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Cryptolocker ransomware has
´infected about 250,000 PCs´

BBC News, by Leo Kelion

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/25/2013 8:57:21 PM

A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers. Cryptolocker scrambles users´ data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock. Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst affected. It added that the cyber-criminals responsible were now targeting home internet users after initially focusing on professionals. The firm has provided a list of net domains that it suspects have been used to spread the code, but warned that more are being generated every day. Ransomware has existed since at least 1989,

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For well over a couple of months, I fought daily to manually remove this "ScorpionSaver" by a company called "Ad Peak." Found out from super IT person they had hijacked my computer and were controlling ALL its inputs, as well as putting ads in Internet Explorer. Was relieved to finally be rid of that. Expect life post-Snowden to get worst on Internet, as obviously, it is like the "wild, wild West." (Can one class-action Al Gore for inventing this terror?)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: janylou, 12/25/2013 9:46:31 PM     (No. 9667864)

You definitely have to be careful what you open when doing searches. I got one that way when I thought I was downloading something from Yahoo. I try not to open any e-mail that has forwards on it or if the address loons fishy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mutant geezer, 12/25/2013 9:56:25 PM     (No. 9667866)

Isn´t there some way to go after the location of where the ransom goes? Then hunt them down and kill them.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Tusker, 12/25/2013 10:35:32 PM     (No. 9667881)

obama-bow-boy care.com

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 12/25/2013 10:37:48 PM     (No. 9667883)

I´m sure the NSA will find these scoundrels right away. Sarcasm off.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mws50, 12/25/2013 10:42:25 PM     (No. 9667887)

I have had dealings with that scorpionsaver malware. I have hit it with numerous anti-virus programs as well as manually deleting its files. I´m responsible for keeping about 40 computers functional for our Company, and these malware problems eat up a bunch of my time.

If and when I find anyone responsible for this crapware, it will be a slow 3-4 day death for that person, somewhere in one of our National Forests around the Houston area.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rama41, 12/25/2013 10:54:29 PM     (No. 9667893)

#2. The ransom is paid via Bitcoin, which means it is untraceable. Checkout Kim Komando´s site (www.komando.com) which has a good discussion of Ransomware. There is also a link to a free program that MAY stop Ransomware from activating, should you download it. As I understand it, the best preventative is never to open links you don´t thoroughly understand: CryptoLocker apparently disguises .exe files as .jpg, zip, or other type files, thus activating itself when you think you´re just opening a picture file, for example.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Veritas2009, 12/25/2013 10:55:07 PM     (No. 9667894)

Cannot a U.S. Attorney jack up BitCoin and Paypak on RICCO/Extortion charges and get in their pants for treble damages and SuperMax time for the perps?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/25/2013 11:09:18 PM     (No. 9667902)

The perps are mostly overseas, and hard to find even there. The real problem is that the Internet infrastructure has to be hardened, but that costs money, so there you go. I hope that running a first-class antivirus will keep most of this away, but of course sometimes nasty stuff will get through, just ask Target! Or Iran.

I´ve had a one of the nasties before twice, once at work and a year or so later at home, actually three times now that you mention it, but so far not since running a big antivirus program.

BTW, when you get one, save a few choice words for Bill Gates, it ought to be much harder than it is to write such malware. But later versions of Windows are MUCH better than they used to be.

I´d be curious to know just what versions of PC software have been hit, and whether it had to defeat antivirus to get there.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mws50, 12/26/2013 1:00:44 AM     (No. 9667939)

#8 to give you an answer from Houston, Win 7 and licensed AVG anti-virus. I think it entered some of our computers via AVG. I had to wipe out AVG from 2 of our computers to fully eliminate the malware.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/26/2013 1:51:22 AM     (No. 9667951)

#9...May I ask what did you replace AVG with? I have the free version and so far it´s kept the baddies out.

Besides AVG I alternate scanning with Malwarebytes, Ad Aware and Spybot. Between the 4 they keep my system pretty clean.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/26/2013 3:33:39 AM     (No. 9667962)

I´ve been victimized by something similar to this myself but in my case they claim to be the FBI and locks your browser until you send them some sort of wire transfer.I just ignored it,logged off and it went away,luckily.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/26/2013 7:18:49 AM     (No. 9668006)

I also dealt with ScorpionSaver. It´s tedious to get rid of, but a combination of malware programs did the job.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: skywarrior, 12/26/2013 7:25:20 AM     (No. 9668012)

#8 - I use Microsoft Security Essentials (free download and it seems to work very well), and Malware Bytes (which seems very effective in removing bad stuff). But there are people out there working very hard to defeat these types of protection so that they can separate you from some money and the use of your computer. Careful use is a powerful tool as well.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: azusaman, 12/26/2013 7:56:22 AM     (No. 9668052)

I guess this is a good time to start the argument between PC´s and Mac.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/26/2013 8:32:29 AM     (No. 9668095)

Strip and reload. Of course, you have to own your programs and back up your document files often. Like nightly for me. It will also take, in my case, a good long day to do but that´s not so bad. Before you strip it, write down every program you use, all your hardware, all your drivers, printers, other devices, clone your drive to a new one(just in case) do a screen shot of your desktop, and do anything else you can think of. Lots of work but you can get rid of the malware this way.

I also use Malwarebytes. It´s excellent. There used to be a fake version of it out there so be careful. It costs 25 bucks so if they want money, it´s the fake one. The real one is free but you can buy a professional version. Never bought it so I don´t know what it does the free one doesn´t do.

One last thing about strip and reload. It will clean out lots of crap and your pc will speed up some. But you may have to go buy all those programs you´ve pirated over the years.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 12/26/2013 9:16:39 AM     (No. 9668147)

Is this a good time to bring up Mozilla vs. IE? I switched months ago, and have very few problems any more. This site alone (L.com) used to give me tremendous ad headaches.... with an add-on from Mozilla (DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe), they´re all stopped and become harmless little text graphics, or empty box placeholders. (Sorry Ms. Lucianne...)

I don´t like targeted ads, I don´t like being tracked, and I refuse to allow the bastids to cost me hundreds of dollars again.

Contrary opinions and information on Mozilla Firefox encouraged, and welcome. I´m no expert.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lucky4, 12/26/2013 9:39:07 AM     (No. 9668175)

Just to add to the great info we are getting here. AdBlock for chrome is the best ad blocker.
What a difference. I feel like the internet is "quiet" once I started using that.
Unreal how many sites are loaded with ads.
Now, quiet white space. AdBlockPlus, blocks all the video ads. You can use them together.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Cadillaqjaq, 12/26/2013 10:47:32 AM     (No. 9668238)

My Windows XP Home system was ´´hi-jacked´´ three years ago by a Ransom-ware during a routine ´Search´ on Google. Warning windows flashed haphazardly across my screen. Nothing would function.

Surrendering, I was advised that I needed to purchase their software, which would remedy the problem, for the sum of $49.95 in USD.

Angry that nothing at all on my PC would function, EXCEPT to answer their request, I reluctantly concluded their remedy was cheaper, quicker, than taking the PC to a local guru across town, I paid the $49.95, discovering an hour later I´d been charged $99.95 after downloading their software.

I immediately called my Visa card carrier. They chased down the culprit in Great Britain and credited my account. No similar problems since.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/26/2013 11:28:17 AM     (No. 9668305)

#6, I acquired ScorpionSaver via Kim Komando´s site, actually - in the process of trying to download some adware or something like that via a link on her website in one of her articles. I must have made a wrong click somewhere in the process. I managed to delete part of ScorpionSaver - the source or something like that - but it will not completely delete and is still semi-functional, causing some infection here & there. The fact that I deleted part of it apparently made it even more difficult to remove, and my geek has not been able to remove it completely yet. No ransom activity yet though. Hope those are not famous last words! Thanks for posting, OP.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mws50, 12/26/2013 11:28:31 AM     (No. 9668306)

#10, To attack these intrusions that hijack our computers I use MSE, Malwarebytes, Superatispyware, Hitman Pro, CCleaner and a root kit (K something). And we reload AVG Cloud after the malware is removed.

I have a jump drive that I update every month with the latest version of the above. I can usually launch these apps in the computer´s "safe mode".

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mws50, 12/26/2013 11:30:55 AM     (No. 9668311)

#19, Malwarebytes has a "file assassin" program that will delete the stuff Microsoft will not allow you to delete. Be very careful using that program.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: GOPinTN, 12/26/2013 11:32:54 AM     (No. 9668317)

For thoses that have gone to Mozilla Firefox, my I recommend the Ghostery Addon privacy tool that blocks tracking cookies.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/26/2013 11:33:21 AM     (No. 9668318)

#8, I was using Miscrosoft Security Essentials & Malwarebytes, but I´m not sure whether it was before I switched from Firefox to Chrome. This was just a couple of weeks ago.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/26/2013 11:48:07 AM     (No. 9668354)

#2 - yes. There are many ways.

Your Government does not care to. You don´t matter. Only their spying on you matters.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/26/2013 12:02:00 PM     (No. 9668380)

Am no expert on computers, etc. But all my data is backed up on network drives and USB drives. In the event something really bad gets on a pc of mine I would re install the operating system. Sure it takes a few hours but all the bad stuff will be gone. One thing that bugs me is when I´m using Firefox some of the web pages will flash a message that I need to immediately upgrade by browser due to security problems. But I have the latest version and the warning didn´t come from Mozilla. It´s probably from a plisher and if I clicked on their link I´d have more viruses than the CDC. I use MSE and the free version of Malwarebytes because they are free and don´t constantly try to engage in a dialog with me. I actually miss the old days of telephone solicitors because I could set the phone down until they finished their sales pitch and them provide them with multiple reasons why I couldn´t use their product.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/26/2013 12:11:59 PM     (No. 9668406)

P.S. for # 8.. also Windows 7.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/26/2013 1:02:07 PM     (No. 9668485)

Find the source country and cut off their web access to the USA until they clean house. If carlos slim can do it (choked voip that competed with telcell/telmex), so can we.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Tulsa, 12/26/2013 2:01:22 PM     (No. 9668535)

We updated pcs recently. Tech backed up laptop and desktop. That was the first time we were ever backed up and I´m grateful given what I´m reading.

We´re running MSSE as we were sick of AVG attempting to sell us products. We used them for years. They´re now a bonafied nuisance.

Tech placed malwarebytes on launch screen of both machines. He said if we´re attached, shut down, reboot and to go into safe mode (clicking F8 repeatedly while booting up will put the pc in safe mode). Select safe mode with networking. That´s the only way to get to the malwarebytes icon on the launch screen. Click malwarebytes, update it, then run it.

That may not take care of any and all, but it will take care of many.

Two techs I know use rkill. One tech said that is a tech tool. Says it doesn´t stay on a pc. He did not recommend we try to use it.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Caveman, 12/26/2013 2:01:58 PM     (No. 9668537)

Ubuntu and Firefox with the adblock plus, ghostery, request policy, and better privacy add-ons.
Windows with it´s security holes, should never be used on a networked computer.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/26/2013 2:23:54 PM     (No. 9668559)

I purchase a yearly subscription to Bomgar. When I have a problem, with my permission they enter my computer remotely, check everything and clean everything. It is a yearly subscription for unlimited use, and costs a lot less than a geek coming to the house.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/26/2013 2:54:39 PM     (No. 9668593)

Windows XP SP3 (I know, antiquated geek here)
Firefox with AdBlock and Ghostery
MSSE
Windows Firewall
Malwarebytes
CCleaner

These have kept me pretty safe for a long time. I was using AVG, but it just hogged too much resource space, and hte updating was getting wonky.

I do have a problem on one computer caused when I was trying to do a regular update on Comodo firewall...it has caused some major problems. Still trying to track that down.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/26/2013 3:14:10 PM     (No. 9668606)

I guess I´m somewhat lucky in the fact that I´ve not been attacked by any of these really nasty viruses. This is a fairly new laptop running Windows 8 (I don´t want 8.1) with malwarebytes and use Kaspersky antivirus. I know it´s a bit expensive, but it is supposed to be about the best in its class. I also have AdFender installed. It have blocked 1703 since it´s installation. Lastly, when Windows publishes it´s updated ( I think it´s on the 3rd Wed every month) I use a spare disc to clone my entire disc using Acronis. So, if I should get some nasty bit of a program, I can simply change out the hard drive in my laptop, start my computer, erase the infected disc and clone my entire system. Takes about 30 to 45 minutes to do the entire job.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: ocjim, 12/26/2013 3:48:05 PM     (No. 9668631)

Windows XP SP3
AVG Free
COMODO Firewall
Advanced SystemCare 7

I do my day to day home computing as a Limited User, hopefully giving bad guys limited rights as well. Logging on as admin only to do install and maintenance stuff. I disconnect the internet Ethernet cable as much as possible when in admin mode.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 12/26/2013 4:38:36 PM     (No. 9668695)

One of my IT VP´s from years ago told me to get Vipre when I had an infection. It does cost money - though not much. They removed the malware (for free once you buy their software) and I have never been infected since. It tells you when it stops a virus, too. I bought a license for the whole family and have a son away at college that is also protected (and you know the sites they want to try and visit). I´m sure there are other good products also, but I have had a great experience with Vipre.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 12/26/2013 4:40:17 PM     (No. 9668698)

Forgot to add - I also use Firefox - no IE or Chrome.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/27/2013 12:17:52 PM     (No. 9669698)

#16...I am with you. I use Firefox, AdBlock Plus, Do Not Track Me and I never see ads. The only popups I get are from sites DESPERATE for people to sign up and slap you in the face with the popup before you can read the article. (Like Blaze, Town Hall and others). Some of them are so large the x to close it is off the screen so I have to refresh the page to get rid of it. Doesn´t strike me as having very intelligent webmasters.

#17 Firefox has had AdBlock Plus for some time. Does the same thing you state for Chrome. Sorry but I don´t understand why anyone would use a Browser from the King of Spys (google)

#22...I once used Ghostery but it blanked out the comment sections (you could read them but it blanked out where you post comments) on a number of good sites. When I deleted Ghostery all the comment blocks came back.

#32...On a forum I visit, a lady´s computer quit working. She took it to the Geek Squad and they found Kaspersky had downloaded over 300GB files to her 450GB computer. When they deleted all those files her computer ran like a new one. She will no longer use Kaspersky. Your mileage may vary.

Someone mentioned AVG was a hog. From all I´ve read is that Norton is the King of space and memory hog.



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the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

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

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

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

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

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one


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