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  • Mexico's President-Elect Praises Obama on Immigration: 'We Fully Support Your Proposal'

    11/27/2012 5:36:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    The president-elect of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, praised President Barack Obama's immigration plan in a meeting today at the White House. “We fully support your proposal,” said Peña Nieto in reference to Obama's immigration plan, according to the pool report. “We want to contribute. We want to be part of this.” Obama indicated his willingness to visit Mexico after the president-elect invited the American president to the 2013 North American Leaders Summit. “Any excuses to go to Mexico,” said Obama. “I’m always game.”
  • Khan Academy on Illinois pensions (Khan Academy video)

    11/27/2012 5:31:07 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    dailyherald.com ^ | 5/27/2012 | Mike Riopell
    The free online school of everything has taken on the Illinois pension crisis.Video Link This video is from Khan Academy, the heralded online video series that can teach you about algebra, physics or whatever else you want to learn when you have nothing else to do. Their explanation of pension problems hurting government budgets focuses on Illinois. And it highlights how education funding gets hit when the state has to pay more toward retirement costs.
  • Racism? Black leaders fret white person may take Jesse Jackson's House seat

    11/27/2012 5:13:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/27/12 | Joe Newby
    Racism? Black leaders fret white person may take Jesse Jackson's House seatBy: Joe Newby November 27, 2012 **SNIP** “There’s a great deal of concern that Debbie Halvorson would win because the black vote would be split 18 ways,” Delmarrie Cobb, a longtime Democratic political consultant in Chicago said. “The battle we have is that we can’t afford to lose a black voice in Congress,” she added. “It would be a terrible loss in many ways,” she added. According to Politico, losing the seat to a white person, no matter how qualified, would "be a blow to the black establishment."
  • Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe

    11/27/2012 4:58:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Keith Laing
    Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in EuropeBy Keith Laing - 11/27/12 02:02 PM ET President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees. Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president's commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it Tuesday over their objections. "The Obama administration is firmly committed to reducing harmful carbon pollution from civil aviation both domestically and internationally, but, as we have said on many occasions, the application...
  • Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currency (Schumer ticked off)

    11/27/2012 4:50:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Vicki Needham
    Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currencyBy Vicki Needham - 11/27/12 05:11 PM ET The Obama administration is coming under criticism from Sen. Charles Schumer for declaring that China is not a currency manipulator. Following Tuesday's release of a report that again finds China is not keeping the value of its currency artificially low to cut the price of its exports to the United States, Schumer criticized the administration for avoiding penalties against China. "This report all but admits China’s currency is being manipulated, but stops short of saying so explicitly," Schumer, a close ally of Obama's, said...
  • Reid: 'Fiscal cliff' deal must raise debt ceiling (Senate budget not mentioned)

    11/27/2012 4:35:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid: 'Fiscal cliff' deal must raise debt ceilingBy Alexander Bolton - 11/27/12 02:53 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday any deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts must also raise the debt ceiling, and signaled that President Obama feels the same way. Reid said Democrats would be foolish to agree to a year-end package that raises revenues and cuts spending only to face a Republican ultimatum on the debt ceiling weeks later. “We would be somewhat foolish to work out something on stopping us from going over the cliff and then...
  • White House blasts Republican ‘obsession’ with Rice and Benghazi

    11/27/2012 4:21:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    The White House sharply escalated its attacks Tuesday on Republicans trying to stop Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice from succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Press secretary Jay Carney described GOP lawmakers as being gripped by a politically fueled "obsession" with a series of television appearances Rice made shortly after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which she wrongly suggested the attack had stemmed from a demonstration over an anti-Muslim video rather than a terrorist assault. Carney's comments came after Rice met privately on Capitol Hill with Republican...
  • Reid: Republicans Must Turn “Happy Talk” On Revenues Into Action

    11/27/2012 4:20:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    United States Senate Democrats, ^ | Nov 27,2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding efforts to reach a balanced, bipartisan agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:Too often, it is a challenge finding common ground in Washington.But as we negotiate a path back from the fiscal cliff, we should also recognize when Democrats and Republicans agree.We agree taxes should not go up for anyone making less than $250,000 a year – 97 percent of small businesses and 98 percent of middle-class families.With common ground in sight, we should be able...
  • US soars up list of climate-impacted countries - report

    11/27/2012 4:13:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    AlertNet ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Laurie Goering
    LONDON (AlertNet) - Flood-hit countries in Latin America and Asia – particularly Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan – were the most severely affected by climate change in 2011, according to rankings released Tuesday. But the United States soared up the worst-hit list as a result of a spate of tornados, record-breaking temperatures and intense hurricanes in 2011 - which suggests the country’s recent damage from Hurricane Sandy may be part of a trend toward greater vulnerability to climate impacts. The United States, which has been on the most-affected list previously, including after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, moved from 30th place...
  • Deported Mexican man regains custody of kids

    11/27/2012 4:12:54 PM PST · by Arthurio · 6 replies
    A county magistrate in North Carolina ordered Tuesday that a Mexican man deported two years ago receive custody of his three U.S.-born children. In an unprecedented decision, Alleghany County Judge Michael Duncan ruled that Felipe Montes, 32, be provisionally reunited with his sons Isaias, 5, Adrian, 3, and Angel, 2. "The court cannot find that the father is unfit," Duncan said. "The permanent plan is reunification with the father." Montes was deported in December 2010 after receiving a series of traffic fines and immigration authorities found he was in the country illegally. Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/11/27/deported-mexican-man-regains-custody-kids/#ixzz2DTHdqh3o
  • EU: Debt deal secures Greece's place in eurozone, says PM Antonis Samaras

    11/27/2012 3:58:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2012 | Emma Rowley
    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said that the debt-laden country had secured its place in the eurozone after a major debt deal with its international creditors. "We have laid the foundations to ensure that Greek debt, the most tortuous and destabilising problem facing the country, has become manageable," Mr Samaras said in a television address, adding that Greece has "ensured its place in the euro." It came after eurozone finance ministers finally reached a deal over Greece's debt burden, enabling the release of its latest tranche of rescue funds. Markets breathed a sigh of relief as eurozone finance ministers...
  • A Ray of Hope?

    11/27/2012 3:51:32 PM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 8 replies
    Pew ^ | 11-27-12 | Behind the Blue Wall
    In the wake of the 2012 election, it is clear that the demographic challenges facing the Republican Party are serious. The populations that tend to vote Democrat are increasing their share of the electorate, while the share of the electorate that tends to vote Republican is decreasing. With the GOP now falling all over themselves to promote amnesty, this trend threatens to only intensify. On the other hand, the Democrats will for the foreseeable future be reliant on a vote split in minority communities that is basically tribal in nature. There is no way in hell that 100% of blacks...
  • Owner Of Palm Beach Post To Launch Conservative Website (by the liberals at Cox Media Group)

    11/27/2012 3:26:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Boca News Now ^ | 11/24/12 | BocaNewsNow.com Staff
    In another example of how hyperlocal websites like BocaNewsNow.com are making an impact on major newspapers like the Palm Beach Post, the company that owns the Post is launching a “news” website that targets a conservative audience. Cox Media Group is looking for an editor who will serve as a very vocal and conservative face of the organization. The ad is below. We are seeking experienced editor to help lead the launch of a national news website for conservative audiences that is independent, anti-propaganda and rooted in the South away from the right and left coasts. Responsibilities This editor will...
  • We Will Get To The Bottom Of What Happened In Benghazi

    11/27/2012 3:06:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14/11/12 | Greta Van Susteran
    Senator Lindsey Graham went 'On the Record' with Greta van Susteren where he discussed the importance of creating a joint-select committee to investigate the Benghazi, Libya attack.....
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 27,2012

    11/27/2012 3:00:03 PM PST · by Biggirl · 67 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 27,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Utah Voter Turnout One Of Lowest In Country [Utah in bottom 10 of eligible voters staying home]

    11/27/2012 2:56:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Duke Dance
    The number of Utah citizens going to the polls continues to drop. The “Salt Lake Tribune” reports that while election officials point to 80 percent voter turnout across the state, that number only reflects registered voters, and doesn’t include more than half-a-million Utahns who are eligible to vote but not registered. Overall, the number of people in the state who cast ballots in the presidential election was 57 percent. That’s basically the same number as the 2008 election, when Utah placed 9th lowest in the country in voter turnout.
  • EU: [French president] Francois Hollande shows true colours with threat to nationalise ArcelorMittal

    11/27/2012 2:48:19 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Thirty years have passed since French president François Mitterrand launched Europe’s last great wave of nationalisation, seizing the banks, insurance groups, arms makers and steel industry in the culminating debacle of the Collectivist era. The whole world has been living in an era of privatisation ever since. So it seems like a strange step back in time to hear France’s minister of industrial renewal, Arnaud Montebourg, threatening a “temporary public takeover” of ArcelorMittal’s steel operations in the Lorraine plateau – purportedly to save the blast furnaces of Florange and their 2,500 workers, so sacred in the Socialist Party catechism. It...
  • At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a 'PR Disaster'

    11/27/2012 2:45:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | 11-27-2012 | Tom Blumer
    November 27, 2012 At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a 'PR Disaster' Tom Blumer Well, if the President himself can call it "a bump in the road," why not? Monday morning at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, presented a story in advance of United Nations ambassador Susan Rice's meeting today with certain Republican senators -- a meeting from which Rice, who engaged in serial falsehood peddling during the weekend after the September 11 Benghazi attack, apparently falsehood-peddling Rice emerged today even worse-off than before. In that story, both the headline and first paragraph of Anne Flaherty's coverage...
  • GOP Lawmakers Float Immigration Reform Plan

    11/27/2012 2:42:23 PM PST · by oldbill · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov 27, 2012 | Steven Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called “Dream Act” to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. Read more: GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan - Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/27/gop-lawmakers-float-immigration-reform-plan/#ixzz2DSu7D9wy Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Gazans Crossing Fence "into IDF Positions"

    11/27/2012 2:32:40 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/27/2012
    IDF soldiers stationed along the border fence with Gaza say they have received new orders on opening fire, which allow Arabs in Gaza to endanger soldiers and Israeli civilians in nearby communities. "Between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. there are hundreds and possibly thousands of people roaming near the fence, including uniformed Hamas men," a soldier told Channel 2. His identity was disguised to avoid trouble from the IDF. "They crossed the fence several times and went into our forces' positions and destroyed IDF property. The forces cannot push them away from the fence because they may not even fire...
  • French Center-Right Party Declares Sarkozy Protégé as Leader

    11/27/2012 2:20:15 PM PST · by Cincinna · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2012 | NICOLA CLARK
     After more than a week of wrangling over the outcome of its hotly contested party election, the leadership of France’s center-right opposition party on Monday confirmed Jean-François Copé, a right-leaning protégé of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, as the party’s new chief, staring down a last-minute legal challenge from his centrist rival, François Fillon.  The disputed election has sown confusion and embarrassment across France and in particular within the already bruised party, known as the U.M.P. The drawn-out battle, which has played out on live television and via social media networks, follows Mr. Sarkozy’s loss in the presidential race in May,...
  • Appeals Court Upholds N.Y. Concealed-Carry Law

    11/27/2012 2:18:53 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/27/12 | Dan Strumpf
    A federal appeals court has upheld a New York State law limiting concealed-carry gun ownership, rejecting arguments that the law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. * * * To get a concealed-carry permit in New York, a gun owner must show “proper cause,” defined as “a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.”
  • GOP senators: We’re “more disturbed” after meeting with Amb. Rice than we were before

    11/27/2012 2:12:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:01 pm on November 27, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice has been catching all kinds of flak from Republicans about her Sunday talk show appearances in which it now looks an awful lot like she willfully participated in purposefully misling the American people about the true nature of the 9/11/12 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in four American deaths. At her own behest, some of her harshest critics — Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte — agreed to meet with her and hear her out on Tuesday morning, along with acting CIA Director Michael Morell, at a closed-door briefing. Apparently, her self-defense...
  • US Navy moves to replace presidential helicopters

    11/27/2012 2:10:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/27/12 | AFP
    The Pentagon has launched a new project to replace the aging helicopters used by the US president, three years after a program was canceled due to surging costs. The next generation of Marine One choppers used by the White House incumbent would start flying in 2020, replacing the current fleet of 19 Vh-3D Sea Kings and VH-60N Night Hawks manufactured by Sikorsky.
  • Roll With The Flow by Dorian Electra (Official Music Video) [Anti-Keynesian Video!]

    11/27/2012 2:08:08 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | October 2011
    More Adventures in Economics! The sequel to "I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek!" Original song by Dorian Electra Instrumental Track by Will Schorre Directed by Christopher Minor and Neil Lokken Assistant Director: Clara LeeAwesome video!Lyrics are below
  • Naked Protesters Occupy John Boehner’s House Office

    11/27/2012 2:03:35 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/27/2012 | Z. Byron Wolf
    <p>Some protesters dropped trou to launch a protest at House Speaker John Boehner’s office in the Longworth House Office building in Washington.</p> <p>This is an office across the street from the Capitol Building. The speaker, who has a plush suite of offices in the Capitol Building, never works in the district office, so he wasn’t privy, as it were, to the privates.</p>
  • Republicans rip Obama for campaign-style approach to fiscal talk (Then let it go over the cliff!)

    11/27/2012 2:03:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/27/2012 | fox news
    Frustrated Republican leaders took a swipe Tuesday at President Obama, reminding him “the election is over” as he opts for a campaign-style strategy to sell his tax-hike proposal to middle-class America and small business owners – rather than deal face-to-face with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The president met last week with House Speaker John Boehner at the White House and spoke with him over the weekend. But as members of Congress return this week to Washington, Obama is instead hosting a series of events aimed at selling his plan while pressuring Republicans to extend tax cuts only to families...
  • Authorities probe Gazan's breach into moshav

    11/27/2012 2:01:14 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/27/2012 | BEN HARTMAN
    Though the attempted murder of a resident of Moshav Sde Avraham by an infiltrator from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning remains under investigation by the IDF and Israel Police, new details have emerged about the incident that could have very easily ended in far more bloodshed. On his way to Moshav Sde Avraham, the attacker somehow managed to cut through the electric security fence on the border with Gaza, and make his way by foot several kilometers to the Eshkol Region security fence and finally the fence of Sde Avraham, all without being detected. It was only when the...
  • Hugo Chavez Heading to Cuba for More Cancer Treatment

    11/27/2012 1:53:11 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/27/12 | ap
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans to travel to Cuba as early as Tuesday for more medical treatment after spending much of the past 18 months fighting cancer. In a written request to the legislature, which was read on television by National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, Chavez said that doctors have recommended he "begin special treatment consisting of various sessions of hyperbaric oxygenation" and physical therapy to continue "consolidating the process of strengthening health."
  • Bid Farewell to Pennies and Nickels!

    11/27/2012 1:30:24 PM PST · by angelcindy · 202 replies
    Wealth Wire ^ | , November 26th, 2012 | Brittany Stepniak
    The U.S. is following Canada's footsteps regarding the production of pennies and nickels. According to U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Giethner, our U.S. Mint intends to remove the penny and nickel coins from circulation beginning early in January 2013.
  • 'I want you to leave me alone:' Gennifer Flowers claims Bill Clinton tried contacting her as...

    11/27/2012 1:26:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    'I want you to leave me alone:' Gennifer Flowers claims Bill Clinton tried contacting her as recently as 2005 The lounge singer also said she spoke with the then-Democratic presidential candidate in 1992 about how he wanted 'name recognition.' She said she helped him become a 'household name overnight.' By Erik Ortiz / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 2:41 PM Gennifer Flowers, who rocked Bill Clinton’s run for the White House 20 years ago by revealing a sexual affair, now suggests she was the one who helped catapult the up-and-coming politician into a “household name.” The sultry...
  • China lands First Fighter Jet on Aircraft Carrier ( Video) (No Signup Required....)

    11/27/2012 1:23:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Marketwatch (WSJ) ^ | 11/25/2012 11:52:42 PM3:49 | Jeremy Page
    The Next Chapter of China's Defense China's military ambitions are now aided by the landing of its first fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. The WSJ's Jeremy Page discusses what this means for the country's defense strategy.
  • Jon Kyl, Kay Bailey Hutchison Unveil Alternative To DREAM Act

    11/27/2012 1:07:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    ABC News - Univision ^ | November 27, 2012 | Jordon Fabian
    .....The bill, introduced by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Texas) and dubbed the ACHIEVE Act, would offer a pathway to permanent residency to young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents who are seeking a higher education or military service. The bill stops short of providing a separate pathway to citizenship..... Kyl and Hutchison said, however, that they have been working on the bill for about one year, well before the contours of the election took shape in full.To be eligible for legal status under the ACHIEVE Act, an applicant must have lived in the...
  • Spotting silicon in graphene, it's dope

    11/27/2012 1:04:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 26 November 2012 | David Bradley
    Atomic structures for three-fold and four-fold coordinated silicon impurities in monolayer graphene © APSA combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy and atomic-resolution spectroscopic techniques has allowed US researchers to pick out individual silicon atoms in a doped graphene sheet. The technique reveals that the silicon atoms can exist in a planar hybridised ‘sp2d’ like form when bonded to four carbon atoms, as well as the anticipated sp3 form when triply coordinated. The experimental observations mesh with simulations of two-dimensional solids and point the way to a method for exploring single impurities in graphene and related materials.Stephen Pennycook and colleagues at...
  • Markets Just Slipped After Senator Reid's Comments

    11/27/2012 12:59:10 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-27-2012 | Sam Ro
    Markets Just Slipped After Senator Reid's Comments Sam RoNov. 27, 2012, 2:29 PMMarkets have been quiet for most of the day. But in the last few minutes, we've seen stocks lose their legs. Bloomberg is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little progress has been made regarding fiscal cliff negotiations and that he was "disappointed." If Congress is unable to make a deal, a series of tax cuts and spending programs are set to expire by the end of the year, potentially cutting 2013 GDP by as much as 5%.
  • 'Shut Up, Grandpa'

    11/27/2012 12:43:42 PM PST · by 867V309 · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    But history and reason will not be denied. Ridicule, loot, and euthanize the "old white men" at your peril. The progressive path blazed by the leading lights of today's youthful, female, minority majority -- George Soros, Andy Stern, Bill Ayers, Al Gore, Harry Reid -- not to mention the fresh young minority girls who made it all possible -- Marx, Lenin, Dewey, Marcuse, et al -- will indeed lead America to fundamental transformation.
  • Jeb Bush hammers teachers unions at education summit

    11/27/2012 12:02:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    Washington Time ^ | 11/27/12 | Ben Wolfgang
    In the fight to reform American schools, former Florida Gov. and outspoken education advocate Jeb Bush on Tuesday took direct aim at labor groups and joined a growing chorus who believe real change must start by loosening the grip of teachers unions. “We need to have a teacher evaluation system that is based on teachers being professionals, not part of some collective trade union bargaining process,” said Mr. Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education Reform, which kicked off its national summit in D.C. on Tuesday. “We have a system to reward teachers that’s based on an industrialized,...
  • Sandy Victim Says President Didn’t Follow Through on Promise to Help

    11/27/2012 11:53:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    After Hurricane Sandy hit along the New Jersey Shore and throughout New York City, President Obama traveled to the affected area and delivered a message to both victims and the federal government, advising the fed to use “no bureaucracy, no red tape … get resources where they’re needed as fast as possible.” To the victims, he promised assistance. “We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.” It was that same day that an emotional embrace between the president and a New Jersey businesswoman, Donna Vanzant, was...
  • ´National security risk´: Far-right leader pushes Hungary to draw up list of Jews

    11/27/2012 11:46:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/2012 | Staff
    BUDAPEST, Hungary -- A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up a list of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary´s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.
  • Female military members sue to serve in combat

    11/27/2012 11:40:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Four female military service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday and is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.
  • Even A Stopped Clock . . .[Paul Krugman, Making Sense!]

    11/27/2012 11:39:40 AM PST · by zeestephen · 40 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 26 November 2012 | Mark Krikorian
    "Whenever you see some business person complaining how he can’t find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage they’re offering."
  • White House: 'There Are No Unanswered Questions' On Rice's Involvement With Benghazi Misinformation

    11/27/2012 11:36:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/27/2012 | staff
    Jay Carney told the White House press pool that the focus on Ambassador Rice is "misplaced" when investigating Benghazi. Carney said that "there are no unanswered questions" when it concerns Ambassador Rice, what she knew, and who gave her the information that was the basis of her comments on the Sunday shows the weekend after the attack on the US consulate in Libya.
  • Can You Trust the President, Congress or the Courts to Protect Your Privacy Rights?

    11/27/2012 11:34:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://us4.campaign-archive1.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | John Whitehead
    “The game is rigged, the network is bugged, the government talks double-speak, the courts are complicit and there’s nothing you can do about it.”—David Kravets, reporting for Wired Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. This is the reality of the internet-dependent, plugged-in life of most Americans today. A process which started shortly after 9/11 with programs like National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping and Total Information Awareness has grown into a full-fledged network of warrantless surveillance, electronic tracking and data mining, thanks to federal agents having been granted carte blanche access to...
  • Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ

    11/27/2012 11:33:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th.
  • Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes

    11/27/2012 11:24:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Science Codex ^ | November 15, 2012 | NA
    A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease. The research appears the December issue of Diabetologia, a publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). "Previous studies proposed the existence of an association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of and Type 1 diabetes, but this is the first time that the theory has...
  • Fox News Ends Interview after left-wing journalist calls Benghazi"small firefight"

    11/27/2012 11:02:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://tv.yahoo.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Sadie Gennis
    Fox News abruptly ended an interview Monday after author Thomas Ricks accused the network of bias. During an interview with Jon Scott, Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Generals, accused Fox of hyping up the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. "When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott demanded. "How many security contractors died in Iraq? Do you know?" Ricks responded. "Nobody does, because nobody cared." Ricks went on to describe the attack as a "small firefight" before adding: "I...
  • GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan

    11/27/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called “Dream Act” to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. GOP Sens. Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they have introduced a bill that would reward those who take college classes or join the military. “We have got to get this ball rolling,” said Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican who is retiring this year. “We have to have a discussion that is sensible, that is calm.”...
  • Rice: We didn't intend to mislead on Benghazi

    11/27/2012 10:32:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | BYRON TAU
    Under fire from congressional critics, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stressed in a Tuesday statement that she did not intend to mislead the public about the September 11th attacks on the Benghazi consulate. "Neither I nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved," Rice said. Rice has emerged as a high-profile administration for congressional critics who claim that the Obama administration tried to cover up a terrorist link to the attacks. Rice and acting...
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • Joe Klein defends Susan Rice, says security fine for dead ambassador

    11/27/2012 9:54:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Defending United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice even more than the White House, Time's Joe Klein Monday declared on MSNBC that not only was terrorism not part of the initial attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, but that slain Ambassador Chris Stevens had enough security despite reports he had begged for more. "The talking points were accurate," he said of Rice's initial claim that the attack and slaying were sparked by an an anti-Muslim movie, not terrorism, a claim later revised by the administration. On the issue of more security, Klein said of Stevens, "he wasn't requesting -- the...