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Obama Desperate to Own
Immigration Reform
as His Legacy Issue
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 4:37:29 PM     Post Reply
If there was any doubt that President Obama’s is still perturbed that the congressional Group of Eight stole headlines the day before his immigration speech by releasing their bipartisan framework, look no further than the White House claim of credit today. Obama’s Las Vegas speech was a retread of his 2011 framework but intended to launch immigration reform as a legacy issue for the president at the start of his second term. “Let me say it this way — the primary reason that we are seeing immigration reform rise on the priority list is because of the president’s efforts

WATCH: ´Downton Abbey´
star Maggie Smith says
she´s never seen the show
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2013 4:30:22 PM     Post Reply
Millions of people have watched Maggie Smith on "Downton Abbey." But she´s not one of them. The 78-year-old actress, who portrays Lady Grantham in the popular PBS series, told "60 Minutes" that she hasn´t watched the drama because doing so would only make her agonize over her performance. She said she may watch it someday. Smith told Steve Kroft, in an interview to be televised Sunday, that what she takes from the role is "the delight of acting." She has three Oscars, two Emmys and a Tony Award, but said the "Downton Abbey" role

Frank Lautenberg will not
seek re-election next year
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Matt Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2013 4:12:17 PM     Post Reply
Trenton — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a pugnacious and plain-spoken Democrat who has represented New Jersey for three decades, will not seek re-election to a sixth term next year. “I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey,” Lautenberg told The Star-Ledger. “While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I´m going to keep fighting

  


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For CNN, Cruise Ship Coverage
by ‘Air, Land and Sea’
New York Times, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/14/2013 3:33:46 PM     Post Reply
There are a number of ways to get ahead in the cable news world. One way is partisan talk about the news, as exemplified by shows on MSNBC and Fox News. Another way is personality-based — think Bill O’Reilly, Joe Scarborough and Rachel Maddow. CNN on Thursday seemed to try another way: captivating, nonstop cruise ship coverage. The cable news channel threw everything it had at the odyssey of the Carnival Cruise Line ship Triumph, which was being towed toward port in Mobile, Ala., after four days stranded at sea. CNN had a helicopter

The Right’s Rising Stars:
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Center for Individual Freedom, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 2:54:24 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida probably Jindalled himself in his State of the Union response Tuesday night, meaning he certainly did not help his future presidential prospects, and may have harmed them. Republicans thus remain without a primary spokesman or obvious standard-bearer. On the other hand, they boast a larger number of talented, potential presidential candidates than has been seen in living memory. By my count, there are at least 30 Republicans who have legitimate reason to consider Oval Office runs in 2016. Yes, 30. Amazing. What follows is my assessment of their chances –

Kerry Provoked by North Korea´s
Provocative Provocation
Weekly Standard, by Gabriel Schoenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 2:38:36 PM     Post Reply
With the detonation of a North Korean nuclear device on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry has been grappling with his first crisis. Here are his comments in a press avail yesterday. With respect to the DPRK, President Obama made it crystal clear last night and previously in all comments, as have other countries, that North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program are a threat now to the United States of America, because of what they are pursuing specifically, as well as to global security and peace.Following their latest provocation, which we have termed

Chuck Hagel blocked: Harry Reid
says he doesn’t have the votes
Politico, by Tim Mak & Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 2:26:36 PM     Post Reply
Chuck Hagel’s path to the Pentagon struck another major roadblock on Thursday when Senate Republicans kept up their threat to filibuster, throwing the nomination into limbo as Congress prepared to quit town for a weeklong recess. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor that Republicans were blocking Hagel over their demands that he and the White House give more information about Hagel’s background and the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks. Angry Democrats slammed that move, contending Hagel has cleared every bar on his financial disclosures and that he has nothing to do with Benghazi –

  


  

Kerry Still Waiting for
a Call Back from Russia
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 2:23:18 PM     Post Reply
Following Monday night’s nuclear test in North Korea, newly installed secretary of state John Kerry placed calls to get in touch with his counterparts from the key regional powers. That night, according to the State Department, he spoke with the foreign ministers of South Korea, China, and Japan. But one key player didn’t deign to get back to JFK: Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. Russia has publicly condemned the test, calling for Pyongyang to halt its nuclear program and abide by the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, but they apparently don’t feel like discussing these objections with the U.S.

When Marco Rubio drank
Clint Eastwood’s water,
and 9 other amazing
water drinking video clips
Washington Examiner [DC], by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 2:20:23 PM     Post Reply
(video) In no way comprehensive, the video above features over 10 video clips of Marco Rubio drinking water. Since he became an internet sensation last night after taking a swig from a bottle of Poland Spring, most viewers will be shocked to find out that the freshman Senator from Florida historically drinks water during his speeches. Watch the most amazing mashup of these moments above. . . and always remember to stay thirsty my friends.

MO Democrat Proposes Gun Ban, 90
Days to Turn in ´Assault Weapons´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 2:19:36 PM     Post Reply
Missouri Democrat state Rep. Rory Ellinger has put forth H.B. 545, which would ban "assault weapons" and many semi-automatic pistols. It would give owners of said weapons 90 days to either turn them in or get them out of the state. After 90 days, those in possession of such weapons would face class "C" felony charges. The legislation defines an "assault weapon" as a rifle with a detachable magazine and any "one or more of the following: a pistol grip or thumbhole stock... protruding grip that can be held by nontrigger hand, a folding

Van Jones: ‘Marco Rubio is
Dangerous for Democrats’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 2:05:41 PM     Post Reply
Following Marco Rubio’s response to the president’s State of the Union, former Obama adviser Van Jones had some high praise for Marco Rubio. “He is dangerous,” Jones said. “I was so glad he picked up that water bottle because where he was going, he was getting emotional.” He continued: “Marco Rubio is to the heart what Paul Ryan is to the head. Paul Ryan is dangerous because of the strength of his intellect. This is a smart guy, Marco Rubio, but when he connects, that last 90 seconds, Marco Rubio, he is dangerous for Democrats.”

  


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Report: Chris Dorner´s mother
ate chips, drank wine during
standoff...
Washington Times, by Joseph Cotto    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 1:54:34 PM     Post Reply
FLORIDA — The tale of Chris Dorner just keeps getting stranger and sadder. It seems that as far as the presumably dead LAPD officer-turned-suspected serial killer is concerned, the terms are never mutually exclusive. Late Tuesday night, a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles reported that Dorner’s mother watched his now-infamous standoff on television while patronizing a Mexican restaurant. This might very well lead one to assume that she was living in another state, or at least somewhere far off like the San Francisco Bay Area. That is not the case, however.

California police chief: The
idea that a gun is a defensive
weapon is a ‘myth’
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 1:39:29 PM     Post Reply
California Police Chief Ken James insisted earlier this month that the idea of a gun as a “defensive weapon” was a “myth.” Speaking at a news conference about gun control with California lawmakers, James explained that he was concerned with the amount of weapons owned by American citizens. “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon,” James said. “That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon.” James is the Police Chief of Emeryville, California and the Police Chief Association’s Firearms Committee Chairman.

Internet tax gains
steam with GOP support
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 1:34:25 PM     Post Reply
Legislation clearing the way for states to collect sales tax on consumer internet sales -- long off limits -- is picking up steam with the support of Republicans in the Senate and conservative governors. On Thursday, Wyoming Republican Sen. Michael Enzi and Tennessee´s Lamar Alexander are joining Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin to unveil the "Marketplace Fairness Act" which would let states compel online and catalog merchants, no matter where they´re located, to collect sales tax. Their move follows demands from Republicans governors, struggling to balance budgets, that Washington end the practice of letting online retailers ignore collecting the

State of the Union: Rand Paul
Brings Libertarianism to the GOP
Reason, by Brian Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 2/14/2013 1:31:36 PM     Post Reply
The official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night was from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But the Republican Party is a house (partially) divided now, with a self-conscious rebel wing, and the semi-official “Tea Party” response came from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Paul won his Senate seat on a Tea Party anti-establishment wave in 2010, defeating establishment favorite Trey Grayson for the GOP nomination. (He wrote about it in his campaign memoir The Tea Party Goes to Washington.)

  


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Crystal Ball: Senate Democrats
on high alert in seven 2014 races
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 1:28:14 PM     Post Reply
Borrowing a grading system based on the “Star Trek” franchise, the University of Virginia´s Center for Politics warns on Thursday in its latest breakdown of the 2014 Senate races that Senate Democrats should be on high alert in seven states in which they hold seats.. The political Trekkies — Kyle Kondik, Geoffrey Skelley and Larry J. Sabato — write in the latest edition of The Crystal Ball that Democrats are on “red alert” in Louisiana, South Dakota and West Virginia, and on “orange alert” in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and North Carolina.

Michelle Obama screens indie Oscar
contender ‘Beasts of the Southern
Wild’ at White House
New York Daily News, by Kristen A. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 1:19:12 PM     Post Reply
Dark horse Oscar contender “Beasts of the Southern Wild” got a high-powered endorsement for its Academy Award campaign on Wednesday from First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady screened the indie sensation for a group of students at the White House on Wednesday, calling it "one of the most powerful and important movies that has been put out this year — or in a long time, quite frankly." The White House event for Black History Month included students from Washington, D.C., and some from the New Orleans area, where "Beasts" was filmed.

Former WH Comm Director: War With
Fox News Was ‘Simple Decision,’
Their ‘Alternative Universe’
Now ‘Crumbling’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 1:00:19 PM     Post Reply
Remember Anita Dunn, the former White House Communications Director who famously went to war with Fox News back in 2009? Wednesday afternoon, she was back in action, talking with HuffPost Live about why the decision to battle with the most-watched cable news network was a “simple” decision because of Fox’s persistently negative coverage of President Obama, adding that she believes the network’s “alternative reality” is “crumbling.” Readers may recall back in 2009 that Dunn generated controversy when she told TIME magazine that Fox is “opinion journalism masquerading as news.” The comment fueled an already-tense battle between the

G20 summit: Mineral water company
receives free advertising from
Barack Obama
Telegraph (UK), by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/14/2013 12:54:36 PM     Post Reply
Buxton was treated to the world´s most coveted endorsement when the US President, who was answering questions with Mr Brown at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, turned down his hosts´ offer of a glass. Displaying the cool demeanour for which he has become renowned, Mr Obama took several leisurely sips from the bottle, displaying its logo to viewers watching the event around the world. The move, unusual for a head of state, was welcomed by the Nestlé, which owns Buxton. Paolo Sangiorgi, the managing director of Nestlé Waters said: "We´re delighted that President Obama is keeping healthily hydrated with bottled

Defense Secretary Hagel?
Not So Fast
ABC News, by Jonathan Karl    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2013 12:50:26 PM     Post Reply
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was hoping today would be his last day at the Pentagon. The White House was hoping it would have a new Defense Department secretary by Friday. Not so fast. It now looks like Democrats don’t have the votes to get Hagel confirmed, at least not yet. (Snip) Panetta has made no secret of his desire to get back to his home in Monterey, Calif., but a senior Defense Department official told ABC News that Panetta is prepared to stay in office until Hagel is confirmed. It looks like Monterey will have to wait.

  



Iran’s bid to buy banned magnets
stokes fears about major expansion
of nuclear capacity
Washington Post, by Joby Warrick    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2013 12:42:26 PM     Post Reply
Iran recently sought to acquire tens of thousands of highly specialized magnets used in centrifuge machines, according to experts and diplomats, a sign that the country may be planning a major expansion of its nuclear program that could shorten the path to an atomic weapons capability. Purchase orders obtained by nuclear researchers show an attempt by Iranian agents to buy 100,000 of the ring-shaped magnets — which are banned from export to Iran under U.N. resolutions — from China about a year ago, those familiar with the effort said. It is unclear whether the attempt succeeded.

Cartel Kingpin Chicago´s
New Public Enemy No. 1
NBC Chicago, by Michael Tarm    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 2/14/2013 12:26:23 PM     Post Reply
Authorities in Chicago are naming a drug kingpin in Mexico as the city´s Public Enemy No. 1 — a label first given to gangster Al Capone and one that hasn´t been used since Prohibition. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being singled out for his role as leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which supplies the bulk of narcotics sold in the city, according to the Chicago Crime Commission and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Kerry Sets First Official
Speech for UVa
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 12:18:09 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -Secretary of State John Kerry has chosen the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, as the site of his first foreign policy speech since joining President Barack Obama´s Cabinet. State Department officials say Kerry will speak to students and faculty next Wednesday about the importance of robust U.S. diplomacy and connections between it and the lives of ordinary Americans. The address will be the first in a series Kerry plans to give to domestic audiences to explain what the public gets out of government investment in foreign affairs, which accounts for about 1 percent of the federal budget.

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

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