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  • White-Collar Heavyweight Abbe Lowell Steps into Petraeus Fracas (Clinton impeachment lawyer)

    11/12/2012 5:01:14 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    Chadbourne & Parke white-collar criminal defense heavyweight Abbe Lowell has joined the fray surrounding the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus, who stepped down Friday in light of the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealing that Petraeus had an extramarital affair with his biographer. Several news outlets reported Monday that Lowell is representing Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman who complained that she was receiving threatening emails, which turned out to be from Paula Broadwell, a West Point graduate who chronicled Petraeus's life in a book published in January that she coauthored. Investigation into the emails led to the...
  • Cornel West: Obama a 'Republican in Blackface'

    11/12/2012 4:54:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The Root ^ | November 11, 2012 | Hillary Crosley
    Cornel West has made it clear that he feels that President Obama should be more proactive in tackling issues like poverty and the prison-industrial complex. Some African Americans see the professor's views as divisive, while others say he's speaking truth to power. Recently, in an interview with Democracy Now, West and Tavis Smiley were asked about the president's priorities, and while Smiley said Americans must encourage the POTUS to be the best he can be, West was much more critical, writes the Atlanta Daily World. "I think that it's morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an...
  • Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary

    11/12/2012 4:53:41 PM PST · by maggief · 70 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 12, 2012 | Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller
    President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. John O. Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, is a leading contender for the CIA job if he wants it, officials said. If Brennan...
  • 'I am not in love with David Petraeus': Paula Broadwell's bizarre denial during interview

    11/12/2012 4:53:32 PM PST · by Arthurio · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Tuesday, Nov 13 2012 3AM | Daniel Bates
    The woman who had an affair with David Petraeus denied she was in love with him in a bizarre interview she gave in the midst of their fling. Speaking in an interview while promoting her book in February, Paula Broadwell said without prompting: 'I am not in love with David Petraeus', in what was something of a Freudian slip. By that stage their affair was around five months having started when he became head of the CIA in September last year. It ended around July, according to reports. In the interview Broadwell, who is married with two young sons, revealed...
  • Obama keeps job; others lose theirs

    11/12/2012 4:51:27 PM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2012 | Tim Devaney
    After an election campaign that featured jobs as a central issue, some of the nation’s businesses have responded to President Obama’s victory with a series of layoff announcements related to a variety of factors including the New Year’s “fiscal cliff.” A number of companies had hoped the election of Republican Mitt Romney would raise the chances of avoiding the cliff’s $1 trillion in federal spending cuts, half of them defense-related, plus higher taxes from the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. Other factors in the spate of layoff notices included costs related to Mr. Obama’s health care plan...
  • Fox News source: Yes, the CIA was holding prisoners at the Benghazi annex

    11/12/2012 4:48:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2012 | AllahPundit
    Just a single source, but this does jibe with what Broadwell said in her Denver speech. In the original Oct. 26 Fox News report, sources at the annex said that the CIAÂ’s Global Response Staff had handed over three Libyan militia members to the Libyan authorities who came to rescue the 30 Americans in the early hours of Sept. 12.A well-placed Washington source confirms to Fox News that there were Libyan militiamen being held at the CIA annex in Benghazi and that their presence was being looked at as a possible motive for the staged attack on the consulate and...
  • Will non-cooperation of multiple states’ be too much for ObamaCare?

    11/12/2012 4:45:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The answer, of course, is an emphatic yes, since by its very nature, ObamaCare is too much for ObamaCare, but individual states' freedom to opt out of designing their own state-specific health insurance exchanges is turning out to be yet another flaw in the oh-so-masterful plan.Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the government is extending the deadline by which states must submit their blueprints for their exchanges, meant to be tools with which consumers can shop around for insurance options, but all states must still indicate whether they're planning on doing it themselves, forging a...
  • Applebees Layoffs Sparked by Obamacare

    11/12/2012 4:39:51 PM PST · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Food Beat ^ | November 12, 2012 @ 1:07 pm | Angela Ayles
    Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel hinted yesterday that the company will be likely be laying off several employees and will refrain from hiring more due to President Obama’s re-election and the roll-out of Obamacare. For those of you unaware of Obamacare, it a new initiative put forth by the President which requires any employer with 50 or more employees to provide federal government-approved health care for its employees. If a company fails to do so, it will pay a $2,000 fine per person. Tankel released the following statement to Fox News: “We’ve calculated it will cost some millions of dollars across...
  • CBS's Nancy Giles: Whites Oppose Abortion 'To Build Up the Race'

    Host Harris-Perry was discussing with her guests the results of Tuesday's election by demographic group. When she got her chance to comment, Giles said, "It's been weird to watch white people report on this." "You know when you just showed that graph of the decline in the numbers," she continued, "I thought, 'Maybe that's why they're trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They're trying to build up the race."
  • Secession petitions filed in 20 states (With 30 GOP governors, where's the other 10 states?)

    11/12/2012 4:34:21 PM PST · by bestintxas · 25 replies ^ | 11/12/12 | m
    In the wake of last week's presidential election, thousands of Americans have signed petitions seeking permission for their states to peacefully secede from the United States. The petitions were filed on We the People, a government website. States with citizens filing include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Oddly, folks from Georgia have filed twice. Even stranger, several of the petitions come from states that went for President Barack Obama. The petitions are short and to the point. For example,...
  • Stray Syrian Mortars Put Israel on High Alert

    11/12/2012 4:32:24 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    CBN News Middle East Bureau ^ | Monday, November 12, 2012 | Chris Mitchell
    Stray Syrian Mortars Put Israel on High Alert By Chris Mitchell CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Monday, November 12, 2012 JERUSALEM, Israel -- A second mortar shell landed in northern Israel Monday, a day after Israel fired a warning shot into Syria in response to a Syrian mortar that hit the Golan Heights. Over the weekend, Israel came under fire on both its northern and southern borders. "We understand that this was a mistake and the mortar was not meant to target Israel and then, this is why we actually fired warning shots in retaliation," Israel Defense Forces spokesperson...
  • Carrollton-based company issues layoff warning for 459 Dallas employees

    11/12/2012 4:31:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    wfaa ^ | November 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM Updated today at 12:50 PM
    DALLAS -- Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, a Carrollton-based loan servicing company, will layoff more than a quarter of its workforce at the end of the year. Wingspan issued a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) letter on Nov. 5 to the Texas Workforce Commission informing them all 459 employees at the Dallas location will be terminated effective December 31, 2012. The business is "an award-winning diversified servicing company" and "offers a wide-range of services to assist the mortgage industry in virtually every aspect of delinquent loan servicing," according to the company's website. The site says the company has nearly 1,700...
  • Hostess to Close Selected Bakeries Due to Nationwide Strike

    11/12/2012 4:28:22 PM PST · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    Hostess Brands ^ | November 12, 2012 | Hostess Brands
    Irving, TX – November 12 - Hostess Brands Inc. announced today that it will permanently close three bakeries today as a result of a nationwide strike initiated on November 9 by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (Bakers Union) that has prevented the facilities from producing and delivering products. "Our customers will not be affected because we will continue to serve them from other Hostess Brands bakeries, but sadly this action will result in the permanent closure of three facilities and the loss of 627 jobs," said Hostess Brands CEO Gregory F. Rayburn.  "We deeply regret this...
  • More Layoffs At NBCU’s TV Networks

    11/12/2012 4:27:01 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies ^ | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 11:26am PST | NELLIE ANDREEVA
    EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: It seems like there is another wave of belt-tightening at NBCUniversal. I hear the company has been imposing layoffs across the various TV divisions of the company. The layoffs started two weeks ago with Los Angeles-based personnel, with New York-based employees getting pink slips today. (NBCU’s LA-based film studio, Universal Pictures, also was hit with layoffs about two weeks ago, when it let go of 25 employees.) I hear the cuts, which don’t appear to be very deep, are the result of a corporate decision and virtually all networks are affected to some extent including NBC; Syfy; USA;...
  • St. Lucie elections supervisor mum on problems (Allen West related story)

    11/12/2012 4:20:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    TCPALM ^ | 11-12-2012 | Laurie K. Blandford
    November 12, 2012 St. Lucie elections supervisor mum on problems Laurie K. Blandford ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Many questions about the county's elections and ever-changing results remained unanswered Monday. No one from the state, county elections office or Canvassing Board was available to answer questions because offices were closed for Veterans Day. Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker did not respond to a cellphone message and her attorney, Cynthia Angelos, couldn't be reached for comment. Among those who want answers are the Fort Pierce mayoral candidates, who've seen the totals and the winner change twice, heading into Wednesday's state-mandated recount of...
  • Going Negative and Turning Out the Base (Michael Barone)

    11/12/2012 4:18:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2012 | Michael Barone
    The nasty ads took a toll, but GOP House members supported Ryan’s plan — and won. Lukewarm. That’s the feeling I get from the election numbers.Turnout was apparently down, at least as a percentage of eligible voters. The president was reelected by a reduced margin. The challenger didn’t inspire the turnout surge he needed.Every reelected president since Andrew Jackson has won with an increased popular-vote percentage. Barack Obama didn’t. He won 53 percent to 46 percent in 2008. His numbers as I write are 50 percent to 48 percent over Mitt Romney. That could go up to 51 percent to...

    A week before one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the Northeast dissipated the New Jersey shoreline, state officials awarded Radiant RFID a five-year emergency management solution contract to assist with evacuation and emergency tracking during catastrophic events. Texas-based Radiant, which also has contracts with Texas, North Carolina and the city of Boston, will provide the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) with an RFID-based evacuation solution that tracks evacuees, pets, emergency transport vehicles, and commodities deployed at state shelters in preparation for and in the event of a hurricane, natural disaster or other incident...
  • 'Homeland' Star Says Obama Watches Show While Pretending to Work

    11/12/2012 4:05:18 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 12 Nov 2012, 1:24 PM PDT
    Homeland" star Damian Lewis has become quite chummy with the Commander in Chief. Seems President Barack Obama is a big fan of Lewis' Showtime terrorism-themed series, and the pair even communicate via email. A recent exchange, shared by the actor while appearing on a British talk show, brought up a long-simmering fear some Americans have about the president's religious persuasion. During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday night, the Emmy-winning actor says the president wanted a signed DVD box set of the Showtime hit to give to the Teamsters labor union (the president has previously revealed Homeland is...
  • American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper

    11/12/2012 4:02:25 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    ISrael Pundit ^ | Oct 10, 2012 | Stanislav Mitchin
    American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall...
  • Gingrich ‘dumbfounded’ by Obama win

    11/12/2012 3:58:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 154 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 12, 2012 | Claudine Zap, The Ticket
    Add Newt Gingrich to the list of Republicans coming to terms with the loss of the presidential election. On Monday, the former speaker of the House sounded reflective on the "Today" show, saying, "We need to stop, take a deep breath and learn." He added, "The president won an extraordinary victory. And the fact is, we owe him the respect of trying to understand what they did and how they did it." Gingrich said, "But if you had said to me three weeks ago Mitt Romney would get fewer votes than John McCain and it looks like he'll be 2...