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Obama’s Speech: A Little Relief,
More Dereliction of Duty

National Review Online, by John Yoo

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 1/18/2014 1:10:11 AM

Conservatives could react to President Barack Obama’s NSA speech today with a collective “whew,” sop their brows, and say it could have been a lot worse. President Obama did not give in to the pleas of the antiwar Left and cripple the NSA completely, or end the collection and analysis of telephone metadata. He should receive some credit for a speech that recognized the long American history of signals intelligence — the interception of foreign communications — and its great benefits during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWII, and the Cold War. Critics who want the NSA’s activities shut

      


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Obama’s Speech: A Little Relief,
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National Review Online, by John Yoo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 1:10:11 AM     Post Reply
Conservatives could react to President Barack Obama’s NSA speech today with a collective “whew,” sop their brows, and say it could have been a lot worse. President Obama did not give in to the pleas of the antiwar Left and cripple the NSA completely, or end the collection and analysis of telephone metadata. He should receive some credit for a speech that recognized the long American history of signals intelligence — the interception of foreign communications — and its great benefits during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWII, and the Cold War. Critics who want the NSA’s activities shut

   

 

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Is the Obama marriage on the rocks?
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fights over that selfie, and even a
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Tom Leonard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 1:02:09 AM     Post Reply
With invitations warning guests to ‘EBYC’ — Eat Before You Come — and rumours they’ll be dancing to star turns from Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z, it won’t be your usual White House knees-up. Michelle Obama was 50 yesterday and President Barack Obama will be feting his redoubtable First Lady tonight with a party that will give them the chance to let their hair down and forget their troubles for a few hours. The email inviting guests to the ‘snacks & sips & dancing & dessert’ advised them to wear comfortable shoes and practise their dance moves. Purse-lipped Washington etiquette experts

Our Perpetually Surprised President
National Review Online, by Peter Kirsanow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2014 12:56:14 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 7:47:39 PM     Post Reply
While 50 years ago the federal government declared war on poverty, I would submit that in recent years it has led an undeclared but real new war: a War on Work. The government increasingly is using its coercive powers to punish people who want to work, creating a vast class of able-bodied Americans dependent on the government — and politicians — for their daily bread. The statistics are startling. A smaller proportion of working-age Americans works today than when the recession officially ended 4-1/2 years ago (June 2009). But this trend is not just a failure of policies to encourage economic recovery,

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Energy: President Obama continues to drag out a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Meanwhile, the Canadians have been standing by while the administration dithers. Now they´re tired of waiting. ´The time for Keystone is now," Canada´s Foreign Minister John Baird said Thursday while speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Canada has reached the point where the uncertainty has become intolerable. Baird said Canada needs an answer right away, "even if it´s not the right one," because his country "can´t continue in this state of limbo." If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline will transport crude from Alberta´s oil sands to Gulf

   

 

  


 
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National Security: The NSA´s phone-trawling program is intrusive, unconstitutional and ineffective. But the president´s "reform" plan will make it even worse. It´s time to slay this dragon and retool for a better approach. Millions of Americans have been outraged to learn that the National Security Agency has been vacuuming up their phone, text and email records in a massive program authorized by the Patriot Act and subsequently revealed by renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The government may dismiss their concerns as failure to recognize legitimate national security aims, given the horror of 9/11. But the hard fact remains that the Fourth Amendment

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:38:43 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday conceded that his publisher muffed the released of his new book Duty by letting the Washington Post focus on his criticism of the president, and he said instead that 590 of the 600 pages praised the president. “I was more loyal to him than some in his own White House,” an exasperated Gates said at the end of a whirlwind promotional tour this week. Since its release, critics of Gates have reacted to the stories by charging he was disloyal to former President Bush and President Obama. But he said that the book actually “portrays

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:21:50 PM     Post Reply
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RUSH: We have Jeannie on the phone from Houston. Hi, Jeannie. I´m glad you called. CALLER: Hey, Rush. What an honor to talk to you. RUSH: Thank you. CALLER: I´m so happy to be on the program. RUSH: Thank you very much. CALLER: I just wanted to call in after the call yesterday and let you know that I am a nurse and a doctor, and I didn´t become a doctor by working as a nurse for 20 years. I wanted to shed a little light as to what that doctor´s doing that they referred to yesterday that "rounds" for an hour and then -- RUSH:

   

 

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Tightwad Obamas Don´t Want to Pay for
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Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
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RUSH: Etiquette experts are confused, ladies and gentlemen. Right here it is in the Washington Post. "Guests attending..." I mentioned this yesterday. There´s a big gala birthday party, a 50th birthday party for Moochelle Obama tomorrow night in the White House, and guests have been told "to eat before you come." The etiquette experts contacted by the Washington Post think that this is cheap, it´s rude, and... Well, they don´t think it´s rude, but it´s really curious. "´I don´t think it´s rude, but I do think it´s a little ... different than what people are used to. How´s that for



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