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Californian just won sixth-largest
Powerball jackpot in history: Ticket
with all six matching numbers for
$400million sold at Bay Area gas station
Associated Press & Daily Mail UK, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 11:25:00 AM     Post Reply
One lucky Californian is about to become an instant millionaire after buying a Powerball ticket with all six matching numbers. The jackpot for the lottery grew to $400million, the sixth-largest in history, when the numbers 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and 34 were drawn Wednesday night. The California lottery quickly tweeted that a ticket will all matching numbers was sold at a Chevron gas station in Milpitas. (Tweet) That tweet was followed by another saying two other tickets had five of the six numbers. One was sold in Modesto and the other in El Segundo. There´s no word yet on

Exclusive: The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of
How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into
Facebook´s New $19 Billion Baby
Forbes, by Parmy Olson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/20/2014 11:18:43 AM     Post Reply
Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp’s discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps. (Snip)At 16, Koum and his mother immigrated to Mountain View, a result of the troubling political and anti-Semitic environment, and got a small two-bedroom apartment though government assistance.

First lady celebrates ‘healthier’
new normal — but ‘severe obesity’
is on the rise among youth
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:13:06 AM     Post Reply
As health experts sound the alarm about an increase in “severe obesity” among children and teens, first lady Michelle Obama is celebrating the fourth anniversary of her anti-childhood obesity initiative. Obama launched “Let’s Move” on February 9, 2010, encouraging the nation’s children to get up, move around and be healthy. According to a White House announcement Thursday, the country is now “moving toward a healthier future and this movement is becoming the new norm all across the country.” To celebrate the first lady’s “new norm,” she will be making a half dozen appearances along the east coast touting “Let’s Move,” including interviews



Sarah Palin Endorses Katrina Pierson
Breitbart Texas, by Tony Lee & Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 11:09:51 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed fierce Texas conservative Katrina Pierson in her underdog bid to primary incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) in Texas´s 32nd congressional district. Palin called Pierson a "feisty fighter" who is "an emerging leader and important voice for the future of the grassroots conservative movement." "Her 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," Palin said. "A feisty fighter for freedom, Katrina is taking on a powerful incumbent who has so lost touch with the people of his

Ted Cruz beats back criticism,
defends his debt-limit moves
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:05:48 AM     Post Reply
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he has no regrets about opposing a Senate plan to extend the nation’s debt limit this month, saying party leaders should have held firm against the measure instead of green-lighting it so they could later claim they voted against it during the final vote. Mr. Cruz of Texas, in an interview Thursday with CNN’s Dana Bash, said GOP leadership’s snap decision to vote in favor of a procedural motion, bringing the debt limit deal to the floor for an up-down and its passage, is a “perfect illustration of everything that’s wrong with Washington.” The procedural vote was

Ukraine And Venezuela: This
Ain´t No Velvet Revolution
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/20/2014 11:03:08 AM     Post Reply
Revolts: Two massive uprisings have rocked Ukraine and Venezuela. Neither toppled the countries´ tyrants, but the one more likely to succeed is in Ukraine, where resistance is no longer passive. Venezuela saw some of its biggest protests in years on Tuesday, with hundreds of thousands of citizens marching through Caracas and elsewhere, peaceably demanding an end to the country´s communist government. That government, in power for 15 years as a result of election fraud, has brought shortages, inflation, crime and oppression and is finally running out of other people´s money.

Is Obama trying to kill a free press?
Fox News, by Jay Sekulow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:02:11 AM     Post Reply
The FCC is launching a new study, taking upon itself the task of deciding what news the public “needs” to hear, versus the news the public wants to hear. The agency will conduct a “General Population Survey” that will “measure community members’ actual and perceived critical information needs.” Got that? What you think (perceive) you need to know is different from what the government says you need to know. Next, the FCC will send monitors to newsrooms across the country who will ask questions regarding the “philosophy” of the newsroom, inquire about possible conflicts between reporters and their bosses, and even determine



Kiev protests: frustrated Ukraine is caught
between Russian brutality and EU self-interest
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Crawford    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 10:55:09 AM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938 famously warned the nation about the dangers of Czechoslovakia rejecting Herr Hitler’s territorial demands: How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing! Today even with all the babbling global connectivity we today take for granted, it’s safe to say that the overwhelming mass of British people really do know next to nothing about Ukraine. [Snip] There are good reasons for this. Ukraine was never an independent state in the modern

Poll: North Dakotans Lead the
Nation in ´Well-Being´; W. Va. Last
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 10:52:14 AM     Post Reply
"Almost heaven" is how the late singer John Denver described West Virginia. But maybe not, according to a new survey from the Gallup poll people. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that North Dakota residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2013, followed by South Dakota. The Dakotas -- boosted by fracking in recent years -- bumped out Hawaii, which held the top spot for the previous four years. West Virginia and Kentucky had the two lowest well-being scores for the fifth year in a row. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index scores the states, and the nation, on a scale

Will journalists tell the FCC
it´s none of its business how
they cover the news?
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 10:51:47 AM     Post Reply
Lots of bad things happen when a constitutionally-limited national government is transformed into a Nanny State Leviathan. But one of the worst is when federal bureaucrats — apparently convinced that the rest of us are too stupid to figure it out for ourselves — decide to conduct a "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs." What that means is, as FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal, the bureaucrats will: "Ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about ´the process by which stories are selected´ and how often stations cover ´critical information needs,´ along with ´perceived station bias´ and

´Smart´ gun control? Dem bill would
require all new guns be ´personalized´
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 10:42:15 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns be "personalized" with special features, such as fingerprint-reading technology, so they can only be fired by their owners or other authorized users. The Massachusetts Democrat says the bill will make it harder for stolen guns to be used in crimes and will reduce accidental firearm deaths by making it impossible for children to fire guns they find Markey said technology already exists to make guns inoperable for unauthorized users. “In the 21st century, we should use advances in technology



France is looking straight down
the barrel of a deflation shock
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 10:41:57 AM     Post Reply
French President François Hollande must now pay the price for kowtowing to the contraction polices of the eurozone. His country is sliding into deflation. French prices fell 0.6pc in January from a month earlier, and would have fallen even further without one-off tax rises. Manufactured goods fell 3pc, and clothing fell 15.4pc as retailers slashed prices to offload stock. France´s core prices have been dropping for months, even if the core CPI index is still just positive at 0.1pc on a year-to-year basis. This outcome is exactly what the Observatoire Economique predicted a year ago would happen under the eurozone´s

Monument Man: Thad Cochran´s Unbelievable
Skill for Having Federally Funded Buildings
Named After Him
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 10:29:48 AM     Post Reply
At a Jan. 23 fundraiser at the Whispering Woods hotel and conference center in Olive Branch, MS, a suburb of Memphis, TN, across the state line, the senior senator from Mississippi let his $500-a-plate audience know what he really wants to do: retire. “He said he planned on retiring,” recalled a DeSoto County Republican in the room that evening, but “he was approached by individuals who had asked him to run again.” The last-minute intervention staged by a mysterious group of GOP powerbrokers did succeed, in the sense that Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is running, after all. Cochran said at

Survival of a salesman: Former
Fla.governor Charlie Crist
tries to get back where he was
Washington Post, by Ben Terris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 10:11:52 AM     Post Reply
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Charlie Crist doesn’t take to bed when he gets sick. He takes three Red Bulls, two cups of coffee, a glass of Mountain Dew, Sudafed and cough drops. Then, he discards the box of Mucinex his 81-year-old father suggested he take, pushes through the back door of a Fort Myers restaurant and wraps his arms around his Democratic supporters. “I can’t help it; I have to hug,” he says afterward, when asked whether he worries about passing on his cold to voters. “Can you even imagine not hugging?” Crist certainly couldn’t imagine it back on Feb.

The Obamacare Enrollment
Crash Is Coming
National Journal, by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 10:05:08 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare´s enrollment numbers are surging—for now. After a disastrous launch, the law´s backers are breathing a sigh of relief as enrollees flock to its insurance exchanges. But the totals are built on a shaky foundation, and at some point soon, the exchange enrollment figures are going to fall, perhaps by more than 1 million people. Right now, the administration is counting the total number of people who have selected an insurance policy under the law, rather than the number of people who´ve paid for it. But at some point, likely this spring, the administration will be forced to disclose how many people are



Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton ´has
been a product of Washington´ all
her adult life
Washington Examiner (DC), by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 10:00:21 AM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes Hillary Clinton´s biggest obstacle as a presidential candidate will be her deep connections to Washington. "I think the biggest problem that [former] Secretary of State Clinton has is much bigger than just that, it’s that she is throughout her adult life, she has been a product of Washington, whether she’s been there, worked there, secretary of state, United States senator, not only first lady, but back to her days working on the Hill," Walker said during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday evening. Walker, a potential 2016 GOP candidate, suggested that

President Obama looks out
of touch with reality
American Thinker, by Silvio Canto, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: EnsignOToole- 2/20/2014 9:58:31 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will go down to Toluca, Mexico for a 9-hour visit. He will see that Toluca is an industrial town outside of Mexico City that looks like a portion of the industrial Midwest has been transferred south of the border. He will sit down with a couple of leaders who are leading and getting things done. Let´s hope that he listens for a change.

Obama trash talks with Harper on hockey
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 9:22:37 AM     Post Reply
President Obama told Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday that his fondness for America´s neighbor to the north may wane in the coming days, with a pair of major Olympic hockey showdowns scheduled. “My brother-in-law is Canadian, so you know, I have to like Canadians,” Obama quipped. “Although I will note that I think we are going to have both the men´s hockey teams and the women´s hockey teams battling it out, so for a very brief period of time, I might not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do, at least until those matches are over.”

Oh, no! Obama draws
another line abroad
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/20/2014 9:21:21 AM     Post Reply
Oh, geez. Here we go again. President Obama Wednesday stepped into the explosive political eruptions in Ukraine to gratuitously warn the embattled repressive government "there will be consequences if someone steps over the line." Seriously? After 1,856 days in office, this naive yokel, who promised he´d charm the world into loving America again, still cannot resist the temptation to utter empty threats to foreign leaders, threats that they know very well he has absolutely no intention of fulfilling, threats that diminish any surviving U.S. clout abroad.

White House to sniff out newsrooms:
‘Troubling and dangerous development’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 9:06:05 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is pushing forward with a Federal Communications Commission project that would send the nose of government researchers in newsrooms across the country — and First Amendment advocates want to know why. The touted purpose of the plan is to “identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations,” the FCC said, Fox News reported. But at least one FCC commissioner, Ajit Pai, wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal that suggested the notion was more aimed at giving government entities the ability to “grill reporters, editors and


Cruz Control? Part II
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 2/20/2014 8:46:54 AM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles -- and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues.(sn)However unjustified Senator Cruz´s actions, the very fact that a freshman Senator can so quickly gain so many supporters, with so much enthusiasm, ought to be a loud warning to the Republican establishment that they have long been a huge disappointment to a wide range of Republican voters and supporters. One of their most maddening qualities has for decades been their can´t-be-bothered attitude

Retirement Watch: Boehner Buys FL Condo
Breitbart Big Government, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 2/20/2014 8:41:22 AM     Post Reply
It´ll be a bit easier for Speaker John Boehner to get that famous tan now that he has a place in Florida. The Ohio Republican just bought a condo in tony Marco Island, FL, known for its tropical climate and white sand beaches. "This area of Florida has been the Boehners´ family vacation spot for many years, and rather than continue to put money into vacation rentals year after year, they decided to buy a condo. Their home is in West Chester, Ohio, and will continue to be,” Michael Steel, Boehner´s spokesman said.

Online company hawking
Snowden action figure
McClatchy News, by Hannah Allam    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/20/2014 8:40:13 AM     Post Reply
He´s been called a low-down traitor and a noble whistleblower, and now there´s a new label for fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden: action figure. An Oregon-based company, Thatsmyface.com, is offering Snowden´s "lifelike head mounted on a 12-inch fully-articulated action figure body with detailed pre-fitted clothes." Clothing options include casual, business suit or "Indiana Jones." Perhaps a spinoff line will include a Moscow airport-terminal play set? Each doll is $99, with proceeds reportedly going to Freedom of the Press Foundation. (The foundation told news agencies that it hadn´t been contacted about the project.) As the AFP wire service reported:

Ukraine´s Testament
American Spectator, by Wlady Pleszczynski    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/20/2014 8:29:25 AM     Post Reply
Is Ukraine on the verge of civil war? Or is the Putin-backed Yanukovych government’s attempted crackdown on a strong and resilient opposition of many thousands of protesters and countless other sympathizers more like the Jaruzelski communist government’s imposition of martial law against Solidarity in 1981 or the Soviets’ invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 or the Red Army’s massacre of Hungarians in 1956? History moved slowly, but by 1989-1991 it was clear which side in the end had prevailed, and it wasn’t the Soviets. History now is moving faster.

In 2014, Obama looks to
divide and conquer again
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/20/2014 8:21:06 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, fresh off a three-day weekend of golf and “climate change” scare-mongering in California, has once again turned his attention to the issue Americans care most about: Raising the minimum wage to $10.10. Just kidding. Actually, Gallup did a poll just last week on what Americans feel is the country’s biggest problem. The Top 10 list went like this: • Unemployment and jobs • The economy • Dissatisfaction with government • High cost of health care • Federal debt • Illegal aliens . Family decline • Poor education • Lack of money • Poverty Shockingly, raising the minimum wage

GOP Leaders Won´t Escape
Conservative Voters´ Wrath
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/20/2014 8:20:23 AM     Post Reply
Oh, lookie, Speaker John Boehner and his dimwits have decided that riling up the party´s base over immigration reform isn´t so smart after all, not in an election year. Instead, the speaker and his dwarves will seek to "calm" a divided party, or so reported the Washington Post on Monday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is all-in for the soothing music and back rubs approach for aggravated Tea Party patriots and grassroots conservatives. But it won´t work. Boehner´s little stunt -- pushing Paul Ryan´s immigration cave-in -- at the Stupid Party´s retreat at Williamsburg in January has only highlighted the need

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