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Why Nobody Believes
Obama on the Debt Ceiling
Slate, by Matthew Yglesias    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2013 5:59:02 AM     Post Reply
Watching the president talk about the debt ceiling and his unwillingness to give up any ransom in exchange for it, I find it impossible not to confront the point that as of now nobody seems to believe him. And the reason isn´t hard to identify: the fiscal cliff deal. Not because the fiscal cliff deal was a bad deal; I think it was a good deal. But whatever you think of the deal, it wasn´t the deal that Obama said he would agree to. The administration put a lot of emphasis on the $250,000 cutoff point,

Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie’s
odd-couple friendship
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2013 5:56:15 AM     Post Reply
There may come a time when Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, two supremely ambitious pols and potential rivals in the 2016 presidential cycle, need some distance. But that moment won’t arrive anytime soon. Instead of jockeying for advantage, the two Northeastern governors — the Republican from blue-state New Jersey and the Democrat from bluer-state New York — have developed an unexpectedly warm working relationship over the past 18 months, marked by occasional dinners and more frequent cell phone contact, aides say. Not coincidentally, both also enjoy approval ratings at the 70-percent level, a novel, post-Hurricane Sandy

´They Have Suspicions´
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:52:45 AM     Post Reply
President Obama likes to talk about civility in politics, but then he has a particular personal talent for attributing to his political opponents only base motives and beliefs they don´t come close to holding. Consult his Monday press conference for a classic of the genre. Mr. Obama was asked an anodyne question at one point about reducing the deficit and the long-term accumulation of debt, and perhaps you´ve noticed that the deficit is $1 trillion a year and the debt is building rapidly toward 90% of GDP. Mr. Obama acted as if solving this problem would be a pleasant stroll

  


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Hagel Allies Coordinate Smear Campaign
Against Critics, Emails Reveal
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:45:23 AM     Post Reply
A group of anti-Israel activists and journalists are engaged in a coordinated campaign to stifle criticism of controversial secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel by attacking the former Republican senator’s critics, according to emails obtained by the Free Beacon. Fenton communications chief executive officer David Fenton, the Atlantic’s national correspondent James Fallows, former diplomat Charles ‘Chas’ Freeman, Just Foreign Policy director Robert Naiman, and American Conservative founding editor Scott McConnell participated in a recent email exchange dedicated to silencing Hagel’s critics, the emails reveal. The emailers targeted recent comments made by Elliott Abrams, a former Bush administration National Security Council adviser

Taxpayers pay for Bill Clinton’s
Cinemax, Jimmy Carter’s Dish Network
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas & Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:39:56 AM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton is a multimillionaire, but you’re paying for the Cinemax in his office. That’s just one eyebrow-raising expense a former occupant of the White House has been allowed to put on the taxpayer tab every year, even though every living ex-president is quite wealthy. In an attempt to shed light on this little-known perk of being a former commander in chief, The Daily Caller — through a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year — has obtained thousands of pages of emails and documents from the government detailing how taxpayer money is spent on former presidents each year.

Rubio, Obama,
Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen, Jeb Bush — oh my!
Everyone’s talking immigration now
Miami Herald, by Marc Caputo    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 1/15/2013 5:34:48 AM     Post Reply
The fiscal cliff debate is on hold. Now comes the demographic cliff debate: Immigration. Former Gov. Jeb Bush hosted a Friday powwow about immigration reform. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and President Obama’s administration leaked details of their plans over the weekend that would give varying degrees of amnesty to those illegally in the country. And on Monday in Doral, Miami U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen held a forum to gather ideas and, in Diaz-Balart’s words, give them “ammunition” to call on their colleagues to reform immigration..

Long lines as Cubans seek passports
on first day of new migration policy
Miami Herald, by Juan O. Tamayo    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 1/15/2013 5:30:54 AM     Post Reply
Cubans lined up at passport agencies, photocopying machines and some embassies Monday on the first day of a migration reform that promises to allow them to make more personal trips abroad after almost exactly 54 years of bitterly hated restrictions. In a hint of the possibly profound impact of the changes, Havana blogger Yoani Sanchez and dissident Guillermo Fariñas, who together have been denied permission to travel abroad more than 24 times, said authorities told them they will be allowed to leave and return.

  


  

JPMorgan CEO
Jamie Dimon may get
30% pay cut
New York Post, by Mark DeCambre    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 1/15/2013 5:25:50 AM     Post Reply
The buck definitely stops with Jamie Dimon. JPMorgan’s chief could see his pay slashed between 25 and 30 percent in the wake of the bungled “London Whale” trade, insiders told The Post. Based on the $23.1 million he took home last year, his paycheck could shrink to $16 million this year. It’s a lot better than bupkis, but it means Dimon will lose bragging rights as Wall Street’s top-paid chief.

I’m a dope fiend: Lance
’fesses in Oprah sit-down
New York Post*, by Dan Mangan & Chuck Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2013 5:22:12 AM     Post Reply
Lance Armstrong cemented his place in the pantheon of history’s most notorious liars yesterday, when he finally admitted to doping his way to seven Tour de France titles. The disgraced cycling superstar came clean about his years-long campaign of deception in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that was taped yesterday and will air Thursday night, sources said. Armstrong’s long-overdue confession came three months after he was stripped of his treasured Tour titles and banned from cycling for life by anti-doping officials, who refused to cave in to his vicious demonization of anyone who suggested he took performance enhancers.

As cause of woe$,
Monica takes the cigar
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:18:40 AM     Post Reply
It’s all Monica Lewinsky’s fault. The former White House intern, a special friend of President Bill Clinton (who was curiously named “Father of the Year” last week by one publicity-seeking, morally tone-deaf organization), was the cause of our financial problems over the past six years. OK, give me your full attention before you declare me legally insane, because I am half serious about this. You already know the oral history of the case. Lewinsky, then an eager 22-year-old graduate of Lewis & Clark College, got a little confused one day while at the White House.

Netanyahu invited to address CPAC
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:15:09 AM     Post Reply
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference.(Snip)Other invited speakers include: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and former Rep. Allen West of Florida. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, are also scheduled to address the convention. Former Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, a Democrat turned Republican, also is on the list.

  


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Obama owns the debt now
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:07:02 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, the Democrats, and plenty of Republicans in Congress, would like it if you´d spend the next few weeks talking about gun control. That´s because when you are, you´re not talking about the country´s financial situation. And, as the graph included here, taken from OMB budget data, illustrates, the situation is dire. Spending keeps going up. Revenues, however, are not. And, since we´re borrowing the difference, President Obama has what Politico is calling a debt problem: "The staggering national debt — up about 60% from the $10 trillion Obama inherited

How To Lose At American Politics
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:04:05 AM     Post Reply
No doubt thanks to my timely intervention in the great $1 trillion coin debate, the Treasury Department explicitly rejected the possibility that the White House would mint a platinum “solution” to the debt ceiling debate this weekend. I put the word “solution” in quotation marks because I’m confident that the coin gambit would have solved exactly none of the problems that its supporters claimed it was designed to address. No matter how many clever arguments exist to justify the maneuver, the politics of coin minting would have been just terrible for the White House —

US Prepares to Help France
in Mali - With Caution
Voice of America News, by Luis Ramirez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 5:00:04 AM     Post Reply
PENTAGON — Pentagon officials say the United States is preparing to offer logistical support to France as it continues to carry out air strikes against Islamist militants in northern Mali. The Pentagon has already begun to assist French forces with intelligence to help push back the militants’ advances, but the U.S. is warning against action that may bring further chaos to the region. French fighter jets have been carrying out air strikes around the clock, hitting training camps and other positions held by Islamist rebels in the north of the vast West African country.

Why Americans are
buying more guns
The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2013 4:54:38 AM     Post Reply
The president of the National Rifle Association says President Obama is to blame for the surge in weapons stockpiling after the recent spate of mass shootings. He´s right. But that´s only part of the story.(Snip)Fear is an extraordinarily powerful emotion. Remember the Boogeyman? The monster who lived underneath your bed? To protect yourself, you´d make sure to have as many stuffed animals as possible. You´d double your blanket armament. Even with your parents´ comforting words, you might even stay up all night. Well, Obama is the Boogeyman. The fear that he´s going to take away guns is legitimate.

  


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Glenn Beck´s Blueprint for a
Self-Sufficient Theme Park in Texas
Reason Magazine, by Jesse Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/15/2013 4:48:56 AM     Post Reply
Utopian text of the day: (snip for videos) That´s Glenn Beck outlining his vision of Independence Park, a sort of a survivalist EPCOT: a self-sufficient media center, expo park, ranch, and residential area, the latter designed in ways intended to break down class barriers and nourish a rich public life. Other plans for the private city include solar energy, underground roads, a learning center (not a school, because "schools are a thing of the past"), and the town´s own "national archives," where the community will keep

Are Republicans Crazy?
Or Just Irresponsible?
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 4:39:48 AM     Post Reply
It’s only the middle of January, but the maneuvering is already well underway to see who will get the blame when the GOP refuses to raise the debt limit sometime in the middle of March and, shortly thereafter, declines to authorize a continuing resolution that would fund the government for the next year. In the real world where one plus one equals two, the Republicans may have a point. They are dealing with a president who doesn’t believe we have a spending problem, and someone has to break through Barack Obama’s myopic worldview to set him straight.

Gun buybacks don’t reduce
gun violence, either
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 4:33:16 AM     Post Reply
While we’re “vigorously” pursuing “meaningful” gun legislation that can’t possibly make it through Congress if it’s anything near “meaningful” enough for this president, let’s also remind everyone that those flashy gun buyback programs local politicians love to tout do about as much to reduce gun violence as, well, gun control does in Chicago. USA Today covers the latest outbreak of gun buybacks, popping up across the nation in the wake of Newtown. They come with flashy local news reports, B-roll rich with antique rifles and other castoff weapons whose confiscation would have been great for preventing stagecoach hold-ups

When Babies Disappear
Real Clear Politics, by Heather Wilhelm    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2013 4:27:08 AM     Post Reply
Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here´s how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you´d put in a lot of work, but you´d get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight line that hit each point

Levin: If Obama sidesteps
Congress on debt ceiling,
´no choice´ but impeachment
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 1/15/2013 2:22:48 AM     Post Reply
On his Monday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin said that if President Barack Obama sidesteps Congress on the debt ceiling fight and attacks the Congress’ constitutionally enumerated “core power” – that is control over spending and taxing — through executive action, Congress will have “no choice” but impeachment. Levin explained that if unilateral action by the White House — which White House spokesman Jay Carney ruled out — were to happen, it would infringe on Congress’ “core power” and should be punished with impeachment. “Now, if Obama unilaterally acts — and I think there’s a fan-dance going on here

  



Major victory for President
Morales: UN accepts “coca
leaf chewing” in Bolivia
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/15/2013 1:16:18 AM     Post Reply
Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the treaty’s requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be banned” was successful Friday. Opponents needed one-third of the 184 signatory countries to object, but fell far, far short despite objections by the US and the International Narcotics Control Board. Bolivian president Evo Morales celebrated the decision as a moral victory for his people and the centuries’ old culture based on the ‘acullicu’. “It’s not easy to change international legislation, particularly

Brazilian Bikini Waxes Make
Crab Lice Endangered Species
Bloomberg News, by Jason Gale and Shannon Pettypiece    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/15/2013 12:42:56 AM     Post Reply
Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason. Waning infestations of the bloodsuckers have been linked by doctors to pubic depilation, especially a technique popularized in the 1990s by a Manhattan salon run by seven Brazilian sisters. More than 80 percent of college students in the U.S. remove all or some of their pubic hair -- part of a trend that’s increasing in western countries. In Australia, Sydney’s main sexual health clinic hasn’t seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008

Conservatives Have No Credibility
with the Low-Info Crowd Because
We Don´t Defend Our Own When
They Come Under Attack
Rush Limbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/14/2013 11:45:27 PM     Post Reply
Rush: New Milford, Connecticut. Bill, thank you for calling. (Snip) Rush: Back to this story from January 8th in the Irish Examiner by Alicia Colon. It´s America´s leading Irish newspaper. Never heard of it. Some great points raised in it nevertheless. This is a pull quote: "When it comes to who makes up the base of the party, the GOP establishment is as low-info as those who voted for Obama." I don´t know who this woman is, but she´s dead-on right. Earlier in the program I made the point that the way to understand what's happening in the media, Inside-the-Beltway today, right now, at this moment in time,

Norway´s Happy Lies
on Muslim Immigration
FrontPage Magazine, by Bruce Bawer    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/14/2013 11:13:18 PM     Post Reply
Should one laugh or cry? That perennial question raised itself yet again on January 10 when Norway’s purported newspaper of record, Aftenposten, ran what several readers, in the comments field, quite properly dismissed as a shameless piece of propaganda that, as one of them put it, “stinks” of the “red-green agenda.” The headline: “People with immigrant backgrounds are becoming more like the rest [of us].” The article was based entirely on data from Statistics Norway, the government statistics bureau. Although that agency has a long record of massaging its numbers and serving up frankly absurd

Obama and Moderate Republicans
See Conservatives as Common Enemy
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2013 11:11:01 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Let me tell you what I think, and I´m gonna tell you this in a balanced way -- a balanced and fair way. What I think is really going on here is our president, Barack Obama, if you´ll note, really never talks about plans and proposals to solve problems. What he does is position his political opponents as the enemy. Everything he did today in the debt limit Q&A in his press conference, and even in the setup, was about the enemy. The Republicans are the enemy. He´s not proposing solutions to anything. He´s not interested in solutions.

Farewell, Mr. Boortz
Marietta Daily Journal [GA], by Matt Towery    Original Article
Posted By: bubber- 1/14/2013 10:34:24 PM     Post Reply
For my money, the single most talented voice in the modern history of talk radio is retiring later this month. Not “one of” the most talented — the most talented. Neal Boortz began his career in radio while in college at Texas A&M, but his long stint in commercial radio started as one of the many individuals he would, over the years to follow, continually cut off: opinionated callers. Boortz in the late 1960s was a frequent caller to a local Atlanta talk show, and when the host died unexpectedly, he went from brash caller to brash host. But Boortz’s rise to the Radio Hall of fame

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