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  • Sea Tensions Erupt at Asian Summit [Obama Fails Again]

    11/23/2012 1:43:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | NATASHA BRERETON -FUKUI, CHUN HAN WONG and ENDA CURRAN
    ... Obama supported Southeast Asian nations' proposed multilateral approach to tackling territorial tension in the South China Sea, pushing back against Beijing as a major international meeting became bogged down in acrimony for the second time in five months..
  • Study questions value of mammography screening [Obamacare War on Women]

    11/23/2012 1:31:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | November 21, 2012 | Monte Morin
    About a third of all tumors discovered in routine mammography screenings are unlikely to result in illness, according to a new study that says 30 years of the breast cancer exams have resulted in the overdiagnosis of 1.3 million American women. The report, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, argues that the increase in breast cancer survival rates over the last few decades is due mostly to improved therapies and not screenings, which are intended to flag tumors when they are small and most susceptible to treatment. Instead, the widespread use of mammograms now results in the...
  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment (time to move on)

    11/23/2012 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    DES MOINES, Iowa - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. Once a festive checkpoint on the road to the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. "It's just something that's gotten...
  • Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States

    11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 126 replies
    It’s on. A year and a half after retail workers announced the founding of a new Walmart employee group, five months after guest workers struck a Walmart seafood supplier, and seven weeks after the country’s first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun. ... Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmart’s role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the country’s most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described today’s actions as a turning point, not a climax, in their struggle...
  • Obama given servant's greeting by Cambodian first lady

    11/22/2012 11:25:38 PM PST · by Arthurio · 33 replies
    -snip- Before the dinner, Sen introduced Obama to his wife, Bun Rany, who greeted Obama with a traditional "sampeah" pressed-hands greeting that is normally reserved for servants. "Was the first lady getting her own back over the president's harsh words earlier to her husband or did she simply forget that she was shaking hands with the leader of the free world?" the Daily Mail asked. According to the Daily Mail, the slight was not noticed by Obama or his advisers, but it "would have been picked up by a great many people throughout Southeast Asia region."
  • Israel says it arrests Tel Aviv bus bomber

    11/22/2012 11:02:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2012 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on Thursday on accusations he planted a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people and threatened to sabotage efforts to broker a cease-fire to end the fighting in Gaza, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man, from the village of Taybeh in Israel, was connected to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups.
  • Earthquack

    11/22/2012 9:56:42 PM PST · by LynnHam · 82 replies
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  • Citing Deadlock, Egypt’s Leader Seizes New Power and Plans Mubarak Retrial

    11/22/2012 9:04:39 PM PST · by lbryce · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2012 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MAYY EL SHEIKH
    CAIRO — With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy. But the unexpected breadth of the powers he seized raised immediate fears that...
  • Argentina at risk of default after US court ruling on debt

    11/22/2012 8:45:46 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/22/2012 | Garry White
    Argentina is at risk of defaulting on $24bn (£15bn) of debt after hedge funds were awarded more than $1.3bn by a US court, a move which its economy minister called “legal colonialism”. “All we need now is for [Judge Thomas] Griesa to send us the Fifth Fleet,” said Hernán Lorenzino. However, New York District Court Judge Grisa was firm. “Argentina owes this and owes it now,” he said. “After 10 years of litigation this is a just result.” A deadline for payment was set for December 15. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s outspoken president, had vowed that the government will...
  • Boehner comments show tough road ahead for "fiscal cliff" talks

    11/22/2012 8:33:45 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - New comments from top Republican lawmaker John Boehner slamming health care reforms illustrate how hard it will be for Washington to reach a deficit reduction deal when talks resume next week, analysts said on Thursday. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress will begin negotiating next week on a plan that could avert tax hikes and spending cuts set to begin in January that economists worry could push the U.S. economy over the "fiscal cliff" and into recession. Boehner did not explicitly mention the "fiscal cliff" talks in an opinion piece published in the Cincinnati...
  • Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead

    11/22/2012 8:20:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 50 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | November 22, 2012 | unattributed
    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage. The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston. A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV. Officials...
  • After Butt Fumble, The Jets Are Officially The Worst Football Team

    11/22/2012 8:14:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 178 replies
    BuzzFeed Sports ^ | 11-22-2012 | Kevin Lincoln
    November 22, 2012 After Butt Fumble, The Jets Are Officially The Worst Football Team Let me show you why with a few horrifying, hilarious GIFs. Kevin Lincoln 1. EXHIBIT A: In their Thanksgiving night game against the Patriots, the Jets trail 14-0. Then Mark Sanchez runs into Brandon Moore's ass, fumbles, and the Pats take it for a score.
  • Exclusive: US urges Israel not to build in E-1 areas

    11/22/2012 7:26:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 11/23/12 | HERB KEINON
    Washington is urging Israel not to allow construction in the area known as E-1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition next week at the UN, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Building in E-1, which would create contiguity between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim to the northeast beyond the Green Line, is something various Israeli governments have long wanted to do, but which US opposition has prevented.
  • Barack Obama’s open mockery of the Sign of the Cross

    11/22/2012 6:32:26 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11-22-12 | Judi McLeod
    ‘Father Barack Obama‘ mocked the Sign of the Cross at the White House yesterday. It was an open mockery of the Christian prayer that is accompanied by the immortal words used by peasants and kings over the centuries: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Obama, who is left-handed, made the sign of the cross with his left hand, which out of respect for the centuries-long Christian practice, no one ever does. Obama’s left-handed sign of the cross was made over a gobbling turkey during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony, that takes place at...
  • CBS Incorrectly Claims Hamas Was Elected to Power in Gaza

    11/22/2012 6:32:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    One of the recurring myths sometimes repeated about the Gaza Strip's relationship with Hamas is that the terrorist group gained control through the electoral process. On both the Monday and Tuesday editions of the CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley devoted a brief segment to providing background information on the Gaza Strip. And, on both nights, he erroneously suggested that Hamas came to power through election. (Video below) But, in reality, Hamas came to control the Gaza Strip by staging a violent coup in June 2007 overthrowing the rival Fatah party's executive authority. After Hamas narrowly won the popular vote...
  • Did Obama Allow Morsi to Become a Tyrant in Exchange for Hamas Ceasefire?

    11/22/2012 6:29:05 PM PST · by Arthurio · 13 replies
    As with so much else about this war, the timing is “intriguing”. A day after the ceasefire, Morsi assumed near-dictatorial powers in Egypt. The timing of that is not likely to be a coincidence. Either Morsi had cleared the assumption of such powers beforehand with Obama or assumed that he had demonstrated his importance to such an extent that Obama would not dare protest this action. It’s likely to be one or the other. And that raises one more troubling question. Did Morsi give Hamas the go-ahead to launch a conflict with Israel in order to be able to broker...
  • MSNBC vs. Thanksgiving: Blasts Genocidal Pilgrims; Gives Tips to ‘Shut Up’ the ‘Family Conservative’

    11/22/2012 5:59:39 PM PST · by montag813 · 53 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 11-22-2012 | John Hill
    One would think hosts on MSNBC would be very thankful this holiday that the President they so tirelessly worked to re-elect prevailed on Election Day. But there is truly no rest for the weary, bitter leftists on Comcast's disgraceful propaganda outlet. MSNBC host and professional race-baiter Melissa Harris-Perry starts things off by trying to dampen our spirits by attacking the Thanksgiving story: “The kindergarten story that you learned about grateful Pilgrims and happy Indians is not even close to the historic reality of how European settlers brought violence, disease and land theft to the indigenous peoples who were already in...
  • Another Republican lawmaker ditches Norquist tax pledge (Sen. Saxby Chambliss - Ga.)

    11/22/2012 5:56:24 PM PST · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | november 22, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) on Wednesday said that addressing the nation’s looming “fiscal cliff” took precedence over honoring the anti-tax pledge he signed for conservative activist Grover Norquist. “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” said Chambliss to local Georgia television station 13WMAZ. “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” Chambliss said he expected that Norquist and some conservatives might hold his decision against him when he is up for reelection in 2014, but said he was confident he...
  • The GOP Turnout Myth ["Modest Minority-Voter Shifts" Needed]

    11/22/2012 5:38:02 PM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | November 22, 2012 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    November 22, 2012 The GOP Turnout Myth To win future elections, Republicans will need more than better get-out-the-vote software. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL To win the next presidential race, the GOP will have to understand what went wrong in 2012. To do that, they've got to come to grips with what did, and did not, happen with turnout. Even as Republicans have engaged in some agonizing over their candidate and agenda, many have sought comfort in the notion that a big part of the loss came down to simple mechanics. President Obama had a stunning Election Day operation, which turned...
  • Just How Deadly Is Assad's Arsenal? (Much Worse Than You Can Imagine)

    11/22/2012 4:54:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Foeign Policy ^ | July 16, 2012 | John Reed
    The latest estimates say that the Assad regime has hundreds of tons of mustard gas, a blister agent, and large stockpiles of sarin and possibly VX, both of which are nerve agents -- all of which can be launched by Scud missiles, artillery, or aircraft, according to Charles Blair, a specialist in chemical and biological weapons at the Federation of American Scientists. "I've heard that Syria has 100 to 200 missiles with nerve agents loaded and ready to go, but that seems extreme," said Blair, noting that the nerve agents are usually stored separately from the weapons and that exact...
  • Report: Egypt Warned Israel that a Ground Op would End Peace

    11/22/2012 4:53:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Israel decided to refrain from a ground invasion of Gaza after it was warned that such a move could spell the end of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, Channel 2 reported Thursday. According to the report, Mossad Head Tamir Pardo, who went to Cairo as Israel's representative in the contacts that preceded the ceasefire, was told in messages from Cairo and from Washington that the peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt were at risk. .....
  • Demonstrators: Bibi is a Coward

    11/22/2012 4:48:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12
    About 100 activists from MK Michael Ben-Ari’s newly-formed “Power to Israel” party demonstrated on Thursday evening near the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, against the failure of Operation Pillar of Defense. Ben-Ari was among the protesters. The demonstrators yelled “Bibi is a coward” and called to topple the Hamas regime in Gaza in order to restore the quiet to southern Israel. MK Ben-Ari said during the demonstration that “an enemy is fought with an iron fist and not an iron dome. ....
  • Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Jihad to 'Free PA'

    11/22/2012 4:42:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a jihad (“holy war”) to liberate the Palestinian Authority areas. "Jihad is obligatory” for Muslims, top Islamic cleric Mohammed Badei said, adding that peace deals with Israel are a “game of grand deception". .....
  • Susan Rice Lays All Blame on Intel Community for Her Misleading the American People

    11/22/2012 4:35:09 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 11/22/2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Ambassador Susan Rice has finally explained, in her opinion, why she misled the country about what happened during the September 11 terror attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya. According to Rice, all the blame should be given to the intelligence community for her misleading comments made five days after the attack, since she was just repeating what they had told her. A reporter asked, the American ambassador to the United Nations, "Ambassador Rice, would you explain your view of the controversy concerning your comments about Benghazi? And have—is Senator McCain fair in what he has said?" "As a senior US...
  • Egypt's Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh (0bama taking notes?)

    11/22/2012 4:32:37 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    CAIRO — Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh" and raising questions about the gains of last year's uprising which ousted Hosni Mubarak. The move is a blow to the pro-democracy movement that toppled the long-time president, himself derided by many as a pharaoh, and raises concerns that Islamists will be further ensconced in power. Opposition forces denounced the declaration as a "coup" and called for nationwide protests on Friday. "The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution," according to a decree...
  • (Muslim Brotherhood) Egyptian President and Obama Forge Link in Gaza Deal

    11/22/2012 4:28:31 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama skipped dessert at a long summit meeting dinner in Cambodia on Monday to rush back to his hotel suite. It was after 11:30 p.m., and his mind was on rockets in Gaza rather than Asian diplomacy. He picked up the telephone to call the Egyptian leader who is the new wild card in his Middle East calculations. Over the course of the next 25 minutes, he and President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt hashed through ways to end the latest eruption of violence, a conversation that would lead Mr. Obama to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...
  • Iranian Parliament Ordered to Abandon Ahmadinejad Probe

    11/22/2012 4:05:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    The Iranian parliament has been ordered to drop its probe of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday. The country's "Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, allegedly expressed concern Iran's enemies would benefit from the interrogation. Khamenei himself initiated the probe, carried out by his own supporters in the parliament. For the first time in Iranian presidential history, Ahmadinejad was summoned for questioning by the legislative body in March of this year. However, this week Khamenei said, “We demand that the respected representatives not continue” with the probe over the economic crisis and the nosedive in the value...
  • Dem operative suspected in serial rapes

    11/22/2012 4:03:11 PM PST · by wesagain · 20 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 22, 2012 | Jack Minor
    Links to cold cases found when activist arrested for knocking man down!An attack by a Colorado man with close ties to the Democratic Party on an elderly petition gatherer for Personhood USA has led to the identification of a suspect in a series of unsolved sexual assault cases, officials have confirmed to WND. William Costello, a real estate broker with ties to some of the state’s top political figures in the Democratic Party, was charged after his DNA was tied to unsolved sexual assault cases from 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Denver Post reported Costello was driving the SUV of...
  • Libya probe into consulate attack stalls

    11/22/2012 3:54:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/21/12
    Libya probe into consulate attack stallsAssociated Press Updated 10:49 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Benghazi, Libya -- After more than two months, Libya's investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appears in limbo. Key security commanders and witnesses say they were never questioned. No suspects have been named, and gunmen seen participating in the assault walk freely in the eastern Libyan city.
  • Turkey pardoned by President Obama last Thanksgiving, euthanized

    11/22/2012 3:16:59 PM PST · by Capt. Canuck · 41 replies
    wptv ^ | 22 Nov 2012 | By: Mike M. Ahlers, CNN Senior Producer
    Washington -- Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death - days before the Thanksgiving holiday - was not suspicious. Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done with the remains of the large, edible bird. "I appreciate where you're going with this," Aloisi told CNN. "But I assure you that these...
  • Pakistan Taliban vow to attack Indian targets over Mumbai gunman

    11/22/2012 3:11:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Uncredited
    Islamabad (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban movement threatened on Thursday to attack Indian targets to avenge the country's execution of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008. Kasab was hanged on Wednesday amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India. "We have decided to target Indians to avenge the killing of Ajmal Kasab," said Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan by telephone from an undisclosed location.
  • Obama SBA Head Hasn't Heard Of ObamaCare Impacting Small Business

    11/22/2012 3:11:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Obama SBA Head Hasn't Heard Of ObamaCare Impacting Small BusinessPosted on November 21, 2012 **SNIP** "You know, I travel all around the country, every week I go to a different part of the country. I'm with small businesses. And I'm not hearing that," Mills said about the negative impact ObamaCare has on small business.
  • Gun sales, background checks soar after President Barack Obama re-election

    NAPLES, Fla - Sleeping with a knife under her pillow wasn't enough anymore. Denise Barra needed a gun for protection. Fearing more stringent gun laws could soon be enacted after the reelection of President Barack Obama, the single mother of two stopped by an East Naples gun shop to get educated and maybe purchase a new weapon for her bedside table. "This is a right I have in this country," said Barra, 34, a Naples resident. "Why not take advantage of it and be safe and secure in my own home and not rely on calling 911 or the police...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress, acknowledges federal investigation for first time

    11/22/2012 2:29:45 PM PST · by GalaxyAB · 22 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 21, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Ambitious, bright and a powerful orator, Jesse Jackson Jr. once saw himself following in the footsteps of his father and running for president.
  • For Fourth Straight Year, Obama's Thanksgiving Message Doesn't Thank God

    11/22/2012 2:09:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/21/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Yet again, President Obama’s Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding. This year, Obama’s central message was that now that he’s been re-elected, Americans should agree with all of his policies. His unity routine sounds strangely empty after a campaign in which he focused on dividing Americans: But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy. That’s especially important this...
  • Can you guess the location of these photographs?

    11/22/2012 1:44:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 49 replies
    http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/Janjanssen-492529-can-you-guess-the-location-of-these-photographs/
  • Cambodia's First Lady Gives President Obama a "Sampeah" Greeting - Usually Reserved for Servants

    11/22/2012 1:24:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/20/2012 | Investor's Business Daily
    Bun Rany, Cambodia's first lady, gives President Obama a "sampeah" greeting at a tilt usually reserved for servants.
  • 2012 Presidential General Election Results [Unofficial]

    11/22/2012 1:20:09 PM PST · by zeestephen · 33 replies
    Most recent vote count - Obama 64,037,946 (50.8%) - Romney 59,944,056 (47.5%) - Summary and sources in "Comments."
  • Thanksgiving Celebrates Our 'Original Sin,' 'Views Virtually Identical To Nazis,' Prof Preaches

    11/22/2012 1:17:27 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/22/2012
    Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does a country deal with the fact that...
  • Gaza deal seals major role for Egypt's president

    11/22/2012 1:03:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 1:30 AM EST | By HAMZA HENDAWI
    CAIRO (AP) -- The Gaza cease-fire deal reached Wednesday marks a startling trajectory for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi: an Islamist leader who refuses to talk to Israelis or even say the country's name mediated for it and finally turned himself into Israel's de facto protector.The accord inserts Egypt to an unprecedented degree into the conflict between Israel and Hamas, establishing it as the arbiter ensuring that militant rocket fire into Israel stops and that Israel allows the opening of the long-blockaded Gaza Strip and stops its own attacks against Hamas.In return, Morsi emerged as a major regional player. He...
  • Cleared for publication: Tel Aviv bus bombing suspects arrested

    11/22/2012 12:56:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    YNet ^ | 11/21/12 | staf
    As part of a joint effort by the Shin Bet, the Police and IDF forces last night members of the group which planned and put into action the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv Wednesday were arrested. Those arrested are affiliated with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, and admitted to their involvement during the investigation. (Yoav Zitun)
  • Electronic tracking: new constraint for Saudi women

    11/22/2012 12:53:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/22/12 | AFP
    AFP - Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi women's male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple.
  • (Meet Egypt's Newest 'Pharaoh') Egypt President Morsi Grants Himself Far-Reaching Powers

    11/22/2012 12:38:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2012 | Fox News
    Egypt President Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers CAIRO – Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying...
  • Scientists Reveal Single Gene Is the Difference Between Humans and Apes

    11/22/2012 12:40:23 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 58 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 21 November 2012 | MAKINI BRICE
    What makes us human? Some say that it is the development of language, though others argue that animals have language as well. Some say that it is our ability to use tools, though many animals are able to use rocks and other objects as primitive tools. Some say that it is our ability to see death coming. Now, researchers believe that they have found the definitive difference between humans and other primates, and they think that the difference all comes down to a single gene. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland attribute the split of humanity from apes...
  • San Francisco Workers May Be Reimbursed On Same-Sex Couple Benefits

    11/22/2012 11:58:02 AM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 22, 2012
    San Francisco Workers May Be Reimbursed On Same-Sex Couple Benefits November 22, 2012 San Francisco public employees who add their same-sex spouses or domestic partners to their health insurance have always faced a raw deal compared to their straight married counterparts: the premiums are considered taxable income and the employer takes additional federal tax out of the worker’s paycheck. But a San Francisco supervisor has now proposed to end the “discriminatory” practice and “reimburse those same sex domestic partners to make them whole.” Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the proposed legislation this week, said it was crafted over the past...
  • Internal Emails Reveal Details of Bin Laden Burial

    11/22/2012 11:49:29 AM PST · by Positive · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/22/2012 | Self
    With all of the Dims hoopla about Usama is dead - GM is alive, I thought back to my suspension of belief of the US Government and all of it's transparency. Today I find this AP article on Yahoo! news. Here is my excerpt the whole article is available at the link above:Although the Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in American history, it is keeping a tight hold on materials related to the bin Laden raid. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $7k!! [FReepathon thread XLIII]

    11/22/2012 11:33:15 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 201 replies
    Woo hoo!! Working on the last $7k!! We can do this, baby!! And I_be_tc's "300 FReepers with $100 for FR Challenge" is still going strong!! We now have 147 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...
  • Susan Rice defends initial comments on Benghazi

    11/22/2012 11:12:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/21/12 | Sara Dover
    The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, defended her early account the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, responding to critics who say she gave misleading information about the nature of the attack and the motive behind it. Rice said Wednesday she "relied solely and squarely" in preliminary information given to her by the intelligence committee shortly after the assault that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Asked about her initial comments by CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk at the U.N., Rice said she "made clear that the information was preliminary, and...
  • So What If Taxing Rich Hurts the Economy? (And creates more poor?)

    11/22/2012 11:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/22/2012 | Larry Elder
    Consider this headline from a Reuters article in The Huffington Post: "Raising Taxes on Rich Won't Hurt Economic Growth, CBO Says." But the first paragraph refutes the headline: "Allowing income tax rates to rise for wealthy Americans would not hurt U.S. economic growth much (emphasis added) in 2013 ..." The CBO did not say, as the headline suggests, that raising taxes on the rich has no negative economic effect. In fact, the CBO actually said that extending the Bush-era rates for all would increase economic growth by 1.5 percent. If, however, the Bush era rates expired for the rich --...
  • Kasab execution: Survivors and kin welcome justice

    11/22/2012 11:01:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | The Times of India
    Tukaram Omble, Girgaum martyr "A terrorist like him should have been hanged in public, but I know our laws don't permit this,'' said Eknath, younger brother of Tukaram Omble, who helped capture Ajmal Kasab alive. "I am proud that my brother's efforts have paid off. We have been waiting for this for four long years. My family is happy,'' he added. At Girgaum Chowpatty, unarmed assistant sub-inspector Omble had helped stop the Skoda hijacked by Kasab and Ismail Khan, and held on to Kasab despite the latter spraying him with bullets from his AK-47. Omble's youngest daughter Bharati has joined...