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For Obama Presidency,
Lyndon Johnson Looms Large

New York Times, by Peter Baker

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/10/2014 4:17:03 AM

WASHINGTON — Two days before joining other presidents in Texas to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, President Obama tackled enduring inequality himself on Tuesday, in this case economic disparity based on gender. His action? Signing an executive order barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay and a memo seeking statistics on contractor salaries. If the photo-friendly ceremony in the East Room was not exactly the stuff of Mount Rushmore, it did reflect a broader question about the state of the presidency a half-century after Lyndon B. Johnson enacted monumental change in American

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For Obama, every single preceding president "looms large" in comparison. Even the peanut farmer.

      


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National Review Online, by Deroy Murdock    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 5:56:14 AM     Post Reply
‘Gutless.” That word perfectly describes Obama’s “policy” on the Keystone XL pipeline. That this adjective rolled off the tongue of a union boss makes it as delicious as it is accurate. “In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest,” said Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. “This certainly is no example of profiles in courage. It’s clear the Administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.” Terry O’Sullivan is right. And so are the eleven

   

 

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Lots of pomp but no trade deal
in Obama’s visit to Japan
McClatchy Newspapers, by Lesley Clark    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 5:47:14 AM     Post Reply
TOKYO — President Barack Obama spent his first full day of a weeklong Asia trip aimed at renewing U.S. ties to the region with the red-carpeted pomp of a state dinner, a visit to a shrine _ where he left a prayer card _ and the “full trust” of Japan’s prime minister that the U.S. will back it in a tiff over disputed land with China. Obama isn’t leaving here with a long-sought agreement on opening up Asia to trade with the United States, but he heads Friday to South Korea with a measure of support from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo

John Kerry: The world is
´ready to act´ against Russia
Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 5:20:21 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stern warning to Russia Thursday evening, one week after a tentative agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine appeared to have no impact on the violent clashes between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government. "The window to change course is closing," Kerry told reporters at the State Department. "President [Vladimir] Putin and Russia face a choice." If Russia does not reverse course and take action to urge the separatists to stand down and give up their arms, Kerry said the U.S. and its allies are poised to take actions directed at hurting Russia´s economy.

9/11 On The Cutting Room Floor
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 5:09:38 AM     Post Reply
An interfaith advisory panel urges the National September 11 Memorial Museum to bowdlerize a six-plus-minute film of unflattering references to Islam for fear of sparking an international incident. If only Osama bin Laden had employed such a nonsectarian “coexist” council of elders prior to sparking international incident. “We want and expect a little bit more,” the Rev. Chloe Breyer told Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly. “It needs context.” Like the ’93 WTC bombing, the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer? That’s not what she means. The Supreme Court justice’s clergyman daughter says the documentary should show

Mudslinger in Chief
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 5:00:32 AM     Post Reply
The Romney strategy is back. Not the flawed campaign plan of Mitt Romney for the 2012 election, but the effort by President Obama and Democrats to malign Romney, even before he’d become the GOP nominee, as morally unfit for the presidency. Now the strategy is focused on Republican Senate candidates, some of them still running in contested primaries. From Democratic TV ads, we learn that Dan Sullivan in Alaska may not be “one of us,” a true Alaskan. Tom Cotton in Arkansas, having worked for insurance companies, is “a politician we just can’t trust.” And Bill Cassidy in Louisiana sought

Al Gore Is Not Giving Up
Politico Magazine, by Darren Samuelson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 4:55:55 AM     Post Reply
Al Gore is richer and skinnier than ever, 14 years out of the White House, a tech titan with elder statesman clout, whose disdain for politics in the capital where he lived most of his life has only grown with each year he’s lived away from it. Sure, this new Gore has a great life, what with a net worth well over the $200 million mark following the sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera last year, that seat on the Apple board and his starring roles with two investment companies that tout their environmentally friendly business styles:

   

 

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Cuomo ducks the cowboy
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 4:47:14 AM     Post Reply
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‘A Direct Affront’ to Kerry:
With ‘Little Fear’ of Washington,
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PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2014 4:41:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s relentless push for some sort of first-stage Mideast peace deal by the end of this month was dealt a strong blow by Fatah and Hamas deciding to put aside their differences and unite. Hamas’ information office said the pact between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau leader Khaled Mashal was simply implementing the previous unity agreements signed years ago in Doha and Cairo — pacts followed by years of vicious fighting between the parties. Abbas agreed to “start talks on forming the new transitional national unity government that will be formed within five weeks, and

Wendy Davis says “something magical” is happening
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Dallas Morning News [TX], by Wayne Slater    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 6:17:31 PM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis reassured supporters today that her campaign for governor is making progress despite “the naysayers who say we can’t do this. “I know there is something magical happening in this state. It’s hardto measure in a poll, but I am seeing it.” Davis appeared via Skype at a luncheon sponsored by Annie’s List, which supports Democratic pro-choice women candidates. She is still recuperating from neck surgery and chose to stay in Fort Worth and speak long-distance rather than make the three-hour drive to Austin for the luncheon. Davis trails Abbott in recent polls and analysts say she faces an

After 131 years in print, monthly magazine Ladies´ Home
Journal is adopting a ´special interest´ publishing model
The Week, by Sarah Eberspacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 4:23:01 PM     Post Reply
Ladies´ Home Journal, one of the "Seven Sisters" of original women´s magazines, is shuttering its monthly print publication, Advertising Age reported today. Parent company Meredith confirmed the fold, although a Meredith spokesman said the magazine may continue in the form of a special interest publication available on newsstands. The entire print editorial staff was laid off at a meeting this morning. First published in 1883, the magazine reportedly has a current circulation of 3.2 million, but its ad pages had fallen 23 percent this year. Below, a look back at the iconic publication´s covers, from then to now.

Ala. Dem Offers $100K for
Proof of White Families Adopting
Black Kids; Families Show Up
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 4:14:44 PM     Post Reply
Mixed-race families from across Alabama rallied outside the state capitol recently to demand $100,000 in cash — or at least an apology — from a state representative. Earlier this month, Alvin Holmes, who has represented the Montgomery-area 78th District for 39 years, bet a substantial purse on his claim that Alabama whites were incapable of tolerating black children. “I will bring you $100,000 cash tomorrow if you show me a whole bunch of whites that adopted blacks in Alabama,” Holmes said. “I will go down there and mortgage my house and get it in cash in $20 bills and bring

   

 



 
The Inconvenience of History
New Republic, by Leon Wieseltier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/24/2014 1:29:44 PM     Post Reply
“Yeah, let’s talk about that.” The president wished to change the subject. At a press conference the other day he was being interrogated about Ukraine when a reporter asked a question about health care. Obama was delighted. As the excellent Peter Baker reported in The New York Times, “Mr. Obama seems intent on not letting Russia dominate his presidency.” This is not the first time the president has attempted to resist such intrusions upon his idea of how the world ought to be. He has been trying to escape the Middle East for years and “pivot” to Asia, as if



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New York Times, by Nate Cohn    Original Article
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President Obama’s landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era. And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance. It’s not because Mr. Obama’s so-called new coalition of young and nonwhite voters failed to live up to its potential. They again turned out in record numbers in 2012. The Democratic majority has failed to materialize because the Republicans made large, countervailing and unappreciated gains of their own among white Southerners. From the high plains of West Texas to the

   

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