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Drug Rationing for Seniors Begins
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/24/2014 5:05:31 AM     Post Reply
Buried beneath the avalanche of recent news reports about the latest Obamacare-mandated funding cuts to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is a related but far more disturbing story — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a major step toward rationing medications to the elderly. Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health care bureaucrats, however, have proposed removing three of these classes from the “protected” list. The New

Netflix strikes deal to pay Comcast to
ensure online videos are streamed smoothly
Washington Post, by Cecilia King    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/24/2014 5:01:53 AM     Post Reply
Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast, the nation’s largest home Internet carrier, to ensure its online videos are streamed smoothly. The arrangement highlights the vast power of Comcast, which is in the middle of an ambitious expansion effort, and how the company’s dominance in the broadband Internet market can hold sway over consumers’ Web experience. In a multiyear deal, Comcast will be paid to directly connect Netflix servers to the carrier’s network, removing third parties that bog down the delivery of streaming video. The companies confirmed the agreement Sunday, but the terms were not disclosed. The deal could set the stage for

Enough with the Gay Mania
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/24/2014 4:57:35 AM     Post Reply
It’s one thing to be tolerant of what once were known as “alternative lifestyles.” It’s another thing to be asked to celebrate them, as the exuberant mythologizers of Michael Sam and Johnny Weir ask us to do. And it is way beyond the pale to hold forth on any sort of sex life — perhaps apart from self-restraint — as if it’s a form of heroism. Yet the culture of the professional Left, enthusiastically aided by the establishment media, is going bonkers in pushing active homosexuality (or any one of several exotic variants thereof) as an absolute virtue. One can hardly

  


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What the West Must Do for Ukraine
New York Times, by Ulrich Speck    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/24/2014 4:54:53 AM     Post Reply
BRUSSELS — Thanks in part to the coordinated efforts of Germany, Poland, France and the United States, irrevocable change has finally come to Ukraine, with President Viktor F. Yanukovych’s flight from Kiev and Parliament’s vote to call for new elections in May. But the powers still have urgent work to do. Ukraine could either descend into chaos or right itself on a path toward a new democratic stability. The European powers and the United States must offer the country all possible support to move toward the latter. The first and most urgent step for Western leaders is to send unequivocal messages to

Whole Foods: America’s
Temple of Pseudoscience
Daily Beast, by Michael Schulson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/24/2014 4:47:21 AM     Post Reply
Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism. The museum has inspired hundreds of book chapters and articles (some of them, admittedly, mine) since it opened up in 2007. The place is like media magnet. And our nation’s liberal, coastal journalists are so many piles of iron fillings. But you don’t have to

The White House’s ‘Knuckleheads’
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/24/2014 4:41:07 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama had a laugh or two last week on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” while talking about ObamaCare and the silly — and potentially dangerous — things young folks do. She called them “knuckleheads.” But it’s starting to look like the joke may be on her and her husband. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26,” Obama said. “But once they hit 26 — they’re on their own. And a lot of young people think they’re invincible. But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads, you know? They’re

Costliest Olympics ever end
with nod to own failure
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/24/2014 4:37:55 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Fireworks and a countdown kicked off the closing ceremony in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, packed with spectators who chanted “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!” — “Russia! Russia!” —and were in a party mood after the high-security games passed off safely without feared terror attacks. Giant screens flashed highlights from the 17-day games. With a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s

  


  

Daytona 500 2014 Results: Winner,
Final Standings and Post-Race Analysis
CNN Bleacher Report, by Tim Keeney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/24/2014 4:34:58 AM     Post Reply
A little bit of rain couldn´t stop Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the 2014 Daytona 500. The first race of the 2014 Sprint Cup season was delayed for more than six hours when Mother Nature reared her ugly head on Daytona International Speedway, but Junior was eventually able to hold off Denny Hamlin to earn the second Daytona 500 victory of his career. After winning the race, he was ecstatic, via NASCAR´s official Twitter feed and FOX Sports:

Purity or Strategy: The
Debate We Need To Have
PJ Media, by Andrew Klavan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/24/2014 4:30:55 AM     Post Reply
Last week, there was one of those mommy-and-daddy-are-fighting moments on Fox News as two powerhouse conservatives debated one of the most important issues facing the right. In one corner, was the dagger-sharp and stunningly beautiful and did I mention beautiful Ann Coulter. In the other corner, was the valiant, good-hearted and, you know, perfectly presentable in his own way Sean Hannity. No one can doubt either the patriotism or the fearlessness of these two. You may sometimes disagree with one or the other, that’s fine, but it seems undeniable that both have the good of the country first and foremost

Capture of Mexican drug lord ´El Chapo´
Guzman ignites fight over trial location
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/24/2014 4:25:32 AM     Post Reply
After narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals over 13 years on the run, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now, what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first will begin. In Mexico, Guzman is likely to face a host of charges related to his role as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, the country´s most powerful drug organization and a key player in the yearslong violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 2006. Grand juries in at least seven U.S. federal

Ukraine´s new leaders order
arrest of President Yanukovych
Fox News, by Staff & Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/24/2014 4:22:24 AM     Post Reply
Ukraine´s acting interior minister announced Monday that an arrest warrant had been issued for that country´s president, Viktor Yanukovych. In a statement on his official Facebook page, Arsen Avakhov wrote that Yanukovych and several other officials were wanted on charges of "mass killing of civilians" in violence that engulfed Ukraine´s capital city, Kiev, earlier this week. At least 82 people, most of them protesters, were killed in clashes with members of the police and security forces. Some of the dead were shot by snipers in strategic positions overlooking the main protest camp in Kiev´s Independence Square. Calls are mounting in Ukraine to

  


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U.S. warns Russia to keep
its military out of Ukraine after
protesters force president out
WashingtonTimes, by Guy Taylor and Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 10:43:04 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation’s Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend. National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said the situation unfolding in Kiev “reflects the will of the Ukrainian people and the interests of the United States and Europe,” and that Russia would be making a “grave mistake” if it sends in military forces to try to reverse the developments — or to seize control of pro-Moscow eastern Ukraine. The Putin government has shown no outward signs

NFL to penalize use of racial slur
ESPN.com & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 10:07:37 PM     Post Reply
The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL´s competition committee will enact the rule at the owners´ meeting next month. "We did talk about it, I´m sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard (Alliance) came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field," said

Revealed: Obama’s ‘attack’
on Medicare Part D
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/23/2014 9:43:06 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is launching an “attack” on the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs as part of Obamacare that will result in higher costs and fewer health care options for seniors, according to a U.S. House subcommittee. The administration is quietly introducing “policies that would undermine the integrity and success of the Medicare Part D program” according to the subcommittee. President Bush signed Medicare Part D into law in 2003 to subsidize prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. The Daily Caller has learned that the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing Feb.

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

  


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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

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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