Low Popahirum, National Edition (1-14-14)

“Britain’s currently bloated electricity prices have become a major political issue and will definitely figure in their upcoming elections, and Cameron has been trying to get out in front of the problem by finally lifting the fracking ban in December and now coming through on the tax incentives he promised for the industry to get the permitting process started.”  – Hot Air

People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could threaten the law’s economic underpinnings and cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists.” – NY Times

“Then, this morning, I read about a recent survey, which came to the unsurprising conclusion that men are increasingly abandoning chivalrous customs. For their part, women are now more likely to be the ones committing certain acts of chivalry.” – Matt  Walsh

“‘Expect the unexpected’ has been good advice for anyone following American economic news since 2009. That news has usually been bad, and almost always ‘unexpectedly’ so. The surprise is a product of ideological bias: With a kindred spirit in the White House, liberal reporters expect (or at least hope for) good things to happen. A cynical observer might suggest that there is an element of deliberate spin involved, with reporters hoping to keep readers’ expectations afloat until next month’s report.” – James Taranto/WSJ

Maybe the FBI is right, that it’s just all a big misunderstanding, that IRS officials were only at the White House for Easter Egg rolls. Even so, our Constitution doesn’t leave accountability to the judgement of the FBI. To the contrary, our system holds that the American people, through their elected representatives in Congress, have the right to know what their government is doing.” – New York Post

“Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday.” – L.A. Times

“Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president’s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.”  – Fox News

“When the Berlin Wall came down and the Iron Curtain was finally lifted to expose the inner workings of communism to Western eyes, one of the more shocking discoveries was the nightmarish scale of environmental destruction.” – The Federalist

“In 2009, Obama lauded high-speed rail in Europe and Asia, and declared: ‘There’s no reason why we can’t do this. This is America.’” – Charles Lane/Washington Post

“Overall, just 16 percent say their views of Christie are less favorable now than they were before. Sixty percent say the scandal’s made no difference and six percent say it’s actually improved their view of him. The only solace you can take in those numbers if you’re a Christie-hater is that he, more than any other GOP candidate, is counting on his relative popularity with independents and Democrats to drive his ‘electability’ pitch in 2016.” – Hot Air

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