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Indiana Guardsman Gunned
Down While Shielding
2-Year-Old Son
CBS 2 News (Chicago), by Dana Kozlov    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2013 6:02:14 PM     Post Reply
EAST CHICAGO — Home from Afghanistan for just five months, 25-year-old Indiana National Guardsman Willie Cook was gunned down while shielding his two-year-old son. CBS 2´s Dana Kozlov reports its another case of mistaken identity, with no one in custody. Two-year-old Antoine Cook uses a toy cell phone to talk to his father. It’s all he has. “And to know that your 2 year old has to pretend to talk to his dad,” said Laquana Norwood. On February 2, Cook, was shot and killed while in a car near his grandmother’s East Chicago house where he

Pennies, Marijuana and Cell
Phones: The Top Questions
for Obama´s Google Hangout
Townhall, by Derek Khanna    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 6:02:12 PM     Post Reply
Today at 4:50 PM ET, President Obama will take questions in a Google+ Hangout. 16,514 people submitted 7,520 questions and cast 97,853 votes for what questions that they wanted President Obama to answer. This is President Obama´s second Google Plus Hangout. His first took place on January 30, 2012. On August 29, 2012, President Obama participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread. In that thread he responded to 10 questions (most of which were the most popular questions). Some of the questions that he chose to respond to were "soft-ball" questions such as,"Who´s your favourite [sic] Basketball player?

Obama made no phone calls
on night of Benghazi attack,
White House says
Washington Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2013 5:58:33 PM     Post Reply
President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday. “During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released. Mr. Graham said that if Mr. Obama had picked up the

  


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Ex-San Diego Mayor Maureen
O´Connor admits taking charity
funds for gambling addiction
CBS/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2013 5:58:33 PM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O´Connor acknowledged Thursday in federal court that she misappropriated $2 million from her late husband´s charitable foundation due to a gambling addiction in which she won more than $1 billion but lost even more over nearly a decade. O´Connor made the acknowledgement in an agreement with the government to defer prosecution for two years while she attempts to repay the debt. (Snip)O´Connor defense attorney Gene Iredale said O´Connor suffered a brain tumor, during which time she gambled away nearly a billion dollars of her inheritance,

CNN Guest Compares
Dorner to Django
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2013 5:51:38 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Let´s do a little A-B, side-by-side comparison. On the one hand, Marco Rubio may not be qualified, not only to be president, but to be US Senator. He took a sip of water from an average looking bottle while delivering the answer to the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Meantime, elsewhere on that network, you´ve had panel discussions celebrating the relevance and the great contributions to fighting police brutality of a mass murderer, Christopher Dorner, on the very same network. CNN had a panel all excited,

VFW slams Pentagon´s drone
medal, complains it would
outrank Purple Heart
Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 5:48:46 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – America’s largest combat veterans group is worried the creation of a new medal for drone strikes and cyber-warfare could bestow higher honor on those using a joystick to kill terrorists than soldiers wounded on the battlefield. The Distinguished Warfare Medal, announced Wednesday, would rank higher than the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, which is given to servicemembers killed or wounded in battle. The new medal would rank immediately below the Distinguished Flying Cross. But to some, like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, creating a non-combat medal

Harry Reid Lambasts GOP
After Hagel Vote Blocked:
‘Just When You Thought
Things Couldn’t Get Worse’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 5:43:59 PM     Post Reply
The Senate failed to move forward on Thursday with the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to replace Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense. Just after the Senate Republicans blocked a vote to move forward with Hagel’s nomination, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the floor of the upper chamber to admonish his GOP colleagues for ratcheting up “the level of obstruction here in Washington.” “I regret that Republican senators, except for the valiant four, chose to filibuster the nomination of President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense,” Reid said.

  


  

The Growth Agenda
National Review, by Robert Zubrin    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 2/14/2013 5:42:36 PM     Post Reply
Since its electoral defeat last November, the Republican party has struggled to find its footing. It should be clear by now that merely waging guerrilla warfare against the Obama administration on a miscellaneous set of peripheral issues won’t do. Rather, what is needed is an independent agenda organized around a central theme that is readily comprehensible to the American people and designed to deal with the critical problems facing the nation. That agenda can only be economic growth. Economic growth must be the central issue because it is only through growth that the devastating threat of national bankruptcy can

Obama Akin to Nixon, Bush, ´They´re
War Criminals,´ Vents Cornel West
NewsBusters, by Jack Coleman    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 2/14/2013 5:39:55 PM     Post Reply
That´s right -- not just Nixon ... Nixon and Bush. Can vilification from the left get much worse than that? Cornel West continues to demonstrate why parents might want to think better of sending their children to Princeton, where West purportedly teaches when he isn´t gushing over hip-hop and engaging in arcane rants over the airwaves. On his most recent radio show with co-host Tavis Smiley, West condemned President Obama´s legal justification for drone killings of Americans suspected of involvement with al Qaeda,

Obama´s Ongoing Project: Stay Above
Responsibility and Appeal to Low-Info
Voters
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2013 5:38:31 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: To Raleigh, North Carolina. Hi, Michael. You´re next, and it´s great to have you here. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. I hope you and Kathryn have a wonderful Valentine´s Day. RUSH: Thank you, sir, very, very much. CALLER: You´re very welcome. I listened to your whole show yesterday and heard you very well describe Obama as the crusader and the warrior, but I´d like to add, what helps him with the low-information voters is he plays the victim very well. RUSH: Well, of course.

The Campaigner-in-Chief´s
Dishonest Tweets
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/14/2013 5:32:21 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I´ll give you another example of how Obama is never governing -- never governing, always campaigning, always fighting those powerful forces. His policies don´t have any relationship whatsoever to the problem is. He´s just trying to fix everything. Nothing that he´s doing has any relationship to what´s happening. That´s how the low-information voters see it. I´m telling you, folks, after the State of the Union, Sean Hannity put together a Frank Luntz focus group in Santa Monica, California. He found a bunch of Romney voters who are essentially saying exactly to you what I´m saying today.

  


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Republican Sean Bielat
enters US Senate race
Boston Globe, by Steve LeBlanc    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:10:44 PM     Post Reply
BOSTON — Republican Sean Bielat is the latest candidate to enter Massachusetts’ special Senate election, while former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan is expected to announce soon whether he’s also running on the GOP side. Bielat has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form the Sean Bielat for Senate committee. Bielat has run twice for Congress in the 4th District. He lost in 2010 to former Democratic Rep. Barney Frank and last year to Democratic Rep. Joseph Kennedy III. ‘‘He’s running for Senate. He’s in the race,’’ said Bielat’s campaign treasurer Dan Backer.

Senate GOP blocks Hagel
nomination in 58-40 vote
The Hill [Washington DC], by Jeremy Herb & Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 5:05:56 PM     Post Reply
Senate Republicans in a 58-40 vote Thursday blocked former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s (R-Neb.) nomination as Defense secretary from proceeding to a final up-or-down vote. Four Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mike Johanns (Neb.) joined 55 Democrats and Independents in supporting the nomination. Sixty votes were needed to cut off debate. One senator voted present. Republicans said it was too early to clear Hagel’s nomination, but that they would consider allowing an up-or-down vote after the Senate returns to business on Feb. 25.

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

  


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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

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.”

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.

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