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Another Misguided Cruz Missile
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2014 5:16:06 AM     Post Reply
A rump band of Beltway conservatives has seen the enemy and it is not Harry Reid. It is Mitch McConnell, whose scalp is apparently worth blowing yet another shot at a Republican Senate majority. There´s a new dividing line in the conservative movement—between a majority who´d like to win against President Obama, and a handful who´d like to win some scalps. It was on vivid display last week during the Senate debt-ceiling vote. Republicans were looking to avoid a fight they were destined to lose. Democrats had the votes to pass the bill with a simple majority, meaning they also would

The Resistance
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:11:18 AM     Post Reply
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott has a famous saying: “What I really do for fun is I go into the office [and] sue the Obama administration.” Abbott’s relentless struggle against an administration that routinely exceeds its authority and tramples on federalism made him the ringleader among the two dozen Republican state AGs. He’s now running for governor. So it’s not surprising that Dan Branch, running to succeed Abbott as Texas AG, is often asked if he would be as tough as Abbott in confronting the Obama administration. “My response is I’ll have to be tougher,” he says. And he goes

And Now for the Further
Adventures of Rahm the Impaler
Esquire Magazine, by Neil Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:06:41 AM     Post Reply
Sister Rosemary Connelly was not pleased with the mayor of Chicago. The head of Misericordia, a beloved home to 600 people with Down syndrome and other disabilities, the eighty-three-year-old nun might not at first glance seem to be in a position to carry much influence over city politics. But this is Chicago, and Misericordia offers gold-plated care in a state notorious for its nightmarish residential institutions. The children and siblings of the powerful—politicians, TV anchors, lawyers, developers—are cared for there, and an A-list of Chicago’s leadership arrives on command, on bended knee and with an open checkbook. It was 2011, and the

  


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Suit Against Sony Music Seeks
‘American Idol’ Royalties
New York Times, by Ben Sisario    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:01:09 AM     Post Reply
The company behind “American Idol” sued Sony Music Entertainment in federal court on Thursday, saying that Sony had underpaid royalties for digital streams of music by Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and other stars from the show’s early seasons. The suit, which asks for $10 million in damages, was filed by 19 Recordings and is the latest in a series of lawsuits over online royalties in recent years. In the most prominent of these cases, a group of producers behind Eminem sued the Universal Music Group in 2007, saying that Universal had incorrectly counted downloads through online stores like iTunes

FCC commissioner: Agency needs
to realize ´the government has no
place in the newsroom´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 4:57:05 AM     Post Reply
(Video) FCC commissioner Ajit Pai told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday night he is concerned about a study by the agency that would send researchers into America’s newsrooms because he believes that “the government has no place in the newsroom.” The FCC drew the ire of free-press advocates and lawmakers after proposing a "study of critical information needs," which one dissenting commissioner said would let researchers "grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run." Pai said on “On the Record” that he is worried about the First Amendment implications of the study, saying

Obama Administration Stiffs
Chemical Survivors on New Claim
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin & Noah Shactman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 4:55:55 AM     Post Reply
The Assad government may have used chemical weapons again as recently as last month, according to activists pressing the U.S. to investigate the attack. On Jan. 13 in the Syrian city of Daraya, five people were killed and more than 20 injured after being exposed to a mysterious gas. Syrian activists, including some witnesses on the ground, believe that the attack is evidence the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons against its own people—months after that regime pledged to destroy its nerve gas arsenal. A group of survivors of Syrian government atrocities, including chemical weapons attacks verified by U.N. inspectors, visited

Gay group GOP group
founder quits over CPAC
Politico, by Natalie Villacorta    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 4:51:12 AM     Post Reply
Calling it an “unconditional surrender” to what he labeled the anti-gay wing of the conservative movement, a co-founder of GOProud has resigned from the organization’s board after the gay Republican group announced it would attend the CPAC gathering next month while facing certain restrictions on its participation. The American Conservative Union, which runs the conference, announced on Wednesday that the group will attend as guests, ending several years when GOPround was not invited. GOProud members will be included in all events, but the group will not be given a sponsorship or a booth, under the arrangement. “It’s beyond disingenuous for GOProud leadership

  


  

Michelle Obama is hilarious, gorgeous
alongside Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell
on ´Tonight Show´
New York Daily News, by Adam Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 4:45:10 AM     Post Reply
Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell dress as valley-girl teens for a humorous sleepover skit featuring Michelle Obama during Fallon´s fourth night as host of ´The Tonight Show.´ Michelle Obama’s appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” Thursday was anything but a drag. The same thing, however, couldn’t be said for the newly minted affable host, who donned women’s garb in a hilarious sketch featuring the first lady and a cross-dressed Will Ferrell. The skit, titled “Ew!” showcased the unlikely trio as teenage girls, with Valley girl accents, having a slumber party. “I’m Sarah, and if you’re wondering, that’s ‘S-A-R-A,’

Another line crossed
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:36:42 AM     Post Reply
No sooner did President Obama publicly warn that “there will be consequences if people step over the line” in Kiev than a hastily declared truce evaporated Thursday in a wave of bloodshed. So much for Obama’s threats. Fact is, the president showed just how credible his warnings are when he allowed Syria to cross his chemical-weapons “red line” with impunity. Other retreats and concessions by Washington — in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and elsewhere — have only reinforced America’s image as weak and not to be feared. America is quickly losing its ability to shape world events. And in Ukraine, it’s beyond tragic.

Left ready to take down Scott Walker over
an old investigation that’s already been
closed in which he’s facing no charges
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:31:33 AM     Post Reply
With Christie pretty well neutralized, it’s time to turn to the GOP’s other successful blue-state governor and try to cripple him before 2016 too. Might as well have it on your radar now as you’ll be hearing about it sporadically, even though nothing will come of it. The scandal this time is the fact that, back when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and running for governor, some of his county staff communicated with his campaign staff during county office hours, while on the taxpayer’s dime. It got to the point where a separate wireless router was installed in the county

4 dead, 2 injured at American Indian
tribal office in Northern California
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 4:27:07 AM     Post Reply
ALTURAS, Calif. - Police say four people are dead and two are wounded in a shooting at an American Indian tribal headquarters in California. Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes says 44-year-old Sherrie Rhoades is in custody after allegedly opening fire Thursday afternoon at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center. Barnes says in a report carried by KRCR-TV that the four dead include a 19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. The police chief says one victim is the tribe´s leader. Barnes says members were meeting about evicting Rhoades and her son from the Rancheria which, according

  


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Official: Traces of drugs found with
dead Americans on ´Captain Phillips´ ship
CNN, by Khushbu Shah*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 4:19:25 AM     Post Reply
Traces of narcotics and hypodermic needles found with the bodies of two American security officers on the container ship Maersk Alabama suggested the deaths resulted from drug overdoses, a Seychelles government official told CNN on Thursday. Seychelles police identified the bodies found Tuesday as Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44. They worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm, and Trident Group President Tom Rothrauff said both were former Navy SEALs. "It´s bizarre. Of course, it´s a shock. They´re all great guys," Rothrauff said. "I´m absolutely clueless as to what happened." Police said an autopsy would be carried out later

After Olympics, Putin’s real
games begin in Ukraine
Fox News, by Peter Brookes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:15:41 AM     Post Reply
Job No. 1? Ukraine. You can only imagine Russian President Vladimir Putin is none too pleased about the civil unrest there -- and the less than flattering spotlight it’s shining on Russia -- not to mention distracting attention from his signature sports event in Sochi. But oozing confidence as the Olympic Games draw to a close, you can bet that once the snow and ice-making equipment are switched off at the balmy Black Sea resort, Putin will turn his full attention to those pesky protesters next door. You see: Losing Kiev from Moscow’s orbit is simply a non-starter for the Kremlin & Co. Russia

O´Reilly Doubles Down on
Obama Is a ´Patriot´ Claim,
Says Nixon a Patriot as Well
Breitbart´s TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 2/21/2014 4:15:02 AM     Post Reply
On Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC show earlier this week, “The O’Reilly Factor” anchor Bill O’Reilly called President Barack Obama a “patriot.” On his show on Thursday night, O’Reilly reiterated that sentiment, calling “almost every president” in the country’s history “a patriot.” “I said on Kimmel that both President Bush the younger and Barack Obama are patriots because they served their country,” O’Reilly said. “You may not agree with them, alright? But I don´t think you say they´re not patriots unless you have, you know, evidence that is just through the roof. I think almost every president that´s ever served

New Politics Shop Aims to
Keep Obama, Dems in Tune
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 4:10:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- For as long as Barack Obama has been president, Democrats have complained he´s done far too little to help elect his party´s candidates. Now the White House political office, shuttered by Obama three years ago, is back and in full swing. The six-person team set up shop last month, ahead of midterm elections in November in which Democratic losses could render Obama´s final years in office an exercise in futility. Working out of the same building that houses Vice President Joe Biden´s staff, the office provides real-time, constant communication between the White House and the myriad political groups working to

  


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Chief Forte says police to crack
down on Plaza teen disturbances
KCTV-TV [Kansas City, MO], by Laura McCallister, Bonyen Lee *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 11:32:24 PM     Post Reply
KANSAS CITY, MO - Following Saturday´s disturbance on the Country Club Plaza, three teens were arrested and one juvenile was detained. While one mother is apologizing and asking for the public´s forgiveness, another teen arrested over the weekend remains unapologetic for his actions and says police racially profiled him. Kansas City police were first called to Cinemark Palace, located at 500 Nichols Rd., about 8:15 p.m. Saturday on a large disturbance involving about 150 juveniles. Police said they dispersed the unruly group; however, they scattered through the Plaza. Police reports said following the disturbance 17-year-old Gaylyne E. Blewett,

Unrepentant Battleground Texas Now
Subject to State Investigation
Breitbart Texas, by Brandon Darby and Logan Churchwell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 11:23:57 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO, TX–The most recent James O’Keefe expose released on Breitbart Texas showed a Battleground Texas field organizer engaging in a seemingly illegal data mining operation where confidential information from voter registration forms was being collected in an effort to help elect Wendy Davis as governor of Texas. The video has now triggered a process by which an investigation carried by the State of Texas may occur. In an interview with local San Antonio news, Bexar County Election Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen admitted to submitting a report to Texas Secretary of State. (Video) Later the same day, Secretary of State spokesperson

US ranks low in first-ever global
index of LGBT inclusion in armed forces
Guardian [UK], by Ed Pilkington    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 11:09:17 PM     Post Reply
The enduring ban on transgender individuals serving in the US military has earned America a low ranking in the first global league table of LGBT inclusion in the armed forces. The US is placed at number 40 in the table of 103 countries’ armed forces as measured by their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members. That puts it behind the militaries of countries such as Chile, Georgia and even America’s bête noire, Cuba. The US armed forces in September 2011 repealed the controversial policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which forced gay service members to hide their sexuality.

The myth of ‘settled science’
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/20/2014 10:29:14 PM     Post Reply
I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. “The debate is settled,” asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. “Climate change is a fact.” Really? There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge. Take

With 2015 budget request,
Obama will call for an
end to era of austerity
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/20/2014 10:27:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits. With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the

  



Together to the end: Husband
holds hands with his beloved wife
of 60 years as they died hours apart
Daily Mail (UK), by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 10:22:36 PM     Post Reply
For six decades, Floreen and Ed Hale have been inseparable, and even death could not keep them apart. On February 7, Mrs Hale, 82, passed away in a Batavia, New York, hospital, with her gravely ill husband lying next to her and holding her hand until the very end. Just 36 hours later, Ed Hale died at age 83.´He was a gentleman right up to the end, waiting for her to go first,´ the Hales´ daughter Renee Hirsh told the blog Orlean Hub, which profiled her parents. A month ago, a wheelchair-bound Mr Hale was hospitalized in Rochester, New York, with kidney

Blitzer Pushes Rick Perry to
Denounce Ted Nugent — Did He Succeed?
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 9:57:51 PM     Post Reply
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is not letting up when it comes to Ted Nugent. Thursday, The Situation Room host sat down with Texas Governor Rick Perry and spent nearly the entire interview trying to get him to admit how “disgusting” is was for Nugent to call President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” Now that the Republican who wants to succeed Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott, is campaigning with Nugent, Blitzer wanted to know what he thinks of the controversy. “That’s pretty tough words,” Perry began after watching the clip of Nugent making the now infamous comments. “We agree that that is

Bayonne official pleads guilty to
bribes, falsifying federal grants,
illegal gambling ring and more
Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Mike D´Onofrio    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 9:40:58 PM     Post Reply
A former Bayonne official admitted Thursday to accepting bribes, colluding with local contractors to funnel more than $400,000 in federal grant funds away from low-income families for fraudulent projects and other malfeasance, according to authorities. Anselmo "Rocky" Crisonino, 53, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in federal court in Trenton today to taking $65,000 in bribes from Joseph Arrigo, the owner of the Bayonne contract company Shadow Contracting LLC, in exchange for awarding him approximately $426,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. Crisonino also pleaded guilty

Solar panels and snow falling
from buildings send Morris
County officials scrambling
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Ben Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 9:35:41 PM     Post Reply
Morris County — Snow, ice and even some solar panels falling from public buildings in Morris County this week have forced officials to scramble to make new arrangements. The rain and freezing rain experienced on Tuesday caused a “weight shifting” on some of the solar canopies at the county’s Mennen Arena in Morris Township, resulting in a number of solar panels falling, said County Administrator John Bonanni. While no one was hurt, one vehicle was damaged, Bonanni said. Parking under the solar canopies at Mennen has been suspended until the solar contractor is able to remove all the snow and ice,

Union Bosses that Gave Big to Dems
Charged with Burning Down Church
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 9:35:15 PM     Post Reply
The Ironworkers helped push some $600,000 to Dems, including Senator Ed “I Invented the Internet” Markey. But apparently they didn’t donate enough to offset the whole church burning thing. Local 401 business manager, 72-year-old Joe Dougherty, as well as union representatives Ed Sweeney, Sean O’Donnell, Christopher Prophet, and William O’Donnell, and five other officials are facing serious prison time if convicted of the charges, according to the FBI and prosecutors Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union face charges of arson and racketeering in connection with a fire against the church, which was employing non-union workers. Among the criminal acts mentioned

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