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Krauthammer on new Obamacare
rules:‘This now approaches
banana republic lawlessness’

Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon

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Posted By:drive, 12/13/2013 8:22:46 AM

Columnist Charles Krauthammer attacked new Obamacare rules unveiled by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a late Thursday conference call, saying the Obama administration is “approach[ing] banana republic lawlessness” by issuing the decrees. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Juan Williams and Judge Andrew Napolitano, as the three reacted to Sebelius’ new directives for insurance companies. “This is exactly a reaction to a deep understanding among Democrats that [Obamacare] is a train wreck,” he said. “And it’s a panic reaction. As the judge said, this is utterly lawless. This now approaches banana republic lawlessness.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/13/2013 8:34:10 AM     (No. 9652103)

Juan W. must be getting hourly updates from the White Hut to keep him appraised of what his opinions are today.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jfodoch, 12/13/2013 8:46:42 AM     (No. 9652120)

Yes, it is lawless -- so why aren´t we prosecuting? All this wailing is getting mighty tiresome!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/13/2013 8:49:15 AM     (No. 9652123)

What did you expect would happen when the idiots elected a halfrican community agitator?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: rational, 12/13/2013 8:56:29 AM     (No. 9652137)

Is it time to have lunch with el presedente at the WH again,
Charles?? He needs to get you back in line. s/o

What did you honestly expect mr. einstein?!?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/13/2013 8:57:47 AM     (No. 9652141)

We are long past banana republic lawlessness. Think IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, EPA, NSA.

And this is the tip of the iceberg!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Ben Around, 12/13/2013 9:11:54 AM     (No. 9652159)

#1 Juan must be getting rewarded handsomely for his advocacy of the régime´s interests.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: gerty, 12/13/2013 9:26:36 AM     (No. 9652179)

#2 says it all for me. Stop commenting on the ´lawlessness´ of it all!!

When is someone going to DO something to stop this rogue regime in our White House?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 12/13/2013 9:28:58 AM     (No. 9652183)

It´s not often that I would like to just slap someone silly, but I watched this last night on the Round Table, and I wanted to slap Juan´s teeth so far down his throat that he would need a proctologist to find them.

As to "lawless," when did that ever matter?

I could make a very short list of the legal things the Mulatto Communist has done in five years; the illegal list, however, would stretch from here to Amarillo.

Nobody does anything about it, and no one is likely to in the next three years.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Freeloader, 12/13/2013 9:30:43 AM     (No. 9652185)

Sadly, there´s always that 10% who never get the word until it is too late:

Exhibit "A":
"I credit the President for presenting a view of the left with clarity and honesty. He is out to remake American Society---unabashedly, unashamedly and, I would say courageously."
Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Speech
Washington Policy Center
October 6, 2010


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Reply 10 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/13/2013 9:31:30 AM     (No. 9652188)

The nightly round table has become riveting television. Too bad that it´s not fiction.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 12/13/2013 9:39:02 AM     (No. 9652200)

Exactly, Charles. And if someone could randomly select a name - any old name - out of the phone book in any city in America, my belief is that person would likely be a better and more loyal president than Obama.

He´s an embarrassment to America and the free world and has done great harm to this country and her allies. Except for relatively few, he doesn´t much like Americans and certainly doesn´t care if we like it or not.

Obama is ´set for life´ in every way and the rest of us can go to hell. He will always have a huge anti-American chip on his shoulder and is doing his best to dismantle our heritage, traditions and legacy. We who are paying attention fervently hope America will be able to recover from this nightmare.

And, finally, how did "preserve, protect and defend" - in January 2009 - become "abandon, endanger and betray?"

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Reply 12 - Posted by: paperpuncher, 12/13/2013 9:46:17 AM     (No. 9652206)

#2: Who´s going to prosecute it? The justice department, Ha.

After the take over is complete Juan´s new title will be El Generalissimo of the Obama Yute Corp-se.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: maryc, 12/13/2013 9:47:04 AM     (No. 9652209)

and Eric Holder would be in charge of prosecution. LOL more fiction.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 12/13/2013 10:05:37 AM     (No. 9652239)

By January, 2017...banana republic lawlessness will rule the land. By executive privilege he will declare himself permanent leader of the USA. If you think it´s bad now, just wait. The second term of this administration will end the USA. They can do anything they want, either by laws or executive privilege.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: redink, 12/13/2013 10:16:45 AM     (No. 9652255)

"Approaches?"
We are conquered.
Dr. K...that lawlessness approached us in 2008 with the words "fundamentally transform", and "spread the wealth". If you didn´t realize it then, I have no more use for that light bulb over your head.

Any elected official out there who can do something? Bueller?



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Reply 16 - Posted by: john56, 12/13/2013 10:29:38 AM     (No. 9652273)

Stupid question: Whenever a Republican administration tried even a tenth of what Dear Leader(US) and his Regime are doing, you could have been mowed down by the leftist lawyers and such on their way to the courthouse to file for injunctions to prohibit the perceived injustice?

Where are the conservative groups and why aren´t they in front of the (admittedly few) judges who might throw a couple of roadblocks ahead of this "lawlessness."

As my dear departed Irish momma used to say, Talk is Cheap. It takes money to buy whiskey.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: rmagnus, 12/13/2013 10:32:03 AM     (No. 9652280)

We are no longer a Republic of any type. The majority doesn´t rule and the minority has no rights.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 12/13/2013 10:43:14 AM     (No. 9652294)

My hope is that after the Mulatto Communist is out of office, an honest Attorney General will begin an investigation. The entire administration should be prosecuted under RICO as the entire administration is a criminal enterprise. A racket. My belief is, there´s not one agency that the Mulatto hasn´t corrupted --most of them really didn´t need any encouragement, only cover.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: marthaville, 12/13/2013 10:46:56 AM     (No. 9652299)

We are at the point with this administration that the supposed good guys have turned out to be the bad guys. The police have become the criminals. Because the president controls the executive branch departments and agencies, he is no longer under the law. He determines what the law is.

Kathleen Sebelius can instruct HHS employees to break the law. The current Justice Department will never, ever prosecute an executive branch employee without presidential approval.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 12/13/2013 11:05:21 AM     (No. 9652324)

The rule of law should be based on justice, ethics, and values. Instead it is currently based on the whims of an incompetent corrupt tyrant.

If obama ever appeared in military uniform, he would look a total complete fool and everyone would either be angry or laughing at him. The laughter would stop though once people realized he has millions of people with guns supporting him. It would truly mark the end of our constitutional republic.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: qr4j, 12/13/2013 11:10:18 AM     (No. 9652332)

Juan Williams is such an Obama suck-up, he comes off as idiotic. This is nuts!

In the first place, the government should never have taken on this issue the way it has -- remaking one-sixth of the American economy that affects every American.

In the second place, the government should have had a real plan with measured, tested results BEFORE it rolled it out to everyone.

In the third place, we never should have gotten to the second place!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: lylacat, 12/13/2013 11:10:50 AM     (No. 9652334)

Juan Williams is so stupid, you have to pity him.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bobn.t, 12/13/2013 11:12:08 AM     (No. 9652336)

#6 - It´s all about skin color: Juan is black, Omusbro is black.
Blacks (99% of them) supporting Omusbro is absolute racism.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/13/2013 11:13:28 AM     (No. 9652339)

Juan Williams the crash test dummy and Charles Krauthammer the disgruntled Obama voter who comes late to the party.
Krauthammer voted for Obama once and possibly twice and he wants to complain now.
At least Juan the crash test dummy is consistent.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 12/13/2013 11:31:34 AM     (No. 9652365)

The Banana Republic began with the fist czar appointment. We have over 100 un-vetted people with access to sensitive information and in a decision making capacity over government expenditures. The repercussions will be felt long after Stinky is gone.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Palmetto Bug, 12/13/2013 11:48:35 AM     (No. 9652384)

He probably thinks he deserves one of those new virtual combat medals the USAF proposed awarding....

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Reply 27 - Posted by: strike3, 12/13/2013 11:51:51 AM     (No. 9652391)

Another big turning point was when they threatened a Supreme Court justice to call this abomination a tax and not a fee. It was unconstitutional, illegal and abuse of executive power. The rest of the supremes went along like baby rabbits.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/13/2013 12:35:04 PM     (No. 9652445)

What I want to know is where is the leader(s) that are going to come forward and lead the next revolution? We already have as much against this "president" (small p intentional) as Thomas Jefferson had against King George as written in the Declaration of Independence. What we the people want is independence from King Obozo and his minions. To add, like other posters, where are the conservative groups now? Why aren´t we hearing about law suits being filed? Why hasn´t some House members attempted to file impeachment action against Obozo? Doesn´t his actions rise to the point of "other crimes and misdemeanors? These are questions that need to be answered.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: steveW, 12/13/2013 1:18:25 PM     (No. 9652495)

One suspects it will soon be considered racist to not approve of banana republics.

The US Constitution is now The Banana Constitution - like it or leave it, audaciously hopeful or not.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 12/13/2013 1:20:25 PM     (No. 9652497)

If we don´t get some redress under what is left under our constitution we will inevitably get to the ´banana republic´ solution.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: udanja99, 12/13/2013 1:42:45 PM     (No. 9652519)

Not quite, #27. Scalia and Thomas were outraged and infuriated by Roberts´ cave-in. It caused a huge rift in the court and I´d be surprised if Scalia and Thomas are even speaking to him yet.

I take comfort in the knowledge that zippy and Mooch are miserable people and all of the power, perks and cash in the world is not going to change that. Happiness comes from within and they are rotten to the core.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: jhboatwright, 12/13/2013 2:55:56 PM     (No. 9652590)

"‘This now approaches banana republic lawlessness’ "

Now, you should not say this about the Banana Republics, some of which exhibit much higher class than our own B. R.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 12/13/2013 5:21:44 PM     (No. 9652787)

Remember, when an article calls the President lawless, it is often not he that is breaking the law, but his subordinates. When Obama orders/commands/ mandates a change in the ACA law, HE is not personally making the illegal change, it is his subordinate. The media states that Obama changed a law, when in fact, he himself made no change. He leaves the illegalities to his minions, who refuse to stand up and say, " I refuse to break the law on your behalf - find someone else to do your dirty work " - and then give a public statement and resign immediately. A couple of patriots taking this stance would straighten up the would-be-dictator very quickly. No one
in Government has any obligation to break a law.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 12/13/2013 5:35:30 PM     (No. 9652808)

I forgot to mention that, in my opinion, Mr Williams is one of the most ignorant media types I have ever seen. At least Mr Beckel is humorous at times , whereas Mr Williams actually believes his irrational, stupid , dumb comments. May be a nice fellow in person, but on the air he is just a fool. ( my opinion ).

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Reply 35 - Posted by: AnnaS, 12/13/2013 5:38:09 PM     (No. 9652815)

I, like others here, want to know why no one has done a thing? Fear of being a raaaacist? What?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: jgalt, 12/13/2013 6:03:09 PM     (No. 9652872)

We officially became a banana republic when we put a usurper a fraud with a phoney social security number in the White House. If he got away with that he figured (correctly) that he could get away with whatever he wants.

We have only cowards and crooks left in Washington. Its worse than banana republic. We are being ruled by mobsters.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Japanorama, 12/13/2013 9:40:09 PM     (No. 9653040)

Now the IRS will audit this journalist.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: BarryNo, 12/14/2013 12:02:17 AM     (No. 9653111)

With Reid blocking legal options in the Senate and Boehner playing dead in the House, there is only one solution, which in fact is allowed for in the Constitution, that I am aware of. The argument begins something like this:

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature´s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."



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Reply 39 - Posted by: BarryNo, 12/14/2013 12:13:19 AM     (No. 9653115)

After almost 100 years of feather-bedding and cronyism, you aren´t going to solve this with an election, anymore. The entrenched bureaucracy is designed to corrupt anyone who wins past the media-backed Elites, and our institutions of higher learning are designed to turn out people who are corruptible or ´encourageable´ - sheep and wolves together.

Since they love their debt so much they can keep MY share and talk to the Chinese about how and when it should be paid. I´m sure they´ll be amused by what Liberal Economists will tell them.

Let´s found a new nation (or rather restore old values) and let the stinking corpse realize it is dead.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: uno, 12/14/2013 8:37:36 AM     (No. 9653345)

With 65 million dumbed-down, barely aware, self-absorbed, media-influenced, celebrity-obsessed, Food-Stamp wielding, Escalade driving, Kool-Aid drinking, government-dependent, entitlement rich, busted-ass, Federal free-loaders and degreed, gullible, White guilt-ridden, Birkenstock-wearing, bottled-water-drinking, Politically Correct, Xanax-disabled, spineless, liberal lemmings, two times stupid Obama-voting Lo Fo Honey Boo Boo union slugs we have become the most pathetic nation on earth led by a Golfing, Vacationing, Partying, Out-Of-Touch, Narcissistic, Childish, Vindictive, Arrogant, Red Line, Salmon Line, Pink-Line, Fuchsia-Line, Maroon-Line, Puce-Line Drawing, Lying, Denying, Finger-Pointing, No-Records, Mexican Gun-Running, Cash-for-Clunkers, Treasury-Looting, Economy-Wrecking, Benghazi Bullsitting, Peace-Prize Stealing, You Didn´t Build That, Bullgarian-speaking, Marxist, Monument-Barrycading, Community-Organizing, Celebrity Gad-Fly and Phoney-Baloney Plastic Banana Republic Socialist Doorknob! We are sooo screwed!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: papasparky, 12/14/2013 10:46:20 AM     (No. 9653573)

Charles, scrap the "approaches" concept, the cruise liner U. S. S. Lethargy has dropped anchor in the of harbor of Bananaland, Cost-a-RICO.

The deck band is playing "Happy Days Are Here Again",and everything is copa-cabana-cetic except for one troubling fact, the bananas have all turned black! (racial pun intended and approved) What say you Juan Williams?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: pontique, 12/14/2013 11:22:55 AM     (No. 9653629)

It´s so much shadenfreud to read these comments. All you dummies need to do is beat the drum for his resignation because he is a Constitutional illegal in the oval office. That is something we the people can do. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. As it is written in the Declaration of Independense so shall it be. Get behind those that are forging ahead to do this and there are many out here.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Oregonboomergirl, 12/14/2013 12:56:26 PM     (No. 9653763)

Before Obama, Juan Williams used to be somewhat rational in his commentaries. Now he´s nothing but a hack to the nth degree. I watch him while the others are talking and he always makes faces or raises his brows or whatever. Then I skip past him talking, because, why bother? He will defend anything Obama says or does, plus all the Dems.

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A New York woman suffering from a neurological disease that has required four brain surgeries has been dropped by all of her doctors and denied medications due to her Obamacare plan. "I´ve been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable," said Margaret Figueroa, 49, on Wednesday. "My medication helps me function during the day." Figueroa suffers from a disease known as Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. Even though the Obamacare plan she purchased assured her that she was covered, her insurance card was denied when she went to fill her prescriptions. Then she learned that none of her



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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