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  • GOP unlikely to oust Boehner as speaker of the House (so saith establishment)

    12/30/2012 12:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/12 1:50 PM EST | Updated: 12/29/12 11:02 PM EST | JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    It’s a truth that fire-breathing conservatives will have to handle: John Boehner isn’t going anywhere as speaker of the House. … When Boehner walks onto the House floor on Jan. 3, there’s an outside chance he‘ll see low double-digit defections—and those in and around his camp recognize it. The speaker’s fate has become a much-discussed topic as the fiscal cliff approaches and the Senate conducts last-minute talks this weekend—so far without a deal—to avoid across-the-board tax hikes. But even staunch conservatives admit what’s become abundantly clear within the House Republican Conference. “John Boehner is our speaker,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz...
  • Drugs Aim to Make Several Types of Cancer Self-Destruct

    12/30/2012 12:24:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 22, 2012 | GINA KOLATA
    For the first time ever, three pharmaceutical companies are poised to test whether new drugs can work against a wide range of cancers independently of where they originated — breast, prostate, liver, lung. The drugs go after an aberration involving a cancer gene fundamental to tumor growth. Many scientists see this as the beginning of a new genetic age in cancer research. Great uncertainties remain, but such drugs could mean new treatments for rare, neglected cancers, as well as common ones. Merck, Roche and Sanofi are racing to develop their own versions of a drug they hope will restore a...
  • Obama Issues Executive Order...(Title To Long)

    12/30/2012 12:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Congress has done such a beautiful job handling the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling that president Obama felt it mandatory to issue an Executive Order Giving Biden, Congress Pay RaisesPresident Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little...
  • The Greening of the Economy

    12/29/2012 11:54:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Marita Noon
    The contrast between then and now, the past and present, is startling. Sitting in the Carson Mansion, overlooking the Humboldt Bay, watching the boats bobbing in the marina, it is easy to picture what life must have been like in the heyday—1884-85—when William Carson built what has become one of the area’s most conspicuous landmarks. Now known as the Ingomar Club, the mansion is only open to members—one of whom was my host. The conversation started with a comment about the region’s past professions: logging and fishing. “What is the leading industry today?” “Pot, I’m told.”The answer was easy to...
  • America The Mostly Beautiful

    12/29/2012 11:50:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Bill Steigerwald
    "Big." "Empty." "Rich." "No change since 1960." Long after the old farms and new forests of New England disappeared in my rearview mirror, I was still scrawling those words in the reporter's notebook on my knee. Big, empty, rich and unchanged - that's a pretty boring scouting report for the America I "discovered" along the Steinbeck Highway. You can add a bunch of other boring but fitting words - "beautiful," "safe," "friendly," "clean," and "quiet." Like Steinbeck, I didn't see the Real America or even a representative cross-section of America, neither of which exist anyway. Because I went almost...
  • Putting the Spending Genie Back in the Bottle

    12/29/2012 11:43:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    As the following chart from Investor's Business Daily demonstrates, The Bush Tax Cuts didn't starve the federal treasury – revenue flooded in as the economy expanded from the pro-growth policies implemented in 2003 and continued until the sub-prime mortgage market collapse.  Even with the anemic Obama economic recovery, revenues are again nearly equal to the level required to fund the government had spending over the last fifteen years increased at the rate of population plus inflation growth.  But, that has not been the case. The pox on Bush and the Republican majorities is that while revenues soared following implementation of...
  • Abbas Makes It Official: All of Israel is Palestine

    12/29/2012 11:42:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 12/30/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Fatah party, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has made official what it has been saying more quietly and has adopted a new logo showing all of Israel as Palestine. The logo marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of Fatah by Yasser Arafat and includes a map with the PA flag and a map of Israel that appears to be a depiction of the black and white checkered kefiyah, a symbol of the violent intifada, and the slogan “the state and victory." PMW revealed that the official PA daily published the new official logo. For the past...
  • Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

    12/29/2012 11:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, EAGnews.org reported. But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise. "What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...
  • BREAKING: Top Jewish Leader Says Chuck Hagel Nomination on Monday is “Most Likely”

    12/29/2012 11:28:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Algemeiner Journal ^ | 12/3012 | staff
    A top Jewish leader said that former senator Chuck Hagel is likely to be nominated by the White House for the position of Defense Secretary on Monday, according to audio of an interview with a Jewish radio show obtained by The Algemeiner. “It’s most likely that on Monday they will announce that Hagel will be the choice,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group that represents 50 of America’s largest Jewish organizations, to Jewish talk show host Zev Brenner. The interview took place on Saturday night. While some...
  • Why we are on the brink of the greatest Depression of all time

    12/29/2012 11:21:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Everywhere from FoxNews.com to CNBC.com, I suddenly see commentators warning of pending doom, economic collapse, and a new Great Depression. Welcome to my club. Perhaps America's politicians and economists should have paid attention to an entrepreneur and small businessman that has been warning of economic collapse and a new Great Depression publicly for over two years. More importantly, none of the current commentaries mention the "why's" of this slow motion economic collapse...beyond the obvious -- mountains of deficit and debt. None of them mention the dysfunctional structure of the current U.S. economy and the massive changes in the work ethic...
  • Obama’s Deadly Plan for the Death Tax

    12/29/2012 11:09:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In some ways, it would be fun to be a leftist. No, I’m not talking about living a life of idleness and letting others pay my bills, though I suppose that’s tempting to some people.And I’m not talking about becoming a Washington insider and using corrupt connections to obtain unearned wealth, though I confess I’m actually friends with some of those people.Instead, I’m talking about what it must be like to engage in reckless demagoguery and personal smears.Remember during the presidential campaign when Mitt Romney was – for all intents and purposes – accused of causing a woman’s death because...
  • New Mexico resident fights Army Corps over arroyo cleanup

    12/29/2012 11:07:19 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 30 2012 | Michael Haederle
    A New Mexico man who was told he violated the Clean Water Act when he cleared out an arroyo on his land sues the Army Corps of Engineers. SANTA FE, N.M. — Peter Smith steered his silver Chevy TrailBlazer down a rough dirt road, rolling to a stop at the edge of a dry, sandy wash called the Gallina Arroyo. "Here's the scene of the crime," he said. Two years ago, Smith cleaned out and graded a few hundred yards of the arroyo that winds through the 20-acre tract he and his wife, Francoise, own in the hills south of...
  • Want Milk?

    12/29/2012 11:02:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    December 22, 2012 “Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1821, “we should soon want bread.” And milk, no doubt. “Add another, more prosaic item to the list of things Congress has left until the last minute to resolve this year: the price of milk,” The Washington Post reported last Thursday. Yes, it’s true; our glad-handing representatives are set to thrust us off yet another cliff — this time “The Dairy Cliff.” A major piece of the colossal federal legislation dictating rules and regulations for our current nationalized farming system expires...
  • Romney at the Bat

    12/29/2012 10:48:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    With humble apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who wrote "Casey at the Bat," which was published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1888.The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year: The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear. The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race. So the weak and doubtful rose -- and tried to take their place. Our Herman Cain, for instance, flogged his taxing 9-9-9. To 10 parts cuts but 1 part tax, all said that they'd decline. Newt brought his wife, who wore her hair as if it were a...
  • Harry in Afghanistan: Return of the Warrior Prince

    12/29/2012 10:48:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 25, 2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    "It was Big H all the way..." Slightly late (and arguably), Prince Harry answered the Papal call to defend Christendom by killing a major Taliban leader in Afghanistan as reported by The Sun (of London, UK), Dec. 23, 2012 . In his Letter of Instruction to the Crusaders issued in December of 1095, Pope Urban II gave the clarion call "to all the faithful, both princes and subjects..." to take up a Holy Crusade against the armies that sought to destroy Christendom. A millennium later, give or take a century, His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales,...
  • The Assault Weapons Ban Didn’t Work Then and It Won’t Work Now

    12/29/2012 10:33:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Senator Dianne Feinstein is queuing up come January 2013 to retable—yet again—an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) in order to “severely mitigate the possibilities of another Sandy Hook atrocity.” Great idea, Dianne, as the first AWB that Clinton signed into law worked wonders in schools from 1994-2004. It was awesome. It panned out wonderfully aside from the following: November 7, 1994: Wickliffe, Ohio: (Wickliffe Middle School shooting) Keith Ledeger, 37, a former student at the school, shot and killed custodian Pete Christopher and wounded four other adults. January 12, 1995: Seattle, Washington: A 15-year-old Garfield High School student left school...
  • Are You Ready for Some Football?

    12/29/2012 10:24:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Austin Hill
    The Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the BCS National Championship – and in a few weeks, the Super Bowl – are all coming soon to a television near you. But what if we all displayed the same disdainful attitudes towards the accomplished athletes on our TV screen that Washington politicians display towards accomplished business owners and executives? And why is it that so many Americans celebrate the individual achievements of people who run fast, throw far, and jump high, but look with suspicion and anger at individuals who earn money creating valuable products and services? It’s been almost six months...
  • On Obamacare (and Guns), We Won't Comply

    12/29/2012 10:20:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | John Ransom
    Americans know instinctively that when liberals start talking about deficit reduction that’s it’s just a case of the fantods, as Huckleberry Finn would say. And say what you will about old Huck, but he knew a couple of frauds when he saw them.        No matter what liberal “Wonks” like Ezra Klein say about the historically dumb healthcare “reform” known as Obamcare, Americans are uneasy about it. And they should be. More and more law-abiding Americans say that they have constitutional objections to the healthcare and liberty land grab by the Obama administration. Coming next? It could be guns!  Despite Sotomayor Ruling,...
  • Biden Is Back for a 2nd Run at Gun Limits (brings scar tissue from past battles with the NRA)

    12/29/2012 10:19:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/29/12 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — Never much known for restraint, Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not hold back during a presidential primary debate in 2007 when a voter asking about gun rights in a recorded video displayed a fearsome-looking semiautomatic rifle and declared, “This is my baby.” Mr. Biden, then a Delaware senator in a dark-horse bid for the White House, shook his head. “I tell you what, if that’s his baby, he needs help,” he said. “I think he just made an admission against self-interest. I don’t know if he’s mentally qualified to own that gun.” **SNIP** Mr. Biden, he added, has...
  • Good Riddance to 2012

    12/29/2012 10:12:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    It’s that time again – time to make resolutions we won’t keep, spend two weeks writing the wrong date on checks and to look back on the year we’re leaving. As for 2012, it can’t end quickly enough. It was an awful year for many reasons. Let me count just a few of the ways: The Fiscal Cliff This column is due to my editors by noon on Saturday, so there’s a chance Speaker of the House John Boehner has cut some horrible deal with President Obama to avoid the over-hyped fiscal cliff since I submitted it. If that happens...