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  • Dick Durbin: Fiscal cliff now, entitlements later

    11/27/2012 7:51:47 AM PST · by Qbert · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | November 27, 2012 | Steven Sloan
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin has a message for Republicans insisting on wholesale changes to entitlement programs in exchange for new tax revenue: not yet. In a speech later this morning that seeks to crystalize the progressive approach to deficit reduction, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat will try to split the debate about overhauling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from the negotiations over resolving the fiscal cliff. “Progressives should be willing to talk about ways to ensure the long-term viability of Medicare and Medicaid but those conversations should not be part of a plan to avert the fiscal cliff,” Durbin...
  • Godfather of baseball free agency Miller dies at 95

    11/27/2012 7:51:23 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2012 | DAVID K. LI
    Marvin Miller, the most influential labor leader in sports history who ushered free agency into baseball, has passed away at the age of 95. The Major League Baseball Players Association this morning confirmed Miller's death.
  • At West Point, 'Goats' Are an Exclusive Bunch

    11/27/2012 7:47:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | 11-27-12 | Ben Fox Rubin
    When cadet Roberto Becerra Jr. walked onstage to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007, the entire ceremony ground to a halt as he, before a crowd of thousands, transformed into a goat. For this achievement, Mr. Becerra received a rousing ovation and was handed an envelope stuffed with cash. In a 210-year-old military academy bristling with traditions, "the goat" is a curious custom that one might not expect to find at a school better known for its selectivity and high standards. Yet every year, the last-ranking cadet to make it through to graduation is...
  • Gun owner wants charges in school shooting dropped(WA)

    11/27/2012 7:37:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    komonews.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | AP
    BREMERTON, Wash. -- Washington state appeals court judges had lots of questions for lawyers at a hearing about whether a gun owner should be prosecuted in a Bremerton school shooting that critically injured a 9-year-old girl. Kitsap County prosecutors charged Douglas Bauer because he owns the pistol his girlfriend's son took to Armin Jahr Elementary. It fired through the boy's backpack, critically wounding Amina Kocer-Bowman in a classroom. Amina spent six weeks in a hospital and endured numerous surgeries for internal injuries caused by the shooting.
  • Morsi v. Obama: The Professional vs. The Amateur

    11/27/2012 7:30:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    Someone once said that whenever the savages fight the civilized, the savages always win. The same can be said when professionals face off against amateurs: the professionals win hands down, leaving the amateurs with egg all over their faces. The current situation in the Middle East offers a clear example. Hamas, a terror group that is always for sale to the highest bidder (whether it be Shiite Iran or Sunni Egypt), did Egypt’s bidding by rocketing Israel. The reaction from Israel was predictable and absolutely necessary: defend its citizens at any cost from the deluge of Gaza bombs. Hence we...
  • Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va.

    11/27/2012 7:28:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    timesdispatch.com ^ | Nov 23, 2012 | Mark Bowes
    Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va. BY MARK BOWES | Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 11:20 pm Gun-related violent crime in Virginia has dropped steadily over the past six years as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record, according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales. The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent. But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over...
  • Court slaps sanctions on atty who sued gun maker

    11/27/2012 7:23:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    armsandthelaw.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | David Hardy
    It's a 34 page scanned pdf, so it is both detailed and slow to download. Reading the earliest versions of what happened, or was alleged to have happened, I find them incomprehensible. Bullets coming out of the trigger guard or the side of the gun? Then he changes to an out-of-battery discharge, but even that doesn't hold up. The judge doesn't fix a number, but orders the defense to file its documents on attorney fees (with a hint that they shouldn't be tempted to pad things out). I suspect this will be a VERY expensive mistake. Comment by James: Reading...
  • The Next Mitt Romney:GOP Establishment trumpets another Great Moderate Hope -- Jeb Bush

    11/27/2012 7:22:56 AM PST · by bestintxas · 97 replies
    am spectator ^ | 11/27/12 | j lord
    <p>Say again, neutral.</p> <p>As Ronald Reagan might say, there he went again.</p> <p>What was Jeb Bush neutral about?</p> <p>The choice between liberal Charlie Crist and conservative Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination for United States Senator from Florida.</p> <p>Oh, he finally came around. After then-Governor Crist endorsed the Obama stimulus, this was a bridge too far even for former Governor Bush.</p>
  • Winning the Latino Vote: If the Democrats have the winning formula, why not copy them?

    11/27/2012 7:21:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/27/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Over the last three weeks, I think I have read most of the post-election op-eds written on the Latino vote. I have studied exit polling, read sophisticated demographic analyses, and talked to as many Latinos in my hometown as I could. The result is that I would not advise Republicans to go down the identity-politics route. I don’t wish to live in an America where Steve Lara or Bob Martinez is reduced to an anonymous “Latino” and Victor Hanson is just a “white male.” But if Republicans really believe there is a monolithic Latino vote, and if those of Hispanic...
  • Cameron's Foolish Bluster

    11/27/2012 7:19:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    I frequently disagree with Financial Times writer Wolfgang? Münchau, especially on keeping the eurozone and EU intact. Today, I largely agree (but sometimes for opposite reasons) with Münchau's take in Britain’s bluster serves the eurozone well. Münchau: The singular importance of the budget negotiations, and of British prime minister David Cameron’s insistence on an EU budget freeze, lies in what they reveal about the future of the EU itself. A frozen budget means that the EU is stuck with what it does. Forget the Agenda 2020, or any other pretence at growth-enhancing policies. What the fraught budget negotiations tell us...
  • Seeing No Evil (Why the Cuban-American vote explains a lot)

    11/27/2012 7:17:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/27/2012 | Dennis Prager
    If you want to understand why President Obama was reelected despite a largely unsuccessful presidency and almost unprecedentedly high and continuous unemployment, just look at the Cuban-American vote. In fact, if you want to understand America today — specifically, why it is in decline — just look at the Cuban-American vote. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, “The president captured 48% of the Cuban-American vote in Florida — a record high for a Democrat.” Democratic presidential nominees went from 25 percent of the Cuban-American vote in 2000, to 29 percent in 2004, to 35 percent in 2008, to 48...
  • Students Pull Off Thanksgiving Event, Despite Being Stood up by Protesting Teachers

    11/27/2012 7:11:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Students and teachers from Old Rochester Regional Junior High School have teamed up for many years to serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens in the school cafeteria. But this year the teachers thought it would be an opportune time to bring their complaints about a lack of a collective bargaining agreement to the community. How? By refusing to participate in the traditional Thanksgiving event. That’s right, as a way to protest their lack of a contract, the teachers bailed on the students and senior citizens. But the students and a group of volunteers kept the tradition alive on...
  • Cox and Archer: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt

    11/27/2012 7:08:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 26, 2012, 6:41 p.m. ET | By CHRIS COX AND BILL ARCHER
    A decade and a half ago, both of us served on President Clinton's Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, the forerunner to President Obama's recent National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. In 1994 we predicted that, unless something was done to control runaway entitlement spending, Medicare and Social Security would eventually go bankrupt or confront severe benefit cuts. Eighteen years later, nothing has been done. Why? The usual reason is that entitlement reform is the third rail of American politics. That explanation presupposes voter demand for entitlements at any cost, even if it means bankrupting the nation. A...
  • Obama to bypass congress to ban semiautomatic firearms

    11/27/2012 7:00:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 69 replies
    themoralliberal.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | JIM KOURI
    An anti-gun owner initiative considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis, gun law expert John M. Snyder warned on Friday. “According to confidential information,” he said, “forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968. Americans familiar with federal gun laws understand that under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners, notes...
  • Racing to Beat the Clock on the Dividend Cliff

    11/27/2012 7:00:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Political Calculations
    On the first day of 2013, the amount of taxes that top U.S. stock market investors will have to pay on the dividends they earn will increase. The only question at this point is by how much. Will taxes on dividends rise from 15% to 18.8% because of the ObamaCare tax on investment income that will take effect on that date or will dividend taxes rise from 15% to 43.4% thanks to the additional tax increase related to the 2003 Bush-era tax cuts that are currently set to expire after the last day of 2012? That question matters today because,...
  • Chart Of The Day: Continued Collapse In Capital Goods New Orders Confirms US Is In Recession

    11/27/2012 6:55:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    While the just released Durable Goods orders report for October came in modestly better than expected (which many thought would be a decline due to Hurricane Sandy), the primary driver of this continues to be record durable good inventory accumulation. Excluding the noise, and focusing only on real, non-noisy economic strength metrics such as New Capital Goods Orders (technically defined as the year over year change in Non-Defense Capital Goods Excluding Aircraft), a very different and far uglier picture emerges. In fact, the October Y/Y Plunge of -8.1% in this major indicator was the biggest drop since 2009.
  • Really Bad Idea: UN Pushes to Run the Internet

    11/27/2012 6:47:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The United Nations may be useful as a forum for world leaders, but it is not a productive place to develop policy. The international bureaucracy compulsively supports statist initiatives that would reduce individual liberty and expand the burden of government. Global taxation with no democratic accountability or oversight. A “right” to taxpayer-financed birth control. An international scheme to undermine the right to keep and bear arms. A Law-of-the-Sea Treaty that would give international bureaucrats tax and regulatory powers over international waters. And you won’t be surprised to learn that the United Nations also wants to control the Internet. Actually, to...
  • Udall: get over Benghazi, focus on Syria

    11/27/2012 6:46:40 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 24 replies
    FOX31 Denver ^ | November 20, 2012 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told FOX31 Denver Tuesday that Americans should shift their focus from the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that killed four Americans to the deadly civil war in Syria in which 37,000 people have been killed. After congressional hearings on the Benghazi attack last week, nearly 100 House Republicans have pledged to oppose the nomination of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as Secretary of State because she followed incomplete talking points and wrongly attributed the attack to a spontaneous demonstration, not terrorism. Udall...
  • Supporting the Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Middle East and North Africa [Benghazi MEPI Series]

    11/27/2012 6:43:41 AM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    Targeted News Service ^ | 11/14/2012 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following fact sheet: Since the first days of the Obama Administration, the Department of State has prioritized fostering global innovation and entrepreneurship as a key pillar of its economic statecraft and broader foreign policy agendas. Much of this activity has focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region brimming with entrepreneurial energy and talent. Recent transitions in the region have only reaffirmed the importance of this work as citizens have demanded broad-based economic opportunity and advancement. ... Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Programming: Across the Middle...
  • Sandra Fluke Nominated for Time’s Person of the Year

    11/27/2012 6:39:15 AM PST · by Baynative · 85 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/26/12 | Steven Ertelt
    She became the face for the pro-abortion movement during the 2012 elections and the laughingstock of pro-lifers for her relentless push to force Americans to pay for her birth control. College student Sandra Fluke has been nominated as a potential Person of the Year by Time Magazine.