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Sending Baucus to China Removes Democratic Critic of Obamacare.


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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Sending Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus off as the next U.S. ambassador to China could solve several problems for President Barack Obama, including removing one ofObamacare’s most vocal opponents from Capitol Hill.

Earlier this year, the outspoken lawmaker famously referred to Obamacare as a “huge train wreck,” saying it would be a failure if the government couldn’t afford money for research, reports The Washington Post. 

Baucus has also compared the HealthCare.gov launch to “Humpty Dumpty” with questions about whether the website could be eventually successful.

Removing Baucus from Washington means taking the outspoken critic away from his chairmanship of the Finance Committee since 2007. Baucus plans to retire next year, and ordinarily would be followed in the seat by second-ranking Democrat member Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va.

However, like Baucus, Rockefeller plans to retire after next year, so Baucus’ seat, if he leaves early, is expected to be taken by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the current chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senate aides told The Washington Post. Wyden has criticized the White House’s healthcare plans in the past, but he is not as strident with his opposition as Baucus.

But there are other possible reasons beyond Obamacare for the president to nominate Baucus, The Post reports.

Baucus, 72, is leaving office next year, but Republicans are expected to take the red state next year with Rep. Steve Daines.

However, if Baucus steps down early, The Post speculates, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock can appoint a Democratic replacement who would be able to run for a full six-year term in 2014. Lt. Gov. John Walsh is already running for the seat, but if he is appointed to it early, he would be the incumbent when the election takes place, giving him an advantage over other candidates.

Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, who is Baucus’ former top hand, may also be considering a campaign, The Post reports, so his name could also be in the short list to fill Baucus’ seat.

Baucus though, does have extensive experience in China, having visited eight times. He also lead U.S. efforts in the 1990s to persuade China to enter the World Trade Organization and worked to establish Permanent Normal Trade Relations between the two countries.

In addition, Baucus has hosted Chinese trade delegations in both Montana and Washington D.C.

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Officials: Baucus to be Named Ambassador to China.


Democratic officials say President Barack Obama intends to nominate Montana Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China.

The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation. The Democrat had announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.

The 72-year-old Baucus is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over taxes, trade and other areas.

He was instrumental in efforts to pass Obama’s health care law four years ago and has spent much of this year seeking to build support for a sweeping overhaul of the tax code.

There was no immediate comment from the White House.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the nomination in advance of Obama’s announcement.

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Source: Newsmax.com

Finding God’s Grace for the Unlovable.


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In an hour, I leave for a school Christmas program, and I know at least two of my Spanish students have solos. I can hardly wait to hear them sing.

Because life is more than Spanish and I need to always remember my 45 minutes with nouns and verbs and conjugations is only a little bit of who they are. Some of them aren’t so good at pronouncing words correctly, but they can shoot a three-pointer with ease.

They ride horses. They play guitars and flutes and pianos. They paint and draw cartoons and make computer graphics. People are more than we see of them in a day.

“It’s leaning,” my husband said. “The Christmas tree is leaning.”

“Not from here,” I said.

He was looking from a different place in the room than I was. Trees and people look differently from one angle than they do from another.

Which is why we need to remember our husband isn’t just the man who leaves his cup in the living room. He’s also the man who spends eight hours at work every day, doing hero kind of stuff, like earning mortgage money.

And our kids aren’t just the ones who can step over their wet towels 50 times and never pick them up. They’re also the ones being brave at public school and trying to love Jesus in the middle of exploding F-bombs and teenage drama.

Those people of yours? When is the last time you saw them in a different setting and appreciated who they are in all those hours when you aren’t with them?

Paul says, “Bear with each other” (Col. 3:13, NIV). One way we can bear with each other is to look at the person’s whole life and not just the angle we see day in and day out.

So I put on snow boots to watch my students sing, and tomorrow I will love them more because I have pulled back to enjoy a panoramic view of who God has shaped them to be.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Christy Fitzwater is the author of A Study of Psalm 25: Seven Actions to Take When Life Gets Hard. She is a blogger, pastor’s wife and mom of two teenagers and resides in Montana. VisitChristyFitzwater.com for more information about her ministry.  

Kennedy 50 Years Later: Little Evidence JFK Would Have Left Vietnam in Second Term.


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President John F. Kennedy meets in the White House cabinet room with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, left, Sen. Mike Mansfield (D-Montana), second left, and Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.), on Sept. 9, 1963.

Americans today commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

One is sure to hear many “if only” conjectures about the 35th president. One of these is likely “If only Kennedy had survived the assassination in Dallas and won re-election, he would have reversed the U.S. military buildup in Vietnam.”

It would be in direct contrast to the action taken by his successor, fellow Democrat Lyndon Johnson, and would have avoided America’s longest war.

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But is there any hard evidence to support this claim? None at all. In fact, had President Kennedy been re-elected and taken this course, it would have contradicted just about every public action and statement he made about Vietnam during his presidency.

In his book “Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye,” onetime top Kennedy White House aide Ken O’Donnell wrote that he recalled a conversation between the president and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D.-Mont.) in May 1963 in which Kennedy said he “now agreed with the senator’s thinking on the need for a complete withdrawal from Vietnam. ‘But I can’t do it until 1965 — after I’m re-elected.'”

According to O’Donnell, Kennedy told him: “If I tried to pull out completely now from Vietnam, we would have another Joe McCarthy scare on our hands, but I can do it after I’m re-elected. So we had better make damned sure that I am re-elected.”

Echoed without any supporting evidence by other allies of JFK, this claim of President Kennedy in his second term reversing the buildup of 16,000 troops in Vietnam, that occurred for the most part during his first term, has developed a life of its own.

In his much-praised biography of Kennedy, “An Unfinished Life,” historian Robert Dallek concedes that “[n]o one can prove, of course, what Kennedy would have done about Vietnam between 1964 and 1968.” But, Dallek concludes, “His actions and statements, however, are suggestive of a carefully managed stand-down from the sort of involvement that occurred under LBJ.”

Do they? In an interview at his Hyannisport, Mass., home with CBS-TV‘s Walter Cronkite on Sept. 2, 1963, Kennedy said of Vietnam: ” . . . I don’t agree with those who say we should withdraw. That would be a great mistake. I know people don’t like Americans to be engaged in this kind of effort.

“Forty-seven Americans have been killed in combat with the enemy. But this is a very important struggle even though it is far away. We took all this — made this effort to defend Europe. Now Europe is quite secure. We also have to participate — we may not like it — in the defense of Asia.”

At a news conference 10 days later, responding to a question about the current U.S. policy toward South Vietnam, the president underscored the U.S. commitment to winning .

“I think I have stated what my view is, and we are for those things and those policies which help win the war there,” he said, “That is why some 25,000 Americans have traveled 10,000 miles to participate in that struggle. What helps to win the war, we support; what interferes with the war effort, we oppose.

“I have already made it clear that any action by either government which may handicap the winning of the war is inconsistent with our policy or our objectives.

” . . . [W]e want the war to be won, the Communists to be contained, and the Americans to go home. That is our policy. I am sure it is the policy of the people of Vietnam. But we are not there to see a war lost, and we will follow the policy which I have indicated today of advancing those causes and issues which help win the war.”

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Two months later, the president’s own words recalled his pledge in 1960 to “build a national defense which is not ‘first but,’ not ‘first if,’ not ‘first when’ but first — period. The pledge has been fulfilled.”

In the same remarks, Kennedy hailed U.S. support of other countries fighting communism, declaring: “Our assistance to these nations can be painful, risky, and costly, as is true in Southeast Asia today, But we dare not weary of the task . . . .”

” . . . [T]he righteousness of our cause must underlie our strength,” he concluded, “For as was written long ago: ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’”

These are from texts of speeches never given, scheduled for the president to deliver in Dallas on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Unemployment Rates Rise in a Third of States.


Employers cut jobs in 20 states last month, suggesting modest improvement in the job market this year is not enough to benefit all areas of the country.

The Labor Department said Friday that 29 states added jobs, while Montana showed no net gain or loss in August. Unemployment rates rose in 18 states, fell in 17 and were unchanged in 15.

“The picture is decidedly mixed,” said Jim Diffley, chief US regional economist at IHS Global Insight. “We’re still optimistic about the improvement (in hiring), but it’s been slow.”

Nationally, the economy added 169,000 jobs in August, a modest gain but hardly enough to suggest a robust job market. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

The tepid hiring gains mean that most states still have fewer jobs than they did when the recession began in December 2007. IHS Global Insight forecasts that only 18 states will have returned to their pre-recession job levels by the end of this year.

Overall, the United States still has 1.9 million fewer jobs than before the recession. Hiring has averaged just 155,000 a month since April. That’s down from an average of 205,000 in the first four months.

Nevada’s payrolls rose 11,200. Still, its unemployment rate remained 9.5 percent, the highest in the nation.

Louisiana added 14,000 jobs. Its unemployment rate was also unchanged, at 7 percent.

Illinois had the second-highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent. North Dakota reported the lowest rate, at 3 percent.

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A Good Name Is Rather to Be Chosen.


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It’s a little scary being the new girl, walking into a private school full of teachers and administrators and secretaries and maintenance men. They’ve been laboring here long, and I’ve only put in one week.
Who will I be in this place?
I tidy the bookshelves and make a nifty bulletin board. Hang a few pictures of my family over my desk.
Bring myself into the school.
The first week of in-service meetings is a barrage of information, and through the fire hose come unexpected streams of character assessment.
The superintendent sits at the end of the conference table and tells the new teachers about last year’s senior class. They were an amazing, impressive group of students. Will this next class be like that? We will see.
The woman whose door opens across the hall from mine is quiet and unimposing. But her name is spoken loud from every direction. The students love her. She gives every senior a collection of pictures she has gathered of them over the years. Students say her name when asked what has impacted them most.
Names never come alone. They are always followed by adjectives: “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil’” (Job 1:8, NIV).
I was just reviewing how to say a whole list of descriptive words in Spanish: lazyhardworkingfriendly …
What descriptions go behind your name?
We do not live to impress people. I learned that freeing lesson several months ago. Yet our reputation matters because it reflects on the Father. The same adjectives that go behind His name should go behind ours, for His glory.
The good news about adjectives is that Jesus died on the cross to make it possible for us to change them.
Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SPIRITLED WOMAN.
Christy Fitzwater is the author of A Study of Psalm 25: Seven Actions to Take When Life Gets Hard. She is a blogger, pastor’s wife and mom of two teenagers and resides in Montana. VisitChristyFitzwater.com for more information about her ministry. 

A Treasure Within.


Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you …?
1 Corinthians 6:19

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2 Corinthians 4:1-15 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%204:1-15&version=NKJV )

A Montana man, on a road trip with his dog, Sundance, stopped for a meal, leaving the pooch in the car. Well, Sundance must have been hungry too, for he nosed around in the vehicle until he found five $100 bills and ate them like dog biscuits. The man returned to find his pet’s meal had cost him a good deal more than his own.

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As Christians, we have something inside us that a billion dollars can’t buy. We have something better than gold in our hearts. We have the Holy Spirit as a deposit or down payment, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Corinthians 1:22). Our bodies are His temples, and we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency may be of Him (2 Corinthians 4:7).

That leads to a life of thanksgiving as our hearts overflow. Gratitude isn’t a momentary feeling; it’s a constant attitude produced by the indwelling Holy Spirit as He reminds us of our blessings in Christ. Be thankful today, as though you had swallowed sunshine.

When I met Christ, I felt that I had swallowed sunshine.
E. Stanley Jones

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Jeremiah 51-52

By David Jeremiah.

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