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Obama signs order to create climate change task force, may give fed overreaching authority

Through the stroke of the pen, President Obama on Friday used his executive powers to elevate and take control of climate change policies in an attempt to streamline sustainability initiatives – and potentially skirt legislative oversight and push a federal agenda on states.<p>The executive order …

Health Care CEO Defends Obamacare: ‘We’re Not Cutting People, We’re Actually Transitioning People’

The CEO of a major health insurance company appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning to defend President Barack Obama’s signature health care program, arguing insurance companies aren’t booting individuals from their current plans but merely “transitioning” them to new ones.<p>“We’re not …

Mike Rowe Did Not Mince Any Words in Open Letter Response to Criticism He Received for Appearing on Glenn Beck’s Show

Less than a week after appearing on Glenn Beck’s television program Wednesday to promote his Mike Rowe Foundation, the Facebook page of the “Dirty Jobs” host was hit with hundreds and hundreds of comments from “fans.”<p>Image: Facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe<p>Many of those comments were less than kind, …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

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The Story About Dick Durbin and a GOP Leader Supposedly Disrespecting Obama Has Taken a Really Weird Turn

It turns out Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) did not actually hear a Republican House leader tell President Barack Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”<p>Rather, Durbin heard about the alleged confrontation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who supposedly heard it from an anonymous …

Obamacare Website Contractor Forced to Make Really Embarrassing Admission: ‘It Didn’t Work’

A high-ranking Obamacare website contractor on Thursday offered some eye-opening testimony on how poorly the glitch-riddled HealthCare.gov website has been operating.<p>Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) asked Andrew M. Slavitt, an executive with Optum/Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), if he tried to get …

In pictures: Concorde the supersonic airliner - Telegraph

NSA surveillance: Merkel's phone may have been monitored 'for over 10 years'

New claims emerged last night over the extent that US intelligence agencies have been monitoring the mobile phone of Angela Merkel. The allegations were made after German secret service officials were already preparing to travel to Washington to seek explanations into the alleged surveillance of …

Pro-Hillary PAC Picks Up an Important Billionaire Supporter That You’re Probably Familiar With

Billionaire market speculator and philanthropist George Soros is throwing his support behind the Ready for Hillary super PAC, a group whose sole purpose is to urge Hillary Rodham Clinton’s to seek her party’s nomination in 2016.<p>The PAC announced Thursday via Twitter its partnership with Soros. Some …

Crook Who Tried to Use Hot Coffee as a Weapon Gets Surprise From 7-Eleven Clerk

Hot coffee can be quite painful — just ask Stella Liebeck, the woman who famously sued McDonald’s back in the 90s after she was burned when she spilled a piping hot cup of Joe on herself.<p>Perhaps taking a cue from instances like this, a suspected thief tried splashing a cup of coffee, which he …

Bet You Never Knew a Teapot Had a Physics Mystery: Well, It’s Just Been Solved

Put a kettle on a burner and within a few minutes, it whistles, or “shouts” as the popular children’s song “I’m a Little Teapot” goes.<p>Bet you didn’t know just that how this teapot whistles was a mystery to scientists — until now.<p>(Source: Shutterstock.com)<p>Cambridge University researchers recently …

Countries Reportedly Push U.N. to Step in and Curtail U.S. Spying

• <b>Some countries against U.S. surveillance programs are calling for a U.N. resolution to scale back NSA spying capabilities to protect “privacy of citizens in their home states under their own home legislation.”</b>• <b><br>A NSA memo recently revealed it targeted the phones of 35 world leaders.</b>• <b><br>“Today, no</b> …

Oprah vs. Obama: Author Says They Both Likely Have Regrets

President Barack Obama likely regrets alienating talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, whose endorsement helped him win the presidency in 2008, author and journalist Edward Klein told TheBlaze.<p>Klein speculated that Winfrey certainly regrets getting involved in politics, as she did when Obama first ran, …

Report: Armed Feds Raid Reporter’s Home, Confiscate Confidential Docs

An investigative reporter in the Washington, D.C., area says armed federal agents stormed her home in August and confiscated stacks of confidential documents, leading her to fear that her undercover government sources have been exposed.<p>Reporter Audrey Hudson says armed federal agents stormed her …

What a State Atty. General (and Candidate for Governor) Looks Like in the Middle of an Underage Alcohol Party

There was a time when alcohol-fueled teen parties either went silent or busted at the seams if an adult walked in.<p>But not only did the sweaty shindig pictured below continue apace after a grownup showed up (he’s in the middle wearing the long-sleeved white-collared shirt holding a cell phone) — the …

O’Reilly Leaves Former Dem. Gov. Speechless: Who’s Being Held Accountable for Obama Admin. Scandals?

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on his program Thursday night to discuss the various scandals that have plagued President Barack Obama’s administration — and things did not go well for Richardson.<p>O’Reilly, who had moments earlier delivered a blistering …

What Ancient ‘Thing’ Was Found Under a Scottish Parking Lot?

Archaeologists said they found something — rather, an actual “Thing” — dating back to the time of the Vikings under a parking lot in Scotland.<p>The location of the thingstead, or a governing meeting place in Norse society commonly shortened to “Thing,” was discovered in Dingwall’s Cromartie Memorial …

Sarah Palin Just Set the Internet Buzzing With a Message to Piers Morgan (and It Involves a Big, Dead Animal)

Well, that’s one way to say no.<p>Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) posted on Facebook a photo of herself smiling with what appears to be a dead bear as a way to decline an invite from CNN’s Piers Morgan to appear on his show.<p>“Piers: Kind of busy right now,” reads the text on the photo, which …

Hear the Rousing Charlie Chaplin ‘Dictator’ Speech That Sparked a Fiery Monologue from Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck opened his radio program Friday with audio from Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator.”<p>The stirring speech happens after Chaplin is mistaken for the authoritarian leader of the land (who looked quite like Adolf Hitler). But instead of the speech everyone expects to hear from the …

No, This Isn’t a Drawing — It’s 11 Acres of Unbelievable Land Art

When you first glance at Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s artwork called “WISH,” you might think “oh, that’s nice.”<p>“WISH” was made for a festival in Ireland by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. (AFP/Getty Images)<p>But what if we told you that it’s actually “land art” — meaning “WISH” is a landscaped design that covers …

‘We’re Here to Kill Americans’: Benghazi Witness Reveals Terrorists’ Chilling Objective

A British security officer hired to train Libyan guards at the U.S. compound in Benghazi is saying publicly for the first time what the terrorists’ chilling objective was in last year’s deadly attacks.<p>“They said, ‘We’re here to kill Americans, not Libyans,'” recalled “Morgan Jones,” a pseudonym to …

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Did John Wilkes Booth Actually Escape? Author Brad Meltzer Gets to the Bottom of the ‘Ten Greatest Conspiracy Theories of All Time’

Bestselling author Brad Meltzer appeared on the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday to discuss his latest book, “History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time.”<p>(Photo via Amazon)<p>The two touched on conspiracies ranging from what happened to “American Outlaw” DB Cooper, to whether there is …

After Supporting Obamacare, Liberal Daily Beast Columnist Gets an Unwelcome Health Care Surprise in the Mail

Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers, who has been an Obamacare supporter, admitted on “The Kelly File” Thursday that her insurance premiums will nearly double from $160 per month to about $300 per month if she wants to keep the same deductible.<p>The reality of higher premiums and the broken promise …

Read What They’re Saying

Many Time Warner Cable customers are unhappy about the company’s recent decision to add the Qatar-owned Al Jazeera America to its channel line-up while maintaining there are no concrete plans to offer TheBlaze TV.<p>Customers flocked to Time Warner Cable’s Facebook page to express their frustration, …

$17 Trillion Debt, but Obama Says ‘We’ve Got Enough Resources’ to Spend More

Despite a $17 trillion debt, President Barack Obama assured high school students and teachers in Brooklyn on Friday that there are enough resources for the spending on education, research and infrastructure, so long as tax loopholes are closed.<p>“We’ve got enough resources to do it if we stop …

NASA Solves Mystery of the Massive Light Clusters Off the Coast Of Argentina

Check out these odd light formations in the Atlantic Ocean. They are: visible from space, hundreds of miles off the coast of Argentina, away from all land formations. What could they be? The clusters of light formations in the circles below have been mystifying people ever since NASA released the …

This Is the Guy the White House Is Bringing in to Fix the Horrendous Obamacare Website

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a month into the dysfunctional rollout, the Obama administration acknowledged the wide extent of its health care website’s problems Friday and abruptly turned to a private company to oversee urgent fixes. Setting a new timetable, officials said most issues will be repaired …

Keystone Pipeline Battle Pits Billionaire Against Billionaire

[<i>Editor’s note: the following is a crosspost by Lawrence Delevingne that originally appeared on CNBC.com</i>]:<p>Billionaire investors love fighting with each other over the markets, safely out of public view in sleek Greenwich or Manhattan offices. But a new political fight is pushing them into a …

Tense: Megyn Kelly Takes on Obamacare Architect Over Law’s Ongoing Issues, Obama’s Broken Promises

On Friday’s episode of “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly battled Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of Obamacare, over the horrific rollout of the health care law. One of the most contentious topics of debate was whether Obama’s many assurances were “intentionally misleading or grossly …