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2014: The World Without
America. Or Is It?

PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/2/2014 4:33:27 AM

At the end of last year, President Obama was in Hawaii. French President Hollande was in Saudi Arabia, whose leaders openly declare their contempt for American leaders. Obama is basically having fun. Hollande and the royal family are basically doing strategy. They are designing actions to advance their interests in the new world; not, as is often said, a world without America, but a world in which American leaders have turned against America. Which is not an easy task. Those of us who lived abroad during the Cold War were given a window that was closed to our fellow citizens back home:

      


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2014: The World Without
America. Or Is It?
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:33:27 AM     Post Reply
At the end of last year, President Obama was in Hawaii. French President Hollande was in Saudi Arabia, whose leaders openly declare their contempt for American leaders. Obama is basically having fun. Hollande and the royal family are basically doing strategy. They are designing actions to advance their interests in the new world; not, as is often said, a world without America, but a world in which American leaders have turned against America. Which is not an easy task. Those of us who lived abroad during the Cold War were given a window that was closed to our fellow citizens back home:

   

 

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Cops can use radio waves
to bring your car to a halt
Fox News, by Peter Braun    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:29:01 AM     Post Reply
Finding a safe way to stop fleeing cars has been a difficult problem for law enforcement for a long time. Police have tried everything from spike strips to PIT maneuvers to bring fleeing villains to a halt. Now, however, a British company has a slightly more high tech idea: radio waves. The company, known as E2V is working on a system called RF-Safe Stop that projects radio pulses which overwhelm and shutdown engine electronics. The system is in essence a small radar transmitter that uses specific radio frequencies to create an effect similar to an electromagnetic pulse. The BBC reports that in

No, 2.1 million haven´t
enrolled in Obamacare plans
Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/1/2014 1:48:33 PM     Post Reply
With President Obama´s health care law scheduled to begin in earnest when the new year kicks off, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius claimed on a Tuesday conference call that as of Dec. 28, "2.1 million people have enrolled in a private insurance plan" through the program. Later in the call, Sebelius emphasized that enrollments wouldn´t be completed until individuals paid their first month´s premiums. But HHS officials still won´t disclose how many of the 2.1 million they claim enrolled through the federal healthcare.gov website or one of the state-based exchanges actually paid for coverage.

More On That Injunction In
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National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/1/2014 1:39:47 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/31/2013 5:10:15 AM     Post Reply
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Democrats Turn to Minimum
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New York Times, by Jonathan Martin & Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/31/2013 5:07:24 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Democratic Party leaders, bruised by months of attacks on the new health care program, have found an issue they believe can lift their fortunes both locally and nationally in 2014: an increase in the minimum wage.The effort to take advantage of growing populism among voters in both parties is being coordinated by officials from the White House, labor unions and liberal advocacy groups. In a series of strategy meetings and conference calls among them in recent weeks, they have focused on two levels: an effort to raise the federal minimum wage, which will be pushed by President Obama and

   

 

  


 
China Says Over 3 Million Hectares
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Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/31/2013 5:02:35 AM     Post Reply
BEIJING — About 3.33 million hectares (8 million acres) of China´s farmland is too polluted to grow crops, a government official said on Monday, highlighting the risk facing agriculture after three decades of rapid industrial growth. China has been under pressure to improve its urban environment following a spate of pollution scares. But cleaning up rural regions could be an even bigger challenge as the government tries to reverse damage done by years of urban and industrial encroachment and ensure food supplies for a growing population. Wang Shiyuan, the vice-minister of land and resources, told a news briefing that China was determined

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Associated Press, by Vladimir Isachenkov    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:33:17 AM     Post Reply
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It´s time for wind power
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The Week, by Josiah Neeley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:25:47 AM     Post Reply
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As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas,
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New York Times, by Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:21:41 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU — President Obama celebrated a low-key Christmas in Hawaii this year. He sang carols, opened presents with his family, and visited a nearby military base to wish the troops “Mele Kalikimaka” — the Hawaiian phrase meaning “Merry Christmas.” But the one thing the president and his family did not do — something they have rarely done since he entered the White House — was attend Christmas church services. “He has not gone to church hardly at all, as president,” said Gary Scott Smith, the author of “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush,” adding that

Ted Cruz says he’s hired lawyers
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Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/30/2013 4:19:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The junior senator from Texas is still a Canadian. But he’s working on it, eh? Born in Alberta 43 years ago last Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz was unaware of his dual nationality until The Dallas Morning News explored the issue in August. Since then, he said in a recent interview, “I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship.” He expects to complete the process in 2014. That time frame jibes with predictions from Canadian legal experts. He doesn’t dispute holding dual citizenship. “Not at this point,” he said. When Cruz was born, his

   

 

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The New York Times´ Revisionist
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Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/29/2013 4:22:09 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times is out with a revisionist account of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. The Times says that in months of investigating, it “turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.” The Times also claims that the attack “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.” I suspect that the Times story tells us more about Hillary Clinton’s assessment of the threat Benghazi poses to her likely 2016 run for president than it does about what happened



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