Almost as good as the fake field goal.

Republicans believe they have identified a potent weapon in their fight against President Obama’s regulatory agenda.

GOP lawmakers plan to employ the seldom-used Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives lawmakers the power to formally disapprove of major agency rules, as they seek to ratchet up their attacks on federal red tape.

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“It hasn’t been possible to use this in a divided Congress,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told The Hill, “but now that it is, we certainly are interested in reviewing regulations to make sure they meet with congressional intent.”

Wonder how well this will sell?

I’m certain that money will be ‘granted’

EU to launch anti-terror drive with Muslim countries

Proving, once again, that the electorate is smarter than the elected.

Voters Strongly Suspect Released Gitmo Prisoners Will Attack U.S. Again

Israel strike in Iran.

“The Israeli strike killed six Iranian soldiers, including commanders, as well as the six members of Hezbollah. They were all in a convoy of three cars,” source says.

Another Boko Haram Attack Repelled By Armed Women

We are now reasonably certain that around 100 or so people knew about the IRS abuses …

… and nobody … nobody stood up and said that ‘this stinks’ – ‘this is wrong’ or ‘I quit’.

CBS Defends IRS Against Republican ‘Payback’ Cuts to IRS Budget

Attack in Mali.

Authorities say a U.N. peacekeeper from Chad has been killed and another wounded in northern Mali.

A statement from the U.N. mission said that the attack early Saturday targeted a checkpoint about a kilometer (less than a mile) from the U.N. peacekeeping base in Kidal.

A second suicide vehicle was detonated at one of the entrances to the base though no U.N. forces were hurt but several mortar rounds were fired at the base.

A French-led military operation ousted al-Qaida allies and other jihadists from power in northern Mali about two years ago but the extremists have staged a growing number of attacks in recent months.

The resurgence of violence has killed about two dozen U.N. peacekeepers.

This really shouldn’t be necessary. But … unfortunately it is.

Conservatives in Congress are reviving the push for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution now that Republicans control both houses of Congress.

GOP lawmakers in both chambers have filed several amendment proposals in the early days of the congressional session, breathing new life into an issue that had faded somewhat from the agenda.

Absolutely unconnected.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Likely U.S. Voters think there is a global conflict in the world today between Western civilization and Islam.

Yet the president of the United States and his top aides refuse to use the words “radical” and “Islam” in the same sentence.

It’s too bad that the creators are not there to see it.

Charlie Hebdo reaches all-time high demand

An estimated total of 7 million copies will be sold by next week.

A reminder of how the French deal with anti-semitisim.

January 16 is the nine-year anniversary of the beginning of the Ilan Halimi disaster.

On January 16, 2006, Sorour Arbabzadeh, the seductress from the Muslim anti-Jewish kidnapping gang led by Youssouf Fofana, entered the cellphone store where Halimi worked and set the honey trap.

Four days later, Halimi met Arbabzadeh for a drink at a working class bar and agreed to walk her home. She walked him straight into an ambush. Her comrades beat him, bound him and threw him into the trunk of their car.

They brought Halimi to a slum apartment and tortured him for 24 days and 24 nights before dumping him, handcuffed, naked, stabbed and suffering from third degree burns over two-thirds of his body, at a railway siding in Paris.

He died a few hours later in the hospital.

In an impassioned address to the French parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls gave a stirring denunciation of anti-Semitism, and demanded that his people stop treating it as someone else’s problem.

Going just as planned.

How Obamacare Exchanges Have Decreased Competition Among Insurers

For all we know they are hiding harddrives and cell phones in there.

The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan in rural Webster Parish to burn 15 million pounds of propellant explosives, originally designed for military use, into the northern Louisiana atmosphere.

People exposed to it might develop cancer or blood pressure problems or even pass on birth defects to their children, experts warn.

Parish residents fear these toxins, which could rise two miles into the atmosphere depending on weather conditions, might eventually cover their entire corner of the state or spread into Texas or Arkansas.

Piles of explosive powder stored outside the Camp Minden Industrial site, which the EPA wants to open burn despite the objections of many north Louisiana residents.

Puzzlingly enough, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency, who otherwise won’t hesitate to force landowners to go through long, costly environmental impact statements, aren’t doing the same here.

Evidently government overspending helps protect consumers.

Costly building renovations at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are raising more congressional concerns that the agency is out of control.

A government report pegs the price of the work at $210 million — $120 million more than initial estimates, with off-site leasing costs included.

“That’s more per square foot than the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas,” said John Berlau, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

And, critics add, CFPB doesn’t even own the building.

Geez … Are dogs next?

Oxford University Press (OUP) has banned authors from depicting pork-related products in their children’s books in an apparent attempt to avoid offending Jews and Muslims, the Daily Mail reports.

The new prohibition came up during a conversation about free speech on Radio 4’s Today program and was referred to as “nonsensical political correctness.”

“I’ve got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people. Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork,” state Radio 4’s Today presenter Jim Naughtie.

An OUP spokesman justified the new regulations.

Counter – counter attack.

Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, a top French cyberdefense official said Thursday as the president tried to calm the nation’s inflamed religious tensions.

It won’t work because it can’t work.

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week and just days since the historic Paris unity rally when world leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder and declared their support for freedom of speech, French authorities have arrested 54 people on charges of “glorifying” or “defending” terrorism.

The French Justice Ministry said that of those arrested, four are minors and several had already been convicted under special measures for immediate sentencing, AP reports. Individuals charged with “inciting terrorism” face a possible 5-year prison term, or up to 7 years for inciting terrorism online. None of those arrested have been linked to the attacks

Smaller, faster, cheaper …

Researchers have built a rice grain-sized microwave laser, or ‘maser,’ powered by single electrons that demonstrates the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons. It is a major step toward building quantum-computing systems out of semiconductor materials.

Immigration Supreme Court challenge.

… anything of value …

Crooks with stolen usernames and passwords have broken into customer accounts at United and American Airlines and gotten away with booking free trips or upgrades.

United Airlines says that “unknown and unauthorized parties” tried to get at its customers MileagePlus accounts by reusing logins they got from third parties that are valid for sites that are unrelated to the airline.

The thieves were able to make mileage transactions on what United believes were fewer than 3 dozen accounts, out of a total of 95 million accounts, spokesman Luke Punzenberger said on Thursday.

United notified customers about the fraud in late December. Punzenberger said the airline is restoring miles to all drained accounts.

The Associated Press reported on Monday that 10,000 customer accounts at American Airlines were similarly compromised.

15 arrests and counting.

Belgium arrests 15 in sweep for suspected terrorists

Obama: Charlie Who?

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as the New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

How quickly they waffeled.

Cracking down everywhere.

European police expand anti-terrorism sweeps, arresting dozens

Hardly ‘just common folks’.

While the median net worth of an American family has declined by nearly one-third between 2007 and 2013, members of Congress have recovered quite well from the recession. The Senate’s median net worth went from $2.3 million to $2.8 million over that period, while for members of the House the numbers went from $708,500 to $843,507.

Not all members of Congress are millionaires. While there are seven whose net worth is in the nine figures, totaling at least $100 million, there are two dozen who are in the minus column.

3 dead in Belgium

Three people suspected of belonging to a terror group were killed during a police raid in Belgium Thursday. According to another report, a man suspected of selling weapons used in last week’s terror attack in Paris was detained in a different part of the country.