Election*Projections thinks the GOP can get the Senate….Ala Governor, NC Senate Primary change and Wyoming Senate

The Blogging Caesar now thinks that at this time that the Republicans CAN (Better than 50-50) take control of the US Senate come Jan 1, 2015 by ONE seat (51)…..

This Dog still believes that the Democrats will maintain a slim majority in the US Upper chamber…..

And feels NC and Michigan are seats that the Democrats should be able to claim their own….I believe Alaska, Iowa and Louisiana will hold for Democrats… and Georgia could very well go Blue…..Kentuckey so far is close but we’ll wait for the GOP Primary….

On the whole?….it will be close….

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I’m done with my Senate race previews. And after flipping the North Carolina Senate Election to red due to yet another poll showing incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan falling behind, Election Projection has the GOP projected to gain …
When Republican Bob Riley defeated Democrat incumbent Governor Don Siegelman in 2002, it was the closest gubernatorial contest in Alabama history. The controversial final margin of 3,000 votes out of 1.35 million cast was only determined after …
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
After yesterday’s release of Rasmussen’s North Carolina Senate poll, the consensus has built to a point where it is clear incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan is in real danger of losing her seat. All three Republicans …
Monday, January 27, 2014
Over the last six presidential elections, only Utah has voted more Republican than Wyoming. And the Republican advantage has only grown since the turn of the century. Senate elections has have been even more decidedly crimson. In fact, the best …

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The North Carolina and Michigan calls based on Rasmussen?

PPP has North Carolina’s Hagan down by less than the MOE’s….

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Daily Real Clear Politics Polling Numbers 1/26/14 to 1/31/14…Hillary Beats’m All….

President Obama’s Job Approval @ 43.4…still inching up…..

Jeb Bush leads in Florida and Christie drops in the polling …..

Hillary Clinton continues to lead EVERYONE in BOTH parties for 2016….

Friday, January 31
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 43, Disapprove 50 Disapprove +7
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 48, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +3
Florida Republican Presidential Primary Quinnipiac Bush 25, Rubio 16, Paul 11, Christie 9, Cruz 9, Ryan 5, Walker 5, Jindal 3 Bush +9
Florida Democratic Presidential Primary Quinnipiac Clinton 64, Biden 9, Warren 5, Cuomo 1, Warner 1, O’Malley 1, Schweitzer Clinton +55
Florida: Christie vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 51, Christie 35 Clinton +16
Florida: Bush vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 49, Bush 43 Clinton +6
Florida: Ryan vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 52, Ryan 39 Clinton +13
Florida: Paul vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 53, Paul 38 Clinton +15
Florida: Rubio vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 51, Rubio 41 Clinton +10
Florida: Cruz vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 54, Cruz 34 Clinton +20
Thursday, January 30
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Louisiana Senate – Cassidy vs. Landrieu Rasmussen Reports Cassidy 44, Landrieu 40 Cassidy +4
New Hampshire Senate – Brown vs. Shaheen Purple Strategies Shaheen 44, Brown 44 Tie
Florida Governor – Scott vs. Crist Quinnipiac Crist 46, Scott 38 Crist +8
Massachusetts Governor – Baker vs. Coakley Purple Strategies Coakley 46, Baker 36 Coakley +10
2016 Republican Presidential Nomination ABC News/Wash Post Christie 13, Ryan 20, Bush 18, Paul 11, Huckabee , Cruz 12, Rubio 10, Walker , Jindal Ryan +2
2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination ABC News/Wash Post Clinton 73, Biden 12, Warren 8, Cuomo , O’Malley , Schweitzer Clinton +61
General Election: Christie vs. Clinton ABC News/Wash Post Clinton 53, Christie 41 Clinton +12
New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary WMUR/UNH* Christie 9, Paul 16, Bush 3, Huckabee , Rubio 6, Cruz 3, Ryan 6, Jindal , Walker 2 Paul +7
New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary Purple Strategies* Christie 17, Paul 18, Bush 13, Huckabee , Rubio , Cruz 7, Ryan , Jindal 5, Walker Paul +1
New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary WMUR/UNH Clinton 74, Warren , Biden 10, Cuomo 2, O’Malley 0, Schweitzer 0 Clinton +64
New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary Purple Strategies Clinton 68, Warren 13, Biden 6, Cuomo , O’Malley 1, Schweitzer Clinton +55
New Hampshire: Christie vs. Clinton Purple Strategies Clinton 44, Christie 42 Clinton +2
New Hampshire: Bush vs. Clinton Purple Strategies Clinton 46, Bush 42 Clinton +4
Wednesday, January 29
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 45, Disapprove 52 Disapprove +7
President Obama Job Approval Reuters/Ipsos Approve 37, Disapprove 55 Disapprove +18
Direction of Country Rasmussen Reports Right Direction 30, Wrong Track 63 Wrong Track +33
Direction of Country The Economist/YouGov Right Direction 30, Wrong Track 60 Wrong Track +30
Direction of Country Reuters/Ipsos Right Direction 22, Wrong Track 62 Wrong Track +40
Congressional Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 7, Disapprove 78 Disapprove +71
2016 Republican Presidential Nomination PPP (D) Christie 13, Ryan 8, Bush 14, Paul 11, Huckabee 16, Cruz 8, Rubio 8, Walker 6, Jindal 5 Huckabee +2
2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination PPP (D) Clinton 67, Biden 7, Warren 7, Cuomo 2, O’Malley 1, Schweitzer 1 Clinton +60
General Election: Christie vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 45, Christie 43 Clinton +2
General Election: Bush vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 45, Bush 43 Clinton +2
General Election: Ryan vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 46, Ryan 44 Clinton +2
General Election: Paul vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 46, Paul 43 Clinton +3
General Election: Huckabee vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 46, Huckabee 43 Clinton +3
General Election: Cruz vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 47, Cruz 41 Clinton +6
Tuesday, January 28
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl Approve 43, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +8
Public Approval of Health Care Law NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl For/Favor 34, Against/Oppose 48 Against/Oppose +14
Direction of Country NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl Right Direction 28, Wrong Track 63 Wrong Track +35
Congressional Job Approval NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl Approve 13, Disapprove 81 Disapprove +68
2014 Generic Congressional Vote PPP (D) Republicans 42, Democrats 40 Republicans +2
Monday, January 27
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
2014 Generic Congressional Vote FOX News Republicans 43, Democrats 41 Republicans +2
2014 Generic Congressional Vote Rasmussen Reports Republicans 37, Democrats 42 Democrats +5
Public Approval of Health Care Law Rasmussen Reports* For/Favor 43, Against/Oppose 52 Against/Oppose +9
North Carolina Senate – Tillis vs. Hagan Rasmussen Reports Tillis 47, Hagan 40 Tillis +7
North Carolina Senate – Brannon vs. Hagan Rasmussen Reports Brannon 43, Hagan 39 Brannon +4
Wisconsin Governor – Walker vs. Burke Marquette University Walker 47, Burke 41 Walker +6
Sunday, January 26
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
2014 Generic Congressional Vote ABC News/Wash Post Republicans 46, Democrats 45 Republicans +1
President Obama Job Approval ABC News/Wash Post Approve 45, Disapprove 52 Disapprove +7
Public Approval of Health Care Law ABC News/Wash Post For/Favor 47, Against/Oppose 48 Against/Oppose +1
Direction of Country ABC News/Wash Post Right Direction 34, Wrong Track 64 Wrong Track +30
Congressional Job Approval ABC News/Wash Post Approve 13, Disapprove 84 Disapprove +71

…from RealClearPolitics….

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Americans living Paycheck to Paycheck….

…from Time Business and Money….

The economic picture is looking brighter these days. The federal government announced Thursday that economic growth had picked up to its fastest pace in two years, while employment growth over the past five months has averaged a healthy 185,000 new jobs. But as evidenced by a report out Thursday from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, nearly half of Americans are living in a state of “persistent economic insecurity,” that makes it “difficult to look beyond immediate needs and plan for a more secure future.”

In other words, too many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. The CFED calls these folks “liquid asset poor,” and its report finds that 44% of Americans are living with less than $5,887 in savings for a family of four. The plight of these folks is compounded by the fact that the recession ravaged many Americans’ credit scores to the point that now 56% percent of us have subprime credit. That means that if emergencies arise, many Americans are forced to resort to high-interest debt from credit cards or payday loans.

And this financial insecurity isn’t just affected the lower classes. According to the CFED, one-quarter of middle-class households also fall into the category of “liquid asset poor.” Geographically, most of the economically insecure are clustered in the South and West, with Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada, and Arkansas being the states with the highest percentage of financially insecure.

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The NYPD 1/31/14…Stop and Frisk and Rookies …..

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will stop New York City from fighting a lawsuit against its Police Departments aggressive use of the policing policy of ‘stop and frisk’….

The Mayor has agreed to embrace conditions ordered by a federal judge on the Department….

New Police Chief Bill Bratton has said he will retrain the department in the use of ‘stop and frisk’ which feels is important as a crime fighting tool…Bratton actually introduced the policy to the department during his first tenure as Police Commissioner with ten Mayor Rudy Gulianni…..

New York City will settle its long-running legal battle over the Police Department’s practice of stopping, questioning and often frisking people on the street — a divisive issue at the heart of the mayoral race last year — by agreeing to reforms that a judge ordered in August, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday.

In making the announcement, which he said he hoped would end a turbulent chapter in the city’s racial history, Mr. de Blasio offered a sweeping repudiation of the aggressive policing practices that had been a hallmark of his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, but that had stoked anger and resentment in many black and Latino neighborhoods. He essentially reversed the course set by Mr. Bloomberg, whose administration had appealed the judge’s ruling.

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State Department Report…Keystone Pipe Line won’t affect environment…

After ducking for 5 years behind the State Department….

President Obama finally gets his State Department’s call on the Keystone Pipeline project..

State says the oil from Canada will be produced weather there is a pipeline or not…So doing the  project is neutral….

Canada is leaning HARD on getting an Ok….

Oil Companies are leaning HARD on getting an Ok…

And Yes, Republicans in Congress are leaning HARD on the President for a Go….(The state ‘s involved should make some money on the deal)

I’ve alway felt that in the end Obama was gonna approve the project which will generate Billions and Billions of dollars of money to Canada, The US , The Oil Industry and foreign countries willing to buy the energy products….

While there will be more on the project from the President’s State Department….

President Obama will hard pressed to keep withholding the project….(Why keep pissing our Canadian friends off, huh?)

Protesting by those against the project, isn’t gonna stop people from making BILLIONS of BILLIONS on the project and it’s product…

 The State Department released a report on Friday that could pave the way toward President Obama’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The long-awaited environmental impact statement on the project concludes that approval or denial of the pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, is unlikely to prompt oil companies to change the rate of their extraction of carbon-heavy tar sands oil, a State Department official said. Either way, the tar sands oil, which produces significantly more planet-warming carbon pollution than standard methods of drilling, is coming out of the ground, the report says.

In his second term, Mr. Obama has sought to make his fight against climate change a cornerstone of his legacy. In a major speech on the environment last summer, Mr. Obama said that he would approve the pipeline only if it would not “significantly exacerbate” the problem of carbon pollution. He said the pipeline’s net effects on the climate would be “absolutely critical” to his decision.

The conclusions of the report appear to indicate that the project has passed Mr. Obama’s climate criteria, an outcome expected to outrage environmentalists, who have rallied, protested, marched and been arrested in demonstrations around the country against the pipeline.

The project, which has been under review by the State Department since 2008, has become a political lightning rod for both the left and the right. Environmentalists rallying for action on climate change have seized on the pipeline plan as a potent symbol of fossil fuel projects that contribute to global warming.

Republicans and the oil industry point to the Keystone project as a symbol of energy independence and job creation, and have repeatedly attacked Mr. Obama for failing to approve a project that could create thousands of jobs…..

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What Daft Punk Looks Without Those Helmets….

They look regular guys to me……

…from huffington post…

Here, the “Get Lucky” artists both avoid the camera’s direction as they stack their luggage onto a cart.

Bangalter and de Homem–Christo aren’t as excited about you seeing them as we are. “We’re not performers, we’re not models. It would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features, but the robots are exciting to people,” de Homem Christo told Rolling Stone of the novelty of their disguise.

“One thing I like about the masks is that I don’t have people constantly coming up to me and reminding me what I do. It’s nice to be able to forget,” Bangalter elaborated.daft

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‘Common Core’ has become a dirty word…But keep the program…Mike Huckabee

Across the country Governor’s are trying the first step to deal with the ground swell against the Federal Common Core Curriculum roll out…

Call it something else….

Also….

Mike Huckabee is pushing the program which is HIGHLY unlikes by Tea party Conservatives….

At a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers, one of the organizations that helped create the standards, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) urged state education leaders to ditch the “Common Core” name, noting that it had become “toxic.”

“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” said Huckabee, now the host of a Fox News talk show and a supporter of the standards.

The changes are largely superficial, giving new labels to national standards that are taking hold in classrooms across the country. But the desire to market them differently shows how precarious the push for the Common Core has grown, even though the standards were established by state officials with bipartisan support and quickly earned widespread approval, including the endorsement of the Obama administration.

Supporters say the standards emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills, as opposed to rote learning, and will enable American students to better compete in the global marketplace.

But the wholesale changes in K-12 education that have come with the standards have provoked a raft of critics. Opponents includetea party activists who say the Common Core standards amount to a federal takeover of local education and progressives who bristle at the emphasis on testing and the role of the Gates Foundation, which has funded the development and promotion of the standards. Some academics say the math and reading standards are too weak; others say they are too demanding, particularly for young students.

Across the country, teachers are struggling to revamp their lessons; states are hastily working to adopt standardized tests tailored to the Common Core; and parents are left to wonder about all the changes taking place in the classroom.

Now, with new names, the idea that the standards are “common” might not be apparent….

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Political Roundup for January 31, 2014…Landrieu polling behind GOPer in Louisiana Senate Race?…

by: GoBigRedState
Senate:

LA-Sen: A new poll from Rasmussen has Rep. Bill Cassidy(R) in a good position-leading Sen. Mary Landrieu(D) by 44%-40%. Rasmussen polls usually should be taken with a grain of salt, although recently they’ve actually been showing more favoritism to Democrats in their national polls, and this poll shows President Obama with a 50% approval in the state, which seems highly unlikely. It’s hard to believe however, that Landrieu’s support is any lower than the 40% indicated in this pol. Any way you look at it however, it’s a good result for Cassidy.

NJ-Sen: Conservative activist and professor Murray Sabrin is considering challenging Sen. Cory Booker(D). Sabrin has run for Senate before in 2000 and 2008, both times losing in the Republican primary. That kind of history makes Sabrin seem a likely sacrificial lamb against Booker, but as no prominent candidate has stepped forward to run in what would be a difficult race anyway, a sacrificial lamb is all that Republicans are likely to get.

NC-Sen: The crowded GOP race for Senate against Sen. Kay Hagan(D) has lost one of its candidates. Bill Flynn, a Winston-Salem radio talk show host, cited poor fundraising in his decision to drop out. Flynn also lost his campaign manager earlier this week, which no doubt played a role in his decision as well. Flynn has never garnered much attention in the race, and it’s not clear whether his exit from the race benefits any of the other candidate, specifically, although one less candidate makes the likelihood of somebody reaching the 40% necessary in the primary to avoid a runoff.

OK-Sen(Coburn): Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon(R), currently planning a primary challenge to Gov. Mary Fallin(R), is now considering running for the soon to be vacated seat of Sen. Tom Coburn(R). Brogdon may be looking to be the favorite of conservative groups against Rep. James Lankford(R) in the wake of the decision not to run of Rep. Jim Bridenstine(R), who the groups wanted to run. Without such support though, it’s hard to see Brogdon being a factor in a race that, as other major players have opted out appears set to be a two man race between Lankford and state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, who entered the race this week.

VA-Sen: Libertarian Robert Sarvis is planning to run for the seat of Sen. Mark Warner(D). Sarvis ran for governor last year and received a higher-than-usual amount of support for a Libertarian in the race, but he may find it harder to duplicate that amount of support in this race, as in the governor’s race he was a choice for many voters who were upset with both party nomines, whereas the Senate race features the popular Warner who is a fairly heavy favorite for re-election…..

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 1/31/14… Veteran Rep. Henry Waxman will retire, setting off huge scramble

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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 CA-33: Another veteran California Democrat is saying goodbye after a 40-year career in Congress. Los Angeles-area Rep. Henry Waxman, who put together a storied legislative track record during his long tenure, announced on Thursday that he won’t seek re-election this fall. Along with the Bay Area’s George Miller, who is also retiring, Waxman was one of just two remaining “Watergate babies” who served continuously since storming into office in 1974, in a backlash against the Republican Party following Richard Nixon’s resignation. The Washington Post sums up several of his most notable accomplishments:

Among that legislation were laws to make infant formula safer and more nutritious (1980), bring low-priced generic drugs to market (1984), clean the air (1990), provide services and medical care to people with AIDS (1996), and reform and modernize the Postal Service (2006). He was also instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Waxman was also one of the chief architects of the cap-and-trade legislation to fight climate change that Republicans killed off a few years ago (even though the idea originated with their party). Now, though, Waxman simply says, “This is a good time to move on and have another chapter if I am to do anything after Congress.” He also addedthat he’s “not leaving because I think House Democrats have no chance to retake the House.”

Waxman’s 33rd District, which went for Barack Obama by a 61-37 margin, is safely Democratic. Waxman did suffer a scare last cycle, winning by just 8 points—the closest election of his career by far—against self-funding Republican-turned-independent businessman Bill Bloomfield. That may have been partly caused by rust, but it was also very likely due to redistricting, which left Waxman with a much less liberal district that was half-new to him.

Head below the fold to learn more about who might succeed Waxman….

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Breaking…Aide says Christie Knew…He has Proof…Update

photo of David Wildstein…newsworks.org

The New Jersey Governor could NOW be in deep trouble….

David Wildstein, the ex-Port Authority boss, and NJ Governor insider, who set in motion the GW Bridge closures has looking for an immunity deal….

His bombshell may have just provided it, and signaled deep legal trouble for his ex-boss Jersey Governor Chris Christie who has publicly denied having ANYTHING to do with the lane closures that tied up traffic for days presumedly fro political retribution…

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

Document: Letter Says Governor Christie Knew About Lane Closings

“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.

The letter marked the first signal that Mr. Christie may have been aware of the closings, something he repeatedly denied during the news conference…..

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Update….

…from twitter….

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: Statement from ‘s office denies claims by David Wildstein’s attorney

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Super Bowl Pick….Denver or Seattle?…PDog Poll…

photo…nj.com

Update…..

The poll got it WRONG…..

Seattle walked away with the match….

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Sandra Fluke “strongly considering” running for Rep. Waxman’s House Seat…

Sandra Fluke may get a chance to bring her ‘war on women’ message to Congress as a member of that body….

Fluke rose to stardom in 2012 when, as a Georgetown Law student, she was denied the chance to testify at a Republican-led House oversight hearing on Obamacare’s contraception coverage requirements and religious freedom. Women did appear on a subsequent panel. The controversy went viral when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a “prostitute” and a “slut” because of her need for birth control.

Fluke quickly became a celebrity on the left and an outspoken advocate on women’s health issues. She even received a speaking spot at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, as Democrats contended that Republicans had waged a “war on women.”

The news was met quickly with support from prominent Democrats. Strategist Hilary Rosen expressed support on Twitter and offered the hashtag “#RunSandraRun.”

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On Executive Orders, President Obama and the ‘Other’ guys…

Just sayin’

Rep. Steve King:

“I think it’s a constitutional violation” and “We’ve never had a president with that level of audacity and that level of contempt for his own oath of office.”

House Speaker John Boehner:
“There’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including him!”
And then, of course, there’s this:

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said Tuesday night he left President Obama’s State of the Union speech early after “hearing how the president is further abusing his Constitutional powers.”

“I could not bear to watch as he continued to cross the clearly-defined boundaries of the Constitutional separation of powers,” Stockman said in a press release shortly after Obama’s speech ended. “Needless to say, I am deeply disappointed in the tone and content of tonight’s address.”

Stockman said Obama was promising to “break his oath of office and begin enacting his own brand of law through executive decree.”

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US Economy grows at 3.2% yearly rate….

It would have been higher except for the tax hike and budget cuts….

….from huffingtonpost….

he U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spending in three years, an encouraging sign for 2014.

The fourth-quarter increase followed a 4.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter, when the economy was boosted by a buildup in business stockpiles.

The Commerce Department says that for 2013 as a whole, the economy grew a tepid 1.9 percent, below the 2.8 percent increase in 2012. Growth was held back last year by higher federal taxes and government spending cuts.

With that drag removed, many economists think growth could top 3 percent in 2014, which would be the best performance since the recession ended in mid-2009….

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House GOPer’s issue their ‘Immigration Reform’ Outline….

House GOP Speaker Boehner will have to appease Conservatives that any Immigration bill does NOT offer citizenship or amnesty to those undocumented….In addition, his bill (Some what like the Senate’s) call for MORE spending for Berlin Wall stuff and MORE Border cops at the Border and around the country…

The House bill outline is manly punitive…

More so than the Senate Bill….But with the Conservative faction in the House what would one expect?

The immigration blueprint, unveiled to the Republican conference during a three-day retreat in Cambridge, Md., also specifies that “there will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws,” and lays out the Republican belief that “specific enforcement triggers,” as well as border security and interior enforcement measures, must be in place before any undocumented immigrant can gain legal status.

The principles are intended to help Speaker John A. Boehner and his leadership team gauge the conference’s willingness to embark on legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. The document, in an attempt to appease the conference’s more conservative members, explicitly states that the nation’s immigration problems cannot be solved with “a single, massive piece of legislation,” and promises that the Republicans will take a “step-by-step, common-sense approach” that does not involve conference negotiations between the House and the Senate.

Though a broad immigration bill passed the Senate in June with bipartisan support, many conservative Republicans are wary of the legislation, which includes a 13-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already here, and which they consider “amnesty.”

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Vice Admiral Mike Rogers picked to lead the NSA….

…..from the Boston Globe….

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is announcing that the head of the Navy’s Cyber Command has been chosen to be the next chief of the troubled National Security Agency.

Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, also a former intelligence director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is being nominated to replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander.

The NSA has been rocked by former analyst Edward Snowden’s disclosures of its secret surveillance programs that collect phone and Internet data around the world and now faces enormous pressure to change its ways.

Rogers has long been considered the heir apparent for the job, which includes taking command of US Cyber Command, which like the NSA is based at Fort Meade, Md. Alexander is planning to retire in mid-March…..

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