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Obama administration knew that veterans’
personal info was at risk, security
programs violated federal law
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 9:38:30 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) knew that a breach of veterans’ personal information was “practically unavoidable” months before it happened in January, according to an internal VA risk assessment that also said the department’s security programs are “non-compliant” with three federal laws. House Veterans Affairs chairman Rep. Jeff Miller recently wrote a letter demanding VA secretary Eric Shinseki take steps to address software glitches like the kind that plagued the department’s eBenefits portal, which in January exposed the “medical and financial information” of more than 5,000 veterans to anyone able to log on to the portal. This breach came

Fact Check: Thad Cochran Hasn´t
Always Voted Against Amnesty
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 9:32:02 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Thad Cochran´s (R-MS) spokesman says he´s voted “against amnesty in every chance he´s gotten.” However, a review of his voting record shows that´s not true. Cochran voted against an amendment to strip amnesty provisions from a 2006 bill, as well as against several amendments to strengthen border enforcement. In 2006, an immigration bill offered by Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, included amnesty for certain types of illegal immigrants. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) offered an amendment to remove the amnesty language from the bill. “The Vitter amendment would remove provisions authorizing the ‘earned legalization’ and ‘agricultural worker’ amnesty schemes

Mitt Romney to Join Chris Christie
at RGA Fundraiser in Boston
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 9:22:32 PM     Post Reply
Establishment Republicans are still seeing the upside to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, despite the many scandals that came to Trenton in 2014. Almost two months removed from the initial Bridgegate revelations, Christie is appearing at a Republican Governors Association fundraiser with Mitt Romney. According to the Washington Post, Romney is confirmed to be in town for the event both as a guest for the fundraising event, which is scheduled for Thursday, and a speaker. He is expected to deliver remarks to the attendees and later "huddle" with donors and politicians attending the event. The Massachusetts trip is the first in

  


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Rainbow Slick
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/23/2014 9:19:55 PM     Post Reply
It wasn’t the Revenge of the Creature. But at the minimum it seemed like the Revenge of Creation. (Snip) The floods were apparently not only inevitable, but foreseeable. The chief problem to preventing them lay in a policy which maintained that active flood control was bad. Nature treats humans as part of the natural world but environmentalists treat nature as part of the political world. Many a misunderstanding arises therefrom. Alas the rains and the seasons refuse to read Labor Party and Green Left manifestos and the results are often inconvenient. And so the floods came. The indifference of the

Supreme Court weighs EPA authority
to regulate greenhouse gases
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 9:14:45 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Monday will hear challenges to an Obama administration greenhouse gas regulation. The program in question is the Environmental Protection Agency´s permitting process for industry sources, which includes coal-fired power plants, chemical facilities and oil refineries. In 2010, the EPA said its emissions standards for passenger cars "triggered" a need to regulate greenhouse gas pollutants under permits for new facilities because the gases were deemed an endangerment to "public health or welfare." Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is allowed to review permits to determine if necessary technologies that would help limit pollution are being used

Fox’s Chris Wallace: Did
Susan Rice Skip My Show
to Avoid ‘Tough Questions?
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 9:08:47 PM     Post Reply
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace was not pleased that National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s first appearance on the Sunday shows since September 2012, when she said that the attack on the American compound in Benghazi was due in part to a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video, came only on NBC’s Meet the Press, rather than his own show. “Of course, Fox has led the way in questioning how the adminstration handled Benghazi,” Wallace said. “Perhaps Susan Rice didn’t want to answer the tough questions we would have asked.” Wallace said his initial desire to have Rice on the

Obama ribs ambitious governors at White
House dinner: ´Make yourself at home´
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 9:03:42 PM     Post Reply
President Obama poked a little fun at certain state politicians who harbor presidential ambitions during a dinner he hosted at the White House Sunday night for the National Governors Association. Obama began his remarks by telling the governors to make themselves at home during their time that evening at the White House. “I´m sure some of you are thinking that´s been the plan all along,” he said to laughs. He then read a quote about a governor he swore he would be contented to remain in that office. “Of course, that was Teddy Roosevelt,” Obama quipped. “I guess plans change.” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a

  


  

As Mediaite Reported in October,
Piers Morgan Expected to Lose
His 9PM CNN Show
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 8:57:21 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times confirms what we have long reported: Piers Morgan will lose his 9 p.m. CNN show this year. Noting Morgan’s abysmal ratings as of late, reporter David Carr spoke directly with the British TV host and came up with the following revelations: Mr. Morgan said last week that he and Mr. Zucker had been talking about the show’s failure to connect and had decided to pull the plug, probably in March. His show, he conceded, was not performing as he had hoped and was nearing its end. “It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken

Former Bush Strategist: Anti-LGBT
Law Uses Christianity Like Muslim
Terrorists Use Islam
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 8:54:27 PM     Post Reply
On This Week With George Stephanopoulos, former George W Bush campaign director Matthew Dowd predicted that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer would veto a just-passed bill that would allow discrimination against LGBT customers, and also read the impetus behind the bill into the history of people using religion to mask exploitation and repression. “I think in the end Governor Brewer is going to veto this,” Dowd said. “It’s an easy veto to do because of the things going in the business economy there.” “This is one of those problems where people use religion as a way to enforce discriminatory practices,” he continued. “People

Americans rising up against
government: Column
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/23/2014 8:49:53 PM     Post Reply
America´s ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately. It just might be a harbinger of things to come. First, in response to widespread protests last week, the Department of Homeland Security canceled plans to build a nationwide license plate database. Many local police departments already use license-plate readers that track every car as it passes traffic signals or pole-mounted cameras. Specially equipped police cars even track cars parked on the street or even in driveways. The DHS put out a bid request for a system that would have gone national, letting the federal government track millions of

Matthews: GOP could
pick up 10 Senate seats
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Kyle Balluck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 8:49:33 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on Sunday that Democrats could lose ten Senate seats in the midterm elections. “To the Democrats, this election, a rosy scenario is to lose five Senate seats, not six,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They could lose 10. And so what they´ve said is, ‘If we´re going to lose 10 seats potentially,’ and they could well do that, a big sweep, they´re going to the battle stations.” “Nothing on Social Security. All-out talk about minimum wage. Nothing on trade. … Nothing´s going to get done, because both parties have gone to their base,”

  


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Lindsey Graham launches
re-election campaign in earnest
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Jeffrey Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/23/2014 8:41:40 PM     Post Reply
ROCK HILL, S.C.--U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has begun his campaign for re-election in earnest. He´s opened a half-dozen campaign offices across South Carolina in the past week. Graham faces five opponents in the June primary, and it´s shaping up to be the biggest fight of Graham´s Senate career. Still, Graham is confident in winning a third term. He says he has a quiet majority of Republicans in his corner that can outvote the loud voices of opposition. Graham´s campaign has $7.6 million in the bank, while none of his five opponents have more than $260,000.

Piers Morgan and CNN Plan
End to His Prime-Time Show
New York Times, by David Carr    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 2/23/2014 8:41:12 PM     Post Reply
There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn’t seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor. Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for “Piers Morgan Live” hit some new lows, drawing a fraction of viewers compared with competitors at Fox News and MSNBC. (Snip) It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that

NY Times Cartoon Suggests
´Climate-Change Deniers´
Should Be Stabbed to Death
Newsbusters, by Jack Coleman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 8:12:59 PM     Post Reply
Editorial cartoons often aren´t pretty, to paraphrase Steve Martin´s observation about the perils of comedy. But a cartoon in the Opinion section of today´s New York Times is downright ugly. The cartoon, alluding to this year´s brutal winter, suggests U.S. Department of Commerce "Strategies for Dealing With the 2014 Icicle Surplus." Among them are using icicles as "locally sourced hydration devices," "temporary doorsteps," and "brainteasers for dogs." Then comes a suggestion that one immediately looks at again, in disgust and disbelief -- icicles can also be used as "self-destructing sabers for dispatching climate-change deniers."

Rice’s “No Regrets” and Obama’s Arrogance
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S.Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 7:49:52 PM     Post Reply
It’s hard to understand exactly why Susan Rice is still refusing to admit fault about her lies about the Benghazi attack. When asked this morning on Meet the Press by David Gregory whether she had any regrets about appearing on four network news shows the Sunday after the 9/11/12 attacks that took the lives of four Americans and telling the nation that what happened was the result of a demonstration against a video, Rice said she had none: David, no. Because what I said to you that morning, and what I did every day since, was to share the best

  


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Wells Fargo sued by employee fired
for concealed carrying at work
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 7:47:45 PM     Post Reply
Another interesting Second Amendment case is coming up before the courts, and yes… it’s from Florida again. Wells Fargo is facing a legal challenge from one of their bank managers who was fired for coming to work while carrying her weapon concealed. Ivette Ros grew up in a house where her father kept guns. For her, it was a natural step to get a concealed weapons permit and then to carry a 9 mm handgun. The 37-year-old Tampa resident is a single mother of three children and said she carries the gun for safety. “It’s just something about having it

Where is El Chapo´s beauty queen wife?
Twenty-four-year-old goes to ground as
drug lord husband faces extradition to U.S.
after he was betrayed and caught
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/23/2014 7:43:06 PM     Post Reply
Following the capture of Mexico´s richest and most dangerous drug lord on Saturday, questions are now being asked about the whereabouts of his 24-year-old beauty queen third wife who gave birth to two of his children in 2011. Joaquin ´El Chapo´ Guzman was nabbed in a U.S.-backed raid on a resort condo in Mazatlan, after his former bodyguards pointed Mexican officials to the elusive kingpin´s compound of seven homes in the Pacific coast town of Culiacan. (Snip)Coronel, who is the daughter of one of Guzman´s top deputies, Ines Coronel Barreas, was last seen re-entering Mexico in August 2011. The then

Schieffer Aghast McCain
Called Obama ‘the Most
Naive President in History’
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 7:42:15 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama naive on foreign policy? Perish the thought! CBS’s Bob Schieffer seemed appalled that Senator John McCain dared to describe Obama as the “most naive President in history.” On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Schieffer demanded: “Senator I want to ask you about something you said the other day, you said that President Obama, and I believe these are your words, ‘the most naive President in history.’ Did you mean that literally, or how did you mean that?” McCain responded on the February 23 program: I meant it in my time in public life, when you look at the so-called

Still Clueless: Politico Can´t
Figure Out Why Ted Cruz Fights
GOP Establishment
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/23/2014 7:34:09 PM     Post Reply
Politico just doesn´t get it about conservatives. Again. The inside-the-beltway publication that keeps tabs on all of the "inside baseball" minutiae of Washington´s permanent political class does not understand why it is smart for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to oppose his party´s leadership, which he was elected by Texans to do. In previewing its newest magazine article about Cruz, Politico tweeted, "Ted Cruz is a smart political operator—so why does he pick so many fights with his party?" Erica Grieder, the article´s author and senior editor at the left-of-center Texas Monthly, displays, like most of the mainstream press, that she

Humble Trash Collector´s Good
Deed Goes Viral (Video)
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 7:29:25 PM     Post Reply
"I´m just a trash man picking up trash," Jeremy Fischer told the reporter who had come to interview him about a gesture of kindness and respect he assumed no one saw. The Oregon garbage collector was going through his route, last Tuesday, when he saw that an American flag had been blown off its pole and was sprawled across a trash can. A former boy scout, Fischer carefully folded the flag up military style, and placed it on a post. Unbeknownst to him, a woman had watched the entire thing from her window, and posted what she saw on the

  



´I have too many demons to fight´:
Charlotte Dawson died just ONE day
after ex-Scott Miller´s birthday as friends
say her depression may have been ´triggered´
by his recent tell-all
Daily Mail [UK], by Jade Watkins and Candace Sutton    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 2/23/2014 7:10:56 PM     Post Reply
Charlotte Dawson was in a ´perfect storm´ of troubles in the weeks leading up to the model and TV personality´s death in her waterfront apartment. The 47-year-old had endured uncertainties about her future employment, the apartment she rented was up for auction on the day she was found dead, she was allegedly having to borrow money to pay the rent and her ex-husband Former Olympian Scott Miller´s own fall from grace was being played on prime time news.(Snip)Despite debilitating depression, which friends said seemed to be consuming Dawson, she tweeted her well wishes to Miller following his tell-all interview on 60

Mysterious polio-like illness
affects kids in California
USA Today, by Elizabeth Weise    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/23/2014 7:00:10 PM     Post Reply
A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery "What´s we´re seeing now is bad. The best-case scenario is complete loss of one limb, the worst is all four limbs, with respiratory insufficiency, as well. It´s like the old polio," said Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Lucile Packard Children´s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. The first known case appeared in 2012. Sofia Jarvis in Berkeley began to experience wheezing and difficulty breathing. The 2-year-old spent days in the intensive care unit at Children´s Hospital Oakland.

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