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  • Obama’s Now Borrowed More Than All Presidents from Washington to W

    12/01/2012 3:37:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    <p>At the close of business on Jan. 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the national debt stood at $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to the Treasury. At the close of business this Thursday, it stood at $16,323,083,449,604.98.</p> <p>That means the debt has increased $5,696,206,400,691.90 during Obama’s presidency.</p>
  • Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain & Use Weapon...

    12/01/2012 3:36:42 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via THE BLAZE.com ^ | November 30, 2012 10:00 pm | n/a
    "Pakistani Brothers Arrested in Florida for Plotting to Obtain and Use Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Americans" SNIPPET: "MIAMI (AP) — Two South Florida men of Pakistani descent have been charged with plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the U.S., federal prosecutors said Friday. The men were identified as brothers Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, and 20-year-old Raees Alam Qazi. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Pakistan and both were arrested in the Fort Lauderdale area, prosecutors said."
  • House passes bill to cancel diversity visa lottery

    12/01/2012 3:32:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The House voted Friday to cancel the annual diversity visa lottery and give those immigration visas to high-tech foreign-born who earn advanced degrees from American universities, as Republicans powered through their chamber the first major immigration bill since the election. The 245-139 vote was a test of the GOP’s plan to tackle immigration piecemeal, and while the bill passed, the strong opposition from Democrats suggests that Republicans’ strategy will face difficult hurdles. And while the chief selling point of the bill was to boost green cards given to science, technology, engineering and technology students, the bigger fight came over Republicans’...
  • SIBLING RIVALRY: Video shows twins fighting in the womb

    12/01/2012 2:00:33 AM PST · by onyx · 34 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Erika Neddenien
    LONDON (WTVR) – Striking new MRI images show that for twins, sibling rivalry starts early–even before birth. Researchers in London were trying to find out more about a rare blood disease that can complicate the pregnancies for women carrying twins, when they captured video of what appears to be two fetuses pushing each other as they try to make more room. Researchers at London’s Center for Fetal Care were studying a potentially deadly condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. It only occurs in identical twins, when the blood supply from one flows into the other. It can cause one twin to...
  • Nigel Farage: Ukip is Now Britain's Third Party

    12/01/2012 1:12:45 AM PST · by expat1000 · 22 replies
    HitC Politics ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Nicholas Watt
    The leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, has claimed that his party has now displaced the Liberal Democrats as the "third force" in British politics after it performed strongly in three byelections. In the party's strongest showing in a Westminster byelection, Ukip secured 21.79% of the vote in Rotherham, claiming second place behind Labour, which won with 46.25%. The Lib Dems trailed in eighth place on 2.11%. Labour scored a hat-trick of comfortable victories in the three byelections held in its safe seats of Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North.
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via HamptonRoads.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...
  • After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank

    12/01/2012 12:47:58 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 8 replies
    After UN vote, Israel to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and West Bank Official says building is in accordance with Israel’s strategic interests map and says more construction planned in E1 area; Labor, Meretz criticize move By Ron Friedman November 30, 2012, 5:06 pm Updated: November 30, 2012, 7:47 pm 20 Email Print Share A Palestinian protester holds a placard in front of Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem, marking the recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state by the United Nations. Friday Nov. 30 (photo credit: AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi) A Palestinian...
  • President Obama: Identifying priorities for a second-term ‘black agenda’

    12/01/2012 12:37:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rahiel Tesfamariam
    While President Obama has been a unifying force in the black community during his first term in office, his presidency has also fueled deep divisions among many African Americans. The president’s first-term policies sparked heated debates among a host of well-known black intellectuals and political observers who argue that the president has ignored the issues of his most loyal base. These tensions will likely remain throughout Obama’s second term unless he quickly reverses course. Critics, such as Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, will likely continue to press Obama to address the needs of black America, while others will struggle to...
  • Grassroots Activists Launch pro-Rubio AmericaNeedsRubio.com

    12/01/2012 12:08:04 AM PST · by americaneedsrubio · 19 replies
    A group of Conservative grassroots activists have launched a new pro-Marco Rubio website dedicated to electing him president of the United States in 2016, 4 years before the elections take place. The Mission Statement states: The Republican Party needs a strong conservative leader to take our message to the American people of smaller government, a strong foreign policy, low taxes and a balanced budget. Our message is the right one, but it is being lost in the mist of a biased media and uninformed electorate. We do NOT have to moderate, we need to modernize and market. Market our ideas...
  • Conservative Grassroots Activists Launch pro-Rubio Site

    11/30/2012 11:59:09 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 45 replies
    AmericaNeedsRubio.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | AmericaNeedsRubio.com
    A group of Conservative grassroots activists have launched a new pro-Marco Rubio website dedicated to electing him president of the United States in 2016, 4 years before the elections take place. The Mission Statement states: The Republican Party needs a strong conservative leader to take our message to the American people of smaller government, a strong foreign policy, low taxes and a balanced budget. Our message is the right one, but it is being lost in the mist of a biased media and uninformed electorate. We do NOT have to moderate, we need to modernize and market. Market our ideas...
  • Clinton calls on Israel to embrace moderate Palestinians, negotiations

    11/30/2012 11:51:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Ha’aretz (sub) ^ | 04:46 01.12.12 (Dec. 1) | Natasha Mozgovaya
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Friday that without progress toward peace, Israel will be forced to choose between “preserving democracy and the Jewish identity of the state.” ‫ Speaking at the Saban Forum 2012 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C., Clinton rejected Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s pessimism concerning the Palestinian Authority's capability of governing its territory and bring about a lasting peace. “With very little money, and no natural resources, they have accomplished quite a bit, building a security force that works every single day with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). They have entrepreneurial successes. They...
  • U.S. Steel lays off McKeesport Tubular Operations workers (Over 100 in Pennsylvania)

    11/30/2012 11:44:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WTAE-TV ^ | November 30, 2012
    McKEESPORT, Pa. — U.S. Steel is laying off more than 100 workers at its McKeesport Tubular Operations plant. Several people called WTAE Channel 4 Action News on Friday morning and said they got layoff notices. "As a result of business conditions, including the negative effect of the high level of tubular imports (many of which we believe to be unfairly traded), we are adjusting production at our McKeesport Tubular Operations. This adjustment in production will impact approximately 142 hourly employees...
  • Newt explains what the Republicans need to do to beat Obama

    11/30/2012 11:43:53 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 77 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11/30/2012 | The Right Scoop via Fox News
    Forget last night’s interview. Newt was much better tonight on Hannity and laid out exactly what Republicans need to do and explained why they have much more power than they realize. The interview begins at the 4:00 mark.
  • Huge Powerball Payout Inspires “Ingenious” Fiscal Idea

    11/30/2012 11:42:42 PM PST · by John Semmens · 32 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    The nearly $600 million payout to the two winners of this week's latest Powerball lottery drawing has inspired what Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called “an ingenious and painless way out of the government's chronic debt crisis.” Geithner's “ingenious and painless” plan calls for the Federal Reserve to buy a minimum of $30 billion in Powerball tickets every week. “Over the course of a year this would generate a minimum of $1.5 trillion in lottery winnings,” Geithner calculated. “As the holder of more than 99% of each week's outstanding tickets, the federal government would almost certainly win each week's jackpot. The...
  • "Casablanca" Piano Coming to NYC Auction

    11/30/2012 11:39:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | Nov 27, 2012
    The piano used for the song "As Times Goes By" in the movie "Casablanca" is getting another turn at fame. The instrument is going up for sale at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 14.
  • The Osama bin Laden Myth

    11/30/2012 11:37:02 PM PST · by Huskerfan44 · 23 replies
    Institute for Political Economy ^ | November 26, 2012 | The Osama bin Laden Myth
    The interview below with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi, Pakistan, daily newspaper, Ummat and published on September 28, 2001, 17 days after the alleged, but unsubstantiated, al Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center twin towers and Pentagon. The interview was sensational. The alleged “mastermind” of 9/11 said that he and al Qaeda had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. The British Broadcasting Corporation’s World Monitoring Service had the interview translated into English and made public on September 29, 2001. Osama bin Laden’s sensational denial was not reported by the US print...
  • Say Goodbye to the Stage Deli, a Midtown Staple Since 1937

    11/30/2012 11:34:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Florence Fabricant
    At midnight on Thursday, the Stage Deli, a landmark New York institution that got its start 75 years ago, closed its doors. “It’s a sad day for New York,” said Paul Zolenge, who has owned the deli, on Seventh Avenue near 54th Street, with Steve Auerbach for 26 years. “We’ve been struggling to make it through these hard times.” Mr. Zolenge cited the cost of doing business in New York. The landlord erected scaffolding in front of the restaurant a year ago, he said, and even though it came down in September, “we lost a whole year.” The rent had...
  • 'Last Best Hope'

    11/30/2012 11:24:44 PM PST · by iowamark
    NY Times Disunion ^ | 11/30/2012 | Ted Widmer
    On Dec. 1, 1862, Abraham Lincoln submitted his second Annual Message to Congress... “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We, even we...
  • Glen Campbell forgetful but in fine musical form - Concert review

    11/30/2012 11:21:11 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 16 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-28-12 | Tom Keough
    Mixed emotions were inevitable for fans of Glen Campbell during the legendary singer-guitarist’s performance at the Paramount Tuesday night. One of the last concerts remaining on Campbell’s long-running “Goodbye Tour,” which the 76-year-old musician launched last year after announcing he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, the Seattle show underscored the beloved artist’s strengths as a consummate crossover musician since the 1950s. At the same time, the ravages of Alzheimer’s were very much in evidence. Campbell sometimes stared at teleprompters, singing displayed lyrics as if reading from a book. (Even so, he lost his way on occasion.) His stage patter rambled: At...
  • Why Won’t Morsi Back Down? Read His Resume

    11/30/2012 11:20:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 30, 2012 | Eric Trager
    From the moment that tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to protest President Mohamed Morsi’s power-grabbing constitutional declaration, western journalists largely assumed that Morsi would back down. From their vantage point, criticism of Morsi’s move from within his own government, threats of judicial strikes, and the sheer magnitude of popular anger could force Morsi, in the words of The New York Times, “to engage in the kind of give and take that democratic government requires.” So when Morsi met with judges on Monday evening and promised that his newly declared powers only applied to ill-defined “acts of...