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  • Obama, top lawmakers meet over fiscal cliff

    12/28/2012 2:51:44 PM PST · by what's up · 10 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The end game at hand, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders made a final stab at compromise Friday to prevent a toxic blend of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect at the turn of the new year. Success was far from guaranteed in an atmosphere of political mistrust — even on a slimmed-down deal that postponed hard decisions about spending cuts into 2013, and pessimism vied with optimism in a Capitol where lawmakers grumbled about the likelihood of spending the new year holiday in the Capitol.
  • Breaking: Obama to make a statement at 5:45 PM EST following fiscal cliff meeting-Live Thread[12-28]

    12/28/2012 2:45:39 PM PST · by John W · 167 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | NBC News and wire services
    The highly-anticipated meeting came and went without any immediate clue from congressional lawmakers as to whether they had made any progress toward resolving the impending onset of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1. But the president is scheduled to deliver a statement from the White House at 5:45 p.m. ET. A protracted stalemate between Obama-led Democrats and congressional Republicans had prompted Friday's last-ditch meeting.
  • My Daughters Cat Just Died.

    12/28/2012 2:44:04 PM PST · by Little Bill · 117 replies
    12/28/2012 | Self
    My Daughters cat just died. Expired from Natural causes as near as I can deturmine, I went to pet him and he was starting to stiffen up. He was a good cat, black as Satan with a propencity to open closed doors. She is heart broken.
  • So, Is This The End Of ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan? (Recession Forecast)

    12/28/2012 2:36:39 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-28-2012 | Sam Ro
    So, Is This The End Of ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan? Sam RoDec. 28, 2012, 2:42 PMWall Street analysts put their reputations at risk everytime they publish a forecast. And that risk rises exponentially when those forecasts go against the consensus. Few analysts have been more aggressive about their non-consensus calls than ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan, who predicted in September 30, 2011 that the U.S. was heading for a recession and that it was "inescapable." Many have criticized him for being ambiguous with his timeline for that call. But during a November 29 appearance on Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene, Achuthan made it...
  • Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

    12/28/2012 2:31:46 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 51 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/28/2012 | BBC
    A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.
  • Union Leaders On Right-to-Work Law: 'There Is Going To Be Retribution'

    12/28/2012 2:25:43 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 34 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/22/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan's unions will devote all their resources to fight the recently passed right-to-work law by trying to overturn it in court, doing recalls of politicians, holding rallies and trying to get it put on the ballot, according to a top union leader’s comments during a recent teleconference. Al Garrett, president of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, and Larry Roehrig, secretary treasurer, laid out their plans about how to “attack” the law. The conference call was recorded and Michigan Capitol Confidential obtained the audio file. "There is going to be retribution," Garrett said. Garrett predicted that right-to-work law would be repealed in...
  • Signs of Light? Climate Change Caucus Forms in Senate (Can they be brought up on fraud charges?)

    12/28/2012 2:25:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    "I think you are going to see a lot of bills on climate change," said Senator Barbara Boxer as she took the lead in forming a climate change caucus in the Senate. That's music to our ears, along with this: "There will be a lot of different bills on climate change. I have already spoken to three colleagues that have bills in the works." Boxer (D-CA) says it's finally time to bring the discussion of climate change out of the shadows, and that superstorm Sandy "changed a lot of minds" on the topic.
  • Binyamin Residents' Council Head Plays Down New Intifada

    12/28/2012 2:24:50 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 2:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Chairman Itzik Shadmi of the Binyamin Residents' Council played down on Thursday suggestions that Palestinian Authority Arabs have launched a new terror war (intifada) in Judea and Samaria. "We don't have to bother ourselves excessively with it too much at the moment, but the IDF should prepare for such an option," Shadmi told Arutz Sheva. Shadmi noted he is not worried by a possible takeover of Judea and Samaria by Hamas, similar to the terror group's bloody takeover of Gaza in 2007, saying, "At least this way we will recognize the enemy we already know. I'm more concerned by the...
  • NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg Blames Uptick In Crime On Thieves Coveting All Those iPhones

    12/28/2012 2:22:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    At any given moment, the streets of New York City are like a veritable sea, teeming with fish (people) tempting thieves with their pockets full of shiny, new electronic gadgets. And that preponderance of highly-coveted technology, including Apple’s popular iPhones and iPads, is why the city’s major crime rate has risen this year, says NYC’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Thieves have been going after your gotta-have-it products, resulting in a wee boost to NYC’s annual crime index. That stat also covers felonies, grand larceny and robbery. Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show today (via the New York Times’ City Blog)...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-28-12 (DUmmies talk fiscal cliff and GOP treason)

    12/28/2012 2:06:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 22 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 28, 2012 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    President Oahu has cut short his vacation to save the nation from economic catastrophe--even though he has run up trillions of dollars in debt and shows no signs of wanting to cut spending. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid-my-lips-more-new-taxes stands ready to avert financial doom--even though he has not been able to get the Senate to pass a budget in years. And these are the people who will keep us from going over the fiscal cliff? The DUmmies are talking fiscal cliff these days, albeit reluctantly. The stuff makes their head hurt, and it is not as emotionally satisfying as...
  • Leading proponent of filibuster reform claims he has 51 votes

    12/28/2012 2:05:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option." The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures — and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote — amounts to breaking the rules to change them.
  • Ohio Student Wins Stalking Order Against Extreme Helicopter Parents

    12/28/2012 2:00:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 104 replies
    A 21-year-old theatre student has obtained a civil stalking restraining order against her parents after convincing a judge that they attempt to control all aspects of her daily life. Aubrey Ireland is a gifted theatre major at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, often winning major roles in her school's musicals. Her latest win wasn't at her prestigious music conservatory, but in court after she filed a civil stalking order against her parents. Earlier this month, Common Pleas Court Judge Jody Luebbers ruled in her favor, ordering that her parents must stay at least 500 feet from...
  • Lieberman on Abbas' Threat: Please Quit, We Can't Wait

    12/28/2012 2:00:12 PM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 12:09 PM | Maayana Miskin
    Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, until recently the Foreign Minister, reacted with joy Friday as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened to quit if negotiations do not resume. Abbas has refused to negotiate in absence of several Israeli concessions, including a complete freeze on construction east of the 1949 armistice line. According to Lieberman, Israel "can't wait" for Abbas to follow through on his threat. "We congratulate Abu Mazen [Abbas] for reaching the correct conclusion, that only his leave from the PA leadership will allow the diplomatic process to resume," Lieberman said. "We anxiously await the official announcement from the...
  • Hinting at war crimes charges, UK minister attacks Israel for East Jerusalem construction plans

    12/28/2012 1:47:08 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 27, 2012, 6:17 pm | Raphael Ahren
    A British minister on Thursday harshly condemned Israel for its plans to expand construction in East Jerusalem and for conferring university status on a college in the West Bank city of Ariel, employing damning language rarely used by government officials. While international outcries following Israeli announcements of construction beyond the Green Line are a common occurrence, UK Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt took the unusual step of mentioning the Geneva Conventions, likely implying that settlement expansion is considered a war crime under international law. snip The minister further said that the United Kingdom appreciates the Palestinian leadership’s “measured...
  • The Democratic People's Republic of Amerika has changed.

    12/28/2012 1:46:38 PM PST · by DanMiller · 18 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 28, 2012 | Dan Miller
    The change has been mainly for the worse. Why have we let the "progressives" get away with it and what can we do about it?An article by Jim Gourdie at Conservatives on Fire suggests that The United States are committing suicide, are being murdered or are stupid. Well, the United States of America isn’t dead yet, but she seems to be getting weaker by the day. If she does die, it will not be due to natural causes. Nations don’t die from natural causes. They either commit suicide or they are murdered. America is gravely injured. Are they self-inflicted wounds...
  • Obama NOT Offering 'New' Fiscal Cliff Proposal, Could Demand Up-Or-Down Vote On Plan

    12/28/2012 1:41:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/28/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Contrary to reports earlier in the day, President Barack Obama is not offering a "new" proposal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff during a meeting at the White House today. Rather, Obama is reiterating previous positions on income-tax rates and other components of the cliff, Reuters reports. He will ask Congressional leaders at the meeting for a concrete counterproposal. If there is none, he will ask for an up-or-down vote on his plan in Congress. At 3:10 p.m., Obama began his meeting at the White House with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John...
  • Hamas to Allow Fatah to Celebrate Anniversary in Gaza

    12/28/2012 1:33:51 PM PST · by haffast
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 9:31 PM | Elad Benari, Canada
    The Gaza branch of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party said on Friday it will mark its anniversary in the Hamas-ruled enclave after an accord between the two factions, AFP reported. snip During Israel’s recent Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, the two factions appeared to be getting closer, announcing they have decided to end infighting. The Palestinian Authority later announced it will release Hamas-affiliated detainees as a goodwill gesture to boost reconciliation efforts. Abbas said earlier this month it was time to seal a reconciliation with Hamas.
  • In Tragedy's Wake, Connecticut Cat Rescue Has "Kitten Therapy"

    12/28/2012 1:32:01 PM PST · by Gefn · 22 replies
    I shared the collective shock of the US when I heard about the tragedy that struck Newtown, Connecticut. I have a special connection to Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School. That’s where Kitten Associates — the rescue group I adopted my beloved Kissy from — is located. The news was painful to watch; Facebook posts from friends throughout the day were heartbreaking enough. When I woke up the next morning, I was surprised in a whole different way. Robin Olson and Sam Moore, who run Kitten Associates, had come up with an amazing idea: they would provide their traumatized hometown...
  • Obama Orders Pay Raise for Federal Employees

    12/28/2012 1:26:26 PM PST · by House Atreides · 122 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
  • The Port Authority’s Cloudy Future (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

    12/28/2012 1:25:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | Nicole Gelinas
    The transportation agency has mortgaged itself to the hilt to rebuild the World Trade Center, leaving few resources for its real mission. New Yorkers have watched One World Trade Center gradually define the downtown skyline. The massive glass-and-steel building should reach its full height and be ready for tenants within 18 months. But to those tenants, One World Trade may come to symbolize not victory over terror but rather their own miserable commutes. Most of the white-collar workers who will stream into the tower depend on subways, buses, tunnels, and bridges to get to Manhattan. And over the past decade,...