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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.
  • Oakland robbers attack TV cameraman

    11/09/2012 5:33:53 PM PST · by radar101 · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2012 | Henry K. Lee
    A KPIX news cameraman was punched and robbed during a live broadcast outside an Oakland high school, the latest in a spate of holdups targeting the media, police said Thursday. Reporter Anne Makovec and cameraman Gregg Welk were on the air shortly after noon Wednesday outside Oakland Technical High School near the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway. They were at the school to do a story on the passage of Proposition 30, the tax measure preventing deep cuts to education. As Makovec was finishing her report, police said, five men rushed up and grabbed a $6,000 camera from the...
  • First Ever City Job Fair Leaves Many Frustrated With Hiring Process(Chicago)

    11/09/2012 5:14:21 PM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 11-9-12 | Unattributed
    About 3,000 people lined up for the city’s first-ever jobs fair on Friday – some of them waiting in line for up to six hours – hoping to apply for work with the city, but many left frustrated after learning the only way to apply for a job was to go online. WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by the job fair, expecting a warm welcome from job seekers, but instead ran into lots of ticked-off people. More than 3,000 people showed up for the 55 posted job openings, but city hiring rules require all applications be...
  • Obama: Americans voted for tax hikes on rich

    11/09/2012 5:05:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Obama: Americans voted for tax hikes on rich By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 5 hrs ago Claiming a mandate from his election romp over Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he had invited congressional leaders to the White House next week for talks on how to steer the battered economy away from a "fiscal cliff." Obama said he was open to compromise with Republicans—but that any final deal needed to raise taxes on the richest Americans. "This was a central question during the election," the president said in brief remarks in the East...
  • Why can’t/won’t Petraeus testify?

    11/09/2012 4:55:44 PM PST · by chessplayer · 128 replies
    Duane, what puzzles me is why Petraeus’ resignation disqualifies him from testifying at all. I’m not the only one puzzled, either. NRO’s Katrina Trinko can’t figure it out: Perhaps there is some protocol I’m unaware of, but I don’t see why resigning should affect whether Petraeus testifies or not. He was in charge of the CIA when the Benghazi attack occurred, and the CIA has been under plenty of fire for how the attack was handled. Neither can John Hinderaker: This gets curiouser: Petraeus was scheduled to testify before a Congressional committee on Benghazi next week, but in view of...
  • OBAMA SHUTS DOWN 1.6M ACRES TO OIL SHALE DEVELOPMENT

    11/09/2012 4:42:21 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | november 9, 2012 | ben shapiro
    Just two days after President Obama’s re-election, the Obama Interior Department announced a plan to shut down 1.6 million acres of federal land to oil shale development. The land had originally been slated for drilling under President George W. Bush. “By significantly reducing the acreage of wilderness potentially available for leasing, Secretary Salazar is laying out a creative, thoughtful and more responsible approach in managing some of our most precious resources,” said Bobby McEnaney, senior lands analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
  • Petraeus' biographer Paula Broadwell under FBI investigation over access to his email,

    11/09/2012 4:35:51 PM PST · by tobyhill · 60 replies
    NBC ^ | 11/9/2012 | By Richard Engel
    The biographer for resigning CIA Director David Petraeus is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information, law enforcement officials told NBC News on Friday. Paula Broadwell is the author of Petraeus' biography, "All In." She had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan and has given numerous television interviews speaking about him. Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair. The woman involved was not identified.
  • Coal company announces layoffs in response to Obama win

    11/09/2012 4:13:08 PM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    cnn money ^ | 11/9/2012 | By James O'Toole
    A coal company headed by a prominent Mitt Romney donor has laid off more than 160 workers in response to President Obama's election victory. Murray Energy said Friday that it had been "forced" to make the layoffs in response to the bleak prospects for the coal industry during Obama's second term. In a prayer circulated by the company, CEO Robert Murray said Americans had voted "in favor of redistribution, national weakness and reduced standard of living and lower and lower levels of personal freedom."
  • Romney lost by playing defense, Santorum says

    11/09/2012 3:51:17 PM PST · by Arthurio · 69 replies
    (CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum offered no insight into his own political future in a Friday CNN interview, but did offer his thoughts as to why the Republican nominee lost to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. "What Mitt Romney, in my opinion, didn't do was go out and vigorously defend the beliefs that he said he espoused and didn't go on the offense," Santorum said in an interview to air Friday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "And when you're playing defense, which is what I believe the campaign was doing and Republicans were doing generally throughout the...
  • Obama To Wealthy Americans: Read My Lips, I WILL Raise Your Taxes! ["Majority Agree W/My Approach"]

    11/09/2012 3:39:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 73 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 09, 2012 | TOBY HARNDEN
    Obama To Wealthy Americans: Read My Lips, I WILL Raise Your Taxes! By TOBY HARNDEN 9 November 2012 President Barack Obama has thrown down to gauntlet to Republican leaders, inviting them to the White House next week to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff but insisting any compromise will include higher taxes on the rich. A crisis is looming at the end of the year is agreement cannot be reached on how to avoid falling over the cliff - a scheduled combination of tax increases and spending cuts due at the end of this year. ‘We can't just cut our way...
  • San Francisco to provide transgender surgeries for uninsured

    11/09/2012 3:28:11 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 49 replies
    fox ^ | 11-9-12 | ap
    San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents. The city's Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities. The vote was announced Thursday. The idea came out of conversations between public health officials and transgender rights advocates who wanted mastectomies, genital reconstructions and other surgeries covered under San Francisco's universal health care program.
  • Husband arrested in Iraqi woman’s killing

    11/09/2012 3:26:56 PM PST · by South40 · 8 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 11/09/2012 | Kristina Davis and Debbi Baker
    EL CAJON — The husband of an Iraqi woman who was found beaten to death in March in their El Cajon home has been arrested in connection with her death, El Cajon police said Friday. Kassim Alhimidi, 48, was booked into jail Thursday evening on one count of first degree murder in the death of Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five. He was arrested at the El Cajon police station, authorities said. Alhimidi is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. “After months of hard work, we determined this homicide was the result of domestic...
  • CIA director David Petraeus quits over affair with biographer

    11/09/2012 3:12:43 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 206 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | ap
    David Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, abruptly resigned Friday as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, according to a new report.
  • Interior proposal would block oil shale development on federal lands in West

    11/09/2012 3:03:33 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/12 | Zack Colman -
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • FBI Investigation Led to Petraeus Resignation

    11/09/2012 3:00:39 PM PST · by advance_copy · 126 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11/09/12 | Ronald Kessler
    Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. — The resignation of David H. Petraeus as CIA director followed an FBI investigation of many months, raising the question of why he was not forced out until after the election. In his letter of resignation, Petraeus cited an extra-marital affair he had been having. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in his letter to President Obama. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” Petraeus, who had a distinguished...
  • Interior Proposal Would Block Oil Shale Development On Federal Lands In West

    11/09/2012 3:00:14 PM PST · by drewh · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/12 02:07 PM ET | By Zack Colman
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • Interior proposal would block oil shale development on federal lands in West

    11/09/2012 2:58:23 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/9/12 | Zack Colman
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Fridays,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 9,2012

    11/09/2012 2:53:13 PM PST · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 9,2012 | Mark Levin
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  • Find a Regulatory Agenda and List of an Agency's Agenda

    11/09/2012 2:41:03 PM PST · by mdittmar · 1 replies
    Regulations.gov ^ | 11/9/12 | Regulations.gov
    Find a Regulatory Agenda and List of an Agency's Agenda Entries Twice a year in the Spring and Fall, each agency publishes a Regulatory Agenda. On this page, you can find information about regulations that each agency plans to issue or has recently completed. Read FAQs about the Regulatory Agenda
  • Paulie Shore Tells Soledad: Republicans Are ‘Too Far To The White’ (moronic barf alert)

    11/09/2012 2:40:34 PM PST · by drewh · 43 replies
    Dark Politricks ^ | 4 hours ago
    Appearing on CNN Friday morning, comedian Pauly Shore told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he believes the Republican Party lost the 2012 presidential election because it has gone “too far to the white,” echoing a theme that many Republican pundits have voiced as well in recent days. “If you look at the Mitt Romney audience, they’re all white people,” he said. Shore’s visit was prompted by the launch of his new nation-wide comedy tour promoting $5 downloadable show he created called “Pauly~tics,” in which he interviews and attempts to humanize national political figures. “When you went around for your special to...
  • Corning considering local job cuts

    11/09/2012 2:35:06 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 8 replies
    WECT-TV ^ | 11/9/12
    WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Corning is cutting up to 4% of its salaried workforce worldwide and the plant in Wilmington is currently considering how much impact it will have here locally. WECT.com reached out to the company's corporate communications after getting a call that layoffs were mentioned Friday at the plant in Wilmington. A spokesperson said a plan to reduce costs and restructuring will continue into 2013. Those actions include a layoff of about 500 salaried people companywide and adjusting the hourly workforce. The company would only say that Wilmington leaders are "evaluating the situation to determine the level of...
  • Boehner: Obamacare is 'Law of the Land'

    11/09/2012 2:34:21 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 29 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Thursday, 08 Nov 2012 | Todd Beamon
    House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that Obamacare was “the law of the land” – apparently conceding that GOP efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare law have ended. Boehner, the nation’s top elected Republican, hinted in an interview with ABC News that Congress would not undertake efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “The election changes that,” Boehner responded to a question about whether Congress would undertake repeal efforts next year. “It's pretty clear that the president was re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land. Alert: Do you support Obamacare? Tell us what you...
  • America's jobs gap: 9 million (And climbing now)

    11/09/2012 2:33:04 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 9,2012 | Tami Luhby
    America has added 5 million jobs since February 2010, when employment hit its Great Recession low. But the nation still needs to add another 9 million jobs just to get back to pre-recession unemployment levels, according to data crunched by the Economic Policy Institute. While that is a pretty big number, the jobs gap is starting to shrink as the economy picks up steam. A year ago, the deficit was 10.3 million jobs. And in September 2010, it was 11.3 million. "We've reduced the gap, but it's still massive," said Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute....
  • Aetna mulls layoffs to prepare for fiscal cliff

    11/09/2012 2:27:31 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache
    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said his company is preparing for a potential "fiscal cliff" by entering contingency mode and considering either a hiring freeze or laying off some employees. If the country does go off the so-called fiscal cliff, which refers to a perfect storm of upcoming tax increases and spending cuts, Bertolini predicted unemployment and healthcare cost trends each will increase one percentage point, CNBC reported. "It's a bit like, you know, the 15th century castle gates closing during The Plague, if you think about it," Bertolini said on CNBC's Squawk Box, according to the Hartford Courant. "We're going...
  • Town considers layoffs, closing transfer station

    11/09/2012 2:24:14 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 5 replies
    The town did some slicing and dicing last week, reducing the tax levy increase by half to 4.4 percent on an $11.2 million budget proposal, and offering more possible cuts that would get it under the two percent tax cap. Supervisor Kelly Myers put $394,000 in cuts on the table last week. Of those cuts, the board would need to select $225,000 to get the tax increase under two percent. Implementing all the cuts would bring the tax levy increase to around zero percent. The biggest cut on the table is closing the town’s transfer station, which has been losing...
  • Local businesses announce closing, layoffs (55 Laid Off Today)

    11/09/2012 2:19:34 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 7 replies
    The economy has taken a toll on two long-established family businesses in Luzerne County. Bartikowsky Jewelers, a landmark business in downtown Wilkes-Barre for 125 years, will close its doors in January and is starting a "going out of business" sale on Tuesday, owners Lynn and Mac Ahmad said today. Twenty-five people will lose their jobs and many of them have been employed by the business for decades, they said. Penn Refrigeration in Hanover Township, which has been in business for 68 years, is laying off about 30 employees as of 3:30 p.m. today, co-owner Al Finarelli Jr. said today. He...
  • TECO layoffs affect 90 in E. Ky.

    11/09/2012 2:17:15 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 4 replies
    HAZARD — Officials with TECO Coal Corporation on Friday announced the layoffs of around 90 people from several different mines across the region. Perry County Coal, a subsidiary of TECO, will be losing around six employees from support and administrative staff, but no coal miners. Back at the first of the year TECO announced the company would layoff 13 percent of their workforce at Perry County Coal due to the economic downturn in the coal industry. This translated to around 85 people, most of whom were coal miners. Paul Matney, personnel director for TECO, said that while around two-thirds of...
  • [South Texas:]Vela: Border Security a Priority

    BROWNSVILLE - The Rio Grande Valley's newest congressman is vowing to make the Obama administration aware of the security problems plaguing the region. Filemon Vela Jr. on Tuesday was elected to the newly created 34th Congressional District. He said the border region has changed and Washington needs to get that message. "We used to go eat (in Mexico) - once, maybe twice a week. We used to take people to shop ... people would come in from out of town. It was a very fun thing to do," he said at the B&M International Bridge in Brownsville. "That's a part...
  • US Goes Left, NC Goes Right (home of the RAT convention)

    11/09/2012 1:55:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 11/08/12 | John Hammer
    US Goes Left, NC Goes Rightby John Hammer Editor November 08, 2012 North Carolina and Guilford County took a sharp right turn while the nation continued on a leftward course on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with the reelection of President Barack Hussein Obama. **SNIP** North Carolina went the other way. The state elected Republican Pat McCrory governor, Republican Dan Forest as lieutenant governor, solid Republican majorities in both the North Carolina state House and state Senate, and preserved the Republican majority on the nominally nonpartisan state Supreme Court. So Republicans will control all three branches of state government.
  • Hayworth concedes defeat to Maloney

    11/09/2012 1:43:31 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 7 replies
    Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (NY-R) has conceded defeat to Sean Patrick Maloney. ...
  • Reid Statement On The Fiscal Cliff

    11/09/2012 1:16:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 11/9/12 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid r
    Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on the fiscal cliff:“On Tuesday, Americans from across the political spectrum made it clear that they want a balanced approach to tax policy that asks millionaires and billionaires to pay a little bit more. The sooner Republicans come to grips with this reality, the sooner we can forge an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff and prevent a tax hike on middle class Americans.“The Senate passed a bill to cut taxes for Americans making less than $250,000, and the House should pass it immediately. Our bill cuts taxes...