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Dems lack votes to dodge
Hagel filibuster
Washington Times [DC], by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 12:11:26 PM     Post Reply
Democrats lack the votes — at least for now — to move forward on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next defense secretary, leaving President Obama’s pick in limbo. A top Democratic aide said they have been told there are not enough votes to overcome a GOP filibuster. On Thursday morning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Mr. Panetta was leaving his post at noon that day, meaning the country would be without a defense secretary. “In less than two hours, our country will be without a secretary of defense at a time when we have a war

Obama plans to bypass Congress
to combat climate change
Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Lean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2013 12:07:02 PM     Post Reply
Are we witnessing a strange kind of symmetry? In his first presidential election Barack Obama constantly talked about taking measures to combating global warming all the time--as, indeed, did his Republican opponent, John McCain. But, once in office, he did little or nothing about it.[Snip]And this week he devoted a sizeable chunk of his State of the Union address to promising he will “act soon to protect future generations”. As mentioned here before, the US President privately regards the lack of effective action on climate change to be his biggest first-term failure and, prodded by his daughters, has thought “long

Church Puzzles Over
Role of Ex-Pope
Wall Street Journal, by Stacy Meichtry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 11:57:30 AM     Post Reply
VATICAN CITY—The looming retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, who will soon become the first living ex-pontiff in some six centuries, has created a quandary for the Roman Catholic Church: What to make of a former pope who will continue to live under the roof of a new one? Wednesday provided two examples of how the former officeholder could cast a shadow over his successor´s work. Pope Benedict was likely to take the sensitive step of appointing a new chief of the Vatican bank, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said—a move that would leave the next pontiff

  


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School Bans Valentine’s
Day Cards, Candy
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 11:44:54 AM     Post Reply
Boys and girls at a Massachusetts elementary school have been banned from bringing Valentine’s Day candy or cards over cultural equality issues and federal guidelines regulating candy. (Snip) Parents of students at Salemwood Elementary School in Malden, Mass, received a letter informing them of the policy – that impacts not just Valentine’s Day – but all holidays. “We have many different nationalities, cultures and languages spoken,” Principal Carol Keenan told Fox News. “Because of that we don’t honor specific holidays.” Keenan said she did not want some students feeling left out.

Rubio Dissembles on Amnesty
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 11:14:58 AM     Post Reply
Poor man had no choice: Sen. Marco Rubio had to be deceptive when describing his immigration plans last night–otherwise he’d have little chance of making the sale. Here’s what Rubio said: We need a responsible, permanent solution to the problem of those who are here illegally. But first, we must follow through on the broken promises of the past to secure our borders and enforce our laws. This makes it sound as if Rubio would take action to “secure our borders and enforce our laws” before offering to legalize “those who are here illegally.”

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West
held up by TSA leaving JFK
Los Angeles Times, by Nardine Saad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 11:00:03 AM     Post Reply
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a misunderstanding with Transportation Security Administration officials at JFK International Airport in New York on Tuesday, but apparently the whole thing wasn´t their fault. Chalk that one up to being rich and famous and likely to get favors. The reality TV starlet and her rapper boyfriend/baby daddy were on their way back from Rio de Janeiro, where they were attending Rio Carnival. They were trying to catch a connection from New York to Los Angeles when things went sideways: An airline greeter allowed them to skip a security

Sen. Collins Wants Same-Sex
Partners to Be Brought over Border
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 10:48:18 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is the first Republican supporter of a bill that would allow U.S. citizens to bring their foreign same-sex partners to the country for legal residency. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Collins (R-Maine) will introduce the bill, which Leahy has introduced every year since 2003 and insisted should be part of any immigration reform deal. “More than two dozen countries recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes,” Collins said. “This important civil rights legislation would help prevent committed, loving families from being forced to choose between leaving their family or leaving their country.”

  


  

Arab-American Group
Won’t Release Hagel Tape
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 10:43:41 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) filed for cloture on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense late Wednesday afternoon as Republican senators continued to call for additional disclosure of material from Hagel. Among the requested materials: the full text and details of several speeches Hagel failed to report to the Senate Armed Services Committee that have since been uncovered. Fox News Channel on Tuesday reported on two speeches Hagel failed to disclose as requested, including one given in 2008 to the annual conference of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

Airline oligopoly advances
as American and US Airways
announce merger
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/14/2013 10:41:58 AM     Post Reply
Fasten your seat belts, the ride for airline passengers is going to get if not bumpier, more expensive. Completing this stage of the consolidation of the legacy airline sector, American Airlines, currently in bankruptcy, will merge with US Airways. In a short period of time, United has merged with Continental, Delta with Northwest, and now we have three giants, each aligned with one of the three global "alliances" that seek to consolidate and tame the world´s air transportation markets. (A fourth big player in the domestic airline industry, Southwest Airlines, remains unaffiliated with a global alliance

Filibuster on Hagel:
Vitter, ´We Have 41´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 10:35:53 AM     Post Reply
Republican Senators have the necessary 41 votes to block the confirmation of Chuck Hagel from coming to a vote this week, and will be able to stage a filibuster, according to an interview given by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to Breitbart News editor Larry O´Connor on Washington, DC-area WMAL radio this morning. "The cloture vote is gonna be very close. It´s gonna be today or tomorrow. We may very well defeat this first cloture vote," Vitter said. ABC News´ Jonathan Karl confirmed that Democrats do not yet have the votes to

Obama strategist slams NRA’s
op-ed in The Daily Caller
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 10:29:41 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s top 2012 campaign strategist is attacking a fiery op-ed that was written by National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and published in The Daily Caller. “Hard to believe this is real,” David Plouffe said in an early-evening tweet on Wednesday. “Every GOPer should read and decide if this delusional person will call the shots.” In the op-ed, LaPierre used alarming images to rally gun-rights supporters against what he described as “the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia.” “Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity.

  


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Dr. Carson a good
remedy for what ails U.S.
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 10:14:22 AM     Post Reply
Here are five reasons why Dr. Ben Carson, the famed Baltimore pediatric neurosurgeon and American patriot, should run for president. 1. He has a real job. Dr. Carson is no street volunteer or professor cloistered in an ivory tower. He has dedicated his life to medicine and has saved the lives of countless children plagued by unimaginable maladies. And as a practicing doctor, he understands the marketplace and how unchecked government interference can bring about catastrophic, if unintended, consequences. 2. He lives the American dream. Growing up in dire poverty in Detroit as the son of a

Social Security head says
officials have ´walked away´
from ´fraying´ program
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 10:13:35 AM     Post Reply
Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all "really walked away from Social Security," he says, leaving the program "fraying because of inattention to its problems." Instead of making the hard choices to fix Social Security´s financial problems, policymakers "use it as a tool of political rhetoric," Astrue said. Astrue, 56, has headed the federal government´s largest program since 2006 -- he was nominated by former President George W. Bush. By law, Social Security commissioners serve six-year terms,

App helps Facebook
friends get benefits
San Francisco Chronicle, by Benny Evangelista    Original Article
Posted By: SkyTexas- 2/14/2013 10:12:14 AM     Post Reply
If you´re looking to get a "bang" out of your Facebook friends on Valentine´s Day, there is an app for that. Bang With Friends is a controversial app that, as the name implies, is supposed to be no-nonsense way to learn which of your friends is interested in having sex. The app´s logo and introductory screen shot leave no doubt about its intent. Since launching on Jan. 23, the app has "already hooked up over 100,000 couples," according to an e-mail from the three California college students who created the app.

Obama to lay out details
of universal pre-kindergarten
plan in Decatur
Journal-Constitution [Atlanta GA], by Nancy Badertscher & Greg Bluestein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 10:09:30 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is expected to propose during his Thursday visit to metro Atlanta that the federal government expand the Head Start preschool program, which is designed to prepare children from low-income families for school. Obama also plans to back a new partnership with states to provide preschool for every 4-year-old from low- and middle-income families, according to details from the White House that emerged hours before his scheduled visit. The plan would be funded through with federal matching dollars for public preschool slots for families who earn at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.

  


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S.E. Cupp: ´We can´t be afraid
to call out Rush Limbaugh
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/14/2013 10:08:21 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times has a must-read up on how the GOP is losing the tech war — and losing the youth vote. But tucked away in the piece, I found this:[W]e can’t be afraid to call out Rush Limbaugh,” said Goodwin’s fiancée, S. E. Cupp, a New York Daily News columnist and a co-host of”The Cycle”on MSNBC. “If we can get three Republicans on three different networks saying, ‘What Rush Limbaugh said is crazy and stupid and dangerous,’ maybe that’ll give other Republicans cover” to denounce the talk-show host as well.

Let the bleak times roll
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/14/2013 9:55:50 AM     Post Reply
There is something entirely appropriate about holding the State of the Union address on the same day as Mardi Gras. One is a display of wretched excess, when giddy and rowdy participants give in to reckless and irresponsible behavior. The other is a street festival in New Orleans. There is, thankfully, less nudity in the House chamber for the president’s annual address, and (slightly) less inebriation. But what occurs beneath the Capitol Dome is as debauched as anything on Bourbon Street. The State of the Union ritual is by now familiar to most Americans.

The State of the 4-Year-Olds
New York Times, by Gail Collins    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 2/14/2013 9:52:43 AM     Post Reply
One of the big moments of the State of the Union address was President Obama’s call for “high-quality preschool” for 4-year-olds. Nobody was happier at the idea than Walter Mondale, the former vice president. “This is going to be wonderful,” he said in a phone conversation. His delight was sort of inspiring. If I had been down the road Mondale has traveled, my mood would have been a little darker.In 1971, when he was a senator, Mondale led the Congressional drive to make quality preschool education available to every family in the United States that wanted it.

Rubio water-swig replay tally:
MSNBC 155, CNN 34, Fox News 12
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 2/14/2013 9:34:13 AM     Post Reply
“Zero Dark Thirsty,” “Swing and a Miss,” “Parch Madness,” “Tough Swallow,” “Just Add Water,” and “Water Under the Bridge” were a handful of the phrases used on-air by MSNBC on Wednesday to mock Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for awkwardly pausing to take a sip of water while delivering the official Republican response to the State of the Union address. Throughout the broadcast day, between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST, MSNBC showed a replay of Rubio’s swig approximately 155 times — 101 of which came during “The Rachel Maddow Show ,” which played the moment on loop

Well, that worked out well: 92%
of Pakistanis now dislike America
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/14/2013 9:10:36 AM     Post Reply
After four years of Barack Obama´s diplomatic ´leadership´ and billions of dollars in attempted friendship aid, a new public opinion poll reveals that 92% of Pakistanis now disapprove of the United States. [Snip] Only four Pakistanis out of 100 approve of the United States, President Obama and his policies. They, however, seem to keep kind of quiet about their views in that rowdy land. That´s the lowest favorable rating Pakistan´s citizens have ever given their ostensible North American ally.

  



Valentine Wish: Repair the
State of Our Unions
Aspen Times, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 2/14/2013 9:05:01 AM     Post Reply
“First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes the baby in the baby carriage,” goes the rhyme. Unfortunately, in large swaths of American society, this rhyme is playing in reverse, with dire consequences for lower-income Americans. Given five decades of deteriorating marriage trends, it appears Americans concur with H.L. Mencken, who joked, “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who´d want to live in an institution?” Since 1960, the percentage of married Americans plunged from 72 percent to 51 percent last year, a record low. Meanwhile, babies born to unwed mothers skyrocketed from 4 percent in 1960 to 41 percent in

Family awarded $63
million in Motrin case
BostonGlobe, by Todd Wallack and Kay Lazar    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 2/14/2013 9:03:14 AM     Post Reply
The family of a Plymouth-area girl who nearly died and was left legally blind after taking one of the country’s most common household medicines, Children’s Motrin, was awarded $63 million Wednesday by a Massachusetts jury that found health care giant Johnson & Johnson failed to warn patients adequately about the painkiller’s potential side effects. (Snip) But as she continued to take the drug, her condition only worsened, to the point where her family didn’t know whether she would survive. Within days, doctors determined she suffered from Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis,

Heinz to be acquired by group
including Warren Buffett in
deal worth $23 billion
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/14/2013 8:51:07 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — H.J. Heinz Co. says it agreed to be acquired by an investment group including billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a deal valued at $28 billion. The ketchup company says it’s the largest deal ever in the food industry. Heinz shareholders will receive $72.50 in cash for each share of common stock they own. The transaction value includes the assumption of Heinz’s debt. Based on Heinz’s number of shares outstanding, the deal is worth $23.3 billion excluding debt.

Passengers count hours on ´floating
petri dish´ of a cruise ship
as it limps to shore
CNN News, by Ed Payne    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2013 8:31:49 AM     Post Reply
Squalid, smelly and steamy, the crippled cruise ship Carnival Triumph limped toward port on Thursday, its passengers and crew looking forward to an end to their hellish vacation. The laborious slog through the Gulf of Mexico tested not only the senses of the thousands on board, but their patience as well. Towed by three tugboats, the ship is on track to arrive at terminal in Mobile, Alabama, around 4 p.m. ET Thursday. It´s been a nightmare five days for the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board the 900-foot, 14-story Triumph where a fire broke out

Warren Buffet, 3G to buy
Heinz for $23B
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 8:31:14 AM     Post Reply
Warren Buffett´s Berkshire Hathaway Inc and 3G Capital will buy H.J. Heinz Co for $72.50 a share, or $23.2 billion in cash, Heinz said on Thursday. Including debt assumption, Heinz valued the deal at $28 billion, which it called the largest in food industry history.Heinz said the deal would be financed with cash from Berkshire and 3G, debt rollover and debt financing from J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo. The company did not elaborate on what portion of the cash would be contributed by Berkshire and what portion would come from 3G. CNBC reported that each side would put up $4.5 billion

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