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  • Sandy blasts $80B hole through debt talks(So it costs $80bn- but why do other states p/u tab?)

    11/29/2012 4:42:25 AM PST · by bestintxas · 55 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/29/12 | e wasson
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Northeastern lawmakers are seeking $80 billion from Congress to pay for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy — a demand that could wreak havoc on negotiations for a deal on the deficit. Bloomberg (I) traveled to the Capitol on Wednesday to press lawmakers to approve the $80 billion supplemental appropriations bill — without offsets and with new levels of flexibility — to aid the recovery of New York and New Jersey. Senators from the two states are also urging the White House to seek a sweeping aid package next week when it asks Congress to...
  • 5 Dirty Little Secrets About the Bush Tax Cuts

    11/29/2012 4:28:56 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/29/2012 | John Merline
    It´s been more than 10 years since President Bush signed his first round of tax cuts into law. And in the years since, those cuts have been the source of constant attacks. [snip] But a decade of debate and discussion has managed to shed little light on what the Bush tax cuts actually did. So as the debate heats up once again as part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, it´s worth taking the time to highlight some of the things most people never knew about the Bush-era tax cuts.
  • Leading House GOP figure's compromise plan gets shot down (No Cuts, No Deal!)

    11/29/2012 4:19:56 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/29/2012 | Deirdre Walsh
    House Speaker John Boehner and other conservatives shot down a proposal from a senior congressional Republican who suggested that his GOP colleagues break from their firm anti-tax position and agree to a demand from Democrats to immediately renew middle-class tax cuts. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the leadership team that helps round up House votes, told fellow GOP lawmakers that he thought they should, as a matter of political strategy, extend just the tax-rate cuts for those making $250,000 or less before the end of the year -- a position being pushed by President Barack Obama and...
  • Catholics United v. The Knights of Columbus

    11/29/2012 4:11:01 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.theird.org/page.aspx?pid=2150 ^ | November 26, 2012 | Kieran Raval
    The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal order, is under attack by Catholics United, a “non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition”. Catholics United, upset that the Knights of Columbus has donated money to promote and protect the institution of marriage, delivered a petition to the order’s headquarters in New Haven, CT last week. Catholics United accuses the Knights of engaging in right-wing politicking and becoming a front for the GOP. Furthermore, the group tries to causally link the Knights’ support of marriage...
  • PM: Ignore the Sound of UN Applause

    11/29/2012 3:51:59 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/12 | David Lev
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has a message for Israelis planning to watch the UN General Assembly approve the PA's bid to be recognized as a non-voting observer state later Thursday: There is no need to be upset. Speaking Thursday, Netanyahu said that the PA's statehood bid was “meaningless. The decision by the General Assembly to raise the PA delegation's status to a non-member observer state will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state. I suggest that we not be impressed with the applause at the General Assembly. It doesn't matter how many hands are raised against us, we have...
  • More Performers Added To Star Studded Lineup For '12-12-12' Concert [Not a DIME from me]

    11/29/2012 3:32:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY1.com ^ | November 27, 2012
    Next month's benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for victims of Sandy received some added star power. Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder and The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are now slated to perform at the Dec. 12 show. They're joining a lineup that already includes Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Proceeds of the so-called "12-12-12" concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and benefit those affected in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • Powerball: Winning Tickets for Jackpot Sold in Arizona and Missouri

    11/29/2012 3:25:13 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 12/29/12 | ALAN FARNHAM and ANTHONY CASTELLANO
    Winning tickets for the record Powerball jackpot worth more than $587 million were purchased in Arizona and Missouri. Missouri Lottery official Susan Goedde confirmed to ABC News this morning that one of the winning tickets was purchased in the state, but they would not be announcing a town until later this morning. Arizona lottery officials said they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day. The winning numbers for the jackpot were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29. The Powerball was 6. The jackpot...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 29, 2012

    11/29/2012 2:57:45 AM PST · by sneakers · 19 replies
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  • Behind the Susan Rice meeting meltdown

    11/29/2012 2:38:08 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/12 | SCOTT WONG and SEUNG MIN KIM
    In just two quick meetings on Capitol Hill, Susan Rice may have blown up any goodwill she had with the very senators she’ll need for confirmation if she’s ever tapped as the next secretary of state.Over the past two days, four key Republican senators have emerged from private meetings to blast the United Nations ambassador’s explanation about what happened during and after the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It’s not clear what Rice said behind closed doors to anger all these senators, but it’s obvious the meetings went badly and this was hardly a nominee-in-waiting charm...
  • First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations (54 live Christmas trees)

    11/29/2012 2:37:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    770kob ^ | 11/29/12
    First Lady Unveils White House Holiday DecorationsNational News 3:00AM November 29, 2012 (WASHINGTON) -- It took 54 live Christmas trees, 175 pounds of gingerbread, and 85 volunteers from across the country to pull it off, but the holidays have finally arrived at the White House. **SNIP** More than 90,000 visitors will tour the decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this holiday season, which now boasts a huge 18-foot-6-inch Fraser fir in the Blue Room and a giant topiary of the Obama family dog Bo made out of 20,000 black and white pom-poms. Other highlights include the annual White House gingerbread house,...
  • Why Tester’s Sportsmen’s Act hit a snag in the Senate

    11/29/2012 1:32:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Missoula Independent ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Matthew Frank
    Since U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s election six years ago, arguably his greatest legislative achievement, however controversial, was the precedent-setting removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list. If it wasn’t evident already, the delisting, which Tester attached as a rider to an unrelated budget bill a year and a half ago, cemented the flat-topped organic farmer as a moderate red-state Democrat eager to broker bipartisan solutions. His reelection earlier in the month appeared to validate that approach. All signs indicated that Tester would take a significant step toward scoring his second big, bipartisan legislative accomplishment when the Senate voted...
  • Deputies: Homeowner shoots burglar caught taking property (TX)

    11/29/2012 1:17:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    khou.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Staff
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A northwest Harris County homeowner fought back against two burglars Tuesday night and ended up shooting one of them. It all happened at a home on Morgensen Drive at Zada Park Lane sometime before 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said a homeowner came home and noticed an upstairs light was on that wasn’t supposed to be. He went back to his car, got his gun, and headed back to the house.
  • Michigan: Time Running Out to Repeal State Handgun Registration and Permit System

    11/29/2012 1:12:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 28 November, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    The Michigan Legislature returned yesterday for the last few weeks of their 2012 legislative session with several pro-gun bills still pending consideration. House Bill 5225 and its companion bills, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements in Michigan, have been languishing in the state Senate for months, so your state Senator and the Senate leadership need to hear from gun owners across Michigan today! Since the state House passed HB 5225 back in June, the Michigan Senate is the only remaining obstacle to getting this vital bill to the Governor. HB 5225 has faced increased opposition...
  • Another Shooting May Test Florida Law(Jordan, Dunn)

    11/29/2012 12:52:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    MIAMI — In what could become another test of Florida’s broad self-defense law, a software developer charged with killing a Jacksonville teenager said he reached for his gun and fired eight rounds only after he was threatened with a shotgun.
  • Algae turns Australian oceans milky pink

    11/29/2012 12:51:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/29/2012
    A huge red algal bloom along vast stretches of southeastern Australia's coastline Thursday resulted in beaches being closed and turned swathes of usually pristine ocean milky pink. A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Sydney's Clovelly Beach on November 27 The algae, noctiluca scintillans, forced the closure of Sydney's Bondi beach and a number of neighbouring inlets earlier this week, and government officials said it had now spread along the fringes of two states. "Samples taken at Bondi Beach on 27 November confirmed the presence of noctiluca scintillans, which appears as a pinkish to reddish discolouration in...
  • Russian Army Lacks Recruits, but Will Not Draft North Caucasians

    11/29/2012 12:33:24 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/28/2012 | Valery Dzutsev
    On November 22, the authoritative Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta published a report on how the Russian army is becoming increasingly undermanned. According to the paper’s sources in the Russian military, the new Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was “extremely displeased” with a report by General Vasily Smirnov about Russian military units lacking about half (40–60 percent) of their assigned staff. The best-manned military units, unsurprisingly, are located in the Southern Military District, which encompasses the North Caucasus and nearby areas, where the military reportedly has 90–95 percent of the listed staff. On November 21, Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov stated that...
  • Soon to be the lone Democrat in Ky.'s delegation, Yarmuth to meet at White House...

    11/28/2012 10:24:52 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 31 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/28/2012 | Nick Storm
    Soon to be the lone Democrat in Ky.'s delegation, Yarmuth to meet at White House to discuss appointments U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville told Pure Politics he is meeting this week with White House officials to go over potential federal appointments in preparation for being the lone Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation. The election loss of U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles leaves Yarmuth as Kentucky’s only member of Congress in President Barack Obama’s party. That will mean he will take on more responsibility in facilitating judicial and U.S. Attorney appointments, as the Courier-Journal first reported. Yarmuth told Pure...
  • Senator Susan Collins Goes Back To Africa To Raise Questions About Susan Rice Nomination

    11/28/2012 9:27:07 PM PST · by haffast · 19 replies
    Onyx Magazine ^ | Wed, Nov 28th, 2012 | By admin
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, also the top contender to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, had another meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, with moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Following that meeting, Sen. Collins told reporters that she “continues to be troubled” (hmm, sounds familiar) about Ambassador Rice’s post-Benghazi talk show appearances, and opened another line of attack on Rice’s prospective nomination: her tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, during which bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania occurred. snip From Bloomberg News: "When Rice was confronted with...
  • Petition To Congress Urging Electors To NOT Cast Their Vote

    11/28/2012 9:07:48 PM PST · by mom of young patriots · 25 replies
    "...We are calling on you, our Senators, to request our electors not cast their vote! Then the House of Representatives CAN choose the next President (and Republicans still have the majority - 233 (R) to 195 (D) - in the House of Representatives)!!!..."
  • Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal

    11/28/2012 8:43:20 PM PST · by Marie · 29 replies
    Marine Corps Gazette ^ | July2012 | Capt Katie Petronio
    The Marine Corps Times recently published a handful of articles in regard to opening Infantry Officer Course (IOC) to females and the possibility of integrating women into the infantry community. In mid-April the Commandant directed the “integration” of the first wave of female officers into IOC this summer following completion of The Basic School (TBS). This action may or may not pave the way for female Marines to serve in the infantry as the results remain to be seen. However, before the Marine Corps moves forward with this concept, should we not ask the hard questions and gain opinions of...
  • Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony

    11/28/2012 8:41:11 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 88 replies
    Dailymail ^ | Wednesday November 28, 2012
    Full Title: Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies. One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit...
  • Jill Kelley demands probe into who leaked her name as it's revealed 15 investigators are working 7

    11/28/2012 8:40:35 PM PST · by kiryandil · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2012 | AP & DM reporter
    Jill Kelley demands probe into who leaked her name... as it's revealed 15 investigators are working 7 days a week to scrutinize her 'inappropriate' emails with General Allen Tampa socialite who tipped off FBI about Petraeus' affair breaks her silence Attorneys claimed she never tried to exploit her friendship with CIA boss Officials reveal a team is working around the clock to investigate 60-70 emails she exchanged with Allen, leader of U.S. troops in Afghanistan Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239567/Jill-Kelley-demands-investigation-leaked-press-Petraeus-sex-scandal.html
  • 90% of Top Obama Advisers White Males

    11/28/2012 8:39:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Even as the media complains that Republican House officials have installed males at the top of their committees, it ignores the fact that President Obama’s senior advisors are almost entirely white males. The only top advisor who is a female or minority is Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s longtime maternal figure.
  • Jeb Bush, Jr. hopes dad will run for president

    11/28/2012 8:36:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) – Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said Tuesday morning he "certainly" wants his dad to run for president. Asked on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" if he wants to see his father make a White House bid, Bush said, "I don't know. No comment. I certainly hope so." "Giving you the full loaf of bread right there," he continued, smiling. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker Jeb Bush, the former governor, flirted with a presidential bid last year, but declined to run. With high popularity in the Hispanic community–his wife is...
  • Egyptian president now rambling about “Planet of the Apes” in foreign-policy interviews

    11/28/2012 8:31:02 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    On the one hand, he’s nuts. On the other hand, using a tortured pop-culture metaphor for geopolitics suggests he’d make a fine blogger. Is “The Walking Dead” actually an elaborate metaphor for America’s looming fiscal collapse? Your answer to that question will tell you if you’re prepared for the logic bomb that’s about to be dropped on you. (Answer: Yes.) He does seem to think that the remake of “Planet of the Apes” was terrible, which means he hasn’t lost touch with reality entirely:
  • O'Reilly: Dems to push for wealth tax (confiscation of private property)

    11/28/2012 8:12:21 PM PST · by pabianice · 59 replies
    O'Reilly Show/Fox | 11/28/12
    Far from compromising, Dems will push for a "wealth tax" to take money away from people who they say have too much. Also, not one cut in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Obamacare. They are tripling down again. Meanwhile, Repubs in the House are already talking about tax increases.
  • Bill Clinton asks for help with Hillary’s ($73,000) 2008 campaign debt

    11/28/2012 8:08:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/12 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    Bill Clinton asks for help with Hillary’s 2008 campaign debtBy BOBBY CERVANTES | Updated: 11/28/12 7:22 PM EST Bill Clinton isn’t finished campaigning just yet. Amid speculation that Hillary Clinton might make a run for the presidency in 2016, her husband is taking another swing at shrinking her lingering 2008 campaign debt, which totals $73,000 as of Sept. 30. In an email to supporters Wednesday, Bill Clinton offered a chance to spend a day with him if donors chipped in to drive down his wife’s campaign debt before Dec. 6.
  • Complaint filed against Minneapolis union

    11/28/2012 7:55:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-27-12 | Sarah Horner
    The National Labor Relations Board regional office issued a complaint against Minneapolis-based Teamsters Local 974 after the union reportedly failed to follow proper procedures regarding an employee's request to refrain from paying a portion of his union dues. A former employee with New Brighton Ford recently requested to stop paying union dues that supported nonrepresentational activities, according to Marlin Osthus, regional director for the Minneapolis National Labor Relations Board office. His request is protected under union members' "Beck rights," a term coined from a 1988 Supreme Court decision that ruled unions could not require members to pay for their political...
  • TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Texas Congressman's Teen Grandniece

    11/28/2012 7:53:42 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 November 2012 | Alex Newman
    The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Congressman's Teen Grandniece The New American 28 November 2012 The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. Of course, passengers routinely complain of TSA abuse and molestation — some 17,000 formal complaints have been lodged against the widely ridiculed and despised unconstitutional Homeland Security agency just since 2009, documents show. The latest scandal, however, has turned into...
  • Peninsula cities queue up to vote on plastic bag bans [San Mateo County, Calif.]

    11/28/2012 7:51:06 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Bonnie Eslinger
    [snip] Under the ordinance, stores will be prohibited from offering customers plastic bags for carrying out purchases and will be required to charge a dime per paper bag. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the price of paper bags will go up to 25 cent each. [snip] "Most of the comments I've gotten to date are not only supportive, but they are really enthused about it," said Moura, adding that the only complaint he's heard involves the paper bag charge. County officials are hoping as many of the bans will go into effect as possible by April 22, which is Earth...
  • Barbara Lee drops leadership bid, clearing way for (white guy) Crowley

    11/28/2012 7:48:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/12 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Barbara Lee drops leadership bid, clearing way for CrowleyBy SEUNG MIN KIM | 11/28/12 10:47 AM EST Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she is dropping her leadership bid in what would’ve been the only contested race among House Democrats. **SNIP** Lee, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said she was withdrawing her bid in order to “unify” lawmakers around Crowley.
  • Little Falls shootings: Drugs, other items reported stolen found in car teens used

    11/28/2012 7:36:20 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-27-12 | Christopher Magan
    Authorities tied the teenage cousins killed by a homeowner after they broke into his Little Falls, Minn., house Thanksgiving Day to a similar break-in the night before. Prescription drugs from the earlier burglary were found in the red Mitsubishi Eclipse that Nicholas Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, drove when they broke into Byron David Smith's home north of Little Falls, Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said Wednesday, Nov. 28. Deputies are now reviewing police reports to see if other burglaries are connected to the teens.
  • US: David Headley, Tahawwur Rana to be sentenced in January 2013

    11/28/2012 7:32:21 PM PST · by Jyotishi
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Press Trust of India
    Chicago - The sentencing of American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has been fixed for January 17, 2013 while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for January 15 from December 4. According to Chicago court spokesperson Randall Samborn, US District Judge Harry Leinenweber will announce the sentence of the two accused, who have been charged with conspiracy of 2008 Mumbai attack and plan to attack a Denmark newspaper. "The sentencing date for Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled from December 4, 2012, to January 15, 2013, and the sentencing of David Coleman...
  • Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget deal (No more speaking, vacations, golf?)

    11/28/2012 7:23:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/12 | Amie Parnes
    Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget dealBy Amie Parnes - 11/28/12 07:57 PM ET President Obama on Wednesday ramped up his sales pitch for Congress to accept a budget deal that includes tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, offering a stark warning to lawmakers that it’s “too important to screw this up.” During brief remarks at the White House to a group of middle-class voters, Obama sought to push his proposal to extend tax rates only on households with annual income of $250,000 or less before those rates expire at the end of the year. Obama, who will...
  • Routine traffic stop finds 14 illegal immigrants in vehicle

    11/28/2012 7:19:27 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    KOKH FOX25 ^ | November 28 2012 | KOKH FOX25
    Dashcam video captures 14 illegal immigrants piling out of a car and running from police. What was supposed to be a routine traffic stop turned out to be anything but. Fox 25's Kisha Henry shows us why deputies think the unusual scene could become a lot more typical. Sgt. Cody Palmer is the Canadian County Sheriff's Deputy who made the stop. He says he's seen a lot of things being transported across the interstate-- narcotics, money loads, stolen property-- but nothing like this. "I'm driving eastbound on I-40," says Sgt. Palmer, describing the scene. He says he pulled over the...
  • Olympia 10-year-old placed in padded room at school (with video)

    11/28/2012 6:49:37 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 91 replies
    King5 News (Seattle) ^ | 23APR2012 | Meg Coyle
    OLYMPIA, Wash. – An Olympia mom wants to learn why her 10-year-old son was placed in a padded room at his elementary school last Friday. Melissa Gum's son attends Garfield Elementary, where she acknowledges he's been to the principal's office before. The school says he was sent to the principal's office Friday for being disruptive in class. But Gum said he’s never been sent to a room the district refers to as "the quiet room," which is described as the size of an office with gym mats padding the walls. It gets worse, according to Gum. She said the principal...
  • Susan Rice Is Unqualified To Be Secretary Of State

    11/28/2012 4:11:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 28, 2012
    Benghazi Scandal: "Her meeting with GOP senators begs the question that if all she can do is read talking points handed to her by the White House then perhaps she should be the next White House press secretary." The above observation, courtesy of Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. Ambassadors to the U.N., is the flip side of our view that Susan Rice, who was sent out on five Sunday talk shows to explain Benghazi by a president who says she had "nothing to do with Benghazi," is as qualified to be the next secretary of state...
  • Blacks, Latinos Concerned That a 'Non-Person of Color' Might Win NYC Council Seat

    11/28/2012 5:59:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 50 replies
    In a story the New York Times appears not to have touched, Hunter Walker at Observer.com's Politicker ("about" page is here) reported on Tuesday that Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a black Harlem activist, "circulated an email" Monday night "in an attempt to plan a 'private meeting' to 'discuss the potential damage to the political empowerment of the Black and Hispanic community if Mark Levine, a White/Jewish candidate was elected to the 7th Council District in 2013.'" So we see that black Chicagoland establishment officials trying to ensure that the successor to the recently resigned Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-28-12

    11/28/2012 5:53:45 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-28-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Anthem Blue Cross seeks to raise individual policyholders' rates

    11/28/2012 5:30:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 11/28/12 | Chad Terhune
    California´s largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums. Some Anthem customers may see rates rise as much as 25% in February under the company´s proposal at a time when medical inflation is running at historic lows nationwide. The increases are among several others proposed by California insurers, including Aetna Inc. and Health Net Inc. California insurance regulators will take the next month to review whether these rate increases are warranted,
  • Two-thirds of millionaires left Britain to avoid 50p tax rate

    11/28/2012 5:08:32 PM PST · by PilotDave · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Nov 2012 | Robert Winnett
    Almost two-thirds of the country’s million-pound earners disappeared from Britain after the introduction of the 50p top rate of tax, figures have disclosed.
  • Why Republicans should have won the election (and why they didn’t)

    11/28/2012 4:57:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2012 | Chris Cillizza
    Going into election day 2012, Republicans were very confident that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had a 50-50 chance of winning the presidency. It didn’t turn out that way. Answering the “why” posed by that discrepancy is of critical import for Republicans as they move forward to 2014 and 2016. And, a new piece by Glen Bolger, a GOP pollster and partner at Public Opinion Strategies, explains both why Republicans should have won — and why they didn’t — as succinctly as anything we have read since the election. Here’s Bolger’s argument in a nutshell (and here’s Austin Powers in...
  • Motivational maestro Zig Ziglar dies at 86

    11/28/2012 4:53:16 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 18 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 11/28/2012
    Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar, the man of a million motivational maxims who bucked up and cheered on three generations of Willy Lomans over a 40-year international speaking career, died near his home in Plano, Texas, on Wednesday after a brief battle with pneumonia. He was 86. His son, Tom Ziglar, announced Mr. Ziglar’s death in an email to the corporate mailing list of the family’s motivational business. A onetime cookware salesman who boasted he was “born in L.A. — Lower Alabama,” Mr. Ziglar wrote the 1975 motivational book, “See You At The Top,” but it was rejected by 30 firms...
  • Exclusive: Feinstein commissioned report on housing Gitmo detainees in US

    11/28/2012 4:46:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 28, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee has commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, a document exclusively reviewed by Fox News shows. In the internal document, the Government Accountability Office refers to “Source of Work: Ms. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate” and lists the “Gist of Work” as an investigation into whether domestic facilities could house the approximately 170 detainees remaining at the controversial facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two hours after Fox News' inquiry about the report, Feinstein's office posted the report...
  • European Agency's Final Verdict on Controversial GM Study: Not Scientifically Sound

    11/28/2012 4:46:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 28 November 2012 | Meghna Sachdev
    Enlarge Image Corn fed. Controversial study had suggested GM maize fed to rats caused tumors. Credit: Janet Stephens/Wikimedia Commons The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today delivered its final verdict on a controversial study that examined the toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize. The study "does not meet acceptable scientific standards" and there is therefore no need to reevaluate the safety of GM maize, the group concluded. The study in question was published on 19 September in Food and Chemical Toxicology by molecular biologist Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues. It claimed to find a link between GM maize NK603 and...
  • White House Deploys Secret Service To Stop Press From Talking To Goldman Sachs CEO

    11/28/2012 4:42:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Zeke Miller
    As CEOs concluded their meeting with President Barack Obama Wednesday evening, the White House deployed three uniformed Secret Service officers to keep the awaiting reporters from speaking with the group, among them Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
  • VTA light-rail extension to Los Gatos: $175 million for 200 new riders

    11/28/2012 4:20:01 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Mike Rosenberg
    Just how many new riders would jump on a train to one of Silicon Valley's most desired destinations? About 200, it turns out -- and it would cost taxpayers up to $175 million to build the rail line to Los Gatos. The new projections come from the Valley Transportation Authority's updated forecast for a long-envisioned light-rail extension. Still years from reality, the Los Gatos line would be one of the least-used light-rail extensions planned in the nation -- and would reduce South Bay vehicle traffic by a mere 0.01 percent.
  • Shippers seek White House's help to keep Mississippi River open

    11/28/2012 4:10:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 27, 2012 | Karl Plume
    Mississippi River barge operators and shipping groups on Tuesday asked U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency on the river and direct the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the drought-lowered waterway open to commercial traffic to avert an "economic catastrophe." Water on the Mississippi River along the busy stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois was expected to recede to record-low levels by mid-December, effectively halting the flow of barges that carry billions of dollars worth of grain, coal, steel, fuel and other products. In a letter to the White House and the Federal Emergency Management...
  • UK: NHS [socialized medicine] patients experience 'contempt and cruelty', says Jeremy Hunt

    11/28/2012 4:07:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/28/2012 | Stephen Adams
    Patients experience “coldness, resentment, indifference" and "even contempt” in some hospitals, the Health Secretary has claimed in a hard-hitting speech about NHS care. In the worse cases staff have overseen “a kind of normalisation of cruelty”, Jeremy Hunt told an audience of health professionals at The King’s Fund, a London-based think-tank. Managers were so “buried in spreadsheets” that they had become “blind” to the fact that patients were not being treated with dignity or respect, he said. Poor care had become “perhaps the biggest problem of all facing the NHS”, Mr Hunt claimed in his strongest speech yet on the...
  • House stays under Republican control (Just a reminder to the GOP)

    11/28/2012 4:03:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/7/2012 | Richard Cowan
    It may have been the most unpopular House of Representatives in modern times, but that did not stop voters on Tuesday from leaving it firmly in Republican hands, according to projections. While more than 18 incumbent House members from both parties were defeated, according to results available early on Wednesday, there was no obvious ideological or partisan pattern. Redrawn districts, as a result of the 2010 census, were responsible for some incumbent losses. The results might disappoint those who had hoped for new and clear marching orders from voters on such issues as the deficit or immigration. Instead, they will...