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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
AP Wire
Jan 15, 2014

1. WHAT LAWMAKERS HOPE FOR IN NEW SPENDING BILL

They believe the compromise will show disgruntled voters that Congress can perform its most basic function of responsibly funding the government.

2. HOW OKLAHOMA'S GAY MARRIAGE BAN WAS STRUCK DOWN

A judge overturned the law approved by voters in "the buckle of the Bible Belt," describing it as "an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit."

3. FRENCH PRESIDENT ADMITS PERSONAL PROBLEMS, BUT LITTLE ELSE

In his annual news conference, Francois Hollande neither denies nor confirms magazine reports of an affair, insisting it was not the place to discuss it — or his hospitalized longtime companion, Valerie Trierweiler.

4. WHY JUDGE SLAMMED KEY PROPOSAL FOR NSA REFORM

The U.S. judiciary said that having an independent privacy advocate on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is possibly counterproductive.

5. NEW MEXICO BOY SHOOTS TWO CLASSMATES AT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Gov. Susana Martinez said the shooter was quickly stopped by one staff member who walked up to him and asked him to set down the firearm.

6. EGYPTIANS HEAD TO POLLS FOR SECOND DAY OF REFERENDUM

Sporadic violence on the first day did not derail an overwhelming showing for the pro-army camp that wants to approve the new draft of the constitution.

7. ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER DERIDES KERRY, SPARKING SPAT WITH WASHINGTON

Moshe Yaalon's comments that the Secretary of State is "obsessive" and "messianic" triggered tension between the U.S. and Israel.

8. VENEZUELA'S NEWSPAPERS FACE CRITICAL NEWSPRINT SHORTFALL

The nation's broadsheets accuse the government of creating the shortage to stifle print media's criticism.

9. CHRIS CHRISTIE APOLOGIZES AGAIN

The New Jersey Governor says his administration "let down the people we are entrusted to serve" but that the issue doesn't define his team or the state.

10. $765M MIGHT NOT COVER NFL CONCUSSION LAWSUITS

The federal judge hearing the case questions whether the amount is enough money to cover 20,000 retired players.

 

Comments

Barry Soetoro

9. If he can't stay clean running a small-time scandal involving moving some traffic cones, how does he expect to stay clean running big ones like Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS, etc. if he runs for and is elected President???

Lanivan

Chris Christie is the epitome, the apex even, of current Republican thought, strategy, and attitude, and would make a perfectly adequate Republican presidential contestant.

#1. Tear down, close down, defund, and cut down (exceptions - Corporate Welfare and anything else they like, which isn't much). The Republican-engineered and forced government shutdown for 16 days cost the country $24+ billion. Chris Christie's administration shuts down traffic for 4.5 days on the world's most heavily traveled bridge, causing an expensive problem for millions of taxpayers, and a major breach of national security. US Congress shutdowns, filibusters, stalls, and dismembers at will.

#2. Retribution - pure and simple. When things don't go your way, when your man gets destroyed at the polls, when your hundreds of millions spent on misleading media propaganda and outright lies falls short, when the opposing party does not endorse, or the President does not acquiesce to your partisan demands - bring out the retribution! Acceptable forms of retribution = a.) Partisan witch hunts, b.) Manufactured scandals, c.) Whatever you do, don't seek the truth - huge No-No! d.) Squander time, energy, and above all, taxpayer money in the process, while collecting your own salary, benefits, allowances, lobbyist money, perks, subsidies, etc.

Vladtheimp

1. Congresscritters voting on 2,860 page bill they haven't read (sound familiar?)

"There are no actual spending cuts in the bill, with one exception: veterans’ pensions are being reduced. That is, veterans will be paid less money than they were promised during their decades of service. When this feature of the Ryan-Murray proposal was announced, there was some blowback–not enough, but some. So the issue supposedly was “fixed.” What actually happened was that the final version of the law restored pensions to disabled veterans only, leaving the cuts in place for more than 90% of pension recipients.

The Democrats had a choice: they could save $6 billion–a whopping one half of one percent of the spending in the bill!–by screwing veterans out of their pensions, or they could save the same amount by closing a loophole that makes it easy for illegal aliens to defraud the federal government. The Democrats chose illegal alien fraud over our nation’s veterans in at least two votes. Coming from the Democrats, that may not be surprising. But why on Earth would a single Republican cast his or her vote in favor of such a shameful choice?" From Powerline

11. “I assumed that a man in a business suit wouldn’t be patient…” http://www.powerlineblog.com/arc...

Lanivan

I'm telling you - it's hawwwrrrible! Our military personnel, those who retire early, during their working years, and receive a pension, will have their yearly pensions cut by 1%, which then will stop when they reach retirement age (65), at which time they will receive 100%.

Contrast this audacious screwing over with the beginning of the Iraq War, when Rumsfeld sent out troops halfway around the world without adequate body armor and support vehicles, and vast numbers of servicemen and women were forced to buy their own supplemental body armor, or suffer horrible injuries.

Contrast this blatant disregard for our service personnel with this factoid:

The 2014 (Election Year wink-wink) Republican-led House of Representatives has scheduled just 113 working days. But they receive rank and file salaries of $174,000, and there are no requirements as to how they spend the other some odd 260 weekdays off. Which means they are getting paid no matter how they choose to spend their 4+ months off. If their pay was reduced to cover just the days they convene for the business of governing, it could save about $114,000/rank and file member, amounting to $50 million a year, which could be used to reinstate the 1% reduction in pensions during working years until retirement age.

tetrahydra

Vlad gets owned again! Its becoming a daily occurence.

Tri-cities realist

Lanny, you may want to check your math on workdays / weekdays, apparently the sycophants can't do math either. But I do agree Congress is overpaid.

Lanivan

Huh?

tetrahydra

.12. No one cares about vlads opinion

Goyo

I do!!! Why else would I read this stuff? Vlad's just doing his best to keep the Libs in the Whitehouse. I am a big Lib and I love him. Keeps me laughing almost every day.

bigdeal

13. DEA now known to have made deals with cartels. From 2000-2012 court documents reveal DEA allowed Sinaloa cartel to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs into the Chicago area. Mexican officials are now accusing DEA of managing the drug trade instead of fighting it. Time to disband the DEA.
http://read.bi/1ds4bfa

bigdeal

14. The new Blackphone, your best bet against government spying?
http://vimeo.com/84167384

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