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Clinton, Biden and a
post-Obama Democratic Party?
CNN, by Julian Zelizer    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/18/2014 8:58:40 AM     Post Reply
With talk about the 2016 election heating up, most of the national media has turned the focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden. Clinton and Biden would be formidable candidates. Either would be a logical successor to President Barack Obama as the leader of the Democratic Party. Yet if they are to be successful, they will need to look outside the beltway to learn about the kinds of issues that are animating voters outside of Washington. They would do well to draw on some of the ideas that have been percolating in recent months from newer

The New Contras: Understanding The
Left’s Grip On Media
The Federalist, by Mike Gonzalez    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/18/2014 8:53:12 AM     Post Reply
Behind President Barack Obama’s gripe to Bill O’Reilly that Fox News is always unfair to him stood a deeper resentment that has poisoned the soul of progressives for some time: Hollywood and academia might still be firmly in the grip of the orthodox left, but part of the media has managed to wriggle free. Liberals still can’t get over this fact, and their rearguard actions to regain control come in different forms: some, like our President’s objections, are innocuously transparent and amusing; others, like a recent research report on the future of media by the Brookings Institution, are more circuitous

Exposing the Lie in the "War on Women:
"Beware of politicos making equal-pay promises
Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 2/18/2014 8:19:12 AM     Post Reply
“Life’s greatest happiness,” Victor Hugo wrote, “is to be convinced we are loved.” But as most experienced couples know, love-induced happiness is a year-round triumph, not the outcome of a singular, mass-marketed Valentine´s celebration - the one Jay Leno calls “Extortion Day.” But men ignore this expectation-filled Hallmark holiday at their peril, which is why it’s become a $16 billion industry. More than heart-shaped bling, women savor attention — a lesson also noted by politicians. Just as women should be wary of transient Romeos, they must think again about politicians who whisper sweet nothings into their ears, over-promising before an election

  


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Jeb Bush Heading To NYC
To Test Bush v. Clinton
New York Sun, by Ira Stoll    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/18/2014 8:13:55 AM     Post Reply
The former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, will be speaking and getting an award in New York City this spring at the Manhattan Institute’s annual Alexander Hamilton dinner. The save-the-date notice that went out last week about the dinner, which is to take place in May, will only add to speculation about whether Mr. Bush intends to run for president in 2016. If he does, accepting the Manhattan Institute invitation is a smart move — it will provide Mr. Bush some valuable exposure before a large audience of right-of-center donors and intellectuals. A Bush candidacy, at least on paper, has a certain

Bombings in Syria Force
Wave of Civilians to Flee
New York Times, by Ben Hubbard    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/18/2014 8:12:14 AM     Post Reply
KILIS, Turkey — Hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo in recent weeks under heavy aerial bombardment by the Syrian government, emptying whole neighborhoods and creating what aid workers say is one of the largest refugee flows of the entire civil war. The displaced, as many as 500,000 to date, the United Nations says, have flooded the countryside, swelling populations in war-battered communities that are already short on space and food and pushing a new wave of refugees into Turkey, where in interviews many have described a harrowing journey that left them in

Obama´s Candid Moment
American Thinker, by Warren Beatty    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/18/2014 8:09:05 AM     Post Reply
Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama, during a visit to Monticello on Monday, February 10, said, "That´s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want." That statement, made to French President Francois Hollande and Monticello Foundation president Leslie Bowman, was presumably a joke. Key word: presumably. With Obama, you never can tell. Obama´s own recent statements suggest that what he said at Monticello is what he truly feels. Speaking to House Democrats on Saturday, February 15, 2014, Obama said: I want to work with Congress to make that happen. But, I´m not going to wait, because there´s too much to

2 Members of Punk Band
Pussy Riot Held in Sochi
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/18/2014 8:08:45 AM     Post Reply
Two prominent members of the punk band Pussy Riot were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics, a local human rights activist said. Semyon Simonov told The Associated Press he was with Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova when they were stopped and accused of theft. Several other activists were also detained by police at the same time, said Simonov, who has been protesting alleged abuses of migrant laborers at Olympic sites. The women were being held at a police station in Adler, a suburb of Sochi that is home to the Olympic Park. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova spent

  


  

Venezuelan ‘Security Situation is
Absolutely Out of Control’
Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser and Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/18/2014 8:06:32 AM     Post Reply
Observers say Venezuela’s security situation is spiraling “absolutely out of control” as socialist President Nicolas Maduro continues to crack down on pro-democracy protesters who have taken to the streets to demand that he resign. Protests in Venezuela entered their sixth day on Monday with students and other demonstrators braving violent attacks from state police and pro-Maduro militias, according to former and current U.S. officials. Maduro has even employed Iranian-style paramilitary Basij militias in a bid to quell the violence, according to Roger Noriega, a former United States ambassador and assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs. “They’ve used it to control the

Another Galling Betrayal
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/18/2014 8:04:27 AM     Post Reply
The Afghanistan government´s recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists -- as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair. If we learn nothing else from the bitter tragedy of the war in Afghanistan, it should be that we should put an end forever to the self-indulgence of thinking that we can engage in "nation-building" and creating "democracy" in countries where nothing resembling democracy has ever existed.

Soros doubles a bearish bet on the
S&P 500, to the tune of $1.3 billion
MarketWatch, by Barbara Kollmeyer    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 2/18/2014 7:29:48 AM     Post Reply
Soros Fund Management has doubled up a bet that the S&P 500 SPX is headed for a fall. Within Friday’s 13F filings news was the revelation that the firm, founded by legendary investor George Soros, increased a put position on the S&P 500 ETF SPY +0.10% by a whopping 154% in the fourth quarter, compared with the third. (A put or short position basically gives the owner the right to sell a security at a set price for a limited time, and in making such a bet, an investor generally believes the security is going to decline.)

Snake handlers give some
Christians the creeps
Los Angeles Times, by Michael McGough    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:57:17 AM     Post Reply
There’s a fair amount of snark online Monday about Jamie Coots, the Pentecostal pastor and reality-TV star who was fatally bitten by a snake he was handling in over-literal adherence to Luke 10:19. ("Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”) An atheist website offered this tasteless observation: “Pentecostal preachers are among the most poisonous creatures on Earth, but every once in while they bump into things even more venomous.” But even fellow Christians are finding fault with Coot for misinterpreting Scripture

  


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How Hillary Clinton sicced the FBI
on the White House travel office
Daily Caller, by Marinka Peschmann    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:53:03 AM     Post Reply
As speculation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016 heats up, the question that must be asked is: Hillary 2016, prison or POTUS? Recently, the Washington Free Beacon reported on statements found in archival documents by one of Hillary Clinton’s closest friends, Diane Blair, painting a portrait of Hillary as a ruthless First Lady. Without question ruthless is an accurate description except not only is Hillary ruthless, she is lawless. As former civil servant Linda Tripp of Bill Clinton’s impeachment fame recounted to this journalist during the Clintons’ last year in the White House, Hillary was behind

Sochi Olympics Official: We
Realized Hotel Problems ´Too Late´
Wall Street Journal, by Matthew Futterman & Gregory L. White    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/18/2014 5:49:12 AM     Post Reply
Sochi, Russia The International Olympic Committee´s chief coordinator for the Sochi Games said Monday the organization sounded a "red alert" in September because delays in hotel construction were posing a serious threat to the event. In an interview, Jean-Claude Killy, the IOC´s chief supervisor of the 2014 Olympics, offered the first public explanation for the rocky launch of these Games. Early arrivals here encountered unfinished hotels, unopened shops and myriad problems. Killy, who won three Olympic gold medals skiing for France, said that despite making 40 trips to Sochi in the seven years leading up to the Games, he didn´t understand the depth

Scientists mystified as 20 earthquakes
hit Oklahoma in one day
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Reporter & Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2014 5:39:42 AM     Post Reply
Residents of Oklahoma were left feeling rattled over the weekend after a strong of some 20 earthquakes as powerful as 3.5 magnitude rocked the central part of the state on Saturday alone. Areas north of Oklahoma City felt the brunt of the temblors, which some say were accompanied by startling booms like the sound of an explosion. The mystery earthquake wave now has residents fearing for their personal safety and the security of their property. Meanwhile, scientists have been left scratching their heads over the quakes, which are becoming more frequent each day. ´Felt like bombs going off. It´s just a huge

The Tea Party’s Gift to American Politics
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:37:31 AM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday Senator Mike Lee debated Representative Xavier Becerra over the president’s repeated lawless acts related to the Affordable Care Act. (Mr. Obama has unilaterally changed or delayed the ACA 24 times without seeking the approval of Congress.) It was a rout, with Senator Lee blowing apart the argument offered up by Representative Becerra. The Democrat from California was misleading in his claims. He ducked the questions asked by host Chris Wallace and kept reverting to pabulum and talking points. Senator Lee, on the other hand, was terrific. His answers were crisp, direct, and articulate. He was principled without coming

  


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Cruz Control?
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:29:00 AM     Post Reply
Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or

Three U.S. Embassy officials given 48
hours to leave Venezuela amid protests
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:22:19 AM     Post Reply
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro´s government on Monday gave three U.S. Embassy officials 48 hours to leave the country, accusing the Obama administration of siding with student protesters that Venezuela accuses of inciting violence. The announcement by Foreign Minister Elias Jaua came amid fears that renewed clashes could erupt Tuesday when both pro- and anti-government activists hold demonstrations in the capital. Jaua said the senior U.S. consular officers were trying to infiltrate Venezuelan universities, the hotbed of the recent unrest, under the cover of doing visa outreach. Repeating charges by Maduro, who has expelled American diplomats twice before, Jaua said the

Why the so-called ´Dark Ages´
were just as civilised as the
savage Roman Empire
Telegraph [UK], by Dominic Selwood    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2014 5:21:03 AM     Post Reply
In the epic 1982 swords-and-sorcery film Conan the Barbarian, when the massively muscled hero is asked what is best in life, he memorably decrees: “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.” Conan, like Game of Thrones (its modern progeny), is set in a fictional age, but the saga’s look and feel is a hundred per cent Dark Ages Europe. The Dark Ages. The thousand years that filled the void from the fall of the Roman Empire to the start of the Renaissance – a period of blood, conflict, destruction, and

The 10 Most Outrageous Stimulus Projects
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/18/2014 5:19:29 AM     Post Reply
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Commonly known as the stimulus, the nearly $1 trillion law was hailed as an opportunity to bring America into the “21st century.” Just two years after the bill was signed into law, President Barack Obama admitted, “shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.” While the law failed to create jobs as promised, it has provided plenty of examples of waste, fraud, and abuse. Five years and at least $816.3 billion later, here are 10 ways the government wasted taxpayer money. 10) $1.3 Million for Stimulus Highway Signs

Kerry Generates 12 Tons of CO2
on Trip Discussing Climate Change
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/18/2014 5:16:09 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry spent his weekend discussing climate change in Indonesia: “We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts,” Kerry told the audience gathered at a U.S. Embassy-run American Center in a Jakarta shopping mall. “Nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits.” This is part of a six-day Kerry trip through Seoul, South Korea; Beijing, China; Jakarta; Indonesia; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then back to Washington. In case you’re wondering, flying first class

  



Censusgate: When and
what did Labor know?
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:12:44 AM     Post Reply
A tipster tried to warn the Labor Department in 2011 that its unemployment statistics were being fabricated by the people at the Census Bureau who compile the data. But the warning was either missed or ignored by Labor. That allegedly allowed the data falsification to go on for years. As I’ve been telling you, the falsification is now the subject of a number of investigations, including one by the House Oversight Committee and Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. Also investigating is the Office of the Inspector General at the Commerce Department, which is in charge of Census. And I’m hearing that the US Attorney in

Spy Chief: We Should’ve Told
You We Track Your Calls
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:05:56 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans´ call records to be a state secret. Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place. Even the head of the U.S. intelligence community now believes that its collection and storage of millions of call records was kept too secret for too long. The American public and most members of Congress were kept in the dark for years about a secret U.S. program to collect and store such records of American citizens on a massive scale.The government’s legal

The UN has sent Kim Jong-Un
a polite but timely reminder
that he´s a modern Hitler
Telegraph [UK], by Colin Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2014 5:03:02 AM     Post Reply
Dear Sir, we write to inform you that you may be guilty of crimes against humanity That seems to have been the tactic of Michael Kirby, the chair of the UN panel investigating human rights in North Korea, which issued a devastating report on the extent of the regime´s barbarity yesterday. How do you deal with someone you suspect of being among the most evil leaders ever to have stalked the earth? Do you brand them a tyrant and then send in the tanks? Do you send them a pack of exploding cigars? Or do you send them a polite

Barack Obama’s Paragraph
Politico Magazine, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 4:59:50 AM     Post Reply
The American political system is designed to make presidents seem important. They pick their teams, their goals, their fights—and if they do these things skillfully enough, we say they’ve made history. This is what Barack Obama seems to mean by getting his “paragraph right.” Yet most of the choices that presidents make are defined by circumstance. Some things they might like to do are impossible; many successes fall into their laps; some setbacks are not their fault. Our leaders can pick many things, but not their moment in history. Obama partisans make this point incessantly. Consider, they urge, the terrible

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