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Rubio to Middle East,
to talk with Netanyahu
about nuclear Iran,
Palestinian peace treaty
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 3:23:51 PM     Post Reply
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday he is traveling to Jordan and Israel, another high-profile event for the senator considered an emerging leader in the Republican Party and a potential 2016 presidential candidate. The first-term senator said the trip is part of his official duties as a member of the chamber’s Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees. “America´s friendship with Israel is a truly special one, and we must continue to do all we can to support this beacon of democracy, religious freedom and free enterprise in the heart of an unstable region,” Rubio said.

New details of tragedy
emerge in Pistorius case,
per South African newspaper
Yahoo Sports, by Jay Busbee    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/16/2013 2:58:41 PM     Post Reply
A new report out of South Africa indicates that Oscar Pistorius carried Reeva Steenkamp downstairs from the bathroom where he had allegedly shot her, and attempted to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while attempting to save her life. The report comes via Beeld, an Afrikaaans-language newspaper in South Africa. The newspaper reported that Steenkamp was still breathing when local security guards and neighbors arrived at Pistorius´ house, but died shortly afterward. She had been shot four times through the bathroom door. While the first reports indicated that Pistorius had believed

Benedict XVI, the best-dressed pope
Los Angeles Times, by Charlotte Allen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2013 2:57:23 PM     Post Reply
I´m a Catholic, but I´ll admit it (or should I say "confess" it?): When Pope Benedict XVI announced his pending resignation, my first thought wasn´t religious. It was in fact downright superficial. "There goes the best-dressed pontiff ever!" During his nearly eight years on the throne of St. Peter, Benedict has always looked absolutely perfect, sartorially speaking, whether garbed in elaborate vestments for an Easter liturgy or clad in the simple but meticulously tailored white caped cassock (it´s called a "simar" in church lingo) that he wears on more ordinary occasions. He´s been the Duke of Windsor

  


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Eva Longoria Tutors
Joaquin Castro in Spanish
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 2:51:14 PM     Post Reply
Obama supporter and actress Eva Longoria is Texas congressman Joaquin Castro’s Spanish tutor. He is the twin brother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Vogue revealed this fact in its feature of Castro and his twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro (D., Texas) in the March issue, according to the San Antonio Express: As for the article itself, the most revelatory item comes from this tidbit: Actress Eva Longoria sends Joaquin instructional tapes to help him with his Spanish. Julian Castro headlined the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which was a position to rally the Hispanic vote.

How to Unparalyze Us
New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2013 2:34:13 PM     Post Reply
I was struck by one particular moment during President Obama’s State of the Union address. The president proposed a $1 billion investment to build a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation to spur high-tech manufacturing in America. (Snip) Message: There is no doubt our economy is primarily being held back by the deleveraging and drop in demand that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis. But they are being reinforced today by uncertainty and worry that we do not have our political house in order and, therefore, our tax, regulatory, pension and entitlement frameworks

Inquiry of Democratic Senator
Started With a Partisan Push
New York Times, by Eric Lipton    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2013 2:19:45 PM     Post Reply
Falls Church, VA - Sandwiched between two doctors’ offices at a roadside plaza here is the headquarters of a small team of veteran Republican investigators, operating almost as a private detective squad, who since late last year have had a determined goal: bringing down Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. (Snip) The combination of allegations, of misuse of public office and of sexual misconduct, helped propel the story into the headlines and onto television, and set tongues to wagging at cocktail parties across Washington. Mr. Menendez, who just won his second Senate term

Obama to take golf lessons
from Butch Harmon
USA Today, by Chris Chase    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 2:10:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will take a golf lesson from Tiger Woods´ old swing coach this weekend during a quick golf getaway to Florida. Butch Harmon and his son, Claude III, are flying in to work with Obama at their School of Golf at the newly-redesigned Floridian golf course in Palm City. Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest reports Obama requested a lesson with the Harmons through an aide. He´ll be the latest in a long line of presidents to tee it up with Butch. "I´ve played golf with Ike, Nixon, Ford and President Bush 41," Harmon told Rosaforte.

  


  

Obama´s Preschool Proposal
Is The Magical Fantasy Of
A Preschool Student
Forbes Magazine, by Carrie Lukas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/16/2013 1:46:15 PM     Post Reply
Gail Collins believes it’s long past time for government to do more to subsidize preschool, as President Obama suggested during the State of the Union. Her big regret is that this wasn’t accomplished in the early 1970s, when it was being advanced by Walter Mondale. As Collins writes about this topic, she refers to these government proposals as part of the “drive to make quality preschool education available to every family in the United States.” Because it’s just that easy, right? Where does Collins—and Obama for that matter—get the child-like faith that somehow getting the federal government

Waiting for lawmakers
to encourage democracy
Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA], by Daryl Lease    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2013 1:39:23 PM     Post Reply
If I make it to 100, I hope I´m healthy enough to wait in line for several hours to vote. I also hope I´m fortunate enough to live in a place that isn´t so callous and corrupt that it would expect me to wait in line for several hours to vote. By that measure, retirement in Florida seems out the question, at least for now. So does Virginia. (Snip) The North Miami resident waited three hours to vote at her local library. "No one should have to wait in line that long," the Haitian immigrant told The New York Times through a family interpreter. "But I was going to persist because I really wanted to vote."

Drone strikes: Who´s on the ´kill list´
Los Angeles Times, by Tom Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2013 1:20:51 PM     Post Reply
Who decides who will be killed by U.S. drone attacks? Protectors of civil liberties have expressed dissatisfaction with the present system of unreviewed presidential discretion, whether in the hands of George W. Bush or Barack Obama. Must an individual have attacked America or Americans to make the "kill list"? Are the standards higher if the target is a U.S. citizen? How much "collateral damage" is acceptable? And, above all, how comfortable are we with one person, albeit the commander in chief, making these decisions? Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence

Budget-busting burgers: Beef,
chicken supply could be casualties
of Congress, Obama sequester fight
Washington Times, by By Seth McLaughlin & Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/16/2013 12:47:56 PM     Post Reply
If the spending sequesters happen, get ready for the great beef shortage of 2013. The Obama administration said Thursday that the across-the-board cuts would mean furloughs for food safety inspectors, and if those inspectors aren’t on the job, meat-processing plants can’t open. That means 2 billion pounds of beef and pork and potentially more than 3 billion pounds of poultry will never make it to the market, causing shortages and price spikes across the economy. “This is going to adversely affect every consumer in America,” said Sen. Mark L. Pryor, Arkansas Democrat.

  


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First lady, Joe Biden in town
Aspen Times [CO], by Rick Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:46:58 PM     Post Reply
ASPEN — Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, arrived Friday in Aspen to enjoy Presidents Day weekend. Law-enforcement officials declined to discuss the first lady´s plans for the short stay, but Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said that his agency will be providing assistance to the Secret Service during the visit. DiSalvo said his understanding is that Obama will leave town by Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden also is visiting the area this week, with a short ski trip planned in Snowmass Village, according to published reports. Sgt. Brian Olson, of the Snowmass Village Police Department,

Pythons not Florida´s only
invasive animal problem
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:43:36 PM     Post Reply
KEY LARGO, Fla. — While hunters stalked the elusive Burmese python through Florida´s Everglades over the past month, state and federal wildlife officials set traps for other animals menacing native wildlife in a fragile ecosystem. The python gets most of the attention in Florida´s animal kingdom and is accused of decimating populations of native mammals in the Everglades, but wildlife officials say other species including feral cats, black-and-white tegu lizards and Cuban tree frogs pose equally serious threats. And while a state-organized Python Challenge was held this year, a Kitty Cat Challenge or

Final count in Florida´s
Python Challenge hunt: 68
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:40:23 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI— Florida wildlife officials say 68 Burmese pythons were caught and killed during a public hunt for the invasive snakes in the Everglades. That tally might not seem impressive, considering that roughly 1,600 people signed up for the state-sponsored Python Challenge. But Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the hunt may have prevented thousands more pythons from being born in the Everglades. Female pythons can lay 50 to 100 eggs at a time. The Python Challenge began Jan. 12 and ended Sunday. Wildlife officials said Saturday that the longest python

Sunning and skiing for Obamas
as the president and Congress
takes a vacation
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/16/2013 12:35:15 PM     Post Reply
With no solution yet for automatic budget cuts due to kick in March 1, both President Obama and congressional lawmakers have decamped from Washington for vacations. Mr. Obama arrived in Florida Friday night for a four-day, President’s Day weekend of golf lessons and relaxation with a wealthy campaign donor who was once the target of anti-minority bias complaints, while first lady Michelle Obama is vacationing separately in the ski mecca of Aspen, Colo., with their daughters. The president hit the links Saturday morning at the Floridian Golf Club, a private, gated golf community in

  


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NBC News Reporter Stops
Returning Carnival Cruise
Passenger From Quoting Bible
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:34:14 PM     Post Reply
As stranded Carnival Cruise passengers began finally disembarking in Mobile, Alabama, late Thursday evening, MSNBC had NBC News correspondent Mark Potter on the scene to speak with them. One young lady during her over three minute interview tried to cite a Bible verse that helped her get through the ordeal, but Potter pulled his microphone away and quickly ended the discussion (video follows with transcript and commentary): MARK POTTER, MSNBC REPORTER: It sounded like you guys handled it pretty well. Were there some passengers who seemed to have a really rough time on board?

Obamacare: Democrats Starting to
Run But There’s No Place to Hide
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2013 12:28:49 PM     Post Reply
It was inevitable that once the blanks contained in Obamacare began to be filled in, that even Democratic supporters of the law would start running away from it, so toxic it is going to be to any politician who supported it. The unintended — and intended – consequences are proving to be a nightmare for the health insurance consumer and the government seems powerless to do anything about it. A hearing on Thursday of the Senate Finance Committee turned into a Democratic Obamacare bashing-fest as four powerful Democratic Senators “laid into” the administration’s top regulator on new

Warning: This Will Get
Your Blood Boiling
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by Lisa De Pasquale    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/16/2013 12:26:12 PM     Post Reply
We´ve all heard about the free Obama phones. A friend was recently looking for a part-time work and found this listing on Craig´s List [note: the "DMV" refers to DC, Maryland, Virginia]: Street Teams & Leaders Earn $500-$2000 A Week (DMV Area) Thank You for responding to our ad. Let us reassure you that if you are looking for an exciting opportunity you have found it here. We are a major telecommunications provider who has been tasked with the distribution of the FREE LIFELINE government cell phone program. What is it? This is a federally funded program that gives people

Moving gear difficult in
Afghan withdrawal
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:24:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Carrying out the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will be difficult, with an immense amount of equipment to be moved and no nearby seaport, a general said. President Obama ordered that the U.S. Afghan contingent is to be cut by half over the next year and troops can be flown home, but large pieces of equipment must go by sea, The New York Times reported Thursday. "Afghanistan is not Iraq, and it´s harder," said Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, the Army´s deputy chief of staff for logistics. "Number 1, it´s landlocked. And we have no Kuwait.

(Insurance Against) Fire in the Sky
National Review Online, by Andrew Stuttaford    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2013 12:24:10 PM     Post Reply
Writing in the WSJ earlier this week Ed Lu and Martin Rees remind us that our planet is forever traveling through a dangerous neighborhood (not that the people of Chelyabinsk will need reminding of that), and, quite correctly, argue that we should take a few precautions: …The chance in your lifetime of an even bigger asteroid impact on Earth [than Tunguska in 1908]—with explosive energy of 100 megatons of TNT—is about 1%. Such an impact would deliver many times the explosive energy of all the munitions used in World War II, including the atomic bombs.

  



Cuccinelli: ´You Can´t Win
if You Don´t Fight´
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak & Stephen K. Bannon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:19:51 PM     Post Reply
Ken Cuccinelli is the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and a proud conservative. He was one of the first Tea Party candidates in 2009, and built a national profile for his successful election that year. Since then, he has led the charge by challenging the Obama administration’s expansions of federal power, winning victories for Virginia and the nation. He is now running for Governor and will likely face Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Clinton apparatchik and former Democratic National Committee chair. Mr. Cuccinelli is a Roman Catholic, married for over 20 years with seven children.

´New York Times´ Writes of
Ben Smith and BenSmithing
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:14:41 PM     Post Reply
The "New York Times" and BuzzFeed have some kind of relationship going on, but that still doesn´t explain the long, wet French kiss the "Times" gave BuzzFeed Politics editor-in-chief Ben Smith yesterday. It´s just a fact that when the left-wing media covers the left-wing media, it´s usually in this way -- without criticism or skepticism. Reading this you´d think Smith had never been involved in any kind of scandal or done anything unethical. (Snip) The term invented by Breitbart News does make its "New York Times" debut, however. "BenSmithing" is now

New York must update its abortion law
Journal News [White Plains, NY], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2013 12:12:39 PM     Post Reply
The proposed Reproductive Health Act, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s far ranging Women’s Equality Act, aims to update the state’s decades-old contraception and abortion law. The bill is sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers. Unsurprisingly, the measure has generated no small amount of controversy. The bill is being attacked by anti-abortion activists as too radical. (Snip) Since the rise of the Tea Party in the 2010 election, there has been a nationwide spike in measures aimed at further restricting abortion rights. “There are concerted efforts in Washington

Victoria´s Secret´s Customers
Keep Getting Younger
Business Insider, by Ashley Lutz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 12:03:56 PM     Post Reply
Ten years ago, Victoria´s Secret sold lingerie to women in their twenties. Today, the lingerie retailer is luring in young girls by offering underwear that is cute instead of sexy, reports Sapna Maheshwari at Bloomberg News. The highly-popular Pink line is technically marketed toward college girls ages 18 to 22. “When somebody’s 15 or 16-years-old, what do they want to be?” Stuart Burgdoerfer, CFO of Victoria´s Secret, said at a conference last month. “They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at Pink.”

Obamacare´s Medicaid expansion
is an offer states can´t refuse
Washington Examiner, by Shikha Dalmia    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/16/2013 12:02:00 PM     Post Reply
Lingering hopes that state resistance would yet derail Obamacare were recently dealt a major and possibly fatal blow. Unable to withstand the law´s powerful and perverse incentives, six Republican governors dropped their opposition and agreed to cram more people into Medicaid. Unless the law collapses under the weight of its own internal contradictions, or the country collapses under it, it might well be a fait accompli. Medicaid, the joint state-federal program for the poor, has been devouring state budgets for decades. Indeed, a December survey by the National Council of State Legislatures

Colbert Busch won´t focus
on brother in SC race
Associated Press, by Bruce Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2013 11:56:36 AM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, S.C.— Elizabeth Colbert Busch remembers watching the funeral of Robert Kennedy on television, with her younger brother Stephen — now the star of Comedy Central´s "The Colbert Report" — sitting in her lap. She said to herself, "Someday, if they let women run for office, I´m going to." Now, she´s making that dream a reality with a run for Congress. And she isn´t worried her brother´s fame will overshadow her campaign. "I´m not. I´m so proud of what he is and what he has accomplished," she said in an interview in her campaign office

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