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  • How White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat

    07/24/2014 12:26:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 7/24/2014 | Ron Fournier
    Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes today about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers. Minder madness joins the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White House—and other big instititutions—are manipulating the press. It's that, but it's also something worse: It's evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it. Farhi writes, "Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between...
  • Katy Perry Mistakenly Tweets That 100 UNICEF Workers Died On MH17 Malaysian Airlines Fligh

    07/21/2014 8:08:51 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Entertainment Wise ^ | 7-21-14 | Rebecca Merriman
    KATY PERRY @katyperry So INCREDIBLY sad to hear that there were 100 volunters for UNICEF on flight #MN17 Sending our prayers to all of the families affected :( UNCIEF have assured the public that no employees or volunteers for the world organisation were onboard the MH17, Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine last week after Katy Perry, an ambassador for the company, tweeted that 100 volunteers had died in the accident. ** snip ** With 54 million followers, more than any other Twitter user, Perry's tweet obviously caused confusion and for many, probably panic. It's unclear where...
  • Two years on, Yahoo under Marissa Mayer still treading water

    07/16/2014 7:01:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 7/15/14 | Mark Sullivan
    Yahoo released second-quarter earnings today, and they depict a company that’s still struggling to find answers for its flagging display and mobile ads business. Investors are trying to hang on to the initial good feelings they had for CEO Marissa Mayer when she took the helm two years ago, but quarter by quarter, they’re finding it harder to do so.
  • 'We're really sorry': US sends 14,000 draft notices to men born in 1800s

    07/11/2014 5:38:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    AP, via Fox News ^ | July 11, 2014 | AP, via Fox News
    No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians. It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation's military draft and warning that failure to do so is "punishable by a fine and imprisonment." The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.
  • Hillary's 'Hard Choices' Plunges Below Amazon Top 100 Less Than Month After Release

    07/10/2014 8:50:37 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/9/14 | P.J. Gladnick
    Less than a month after its official release date of June 10, Hillary Clinton's book, "Hard Choices," has today plunged below the Amazon Top 100 list to a humbling #102 as of this writing. Over at Simon & Schuster, the book publisher who paid Hillary a big campaign contribution in the form of a whopping $14 million advance, there is now a lot of angry finger pointing according to the New York Post's Page Six. Just as humbling is the news that Hillary's book has been replaced at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list by Edward...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Execs on notice after Hillary’s book sales tank

    07/09/2014 3:04:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/8/14 | Emily Smith and Ian Mohr
    There’s hand-wringing and finger-pointing at Simon & Schuster over the soft performance of Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices,” for which she got a $14 million advance, sources said — and which was replaced at No. 1 on the best-seller list this week by an “exposé” about Hillary and Bill Clinton. The former secretary of state’s tome sold 161,000 copies in its first three weeks, according to Nielsen BookScan — but 85,000 of those were sold in the first week. That number has dropped sharply to 48,000 and 28,000 in subsequent weeks, with the most recent numbers due out Wednesday.
  • Man Chokes to Death at South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

    07/08/2014 3:30:49 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-8-14 | KSTP
    A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned deadly when a contestant choked to death. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal.
  • GOOGLE Celebrates 4th of July

    07/04/2014 5:19:53 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 27 replies
    Google ^ | 07/04/14 | Staff
    Google gets a lot of [justified] flack for not being patriotic. Today, they celebrated. Comments. Click the link. Press the second "O" [Go] then listen.
  • Pentagon Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet Over Engine Problems

    The military on Thursday said it had grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at a Florida air base, according to statements by the Pentagon and the F-35 program office. The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which occurred...
  • Another Obamacare Success Story: HHS Says It Can’t Verify U.S. Citizenship Of 1.3 Million Enrollees

    07/02/2014 6:59:05 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 15 replies
    IJReview ^ | July 2, 2014 | Kevin Boyd
    During his State of the Union speech in 2009, President Barack Obama said that Obamacare would not cover illegal immigrants. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) famously heckled at Obama, “You lie!” in response. Well, it turns out that Congressman Wilson may have been right. A new Department of Health and Human Services report finds that nearly 1.3 million who signed up for Obamacare through Obamacare.gov cannot verify whether or not they are in the country legally. snip Healthcare.gov was a disaster when it rolled out. There have been numerous problems related to possible identity theft related to Obamacare. Obamacare’s now...
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Obama's biggest White House 'fails'

    07/02/2014 5:48:22 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 13 replies
  • FLASHBACK: When the Media Crowdsourced Sarah Palin’s Emails (Compared to IRS & Lois Lerner)

    06/24/2014 3:14:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 24, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Those were the days. It was June, 2011. 24,000 pages of former Gov. Sarah Palin’s emails were released by the state of Alaska. She had resigned as governor nearly two years before, and was by then a happy private citizen. The media were so interested in getting into every nook and cranny of those emails that they facilitated their release, and then crowdsourced processing them. The Guardian even published a guide. “We think it’s important to get the documents out into the world as soon as possible and see what you think about them – just like we did with...
  • Amazon Book List: "Blood Feud" #9, Hillary's "Hard Choices" #15

    06/23/2014 12:41:06 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    Amazon.Com ^ | June 23, 2014
    Amazon Best Sellers
  • Hillary Clinton's first week of book sales versus Sarah Palin's is not even close

    06/19/2014 9:32:05 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to tour the nation, promoting her new book, Hard Choices, and a possible 2016 candidacy. Her book tour, filled with gaffes and missteps, has lagged and perhaps failed to live up to expectations. But that's not all. Her book, when compared to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political memoir, Going Rogue, has woefully underperformed in sales. And it’s pretty cut and dried. Palin's book, which was released the same year President Obama moved into the White House, sold approximately 496,000 copies in its first week of release, according to figures cited by the...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Book Is The No. 2 Hardcover In First Week (It's officially a bomb...)

    06/18/2014 2:55:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6/18/14 | Ruby Cramer
    Hard Choices sells 85,721 hard copies, according to Nielsen figures. Hillary Clinton’s new memoir was the second-most purchased hardcover book in its first week, according to Nielsen Bookscan data that records physical book sales at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Wal-Mart, and other retailers. The BookScan figures, released Wednesday to publishers and obtained by BuzzFeed, account for sales during the week ending on Sunday, June 15 — a period covering the first six days Clinton’s book, Hard Choices, was available for purchase. They reflect strong but not spectacular sales for a book that has dominated the political conversation. The Bookscan...
  • Disappointment for Hillary Clinton as sales for her memoir 'struggle in its first week'

    06/17/2014 9:36:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 6/17/14 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Hillary Clinton's new book 'Hard Choices' is a 'bomb', according to a publishing source. The former first lady's memoir - detailing her time as secretary of state under Obama - has sold just 60,000 hardcover copies and 24,000 e-books, the source told The Weekly Standard. The results come after publisher Simon & Schuster's 'hoping and praying' that 150,000 print copies would be sold in the first week after the book went on sale on June 10, the source added. 'Between us, they are nervous at S&S,' the source said. 'Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster......
  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:46:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-16-2014 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.
  • Iraq Crisis ... The Bare Faced ISIS Executioner Who Beheads Those Who Fail 'Quranic Quiz'

    06/15/2014 1:01:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Jun 2014 | Colin Freeman
    Iraq crisis: the bare faced ISIS executioner who spreads terror with his open killing • Shakir Wahiyib is a feared enforcer for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham who does not cover up his face in videos of his killings In an army full of masked, black-clad figures, he is the one man who is never shy to show his face. But for those unlucky enough to cross him, the face of Shakir Wahiyib, a feared enforcer for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, is often the last they will ever see. The star of a series of...
  • Obama says to take several days to decide how to help fight Iraq insurgency

    06/13/2014 11:33:33 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 93 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 Jun 2014 | Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take several days to review options for how the United States can help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, saying any action would need significant involvement by Iraq itself. "The United States is not simply going involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they are prepared to work together," Obama said, making it clear that he would not send U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq. "We are not going to be able to...
  • Hillary Clinton’s book selling well, but where’s the mad rush? (It's not selling well, it's a flop)

    06/12/2014 6:53:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/11/14 | JULIEANN MCKELLOGG
    If there was enthusiasm for the release of Hillary Clinton’s highly anticipated memoir, it was missing Tuesday at one D.C. bookstore. No one was lining up outside. No one was fighting over the last copy (there still are copies left!). And few seemed interested in reading anything beyond online reviews and summaries. Our PostTV team and opinion columnist Alexandra Petri ventured to Kramerbooks in the heart of D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, where they found that even Clinton supporters were not interested in buying the former secretary of state’s “Hard Choices.” Luckily for Clinton, book sales seem to tell a different...
  • Cantor internal poll claims 34-point lead over primary opponent Brat

    06/10/2014 5:03:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/6/14 | Sean Sullivan
    A poll conducted late last month for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) shows him with a wide lead over challenger David Brat heading toward next Tuesday's Republican primary election. The poll, shared with Post Politics, shows Cantor with a 62 percent to 28 percent lead over Brat, an economics professor running to Cantor's right. Eleven percent say they are undecided.
  • Eric Cantor faces tea party challenge Tuesday

    06/10/2014 4:55:13 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/10/14 | Rachel Weiner
    A conservative challenger is expected to fall far short of defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in Tuesday’s congressional primary. Disorganization and poor funding have stymied the campaign of tea party activist David Brat, even as he tapped into conservative resentment toward a party leader who has been courting the Republican right for years.
  • 40% discount on @HillaryClinton book at @booksamillion

    06/10/2014 9:31:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    twitter ^ | 6/10/14 | @Toby Harnden twitter account
    40% discount on @HillaryClinton book at @booksamillion. Manager: "very unusual" >20% for new book, "really threw me" pic.twitter.com/KaLEeXRZX2
  • The Failed Presidency Of Barry Soetero (Barack Obama)

    06/05/2014 5:32:05 AM PDT · by databoss · 14 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 06/04/2014 | Ben Domenech
    The events of the past week illustrate the degree to which Barack Obama has become a failed president. When Obama burst onto the national scene, he almost immediately became an inspirational figure. His promise spoke to our hearts as Americans and our desire for dramatic change in the wake of the fractious Bush years. His personal story and his optimism about the future sounded an affirming and uplifting note at a time when Americans were losing their hope for what tomorrow could bring.
  • Tickets to Hillary Speech On Sale, 66% Off ( Colorado )

    05/29/2014 7:18:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 29, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Hillary Clinton will be speaking at the 1STBANK Center next week in Broomfield, Colorado. But it appears event organizers are having a hard time selling out: tickets to the event have been put on sale, and are now selling for 66 percent cheaper than the original sale price. ... Tickets for the speech are now $59, instead of the original $175.
  • Buzz growing for Obama's visit at West Point graduation

    05/28/2014 4:21:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Times Herald ^ | 5/28/14
    ....Obama is coming to West Point Wednesday to give the graduation address.... ...excitement over West Point graduation tends to focus more on the cadets than on the speaker...
  • Lack of star power in Katie Couric's interviews leaves Yahoo executives unhappy

    05/27/2014 10:18:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/27/14 | MARIANNE GARVEY, BRIAN NIEMIETZ AND OLI COLEMAN
    Katie Couric’s role as global news anchor at Yahoo is under scrutiny by the Internet company’s honchos — including CEO Marissa Mayer — who are wondering why the peppy former talk-show host isn’t bringing in big-name interviews. “Her bosses are unhappy,” says our source. “They thought Katie was a huge get and that huge stars would follow, with major interviews. Instead she’s had two that are memorable, and one was a book tour.” In Couric’s debut interview for the site, she did a 52-minute sit-down with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in January. He was promoting his book, “Duty: Memoirs...
  • Josh Beckett Pitches No-Hitter; Dodgers' Fan Base Pissed (TV Blackout)

    05/26/2014 6:14:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Mon, May 26, 2014 | Howard Cole
    Quick, name a time a Dodgers no-hitter left half the fan base pissed. Hashtag never. Josh Beckett twirled a 2:37 no-hit gem in Philadelphia Sunday, leading Los Angeles to a 6-0 win and a series victory over the Phils. The former Florida World Series hero, two months into a comeback from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, pitched to 30 batters, walked three and struck out six on a career-high 128 pitches. Eighty strikes, 48 balls and 24 rapidly beating hearts in the chests of teammates. It was beautiful, poetic - even without Vin Scully at the mike - historic, and a...
  • White House mistakenly leaks name of top spy in Afghanistan

    05/26/2014 4:54:48 PM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 26 May 2014 | Brownie Marie
    The White House mistakenly leaked the name of one of their top spies to nearly 6,000 journalists on Sunday. The CIA officer's name was included on a press tip sheet that was given to the White House's pool reporter, who then forwarded the list to the entire press pool—about 6,000 email addresses. The list contained the names of 15 people President Obama was scheduled to meet with during a visit to Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Mistakenly included was the name of the top U.S. spy in Kabul, identified on the list as the "Chief of Station."...
  • Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ book tour comes together (Only 4 dates scheduled so far!)

    05/26/2014 4:57:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 5/22/14 | Aliyah Frumin
    Hillary Clinton is hitting the road—but not the campaign trail. The potential 2016 presidential candidate is lining up events promoting her memoir about her time as secretary of state. So far, only four cities have been announced and the events are being described as a “conversation” with Clinton. The book tour to discuss “Hard Choices” includes two stops in Canada – Toronto on June 16 and Edmonton on June 18 – and then one in Austin, Texas on June 20 and San Francisco, Calif. on June 25. The book comes out on June 10, and tickets range in price from...
  • Obama’s legacy: When did the teleprompter break?

    05/25/2014 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 37 replies
    Historians may have a tough time trying to determine certain aspects of the Obama presidency. There is no doubt that he is the first black president. School is still out as to whether Obama is the worst president, but Jimmy Carter has been a lot happier lately. The real question about Barack Obama that may be debated for decades is when did the teleprompter break? Watching the president do his best to explain away the latest scandal involving the Veteran’s Administration was a classic case of hubris in action. Barack Obama does not resemble a Greek tragedy, he is one....
  • ED SCHULTZ ENDS SYNDICATED SHOW

    05/22/2014 6:26:34 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 48 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | 5/22/14 | Lance Venta
    With the number of Progressive Talk stations dwindling, yet another syndicated Liberal Talker is ending their terrestrial radio shows. Ed Schultz will cease production of his daily 12-3pm eastern show on Friday in order to focus more attention on his MSNBC TV show. In its place Schultz will host a one hour streaming program and podcast on his WeGotEd.com. The podcast will debut on Tuesday, May 27. Schultz stated on MSNBC, “This change will give me more flexibility to be on the road, to do the kind of shows I want to do here forThe Ed Show here on MSNBC....
  • Iranian Submarine Lost While Practicing To Sink U.S. Aircraft Carrier

    05/12/2014 7:36:39 AM PDT · by Fennie · 62 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | May 11, 2014
    In the Persian Gulf there are rumors that one of Iran's Ghadir mini-subs sank while practicing tactics for attacking an American Nimitz class carrier. It was believed that a recently built two-thirds replica of an American Nimitz class aircraft carrier would be towed out so the Ghadir could get some experience in how to approach such a large ship and launch torpedoes at it. The rumored loss of a Ghadir was accompanied by talk of some new stealth technology on the Ghadir. That is probably just rumor as the small size of the Ghadir already confers a substantial amount of...
  • Democrat Who Wanted to Hand Out KKK Hoods to GOP GetsAbsolutely Schooled By Black Conservative Woman

    05/10/2014 12:46:25 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 51 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 5/10/14 | By Emily Hulsey
    Democrat Who Wanted to Hand Out KKK Hoods to GOP Gets Absolutely Schooled By Black Conservative Woman By Emily Hulsey Days after announcing his plan to hand out KKK hoods at Wisconsin’s GOP convention, State Representative and Democrat candidate for Governor Brett Hulsey (no relation to author) took to the streets once again. Dressed in a (homemade and inaccurate) Confederate uniform, he flagged down conservative attendees to speak about what he says is the GOP’s racist agenda. However, I don’t think he intended for it to go like this…
  • Massachusetts ditches RomneyCare health exchange for ObamaCare

    05/06/2014 5:24:07 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | May 5, 2014 | KYLE CHENEY
    Massachusetts ditches RomneyCare health exchange Politico RomneyCare’s pioneering health insurance exchange is headed for the scrap heap. Bay State officials are taking steps this week to junk central parts of their dysfunctional health insurance exchange — the model for President Barack Obama’s health care law — and merge with the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov. .....
  • What If Fox News Instead of MSNBC Had Pulled This Cinco de Mayo Stunt?

    05/05/2014 4:46:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    ˇAy caramba! Imagine the cries of offensive ethnic stereotyping or worse if Fox News had observed Cinco de Mayo by having one of its yanqui persons of pallor staggering across the set in a sombrero while chugging from a pint bottle of tequila? But it happened on MSNBC, so the PC police probably won't make a peep about it. At the today's transition from Way Too Early to Morning Joe, there was producer Louis Burgdorf with his Halloween-store sombrero and pint bottle. Way Too Early host Thomas Roberts encouraged Burgdorf "to drink the whole thing and eat the worm," meaning...
  • The Sarah Palin Who Might Have Been (Attack of the faux Christian Paleoconservatives)

    05/01/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 1, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Richard sends this comment: I remember corresponding with you when John McCain tapped her as his choice for nominee for Vice-President. As a former Alaskan, I never saw her as the second coming, but like many people (and – I will quickly add – unlike many others)I found the potential story playing itself out of “Mrs. Palin Goes to Washington” to be very appealing. The person whom I had met a couple of times to spend time with in conversation (Alaska being a one-degree-of-separation state) was engaging, grounded, attentive to others and someone who had clearly and sincerely sought...
  • The end of Sarah Palin: An Obama-era-novelty. As O's tenure ends, so does career of Sarah Barracuda

    04/29/2014 7:20:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    The Week ^ | April 29, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    After this weekend, it's probably safe to say that Sarah Palin is done. Like Jesse Ventura or Ross Perot, she may show up every once in a while to hurl red meat or use stunt cameos to remind us a little of her awkward charms. But recent events seem to confirm that she is an Obama-era novelty politician — and not much else. First she gave a speech to the NRA in which she joked that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists, offending people who otherwise make up her base. Next, Robert Costa reported on the ever-smaller crowds that have...
  • This bike lock has a unique design and claims to be unpickable. [video]

    04/28/2014 5:46:11 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Dump.com ^ | 4-28-2014 | LockMan28
    The "Forever Lock" bike lock. Made for the Chinese market and not available in America. At least not yet. Price is around US$140.
  • Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast

    04/25/2014 7:43:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/24/14 | MARK LANDLER and JODI RUDOREN
    Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on Thursday, as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.
  • Girl gives jobless dad's resume to Michelle Obama [Bonus info: Dad worked on BO's re-election]

    04/25/2014 5:01:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    NY POST ^ | 4/25/14
    ...Charlotte’s father, Ben Bell, has been looking for a policy job for more than two years and recently has been trying to get a job with the Obama administration. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2012....
  • 'Obama Not Welcome': Filipinos Protest Presidential Visit [Blasted With Firehoses]

    04/23/2014 9:34:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/23/14
    Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: "Obama not welcome."
  • Finmeccanica Proposes 76mm Gun for LCS

    04/22/2014 8:01:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 7th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    Finmeccanica is proposing that the OTO Melara 76mm gun be configured onto the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship as part of an effort to improve the lethality and survivability of the shallow-water , multi-mission vessel. The naval artillery piece would replace the existing 57mm weapon now on board the LCS, per the existing proposal, said Eric Lindenbaum, vice president of Navy and Maritime programs for DRS Technologies. OTO Melara and DRS Technologies are both subsidiaries for the Italian defense company, Finmeccanica SpA. Amidst an ongoing effort to develop alternative proposals for a new small surface combatant, Navy officials are busy exploring...
  • Atlanta Braves accidentally set fire to American flag

    04/10/2014 2:36:35 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 04-09-2014 | Houston Mitchell
    As a scheduled part of their home opener, the Atlanta Braves set off fireworks before their game against the New York Mets on Tuesday. As an unscheduled part of their home opener, the fireworks set fire to the American flag that flies above the Braves Vision video screen in center field. "It happened because of new pyrotechnics," Braves spokesperson Beth Marshall said. "For the first time, they put pyrotechnics on Braves Vision. One of the pyrotechnics flew at the flag and lit it on fire." Marshall added that the material of the flag is flame retardant, so it went out...
  • Fed-Up Holder Rips 'Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Ugly and Divisive' Congress

    04/10/2014 9:44:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 74 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/10/14 | Mike Levine
    A fed-up Attorney General Eric Holder is accusing congressional critics of launching "unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive" attacks on him and the Obama administration. During a speech to the National Action Network in New truthYork on Wednesday lauding the organization's effort to advance racial equality, a heated Holder went a little off-script. "Forget about me [specifically]. Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee," Holder told the crowd. "What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that...
  • John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’

    04/08/2014 1:29:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’ By Ali Weinberg Apr 8, 2014 4:03pm Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry defiantly defended his diplomatic efforts, saying that while ambitious, they were better than doing nothing. While the purpose of Tuesday’s hearing was to pick through the State Department’s budget, it was Kerry’s record that came under scrutiny as his old colleagues on the committee accused him of taking on too many responsibilities with too few results. “I think you’re about to hit the trifecta,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,...
  • US Employers Added 192,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.7 Percent

    04/04/2014 5:37:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/4/14
    US employers added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate unchanged at 6.7 percent.
  • NOONAN: A CATASTROPHE LIKE NO OTHER (WH spin shows a calculated Obama)

    04/04/2014 4:46:46 AM PDT · by Liz · 40 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | 4/2/14 | PEGGY NOONAN
    SNIP-- Support it or not, you cannot look at ObamaCare and call it anything but a huge, historic mess....utterly unique in the annals of American lawmaking and govt administration.....then-Democratic speaker Pelosi blithely, mindlessly said---but in a way forthcomingly—that we have to pass it to find out what's in it. .... an historic admission that she was fighting hard for something she herself didn't understand, but she had every confidence regulators and bureaucratic interpreters would tell her in time what she'd done. ....for the next three years Democrats would carry on like blithering idiots making believe they'd read the bill and...