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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 · 56 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
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • 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...