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Brooks: Tea Partiers Don´t Believe In
A Strategy, While Boehner Believes
In "Intelligent Strategy"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/17/2014 1:45:53 PM     Post Reply
JUDY WOODRUFF: Good segue. We watched this drama play out this week, David, in Congress, which ended up in the Senate with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas essentially hanging some of his fellow Republicans out to dry. What was he trying to accomplish, and did he — did he do it? DAVID BROOKS: Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Senator Ted Cruz, our national aphrodisiac. (LAUGHTER) DAVID BROOKS: What — what he was trying to do is — it’s unclear. There are a couple — the official explanation was that he wanted Republicans to fight. He thinks there’s a spending problem

Mitt Romney warns GOP not to
focus on Monica Lewinsky scandal
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/17/2014 1:39:14 PM     Post Reply
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday warned his party not to highlight the Monica Lewinsky scandal when attacking possible Democratic White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton, saying to keep attention instead on Clinton´s record. "I don´t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president,” Romney said on NBC´s “Meet the Press,” adding that the former first lady “has her own record and her own vision." Some Republicans, particularly Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, have refocused attention on former President Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal, saying Democrats can´t frame themselves as the champions

What can unite liberals and
tea partyers? The NSA
Associated Press, by Connie Cass*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/17/2014 1:38:42 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways. Toni Lewis suspects tea party Republicans are "a bunch of people who probably need some mental health treatment." Politically speaking, the tea-party supporter in rural North Carolina and the Massachusetts liberal live a world apart. Who or what could get them thinking the same? Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency. By exposing the NSA´s vast surveillance web, Snowden created a link between tea partyers and liberals — two tribes camped on opposite sides of the nation´s political chasm. These people to the

  


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Caddell Bombshell: GOP Establishment
Wants the IRS to Go After the Tea Party
RushLimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/17/2014 1:35:37 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The Republican Party establishment... Let me set this up if by going back to the 2012 presidential campaign. Remember when you learned that the Romney campaign, along with Republican establishment types, had put the word out that there was to be no criticism of Obama? In fact, I remember... I think I told you all this. A prospective Republican presidential candidate in 2010 or 2011 visited me. There was some confab here in Palm Beach, and this man called and wanted to come by and tell me what his plans were. So I said, "Sure, come on by Sunday

Las Vegas hopes to bring
GOP convention to ´Sin City´
Washington Examiner (DC), by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/17/2014 1:33:10 PM     Post Reply
Las Vegas is vying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention and could be the frontrunner if the party´s social conservatives can look beyond the gambling mecca´s “Sin City” reputation. A large number of hotel rooms and meeting facilities located near convention hall, restaurants run by America’s top chefs and no hurricanes are a few of the reasons why the city appeals to GOP convention organizers. But gambling, risqué entertainment, and adults-only hotel pool parties are also a staple of Vegas hospitality. And despite the city´s hard sell, it´s unclear if the GOP´s culturally conservative base is willing to hold

Know-Nothing Judges
Canada Free Press, by Tim Dunkin    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/17/2014 1:30:39 PM     Post Reply
Conservatives and liberty lovers pretty much take it for granted that liberal judges don’t know anything about the Constitution. That much seems obvious from the consistently ridiculous decisions made by left-wingers on the bench at all levels. Yet, it is somewhat jarring to come across a liberal judge who is so un-knowledgeable, so uneducated, so thoroughly ignorant of the foundations upon which this country was built that she literally does not know what the Constitution actually says, “A federal judge confused the Declaration of Independence with the Constitution Thursday night in a court ruling which overturned Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages. “In

Coulter: Obama "Would Be Impeached
If He Weren´t America´s First
Black President"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/17/2014 1:23:21 PM     Post Reply
ANN COULTER: Different branches have different roles. In terms of writing legislation, the president´s role is quite clearly laid out as he sort of indicates but then ignores with his pen, with his veto pen. That is his role. Then he has a phone. He can call Congressmen, he can call Senators and say, this is what I´d like in the law. But other than that, he has no role in writing legislation. He is vetoing legislation by refusing to enforce it. The constitution demands that the president of the United States take care that the laws be faithfully executed. He

  


  

Your Tax Dollars At Work: How
NPR Misreports Facts In The
South To Push Race Narrative
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 1:16:01 PM     Post Reply
One of the ways in which the media abrogates its duty to inform the public is in neglecting to report key facts that would change the conclusions an audience would make about a set of events. It’s even worse when that media source is supported by the taxpayer just to be be propagandized into a political agenda. Here’s the latest egregious example from NPR: In the broadcast, the reporter, who is also local to Macon, suggests Republicans trampled the rights of black voters in Macon, GA to suppress black voter turn out in recent local elections. In fact, voter turnout

Tea Party challengers fizzle in Texas
The Hill [DC], by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 1:09:32 PM     Post Reply
Nearly two years after Ted Cruz´s come-from-behind primary victory, Tea Party challengers are fizzling in Texas. Defeating the former Senate and House GOP campaign committee heads would be a top trophy for conservative insurgents. But with just over two weeks until Election Day, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) are both heavy favorites against their primary opponents. Texas Republicans laugh that gadfly Rep. Steve Stockman´s (R-Texas) challenge to Cornyn has been a comedy of errors. Tea Party leader Katrina Pierson (R) has failed to gain any real traction against Sessions as she’s struggled with fundraising and name recognition. Both veteran

Meet Some Obamacare Navigators
at Jackson Lee Event in Houston
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/17/2014 1:08:32 PM     Post Reply
Houston residents will have an opportunity to meet some of Obamacare’s mysterious navigators at a “Rock-Enroll” party tomorrow in Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) district. The navigators have been a key point of Republican criticism against the healthcare law’s rollout. “This is reported, interestingly enough, that in California with the so-called navigators, the people who are the certified navigators, over 40 of them are convicted criminals,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on the floor this week. “Forty convicted criminals were hired and certified, certified, to be navigators in California in spite of the fact that people are being asked to give

Report: Americans completely
reliant on China for antibiotics
Daily Caller, by Christopher Bedford    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 1:07:25 PM     Post Reply
The United States is nearly completely reliant on China for it’s supply of lifesaving antibiotics. “The crucial ingredients for nearly all antibiotics, steroids and many other lifesaving drugs are now made exclusively in China,” The New York Times reported in the 32nd paragraph of a Friday article entitled “Medicines made in India set off safety worries.” Indeed, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of Bristol-Myers Squibb — the last American plant that manufactured the key ingredients for penicillin and other drugs — shuttering it’s upstate New York factory. “Like other manufacturing operations, drug plants have been moving to Asia because labor, construction, regulatory and

  


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Al Gore’s global-warming
rhetoric is put on ice
New York Post, by Andrea Peyser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 1:04:28 PM     Post Reply
It’s time to chill on global warming. Has the polar vortex got you down? Are you feeling sympathy for friends in Atlanta who’ve endured temperatures frigid enough to drive southerners into the warm embrace of Johnnie Walker Scotch — if only they can chop themselves out of snow and ice in time for happy hour? This seems a good time to stop the deafening chatter of teeth and develop a coherent thought: I envy Al Gore. I’m jealous of all deluded salesmen of the junk science known by the politically correct term “climate change’’ who see a near future in

Tlaib blames ´broken´ system for
failure to pay taxes to Dearborn schools
Detroit News, by Chad Livengood    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/17/2014 12:50:20 PM     Post Reply
Lansing — A Democratic state representative from Detroit who helps her constituents prepare their income taxes acknowledged Monday she has been erroneously claiming a homestead tax exemption on a second home in Dearborn for about five years. State Rep. Rashida Tlaib blamed a “broken” property tax system that allowed her and her husband to double-claim principal residences in both cities, lowering their annual tax bill on the rental house in Dearborn by 18 mills and shortchanging the Dearborn School District by about $350 annually. (Snip) “To me as a person who fights for school aid funding … there’s overwhelming guilt for

´Bizarre´ Cluster of Severe Birth
Defects Haunts Health Experts
NBC News, by Jonel Aleccia    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/17/2014 12:26:47 PM     Post Reply
A mysterious cluster of severe birth defects in rural Washington state is confounding health experts, who say they can find no cause, even as reports of new cases continue to climb. Federal and state officials won’t say how many women in a three-county area near Yakima, Wash., have had babies with anencephaly, a heart-breaking condition in which they’re born missing parts of the brain or skull. And they admit they haven´t interviewed any of the women in question, or told the mothers there´s a potentially widespread problem. But as of January 2013, officials with the Washington state health department and

Couple´s Colorado dream home
turns to nightmare as they face
having it confiscated in bizarre
row over a SNOWMOBILE
Associated Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/17/2014 12:19:16 PM     Post Reply
A couple face having their dream Colorado home being confiscated by the county government in a row sparked by the use of a snowmobile. Andy Barrie, who lives in the century-old cabin with his wife Ceil, has said he feels like he ´can´t trust my government´ as it attempts to claim his property under controversial rules usually preserved for economic development and preserving open space. The case stems from the Barries insisting they had the legal right to reach it on a snowmobile - or All Terrain Vehicle. The view from the deck of the small cabin was a dream

  


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Mainstream Media Has Failed
to Cover Cartels, Border Security
Breitbart Texas, by Syliva Longmire    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/17/2014 12:12:11 PM     Post Reply
Our southwest border with Mexico is completely unlike any other part of the United States. It is also a place that needs to be personally experienced in order to fully understand the complexities and nuances of life next to another country. But Mexico is not just any country; it is our third largest trading partner, and our two nations share a cultural bond that goes back over a hundred years. This cross-border relationship hasn’t always been pretty, and at some points in history, it has been downright ugly. However, US and Mexican citizens have always found a way to exchange

Exclusive: HHS won´t say if Sibelius
is fundraising for Obamacare
- Thread Closed
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 2/17/2014 12:04:21 PM     Post Reply
First in a series of stories on the Obama administration´s outside fundraising efforts to promote Obamacare enrollment. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other department staff may be continuing to solicit private donations to help an outside group promote the president´s health care law as the administration works to boost enrollment figures after a troubled fall rollout.

EXCLUSIVE: National clown
shortage may be approaching,
trade organizations fear
New York Daily News, by Natalie Musumeci    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/17/2014 11:48:21 AM     Post Reply
Send in the clowns — please! As the “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Brooklyn Thursday, circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon. Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues. “What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”

Extreme winter weather affecting
some solar panels´ energy output,
maintenance, officials said
Times of Trenton [NJ], by Cristina Rojas    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/17/2014 11:05:55 AM     Post Reply
For the countless solar panels that have cropped up on rooftops and fields across the region, winters like this one can reduce solar output when the panels become covered with snow or clouds filter the sunlight. Overall, PSE&G’s solar production has dropped this winter as the state has been hit hard by snowstorm after snowstorm, said Todd Hranicka, director of solar energy, although he had no specific figures. “It’s one of the challenges of solar,” he said. “If the sunlight is not hitting the solar panel, you’re not generating energy.” The public utility company produces 40 megawatts of electricity at

After UAW defeat, can GOP
fulfill promise of jobs?
Associated Press, by Erik Schelzig And Tom Krisher    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 2/17/2014 11:05:23 AM     Post Reply
Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week’s vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear. Now that workers have rejected the UAW in a close vote, attention turns to whether the GOP can fulfill its promises that keeping the union out means more jobs will come rolling in, the next great chapter in the flourishing of foreign auto makers in the South.

  



Dems´ new 2014 plan:
Neutralize Obamacare
Politico, by Dan Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: HoneyBadger- 2/17/2014 10:42:25 AM     Post Reply
Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP’s advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even endangering domestic violence victims.The battle plan, details of which were in a memo obtained by POLITICO, recognizes the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act. But it also banks on voter fatigue with the GOP’s relentless demands for repeal and counts on poll-backed data that show many Americans would rather fix Obamacare’s problems than scrap it

HHS won´t say if Sebelius is
fundraising for Obamcare
Washington Examiner, by Susan Grabtree    Original Article
Posted By: HoneyBadger- 2/17/2014 10:03:04 AM     Post Reply
First in a series of stories on the Obama administration´s outside fundraising efforts to promote Obamacare enrollment.Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other department staff may be continuing to solicit private donations to help an outside group promote the president´s health care law as the administration works to boost enrollment figures after a troubled fall rollout. News last May that Sebelius had asked business executives and nonprofit groups to donate to Enroll America, a nonprofit organization formed to help encourage millions of Americans to sign up for the new Obamacare insurance exchanges, provoked an uproar among Republicans on Capitol

Eisenhower´s tree finally meets
its match: Famous pine on Augusta
that was bane of president´s life
on the golf course is removed
thanks to winter storm
Daily Mail (UK), by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/17/2014 10:01:10 AM     Post Reply
Over the years it has defied the world´s best golfers - and even presidents - time and time again. But now, after being badly damaged in a winter storm, Augusta National´s famous Eisenhower Tree has been felled. Augusta´s golf club confirmed the loblolly pine, affectionately named after it infuriated former member and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will not be seen at the next Masters competition in two months. The tree sat about 210 yards off the left of the 17th fairway and was the only part of the course which was damaged in the recent storms that have ravaged

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