Monday, January 26, 2015

Top stories from The Hill for January 26, 2015

Top stories from The Hill for January 26, 2015
The Hill's E-news
What will Congress get done?
By Cristina Marcos
It’s time for Congress to get down to business.
Foreign policy divides 2016 hopefuls at Koch forum
By Jonathan Easley
Cruz, Rubio and Paul appeared on stage together for first debate-style event of the cycle.
Chris Christie launches PAC ahead of 2016
By Jessica Taylor
Leadership Matters for America PAC gives him an important vehicle for a White House bid.
'Device' found on White House grounds
By Kyle Balluck
A spokesman said the device poses no threat to White House personnel.
Obama moves to offense in fourth quarter
By Juan Williams
OPINION | The White House believes it has retaken the momentum.
Obama proposes more protections against drilling in Alaska refuge
By Timothy Cama
Alaska’s lawmakers called it a “war on Alaska’s future.”
McConnell: Obama sounds like he's running for a third term
By Tim Devaney
McConnell said Obama either forgot or is ignoring the midterm elections.
NSA reform remains cyber bill's biggest hurdle
By Cory Bennett
Lawmakers' enthusiasm for passing a cybersecurity bill will face a major hurdle this summer — National Security Agency (NSA) reform.
Tech eyes Cuban payday
By Julian Hattem
Tech companies see a potential windfall in the Obama administration’s decision to ease trade restrictions with Cuba — and they’re racing to cash in.
Sunday show wrap-up: Terror dominates
By The Hill staff
Iranian nuclear negotiations and the 2016 campaign also shared the spotlight.
US-Belgian initiative is blueprint for Muslim engagement
By Tara D. Sonenshine, contributor, and Tom C. Korologos
We must counter the alienation that can spur radicalism and even terrorism.
The Associated Press: House Tea Partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists
By Charles Babington
This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate.
Los Angeles Times: Rosier views on economy pose a challenge for Republicans
By Cathleen Decker
For years, President Obama had a singular problem: convincing Americans who were not feeling the economic recovery that it was real and a cause for optimism, not to mention for electing fellow Democrats.
The New York Times: Romney’s consideration of candidacy is closely tied to his faith, allies say
By Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is tied to his sense of service and patriotism, and he may embrace it more openly in a third presidential campaign.
The Washington Post: The risk to Rand Paul’s White House hope: Dad
By David A. Fahrenthold
Ron Paul has embraced a role as libertarianism’s prophet of doom. That might work against Rand Paul’s efforts to line up support for a potential 2016 bid.
The Des Moines Register: Santorum seeks to rebrand himself ahead of 2016
By Josh Hafner
The day after a forum of Republican stars unofficially kicked off the presidential campaign season in Iowa, Rick Santorum traveled to the place that helped launch him to caucus victory in 2012: northwest Iowa.
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Bryan Sears Daily Record Business Writer: Evans withdraws name from MD DNR appointment

Evans withdraws name from DNR appointment

By: Bryan P. Sears  Daily Record Business Writer January 23, 2015 http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/01/23/evans-withdraws-name-from-dnr-appointment/ 

and other coverage of the Maryland General Assembly....  http://thedailyrecord.com/author/bryansears/

Charlie Evans, Gov. Larry Hogan’s pick to head the Department of Natural Resources, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position, citing unspecified health concerns.

Evans’ name did not appear on a list of 17 Cabinet appointments submitted Friday to the Senate for Confirmation.

A spokeswoman for Hogan confirmed that Evans had voluntarily withdrawn his name...

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... Evans was named secretary designee of the Department of Natural Resources just before Christmas. Evans, known as the “grandfather of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund,” ...

Read more: http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/01/23/evans-withdraws-name-from-dnr-appointment/ 

Hogan’s budget outline: cuts, trims and reductions

Hogan’s budget outline: cuts, trims and reductions
Gov. Larry Hogan said his $16.4 billion operating budget includes 2 percent across the board cuts to state agencies, a 50 percent reduction in the education formula known as the Geographic Cost of Education Index and a decrease in the amount of bonds the state was expected to issue.

Hogan pulls back O’Malley regulations

Hogan pulls back O’Malley regulations
A number of regulations set to be published and take effect on Friday were pulled back just hours into the new administration of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan could withdraw controversial manure regulations

Hogan could withdraw controversial manure regulations
A controversial set of regulations limiting the use of chicken manure on Eastern Shore farms as a way of controlling the amount of phosphorous that seeps into the Chesapeake Bay could be withdrawn under Gov. Larry Hogan.


Read more: http://thedailyrecord.com/author/bryansears/#ixzz3Pu7KnhMe
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pastor Kevin Clementson leads us in discussion about the Book of Jonah at Grace

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9 am services at Grace Lutheran Church Westminster Md

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New York Times: In a Shift , Argentine President Says Prosecutor’s Death Was Not a Suicide - NYTimes.com






Cristina Fernández de KirchnerCreditEnrique Marcarian/Reuters
"BUENOS AIRES — Confronted with a deepening scandal, the president of Argentina shifted position on Thursday, saying that the death of the lead prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center was not a suicide as she and other government officials had suggested.

Instead, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner suggested that the prosecutor’s death was part of what she hinted was a sinister plot to defame and destroy her.

The president’s change of position added a major new twist to the suspicious death of the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, whose body was found in his luxury apartment in Buenos Aires late Sunday with a fatal gunshot wound to the head."

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Most Ridiculous Landmarks in All 50 States

The Most Ridiculous Landmarks in All 50 States: "Melinda Crow
January 22, 2015
In the United States, we proudly display our history, our innovations, and our independence — often to the point of weirdness. We hoist gigantic bugs on top of buildings and erect monuments to the bizarre. At Yahoo, we salute that strange creativity. But let’s face it, sometimes these things can get out of hand. Here is our list of the wackiest monuments, landmarks, headstones, and statues from Alabama to Wyoming."
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Independent - Hope Whitmore: As someone who's also autistic, the response to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's panic attack has horrified me - Comment - Voices - The Independent

As someone who's also autistic, the response to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's panic attack has horrified me - Comment - Voices - The Independent:

HOPE WHITMORE

Tuesday 23 December 2014

As someone who's also autistic, the response to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's panic attack has horrified me

It's easy for the media to jump to conclusions rather than looking into the terrifying world of mental health problems

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/as-someone-whos-also-autistic-the-response-to-tara-palmertomkinsons-panic-attack-has-horrified-me-9943152.html

The other day a woman who is on the autistic spectrum, and who has a long history of struggling with addiction, had a panic attack at Heathrow Airport. The reaction one would expect would be sympathy - "How awful to be so ill! To lose control, to be reduced to shaking, shouting, crying with fear."

Instead, the British Press greeted the news with glee, mercilessly ripping into Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. According to the Mail, her "tantrum" occured because she was "denied access to a first class lounge", while The Sun ran the headline "Tara Nicked By 8 Gun Cops."

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"To make it a spectacle to be gawped at is even worse, alienating mentally ill people and making them think they need to hide their problems rather than seeking help. In a year where much has been written about the importance of removing the stigma of mental illness, parts of the media still approach the topic with the sensibility of playground builles.

 More than one in ten people have a disabling anxiety disorder at some point in their life, according to Anxiety UK. Should these people then feel like failures? People who have let down their friends and families? Of course not.

The media’s crowing over Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s illness is not only deeply cruel to her as an individual, it is also disrespectful to the many people in the UK who suffer from anxiety and panic."

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/as-someone-whos-also-autistic-the-response-to-tara-palmertomkinsons-panic-attack-has-horrified-me-9943152.html

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

David Brinkley, Allan Kittleman and Barry Glassman at Gov. Hogan inauguration


David Brinkley, Allan Kittleman and Barry Glassman at Gov. Hogan inauguration

January 21, 2015


Sen. David Brinkley, soon to be head of the Maryland department of budget and management, Harford County executive Barry Glassman, and Howard County executive Allan Kittleman at Governor Hogan’s inauguration in Annapolis 


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Additional information on the Carroll County Republican Committee.


Several folks have been in touch and asked where they may find additional information on the Carroll County Republican Committee.

Republican Central Committee of Carroll County
P.O. Box 2108, Westminster, Maryland 21158.2108



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At this point in time, it is worth repeating, I have no interest in criticizing Commissioner Robin Frazier. I have appreciated working with her in the past and applaud her past service to our community.

And for that matter, I have no interest in criticizing the Carroll County Republican Central Committee – I simply disagree with their decision to nominate Commissioner Robin Frazier to replace Senator Joe Getty. Nothing complex here. I consider the Central Committee members to be friends. It’s just that on this issue – I’m on the other side.

My story that is getting the most play may be found here - Watching Gov.-elect Larry Hogan pick a team http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/01/watching-gov-elect-larry-hogan-pick-team.html

For some balance, find a January 15, 2015 letter to the editor in the Carroll County Times by Scott Hollenbeck here: “Frazier uniquely qualified for Senate seathttp://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/opinion/ph-cc-hollenbeck-letter-01172015-20150117,0,4211336.story

And many more here…. It is a regular lollapalooza… http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/

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“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE 1844-1900

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People who do not understand your silence will never understand your words.

Related: Robin Bartlett Frazier nominated to State Senate seat - by Carroll County Times staff writer Jacob deNobel http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/01/robin-bartlett-frazier-nominated-to.html January 10, 2015 http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-rcc-frazier-20150110,0,151714.story

Carroll County Republican Central Committee Selects Robin Bartlett Frazier to Fill Opening District 5 Senate Seat http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2015/01/carroll-county-republican-central.html

Del. Justin Ready, R-District 5 is the clear choice for Carroll Co. Md. Senate vacancy http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/01/del-justin-ready-r-district-5-is-clear.html By Kevin E. Dayhoff January 11, 2015 By Kevin E. Dayhoff January 11, 2015

Or – food for thought; if Carroll County Delegate Susan Krebs had applied with the central committee, she would be the appropriate choice because she is the ranking senior member of the Carroll County Delegation to Annapolis. That said, the word is that she did not throw her name in the hat…


Del. Justin Ready, R-District 5 is the clear choice for the Carroll County Republican Central Committee to fill the vacancy in the Maryland State Senate left by outgoing Senator Joe Getty

Last Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, the Carroll County Republican Central Committee chose former Carroll County commissioner Robin Frazier as its recommendation to fill the vacancy in the Maryland State Senate left by outgoing Senator Joe Getty. http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/01/del-justin-ready-r-district-5-is-clear.html

Hogan wants more openness, more names in filling legislative seats - Maryland Reporter: By Len Lazarick http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/01/maryland-reporterby-len-lazarick-hogan.html

According to an article in Maryland Report by veteran political reporter Len Lazarick on Thursday, January 15, 2015, “In filling the three legislative vacancies he has created in building his new administration, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan said he’d like to see a more open nominating process used by the Republican central committees and more candidate names for him to fill the seats…”

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It is a must-read article for anyone who has followed the controversies “In Frederick and Carroll counties, [where] the small Republican Central Committees have already named one person for each seat, creating controversy in both counties…” http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/01/maryland-reporterby-len-lazarick-hogan.html


Michelle Jefferson: Committee wanted to right a wrong

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