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  • Al Sharpton supports local Mayor recount but against Allen West

    11/14/2012 3:13:22 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11-14-2012 | The Right Scoop
    Hypocrite and Democrat hack Al Sharpton cites the fact that Murphy’s lead over West is “way outside the margin to justify a recount” and therefore he is against a recount in a race that is “unworthy of a recount”. But West is only .08 percentage points away from having a mandatory recount. That’s not even 1 percentage point and isn’t “way outside the margin”. But in a local mayoral race where the votes are within .05 points thus forcing a mandatory recount, Sharpton makes clear he supports that recount. Oh I should note that after the early votes were recounted,...
  • Campaign donations from university employees went overwhelmingly to Obama

    11/14/2012 3:05:25 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 10 replies
    Four of the top ten organizations whose staff donated to President Obama’s reelection campaign were universities, data released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) reveals. The University of California (UC) represented the single largest employee group to donate to President Obama’s campaign in 2012, funneling $1,092,906 to assist the President in his bid to gain reelection. That number includes the university’s PACs, individual members or employees, and employee’s immediate families.
  • Rahm Cracks Down on Chicago Vending Machines

    11/14/2012 2:59:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    nbcchicago.com ^ | 11/14/12 | Lisa Balde
    Time for Chicago's vending machines to chip up or chip out. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he's cracking down on the caloric content of vending machines in city buildings and plans to replace them all with healthy vending by next year. A proposed ordinance, to be introduced this week, will lay out plans for the new machines and detail guidelines on fat, sugar and calorie content starting in January 2013.
  • House Votes to Seat McCloskey (Allen West can win based on Democrat precedent)

    11/14/2012 2:59:07 PM PST · by Arthurio · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 2, 1985
    House Votes to Seat McCloskey : Republicans Stalk Out, Boycott Swearing In May 02, 1985|ROBERT L. JACKSON and ZACK NAUTH | Times Staff Writers WASHINGTON — Republican congressmen angrily walked out of the House chamber Wednesday after the Democratic-controlled House voted largely along party lines to award Indiana's 8th Congressional District seat to Democratic incumbent Frank McCloskey over his Republican rival, Richard D. McIntyre. The House action, by a vote of 236 to 190, climaxed four months of bitter wrangling between Democrats and Republicans that had brought legislative business to a halt for the last week. All 236 votes for...
  • Ethiopia on track to complete first mega-dams by 2015 - minister

    11/14/2012 2:51:26 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    Rueters ^ | November 12, 2012 | Aaron Maasho
    Ethiopia's energy minister played down concerns on Monday about how it would finance the first of an array of mega-dams due to revolutionise east African power markets, saying it was on track to have three plants on line by 2015. The Horn of Africa country has laid out plans to invest more than $12 billion in harnassing the rivers that run through its rugged highlands to generate more than 40,000 MW of hydropower by 2035, making it Africa's leading power exporter. Energy chief Alemayehu Tegenu said the plan's centerpiece - the $4.1 billion-Grand Renaissance Dam along the Nile River in...
  • Woman sentenced to carry the 'idiot' sign is just the tip of an idiot culture.

    11/14/2012 2:49:48 PM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | November 14, 2012 | Phillip Morris
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — I tried to ignore Shena Hardin. I really did. This region and nation are confronted with far more pressing issues than her brand of recklessness. But as I watched her coolly light up a cigarette on camera Tuesday, before casually (hoisting a hand written sign) that properly declared her an "idiot" for failing to stop for a Cleveland school bus, I could only marvel at Hardin's remarkable disinterest and aloofness before the condemning eyes of the public. It was like she was flipping us all her proverbial finger. Her demeanor clearly suggested that criminal selfishness is no...
  • Romney Blames Loss on Obama’s ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters

    11/14/2012 2:45:23 PM PST · by tobyhill · 61 replies
    ny times ^ | 11/14/2012 | ASHLEY PARKER
    A week after losing the presidential election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies — including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics. In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives. “In each case they were very generous in what they gave to...
  • Ways and Means issues subpoena for Obamacare P.R. documents

    11/14/2012 2:43:14 PM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    politico ^ | 11/14/12 | JENNIFER HABERKORN
    The subpoena demands that Sebelius turn over documents about how taxpayer dollars are being used to promote the law through public relations, advertising and message testing. The committee is asking for all documents covering the period from January 2008 to today.
  • Dan Walters: California begins huge experiment in greenhouse gas regulation

    11/14/2012 2:43:04 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 14, 2012 | by Dan Walters
    It probably wasn't happenstance that California's historic – good or bad, it's historic – experiment in greenhouse gas regulation was delayed until after an election in which voters would be deciding on new taxes. California's utility costs are already among the highest in the nation. The Public Utilities Commission staff and the utilities themselves have warned that the transition will sharply increase bills. Californians also pay more than most other Americans for gasoline and diesel fuel, thanks to our unique refining requirements, and the Air Resources Board is pushing refiners to go even further toward "clean fuels," which will be...
  • (CT)State-issued debit cards used at ATMs at bars, casinos, strip clubs

    11/14/2012 2:42:38 PM PST · by matt04 · 17 replies
    Debit cards are given to less fortunate families in Connecticut by state officials to help them purchase food, but Eyewitness News learned that some people were using the cards at strip clubs, casinos and tobacco shops. Sarah Tresselt of Meriden is enrolled in a program called EBT cards that allow cash withdrawals at any ATM. She said her state benefits are her lifeline. "I'm a single mom. I don't receive child support. It's just me and my son. You know, I work full-time," Tresselt said. "I don't make that much so the money that I get for food. I usually...
  • Why Romney Didn't Get Enough Votes to Win

    11/14/2012 2:41:57 PM PST · by fso301 · 45 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Nov 13, 2012 | Steven Pruzansky
    It is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America, knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won. the most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering...
  • Subpoena issued to HHS Secretary Sebelius

    11/14/2012 2:39:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 11/14/12 | Greta Van Susteren
    Below is a p/r release about a Ways and Means Committee investigation. It is routine that Cabinet Secretaries testify before Congress — but it is sort of interesting that she was subpoenaed (per the release) and is not voluntarily appearing. I don’t know if the Committee first asked her to appear voluntarily and she said no so that they then served her with a subpoena — or whether they subpoenaed her without first asking for a voluntary appearance. (I recieved the press release from FNC News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz)
  • Obama says tax hike will have to come first in "fiscal cliff" deal

    11/14/2012 2:37:15 PM PST · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/14/2012 | Andy Sullivan
    President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Republicans would have to agree to raise taxes on the wealthy as the first step in a budget deal that would prevent a dysfunctional Washington from pushing the economy into recession. In his first news conference since winning re-election last week, Obama said he would be open to considering Republican priorities like entitlement reform and a tax-code overhaul as part of a broad-based deal to get the nation's finances on a sustainable course. But Obama said Republicans in Congress would first have to agree to his top priority in the complex negotiations aimed...
  • Atheists Ask Obama to Ditch 'So Help Me God,' Bible in Presidential Oath....(Shameful)

    11/14/2012 2:33:15 PM PST · by TaraP · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Nov 14th, 2012
    President Barack Obama will be taking the oath of office for the second time on Jan. 21, 2013. And atheists want him to do so without mentioning "God" and without a Bible. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Obama a letter following his re-election, asking him to reject the way "this country politicizes religion." "When you stand to reaffirm your oath, do so using the language of the Founders. Eliminate the religious verbiage. While you're at it, why not place your hand on the Constitution instead of a bible?" FFRF attorney Andrew L. Seidel wrote in the letter. The words...
  • Rep. Allen West: I stand with Israel as she defends herself from radical Islamic terrorism

    11/14/2012 2:31:57 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | November 14th, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    Rep. Allen West released this statement today, vowing his support for Israel as she defends herself from radical Islamic terrorism and also calls out Egypt’s government for supporting Hamas: “I fully support the Israeli military strike that killed the Hamas military wing chief, Ahmed Jabari. Hamas is a known Islamic terrorist organization and clearly states in its charter the aim to destroy the modern day State of Israel. Mr. Jabari has been responsible for countless rocket and missile attacks originating from Gaza Strip into Southern Israel. I have personally seen the destruction this causes, and visited the City of Sderot...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, November-14-2012

    11/14/2012 2:31:36 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 37 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Reid Opposes Creation of Benghazi Panel

    11/14/2012 2:26:21 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2012 | by Patrick O'Connor
    WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday opposed a request by Republican senators for a new Senate select committee to investigate the Sept. 11 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. "No," said Mr. Reid (D., Nev.), when asked if he favored creation of such a committee.
  • US military official: Some Benghazi consulate attackers had links to al-Qaida in North Africa

    11/14/2012 2:19:57 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2012
    PARIS — Some of the culprits in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had links to al-Qaida’s North Africa arm, a top U.S. military official said Wednesday. Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, said some of the attackers had ties to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which was built on the remains of a former Algerian militant group.
  • Chicago reporter congratulates Obama on reelection in presser

    11/14/2012 2:18:21 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    A reporter for the Chicago Tribune congratulated President Obama on winning reelection during a press conference Wednesday at the White House. Obama called on Christi Parsons, the White House reporter for the Chicago Tribune. "Thank you, Mr. President," Parsons said. "And congratulations, by the way." Obama then noted Parsons was there "when I was running for state Senate." "That's right, I was," Parsons replied, adding that she had "never seen you lose. I wasn't there that one time."
  • Woman dies in Ireland after abortion 'refused'

    11/14/2012 2:07:53 PM PST · by soycd · 27 replies
    4 News ^ | 11/14/2012 | 4 News
    Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died on 28 October after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, 34, says she had complained of being in agonising pain while in Galway University Hospital. But doctors said they could not terminate the pregnancy while there was still a foetal heartbeat and that Ireland is a "Catholic country".