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  • Youths Leave Outpost at Sabbath's End

    12/29/2012 1:45:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of youths who stayed at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El over the Sabbath, left the community after the Saturday evening havdala prayer. The youths spent the Sabbath at the outpost along with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Rabbi of Tzfat, and Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba. The two rabbis had driven to nearby Ofra Friday, to negotiate an agreement according to which security forces would stop trying to evict the youths, and the youths would leave voluntarily at the Sabbath's end. The IDF was forced to stop an eviction from a Shomron outpost on Friday afternoon when...
  • In Zoabi Video, Lieberman Sings in Arabic

    12/29/2012 1:36:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Arab Balad party's election video is an animated clip showing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and several nationalist MKs singing Hatikva in to a Middle Eastern tune. Video In the clip, Lieberman explains that he was the one who proposed a law requiring citizens to pledge allegiance to the state of Israel in order to be eligible for an ID card. He then announces that he has now become convinced that the tune of Hatikva Ė Israel's national anthem Ė should be changed so that Arabs feel comfortable singing it as well. The well-executed clip follows, with MKs Aryeh Eldad,...
  • Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN

    12/29/2012 1:20:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | ap
    (AP) Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said Saturday that two decades of talks with Israel have been "a waste of time" and that Palestinians will soon take a new statehood bid to the U.N.
  • Air board chair on pundits' list for EPA

    12/29/2012 1:15:22 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 28, 2012 | Wyatt Buchanan
    The woman who led California through the development and implementation of some groundbreaking environmental policies could soon be headed to Washington, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation this week, and already people are speculating about who will next head the agency. One name on nearly every pundit's short list: California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. Nichols would be a controversial pick, as would most any candidate with a strong environmental record. She was rumored to be a finalist four years ago, but President Obama picked Jackson, a chemical engineer who had served as former...
  • Congressmen: Obama 'Reckless' to Arm Egypt with F-16 Fighter Jets

    12/29/2012 1:13:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    On Thursday Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) criticized the Obama administration for sending twenty F-16 fighter jets to the new Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian government. "It is reckless and unwise for the U.S. to give F-16s to Egypt and its new president/dictator, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood," Poe explained. "This extremist group is notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel. The United States should not be arming a country ruled by a group that has the destruction of Israel in its charter."
  • Generation Obama: Unemployed, Debt-Ridden, and Homeless

    12/29/2012 1:12:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Celia Bigelow
    It might seem easy to say, ďyou get what you vote for,Ē to the millions of young voters who supported President Obama and now canít find work. But, with a record number of young Americans becoming homeless, blaming the victim of President Obamaís well-crafted rhetoric doesnít seem right. In one of his last campaign speeches, President Obama told a crowd of people at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, ďWe tried our ideas; they worked. The economy grew. We created jobs.Ē This sham President Obama cooked-up is nothing short of immoral for the millions of young Americans that have been living in...
  • Russian Gun Lobby Seeks Right To Bear Arms

    12/29/2012 1:11:21 PM PST · by DBeers · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kates
    MOSCOW -- The mass shooting last week at an elementary school in Connecticut sparked calls for stricter gun control laws in the United States. But thousands of kilometers away, the fledgling gun lobby in Moscow drew a different lesson: Gun laws in Russia should be liberalized. And while the powerful U.S. gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association, waited four days before issuing a public statement on the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the Moscow-based Right To Bear Arms made its voice heard within hours with an announcement on its website calling for increased...
  • David Gregory to interview Obama on \"Meet the Press\" (Sun Dec 30)

    12/29/2012 1:07:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/28/12 | DYLAN BYERS
    <p>So what gives? Why is the President suddenly appearing on Meet The Press? Could it be to help Gregory out of his troubles? This is obviously a presidential back patting for Gregory so that maybe the D.C. police will back off.</p>
  • Tesla CEO Buys $17 Million Mansion; Got $465 Million Govt. Loan

    12/29/2012 12:58:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | Wynton Hall
    Taxpayers footed the bill for a $465 million loan to troubled electric carmaker Tesla as part of President Barack Obamaís ďgreen energyĒ stimulus. But Teslaís CEO Elon Musk is now riding high with the purchase of his new $17 million mansion. Mr. Muskís 20,248-square-foot hilltop mansion boasts breathtaking views, a two-story library with rolling ladder, a home theater, and a five-car garage to house his taxpayer-subsidized, pricey Tesla vehicles.
  • What You Donít Know About the Agenda-Driven Journalists in Your Neighborhood

    12/29/2012 12:49:03 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 35 replies
    Rockland County Times ^ | 12/27/12 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    In the wake of the Newtown massacre, the bright lights at Gannetís The Journal News decided it was high time to criminalize ordinary, law-abiding gun owners in the area. Under the guise of providing ďpublic information,Ē the Journal Newsí editorial hit squad, led by publisher/hitwoman Janet Hasson, created an interactive digital map on their lohud.com website showing the exact address of every pistol permit holder in Rockland and Westchester County.
  • Boston Globe Says Django Unchained Conjures 'House Negroes' Like Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain

    12/29/2012 12:48:49 PM PST · by drewh · 33 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | by Christian Toto
    The Boston Globe's review of "Django Unchained" stands as a prime example of stellar movie criticism. Critic Wesley Morris clearly spent hours crafting his thoughts, likely in tribute to the film's artistic excellence. Yet Morris' column contains a paragraph that could be considered even uglier than the violence pulsating through director Quentin Tarantino's genre mashup. Samuel L. Jackson plays crusty, waxen Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and bombastic jive that cuts right past the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The movie is too modern for what Jackson is doing to be limited to 1853. Heís conjuring the house...
  • Attorney Seeks To Sue Connecticut After School Shooting

    12/29/2012 12:43:56 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 29 December 2012
    $100 million lawsuit on behalf of a student who survived.
  • Ron Paul Leaves Congress as One of the Most Conservative Members Since 1976

    12/29/2012 12:40:59 PM PST · by mangonc2 · 45 replies
    Poltic365 ^ | 12/29/2012 | Christopher Goins
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), libertarian hero and constitutionalist congressman, will end the last term of his political career as the number two conservative in the House of Representatives behind Jeff Flake (R-AZ), according to a ranking system of all members of congress created by two political science professors. The "DW-Nominate" ranking system, created by University of Georgia political science professor Keith Poole and New York University professor Howard Rosenthal, ranks all 636 legislators in the House and the Senate and is available on Voteview.com. According to the rankings, Paul held the number one spot for multiple years, despite being behind...
  • Fateh Missiles and Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation to Bolster Assad

    12/29/2012 12:26:13 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | December 29, 2012, 11:23 AM
    French and Israeli intelligence sources affirmed Saturday, Dec. 29, that, contrary to reports appearing in the United States Friday, Iran has accelerated rather than slowed down its 20-percent grade enrichment of uranium and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capacity. Furthermore, for the moment, there is not the slightest indication that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has any intention of accepting the Obama administrationís latest plan for a nuclear deal. This plan would require Iran to discontinue production of 20-percent enriched uranium (which can be quickly converted to weapons grade material), and confine itself to producing low 5 percent uranium...
  • U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

    12/29/2012 12:07:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tom Bowman
    Gen. Carter Ham is head of the U.S. African command. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., will begin helping train African militaries beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that...
  • Franceís highest court rules proposed 75% supertax rate unconstitutional

    12/29/2012 11:42:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:26PM GMT 29 Dec 2012 | Kim Willsher
    French president FranÁois Hollande suffered a damaging setback yesterday when Franceís highest court ruled his proposed 75% ďsupertaxĒ rate unconstitutional. The measure, which is blamed for an exodus of wealthy French abroad, was a pillar of the Socialist leaderís successful Spring election campaign. But in an unexpected blow, Franceís Constitutional Council ruled that the tax band did not guarantee equality for taxpayers because two households with the same total revenue could end up with different tax bills. Although the tax would have hit only around 1,500 people, it was seen as the totem in Hollandeís political manifesto, which said it...
  • 'Suha Arafat admits husband premeditated Intifada'

    12/29/2012 11:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2012
    In interview, Palestinian leader's widow says Arafat decided to launch Intifada after Camp David, according to research institute. Yasser Arafat's widow Suha admitted that the late Palestinian leader premeditated the Second Intifada, in an interview with Dubai TV earlier this month, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. ďImmediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return.Ö Camp David had failed, and he said to me: ĎYou should remain in Paris.í I asked him why, and he said: ĎBecause I am going to start an Intifada. They want...
  • A Tale of two cities: Homicides plummet in New York, leap in Chicago

    12/29/2012 11:35:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    US News ^ | 12/29/2012 | M. Alex Johnson, NBC News
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was crowing. "The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history," Bloomberg said Friday in a statement announcing that homicides in the city this year had fallen to 414 ó the fewest since it started keeping such statistics in 1963. About the same time Friday, Chicago police were trying to get the message out that their city hadn't actually recorded its 500th homicide this year, as was being reported. A few hours later, they had to backtrack and acknowledge that, yes, in fact, "the city has seen its...
  • Sandy Hook Massacre CT Attorney Blames State Wants to Sue for $100 Mil

    12/29/2012 11:24:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 12/29/12 | tmzstaff
    The state is immune from most lawsuits, which is why Pinsky must ask for permission to even file the suit. No decision has been made whether or not the suit will go through.
  • Facebook bans Ghandi quote as part of revisionist history purge

    12/29/2012 11:20:37 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 70 replies
    The Natural News website ^ | 12/27/2012 | Mike Adams The Health Ranger
    (NaturalNews) The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads: "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446. This historical quote was apparently too much for Facebook's censors to bear. They suspended our account and gave us a "final warning" that one more violation of their so-called "community guidelines" would result in our account being permanently deactivated. They then demanded we...
  • Michigan governor making his way through 282 bills

    12/29/2012 11:08:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WSBT ^ | 12/29/12
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) ó Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy working his way through the 282 bills passed by the Legislature during the final weeks of the 2012 session. The governor's office said he signed 53 bills on Friday and vetoed four. He has acted on a total of 186 bills and 95 are pending review.
  • Obama Proposes Last Minute "Mini Deal," Adding Milk Lobby Bonus

    12/29/2012 11:07:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The one thing I am always afraid of in budget negotiations is that virtually nothing is done, or worse yet, something counterproductive is done. Obama's latest Fiscal Cliff "Mini-Deal" Proposal is exactly the kind of counterproductive nonsense I am talking about. Assuming the above Atlantic Wire article is correct ...   The deal would delay or replace the vast majority of spending cuts called for in the automatic sequester. The deal would extend unemployment benefits The deal would stop planned cuts to Medicare reimbursements Out of the blue, and probably an attempt to buy farm-state votes, the deal purportedly would include...
  • Phila. police tie construction-site arson to union sabotage

    12/29/2012 11:03:52 AM PST · by NittanyLion · 24 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Dec 29, 2012 | Inga Saffron
    The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor.
  • Hollywood star Matt Damon takes on energy industry with fracking film Promised Land

    12/29/2012 11:02:38 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | Jacqui Goddard
    Matt Damon's film is set to intensify debate on fracking As one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors with a reputation for straight-talking, he has made little secret of his willingness to confront thorny political and social issues. Now Matt Damon is facing off against one of America's most powerful institutions - the oil and gas industry - in a film that represents a new battleground for environmentalists' campaigns against fracking. Promised Land, which goes on nationwide release in the US this week, is set to intensify debate on the controversial drilling technique to such an extent that the industry has...
  • Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in

    12/29/2012 10:50:50 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    RT ^ | 21 December, 2012
    Yelena Nikolayeva with her newborn son who became the Earth's seven billionth resident, in the labor ward of the Kaliningrad Perinatal Center, Russia. Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister has announced some optimistic news regarding the countryís demographics, which shows that initiatives by the Kremlin may be beginning to bear fruit. ≠The annual birth rate in Russia is expected to eventually hit 2 million, which is good news for the nationís demographic and social outlook, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said in remarks at a conference on demographic issues. After years of dismal demographic rates, the news comes as a relief for...
  • Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in

    12/29/2012 10:49:54 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    RT ^ | 21 December, 2012
    Yelena Nikolayeva with her newborn son who became the Earth's seven billionth resident, in the labor ward of the Kaliningrad Perinatal Center, Russia. Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister has announced some optimistic news regarding the countryís demographics, which shows that initiatives by the Kremlin may be beginning to bear fruit. ≠The annual birth rate in Russia is expected to eventually hit 2 million, which is good news for the nationís demographic and social outlook, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said in remarks at a conference on demographic issues. After years of dismal demographic rates, the news comes as a relief for...
  • Utah birth rate drops for 4th year in a row

    12/29/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    ksl ^ | December 26th, 2012 | Devon Dolan
    SALT LAKE CITY ¬ó Utah has had one of the nation's highest birth rates for quite a while, but over the last four years couples have chosen to have fewer children. One big reason for that: money, and the lack thereof. Most any parent will tell you having a child is their greatest blessing ‚Āł the more than 51,000 infants born in Utah this past year are living proof of that. But the number of Utah births is decreasing. "We have seen a decline since 2006, 2007 ¬ó those were our biggest years. Those years we had about 60,000 babies...
  • Predicting the Biggest Stories of 2013, Part 2

    12/29/2012 10:46:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Steve Deace
    Each December I gaze into my crystal ball and predict what I believe will be the top 10 stories of the coming year. I almost never get these right but theyíre fun to speculate about nevertheless. A year from now weíll take a look back and see how well I did, unless I didnít do well at all. In that case we will pretend this never happened for the sake of preserving my fragile self esteem. In case you missed part one, make sure to check out last weekís column for numbers 10 through six. 5. Green Bay Packers win...
  • Buffett: Americaís Seen Worse Problems than Fiscal Cliff

    12/29/2012 10:45:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 29 Dec 2012 10:24 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Warren Buffett says heís optimistic the nationís debt problems will be solved, despite the political fighting thatís threatening to put the country over the ďfiscal cliff.Ē Ö ďThe United States is richer than itís ever been. We have $50,000 or so of GDP per person. But weíve overpromised and weíve also under taxed to some extent, so we find ourselves with this great fiscal imbalance. But it was man made. Weíre a rich country. It can be solved. Ö Weíll be able to overcome this problem. America has faced a lot tougher problems than this one. Weíll get it solved.Ē...
  • Reid, McConnell working on new fiscal-cliff plan

    12/29/2012 10:22:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/29/2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Looks like John Boehner may get his wish. After his Plan B collapsed, Boehner has insisted that the ball is in the Senate‚Äôs court, as the House has already passed legislation that would resolve the fiscal cliff. The Hill reports that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are now working on a plan that they will reveal sometime tomorrow ‚ÄĒ as the eleventh hour ticks away: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) are working on an agreement to avoid across-the-board tax hikes and plan to show it to colleagues Sunday.Senate leaders emerged optimistic from a...
  • Massachusetts Republicans cheer as Dems back Edward Markey for Senate seat

    12/29/2012 10:18:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/2012 | Rick Moran
    If there is such a thing as being too liberal for Massachusetts, Rep. Edward Markey may fill that requirement. The 18-term congressman has embraced every far left cause since he entered the House in 1977 and has a voting record among the most liberal in congress. If, as expected, former Senator Scott Brown runs in the special election to replace Secretary of State nominee John Kerry, the contrast between the two candidates would be striking. Boston Herald: A mad scramble by bigwig Democrats to avoid a bloody primary and clear the field for U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey in a...
  • Easy Like Sunday Morning

    12/29/2012 10:18:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Speaker Boehner has called on the House to convene on Sunday in yet another last ditch effort to stave off the fiscal cliff. But at this stage of this saga, there isn't a lot of pressure on the Speaker with respect to that public relations aspect, because the media is in the tank. He should be relaxed as he gathers the troops once more. If 30 million plus Americans have to cut checks to cover AMT and two million lose their extended unemployment benefits and millions more find out the IRS isn't prepared to mail out early return checks, they...
  • Unemployment Benefits are Becoming a Dependence Problem

    12/29/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/2012 | Neil Snyder
    Imagine that you meet a young woman and after introductions, you ask, "What do you do?" "I'm unemployed," she says. "That's too bad. I hope you find a job soon." Nothing unusual so far, but the conversation is about to take an interesting turn. "I'm not looking for a job. Being unemployed is what I do." The look on your face shows your bewilderment. What on earth is she talking about? Welcome to the new United States of America, the Obama model that you voted to give another chance even though he didn't earn it. Yesterday, he said, "So if...
  • Bush Tax Rates: Democrats were against it before they were for it

    12/29/2012 9:57:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    One of the more hysterical components of the fiscal cliff saga is watching the Democrats falling all over themselves to champion the importance of preserving the existing tax rates ‚Äď the George W. Bush Tax Rates ‚Äď for nearly every American taxpayer.¬† The President last offer to Speaker Boehner would preserve the Bush Tax Rates for at least 99.5% of all taxpayers according to IRS data (all but individuals above $400,000 annual income). To be clear, there's nothing funny about the fiscal mess that our nation is in.¬† It's real.¬† It's serious.¬† And, if Washington fails to get its act...
  • New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar

    12/29/2012 9:43:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/12 | Noreen O'Donnell
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals. Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said. The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City. Along with an article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you...
  • The Continuing Exodus of Jobs Ė and Taxable Income Ė from California

    12/29/2012 9:40:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Like most people, I‚Äôm a sucker for a heartwarming story around the holidays. Sometimes, you get that nice feeling when good things happen to good people, like you find at the end of a classic movie like ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a Wonderful Life.‚ÄĚ But since I‚Äôm a bit of a curmudgeon, I also feel all warm and fuzzy when bad things happen to bad people. That‚Äôs why I always smile when I read stories about taxpayers moving across borders, thus preventing greedy tax-hiking politicians from collecting more revenue. ‚ÄúWhere‚Äôs our tax revenue?!?‚ÄĚ I‚Äôm glad when that happens to French politicians. I‚Äôm glad...
  • Jews Outraged by Hitler Statue in Warsaw Ghetto

    12/29/2012 9:35:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2012, 10:30 PM | Elad Benari
    An artist has caused huge controversy after placing a statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the Daily Mail reports. Some Jewish groups have expressed fury at the decision to install the provocative artwork in the area where thousands of Jews were forced to live during the rule of the Nazi regime. In total, around 300,000 Jews from the Ghetto died or were sent to their death in concentration camps. The statue by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, entitled ďHIMĒ, has attracted a large number of visitors since its installation last month, reported the Daily...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton in Punta Cana for New Year's celebration

    12/29/2012 9:28:24 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 80 replies
    Dominican Today ^ | 12-29-2012 | staff report
    December 29, 2012 Bill and Hillary Clinton in Punta Cana for New Year's celebration Staff report Punta Cana, DR.Ė Ex-president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton are enjoying their year-end vacation in Punta Cana, in the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. According to press reports, the Clintons will celebrate New Yearís at the Puntacana Resort & Club and could also attend a fashion show scheduled for December 29, which will be held in honor of famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta. Also expected to attend are American journalist Barbara Walters, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Spanish actress Mar...
  • The Political Superstorm that Devastated New York

    12/29/2012 9:25:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    ďSuperstormĒ Sandy killed more than 100 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and left millions without food, water, electricity, sanitation or shelter for days or even weeks. Our thoughts and prayers remain focused on its victims, many of whom are still grieving as they struggle with the stormís wintry aftermath and try to rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, too many politicians continue to use the storm to advance agendas, deflect blame for incompetence and mistakes, and obfuscate and magnify future risks from building and development projects that they have designed, promoted, permitted and profited from. Sandy was ďunprecedented,Ē the...
  • Reid, McConnell to Seek Budget Compromise Plan

    12/29/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/28/12 | Alexis Simendinger
    Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell agreed Friday to work through the weekend to develop a possible fiscal-cliff plan they hope could pass in both chambers of Congress before Dec. 31. The eleventh-hour effort was the upshot of an hour-long discussion at the White House among congressional leaders and President Obama. Speaker John Boehner told the group that the House, which is scheduled to return to work Sunday night, will act only after the Senate makes the next move. Should Congress fail to ratify legislation in time for Obama to sign it before midnight Monday, more than $500 billion...
  • The Sandy Claus Bill

    12/29/2012 9:06:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    While the national spotlight is on the looming Fiscal Cliff and whether the country will go over it, plunging into the roaring waters below -- cue scary music -- the usual high-rollers (with your money, Dear Taxpayer) have seen their chance. They've put together the mother of all log-rolling, patronage-dispensing, pork-distributing appropriation bills, and are about to sneak it through the Senate while the country's attention is elsewhere. What a grab bag of a bill, with the emphasis on grab. By the time you read this, the whole list of goodies may have received the Senate Seal of Approval,...
  • Rise in Number seeking 'wombs for hire' abroad---poor foreign surrogate mothers [having] babies

    12/29/2012 9:04:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Dec 8, 2012 | Jeremy Laurance
    Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking "wombs for hire" from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent. The number of couples formally registering children born to foreign surrogates has nearly trebled in five years, raising concerns that poor women in developing countries are being exploited by rich Westerners. "Parental orders" granted following surrogacy Ė to transfer the child from the surrogate mother to the commissioning parents Ė have risen from 47 in 2007 to 133 in 2011. While the figures are still relatively small, experts say they understate the true scale of the...
  • Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom

    12/29/2012 8:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse - the locomotive - to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. ... The environmental fears carry an ironic twist: Oil trains are gaining popularity in part because of a shortage of pipeline capacity - a problem that has been worsened by environmental opposition to such projects as TransCanada's stalled Keystone XL pipeline. That project would carry Bakken and Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico. Wayde Schafer,...
  • President returning to Sunday talk show for the first time in three years ["Meet the Press"...]

    12/29/2012 8:49:14 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    President returning to Sunday talk show for the first time in three years By Amie Parnes - 12/29/12 10:19 AM ET President Obama will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning in his first appearance on the news program since 2009, the network has announced. The Obama interview comes hours before the so-called "fiscal cliff" deadline. Obama has called on Congress in recent days to pass legislation that would prevent income taxes from rising and spending cuts from taking effect. In his radio address on Saturday, Obama said the recovering economy "can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound," and...
  • How the fiscal cliff fight will end (unhappily for Republicans)

    12/29/2012 8:49:01 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 58 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 29 2012 | B. York
    The word among some Senate Republicans is that a fiscal cliff deal is likely to be struck by Sunday, or Monday at the latest... If such a deal is made, it would mean that many Republicans would be backing off their longstanding position against raising taxes on anyone, including top earners... So a deal will most likely be done. But the bottom line is that the fiscal cliff fight will not end happily for Republicans. They will have given in on what was an article of faith ó that taxes should not be raised on anybody, poor or rich ó...
  • Tackling Fairness and Justice

    12/29/2012 8:46:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The last year has been a tough one for conservatives. The hope that four years of failed policy would be enough to repudiate the liberal/progressive ideology of the Obama administration ended when the majority of the American public voted to maintain their entitlements -- so long as someone else paid for them. And the conservative response to the debacle has been for the various factions within the movement to declare war on each other. It's time for conservatives to give serious thought to what they believe and how they can make a more persuasive case that conservative principles offer the...
  • Epidemic of Gang Violence Across The Globe Destroying Black Boys

    12/29/2012 8:38:36 AM PST · by Lorianne · 63 replies
    Atlanta Black Star ^ | 31 October 2012 | Nick Chiles
    From Chicago to Rio, from Jamaica to Nigeria, gang violence is leaving an indelible mark on communities across the globe, leaving authorities at a loss for what to do about the epidemic of lawlessness among young men who see little hope in their futures. Certainly the global economic crisis has much to do with the rise in gang violence and influence, as young men of color in most of the affected countries see few options for gainful employment. In Chicago, among 400 murders that have occurred in 2012, an estimated 80 percent of them have been gang-related. The killing in...
  • Chicago Immigrant Laborers Denounce Raid

    12/29/2012 8:31:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | December 28, 2012 | CBS2 Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) Ė A group of immigrant day laborers gathered in a park on the Northwest Side this morning, calling for an end to immigration raids.
  • Trotter cites legal trouble in ending US House run

    12/29/2012 8:29:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    An Illinois state lawmaker who was a frontrunner to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he's ending his candidacy because he doesn't want the felony gun charges he faces to detract from the district's important issues. Donne Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at O'Hare International Airport found an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun in his bag. **SNIP** Trotter announced Saturday he will not seek the 2nd congressional district seat, explaining that solving the area's economic and other problems was too important to allow his legal "situation to detract from what needs to be front and center."
  • Obama's Bottomline: Spare Only 'Middle Class' from Tax Hike and Extend Unemployment Benefits

    12/29/2012 8:28:06 AM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 28, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said on Friday evening that if he cannot make a bipartisan deal with congressional leaders before the Monday "fiscal cliff" deadline, he has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring legislation up for a vote in the Senate that would extend the Bush tax rates for "middle class" Americans only and extend unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans whose government payments would otherwise expire. [Snip] "But letís not miss this deadline," he said. "That is the bare minimum that we should be able to get done." ďFor the past couple of months Iíve been...