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Minimum wage hike would kill
a half-million jobs: CBO
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan & Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 2:53:46 PM     Post Reply
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will cut about a half-million jobs out of the economy by 2016, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report Tuesday that could deal a major blow to Democrats’ chief domestic agenda item this year. A majority of low-wage workers would see their pay rise thanks to the increase and would be substantially better off, including many who would be lifted above the poverty line. But a minority would also lose jobs as businesses choose to invest elsewhere, the CBO said in its analysis of a proposal very similar to the one congressional Democrats have

Democrats in Denial Over Obamacare
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 2:39:18 PM     Post Reply
For nearly three years, the Democratic approach to the political unpopularity of President Obama´s health care law was denial. Deny it played a significant role in the party´s historic midterm losses in 2010. Insist, in the face of contradictory evidence, that as more voters experienced the benefits of the law, the more popular it would become. Deny it would be a major issue at all in the 2014 midterms. The latest version of the argument points to polling showing that voters don´t want to repeal the law but prefer to see it fixed—perfectly in line with the newly adopted positions

Disgraced Democratic
congressman arrested in Zimbabwe
after allegedly making 100 porno
films and taking 2,000 naked pictures in hotels
Daily Mail [U.K.], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/18/2014 2:36:14 PM     Post Reply
Former Illinois Democratic Rep. Mel Reynolds was arrested Monday in Zimbabwe after police learned that he was making pornographic films in hotels where he had accumulated $24,500 in unpaid bills, and that he had overstayed his visa by two months. A former Reynolds assistant told the state-controlled newspaper The Herald that the Democratic pol had been paying a model and several other girls to produce his pornos. ´His travel documents were not up to date and he used to bring beautiful women at different times,´ said the former employee, identified only as Sunny. ´He employed five of us including a personal assistant



Hollywood asks California to cut
taxes — for the film industry
Daily Caller, by Breanna Deutsch    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 2:21:41 PM     Post Reply
You know things are bad when Hollywood liberals are asking California for a tax break. Film Works, an entertainment-industry advocate organization, recently launched an online petition asking California’s film and TV enthusiasts to lobby lawmakers to create greater incentives for production to stay within state borders. While operating costs in California have grown more expensive over the past decade, other states and countries have established film tax credits in an effort to bring production to their territory. If California does not pass similar legislation, Film Works warns, the state will lose hold of one of its most iconic industries. “We are now greatly

Obama administration ´to offer
Taliban 5 Gitmo prisoners in exchange
for last Afghanistan POW Bowe Bergdahl
who has spent four years captive´
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 1:54:45 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The move is an attempt to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl before the majority of US forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the report in the Washington Post said, citing current and former officials. The swap would trade Bergdahl for five Taliban members who would be released from Guantanamo Bay into protective custody in Qatar, the Post reported.

Obama orders new green rules
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 1:49:34 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Tuesday announced he was ordering his administration to develop a set of new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles. Obama did not detail specific targets for heavy-duty vehicles, but said he expected a draft proposal by March of next year and for the rule to be implemented by 2016. While heavy-duty trucks and buses represent just 4 percent of the vehicles on the road, they generate 20 percent of the nation’s vehicular carbon pollution. “We want trucks that use less oil, save more money, and cut pollution,”

Obama throwing White House movie
night for mega-donor George Clooney
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 1:48:53 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is throwing a movie night on Tuesday evening for the cast of The Monuments Men, the new film directed by mega-Obama donor and liberal actor George Clooney. “In the evening, the President will host cast and crew members of the movie The Monuments Men at the White House,” the White House said in a release. “This screening is closed press.” The Obama administration did not specifically note who plans to attend the screening in the White House’s “Family Theatre.” But in addition to Clooney — whose film is about the World War II platoon who rescued art from Nazi thieves



Woman buys all ´indecent´ shirts
to remove them from store
Daily Herald [Provo UT], by Genelle Pugmire    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 1:39:57 PM     Post Reply
OREM - A shopper at the University Mall in Orem was so offended by a T-shirt display at a store in the mall that she bought every shirt just to get them out of the window. Judy Cox was on a birthday shopping trip with her teenage son at the University Mall Saturday when they passed the window display at PacSun. The window touted the company´s line of "Visual" T-shirts that included screened photos of scantily-dressed models is provocative poses. "I had a conversation with the store manager," Cox said. "She said she did refuse to put the accompanying banner

Obama to issue executive order
on truck fuel standards
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 1:34:57 PM     Post Reply
The preisdent just "can´t wait" for Congress to develop new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, so he will do it for them using his power of executive authority. Now, isn´t that nice of him? Washington Examiner: President Obama will again bypass Congress and take executive actions to promote his agenda on Tuesday - this time by ordering the federal government to develop the next round of greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-weight trucks by March 2016. Back in Washington from a three-day trip to California, Obama will announce the new executive orders, which the White House said are aimed

Republicans open investigations
into ObamaCare’s disaster sites
The Hill [DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/18/2014 1:34:47 PM     Post Reply
Republicans are launching investigations into three state-run ObamaCare exchanges that are failing disastrously. Lawmakers are setting their sites on exchanges in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts, where Democratic governors embraced the healthcare law, and are demanding to know why their expensive online portals remain useless more than four months after launch. On Wednesday, four Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the $304 million in federal grants that Oregon received to build its broken website. “The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability,” wrote the group

Infamy dogs Monica Lewinsky
Boston Herald, by Margery Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 1:30:23 PM     Post Reply
Suddenly Monica Lewinsky is everywhere. Would-be president Rand Paul is talking about her. So is almost president Mitt Romney. Yesterday, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski blasted the GOP as “sexist, misogynist hypocrites” for even asking: Will the ancient L’Affaire Lewinsky hurt Hillary in 2016? I have no idea. But it has to hurt Monica Lewinsky. Her mid-1990s transgressions, when she was a mere 22, just live on and on. So does she — as the punch line of dirty jokes about Spray ’N Wash and cigars. Want to feel old? Lewinsky is 40, and still floating, unmoored, through life. In 2006,



Newt Gingrich calls on Secretary
of State John ‘Kerrey’ to resign
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 1:30:14 PM     Post Reply
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used his Twitter account Tuesday to call on Secretary of State John Kerry to resign, citing the former senator’s recent comments on climate change. In a series of tweets, Mr. Gingrich — a failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate — ridiculed Mr. Kerry for ranking climate change one of the top threats to the world during remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday. “You really only have to look at the extensive science to understand that climate change is one of the one, two, or three biggest challenges facing this planet,” the secretary said. “That’s why I raise the

Obama wants more fuel-efficient
trucks on US roads
Associated Press, by Stacy A. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 1:20:21 PM     Post Reply
UPPER MARLBORO, Md.- Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016. Obama said helping these vehicles use less fuel would have the triple benefit of making the U.S. less dependent on imported oil, keeping more money in consumer pockets and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. "It´s not just a win win. It´s a win, win, win," Obama said at a Maryland distribution center for Safeway, where he was flanked by two delivery trucks. "You got

Retreat on Debt Fight Seen
as G.O.P. Campaign Salvo
New York Times, by Carl Hulse & Jonathan Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/18/2014 1:13:11 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, two Republican leaders facing primary challenges, knew they would take an immediate political hit from the Republicans’ Tea Party wing by voting to clear the way for a debt-limit increase. They also knew that their willingness to cast that vote would enhance their party’s chances of gaining a majority in the Senate next year. “It was not an easy exercise, but it keeps the focus on the issues we want it to be on,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who argued that by putting the debt limit fight behind it last

Financier Plans Big Ad
Campaign on Climate Change
New York Times, by Nicholas Confessore    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/18/2014 1:09:45 PM     Post Reply
A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers. The donor, Tom Steyer, a Democrat who founded one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, burst onto the national political scene during last year’s elections, when he spent $11 million to help elect Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia and millions more intervening in a Democratic congressional primary in Massachusetts. Now he is rallying other deep-pocketed donors, seeking to



The Failure of Obama’s
Aristocracy of Merit
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/18/2014 1:06:02 PM     Post Reply
The roots of American liberalism are not compassion, but snobbery. That’s the thesis of Fred Siegel’s revealing new book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class. The standard account from liberal historians over the years, and more recently in bestsellers by Glenn Beck, is a linear story: Government expansion starts with the Progressives of a hundred years ago, accelerates through the New Deal and the Great Society, and is followed up by the Obama stimulus and Obamacare. Siegel says it’s more complicated than that. And he argues that literary figures contributed as much to the

Only one Person can cast out Satan
and He’s so much more than a film maker
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/18/2014 12:31:30 PM     Post Reply
Almost a year after some 100 million cumulative views in the biggest selling TV on DVD in the past five years and the biggest miniseries of all time on DVD in its first week of release, featuring a Satan who had a passing resemblance to President Barack Obama, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett decided to leave the lookalike character out of their upcoming movie, Son of God, based on The Bible miniseries. Mighty merciful of the Reality-TV producers now that millions have already viewed the Obama-Satan lookalike in The Bible miniseries. To some people—not the least of them the hugely popular Glenn

For Venezuelan Regime, the Party’s Over
American Magazine, by Roger F. Noriega    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/18/2014 12:17:24 PM     Post Reply
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is fighting a losing battle to salvage his regime, and student demonstrations that will continue today are only one of his problems. As details of his government’s bankruptcy are made public, his political base will continue to splinter. And as he follows Cuban advice to use brute force against peaceful demonstrators, the nationalist military will find the growing violence intolerable. In short, Maduro’s condition is terminal. According to a source in Venezuela’s Central Bank, the country’s international reserves have dwindled to $21 billion — less than half the reserves of Colombia, an economy of the same

The Blue Steel Right to Life, Liberty,
and the Pursuit of Happiness
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Gertrude- 2/18/2014 11:55:52 AM     Post Reply
Every American should rejoice over last week’s stunning 2-1 Second Amendment decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which invalidated San Diego’s unconstitutionally restrictive infringements regarding the right to bear arms. The irony will be lost on no one, especially on the Left. Per the Los Angeles Times: In a significant victory for gun owners, a divided federal appeals court Thursday struck down California rules that permit counties to restrict as they see fit the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. The 2-1 ruling by a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel would overturn restrictions on carrying concealed

Baseball bats are used to attack
Esplanade Avenue bicyclists,
New Orleans police say
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Stephen Babcock    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/18/2014 11:52:28 AM     Post Reply
New Orleans police are looking for attackers who twice used baseball bats to bash bicyclists on Esplanade Avenue, officers said Monday. In both cases, two people hit the cyclists in the head. The first incident was reported Friday at 2:20 a.m. near the intersection of Esplanade and North Robertson Street. A man was riding his bicycle on Esplanade when a male believed to be 16 to 18 years old jumped in front of him. The bicyclist slowed, then another male of about the same age came into the street with an aluminum bat. The attacker hit the cyclist in the


CBS Marvels at Obama´s TV Binge
Watching: ´He´s A Lot Like Us´
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 11:46:32 AM     Post Reply
Acting like the White House press office, Tuesday´s CBS This Morning devoted a 3-minute report to President Obama´s habit of binge watching his favorite TV shows, with correspondent Bill Plante gushing: "He may be the leader of the free world, but when it comes to unwinding, President Obama – well, he´s a lot like us....The President tunes in to tune out. And when he needs his television, step aside." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Plante described how Obama asked HBO CEO Richard Plepler for early copies of certain shows during the recent state dinner for

Students unhappy about
U-M´s racial climate
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/18/2014 11:35:17 AM     Post Reply
University of Michigan students plan to hold an all-night protest over what they say is low minority enrollment and inclusion on campus. The 12-hour "Speak Out" event is scheduled to begin Tuesday night and run through Wednesday morning. It´s being hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. The Ann Arbor News says the event is an extension of a campaign started this year by the Black Student Union, which has criticized the university´s low black enrollment and demanded a series of changes on campus.

Reid: Obama should look
at deportation powers
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 11:34:22 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hopes President Obama will review possible administrative actions to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants now that reform legislation has stalled in Congress. “I would hope that administratively, the president will do what he can to take a look at deportations, but he is being burdened by the law as it exists and we need to change it,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review Journal. In 2012, Obama announced that the administration would halt the deportation of undocumented young adults who met certain criteria through prosecutorial prioritization. Immigration activists and some Democrats have suggested

Food Prices Skyrocketing Since
2011 While Wages Stagnant
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 11:25:41 AM     Post Reply
CBS News reports that the combination of food prices being inflated and the stagnation of wages is threatening the middle class. The report noted that staples such as chicken, ground beef, and bacon have skyrocketed in price since 2011: the price of chicken is 18.4% more than it was; ground beef is up 16.8%; and bacon saw a huge increase of 22.8% in price. These price hikes came despite the federal government’s sunny assertion that prices in general have only increased 6.4% in that period. Meanwhile, median income has only risen 1% each year, while the cost of college tuition has climbed

Girl Scouts Threaten Legal Action
Against Critical Pro-Life Groups
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Austin Ruse    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2014 11:18:54 AM     Post Reply
The Girl Scouts of the USA has sent threatening letters to at least two small pro-life groups that have been critical of Girl Scout collaborations with Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocacy groups. Since the beginning of the Girl Scout cookie boycott, exclusively announced at Breitbart News late last month, LifeNews has extensively reported on the connection between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts. LifeNews editor Steve Ertelt announced Monday that he had received a letter threatening legal action. In it, Girl Scout executive Brian Crawford complained about “articles that outline alleged ties to Planned Parenthood” and that “GSUSA has

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