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´Turkish FM slams Israel for
strikes, Syria for inaction´
Jereusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/2/2013 12:39:30 PM     Post Reply
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday slammed both Israel for reported strikes in Syria earlier in the week, as well as Syria for its failure to respond to the attacks, Turkish daily The Hurriyet reported. "Why didn´t [Syrian President Bashar] Assad even throw a pebble when Israeli jets were flying over his palace and playing with the dignity of his country?" The Hurriyet quoted Davutoglu as saying. "Why didn´t the Syrian Army, which has been attacking its own innocent people for 22 months now from the air with jets and by land with tanks and artillery fire, respond

NJ Sen. Bob Menendez is
no stranger to investigations
Associated Press, by Geoff Mulvihill*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 12:35:20 PM     Post Reply
UNION CITY, N.J.- To his critics, Sen. Robert Menendez is the bad guy who always wiggles away. To defenders, he´s a respected figure persecuted in whispers and investigations. The New Jersey Democrat finds himself in familiar territory as his office acknowledges he flew on a donor´s plane to the Dominican Republic in 2010 -- but says he did not engage in sex with prostitutes there, as a conservative website reported. In his gritty, immigrant-heavy northern New Jersey hometown sometimes called "Havana on the Hudson," Menendez is revered as the Cuban-American who has risen the highest in politics

Fewer dollars and babies
threaten social programs
Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 12:22:47 PM     Post Reply
Our major public policies are based on the assumption that America will continue to enjoy growth. Economic growth and population growth. Through most of our history, this assumption has proved to be correct. These days, not so much. Last week, the Commerce Department announced that the gross domestic product shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. And the Census Bureau reported that the U.S. birthrate in 2011 was 63.2 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, the lowest ever recorded. Slow economic growth and low population growth threaten to undermine entitlement programs



Obama Blames Economy on
´Bad Decisions´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 12:19:14 PM     Post Reply
In his weekly address, President Barack Obama blamed the economic problems on "bad decisions."(Snip) The president did not name which decisions were "bad," and who specifically was to blame for those "bad decisions." But he did blame Washington. "2013 can be a year of solid growth, more jobs, and higher wages. But that will only happen if we put a stop to self-inflicted wounds in Washington. Everyone in Washington needs to focus not on politics but on what’s right for the country; on what’s right for you and your families.

Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy
issues resignation
Omaha World-Herald, by Robynn Tysver & Paul Hammel    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/2/2013 12:18:56 PM     Post Reply
Lincoln—Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned his post abruptly Saturday after questions were raised by The World-Herald about improper cell phone calls to four women, other than his wife, during the past four years. An investigation by The World-Herald discovered that Sheehy made thousands of late-night telephone calls to the women on his state-issued cell phone, many of them long conversations held in the wee hours of the night. Gov. Dave Heineman announced the resignation at a 10 a.m. press conference. "I´ve got a knot in my stomach. I´m deeply disappointed. He´s done a lot of good things

Iran´s New Qaher 313 Stealth
Fighter Would Be Perfect
For Attacking The US Navy
Business Insider, by Robert Johnson and David Cenciotti    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/2/2013 12:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Iran yesterday revealed its most recent indigenous fighter jet — the “Qaher 313?. The prototype Q-313 was presented to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a ceremonial gift during the country´s Ten-Day Dawn celebration. The festivities commemorate the 1979 revolution when the U.S. embassy in Tehran taken by force. In the previous days, the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi had said, “The aircraft will be different from the other fighter jets Iran has already made.” Indeed, based on the first photographs released by the FARS News Agency, the new stealthy jet has a peculiar design.

Do we really need a ´policy intervention´
to prevent cats from chasing mice?
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/2/2013 12:16:10 PM     Post Reply
You can´t make stuff like this up. The Huffington Post reports that a new study, led by Scott Loss of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, is calling attention to the baneful problem of domesticated cats chasing mice, birds, and other prey to kill and eat them. Oh, the horror. Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals



Harry Reid And The
Crumbling Democratic Caucus
PJ Media, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/2/2013 11:30:15 AM     Post Reply
Iowa is about to have an openSenate seat for the first time in twenty-nine years. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) decided to bolt from the U.S. Senate, as did Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). However, why are safe Democrats retiring from the U.S. Senate? Rockefeller and Harkin, for example, could’ve been there for life. Is it because Sen. Harry Reid is making things so miserable that stalwarts of the left, like Harkin, are crying “uncle?” The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin thinks so, and said to watch for three more retirements as 2014 draws nearer.

Martin Luther King Jr. High
School coach shoots attackers
WXYZ-TV [Southfield, MI], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: barbcrose- 2/2/2013 11:10:29 AM     Post Reply
Police sources tell 7 Action News that a women´s basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot.Police sources say the coach was walking the two girls to their cars when two men allegedly approached and one pulled out a gun and grabbed him by his chain necklace. The coach then pulled out his gun and shot both of them, according to sources. The man who shot the attackers was 70 years old, according to police. One of the attackers was found dead in the median

Lance and Barack: the
Content of their Characters
American Thinker, by Andre Lofthus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/2/2013 11:07:39 AM     Post Reply
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is sad to say that nearly 50 years after his moving speech in our nation´s capital, the day Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed for his children has not yet arrived in our nation. In fact, we are probably further from his dream today then we were on the day he gave the speech.

The GOP Needs a General Grant
American Thinker, by Tom Thurlow    Original Article
Posted By: EnsignO´Toole- 2/2/2013 11:04:04 AM     Post Reply
Lately there have been a number of analogies made between various liberal political positions and the abolitionist Union side in the Civil War. No doubt this is a result of the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln, and its notoriety, and the universal need to identify with the virtuous side of any historical struggle.[Snip]As a gun owner, I resent the comparison. But if there are any credible analogies to be made with today´s political movements and Abraham Lincoln, it is between the Union side of the Civil War and today´s Republican Party.



Daring to ask the PED question - Thread Closed
Grantland, by Bill Simmons    Original Article
Posted By: bemused conservative- 2/2/2013 11:03:27 AM     Post Reply
I made a deal with myself a long time ago: My column needed to capture the things I discuss with my friends. Last week, I realized that wasn´t totally happening anymore. Something of a disconnect had emerged between my private conversations and the things I wrote for Grantland/ESPN. In essence, I had turned into two people. There´s Sports Fan Me, and there´s ESPN Me. Sports Fan Me is candid, jaded, suspicious of everyone. Sports Fan Me repeatedly gets involved in arguments and e-mail chains centered on the question, "Do you think he´s cheating?"

Obama Administration: We Will
Still Force Christians to Act
Against Their Faith
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/2/2013 11:02:59 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs. HHS released a new proposed regulation under the Obamacare law that the department presented as an accommodation to religious “organizations” that object to providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.

White House Mocks Doubters
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 10:56:30 AM     Post Reply
Former White House senior adviser David Plouffe took to Twitter to preemptively mock those who might believe the photograph of President Obama shooting a firearm is fake: [Tweet] White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer also added to the teasing from his official Twitter account: [Tweet] On Saturday morning, the White House released the photo of Obama shooting at clay pigeons at the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland.

Obama Weekly Address:
2013 Can Be A Year Of
Solid Economic Growth
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/2/2013 10:47:57 AM     Post Reply
White House: In this week’s address, President Obama called on Congress to work together on a balanced approach to reduce our deficit and promote economic growth and job creation. Our businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year, and we just learned that our economy created more jobs over the last few months than economists originally thought. Our economy is poised to expand in 2013 if Washington politics doesn’t get in the way, and the President called on Congress to work together to keep moving us forward. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hi, everybody. In the coming weeks, we face some important decisions



White House publishes
photo of Obama shooting
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/2/2013 10:41:56 AM     Post Reply
In response to skepticism of President Obama’s statement that, “Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” the White House has released a photo of the president firing a shotgun. Former top Obama campaign aide David Plouffe linked to the photo in a tweet that read: “Attn skeet birthers. Make our day — let the photoshop conspiracies begin!”
Headline corrected by Staff.

ICE agents: Trumka doesn’t speak
for us on immigration reform
Human Events, by Adam Tragone    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/2/2013 10:35:41 AM     Post Reply
The union representing immigration officials who protect the border against illegal crossings, drug smuggling and human trafficking blasted the White House and the nation’s top labor boss this week for denying their concerns about dangerous border conditions even existing. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka this week angered the rank and file members of the National ICE Council when the labor giant denied the contentious issue had divided many members. “Unions did have at one point some differences on the [immigration] issue, but the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now.

So close you can almost
feel the heat: Spectacular
360-degree interactive images
give bird´s eye view of
erupting Russian volcano
Daily Mail (UK), by Damien Gayle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 10:34:50 AM     Post Reply
This is the moment a volcano erupted in the snowy wastes of Russia´s remote far east. The stunning pictures were captured by a Russian film crew who swooped across in a helicopter and braved roasting hot pyroclastic flows on the ground to create an immersive, interactive panorama. Plosky Tolbachik is one of four volcanoes, all within 110 miles of each other, that have been active simultaneously on the peninsula in Russia´s far east since late November. Scroll down to try the incredible panorama for yourself

Eight Retailers That Will
Close the Most Stores
Yahoo! Finance, by Douglas A. McIntyre*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/2/2013 10:22:26 AM     Post Reply
It is the time of year again, when America’s largest retailers release those critical holiday season figures and disclose their annual sales. A review of these numbers tells us a great deal about how most of the companies will do in the upcoming year. And while successful retailers in 2012 may add stores this year, those that have performed very poorly may have to cut locations during 2013 to improve margins or reverse losses. For many retailers, the sales situation is so bad that it is not a question of whether they will cut stores, but when and how many. Most recently, Barnes & Noble Inc.

Red flags were raised long
ago for future
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 10:02:33 AM     Post Reply
Good career move by ex-U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. And Scott, thanks for giving the Herald the scoop. You promised we’d get the news first, and we did. Not that his decision to take a pass was unexpected. Two weeks ago tomorrow, he and I were doing another one of our joint book signings at Willow Books in Acton. We had a good crowd, and after it was over, he told me how much he was enjoying the appearances. “Want to do some more of these?” he asked. Well, sure, I said. But aren’t you going to be … busy,


With Brown out, GOP mulls
Romney energy
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 9:57:26 AM     Post Reply
Massachusetts Republicans are desperately scrambling to find a strong Senate candidate to replace Scott Brown, with some even trying to persuade Mitt Romney’s wife or son to jump into the race to avert another electoral disaster. The former GOP senator’s decision to stay out of the June 25 special election surprised and angered some Republican leaders, who said it will make it much harder to beat a Democratic opponent without Brown on the ballot. “I’ve had several people call me and ask about Ann Romney,” Ron Kaufman, a longtime friend

GOP´s Brooks to Senate Democrats:
´Pass a budget or you don’t get paid´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/2/2013 9:45:39 AM     Post Reply
Hello, my name is Susan Brooks. It’s a pleasure to speak to you from Hamilton County in my home state of Indiana. I’ve lived in Indiana just about all my life. [Snip] And starting last month, one of the Hoosier State’s voices in the U.S. House of Representatives. I’m proud to live in a state that spends less than it takes in, has earned a AAA credit rating and a budget surplus that will be partially repaid to taxpayers. The secret to our state’s success has always been a value system that promotes a strong sense of responsibility and accountability.

Reid Fends off Questions
About Mendendez Allegations
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: msliberty1937- 2/2/2013 9:42:10 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fended off questions about Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at a press conference about immigration reform. (Snip) Reid defended the Menendez as a “friend” and “outstanding senator” but declined to discuss any details he may have had with the New Jersey lawmaker about media reports of allegations that he had sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. “First of all, Bob Menendez is my friend. He’s an outstanding senator. Any questions in this regard, direct to him. I don’t know anything about it,” Reid said. The purpose of the press event

More than 40 huge sinkholes open
up all over Pennsylvania’s
capital, but the city is too
broke to fix them
Daily Mail [UK], by Damian Ghigliotty    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/2/2013 9:39:09 AM     Post Reply
Officials in Pennsylvania’s state capital are dealing with an abysmal issue they can’t afford to fix: 41 massive sinkholes throughout the city as wide as 50 feet and as deep as a typical grave. The mix of loose sandy soil and century-old leaking water pipes under Harrisburg´s streets have made the area susceptible to such holes, city officials say. But the city is too broke to replace many of the aging pipes and repave its roads as it deals with ongoing budget woes and the looming threat of bankruptcy, according to media reports. The first of the recent sinkholes

Hillary Clinton Exits Politics:
Her Enduring Legacy
Newsweek, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/2/2013 9:32:21 AM     Post Reply
And now, as of this week, Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes something she has not been in two decades: a private citizen. A mind-boggling thought, really, rich in amusingly prosaic implications. Will she drive a car? Is she going to pop up at the Safeway (you’re supposed to bring your own bags now, Madame Secretary!) or be found standing in line at the Friendship Heights multiplex? She’ll still have Secret Service protection, and she has more than enough money to send other people out on a CVS run. But even so, she is now, for the first time in a very...

Exclusive: Alabama ´survivalist killer´ wants
a reporter sent into underground bunker
to tell his story in exchange for
releasing 5-year-old hostage
Daily Mail [UK], by Laura Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/2/2013 9:27:20 AM     Post Reply
The survivalist who allegedly shot a school bus driver before taking a five-year-old boy hostage has said that he will release his hostage if a reporter is sent in to tell his story. MailOnline has learned that Jimmy Lee Dykes made the extraordinary offer on the first day of what has now turned into a siege situation with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team on site, emergency services and a host of media focused on the piece of Alabama bluff under which Dykes and the boy, Ethan, are holed up. A source with the local sheriff´s office has revealed that

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