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Labor must learn from its setbacks
Orange County Register [CA], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/22/2014 11:22:22 AM     Post Reply
In the early days of Barack Obama’s presidency, the union movement believed it had the wind at its back. Big Labor had spent lavishly on the Obama campaign from its earliest days – and expected remuneration. Despite favoritism from the Obama administration – privileging the United Auto Workers over secured creditors in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies; steering stimulus funds towards unions; taking legal action against Boeing for opening a new plant in right-to-work South Carolina, etc. – it has turned out that a union renaissance isn’t in the cards.Labor’s biggest wish, the Orwellianly titled “Employee Free Choice Act”

American snowboard defector wins
two gold for RUSSIA! Slalom star who
gave up his US citizenship after marrying
Moscow snowboarder triumphs in Sochi
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 11:15:46 AM     Post Reply
Snowboarder Vic Wild, a native of Wild Salmon, Washington, took home two gold medals in Sochi this week – only he did it for Russia rather than Team USA. American by birth, Russian by marriage and by choice, Wild completed a historic sweep of the Olympic snowboard parallel slalom events to give his adopted country a boost in the race to top the medals table. Wild edged Zan Kosir of Slovenia by 0.11 seconds in Saturday´s parallel slalom final to win his second gold medal of the games. The victory capped a remarkable four days for the guy from White

Mr. Obama backpedals on
entitlement reform
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/22/2014 11:12:35 AM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA has not released his budget for fiscal year 2015, but he has already let it be known that one good idea won’t be in it: Unlike last year, Mr. Obama will not propose the use of a more accurate inflation factor, “chained CPI,” in the government’s annual adjustments to Social Security and other benefits. This is a huge disappointment. As far as anyone can tell, the president’s view on the merits of chained CPI hasn’t changed. The measure would save $162.5 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office, thus helping to trim the entitlement costs

  


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Moment suspected Ukrainian SNIPER
was dragged by the hair and beaten
by anti-government protesters as
president reportedly flees capital
Daily Mail (UK), by Anna Edwards    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 11:08:23 AM     Post Reply
This is the moment an alleged sniper and member of the pro-government forces was beaten by anti-government protestors in Kiev, as protestors took control of the presidential administration building. As Ukrainian protesters said they had taken control of government offices and President Viktor Yanukovich fled the city, angry civilians kicked and shouted at members of the government, and could be seen tussling with an alleged sniper. ´He´s (Yanukovich) not here, none of his officials or anyone linked directly to the administration are here,´ Ostap Kryvdyk, a protest leader inside the grounds of the administration building, said. Crowds of people swarmed

Ukrainian president declared
unable to carry out his duties
RTE News [Ireland], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 11:07:45 AM     Post Reply
The Ukrainian parliament has declared president Viktor Yanukovich constitutionally unable to carry out his duties and set an early election for 25 May. Deputies in the assembly stood, applauded and sang the national anthem. Earlier, The Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko was reported to have been released from prison. The former prime minister was freed following a vote in Parliament this morning and is a further sign that the opposition has assumed the upper hand politically. Meanwhile, in a televised interview this afternoon, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych denied that he planned to resign. He claimed that all actions taken by

Judge Rules NYPD Spying on Muslims
Didn’t Hurt While It Was Secret
New York Magazine, by Joe Coscarelli    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2014 11:07:19 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge in Newark has tossed a lawsuit brought by eight Muslims who claimed the NYPD´s post-9/11 surveillance of their mosques, schools, and other community locations violated their civil rights. Instead, U.S. District Judge William Martini ruled that there was no harm done until the Associated Press reported on the program (earning itself a Pulitzer Prize along the way). "The Associated Press covertly obtained the materials and published them without authorization," he wrote. "Thus the injury, if any existed, is not fairly traceable to the city." Judge Martini said the plaintifs were not targeted for their religion. "The more

Ukraine crisis: Viktor Yanukovych
denounces ´coup´ as he leaves Kiev
Telegraph [UK], by Hannah Strange    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 10:59:41 AM     Post Reply
President Viktor Yanukovych said a coup was underway against him after he left Kiev for an eastern stronghold and the country´s parliament debated a motion calling for his resignation. The resolution said that Mr Yanukovych "is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25." In a televised statement on Saturday, he said he had no intention of resigning or leaving Ukraine, comparing the country´s political crisis to the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s. The embattled leader spoke from the eastern city of Kharkiv, the heartland of

  


  

Cruz Control
Politico Magazine, by Erica Grieder    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 2/22/2014 10:30:12 AM     Post Reply
The last time I interviewed Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas, was in October, about a week after the end of the federal government shutdown. (snip) Just last week, Cruz picked another fight with his own caucus. Although Democrats control the Senate, he announced, they would have to convince at least five Republicans to join them in supporting a bill to raise the debt ceiling or else he would delay the bill by filibustering. In doing so, he raised the ire of colleagues like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was forced to vote to forestall the filibuster—and might

Media Silence Explained?:
Soros Fingerprints On
FCC Newsroom Probe
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2014 10:14:17 AM     Post Reply
The real mystery behind the FCC´s now abandoned "study" to police American newsrooms is why the mainstream media refused to raise holy hell over it. While Obama´s lapdogs refused to bark, it was conservative media who fought for newsroom independence and got the FCC to finally back down. Other than the media´s natural obedience to Obama, the fact that the fingerprints of left-wing billionaire George Soros have been found on the FCC study might also help to explain the media´s silence. CNS News reports that for the first ten years of the last decade, Soros donated more than $52 million

Jahi McMath´s mother insists
brain-dead girl is ´not a corpse´
Los Angeles Times, by Jason Wells    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/22/2014 10:12:38 AM     Post Reply
The mother of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl who was declared brain-dead after a complicated surgery that involved removing her tonsils, insisted in a Facebook post this week that her daughter has improved physically, but that it continues to be an "unbelievably difficult time" for the family. Citing alleged death threats, the family has declined to say where they transferred Jahi´s body after she was released by Children´s Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the county coroner. Jahi was declared brain-dead Dec. 12 after surgery three days earlier at the hospital to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula. Family members won

Protesters seize Ukraine President
Viktor Yanukovich’s office in Kiev
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 9:49:39 AM     Post Reply
Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and his whereabouts were a mystery, as the pro-Russian leader´s grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the Ukrainian capital. There were conflicting reports about whether the president planned to resign. At the president´s headquarters, Ostap Kryvdyk, who described himself as a protest commander, said some protesters had entered the offices but there was no looting. "We will guard the building until the next president comes," he told Reuters. "Yanukovich will never be back." The grounds of the president´s residence outside Kiev were also being guarded by "self-defense"

  


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GOP: Mr. President, Americans know
what´s best for them, not you
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/22/2014 9:34:53 AM     Post Reply
Hi, I’m Tom Cotton. I’m proud to represent the people of Arkansas in Congress. [Snip] Arkansans, like most Americans, have had their grit tested over the last several years through a financial collapse, recession, and a stagnant, jobless recovery. Barack Obama’s policies aren’t solving these problems — they’re causing the problem. President Obama’s policies spend too much money — they’ve irresponsibly added trillions of dollars to our national debt. The debt slows economic growth today and it places an immoral burden on our kids and grandkids.

Protesters Take Control of Kiev
Wall Street Journal, by James Marson*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2014 9:28:44 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine—Government authority appeared to melt away Saturday, leaving protesters to take control of the capital´s center. President Viktor Yanukovych left the capital for a city in the country´s Russian-speaking east but allies said he had no intention of giving up power. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko called on parliament to vote to oust Mr. Yanukovych and announce presidential elections in May, as police withdrew from the center of the capital. Mr. Yanukovych didn´t appear publicly Saturday, a day after signing an agreement to share power with opponents and call new elections. News agencies quoted an aide as saying he was

Obama: Congress should
give America a raise
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/22/2014 9:24:33 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. Restoring the idea of opportunity for all requires a year of action from all of us. Wherever I can act on my own, I will — and whenever I can ask more Americans to help, I’ll do that too. In my State of the Union Address I asked more business leaders to take action to raise their employees’ wages. Because even though our economy is growing, and our businesses have created about eight and a half million new jobs over the past four years, average wages have barely budged. [Snip] The Gap has decided to raise wages for

Austin Police Arrest Jogger
Because She Couldn’t Hear Them
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/22/2014 9:11:07 AM     Post Reply
Austin, Texas, is supposed to be weird. It is not supposed to be a police state. But take a look at this video, taken downtown near the University of Texas campus and posted Thursday. In the video, a pair of police officers can be seen standing over a woman who is sitting on the sidewalk. She speaks to the videographer across the street, telling him that she hasn’t done anything wrong. The officers cuff her and lead her to their squad car to take her to the police station. At that point, she begins to scream at full volume that

  


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´Dead´ man missing for decades
wants to be declared alive
ABC News-10 [San Diego, CA], by Michael Chen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 9:09:01 AM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego man who disappeared for more than two decades said he suffered amnesia and now wants to be declared alive. Winston Bright, a married father of three, was declared dead by a court 14 years ago. However, a local 65-year-old man who goes by the name Kwame Seku said he is Bright. Seku has petitioned a New York court to declare him alive and has submitted a DNA test that he said proves his identity. Bright walked away from work in New York City in October 1990, sparking a missing persons search. He told 10News

Justice Thomas Is Right About
America’s Obsession With Race
Daily Beast, by Ron Christie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 9:00:07 AM     Post Reply
Are we obsessed with race and racism in our society? Before you answer the question, consider how issues of race are brought up in the media and discussed around the proverbial water cooler. Do we discuss the remarkable progress we’ve made as a country since the dark days of segregation and Jim Crow? Do we consider how blacks lived in the South in the not too distant past—like my grandparents, who ran the risk of being lynched for looking at someone white? That’s given way to interracial marriage no longer being a taboo. The Supreme Court didn’t repeal the statute

The Independent Payment Advisory Board:
PPACA’s Anti-Constitutional
and Authoritarian Super-Legislature
Cato Institute, by Diane Cohen*    Original Article
Posted By: gartrell bibberts- 2/22/2014 8:59:55 AM     Post Reply
When a member of Congress introduces legislation, the Constitution requires that legislative proposal to secure the approval of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the president (unless Congress overrides a presidential veto) before it can become law. In all cases, either chamber of Congress may block it.In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) created the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. When the unelected government officials on this board submit a legislative proposal to Congress, it automatically becomes law...

Airport Confidential:
Inside the Strange World of Airline Cancellations
Time, by Bill Saporito    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/22/2014 8:58:26 AM     Post Reply
Now is the winter of our disconnects. And cancellations. And getting stuck in faraway places with no fast way home. A single snowy week in February saw more than 14,000 flights canceled, among the nearly 79,000 erased by a series of winter storms that are partly the product of a weather phenomenon called the polar vortex. An additional 290,000 have been delayed, according to flight-tracking website Flightaware. But the weather alone does not explain why on any given day, tens of thousands of passengers may find themselves stranded and scrambling to make their way home. The cancellation crisis also reflects how

Obamacare in NJ: Four out of five
enrollees have paid their premiums
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Kathleen O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/22/2014 8:55:51 AM     Post Reply
At least three-quarters of the New Jerseyans who have selected health insurance through the federal marketplace website have followed through by paying their first month’s premium, according to the three companies selling the policies. The state’s rate of paying customers is in line with figures reported across the nation. The figures are seen by some as an important barometer of success in the opening months of coverage. Critics of the Affordable Care Act have noted that with each enrollment update, federal officials have not revealed how many of the enrollees took the next step in purchasing a policy.

  



Democrats Pre-But Tomorrow’s
Republican Obamacare Talking
Point, Today
National Journal, by Alex Seitz-Wald    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 8:54:37 AM     Post Reply
After getting hammered on a series of government reports that they felt Republicans unfairly characterized, Democrats are taking the unusual step of responding to another potentially damaging report before the GOP attacks even start. The report, released late Friday by the Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, looks at the impact two provisions of the Affordable Care Act will have on health insurance premiums for small businesses. Republicans requested the report in 2011 when they slipped it into an appropriations bill. Democrats expect the GOP to seize on a portion of the report that estimates that premiums will

Just Abolish The FCC
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/22/2014 8:54:30 AM     Post Reply
Bureaucracy: The FCC jumped the shark with its outrageous plan to police America´s newsrooms. This grasp for a new mission signals an agency that has outlived its purpose. We have a better idea: Just scrap the FCC. There´s nothing worse than a federal agency that has lost its original mission, has nothing productive to do and, as a result, is restlessly rustling around for something to justify its existence. That describes the Federal Communications Commission, an old-line agency founded in the 1930s to regulate a limited supply of television airwaves divided among three networks, which is now gone with the wind. Today, television

New Law - King´s Husband
Can´t Be Queen
Breitbart London, by Andre Walker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 8:44:23 AM     Post Reply
Next week parliament will vote on the thorny issue of titles for married gay partners. They will be asked to clear up laws dating as far back as 700 years. The changes are needed to ensure a gay married King could not style his husband Queen. Under the previous arrangements of Civil Partnerships gay partners were not allowed courtesy titles as their unions were not deemed full marriage. This is the reason Sir Elton John’s partner David Furnish is not entitled to the dubious honour of being known as “Lady John”. However once full once full gay marriage comes in

Universities in FCC Newsroom
Probe Have Close Ties to Soros,
Got $1.8M in Funding
Cybercast News Service, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 7:52:31 AM     Post Reply
The FCC may have suspended its invasion into American newsrooms, but the controversial "Critical Information Needs" study also has George Soros´ fingerprints all over it. While disturbing, this should come as no surprise since Soros´ gave more than $52 million to media organizations from 2000-2010. Two schools were working with FCC on the project, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner. The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy, were tasked by the FCC with coming up with criteria for what information is "critical" for Americans

Barack Obama is a smart dude.
Democrats should listen to him.
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 7:47:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s speech at a Democratic Governors Association fundraiser in D.C. last night contained a key pearl of political wisdom for his party. Here it is: If there’s one message I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who’s interested in supporting Democratic policies, it’s that you got to pay attention to the states. You have to stay focused on what’s happening in the states, and you especially have to pay attention to what’s happening in the states during midterm elections. Because we know how to win national elections, but all too often, it’s during these midterms

FLOTUS Needs Help
American Thinker, by M. Catherine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 7:42:30 AM     Post Reply
Something is seriously wrong with Michelle Obama. Pitching ObamaCare on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Mrs. Obama called young adults "knuckleheads." The first lady openly mocked the 18- to 29-year-olds who catapulted her husband into the White House in 2008 and 2012. Fallon: Because a lot of young people watch our show. Would you like to tell me - why would they...? Because a lot people don´t have the money to spend on this. Obama: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents´ insurance until they are 26. But once they hit 26, they´re

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