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  • API Calls on President to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

    11/15/2012 1:24:17 PM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 15, 2012 | Robin Dupre
    Now that the election is over, the oil and gas industry is holding the president accountable for promises made during his campaign. American Petroleum Institute called on President Obama to move forward with the stagnant project and grant approval in a conference call with reporters Thursday. "In our exit polls last week … it showed that 73 percent of Americans support more American production of oil and natural gas," stated API's Executive Vice President Marty Durbin. "Ninety-one percent believe that that production will lead to more American jobs – and 75 percent support building the Keystone XL pipeline. We encourage...
  • What the Petraeus Investigation Tells Us About Online Surveillance

    11/15/2012 1:18:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Reason ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | J.D. Tuccille
    With regards to the David Petraeus scandal, as you dig through the very human details of a powerful man's dalliance with an attractive woman, an important question should occur to anybody with more than a National Enquirer-level interest in the matter: Wait ... The FBI did all of this digging over some bed-hopping? Yes. Yes, it did. And over at The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald wants to know why more people aren't concerned. Writes Greenwald: As is now widely reported, the FBI investigation began when Jill Kelley - a Tampa socialite friendly with Petraeus (and apparently very friendly with Gen....
  • US Court Strikes Down Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

    11/15/2012 1:10:12 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 76 replies
    WLNS.com ^ | Nov 15, 2012 | AP
    AP story
  • President Obama takes a helicopter tour of New York to view Sandy´s devastation

    11/15/2012 1:05:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/12 | Meghan Keneally
    President Obama praised the resilient New York attitude and the efforts of rescue workers during his talk after touring areas of Queens and Staten Island that were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.‘I´m very proud of you, New York. You guys are tough you bounce back,’ he said while visiting New Dorp Beach in Staten Island. After a brief helicopter tour of Queens- passing over particularly devastated areas like Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point- they arrived in Staten Island where they examined the damage by foot.
  • Bernanke: Minority homebuyers face discrimination

    11/15/2012 1:03:30 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 61 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 15, 2012 | Annalyn Kurtz
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The housing crisis hurt low-income communities and minorities more severely than other groups, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday. "Lower-income and minority communities are often disproportionately affected by problems in the national economy, and the effects of the housing bust have followed that unfortunate pattern," Bernanke said in prepared remarks presented at the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta. Bernanke pointed to homeownership rates for African Americans, which fell 5 percentage points over the last eight years, compared to a 2 percentage-point drop for other groups. While there has always been a gap...
  • Photo of journalist carrying dead son in Gaza spurs online grief

    11/15/2012 12:59:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 15, 2012 | By AL ARABIYA STAFF
    The death of a journalist’s 11-month-old son in Gaza on Wednesday has prompted a flood of poignant messages online -- and a media backlash -- when pictures of Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic video editor, showed him carrying the body of his dead son. Mishrawi’s son, Omar, was killed after Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip fell on his Gaza home, according to the BBC. Omar is among 16 people killed in Gaza since Wednesday afternoon, including four children, according to Al Arabiya correspondents. Fighting began when Israel’s targeted killing of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari on Wednesday. Since then,...
  • The Long Game to Recapture the Country (Liberalism vs Americanism)

    11/15/2012 12:57:09 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We got this piece in The Daily Beast: "A Scarlet Letter -- the Monica Lewinsky-ing of Paula Broadwell -- When powerful men stray, the press continues to ogle, and shame, the women they do it with, writes Allison Yarrow." And this whole story got me to thinking about how the country's changed in terms of simple things like humor. What used to be harmless, clever humor, today is heard by the people who've been educated the last 30, 35 years, today causes legitimate anger and indignation and charges of cruelty and insensitivity and bigotry or sexism or what have...
  • This medical device tax to help pay for Obamacare is just not going to end well

    11/15/2012 12:56:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Conventional wisdom: If you want less of something, put a tax on it. Obamanomics wisdom: Put a tax on... medical devices?! I.e., add another barrier to the industry whose slightest innovations can directly result in streamlined costs, improved efficiency, better health-care options, and saved lives? What the what?Embedded within the shadowy depths of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes, I like to use its official name just to re-appreciate the irony of "patient protection" and "affordable") is a 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of taxable medical devices by the manufacturer/importer --- and it's no small thing....
  • Obama’s Nightmare

    11/15/2012 12:55:07 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Thomas L. Friedman
    The scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: the Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions. Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief. For Ike, it was Lebanon’s civil war and Israel’s Sinai invasion. For Lyndon Johnson, it was the 1967 Six-Day War. For Nixon, it was the 1973 war. For Carter, it was the Iranian Revolution. For Ronald Reagan, it was Lebanon. For George H.W. Bush, it was Iraq. For Bill Clinton,...
  • Fear, mourning, celebration in Gaza City

    11/15/2012 12:54:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Gaza City (CNN) -- A mix of explosions filled Gaza City's air late Thursday, but not all were blasts of war. A celebration erupted as a mosque loudspeaker chant proclaimed: "God is great. We have hit Tel Aviv." Rockets fired straight upward were not targeted at an enemy, but were aimed at raising spirits with claims that militant missiles launched from Gaza reached Israel's government center 45 miles (71 kilometers) away. One Gaza-launched rocket landing just south of Tel Aviv Thursday, in an open area near Rishon LeZion, the Israel Defense Forces said. Knowing that air sirens had sounded inside...
  • A Post-Election Flood of Economic Revisions (unemployment up, manufacturing down)

    11/15/2012 12:53:15 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Surprise, surprise, surprise: "Factory activity in the US mid-Atlantic region unexpectedly contracted in November." Isn't it amazing all of the revision we get, particularly in economic news, after the election? Factory activity contracts. Who coulda seen that coming? See, we were told the economy was back. In fact, the post-election analysis was that the reason why Romney's economic message really fell on deaf ears toward the end of the campaign was that the economy's back, everybody knew it. Jobs are being created, the unemployment rate was moderating, and the American people felt good about the direction the country was...
  • Apple Stock Hit By Panic Selling: 'Someone Yelled Fire'

    11/15/2012 12:51:18 PM PST · by zeestephen · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 15 November 2012 | John Melloy
    Apple plunged to a six-month low Thursday as funds rushed to take profits on the stock before it’s too late.
  • Obama Begins Push for New National Retirement System (Occupy Your Savings)

    11/15/2012 12:47:45 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 116 replies
    A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans, NSC is warning.
  • Israel: Tel Aviv Targeted by Rockets

    11/15/2012 12:41:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Stratfor ^ | November 15, 2012
    Two projectiles, which Stratfor believes to be Fajr-5 rockets due to their range, landed near Tel Aviv -- one just south of the municipal line and one in the water just outside of the southern suburb of Bat Yam. No injuries have been reported. A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces denied that a rocket had landed in Tel Aviv, although this statement conflicts with eyewitness reports and may reflect the fact that projectiles have landed in areas just south of the actual Tel Aviv municipal boundary. This strike is the furthest Hamas has ever struck into Israeli territory and...
  • Obama's Hostile and Evasive Presser

    11/15/2012 12:41:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 16, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Obama's first post-election press conference, if you could call it that, tells us a great deal about his attitude and the approach he intends to pursue in his second term, which is the same failed policy mix on steroids. Obama's re-election, of course, gives him the right to pursue these policies, but it doesn't deny elected Republicans the right or relieve them of the duty to oppose them. If Obama can glean any intelligible mandate from his victory, it is that relentless negative campaigning, demagoguery, divisive identity politics, deceit and superior political strategists targeting essential voters and voting districts work....
  • Sandy victim to Obama: Where have you been?

    11/15/2012 12:40:17 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 15, 2012
    Obama, touring parts of New York City slammed by Hurricane Sandy, was chided by a girl for ignoring the disaster. As the president waded through a supply center, a girl who was waiting for goods told a reporter, "We need help--he should of been here a long time ago,"
  • Libya timeline suggests cover-up in attack (Good Synopsis)

    11/15/2012 12:35:54 PM PST · by mojito · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/14/2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    ....On Sept. 12, Director of National IntelligenceJames R. Clapper told the White House that a spontaneous demonstration over the Internet video grew into a violent attack. Two days later, Mr. Petraeus echoed that account in closed-door comments to senators, according to news reports. At the time, Mr. Petraeus had ended an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, who was at the center of an FBI investigation over threatening emails to a women she saw as a romantic rival. Conservatives have asked whether the Petraeus scandal prompted the director to toe the administration line. Mr. Petraeus has since resigned. Senators...
  • City Of Austin Files Counter-Petition To Secede From Texas

    11/15/2012 12:32:14 PM PST · by zeestephen · 56 replies
    MSN.now ^ | 15 November 2012
    The petition has received more than 5,000 votes out of 25,000 needed for a White House response.
  • Israeli troops move to Gaza after rockets jolt Tel Aviv area

    11/15/2012 12:27:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 15, 2012
    Palestinian militants barraged Israel with more than 200 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. Late in the day, Israel signaled a ground operation may be imminent as forces moved toward the border area with Gaza. At least 12 trucks were seen transporting tanks and armored personnel carriers, and a number of buses carrying soldiers arrived. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he had authorized the army to call-up additional reservists for possible action. The army said it was prepared to draft up to 30,000 additional...
  • Oh, We Forgot to Tell You . . .

    11/15/2012 12:22:57 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | Victor David Hanson
    The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and so on) wins reelection, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years — mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency, and Hurricane Katrina. Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their reelection wins. They believe that they are invincible and that their public approval is permanent rather than fickle. The result is that Nemesis zeroes in on their fatal conceit and with a boom corrects their hubris. Or is the...