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Annotating Obama’s 2006 speech
against boosting the debt limit

Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/16/2013 4:45:28 AM

“I think if you look at the history, getting votes for the debt ceiling is always difficult, and budgets in this town are always difficult.” —President Obama, news conference, Jan. 14, 2013 “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. ... I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” —Then-Sen. Barack Obama, floor speech in the Senate, March 16, 2006 As the saying goes, “where you stand depends on where you sit.”

      


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Another journalist fired
for sassing Obama
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/1/2013 3:43:05 PM     Post Reply
As you may recall, KMOV reporter Larry Conners was fired last May after making national headlines for actually asking President Barack Obama some tough questions. Conners then speculated that his insolence might’ve had something to do with his subsequent IRS audit, and KMOV canned him. Now another journo is out of work after crossing Obama. On Tuesday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press published the following unsigned editorial: Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough President Obama, Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite

   

 

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Detroit’s death by democracy
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/1/2013 3:34:12 PM     Post Reply
In 1860, an uneasy Charles Darwin confided in a letter to a friend: “I had no intention to write atheistically” but “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.” (Snip)Government employees’ unions living parasitically on Detroit have been less aware than ichneumon larvae. About them, and their collaborators in the political class, the question is: What. Were. They. Thinking?

The Suicide Caucus
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/1/2013 3:30:00 PM     Post Reply
Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio insist they will fund the government only if it defunds the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But here’s the thing: They know their gambit won’t work. Defunding ObamaCare while Republicans control just one half of one third of the federal government is a pipe dream. What we need to understand, then, is that in this instance victory is beside the point. There’s no realistic legislative method that Republicans have that is capable of defunding the ACA. The fight is what matters. What Lee & Co. are arguing

Burning Man
American Spectator, by Claire Healey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/1/2013 3:23:34 PM     Post Reply
About a month ago, a wildfire ravaged about 28,000 acres over the mountains around Mount Charleston, Nevada, leaving burn marks and charred land 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The fire, declared a major disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forced the evacuation of over 500 people, threatened over 500 structures, and was rated the nation’s number one wildfire priority on July 7. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wasted no time blaming the fire’s devastation on global warming. Though the senator from Nevada doesn’t usually discuss climate change in his press conferences, he addressed the issue twice in one week

E-mails Suggest Collusion
Between FEC, IRS to
Target Conservative Groups
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2013 6:07:16 AM     Post Reply
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,

The GOP primary is a lot
like the NCAA tournament
The Week, by Matt Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2013 6:00:26 AM     Post Reply
No, really! This much is clear: The Republican nomination fight will look more like the rigid, bracketed NCAA men´s basketball tournament than a free-for-all scrum. People can talk all they want about the dramatically different foreign policy philosophies of Chris Christie and Rand Paul, but that´s getting ahead of ourselves. Before that fight will happen in earnest, each man must win his "bracket." For Christie, that means defeating Marco Rubio. And for Paul, this means dispatching Ted Cruz. Someone will have to "own" the establishment vote, otherwise, establishment candidates will all split their vote and lose.

   

 

  


 
A whole lot of nothing
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/31/2013 5:45:20 AM     Post Reply
Back in the 1960s, dorm rooms across America featured a cutesy wall poster that read, “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” The similar question to be asked in light of the big-nothing event this week in Washington is: “What if they gave peace talks and nobody cared?” You may not even know that so-called “peace negotiations” began yesterday between Israel and the Palestinians under the stage management of Secretary of State John Kerry. There was a time when you would have known — oh, would you have known.

Why Didn´t Liz Cheney Run
for the Senate in Virginia?
National Journal, by Alex Roarty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2013 3:03:37 PM     Post Reply
Republican officials are grumbling that Liz Cheney passed up an opportunity to run in her adopted state of Virginia, leaving the party empty-handed as it searches for a challenger against Sen. Mark Warner. Instead of taking one for the Republican team, she´s sparked an intra-party war in Wyoming. And, some strategists say, her prospects would be slightly better running in a battleground state than waging a long-shot primary battle against a popular sitting senator. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney grew up in Northern Virginia and lived there until last year. Her reputation as a hawk

Gov´t Knows Best? White House
creates ´nudge squad´ to shape behavior
Fox News, by Maxim Lott    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2013 2:42:38 PM     Post Reply
The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people´s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient. While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

Bloomberg´s ban on big sodas is
unconstitutional: appeals court
Reuters, by Joseph Ax    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2013 2:34:19 PM     Post Reply
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s controversial plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries was rejected by a state appeals court on Tuesday, which said he had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban. The law, which would have prohibited those businesses from selling sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces (473 ml), "violated the state principle of separation of powers," the First Department of the state Supreme Court´s Appellate Division said. The decision, upholding a lower court ruling in March that struck down the law,

Virginia´s McDonnell giving it all back
CNN, by Brian Koenig    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2013 2:31:56 PM     Post Reply
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is giving back every tangible gift he received from a wealthy executive at the heart of a federal investigation, he said Tuesday. McDonnell has already returned the $120,000 in loans he has personally received from the owner of a dietary supplement company, Jonnie Williams Sr. Now, McDonnell will be returning everything else, including a Rolex watch he received from Williams, McDonnell said in his monthly radio interview on WTOP radio. Everything "from this particular donor," will be going back, McDonnell said. That includes a repayment for loans made

   

 

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Concern grows for Huma
Abedin within Clinton world
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2013 2:04:01 PM     Post Reply
In 2011, Huma Abedin had support from her friends and Clinton associates when she decided to stay with her husband Anthony Weiner. The past week, that support has morphed into concern. Their worry is as much about what she is going through personally — a rapid turn from years of glowing media coverage of Abedin to front pages questioning her judgment — as it is about her decision to stand by and encourage politically a husband who some Democrats now believe is way past the point of redemption. Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide and the wife of a mayoral candidate-turned-national-joke,



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FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.

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Huma partly blamed herself over
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New York Post, by Sally Goldenberg & Leonard Greene    Original Article
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Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin

Barack Obama’s clueless message
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National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
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Daily Mail Online (UK), by Hayley Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 8/1/2013 4:01:08 PM     Post Reply
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.

   

 



 
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Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/31/2013 9:41:29 PM     Post Reply
If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what´s on his mind is something else. The first term´s over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won. The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But

   

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