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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".
  • Speaker adds Paul Ryan to fiscal cliff team

    11/14/2012 2:04:39 PM PST · by Arthurio · 14 replies
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and two other senior Republicans for key roles as he prepares for negotiations on the fiscal cliff with the White House and Democratic leaders. The Speaker is adding Ryan and Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to his daily management meetings “in preparation for the fiscal cliff talks,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. Those meetings already include the top four members of the House Republican leadership team. Ryan, the recently defeated GOP vice presidential nominee, is continuing as chairman of the House Budget Committee while Upton leads...
  • Border Wars Premieres Wednesday; Will Feature Laredo

    11/14/2012 2:02:30 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGNS ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    Bordertown Laredo will not be back for a second season. But Laredo will be featured on the majority of the national geographic hit, Border Wars, which will premiere Wednesday night. Border Wars is back and the city of Laredo is set to be featured on seven of the ten episodes this season. You can expect some changes from what was seen on Bordertown Laredo. "The difference between Bordertown and Border Wars is one, Bordertown consistently concentrated on Laredo PD, Border Wars actually expands a little bit and bring in U.S. Border Patrol, Customs, other law enforcement agencies, and Laredo PD...
  • General John Allen Scandel with Jill Kelley

    11/14/2012 1:56:05 PM PST · by robowombat · 35 replies
    LaLate ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    This is the biography of Grayson Wolfe husband of Natalie Khawam the twin sister of Jill Kelley Khawam who was receiving a virtual data dump from Gen Allen. Is there some connection here to some sort of clandestine intelligence gathering operation on the part of the the interestingly named Akkadian Private Ventures ? Allen routinely received large quantities of highly sensitive intelligence relating to the entire Id East-SW Asia area. Who or why he was sending such huge amounts of data to is the real mystery of this convuluted drama. Grayson is a founding partner of Akkadian Private Ventues, LLC...
  • Obama To GOP On Susan Rice: "If They Want To Go After Somebody, They Should Go After Me"

    11/14/2012 1:54:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/14/12 | staff
    "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. If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I'm happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and besmirch her reputation is outrageous," President Obama said at a press conference...
  • Lessons for an Army During War

    11/14/2012 1:30:50 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Jewish Policy Center ^ | November 14, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    Defense News Once again, the U.S. Army is trying to learn lessons from the last war and apply them to future situations. Recent exercises at Fort Polk, La., emphasized short deployments with limited objectives: defend a consulate (!), secure the flow of energy resources and similar situations.  "My premise is that the world is going to get more complex, it's going to get more difficult," Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters. "We're going to need leaders who can be very adaptive."The United States has had adaptive leaders since the Christmas rout of the Hessians at Trenton, but the real...
  • [San Antonio Mayor Julian] Castro to pen autobiography

    11/14/2012 1:07:30 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    San Antonio-Express News ^ | November 14, 2012 | Josh Baugh
    By the midterm elections in 2014, Julián Castro's memoir will be on bookshelves nationwide. New York-based Little, Brown and Co. will announce today that it has acquired the rights to publish Castro's yet-to-be-written book in English and Spanish as well as an audio version. The memoir will be published in 2014, the publishing house says. Since delivering the keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, Castro has become a national figure, and widely discussed as a future president. “We think Julián has a very universal story, filled with drama, struggle and achievement and it will appeal...
  • Obama: I want Federal Government to be 'aggressive and strong and fast and robust'

    11/14/2012 12:51:20 PM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 61 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/14/2012 | Charlie Spiering
    "It's been aggressive and strong and fast and robust and a lot of people have been helped because of it," Obama added. "That's a pretty good metaphor for how I want federal government to operate generally, and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure it does."
  • The Worst Is Yet To Come For California

    11/14/2012 12:50:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/14/2012 | Thomas Del Beccaro,
    Elections have consequences. There is little doubt that the reelection of President Obama will have far ranging consequences for the country. The last two decades of legislative elections in California have had enormous consequences for California and the U.S. more broadly. After 18 years of spending, taxing and regulating, the most resource-rich state in the Country is facing underemployment in excess of 20%, huge perennial deficits and failing schools. Sadly, the worst is yet to come. California has unprecedented problems. Estimates suggest that the pensions for the state and local governments are underfunded in excess of $650 billion – over...
  • Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari killed by Israeli strike

    11/14/2012 6:45:43 AM PST · by dan_s · 49 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/14/2012 | Haaretz
    Hamas confirms Ahmed Jabari killed when a missile hit two cars near the Gaza port; Palestinians report another person was killed.
  • 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.
  • Obama: No evidence ‘from what I’ve seen’ that Petraeus scandal hurt national security

    11/14/2012 11:07:21 AM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    AP ^ | November 14, 2012
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