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  • 6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days--Average 68 per Day

    11/09/2012 8:50:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days--Average 68 per Day By Penny Starr November 9, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – It’s Friday morning, and so far today, the Obama administration has posted 165 new regulations and notifications on its reguations.gov website. In the past 90 days, it has posted 6,125 regulations and notices – an average of 68 a day. The website allows visitors to find and comment on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. federal government. "Help improve Federal regulations by submitting your comments," the website says. The thousands of entries run the gamut from...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Lines Friday",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 9,2012

    11/09/2012 8:31:12 AM PST · by Biggirl · 192 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | November 9,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • TECO laying off 90 in coalfields [War on Coal]

    11/09/2012 8:29:54 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 9 replies
    WTVQ.com ^ | November 9, 2012
    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — About 90 jobs are being lost in the eastern Kentucky coalfields. WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/TPmWQ3 ) in Hazard reported TECO Coal Corporation is cutting back production and shedding jobs. Company personnel director Paul Matney told the station no mines are closing, but manpower and staffing is being trimmed to match reduced production from the mines. Matney said the layoffs are at several locations and are the result of economic conditions in the coal market. ___ Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews
  • California's Liberal Supermajority: Taxpayers are going to get all the government they ever wanted

    11/09/2012 8:22:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2012 | Editorial
    For Republicans unhappy with Tuesday's election, we have good news—at least most of you don't live in California. Not only did Democrats there win voter approval to raise the top tax rate to 13.3%, but they also received a huge surprise—a legislative supermajority. Look out below.
  • France ‘heading back into slump’ (take note, Obama)

    11/09/2012 8:05:33 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    standard.co.uk ^ | 11/9/2012 | Russell Lynch
    France, the second-biggest economy in the struggling eurozone, is set to tip back into recession by the end of the year, its central bank warned today. The Bank of France predicts the French economy will shrink by 0.1% in the final quarter of 2012, following a similar decline between July and September, putting the nation back into a technical recession. President Francois Hollande’s government predicts 0.3% growth this year and is counting on a 0.8% advance in 2013, although gloomier forecasts from the European Commission published this week predict France will grow at just half that rate next year. The...
  • President of American Decline.

    11/09/2012 7:56:39 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 17 replies
    (Vanity) | 9 November 2012 | areukiddingme1
    Congratulations Mr. President on your most recent win in your bid for reelection – “Well Done.” You have earned the right to be THE man responsible for America’s decline – Congratulations. Your high water line is 23 million Americans unemployed, 8% unemployment for 42 consecutive months, 47 million Americans on food stamps, 6 trillion dollars in NEW debt, a declining military (with a looming 1 trillion dollar budget cut, laying off or firing many that voted for you), Iran on the verge of developing a nuclear bomb, threatening Israel’s peace and security, interest rates set to skyrocket (currently at 3.4%...
  • (Medical) Device tax may change as 'fiscal cliff' approaches

    11/09/2012 7:54:21 AM PST · by Rio · 30 replies
    Plastics Today ^ | 11/8/2012 | Doug Smock
    The excise tax on medical devices, a controversial part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, is now evolving from a medical reform issue to a tax reform issue. In a press conference in Boston last month, AdvaMed CEO Stephen J. Ubl said the group will seek to dramatically change the tax as part of the tax reform negotiations taking place to avert the "fiscal cliff" scheduled to occur when the Budget Control Act of 2011 goes into effect. Even if the tax cannot be totally undone, it's hoped within the industry that some of its most onerous provisions could...
  • U.S. Consumer Sentiment Hits 5-Year High in November

    11/09/2012 7:50:49 AM PST · by mykroar · 43 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/9/2012 | Reuters
    U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than five years in November as consumers felt more optimistic about employment prospects and the outlook for the overall economy, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 84.9, up from 82.6 the month before. It was above the median forecast of 83 among economists polled by Reuters. "More consumers expected good rather than bad times financially in the economy in early November, not only for the year ahead but over the next five years...
  • Resident: "Staten Island is dead... it's been abandoned... Obama and Bloomberg lied to us..."

    11/09/2012 7:46:28 AM PST · by pabianice · 152 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/9/12 | Boden
    Staten Island resident William Boden interviewed by phone. Staten Island has been abandoned. No electricity, no gas, no heat. People without shelter, clothing, food, water. Staten Island is gone and will never come back. Obama and Bloomberg lied to us. Red Cross absent. Promised FEMA aid absent. No aid of any kind. People lost all personal possessions in flooded, wrecked houses.
  • Louisiana Petitions to Leave Union

    11/09/2012 7:45:23 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 89 replies
    As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." "...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from...
  • Analysis: Guttmacher Institute Equates Abortion Limits With Forced Abortion

    11/09/2012 7:42:00 AM PST · by SumProVita · 3 replies
    C-FAM (Friday Fax) ^ | November 9, 2012 | Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.
    In June of this past year, photos of a Chinese woman and her dead child flooded the Internet, accompanied by the account of how Feng Jianmei was abducted from her home and forced to undergo a late-term abortion by local family-planning officials. Mrs. Feng’s story spread across international news headlines and provoked outrage by national governments. The European Parliament issued a terse statement calling the incident “unacceptable.” A recent article makes the case that any law which restricts abortion--such as waiting periods or parental consent--is the equivalent of China's brutal forced abortion policy that victimized Mrs. Feng. The article from...
  • Edmund Muskie (history lesson and cultural note)

    11/09/2012 7:41:04 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Younger FReepers may not know of this event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Muskie Presidential candidate knocked out of the race for crying in public. A man crying in public was unacceptable during that time. He was deemed weak and mentally unstable. Obama's crying is now celebrated.
  • Alert: Immigration sellout underway? (Boehner, Cantor, GOP-e ready to cave?)

    11/09/2012 7:37:39 AM PST · by Qbert · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/09/2012 | Mickey Kaus
    Alert! The entire GOP elite seems to be trying to sell out en masse on immigration. Not only Boehner, but Cantor. And Hannity  (who works for pro-amnesty world citizen Rupert Murdoch). Even Krauthammer. …Maybe these people are convinced the larger GOP project can be saved simply by caving on just this one issue...[Snip]. But by then there will be another wave of new, instinctively Democratic illegal immigrants (lured by the Boehner Amnesty) for Dems to appeal to. [Snip] The larger point is that “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”–which is supposed to be a simultaneous combination of an amnesty plus enforcement measures–is a terrible idea. It’s...
  • Frum: Republicans 'Fleeced, Exploited And Lied To' By 'Conservative Entertainment Complex'

    11/09/2012 7:29:33 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    David Frum blames the media for Mitt Romney's loss. Not the liberal media, of course--we are talking David Frum, after all. No, Frum blames the conservative media, or as he calls it, "the conservative entertainment complex." Frum touted his upside-down take on the media during a Morning Joe appearance today while promoting his instant e-book, "Why Romney Lost." Joe Scarborough liked the line so much he asked Frum to repeat it. Frum refused to name names, saying he does so in his book, but there's little doubt whom he was targeting. View the video here.
  • Wallace: Nepalitano may replace Holder as AG

    11/09/2012 7:26:23 AM PST · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/9/12
    Chris Wallace on Fox. Obama is doubling-down. The nightmare intensifies.
  • John Boehner Should Just Get Out Of Obama's Way

    11/09/2012 7:24:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/09/2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Based on the dismal state of the union and after four years of doing exactly what Rush Limbaugh said he hoped that he would do, by any thinking person's standards President Barack Obama has indeed "failed." Yet, despite the catastrophe, on Election Day the American people inexplicably invited the President to spend the next four years beating the dead horse that he killed during his first term. The next day, after being MIA for months, Speaker of the House John Boehner crawled out of the tanning bed long enough to publicly assure the President that House Republicans plan to work...
  • US explores treaty to nail American tax defaulters in India

    11/09/2012 7:23:59 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    NDTV ^ | NDTV
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US, on Wednesday, said it is working on an inter-government engagement with India and other countries to check non-compliance by American taxpayers using foreign bank accounts in their jurisdictions. Through these engagements with more than 50 countries, the US is looking to implement information reporting and withholding tax provisions, commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Enacted in 2010, FATCA aims at checking non-compliance by US taxpayers using foreign accounts. It requires foreign financial institutions to report to the US tax department information about accounts held by US taxpayers, or by foreign entities in...
  • The high road led straight to defeat for Romney

    11/09/2012 7:18:04 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/9/2012 | Diana West
    If Election Day is about picking winners, the morning after is for post-mortems. That's when we slice open the losing campaigns, set aside the hundreds of millions of dollars that gush out, and pick apart the cause of death. Why did the Romney campaign fail? Maybe the country is now GOP-proof. That is, maybe a Constitution-guided, free-market, limited-government candidate no longer can "appeal" to the majority of the electorate. It could be that the death knell rang early this year once 67.3 million of us, or one in five Americans, had come to depend on federal assistance, formerly known as...
  • Awkward first press conference for senator-elect Warren

    11/09/2012 7:17:46 AM PST · by jakerobins · 23 replies
    A jittery U.S. senator-elect Elizabeth Warren gave one-sentence answers, ducked questions and even passed one on to Gov. Deval Patrick in an awkward first press conference since the election. Warren spoke for a total of less than four minutes during the 11-minute press conference — the rest was taken up by Patrick and reporters’ questions After being asked her first question — how she’d protect defense spending — Warren was silent as she turned to Patrick. “Defense spending is you,” Patrick prodded Warren.
  • Changing the method of awarding electoral votes in swing states

    11/09/2012 7:17:46 AM PST · by zaker99 · 50 replies
    slate.com ^ | 9/13/2011 | David Weigel
    Laura Olson reports on the happenings in Harrisburg, where Republicans now control all of the branches of government: Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is trying to gather support to change the state's "winner-takes-all" approach for awarding electoral votes. Instead, he's suggesting that Pennsylvania dole them out based on which candidate wins each of the 18 congressional districts, with the final two going to the contender with the most votes statewide. In other reports, Pileggi sounds awfully sanguine about the effect this would have on PA as a swing state. Why even bring that up? Pennsylvania is typically a closely-divided state,...
  • Becoming European. The Founders’ vision of the people as sovereign lost on Tuesday.

    11/09/2012 7:12:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Progressives won on Tuesday. I don’t mean the people who voted Democrat who call themselves “progressive.” Though they won, too. I mean the Progressives who’ve been waging a century-long effort to transform our American-style government into a European-style state. The words “government” and “state” are often used interchangeably, but they are really different things. According to the Founders’ vision, the people are sovereign and the government belongs to us. Under the European notion of the state, the people are creatures of the state, significant only as parts of the whole. This European version of the state can be nice....
  • Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable. Now is not the time to go wobbly.

    11/09/2012 7:10:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no. State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement...
  • US is Set to Restage the Greek Tragedy

    11/09/2012 7:06:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/09/2012 | David Böcking
    The US has more in common with heavily indebted southern European countries than it might like to admit. And if the country doesn't reach agreement on deficit reduction measures soon, the similarities could become impossible to ignore. The fiscal cliff looms in the near future, and its not just the US that is under threat.The US has finally voted and the dark visions of America's future broadcast on television screens across the country -- and most intensively in battleground states -- have come to an end. Supporters of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had developed doomsday scenarios for what...
  • Cornell Sees Second Lowest Endowment Returns Among Ivy Schools

    11/09/2012 7:06:04 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 3 replies
    ©2012 THE CORNELL DAILY SUN. ^ | NOVEMBER 9, 2012 | BY AKANE OTANI
    After seeing two consecutive years of double-digit growth, Cornell’s endowment return took a nosedive in the 2011-12 fiscal year, just breaking even with a 0.14 percent gain, the University reported Wednesday.... In explaining its financial performance, the University has cited turbulence in the economy: slowing growth in China, financial crisis in Europe and an impending “fiscal cliff” in the U.S. “While traditional measures of volatility are at historically low levels, it would be an error in judgment to think that all is well and there is nowhere to go but up,” [Chief Investment Officer A.J. Edwards] said at the end...
  • Chuck Schumer optimistic about ‘cliff’ deal (Schumer predicts a Boehner cave)

    11/09/2012 7:05:00 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    politico ^ | 11/9/2012 | By KEVIN CIRILLI
    New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he was optimistic that Congress will reach a compromise on the fiscal cliff and added that he believes House Speaker John Boehner is indicating he’s open to a deal. “The House wants to — Boehner [a Republican] wants to compromise. You know, Boehner’s not a hard-right guy, but he’s a mainstream conservative,” Schumer, a Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show. He said that the 2010 elections resulting in a Republican House majority, together with Tuesday’s election boosting the Senate Democratic Senate majority illustrate how a compromise is reached.
  • Wall St.’s post-election case of the willies

    11/09/2012 7:01:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/09/2012 | Charles Gasparino
    The Wall Street crowd here in New York isn’t buying all the happy talk from Washington pols about how they’re ready to compromise to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” What gives them pause? Take a really close look at Tuesday’s election results. For the markets, President Obama’s victory and the outcome of the House and Senate races represent a worst-case scenario: a deeply divided government with both sides claiming that neither has a mandate. With that, gridlock — and the fiscal-cliff scenario of economically crippling tax increases and budget cuts — is not just possible but likely. At least that’s what...
  • Discovery lifts the veil on super-secret ‘Amish Mafia’

    11/09/2012 6:49:02 AM PST · by jakerobins · 15 replies
    He’s the Tony Soprano of the horse-and-buggy set. His name is Lebanon Levi, and he’s the chief enforcer and focal point of “Amish Mafia,” a new docu-series premiering next month on Discovery. The series, which follows on the heels of sister network TLC’s top-rated (and extremely controversial) “Breaking Amish,” centers around tough-guy Levi and his henchmen Alvin, Jolin and John — who quietly enforce justice and protect the Amish community in Lancaster, Pa., while church elders look the other way and no one asks questions.
  • J.C. Penney Same-Store Sales Plummet 26.1% [Pro-Sodomy Marketing Not Working?]

    11/09/2012 6:42:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 11/9/12
    J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP) reported a sharper-than-expected decline in quarterly sales at stores open at least a year as shoppers continued to snub the retailer after it got rid of most coupons and sales earlier this year. The company, which is in the early stages of a multiyear turnaround, said on Friday that same-store sales had fallen 26.1 percent, while analysts had expected a decrease of 17.9 percent. Shares of the department store chain dropped 7 percent to $20.18 in premarket trading. Penney has eliminated most coupons and sales events and plans to transform about 700 of its 1,100...
  • A time for courage, and action

    11/09/2012 6:26:51 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/9/2012 | Caroline B. Glick
    Mitt Romney wasn't a bad candidate. He ran a fairly strong race. He made a few errors. And he made many good moves. Certainly he was adequate. And he was probably the strongest Republican candidate among the primary field of contenders. That is, he was the best man available to run against Barack Obama. And he did a pretty good job. Obama on the other hand, was a horrible candidate. He was mean and vindictive. He was contemptuous and superficial. He ran on irrelevancies like abortion and a fictitious Republican war against women. He didn't give his supporters any reason...
  • Mile High mystery: UFO sightings in sky over Denver(video at link)

    11/09/2012 6:21:43 AM PST · by AmonAmarth · 36 replies
    FOX 31 DENVER ^ | November 8, 2012 | Heidi Hemmat
    DENVER – It’s a mile high mystery in the skies over Denver. Strange objects caught on camera flying over the city and nobody can explain it. We first learned about these sightings when a metro area man, who does not want to be identified brought us his home video. He captured the images on his digital camera from a hilltop in Federal Heights looking south toward downtown Denver. He said, “The flying objects appear around noon or 1:00 p.m. at least a couple of times a week.” The strangest part is they are flying too fast to see with the...
  • Leftist Ford Foundation Cuts WaPo $500K Check (July 30, 2012)

    11/08/2012 8:15:18 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 48 replies
    According to the Washington Post, the Ford Foundation has given the newspaper some $500,000 to hire four new staff – a lucrative $125,000 per job deal. The goal: to try “new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.” The four new positions will “work on special projects related to money, politics and government … The one-year-grant – with an agreement in principal for two additional years – is part of the Foundation’s Freedom of Expression program, an initiative aimed at promoting journalism in the public interest.” The Ford Foundation recently handed $1 million to the Los Angeles Times to cover...
  • Christie calls Obama to congratulate him, sends Romney an e-mail

    11/09/2012 5:50:14 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    I don’t know, guys. I just don’t know. “We didn’t have a political strategy discussion. I said, `Congratulations on your win last night, Mr. President,’ and he said, `Thank you,”’ Christie told reporters today at a National Guard Armory in Franklin Township… Asked if he’s spoken to Romney since his loss, Christie said: “No; we exchanged e-mails last night,” Christie said. “We haven’t spoken on the phone yet.” One of Romney’s biggest fundraisers told WaPo (anonymously), “A lot of people feel like Christie hurt, that we definitely lost four or five points between the storm and Chris Christie giving Obama...
  • AP Won't Print Name of Sex Harassment Accuser of Waffle House CEO -- But Prints CEO's Romney

    11/09/2012 5:25:28 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    On Thursday night, the Associated Press unveiled a bizarre new standard of disclosure and non-disclosure in sexual harassment allegations. In a story on a sexual harassment complaint against Joseph Rogers, the CEO of Waffle House, AP reporter Kate Brumback would not name the accuser, since "The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual harassment." But it does somehow find it relevant and worth disclosing the unrelated information that the alleged sexual harasser made donations to Mitt Romney in 2011 and 2012:
  • The Mass Firings Begin (Stella Paul)

    11/09/2012 5:23:20 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 82 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/9/2012 | Stella Paul
    Obama was "fired up" and so were the voters, and so now, the mass firings begin. Here's a collection of today's headlines. Please say a prayer for the families who will be suffering. Had Romney won, many of these companies would now be hiring. Teco Coal officials announce layoffs Momentive Inc plans temporary layoffs for 150 Wilkes-Barre officials to announce mandatory layoffs 600 layoffs at Groupon More layoffs announced at Aniston Weapons Incinerator Murray Energy confirms 150 layoffs at 3 subsidiaries 130 laid off in Minnesota dairy plant closure Stanford brake plant to lay off 75 Turbocare, Oce to lay...
  • NY Times Predicts Obama will take Netanyahu to the Woodshed

    11/09/2012 5:15:20 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/9/2012 | Leo Rennert
    It's no secret that the New York Times detests Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- in its news columns as well as on the editorial page. So it comes as no surprise that, after President Obama's second-term victory, the Times relishes the prospect of Bibi getting his comeuppance, big-time, from the White House. In a post-election dispatch, Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren eagerly reports that Netanyahu may have risked Israel's "collective relationship with Washington" by rejecting Obama's demands for concessions to the Palestinians and by showing a preference for Mitt Romney, a long-time friend of the prime minister. "His...
  • School: Bus driver asks student to pick up gun from roadside(MN)

    11/09/2012 5:06:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    kare11.com ^ | 8 November, 2012 | Jana Shortal
    ROBBINSDALE, Minn. -- A 7th grader at Robbinsdale Middle School was put in a very odd position Thursday morning on the way to school by a bus driver for Metropolitan Transportation Network, according to the school district. MTN contracts some bus routes with Robbinsdale schools. In a letter sent to parents Thursday afternoon Robbinsdale Middle School Principal, John Cook, said a 7th grade student was riding on bus to school Thursday morning when the driver on that route noticed something on the side of the road. The driver stopped the bus and told the student to go see what it...
  • Change of heart on selling gun magazines to children(UK)

    11/09/2012 4:41:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    thisiscornwall.co.uk ^ | 8 November, 2012 | NA
    Britain's biggest newsagent appears to be relaxing age restrictions on the sale of shooting magazines to children after pressure from countryside campaigners. A row erupted last month when it emerged WH Smith was refusing to sell shooting titles to under-14s, even though they can legally hold a shotgun licence below that age. Country sports enthusiasts responded by launching a lobbying campaign. Members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) have been visiting stores, e-mailing the company and lobbying via social media while an online petition has attracted 12,000 signatures. The association said it now appeared that WH Smith...
  • Holder exit would empty tank on Fast and Furious investigation

    11/09/2012 4:35:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    Attorney General Eric Holder told University of Baltimore law students he may not serve a second Obama term, CBS DC reported today. “Do I have gas left in the tank?” he asked, saying he still must talk things over with his family and the president about if he “can contribute to a second term.” Holder’s tank is not the only one running on empty. His departure would effectively strand the Congressional Fast and Furious investigation on the side of the road, along with any chance of determining his level of involvement in decision-making and subsequent stonewalling. A Republican leadership that...
  • Crouse Hospital announces another round of job cuts

    11/09/2012 4:31:29 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 4 replies
    9WSYR.com ^ | 11/8/2012 | Anonymous
    Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Crouse Hospital announced Thursday another round of cuts as it considers significant challenges down the road due to healthcare reform. Seventy jobs – 23 that were vacant – were cut on Thursday, including nursing, nursing support and non-nursing positions. Bob Allen, a spokesperson for the hospital, says they’re looking ahead as they expect decreases in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements. The hospital is looking at ways to contain costs on supplies, overtime, and other expenses to insure the hospital can provide service in the future. Last month, the hospital cut 23 management positions – three that were vacant...
  • Class-action lawsuit looming against city in gun-owner web snafu

    11/09/2012 4:30:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    philly.com ^ | 8 November, 2012 | WILLIAM BENDER
    Philadelphia could be facing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of gun owners who say the city violated their privacy by publishing their personal information and launching an interactive web map that included clickable icons of revolvers over their homes. Attorney Joshua Prince filed a motion this week in Common Pleas Court, requesting that the suit be sealed to avoid revealing the names of his five clients - and potentially hundreds of others if the case is granted class-action status. In August, the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections introduced a revamped website, featuring a map that allowed users to view...
  • Americans face $3,500 fiscal cliff tax hit (Give the Rats what they wanted)

    11/09/2012 4:29:29 AM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    cnn money ^ | 10/1/2012 | By Jeanne Sahadi
    American households face an average tax increase of $3,500 if Congress doesn't act to avert the fiscal cliff, according to a new analysis from the Tax Policy Center. Overall, 88% of households would end up with higher taxes. ,,,, By contrast, households making up to $20,113 would see a $412 average increase. That may simply represent a smaller refund to those households, many of which have very little if any federal income tax liability to begin with. Households in the middle -- with total incomes between $39,790 and $64,484 -- can expect a roughly $2,000 increase.
  • Ron Paul: Election Shows U.S. 'Far Gone'

    11/09/2012 4:21:23 AM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-9-2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    Ron Paul: Election Shows U.S. 'Far Gone' By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times November 8, 2012, 11:56AM 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."...
  • Gasoline rationing begins in NYC; power outages continue to stymie recovery efforts (Bush's Fault!)

    11/09/2012 4:20:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/9/2012 | ap
    A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York Friday morning as a nor'easter that knocked out power anew to hundreds of thousands of customers erased some of the progress made by utility crews. Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. "This is designed to let everybody have a fair chance, so the lines aren't too oppressive and that we can get through this," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The nor'easter brought gusting winds, rain and snow on Wednesday and...
  • Christie Calls Obama to Congratulate, Emails Romney

    11/09/2012 4:19:42 AM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    New Jersey Gov. Benedict Arnold Christie revealed that he took the time to make a personal phone call to congratulate Barack Obama on his reelection. Christie was clear that any political chicanery was not discussed: “We didn’t have a political strategy discussion. I said congratulations on your win last night Mr. President, he said thank you governor.” Oops. Properly italicized, that last sentence should read, “Thank you, Governor.” Christie has lashed out at Republicans, upset with his glowing words for Obama during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, especially Mitt Romney’s staffers, saying: "When you get to the end of a...
  • Krugman Tells Obama: DON'T MAKE A DEAL

    11/09/2012 4:09:24 AM PST · by blam · 58 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-9-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Krugman Tells Obama: DON'T MAKE A DEAL Joe WeisenthalNov. 9, 2012, 4:25 AM In his brand new op-ed at the NYT, Paul Krugman makes the loudest case yet that Obama shouldn't rush into any kind of big "deal" with the GOP on averting the fiscal cliff. Liberals have been going in this direction for awhile, arguing two things: Hitting the fiscal cliff would not be a huge catastrophe right away, and the GOP has lost a lot of leverage, so there's no reason to cave to their insistence on everything. So Krugman tells Obama not to reach his hand out...
  • China's Economy Will Overtake US In The Next Four Years, Says OECD

    11/09/2012 4:01:29 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI = The Guardian ^ | 11-9-2012 | Josephine Moulds
    China's Economy Will Overtake US In The Next Four Years, Says OECD Josephine Moulds, The GuardianNovember 9, 2012 China will overtake the US in the next four years to become the largest economy in the world, says a leading international thinktank. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said China's economy will be larger than the combined economies of the eurozone countries by the end of this year, and will overtake the US by the end of 2016. Global GDP will grow by 3% a year over the next 50 years, it says, but there will be large...
  • Awkward first press conference for senator-elect Warren

  • Adviser: Romney "shellshocked" by loss

    11/09/2012 3:33:33 AM PST · by gotribe · 63 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 11/8/2012 | Jan Crawford
    "We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory," said one senior adviser. "I don't think there was one person who saw this coming."
  • Hope Over Experience [Obama does NOT have a mandate, he merely won a close contest]

    11/09/2012 2:54:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 9, 2012
    President Obama won one of the narrower re-elections in modern times Tuesday, eking out a second term with a fraction of his 7.3% margin of 2008, in a polarized country with the opposition GOP retaining and still dominating the House. Given that second Presidential terms are rarely better than the first, this is best described as the voters doubling down on hope over experience. *** Mr. Obama's campaign stitched together a shrunken but still decisive version of his 2008 coalition—single women, the young and culturally liberal, government and other unions workers, and especially minority voters. He said little during the...
  • Allen West Court Hearing Postponed: Report [Racist Miami Media Ignored West For 2 Years]

    11/09/2012 2:29:20 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | November 9, 2012
    The Palm Beach County court hearing on Congressman Allen West’s request for the seizure of ballots and voting machines has been postponed until Friday at noon, TCPalm.com reported. The hearing had been set for Thursday at 5 p.m. at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach. West, who filed court motions on Wednesday, told reporters Thursday morning that he's calling for a recount because “it’s important that we make sure that a good and fair election has been done.” ”There are some discrepancies up in St. Lucie County,” said the Republican, who trails Democrat Patrick Murphy by 2,456 votes in...