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  • Petraeus to Try to ‘Put Life Back Together’ Before Any Benghazi Testimony

    11/11/2012 12:16:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 262 replies ^ | 11/11/12 | Bridget Johnson
    The ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said he’s spoken to former CIA Director David Petraeus about still testifying on the Benghazi attack — and the answer is not now. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said on ABC’s This Week this morning that his committee wasn’t told about the Petraeus investigation — reportedly centering around his mistress and emails — until Friday, when the general’s resignation was announced. “He and I have already had a conversation. You know, he’s trying to put his life back together right now and that’s what he needs to focus on,” Chambliss said in regard...
  • Libs call for boycott of Papa John’s as CEO anticipates cut in workers’ hours

    Yesterday Twitchy reported that the unhinged Left was targeting Applebee’s because one monstrous franchisee may implement a hiring freeze to deal with the financial realities of Obamacare. Today, the target is Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter.
  • Snyder Brothers, Patton’s Third Army Recalled

    11/11/2012 9:01:07 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register ^ | November 10, 2012 | DANIEL DORSCH
    In early January 1943, the United States Third Army was assembled on the large terrace in front of Peover Hall near Knutsford, England. Before them stood a man in a tailored, brass-buttoned battle jacket with four rows of battle ribbons and decorations. On his legs were riding breeches and polished, high-topped boots with spurs. Around his waist was an old-fashioned leather belt with a large, shiny brass buckle, and he carried a long riding crop with a hidden sword in it. Fifteen stars in total were placed on his shirt collar, helmet and shoulders. "I've been given command of the...
  • The Broader Implications of the Petraeus Resignation: Personal Behavior and Public Office

    11/11/2012 12:02:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 11, 2012 | Barry Rubin
    General David Petraeus was the hero of the winning surge in Iraq. But he also has the distinction of becoming America’s first politically correct field commander. His strategy in Afghanistan was in line with that of the Obama administration by putting the emphasis on winning Muslim hearts and minds as a higher priority than military victories or even at times the safety of American soldiers. There’s a reason why President Barack Obama made him CIA director. Leaving aside the question of the resignation’s relationship to the Benghazi debacle, in some ways, his fall is more discouraging than the election results....
  • The Koch Brothers Turn On Chris Christie and Warn Him About Setting Up Obamacare

    11/11/2012 11:48:12 AM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Politics USA ^ | November 11th, 2012
    The Koch Brothers think-tank, Americans for Prosperity, handed down a warning to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for not rejecting provisions in the ACA to submit health insurance exchange plans ahead of the health law’s full implementation. Republicans were already furious with Christie for praising President Obama’s rapid response to the super-storm Sandy that ravaged parts of the East Coast last week, and now the Koch Brothers are pressuring him to reject a New Jersey exchange bill to rebuff the ACA’s requirement before a November 16 cutoff date for states to set up health insurance exchanges. If states fail to...
  • The Voters who stayed Home (bitter pill: Republicans re-elected Obama)

    11/11/2012 11:27:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 261 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/10/12 | McCarthy
    The key to understanding the 2012 election is simple: A huge slice of the electorate stayed home. The punditocracy — which is more of the ruling class than an eye on the ruling class — has naturally decided that this is because Republicans are not enough like Democrats: They need to play more identity politics (in particular, adopt the Left’s embrace of illegal immigration) in order to be viable. But the story is not about who voted; it is about who didn’t vote. In truth, millions of Americans have decided that Republicans are not a viable alternative because they are...
  • Concealed Carry Referendum Passes In Ten Illinois Counties

    11/11/2012 11:25:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 8 November, 2012 | NA
    SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - The point man for “concealed carry” in Illinois is somewhat encouraged by the results of advisory votes in 10 counties Tuesday. “I think it shows the frustration that people have with the lack of advancement on the issue with the legislature,” says Todd Vandermyde, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association in Illinois. While some would say an advisory referendum carries no weight, Vandermyde disagrees, saying it spotlights the Chicago and suburbs vs. Downstate divide on concealed carry. He says he’s awaiting the results of a federal court case which could strengthen concealed carry as a right,...
  • Spokesman: House majority leader knew of Petraeus matter in October (I give up!)

    11/11/2012 11:22:45 AM PST · by tobyhill · 81 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/11/2012 | staff
    House majority leader Eric Cantor talked to an FBI official in late October about former CIA Director David Petraeus' involvement in an affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN Sunday. Doug Heye said Cantor had a conversation with the whistleblower about the affair and the national security concerns involved in the matter. The New York Times reported Saturday that on October 31, Cantor's chief of staff phoned the FBI to inform the agency about the call between the congressman and the FBI official. The Times reported Cantor learned of the whistleblower through Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington. A spokeswoman for...
  • A watershed election. A Weimar election?

    11/11/2012 11:12:37 AM PST · by SumProVita · 30 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | November 8, 2012 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    The state, with its main duties, the taking care of everyone, defines what is important from now on. One might say that our people coldly looked the Leviathan in its eyes. They did not flinch as he brought them into his body. These are dramatic observations, no doubt. We now wait to see what happens next. We have established who is in power. We will not pass this way again. And in establishing who is to rule us, we reveal our own souls. The liberty to do whatever we want that Aristotle spoke of while describing democracies is now firmly...
  • Exclusive: Clinton Would Dominate 2016 Iowa Caucuses (Hillary 56% Biden 17%, Cuomo 6%)

    11/11/2012 10:54:15 AM PST · by drewh · 43 replies ^ | 11/8/12 4:36 PM EST | By ALEXANDER BURNS
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would start out as a dominant favorite in the 2016 Iowa caucuses if she chooses to run for president, a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds. The PPP poll, which was shared exclusively with POLITICO, shows Clinton taking 58 percent of the Iowa vote in a hypothetical presidential run. Vice President Joe Biden trails far behind at 17 percent, followed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 6 percent and Massachusetts Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren at 3 percent. None of the other Democrats tested – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Massachusetts Gov....
  • The Inside Track On Obama's Victory And Romney's Defeat [Why Romney's Silence on Benghazi]

    11/11/2012 10:50:55 AM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 11, 2012
    The Inside Track On Obama's Victory And Romney's Defeat As some of the campaign's richer inside scenes and better kept secrets, here are some of the highlights... The Obama quants Basically, the Obama campaign had a roomful of Nate Silvers, physically separated from the rest of its campaign operation and the precise nature of their work a closely held secret. From the beginning, campaign manager Jim Messina had promised a totally different, metric-driven kind of campaign in which politics was the goal but political instincts might not be the means. Romney on Benghazi: "We screwed up" (snip) Mitt Romney felt...
  • In Defeats, Evangelicals' Political Unity at All-Time High

    11/11/2012 10:43:47 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/7/2012 | Tobin Grant and Ted Olsen
    While evangelical leaders have long protested that evangelicalism is politically diverse and is a theological identifier rather than a political one, it appears that evangelicals are more politically unified than ever before... We know less about evangelical voters this year than we did four years ago because exit polls did not ask as many voters about being a "born again or evangelical" Christian. According to pre-election polls, white evangelicals backed Romney by nearly a four-to-one margin. Romney received a larger slice of the evangelical vote than any previous Republican presidential candidate. At nearly 80 percent, evangelical support for Romney was...
  • VOTE FRAUD IN WISCONSIN Pictures released by media trackers

    11/11/2012 10:43:15 AM PST · by Passionate Pachyderms · 33 replies
  • Ice Cream Store Worker Fired After Posting Racial Slur About Obama On Facebook

    11/11/2012 10:35:30 AM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 11, 2012
    Ice Cream Store Worker Fired After Posting Racial Slur About Obama On Facebook By NBC News staff A California woman has been fired from her job as an ice cream store manager after she referred to President Barack Obama with a racial slur on Facebook and wrote “maybe he will get assassinated.” Denise Helms, 22, of Turlock, posted the Facebook statement on Tuesday night after Obama won re-election to a second term. The post referred to the president using the N word. “Maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!” Helms wrote, according to the Modesto Bee. Helms later deleted the...
  • Chairman of the Republican Party of St. Lucie County on the Allen West vote recount (vide0)

    11/11/2012 10:04:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/11/2012 | BizPacReviewPolitics Chairman of the Republican Party of St. Lucie County on the Allen West vote recount
  • Failure to appeal to middle class doomed GOP ticket [not in the way it's usually spun]

    11/11/2012 10:00:15 AM PST · by dirtboy · 39 replies ^ | 11/10/2012 | Robert W. Patterson
    President Obama may have scored a narrow victory Tuesday night ... Yet his squeaker of a triumph not only represents a bigger loss for the Party of Lincoln, but also offers a critically important lesson. [snip]In contrast, 21st-century Republicans have traded a devotion to "average Americans" for a love affair with free-market and limited-government abstractions. Consequently, the Romney-Ryan ticket invested heavily in the notion that naked market forces, especially fiscal austerity and tax cuts for investors, would magically lift all boats. The anxious electorate didn't buy this pitch, especially in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, where free-trade and...
  • 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.