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  • Press fear Obama private swearing in

    12/07/2012 3:17:23 PM PST · by thouworm · 164 replies
    Politico ^ | December 7, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press. “Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said...
  • Supreme Court will take up gay marriage cases (In Late March)

    12/07/2012 12:34:14 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 137 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Shannon Bream and AP
    <p>The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.</p>
  • White House Deletes Petition on 'kill US troops' Gangnam Style Rapper PSY at Obama Christmas Show

    12/07/2012 12:12:31 PM PST · by kristinn · 45 replies
    The White House via email | Friday, December 7, 2012 | Kristinn
    On 12/07/12, We the People, WhiteHouse.gov wethepeople@whitehouse.gov wrote: Your petition “rescind invite to Gangnam Style rapper PSY to perform for Pres. Obama at Christmas party over troop killing song lyrics” has been removed from the We the People platform on WhiteHouse.gov because it was in violation of the We the People Terms of Participation. This petition was removed for the following reason: o The petition was outside the scope of We the People. Learn more about the We the People Terms of Participation: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/how-why/terms-participation Learn more about the We the People Moderation Policy: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/how-why/moderation-policy If you would like to request...
  • Unemployment Plunges to 3.8% for Government Workers; Government Adds 35,000 Jobs in November

    12/07/2012 8:12:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Terence Jeffrey
    The unemployment rate for civilian government workers plunged from 4.2 percent in October to 3.8 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as government added 35,000 to its taxpayer-funded payrolls during the month. In October, federal, state and local governments in the United States employed 20,524,000 people. In November, that climbed to 20,559,000. As recently as July, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS. That month, government employed only 20,015,000. Since July, times have been very good for government in the United States, with governments managing to add...
  • 146,000 Jobs Added In November, Beat Expectation Of 85,000, Unemployment Rate Lower At 7.7%

    12/07/2012 5:58:47 AM PST · by Perdogg · 85 replies
    Looks like Sandy was not an issue at all in the November jobs report which beat in both the number of jobs added, at 146,000 on expectations of 85,000, while the unemployment rate declined to 7.7% from 7.9%, where it was expected to post as well. Watch this space next month for prio revisions: September and October saw 49K downward revisions combined. November will suffer the same fate.
  • Senate passes right-to-work legislation (Michigan)

    12/06/2012 5:23:03 PM PST · by taildragger · 45 replies
    WXYZ TV Channel 7 ^ | 12/06/2012 | AP / WXYZ
  • Michigan House passes right-to-work measure in defiance of angry unions, minority Democrats

    12/06/2012 5:01:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 74 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/6/12 | AP
    LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House passes right-to-work measure in defiance of angry
  • Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation (leaving US Senate in January)

    12/06/2012 7:31:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 261 replies
    South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina's junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million. Sen. DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint's replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.
  • U.S. weekly jobless claims drop 25,000 to 370,000

    12/06/2012 5:44:44 AM PST · by John W · 25 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000 in the week ended Dec. 1, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the third straight decline and lowest reading in one month. Initial claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 395,000 from an original reading of 393,000, based on more complete data collected at the state level. The average of new claims over the past month, meanwhile, edged up by 2,250 to 408,000. The four-week average reduces seasonal volatility in the weekly data and is seen as a more accurate barometer of...
  • Thousands Of US Troops Arrive Near Syrian Shore On USS Eisenhower

    12/06/2012 5:34:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 83 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 6, 2012
    The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action "within days" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.
  • The Tea Party Purge of 2012

    12/05/2012 11:02:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies
    Slate ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | David Weigel
    Republican leaders are punishing some of the party’s most conservative members. And they won’t go down without a yelp. Everybody knew that Tim Huelskamp would make trouble in Washington. That was sort of the point of Tim Huelskamp. In 2009, when a safe Republican seat in western Kansas opened up, State Sen. Huelskamp established himself as the mad-as-hell candidate. He told conservative bloggers of his fight to defund Planned Parenthood, ban gay marriage, and keep Kathleen Sebelius out of the Obama cabinet. In one TV ad, as the mellow-looking Huelskamp climbed into a tractor, voters were told that he “went...
  • 'Obamacare' saves consumers nearly $1.5 billion

    12/05/2012 6:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 115 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/5/12
    Washington — Consumers saved nearly $1.5 billion in 2011 as a result of rules in President Obama´s healthcare law that limit what insurance companies can spend on expenses unrelated to medical care, including profit, a new analysis shows. Much of those savings — an estimated $1.1 billion — came in rebates to consumers required because insurers had exceeded the required limits. The study by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund also suggests that the Affordable Care Act forced insurers to become more efficient by limiting their administrative expenses, a key goal of the 2010 law. In some cases, insurers passed savings...
  • U.S. Republicans say, "No way" to ceding debt limit power

    12/05/2012 5:18:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    U.S. Republicans say, "No way" to ceding debt limit power Photo 7:36pm EST By Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers took a firm stand on Wednesday against an Obama administration proposal that would make it easier for the president to increase the nation's debt limit, worried it would undercut their leverage to cut government spending. Republicans introduced a non-binding resolution in the House of Representatives that, if approved, would put the chamber on record opposing the plan, and a Senate Republican began circulating a letter to President Barack Obama saying it was critical that Congress' role in setting the...
  • Boehner to members: Leadership is watching your voting patterns

    12/05/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 115 replies
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are "watching" how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting.
  • Obama Warns GOP Against Debt Ceiling Fight: "I Will Not Play That Game"

    12/05/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by yoe · 73 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 5, 2012
    Video At a Business Roundtable meeting today, President Obama warned Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as leverage in talks over spending cuts or entitlement cuts. Obama told business leaders they "should not accept going through" that "game" which would be a "catastrophe" for the country. "That is a bad strategy for America, it's a bad strategy for your businesses and it's not a game that I will play," Obama said. "I will not play that game, because we've got to break that habit before it starts," Obama later added.
  • Conservatives bite back at House GOP leadership over purge (Boehner channels Stalin)

    12/05/2012 10:33:44 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 164 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 12/5/12 | Rachel Weiner
    Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) took a public shot at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Tuesday night, in the wake of a shake-up that knocked a small group of conservatives off prominent committees. Justin Amash ✔ @repjustinamash Still waiting for call from GOP leadership. Are they too embarrassed to explain they booted me for working to reduce debt? 4 Dec 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite Amash, a libertarian-leaning conservative, was taken off the House Budget Committee. Tea party-backed Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) was taken off Budget and Agriculture. Reps. Walter Jones (N.C.), a rare moderate, and David Schweikert (Ariz.) lost their spots on the...
  • 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...