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  • Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary (and Susan Rice for Secretary of State)

    11/12/2012 5:31:34 PM PST · by Innovative · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller
    President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Wealthy Dump Assets Amid Worries About Going Over 'Cliff'

    11/12/2012 5:23:35 PM PST · by Innovative · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | Robert Frank
    Wealth advisors say that with capital-gains taxes potentially going to 25 percent from 15 percent, and other possible increases in the dividend tax, estate tax and other taxes, many clients are selling now to save millions in taxes. If the Bush-era tax cuts expire, taxes on capital gains would revert back to its previous rate of 20 percent from its current 15 percent. Another 5 percent may be added from health-care levies and changes in itemized deductions, bringing the rate to 25 percent for many high earners. Taxes on dividends could go from 15 percent to over 43 percent. And...
  • Cherokee offer bounty for killing coyotes

    11/12/2012 5:23:43 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 22 replies
    AP via WRAL ^ | 11/12/12 | AP
    CHEROKEE, N.C. — The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina is offering bounty payments of $25 for each coyote carcass that is turned into the tribe. The Tribal Council is offering the money to try to protect white-tailed deer on the reservation, the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/SWA3hG ) reported. Money will only be paid for coyotes that have been shot, not trapped.
  • FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny

    11/12/2012 5:12:57 PM PST · by maggief · 158 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2012 | DEVLIN BARRETT, EVAN PEREZ and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    EXCERPT The FBI agent who started the case was a friend of Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who received harassing, anonymous emails that led to the probe, according to officials. Ms. Kelley, a volunteer who organizes social events for military personnel in the Tampa area, complained in May about the emails to a friend who is an FBI agent. That agent referred it to a cyber crimes unit, which opened an investigation. However, supervisors soon became concerned that the initial agent might have grown obsessed with the matter, and prohibited him from any role in the investigation, according to the...
  • 'It's No Longer Tenable to be Jew' in Academics, Says Professor

    11/12/2012 5:04:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/11/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A math teacher at the University and College Union (UCU) -- the largest trade union and professional association of higher education for professors, academics, lecturers and researchers in the United Kingdom -- says the institution has repeatedly singled out Israel for condemnation at its annual conferences and created an intolerant environment in which "it is no longer tenable to be a Jew in UCU", The Telegraph reported. Ronnie Fraser, who is suing the union for race and religious discrimination, had opposed a controversial motion passed by the union in 2007 calling for a ban on all Israeli academics working in...
  • White-Collar Heavyweight Abbe Lowell Steps into Petraeus Fracas (Clinton impeachment lawyer)

    11/12/2012 5:01:14 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    Chadbourne & Parke white-collar criminal defense heavyweight Abbe Lowell has joined the fray surrounding the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus, who stepped down Friday in light of the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealing that Petraeus had an extramarital affair with his biographer. Several news outlets reported Monday that Lowell is representing Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman who complained that she was receiving threatening emails, which turned out to be from Paula Broadwell, a West Point graduate who chronicled Petraeus's life in a book published in January that she coauthored. Investigation into the emails led to the...
  • Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary

    11/12/2012 4:53:41 PM PST · by maggief · 70 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 12, 2012 | Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller
    President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. John O. Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, is a leading contender for the CIA job if he wants it, officials said. If Brennan...
  • 'I am not in love with David Petraeus': Paula Broadwell's bizarre denial during interview

    11/12/2012 4:53:32 PM PST · by Arthurio · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Tuesday, Nov 13 2012 3AM | Daniel Bates
    The woman who had an affair with David Petraeus denied she was in love with him in a bizarre interview she gave in the midst of their fling. Speaking in an interview while promoting her book in February, Paula Broadwell said without prompting: 'I am not in love with David Petraeus', in what was something of a Freudian slip. By that stage their affair was around five months having started when he became head of the CIA in September last year. It ended around July, according to reports. In the interview Broadwell, who is married with two young sons, revealed...
  • Will non-cooperation of multiple states’ be too much for ObamaCare?

    11/12/2012 4:45:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The answer, of course, is an emphatic yes, since by its very nature, ObamaCare is too much for ObamaCare, but individual states' freedom to opt out of designing their own state-specific health insurance exchanges is turning out to be yet another flaw in the oh-so-masterful plan.Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the government is extending the deadline by which states must submit their blueprints for their exchanges, meant to be tools with which consumers can shop around for insurance options, but all states must still indicate whether they're planning on doing it themselves, forging a...
  • CBS's Nancy Giles: Whites Oppose Abortion 'To Build Up the Race'

    Host Harris-Perry was discussing with her guests the results of Tuesday's election by demographic group. When she got her chance to comment, Giles said, "It's been weird to watch white people report on this." "You know when you just showed that graph of the decline in the numbers," she continued, "I thought, 'Maybe that's why they're trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They're trying to build up the race."
  • Secession petitions filed in 20 states (With 30 GOP governors, where's the other 10 states?)

    11/12/2012 4:34:21 PM PST · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    yahoo.news ^ | 11/12/12 | m
    In the wake of last week's presidential election, thousands of Americans have signed petitions seeking permission for their states to peacefully secede from the United States. The petitions were filed on We the People, a government website. States with citizens filing include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Oddly, folks from Georgia have filed twice. Even stranger, several of the petitions come from states that went for President Barack Obama. The petitions are short and to the point. For example,...
  • Stray Syrian Mortars Put Israel on High Alert

    11/12/2012 4:32:24 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    CBN News Middle East Bureau ^ | Monday, November 12, 2012 | Chris Mitchell
    Stray Syrian Mortars Put Israel on High Alert By Chris Mitchell CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Monday, November 12, 2012 JERUSALEM, Israel -- A second mortar shell landed in northern Israel Monday, a day after Israel fired a warning shot into Syria in response to a Syrian mortar that hit the Golan Heights. Over the weekend, Israel came under fire on both its northern and southern borders. "We understand that this was a mistake and the mortar was not meant to target Israel and then, this is why we actually fired warning shots in retaliation," Israel Defense Forces spokesperson...
  • Hostess to Close Selected Bakeries Due to Nationwide Strike

    11/12/2012 4:28:22 PM PST · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    Hostess Brands ^ | November 12, 2012 | Hostess Brands
    Irving, TX – November 12 - Hostess Brands Inc. announced today that it will permanently close three bakeries today as a result of a nationwide strike initiated on November 9 by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (Bakers Union) that has prevented the facilities from producing and delivering products. "Our customers will not be affected because we will continue to serve them from other Hostess Brands bakeries, but sadly this action will result in the permanent closure of three facilities and the loss of 627 jobs," said Hostess Brands CEO Gregory F. Rayburn.  "We deeply regret this...
  • St. Lucie elections supervisor mum on problems (Allen West related story)

    11/12/2012 4:20:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    TCPALM ^ | 11-12-2012 | Laurie K. Blandford
    November 12, 2012 St. Lucie elections supervisor mum on problems Laurie K. Blandford ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Many questions about the county's elections and ever-changing results remained unanswered Monday. No one from the state, county elections office or Canvassing Board was available to answer questions because offices were closed for Veterans Day. Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker did not respond to a cellphone message and her attorney, Cynthia Angelos, couldn't be reached for comment. Among those who want answers are the Fort Pierce mayoral candidates, who've seen the totals and the winner change twice, heading into Wednesday's state-mandated recount of...
  • NEW JERSEY INKS EMERGENCY TRACKING DEAL WITH RADIANT RFID..

    A week before one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the Northeast dissipated the New Jersey shoreline, state officials awarded Radiant RFID a five-year emergency management solution contract to assist with evacuation and emergency tracking during catastrophic events. Texas-based Radiant, which also has contracts with Texas, North Carolina and the city of Boston, will provide the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) with an RFID-based evacuation solution that tracks evacuees, pets, emergency transport vehicles, and commodities deployed at state shelters in preparation for and in the event of a hurricane, natural disaster or other incident...
  • 'Homeland' Star Says Obama Watches Show While Pretending to Work

    11/12/2012 4:05:18 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 12 Nov 2012, 1:24 PM PDT
    Homeland" star Damian Lewis has become quite chummy with the Commander in Chief. Seems President Barack Obama is a big fan of Lewis' Showtime terrorism-themed series, and the pair even communicate via email. A recent exchange, shared by the actor while appearing on a British talk show, brought up a long-simmering fear some Americans have about the president's religious persuasion. During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday night, the Emmy-winning actor says the president wanted a signed DVD box set of the Showtime hit to give to the Teamsters labor union (the president has previously revealed Homeland is...
  • American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper

    11/12/2012 4:02:25 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    ISrael Pundit ^ | Oct 10, 2012 | Stanislav Mitchin
    American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall...
  • Panetta on the Petraeus Affair: 'I’m Reading the Papers Like You Are'

    11/12/2012 3:58:12 PM PST · by Arthurio · 17 replies
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta seemed not to have extensive knowledge of the Petraeus affair when talking to the press earlier today on board a flight to Australia. "You know, I don’t know the answer to that," Panetta said in response to a question about when the affair started and whether the CIA director would be prosecuted. "I guess, I’m reading the papers like you are to determine just what the committees finds out, what the ultimate investigation determines on that issue. We obviously are going to watch this closely to determine just exactly when that took place. But I think...
  • Exclusive: John McAfee Wanted for Murder (Anti Virus King into Bath Salts)

    11/12/2012 11:28:28 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 45 replies
    Gizmoto ^ | 11/12/2012 | Jeff Wise
    Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Faull was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from California. The two men had been at odds for some time. Last Wednesday, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor's...
  • Exclusive: Paula Broadwell’s Emails Revealed

    11/12/2012 3:42:46 PM PST · by maggief · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | November 12, 2012 | Michael Daly
    Broadwell’s notes to Jill Kelley were full of ‘cat fight stuff,’ a source tells Michael Daly—but there were no overt threats, and Petraeus was barely mentioned. So why did the FBI jump in? The messages were instead what the source terms “kind of cat fight stuff.” “More like, ‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base …You need to take it down a notch,’” according to the source, who was until recently at the highest levels of the intelligence community and prefers not to be identified by name. The base being MacDill Air Force Base in...