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  • India wary as Turkey set to broker Afghanistan-Taliban peace

    01/06/2013 12:32:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | January 6, 2013 | Indrani BagchiIndrani Bagchi
    Turkey is emerging as the new player in the unfolding Afghanistan peace process. As Afghanistan and Pakistan work on a peace roadmap, with the active assistance and blessings of London and Washington, Turkey has stepped in, even offering to host senior Taliban leaders released by Pakistan for reconciliation talks with the Afghan government. Although India is not part of the deal, India will be deeply affected by the outcome of whatever political process is implemented in Afghanistan. And with a strong presence on the ground in Afghanistan, India will be keen to ensure its own red lines about the accommodation...
  • Wall Street cheers "cliff" deal, but only for now

    01/06/2013 12:17:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-5-13 | STEVE ROTHWELL
    When lawmakers delivered a long-delayed, last-minute agreement on the budget, Wall Street celebrated. And it would be easy to think that the surge in the Dow the following day meant that investors had put their concerns about Washington's political gridlock behind them. The Dow Jones industrial average surged on the news, but that doesn't mean the volatility is over. In fact, there could be more turmoil in the market soon because decisions on cutting the federal budget deficit have been put off until March, when the government will reach its borrowing limit. Republicans have already said they will demand cuts...
  • Obama's Historic Easing of Sanctions Dramatically Increases Abuse by Castro

    01/06/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/6/13 | Brandon Darby
    Cuba was singled out by Human Rights Watch in 2011 as being the only Latin American country that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. It is difficult to understand how such tyranny could get worse. Both Reuters and the Miami Herald report that Cuban Security agents broke their previous records of government political repression in 2012 with 6,602 confirmed detentions of political dissidents. In 2011 there were 4,123 confirmed political arrests which was even higher than the 2,704 arrests from 2010. Both Reuters and the Miami Herald based their data on a 2012 year-end report from the Cuban Committee...
  • The Tax Man Takes Aim At The World's Wealthy

    01/06/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 06 Jan 2013 | Anita Huslin
    As 2013 begins with wealthy Americans in line for bigger tax bills, they're not alone. Tax fairness takes the spotlight worldwide this year, as cash-strapped governments look to impose more of the burden on well-heeled companies, individuals and institutions, and to catch and punish tax cheaters. This week, as the U.S. Congress averted a plunge off the fiscal precipice, British Prime Minister David Cameron sent a letter to leaders of the Group of Eight countries that make up about half of the world's economic output. Cameron is incoming president of the G-8 and says corporate tax evasion is on his...
  • Emancipation and Tyranny

    01/06/2013 12:08:03 PM PST · by morethanright · 4 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-06 12:46:52 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) told the Daily Caller that President Obama should be given the power to raise the nation's debt ceiling without congressional authority. Citing Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, Davis said, "Sometimes when we've gotten great answers is when presidents have had enough authority to take some actions. I mean, remember that we just celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and if Abraham Lincoln had not had the power, authority and the will to make that decision, we may have gone on with the war that was going to last several additional...
  • GA mom shoots intruder 5 times in face, hides children [bad news for those who oppose self defense]

    01/06/2013 12:06:38 PM PST · by grundle · 49 replies
    myfox8.com ^ | January 6, 2012
    LOGANVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia mother hid her two 9-year-old twins and shot an intruder, Paul Ali Slater, several times during a home invasion on Friday, according to multiple media reports. The Loganville mother said she didn’t initially answer when someone knocked on her door around 1 p.m. Friday. When the visitor began repeatedly ringing the doorbell, she called her husband at work, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He then dialed 911 and his 37-year-old wife gathered their 9-year-old twins and hid them in a crawlspace inside the home. According to the report, the intruder then forced his way...
  • A century later, Nixon legacy carries on: The president would have been 100 this week.

    01/06/2013 12:05:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 6, 2013 | Michael Mello
    For five years, he was known as the leader of the Free World. But for the first several years of his life, Richard Milhous Nixon had a more modest title: farm boy. Wednesday will mark the date, 100 years ago, of a winter day so cold that Hannah Nixon was advised it would be better to bear her fifth son at home than risk traveling in the chill to a hospital. That was the day a small, kit-constructed home surrounded by citrus trees saw the birth of the man who would become the 37th president of the United States.
  • ‘National database’ on gun sales part of Obama anti-gun game plan

    01/06/2013 11:51:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 124 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The Washington Post is reporting that President Barack Obama is preparing to pull out all the stops in pushing his anti-gun agenda in what the newspaper calls “a far broader and more comprehensive approach” than the Clinton-era ban on semi-autos. That ban expired in 2004 after a ten-year lifespan. Passage of the measure cost Democrats control of Congress in November 1994. The moves will be sold as an effort to curb “gun violence,” but it appears there is much more in the president’s plan, including what the Post calls “measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal...
  • McConnell: Any gun proposals to take back seat

    01/06/2013 11:45:22 AM PST · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    wsls ^ | January 06, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell federal spending and the country's debt will dominate the congressional agenda for the next three months, and that debate about potential gun legislation in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting will take a back seat.
  • Moore Recommends Soldiers Punch the Lights Out of People Who Thank Them for Their Service

    01/06/2013 11:41:40 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    On New Year’s Eve, schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore made a resolution to stop saying he supports the troops. On Thursday, Moore put an exclamation point on this anti-American insanity publishing a piece at the Huffington Post entitled “Those Who Say 'I Support the Troops' Really Don't.” “I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you,” Moore began. Moore then elaborated on six offenses either suffered by our troops or thrust upon them by Americans. These included: being “sent off to wars that have NOTHING to do with defending America or saving our lives;” having their homes foreclosed on them...
  • Christie: Comments on Obama, Boehner Part of Job

    01/06/2013 11:41:02 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Copyright © 2012 Breitbart ^ | 6 Jan 2013, 5:14 AM PDT | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    Christie, by his own admission, is "not a subtle personality" and he likes to take charge. Those two traits figured prominently in how the rising Republican handled Sandy. From his frequent, televised updates to residents as the storm's winds whipped the state's beaches to his criticism last week of fellow Republican John Boehner's decision to delay a U.S. House vote on federal storm aid, his handling of his native state's worst natural disaster may one day be considered the defining moment in the political career of a budding presidential contender. The timing of the storm _ days before a presidential...
  • Burglar Endagered! Atlanta mom shoots intruder in the face 5 times

    01/06/2013 11:37:25 AM PST · by F105-D ThunderChief · 62 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 01/06/13 | F-105D Thunderchief
    An Atlanta mom took matters into her own hands on Friday when confronting an intruder. The unidentified woman hid with her 9-year-old twins in a crawlspace as a man broke into her house and began rummaging through it. The alleged burglar, Paul Ali Slater, eventually found the family’s hiding space, but not before finding himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver. The woman fired six shots, five of which hit Slater in the face and neck, but he managed to flee after the family ran to a neighbor’s house. Slater is expected to survive
  • There’s No Case for Hagel (Kristol)

    01/06/2013 11:22:53 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 4, 2013 | By William Kristol
    In the three weeks since Chuck Hagel’s name emerged as President Barack Obama’s likely choice as the next secretary of defense, there's been a lively, if lopsided, debate about his qualifications for the job. The debate’s been lopsided because the arguments for Hagel have been so startlingly weak. It’s not just that those arguing for Hagel form an unusually motley crew, even by the standards of the anti-Israel swamp in which many of them frolic. What's striking about the case for Hagel is its absence. His backers can cite no significant legislation for which Hagel was responsible in his two...
  • Obama signs bill for Sandy flood insurance claims

    01/06/2013 11:22:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 12:36 PM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy. … The House has yet to act on a larger, more comprehensive Sandy aid package. Republican leaders did not bring the bill to the floor before the last session of Congress adjourned. …
  • Pelosi: Unemployment at 7.8% Shows ‘Good Pace, Going in the Right Direction’

    01/06/2013 11:19:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | january 4, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the unemployment rate remaining flat at 7.8 percent shows a “good pace” and that the country is “going in the right direction.” “Good morning. It’s a good morning indeed, I think,” Pelosi said, as she began her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Friday. “155,000 jobs added in December.” “Good pace, going in the right direction,” she said. “1.8 million private sector jobs gained in 2012. December was the 34th consecutive month of private-sector job creation.” The government unemployment report released on Friday revealed that the number of unemployed Americans remained unchanged...
  • INSIDE THE CONSERVATIVE REBELLION AGAINST JOHN BOEHNER

    01/06/2013 11:06:02 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | SeekTheTruth for Bevperl
    House Speaker John Boehner barely held onto his job atop Congress’ lower chamber on Thursday.
  • Hume: Obama Believes Hagel Will Be A Counterforce To The Pentagon And Not An Advocate (video)

    01/06/2013 11:04:48 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    BRIT HUME: The only thing I can think of is that he believes that Hagel is a kind of maverick, would not drink the kool-aid as the White House may see it on Pentagon, military spending and so on. That he would be a counterforce over there and not an advocate for the armed forces in a way that even Leon Panetta has become. You know, the warnings that we're hearing, for example, about the affect of the sequester, so-called, on the Pentagon, the dire warnings, have come from Panetta, not from the White House you'll notice. The President isn't...
  • Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduces bill to repeal presidential term limit

    01/06/2013 11:03:32 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 19 replies
    Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) is already looking forward to 2016 and beyond. The congressman yesterday reintroduced a bill to repeal the 22nd amendment establishing term limits for the president.
  • Fake News: LAPD, Media Tout Rocket Launcher Seizure That Wasn't

    01/06/2013 11:02:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/6/13 | Warner Todd Huston
    Only one problem. The story is pure puffery. These so-called “rocket launchers” the LAPD recovered weren't a danger to anyone. In fact, at least one of them was never a danger to anyone. It turns out both were one-use, AT-4 grenade launchers used by the U.S. Army in anti-tank operations. Yes they are grenade launchers (not really "rocket" launchers proper) but these tubes are pre-packaged weapons that can be fired only one time and cannot be reloaded. They are one-shot only weapons. So, yes, that means the tubes the police had were completely and permanently harmless. But even more absurdly,...
  • EBT Fraud and Abuse

    01/06/2013 10:39:05 AM PST · by doug from upland · 35 replies
    watchdog dot org ^ | 1-2013 | Shepherd
    EBT fraud and abuse: Looking past your state By Todd Shepherd / July 24, 2012 / 7 Comments Fraud is skyrocketing as states shift from issuing paper-based food stamps to plastic, electronic benefits transfer cards preloaded with a monthly limit of cash intended only for food purchases. Examples of fraud prompted Congress to take action, with President Obama signing a law in February intended to prevent EBT cardholders from spending their money on tattoos and at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Here’s a state-by-state listing of some EBT fraud stories: Alabama: Not fraudulent, but are EBT cards becoming a...