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Nancy Pelosi persists,
even as the House
Democrats’ prospects fade
Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe and Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/14/2014 11:59:02 PM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — It had been a good week — a very good week — for Nancy Pelosi. So good, in fact, that she and her leadership team felt the need to caution their House Democratic troops not to gloat over the fact that they had scored a clean win against the majority Republicans over raising the debt ceiling. But as the House Democrats met for their annual retreat in this Eastern Shore town, there was one subject the minority leader appeared determined to avoid: her grim prospects for regaining the speaker’s gavel in this year’s midterm elections. “That’s not

Darren Sharper update: Ex-NFL
star suspected of rape in Tempe
KNXV-TV [Phoenix, AZ], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: annapolis2010dad- 2/14/2014 11:45:04 PM     Post Reply
Former NFL star Darren Sharper was charged Friday in the alleged drugging and rape of two women, one in October and the other last month, the Los Angeles County district attorney´s office said. In addition to charges in California, Tempe police have confirmed to ABC15 they are investigating an alleged sexual assault of two women that happened on November 21 near Sun Devil Stadium. Tempe police said both victims contacted authorities after they were allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted by Sharper. According to Tempe police, Sharper was in Arizona to visit a friend on November 20, 2013.

VW Workers in Chattanooga
Reject Auto Workers Union
Wall Street Journal, by Neal E. Boudette    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/14/2014 11:45:04 PM     Post Reply
The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG VOW3.XE +1.10% ´s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany´s powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the plants 1,550 hourly workers. Volkswagen workers rejected the union by a vote of 712 to 626. The defeat raises questions about the future of a union that for years has

  


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Big, runaway snowball
slams into college dorm
Associated Press, by Steven Dubois    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2014 11:24:55 PM     Post Reply
Portland, Ore. — Two math majors at Reed College lost control of a massive snowball that rolled into a dorm, knocking in part of a bedroom wall. There were no injuries, but college spokesman Kevin Myers said Friday it will cost $2,000 to $3,000 to repair the building. The incident happened last Saturday night following a rare trio of snowstorms in Portland. Students started building the giant snowball on a campus quad near the dorm. Urged by a crowd, the math majors tried to make the snowball as big as possible by rolling it down the sidewalk that goes past the dorm.

This week a top Eurocrat told
Britain ´benefit tourism is a
myth´, but he should read what
Rudi and his huge Romanian family
say at their new home: ´Your benefits
system is crazy, It´s like finding a
sackful of cash left on the road
Daily Mail [UK], by Sue Reid    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2014 11:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Rudi Ion struggles to count up the children from his huge Romanian clan who now call Britain home. It could be 100, he tells me. ‘I’ve got 25 cousins all living around Nottingham, each with three or four kids,’ he adds with a loud laugh. (Snip) What is particularly striking, according to the ONS, is that Romanians who come to Britain are actually having more than twice as many children as they would at home, where the average is 1.25 children born to each family. This week, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Laszlo Andor, attacked the

In a Blow to Organized
Labor, Workers at Volkswagen
Reject Joining a Union
New York Times, by Steven Greenhouse    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2014 11:14:10 PM     Post Reply
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In a defeat for organized labor in the South, employees at the Volkswagen plant here voted 712 to 626 against joining the United Automobile Workers, even though the company did not oppose the unionization drive. The U.A.W.’s loss — in what was one of the most closely watched unionization votes in decades — is expected to slow, perhaps stymie, the union’s plans to organize other auto plants in the South. Two other German-owned plants, Mercedes-Benz in Alabama and BMW in South Carolina, have been among its top targets.

VW workers in Tennessee stun UAW,
reject union by 712-626 margin
Detroit Free Press, by Brent Snavely    Original Article
Posted By: cThree- 2/14/2014 11:06:30 PM     Post Reply
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — The UAW suffered a devastating defeat at Volkswagen’s plant here as workers rejected union representation by a 712-626 margin.The defeat, which came despite Volkswagen’s neutrality, tarnishes UAW President Bob King’s legacy and could make it next to impossible for the union to extend its reach beyond domestic automakers.
“While we certainly would have liked a victory for workers here, we deeply respect the Volkswagen Global Group Works Council, Volkswagen management and (German union) IG Metall for doing their best to create a free and open atmosphere for workers to exercise their basic human right to form a union,” King said in a statement.

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Alex Sink campaign rejects NBC,
national TV for Clearwater
chamber debate
Tampa Bay Times (FL), by Curtis Krueger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 10:30:39 PM     Post Reply
The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce was thrilled when NBC News asked to televise its upcoming debate with candidates in Pinellas County´s closely watched congressional race. "You don´t get very many opportunities to get national TV," said Bob Clifford, the chamber´s president and CEO. But the plan, which would have featured NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd as moderator, ended when Democrat Alex Sink´s campaign rejected the idea, Clifford said Friday."The issue was that they didn´t want to do a nationally televised event," he said, and suggested directing any other questions to the Sink campaign

Volkswagen workers reject UAW
Politico, by Kevin Robillard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 10:24:08 PM     Post Reply
Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have rejected the United Auto Workers, shooting down the union’s hopes of securing a foothold at a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. The vote was 712 to 626, the UAW said.The vote, announced late Friday night after three days of balloting, is a devastating loss for the UAW, whose membership has plummeted from a high of 1.5 million in 1979 to around 400,000 today. Outgoing UAW President Bob King had staked his legacy on organizing a Southern auto plant for the first time. But the decision is a triumph for Tennessee

Obamacare Recruiting Illegals in California
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 10:18:21 PM     Post Reply
In 2009, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) apologized profusely to the White House for shouting, "You lie!" as President Barack Obama told Congress that Obamacare would not cover illegal immigrants. Now it would appear that the White House owes Wilson an apology, as Covered California--the flagship of state Obamacare exchanges--is recruiting illegal ("undocumented") immigrants to sign up for the program, regardless of their eligibility. The Covered California website includes a special page entitled: "No temas si eres indocumentado/a y quieres inscribir a tu familia en un seguro médico" ("Fear not if you are undocumented and want to enroll your family in health

Did CIA official suppress Benghazi
narrative? Accounts raise new questions
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 10:14:07 PM     Post Reply
New information about the intelligence available in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack raises questions about whether the former No. 2 at the CIA downplayed or dismissed reporting from his own people in Libya that it was a coordinated attack and not an out-of-control protest over an anti-Islam video. Then-Deputy Director Mike Morell, whose own agency lost two employees at Benghazi, former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, was heavily involved in editing the administration’s internal narrative on what happened – known as the “talking points” – which served as the basis for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s controversial

  


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Trial Lawyers Line Up Their
Next Target: Big Food
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2014 9:25:40 PM     Post Reply
Legal Racket: Wehn Laywers were shaking down the tobacco industry in the 1990´s, it was clear that it was just a matter of when they´d loot again. The only question was who would be the next mark. That picture is clearing up. The list of potential victims that acquisitive trial lawyers could separate from their money includes the oil and gas industry, the alcohol trade, drug companies and the firearms business. All would be fine trophies for the plaintiffs´ attorneys. It appears, however, that the next victim will be the food industry. "Lawyers," Politico reported Wednesday, "are pitching state attorneys general in 16

London and New York storms are
now COMBINING: Meteorologists
say two storms are ´holding
hands´ across the Atlantic
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 8:59:50 PM     Post Reply
A storm that dumped heavy snow and ice across the east coast of the United States this week is the very same weather system that battered southern parts of the UK on Friday, meteorologists have revealed. Incredible satellite imagery from NASA´s Worldview shows the monster storms swirling ´arm-in-arm´ across the Atlantic. The Stateside storm, the latest of many this bitter winter, brought with it heavy snow, sleet and icy conditions that saw thousands of flights cancelled and left 21 people dead, mostly from car crashes. Meanwhile, in Britain´s southern counties, Friday´s dreadful weather caused heavy rain and winds up to

Biden says the future is so
bright for Democrats, he’s
got to wear shades
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 8:53:59 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joseph R. Biden gave an election-year pep talk to House Democrats Friday, saying their political prospects in the fall will look brighter than they do right now. “Between now and November is three political lifetimes,” Mr. Biden said at the Democrats’ annual retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “I can’t imagine our prospects being viewed by the press and everyone else as being a whole hell of a lot brighter by the time we turn to September than now.” Mr. Biden said “even with all the difficulties you’re facing now with the [Affordable Care Act], 55 percent of the

Obama admin.: Banks can do
business with marijuana sellers
Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 8:49:27 PM     Post Reply
Banks can do business with marijuana sellers in states where use has been legalized either for recreational or medicinal purposes, under a new policy the Obama administration announced Friday. In a seven-page memo, the Treasury Department said it will not target bank transactions with marijuana businesses in those states as long as the businesses are properly licensed and the banks are taking steps to make sure the businesses don’t show signs of gang or cartel-connected activity. But banks will continue to be required to report on any suspicious activity they see, even in those states where marijuana use has been

  


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Archbishop: ´The More That Gov´t
Mandates Evil Actions, The More
Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes´
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/14/2014 8:22:54 PM     Post Reply
Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Connecticut Criminalizes
The Second Amendment
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2014 7:32:04 PM     Post Reply
Gun Control: In a massive display of civil disobedience, tens of thousands of state residents have refused to register what the left calls assault weapons, instantly making them criminals guilty of a felony. The legacy of the Connecticut residents who used their privately owned firearms to help overthrow the tyrannical colonial rule of King George III, who probably considered their muskets the military-style assault weapon of the day, apparently lives on. Connecticuters in the tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands have refused to comply with a law, adopted after the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, requiring them to register what

Holder´s Felon Re-Enfranchisement
A Ruse To Unlock 2 Mil Dem Votes
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2014 7:27:49 PM     Post Reply
Radical Politics: The Obama administration isn´t satisfied with locking in votes for Democrats by giving amnesty to illegal immigrants. Now it´s also trying to unlock ex-con´s votes through felon re-enfranchisement. In a Georgetown University speech, Attorney General Eric Holder last week called state laws barring convicted felons from voting racist measures that "strip African-Americans of their most fundamental rights." "Throughout America, 2.2 million black citizens — or nearly one in 13 African-American adults — are banned from voting because of these laws," he asserted. "In three states — Florida, Kentucky and Virginia — that ratio climbs to one in five." He demanded lawmakers

´Knock That White Boy Out’: Arrests Made
After Mob Of Teens Attack Disabled Vet
CBS Cleveland, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FormerNYer- 2/14/2014 7:26:04 PM     Post Reply
CLEVELAND, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) - Cleveland authorities have made several arrests following the mob beating of a disabled Army veteran by a group of teenagers. Last Friday, the victim, Matthew Robinson, was surrounded by between six and eight teenagers while riding the RTA Healthline. Robinson told WOIO that he was attacked by the teens, then robbed of his possessions.

Eva Moskowitz: Teachers
Union Enemy No. 1
Wall Street Journal, by Matthew Kaminski    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2014 7:26:04 PM     Post Reply
For several months running, the Bill and Eva Show has been the talk of New York City politics. He is the new mayor, Bill de Blasio, an unapologetic old-school liberal Democrat, scourge of the rich and of public charter schools. She is Eva Moskowitz, fellow Democrat and educational-reform champion who runs the city´s largest charter network. How did Ms. Moskowitz, a hero to thousands of New Yorkers of modest means whose children have been able to get a better education than their local public schools offered, end up becoming public enemy No. 1? She is the city´s most prominent, and vocal, advocate

  



At the ObamaCare Improv
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2014 7:22:37 PM     Post Reply
President Obama predicted at the House Democratic retreat on Friday that "10 years from now, five years from now" people will look back on the Affordable Care Act as "a monumental achievement." He´s right in the limited sense that, given the delays he has sanctioned so far, it will take years before anyone can tell if it works. Now that we´ve had more time to parse this week´s announcement of a second delay of the employer mandate, the political reason for the carve-out is becoming clearer. Far from the economic relief that the White House claimed, the rule is meant to

Obama ´08: ´I Take the
Constitution Very Seriously,´
Unlike Bush
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/14/2014 7:07:51 PM     Post Reply
Look up irony in the dictionary and you´ll find Barack Obama. The president made it known before his 2014 State of the Union address that he plans to bypass Congress this year to push his agenda forward. Does anyone remember when then-Senator Obama said he took the Constitution "very seriously?" Yeah, that´s right. In 2008, Obama was worried about George Bush bypassing Congress – and vowed to do something about it if he was elected president later that year. You know I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously – the biggest problems that were

Donald Trump Is Not Happy with
‘Dishonest and Unfair’ BuzzFeed Profile
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/14/2014 7:01:57 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump loves it when the media talks about him, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that he let BuzzFeed writer McKay Coppins trail him for 36 hours for a profile that ended up being focused on Trump’s delusions of political grandeur. (Snip) The notion that he is simply too big — too presidential — for a measly job in the Albany Statehouse has temporarily quelled his insecurity. But after this morning, Trump can no longer escape the fact that his political “career” — a long con that the blustery billionaire has perpetrated on the country for 25 years by repeatedly pretending to consider various runs for office, only to bail

Man accused of violent carjacking
of 77-year-old woman arrested
WESH-TV [Orlando, FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2014 6:50:42 PM     Post Reply
Orlando, Fla. — A central Florida man is in jail after beating a 77-year-old woman and stealing her car, according to the Orange County Sheriff´s Office. James Farley, 18, allegedly violently removed Charlesey Smedley from her vehicle and threw her to the ground before around 2 a.m. on Jan. 13, deputies said. Smedley was taken to Florida Hospital Kissimmee for non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies said Farley fled the Capri Apartments in the Hunter´s Creek area in Smedley´s light blue 2003 Hyundai Accent. The Kissimmee Police Department arrested Farley on Wednesday. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail.

Clarence Thomas is right about race
CNN, by Ruben Navarrette    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/14/2014 6:01:12 PM     Post Reply
San Diego, California -- Clarence Thomas has an abundance of two things that are often in short supply whenever Americans talk about race: courage and common sense. The only African-American on the Supreme Court displayed both this week in speaking to a small gathering of students and faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a nondenominational Christian school in Florida. In a series of provocative and insightful comments about race that were first reported by Yahoo! News and confirmed by several people who attended the talk and heard the remarks firsthand, Thomas dropped a few bombshells.

Obama: Immigration reform will
get done ´before my presidency is over´
Washington Examiner (DC), by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 5:58:10 PM     Post Reply
President Obama predicted in an interview airing Friday that immigration reform would get passed before the end of his second term. “I believe it will get done before my presidency is over,” Obama said during an interview with Univision Radio. “I’d like to get it done this year,” he added. However, Obama will likely have little say over whether immigration reform gets across the finish line. House Republicans are sharply divided about the timing of an immigration package, with some saying the issue should remain on the backburner until after the midterm elections.

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