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  • What Happened in Ohio (correct but unwittingly hilarious)

    11/08/2012 12:51:50 PM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7 November 2012 | Matt Meyer
    Over the next few days, I will cover a variety of issues I believe explain what happened in Ohio in 2012. The first issue starts at the very beginning of the process in Ohio. Now, it is always tricky to extrapolate primary data to general-election data, but I believe two data points, discussed below, from Ohio’s primary foreshadowed problems for Republicans and in the base with Governor Mitt Romney. First, in the 2008 fully contested Democratic primary between Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama, 2,386,945 Ohioans cast ballots. Remember, Ohio has open primaries where voters select either a Democratic...
  • Israel Pitches In With Disaster Relief After Hurricane Sandy

    11/08/2012 12:41:17 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    Israel 21c ^ | November 8, 2012 | Abigail Klein Leichman
    Israel Pitches In With Disaster Relief After Hurricane SandyMembers of various NGOs put Israeli knowhow to work, getting food, fuel and other supplies to emergency workers and victims.New York --- When ISRAEL21c spoke with Israel relief volunteer Joel Leyden in New York yesterday, he had just received a phone call from the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management on New York’s Long Island. “They confirmed that there is a police escort waiting to bring in Israel Flying Aid’s delivery of fuel, which will go to county hospitals to be dispensed to doctors and nurses so they will be able to...
  • Hawker Beechcraft sheds more jobs

    11/08/2012 12:12:09 PM PST · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    AOPA ^ | 11-8
    Layoff notices will be sent to about 410 Hawker Beechcraft employees, as the company plans to close facilities in three locations and shut down its business jet production. The Wichita Eagle reported that 60-day notices will be issued Nov. 9 to affected employees in Wichita, Kan., where the company is based, along with Little Rock, Ark., where the last of the Hawker business jets are being completed. Job cuts will also be made in San Antonio and Mesa, Ariz., the Eagle reported, quoting from a letter to employees signed by CEO Steve Miller and Chairman Bill Boisture:
  • Ashley Judd for Senate?

    11/08/2012 12:11:28 PM PST · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 8 Nov 2012 | William Bigelow
    Henry Clay. Daniel Webster. Ashley Judd? Yes, there are actually Democrats in Kentucky so eager to get rid of Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell that they would support putting Ashley Judd up as the Democratic Senator for Kentucky.U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, said: “If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown… The money would pour in here as soon as she entered the race.” Former Auditor Crit Luallen said that Judd would be “an attractive candidate.” Some supporters of the idea say such a race could...
  • Minus 12: Obama Calls UnitedStates ‘A Former Colony’

    11/08/2012 12:08:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/8/12 | Patrick Burke
    In his re-election victory speech on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama referred to the United States as a singular “former colony,” when the United States was actually composed of 13 separate colonies prior to gaining independence from the British. “Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward,” said Obama, which was the first sentence of his remarks in Chicago, Ill. Before the United States won its independence from Great Britain with the Treaty of Paris in 1783,
  • Mitt Romney planned Boston Harbor fireworks show that was scotched by election loss

    11/08/2012 11:55:22 AM PST · by Arthurio · 53 replies
    Mitt Romney had planned to celebrate his election as the nation’s 45th president with an eight-minute fireworks display over Boston Harbor. The same company that does some of the illuminations for Boston’s Fourth of July celebration was poised to ignite fireworks within view of Romney’s party at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to celebrate a win over President Obama. A permit filed with the City of Boston said the detonation could occur any time between 7 p.m. Tuesday, just after the first polls closed, and 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, which ended up being just before Romney conceded the race.
  • Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

    11/08/2012 11:54:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/8/12 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar and Cambodia when he travels to the Asian nations later this month. The White House says Obama will also visit Thailand. The trip comes less than two weeks after Obama's re-election. Obama's trip to Myanmar marks the culmination of a dramatic turnaround in the country's relations with Washington. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has shifted from five decades of ruinous military rule and shaken off the pariah status it had earned through its bloody suppression of democracy. The president has suspended sanctions to reward
  • This is emblematic of the challenge: Obama Overwhelmingly Won Asian-American Vote

    11/08/2012 11:49:15 AM PST · by only1percent · 68 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 8, 2012 | Shane Goldmacher
    President Obama carried 73 percent of the Asian vote on Tuesday, continuing a two-decade-long march of Asian-Americans toward the Democratic Party in presidential politics. Obama improved his performance among Asian-Americans more than among any other ethnic group between 2008 and 2012, according to exit polling. His support in the community jumped 11 percentage points, from 62 percent in 2008. The 73 percent support that Obama garnered was the highest since national exit polls began tallying the Asian vote, and it marked the fifth straight presidential election in which the Democratic nominee attracted a greater share of the Asian-American vote. President...
  • Virginia store closes for a day to 'mourn the loss of America'

    11/08/2012 11:38:32 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov 8, 2012 | By David Sherfinski
    Virginia's 13 electoral votes went to President Obama for the second straight election, and the proprietor of a store in the south central city of Bedford is not hiding his dismay. Lyons Jewelers hung up multiple signs on the windows of the shop indicating the shop would not be open for business Wednesday, including one saying the store was closed to "mourn the loss of the America that our forefathers endowed to us," WDBJ reported. "Lyons will reopen tomorrow to continue the fight against a president who seeks my demise" and "Shame on VA & USA" read two other signs....
  • Did Facebook Give Democrats the Upper Hand?

    11/08/2012 11:36:32 AM PST · by missycocopuffs · 11 replies
    You didn't know it at the time, but when you logged into Facebook on Election Day, you became a subject in a mass social experiment. You went about your day, clicked around Facebook, and you may have voted. Now your behavior is data that social scientists will scrutinize in the months ahead, asking one of the core questions of democracy: What makes people vote? If patterns from earlier research hold true, the experiment's designer James Fowler says that it is "absolutely plausible that Facebook drove a lot of the increase" in young-voter participation (thought to be up one percentage point...
  • Iran fired at US drone, Pentagon says (Nov. 1)

    11/08/2012 11:34:21 AM PST · by Raebie · 76 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Fosx News
    Iran has fired at a U.S. drone, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday. The incident occurred Nov. 1 at 4:50 a.m. ET, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. He said the unarmed, unmanned drone was conducting "routine surveillance" when it was "intercepted" by Iran. He said the drone was not in Iranian airspace.
  • A Few Things I Never Want to Hear Again

    11/08/2012 11:31:38 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 8, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    Tired. That is my overriding sensation as I write this. How to bang one's first impressions of hell out on a keyboard? Let us begin a new day, in a new world, with a first principle of sorts -- in this case, a negative principle. Here is a short list of words or turns of phrase that I never want to hear again. (1) "America is a center-right country." Center and right are entirely relative terms. The "center" between Lenin and FDR, for example, is very far to the "left" of George Washington. And political self-identification is a meaningless standard...
  • Low turnout--evangelicals sat it out?

    11/08/2012 11:29:45 AM PST · by fifedom · 93 replies
    Powerline ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Steven Hayward
    Romney may underperform (or barely match) in turnout the listless McCain in 2008. According to exit polls Romney won white evangelicals by a four-to-one margin—as high or higher than George W. Bush in 2004. Could it have been that many evangelicals couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a Mormon, and simply stayed home?
  • Ron Paul: "Election shows U.S. 'far gone'"

    11/08/2012 11:27:49 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/8/2012 | Stephan Dinan
    Rep. Ron Paul, whose maverick presidential bids shook the GOP, said in the wake of this week's elections that the country has already veered over the fiscal cliff and he sees no chance of righting ship in a country where too many people are dependent on government. "We're so far gone. We're over the cliff," the Texas Republican told Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop" program. "We cannot get enough people in Congress in the next 5-10 years who will do wise things." The video can be seen at http://www.bloomberg.com/video/ron-paul-on-fiscal-cliff-and-vows-to-compromise-MYkAiqYBTaiHwXZL9Tvxkw.html.
  • Napolitano floated for attorney general

    11/08/2012 11:18:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Wahington Examiner ^ | 11/8/12 | Paul Bedard
    The second term game of Obama cabinet musical chairs kicked into high gear Thursday when Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that he might leave soon. He would join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Tim Geither and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on the exit list. Names immediately surfaced of those who might replace Holder including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has steered her department through controversial issues and come out generally unscathed. Senate sources said that she would be a good pick for Obama since she has years of experience in the area and is
  • Benghazi documents available to senators only when they are out of to

    11/08/2012 11:02:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11/8/12 | Josh Rogin
    Under pressure from senators, the State Department is allowing some lawmakers to look at cables and other documents related to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, but only today and tomorrow, when most senators are not in Washington. Congress is gearing up for a full week of Benghazi-related hearings next week, including a Nov. 13 hearing behind closed doors of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA). Kerry has written two letters to the State Department requesting congressional access to information and documents related to the circumstances
  • Forgotten by FEMA: Volunteers step up in storm-ravaged NYC borough

    11/08/2012 10:58:43 AM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/8/2012 | By Perry Chiaramonte, Joshua Rhett Miller
    Volunteers and disaster victims have taken rescue, recovery and security into their own hands on New York's storm-ravaged borough of Staten Island, where they say FEMA has forgotten them. Already without power for more than a week in the wake of superstorm Sandy, hard-hit residents of the borough's South Shore braved a nor'easter Wednesday night, many -- perhaps hundreds -- huddling in condemned homes and ignoring orders to evacuate out of fear looters would take what little Mother Nature has left them. "FEMA packed up everything yesterday and left the area," said MaryLou Wong, whose home in the Midland Beach...
  • OH NO: The Stock Market Is Tumbling Again, And It's Right On The Infamous 200-Day Moving Average

    11/08/2012 10:54:18 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-8-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    OH NO: The Stock Market Is Tumbling Again, And It's Right On The Infamous 200-Day Moving Average Joe WeisenthalNovember 8, 2012 Alert! The stock market is falling. And the S&P is now right on its 200-day moving average (the red line in this chart) which some people see as an important "support" level. If we break through it, some people might freak out. From Stockcharts.com: Stockcharts.com
  • Holder Announces He Might Not Stay On As Attorney General

    11/08/2012 10:39:41 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 64 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/8/12
    BALTIMORE (CBSDC) — Attorney General Eric Holder might not be sticking around for a second term. Holder told law school students at the University of Baltimore School of Law that he does not know if he will stay in his job. “That’s something that I’m in the process now of trying to determine,” Holder said. “I have to think about, can I contribute in a second term?” Holder says he needs to sit down with his family and President Obama to see if he wants to continue on the job. “[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do...
  • Undaunted [An email from Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R)]

    11/08/2012 10:39:33 AM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    email | Thursday, November 8, 2012 | Jim DeMint
    Dear Friends, Like you, I was disappointed by the outcome of election day. But I remain undaunted. Hundreds of Republican candidates campaigned on real plans to address our runaway debt and looming entitlement crisis and won a strong majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rising conservative leaders like Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz and Deb Fischer will now join me and stalwarts like Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey in the U.S. Senate. Yet many are still asking: “Where do we go from here?” We will certainly face many battles in Congress in the coming...
  • Obama’s new foreign and security team: Could Colin Powell be on it?

    11/08/2012 10:36:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/8/12 | Howard LaFranchi
    Washington Barack Obama’s reelection was barely sealed before some international voices began trumpeting how the president’s victory would mean a renewed American focus on foreign policy issues that languished during the campaign. President Obama could now revive the search for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, international Middle East envoy Tony Blair said. The US will be bolder now in pressing for a resolution of Syria’s deadly and dangerous civil war, some US allies, including Turkish officials, predicted. Have these foreign friends heard of the “fiscal cliff”? (Snip) Mr. Obama will no doubt be looking broadly to
  • Evangelicals and Church Going Catholic Voters Favor Romney by Wide Margins

    11/08/2012 10:27:21 AM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 27 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | 11-7-12 | Jeff Walton
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- White Catholics, Evangelicals and other Protestant voters appear to have returned to their 2004 party voting preferences in 2012, according to two polls released following Tuesday's voting. Exit polling released through CNN revealed Protestant Christians (including evangelicals and Mainliners of all races), who made up 53 percent of the electorate, voted 42 percent for President Barack Obama and 57 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Catholics were 25 percent of the electorate, voting 50 percent for Obama and 48 percent for Romney. Frequency of attendance at religious services revealed a significant gap...
  • CA: 'Yes' Votes Prevail on Proposition 30 ( numbers on all of the propositions & a Map)

    11/08/2012 10:23:30 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    westhollywood.patch.com ^ | November 7, 2012 | Karen Jordan
    Votes supporting a ballot measure to fund education backed by Gov. Jerry Brown outpolled "no" votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Refresh this page for the latest updates.
  • Special events and deals for vets this weekend(Omaha/Council Bluffs Iowa Area).

    11/08/2012 10:23:02 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 3 replies
    Veterans Day is Sunday this year. It is always observed on Nov. 11, to mark the cessation of World War I hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Here are some activities planned for Veterans Day and the days around it. All are open to the public unless noted.
  • Here it comes–a carbon tax

    11/08/2012 10:12:36 AM PST · by chessplayer · 60 replies
    Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut the U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says
  • The Free Republic "Elections Have Consequences" Repository

    11/08/2012 10:08:08 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 69 replies
    Self | 8 November 2012 | ScottinVA
    Fellow FReepers -- This is designed to serve as a single repository for layoff announcements, stories and other related news pertaining to the future dismantling of our economy due to the re-election of Barack Obama. The goal here is a one-stop source to bolster our argument that Obama's reelection is truly the detriment to our economic well-being.
  • Holder undecided on staying on as Obama's attorney general

    11/08/2012 9:58:52 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 8, 2012
    (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday he has not decided whether to stay on as the chief U.S. law enforcement officer in President Barack Obama's second term.
  • About Tuesday’s Loss: If The Archangel Michael Were On The Ballot, Beelzebub Would Still Have Won

    11/08/2012 9:39:23 AM PST · by NCjim · 28 replies
    RedState ^ | November 7, 2012
    For a few brief moments over these last few weeks, I almost let wishful thinking overcome common sense and reason and almost believed right would overcome wrong, good overcome evil, and liberty overcome statism. In hindsight, however, it truly was wishful thinking and it was brief, that momentary lapse of reason, that fool’s folly of letting myself even ponder for a minute that Mitt Romney had a snowball’s chance in hell to actually pull it off. Last night’s loss was destined to happen regardless whether Mitt Romney or the Archangel Michael were on the ballot. Beelzebub would still have still...
  • Detroiters Elect Ex-Con Brian Banks As State Rep

    11/08/2012 9:37:50 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    DETROIT (WWJ) Among the new group of state lawmakers to emerge from Election Day on Tuesday is Brian Banks, who has been convicted eight times for felonies involving bad checks and credit card fraud. Banks, a Democrat and lifelong Detroiter, won a seat in Lansing as a state representative for the 1st District, representing the east side of Detroit, Harper Woods, and the tony Grosse Pointes. He won 68 percent of the vote to Republican Dan Schulte’s 32 percent.
  • Williamson eyes budget changes "DEMS rob poor people"

    11/08/2012 9:33:25 AM PST · by vitaman · 2 replies
    The Southern Illinoisan ^ | 11/08/2012 | Scott Fitzgerald
    MARION — Williamson County board members are eyeing changes in the general assistance program to compliment a proposed reduction of county funding for the 2013 fiscal year, which begins Dec. 1. During a budget work session Wednesday, commissioners reviewed new eligibility guidelines with a budget line item reduction from $120,000 to $60,000. “General assistance has been around a long time. When I came here in 2004, it was $175,000 annually. We had 20 to 40 people on average. This year, it jumped to 77 people. It’s become an open line item. The state gives us nothing,” said county Board Chairman...
  • Before we declare the GOP dead...

    11/08/2012 9:18:24 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 85 replies
    and continue with "They have to dump Evangelicals", "They have to embrace evangelicals","They have to become more fiscally liberal", "No, they have to be truly fiscally conservative", "They'll never win the presidency again and the demographics have doomed them", take a look at the numbers. As of right now, only 2,841,121 votes separate the two. That's 2 percentage points, 2 percentage points of the total. Hardly an insurmountable hurdle in future elections. That relatively small number is not an indication that America has turned against the GOP and is convincingly on the side of becoming a Western European style nanny...
  • China wants new Obama administration to improve ties

    11/08/2012 9:00:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, November 8, 2012 | IANS
    Beijing - Chinana hopes that the new Obama administration would set a more constructive tone in crafting its China policy as it pointed out that US President Barack Obama's first term had seen ties "effectively whittled down", state-run news agency Xinhua said. A commentary in Xinhua, which appeared after Obama defeated his Republican challenger Mitt Romney to clinch a second term at the White House said: "For four years, China-US relations, which Obama himself dubbed as the world's most important, has zigzagged forward." "On his watch, the US government has sold a huge amount of arms to Taiwan, received (Tibetan...
  • GOP to be blamed for plunging off 'fiscal cliff'

    11/08/2012 8:56:45 AM PST · by reegs · 67 replies
    WND ^ | 11/7/2012 | Joe Kovacs
    If Republicans don’t go along with calls by President Obama for higher taxes and the nation goes off a “fiscal cliff,” then the GOP is to blame, says a Democratic congressman. <SNIP> Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday it’s actually Democrat policies of massive borrowing and spending that’s pushing the nation over the edge. “We are going over a financial cliff. Everybody in the Obama camp knows we are going over the financial cliff whether we raise taxes on the rich or not,” Limbaugh explained. “Raising taxes, confiscating the wealthy’s money would not save us. There isn’t the money....
  • Vote Tally Error Adds to Maffei’s Lead in Congressional Race

    11/08/2012 8:46:49 AM PST · by SvenMagnussen · 8 replies
    Oswego County Today.com ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Dave Bullard
    Vote Tally Error Adds to Maffei’s Lead in Congressional Race Posted on November 8, 2012 by Dave Bullard A clerk’s election night typo in Cayuga County was fixed Wednesday, giving Democrat Dan Maffei an extra 2,000 vote margin in his bid to return to Congress. Cayuga County Elections Commissioner Kate Lacey said a clerk mistyped the amount of votes cast for Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle in the town of Brutus. Fixing the error and cleaning up a few other minor math issues resulted in a swing of 1,997 votes in Maffei’s direction, giving him an almost-unbeatable hold on the...
  • The Pony in Obama Winning a Second Term

    11/08/2012 8:44:29 AM PST · by Lloyd Marcus · 42 replies
    LloydMarcus.com ^ | 11-8-2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    Two boys were assigned to shovel a stable full of horse manure. One of the boys was depressed. The other enthusiastically shoveled with glee. “Why are you happy?” asked the depressed lad. His happy associate responded, “With all of this excrement, there must be a pony in here.” As a Christian, I must trust and believe that God has a pony in allowing Obama to be reelected. Therefore, I will not join those who think we have lost the battle for America. Nor, do I subscribe to the nonsense that our Tea Party values are extreme. Our values are aligned...
  • Jihadi Terrorist Hides Under Burqa to Make Escape

    11/08/2012 8:43:50 AM PST · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 8 Nov 12 | Unattributed
    Police have launched an internal investigation after a male terrorism convict escaped from a heavily guarded Jakarta detention facility, disguising himself as a woman veiled by a burqa, officials said on Wednesday. National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar identified the escapee as 29-year-old Roki Aprisdianto, who was being held in a cell at the Jakarta Metro Police headquarters . He was serving a six-year prison term for masterminding a series of bombings in Central Java between December 2009 and January 2011. “[Roki] escaped on Tuesday at around 3 p.m. from the fourth floor, where he was supposed to...
  • 2016 election: Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush?

    11/08/2012 8:38:17 AM PST · by NCjim · 107 replies
    Politico ^ | November 8, 2012 | JONATHAN MARTIN and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    BOSTON — American politics may be headed back to the future. Four years after the country elected a 40-something African-American newcomer named Barack to the presidency, a more familiar political order is poised to reassert itself: the House of Clinton representing Democrats and the House of Bush atop the GOP. The restoration of either is no sure thing, but what’s certain is that Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush loom the largest over their respective parties as the long road toward 2016 begins. Any other would-be presidential candidate will first take a long look toward Chappaqua and Miami before moving forward....
  • Judge Barred from Courthouse Wins Re-Election, Presses Insanity Defense in Battery Case

    11/08/2012 8:34:15 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    A judge in suburban Markham, Ill., has won a retention election even though she has been suspended since March and barred from entering Cook County courthouses without a police escort. Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim was suspended by a panel of supervising judges in March after she was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving a sheriff's deputy in a Chicago courthouse, the Chicago Tribune reports. On Wednesday she appeared in court in the battery case, in which she is asserting an insani
  • Breitbart/Judicial Watch Poll: A Warning Against Compromise

    11/08/2012 8:12:42 AM PST · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    The Breitbart News Network/Judicial Watch post-election survey released today is a warning to those who have argued, in the wake of the 2012 election, that the way for the Republican Party to broaden its appeal is to compromise on core principles of limited government and the rule of law.
  • DEMOCRATS MAY NAB SUPERMAJORITY (California)

    11/08/2012 7:57:27 AM PST · by BAW · 101 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 11-08-2012 | Michael Gardner
    California voters may have just handed Democrats unbridled control over taxes as well as policy, but party leaders from Gov. Jerry Brown on down immediately pledged to exercise restraint. Although final tallies are not official, it appears Democrats will hold at least a two-thirds supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate. That gives them the ability to pass taxes and fees, and place initiatives — such as same-sex marriage and bonds — on the ballot without securing a single Republican vote.
  • The Case of the Missing White Voters (7 Millions White Voters Stayed Home)

    11/08/2012 7:35:11 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 103 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/8/12 | Sean Trende
    One of the more intriguing narratives for election 2012 was proposed by political scientist Brendan Nyhan fairly early on: that it was "Bizarro 2004." The parallels to that year certainly were eerie: An incumbent adored by his base but with middling approval ratings nationally faces off against an uncharismatic, wishy-washy official from Massachusetts. The race is tight during the summer until the president breaks open a significant lead after his convention. Then, after a tepid first debate for the incumbent, the contest tightens, bringing the opposition tantalizingly close to a win, but not quite close enough. The Election Day returns...
  • The Case of the Missing White Voters (7,000,000 of them!)

    11/08/2012 7:32:38 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 147 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/08/12 | Sean Trende
    One of the more intriguing narratives for election 2012 was proposed by political scientist Brendan Nyhan fairly early on: that it was "Bizarro 2004." ~ SNIP ~ The Election Day returns actually continued the similarities. George W. Bush won by 2.4 percent of the popular vote, which is probably about what Obama’s victory margin will be once all the ballots are counted. ~ SNIP ~ But most importantly, the 2012 elections actually weren’t about a demographic explosion with non-white voters. Instead, they were about a large group of white voters not showing up. ~ SNIP ~ In other words, if...
  • Industry Looks Ahead to Energy Policy under a Second Obama Term

    11/08/2012 7:32:17 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 07, 2012 | Karen Boman|
    Now that President Obama has been re-elected to the White House, energy industry officials are looking to see whether the president fulfills his campaign promise to increase domestic oil and gas production and the shape that his "all-of-the-above" energy policy will take in the second term. API looks forward to working with the president to help him fulfill his campaign promise "to increase domestic oil and natural gas production that will create American jobs and strengthen our economy," American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack Gerard said Wednesday in a statement. One way Obama can fulfill his promise "right...
  • Vote was astronomical for Obama in some Philadelphia wards

    11/08/2012 7:28:16 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 82 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/08/2012 | Miriam Hill, Jonathan Lai, and Andrew Seidman
    In a city where President Obama received more than 85 percent of the votes, in some places he received almost every one. In 13 Philadelphia wards, Obama received 99 percent of the vote or more. Those wards, many with large African American populations, also swung heavily for Obama over John McCain in 2008 --snip-- Randall Miller, a history professor at St. Joseph's University, said politicians almost never get 99 percent of the votes anywhere except, perhaps, the towns where they were born.
  • With Obama’s re-election, doubts remain about future of Keystone pipeline

    11/08/2012 7:24:14 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2012 | James Wood
    As Canadian political and business leaders expressed optimism the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will win approval under a re-elected President Barack Obama, environmental opponents and the U.S. ambassador to Canada cautioned the energy megaproject isn’t a slam dunk. Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, had vowed quick approval of the $7.6-billion pipeline if he had won Tuesday’s presidential election. But Obama, who earlier this year rejected TransCanada Corp.’s initial application because it needed more environmental review, has remained noncommital about the fate of the line, which would ship Alberta oilsands product to the U.S. Gulf Coast. In Ottawa, federal Natural Resources...
  • What Major Demographic Shift?

    11/08/2012 7:09:21 AM PST · by Qbert · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/8/2012 | Tara Servatius
    Conservatives need to take a collective breath and look closer at the numbers before they buy into the idea that GOP nominee Mitt Romney's defeat was due to some kind of national demographic shift that now makes Democrat presidential candidates' armor impenetrable. Before you give in to the hysteria, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, Barack Obama's re-election showing was actually pretty unimpressive for a guy whose philosophies voters have supposedly adopted. As of this writing on Wednesday, Obama's vote total stood at an unimpressive 60,119,958. That's about what John Kerry got in 2004 (59,028,444). President...
  • Obama's'revenge'is the antithesisof American ideals

    11/08/2012 6:43:31 AM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    http://www.thecommentator.com ^ | november 8, 2012 | joel d. hirst
    America was not built on revenge. America as an idea was thought up in the burning embers of the revolutionary war and built by a successive line of patriots who achieved their joy in giving back, not taking. Sacrifice, character, patriotism, family and the faith of successive generations built this great land. Through the blood of our soldiers overseas and the tireless work of our industry and inventors at home we forged a new reality and created a shining beacon that the entire world looked to in envy. We are a people who have never had to ask permission from...
  • U.N. Poll Watchers Baffled U.S. Doesn't Require I.D. to Vote

    11/08/2012 6:46:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6 November, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Those of us who thought U.N election observers would be completely worthless or unhelpful today, were wrong. U.N. observers are expressing their surprise at how much trust Americans put into the election system without verification and cannot believe Voter I.D. isn't a national requirement to vote. "It's an incredible system," said Nuri K. Elabbar, who traveled to the United States along with election officials from more than 60 countries to observe today's presidential elections as part of a program run by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Your humble Cable guy visited polling places with some of the international...
  • Homeowners Issue Warnings To Looters Following Superstorm Sandy

    11/08/2012 6:41:22 AM PST · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/7/12
    In the wake of superstorm Sandy, reports of lootings across the Tri-State have been widespread. Areas hit especially hard by Sandy continue to deal with dealing with lawlessness.
  • Excommunicating Christie

    11/08/2012 6:31:18 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/8/12 | Brett M. Decker
    The day after a presidential election is a time for soul-searching for the losing party. Republicans need to look in the mirror and seriously analyze the troublesome reality that they have forgotten how to win important elections. With unemployment stuck around 8 percent, economic growth basically nonexistent and the nation suffocating from record debt, the White House should have been the GOP’s for the taking in 2012. The elephants need a new dynamic leader. It’s vital they don’t pick a RINO. The biggest bull in the herd is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The moderate party establishment naturally gravitates toward...