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  • Barack? I Hope He Succeeds (in Going Over the Cliff)!

    11/29/2012 11:53:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It is my contention to you the Democrat Party want tax increases for everybody. They're not gonna say so, but they do. Going over the cliff is a win. Obama gets to raise taxes, which, by the way, include tax increases on the middle class. You have to make a pretense of paying for the welfare state. He does want more revenue, but not to balance budgets. He wants more revenue to spend it so he doesn't have borrow as much. By the way, you know what's next folks? Keep a sharp eye. There are Democrats already...
  • Senate panel approves bill requiring police to get a warrant to read emails

    11/29/2012 11:53:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A key Senate panel approved legislation Thursday that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can read a private citizen's emails, Facebook messages or other electronic communications. The revised Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee will now move on to the full Senate for a vote. Passage would be a victory for privacy advocates, who say current privacy rules have been left in the dust by technological progress. Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who played a key role in drafting the original bill, has called the existing law,...
  • Harvard approves BDSM club

    11/29/2012 11:38:18 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 11-29-12 | W. A. Jacobson
    “The Harvard Munch” Because Orgasm Seminars are not enough. And Incest Fest is so yesterday. The logical next step was official recognition of a BDSM Club: It started last October with a meal in Currier dining hall with a handful of friends who shared something in common: an affinity for kinky sex. More than a year after the group first began informally meeting over meals to discuss issues and topics relating to kinky sex, Harvard College Munch has grown from seven to about 20 members and is one of 15 student organization that will be approved by the Committee on...
  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Could Put Millions of Taxpayers Into ‘AMT Shock’ [$33,750 - $45,000 /yr]

    11/29/2012 11:31:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published: Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 | 11:24 AM ET | By: Mark Koba
    One of the key questions lurking in the "fiscal cliff" talks — though well below the public's radar — is what happens to the alternative minimum tax — or AMT. Implemented in 1969 to make sure upper-income Americans pay their share of taxes, the AMT has increasingly snared more middle-income Americans over the years because it was never indexed for inflation. During the 2011 tax year for example, the higher tax hit single taxpayers with incomes as low as $48,450 and joint filers making only $74,450. But millions more Americans could be subject to the AMT in their 2012 returns...
  • Why Is The US Building A Secret $100 Million Underground Facility Outside Tel Aviv?

    11/29/2012 11:28:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/12 | Robert Johnson
    Leave it to legendary Walter Pincus from the Washington Post to flesh out a Request for Proposal construction project planned for Israel called Site 911. The oddly named project will cost up to $100 million, take more than two years to complete, and can only be built by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. Palestinians need not apply. When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory —...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Why Congress Might Have to Mess with the 401(k)

    11/29/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 196 replies
    Time ^ | 11/29/12 | Dan Kadlec
    One of the earliest fears about tax-favored savings accounts like IRAs and 401(k) plans was that when this pool of savings grew large enough Congress would not be able to resist tapping it to help solve the nation’s debt problems. We’re about to find out if those fears—persistent for decades—have been justified. Everything including the sacred mortgage deduction is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, a year-end avalanche of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With a combined $10 trillion sitting in IRAs and 401(k) plans, retirement accounts make a juicy target. Some of this money...
  • Six middle school students charged with assault after attack on Virginia bus driver

    11/29/2012 11:20:38 AM PST · by Arthurio · 42 replies
    By Daniel Arkin, NBC News Six students who allegedly assaulted a Richmond, Va., middle school bus driver Tuesday have been arrested and charged, according to the Richmond Police Department. The unidentified students face felony aggravated assault and assault by mob charges, police said. A seventh student was suspended in connection with the incident. Richmond City school administrators said the group of students attacked a bus driver on the way to Albert Hill Middle School at approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The alleged assault left the 55-year-old male bus driver with serious face and head injuries, according to NBC12, a station...
  • Susan Rice has six-figure investment in controversial Canadian oil pipeline company

    11/29/2012 11:20:34 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Martosko
    Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations whose name has been floated as a possible secretary of state nominee, may soon face opposition from the environmental lobby over what the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) called a potential financial conflict of interest on Wednesday. According to her May 2012 financial disclosure, Rice has an investment in TransCanada Corporation worth between $300,000 and $600,000. TransCanada is angling for the State Department’s permission to build the final portion of the Keystone XL pipeline — a 1,700-mile conduit for crude oil between Canadian deposits and Texas refineries. If she were confirmed...
  • Good News for a Change: Two More States Move Against ObamaCare

    11/29/2012 11:19:37 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | 11/29/2012 | Joshua Withrow
    Some good news today, as Michigan and Arizona have both made decisions that they will not be setting up a health care exchange under ObamaCare. In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer declared yesterday that she will not direct the state government to set up an exchange. In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has been trying to set up an exchange, but Speaker of the House Jase Bolger has declared that he will not bring the bill to establish exchanges to the floor. 3,500 people have already sent messages urging Michigan's top state officials to stand against ObamaCare, and the Speaker is listening....
  • Arizona governor sued over her order denying driver's licenses for young immigrants

    11/29/2012 11:10:00 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    The StarTribune ^ | November 29, 2012 | JACQUES BILLEAUD , Associated Press
    PHOENIX — Immigrant rights advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to overturn Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under a new Obama administration policy.
  • 1,200 Days and $5 Trillion in New Debt Since Senate Dems Passed a Budget [Update: 1,310 days]

    11/29/2012 11:08:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 8/10/12 | Daniel Halper
    Tomorrow will mark a milestone: It will be 1,200 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, during which time Congress amassed $4.8 trillion in new debt. Later today, the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee will release this chart, detailing these startling numbers:
  • Are ‘isolation rooms’ in some school districts going too far?

    11/29/2012 11:02:54 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    q13Fox ^ | 11/28/2012 | Dana Rebik
    As the director of the Washington Autism Alliance, Arzu Forough hears a lot of bad stories about special needs students being mistreated in school. When behavior becomes violent and a student is at risk of hurting themselves or others, Forough said, a teacher can put a child in what’s known as a quiet or isolation room if they have the parents’ permission. “The rooms I’ve seen are either three-quarter doors or have large windows where the child is visible to the staff member,” Forough said. “There are either bean bags in there or something comfortable for the student to sit...
  • Tomorrow Never comes

    11/29/2012 11:01:52 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 14 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/29/12 | Judson Phillips
    Word is slowly seeping out for Washington about a grand bargain being worked out between Barack Obama and John Boehner. As we hear about the negotiations, the obvious question to be asked is, does Boehner and the Republican leadership in the House even have a clue? What is going on that is so dangerous? The Republicans are going to surrender on taxes. According to published reports a deal is going to be made. It is your typical Republican deal. The GOP will agree to a trillion in new taxes and there will be spending cuts in the future. When will...
  • Biden hits new D.C. Costco: ‘I’m looking for pies’

    11/29/2012 10:56:43 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Yahooooooooo Newz ^ | 29NOV2012 | Olivier Knox
    Best office "Secret Santa" ever? Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise shopping blitz through the brand-new Washington, D.C., Costco store on Thursday, emerging with a 32-inch Panasonic flat-screen TV, some kids' books, a big apple pie and Duraflame logs. He then brought his loot back to the White House compound. "I'm looking for pies," Biden told Costco employee Ivey Stewart, his native guide through the wilderness of the big-box store's opening-day frenzy. Biden, who was welcomed by Costco CEO Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal, flashed his membership card (yes, the vice president has his own membership card). "In...
  • Live Thread: U.N. Set To Vote Within Hours On Palestinian State Recognition

    11/29/2012 10:48:46 AM PST · by silentknight · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/2012
    (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly is set to approve an implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding funds for the West Bank government. - clip -- U.N. set to vote within the next few hours.
  • Ewart: Oilsands success, pipeline failures prove costly

    11/29/2012 10:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | STEPHEN EWART
    The Alberta government is paying the price for the success of efforts to develop the oilsands and the failure to develop pipelines to get that oil to market. The price - as measured by what is known as the differential, or discount, from global benchmark crudes - is currently about $29 on each of the 2.5 million barrels of oil pumped every day in Canada's biggest oil-producing province. That works out to $72.5 million a day. Over a year, that's $26.5 billion of potential revenue not circulating in the provincial economy. Finance Minister Doug Horner cited widening differentials as the...
  • Dem Rep. Hank Johnson: Amend Constitution to Restrict Freedom of Speech

    11/29/2012 10:44:38 AM PST · by abishai · 77 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | Nov 29 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “corporations control the patterns of thinking” in the United States and that the Bill of Rights to the Constitution should be amended so that the government is given the power to restrict freedom of speech. "We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations," said Johnson. “These corporations, along with the people they support, other millionaires who they’re putting into office, are stealing your government. They’re stealing the government and the U.S. Supreme Court was a big enabler with the Citizens United case,” Johnson...
  • Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain

    11/29/2012 10:38:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain By Alexander Bolton - 11/29/12 12:54 PM ET Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain. Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending. Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire....
  • Q3 GDP estimate rises to 2.7% — on gov’t spending

    11/29/2012 10:23:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    When I wrote about the advance estimate from the Commerce Department on Q3 GDP hitting 2.0%, some commenters warned that the report --- which came out just before the election --- would be sharply revised after it. They were right, although the revision went in the opposite direction they suspected. The revised Q3 GDP number jumped upward to 2.7%, the best quarter of the year, although still substantially a stagnation number, especially when one sees the source of the growth: Real gross domestic product --- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United...
  • No Virginia, the RNC CANNOT Monitor Polls for Ballot Security

    11/29/2012 10:16:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 11-29-12 | J. Christian Adams
    Much of the conservative world seems shocked that the RNC is constrained from doing anything about voter fraud. The left wing blogosphere is laughing at everyone who didn’t know this already. To me, it’s old old news – sort of like the abolition of poll taxes. In fact, the abolition of poll taxes in 1964 is closer in time to the consent decree that the RNC entered with the DNC in 1982 than we are today distant from that same 1982 consent decree. Simply, under the terms of the order, the RNC cannot engage in ballot security efforts to combat...