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  • Centrist Dems lying low on deficit negotiations to avoid 2014 backlash

    12/06/2012 8:04:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/12 05 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic centrists, whom Grover Norquist describes as the “hostages” in the tax debate, are lying low and keeping quiet about competing proposals from President Obama and House GOP leaders.These centrists have declined to endorse Obama’s opening offer to raise taxes by $1.6 trillion, twice the size of the tax increase most of them voted for in July. They have also held their fire on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plan, released Monday, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenues and cut $1.2 trillion in spending, which is closer to the ratio of the Bowles-Simpson plan popular with many...
  • Military Drones Prowl US Skies (Smile!! You're on camera or will be soon!)

    12/06/2012 7:58:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/12 | TechNewsDaily Staff | LiveScience.com
    Military drones used to track terrorists or insurgents in Afghanistan have also been flying across the U.S. homeland. Newly released documents show U.S. drone flights by the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the first time. The Air Force has tested drones in U.S. skies ranging from hand-launched Ravens to the larger Reaper drones responsible for targeting and killing people overseas — all recorded through the Federal Aviation Administration licenses required to fly in national airspace. That information became public through a Freedom of Information Act request from the nonprofit digital rights organization Electronic...
  • Summer 2013 Software Engineer Internship (Executive Office Of The President: unpaid)

    12/06/2012 7:55:22 PM PST · by posterchild · 8 replies
    USAJOBS.GOV ^ | Mon Nov 26 ,2012
    Begin a challenging and exciting internship with the Executive Office of the President (EOP) providing support to the President of the United States. The EOP is comprised of The White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representatives, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Administration, National Security Staff, Council on Environmental Quality, and Council of Economic Advisers. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President's message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad....
  • Israeli PM “disappointed” with Angela Merkel

    12/06/2012 7:53:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 09:29 | Valentina Pop
    A joint German-Israeli government meeting in Berlin on Thursday (6 December) is likely to be the scene of more disagreements between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the two traditional allies are having increased difficulty finding common ground. The scene was set already on the eve of the meeting. Netanyahu told Die Welt about his “disappointment” at Germany’s decision last week to abstain instead of saying “No” to Palestine's status upgrade within the United Nations. “I think Chancellor Merkel thought this vote would somehow promote peace. But the opposite has happened: Ever since the UN vote, the...
  • George Zimmerman sues NBC Universal over edited 911 call

    12/06/2012 7:43:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 136 replies
    CNN ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Michael Martinez
    (CNN) -- George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Florida boy, sued NBC Universal on Thursday for using "the oldest form of yellow journalism" by editing an audio tape of his 911 call to make him sound racist, the lawsuit said. Zimmerman is seeking "damages in excess of the jurisdictional limit" in Seminole County Circuit Court in Florida, where the lawsuit is filed. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and is charged with second-degree murder, is accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, who was African-American. The February incident has provoked national controversy.
  • A preview of DeMint’s possible replacements in the Senate

    12/06/2012 7:39:58 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    RedAlertPolitics ^ | 12-6-2012 | Katie LaPotin
    December 6, 2012 A preview of DeMint’s possible replacements in the Senate Katie LaPotin Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) abrupt resignation today opens a seat in the upper chamber for a Palmetto State Republican to win a huge promotion.South Carolina election law gives the state’s governor, in this case Republican Nikki Haley, the ability to appoint someone to fill DeMint’s seat after he officially resigns in January for the next two years. A special election will be held in November 2014 to determine who will serve the the final two years of DeMint’s remaining four year term.Senior South Carolina Sen. Lindsey...
  • Finger Prints of Recession 2013, Recipe for Economic Disaster and Investor Opportunity

    12/06/2012 7:37:34 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-6-2012 | Ty Andros
    Finger Prints of Recession 2013, Recipe for Economic Disaster and Investor Opportunity Economics / Recession 2013Dec 06, 2012 - 03:04 AM By: Ty Andros The verdict is in and the man-made disaster that is creeping socialism just got a green light in the world’s largest economy! The SOMETHING for Nothing society known formally as the United States of America and controlled by what Vladimir Lenin called USEFUL IDIOTS (products of centrally controlled public schools taught the VIRTUES of socialism as beneficial) have now elevated their chosen REPRESENTATIVES as slave masters (at the point of a government GUN) to the last...
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a foetus

    12/06/2012 7:33:26 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Cranmer ^ | December 4, 2012 | Archbishop Cranmer
    His Grace would like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the announcement that they are expecting their first baby. Girl or boy, he or she is destined to ascend the Throne and reign over the United Kingdom (should it remain united) and the Dominions overseas. But His Grace is puzzled. Everywhere he turns he reads about a Royal baby. Even The Guardian talks of the couple 'expecting their first child', despite the Duchess being in the 'very early stages' of pregnancy. We are told that the couple 'are to be parents', and that this 'will be the...
  • Issa's Vista home burglarized; $100,000 worth of jewelry stolen

    12/06/2012 7:32:31 PM PST · by glorgau · 40 replies
    U-T - San Diego ^ | 12/6/12 | Staff
    VISTA — An estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Rep. Darrell Issa’s home in Vista last week, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista — AP Deputies responded on Nov. 29 to a burglary call at the Republican congressman’s house in the city’s upscale Shadowridge neighborhood, Sheriff’s Department records show. The incident occurred between 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. that day. More than 50 pieces of jewelry were stolen, including watches, earrings, rings and bracelets, according to department records.
  • How to read the Sandy-impacted jobs report

    12/06/2012 7:28:55 PM PST · by plain talk · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Dec 6 2012 | Jeffrey Bartash
    The highly anticipated monthly U.S. jobs report is rarely treated as minor sideshow, but November is a different story. Economists believe the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy slashed net job growth in November by more than half compared to the prior month, making it virtually impossible to figure out whether U.S. hiring trends got better or worse. They say it might take another month or two of jobs data before they can backfill and figure out how much the storm hurt hiring. “We won’t have a sense of what underlying job growth is until we get the December number,” said...
  • Investors Ditching Before the Fiscal Cliff (Peter Schiff)

    12/06/2012 7:20:30 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-6-2012 | Peter Schiff
    Investors Ditching Before the Fiscal Cliff Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012Dec 06, 2012 - 01:18 PM By: Peter Schiff Turn on the TV and this is what you'll hear: The US budget is heading for a fiscal cliff. If a deal isn't reaching in Congress by the end of this year, a combination of automatic tax hikes and budget cuts will sink America into economic depression. There is no escape. Of course, my readers know that the fiscal cliff is merely an example of the piper having to be paid. The problem isn't the bill, but that we ran...
  • Poll: Do you think things in California are generally going in the ...

    12/06/2012 7:18:37 PM PST · by South40 · 13 replies
    Do you think things in California are generally going in the ... Right direction Wrong direction Scroll down, poll on right. Mash Here
  • Two Federal Appeals Courts Put Limits on Gun Rights

    12/06/2012 7:16:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ^ | December 2nd, 2012 | December 2nd, 2012
    Two Federal Appeals Courts Put Limits on Gun Rights » by NewsWatch on December 2nd, 2012 Permalink By LARRY BODINE Editor in Chief/Lawyers.comLarry Bodine Militant gun advocates and firearms industry lobbies will be surprised to learn that there are indeed limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and that there is no fundamental right to carry handguns in public. New York can require applicants for concealed-carry gun license to articulate a need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community, as the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on November 27. Kachalsky v. City of Westchester,...
  • NJ rejects state-based health exchange

    12/06/2012 7:15:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Neew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declined to set up a state-based insurance exchange under the healthcare law Thursday — the same day he met with President Obama on Hurricane Sandy aid. The move will be welcomed by conservatives who blamed Christie for praising Obama's response to the storm. Sandy hit just before the election and distracted national media coverage from Obama's campaign against Mitt Romney, who lost. In a statement, Christie said New Jersey would default to a federally run exchange because the Obama administration did not provide enough information on alternatives. He also said an exchange would be...
  • Rand Paul: We Should Let Dems Raise Taxes And Then Let Them Own It

    12/06/2012 7:04:39 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 48 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 6, 2012
    SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the...
  • Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to Pay Income Taxes

    12/06/2012 6:57:53 PM PST · by Mozilla · 48 replies
    patch.com ^ | 12-6-12 | William Demarest
    Actor Stephen Baldwin has been arrested on a charge of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox. Baldwin, 46, a resident of Upper Grandview in Rockland County, is accused of failing to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In total, Baldwin’s tax liability to the State of New York, including penalties and interests, is more than $350,000. “At a time when Rockland County and New York...
  • Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys

    12/06/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by null and void · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18:01 EST, 6 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes are awaiting federal approval for release into the Florida Keys as part of an experiment aimed at reducing the risk of dengue fever. Officials are targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes because they can spread dengue fever, a disease health officials thought had been eradicated in the U.S. until 93 cases originated in the Keys in 2009 and 2010. The trial planned by mosquito control officials and the British company Oxitec would release non-biting male mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to pass along a birth defect that kill their progeny before reaching maturity....
  • WARRIORS, WEAPONS, & CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (VANITY Cont...)

    12/06/2012 6:48:39 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 3 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/06/2012 | Bill Russell
    An article in Monday’s Washington Times, highlighted the Democratic efforts in the Senate to block Senator Tom Cobun’s amendment to require a court order before denying a veteran under Veteran’s Administration care the right to own a gun. Until four years ago, I would not have been so concerned about the VA making a medical mental competency call on an individual veteran being treated for mental health issues. Certainly, no one in their right mind would argue that the mentally incompetent should own guns. Also, the vast majority of the people who work for the bureaucratic organization known as the...
  • National parliaments “not best” for EU’s interests

    12/06/2012 6:35:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 17:36 | Honor Mahony
    A new ideas paper on progress towards further EU integration highlights the shifting power sands for national parliaments, as the European Parliament is set to become the principal democratic guardian of a future EU. The paper—put together by EU council president Herman Van Rompuy and published Thursday (6 December)—lays out a loose time framework for achieving “genuine economic and monetary union.” In a section entitled democratic legitimacy and accountability—the section itself is an acknowledgement of the how the issue has moved up the political agenda—the paper notes that the one of “guiding principles” is that democratic control should happen at...
  • Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador (to the Court of St James)

    12/06/2012 6:14:55 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    Fashionista ^ | Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 12:00 | by Dhani Mau
    Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador Despite their disparate political beliefs and the fact that there is no actual confirmation that Anna Wintour is being considered for an ambassador position, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to endorse her. He Tweeted yesterday, I am happy to hear that Pres.Obama is considering giving Anna Wintour @voguemagazine an ambassadorship. She is a winner & really smart! We can’t disagree, but we’re a little…surprised. In this past election, Trump endorsed and threw tons of money at the Romney campaign, and has said some pretty nasty things about the current president, for...