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  • Tony Blair's father Leo dies at the age of 89

    11/16/2012 4:34:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 16, 2012
    Leo Blair, the father of the former Labour prime minister Tony Blair, has died at the age of 89 Mr Blair was an academic whose jobs included lecturing in law at the Universities of Adelaide and Durham.
  • Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker: IAEA

    11/16/2012 4:30:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/12 | Fredrik Dahl | Reuters
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground plant after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. report said, a move likely to increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course. It also showed that Iran's stockpile of its most sensitive nuclear material - which could relatively quickly be processed further to bomb-grade uranium - had grown and was getting closer to an amount that could be sufficient for a nuclear weapon. The latest quarterly International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran came 10 days after the re-election of U.S....
  • Fatal Yakima gang shooting draws 94-year sentence

    11/16/2012 4:28:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | November 16, 2012 | Chris Bristol
    YAKIMA, Wash. — A 19-year-old gang member from Yakima was sentenced to nearly 94 years in prison today for a 2010 shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old gang rival.Erik R. Carrasco’s sentence of 1,126 months works out to 93 years and 10 months. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Michael McCarthy issued the sentence, which includes more than 33 years in firearms enhancements and gang aggravators.“You would have to be the oldest man in the world to ever get out, and that’s appropriate given your mind-set,” McCarthy told the defendant, who remained silent. “You are dangerous.”A jury earlier this...
  • Texas has backup plan for keeping feds at bay

    11/16/2012 4:22:18 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | November 15, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    <p>Presumably, a proposal being developed in Texas right now won’t be necessary should its petition on the White House website to secede from the union be successful.</p> <p>But if not, the Lone Star state apparently wants to be prepared to challenge whatever it views as a federal encroachment on the rights of the state, or its citizens.</p>
  • 12 charged with voter fraud in Georgia election

    11/16/2012 4:19:31 PM PST · by Vob · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2011 | Neil Munro
    Law enforcement officials have charged 12 people with using absentee ballots to skew an election in Georgia. “As a result of their grand jury findings, 12 individuals were indicted in that particular matter and we will be trying that case in a court of judicial law instead of a court of public opinion,” District Attorney Joe Mulholland told the local TV station, WALB. The charges followed a bitter November 2010 school board election in Brooks County in which the final tally was changed by an unusually large wave of absentee ballots. During the election, 1,060 absentee votes were cast out...
  • Georgia cedes control of health insurance exchange to feds

    11/16/2012 4:17:54 PM PST · by Dacula · 23 replies
    AJC ^ | 6:09 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 | Misty Williams
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday the state will not build its own online health insurance exchange where hundreds of thousands of consumers will shop for affordable coverage – ceding control to the federal government instead. -----
  • Two More Stimulus-Backed Solar Companies Announce Layoffs

    11/16/2012 4:13:56 PM PST · by knak · 7 replies
    heritage ^ | 11/16/12 | markay
    A pair of foreign-owned solar companies that benefited from a combined $84 million in Energy Department tax credits have announced they will lay off employees. One of the companies, German-owned SolarWorld, was integral in the fight for tariffs against the importation of Chinese photovoltaic solar panels. The other, Chinese company SunTech, blamed those tariffs for its own layoffs. Both companies benefited from the Energy Department’s stimulus-funded Advanced Energy Manufacturing (48C) Tax Credit. The 48C credit is worth up to 30% of the cost of manufacturing qualifying green energy projects. SolarWorld received a credit worth $82 million, while SunTech’s was worth...
  • Petition wants Obama to save Twinkies

    11/16/2012 4:09:33 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 36 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/16/2012 | Byron Tau
    A new White House petition wants President Obama to nationalize the "Twinkie industry," saving the popular junk food from possible extinction. "We the undersigned, hereby request Barack Obama to immediately Nationalize the Twinkie industry and prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center," a petition on the White House "We the People" website requests ...
  • Wesson warns of up to 1,400 city layoffs if tax hike fails

    11/16/2012 4:09:23 PM PST · by null and void · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 16, 2012
      Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson warned Friday that a failure to win passage of a half-cent sales tax hike would result in the layoffs of up to 1,400 city employees next year. including 500 in the Police Department, if the March 5 ballot measure is not successful.  Villaraigosa has called on the council to reaffirm its support for staffing at the Police Department, which has had 9,963 rank-and-file officers in recent years. But Wesson warned that the council’s commitment would probably evaporate without the tax hike, which is expected to generate $215 million Wesson sent his letter...
  • Bible Publisher Wins Stay of Obama Contraceptive Mandate

    11/16/2012 4:09:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | November 16, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Bible Publisher Wins Stay of Obama Contraceptive Mandate By Stephen Dinan - November 16, 2012 A federal court on Friday said a Bible publisher doesn't have to offer health insurance coverage for contraceptives if it has moral objections, blocking the Obama administration from imposing its contraceptive care mandate on the business for now. Judge Reggie B. Walton said the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage mandate puts companies that companies such as Illinois-based Tyndale House Publishers in an "untenable position" — either violate their beliefs, or face major penalties for failing to comply. Tyndale House Publishers Inc., a Christian publishing company, said...
  • Man demoted for Facebook comments wins case (Christian had posted opposing view on gay marriage)

    11/16/2012 4:07:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/16/12 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court ruled Friday that a Christian was unfairly demoted for posting his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook. Adrian Smith was stripped of his management position with the Trafford Housing Trust in northwest England and had his salary cut by 40 percent after posting that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far." The trust said Smith broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views that might upset co-workers. But High Court judge Michael Briggs ruled Friday that Smith had been "taken to task for doing nothing wrong" and found his...
  • The Unforgivable Republican Racism Against Ambasador Susan Rice

    11/16/2012 3:53:10 PM PST · by Perseverando · 41 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Republicans twice proved that they were a racist party when they ran, not once, but twice, against Obama, hoping to deny an entire generation of black children a chance to grow up with a real role model who can teach them responsibility and good spending habits. And let’s face it, the Republican attacks on UN Ambassador Susan Rice are another reminder that the Republican Party is a bunch of crazy racists who rush to blame a black woman when she spends days lying about an attack on a US consulate. If a white man had lied about the murder...
  • Quitman 10 saga takes another twist as DA Joe Mulholland quietly punts case

    11/16/2012 3:33:17 PM PST · by Vob · 1 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | November 6, 2012 | :Patrick Davis
    During the spring of 2011, the Justice Department was reviewing the Brooks County case and hadn't forwarded a response in regard to whether the federal government wanted to go forward. If President Obama is re-elected and Eric Holder remains as the Attorney General, there is a stronger likelihood that a sturdier response along with more questions will be forwarded to J. David Miller, Jo Ann Collins (the former elections supervisor/Probatre judge) assistant DA Brad Shealy about their own involvement.
  • Ecuador Officials Reject Donkey as Candidate

    11/16/2012 3:28:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature. At least 40 people paraded their candidate through the city's streets to the electoral council offices. Mr. Burro even wore a tie. But officials refused to even let them in the door on Thursday, even though backers had dummied up a mock voter registration card showing the candidate's photo superimposed on a man wearing a business suit. Donkey backer Daniel Molina told local television stations the goal was to call voters' attention to the seriousness of...
  • The NO Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 16, 2012

    11/16/2012 3:18:35 PM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 16,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Tom McClintock: Sequestration is the only way to cut spending

    11/16/2012 3:07:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    While most of official Washington is panicking over the prospect of budget sequestration set to kick in on Jan. 1, one congressman says the fiscal trigger is the best prospect the country currently has for getting spending under control. “Sequestration’s the only hope we have to get spending under control,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who sits on the House Budget Committee, told Human Events this week. “I would like to see adjustments made within the sequestration levels to reduce the cuts to defense spending, spending. But it’s the only chance we have to avoid a sovereign debt crisis.”
  • Exclusive: Kerry Says UBL Tape Cost Him Election (American voters acted out of fear)

    11/16/2012 2:59:55 PM PST · by Arthurio · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | November 21, 2004
    John Kerry (search) believes he lost to President Bush because of the video from Usama bin Laden (search) that surfaced just days before the Nov. 2 presidential election. The Massachusetts senator told FOX News' senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera that he believes he lost because the tape may have scared the American electorate. -snip- Kerry went on saying the Bush administration is planning "a right wing assault on values and ideals we hold most deeply" and that diverse opinions are being "eliminated" from the State Department and CIA with the personnel reshuffling, and the Bush Cabinet is being remade to "rubber...
  • David Petraeus: Benghazi attack 'was terror strike' [lax security]

    11/16/2012 2:53:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | November 16, 2012
    ...Congressional officials familiar with the briefings told the Associated Press that Gen Petraeus testified that security at the consulate was so lax that the attackers walked in and set fire to the facility. Security at the CIA annex was much better, the AP reported, but the attackers had arms and broke in. Republicans were also critical of the Obama administration's handling of security situation. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Gen Petraeus testimony showed that "clearly the security measures were inadequate despite an overwhelming and growing amount of information that showed the area in Benghazi was dangerous, particularly on the night...
  • Threat of 'Spectacular' Cyberattack Looms: Official

    11/16/2012 2:53:23 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 17 replies
    CNBC - Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/15/12 | Camilla Lyngsby
    The U.S. is at war, a cyber war. And businesses and government are at risk, said Eric Rosenbach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy in an interview with CNBC. "I read my intel brief every morning at 5:30 a.m. and it's never a very good news story at all," Rosenbach said. "There are a lot more attacks, and I hate to admit it but I fear that there will be some type of spectacular attack against the United States or one of our allies before there is comprehensive legislation and real appreciation to take this seriously." Just one...
  • Rep. West on possibly running in Georgia: 'No'

    11/16/2012 2:52:10 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/15/12 10:25 AM ET | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday shot down an invitation to run for office in Georgia. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, West turned down the offer from Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart. "No," West told the Atlanta newspaper on Wednesday. "Look, let me tell you something. I have moved my wife around for 20-some-odd years, being in the military, and she was also the daughter of a career military guy. When I retired, she chose Florida. That’s where my daughter’s in school, in college, my youngest daughter’s in high school. That’s our home. It’s a very nice...