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Senate Dems Curb Filibuster,
Risk Future Problems

Associated Press, by Alan Fram

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/22/2013 4:39:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats quickly enjoyed the first fruits of a milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama´s nominations: They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial selections and prepared to do the same for two others. Over the longer term, they might regret what they did and how they did it, Republicans and others are warning. When Democrats muscled the changes through Thursday over the opposition of every GOP senator, it helped heighten Congress´ already high level of partisan animosity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used a process that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: sinic, 11/22/2013 5:10:24 AM     (No. 9624800)

This is the way they do things, folks...get used to it cause it´s going to be happening more and more. First the executive branch just bends and breaks laws by waving the magic wand. Now the Senate´s on the path to making the opposition disappear by the same type of maneuver. We´re entering dangerous territory here, and I´m not sure if the pols in DC know that there might just come a day when they regret this.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ByteGuru, 11/22/2013 5:43:02 AM     (No. 9624810)

Dingy Harry and the dems are simply reacting to political reality. With the economy in shambles, plummeting poll numbers, and a major millstone (ZeroCare) around their necks, they see their only chance for liberalism to survive is to pack the courts. With no chance to win the House next year and the possibility that they will lose the majority in the Senate, they must bolster their only remaining avenues of power even if it means disaster down the line with the election of a R president in ´16.

It´s called going ´all in.´


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Reply 3 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 11/22/2013 6:36:35 AM     (No. 9624852)

This appears all about packing the DC court of appeals. The hot issue there is the NLRB "recess appointments" struck down because the Senate was not officially in recess. At this time Boeing is looking to relocate some operations because of the intractable union in Wa. A NLRB ruling that Boeing has to stay put is not out of the realm of possibility.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mulhaven, 11/22/2013 6:51:16 AM     (No. 9624870)

The little weasel of the senate may get what he wants now, but it will be short lived. He did what other stupid people have done before him - look at the short term gain.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 11/22/2013 6:51:54 AM     (No. 9624871)

Actually, Reid is pretty safe doing this. It´s not as though we have TWO DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/22/2013 6:53:46 AM     (No. 9624875)

Excuse me, but can I point out that the democrats are not concerned with the future because they know when they are finished with the transformation which they are so enthusiastically working to achieve, the future will take care of itself. We won´t recognize this country when they are finished. It will be remade into their socialist utopia and there will be no going back. They know this and that is why they will let nothing, not even the rule of law, deter them. We are facing the most dangerous time in our history. The enemy is within the gates with an enormous army and the will to win.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 11/22/2013 7:06:21 AM     (No. 9624889)

I remember after the Light Bringer´s re-election last year, someone posted ´hang on, it´s going to be a rough ride.´ And then ValJar said something like ´it´s payback time.´ Can hardly wait to see what is next on their agenda.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chance_232, 11/22/2013 7:14:26 AM     (No. 9624896)

The dems will live to regret this. When they are in the minority, whats to prevent the republican majority from one upping the nuclear option by xtending it to all legislation?

The dems have effectivly eliminated any chance that they will ever have of blocking republicam nominees.And this now makes the 2014 election more important than ever.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: privateer, 11/22/2013 7:18:43 AM     (No. 9624901)

And makes it dead certain they will never be allowed to win ANY of them. Harry Reid knows better than most that the Constitutional Republic is gone. We are entering the obama Regency. He is too fond of regal trappings to be a proper dictator. He sees himself as Le Roi Soleil.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: quantumman, 11/22/2013 7:21:51 AM     (No. 9624905)

I saw Prez Stompy Foot doing a victory lap on the TV set yesterday. This is another "gay squirrel pivot" by the Dems and it will haunt them after the 2014 elections. Even Carl Levin voted against it. He and Manchin, Hagan, et al., will vote to repeal Obamacare. It´s happening folks. The whirlwind is coming and this is the first inkling of it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: avital2, 11/22/2013 7:35:27 AM     (No. 9624926)

i heard george will say that this could mean that Senate vote needed on repeal of Obamacare could be 51 votes now --- he said Dems hadn´t really thought this through, clearly..........will be interesting.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Deedo, 11/22/2013 7:40:22 AM     (No. 9624933)

What a mindless move, full of unintended consequences.

Let´s say the GOP takes control over the Senate in 2014. They pass a Senate rule change by simple majority to apply "majority rules" on every act of the Senate, most especially legislation.

In a future election where the GOP is in a lame duck session, pass new rules by simple majority that make it impossible to prevent a minority filibuster, and also make it impossible for the Harry Reids of the world to use any other "nuclear option" again.

There are no rules other than majority rules. Progressivism is a terminal disease.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 11/22/2013 7:55:05 AM     (No. 9624954)

Folks this is politics in the Senate today, the Rats just want change the subject about ObamaCare.

The Senate has nothing on its docket of major consequence.

So, it just a shell game with the Rats moving the pea around. Any appointee can be impeached, if he or she is found breaking the laws and executing the Constitution.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: kahunavol, 11/22/2013 7:56:58 AM     (No. 9624957)

No risk at all. When they are in the minority and need the filibuster back the media will filibuster the American public about how awful it is that there is no way for the minority voice to be heard until the people demand it be restored.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Michimatician47, 11/22/2013 8:01:14 AM     (No. 9624967)

No need for the Dems to regret this...if they lose the Senate in Nov. ´14, they will simply vote for a return to status quo ante (unqualified right to filibuster) before a GOP majority takes the reins in 2015. What´s to stop them?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Refried, 11/22/2013 8:08:37 AM     (No. 9624976)

Believe poster 15 is 100% correct!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rusino, 11/22/2013 8:09:25 AM     (No. 9624977)

Your headline uses the word FORCES a change of rules. There was no force the Democrats volunteered to destroy the Senate. This is just another step in THE FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFROMATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA per Obama!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/22/2013 8:13:59 AM     (No. 9624985)

Again, with a Republican majority coming up as early as next year they should seriously consider banning Democrats from the Senate chambers. Turn them into lobbyists for all intents and purposes.

They could hang around the Capitol but not be part of the Senate process.

The former dominant but now antiquated MSM would kvetch about it, but that´s about it. There´s already been a serious shift to the new media.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: LouD, 11/22/2013 8:15:38 AM     (No. 9624989)

What´s to stop them, #15? Well, if the pubs win the senate they can just reinstate the "nuclear option". So the dems have unleashed a monster, with no way to control it. A similar thing happened in Massachusetts, where the legislature passed a law requiring a special election to fill a senate seat, to prevent the republican governor from appointing a senator when it was uncertain if Kennedy would retire. When he died, (with a dem governor) they were forced to hold an election to fill his seat, which Scott Brown won.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/22/2013 8:22:08 AM     (No. 9624995)

And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Which means there will be a tremendous payoff for banning Democrats from the floor of the Senate.

The House can begin serious work impeaching leftwingtard federal judges and independent commission members appointed by Presidents and the Senate can quickly send those people packing. A 2/3 vote of 51 Senators should be pretty easy to get.

I don´t think Harry thought this through at all!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 11/22/2013 8:37:34 AM     (No. 9625017)

Why do they bother to vote at all? Just ram things they want thru, and ignore those things from the Repub house they don´t like....oh...wait a minute....

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Reply 22 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 11/22/2013 8:38:25 AM     (No. 9625019)

The Republicans MUST wake up and go to war. Democrats have been at war with us forever. When R´s re-take control of the Senate, make the Democrats hurt so bad they will never forget what they have brought upon themselves. This maneuver by Reid is mostly about packing the courts. Well, all the Federal Courts except the Supreme Court can be un-packed. Congress controls them. First, immediately remove the D.C. Circuit as the court hearing administrative and regulatory appeals. Give the job to the Fifth Circuit or a similar heartland Circuit. Second, you don´t have to impeach these communists to get rid of them. Slash the size of these Obama-packed circuits, with a last on, first off clause. There must be extraordinary measures taken. Fighting fire with fire is not for the faint of heart. Are there any Republicans up to it?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: strike3, 11/22/2013 8:46:04 AM     (No. 9625036)

This plan was hatched as a means to combat Ted Cruz, a man of whom they are very much AFRAID. And for good reason, Ted ate their lunch by resisting the launch of obamacare and he turned out to be spot on in his prediction of total failure. Harry and many of his corrupt cronies are serving their last terms.

From now on, you will be seeing more of an effort by the libs to promote McCain or Christie for POTUS.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: mc squared, 11/22/2013 8:50:20 AM     (No. 9625043)

They´re not worried about Pubbie payback.
If a GOP majority is elected in a November election, Dems have over a month to realize the error of their ways and restore the law to the way it was intended.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: Ken M., 11/22/2013 9:02:00 AM     (No. 9625072)

#2 and #3 are right. Harry sees the devastation coming next year to the Senate; the Republicans will maintain majority in the House; and the executive branch is already in shambles.

Their last ´bastion´ of power, at least for the time being, is the Senate. And Harry wants to leave some kind - any kind - of legacy, i.e., the Court of Appeals.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: artlover, 11/22/2013 9:29:06 AM     (No. 9625118)

Face it everyone. We no longer have a democracy. We have a dictator. We will never have our freedom as it was, again. This is the way Hitler made his move and the people watched it happen, just like we are watching it happen here. We have too many uninformed people in this country, because we DO NOT have a media anymore.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/22/2013 9:32:02 AM     (No. 9625123)

J F Ackerman, please explain "last on, first off clause", it sounds intriguing. And please explain moving court jurisdictions around. Also a fascinating comment of yours. Fortunately, it all sounds reversible.
What´s next? With these desperate, crazed, criminally
deluded commie dems, trouble just keeps on happening.
Harry Reid´s filthy little distraction, pulls us away (for the moment) from ZeroCare, pulls us away from Obozo and Hillary´s stand down crime of the century, and allows the commie core "gang" of McCain, Schumer, traitor Tea Party turncoat Rubio, to quietly, covertly continue to do the greatest damage of all. This Reid attention getting distraction, allows this despicable Schumer gang to pursue "legalizing" as many as FIFTY million illegal aliens into some new special organization, that once established, CAN NEVER BE REVERSED ! ! The Catholic Church offered sanctuary to the millions who would invade our borders. Throw in our "no questions asked" welfare giveaway, Father Jerry Brown´s gleeful public crowd filled announcement decreeing drivers licenses for all illIterate illegals. ..... Can you see the irreversible chaos coming right at us ?


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Jebediah, 11/22/2013 9:40:44 AM     (No. 9625137)

Just read on Drudge where that idiot Tom Harkin (who risks not being re-elected so he probably is going for broke) wants MORE rule changes....isn´t Harkin the one who claimed he flew fighter planes when he actually only co-piloted a supply plane, and who is seen leaning in from the left with great joy on his face during the videoed signing of Obamacare? These are only TWO of the reasons why I can´t stand the man, guilty of so much.
And finally, weren´t McCaine and Graham the guys who stopped the Republican flirt with the nuclear option on the grounds that if we did it God knows what the Dems would feel justified in doing. This was after a week or more of debate by Republicans. The Dems passed the nuclear option in about 2 hours.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/22/2013 9:54:25 AM     (No. 9625159)

Is this the Venezuelan Senate? If they get no push back they will continue to take more power. Republicans should dig in and use every procedural method possible to stop this train.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: rsgonner, 11/22/2013 9:56:24 AM     (No. 9625167)

Can you imagine what Thomas Paine, Nathan Hale, and Patrick Henry would have done when faced with the likes of the current administration? Remember, we fought a Revolution for far less tyranny than we now are forced to endure.

This country is doomed, and we are watching the demise. Meanwhile, Boehner says "Immigration not dead in the House".

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/22/2013 10:08:07 AM     (No. 9625193)

The Senate Democrat new suggestion is that their votes count as two and the Republicans count as one. The latest Harkin plan is to extend the "majority" vote to every piece of legislation. Therefore, the minority might as well stay home as they have become meaningless. The Democrats want a one party Senate. Lets hope they get it, one year from now, and that the Republicans pull funding from every initiative the Democratic have unilaterally passed.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/22/2013 10:21:00 AM     (No. 9625216)

The Democrats can easily have their cake and be able to eat it too by using their new powers to pack the federal courts with extreme liberal judges for the next year, if a Supreme Court vacancy occurs to extend their rule change to cover Supreme court justice nominees, and maybe even legislation.

Then if the Republicans do win control of the US Senate by way of the 2014 election, as one of the Democrats last acts while controlling the Senate, simply by saying that they have thought it over and agree with the Republicans that the rules should be changed back to where they were before yesterday, then in one of their last votes before giving up control of the Senate voting to reverse the rule change.

Since a number of the Republican Senators are really RINO´s no doubt they would be pleased as punch to return to the status quo and leave it at that.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 11/22/2013 11:07:46 AM     (No. 9625299)

There are reasons why Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Trey Gowdy and others are coming to the forefront. I will maintain my irrational optimism far a while yet. There may be interesting twists to this plot of dread and doom.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/22/2013 11:10:22 AM     (No. 9625311)

Look on the bright side, McCain, Graham, Collins and other RINOs won´t have to cross the aisle to help their ´esteem colleagues´.
There won´t be any need for bipartisanship. Just sit back and watch Joe Biden break the tie. This is going to be fun to watch the Bolshevik Communist handle this power.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: floridamarco, 11/22/2013 11:20:42 AM     (No. 9625337)

Whenever the GOP retakes control of the senate in the future, the first order of business should be rescinding all appointments made from this day forward on a 51% majority vote.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/22/2013 11:39:46 AM     (No. 9625381)

I don´t blame Reid. I blame the weasels in the Senate: McConnell, Corynyn, Corker, McCain, Graham, Burr, and others. The republicans won´t fight so Reid just punches them out. Right after the vote he asked for unanimous consent on a matter and got it. They should really obstruct but the cowards won´t. Republican senators are a joke except for a few. So, I can´t fault the dems.
Oh but don´t worry the republicans will find someone to fight, like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/22/2013 12:31:09 PM     (No. 9625454)

Folks it does not mean beans if Obama Care can now be repealed by 51 votes instead of 60 votes in the US Senate as long as the Democrats control that body and Obama is in the White House.

First of all Reid would never allow such a vote in the Senate and even if the bill did pass with say 52 votes, and passed the House of Representatives, because Obama would veto it.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/22/2013 1:08:43 PM     (No. 9625536)

Is there anyone left that doesn´t want to heed my call for another revolution? We now see just what the dims are capable of doing. There simply don´t care about rules or laws. They just change them or make them up as they go along. And to he$$ with anyone who objects. Sounds like King George and Parliament back in 1776. "Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their country"!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 11/22/2013 1:23:12 PM     (No. 9625560)

I´m so sick of Limbaugh pushing the garbage that Republicans won´t fight.
I swear he thinks Republicans control the Senate.
# 1 There are only 45 Republicans vs 55 Democrats ,
so the power of the Republicans
is very limited.
#2 They were fighting and using tactics available to block Obama´s judges and nominees.
Which is precisely why Reid invoked the nuclear option.
If the Republicans had been as tame as Limbaugh always makes them out to be -
there would be no need for Reid to go nuclear.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/22/2013 2:38:45 PM     (No. 9625640)

Ol´Har and his cronies have made the Senate a very inviting target for terrorist attack.

Since NO Republican can trust any Demorat, not a finger would be lifted if there was an event in the Senate like they had decades back in the House where wild eyed Puerto Rican terrorists shot the place up.

Not that I´m inviting or even predicting such an attack, but when the Majority leader acts in a way that he loses the confidence of the opposition, those who would do us all harm see that and are encouraged.

These legislative bodies have to hang together or they will certainly hang separately.

Rather interesting that Franklin had noticed that such was the case throughout history.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Caveman, 11/22/2013 2:59:36 PM     (No. 9625668)

All right leaning, oh, and John Roberts, need to avoid Fort Marcy Park from now on.
Please.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: buckeye1, 11/22/2013 5:52:09 PM     (No. 9625861)

Is this what it looked like in post WW2 in eastern Europe?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: M Stuart, 11/22/2013 7:39:29 PM     (No. 9625996)

I have also gone on record saying that Harry Reid will have NO problem changing this law back during lame duck session.

We also all knew that Mitch McConnell was not aggressive enough to take charge in the senate. We need new blood.

Just watch out for the lame duck session where Harry Reid has an epiphany about changing senate rules. Who thinks Mitch McConnell will have the stones to change it back?


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Reply 44 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/22/2013 8:59:16 PM     (No. 9626124)

Republicans will never succeed against Demos willing to use any means necessary.

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God saves the queen. He saves this honorable court. But who will save the United States Senate? The venerable institution that Democrats control and Republicans covet has lately been something of a circus. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), prevents amendments and pursues an unhinged vendetta against the Koch brothers, private citizens engaged in lawful political activity. The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is under political siege from right and left in his own state. Conservative populists gain presidential buzz by blowing up or shutting down Senate processes. Since the Senate is America’s pinnacle of institutional self-regard — “the

Kerry’s desperation meets Palestinian
intransigence in Mideast peace process
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/4/2014 5:05:57 AM     Post Reply
If John Kerry wants to live with his head in the clouds, he should stick to windsurfing. He’s making a further mess of everything in the Middle East. When President Obama, who lives in fantasies wrapped in pipe dreams himself, is fully awake, he should order the secretary of state to surf on home. Nobody plays desperation politics like the secretary of state. He wants to keep the “peace process,” so-called, alive if never well, and like a desperate gambler, keeps making bad bets to cover his losses until there’s no more room in the casino’s safe for his growing stack

Dems’ Voter-Fraud Denial
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/4/2014 4:58:46 AM     Post Reply
The spin doctors who deny the existence of voter fraud have no boundaries. “Plans to fight voter fraud are based on nightmares, tall tales, and paranoid fears,” says Scott Keyes of the liberal Center for American Progress. Voter fraud is so rare “you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than find a case of prosecutorial voter fraud,” asserts Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the liberal Advancement Project. Kim Strach, the new director of North Carolina’s Board of Elections, disagrees. She just searched a database that comprises about half the registered voters in the U.S. and found 35,750 voters in her state whose

Networks Snub Obama On
Primetime Health Care Address
Buzzfeed, by Evan McMorris-Santoro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/4/2014 4:48:38 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — White House officials sought valuable primetime air for a rare, impromptu Tuesday night address to tout the accomplishment of signing up more than 7 million people under the Affordable Care Act. But network officials refused to make the kind of accommodation they did previously for the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, for instance, and Obama was left instead cutting into the much smaller audiences of Ellen and other daytime shows. Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the primetime slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging



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American Thinker, by Sally Zelikovsky    Original Article
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$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department
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Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
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Ex-CIA boss Morell gives unorthodox
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Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
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CEO of Firefox maker Mozilla steps down
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USA Today, by Brett Molina    Original Article
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Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
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Beating of white driver by
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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
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A 54-year-old white man has been left barely clinging to life after he was brutally beaten by a group of black men when he got out of his car to check on a young black boy he accidentally hit. Steve Utash, from suburban Roseville, was beaten into a coma Wednesday by an angry mob in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood after David Harris, 10, ran in front of his truck on a busy street, but police insist the incident was not racially motivated. The gang also stole his wallet before leaving him for dead. Utash is in extremely critical

North Carolina drivers to
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WTVD-TV [Raleigh-Durham, NC], by Staff    Original Article
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David Letterman makes big announcement
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CBS News, by Lauren Moraski    Original Article
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It´s the end of an era: David Letterman announced Thursday that he´s retiring from CBS´ "Late Show" sometime next year. He made that announcement during the taping of his program this afternoon. The late-night talk show host, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, made his debut on the "Late Show" on Aug. 30, 1993. Letterman got his television start in 1978 on the CBS variety series "Mary," starring Mary Tyler Moore. Months later, he paid his first visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- marking the first of 22 appearances. He also guest-hosted "Tonight" numerous times.

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
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President Barack Obama contended that the government did not “make a hard sell” for Obamacare, despite his administration spending nearly $700 million to promote the law. “We didn’t make a hard sell,” Obama said in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, praising the 7.1 million sign ups for the Affordable Care Act. “We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.” However, last July the Associated Press reported that Obamacare’s marketing campaign would cost at least $684 million. Taxpayer funding went to all 50 states in efforts to encourage people to enroll, including nearly $28 million for the

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Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
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At a press conference to push legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized industrialists David and Charles Koch, calling them “shadow billionaires” who use their wealth to “rig our political system.” Reid’s sharp comments come on a day when the Wall Street Journal published a commentary written by Charles Koch, in which he described the brothers’ decision to get involved in politics to preserve the individual freedom and free markets that he said are the pillars of the American republic. “These two men are a pair of shadow billionaires spending


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