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  • Ted Cruz speech stokes 2016 speculation

    11/30/2012 6:40:52 AM PST · by LoneStarGI · 74 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/29/12 11:30 PM EST | DAVID CATANESE
    Texas Sen.-elect Ted Cruz advised the Republican Party to rebrand itself under a banner of “Opportunity Conservatism” during a sweeping speech Thursday night that will only stoke speculation about a 2016 presidential run. Speaking before the conservative American Principles Project dinner at a downtown Washington hotel, Cruz said the GOP’s thumping in the 2012 elections was more the result of poor messaging and communication than the wrong ideology. “Why did we lose? It wasn’t as the media would tell you: because the American people embraced big government, Barack Obama’s spending and debt and taxes. … That wasn’t what happened. I’m...
  • 2nd Largest Lottery Jackpot In History Would Reduce U.S. Deficit For Just 4 Hours...

    11/30/2012 6:39:10 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 5 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Two lucky individuals won $587.5 million last night by matching all six numbers in the Powerball lottery. This represents the second-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. To put this amount in perspective, and to shed light on the United States' spending problem, the math below shows that the federal government's pace of deficit spending would consume this amount in just four hours. In fiscal year 2012, the debt of the U.S. government increased by $1,275,901,078,828.74, according to the Treasury Department. That equals about $3.5 billion per day, or $2,430,555.00 per minute. Based on these numbers, the federal government would blow...
  • AutoZone employee fired after taking action against “Fake Beard Bandit”

    11/30/2012 6:31:11 AM PST · by B Knotts · 42 replies
    WTKR-TV ^ | 11/20/2012 | Darragh Frye
    York County, Va. – The man dubbed the “fake-beard bandit” has hit more than 30 businesses on the Peninsula. Each time, the MO is the same: He walks in, flashes a gun and takes off with the cash. But this time, an AutoZone employee decided he was going to take action! “I was in fear of my life as soon as he walked through the door and I see the gun. Your heart just starts pounding,” says Devin McClean, a former Auto Zone employee. Devin McClean decided to take action after recognizing the Fake Beard Bandit. “I waited for him...
  • Californians Are The New Wetbacks Headed For Mexico

    11/30/2012 6:29:01 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 11 replies
    chrissstreetandco ^ | 11/30/12 | Chriss W. Street
    President Obama met with the newly elected President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto yesterday. While the press focused on the Administration’s talking points for discussions on a wide range of issues from energy to climate change, the real concern is that the Mexican economy is far out performing the U.S. and the new immigration concern is increasingly from Americans illegally moving to Mexico. Nowhere is this trend more challenging than in California, which was just awarded the booby-prize by 24/7 Wall Street survey, as the “Worst Run State” in the United States. The State has unemployment: 10.1% (2nd highest), Budget...
  • Jerry Finkelstein, New York Power Broker, Dies at 96

    11/30/2012 6:22:35 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/28/12 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Jerry Finkelstein, who made a fortune in business, real estate and newspapers, including The New York Law Journal and The Hill, and for many years was a self-styled Democratic power broker in New York City, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.
  • Obama Rejects Bill To Give Visas to Educated Immigrants

    11/30/2012 6:18:23 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    In the aftermath of the 2012 election, in which Republicans garnered a shockingly low percentage of the Hispanic vote, Republicans have begun to rethink their position on comprehensive immigration reform. In the short term, many Republicans are looking to take measures that seem more immigrant-friendly. But even as Republicans look to reshift their framing, Democrats continue to demagogue on immigration. One of the most positive and uncontroversial Republican efforts is the STEM Act – STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – which is designed to elevate visas available for foreign-born graduates with advanced technical degrees from US universities....
  • Washington Proposes $1 Trillion Bailout for Delinquent Student Loans

    11/30/2012 6:12:46 AM PST · by chessplayer · 56 replies
    A possible $1 trillion bailout is coming—and soon. America’s now-nationalized student loan industry just reached a value of $1 trillion, according to Citigroup, growing at a 20 percent-per-year pace. Since President Obama nationalized the industry (a tacked-on provision of the Obamacare bill), tuition has gone up 25 percent and the three-year default rate is at a record 13.4 percent.
  • Best Places to Be Born in 2013

    11/30/2012 6:09:09 AM PST · by equaviator · 11 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | Jessica Ferri
    Best place to be born in 2013? Switzerland. Though America may be the "land of opportunity," Switzerland will be the best place to be born in 2013 according to a quality-of-life index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The EIU, a sister company to The Economist magazine, determines quality of life based on surveys of the population covering 11 factors including wealth, crime, family life, trust in government and the stability of the economy.
  • Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through

    (Reuters) - Thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader's newly expanded powers.
  • Benghazi 'Narrative' Reads Like TWA 800's (Jack Cashill)

    11/30/2012 6:01:34 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 38 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Jack Cashill
    Although the word was not used back then, the Clinton White House, with the help of a complicit media, rewrote the event's "narrative" to assure re-election. Again, as with Benghazi, that narrative was clumsily improvised almost on a daily basis. Knowing the media had his back, Clinton responded much as Obama did: deny, obfuscate, and kick the investigatory can down the road until after the election. One central figure appeared in each drama: Hillary Clinton. She stood by Obama's side in the Rose Garden on September 12 as he spun reality into confection. She, Bill, and Sandy Berger holed themselves...
  • What Obama Really Wants

    11/30/2012 5:57:46 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 25 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/30/12 | Judson Phillips
    Reports are pouring out of Washington about the Fiscal Cliff negotiations. A lot of people observing the negotiations are outraged by what is going on. Instead of being outraged, and there is plenty of time for outrage; we should take a look at what is going on. If you analyze the negotiations, it tells you a lot about what is going on in Washington and what may happen. What is going on inside these negotiations?
  • The Fallacies That Guide Us

    11/30/2012 5:53:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Republicans find themselves in the unenviable position of being forced to agree to raise taxes on those earning more than $200,000 (the actual cut off for those Mr. Obama refers to as "millionaires and billionaires"), or risk being blamed for a tax increase on all taxpaying Americans. They will probably agree, which means it's a politically unavoidable policy, not a good policy. Why does Obama insist upon raising taxes? Not because he believes it will improve the economy, and not because he believes it will increase receipts to the Treasury. The proposed taxes would bring in about $80 billion a...
  • Report: Obamas to spend holidays in Hawaii at $4 million cost to taxpayers

    11/30/2012 5:40:43 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2012
    The first family will be vacationing in Hawaii for the Christmas holidays at a cost of at least $4 million to taxpayers, according to a report from the Hawaii Reporter.The Hawaiian paper reports that residents living near the beachfront homes at Kailuana Place, where the President Obama and first family have visited annually since 2008, were notified Monday that there will be restrictions on their movements in place for 20 days, from Dec. 17 through Jan. 6.The Hawaii Reporter calculated the $4 million cost to taxpayers based in part on the price of a round trip flight to the island...
  • Time for Congressional Republicans To Expose Obama's Agenda

    11/30/2012 5:33:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    We can get back to discussing GOP minority constituent recruitment soon, but in the meantime, we have a fiscal cliff issue that beckons -- the real fiscal cliff (America's imminent financial collapse), not the government shutdown molehill everyone is agonizing over. Congressional Republicans should look at their party's loss in the presidential election as liberating. They surely now understand that the strategy of soft-pedaling Obama's record and agenda doesn't work. They surely grasp that its fear of calling President Obama out on his real intentions and the disastrous consequences of his destructive policies just plays into his hands and enables...
  • Chelsea Clinton Collecting Thank-You Notes for ‘My Dad’—And Email Addresses for Mom?

    11/30/2012 5:28:48 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Chelsea Clinton Collecting Thank-You Notes for ‘My Dad’—And Email Addresses for Mom? By Susan Jones November 30, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – Despite her denials, it’s widely speculated that Hillary Clinton may run for president in 2016, and if she does, she'll need as many email addresses as possible to send out fund-raising solicitations and spread her political message. Therefore it may be noteworthy that Chelsea Clinton is suddenly helping the family's Clinton Foundation collect email addresses. In a "Dear Friend" message sent Thursday to people on Democratic lists, Chelsea says she's gathering "thank-you" notes for “my dad,” Bill Clinton. Chelsea says...
  • The USS Enterprise's Last Tour (After 51 Years in Service It Is To Be Decommissioned)

    11/30/2012 5:24:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Air Space Mag ^ | November 30, 2012 | Rebecca Maksel
    After 51 years of service, the historic aircraft carrier is about to be decommissioned. When the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) sailed away from Norfolk, Virginia, on its maiden voyage in 1962, it was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and the eighth Enterprise in a long dynasty reaching back to the Revolutionary War. Its eight nuclear reactors, reported the Chicago Daily Defender, had an energy potential "as great as that of all the reactors in the free world." The most recent Enterprise played a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, along with other ships in the Second Fleet, blockading shipments...
  • Buffett Boosts Own Morale with Hypocrisy

    11/30/2012 5:22:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | John Ransom
    The government revised upward its initial reading of third quarter GDP from 2 percent to 2.7 percent in a move that was widely expected by economists. And everyone said “yawn.” That’s because the GDP growth was more government puffery. The increase was borrowed or freshly minted money. The government merely accelerated spending, filing one hole, while digging another- deeper- hole, in Obama’s latest 60-year-same-as-cash financing offer. At least that’s what the markets have felt apparently- reacting with shrug to another wave of “good” news coming out of the government about how great things are for the folks back home. Home...
  • Bing Said City Workers Feel 'Entitled,' Says His Job Second Only To Obama’s

    11/30/2012 5:20:35 AM PST · by magellan · 16 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 29 November 2012 | N/A
    Managing expectations is his day-to-day position against people who believe the mayor can solve all of Detroit's problems is the hardest thing he deals with every day. That’s according to an interview Detroit Mayor Dave Bing did with CNN where he talked about the community's deep problems and how he plans to solve them. "We are in an environment, I think, of entitlement, we've got a lot of people who are city workers, who for years and years, 20, 30 years, think they are entitled to a job and all that comes with it," Bing said. He added: "Nobody wants...
  • Owner of firm with O’Hare deal has links to reputed mob figure

    11/30/2012 5:04:21 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11/30/12 | DAN MIHALOPOULOS AND MITCH DUDEK
    The owner of a company that recently won a $99.4 million janitorial contract from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration was the longtime business partner of a man accused of involvement in organized crime.
  • Hmmm – is the gold really there?

    11/30/2012 4:50:13 AM PST · by arthurus · 5 replies
    Mineweb ^ | , 28 Nov 2012 | Grant Williams
    Williams draws on the Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap – the longest running theatrical production ever – where by and large the identity of the killer was kept secret for more than 50 years, through exhortations to the audience at the end of each performance not to reveal it so as not to spoil the twist in the tale for new audiences. This was adhered to by critics and audiences alike until eventually it was published in Wikipedia (reminiscent perhaps more of Wikileaks). Williams’ point being that the secret of the true state of Central Bank gold reserves is still...
  • FEMA exploring idea of boats to house Sandy victims

    11/30/2012 4:36:43 AM PST · by tobyhill · 56 replies
    wtvr cbs ^ | 11/29/2012 | Todd Sperry
    Hoping to find a solution for New York and New Jersey residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy, the federal government announced Thursday it was looking into the possibility of housing residents on boats. In a request for information notice posted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, officials said they were looking for input from the maritime industry in the hopes of finding rapid and cost-effective housing options on small boats or similar vessels. FEMA said the purpose of the request was for market research only and to explore whether the maritime industry could offer viable options for residents who remain homeless....
  • Silver Price Forecast 2013: Silver Will Perform Like Gold on Steroids

    11/30/2012 4:07:25 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-30-2012 | Money Morning - Peter Krauth
    Silver Price Forecast 2013: Silver Will Perform Like Gold on Steroids Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013Nov 29, 2012 - 10:35 AM By: Money Morning Peter Krauth writes: This past March, I asked a highly successful investment advisor what he thought about gold. Since he deals almost exclusively with very high net-worth individuals, his point of view was especially intriguing. He confided to me that many of his clients had been asking for gold and gold-related investments over the past few years. I can't say that I was surprised. But what he told me next simply shocked me. "Gold's much...
  • Possible Nuclear Event in Iran (not confirmed!)

    11/30/2012 4:05:27 AM PST · by Thomas Truxtun · 54 replies
    first post.com ^ | 11/29/2012
    First picked up on website "suspicious observers" 11/30/2012 morning report on YouTube. Still being called unconfirmed, but clear that something has happened.
  • No Time to Give Up in the Fiscal Fight

    11/30/2012 3:53:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Mark Davis
    If I keep reading the advice of those who are saying we should give Barack Obama what he wants, let him take the American economy into the quicksand and make him own it, I am going to be tempted to agree. So I’m going to stop reading such things. With respect to those who offer that strategy, it is flawed on multiple levels. It may not work, it would confuse people about what conservatism is and what it does, and it would slam the brakes on our most valuable passion right now-- the desire to save what we can of...
  • GUNDLACH: 'I'm Waiting For Something To Go Kaboom'

    11/30/2012 3:51:47 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-30-2012 | Sam Ro
    GUNDLACH: 'I'm Waiting For Something To Go Kaboom' Sam RoNov. 30, 2012, 5:05 AMThe cover story of the new BloombergBusinessweek is an excellent and comprehensive profile of bond god Jeff Gundlach. The reporters Seth Lubove and Alexis Leondis also laid out his longer term outlook for the world as the economy enters what he calls "phase three." Deeply indebted countries and companies, which Gundlach doesn’t name, will default sometime after 2013. Central banks may forestall these defaults by pumping even more money into the economy -- at the risk of higher inflation in coming years. ... “I’m waiting for something...
  • Timothy Geithner: End debt ceiling for good? (Obama wants a No Limit Credit Card)

    11/30/2012 3:28:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 34 replies
    politico ^ | 11/30/2012 | By JOSEPH J. SCHATZ
    Nobody on Capitol Hill likes raising the debt ceiling. But now Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants to end the practice. Forever. GOP aides say that in talks with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Geithner proposed a “permanent” increase in the debt ceiling — meaning changing the law so that Congress no longer has to approve an increase in the statutory borrowing cap, which has been in place since 1917. He hinted at it in an interview with Bloomberg News a few weeks ago. But the fact that Geithner is proposing giving the administration such authority behind the scenes...
  • Facing Up to the Enormity of Our Problem

    11/30/2012 3:15:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 30, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    ......[George] Washington spoke truly: a democratic form of government, republican or otherwise, is only as virtuous as the citizens who form it. Institutions of liberty, equality, and mutual respect cannot be sustained in, let alone re-imposed upon, a society that has generally forsaken every single virtue named in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and has in turn filled the soul's moral void with hatred, envy, gluttony, sloth, covetousness, lust, and collectivism's unique license to pillage, namely its presupposition that individual men -- that is, other men -- do not really exist. The entire moral and intellectual structure of the West has rotted...
  • Gitmo North Returns: Obama's Shady Prison Deal

    11/30/2012 3:12:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    If you thought President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had given up on closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing jihadists to American soil, think again. Two troubling developments on the Gitmo front should have every American on edge. The first White House maneuver took place in October, while much of the public and the media were preoccupied with election news. On Oct. 2, Obama's cash-strapped Illinois pals announced that the federal government bought out the Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million. According to Watchdog.org, a recent appraisal put the value of the facility at $220 million. Democratic...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 30, 2012

    11/30/2012 2:58:44 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Brain-Lock inside the Beltway

    11/30/2012 2:58:17 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | 11-30-12 | Jonah Goldberg
    It’s at times like this I’m ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Well, that’s probably not specific enough, since I’m usually ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Still, the second you try to explain the stupidity of this “fiscal cliff” fiasco to a normal person, it makes William F. Buckley’s famous declaration that he’d rather be governed by the first few hundred people listed in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard seem all the more reasonable. While there are some responsible politicians and policymakers in Washington, if you look at the whole...
  • Oh My: McConnell Laughed Out Loud When Geithner Discussed Obama’s Plan

    11/30/2012 2:54:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Negotiations can’t be going too well if the Senate Minority leader is openly scoffing at President Obama’s “bipartisan” plan to solve the looming “fiscal cliff” crisis. Yikes: Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff. He wasn’t trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts. Geithner’s visit to his office left McConnell discouraged about reaching a “balanced” deal on tax hikes and spending reductions designed to prevent a shock...
  • Police officer buys homeless man a pair of shoes [Hold on...we have HOMELESSNESS under Obama?]

    11/30/2012 2:50:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    WWAY-TV ^ | November 30, 2012 | Katelyn Supa
    One tourist's photograph, among the countless snapped every day in the Big Apple, has gone viral. The moment captured is one of generosity, and since it was posted on Tuesday, it has circled the globe and brought a lot of attention to one young New York City cop. Had it not been for a tourist from Arizona who snapped the photo with her cell phone, Officer Lawrence DePrimo's act of kindness, giving boots to a homeless man, may have gone unnoticed. Tourist Jennifer Foster emailed the photo to the NYPD and they posted it to their Facebook page. Tens of...
  • Mesika: PA Killed Oslo, Time for Annexation

    11/30/2012 2:37:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    ..... “Not only would it be the only useful response,” he added, “but first and foremost, it would be the morally and historically right thing to do. Judea and Samaria are the heart of the Jewish people.” ..... “Over the years the state of Israel has been the only one keeping the accords, while the Arab terrorist entity, imported from Tunisia, has regularly ignored it. But the appeal to the UN means the declaration of the accords’ death… Therefore the state of Israel has nothing to stop it from annexing all the communities it has established in Judea and Samaria,...
  • India's economic growth rate slows to 5.3%

    11/30/2012 2:20:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | November 30, 2012
    India's growth rate slowed in the July to September quarter, putting pressure on the government to implement more reforms and ease monetary policy. The economy grew by 5.3% from a year earlier. That was down from a rate of 5.5% in the previous three months.
  • Syrian Internet switched off as army launches offensive

    11/30/2012 2:01:41 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/30/2012
    Syria's Internet and telecommunications networks were shut down and international flights were cancelled Thursday as President Bashar al-Assad’s regime launched a major offensive to retake control of the main road leading to Damascus airport. Syria’s Internet was effectively cut off on Thursday, web monitoring organisations confirmed, before the regime of President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive to retake control of the road to Damascus airport. “From around 10 a.m. today all Syrian IP addresses went blank,” Nicolas Guillaume, of French Internet-monitoring company Cedexis told FRANCE 24. “We’ve seen traffic slowdowns in recent weeks, but this is the first time there...
  • French mouths water with the return of Burger King

    11/30/2012 1:50:35 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 24 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/30/2012
    The announcement that US fast food chain Burger King is set to make a return to France after a 15-year hiatus has caused huge excitement, even if only two franchises are planned for 2013. Burger King is making a return to France after a 15-year hiatus, in news that has set mouths watering in a country better known for its haute cuisine, fine wine and cheeses. The US fast food chain’s imminent return after it quit the country in 1997, citing the brand’s poor commercial performance, has been the subject of intense and repeated rumours for years. And the confirmation...
  • Krauthammer On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: "Republicans Ought To Simply Walk Away"

    11/30/2012 1:50:01 AM PST · by GVnana · 43 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/29/2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It's not just a bad deal, this is really an insulting deal. What Geithner offered, what you showed on the screen, Robert E. Lee was offered easier terms at Appomattox, and he lost the Civil War. The Democrats won by 3% of the vote and they did not hold the House, Republicans won the house. So this is not exactly unconditional surrender, but that is what the administration is asking of the Republicans. This idea -- there are not only no cuts in this, there's an increase in spending with a new stimulus. I mean, this is almost...
  • Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa. [Republicans, Follow This Assclown & Refute Him!]

    11/30/2012 1:41:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    madison.com ^ | November 30, 2012
    President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling "fiscal cliff" to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support. The trip comes amid signs of impatience in the negotiations between Republican leaders and the White House. Obama was scheduled to go to Hatfield, Pa.,to pressure Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending current Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. White House officials believe Friday's trip will build momentum for the president's case, even as Republicans describe it as an irritant and an obstacle to fruitful talks.
  • Obama's opening "fiscal cliff" bid seeks debt limit hike, stimulus

    11/30/2012 1:35:04 AM PST · by GVnana · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/2012
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration's opening bid on Thursday in negotiations to avert a year-end fiscal crunch included a demand for new stimulus spending and authority to unilaterally raise the U.S. borrowing ceiling, a Republican congressional aide said. The proposal, made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to congressional Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, was seen as offering little the Republicans could agree to and was greeted with laughter, the aide said. "We can't move any closer to them because they're not even on our planet," the aide said. "It was not a serious proposal."-snip-In the maiden bargaining session, Geithner, the...
  • Rick Perry's Ghostwriter Moves to the Senate

    11/30/2012 1:17:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | November 28, 2012 | David Weigel
    Erick Erickson informs his conservative readers that Sen.-elect Ted Cruz, the agreed-upon star of the new GOP class, has picked Chip Roy as his chief of staff. Why they should be happy: Chip currently works for Governor Rick Perry. If you’ve ever read Governor Perry’s book Fed Up!, well, you know Chip Roy as the guy who helped put pen to paper for the Governor and helped shape Governor Perry’s thinking on federalism issues. That represents no change from what we expected -- Cruz was always going to join the Mike Lee/Rand Paul Appeal to Reason caucus. It's just good...
  • Fighting Corruption Russian Style

    11/30/2012 1:03:13 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/29/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The dismissal of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month as a result of an investigation of corruption in the defense ministry–controlled holding company “Oboronservis” (see EDM, October 25, November 1, 8) has been followed this week by further state-sponsored disclosures of high-level fraud. Former agriculture minister in Putin’s government from 2008 to 2012, Elena Skrynnik (51), has been accused by the state TV channel Rossya-1 of misappropriating 39 billion rubles ($1.26 billion) of state budget funds. In a special TV program aired on November 27, Rossya-1 accused Skrynnik—who before becoming agriculture minister was from 2001...
  • Top Five Reasons Republicans Should Take Us Over the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 12:50:56 AM PST · by GVnana · 37 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | John Nolte
    As the clock ticks and we watch the various players move their pieces into place, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Republicans are in a no-win situation. They’re ether going to have to cave and agree to a tax increase without meaningful spending cuts or take the blame for going over the fiscal cliff. Here are five reasons why going over the cliff is by far the best option. 1. It's a Trap! Though House Speaker John Boehner foolishly helped to manufacture this trap by making tax increases the primary issue in the fiscal cliff negotiations, there's still time to extricate...
  • Sibley files motion to hold Obama in Contempt of Court

    11/29/2012 11:15:59 PM PST · by ABrit · 21 replies
    AMO PROBOS ^ | November 29, 2012 | MONTGOMERY BLAIR SIBLEY
    At the November 29, 2012, Preliminary Injunction hearing in Sibley vs. Alexander, Dinan and Lightfoot – a class action lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against the three District of Columbia Electors of the so-called Electoral College – Barack Hussein Obama, II, refused to produce his original Short-Form “Certificate of Live Birth” and his original Long-Form “Certificate of Live Birth”. These documents are the sole evidence that Mr. Obama has proffered to the American People to establish his Article II, §1, eligibility for the Office of President. I had subpoenaed those documents for the hearing.  As a result, I today filed...
  • More soda tax measures may be coming

    11/29/2012 11:13:17 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Carolyn Jones
    Richmond's soda tax may have faltered badly on election day, but the idea is now bubbling up in other Bay Area cities and counties. Officials in San Francisco, Berkeley, Alameda County, Vallejo, El Cerrito and other jurisdictions have discussed, or plan to discuss, placing soda taxes on ballots. "We lost the election, but the movement will eventually win," said Dr. Jeff Ritterman, the Richmond city councilman who sponsored Measure N. "Momentum is on our side."
  • Target: Old White Men

    11/29/2012 10:53:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    While modern society prides itself on being unbiased, it's no exception to the rule that every age has its fashionable prejudices -- and unfashionable people. Among the latter today are white men, and the closer they are to "dead white male" status, to use a favored leftist descriptive, the greater the disdain in which they're held. Thus do we see sneering at "old white men." Earlier this year, Senator Harry Reid -- one well acquainted through experience with old-white-male machinations -- complained of "angry old white men" who bankroll conservative causes. More recently, the old-white-media paper the Guardian published a...
  • Gingrich to GOP: Stop negotiating on fiscal cliff

    11/29/2012 10:18:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    On The Record ^ | November 29, 2012 | Greta VanSusteren
    Former presidential candidate thinks Republicans are giving Pres. Obama, Democrats leverage, that the fiscal cliff is like a 'fantasy'
  • Ill. Senate rejects Quinn plan on assault weapons

    11/29/2012 10:16:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    AP ^ | November 28, 2012 | NA
    November 28, 2012 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- A proposed assault-weapons ban that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced in August with great fanfare has fizzled without discussion in the Senate. The Senate voted 49-4 Wednesday to override Quinn's amendatory veto that rewrote legislation to prohibit the sale or possession of semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines and .50-caliber guns. Quinn's action came after a mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater...
  • Bolling hints of independent bid for Va. governor

    11/29/2012 10:14:04 PM PST · by TBP · 21 replies
    The great Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s decision Wednesday to drop his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination paves the way for a battle royale between Republican state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe — a campaign that could be radically altered if Mr. Bolling follows through on hints he might pursue an independent run. Such a move would turn on its head a race that’s already ensured a national audience thanks to Virginia’s tradition of holding gubernatorial elections in odd years and would also test the loyalties of many within the party hungry...
  • McDonald's, KFC, Burger King workers protest in NYC

    11/29/2012 9:57:50 PM PST · by babyfreep · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Emily Jane Fox
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pamela Waldron makes $7.75 an hour as a cashier at the KFC in New York's Penn Station, where she has worked for eight years. That's just 50 cents above the New York state minimum wage. The 26-year old nursing student, and mother of two, says she has asked for a raise but her pleas have gone unheeded for weeks. Finally, on Thursday, around lunchtime she joined a protest of about 40 fast food workers who walked out of their shifts, carrying placards and shouting slogans to bring attention to their cause of fighting for higher wages...
  • EU: Greek deal frays as IMF threatens walk-out on debt buy-back impasse

    11/29/2012 9:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone's debt relief plan for Greece has hit serious trouble within days as banks and pension funds balk at fresh losses, raising fears that the package could unravel before a deadline in mid-December. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it would not disburse funds under its part of the EU-IMF package unless the eurozone delivers on a bond "buy-back" scheme, which is supposed to cut Greece’s burden by 10pc of GDP and is deemed crucial for restoring long-term viability. If the IMF withdraws, Finland and Holland will also pull out of the programme. "This has become a...