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Michelle Edges Out Hillary
in First Ladies Poll
U.S. News & World Report, by Nikki Schwab    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 12:50:30 PM     Post Reply
There’s both good news and bad news for Hillary Clinton coming out of the new Siena College and C-SPAN study on first ladies. The good news: Clinton tops the list when it comes to which first lady scholars see taking the Oval Office gig as well. Experts also suggested, but much less so than Clinton, that Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama would be good presidents, too. Speaking of Obama, with her inclusion on the list, Clinton got knocked down two spots. Clinton is now sixth on the first ladies ranking, whereas Obama entered the study in fifth place.

When Skating in Russia, Please the Natives
Wall Street Journal, by Pia Catton & Jim Chairusmi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/19/2014 12:48:13 PM     Post Reply
Competitive advantage takes all forms. And in figure skating, Tchaikovsky may be the difference between gold and a grimace on the kiss-and-cry bench. A skater´s music selection defines the mood: The right tune sparks unison clapping from the crowd and gives an artistic flair to the technical elements. But can certain types of music enable a higher score? Ahead of the ladies´ short program on Wednesday, the Commissariat of Calculation sorted all 159 programs that have been performed so far in Sochi into six musical categories. (This doesn´t include the short programs in ice dancing because the titles and composers of the

The Rising Cost of Kerry’s Peace Charade
Commentary Magazine, by Tom Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/19/2014 12:30:59 PM     Post Reply
Listening to Palestinian officials bemoan the condition of the peace process can be disorienting, given that that they are the ones who have played no small part in sabotaging that very same process. Ahead of Secretary of State Kerry’s meeting with Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas, an unnamed PA official has been warning that the peace talks are in “real crisis.” The two are due to meet in Paris today, but to suggest that the negotiations are in crisis now would be to falsely imply that they were in a happier state at some previous point. If they have taken on

  


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Catholic coach fired for
work at Planned Parenthood
Montana Standard, by Mike Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/19/2014 12:27:17 PM     Post Reply
BILLINGS — An assistant softball coach at Billings Central Catholic School said she was dismissed Monday because of her work at Planned Parenthood. Tarn Duff, 26, was an unpaid volunteer during the Rams’ 2012 season and received about $1,500 for her work coaching hitters and outfielders during the 2013 season. Duff, of Billings, said head coach Coleman Rockwell delivered the news to her Monday morning. “The only reason they gave me was that I work at Planned Parenthood,” she said. The story follows in the wake of an unmarried Butte Elementary School teacher, Shaela Evenson, who was fired Jan. 10

Rand Paul vs. Ted Cruz:
Who´s winning tea party voters?
Christian Science Monitor, by Peter Grier    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/19/2014 12:26:49 PM     Post Reply
Washington- Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas are both favorites of the tea party wing of the Republican Party. If both run for president in 2016, as seems likely at the moment, they’d vie for the same conservative voters as a base upon which to build a winning GOP primary coalition. Given that potential White House candidates are jockeying right now for support from key donors and party figures, it’s not too early to ask this question: Which of these two men is currently winning the most tea party support? Despite their similar electoral roots, they

Kathleen Willey: ´Hillary Clinton
Is the War on Women´
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/19/2014 12:05:19 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Channel´s "The Kelly File" on Tuesday, alleged Bill Clinton sexual assault victim Kathleen Willey sounded off on his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, declaring her to be the so-called "war on women" for which Democrats often accuse Republicans of waging. "[I]f she is going to run on women´s issues, like she says she is and she´s going to go accuse the Republicans of this war on women, I think she needs to be exposed for the war that she´s waged against people like me,” Willey said. “I mean she has choreographed every single investigation and every

U.S. warship deployed
near Sochi runs aground
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/19/2014 11:49:21 AM     Post Reply
Washington — The U.S. Navy says one of two U.S. warships dispatched to the Black Sea before the Sochi Winter Olympics is being inspected for damage after it ran aground at a Turkish port last week. The frigate USS Taylor ran aground Feb. 12 as it was preparing to moor at Samsun, Turkey, about 230 miles southwest of Sochi. The Navy says the Taylor was able to dock without further incident and no one was injured. The Taylor and the USS Mount Whitney were sent to the Black Sea in early February. The deployment was announced after an uptick in reports of

  


  

McCain as Armed Services chairman?
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 11:32:27 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday night said if Republicans win control of the Senate this year, he would want to be chairman of the Armed Services Committee. McCain was asked in an interview on Phoenix radio station KFYI’s “The Mike Broomhead Show” how he would envision a GOP takeover. “I would be so happy to be chairman of the Armed Services Committee,” he said. McCain said he’s qualified because he can fill a void in the world. McCain is not in line to take over the Armed Services panel. He was the ranking Republican on the committee until 2012,

Joe Scarborough plans
trip to New Hampshire
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 2/19/2014 11:22:11 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough – who has not ruled out a bid for president in 2016 – is now scheduled to speak at a gathering of Republicans in New Hampshire next month. The host of Morning Joe is set to address the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference the weekend of March 14 to 15 in Nashua, N.H., according to the event’s website. The Boston Globe on Wednesday first reported on the event, which will also include other potential presidential candidates Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rep. Peter King of New York and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Debt-limit vote shows Cornyn’s courage,
Cruz’s pursuit of the limelight
Waco Tribune [TX], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/19/2014 11:14:50 AM     Post Reply
With allies like Ted Cruz, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn doesn’t need enemies. Thanks to Sen. Cruz’s latest procedural stunt, Cornyn, a reliably conservative Republican from Texas with a record of responsible governance, now finds himself under siege from bomb-throwing elements of the extreme right over last week’s Senate vote to extend the government’s borrowing authority. Republican leaders in the Senate sought an up-or-down vote that would put all Democrats firmly on record as supporting the debt-limit extension. But Cruz upset all that, demanding the debt-limit bill first clear a nit-picky procedural hurdle requiring 60 votes. With only 55 votes, Democrats were

17 Cats React to the Buzzfeed-Trump Fight
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:47:49 AM     Post Reply
I can´t pretend to have mastered the details of the fight between Buzzfeed and Donald Trump (and I don´t think Buzzfeed´s writers have, either), but I have some experience in dealing with the mainstream media as an earnest political candidate, and I think I can explain some of what happened. In short: Trump let his guard down in the hope that the new "cool kids" would like him. And the cool kids abused his trust, because that´s why they´re cool. When you´re running for office, or even just trying to stay in the political conversation, the prospect of attention from

  


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The Central African Republic
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/19/2014 10:45:43 AM     Post Reply
The press reports that thousands of Muslims are fleeing killings in Central African Republic, hunted by Christians. (Snip) Their differences are explained away in terms straight out of Oprah: ‘religious bigotry’, ‘lack of understanding’, insufficient ‘love for your country’ etc, instead of what they really are: the vicissitudes of conquest, the maintenance of identity, the lure of greed and the imperatives of survival. This fairytale stuff is peddled because nobody wants to open the real can of worms: regional rivalries, the spread of al-Qaeda in Africa, the collapse of African states or the sordid competition by great powers for diamonds,

2 former Navy SEALs found dead, aboard
ship at center of ‘Captain Phillips’ saga
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:44:36 AM     Post Reply
Two former Navy SEALs working as security contractors aboard the Maersk Alabama were found dead Tuesday aboard the container ship, a day after it was docked near an island northeast of Madagascar, according to the Trident Group, the security firm that employed the men. The company said families of the two contractors have been notified and requested that their names not be released. A spokesman from the shipping line only confirmed that two people had been found dead, citing the ongoing investigation. The Maersk Alabama was featured in the movie ´Captain Phillips,´ which was based on a pirate hijacking off

Sperling: Higher Minimum Wage
Will Allow Some Americans to ´Work Less´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:34:34 AM     Post Reply
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 will help "people who just want to work hard," but it also will help those who want to "work less," White House economic adviser Gene Sperling told MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" on Wednesday. He argued that Americans support raising the minimum wage because it will lift "struggling" families out of poverty: "But they also know what it´s like to see a friend, a neighbor, where one spouse goes back to work, who would prefer maybe not to work. Maybe they´re working part-time just to supplement the family´s income. And they think, if that

Obama calls homosexuality one
of our ‘fundamental freedoms’ in
statement slamming Ugandan bill
LifeSite News, by Ben Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/19/2014 10:32:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 17, 2014 – President Barack Obama has elevated the right to have sex with a member of the same sex to the level of universal “fundamental freedoms” in a new presidential statement criticizing Uganda. But critics say his promotion of homosexuality in a continent that overwhelmingly opposes that behavior amounts to a form of liberal “cultural imperialism.” Obama wrote on Sunday that he opposed a proposed bill in Uganda that would criminalize same-sex “marriages” and impose life imprisonment for repeated homosexual acts, among other provisions, because “as a country and a people, the United States has consistently

  


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Jury finds GOP Senate
candidate misled investors
WRAL [Raleigh, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/19/2014 10:32:29 AM     Post Reply
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Wake County jury found Tuesday that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Greg Brannon misled investors in a technology start-up. As a result of the civil judgment, Brannon will be personally liable for repaying $250,000. If the judgment is upheld on appeal, he will also have to pay 8 percent interest from the time each of the aggrieved investors wrote their checks and could be required to pay their attorneys´ fees in the case. Jurors determined that Brannon´s co-defendant Robert Rice didn´t mislead investors and isn´t responsible for repaying them. "I completely disagree with this verdict and feel that I

John Kerry is ‘totally oblivious’
and totally loving it all
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:29:53 AM     Post Reply
A guy in The Wall Street Journal yesterday had a question about the secretary of state that I feel qualified to answer. “When John Kerry speaks,” Bret Stephens wrote, “people wonder: Is he seriously clever or totally oblivious? Profound or void? Detective Columbo or Chance the gardener?’ The answers are: totally oblivious, void and Chance the gardener. But Stephens is posing the wrong questions here. It’s not his fault, because you’re supposed to take a guy with Liveshot’s supposedly impeccable resume seriously. But the fact is, Kerry is an empty suit’s empty suit, and the only thing about him that

Politics to Shadow Obama’s
Trade Talks in Mexico
New York Times, by Peter Baker & Elisabeth Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/19/2014 10:27:34 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday for a brief but politically fraught visit aimed at forging closer trade ties with America’s two closest neighbors even as his party’s leaders back home have vowed to undercut his efforts. Mr. Obama will meet with the leaders of Mexico and Canada in the rapidly growing city of Toluca, to the west of Mexico City, the capital, at what his advisers consider a critical juncture in his efforts to negotiate a broad Asian-Pacific trade pact that would encompass roughly 40 percent of the global economy across a dozen nations. Both Mexico and

UN trapped inside base
due to South Sudan fighting
Associated Press, by Ilya Gridneff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/19/2014 10:26:59 AM     Post Reply
JUBA, South Sudan — Fighting between South Sudan´s army and rebels in the capital of one of its oil-rich states is forcing U.N. personnel to remain inside a base where more than 20,000 frightened residents are seeking refuge, officials said Wednesday. U.N. personnel are unable to leave the base in Malakal because of the fighting, said Joe Contreras, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan. Ten people died at the hospital at the U.N. base on Tuesday. People inside the camp are reporting a water shortage, said a spokeswoman from the aid group Oxfam. Rebels control some parts of town

Fourth Georgia hospital closes
due to Obamacare payment cuts
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/19/2014 10:24:59 AM     Post Reply
The fourth Georgia hospital in two years is closing its doors due to severe financial difficulties caused by Obamacare’s payment cuts for emergency services. The Lower Oconee Community Hospital is, for now, a critical access hospital in southeastern Georgia that holds 25 beds. The hospital is suffering from serious cash-flow problems, largely due to the area’s 23 percent uninsured population, and hopes to reopen as “some kind of urgent care center,” CEO Karen O’Neal said. Many hospitals in the 25 states that rejected the Medicaid expansion are facing similar financial problems. Liberal administration ally Think Progress has already faulted Georgia for not

  



Exclusive: O’Keefe Busts Illegal Voter
Scheme to ‘Turn Texas Blue’
Breitbart Texas, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:22:40 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information to turn voters out to the polls as part of the Democratic party´s quest to paint the Lone Star State blue, a new undercover video from James O´Keefe reveals. The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day. Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote. “Every time we register somebody to

Climate Parasites: The Answer
to ´Climate Change Deniers´
American Thinker, by William A. Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/19/2014 10:13:01 AM     Post Reply
It is a basic principle of psychological warfare that the side that controls the language of the argument controls the argument. Barack Obama´s own website is using this PsyWar technique by calling opponents of his cap and trade agenda "climate change deniers." (snip) The name "climate parasites" performs two jobs with exactly two words. It derails completely the enemy´s position that our side consists of people who are totally ignorant of climate science, or choose to ignore it. We acknowledge without hesitation that climate change is a proven fact of nature. The name also, however, marginalizes the other side by

Not to Impeach is Racist
Oregon Magazine, by Art Hyland    Original Article
Posted By: Previouslyon24- 2/19/2014 10:12:56 AM     Post Reply
If there is one thread that weaves throughout the conservative landscape it is this: if Barack Hussein Obama were a Republican, impeachment proceedings would have been seriously considered long ago, and the general mass media would have been providing the grist for it. Here’s the argument that seems the most common illustration: If George W. Bush had decided to issue congress-be-damned executive orders or agency authorization decisions concerning such major areas as immigration, health care, guns, minimum wage, wind farms, global warming, presidential records, natural gas, government travel expenses, establishing bureaucracies, Libya, abortion, pursue accession to the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention, Benghazi – - and this is just a

Is Talking the Shortest Path to War?
American Magazine, by Michael Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/19/2014 10:04:54 AM     Post Reply
On January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama outlined his vision for his second term and legacy, saying, “We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully — not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.” His desire to engage was both genuine and in alignment with long-held conventional wisdom among senior statesmen. A half century worth of experience, however, does not support the thesis that diplomacy with rogue regimes or terrorist groups brings peace. [Snip]

A serial killer in the
Washington suburbs?
Telegraph [UK], by Raf Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/19/2014 10:00:57 AM     Post Reply
Alexandria, Virginia - Ruthanne Lodato´s killer announced himself with a knock at the door. He waited on the porch, standing beside the American flag that hangs outside the house, and when the 59-year-old music teacher answered he shot her to death in her own hallway. The man then turned the gun on her elderly mother´s caretaker, wounding her before walking down the garden path and back onto the street. Mrs Lodato´s murder, committed seemingly at random and in broad daylight at 11.30am, would on its own be enough to unsettle the city of Alexandria, a wealthy suburb of Washington DC.

VW workers may block southern
U.S. deals if no unions: labor chief
Reuters, by Andreas Cremer    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/19/2014 9:39:19 AM     Post Reply
BERLIN - Volkswagen´s top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized. Workers at VW´s factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last Friday voted against representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW), rejecting efforts by VW representatives to set up a German-style works council at the plant. German workers enjoy considerable influence over company decisions under the legally enshrined "co-determination" principle which is anathema to many politicians in the U.S. who see organized labor as a threat to profits and job growth. Chattanooga

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