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Had your winter Phil?
Check Groundhog Day forecast
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 2/2/2013 7:59:21 AM     Post Reply
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - It's Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil has made his prediction. He says expect an early spring.With thousands watching on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, the furry rodent emerged from his lair Saturday but didn't see his shadow.Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.

NBC News president Steve Capus resigns
after 8 years as tenure marred by ´Today´
show decline in recent years
New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 2/2/2013 7:48:26 AM     Post Reply
This Peacock is cooked.NBC News president Steve Capus has resigned following a rough eight-year tenure on top where, under his watch, the “Today” show lost its 16-year winning streak to “Good Morning America,” the primetime news magazine, “Rock Center” flopped and Matt Lauer went from a beloved morning show host to an embattled TV personality."It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," he wrote in a memo to staff today.

Something About Ted Cruz
Poder Magazine, by Ruben Navarrette    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/2/2013 7:33:25 AM     Post Reply
I met ted cruz about 10 years ago. At least, I think it was Ted. I’m not sure. The young man I met then, and have known since, looks and sounds just like the newly minted junior senator from Texas who became a political rock star even before he was sworn in; the same lean build, boyish face, hint of a Lone Star twang. He was wicked smart and well spoken then, and those characteristics are even more in evidence now. Then and now, you’ll see that this isn’t just someone who went to Princeton

  


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Farewell, Barney! George W. Bush
announces death of his beloved
former first dog after a bout
with lymphoma
Daily Mail [UK], by Snedjana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/2/2013 7:10:48 AM     Post Reply
Former President George W. Bush announced Friday that his beloved Scottish Terrier Barney has died after a battle with cancer. In a statement released to the press, Mr Bush wrote that the former first dog had been suffering from lymphoma, and at 12-and-a-half years old, his body could not fight off the disease. ´He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal,’ Bush said of Barney. Barney was inseparable from the president and his wife, Laura, going on frequent walks and accompanying Mr Bush when he fished for bass

How the Obama Administration
Defies Federal Law on
Immigration and Welfare
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 6:23:20 AM     Post Reply
Immigration is in the news, and legislation is being proposed that relies on the Obama administration to execute, in good faith, the nation’s laws. But the Obama administration doesn’t do that. Instead, the administration arrogantly ignores laws it doesn’t like, in violation of Barack Obama’s constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” This is most notoriously the case with respect to immigration and welfare. We have written about this on several occasions; Jeff Sessions, ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, sums up the administration’s sorry history in a press release

How Much Trouble Is
Senator Bob Menendez In?
Atlantic, by David Graham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 6:16:59 AM     Post Reply
Edwin Edwards -- bon vivant, convicted felon, three-time husband, and four-time Louisiana governor -- once cracked that he could only lose an election if he was "caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy." New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez faces some allegations that could test what exactly it would take to chase him out of office. (Snip)Since then, though, reporters have had time to dig in, and it´s become clear that something peculiar was afoot with Menendez´s close relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor with whom he traveled twice

The Real Super Bowl Winner
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2013 6:08:52 AM     Post Reply
The Super Bowl makes its tenth stop in New Orleans on Sunday, but only the first since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. For once the Big Easy has earned this excuse to party, coming back to life better than ever. New Orleans has patented no magic sauce. Katrina created the opening for different policies to turn around what was one of the worst-run and most politically calcified places in America. Other troubled cities and Washington, take note. When the levees broke and flood waters sent half the town fleeing, the Crescent City was a study in urban dysfunction. Obvious to everyone

  


  

Fox News is the reason
nobody likes Al Gore, you guys
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 6:03:34 AM     Post Reply
You’d think that a guy who managed to sell a channel nobody watched and got $100 million for it wouldn’t still be so whiny. But then he wouldn’t be the President of the Environment, would he? The other night Al Gore appeared with the only man on earth who’s more boring than he is, Charlie Rose, at the 92nd Street Y in New York. It was just the two of them sitting there talking, and yet people actually went to see it. Courtesy of the Right Scoop, here’s a bit of the transcript where Al explains why people think

2016 poll: Hillary beats Rubio,
but Marco wins Hispanics
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 5:55:54 AM     Post Reply
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves office with a new poll showing her trouncing GOP favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, 46 percent to 23 percent in a 2016 matchup. But the shocking news of the new poll by Zogby Analytics is that in a Clinton-Rubio contest, Rubio wins the Hispanic vote, 48 percent to 34 percent, a seismic shift in the potential Hispanic vote that Rubio could use as a base to build on to win in 2016. Pollster John Zogby told Secrets that the Hispanic vote is even more surprising when compared to their recent voting pattern.

He’s the Biggest
Celebrity in the World
American Spectator, by Ben Stein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 5:44:56 AM     Post Reply
Wednesday morning, I listened to CSPAN radio, a true national treasure, to the very civilized Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on Gun Violence, and they started my poor old brain thinking. (Snip)In large cities with mostly black populations — such as Newark, Detroit, New Orleans — the rate of firearms deaths is almost unbelievably high compared with the rate in the mostly white suburbs. In any given week, on any given weekend, dozens of black youths are gunned down by other blacks in America’s cities. This is a horror show happening in real life. The total number of deaths from this ongoing disaster

A New Round of Intolerance
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 5:34:30 AM     Post Reply
As Kathryn noted, the Department of Health and Human Services today released a notice of proposed rulemaking on Obamacare’s preventive services rule — the rule that among other things requires all employers, including those with religious objections, to provide coverage for abortive and contraceptive drugs and procedures with their employees’ health coverage. This is basically just the next step in the process of formally issuing a revision to a rule, and although there was some talk in the last 24 hours about the possibility that this revised rule would offer relief to employers with religious objections to abortion or contraception,

  


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Any Profiles in Courage?
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 5:29:01 AM     Post Reply
On October 3, 2005, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate his White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. On October 27, after vigorous statements of opposition from conservatives and quiet expressions of dismay from Republican senators, Miers withdrew her nomination. Conservatives and Republicans had no grudge against Harriet Miers. They simply thought she wasn’t a first-rate candidate. They were confident that Bush, the Court, and the country could do better. They were right. President Bush then nominated Samuel Alito for the position.

Was Iran’s space
monkey launch a scam?
New York Daily News, by Oren Yaniv    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2013 5:24:02 AM     Post Reply
Iran´s claim of successfully sending a simian to space may have been nothing but monkey business. Observers called into question the truth of Iranian reports early this week that a monkey-manned rocket called Pishgam (Pioneer in Farsi) was launched 75 miles above Earth. "The monkey, which was sent in this launch, landed safely and alive and this is a big step for our experts and scientists," defense minister Ahmad Vahidi had boasted. But the before and after photos of the purported space primate show two seemingly different apes, experts and amateurs noted in several online reports Friday.

Scouting’s suicide
New York Post, by Ed Whelan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2013 5:16:22 AM     Post Reply
Imagine that a group of girls is going on a long camping trip, supervised by adult volunteers who are young men you barely know. Would you let your 15-year-old daughter go? Nearly every parent, I think, would recognize the folly, even though the men might well be models of good behavior. Why should our common-sense response be any different if the 15-year-old is a boy and the possible, even if not-likely-to-be-acted-on, sexual attraction of the adult supervisors is homosexual rather than heterosexual? Sadly, in the face of intense pressure from ideologues, the Boy Scouts of America are reportedly

Senator Geraldo Rivera?
Seems Unlikely the
Fox News Pundit Will Run
Daily Beast, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 5:06:17 AM     Post Reply
Geraldo Rivera wants to be a United States senator. Right. Imagine the 30-second ads against him: Here he is getting his nose broken by a neo-Nazi in a brawl on his daytime talk show. Here he is melodramatically opening Al Capone’s vault and finding… a few old bottles. And did I mention that his memoir, filled with tales of the women he has bedded, is called Exposing Myself? I like Geraldo, but this is delusional. And something of a stunt. He’ll milk it for a bit and then decide he wants to spend more time with his microphone.

  


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Mali conflict: UN ´deeply disturbed´
by army abuse claims
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/2/2013 4:58:56 AM     Post Reply
The UN anti-genocide envoy says he is "deeply disturbed" by reports of reprisal attacks by Malian troops as they retake control of the north. Such widespread and systematic abuses could "constitute atrocity crimes", Adama Dieng said in a statement. The military is suspected of recruiting and arming proxy militia groups to kill Arabs and ethnic Tuaregs, he added. Mr Dieng made the comments ahead of a planned visit to Mali by France´s President Francois Hollande. The French leader is due to arrive in the capital, Bamako, on Saturday to meet interim President Dioncounda Traore. He is also expected to visit

Modern Democratic ‘Fire-Eaters’
PJ Media, by Clayton E. Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 4:58:21 AM     Post Reply
In the period immediately before the Civil War, the most ferocious rhetoric came out of the mouths of Southern Democrats who were soon known as “fire-eaters.” They got that nickname because of the strength of their rhetoric in support of slavery and their willingness to talk about secession as a response to the possibility of abolitionists gaining influence in Congress, and even winning the White House. The louder and more ferocious speeches they gave, the stronger the abolitionist position seemed to become. Today, we again have Democratic fire-eaters whose violent rhetoric is strengthening the support enjoyed by their opponents.

State Dept: Er, we’re gonna’
need to delay that Keystone
pipeline another few months
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2013 4:51:58 AM     Post Reply
A couple weeks back, Nebraska Governor Heineman approved the portion of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would run through his state, obliterating the Obama administration’s last, best excuse for continuing to delay on what has become a politically explosive project. After what have already amounted to years of various reviews with positive results, the State Department insisted that they just needed a little bit longer to finalize yet another one of these reviews, and that if everyone could just wait until the end of March, they should have their final decision by around then. Yeah. About that.

New rules aim to get rid
of junk foods in schools
Associated Press, by Mary Clare Jalonick    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2013 4:44:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation´s schools. For the first time, the government is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful. Under the new rules the Agriculture Department proposed Friday, foods like fatty chips, snack cakes, nachos and mozzarella sticks would be taken out of lunch lines and vending machines. In their place would be foods like baked chips, trail mix, diet sodas, lower-calorie sports drinks and low-fat hamburgers. The rules, required under a child nutrition

Ethics committee eyes Menendez
as new concerns emerge
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Jonathan Tamari    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 3:04:46 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -The Senate Ethics Committee has an eye on the allegations surrounding New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the panel’s top Republican indicated, as news reports show that Menendez used a public hearing to advocate for a business tied to Salomon Melgen, a South Florida eye doctor now under federal investigation. "We are aware of the news reports regarding the FBI raid on Dr. Melgen’s office. The Ethics Committee will follow its established procedures in this matter," Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, said in a statement. The Washington Post first reported Isakson’s comments and wrote that a review

  



Thirty-one killed as militants
attack Pakistan checkpoint
Reuters, by Saud Mehsud    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 2:58:42 AM     Post Reply
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan- Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Pakistan´s restive northwest on Saturday, with at least 31 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house, officials said. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to a U.S. drone strike in neighboring North Waziristan last month in which two commanders were killed. The Pakistani military and pro-government militias have since 2009 regained territory from the Pakistan Taliban, who once controlled land a few hours´ drive from the capital of Islamabad.

Gov. Jerry Brown pardons
128 people in 2012
Los Angeles Times, by Anthony York    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 2:35:16 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO — A former deputy Los Angeles city attorney, convicted of soliciting sexual favors from an 18-year-old defendant in exchange for promising to help her avoid jail time, was among 128 people pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. In 1990, George Schwartz received a one-year sentence in Los Angeles County Jail for the crime. Weeks ago, his name was added to the growing list of those who have received official forgiveness from Brown. The full list was released Friday. In April, the governor commuted the potential life sentence of Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted

Colin Kaepernick gives Turlock
something to celebrate
Los Angeles Times, by Diana Marcum    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 2:29:50 AM     Post Reply
TURLOCK, Calif. — A gas station in this Central Valley town used to sell souvenir hats that read: "Turlock — Known for Absolutely Nothing." That was before hometown boy Colin Kaepernick went from being a third-string quarterback to leading the San Francisco 49ers into Sunday´s Super Bowl. Now Turlock is swarming with tourists. They are dropping into Christina´s Coffeehouse for a Kaep of Joe, eating Kaepernick Dogs (chili, coleslaw, jalapenos and special sauce) at Footers on Main Street and ordering a No. 7 Kaepernick Special at the Dust Bowl — a jalapeno burger served with a red-gold ale.

Romney campaign gave $90K
to Red Cross after Sandy
Politico, by Kenneth P. Vogel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 2:16:16 AM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign quietly donated nearly $90,000 to the Red Cross in late November, according to a report filed Thursday night with the Federal Election Commission. The donation came on Nov. 30 – about one month after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, stretching thin the organization’s resources, and weeks after the GOP candidate lost to President Barack Obama. Neither Romney nor his campaign publicized the donation, despite liberal allegations in the days before the election that he had used the Red Cross as a political prop.

Hunt for murderer mistakenly
freed in Chicago
Associated Press, by Jason Keyser    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2013 12:20:44 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO — Authorities searched Friday for a convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released after a Chicago court appearance, as officials in Illinois admitted they lost paperwork directing them to return him to Indiana. It turned out Steven L. Robbins didn´t even need to be brought to Chicago in the first place, and Cook County officials on Friday also pointed fingers over who was responsible for that mistake. Robbins, 44, was serving a 60-year sentence for murder in Indiana and was escorted by Cook County sheriff´s deputies to Chicago this week for a court appearance

White House blasts McCain
over Hagel questions
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2013 12:16:17 AM     Post Reply
The White House Friday blasted Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was President Obama’s opponent in 2008, for his tough questioning Thursday of Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel over the U.S. troop surge in the Iraq war. White House press secretary Jay Carney reminded reporters that Mr. Obama defeated Mr. McCain for the presidency in 2008, and said history has shown that Mr. Obama exhibited better judgment than the Arizona Republican about the Iraq war. “In 2008, as I recall, Senator McCain suggested

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