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Proclamations and politics: Obama mixes
commemorations and presidential plugs

Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 1/14/2014 9:23:59 PM

Presidential proclamations have been fixtures of American government since the Washington administration issued one establishing Thanksgiving in 1789, but analysts say President Obama has broken ground by using the traditionally bland, apolitical statements as public relations tools. Mr. Obama increasingly has used presidential proclamations to tout his accomplishments, to draw attention to initiatives such as first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign and to make the case for programs such as Obamacare. Last year alone, the president praised the Affordable Care Act with at least 18 proclamations, including for National Diabetes Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and World AIDS Day. “That is

      


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Proclamations and politics: Obama mixes
commemorations and presidential plugs
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 9:23:59 PM     Post Reply
Presidential proclamations have been fixtures of American government since the Washington administration issued one establishing Thanksgiving in 1789, but analysts say President Obama has broken ground by using the traditionally bland, apolitical statements as public relations tools. Mr. Obama increasingly has used presidential proclamations to tout his accomplishments, to draw attention to initiatives such as first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign and to make the case for programs such as Obamacare. Last year alone, the president praised the Affordable Care Act with at least 18 proclamations, including for National Diabetes Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and World AIDS Day. “That is

   

 

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 9:13:57 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to who is happier -- parents or child-free people -- most of the research up until now has concluded that it is the childless who are more satisfied with their overall lives. As a married mom of two, I always find myself reacting a bit defensively to that research. "I´m happy," I say to myself. I may be stressed, sleep-deprived and sorely in need of "me" time, but I am very satisfied with my life. Isn´t it possible that I could be just as happy as someone without kids -- even if they have more time to sleep and

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Wall Street Journal, by Robert McDowell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 8:59:56 PM     Post Reply
A federal appeals court in Washington slapped the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday for overstepping its legal authority by trying to regulate Internet access. The FCC is now a two-time loser in court in its net-neutrality efforts. Has the government learned its lesson, or will the agency take a third stab at regulating the Internet? The answer to that question will affect the Internet´s growth in the 21st century. The FCC´s quest to regulate the Internet began in 2010, when the commission first promulgated rules for net neutrality. The rules, proponents argue, are needed to police Internet "on-ramps" (Internet service providers)

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 7:46:17 PM     Post Reply
Crony Capitalism: Months ago, we warned that one of the biggest hurdles to repealing ObamaCare would be the insurance industry itself. This week, Blue Cross proved us right. In our September 2013 editorial headlined "Is This Train Wreck Unstoppable?" we pointed out private companies "could end up lobbying for (ObamaCare) in the future, after they´ve conformed their businesses to the many market distortions it will create." Well, the insurance industry is doing just that. In a set of talking points obtained by Buzzfeed this week, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association CEO Scott Serota warns about "momentum that is quickly building among some leading

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 7:35:11 PM     Post Reply
A heroic teacher talked a shooter, aged just 12, into dropping his weapon this morning, just moments after the child walked into a packed gymnasium and opened fire at his classmates, leaving a 12-year-old boy fighting for life and a 13-year-old girl in serious condition. After the first shots rang out at Berrendo Middle School, the unidentified educator was quick to react, throwing himself towards the armed youngster and convincing him to lay his shotgun on the ground, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Roswell ISD superintendent Tom Burris revealed in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. ´The student was quickly stopped by

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 7:31:03 PM     Post Reply
The Law: The FBI says it won´t prosecute anyone at the IRS for its admitted targeting of the president´s political foes. This just as the agency claims the law is no longer its main mission. So it´s a political goon squad now. According to a leak to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation "didn´t find the kind of political bias or ´enemy hunting´ that would amount to a violation of criminal law." And so, nobody was likely to be prosecuted for the most blatant politicization of a federal agency within memory. All the Bureau found was a "mismanaged" agency

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 7:27:32 PM     Post Reply
Deceit: Newly declassified transcripts show top defense officials who briefed Obama on the day of the Benghazi attack described it as a terrorist attack and told the president so, yet he pushed a false narrative about a video. Just as the new book by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates confirmed what many believed, that President Obama was a politically motivated commander-in-chief who had no faith in an Afghan surge he put 30,000 Americans in harm´s way to execute, transcripts of congressional testimony by military leaders confirm that President Obama knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack before he went to bed to

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 7:23:38 PM     Post Reply
National Security: "Moderate" Iran President Hassan Rouhani wasted no time crowing that the world had surrendered to Iran in the Geneva nuclear deal. No surprise, especially when talk becomes America´s preferred weapon. Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi, Iran army commander, observed on Tuesday that the peace deal between America and other major powers and Iran proves the U.S. and Israel can´t beat Iran militarily, because, if they could have, they "would have already taken action." "Given their weakness in the military dimension, they have opted for the political arena, and we will certainly succeed in this area too," he said. The general makes a

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 6:07:00 PM     Post Reply
One un- or under-remarked-upon takeaways from the Christie spectacle is the fact that he is the most exciting figure in American politics for the moment, at least in the eyes of the mainstream media. Indeed, as I joked on Twitter, you have to wonder if Obama doesn’t feel a pang of jealousy for Christie. When was the last time the media dropped everything to listen to an Obama speech with such interest? No one hangs on his every word any more. Obama’s State of the Union address will of course get ample coverage, but it will be more pro-forma than

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The omnibus spending bill before Congress continues to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in foreign countries like Mexico, Breitbart News has learned. The bill was hashed out between House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). The funding will continue despite claims in a document the House Appropriations Committee published that the bill contains a “prohibition” on such programs. Page three of this press document states regarding food stamps that the omnibus spending bill contains a "prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments." The entire paragraph

   

 

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Friendly ‘Moderate’ Rouhani Boasts of
Obama’s ‘Surrender to the Iranian Nation’s Will’
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 6:04:45 PM     Post Reply
Iran’s “moderate” “reformer” president Hassan Rouhani – i.e., the front man for the Islamic-supremacist dictatorship run by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the IRGC . . . or, as they say at the State Department, Tehran’s “democratically elected” leader – has taken to Twitter to boast of the West’s “surrender” in the ongoing . . . and going . . . and going . . . nuclear talks. As reported in the Jerusalem Post, here is today’s tweet: Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation’s interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will. And how. You can follow



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