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Nation

How Do You Spell ‘Retaliation’?: Kimball
WH: Drones can target Americans based on one official’s opinion: HA
Holder: Half of U.S. Rating Agencies Accountable for Financial Crisis: ZH

Waterboarding Bad, Assassination Good: NRO
Who Were the Geniuses Who Came Up With That One?: Knish
Rove vs. the Tea Party: Shapiro

Economy

Let the Sequester Stand: Virtuous
HHS Mandate ‘remains unnecessary, coercive, and gravely flawed’: Lopez
Obamacare: 7 million will lose job-based health care insurance: GWP

More Welfare Abuse: EBT Still Being Used In Bars, for Lap Dances: MenRec
Is Government Eyeing 401(k) and IRAs?: MagNote
CBO Releases Latest Budget Forecast: Hilarity Ensues: ZH

Unions Want Taxpayer Subsidies for Obamacare Costs: Foundry
Argentina’s “Anti-Inflation” Price Controls a Preview for America: ZH
Big Government Is Coming for Your Retirement Savings: Sentinel

Scandal Central

The Company Sen. Sleaze-Bob Menendez Keeps: Malkin
The Menendez Dilemma: AmSpec
Stuxnet Leak Came From Obamas Inner Circle – a Tiny Universe of Individuals: FBI Investigating: MagNote

Gun Owners We Are In The Fight of Our Lives – Right to Carry Rally & March: Ammoland
Obama’s Three Cover-Ups: Morris
Colorado: The Assault on the Second Amendment Commences: NRAILA

Climate & Energy

Imagination Adventures with the EPA: NRO
GOP lawmaker threatens battle over EPA regulation: Hill

Media

Why Are We Discussing Skeet Shooting While the Government Seeks to Disarm Us?: Humphries
Here’s That Video of Touré Defending Obama’s ‘License to Kill’ Drone Strike Memo: AmPower
Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!: Stossel

Coulter’s Warning: GWP
Washington Post: Critics of Michelle’s Oversized Posterior are Racist: Dossier
As Andrew Cuomo’s Poll Numbers ‘Crumble,’ Chris Matthews Frets: ‘Is Anybody Safe from the NRA?’: MRC

Let’s Organize a Search Party and Find WaPo‘s Greg Sargent: Owens
Ron Paul Clarifies: I Meant What I Said About Chris Kyle and Yes That Was Me: Ace
Lie of the Decade: Sexton

Enemies of the Constitution – Progressives, Liberals, & Marxists: Ammoland
Disgusting… Leftists Teach Three Year-Olds to Chant “Union Power” and “Transgender Rights”: GWP
Court: NYTimes’s Request for New York City Gun Owners Violates Law: WS

World

Charlottesville, VA Becomes First City to Pass Anti-Drone Resolution: Marfdrat
How Obama Decides to Kill American Citizens in the War on Terror: AtlWire
North Korea video shows US city in flames after missile attack: Guardian

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

Microsoft’s CEO is wrong about Office for iOS: Here’s why: PC World
‘Radio Buy Buttons’ found in iOS 6.1 via newly jailbroken iPads, could mean new functionality coming: 9to5Mac
It’s official: Dell’s going private in $ 24.4B deal: CNet

Cornucopia

Taliban to Send Peace-Keeping Advisers to Chicago: Cube
FOREWARD! All aboard Obama’s high speed intercontinental train.: MOTUS
Bats*** Crazy Love: Zilla

Manly Soaps (NSFW): Knuckledraggin
Seems Legit: American Digest
Here’s the guy responsible for the Superbowl power outage: Wizbang

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QOTD: “Melgen has been a generous political contributor to Menendez’s campaign, and reportedly donated more than $ 60,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during Menendez’s tenure as DSCC chairman. Melgen is an affluent eye doctor and businessman whose friendship with Menendez dates back to the 1990s, and the New Jersey senator has admitted that he flew to the Dominican Republic aboard Melgen’s private jet. Exactly what Menendez did during his stays at Melgen’s mansion at Casa de Campo, a seaside luxury resort development, is a matter of dispute. At least one Dominican prostitute reportedly said last year that Menendez participated in a series of sex parties arranged by Melgen. “That senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,” the woman said in an April e-mail forwarded by the tipster and translated by the Daily Caller. The woman, whose services were reportedly acquired through an escort service called “The Doll Palace,” wrote that she had three trysts with Menendez in 2009: “The first one in February, and then in May and June. I recall his visit in June so well because that month was my 17th birthday.”

This is certainly a serious allegation because, while prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, having sex with 16-year-olds is definitely against the law. Yet Menendez insists that he never had sex with anyone at any time during his Dominican trips. “Now, nobody can find [the prostitutes],” Menendez told CNN’s Bash in their Monday interview. “No one ever met them. No one ever talked to them, but that’s where we’re at. So the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false and, you know, that’s the bottom line.”

Again, however, the Menendez denial is false. Matthew Boyle says he interviewed two of the women last year, and Boyle is adamant in his belief that these accusers were telling the truth. This presents a rather tricky dilemma for any journalist: Who is more trustworthy, a Dominican prostitute or a New Jersey Democrat?” –Robert Stacy McCain

Doug Ross @ Journal

Damascus countdown: Iran & Syria vow retaliation after Israeli airstrike. Is something more catastrophic coming?

Map locating the Syrian town Jamraya which was hit by an Israeli air strike on Wednesday. (Reuters graphic)

Map locating the Syrian town Jamraya which was hit by an Israeli air strike on Wednesday. (Reuters graphic)

What will be next?

As the implosion of Syria continues unabated, Israeli officials are increasingly worried that weapons of mass destruction positioned on Syrian soil will be used against the Jewish state. Or that they will fall into the hands of anti-Israeli forces. Or be handed over to anti-Israeli forces. Prime Minister Netanyahu and the IDF top brass are also deeply concerned about Iran’s efforts to use the chaos in Syria to divert international attention away from stopping Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. As I’ve written before on this blog — and explore in more detail in my forthcoming geopolitical thriller, Damascus Countdown — the corridor between Tel Aviv, Damascus and Tehran is the most dangerous corridor on the planet at the moment. Iran is getting closer to building The Persian Bomb. More than 40,000 people have been slaughtered inside Syria. The world is not taking decisive action to stop any of this. And there is a growing fear in the region that a countdown may have begun to something even more catastrophic happening in the not-too-distant future. I pray that it doesn’t. But governments are increasingly on edge, and for good reason.

Here’s a snapshot of the latest developments in the last 48 hours:

“Israel bombed a suspected shipment of antiaircraft missiles in Syria on Wednesday, according to regional and U.S. officials, in its most ambitious strike inside its neighbor’s territory in nearly two chaotic years of civil war there,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “The early-morning strike in a border area west of Damascus targeted a convoy of trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles to Hezbollah, the anti-Israel Shiite militant and political group in Lebanon, according to a Western official briefed on the raid.”

“Syria maintained that the accounts of a strike on an arms convoy near the country’s border with Lebanon were wrong. Instead, Syria’s military said, Israeli jets had attacked a military facility near Damascus,” the Journal reports. “‘Israeli warplanes violated our airspace at dawn today and directly struck one of the scientific research centers responsible for elevating resistance and self-defense capabilities in the area of Jamraya in the Damascus countryside,’ Syria’s military said in a statement carried by the official Sana news agency. The attack killed two workers and injured five others, it said, and ’caused significant material damage and the destruction of the complex’ and an adjacent parking lot. Syrian activists say the Jamraya site is in a mountainous area of military facilities and training camps located on a heavily guarded road just off the main Damascus-Beirut highway. Later Wednesday, a U.S. official said the accounts of two targets—a convoy of weapons, and a military site—weren’t mutually exclusive. The U.S. believes Israeli warplanes bombed a Hezbollah-bound convoy of antiaircraft missiles, U.S. officials said. The vehicles may have been close to a military facility, they said, cautioning their information remained incomplete.”

Meanwhile, “Iran threatened that a reported Israeli strike in Syria would have ‘grave consequences for Tel Aviv’ on Thursday, days after saying that an attack on Syria would be seen as an attack on Iran,” reports the Times of Israel. “Syria added that the attacks ‘would not go unanswered.’”

“All options for a response against Israeli aggression are open,” an official close to the Assad regime said, according to Syrian press reports. ”The Zionists are trying to use the situations in Syria to restart the crisis when the government was managing to work toward a diplomatic solution.”

“Angry statements from Russia, Iran and the militantly anti-Israel group Hezbollah underscored the risk that Israel’s action —  which analysts and Western officials described as an attempt to stop the transfer of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah outposts in Lebanon —  could hasten the spillover of the civil war in Syria into a wider conflict,” reports the Washington Post.

“Russia said on Thursday it was very concerned about reports of an Israeli attack in Syria and that any such action, if confirmed, would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country,” reports Ynet News. “‘If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it,’ the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.”

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Hamas says Israel has “opened the gates of hell” and warns of massive retaliation; reports of possible IDF ground invasion of Gaza

With the IDF killing of one the top Hamas military commanders — see video of the attack here – and the IAF bombing of at least 20 terror facilities in Gaza, Hamas terrorists say that Israel “has opened the gates of Hell” and that it plans a massive retaliation. At the moment, there are unconfirmed reports that the Israelis are calling up military reserves and making preparations for a possible ground invasion of Gaza. Developing….


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