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  • Israel hits Hamas buildings, shoots down Tel Aviv-bound rocket

    11/17/2012 2:45:58 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 34 replies
    Yahoo!news ^ | 11-17-12 | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza, and the "Iron Dome" defense system shot down a Tel Aviv-bound rocket on Saturday as Israel geared up for a possible ground invasion. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, said Israeli missiles wrecked the office building of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh - where he had met on Friday with the Egyptian prime minister - and struck a police headquarters. Along the Tel Aviv beachfront, volleyball games came to an abrupt halt and people crouched as sirens sounded. Two interceptor rockets streaked into the sky. A...
  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Alito takes on critics [Election/First Amendment/Citizens United Case]

    11/17/2012 2:37:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11/17/12 | Mark Sherman
    Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is defending the court's 2010 decision in the Citizens United case that helped fuel hundreds of millions of dollars of spending by independent groups in the just-concluded campaign season. Alito told roughly 1,500 people at a Federalist Society dinner this week that the First Amendment protects political speech, whether from an individual or a corporation. His comments to the overwhelmingly conservative and Republican crowd were part of his broader analysis of arguments put forth by the Obama administration in recent years that Alito said would curtail individual freedoms in favor of stronger federal power. He...
  • Report: Israel negotiating imminent cease-fire

    11/17/2012 2:29:39 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | November 17,2012 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    Truce backed by Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, US, according to Channel 2 report; Egypt's Morsi says "some indications" of truce in Gaza, warns against ground invasion; Russo: Israel will continue until rockets destroyed. Israel is currently negotiating a cease-fire with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to take effect later in the night, sources told Channel 2 on Saturday night. Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi gave credence to the report, saying there are "some indications" of a cease-fire in Gaza, but that there were not yet any guarantees. "There are some indications that there is a possibility of a ceasefire soon, but we...
  • MARK LEVIN: TEA PARTY ONLY THING THAT STANDS 'BETWEEN LIBERTY AND TYRANNY'

    11/17/2012 2:12:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 179 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | By Tony Lee
    Conservative scholar, talk radio host, and former Reagan administration official Mark Levin said conservatives need to first overthrow the Republican establishment to more successfully take on President Barack Obama and the institutional left. “We cannot get through Obama and the left until we get through the Republican Establishment,” Levin said, railing against establishment consultants who attack the base and politicians who know nothing of “Burkean reform” because they have spent their whole careers “clawing their way to the top.” In a talk at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday with his mentor, former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, for whom Levin...
  • U.N. attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Congo

    11/17/2012 1:51:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/17/12 | Jonny Hogg | Reuters
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - United Nations attack helicopters hit rebel positions in eastern Congo on Saturday after insurgents gained ground in heavy fighting with government troops, the U.N. said. The clashes to the south of the town Kibumba mean the rebels have advanced to within 30 km (18 miles) of Goma, the closest they have been to North Kivu's provincial capital since a rebellion exploded in the eastern provinces eight months ago. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said the army retreated to the southern outskirts of the town after M23 rebels - a group of soldiers who mutinied in April -...
  • 11-17-12 interview Phill Kline- The Conscience of Kansas radio program

    11/17/2012 1:44:41 PM PST · by 1pitech · 3 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 11-16-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    This is an interview with Phill Kline on 11-16-12 after his ethics hearing with the Kansas Supreme Court dealing with investigations of Dr. George Tiller and Planned Parenthood.
  • Exploding Daisy-Cutter Hot

    11/17/2012 1:31:03 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/17/2012 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Women love a man in a uniform. Men love a woman out of a uniform. Old verities stand affirmed by the intelligence that ousted the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General David Petraeus commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But what man is really in command when face-to-face with a determined Paula Broadwell? The author of the appropriately titled "All In" conquered Petraeus in a way that neither the Taliban nor al Qaeda could. Terrorists aren't the only ones who target generals. Broadwell gives new meaning to "hagiographer." The overused term, which 99 percent of the time tells us more...
  • The Ludicrous Right Wing ‘Benghazi-Gate’ Fake Scandal Gets Even More Ludicrous (Barf-o-licious)

    11/17/2012 1:17:37 PM PST · by Qbert · 70 replies
    Little Green Footballs ^ | Nov 17, 2012 | Charles Johnson (Moonbat)
    Yes, the right wing is still trying to turn the Benghazi attack into a cut-rate Watergate scandal, despite David Petraeus’s testimony backing up everything the administration said. Jennifer Rubin, the right wing hack masquerading as a Washington Post blogger, leads the charge with yet another determinedly stupid article: BREAKING: The President Knew the Truth About Benghazi - Right Turn.For some reason, the right wing echo chamber is obsessively fixated on whether the President “knew it was a terrorist attack,” and they’re going to keep hammering away at this empty nothing-burger until it’s flatter than Mitt Romney’s approval ratings. Solomon cautions...
  • Hamas Headquarters Leveled, 'Gaza Power Grid Targeted'

    11/17/2012 1:13:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 78 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF's pounding of Hamas' infrastructure in Gaza entered its fourth day Saturday, and is deemed as highly successful until this point. The Hamas government headquarters, which housed Gaza "prime minister" Ismail Haniyeh's offices, were leveled to the ground. In addition, "security compounds, tunnels and electricity transformers" were hit, according to Al Jazeera. "Missiles also knocked out five electricity transformers, plunging more than 400,000 people into darkness, according to the Gaza electricity distribution company," the news network reported. The government has approved the call-up of 75,000 reservists and massed troops, tanks and armored vehicles along the border with Gaza, signaling...
  • Barbara Bush On Obama's Reelection: 'People Spoke. Move On, Get On With It'

    11/17/2012 12:52:43 PM PST · by Abiotic · 95 replies
    WND ^ | 11-15-2012 | Melanie Warner
    Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush said on Thursday that she's ready to move beyond this year's campaign season, in comments that came at an Austin conference the week after President Barack Obama's re-election. "I'm tired now of the elections," Bush, who had endorsed Republican Mitt Romney, said at a forum on America's first ladies. "People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly." Bush, sporting a double strand of her signature pearls, joined former first lady Laura Bush on a panel for the Enduring Legacies of America's First Ladies...
  • Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicates

    11/17/2012 12:51:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 11/16/12 | Chuck Goudie
    Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicatesChuck Goudie Friday, November 16, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The I-Team has learned that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work, apparently last month, for a short time. This is the first revelation that Jackson has been well enough to conduct any public business since first being treated for bipolar disorder more than six months ago. A congressman actually doing some work shouldn't be news, but in the case of Jesse Jackson Jr., who has supposedly been too ill to fulfill the duties of his elective office...
  • Petraeus Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism - Blackmailed To Lie?

    11/17/2012 6:34:03 AM PST · by raptor22 · 45 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 17, 2012 | Staff
    Scandal: David Petraeus' admission that he knew almost immediately that Benghazi was a terrorist attack raises anew our question: Was he coerced into telling lawmakers Sept. 14 that it was caused by a video? The tangled web that is Benghazi-gate got more tangled Friday when, according to Rep. Peter King, David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that "al-Qaida involvement" was suspected — but that the line was taken out in the final version circulated to and by administration officials. "No one knows yet exactly who came up with...
  • Mike Ditka has minor stroke

    11/17/2012 12:20:22 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 8 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | ESPN.com news services
    ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka is in the hospital after suffering a minor stroke on Friday.
  • Bam: I won, deal with it ("The majority of voters agreed with me.”)

    11/17/2012 12:16:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/17/2012 | GEOFF EARLE
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Obama set the table for new talks on the fiscal cliff with a brash reminder to Republicans: He won the election.</p> <p>And that means the GOP must compromise on boosting taxes on the rich, Obama said.</p> <p>“If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. [Mitt] Romney, it was, when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach,” Obama said at a White House press conference.</p>
  • Our Kids Are Doomed. Give Them a Twinkie (Stop worrying about the future, there is none)

    11/17/2012 12:03:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/17/2012 | Frank j. Fleming
    Recently, nature punished us for our fossil fuel burning with hurricane Sandy; ask any science enthusiast, like Meghan McCain. Some people deny global warming exists, but that is foolish. It’s been proven. It is settled science. Globes have been warmed in science labs. And now we’re getting hit with massive hurricanes because… warming. It’s science — you don’t have to understand it, you just have to fear it. If we continue to pump carbon into the air, we will be hit by frequent hurricanes, flooding of the coasts, and men in white lab coats yelling at us and calling us...
  • Murder Rates Have Climbed So High In São Paulo That Residents Fear Being Out After Dark

    11/17/2012 12:00:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | The Economist
    BETWEEN 1999 and 2011 São Paulo's murder rate fell by almost three-quarters, turning what had been one of Brazil's most dangerous states into one of its safest. Now the violence is rising again. In the past two months more than 300 people have died in the state capital in an undeclared war between police and the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), a drugs gang, twice the tally for the same period last year. More than 90 police officers have been slain since January; the total for 2011 was 56. This year looks certain to close with the state murder rate...
  • Hey GOP, take the Palin cure

    11/17/2012 11:59:23 AM PST · by Bratch · 147 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 18, 2012 | Charlotte Allen
    The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn't emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign's attempt to turn out voters via technology. But I've got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016. You think I'm joking? Think again.
  • In 6 Weeks, A New Dividend Tax Will Smack Rich People Upside The Head

    11/17/2012 11:54:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | Henry Blodget
    Unless Congress intervenes, taxes are set to rise significantly on January 1st, when we hit the "fiscal cliff." Most of the focus of this tax increase has been on income taxes. Income taxes for incomes over ~$388,351, for example, are set to revert back to the Clinton-era 39.6% from the current 35%. That's a relatively modest increase, and a 39.6% tax for the top bracket is still historically low. Capital gains taxes are also set to rise, from 15% to 20%. That's a bigger percentage increase, but the resulting capital-gains rate will still be historically low. Screams about how these...
  • Wall Street Journal: Hillary’s on the hot seat, not Susan Rice

    11/17/2012 11:50:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, both Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice have a lot of questions to answer, but the Wall Street Journal is correct — the buck on the failures that led to Benghazi stop at Clinton's desk, if not Barack Obama's. Rice has to be held accountable for fronting a false narrative and explaining who told her to do so, but that's less important than getting answers as to why and how the US could have left the Benghazi consulate and diplomatic personnel in Libya at such risk, especially after a string of attacks and overwhelming intelligence pointed to the dangers in...
  • Tribal America (Our sudden political obsession with Hispanics)

    11/17/2012 11:39:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/2012 | Mark Steyn
    To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of election-night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. On Fox News, Democrat Kirsten Powers argued that Republicans needed to deal with the reality that America is becoming what she called a “brown country.” Her fellow Democrat Bob Beckel observed on several occasions that if the share of the “white vote” was held down below 73% Romney would lose. In the end, it was 72% and he did. Beckel’s assertion — that if you knew the ethnic...