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  • Rep. Moran (D-Va): Son’s Attack on Girlfriend “An Accident" (Beaten bloody)

    12/12/2012 12:01:23 PM PST · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | Wdnesday, December 12, 2012 | Will Sommers
    Virginia Rep. Jim Moran's office has another statement about his son's arrest for assaulting his girlfriend in Columbia Heights earlier this month. And it turns out it was all an accident, according to Moran, despite his son's guilty plea to assault. "The situation was an accident," Moran spokeswoman Anne Hughes writes in an email, adding that both Moran and his girlfriend testified to that in court. "Patrick didn't hit or shove her."
  • Whoa! Earth gets close shave by newfound asteroid

    12/12/2012 12:00:22 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 67 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/11/12 | Mike Wall
    Spotted just two days ago, it came zipping toward us inside the moon's orbitA newfound asteroid gave Earth a close shave early today, zipping between our planet and the moon just two days after astronomers first spotted it. The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was discovered Sunday, came within 140,000 miles (230,000 kilometers) of our planet at about 5 a.m. EST Tuesday, researchers said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so (386,000 km). Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120 feet (36 meters) wide — big enough to cause substantial damage...
  • Lieberman: We Don't Want to Lose Our Freedom by Trying to Keep Terrorists from Crossing Border

    12/12/2012 11:59:33 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/11/2012 | Patrick Burke
    CNSNews.com) – Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday the U.S. has made it increasingly difficult for Hezbollah terrorists and their supporters to cross the U.S.-Mexico border--but there is still more work to do to make the border secure. However, Lieberman also warned that we don't want to lose American freedom by trying to keep terrorist from crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. “The security’s better on the U.S.-Mexican border than it has been before in terms of terrorists’ capacity to break through our borders in the south, but we still...
  • Defense Dept. had live video of attack in Benghazi

    12/12/2012 11:58:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/11/12 | Guy Taylor
    Live video from a drone flying over the U.S. Consulate during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was monitored at a Defense Department facility, but was not fed to the White House, senior officials say.
  • 'There Will Be Blood' - Union Violence in the Age of Obama

    12/12/2012 11:48:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/12/2012 | Michelle Obama
    Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to "make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." He Who Heals advocated "a more civil and honest public discourse" in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre. As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else. This week, menacing union goons unleashed threats, profanity and punches in Michigan, which is now poised to become a "right-to-work" state. Obama met the initial outbreak of...
  • N.J. Spars Over Free Beach Access Post-Sandy

    12/12/2012 11:25:38 AM PST · by Theoria · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 12 Dec 2012 | David Schaper
    <p>At an oceanfront park in Long Branch, N.J., Tim Dillingham looks out over the beach in awe of how much the pounding waves and high waters of Hurricane Sandy have changed the Jersey shore.</p> <p>Dillingham is the executive director of the American Littoral Society, a coastal conservation group. Before the storm, he says, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent years building up the beaches by pumping sand onto them.</p>
  • Governor Says Pennsylvania Won't Set up Health Exchange

    12/12/2012 11:20:51 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 50 replies
    AP, via ABC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | MARC LEVY and MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act — at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday. Setting up a state-based exchange would be irresponsible, Corbett said as he faulted federal authorities for what he said were inadequate answers to his questions about cost and other issues. "Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning," said the Republican governor. "Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars."
  • Gov't arrests illegal immigrant Senate intern (Menendez NJ)

    12/12/2012 11:17:05 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/12/12 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    <p>The Associated Press has learned that a registered sex offender working as an unpaid intern for Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is facing deportation after being arrested by federal immigration authorities.</p>
  • Pope Benedict sends first personal tweet

    12/12/2012 11:15:51 AM PST · by shove_it · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-12-12 | Laura Smith-Spark
    (CNN) -- The wait is over for Pope Benedict XVI's many Twitter followers, and they have been quick to respond to the much anticipated first tweet from his personal account Wednesday morning.... (video at link)
  • Ripples from the Election - “Hope and change” has been replaced by envy and jealousy. (VDH)

    12/12/2012 11:11:45 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Now that the election is over, we are starting to see the contours of what lies ahead for the next four years. Here are some likely consequences from the Obama victory.1. Barack Obama is not very interested in tax reform, deficit reduction, or curbing annual spending. He believes in big government, and the bigger the better. His tenure is not so much a repudiation of Reaganism as it is of Clintonism, and the whole notion of keeping the annual growth of federal spending at or below 2 percent, balancing the budget, and declaring the era of big government over....
  • White House snubs Polish appeal

    12/12/2012 11:09:38 AM PST · by Renfield · 7 replies
    The White House snubs the appeal of the Polish Nation to support the establishment of an international investigation of the Smolensk 2010 air crash. The White House released its official department of state response describing its position on a petition filed with https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ asking to support the Polish Nation appeal for an international investigation of the Smolensk 2010 air crash. The statement (along with the original petition) can be found here and reads as following: The White House has received your petition requesting support for an international investigation of the Polish Air Force Tu‑154 crash that occurred near Smolensk, Russia,...
  • THE BIG STORY: Spain arrests woman with cocaine breast implants

    12/12/2012 11:08:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 12/12/12
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at Barcelona airport with 1.38 kilograms (3 pounds) of cocaine concealed in breast implants. The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that border police noticed fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on her chest as well as pale patches beneath her skin.
  • Reds introduce ‘Los Rojos’ alternate jerseys

    12/12/2012 11:05:32 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | December 10, 2012 | Kevin Kaduk
    The Cincinnati Reds held their annual "Redsfest" over the weekend and the biggest happening — other than Bronson Arroyo's Goo Goo Dolls cover or Mat Latos' Justin Bieber impression — was the introduction of the team's new alternate jersey. That's it to the right here. The Reds will wear the "Los Rojos" tops on select dates this season as they follow other teams into the world of Spanish-themed jerseys.
  • Fed makes new rate pledge,pumps more money into economy (More Stimulus or Bust!!)

    12/12/2012 11:02:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 12/12/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve ramped up its stimulus to the economy on Wednesday, expressing disappointment with the pace of recovery in employment as contentious U.S. budget talks heighten uncertainty about the outlook. The central bank replaced a more modest stimulus program due to expire at year-end with a fresh round of Treasury purchases that will increase its balance sheet. It committed to monthly purchases of $45 billion in Treasuries on top of the $40 billion per month in mortgage-backed bonds it started buying in September. In a surprise move, the Fed also adopted numerical thresholds for policy, a...
  • Clackamas Town Center shooting: Gunman was Jacob Tyler Roberts

    12/12/2012 10:49:42 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 74 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 12.12.12 | Helen Jun
    Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, was the masked man who stormed into Clackamas Town Center Tuesday afternoon, fatally shooting two people and wounding another before turning a gun on himself, police said. Roberts does not appear to have a criminal history in Oregon, according to court records. He had two speeding tickets earlier this year. Court records show that Roberts and a woman, Hannah Shoemake, were evicted last summer from their Happy Valley apartment. Roberts' mother answered her door at her Portland home, but declined to comment to an Oregonian reporter. "I loved my son very much," she said.
  • Oregon Mall Gunman Identified as Jacob Tyler Roberts

    12/12/2012 10:44:16 AM PST · by Lera · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | COLLEEN CURRY, DEAN SCHABNER and KEVIN DOLAK
    The masked gunman who killed two people in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., was identified today as Jacob Tyler Roberts. Roberts, 22, was armed with a stolen AR-15 semi-automatic weapon, Sheriff Craig Roberts told a news conference today. He was not wearing a bullet-proof vest as previously reported.
  • Palazzo, Venetian welcome veterans to Las Vegas in style

    12/12/2012 10:38:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    kntv ^ | dec 2012 | Villarreal
    Palazzo, Venetian welcome veterans to Las Vegas in style By Marco Villarreal CREATED Dec. 5, 2012 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's the season of giving and it's especially nice when the people on the receiving end have already given so much to protect our nation. Wounded war veterans were given a well-deserved "thank you" at the Palazzo Wednesday afternoon. Joined with the Armed Forced Foundation, veterans were greeted at the hotel with applause and cheers from hundreds of team members from the Palazzo and the Venetian. Veterans came in with close family and loved ones; some physically supported or...
  • The Obama admin wants you to know they’re here to help with mortgage payments

    12/12/2012 10:21:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The Obama administration is launching a brand-new public service announcement to tout Treasury and Housing & Urban Development‘s joint initiative to help progress "the Obama Administration's broad strategy to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, stabilize the country's housing market, and improve the nation's economy." Via Politico: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO... “While communities across the country are beginning to recover from an unprecedented housing crisis, too many families are still struggling with their mortgage payments and are unsure of where to turn for help,” said Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance Mary Miller in a statement. “Millions of homeowners have...
  • Census: Whites no longer a majority in U.S. by 2043

    12/12/2012 10:18:34 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 89 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12-12-12 | AP
    White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections, part of a historic shift that is already reshaping the nation's schools, workforce and electorate. The official projection, released Wednesday by the Census Bureau, now places the tipping point for the white majority a year later than previous estimates, which were made before the impact of the recent economic downturn was fully known. America continues to grow and become more diverse due to higher birth rates among minorities, particularly for Hispanics who entered the U.S. at the height of the immigration boom...
  • Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-Va)Son Guilty of Beating Up His Girlfriend in Columbia Heights (D.C.)

    12/12/2012 10:16:48 AM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Will Sommer
    Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, is having a bad year. First, undercover video operative James O'Keefe caught him on tape half-heartedly discussing how to commit voter fraud...while acting as the field director for his dad's campaign. Now Moran's taken a more criminal turn, pleading guilty earlier today to allegedly beating up his girlfriend outside a Columbia Heights bar. SNIP In a statement to Washington City Paper, Rep. Moran described his son and his girlfriend as "good kids." "I hope their privacy will be respected," the congressman said. "They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation...