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Panetta opens combat
roles to women

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/23/2013 3:53:54 PM

Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military´s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war. The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta´s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

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Good grief, what are we coming to? (That´s the whole article.)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: yuban, 1/23/2013 3:58:50 PM     (No. 9134868)

Send HRC to the front lines NOW.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Susieq1, 1/23/2013 4:01:10 PM     (No. 9134875)

Foolish!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: aasilver, 1/23/2013 4:01:52 PM     (No. 9134876)

Our first line of defense -- Gays and women.

Sounds like a plan -- to destroy the USA.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fhancock, 1/23/2013 4:06:41 PM     (No. 9134892)

When do they sign up for Selective Service ...if they are good enough to go into the infantry they should be eligible if and when a draft comes...otherwise they are STILL second-class soldiers...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wsdiego, 1/23/2013 4:06:45 PM     (No. 9134893)

They won´t last long on an Amtrac!
Semper Fi The Dirty Bird, Marine Amtracs

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 1/23/2013 4:07:22 PM     (No. 9134895)

How do now they justify Selective Service for men only?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JoniTx, 1/23/2013 4:08:50 PM     (No. 9134899)

Doesn´t Congress have a voice on this decision? Just curious...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GOPinTN, 1/23/2013 4:13:53 PM     (No. 9134907)

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/23/2013 4:16:19 PM     (No. 9134912)

A lot of women say fine, go for it. BUT no whining, special treatment or lawsuits if you get your body parts blown to smithereens.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/23/2013 4:16:32 PM     (No. 9134914)

ANY woman in combat better damned well be qualified to carry my grandson to safety if he is wounded in combat. IF not, get OUT.
This is a stupid move.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 1/23/2013 4:16:57 PM     (No. 9134917)

The democrats continue to turn our military into politically correct mush.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 1/23/2013 4:20:30 PM     (No. 9134924)

#7, that was my though as well. I thought that the ban on women in combat was legislated. However, I just did some research and such is apparently not the case.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: on fire, 1/23/2013 4:30:36 PM     (No. 9134942)

Yep, the guys on the front line love nothing better than squandering time carrying gear for tired females or helping them keep up.

Panetta is ridiculous.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: RIsailor, 1/23/2013 4:30:56 PM     (No. 9134946)

The Marine Corps runs a combat school for new Marine officers and opened the school to women last year. Several tried out and flunked. No more women lieutenants are applying.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tulipwood, 1/23/2013 4:34:55 PM     (No. 9134952)

Say good-by to men. Men will not compete with women, nor will they compete against a culture that has become so repulsively feminized. Ladies, you are on your own.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lazyman, 1/23/2013 4:38:00 PM     (No. 9134959)

We could have used them in Nam. We still would have lost but the year would have gone faster for me.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Trust No One, 1/23/2013 4:42:55 PM     (No. 9134969)

How I see it.

Next step - required to sign for Selective Service.

Wars in Africa and Defending Japan from China

Need for more soliders

Draft reinstated

Call up Men AND Women to fight global wars to inrich bankers, military complex and to TRY to keep global economy from crashing DOWN into FIAT oblivion.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/23/2013 4:44:27 PM     (No. 9134973)

The chiefs will stand far in the rear while they are sent forward for cannon fodder.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 1/23/2013 4:46:01 PM     (No. 9134977)

There goes chivalry. Why should a man bother to endure what he does in the service if some chick can do the job for him. Stay home. Play video games. What´s the point?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/23/2013 4:48:49 PM     (No. 9134982)

Send only women into combat. Men have carried the load far too long. If we `need` more women in govn and business then we need more women in combat.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Scribelus, 1/23/2013 4:49:22 PM     (No. 9134983)

The women involved are volunteers, just like the men. Time will tell if the nation can bear larger female casualty lists.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 1/23/2013 5:06:11 PM     (No. 9135000)

A VERY BAD IDEA.

Not what casualties the public can bear, but the real, and known, loss in combat efficiency? The biggest part of combat for the front-line troops is hard, brutal, dirty work that makes physical, emotional, and psychological demands that have to be experienced to be understood.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: dittohead, 1/23/2013 5:11:34 PM     (No. 9135008)

True Confession: NO ONE would want to depend on ME on the front lines!!! VERY FOOLISH MOVE!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 1/23/2013 5:12:00 PM     (No. 9135009)

Oh, dear! Another opportunity for us to be beat over the head with "the first woman in combat", "the first black woman in combat", "the first transgendered woman in combat", "the first latina woman in combat", "the first woman killed in combat", "the first black woman killed in combat"...

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Reply 25 - Posted by: fayebeck, 1/23/2013 5:14:48 PM     (No. 9135012)

I say only women who support abortion or have had one thereby qualifying them for killing, be put on the front lines. Also just a piggish comment from a pig. Seems women are the only "minority" who lobbied to give up special status. Of course that special status would be considering them "ladies". BUT today´s slutty women would make great soldiers. You won "ladies" now go for it.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 1/23/2013 5:19:36 PM     (No. 9135019)

Whoppee! The Academics have ruled!

The sign of equality is that now women can become trained killers.


Lets see how that works out.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/23/2013 5:23:07 PM     (No. 9135028)

And from the foxholes, torpedo rooms, tactical command posts, bivouac areas and boondocks around the globe, the new "battle cry" will be heard..."Come on baba, you drive me crazy...Goodness gracious great balls of fire!"

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Reply 28 - Posted by: msjena, 1/23/2013 5:25:34 PM     (No. 9135034)

This is progress? Well, I suppose if you think there are too many people already it is.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Packard Man, 1/23/2013 5:25:45 PM     (No. 9135035)

Interestingly revealed on the day Hillary goes before congress.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: chumley, 1/23/2013 5:29:11 PM     (No. 9135040)

I served with a lot of women during my time in. The vast majority did their regular jobs exceptionally well.
When we went into the field or on a remote was another matter entirely. Very few had the strength or stamina to do the work. Their very presence created resentment as someone else had to do two jobs.
Plus, they create drama just by being there. Romances develop all the time, and the last thing some lonely GI needs is to see someone else playing high school lovey games. I saw it on every assignment and every deployment.
This is a bad idea, which means it will be embraced by those who wish to further degrade our military.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: semperparatus, 1/23/2013 5:30:08 PM     (No. 9135042)

Of course this is a bad idea, another moronic event in the life of liberals and their followers. Ask anyone aboard ship what they think of this idea.

#27 - I believe the United States has already passed the test when it comes to women killers. A disgusting topic to be sure, but, are we not at the 55 million abortion mark now?

55 million... more than the number of deaths (conservative number) in World War II. Hitler and Stalin would be proud.

Semper Paratus

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Reply 32 - Posted by: viking diver, 1/23/2013 5:32:18 PM     (No. 9135046)

unbelievable and simply stupid, panetta playing PC with the very lives that men will give their lives to defend.
Are women ready to be raped repeatedly by the enemy before being killed.
some of the villages that were friendly and provided security and food to us in Nam, sometimes would be overrun if found out and it wasn´t pretty what was left.
what a way to ruin a combat effective squad by putting a woman in the mix, will she be able to carry 65 lbs of equipment or more while on foot, walk long distances. I remember the Air Force in its infinite wisdom once put a woman with the 5 of us on a mountain top for a remote 6 month tour, we had to give up space for her privacy, and set aside time for the shows just for her, and she still ended up getting pregnant and I don´t think her husband was too pleased by that either.


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Reply 33 - Posted by: cav160, 1/23/2013 5:57:57 PM     (No. 9135086)

Well since we are on a PC role lets have a couple of all female Infantry Battalions, commanded by first female Battalion Commander! Throw them into Horn of Africa to show how effective they can be.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/23/2013 5:58:42 PM     (No. 9135089)

Sea duty has been opened up to women since 1978 and it seems to be working our real well: more than half of the commanding officers relieved of their commands last year were fired due to some form of sexual misconduct.

Just saw Howitzer Explosion Guy ("Party on, Wayne!") on the cafeteria flat screen - he´s all giddy over the news and had out-of-the-closet helo pilot tammy duckworth on as his guest. Finally, something brings a smile to her face. Up until now, she´s always worn a frown - I didn´t know if it was because she´s merely another angry lesbian or that she lost both legs while fighting in George Bush´s War.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Magic8Ball, 1/23/2013 6:01:09 PM     (No. 9135094)

War against women.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: oldsfc, 1/23/2013 6:05:08 PM     (No. 9135102)

The strongest women is still weaker than the average male. I would love to see Mary hump a 50lb ruck. Hah!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Antiquegolf, 1/23/2013 6:06:23 PM     (No. 9135104)

Reply 26, any population control secondary to abortion and other factors is more than canceled by the illegal alien invasion. The population of the USA is increasing at the rate of a 3rd world country. Almost all of the growth is due to immigration. And it´s not just hispanics. The average muslim "family" in USA has 7 children.


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Reply 38 - Posted by: mythman, 1/23/2013 6:06:50 PM     (No. 9135107)

It´s been tried before in other armies. As I recall, besides the strength issue there are two more: 1) the maiming of women soldiers in combat has a devastating effect on all present 2) women decide to opt out by getting pregnant in considerable numbers.



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Reply 39 - Posted by: Alpha91c, 1/23/2013 6:07:06 PM     (No. 9135109)

Mark my words, this will not end well. PC run amok.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: anonymous, 1/23/2013 6:08:02 PM     (No. 9135112)

Well, if this is to be then the Obama administration should immediately require that all young women register for the draft.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 1/23/2013 6:14:29 PM     (No. 9135120)

Oh My the yang factor at work Obama style. He voices all out protection for women while his minion declares women will be in combat.
Of course the protection from Obe is only in matters of lady parts in political sexual terms while pretending those parts are not included in death or dismemberment in combat.
Like everything else in his governing agenda open mouth stick in foot then cram in the opposite one.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/23/2013 6:21:07 PM     (No. 9135138)

And earlier this afternoon, Valerie Jarrett tweeted, "If there´s one thing we should all agree on, it´s protecting women from violence. Congress needs to pass the Violence Against Women Act." (You can access the link on Drudge.) How screwed up is this Administration??

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Reply 43 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 1/23/2013 6:34:00 PM     (No. 9135159)

Good.

Now make all 18 year old women of America REGISTER FOR THE DRAFT.

It´ll get reeaaallll quiet.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Penney, 1/23/2013 6:48:43 PM     (No. 9135186)

Poster is exactly right. This is 0bama´s war against women, indeed the entire dem party´s decades-old war against women. The radical militant lefty/libs have betrayed femininity and demeaned masculinity since the 1960s! Their statist policies have fractured the American family unit over the past 4 decades. ...This will NOT work out well.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/23/2013 6:55:20 PM     (No. 9135190)

#1 and #3...

Remember that old bromide...
"kill two birds with one stone"... ?

Well...
Send Hill-err-ee-ass Herself to combat...
and you got gay women at the front!

Pretty certain she´ll come out as gay before the next election.
Wants all those votes.
Nothing to stop her this time.

Probably plans to marry Jodie Foster in the White House in 2017.
That is...
If she survives her combat role.
Army boots and a camo pants suit.
Trendy.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 1/23/2013 7:05:58 PM     (No. 9135204)

I envision that this will be as "successful" as putting women on Navy ships. Until they decide (at the last minute) they don´t want to deploy.
Then some poor GI is going to find out he´s being FORCED to do back-to-back deployments.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: OC Jackson, 1/23/2013 7:12:00 PM     (No. 9135210)

Lousy idea. One poster talked about a 50 lb. rucksack. More realistically, try a 75 lb. load.

Register all 18 year-old females for the draft. Those who are "selected" for motor pool specialties, are required to change tires on their own. Those selected for the Artillery must be capable of loading an 8" howitzer. The rounds weigh 200 lbs, by the way.

I´ve served with females, officer and enlisted. In the office, they were fine soldiers. The problem came with their relationships (inevitable) with their male counterparts. Young women and men, thrown together in stressful environments will become sexually involved. Problems will range from jealousy to physical conflict.

This is a stupid, PC idea.


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Reply 48 - Posted by: dr fate, 1/23/2013 7:27:51 PM     (No. 9135229)

Hey, if Demi Moore could do it so well in a movie, then what´s the big deal?

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Bubby, 1/23/2013 8:00:18 PM     (No. 9135269)

This is just another attack by Democrats to destroy the greatest army on earth. First gays and now women. This is purposeful and destructive. I would not go into combat with women period! I don´t care what anyone thinks of this post I wouldn´t do it. It won´t be long before all the physical strength requirements will be revised downward to accomodate women. The result will be more combat deaths to be pc. It´s discusting what the Democrats are doing to this country!

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Reply 50 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/24/2013 12:56:43 AM     (No. 9135680)

The only reason that the liberals are able to run with such a ludicrous policy change is that only about 1% of the US population ever serves in the military these days. The percentage that make up the army and marine ground combat units that close with the enemy during ground combat is much less then that 1%. The rest of the about 99% of the population knows little about the military and it´s traditions, or the extreme hardships that marines and soldiers actually face and experience during sustained ground combat operations.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: broken01, 1/24/2013 11:47:58 AM     (No. 9136494)

This may look good on paper in the liberal halls of the WH, Pentagon, ACLU, and college campi but being a Navy veteran of 20yrs I´m here tell you this will blow up the dopey liberal´s faces. How you might ask? The first time that ANY terrorist group gets their filthy hands on a female servicemember and uses her to either make her give it up(secrets folks not what your thinking)or tortures her to make some other captive spill the classifed beans. The blowback would make the above institutions rethink this ridiculous idea. Mark my words that will happen.

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Jeb Bush to make decision
on 2016 by the end of this year

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Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/6/2014 11:54:20 PM     Post Reply
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that he will base his decision on whether to run for president in 2016 on whether he thinks he can mount a campaign that would transcend the modern-day mechanics of such a run. Bush, the second-oldest son of former president George H. W. Bush and younger brother of George W. Bush, spoke at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father´s presidency at the library and museum that bears the patriarch´s name. The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and portions of the event were later

Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants
come out of an ‘act of love’

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Washington Post, by By Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: Sanchin- 4/6/2014 7:45:12 PM     Post Reply
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas. The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch.

Anti-vaccine movement is
giving diseases a 2nd life

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USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/7/2014 4:25:04 AM     Post Reply
Kathryn Riffenburg decided on a closed casket for her baby´s funeral. She didn´t want her family to see what whooping cough, her son´s first illness, had done to 9-week-old Brady Alcaide. The nearly forgotten disease, which has in recent years afflicted thousands of Americans, left Brady´s tiny body swollen and unrecognizable. So his mother dressed him in a white baptismal suit and hat and tucked him into a tiny white casket. Brady´s burial came just four weeks after his first laugh — inspired by her version of I´m a Little Teapot — and two weeks after his family learned that he had

Revealed: Obama´s friend and
civil rights firebrand Rev. Al
Sharpton was a paid FBI informant
who wore wire to trap Genovese,
Gambino family wiseguys

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/7/2014 6:52:11 PM     Post Reply
Rev. Al Shaprton, the controversial civil rights leader-turned-broadcaster, was a confidential FBi informant for years and helped the feds put members of the Genovese and Gambino organized crime families behind bars, it was revealed Monday in a sensational exposé. President Barack Obama will speak this week for the second time at the annual meeting of Sharpton´s National Action Network, raising questions about the group´s special treatment. Sharpton´s special relationship with the Justice Department may also explain why his NAN has been allowed to skirt responsibility for $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties it has owed the IRS since 2006

For Dems, a problem with seniors
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The Hill [DC], by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/7/2014 4:43:12 AM     Post Reply
Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who are already facing

Al Sharpton´s Secret Work
As FBI Informant

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Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/7/2014 2:00:17 PM     Post Reply
When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant. That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted

Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25
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Associated Press, by Sylvia Hui    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/7/2014 2:44:12 PM     Post Reply
LONDON - Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of concert organizer Bob Geldof who worked as a model, a television presenter and a fashion writer and filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics, has died at age 25. There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England. Her father said in a statement Monday: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain." "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," he said. "Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever."




Caught kissing staffer, Rep. Vance McAllister
asks for forgiveness

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CBSNews.com, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: karmageddon2008- 4/7/2014 6:52:58 PM     Post Reply
A married freshman Republican congressman who campaigned on his Christian, conservative values apologized Monday after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing him in a lengthy liplock with a staffer. In the Dec. 23 footage, obtained by a local newspaper, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. - who ahead of his election last fall ran multiple campaign ads trumpeting his faith and family - is seen kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds at his Monroe, La., district office. The Ouachita Citizen reports the woman is the congressman´s 33-year-old part-time scheduler, who is also married.

Millions of Americans aren´t working. Why?
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CNBC, by Allison Linn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/7/2014 2:32:09 PM     Post Reply
Call it the million-worker mystery. A large chunk of American adults are no longer in the labor force. That has left economists divided over how many of them are voluntarily not working-or even looking for work-because they wanted to retire, go to school or take care of family members, versus how many have been forced out because they couldn´t find a job. (snip) Shierholz estimates that there are currently more than 5 million missing workers who are not included in the unemployment rate because they are neither working nor looking for work, but who might be if the job market

Democrats slam ´offensive´
Pelosi image on Breitbart site

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USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 4:34:06 PM     Post Reply
The Democratic National Committee is furious by a conservative website’s ad campaign that depicts Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi clad in a bikini in a provocative pose with her tongue sticking out. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Republicans to press Breitbart News to remove the artwork — one of several suggestive images on the website promoting the new California site. The image of Pelosi, beneath one of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s face photo-shopped onto a flexing body builder, includes the sub-head: “Because you can’t make this s— up.” “To say the least,

Gorgeous George: Regal in red
Kate wears Queen’s New Zealand
brooch as she arrives in Wellington…
but it’s her baby prince who
steals the show

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Daily Mail (UK), by Rebecca English    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/6/2014 10:55:34 PM     Post Reply
Wellington -He may be only eight months old. But Prince George made an assured appearance on his debut royal tour this morning. Arriving in New Zealand on the first day of a three-week trip Down Under, the third in line to the throne took the windswept welcome in his stride, although he looked a little chilly in a cream jumper and shorts. Scroll down for video -With a lifetime of royal engagements ahead of him, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understandably protective of their young son. Indeed, his appearance today was only the second time he has been

Bryan Cranston of ´Breaking Bad´:
Obamacare ´is fantastic´
despite ´growing pains´

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: AltaD- 4/7/2014 11:01:59 AM     Post Reply
Add Bryan Cranston, the star of TV´s recent hit "Breaking Bad" and a new Broadway play about former President Lyndon B. Johnson, to Team Obamacare. In an interview with Yahoo News “global anchor” Katie Couric, the actor called Obamacare the highlight of President Obama´s legacy. “Now’s the time to stake a claim to leave your legacy,” he encouraged Obama. “I personally believe that his health care program is fantastic. Yes, there are problems. Anything worth while is going to go through a growing pains period. But this is his legacy and I think it’s a great one because I don’t


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