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  • Mediation between Hostess and bakery union fails

    11/20/2012 7:01:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 55 replies
    AP ^ | 11/20/12
    Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day. The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge will decide if the company can shutter its operations. The renewed talks between Hostess and The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union came after the company declared last week that it would move to wind down its business and start selling off its assets in bankruptcy court. The company...
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel: No daylight between Obama and Pelosi on tax hikes

    11/20/2012 6:48:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Mike Lillis
    Rangel: No daylight between Obama and Pelosi on tax hikesBy Mike Lillis - 11/20/12 05:12 PM ET President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are on exactly the same page when it comes to supporting an increase in tax rates on the wealthy, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said this week. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the Republican whip, recently suggested that there's daylight between Obama and the House minority leader regarding their approach to those rates. But Rangel dismissed that claim outright, breaking into laughter Tuesday when he was asked about McCarthy's remarks. "I'm laughing because what he is saying, and...
  • Police chief killed in Libya's Benghazi: sources

    11/20/2012 6:42:01 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 15 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | 11/20/12 | Reuters
    A top security official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was killed in front of his home overnight on Wednesday, security officials said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of the North African country's revolt. Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, died from multiple gunshot wounds, police and interior ministry sources said. "This happened in front of his house when unknown attackers opened fire and hit him before fleeing," a police source. An interior ministry official confirmed that Deirsy, in charge of security in Benghazi, had been killed in front his home. Libya has been hit by...
  • U.S. has decimated al Qaeda chiefs but must persist in fight: Panetta

    11/20/2012 6:41:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | David Alexander
    (Reuters) - U.S. forces have decimated al Qaeda's leadership and made gains against some of its affiliates, but the fight has shifted in new directions that will require persistent U.S. efforts to truly end the threat, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday. Panetta, in a speech to the Center for a New American Security, said while the United States had achieved progress against al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, associated groups had made inroads in Mali and Nigeria and were trying to gain a foothold in Libya. He said the United States had "decimated core al Qaeda," killing...
  • Two-State Party: Nearly 30% of House Democrats from CA, NY

    11/20/2012 6:35:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 11/20/12 | Tony Lee
    Democrats and the mainstream media have tried to paint Republicans as a regional -- and predominantly Southern -- party of white males, but nearly 30 percent of Democrats in the House will come from just two states -- California and New York -- when the next Congress convenes. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Wednesday said to “take a good look when the House convenes after this next Congress is sworn in” to see that the Republican party has gotten “white and more male,” while Democrats are “majority minority and female.”
  • Surprise: Slate calls out Obama for saying same thing as Rubio

    11/20/2012 6:30:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 2 replies
    A good read and a surprisingly fair treatment in that it actually addresses and condemns comments from Obama that are nearly exactly the same as Rubio’s: And here’s then-Sen. Obama, D-Ill., speaking at the Compassion Forum at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. on April 13, 2008: Q: Senator, if one of your daughters asked you—and maybe they already have—“Daddy, did god really create the world in 6 days?,” what would you say? A: What I’ve said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days...
  • UN official calls for marijuana ballot rollback (Colorado and Washington)

    11/20/2012 6:21:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 11/20/12
    UN official calls for marijuana ballot rollbackAP / November 20, 2012 VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over. Raymond Yans says the approvals send ‘‘a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad.’’ Yans heads the International Narcotics Control Board.
  • Hostess Says Talks to Stave off Shutdown Fail

    11/20/2012 6:18:06 PM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/20/2012 | ap
    Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day. The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge in White Plains, N.Y., will decide if the company can shutter its operations. The renewed talks between Hostess and The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union came after the company declared last week that it would move to wind down its business and start selling off its assets in bankruptcy...
  • ‘Outrage’ over fed EBT push for aliens

    11/20/2012 6:13:57 PM PST · by massmike · 16 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 11/20/2012 | Dave Wedge
    Local lawmakers are fuming over an Obama administration policy promoting welfare and EBT benefits for immigrants, with a “welcome” package and promotional website that encourage new arrivals to take advantage of the nation’s generous government largesse. “I think it’s a complete outrage that we’re encouraging people coming here to get on public assistance,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Taunton Republican who has fought for EBT reform. “We should be encouraging people to be self-sufficient. These programs are rampant with fraud and abuse.” The fight over welfare for recent immigrants is unfolding in Washington, where a group of GOP senators...
  • Turkey accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' in Gaza

    11/20/2012 5:56:58 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | 11/19/2012
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza, saying the Jewish state's air raids could not be considered self-defence. "Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this region and violating international law," Erdogan said. "It is occupying the Palestinian territory step by step." The premier said Israeli air raids against Gaza could not be deemed self-defence, accusing Western countries of aiding what he called a "terrorist state" by condoning its violence. "Sooner or later, Israel will answer for the innocent blood it has shed so far," he said. Erdogan's words came...
  • Obama’s Gift to Cambodia’s Thuggish Leader

    11/20/2012 5:57:01 PM PST · by Arthurio · 14 replies
    -snip- The only thing that President Obama seems to have accomplished in Cambodia vis-a-vis his meeting with Hun Sen is giving the authoritarian leader an even stronger stranglehold on an office that he’s held longer than any other leader on the entire continent of Asia. After the fall of another long-ruling tyrant, Moammar Gaddafi of Libya, Hun Sen was asked if he was nervous about being overthrown himself. He responded, “I not only weaken the opposition, I’m going to make them dead … and if anyone is strong enough to try to hold a demonstration, I will beat all those...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-20-12

    11/20/2012 5:54:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 29 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-20-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • College students protest Kobach on immigration

    11/20/2012 5:53:33 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | By JOHN MILBURN
    TOPEKA -- About 50 college students who are in the U.S. illegally marched Tuesday on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office urging him to stop working on immigration laws and to do his state job
  • Time For Obama Administration to “Grow up!” They Are Trying to Punish Fox

    11/20/2012 5:48:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 38 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren
    The Obama Administration is playing dirty. Trying to put a price tag on access — either a news organization plays ball and accepts what they dish out without challenge, or the news organization is excluded, punished... ...and now the latest…. DNI Director James Clapper told Capitol Hill last week that the DNI did not know who took the term Al Qaeda out of the talking points that was given to Ambassador Susan Rice. It turns out that is not true and the DNI released a memo to the media last night indicating that DNI Director James Clapper was wrong last...
  • Obama Lies to America Again About al Qaeda

    11/20/2012 5:43:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Nov 01, 2012 01:25 PM EST | Katie Pavlich
    At a campaign event today in Wisconsin, President Obama once again misled the country about the status of the terrorist group al Qaeda. "Al Qaeda has been decimated," he said to the crowd. This statement is simply not true. Recently, "al Qaeda is on the run" was dropped from Obama's campaign trail stump speeches due to the fallout over the 9/11 attack in Benghazi which was carried out by al Qaeda terrorists. That move by the campaign doesn't change the fact that al Qaeda has not been "decimated" and is not "on the run" as President Obama suggested to the...
  • Parents confess to killing girl over freewill marriage ( Pakistan )

    11/20/2012 5:39:16 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | November 20, 2012 | Owais Jafri
    MULTAN: The parents of a girl whose body was found buried in a field a month ago have confessed to killing her, police said on Monday. They said the parents had killed her for marrying without their consent. They said the post-mortem examination had revealed that the girl had been strangled and the body burned before she was buried. ... the mother had confessed to helping her husband kill Naureen. She told police that they tied her hands and feet and tried to strangle her. They said they then covered her mouth with a cloth and set her on fire...
  • Michigan: Cliffs cutting iron production, affecting 625 jobs

    11/20/2012 5:35:32 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 27 replies
    stamfordadvocate.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 625 people will be laid off when Cliffs Natural Resources idles a Michigan mine and cuts production at a Minnesota operation due to declining demand for iron ore, the company announced Monday. Two of the four production lines at Northshore Mining's taconite plant in Silver Bay will shut down effective Jan. 5, resulting in 125 layoffs, said Cliffs' Minnesota spokeswoman Sandy Karnowski. It has not been determined how those layoffs will be distributed between the plant and Northshore's mine in Babbitt, she said. Cliffs also plans an extended summer shutdown at the Empire Mine near Palmer,...
  • Boehner Tightens Grip on Rank & File GOP (Goes to war on Conservatives)

    11/20/2012 5:31:41 PM PST · by INVAR · 116 replies
    Snip: 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.
  • Atheist Group Backs Parents Upset School Wants To Take Kids To See ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’

    11/20/2012 5:30:43 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 105 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | November 20, 2012 | Unknown
    Full title: Atheist Group Backs Parents Who Are Upset School Wants To Take Kids To See ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ At ChurchLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CBS Atlanta) — Charlie Brown has been caught in the crossfire of the “war on Christmas” mantra. KARK-TV reports that some parents were upset that Terry Elementary School in Little Rock wanted to take children to go see a play of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a local church.
  • Powerful Supermajorities Elected to Statehouses

    11/20/2012 4:21:51 PM PST · by qam1 · 66 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/20/12 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — There's a new superpower growing in the Great Plains and the South, where bulging Republican majorities in state capitols could dramatically cut taxes and change public education with barely a whimper of resistance from Democrats. Contrast that with California, where voters have given Democrats a new dominance that could allow them to raise taxes and embrace same-sex marriage without regard to Republican objections. If you thought the presidential election revealed the nation's political rifts, consider the outcomes in state legislatures. The vote also created a broader tier of powerful one-party governments that can act with...