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The Slush Fund
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost & Jeffrey H. Anderson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 5/2/2014 10:18:22 AM

When the government provides medical care, it normally delegates the task. Under Medicare, Washington doesn’t employ doctors, nurses, and hospitals to treat the elderly. It has to coax them to participate. Similarly, Obamacare functions only if big insurance companies are willing to play ball with big government. Those driven by the profit motive must be won over by those driven by the power motive. Money, however, is no object, since the bill for securing this alliance is sent to taxpayers. According to the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, more than $1 trillion will be funneled over the next decade

      


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The Slush Fund
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost & Jeffrey H. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 10:18:22 AM     Post Reply
When the government provides medical care, it normally delegates the task. Under Medicare, Washington doesn’t employ doctors, nurses, and hospitals to treat the elderly. It has to coax them to participate. Similarly, Obamacare functions only if big insurance companies are willing to play ball with big government. Those driven by the profit motive must be won over by those driven by the power motive. Money, however, is no object, since the bill for securing this alliance is sent to taxpayers. According to the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, more than $1 trillion will be funneled over the next decade

   

 

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How the ´Jesus´ Wife´ Hoax Fell Apart
Wall Street Journal, by Jerry Pattengale    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 10:09:45 AM     Post Reply
In September 2012, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King announced the discovery of a Coptic (ancient Egyptian) gospel text on a papyrus fragment that contained the phrase "Jesus said to them, ´My wife . . .´ " The world took notice. The possibility that Jesus was married would prompt a radical reconsideration of the New Testament and biblical scholarship. Yet now it appears almost certain that the Jesus-was-married story line was divorced from reality. On April 24, Christian Askeland—a Coptic specialist at Indiana Wesleyan University and my colleague at the Green Scholars Initiative—revealed that the "Gospel of Jesus´ Wife," as

Shellacking II: The Sequel
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 5:07:08 AM     Post Reply
Fitting, I thought, when I saw Air Force One returning to Andrews Air Force Base in the rain the other day. The weather had not only assumed the character of President Obama’s demeanor, it had become a physical representation of the sentiments inside his administration, inside Democratic circles in Washington. Those sentiments are dark, foreboding, cloudy, and gloomy. The president’s foreign policy is under attack, his agenda is stalled in Congress, and his signature program remains unpopular. A second repudiation of Obama, a second shellacking, may be at hand. Less than a third of the country says America is headed in

Benghazi Lies
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 4:59:41 AM     Post Reply
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed last summer by Judicial Watch, the Obama administration last week released 41 documents related to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. An email from the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, has received most of the attention. In it, Rhodes laid out four goals for Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who would be appearing on five Sunday talk shows 36 hours later. “To convey that the United States is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities

Jay Carney’s Tower of Lies
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 4:57:38 AM     Post Reply
Guy Benson, one of the nation’s outstanding young conservative commentators, lays out the case (here and here) of the White House’s mendacity on the matter of the lethal attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. It’s now beyond dispute that contrary to its previous claims, the White House (a) had not released all the relevant Benghazi-related material to Congress and (b) did far more than make a single, cosmetic adjustment to the talking points used by then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice when she went on five Sunday talk shows. In fact it was the White House–in the

When liberals cry ‘uncle’
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 4:52:09 AM     Post Reply
Should black liberals get a pass on making racist accusations? On a Nation of Islam radio show last weekend, Rep. Bennie Thompson — a Mississippi Democrat and member of the Congressional Black Caucus — called Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” for his part in recent Supreme Court decisions, such as last year’s finding of a portion of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. For the uninitiated, this is one of the most vile terms that can be directed at an African-American. It has come to mean a servile black person in league with white power interests. Days later, Thompson refused to apologize: “If

   

 

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The heavy hand of the IRS seizes
innocent Americans’ assets
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 4:48:06 AM     Post Reply
Flint, Mich. Earnest moralists lament Americans’ distrust of government. What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand. Terry, who came to Michigan from Iraq in 1970, soon did what immigrants often do: He went into business, buying Schott’s Supermarket in Fraser, Mich., where he still works six days a week. The Internal Revenue Service, a tentacle of a government that spent $3.5 trillion in 2013, tried to steal more than $35,000 from Terry and Sandy that year. Sandy, a mother of four, has a master’s degree in

Biking with Bush: Former president
opens up about veterans, Jeb 2016
CNN, by Jake Tapper*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 4:44:14 AM     Post Reply
Crawford, Texas - It is not an easy ride. The rugged 100-kilometer mountain bike ride cuts through the Texas hill country and was designed to keep a fitness freak on his toes. Former President George W. Bush spent the morning putting to shame men and women half his age as he powered through the course. This is his personal bike trail through his sprawling 1,600-acre Crawford ranch. When Bush pushed off for the first leg of the journey with 16 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he wanted you to notice something. Despite their missing limbs, these wounded warriors were once again

Benghazi: American ‘Liberalism’
and the Mainstream Media on Trial
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 4:36:31 AM     Post Reply
A couple of weeks ago, the prime minister of South Korea resigned over a tragic ferry accident in his country for which he had no personal responsibility whatsoever. In the USA, he exact opposite has been happening. Going on two years now, our administration has done nothing but attempt to lie, obfuscate and shift the blame concerning the events in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, during which four Americans were murdered. But as information dribbles out — most recently the long-hidden email from Ben Rhodes — the extent of this prevarication is reaching a tipping point with even a few representatives

Why Benghazi should matter to every American
Fox News, by K.T. McFarland    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/2/2014 4:23:10 AM     Post Reply
The mainstream media declared the Benghazi story insignificant long ago. To the extent it is covered, the focus is usually on the horrific and unnecessary deaths of four Americans. The Obama administration dismisses it as a lot of fuss about a few silly talking points. But everybody is missing the big-picture story of the Benghazi affair and its cover-up. It’s about the White House using the intelligence community for its own political purposes, and lying to the American public in order to win an election. It’s about abuse of power, and that is a big deal. That’s why the administration

From Captain America to Maureen Dowd,
Obama is losing the media culture war
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/1/2014 5:17:30 PM     Post Reply
The thrill up the leg is gone. There’s not even a tingle in the toes. President Obama’s media supporters are abandoning him. Even the liberal culture seems to be abandoning him. And as he slips into the low 40s in two recent polls, it’s hard to see how he recasts his once-glittering image. This is the kind of sea change that goes beyond polling numbers. The very mass culture that celebrated Barack Obama, that turned him into an international icon, is now migrating toward the darker side of his legacy, perhaps fueled by a sense of frustration and disappointment. On the pundit front, the

   

 

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The worst excuse ever:
The Rhodes memo debacle
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/1/2014 3:08:34 PM     Post Reply
The White House damage control on the latest batch of Benghazi emails is not going well. The White House’s belated release of the documents at the very least show it has been actively evading legitimate congressional requests for relevant information. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a blistering statement: Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi, and this White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to mislead, obstruct, and obscure what actually took place. I am appalled to learn that the administration concealed relevant documents after the House subpoenaed all emails related to the misleading talking points. When four Americans die



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Posted By: Maggie2u- 5/1/2014 8:10:02 PM     Post Reply
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Ex-White House Official On Benghazi:
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Posted By: quantumman- 5/2/2014 6:25:29 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Flyright- 5/1/2014 7:25:59 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the No. 4 House Republican, is walking back comments attributed to her that ObamaCare can’t be repealed. But she’s not the only one suggesting Congress merely make changes within the framework of the health law. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the goal is to get the law “fixed.” It seems many GOP lawmakers still haven’t read the law, or they’d know the framework is corrupt. Even Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speculated Friday that repeal is unlikely because it will be “difficult to turn the clock back.”Nonsense. Even by the most inflated administration claims,

   

 

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White House condemns botched Oklahoma
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Posted By: StormCnter- 5/1/2014 5:30:45 AM     Post Reply
Here is the main point: The rioting at the American embassy in Cairo was not about the anti-Muslim video. As argued here repeatedly (see here and here), the Obama administration’s “Blame the Video” story was a fraudulent explanation for the September 11, 2012, rioting in Cairo every bit as much as it was a fraudulent explanation for the massacre in Benghazi several hours later. We’ll come back to that because, once you grasp this well-hidden fact, the Obama administration’s derelictions of duty in connection with Benghazi become much easier to see. But let’s begin with Jay Carney’s performance in Wednesday’s exchange

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/1/2014 7:14:50 PM     Post Reply
Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor addressed Fox News host Bret Baier as “dude” and said he could hardly remember how he helped change the Benghazi talking points because it was “two years ago.” The previously unreleased White House emails this week revealed a coordinated attempt to protect President Barack Obama during the 2012 election campaign and place the blame for the terrorist attack on the anti-Islamic YouTube video and not a “broader failure of policy.” Baier pressed Vietor on his role in changing the talking points by adding a line about the administration warning the day before the attacks of

   

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