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  • Robert H. Bork 1927-2012, RIP

    12/19/2012 6:20:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 118 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/19/12 | Roger Kimball
    Judge Robert H. Bork, one of the the greatest jurists this country has ever produced, died early this morning from heart complications in a Virginia hospital near his home. He was 84. Bork was a national celebrity. Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Borks in Maine where they had taken a summer house off Somes Sound. I cannot count the times that total strangers would approach us at a lobster shack or park asking to shake the Judge’s hand and to assure him of their admiration and support. Bork’s celebrity was only partly conferred upon him by...
  • Happy Clinton Impeachment Day 2012! Impeachment is Forever!

    12/19/2012 5:33:26 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Kristinn
    It's been 14 years since President Bill Clinton was impeached. Free Republic played a key role.On October 31, 1998, Free Republic held the first online-organized national protest to call for Clinton's impeachment and removal from office. The rally was broadcast live on C-SPAN for over four hours. Speakers included a who's who of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.The rally can be viewed in its entirety online at C-SPANAs the Senate trial drew to a close in Feburary 1999, FReepers came together online to design and fund a full page ad in the Washington Times urging the Senate to do its...
  • 2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President

    12/19/2012 5:13:12 AM PST · by John W · 98 replies
    time.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Michael Scherer
    Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States.
  • Obama to lay out first steps in gun policy talks after Newtown tragedy

    12/19/2012 3:33:12 AM PST · by Innovative · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Dana Ford and Holly Yan
    With the shock and horror from Newtown giving way to anger and calls for action, President Barack Obama will announce his first concrete steps Wednesday in addressing the raging debate about gun policy. Obama is expected to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an inter-agency process to develop policy in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre. White House aides say Obama won't announce major policy decisions Wednesday, but will outline his administration's path forward. "These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change," Obama told a packed auditorium at Newtown High School on Sunday.
  • Boehner calls for 'discussion' on guns

    12/18/2012 6:19:21 PM PST · by lowbridge · 175 replies
    the hill ^ | december 18, 2012 | Molly K. Hooper and Mike Lillis
    Republicans need to "have a discussion on guns" in the wake of last week's grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference Tuesday. Speaking to his troops at a closed-door meeting in the Capitol, Boehner was mindful of conservatives' traditional opposition to new gun restrictions, emphasizing that Republicans wouldn't do "anything knee-jerk," according to a lawmaker in the room. But the Speaker also said he wants to "de-politicize" the issue of gun violence, which has been thrust dreadfully into the national spotlight following the murder of 26 people — 20 of them young school children —...
  • Independent Inquiry Faults State Dept. in Benghazi Attack

    12/18/2012 6:49:57 PM PST · by lbryce · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    WASHINGTON — An independent inquiry into the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11 sharply criticizes the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and relying on untested local militias to safeguard the compound, Congressional and State Department officials said Tuesday night. The investigation into the attacks on the diplomatic mission and C.I.A. annex that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others also faulted State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests from officials at the American Embassy in Tripoli for more guards and safety upgrades to the...
  • John Bolton: Hillary Clinton Came Up With 'Diplomatic Illness' To Avoid Benghazi Testimony

    12/18/2012 1:09:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 18/12/12 | Nick Wing
    John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush, suggested Monday night that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fabricated a "diplomatic illness" in order to dodge scheduled testimony this week on the Sept. 11 anniversary attack in Benghazi, Libya. Speaking on Fox News, Bolton claimed "every foreign service officer in every foreign ministry in the world" is familiar with coming up with such "diplomatic illnesses" when they "don't want to go to a meeting or a conference, or an event." "And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band," Bolton said of recent news that Clinton had fainted...
  • Fast and Furious gun found at Mexican crime scene (Beauty Queen Maria Gamez)

    12/18/2012 11:50:49 AM PST · by Red Steel · 40 replies
    cbs ^ | December 18, 2012, 12:38 PM | Sharyl Attkinsson
    Another weapon from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency's controversial Operation Fast and Furious was recently recovered at a Mexican crime scene, CBS News has learned. Congressional investigators say the crime scene was likely where a recent shootout took place between reported Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military, in which Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed. According to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Justice Department did not notify Congress of the Fast and Furious firearm recovery in November, even though Grassley has requested an accounting of weapons that...
  • White House Rejects Boehner's Backup Plan

    12/18/2012 9:34:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    The White House rejected a House GOP proposal Tuesday to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making up to $1 million, saying it doesn't go far enough and wouldn't pass the Senate anyway.
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani dies after suffering stroke (or maybe alive???)

    12/18/2012 8:37:40 AM PST · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    presstv ^ | 12/18 | presstv
    The 79-year-old Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. He had been suffering from ill health and had received medical treatment overseas several times in recent years.
  • Jim DeMint Issues Statement On Tim Scott Appointment to Senate

    12/18/2012 5:20:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FitsNews ^ | 12/18/2012
    Columbia, S.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), who is leaving the Senate in early January to lead the Heritage Foundation, made the following statement regarding the announcement by Governor Nikki Haley (R-South Carolina) that Rep. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) would serve as his replacement. ___________________________ “Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation,” said Senator DeMint. “Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of the South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation. I’ve known Tim for years and am confident...
  • Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacks

    12/17/2012 5:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/17/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacksBy Andrew Quinn Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:18pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday received an official review of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, setting the stage for testimony on an incident that prompted a political furor and sharp questions about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. **SNIP** The committee has been meeting in private and State Department officials have declined to discuss almost all specifics of the Benghazi attack pending its reports. The findings are expected to cover questions on whether enough...
  • Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88, dies

    12/17/2012 3:07:18 PM PST · by Perdogg · 123 replies
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  • A ‘fiscal cliff’ deal is near: Here are the details

    12/17/2012 2:11:44 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 130 replies
    Washington Post - Wonkblog ^ | 17 Dec 12 | Erza Klein
    <p>All at once, a “fiscal cliff” deal seems to be coming together. Speaker John Boehner’s latest offer doesn’t go quite far enough for the White House to agree, but it goes far enough that many think they can see the agreement taking shape.</p>
  • REPORT: NBC REPORTER RICHARD ENGEL MISSING IN SYRIA (Found, #140)

    12/17/2012 10:56:28 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 153 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 17, 2012 | John Nolte
    NBC is unable to reach its Middle East bureau chief Richard Engel, who was also reporting from inside Syria.
  • Breaking: Nikki Haley to pick Tim Scott to replace DeMint in Senate

    12/17/2012 7:39:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Welcome, my friends, to the least surprising political news of the week. Nikki Haley will appoint Rep. Tim Scott to replace Senator Jim DeMint in the US Senate, making Scott the upper chamber's only African-American member, and give him a boost in the 2014 special election for the rest of DeMint's term: Multiple media sources are reporting that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will indeed name Rep. Tim Scott to be the next senator from South Carolina.Scott will serve for two years, and then presumably run in a special election in 2014. If reelected, he would serve an additional two...
  • South Carolina governor expected to name Rep. Scott as DeMint's successor

    12/17/2012 7:34:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 17, 2012
    <p>Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to name Rep. Tim Scott as the replacement for outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, Fox News has learned.</p> <p>Haley is slated to announce her decision at noon on Monday at the Statehouse. Scott was elected to Congress in the 2010 Republican wave. Haley's selection would make him the first black U.S. senator from South Carolina.</p>
  • Boehner offers to take debt limit off the table

    12/16/2012 5:20:21 PM PST · by Hoodat · 167 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Dec 2012 | Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
    House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a major concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end “fiscal cliff.” The offer came Friday, according to people in both parties familiar with the talks, as part of the latest effort by Boehner (R-Ohio) to strike a deal with President Obama to replace more than $500 billion in painful deficit-reduction measures set to take effect in January. With the national debt already bumping up against...
  • China Calls for ‘No Delay’ on Gun Controls in U.S.

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 131 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | MARK MCDONALD
    HONG KONG — The state news agency in China, the official voice of the government, has called for the United States to quickly adopt stricter gun controls in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Connecticut that left 28 people dead, including 20 schoolchildren. According to the state medical examiner who was overseeing autopsies of the children, all of them had been hit multiple times. At least one child had been shot 11 times. All of the children were in the first grade. “Their blood and tears demand no delay for U.S. gun control,” said the news agency, Xinhua, which...
  • Exit polls: LDP projected to win Japan election

    12/16/2012 5:32:39 AM PST · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    The Liberal Democrat Party was poised to return to power in Japan on Sunday, with exit polls projecting a sweeping victory in the general election. Exit polls from CNN affiliate NHK show that the Liberal Democrat Party, or LDP -- led by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- won the majority of votes in the country's lower house election. The projected results, which indicate the party captured at least 275 of 480 house seats, would give the party another stab at power three years after it was unceremoniously dumped for the Democrat Party of Japan, or DPJ.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 16 December 2012

    12/16/2012 5:01:17 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 115 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 16 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 16th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Dannel Malloy, D-Conn.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Malloy; Connecticut state police Lt. Paul Vance; Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.THIS WEEK (ABC): Malloy; Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Reps. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Mayor Pedro Segarra of Hartford, Conn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Live coverage of...
  • Obama to travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday

    12/15/2012 9:06:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 152 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 15, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama will travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday to meet with families of those killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and thank emergency workers who responded to the tragedy, the White House said Saturday. "The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families" at 7 p.m., press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. On Friday, an emotional Obama vowed to "take meaningful action, regardless of the politics," to prevent future tragedies like the shooting massacre, which killed 26 people at the school, 20 of...
  • Obama has chosen John Kerry as Secretary of State

    12/15/2012 11:54:43 AM PST · by yoe · 175 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 14, 2012 | MICHAEL SNEED
    President Barack Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to be the next secretary of state, a source has told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed. His replacement as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the Sneed source said.
  • Clinton will not testify before Congress on Libya, purported concussion cited

    12/15/2012 12:51:18 PM PST · by Jean S · 95 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 12/15/12
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be able to testify next week before House and Senate panels on the Benghazi issue because she sustained a concussion, a top State Department official said Saturday.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Faints, Has Concussion

    12/15/2012 9:37:04 AM PST · by No One Special · 161 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2012 | Fox News
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is suffering from a concussion after fainting. Below is a statement from her Philippe Reines, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.“While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion. She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon.”
  • US-Iranian nuclear talks fail. Iran has plutonium for 24 Nagasaki-type bombs

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 AM PST · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Debka ^ | December 15, 2012
    The secret, one-on-one nuclear negotiations President Barack Obama launched with Iran have run into a blank wall. A senior Iranian team member, Mostafa Dolatyar, said Friday, Dec. 14 in New Delhi that the diplomatic process for solving the nuclear issue with Iran was in effect going nowhere, because the demand that Tehran halt its 20-percent enrichment of uranium “doesn’t make sense.” He went on to say: “They [the world powers] have made certain connections with purely technical issues and something purely political. In so far as this is the mentality and this is the approach from 5 + 1 (the...
  • 26 States Decline ObamaCare Exchange; 'Administrative Nightmare' Seen

    12/14/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/14/2012 | David Hogberg
    The federal government will likely be involved in running the ObamaCare exchange in at least 30 states, 26 of which expressly declined to establish state exchanges. One health-policy expert refers to it as an "administrative nightmare" for the Department of Health and Human Services. Friday was the deadline for a state to let HHS know if it planned to establish a state exchange. Thus far only 18 states and the District of Columbia are planning on doing so. As of right now only Utah and Florida remain undecided. Utah may still decide to set up a state exchange, but few...
  • Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder Files Criminal Complaint After Alleged Assault By Pro-Union

    12/14/2012 9:42:59 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 135 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12-14-2012 | Noah Rothman
    December 14, 2012 Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder Files Criminal Complaint After Alleged Assault By Pro-Union Protester Noah Rothman Fox News commentator Steven Crowder has filed a complaint with the Michigan State Police in relation to an assault he sustained by a pro-union protester while attending a demonstration outside Michigan’s state capitol on December, 11. The protesters were demonstrating against the state legislature’s efforts to pass right to work laws in the heavily unionized state. Crowder joined the protests in support of those controversial laws. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple spoke with Richard Hale, the shift supervisor at the Lansing...
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    <p>State police are responding to a report of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive, school officials said.</p> <p>Police are reporting a number of injured parties. The nature of their injuries is not clear.</p> <p>There are unconfirmed reports of two shooters — one dead, one still at large.</p>
  • United States to send troops and Patriot missiles to Turkey

    12/14/2012 3:13:07 AM PST · by John W · 49 replies
    cnn.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) -- The United States is to deploy 400 troops and two Patriot air-defense missile batteries to Turkey in the coming weeks to defend against potential threats from Syria, defense officials said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order en route to Turkey, where he is visiting Incirlik Air Base, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.
  • Syria government 'losing control' - Russian official

    12/13/2012 5:48:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012
    A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces. President Bashar al-Assad's forces are "losing more and more control and territory", deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. He said Russia, one of Syria's staunchest allies, was making plans for a possible evacuation of thousands of its citizens. Separately, Syria denied reports it had fired Scud missiles at rebels. Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said the organisation had detected the launch of such short-range missiles, saying it showed an "utter disregard" for the lives of the Syrian people. 'Unacceptable...
  • Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state, cites 'very politicized' confirmation....

    12/13/2012 1:02:18 PM PST · by Perdogg · 148 replies
    Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.
  • Russia says Syrian rebels might win

    12/13/2012 11:55:48 AM PST · by Repeat Offender · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | Steve Gutterman and Oliver Holmes
    MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels are gaining ground and might win, Russia's Middle East envoy said on Thursday, in the starkest such admission from a major ally of President Bashar al-Assad in 20 months of conflict.
  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/13/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/12 | Julia Angwin
    Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. ~ snip ~ The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an...
  • MCCARTHYISM? GOP SOURCE SAYS MAJORITY WHIP DRAFTED BOEHNER PURGE LIST

    12/11/2012 10:53:59 PM PST · by Fred · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 121212 | Matthew Boyle
    A House GOP source has confirmed to Breitbart News that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy was the one who drafted the secret criteria list House Speaker John Boehner used in his purge of conservatives from House committees. The source, someone with inside knowledge of how Boehner conducted the purge, told Breitbart News that McCarthy crafted the list, which included a scorecard of where several conservative members stood on certain votes. According to the source, it’s unclear at this time whether McCarthy made the list of his own accord or if he did so at the request of somebody else in...
  • Masked gunman kills self after opening fire at Oregon mall, killing 2

    12/11/2012 6:46:35 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 60 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Unatributed
    A gunman who witnesses say was wearing camouflage and a white plastic mask opened fire in a shopping mall near Portland, Ore., in a rampage that left three dead, including the shooter, and multiple wounded, police said. Authorities say police "neutralized" the gunman but have yet to elaborate on how he died. Witnesses described a harrowing scene, as the gunman appeared to be dressed in body armor while firing off an estimated 60 shots from a semi-automatic rifle. One witness told KPTV that the gunman ran past her and her boyfriend and "had the look of death in his eyes."
  • 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...