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  • Susan Rice has six-figure investment in controversial Canadian oil pipeline company

    11/29/2012 11:20:34 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Martosko
    Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations whose name has been floated as a possible secretary of state nominee, may soon face opposition from the environmental lobby over what the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called a potential financial conflict of interest on Wednesday. According to her May 2012 financial disclosure, Rice has an investment in TransCanada Corporation worth between $300,000 and $600,000. TransCanada is angling for the State Department’s permission to build the final portion of the Keystone XL pipeline — a 1,700-mile conduit for crude oil between Canadian deposits and Texas refineries. If she were confirmed...
  • Live Thread: U.N. Set To Vote Within Hours On Palestinian State Recognition

    11/29/2012 10:48:46 AM PST · by silentknight · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/2012
    (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly is set to approve an implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding funds for the West Bank government. - clip -- U.N. set to vote within the next few hours.
  • Exclusive: Feinstein commissioned report on housing Gitmo detainees in US

    11/28/2012 4:46:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 28, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee has commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, a document exclusively reviewed by Fox News shows. In the internal document, the Government Accountability Office refers to “Source of Work: Ms. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate” and lists the “Gist of Work” as an investigation into whether domestic facilities could house the approximately 170 detainees remaining at the controversial facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two hours after Fox News' inquiry about the report, Feinstein's office posted the report...
  • WH: Obama 'Is Not Particularly Concerned' Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People

    11/28/2012 11:44:19 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 116 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people: "What the president is worried about, Major, is what happened and why in Benghazi. He is not particularly concerned about whether the ambassador or I went out and talked about the fact that we believed extremists might have been responsible.
  • Boulder County Canvass Board Votes Not To Certify November Election Abstract

    11/28/2012 6:01:37 AM PST · by flamberge · 58 replies
    This morning, a majority of the citizen-led Boulder County, Colorado Canvass Board, a legally mandated election oversight board, voted not to certify the Abstract of Votes prepared by Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall. The members who voted not to certify were denied an opportunity to publicly explain the reasons for their decision to the other members of the Board. The members of the Board who disagreed with the majority decision declined to review the majority's Secretary of State required report. Those same members had also declined invitations from the majority to join in discussions of potential problem resolution...
  • Mexico's President-Elect Praises Obama on Immigration: 'We Fully Support Your Proposal'

    11/27/2012 5:36:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    The president-elect of Mexico, Enrique Peńa Nieto, praised President Barack Obama's immigration plan in a meeting today at the White House. “We fully support your proposal,” said Peńa Nieto in reference to Obama's immigration plan, according to the pool report. “We want to contribute. We want to be part of this.” Obama indicated his willingness to visit Mexico after the president-elect invited the American president to the 2013 North American Leaders Summit. “Any excuses to go to Mexico,” said Obama. “I’m always game.”
  • Come All Ye FReepers, Patriots, FRiends & New Members [FReepathon Thread XLV]

    11/25/2012 5:31:15 PM PST · by onyx · 794 replies
    Free Republic | Sunday, November 25, 2012 | onyx
    Please Mail checks to Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794. Click here to pledge your support via secure server! ^ Come on, everyone! How long is this one going to take? Our 4th Quarter FReepathon is now into its 56th day, which I think, is both a heartbreaking shame and also outrageous. Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the whole on the Internet! You all love Free Republic or you wouldn't be here. You all know that we hold FReepathons every quarter to finance Free Republic. What you...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 November 2012

    11/25/2012 5:07:30 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 145 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 November 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows November 25th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; Dave Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Annual books and authors show.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.; actor/director Ben Affleck.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
  • Russia Sends A Detachment Of Ships To The Coast Of Gaza

    11/23/2012 7:41:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 113 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | November 23, 2012
    Russia sent a detachment of ships of the Black Sea Fleet to the coast of the Gaza Strip in order to evacuate Russians in case of escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a source in the main command of the RF Navy said. "The detachment of combat ships of the Black Sea Fleet, including the Guards missile cruiser Moskva, the patrol ship Smetliviy, large landing ships Novocherkassk and Saratov, the sea tug MB-304 and the big sea tanker Ivan Bubnov, got the order to remain in the designated area of the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea for a possible evacuation...
  • Anti-Morsi protesters torch Muslim Brotherhood offices

    11/23/2012 7:01:50 AM PST · by mandaladon · 68 replies
    France 24 ^ | 23 Nov 2012
    Protesters set fire on Friday to the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a day after he assumed broad new powers not subject to appeal. Pro- and anti-Morsi rallies erupted in cities across Egypt. Protesters torched Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday, state media said, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi staged rival rallies across Egypt a day after he assumed sweeping powers. The offices of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, were set ablaze in the canal cities of Ismailiya and Port Said, state television said. An...
  • Hamas Declares Victory, Gaza Celebrates

    11/21/2012 1:02:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 127 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal announced in a press conference Wednesday evening that Israel "has failed in all its goals" in Operation Defensive Pillar, following the cease fire announcement. "After eight days, God stayed their hand from the people of Gaza, and they were compelled to submit to the conditions of the resistance," Mashaal said. "Israel has failed in all its goals," he told reporters in a Cairo hotel. Mashaal also thanked ceasefire mediator Egypt, as well as Iran, which he said "had a role in arming" Hamas during the conflict. Arabs in Gaza took to the streets to celebrate the...
  • Obama absolves Thanksgiving turkey with the Sign of the Cross

    11/21/2012 11:54:53 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 167 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/21/2012 | Charlie Spiering
    While pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey today, President Obama absolved it with what he called a "special dispensation," making the Sign of the Cross over the gobbling turkey. It appears that Obama made a left handed, backward sign of the cross.
  • Jobless claims fall 41,000 to 410,000

    11/21/2012 5:41:51 AM PST · by John W · 48 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - First-time claims for state unemployment benefits fell sharply in the latest week but remained elevated due to Hurricane Sandy, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. The number of initial claims in the week ending Nov. 17 fell 41,000 to 410,000. Claims in the previous week were revised to an increase of 90,000 to 451,000 compared with the initial estimate that they rose 78,000 to 439,000.
  • Terrorist Attack on Bus in Tel Aviv

    11/21/2012 2:29:26 AM PST · by Bobalu · 39 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 11/21/2012, 12:09 PM | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Terrorists have blown up a bus on Shaul HaMelech street in central Tel Aviv. At least three people are seriously wounded. There are at least 10 passengers wounded, most of them with lesser injuries, and ambulances have evacuated them to hospitals.
  • Mediation between Hostess and bakery union fails

    11/20/2012 7:01:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 55 replies
    AP ^ | 11/20/12
    Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day. The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge will decide if the company can shutter its operations. The renewed talks between Hostess and The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union came after the company declared last week that it would move to wind down its business and start selling off its assets in bankruptcy court. The company...
  • HHS releases rules requiring pre-existing conditions coverage

    11/20/2012 11:36:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Sam Baker
    The Obama administration issued new rules Tuesday that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department also began to implement other popular, but expensive, parts of the Affordable Care Act. Regulations released Tuesday will prohibit insurers from charging women a higher premium than men, and will require plans in every state to cover certain services.
  • Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy

    11/20/2012 3:32:47 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 143 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-20-2012 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nation’s highest-profile congressional races. After two weeks of battle with St. Lucie County elections officials — and a recount of early votes that wound up extending Murphy’s lead — West acknowledged that he couldn’t surmount his 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit. That difference was just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.
  • Rocket Hits Gush Etzion

    11/20/2012 5:53:38 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    A rocket exploded in an open area near an Arab village in Gush Etzion around 2:15 p.m. as sirens wailed in Jerusalem during another barrage of rockets and missiles unleashed by Hamas. The missile exploded in an open area, and no one was injured. Minutes before the sirens rang out, an AFP correspondent in Gaza City reported hearing the loud report of an outgoing rocket. The attack was claimed by Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which said it had fired "an M75 rocket at the occupied city of Jerusalem." United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who spent the...
  • U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed

    11/19/2012 5:22:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 79 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/19/12 | Barbara Starr
    Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials. The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines. But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed. "This...
  • Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Invade Amid Gaza Airstrikes

    11/19/2012 1:22:38 PM PST · by lbryce · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 19, 2012 | By FARES AKRAM, JODI RUDOREN and ALAN COWELL
    GAZA CITY — The top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military conducted a new wave of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Palestinian enclave, including a second hit on a 15-story building that houses media outlets. A volley of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel included one that hit a vacant school. Speaking at a news conference in Cairo, where the diplomatic efforts were under way, the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, suggested that the Israeli infantry...