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  • (Meet Egypt's Newest 'Pharaoh') Egypt President Morsi Grants Himself Far-Reaching Powers

    11/22/2012 12:38:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2012 | Fox News
    Egypt President Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers CAIRO – Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying...
  • San Francisco Workers May Be Reimbursed On Same-Sex Couple Benefits

    11/22/2012 11:58:02 AM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 22, 2012
    San Francisco Workers May Be Reimbursed On Same-Sex Couple Benefits November 22, 2012 San Francisco public employees who add their same-sex spouses or domestic partners to their health insurance have always faced a raw deal compared to their straight married counterparts: the premiums are considered taxable income and the employer takes additional federal tax out of the worker’s paycheck. But a San Francisco supervisor has now proposed to end the “discriminatory” practice and “reimburse those same sex domestic partners to make them whole.” Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the proposed legislation this week, said it was crafted over the past...
  • Internal Emails Reveal Details of Bin Laden Burial

    11/22/2012 11:49:29 AM PST · by Positive · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/22/2012 | Self
    With all of the Dims hoopla about Usama is dead - GM is alive, I thought back to my suspension of belief of the US Government and all of it's transparency. Today I find this AP article on Yahoo! news. Here is my excerpt the whole article is available at the link above:Although the Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in American history, it is keeping a tight hold on materials related to the bin Laden raid. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March...
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    11/22/2012 11:33:15 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 201 replies
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  • Susan Rice defends initial comments on Benghazi

    11/22/2012 11:12:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/21/12 | Sara Dover
    The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, defended her early account the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, responding to critics who say she gave misleading information about the nature of the attack and the motive behind it. Rice said Wednesday she "relied solely and squarely" in preliminary information given to her by the intelligence committee shortly after the assault that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Asked about her initial comments by CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk at the U.N., Rice said she "made clear that the information was preliminary, and...
  • So What If Taxing Rich Hurts the Economy? (And creates more poor?)

    11/22/2012 11:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/22/2012 | Larry Elder
    Consider this headline from a Reuters article in The Huffington Post: "Raising Taxes on Rich Won't Hurt Economic Growth, CBO Says." But the first paragraph refutes the headline: "Allowing income tax rates to rise for wealthy Americans would not hurt U.S. economic growth much (emphasis added) in 2013 ..." The CBO did not say, as the headline suggests, that raising taxes on the rich has no negative economic effect. In fact, the CBO actually said that extending the Bush-era rates for all would increase economic growth by 1.5 percent. If, however, the Bush era rates expired for the rich --...
  • Kasab execution: Survivors and kin welcome justice

    11/22/2012 11:01:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | The Times of India
    Tukaram Omble, Girgaum martyr "A terrorist like him should have been hanged in public, but I know our laws don't permit this,'' said Eknath, younger brother of Tukaram Omble, who helped capture Ajmal Kasab alive. "I am proud that my brother's efforts have paid off. We have been waiting for this for four long years. My family is happy,'' he added. At Girgaum Chowpatty, unarmed assistant sub-inspector Omble had helped stop the Skoda hijacked by Kasab and Ismail Khan, and held on to Kasab despite the latter spraying him with bullets from his AK-47. Omble's youngest daughter Bharati has joined...
  • US Navy to Briefly Reduce Carriers in Persian Gulf

    11/22/2012 10:53:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 11/21/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf will temporarily decline due to unexpected repairs and unusual maintenance problems, the Navy said on Wednesday. The USS Nimitz was expected to be deployed to the Gulf early next year to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is now stationed in the region, but will be delayed due to the need for extensive repairs on a failed propulsion pump. The USS Eisenhower is being sent back to the U.S for repairs to its flight deck. It will remain in Norfolk, Virginia, for two months and then return to the Middle...
  • One Look At This Chart, And You'll Instantly Get Why We Can't Fix The Tax Code

    11/22/2012 10:52:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/22/2012 | Joe Wiesenthal
    Hey, let's just simplify the tax code and eliminate loopholes.It's hard to think of any statement that on its surface sounds less controversial. Eliminating loopholes means more revenue. Everyone likes simplification. Efficiency!So why doesn't it happen?This fantastic chart from Credit Suisse's Neal Soss is the answer. It shows the top 20 biggest "Tax Expenditures" which cost the government over $900 billion in the 2012 fiscal year. Credit SuisseSo you want to simplify the tax code, what are you going to get rid of?Are you going to eliminate the incentive to provide employers health insurance? Are you going to get rid...
  • European Union Expresses 'Serious Concern', 'Deep Regret' Over India Executing Pakistani Militant

    11/22/2012 10:50:51 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    RTT News ^ | 11/22/2012 6:34 AM ET | RTT News
    The European Union has expressed serious concern and deep regret over India executing a Pakistani militant who carried out a massacre during the Mumbai terror strikes four years ago. Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pak gunman captured during the attacks on the western Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people and injured 300 others nearly four years ago, was hanged to death on Wednesday. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist was executed and buried at the Yerwada Central Jail in another western Indian city of Pune after his mercy petition was rejected by the country's President earlier this month....
  • The Day The World Ended

    11/22/2012 10:27:48 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-22-2012 | Mac Slavo
    The Day The World Ended [Micro-Documentary] Mac Slavo November 21st, 2012 From the creator of the widely popular The Day the Dollar Died: The First 12 Hours of a US Dollar Collapse, comes a simulation of what the world may look like in the very near future. WATCH: THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (PART 1 of 2): CONTINUE: Watch The Day the World Ended [Part 2 of 2]
  • Obama Brings In Grassroots Team To Cut Deal On Fiscal Cliff [The Endless Campaign!]

    11/22/2012 10:23:05 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 22, 2012 | Ewen MacAskill
    Obama Brings In Grassroots Team To Cut Deal On Fiscal Cliff President calls on campaign team to spread the word about looming deadline when tax rises and spending cuts will kick in Ewen MacAskill 22 November Obama's call came after no progress was made between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over Thanksgiving. Barack Obama has enlisted the help of his formidable grassroots army of volunteers in the battle with Republican members of Congress over the fiscal cliff, the January 1 deadline for a deal on tax and spending. The Obama for America campaign team, which has remained intact post-election, sent...
  • Poll: Chris Christie’s popularity gets a big boost…

    11/22/2012 10:13:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is sitting atop many Republicans’ you-know-what-list these days, after what seemed like some unnecessarily excessive displays of ultra-bipartisan praise of Obama in the pre-election wake of Hurricane Sandy. Yes, everyone understands that he's the Republican governor of a blueish state and that some well-placed schmoozing to the federal government can help him gain more federal resources for his domain, but it did seem kind of over-the-top, especially after Romney gave him the keynote slot at the Republican National Convention. As Allahpundit already noted, it's tough to believe that Christie wasn't milking the situation for all...
  • Hamas Leader Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on '67 borders

    11/22/2012 10:10:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/22/2012 | JPOST STAFF
    Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal declared a position on Palestinian statehood that is nearly identical to that of his Fatah rival, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in an interview with CNN aired Wednesday. "I accept a Palestinian state according [to] the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the capital, with the right to return," the Hamas leader told Christine Amanpour in Cairo. Pushed about his party's refusal to recognize Israel, Mashaal said such a declaration could only be made once a Palestinian state has been created. "After this state is established, it decides its standing toward Israel," the Hamas leader said.
  • Egypt's President Mursi assumes sweeping powers

    11/22/2012 10:08:12 AM PST · by kabar · 54 replies
    BBC ^ | November 22, 2012 | BBC
    Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi has issued a declaration banning challenges to his decrees, laws and decisions. The declaration also says no court can dissolve the constituent assembly, which is drawing up a new constitution. President Mursi also sacked the chief prosecutor and ordered the re-trial of people accused of attacking protesters when ex-President Mubarak held office. Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei accused Mr Mursi of acting like a "new pharaoh". Mr ElBaradei said the new declaration effectively placed the president above the law. "Morsi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh. A major blow to the...
  • Remember When Condoleezza Rice Was Called a ‘House Nigga’?

    11/22/2012 10:04:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/22/2012 | Eliana Johnson
    That didn't take long. U.N. ambassador Susan Rice has yet to be nominated as secretary of state, but prominent Democrats are already denouncing opposition to her potential nomination as racist on the basis of remarks by Republican senators that she may not be qualified for the job. Would that they had been so sensitive to racial overtones back in 2004, when the African-American nominee for secretary of state, the Republican Ms. Rice, was denounced on the Senate floor and pilloried in racialist cartoons.Rice's nomination, noted the Washington Post, garnered "the most negative votes cast against a nominee for that...
  • Alaskan town home to airport with no planes and harbor with no road

    11/22/2012 10:01:29 AM PST · by Baynative · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/12/12 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Remember Alaska's infamous bridge to nowhere? Well, another town in "Seward's Icebox" has upped the ante after building an unused $75.5 million airport and a $29 million harbor with no roads connecting to the town.
  • If The Right Gets Its Way, The 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Kill Social Security And Medicare

    11/22/2012 10:00:35 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI- A Taxing Matter ^ | 11-22-2012 | Linda McKissack Beale
    If The Right Gets Its Way, The 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Kill Social Security And Medicare Linda McKissack Beale A Taxing MatterNov. 22, 2012, 9:52 AMIn several posts recently I have discussed the harmful demands the right is engaging in related to the so-called "fiscal cliff" created by the original Bush tax cuts (set to sunset en masse), the artificial debt ceiling (used by the GOP to exact promises of spending cuts during a recession along with extension of unneeded tax cuts for the rich), and the ill-conceived notion that the U.S. military should continue to be funded at dangerously high...
  • Let Obama Be Obama

    11/22/2012 9:58:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/22/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    After his party’s devastating setback in the 2010 midterm elections, Barack Obama was reelected earlier this month by painting his Republican opponents as heartless in favoring lower taxes for the rich. They were portrayed as nativists for opposing the DREAM Act amnesty for illegal immigrants, and as callous in battling the federal takeover of health care. Republicans countered with arguments that higher taxes on the employer class hurt the economy in general. They assumed most voters knew that amnesties are euphemisms for undermining federal law and in the past have had the effect of promoting more illegal immigration. They tried...
  • PM threatens action if truce fails

    11/22/2012 9:57:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 22, 2012 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    PM: Israel is giving the cease-fire with Hamas a chance; Barak: Truce is not an agreement but a set of understandings between Israel and Egypt, Hamas and Egypt; IDF official: Hamas will be shocked by level of damage in Gaza. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel is prepared to act if Hamas breaks the Egypt-mediated truce. "The operation's goals were met," Netanyahu said. "I know there are citizens that expect a harsher stand in Gaza - and we are prepared to make one. We choose when to act, against who to act and how to act," Netanyahu...