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Aspen airport shuts down
for Michelle Obama
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/15/2014 5:00:16 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama apparently halted private-jet traffic at Aspen airport as she landed for a weekend of skiing while President Obama headed to California. Michelle, with her daughters, Sasha and Malia, was expected to touch down in Aspen Friday to spend Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend away from her husband, who was meeting late Friday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Mrs. Obama’s arrival amid tight security was expected to delay the arrival of other wealthy vacationers on private jets at the Colorado ski resort. One source said, “Some of those heading into Aspen were whining that

Drought watch: Farmers say
Obama’s relief efforts lacking
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/15/2014 4:59:59 AM     Post Reply
FRESNO — Farmers in California´s drought-stricken Central Valley said the financial assistance President Barack Obama delivered on his visit Friday does not get to the heart of California´s long-term water problems. Amid one of the driest years in the state´s recorded history, Obama came to the Fresno area to announce $100 million in livestock-disaster aid, $60 million to support food banks and $13 million toward things such as conservation and helping rural communities that could soon run out of drinking water. Obama told reporters in the rural town of Firebaugh, where he met with community leaders, that he wasn´t about

´I´ll always be your Valentine´: Michelle
posts soppy message with cute photos
of the First Couple... but Obama has to
tweet his love from 3,000 miles away
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/15/2014 4:57:23 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama has sent her husband a virtual Valentine--for the whole world to see--since they won´t be spending the holiday together. ´Hey Barack, I´ll always be your valentine! #HappyValentinesDay - mo,´ she wrote, attaching a collage photo of the couple goofing off. Even though a tweet may not be the most personal way to get her message across, at least Mrs Obama signed the tweet herself. The first couple usually adds their initials at the end of the tweet in order to distinguish which ones they write as opposed to those written by their staff. When Mr Obama posted his

  


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Huddled House Democrats
Face ´Cold, Hard Realism´
National Journal, by Billy House    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/15/2014 4:50:04 AM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Md.—Dreary weather, low turnout, and an icy political outlook for this year´s election chilled the House Democratic retreat here. Even an appearance by Vice President Joe Biden got snowed out. President Obama is still expected to speak Friday to the 110 or so lawmakers—just over half the caucus—who made it to talk strategy at a tony hotel better suited for summer. And Biden is apt to make it, too. But digging out of this malaise will take more energy than Obama´s speech can deliver, even as Democratic leaders circulated word that the president has committed to do at least six fundraisers

His Worship
Esquire Magazine, by Chris Jones    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/15/2014 4:44:54 AM     Post Reply
From the air, Toronto’s iconic, late-modern City Hall looks like a wide, unblinking eye, symbolism that lately has seemed more appropriate than ever: Even the building can’t quite believe this circus. Deep underneath its two curved towers, on a cold and bitter January day, His Worship Mayor Rob Ford sits in the passenger seat of a black Cadillac Escalade, driven by a hulking bodybuilder named Jerry Agyemang. In addition to his role as chauffeur, he has also been providing the mayor with physical security and workout tips. Together they ease into a reserved spot in the salt-stained parking garage and

Online trolls really ARE horrible people:
Researchers find they are narcissistic,
machiavellian, psychopathic and sadistic
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/15/2014 4:41:22 AM     Post Reply
Online trolls have serious personality issues such as Machiavellianism, one of the biggest studies into trolling has found. Researchers say that online commenters display traits that are Narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic and the worse the problems, the longer the person spent online. They found the most common trait was to exhibit sadistic behaviour. [Snip] They said the trolls displayed what is known as the ´Dark Tetrad´ of personality in two tests developed. ´Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and

Apprehensive, Many Doctors
Shift to Jobs With Salaries
New York Times, by Elisabeth Rosenthal    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/15/2014 4:36:48 AM     Post Reply
American physicians, worried about changes in the health care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following. Last year, 64 percent of job offers filled through Merritt Hawkins, one of the nation’s leading physician placement firms, involved hospital employment, compared with only 11 percent in 2004. The firm anticipates a rise to 75 percent in the next two years. Today, about 60 percent of family doctors and pediatricians, 50 percent of surgeons and 25 percent of surgical subspecialists — such as ophthalmologists and ear, nose and

  


  

IRS scandal merely tip of
iceberg of agency´s problems
Washington Examiner [DC], by Veronique de Rugy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 4:29:32 AM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service has been in some hot water lately for allegedly targeting political enemies. In 2013, it was revealed that the federal tax agency systematically hassled and unfairly scrutinized nonprofit organizations applying for tax-exempt status, simply on the basis of their names or assumed political leanings. The fact that most victims were organizations that had Tea Party- or conservative-sounding names was a big red flag of government-backed political harassment. So far, the issue is unresolved. The House Oversight and Government Reform and Ways and Means committees have been holding hearings to determine wrongdoing and responsibility. State-backed political abuse is horrible on its

First ice storms, now an EARTHQUAKE:
America´s Southeast struck by Valentine´s
Day tremblor felt across three states
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/15/2014 4:26:14 AM     Post Reply
Snow and ice weary southerners received another jolt Friday night when an earthquake struck the region. The 4.1-magnitude quake was centered in Edgefield, South Carolina, but was also felt in North Carolina and Georgia--it occurred at 10.23p and lasted about 10 seconds, according to witnesses. [Snip] Though minor in scope, USGS Geophysicist Dale Grant called the event a ‘large quake for that area.’ Despite being large for the area, 4.1-magnitude quakes do not often cause significant damage. It did knock out land line phones in at least one area of Edgefield, a local told Fox Carolina.

Wyoming officials take EPA to court
after ruling gives land to tribes
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 4:26:06 AM     Post Reply
Wyoming officials are taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court in a bid to reverse a sweeping agency ruling that transferred more than 1 million acres of land -- including an entire city -- to Native American tribes. Wyoming Attorney General Peter K. Michael filed his state´s appeal Friday morning before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. The state wants either the EPA to reverse, or the courts to overturn, a December ruling on a request from the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The tribes had sought "state status" in order to administer air quality monitoring. The EPA,

Federal Guidance on Pot
Business Leaves Banks Wary
Associated Press, by Gene Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 4:21:56 AM     Post Reply
SEATTLE -- For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash - driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man - can´t end soon enough. It´s not clear that the Obama administration´s new guidance on pot-related banking is going to end them. The Justice and Treasury Departments on Friday issued banks a road map for doing business with marijuana firms. The security-wary pot industry, including recreational shops in Colorado and medical marijuana operators elsewhere, welcomed the long-awaited news, but banking

  


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Obama taunts ‘scared’ Republicans,
says immigration reform is a priority
Washington Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/15/2014 12:02:37 AM     Post Reply
President Obama told House Democrats Friday that comprehensive immigration reform remains a top priority for this year in spite of Republican lawmakers who are “scared” of the political consequences. “They’re worried and they’re scared about the political blowback,” Mr. Obama said of the GOP. “We can all appreciate the maneuverings that take place, particularly in an election year.” Speaker John A. Boehner has said that the House probably won’t approve comprehensive immigration reform this year because Republicans don’t trust Mr. Obama to improve border security. At the Democrats’ annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., Mr. Obama said he doesn’t want to

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

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

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