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  • Kristol: "Won't Kill Country If We Raise Taxes A Little Bit On Millionaires" (video)

    11/11/2012 9:58:55 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 83 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 11, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    BILL KRISTOL: The leadership in the Republican party and the leadership in the conservative movement have to pull back. Let people float new ideas, let's have a serious debate. Don't scream and yell when one person says, 'You know what? It won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.' It really won't, I don't think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don't take Obama's offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000 -- make it $500,000, make it a million. Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch...
  • Did Petraeus mistress reveal secret CIA prison?

    11/11/2012 9:37:36 AM PST · by maggief · 71 replies
    WND ^ | November 11, 2012 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – Did Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, reveal a secret CIA detention center in Benghazi during a public speech she gave last month? Broadwell, a former counterterror operative, co-authored a bestselling biography of Petraeus, titled “All In.” She discussed the book during a keynote speech on Oct. 26 at a University of Denver alumni symposium. The speech is available in full on YouTube. During a question-and-answer session, Broadwell was asked about this year’s Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi. She stated: “Now I don’t know if a lot of you...
  • 'Stay away from my guy': The harassing emails 'sent by Petraeus biographer'

    11/11/2012 9:27:21 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/12
    The recipient of those emails, fearing for her safety, contacted the FBI - which found that Broadwell had sent them. A government official told the New York Post that the emails contained such language as: 'I know what you did,' 'back off' and 'stay away from my guy.' The official added: '[Broadwell] clearly thought something was going on' and thought she was in a 'lovers triangle.' Little is known about the recipient of those emails, including her identity, but the paper reported that she was not Petraeus' wife. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Advice to California's GOP: Leave — or better yet, change

    11/11/2012 9:26:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2012 | by Steve Lopez
    Memo to the California GOP: Rough couple of weeks, huh? What could be worse? I'll tell you what. In the state Legislature, Democrats won supermajorities in both houses. Do you know what that means? It's like handing your teenager a credit card, a checkbook and the car keys so he can drive to an all-night orgy.
  • Media Ignore New Emails Detailing Obama Energy Dept. Corruption

    11/11/2012 9:08:39 AM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | Sunday, November 11, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    One week before the presidential election, a Congressional committee released Obama administration emails that showed a pattern of political pressure from President Barack Obama and others in his administration. The emails indicate favoritism toward Democrat politicians and donors in the awarding of federal energy loans. The mainstream media chose not to report on the emails, even though just days before their release, Obama had flatly stated in an interview that politics played no part in awarding the loans. In the old days of hard-nosed journalism, i.e., before the Age of Obama, if the president was caught lying about his involvement...
  • The Obamacare Layoffs Begin...

    11/11/2012 8:24:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/12 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Obamacare Layoffs Begin...By Jillian Kay Melchior November 9, 2012 12:25 P.M. The Obama health-care law’s adverse effects on employment are no secret. But it’s one thing to look at the economics, and it’s quite another to hear it firsthand from a small-business owner who’s being forced into an untenable position. Yesterday, a Las Vegas business owner fired 22 of his 144 employees, phoning in anonymously to a local radio host and explaining how the decision was directly caused by President Obama’s reelection. The interview is articulate and nuanced, worth listening to in its entirety. But here’s the jist of...
  • The Col. West Recount: Any updates?

    11/11/2012 8:21:18 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 75 replies
    The recount started at 7 am this morning. Any word how it's going? Was only for one county.
  • Senators restart talks on U.S. immigration reform plan (More "freebies" to illegals)

    11/11/2012 7:51:42 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/11/2012 | Will Dunham
    Two key U.S. senators are restarting bipartisan talks on U.S. immigration reform that will include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, Senator Charles Schumer said on Sunday. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Democrat Schumer said he has spoken with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and they have agreed to resume talks that broke off two years ago. "And I think we have a darned good chance using this blueprint to get something done this year. The Republican Party has learned that being ... anti-immigrant doesn't work for them politically. And they know it," Schumer...
  • Half of us strive for success; half of us are suspicious of it

    11/11/2012 7:45:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-11-12 | joe soucheray
    The real problem is that about half the country believes that business and the success that might flow from business is somehow contrived. About half the country believes that success is assigned, whimsically or arbitrarily, by guys in blue blazers who flick their cigar ashes at those whom they do not wish to succeed. It doesn't work that way, and we know it doesn't work that way. Mitt Romney, for example, was successfully portrayed to about half the country as a fellow who had it made from the beginning. His old man headed up a car company. He must have...
  • FBI Probed Woman Linked to Petraeus

    11/11/2012 7:29:39 AM PST · by billorites · 67 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 11, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ, DEVLIN BARRETT, and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    A complaint about potentially harassing emails sent by a woman romantically linked to Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus to a second woman sparked the security investigation that led Mr. Petraeus to suddenly resign on Friday, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. officials familiar with the probe said the Federal Bureau of Investigation began its investigation following a complaint from a woman in Florida about Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus's biographer and the woman identified by officials familiar with the probe as having had an extramarital affair with him. Enlarge Image image image Associated Press David Petraeus in September...
  • Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance bills (First find list of IRS-approved expenses)

    11/11/2012 7:15:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Day ^ | 11/11/12 | MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS
    Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance billsBy MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS Sun Sentinel Updated 11/11/2012 12:15 AM **SNIP** • Set pre-tax dollars aside. Use a flexible spending account either from your employer or a third party, such as a bank, to deposit money to cover health costs not covered by insurance. Find the list of IRS-approved expenses on your health insurer's website. Note that contributions in 2013 for flexible spending accounts have been lowered to $2,500 in 2013, but Byers said she doesn't think it will affect most people. "I don't see many people using the full $5,000," she...
  • NRA v. BATFE: A Misinterpretation of History (Fifth Circuit)

    11/11/2012 6:56:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 9 November, 2012 | Stephen Halbrook
    Recently, in NRA v. BATFE, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the ban on the sale of handguns by federally licensed dealers to persons under the age of 21. The law in question, which was codified in sections of 18 USC § 922 and was passed as part of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 [PDF], raises serious issues under the Second Amendment. Persons in the 18 to 20-year-old age group at issue have borne arms in military service since the US was founded and are entitled to vote under the Twenty-Sixth...
  • Did the Election Save ObamaCare?

    11/11/2012 6:51:49 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 31 replies ^ | November 10, 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    In an imaginary world, government does things efficiently and economically. In that world, you would want government to provide health care. In the real world, politicians cobbled together a monstrous piece of legislation called Obamacare, with a structure that cannot possibly be efficient or economical. John C. Goodman at has a superb analysis of what Obamacare will do when reality comes up to bat. If you read this at the source, you will see links to other supporting information. John Goodman: The morning after Tuesday’s vote, there is one thing every commentator agreed on. The election of Barack Obama...
  • Local health providers have their eye on ‘fiscal cliff’

    11/11/2012 6:46:48 AM PST · by Smokeyblue · 5 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | November 11, 2012 | Kelsey Ryan
    A lack of compromise by lawmakers in Washington could result in spending cuts that could affect local health providers within the next two months. The cuts, also known as sequestration, have been a top issue for providers – especially hospitals – that receive federal dollars. The money at stake is caught up in the package of spending cuts and tax increases that are to start taking effect Jan. 1 – unless Congress and the president act to modify the plan. Approved as part of a deal made by Democrats and Republicans last year, the package is now commonly known as...
  • Benghazi Consulate attack back on front burner in Congress

    11/11/2012 6:29:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/11/12 | Julian Pecquet, Jordy Yager
    Benghazi Consulate attack back on front burner in CongressBy Julian Pecquet and Jordy Yager - 11/11/12 06:00 AM ET The terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya is back on the front burner in Congress now that President Obama has won reelection. No fewer than four House and Senate panels plan to hold closed-door briefings with administration officials about the attack this week, while one committee is holding a public hearing. Members of both parties say they expect the Benghazi probe to last well into Obama's second term. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who has...
  • The Petraeus Espionage File

    11/11/2012 6:23:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/11/2012 | Michael Ledeen
    I may have awakened him. The late James Jesus Angleton, once the chief of CIA counterintelligence, sounded kinda groggy to me after I got him–loud and clear!–on my famously untrustworthy ouija board. Of course I have no idea whether he gets to sleep at all. I don’t quite know exactly “where” he is, after all, and he doesn’t answer direct questions on the subject. Anyway, there he was, and I started right in. ML: So what am I supposed to think about Petraeus? JJA: That you’re living in a country where espionage is rampant. ML: Huh? JJA: Have you read...
  • Stop talking about the Hispanics for a moment — what about Asian-Americans?

    11/11/2012 6:21:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 9, 2012 - 9:22 am | David P. Goldman
    Apart from some fatuous self-congratulation from Asian-American liberals, there has been very little discussion of the 73-26 Asian-American margin of support for President Obama in last Tuesday’s election. That’s slightly smaller than the highest estimate of Latino support for Obama, at 75-23. Asian-Americans are a small minority now but their numbers are growing rapidly. Most conservatives consider Asian-Americans poster-children for the American model of self-motivated success. The facts bear this out. The Pew Research Center reported last July: Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general...
  • No charges against owner of gun that Glynn County 2nd-grader brought to school(GA)

    11/11/2012 6:20:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 11 November, 2012 | Terry Dickson
    BRUNSWICK, GA. | No charges will be filed against the owner of a handgun that an 8-year-old boy brought to C.B. Greer Elementary School last week, said Rodney Ellis, chief of the Glynn County school system’s police force. School police investigator Ricky Hilburn determined that the .25-caliber pistol belonged to a close friend of the child’s family and that the boy found the gun while visiting the elderly man, Ellis said. The man was in another part of the house and was unaware the second-grade student was looking around, Ellis said. The boy found the gun in a shoebox stored...
  • Republican Bigwig Raises Big Stink on Facebook (Wasserman Schulz gets sheriff luggage carriers)

    11/11/2012 6:15:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Tamarac Talk ^ | 11/09/12
    Republican Bigwig Raises Big Stink on FacebookDate posted: November 9, 2012
  • Handgun carrier shoots multiple suspects(OK)

    11/11/2012 6:13:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 10 November, 2012 | Michael Purdy
    Tulsa, Okla. — A man licensed to carry a gun shoots two men attempting to rob him at a motel Friday evening. Tulsa police tells KRMG it happened just before 7:30 p.m. at the Economy Inn at the 5600 block of West Skelly Drive in Sapulpa. TPD were called out to the Oklahoma State University Medical Center after two men showed up shot. Police said they were dropped off by two people believed to have been involved in the attempted robbery. The investigation shows the victim was invited into a motel room by a female, where multiple men were waiting...