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Mounting Threats
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/30/2014 5:54:16 AM

China and Russia pose significant threats to U.S. cyber and space systems, the director of national intelligence (DNI) told Congress on Wednesday. James Clapper, the DNI, stopped short of saying both states are engaged in cyber attacks against the United States in a prepared testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. However, in a carefully worded assessment submitted as part of the annual threat assessment briefing, Clapper indicated that Russia and China are the main challenges in both the cyber domain and space arena. In response to senators’ questions during the hearing, Clapper said that “foreign nation-states, principally China and Russia, …

      


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Mounting Threats
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:54:16 AM     Post Reply
China and Russia pose significant threats to U.S. cyber and space systems, the director of national intelligence (DNI) told Congress on Wednesday. James Clapper, the DNI, stopped short of saying both states are engaged in cyber attacks against the United States in a prepared testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. However, in a carefully worded assessment submitted as part of the annual threat assessment briefing, Clapper indicated that Russia and China are the main challenges in both the cyber domain and space arena. In response to senators’ questions during the hearing, Clapper said that “foreign nation-states, principally China and Russia, …

   

 

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The Poison of Postmodern Lying
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:46:31 AM     Post Reply
All presidents have, at one time or another, fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their résumés and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore — a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture. Postmodernism (the cultural fad “after modernism”) went well beyond questioning norms and rules. It attacked the very idea of having any rules at all. Postmodernist relativists claimed that things like “truth” were mere fictions to preserve elite privilege. Unfortunately, bad ideas like that have a habit of poisoning an entire

State of the Union: platitudes
of a post-imperial presidency
Guardian [UK], by Simon Tisdall    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:31:42 AM     Post Reply
Mutterings about America´s withdrawal from the world, about a new era of isolationism and introspection, have grown ever louder since Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009. The president´s state of the union address on Tuesday night will likely turn those mutterings into a roar. Obama offered no great global objectives, no noble world vision. There was no strategic foreign policy realignment or even a calibrated international rebalancing. Here instead was an abdication. Here was evidence of unabashed retreat from attachment to the imperious might, the responsibilities and the ideals that once made America an unrivalled and deserving superpower.

Ted Cruz is sick and tired of being
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Yahoo!News, by Chris Moody    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:24:38 AM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz would appreciate it very much if you would kindly stop discussing his role in the government shutdown. The Texas senator who burst onto the public scene when he convinced congressional Republicans to adopt a scheme to withhold federal funding unless President Obama’s health care law was repealed, defunded or delayed, said Tuesday that talk of the shutdown in 2014 amounts to nothing more than a distraction. In October, the federal government closed for more than two weeks after Republicans in the House and Senate refused to vote for any plan to reopen the government that did not injure the health

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Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:12:23 AM     Post Reply
According to Nielsen, 33.3 million viewers watched the President’s fifth State of the Union address across 13 networks, down from 33.5 million viewers last year. It was the lowest audience for the State of the Union since Bill Clinton delivered the address in 2000. The networks carrying the address live were CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2. Fox News won the night on cable, pulling in more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined during the speech. As for the broadcast networks: CBS won the night in viewers and NBC won

How Good Could 2014 Be for GOP?
PJ Media, by Rich Baehr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 5:02:17 AM     Post Reply
Several thoughtful political commentators, including Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics and Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, have written articles this month suggesting that prospects for Republicans in Senate contests in 2014 are improving. Trende goes as far to suggest that in a wave year, if the GOP can avoid nominating self-destructive embarrassments like Todd Akin, the net pickup could reach 10 Senate seats. In 2010, the GOP gained seven seats, including Scott Brown’s special election victory in Massachusetts. Sabato thinks the chances of the GOP winning a net six seats, the number required to

   

 

  


 
Snow Job
Politico Magazine, by Edward Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 4:56:07 AM     Post Reply
LONDON Anyone who has seen the Bourne Identity, or scores of similar Hollywood films, finds Edward Snowden a familiar character. The fugitive insider is the star. The rogue agency is the villain in pursuit. By the closing credits, the hero will be vindicated, thanks to media coverage and belated congressional scrutiny. He gets the girl. Generals James Clapper and Keith Alexander—or their screen counterparts—take a perp walk. It is easy to go along with that narrative, particularly if you are a journalist. Our trade instinctively sides with David, not Goliath. We thrill to the idea of disclosing secrets. We flinch at any

What the Monuments Men Wrought
Wall Street Journal, by Lynn H. Nicholas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 12:24:35 PM     Post Reply
In the next few days "The Monuments Men," directed by George Clooney and boasting an all-star cast, will be previewed in staid and upper-crust locations such as the National Gallery of Art and Harvard´s Kennedy School of Government before being released nationally on Feb. 7. This makes sense, for the film is about a small group of art professionals, many of them from Ivy League colleges and top U.S. museums, who, in the last days of the war and well after the surrender of Germany, secured and preserved millions of European cultural objects looted by the Nazis and returned them

Pork in the Farm Bill
National Review Online, by Michael Tanner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 11:56:29 AM     Post Reply
It’s been overshadowed by the hoopla surrounding the State of the Union, but we have finally had an outbreak of bipartisanship in Washington. Of course, bipartisanship means, as it usually does, that Democrats and Republicans have teamed up to mug taxpayers: An agreement has finally been reached on a new farm bill. The farm bill will cost taxpayers about $950 billion over the next ten years. Lawmakers are calling this a $23 billion cut. But as Veronique de Rugy and my colleague Chris Edwards have pointed out, this is a cut only in the Washington sense of spending less than previously

Obama vows to pursue gun
control ‘with or without Congress’
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 8:07:18 AM     Post Reply
President Obama vowed on Tuesday night to pursue gun control “with or without Congress.” In his State of the Union address, Obama referenced recent mass shootings and called for new gun laws. In the aftermath of mass shootings over the last several years, Obama and Democrats have unsuccessfully pushed for new gun control measures. “Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day,” Obama said. “I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid,’” he said, “and I intend to keep trying, with or

F. Scott Fitzgerald could have done
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 4:57:07 AM     Post Reply
Would F. Scott Fitzgerald understand the McDonnells, who longed to be beautiful, and now look to be damned? Fitzgerald was the son of an unsuccessful salesman from Minnesota (with ties to Francis Scott Key through his mother´s family), a great writer who longed to be Gerald Murphy, heir to the Mark Cross fortune, who with his wife, Sara, held court on the Riviera in the 1920s in what would look today like a Ralph Lauren fantasy, with sherry served in the late morning under umbrellas on the summery beaches of Cannes. A great literary talent with an unreliable income, Fitzgerald wanted to

   

 

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When he had a hammer
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 4:47:27 AM     Post Reply
‘Songs are weapons,” Pete Seeger used to say. For more than seven decades, he led America in sing-alongs, even as most of his audiences remained blissfully unaware of the messages behind many of his songs. Take the now-iconic “If I Had a Hammer.” Today, it is admired as a call to justice. In fact, it was written for a 1949 testimonial dinner for top leaders of the US Communist Party, then on trial for advocating the violent overthrow of our government. Such facts are missing from the tributes to the former Communist Party member, who died Monday at age 94. President Obama,



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