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Flight Delays as Political Strategy
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 4/22/2013 7:59:14 PM

President Obama´s sequester scare strategy has been a political flop, but his government keeps trying. The latest gambit is to force airline flight delays until enough travellers stuck on tarmacs browbeat enough Republicans to raise taxes again. This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began furloughing each of its air-traffic controllers for one day out of every 10 to achieve roughly $600 million in savings this fiscal year. The White House dubiously claims that the furloughs are required by the sequester spending cuts enacted in 2011.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LAW428, 4/22/2013 8:05:00 PM     (No. 9291169)

There is more spending this year than last year. There was only a cut in the amount of increased spending. None of the shortages, or "layoffs" need to happen.

This is the fraudulent One playing games again. When will America get sick of him? In the meantime he is making America sick.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JediJerry, 4/22/2013 8:06:49 PM     (No. 9291172)

One day when gold is $15,000.00 an ounce, gas is $20 a gallon, and the US Debt Clock is $200+ trillion, and the stock market is back to triple digits, then maybe Republicans can finally blame the Democrats for something. Payback is gonna be a beeyatch.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trapper, 4/22/2013 8:07:17 PM     (No. 9291173)

Has Obama closed the national parks yet?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lazyman, 4/22/2013 8:07:42 PM     (No. 9291174)

The trump card is when they take away the free cell phones. Ops it is from a fee so it doesn´t count as a tax.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pinchem, 4/22/2013 8:09:11 PM     (No. 9291178)

Liberals don´t have IQ´s high enough to know the difference between a budget cut and a cut in the rate of growth. How sad they blame the wrong people because their ignorance. If they were intelligent they would be blaming the President.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pros7767, 4/22/2013 8:19:16 PM     (No. 9291193)

This is merely another way for the administration to punish the top 1 percent for rejecting Obama´s agenda.

There aren´t that many welfare recipients flying that often for this inconvenience to affect them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nonsense, 4/22/2013 8:29:21 PM     (No. 9291208)

It´s all about inflicting Misery on as many Americans as possible. Does no one in this regime care about the citizens of this country?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: judy, 4/22/2013 8:31:39 PM     (No. 9291210)

Does this include air force one?????

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Reply 9 - Posted by: strike3, 4/22/2013 8:33:16 PM     (No. 9291214)

No problem, I´ve been driving everywhere for the past 15 years. The airlines built their own coffin and the government nailed the lid on.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: CJohnson, 4/22/2013 8:51:18 PM     (No. 9291245)

Cut back the TSA then, if we have more time.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: reilly, 4/22/2013 9:27:40 PM     (No. 9291297)


President Chump and Mrs, Chump are still partying at the White House.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: fishbone, 4/22/2013 9:51:29 PM     (No. 9291346)

I´m with #9, I don´t fly anymore.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kate318, 4/22/2013 9:52:25 PM     (No. 9291348)

#7, is that a trick question?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Raristotle, 4/22/2013 11:03:12 PM     (No. 9291477)

I was watching two of my local news affiliates (in Pittsburgh), and they both had stories on the delays at US airports caused by the sequester, with obligatory interviews of persons inconvenienced by the spending cuts. My first thought is that these news affiliate stations (ABC and CBS) had to have been given these filler stories by the Obama administration--they stories were about delays in Florida, not in Pittsburgh. They felt highly contrived, but they´re certainly serving their purpose. After reading this article, I bet large sums of money that these local stories (which have nothing to do with the local airport) are part of Obama´s "political strategy".

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 4/22/2013 11:09:33 PM     (No. 9291480)

Putting ATCs on furlough does more than just cause delays - it can easily lead to unsafe air travel.

If that happens (may God forbid) then the blood is on Obama´s hands.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mizzmac, 4/22/2013 11:13:32 PM     (No. 9291486)

#7: only the ones they can hoodwink into voting to keep them in power.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 4/22/2013 11:28:50 PM     (No. 9291509)

By the way, why do taxes have anything to do with air traffic control? This cost should be borne by air travelers and general aviation, not subsidized by taxpayers. I fly 4 or 5 times a year round trip to Florida, South Carolina and California. I flew today (with a 40 minute delay) on Southwest from Tampa to Albany. As a taxpayer I don´t want to pay to subsidize the cost of someone flying for business or pleasure or for FedEx to fly freight.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 4/23/2013 7:13:33 AM     (No. 9291755)

Simple solution ... privatize air traffic control.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: kayworthy, 4/23/2013 7:31:22 AM     (No. 9291787)

So the FAA needs to save $600M while at the same time it´s spending $500M on "consultants?" We´ve been had, guys.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rinktum, 4/23/2013 8:01:30 AM     (No. 9291839)

Obama does this because the Republicans can´t get their act together enough to rebut it. If the Republicans can´t get in front of a camera and effectively challenge this, then buy some 30 second ads on TV and radio to cleverly debunk Obama´s propaganda. Ridicule his lies and petulant threats. Don´t just sit there. Take action.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 4/23/2013 8:04:53 AM     (No. 9291849)

President Reagan, please come home!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Winmag, 4/23/2013 8:11:45 AM     (No. 9291870)

I just checked the departure board in Atlanta and everything is on time. This is just more of Zippy´s BS.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: happy conservative, 4/23/2013 8:21:59 AM     (No. 9291895)

Having a member of the family in ATC, I can assure you this is a dangerous and very unnecessary political stunt. The agency has told chiefs and managers that this has to look like it hurts. Many facilities´ traffic has already seen drops of up to half since 9-11. Many controllers spend less than half of an 8 hour day on position while being paid handsomely. Any reporter (hello, Breitbart!) who has some time could uncover corruption of finite but serious proportions. The chiefs will go along with the government´s orders even though things should still run smoothly so that the low info voter and even you smart people will go to your congressmen/women and senators and demand the "cuts" stop.

We avoid air travel now. Mostly because many controllers lack the experience the flying public expects them to have. The new kids on the block, well let´s just say, they have the work ethic of teenagers. Happy Flying!!!


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Reply 24 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/23/2013 8:22:03 AM     (No. 9291896)

Cut 30 cents and the airports close, libraries are shut down, mosquito control stops. Fire all of them. Give us our money back, and we will pay for our services after the service has been rendered. We will see how long those services are withheld.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: chicodon, 4/23/2013 9:07:13 AM     (No. 9291988)

If he had any sense he´d drop it. No one is falling for his tricks this time. People are getting upset alright... At him.
Thanks to alternative media people are learning that the sequester was his idea. They can see the farce of canceling tours in "their" White House because he can´t pay the Secret Service agents. We all know that they were simply reassigned to other duties.
The parties go on. The vacations go on. The green boondoggles go on and billions are sent to our enemies overseas. Sequester? Right.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: JimS, 4/23/2013 9:14:35 AM     (No. 9292001)

OK, then.
Most local airports are municipally owned or are owned by a county/state transportation authority.

Let´s lobby our local airports to deny landing rights to AF1.

Likely, it wouldn´t work. But the publicity about it would be a smack across Jug Ears´ face.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 4/23/2013 10:04:13 AM     (No. 9292132)

Obama is a marxist revolutionary. This is what they do. Cause mass national stress. He`ll do whatever he can to blame the GOP, (and there is a lot to blame them for), in an attempt to win back the House in 2014.

We just had a terrorist attack and what is Congress doing? Trying to ram immigration `reform` down our throats. Nothing will stop these people, democrats or republicans.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Arby, 4/23/2013 10:13:57 AM     (No. 9292161)

This is a far reach for Fauxbama. It is sure to backfire. It won´t bother him too much, though, since many of those who voted for him don´t fly.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: turnerr, 4/23/2013 10:25:05 AM     (No. 9292195)

Every airline ticket incldes taxes and fees. Aren´t these fees specifically to pay for running the airport, including the air traffic controllers?

The America Citizens are being lied to by the President, Democrats, and the media.

I am waiting for some conservative group to have a march on Washington, D.C. We should storm the White House and Congress and throw them all out!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: steveW, 4/23/2013 10:38:27 AM     (No. 9292224)

The sequester was a spending increase, and spending increases always delay flights. And only the Obamas deserve to party with Beyonce because they care about you. Why are Americans putting up with this Democrat-induced world gone mad? Why?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 4/23/2013 11:03:37 AM     (No. 9292277)

The lofo public puts up with him because he is Obamaclaus, giver of the free goodies. The cracks in his support will occur when the coming tax increases hit them like a tone of bricks. Remember their reaction in January? They thought they were safe from tax increases and that only the ´rich´ would be getting them. Welcome to realityville suckers.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: snakeoil, 4/23/2013 12:01:39 PM     (No. 9292388)

Bet there aren´t any delays for Air Force One. Moving Muslims is Priority One. Until the economy improves The Bamboozler should be restricted to traveling by Greyhound.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: loosecannon1, 4/23/2013 12:17:24 PM     (No. 9292432)

I HAD to be flying yesterday, unfortunately, and experienced the slowdown. Lots and lots and lots of grumpy fellow travelers and everyone, I mean everyone, believes it is Zero playing politics. And of course it is.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Amicus Veritatis, 4/23/2013 12:17:31 PM     (No. 9292433)

Why doesn´t someone with guts ask the Won to his face, "Just who do you think you´re working for?" The follow-up to be, "And why do you think your actions are helping THEM?"

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Deborah Grannet, 4/23/2013 12:37:56 PM     (No. 9292478)

I´m with #9, haven´t flown since 9/11. But even if I did fly-- and even if I had to suffer the inconvenience of politically-motivated flight delays-- I´d think it well worth the scarifice if later I could look back on the sequester ´cuts´ and say they were the beginning of getting our debt under control and taking back our country. You know-- pay any price, go anwyhere, etc. etc. for freedom.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 4/23/2013 12:41:30 PM     (No. 9292488)

Now I read they are cutting he money to the senior " Meals on Wheels " program. Obama has NO heart and will damage/punish anyone for his political purposes. That program does NOT cost any more this year than last, and there is MORE money being spent this year than last, so
the question to ask the politicians is, WHERE is the money going ? and furthermore, WHERE is the additional money going that is being spent this year above last year

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lencu255, 4/23/2013 12:47:32 PM     (No. 9292505)

obozo/schmobozo, it is not single person, although he is big part of the regime, at least, serves as a show window.
But my point is that this leftist clique is making strong efforts to whip America into submission. The only thing they didn´t say to us: We will show you, motherkissers, who is the boss here!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: lencu255, 4/23/2013 12:54:21 PM     (No. 9292520)

Yes, #30, unfortunately, we are all so afraid and lazy to acknowledge it. I think many people are looking at the repubics in Congress, even Judge Roberts, and think, if these people are scared by the regime, I should be afraid too.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: redink, 4/23/2013 2:10:04 PM     (No. 9292694)

This is what Rush was talking about...Obama wants us to snap. He wants us on edge. He wants us agitated, upset, whatever it takes. This isn´t politics...it´s community organizing at its best.
As most of these posts made clear: When, oh, when will the GOP buy a clue and stand up to this bully?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: zapper1979, 4/23/2013 5:45:53 PM     (No. 9293074)

Re #22: I have flown twice since the sequester with 2 stops in Atlanta. Both flights there were no delays. Not only is Zippy a scaremonger, he is a liar...nothing new here.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Marzon, 4/23/2013 6:39:55 PM     (No. 9293151)

A colleage just returned from vacation and reported long delays. I work in moonbat central MA and even all my ultra-liberal co-workers recognize this as an unnecessary political stunt.

#40, It makes perfect sense Zippy wants to ramp up anger with the government. He´s hoping for a angry white male to go postal so he can get his gun control agenda passed.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 4/23/2013 8:10:40 PM     (No. 9293265)

Hey Obie. Try this new political strategy: resign your job, move to Europe (and please take Moochie with you, bro), have Bite Me resign and disappear. Have Reid take off and become a Walmart greeter somewhere (sorry, Walmart). Let´s have Boehner handle it until 2016. Then we can start over with an Executive Branch that actually does the job. Cleaning house in the House and Senate will be a bear cat to be sure. The Purge among the Supremes will take time, unfortuately.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/23/2013 9:26:48 PM     (No. 9293377)

This is an attack by the Øbama administration against the American people! It will get worse!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: get er done, 4/23/2013 9:39:34 PM     (No. 9293396)

Obama´s cheap political stunts make us all wonder what he will try next week.

The House majority should launch a major investigation of Obama´s involvement in Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and policies relating to relaxed security regarding the Boston bombers, and voter and election fraud.

Obama´s petty childish stunts are especially annoying when we know that he is, at best, a naturalized citizen and ineligible to hold the office of pResident.

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It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already


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