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Life after Oprah
ESPN, by Joe Lindsey

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/14/2013 10:57:50 AM

Armstrong spoke with veteran journalist Joe Lindsey of Bicycling magazine in his Austin, Texas, home for almost two hours. We´re running the full transcript from that conversation at Armstrong´s request. Joe Lindsey: What´s life like for you these days? Lance Armstrong: It´s obviously changed drastically. I´m talking more from a scheduling standpoint. Twelve months ago, 15 months ago, things were pretty hectic, busy. I was working full time on the [Livestrong] foundation, working full time competing in Ironmans and the training, the travel, sponsor obligations, etc. That took up a lot of time, and now, seemingly, almost overnight that vanished. So

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Life after Oprah
ESPN, by Joe Lindsey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 10:57:50 AM     Post Reply
Armstrong spoke with veteran journalist Joe Lindsey of Bicycling magazine in his Austin, Texas, home for almost two hours. We´re running the full transcript from that conversation at Armstrong´s request. Joe Lindsey: What´s life like for you these days? Lance Armstrong: It´s obviously changed drastically. I´m talking more from a scheduling standpoint. Twelve months ago, 15 months ago, things were pretty hectic, busy. I was working full time on the [Livestrong] foundation, working full time competing in Ironmans and the training, the travel, sponsor obligations, etc. That took up a lot of time, and now, seemingly, almost overnight that vanished. So

   

 

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‘Vast Majority’ of Exchange’s
Paper-Application Responses
Still Not Mailed
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 10:16:48 AM     Post Reply
Every time you read a news story, column, or commentary about Obamacare that begins, “Now that the web site is fixed” or “Now that the site is working,” laugh a bit. They’re using “not crashing for users” as a synonym for “fixed” or “working,” but there’s a lot more that the site has to do — and it still isn’t. Today’s Washington Post features Julie Bataille of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services, explaining that the computer system is still not working correctly for administrators who need to process paper applications. First she states that some

The Potemkin website
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 5:25:48 AM     Post Reply
Oppressive regimes throughout history have built cities of false facades meant to impress from afar, concealing the embarrassing condition of the places. In its quest to persuade Americans that Obamacare is working, the Obama administration has built the most expensive Potemkin website yet. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants to bulldoze the facade of Healthcare.gov to find what lies beneath, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is telling her aides they better keep quiet, or else. In a Dec. 6 letter to Creative Computing Solutions, she instructed the

Our American royalty travels in
style, and without being groped
Daily Caller, by Glenn Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 5:20:29 AM     Post Reply
President Obama lives an extravagant life of which the kings of old could only dream — and all at the taxpayers’ expense. According to the Congressional Research Service, it costs $180,000 an hour to operate Air Force One. This means that President Obama’s recent trip to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral cost the American taxpayer $5 million in airfare alone. The president’s security detail, which includes Secret Service agents, along with all their equipment and armored vehicles, is transported onboard the Air Force’s massive C-17 cargo planes. At $24,000 an hour, a C-17 is a bargain compared to the President’s Boeing 747.

Support Under the Dome for Teller’s Firing
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 5:17:25 AM     Post Reply
It’s a testament to how powerful the fired executive director of the Republican Study Committee, Paul Teller, was that it took a lobbying campaign by his boss, Representative Steve Scalise, to fire his own aide. (Snip) Several sources familiar with the matter say Teller’s fateful final act as executive director was whipping the conservative outside groups against Representative Paul Ryan’s budget deal before the details of the deal had been announced or the RSC had taken a position. But the tension had been building for a long time. Scalise and other members chafed when the outside groups kept getting wind of what had happened at

Heisman Trophy: Roger Staubach
reflects on his eventful season
with Navy football in 1963
Washington Post, by Gene Wang    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 10:24:33 AM     Post Reply
There was a time when the Heisman Trophy winner could not get recognized in New York City. Such was the predicament for Roger Staubach 50 years ago when the quarterback became the second player in Navy history to capture college football’s most prestigious individual honor.Then a junior, Staubach was in Manhattan for the award ceremony, and one evening he and teammate Tom Lynch decided they would visit the Playboy Club. The iconic members-only establishment required a special key for entry, but this was Time magazine cover boy Roger Staubach, so Lynch figured it wouldn’t be a problem. Staubach borrowed civilian clothes, including

   

 

  


 
The Left´s Reality Problem
Politico Magazine, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:38:19 AM     Post Reply
The “reality-based community” isn’t what it used to be. Progressives spent much of the George W. Bush years deriding the right for disdaining reality itself and waging an associated “war on science,” such was its purported hostility to evidence. The meme arose from a high-handed blind quote from a Bush senior adviser to journalist Ron Suskind; the adviser said that people in the “reality-based community” underestimated how the United States could alter the state of things through the exercise of its power. The left happily adopted the appellation “reality-based community.” (You can still find T-shirts and bumper stickers online.) It congratulated

Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to
Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:20:23 AM     Post Reply
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws. "President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive

White House press corps tees
off on Jay Carney over access
Politico, by Jose Delreal    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:17:13 AM     Post Reply
A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama. Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns, noting that the administration has been meeting with the White House Correspondents’ Association. He did not, however, give further details about what steps are being taken to expand access. “I can commit to you that we are working and have been working on expanding access where we can,” Carney said. “Let me be clear, that is the view from the very top.” The issue of access has long been

House GOP Conservatives
Help Propel Budget Bill
Associated Press, by Andrew Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:01:15 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama´s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans. The modest package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative organizations that sometimes raise money by stoking conflict within the Republican Party. At the same time, Democrats who were

Uncle Rose With NKorean
Leader Before Brutal Fall
Associated Press, by Jean H. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 3:56:53 AM     Post Reply
SEOUL, South Korea -- The execution of leader Kim Jong Un´s uncle marks the unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in North Korea and the most serious political upheaval in the country in decades. Jang Song Thaek rose from municipal bureaucrat to vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers´ Party - posts that put him in second in power only to Kim. A well-traveled operator with a network that spread to China, Jang was considered the chief architect of economic policy that

   

 

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Thinking Through the Ryan-Murray Deal
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:51:08 PM     Post Reply
I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.



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What Will It Take?
53 replie(s)
PJ Media, by David Solway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:41:47 AM     Post Reply
Let me begin with a categorical statement that, given current events and recent political history, can be easily defended: Barack Hussein Obama is a willful, indoctrinated child of the Left with strong Islamic sympathies who is not fit to govern. Indeed, he would not be fit to govern Lower Slobovia, let alone the United States of America. Obama is a historic disaster of the first magnitude and, if not restrained, he will see to the irrevocable decline of the country which foolishly elected him, leaving the world on the brink of a conflict — or in the midst of one — whose repercussions cannot be underestimated. Accompanying the undeniable havoc

Fox News host Megyn Kelly
says Jesus and Santa are white

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Yahoo! News, by Eric Pfeiffer    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/12/2013 11:18:50 PM     Post Reply
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids

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

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Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/13/2013 8:22:46 AM     Post Reply
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.

Poll: Tea party favorability hits record low
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Politico, by Tal Kopan    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 12/12/2013 3:50:33 PM     Post Reply
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they

   

 

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents
Are Planning a Book

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New York Times, by Julie Bosman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 5:12:19 PM     Post Reply
The parents of Trayvon Martin met with publishers this week to shop a book about their son, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed in Florida in 2012. According to two publishing executives who participated in meetings, Mr. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, said they intended to write a book that gives the full picture of their son while tracing their own experience of shock and sorrow. The meetings were described as somber and moving by publishers who were present. Ms. Fulton and Mr. Martin were accompanied by Jan Miller, their Dallas-based literary agent. One publishing executive said Mr.

Pelosi on budget deal: ‘Embrace the suck’
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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/13/2013 7:11:50 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the budget deal.“Embrace the suck,” House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats Thursday morning, a source told Politico.“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” she added. It’s a way of telling her colleagues the budget deal negotiated with Republicans is the best they can get. Democrats are fuming that the bipartisan budget deal doesn’t extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans. One of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Thursday it

Sebelius ´Urging´ Insurers to
Cover People Who Haven´t Paid

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/13/2013 11:36:46 AM     Post Reply
Fearing that many people will think they have health insurance coverage when they do not, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is "urging" insurance companies to "give consumers additional time to pay their first month´s premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014." Insurance companies should cover people who haven´t yet paid, in other words. With just a few weeks to go until Obamacare takes full effect, Sebelius announced additional changes on Thursday, some that tell insurance companies how to run their business and others that "strongly" encourage insurance companies to waive their rules -- on premium payments,

A Government Separated
from the People Cannot Stand

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American Thinker, by Lawrence Sellin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 9:37:41 PM     Post Reply
In his 1952 book The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy, Israeli historian J. L. Talmon described a political system in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government. The federal government has become such a system, an entity unto itself operating outside of Constitutional constraints and unaccountable to the American people. The United States is now controlled by a Democratic and Republican ruling class that transcends government and sees itself as distinct from the rest of society and as the only element that may

Stunner: Ed Schultz receiving
big bucks from unions

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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/12/2013 6:20:08 PM     Post Reply
Does MSNBC know that one of its hosts is receiving large amounts of money form an interest group whose political activities he covers? Does the network have any journalistic ethics guidelines at all? Elisha Krauss of truthrevolt.org presents the results of a search of Department of Labor archives showing the amounts of money Schultz has received from politically active organizations he covers: Schultz received at least $177,000 from labor unions in 2012; the average median income for an American family is around $44,000 a year. This year alone the DOL shows Schultz has been paid $75,000 by the AFL-CIO; just yesterday AFL-CIO Richard

   

 



 
It´s war! Senate gears up for epic
battle as ZERO Republicans line up
to support budget agreement (and
Democrats need to find at least five)

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 12:24:52 PM     Post Reply
A landmark budget agreement that passed in the U.S. House on Thursday faces certain death in the Senate unless at least five Republicans step up to support it--but so far there are no takers at all. The GOP´s Senate leaders plan to launch a procedural effort to kill the plan over a laundry list of objections--including a claim that it short-changes military veterans and other government retirees. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin conceded that he needs to find Republicans who will vote for the measure after Republicans announced their intention Thursday night to block the deal. ´We need Republican votes to pass

Pelosi: GOP has general
´disrespect´ for women

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mike Lillis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 5:40:10 PM     Post Reply
Republicans in Congress have a general "disrespect" for women that´s reflected in their legislative agenda, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi charged Friday, adding that she applauds the prospect of America having its first female president. [WATCH VIDEO] The California Democrat said the GOP´s policy priorities — from reproductive health to the economy to the environment — are evidence they have little concern for the issues women care the most about. "[It´s] disrespect," Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC´s Alex Wagner that aired Friday afternoon. "Whether it´s pay equity and raising the minimum wage, whether it´s paid sick leave, or whether

Mike Huckabee quits radio
show, sets sights on 2016 election

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:28:25 PM     Post Reply
Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first obvious sign that he is considering another presidential bid in what is shaping up to be a jammed 2016 GOP primary. He has hosted the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Cumulus Media since April 2012, but said that it takes up to nine hours a day to prepare. “As for the new endeavors, at this time, it would best for me to say, ?Stay tuned!´" he wrote on his Facebook page. Supporters won´t have to wait long. On Friday, he is participating in a “Pastors and

   

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