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  • Morning Joe Rips 'Old White Guy' Republicans For Going After 'Younger Woman-of-Color' Rice

    11/20/2012 9:10:27 AM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    From Joe Scarborough to John Heilemann, Katty Kay to Mark Halperin to Willie Geist, it was unanimous on today's Morning Joe. Whatever the substance, whatever the policy, Republicans would be making a massive political mistake by opposing the possible nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State. Summed up Scarborough the MJ zeitgeist: "do a bunch of old white guys want to make their first big battle, post-election, a battle going up against a younger woman of color?" View the video after the jump. JOHN HEILEMANN: The optics are obviously horrible, taking on an African-American woman in this way.
  • Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours

    11/20/2012 9:08:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller | Reuters – 30 mins ago GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict will go into effect later on Tuesday, a Hamas official said. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier he was open to a long-term deal to halt Palestinian rocket attacks on his country. "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900 GMT) and go into effect at midnight (2200 GMT)," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters...
  • CBS: “Office of the DNI” cut al-Qaeda and terrorism references from Benghazi talking points

    11/20/2012 9:05:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Meet James Clapper --- the latest fall guy for the White House on Benghazi. After last week's hearings in Congress showed that the talking points from the CIA had been changed to eliminate the mention of terrorism, Washington erupted into a whodunit. CBS reports today that the culprit has been found ... sort of:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO   CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack --- with the...
  • Boehner tightens grip on GOP rank and file ahead of deficit talks

    11/20/2012 8:51:24 AM PST · by Qbert · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    Speaker John Boehner is tightening his grip on the House Republican Conference weeks before an anticipated vote on a deficit deal. The Ohio Republican has smoothed over differences with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), expanded his powers on the panel that doles out plum committee assignments, shot down a challenge to his earmark moratorium and worked behind the scenes to ensure that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) would win her leadership contest.  All of Boehner’s moves are aimed at shoring up his influence over the GOP conference, which in turn maximizes the Speaker’s leverage with President Obama and the Democratic-controlled...
  • Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

    11/20/2012 8:47:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 20, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth. Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied.
  • Social Conservatism vs. Fiscal Conservatism

    11/20/2012 8:42:54 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 258 replies
    I am wondering about the structure of a third "Constitutional" party. Would it be better to form a party exclusively on a fiscal issues basis? What would be the pros and cons of taking social issues completely off the table? I mean, are there really enough "social issues" in the text of the Constitution itself to warrant making them a permanent policy of a new party and subsequently risking vicious debate and division? I guess I am thinking of the inevitability of Conservatives locking antlers with the "socially" left wing of the Libertarians", who are otherwise fiscally right wing. Shouldn't...
  • Military Suicides 'Out of Control'

    11/20/2012 8:34:10 AM PST · by kristinn · 137 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News Herald ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012 | Randal Yakey
    CALLAWAY — Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. Locked inside his car, U.S. Army Spc. William Busbee sat with a .45-caliber gun pointed to the side of his head. “Look at me,” his mother cried out as she tried to get her son’s attention. “Look at me.” He wouldn’t look. He stared out the front windshield, distant, Busbee said, relating the story from an apartment complex in Callaway. “I kept yelling, ‘Don’t you do this. Don’t do it.’ He wouldn’t turn his...
  • Unions flexed muscles in state campaigns

    11/20/2012 8:33:07 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    SF Chron ^ | 11-20-12 | Sam Hananal
    From California to Maine, unions used their political muscle in the recent elections to help install Democratic governors, build labor-friendly majorities in state legislatures and defeat ballot initiatives against them. The combination of union money and member mobilization helped Democrats take control of state legislatures in Maine and Minnesota. In Michigan, voters repealed a law that allowed cities in financial distress to suspend collective bargaining contracts. But unions lost there on an effort to make collective bargaining rights a part of the state constitution. In New Hampshire, unions helped Maggie Hassan win the governor's race. Unions spent millions backing Hassan...
  • The Morally Reprehensible ‘Iron Dome’ – Hamas’s Best Friend

    11/20/2012 8:30:13 AM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/19/2012 | Yori Yanover
    A social worker friend of mine used to talk about the ways dysfunctional families adapt and adjust to the craziness of an abnormal family member. Typically, they are so used to making allowances for the neediest family member, that they stop noticing his or her deficiencies. Only a visiting social worker, dropping in unannounced on a home visit, is able to recognize that the fact that Moishe'le is sitting naked under the dinner table eating the scraps his siblings hand him from above the table is crazy. Israel and the world have become one such a dysfunctional family, with the...
  • Petraeus Affair: 'There's No Dark Plot Here,' Jill Kelley's Friend Says

    11/20/2012 8:26:51 AM PST · by maggief · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2012 | LEE FERRAN , MIKE GUDGELL and NED BERKOWITZ
    A man who says he's a "very close friend" of Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, told ABC News that Kelley's portrayal in the media is inaccurate, as are any insinuations that she hoped to profit financially from her close connection to America's spymaster. Don Phillips, a Tampa real estate developer, said in an interview that Kelley is "the best kind of friend" anyone would like to have, including America's top military officials. "Take everything you know and turn it around 180 degrees," said Phillips, who has known Kelley...
  • Sources: DNI cut "al Qaeda" reference from Benghazi talking points, and CIA, FBI signed off

    11/20/2012 8:21:35 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 20, 2012
    (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes. There has been considerable discussion about who made the changes to the talking points that Rice stuck to in her television appearances on Sept. 16 (video), five days after the attack that killed American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens,...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 20,2012

    11/20/2012 7:58:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 66 replies
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  • Why Conservatives Should Cheer Up

    11/20/2012 7:51:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    "Barack Obama won because he recognized a new America." Or maybe an America more fluid, more insubstantial than post-election wisdom is ready to grant. You can't always tell about "new" -- a truth the human race rarely acknowledges. We'll see whether James Carville's and Stan Greenberg's words from a Democracy Corps survey stand up better than the consensus of November 1965, following the Lyndon Johnson-led slaughter of almost every Republican downwind from Barry Goldwater. Johnson, father of the Great Society, was all but run out of Washington on a rail after mucking up the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, as everyone these...
  • California Republicans say McCarthy endorsed gerrymandering that lost them 4 seats

    11/20/2012 7:46:18 AM PST · by old school · 43 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/19/2012 | John Gizzi
    “Kevin McCarthy was a staunch defender of these new lines, reassuring everyone that Republicans would fare just fine under them,” said Jon Fleischman of the Flash Report, the much-read online newsletter on California politics. “Clearly, this turned out not to be the case– although he was easily re-elected to the safe seat drawn for him. Had he drawn a competitive district, I wonder if he would have been so enthusiastic about the lines he helped stopped others from trying to stop.”
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

    11/20/2012 7:41:03 AM PST · by yoe · 28 replies
    CNET ^ | November 20, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    A Senate proposal (touted) as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week. Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall...
  • Soros’ MoveOn.org trying to rally Wal-Mart workers for Black Friday strike

    11/20/2012 7:40:32 AM PST · by Qbert · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ MoveOn.org has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce. MoveOn.org has sent emails to subscribers nationwide, urging them to descend on Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees. “Instead of listening to and learning from its workers, Wal-Mart has sought to silence us and retaliate against those who dare to speak up,” MoveOn.org said in its email to supporters. “Warehouse workers who work for Wal-Mart contractors have also experienced retaliation for speaking out. Now, Wal-Mart workers have had enough.” Black Friday...
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

    11/20/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 79 replies
    CNET ^ | |November 20, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
  • How Marriage Equality Supporters Beat The "Princess" Ad (Change in ad strategy pays off)

    11/20/2012 7:27:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 11/20/2012 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — The surprise sweep for marriage equality efforts at the polls in 2012 came after a dramatic shift in the television ads their backers ran — a change that came about after a year-long research effort to crack the code of previously successful ads run by marriage equality opponents that focused on "gay marriage" being taught in schools.Among the key changes: A shift away from talk of "rights" to a focus on committed relationships; a decision to address "values" directly as being learned at home; and an attempt to give voters "permission" to change their minds, according to...
  • China Will Build the Tallest Building In the World in Just 90 Days

    11/20/2012 7:26:23 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | November 20,2012 | Jesus Diaz
    According to its engineers, this will be the tallest skyscraper in the world by the end of March of 2013. Its name is Sky City, and its 2,749 feet (838 meters) distributed in 220 floors will grow in just 90 days in Changsha city, by the Xiangjiang river. Ninety days! It's not a joke. According to the construction company, the skyscraper will be built in just 90 days at the unbelievable rate of five floors per day. It's hard to believe, but they claim the building has been designed by some of the engineers who previously worked at the Burj...
  • The Story of Your Enslavement

    11/20/2012 7:26:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 11/20/12 | smartknowledgeu
    For those of you that have followed my writings for the past 7 years on my blog, theUndergroundInvestor, you are well aware that I have been advocating conversion of the majority of fiat currency savings into physical gold and physical silver as a means of combating the system of financial enslavement that the bankers have tried to impose upon the people in every country around the world. The bankers are now entering the second phase of their enslavement through the imposition of austerity measures on people that can least afford this imposition. Though we, at SmartKnowledgeU, have been advocating the...