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  • BOOMTOWN: D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market

    12/21/2012 12:44:48 PM PST · by Poundstone · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2012 | Annys Shin
    While much of the nation is still struggling to emerge from a historic housing-market meltdown, the District is reliving its boom days. High rents, low interest rates, low inventory, and a flood of new residents in their 20s and 30s are making parts of the city feel like it’s 2005 again. The median home sale price in the District is up 14 percent from last year, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). And the average number of days houses spend on the market has fallen by nearly 30 percent, to 53 days.
  • Obama Unveils Online Information Sharing Strategy To Fight Cyberterrorism

    12/21/2012 12:37:37 PM PST · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | 12/21/2012 | Adam Popescu
    On Wednesday the President issued a 16-page game plan aimed at strengthening the process and protection of online sharing to fight cyber attacks. It's called the the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding. The NSISS is a guideline aimed at creating a "balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm," the President wrote. "Sharing and safeguarding are often seen as mutually exclusive, in reality they are mutually reinforcing. This Strategy, therefore, emphasizes how strengthening the protection of classified and sensitive information can help...
  • Eric Cantor plays loyal lieutenant to Boehner

    12/21/2012 12:36:49 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/12 | Rosalind S. Helderman,
    In a breach of bedrock conservative principles, House Speaker John A. Boehner laid out a proposal Tuesday to allow tax rates to rise for Americans making more than $1 million a year. And standing side by side with Boehner as he outlined what many Republicans consider an apostasy — but what Boehner argues is the only way to spare most people from a tax increase — was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who has worked hard in recent months to play the loyal lieutenant.
  • Student’s plan to come to school as Santa goes awry

    12/21/2012 12:30:02 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | Claudinezap
    the teen’s mother confirmed that George had bought a Santa costume, and that he had told police that he and his friends planned to dress up as Santa and his elves–and hand out candy canes. He had even alerted a teacher to his idea. Police investigated and found no cause for concern. But Crawford High School principal Mike Campbell was not convinced, saying he found the post disturbing. He had George suspended while the school investigates.
  • Sandy Hook massacre: Official story spins out of control

    12/21/2012 12:27:24 PM PST · by gitmo · 43 replies
    Sott Net ^ | Tue, 18 Dec 2012 | Niall Bradley
    The massacre of 20 children and 7 adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school last Friday was one more in a long line of atrocious mass murders committed in the USA. By now, four days later, an official version of events has more or less solidified to explain the chain of events. The familiar 'lone gunman' narrative has once more stoked the hot-button issue of gun control and left the general population as clueless as ever as to why people suddenly 'go postal' and target the most vulnerable members of society. Teddy bears left at a memorial for the child...
  • Why The Manufacturing Jobs Are Not Coming Back

    12/21/2012 12:26:52 PM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    There are a plethora of reasons underpinning the fact that manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the USA. Perhaps the simplest is purely economic. As McKinsey notes in a recent report, manufacturings' role in job creation shifts over time as manufacturing's share of output falls and as companies invest in technologies and process improvements that raise productivity. A critical finding is that as manufacturing's share of national output falls, so does its share of employment - following the inverted 'U' curve below. Manufacturing job losses in advanced economies have been concentrated in labor-intensive and highly tradable (read globalizable) industries...
  • 446 school age children shot in Chicago . . .

    12/21/2012 12:24:17 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 37 replies
    The Tea Party Commander ^ | December 20, 2012 | none listed
    446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year with strongest gun laws in country – media silent The cesspool known as Chicago probably has the toughest gun laws in the country, yet despite all the shootings, murders, and bloodshed, you never hear a peep about this from the corrupt state run media. In Chicago, there have been 446 school age children shot in leftist utopia run by Rahm Emanuel and that produced Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc. 62 school aged children have actually been killed by crazed nuts in Chicago so far this year with almost...
  • California: State unemployment rate falls to 9.8% even as employers shed jobs

    12/21/2012 12:23:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/21/2012 | Ricardo Lopez
    California's unemployment rate hit single-digits in November for the first time in almost four years, thanks in part to a holiday hiring surge by retailers. The jobless rate fell to 9.8% from 10.1% in October, according to data in an overall jobs report released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The drop in the unemployment rate, determined in a survey of households, came even as a separate payroll survey found that employers in the state shed 3,800 jobs. “The state showed a very significant and encouraging drop in the unemployment rate,” said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at the Fermanian...
  • Boehner says he's open to negotiations with President Obama on avoiding 'fiscal cliff'

    12/21/2012 12:13:15 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/21/12 | Associated Press
    House Speaker John Boehner signaled on Friday he's still open to negotiations with President Barack Obama on avoiding across-the-board tax increases set to hit taxpayers Jan. 1, but sounded pessimistic about reaching a grand deal with the president. "How we get there, God only knows," Boehner told a Capitol Hill news conference just hours after his rank-and-file handed him a stunning tactical defeat. The Republican leader spoke the morning after he was forced by his members to abandon legislation that would have raised taxes on incomes above $1 million. "We didn't have the votes to pass it," Boehner said glumly.
  • URGENT: 4 shot dead in Pennsylvania, 3 troopers injured in confrontation with suspect

    12/21/2012 12:02:55 PM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michael Walsh
    A wild car chase has resulted in a 6-mile-long crime scene. The suspect is now ‘neutralized,’ say cops. Four people died and three were injured in a shooting near Geeseytown, Pa., Friday morning. A woman and three men – including the gunman – were killed, said Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE DAILY NEWS ONLINE PETITION TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS.[Snip] “There is no longer a threat to residents and visitors to this area from this individual,” the agency alerted the public via Facebook. Those seeking emergency counseling regarding this incident may report to the Geeseytown...
  • Public Puts Mental Health, More Police above Gun Control

    12/21/2012 12:01:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 21, 2012 | John Fund
    Policy makers should focus on what might actually work to prevent massacres.(Gallup, Inc., December 18, 2012) Despite what amounts to an all-out propaganda campaign in the mainstream media calling for more gun control, the American people remain unconvinced and think there are better ways to avoid massacres like the one that happened in Newtown.A CBS News poll taken after the shootings found just 26 percent of Americans believe stricter gun laws would have done a lot to prevent the carnage. A Rasmussen poll found only 27 percent think stricter gun control would be the most effective preventive measure. Almost half...
  • Do you agree with the NRA that an armed officer should be posted in every school? (FREEP THIS POLL!)

    12/21/2012 11:46:44 AM PST · by rarestia · 106 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | 21 December 2012 | Staff
    Do you agree with the NRA that an armed officer should be posted in every school? Yes(72%) No(28%)
  • Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

    12/21/2012 11:37:37 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 21 Dec 12 | Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted. "He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said, standing alongside Kerry at the White House. "Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry."
  • I'm no Scrooge, Obama edition

    12/21/2012 11:33:37 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/21/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Obama is giving a special gift to federal workers: a day off on Christmas Eve, apparently with pay. "All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2012, the day before Christmas Day," states the executive order he signed.
  • Christmas 2012 (North on our military)

    12/21/2012 11:31:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 21, 2012 | Oliver North
    EPHRATA, PA — Five years ago, this annual Christmas column was written while our Fox News "War Stories" team was embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division south of Baghdad. A year earlier, the Christmas 2006 column was written in Ramadi, Iraq, while we were embedded with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in what was then the bloodiest place on the planet. In 2005, this column originated with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and the 2nd Brigade of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, in Anbar Province. In the days before Christmas that year, we were able to document the...
  • John Kerry: Global Warming Is The Next 9/11 ( Aug. 31, 2009 )

    12/21/2012 11:24:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Business insider ^ | Aug. 31, 2009, 1:34 PM | Jay Yarow
    John Kerry has written an op-ed for the Huffington Post comparing the inaction in response to a heating planet to the inaction of President Bush before September 11th. Kerry reaches deep into the bag of global warming hysterics to uncork this piece, saying that the fate of the nation hinges upon the passing of some sort of climate change legislation.It's ridiculously over the top, but we suppose it might get a few supporters all riled up and ready to fight for the bill this fall. Of course, it's so over the top that it might just turn off a bunch...
  • Indiana Man Got 'Riled Up' Watching Fox News, Drank 45 Beers, And Then Set Fire To A Mosque

    12/21/2012 11:21:22 AM PST · by blam · 70 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-21-2012 | Aleksi Tzatzev
    Indiana Man Got 'Riled Up' Watching Fox News, Drank 45 Beers, And Then Set Fire To A Mosque Aleksi TzatzevDec. 21, 2012, 10:13 AMA 52-year-old truck driver has pleaded guilty to driving from his home in Indiana to set a mosque on fire in Ohio, Toledo Blade reported yesterday. Randolph Linn said he got "riled up" watching Fox News and drank 45 beers in seven hours before setting the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on fire, according to The Sentinel-Tribune. The drive from his Indiana home to the mosque was nearly two hours. Linn said he wanted "to get some...
  • Council Rock High School Closed Due to Threat, Student Arrested (PA)

    12/21/2012 11:15:07 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 12 replies
    NBC-10 ^ | 12/21/12 | Staff
    Northampton Township police arrested a Council Rock High School South student and seized two handguns from his bedroom after he allegedly threatened a shooting at the school. Police say the ninth-grader was taken into custody Thursday night after fellow students reported he made threatening statements. Detective Sgt. Bill Klein says two 9 mm handguns were in plain sight in the boy's bedroom when police went to his home. Klein says police treated the threat as credible from the start but weren't sure if the 14-year-old had the means to carry out an attack until searching the home. Investigators say it...
  • Journalists slam NRA throughout press conference

    12/21/2012 11:14:46 AM PST · by billorites · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 21, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    When National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre took the stage on Friday to address the media about last week’s elementary school massacre, he made it clear multiple times that the organization has issues with how the press reports on guns. At one point, LaPierre said “the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking.” If the NRA doesn’t like reporters, the feeling is apparently mutual. As Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, put it: Reporters on my Twitter feed seem to hate the NRA more...
  • Gun Outrage in Black and White: Why Parents Matter

    12/21/2012 11:09:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Crystal Wright
    Young Black men are killing each other every day and the problem is particularly acute in urban cities like Chicago from which President Barack Obama hails. Yet, I haven’t seen Obama or the mainstream media shed a tear over the fact more than 50% of America’s murder victims are black and nearly all (85%) of those blacks killed are young men. Nor do we see media or presidential outrage or calls for more rigid gun control laws when young black kids are heinously murdered like we do when the victims are mostly white. Neither words nor God can explain the...