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Low-Info Voters Just Not
Interested In Politics
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/10/2013 6:43:28 AM     Post Reply
How many times have you tried to have a serious conversation about current events only to have your listeners say, "I´m not interested in politics"? These are the low-info voters that the Republicans have never been able to communicate with but the Democrats know exactly how to reach them. That is why they concentrate their connections in the mainstream media and Hollywood and why these voters know more about the Kardashians than what the fiscal cliff means to the economy or where Benghazi is. It´s also why these voters tune out boring Republicans who continue to blah, blah, blah

Can’t Obama Find an Honest
Man For Treasury Secretary?
Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/10/2013 6:41:08 AM     Post Reply
News reports indicate that President Obama will appoint White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. The Associated Press applauds Obama’s choice, telling us that Lew is a “pragmatic liberal” who “is well-liked in Washington by both Democrats and Republicans.” What the AP doesn’t tell us is that Lew has made signal contributions to the culture of lies, dishonesty and lack of transparency that characterizes the Obama administration

Hillary Clinton’s Ego Trips
Bloomberg News, by Michael Kinsley    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/10/2013 6:24:27 AM     Post Reply
The world is a better place because of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. That’s not the question. The question is whether it is a better place because of those last 20 hours of her 80-hour work week. Or because of the extra miles she flew to distant capitals? On one trip in 2009, according to the New York Times, “she traveled from talks with Palestinian leaders in Abu Dhabi to a midnight meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, then boarded a plane for Morocco, staying up all night to work on other issues,

  


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What Crime Has
Harry Reid Committed?
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 6:15:24 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor? The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry—as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh—shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor

The U.S. Mint’s Former Top
Cop on How to Guard a
Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coin
New York Magazine, by Dan Amira    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 6:09:43 AM     Post Reply
As America´s opinion-shaping elite continue debating the debt-ceiling end-around of minting a trillion-dollar platinum coin, we´ve begun to wonder about the logistics of protecting an object of such unprecedented value. Where would we store it? How would we prevent it from being stolen by Mr. Burns? For answers, we called up former Chief of the U.S. Mint Police Bill Daddio (yes, Daddio is his real name), who, for 27 years, until he retired in 2007, was "responsible for directing all protection programs and law enforcement functions for all the U.S. Mints facilities

What’s Lost if the
Voting Rights Act Falls?
Slate, by Richard L. Hasen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 6:05:18 AM     Post Reply
Odds are, the Supreme Court will strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act after hearing a case from Alabama that will be argued next month. If the part of the law called Section 5 does indeed go down, minority voters in Southern states and elsewhere will lose a key bargaining chip. Section 5 has enabled them to beat back some attempts to make it harder for them to vote, and helped insure that the gains they’ve made in representation and redistricting are not rolled back. As another recent fight over South Carolina’s voter ID law shows,

Attorney General Holder back at the
table for Obama’s gun-control push
The Hill (DC), by Jordy Yager    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 5:58:30 AM     Post Reply
Gun rights groups are suspicious of the attorney general´s involvement in the task force being led by Vice President Biden. Attorney General Eric Holder will be the nation’s top law enforcement official as the administration tackles new restrictions on guns in a major initiative of President Obama’s second term. The administration announced Wednesday that Holder, a long-time foe of the National Rifle Association, would remain with Obama for a second term. The announcement came the same day Holder sat shoulder to shoulder with Vice President Biden and gun-control advocates in a meeting at the White House.

  


  

Sandy relief bill has hitchhikers
USA Today, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2013 5:48:30 AM     Post Reply
Disaster relief bills usually fly through Congress like legislative comets. But not the $60 billion package for Superstorm Sandy, most of which is still crawling along more than two months after the storm hit. This sluggishness has triggered howls of outrage and charges of backstabbing from the New York and New Jersey delegations. Truth be told, though, the bill is generous to fault, rushing spending that in many cases needs much closer scrutiny. Even in Washington, $60 billion is a lot of money. In fact, it´s almost exactly how much the government will collect

Sandusky appeals sex
abuse conviction
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2013 5:41:26 AM     Post Reply
Jerry Sandusky gets a shot at regaining some of his freedom Thursday, when his lawyers launch an appeal to reverse his conviction on multiple counts of child sex abuse. The coach was sentenced in October to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison for abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period. He originally faced the possibility of up to a 400-year prison term. The former Penn State assistant football coach will appear at the Center County court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where his legal team will make a "post-sentence motion."

Solis leaves big labor losses behind
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 5:34:49 AM     Post Reply
When Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced Wednesday that she is leaving the Obama administration, my colleague Philip Klein remarked that President Obama “may as well cut to the chase and nominate Richard Trumka” to replace her. It was a reasonable idea, given big labor’s influence in the Democratic world. But the fact is, even AFL-CIO chief Trumka could not have been more loyal to organized labor’s agenda than the departing secretary. Democratic administrations usually make the Department of Labor a branch office of the AFL-CIO, but none did it with more enthusiasm than Hilda Solis.

A Kennedy Shocks the
Pro-Dope Liberal Media
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 5:22:59 AM     Post Reply
The major media do not want to cover the issue of marijuana causing mental illness. But because a prominent Democrat, Patrick Kennedy, has raised it, the media have nowhere left to hide. The news that he says marijuana “Destroys the brain and expedites psychosis” was big news and a big headline in The Washington Post. Kennedy fought alcoholism and an addiction to prescription drugs and is now taking on the marijuana lobby, while getting verbal abuse from the potheads in return. The Marijuana Policy Project calls his new group, SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), the “new threat”

  


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Under the Green Hammer
National Review Online, by Sean Paige    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 5:19:24 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s reelection has the climate cult chomping at the bit to get a long wish list of policies put in place, from energy taxes to cap-and-trade to a possible blockade on coal and natural-gas exports. And most of these activists are in no mood to let that messy little obstacle called the democratic process slow the juggernaut. Some, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, are encouraging the president to bypass Congress and shutter more coal-fired power plants through executive action. A pair of law professors are among the co-authors of a book

Why we need a debt-ceiling fight
Bloomberg News, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 5:09:29 AM     Post Reply
President Obama says he won’t agree to spending cuts in return for Republicans’ raising the debt ceiling. Yet he did exactly that in 2011. And he should do it again. The debt ceiling ought to be raised because nobody has a plan to eliminate the deficit immediately, and there’s no popular support for doing what that would take. For liberals, that’s the end of the matter. The debt ceiling should be raised without any spending cuts attached. One common argument goes like this: Since Congress sets spending and tax levels, no good purpose is served by holding a separate vote

In Lew of Compromise
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 5:01:16 AM     Post Reply
By choosing White House chief of staff Jacob Lew as his new treasury secretary, President Obama is bracing himself to battle congressional Republicans in 2013, not seeking bipartisan compromises with them. If confirmed, Lew would succeed Tim Geithner in the treasury job. The Lew decision is only the latest indication of Obama’s eagerness to crush Republican opposition on Capitol Hill. Conspicuously absent since his reelection has been any talk of amicably bringing the sides together in Washington. Even while private discussions on averting the fiscal cliff were going on last November and December,

Barack Obama ´seriously considering´
hosting climate summit
Guardian [UK], by Suzanne Goldenberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 4:58:15 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama may intervene directly on climate change by hosting a summit at the White House early in his second term, environmental groups say. They say the White House has given encouraging signals to a proposal for Obama to use the broad-based and bipartisan summit to launch a national climate action strategy. "What we talked about with the White House is using it as catalyst not just for the development of a national strategy but for mobilising people all over the country at every level," said Bob Doppelt, executive director of the Resource Innovation Group,

  


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Why Doesn´t Nancy Pelosi Have an Oil
Painting? John Boehner Has One.
National Journal, by Brian Resnick    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2013 4:52:06 AM     Post Reply
There’s a lot to be admired about the new House History website. If you’re into this sort of thing, the site has biographies of every member in the chamber´s history, online exhibits, documentaries, and an index of Capitol art. The page serves as an online museum, without lines or screaming kids. But like a great many museums, a search through its collection reveals a mystery. For the sake of amusement, let´s call it "The Case of the Missing Pelosi." For every speaker of the House, there is a corresponding oil painting. Henry Clay, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, and John Boehner

Americans never give up your guns
Pravda Ru, by Stanislav Mishin    Original Article
Posted By: Feebie- 1/10/2013 4:48:43 AM     Post Reply
These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions.This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items.

Who’s Worse — Al
Gore or Bernie Madoff?
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2013 4:36:24 AM     Post Reply
Forgotten or semi-forgotten in the hullabaloo over Al Gore netting a cool hundred million from the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera is that back in 2009 the ex-veep was on his way to being the first carbon billionaire off global warming. It’s unclear how close he came to accomplishing that goal, but it’s a safe bet he didn’t do badly, considering his lifestyle. (Well, this house apparently went to Tipper in the breakup.) Whatever else he is, Gore is arguably a business genius when it comes to generating massive amounts of income from dubious enterprises and,

Chicago teachers union president on
the rich: ‘Off with their heads!’
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2013 4:32:45 AM     Post Reply
From the leader of the unfailing public servants who brought you 350,000 Chicago students abandoned for two weeks, comes this gem. Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union: In the clip, recorded Dec. 2 during her keynote address of the Illinois Labor History Society’s Union Hall of Honor dinner and posted on YouTube Monday, Lewis noted that an earlier generation of labor leaders resolved their differences with the rich with a very straightforward mantra: “Off with their heads.” “Do not think for a minute that the wealthy are ever going to allow you

The Psychological Toll and Economic
Fallout of High Unemployment
Real Clear Politics, by Gary Burtless    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2013 4:24:45 AM     Post Reply
The job market continued to improve last year, but the pace of improvement was agonizingly slow. The unemployment rate edged down to 7.8%, a drop of 0.7% compared with the end of the previous year. Payroll employment grew 153,000 a month. Payroll gains in 2010, 2011, and 2012 have now offset a little more than half the loss in payroll jobs we suffered in 2008 and 2009. The net improvement is less than these numbers suggest, because we need employment to increase about 90,000 every month in order to accommodate the growth of the working-age population. Two features of the recovery

  



Kipke rejects group´s
call to boycott speech
by ´Islamaphobe´
Maryland Gazette, by Rick Hutzell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/10/2013 4:00:53 AM     Post Reply
The new chairman of the Anne Arundel County House delegation said today he will attend a conservative political conference Saturday in Annapolis despite calls from a Muslim advocacy group that described a keynote speaker as a notorious "Islamaphobe." Del. Nic Kipke, who was elected chairman on Tuesday, called blogger and author Pamela Geller an outspoken critic of the treatment of women in some Islamic countries. "I don´t know Ms. Geller personally," the Pasadena Republican said. "What I do know about her is that she has pointed out gross atrocities that occur in some Muslim countries against women."

$1 million for VIP treatment at
Barack Obama´s inauguration
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2013 3:32:28 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is relying on contractors and businesses to pay as much as $1 million (£624,000) for his inauguration party later this month. The fund-raising strategy marks a shift from Mr Obama´s 2009 inauguration, when he banned corporate money and limited individual contributions to showcase his commitment to transparency and clean government. This time around, organisers are soliciting bigger donations to pay for a party that will lack the historic aura of 2009, when Mr Obama became the nation´s first black president. Donors include prominent government contractors such as AT&T and Microsoft and a business that sells inauguration merchandise.

Tax hikes on the rich to
pay for corporate welfare
Washington Examiner [DC], by Tim Carney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2013 2:33:19 AM     Post Reply
During the "fiscal cliff" debate, the White House justified raising taxes on the rich to ensure people "pay their fair share." But the beneficiaries were hardly the poor and dispossessed. Instead, President Obama raised taxes on the rich to fund corporate welfare, with General Electric likely the biggest winner. Obama´s income tax hikes will raise $22.5 billion this year (compared with extending all the Bush tax cuts), while the special-interest business and energy tax credits he demanded will reduce revenue by $65.3 billion, according to data from the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Bill Clinton to receive
Father of the Year award
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: loosbolt- 1/10/2013 2:30:37 AM     Post Reply
Former president Bill Clinton can add Father of the Year to the many awards he´s garnered in his decades of public service. The National Father´s Day Council, which has been giving out such an honor for 72 years, has named Clinton one of its recipients for 2013. "With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the Father of the Year award," said Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father´s Day Committee.

Obama Will Keep His “Heat Shield”
Buzzfeed, by Ben Smith    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/10/2013 2:14:30 AM     Post Reply
Eric Holder may be the least popular member of the Obama cabinet. He is at the center of many of the Administration´s ugliest fights with left and right, over everything from drones to race. (Snip) First, he has, without major exceptions, backed the president´s views on executive power. Second, he has owned and absorbed the flack for many of the Administration´s most politically challenging battles, from racially-charged fights over voting rights to the battle over so called "gunwalking" on the Mexican border. The third reason is simple: He has not led any politically damaging investigations into the Obama Administration.

It’s Not “Game Over”— It’s Time
for the GOP to Counterattack
Townhall.com, by Kurt Schlichter    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/10/2013 2:04:43 AM     Post Reply
The current state of the GOP brings to mind the surviving Marines in Aliens, with no shortage of demoralized hacks lamenting their inability to resist by channeling Private Hudson: “Maybe you haven´t been keeping up on current events but we just got our a**** kicked, pal!” (Snip) The only thing that is good for this country right now is defeating Obama’s leftist agenda, fully, completely and in detail. You can’t work with him, you can’t compromise with him, you can’t convince him. He’s a progressive Terminator and the Constitution is Sarah Connor. You have to beat him, and that means

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