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  • Marco Rubio: Jeb Bush a true conservative

    12/26/2014 3:18:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Hal Boedeker
    Marco Rubio blasted Rand Paul but said Jeb Bush would be a credible candidate if the former Florida governor decides to run for president. On ABC's "This Week," Florida's Republican senator said he had not decided whether to seek the White House in 2016. "Jeb is going to be a very -- if he decides to run, he is going to be a very credible and a very significant candidate in this race," Rubio told George Stephanopoulos. "I have tremendous respect for him."
  • The NO Mark Levin Show Thread,Tom Marr,December 26,2014,WABC AM

    12/26/2014 2:21:54 PM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 26, 2014 | Mark Levin,Tom Marr
    Tom Marr Will Sub For TGO Tonight.
  • GOP’s 2016 slate may be its most diverse ever, don’t expect the candidates to talk much about it.

    12/26/2014 11:54:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/2014 | By KATIE GLUECK and TARINI PARTI
    Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you’ll never hear him describe himself that way. Marco Rubio insists he’s an “American of Hispanic descent.” And Ted Cruz “certainly” identifies as Hispanic, but he didn’t run for office as “the Hispanic guy.” These Republican lawmakers, along with African-American conservative favorite Ben Carson, look poised to make the 2016 GOP presidential field the party’s most diverse ever. They are all mulling over White House runs as the GOP continues to struggle with minority voters and as racial tensions over police conduct have captivated the nation. But none is planning to play up his race...
  • Federal judge upholds Obama’s executive amnesty over challenge from Joe Arpaio

    12/26/2014 11:50:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    A bummer from D.C., especially coming so soon after a federal judge in Pennsylvania held that the amnesty was unconstitutional. Don’t fret, though. A similar lawsuit, led by incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and joined by 24 different states, has already been filed in Texas with a hearing scheduled early next month. The judge in that case is a Bush appointee who’s been critical of Obama’s DHS on immigration in the past. I like those odds. Worry about losing that one, not this one, as all it’ll take is a circuit split to force this issue before the Supreme...
  • Republicans warm to Loretta Lynch

    12/26/2014 11:15:29 AM PST · by 4buttons · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/23/14 | Seung Min Kim
    “I want to see what happens in the hearings,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “But certainly I’m supportive.” McCain and Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) all said in interviews they have met with Lynch privately and are inclined to vote in favor of her nomination. “I would say yes, unless something comes up during the hearings,” Fischer said when asked if she was leaning toward backing Lynch.
  • A New Poster Child for Black on White Crime

    12/26/2014 8:45:23 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2014
    Paige Stalker might be alive today had she learned about Routine Activity Theory. But she is dead and two of her friends are critically wounded, the latest poster children for R.A.T.: White people in black neighborhoods should expect to be the victims of racial violence. Paige was one of five teenagers from an upscale neighborhood in nearby Grosse Point who were on their way to the movies three days before Christmas when they decided to pull over and smoke marijuana in Detroit. While they were getting a high, a black man with a high-powered rifle approached their car and fired...
  • Daily Kos: Reagan ‘Convinced Americans That Democratic Government Was Un-American’

    12/26/2014 8:25:29 AM PST · by Maceman · 62 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 21, 2014 | Tom Johnson
    In the 1960s and ‘70s, it was fairly common for leftists to describe the U.S. as not just misguided or flawed, but sick. On Sunday, Daily Kos’s Mark Sumner trotted out that metaphor when he asserted that President Reagan “introduced [an] infection” to this country, one which caused Americans to believe that “to save our nation, we have to treat our government like a threat.” Since the Reagan years, Sumner claimed, “conservatism has been more than just an argument about tax rates and regulat[ions]. It's become an open and honest war on the whole idea of governing. By opening a...
  • The opposition to Mayor de Blasio reached new heights

    12/26/2014 7:48:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2014 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Opposition to de Blasio reaches new heights By Yaron Steinbuch December 26, 2014 | 10:20am The opposition to Mayor de Blasio reached new heights Friday – with a plane flying a banner reading “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You” over the Hudson River. Ashley Chalmers, owner of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, the company that flew the banner, declined to reveal from the airborne plane who hired him for the flight. John Cardillo, a blogger and former NYPD cop, tweeted that he was contacted by a “coalition of NYPD cops, Detectives, and supervisors” and asked to release their statement:...
  • If GOP establishment picks Jeb Bush for 2016, conservatives should bolt for another party

    12/26/2014 7:20:12 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 157 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/26/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Some conservative political analysts have opined that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced recently that he was further exploring his options to run for the GOP presidential nomination as a means of pre-empting all other potential GOP candidates. Many of the same analysts say there was an additional, not-so-subtle message, and it was aimed primarily at conservatives: ‘Don’t bother running; the monied GOP interests (i.e. the donor class) have spoken and Jeb Bush is who they want.’ Over the Christmas holidays I have had a number of people ask my opinion about Bush, and what I have told them, essentially,...
  • The Christmas Spirit is Alive in Texas - [Ted Cruz]

    12/25/2014 7:54:16 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | December 23, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    A Christmas message from Sen. Cruz WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in advance of Christmas Day: “As Christmas approaches, we celebrate the most precious gift, that in the humblest of circumstances, Christ came to save the world. We pause to remember that night in Bethlehem, and to give thanks for the blessings the Lord continues to bestow upon each of us. “Across the Lone Star State, Texans are sharing the hope of the season. “From Waco’s Christmas Toy Store filling more than 2,700 kids’ trees with presents, to the Harlingen’s Salvation Army clothing...
  • Would You Buy Your 10-Year-Old Daughter a Gun for Christmas? Paul Ryan Did

    12/25/2014 2:47:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 127 replies
    Huffington ^ | 4/10/2012 | Kate Gunn
    Last week a small and seemingly innocuous piece in The Times caught my eye. The short panel referred to the fact that Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's right hand man and the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States, had just spent $100 on camouflage hunting clothes for his daughter, Liza, 10, to go with the rifle he bought her last Christmas. Aghast with what I had just read I blogged about it, commenting that buying a 10 year old a rifle for Christmas was insane, and anywhere in the world that it wasn't considered to be must...
  • Merry Christmas: CUNY editorial advocates violent protests

    12/25/2014 12:06:44 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2014
    A graduate newspaper connected with the CIty University of New York featured an editorial this month calling for protestors against the police to arm themselves and direct their rage toward "those deserving the most virulent response of an enraged populace.” New York Post: “The time for peace has passed,” says a revolutionary editorial titled “In Support of Violence” that was penned by editor-in-chief Gordon Barnes in the Dec. 3 issue of The Advocate. “The problem with the protesters’ violence in Ferguson is that it is unorganized. If the violence was to be organized, and the protesters armed — more so...
  • Unions launch recruiting push for immigrants protected by Obama actions

    12/25/2014 10:44:38 AM PST · by Regulator · 40 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 12/24/14 | FoxNews
    America's struggling labor unions got a gift this year when President Obama announced his expansive executive actions on immigration: potentially thousands, if not millions, of new members. Labor leaders reportedly are launching a new recruiting push by reaching out to those immigrants affected by Obama's immigration announcement last month. The actions are expected to offer work permits to some 4 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally and, until now, were reluctant to join unions for fear of retaliation. Union leaders now say the president's actions give them new protections -- and are keen on signing them up.
  • Obama, a One-Man Revolution

    12/25/2014 9:23:09 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/25/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In his “fourth quarter,” he feels free to ignore popular opinion, the rule of law, and Congress. Until now there were two types of peaceful American change. One was a president, like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, working with Congress to alter American life from the top down by passing a new agenda. The other was popular-reform pressure, as happened in the 1890s or 1960s, to change public opinion and force government to make new laws or change existing ones. Barack Obama has introduced a quite different, third sort of revolution. He seeks to enact change that both the...
  • No Longer a Republican

    12/25/2014 8:36:57 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 105 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Matt Barber
    I am no longer a Republican. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and their Democrat-lite, RINO Republican establishment have seen to that. They have betrayed their own constituents. They have actively turned against the American people – the very voters who granted them power to do good. Even before the gavel has sounded on the Republican-led 114th Congress, these treacherous cowards shamelessly, eagerly, it seems, squandered perhaps the one opportunity they had to stop, in his tracks, America’s first cultural Marxist, anti-American, palpably evil president.
  • Unratified by the US, Controversial UN Arms Treaty Enters Into Force

    12/25/2014 6:52:00 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    As United Nations officials welcome the Christmas Eve entry into force of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), its progress in the U.S. remains hampered by significant Senate opposition and funding prohibitions included in appropriations legislation. Most recently, the omnibus government funding bill passed by the Congress earlier this month contained new prohibitions on the administration using any funds to implement the conventional arms treaty. Under U.N. procedures the U.S. would be liable for 22 percent of the budget for the ATT secretariat, the body that will oversee its implementation.
  • The Prince of Peace — Jesus of Nazareth

    12/25/2014 3:46:00 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/24/2014 | James J. Drummey
    Jesus Christ, whose birthday is celebrated throughout the world on Christmas, has had a greater impact on human history than any person who ever lived. Though he died at the age of 33, the year in which we live is dated from his birth. Though he lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago, more than one billion people today call themselves followers of Christ. Though he never wrote a book, tens of thousands of books have been written about his life and teachings. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, a town in Roman-occupied Palestine. After...
  • Merry Christmas from Texas to the World

    12/25/2014 12:24:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 25, 2014 | Ben Voth
    Texas has blessed the world with an incredible Christmas gift: plummeting oil prices. Both the production and the technology of fracking were substantially innovated and pioneered in the Lone Star state. The ramifications here at home and abroad are profound and incredible example of how innovation, property rights,and economic freedom trump the ugly agendas of statism. The gift of Texas oil is a gift that keeps on giving and stands in contrast to the lumps of coal dished out by the Federal government:...Gift 1:A true economic stimulus. The drop in oil prices from over $100 a barrel to less than...
  • Pittsburgh judge grants U.S. more time to prepare appeal of immigration ruling

    12/24/2014 9:24:01 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Post-Gazette ^ | December 23, 2014 11:47 AM | Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A federal judge today granted the Justice Department time to prepare appeal the ruling last week that defendant Obama violated the Constitution when issuing his executive order delaying deportation of illegal aliens in the U.S. The U.S. attorney's office told U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab the government would like until Jan. 12 to file a motion for reconsideration.
  • Holiday Humor about the Silliness (and Menace) of Gun Control

    12/24/2014 4:45:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    When I want to make serious points about why gun control is misguided, I’ll often cite the scholarly work of John Lott or the expert analysis of Larry Correia.There are also two pro-2nd Amendment columns (here and here) from self-confessed leftists that also make very persuasive reading.And let’s not forget the Constitution protects our right to keep and bear arms (at least for those who still think that document means anything).But I confess that I mostly like using satire and mockery when criticizing gun control. And I’m pleased to report that a friend sent me some very good new material.So,...
  • Cruelty Case Against Jeff Flake's Son Dropped In Arizona Dog Deaths

    12/24/2014 3:35:15 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | David Schwartz
    Animal cruelty charges against the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and two others will be dismissed after new information came to light about the deaths of 21 dogs at a suburban Phoenix kennel in June, prosecutors said on Monday. Authorities said the dogs died from overheating and suffocation caused by sweltering conditions in a cramped room of the pet boarding facility while the owners were away in Florida, leaving the animals in the care of Austin and Logan Flake. However, new evidence brought to prosecutors' attention by defense lawyers after the case was presented to a grand...
  • Mark Kirk: Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Running For President Would Hurt IL GOP

    12/24/2014 2:39:57 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | November 22nd, 2014
    In an interview with The Hill Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said that possible presidential runs by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would hurt the Illinois Republican Party. “We definitely have our isolationist wing, which I completely disagree with,” he said, pointing to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), before promising to back a GOP candidate in the presidential primary that he thought would do well in Illinois. He criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) bombastic style as well.
  • Rand Paul wins victory for parents

    12/24/2014 10:46:37 AM PST · by Plummz · 4 replies
    Campaign 4 Liberty / WORLD magazine ^ | 12-18-2014 | Norm Singleton
    Newborn screening for medical disorders is becoming an increasingly common practice. This seems like a good thing; however, along with the potential benefits of screening, there are concerns that some states are not obtaining parental consent before doing the screening. There are also legitimate concerns that state governments will store the child's DNA in a database. No one should be surprised to learn that there is a federal program funding newborn screening, and readers of this blog should not be surprised to learn that legislation extending this program was rammed into law in the lame duck session of Congress. However,...
  • Urgent: UN Arms Treaty Begins Today! Executive Order Could Be Imminent!

    12/24/2014 10:36:34 AM PST · by drypowder · 47 replies
    Conservitive Daily ^ | Dec. 24, 2014 | Joe Otto
    Fellow Conservative, The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force today. Today, this leftist gun control treaty becomes binding international law. Enough countries around the world have ratified it so the gun control treaty will now be enforced. Barack Obama has made it public that he plans to use every ounce of his executive power to help implement this heinous treaty, even if it means going against the Constitution and the American people to do it! There is a lot of talk that the Obama administration will sidestep Congress and move to implement the treaty unilaterally, without the...
  • America, F— Yeah! All the right people are offended by Orlando's newest tourist attraction

    12/24/2014 8:18:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | STEPHEN GREEN
    Via LibertyUnyielding.com: A new Orlando-area tourist attraction has opened up to add to the long list of other theme parks. But it’s unlike anything you’ll fins at Disney World, Universal Studiosm or Sea World. It’s called Machine Gun America.It allows participants to fire live ammunition from fully automatic weapons. “Everybody has something they always wanted to try,” General Manager Bruce Nierenberg told local CBS affiliate WTSP Channel 10 News. “This would be on people’s bucket list to try it and have a new experience.” If you think that’s awesome — which it is — wait until you get to...
  • WH Science Adviser: Make CO2 Emissions 'Close to Zero'

    12/24/2014 6:53:05 AM PST · by rktman · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Eric Scheiner
    White House Science Adviser John Holdren says the global goal is to have world-wide carbon dioxide emissions “close to zero by 2100.” He admitted, "That will not be easy."
  • Hey, the Gang’s All Here: Fox News Image Captures Big Flaw In Our System (Barbour with Boehner)

    12/24/2014 2:38:56 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Check out this image from Fox News this past Sunday. Who do you see following close behind Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell? That’s right, Ole Haley Barbour is not far behind. A man whose dishonest dealings in the Mississippi US Senate race, along with his corrupt cronies, still have access to the highest levels of our governmen
  • Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland blasts Gov. Kasich and AG DeWine's decision to join Texas lawsuit

    12/24/2014 2:29:07 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Last week, the State of Ohio joined 19 other states in suing the federal government over President Obama's recent executive action on immigration. In addition to subjecting thousands of Ohio families to deportation, the lawsuit, if successful, would deny $41 million in much needed tax revenue to the state over the next five years. In the wake of this news, Ohio leaders have been quick to blast the decision by Governor John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine to join this frivolous lawsuit. Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland also added his voice to the mix, highlighting how DeWine’s action stands...
  • Zoeller and other state AGs urge Congress to take action on immigration

    12/24/2014 2:23:46 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    A bipartisan group of 18 attorneys general in a letter today urged congressional leaders to make reform of the federal immigration system a priority for Congress. As the U.S. Supreme Court has found that immigration is a federal responsibility, the letter from state AGs encourages Congress to act to fix the “dysfunctional” legal immigration system. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood are co-authors of the letter also signed by AGs from 14 other states and two U.S. territories and sent today to the U.S. Senate’s two caucus leaders, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Mitch...
  • 17,500 Germans Gather to Sing Christmas Carols Against Islamization

    12/24/2014 1:19:29 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/23/2014
    The German PEGIDA movement held its largest meeting yet last night to protest what they call the ‘Islamisation of the Western World’, despite stiff opposition from all sections of Germany’s elite including politicians, media, and the arts. PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) has grown rapidly since its inception in October, a peaceful ‘strolling’ movement opposing the exceptional violence seen in street battles between Salafist Muslims and ethnic Kurds seen in many German cities this year and enormous immigration. Now on it’s tenth ‘evening stroll’, it has grown from a couple of hundred people, to 15,000 last week,...
  • Jacksonville firefighter injured in apparent targeted drive-by shooting Tuesday night

    12/24/2014 12:44:35 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    Jacsonville.com ^ | 12/23/2014
    A Jacksonville firefighter was injured in a shooting incident Tuesday night on the city’s Southside when police say an unknown shooter in a vehicle targeted a group of about six firefighters. Lt. Jackson Short of the Sheriff’s Office said the firefighters were fueling a ladder truck behind Fire Station 28 in the 9200 block of Hogan Road at about 7:35 p.m. when a vehicle drove up and someone fired five or six shots, striking one of the firefighters in the arm after the bullet ricocheted. “It appears the firemen were targeted,” Shorts said. “Because they are firefighters, they were on...
  • Gang members threaten to shoot up NYPD station house

    12/24/2014 12:34:57 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/23/2014
    <p>The NYPD set up SWAT teams at two Bedford-Stuyvesant police precincts Tuesday night — after a confidential informant told cops about overhearing a gang plot to “shoot it out” at the station houses.</p> <p>Four Emergency Services Unit officers, outfitted with helmets and assault weapons, were stationed at the 79th precinct. Another two were at the 81st.</p>
  • Russell Pearce's Immigration Law Led to Boycotts of Arizona and Ended His Career. He's Not Sorry.

    12/23/2014 10:05:29 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    National Journal ^ | J. Weston Phippen
    Before he was recalled in 2011, Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce was arguably the most powerful man in Arizona politics. Elected in 2000 to represent Mesa, Pearce was known primarily for his efforts aimed at undocumented immigrants, most notably Senate Bill 1070. (SNIP) Prop 100—passed by 78 percent. [Proposition 100 denied bond to undocumented immigrants. It was later ruled unconstitutional.] Prop 200—passed by almost 60 percent. [Proposition 200 partly required proof of citizenship to vote in state and federal elections. Portions of it were also struck down.] Employer sanctions—overwhelmingly supported; S.B. 1070—supported by over 73 percent. Tell me what...
  • Jeb Bush Vs. Ted Cruz

    12/23/2014 9:41:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 24, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his intention to "actively explore" a run for president. That announcement spurred spasms of joy in some segments of the Republican Party who have been itching for an effective counter to the enthusiasm of the grassroots right. Those Republicans -- largely coastal donors who scorn social conservatives as rubes, and shun the supposed fiscal extremism of the tea party -- have been searching for a candidate who will buck the base on immigration, who doesn't mind hand-in-glove corporatism, and who, most of all, feels the same way they do about the grassroots....
  • Stalemate: How an Immigration Rewrite Died in the 113th Congress (Video)

    12/23/2014 8:30:16 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | JM Rieger
    The 113th Congress began with an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws seeming likely, if not inevitable.
  • The GOP's Minority Mentality

    12/23/2014 6:22:03 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 12 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 22 December 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been thinking about how this has happened. The fact that the Republican leadership is throwing in with the Democrat leadership on amnesty and Obamacare and take your pick of issues. And, you know, you and I, folks, have discussed and theorized for a long time, and it has become obvious -- and we've talked about this -- that the GOP agrees with Obama on amnesty because they, too, see a pool of potential new voters. And they also think that they've got a supporter for the Hispanic vote. You know the drill. But it turns out...
  • GOP Scrooges Hit Lee and Cruz

    12/23/2014 5:55:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 12/23/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    Well. What a coincidence. As Americans depart for the Christmas holiday, the horrifying news of what the New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton correctly calls the “assassination” of two New York police officers, the Scrooges in the GOP Establishment have busied themselves attacking Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Not once. Not twice. But three times in three different places. Up there in the Boston Globe, former New Hampshire Republican Senator John Sununu (not to be confused with his ex-governor father) has launched an attack on Texas Senator Cruz. Out in Utah, former Utah Republican Senator Robert Bennett is in print...
  • Many Conservatives Were Happy to Watch Republicans Grill Obamacare Architect — but Mark Levin ...

    12/23/2014 5:43:12 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 9th, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    So-called Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber was called to testify at a Tuesday House regarding his past controversial remarks about the creation and passage of the health care law. While many of the testy exchanges that occurred during the hearing were covered and even trumpeted by conservative media, a furious Mark Levin said the exercise was pointless. “The very Republicans grilling this guy don’t plan to do a damn thing about Obamacare! They’re not going to use the power of the purse to control any piece of it!” Levin shouted on the air. “So, what is the point of a hearing?...
  • Why Cafeteria Food Is the Best

    12/23/2014 3:50:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2014 | By JANE E. BRODY
    Many parents undoubtedly think they are doing the best for their children by having them bring lunch from home instead of eating the lunches served in school. But recent studies clearly prove them wrong. Home-packed lunches, the research showed, are likely to be considerably less nourishing than the meals offered in schools that abide by current nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. That program is, distressingly, increasingly under attack. But the program must not continue to be undermined, and more schools should be encouraged to participate. Nearly 32 million of the more than 50 million children in public...
  • David Vitter to Obama: Screen 'The Interview' for Congress

    12/23/2014 3:46:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Kelly Cohen
    Sen. David Vitter thinks members of Congress deserve a viewing of “The Interview.” In a letter to President Obama, the Louisiana Republican is asking that Congress be invited to the White House for a private screening of the controversial movie. Sony Pictures pulled the movie from its planned Christmas Day release after the company was hacked by offenders from North Korea. After terrorist threats were made against theaters planning to show the film — which comedically portrays the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — caused the movie to be pulled, there has been a flow of outrage...
  • New Republic Blames NRA for Deaths of Assassinated NYPD Officers

    12/23/2014 3:36:22 PM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 23, 2014 | Aaron Goldstein
    Yesterday, I critiqued an article in The New Republic by Claire Groden which argued the anti-police protesters weren't to blame for the murders of two NYPD officers last weekend and that the responsibility was that of the gunman alone. Today, The New Republic is singing a different tune. According to an article written by Rebecca Leber, it's the NRA's fault that the two officers are dead:
  • Scientists connect the dots from identifying to preventing dangerous climate risks

    12/23/2014 3:30:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | December 23, 2014 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    ... There were many AGU talks about the climate impacts we’re already seeing. For example, human-caused global warming is amplifying many types of extreme weather like drought, heat waves, and storms. Climate and social scientists have struggled to communicate this urgency to the public. While most people accept that humans are changing the climate, few understand the urgency of mitigating these risks. This is particularly a problem for ideological conservatives. Among social scientists, a consensus is forming that more climate-specific knowledge translates into greater acceptance of the science and support for mitigation. However, facts are more effective when ideological barriers...
  • Obamacare on Track to Beat Enrollment Targets

    12/23/2014 3:17:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 23, 2014 | BY SAM BAKER
    Obamacare is easily on track to beat the administration's enrollment targets, with more than 6 million people already signed up for coverage. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday that 6.4 million people have either selected new plans or automatically renewed their coverage. The 6.4 million people who selected plans through the federally run exchanges include about 1.9 million new customers. The rest are current customers who either automatically renewed their coverage or shopped for a new plan. People who automatically renew their policies are at risk for some of the biggest out-of-pocket premium increases anywhere in...
  • Who’s the ‘extremist’ around here anyway

    12/23/2014 2:39:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Citizen ^ | December 23, 2014 | William Murchison
    Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress’ death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties — the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists. On the Republican side John Boehner beset by Ted Cruz, in the Democratic camp the pragmatic Hillary Clinton wing forced to contend with the true-believing fans of Elizabeth Warren. It is the strategy some of our friends in the liberal media may have seized on to take away the bitter taste of defeat at the polls. In this telling, the left-left MoveOn.org/Daily Kos faction, anti-military and pro-big government, has...
  • As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price

    12/23/2014 2:27:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | December 23, 2014 | By Phil Galewitz
    Andy Pasternak, a family doctor in Reno, Nev., has seen more than 100 new Medicaid patients this year after the state expanded the insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But he won’t be taking any new ones after Dec. 31. That’s when the law’s two-year pay raise for primary care doctors like him who see Medicaid patients expires, resulting in fee reductions of 43 percent on average across the country, according to the nonpartisan Urban Institute. The challenge is to convince physicians not just to continue accepting such patients but to take on more without getting paid what they’re...
  • Report: GOP Establishment Plotting to Oust Conservative Leader Sen. Mike Lee

    12/23/2014 12:32:01 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 85 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Some prominent moderate establishment Republicans in Utah are plotting to target conservative icon Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with a primary challenge in 2016. Lee’s offense? He didn’t drink the Washington Kool-aid and see the D.C. cesspool as a jacuzzi after he ousted incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), who had supported the TARP bailouts, in 2010. When Lee prevailed over Bennett, he gave other conservatives across the country hope that they could also defeat entrenched incumbents who cared more about preserving the status quo above all else. Once Lee arrived in Washington, he didn’t turn his back on the base, which...
  • 'Unprecedented': Americans race to dump Boehner ('I've never seen anything quite like this')

    12/23/2014 12:20:33 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    WASHINGTON – When John Boehner reconvenes the House of Representatives next month, he’s going to have some mail. So will every other Republican member. Boehner won’t like his. How the other Republican members respond to the tens of thousands of letters they get will determine whether Boehner will remain as speaker. The Dump Boehner Campaign, a project designed by Joseph Farah, founder of WND.com, is off to a blazing start. Within minutes of its announcement Monday evening, thousands of letters calling on Republican House members to find another leader were already being generated. In less than 24 hours, orders for...
  • 400,000 Letters On Their Way To Congress In An Effort To Dump John Boehner As Speaker

    12/23/2014 12:16:58 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | 12/23/14 | James Beattie
    400,000 letters are being shipped to Republican members of Congress this week in the first round of a movement to remove Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) from his post. The letters say to reject Boehner and elect a new leadership team. The letters are part of the “Don’t be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now Campaign” orchestrated by WND CEO Joseph Farah. The campaign was just announced last week. From the campaign’s page: “It’s a campaign that allows Americans to send a hard-copy letter to every Republican in the House of Representatives with a call to elect new leadership that will provide opposition...
  • Castro Encourages Obama To Rule By Executive Orders — And To Throw One His Way

    12/23/2014 11:01:22 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 22 Dec 2014 | Monica Showalter
    It's a little known fact that President Reagan's 1981 firing of the air traffic controllers for an illegal strike was watched closely by ... the Kremlin. It concluded that President Reagan was a man of his word — and not to be messed with. Well, it seems the tyrants in Havana have been watching U.S. domestic dramas closely, too. In Cuban dictator Raul Castro's weekend speech on President Obama's move toward normalizing relations, he noted that President Obama issued a lot of executive orders, something that corresponds to how the Castro brothers rule, the better to get around a dissenting...
  • Louisiana not inclined to join 'SEC' presidential primary day in 2016

    12/23/2014 10:44:48 AM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Times-Picayune ^ | December 22, 2014 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Neither the Louisiana Republicans nor the Democrats are interested in participating in the so-called "SEC primary" for the 2016 presidential nominations that most other states in the Deep South have decided to join. Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama are likely to hold their presidential primary contests on the same day -- March 1, 2016. Florida and Texas are also considering scheduling their primary contests on that date. But Louisiana seems poised to stick with it's original plan -- a March 5 primary contest. "We are better off being on a date by ourselves. ... If you throw us in...