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  • Workers strike, demonstrate through much of Europe to protest austerity, layoffs (US is next)

    11/14/2012 6:45:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    washington post ^ | 11/14/2012 | ap
    Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region. However, while austerity-hit countries such as Spain and Portugal saw a high turnout of striking workers, wealthier countries like Germany and Denmark experienced only piecemeal action. To combat a three-year financial crisis over too much debt, governments across Europe have had to cut spending, pensions and benefits and raise taxes. As well as hitting income and living standards, these measures have also led to a decline in economic output and rapidly...
  • Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari killed by Israeli strike

    11/14/2012 6:45:43 AM PST · by dan_s · 49 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/14/2012 | Haaretz
    Hamas confirms Ahmed Jabari killed when a missile hit two cars near the Gaza port; Palestinians report another person was killed.
  • Nutsy Pelosi to stay on as House Minority Leader.**vanity**

    11/14/2012 6:32:23 AM PST · by Kevin in California · 13 replies
    11-14-12 | Me
    Just heard it on my local news.
  • Boehner’s Blunder (If you can't beat 'em, join 'em)

    11/14/2012 6:29:01 AM PST · by bestintxas · 45 replies
    national review ^ | 11/14/12 | m tanner
    Well, that didn’t take long. They hadn’t even finished counting the ballots in Florida when House speaker John Boehner indicated that Republicans were preparing to surrender on issues ranging from taxes to health-care reform. With regard to taxes, Boehner signaled that he was once again open to a “grand bargain” to avoid the looming fiscal cliff. While he kept an increase in tax rates off the table for now, Boehner said that he was open to “additional revenue” as part of a deal. Such additional revenue could, of course, take many forms, such as closing loopholes, raising fees, or counting...
  • Suffering on L.I. as Power Agency Shows Its Flaws

    11/14/2012 6:25:09 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2012 | DANNY HAKIM, PATRICK McGEEHAN and MICHAEL MOSS
    It was four days before Hurricane Sandy would arrive, and trustees of the Long Island Power Authority gathered as forecasters’ warnings grew dire. For more than two hours, the trustees talked about a range of issues, including a proposal to hire a branding consultant. Discussion of the storm lasted just 39 seconds... The examination by The Times shows that the Long Island Power Authority has repeatedly failed to plan for extreme weather... Officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, have excoriated the authority, but in the past, they have paid little attention to its management... Trying to fend off attacks on...
  • Big Miss In Retail Sales Paints Grim Picture For Holiday Shopping

    11/14/2012 6:24:34 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Here we go with the "but, but, Sandy" excuses. The just announced October retail sales tumbled, with their worst miss of expectations since May 2010, and the first sequential decline since June: printing at -0.3% for both the headline and the 'ex autos and gas', on expectations of a -0.2% and +0.4% rise. Ignoring for a second that the Commerce Department said that Hurricane Sandy had both positive (remember those massive lines in various stores ahead of Sandy) and negative impacts on retail sales, it would be truly inconceivable for the sellside Wall Street consensus of diploma'ed PhDs, which knew...
  • Vegetative man tells doctors ‘I’m not in pain’ via MRI communication

    11/14/2012 6:20:31 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    More than 12 years after a car accident left him in a vegetative state, a Canadian man has begun communicating with doctors who are monitoring his brain activity through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans. The BBC reports that 39-year-old Scott Routley has been able to communicate to doctors that he is not in any pain, marking the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-damaged patient has been able to give direct answers regarding their care and treatment."Scott has been able to show he has a conscious, thinking mind," British neuroscientist Adrian Owen told the BBC. "We have scanned him several...
  • Does Obama Doom America?

    11/14/2012 6:18:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/14/2012 | Quin Hillyer
    This man runs a vote-fraud-enabling, military-vote-suppressing, domestic-energy-destroying, debt-exploding, credit-limit-undermining, defense-gutting, abusive-regulation-promulgating, power-centralizing, religious-liberty-attacking, crony-corporatism-expanding, Constitution-trampling administration. He politicizes everything and demeans politics and the presidency simultaneously. His opponent (according to his closest political associates) was a "felon." The opponent was proximately responsible for a woman's cancer death, deliberately outsourced jobs, and led a "war on women." Women, meanwhile, should look to government for sustenance from cradle to grave, should vote as if giving up their virginity, and should "vote like [their] lady parts depend on it." Attack, attack, attack; demean, demean, demean; trivialize, trivialize, trivialize; and never once outline a...
  • Obama Rewards Romney-Threatening MoveOn With White House Meeting

    11/14/2012 6:18:34 AM PST · by kristinn · 4 replies
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    President Barack Obama invited MoveOn to a meeting with him at the White House on Tuesday just weeks after the liberal group threatened Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney with violence. The invitation came as part of Obama’s ‘fiscal cliff’ series of meetings this week with Congressional leaders, business leaders, and unions and left wing supporters. MoveOn’s executive director Justen Ruben attended Tuesday’s White House meeting alongside leaders of the Center for American Progress, the SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, AFSCME and others. Days before the presidential election MoveOn released a video ad produced by the leftist filmmaker Michael Moore that called for...
  • Petraeus friends Jill Kelley and Natalie Khawam share financial troubles

    11/14/2012 6:18:21 AM PST · by RummyChick · 19 replies
    tampa bay times ^ | 11/14 | montgomery & scherzer
    TAMPA — In late September, a U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and the head of the Central Intelligence Agency sent letters to a court in Washington, D.C., testifying that a single mom in Tampa named Natalie Khawam was fit to parent her 4-year-old son. Gen. John R. Allen praised Khawam — the twin sister of Jill Kelley, the woman who sparked an FBI investigation that exposed retired Gen. David Petraeus' affair — for her "maturity, integrity and steadfast commitment to raising her child." Petraeus told the court Khawam "dotes on her son and goes to great lengths — and great...
  • Petraeus offers to testify at House Benghazi hearings

    11/14/2012 6:13:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 144 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/14/12
    Breaking on Fox.
  • The US Recovery Has Been Astounding — And Now Here Comes Its Final Huge Test

    11/14/2012 6:09:25 AM PST · by blam · 47 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-14-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    The US Recovery Has Been Astounding — And Now Here Comes Its Final Huge Test Joe WeisenthalNov. 14, 2012, 6:55 AM It's of no comfort to the millions of Americans who are unemployed, but the fact of the matter is that the US economic recovery has been extraordinary. From the dark days of late 2008/early 2009, the economic recovery has been surprisingly strong, given the crash conditions that went into the slump. As this chart rom Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff makes clear, the US GDP recovery is well above historical systemic crises.Reinhart/Rogoff Even on the employment front, the US...
  • Europe's workers stage austerity protests

    11/14/2012 6:07:29 AM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    Malta Independent ^ | November 14, 2012 | Malta Independent
    Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region. However, while austerity-hit countries such as Spain and Portugal saw a high turnout of striking workers, wealthier countries like Germany and Denmark experienced only piecemeal action. To combat a three-year financial crisis over too much debt, governments across Europe have had to cut spending, pensions and benefits and raise taxes. As well as hitting income and living standards, these measures have also led to a decline in economic output and rapidly...
  • Obama to open talks with $1.6 trillion plan to raise taxes

    11/14/2012 6:06:32 AM PST · by pabianice · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/14/12 | Ceneta, Goldfarb
    President Obama is taking a hard line with congressional Republicans heading into negotiations over the year-end fiscal cliff, making no opening concessions and calling for far more in new taxes than Republicans have so far been willing to consider. Obama plans to open talks using his most recent budget proposal, which sought to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy by $1.6 trillion over the next decade, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. That’s double the sum that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) offered Obama during secret debt negotiations in 2011. Obama has been pressing to let...
  • Bishops OK first new preaching document in 30 years (homilies to connect with daily lives)

    11/14/2012 6:05:48 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Cath News ^ | November 14, 2012
    The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.The document, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives.The vote was 227-11, with four abstentions. Approval required two-thirds of the membership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or 182 votes.The document was prepared by the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees.During...
  • Sen. McCain pushes Watergate-style panel to investigate deaths of Americans in Benghazi

    11/14/2012 5:55:41 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    WaPo/AP ^ | 11/14/2012
    The Arizona Republican tells “CBS This Morning” he believes the unanswered questions surrounding events at Benghazi on Sept. 11 require such a select committee. McCain accused the Obama administration of making misleading statements. He also said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on national television and said incorrectly that the violence was the result of a demonstration against an anti-Muslim movie made in the United States. Asked if he’d stand in the way of any nomination of Rice as the next secretary of state, McCain replied, “She’s not qualified.”
  • OWS buying and canceling debt

    11/14/2012 5:55:12 AM PST · by ksen · 66 replies
    Rolling Jubilee ^ | Recently | n/a
    From the top of their website: ------------------------------------ A bailout of the people by the people Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. -------------------------------------
  • Barack Obama's Election And The Looming Crisis Of Liberalism

    11/14/2012 5:51:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 12, 2012 | Charles Kadlec
    What does Barack Obama’s re-election as President mean for the future of the United States and for the President’s place in history? Both liberals celebrating his electoral victory, and conservatives who fear for the future of the country, may be surprised by the thoughtful, serious and provocative answer to this question in: I Am the Change, Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler, best known as the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, but also a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Full disclosure, this columnist is...
  • Christie Warns NJ Residents of Post-Storm Tax Hikes

    11/14/2012 5:49:50 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 39 replies
    NBC NY(local) ^ | 11-13-2012 | Angela Delli Santi
    Gov. Chris Christie is warning New Jerseyans living in storm-wrecked towns that they're likely to see higher local property taxes to help pay for rebuilding. Christie, .... said an exemption to the state's 2 percent tax cap law is emergencies like Sandy, which destroyed coastal towns, knocked out rail service and left 2.7 million households in the dark. While municipalities can expect federal reimbursement for most storm-related cleanup costs, residents will most likely foot the bill for rebuilding. ..... New Jersey residents already pay the highest property taxes in the country, averaging $7,758 per household. The property tax cap law...
  • FWIW - Romney will probably top 61 million votes, maybe more. (Vanity)

    11/14/2012 5:46:43 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 21 replies
    Romney is gaining around 300,000-400,000 votes a day as all the early and provisional ballots are counted. Obama around the same. When all is said and done it will be Obama that lost votes and Electoral votes from 2008 to 2012 not the Repub ticket. That will make him the only president in US history to actually LOSE support from his 1st term election to his 2nd term election. Mandate? My ass. What a joke, that's about the complete opposite of a mandate