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  • House resolution calls on Obama to reject UN arms trade treaty

    11/20/2012 2:39:29 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 33 replies
    THE HILL ^ | November 20, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Several dozen members of the House have introduced a resolution that calls on President Obama not to sign the United Nations's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It also demands that if Obama does sign it, the government should not spend any time or money on implementation until the Senate approves it.
  • Ken Ivory speaks about inequitable treatment of Western States

    11/20/2012 2:34:13 PM PST · by marsh2 · 5 replies
    American Lands Council ^ | Oct. 15, 2012 | Ken Ivory
    In a (video) presentation to the Nevada Association of Counties, Representative Ken Ivory (American Lands Council) talks about the inequitable treatment of the States West of the Mississippi by federal failure to dispose of the public lands into private ownership as promised in State Enabling Acts. Ivory/ALC proposes legislation to return lands to the Western States for lease or disposal into private ownership. Sale could provide revenue to discharge the National Debt.
  • The U.N. Tilt to Terrorists

    11/20/2012 2:17:44 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2012 | Claudia Rosett
    Nowhere in the charter of the United Nations is there any mandate for the U.N. to stack the deck in favor of terrorists. Yet that is exactly the effect of the current U.N. furor over conflict between Israel and the terrorists who control Gaza. When terrorists in Hamas-run Gaza busied themselves in recent years launching well over 2,000 rocket and mortar attacks on Israel, including hundreds of attacks in recent months, the U.N. shrugged it off as business as usual. That’s not to say that the U.N. ignored the attacks entirely. As the bombardments went on, and on, a few...
  • Just ahead: avoidable recession (Any compromise that cuts spending and/or raises taxes won't work)

    11/20/2012 1:58:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/20/2012 | IRWIN KELLNER
    For one reason or another, this economy is going down. As everyone must know by now, a fiscal cliff looms ahead. Unless current law is changed, the U.S. economy will take a $600-billion hit starting next year. Taxes will go up by $500 billion, while spending will have to be slashed by $100 billion. These are big numbers for a healthy economy to absorb, much less one that’s in the shape this economy is in. It amounts to at least 4% of our gross domestic product — enough to push the fledgling recovery back into recession. In an attempt to...
  • Time for root canal therapy (For economy to survive, America must adopt short-term pain)

    11/20/2012 1:53:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 11/20/2012 | Martin Hutchinson
    The next four years are likely to be unpleasant. There are already several crises heading towards us, and in the fiscal, monetary, regulatory and general economic areas the Barack Obama administration's policy is likely to be counterproductive. In these circumstances, there's only one sound course of action for the Republican congressional majority: they must abandon all their natural politicians' preference for avoiding short-term pain and adopt a root-canal approach, welcoming short-term economic pain for the sake of preserving the US economy intact for better times ahead. For the past four years, Obama's trillion-dollar deficits and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's...
  • White House Announces $6 Billion to Promote Clean Energy –in Asia

    11/20/2012 1:45:49 PM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | november 20, 2012 | fred lucas
    The White House announced the federal government will spend $6 billion over four years for a “sustainable energy future” plan with Asian countries that involves loaning tax dollars to other countries to increase their purchasing power for U.S. technology, services and equipment. “Recognizing that energy and the environment are among the most pressing issues confronting our region, President Obama, in partnership with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, today proposed the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future,” the White House announced Tuesday as Obama visits Asian Pacific...
  • HAMAS GOONS Shoot Suspected “Spies” and Drag Body Through the Streets

    11/20/2012 1:36:50 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    TheGatewayPundit ^ | 11-20-12 | Jim Hoft
    Six Palestinian men have been executed after being accused of spying for Israel. After a brief trial, the six alleged informers were executed and dumped in a Gaza street, reports said. “Their bodies are still there now. Ambulances have been arriving to presumably take them away,” Sky News correspondent Stuart Ramsay said.
  • Roger Ailes: ‘My life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal.’

    11/20/2012 1:29:08 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 19 replies
    TV Newser ^ | Nov. 20, 012 | Chris Ariens
    When Roger Ailes was a kid he used to watch Roy Rogers movies. He used to love the part where “the cattle would all start heading toward the cliff in a stampede. And one poor son-of-a-bitch had to go out there and ride on a horse and ride into the middle of it and try to turn the whole herd.” That’s how the 72-year-old co-founder of Fox News sees himself today. “If someone’s got to go in there and turn the herd at least I’m willing to wade in and try it,” Ailes told TVNewser during a lengthy interview in...
  • Soldier, Civilian Killed in Hamas Attacks

    11/20/2012 1:23:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    An IDF soldier who was critically wounded in a rocket attack Tuesday evening in the Eshkol region has died. He has been identified as 18-year-old Yosef Fartuk of Emanuel. Fartuk was posthumously promoted from private to corporal. Israeli civilian Alayaan Salem al-Nabari was killed in a mortar shell attack in the Eshkol region at approximately the same time. Al-Nabari, an Israeli Bedouin, lived in the southern Negev desert. .....
  • ICC users rack up unpaid tolls

    11/20/2012 1:06:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | Katherine Shaver
    Nearly one in three motorists who use the Intercounty Connector without an E-ZPass transponder don’t pay the toll later, making Maryland’s newest and most expensive highway home to a toll violation rate four times higher than the state average. Individual motorists racked up as much as $1,418 each in unpaid tolls after driving on the ICC, or Route 200, as many as 430 times during the first six months of this year. A rental car company owed $4,263 in ICC toll debt, while a construction company accrued $2,241 for 65 unpaid trips during that time. The new 18.8-mile highway between...
  • Obama calls Morsi for third time in 24 hours

    11/20/2012 1:05:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/20/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- For the third time in the last 24 hours, President Barack Obama has spoken by phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in an effort to broker an end to the crisis in Israel and Gaza, the White House said. In the latest call, Morsi and Obama spoke for about 20 minutes as Obama returned aboard Air Force One from a trip to Asia, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters on board the plane just after it landed for a refueling stop in Japan.
  • Fired Canton officer Daniel Harless wins back his job [threatened CCW holder with death][OH]

    11/20/2012 1:00:56 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 42 replies
    The Canton Repository ^ | Nov 14, 2012 @ 03:15 PM | Ed Balint
    CANTON — Fired police officer Daniel Harless could get his job back if he gets medical clearance to return to work. An arbitrator hearing Harless’ appeal ruled in the former patrolman’s favor. The 15-page ruling was dated Saturday and released by the city Wednesday. Harless’ attorney indicated his client is unlikely to seek his old job, at least for now. He has been receiving workers’ compensation and has applied for a disability retirement pension. But Harless now has the right to be back on the job, according to arbitrator Harry Graham. PAST VIDEOS ON HARLESS: • VIDEO: Canton officer threatens...
  • A Letter from Israel

    11/20/2012 11:38:20 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 16 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | November 19, 2012 | Leonie, An Israeli Citizen
    Dear friends, First, thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern for our safety. We live between Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi in a small kind of “village” for want of a better word (“yishuv” in Hebrew). This means that we get the sirens when rockets are sent in the direction of Kiryat Malachi and also hear Ashkelon and Ashdod sirens and booms from a distance. Yesterday, there were seven sirens here and this morning two so far. In the cities, there are tens of sirens (and attacks or successful interceptions) per day and through the night. Families without fortified rooms...
  • Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donor’s recovery

    The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama. But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmark’s organ donor register. Doctors at Aarhus University Hospital...
  • Socialism Is A One-Way Street To Oblivion

    11/20/2012 12:32:53 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 5 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 9, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    We are all aware of the slippery slope that the profligate spending of our politicians has put our nation on, and those who are honest enough to admit it know that the mighty United States of America is headed for a fiscal disaster that, if our course is not drastically altered, will shake the very foundations of our stability and reduce the greatest nation the world has ever known to a Greece-like shell complete with social upheaval and worthless currency. When we think about the ramifications of our decades of foolishness, we tend to be concerned about the social fall...
  • There's Another Massive Source Of Energy Coming, And The World Has George W. Bush To Thank

    11/20/2012 12:28:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2012 | Rob wile
    Citi's commodities team believes Iraqi oil production is set to explode in the coming years, causing prices to turn downward.In a massive survey helmed by analyst Edward Morse, Citi's team projects Brent crude to fall to $99 next year.One of the main reasons: Iraq's oil production is poised to reach heights never seen in its history — neither prior to America's 2003 invasion nor in Iraq's '80s heyday.This would be the world's second huge energy boom, with the US being the other big story. Citi Importantly, the current Iraq trajectory is based on post-invasion dynamics.For instance, a second development at...
  • Latest Updates on the Gaza Conflict [Israel Blows Up Muslim "News"/Propaganda Outlet]

    11/20/2012 12:26:02 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/20/12 | Robert Mackey
    ....Last week, Al Aqsa TV broadcast extremely graphic video of an Egyptian doctor displaying the badly burned, mangled corpse of a Palestinian baby killed in an Israeli strike. Footage of the same scene was recorded but not distributed by Reuters. The use of that sort of footage has been used by Israelis to argue that Palestinians working for Hamas are propagandists and so can be considered part of the group’s “command and control” structure. The same argument has been used by some supporters of Syrian rebel groups to justify attacks on pro-government media workers. After Israel struck a media building...
  • Israeli Iron Dome Stops a Rocket With a Rocket

    11/20/2012 12:21:09 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York times ^ | November 19, 2012 | Isabel Kirschner
    JERUSALEM — An abiding image of the former Israel defense minister Amir Peretz was a photograph of him peering at a military drill — with the black lens caps still on his binoculars. Mr. Peretz resigned months after the 2006 war in Lebanon, which was widely regarded as a failure. Yet on Sunday, as rockets fired by Gaza militants streaked toward Tel Aviv, Ashdod and other Israeli cities, Mr. Peretz, a resident of the rocket-battered border town of Sderot, was being hailed as a defense visionary for having had the foresight while in office to face down myriad skeptics and...
  • Lance Armstrong Cheated to Win. Why is that Wrong?

    11/20/2012 12:11:09 PM PST · by Notary Sojac · 49 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 17 Nov 2010 | Nick Gillespie
    After months of bad press, the greatest competitive cyclist of all time has officially hit rock bottom: The Lance Armstrong Foundation has dropped the name of its eponymous creator and will now be known as the Livestrong Foundation. Rest easy, Lance, it can’t get much – or is that any? – worse. His story is unparalleled, Shakespearean in scope and breadth. A cocky, gum-flapping athlete battled insurmountable odds after a devastating cancer diagnosis, his greasy soul barely slipping the surly clutches of a certain dirt nap. Ultimately, he rehabilitated his battered body and morphed into a champion. Not only did...
  • Ronald Reagan and What I Got Wrong [Note to Mitt Romney: really, it’s you, not them. Seriously.]

    11/20/2012 12:10:08 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 77 replies
    RedState ^ | 11/20/12 | Erick Erickson
    Every person who talks and writes about politics gets stuff wrong. I’ve gotten my fair share wrong. But what I think I got most wrong in Campaign 2012 was the damage Mitt Romney’s “47%” remark would do to him. It may seem obvious, but bear with me. Mitt Romney was talking off the cuff to a supposedly off the record group of donors and muddled several data points together, ultimately telling the tale of the 47% who won’t vote for him for any reason. He was referencing the 47% who don’t pay taxes and interwove it with a 47% of...
  • NBC News Reporter Complains U.S. Doesn't Acknowledge Hamas, Won't "Rein In" Israel (video)

    11/20/2012 12:09:03 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 20, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    On MSNBC this afternoon, Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC News' correspondent located in Gaza, essentially went on a pro-Hamas rant when he complained that the United States doesn't acknowledge Hamas and will not "reign in" Israel. Mohyeldin: Well the United States can definitely play a pivotal role. I don’t think people in this part of the world feel it has played the role it should be playing. And that really comes down to two very important factors: One, the United States does not have any direct contact with the Palestinian factions which it, and Israel, and others label as terrorist organizations. Despite...
  • Jill Kelley’s twin avoids Petraeus talk at Gloria Allred press conference

    11/20/2012 11:50:13 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/20/12 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Jill Kelley's twin, Natalie Khawam, and celebrity attorney Gloria Allred barely mentioned the David Petraeus scandal at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, instead attempting to shift dialogue to Khawam's custody battle and women's rights. "Like many single moms in this country ... Natalie was forced to fight for custody of her child," Allred said after lauding her client's character and educational background. Much to the dismay of reporters onsite posing questions and those tuning in to the event, Khawam spoke only to confirm her love and support for her sister, the Florida socialite at the center of...
  • Utah-04 final canvass results (Hope for Mia Love)

    11/20/2012 11:37:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    After election day in Utah-04, Democrat Jim Matheson was ahead of Mia Love by 2,646 votes. But there were approximately 72,000 provisional and absentee ballots yet to be counted. The results for the final canvass are being released today. We will update.
  • HHS releases rules requiring pre-existing conditions coverage

    11/20/2012 11:36:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Sam Baker
    The Obama administration issued new rules Tuesday that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department also began to implement other popular, but expensive, parts of the Affordable Care Act. Regulations released Tuesday will prohibit insurers from charging women a higher premium than men, and will require plans in every state to cover certain services.
  • Paralyzed dogs walk again after new treatment (video at source)

    11/20/2012 11:34:07 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/20/2012
    Scientists have helped dogs to walk again after severe spinal injuries - offering hope for paralyzed human patients. Movement was restored to the dogs' hind legs by bridging breaks in the spinal cord using olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) taken from their noses. The cells support nerve fibre growth that maintains a communication pathway between the nose and the brain. One previously crippled dachshund, Jasper, was described by its owner as "whizzing around the house" after undergoing the treatment.
  • White House: Obama was up until 2:30 a.m. working the phones

    11/20/2012 11:26:30 AM PST · by NCjim · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2012
    Why is president Obama yawning in this photo? Perhaps it’s because he was up late talking on the phone to negotiate a truce between Gaza and Israel. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is traveling to the region this morning, the White House confirmed today, while the president continues to negotiate over the phone with Egyptian President Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu “The President is going to do a lot of work on the phone,” explained deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. “He was on the phone until 2:30 in the morning last night; he left dinner and basically dealt...
  • Here’s How Authorities Can Legally Spy on Your Digital Life (And Congress Could Make It Easier)

    11/20/2012 11:18:59 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11-20-2012 | Liz Klimas
    There is frequently talk of warrantless spying on citizen communications and online data, but what about how the government and law enforcement can track people — legally? With the scandal between the former CIA Director Gen. David Patreaus and his former mistress Paula Broadwell coming to light thanks to content stored in an email account, many have begun to wonder about the privacy of their own communications. Tech experts say it really comes down to outdated laws. Laws which Congress is expected to update soon, but this update might not be in favor of more privacy. TheBlaze spoke with “ethical...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $8k!! [FReepathon thread XLII]

    11/20/2012 11:09:57 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 348 replies
    Woo hoo!! Working on the last $8k!! We can do this, baby!! And I_be_tc's "300 FReepers with $100 for FR Challenge" is still going strong!! We now have 146 FReepers who have met that challenge!! Way to go, "$100 Challenge" FReepers!! Almost half way there!! Thank you all very much!! Great job, everyone!! Let's keep it moving. If you enjoy reading and participating on FR, if you think it's a worthwhile endeavor and would like to help us keep it going, please click the link above and donate via secure server. Make it a monthly if you can. Or mail...
  • MUST SEE – French Youth Declare War on Multiculturalism and Collapse of Western Society (Video)

    11/20/2012 10:39:46 AM PST · by kabar · 91 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 20, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In October, 70 members of the French youth group Génération Identitaire occupied the Poiters mosque to protest against the influence of Islam in France. The youths climbed to the roof and unfurled a banner with the name of their movement. Now the movement is back with a powerful video—
  • Former US Sen. Warren Rudman dies at 82

    11/20/2012 10:38:19 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Former Sen. Warren B. Rudman, who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law, championed ethics and led a commission that predicted the danger of homeland terrorist attacks before 9/11, has died. He was 82.
  • Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s voter database [We need to stop the infighting: focus on enemy]

    11/20/2012 10:32:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/12 | Craig Timberg and Amy Gardner
    If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection. And though the election is over, Obama’s database is just getting started. Democrats are now pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in American political history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come. The prospect already has some Republicans...
  • Why One Poll Says 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas (Too much financial pressure)

    11/20/2012 10:27:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/20/2012
    Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year. Think Finance, a provider of payday loans and other financial services for consumers with limited or no access to banking services, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans across all income levels who use various forms of alternative financial services — including payday loans, prepaid debit cards and direct deposit advances. Although many of these consumers are on better financial footing and optimistic about their economic future...
  • 'Elmo' puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns as second man files lawsuit over new underage sex allegations

    11/20/2012 10:05:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/20/12 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    A second man has come forward saying he had sex with Kevin Clash, the voice of “Sesame Street” character Elmo, when the accuser was a teenage minor, according to a report. -snip- Cecil Singleton, who is now in his 30s, said he and Clash hooked up on a gay phone sex line in 1993 when he was 15 and the muppeteer was 32, according to a new $5 million lawsuit reported by TMZ. Singleton said Clash “trolled” phone sex lines to meet boys and wooed him with gifts of cash and fancy dinners, the lawsuit said, according to TMZ. Clash...
  • Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street (PBS sicko alert...)

    11/20/2012 10:00:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/12 | A.D. Pruitt
    Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street in the wake of sex allegations against him that were later recanted.
  • Man attacks US embassy guard in Tel Aviv

    11/20/2012 9:50:12 AM PST · by marthemaria · 17 replies
    Attacker stabs and injures security guard; warning shots fired; shooter is in police custody. An Israeli man stabbed a security guard outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv late Tuesday morning, lightly injuring him. Security guards fired warning shots at the shooter, who was subsequently arrested. Paramedics were on the scene. Police were interrogating the shooter, a 41-year-old Jewish man from Bat Yam, police told Israel Radio. "A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while...
  • Soledad O'Brien Tees Up Clyburn to Identify Racial Code In GOP Opposition to Susan Rice

    11/20/2012 9:46:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    CNN's Soledad O'Brien teed up Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to pick out the "code words" in GOP opposition to Susan Rice's nomination to Secretary of State, on Tuesday morning's Starting Point. "Would you agree with what she's saying that there's a racial or a sexist component to a lot of these comments?" O'Brien asked, quoting the incoming chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). "Or would you say as the letter seems to say, they use the word 'incompetent,' and they use the word undermining the desire to improve U.S. relations?" Clyburn, himself a member of the CBC, obliged and...
  • I will take no further action to contest this election.(Allen West)

    11/20/2012 9:22:03 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 91 replies
    Facebook ^ | 11-20-2012 | Allen West
    I will take no further action to contest this election. by Allen West on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:18am · For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election. While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the...
  • Feds arrest four Inland Empire men in terrorism plot

    11/20/2012 9:17:37 AM PST · by Smogger · 11 replies
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | 1/19/2012 10:39:37 PM PST | Doug Sanders
    Four Inland Empire men were arrested Monday in connection to a terrorist plot that was foiled by federal officials. Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, an Afghanistan native and former resident of Pomona; Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario and a native of the Philippines; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales 21, of Upland; and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside, a United States citizen, were arrested with plotting to join Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in hopes of killing Americans. According to the complaint that was filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, the four conspired to provide material...
  • Morning Joe Rips 'Old White Guy' Republicans For Going After 'Younger Woman-of-Color' Rice

    11/20/2012 9:10:27 AM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    From Joe Scarborough to John Heilemann, Katty Kay to Mark Halperin to Willie Geist, it was unanimous on today's Morning Joe. Whatever the substance, whatever the policy, Republicans would be making a massive political mistake by opposing the possible nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State. Summed up Scarborough the MJ zeitgeist: "do a bunch of old white guys want to make their first big battle, post-election, a battle going up against a younger woman of color?" View the video after the jump. JOHN HEILEMANN: The optics are obviously horrible, taking on an African-American woman in this way.
  • Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours

    11/20/2012 9:08:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller | Reuters – 30 mins ago GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict will go into effect later on Tuesday, a Hamas official said. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier he was open to a long-term deal to halt Palestinian rocket attacks on his country. "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900 GMT) and go into effect at midnight (2200 GMT)," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters...
  • Boehner tightens grip on GOP rank and file ahead of deficit talks

    11/20/2012 8:51:24 AM PST · by Qbert · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    Speaker John Boehner is tightening his grip on the House Republican Conference weeks before an anticipated vote on a deficit deal. The Ohio Republican has smoothed over differences with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), expanded his powers on the panel that doles out plum committee assignments, shot down a challenge to his earmark moratorium and worked behind the scenes to ensure that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) would win her leadership contest.  All of Boehner’s moves are aimed at shoring up his influence over the GOP conference, which in turn maximizes the Speaker’s leverage with President Obama and the Democratic-controlled...
  • Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

    11/20/2012 8:47:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 20, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth. Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied.
  • Military Suicides 'Out of Control'

    11/20/2012 8:34:10 AM PST · by kristinn · 137 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News Herald ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012 | Randal Yakey
    CALLAWAY — Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. Locked inside his car, U.S. Army Spc. William Busbee sat with a .45-caliber gun pointed to the side of his head. “Look at me,” his mother cried out as she tried to get her son’s attention. “Look at me.” He wouldn’t look. He stared out the front windshield, distant, Busbee said, relating the story from an apartment complex in Callaway. “I kept yelling, ‘Don’t you do this. Don’t do it.’ He wouldn’t turn his...
  • Unions flexed muscles in state campaigns

    11/20/2012 8:33:07 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    SF Chron ^ | 11-20-12 | Sam Hananal
    From California to Maine, unions used their political muscle in the recent elections to help install Democratic governors, build labor-friendly majorities in state legislatures and defeat ballot initiatives against them. The combination of union money and member mobilization helped Democrats take control of state legislatures in Maine and Minnesota. In Michigan, voters repealed a law that allowed cities in financial distress to suspend collective bargaining contracts. But unions lost there on an effort to make collective bargaining rights a part of the state constitution. In New Hampshire, unions helped Maggie Hassan win the governor's race. Unions spent millions backing Hassan...
  • The Morally Reprehensible ‘Iron Dome’ – Hamas’s Best Friend

    11/20/2012 8:30:13 AM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/19/2012 | Yori Yanover
    A social worker friend of mine used to talk about the ways dysfunctional families adapt and adjust to the craziness of an abnormal family member. Typically, they are so used to making allowances for the neediest family member, that they stop noticing his or her deficiencies. Only a visiting social worker, dropping in unannounced on a home visit, is able to recognize that the fact that Moishe'le is sitting naked under the dinner table eating the scraps his siblings hand him from above the table is crazy. Israel and the world have become one such a dysfunctional family, with the...
  • Petraeus Affair: 'There's No Dark Plot Here,' Jill Kelley's Friend Says

    11/20/2012 8:26:51 AM PST · by maggief · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2012 | LEE FERRAN , MIKE GUDGELL and NED BERKOWITZ
    A man who says he's a "very close friend" of Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, told ABC News that Kelley's portrayal in the media is inaccurate, as are any insinuations that she hoped to profit financially from her close connection to America's spymaster. Don Phillips, a Tampa real estate developer, said in an interview that Kelley is "the best kind of friend" anyone would like to have, including America's top military officials. "Take everything you know and turn it around 180 degrees," said Phillips, who has known Kelley...
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    11/20/2012 7:58:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 66 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | November 20,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Soros’ MoveOn.org trying to rally Wal-Mart workers for Black Friday strike

    11/20/2012 7:40:32 AM PST · by Qbert · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ MoveOn.org has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce. MoveOn.org has sent emails to subscribers nationwide, urging them to descend on Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees. “Instead of listening to and learning from its workers, Wal-Mart has sought to silence us and retaliate against those who dare to speak up,” MoveOn.org said in its email to supporters. “Warehouse workers who work for Wal-Mart contractors have also experienced retaliation for speaking out. Now, Wal-Mart workers have had enough.” Black Friday...
  • How Marriage Equality Supporters Beat The "Princess" Ad (Change in ad strategy pays off)

    11/20/2012 7:27:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 11/20/2012 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — The surprise sweep for marriage equality efforts at the polls in 2012 came after a dramatic shift in the television ads their backers ran — a change that came about after a year-long research effort to crack the code of previously successful ads run by marriage equality opponents that focused on "gay marriage" being taught in schools.Among the key changes: A shift away from talk of "rights" to a focus on committed relationships; a decision to address "values" directly as being learned at home; and an attempt to give voters "permission" to change their minds, according to...
  • The Story of Your Enslavement

    11/20/2012 7:26:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 11/20/12 | smartknowledgeu
    For those of you that have followed my writings for the past 7 years on my blog, theUndergroundInvestor, you are well aware that I have been advocating conversion of the majority of fiat currency savings into physical gold and physical silver as a means of combating the system of financial enslavement that the bankers have tried to impose upon the people in every country around the world. The bankers are now entering the second phase of their enslavement through the imposition of austerity measures on people that can least afford this imposition. Though we, at SmartKnowledgeU, have been advocating the...