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  • ‘Conservative entertainment complex’ killing GOP

    11/16/2012 1:32:07 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 38 replies
    Marietta Daily Journal ^ | November 16, 2012 | Kevin Foley
    Despite Gov. Rick Scott’s seven-hour waiting lines in Florida’s minority voting precincts, President Obama won the state’s 29 electoral votes, giving him a 332-206 victory and, more important, a clear mandate to lead America forward. Just two weeks ago, Republicans were told by Fox News’ resident genius Dick Morris the election was in the bag. So, what happened? David Frum may have the answer. “The problem with Republican leaders is that they’re cowards, not that they’re fundamentally mistaken,” said the conservative pundit and former George W. Bush speechwriter. “Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative...
  • How Karl Rove, Inc. wasted conservative donors’ $300 million

    11/16/2012 1:31:21 PM PST · by lward99 · 57 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 11/15/12 | Larry Ward & Carter Clews
    Oddly enough, perhaps the biggest loser in last week’s Republican debacle wasn’t even on the ballot. He didn’t shake a single hand, nuzzle the napes of any newborn babes or promise eager voters pie in the sky or peace on Earth. His name was Karl Rove. And all he actually did was squander a staggering $300 million by backing candidates who turned winnable races into laughable routs, producing tepid ads transforming would-be zealots into couch potatoes and firmly establishing himself as the political world’s pre-eminent empty-suit analyst. Perhaps even worse, he set himself up as the clearinghouse for wealthy conservative...
  • Hill leaders voice confidence in debt deal

    11/16/2012 1:30:46 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | November 16,2012 | Andrew Taylor
    Any solution likely would come in two phases, with steps now to avert a crisis and promises of a broader tax reform process in 2013. None of the lawmakers made any mention of a big sticking point — Obama's insistence that tax rates go up, as scheduled, at the start of the year for individuals making over $200,000 a year and families earning over $250,000. Republicans flatly oppose that proposal. At issue are a broad series of looming tax increases across every income bracket, coupled with across-the-board spending cuts. The gritty work of negotiations is now under way, and the...
  • Advice to the GOP: Fold [The Case For Letting Obamugabe Own It All]

    11/16/2012 1:28:01 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/16/12 | Jeffrey Anderson
    First off, it’s not a “fiscal cliff.” What we’re slated to hit as of New Year’s Day, as the Wall Street Journal notes, is a tax cliff. Our fiscal cliff, which drops off into a far deeper canyon, is what looms because of our $16,000,000,000,000 debt and the runaway entitlement spending that fuels it — Medicare, Medicaid, (and now) Obamacare. In truth, the debt deal passed in the summer of 2011 — which the press now says we must scrap if we are to avoid the “fiscal cliff” — was designed to postpone our going over the (actual) fiscal cliff....
  • Japan's PM Dissolves Parliament

    11/16/2012 1:25:33 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 11/16/2012 | Steve Herman
    Japan's prime minister Friday dissolved the Lower House of the Diet (Parliament), compelling a national election. This comes as Japan teeters on a return to recession and amid increased tensions between Japan and its neighbors. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has set parliamentary elections for December 16 - a move that comes despite the objection of many members of his own party. They fear what opinion polls overwhelmingly predict: the Democratic Party of Japan in power for the last three years is now in disarray and likely will lose the election. An opinion poll taken Wednesday, before Noda announced he would...
  • Wal-Mart files U.S. labor charge against union

    11/16/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Jessica Wohl
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions. Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business. The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world's largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday,...
  • Rasmussen: 54% now call themselves pro-choice, 38% pro-life

    11/16/2012 1:14:40 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 15, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Wait a sec, you say. Didn’t Gallup find just six months ago that the number who describe themselves as “pro-choice” was at a record low? Indeed they did.But as the saying goes, my friends: Elections have consequences.More voters than ever now identify themselves as pro-choice when it comes to abortion, and most rate the issue as important to how they vote.The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 54% describe themselves as pro-choice on the issue of abortion, while 38% say they are pro-life.Let’s look at trends on abortion in a few recent polls. This...
  • Hamas' Claims: True or False?

    11/16/2012 1:13:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/16/12 | IDF
    Hamas has made a number of extraordinary claims in recent days. Let's go through some of them.
  • Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus Grilled Over Ambassador Rice

    11/16/2012 1:10:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2012 | By KEVIN DOLAK
    ...Democratic senators who emerged from the hearing said Petraeus' testimony supported U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Rice was speaking from talking points prepared by the CIA and approved by the intelligence committee. "The key is that they were unclassified talking points at a very early stage. And I don't think she should be pilloried for this. She did what I would have done or anyone else would have done that was going on a weekend show," Feinstein said. "To say that she is unqualified to be Secretary of State I think is a...
  • The Benghazi Debacle Is About To Go Into Full Cover-Up Mode Today…

    11/16/2012 1:09:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    thehayride.com ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9:40 | MacAoidh
    …if what Eli Lake at the Daily Beast reports is true. When the CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, testifies Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he is expected to say that the agency never requested Europe-based special operations teams, specialized Marine platoons, or armed drones on the night of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official.The disclosure may put an end to one line of inquiry into the Benghazi affair about why reinforcements from the region were not sent on the night of the attack. “Assistance from the U.S. military was...
  • Thousands Of LAX Workers Set For Walkout On Thanksgiving Eve

    11/16/2012 1:08:34 PM PST · by null and void · 10 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | November 16, 2012 8:34 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Employees at Los Angeles International Airport were considering plans on Friday to walk off the job ahead on what is traditionally the busiest traveling day of the year. A coalition of Southland labor and community leaders are calling for the protest of alleged violations by LAX contractor Aviation Safeguards (AVSG) after breaking their contract with the airport earlier this year. Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that AVSG over 400 LAX workers without affordable family health care when it failed to comply with the city’s Living...
  • Prop. 30 Taxes Diverted to Wall Street, Students Get Shafted

    11/16/2012 1:07:20 PM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    capoliticalreview.com ^ | 11/16/2012 | Leighton Woodhouse
    Millions of dollars in new tax revenue earmarked for the University of California system as part of the state’s recently passed Proposition 30 will instead be routed to major financial firms, because of bad bets made by a Wall Street-influenced UC Board of Regents. Proposition 30 was passed last week by California voters in part to stem the tide of perpetual tuition hikes and the rapid decline of public higher education in the state. But because of the Regents’ predilection for gambling with student tuition money, much of that new tax revenue will be routed away from tuition relief and...
  • Women in Petraeus scandal visited White House (Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelley,& Natalie Khawam)

    11/16/2012 1:05:41 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 11/16/12 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The two women at the center of David Petraeus' downfall as CIA director visited the White House separately on various occasions in what appear to be unrelated calls that did not result in meetings with President Barack Obama. A White House official said Paula Broadwell, who was writing a book about Petraeus and eventually became his paramour, attended meetings in June 2009 and June 2011 on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is located on the White House complex not far from the West Wing. Florida socialite Jill Kelley, who initiated the investigation that...
  • Court to consider whether soldiers have 'right to life'

    11/16/2012 1:03:16 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 18 replies
    Britain's highest court is to debate whether soldiers in battle are entitled to the right to life under human rights legislation. The Supreme Court will reportedly investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Private Phillip Hewett in Iraq in July 2005 and examine whether troops in war zones are covered by Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Private Hewett's mother Sue Smith has fought for justice since the 21-year-old was blown up with two colleagues from the Staffordshire Regiment in a roadside bomb attack on their armoured Snatch Land Rover. In October, the lower Court of Appeal...
  • Passengers stranded on bus…driver refuses to board because of gay rights ad

    11/16/2012 1:03:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:41 EST, 16 November 2012 | Niamh O’Doherty
    Passengers spent 20 minutes stranded on a bus after its driver refused to board because of a gay rights message on the side. The unnamed driver would not get on the X78 from Rotherham to Sheffield because it bore a billboard for gay lobby group Stonewall, reading: “Some people are gay. Get over it!” Passengers sat and waited while the driver argued loudly with colleagues and customers. …
  • Does President Obama Want the Clinton-Era Tax Rates? No.

    11/16/2012 12:59:45 PM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-11-14 | Mattie Duppler
    [Wednes]day, the President held his first press conference since being elected to a second term. President Obama was given the opportunity to come clean on the size of the tax hike he wants on small business employers when MSNBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd asked him: “Are you -- is there no deal at the end of the year if tax rates for the top 2 percent aren't the Clinton tax rates, period, no if, ands or buts? Any room in negotiating on that specific aspect of the fiscal cliff?” The President has repeatedly argued that he wants “to go...
  • Capitalism At Work: Twinkies Soar On Ebay

    11/16/2012 12:58:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    The invisible hand at work once again as fat-fingered demand dominates union-stifled supply... $8,000 for a single Twinkie... and other offers... It seems, once again, that there are more than a few greater fools who still have no idea just how the bankruptcy process works... will Twinkies be rebranded Bimbettes?
  • Thousands Of LAX Workers Set For Walkout On Thanksgiving Eve

    11/16/2012 12:56:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 16, 2012 8:34 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Employees at Los Angeles International Airport were considering plans on Friday to walk off the job ahead on what is traditionally the busiest traveling day of the year. A coalition of Southland labor and community leaders are calling for the protest of alleged violations by LAX contractor Aviation Safeguards (AVSG) after breaking their contract with the airport earlier this year. Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that AVSG over 400 LAX workers without affordable family health care when it failed to comply with the city’s Living...
  • Breaking Down The Religious Makeup Of The 113th Congress

    11/16/2012 12:52:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/16/2012 | Joshua Berlinger
    The Pew Forum on Religion released its latest report this morning, Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 113th Congress. Next term, the U.S. will see its first Buddhist Senator, the first Hindu member of the House of Representative and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none." In fact, the first Hindu member of the House, Tulsi Gabbard, won the seat vacated by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who ran and won her race for Senate and will be the aforementioned first Buddhist member of the Senate. Catholics fared the best on November 6, picking...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead, FL - Sun. 11/18/12 at 2pm ET on ESPN

    11/16/2012 12:50:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 181 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 11/16/12
    The end of the road for more than a few as the journey ends in Florida. Is 20 points enough of a lead on a seasoned vet and 5-time Champ? Tune in and snore along as the sun sets on the 2012 season and a Championship is won or lost at Homestead!