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  • Graphic in national newspaper shows life-sized images of unborn babies next to abortion stats

    12/11/2012 4:16:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.11.2012 | Peter Baklinski
    ONTARIO, 11 December, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An illustrated graphic released by one of Canada’s leading national newspapers is being welcomed by pro-life activists after it showed life-sized illustrations of unborn children next to statistics about how many babies that age are being aborted. At 9-12 weeks, for instance, where 41.2 percent of babies are aborted, the image shows a small baby with already discernible toes, fingers and eyes. “I was absolutely thrilled to see a secular news source cover this,” Jonathon Van Maren, communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, told LifeSiteNews. The graphic provides a breakdown of...
  • Federal appeals court strikes down concealed carry ban (IL!!)

    12/11/2012 10:40:13 AM PST · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    www.dailyillini.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Daily Illini
    CHICAGO — A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.
  • UPDATED: Unions Furious: Michigan to Become Right-to-Work State Today

    12/11/2012 9:41:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 174 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    UPDATE 12:15 pm EST: The Republican controlled legislature has passed the right-to-work legislation 58-51. Michigan Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law later today. The vote to turn Michigan into a right-to-work state will take place today after days of protests in Lansing about the pro-worker legislation that prevents having to pay dues to a union. Not surprisingly, local police are bracing for possible violence today as more protests are planned. Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling....
  • Obama: Look at Michigan to See How Unions Built America’s Middle Class

    12/10/2012 5:28:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 150 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    Speaking at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, Mich., on Monday, President Barack Obama lashed out at the Michigan legislature for passing a right-to-work law and declared that Americans only needed to look at Michigan if they wanted to see how unions helped build the middle class. “These so-called right to work laws, they don’t have to do with economics,” Obama said. “They have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. You only have to look to Michigan, where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto...
  • Syria: Assad Already Using Chemical Weapons On Civilians – Activists

    12/10/2012 12:36:43 PM PST · by Braak · 62 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 12/10/2012 | Al Bawaba News
    Global concerns over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles grew after U.S. officials this week privately said the regime had begun mixing chemicals that could be used for the lethal nerve agent sarin. On Saturday, Syrian told the United Nations that it would never use chemical weapons against its peoples and warned that opposition fighters are the ones who could use chemical weapons. But videos uploaded on the web by activists proved otherwise. The video showed the destruction caused by what they identified as chemical weapons. They said the fire was caused by a tank dropped from a Syrian warplane and was...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 December 2012

    12/09/2012 4:56:19 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 9th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, leaders of President Barack Obama's now-defunct deficit commission; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): hristine Lagarde, managing director of the International...
  • Boehner: “This Isn’t a Progress Report Because There’s No Progress to Report”

    12/08/2012 9:56:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said no progress has been made with the White House in talks to avert the so-called fiscal cliff: across-the-board tax-rate hikes and automatic spending cuts (sequestration) at the beginning of the new year. “This isn’t a progress report because there’s no progress to report,” Boehner said during a Capitol Hill press conference on Friday. “When it comes to the fiscal cliff that is threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the White House has wasted another week.” …
  • Insane: Liberals Contemplate $1 Trillion Platinum Coin to "Solve" Debt Limit Issue

    12/08/2012 10:32:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 162 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Guy Benson
    Welcome to Zimbabwe.  This is not a parody -- it is an actual report from the Washington Post:   Some economists and legal scholars have suggested that the “platinum coin option” is one way to defuse a crisis if Congress can’t or won’t lift the debt ceiling soon. At least in theory. The U.S. government is, after all, facing a real problem. The Treasury Department will hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit by next February at the latest. Unless Congress reaches an agreement to raise that borrowing limit, the government will no longer be able to borrow enough money...
  • Mohamed Morsi approves martial law in Egypt, state media reports

    12/08/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by dynachrome · 71 replies
    New York Times via times of india ^ | 12-8-12 | David D Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO: Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of PresidentMohamed Morsi has approved legislation reimposing martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egypt's state media reported on Saturday. Morsi has not yet issued the order, the flagship state newspaper Al Ahram reported. But even if merely a threat, the preparation of the measure suggested an escalation in the political battle between Egypt's new Islamist leaders and their secular opponents over an Islamist-backed draft constitution. The standoff has already threatened to derail the culmination of Egypt's promised transition to a...
  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/07/2012 3:45:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/7/12 | AP
    President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports that the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. A spokesman says Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.
  • 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...
  • Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership

    12/05/2012 7:40:04 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/05/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner’s removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership.American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership.“Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” said Ned Ryun, president and CEO of AMA....
  • '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 âś” @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...
  • 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 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.”