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  • Paula Broadwell smacks photographer in forehead with car door

    11/19/2012 1:53:45 PM PST · by maggief · 98 replies
    NYDN ^ | November 19, 2012 | ennifer H. Cunningham AND Bill Hutchinson
    David Petraeus’ ex-mistress, Paula Broadwell, left a female news photographer with a bloodied forehead Monday in a confrontation outside the biographer’s North Carolina home. The 40-year-old West Point grad smacked the photographer with the driver’s side door of her Nissan Pathfinder SUV. “I had my camera and in all the chaos the door slammed and I got hit in the head with the flash,” said Nell Redmond, a freelancer for the Associated press. Redmond suffered a small cut on her forehead in the incident, witnessed by a Daily News reporter. The encounter occurred just before 2 p.m. as Broadwell, wearing...
  • Massachusetts to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants

    11/19/2012 1:35:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Illegal immigrants in Massachusetts will become eligible for in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges, based on an interpretation of a new federal law by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. In June, Democratic President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary relief from deportation to some illegal immigrants who immigrated as children and do not represent a public safety threat. The policy allowed the government to grant “deferred action” status to these immigrants, which means they would not be deported for two years and they would be granted work visas. The government has started accepting...
  • Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Invade Amid Gaza Airstrikes

    11/19/2012 1:22:38 PM PST · by lbryce · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 19, 2012 | By FARES AKRAM, JODI RUDOREN and ALAN COWELL
    GAZA CITY — The top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military conducted a new wave of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Palestinian enclave, including a second hit on a 15-story building that houses media outlets. A volley of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel included one that hit a vacant school. Speaking at a news conference in Cairo, where the diplomatic efforts were under way, the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, suggested that the Israeli infantry...
  • Can Mitt Romney Save Hostess?

    11/19/2012 1:19:44 PM PST · by drewh · 57 replies
    Long Island Poltics ^ | Fri, Nov 16, 2012
    Could Mitt Romney save Hostess? Like him or not, if you have ever shopped at a Staples and/or Sports Authority, you have Mitt Romney and his Bain Capital buddies to thank. And now that Mr. Romney is not running — well anything, maybe he can shift his energy towards an endeavor greater than saving the nation from the “looming fiscal cliff” … and rescue my favorite cakes from extinction. Sure President Obama may have saved the auto-industry, but bring back Ho Ho’s, Sno-Balls and Wonder Bread and Virginia, Minnesota & Michigan become easy wins in the next presidential election. Wanna...
  • Chicago Teachers Strategize on How to Indoctrinate Kids with Marxism

    11/19/2012 1:13:12 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 19, 2012 | Da Tagliare
    Visit Godfather Politics: In September, the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike, shutting down the Windy City’s schools for 10 days. Many of those same teachers were in attendance on Nov. 10 at the Midwest Marxism Conference held at Northwestern University in Chicago. The topics of the conference were: Marxism, Crisis & Resistance The Meaning of Marxism The Flint Sit-down Strikes & The Founding of the UAW From Apartheid Schools to the New Jim Crow: Racism, USA The Democrats: A Critical History Russia: A Case Study in Workers Power & Revolution Socialists & Trade Unions Class, Race & the Civil...
  • The CIA Probably Had The Authority To Hold Prisoners At The Secret Benghazi Annex

    11/19/2012 1:08:20 PM PST · by maggief · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 19, 2012 | Michael Kelley |
    In October Paula Broadwell told an audience that the CIA in Benghazi "had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner" at its secret annex. The CIA flatly denied the claim, saying that the agency "has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless." Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute points out that the denial is factually incorrect because while Obama ordered the closure of all CIA detention facilities (i.e. “Black Sites”), the order states that it "does not...

    11/19/2012 1:04:01 PM PST · by JesseWatters · 38 replies ^ | Nov 19 | Staff
    A spirited exchange between an Associated Press reporter and spokesperson Victoria Nuland marked the U.S. State Department's daily briefing Monday on the continued violence between Israel and Hamas.
  • An Open Letter to the GOP Leadership (Dear Speaker Boehner and Other Assorted Clueless Bozos...)

    11/19/2012 1:03:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/18/2012 | Stephen Green
    Dear Speaker Boehner and Other Assorted Clueless Bozos on Capitol Hill,You've already been pwned, and it's too late to un-pwn yourself even if such a thing were possible. Which it isn't. Now it's time to try something new. Let's call it: Give them what they want.I'll repeat: Give President Obama and the Democrats the tax hikes they demand, and which most polls show the American public accepts.You'll let us avoid the fiscal cliff --- a phrase I'm going to do my best to avoid using from now on. A better phrase, if less elegant, might be, "the totally artificial...
  • Why do we keep paying for rebuilding in disaster-prone areas?

    11/19/2012 12:58:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2012 | Rick Moran
    I'm all for people pitching in to rebuild after a hurricane. But should the taxpayer be subsidizing the rebuilding, especially when an area has proven to be disaster-prone? New York Times: ******** DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. - Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the federal government. The western end of this Gulf Coast island has proved to be one of the most hazardous places in the country for waterfront property. Since 1979, nearly a dozen...
  • How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?

    11/19/2012 12:55:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Campaign Spot reader Michael writes in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop off from McCain’s 2008 total to Romney’s 2012. Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response to the apparent news that Romney received 3 million fewer votes than McCain did. As more and more states have counted their absentees and reported 100 percent of precincts, the numbers are less shocking. Michael points to Dave Leip’s Atlas of US Presidential elections and calculates the drop off is now only 479,000.* Most intriguingly, many of those missing McCain voters may have voted...
  • Let’s go over the fiscal cliff (Give the Democrats what they want)

    11/19/2012 12:46:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/17/2012 | Marc Thiessen
    Here’s an idea for how to start the New Year in a bipartisan fashion: Let’s go over the fiscal cliff! Today, the only ones in Washington who advocate fiscal cliff-diving are liberal Democrats. It’s time for conservatives to join them. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will strengthen the GOP’s hand in tax negotiations next year, and it may be the only way Republicans can force President Obama and Senate Democrats to agree to fundamental tax reform. Right now, Democrats believe they have the upper hand in the fiscal standoff. Patty Murray (Wash.) — the fourth-ranking Senate Democrat and the...
  • Islamic Jihad Official: All Our Weapons are From Iran

    11/19/2012 12:43:07 PM PST · by drewh · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/19/2012, Kislev 5, 5773
    Islamic Jihad deputy chief Ziyad Nahala said on Sunday in an interview with Egyptian television that all of the organization's weapons came from Iran. “I want to note that all our weapons are from Iran. The rockets fired into Israel until now have a range of 70 to 80 kilometers," he said, according to a report on Channel 10 News.
  • Welcome to Washington, for some it's the ‘state of denial’(WA)

    11/19/2012 12:37:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 November, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Passing through the sometimes crowded aisles of the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, there was no question that a lot of people were there doing some serious shopping in the wake of the Nov. 6 election. There was also no doubt that some people in that pavilion had voted for Obama, and were in a rather interesting quandry: how to engage in a conversation about the election while not necessarily being confrontational or combative. A couple seemed smug without daring to engage in a full debate. All of the "suspects" invariably spoke without looking us...
  • Statistical Rainiest Day Of The Year Lives Up To Billing [Seattle - Right Now!]

    11/19/2012 12:36:48 PM PST · by zeestephen · 26 replies ^ | 19 November 2012 | Scott Sistek
    Through 10 a.m., Seattle had already set its daily rainfall record with 1.48" of rain, breaking the old record of 1.23" set in 1962, and the rain was still coming down. [Now 12:30 PM and still pouring!]
  • LFT: Teachers are under attack (Louisiana Teacher's Union squealing like stuck pigs)

    11/19/2012 11:54:40 AM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    The (Baton Rouge) Advocate ^ | November 19, 2012 | Will Sentell
    Public school teachers are “under attack” through so-called education reforms pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and others, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers said Monday. Steve Monaghan, who heads the group, said a series of events going back to the election of a Jindal-friendly state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last year and the passage of an overhaul of public schools earlier this year shows that the LFT and public education have been targeted. “We are definitely under attack,” he said. Monaghan made his comments during the second day of the group’s 48th annual convention. The gathering...
  • West Fights On Amid Vote-Recount Mayhem

    11/19/2012 11:42:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | November 19, 2012 | John Fund
    The characters in the latest example of South Florida’s dysfunctional election system — recall the Bush v. Gore debacle in 2000 — are worthy of a Carl Hiaasen potboiler. Congressman Allen West, an outspoken tea-party favorite whose district was pushed into largely new territory by redistricting, is claiming that massive voter irregularities are robbing him of his seat. Democrat Patrick Murphy, who leads West by some 2,000 votes, is trying to stop a full recount of controversial early ballots cast in St. Lucie County. His current victory margin is just large enough to avoid triggering an automatic recall of all...
  • Spain: Residency for foreigners who buy houses

    11/19/2012 11:36:50 AM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 11-19
    MADRID (AP) — Looking for a new place to call home? Spain is hoping to give you a little bit more than a welcome basket of baked goods if you decide to move there. In an attempt to reduce the country's bloated stock of unsold homes, the government is set to offer permanent residency to any foreigner provided they buy a house or apartment worth more than €160,000 ($200,000). The plan, unveiled by Trade Ministry secretary Jaime Garcia-Legaz Monday and expected to be approved in the coming weeks, would be aimed principally at Chinese and Russian buyers. Spain has more...
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Bush-Era Commerce Secretary, Rips The Republican Party

    11/19/2012 11:35:51 AM PST · by zeestephen · 19 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 13 November 2012 | Jerry Kammer
    During his appearance on the Univision program "Al Punto," Gutierrez claimed that the Republican Party's extremism was the reason for Mitt Romney's resounding defeat last week.
  • All Eyez on Him [GQ Interview with Marco Rubio...and the man is GOOD]

    11/19/2012 11:24:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 165 replies
    GQ [link only!] | December 2012 issue | Michael Hainey
  • Coleman concedes Lt. Gov. race to Forest

    11/19/2012 10:58:45 AM PST · by South40 · 6 replies ^ | November 19, 2012
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, called Republican Dan Forest Monday morning to concede the race. Coleman trailed by 11,000 votes after election night, but her campaign claimed that perhaps thousands of ballots hadn't been counted that should have been. As mail-in ballots and provisional ballots have trickled in since Election Day, Republican candidate Dan Forest's lead has dwindled.