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  • US government publishes once-secret Watergate court files, adds to case's historical trove

    11/30/2012 7:51:50 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11-30-12 | STEPHEN BRAUN and RICHARD LARDNER
    Watergate Judge John J. Sirica aided the prosecution in pursuing the White House connection to the Democratic headquarters break-in by providing the special prosecutor information from a probation report in which one of the burglars said he was acting under orders from top Nixon administration officials, according to once-secret documents released Friday by the National Archives. One newly public transcript of an in-chambers meeting between Sirica, the U.S. District Court judge in charge of the case, and then-Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in July 1973 shows the judge revealed secret probation reports indicating that E. Howard Hunt had cited orders from...
  • Supreme Court Does Not Act on Gay-Marriage Cases

    11/30/2012 7:49:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/30/2012 | Jess Bravin
    The Supreme Court took no action on any of the 10 gay-marriage petitions before it Friday, despite expectations that the justices would finally announce their plans regarding challenges to three separate laws denying recognition to same-sex couples. The court could add any of those cases to its docket as soon as Monday, but more likely the justices will continue discussing the matter at their next private conference, scheduled for Dec. 7. Most attention has focused on challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 statute denying federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex spouses. Federal appeals courts in Boston...
  • Double-Barrel 1911 Lands ATF Approval, Importation To Begin Next Year

    11/30/2012 7:44:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11.27.2012 | Max Slowik
    Double-barrel 1911 lands ATF approval, importation to begin next year The ATF has given Arsenal the green light to import their double-barreled, double-everything 1911. Arsenal turned a lot of heads a few months back when they announced their truly unique handgun, the AF2011-A1, but many assumed that the gun would never wind up for sale in the U.S., because it fires two cartridges with one pull of the trigger, making it a machine gun according to federal law. Arsenal maintained that their double trigger design, and matching pair of sears and hammers, would not raise the hackles of the gatekeepers...
  • David Axelrod Surprised by Romney Campaign’s Missed Opportunities

    11/30/2012 7:44:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/30/2012 | James Warren
    Obama’s top election strategist tells a Chicago audience he was surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more, stuck so narrowly with their base—and chose Paul Ryan for VP. President Obama’s top reelection strategist conceded surprise Monday that Republican super PACS didn’t attack Obama far earlier, Mitt Romney didn’t invest much more in ground operations, and that the Republican nominee played narrowly to the party base in picking Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate. Offering a lengthy dissection of the campaign, David Axelrod told a Chicago audience that he was “a bit surprised that super PACS, which spent...
  • Should Republicans just put forth Simpson-Bowles for the fiscal cliff?

    11/30/2012 7:39:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    My friend Guy Benson and I were talking about this idea the other night, and I liked it when compared to all our other dismal options. It was also the same night we saw "Lincoln," so I wondered if we were high on celluloid optimism about what's possible in politics.But Guy fleshed out the idea in this must-read post today, and I think he’s onto something. You should go over there to read the whole thing, but here's the gist: Of the commission’s 18 members, six Democrats and five Republicans endorsed the final document, while the seven ‘no’ votes split...
  • Kerosene Lamps Identified as Big Source of Black Carbon

    11/30/2012 7:36:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 55 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11-28-12 | unattributed
    The primary source of light for more than a billion people in developing nations is also churning out black carbon at levels previously overlooked in greenhouse gas estimates, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois. Results from field and lab tests found that 7 to 9 percent of the kerosene in wick lamps -- used for light in 250-300 million households without electricity -- is converted to black carbon when burned. In comparison, only half of 1 percent of the emissions from burning wood is converted to black carbon. Factoring in...
  • State judge rules Louisiana school voucher program unconstitutional

    11/30/2012 7:24:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11-30-12 | ap
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's private school tuition voucher program has been ruled unconstitutional by a state judge. State Judge Tim Kelley said Friday that the program improperly diverts money allocated through the state's public school funding formula to private schools. He also said it unconstitutionally diverts local tax dollars to private schools. Kelley ruled in a lawsuit backed by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program. The state education department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education said the programs were funded and created in line with the constitution.
  • Obama orders CIA to closedown multi-billion dollar unit (Ctr on Climate Change, National Security)

    11/30/2012 7:22:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/29/12 | Jim Kouri
    Obama orders CIA to closedown multi-billion dollar unitBy: Jim Kouri November 29, 2012 **SNIP** Regardless of the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had already possessed a multi-billion dollar intelligence center for global warming, a new report by public-interest group Judicial Watch's blog claims that the Obama administration believed the nation’s intelligence community needed yet another taxpayer-funded entity to better determine the impact of climate change on U.S. national security. "This waste of money is even more shameful when you consider millions and millions of Americans out of work or losing their homes and here's 'Mr. Green Jeans' Obama...
  • VCU volleyball coach James Finley says he was fired because he is gay; team finished 25-6

    11/30/2012 7:15:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Associated Press, ^ | November 30, 2012
    RICHMOND, Va. — VCU women’s volleyball coach James Finley is fighting to get his job back after he says he was fired because he is gay. Finley, 52, has filed a complaint with VCU’s Office for Institutional Equity. University spokesperson Pamela D. Lepley said an investigation is being conducted and must be completed within 45 days.
  • Council approves Harteau as new police chief (MPLS)

    11/30/2012 7:14:43 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | 11-30-12 | eric roper
    The City Council voted unanimously Friday to approve Janeé Harteau as the city's next police chief. Harteau, who previously served as assistant chief, takes over the reins from Tim Dolan, who left the force earlier this month. Harteau is the city's first female police chief, as well as the first openly gay officer in that position
  • DNA imaged with electron microscope for the first time

    11/30/2012 6:59:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    New Scientist | 28 November 2012 | Roland Pease
    Here's the link for the article.Here's the link for the abstract, "Direct Imaging of DNA Fibers: The Visage of Double Helix."
  • Jerry Sandusky Laws: Sick and twisted

    11/30/2012 6:48:30 PM PST · by Woodland · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11-30-12 | Matt Barber
    In recent months, “progressive” lawmakers, activist attorneys and militant homosexual pressure groups have launched a fierce campaign to ban therapeutic help for child victims of monsters like homosexual pedophile Jerry Sandusky. California has already passed such a law (SB 1172). On Friday, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver challenged this twisted ban in federal court, seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the law from taking effect on Jan. 1. Judge Kimberly Mueller will likely issue a decision within a week or so. Ads by Google Top 10 Swing KillersThese Faults Make It Impossible To Play Good Golf. Fix Yours...
  • Liberal Democrats: Higher rates for wealthy 'just the beginning'

    11/30/2012 6:42:51 PM PST · by Arthurio · 152 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-30
    A group of House Democrats has formed its own “Gang of Six” to push for progressive tax reform — in which the expiration of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans is “just the beginning.”
  • Jude [Read this short book of the New Testament; does it fit today or not?]

    11/30/2012 6:24:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Bible Gateway, NIV 1984 ^ | circa 65 AD | Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James
    Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. The Sin and Doom of Godless Men Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They...
  • Van Rompuy opposes direct election of the EU’s top leaders

    11/30/2012 6:05:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 30 November 2012 | Georgi Gotev
    Directly electing the European Commission President at the 2014 EU elections would “organize the disappointment in advance”, said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Directly electing his own successor would be “even more absurd”, he added in comments that are likely to irritate proponents of increased democracy in the European institutions. Van Rompuy’s statement, made at a public conference in Brussels on Wednesday (28 November), runs in direct opposition with the EU’s major political families, who in their majority, would like to “give faces” to the next European elections in May 2014. But Van Rompuy warned that the “huge legitimacy”...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 1 Dec 2012

    11/30/2012 6:04:36 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 388 replies
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  • Solar firm that got $26M in Miss. loans is closing

    11/30/2012 5:57:15 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 14 replies
    WLOX 13 ^ | November 29, 2012
    <p>JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi taxpayers may have only an empty Senatobia building and some solar panel equipment to show for nearly $26 million in loans provided to Twin Creeks Technologies.</p> <p>The California-based solar technology firm is liquidating, and a company that bought Twin Creeks' assets does not intend to take over its agreement with Mississippi. The contract called for Twin Creeks to invest at least $132 million and create at least 500 jobs.</p>
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-30-12

    11/30/2012 5:41:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-30-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • [Arkansas Republican Tim] Griffin named to Ways and Means Committee

    11/30/2012 5:33:20 PM PST · by AuH2ORepublican · 21 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | November 30, 2012 | Andrew DeMillo
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Rep. Tim Griffin, an Arkansas Republican, was named Friday to the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, a move that he says rules out a run for governor or the Senate in 2014. The panel announced that Griffin, who represents central Arkansas' 2nd District, was among four new Republican members. It is the chief tax-writing committee and members are not allowed to serve on other committees unless they receive a waiver from congressional leaders. Griffin is the first congressman from Arkansas to serve on the panel since 1992 and the first Republican from the...
  • Staten Island Sandy Victims Need to Realize That Obama Fixed Everything, Not Be Ungrateful

    11/30/2012 5:13:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want to go to the audio sound bites. I want to show you, I want you to hear what ungrateful sounds like. I want you to hear what a lack of gratitude sounds like. I want you to hear self-centered selfishness. I want you to hear what it sounds like when a citizen of this country does not appreciate this regime. Last night in Staten Island, they had a town hall meeting about the Hurricane Sandy, the victims and the repair, the cleanup, and the putting every back together. An unidentified guy stood up and said this... MAN:...
  • Rand Paul to Visit Israel Next Month

    11/30/2012 5:12:06 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | November 30, 2012 | David Brody
    Brody File Exclusive: Rand Paul to Visit Israel Next Month The Brody File just got an exclusive tip about an important trip Sen. Rand Paul is planning to the Middle East. A top advisor to Rand Paul tells us that the senator will travel to Israel and Jordan for the first time to meet with leaders on all sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The trip will be privately funded, and The Brody File has learned that Sen. Paul will be accompanied by Christian and Jewish leaders. The trip is planned for January. They will tour all of the major historical...
  • Interview Lindz Sangalli Mrs. Conservative US 2012 on the Conscience of Kansas radio program

    11/30/2012 4:57:07 PM PST · by 1pitech · 2 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 11-30-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    Interview Lindz Sangalli Mrs Conservative US 2012 on the Conscience of Kansas radio program with host Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson. KRMR The Patriot 105.7FM.
  • Krauthammer To Bill Kristol: You're "Turning Into A Socialist"

    11/30/2012 4:56:07 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 77 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 30, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Syndicated columnist and FOX News contributor Charles Krauthammer, in his trademark deadpan way, tells Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol he is turning into a socialist.
  • Wyo. lawmakers consider silencers on hunting guns

    11/30/2012 4:50:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers will decide in coming months whether to follow a growing national trend and allow the use of silencers on hunting guns.
  • The Government is Spending $100,000 to Teach Teen Girls "Better Condom Negotiation Tactics"

    11/30/2012 4:49:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: From the Washington Examiner: "The administration is funding a $100,000 study of pregnant and 'at-risk' 14- to 17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas, to determine ways to help them choose safer lifestyles and avoid pregnancy, including..." wait for it "...better 'condom negotiation' tactics." Better condom negotiation tactics. "The National Institutes of Health, part of the Health and Human Services Department, is providing a University of Houston researcher the money because of the lack of study of female teen juveniles in trouble with the law. The school said the study, 'Choices - Teen: A Bundled Risk Reduction...
  • Sanford cops a problem for prosecutors in Zimmerman case, experts say

    11/30/2012 4:47:45 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 30, 2012 | By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
    It was a strange development in a case that has seen more than its share: Chris Serino, the lead Sanford police investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting, hired famed Casey Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez to represent him at his upcoming deposition in the case. It's unclear what prompted Serino to hire a private attorney — eschewing available representation by the city of Sanford, his employer. But one issue likely to come up is his double-talk on whether there was enough evidence to support George Zimmerman's arrest as controversy surrounding the case spiraled out of control last spring. Serino wrote...
  • HIV On-The-Rise News Collection, November 30, 2012

    11/30/2012 4:46:03 PM PST · by Wuli · 29 replies
    Multiple Sources | November 30, 2012 | Multiple Authors
    All at once, various reports from around the world on a rise in HIV cases: Highest-ever HIV diagnoses in gay men (UK): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964493/posts EDITORIAL - HIV on the rise (Philippines) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964491/posts 'HIV cases on rise among gays, transgenders' (India) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964487/posts HIV on the rise in Tasmania http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964484/posts Homosexuals leading to rise in HIV cases, says China http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964483/posts HIV on the rise in financially troubled Greece http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964479/posts Russia reports 12% rise in HIV - 200 new cases a day http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964525/posts
  • Democratic Rep: Amend Constitution To Allow Control Of Speech

    11/30/2012 4:44:04 PM PST · by MissesBush · 51 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | 11/30/12
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) - A Democratic representative is calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution that would allow for some legislative restriction of freedom of speech. “We need a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) was quoted as saying by CNS News. He reportedly made these comments while speaking at the Annesbrooks HOA candidate Forum held last month. In a video obtained by the website, Johnson asserts that “corporations control … patterns of thinking.” “They control the media. They control the messages that you...
  • Supreme Court: Go Ahead Citizen And Record Police Officers(FL)

    11/30/2012 4:42:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    freedomoutpost.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | Tim Brown
    For a while now, especially since the arrival of YouTube ordinary citizens have been attempting to make police accountable for their actions by videoing them. Many times police officers do not have a problem being videoed. However the State of Illinois does not like their officers being videoed and sought to impose a penalty of up to 15 years in prison tied to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law. ---------------------------cut----------------------- Obviously lower level courts and even a Justice Department backing, in an Obama administration, concluded that there was nothing criminal about citizens videoing police officers. Officers are not above the law. Their...
  • Baracka Claus' Opening Bid Proves That He Wants to Take His Sleigh Over the Fiscal Cliff

    11/30/2012 4:32:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: He's campaigning. He's still campaigning. He's at the Tinkertoy factory in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He's out talking to people about what kind of country we want to be. What kind of country we want to leave to our kids, our grandkids, our great-grandkids, and the immigrants. What kind of country do we want to leave. He's still campaigning for this debt deal. You know, the election's over. He won. Folks, if we ever needed any proof of what I have been saying for the last couple of days, that it's true, we got it yesterday. That ridiculous opening...
  • Feds: $100,000 To Teach Teen Girls 'Condom Negotiation'

    11/30/2012 4:29:18 PM PST · by drewh · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2012 at 2:00 | Paul Bedard
    The administration is funding a $100,000 study of pregnant and "at-risk" 14-17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas, to determine ways to help them choose safer lifestyles and avoid pregnancy, including better "condom negotiation" tactics. The National Institutes of Health, part of the Health and Human Services Department, is providing a University of Houston researcher the money because of the lack of study of female teen juveniles in trouble with the law. The school said the study, "Choices - Teen: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention for Juvenile Justice Females," will include 30 at-risk girls, ages 14-17, on intensive probation with...
  • For Susan Rice, Benghazi Was Kenya 1998 Deja Vu

    11/30/2012 4:18:07 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 30, 2012
    Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998. 'What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security." In both cases, Susan Rice was involved more than she...
  • Suzanne Venker: The War On Men

    11/30/2012 4:17:23 PM PST · by drewh · 116 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published November 26, 2012
    Believe it or not, modern women want to get married. Trouble is, men don’t. The so-called dearth of good men (read: marriageable men) has been a hot subject in the media as of late. Much of the coverage has been in response to the fact that for the first time in history, women have become the majority of the U.S. workforce. They’re also getting most of the college degrees. The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women. Women aren’t women anymore. To say gender relations have changed dramatically is an understatement. Ever since the sexual...
  • George Zimmerman defense asks judge for original recording of interview with 'star witness'

    11/30/2012 4:16:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 30, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    George Zimmerman's legal team has asked a judge to force an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family to turn over to the defense a recorded interview with the witness described as the teen's girlfriend. According to Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Trayvon's family, the girlfriend was on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon moments before he was shot by Zimmerman on Feb. 26. At issue is a recorded interview Crump conducted with the girl, identified in prosecution documents as Witness 8. Crump played a portion of his talk with Witness 8 at a press conference in late March. Crump has said that...
  • Community Outraged that Store Clerk Shot Man, Surveillance Video Tells Different Story (VIDEO)

    11/30/2012 4:08:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    guns.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Community members are up in arms in southeast Houston, demanding justice for a 21-year-old man who was shot by a store clerk during an altercation Monday night. What happened? The young man punched the clerk in the face. According to KHOU news, Alexander Calloway and his two cousins were trying to enter a gas station at 3:30 a.m., but the store was locked. The young men got into an argument with the clerk, Akrem Azzam, through the bulletproof exterior counter. Azzam eventually unlocked the door to speak with Calloway, which was admittedly unwise. Still, that’s no excuse for what happened...
  • White House opposes new Israeli settlement construction

    11/30/2012 4:07:19 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/30/12 | BYRON TAU
    The White House condemned Israel's decision to build more than 3,000 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem. "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said. "We believe these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve a two state solution. Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that easier to achieve," Vietor said.
  • In 1929, Deflation Started In Europe Before Overtaking The U.S.

    11/30/2012 3:50:10 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    EWI ^ | 11-30-2012 | EWI
    In 1929, Deflation Started In Europe Before Overtaking The U.S. Economics / DeflationNov 30, 2012 - 05:23 AM By: EWI What Happens in Europe Will Not Stay in Europe More than 1,500 years after the fact, scholars still debate the causes of the Roman Empire's fall. What historians do agree on is that the crumbling empire's final days were marked by economic contraction, a struggle to fund Rome's routine affairs and excessive debt. Sound familiar? Mark Twain said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." That quote seems to apply when economically comparing the Roman Empire and the United...
  • Calif., Ariz. Border Towns Have Nation’s Highest Unemployment: Over 28%

    11/30/2012 3:46:05 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The metropolitan areas of Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., have the two highest unemployment rates in the country, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the El Centro metropolitan area, the unemployment rate for October was 28.1 percent, said BLS. In the Yuma metropolitan area, it was 29.8 percent. The national unemployment rate in October was 7.9 percent.
  • Hamas Reminder: Our Goal is Israel's Destruction

    11/30/2012 3:39:59 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/30/2012
    While Hamas welcomed a UN vote to recognize "Palestine" on Thursday, on the same day it issued a statement rejecting the UN's famous Resolution 181, in which the world body voted in favor of a plan to recognize two states in what was then British Mandatory Palestine - one Arab, and one Jewish. The Arab world rejected the plan and attacked the fledgling Jewish state - an approach which led to Israel growing in size, while Egypt and Jordan seized the rest of the land in the former British mandate. Hamas' Thursday statement indicated that its approach to the "problem"...
  • Report: Extending Jobless Benefits Creates Jobs (Congressional Budget Office)

    11/30/2012 3:26:39 PM PST · by drewh · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 29, 2012 | By SAM HANANEL
    Extending the current level of long-term unemployment benefits for another year would add 300,000 jobs to the economy, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis released Wednesday from the nonpartisan office estimates that keeping jobless benefits would cost the government $30 billion. But it would also lead to more spending by the unemployed, boosting demand for goods and services and creating new jobs. Federal long-term unemployment benefits are set to expire on Dec. 29 for more than 2 million workers unless Congress approves an extension. Democrats have called for reauthorization of extended benefits, but Republicans generally...
  • Pelosi will try to force House vote to extend middle-class tax rates

    11/30/2012 3:22:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | Chris Moody
    WASHINGTON—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will try to force a vote on the House floor to extend current tax rates for the middle class next week if Republicans do not act, the California Democrat announced on Friday. During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi called on House Republicans, who control the chamber, to hold another floor vote on whether to extend current tax rates for individuals who earn $200,000 or less and families making $250,000 or less. If they don't, Pelosi vowed to file a "discharge petition" that would force a vote if 218 House members sign it, which...
  • White House opposed new Iran sanctions

    11/30/2012 3:18:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | Friday, November 30, 2012 - 3:15 PM | Josh Rogin
    The White House announced its opposition to a new round of Iran sanctions that the Senate unanimously approved Friday, in the latest instance of Congress pushing for more aggressive punitive measures on Iran than the administration deems prudent. On Thursday, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate passed 94-0. The new legislative language would blacklist Iran's energy, port, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, while also placing new restrictions on Iran's ability to get insurance for all these industries. The legislation would also vastly expand U.S. support for human...
  • NEA Awards 832 Art Works Grants Totaling $23.3 million

    11/30/2012 3:17:53 PM PST · by Drango · 15 replies
    NEA ^ | 11/27/12
    Plus, 40 Creative Writing Fellowships totaling $1 million awarded to poets November 27, 2012 Contact: Victoria Hutter 202.682.5570 hutterv@arts.gov Washington, DC -- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the NEA will award 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through its Art Works funding category. Not-for-profit arts organizations in 47 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive funding. The supported projects span 13 artistic disciplines and fields and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. In addition, the...
  • Stevie Wonder cancels concert for Israeli group

    11/30/2012 3:11:48 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 30, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military. Wonder had been scheduled to perform next week for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.
  • Report: Security Clearances Revoked, Criminal Charges Pending For ATF Fast and Furious Officials

    11/30/2012 3:09:51 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-30-2012 | Katie Pavlich
    November 30, 2012 Report: Security Clearances Revoked, Criminal Charges Pending For ATF Fast and Furious Officials Katie Pavlich Washington D.C. - According to credible ATF sources, officials heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious and named as partially responsible for the program's failure by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and the House Oversight Committee have been stripped of their government security clearances while some have been fired, demoted, and transferred. Criminal charges are also reportedly pending. Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, former ATF Special Agent in Charge of Operations in...
  • California Is About To Get Pummeled With Rivers Of Rain (Like, Not Since 1861)

    11/30/2012 3:04:06 PM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-30-2012 | Mark Fischetti, Scientific American
    California Is About To Get Pummeled With Rivers Of Rain Mark Fischetti, Scientific AmericanNovember 30, 2012An atmospheric river (thin yellow band) feeds torrential rain into northern California on Nov. 30. Northern California is experiencing the first days of what weather forecasters are warning will be a long series of torrential rainstorms that could cause serious flooding across the northern one-third of the state. The relentless storms are being driven by a feature in the atmosphere you have probably never heard of: an atmospheric river. Oh, and another atmospheric river created the worst flooding since the 1960s in western England and...
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    11/30/2012 3:03:34 PM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 30,2012 | Mark Levin
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  • Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

    11/30/2012 2:55:34 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2012 | Matt McGrath
    A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the journey. The owners say that changing climate conditions and a volatile gas market make the Arctic transit profitable. Long-term preparationBuilt in 2007 with a strengthened hull, the Ob River can carry up to 150,000 cubic metres of gas. The tanker...
  • Introducing the 'Obama-fish'

    11/30/2012 2:47:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://news.mongabay.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | Staff
    Scientists have named five newly discovered fish after former and current U.S. political leaders, including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Teddy Roosevelt, reports the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and Scientific American. The fish were formerly described earlier this month in the journal the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The fish are all species of darter, a group that is found widely in the United States. The species were identified after research on the Speckled Darter (Etheostoma stigmaeum) concluded that it could be divided into nine separate species, five of which are now...
  • Son's woes weigh heavily on the Rev. Jesse Jackson

    11/30/2012 2:43:03 PM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    AP (Yahoo) ^ | 11/30/2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) — At 71, the Rev. Jesse Jackson still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks widely on all kinds of civil rights issues. But he struggles when addressing one thing: the son and political heir who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations. The elder Jackson says his heart "burns" over the woes of his oldest child.