Reader Selected News For The Week Of Jan 24 To Jan 30

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Harry Reid And Dean Heller (R) Rip NFL for ‘Deflategate’

From the Politico:

Harry Reid, Dean Heller rip NFL for ‘deflategate’

By Lucy McCalmont | January 22, 2015

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) called upon the National Football League Thursday to “restore the credibility of the game” in the wake of the alleged use of underinflated balls recently by the New England Patriots.

So when is Congress going to restore the credibility of the Constitution? (This is a rhetorical question.)

“I am seeking decisive actions ensuring all teams are playing according to the rules,” Heller said Thursday in a statement, adding that the league should work with the NFL Players Association to resolve the issue ahead of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1…

Heller did not outline specifically what actions he’d like the NFL to take.

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Federal Judge: Illegals Can Keep Licenses Despite AZ Ban

From a cheering New York Times:

U.S. Judge Says ‘Dreamers’ Can Keep Driver’s Licenses

By RICK ROJAS | January 22, 2015

PHOENIX — A federal judge has decided to make permanent an injunction overturning Arizona’s ban on issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and spared from deportation by President Obama in 2012.

Judge David G. Campbell of Federal District Court issued the permanent injunction on Thursday, citing the “irreparable harm” caused to the young immigrants by not being able to have a license under an executive order issued by former Gov. Jan Brewer. Ms. Brewer, a Republican who left office this month, argued that President Obama did not have the authority to act unilaterally in deferring deportations.

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Walker Seeks To Bar Drug Users From EBT And Medicaid!

From an apoplectic Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Walker budget to bar drug users from food stamps, Medicaid

By Jason Stein | January 22, 2015

Madison — With federal approval in doubt, Gov. Scott Walker is moving ahead with his campaign pledge to ensure that drug users aren’t getting public health care, food stamp or jobless benefits.

The nerve of the man!

As Walker explores a 2016 presidential bid, the proposal being included in the governor’s Feb. 3 budget bill will help him sell himself to GOP primary voters as a leader committed to overhauling the core programs of government.

We knew he had to have some sinister ulterior motive. Nobody would think of such a thing otherwise.

For the first time Thursday, Walker committed to drug testing recipients of BadgerCare Plus health coverage and also pledged free treatment and job training for those testing positive for drugs… The governor said the drug-testing proposal would apply only to able-bodied adults, not the elderly or children, and would include transitional jobs initiatives.

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(Dem) Bayh Report: Feinstein Staff Stole CIA Documents

From the Washington Times:

Feinstein’s aides first spied on the CIA and swiped documents, Bayh charges

By Rowan Scarborough | January 21, 2015

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor last March, she… portrayed [her staff] as innocent victims of a band of intrusive agency officers who penetrated the aides’ computer hard drives…

This month former Sen. Evan Bayh… came to nearly completely opposite conclusions… He was chairman of a CIA accountability board review that portrays the Feinstein staffers as the ones who first penetrated and snatched restricted CIA files.

Lest we forget, Mr. Bayh is a lifelong Democrat. He was the US Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011. And he had earlier served as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.

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Romney: Climate Change Is Man Made, Must Be Tackled

From a suddenly swooning Associated Press:

Mitt Romney: ‘I’m One Of Those Republicans’ Who Believes In Climate Change

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and STEVE PEOPLES | 01/22/2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outlining his possible rationale for a third presidential bid, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that political leaders in both parties are failing to address the nation’s most pressing problems — climate change, poverty and education reform, among them — as he acknowledged lessons learned from his failed 2012 presidential campaign…

Apparently, the lesson Mr. Romney learned was that he need to become a Democrat. (Some would say, become ‘even more’ of a Democrat.)

While hitting familiar Republican points criticizing the size of the federal debt, Romney at times sounded like a Democrat, calling for President Barack Obama and other leaders in Washington to act on common liberal priorities such as climate change, poverty and education…

Gee, even the AP has noticed that he is talking like a Democrat.

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AP: Under Pressure To Govern, GOP Moderates Take Lead

From the Democrat Party organ, the Associated Press:

Under pressure to govern, divisions emerge among House GOP

By ERICA WERNER | January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a House Republican majority often driven by the most conservative lawmakers, the pragmatists are suddenly demanding to be heard.

Hilarious. Where have we seen any evidence over the last six years that the Republican majority in the House was driven by conservatives? And while we are asking questions, how come we never see any headlines about Obama being under pressure to govern. Or the Senate Democrats being under pressure to govern? (See second article below.)

These lawmakers defected on an immigration vote last week, and this week they forced GOP leaders to water down abortion legislation.

So ‘governing’ means caving on amnesty and taxpayer funded abortions.

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Networks Spend 2 Minutes On Yemen, 11 On Deflategate

From NewsBusters:

Networks Combine For Two Minutes on Fall of Yemen’s Government; Spent 11 Minutes on Deflategate

By Curtis Houck | January 22, 2015

On Thursday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC each covered the news that the United States-backed government in Yemen had fallen after rebels stormed the capital city of Sana’a and surrounded the presidential palace on Tuesday.

While the networks gave this story airtime, they both only gave it to the tune of one minute and 59 seconds avoided any mention of how President Obama had, just months prior, declared Yemen to be a success story for the United States in fighting terrorism.

In fact, in his 2014 SOTU address, Obama cited Yemen as an example of how he was working with local government to defeat Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

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Obama Met With Woman Who Eats Cereal From Bathtub

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Obama’s YouTube interview with woman who eats Fruit Loops from a bathtub turns into PR disaster as his bid to get down with the digital kids backfires

By David Martosko | 23 January 2015

President Obama was asked about his ‘first wife’ in a PR-disaster interview on Thursday after picking three of the most popular YouTube content creators to interview him.

How many of them will turn out to be former or current Democrat staffers? (Cf. Rebekah Erler.)

GloZell Green, a popular YouTube fixture known for her extreme acts like eating a ladle full of cinnamon, offered the president three samples of her trademark green lipstick as gifts for his daughters – and for the woman she called Obama’s ‘first wife.’ ‘You know something I don’t?’ Obama cracked before Green corrected herself and referred to Michelle Obama as ‘first lady.’ …

So her line wasn’t even meant as a joke.

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Obama Will Not Meet With Netanyahu (Too Chickensh*t?)

From the Agence France Presse:

Obama will not meet US-bound Netanyahu

By Andrew Beatty | January 22, 2015

Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has refused to meet Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who will make a controversial visit [sic] to the United States in early March as he fights for re-election.

Obama is going to pass up another opportunity to snub Netanyahu again, or to lecture him again? Still, maybe if Mr. Netanyahu would put on green lipstick and make a YouTube of himself eating Fruit Loops out of a bathtub, Obama would give him some of his valuable time.

It is a "matter of long-standing practice and principle" that the president does not meet foreign leaders engaged in an electoral campaign, a White House spokeswoman, Bernadette Meehan, said Thursday…

Imagine if foreign leaders had refused to meet with Obama during his two endless re-election campaign?

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Yemen’s Gov’t Is Overthrown By Iran Backed Extremists

From the Associated Press:

Yemen’s US-backed president quits; country could split apart

By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL | January 22, 2015

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida’s powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world’s poorest country will fracture into mini-states.

Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions to Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital and are widely believed to be backed by Iran. The prime minister and his cabinet also stepped down…

In other words, this was a Muslim terrorist coup. (For those of you keeping score at home, the Houthis are Shia Muslim extremists, who are the majority in Iran.

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Heir To Saudi’s Deceased King Abdullah Has Dementia

From the Washington Post:

Saudi King Abdullah’s death sets up complex succession process

By Kevin Sullivan and Liz Sly | January 22, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Adbul [sic] Aziz died early Friday, setting the stage for a transition of power at a critical moment as the key U.S. ally in the Middle East struggles with falling oil prices and rising Islamist violence.

Note that the Washington Post couldn’t even get the spelling of his name right. (It’s Abdul not Adbul.) Such is the state of US journalism today.

The monarch, believed to be 90, was succeeded by his brother, Crown Prince Salman, according to state television. That put the region’s most important Sunni power and America’s closest Arab ally in the hands of a 79-year-old who is reportedly in poor health and suffering from dementia…

“Despite so many people saying it will be a smooth transition, there’s every reason to believe that Saudi Arabia is heading for rough times,” Simon Henderson, an expert on the Saudi succession at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in an interview Thursday.

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Bill Belichick Says He Has No Explanation For Deflategate

From the Boston Globe:

Bill Belichick says he has ‘no explanation’ for Deflategate

By Matt Pepin | January 22, 2015

Coach Bill Belichick said he did not know of any issue with the Patriots’ game balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship, and did not learn the league was investigating his team until Monday morning.

The real question is — does Obama know yet? He probably does, since it’s gotten a lot of coverage on ESPN.

He also said he did not know how the Patriots’ footballs became underinflated during the game. “I have no explanation for what happened,” he said…

Then why did he hold a news conference. — Oh, that’s right. News conferences don’t have to actually impart any news these days. (Cf. Barack Obama.)

“When I came in Monday morning, I was shocked to learn of the news reports about the footballs.

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NIH Spent $432,000 Studying Homosexual ‘Hookup’ Apps

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Feds Spent $432,000 Studying Gay Hookup Apps

By Elizabeth Harrington | January 22, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr.

And yet we were told a few months ago that NIH didn’t have enough money to develop an Ebola vaccine or any other Ebola treatments. (Thanks to the evil Republicans.)

The government awarded $432,000 to Columbia University to interview gay men who use GPS dating apps and determine whether it increases their likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior…

Boy, that’s a tough one.

The project argues that dating apps that use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, has “accelerated” the rate that gay men can find sexual partners, compared to online…

We sure hope ‘the project’ sees that as the positive thing it is.

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CNN To Produce Game Show Based On Presidential Politics

From AdWeek:

CNN to Produce Political Game Show

By Chris Ariens | January 21, 2015

CNN is producing a political game show, (Adweek’s) TVNewser has learned. The blocking and testing of the show is happening this week at CNN’s New York studios.

Insiders tell us the show will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will air on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 16. If it’s successful, further episodes would go into production.

How can it fail? It’s a game show hosted by Anderson Cooper. (We guess Ronan Farrow wasn’t available.)

We hear the program will be a quiz style game show, focused on presidential politics.

We can’t wait for some of the questions about Bill Clinton’s Presidency? For instance: ‘Bill Clinton was famous for inserting these in interns?’

As the Sony email hacking story unfolded last month, one of the more interesting TV news stories to emerge was that CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker had asked a Sony TV executive if the company would consider producing “Political Jeopardy!” for CNN.

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