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  • Executives at collapsed Iceland bank jailed for fraud

    12/31/2012 4:00:01 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2012 | Reuters
    REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Two former executives at an Icelandic bank which collapsed in the 2008 financial meltdown were sentenced to jail on Friday for fraud which led to a 53 million euro loss, in the first major trial of Icelandic bankers linked to the crisis. All three of the small North Atlantic island's top banks collapsed in quick succession in October 2008 due to big debts incurred during a rapid overseas expansion. Glitnir was the first to fall after the collapse of Lehman Brothers caused international credit markets to freeze up.
  • President Obama is Responsible for Our Fiscal Mess

    12/31/2012 3:56:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2012 | Neil Snyder
    President Obama is responsible for our fiscal mess. I'm not exaggerating, and I'm not saying that simply because I think that Barack Obama is a terrible president, although I do think that he's an awful president. I'm saying that because the president has had ample opportunity over the past four years to arrive at a compromise solution to our immediate fiscal problem and then to make headway toward dealing with longer-term fiscal issues, but he has failed miserably. If the president had taken some of the advice of his own National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, we wouldn't be counting the...
  • Edelstein: Peres Comments Hurt Public Diplomacy Efforts

    12/31/2012 3:54:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/13 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres's comments that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a partner for peace hurt Israel's public diplomacy efforts, Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said on Monday. Edelstein told Arutz Sheva that it is now clear that the Oslo Accords were a nightmare, adding that the focus of the storm around Peres's comments should not be whether the president should express a personal opinion during an election period but rather how his remarks affect Israel's public diplomacy. "We spit blood while the Palestinians - sometimes successfully - try to convince leaders in Europe and North America that...
  • It's official: U.S. hits debt ceiling

    12/31/2012 3:53:16 PM PST · by quesney · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | CNN
    It's official: U.S. debt will reach its legal borrowing limit on Monday, giving Congress about two months before it must raise the debt ceiling or risk causing the government to default on its bills and financial obligations. "I can confirm we will reach the statutory debt limit today, Dec. 31," a Treasury Department official said.
  • Piers Morgan Takes Aim at the Bible

    12/31/2012 3:52:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    You've got to hand it to bloviating Brit Piers Morgan. While he got most of the facts wrong in his recent targeting of the Second Amendment, it hasn't stopped him from moving on to even more formidable targets. Such as the Bible. He says the book is "inherently flawed" -- and needs to be amended. Piers handed down his decree while interviewing Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren on the December 24th "Piers Morgan Tonight." Yes, on Christmas Eve. When other hosts might be discussing love, brotherhood, salvation, and all things ethereal, Captain Morgan was giving us the world according to...
  • More Takers than Workers

    12/31/2012 3:28:15 PM PST · by ProudFossil · 27 replies
    12/31/2012 | Vanity
    Capitol Report | New Mexico ť New Mexico tops Forbes list of “death spiral states” found at This report has started a discussion on a local TV channel's comment forum. I am posting a comment from a liberal and a reply to him. The report shows there are 153 state and local employees, retirees, and welfare individuals for every 100 who are working in the private sector in New Mexico.
  • Judge halts contraceptive mandate for Mich. firm

    12/31/2012 3:23:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | staff
    Detroit - A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino´s Pizza doesn ´t have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino´s Farms Corp.,near Ann Arbor. Monaghan,a devout Roman Catholic,says contraception isn´t health care but a "gravely immoral" practice. Zatkoff granted Monaghan´s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case.
  • Year in Review: The Political Highs and Lows of 2012

    12/31/2012 3:20:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Suddenly, 2013 is upon us.  New year, similar issues, familiar players.  But before we set our sights on the battles and controversies to come, let's cast our gaze backwards to the year that was.  2012 promised to be a politically consequential year, and it lived up to its billing, albeit with generally disappointing outcomes from a conservative perspective.  The following is my personal take on the most significant political peaks and valleys from the past calendar year.  Let's begin with the good stuff: (3) Mitt Romney selects Paul Ryan as his running mate. Many conservatives viewed Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy...
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein Carries a Concealed Weapon

    12/31/2012 3:07:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Push Back Now ^ | 12/31/12 | PushBackNow
    “I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me,” said Feinstein. Hypocrisy Feinstein? Despite calling in the same year for an outright ban on all firearms, Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is set to introduce legislation that would gut the second amendment, said in 1995 that...
  • Skeptical US Senate Democrats seek meeting with Biden on 'fiscal cliff' deal

    12/31/2012 3:04:19 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/2012
    "Some Democrats complain that Biden went too far to find common ground with McConnell."
  • Obama’s Campaign-Style ‘Cliff’ Speech Rips GOP For Anti-Tax Stance, Praises Self For ‘Responsible’

    12/31/2012 2:46:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/31/12 | Andrew Kirell
    Speaking before a friendly crowd of “middle-class families” at the Old Executive Office building in Washington, D.C., this afternoon, President Obama addressed the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, claiming that the deal was not achieved in his preferred “balanced approach” because of Republicans unwilling to negotiate higher taxes on the wealthy. While noting that the current plan includes no new spending cuts, he also added that any future debt deals will have to include more tax increases. “The potential agreement that’s being talked about would not only make sure the taxes don’t go up on middle class families, it also would...
  • Doctors: Blood clot located in Clinton's head

    12/31/2012 2:40:08 PM PST · by Zakeet · 166 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | December 31, 2012 | Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee
    Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for a blood clot say the clot formed in her head but they stress that they are confident she will make a full recovery. In an update Monday on Clinton’s condition, her doctors say the blood clot did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. The clot is located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.
  • McCain Blasts Obama For 'Fun' And 'Jokes' In Press Conference, Wanting To Go Over Cliff For

    12/31/2012 2:39:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/31/12 | Noah Rothman
    Minutes after President Barack Obama left a stage flanked by supporters where he implored Congressional Republicans to support a tentative deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took to the floor of the Senate to accuse the president of “antagonizing” Republicans. He said that, based on the president’s casual press conference, he and the American people have to wonder whether Obama believes it is in his interest to go over the cliff. In his speech to his fellow colleagues in the Senate on Monday, McCain did not express any faith that Obama’s press conference had...
  • Campaigner in Chief Holds “Pep Rally” to Discuss Status of Fiscal Cliff Deal22

    12/31/2012 2:33:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 31, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    If you watched Obama’s comments this afternoon you would not be remiss to think it was actually a campaign event. Obama came out, flanked by ‘middle class Americans’ or what Twitchy aptly referred to as a “human rainbow,” and played the blame game all while reminding Americans Republicans that he won the election. Oh, and the “middle class taxpayers” repeatedly applauding when Obama took shots at Congress for its inaction thus far really helped set the pep rally vibe, too. GOP lawmakers weren’t thrilled with the comments, either: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said President Obama likely lost votes for the...
  • AP:House won't vote before midnight on 'cliff' deal

    12/31/2012 2:04:50 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/31/2012 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON -- The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff." House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day. President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Monday they are near a deal to avoid wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts - the fiscal cliff - that take effect with the new year.
  • URGENT: Illinois Legislature to Attempt Passage of Gun Ban THIS WEEK

    12/31/2012 2:02:09 PM PST · by blondee123 · 32 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 12/31/2013 | NRA-ILA
    URGENT: Illinois Anti-Gun Legislators That YOU Voted Out of Office to Use Their Last Remaining Days in Legislature Exploiting Lame Duck Session and Holiday Break To Impose a Draconian Gun Ban The NRA-ILA has just learned that anti-gun legislators backed by Governor Quinn are deceptively trying to sneak through a new draconian gun ban as early as Wednesday while the legislature convenes for the Lame Duck Session from January 2 to 9.
  • Exclusive - GOP: Cuts Won't Be Stopped, Despite Dems' Reluctance

    12/31/2012 1:55:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/31/12 | Ben Shapiro
    While the Washington Post reports this afternoon that Congress is considering pushing off all cuts under a new deal to avert the fiscal cliff, top Republicans say that is absolutely false. The sequester cuts will either go through now, as written, or they will be replaced for no more than two to three months to be more specifically calibrated to avoid the blunderbuss across-the-board cuts largely affecting defense. During that delay time, cuts equivalent to the cuts that would have happened under the sequester will take place. In short, the same amount will be cut under either deal; the only...

    12/31/2012 1:44:29 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 29 replies
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  • Obama Lists Those to Blame for the Fiscal Cliff and He's Not One of Them

    12/31/2012 1:40:19 PM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    IBD ^ | December 31, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Well, at this hour of the last day of 2012, 10 days into the new Mayan calendar, it's become quite clear that the United States is falling off the much-looming fiscal cliff. Or perhaps it won't. Or maybe if it does, the Washington clowns will do something to reverse the new taxes and severe budget cuts in the next few days. Or do part of something. Or maybe not. Got it? As five or six of you probably saw, President Obama made a rare appearance on a Sunday talk show yesterday to put his spin on the events or non-events....
  • Rand Paul: Obama phones are bankrupting the country [Misleading Title]

    12/31/2012 1:37:50 PM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., argued that President Obama is not being honest when he indicates that tax increases on the wealthy, without significant spending cuts, can bring fiscal stability to the nation. “They offer you baubles,” Paul said in describing D.C. lawmakers, especially Obama. “They offer you something for free: ‘Here’s a cell phone. Just take the cell phone and vote for me, it’ll be okay.’ Here’s the problem: It’s not free. On the one hand, you get the free cell phone; on the other hand, you get four dollar gas. On the other hand, you get the price of...