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  • API Calls on President to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

    11/15/2012 1:24:17 PM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 15, 2012 | Robin Dupre
    Now that the election is over, the oil and gas industry is holding the president accountable for promises made during his campaign. American Petroleum Institute called on President Obama to move forward with the stagnant project and grant approval in a conference call with reporters Thursday. "In our exit polls last week … it showed that 73 percent of Americans support more American production of oil and natural gas," stated API's Executive Vice President Marty Durbin. "Ninety-one percent believe that that production will lead to more American jobs – and 75 percent support building the Keystone XL pipeline. We encourage...
  • US Court Strikes Down Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

    11/15/2012 1:10:12 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 76 replies
    WLNS.com ^ | Nov 15, 2012 | AP
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  • President Obama takes a helicopter tour of New York to view Sandy´s devastation

    11/15/2012 1:05:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/12 | Meghan Keneally
    President Obama praised the resilient New York attitude and the efforts of rescue workers during his talk after touring areas of Queens and Staten Island that were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.‘I´m very proud of you, New York. You guys are tough you bounce back,’ he said while visiting New Dorp Beach in Staten Island. After a brief helicopter tour of Queens- passing over particularly devastated areas like Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point- they arrived in Staten Island where they examined the damage by foot.
  • Bernanke: Minority homebuyers face discrimination

    11/15/2012 1:03:30 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 61 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 15, 2012 | Annalyn Kurtz
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The housing crisis hurt low-income communities and minorities more severely than other groups, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday. "Lower-income and minority communities are often disproportionately affected by problems in the national economy, and the effects of the housing bust have followed that unfortunate pattern," Bernanke said in prepared remarks presented at the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta. Bernanke pointed to homeownership rates for African Americans, which fell 5 percentage points over the last eight years, compared to a 2 percentage-point drop for other groups. While there has always been a gap...
  • Photo of journalist carrying dead son in Gaza spurs online grief

    11/15/2012 12:59:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 15, 2012 | By AL ARABIYA STAFF
    The death of a journalist’s 11-month-old son in Gaza on Wednesday has prompted a flood of poignant messages online -- and a media backlash -- when pictures of Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic video editor, showed him carrying the body of his dead son. Mishrawi’s son, Omar, was killed after Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip fell on his Gaza home, according to the BBC. Omar is among 16 people killed in Gaza since Wednesday afternoon, including four children, according to Al Arabiya correspondents. Fighting began when Israel’s targeted killing of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari on Wednesday. Since then,...
  • This medical device tax to help pay for Obamacare is just not going to end well

    11/15/2012 12:56:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Conventional wisdom: If you want less of something, put a tax on it. Obamanomics wisdom: Put a tax on... medical devices?! I.e., add another barrier to the industry whose slightest innovations can directly result in streamlined costs, improved efficiency, better health-care options, and saved lives? What the what?Embedded within the shadowy depths of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes, I like to use its official name just to re-appreciate the irony of "patient protection" and "affordable") is a 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of taxable medical devices by the manufacturer/importer --- and it's no small thing....
  • Obama’s Nightmare

    11/15/2012 12:55:07 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Thomas L. Friedman
    The scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: the Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions. Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief. For Ike, it was Lebanon’s civil war and Israel’s Sinai invasion. For Lyndon Johnson, it was the 1967 Six-Day War. For Nixon, it was the 1973 war. For Carter, it was the Iranian Revolution. For Ronald Reagan, it was Lebanon. For George H.W. Bush, it was Iraq. For Bill Clinton,...
  • Fear, mourning, celebration in Gaza City

    11/15/2012 12:54:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Gaza City (CNN) -- A mix of explosions filled Gaza City's air late Thursday, but not all were blasts of war. A celebration erupted as a mosque loudspeaker chant proclaimed: "God is great. We have hit Tel Aviv." Rockets fired straight upward were not targeted at an enemy, but were aimed at raising spirits with claims that militant missiles launched from Gaza reached Israel's government center 45 miles (71 kilometers) away. One Gaza-launched rocket landing just south of Tel Aviv Thursday, in an open area near Rishon LeZion, the Israel Defense Forces said. Knowing that air sirens had sounded inside...
  • Apple Stock Hit By Panic Selling: 'Someone Yelled Fire'

    11/15/2012 12:51:18 PM PST · by zeestephen · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 15 November 2012 | John Melloy
    Apple plunged to a six-month low Thursday as funds rushed to take profits on the stock before it’s too late.
  • Obama Begins Push for New National Retirement System (Occupy Your Savings)

    11/15/2012 12:47:45 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 116 replies
    A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans, NSC is warning.
  • Israel: Tel Aviv Targeted by Rockets

    11/15/2012 12:41:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Stratfor ^ | November 15, 2012
    Two projectiles, which Stratfor believes to be Fajr-5 rockets due to their range, landed near Tel Aviv -- one just south of the municipal line and one in the water just outside of the southern suburb of Bat Yam. No injuries have been reported. A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces denied that a rocket had landed in Tel Aviv, although this statement conflicts with eyewitness reports and may reflect the fact that projectiles have landed in areas just south of the actual Tel Aviv municipal boundary. This strike is the furthest Hamas has ever struck into Israeli territory and...
  • Sandy victim to Obama: Where have you been?

    11/15/2012 12:40:17 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 15, 2012
    Obama, touring parts of New York City slammed by Hurricane Sandy, was chided by a girl for ignoring the disaster. As the president waded through a supply center, a girl who was waiting for goods told a reporter, "We need help--he should of been here a long time ago,"
  • City Of Austin Files Counter-Petition To Secede From Texas

    11/15/2012 12:32:14 PM PST · by zeestephen · 56 replies
    MSN.now ^ | 15 November 2012
    The petition has received more than 5,000 votes out of 25,000 needed for a White House response.
  • Israeli troops move to Gaza after rockets jolt Tel Aviv area

    11/15/2012 12:27:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 15, 2012
    Palestinian militants barraged Israel with more than 200 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. Late in the day, Israel signaled a ground operation may be imminent as forces moved toward the border area with Gaza. At least 12 trucks were seen transporting tanks and armored personnel carriers, and a number of buses carrying soldiers arrived. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he had authorized the army to call-up additional reservists for possible action. The army said it was prepared to draft up to 30,000 additional...
  • Oh, We Forgot to Tell You . . .

    11/15/2012 12:22:57 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | Victor David Hanson
    The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and so on) wins reelection, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years — mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency, and Hurricane Katrina. Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their reelection wins. They believe that they are invincible and that their public approval is permanent rather than fickle. The result is that Nemesis zeroes in on their fatal conceit and with a boom corrects their hubris. Or is the...
  • Freep This Poll

    11/15/2012 11:50:54 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 8 replies
    Should the U.S. defend Israel and stop the creation of a terrorist-led Palestinian state at the United Nations?
  • Census: U.S. Poverty Rate Spikes, Nearly 50 Million Americans Affected

    11/15/2012 11:27:26 AM PST · by george76 · 52 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 15, 2012
    Barack Obama is set to begin his second term, new statistics on America’s poverty rate indicate that nearly 50 million Americans, more than 16 percent of the population, are struggling to survive. New figures released by the Census Bureau this week found a spike in poverty numbers last year, going from 49 million in 2010 to 49.7 million last year. The numbers may come as a surprise to Congress, which estimated in September that the poverty rate would drop to 46.2 million.
  • Hillary Clinton to Testify Before Congress About Libya in December

    11/15/2012 11:26:03 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    The Blaze/Fox News ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before Congress in December about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) announced during her committee’s hearing on Benghazi that Clinton would testify in early- to mid-December about the State Department’s own Libya review findings. Clinton will speak before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees, Ros-Lehtinen said. The hearings will be open, Fox News reported.
  • "Anonymous" Hackers Target Israel After Gaza Airstrike

    11/15/2012 11:23:43 AM PST · by zeestephen · 16 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 15 November 2012 | Matt Egan
    Cyber hackers at "Anonymous" launched a cyber onslaught on Thursday aimed at the Israeli government and corporate websites in retaliation for Israel’s airstrikes in the Gaza Strip this week.
  • Generals and Geographic Bachelors

    11/15/2012 11:18:36 AM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 17 replies
    american thinker ^ | November 15, 2012 | G. Murphy Donovan
    General David Petraeus illuminates two grand military issues at just the right moment: officer corps character and flag officer performance. Petraeus could be the poster child for a clueless Gilbert and Sullivan character too -- "The very model of a modern major-general." Major-general was the highest rank to which an officer might aspire to in the last century. Grade inflation has created the contemporary glut of four stars, including Petraeus. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/generals_and_geographic_bachelors.html#ixzz2CJv3fjUF