NASA: Big sunspot is an odd one

"When last seen about a month ago the sunspot was the largest in 24 years, anywhere from 10 to 15 times bigger than Earth."

Purdue: Just 50%, not media-hyped 97%, of scientists blame humans for climate change |

"A new Purdue University report and survey of on global warming finds that just 50 percent of scientists blame human causes, not the NASA-endorsed and widely distributed claim of 97 percent."

GOP factions argue over strategy to block Obama's amnesty order | Daily Mail Online

"A disagreement between Republican lawmakers over a proposed strategy to block President Barack Obama's coming immigration mandate took a nasty turn on Thursday as a battle between two powerful factions of the GOP spilled into the press."

Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy - Yahoo News

"President Barack Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job in the State Department repeatedly refused on Wednesday to rule out unilateral action by the White House to ease U.S. pressure on Cuba."

Reason Foundation - The Hidden Costs of Wind Power in California

"Intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar are growing in use largely because of government regulations, favorable tax treatment and mandates. However, they impose hidden “integration” costs on the electrical grid that are shifted to California consumers and utility companies while the wind and solar developers benefit at their expense."

Obama Calls Gruber A Guy He's "Stolen Ideas From"-Ace of Spades

"Gruber: Opposition to Medicaid expansion is "awesome in its evilness". Yeah, it couldn't be about opposing a financially unstable system that provides no significant measurable benefits.*"

Controversial economist Gruber has earned millions from taxpayers at federal, state levels | Fox News

"That contract netted Gruber $95,000, and an additional HHS contract, inked that June, added $297,600 to the deal – steering almost $400,000 to the creator of the Gruber Microsimulation Model. Still another contract with the agency, as reported here, was said to have exceeded $2 million in value since 2007."

Dem Sen. Begich concedes Alaska Senate race to GOP challenger Sullivan | Fox News

" The victory gave the GOP eight Senate pickups, increasing their majority next year to 53 seats – with just one race, in Louisiana, outstanding."

AP Exclusive: Charles Manson gets marriage license - Yahoo News

"CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Mass murderer Charles Manson has gotten a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison."

"He and his prospective spouse also would be allowed to invite 10 guests who are not inmates."

I'm guessing handing your Mrs. Charles Manson credit card to someone should get the occasional interesting reaction...ed

The Loneliest President Since Nixon - WSJ - Peggy Noonan

"I have never seen a president in exactly the position Mr. Obama is, which is essentially alone. He’s got no one with him now. The Republicans don’t like him, for reasons both usual and particular: They have had no good experiences with him. The Democrats don’t like him, for their own reasons plus the election loss."

Despite Dem claims, trash-talking Gruber was well-paid adviser for ObamaCare and more | Fox News

"Around this time, his analysis was not only featured on Pelosi’s House speaker website in 2009, but cited by the White House several times. Though he often was billed as an analyst in media interviews where he touted the merits of the plan, critics complained his financial ties to the administration weren’t disclosed."

Maryland school district strikes Christmas from calendar after requests for religious equality - Yahoo News

"Christmas will no longer be on next year’s school calendar for a Maryland school district – after requests from local Muslim leaders to also acknowledge their holidays."

GOP used car salesman tops senior W.Va. senator - Yahoo News

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mark Maynard owns a used car lot, runs a towing
business and spends his spare time on a professional drag racing pit
crew. And despite not raising a dime for his Republican campaign and
agreeing with his Democratic opponent on almost all the issues, he
defeated West Virginia's longest-sitting state senator."

Michelle Malkin | » Gird your coins (again): Solar company applies for $539m federal grant to pay off federal loan

"After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan"

GOP gains slam door on gun control push | TheHill

"More than 90-percent of National Rifle Association-backed congressional candidates prevailed on Tuesday, bolstering the ranks of gun rights advocates in both chambers."

Scott Walker Hints at White House Run: 'Governors Make Much Better Presidents' | National Review Online

" We offer a fresh approach — any of us, now 31 governors across the country — have the executive experience outside of Washington to provide a much better alternative to the old, tired, top-down approach you see out of Washington, D.C.”

Obama defends plan to act on immigration: CBS interview - Yahoo News

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama defended his plan to use executive powers to implement some immigration reforms, saying in an interview broadcast on Sunday he had waited long enough for Congress to act."

Republicans won’t dismantle Obamacare, but watch for these changes - Yahoo News

"Republicans — who will control 54 Senate seats at the most — won’t be able to override a presidential veto if (okay, when) Obama objects to any legislation that dismantles the ACA as a whole. But other possible changes have more bipartisan support, making it harder for Obama to oppose them, which means some changes to the ACA are probably inevitable."

Record-Breaking Near-Space Dive Leaps from 135,000 Feet | Video