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  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/12/2012 10:28:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 242 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday. According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. The...
  • Scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

    11/12/2012 10:22:04 PM PST · by JouleZ · 112 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    Here we go again. Obama is taking down the leadership of Americas military.(my words) According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011.
  • Witnesses differ with U.S. over when Libya consulate attack began

    11/12/2012 10:09:12 PM PST · by Arthurio · 17 replies
    By Nancy A. Youssef — McClatchy Newspapers BENGHAZI, LIBYA — Witnesses in Benghazi, Libya, provide a chronology for the attack Sept. 11 on the U.S. consulate here that differs in significant ways from timelines released by U.S. officials in Washington, raising more questions about how the assault unfolded and the speed with which Americans at a nearby CIA annex responded to calls for help from the consulate. The versions of the attack told here indicate that the last visitor who met with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died in the assault on the consulate, departed at least 45 minutes earlier than...
  • India stepping up to the challenge of post-2014 Afghanistan

    11/12/2012 9:49:00 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Rueters ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sanjeev Miglani
    Both India and Pakistan are in Afghanistan, not out of any sense of altruism, but their own strategic interests, and it just so happens that India’s are more in line with what the Afghans and the Americans are seeking than Pakistan’s. India’s biggest fear is that Afghanistan will again become a base for Pakistan-supported militants to launch attacks in India or against Indian interests elsewhere including its embassy in Kabul which has been targeted twice, the only one to be done so until the U.S. embassy attacks of 2011. A Taliban return to power could place Afghanistan back in Pakistan’s...
  • Catholics Steady On Gay Marriage [Catholics:WHITE 59% R to 40% O, LATINO 21% R To 75% O]

    11/12/2012 9:48:27 PM PST · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2012 | Rachel Zoll
    Catholics Steady On Gay Marriage Bishops also plan to maintain strategy on birth control By Rachel Zoll November 12, 2012 BALTIMORE — A subdued U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledged Monday that voters rejected the stands the group took against gay marriage and birth control, but it gave no sign it would change its strategy ahead. Same-sex marriage supporters made a four-state sweep of ballot measures last week, despite intensive advocacy by Roman Catholic bishops in favor of traditional marriage. Bishops also spoke out sharply against President Obama’s mandate that most employers provide health insurance that covers artificial contraception. Critics...
  • CBS journalist: Pro-lifers are just 'trying to build up the' white race

    11/12/2012 9:40:44 PM PST · by UnapologeticConservative · 56 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON. D.C., November 12, 2012, ( - A commentator on MSNBC has said white people want to end abortion, because “they’re trying to build up the” white race. On Saturday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry reviewed the declining portion of the electorate made up by white people and asked her panel about “ the demise of the white man.” “It’s been weird to watch white people report on this,” said CBS contributor Nancy Giles. “When you just showed that graph of the decline of the numbers, I thought maybe that’s why they’re trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They’re...
  • In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes

    11/12/2012 9:34:38 PM PST · by huac · 79 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 12, 2012 | Miriam Hill, Andrew Seidman, and John Duchneskie
    "...In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch..."
  • NBCUniversal Cuts About 500 Employees [Less Than One Week After Election!]

    11/12/2012 9:06:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 12, 2012 | Meg James
    NBCUniversal Cuts About 500 Employees NBC Studios in Burbank. Parent company NBCUniversal is cutting about 500 jobs By Meg James November 12, 2012 In a round of year-end belt tightening, NBCUniversal is cutting about 500 employees, or about 1.5% of its total workforce. The cuts are distributed throughout the media company, which boasts nearly 30,000 employees, according to a person close to the situation who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive topic. Some of the layoffs have already occurred. Two months ago, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" eliminated about two dozen of its crew in an effort...
  • Teachers Flock to Northwestern University for 'Marxist Conference'

    11/12/2012 9:03:23 PM PST · by chessplayer · 50 replies
    This Saturday, the Midwest Marxist Conference was held at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The event was teeming with teachers who spoke about the new found bond between the radical socialists and their Teachers Union. The all-day event, which collected money to support Chicago Socialists and featured a communist bookstore, provided students on-campus along with the radical left community to plan the next phase in their activism. After the opening plenary, breakout sessions addressed more specific topics like the history of the Democratic party, education, and case studies in Russia. In these sessions, speakers continued to celebrate the use...
  • Judge [Andrew] Napolitano 'What Were FBI Agents Doing Monitoring Petraeus' Private Emails'

    11/12/2012 8:57:05 PM PST · by Selene · 51 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/12/2012 | foxnews
    Discussion of why there is an investigation on this level.
  • Source: President Obama's NYC visit will include a Staten Island stop

    11/12/2012 8:38:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 | Ken Paulsen
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The itinerary for President Obama's trip to New York City Thursday includes a visit to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Staten Island, the Advance has learned. A government official confirmed that President Obama will make a stop on Staten Island, home to more than half of the city's Hurricane Sandy-related deaths. Obama's itinerary is not official, and is subject to change. The official said Obama's Staten Island plans will include a stop at Miller Field in New Dorp. No other details were available, and it's not known if he will also visit storm-ravaged neighborhoods in the borough.
  • Woman blames husband for Obama’s reelection, runs him over with Jeep

    11/12/2012 8:29:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 66 replies
    FOX8 WGHP ^ | 11-12-2012 | Joe Borlik
    November 12, 2012 Woman blames husband for Obama’s reelection, runs him over with Jeep Joe Borlik GILBERT, Ariz. — A Mesa woman critically injured her husband by running over him with an SUV during an argument over the presidential election, police said. Holly Solomon, 27, opposed President Barack Obama’s re-election and was upset that her husband didn’t vote, authorities said....
  • Veterans Twice as Likely to Cheat on Their Spouses as Non-Veterans

    11/12/2012 8:15:33 PM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 | Eleanor Barkhorn
    Men and women who have served in the military have considerably higher rates of marital infidelity and divorce than the population at large, according to a 2011 study. "Veteran Status, Marital Infidelity, and Divorce," a paper presented at last year's American Sociological Association Meeting, found that: 32 percent of veterans who were ever married reported that they'd had extra-marital sex, compared with 16.8 percent of ever-married non-veterans; 38.5 percent of ever-married veterans had gotten divorced, compared with 28.9 percent of ever-married non-veterans; For both veterans and non-veterans, sexual infidelity is likely to lead to divorce. People who reported that they'd...
  • Rupert Murdoch gleeful at BBC debacle in Britain

    11/12/2012 8:13:43 PM PST · by granada · 13 replies
    APoo ^ | Nov 12, 2:02 | ROBERT BARR
    Few seem to be enjoying the management meltdown at the venerable BBC more than Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp. chief whose rival British newspapers have been caught up in their own lengthy, embarrassing and expensive phone-hacking scandal. But the troubles for both media organizations highlight that the news industry in Britain is at rock-bottom in public esteem, and could face increased restrictions from the government of Prime Minister David Cameron, which appears convinced it has been unable to police itself. The British Broadcasting Corp. has moved into full-bore damage control since it retracted mistaken allegations by its marquee news program...
  • The Petraus Brief: with apologies to Grisham

    11/12/2012 8:12:55 PM PST · by disraeligears · 18 replies
    An amabassador, his aide, and two navy seals have been killed (Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed.) The CIA Director gives apparently misleading testimony, albeit not under oath, to Congress regarding these mens' deaths, in addition to having possibly given contradictory information to a woman with whom he has had an affair. (Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead.) A potential rival of the mistress gives information...
  • Obama Nativity Figurine Popular in Italian Shops... (Unbelievable)

    11/12/2012 8:02:35 PM PST · by TaraP · 47 replies
    CNS News ^ | Nov 12th, 2012
    ( – Figurines of President Barack Obama are being put in nativity scenes in shops in Naples, Italy for the Christmas season. Craftsman Marco Ferrigno told Reuters on Nov. 7 that Obama’s reelection sparked the production. "Every time a major event occurs we create a new figurine and today after Obama's victory, we have made a new figurine of Obama and will put him in our ideal nativity scene,” Ferrigno said. Reuters reported that the shop keepers said bargain hunters could get a “big discount” on figurines of GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Italian fans of Obama said his likeness in...
  • Hostess closing Seattle bakery; 110 workers affected

    11/12/2012 8:00:31 PM PST · by chessplayer · 97 replies
    Hostess Brands Inc. is permanently closing three bakeries following a nationwide strike by its bakers union. The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread said Monday that the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products, and it is closing bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati. The facilities employ 627 workers. Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike Nov. 9 to protest cuts to wages and benefits under a new contract offer, which the union rejected in September. Union officials say the company stopped contributing to workers'...
  • Alert: Immigration sellout underway?

    11/12/2012 7:57:21 PM PST · by Arthurio · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Alert! The entire GOP elite seems to be trying to sell out en masse on immigration. Not only Boehner, but Cantor. And Hannity (who works for pro-amnesty world citizen Rupert Murdoch). Even Krauthammer. … Maybe these people are convinced the larger GOP project can be saved simply by caving on just this one issue. That seems cracked. The bulk of the Hispanic electorate appears to instinctively vote Democratic, and not just because of immigration. (“[T]his is just a fairly liberal voting block.”) Maybe they can be wooed over to the Republican side over the course of decades. But by then...
  • The Hard Fiscal Facts

    11/12/2012 7:53:22 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies | WSJ
    While the rest of America was holding an election last week, the gnomes at the Congressional Budget Office released the final budget totals for fiscal 2012. They're worth reporting because they illuminate the real fiscal choices that confront the country, as opposed to the posturing you'll be hearing over the next few weeks.
  • Cheap Thrillz, homecoming queen and voted the 'most likely to be remembered' [Broadbent]

    11/12/2012 7:45:46 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12 November 2012 | By LAURA COLLINS IN NORTH DAKOTA and THOMAS DURANTE
    Before she went 'All In' with David Petraeus, biographer Paula Broadwell was driven to succeed at a North Dakota high school, where she was named student council president and valedictorian. Broadwell, 40, was revealed late last week to be the woman who engaged in an extramarital affair with the disgraced former general, forcing him to resign from his position as CIA director. But in 1991, she was known back then as Paula Kranz, who attended Century High School in Bismarck, where she was voted homecoming queen and 'most likely to be remembered' in the school's yearbook. A former coach at...