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  • Former US Sen. Warren Rudman dies at 82

    11/20/2012 10:38:19 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Former Sen. Warren B. Rudman, who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law, championed ethics and led a commission that predicted the danger of homeland terrorist attacks before 9/11, has died. He was 82.
  • Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s voter database [We need to stop the infighting: focus on enemy]

    11/20/2012 10:32:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/12 | Craig Timberg and Amy Gardner
    If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection. And though the election is over, Obama’s database is just getting started. Democrats are now pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in American political history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come. The prospect already has some Republicans...
  • Why One Poll Says 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas (Too much financial pressure)

    11/20/2012 10:27:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/20/2012
    Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year. Think Finance, a provider of payday loans and other financial services for consumers with limited or no access to banking services, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans across all income levels who use various forms of alternative financial services — including payday loans, prepaid debit cards and direct deposit advances. Although many of these consumers are on better financial footing and optimistic about their economic future...
  • "Islam Needs a Fair Chance in Germany"

    11/20/2012 10:23:20 AM PST · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/16/2012 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim officials will also be able to determine who will (and will not) be allowed to teach courses about Islam in city schools -- meaning that only Muslims will be allowed to teach Islam. Muslims, for their part, are hoping the Hamburg treaty will establish a precedent for the rest of Germany to follow.
  • CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

    11/20/2012 10:22:55 AM PST · by patriot08 · 24 replies
    CANADA FREE PRESS ^ | 11/17/12 | Dr. Robert R. Owens
    (exerpt) The real story behind the defeat of the media chosen Yes there has been a massive demographic shift in the make-up of our country since the suicidal adoption of the Kennedy Immigration Act in 1965. Pat Buchannan has warned us for years that this was a demographic time bomb implanted by the Progressives in the very heart of America. Yes the massive amnesty which is soon to turn tens of millions of illegal immigrants into citizens and loyal democratic voters will effectively spell the end of any possibility for a supporter of limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom...
  • Has the US Administration Decided to Get Rid of Jordan's King Abdullah?

    11/20/2012 10:18:47 AM PST · by aimhigh · 36 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/20/2012 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Unless the US clarifies its position regarding King Abdullah and reiterates its full backing for his regime, the Muslim fundamentalists are likely to step up there efforts to create anarchy and lawlessness in the kingdom. . . . . . Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner managed to create panic [and anger] in the Royal Palace in Amman when he stated that there was "thirst for change" in Jordan and that the Jordanian people had "economic, political concerns," as well as "aspirations."
  • Rand Paul: I’m interested in 2016 bid

    11/20/2012 10:18:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Rachel Weiner
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not hiding his interest in running for president four years from now. “I want to be part of the national debate,” Paul told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. ”I’m not going to deny that I’m interested.” Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is retiring after 23 years in Congress (over a 36-year period) and three presidential bids.
  • Mgr of UT SW’s animal research committee files whistleblower suit after alleging non-compliance

    11/20/2012 10:17:47 AM PST · by Alamo-Girl · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/19/12 | Robert Wilonsky
    For the last few years, Donna Pulkrabek was the manager of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a group of scientists and vets and other folks tasked with keeping an eye on how the school treats its animal research subjects, among them dogs, goats, frogs and sheep and mice. It was her job to make sure UTSW complies with Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines concerning the treatment of animals....
  • Netanyahu: Our Hand Grasps the Sword of David

    11/20/2012 10:08:51 AM PST · by Bobalu · 48 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 11/20/2012, 7:59 PM | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked King David in a statement Tuesday evening – signaling that he is serious about ordering an intensification of the attack on the terrorists of Gaza. "Our hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbors who want to make peace with us," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office, "and the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David against those who wish to uproot us from this country."
  • 'Elmo' puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns as second man files lawsuit over new underage sex allegations

    11/20/2012 10:05:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/20/12 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    A second man has come forward saying he had sex with Kevin Clash, the voice of “Sesame Street” character Elmo, when the accuser was a teenage minor, according to a report. -snip- Cecil Singleton, who is now in his 30s, said he and Clash hooked up on a gay phone sex line in 1993 when he was 15 and the muppeteer was 32, according to a new $5 million lawsuit reported by TMZ. Singleton said Clash “trolled” phone sex lines to meet boys and wooed him with gifts of cash and fancy dinners, the lawsuit said, according to TMZ. Clash...
  • Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street (PBS sicko alert...)

    11/20/2012 10:00:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/12 | A.D. Pruitt
    Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street in the wake of sex allegations against him that were later recanted.
  • Man attacks US embassy guard in Tel Aviv

    11/20/2012 9:50:12 AM PST · by marthemaria · 17 replies
    Attacker stabs and injures security guard; warning shots fired; shooter is in police custody. An Israeli man stabbed a security guard outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv late Tuesday morning, lightly injuring him. Security guards fired warning shots at the shooter, who was subsequently arrested. Paramedics were on the scene. Police were interrogating the shooter, a 41-year-old Jewish man from Bat Yam, police told Israel Radio. "A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while...
  • Caption Barry

    11/20/2012 9:48:09 AM PST · by crosshairs · 18 replies
  • Soledad O'Brien Tees Up Clyburn to Identify Racial Code In GOP Opposition to Susan Rice

    11/20/2012 9:46:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    CNN's Soledad O'Brien teed up Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to pick out the "code words" in GOP opposition to Susan Rice's nomination to Secretary of State, on Tuesday morning's Starting Point. "Would you agree with what she's saying that there's a racial or a sexist component to a lot of these comments?" O'Brien asked, quoting the incoming chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). "Or would you say as the letter seems to say, they use the word 'incompetent,' and they use the word undermining the desire to improve U.S. relations?" Clyburn, himself a member of the CBC, obliged and...
  • Awkward photos of the day: Overly affectionate Obama terrorizes Burma

    11/20/2012 9:43:35 AM PST · by yoe · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 19, 2012 | Meredith Jessup
    [snip] During his six-hour stop in Burma en route to Thailand, President Obama stopped at the home of Burma opposition leader (and fellow Nobel Prize winner) Aung San Suu Kyi where he posed for some pretty awkward photos… There’s the terrified “side hug”:
  • Lesson from CA: Socialism Doesn’t Work

    11/20/2012 9:35:22 AM PST · by Baynative · 13 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 11/19/12 | Todd Cefaratti
    California recently achieved a new milestone as it is now the leader of all fifty states in poverty. In a recent finding by the federal Census Bureau, California has the most people living in poverty with 23.5% of the population living in poverty, stealing the last-place spot for the most impoverished state from Mississippi. The new measure of poverty, called the “Supplemental Poverty Measure”, incorporates a wide variety of factors such as the peoples’ ability to buy basic services and goods, welfare payments and the costs of food, gasoline and other essentials.
  • Hewlett-Packard says it’s the victim of fictitious accounting at company it acquired

    11/20/2012 9:28:22 AM PST · by mojito · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/120/2012 | Unattributed
    Hewlett-Packard Co. said that a British company it bought for $9.7 billion last year lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. CEO Meg Whitman avoided calling it a fraud, but said Tuesday that there were “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy Corporation PLC.” HP is taking an $8.8 billion charge in its latest quarter largely to align the accounting value of Autonomy with its real value. The revelation is another blow for HP, which is struggling to reinvent itself as PC and printer sales shrink. Its shares hit...
  • I will take no further action to contest this election.(Allen West)

    11/20/2012 9:22:03 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 91 replies
    Facebook ^ | 11-20-2012 | Allen West
    I will take no further action to contest this election. by Allen West on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:18am · For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election. While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the...
  • Feds arrest four Inland Empire men in terrorism plot

    11/20/2012 9:17:37 AM PST · by Smogger · 11 replies
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | 1/19/2012 10:39:37 PM PST | Doug Sanders
    Four Inland Empire men were arrested Monday in connection to a terrorist plot that was foiled by federal officials. Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, an Afghanistan native and former resident of Pomona; Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario and a native of the Philippines; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales 21, of Upland; and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside, a United States citizen, were arrested with plotting to join Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in hopes of killing Americans. According to the complaint that was filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, the four conspired to provide material...
  • 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.