers´ musical preferences by ZIP Code. Then, it labels individual users based on their musical tastes and whether those artists are more

Jonathan Martin tells parents
upbringing at ´soft schools´ hurt him
USA Today, by Nate Davis    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2014 4:59:20 PM     Post Reply
Jonathan Martin was a man in turmoil, his depression only fueled by harassment from some of his Miami Dolphins teammates. In a 144-page independent report released Friday by NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells, Martin is portrayed as a man who couldn´t figure out how to best interact within his own locker room, struggled to reconcile his relationship with football, was driven to drink by his poor play and even twice contemplated suicide in 2013. (Snip)Being the object of such behavior would bother most people, but Martin seems to have been more vulnerable than most. He frequently self-diagnosed depression and had been

Kroger stabbing victim still
recovering at UK Hospital
WKYT-TV [Lexington, KY], by Jerrika Insco    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2014 4:44:45 PM     Post Reply
Lexington, Ky. — It´s a shocking crime in which a woman was attacked while shopping at a Lexington Kroger. Many of you have been asking us how she´s doing, and now we have an update. Lexington Police say on Wednesday afternoon Corey Lane Cummins 44, came up from behind and stabbed Sara Gretz, 77, in the neck at the West Lowry Lane Kroger. Police arrested Cummins, charging him with 1st degree assault. She´s retired, married, and busy with grandchildren. It was just another midday trip to the grocery store when her day took a life-threatening turn. "At any moment, anything like

  


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Michelle Obama Wishes Barack
Happy Valentine´s Day With Super-
Cute Instagram Pic—Check It Out!
E! OnLine, by Brett Malec    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 4:38:05 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama is wishing hubby President Barack Obama a happy Valentine´s Day with the cutest photo ever! The 50-year-old FLOTUS took to Instagram this morning to send a loving message to her husband of 21 years. "Hey Barack, I´ll always be your valentine! #HappyValentinesDay –mo," Michelle wrote with a snapshot. In the photo collage, which features three consecutive shots of the duo, Michelle makes a funny face that causes Barack to laugh. Barack then plants a big kiss on Michelle´s cheek while she flashes a giant smile.

State Department planning to create
Arctic ambassador position
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 4:03:05 PM     Post Reply
JUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. State Department plans to create an Arctic ambassador position to highlight the growing importance of that region. In a letter to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a "high-level individual of substantial stature and expertise" to serve as Special Representative for the Arctic Region. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said she had no personnel announcements to make, but might soon. Kerry, in the letter, said he believed it was vital to elevate Arctic issues and interests within the State Department. Nations across the world are hurrying to stake claims to

I Still Remember, Senator Cruz
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 3:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week Senator Ted Cruz took to doing what he enjoys most: Lecturing the GOP “establishment” from his moral Mt. Olympus. Speaking critically about the vote to raise the debt limit, Cruz–who insisted on a 60-vote threshold to end debate on the measure–said some lawmakers are “willing to mortgage our children’s future” because they “care so much about being praised by the Washington media” and don’t think voters are paying attention. “But sometimes, come November, the people remember,” the junior senator from Texas declared. Actually, come mid-February, the people still remember. At least I do. I remember that Senator Cruz championed legislative

Good Morning, Communism!
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami, FL], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/14/2014 3:56:24 PM     Post Reply
The impending threat of communism in Venezuela is now a reality with the “Decree with Range, Value and Force of Fair Prices” published in the country’s Official Gazette on January 24, issued by President Nicolás Maduro thanks to the special powers granted through an enabling law by lawmakers of the chavismo regime in November of last year. The destructive power of this decree over businesses is enormous when compared to other similar laws passed by Congress over the last 15 years, and that’s a lot to say. Not in vain the goal of that decree is quite explicit: Consolidating the economic

  


  

The Complex Legacy of the ´Miracle on Ice´
Wall Street Journal, by Anton Troianovski & Sharon Terlep    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 3:53:21 PM     Post Reply
Sochi, Russia - Some high-level Russians believe that media criticism of the Sochi Games reflects a Western campaign to revive Cold War animosities. Such criticism reflects "the interests of those who are frustrated by Russia´s successes," Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin recently wrote. On Saturday comes the big test of whether Sochi is hosting the new Cold War Games: the U.S.-Russia men´s hockey match. This is the Winter Games sport Russians care most about, the sport most fraught with Cold War history and the matchup most likely to be scrutinized for political overtones. Will Russian President Vladimir Putin show up? Any possibility

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

  


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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 —

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

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

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