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Ukraine protests: 21 killed amid ´sniper
attacks´ as fresh fighting breaks Kiev truce
Telegraph (UK), by By David Blair, and Roland Oliphant    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/20/2014 6:55:45 AM     Post Reply
Hopes that a fresh truce could end the confrontation in Kiev were dashed on Thursday when at least 21 protesters were killed in the space of a few hours. The Telegraph saw ten corpses were laid out on the pavement beneath the awning of a cafe on the northen edge of Independence Square, where thousands of demonstrators are still camped. At least three of the bodies displayed single bullet wounds to the heads. A Reuters photographer counted a total of 21 bodies in three places on the square. One demonstrator, who gave his name as Andreiy, carried in one body

U.S. consumer debt spikes at rate not
seen since just before the Great Recession
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Reporter & Reuters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 6:46:53 AM     Post Reply
Americans are taking on debt at a rate not seen since just before the country spiraled into the Great Recession. Federal Reserve Bank of New York data out Tuesday indicates that consumers have slowly loosened their belts since the dark days of the recession began in ´07. But the stunningly high rate at which borrowing has risen in recent months, and the nation´s history debt-driven economic downturn, leave room to worry the data could spell impending disaster. Total consumer debt rose 2.1 percent to $11.52 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2013 from $11.28 trillion in the third quarter, the New York

Ex-con former Louisiana governor once
jailed for racketeering announces he´s
running for Congress at age 86 (with
bombshell wife, 35, by his side)
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 6:28:47 AM     Post Reply
Former federal prison inmate #03128-095 is running for Congress in Louisiana – and he happens to be the state´s former governor. Edwin Edwards, a popular pol in his day, will try to make a political comeback despite his federal racketeering conviction 12 years ago and his advanced age: The Democrat is 86 years old. [Snip] ´I´m the only hope the Democrats have here,´ the disgraced four-term governor said. And the kind of voters who will dismiss him because he´s a convicted felon, he reasoned, ´wouldn´t have voted for me anyway.´ This is not a plot from a reality show, although



Prince William´s smashingly bad idea
Los Angeles Times, by Patt Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/20/2014 5:49:14 AM     Post Reply
You’d think someone whose very life and livelihood are all about history would be a little more mindful of it – even the bad bits. Of all people, Prince William, the heir presumptive to the British throne, should know something about the dangers of forgetting history, accidentally or deliberately. And yet, in his passion for the deeply, harrowingly important cause of ending the killing of animals for the ivory trade, he wants to get rid of the evidence of the crimes he wishes to expose. HRH the Duke of Cambridge told primatologist Jane Goodall that he would like to smash every one of

Big Trucks, Obama, and the Rule of Law
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/20/2014 5:40:17 AM     Post Reply
In his State of the Union address, President Obama gave the country fair warning when he said he would try to rule by executive action if Congress did not follow his orders. He began to make good on that pledge yesterday by announcing that he would enact new fuel standards for heavy-duty trucks. Along with other new regulations that are being promulgated without benefit of the approval of Congress, the big truck rule is part of the president’s effort to show the world that he is working to save the planet from climate change. But while energy efficiency and a potential

HHS Seeking Access to
‘Full Twitter Historical Data’
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 5:35:11 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to a solicitation released on Tuesday. The agency is seeking feedback for a “possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis.” HHS said it wants to use the tool for “ongoing monitoring” of public health issues. HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.” The agency requires an archive that goes back at least five years of “full Twitter historical data.”

My Response to Mitt Romney
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 5:31:47 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON —First Mitt Romney loses a presidential election that he was predicted to win in a walk. Then he appears some 15 months later on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” to lecture the nation on how Republicans might lose the presidential election once again. “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016,” Mr. Romney opined. Perhaps he forgot that Bill was elected president 21 years ago promising that a vote for him would mean acquiring two presidents “for the price of one.” Mr. Romney, Hillary is actually pretty



Truth often lost in rumor
mill of gay hate crimes
Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 5:29:05 AM     Post Reply
Did you hear about the two gay dads whose daughter got a nasty rejection note for her tie-dye birthday party? Or the homophobic slurs written around an Ivy League college dorm? Or the two lesbians who came outside one day and found homophobic words spray-painted on their garage door? Thanks to the Internet, the whole nation can be driven to outrage over rude and outrageous events — events that, it turns out, never happened or were perpetrated by the “victims” themselves. Urban legend debunking sites are perpetually busy with a host of issues. Consumer products, food, celebrity exploits and political misbehavior are

Palin-endorsed candidate Katrina Pierson
was arrested for shoplifting in ’97
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 5:25:22 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin has made an endorsement in Texas. She’s backing tea party leader Katrina Pierson over Rep. Pete Sessions. In a Facebook post, Palin notes that Pierson’s “life’s story is full of hardships she has fought to overcome, which taught her firsthand the importance of self-reliance, hard work, and the blessings of liberty.” One of those hardships includes a 1997 arrest for shoplifting. As the Dallas Morning News reported on Valentine’s Day, “In 1997, five days before her 21st birthday, Katrina Pierson, then named Katrina Lanette Shaddix, was arrested on a charge of theft of greater than $50 and less than $500.” Pierson,

The Guinea Pig State
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 5:18:25 AM     Post Reply
On December 20, Cover Oregon—one of 14 state-based Obamacare insurance exchanges—began robocalling all Oregonians who had attempted to get health coverage through the state’s new marketplace. “If you haven’t heard from us by December 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for January 1 insurance coverage,” said the prerecorded call. “If you want to be sure you have insurance coverage starting January 1, you have other options.” For months, an expensive ad campaign promoting the exchange had blanketed the airwaves with a twee folk song, “Long Live Oregon,” promising coverage for the state’s “loggers ... stay-at-home dads ...

Cuba: The Holodomor Next Door
National Review Online, by Robert Zubrin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 5:12:52 AM     Post Reply
I just got back from a business trip to Mexico. While there, I met with some Mexicans who had recently traveled to Cuba. What they told me was shocking. The Cuban people are being held on the edge of starvation. According to my Mexican friends, ordinary Cubans are not allowed to eat beef. Instead, what beef there is in Cuba is reserved for the nation’s rulers and for tourists who can pay for it with foreign exchange while staying at the all-inclusive resort hotels. It is in fact illegal to sell beef to a Cuban — not that any of them



Chris Christie´s lap-band surgery
branded a ´success´ as experts
predict he has lost 100 lbs in a year
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 5:04:28 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie has lost 100 lbs since last year, deeming his weight-loss surgery a success, experts have said. The 5 ft 11 New Jersey Governor underwent lap-band surgery in February 2013 and has since slimmed down to an estimated 320 lbs - losing anywhere between 90 and 100 lbs. While the politician may still appear portly, a top bariatric-surgery expert said his mega loss means his surgery has been a success, despite speculation that his weight loss has slowed. ´We´re trying to get somebody into a healthy lifestyle and reduce their obesity-related conditions,´ Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen, president of the American Society for

First coal, now Obama wars on clowns?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/20/2014 5:01:13 AM     Post Reply
Fallon: The U.S. men’s hockey team beat Russia Saturday in a dramatic finish. The Americans say they´re thrilled with the win. The Russian team is missing. Conan: Rumors abound that Russia put cameras in Sochi hotel bathrooms. When asked, Russia said, “Don’t worry, our cameras don’t work either." Conan: A photo from the Olympics in Sochi shows an elevator with nothing but “up” buttons. However, that is perfectly normal, says Sochi Olympics organizer Willie Wonka.

Obama delivers on jobs
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 4:59:29 AM     Post Reply
Silly us. Here we’ve been criticizing the Obama administration for the dismal job growth we’ve seen these past five years. Turns out, we’ve got it backward. We’ve been measuring the president by the jobs the economy has been creating during his tenure. If two top Obama officials are right, we should count it an Obama success that more Americans will decide not to work. The latest weighing in is White House economic adviser Gene Sperling. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he responded to a Congressional Budget Office finding that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, as the president proposes to do,

What´s Happening in Kiev Right Now
Is Vladimir Putin´s Worst Nightmare
New Republic, by Julia Joffe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 4:49:17 AM     Post Reply
I will not explain to you what is happening in Kiev tonight other than to say that it is Vladimir Putin´s worst nightmare. The last time that this many people came out to the Independence Square (the Maidan) in Kiev, nine years ago, protesters undid the election of Victor Yanukovich and brought to power a Western-friendly government. In the process, they scared the living daylights out of Putin. (Snip)If it can happen in Kiev, in other words, it can happen in Moscow.



CPAC Welcomes Gay-Rights
Groups After Years of Exclusion
National Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 4:44:55 AM     Post Reply
Meet the kinder, gentler Conservative Political Action Conference. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, snubbed last year after palling around with President Obama, is coming. So is GOProud, the gay-rights group that was banned for the past few years amid noisy boycotts from critics and supporters. There´s even a panel debating the merits of medical marijuana. "CPAC is about finding conservative solutions to every challenge in America and not just saying ´no,´ " said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs the conference in Washington. "We´re determined to win the majority of American support." The annual debate over CPAC´s participants and

´Living drug´ kills leukemia
in 88 percent of patients
Agence France-Presse, by Kerry Sheridan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 4:40:03 AM     Post Reply
Washington — A new approach to killing cancer cells that uses a patient´s own immune system has beaten back leukemia in 88 percent of adults, US researchers said. The report by scientists in New York offers more good news for the burgeoning field of cancer immunotherapy, which uses what some describe as a "living drug" that was hailed by Science magazine as the breakthrough of 2013. The latest trial, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, involved 16 people with a kind of blood cancer known as adult B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Some 1,400 people die of ALL in the United

Historians Begin to Gild Obama’s Reputation
PJ Media, by John Rosenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 4:31:39 AM     Post Reply
The problem with fixing the historical reputation of presidents — in both meanings of “fix”: securing in place and repairing — is that it is done by historians. That problem is manifest in Politico’s recent invitation to “ten leading historians” to write a paragraph on “Obama’s rank in the pantheon of American presidents.” If journalists write the first draft of history, one of the striking things about this collection is how little any of the ten historians revise in any way the conventional wisdom that permeates most campuses and is expressed by such bubble-surrounded sources as NPR, the New York Times,

For Republicans To Learn How
To Win Over Hispanic Voters,
They Need To Look To Texas
Fox News, by John Roberts    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 4:25:19 AM     Post Reply
It has become such a repeated mantra in mainstream Republican circles, that it could be nearing cliché status: If the Republican Party is looking to stay politically viable in the future, it must win over Hispanic voters. But, thus far, it has become a case of easier said than done, considering Latinos have traditionally voted overwhelmingly Democrat. But the GOP need not lose hope, party insiders say — just look to Texas. A revealing Gallup poll unveiled this month found that in the Lone Star State, more Hispanics identify themselves as Republican than in the country as a whole. Nationwide, Democrats hold

Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in Calif.
ABC News, by Dan Good    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 4:21:41 AM     Post Reply
One winning Powerball ticket was sold in California for Wednesday´s $425 million jackpot drawing, lottery officials report. The winning ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevon in Milpitas, a city in Santa Clara County. The jackpot is the sixth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. No other tickets matched all six numbers.The winning numbers are: 17-49-54-35-1, and the Powerball number is 34. California has experienced lottery luck lately. In December, a winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in San Jose, one of two winners of the $636 million jackpot. The Powerball lottery is played in 43 states in addition to Washington D.C. and the U.S.


Motorists Criticize Federal
Study of Drunk Driving
Associated Press, by Michael Rubinkam    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 4:17:18 AM     Post Reply
READING, Pa. -- Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother´s house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot. There, a woman repeatedly tried to question him about his driving habits and asked for a mouth swab that would detect the presence of illegal or prescription drugs in his system. Nieves refused. Then he sued, contending his rights were violated. His Dec. 13 experience has been

OSCARS: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Telling Voters
“It’s Time” – But How Will It Resonate?
Deadline Hollywood, by Pete Hammond    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 2/20/2014 3:02:53 AM     Post Reply
“It’s Time”. That’s the message seen for the past few weeks on the 12 Years A Slave billboard as you drive on to the 20th Century Fox lot. And since the film earned nine Oscar nominations it has frequently been the slogan of choice for the Fox Searchlight contender in newspaper and television ads. A highly emotional close-up of star Chiwetel Ejiofor as the man forced into slavery and just two words to accompany it: “It’s Time”. (Snip) It’s Time for a serious film about slavery to win Best Picture?

What George W. Bush misses the most
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 11:23:42 PM     Post Reply
Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday he doesn´t miss much about being president — with the exception of riding on Air Force One. “A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being president?” Bush said at an event in Dallas. “And the answer is really no.” But the former president admitted having his own plane was a great perk. "I mean I miss the people I served with. I miss Air Force One. In eight years they never lost my baggage," he said to laughter.

The Rube Goldberg Democrats
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:59:52 PM     Post Reply
As American voters watch ObamaCare continue its Godzilla-like rampage across the national health-care landscape, it´s worth considering the collateral damage this political monster may be doing to the Democratic brand itself. What if ObamaCare´s problems become a metaphor for the modern Democratic Party? Two portents emerged the past week. The United Auto Workers suffered a humiliating defeat at Volkswagen VOW3.XE -0.49% in Tennessee. And days before that loss, voters San Diego elected Republican Kevin Faulconer mayor after he teed up his opponent as a captive of the city´s public unions. Two big constituencies sacked in a week.

VP Biden in Minneapolis for private fundraiser
KMSP Fox 9 [Minneapolis/St.Paul MN], by Tim Blotz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:54:27 PM     Post Reply
MINNEAPOLIS-Vice President Joe Biden was back in Minneapolis for a private fundraiser Wednesday that was held at the Bachelor Farmer restaurant in downtown´s North Loop, but he also stopped by Moose & Sadie´s Coffee Shop to meet with those who used MNsure to buy health insurance. The fundraiser started at about 5 p.m., and the temporary road closures and traffic delays snarled some of the Wednesday evening commute. Biden was in Minneapolis less than two weeks ago for Joan Mondale´s memorial service, but Wednesday´s visit was geared toward drumming up financial support from Democrats -- and political science professor David

Surpeme Court asked
to decide on
three gun cases
WashingtonTimes, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/19/2014 10:49:24 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to wade into a growing legal brawl over the scope of the Second Amendment and how far the Constitution goes in protecting Americans’ self-defense rights outside of their homes, with the justices deciding whether to take up three pending gun cases. Six years ago, in the landmark Heller case, the court established that the Constitution guarantees a personal right to bear arms, but states — and lower federal courts — have made different judgments about what that means. Now, in the key case, the National Rifle Association has asked the justices to

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