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Ukraine protests: truce broken by
gunshots in Kiev - watch live
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 12:46:43 PM     Post Reply
Clashes have been underway since early this morning in Kiev´s Independence Square. So far, more than 21 protesters are believed to have been killed, according to a Reuters photographer who counted bodies in the square. The Telegraph´s correspondents on the ground--Roland Oliphant and David Blair--have seen ten bodies laid out on a pavement, a number of which displayed single bullet wounds to the head. Protesters believe the victims have been killed by sniper attacks. The clashes shattered a truce that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych called with the opposition just hours earlier, following a spurt of violence that killed more than two dozen

Cruz Responds to his House
of Cards ‘Character’
Townhall, by Cortney O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:32:29 PM     Post Reply
The Netflix series House of Cards has been both praised and criticized for its portrayal of DC politics. The show has become so popular, it’s near impossible to avoid the name Frank Underwood on Twitter. It´s another character, however - Sen. Curtis Haas - who is causing a bit of controversy, thanks to his noticeable likeness to Tea Party hero Senator Ted Cruz. A few key details make the Cruz comparison plausible: First, Haas is referred to as a “Tea Party Bullhorn.” This metaphorical label certainly applies to Cruz and recently was by a Time article, which stated that his

Sinking Al-Jazeera American
Launches Left-Wing Docs
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:31:29 PM     Post Reply
According to the latest report, Al-Jazeera America´s (AJA) ratings are exactly zero. Although available in 55 million homes, no one is watching. Worst of all, AJA has had absolutely no impact on the national conversation. Nothing the cable news network has so far done has penetrated anywhere -- which is all that matters to the media To try and remedy this, AJA is set to unfurl a number of left-wing documentaries: “Borderland,” is a four-part series that will show six Americans given the task of retracing the footsteps of three deceased migrants attempting to cross to the United States from Mexico.

  


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Obama Crackdown on
Press Freedom Escalates
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:22:20 PM     Post Reply
Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief. Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview

Beyond affirmative action
Detroit News [MI], by Ben Carson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:21:05 PM     Post Reply
As a child growing up in Detroit and Boston, I had many opportunities to experience the ugly face of racism and witnessed the devastating toll exacted by its mean-spirited nature. I was a victim of the racism of low expectations for black children, but in retrospect, I can see that many of those attitudes were based on ignorance. Large numbers of white people actually believed that blacks were intellectually inferior, and there was a host of other inaccurate beliefs that whites held about blacks and that blacks held about whites. Many of those misperceptions probably would have persisted if measures

Jailed leader channels Venezuelans’ ire
Washington Post, by Emilia Díaz-Struck and Nick Miroff    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/20/2014 12:18:26 PM     Post Reply
CARACAS, Venezuela — Leopoldo López, the defiant Venezuelan opposition leader taken into custody Tuesday in front of thousands of anti-government protesters, spent last night in a prison on a military base. But even there, the government couldn’t shut him up. In a prerecorded video message released hours after his arrest, López urged Venezuelans to continue a campaign of “resistance” to force the resignation or recall of President Nicolás Maduro, a goal López calls “the Exit.” Seated on a sofa beside his wife and appealing directly to Venezuelan youth, López told viewers that what the country needed more than ever was

Biden: 5-6 Million Obamacare
Enrollees a ‘Hell of a Start’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:15:00 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday night that the Affordable Care Act was likely to fall short of its projected goal of 7 million enrollees, but that the program would likely reach 5-6 million by the March 31st deadline. “We may not get to 7 million, but if we get to 5 or 6 million that’s a hell of a start,” Biden said. During an unannounced stop at a coffeeshop in Minneapolis, Biden attributed the lowered enrollment numbers to the dysfunctional rollout. “We didn’t want this to start off as shaky as it did,” he said. “But it’s complicated.” Enrollment is currently at

  


  

Cruz says if GOP acted like him,
they wouldn’t get ‘clobbered in the polls’
Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:11:10 PM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz discussed the debt-ceiling fight and the 2014 midterms in an interview with CNN this week, explaining why he chose to filibuster the bill that staved off another shutdown this February — to the anger of his fellow Senate Republicans facing tough reelection campaigns. He told Dana Bash: "What Republican leadership said is we want this to pass, but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote no and we can go home to our constituents and say we opposed it. And listen, that sort of show vote, that

Justice Stevens: Let’s Amend
the Second Amendment!
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:07:08 PM     Post Reply
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens was one of the great mischief-makers in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. At age 93, he has now written a book in which he recommends six amendments to the Constitution. Presumably these are the changes he wasn’t able to implement the easy way, via a 5-4 vote on the court. One of Stevens’ proposed changes relates to the Second Amendment, and is intended to reverse Stevens’ loss in the Heller and McDonald cases: Stevens is not going to win any friends at the National Rifle Association, because his undisguised agenda is to make

Storms, floods and now an EARTHQUAKE!
South West rocked by biggest
UK tremor in six years
Daily Express [UK], by Jane Mathews    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 12:06:57 PM     Post Reply
An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale has rocked the north Devon coast, shaking buildings and sending tremors across England and Wales. The quake, which is the largest to hit the country in six years, struck just after 1.20pm this afternoon, and shook the ground for 20 seconds. [Snip] The British Geological Survey (BGS) said residents reported their houses rocking and others have described the quake as "frightening". But others likened the quake, which originated around three miles beneath the Bristol Channel, to a "heavy truck going up the road". Tremors were felt in areas including Dartmoor, Bristol, Taunton,

Fox’s Kirsten Powers: Getting Out of
‘Liberal Bubble’ Has Been Good for Me
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:51:30 AM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel contributor and The Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers recently joined Real Clear Politics’ Washington Bureau Chief Carl Cannon as part of their series of interviews with newsmakers, “Morning Commute.” Powers told Cannon that she believes working at Fox News has been “good” for her because it provides her with a new perspective on issues and allows her to escape the “liberal bubble.” Cannon began by asking Powers how she is treated by her Fox colleagues. He recalled that New York Times’ conservative columnist David Brooks was not well-received when he first started writing for the Times and

  


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Return of the evil empire and a
nation on the brink of civil war:
America and Europe look on in
fear as violence grips Ukraine
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Burleigh    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 11:43:37 AM     Post Reply
At least 27 people are dead--one of them was decapitated--and hundreds are injured. One man was shot through the eye as police snipers apparently targeted the heads and chests of protesters from city rooftops. On the ground, heavily armed riot police brandished Kalashnikovs and launched stun grenades against pro-democracy demonstrators who had taken up arms, anything from bricks and bottles to pistols and shotguns. And all the time, flames soared into the sky from the city’s central square. What has been happening in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, before the truce late last night could not be further removed from the harmonious atmosphere of

Recording Traffic Stop
Lands Davie Woman In Jail
CBS News Miami, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/20/2014 11:42:32 AM     Post Reply
FT LAUDERDALE - A Davie woman plans to sue the Broward Sheriff’s Office after she was forced to spend the night in jail for using her cellphone to record a deputy during a traffic stop. Last March, 33-year old Brandy Berning was pulled over by Lt. William O’Brien after she reportedly drove in the HOV lane at the wrong time, according to The Sun-Sentinel. As O’Brien approached her vehicle, Berning hit the record button on her phone. She recorded about 15 seconds of the conversation before telling O’Brien that he was being recorded. That’s when the deputy told her she

Chuck Todd Says Fox’s Megyn Kelly Part
of the ‘Conservative Media Complex’
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:40:29 AM     Post Reply
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has long been presented as the face of the network’s “hard news” side that eschews the partisanship of the channel’s opinion programming. On Thursday morning’s The Daily Rundown, however, host and NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd casually tossed aside that distinction when he included Kelly’s interview with 90s Bill Clinton accuser Kathleen Willey in a list of attempts by the “conservative media complex” to toxify the former President. “It’s been back to the ’90s in politics these last few weeks,” Todd said, joking “Get the old VCR out and watch Singles, right?” He detailed the current

Navajo Nation Human Rights
Commission listens to gender
discrimination testimony at
Shiprock hearing
The Daily Times (NM), by Noel Lyn Smith    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 2/20/2014 11:36:24 AM     Post Reply
Shiprock — When Myk Redhouse spoke to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, he shared a story about the night his transgender friend was attacked in Waterflow while traveling home from Farmington. "They basically beat her up ... and left her to die in the median of the road," Redhouse told the commission. The commission on Wednesday met at the Shiprock Chapter House to hear accounts of violence perpetrated against Navajo women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer tribal members. Redhouse, who is gay, said being homosexual on the reservation is not easy, especially when there is no support

  


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Dancin’ Olympian films
‘wolf’ in Sochi dorms
New York Post, by Justin Terranova    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/20/2014 11:27:10 AM     Post Reply
Everything Kate Hansen records goes viral. The Olympic luger earned internet fame last week with her pre-race routine of hard-core dancing to Beyonce. And now she has gained attention with the above video of a “wolf in my hall.” The 17-second clip shows the animal roaming the hallways of Hansen’s Olympic dorm, and sparked a debate as to whether it was an actual wolf or a husky, one of Sochi’s many stray dogs. Hansen finished 10th in the women’s luge, but her bubbly personality and social media mastery have made her one of the most popular Americans at the Winter

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

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