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Vast Web Hides Mexican Drug Profits
in Plain Sight, U.S. Authorities Say

New York Times, by Randall C. Archibold

Original Article

Posted By:drive, 3/26/2014 8:06:50 AM

TLAJOMULCO, Mexico — The United States calls Hugo Cuéllar Hurtado a longtime trafficker of the cocaine coming from South America, working with one of the men believed to command Mexico’s biggest drug cartel now that its leader, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, has been captured. But while Mr. Guzmán — known as El Chapo, or Shorty — spent 13 years on the run, sometimes even escaping through underground tunnels dug under bathrooms, Mr. Cuéllar walks freely around Guadalajara, attending luncheons and chatting up diplomats. He says he even won a government grant for an ostrich farm he runs here. “Let them come and investigate

      


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Comes from Governments
Breitbart Instablog, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/24/2014 8:29:38 AM     Post Reply
It´s not surprising to learn that various governments (not just the United States) account for the bulk of online mischief, but it´s a bit sobering to see the numbers laid out by a new Verizon investigative report, summarized by the UK Telegraph: there has been a 300 percent increase in cyber espionage since last year´s report, and government agents are responsible for 87 percent of it. (11 percent came from organized criminals, which I suppose leaves two percent traceable to random jackasses.) Almost half of the cyber espionage came from China and East Asia, while another 21 percent was sourced to

   

 

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Sen. John Thune says he’s
not running for president
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/24/2014 8:27:59 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on Wednesday said he isn´t running for president in 2016, telling radio host Hugh Hewitt that he´s not angling for the job. "I am not running for president," Thune said. The South Dakota senator´s presidential stock was perhaps at its highest before the 2012 election, when he passed on running. He also told a group of grade-schoolers last year that it wasn´t in his plans for 2016, either. Thune has been climbing the leadership ladder in the Senate, serving as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference since early 2012. "I know a lot of my colleagues are [running for president],"

Years of Living Hypocritically: Five
Alarmist Celebs and Their Double Standards
Newsbusters, by Sean Long    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 1:29:27 PM     Post Reply
They may be good at making movies, but Hollywood celebrities’ lifestyles are far from an environmentalist’s dream. Their globetrotting, multiple mansion owning ways are inconsistent with the environmental agenda they loudly promote. Showtime’s new climate change series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” premiered April 13, 2014, slightly more than a week before Earth Day 2014. It relies on several wealthy, Hollywood celebrities to spread fear about climate change. While these actors and directors talk a lot about reducing carbon footprints and saving the world, they haven’t given up their own enormous mansions and private jets. Director James Cameron, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and

How the ACA Could Collapse
National Review Online, by Amity Shlaes    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 11:44:48 AM     Post Reply
Some time in the coming months, the Supreme Court will hand down its opinion in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the case of the retailer that claims that its religious freedom or that of its employees is violated by contraceptive coverage required as part of the Affordable Care Act. The attitude of the health-care act’s supporters toward such cases is irritation. How dare a little religious case trip up the mighty Affordable Care Act and jeopardize the ACA’s establishment as permanent law of the land? Cases involving religious details, however, do have a way of stopping big social legislation, and not only

Going Negative On Affirmative Action
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Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 11:13:32 AM     Post Reply
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The Five’s Beckel Rips Bolling
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‘You Are a Total, Complete Jerk!’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 8:29:47 AM     Post Reply
Today is Earth Day. Fox News’ The Five opened its show with a nearly 15 minute segment titled “Earth Day Hysteria.” The goal appeared to be to prove that scientists’ warnings about climate change are overblown and should be ignored if not outright mocked and co-host Eric Bolling was the ringleader of the effort. But he found an adversary in Bob Beckel, who challenged the status quo by presenting actual data on the rise of CO2 levels from NASA, of all places. But before Beckel got to his chart, Bolling took some time to “praise” President Barack Obama for what

   

 

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GOP Savages Harry Reid: ´If at First
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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 8:13:24 AM     Post Reply
The Republican National Committee has released a brutal memo on Senate majority leader Harry Reid, savaging him for repeatedly lying. The memo, under the name of press secretary Kirsten Kukowski, is titled "Nothing’s Too Unethical for Harry Reid." "Harry Reid is having a bad month," the memo begins. "He was caught funneling campaign money to his relatives. His Senate Majority PAC was caught lying to voters. And he was caught hypocritically accepting money tied to people he calls ´un-American.´ As he desperately clings to power, is there anything Harry Reid won’t do to promote his own self interests?"

Illinois GOP leaders say state can´t
afford $100M for Obama library
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 8:09:51 AM     Post Reply
The top Republicans in the Illinois Legislature are pushing back against Democrats´ plan to offer $100 million in taxpayer money to lure President Obama´s presidential library to Chicago, arguing the cash-strapped state can´t afford the investment. Minority Leader Jim Durkin said in a prepared statement released Monday that the state cannot afford the proposal when Illinois owes $7 billion in overdue bills and has a $100 billion deficit in its employee pension programs. "It´s ironic that Democrats, who have been threatening drastic cuts in education and other state services if the ´temporary´ income tax is allowed to expire, now want to spend

More punishments handed out in
Lance Armstrong doping case
Washington Post, by Fred Barbash    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 8:08:16 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced stiff sanctions today against the team doctor, the team coach and the team trainer for cyclist Lance Armstrong, saying that they were all involved in a “conspiracy to commit widespread doping” over many years and with many riders. The decision was rendered by a three-member, independent panel of the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport. The full announcement is here. It imposed a 10-year ban on Johan Bruyneel, the team director, and eight-year bans for the doctor, Pedro Celaya, and the trainer, Jose “Pepe” Martí, as the result of their roles in

MSNBC host pens radical
´climate justice´ manifesto
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 8:06:04 AM     Post Reply
"What the climate justice movement is demanding is the ultimate abolition of fossil fuels," writes MSNBC´s Chris Hayes in a lengthy new call for action against global warming. To drive home the point, Hayes´ piece, published in The Nation, is titled "The New Abolitionism," and its message is that a way must be found to "convince or coerce" the world´s energy companies and energy-producing nations to give up the multi-trillion dollar business of powering the planet. Once the fossil fuels regime has been destroyed, it will be replaced with -- well, that is the subject for another article. Comparing anti-fossil fuels

Looking at Costs and Risks,
Many Skip Health Insurance
New York Times, by Abby Goodnough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/22/2014 8:35:16 AM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steve Huber, an affable salesman who is still paying off an unexpected medical bill, was not among the millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period that ended March 31. After seeing television ads for Kentucky’s new online insurance marketplace, Mr. Huber, 57, made several attempts to explore the website but found it too complicated. Moreover, his income has dropped in recent years, he said, and he felt certain that he could not afford coverage. So he never priced plans or researched whether he qualified for financial assistance. “I

   

 



 
Fox’s Brit Hume: David Gregory’s Meet
The Press Struggles Were ‘Inevitable’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/22/2014 8:33:29 AM     Post Reply
Fox News’ Brit Hume appeared on John Gibson’s radio show Monday to give his thoughts on the latest news about NBC’s efforts to make Meet The Press work with host David Gregory, as well as the Sunday morning political talk show landscape in general. As a regular guest on Fox News Sunday, Hume said he thought Chris Wallace was the most accomplished of the Sunday morning hosts, but also had some sympathy for Gregory, who he suggested should never have taken the Meet The Press gig in the first place. Hume said he found it “pretty unusual” that NBC would



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