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Ted Cruz takes heat for telling
the truth about debt limit
Washington Examiner, by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 7:23:00 AM     Post Reply
Once again, bitter feelings are being cast in the direction of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. With the House passing the “clean” debt ceiling bill and sending it to the Democratic-controlled Senate, it was clear that this particular bill was going to be passed and sent to the president for his signature. But Cruz didn´t want to let Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., off the hook and give President Obama a blank check to once again increase the debt ceiling as we are drowning in red ink. He didn't want Republicans to simply vote against the bill, hiding behind the Democrat majority who were sure to pass it.

Getting a grip on the realities
of the federal budget
Creators Syndicate, by Scott Rasmussen    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 7:02:20 AM     Post Reply
The big story about the federal budget this week was the Republican Party´s struggle to deal with raising the debt ceiling. Last year´s big budget story was President Obama and the Democrats coming to grips with the so-called sequester, a policy gimmick that modestly slowed the growth of federal spending. Neither of these storylines came anywhere close to dealing with reality. The two teams of Washington insiders get hung up on these side issues because they´re better at symbolism than substance. For substance, start with the fact that the federal government is not $17 trillion in debt. That figure excludes

Ted Cruz forces GOP leaders to
vote for bill they wanted to pass
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 6:51:03 AM     Post Reply
“Vote No; Hope Yes.” This might as well be the official motto of the Republican Party -- among both the establishment wing and the Tea Party wing. But the Tea Partiers also use this Vote No; Hope Yes strategy. I first encountered Vote No; Hope Yes during the debt-limit showdown last October. The government had been shut down for more than two weeks, and the Treasury was a few hours from crashing into the debt ceiling. A clean debt-limit hike was on the table -- no spending cuts, no budget reforms. In the recent intra-Republican drama, Senate Minority Leader Mitch

  


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The growing silence of ´union radio´
Politico, by Mackenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 6:47:59 AM     Post Reply
The golden age of unions is long gone — and for the radio shows that focus on labor and workers’ rights, every day is a struggle just to stay on the airwaves. There are a number of talk radio shows around the country covering - and funded by - organized labor that are still up and running, but like the labor movement as a whole, what remains is a far cry from the time when unions and the concerns of workers were a dominant part of the media landscape. “It’s literally dying on the vine,” former radio host-turned-Democratic candidate for the

Foes from left, right, try
to oust Ky.´s McConnell
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 6:42:25 AM     Post Reply
Democrats dream of driving U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell into retirement this year, ridding President Barack Obama of one of his fiercest opponents. Tea partyers have the same dream, but they say the Senate´s Republican leader actually is too accommodating to Democrats. This left-right squeeze is forcing McConnell to scrape as hard as ever to raise money and try to extend his 30-year Senate career into a sixth term. The squeeze also may be his salvation. It obscures divisions among the critics who drive up McConnell´s unpopularity ratings, often cited as his biggest problem. His Democratic critics can´t vote in the May 20 Republican

The Underpants Gnome Caucus
Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/16/2014 5:57:47 AM     Post Reply
I have to preface this column with a disclaimer: I’m a big fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. His policy goals are my policy goals. But here comes the traditional “but.” But although his goals are admirable and shared by conservatives across the country, he has no idea how to achieve them. In fact, his actions in the Senate, which are bringing him praise from conservative groups and grassroots activists, are harming the cause. It’s an unpopular statement to make on the pages of Townhall. My column Thursday didn’t mention Cruz because it was written before he forced a cloture vote in

Wendy Davis calls on Greg
Abbott to stop defending
same-sex marriage ban
San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Peggy Firac    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:49:54 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — Sen. Wendy Davis said Thursday that she supports same-sex marriage and that Attorney General Greg Abbott, her presumed general-election opponent in the race for governor, should stop defending the state´s ban. “It´s my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Davis told the Express-News editorial board. Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she is “pleased” that the state´s constitutional definition of marriage, as being between a man and a woman, is under challenge in federal

  


  

Sochi Meet Oshie
Reuters, by Steve Keating    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:41:37 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie added his name to the list of American Olympic heroes with a nerveless shootout performance that lifted the United States men’s ice hockey team to a heart-stopping 3-2 win over Russia at the Sochi Winter Games on Saturday. In a heavyweight clash that evoked memories of the 1980 Olympics ‘Miracle on Ice’ when a group of American college players upset the former-Soviet Union’s ‘Big Red Machine’, Oshie delivered the knockout punch scoring on four of his six attempts, including the winner, in an epic shootout to deny Russia its Lake Placid revenge. Regarded as a shootout specialist,

Obama’s Celebrity Pal Has A Half-
Brother On Food Stamps, Even
Though She’s Worth $350 Million
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/16/2014 5:39:20 AM     Post Reply
In an attempt to bolster Barack Obama’s claim that income inequality is the worst plague to afflict America since Vanilla Ice’s rap career, pop music star Beyonce lets her half-brother subsist on food stamps. Despite fathering one of the most successful music stars in recent years, Beyonce’s dad blames a “clerical error” for why he hasn’t paid the reported $32k in child support he owes to his baby mama, Alexandra Wright, for their illegitimate son: Wright — whose son is Beyonce’s half-brother — is now on public assistance … and gets $300 a month on a state-issued EBT card to pay for

Meet Lady Bird, a massive machine digging
out a solution to D.C. wastewater woes
Washington Post, by Ashley Halsey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/16/2014 5:36:01 AM     Post Reply
A massive machine — longer than a football field — is munching away beneath Washington like a giant earthworm. Before it’s done, it will devour about 2 million cubic yards of soil that has been sitting under the city since the days of the dinosaurs. It is the most amazing and expensive construction project that no one ever will see. It will come within a center fielder’s throw of Nationals Park, within a corner kick of RFK Stadium, nibble at the deepest roots from the National Arboretum, pass below the Love Nightclub and the United House of Prayer for All, go

Remington Arms Rebuffs New York –
Will Build New Plant in Alabama
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 5:30:50 AM     Post Reply
Remington Arms Company, Inc., founded in 1816 in upstate New York, announced today they will build their new factory in Alabama and not the Empire state. Since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) signed the SAFE Gun Control Act, multiple gun companies have left the state. And, now Remington will not build its new plant there. Syracuse.com reported: Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a 500,000-square-foot factory in Alabama that would employ 2,000 people, AL.com and the Military Times reported today. The Military Times story says the expansion would not affect the gun company’s factory or jobs at the plant in Ilion, Remington’s

  


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George Zimmerman says he’s homeless
and suffering from PTSD: report
New York Daily News, by Joel Landau    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:28:54 AM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman says his problems continue. He told a Spanish language television station he is now homeless, battling post-traumatic stress disorder, more than $2 million in debt and lives in fear for his life. Zimmerman opened up on the Univision television show "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now) that will air Sunday on the Spanish language station at 7 p.m. Zimmerman also discussed his well-known struggle with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was walking in Zimmerman´s neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. After he called the cops, the two got into a fight that ended with

When you give liberals the Oval Office
Washington Times, by Robert Knight    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:26:03 AM     Post Reply
On Presidents Day, we honor those men who helped start and guide our nation. Their leadership got us through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars and the Cold War. Until recently, they all seemed to understand what makes America exceptional. But now, we’re not in Kansas anymore. You know that clever ad by a satellite-dish company that shows what happens to a man who gets bored waiting for the cable guy? As with the children’s books that began with “If You Give a Mouse a Muffin,” the man endures a series of mishaps, the final one showing

Maddow, media push mob
meme on Chris Christie
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Last night, Rachel Maddow compared Gov. Chris Christie to … AL CAPONE.(Snip for video)This isn’t the first time mob references have been used on MSNBC and others in the media. This, of course, is a trend. Andrew Sullivan has referenced the “Soprano-style,” Joy-Ann Reid said Bridget Kelly is “the top cap on this operation.” This has been repeated numerous places, including Salon, etc. And who could forget the TNR photo of Christie’s superimposed on an image of Tony Soprano? … And then there was that Morning Joe chyron (which was clever, but still…) Look, I’ve taken a few shots at

Here´s the Skinny on NBC´s
Olympic Latte Secret
Wall Street Journal, by Paul Sonne & Anton Troianovski    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:15:46 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia—After 10 days in Russia´s sparse Olympic frontier, Sonari Glinton glimpsed a beautiful green siren: the Starbucks mermaid on a crisp white coffee cup. Was she a mirage? Starbucks isn´t an Olympic sponsor and is therefore forbidden to have an official presence here. The nearest Starbucks is about 350 miles away by car in a little-known city called Rostov-on-Don. The only branded coffee player is supposed to be McDonald´s Corp. , which has been gaining grounds globally with its McCafé outlets. Olympic sponsors such as McDonald´s usually defend their turf more fiercely than a Team Canada goalie. But

  


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California´s Drought Isn´t Due
To Global Warming, But Politics
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 4:59:01 AM     Post Reply
Water Wars: President Obama visited California´s drought-hit Central Valley Friday, offering handouts and blaming global warming. But the state´s water shortage is due to the left´s refusal to deal with the state´s water needs. Following legislative action last month by Speaker John Boehner and California´s Central Valley Representatives David Valadao, Devin Nunes and Kevin McCarthy, whose Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act was designed to resolve the long-standing problem of environmental water cutbacks that have devastated America´s richest farmland, Obama is grandstanding in California, too. His aim, however, is not a long-term solution for California´s now-constant water shortages that have hit

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder reinvigorated
to pursue his goals
Los Angeles Times, by Timothy M. Phelps    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 4:49:36 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Eric H. Holder Jr. sounds like a man who suddenly found a second wind. During his first four years as America´s top law enforcement officer, Holder´s tenure at the Justice Department seemed so unfocused and controversy-prone that even Democrats began to question what the nation´s first African American attorney general had accomplished, and whether he had the passion to stick it out. But since President Obama´s reelection, the 63-year-old Holder has tackled his responsibilities with newfound energy and determination, surprising critics and supporters alike by striking out on a broad, ambitious and unapologetically liberal agenda. He moved to

Calling Lois Lerner
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 4:43:59 AM     Post Reply
The American people still need to hear from Lois Lerner. That’s a point that can’t be made often enough. Remember her? She’s the IRS official who gave a statement before Congress declaring herself innocent of any wrongdoing — and then promptly took the Fifth. Recently, Congress unearthed another IRS e-mail on which she was copied, talking about taking “off-plan” a discussion about how to harass the 501(c)4 groups the IRS had targeted. Meanwhile, leaks from officials involved in the investigation claim the FBI has not found ­anything criminal. That’s an amazing finding, given the statement by the American Center for Law and Justice,

When Will the Backlash Occur?
Fox News, by Scott W. Atlas, MD    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 4:37:25 AM     Post Reply
Americans watching the Affordable Care Act’s implementation are witnessing a government policy debacle that is as large as any in memory. It is hard to imagine a more vivid demonstration of the ruinous consequences of government stepping into a market in which it doesn’t belong. And, sadly, what we are seeing now is only the beginning of the policy’s failure. In its most updated assessment of the ACA, the government’s own Congressional Budget Office caught the Democrats flat-footed by projecting that the law is severely flawed on a number of fronts, matching in many ways what the ACA opponents clearly

There Oughta Be a Law(yer)
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 2/16/2014 4:37:06 AM     Post Reply
Nothing better depicted Obama´s illegal tampering with the clear words of ObamaCare -- his announcement this week that he was delaying the employer mandate for medium-sized companies -- than Michael Ramirez´ brilliant cartoon showing the law as a blank page in which Obama had continually changed its words and meaning. Along similar lines, Charles Krauthammer observes: But generally speaking you get past the next election by changing your policies, by announcing new initiatives, but not by wantonly changing the law lawlessly. This is stuff you do in a banana republic. It´s as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama

  



Hunter sues over alleged
fraudulent big game hunt
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 4:32:45 AM     Post Reply
RENO, NEV. – A big-game hunter from Montana is suing a Canadian outfitter and a world-renowned hunting guide in Tajikistan he accuses of turning his once-in-a-lifetime adventure of bagging a rare, wild argali sheep known as the "Marco Polo" into a nightmare. Rick Vukasin said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno last week that he spent more than $50,000 pursuing the animal in the Pamir mountains of northeast Tajikistan near China´s border in December 2012. The 65-year-old electrician said he felt like he was literally on top of the world after he tracked, shot and killed a 400-pound,

UAW Drive Falls Short Amid
Culture Clash in Tenn.
Associated Press, by Eric Schelzig & Tom Krisher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 4:27:20 AM     Post Reply
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The failure of the United Auto Workers to unionize employees at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee underscores a cultural disconnect between a labor-friendly German company and anti-union sentiment in the South. The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagen´s only U.S. plant was defeated on a 712-626 vote Friday night amid heavy campaigning on both sides. Workers voting against the union said while they remain open to the creation of a German-style "works council" at the plant, they were unwilling to risk the future of the Volkswagen factory that opened to great fanfare on the site of a former

Man-given rights and government gone wild
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 2/16/2014 3:58:12 AM     Post Reply
Just what we needed — another item to add to the ever burgeoning file labeled “Things that can’t possibly be true in America, but are anyway.” Consider this monstrosity: Our formerly constitutional government, in the form of the Federal Communications Commission, has developed a plan to put observers in the nation’s newsrooms in order to better understand “the process by which stories are selected.” Of course, they won’t just “understand” the process; they will most assuredly and dangerously alter it, merely by the implied threat of their presence in the formerly sacrosanct newsroom. Just ask anyone who ever worked for a newspaper

The British bulldog spirit lives on
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/16/2014 2:32:55 AM     Post Reply
British people are at their best when the chips are down--and the last few weeks have sorely tested us. The floods have brought misery to vast swathes of the country, sabotaging railways, cutting off power and leaving whole villages stranded in water. [Snip] They have done a remarkable job. Take the marvellous Flooding on the Levels Action Group. Composed of volunteers who could not bear to see their neighbours suffer, they have helped to distribute torches, blankets, food and more than 100 tons of sandbags. Their most impressive display of coordinated action was the evacuation of 850 cows from flooded

CNN Overlooks ´Uncle Joe´ Stalin´s
Mass-Murder of Millions
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/16/2014 1:55:42 AM     Post Reply
CNN.com´s latest angle on the Sochi Olympics is what could have been a fascinating story about Joseph Stalin and his summer home. Instead what we have is an unbelievably sloppy piece of "journalism." Built in that city in 1937, twenty years after the October revolution, the murderous dictator´s dacha is now a tourist attraction in Sochi. For the uninformed, though, CNN presents "Uncle Joe" as a "notorious dictator," but also a loving family man who did remarkably good things for social justice (Snip) Stalin might have loved his wife (CNN, the tour guide, or both are incorrect: the wife was named

A peek into Obama’s weekend
at Sunnylands
Christian Science Monitor, by Linda Feldmann    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/16/2014 1:34:09 AM     Post Reply
This much we know about President Obama’s three-day weekend at Sunnylands, the luxurious 200-acre estate near Palm Springs, Calif., that has become something of a West Coast Camp David: He has played golf with three buddies, and planned to binge on TV. Mr. Obama may well feel he’s earned his three days of R&R. On Friday, he addressed a House Democratic retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, then took Air Force One to Fresno, Calif., for events focused on the state’s severe drought, then headed south to Sunnylands for a working dinner with King Abdullah II of Jordan. By our count,

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