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  • Hertling leaves USAREUR without fanfare, retires

    11/09/2012 8:52:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 8, 2012 | Matt Millham
    Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, the now-former commander of U.S. Army Europe, quietly departed Germany last week and retired days later at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “Lt. Gen. Hertling’s decision to retire was a matter of personal choice... "The command didn’t alert the press to, nor issue a news release on its website, where Hertling’s official biography now says he “was” USAREUR commander from March 25, 2011, through Sunday.
  • Petraeus forced to quit after FBI investigation found he was cheating on his loyal wife

    11/09/2012 9:12:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 132 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | Hugo Gye
    'Affair': Paula Broadwell and David Petraeus, pictured, reportedly had an affair that led to his resignation CIA Director David Petraeus dramatically resigned today after allegedly having an affair with his biographer, it has been claimed. The alleged affair was uncovered after the FBI launched an investigation into the biographer, Paula Broadwell, for allegedly hacking into the former general's email, NBC News and Slate reported. Broadwell, who researched the book 'All In' for three years, had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan. Yet sources told NBC it is unlikely she will face criminal charges after the alleged hacking, stressing that Petraeus himself...
  • Murphy lead widens in District 18 race but U.S. Rep. West questions St. Lucie ballot count

    11/09/2012 8:57:13 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 31 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 | Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    West’s re-election fight suffered both mathematical and symbolic setbacks on Friday, as provisional ballots from St. Lucie County added to Democrat Patrick Murphy’s narrow lead and a judge denied West’s motion to impound ballots and voting machines in Palm Beach County.
  • Mitch McConnell: 'We Have a Voter Mandate Not to Raise Taxes' (Let it go!)

    11/09/2012 8:57:03 PM PST · by tobyhill · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/9/2012 | By STEPHEN MOORE
    In the wake of President Barack Obama's electoral victory, gleeful Democrats believe that the impending "fiscal cliff" has Republicans trapped into finally accepting higher tax rates. But as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sits for an interview in his Capitol office 48 hours after the election, one thing is certain: He is in no way chastened by Tuesday's results. If Mr. Obama wants fiscal hand-to-hand combat, he will get it. "Let me put it very clearly," says the five-term Republican senator from Kentucky. "I am not willing to raise taxes to turn off the sequester. Period." On Jan. 1, Washington...
  • Non-Zombie Americans Brace for Obama’s ‘Flexibility’

    11/09/2012 8:48:05 PM PST · by kindred · 10 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | November 9, 2012 | Gina Miller
    Back in March, we heard Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) tell Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” At the time, news outlets reported this as if Obama did not realize he was being recorded, yet there were cameras and microphones all over the place recording every second. Obama had to know the world could hear his words, but I am certain he did not care. When I heard those words, I knew the fix was in, although I still hoped I would be wrong. Obama knew he would...
  • Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response

    11/09/2012 8:42:15 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 9, 2012 | David Alexander
    (Reuters) - Pentagon leaders knew of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi an hour after it began, but were unable to mobilize reinforcements based in Europe in time to prevent the death of the U.S. ambassador, according to a timeline released on Friday. Senior defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, rejected criticism accusing the Pentagon of failing to move quickly to send reinforcements to relieve the consulate or using armed aerial drones to fire on the attackers. "The Department of Defense acted quickly after learning of the incidents unfolding in Benghazi," said one official, adding...
  • After Obama Victory, WashPost Sends Reporter Looking for 'Right-wing Nuts'

    11/09/2012 8:26:11 PM PST · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    As part of their Obama Wins coverage in Thursday's Style section, The Washington Post sent reporter Anne Hull out to locate disgruntled Tea Party Republicans -- and mock them as extreme.
  • He Called It, And Now Silver's A Pop-Culture Star [Predicted Winner In All 50 States]

    11/09/2012 8:14:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 09, 2012 | OCELYN NOVECK
    He Called It, And Now Silver's A Pop-Culture Star By JOCELYN NOVECK NEW YORK (AP) — The other night, Nate Silver got a little taste of what things are going to be like for him, post-Election 2012. The 34-year-old statistician, unabashed numbers geek, author and creator of the much-read FiveThirtyEight blog at The New York Times had gone out for a drink with friends on Manhattan's Lower East Side. But he couldn't stay incognito; immediately, he says, people sitting at the bar recognized him. He was surprised, but probably shouldn't have been. After all, for 24 hours, ever since his...
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • Lt. Col. Ralph Peters On Petraeus: "Timing Is Just Too Perfect" (Video)

    11/09/2012 7:34:43 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 150 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/9/12 | Lt. Col. Ralph Peters
    LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: The timing is just too perfect for the Obama administration. Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th. Now it’s purely coincidence that this affair -- extra-marital affair -- surfaces right after the election, not before, but right after, but before the intelligence chiefs go to Capitol Hill to get grilled. As an old intelligence analyst, Neil, the way I read this -- I could be totally wrong, this is my interpretation -- is that the administration was unhappy with Petraeus not playing...
  • Shifts that have helped Obama can shift away

    11/09/2012 7:23:49 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Ashok Malik
    This time around, all the major voter consolidation processes appear to have worked to the advantage of Mr Barack Obama. Eight years earlier, those processes had favoured Mr George Bush Right after President Barack Obama won his second term, there were the obvious questions about the wider implications of his mandate. At one level, these questions were lazy and misleading. In election after election, political pundits —and this writer is not excluded —faithfully identify long-term trends only to find that there is no long-term trend. That comment may sound facetious and overstated but, nevertheless, cannot be dismissed. Take Mr Obama’s...
  • Harry Reid: 'We'll Raise' Debt Ceiling by $2.4 Trillion

    11/09/2012 7:08:53 PM PST · by chessplayer · 46 replies
    On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats were more than willing to raise the debt ceiling by another $2.4 trillion when America hits its current ceiling at the end of the year.
  • Electrical Accident May Disable Washington State Ferry For Two Years

    11/09/2012 6:51:48 PM PST · by zeestephen · 62 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 09 November 2012 | Susannah Frame
    If a new engine "commutator" has to be built by General Electric, the Walla Walla could be out of service for up to two years. An electrical surge caused huge chunks of steel and copper to melt, as well as holes to be blasted through the six foot diameter engine part.
  • Regarding the recent Florida election

    11/09/2012 6:40:41 PM PST · by sarasmom · 111 replies
    Official Florida Elections website ^ | 11/09/2012 | sarasmom
    Link to official St Lucie County FL 2012 results http://www.slcelections.com/Pdf%20Docs/2012%20General/GEMS%20SOVC%20REPORT.pdf SOVC For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races UNOFFICIAL RESULTS WITHOUT PROVISIONALS Only one precinct had less than 113% turnout. 154 registered voters 107 votes 69.48% The Unofficial vote count? 175,554 registered voters 247,713 vote cards cast (141.10% ) Again please note these numbers supposedly do NOT include Provisional ballots. Oh yeah people, Allen West is entirely justified in asking for a lockdown on the ballot boxes and machines, and he might even need a few good men and women to ride on down there and help him make them...
  • Gender spenders: San Francisco to foot bill for sex changes

    11/09/2012 6:28:28 PM PST · by massmike · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/09/2012 | n/a
    In the midst of cash-strapped Californians approving new taxes to prevent further cuts in essential state services, San Francisco health officials appear to have found the money to fund what they say is a much-needed service to residents living in the City by the Bay: Sex changes. The gender-switching surgeries are part of a comprehensive program for treating transgender people that the city's Health Commission green-lighted on Tuesday and announced two days later. Backers say it will help ease the mental anguish of people who feel they are trapped in bodies of the wrong gender, but critics wonder why the...
  • Campaign Sources: The Romney Campaign was a Consultant Con Job

    11/09/2012 6:19:37 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 148 replies
    Red State ^ | November 9, 2012 | Ben Howe
    If you spend your time watching politics and haven’t been hiding in a deep depression since Tuesday, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about “ORCA.” According to the Washington Post, ORCA “was designed as a first-of-its-kind tool to employ smartphones to mobilize voters, allowing them to microtarget which of their supporters had gone to the polls.” There is now widespread condemnation of the program as being sloppy and poorly deployed.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-9-12

    11/09/2012 5:54:14 PM PST · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-9-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Judge grants first step to help Happy Valley man avoid deportation

    11/09/2012 5:44:26 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | November 09, 2012 | Molly Harbarger
    A Clackamas County judge signed off Thursday on the first step to keep a young Happy Valley man from deportation. Judge Thomas J. Rastetter granted bench probation to Edson Barrera Gonzalez, who has been held in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Seattle for a year. Immigration advocates for Gonzalez hope to persuade ICE to release Gonzalez for six months while he applies to have his status changed to a misdemeanor criminal, rather than felon. Gonzalez, then a 19-year-old employee at Macy's department store, was arrested last year for giving unauthorized discounts and ringing up false returns to...
  • CAIR Poll: More Than 85% of American-Muslims Picked Obama

    11/09/2012 5:35:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    CNS News ^ | Nov. 9, 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released the results of an informal exit poll on Friday that shows more than 85 percent of American Muslim voters picked President Barack Obama in Tuesday's election. That number is lower than a similar poll conducted in 2008 that showed 89 percent of American Muslims cast a ballot for Obama. CAIR conducted the informal survey of 650 American Muslim voters, with just 4 percent of respondents stating that they voted for Mitt Romney. Poll findings: 95.5 percent of the Muslim voters said they went to the polls on Nov. 6. 85.7 percent...
  • The FBI Has Been Investigating Petraeus' Biographer Over Access To Classified Info

    11/09/2012 5:34:15 PM PST · by FreeReign · 197 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov. 9, 2012, 6:23 PM | Kim Bashin
    CIA Director David Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair, according to a letter he sent to CIA staff. The news was confirmed by Press Secretary Jay Carney in a briefing this afternoon. Slate's Fred Kaplan quickly reported that the affair was with Paula Broadwell — Gen. Petraeus' biographer who was embedded with him in Afghanistan. Now, NBC is reporting that the FBI has been investigating Broadwell, fearing that she had access to some confidential information.