Feds Spend $33,341 to Find Out if Same-Sex Couples Live Close to Tobacco Shops

22 Dec 2014, 3:50 pm

The federal government is spending over $33,000 to figure out whether same-sex couples live closer to tobacco retailers, theoretically making them more likely to smoke.

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François Gissy blew past a red Ferrari on his rocket bike in a video posted to Youtube last month. Gissy’s rocket bike embarrasses the exotic sports car before topping out at an incredible 207 mph. “On November 7th of 2014, on the famous Circuit Paul Ricard located at Le Castelle

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22 Dec 2014, 3:42 pm

(Scott Johnson)Two English rock singers channeled the voice of Ray Charles, each in his own unmistakable style. The first was Stevie Winwood, who has been at it since he was about 15 and is still going strong. The second was Joe Cocker; Cocker died today at the age of 70, well before his time. The N

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Facebook is facing heightened scrutiny of its conduct in countries with authoritarian regimes amid reports that an events page for Russia’s most prominent dissident was blocked by the company at the insistence of the Russian government.

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The American Spectator

Al Sharpton Worried You've Forgotten About Him Since Yesterday

The events of this weekend are horrifying. Two NYPD officers are dead in an unprovoked attack that seems to have been cheered by at least a segment of the public. A child has been left fatherless, sentiments on both sides of a heated debate have been ignited, and a city is in mourning.  But be

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Over at NRO, our old friend Quin Hillyer makes mincemeat of Rand Paul's arguments in support of President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. He further goes on to question Paul's fitness for higher office. Here is how Quin begins his piece: With his enthusiastic support for Barack
The New York Yankees will pay for the education of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos' two sons. Ramos, along with his partner Wenjian Liu, were ambushed in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday. Liu did not have any children. In 1982, the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner established the Silv
I would like to share with you the last two paragraphs of an article in The New Republic by Claire Groden titled "Don't Blame Protesters for the Murder of Two New York Cops": But there is a yawning gap between the kind of reforms demanded by de Blasio and the protesters and open hostility to polic

The Federalist

Valerie Plame Just Retweeted An Article Outing A CIA Agent

Remember Valerie Plame, the former CIA agent who was "outed" in the run-up to the Iraq war? She just retweeted an article outing another CIA agent.

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As we close out 2014, as another sad day of violence ends, could we also try to see the best in each other's arguments?
First they came for Bigfoot, but I didn’t speak up because I didn’t believe in Bigfoot.
As feminists complain about the ‘gendered expectations of Christmas,’ Martha Stewart blows them all out of the water in terms of being a woman and gracious hostess.

The Washington Free Beacon

Feds Spend $33,341 to Find Out if Same-Sex Couples Live Close to Tobacco Shops

The federal government is spending over $33,000 to figure out whether same-sex couples live closer to tobacco retailers, theoretically making them more likely to smoke.

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Facebook is facing heightened scrutiny of its conduct in countries with authoritarian regimes amid reports that an events page for Russia’s most prominent dissident was blocked by the company at the insistence of the Russian government.
A majority of U.S. military service members will receive a 1 percent pay raise in their basic pay beginning in January 2015, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

Big Government

Pope Francis' Disturbing Cuba Activism

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be changing its policy toward Cuba, opening a Havana embassy and expanding travel. “Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the na

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President Barack Obama revealed his favorite film of the year to People Magazine in an interview released on Wednesday.  Obama named Richard Linklater’s Boyhood his favorite movie of 2014.  “Boyhood was a great movie,” he told People Magazine. “That, I think,
On Wednesday's broadcast of ABC's "World News," network report Cecilia Vega confirmed North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony. “Tonight, ABC News has learned federal investigators have determined North Korea is responsible for the worst corporate cyber-attack in history,” Vega
Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare he

American Thinker

What was Obama taught about Cuba?

Did Barack Obama ever support the Cuban embargo to begin with?

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The Brooklyn police slaughter is just another example of how black racial hostility is now an everyday fact of life.

22 Dec 2014, 12:00 am

What were things really like under Batista?
There is more to the Sony hacking and movie distribution cancelling than meets the eye.  

Heritage Foundation

Debunking Six Myths About North Korean Sanctions

Myth 1. The U.S. and other nations face a policy choice between sanctions or engagement All instruments of national power should be used simultaneously in... Read More The post Debunking Six Myths About North Korean Sanctions appeared first on Daily Signal.

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This year the U.S. Department of Agriculture misspent $2.4 billion on food stamps, according to a November report from the USDA Office of Inspector General.... Read More The post How Much Was Misspent on Food Stamps in 2014 appeared first on Daily Signal.
Sony’s controversial cancellation of “The Interview” following North Korean terrorist threats has inspired planned independent screenings in Toronto and Montreal. Taylor Scollon’s Toronto Facebook event... Read More The post Canadians Fight Back Against North Korea, Plan &ls
The Obama administration’s Justice Department funneled at least $1.5 million in grants to a New York legal-aid group featured in a new rap video that... Read More The post Exclusive: Taxpayers Fund Legal Group With Role in Rap Video About Killing Police Officers appeared first on Daily Signal


Cuba Libré!

Is it possible to hold two seemingly contradictory thoughts about the president's decision to partially end the half-century embargo against Cuba? Can one agree with conservative critics, from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), to Rush Limbaugh about how the Castro brothers are, apparently, getting everythi

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Last month, a professor of economics at the University of California, Davis made some headlines by basically asserting that there is no American dream. It's a myth. He crunched the numbers, supposedly disproving it. Hmm. My dad used to always say, "Did you ever hear about the statistician who drowne
In the wake of the Eric Garner case, some libertarians have urged us to revisit the topic of natural law, a higher moral law that supplies an objective standard of justice for positive law, the law(s) posited (or made) by human beings.
After sniping at religion (as if only fundamentalists are climate skeptics), bemoaning the decline in public fears of global warming but lacking the curiosity to ask whether there might be good reasons, and repeating the myth that polar bears are endangered, Thorson progressed to errors of fact and,

The Corner

Make It a Merry Cruisemas

Right now, go to our dedicated website, nrcruise.com, to get complete information about the spectacular, forthcoming National Review 2015 Alaska Summer Cruise (scheduled for July 18–25 aboard Holland America Line’s luxurious Westerdam). This will be the perfect Christmas

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22 Dec 2014, 3:21 pm

Well, if theaters won’t show The Interview or Air America, we still might be able to catch an anti–North Korea movie on cable TV. In Prisoner of War (1954), a U.S. Army intelligence officer goes undercover to investigate the treatment of American prisoners of war in North Korea. He disc
Staggering. The United States of America — Earth’s sole remaining superpower — capitulated to both Cuba and North Korea in one day. Final Score: Open-air Museums of Stalinism – 2; Land of the Free and Home of the Brave – 0. Obama announced on Wednesday that Washingto
The State Department hinted heavily at U.S. involvement in a probable cyber-attack that knocked North Korea’s Internet offline on Monday, refusing to discuss “operational details” but noting that President Obama had promised a response to the regime’s devastating

Red State

Gun control and the folly of abstract politics

Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review labels this PSA “the worst anti-gun commercial in the history of the United States.”  It’s more like a public disservice announcement, seeing as how it encourages children to commit multiple felony offenses.  I think I

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22 Dec 2014, 1:00 pm

I hate Twitter, mostly for politics. I use it for work, for which it is quite useful. But for discourse about controversial topics, it is a horrid medium. And with the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Twitter and other outlets such as blog comments have again show
I’ll admit that I’m one of those Americans that Dick Cheney frightens. I also agree with comedian Christian Finnigan that he looks like the Penguin from the old Adam West Batman series (which is a delightful comparison and series overall). Still, while he may scare me, I fail to see wha

22 Dec 2014, 11:50 am

It is extremely notable that Manu Raju of the Politico has written that the establishment intends to destroy . Raju serves as the court stenographer for the Senate GOP leadership. His pieces are routinely littered with the conventional wisdom and talking points of the Senate GOP leadership. He has