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  • Sen. Schumer: Economic Growth from Less Taxes is ‘A Rumpelstiltskin Fairy Tale’

    11/09/2012 11:19:58 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 56 replies
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the premise that cutting taxes will result in greater economic growth is “a Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale”. At the Nov. 8th Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington, Schumer praised House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on the tone of his recent remarks about working with the president on debt reduction...
  • Don't give up the ship!! [FReepathon thread XXXVI]

    11/09/2012 11:17:20 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 317 replies
    We continue building pro-America, patriotic conservative grassroots tea party enthusiasm and we retake our government at the state and local levels. Use the tenth amendment to block the feds. Lean on our Republican majority in the congress to not authorize excessive spending or new taxes or new debt. Do not let them raise the debt limit again!! Lean on our governors and state legislatures to resist the feds at every turn. Build on our majority in 2014!! Retake the senate in 2014 and kick the traitor Harry Reid to the curb!! Be better prepared in 2016!! We must run a...
  • Hours After Reelection, Obama Green Lights United Nations Gun Grab

    11/09/2012 11:11:05 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 November 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Hours After Reelection, Obama Green Lights United Nations Gun Grab The New American 09 November 2012 Hours after his reelection, President Obama ordered U.S. officials at the UN to vote in favor of a proposal to fast track the Arms Trade Treaty. Related Articles: UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Small Arms: Gun Grab Gradualism UN Arms Treaty Would Impact Second Amendment Rights Obama Promises to Push for Arms Treaty UN Promotes Another Gun-Grabbing Program 2001 Book: Global Gun Grab
  • Obama claims ‘pay your fair share’ mandate

    11/09/2012 11:08:01 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 52 replies
    A newly energized President Barack Obama told the public in his first address since Tuesday’s election that he was doubling down on his ultimatum to block any fiscal reform proposal that did not raise taxes on top-earning Americans. With Congress poised to tumble off a fiscal cliff composed of sequester budget cuts and expiring tax breaks on the first of next year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has taken a conciliatory tone, saying House Republicans would work under the president’s leadership to find compromise...
  • VIDEO: President Obama Addresses Fiscal Cliff, Holds Firm on Tax Hikes

    11/09/2012 10:59:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    fox ^ | 11/9/12 | staff
    Just days after Tuesday’s presidential election, President Barack Obama invited Capitol Hill leaders to the White House for debt and spending meetings next week in order to discuss the country’s looming ‘fiscal cliff.’ On the election, he said that “the American people voted for action, not politics as usual.” “You elected us to focus on your job, not ours and in that spirit, I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together.”
  • Charles Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes in Georgia

    11/09/2012 10:55:58 AM PST · by Coronal · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/9/12 | Coronal
    Charles Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes in Georgia By David Beasley ATLANTA | Fri Nov 9, 2012 1:46pm EST (Reuters) - A Georgia congressman who attacked the theory of evolution found himself with an unlikely opponent in Tuesday's U.S. election, when 4,000 voters in one county cast write-in ballots for the 19th century father of evolution, British naturalist Charles Darwin.
  • NYC Bans Food Donations To The Homeless

    11/09/2012 10:31:27 AM PST · by MeOnTheBeach · 29 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 3/19/2012 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again! Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
  • Officials Want Military to Take Over Power Restoration on Long Island

    11/09/2012 10:30:39 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Nov 9, 2012 | Greg Cergol
    Some officials are calling for the U.S. military to take over the managerial structure of the Long Island Power Authority until power is restored on Long Island, where more than a quarter million homes and businesses are still in the dark after Sandy and a snowstorm. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and U.S. Rep. Peter King will ask the federal government for help, a spokesman for King tells NBC 4 New York. ... LIPA was warned as long ago as 2006 that it was not prepared to handle a major storm, that it badly needed to replace outdated technology and...
  • Japan and India Increase Cooperation to Counterbalance China

    11/09/2012 10:30:27 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva (Israel) ^ | Israel National News
    Faced with a more militarily assertive China, Japan and India are banding together. Two serious newspapers – the Times of India and the Asahi Shimbun, in separate reports, have emphasized the burgeoning ties between New Delhi and Tokyo prompted by mutual concern over an assertive China. Japan is feeling the brunt of the assertiveness as Chinese ships - for over two weeks - have made forays to challenge Japanese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands. The Chinese ships claim that they are operating in Chinese territorial waters. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are slated to...
  • Judge denies Allen West motion in Palm Beach County

    11/09/2012 10:17:39 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 146 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 | Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    Judge [Jim] Crow denies Allen West's motion in Palm Beach County. He says West motion is "premature" since no the election has no official results yet; also says the legislature, not courts, sets election procedures. A Palm Beach County circuit court hearing on Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West’s motion to impound ballots and voting machines is scheduled for noon today.[snip] West filed a similar motion in St. Lucie County.
  • Obama to Bankers: I'm Serious About Deficit Reduction [Now, Off to Asia!]

    11/09/2012 10:14:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 11/9/12 | Charlie Gasparino
    Wall Street bankers have been told by the White House that President Obama is serious about deficit reduction and views it as a “legacy” issue for his administration, sources told the FOX Business Network. Talks between Wall Street executives and the administration began almost immediately after the President’s re-election and the discussions have been largely cordial, despite talk that banks are bracing for a new round of tougher regulations. At least for now, there are no signs of acrimony and discussions with executives have been cordial, a banker familiar with the talks says.
  • Maryland: A lonely state for Republicans

    11/09/2012 10:03:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2012 | David Hill
    Fresh from decisive losses in seven of Maryland’s eight congressional districts and its worst performance ever in a U.S. Senate race, the Maryland Republican Party is searching for answers to stop its slide into irrelevance in the increasingly deep-blue state. The party lost one of its two congressional incumbents Tuesday when Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett was defeated in a heavily gerrymandered district, leaving incumbent Rep. Andy Harris as the party’s sole representative in Congress. Also Tuesday, voters approved ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage and give in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants, despite heavy opposition from conservatives. Acknowledging that they...
  • PICKET: Companies plan massive layoffs as Obamacare becomes reality

    11/09/2012 9:45:44 AM PST · by MissesBush · 18 replies
    Freedom Works has put together a list of companies that will be laying off employees as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law: Welch Allyn Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years. One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law. Dana Holding Corp. As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing...
  • "The List", Obama's One Hundred and Ninety-Eighth Week in Office

    11/09/2012 9:42:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 11/9/12 | Nachum
    President Obama's One Hundred and Ninety-Eighth Week in Office11/8/2012Benghazi-GateBenghazi documents available to senators only when they are out of townHouse panel to hold hearing on Libya attack with top Obama intelligence advisers'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker gets a year in prisonIt's 3am and nobody's thereHillary Clinton due to step down as Secretary of State within 'days' of start of Barack Obama's second termObama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, ThailandObama’s new foreign and security team: Could Colin Powell be on it?Russia expects President Barack Obama to be more flexible on missile defense shield disputeAfter Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talksVictorious...
  • Obama heads to Asia while Congress handles the fiscal cliff (priorities)

    11/09/2012 9:38:41 AM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    We have 52 days, according to the New York Post, to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and the consequences of last year’s budget deal. Businesses will prepare layoff notices to deal with the consequences of sequestration. Thanks to the complexity of the negotiations and the number of people involved, the leaders of both parties will have to work full time to get a deal in place and passed before the consequences of Taxmageddon push the country into another full-fledged recession. Well … make that one party. The leader of the other — the one who just won re-election — will take...
  • State Dept to Senate: You can only look at Benghazi documents when you’re not here (not satire)

    11/09/2012 9:32:49 AM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    After weeks of intense criticism over the White House handling of security for the Benghazi consulate before, during, and after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the Senate will begin holding hearings in less than two weeks to get answers on all of these questions. The House has already begun an investigation through the Oversight Committee, but the State Department has refused to fully cooperate with either — at least until now. For the first time, State has agreed to allow Senators to view diplomatic cables and other documents related to the failures surrounding...
  • More Navy leaders relieved of duty after rowdy port visit

    11/09/2012 9:25:37 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 31 replies
    MyNorthwest.com ^ | November 8, 2012 @ 10:32 pm (Updated: 8:31 am - 11/9/12 ) | Linda Thomas
    Drunken behavior during a port visit has led to the dismissal of another Navy commander and three other top officers, days after the leader of the USS Stennis carrier group was sent back to Bremerton. The Navy hasn't said much about why they've removed Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette from his command October 27. They are conducting an internal investigation involving his judgment. The Navy is offering more explanation about the commander of the USS Vandegrift, which is a frigate based in San Diego that was built at the Todd Shipyards. This frigate was not with the Stennis carrier group. Vandegrift...
  • On ‘Self-Deportation’ — The Wall Street Journal vs. Romney

    11/09/2012 9:22:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/09/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    IÂ’ve elsewhere addressed other shortcomings in this morningÂ’s Wall Street Journal editorial urging Republicans to reassess what is portrayed, in the wake of strong Hispanic electoral support for President Obama, as their hostility to immigration. Here, IÂ’d like to focus on the editorsÂ’ swipe at Mitt Romney's endorsement of "self-deportation": " Mr. Romney ... often pandered to his party's nativist wing (especially after Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the primaries), even endorsing what he called 'self-deportation.' That may have endeared him to one or two radio talk show hosts, but it proved a disaster on Tuesday. This is an...
  • If the Dead Can Vote...

    11/09/2012 9:22:32 AM PST · by GraceG · 24 replies
    GraceG
    If the dead can vote... If the Dead can vote then the dead gotta be able to eat and do many other things that a normal person can do, well except hold a job and be a productive memeber of society. The Dead Gotta Eat... It just occured to me, all those dead voters need to eat too, I mean if you are dead and you just spent a long election season voting several times for your favorite democrat president, the food stamp president and you get bupkiss for your your vote, well nuts to that, why not sign your...
  • Letterman's Post-Election Obama Ad: ‘Hey Clint – (Bleep) You!’

    11/09/2012 9:01:42 AM PST · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    <p>David Letterman took a vulgar swipe at Clint Eastwood Thursday.</p>
  • Companies plan massive layoffs as Obamacare becomes reality

    11/09/2012 8:58:44 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/9/12 | Kerry Picket
    Freedom Works has put together a list of companies that will be laying of employees as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law: Welch Allyn Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years. One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law. Dana Holding Corp. As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing...
  • Sean Hannity, John Boehner say GOP should tackle immigration reform

    11/09/2012 8:57:48 AM PST · by Hilda · 110 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 9, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    Just two days after President Barack Obama sailed to re-election over Mitt Romney, boosted by more than 70 percent of the Latino vote, some Republicans are striking a new tone on illegal immigration.
  • Energizer to cut more than 10 percent of workforce

    11/09/2012 8:54:25 AM PST · by Rio · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/8/2012 | Jessica Wohl
    Energizer Holdings Inc (ENR) said on Thursday that it would cut more than 10 percent of its workforce, or about 1,500 people, as it tries to rev up results in its battery business.
  • 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.