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  • Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs and Take $1 Billion Charge

    12/05/2012 9:51:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/05/2012 | JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG
    <p>Citigroup announced on Wednesday that it would cut 11,000 jobs, reducing its work force by roughly 4 percent in an effort to cut costs.</p> <p>Under the reduction, 1,900 jobs will be eliminated in the institutional clients division. Another 6,200 positions will be removed from the bank’s consumer banking business, along with 2,600 jobs in the operations and technology group.</p>
  • The rich will pay more taxes, Boehner says

    12/05/2012 9:32:33 AM PST · by Qbert · 135 replies
    KITV-TV via MSNBC ^ | 12/5/2012 | KITV-TV
    Taxes on the wealthy are going up, House Speaker John Boehner conceded on Wednesday in challenging President Barack Obama to sit down with him to hammer out a deal for avoiding the fiscal cliff. The statement to reporters reflected how negotiations on reducing the nation's chronic federal deficits and debt have evolved since Obama's re-election last month. Republicans once opposed to any new revenue in their quest to shrink government now realize Obama's victory and public support for the president's campaign theme of higher taxes on the wealthy leave them with little negotiating leverage. Less than four weeks from the...
  • 10 Illinois Republican Senators join Senate Democrats, passing 41-14 Illegal Alien Drivers Licenses

    12/05/2012 5:40:02 AM PST · by Steelers6 · 54 replies
    Republican News Watch ^ | December 4, 2012 | DOUG IBENDAHL
    A bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain an Illinois driver’s license passed the Illinois Senate today by a vote of 41 to 14. One Democrat voted “present.” The bill is SB957. The 10 Republicans who joined the Democrats in rewarding non-citizens who are already breaking our laws, were: Bill Brady (Sponsor), Kirk Dillard, Tom Johnson, John Millner (Sponsor), Matt Murphy, Carole Pankau, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (Sponsor), Sue Rezin, Ron Sandack (Sponsor), and Suzi Schmidt. Two Republicans, Pamela Althoff and Dale Righter, took the ultimate lily-livered approach and just didn’t vote on the bill. That’s as bad as...
  • Egypt's Mursi Leaves Palace as Police Battle Protesters

    12/04/2012 9:55:46 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2012 | Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
    (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said. Police fired teargas at demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall. Several thousand people had gathered nearby in what they dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the...
  • Boehner, GOP Leaders Purge Conservatives from Powerful Committees UPDATE: Boehner Scoffs

    12/03/2012 7:45:40 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 118 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Monday December 3, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has learned. Effective next Congress, leadership pulled Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert off committees from which they could exert conservative pressure on fiscal matters. Amash and Huelskamp were pulled from the Budget Committee and Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee. Huelskamp, a freshman elected during the 2010 tea party wave, thinks the leadership move to pull him from the powerful committee is revenge for him standing up for...
  • Manufacturing Unexpectedly Contracts in November

    12/03/2012 7:46:33 AM PST · by mykroar · 87 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/3/2012 | Reuters
    <p>U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in November, falling to its lowest in over three years in a sign the sector may be struggling to gain traction, according to an industry report released on Monday.</p> <p>The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity fell to 49.5 in November from 51.7 the month before. The reading was shy of expectations of 51.3, according to a Reuters poll of economists.</p>
  • Report: Israel Requested Jordan's 'Permission' To Attack Syria Chemical Weapons Sites

    12/03/2012 7:12:55 AM PST · by Strategy · 28 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | December 3, 2012 | By Barak Ravid
    Israel has asked Jordan twice in the last two months for a green light to attack chemical weapons facilities in Syria, according to a report by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent representatives of the Mossad intelligence agency to Amman twice already, to coordinate the matter with the Jordanians and receive their "permission" for the operation, Goldberg wrote.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 2 December 2012

    12/02/2012 4:47:54 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 129 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 2 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 2nd, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Geithner; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Geithner; Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Geithner; Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Geithner; Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont.
  • Pelosi: Give Obama Power to Personally Lift Debt Limit to Infinity

    11/30/2012 1:19:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 195 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Video at link (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama personal, unilateral authority to increase the limit on the U.S. government's debt. At a Friday press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if she agreed with a proposal made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Congress give Obama the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit. "Yes," she said. When he met with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that is set to occur at the end of this year,...
  • Boehner - Filibuster rule change bills 'dead on arrival'

    11/29/2012 9:03:06 PM PST · by Arthurio · 92 replies
    House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made it clear that any bill that came to the House from the upper chamber as a result of Senate Democrats changing the rules on the filibuster would be "dead on arrival." In a statement released from Speaker Boehner's office, the Ohio GOP'er remarked: “Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures. I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and...
  • McConnell 'Burst Into Laughter' as Geithner Outlined Obama's Plan

    11/29/2012 4:47:55 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 139 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 29,2012 | FRED BARNES
    Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff. He wasn’t trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts. Geithner’s visit to his office left McConnell discouraged about reaching a “balanced” deal on tax hikes and spending reductions designed to prevent a shock to the economy in January. “Nothing good is happening” in the negotiations, McConnell says, because of Obama’s insistence on tax rate hikes for the wealthy but unwillingness...
  • Susan Rice In 1986 Book: Make White Students Learn Black History

    11/29/2012 4:27:36 PM PST · by drewh · 168 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:30 11/29/2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    In a 1986 book by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, the future diplomat argued for the aggressive inclusion of a black history curriculum in American schools, claiming that its omission had “crippling effects” by “providing a child with no more than … a white interpretation of reality.” The 86-page book, “A History Deferred,” served as a guide for secondary and elementary school teachers wanting to teach “Black Studies,” and was published by the Black Student Fund, an advocacy group where Rice had an internship. “Susan’s interest in the study of Black history evolved from her desire to...
  • MICHIGAN JOINS WITH MANY OTHER STATES, WILL NOT SET UP A STATE-RUN HEALTH EXCHANGE

    11/29/2012 4:07:03 PM PST · by taildragger · 61 replies
    <p>Last week I was told by very knowledgeable sources in the State Capitol that Obama Care was a lock to be implemented in Michigan because of the heavy handed pressure by Governerd Rick " Jennifer" Snyder, his bought and paid for minion Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and the Godzilla of health care insurance companies, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Michigan. I was told they were demanding the passage of Health Care Exchanges so Obama Care can be implemented ASAP.</p>
  • White House Offers New Fiscal Plan, Prodding G.O.P.

    11/29/2012 3:03:40 PM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    ny times ^ | 11/29/2012 | By JONATHAN WEISMAN
    House Republicans said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, an immediate new round of stimulus spending, home mortgage refinancing and a permanent end to Congressional control over statutory borrowing limits. The proposal, loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts, was likely to meet strong Republican resistance. In exchange for locking in the $1.6 trillion in added revenues, President Obama embraced $400 billion in savings from Medicare and other entitlements, to...
  • White House: No debt deal unless tax rates on top earners go up

    11/29/2012 2:34:58 PM PST · by yoe · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2012 | Amie Parnes
    White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday there will be no deficit deal unless Republicans agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest households.[snip]The president wants tax rates extended on all households below that threshold, but says rates above it should be phased out.
  • Fiscal Cliff: Why Congress Might Have to Mess with the 401(k)

    11/29/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 196 replies
    Time ^ | 11/29/12 | Dan Kadlec
    One of the earliest fears about tax-favored savings accounts like IRAs and 401(k) plans was that when this pool of savings grew large enough Congress would not be able to resist tapping it to help solve the nation’s debt problems. We’re about to find out if those fears—persistent for decades—have been justified. Everything including the sacred mortgage deduction is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, a year-end avalanche of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With a combined $10 trillion sitting in IRAs and 401(k) plans, retirement accounts make a juicy target. Some of this money...
  • UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects

    11/29/2012 2:57:53 PM PST · by Dacula · 79 replies
    AP ^ | 5:37 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.
  • 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 Peña Nieto, praised President Barack Obama's immigration plan in a meeting today at the White House. “We fully support your proposal,” said Peña 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...
  • Judge Suggests Mediation to Save Hostess; Sides Agree to Talk.

    11/19/2012 12:12:42 PM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies
    Dow Jones is reporting that a bankruptcy judge is urging mediation to save Hostess from liquidation. WSJ will have more to come as it comes out of the courtroom. Here’s an update from bankruptcy reporters Jacqueline Palank and Rachel Feintzeig A bankruptcy judge Monday asked whether he should preside over mediation between Hostess Brands Inc. and its striking union to avoid pulling the plug on the baker of Ho Hos, Twinkies and Wonder Bread.
  • Israel Sends Hamas 36-Hour Ultimatum

    11/19/2012 12:11:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 88 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | 11/19/2012 | Gil Ronen
    Diplomatic message to Egypt: Hamas terrorism must cease by Tuesday evening or we step up attack. Israel has delivered an ultimatum to Hamas through Egypt, according to which the IDF will widen its offensive in Gaza in 36 hours unless Hamas ceases firing rockets and smuggling arms into Gaza, IDF Radio reported Monday morning. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told the station that the time left before Israel steps up its attack can be measured in "hours, not days." "We are at a junction," he said. "Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operation… including...
  • Allen West Camp to Contest ‘Suspect Result’ on 'Behalf of all Voters in District 18’

    11/18/2012 2:31:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 58 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 11-18-2012 | Jim Turner
    November 18, 2012 Allen West Camp to Contest ‘Suspect Result’ on 'Behalf of all Voters in District 18’ By: JIM TURNER As St. Lucie County has reportedly missed the noon Sunday deadline to certify new numbers after a weekend recount of the first five days of early voting, the campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Allen West says more questions have arisen about how the election was conducted. “Today’s actions cast an even greater cloud of suspicion over the results of St. Lucie County than existed before,” Tim Edson, the campaign manager for the Palm Beach Gardens Republican, stated in a...
  • St. Lucie recount results shows Murphy picked up votes on West (Nothing certified yet)

    11/18/2012 12:24:37 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    TCPALM ^ | 11-18-2012 | James Kirley
    November 18, 2012 St. Lucie recount results shows Murphy picked up votes on West St. Lucie election official said state-mandated noon deadline met James Kirley FORT PIERCE -- Results of recounting more than 37,000 St. Lucie County ballots were announced shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday and preliminary figures given by Canvassing Board member Tod Mowery placed Jupiter Democrat Patrick Murphy farther ahead of Republican Allen West than before the two-day effort began. Murphy campaign senior advisor Eric Johnson was quick to reaffirm victory. "As far as we're concerned, this puts an end to it," Johnson said. "The West people demanded...
  • Walmart Files Charges Against UFCW Union

    11/18/2012 11:42:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 93 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/18/12 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge against UFCW with the National Labor Relations Board to stop what Walmart says are illegal disturbances against its businesses. A group of Walmart employes, encouraged by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart, are expected to strike on Black Friday. Black Friday is the store’s busiest day of the year, and this may be the largest strike against the company in its history. Two groups affiliated with the UFCW -- OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart -- have been organizing demonstrations and flash mobs outside...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 18 November 2012

    11/18/2012 4:46:46 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 180 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 18 November 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows November 18th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Scott Walker, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lindsey Graham R-S.C.; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Raul Labrador.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Peter King, R-N.Y.; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich..STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Durbin; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger,...
  • St. Lucie elections officials suspend recount; tally to continue at 8 a.m. Sunday

    11/17/2012 8:05:36 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 82 replies
    TCPALM ^ | 11-17-2012 | By James Kirley, Eric Pfahler
    St. Lucie elections officials suspend recount; tally to continue at 8 a.m. Sunday By James Kirley, Eric Pfahler FORT PIERCE — The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board suspended its recount of all early voting ballots late Saturday night, saying members would return at 8 a.m. Sunday to complete the job. The board made the announcement at 10 p.m. that it will continue tabulating write-in and provisional ballots Sunday after counting votes late into Saturday night as supporters for District 18 congressional candidates Patrick Murphy and Allen West watched the process. Poll workers finished entering in early ballots for all precincts...
  • LAX Union Workers To Strike On Thanksgiving Eve

    11/17/2012 3:33:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 127 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/17/12 | Tony Lee
    As many as 1000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) workers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are considering going on strike on Thanksgiving eve in what is the busiest travel day of the year. Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, said the protest would be in response to an LAX contractor that failed to comply with the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.
  • BREAKING: The president knew the truth about Benghazi

    11/17/2012 11:45:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 209 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 11/16/2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    In a blockbuster report, John Solomon, the former Associated Press and Post reporter, has ferreted out the president's daily brief that informed him within 72 hours of the Sept. 11 attack that the Benghazi attack was a jihadist operation.Citing officials directly familiar with the information, Solomon writes in the Washington Guardian that Obama and other administration officials were told that "that the attack was likely carried out by local militia and other armed extremists sympathetic to al-Qaida in the region."He adds: The details from the CIA and Pentagon assessments of the killing of Ambassador Chris [Stevens] were far more...
  • Liberated Iraq calls on Arab states to use oil as 'weapon' against U.S.

    11/16/2012 12:03:01 PM PST · by SargeK · 196 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/16/2012
    A top Iraqi diplomat urged Arab states to “use the weapon of oil” against the United States because of its alliance with Israel, raising more questions about the Middle Eastern nation's allegiance to the nation that freed it from a ruthless dictatorship.
  • ST. LUCIE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD ORDERS RETABULATION OF ALL EARLY VOTES IN ALLEN WEST RACE

    11/16/2012 6:41:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 123 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11-16-2012 | Jason Howerton
    ST. LUCIE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD ORDERS RETABULATION OF ALL EARLY VOTES IN ALLEN WEST RACE Jason Howerton The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board has ordered the retabulation of all early votes in the highly contested congressional race between Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Democrat Patrick Murphy, according to Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a volunteer lawyer for the West campaign. The board voted 2-1 in favor of recounting the votes. “This retabulation of all early votes as the Supervisor of Elections originally planned is a victory for democracy,” Shapiro told TheBlaze. “This restores some level of trust and public confidence in the...
  • St. Lucie County had 304 uncounted votes, official says

    11/16/2012 5:16:28 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 52 replies
    TCPALM ^ | 11-16-2012 | Jonathan Mattise
    November 16, 2012 St. Lucie County had 304 uncounted votes, official says Johnathan Mattise At least 304 early votes in St. Lucie County were not counted, according to a Florida elections official during early voting at a canvassing board meeting Friday night. David Drury, head of the Division of Elections Bureau of Voting Systems Certifications also made a recommendation that the board re-run every early vote. The board will discuss that after running the 304 votes. It took about four hours to run the military and overseas ballots, which needed to be transferred by hand. The board is preparing to...
  • Allen West hearing live video: Allen West, Patrick Murphy race results challenged at 1 p.m.

    11/16/2012 11:35:54 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 61 replies
    WPTV NewsChannel5 ^ | 11-16-2012 | Jonathan Mattise
    Allen West hearing live video: Allen West, Patrick Murphy race results challenged at 1 p.m. hearing By: Jonathan Mattise, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers WPTV will be live streaming Friday's 1 p.m. hearing. CLICK HERE TO WATCH WHEN IT BEGINS ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A St. Lucie County Circuit Court judge has scheduled a hearing at 1 p.m. Friday for U.S. Rep. Allen West's latest St. Lucie challenge for an election recount. By noon, about 50 Allen West supporters have showed up outside the St. Lucie County Courthouse and were chanting scathing criticisms of county Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker. The...