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Democrats in Senate Confront
Doubts at Home on Gun Laws
New York Times, by Jeremy W. Peters    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2013 4:47:46 AM     Post Reply
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Talk of stricter gun control has stirred up a lot of unease here, a place where hunters vie for top prize (a 26-inch LED television) in the Big Buck Photo Contest, and ads for a gun-simulator game ask, “Feel like shooting something today?” But before Senator Joe Manchin III invited a group of 15 businessmen and community leaders to lunch last week to discuss the topic, he had only a vague idea of how anxious many of his supporters were. “How many of you all believe that there is a movement

The Day Accountability Died
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2013 4:44:03 AM     Post Reply
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent roughly seven hours on the Hill today fielding statements lauding her brilliance, praise for how many miles she has flown around the world, and the occassional question about Benghazi. Remember that? On 9-11-12, four Americans died in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Obama campaign/administration had just spent their political convention crowing that al-Qaeda is “on the run.” The Benghazi terrorist attack suggested otherwise. Beginning shortly after the attack and continuing through September 26, President Obama and his administration blamed

Ryan blames Republican election loss
on poor communication, turnout
Reuters, by Thomas Ferraro    Original Article
Posted By: ocjim- 1/24/2013 12:12:15 AM     Post Reply
Ending a self-imposed silence about the November election, 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that he and presidential running mate Mitt Romney lost not because of ideas, but due to ineffective communication. Ryan said Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also prevailed because they did a better job with ´´technology and (voter) turnout.´´

  


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N. Korea nuclear test may
target U.S.
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2013 12:09:19 AM     Post Reply
PYONGYANG, North Korea- North Korea said Thursday it plans more rocket launches and nuclear tests that may target the United States. (Snip) KCNA quoted the commission as saying: "In the new phase of our century-long struggle against the United States, we do not hide the fact that various satellites, long-range missiles that we will continue to launch and high-level nuclear test we will conduct will target our sworn enemy, the United States." Yonhap, citing a South Korean intelligence source, said North Korea has completed all technical preparations for a nuclear test, which would be its third

Colin Powell: Latent Democrat?
Washington Examiner, by Gregory Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 1/23/2013 11:58:28 PM     Post Reply
Recently the former secretary of state -- rumored to be a Republican -- has been quite vocal in criticizing his own political party. In no way am I saying Republicans are above criticism and do everything right. But there´s something about Colin Powell´s recent attacks that sound so, so, well, so Democratic National Committee-ish. Take, for instance, this gem: "There is a dark vein of intolerance in this party. They still sort of look down on the minority." Sounds ominous, no? And it sounds like the refrain we heard from Democrats throughout the 2012 presidential campaign

Dems Introduce Bill Banning
High Capacity Magazines
Breitbart Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 11:57:22 PM     Post Reply
In a move specifically designed and carefully calibrated to prevent no shooting tragedies, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) took the lead today in attempting to target ammunition magazines. Lautenberg proposed new legislation that would prevent magazines from holding more than ten rounds at a time. President Obama proposed just that in his staged photo-op surrounded by children last week. Lautenberg bloviated, “The latest tragedy in Newtown was a wake up call for our nation, and now we must now turn our grief into action to reduce further tragedies. It is clearer than ever

Flybe boss blames ‘brutal’ air tax
burden for plans to slash 300 jobs
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Dominic Jeff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2013 11:42:37 PM     Post Reply
Flybe chief executive Jim French ­has announced the first jobs cull in the firm’s 30-year history in a sweeping attempt to steer the airline back to profit. Scots-born French blamed the “brutal impact” of rising taxes on air travel for the move, which will see 10 per cent of a 3,000-strong UK workforce laid off in a bid to save £35 million and get back into the black next year.(Snip) “However, faced with the brutal impact of a 160 per cent rise in air passenger duty (APD) over the past six years and the consequent 20 per cent

  


  

A Tough Morning for Hillary
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 11:31:14 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her long-awaited appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning to testify on Benghazi. In her prepared remarks, Clinton said: “As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility.” But this is responsibility in its unique Washington sense of responsibility without consequences. Clinton remains in her cabinet position and, while four underlings have been reassigned, she herself has suffered no consequences as a result of the disaster for which she says she is responsible. Senator Rand Paul criticized Clinton for her alleged ignorance of the security concerns

Rand Auditions for
Role of Insurgent Leader
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 11:29:06 PM     Post Reply
Senator Chuck Schumer earned some chuckles among Democrats when he said today that the decision by House Republicans to suspend any limits on the national debt for three months was evidence that “The president stared down the Republicans. They blinked.” The GOP chose to remove, at least for a time, any threat of a government shutdown because they knew they were locked in an unequal struggle with the White House and the Democratic majority in the Senate. By backing down on the debt ceiling deadline, the House leadership decided they’d be better off avoiding

NYPD Commissioner says department
will begin testing a new high-tech
device that scans for concealed weapons
New York Daily News, by Rocco Parascandola    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2013 11:22:47 PM     Post Reply
Get ready for scan-and-frisk. The NYPD will soon deploy new technology allowing police to detect guns carried by criminals without using the typical pat-down procedure, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday. The department just received a machine that reads terahertz — the natural energy emitted by people and inanimate objects — and allows police to view concealed weapons from a distance. “If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation, for example a weapon, the device will highlight that object,” Kelly said. A video image aired at a Police Foundation breakfast Wednesday showed an officer, clad in a New York

It makes a difference,
Secretary Clinton
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 11:09:26 PM     Post Reply
No competent wrap-up of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate testimony today can omit her clash with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The lawmaker drilled in on signals from the administration that the attacks on the Benghazi, Libya, diplomatic compound were connected to spontaneous protests over that famous anti-Islam video. Johnson to Clinton: “We were misled that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that — an assault sprang out of that. And that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact

  


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Romney to be honored Friday
at D.C. luncheon
CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 10:51:06 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney will make it to Washington, D.C. for inauguration week after all. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee and his wife Ann are scheduled to attend a luncheon in their honor Friday at Washington´s J.W. Marriott hotel, National Journal reported this afternoon. The reception will be hosted by two of Romney´s biggest campaign fundraisers: Virginia philanthropist Catherine Reynolds and hotel tycoon Bill Marriott, Jr. Romney, a longtime friend to the Marriott family, serves on Marriott International´s board of directors. While on the trail, he and his traveling staff stayed almost exclusively at Marriott hotels.

Hillary on Not Doing Sunday Shows After
9/11/12: ‘There Are Other Things I Prefer
to Do on Sunday Mornings’
Cybercast News Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2013 10:50:39 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the reason that Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on five Sunday morning television shows in her place following the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was because “there are other things that I prefer to do on Sunday mornings.” Five days following the terrorist attacks on the Benghazi compound, Rice insisted on five separate TV talk shows that the attack sprang from a protest over an obscure anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube, even though the CIA in Libya told Washington within 24 hours that militants were responsible for the attack.

Conservative group slams
A&M for liberal bias
Houston Chronicle, by Erin Mulvaney    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:48:22 PM     Post Reply
A conservative student group from Texas A&M University said the school displayed its "far-left agenda" by hosting actor Danny Glover at a campus event. The Texas Aggie Conservatives posted portions of Glover´s comments about the Second Amendment, which he made during a breakfast to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17. The event was organized by the Memorial Student Center Woodson Black Awareness Committee. The conservative group later created an online petition slamming the university for inviting "radical leftist speakers" to speak at the annual MLK event. The petition accuses the university of funding

Damon’s anti-fracking flick
bombs at box office
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:38:09 PM     Post Reply
Matt Damon’s anti-fracking movie “Promised Land” is not making the box-office splash environmental groups may have hoped for. The film, co-written by John Krasinski of “The Office,” has brought in a scant $7.5 million since its opening on Dec. 28. In contrast, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” has brought in $33.6 million since its opening on the same weekend. The theatrical feature film about a town with natural-gas reserves only cost about $15 million to produce, but the Los Angeles Times predicts “it’s a long shot that the film will end up being a hit even given its modest budget.”

  


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Tears and rage on Benghazi
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor and Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:32:57 PM     Post Reply
She teetered on the verge of tears and laughed out loud. She pounded a table with her fists and snapped at lawmakers Wednesday. And once again, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted blame for the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, but repeatedly deflected criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the attack and its aftermath. With a dramatic flair, Mrs. Clinton displayed the full spectrum of emotions during

Gun control proposals
could split President
Obama, Harry Reid
Washington Post, by Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:28:58 PM     Post Reply
The success of President Obama’s starkly liberal second-term agenda will rest largely on the shoulders of Senate Majority leader Harry M. Reid, who has been a rock-solid political ally and a valued legislative tactician for Obama during his first term. But for the first time since Obama became president four years ago, his political interests and Reid’s may be diverging. Not so much because there is huge disagreement on the president’s agenda, but because helping Obama may hurt vulnerable Democrats in the Senate. Reelected and unconcerned about ever having to face voters again, Obama seems

General Dynamics blames $2
million loss on defense cuts
Washington Post, by Jim Tankersley and Marjorie Censer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:27:02 PM     Post Reply
One of the nation’s largest federal contractors reported a $2 billion loss Wednesday and blamed it on defense cuts, a sign that the government spending that provided the rocket fuel for the metro area’s decade-long economic expansion is now dissipating. General Dynamics, based in Falls Church, said it was devaluing its information technology business by $2 billion amid falling government demand. The announcement was particularly worrisome because IT contracting is the key ingredient to the metro area’s government-powered growth.

What Difference?
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:24:33 PM     Post Reply
We learned today from Secretary Clinton — “What difference, at this point, does it make?” — that the actual causation and circumstances of the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi are not so important — and by implication that the nation for days was given a false or at least incomplete explanation by its highest officials of a spontaneous, video-fueled demonstration rather than a pre-planned Islamist operation. Two thoughts arise, aside from her own health issues (no doubt brought on by an admirable but grueling regimen of travel in often inhospitable places) that make such testimony understandably taxing

Holding Obama to his
inauguration promises
Washington Times [DC], by Reince Priebus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 10:21:25 PM     Post Reply
Monday’s inaugural festivities offered Americans a chance to celebrate our country and the enduring success of our democracy. With the pomp and circumstance over, however, our attention returns to the challenges facing the nation. The unsolved problems of President Obama’s first term are all the more urgent now that he begins his second. Chief among them is our out-of-control federal spending. Left unchecked, the president’s addiction to borrowed money will jeopardize the future of the next generations — of our children and grandchildren. The time to act is now. In his inaugural address, Mr. Obama said he agrees,

  



‘Madam Secretary, You Let
the Consulate Become
a Death Trap’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:14:26 PM     Post Reply
After a campaign season of mounting furor over the Obama administration’s twists and turns on the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, today’s long-anticipated testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the bombshell that wasn’t. Through morning and afternoon hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the House Foreign Affairs Committee, postponed from their original dates because of the secretary’s medical crises, Clinton came prepared to bite back at her challengers and confronted the mere handful of Republicans willing to go toe-to-toe with her. Then, during the second hearing, administration officials leaked

Obama´s covert plans for climate
Politico, by Darren Samuelsohn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 10:11:16 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama got green hearts fluttering when he devoted more time to climate change than any other single issue during his inaugural address. But don’t expect a climate crusade. It’s more like covert action.There are no plans to enlist Al Gore or other rock stars of the environmental movement for a public campaign on the dangers of global warming. Don’t expect to see a new cap-and-trade bill.(Snip) Energy insiders say the White House will dribble out executive actions and federal rules over the next four years — the same low-key, bureaucratic approach the administration has taken since 2009.

Mickelson Bullied into Apology
After Slamming CA Tax Rate
Breitbart Sports, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2013 10:06:32 PM     Post Reply
Three days after golfer Phil Mickelson publicly said California´s high tax rate may force him to make "drastic changes" to his career or consider leaving the state he loves for financial reasons, he was bullied into apologizing for what Mickelson said were "insensitive comments." Mickelson issued an apology on Tuesday and, in his first remarks to reporters since his comments on Sunday, expressed deep regret on Wednesday at a press conference at Torrey Pines, CA, where this weekend´s PGA Tour event is being held. Sports writers and others in the mainstream press resoundingly mocked

Seven Things Hillary Clinton
Was Saying When She
Adjusted Her Glasses
New York Magazine, by Dan Amira    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 9:50:29 PM     Post Reply
During her daylong testimony to the House and Senate foreign relations committees on the deadly assault in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced pointed questions, provocative allegations, and, from her Democratic allies, lavish praise. Through it all, she routinely touched her eyeglasses to subtly communicate a range of emotions. There were seven distinct variations. The "Is This Dude for Real?" Adjustment

The showstopping emerald earrings
worn by Beyonce at Obama's inauguration-
and they're worth a cool $1.8millon
Daily Mail [UK], by Tamara Abraham    Original Article
Posted By: anniej- 1/23/2013 9:48:07 PM     Post Reply
President Obama's inauguration ceremony yesterday was full of fashion moments. But Beyonce's earrings made for one of the most sensational details. The star sang the National Anthem out with a pair of dazzling emeralds at her ears, worth a cool $1.8million, according to designer Lorraine Schwartz. Designed with Beyonce in mind - the bright hue stood out against her loose blonde waves and black embroidered Emilio Pucci gown.
Headline and text corrected by Staff.

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