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  • Rep. Trey Gowdy: Either Petraeus Will Testify Voluntarily Over Benghazi or We Will Subpoena Him

    11/10/2012 11:24:29 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/10/2012 | Madeleine Morgensten
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Friday vowed to subpoena outgoing CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus if he won’t testify voluntarily about the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Gowdy said that while he regretted the “personal ramifications” of Petraeus’ sudden resignation over an extramarital affair, it would not stop Congress from hearing from him about the assault on the consulate that left four Americans dead. “The fact that he’s resigned and had an affair has nothing to do with whether or not he’s gonna be subpoenaed to Congress,” Gowdy said on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”...
  • Romancing the Source

    11/10/2012 11:19:04 AM PST · by billorites · 4 replies
    American Journalism Review ^ | May 2002 | Lori Robertson
    The reporter-source relationship can blossom into something more intimate and more troubling, as evidenced by the Suzy Wetlaufer-Jack Welch affair. But other types of close ties between journalists and newsmakers can also pose nettlesome problems. It was a cozy reporter-source relationship in the extreme, a clear conflict of interest and a deliciously scandalous affair that produced gasps and gossiping among journalists. The editor--not just a lowly reporter--but the top editor of the Harvard Business Review had become romantically involved with the married former General Electric chairman, Jack Welch, after she interviewed him for a story. Now, Suzy Wetlaufer did what...
  • More on the Timing of Petraeus’s Resignation

    11/10/2012 11:17:04 AM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Ronald Kessler of Newsmax has more details on the Petraeus affair. They are rather sordid, and raise more questions about the timing of his resignation: [A]n FBI source says the investigation began when American intelligence mistook an email Petraeus had sent to his girlfriend as a reference to corruption. Petraeus was commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan from July 4, 2010 until July 18, 2011. The investigation began last spring, but the FBI then pored over his emails when he was stationed in Afghanistan. … Given his top secret clearance and the fact that Petraeus is married, the FBI continued...
  • Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room

    11/10/2012 11:16:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk ^ | november 9, 2012 | mic wright
    One of Microsoft’s latest patent applications is a humdinger. It proposes to turn the Kinect camera into a snitch for movie studios, reporting back just how many friends you’ve got in your living room and what they’re watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here’s what it actually says: “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.” It’s that blatant – a system to spy on private viewing habits. If put into practice, Microsoft’s plan could mean that the film you’re watching suddenly stops...
  • BREAKING: Massive Voter Fraud in St. Lucie County, Florida

    11/10/2012 11:13:13 AM PST · by cruise_missile · 94 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 10, 2012 | Heather Ginsberf
    On Tuesday only one precinct had less than 113% turnout. “The Unofficial vote count is 175,554 registered voters 247,713 vote cards cast (141.10% ). The National SEAL Museum, a St. Lucie county polling place, had 158.85% voter turn out, the highest in the county.” The Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, had this to say concerning the 141% voter turnout: “They may have had something like that in Palm Beach County, but we’ve never seen that here.” So maybe Allen West wasn’t crazy to ask for a lock-down on the ballot boxes and machines in this county. According to the report...
  • Tempers fray as many in U.S. Northeast still without power

    11/10/2012 11:07:41 AM PST · by granada · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Edward Krudy
    Frustration with continuing power outages, travel chaos, and long lines for gasoline grew on Saturday as residents of Long Island, hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, planned to a protest outside the headquarters of the local utility company. Residents said they would take to the streets for a second day outside the Long Island Power Authority in Hicksville. There are still over 400,000 customers without power nearly two weeks after the storm, and more than 170,000 are on Long Island. Meanwhile, New Yorkers faced their second day of gasoline rationing. Under the system, which was introduced in New Jersey last week,...
  • A Message From Beyond: My Wife's Lover (Prataeus???)

    11/10/2012 10:55:21 AM PST · by Arthurio · 36 replies
    NYT ^ | 7-13-12
  • Who Authorized FBI Surveillance of Gen. Petraeus?

    11/10/2012 10:51:39 AM PST · by Perdogg · 106 replies
    Even by the standards of the friday afternoon news dump tradition, yesterday's news that Gen. David Petraeus had resigned from the CIA was a stunner. The most heralded military officer of his generation fell from grace after it was revealed he'd had an affair with his biographer. The affair was discovered earlier this year soon after the FBI began monitoring his email. This raises a very serious question. Who authorized the FBI to monitor the e-mail of the Director of the CIA?
  • Hispanics To Obama: We Helped You, Now You Help Us [Hispanics Now 10% of Electorate]

    11/10/2012 10:48:27 AM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 10, 2012 | James Eng
    Hispanics To Obama: We Helped You, Now You Help Us By James Eng Hispanic voters, who were instrumental in putting Barack Obama back in the White House, now hope the president will work diligently in his second term to cross some big to-dos off their legislative wish list: jobs, affordable education, health care access and immigration reform. Hispanics voted for Obama over Mitt Romney by a resounding 71 percent to 27 percent and may have put him over the top in several key swing states. The total number of potential Hispanic voters this year reached a record 23.7 million –...
  • Boehner's GOP Problems Complicate Deficit Negotiations (Stop "negotiations" and let it crash)

    11/10/2012 10:48:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 121 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/10/2012 | By JOHN PARKINSON
    House Speaker John Boehner is about to begin another attempt at a grand bargain deficit reduction deal with President Obama, a high wire act in which he will be buffeted by demands from the White House as well as from House Republicans. The difficulty of keeping in step with the hard line approach of his fellow Republicans has been on view since the presidential election. On Thursday, Boehner told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that repealing Obamacare was no longer his party's strategy saying, "Obamacare is the law of the land" and the election settled the dispute over repeal. Shortly after...
  • Nancy Pelosi mum about future after Republicans keep House (plays race AND sex cards)

    11/10/2012 10:41:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/09/12 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Nancy Pelosi mum about future after Republicans keep HouseBy JOHN BRESNAHAN | 11/9/12 3:48 PM EST With her political future on the line, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is keeping out of sight. Pelosi sent a memo to her Democratic colleagues on Friday thanking them “for your enthusiasm for electing more Democrats to the House.” **SNIP** “Next week we will be welcoming a very large Democratic freshman class. The Democratic Caucus will bring to the 113th Congress the first caucus where the majority is women and minorities,” Pelosi said in her memo Friday. “Our new Caucus will celebrate the great...
  • About That Chart That Says There's A '100% Chance' Of A Recession...

    11/10/2012 10:39:43 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    Calculated Risk ^ | Bill McBride
    About That Chart That Says There's A '100% Chance' Of A Recession... Calculated RiskBill McBrideuNov. 10, 2012, 11:36 AM One of the most frequent questions I receive via email is: "Is another recession starting?" There are quite a few people who have been calling a recession recently (ECRI has called several recessions since August 2011 or so). They still have time on their most recent calls, but their earlier calls were wrong. Part of the problem in forecasting right now is the sluggish recovery has ups and downs, and each down looks like the start of a recession to some...
  • Denmark to scrap world's first fat tax

    11/10/2012 10:32:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 3 replies
    Denmark to scrap world's first fat tax Save this story to read later AAP November 11, 2012 4:02AM DENMARK'S government will scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first. "The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax -- the so-called sugar tax -- has been criticised for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies' administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk," the Danish tax ministry said in a statement on Saturday. "At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes...
  • Obama wins Fla., topping Romney in final tally

    11/10/2012 10:27:33 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 144 replies
    AP ^ | 11-10-2012 | TAMARA LUSH
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000. No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206. The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer...
  • David Petraeus & Barack's Benghazi Bungle

    11/10/2012 10:24:09 AM PST · by billorites · 38 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | November 10, 2012 | Paul A. Rahe
    Here is what I wonder. Did David Petraeus allow himself to be blackmailed by the minions of Barack Obama? The testimony Petraeus gave Congress on Benghazi shortly after the assassination of our ambassador to Libya was a restatement of the patently false narrative foisted on the country by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their underlings -- to wit, that the assault on the American consulate was a spontaneous demonstration in reaction to the Coptic Christian's Youtube video. Petraeus had to know better. The Benghazi bungle took place on the anniversary of 9/11. There was plenty of intelligence available to Petraeus...
  • Labor: Tax The Rich, Don't Touch Safety Nets [Obama: 60% in OH and 66% in WI From Union Households]

    11/10/2012 10:17:52 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 10, 2012 | SAM HANANEL
    Labor: Tax The Rich, Don't Touch Safety Nets By SAM HANANEL After two years of getting pummeled in Wisconsin, Indiana and other battleground states, leaders of the nation's big labor unions were beaming on election night. Labor's massive voter turnout effort played a major role in helping President Barack Obama win Ohio, Nevada and Wisconsin, according to exit polls, and its leaders are now looking for a more liberal, pro-union agenda from the White House. "There are things the president can do, and we'll be expecting that leadership from President Obama," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters after the election....
  • Israeli tank shells kill at least 4, wound 25 in Gaza

    11/10/2012 9:56:40 AM PST · by granada · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    Israeli tank shells killed at least four Palestinians and wounded 25 in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after an apparent attack on an Israeli army patrol in the border area, Palestinian medics and local witnesses said. The casualty toll was one of the highest in a single incident in Gaza in recent months. Residents said a crowded mourning tent in the Shijaia neighborhood near Gaza City was full of people paying respects to a bereaved family man when a shell struck. Ambulances, private vehicles and motorbikes rushed the wounded to hospital, eyewitnesses said. Among those killed was an 18-year-old man.
  • Here's The Real Reason Nate Silver's Perfect Election Call Was Such An Awesome Breakthrough

    11/10/2012 9:49:38 AM PST · by nathanbedford · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov. 10, 2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Obama was handily favored every single day of the race. The closest thing to a game changer (by far) was the early disastrous debate in early Ocrober. But at no point, did Romney's odds of winning hit 50%. And by the middle of October, Obama was back on the re-ascent. Sandy didn't change anything. The 47% tape didn't change anything. Benghazi didn't change anything. Paul Ryan's selection didn't change anything, and so forth. Romney didn't lose because of a glitch in his election day Get Out The Vote app, which is something a lot of folks are talking about right...
  • Earthquake!

    11/10/2012 9:30:48 AM PST · by MHGinTN · 116 replies
    Freerepublic freeper
    Just had a rather strong and lengthy earthquake here in East Tennessee. The event started with a sudden shake, then a pause, then a lengthy quake of significant magnitude, I would estimate to be in the range of 3 to 4. Is this event connected to shaking in other areas? How is that mountain side in the Azores(?) which is capable of sending a massive tsunami toward the East Coast fairing? Ant word from other freepers out there?
  • WashPost Gossips Coo: 'Four More Years!' for 'Style Superstar' Michelle Obama

    11/10/2012 9:22:16 AM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    The Washington Post did a terrible job if it was attempting to hide its joy over Four More Years for their superstars the Obamas. "The Reliable Source" gossip column on Thursday repeated its usual pitter-patter love for "style superstar" Michelle and her stylist Meredith Koop: "Four more years! . . . of exquisitely coordinated Obama family fashion. The president’s first term made a style superstar out of Michelle Obama, but have you noticed? The entire first family has a way of turning out in the same palette almost every time they’re photographed. It’s a subtle color-coordination that manages not to...