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America Is Not The Grinch
Foreign Policy Magazine, by John Norris

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/25/2013 4:29:25 AM

Between the steady drip of Edward Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency and Syria´s slow burn, it seems pretty easy these days to cast the United States as the villain when it comes to international affairs. That makes this holiday season an ideal one to debunk one of the longest-standing myths about the United States: that it is miserly when it comes to helping other nations through foreign aid. (Snip)The United States is not only the largest donor of ODA in the world, providing more than $30.5 billion toward that end in 2012, but it makes far and away

      


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America Is Not The Grinch
Foreign Policy Magazine, by John Norris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 4:29:25 AM     Post Reply
Between the steady drip of Edward Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency and Syria´s slow burn, it seems pretty easy these days to cast the United States as the villain when it comes to international affairs. That makes this holiday season an ideal one to debunk one of the longest-standing myths about the United States: that it is miserly when it comes to helping other nations through foreign aid. (Snip)The United States is not only the largest donor of ODA in the world, providing more than $30.5 billion toward that end in 2012, but it makes far and away

   

 

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White House Extends Time for
Health Care Sign-Up … Again
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 4:24:22 AM     Post Reply
People who are unable to finish applying for health insurance by midnight may still be able to get coverage beginning Jan. 1 if they can show that they missed the Tuesday deadline because of problems with HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration said today. Officials caution that the deadline remains today at midnight, but will consider individual circumstances that prevented consumers from finishing their application, judging those on a case-by-case basis. This is just the latest extension of the sign-up period by the administration. The original deadline for people seeking coverage that begins Jan. 1 was Dec. 15. It was later extended to Dec.

2-Year Renovation Starts for
Capitol´s Famous Dome
Associated Press, by Charles Babington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 4:21:31 AM     Post Reply
A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome. Curved rows of scaffolds, like Saturn´s rings, will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip multiple layers of paint and repair more than 1,000 cracks and broken pieces. The dome will remain illuminated at night and partly visible through the scaffolding and paint-capturing cloths. But the Washington icon -- and portions of the Rotunda´s painted ceiling that lies below -- will be significantly obscured for many months. The project is beginning just as the nearby Washington Monument sheds scaffolding

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Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 4:16:27 AM     Post Reply
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis lauded Jesus´ humble beginning as a poor and vulnerable baby as he celebrated his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff Tuesday in St. Peter´s Basilica. "You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich, and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable," Francis said of Jesus as he delivered his homily in the basilica, packed with faithful. Francis has dedicated much of his nine-month-old papacy to drawing attention to the plight of the poor, of children, and other vulnerable members of society. He noted that the first to receive news of

Department of "the more things change..."
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:32:23 AM     Post Reply
We hear plenty of talk these days about the rise of excessive partisanship and the decline of civil political discourse. Supposedly, things were so much more genial in the good old days. That may actually be true at some level if we’re talking about politicians. If we’re talking about liberal pundits, probably not so much. In researching my baseball article about the December 5, 1963 trade that sent Jim Bunning from Detroit to Philadelphia, I came across plenty of commentary about the assassination of JFK. The disappointment among liberal columnists that the assassin turned out to be a Communist was palpable, and

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National Review Online, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:26:34 AM     Post Reply
In a season of joy, it is worth dwelling on and marveling at the world’s anthem of joy, arguably the best piece of music ever written, which hasn’t lost its power to astound after nearly 200 years and, as long as there is such a thing as civilization, never will. It is, of course, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Everyone knows the unforgettable melody of its “Ode to Joy,” the fourth movement that sets a poem by Friedrich Schiller. Performances of the symphony always feel like an event. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was natural that Leonard Bernstein turned to the Ninth

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:23:56 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:19:41 AM     Post Reply
Troy, N.Y. ´Twas the week before Christmas and 500 spectators packed the Rensselaer County Courthouse for a mock trial to establish who really wrote "´Twas the Night Before Christmas." First published anonymously in a local newspaper, the Troy Sentinel, in 1823, the 56 buoyant lines of anapestic tetrameter also known as "A Visit from St. Nicholas" have long been attributed to Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), a dour biblical scholar. The matter seemed settled when, in his 1844 collection "Poems," Moore included those extraordinarily popular verses about stockings hung with care and children tucked snug in their beds. There´s even a bronze plaque

Rolling Our Eyes at Obama
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:00:34 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is now in Hawaii–but before he departed Washington he gifted us a 62-minute press conference. In the past, I might have been inclined to show point-by-point why many of Mr. Obama’s statements qualified as ludicrous, unfair, misleading or outright false–including the president claiming Syria and Afghanistan as foreign-policy successes; impugning the motives of those who want stronger sanctions against Iran; insisting that the basic structure of his health-care law is working; referring to the sequester cuts his administration originally proposed as being “damaging” and which “created headwinds for our economy”; and declaring that 2014 can be a “breakthrough year

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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:55:58 AM     Post Reply
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Now Hear This: Big Brother Wants
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:46:37 AM     Post Reply
It’s not like we don’t hear from our president often enough. But Uncle Sam—having failed to devise its own system that could put the president’s words out to all citizens within minutes—is reaching out to the private sector for help. His goal? So the “President of the United States can alert and warn the American people under all conditions.” How quickly? Within 10 minutes, and preferably within five. How reliably? Messages must get through 99.99% of the time, and ideally have a 99.999% “continuously operating availability performance level.”

   

 

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Into Year 6, Obama admits he’s clueless
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:40:47 AM     Post Reply
What a depressing presidency Barack Obama has wrought. Waltzing into office five years ago with the media’s shameless aid on a high-school-style campaign pledge of “Hope and Change,” the former community organizer from Chicago spent his last press conference of the year apologizing for everything he’s done wrong — then announcing he’s “eager to skip town” to Hawaii for “a couple days of sleep and sun.” Well, 17, but who’s counting. One truly has to wonder how the vaunted White House staff of advisers and sycophants came up with the battle plan for Friday’s presser, the last of a terrible year:



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