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  • Senator’s wife sought Iowa institute

    01/03/2013 8:48:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    KSTP ^ | 1-3-13 | ap
    AP) IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa Board of Regents member worked behind the scenes to create a university institute honoring her husband, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, and then pushed for its approval before two of the couple’s allies left the board, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press. The 2011 email from then-Iowa State University Provost Elizabeth Hoffman describes the top-secret process that Ruth Harkin and a small group of officials pursued in planning the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, which remains mired in controversy nearly two years later. It noted that an ethics scandal involving a...
  • Morning Joe: Obama Was For Debating The Debt Ceiling Before He Was Against It

    01/03/2013 8:33:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/2/13
    Mark Halperin on "Morning Joe" makes the point that Obama as a Senator was against raising the debt ceiling (January 2, 2013).
  • Hammar, Marine freed from Mexico jail, says inmates threatened to behead him

    01/03/2013 8:09:59 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | Jan. 03, 2013 | By Tim Johnson
    MEXICO CITY -- Only days after U.S. Marine veteran Jon Hammar was thrown into a Mexican prison for carrying an antique shotgun into the country, gangsters in the jail warned him of his likely fate – beheading.
  • Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    01/03/2013 8:06:43 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.
  • Social media casts spotlight on Ohio rape case

    01/03/2013 7:59:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Michael Pearson
    Social media videos led to rape charges [Video]. The videos, pictures and tweets are chilling. A picture of a girl dangling limply from the arms of two young men. Other boys, laughingly saying the girl had to be dead because she didn't flinch as her body was violated. An alleged rape, made into a joke. The images and social media messages are at the heart of criminal charges against two high school football players accused of sexually assaulting an underage teenage girl during a series of end-of-summer parties in August.
  • Half the Facts You Know Are Probably Wrong

    01/03/2013 7:37:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 83 replies
    Reason ^ | January 2013 | Ronald Bailey
    Old truths decay and new ones are born at an astonishing rate.Dinosaurs were cold-blooded. Increased K-12 spending and lower pupil/teacher ratios boost public school student outcomes. Most of the DNA in the human genome is junk. Saccharin causes cancer and a high fiber diet prevents it. Stars cannot be bigger than 150 solar masses.In the past half-century, all of the foregoing facts have turned out to be wrong. In the modern world facts change all of the time, according to Samuel Arbesman, author of the new book The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date (Current). Fact-making...
  • Joe Biden Gets Frisky with Senator's Wife (Video)

    01/03/2013 7:23:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Vice President Joe Biden got a little frisky with the wife of Senator Angus King at today's ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol:
  • Al Gore, Joel Hyatt Sell Out Israel

    01/03/2013 7:20:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Dick Morris
    Al Jazeera is coming to America — courtesy of former Vice President Al Gore and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt. The Arab network, funded by Qatar, has just bought Current TV — the low rated liberal cable station Gore and Hyatt founded — for a reported $500 million. The deal gives the anti-Israeli Arab network access to 40 million homes in the United States. Beyond bringing anti-Israeli propaganda into these new American outlets, Al Jazeera has a long record as the chosen news outlet for Al Qaeda and other terrorist cells. It was through them that Osama bin Laden would regularly post...
  • Caption Pelosi and Boehner

    01/03/2013 7:03:59 PM PST · by crosshairs · 33 replies
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Journal News Sparked By Map of Gun Owners

    01/03/2013 7:01:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    A lawsuit has been filed against The Journal News by a business that claims its reputation suffered after the newspaper published an interactive map of licensed gun owners in the area, following the massacre in Newtown, Conn. First Impression LLC is a gift shop and interior design firm located in Katonah. They sued both The Journal News and its corporate parent Gannett Co. in Westchester County Court. In the Summons with Notice, the gift shop accuses the newspaper of “falsely…publicly stating in the interactive website www.lohud.com that plaintiff First Impression LLC is a licensed handgun owner.” They are represented by...
  • Getting the 60 Percent Married - Renewing marriage in Middle America

    01/03/2013 6:58:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 3, 2013 | An NRO Interview
    About 60 percent of Americans have a high-school diploma but not a degree from a four-year college. Forty-four percent of their children are born outside of marriage. This finding is the focus of “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” the fruit of the annual “State of Our Unions”(PDF) report compiled by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values. W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the project, talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about what’s going on and why it matters. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Who are the “forgotten 60...
  • Javert’s Religion of Statism

    01/03/2013 6:56:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    laissez faire books ^ | 31 December 2012 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Those who take prosperity for granted — and all of us do whether we admit it or not — would do well to make their way to the film Les Misérables, which features Russell Crowe playing the role of the relentless French cop Javert (not to mention an astonishingly effective presentation of “I Dreamed the Dream” by Anne Hathaway). This film brilliantly pictures a level of poverty that none of us has ever known. We do well to reflect on it and the reasons that we do not experience such poverty now (hint: it’s not because of Congress). And such...
  • Wish you were here, John! Jubilant Obama relaxes on Hawaiian beach while arch rival Boehner fights

    01/03/2013 6:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/3/13 | Toby Hardnen & Staff
    House Speaker John Boehner has been afforded no rest after the passage of the fiscal cliff bill. (Snip) President Barack Obama, meanwhile, has been vacationing on the sunny beaches of Hawaii - leaving Washington just hours after the deal made it through Congress on Tuesday night. The White House released a series of year-end photos of the President on Wednesday. The first picture in the series was of shot of a jubilant Obama frolicking in the warm Hawaiian waters. Scroll down for video
  • Top 10 "Most Corrupt" List Dominated by Obama Administration

    01/03/2013 6:51:22 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 January 2013 | Alex Newman
    President Obama and key members of his cabinet were among the top ten most corrupt politicians in Washington for 2012, according to an annual list compiled by Judicial Watch. Top 10 "Most Corrupt" List Dominated by Obama Administration The New American 03 January 2013 President Obama and key members of his Democrat cabinet like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and UN Ambassador Susan Rice were all among the top ten most corrupt politicians in Washington for 2012, according to an annual...
  • MSNBC's Ed Schultz Names Sandra Fluke A 'Hero' For Pushing Free Birth Control

    01/03/2013 6:35:12 PM PST · by drewh · 36 replies
    National Examiner.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | By: Joe Newby
    MSNBC's Ed Schultz named Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown coed who told a congressional panel that students were going broke buying contraception, a "middle class hero" for advocating free contraception, Twitchy reported Wednesday. "Even more hilarious," Twitchy said, "Fluke is boasting about it and preening." "Thx 4 including me in 2012 heroes & allowing me 2 share my friend's story--interview feels like lifetime ago," Fluke tweeted. According to Twitchy, conservatives on Twitter weren't impressed. "@SandraFluke hero? What a joke! Embarrassment is more like it," one person tweeted. "@SandraFluke what have you sacrificed to be labelled a hero? You're an underachieving grad...
  • The Federal Reserve Has No Practical Option To End QE (by James Sinclair)

    01/03/2013 6:31:29 PM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    Jim Sinclair ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jim Sinclair
    The Federal Reserve Has No Practical Option To End QE January 3, 2013, at 6:07 pm by Jim Sinclair in the category General Editorial | Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post Dear CIGAs, Such an announcement has been part of QE either from MSM or some Fed board member since it began. The implication of stopping QE is so dire to the economy that it is in a practical sense impossible. When gold was being sold by central banks during the 1970s market announcements were made constantly with the bias to depress metals....
  • Two Americas: Gregory Not Charged, Iraq Vet Jailed

    01/03/2013 6:26:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/3/13 | John Nolte
    The media's so full of it. Over the past few weeks, the wife and I have been re-watching the brilliant HBO drama, "The Wire." The show's fifth and final season focuses on the plight of "The Baltimore Sun," as the daily newspaper deals with a collapsing business model in the age of the inter-webs. One of the story's subplots involves a reporter with ambitions to someday work for the "The New York Times" or "The Washington Post." He's a bit overly ambitious, though, and ends up falsifying quotes and sources in order to make a name for himself. One of...
  • George Neumayr: The Triumph of Tax-and-Spend Liberalism (that’s the upshot of bipartisanship)

    01/03/2013 6:06:23 PM PST · by drewh · 6 replies
    The American Spectator Magazine ^ | 1.3.13 @ 6:11 | George Neumayr
    The resolution to the fiscal cliff crisis was fittingly perverse, containing the very prodigal spending and denial of looming deficits that caused it. Washington never fails to use a crisis to compound the underlying elements of the crisis. This is what passes for bipartisanship in a demagogic age. Pols calculate that the full effects of a crisis won’t be felt until they’re safely out of office. So they don’t mind making it worse while pretending to solve it. Scaring Republicans into bad policy through such hectoring is the left’s forte and Republicans simply don’t have the courage or conviction to...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 4 January 2013

    01/03/2013 6:05:14 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 89 replies
    January 3, 2013 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite New Years Tradition(s).KISSING The purpose of kissing a loved one at midnight is to bring good luck to the relationship for the next year. EATINGPork is a lucky food for New Year’s daybecause pigs root forward when they eat. Southerners believe eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day brings fortune, while others believe lentil soup is lucky. Watch The Ball Drop?Do you...
  • America lives under the shadow of George W. Bush

    01/03/2013 5:58:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Julian Zelizer
    Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) -- Somewhere in Texas, former President George W. Bush is smiling. Although some Democrats are pleased that taxes will now go up on the wealthiest Americans, the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff entrenches, rather than dismantles, one of Bush's signature legacies -- income tax cuts. Ninety-nine percent of American households were protected from tax increases, aside from the expiration of the reduced rate for the payroll tax. In the final deal, Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to preserve most of the Bush tax cuts, including exemptions on the estate tax. When Bush started...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-3-13

    01/03/2013 5:53:07 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-3-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • The Saga of Hagel and Haifa

    01/03/2013 5:41:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/3/13 | Adam Kredo
    A popular USO port in the Israeli city of Haifa was the center of a bitter dispute over U.S. funding for overseas operations in the late 1980s. Chuck Hagel, the one-time Republican Senator from Nebraska who President Barack Obama may nominate as the next secretary of defense, led the controversial charge to shutter the port during his tenure with the organization. Hagel, who served as president and CEO of the World USO from 1987 to 1990, expressed intense opposition to the USO Haifa Center during a tumultuous 1989 meeting with Jewish leaders, according to multiple sources involved in the fight...
  • (Boston Mayor) Menino: Veep Promised Him Fast Action on Gun Control

    01/03/2013 5:39:25 PM PST · by drewh · 22 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | January 3, 2013 | By Dave Wedge
    Vice President Joe Biden “guaranteed” Mayor Thomas M. Menino — a leading national gun control advocate — that President Obama will pass sweeping firearms reforms by the end of the month, the mayor said today. “He said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino said at City Hall today. “They’re going to get it done.” The mayor, who has been recovering from a host of ailments for the past two months, said Biden called him several times while he was in the hospital, including a call after the Newtown school massacre to discuss...
  • Matthews Sneers: Fiscal Conservatism Is Like Being 'Most Segregationist Guy In The South'

    01/03/2013 5:30:20 PM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 03, 2013 | 12:45 | By Scott Whitlock
    On New Year's Eve, Chris Matthews got off one last sneering shot against conservatives. In a special 2012 retrospective, the Hardball anchor connected fiscal conservatism to segregation. After guest Howard Fineman insisted that Mitt Romney's aversion to tax increases during the primary doomed him in the general election, Matthews snorted, "It's today's politics! It's like, they used to say, you have to be the most segregationist guy in the south." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] He continued, "You can never be an inch away from it because somebody would always go to your right on that issue." Go to...
  • The $13.6-Trillion Man: Geithner Sets All-Time Record for Spending by Treasury Secretary

    01/03/2013 5:20:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 3, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who reportedly will leave office at the end of this month, is already responsible for spending and borrowing more money than any of his predecessors as secretary of the Treasury. The U.S. Senate confirmed Geithner on Jan. 26, 2009. Between February 2009, the first full month of Geithner’s tenure, and the end of November 2012, the last full month for which federal spending records are available, the U.S. Treasury dispensed approximately $13.582319 trillion. …
  • Report: Sen. Mark Kirk recalls seeing angels

    01/03/2013 5:10:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/03/2013 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said he saw three angels in the hospital when he awoke from a stroke-induced coma in an interview published Wednesday. Kirk — who had a stroke almost a year ago — is set to walk up the U.S. Capitol building’s steps Thursday without any assistance. Kirk told suburban-Chicago’s The Daily Herald the angels asked him, “You want to come with us?” “No,” Kirk responded. “I’ll hold off.” Doctors sent Kirk into a coma after he had a stroke Jan. 21, 2012 and they temporarily removed a 4-by-8 inch piece of his skull to help his brain...
  • Gun Ammunition Sales On The Rise

    01/03/2013 5:09:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 39 replies
    CLOVIS, Calif. (KMPH) - Valley gun store owners say their shelves are becoming bare. Last month KMPH News reported gun sales are on the rise. Now, consumers are buying ammunition at a feverish pace. James Mize, works at Clovis' Valley Rod and Gun store, he says people are afraid their gun rights will be touched, with California already having some the strictest gun control laws in the nation. He believes the federal government will simply force other states to follow the Golden State. "About 10 days ago, these shelves were full, the only ones not selling right now are the...
  • Obama's Hawaii Vacation: Day 1

    01/03/2013 5:06:20 PM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | January 3, 2012 | AP
    How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Wednesday: — REJOINING THE FAMILY: Obama arrived in Honolulu early Wednesday morning after spending the time between Christmas and New Year's Day in Washington as Congress moved toward passing a bill to address the so-called fiscal cliff.
  • 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,...
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