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Fannie, Freddie, and the Big One
American Spectator, by R.J. Lehmann

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/17/2014 5:27:45 AM

Twenty years ago today, the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, killing 60, injuring 7,000, and damaging more than 82,000 buildings. The price tag for the quake was a record $20 billion in property damage, only about half of which was insured. The two decades since Northridge have seen significant efforts to mitigate earthquake risk through retrofitting, as well as the creation of a state agency in California dedicated to providing earthquake insurance to all who seek it. Alas, despite those steps, there is significant evidence that not only are we

      


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Fannie, Freddie, and the Big One
American Spectator, by R.J. Lehmann    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:27:45 AM     Post Reply
Twenty years ago today, the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, killing 60, injuring 7,000, and damaging more than 82,000 buildings. The price tag for the quake was a record $20 billion in property damage, only about half of which was insured. The two decades since Northridge have seen significant efforts to mitigate earthquake risk through retrofitting, as well as the creation of a state agency in California dedicated to providing earthquake insurance to all who seek it. Alas, despite those steps, there is significant evidence that not only are we

   

 

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Teen killed after shooting several people,
including 2 ATF agents, police say
CNN, by Lateef Mungin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:19:59 AM     Post Reply
A teen was shot and killed Thursday night in Oklahoma after shooting several people, including two ATF agents, police said. All the victims shot by the 19-year-old are expected to survive, police said. The teen, identified as Henry Jackson, was killed at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after going on a two-day crime spree, said Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt of the Ardmore Police Department. Authorities say the incident started on Wednesday night when a 19-year-woman called 911 and said she had been shot in the arm. About four blocks away from that shooting, another man was shot in the hip Thursday afternoon. Officers began to gather

Maybe the Tea Party really is finished
The Week, by Peter Weber    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:03:31 AM     Post Reply
T ea Party activists and the conservative groups that have enforced their agenda are vehemently opposed to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through September. On Wednesday evening, the House passed the bill anyway, 359 to 67, with plenty of votes to spare. Sixty-four of those no votes were from conservative Republicans. But it seems pretty clear from the vote tally that Tea Party–style "ideological purity has lost its power," says Jonathan Weisman in The New York Times. "The budget process that is culminating in the passage of the spending bill has ushered in a remarkable marginalization

Mr. Smith decides to go home
The Hill [DC], by Jessica Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:00:35 AM     Post Reply
To put it bluntly, being a member of Congress sucks — and the 16 members in the growing caucus of legislators heading for the exits seem to agree. Someone has announced his retirement every day this week — on Wednesday it was Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D), with Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) set to go on Thursday — and the numbers have added up over the past month. Now, the daily question in D.C. has become who will go next. The result has shaken up the political math for both parties heading into 2014, but more

Aiming at Ailes–and Missing Badly
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/16/2014 5:39:56 AM     Post Reply
One of the most famous quotes about Fox News is Charles Krauthammer’s quip that Fox’s success was due to its appeal to a niche market: half the country. There are times it seems almost an understatement, so thoroughly does Fox dominate the ratings. And in fact it’s almost as though Krauthammer’s “half the country” might refer to the speakers instead of the audience. Just as talk radio thrived as an alternative to mainstream liberal news and opinion, so too did Fox suddenly offer otherwise-marginalized right-of-center views to a public who didn’t want to be as ideologically cloistered as is the

It´s Really Hard to
Get Rid of Dead Whales
Atlantic Wire, by Eric Levenson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/16/2014 5:37:58 AM     Post Reply
When a massive whale carcass washed up on a Scottish shore on Saturday, beach-goers´ first thoughts were to mourn the death of the majestic creature. Their second thought, though, was more tricky: How should they get rid of the massive body? The carcass of a 13.8-meter sperm whale — that would be just over 45 feet — washed up on Scotland´s Portobello beach on Saturday morning, fouling the air and water of the popular beach site. But because of its hefty size, the decomposing whale couldn´t be removed that easily, and floated just above the shoreline for several days. Four

   

 

  


 
Source: Missing U.S. soldier
Bowe Bergdahl seen in video
CNN, by Jim Sciutto    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/16/2014 5:04:03 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- The U.S. military has obtained new video apparently made by those holding the lone American prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. military official told CNN the clip shows the Wood Valley, Idaho, native in diminished health from the effects of close to five years in captivity. He was seized in Afghanistan in June 2009 and is believed held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Pakistan, the official said. The so-called proof-of-life video, the first of him in nearly three years, has a reference to December 14, 2013. CNN has not seen the video. U.S. efforts to free Bergdahl, including

Obama’s plan to save the Senate
Politico, by Manu Raju & Carrie Budoff Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2014 5:25:59 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has a plan to save the Senate’s tenuous Democratic majority: Sell a populist message, try to make Obamacare work better and raise lots of cash. And unlike previous years when Senate Democrats were mostly left to fight on their own, the White House is wasting no time coordinating its political and policy agenda with congressional leaders and vulnerable lawmakers. The 55-member Senate Democratic Caucus will meet with Obama on Wednesday at the White House, the first such session since October.

A-Rod follows Lance Armstrong
USA Today, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2014 5:17:26 AM     Post Reply
Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in the history of baseball, wants the public to believe that he is a victim — the innocent target of a witch hunt by Major League Baseball. In the best tradition of doper-cyclist Lance Armstrong, he filed suit Monday to prove it. It´s going to be a tough sell. To believe A-Rod, you need to don the rosiest of rose-colored glasses. You have to believe: That a player with a 10-year, $275 million contract, who can afford the world´s best medical care, sought "nutrition" advice from Tony Bosch, a fake doctor at a Florida strip mall. That more

Ex-cop accused of plotting
slayings to seize strip club
Chicago Tribune, by Jason Meisner & Joseph Ryan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2014 5:11:02 AM     Post Reply
The former cop and death row inmate was callous and calculated, quoting military tactics as he considered which of two targets it made the most sense to kill in order to take over their chunk of a lucrative strip club, federal authorities allege. "You chop the snake´s head off. Pow," Steven Mandell allegedly told an undercover informant in September 2012 as a hidden video recorder rolled. "I still don´t think you have a clear path on how it plays out, but at least we´d be on our way, wouldn´t we?" In the end, Mandell decided to kill the more vulnerable of the

The Difficulty of Getting
an Abortion in Texas
Atlantic, by Olga Khazan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2014 5:04:05 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas — In October, Susan, a woman who lives in Willacy County in Texas’ southernmost tip, found out she was pregnant. She is married and has three children, and for a few weeks last fall, she couldn’t afford her birth control. Her condition, to her, was not entirely good news. “I weighed out the pros and cons,” she said. “But I didn´t want to have another baby.” Susan asked her gynecologist about getting an abortion, but the doctor said she didn’t perform the procedure. For women in her area, there was only one place to go: Reproductive Services of Harlingen, where

   

 

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Oregon Health Exchange Yet
to Complete One Enrollment
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2014 5:00:01 AM     Post Reply
Oregon will consider a switch to the federal health care exchange next year amid ongoing problems with its online enrollment program, Politico Pro reports. The state’s exchange, Cover Oregon, still cannot process an entire enrollment online — a problem that is not expected to be repaired until after the 2014 enrollment period ends in March. That has state officials weighing several options including scrapping its own enrollment system and moving to HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment portal which is working better now after its own disastrous start. Switching to the federal site could be considered a significant political defeat for the state and



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