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Joe Scarborough: Lewinsky Scandal Means Hillary Can’t Fight GOP’s Transvaginal Probes

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday suggested that possible Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s ability to attack Republicans for anti-women laws — like proposed invasive transvaginal probe abortion laws — had been compromised because her husband had an affair in the 1990s.

Over the weekend, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had said that former President Bill Clinton was partially responsible for the so-called “war on women” because of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. The Kentucky Republican with presidential ambitions asserted that it would be difficult for voters not to blame Hillary Clinton for Bill Clinton’s behavior.

Scarborough, who voted to impeach Bill Clinton, on Monday insisted that he would “never bring that stuff up in a gazillion years.”

“It was such an ugly chapter in our history,” he explained. “It’s just like the Iraq War in 2003. There are just some things, we fought those battles. Let’s let them go.”

“That said,” Scarborough continued. “If Hillary Clinton attacks the Republican Party’s handling of women and treatment of women and disrespect for women and suggests they’re misogynists etc., etc., etc., it does seem to be a fair question to ask right now a few years out, does the media have a responsibility to say, ‘Well, let’s see what happened when you were in the White House and how women were treated when you were in the governor’s mansion and the White House?’ Is that fair?”



NYC Man Dies In ER After Waiting Eight Hours For Help, ‘Found Stiff, Blue And Cold’

A New York man was found dead in a hospital emergency room, where he had waited for hours to see a doctor.

Hospital officials confirmed that 30-year-old Jon Verrier was found dead eight hours after he arrived at Saint Barnabas Hospital in West Bronx seeking treatment for a rash.

“He was found stiff, blue and cold,” an employee told ABC News. “He died because (there’s) not enough staff to take care of the number of patients we see each day. We need more staff at Saint Barnabas.”

Officials said Verrier checked into the ER at 10 p.m. Jan. 19 and was found about 6:40 a.m. the following morning.

A hospital spokesman said Verrier was registered, assessed and told to wait in the ER for a doctor, but he returned for some reason to sit in the waiting room.

The spokesman said Verrier’s name was called two or three times but he never answered, and he was apparently still alive when a security guard made a routine check at 2 a.m. to chase away homeless people.



What a fucking country we have become...

Running on Fumes in North Dakota; North Dakota is not the promised land the oil companies would...

This New York Times short video is a MUST SEE for those interested in the human tragedy unfolding in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. Please view this and get interested in what is happening up there. North Dakota is not the promised land the oil companies would have you believe.

Watch video here: http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000002648361/running-on-fumes-in-north-dakota.html


Paris Anti-Hollande March Turns Hateful Against Jews

(JTA) — A march through Paris against French President Francois Hollande ended with anti-Semitic chants and cries of support for an anti-Semitic comedian.

At least 150 protesters were arrested in the “Day of Anger” demonstrations on Sunday, according to reports. Nineteen police officers were injured in clashes with protesters, one seriously, the French news agency AFP reported. Police estimated that 17,000 participated in the march.

Protesters performed the quenelle, a gesture reminiscent of the Hitler salute that was invented by the anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. They also called for freedom of speech on Dieudonne’s behalf.

Anti-Semitic chants included “Jews go home” and “Jews, France is not your country,” according to Israel Radio.



Boston Marathon Bombing Puts Death Decision in Holder’s Hands

By Erik Larson - Jan 27, 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 260, will probably face a capital punishment phase of his trial given the violence of the attack and the evidence against him, former federal prosecutors said.

The decision, expected this week, is in the hands of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who must sign off on any attempt to seek execution for a federal capital crime.

Holder is almost certain to seek death for the 20-year-old former college student, given the “heinous nature of the crime,” said Michael Kendall, previously a federal prosecutor in Boston and now a defense lawyer at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. “There won’t be a defense that he didn’t plant the bomb; the only thing there can be a real fight about is the death penalty.”

Holder’s decision comes as American prosecutors seek the death penalty less frequently. In 2013, Maryland became the sixth state in six years to end capital punishment, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The number of executions in the U.S. fell to 39 from 43 in 2012, only the second time in 19 years that there were fewer than 40 executions. There were 98 executions in the U.S. in 1999.

Tsarnaev, a Russian immigrant of Chechen descent who is now a U.S. citizen, is accused of plotting with his brother to detonate homemade bombs near the marathon’s finish line on April 15, 2013, in the first deadly terrorist attack in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001. He pleaded not guilty in July to 30 counts, including the fatal shooting of a university police officer after the attack. A trial date hasn’t been set.



U.S. Stocks Retreat Following Worst Week Since 2012

By Whitney Kisling and Lu Wang - Jan 27, 2014

U.S. stocks fell, extending losses after the worst week for benchmark indexes since 2012, amid concern over the Federal Reserve’s plans to cut stimulus and an economic slowdown in China.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index slipped 0.5 percent to 1,781.54 at 4 p.m. in New York after tumbling 2.6 percent last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 41.36 points, or 0.3 percent, to 15,837.75. Both gauges closed at the lowest levels since the middle of December. Trading in S&P 500 stocks was 37 percent above the 30-day average during this time of day.

“I don’t think the emerging market story has played out yet,” Wayne Lin, a portfolio manager at Baltimore-based Legg Mason Inc., which oversees $680 billion, said in a phone interview. “The big question is, is it the beginning of another macro event, or is it just people worried about losing their profits and selling off? People are evaluating whether or not markets are as safe and steady as they have been.”

The S&P 500 (SPX) sank the most since June 2012 last week as a sell-off in developing-nation currencies spurred concern global markets will become more volatile. The decline pushed the index below its average price in the past 50 days for the first time since October. The threshold is currently near 1,813.

Stimulus Cuts

Emerging-market stocks are off to the worst start to a year since 2009 and currencies from Turkey to South Korea tumbled amid signs growth is slowing in China as the Federal Reserve prepares to review further stimulus cuts this week.



Companies Fleeing Taxes Pay CEOs Extra as Law Backfires

By Zachary R. Mider - Jan 27, 2014
Ten years ago, Congress passed a law intended to penalize chief executive officers whose companies shift their legal addresses to tax havens.

It hasn’t worked out as planned. Companies have found ways around the law that create new rewards for executives. When Actavis Inc. (ACT) changed its incorporation to Ireland in October, the New Jersey-based drugmaker helped CEO Paul Bisaro avoid the law’s bite by handing him more than $40 million of stock as much as three years ahead of its schedule, then promising him an additional $5 million to remain with the company.

The payouts to executives highlight the ineffectiveness of the 2004 law, which contained a series of provisions aimed at reducing the tax benefits of reincorporating overseas. In the past two years, a fresh wave of companies has fled the U.S. system to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

The 2004 law has “clearly been a failure” in halting the tax exodus, said Edward Kleinbard, a professor at University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. “And it now has the perverse result of putting money into executives’ pockets sooner.”

The law imposes a special tax of 15 percent on restricted stock and options held by the most senior executives when a company reincorporates outside the U.S. Since the measure took effect, at least seven large companies have disclosed in securities filings that they risked triggering the tax. All took steps to shield their executives from having to pay.



Egypt’s Al-Seesi Gets Nod From Army to Run for Presidency

By Mariam Fam and Tarek El-Tablawy - Jan 27, 2014

Egypt’s military approved a possible presidential run by Defense Minister Abdelfatah al-Seesi, the clearest sign yet that the army chief who toppled an elected president last year plans to seek the post himself.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said there is a public will for al-Seesi to run for election, and it’s up to him to “shoulder the responsibility,” in a statement on state television. Hours earlier he was promoted to field marshal, the army’s highest rank. Al-Seesi will announce his intentions within hours, the official Middle East News Agency said.

Al-Seesi has been hailed by many Egyptians as the only man capable of steering Egypt back to stability since he led the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, which was followed by a crackdown against Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood. Opponents point to an escalation in killings by security forces since the intervention, and say the country is turning back into a police state.

The divisions led to a new wave of violence in the days before and after the Jan. 25 anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, with dozens killed in clashes between Mursi’s supporters and security forces, as well as attacks by Islamist militants.

The army-backed government says elections will help restore stability. President Adly Mansour said yesterday that the presidential vote will be held before a parliamentary ballot, reversing an earlier plan. Candidate registrations are expected to open on Feb. 18, MENA reported.

Only Al-Seesi



Democracy on Parade, indeed...

Abraham Foxman, Director Of The Anti-Defamation Calls Pollard Case Vendetta against American Jews

Jewish leaders may be taking a big risk by charging that refusing to free Pollard is a vendetta against US Jews

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu Published: January 27th, 2014

Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, has charged that the continued refusal of American governments to free Jonathan Pollard for prison is a “vendetta’ against the entire American Jewish community.

HaModia reported that in response to a poll by Tablet magazine of leaders of Jewish organizations, Foxman stated, “The fact that Pollard shared information with an ally — Israel — was no reason for him not to be punished. But after this long imprisonment, the fact that it was such a close ally who received his information should have influenced a positive response when the subject of parole arose.

“I am not one to equate what Pollard did, to betray his country, to the recent revelations that the United States has been spying on top Israeli leaders. Here too, however, these revelations add further context to the absurdity of the ongoing vendetta against this one man.

“Yes, I use that word because that’s what it seems like at this point. If it were only a vendetta against one individual it would be bad enough. But it has now become one against the American Jewish community.

“In effect, the continuing imprisonment of this person long after he should have been pardoned on humanitarian grounds can only be read as an effort to intimidate American Jews. And, it is an intimidation that can only be based on an anti-Semitic stereotype about the Jewish community, one that we have seen confirmed in our public opinion polls over the years, the belief that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, the United States….

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/adl-calls-pollard-case-vendetta-against-american-jews/2014/01/27/

Deep Cuts in Food Stamps Said Averted in Farm-Bill Deal

Deep cuts in U.S. food-stamp spending sought by House Republicans were averted in a tentative agreement on a much-delayed agriculture bill, according to a congressional aide familiar with the matter.

The proposed farm legislation crafted by U.S. lawmakers, billed as saving $24 billion through food-stamp cuts and the end of a direct-payment program for farmers, may advance to the Senate after a vote in the House of Representatives that could take place as soon as Jan. 29.

By approving a plan that largely keeps food stamps intact and preserves most farm subsidies, an urban-rural coalition has been maintained amid a tough political environment that saw an earlier plan rejected in the House. If it passes, the agreement would be another bipartisan achievement by a Congress faulted for a lack of legislative success.

Members of the House and Senate agriculture conference committee are being asked to sign off on the plan today, after weekend talks. The House plans to act before leaving town this week for party strategy meetings.

Some of the savings may go to compensate counties with large swaths of untaxed federal land, a $450 million item House Speaker John Boehner assured lawmakers earlier this month would be in the bill.


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