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  • Europe's workers stage austerity protests

    11/14/2012 6:07:29 AM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    Malta Independent ^ | November 14, 2012 | Malta Independent
    Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region. However, while austerity-hit countries such as Spain and Portugal saw a high turnout of striking workers, wealthier countries like Germany and Denmark experienced only piecemeal action. To combat a three-year financial crisis over too much debt, governments across Europe have had to cut spending, pensions and benefits and raise taxes. As well as hitting income and living standards, these measures have also led to a decline in economic output and rapidly...
  • Obama to open talks with $1.6 trillion plan to raise taxes

    11/14/2012 6:06:32 AM PST · by pabianice · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/14/12 | Ceneta, Goldfarb
    President Obama is taking a hard line with congressional Republicans heading into negotiations over the year-end fiscal cliff, making no opening concessions and calling for far more in new taxes than Republicans have so far been willing to consider. Obama plans to open talks using his most recent budget proposal, which sought to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy by $1.6 trillion over the next decade, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. That’s double the sum that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) offered Obama during secret debt negotiations in 2011. Obama has been pressing to let...
  • Sen. McCain pushes Watergate-style panel to investigate deaths of Americans in Benghazi

    11/14/2012 5:55:41 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    WaPo/AP ^ | 11/14/2012
    The Arizona Republican tells “CBS This Morning” he believes the unanswered questions surrounding events at Benghazi on Sept. 11 require such a select committee. McCain accused the Obama administration of making misleading statements. He also said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on national television and said incorrectly that the violence was the result of a demonstration against an anti-Muslim movie made in the United States. Asked if he’d stand in the way of any nomination of Rice as the next secretary of state, McCain replied, “She’s not qualified.”
  • OWS buying and canceling debt

    11/14/2012 5:55:12 AM PST · by ksen · 66 replies
    Rolling Jubilee ^ | Recently | n/a
    From the top of their website: ------------------------------------ A bailout of the people by the people Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. -------------------------------------
  • Christie Warns NJ Residents of Post-Storm Tax Hikes

    11/14/2012 5:49:50 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 39 replies
    NBC NY(local) ^ | 11-13-2012 | Angela Delli Santi
    Gov. Chris Christie is warning New Jerseyans living in storm-wrecked towns that they're likely to see higher local property taxes to help pay for rebuilding. Christie, .... said an exemption to the state's 2 percent tax cap law is emergencies like Sandy, which destroyed coastal towns, knocked out rail service and left 2.7 million households in the dark. While municipalities can expect federal reimbursement for most storm-related cleanup costs, residents will most likely foot the bill for rebuilding. ..... New Jersey residents already pay the highest property taxes in the country, averaging $7,758 per household. The property tax cap law...
  • DNA sequencing of MRSA used to stop outbreak

    11/14/2012 5:41:15 AM PST · by chessplayer · 4 replies
    An outbreak of the hospital superbug MRSA has been brought to an end by UK doctors cracking the bacterium's genetic code. It led to them finding one member of staff at Rosie Hospital, in Cambridge, who may have unwittingly carried and spread the infection. They say it is the first time rapid genetic testing has been used to track and then stop an outbreak.
  • Drones are coming, raising national security questions, expert says

    11/14/2012 5:34:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-14-12 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    The unmanned aerial vehicles have become a mainstay of the U.S. military. In combat zones, the pilotless craft perform everything from surveillance to missile strikes against U.S. enemies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now, just as our troops are coming home, so is their most advanced technology. And it's bringing with it a cargo of safety, privacy and civil liberty concerns. Benjamin Wittes, a Washington, D.C., national security analyst, has been asking that what-now question and expects to pose it to Minnesota leaders at the second annual Robotics Alley conference in Edina, Thursday, Nov. 15 -- a conference designed to...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Convention Comes to Chicago

    11/14/2012 5:33:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Muslim Brotherhood Convention Comes to ChicagoPosted By Ryan Mauro On November 14, 2012 @ 12:41 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments For the second time in two months, stars of the Islamist movement in America will come together in the Chicago area, parading as the moderate Muslims we need to guide us. This time, itÂ’s the 11th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America on December 21-25.Both the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) are in a 1991 internal Muslim...
  • Misreading Election 2012

    11/14/2012 5:28:31 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/2012 | Andrew Kohut
    Despite their weak candidate, Republicans increased their share of the presidential vote among many major demographic groups. Compared with 2008, they made significant gains among men (four percentage points), whites (four points), younger voters (six points), white Catholics (seven points) and Jews (nine points). Mr. Romney also carried the independent vote 50% to 45%. Four years ago, independents voted for Mr. Obama 52% to 44%. Republicans can take some solace from these gains. In addition, only 43% of voters this year said they wanted an activist government (compared with 52% in 2008), and 49% continued to disapprove of Mr. Obama's...
  • 'Politico' Peddles Smear Of Dick Morris

    11/14/2012 5:27:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Politico is peddling a misleading liberal-media attack on Dick Morris. Item from Politico's "Morning Score" today [emphasis added]: "DICK MORRIS, who has not been taken seriously by serious people for a very long time, confessed on Fox News yesterday that he deliberately misled viewers: 'I think that there was a period of time when the Romney campaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory and I felt that it was my duty at that point to go out and say what I said.' There's just one problem. As Professor William Jacobson has...
  • FBI reopening probe into Broadwell’s access to classified documents

    11/14/2012 5:19:28 AM PST · by maggief · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    At first the FBI probed the e-mails of Paula Broadwell and CIA Director David Petraeus from a suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment. They then dropped the probe after determining that the biographer of Petraeus had a personal relationship with him, even though they discovered that Broadwell had classified documents on her computer. After the entire probe went public and forced Petraeus to resign, FBI agents suddenly conducted a seizure of materials from Broadwell’s home — which the Washington Post reports comes from a belated curiosity into her possession of those classified documents: The FBI is making a new push to...
  • Gaza, Judea and Samaria: Prison or Paradise?

    11/14/2012 5:12:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Steve Feldman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Gaza, Judea and Samaria: Prison or Paradise?Posted By Steve Feldman On November 14, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments “Comfortable.”“Peaceful sleep.”“Laid-back luxury.”“The pool is so inviting.”These are hardly the terms one would typically use to describe prisons, concentration camps or places of oppression. And yet this is how some Palestinian-Arab-controlled locales are described – though not by Israelis, and certainly not by anti-Israel propagandists.Rather, these are excerpts of reviews from people who have been to Gaza — and back — posted on the Web site “Trip Advisor,” which relies...
  • WH Refers Scandal Questions to Other Agencies 10 Times in 10 Minutes

    11/14/2012 5:01:12 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked at Tuesday's White House briefing about the scandals involving Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned Friday as CIA director, and Gen. John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney referred reporters to other federal offices ten times in ten minutes. He told reporters to ask the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Pentagon, the Department of Defense, and “investigative bodies” for answers.
  • War hero Army officer arrested for 'abducting young girls into his car and trying to lure ...

    11/14/2012 4:57:17 AM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 3 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Michael Zennie
    A U.S. Army officer who received the Bronze Star for valor in combat is also a predator who has roamed the towns near his Colorado military base for two years trying to lure young girls into his van, police revealed. First Lieutenant Aaron G Lucas is also believed to have abducted one nine-year-old girl this past summer and and dropped her off a short time later, according to police. He is charged with kidnapping and sexual assault, among other crimes.
  • WH: Obama 'Does Not Believe That Reducing Deficits and Debt Are Values Unto Themselves'

    11/14/2012 4:51:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Plugging a "truly balanced approach to our fiscal challenges," White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday said President Obama does not view the issue of deficits and debt in a vacuum: "He does not believe that reducing deficits and debt are values unto themselves. He believes that they are part of an approach that is driven by his number-one priority, which is economic growth and job creation." Also on Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced a $120-billion deficit for October, the first month of fiscal 2013. That puts the nation on track to its fifth straight trillion-dollar-plus deficit.
  • Gov. Rick Scott wants to talk health care exchanges [Betrayal, Delay Tactic, or Realism?]

    11/14/2012 4:45:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | November 14, 2012
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law. Scott said in an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it's time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama. "The election is over and President Obama won," Scott said. "I'm responsible for the families of Florida. … If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes."
  • Immigrants and the GOP-Debunking some talk radio myths

    11/14/2012 4:43:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    wsj ^ | 11-14-12 | WSJ
    The GOP's Presidential election defeat is opening up a debate in the party, with more than a few voices saying they are willing to rethink their views on immigration. This is good news, which means it's also a good moment to address some of the frequent claims from the anti-immigration right that simply aren't true, especially about Hispanics. One myth is that Latino voters simply aren't worth pursuing because they're automatic Democrats. Yet Ronald Reagan was so eager to welcome Latinos to the GOP that he described them as "Republicans who don't know it yet." Recall that between 1996 and...
  • ALG Urges Governor Snyder Not To Implement Obamacare Exchange (Michigan)

    11/14/2012 4:22:38 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 17 replies
    BroadcastEverywhere,com ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Press Release
    Nov. 13, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged Governor Rick Snyder not to implement a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare. In his letter, Wilson wrote that the governor “hold[s] the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in your hands,” noting that if the exchange is not implemented by Snyder, employers in the state will be protected from the law’s employer mandate. “Without the cost burdens imposed by the state exchange, your employers will enjoy a significant competitive advantage over their competitors in states which have exchanges,” Wilson wrote. The...
  • Look Who's Refusing To Compromise To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff

    11/14/2012 4:13:59 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/2012 | IBD Staff
    Budget Talks: If President Obama wants to get a deficit deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, his biggest challenge won't be Republicans, but his own hard-core left-wing supporters. Two days after the election, Obama's favorite economist, Paul Krugman, set the tone for the intransigent left in a column titled: "Let's not make a deal." Boiled down, his advice to Obama was this: Don't give in to any Republican demands, even if doing so would "inflict damage on a still-shaky economy." After all, Obama would be better positioned to "weather any blowback from economic troubles." Krugman's advice may be disturbingly...
  • Slander me Elmo? Man accusing voice of Elmo...has recanted

    11/14/2012 4:08:33 AM PST · by gridlock · 55 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/13/12 | Twitchy
    Via Twitchy Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) The man who accused Kevin Clash (Elmo) of underage sexual conduct has RECANTED. His lawyer now says it was "adult consensual relationship." Kevin Clash statement: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further." Now: will every media outlet that wrote long stories about Elmo yesterday write equally long stories today?