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Crisis a minefield for Obama, Kerry
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/27/2013 3:00:55 AM

After years of U.S. ?inaction and denial, Secretary of State John Kerry is now leading the Obama administration’s charge against Syria but faces a ?political minefield, including opposition from voters and potential GOP presidential contenders. Kerry’s ominous words could mean a military strike soon against Syria, a risky gamble because most Americans appear opposed to another U.S. intervention, while many Republicans are likely to seize on the issue to portray Kerry and Obama as weak and slow-footed in dealing with President Bashar Assad. Whatever the president decides to do, he will be pilloried by his opponents and even some liberal


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 8/27/2013 3:17:41 AM     (No. 9493059)

Another war? Really?! Unbelievable. I assume President Golfcart and SecState Windsurf will have us fighting for the pro-Muslim/Anti-Israeli forces.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: belwhatter, 8/27/2013 3:19:06 AM     (No. 9493060)

There is nothing the Russians would like better than for the weakened USA to get involved in a conflict in Syria. The problems are serious, but why must the USA always be obligated to ´do something´? If Obama wants to throw money and munitions into Syria he must first go to Congress not the U.N. for approval, but his track record with Lybia reminds us that he does not follow legal process, yet we must foot the bill.
Do we even know for sure who deployed the poison gas? Duplicity and double duplicity must always be suspected as nothing is ever straight forward and simple where the middle east is concerned. I would urge Congress to put the brakes on Obama any way they can.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sudmuf, 8/27/2013 3:36:03 AM     (No. 9493064)

Why would we even consider intervention in this win/win situation. It´s muslims killing muslims and thats good for us. As is typical with any totalitarian political ideology they eventually eat their own.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Phosphene, 8/27/2013 4:04:58 AM     (No. 9493070)

president peace prize posed to bomb some more innocents

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NotaBene, 8/27/2013 4:06:47 AM     (No. 9493073)

Kerry reminds me of WMD Colin Powell. BHO reminds me of Mohammed Mursi and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Enjoy the Arab spring caused by Hussein´s Cairo speech. After that magnificent oratory thousands got killed in Libya, Syria, and Irak by al-Quaeda/Zmuslim Brotherhood. Most especially Christians, my coreligionists.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 8/27/2013 4:28:13 AM     (No. 9493081)

A minefield of Obama´s making.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 8/27/2013 4:33:09 AM     (No. 9493083)

Not for these two. They walk on water and tiptoe between the raindrops.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/27/2013 5:05:17 AM     (No. 9493087)

Our enemies are killing our enemies. This is not a terrible thing. As long as the syrians are busy with each other, they are less of a threat to us and our interests. This is like interfering in your neighbors pending divorce. They will both end up blaming and hating you.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/27/2013 6:51:33 AM     (No. 9493133)

Don´t forget about the wild rhetoric Kerry (he was in Vietnam) spewed about his Vietnam experiences and Genghis Khan. He is a proven liar who will say anything to sell his agenda.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: suedotsue, 8/27/2013 6:51:39 AM     (No. 9493134)

Obama has no opponents. And if he did it wouldn´t matter what they said. No one cares. Boehner adores Obama as does McCain who´s like the co-president now. If anyone did say anything against Obama, McCain would run to the media and defend Obama.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pucky1, 8/27/2013 7:02:03 AM     (No. 9493144)

More analysis, please. Create a study commission to sift through ALL of the evidence. Take another month to get international cooperation and ponder the consequences. Allow yourself to get bluffed by Assad for fear of gas attacks on Israel or even within the U.S. Dither, Dawdle and doodle your plans.

The Obama reaction in full force.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 8/27/2013 7:24:02 AM     (No. 9493168)

If you have a closet full of rifles,shotguns and pistols,the NSA knows exactly where you are but they cant find Syria on a map.It´s amazing to me that we have no knowledge of what´s going on ,on the ground there.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: cake crumb, 8/27/2013 7:27:09 AM     (No. 9493173)

Yeah, Hanoi John Boy has never lied about anyone, has he?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Arby, 8/27/2013 7:42:25 AM     (No. 9493187)

Lurch is feckless and always looks like he spent too much time in a Parisian bistro, but whether he´s right or wrong he looks like he´s actually attempting to function as Secretary of State. He seems to have actually done more already (for good or ill) than the flying PIAPS did in four years.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/27/2013 7:52:25 AM     (No. 9493207)

This is not good. When you don´t know who threw the first punch, stay out of the fight. No more American lives for Muslim insanity. Stay out of it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: baldguy, 8/27/2013 8:17:27 AM     (No. 9493246)

that´s ok...Jugears is yelling at his aides to get me a tee time! and then a speaking tour of some liberal colleges where he can pitch global warming!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/27/2013 8:25:40 AM     (No. 9493258)

Maybe the president should go to a middle school and give a speech.
I love it when a traitorous Vietnam era former sailor who had Christmas in Cambodia seared in his brain and a stand on the corner community organizer play ´war monger´. Gingis Kahn and GODzilla take us to war. Rebels shooting at us with guns we sold to them from Benghazi. This is fun to watch because whatever they choose it will be wrong. Their media will have to work overtime on this one.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/27/2013 8:39:51 AM     (No. 9493275)

What´s the rush? We tool 14 months to invade Iraq and got all kinds of coalitions and approval to do it. And then the demoncrats who support zippy went for Bush´s throat.

Trayvon is off the front pages and all of the black on white beatings and murders don´t serve his purpose so zippy needs a Wag the Dog and this is it.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: stevendm, 8/27/2013 8:42:55 AM     (No. 9493279)

Jeez. This guy just loves to start wars. Warmonger.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Felixcat, 8/27/2013 8:48:39 AM     (No. 9493286)

FTA: while many Republicans are likely to seize on the issue to portray Kerry and Obama as weak and slow-footed in dealing with President Bashar Assad.

One aspect of the Republicans I despise. This eagerness to rush to war under the guise of national security.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bohallx, 8/27/2013 9:02:09 AM     (No. 9493311)

REAL Republians and all true Conservatives are NOT rushing to attack anyone in Syria.

There are mentally derranged or brain damaged idiots all up or it, but that´s about it.

Syria is a highly complex nation with a large number of ethnic and religious communities. It´s not the black/white of Iraq where you had modernists on one side ~ who we were killing off ~ they were Saddam´s crowd, and traditionalists on the other side ~ who we were also killing off ~ remember the Faluja battle against the Sunni tribals?

Syria has several Christian communities, numerous sorts of Sunni, a wide variety of Shi´ites, and ruling them all are the Allawites who have a basic Shi´ite religious affiliation with bits and pieces of Christian and Jewish tradition through in.

Syria also has large oil pipelines ~ ..... ~ which are probably the economic target of interest.

Obama´s only interest is in killing Christians ~ and that´s simply no longer a basis for war in the West.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/27/2013 9:02:14 AM     (No. 9493312)

Obama painted himself into a corner by opening his big yap and setting a red line. So now for political reasons he faces a conundrum. I believe he will lose no matter what Valerie chooses to do.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lana720, 8/27/2013 9:15:42 AM     (No. 9493339)

Too many unanswered questions here.
Where is the hue and cry from the leftists anti-war crowd?
Where are the screams of this being for oil?
For people for whom the word, "Victory? is non existent, this is not right. If our enemies are killing one another, let them have at it.
The hate for Christians and Jews is rampant within this administration.
If England will meet on it, why are we not (Congress?) and heading into a war or a whizzing contest with nuts with nukes?
This has al-qaeda / MoBro fingerprints all over it.
God help us!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 8/27/2013 9:22:19 AM     (No. 9493350)

Remember the term used by the Left when President George W. Bush went to Afghanistan and Iraq?

"Chickenhawk" was the term used frequently and derisively by the Left.

Well what then, is this? How about "Chickenspit"? (If you get my drift).

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Reply 25 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/27/2013 10:44:32 AM     (No. 9493458)

And to think that the next person the Marxist Party is grooming for a Presidential run is just as crooked and incompetent as the Chicago nightmare we have now. Lets see... who have they run recently. Jon Carry, the anti hero who was in Viet Nam. Hillary Clinton, the hero from Benghazi and Fort Marcy Park. Also the glorious stoned Communist Community Organizer from Chicago.

There probably less than a couple hundred impeachable offences against the three, or four of them, if you include Bill the rapist and proven perjurer..

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Reply 26 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/27/2013 10:45:42 AM     (No. 9493459)

Kerry´s ´backbone´ is going to get a lot of Americans killed and give Washington DC the chance they´ve been looking for to turn us into the Fourth Reich.

Hope you have your papers in order, comrades

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Reply 27 - Posted by: tnorling, 8/27/2013 10:47:49 AM     (No. 9493467)

And our compelling national interests in Syria are...?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/27/2013 11:01:06 AM     (No. 9493495)

Don´t kid yourself, a Republican in the White House would already be there as a peacekeeper for UN. This is another perfect fight to avoid - like Beirut was, like Libya was. President´s can´t seem to avoid these approval poll honeypots.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/27/2013 11:01:35 AM     (No. 9493497)

We have no friends in Syria. Assad is most assuredly Putin´s man and Russia will absolutely back him militarily. We don´t know who the rebels are but they seem to have multiple links to terrorists. If we arm them, they will use those weapons against our interests somewhere in the world.

What happens if an Exocet missile sinks the cruiser launching cruise missiles? What if during the escalation, a SAM takes out a helicopter full of SEALS? It really looks like we´ll be doing well to get out of this having delivered a symbolic gesture against what might well turn out to be the wrong party.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: bob913, 8/27/2013 11:37:01 AM     (No. 9493557)

John Kerry supported the communists in Vietnam. He and his brother were part of a 100 million deal to build docks in Vietnam.

Here he is now supporting terrorists.
Nothing changed.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 8/27/2013 11:50:18 AM     (No. 9493577)

The Obama administration’s delay in responding to the slaughter of innocent Syrians and alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad is already a hot political issue that’s likely to resonate in the 2014 elections and beyond.

Al Qaeda and company were probably
fighting from the town where the alleged gas attack occurred. Assad´s troops shelled the city and collateral damage happened to be the allegedly innocent citizens of the city. Isn´t that what happens in a civil war, or for that matter, any war?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/27/2013 1:07:45 PM     (No. 9493689)

The Smartest Kid In The Room and his Toadies have painted themselves into a corner, and now every slap they took at GWB is going to come back and bite them in the posterior

I don´t understand why everyone on both sides of the aisle are running around with their hair on fire, and wringing their hands over Chemical Weapons being used now. We had a chance to take Assad out when he killed the first Rebel/Protester with Conventional Weapons, and we let him slide. The body count using Conventional Weapons is in the multi-thousands by now and it doesn´t seemed to have bothered anyone.

Genocide is genocide. Killing is killing. What difference does it make what weapon Assad is using? Yes, I understand about the weapons falling into the "wrong hands," but who decides which hands are the wrong hands? 0bama? Does he make the decision? Because if it up to him, he hasn´t made a right decision yet --so at this stage of the game, What Difference Does It Make?

We´ve all been shown the satellite images of the convoys out of Iraq into Syria in the run up to the invasion. The speculation was that Saddam was shuffling the WMD to Syria; surely we know where those convoys eventually ended up. Surely we have way more recent satellite images of Syria. Surely we know where the Chemical Weapons are located. Don´t we pay thousands upon countless thousands of government employees to analyze just that kind of intelligence?

I just don´t understand why everyone is up in arms [no pun intended], but I´m thrilled to death to see the Mulatto Marxist and his Henchmen get exactly what they asked for.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/27/2013 1:11:42 PM     (No. 9493695)

We´ve got no dog in this fight.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: walcb, 8/27/2013 1:25:39 PM     (No. 9493723)

My question for Kerry would be, how do the atrocities in Syria compare to the atrocities against the S Vietnamese by the Chicoms a few years ago?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/27/2013 2:04:21 PM     (No. 9493794)

Hahaha: Øbama is now finding out, "Bein´ President is hard."

Those words the liberals so laughed at when Bush-2 said them must be resounding in this moron´s big ears about now.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Marzon, 8/27/2013 2:21:01 PM     (No. 9493821)

Apparently "Genjhis John" Kerry wants to find out what it´s really like to ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 8/27/2013 2:21:04 PM     (No. 9493823)

# 10 You are incorrect.
McCain has been criticizing Obama for months for ignoring the Syrian situation.
Terrorists with WMD-gee, what could go wrong ?
In fact, McCain today gave an interview today where he said that Obama gave Assad the green light to use chemical weapons.
Assad has been using chemical weapons for the past year while Barry has been , giggling , golfing
and playing Spades with Reggie.
Syria and the Middle East is now spinning out of control , thanks to Barry´s failure as a leader.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: hoopsfan, 8/27/2013 6:16:07 PM     (No. 9494202)

Kerry actually seems engaged and is delivering stern words to someone other than a domestic political opponent.

Obama appears unsure of several things:
How did he get in this situation
What should he do short-term
What should he do long-term
Whom can he blame
When can he get to the golf course or play cards with Reggie

This is not an easy situation or set of choices. IMO, it would take a good President to navigate through all this, and Obama is clearly not capable of doing so.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 8/27/2013 9:57:49 PM     (No. 9494562)

Tonight Hannity played a tape mix of Jon Fing Kerry in front of Congress in 1971 when he put down the American Vietnam War efforts. Then along side that tape, he payed Hanoi Jonboy Kerry´s speech about Syria and what was going on there.
Seems Jonboy copied the same speech and just changed a few words to fit the current chaos in Syria.
Maybe he was hoping he could get whoever bought Zippy´s Nobel Peace Prize... To buy him one.
After all he wrote the citations saying he was wounded in Vietnam. (So he could throw those medals over the WH Fence ) BUT, no wounds were bad enough to be medically treated. just had Jon Fraud Kerry´;s word that they happened.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Crosscut, 8/27/2013 11:27:54 PM     (No. 9494643)

Syrians ain´t shooting at me or mine. Let them keep on killing one another. I don´t care. But I do fear more from the Democrat Party and what they can do to me and my family than any AQ or Taliban retard.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: larryp, 8/28/2013 12:06:32 AM     (No. 9494681)

look at the photos of the gassed civiians. Theadult men are dressed pretty much alike big-plaid shirts, and all are lookingas ift hey have been ironed. the kids have new shoes and they are all similar. No one is dressed as a muslim, not even the women.the deceased kids are all the same size. The camera in some of the views seems to shudder and repeat the same image. The treatment is water on the eyes--for a neuro toxin???
that attacks nerves that are BENEATH the skin.
Pepper spray gets one to coughing nad the eyes burn.
The muslims have a lot invested in Obama. Even a phony gas attack drives Benghazi
of the front pages and the investigation must be getting close even if the gas is real.
Assad has F 15,16 war planes that I bet could sink a battleship.

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For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

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

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan

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

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

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

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:40:56 AM     Post Reply
If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:55:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist

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