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Slaughter in the Cities, Ineffectual
Mumbling in the White House
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:39:27 AM     Post Reply
This is what a policy looks like when it dies and goes to hell. The FT reports that violence is ramping up in Syria, with Assad agents using devastating “barrel bombs” against rebel areas. More: According to the opposition Syrian National Council, 20,000 people have been killed in barrel-bomb campaigns since the start of the conflict in 2011. A Turkish official said about 2,000 had been killed since peace talks began in Geneva last month. The Damascus reg­ime has failed to offer an explanation for the bombing, but insists in its official media and during the Geneva talks that it is

Trapped South African Miners Can
Either Stay in Mine or Get Arrested
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 5:35:08 AM     Post Reply
Suspected illegal gold miners trapped in a South African mine have a choice: get rescued and arrested, or stay in the mine. Eleven miners were rescued from the shaft, near Johannesburg, yesterday and promptly arrested. When the other trapped miners -- it´s not known how many are down there but some reports say it could be as many as 200 -- saw that, they decided to stay down there. The rescue operation has been postponed until the miners change their minds. Currently, the BBC reports, a "private security company" is guarding the mine to make sure the rescue can resume if the

Restricted Access
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:31:12 AM     Post Reply
An extensive collection of papers related to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s years in the Arkansas governor’s mansion remains under tight control at a public library in Little Rock, with access restricted by the Clinton Foundation. President Bill Clinton donated his papers from his tenure as Arkansas governor to the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) in 2003, and they are housed at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock. The documents could provide new insight into the early chapter of the Clintons’ political careers, as reporters take a second look at Hillary Clinton’s past in light of the information contained in

  


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Of Course He Should Be Impeached
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:21:07 AM     Post Reply
Last week, Jeffrey Lord asked the following question in this space: “Should Obama be impeached?” I have enormous respect for Lord, and agree with virtually everything he writes, but his column reflects an unsettling trend in the way many view this issue. Most pundits and politicians discuss Obama’s serial violations of the Constitution as if mulling an interesting academic subject. They ponder such arcana as the definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the number of Senate votes required to convict an impeached President, the effect of the process on the GOP’s electoral prospects in 2016, ad infinitum. Few, however, discuss

Are public-employee unions
toxic to their candidates?
San Francisco Chronicle, by Willie Brown    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:09:49 AM     Post Reply
The real news in the San Diego mayoral race isn´t that a Republican won, but that the candidate backed by public-employee unions lost. That is a real shift in California politics. And it´s the second time it´s happened in a big-city mayoral race in less than a year. In San Diego on Tuesday, City Councilman Kevin Faulconer, a middle-of-the-road Republican, knocked the stuffing out of the union-backed Democrat, Councilman David Alvarez. And he did it in part by hammering on the big union money behind Alvarez, much of which came from out of town. In some ways it was a replay of the Los

Mike Rowe´s Walmart
New York Post, by Editori    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 5:07:01 AM     Post Reply
“Honestly, Kevin, who gives a crap about your feelings toward Walmart?” That was Mike Rowe, star of the Discovery Channel series “Dirty Jobs.” He was responding on Facebook to a comment from “Kevin” suggesting, in essence, that he’d joined the Evil Empire by endorsing a Walmart initiative to buy $250 billion in US-made goods over the next 10 years and put them on their shelves. Kevin had been provoked by an unpaid voiceover Rowe did for a Walmart commercial touting the initiative that aired during the Olympics. He wasn’t the only one. On his Facebook page Rowe responded, and it strikes us he

Romney on GOP attack
Boston Herald, by Hillary Chabot    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 5:03:40 AM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney — the GOP’s uptight 2012 presidential nominee known for his family-man image and awkward sound bites — just might turn into the Republican Party’s top ?attack dog in 2016. “He will be the one who carries the fight and makes the arguments and shows the contrasts,” said Tom Rath, a New Hampshire GOP consultant who helped Romney’s 2012 bid. “He fills the void while we are waiting to select a nominee, and he can be a very effective and compelling spokesperson who doesn’t have to be anything but be himself.” The praise comes ?after Romney yesterday ?blasted former President Bill

  


  

Worst. Week. Yet.
PJ Media, by Stephen Green    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:01:05 AM     Post Reply
I couldn’t help thinking this was the Worst. Week. Yet., staring once again at the slow-motion train wreck known officially as the Affordable Care Act implementation, or less charitably as the ?bamaCare!!! Follies. So let us look back on the weary week that was, and then take a brief look ahead at the future of the law Officially So Settled It’s Inscribed in Solid Play-Doh. So to steal a match from Johnny Carson, how bad was it? Well, you might recall a few months back DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz confidently predicting “that Democratic candidates will be able to run on

The Hunley: Zeroing in on what caused
Civil War submarine´s sinking
CNN, by Phil Gast    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 4:54:54 AM     Post Reply
Born and built amid gray-cloaked secrecy during the American Civil War, the H.L. Hunley -- the first submarine to sink an enemy ship -- has held tight to its murky mysteries. The 150th anniversary of the Hunley´s daring and dangerous raid will be marked this weekend and Monday, but the overarching question remains: What caused the submarine and its eight-member crew to slip to the bottom of the sea on the moonlit evening of February 17, 1864, after it signaled to shore a success that changed naval warfare. The Hunley, housed at a laboratory in North Charleston, South Carolina, has yielded its

Acting ICE Director Sandweg
resigns after five months on the job
Fox News, by Jane Winter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 4:50:23 AM     Post Reply
The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose appointment to the post raised eyebrows because of his scant law enforcement experience, told agency employees he will resign Friday, FoxNews.com has learned. John Sandweg, a former defense attorney who knew former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano from their days as political allies in Arizona and came to Washington with her, gave his notice just six months after taking the reins in August. In a letter Friday to coworkers, Sandweg said he will return to work in the private sector but gave no explanation for his departure. “Over

Revisiting the Ghosts of Airlines Past
ABC News, by Rick Seany    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 4:47:21 AM     Post Reply
Not long ago, I heard someone talking about how much he missed Continental Airlines and asking, "Where did it go, anyway?" Off to the Great Tarmac in the Sky, thanks to its merger with United a few years back. But look closely at the tails of United´s planes -- see that globe logo? That was Continental´s. Nice to see one last vestige of a once-great airline. If you´ve ever wondered whatever happened to your favorite airline, I´ve got some answers. Allegheny Airlines For some northeast travelers, this gritty Pittsburgh-based carrier will forever be known as "Agony Airlines," though it actually comes from blue-blood

  


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Breitbart News Launches ´Breitbart London´
& ´Breitbart Texas´ Verticals
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/17/2014 4:32:50 AM     Post Reply
Breitbart News launched two new verticals on Sunday—"Breitbart London" and "Breitbart Texas"—that are the first steps in a multi-year expansion effort that will bridge the gap between global and regional news at a time when the rise of anti-establishment forces in politics and new media are threatening the old political and media order. James Delingpole, formerly of the Daily Telegraph, and Raheem Kassam, from TrendingCentral.com, will lead Breitbart London, which will have a staff of 10 with 100 contributors already lined up to grow the site. Breitbart´s Brandon Darby will lead Breitbart Texas with a team of contributors that will

Secretary of State Kerry lashes out at
climate change skeptics
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 2/17/2014 12:52:38 AM     Post Reply
JAKARTA, Indonesia – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world´s "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat. In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials, Kerry tore into climate change skeptics. He accused them of using shoddy science and scientists to delay steps needed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the risk of imperiling the planet. A day earlier, the U.S. and China announced an agreement to cooperate more closely on

FDA Commissioner Margaret A
Hamburg´s India trip was about
Taj, quality and pharma
Businesss Today [India], by E. Kumar Sharma    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/16/2014 11:42:27 PM     Post Reply
Margaret A Hamburg, US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) Commissioner on her first official visit to India, has been visiting the Taj Mahal and also writing down her impressions of the meetings she has had in India. These have been put up on the FDA´s official blog. "As I walked, along with hundreds of other visitors, in socked feet (I felt) that those responsible for building the Taj and those that are preserving the centuries´ old structure are committed to extraordinary quality," she writes in a piece titled Quality: A Recurring Theme During My Visit to India. Hamburg then goes on

Why Lewinsky Shouldn´t
Be a GOP Talking Point
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 11:04:39 PM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton uses a car-racing metaphor to explain the difference between rash and calm decision-making in politics. “The great drivers, when the cars get close, the turns get hairy, they calm down, and they see everything, and they act,” he says. “The ones who are fearful and can´t concentrate and can´t calm down, run into the wall.” Republican leaders should pay attention, because on the issue of whether Clinton’s sex life is relevant 14 years after he left office, they’re once again careening toward a wall. Sen. Rand Paul dredged up Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and his subsequent impeachment,

  


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Karl Rove Turns Christie Accusations
on Dem Gov: Were You ‘Incompetent
or Lying’ in 2008?
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2014 10:49:29 PM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel contributor Karl Rove and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland appeared on Fox News Sunday to debate the political implications of the scandals surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Rove turned the tables on Strickland during the debate over Christie’s aide’s alleged malfeasance and asked why Strickland was unaware of his own aides digging up information about Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher in order to discredit him during the 2008 presidential campaign. “Let’s go back to 2008 and Joe the Plumber,” Rove began. “Governor Strickland’s own appointee, as head of the employment commission, was found to have been

David Gregory Asks Romney If
It´s Fair to ´Resurrect the 90s´
Against Hillary; Mitt Says Bill
´Embarrassed The Nation´
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2014 10:44:31 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday´s Meet the Press, host David Gregory seemed to pick up where Andrea Mitchell left off, expressing shock that the Republicans would think it´s fair to revisit the 1990s to assess Hillary Clinton. Gregory´s interviewee was Mitt Romney, who somehow refrained from saying "You people thought allegations of my high-school bullying in 1965 were relevant, but not the Clinton presidency?" Romney dared to say Bill Clinton "embarrassed the nation" and didn´t act like an adult. (Video below): GREGORY: 2016 politics is a topic that keeps coming up for you. I´ll ask about you in a minute. But I want

Arizona police: Shooting
in Walmart store kills 1
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 10:43:55 PM     Post Reply
Phoenix - Police in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler say a man shot inside a Walmart store during a fight has died. Chandler police spokesman Joseph Favazzo says that detectives reviewing surveillance video report that two people got into a fight, ending in a shooting around 4 p.m. Sunday. Favazzo says the shooter fled and soon afterward, a family member called authorities to report his whereabouts. Police picked him up at a home and are questioning him. Favazzo says he´s not under arrest at this time and is cooperating. The victim had been taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but later died.

Hezbollah vows victory
against extremists in Syria
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 10:32:17 PM     Post Reply
Beirut - The chief of Lebanon´s Shiite movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, vowed on Sunday that the group would prevail against extremists fighting in neighbouring Syria. "We will win this battle, God willing," he insisted, after describing the group´s role in the conflict in Syria as a fight against "takfiris" -- extremist Sunni Muslims. Hezbollah, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, has dispatched fighters to the conflict to bolster government troops, finally admitting their presence in April 2013. Nasrallah has regularly defended the decision by saying Hezbollah is countering jihadist fighters, although extremists make up only a portion of those

Reality show snake-handling
preacher dies -- of snakebite
CNN, by Ashley Fantz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 10:17:34 PM     Post Reply
A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died -- of a snakebite. Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said. On "Snake Salvation," the ardent Pentecostal believer said that he believed that a passage in the Bible suggests poisonous snakebites will not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God. The practice is illegal in most states, but still goes on, primarily in the rural South. Coots was a third-generation "serpent handler" and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.

  



Boko Haram kill over
100 in village massacre
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 10:08:52 PM     Post Reply
Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed more than 100 people in an attack on a village in Nigeria, a local senator said on Sunday. The attackers stormed the village in Nigeria’s restive northeastern Borno state on Saturday, slaughtering scores of civilians and sending many others fleeing. “A hundred and six people, including an old woman, have been killed by the attackers, suspected to be Boko Haram gunmen,” Senator Ali Ndume said. “Sixty of the dead have been buried while the rest are awaiting burial,” he added, saying the attacks in the area were becoming “deadlier and more frequent by the day.”

Mitt Romney: Drop talk of Bill Clinton´s
sexual mischief if Hillary Clinton
runs for President
New York Daily News, by Joseph Straw    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 9:57:22 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Mitt Romney told GOP pals Sunday to drop talk of ex-President Bill Clinton’s sexual shenanigans if wife Hillary makes her own White House bid. “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if Hillary Clinton decides to run for President,” the 2012 Republican nominee said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” citing the former First Lady’s own record, including stints as a U.S. senator from New York and as secretary of state. Romney also noted that the years of Bill Clinton’s presidency “were, by and large, positive economic times for the country.” The former Massachusetts governor added that Hillary Clinton

Group tries to slow federal government’s
move away from paper to the Web
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 9:48:25 PM     Post Reply
As the Obama administration pushes to do more business over the Internet, finally seeking to close the technology gap with the private sector, the digital makeover is running into a dogged opponent called Consumers for Paper Options. (Snip) With federal budgets under fire in Congress, the government’s move to the Internet has gained pace. An electronic payment, for instance, costs the government only 9 cents to process, compared with $1.25 for a paper check, the Treasury Department says. At Treasury, which last year suspended most paper mailings for all but the very aged and those with “mental impairments,” officials estimate

Slaying of South Korean tourists signals
turn in Egypt’s Islamist insurgency
Washington Post, by Erin Cunningham    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 9:40:31 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - An explosion ripped through a bus carrying South Korean tourists in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Sunday and killed three people, the deadliest attack on vacationers here in years, signaling a potential escalation in the fight by Islamist militants against the Egyptian government. The insurgency that sprouted last summer had previously confined itself to targeting Egyptian military and police forces. But as the government continues its broad repression of Islamists in the wake of the military’s removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July, the attacks could turn into a much bloodier ­guerrilla-style conflict, analysts say.

Jet stream shift could prompt
harsher winters: scientists
Agence France-Presse, by Jean-Louis Santini    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/16/2014 9:37:13 PM     Post Reply
Chicago - A warmer Arctic could permanently affect the pattern of the high-altitude polar jet stream, resulting in longer and colder winters over North America and northern Europe, US scientists say. The jet stream, a ribbon of high altitude, high-speed wind in northern latitudes that blows from west to east, is formed when the cold Arctic air clashes with warmer air from further south. The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the jet stream moves. According to Jennifer Francis, a climate expert at Rutgers University, the Arctic air has warmed in recent years as a result of melting polar

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