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Obama lays groundwork to
bypass Congress in second term
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 9:28:30 AM     Post Reply
Going into his second term, President Obama is facing a dilemma. On the one hand, he still wants to pursue an ambitious liberal legislative agenda. On the other hand, he knows that as long as Republicans have control of the House and 45 seats in the Senate, he won’t be able to enact it. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he responded by laying the groundwork to bypass Congress in his second term. To be sure, Obama did outline an ambitious legislative agenda. He called for comprehensive immigration reform,

Obama´s State of the Union: 6,419
words and almost as many clichés
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/13/2013 9:12:20 AM     Post Reply
This wasn´t Barack Obama´s first State of the Union rodeo. He didn´t just fall off the turnip truck. He´s been around the block a few times on Capitol Hill. He knows his way around a teleprompter. Obama used to be known as a Real Good Talker. He made his initial national bones with a speech. But the last two are tired, boilerplate, bits and pieces of campaign rhetoric cut and pasted into recycled collections of empty phrases that sound swell--until you read them. Obama´s top overpaid speechwriter recently abandoned ship for even better Hollywood dough.

WWII veteran returns home to hero´s
welcome after being vandalized
KHOU.com, by Brad Woodard    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 2/13/2013 9:05:30 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON -- It was a moment weeks in the making: 93-year-old Elbert Wood returned to his home that was rebuilt through the kindness of strangers. “This is purely community effort, from the new grass to the new roof,” radio host Michael Berry told the crowd that gathered in northwest Houston. They offered up a hero’s welcome for Wood, a decorated World War II veteran. Tuesday’s homecoming was a stark contrast to when he returned home from a doctor’s appointment last month to find his home burglarized and vandalized.
Link repaired by staff



Where’s Steve Kroft
When You Need Him?
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 8:58:01 AM     Post Reply
In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama spent much of the early part of his speech savaging the idea of sequestration. In his typically understated way, Mr. Obama referred to the sequester cuts as “sudden, harsh, and arbitrary.” In case he wasn’t clear, Obama also referred to them as “reckless.” And just in case this indictment was too vague, the president said the sequester was a “really bad idea.” Which makes this interview between Fox News’ Bret Baier and White House press secretary Jay Carney so delicious. Under Baier’s firm, skillful
Intro corrected by staff

A short note on Speaker
Boehner´s expression
American Thinker, by Peter Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 8:55:19 AM     Post Reply
I had dinner guests and forgot to DVR the State of the Union, so I tuned in late. The picture of three politicians at center stage however gave me hope. On the left was just plain dumb as a box of rocks Joe Biden, so obviously aware of the camera, trying to construct a facial expression that was supportive and reverent of his boss. In the middle, the bloviating President. On the right John Boehner, who sat for minutes on end with an incredible demeanor filled with utmost disdain for Obama, barely able to contain his fury, while Democrat lackeys

Barack Obama outlines his big
government vision for American
decline in State of the Union address
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2013 8:46:20 AM     Post Reply
This was another big government speech from the president of the United States. Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was filled with pledges for new government spending, couched as investment in “broad-based growth”, from infrastructure development to Executive measures to combat climate change, designed to bypass Congressional opposition. There was no talk of tax cuts or freeing businesses from red tape and suffocating regulation. Not a word about advancing economic freedom, but acres of language about government intervention, in the economy, the workplace, education system, and practically every aspect of American life, plus a job-killing costly minimum wage hike

Obama’s ´bipartisan´ State of the Union
paints Republicans as anti-science,
job-hating Neanderthals
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2013 8:42:06 AM     Post Reply
There was a slightly surreal context to this year’s State of the Union.[Snip] The State of the Union repeated a lot of the same themes of the past few years. That’s because a lot of Obama’s promises remain unfulfilled and are still reliant on slipping them through a hostile Congress. Take his signature pledge to raise the minimum wage to $9, which he insisted will stimulate the economy and create jobs. Back in 2008, Obama said he’s raise the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2011. Likewise, we got a retread on cutting the deficit, slashing unemployment



No, Mr President, the war against
al-Qaeda is far from won
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2013 8:35:59 AM     Post Reply
There are times, such as last night´s State of the Union address, when I think President Barack Obama has taken leave of reality. How he can claim, when half the Arab world is being overrun by Islamist militants, that al-Qaeda is now a shadow of its former self is beyond comprehension. Is he forgetting that it is only five months since Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya, died following an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi by al-Qaeda militants? Is he unaware of al-Qaeda´s takeover of large swathes of North Africa? Hasn´t anyone told him that al-Qaeda is

‘We cannot cut our way to prosperity’:
Obama sets out vision to support a
´thriving middle class´ without
spending ´a single dime´
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2013 7:59:03 AM     Post Reply
A politically emboldened President Obama railed against Congress on Tuesday for its lack of compromise on budget cuts as he called for greater investments in education and infrastructure that he promised would be ´fully paid for.´ ´Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime,´ Obama said during his State of the Union address. ´It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.´ In a broad-ranging speech that lasted just over an hour, Obama grew emotional at times as he rallied for

What Did Lew Do?
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2013 7:56:11 AM     Post Reply
There weren´t many memorable lines in President Obama´s State of the Union speech. Indeed, only one leapt out at me: "As long as I’m commander in chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad." Was this statement in the future tense, an implicit acknowledgment that in the recent past the commander in chief had in fact failed to "do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad?" Was this promise of presidential action a kind of silent apology for his inaction on September 11, 2012?

The Executive Order The
Press Agreed To Keep
Secret For Five Hours
Buzzfeed, by Andrew Kacznski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 7:46:39 AM     Post Reply
Shortly before 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, the White House emailed reporters that President Obama had signed a highly anticipated Executive Order aimed at protecting cyber security. The order — setting up new programs aimed at stopping online espionage and terrorism — was already the law of the land, signed by the president. But it was also secret. The document was "embargoed until delivery of the President´s in the State of the Union address" — despite the fact it had already been signed. Such embargoes — imposed unilaterally, rather than agreed-upon — are not binding on news organizations



Police recover a body, believed to be
that of wanted killer cop Christopher
Dorner, from remains of mountain
cabin that burnt to the ground after
final gun battle with police
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie, Thomas Durante    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2013 7:45:41 AM     Post Reply
Charred human remains have been found in the burned-out cabin where fugitive former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner was believed to be, according to a sheriff´s spokeswoman. Jodi Miller from San Bernardino County sheriff´s office said the remains were found late Tuesday after a shootout that killed one sheriff´s deputy and injured another. It brings the number of murders Dorner is said to have committed to four. Authorities believe Dorner barricaded himself inside the cabin and a fire later ensued. Investigators will attempt to determine if the remains are Dorner´s through forensic tests, but it could take up to

Nasa cannot monitor most
potentially devastating asteroids
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2013 7:41:58 AM     Post Reply
Although the 150ft (45m) rock will zoom harmlessly by our planet on its record near approach this week, it is just one of up to a million "near-Earth objects" which astronomers believe could one day pose a serious threat. A program set up by NASA to monitor so-called "NEOs" a decade and a half ago has so far tracked fewer than 10,000, meaning the vast majority are still hidden. Most of the larger specimens, which could have the potential to wipe out entire continents, have been found but even small asteroids like 2012 DA14 could be powerful enough to destroy

Rove Email Leaks: Ideological
War Opens in GOP
The American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/13/2013 7:41:37 AM     Post Reply
Karl Rove was not happy. The conservative base of the Republican Party is not happy. The Ford/Bush-Reagan battle of ideology decades past suddenly renews. What’s going on with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell? And yes, to wax Carvillian, it is the ideology, stupid. In fact, it is an ideological war. First, Mr. Rove and a leaked email. The date: September 14, 2010. The place: Sean Hannity’s television show. The occasion: The Delaware U.S. Senate primary, won that night by conservative activist Christine O’Donnell. Won by a more than respectable 6 points, 53%-47%. The news reached Karl Rove while appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News TV show, as seen here.

Second-Rate Appointments
From A Third-Rate President
American Thinker, by Geoffrey P. Hunt    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 7:23:29 AM     Post Reply
So, former VP Dick Cheney says "The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal... Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people." Well, to be charitable to Barack´s second-raters, at least our third-rate president has learned one leadership axiom -- surround yourself with people smarter and more capable than you are. Yet what a tragedy to waste even second-raters on a national security policy that is but a portfolio of indifference and cynicism. "What Difference Does It Make?"



Collins: ‘A Disappointment’
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 7:20:20 AM     Post Reply
Unless President Obama plans on cramming through his entire second-term agenda with executive orders, one would think he’d be interested in wooing moderate Republicans such as Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Well, Collins told reporters she thought the president’s State of the Union address was a “disappointment,” primarily because he failed to outline a plan to deal with the country’s mounting debt, and “avoided many of the tough choices that are going to have to be made.” “The president certainly outlined a very ambitious agenda, but I’m very unclear

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio
Responds to President´s
State of the Union
Plymouth-Canton Patch (MI), by John McKay    Original Article
Posted By: Rakasha- 2/13/2013 7:14:34 AM     Post Reply
Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, released the following statement Tuesday following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “President Obama keeps trying to convince us that giving up our freedoms and letting the government make our decisions on how to run our lives is a sign of progress. He wants the government to tell us how to run our businesses. He wants the government to get between us and our doctors. He wants the government to take more of our nation’s hard earned money instead of letting us spend it for ourselves. All of these intrusions make us less prosperous, less healthy,

Obama’s Most Audacious
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/13/2013 7:00:08 AM     Post Reply
It is difficult to say with certainly which of the many whoppers President Obama told tonight was took the most crust to utter, but my money is going on this assertion, made a few minutes into the speech: “Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs.” I know “Orwellian” has now become rather hackneyed, but there is simply no other adjective that better describes this statement. It is not merely a lie. It is the precise opposite of the truth. It is just as absurd as “war is peace” or “freedom is slavery.”

Wrestling Dropped From Olympics
Wall Street Journal, by STU WOO, MATTHEW FUTTERMAN    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/13/2013 6:45:13 AM     Post Reply
The International Olympic Committee has dropped wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games, a surprising decision that has bewildered athletes and fans of the longtime Olympic sport.The IOC said Tuesday that its executive board recommended excluding wrestling from its list of core sports. Wrestling still has a chance to return to the Games in 2020 via a complicated process: The IOC later this year will choose one of eight shortlisted sports—wrestling, baseball/softball, climbing, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboarding and a Chinese martial art called wushu—to add to the 2020 program.

Unions pack Assembly to protest
labor-law rewrite
Anchorage Daily News, by Kyle Hopkins    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 2/13/2013 6:37:00 AM     Post Reply
More than 750 people, many representing eight labor groups, clogged the Tuesday night Anchorage Assembly meeting in a sign of the fight to come over Mayor Dan Sullivan´s proposal to weaken city unions. Assembly members voted 7-4 to allow the proposal to proceed to a public hearing on Feb. 26. Assembly members Dick Traini, Paul Honeman, Elvi Gray-Jackson and Patrick Flynn voted to kill the plan outright. Sullivan says the sweeping changes are long overdue and necessary to streamline labor negotiations and deliver city services cheaper and more efficiently.


State of the Union
Reaction:Media Gives
Obama Thumbs Up
Politico, by Mackenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/13/2013 6:26:42 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama delivered an “effective” State of the Union address that took an emotional turn at the end with the emphasis on gun violence, members of the media said after his speech on Tuesday. CBS’s Bob Schieffer called the speech much “better” than Obama’s inaugural address, which he said had come across as a “partisan lecture.” “I mean, the president’s inaugural address had sort of a partisan lecture tone about it,” Schieffer said after Obama wrapped. “This was a political speech, but it was well-written, it had a beginning, a middle and an end.”

Obama and the Pirates
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2013 6:16:04 AM     Post Reply
Everything in this column will be established by logical proof, as in geometry. There will be no name calling, or mere assertion. You probably heard again last night that President Obama still thinks “the rich,” a crass term implying low class social envy, do not pay their “fair share.” He has been barnstorming America saying precisely that for his more than four years in office now. But the indisputable facts from official government sources say otherwise. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data, compiled from income tax returns, as reported by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Suit filed in 2011 ambush of
US agents in Mexico
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 6:15:14 AM     Post Reply
The family of a U.S. Customs Enforcement agent killed in a 2011 ambush on a Mexican highway and another agent who survived filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to hold the government and nearly two-dozen other defendants accountable in the attack. The federal lawsuit arises from the Feb. 15, 2011, attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila. They were attacked in their armored sport-utility vehicle near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, shortly after picking up some equipment from another agent. Zapata died and Avila was seriously wounded.

The Stoning of Dr. Ben Carson
American Spectator, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2013 6:13:22 AM     Post Reply
Liberals continue their hysteria over remarks made by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast last week. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in on healthcare — something he knows something about, and certainly knows better than Barack Obama. In the liberal mind, Carson committed a grave transgression; he had dared to disagree with Obama, and in Obama’s presence. In a discussion of Carson’s moral effrontery, Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s State of the Union, asked her panelists whether they were offended by Carson’s comments.

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