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  • White House War on Women Escalates

    01/03/2013 4:58:01 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 3, 2013
    The White House’s Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff. Additionally, the president still pays his female employees significantly less than their male counterparts. ... It is unclear when Obama and the Democrats will call off the war on women
  • NY AWB Introduced: No grandfather. No possession. No registration

    01/03/2013 4:55:46 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 96 replies
    No grandfather. No possession. No registration. B-felony. Same as Rape 1 or Manslaughter 1.
  • Kicking the Can

    01/03/2013 4:55:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 4, 2013 | Oliver North
    PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — It seemed like a good idea at the time. After Christmas, my wife, Betsy, and I planned to head south to this lovely barrier island in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Our plan included celebrating New Year's quietly with as many of our kids, their kids and our friends as possible and then returning to Virginia. It was supposed to be the antithesis of Times Square. Like so many of the best-laid plans of mice and men, it didn't turn out quite as expected. Only six of our grandchildren made the trek south, because so many of...
  • Boehner starts second speaker term vowing end to one-on-one meetings with Obama

    01/03/2013 4:40:03 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/3/2013 | Fox News
    John Boehner's first order of business in his second term as speaker is no more one-on-one meetings with President Obama. An aide to the speaker, who won re-election to the leadership post Thursday afternoon, confirmed to Fox News that Boehner is done with closed-door talks with the president. Boehner and Obama over the past two years have made two unsuccessful attempts at striking a "grand bargain" deficit-reduction deal. The last set of talks, in the context of crafting a bill to avert the fiscal crisis, ended with Boehner exiting the negotiations and pushing a failed "Plan B" and then being...
  • Lots Of Influential People Are Talking About The Trillion Dollar Coin Idea To Save The Economy

    01/03/2013 4:36:21 PM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-3-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Suddenly, Lots Of Influential People Are Talking About The Trillion Dollar Coin Idea To Save The Economy Joe WeisenthalJan. 3, 2013, 4:42 PMThis is really thrilling. An arcane idea that started on finance blogs in the summer of 2011-- that Tim Geithner should mint a trillion dollar platinum coin to avert the debt ceiling -- is now seriously taking off. The premise of the idea is this: Although the Treasury can't just create money out of thin air to pay its bills, there is a technicality in the law that says the Treasury has special discretion to create platinum coins,...
  • MK Katz Predicts 20 Seats for Jewish Home

    01/03/2013 4:29:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Habayit Hayehudi (The Jewish Home) will receive at least 20 seats in the elections on January 22, MK Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz predicted on Thursday. Katz spoke to Arutz Sheva after a lengthy period in which he did not give any interviews to the media. Katz, who headed the National Union in the outgoing Knesset, chose to retire from politics and not be placed on the joint Jewish Home-National Union list. "We're lucky, with G-d's help, to be seeing that the work which we did for four years is taking shape, and the Jewish Home will have twenty seats in the...
  • Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette introduces bill to ban large magazines

    01/03/2013 4:28:43 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 44 replies
    WASHINGTON - Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is plunging into the gun control debate with new legislation to ban high-capacity magazines. DeGette introduced the proposal Thursday. The Democratic Congresswoman's district includes the site of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School. It is also adjacent to last year's Aurora movie theater shooting site. In both of those attacks, the shooters' rifles were modified with high-capacity magazines. Those devices allow attackers to fire dozens of bullets without pausing to reload.
  • Malloy creates panel to review gun laws

    01/03/2013 4:09:48 PM PST · by matt04 · 23 replies
    Following a deadly school shooting in Newtown last month, the governor has established a commission to look at limiting and possibly preventing another tragedy from ever happening again. "It would be stupid for us not to have this conversation," said Gov. Dannel Malloy in from the State Capitol in Hartford Thursday afternoon. Malloy announced that he is setting up a Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which will be led by Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson. "This issue touches me, I have a son whose in the first grade," said Jackson. "Right now, it's the most important thing for me to do." The...
  • Guardian: Paedophiles are 'ordinary members of society' who need moral support

    01/03/2013 3:55:05 PM PST · by Salman · 90 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 3rd, 2013 | Damian Thompson
    Britain's most persecuted minority have found a new advocate. An article this morning in the Guardian by feature writer Jon Henley addresses misconceptions about paedophiles, quoting one "expert" who believes that: "It is the quality of the relationship that matters". No, this is not not some sick send-up on my part. "If there's no bullying, no coercion, no abuse of power," says Tom O'Carroll, "if the child enters into the relationship voluntarily … the evidence shows there need be no harm." O'Carroll is a former chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange with a conviction for distributing indecent photographs. The Guardian...
  • Matt Damon called ‘liar’ by pro-fracking filmmaker

    01/03/2013 3:51:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/3/13 | PATRICK GAVIN
    Fracking fans have a new target: Matt Damon. “Promised Land,” the new Gus Van Sant film about the controversial technique that acquires natural gas through drilling and pressurized fluid, stars and was written by Damon and costar John Krasinski, opens nationally Friday. Phelim McAleer is launching a one-man campaign to call Damon out about the film. McAleer directed the documentary FrackNation, along with his wife Ann McElhinney, and the film paints a more sympathetic portrayal of fracking and aims to dispel some of the misinformation that McAleer and McElhinney believe have dominated the debate over the procedure’s environmental and health...
  • CAIR demands media drop term “Islamist”

    01/03/2013 3:49:18 PM PST · by LSUfan · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 3 January 13 | Anne Sorock
    The Council on American Islamist Relations (CAIR) demanded the media drop the term “Islamist” in a commentary piece today from communications director Ibrahim Hooper, SLAM-OPED: Media Urged to Drop Term ‘Islamist’ in New Year. In it, Hooper laments that the term “Islamist” is “used in an almost exclusively pejorative context” and unfairly labels any politically active Muslim with the term. Hooper appears to be reacting to the term’s incorporation in 2012 into the AP Stylebook, the style manual for journalists, as follows: Islamist — Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as...
  • "Diversity" and its definition at issue in Christie's picks for high court

    01/03/2013 3:47:01 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 5 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 1/2/2013
    New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only "diverse" nominees to the state Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie's most recent picks, the definition of diverse appears to be changing. One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court. "The package is not ideologically or racially or ethnically diverse," said Frank Argote-Freyre, president of the Latino Action Network, who noted that of Christie's five high court nominees, none has been...
  • Prediction for 2013: Obama Will Lie Under Oath

    01/03/2013 3:34:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 3, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Chief Justice John Roberts administers the presidential oath to Barack Obama a second time on Jan. 21, 2009. (White House photo/Pete Souza) Looking back over the last four years, it is now obvious that the greatest symbolic moment of President Barack Obama's first term was the very first moment. That is when Obama placed his left hand on Abraham Lincoln's Bible, raised his right hand, and followed the lead of Chief Justice John Roberts in attempting to recite the oath that all American presidents must take, swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Obama...
  • Islamic Jihad vows to fight the Jews if they return to Egypt

    01/03/2013 3:23:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 1/3/13 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    The Islamic Jihad movement has called on the Freedom and Justice Party’s Essam al-Erian to resign from his role as advisor to the president and apologize to the Egyptian people for his statement asking Egyptian Jews to leave Israel and reclaim their properties back at home. Erian had triggered controversy over his remarks this week when he said this would pave the way for the Palestinians to regain their occupied land. He also blamed President Nasser for deporting the Jews after the establishment of Israel. “We shall fight them vigorously if they return, especially the Egyptian-Israeli Jews,” said Mohamed Abou...
  • U.S. treasury bonds in Tirupur [India] likely fake

    01/03/2013 3:00:16 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 12 replies
    The Hindu (of India) ^ | January 3, 2013 | Special Correspondent
    The “U.S. treasury bonds” with a face value of $5 billion seized by Income-Tax officials from a businessman in Tirupur district are most likely fake since the U.S. Treasury Department has largely dispensed with issuing paper T-bills and has certainly not issued any with a denomination as high as $1 billion. Indeed, in February 2012, after police in Italy seized fake U.S. bonds worth a whopping six trillion dollars, American officials told the media the U.S. does not sell a $1-billion treasury bond. The Italian haul was similar to but much larger in scale than the recent seizure of five...
  • Hedge Fund Presents Massive, Bearish Outlook On The State Of US Markets

    01/03/2013 3:00:05 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-3-2013 | Lucas Kawa
    Hedge Fund Presents Massive, Bearish Outlook On The State Of US Markets Lucas KawaJan. 3, 2013, 2:51 PMMorgan Creek Capital Management, an investment management firm with offices around the world, released its 2013 market outlook, entitled "Peering Over the Precipice." The presentation was delivered at the North Carolina Bankers Association yesterday. The slideshow presentation focuses on the three big risks facing the market: the Euro crisis, possibility of a downturn in China, and fallout from the Fiscal Cliff. Of these three, the firm is most bearish on the U.S. economy -- to the point of predicting a recession starting in...
  • Egyptian Magazine: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrates Obama Administration

    01/03/2013 2:49:12 PM PST · by bayouranger · 43 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 03JAN12 | John Rossomando
    An Egyptian magazine claims that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy. The Dec. 22 story published in Egypt's Rose El-Youssef magazine (read an IPT translation here) suggests the six turned the White House "from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood." The story is largely unsourced, but its publication is considered significant in raising the issue to Egyptian readers. The six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland...
  • US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban commander

    01/03/2013 2:45:10 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jon Boone
    A top Taliban leader who quarrelled with other militant factions over his refusal to attack the Pakistani government was killed by an unmanned US drone , security officials have claimed. Mullah Nazir was reportedly holding a meeting at the time of the missile strike with other senior leaders of his group in a building in Birmil in South Waziristan, one of the troubled tribal regions where the Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups have based themselves.
  • Beloved Chicago muffler store owner city’s fifth homicide of new year (Safe from chick-fil-a ! )

    01/03/2013 2:41:20 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Jan 3 2013
    A revered Chicago muffler shop owner became the city’s fifth homicide of 2013, but not before calling his son to let him know he was shot, MyFoxChicago.com reported. "They shot me in the back," Michael Kozel, 57, the owner Independent Muffler Shop in the city's Southwest Side, told his adult son. Those were his last words he said.
  • Likud HQ: Stop Campaign Against Religious Zionists

    01/03/2013 2:36:23 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/13
    The national headquarters of the Likud party sent a letter to party members, Thursday evening, proposing that they demand the end of what the headquarters called the aggressive campaign "which is harming great rabbis of Israel and many members of the [religious Zionist] movement." Responding to language that has been used against Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) and declining poll results, the letter says, " Many members of the movement, the ones it has elected, and its potential voters observe religion and tradition. The attempt to outline the religious-nationalist public as excluding women and dark hurts the Likud...
  • Toomey: GOP should be willing to risk shutdown to get cuts in debt ceiling deal

    01/03/2013 2:27:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:31 pm on January 3, 2013 | by Mary Katharine Ham
    Sen. Pat Toomey is one of the great accomplishments of the Tea Party Movement, and after supporting him in ’04 back when Bush was backing Specter, it does my heart good to see him in our dysfunctional deliberate body. For that same reason, some are very angry at him for his vote on the fiscal cliff deal. But as we go into another debt-ceiling fight, he’s one of our better communicators on this issue. So, it also does my heart good to see him go on “Morning Joe,” up against five people who disagree with him, and direct the conversation,...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, January-3-2013

    01/03/2013 2:21:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 33 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Obama's Staff Use Autopen To Sign 'Fiscal Cliff' Legislation

    01/03/2013 2:14:50 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 59 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama's staff used an autopen (a machine that mimics one's signature) to sign the "fiscal cliff" legislation that Congress passed on New Year's Day. There was no ceremony or photo-op for the autopen bill signing.
  • Gore Turned Down Glenn Beck For Qatar

    01/03/2013 2:07:17 PM PST · by zeestephen · 24 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 03 January 2013 | Alana Goodman
    Glen Beck was too "right wing" - So Gore sold to "an authoritarian-Islamist government that has criminalized homosexuality, discriminates against non-Muslims, prosecutes journalists, and has a “Not Free” rating from Freedom House."
  • FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 2 (Speaker Vote)

    01/03/2013 2:02:26 PM PST · by ZULU · 11 replies
    THOMAS ^ | January 3, 2013 | THOMAS
    FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 2 (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined) YEA-AND-NAY 3-Jan-2013 1:38 PM QUESTION: Election of the Speaker
  • Caption Slow Joe

    01/03/2013 1:59:07 PM PST · by crosshairs · 17 replies
  • Boehner re-elected House speaker (after threatening his caucus)

    01/03/2013 1:36:50 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 86 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 3, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected on a 220 to 192 vote by his colleagues Thursday despite last minute grumblings that opposition from within his own party would derail the embattled politician as retribution for his leadership on controversial issues including the recent fiscal cliff deal. (snip) Boehner ran unopposed within his own party, contrary to speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) might challenge him for the position. Just prior to the vote, Cantor told CNN that Boehner would “absolutely” be reelected. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans,...
  • Private Sector Added 215,000 Jobs Last Month, ADP Says

    01/03/2013 1:30:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2013
    A strong report on private-sector hiring in December overshadowed rising jobless claims last week, lifting some economists' expectations for the federal employment snapshot due out Friday. Private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 215,000 last month, according to a report Thursday by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP +0.39% and forecasting firm Moody's Analytics.
  • Illinois Democrats Pull Plug on Gun /Ammo Bans

  • Illinois gun makers ponder weapons ban response

    01/03/2013 1:22:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    WANE.com ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois gun manufacturers are developing a strategy to address calls for a state assault weapons ban.</p> <p>The owner of Geneseo-based ArmaLite tells Lee Enterprises newspapers in Illinois (http://bit.ly/YFvFb7) that the gun makers are considering possible action.</p> <p>ArmaLite's Mark Westrom says there shouldn't be a rush to judgment following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school. And he says the issue of semi-automatic weapons might better be addressed at the federal level than by Illinois lawmakers.</p>
  • FBI: More People Killed with Hammers, Clubs Each Year than Rifles

    01/03/2013 1:20:02 PM PST · by hiredhand · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2013, 6:13 AM PDT | AWR Hawkins
    According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.
  • Best of Biden, swearing-in edition: ‘Spread your legs — you’re going to be frisked’

    01/03/2013 1:16:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/3/13 | Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden was in rare form Thursday morning as he held a mock swearing-in session for the senators of the 113th Congress. In case you missed this hour of must-see TV, we’ve recapped Biden’s best comments. 1) “Spread your legs — your going to be frisked,” Biden said to North Dakota newest senator, Democratic Heidi Heitkamp, and her family, after the photographer suggested they “drop your hands to the side.” “You say that to somebody from North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk,” Biden told the photographer.
  • SAS Joins National Coalition Against Gun Ban

    01/03/2013 1:15:19 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 18 replies
    Second Amendment Sisters ^ | 1/3/2013 | Second Amendment Sisters
    SAS has joined with 27 other pro-2A groups in order to present a unified message to the US Congress that we will not compromise when it comes to our Second Amendment Rights! The National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban has sent the document below to Congress and we ask that you contact your legislators and do the same. Let them know that you are NOT WILLING to compromise away your Second Amendment Rights. Click on the image to open a pdf document that you can save and print out. We encourage you to give copies to your friends and...
  • Reid will postpone filibuster reform

    01/03/2013 1:11:29 PM PST · by Jean S · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/2/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will postpone filibuster reform until later this month, giving him time to negotiate a deal with Republicans, say Democratic lawmakers and aides. A group of liberal Democrats had been pushing Reid to trigger the so-called "nuclear option" on Thursday, the first day of the 113th Congress, to make it more difficult for the minority to stall legislation and nominees. A senior Democratic aide said Reid will instead recess the chamber at the end of Thursday’s proceedings to extend the legislative day until later this month. This would preserve his ability to amend the Senate’s...
  • Cops kicked out of Denny's for having guns; chief bans Denny's

    01/03/2013 1:11:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 64 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 3, 2013 | Matt Pearce
    Are you a cop? Do you carry a gun? Don't go to the Denny's in Belleville, Ill. You are not allowed, the police chief says. Not after what happened Tuesday. The flapjacks -- sorry, the flap -- began when several on-duty detectives with the Belleville Police Department dropped in to Denny's for some on-duty noshing, according to local media.
  • Man With a Gun Tries To Enter Mamaroneck, NY Middle School

    01/03/2013 1:10:27 PM PST · by MWestMom · 29 replies
    Fox News
    A Westchester school was locked down this morning when a middle-aged man tried to enter with a gun on his waist.
  • Another Fiscal Flop

    01/03/2013 12:58:56 PM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 31, 2012 | DAVID BROOKS
    Over the course of the 20th century, America built its welfare state. It was, by and large, a great achievement, expanding opportunity and security for millions. Unfortunately, as the population aged and health care costs surged, it became unaffordable. Public debt as a percentage of gross domestic product was around 38 percent in 1965. It is around 74 percent now. Debt could approach a ruinous 90 percent of G.D.P. in a decade... By 2025, entitlement spending and debt payments are projected to suck up all federal revenue... Ultimately, we should blame the American voters. The average Medicare couple pays $109,000...
  • The Greens’ Attack on Mariculture - They fear human involvement with nature.

    01/03/2013 12:54:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robert Zubrin
    Over the past several months, while most of the political world has been focused on the election and the ensuing struggle over the fiscal cliff, a little story appeared that is worthy of much more attention.It concerns the efforts of the British Columbia–based Haida native-American tribe to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea...
  • Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court (Reid to make good his threats)

    01/03/2013 12:53:20 PM PST · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/13 | Duffield
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced he will begin the new Congress today by violating Senate rules and forcing through a set of procedural changes that will undermine Senate conservatives' ability to influence legislation. But the "Reid Plan" will have its most dramatic impact on presidential nominations, especially for the Supreme Court. The Senate is a unique legislative body that protects the rights of individual senators both to debate and to amend. These rights are valued so highly that it takes a supermajority -- today, 60 votes -- to deny fellow senators those rights. This higher vote threshold...
  • Oil Rig’s Owner Settles Gulf Spill Case for $1.4 Billion

    01/03/2013 12:51:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 3, 2013 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department reached a $1.4 billion settlement Thursday with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed settlement resolves the department's civil and criminal probes of Transocean's role in the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster. It requires the Switzerland-based company to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal penalties and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act, according to a court filing. . .
  • Viewpoint: Pro-Life and Feminism Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

    01/03/2013 12:45:12 PM PST · by Jean S · 6 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 1/3/12 | Emily Buchanan
    From its early beginnings, feminism was a young women’s movement. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Charlotte Lozier and so many others began their suffragist work in their 20s. These women — the original feminists — understood that the rights of women cannot be built on the broken backs of unborn children. Anthony called abortion “child murder.” Paul, author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, said that “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” So the pro-life movement hasn’t changed the meaning of feminism, as has been suggested. It was the neo-feminists of the 1960s and ’70s...
  • TIMOTHY GEITHNER LEAVING BEFORE DEBT CEILING DEAL IS DONE BECAUSE HE NEVER REALLY CARED ANYWAYS

    01/03/2013 12:39:37 PM PST · by Fred · 9 replies
    ScrapeTv ^ | 010313 | Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent
    Washington, D.C. – It is possible, possible, that the massive shuffling of Cabinet positions for president Obama will have a positive effect on his next four years in office. With so many people leaving the make-up of the team that led to a lot of mediocrity and divisiveness will be fundamentally altered.timothy geithner leaving obama administration Some of those changes, say Secretary of State, clearly trade one strong player for another but in other places the changeover will not be as smooth or as clearly good. There is, perhaps, no position more important in all of this than the change...
  • Obama: We raised taxes, but the rich still aren’t paying their fair share

    01/03/2013 12:36:28 PM PST · by Hoodat · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | 7:27 pm | Modified: January 3, 2013 at 11:45 am | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama cut a video, distributed by his reelection, to reiterate his belief that the wealthiest Americans still aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes and to outline a second-term agenda ranging from environmental policy to gun control. Obama started by celebrating the tax increases — “making our tax code more progressive than it’s been in decades,” he said — that will take place because of the fiscal cliff deal. “Obviously, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing our debt,” Obama said in the video. “And I’m willing to do more, as long as we do...
  • Fed minutes show some concerns on bond purchases

    01/03/2013 12:31:05 PM PST · by John W · 1 replies
    AP ^ | January 3, 2012 | Martin Crutsinger
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers expressed broad support last month for the Fed's plan to buy bonds to support the U.S. economy. But they differed over how long to keep buying bonds to drive down long-term interest rates. Minutes of the Fed's December policy meeting show that some of the 12 voting members thought the bond purchases would be warranted through the end of this year. Others felt the purchases should be slowed or stopped altogether before the end of 2013. This group was concerned that too much bond buying by the Fed might destabilize the economy.
  • Drudge tweets: ‘There will be over 3,500 killed in USA today from abortion…no presidents crying’

    01/03/2013 12:27:29 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 2, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    Matt Drudge is the proprieter of the world’s #1 news aggregator site, the Drudge Report, which receives tens of millions of visits every day. On his personal Twitter account he has over 160,000 followers. He is also pro-life. This is the amazing message that his followers were greeted with this morning: There will be over 3,500 killed in USA today from abortion. No flags lowered, no presidents crying. No media hyperventilating. Normal day. The post is a bold move for Drudge. His reference to “presidents crying” appears to be a pretty direct reference to President Obama’s reaction to the...
  • Peter Orszag: Yeah, the White House has less leverage in the spending fight now

    01/03/2013 12:19:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    As I wrote earlier this week, the fiscal-cliff deal was mostly a win for Barack Obama, but only a temporary victory fought on one issue. By delinking the tax debate from the spending debate and keeping the debt limit out of the fiscal-cliff deal, Republicans at least allowed themselves the chance to fight another day for spending cuts and entitlement reform. Whether they can successfully negotiate real reform is another question, of course, but even Obama's former OMB director acknowledges that the White House now has significantly less leverage to prevent budget reform now that taxes are off the table....
  • Surprise: Obamacare-wary employers not hiring, cutting hours

    01/03/2013 12:15:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Guy Benson
    The real knife twist in this USA Today piece is the money quote from Mark Zandi, The One’s go-to "independent" economist: Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say. Their actions could further dampen job growth, which already is threatened by possible federal budget cutbacks resulting from the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. "It will have a negative impact on job creation" in 2013, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics…The...
  • Shocking Time Magazine Cover: After 40 Years, Abortion Activists Losing

    01/03/2013 12:11:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/3/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The mainstream media will get around to covering abortion this month as the nation marks 40 years of legalized abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy via Roe v Wade. Time magazine has released its issue, which comes to a shocking conclusion... The article makes the pro-abortion case that, while abortion is still legal, it is increasingly difficult to access thanks to the closing of so many abortion clinics and pro-life laws that help women by giving them additional information and alternatives. The magazine also contains an article from Emily Buchanan of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List that...
  • Lapid: I won't Sit in Right-Wing Government

    01/03/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, announced Thursday evening that his party would not join a nationalist government headed by Likud – Yisrael Beytenu. "To all those who asked," he wrote on his Facebook page, "Of course we will not sit as a fifth wheel in a government of Shas and the extreme right." "On the other hand – if we have enough Knesset seats, maybe we can establish a completely different government," Lapid added. "A moderate, centrist government in which we will be able to pass a law for an equal share of the burden, which...
  • The culture war is over, and conservatives lost (Face it, Americans no longer agree with us)

    01/03/2013 12:09:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 228 replies
    The Week ^ | 01/03/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    Late last year, I criticized the notion that Barack Obama won re-election by buying off voters with "gifts."  In case you've forgotten, many conservatives had sought to explain away Mitt Romney's loss by reasoning that we had finally reached a tipping point where Americans were voting for candidates who supported the welfare state, based solely on their own pecuniary interests. And I argued that voters do want to be given something by Republican politicians: Hope, optimism, and vision.But while I dismissed that premise, there may be an even larger fundamental problem that should alarm conservatives even more: Too many Americans...