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  • Obama's Hurricane Sandy Trip to New York Timed to Brother-in-Law's Basketball Tourney

    11/10/2012 5:17:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 15 replies
    Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Kristinn
    Priorities. While hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are still suffering without heat and power, Barack Obama is waiting until Thursday, November 15 to visit New York City to meet with struggling survivors of Hurricane Sandy and review the recovery process firsthand. The visit happens to come on the same day that Obama's college basketball coach brother-in-law will be in town for a tournament.Obama paid an election-savvy visit to New Jersey on October 31, right after Sandy hit, but held off visiting New York City at the request of Mayor Mike Bloomberg as the city was not prepared for a...
  • Florida vote beyond recount range; Allen West won’t concede

    11/10/2012 5:13:37 PM PST · by Fred · 141 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 111012 | ap
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West is refusing to concede, even though the state of Florida says he lost his re-election bid by 2,442 votes. The state reported its complete but unofficial tally on Saturday in the 18th District race. There are still a handful of overseas and military ballots outstanding, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday’s results.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ A FEW GOOD WORDS ~ 11 November 2012

    11/10/2012 5:12:57 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 65 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            A FEW GOOD WORDS The accuracy of lie detector tests has never been completely decided upon. Although it is inadmissible as evidence in court, even the proponents of lie detector testing agree that it is not always accurate. Among the first lie detectors, considered by some to be the most accurate, was the donkey's tail! That's right, in ancient India, a suspect would be escorted to a darkened room. Only three would be present: the accused, the interrogator, and a donkey. The person being questioned was told that the donkey would bray if his responses...
  • Here’s What We Know About General Petraeus’ Reported Mistress

    11/10/2012 5:08:13 PM PST · by izzatzo · 77 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/10/2012 | E. Ritz
    TheBlaze/AP) — Paula Broadwell first met fellow West Point graduate David Petraeus in the spring of 2006, when she was a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was a lieutenant general working on a counterinsurgency manual that would be tested during his command in Iraq. The university had invited him to give a speech. Broadwell was in the Army Reserve after being recalled three times to active duty since the Sept. 11 attacks to work on counterterrorism issues and intended to return to active duty or get into the policy world, according to the preface of the...
  • Former U.S. Prosecutor Negotiating Plea Deal For Jackson Jr.

    11/10/2012 5:02:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Nov. 9, 2012
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A former U.S. attorney representing embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is negotiating a plea deal with the federal government, CBS 2 has learned. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has the exclusive details. The plea deal would end Jackson’s 17-year career as a congressman representing Chicago’s South Side and suburbs. At the center of negotiations is white-collar criminal defense attorney Dan Webb, who served as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor in the 1980s, when several Cook County judges were indicted for public corruption under the “Operation Greylord” investigation. Webb, the chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago,...
  • 'Preppers' in Brighter Spotlight after Natural Disaster

    11/10/2012 5:02:20 PM PST · by Kartographer · 47 replies
    WSAW TV ^ | 11/5/12 | Al Knox
    You may have seen the National Geographic show "Doomsday Preppers," and wondered if it really is all that common. It turns out; there are preppers all over the nation, including central Wisconsin. And they're more in the spotlight than ever. Superstorm Sandy left much of the East Coast scrambling for power, warmth, gasoline, even food. But preppers say they're ready for disasters - natural or otherwise. Cheryl is one of them.” We’re different because we don't spend our money on gadgets. The newest smart phone and things like that. We put our money into things that we can use and...
  • California's landmark global warming law becomes real this week with first cap-and-trade auctions

    11/10/2012 4:42:05 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 11/10/2012 | Paul Rogers
    For more than 40 years, California has led the nation in environmental regulation, from passing the toughest coastal protection laws to America's first rules banning leaded gasoline. Now, this week -- after Hurricane Sandy pushed the issue of climate change back into the national spotlight -- California will become the first state to begin requiring a broad range of businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the California Air Resources Board is scheduled to hold its first auction to sell pollution allowances under the state's landmark cap-and-trade law. The idea is simple: The state sets an...
  • Frustrated residents protest outside New York utility

    11/10/2012 4:36:30 PM PST · by granada · 34 replies
    AP via Yahoo (propaganda machine) ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Mae Anderson
    Even as the lights came for many who lost power in New York and New Jersey during the superstorm and a later nor'easter, hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a Long Island utility, frustrated by its slow response to outages. Power restoration has been slower there than in other areas hit by Superstorm Sandy, sparking criticism of the Long Island Power Authority. Some of the 130,000 blacked out homes and businesses the utility serves may not have power restored until the end of Tuesday, LIPA said. In the rest of the region hardest hit by the storm, most service was...
  • Obama calls for renewal of Assault Weapons Ban

    11/10/2012 4:26:49 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 157 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/16/12 | Devin Dwyer
    President Obama tonight said he’s interested in seeing an assault weapons ban reintroduced, breaking his silence on the legislation, which has persisted in spite of at least five mass shootings during his term.
  • Surprise! We voted for God's judgment (and Obama will make sure we get it)

    11/10/2012 4:21:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | November 09, 2012 | Pat Boone
    Exclusive: Pat Boone likens presidential result to Israel getting a hoped-for king “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me (wisdom) will your days be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff … you will bear it alone.” – Proverbs 9:10-12 Well, America went to the polls. At least 120 million or so of us did. Over 56 million voted one way, for one direction, for one set of principles...
  • Now what do we do? (only method that can stop Obama train dead in its tracks)

    11/10/2012 4:12:01 PM PST · by Perseverando · 78 replies
    WND ^ | November 09, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    With Barack Obama re-elected to the White House for four more years, half the country is wondering what we can do to limit the damage. I actually have an answer. In January 2011, after Republicans took over the House, I launched a campaign that now appears to be our only hope of killing off Obamacare, making Obama’s lame-duck second term a nightmare (for him, that is) and actually moving Washington toward a return to limited, constitutional government. And all it takes to do it is the cooperation of the House Republican majority. After Republicans took control of the House in...
  • BREAKING: Massive Voter Fraud in St. Lucie County, Florida [False assumption? Two card ballot?]

    11/10/2012 4:05:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 190 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2012 | Heather Ginsberg
    On Tuesday only one precinct had less than 113% turnout. “The Unofficial vote count is 175,554 registered voters 247,713 vote cards cast (141.10% ). The National SEAL Museum, a St. Lucie county polling place, had 158.85% voter turn out, the highest in the county.” The Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, had this to say concerning the 141% voter turnout: “They may have had something like that in Palm Beach County, but we’ve never seen that here.” So maybe Allen West wasn’t crazy to ask for a lock-down on the ballot boxes and machines in this county. According to the report...
  • A General Lesson: Why did he risk everything on an affair?

    11/10/2012 4:03:39 PM PST · by billorites · 82 replies
    Slate ^ | November 10, 2012 | Fred Kaplan
    Among those who have long known Gen. David Petraeus, those who served under his command in wartime, sat with him in the White House Situation Room, or helped him rewrite Army doctrine at Fort Leavenworth, the most gnawing question about the scandalous affair that led to his resignation and doomed his career on Friday is this: How could he—this acclaimed leader and figure of rectitude—allow such a thing to happen? Seen in context, the mystery, while shocking, is not so unfathomable. Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom he had this affair, writes in her fawning biography of Petraeus that they...
  • The Lesson of 2004

    11/10/2012 4:01:50 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/10/2012 | Jonathan Last
    In many respects, the 2012 election played out as a close cousin of the 2004 contest. A vulnerable incumbent president in a bad political environment faced a weak challenger who lacked a core ideology and who articulated no clear vision for the country. In both campaigns the challenger chose to present himself as a default choice, rather than an insurgent. In both campaigns the president pursued a base-turnout strategy. And in both years the president won, by a margin of victory just around 2.4 percentage points.
  • Winning the Future: The Fiscal-Conservative Fantasy

    11/10/2012 3:32:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 78 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 10, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    With the loss of the 2012 election, there is much talk of how the Republican Party must do some soul-searching. How will the GOP wage successful campaigns when demographic and cultural changes favor the opposition? Increasingly, the answer is that the party's party is over, that it must move into the future or be relegated to the past. "Dispense with the social issues!" we're counseled. "Don't trouble over abortion or faux marriage and instead just focus on fiscal matters." Yet this appeal is the result of critics expressing what makes them uncomfortable, as opposed to actually observing the facts on...
  • Chris Christie Wept over Springsteen Hug

    11/10/2012 3:26:36 PM PST · by Arthurio · 83 replies
    Time ^ | Nov. 07, 2012 | By Emma O'Connor
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have worked closely with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but it appears he’s more emotionally invested in a different budding bromance. Christie admitted at a Monday briefing that he started “weeping” after he hugged Bruce Springsteen at NBC’s telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims on Nov. 2, the Record reported. Christie is a longtime fan of his fellow New Jerseyan and has attended more than 130 Springsteen concerts over the past 37 years. The governor even sang a version of “Thunder Road” when he made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy...
  • E-Mails From Biographer to a Third Party Led to Petraeus

    11/10/2012 3:17:48 PM PST · by thouworm · 50 replies
    NYT ^ | 11-10-2012 | SCOTT SHANE and ERIC SCHMITT
    The F.B.I. investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director on Friday began with a complaint several months ago about “harassing” e-mails sent by Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus’s biographer, to an unidentified third person, a government official briefed on the case said Saturday.... The person who complained about harassing messages from Ms. Broadwell, according to the official, was not a family member or a government official. One Congressional official who was briefed on the matter on Friday said senior intelligence officials had explained that the F.B.I. investigation “started with two women.” ...A senior intelligence official...
  • Allen West for Congress released statement regarding state of race-Florida’s 18th District

    11/10/2012 3:14:18 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    AllenWestRepublic ^ | 11-10-2012
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2012 Contact: Michele Hickford (772) 600-7123 or Michele @AllenWestforCongress.com Race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District Remains Undecided Stuart, FL – Today West for Congress released the following statement regarding the state of the race in Florida’s 18th Congressional District: “With all provisional and absentee votes counted in the 18th District, Congressman West currently trails by roughly 2,400 votes, a margin outside of the threshold for an automatic recount. The race remains undecided because there are issues that still need to be resolved in St. Lucie County. Late on Election Night, Congressman West led by...
  • Health-Care Law Spurs a Shift to Part-Time Workers

    11/10/2012 2:58:24 PM PST · by grundle · 49 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 4, 2012 | JULIE JARGON, LOUISE RADNOFSKY and ALEXANDRA BERZON
    Some low-wage employers are moving toward hiring part-time workers instead of full-time ones to mitigate the health-care overhaul's requirement that large companies provide health insurance for full-time workers or pay a fee.Several restaurants, hotels and retailers have started or are preparing to limit schedules of hourly workers to below 30 hours a week. That is the threshold at which large employers in 2014 would have to offer workers a minimum level of insurance or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 for each worker. Pillar Hotels & Resorts this summer began to focus more on hiring part-time workers among its 5,500...
  • House asks Clinton to testify on Benghazi, but she declines due to scheduling conflict

    11/10/2012 2:42:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10/10/12 | Joel Gehrke
    House investigators asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify next week about the September 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, but she declined citing a scheduling conflict. “[Clinton] was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the Chairman to say that she’ll be on travel next week,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters yesterday. “She has a commitment with the Secretary of Defense to the AUSMIN Ministerial.” Per AFP, “AUSMIN is the highest level forum for Australia and US consultation on foreign policy, defense and strategic issues.” The United States is...