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Spy Panel Wants Duplicate
Oversight Board Replaced

Associated Press, by Stephen Braun

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/20/2013 3:55:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency´s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately - with different experts and private and public hearings - but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least a little surprising when the first panel, which recommended changes to NSA´s programs this week, urged the White House to abolish the second panel and replace it with a new one. Among 46 recommendations spelled out in a 300-page document released Wednesday by the President´s

      


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Spy Panel Wants Duplicate
Oversight Board Replaced
Associated Press, by Stephen Braun    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:55:55 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency´s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately - with different experts and private and public hearings - but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least a little surprising when the first panel, which recommended changes to NSA´s programs this week, urged the White House to abolish the second panel and replace it with a new one. Among 46 recommendations spelled out in a 300-page document released Wednesday by the President´s

   

 

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Dumped from ‘Duck Dynasty’:
The politics of suspending a
TV star for anti-gay remarks
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:48:16 AM     Post Reply
Conservative politicians jumped on the “Duck Dynasty” uproar Wednesday faster than you could load a hunting rifle. And they came out firing at A&E Networks for having the temerity to suspend Phil Robertson, the reality show’s star, for calling homosexuality a sin and equating it with bestiality. Despite all the rhetoric you’ll hear, this is not a free speech issue. Robertson is entitled to say whatever he wants, as he did in the GQ interview, and A&E is entitled to pull him off the air if it deems the comments offensive. There is no First Amendment right to appear on a television

The political columnist you must read
The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 10:28:59 AM     Post Reply
Ron Fournier is on fire. Liberated (my word) from the responsibilities of editing National Journal, the 20-year-veteran writer has become Washington´s most trenchant, most compulsively readable political critic. Liberal or conservative, libertarian or other, you´d be wise to start reading him. (To dispense with the compulsory narcissism: I used to work for Fournier at National Journal, and I consider him a mentor, so, yeah, I´ve got skin in the game. (Snip)Specifically, Obama promised too much, overestimates how weak he is institutionally, overestimates how strong Republicans are, and retreats to the comfort of a small group of advisers who exacerbate his

Baucus’ departure throws
wrinkle into U.S. Senate race
Montana Standard [Butte, MT], by Mike Dennison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 7:22:32 AM     Post Reply
HELENA — The news that Sen. Max Baucus may resign his seat to become U.S. ambassador to China could throw a new wrinkle into the 2014 race for his Senate seat, as Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock would appoint Baucus’s successor. Would Bullock appoint his own lieutenant governor, John Walsh, who’s already a top Democratic candidate for the seat that Baucus planned to vacate anyway, through retirement? Neither Walsh nor Bullock would comment Wednesday evening. Appointing Walsh would make him an incumbent U.S. senator, immediately upping his profile in a race that already includes Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and four

A Presidential Museum of the Absurd
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:49:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — It has been a grim Christmas around the White House. Frankly I think President Barack Obama must be wondering why. Has anyone on the White House staff seen him tee off lately? He is really walloping the old ball, and his putting game has improved too. Moreover, he has been taking many not-to-be-forgotten trips on Air Force One, most recently his trip to South Africa to solemnize the expiry of Nelson Mandela, which was only marred by the sign-language interpretations of Mr. Thamsanqa Jantjie. Mr. Jantjie stood to Mr. Obama’s immediate left gesticulating sheer gibberish to the world’s

Tea Party Candidates
Shunned by Senate Idols
National Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:38:35 AM     Post Reply
Chris McDaniel sits atop a wave of conservative Republicans challenging sitting U.S senators from their own party, wielding a tea-party trifecta of endorsements from the Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, and FreedomWorks. Yet McDaniel is unlikely to receive support from any of his tea party idols in the Senate who, in part, owe their own elections to those same groups. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida won´t take sides in GOP incumbent primaries because of his own experience of running against the establishment´s pick. Neither will Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who rode tea party support to take down a three-term incumbent.

   

 

  


 
How America is a Nation of Whiners: First
World Problems Read by Third World People
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:23:25 AM     Post Reply
This video “First world problems read by Third World people” demonstrates to the American people that poverty in the richest nation in the world is a different ballgame around the globe. People who continuously ask for government to keep giving them the fruits of others’ labor should bear in mind that the entire reason we have had prosperity in America is because everyone was expected to do his fair share to pay his or her own way through life. Thanks to free market economy, poverty around the world is reducing dramatically, as Harvard and Oxford studies note. Freer economies are more equal

‘Massive Seizure of Power´:
Climate scientists, economists challenge EPA
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastash    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:10:44 AM     Post Reply
A group of climate scientists and economists are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other stationary sources. These critics see a “massive seizure of power” by the agency. The scientists and economists, including the former chair of the EPA’s Science Advisory Committee, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, arguing that the agency does not have the authority to permit greenhouse gases from stationary sources. According to the group, such a permitting scheme is a “naked power grab of the most cynical sort.” “There is no avoiding that this rule is a massive

TSA Wants to Hire ‘Economically
Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business’
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:02:19 AM     Post Reply
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking exclusively for an “economically disadvantaged woman owned small business” when it awards its next $30 million contract for security training. The agency announced a solicitation for a company to conduct training for its Inter-Modal Security and Training Exercise Program (I-Step) last week. “The Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issues this request for proposals (RFP) to the economically disadvantaged woman owned small business (EDWOSB) industry to assist the TSA in meeting its responsibilities under the Aviation Transportation Security Act and other legislation,” the solicitation said. The notice states that the female-owned

The CNN 10: Ideas
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 4:55:55 AM     Post Reply
Where do good ideas come from? Some say they´re the result of collaboration between people whose collective wisdom is greater than that of any individual. Others believe the best ideas happen when a brilliant mind pursues a singular vision that hasn´t been watered down by groupthink. Either way, bold ideas are the currency of our knowledge economy and the lifeblood of our advancement as a culture. We don´t always grasp the importance of one when we see it for the first time, but we recognize them in hindsight. (How did we ever carry our bags before someone invented wheeled luggage?) As part of

‘A Cult Worthy of Jonestown’? Hey,
Democrats Embraced Jim Jones!
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 4:49:53 AM     Post Reply
John Podesta, soon to become a White House adviser, recently called the Republican Party “a cult worthy of Jonestown.” Today he apologized. It’s an interesting metaphor, increasingly common — how often have you heard references to “drinking the Kool-Aid”? — but it’s worth recalling Jim Jones was, before his horrific, sadistic end, an increasingly influential figure in California politics, particularly Democratic Party politics. Jones’ “People’s Temple” religious group/organization/cult played a role in the election George Moscone’s election as mayor of San Francisco in 1975, and Moscone subsequently rewarded Jones by naming him chairman of the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission. Salon: Jones used his

   

 

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Why liberals soured on
President Obama in 2013
The Week, by Jon Terbush    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 4:26:56 AM     Post Reply
O ne year removed from re-election, President Obama´s approval rating has sunk to the lowest level of his presidency. Furthermore, Obama´s popularity among the Democratic Party base — whose rejuvenated support proved crucial last November — took a huge hit this past year. Only 54 percent of self-described liberals "very strongly" approve of Obama´s job performance, according to a Pew survey released this week. That´s down from an all-time high of nearly 90 percent, and a significant decline from the 73 percent who strongly approved of the president back in June. Why the steep drop? Well, the first year of Obama´s second term



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Duck Dynasty´ star suspended
after anti-gay remarks

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CNN, by Holly Yen and Dana Ford    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/19/2013 6:38:03 AM     Post Reply
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know

´Duck Dynasty´ star suspended
for anti-gay comments

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Entertainment Weekly, by James Hibberd    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 12/18/2013 8:06:51 PM     Post Reply
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

Obama mocks Putin, picks gay
athletes for Sochi delegation

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Associated Press, by Eddie Pells    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/18/2013 6:33:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address

Gay rights group slams ´Duck Dynasty´
star Phil Robertson over
homosexuality comments

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FoxNews.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FelineFine- 12/18/2013 10:00:48 AM     Post Reply
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.

   

 

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Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We Thought
He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’

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Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: G-Tom- 12/18/2013 9:52:39 AM     Post Reply
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?

Incompetence
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Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/18/2013 7:37:03 AM     Post Reply
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White

Why liberals soured on
President Obama in 2013

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The Week, by Jon Terbush    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 4:26:56 AM     Post Reply
O ne year removed from re-election, President Obama´s approval rating has sunk to the lowest level of his presidency. Furthermore, Obama´s popularity among the Democratic Party base — whose rejuvenated support proved crucial last November — took a huge hit this past year. Only 54 percent of self-described liberals "very strongly" approve of Obama´s job performance, according to a Pew survey released this week. That´s down from an all-time high of nearly 90 percent, and a significant decline from the 73 percent who strongly approved of the president back in June. Why the steep drop? Well, the first year of Obama´s second term

New Obama adviser compares
GOP to Jonestown cult

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USA Today, by Aamer Madhani    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/18/2013 11:52:43 AM     Post Reply
John Podesta was just named as a new senior-level adviser to President Obama last week, but he´s already ruffling Republican feathers. In a profile published late Tuesday night by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana. "They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress," said Podesta of what Obama´s White House team faces.

We Should Ridicule Duck Dynasty
Star’s Views on Homosexuality;
But Suspend Him? Come On.

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2013 9:37:51 PM     Post Reply
Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a

   

 



 
Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks
removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors

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Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:21:48 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. During the inventory, an unidentified official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college honors two generals who fought against the United States,

´Duck Dynasty´s´ Phil Robertson on Indefinite
Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks

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Hollywood Reporter, by Lesley Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/18/2013 9:00:16 PM     Post Reply
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." The news comes after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview

Drunken beatings and threats made with
a knife: Obama´s half-brother writes
book on the horrors of living with the
president´s absent father in Kenya

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Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 4:01:09 AM     Post Reply
The Ivy-League educated half-brother of President Obama is publishing his autobiography in which he makes the shocking claim their father dished out alcohol-fueled beatings to him and his mother and in one terrifying instance held a knife to her throat. Mark Obama Ndesandjo, 48, also uses his new book to set the U.S. president straight on inaccuracies he claims exist in his best-selling 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and confirms they have never seen eye-to-eye because ´Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black.´ The self-published book, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery, which will be

   

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