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  • Holder defends keeping Petraeus inquiry from White House until after election

    11/16/2012 11:26:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2012. | By Sari Horwitz, Carol D. Leonnig and Greg Miller,
    Jonathan Bachman/Reuters - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012.Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday defended the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation that ledDavid H. Petraeus to resign as CIA director, saying that the department was right to keep the inquiry secret from the White House until after last week’s presidential election.Holder’s first public comments on the controversy came as the CIA opened an internal inquiry of Petraeus’s conduct during his 14-month tenure as director. The move means that there are three active investigations related to a scandal...
  • We will not surrender, we will not retreat and we will not "moderate" our stance!! FReepathon XL

    11/16/2012 11:19:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 447 replies
    Now that the GOP-e's anointed RINO has failed to attract sufficient numbers of conservative voters (the Republican base) to defeat the most blatantly corrupt liberal, er, communist useful idiot to ever occupy the White House, they've come up with an ingenious plan. We should "moderate" our stances against liberal causes like abortion, illegal aliens, the homosexual agenda, socialized healthcare, gun control, carbon tax, recreational drugs, resisting over taxing the "wealthy," etc. Our self-appointed Republican political "experts" now say we've lost the war against socialism and therefore must run up the white flag of surrender and become just like the godless...
  • Compassionate Conservatism Redux [Was "Compassionate Conservatism" of Bush 43 Correct?]

    11/16/2012 11:10:43 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    NOVEMBER 16 Compassionate Conservatism Redux Bush 43 was on to something important, and he got the votes to prove it. Jonah Goldberg I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the Right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed...
  • PERSUASION, NOT RETREAT [Future of the Tea Party and GOP]

    11/16/2012 11:08:58 AM PST · by Moseley · 13 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | November 15, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Will the GOP have to change its positions to appeal to certain groups of voters? This question is filling the Republican Party, all the political world, and the chattering classes after Mitt Romney’s defeat. Should the Republican Party abandon its strongly-held beliefs and its positions on political issues? There is only one path to success that lays before us: Persuasion, not retreat. On every dilemma facing us, the answer is persuading voters and interest groups of what we truly believe, that these policies are best for America and the alternatives will be harmful for America. We see an impossible problem....
  • Interior Proposal Would Limit Oil Shale Development On Federal Lands (You Don't Say?)

    11/16/2012 11:08:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 9, 2012 | Zack Coleman
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • Woman in Petraeus Scandal Visited White House

    11/16/2012 10:56:01 AM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 68 replies
    AP ^ | 11/16/12 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration official says a Tampa Bay socialite whose emails triggered the eventual downfall of CIA director David Petraeus visited the White House three times this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion mess.
  • Latino and Black Americans - For God's Sake, WAKE UP!

    11/16/2012 10:39:41 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 57 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | Nov 15, 2012 | Jeff Head
    LATINO & BLACK AMERICANS - FOR GOD'S SAKE, WAKE UP! The pivotal election of 2012 is over. The most liberal, progressive candidate in the history of American politics, with the worst record on the economy in his first term, Barack Hussein Obama, won re-election to a second term by 1.5-2.0% of the vote. The over-riding segments of the population that enabled his victory were the Black vote (who voted for him by over 90%) and the Latino vote (who voted for him by over 70%). And they did so, absolutely against their own best interest. Oh, in the short...
  • Romney doesn’t grasp minorities’ right to vote for Obama (LIBERALS CONTINUE TO OINK AND GLOAT)

    11/16/2012 10:37:52 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | November 15, 2012 | JUNIOR MARXIST NEIL STEINBERG nsteinberg@suntimes.com
    When the election was finally over, and Barack Obama had been re-elected despite the bad economy and other strikes against him, there was a single quiet moment where the question was raised: What would the Republicans learn from their defeat? How, chastened, would they return to the national stage, humbled but committed to fix our common problems? Ah, hahahahaha . . . “In the afterglow of Obama’s victory, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Ayatollah Khamenei, Vladimir Putin and Chris Matthews, as well as millions of pot-heads, sodomites, pro-aborts and all common moochers, are sharing a collective thrill,” wrote Joel Richardson, in his “A...
  • Union: 'Bain-style' killing of Twinkie (Romney's fault)

    11/16/2012 10:35:11 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 78 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    The Bain attack is back. This time it’s being used against Hostess Brands, the Twinkies and Wonder Bread maker that announced Friday it was closing. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka drew the comparison in a public statement Friday. “What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor,” Trumka said in a public statement. “Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price.” Earlier Friday, Hostess Brands announced that it would be closing, which the company said...
  • David Petraeus testimony fails to satisfy Republicans over Benghazi attack

    11/16/2012 10:35:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Friday 16 November 2012 11.35 EST | Ewen MacAskill in Washington
    Congressman Peter King talks to reporters after David Petraeus's testimony. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty ImagesSee link for image**************************************David Petraeus, the scandal-hit former CIA chief, faced a Congressional grilling on Friday over conflicting accounts of the attack in September on the US consulate in Benghazi.Petraeus, in his first public outing since resigning from the CIA a week ago over an affair with his biographer, was smuggled into Congress for an early-morning hearing to avoid a media scrum.Appearing before a closed-door hearing of the House intelligence committee, the affair surfaced only once when he was asked if it had had an impact on...
  • In Benghazi testimony, Petraeus says al Qaeda role known early

    11/16/2012 10:28:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Susan Cornwell and Tabassum Zakaria
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress on Friday that he and the spy agency had sought to make clear from the outset that September's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, involved an al Qaeda affiliate, lawmakers said. Petraeus told the House of Representatives intelligence committee that "there were extremists in the group" that launched the initial attack on the diplomatic mission, describing them as affiliates of al Qaeda and other extremist groups, said Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the committee's top Democrat. "The fact is that he clarified it." Some Republicans have suggested that Obama and...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 16,2012

    11/16/2012 10:23:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 82 replies
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  • Exclusive: U.S. gave A123 $1 million as it filed bankruptcy

    11/16/2012 10:22:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Ayesha Rascoe
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration provided struggling battery maker A123 Systems Inc with nearly $1 million on the day it filed for bankruptcy, the company told lawmakers investigating its government grant. The company, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after a rescue deal with Chinese auto parts supplier Wanxiang Group fell apart. That same day, October 16, A123 received a $946,830 payment as part of its $249 million clean energy grant from the Energy Department, the company said in a letter, obtained by Reuters, to Republican Senators John Thune and...
  • Explosion On West Cote Blanche Platform

    11/16/2012 10:22:12 AM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 5 replies
    KPEL 96.5 FM ^ | 11/16/12 | KPEL 96.5
    The U.S. Coast Guard says an explosion took place on a platfrom near West Cote Blanche around 9 a.m. today. Four people were put on medivac transport and taken out of the area, and are now hospitalized. Two people remain missing. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals. Lally says two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area. The Coast Guard has now confirmed that the fire is out on the platform. The production platform is owned by...
  • Petraeus testifies that CIA always suspected terrorists in Libya attack

    11/16/2012 10:13:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press
    Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers during private hearings Friday that he believed all along that the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya was a terrorist strike, even though that wasn't how the Obama administration initially described it publicly. Petraeus told lawmakers that the CIA's draft talking points named specific terrorist groups. But Petraeus said some federal agency changed it to "extremists."
  • Is the head of the New York Times a liar (Not a Joke)

    11/16/2012 10:09:09 AM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Spero News ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | William Donohue
    Is the head of the New York Times a liar/ Friday, November 16, 2012 By William Donohue Mark Thompson, the former BBC chief and current president of the New York Times Company, has said all along that he knew nothing about a spiked BBC exposé on BBC child rapist Jimmy Savile. Most astounding of all, on October 13, he said, “During my time as director general of the BBC, I never heard any allegations” about Jimmy Savile. As I wrote on October 26, “If this is true, it makes him a rare find for the Times: everyone else had at...
  • Fraud: CNN Uses Video Footage Of Faked Palestinian 'Injuries'

    11/16/2012 10:09:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/16/12 | staff
    Last night on CNN's 360 with Anderson Cooper, video footage was broadcast that purported to show injuries and victims of Israeli military operations in Gaza. The footage was exposed as fraudulent here on Breitbart News yesterday..
  • CBS: CIA talking points for Rice never mentioned terrorism

    11/16/2012 10:00:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:01 pm on November 15, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It seems interesting this CBS scoop comes shortly before both the current and former directors of the CIA will testify as to what they know about the terrorist attack on our consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi.  Why, it’s almost as if someone at the White House or State Department wanted to follow up on Barack Obama’s defense of Susan Rice during yesterday’s press conference and pre-empt any potential fallout from whatever Mike Morell and David Petraeus have to say today and tomorrow.Naah.  I’m sure this is just another in the series of amazing coincidences regarding timing of revelations over...
  • Twinkie Party: The Loss of 18,000 Hostess Jobs Is All a Big Joke to ABC News

    11/16/2012 9:56:40 AM PST · by chessplayer · 114 replies
    The cast of Good Morning America on Friday treated the bankruptcy of Hostess and the loss of 18,500 jobs as a hilarious joke. Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulos and others guffawed as they handed out Twinkies and ate them on set.
  • Dems, GOP spar over Petraeus testimony on Benghazi

    11/16/2012 9:53:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Stephanie Condon
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus gave closed door briefings to Congress today. After the hearing, Democrats and Republicans disputed whether Petraeus has been consistent in his testimony, and whether the CIA talking points on the attack were altered. "The original talking points prepared by the CIA were different than the final ones put out," Reb. King [said]. Originally, he said, they were "much more specific on al Qaeda involvement." Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., didn't agree with King's recollection of the Sept. 14 briefing. Ruppersberger told reporters after the hearing, "My recollection was ... [Petraeus said] it was the result of...