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Left Hook
Slate, by David Weigel

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 12/10/2013 4:12:04 PM

Before we all forget about the latest spat between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the banks, before it’s downgraded to an anecdote in Game Change III: The Changeling, let’s reflect on how the media got dragged into it and covered the story on Warren’s terms. Short version: Two honchos at the center-left think tank Third Way wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed warning that a proposal to expand Social Security was foolishness and “economic populism is a dead end for Democrats.” A clutch of progressives—or, if you prefer, economic populists—demanded that elected Democrats distance themselves from the op-ed. The senior senator

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This is the subhead: How a few liberal activists got the mainstream media to cover a “war” they made up.

      


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Left Hook
Slate, by David Weigel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:12:04 PM     Post Reply
Before we all forget about the latest spat between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the banks, before it’s downgraded to an anecdote in Game Change III: The Changeling, let’s reflect on how the media got dragged into it and covered the story on Warren’s terms. Short version: Two honchos at the center-left think tank Third Way wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed warning that a proposal to expand Social Security was foolishness and “economic populism is a dead end for Democrats.” A clutch of progressives—or, if you prefer, economic populists—demanded that elected Democrats distance themselves from the op-ed. The senior senator

   

 

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Jobs doctor’s house
deal raises eyebrows
New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:07:40 PM     Post Reply
Fresh questions about Steve Jobs’ liver transplant have been raised after it emerged that the doctor who performed the surgery spent two years in the Memphis, Tenn., house Jobs bought for his recovery. Dr. James Eason, who performed the March 2009 liver transplant, moved into the palatial house Jobs bought for his recovery just a few months after the operation, according to a report. It isn’t the first time questions have been raised over whether Jobs, a California resident, received an unfair advantage in landing the Memphis transplant. Eason lived in the house in midtown Memphis for two years before

Dan Rather’s Obsession
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:00:56 PM     Post Reply
Dan Rather was once among the most powerful figures in American media. Which is why watching him today is a particularly poignant and painful thing. Consider Mr. Rather’s appearance with CNN’s Piers Morgan Monday night. When asked about the recent, erroneous Benghazi report on 60 Minutes that led to a leave of absence for reporter Lara Logan, Rather compared that story to the one that ruined his career: “With our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint… was ‘Okay, your story was true, but the way you got to the truth was

The Difference Between
Humility and Arrogance
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 10:21:00 AM     Post Reply
The presidential helicopter landed in the small town of Orania, South Africa. It was August, 1995. The President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, had come for tea. Tea with Betsie Verwoerd, the 94-year old widow of South Africa’s former Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd. It was Mrs. Verwoerd’s husband who, as noted here in this story from the Christian Science Monitor, was known as the “architect of apartheid” — the disgraceful policy of racial segregation that Mandela was famously imprisoned for fighting. The reason for the overwhelming tidal wave of emotion and celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy in South

North Korea´s Disappearing Man
American Spectator, by Peter Hannaford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 6:30:50 AM     Post Reply
If you run a police state such as North Korea (a.k.a. “The People’s Republic of North Korea”) publicity is almost always bad, so you avoid it if possible. There are occasional exceptions and the North Korea authorities spotted one a month ago. A guided tour group was about to leave after a week’s visit when, in a last-minute review of the passenger list, an operative noticed that one of the visitors had not only been a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, but also may have been in counter-intelligence. With that, they took Merrill Newman, a retired California businessman,

Obama’s speech at Mandela memorial
will cost taxpayers $500,000 per minute
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 5:23:08 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s expected 10-minute speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial will cost taxpayers at least $500,000 per minute. That’s not counting any cakes and coffee he and his inner circle consume aboard Air Force One during the 18,000-mile round trip to Johannesburg, via Dakar, in Senegal. The 28-hour two-way flight will cost $5 million because the four-engined Boeing 747 costs roughly $180,000 an hour to operate, according to a May 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service. The cost includes jet fuel and subsequent maintenance of the aircraft’s engines, electronics and hotel-class facilities. Obama has been accompanied by the First Lady, Attorney General Eric

   

 

  


 
Impeachment Talk Is Shutdown Rerun
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 5:19:03 AM     Post Reply
Last week the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss the way President Obama has overstepped his authority in enforcing—and not enforcing—the law with respect to ObamaCare and other topics. Though, as National Review noted in a report on the event, the members initially shied away from the “I” word, some eventually warmed to the notion that impeachment was an appropriate response to his decisions. That willingness to tiptoe up to a discussion about impeachment was celebrated by liberals like the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank who saw the hearing as a partisan waste of time as well as an

Stockman Will Primary Cornyn
National Review Online, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 5:06:24 AM     Post Reply
At the very last minute, Representative Steve Stockman filed today to run challenge Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas in the 2014 elections. Stockman, a darling of the grassroots with a penchant for controversial Twitter statements and headline-grabbing comments, is a very, very long shot.(Snip)Because Stockman filed so late, there aren’t any especially prominent East Texas Republicans running to fill his congressional seat, in southeast Texas’s 36th congressional district. As of 3:56 p.m., only Phil Fitzgerald, a former judge, and John Amdur (the address listed is a Houston P.O. box) have also filed to run for his seat. The surprising

Obama’s Pattern of Appeasement
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:54:02 AM     Post Reply
Watching the twists and turns of American foreign policy while reading Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is an unnerving experience. Clark’s history, unlike many on the outbreak of World War I, starts not with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June 1914, but a dozen or so years earlier. He examines the muddled internal politics behind the foreign policies of major and minor powers — and how often they were incomprehensible to each other. He also shows how different powers formed shifting and sometimes unlikely alliances, with fateful consequences. Britain ended her

A closer look at the Benghazi lie
Washington Times, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:50:08 AM     Post Reply
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was

Dan Rather´s CBS Revenge Tour
Continues With Piers Morgan Tonight
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:47:55 AM     Post Reply
Dan Rather, whose long tenure at CBS came to an unceremonious end in 2006 shortly after his own 60 Minutes report about then-president George W. Bush´s military service was retracted, decided to weigh in on the show´s current accuracy issues. There´s no love lost between Rather and CBS these days. After Rather was basically made to "retire" from the network a year after he´d lost his evening anchor spot, he sued CBS for $70 million (the case was dismissed). CBS did not include Rather in its JFK assassination 50th anniversary coverage last month, even though he worked for the network in

   

 

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Equality for Convicts?
WeeklyStandard, by Terry Eastland    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:41:58 AM     Post Reply
A question: Are Texas and all its agencies and local governments breaking the law? The answer is that they probably are, according to the Obama administration and its Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But the Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, isn’t waiting for the EEOC to investigate and bring charges. Last month, in a preemptive strike, he sued the commission. The case is Texas v. EEOC. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Under the law as amended by Congress, the



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Obama greets leaders, including
Raul Castro, at Mandela memorial

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Washington Post, by Terri Rupar    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/10/2013 8:27:22 AM     Post Reply
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by

President Obama Takes
‘Funeral Selfie,’ Internet Goes
Wild Over Michelle’s Expression

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/10/2013 12:09:42 PM     Post Reply
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.

A closer look at the Benghazi lie
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Washington Times, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:50:08 AM     Post Reply
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was

Black fashion student says Hasidic
men attacked him, shouted anti-gay
slurs in Williamsburg

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New York Daily News, by Will Huntsberry, Averi Harper, *    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 12/10/2013 1:05:45 PM     Post Reply
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”

   

 

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Ben Affleck on Republican Actors:
´I Probably Wouldn’t Like
This Person If I Met Him´

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NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 12:23:05 PM     Post Reply
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I

Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Obamacare’
a ‘Derogatory Term’ Conceived by
‘Wealthy White Men’

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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 11:48:29 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly

Obamas, Bushes fly together
to Mandela’s memorial service

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Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/9/2013 9:02:40 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, former president George W. Bush and their wives departed Washington Monday morning on Air Force One on their way to a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are being accompanied by Mr. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the flight to Johannesburg. A four-hour memorial service will be held on Tuesday for South Africa’s first black president. Mr. Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary, died on Thursday at age 95. Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea are traveling separately to South Africa. Former President

Obama expected to speak
at Mandela memorial

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USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 12:02:26 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will make remarks on Nelson Mandela´s legacy during a memorial service Tuesday for the late South African freedom fighter, officials said Monday. "We do expect President Obama to speak as part of the program," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. The president and first lady Michelle Obama departed Monday for Johannesburg, where a Mandela memorial service will be held in a soccer stadium. Obama, who will also spend time with the Mandela family, is not scheduled to hold any bilateral meetings with foreign leaders while in South Africa, Rhodes said. Rhodes also said the

Obama misses start of Mandela memorial
service ceremony ´after getting stuck in
traffic´ as Bush, Carter and Clinton
make the trip to South Africa

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Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 6:12:17 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who

   

 



 
ABC Swoons Over ´Absolutely Ravishing´
Michelle Obama and Her ´Big Fashion Win´

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Newsbusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 3:59:50 PM     Post Reply
All three networks on Monday morning highlighted the appearance of the Obamas at the Kennedy Center Honors, but only ABC fawned over "fashion win" of First Lady. Lara Spencer enthused that " one of the stars of the show was Michelle Obama." An excited Spencer explained that Mrs. Obama looked "absolutely ravishing in a flowing teal gown as she accompanied President Obama." The co-host declared, "Another big fashion win for the First Lady. CBS This Morning offered a full report on the various performers who were honored, but co-anchor Charlie Rose avoided ABC´s superlatives.

Devoted father and Iraq war veteran
shot dead over Christmas shopping:
New dad lured into fatal
robbery after arranging to meet
men to buy iPad listed on Craigslist

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Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/8/2013 7:46:40 PM     Post Reply
An Iraq veteran who thought he was buying an iPad as a Christmas present after responding to a Craigslist posting, has been shot dead in an Indianapolis parking lot by the fake sellers. New-dad Jim Vester, 32, was lured to an address on Wednesday in the west side of the city and brothers Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, have been arrested after Vester was shot dead leaving behind his one-year-old son, Gavin and wife, Jamie.

Colin Powell: America
Needs Socialized Medicine

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 10:24:41 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell believes the United States should have a socialized, single-payer healthcare system similar to those in Canada and Europe. “I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen,” Powell reportedly said last week. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.” The Puget Sound Business Journal reported Powell´s remarks at the Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast at the University of Washington´s Cancer Research Center. Powell, the Republican who supported Barack Obama during the last two presidential

   

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