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Romney: I'd Send My Family To Sochi Olympics

CATHERINE THOMPSON – JANUARY 24, 2014, 8:43 AM EST

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Friday that he'd feel comfortable sending his family to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“I believe the Games will be safe,” he said in an appearance on NBC's "Today." “That doesn’t mean there’s a 100 percent guarantee anywhere in the world today. But this is, after all, a dangerous corner of the world.”

Romney knows a thing or two about the security preparations for such a large event, as he headed the organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He told "Today" he believes there's never been an Olympic games targeted with so many specific threats, but "the level of security preparations appears to be at unprecedented level" in Sochi, at least in the secure "hard" areas where the Olympic events take place.

“It’s the soft places that you can’t be 100 percent certain will be entirely safe, but my guess is that Russians have done everything humanly possible to protect the Games,” he said.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/romney_sochi_olympics_safe_enough_to_send_family

Drudge: DOJ 'Unleashing The Dogs' With Indictments Against Obama Critics

CAITLIN MACNEAL – JANUARY 23, 2014, 7:05 PM EST

Matt Drudge, who runs the conservative site the Drudge Report, on Thursday said that Attorney General Eric Holder is "unleashing the dogs" on critics of President Obama, like former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza.

MATT DRUDGE ✔ @DRUDGE

They are going after the Obama critics with indictments. VA Gov. Now Dinesh D'souza. Holder unleashing the dogs...
6:51 PM - 23 Jan 2014


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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/drudge-holder-unleashing-dogs-obama-critics

Report: Obama Has Used The Word 'Gay' More Than Any Past President

AP – JANUARY 23, 2014, 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Which recent president has used the word "gay" most often in a public speech, statement or proclamation?

The nation's largest gay rights group, The Human Rights Campaign, did some digging and found that President Barack Obama has used "gay" 274 times since taking office in 2009. The campaign says that's more often than any of Obama's recent predecessors: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

A new report from the group says Obama has used the words "lesbian," ''gay," ''bisexual" or "transgender" a total of 423 times.

The advocacy organization credits the president's copious use of these four words with playing a large role in the political mainstreaming and acceptance of LGBT people and marriage equality in American society.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/obama-gay-mainstream

Edward Snowden: ‘Not Possible’ to Return to U.S. Now

Source: ABC News

By Lee Ferran

Jan 23, 2014 4:37pm

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor that exposed the agency’s most closely held secrets, said today that while returning to the U.S. would be the “best resolution” for everyone, it’s “not possible” now because he does not believe he can get a fair trial.

Charged in the U.S. with espionage-related crimes and living quietly in Russia, Snowden answered Twitter questions today in an online Q&A. When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked under what conditions Snowden would return to the U.S., the 30-year-old said the nearly 100-year-old Espionage Act, under which he is charged, “forbids a public interest defense.”

“This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury,” he said.

In a Wall Street Journal Op Ed Tuesday, attorney Jesselyn Radack, who has represented government whistleblowers in the past and has had contact with Snowden, argued similarly that it’s a “fantasy” to think Snowden would be able to mount a solid defense in a fair trial due to Espionage Act-related government restrictions.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/01/edward-snowden-not-possible-to-return-to-u-s-now/

Florida GOP candidate defends call to hang Obama by comparing him to George Zimmerman


By David Ferguson
Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:34 EST

Republican candidate for Florida’s state house defended his call for the hanging of President Barack Obama. According to Tampa’s Fox Channel 13, Joshua Black persisted in his insistence that Obama is a war criminal and a traitor who should be executed by “whatever method is applicable for the situation.”

Black tweeted on Monday that “It’s time to arrest” Obama and “hang him high.”

Since then, Black has been denounced by other Florida Republicans and questioned by the Secret Service. Nonetheless, the only thing he regrets about the tweet is the means of killing the president.

“I know that we don’t use hanging as a method of execution here in the U.S. anymore, so be it,” Black told Channel 13 in a Walmart parking lot interview. “Whatever method is applicable for the situation, I just want justice to be served.”

Black believes that Obama is culpable in the drone killings of purported al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen based in Yemen. A drone strike also killed al-Awalki’s son, a raid the Defense Department later admitted was a mistake.

“When George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, he got a trial. And whatever was going to happen came out of that trial. President Obama kills a 15year-old, somebody else’s teenage son, and gets no trial,” said Black.

Chris Latvala, who is running to represent the neighboring 67th district called Black an “embarrassment” and dubbed him the “loser of the week.”

Black’s Democratic opponent in District 68 said, “It’s pretty evident he is not someone who is serious or responsible or appropriate to run for public office.”

Black’s only response to the criticism was to tell Channel 13, “I don’t care.”

When asked if he feels his remarks could be constituted as incitement to harm the president, Black said, “Not with all the guns he has around him, no. That’s the whole reason for having Secret Service, that’s the whole reason for having firearms, is personal protection.”

Watch video about this story, embedded below via Fox 13:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/23/florida-gop-candidate-defends-call-to-hang-obama-by-comparing-him-to-george-zimmerman-2/

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Full article posted with permission

Fox News contributor: Angry blacks to blame for rise in ‘American Anglo-Saxon’ racism

By Travis Gettys
Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:47 EST

A Christian radio host insisted last week that white people were no longer racist, and even if they were, it’s the fault of racist black people.

Sandy Rios, of American Family Radio, was offended when a listener suggested she was racist toward black people, who she blamed for inciting white racism.

“I think the racist garbage coming from the — uh, a lot of blacks right now who are just filled with bitterness and rage is just amazing to me,” Rios said. “It is racism, I am seeing it constantly here in D.C., you know, I think — and it’s causing white citizens to become more racist than they ever were.”

She continued, referring to white people using the term for Germanic tribes that once dominated England and is now generally associated with British-American Protestants and white supremacists.

“I think for the most part, the American Anglo-Saxon crew really has moved past racism, they did it quite a long time ago,” she said.

Rios, a Fox News contributor, said racism had demonstrably ended because segregation was no longer legally enforced and the nation had elected a black president.

“I mean, they did elect Barack Obama twice, so I think it’s not nearly the issue in the white community that it was in the 50s, sure it isn’t, or the 60s – it just isn’t,” she said. “But it seems to be raging, racism seems to be absolutely raging in the black community.”

She blamed this rise of racist feelings among whites on this same black president who signaled the end of American racism.

“I think what’s causing it is people like Barack Obama and (Attorney General) Eric Holder, who can’t say enough and stir the pot enough to create anger and hatred and bitterness,” Rios said. “You know, they do the same thing with women, it’s the same thing in feminism, that’s why I’ve never been a feminist. I hate feminism.”

Listen to audio of Rios’ comments posted online by Right Wing Watch:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/23/fox-news-contributor-angry-blacks-to-blame-for-rise-in-american-anglo-saxon-racism/

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Full article posted with permission

Columbine High School On Lockout After Threat

Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS

AP – JANUARY 23, 2014, 3:48 PM EST

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Columbine High School, the scene of a school shooting that left 15 people dead in 1999, is on a high security alert after an undisclosed threat.

The sheriff's office says in a tweet that the school is on lockout, which does not require students to take shelter, after authorities were notified of a telephone threat. The alert also applies to a half-dozen other schools in the area and was issued shortly before noon.

In 1999, two students opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library.

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Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/columbine-threat

Paul Ryan Has No Desire To Be House Speaker

SAHIL KAPUR – JANUARY 23, 2014, 3:42 PM EST

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday made clear he doesn't want to be House Speaker, nor is he vying for a position in his party's leadership team.

At a luncheon sponsored by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Budget Committee chairman and GOP's most recent vice presidential nominee was asked if he wants the House's No. 1 spot. "No, he doesn't," Ryan responded, speaking about himself in the third person, as recounted by Politico.

It won't come as a surprise to those following Ryan's career -- he is widely rumored to be seeking the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes and entitlement programs. He's also seen as a possible presidential candidate in the future.

"I could've decided to go on the elected leadership route years ago," Ryan said, per Politico. "I'm more of a policy person. ... The speaker is expected to fly around the country on weekends as well, helping folks -- I'm not going to do that."

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/paul-ryan-house-speaker

Utah Will Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

DYLAN SCOTT – JANUARY 23, 2014, 3:39 PM EST

Utah will expand Medicaid under Obamacare, its Republican governor said Thursday. "Doing nothing ... I’ve taken off the table. Doing nothing is not an option," Gov. Gary Herbert said at his monthly news conference, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The state legislature has endorsed two plans for expanding Medicaid through private coverage, as Arkansas has already done. Under one plan, Medicaid dollars would pay for people up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to purchase private insurance on HealthCare.gov. The alternative plan would use Medicaid dollars for people up to the poverty level to buy private coverage on HealthCare.gov; those above the poverty level would receive federal tax subsidies to help purchase insurance through the federal website.

It's not clear which strategy the state will adopt, and Herbert didn't express a preference. Medicaid expansion would cover 60,000 Utahans, according to the Tribune. Utah would be the 26th state, along with Washington, D.C., to accept expansion.

A privatized Medicaid expansion plan would require approval from the Obama administration, but federal officials have already signed off on a similar plan in Arkansas.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/utah-medicaid-expansion

The Largest Liberal Super PAC Just Formally Aligned Itself With Hillary Clinton

By Josh Voorhees

The will-she-or-won't-she narrative has moved one giant, big-dollar step closer to when-will-she. Here's the New York Times with the scoop from the land of Hillary Clinton's (as of yet) still undeclared presidential ambitions:

The largest liberal "super PAC" in the country has begun raising money to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton president, formally aligning itself with Mrs. Clinton’s undeclared presidential ambitions more than two years away from the election. The group, Priorities USA Action, which played a pivotal role in helping re-elect President Obama, also named new directors to steer the organization, appointments that will both cement the group’s pro-Clinton tilt and thrust veterans of Mr. Obama’s political and fund-raising operation into the center of the post-Obama Democratic Party.


Jim Messina, Obama's 2012 campaign manager, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will serve as co-chairs of the super PAC and its affiliated nonprofit arm. Granholm has been beating the Clinton '16 drum early and often. Messina, meanwhile, appears to be the big get here. With the announcement he becomes the most high-profile member of Obama's inner circle to openly back Clinton for president, and his new role will "only fuel perceptions that Mrs. Clinton’s potential candidacy has the tacit endorsement of Mr. Obama himself," as the Times' Nicholas Confessore puts it. (Despite the seeming inevitability of a Clinton White House bid, Messina and others are being careful to speak only in hypotheticals when it comes to the campaign. "Priorities is going to be there for her if she decides to run," he told the paper in an interview.)

As a super PAC, Priorities legally won't be able to coordinate its message with its candidate—although 2012 (and Stephen Colbert) showed that's largely an unenforceable technicality. There are other pro-Clinton groups already out there, of course, but none that can match the big-dollar potential of Priorities USA Action. While most of the others devote their energy rounding up small donors and building grass-roots support, Priorities spends its time convincing people to write six- or even seven-figure checks, making its formal alignment with Clinton a significant development in an election that's still more than two years away. Until—and even after—Hillary launches her bid, look for Priorities to do the heavy lifting when it comes to major ad buys both attacking potential challengers and defending her from conservative (and likely Benghazi-themed) attacks.

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http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/01/23/hillary_2016_priorities_usa_action_the_largest_liberal_super_pac_is_backing.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=1c7fa17032&mc_eid=7a8b58c8c3