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  • Montana tribal elder who 'adopted' Obama dies

    11/28/2012 11:34:38 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 28, 2012
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- An elder from Montana's Crow Indian Tribe who ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama into his family during the 2008 presidential race has died. Tribal officials say 78-year-old Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle Jr. died Monday at his home in Lodge Grass on the tribe's reservation in the southeastern part of the state.
  • Norquist: Obama Placing ‘Left-Wing Fantasies’ Above American Families

    11/28/2012 11:27:18 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Nov. 28, 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, dismissed discussion of GOP defections from his “no new taxes” pledge, and President Obama’s tax theories, as pure fantasy. In a Tuesday interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the conservative activist reinforced that support for his “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” — which was signed by 95 percent of Republican congressmen earlier this month – is not waning. Norquist stated that Democrats’ openness to substantial spending cuts is like imagining a “pink unicorn.”
  • First cracks in GOP resolve on tax rates

    11/28/2012 11:21:45 AM PST · by John W · 21 replies
    AP via Yahoo news ^ | November 28, 2012 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first cracks are developing among Republicans over whether to accept a quick deal with President Barack Obama on allowing the top two income tax rates to expire. Conservative Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole told GOP colleagues in a private meeting on Tuesday that it's better to make sure that tax cuts for the 98 percent of taxpayers who make less than $200,000 or $250,000 a year are extended than to battle it out with Obama and risk increasing taxes on everyone. Cole's remarks are noteworthy because he's a longtime GOP loyalist and a confidant of House...
  • Is the GOP Doomed by the ‘Generation Gap’?

    11/28/2012 11:20:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/28/2012 | Rick Moran
    Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying, “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.”And any man who writes on politics for New York Magazine has neither heart nor brains --- especially if his name is Jonathan Chait: How doomed are conservatives? Pretty doomed, if you look carefully at the Pew Research Survey’s close analysis of the youth vote in the 2012 elections. The Republicans’ long-term dilemma has generally been framed in racial terms, but it’s mainly a...
  • Obama on tax cuts: Don’t ‘screw this up,’ Washington

    11/28/2012 10:43:41 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama urged Americans on Wednesday to help him pressure Congress to prevent a Jan. 1 tax hike on the middle class, saying it was up to the public to make sure Washington doesn't "screw this up." "When the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold Congress listens," Obama said, flanked by Americans who answered the White House's call to detail what that tax increase would cost them personally. "We really need to get this right. I can only do it with the help of the American people," the president said. "It's too important for Washington to screw...
  • Surveillance video shows violent confrontation at gas station

    11/28/2012 10:43:25 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    KHOU 11 ^ | 11-27-12 | Rucks Russell
    HOUSTON—As family members of a man who was shot by a Valero clerk in southeast Houston called for the store clerk’s arrest, the store owner released surveillance video. Alexander Calloway, 21, and his two cousins were trying to enter the gas station on Martin Luther King and Belarbor around 3:30 a.m., but the store was locked. The young men got into an argument with the clerk, who unlocked his door and came outside, police said. Someone punched the clerk in the face and the clerk pulled out his gun and shot Calloway in the stomach, according to HPD. Calloway’s cousins...
  • Federal Student Lending Swells (so are delinquencies)

    11/28/2012 10:36:38 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    The federal lending program designed to make college education available to everyone is creating a pile of debt so large it is fanning worries that it has become too easy to borrow too much.
  • Chris Matthews: Maybe a Susan Rice nomination isn’t such a great idea after all (Video)

    11/28/2012 10:35:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    When even Chris Matthews can see the dangers in pushing Susan Rice as Hillary Clinton's replacement, maybe the White House should pay attention. Via Eliana Johnson at NRO, the second term hasn't yet begun and Barack Obama needs as much political capital as possible to win on the "fiscal cliff." Why take on this fight, especially when an easy option --- and a better one --- in John Kerry is at hand? Matthews predicts a "very messy and hot" fight over the nomination if it indeed comes, which will be "not helpful," and Matthews hears it may not come at...
  • Gingrich: The key 'R' word is Republican, not Romney

    11/28/2012 10:33:56 AM PST · by GVnana · 49 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/28/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    The key 'R' word is Republican, not Romney With all the efforts to understand the recent election defeat, a lot of the focus has been on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his campaign. That is exactly the wrong way to begin analyzing the outcome of the 2012 campaign. The focus on Romney as a candidate is profoundly misleading for those who want to prepare for future Republican victories. Any analysis of recent Republican presidential results will reveal a systemic failure which can’t be ascribed to Romney. The last clear Republican presidential victory was in 1988 when Vice President George...
  • Incredible Raw Image of Saturn’s Swirling North Pole (Saturn's Enigmatic Swirling Hexagon)

    11/28/2012 10:32:10 AM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Universe Today ^ | November 28, 2012 | Jason Major
    Are you ready for this? I know… WOW. This swirling maelstrom of clouds is what was seen over Saturn’s north pole earlier today, November 27, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This is a raw image, acquired in polarized light, from a distance of 238,045 miles (383,097 kilometers)… all I did was remove some of the hot pixels that are commonly found on Cassini images taken with longer exposures. Again… WOW. My attempt at a color composite can be seen below, plus another treat: It’s rough, and a little muddy because the clouds were moving between image channels (not to mention the...
  • WaPo/ABC poll: Six in ten favor raising taxes on $250K+ households for fiscal-cliff solution

    11/28/2012 10:25:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, that $80 billion a year will come in handy, no? That's the impression that six in ten Americans have as a solution to the trillion-dollar deficits in the latest Washington Post/ABC poll — and 39% of Republicans, too. The result demonstrates the political leverage of Democrats in the fiscal-cliff fight, and perhaps the leeway for the House GOP to compromise as well: Sixty percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll support raising taxes on incomes more than $250,000 a year, long a popular option overall, but also a divisive one: While 73 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of...
  • WSJ: Yep, the feds are totally unprepared to launch ObamaCare exchanges

    11/28/2012 10:19:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    The blaming of governors for not implementing ObamaCare is in hyperdrive for a reason— the federal government and liberals backing ObamaCare overestimated the federal government's ability to build a system of the complexity and technological intricacy necessary to pull this off. They counted on states to do some heavy lifting (with a hefty price tag) to make this happen, yet have given them very little regulatory guidance and passed the bill in a way least likely to engender cooperation. The current rumpus is over ObamaCare’s “exchanges,” the bureaucracies that will regulate the design and sale of insurance and where 30...
  • Now they tell us: Majority against government health insurance guarantee

    11/28/2012 10:16:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/28/2012 | Rick Moran
    The low information voter will be the death of America. New Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans now disagree with liberals that it is the government's responsibility to see that all Americans have health insurance: ***** For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans' views have become more divided in recent years. The current results are based on Gallup's annual Health...
  • Fourteen Is the New Fifteen! (The global warming doomsday cult quietly changed an important number)

    11/28/2012 10:01:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/28/2012 | Arvind Kumar
    According to the leaders of the global warming doomsday cult, the average surface temperature of Earth is 14 degrees Celsius (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit), but this is a new value which has quietly replaced the original average of 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). In March 1988, a few months before NASA's James Hansen asserted before the Congress that global warming was in progress, the New York Times quoted him as saying that he used 59 degrees Fahrenheit as the average global temperature to calculate the temperature variations. ***** "One of the scientists, Dr. James E. Hansen of the National Aeronautics...
  • Gazan billboards say ‘Thank you Iran’

    11/28/2012 9:57:43 AM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    Large billboards saying “Thank you Iran” have appeared next to three major road junctions in the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented public acknowledgment of the weapons terrorist groups in the Strip receive from the Islamic Republic. The message was written in Arabic, English, Hebrew and Farsi above a picture of an Iranian manufactured Fajr 5 rocket like the ones fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the recent round of hostilities. “Iranian rockets struck at Tel Aviv. They reached Jerusalem. Therefore it was our duty to thank those who helped our people,” Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib told Reuters.
  • The Millionaires’ Tax (Hey Mr. Buffett, How Much Taxes will It Really Raise?)

    11/28/2012 9:53:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The days are ticking off to a January 1 fiscal implosion, and Republicans are trying to MacGyver a fiscal fix. Three days after the election, President Obama claimed the voters had given him a mandate to raise taxes on the rich. With Pew reporting that 58 percent of Americans feel the rich pay too little in taxes, it’s hard for Republicans to contradict the president. Unless Congress intervenes to prevent the Bush tax cuts from expiring, high earners will face significantly higher income taxes in 2013. For the top two brackets, the rate will rise to 36 percent (from 33...
  • No President Obama, We Can't "Outcompete" Other Countries

    11/28/2012 9:40:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/28/2012 | Harry Binswanger
    In a campaign speech, President Obama said: “I know we can outcompete any other nation on earth.” No we can’t. We can’t outcompete Germany, China, France–we can’t compete any other country. In fact, no country can outcompete any other. The very concept “outcompete” makes no sense on a national scale. One business can outcompete another business, but a nation can’t outcompete another nation across the board. Suppose Bangladesh firms have a comparative advantage in sewing garments. Even if Americans are better at it than Bangladeshis, both countries gain if Americans outsource their garment-sewing work to Bangladesh firms and shift American...
  • How ETFs will destroy Wall Street (not a bad option)

    11/28/2012 9:29:53 AM PST · by Grampa Dave · 7 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 11/28/2012 | Dan Caplinger
    For decades, ordinary investors with modest sums to invest had limited options. With even low discount-broker commissions making a big dent into regular investments from typical paychecks, individual stocks were largely out of reach, leaving actively managed mutual funds as the primary alternative. Through active funds, money managers got used to the idea of taking 1% off the top on an annual basis, regardless of whether the funds they managed produced gains or lost money for their shareholders. Index mutual funds have been around for 35 years, but they largely coexisted peacefully with active funds throughout most of that time....
  • The election is over, but PLF’s Obamacare suit goes on!

    11/28/2012 9:15:50 AM PST · by Jayster · 3 replies
    Tea Party Patriots El Dorado Hills ^ | 11/15/2012 | DARWIN THRONE
    Pacific Legal Foundation, located in Sacramento, has filed a new lawsuit on the constitutionality of Obamacare that will be heard by the Supreme Court. Sacramento, CA; November 7, 2012: After this week’s election results, the costly, burdensome and intrusive Affordable Care Act (ACA) — “Obamacare” — is less likely than ever to be reformed, let alone repealed, by elected officials. But a promising, powerful legal challenge is still going forward — litigated by attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation, a watchdog organization that defends limited government, free enterprise, and individual rights, in courtrooms nationwide. “Especially after the election of 2012, PLF...
  • Yarmuth says he'd be OK only raising taxes on those making more than $500k

    11/28/2012 9:08:46 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/27/2012 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, is holding out hope Congress can come to an agreement before the end of the year to avoid the fiscal cliff – a mix of mandatory spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts. Unlike others, such as Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Yarmuth said he doesn’t want to see Congress wait until after the first of the year to take up the tax issue. Murray has said Democrats might have a better chance to keep the cuts only for the middle class if the cuts are allowed to expire so Congress...