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  • The Obamacare Nightmare Comes True (cost to businesses)

    11/13/2012 1:46:53 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A bunch of CEOs are in Washington. These people are beside themselves. They're having to hire outside consultants to pore through the Obamacare legislation and advise them, tell them what they have to do to comply. And they are asking for some kind of relief. You've got John Schnatter at Papa John's pizza, the Applebee's people and a number of other restaurant chains are saying, "We have no choice." If they're gonna keep our products priced where they are, which is the price they've all determined is the most sensible for profit stability and affordability for customers, they're gonna...
  • Labor heads say Obama backs them on 'fiscal cliff'

    11/13/2012 1:46:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    Boston.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | KEN THOMAS Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor leaders said Tuesday that President Barack Obama remains committed to preserving tax cuts for middle class families and ensuring the wealthy pay more in taxes, outlining plans for a public campaign to pressure Republican lawmakers. The heads of several labor unions and Democratic-leaning interest groups emerged from an hour-long meeting with Obama saying they were united with the president on how to avert the so-called ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ and prevent more financial hardships next year. ‘‘We are very, very committed to making sure that the middle class and workers don’t end up paying the tab for a...
  • Welcome to the Rand Paul evolution [Now Advocates a "Path to Citizenship"]

    11/13/2012 1:46:40 PM PST · by MissesBush · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/13/12 | Manu Raju
    He’ll push to loosen marijuana penalties, legalize undocumented immigrants and pursue a less aggressive American foreign policy. Call it the Rand Paul Evolution. In the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection win and ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid of his own, the Kentucky Republican plans to mix his hard-line tea party conservatism with more moderate policies that could woo younger voters and minorities largely absent from the GOP coalition. It’s the latest tactic of the freshman senator to inject the Libertarian-minded views shared by his retiring father into mainstream Republican thinking as the party grapples with its future....
  • The Obamacare Nightmare Comes True

    11/13/2012 1:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: A bunch of CEOs are in Washington. These people are beside themselves. They're having to hire outside consultants to pore through the Obamacare legislation and advise them, tell them what they have to do to comply. And they are asking for some kind of relief. You've got John Schnatter at Papa John's pizza, the Applebee's people and a number of other restaurant chains are saying, "We have no choice." If they're gonna keep our products priced where they are, which is the price they've all determined is the most sensible for profit stability and affordability for customers,...
  • Letter from an airline pilot

    11/13/2012 1:37:14 PM PST · by null and void · 68 replies
    Via email | Updated 11/13/12 | Unknown
    Letter from an airline pilot: He writes: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. On this flight." (H.R. Stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" I asked. 'Yes', she said. 'Is there an escort?' I asked. 'Yes, I already assigned him a seat'. 'Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said. A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts...
  • PRUDEN: The web of deceit about Benghazi begins to fray

    11/13/2012 1:33:44 PM PST · by Arthurio · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wes Pruden
    What did the president know, and when did he know it? Of what steel are the Republicans in Congress made? We’re about to find out. Big scandals from little leaks grow. Watergate was at first only “a third-rate burglary.” Bubba thought he was only trying to cover up the details of a failed real-estate scheme down on the White River. Humiliation, resignation and even an impeachment followed. History warns presidents that second terms are never Sunday picnics, and the unfolding — exploding is more accurate — of the story of what really happened on a violent night in Benghazi, Libya,...
  • Moving Black Friday Up A Week Could Save Thanksgiving

    11/13/2012 1:32:15 PM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    We don’t know when the warm water finally started to boil, but it’s safe to say that Black Friday now begins shortly after dinner is served on Thanksgiving. But rather than continue to fight this trend, we think that the only way to restore Thanksgiving is to have Black Friday sales begin a weekend earlier. More precisely, we’re proposing that all those doorbusters either begin on the Friday night or early Saturday morning the weekend before Thanksgiving. Here’s why: It’s Inevitable Walmart and Target and all the other early-openers would not be throwing open their doors on Thanksgiving night if...
  • An American Oil Find That Holds More Than All of OPEC [UT,CO]

    11/13/2012 1:31:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    ABC ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | By ALAN FARNHAM
    Drillers in Utah and Colorado are poking into a massive shale deposit trying to find a way to unlock oil reserves that are so vast they would swamp OPEC. A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that if half of the oil bound up in the rock of the Green River Formation could be recovered it would be "equal to the entire world's proven oil reserves." Both the GAO and private industry estimate the amount of oil recoverable to be 3 trillion barrels. "In the past 100 years — in all of human history -- we have...
  • Israel Under Siege

    11/13/2012 1:29:32 PM PST · by Pete · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 13, 2012 | Adam Kredo
    Islamic militants fired more than 110 rockets and mortars into Israeli territory over the past four days in attacks that injured eight Israelis, according to a report issued by the Israeli Defense Forces Strategic Division. The unprovoked attacks have been dispersed throughout the Jewish state’s southern territory and have forced more than a million civilians into bomb shelters. One soldier has been critically injured in the barrage. The Israel Project says that 898 rockets have fallen on Israel thus far in 2012—over 200 more than hit Israel in the entirety of 2011. The Obama administration has yet to issue a...
  • Sic Semper Tyrannis

    11/13/2012 1:28:45 PM PST · by walford · 27 replies
    Natural Law/Natural Religion ^ | 11/13/12 | walford
    Obama secession petitions: 34 of 50 states petitioning the president to secede It's unclear whether these petitions are a nod to dissatisfaction that some conservatives think may soon match Civil War proportion,or not. However, the utter contempt for the Obama administration indicated by this petition drive, which appears to be on its way to all fifty states, is very clear. ==================== Commentary by walford Greetings from Virginia. These petitions at the very least make an explicit statement that, in the aftermath of the most recent election, many of us are finding ourselves in a country that is no longer a...
  • U.S. Rejoins U.N. Human Rights Council; United States rejoins human rights organization despite

    11/13/2012 1:27:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/13/12 | Adam Kredo
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Monday that the United States is “pleased” to have been reelected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), a controversial body that has been repeatedly chastised for its anti-Israel bias. The U.S. joined the body after President Barack Obama’s election. Long shunned by the U.S. for its anti-Israel bent, the then-newly elected president claimed he could reform the organization. Since that time, the HRC has called for a boycott of U.S. companies that do business with Israel and attempted to investigate Israeli settlements. The U.S. won reelection to the 47-member body on Tuesday...
  • Troubling questions in the Benghazi-Petraeus mess

    11/13/2012 1:24:39 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/12/12 | Victoria Toensing
    Consider: When Petraeus was nominated for DCI, there were “rumors” in Afghanistan about the duo and the extent of her access to him, according to well-respected foreign policy expert and Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland, who was on the ground there at the time. Who headed Petraeus’ background investigation? The first time I had a background check, the FBI asked my neighbors whether I was a good mother. They also asked whether I was a lesbian. These people are not shy about asking sensitive sex-related questions.
  • Is Papa John's the Next Chick-fil-A?

    11/13/2012 1:24:21 PM PST · by IbJensen · 57 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 11/13/2012 | Bobby Eberle
    It happened again. Another restaurant chain is under attack from the left. This time, it's Papa John's Pizza. What was so terrible that the liberal talkers are going bonkers? The CEO simply spoke the truth -- if Obamacare kicks in, there will likely be cuts to employee work hours in order to cover the new healthcare costs. Don't liberals realize that bigger government comes with consequences? As reported by The Washington Times, John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John's Pizza has come out swinging against Obamacare, and the liberals don't like it. Recently, however, Papa John has come under fire...
  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: Petraeus scandal 'disturbing,'(should have been reported)

    11/13/2012 1:18:55 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 13 replies
    CNN Soledad O'Brien ^ | November 13, 2012 | unspecified
    video transcript at 1:45) "I agree with Secretary Panetta who said that we absolutely there should have been notification of the intelligence congressional leadership, as is the proper protocol, long before it occurred." "The Big Four are supposed to be notified." "It is not about politics."
  • Islamists protest for sharia as Egypt debates constitution

    11/13/2012 1:18:43 PM PST · by Pete
    Reuters ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Marwa Awad
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Thousands of Islamists rallied in Cairo on Friday to demand immediate introduction of sharia and called on President Mohamed Mursi to resist opposition to Islamic law. Islamists, Liberals and non-Islamists have locked horns over what civic freedoms women, Christians and minority groups will enjoy under a new constitution being drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel. The constitution is supposed to become the cornerstone of democratic transition after the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak last year. Without it, the country cannot hold elections to replace a parliament that a court declared void in June. The Islamist camp is divided....
  • Paula Broadwell's License Discovered in D.C. Park (Espionage? Meeting with Obama thugs?)

    11/13/2012 1:17:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 159 replies
    US News ^ | 11/13/12 | PAUL D. SHINKMAN
    The woman revealed to have been carrying on an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus lost her driver's license in a Washington, D.C., park recently, sources tell U.S. News. A Maryland National Capital Park Police spokesman confirmed that a jogger found a North Carolina license in Rock Creek Park belonging to Paula Broadwell. Park Police planned to hold it for 90 days, per policy, and then send it back to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The Park Police also alerted the FBI, says Bill Kellogg, a spokesman for the Park Police. The FBI did not initially return calls...
  • How the French Fight Terror

    11/13/2012 1:15:51 PM PST · by BBell · 8 replies
    www.foreignpolicy.com ^ | JANUARY 19, 2006 | BY MARC PERELMAN
    Could Paris teach Washington a thing or two about protecting civil liberties while tracking down terrorists at home? In the United States, revelations that the Bush administration mandated domestic spying have caused a political uproar. France, however, has been spying on its citizens for years, as part of its effective, albeit controversial, counterterrorist system.In 1988, the FBI invited Alain Marsaud, then Frances top antiterrorist magistrate, to speak about terrorism to the bureaus new recruits at its academy in Quantico, Virginia. Marsaud, now a conservative lawmaker, told the audience of would-be feds of the deadly threat that radical Islamist terrorist networks...
  • Bad Guy from 'Homeland' Sometimes Terrorists Are the Heroes

    11/13/2012 1:14:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    TMZ ^ | 11/13/12 | staff
    WE FOUND ABU NAZIR!!! (or at least the guy who plays him on "Homeland") ... and last night, he made a very interesting comment about terrorists. TMZ came face to face with Navid Negahban in Hollywood last night -- who seems to be a much nicer guy than the Osama Bin Laden-esque bad guy he plays on the hit Showtime series.
  • Petraeus, Rove, and Paula Broadwell: I Smell A Rat

    11/13/2012 1:13:02 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 31 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | November 12, 2012
    Home » Blogs » karoli's blog November 12, 2012 10:00 AM Updated: Petraeus, Rove, and Paula Broadwell: I Smell A Rat Karl Rove ?@KarlRove With @paulabroadwell at the NCSL Leaders Forum this weekend in Washington. pic.twitter.com/kWGXLBUD 11 Jun 12 ReplyRetweetFavoriteMaybe that tweet from June is nothing. Only, there's this tweet from yesterday, too. Rupert Murdoch ?@rupertmurdoch Petraeus affair has not been a secret for months. Must be more to story. 10 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavoriteYeah, I'm sure that's nothing, too. Vague enough to be suggestive, but too vague to actually confirm anything like what Paula Broadwell and Karl Rove might have...
  • Obama's re-election drives gun sales

    11/13/2012 1:08:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | November 9, 2012 | Aaron Smith
    Gun sales are up in the wake of Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday, driven by fears of tighter regulations under a Democratic president, especially for firearms that might be classified as assault weapons. "Sales are up," said John Kielbasa, owner of Fernwood Firearms in Hankins, N.Y. "I had a guy waiting here first thing in the morning [after the election.] He came in, bought two AK-47s." Kielbasa said that he sells semiautomatic versions of the fully automatic Kalashnikov rifles, as is permitted by law. He said the demand for semiautomatic rifles is being stoked by memories of the assault weapon...
  • Want something worse than re-electing Obama? Well, here it is.............

    11/13/2012 1:08:28 PM PST · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/13/12
    Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, floated the idea of running again for the RNC chairman position on Sunday. Asked directly if he would run again on C-Span, Steele said, "It's not a bad idea. I can go shake up the house a little bit more, what do you think?" "Are you serious?" asked the host. "We'll see." Asked when he would announce a decision to run, Steele said, "Oh, I've got time for that."
  • Jindal: End “dumbed-down” conservatism

    11/13/2012 1:08:15 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11-13-2012 | Ed Morrissey
    (snip) Many Republicans figured that the economic malaise and the lack of any vision of a second term from Obama would doom him with voters, but we ended up getting stuck in our own blind spot where Obama is concerned. As I wrote after the election, we can’t allow ourselves to fall into the trap of being mainly an oppositional party — being defined by what we’re against rather than what we’re for. We have to have a clear, positive agenda aimed at communicating specific policies that will improve the lives of voters in demonstrable ways. Too often, we offer...
  • Oil-Industry Breaks May Be Casualty of Fiscal Cliff Bargain(1 more reason for blue states to secede)

    11/13/2012 1:00:46 PM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    newsmax ^ | 11/13/12 | s. feller
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, may be open to eliminating certain oil-industry tax breaks to prevent the necessity of tax increases. Republicans have started examining the tax code in their effort to raise revenues without actually raising rates, and breaks for many of the largest companies in the country could be on the chopping block, reported The Hill. “The details will have to be negotiated. Not going to speculate on what a final package may look like,” said Kevin Smith, a spokesman for Boehner. Oil companies receive about $4.4 billion in tax breaks every year, according to USA Today. Democrats...
  • Who's Going to Get Fired Over Petraeus Investigation?

    11/13/2012 1:00:25 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | November 12, 2012 | Nick Gillespie
    So retired Gen. David Petraeus has resigned as CIA director in the wake of revelations of an affair and crazy email behavior on his part and that of his lover. That Petraeus cashiered himself just as he was about to testify before Congress about the total botch job surrounding the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya is disturbing for about a thousand reasons. Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that she and others in the Senate had no idea that the FBI was investigating Petraeus until he resigned. The White House has said they didn't know...
  • Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary

    11/13/2012 12:59:44 PM PST · by mojito · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/13/2012 | Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller
    President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. John O. Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, is a leading contender for the CIA job if he wants it, officials said. If...
  • Gen. John Allen Probed in Petraeus Affair

    11/13/2012 12:57:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6:48 AM, Nov 13, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    "The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday," the Washington Post reports.
  • Communists Happy With Obama Reelection

    11/13/2012 12:55:44 PM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 11/12/2012 | Christian Gomez
    The American people have spoken, renewing President Obama’s mandate for change for yet another four years. Following the announcement of Obama's reelection, Communist Party USA (CPUSA) chairman Sam Webb wrote an article in the CPUSA’s official newspaper, People’s World, expressing his contentment with the election results. “After a long and bitterly contested battle, the forces of inclusive democracy came out on top yesterday,” Webb said. “The better angels of the American people spread their wings, as they went to the polls.” Webb went on to reaffirm that the election results were in the CPUSA’s favor: The Communist Party said a...
  • Janeane Garofalo's ‘Marriage’ No Joke (Didn't Know She Was Married for 20 Years)

    11/13/2012 12:53:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2012
    SNIP She explained at a New York Comedy Festival reunion for “The Ben Stiller Show” that she married a writer on the series — Rob Cohen, who went on to produce “The Big Bang Theory” — in Las Vegas as a joke in the 1990s, and didn’t realize the nuptials had stuck. SNIP
  • State sending elections officials to St Lucie- "concerned about results

    11/13/2012 12:48:04 PM PST · by Goldwater Girl · 54 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11/13/2012 | George Bennett
    State elections officials coming to St.Lucie Wednesday. Concerned that all 37000 votes not re-tabulated, + error percentage
  • Now in Story Development: Petraeus Ran Rogue Operation in Libya.

    11/13/2012 12:42:12 PM PST · by Kenny Bunk · 50 replies
    Vanity | 11/13/2012 | Kenny Bunk
    As the thoroughly unbelievable saga spins its merry way across the MSM, IMHO the stage may be being set by the administration for a thoroughly implausible case for "plausible deniability" for Obama. I predict that Petraeus will be accused of running a rogue CIA operation in Libya about which the President, as carefully explained by dementia patient Joe Biden, knew nothing. Interesting clues: Broadwell's co-author on the bio is a WaPo reporter. Says "he had no clue..." What he probably does have is WH connections. The Tampa "socialite" Broadwell allegedly harrassed turns out to be absolutely dead broke and living...
  • W.H. Petition Calls for Stripping Citizenship and Exile for Anyone Who Signs Petition to Secede

    11/13/2012 12:40:30 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 170 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/13/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    A White House petition gathering force calls for citizenship to be stripped and exile for anyone who signs a petition in favor of a state's secession. "Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported," the full petition reads. The title of the petition is, "WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Strip the Citizenship from Everyone who Signed a Petition to Secede and Exile Them." As of this writing, 2,205 have signed the petition; 22,795 more...
  • McSally backer seeks to block count of 130 ballots

    11/13/2012 12:35:46 PM PST · by Arthurio · 4 replies
    BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A supporter of the Republican candidate in Arizona's undecided 2nd Congressional District race has asked a court to block tallying of results from 130 ballots in Cochise County. Republican challenger Martha McSally and Democratic incumbent Ron Barber are neck in neck in results so far. The suit filed Tuesday in Cochise County Superior Court in Bisbee contends that election officials mishandled three precincts' provisional ballots by not sealing them in envelopes.
  • Lesbian Mothers’ Children - Is it time to retire the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study?

    11/13/2012 12:35:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2012 | Mark Regnerus
    This month yielded yet another published study — which received positive media attention — based on the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study. The NLLFS is about to enter its third decade of following the same 78 respondents, who were “planned” and born to lesbian mothers employing artificial reproductive technology; in nearly all the families studied, the children were being raised by their biological mother and her partner. While any sociologist worth his or her degree can appreciate the laborious task of keeping track of and reinterviewing the same group of people over many years, this particular data-collection effort probably...
  • Gen. John Allen also helped Jill Kelley's sister during custody battle (Kerry's name comes up)

    11/13/2012 12:30:53 PM PST · by RummyChick · 55 replies
    NY POST ^ | 11/13 | earle & mangan
    A judge noted in the file that Khawam "has attached letters from Gen. David H. Petraeus averring to her ability to appropriately parent the child, and is prepared to present corroborating testimony at trial." And in court documents filed by Kelley's sister Natalie Khawam, she name-drops both Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island -- who both have ties to a Providence, RI, lawyer/lobbyist who loaned a whopping $300,000 to Khawam. Khawam claimed in a July 12 letter to her estranged husband that she took their son "on vacation last year to Martha Vineyard," where...
  • Just so we’re clear, we all understand these tax hikes would accomplish zilch, right?

    11/13/2012 12:22:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    And I quote: But as IÂ’ve said before, we canÂ’t just cut our way to prosperity. If weÂ’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue. And that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes. ... ThatÂ’s how we can reduce the deficit while still making the investments we need to build a strong middle class and a strong economy. ...Now, already, IÂ’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. I want to be...
  • Time for Marriage Equality in Illinois

    11/13/2012 12:19:43 PM PST · by PBRCat · 23 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rahm Emanuel
    Last week’s election continued America’s great history of expanding opportunity and equality. Today, we must take the next step on that journey by affording the opportunity to marry to all Americans — and we can continue that march by quickly enacting marriage equality here in Illinois. Throughout my career in public service, I have seen our city and society make progressive strides towards providing greater respect and rights to the GLBT community. As mayor, I lobbied for civil unions in Illinois. In Congress and within the Obama administration I pushed for the end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and helped...
  • AMF Bowling files for bankruptcy

    11/13/2012 12:19:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc., the world's largest bowling operator, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure its mounting debt. The Hanover County-based company said this morning that it filed a pre-arranged petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond. AMF said it expects completing the restructuring process and exiting Chapter 11 within five months. AMF operates a location in Lynchburg near the intersection of U.S. 29 and Candlers Mountain Road, near James T. Davis Paint Center. The company said it will continue its normal business operations during the Chapter 11 process, and its bowling centers will maintain normal operating...
  • Russia helping on Arafat exhumation: Abbas

    11/13/2012 12:17:21 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | November 13, 2012
    Palestinians are coordinating with Russia, as well as Swiss and French experts, on the exhumation of late president Yasser Arafat, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Sunday. Arafat died in a French military hospital near Paris on November 11, 2004 and French experts were unable to say what had killed him, with many Palestinians convinced he was poisoned by Israel. "We are currently in coordination with the French investigators, the Swiss experts, and also the Russian government to open the tomb," Abbas said in a speech marking the eighth anniversary of Arafat's death. His comments were the first time Palestinian officials...
  • (Florida) State Republicans may be more open to Obamacare

    11/13/2012 12:17:00 PM PST · by rarestia · 19 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Troy Kinsey
    It appears Florida will adopt part of the Affordable Healthcare Act, better known as "Obamacare," after all. Gov. Rick Scott had opposed implementing the plan but now, it looks like he is ready to accept at least part of it. For months now, Scott and some fellow Republicans in the legislature have been pledging to defeat Obamacare. At the same time, those lawmakers haven't started any processes to implement health care reform in Florida. Scott now says, "It's not enough to say no to Obamacare." On Tuesday, incoming House Speaker Rep. Will Weatherford (R) will hold a news conference about...
  • Reid Announces Presidential Inauguration Ticket Drawing For Nevadans

    11/13/2012 12:16:40 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | November 9, 2012 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced that his office will hold a drawing on December 10, 2012 to select Nevadans who submit requests for tickets to the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration. A limited number of tickets to the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony will be distributed to each United States Senate office. Nevadans who enter into this drawing sponsored by Senator Reid’s office will have a chance to attend the Inauguration free-of-charge. “Every four years from the steps of the Capitol, the beginning of an administration brings new opportunities for our country to join together to become stronger,” said Reid. “It...
  • Eric Holder to Stay as Attorney General

    11/13/2012 12:12:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Attorney General Eric Holder apparently has enough " gas left in the tank ." He's staying in his position as the head of the Department of Justice for Obama's second term. President Obama is holding on to Eric Holder as the nation’s top law-enforcement official, The Post has learned. The newly re-elected president asked his controversial attorney general to stay for the second term, and Holder has agreed despite enduring a firestorm of criticism from Republican lawmakers. “I don’t know if everyone in the White House wants him [Holder] to stay, but the important guy does, and that’s all that...
  • Flashback: Libyan rebels find Qaddafi's yellowcake uranium

    11/13/2012 12:12:03 PM PST · by Pete · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 26, 2011 | CBS News
    A U.N. official said Libya's new rulers had found uranium yellowcake, partly refined uranium ore, that was left over from the former regime's nuclear program, in a southern area. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information, said Thursday the material was "slightly radioactive" but posed no immediate danger. He didn't know how much had been found. British newspaper The Telegraph reported that at least 10,000 drums were found at the stockpile but they haven't been examined. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that yellowcake is stored in drums at a...
  • ABC: Petraeus conducted own investigation in Benghazi after attack

    11/13/2012 12:11:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, Dianne Feinstein threatened to subpoena the CIA over a trip report from David Petraeus that he allegedly wrote after a personal trip to Benghazi after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans. Today, ABC News reports that Petraeus' visit to Libya was no mere observational tour. The then-Director of Central Intelligence conducted his own interviews with personnel on the ground in Libya in preparation for testimony that has now been cancelled: In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.While in Tripoli, he...
  • Cornel West: Obama A ‘Republican In Blackface,’ Black MSNBC Hosts Are ‘Selling Their Souls’

    11/13/2012 12:02:36 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Mediate ^ | November 12, 2012 | Andrew Kirell
    (I apologize if this has already been posted. I can't get the search function to work.) During an interview last week with Democracy Now, author and activist Cornel West offered harsh criticism of President Barack Obama, calling him a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface” and not someone who is actually looking out for the best interests of the impoverished. The prominent social critic also lashed out at black MSNBC personalities, accusing them of “selling their souls” in support of a president who has been anything but progressive. “I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on...
  • A U.S. Official's Anonymously Offered Defense of General Allen ('he's innocent')

    11/13/2012 12:02:02 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | 11/13/2012 | Conor Friedersdorf
    I've spoken to a U.S. official familiar with the investigation who wasn't willing to be described with any more specificity than that. The short version of the official's comments: General Allen did nothing wrong. As best I can tell, the official is honestly conveying what he or she believes to be true, but I have no idea if he or she is correct. I pass along the comments despite my general aversion to anonymous sourcing because, if nothing else, they provide some potentially significant leads for others reporters to follow as this story advances. According to this official: Although General...
  • IBD/TIPP Poll: U.S. Consumer Confidence Nosedives

    11/13/2012 11:55:56 AM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    TIPP Online ^ | 11-13-12
    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 5.4 points, or 10%, in November, posting 48.6 vs. 54 in October. The index is 0.4 points above its 12-month average of 48.2, 4.2 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 1.3 points below its all-time average of 49.9. Note: Index readings above 50 indicate optimism; below 50 indicate pessimism. The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index has a good track record of foreshadowing the confidence indicators put out later each month by the University of Michigan and The Conference Board. IBD/TIPP conducted the national...
  • The GOP Can’t Afford to Ignore Cities Anymore

    11/13/2012 11:55:33 AM PST · by pabianice · 49 replies
    TNR ^ | 11/13/12 | DePillis
    After a week of election postmortems, one thing is clear: Mitt Romney’s failure to understand America’s changing demographics led to his undoing. But there was another killer: Geography. Deep blue cities and their inner suburbs came out for Barack Obama, pulling the president through in battleground states like Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. And they put him so far ahead in places like Wisconsin, Nevada, and Pennsylvania that Romney never really had a chance (not to mention his home base of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, which went 78 percent for the president). Of course, this isn't a new phenomenon. In 2008,...
  • Ominous futures this morning. Are companies 'Going Galt'?

    11/13/2012 11:45:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Terry Ponick
    The futures don’t look so hot this morning before the opening bell. As of 8:50 a.m. EST, Dow futures are down nearly 70 points. S&P and NASDAQ futures look pretty much as bad, down nearly 9 and 20 points respectively. While yesterday’s action seemed relatively benign, it wasn’t, as lots of sectors were getting hammered but, due to low semi-holiday volume, this wasn’t readily apparent. Our utilities got hit so hard we had to exit via percentage stops, and we’ll probably need to pare back what energy and banking issues we still have today. The “fiscal cliff” again is the...
  • Gabriel Over the White House

    11/13/2012 11:45:18 AM PST · by Piggies-fly · 3 replies
    The Defining Moment FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope | 2006 | Jonathan Alter
    Comments about TCM movie "Gabriel Over the White House" missed the real core issue: totalitarian dictatorship. William Randolph] Hearst believed that the country needed a dictator, but he wasn't sure FDR knew how to fill the role.
  • Supercomputer Ranking Offers Clues About Chips, China

    11/13/2012 11:43:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 12, 2012, 9:00 AM | Don Clark
    If doubts lingered about a major shift in supercomputer technology, the latest ranking Monday of the 500 largest scientific systems should dispel them–as well as any fears that China might claim a lead in the field anytime soon.The latest Top500 list–compiled twice a year based on results of standard speed tests–anoints a machine called Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the speediest on the planet. This wasn’t too much of a surprise based on the lab’s recent comments about the system.But the Titan’s ascendance nevertheless is a milestone for efforts to popularize system designs that use two varieties of...