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  • Tom McClintock: Sequestration is the only way to cut spending

    11/16/2012 3:07:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    While most of official Washington is panicking over the prospect of budget sequestration set to kick in on Jan. 1, one congressman says the fiscal trigger is the best prospect the country currently has for getting spending under control. “Sequestration’s the only hope we have to get spending under control,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who sits on the House Budget Committee, told Human Events this week. “I would like to see adjustments made within the sequestration levels to reduce the cuts to defense spending, spending. But it’s the only chance we have to avoid a sovereign debt crisis.”
  • Exclusive: Kerry Says UBL Tape Cost Him Election (American voters acted out of fear)

    11/16/2012 2:59:55 PM PST · by Arthurio · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | November 21, 2004
    John Kerry (search) believes he lost to President Bush because of the video from Usama bin Laden (search) that surfaced just days before the Nov. 2 presidential election. The Massachusetts senator told FOX News' senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera that he believes he lost because the tape may have scared the American electorate. -snip- Kerry went on saying the Bush administration is planning "a right wing assault on values and ideals we hold most deeply" and that diverse opinions are being "eliminated" from the State Department and CIA with the personnel reshuffling, and the Bush Cabinet is being remade to "rubber...
  • David Petraeus: Benghazi attack 'was terror strike' [lax security]

    11/16/2012 2:53:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | November 16, 2012
    ...Congressional officials familiar with the briefings told the Associated Press that Gen Petraeus testified that security at the consulate was so lax that the attackers walked in and set fire to the facility. Security at the CIA annex was much better, the AP reported, but the attackers had arms and broke in. Republicans were also critical of the Obama administration's handling of security situation. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Gen Petraeus testimony showed that "clearly the security measures were inadequate despite an overwhelming and growing amount of information that showed the area in Benghazi was dangerous, particularly on the night...
  • Threat of 'Spectacular' Cyberattack Looms: Official

    11/16/2012 2:53:23 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 17 replies
    CNBC - Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/15/12 | Camilla Lyngsby
    The U.S. is at war, a cyber war. And businesses and government are at risk, said Eric Rosenbach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy in an interview with CNBC. "I read my intel brief every morning at 5:30 a.m. and it's never a very good news story at all," Rosenbach said. "There are a lot more attacks, and I hate to admit it but I fear that there will be some type of spectacular attack against the United States or one of our allies before there is comprehensive legislation and real appreciation to take this seriously." Just one...
  • Rep. West on possibly running in Georgia: 'No'

    11/16/2012 2:52:10 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/15/12 10:25 AM ET | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday shot down an invitation to run for office in Georgia. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, West turned down the offer from Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart. "No," West told the Atlanta newspaper on Wednesday. "Look, let me tell you something. I have moved my wife around for 20-some-odd years, being in the military, and she was also the daughter of a career military guy. When I retired, she chose Florida. That’s where my daughter’s in school, in college, my youngest daughter’s in high school. That’s our home. It’s a very nice...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church will ‘not obey’ immoral HHS mandate

    11/16/2012 2:51:21 PM PST · by NYer · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 16, 2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Cardinal Dolan. BALTIMORE, November 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The head of America’s Catholic bishops’ conference declared Tuesday that the Catholic Church will “not obey” the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, a policy he classified as “immoral.” The mandate, which takes effect in eight months, forces employers to cover sterilizations, contraception, and abortifacient medications. Although churches themselves are exempt the mandate applies to religiously affiliated institutions such as hospitals, colleges, charities, and social service agencies. Asked if the Church is prepared to close its hospitals and other agencies, or instead pay the exorbitant fines levied for non-compliance, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New...
  • Anyone else not get Romney gear delivered off his site?

    11/16/2012 2:50:57 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 42 replies
    self | 11/16/2012 | self
    A caller into Hannity today said he ordered a bunch of things off of Mitt Romney.com before the election and did not get everything he ordered and then only got a bumper sticker the week before the election. Funny thing is that this happened to me too. I ordered 4 bumper stickers and 2 yard signs. The yard signs were not cheap, I think $15.00 each. My local area had nothing at all being in NYC area. The bumper stickers came after about 1.5 months but I never got the yard signs. Has this happened to anyone else, because I...
  • Rep. West vows to keep fighting for partial recount after judge denies request

    11/16/2012 2:50:48 PM PST · by Ron C. · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    Republican Rep. Allen West vowed Friday to keep fighting for a partial recount in his re-election race, after a Florida judge denied his request to revisit the count that showed Democrat Patrick Murphy winning. Attorneys for the Tea Party-backed Florida congressman, who was elected in the 2010 Republican wave, argued that all 37,000 ballots cast during early voting in St. Lucie County should be recounted. But after a judge turned him down, West blasted Murphy's "army of lawyers" and made clear he was not conceding the race. "While we respect the court's decision, we remain concerned the voters in St....
  • Oakland's Most Wanted Arrested at SF Steak House

    11/16/2012 2:49:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Nov 16, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    A multistate search for an Oakland gang member ended in a San Francisco steak house.Ronnie Flenaugh's mistake? Going out to eat. That, and gang violence. The 20-year old was wanted by Oakland police in connection to a string of gang-related shootings, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was on Officer Ernesto Leyva, Jr.'s mind -- and on Thursday night at about 10 p.m., he walked into Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, where Leyva was having dinner. Leyva excused himself and contacted his colleagues, who arrived to arrest Flenaugh as he was having dinner with...
  • The 'fiscal cliff' is actually an 'austerity bomb'

    11/16/2012 2:44:21 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 20 replies
    All Voices ^ | Nov 15, 2012
    Brian Beutler of Talking Points Memo may have been the first person to use the term “austerity bomb” for the expired tax cuts and automatic spending cuts to take effect at the beginning of next year. Paul Krugman adopts the term in his blog entry "The Austerity Bomb" in the New York Times. Beutler wrote: “A giant austerity bomb is timed to go off at the beginning of next year, and the threat of significantly higher taxes and lower spending has Republicans running around the Capitol sounding more like John Maynard Keynes than John Boehner.” The term "fiscal cliff" makes...
  • More than 100 brawl after [Office of Diversity and Inclusion] talent show at Mt. Ida College

    11/16/2012 2:42:27 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 16, 2012 | Melissa M. Werthmann
    <p>A brawl involving more than 100 people broke out after a talent show at Mount Ida College in Newton Thursday night. One man was arrested for assaulting an officer, city police said.</p> <p>Police arrived at the Dedham Street school at 10:40 p.m. and found people fighting outside of Carlson Hall, said Officer Eric Rosenbaum.</p>
  • Victim Card Pulled: "Picking On" Susan Rice is Sexist

    11/16/2012 2:37:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    The victim card was officially pulled out by President Obama at a press conference earlier this week when he told reporters that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham (he left female Senator Kelly Ayotte out of the list despite Ayotte being a strong critic of Susan Rice) shouldn't be going after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for her comments about Libya. Earlier this week McCain, Graham and Ayotte requested a select committee to look into what happened in Benghazi and all three suggested a Rice nomination for Secretary of State should be blocked. “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham want to...
  • Do You Have Friends Like This? [Vanity]

    11/16/2012 2:26:29 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 62 replies
    Pharmboy | 11-16-12 | Me
    I have had these friends for years...they are retired state workers, currently employed teachers, and people who work for universities. I enjoy their company (so long as we stay away from politics) and do stuff together. BUT...they really piss me off...why? Because they chose their job pathway to security and very circumscribed work hours. No overtime. No weekends. Yet...YET...they constantly bitch about people with wealth who have worked for it. Took a chance, and achieve success.
  • Is Obama’s Treasury Department Planning a Carbon Tax?

    11/16/2012 2:20:15 PM PST · by 92nina · 17 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-11-13 | Christopher Prandoni
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute thinks so and [Tues]day “filed suit to force the Treasury Department to release more than 7,300 emails believed to discuss a new ‘carbon tax’ Obama administration allies in Congress are expected to propose in the upcoming lame duck session.” The CEI press release continues, “the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeks emails on official government accounts that CEI had requested under the Freedom of Information Act. Treasury has said nothing about this topic publicly, but the existence of such extensive email traffic likely reflects serious ongoing discussions between Treasury officials, outside pressure...
  • Ding Dong, Twinkie is dead thanks to Obamas, US economy and unions

    11/16/2012 2:14:46 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 49 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The corporate closure will eliminate not only jobs, but 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States. While some workers bucked threats from union bosses and returned to work, it was not enough. "The problem is we don't have enough crossing those lines to maintain normal production,” said Rayburn. So, this ends a company that has been in business since 1930 providing delicious treats to generations of customers. While it is a sad day for most Americans, one person who will be celebrating is First Lady Michelle Obama, who is the...
  • Former Hostess workers in Rocky Mount 'relieved' at plant closing (Can't get much dumber)

    11/16/2012 2:14:27 PM PST · by tobyhill · 249 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | 11/16/2012 | JUSTIN QUESINBERRY
    Several former workers at a Hostess Brands plant in Rocky Mount said Friday they were relieved after the company filed for bankruptcy, seeking to close its operations. The closings will mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs overall. “They’ve been holding this over our head for a long time and now it’s here,” said Lamont Phillips, an oven operator and the president of the local union. “They had to do it. “I don’t have to deal with that anymore. The things that they were trying to do to us, it wasn’t fair. “They always hold that over our heads, that...
  • Cabinet OKs 75,000 reservists for possible Gaza operation

    11/16/2012 2:13:03 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | November 16,2012 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Government increases cap of reservists for possible ground operation in Gaza from 30,000 to 75,000; FM Liberman says the government is not considering toppling Hamas. The IDF assassinated two Hamas members in Gaza on Friday evening. The first, Muhammad Abu Jalal, was a Hamas company commander in central Gaza's El Muazi area, and the second, Khaled Shaeer, operated anti-tank missiles. Earlier, the IDF sent text messages to 12,000 Gazan civilians, warning them to stay away from Hamas members. The IDF warned that its activities would continue into the night on Friday, warning Hamas to take cover. "Terrorists in Gaza should...
  • Is it really worth going to college and adding all this debt?

    11/16/2012 2:13:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Triangle Business Journal ^ | 11/16/2012 | Jason deBruyn
    College tuition seems to be going in only one direction: Up. And as grants and financial aid aren’t going as far as they used to, students and parents are having to borrow more to go to college. I wrote about spending per degree for today’s paper, and quoted Kevin Carey, the director of the education-policy program at the New America Foundation, a nonprofit in Washington D.C. that analyzes public policy. He argues that Americans go to college because the “have to,” and after graduation “start moving forward through life attached to a financial ball and chain.” In his opinion, the...
  • ***If Rep. Peter King Is Right, Then Maybe Petraeus..."

    11/16/2012 2:08:57 PM PST · by The Wizard · 34 replies
    stardate: 1211.16
    If Rep. Peter King Is Right, that Petraeus said it was the video when he testified on the 14th, and said today that he didn't say that then and that he said it was a terrorist attack instead, maybe, just maybe this is what happened behind the scenes: The bama white house black mailed the General with their affair information, probably gathered with the HELP of the alleged mistress, (working for the same bama crime family) so he went up and told the video story.... Truly being a man of values, the general realized the position he was in, came...
  • CBS Welcomes Obama to Staten Island, But Criticized Bush Post-Katrina

    11/16/2012 2:08:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 16, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    CBS ran a puff piece Friday morning on President Obama's visit to hurricane-ravaged Staten Island, which stood in stark contrast to its hostile treatment of President Bush's visit to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. CBS played into the Obama PR strategy, simply noting that he "pledged the government's support" to Staten Island residents and "met with families who've lost everything." In addition, they aired his plea for the insurance companies to support the victims, afterward quoting residents who were upset with the insurance companies. Meanwhile, CBS had no such love for President Bush in 2005 when they reported victims...
  • Erdogan: Israeli strikes a pre-election stunt

    11/16/2012 2:08:21 PM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    Ynet ^ | 11/16/2012 | Unattributed
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan decried Israel's airstrikes on Gaza on Friday as a pre-election stunt and said he would discuss the crisis with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo this weekend. Under Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party, Turkey has sought to use its clout as a rising democratic power in the Muslim world to increase its influence in the Middle East, distancing itself from former ally Israel. Erdogan said he would speak by phone with US President Barack Obama later on Friday and that Ankara was also seeking talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the prospect of a full...
  • Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare

    11/16/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the...
  • Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers

    11/16/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 15, 2012 | STEVE WEATHERBE
    AARHUS, Denmark — Carina Melchior is a 20-year-old Danish woman who was plunged in the middle of controversy by two close encounters with death — the first in car crash last year that put her in a coma; the second in a hospital, where doctors persuaded her parents to donate her organs and shut off her life support. But Carina recovered, and she now is at the center of a storm of questions about the criteria for brain death, over-aggressive transplant agencies and the commodification of the human body. What might have been played out quietly in an obscure Danish...
  • Obama and Erdogan: Gaza violence hurts Mideast peace hopes

    11/16/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | November 16, 2012
    US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern Friday that renewed violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip would damage the Middle East peace process. "The two leaders shared their concerns about the dangers to civilian populations on both sides and expressed their common desire to see an end to the violence," the White House said, after Obama called the Turkish leader. The White House had previously made it clear that it blames the Islamist movement Hamas for the latest round of fighting, urging it to halt the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip...
  • DNA sequencers stymie superbug spread

    11/16/2012 2:02:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 14 November 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Whole-genome analysis helps identify source of MRSA outbreak on infant ward. A superbug outbreak that plagued a special-care neonatal unit in Cambridge, UK, for several months last year was brought to an end by insights gained from genome sequencing. The case, reported today in Lancet Infectious Disease, marks the first time that scientists have sequenced pathogen genomes to actively control an ongoing outbreak1. Sharon Peacock, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Cambridge, and her team became involved in the outbreak after three infants at nearby Rosie Hospital’s 24-cot special-care baby unit tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) within...
  • Why Would He Lie?

    11/16/2012 1:59:57 PM PST · by greenishness · 65 replies
    Somebody has tried to downplay the terror attack in Libya. If that person is The President then I ask why? If The President lied, Why would he lie? Why did he lie?
  • KYLE BASS: Germany Could Exit The Euro In '3-4 Years'

    11/16/2012 1:58:53 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Lucas Kawa
    Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass was on Bloomberg’s Market Makers with Stephanie Ruhle talking about his bearish views on the E.U. and the status of the currency union as a whole. He said that the E.U. is “three times more levered” than the U.S. and that the entire system is “on life support.” He believes that the there's a small window of short-term investment opportunities in the E.U. that are akin to "picking up a dime before a bulldozer." Bass also echoed the popular opinion that Greece needs to leave the E.U. if it is ever going to be competitive....
  • Atheist group at Dartmouth plans anti Mother Teresa event

    11/16/2012 1:55:51 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 23 replies
    An atheist group at Dartmouth College is planning an event aimed at skewering the reputation of the late Mother Teresa. The Atheists Humanists Agnostics (AHA) club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the program on Tuesday and promising a “full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it… ‘a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf.’”
  • Univ of CA student gov accuses Israel of ‘institutionalized violence’ & ‘human rights abuse’

    11/16/2012 1:53:52 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 25 replies
    Cheers erupted Tuesday evening at the University of California Irvine (UCI) as the school’s student senate passed a resolution, 16-0, accusing Israel of “human rights abuse and institutionalized structural violence against the Palestinian people.” The resolution was passed just hours before Israeli warplanes began an air offensive on Wednesday against Hamas terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza strip in retribution for sustained attacks rocket attacks on Israeli civilian populations.
  • Putin supports Egypt efforts to halt Gaza violence

    11/16/2012 1:49:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | November 16, 2012
    President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in a telephone call that Russia supports Egypt's efforts to halt the escalating violence in Gaza, the Kremlin said Friday. “The Russian President said that he supports Cairo’s efforts directed at normalizing the situation,” the statement said. “The Russian head of state underlined the need to stop the armed confrontation and called on the sides involved in the conflict to exercise restraint and stop military actions resulting in civilian deaths,” it said. The remarks followed a visit to Gaza by Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, who vowed to intensify Cairo’s efforts to...
  • The time-bomb at the heart of Europe. Why France could become the biggest danger to the Euro.

    11/16/2012 1:47:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Economist ^ | 11/16/2012
    THE threat of the euro’s collapse has abated for the moment, but putting the single currency right will involve years of pain. The pressure for reform and budget cuts is fiercest in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, which all saw mass strikes and clashes with police this week (see article). But ahead looms a bigger problem that could dwarf any of these: France. The country has always been at the heart of the euro, as of the European Union. President François Mitterrand argued for the single currency because he hoped to bolster French influence in an EU that would otherwise...
  • Barbara Bush: "People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly."

    11/16/2012 1:47:52 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 103 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/15/2012 | Melanie Warner
    (Reuters) - Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush said on Thursday that she's ready to move beyond this year's campaign season, in comments that came at an Austin conference the week after President Barack Obama's re-election. "I'm tired now of the elections," Bush, who had endorsed Republican Mitt Romney, said at a forum on America's first ladies. "People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly."
  • Hate preacher Abu Qatada will get a new home at the taxpayers’ expense

    11/16/2012 1:45:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14:49 EST, 15 November 2012 | Leon Watson
    Hate preacher Abu Qatada is to be given a new home at the taxpayers’ expense, it emerged today. The 52-year-old Jordanian that the Government has tried and failed to deport has asked to be rehoused. His lawyers confirmed that his request has been granted. He and his family will continue to live on state benefits in their new home. …
  • 400K In Calif. Face ‘Sudden Stop’ In Jobless Benefits

    11/16/2012 1:45:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 16, 2012 10:26 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The unemployment rate in California inched down slightly in October as the state Employment Development Department issued a dire warning that federal help for the long-term unemployed may soon run out. The unemployment rate dipped to 10.1 percent in October – down from 10.2 percent a month earlier – after 45,800 jobs added to payrolls, according to the EDD’s Loree Levy. “It certainly looks like the job creation engine is picking up some speed as we go toward the end of the year, so it’s good news,” Levy said. Levy added the number of jobs created...
  • Cardinal Dolan: US bishops won’t comply with Obama rule on birth control coverage in insurance

    11/16/2012 1:44:11 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Cath News ^ | November 15, 2012
    A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.“The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting. “I would say no door is closed except for...
  • Forced to perform elective abortions, They Said No

    11/16/2012 1:42:24 PM PST · by mgist · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/16/12 | Alliance Defends
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7ZhZNOyXU Nurses in a big city hospital never know what a day's shift will bring – straightforward cases or medical miracles, major crises or minor first aid. Whatever her station, whatever the duty of the moment, a nurse tries to ready herself for anything. But some things, you just can't see coming. It was Beryl Otieno Ngoje's turn to work the desk in the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. She was busy with the usual administrative duties – filing charts, handing out forms to the patients, answering visitors'...
  • Forced to perform elective abortions, They Said No

    11/16/2012 1:42:11 PM PST · by mgist · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/16/12 | Alliance Defends
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7ZhZNOyXU Nurses in a big city hospital never know what a day's shift will bring – straightforward cases or medical miracles, major crises or minor first aid. Whatever her station, whatever the duty of the moment, a nurse tries to ready herself for anything. But some things, you just can't see coming. It was Beryl Otieno Ngoje's turn to work the desk in the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. She was busy with the usual administrative duties – filing charts, handing out forms to the patients, answering visitors'...
  • Bipartisan group of senators looking for a meeting with Obama on Keystone pipeline (Good Luck Folks)

    11/16/2012 1:42:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    I've wondered before about how this new, more "flexible" second-term Obama is going to approach climate change, energy policy, and environmental issues --- I remain unconvinced that "all of the above" was anything more than a rhetorical stalling tactic. I'm betting that we're going to see President Obama's more zealous nature re-reveal itself --- and the Keystone XL pipeline battle that the administration left unresolved before the election is likely to force the issue pretty quick here.Environmentalists (who long ago determined that the pipeline proposal warranted their especial fanatical attention) are planning demonstrations in DC next week to ask the...
  • Benghazi-gate and the Electoral College

    11/16/2012 1:39:46 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 25 replies
    The Electoral College will cast votes in the fifty states on December 17th. About half of the states require their electors by law, more or less to vote for the popular vote winner or political party winner. The rest do not require electors to vote for a specific candidate. Obama apparently won the popular vote on November 6th. What if it becomes clear before the Electoral College vote that Obama was running weapons from Libya to Al Queda in Syria and Egypt for use against Israel and perhaps against our American servicemen? I say popular vote be d@mned.
  • Petraeus: CIA’s initial talking points on Benghazi mentioned Al Qaeda — but reference was removed

    11/16/2012 1:37:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2012 | AllahPundit
    The (former) director of the CIA doesn’t know why the CIA's finalized talking points omitted a key detail? Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that "Al Qaeda involvement" was suspected --- but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed""The original talking points were much more specific about Al Qaeda involvement. And yet the final ones just said indications of extremists," [Rep. Peter] King said, adding that the final version...
  • ‘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...