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  • Applebee’s targeted after franchisee mulls hiring freeze in response to Obamacare

    11/10/2012 7:23:07 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 106 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/10/12 | staff
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  • China’s Challenge

    11/10/2012 6:54:39 PM PST · by JerseyanExile
    National Review ^ | November 10, 2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    As China holds its 18th National Congress this week, with the Communist Party preparing for a once-in-a-decade transition of power, the nation looks superficially exultant. Ethnic-minority delegates clad in their cultural garb smile and wave to photographers; pretty girls throng paramilitary policemen in immaculate green suits; red and yellow plastic flowers abound. Meanwhile, in the provinces, chubby-cheeked kindergartners dress up in Red Army uniforms and sing old Communist songs, and university students line up to form the Communist hammer and sickle. All very good photo ops. But China’s blogosphere tells a different story, describing a jittery, paranoid Chinese leadership. The...
  • How many tea-party supporters voted for Obama?

    11/10/2012 6:45:45 PM PST · by chessplayer · 69 replies
    A footnote from the national exit poll that I missed earlier this week. Note to the 11 percent: You’re doing it wrong. Reuters/Ipsos conducted its own exit poll, based on a massive sample of 40,000 people, and got basically the same result — 12 percent of those who “identify strongly” with the tea party pulled the lever for four more years.
  • New Yorkers Still in the Dark as Obama Hits the Links

    11/10/2012 6:38:23 PM PST · by Gorilla44 · 55 replies
    http://www.jammiewf.com/2012/new-yorkers-still-in-the-dark-as-obama-hits-the-links/ | Nov 10, 2012 | Jammie
    A good chunk of Long Island is still in the dark after 12 days now and nobody seems to care. It’s not like the president needs to show up for a photo op since these poor bastards overwhelmingly vote for him anyway. He’ll come visit eventually, so hold tight to your candles. It’s also not clear if power will return to the schools in time, so the town has purchased generators for the schools to run on. National Grid, which manages the power grid owned by LIPA, said 95 percent of residents that live in non-flood zones, should have power...
  • Woman plunges to death as bailiffs arrive to evict her (Bilbao, Spain)

    11/10/2012 6:31:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    BreakingNews.ie ^ | 10/11/2012 - 09:22:27 (November 10)
    A woman jumped to her death as bailiffs approached to evict her from her fourth-floor Spanish apartment for failing to pay the mortgage. It was the second apparent suicide linked to evictions and further highlights the dire conditions many Spaniards find themselves in as the country’s economy sinks. The government recently created a task force to study how to reduce evictions because of the devastating personal impact of repossessions due to tough mortgage rules and growing unease among the public on the subject. The unnamed 53-year-old woman threw herself from her balcony in a suburb of Bilbao, the regional Interior...
  • Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response (Obama AWOL)

    11/10/2012 6:30:04 PM PST · by barryobi · 15 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 11/10/2012 | david alexander
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's office was notified of the attack 50 minutes after it began, and Panetta learned of it shortly thereafter as he and the military's top general headed to a previously scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. Obama, Panetta and Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed potential responses to the unfolding events in Benghazi during their meeting, which began 78 minutes after the start of the Libya attack, according to the timeline. Panetta and Dempsey then returned to the Pentagon and began a two-hour series of meetings...
  • General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living

    11/10/2012 6:25:01 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11-5 | Paula Broadwell
    General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living Lessons on leadership from General David Petraeus. by Paula Broadwell | November 5, 2012 1:00 AM EST 1. Lead by example from the front of the formation. Take your performance personally—if you are proud to be average, so too will be your troops. 2. A leader must provide a vision—clear and achievable “big ideas” combined in a strategic concept—and communicate those ideas throughout the entire organi­zation and to all other stakeholders.
  • Pay The Left the Compliment of Applying Their Ideological Beliefs to their Work Product

    11/10/2012 6:17:00 PM PST · by vbmoneyspender · 1 replies
    Solar Movie ^ | 11/10/2012 | vbmoneymaker
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  • Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign..And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered?

    11/10/2012 6:10:09 PM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    The Deeper Questions Behind the Ambassador’s Murder … and the CIA Boss’ Sudden Resignation While the GOP is attacking (and Dems defending) the Obama administration in connection with the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, there is a deeper story. Sure, it is stunning that the State Department never requested backup or that people such as Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer allege that President Obama personally watched in real time the attacks as they occurred via video feeds from drones flying over the Benghazi consulate. But these claims only can be assessed – and the whole confusing mess only makes...
  • All early votes cast in St. Lucie County will be recounted Sunday morning (Allen West)

    11/10/2012 6:02:05 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    News Channel 5 WPTV ^ | 11-10-2012 | WPTV Web Team
    All early votes cast in St. Lucie County will be recounted Sunday morning Recount could affect the West, Murphy race November 10, 2012 By: WPTV Web Team FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Sunday morning all early votes casted in St. Lucie County will be recounted, Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker confirmed to WPTV NewsChannel 5 on Saturday. The decision was welcomed news for two politicians whose careers hang in the balance. “West for Congress is pleased with the Supervisor’s decision, as the counting of early votes on Election Night was of great concern to our campaign, given the large shift that...
  • AP story points to Huntsman Jr. as Secretary of State candidate

    11/10/2012 5:51:18 PM PST · by Arthurio · 26 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY — A story published Thursday by the Associated Press named Jon Huntsman Jr. as a possible pick to replace Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State, but the former ambassador and governor has stayed tight-lipped about the possibility. In an interview with KSL, Huntsman spoke about the need to put the "country first" with a tough presidential campaign now over. He spoke about his own plans in very general terms, sidestepping a question about what's next in his future plans.
  • Maypoles, harvest festivals, Christmas carols... it's time for the minorities to join in

    11/10/2012 5:35:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th November 2012 | Simon Walters
    Whoever chose Baroness Warsi’s study when she was moved to the Foreign Office in the Cabinet reshuffle two months ago must have had a keen sense of history. ..... And which white Tory could possibly tackle thorny issues, such as the grooming of vulnerable young white girls by Pakistani men in Northern towns like Rochdale, with her courage and credibility? A small minority of Pakistani, Afghani and Bangladeshi men think Asian women are second-class citizens and white girls are third-class citizens,’ Warsi told me. ..... ‘Being brought up — before the politically correct brigade got going — on harvest festivals,...
  • Obama's Hurricane Sandy Trip to New York Timed to Brother-in-Law's Basketball Tourney

    11/10/2012 5:17:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 15 replies
    Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Kristinn
    Priorities. While hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are still suffering without heat and power, Barack Obama is waiting until Thursday, November 15 to visit New York City to meet with struggling survivors of Hurricane Sandy and review the recovery process firsthand. The visit happens to come on the same day that Obama's college basketball coach brother-in-law will be in town for a tournament.Obama paid an election-savvy visit to New Jersey on October 31, right after Sandy hit, but held off visiting New York City at the request of Mayor Mike Bloomberg as the city was not prepared for a...
  • Former U.S. Prosecutor Negotiating Plea Deal For Jackson Jr.

    11/10/2012 5:02:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Nov. 9, 2012
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A former U.S. attorney representing embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is negotiating a plea deal with the federal government, CBS 2 has learned. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has the exclusive details. The plea deal would end Jackson’s 17-year career as a congressman representing Chicago’s South Side and suburbs. At the center of negotiations is white-collar criminal defense attorney Dan Webb, who served as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor in the 1980s, when several Cook County judges were indicted for public corruption under the “Operation Greylord” investigation. Webb, the chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago,...
  • Frustrated residents protest outside New York utility

    11/10/2012 4:36:30 PM PST · by granada · 34 replies
    AP via Yahoo (propaganda machine) ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Mae Anderson
    Even as the lights came for many who lost power in New York and New Jersey during the superstorm and a later nor'easter, hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a Long Island utility, frustrated by its slow response to outages. Power restoration has been slower there than in other areas hit by Superstorm Sandy, sparking criticism of the Long Island Power Authority. Some of the 130,000 blacked out homes and businesses the utility serves may not have power restored until the end of Tuesday, LIPA said. In the rest of the region hardest hit by the storm, most service was...
  • Obama calls for renewal of Assault Weapons Ban

    11/10/2012 4:26:49 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 157 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/16/12 | Devin Dwyer
    President Obama tonight said he’s interested in seeing an assault weapons ban reintroduced, breaking his silence on the legislation, which has persisted in spite of at least five mass shootings during his term.
  • A General Lesson: Why did he risk everything on an affair?

    11/10/2012 4:03:39 PM PST · by billorites · 82 replies
    Slate ^ | November 10, 2012 | Fred Kaplan
    Among those who have long known Gen. David Petraeus, those who served under his command in wartime, sat with him in the White House Situation Room, or helped him rewrite Army doctrine at Fort Leavenworth, the most gnawing question about the scandalous affair that led to his resignation and doomed his career on Friday is this: How could he—this acclaimed leader and figure of rectitude—allow such a thing to happen? Seen in context, the mystery, while shocking, is not so unfathomable. Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom he had this affair, writes in her fawning biography of Petraeus that they...
  • Chris Christie Wept over Springsteen Hug

    11/10/2012 3:26:36 PM PST · by Arthurio · 83 replies
    Time ^ | Nov. 07, 2012 | By Emma O'Connor
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have worked closely with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but it appears he’s more emotionally invested in a different budding bromance. Christie admitted at a Monday briefing that he started “weeping” after he hugged Bruce Springsteen at NBC’s telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims on Nov. 2, the Record reported. Christie is a longtime fan of his fellow New Jerseyan and has attended more than 130 Springsteen concerts over the past 37 years. The governor even sang a version of “Thunder Road” when he made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy...
  • Sanctuary-city policy enables dangerous drivers

    11/10/2012 12:14:44 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 9, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Drew Rosenberg became a victim of San Francisco's immigration policies on Nov. 16, 2010. The second-year law student was riding his motorcycle in rush-hour traffic when a car driven by an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit him. That evening, Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village received the phone call every parent dreads. His precious son was dead. Then another nightmare unfolded. As Rosenberg investigated driver Roberto Galo's background, he discovered that San Francisco's policies regarding immigrants have served as an enabler for dangerous drivers.
  • E-Mails From Biographer to a Third Party Led to Petraeus

    11/10/2012 3:17:48 PM PST · by thouworm · 50 replies
    NYT ^ | 11-10-2012 | SCOTT SHANE and ERIC SCHMITT
    The F.B.I. investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director on Friday began with a complaint several months ago about “harassing” e-mails sent by Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus’s biographer, to an unidentified third person, a government official briefed on the case said Saturday.... The person who complained about harassing messages from Ms. Broadwell, according to the official, was not a family member or a government official. One Congressional official who was briefed on the matter on Friday said senior intelligence officials had explained that the F.B.I. investigation “started with two women.” ...A senior intelligence official...