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  • Graham to Obama: I hold you responsible for Benghazi

    11/14/2012 12:37:46 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The war of words over Benghazi escalated Wednesday when President Obama told his critics to "go after me" rather than Ambassador Susan Rice. Those critics then said they would do exactly that. "Mr. President, don't think for one minute I don't hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi. I think you failed as Commander in Chief before, during, and after the attack," said Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican. The exchange came after Mr. Graham and Sen. John McCain said they would try to block Ms. Rice if Mr. Obama tapped her to become secretary of state. They said she hasn't done...
  • Police calls to Jill Kelley's mansion include sister's pornograhy, abuse and stalking claims

    11/14/2012 12:35:08 PM PST · by RummyChick · 63 replies
    tampa Bay times ^ | 11/14 | Montgomery
    TAMPA – Natalie Khawam called Tampa police regularly in the past three years to report domestic abuse, internet pornography and stalking while she was staying with her sister, Jill Kelley, at Kelley's Bayshore Boulevard mansion. The details of the complaints were revealed in a number of documents released by Tampa police on Wednesday. In June 2010, Khawam told police that she was "made to watch pornography by Grayson Wolfe," her Washington, D.C.-based husband from whom she was seeking divorce. "She believes that what she saw was the girls that were very young and some of the girls did not have...
  • Obama: 'I Hope and Intend to Be an Even Better President in the Second Term' (video)

    11/14/2012 12:28:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    At today's press conference, President Barack Obama made a second term pledge: "I hope and intend to be an even better president in the second term than I was in the first," said the president.
  • Petraeus Scandal: Paula Broadwell in Classified Document Probe

    11/14/2012 12:20:06 PM PST · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Paula Broadwell, the author who allegedly had an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus, is suspected of storing significant amounts of military documents, including classified material, at her home, potentially in violation of federal law. A source familiar with case told ABC News that Broadwell admitted to the FBI she took the documents from secure government buildings. The government demanded that they all be given back, and when federal agents descended on her North Carolina home on Monday night it was a pre-arranged meeting.
  • Obama wants 'conversation' on climate change

    11/14/2012 12:18:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he wants to begin a national "conversation" on climate change. At a news conference Wednesday, Obama said his administration has taken steps to combat global warming, such as sharply increasing fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.
  • Teamsters find irregularities, take over Blaine's Local 120

    11/14/2012 12:17:00 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    mpls star tribune ^ | 11-14-12 | MIKE HUGHLETT
    Teamsters Local 120 -- a large and prominent Minnesota local -- was taken over Tuesday by its parent union after an investigation found evidence of financial irregularities by top leaders. The union and its president, James P. Hoffa, put Local 120 into emergency trusteeship after a "determination that there has been a violation of fiduciary responsibility," said Bret Caldwell, a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The top two executives of Blaine-based Local 120, Brad Slawson Sr. and Brad Slawson Jr., have been put on a leave of absence, and the local's executive leadership board has been dissolved, Caldwell...
  • Ground Broken For Housing Project Intended For Members Of LGBT Community

    11/14/2012 12:12:37 PM PST · by massmike · 45 replies
    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com ^ | 11/14/2012 | By Paul Kurtz, Anne-Marie Green
    Ground has been broken in the heart of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood for a housing project that will serve the needs of the LGBT community. It’s described as the first urban project of its kind — six floors of low income housing for elderly lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. It’s being built with a mixture of local, state and federal funds. And that was reflected by the number of politicians on hand for Friday’s ceremony. Mayor Michael Nutter was joined by his predecessors, John Street and Ed Rendell. “Once completed, this project will provide 56 units of affordable housing to people 62...
  • Market Deteriorating As Obama Speaks — Dow Off Over 110 Now ( -136 Now)

    11/14/2012 12:10:48 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-14-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Market Deteriorating As Obama Speaks — Dow Off Over 110 Now Joe WeisenthalNovember 14, 2012As Obama speaks, market tumbles.Now, minus 136
  • Petraeus Socialite Jill Kelley Banned From Military Base

    11/14/2012 12:07:52 PM PST · by RummyChick · 38 replies
    radar online ^ | 11/14 | radar online
    Jill Kelley is no longer welcome at MacDill AFB. The socialite who launched the David Petraeus sex scandal that's now also enveloped General John Allen, has been banned from the Tampa military base where she met both the four star military men, the Tampa Tribune is reporting. "She did have base access but does not currently because of her involvement in an ongoing investigation," a military official told the Tribune. PHOTOS: Jill Kelley Arrives At Her Tampa Bay Home The slam from her former best buddies in uniform comes on top of revelations of the Kelley family's dismal financial picture....
  • Infographic of the day: Obama lost independent voters in all swing states minus NC

    11/14/2012 12:07:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    This will boggle your mind. Barack Obama lost independent voters to Mitt Romney in every swing state except North Carolina and still won reelection. President Barack Obama won a second term by taking the majority of swing states. But a closer look at exit polling data shows Obama lost the independent vote in most of those states over the last four years. Independents, who do not align with one political party or another, make up a fast-growing and coveted voting bloc.
  • Obama: I Made Susan Rice Talk to the American People About Benghazi

    11/14/2012 12:06:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama revealed at his press conference this afternoon that he is responsible for sending U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to speak to the American people a few days after the September 11 Benghazi terror attack. "As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her," Obama said at the press conference, defending the statements the ambassador to the U.N. made regarding the Benghazi attack. Rice has been widely criticized for giving misleading statements about Benghazi. She maintained that...
  • Senators call for special committee to probe Libya, as Petraeus agrees to testify

    11/14/2012 11:59:35 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Foxnews ^ | November 14, 2012
    On the heels of David Petraeus agreeing to testify on the Libya terror attack, Republican senators on Wednesday stepped up their call to empanel a "select committee" to investigate the tragedy -- as they raised concern that the administration's internal review would fall short.  "Let me be clear: there is no credibility among most of us concerning the administration and the numerous controversies and contradictions that have been involved in their handling of this issue," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said, at a lengthy news conference on Capitol Hill.  McCain was joined by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., in...
  • From suburb to basket case: How California city traveled the road to ruin

    11/14/2012 11:55:17 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- When this sun-drenched exurb east of Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy protection in August, the city attorney suggested fraudulent accounting was the root of the problem. The mayor blamed a dysfunctional city council and greedy police and fire unions. The unions blamed the mayor. Even now, there is little agreement on how the city got into this crisis or how it can extricate itself. "It's total political chaos," said John Husing, a former San Bernardino resident and regional economist. "There is no solution. They'll never fix anything."
  • The U.S. Air Force's Flight to Weakness (The Chinese are now besting our 4th generation fighters)

    11/14/2012 11:54:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/06/2012 | JACK DAVID AND MICHAEL DUNN
    Serious talk of America's defense budget was largely absent from the final weeks of the presidential campaign, once President Barack Obama likened Gov. Mitt Romney's concerns to an anachronistic focus on "horses and bayonets." But when Mr. Romney lamented that (among other things) the U.S. Air Force has the fewest airplanes it has ever had, he was correct. At its founding in 1947, it had more than 12,300 planes. Today: approximately 5,200. As the Air Force has been retiring large numbers of older aircraft in recent years, its budgets—drafted by the Pentagon and ultimately enacted by Congress—have prevented it from...
  • Obama says re-election gives him "middle-class mandate"

    11/14/2012 11:50:58 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 14, 2012
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday said his re-election gives him a mandate to help the American middle class, but he does not presume his opponents agree with all of his ideas.
  • Obama calls for rich to pay more, keep middle-class cuts

    11/14/2012 11:47:08 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 14, 2012
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday pushed for his proposal to have the wealthy pay more in taxes as a way to tame the federal deficit, taking a hard line in his opening bid before he begins fiscal talks with U.S. lawmakers later in the week. "We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy," Obama said in his first press conference since winning re-election on November 6.
  • Ann Arbor-to-Detroit commuter rail: SEMCOG says demonstration trains could start next year

    11/14/2012 11:46:34 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 21 replies
    annarbor ^ | 11-14-2012 | Ryan Stanton
    Six newly refurbished, bi-level commuter rail cars made their first test run from Pontiac to Jackson and back Tuesday night, passing through Ann Arbor. Officials involved in the Ann Arbor-to-Detroit commuter rail initiative are hoping to hear back sometime next week whether the cars passed the test, which is required to be cleared for service. And if that happens, the public could be invited to ride demonstration trains starting next year. "Things seemed to go well," said Carmine Palombo, director of transportation programs for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Tuesday's train, led by an Amtrak locomotive, made stops in...
  • Now Obama Lavishes Praise on Romney

    11/14/2012 11:43:33 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    With the election over, President Barack Obama lavished praise on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at today's press briefing: "There are certain aspects of Governor Romney's record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," said Obama. "Well, and to give you one example, I do think he did a terrific job running the Olympics."
  • Tango with the Tax Man: Multinationals Find Loopholes Galore in Europe

    11/14/2012 11:34:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/14/2012 | Sven Böll, Markus Dettmer, Frank Dohmen, Christoph Pauly and Christian Reiermann
    Large multinationals, many of them based in the United States, are masters at avoiding taxes on profits made abroad. Apple, for example, paid just $100 million in taxes in 2010 on overseas profits of $13 billion. But Germany would like to put a stop to the practice, and is finding some influential support. … The operations corporations launch to optimize their tax bill go by various names, including "Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich," but the principle is always the same. In a confusing network of parent companies and subsidiaries, foreign branches and holding companies, sales, earnings and costs are shifted...
  • Wall Street briefly cuts losses on Obama briefing

    11/14/2012 11:30:07 AM PST · by Jean S · 87 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/14/12
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks briefly trimmed losses on Wednesday as President Barack Obama pushed for his proposal to have the wealthy pay more in taxes as a way to tame the federal deficit. Taking a hard line in his opening bid before he begins fiscal talks with U.S. lawmakers later in the week, the president also said he was encouraged that some Republicans have agreed to raising new revenues.