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Is Michelle Obama going blonde? FirstLady of hair makeovers debuts new honey-hued highlights at an event in Miami Daily Mail [UK], by Margot Peppers KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 11:29:25 AM Michelle Obama is no stranger to changing up her hairstyle, and it appears she has done it yet again with the addition of honey blonde highlights. The First Lady debuted the new look on Wednesday at the Jessie Trice Community Health Care Center in Miami, where she talked to Affordable Care Act enrollees about how to get insurance. Looking fashionable in a black and purple striped wrap dress, Mrs Obama showed off her lighter locks, which were styled in chic flowing waves. The First Lady was also pictured yesterday sporting the new ´do at Yu Yung Public Charter School in Obama’s vacation plans in jeopardy Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere mitzi- 3/6/2014 11:27:17 AM Vladimir Putin has put President Barack Obama’s vacation plans on hold. Obama is headed to Coral Reef High School in the southern part of Miami, Fla., on Friday for an event about education and the economy that first lady Michelle Obama had been expected to attend as well. What hadn’t been known was that Obama’s daughters were planning to come with them, and that the four were going to extend the trip for a brief family getaway. Now, the White House tells POLITICO that he’s reconsidering. “The president had planned to stay in South Florida with his family for the Iran to Receive Another$550 Million Cash Infusion Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 11:26:52 AM Iran is scheduled to receive another $550 million in unfrozen assets from the Obama administration on Friday, just days after Tehran unveiled a slew of new weapons and advanced ballistic missiles. Iranian banking authorities on Wednesday confirmed that another $550 million is now on its way to Tehran under the interim nuclear accord inked last year with the United States and other Western nations. The United States has agreed to unfreeze a total of $4.2 billion in Iranian oil assets over the next several months. Experts have warned that because the money is being given to Iran with no strings attached
At Boston public schools,condom wrappers raise ruckus Boston Globe, by James Vaznis Ribicon- 3/6/2014 11:22:05 AM The Boston public school system, as it prepared to make condoms available to students at all its high schools last fall, received what seemed like the perfect donation from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 40,000 free condoms. But now the system is pulling the donated contraceptives from its schools after some parents raised questions about whether the messages and images on the wrappers are appropriate for teenagers, even as they voiced support for the condom-distribution policy. The wrappers featured such messages as “One lucky lady,” “hump one,” and “tasty one,” which was accompanied by picture of a shark preying Obama Budget SlashesIsraeli Missile Defense Programs Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 11:17:31 AM Joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs would be reduced by nearly $200 million under President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, prompting concern from lawmakers who have fought to keep the critical defense programs fully funded. Israeli Cooperative Programs—which include the Arrow II, Arrow III, and David’s Sling missile defense systems—are slated to receive $96.8 million under Obama’s newly released budget proposal, a reduction of nearly $200 million from the previous year’s finalized levels. The funding dip hits as the White House seeks to significantly reduce the overall U.S. defense budget and enact severe cuts to the U.S. military. NAACP cheers release of BlackPanther convicted of cop killing Daily Caller, by Scott Greer KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 11:16:00 AM As a media firestorm erupts over the failed nomination of Mumia abu-Jamal’s former lawyer to head up the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, a similar figure to abu-Jamal was released from jail on Tuesday after serving time for the murder of a Baltimore police officer. The NAACP praised the release of Marshall “Eddie” Conway, a former Black Panther leader. “It just shows you that things can come right after a wrong,“ Baltimore NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston told the Baltimore CBS affiliate. The NAACP fought for the release of Conway, who was convicted in 197o for the killing of Officer Donald Sager. Juarez men out partying allegedlydrove around with dead friend in car El Paso Times [TX], by Lorena Figureoa - 3/6/2014 11:14:30 AM Juárez police arrested three men early Wednesday for driving around town with the cadaver of a friend who apparently died while being out with them partying. Elián Hernández Palacios, 26; Roberto Israel Muñiz Padroz, 26; and José Ángel Hernández Poblano, 25, face failure to give assistance and bribery charges. According to police, the three men were traveling in a speeding vehicle when they were stopped around 3:45 a.m. at the intersections of Privada Sanders and Ramón Alcázar streets, located in the San Antonio neighborhood, in Downtown Juárez. Two of the men allegedly tried to bribe officers with 800 pesos, or about $60, to
Rev. Al Sharpton: Senate’s Rejection ofCivil Rights Nominee ‘a Bad Precedent’ Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 11:11:03 AM Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” said Wednesday that the Senate’s rejection of Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the nation’s chief civil rights attorney sets “a bad precedent.” “This is a bad precedent. It is bad voting, and those Republicans and Democrats, we need to remember they did this,” Sharpton said in response to the 44 Republicans and seven Democrats who sunk Adegbile’s nomination. While working for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Adegbile represented convicted Philadelphia cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, arguing before the Supreme Court that Abu-Jamal’s conviction should be overturned because of discrimination in jury Chevron Gets Justice FromEnvironmentalist Frauds Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial PageTurner- 3/6/2014 11:10:39 AM Shakedown: A federal judge has ruled that a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador was won through fraud. It´s a victory for Chevron, but at a cost of millions. So why isn´t someone in this environmental predator racket in jail? After more than a decade of battling against charges it created a "rainforest Chernobyl" in an Ecuadorean village called Lago Agrio, it must have come as a relief to the oil giant to hear the words of truth ring out from the bench of a tough Manhattan judge, Lewis Kaplan. In a nearly 500-page ruling, he branded the entire case as HHS: 60K Unaccompanied IllegalAlien Children Will Be Caughtin ’14; Up 815% in 3 Yrs Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 11:08:52 AM The Department of Health and Human Services is estimating in its new budget proposal that the number of unaccompanied alien children who will be caught having illegally entered the United States will rise to 60,000 in fiscal 2014. That is up about 815 percent from the 6,560 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who were apprehended in the U.S. only three years ago in fiscal 2011. “Since FY 2011, the annual number of arriving UAC has increased from 6,560 to an estimated 60,000 for FY 2014,” says HHS’s “Budget in Brief.” A fact sheet published by HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF), whose Office Obama´s mistaken belief thatothers see the world as he sees it - 3/6/2014 11:07:17 AM Solipsism. It’s a fancy word which means that you assume others see the world as you do and will behave as you would. It’s a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves — like a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than his political director. If that sounds familiar, it´s a paraphrase of what President Obama told top political aide Patrick Gaspard in 2008, according to the New Yorker´s Ryan Lizza. More recently, Obama’s solipsism has been painfully apparent as
Secaucus-based The Children´s Placeto close 125 stores this year The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Joan Verdon Ribicon- 3/6/2014 11:07:03 AM Secaucus based The Children´s Place has joined the ranks of retailers announcing store closings this week, saying it plans to close 125 underperforming stores this year. The announcement came as executives discussed the company´s fourth-quarter performance with investors. Sales were down 1.8 percent to $467 million, compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Sales at stores open at least a year fell 4.3 percent. Nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Casino WorkersMight Go On Strike Because Of Obamacare Buzzfeed, by Jacob Fischler - 3/6/2014 11:03:27 AM WASHINGTON — Contract negotiations are stalled for thousands of workers at casinos on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas to the point where they may go on strike — and the sticking point is Obamacare. On Feb. 20, thousands of housekeepers, porters, cooks, cocktail servers, and others represented by Nevada’s largest union, the Culinary Union Local 226, voted to end a contract extension the workers agreed to last summer. The union wants to maintain its current benefits — including health care coverage at no cost to workers, pensions, and guaranteed 40-hour workweeks. Rising health care costs due to provisions in the Senate rejection of Debo Adegbileraises broader questions aboutlawyers and clients KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 11:02:40 AM Should a lawyer be disqualified from public service for representing a client like a cop killer? The question arises after the Senate rejected President Obama´s candidate to be the government´s chief civil rights attorney. The White House, attorneys and civil rights groups argued that a bipartisan vote Wednesday blocking Debo Adegbile from advancing toward confirmation set a troubling precedent that could dissuade lawyers with aspirations to serve in government from taking on unpopular clients or working for unpopular causes. "The fact that his nomination was defeated solely based on his legal representation of a defendant runs contrary to a fundamental Chipotle pulling guacamole due toclimate change? Have no fear Los Angeles Times, by Amy Hubbard BaseballFan- 3/6/2014 10:39:31 AM Chipotle stirred up the media and guacamole lovers with news that it could "suspend" guacamole from its menu due to global warming. But a restaurant spokesman tells the Los Angeles Times: "This is way overblown." The annual report from the restaurant chain warned: "Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients. ... "In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend
Venezuela breaks ties withPanama over ´conspiracy´ Associated Press, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 10:38:07 AM Caracas, Venezuela - Thousands of Venezuelans mourned the passing of President Hugo Chavez on the first anniversary of his death on Wednesday, while National Guard troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government activists who pressed on with street protests despite the commemorations. Chavez´s successor, President Nicolas Maduro, angrily announced that he would break off relations with Panama, which he accused of being a "lackey" of the US in what he has repeatedly called a conspiracy to topple his government through the daily protests that have left at least 18 dead since mid-February. Since It Can´t Sue Us All, GettyImages Embraces Embedded Photos Bloomberg Businessweek, by Joshua Brustein LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 10:16:35 AM For the past decade or so, the best defense Getty Images could find against the right-click button on your mouse—home of the “copy” and “save” functions—has been a team of scary lawyers. By copying one of its images and using it on your blog, you’re entering a random drawing where the prize is a terrifying letter offering a tutorial in copyright litigation. But this week the photography company is embarking on a different strategy: Anyone can now visit its website, grab some embed code, and display an image on blogs or Facebook pages without paying a licensing fee. As a technological feat, of course, embeddable media is unremarkable. How to Avoid AnotherGlobal Financial Crisis American Magazine, by Alan Greenspan eagleblurst- 3/6/2014 10:16:26 AM September 15, 2008 was not just the beginning of the financial crisis, which may very well have been the greatest financial crisis ever (the Great Depression of the 1930s was a far more devastating economic problem). In the hours and days following the Lehman Brothers default that day, there was a virtual breakdown of the global financial system. For the first time ever, I believe, the short-term and overnight credit markets in the United States and around the world shut down. Not only did prices collapse, but the markets ceased to function. Bids virtually disappeared. Money market mutual funds, Emails raise questions about White Houseknowledge of Kathleen Sibelius fundraising Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree grace52- 3/6/2014 10:15:40 AM Emails obtained by the Washington Examiner through a Freedom of Information Act request raise new questions about how much the White House knew about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius´ fundraising for Obamacare and whether she solicited donations from entities she regulates. White House officials have said they did not sign off on calls made by Sebelius to solicit donations from private entities for Enroll America, an outside nonprofit with close White House ties that promotes enrollment in the health law´s insurance exchanges. Officials say they were only generally aware Sebelius would be seeking support from outside groups. On the trail of the Mexican cowboys:How high school exchange tripinspired photographer to embarkon 15-year project to documentthe life of the Vaqueros Daily Mail [UK], by Jessica Jerreat Ribicon- 3/6/2014 10:06:00 AM When Werner Segarra first arrived in Mexico as part of an Arizona high school student exchange program in 1981 he had no idea the unchanging life of ranchers would turn into a 15-year photographic project. As the student got to meet the Vaqueros - Mexican cowboys - he became enamored with the honest, hard-working families where boys younger than him could already run the ranch. Over the years, the Arizona-based photographer has returned repeatedly to the small community of 1,000 residents, to document a way of life largely unchanged for generations. ´I have cultivated an intimate relationship with the town
In the race for the SenateGOP is in the Driver´s Seat The Federalist, by Brandon Finnigan quantumman- 3/6/2014 10:01:30 AM Before I get into the state-by-state changes since the last breakdown, I have been grouping the contests into various “firewalls” the Democrats have to stop Republican advancements across the map. Firewall One. The open (or mostly open, until the Walsh appointment) seats in Romney states: Montana, West Virginia, and South Dakota. Firewall Two. The remaining Romney state seats where Republicans must face Democrat incumbents: Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Alaska. Firewall Three. The open seats in the 2012 swing states: Michigan and Iowa. Firewall Four. The 2012 swing states with incumbent Democrats: Minnesota, Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia. Firewall Five. The seats that Staples Closing 225 Stores As FourthQuarter Profit And Revenue Drop Forbes Magazine, by Maggie McGrath LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 9:57:27 AM It’s not the most wonderful time of year for Staples: the office-supplies retailer released disappointing fourth quarter earnings results Thursday morning, reporting profit and revenue that came in well below expectations for reasons ranging from a shorter, more intensive holiday season to a relative dearth of Apple products in its stores. In an effort to stop the bleeding, the company said that it will close as many as 225 stores across North America by 2015. Staples reported $5.87 billion in fourth quarter revenue, missing Street expectations of $5.97 billion and marking a 10.6% drop over the fourth quarter About $5.5 billion left NJ in´tax migration,´ study finds Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Tom De Poto Ribicon- 3/6/2014 9:56:28 AM Nearly 88,000 people took $5.5 billion with them when they left New Jersey in 2010 in search of states with lower taxes, according to a report by RegentAtlantic Capital, a Morristown-based investment adviser. The data was drawn people who filed 2009 federal tax returns in New Jersey, and then filed in another state the next year. According to the report, about 41 percent of the money went to Florida and 20 percent to Pennsylvania. In the case of both states, more money emigrated to them than immigrated to New Jersey. The Garden State saw $825.8 million head west across the Michelle Obama: Don´t serve her Brusselssprouts or liver USA Today, by Maria Puente - 3/6/2014 9:48:57 AM It´s a busy week — actually a busy month — for first lady Michelle Obama, but thanks to Rachael Ray, we learned a new tidbit about her today: She doesn´t like Brussels sprouts or liver. (Well, who does?) Recalling the entertaining moment, 24 years ago this month, when President George H.W. Bush declared that he loathed broccoli and never wanted to see another sprig again, Obama confessed to Ray on her show today that she felt just as strongly against Brussels sprouts and liver. "But I loved liver," Ray protested. "You were one of the few," Mrs. O laughed. "My mommy DOJ: Sexual Assault, School Discipline,LGBT ´Rights´ Are ´Next Generation´
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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 9:45:47 AM The head of the Justice Department´s Civil Rights Division says the "next generation" of civil rights challenges includes addressing racial disparities in school discipline; defending the rights of LGBT Americans; combating discrimination in housing and in lending; protecting women from sexual assault and harassment; ensuring the fair treatment of youth in the juvenile justice system; and defending the right to vote in the 21st Century. "In recent months, the Civil Rights Division has reached landmark consent decrees involving each of these issues," Jocelyn Samuels, the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division,
Late Breaking News!Nato airstrike kills 5 Afghan soldiers (WaPo)KABUL—A NATO airstrike on Thursday killed at least five Afghan soldiers in one of the most devastating incidents of friendly fire in the war’s 12-year history.
Another Illegal Obamacare Edict?Being stupid is one thing, being thought stupidis quite another.
Another Obamacare delay pushes the painpast 2014 elections and well into 2016 asObama leaves the fallout for Hillary to faceWell, when you look at it that way......
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New Democratic Strategy Goes After Koch BrothersThey've thought up a catchy slogan....wait for it,it's gonna kill 'ya, "The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch”
More than 1 MILLION students stopped buying school lunches after Michelle Obama´s overhaul, finds official reportOne has to ask, where is all that uneaten food going?
Obama Asks Top Aide Susan Rice to Travel to IsraelA reader suggests she take Ronan Farrow with her. Brilliant.
Local news station opensphone lines for 7 hoursto Obamacare navigators Daily Caller, by Caroline May Fiesta del sol- 3/6/2014 6:42:27 AM A local CBS affiliate in Raleigh opened its phone lines for seven hours Tuesday to promote Obamacare. With the deadline for enrollment fast approaching, Raleigh’s WRAL brought in 27 Obamacare “experts” — including navigators, certified application counselors, and marketplace-savvy insurance agents – to answer callers’ questions from noon until seven in the evening. WRAL’s news broadcast also cut into its normal coverage to advertise the experts and the number to reach them. “For 1.3 million North Carolinians who are currently uninsured now is the time to think about getting coverage,” Renee Chou, a WRAL reporter explained, while standing in front Ukraine crisis:Crimea MPs vote to join Russia BBC News [UK], by Staff - 3/6/2014 6:42:22 AM MPs in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea have voted to become part of the Russian Federation. Parliament said the decision would be put to the Crimean people for their verdict in a referendum on 16 March. A government minister in Kiev said they believe it would be unconstitutional for Crimea to join Russia. Crimea, a region whose population is mostly ethnic Russian, has been at the centre of tensions following the fall of Ukraine´s pro-Moscow president. Pro-Russian and Russian forces have been in de facto control of the peninsula, which already enjoys a degree of autonomy from Kiev, for Kids Flee the Lunch Line Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington MissMolly- 3/6/2014 6:39:34 AM New school lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a wide-ranging audit of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act nutrition standards last week, finding 48 out of 50 states faced challenges complying with Mrs. Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the
A line must be drawn with Russia Telegraph [UK], by Editorial - 3/6/2014 6:38:47 AM Today’s meeting of the Nato-Russia council to discuss Ukraine is a welcome development in the efforts to defuse the crisis. Dialogue is important not merely because, in Churchill’s words, “to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war” but also because it is the best way to ensure that there are no misunderstandings or misjudgments. There is an assumption that the West is prepared to let the Russians annex Crimea, even though Vladimir Putin says this is not his aim. [Snip] Yet, speaking in Kiev yesterday, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, said Washington reaffirmed its guarantee of Ukraine’s territorial Thoughts on the Texas primary results Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone StormCnter- 3/6/2014 6:36:29 AM Texas, the nation´s second largest state, held the nation´s first primary yesterday. There were no great surprises in the results: the two governor candidates, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, had no serious opposition, and Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions were renominated over opponents some labeled Tea Partiers by wide margins. Texas does not have party registration: Any voter can vote in either party´s primary. That means that primary turnout gives some indication of the balance between the parties. Some national Democrats have embarked on a project to “paint Texas blue” -- to make the Democratic party Putin Carterizes Obama, Totally Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger StormCnter- 3/6/2014 6:33:07 AM Air-dropping himself into Kiev Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Russian seizure of Crimea is "not 21st-century, G-8, major-nation behavior." He said Mr. Putin should allow "international observers" to enter Crimea. International observers? This calls to mind Humphrey Bogart´s Fred C. Dobbs facing the gang of Mexican bandidos in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre": Dobbs: "If you´re the police, where are your badges?" Chief bandido: "Badges? We ain´t got no badges. We don´t need no badges!" We may assume Mr. Putin would say the masked Russians patrolling Ukrainian Crimea are "international observers." As of this week, it´s official. Vladimir Putin has turned Ukraine crisis: We confront VladimirPutin now, yet appeased him before Telegraph [UK], by Peter Oborne - 3/6/2014 6:33:04 AM Thirteen years ago I was invited, in the depths of a Russian winter, to give a speech at the Moscow School of Political Studies. Afterwards, I listened late into the night--over endless glasses of vodka--to stories from students who spelt out the consequences, in terms of intimidation and sometimes death, of standing up to the warlords who governed Russia. [Snip] Back then, Lyne was a forceful advocate of the relatively new Russian president, Vladimir Putin. [Snip] By then, it was already clear exactly how brutal Putin was prepared to be. The second Chechen war, one of the most horrific conflicts
Young Guns gear up for next fight Politico, by Jake Sherman* Pluperfect- 3/6/2014 6:28:48 AM The Republican “Young Guns” are ready to rule, if they get the chance. Since they first got the name seven years ago, allies and enemies of Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy are now beginning to jockey to prepare for potential changes at the top of the Republican power structure in the House. Though publicly Speaker John Boehner has said he plans to keep the gavel in the next Congress, most players in Boehnerland think the speaker hasn’t made up his mind about when he’ll call it quits. The Young Gun brand has helped groom a host of lawmakers World Health Organisationadvises halving sugar intake Telegraph [UK], by Edward Malnick Attercliffe- 3/6/2014 6:27:26 AM Sugar consumption should be halved to help reduce health problems such as obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. The WHO set out draft guidance advising a dramatic reduction in sugar intake amid growing evidence that it contributes to chronic diseases. The move follows calls by some leading scientists and campaigners for the current recommended daily limits on sugar intake to be halved to 5 percent of an individual’s overall calorie consumption--the equivalent of six “level” teaspoons a day for the average adult. The new guidance proposed by the WHO retains the current recommended limit of When Ronnie Met Vlady: Reagan’s UnlikelyEncounter with Putin as a KGB Agent Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker StormCnter- 3/6/2014 6:22:57 AM On a presidential visit to Russia, Ronald Reagan had an unlikely encounter with a KGB agent posing as a tourist: future Russian president Vladimir Putin (pictured above with a camera around his neck). Iconic Photos (via Tabitha Hale of Rare) has the backstory for the photo: In May 1988, President Ronald Reagan travelled to Moscow for his 4th summit with Mikhail Gorbachev. The Soviets prepared a grand welcome; buildings across from the Kremlin were repainted, streets repaved and trees and flowers planted along the boulevards. [...] The most telling incident was only revealed 20 years later. In the above photo, the man with For the first time since the fallof Western communism, the valueof democracy is being questioned Telegraph [UK], by Jesse Norman Attercliffe- 3/6/2014 6:18:53 AM Martin Wolf had a typically wise and trenchant op-ed in the Financial Times yesterday on the difficulties which face newly democratising countries, from Ukraine to Egypt. He rightly identifies four key factors underpinning successful democracies. The first is active and empowered citizens, who accept the importance and inevitability of dissent, and are committed to peaceful processes of political change. The second is honest "guardians": those in official but unelected positions of power, be they bureaucratic, legal or military, who use that power in the service of the common good. The third factor is well-functioning markets, which create prosperity and allow
If Russia swallows Ukraine, theEuropean system is finished CNN, by Timothy Snyder StormCnter- 3/6/2014 6:18:40 AM Vienna, Austria -- As Russia continues its military occupation of the Crimean district of Ukraine, as Putin enunciates a doctrine of military intervention in support of ethnic brethren, and the West ponders what might be done, Europeans begin to think again about the 1930s and the origins of World War II. The Russian historian Andrei Zubov, for example, has published a sophisticated comparison between Putin´s seizure of Crimea and Adolf Hitler´s annexation of Austria, seeing both as the beginning of a chain of events with fatal consequences not just for the subjects of the aggression but for the aggressors themselves. Christine O’Donnell eager tore-engage in political debate Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper Pluperfect- 3/6/2014 6:16:36 AM Christine O´Donnell has weathered political strife, media mockery and IRS scrutiny with a resolute smile and a tactical agenda. And she’s not done yet. Fresh from an academic speaking engagement at Oxford University, poised to write a regular column and provide broadcast content for The Washington Times, and eager to defend herself in a potentially complex tax investigation, the onetime Republican Senate candidate has learned much and is eager to re-engage in the national political debate. Ms. O´Donnell said in an interview that she is convinced the tea party is alive, well and vital to the nation’s future. She also The Democrats’ Dumb Koch Strategy Daily Beast, by Kristen Soltis Anderson Pluperfect- 3/6/2014 6:13:34 AM Why Harry Reid and his friends’ demonization the right-wing brothers won’t change anyone’s vote. George Soros may lend his personal fortune to a number of causes with which I disagree, but I do have to thank him for one thing: letting me see Dave Matthews Band live in concert for free. In 2004, musical acts fanned out across the country, playing free shows on the “Vote for Change” tour, presented by America Coming Together (ACT), a 527 group funded by Soros and a variety of “1 percent” liberal donors. Gainesville, Florida was visited by Dave Matthews Band, and despite my budding love Lois Lerner attorney: The case is over now Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley StormCnter- 3/6/2014 6:10:02 AM Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor held a press briefing Wednesday after his client pleaded the Fifth Amendment at a House Oversight hearing, prompting Oversight chairman Rep. Darrell Issa to adjourn the hearing. It remains unclear whether Issa will seek to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. Taylor told The Daily Caller and other reporters that Lerner has not waived her Fifth Amendment rights as Issa claimed and that Lerner believes the entire issue is over for her now. Taylor also said that he did not read Issa’s most recent report but is sure that it is inaccurate and that
Another Illegal Obamacare Edict? American Spectator, by David Catron StormCnter- 3/6/2014 6:08:12 AM President Obama is planning to break the law, once again, in an effort to protect vulnerable Democrats in the Senate. According to news reports, “the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet Obamacare’s minimum coverage requirements.” In the absence of this “directive,” health insurance companies would have to cancel millions of health policies just a few weeks before November’s congressional elections. Obama’s edict would theoretically forestall, until after those crucial midterms, a tsunami of voter outrage that would inevitably drown the reelection prospects of many Democrats. It’s not clear, however, Notes from a White House Kitchen Weekly Standard, by Victorino Matus StormCnter- 3/6/2014 6:05:16 AM Yet another damning revelation about the Clintons: Daughter Chelsea preferred imitation maple syrup over the real thing. In Dining at the White House, former presidential chef John Moeller recalls his urging another cook to give the first daughter what she wants, even if it seems just plain wrong. As Tim Carman recently wrote in the Washington Post, Moeller likes to share an anecdote to explain why a White House chef needs to be ego-free. The Clintons, Moeller remembers, had just hired a new cook, and he was eager to impress. Chelsea Clinton wanted pancakes for breakfast. The newbie noticed real maple syrup What is Lois hiding? New York Post, by Editorial StormCnter- 3/6/2014 5:59:20 AM Where Lois Lerner goes, drama follows. On Wednesday, the former IRS officer again invoked the Fifth before the House Oversight Committee. That precipitated a heated exchange between the committee’s Republican chairman, Darrell Issa, and Democratic ranking member Elijah Cummings, who called the hearings “un-American.” And that spat has become the story. No doubt that is exactly what Cummings had in mind. Because it distracts attention from the substance of the hearings — and from the questions raised by e-mails and public remarks Lois Lerner wrote, received or made when she was IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations. The Weekly Standard reminds us Shocker: Federal government’s fiscaldeterioration almost 5 times official deficit Hot Air, by Dustin Siggins MissMolly- 3/6/2014 5:55:49 AM In Fiscal Year 2013, the official federal deficit was $680 billion. Liberals have cheered this drop while subsequently ignoring how this deficit is both larger than all of Bush’s pre-recession deficits and is expected to grow dramatically over the next several decades. However, the Treasury Department’s annual report on the finances of the U.S. federal government shows that not only is $680 billion an incomplete measure of the federal government’s finances, it’s off by nearly a factor of five. From Just Facts Daily: The U.S. Treasury has just released its annual “Financial Report of the United States Government,” which provides an account of Why the Tea Party’s Waning, Not Winning National Review Online, by Michael Tanner MissMolly- 3/6/2014 5:53:20 AM As the Tea Party celebrates its five-year anniversary, many commentators are asking whether the grassroots anti–Big Government movement is still relevant. In some ways, this seems a silly question. The Tea Party has been enormously successful in changing the terms of the national debate on issues such as debt and spending. And, while its favored candidates have suffered some high-profile defeats, it has also won important victories. The Republican midterm sweep of 2010 would not have been possible without its energy and enthusiasm. Yet it’s also true that the Tea Party’s clout is waning. According to the most recent Gallup poll, just
Ukraine and the Clash of Civilizations National Journal, by Michael Hirsh StormCnter- 3/6/2014 5:51:29 AM Since the end of the Cold War, perhaps no academic idea has been more debated—and more dismissed—than Samuel Huntington´s notion that a global struggle between cultures, a "clash of civilizations," would replace the ideological divide between the West and the Soviet bloc. But the current crisis in Ukraine, and the uneasy standoff between the country´s generally more pro-Russian eastern half and its more Westernized west, invites a new and far more favorable look at Huntington´s thesis. The late Harvard University political scientist´s views may even point the way to a resolution, one that will take into account both the "Eurasian" self-identity New Democratic Strategy GoesAfter Koch Brothers New York Times, by Ashley Parker JoniTx- 3/6/2014 5:17:13 AM WASHINGTON — Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers who are perhaps the best-known patrons of conservative Republican politics, are bespectacled and in their 70s. They look genial enough. But Democrats are embarking on a broad effort that aims to unmask the press-shy siblings and portray them, instead, as a pair of villains bent on wrecking progressive politics. On Thursday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is starting a digital campaign that will use Internet ads and videos, as well as social media, to tie Republican Senate candidates to the policies and actions of the Koch brothers. Its slogan: Obama Tries Reverse Psychology:Maybe If I Said I Opposed RaisingMinimum Wage… Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein JoniTx- 3/6/2014 5:04:04 AM On Wednesday, President Barack Obama traveled to New Britain, Connecticut, where he made his case for a national increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers. Towards the end of his speech there, the president toyed with the idea of using some reverse psychology on his Republican opponents. “Maybe I should say I oppose raising the minimum wage,” he said. Then, “they’d be for it.” Obama cited statistics that say nearly 75% of all Americans and 50% of Republicans support raising the minimum wage, but somehow Republicans in Congress almost uniformly oppose it. “Now, I don’t know if Another Obamacare delay pushes the painpast 2014 elections and well into 2016 asObama leaves the fallout for Hillary to face Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko Attercliffe- 3/6/2014 4:13:53 AM The latest in a string of delays and alterations to the Affordable Care Act--nearly 30 in all-–has the federal government deciding to delay penalizing about 500,000 Americans who have what President Obama recently called ´substandard´ and ´junk´ health insurance plans. Penalties scheduled to hit as many as 1.5 million such Americans who have not yet seen cancellation notices from their insurers were set to kick in just before the November 2014 congressional election. But now that deadline has been pushed back until five weeks before the 2016 presidential contest, creating a potential headache for Hillary Rodham Clinton--Obama´s former secretary of NATO confirms five Afghansoldiers killed accidentally Attercliffe- 3/6/2014 3:56:45 AM An early morning NATO airstrike in Afghanistan´s eastern Logar province killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday, the coalition and Afghan defense ministry officials said. The strike occurred in the province´s Chakh district, according to the Afghan spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, who said eight Afghan National Army troops were also wounded in the incident. [Snip] A spokeswoman for the international forces in Afghanistan, Maj. Cathleen Snow, told The Associated Press in an email that five Afghan soldiers were accidentally killed in an operation in the country´s east. She did not specify whether aircraft were involved and whether the deaths were the Russia opens talks as UNenvoy is chased from Crimea Telegraph [UK], by Barney Henderson, Bruno Waterfield Original Article Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/6/2014 3:47:27 AM Post Reply Russia and the United States held their first direct talks since the start of the Ukraine crisis on Wednesday night, raising hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough in the worst breach in relations between East and West since the end of the Cold War. Though progress was limited, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, met his counterparts from the US, France, Germany and Britain in Paris and said further discussions would take place “in days to come”, which was echoed by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State. [Snip] Mr Kerry said the talks merely “initiated a process”.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Must Reads for Wednesday, March 05, 2014
US agency to probe health exchanges Associated Press, by Jeff Barnard - 3/6/2014 2:43:16 AM The investigative arm of Congress on Wednesday agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country. The U.S. Government Accountability Office accepted an initial request from a group of House Republicans seeking an audit on how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Cover Oregon website, which has yet to enroll a single person online without special assistance. The agency said due to similar requests from several members of Congress and congressional committees related to the rollout of online health care exchanges, it would broaden the investigation and issue several separate reports on Republican Rand Paul: There ´shouldbe a struggle to make the party better´ CNN, by Ashley Killough - 3/6/2014 2:18:35 AM Washington - Sen. Rand Paul delivered a fervent plea Wednesday to expand the Republican Party and make the GOP more compassionate toward those "who aren´t treated fairly by the criminal justice system," noting African-Americans and Hispanics in particular. Speaking to a group of conservatives, the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate also acknowledged a rift within the party over budgetary issues and civil liberties. "People say, ´Oh Republicans shouldn´t fight.´ I disagree. There´s a struggle, and there should be a struggle to make the party better," he said, while headlining the Coalitions for Israel Says It Seized Gaza-BoundRocket Shipment From Iran Reuters, by Staff* LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 2:00:17 AM Jerusalem - The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, the military said. (Snip) Lerner said dozens of M302 rockets were found aboard the Klos C, a weapon that could have struck deep into Israel from Gaza and would have significantly enhanced the firepower of the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers and other armed factions. "The M302 in its most advanced model can strike over 100 miles, and if they would have reached Gaza, ultimately that would have meant millions of Israelis under
House Panel Bars Fundsfor Immigrant Advocate LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 1:47:37 AM Washington - The first immigration bill in the House this year would prohibit any money for the public advocate for immigrants in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Snip) Republicans criticized Obama, arguing that he selectively enforced the nation´s laws. Along with the immigration bill, the committee approved two other measures — one would establish a procedure for the House or Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failing to enforce the law, the second would require government officials to report to Congress on reasons for nonenforcement. The measures have no chance in the Democratic-led Senate, Obama Asks Top AideSusan Rice to Travel to Israel Associated Press, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 1:31:38 AM Washington - The White House says President Barack Obama has asked National Security Adviser Susan Rice to travel to Israel in May. Her visit comes after bilateral talks this week between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama. Rice would lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group. The trip would be Rice´s first visit to Israel as national security adviser and the White House says she would continue strategic consultations on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues. During their Monday meeting, Obama pressed Netanyahu to make the "tough decisions" needed to move forward on talks with For Bitcoin, Secure FutureMight Need Oversight New York Times, by Farhad Manjoo LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 1:12:41 AM Nearly half a billion dollars has gone missing, and nobody knows how. Some say there was outright theft. Others suspect fraud. (Snip) Bitcoin, though, was born of mistrust of humans and their institutions. It rests on the belief that financial safety emerges from the integrity of the technology, a computer code that controls a payment system, rather than the trustworthiness of the humans who participate in it. To save their nascent currency, Bitcoin’s backers may be forced to alter their philosophy and embrace the same messy humans — auditors, insurers and even regulators — that the currency’s most ardent supporters have long Exclusive: RT Anchor Liz WahlExplains Why She Quit Daily Beast, by Jamie Kirchick LittleHoodedMonk- 3/6/2014 12:56:20 AM Liz Wahl wasn’t just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network’s handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview. RT’s coverage of the entire world “made me feel sick.” American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin’s enemies list. Wahl, an American anchor for RT-America, a cable news network funded by the Russian government, stunned viewers Wednesday, when, at the end of her 5 PM broadcast, she announced her resignation from the channel. The announcement was stunning. But Wahl’s decision to quit the network was a long time coming. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, she says that,
Lois Lerner Pleads the Fifth Again American Thinker, by Cindy Simpson LOL Thomas- 3/6/2014 12:23:22 AM This morning, Lois Lerner again pleaded the Fifth, refusing to answer any of Chairman Darrell Issa’s questions. After a few minutes of Lerner’s repetitive non-response, Issa adjourned the hearing, so we don’t know if the committee planned to address this particular issue. (Snip) During the normal workweek, former IRS director Lois Lerner may have been in charge of delaying tax-exempt applications for conservative groups, but on a Sunday it appears that she was fast-tracking, approving and backdating an application for an organization led by an alien resident with ties to terrorists. The organization is the Barack Frantic U.S. Push for DirectRussia-Ukraine Talks Falters Washington Post, by Jay Solomon and Stacy Meichtry Original Article Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/5/2014 11:34:57 PM Post Reply PARIS — U.S. and European diplomats failed in a daylong effort to get Russia and Ukraine to begin direct negotiations aimed at ending Moscow´s military incursion into the former Soviet state, raising the prospect of a protracted standoff. In a hectic day of talks that shifted from the American embassy in Paris to the presidential Élysée Palace to the French foreign ministry, officials focused on arranging a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his new Ukrainian counterpart, Andrii Deshchytsia. When that encounter didn´t happen—even though they were in the same building—Secretary of State John Kerry played down the failure
Sunnyvale´s gun limit upheld in court San Francisco Chronicle, by Bob Egelko poster- 3/5/2014 10:20:32 PM A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Sunnyvale to enforce a voter-approved ban on large-capacity gun magazines, saying it would have little impact on the constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense. The ruling comes two weeks after another judge rejected gun advocates´ attempt to block a similar law in San Francisco. Although millions of Americans own guns with magazines carrying more than 10 cartridges, "it is rare that anyone will need to fire more than 10 rounds in self-defense," U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte of San Jose said in his ruling denying an injunction against the Sunnyvale ordinance, which is Conservative Christian Groupthat Backed Arizona ReligiousFreedom Law: ´We´re NotGoing Anywhere´ Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry mitzi- 3/5/2014 10:10:05 PM Contrary to what many in the mainstream media have claimed, the conservative Christian group that backed and drafted Arizona’s Religious Freedom Law has not been pouting since Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the measure. In fact, the organization is actually celebrating the fact that 123 of the bills it has supported since its inception in 1995 have been signed into law. The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) is Arizona´s leading pro-life, pro-family organization. As the Huffington Post pointed out, the day after Brewer vetoed Arizona’s Religious Freedom Law (SB 1062), the state House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (HB Turner Classic Movies, USPS to HonorCharlton Heston with Postage Stamp Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by AWR Hawkins - 3/5/2014 9:25:40 PM Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the United States Postal Service are honoring acting legend and former NRA President Charlton Heston with "a commemorative Forever postage stamp." According to Turner, a stamp dedication will take place April 11 during the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Heston´s wife Lydia Clarke Heston, his son Fraser Heston, and his daughter Holly Rochell will be in attendance. That ceremony also will mark the official "first date of issue" for the stamp. TCM´s Ben Mankiewicz will host the commemoration ceremony. He previously described Heston as an "actor who brought intensity and power to the screen that few
Belligerent Russia CouldDeny U.S. Access To Space Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial - 3/5/2014 9:15:08 PM Leadership: Putting an economic and political squeeze on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis could bring another Obama chicken home to roost — our president killed the U.S. space program and made us dependent on Putin. Since 2011, when America´s space shuttle fleet was retired and our space program was dispersed to various museums, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which proudly put the first human beings, Americans, on the moon some 45 years ago, has largely been fixated on things like monitoring nonexistent climate change and Muslim outreach. There have been the occasional Mars rover and plans to conduct unmanned chases of The one bit of energy policy Britaingot right – not being in hock to Vlad Telegraph [UK], by Jeremy Warner Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 9:01:53 PM Having effectively conceded that there is very little that can be done by way of meaningful military action or sanctions against Russia aggression, Europe seems to have decided on a different tac-- to flood Ukraine with money and aid in the hope that this might further detach Ukraine from the Russian bear´s embrace.[Snip] But hold on, what´s this? The other thing Europe plans to do is help out with energy supplies by providing "reverse flows" of gas from the EU. Since around a third of Europe´s gas comes from Russia, half of which flows through Ukraine--one of the reasons serious As Obama Delays Obamacare Again,Julie Boonstra Strikes Back Power Line, by John Hinderaker toledo- 3/5/2014 8:52:49 PM As Scott noted a little while ago, the Obama administration has again pushed back the deadline for individual and small group policies to comply with Obamacare’s requirements. They are doing this, obviously, because they are trying to put off the political fallout when millions of Americans lose the coverage they had, and find that coverage under Obamacare will be more expensive and/or more limited. Which gives a special resonance to the story of Julie Boonstra. Mrs. Boonstra, as you likely recall, is a Michigan resident who suffers from leukemia. She filmed a television ad for Americans For Prosperity in which she CIA investigates whetherofficers spied on Senate Associated Press, by Kimberly Dozier - 3/5/2014 8:21:54 PM Washington - The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees the intelligence agency, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The CIA inspector general is looking into the circumstances surrounding the committee´s investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told reporters. The allegations include whether CIA officers improperly monitored Senate investigators and possibly accessed the computers they were using, two officials familiar with
Pope Francis: Churchcould support civil unions CNN, by Daniel Burke - 3/5/2014 8:15:45 PM Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church´s opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions. The Pope reiterated the church´s longstanding teaching that "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, he said, "We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety." States, for instance, justify civil unions as a way to provide economic security to cohabitating couples, the Pope said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily. State-sanctioned unions are thus driven by the need to ensure rights Obama lashes out at Senate afterRepublicans and Democratssquash DOJ nominee who oncedefended a COP-KILLER Daily Mail [UK], by David Marttosko Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 7:42:00 PM President Obama is going to the mat to defend his controversial nominee to lead the Justice Department´s civil rights division--a lawyer who once helped defend a notorious cop-killer--calling Republicans´ efforts to block him a ´travesty.´ Debo Adegbile, who once participated in the appeals process for convicted murdered and liberal cult hero Mumia Abu-Jamal, failed to win enough Senate votes to proceed to a final determination on his nomination. [Snip] The White House fired off a scathing statement from the president so quickly that it misspelled Adegbile´s name. The vote, Obama said in that statement, was ´a travesty based on wildly unfair More than 1 MILLION students stoppedbuying school lunches after MichelleObama´s overhaul, finds official report Daily Mail [UK], by David Marttosko Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 7:36:35 PM More than one million U.S. schoolchildren stopped buying school lunches during the 2012-2013 academic year, after new nutrition standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama took effect. The Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency inside the federal government, told members of Congress in a little-noticed January 28 report that participation in the school lunch program declined by 1,086,000 in that one year, the biggest drop on record. [Snip] The first lady rolled out the law´s final regulations in January 2012 with a presentation linked to her ´Let´s Move!´ children´s health initiative. Changes took effect that fall. In the ensuing nine De-Growth Advocates WouldTake Us Back To Harder Times Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial - 3/5/2014 7:30:07 PM Extremism: What could be next in the environmentalists´ catalog of crazy ideas to save the planet? Did someone say a return to 18th Century living? Whoever did would be right. They call it "de-growth," but it would be better described as "insanity." The advocates of this plan want to literally "de-grow" the economy back to what they believe is a "sustainable" level. "There´s no such thing as sustainable growth, not in a country like the U.S.," Worldwatch senior fellow Erik Assadourian told Sierra Magazine. "We have to de-grow our economy, which is obviously not a popular stance to take in a culture
Radical Obama Arms Negotiator NegotiatesAway Nuclear Deterrent Vs. Russia Inveator´s Business Daily, by Editorial - 3/5/2014 7:15:51 PM National Security: As Russia test-fires new, updated ICBMs on the heels of its Ukraine invasion, Obama´s top arms negotiator is busy downsizing and mothballing America´s nuclear arsenal and destroying our deterrent. Thanks to Undersecretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, a left-wing peacenik and old Soviet apologist, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is inching dangerously closer to first-strike capability. Gottemoeller, a longtime anti-nuke activist, is the architect of the disastrously one-sided 2010 U.S.-Russia New Start deal that slashes America´s nuclear arsenal from 5,000 deployable warheads to just 1,550. In a major concession to Moscow, the deal also limits our development of missile defense America´s Spoiled Left IsClueless About Ukraine´s Revolt Investor´s Business Daily, by Svetlana Kunin - 3/5/2014 7:08:29 PM In 1918, the Russian poet Alexander Blok, born into a sophisticated intellectual family, inspired by revolutionary calls for "equality," "fairness" and "social justice," wrote the poems "Twelve" and "The Scythians," glorifying the Russian socialist revolution. The same year he wrote an essay, "Intelligentsia and Revolution," in support of a new central communist government. Two years later, disillusioned, he complained to his friends that he had lost "faith in the wisdom of humanity." In 1921, Blok pleaded for the "freedom of creation." By 1937, covert moles, imbedded in places of work and media, reported any form of insubordination to the Soviet government. About Lois Lerner Refuses ToIncriminate More Than Herself Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial - 3/5/2014 6:58:16 PM Scandal: Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner has taken the Fifth once again. But if her actions were just bureaucratic bungling of an awkwardly written law, as President Obama has suggested, she couldn´t incriminate herself. When Lois Lerner on Wednesday clammed up before the House Oversight Committee, as she did last May, ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland turned things into a circus. As Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., swiftly brought the now-pointless hearing to a close, Cummings interrupted and went on a shrill tirade against Congress investigating the IRS. Why would the ex-chief of the tax collector´s nonprofit division and her lawyer get Hillary Clinton Calls Putin ´ATough Guy With Thin Skin´ NBC News, by Carrie Dann Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 6:56:18 PM Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "tough guy with a thin skin" and said he is "squandering the potential" of Russia with his aggressive posture in Ukraine. "I know we are dealing with a tough guy with a thin skin," she said during a speech at UCLA, citing her experiences with Putin during her time at the State Department. "I know that his political vision is of a greater Russia," she added. "I said when I was still secretary that his goal is to re-Sovietize Russia’s periphery, but in the process he is squandering
Alabama legislator says anti-abortion Republican would forceabortion if daughter ‘gotpregnant by a black man’ New York Daily News, by Sasha Goldstein mitzi- 3/5/2014 6:44:10 PM An Alabama statehouse abortion debate Tuesday moved from the realm of reproductive rights to race when one Democratic representative said the state’s Republican lawmakers would make “their daughter have an abortion” if she were impregnated by a black man. The shocking comments from Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery) came shortly after Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R-Indian Springs) compared her bill to restrict abortions to the landmark Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended in 1954 the legal segregation of public schools, The Birmingham News reported. The state’s House ultimately passed the bill, written by McClurkin, to prohibit abortions How the Ukraine crisis ends Washington Post, by Henry A. Kissinger toledo- 3/5/2014 6:32:56 PM Public discussion on Ukraine is all about confrontation. But do we know where we are going? In my life, I have seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support, all of which we did not know how to end and from three of which we withdrew unilaterally. The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins. Far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other — it should
Fox News poll: Obama´sapproval hits new low Fox News, by Dana Blanton - 3/5/2014 6:02:51 PM President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. For the first time in a Fox News poll, fewer than four voters in ten -- 38 percent -- approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-four percent disapprove. Before now Obama’s worst job rating was 40-55 percent in November 2013. Last month 42 percent approved and 53 percent disapproved (February 2014). Approval of Obama among Democrats stands at Best. Supreme. Court. Brief. Ever. Power Line, by John Hayward - 3/5/2014 5:27:47 PM Make sure you’ve swallowed any and all liquids, especially hot ones like coffee, before you read further. P.J. O’Rourke has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, related to the upcoming case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. The only possible thing that could top this would be an amicus brief from Dave Berry. Steven Driehaus is the sore-loser Democrat who is suing Susan B. Anthony List for independent ads they ran in the election that cost Driehaus his Ohio congressional seat. I can’t imagine he has much of a case, but it’s made it to the high court anyway. Boehner: Congress will ´look at´ DC pot bill - 3/5/2014 5:13:08 PM Washington - House Speaker John Boehner says he´s sure Congress will look at a law passed by the D.C. Council that decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in the nation´s capital. When asked Wednesday, Boehner said he was unfamiliar with the law. Congress has the authority to invalidate local District of Columbia laws, but it hasn´t used that authority in more than 20 years. Mayor Vincent Gray intends to sign the bill. It would make possession of small amounts of pot a civil offense subject to a $25 fine. Smoking marijuana in public would still be a criminal offense.
Hang in There, Tea Partiers Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 5:00:40 PM RUSH: Here´s Steven in Gainesville, Florida. It´s great to have you on the program, sir, hello. CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush. It´s an honor to talk to you. RUSH: Thank you. CALLER: Yeah, thank you very much for everything you do. I have a quick question for you on the Issa hearing, but I want to make a comment ´cause you brought up how the Drive-Bys and the liberals are reacting to this. I don´t know if you remember. You probably do, since you had it. But you used to have a show on TV about 20-something years ago, and I was a kid U.S. needs to add studentonline privacy rules Los Angeles Times, by Editorial - 3/5/2014 4:51:22 PM As more of our children´s education moves online, there are increased opportunities for abusing the collection of their personal data. Last month, state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) introduced a bill that would help close a loophole in federal regulations — at least in California — in an effort to safeguard personal information of public school students. The potential privacy violations could be significant, and it makes sense for the Legislature to act now. Under the federal Family and Educational Rights Protection Act, schools that receive federal funding are rightly barred from making disclosures about students´ education records Senate rejects Obama nomineefor DoJ Civil Rights Division American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 3/5/2014 4:24:58 PM Seven Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to deliver a humiliating defeat to President Obama and to the far left race demagogues. Debo P. Adegbile, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and an avid supporter of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, failed to receive confirmation as the next head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, despite operating under the new rules instituted by Harry Reid requiring only a simple majority for confirmation. . (snip) It is very interesting that of the 7 Dems whom voted no, only 2 up in 2016: Arkansas, which has one of the House votes to delay Obamacare´sindividual mandate Reuters, by David Morgan & Thomas Ferraro - 3/5/2014 4:24:27 PM Washington -The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to delay for one year the tax penalty Americans will pay under President Barack Obama´s healthcare law if they decline to enroll in health coverage for this year. The measure passed by a vote of 250-160, with 27 Democrats joining with 223 Republicans to back the legislation. But the bill is expected to go nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate and would face a White House veto even if it succeeded. The vote, part of a Republican election-year attack strategy against the 2010 healthcare law known as Obamacare, marked the 50th time
Money Watch: Obama and Obamacratsin Full 2014 Campaign Mode Breitbart InstaBlog, by David Webb - 3/5/2014 4:12:49 PM It´s no surprise Obama is trying to gin up the base when Democrats take off their rose colored glasses and see his domestic and foreign policy failures. It´s about the money and the following excerpts from Roberta Rampton at Reuters helps makes the case. --- "It is one of 30 fundraisers the president plans to headline through June. He will attend two more on Wednesday in Boston." --- Remember that OFA now exists as a shadow DNC which sucks money as well as energy out of the Democrats by dividing resources. --- "You better hope Democrats stay in the Senate." How Cool Is That? Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 4:11:12 PM In the early days of the American republic, it was common for a secretary of state to become president. Four successive presidents--Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams--all served as secretary of state in a predecessor´s cabinet, as did Martin Van Buren. But the only secretary of state to become president since then was James Buchanan, who was elected in 1857 and served until 1861. Many observers expect the tradition to be revived in 2016 should Barack Obama´s first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, decide to make another bid for the White House. As it was in Gay rights advocate Larry Brinkinsentenced on child pornography charges San Francisco Examiner, by Rob Nagle LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2014 4:10:35 PM The gay rights advocate and former member of the San Francisco Human Right Commission who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography was sentenced Wednesday and will be required to register as a sex offender for life, according to the District Attorney´s Office. Larry Brinkin, 67, agreed to a plea deal in January with prosecutors, who dropped a second charge of distributing child pornography. Brinkin was sentenced Wednesday to a year´s detention, with six months served in county jail and six months home detention where he will have to wear an ankle monitor, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. Obama knew CIA secretly monitoredintelligence committee, senator claims Guardian [UK], by Spencer Ackerman Judy W.- 3/5/2014 4:06:52 PM A leading US senator has said that President Obama knew of an “unprecedented action” taken by the CIA against the Senate intelligence committee, which has apparently prompted an inspector general’s inquiry at Langley. The subtle reference in a Tuesday letter from Senator Mark Udall to Obama, seeking to enlist the president’s help in declassifying a 6,300-page inquiry by the committee into torture carried out by CIA interrogators after 9/11, threatens to plunge the White House into a battle between the agency and its Senate overseers. McClatchy and the New York Times reported Wednesday that the CIA had secretly monitored computers used by
Pentagon sending fighter jets to boostNATO presence amid Ukraine crisis Fox News, by Staff* Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 3:56:20 PM WASHINGTON – The U.S. military is boosting its NATO presence in a bid to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia´s takeover of Ukraine´s Crimean Peninsula. After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel first alluded to the effort during testimony on Capitol Hill earlier Wednesday morning, a Defense official confirmed that the U.S. will send six additional F-15s and one KC-135 to "augment the mission" in Baltic countries. The U.S. currently provides four F-15s to what´s known as the Baltic Air Policing rotation. The additional aircraft will be sent from a base in Britain to Siauliai Air Base in Putin in Ukraine:The game is poker, not chess Communities Digital News, by Jim Picht lmruth- 3/5/2014 3:55:29 PM Russia’s President Putin has been called “delusional” and a “chess master,” accused of playing recklessly or brilliantly in Ukraine. House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox News Sunday” that “Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles.” The truth is that he’s neither delusional, brilliant, nor a great leader. He does, however, know which game he’s playing: The game is poker, not chess. While Putin is playing well, he’s playing predictably and conservatively, like a Russian. His great advantage is that he not only knows the game he’s playing, but he has President Obama’s number. Lois Lerner: TheFace of the Liberalism Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 3:51:22 PM RUSH: You know, I know as an adult and as a decent, nice person, I know as a person with manners and sense of propriety that you´re not supposed to comment on the way people look. In fact, I´ll tell you a little story for those of you who are listening here but never had a chance to hear my mother call this program or in other ways be involved in my life. She passed away in 2000. Early on in this program´s history, likely the first six months of the program in 1988, somehow we ended up discussing the most unattractive presidential daughters. Senate OKs ban onCommon Core standards Capitol Media Services, by Howard Fischer LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2014 3:36:46 PM Phoenix - Calling them a federal “dictate,’’ Sen. Al Melvin persuaded Republican colleagues in the Senate to vote Tuesday to scrap the Common Core education standards the state and schools adopted just four years earlier. The legislation crafted by the Tucson Republican prohibits the state Board of Education from doing anything more to implement the standards that are designed to spell out what students should be learning at all stages of their education. It also means those schools which have put them in place are going to have to dump them. SB 1310 also requires the state to withdraw from
Liberal Disturbed byObama´s Middle Name Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 3:33:02 PM RUSH: Linda in Lake City, Michigan. Glad you called. You´re up next. Hello. CALLER: Hello, Mr. Limbaugh, quite a treat. RUSH: Well. Well. Thank you. CALLER: I was just thinking and wondering about this terminology that you used for the rest of the world watching what President Obama does, or, as you affectionately call him, Barack Hussein Obama, just to, you know, reinforce that imaginary Muslim thing -- RUSH: No, that´s not me. I mean, little kids were singing songs to President Obama: "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!" Don´t you remember? CALLER: Well, I think it´s you, too. I think maybe you do it Obama´s Hidden Budget Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 3:31:58 PM How does President Barack Obama plan to fund the new savings program he announced in January? It remains a mystery, even after Tuesday´s release of Mr. Obama´s 2015 budget proposal. Expect resistance on Capitol Hill as the President appears to be once again testing the limits of his ability to act without Congressional approval. In his January State of the Union address and then at a subsequent speech in Pennsylvania, the President touted his new "MyRA" plan, a type of Roth Individual Retirement Account that allows after-tax dollars to grow tax-free and will invest only in government debt. He also President Clinton and President ObamaPromised to Protect Disarmed Ukraine Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 3:28:29 PM RUSH: This is getting out of hand now. Hillary Clinton is saying that Vladimir Putin is a Nazi, and Putin is saying that the Ukrainians are Nazis, and Tony Kornheiser says that the whole state of Arizona is Nazis. The only person that´s not a Nazi anymore is me. This is progress, ladies and gentlemen. It´s like a Mel Brooks movie. I mean, everybody is just throwing this name out. And of course Putin is acting like Hilter did. You gotta give Hillary that, with what he´s doing here. I mean, it´s gonna irritate some progressives who think that Putin As Americans age, families arecritical to nation’s health-care system Washington Post, by Tara Bahrampour, Nikki Kahn - 3/5/2014 3:17:24 PM Sitting at the breakfast table where the morning sun streams in, Dorothy Tucker winces as the brush tugs at her hair. Her daughter, Barbara Tucker Parker, strokes more gently, drawing her mother’s long white ponytail through an elastic band. “Okay, is it better?” she says. “Yes,” says Tucker, 87, a vague look in her blue eyes. This is how their day begins. When Tucker wakes and emerges from her bedroom, her daughter sets out her morning pills and brings her shredded-wheat cereal with 2 percent milk and three prunes. She kneels and pulls compression stockings over her mother’s legs to House Republicans promise quickvote on Ukraine ´bailout package´ The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Pecquet & Russell Berman LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2014 3:10:44 PM The House could vote as soon as this week on what Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called a “bailout package” for Ukraine to help its government stand up to a military intervention by Russia. “The world community should stand united against this invasion,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Wednesday in reference to Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine. “America should be leading, and we’ll vote soon on legislation to help aid the Ukrainian people.” Boehner criticized President Obama over his handling of Russia over the past four years, and he called on the president to “pick up and
NeJame: Alan Grayson´s wife hitCongressman with ´uppercut´ Orlando Sentinel [FL], by Jeff Weiner - 3/5/2014 3:04:35 PM Attorneys for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, played video today of the confrontation between the congressman and his wife, telling reporters that Lolita Grayson was the aggressor. During a news conference, defense attorney Mark NeJame played cellphone video of the altercation recorded by one of Grayson´s staffers at the couple´s home near Windermere on Saturday. It is difficult in the video to see who initiated the physical contact, but Lolita Grayson is seen yelling and pushing him. The video does not show Alan Grayson pushing his wife against a door or causing her to fall to the ground, which she has claimed In Senate race, two Kansans battleover who is more Kansan grace52- 3/5/2014 2:57:52 PM The fight for the Republican Senate nomination in Kansas has turned, in part, into a strange battle between a fourth-generation Kansan and a fifth-generation Kansan over who is more Kansan. The fourth-generation Kansan is Sen. Pat Roberts, born in Topeka in 1936, and his fifth-generation opponent is Dr. Milton Wolf, born in Lyons in 1970. So far, it´s a lopsided affair; the majority of Kansas voters know little about Wolf, who is far behind an opponent familiar after 18 years in the Senate and 16 years in the House. Obama budget would hike duckstamp fees by $140 million Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering - 3/5/2014 2:43:45 PM Hunters beware: President Obama´s budget released Tuesday would hike duck stamp fees by $140 million over the next decade. Federal duck stamps are issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and required for anyone older than 16 who wants to hunt migratory waterfowl. A new $15 stamp must be purchased each year. Among the myriad of increases in taxes and fees in Obama´s fiscal 2015 budget request, the proposal seeks to raise an additional $14 million a year from hunters. The White House Office of Management and Budget projected that this would raise $140 million from 2015 to 2024. The additional federal RadioShack board approves retentionbonuses for five top executives Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Sandra Baker LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2014 2:38:35 PM Fort Worth - As RadioShack Corp. reported dismal fourth-quarter results and announced plans to close up to 1,100 stores on Tuesday, its board of directors approved retention bonuses for its top five executives, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today. (Snip) Magnacca will receive a $500,000 retention bonus is he stays for another year. John W. Feray, who recently joined the company as chief financial officer, would receive $275,000; Telvin P. Jeffries, chief human resources officer, $250,000; Troy H. Risch, executive vice president store operations, $275,000; and, Michael S. DeFazio, senior vice president, Armed Services Chairman:‘Shame’ on GOPs Who FollowObama to ‘Immoral’ Troop Cuts PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson - 3/5/2014 2:28:51 PM The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said “shame” on any Republicans who follow the Obama administration down a path of steep defense cuts. Senior Defense officials will unveil the budget at the Pentagon at 1:30 p.m., followed by comments from the service branches. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said he knows what’s coming through meetings with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey as well as multiple budget briefings. “I share the broad dismay about the shrinking might of the military reflected in this budget. The proposal being delivered today is
Boehner says Lerner may be held in contempt for refusing to testify on IRS targetingGee, we could bake her a cake withan IRS file in it.
‘Absolutely Un-American’: Dem Rep.Explodes DuringIRS Investigation Hearing; Issa Walks OutNot exactly what was expected.
Unfit for Justice post Philadelphia Inquirer, by Pat Toomey PageTurner- 3/5/2014 2:13:31 PM Some Americans may vaguely recall Mumia Abu-Jamal from the "Free Mumia" T-shirts and posters that once cluttered college campuses. Maureen Faulkner will forever remember him as the cold-blooded cop killer who left her a widow at age 24. Maureen has endured three decades of endless appeals and a dishonest, international campaign to turn her husband´s killer into a celebrated icon for the radical left. Now one of the lawyers who helped to promote that campaign, Debo Adegbile, has been nominated to lead the Justice Department´s Civil Rights Division. A vote on that nomination is scheduled this week in the Senate. This affront Obama: Defeat of Adegbilenomination is a ‘travesty’ Washington Post, by Aaron Blake - 3/5/2014 2:08:22 PM President Obama strongly denounced the Senate on Wednesday for failing to confirm a top nominee to the Justice Department. In a statement released by the White House, Obama said Debo Adegbile´s defeat is a "travesty" and is based on unfair attacks. "The Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant," Obama said. "Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable." Obama said the main attack used against Adegbile -- Republicans denounced his work on behalf of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal The Democrats’ Crusade Against‘Un-American’ Activities Mediaite, by Noah Rothman - 3/5/2014 2:02:13 PM The moral righteousness of resistance to Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI) and his House Un-American Activities Committee remains vibrant in the imaginations of modern progressives. McCarthy’s myopic campaign to expose communists in high-profile areas of American life was opposed by liberal dissenters who viewed his investigation as an infringement on their rights of free association, speech, and even thought. The modern progressive movement admires their predecessors’ stand against McCarthy so deeply that references to that inauspicious period of American history are regularly deployed in liberal publications and media outlets. Those noble principles apparently go right out the window when Democrats face what increasingly
Wendy Davis Loses Half of BorderCounties to Pro-Life Democrat Breitbart Texas, by Logan Chruchwell kofcfn- 3/5/2014 2:02:02 PM LAREDO, TEXAS-- Texas Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis woke to some unsettling numbers along the Texas/Mexico border today. Of the 14 counties along the Rio Grande, Davis lost seven—including heavily Hispanic Webb and Hidalgo Counties. Davis Challenger Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal’s prediction may have come true to an extent—Wendy has a pro-life Catholic problem and may not hold the support of motivated Latino voters by default. Ted Cruz endorses John Cornyn Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan - 3/5/2014 2:00:27 PM He refused to endorse Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) during the primary, but once it was over, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) singled him out for congratulations. "Congratulations to every Republican who won the primary last night. Three, in particular, deserve special mention," Cruz wrote Wednesday on Facebook, before mentioning Attorney General Greg Abbott (a candidate for governor), Cornyn, and George P. Bush (candidate for land commissioner). "John is a friend, and a good man. He´s earned considerable respect in the Senate. We have not agreed on everything, but we have agreed on the vast majority of issues. Together, we´re a strong and effective Ohio elementary school studentsuspended for making gungesture with finger New York Daily News, by Irving DeJohn JoniTx- 3/5/2014 1:56:33 PM An Ohio boy was suspended by his school for giving a student the finger — his index finger. Nathan Entingh, 10, was suspended from Denvonishe Alternative Elementary School last week for three days because he made a gun gesture with his hand and said “bang” when he pointed it at a student’s head. “I was just playing around,” little Nathan told the Columbus Dispatch. “People play around like this a lot at my school.” The behavior rankled school officials, who said that they have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to gun-related jokes and actions. Baby´s first ballot! George P.Bush debuts son Prescott as heeasily wins GOP nomination forTexas land commissioner Daily Mail (UK), by Ashley Collman JoniTx- 3/5/2014 1:45:50 PM The Bush family doesn´t waste any time indoctrinating the next generation into the world of politics. George H.W. Bush´s baby great-grandson Prescott joined his father George P. Bush in the voting booth yesterday as daddy runs for Texas land commissioner. Baby Prescott was swept up by his mom Amanda just as dad went into the booth - but he still got an ´I Voted´ sticker. Bush easily won the Republican nomination for the position, and will face former El Paso Mayor John Cook in the general election in November. Either Bush or Cook will replace outgoing Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who
White House defends nuclear talkswith Iran despite illicit arms shipment Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 1:39:40 PM The White House on Wednesday criticized Iran for an illicit shipment of weapons headed to Gaza, calling it “unacceptable,” but insisted it would press ahead with nuclear talks. “These illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. Carney, though, said the administration would continue negotiations over Tehran´s nuclear program, but also standing up to Iran. "We continue to have enormous issues with Iran, its sponsor of terrorist organizations, its bad behavior in the region that manifests itself in many ways. And we continue to take all the necessary steps to address those Dems turn on Obama nominee;president loses big vote in Senate Washington Examiner, by Byron York - 3/5/2014 1:38:02 PM Senate Democrats killed the filibuster for nominations because they wanted to be able to confirm the president´s choices for top administration positions even if Republicans were united in opposition. From now on, Democrats ruled, nominations would be confirmed by a simple majority vote. With 55 Democrats in the Senate, and as few as 51 required for confirmation, the change virtually guaranteed success for the president´s nominees. But even a rule change was not enough to save the nomination of Debo Adegbile, the former NAACP Legal Defense Fund official who was the president´s choice to head the Justice Department´s Civil Rights Division. Lois Lerner attorney negotiatedover testifying, emails show CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan StormCnter- 3/5/2014 1:22:43 PM An attorney for former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner unsuccessfully tried to secure a deal in which she would testify privately before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Wall Street Journal reported, leading to confusion over whether she would speak publicly about her role in the agency´s targeting scandal. Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced on "Fox News Sunday" that Lerner would testify before his committee. Just a few minutes later, though, Lerner´s attorney told Politico she planned to continue to assert her Fifth Amendment rights and would not testify. According to the Journal, which reported on emails Putin nominated for Nobel Peace prize Reuters, by Staff KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 1:21:21 PM Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – but the conflict in Ukraine is also likely to be on the Nobel committee’s agenda. A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the 2014 prize, said the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s director, Geir Lundestad. Committee members who met on Tuesday added their own proposals with a focus on recent turmoil around the globe. “Part of the purpose of the committee’s first meeting is to take into account recent events, and committee members try to anticipate what could be the potential developments in political hotspots,”
Huh? Washington Post runs Russianpropaganda as world eyes Ukraine stand-off Daily Caller, by Betsy Rothstein StormCnter- 3/5/2014 1:16:59 PM The Washington Post on Wednesday ran a nice, big, paid section of Russian propaganda in its newspaper. Thanks Vladmir Putin! Weird timing, eh? It’s not like there’s a tense international standoff going on in Ukraine involving Russian troops. Several countries have threatened to impose sanctions on Russia, and the U.S. may pull out of the June G8 Summit in Sochi. President Obama warned on Feb. 28, “The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military invention in the Ukraine.” So does the Post senses any possible conflicts of interest here? Pope Francis leaves dooropen for same-sex unions USA Today, by John Bacon LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2014 1:06:39 PM Marriages can only be between a man and a woman, but the Roman Catholic Church could tolerate some types of same-sex civil unions, Pope Francis said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in an Italian newspaper. The interview with Corriere della Sera, translated by the Catholic News Service, suggested that Francis viewed the unions as a practical way to protect property rights and access to health care. "Matrimony is between a man and a woman," he said. But he added that efforts to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects." Israel halts ´weapons shipment from Iran´ BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 12:57:41 PM Israel says it has seized a ship carrying advanced Iranian weapons made in Syria that was heading towards Gaza. The Panamanian-flagged vessel was boarded by Israeli naval commandos in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. They found M-302 surface-to-surface missiles that were flown to Iran before being loaded onto the ship, it added. Hamas, the militant Palestinian Islamist movement that governs Gaza, strenuously denied any involvement. It accused Israel of concocting a story to "justify the blockade" of the coastal territory. Israel tightly controls its border with Gaza, restricting what is allowed Hillary Clinton ComparesPutin Actions to Hitler´s LittleHoodedMonk- 3/5/2014 12:52:11 PM Long Beach, Calif.- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has likened Russian President Vladimir Putin´s actions on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s. The Press-Telegram of Long Beach, Calif., says Clinton made the comments Tuesday during a fundraising luncheon for local Boys and Girls Clubs. Putin contends ethnic Russians in Ukraine need to be protected. Clinton said that´s what Hitler did when he contended that ethnic Germans outside Germany in places such as Czechoslovakia and Romania were not being treated right and needed to be protected.
U.S. mother-of-four dies from ultra-rarehuman version of Mad Cow Disease thatbegan as just a cough and vertigobut killed her in four months Daily Mail [UK], by Sam Webb Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 12:49:33 PM A mother-of-four from Maine has died from the incredibly-rare human form of Mad Cow Disease. Sandi Kennedy, who lived in the town of Kennebunk, first became ill with a cough and vertigo in November. Her health deteriorated rapidly and doctors struggled to find what was wrong with her, despite a barrage of tests for neurological conditions and cancer. By Christmas Eve, the 38-year-old nurse--mother to Tucker, nine, twin boys Asher and Gunner, five and a daughter, Skyler, two--was admitted to hospital with symptoms similar to that of a stroke patient. Last month she was diagnosed with CJD, a rare and Senate rejects Obama nominee whodefended convicted cop killer The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 12:47:00 PM The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general. Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama’s nomination of Adegbile, which the Fraternal Order of Police and other groups opposed because of his involvement in the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) then switched his vote from yes to no in a move that allows him to bring the nomination up again for a future vote. Every Republican also voted against the nomination, sending Obama charged with blocking IRSprobe, breaking promises to help Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 12:40:58 PM A House chairman probing the IRS scandal on Wednesday said that President Obama has reneged on a promise to have his aides cooperate with the investigation, forcing the Ways and Means Committee to conduct a dragnet for emails and documents needed to smoke out the truth. Rep. Dave Camp also revealed that federal agents conducting an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service´s bid to punish Tea Party and conservative critics of the president have yet to talk to a single target of the scandal. Camp, whose committee is one of several looking into the 2010-2013 scandal, put the blame for the Shooting photos up a woman’s skirtis legal in Mass., SJC rules Boston Globe, by Martin Finucane Ribicon- 3/5/2014 12:36:14 PM The state’s highest court says “upskirting,” the practice of secretly photographing under a woman’s skirt, is not prohibited by state law. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said today that the state law intended to prohibit “Peeping Tom” voyeurism of completely or partially undressed people did not apply to people who take pictures of people who are fully clothed. The ruling came in the case of a man who was charged with taking a photo under the dress of an undercover MBTA Transit Police officer on a trolley between the Park Street and Government Center stations. Rick Perry Polishes His Legacy Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 12:35:09 PM Austin Rick Perry is in a good mood, and it’s not just because it’s his 64th birthday. Tuesday is primary day in Texas, and for the first time in what seems like forever, his name’s not on the ballot. The office he’s made his own—with paintings of the Texas landscapes and framed photos of recent war heroes from Texas—for the last 13 years will belong to someone else next January. But Perry doesn’t sound wistful in the twilight of his term. “Knowing when to leave is a real gift,” he says. First elected lieutenant governor in 1998, Perry became governor on
Israel’s commercial planes to befitted with LASERS to combatshoulder-launched missile threat Daily Mail [UK], by Ben Endley Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 12:33:35 PM Passenger planes could soon be equipped with Star Wars-style lasers which would shoot down a terrorist´s missiles. Israel´s Ministry of Defence has announced that the SkyShield system developed by defence contractor Elbit Systems had successfully completed tests and has been certified for commercial use. SkyShield uses laser technology and a thermal camera to deflect incoming missiles--after a threat is detected it fires a laser to disrupt the missile´s navigation system, taking it off course and detonating a safe distance from the aircraft. It also operates completely automatically. The futuristic defence was first ordered in 2002 by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Head of online currency exchangefound dead in Singapore CNBC, by Javier E. David woofwoofwoof- 3/5/2014 12:30:36 PM Autumn Radtke, the CEO of an upstart bitcoin exchange, died last week under mysterious circumstances at her home in Singapore. Radtke, the U.S.-born head of First Meta, was found dead by local police on Feb. 28, with the cause of death yet to be determined. In a tatement on its website, First Meta said the company "was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke." In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the company´s director and nonexecutive chairman, Douglas Abrams, said the exact cause of Radtke´s demise was "still under investigation." 3rd-Graders Caught SmokingPot In Sonora School Bathroom CBS Local (San Francisco), by Staff KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 12:22:44 PM SONORA — Three third-grade students at a Sonora elementary school were busted for smoking pot in the school’s bathroom last week. Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old were caught by another student, who immediately informed school administrators. Those officials then alerted local police. The students were questioned by officers, and later released to their parents on February 27th. Sonora Elementary School Principal Chris Boyles would not speak with the station regarding the case, but Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that the students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s bathroom. He would not discuss how the students might be disciplined.. Is your smart TV spying on you?Ofcom warns internet-linkedsystems could be harvestingdata or filming you on the sofa Daily Mail [UK], by Alasdair Glennie Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 12:19:31 PM As you sit down in front of your hi-tech television, you may think you are the only one watching. But as you catch up on your favourite shows, your internet-enabled ´smart TV´ could be harvesting your personal data or even filming you through a camera, the Ofcom chairman warned yesterday. [Snip] A smart TV may well have a camera and a microphone in it. It is there in your living room. What is that smart TV doing? Do people realise that?´ As head of Ofcom, Dr Bowe is in charge of overseeing the regulation of most of the UK´s television IRS villain Lois Lerner risks ARREST afterpleading Fifth for a second time atIRS tea-party targeting hearing Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko JoniTx- 3/5/2014 12:10:37 PM Former IRS official Lois Lerner refused for a second time on Wednesday to testify about her role in a scheme to target conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status during President Barack Obama´s first term in office. Lerner risks arrest if she is found in contempt of Congress. The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee ruled on June 21, 2013 that Lerner, formerly in charge of the IRS´s Exempt Organizations office, waived her right to invoke the Fifth Amendment during a May 22 hearing when she insisted in a lengthy opening statement that she had done nothing wrong. Wednesday´s continuation
Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies at Wednesday’s oversight hearingThere are very few Warhol Formulations in life.This woman is wearing hers out.
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Flashback: Senator Obama pushed bill that helped destroy more than 15,000 TONS of ammunition,400,000 small arms and 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles in UkraineYou have to know where a man's beento know where he's going.
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Rep. Alan Grayson Accused of Shoving,Injuring Wife in Domestic Incident Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer mc squared- 3/5/2014 10:02:00 AM Democrat Representative Alan Grayson, Congressman from the Orlando area, has made a name for himself with his incendiary comments: he’s said on the House floor that Republicans want Americans to die quickly, he’s likened the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in fundraising emails, and he once called an adviser to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a “K Street Whore. All this pales in comparison to what we learned about him over the weekend. He is currently going through a divorce with his wife Lolita, to whom he’s been married for 24 years. They have 5 children together, two Obama calls for a more humbleAmerican foreign policy Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 10:01:27 AM President Obama promoted his vision of a more humble foreign policy during a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Speaking at the home of former Democratic Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb in McLean, Obama explained his thinking on the current uprisings around the world. Obama indicated he wanted the United States to help countries during times of crisis, but to do it in a way that was more nuanced than the past. "And part of what we have to navigate … is going to be our ability to help countries provide a voice for people who have previously been voiceless; Lerner pleads the Fifth — again The Hill [Washington, DC], by Peter Schroeder KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 9:55:29 AM Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS agency at the center of the Tea Party targeting controversy, refused to answer questions from congressional investigators on Wednesday for a second time. Appearing before the House Oversight Committee, Lerner rebutted Republicans by citing her Fifth Amendment rights. “On the advice of my counsel, I respectively exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer the question,” she said repeatedly in response to questions from Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Issa asked Lerner several questions about her leadership of the Exempt Organizations office, but each time she refused to provide a substantive response.
Ex-IRS official Lerner again invokes 5thAmendment, refuses to testify on scandal Fox News, by Staff - 3/5/2014 9:53:13 AM Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner has once again invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify, refusing to answer questions during a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. A former Internal Revenue Service official who refused to answer questions about the agency´s targeting scandal at a hearing last spring has arrived on Capitol Hill for another appearance before a House committee -- but it´s unclear whether she will answer questions this time, either. Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that improperly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied The OAS is AWOL on Venezuela American Magazine, by Roger F. Noriega eagleblurst- 3/5/2014 9:52:01 AM The Organization of American States (OAS) sits silent on Venezuela, even as political unrest, government violence against student demonstrators, and economic catastrophe threaten to tear that country apart. At long last, the regional body that years ago was sequestered by Venezuela’s petro-diplomacy has been bound and gagged. Report: Hillary Clinton SaysPutin Behaving Like Adolf Hitler NBC News, by Erin McClam Desert Fox- 3/5/2014 9:46:19 AM Hillary Rodham Clinton reportedly compared Russian President Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine to the behavior of Adolf Hitler. Clinton, the former secretary of state and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, made the remarks at a private fundraiser Tuesday night in Long Beach, Calif., according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram newspaper. “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” she said at an event for the Boys & Girls Clubs, according to the newspaper. “The ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being Putin Has Won on Ukraine: Is HeSavvy Enough to Seize Victory? National Journal, by Ron Fournier toledo- 3/5/2014 9:39:17 AM Vladimir Putin has won. Of the most likely outcomes in Ukraine, the one most perplexing to the United States and most damaging to President Obama´s legacy is the status quo. Putin could accept Obama´s diplomatic "off ramp:" shift his troops back to their Crimea bases, permit international monitors, and open relations with the interim government. He also could escalate, pushing troops into eastern Ukraine. But he has little incentive to either pull back or push forward, because the current state of affairs favors Putin in two ways. First, his troops are deployed throughout Crimea, a boon to his expansionist domestic politics and an
Putin Doesn´t Threaten OurNational Security, Obama Does American Thinker, by Don Feder magnante- 3/5/2014 9:36:03 AM Vladimir Putin isn’t the Easter Bunny. On the other hand, he isn’t Joseph Stalin. It takes a truly fevered imagination to see Russian forces in the Crimea as a prelude to Russian tanks rolling across Europe toward Berlin and Paris. Putin is a power player who cares more about Russia’s national interests, and Russian minorities in his near abroad, than in that mythical force known as world opinion. Would that America had a president who cared more about our interests than in promoting globalism and the left’s social agenda. The Crimea’s population is 60% ethnic Russian. For most of the past 800 Too busy for church on Ash Wednesday?New Yorkers can get ‘Ashes To Go´ New York Daily News, by Carol Kuruvilla NorthernDog- 3/5/2014 9:24:12 AM In a city that isn’t known for its religiosity, Presbyterian pastor Rev. Mieke Vandersall says she’s surprised every Ash Wednesday by how many New Yorkers stream through the subways and sidewalks with crosses on their foreheads. “It’s a little exposing,” Vandersall told The News about the old Christian tradition. “And a lot of people that want to get ashes are not church-going people.” It’s these folk — the people with no space for church in their lives but who still want to experience spiritual connections — that Vandersall and others like her want to bring back into the fold. A Democrats Put Hillary Clinton at Riskby Dismissing Benghazi Criticism National Journal, by Alex Seitz-Wald garnet- 3/5/2014 8:55:46 AM Democrats have adopted a dismissive, almost bemused posture when it comes to the conservative fixation with the 2012 attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, confident in the knowledge that the facts bear little resemblance to what they see as the right´s conspiracy theories. On one hand, they´re right. Countless congressional committee reports, administration probes, and journalistic investigations have cleared then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing, and found there was little else the Obama administration could have done once the attacks began. "Ghazi" has become shorthand for a partisan-driven scandal. But Democrats are in denial if they think Benghazi Why Hillary Will Flop American Thinker, by Bruce Walker magnante- 3/5/2014 8:49:37 AM Beltway folk hold silly notions. Hillary is deemed formidable, and Republicans should hope she does not win the Democrat nomination in 2016. I disagree. Hillary is a weak candidate for president, and if she is nominated, she will lose the general election. Consider four aspects of a Hillary candidacy in the general election: (1) foreign policy, (2) domestic policy, (3) candidate appeal. The sole executive experience of Hillary in her life has been as Obama’s secretary of state. During those years, she did nothing but leave a dreadful legacy for America
Going viral: Runners stopto thank WWII veteran KTRK [Houston, TX], by Staff - 3/5/2014 8:45:57 AM A great story captured on video is going viral on YouTube. WWII vet Joe Bell stood in his front yard Sunday and cheered on runners in San Jose, California. Dressed in uniform, the 95-year old clapped -- and they clapped back. Eventually, the racers ran onto the sidewalk to shake his hand and thank him for his service. Bell is well-known in the community and video of the touching moment has gone viral. The race benefits the foundation for fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who is a San Jose native. Four questions Lois Lerner mustanswer about IRS scandal Fox News, by Jay Sekulow garnet- 3/5/2014 8:36:28 AM On Wednesday Lois Lerner will be recalled to testify before Congress regarding her involvement in the ongoing IRS Tea Party targeting scandal. It’s time for her to answer questions. It’s past time. Lerner, the former director of exempt organizations at the IRS, is perhaps the key figure in the IRS scandal. Not only did she hold a crucial position, she was the official picked to apologize to the nation on May 10, 2013, for the IRS’s improper handling of Tea Part tax exemption applications. Her first time before Congress – just days after her admission and apology - Lois Lerner asserted her Fifth Code Chaos Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes Framer- 3/5/2014 8:33:21 AM Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley? Chances are slim. But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it. On that date, the United States is scheduled to implement a new system for recording injuries, medical diagnoses, and Spike Lee and othersentimental segregationists New York Daily News, by Harry Siegel garnet- 3/5/2014 8:28:53 AM I’ve been in Brooklyn so long, I remember when Spike Lee lived here. When I was in Fort Greene in the late ’90s, living in the predominantly Caribbean Long Island University dorms, our basketball team landed Richie Parker, a fantastic player who came to LIU after he pled guilty to a sexual assault charge and bigger programs dropped him. Parker was explosive, the Blackbirds made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 13 years — and Lee suddenly became a regular at the gym, where he’d stay just long enough to be seen. That was midway through the first wave of
Tune out the War Party! Human Events, by Patrick J. Buchanan jackson- 3/5/2014 8:22:13 AM With Vladimir Putin’s dispatch of Russian troops into Crimea, our war hawks are breathing fire. Russophobia is rampant and the op-ed pages are ablaze here. Barack Obama should tune them out, and reflect on how Cold War presidents dealt with far graver clashes with Moscow. When Red Army tank divisions crushed the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956, killing 50,000, Eisenhower did not lift a finger. When Khrushchev built the Berlin Wall, JFK went to Berlin and gave a speech.When Warsaw Pact troops crushed the Prague Spring in 1968, LBJ did nothing. When, Moscow ordered Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski to smash Solidarity, How to invite war? Equivocation Washington Times, by Editorial garnet- 3/5/2014 8:22:13 AM President Obama, like Jimmy Carter before him, is finally getting a late education in how the world works. It’s not how he wants it to be. The world is a dangerous place, where history and greed trump good intentions. Words are cheap. Red lines and vague warnings to bad actors mean little to men who scheme for power, strategic advantage and territory. Vladimir Putin, communist or not, is one tough Russian. He wants to maximize his nation’s prestige, power and interests and appears to be doing well at it. Barack Obama and his feckless secretary of state were all that was standing in Fired Up Gov. Cuomo Vows To ´Save CharterSchools´ At Massive Capitol Rally New York Daily News, by Ken Lovett FlyRight- 3/5/2014 8:13:41 AM A fired up Gov. Cuomo vowed Tuesday afternoon to “save charter schools.”We are here to tell you we stand with you. You are not alone,” said Cuomo, speaking at a massive pro-charter school rally that attracted thousands of parents, teachers, and kids from across the state who braved frigid 20-degree temperatures to fill the park in front of the Capitol in Albany. “Our point today is that parents deserve a choice,” Cuomo said. “I am committed to ensuring charter schools have the financial capacity, the physical space, and the government support to thrive and grow.” Cuomo made the comments around the same EU to provide Ukraine with $15 billionaid package in loans and grants Associated Press, by Staff - 3/5/2014 7:51:16 AM BRUSSELS – The head of the European Union´s executive arm says the bloc is ready to provide Ukraine a $15 billion aid package in loans and grants over the coming years. Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday it will include 1.6 billion euros in loans and 1.4 billion euros in grants from the EU as well as 3 billion euros in fresh credit from the European Investment Bank. Barroso didn´t immediately provide details over what time the money will be disbursed and which conditions on overhauling its economy the government in Kiev will have to meet. George P. Bush BeginsPolitical Career With Win Associated Press, by WILL WEISSERT and JAMIE STENGLE toledo- 3/5/2014 7:50:50 AM FORT WORTH, Texas — George P. Bush took the first step toward continuing his family´s political dynasty Tuesday, shaking off an under-funded primary challenger and securing the Republican nomination for the little-known but powerful post of Texas land commissioner. The 37-year-old Fort Worth attorney is the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, nephew of former President and Texas Gov. George W. Bush, and son of ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is frequently mentioned as a possible GOP White House hopeful in 2016. He´s also a Spanish speaker whose mother Columba was born in Mexico and who Republican leaders statewide long have
Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin is not´unhinged´, White House says Telegraph (UK), by Raf Sanchez toledo- 3/5/2014 7:40:27 AM President Barack Obama does not see Vladimir Putin as "unhinged" and believes the Russian leader can be coaxed into a deal to withdraw troops and end the Ukrainian crisis, the White House said last night. Hours after Mr Putin made a combative appearance in Moscow where he denied Russian troops were in Crimea but left open the possibility of war with Ukraine, the US said it still believed it was possible to reach a compromise with the Russian president. "We may be able to deescalate over the next several days and weeks, but it’s a serious situation and we’re spending a lot Former Penn State quarterbackand assistant coach Mike McQuearywas sexually abused: report New York Daily News, by Christian Red toledo- 3/5/2014 7:38:19 AM Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and Nittany Lions assistant football coach who was a key prosecution witness in Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial, confided to players that he was a victim of sexual abuse, according to a new ESPN The Magazine report. According to the report, it was during a meeting with PSU football receivers and tight ends on Nov. 7, 2011 — three days after prosecutors released a damning grand jury presentment outlining Sandusky’s sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period — that the then-Nittany Lions receivers coach, McQueary, told the players that he too had been A Standoff of Lawyers VeilsMadoff’s Ties to JPMorgan Chase New York Times, by BEN PROTESS and JESSICA SILVER-GREEN toledo- 3/5/2014 7:35:26 AM It remains one of Wall Street’s most puzzling mysteries: What exactly did JPMorgan Chase bankers know about Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme? A newly obtained government document explains why — five years after Mr. Madoff’s arrest spotlighted his ties to JPMorgan and later led the bank to reach a $2 billion settlement with federal authorities — the picture is still so clouded. The document, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveals a behind-the-scenes dispute that tested the limits of JPMorgan’s legal rights and raised alarming yet unsubstantiated accusations of perjury at the bank. More broadly, the document highlights the legal New Zealand boy arrives in Boston to
see Celtics play before going blind
WCVB [Boston], by Staff - 3/5/2014 7:34:24 AM BOSTON —A 12-year-old New Zealand boy who captured the world’s attention with his “bucket list” of things to see before a degenerative eye disease leaves him blind has arrived in Boston to see his favorite team, the Celtics, play a game. "It´ll be quite a new experience," Louis Corbett said shortly after landing at Logan International Airport Monday night. "It´s quite a big experience. It´ll just be fun seeing the game." Corbett will lose his eyesight in only a few years, but his family is taking him on the journey of a lifetime to fill his visual bank with images of Hillary Clinton’s baggage is piling up New York Daily News, by S.E. Cupp Original Article Posted By: FlyRight- 3/5/2014 7:22:22 AM Post Reply Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ most formidable potential nominee for President, has a number of problems going into 2016, if she decides to run. There will be the standard “Clinton baggage,” which most millennials don’t care about — they have their own, much cooler scandals to obsess over — and upon which most baby boomers have already wrought their judgments.There are complex domestic issues that she’ll have to address — does she think Obamacare is the best way to solve health insurance inadequacies? And does she think President Obama’s policies have effectively addressed income inequality and unemployment? Can Reuniting Israel End the Violence? FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield Original Article Posted By: Judy W.- 3/5/2014 7:15:19 AM Post Reply No word is more seductive to politicians than “solution.” (Snip) Glick’s The Israeli Solution is a realistic solution because it does not promise to create a new Middle East, assure us that terrorists will become statesmen or breezily offer an end to a hatred that has existed for over a thousand years. There are no impossible promises of an end to war and a utopian state of peace; instead she offers the real solution of managing the conflict by taking responsibility for the territory and people instead of abandoning it and them to Arafat or Abbas and hoping that the Liberals Have Got
What They Asked For
American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill Original Article Posted By: magnante- 3/5/2014 7:13:53 AM Post Reply If you want to know why everything is going wrong for Obama and the Democrats, from Obamacare to Ukraine, the answer is simple. Liberals got everything they asked for, from stimulus to “reset.” I know: Crimea River. (snip)Take Obama. Liberals got exactly what they wanted: America´s First Black President. But they also got an Affirmative Action president who didn´t have the wisdom or the authority to change the battle plan once he got into power. It mattered that Obama went full-ahead on the Democrats´ agenda for Obamacare, “stimulus,” green energy after the worst financial crisis in living memory. The economy needed
Sessions´ victory against Tea Party challenger The Hill [DC], by Cameron Joseph StormCnter- 3/5/2014 5:27:36 AM Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) has won his primary, beating back a Tea Party-backed challenger. Sessions led local Tea Party leader Katrina Pierson by 69 percent to 31 percent with early votes counted when the Associated Press called the race. The House Rules Committee chairman and former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman came prepared for the primary, raising and spending nearly $1.5 million for the race. Pierson showed some early signs that she might be competitive. She won the backing of FreedomWorks and Tea Party Express as well as from Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) father, Rafael Cruz, and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin. But she Somewhat conservative´ voters arethe real driving force in the GOP Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery StormCnter- 3/5/2014 5:15:14 AM First one month, then two days before the presidential election of 2012, Henry Olsen, (then of the American Enterprise Institute and now with the Ethics and Public Policy Center) wrote two different articles explaining how and why Mitt Romney would lose, because he was not making emotional contact with blue collar white voters -- a prediction validated by the exit polls, which revealed Romney had carried the voters on the issues of values and leadership, and failed when he flunked the most critical metric of "cares about people like you." When Olsen talks, people should listen, most of all to his Obama’s Latest Photo OpShows Why The Global CommunityDoesn’t Take Him Seriously Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican MissMolly- 3/5/2014 5:10:57 AM We are embroiled in a global conflict, and the supposed “leader of the free world” is taking photo ops at a grade school, making statements about the invasion of Ukraine on a kids’ rug. Meanwhile, Putin incredibly denied that any Russian troops are in Ukraine, and somehow President Barack ‘I-call-the-Russian-invasion-an-uncontested-arrival’ Obama actually thought it was a good idea to set up a lectern on a grade school alphabet mat when the entire world is seeing the consequences of his weakness. This was the guy known for dramatic stagecraft and brilliant political framing, and this is what we get? Just amazing.
Goodbye guacamole? Chipotle threatens to taketopping off the menu because of climate change Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman - 3/5/2014 5:06:36 AM At Chipotle, guacamole costs extra - but it soon may not be available at all thanks to climate change. The Denver, Colorado-based chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants threatened to take the condiment off the menu because of the rising price of avocados. While the avocado crop is currently fine, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are predicting drier temperatures will lead to a 40 per cent drop in California´s avocado crop over the next 32 years. Most modern scientists agree that there is a direct correlation between the increase of droughts and global warming, according to Think Progress. ‘Gov. Moonbeam’ finds his center Washington Post, by Kathleen Parker MissMolly- 3/5/2014 5:05:08 AM In matters cultural, California has always been the United States’ petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country. Today there is reason to hope that other trends collecting on our far-left coast (geographically speaking) might infect the nation, especially in matters of governance and fiscal responsibility. Jerry Brown, about to begin a run for his fourth term as governor, has shed the “Governor Moonbeam” moniker that he has worn like an itchy suit for nearly 40 years, compliments of famed Chicago columnist Mike Royko (RIP, 1997). Even Royko later regretted the nickname and tried to retract Obama’s bad slam New York Daily News, by Editorial Pluperfect- 3/5/2014 5:00:24 AM President Obama is pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make peace right quick — with an implicit threat that otherwise the Jewish state will lose legitimacy. That’s profoundly wrong. In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View, Obama asserted that “if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous, sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.” Those words give pernicious credibility to a corrosive movement that sees Israel as the root of all evil in the Middle East. Bibi’s red line New York Post, by Editorial Pluperfect- 3/5/2014 4:57:40 AM In a speech following his meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu described an Israeli Army hospital set up to treat Syrian refugees, who arrive bleeding and often near death: “On my visit I met two such Syrians, a shell-shocked father and his badly wounded 5-year-old boy. A few days earlier, the man’s wife and baby daughter were blown to bits by Iranian bombs dropped by Assad’s air force. Now the grieving father was holding his little boy in his arms, and Israeli doctors were struggling to save the boy’s life .?.?. “Those Syrians discovered what you’ve always known to
Putin’s Crimea Adventure Hasthe Russian Economy in Freefall PJ Media, by Kim Zigfeld Pluperfect- 3/5/2014 4:55:17 AM Before Western leaders could even finalize their plans for economic sanctions on Russia in response to its shocking, unprovoked aggression in Ukraine, the Russian economy had already entered freefall. Putin’s crude blunder in Crimea is the worst Russian foreign policy mistake of the Putin era, and his country may never recover from it. As trading opened on the Russian stock market Monday morning, stocks entered freefall, shedding over ten percent of their value. The Russian currency, the ruble, went right down with the market, striking a new low against the U.S. dollar. And the losses by the ruble were actually vastly understated. In The IRS Outrage American Spectator, by Robert Stacy McCain StormCnter- 3/5/2014 4:48:48 AM What did Tom Perez know and when did he know it? That’s one of the questions congressional investigators were asking as they probed what increasingly looked like a whitewash of the Internal Revenue Service scandal. Perez, now secretary of labor, was formerly head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where his key aide Barbara K. Bosserman was chosen to head up the DOJ’s investigation of the IRS. Many Republicans suspect the investigation is aimed not at finding the truth about abuses at the tax agency, but rather at sweeping any wrongdoing—including the deliberate targeting of Tea Party groups—under Dynasty on the Hill Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren StormCnter- 3/5/2014 4:44:14 AM In Washington, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose—it’s how long you play the game. Witness the reaction last week to the announcement that Michigan congressman John Dingell would make this, his 29th term in the House of Representatives, his last. The 87-year-old Detroit-area Democrat has been a member of Congress since the 1950s, serving alongside 11 presidents, 10 House speakers, and nearly 2,500 different representatives. “I’m not going to be carried out feet first,” Dingell said about his retirement, but you get the sense some in Washington wish he would stay until the bitter end. Norm Ornstein wrote Chipotle Warns It Might Stop ServingGuacamole If Global Warming Gets Worse Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft Pluperfect- 3/5/2014 4:39:15 AM Chipotle, Inc., is warning it might stop serving guacamole at its restaurants if global warming climate change gets much worse. Think Progress reported: It’s your choice, America. Fix the climate, or the guac gets it. Chipotle Inc. is warning investors that extreme weather events “associated with global climate change” might eventually affect the availability of some of its ingredients. If availability is limited, prices will rise — and Chipotle isn’t sure it’s willing to pay. “Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability
Putin´s Press Conference ProvedMerkel Right: He´s Lost His Mind New Republic, by Julia Joffe Pluperfect- 3/5/2014 4:35:52 AM In Sunday´s New York Times, Peter Baker reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had tried talking some sense into Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader has an affinity for the Germans and Merkel especially: He served in the KGB in East Germany, where Merkel grew up. And yet, nothing: Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told Mr. Obama by telephone on Sunday that after speaking with Mr. Putin she was not sure he was in touch with reality, people briefed on the call said. “In another world,” she said. If you weren´t sure of the veracity of that little reportorial nugget, all Flashback: Senator Obama pushed bill thathelped destroy more than 15,000 TONSof ammunition, 400,000 small arms and1,000 anti-aircraft missiles in Ukraine Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 4:34:21 AM As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition--weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea. In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site. The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to Congressional Democrats FaceUphill Battle in Midterms National Journal, by Charlie Cook Pluperfect- 3/5/2014 4:32:04 AM At this point, eight months before the Nov. 4 election, it’s hard to see a lot of good news for congressional Democrats. No matter how you look at it, the House seems out of reach. Today, Republicans appear a bit more likely to gain than to lose seats; it would take a cataclysmic event for Democrats to score the net gain of the 17 seats they need to take the majority. What’s changed is that Democrats’ chances of holding onto their majority in the Senate is looking increasingly tenuous. There are now at least 10, and potentially as many as 13, Democratic-held Pro-Obama Group Fires FundraiserWho Diverted Felon´s $100K Gift NBC News, by Michael Isikoff StormCnter- 3/5/2014 4:29:54 AM A White House-backed advocacy group has fired one of its fundraisers and returned a $100,000 check she collected from a New Jersey doctor who is seeking a presidential pardon for Medicare fraud, officials of the group told NBC News. Organizing for Action, or OFA, a political nonprofit set up last year to promote the president’s policies, confirmed that it dismissed consultant Samantha Maltzman this week after receiving inquiries from NBC News about a contribution she had brought in from Dr. Joseph Piacentile, who was convicted in 1991 for Medicare fraud and tax evasion. According to emails obtained by NBC News, Maltzman had
Longtime US Rep. RalphHall, 90, Faces Runoff Associated Press, by Chris Tomlinson StormCnter- 3/5/2014 4:25:16 AM A conservative former U.S. attorney forced the oldest member of the U.S. House into a runoff election Tuesday night for the Republican nomination. Ralph Hall, seeking an 18th and final term in his Texas congressional seat, did not win 50 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in Texas´ 4th Congressional District, which stretches from Rockwall north and east toward Sherman and Texarkana. He´ll face challenger John Ratcliffe in a May 27 runoff. The 90-year-old Hall is a World War II veteran who has served in Congress since 1980, and he had declared that this year´s re-election campaign would Putin plays Nazi card tomarginalize Ukraine’s revolution Fox News, by Jamie Dettmer StormCnter- 3/5/2014 4:23:02 AM In the propaganda war raging over Ukraine’s revolution, Russia is playing up claims of neo-Nazi involvement in the protests that toppled Viktor Yanukovych, alleging the far right is on the rise in the former Soviet republic and was crucial in the Ukrainian president’s downfall. The allegations have stirred up memories of the ugly complicity of some Ukrainians’ with German pogroms of Jews in World War II in which hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian Jews died. Russian propagandists -- including President Vladimir Putin -- point to roles of the ultra-nationalist political party Svoboda and neo-Nazi faction the Right Sector in the revolution Discrimination and My Brother’s Keeper National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg StormCnter- 3/5/2014 4:17:18 AM President Obama announced last week a new race-based initiative, My Brother’s Keeper. According to the White House, the program will coordinate government agencies and private foundations to help young men and boys of color. “Of color” basically means blacks and Latinos. In fact, it’s pretty obvious the program is aimed at young black men. This fact has invited some conservative criticism. The Weekly Standard’s Terry Eastland notes that the program is likely unconstitutional. Doling out benefits explicitly based on race is generally a no-no, according to the Supreme Court. Even more frowned on: discrimination against women. The program will categorically exclude women and Cornyn crushes Stockman in Texas primary Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham StormCnter- 3/5/2014 4:15:00 AM A strange one, this. Rep. Steve Stockman said (sometimes ghost-tweeted) fiery things, but never really bothered to run a campaign, as far as anyone was able to tell: Texas Sen. John Cornyn easily won his Republican Senate primary Tuesday, crushing firebrand challenger Rep. Steve Stockman on a Tuesday that was shaping up to be good for the GOP establishment. As the kick-off of the 2014 primary season, the Texas races have not shaped up into the test of the GOP establishment that some activists hoped for, partly because of the weakness of the tea party challengers. The first truly competitive Senate primaries Boehner: Obama Introduces ´HisMost Irresponsible Budget Yet Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones - 3/5/2014 3:30:18 AM "After years of fiscal and economic mismanagement, the president has offered perhaps his most irresponsible budget yet," House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday, after President Obama released his $3.9 trillion election-year budget. The fiscal year 2015 spending proposal raises taxes on the wealthy and spends more on preschool, infrastructure, and job training, the Associated Press reported. But as Boehner indicated, Republicans won´t accept it. "American families looking for jobs and opportunity will find only more government in this plan," Boehner said. "Spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much, it would hurt our economy and cost jobs.
John Cornyn bests seven challengers Associated Press, by Will Weissert - 3/5/2014 3:23:44 AM AUSTIN — Incumbent John Cornyn trounced his renegade primary challenger from the right, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, and easily captured the U.S. Senate Republican nomination Tuesday — making his road to re-election far easier even as some tea party activists continue to insist he’s too moderate. Dallas dental mogul David Alameel and frequent candidate Kesha Rogers have advanced to a runoff to decide the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. They were the top-two vote-getters in Tuesday’s five-candidate field for a post held by Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, but neither won a majority. The Senate’s No. 2 Republican as minority whip, Cornyn Obama budget´s military cuts couldbe rude awakening for veterans CBS News, by Mark Strassmann - 3/5/2014 3:09:30 AM PINEHURST, N.C. - President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget for next year. It includes tax increases on the wealthy and spending on things like roads and job training. Little of it will pass the Republican House. The budget would also shrink the armed forces. This could mean tens of thousands of service members will join the civilian workforce. Jim Reed retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2011. After 27 years and nine combat deployments, he went looking for a job as a civilian. Reed says he thought he was well-positioned. "I´m a nurse Escargot could follow thedodo, scientists warn Agence France Presse, by Staff - 3/5/2014 3:04:03 AM Snails, one of France´s signature dishes, could be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from Southeast Asia, scientists warned on Tuesday. The warning is being sounded over a voracious species called the New Guinea flatworm. It is already on a list of the 100 most dangerous invasive species in the world as it has a relentless appetite for native snails and earthworms in places where it has been introduced. Workers at a botanical gardens in Caen, Normandy, called in scientific help after they spotted a strange, dark, flat-as-a-pancake worm among their
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Man who championed right-to-work,conservative causes now runningfor Congress Ypsilanti Courier [MI], by Krystal Elliott Up2Here- 3/5/2014 12:12:11 AM YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP — With long-standing U.S. Rep. John Dingell on his way out of Michigan’s 12th Congressional District after 58 years, several candidates are throwing their name in the ring to be his successor. The most recent to announce his bid is Ford auto worker and UAW member Terry Bowman, a resident of Ypsilanti Township. He is seeking the Republican nomination for Dingell’s seat. “Basically in the 12th District I see that it’s time for change,” Bowman said. “For a long, long time the people that I work with each and every day on the plant floor, and the people that I Great Lakes tops 90% ice cover,zeroes in on record Detroit Free Press, by Keith Matheny Up2Here- 3/4/2014 11:45:52 PM The Great Lakes are now more than 90.5% ice-covered — not just a Great Lake; all of them. That´s the most ice cover in 34 years. In 1979, there was 94.7% ice cover, the largest ever recorded by scientists. "This year we will pass that, because in the next few days it will be another 5%, easy," said Jia Wang, a research ice climatologist for the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. A science degree isn´t required to understand what´s driving this: bitterly cold air. Hercules student recantsbathroom sex attack story San Francisco Chronicle, by Kurtis Alexander and Henry K. Lee Ribicon- 3/4/2014 11:35:51 PM A 15-year-old transgender teen admitted to police Tuesday that he made up a story about being sexually assaulted a day earlier in the boys bathroom at Hercules Middle High School, authorities said. The boy acknowledged making the false report - which raised alarm at the school and around the Bay Area - after investigators told him that the evidence gathered in the case didn´t corroborate his story, said Hercules police Detective Connie Van Putten. (Snip) Police have closed what they initially considered a hate-crime investigation and are considering whether the teenager will face criminal charges for filing a false police
Despite CIAA deal,CRVA says it can stillentice conventions Charlotte Observer, by Steve Harrison Muncsdad- 3/4/2014 11:08:05 PM Despite an increase of at least $400,000 in incentive payments to keep the CIAA basketball tournament, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said it’s confident it will still have enough money to attract other conventions and events. The CIAA and the CRVA announced Monday that Charlotte would be home to its annual basketball tournament through 2020 and that the CIAA would move its headquarters from Hampton, Va., to the Queen City. The CRVA’s current deal with the CIAA calls for Charlotte to provide the CIAA with $1 million annually along with use of the Convention Center rent-free. Chicago deep freeze: cold, colder, coldest Christian Science Monitor, by Mark Guarino NorthernDog- 3/4/2014 10:55:30 PM CHICAGO - Chicago broke a history record, although people there aren’t rounding a victory lap. Winter temperatures in the city reached zero degrees F. or below the most number of days since recordkeeping began. “It’s not just perception that it’s felt particularly brutal this year. The numbers say it,” National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Castro told the Chicago Tribune Tuesday. The unusually brittle winter brought subzero temperatures to Chicago early, starting in November, where they continued periodically through this week, when temperatures fell to minus-3 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, totaling 26 days when temperatures hit zero or lower. To George P. Bush wins statewide race Politico, by Katie Glueck - 3/4/2014 10:47:35 PM Another George Bush scored a statewide victory in Texas on Tuesday, a win that could pave the way for a much bigger career. George P. Bush — the nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — was running for land commissioner in the Lone Star State and easily defeated little-known Republican primary opponent David Watts, a businessman from East Texas.The Associated Press called the race for Bush about an hour after polls closed. He is likely to win the general election in the deep-red state in November. The 37-year-old Dallas lawyer, whose mother, Columba Obama: Democrats get´sleepy´ in midterm years Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 10:25:44 PM President Obama on Tuesday warned Democratic donors that the party could not repeat the mistakes of the 2010 midterms, and must focus on turning out voters in November. "Democrats are really good at presidential elections these days, if I do say so myself,” said Obama at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in McLean, Va. “But there´s something about midterms." "We get a little sleepy,” he continued. “We don´t turn out the vote. That has to change." Obama spoke at the home of former Democratic Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb and his wife Lynda Robb, where he was joined
Obama tells Putin stop“meddling” in Ukraine andwithdraw troops from Crimea WashingtonTimes, by Dave Boyer Dreadnought- 3/4/2014 10:21:49 PM President Obama urged Russia on Tuesday to stop “meddling” in Ukraine and withdraw its troops from Crimea, but a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin said sanctions threatened by the West won’t prevent him from defending his country’s interests with its troubled neighbor. As the crisis persisted, Mr. Obama overshadowed his own budget rollout to accuse Mr. Putin of concocting a pretext to invade the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who met with top Ukrainian officials on a visit to Kiev, insisted that Russia is violating international law. “President Putin seems to have a different Atheists Demand Cross Found in 9/11Rubble be Removed from Ground Zero Townhall, by Sarah Jean Seman KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 10:19:44 PM Construction worker Frank Selicchia combed the wreckage of the Twin Towers two days after Sept. 11 for survivors—instead, he uncovered a cross-shaped steel beam. The cross was then placed in a prominent location where many of the recovery efforts were centered, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told the History Channel, Catholic Mass along with other religious services would often take place there: It became like rallying cry or a focal point for many people. I there’s all these issues about religion, but this is beyond religion. This was a significant part in the days after September 11 that kept a Obama sends $3.9 trillion budgetplan for fiscal 2015 to Congress Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb Dreadnought- 3/4/2014 10:18:01 PM President Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget blueprint Tuesday that seeks fresh spending to boost economic growth but also aims to tame the national debt by raising taxes on the rich, squeezing payments to health-care providers and overhauling immigration laws. Congressional Republicans immediately rejected the request for fiscal 2015, saying that the proposal would bust limits on agency spending that the White House endorsed in December. But the blueprint, the fifth of Obama’s presidency, was not designed primarily to influence the latest round of Capitol Hill budget talks. Instead, it charts a course for Obama’s final years in office, Europe divided over Russia asNATO meets on Ukraine crisis Washington Post, by Anthony Faiola Dreadnought- 3/4/2014 10:15:19 PM BERLIN —NATO members held emergency talks about the crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday and pledged their “solidarity,” but there were signs of division in Europe over how to respond to Russia’s intervention in Crimea. Among the biggest obstacles to consensus: Fears dating to the Cold War are running up against the economic clout of the new Russia. In the former Eastern bloc, political leaders and the populace are seeing the ghost of the Cold War. A nervous Poland, where Lech Walesa stared down the Soviet Union in the 1980s, called Tuesday’s snap meeting of NATO members by invoking a rarely
Republicans Need a Champion in 2016 Politico, by Larry J. Sabato KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 10:15:02 PM We are already at the point in this prematurely unfolding 2016 presidential campaign when a glance down the list of prospective candidates can cause most observers to wince. As that seductive and sultry crooner Peggy Lee once sang, “Is that all there is?” Most Popular Top Stories, Videos & Photos Why Russia no longer fears the West Hillary Clinton´s Ukraine â€“ and 2016 â€“ problem The steel in Barack Obama´s spine Keystone XL protest in Washington America´s 25 most awkward alliesAt the U.Va. Crystal Ball, we currently have 11 Republicans and nine Democrats as probable or possible presidential contenders. The Democrats have fewer and more tentative contenders Moody’s Downgrades Chicago’s Credit Rating,Lowest Of Any Major City Except Detroit Associated Press, by Staff KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 10:11:29 PM CHICAGO — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating, citing the city’s unfunded pension liabilities. The agency announced Tuesday it’s lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status. Moody’s gave Chicago a negative outlook indicating another downgrade could occur if there’s no pension fix. Moody’s says the rating “reflects the city’s massive and growing unfunded pension liabilities.” Moody’s says those liabilities “threaten the city’s fiscal solvency” unless major revenue and other budgetary adjustments are adopted soon and are sustained for years to come. The lower rating means Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis cruiseto primary wins in Texas gubernatorial race Fox News*, by Staff JoniTx- 3/4/2014 9:56:18 PM Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state senator Wendy Davis cruised to victories in their respective gubernatorial primaries Tuesday and will square off in November to replace departing Gov. Rick Perry. Abbott defeated political unknowns Lisa Fritsch, Miriam Martinez and Larry Kilgore in the Republican primary. The win had been considered a foregone conclusion since Abbott announced his bid to replace Perry, who isn´t seeking re-election after 14 years. Abbott, 56, has been attorney general since 2003 and is a former Texas Supreme Court justice. His ambitions to succeed Perry were no secret, as he spent years stockpiling more than $20 million Rutgers faculty urge school todrop Condoleezza Rice as speaker Daily Caller, by Scott Greer KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 9:55:30 PM The Rutgers University faculty council has passed a resolution calling for the school to rescind Condoleezza Rice’s invitation to speak at commencement. The former secretary of state drew the ire of the school’s professors for her “prominent role in [the Bush] administration’s efforts to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the existence of links between al Qaeda and the Iraqi regime.” Her efforts in the administration, according to the resolution,”led to the second Iraq war, which caused the death of over 100,000 men, women and children, and the displacement of millions of others.”
Activists Happy After Former BlackPanther Freed From Jail WJZ CBS 13 (Baltimore Md), by Meghan McCorkell JoniTx- 3/4/2014 9:50:25 PM BALTIMORE— After being behind bars for more than 40 years, a man convicted of killing a police officer is a free man. Marshall “Eddie” Conway—a former member of the Black Panther party—was released from prison Tuesday. Civil rights activists say it’s a big win but others are upset that he’s walking free. Conway was convicted of killing a Baltimore City police officer in 1970 but civil rights activists say he didn’t get a fair trial. For the first time in more than 40 years, Marshall “Eddie” Conway walks free. “It just shows you that things can come right after a NY Times WH Correspondent to Hewitt:Putin Just Doesn’t Respect Obama Mediaite, by Josh Feldman KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 9:43:08 PM New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker joined Hugh Hewitt on his radio show Tuesday to take on the latest from Ukraine, and Baker told Hewitt that it doesn’t appear that Russian President Vladimir Putin has holds that much respect for President Obama. Baker rattled off the differences between the current conflict and what happened six years ago in Georgia, saying that thie time around Putin “knows what the West is going to do, and he’s decided it’s a price he’s willing to pay.” And this time around, he said, the White House has made sanctions “the weapon of choice.” Hewitt
John Boehner on Amnesty:´I Want to Get It Done´ Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee - 3/4/2014 9:37:15 PM House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he wants to get amnesty legislation done this year even as he insisted that the immigration reform he and President Barack Obama discussed in their White House meeting was not "amnesty." Boehner recently said that he and Obama agreed the most on immigration during their recent one-on-one meeting and both want legislation this year, which amnesty advocates believe may be the last chance to pass significant immigration reform. Obama said he would not sign a bill that does not have a pathway to citizenship in it or that creates two classes of people Ted Cruz Slams Obama for Nominating CopKiller’s Advocate to DOJ Leadership Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 9:32:20 PM WASHINGTON, D.C.--President Obama recently nominated Debo Adegbile to be head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Texas Senator Ted Cruz today spoke out against the nomination and criticized Adegbile, who previously held a leadership position at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). During his time with the black activist group, Adegbile volunteered to defend Mumia Abu-Jamal, the criminal who murdered Philadelphia cop Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Thanks to Adegbile and his colleagues, Abu-Jamal ultimately avoided the death penalty. Despite heavy scrutiny, LDF attorneys said it was a great "honor" to represent the convicted cop killer. On the Senate Getting to Classical Gas PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 3/4/2014 9:30:58 PM The crisis in the Ukraine, though it has abated for now, has made policymakers rediscover the power of energy production, which has a direct bearing on American strategic strength and leverage on Russia. The more energy America produces, the stronger it is. And the less it has to rely on pure military power. (Snip) Obama up until just now was slamming the brakes on fracking. Now a comes a proposal to fight Russia with natural gas. This unfortunately means more fracking — a political nonstarter in the Obama administration. Deprived of such levers, they preferred to rely on “smart diplomacy”
Obama Administration’s PlanIs to Not Take Putin Seriously KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 9:24:56 PM President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry still believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is the dog who caught the car. During simultaneous press conferences late Tuesday morning, both men sought to undermine the current image of Putin as a devious strategist who has outsmarted world powers to take control of the Crimean peninsula and threaten Ukraine. The Obama administration’s position is instead to treat Putin as a reckless hothead, one unnerved into action by mass democratic protests on his border rather than fired by global ambitions, and who’s impulsively pushed his country into a conflict that will quickly Obama Pauses Fundraising to Scold Putin PJ Media, by Bryan Preston KarenJ1- 3/4/2014 9:05:29 PM Captioning what may turn out to be the photo of the year is already underway. It’s from President Obama’s comments regarding Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The White House advance team thought it was a good idea to put the President of the United States on a kindergarten alphabet carpet, for some reason. It turns out that Obama’s comments on the invasion were just a prelude to a couple of political fundraisers. He has one tonight, and another tomorrow. We seem to have a part-time president and a full-time fundraiser. Obama also released his 2015 budget today. First reactions: It’s no Dirty Harry Reid Goes Around the Bend PowerLine, by John Hinderaker - 3/4/2014 8:51:13 PM Harry Reid delivered another salvo against the Koch brothers on the floor of the Senate today. On reading it, the reaction of any normal person would be that he has gone off his meds. That a Senate Majority Leader should indulge such crazed vituperation against a couple of private citizens, on the floor of the Senate, dramatizes how low our democracy has fallen. I won’t reproduce the whole rant, but here are a couple of excerpts, followed by what I think is the main point: In November 2010, the petroleum industry walked right through the door the Supreme Court had Murdoch told me not to quit amidphone-hacking row - Brooks Reuters, by Michael Holden - 3/4/2014 8:49:52 PM Rebekah Brooks, former boss of Rupert Murdoch´s British newspaper arm, told a London court on Tuesday how the media mogul had persuaded her not to quit amid public revulsion over the hacking of a murdered schoolgirl´s phone. Brooks, on trial for phone-hacking offences, said a 2011 report that journalists on Murdoch´s News of the World tabloid had tapped the voicemail messages of 13-year-old Milly Dowler had caused a national scandal, with her at its centre, describing it at the time as a "sexist witch hunt".
Lois Lerner fears for her life if shetestifies at Wednesday’s oversight hearing Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley JoElla Bee- 3/4/2014 8:21:53 PM Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies openly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, according to her attorney. House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced Sunday that Lerner will testify at Wednesday’s hearing, but Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor said that Lerner will seek to continue invoking her Fifth Amendment rights and will also seek a one-week delay of her testimony. Oversight members are reportedly open to granting Lerner a one-week delay if she petitions for one in person at Wednesday’s hearing. The delay would allow Lerner’s lawyers to Ukraine crisis: Russia testsmissile amid Crimea tension BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 3/4/2014 7:48:44 PM The Russian military says it has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, as tension continues over Ukraine´s Crimea region. The planned test comes after the US accused Russia of deploying troops in Crimea in an "act of aggression". Russian President Vladimir Putin denied doing so, but said he had not ruled out military action to protect Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine. [Snip] US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of seeking to invade. Speaking during a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev, where he held talks with the new government, Mr Kerry said there was no indication at all that Russian Ukraine: Sarah Palin and MittRomney were right about Russia Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley Attercliffe- 3/4/2014 7:44:33 PM The Republicans have been warning us about Russia for years, and we´ve ignored them every time. [Snip] Wow. Mrs Palin not only got the country that Putin would threaten right, she also predicted the reason behind it. Obama´s "indecision and equivalence" over Iran, Egypt and, most importantly, Syria, has probably encouraged Putin to believe that there would be next-to-no Western response to an attack on Ukraine. If Vlad expands his power anymore, Russia won´t just be visible from Sarah Palin´s house. It´ll be visible from the White House, too. Okay, so that´s a gross exaggeration – but you get the The Back to Pelosi Budget Wall Street Journal, by Editorial Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:41:15 PM President Obama released his 2015 budget proposal on Tuesday, and the best way to understand it is as a campaign-strategy memo to return Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. After the rude four-year interruption of a GOP House, Mr. Obama is revving up the tax and spend engines to turn out Democrats this fall and change the debate away from ObamaCare. One of the President´s more amusing fiscal sleights-of-hand is his claim that the federal government has been enduring "austerity." Taxpayers should be so lucky. The nearby table shows the arc of tax revenues and spending during the Obama Presidency,
UN’s ‘Post-2015 Development Agenda’Aims to Imprison the World Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod snowcloud- 3/4/2014 7:35:57 PM Think of Barack Obama this way and getting the big picture will be yours: Obama is the magician on the world stage; the daily diversion to keep your enrapt attention while the fate of you and your loved ones is being planned elsewhere. The far-reaching fate for a captive new human society is not being planned in Washington, D.C., but in New York City. That fate is no longer somewhere off in the distant future but is being made ready to eclipse all of human society—by the end of 2015. The sovereignty of all nations will be swallowed whole in the United Nations Mr. Farrow and theObama Syndrome National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:35:13 PM Young, charismatic, good-looking, hip, and glib are all superficial traits that supposedly cerebral liberal elites have a bad habit of believing trump experience, knowledge, humility, and what the Greeks called pathei mathos, learning through requisite pain. Once someone is acclaimed as a liberal prodigy by elites, stamped with the right Ivy League brand and aristocratic contacts that resonate through networking and cocktail parties along the Boston to D.C. corridor, all normal cross-examination seems to end. He is anointed a genius—and then usually Nemesis strikes, in the fashion that the once just-about-to-be-appointed New York senator Caroline Kennedy could not find a polling Niagara Falls comes to a halt AGAIN:Millions of gallons of cascading wateris frozen in bitter temperatures Daily Mail [UK], by Staff snakeoil- 3/4/2014 7:33:46 PM For the second time in what has been a frigid winter in the Northeastern United States, Niagara falls has come to an icy halt as the six million cubic feet of water that typically flow over the falls every minute has frozen over. The flow of water over the falls typically can withstand icy temperatures like those that have frozen much of the country this winter, but Monday´s high of 9 degrees Fahrenheit brought Niagara Falls to a standstill - and photographers were there to snap some stunning images of the frozen waterfall. In January, another record-breaking cold front managed Cold War Not Over As Russia,China Unite Over Ukraine Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:31:57 PM National Security: The president who mocked his presidential foe in 2012 for saying Russia was our greatest geopolitical threat now watches as China backs Moscow as it reclaims a province of its lost empire. As it turns out, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was right, too, when in the third presidential debate President Obama ridiculed him for listing, in response to a question, the Russia of Vladimir Putin as our number one strategic geopolitical threat. "You said Russia. Not al-Qaida. You said Russia," Obama rebuked him regarding our biggest threats. "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy
Laura and Barbara MorePopular than Michelle and Hillary National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:30:55 PM Despite Michelle Obama’s frequent media appearances, the public prefers her predecessor, a new poll finds. In fact, the first ladies during both Bush administrations had higher average favorability ratings than Obama and Hillary Clinton did during their respective times in the White House. While their husbands were in office, an average of 73 and 77 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Laura and Barbara Bush, respectively, according to a new Gallup survey. Both also enjoyed relatively low unfavorability ratings; just 10 percent thought negatively of the elder Bush, and only 15 percent of her daughter-in-law. Obama is not too far American Voters To BlameFor Russian Aggressiveness Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:27:27 PM Decline: The people, not politicians, get the credit for making America the greatest nation on earth. We also get the blame for the mess we´re now in: Americans elected this misguided president twice. Those who became adults in the Age of Obama may find it difficult to believe, but we once had a president who recoiled from routine use of the words "I" and "me" in his public utterances. "I never won anything you didn´t win for me," Ronald Reagan said in his farewell broadcast to the nation. "They never saw my troops. They never saw Reagan´s regiments: the American people." We won Obama´s $4 Trillion Budget:Liberalism´s Last Hurrah? Investor´s Business Daily, by Stephen Moore Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:18:52 PM Obama´s $4 Trillion Budget: Liberalism´s Last Hurrah Barack Obama keeps saying there isn´t a government program for every problem in America, but you wouldn´t know it from reading his new 2015 federal budget. This nearly $4 trillion document would spend more federal dollars on everything from climate change to green energy to transit systems to welfare state expansion to federal land purchases to day-care subsidies. The spending blueprint is a back-door scheme to bust the budget caps that already were raised just last December. It calls for spending $56 billion above those caps, to be paid for by "loophole closing" tax increases to pry Obama unveils a 2015 tax-the-richbudget with a $3.9 TRILLION price tag:Republicans slam it as unrealistic´campaign brochure´ in crucial election year Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko Attercliffe- 3/4/2014 7:17:13 PM Much of President Obama´s 2015 budget proposal won´t get through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, but the White House has unveiled it anyway--a liberal Democratic wish list of policies, many of which the GOP has already nixed or refused to take up. The White House said Tuesday that the president´s budget, all $3.901 trillion of it, would fully fund Obamacare, raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and index it to inflation, vastly expand infrastructure-repair plans that benefit labor unions, and significantly reduces the size of the U.S. standing army. House Republicans will object to these and other measures, Obama´s Bizarro WorldBudget For Fiscal 2015 Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:15:47 PM Fiscal Irresponsibility: Just how out of touch is President Obama? In the midst of a faltering economy and rising global threats, he proposes a budget that would sharply cut defense spending and impose $1.8 trillion in tax hikes. Despite its relative insignificance in the grand scheme of things, the annual White House budget proposal does provide a window into the president´s thinking on the size and scope of government. The fiscal 2015 budget — released a month late on Tuesday — also manages to showcase Obama´s worrisome detachment from reality. The budget rests, for example, on the assumption that real GDP growth this
Libs Searching forTheir Own Media Star Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 7:14:12 PM RUSH: Grab sound bite number one, I just want to get this out of the way and then we will move on. There are two things about this. I´m tempted to talk about things that are maybe a little inside baseball before we get to Obamacare delays and more Putin and Ukraine and all that. Do you remember this young man that may be Frank Sinatra´s son, Ronan Farrow? After three days they gave him the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism. He´s got one week now under the belt, one week of the show, 26 years old. Authorities investigating afterFla. Rep. Grayson’s wife accuseshim of domestic violence Fox News, by Staff - 3/4/2014 7:00:45 PM Authorities are investigating after the estranged wife of Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson accused him of domestic violence over the weekend, a charge a spokeswoman for the congressman is blasting as a “frivolous accusation” meant to damage his reputation. A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News Tuesday a report in The Orlando Sentinel that the office is conducting a domestic-violence battery investigation into the accusations submitted in a report Sunday by Lolita Grayson. The paper reported that Lolita Grayson, who filed from divorce from the congressman in January after nearly 24 years Seminar Caller ReadsLeftist Talking Points Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 6:49:45 PM RUSH: This is Anthony, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hello, sir. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hi. CALLER: Thank you, sir. I´d like to say the Putin is not invading the Ukraine. He´s ensuring that his 20% pro-Russian supporter base is not dissolved or dismantled before the Ukrainian elections. That way he can ensure that he gets a neutral, non-pro-EU government in this presidential election. He can grow his 20% supporter base to 35% for the next election, and get a pro-Russian government in that election. Every great strategist knows that you first build one´s defenses before you move to take the battlefield. Iranian general: Obama’sthreats are ‘the joke of the year’ Times of Israel, by Marissa Newman Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 6:48:29 PM President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday. “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. Jazayeri was responding to the US president’s interview in Bloomberg Obama Is Wrong: Economic Freedom-- Not Trickle-Down-Government -- FuelsDrive From Food stamps To Facebook Washington Exmainer, by Melanie Sturm Aspenhuskerette- 3/4/2014 6:47:39 PM Last month, as Ukrainian émigré-turned-tech tycoon Jan Koum prepared to cash a multibillion-dollar check from Facebook -- acquirer of his startup WhatsApp -- then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was checking out of the Gatsby-esque estate where he´d cached his stolen plunder. That the two Ukrainians derived their riches under diametrically opposed systems -- free enterprise versus banana republic -- illustrates why all income inequalities are not created equal. Most don´t resent the rich -- only the undeservedly rich -- as a recent Venezuelan protest sign conveyed: “These Castro-Chavistas speak like Marx, What a Professional RepublicanTold Me About Winning Elections Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh Original Article Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/4/2014 6:46:10 PM Post Reply RUSH: Some electoral news that dovetails with the Obama decision. It´s a prediction, actually (and I don´t doubt it), that they´re gonna announce an additional three-year delay and allow you to keep your plan that you liked, that you were lied to about. You were told 24 different times over three years by the president you could keep it if you liked it, and then they took it away from you. And then they gave it back to you when they found out how much you liked it because there was an election coming up -- and they extended your illegal