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  • Obama issues call for gun ban

    12/21/2012 9:40:04 AM PST · by pabianice · 103 replies
    messages @whitehouse.gov ^ | 12/21/12 | Reed
    A Message from President Obama about Your Petition on Reducing Gun Violence In the days since the tragedy in Newtown, Americans from all over the country have called for action to deter mass shootings and reduce gun violence. Hundreds of thousands of you have signed petitions on We the People. I'm writing you today to thank you for speaking up, to update you on an important development, and to encourage you to continue engaging with the White House on this critical issue. First, you should know that President Obama is paying close to attention to the public response to this...
  • Obama to nominate Senator John Kerry as next secretary of state (truncated title)

    12/21/2012 8:46:45 AM PST · by 1066AD · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (AP) ^ | 12/21/2012 | AP Reporter
    A senior administration official said on Friday that President Barack Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. as his next secretary of state this afternoon from the White House. The 69-year-old, who began his tenure in the Senate in 1985, is expected to be a shoo-in during the Congressional confirmation process and will fill the vacancy left by outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The expected announcement will come after the president's top choice for the spot, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, took herself out of the running for the post given the controversy over her reaction to the attacks on...
  • Report: Jon Hammar to be released from Mexican prison today

    12/21/2012 6:58:27 AM PST · by alancarp · 59 replies
    fox news world ^ | 12/21/2012 | foxnews.com
    DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio. Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar's case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun to Mexican customs...
  • Boehner Fiscal Cliff 'Plan B' Rejected by GOP Caucus, House to Recess for Christmas

    12/20/2012 5:16:50 PM PST · by kristinn · 263 replies
    Thursday, Deecember 20, 2012
    Capitol Hill reporters on Twitter writing Speaker Boehner has dropped Plan B fiscal cliff vote tongiht after revolt from House Republican caucus. House will recess until after Christmas.After raucus closed dooor House GOP meeting, Boehner says House has already passed bills to cut spending and taxes to avert fiscal cliff and the ball is the court of the Senate and President Obama.
  • Gingrich: Conservatives Will Have to Accept Marriage 'Equality'

    12/20/2012 3:05:19 PM PST · by Kazan · 322 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/20/2012 | Stephen Feller
    <p>Newt Gingrich said that conservatives will have to accept marriage equality after three more states this year voted to allow same sex marriage and more will likely do the same in the 2014 election.</p> <p>The former Speaker of the House said he didn’t expect gay rights to become the “wave” issue it has, but that he can accept the difference between a marriage in a church and a legal document, reported Huffington Post.</p>
  • Three Top State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazi

    12/19/2012 3:41:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Three top officials in the State Department resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing report which slammed "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, head of the bureau of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs, have stepped down, CNN and CBS television said, citing unnamed department officials. Lamb, who was Boswell’s deputy in charge of international programs, denied requests from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for an extension of temporary security...
  • Weapon used in Mexico gunfight linked to Operation Fast and Furious

    12/19/2012 3:13:48 PM PST · by Smogger · 21 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 19, 2012, 10:56 a.m. | By Richard A. Serrano
    <p>Two of the weapons involved in a drug cartel gunfight last month in Sinaloa, Mexico, that killed five people, including two soldiers and a young beauty queen, have been traced back to the U.S. – one lost during the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, the other originally purchased by a supervisory ATF agent who helped oversee the botched gun-tracking operation.</p>
  • Off-duty deputy praised for taking down gunman at Mayan 14 theater

    12/19/2012 1:40:45 PM PST · by Phillyred · 30 replies
    KENS5News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gary Cooper
    The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is calling one of their own a hero after deputies say she stopped what could have been a disastrous shooting inside a south-side movie theater lobby. Jesus Garcia, 19, was at the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 at SW Military and I-35 on Sunday night. According to San Antonio police, he was upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend. According to both police and deputies, Garcia called into his girlfriend's work at The China Garden restaurant and said he was going to shoot somebody. The restaurant is located outside the theater. At 9:30 p.m., Garcia...
  • Speaker Boehner: "Mr. President, It's Plan B or Be Responsible For the Largest Tax Hike In History"

    12/19/2012 12:08:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 97 replies
    A very strong statement from Speaker Boehner: "Tomorrow the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American -- 99.81% of the American people. Then the President will have a decision to make. He can call on the Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history."
  • 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...