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  • Uh-oh: The economy might be hitting a rough patch

    11/30/2012 1:23:52 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Neil Irwin
    The bottom is falling out of economic forecasters’ expectations for U.S. economic growth in the final months of 2012. And if some of the more bearish estimates prove accurate, it will be the weakest rate of growth since the start of 2011. Macroeconomic Advisers had been projecting a 1.4 percent annual rate of GDP growth in the fourth quarter. On Friday it revised that estimate down to 1.1 percent Friday morning–and then again to 0.8 percent Friday afternoon. J.P. Morgan slashed its number to 1.5 percent from 2 percent. Tom Porcelli of RBC cut his estimate all the way from...
  • Pelosi: Give Obama Power to Personally Lift Debt Limit to Infinity

    11/30/2012 1:19:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 195 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Video at link (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama personal, unilateral authority to increase the limit on the U.S. government's debt. At a Friday press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if she agreed with a proposal made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Congress give Obama the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit. "Yes," she said. When he met with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that is set to occur at the end of this year,...
  • Boehner on 'Cliff' Talks: 'We're Almost Nowhere'

    11/30/2012 1:15:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 30,2012
    House Speaker John Boehner lashed out Friday at President Barack Obama, saying negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" are "almost nowhere." Boehner spoke after Republicans disclosed that the White House was $1.6 trillion in tax increases up front, as well as $50 billion in additional stimulus spending. (Read More: Speaker Boehner Discusses 'Fiscal Cliff.') Boehner said the plan would be a "crippling blow" to an economy that is still struggling to find its footing. "There's a stalemate. Let's not kid ourselves," the Ohio Republican told reporters. "Right now, we're almost nowhere," Even so, he added, he was determined to continue...
  • Explosive device rocks Social Security office in Casa Grande

    11/30/2012 1:03:18 PM PST · by exbrit · 17 replies
    CBS5 ^ | 11/30/12 | Steve Stout
    CASA GRANDE, AZ (CBS5) - An explosion violently shook the Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande but didn't injure anyone Friday morning.
  • Obama Warns Congress: "I've Been Keeping My Own Naughty And Nice List"

    11/30/2012 12:59:36 PM PST · by Hoodat · 69 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 30, 2012 | Ian Schwartz
    "Joe Biden was in Costco and he wanted to buy some of this stuff, but I told him he had too much work to do. I wasn't going to have him building roller coasters all day long. Now, of course, Santa delivers everywhere. I've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for Washington, so you should keep your eye on who gets some K'NEX this year. There are going to be some members of Congress who get them, and some who don't," President Obama said Friday at a rally where he pushed Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff.
  • Congress members call storms like Sandy 'the new normal'

    11/30/2012 12:53:59 PM PST · by matt04 · 19 replies
    In the first congressional hearing on Hurricane Sandy Thursday, lawmakers from storm-hit states made appeals for billions of dollars in additional aid and said massive, destructive storms are "the new normal." Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., testified at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that "the path towards enlightened protection and preparation" must include infrastructure improvements such as flood gate repairs in Stamford, steps to stop flooding along the Housatonic River, and the establishment of microgrids for electricity and increased use of generators, especially at facilities for the elderly. "The sweep and depth of destruction in human...
  • Ban on gay change therapy faces first legal test

    11/30/2012 12:49:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | LISA LEFF
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge is considering whether to block a first-of-its kind California law that prohibits licensed therapists from counseling gay minors on how to become straight. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento held a 50-minute hearing on the issue Friday and said she intended to issue a written ruling next week.
  • USS Wasp veteran remembers wartime raids

    11/30/2012 12:44:27 PM PST · by pabianice · 4 replies
    “Raid on Marcus Island, May 19, 1944. Shell exploded above us, blew-in escape hatch. I had my finger on the trigger and fired several rounds when I flinched. Pilot Ensign Morrison, radio operator Wydeen, turret gunner Such.” So reads a routine entry in the Navy Flight Logbook of Edward Such, of South Grafton, who flew as the turret gunner aboard the TBF-1 Aircraft of Torpedo Bombing Squadron ONE FOUR (VT-14), embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) in the Pacific from 1944 to 1945. Daughter Janet Such, formerly a planner at Jamesbury Corporation while she lived in Shrewsbury from 1975...
  • Obama's Playing a Game of Chicken With the Economy

    11/30/2012 12:42:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    It is clear by now that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are not going to work out a full blown deal on taxes, spending and entitlements by the end of this month. The task before them and Congress is so fraught with fiendishly complicated and politically-charged issues that the idea that a couple of people behind closed doors can come up with a broadly acceptable solution is laughable. In fact, I'm going to go out on a cliff on this one (no pun intended) and say that there will be no final disposition of these thorny issues, known...
  • An American Problem

    11/30/2012 12:31:47 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 26 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/30/12 | Judson Phillips
    In America, we have a huge problem. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, we are told. Yet we are wasting untold minds in America. America has a huge problem in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A solution has been proposed to help America but the solution idiotically misses the real problem. What is this non-solution and what is the real problem America will not address?
  • People with HIV hits all time high: Nearly 100,000 have virus [UK]

    11/30/2012 12:30:40 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    standard.co.uk ^ | 29 November 2012 | standard
    A record number of people in the UK are living with HIV, with the number of people with the virus reaching nearly 100,000, new figures show. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there were about 96,000 people who have the virus - an all-time high. But health officials warned a quarter of people who have the human immunodeficiency virus are not aware they have been infected. There were 6,280 people diagnosed with HIV in 2011, the HPA said. Nearly half of all diagnoses in 2011 were acquired heterosexually. Of these, more than half were probably acquired in the UK, compared...
  • Fewer Babies Born is Bad News for America

    11/30/2012 12:29:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The old adage "be careful what you wish for" is an apt reminder in light of this week's news that the U.S. birthrate has dropped to its lowest level on record. For years, population hysterics have tried to convince Americans to aim not just for zero population growth in the U.S. but its complete reversal. Many of the groups pushing this view have also been in the forefront of the anti-immigration movement -- NumbersUSA, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Negative Population Growth (NPG). They don't like immigrants -- even legal ones -- because immigrants, especially Hispanic immigrants, traditionally...
  • Springfield NAACP President Talbert Swan calls for national search for next fire commissioner

    11/30/2012 12:26:37 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Local NAACP chapter president Rev. Talbert W. Swan II has called on the city to conduct a national search for a new fire commissioner, rather than lowering hiring qualifications to allow acting Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant to keep the job. One day after winning re-election as president of the Springfield NAACP chapter, Swan said the handling of the fire commissioner’s vacancy suggests that politics, rather than professional credentials and experience, is the prime concern of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and other city officials. “Watering down the requirements for the sake of a single preferred candidate sends a questionable message...
  • New E15 Gasoline May Damage Vehicles and Cause Consumer Confusion

    11/30/2012 12:23:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    PR Newswire - Yahoo ^ | 11/30/12 | PR Newswire
    AAA research reveals need for regulators and industry to suspend E15 sales to protect motorists ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent survey by AAA finds a strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent approval of E15 gasoline. An overwhelming 95 percent of consumers surveyed have not heard of E15, a newly approved gasoline blend that contains up to 15 percent ethanol. ... Only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roads today are...
  • New York tells Con Edison to prepare in case Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant shuts down

    11/30/2012 12:21:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/30/2012 | Scott DiSavino
    New York energy regulators told power companies in New York City to develop plans to keep the lights on in the Big Apple in case the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies about a quarter of the city's electricity, is forced to shut down. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the two reactors at Indian Point shut when their operating licenses expire in 2013 and 2015 in part because the nuclear plant is located in the New York metropolitan area, home to some 19 million people. The governor has said even the most unlikely possibility of an accident...
  • Love him or hate him, Arpaio is going to be here a while longer (liberal writer's head explodes)

    11/30/2012 12:15:22 PM PST · by pabianice · 23 replies
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 11/30/12 | Richardson
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio won again. The 80-year-old Arpaio won a sixth term, setting a record as the county’s longest sitting sheriff. And if Arpaio has his way, and he usually does, he’ll be elected to a seventh term. No doubt the Democrats will give it their best shot to depose Arpaio, but if history repeats itself, the Democrats will once again bring a knife to a gunfight and Arpaio will be re-elected and talking about an eighth term. While the anti-Arpaio crowd are touting the sheriff’s winning by only 7 percent of the vote, he won fair and...
  • Most of Europe Voted in Favor of “Palestine”

    11/30/2012 12:11:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 11/30/2012, 2:45 AM | Elad Benari
    The Czech Republic was the only European country that voted against the United Nations resolution on Thursday to recognize “Palestine” as a non-member observer state. The resolution passed with an overwhelming majority of 138 votes in favor and nine against. 41 countries abstained. … French President François Hollande called for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the PA “without conditions and as quickly as possible.” … After the resolution passed, Palestinian Authority Arabs fired in the air, whistled and embraced each other in both PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria as well as in Gaza. …
  • Rick Warren Uncertain if Homosexual Behavior is Sinful, Says ‘Gays’ Go to Heaven

    11/30/2012 12:10:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 117 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 11.29.12 | Heather Clark
    Controversy is stirring over recent comments made by Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life and megachurch leader of Saddleback Church in California, who stated that homosexual behavior “might be” sinful, and that he believes homosexuals go to Heaven. During an interview this week with the Huffington Post, Warren was asked by Marc Lamont Hill if having romantic feelings for a member of the same sex is a sin. Leading up to the question, Warren was explaining that he does not hate homosexuals, and that people should disagree politely on the subject of homosexuality. “I have many,...
  • Lincoln Re-Examined

    11/30/2012 12:10:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 111 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    Every schoolchild with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest video game of "Call of Duty" ought to go see "Lincoln," the movie, and check out the references and his own attention span. It requires patience, but it shows through dramatic action how a self-taught rustic from the deep backwoods had the emotional and intellectual discipline to overcome poverty and grow up to be a president to rank among the greatest. This is not about the American Dream or a Horatio Alger story. (Does anybody remember him?) Nor is it mythmaking. It's made of sterner stuff than that....
  • Note found in Hillsville (VA) hotel room sparks investigation (possible child kidnapping)

    11/30/2012 12:06:17 PM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Zach Crizer
    Police in Hillsville are trying to make sense of a possible kidnapping. According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, a housekeeper at the Quality Inn hotel found a note that said it was from a child named Jasmine Hines. The note's author says she is "missing and the cops are looking for me." The sheriff's office said a search of databanks showed no signs of a missing child named Jasmine Hines. The incident started, according to the sheriff's office, when a Canadian man named Pierre Morand checked into the hotel near Exit 14 on Interstate 77. He rented a room...