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  • GOP ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on Medicare

    12/02/2012 2:09:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck
    GOP ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on MedicareBy Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 12/02/12 02:45 PM ET Mitt Romney’s Medicare budget might be fading away just as quickly as Romney himself. During the campaign, candidate Romney repeatedly hammered President Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare as part of his signature healthcare law. Romney pledged to repeal those cuts in a break from his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman, had preserved Obama’s Medicare cuts in two consecutive budget proposals that repealed the rest of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan...
  • The Convenient Loyalties of Grover Norquist

    12/02/2012 2:06:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | November 30, 2012 | John DeMayo
    Among the Don’s and Capo’s of the K street syndicate operates a man of considerable yet waning influence, his name is Grover Glenn Norquist. Mr. Norquist’s controversial “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” has come under recent fire from both high ranking Democrats and so-call conservative Republican supporters. To many Americans, Norquist’s small government and tax reform agenda has made him a man worthy of praise. However, as it is with all lobbyists, the general public would do well to consider Mr. Norquist’s loyalties before rushing to anoint another false patriot. For decades Grover Norquist has enriched himself with his legislative crusades to...
  • NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under virtual surveillance, all info stored, no matter the post

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuET0kpHoyM
  • Norris Junction Helicorder Activity

    What is going on at Yellowstone? Looking at the helicorder for Norris Junction for the past couple of days they either have a severely malfunctiong seismograph machine or something big is affecting the area. Any thoughts from those who watch this area? Is this normal?
  • The Quisling Consultants

    12/02/2012 11:16:34 AM PST · by Resettozero · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11.29.2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    ... The big deal is that when Steve Schmidt and Mike Murphy sit down on the sets of liberal television shows and bash Rush Limbaugh and what Schmidt calls "the conservative entertainment complex" -- meaning talk radio and Fox News -- they wind up sharply illustrating the GOP's real problem. The real problem is people like Schmidt and Murphy. The real problem is the fact they and so many GOP others make their well-paid livings catering to exactly what the "conservative entertainment complex" spends all of its time fighting: the "political consultant-big government complex." Schmidt and Murphy are the political...
  • The Imperial Presidency

    12/02/2012 11:16:12 AM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Majority Leader, ^ | DEcember 1, 2012 | Eric Cantor
    Implications for Economic Growth & Job Creation Ignoring Advise & Consent Creating “Laws” Outside of the Congressional Process Ignoring the Plain Letter of the Law & Failing to Faithfully Execute the Law Circumventing the Normal Regulatory Process Government By Waiver Creating New Programs Not Authorized by Congress Creating New Super Agencies Conclusion Download the PDF Implications for Economic Growth & Job Creation Over the past several months opinion pieces appearing in such places as The Washington Post, National Review, and The Wall Street Journal have talked about the emergence of an “Imperial Presidency.” While some may wish to simply...
  • Cuccinelli dismisses 'rebranding' of GOP, makes appeal to Bolling supporters

    12/02/2012 10:40:32 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 4 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | December 1, 2012 | By David Sherfinski
    Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli on Saturday dismissed calls by some for the Republican party to "rebrand" or remake itself in the wake of the 2012 elections and offered an olive branch to supporters of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who announced this week he does not plan to seek the GOP nomination for governor next year. "Many of you have heard me talk about our first principles — principles that our Founding Fathers recognized were a gift to us from God," Mr. Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, said at the Republican Party of Virginia Advance in Virginia Beach,...
  • Obama hits the links with Bill Clinton

    12/02/2012 10:35:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Obama hits the links with Bill Clinton By Erik Wasson - 12/02/12 01:07 PM ET JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.-- President Obama and former President Bill Clinton hit the golf course on Sunday. Obama is playing his round at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews and it is the third presidential golf outing here since the Nov. 6 elections, under sunny skies with temperatures around 55 degrees. Clinton went to bat for the president in the just-ended campaign, delivering an well-received endorsement at the Democratic National Convention in September. Their partnership, which was initially rocky in the early days of the Obama presidency,...
  • Saying No to College

    12/02/2012 10:30:41 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, November 30, 2012 | Alex Williams
    BENJAMIN GOERING does not look like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, talk like him or inspire the same controversy. But he does apparently think like him. Two years ago, Mr. Goering was a sophomore at the University of Kansas, studying computer science and philosophy and feeling frustrated in crowded lecture halls where the professors did not even know his name. “I wanted to make Web experiences,” said Mr. Goering, now 22, and create “tools that make the lives of others better.” So in the spring of 2010, Mr. Goering took the same leap as Mr. Zuckerberg: he dropped out of college...
  • Study: American Households Hit 43-Year Low In Net Worth

    12/02/2012 10:28:58 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 30, 2012 | Edward N. Wolff
    The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969. According to a recent study by New York University economics professor Edward N. Wolff, median net worth is at the decades-low figure of $57,000 (in 2010 dollars). And as the numbers in his study reflect, the situation only appears worse when all the statistics are taken as a whole. According to Wolff, between 1983 and 2010, the percentage of households with less than $10,000 in assets (using constant 1995 dollars)...
  • Teacher's Reward Program Charges Second-Graders for Bathroom Breaks ( Irving - Dallas )

    12/02/2012 9:11:59 AM PST · by george76 · 78 replies
    nbc dfw ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Kevin Cokely
    The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom ... Cross' son, an honor roll student, needed to go to the bathroom, but he sat back down because he didn’t have any Boyd Bucks, his mother said. "He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t," Cross said. "He came home from school, and he was crying and really upset." "Really, that's just unhealthy," Cross said. "I think that she had no concern for the children." Cross...
  • Timing of Obama vacation another brick in the wall

    12/02/2012 10:00:33 AM PST · by cap10mike · 45 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama is once again in disengagement mode. The first family has scheduled another vacation – for three weeks, beginning Dec. 17. This in and of itself doesn’t bother me. Presidents are entitled to take vacations – even presidents who spend more time on the golf course than they do in the Oval Office. I don’t even begrudge him the disruption he’ll be causing his constituents. According to the Hawaii Reporter, the Obamas’ vacation will hugely restrict the comings and goings of the residents living in the upscale Oahu neighborhood, where they’ll be staying. Streets will be barricaded and, unlike...
  • White House to celebrate Kennedy Center honorees

    12/02/2012 9:27:57 AM PST · by John W · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Erik Wasson
    President Obama on Sunday will fete the seven winners of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with a White House reception. Obama will then attend the 35th-annual awards gala and performance at Washington’s premier arts center. Honerees this year are talk show host David Letterman, actor Dustin Hoffman, the rock band Led Zeppelin, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova. The festivities will be broadcast December 26 on CBS.
  • CIA agents in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens as bullets

    12/02/2012 9:20:54 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2012 | James Nye
    It has been claimed that CIA agents on the ground during the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and twice were told to stand down. Furthermore sources present during the deadly six-hour assault have said that a desperate last request for military assistance once the CIA themselves came under attack was denied, even though elite counter-terrorism units were only two hours away.
  • A Reagan Forum with Newt and Callista Gingrich

    12/02/2012 9:19:14 AM PST · by Toaster tank · 46 replies
    reagan foundation ^ | 11/28/2012 | reagan foundation
    On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, calling the “so-called fiscal cliff” a “fantasy being used as an excuse to panic.” Speaker Gingrich went on to discuss House Republicans, telling them to not form a “Surrender Caucus” by stating, “They are the majority. They are not the minority.”
  • SEIU fights 300 O'Hare job cuts as mob ties are alleged to owner of firm - Rahm = Job Killer

    12/02/2012 8:43:53 AM PST · by CriticalJ · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11.29/2012 | SEIU fights 300 O'Hare job cuts as mob ties are alleged to owner of firm
    A WGN TV report by Mark Suppelsa now raises serious doubts about Mayor Emanuel’s decision to award the O’Hare cleaning contract to United Maintenance. "In light of this report, we call on Attorney General Lisa Madigan to start an investigation into United Maintenance and this key public contract. We call on the City of Chicago to rebid the contract and choose a responsible bidder that will protect good jobs at O’Hare airport," said SEIU Local 1 Secretary-Treasurer Laura Garza. More than 300 janitors at O’Hare airport may lose their jobs right before Christmas this year because Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded...
  • The 1st Battle of the Next Tea Party Wave — December 5 Rally in Nashville Against Obamacare Exchange

    12/02/2012 8:43:17 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 2, 2012 | Richard A Jacobsen
    Opposition to Obamacare fueled the Tea Party wave of 2009-2010. The next wave will include continued opposition to Obamacare, along with other fiscal issues, The Tea Party tsunami at the gates. The fight over Obamacare as a law ended when Chief Justice John Roberts enganged in mental gymnastics to uphold the law under Congress’ taxing authority, and then again when Obama’s reelection removed any possibility of complete repeal. The fight over Obamacare now is over implementation. There are inherent problems in the law itself which will raise popular ire, but the battle now is over exchanges and other aspects of...
  • TX:Dallas Woman Shoots at 2 Intruders; 1 Dead

    12/02/2012 8:32:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | NA
    Dallas police said a woman shot at two people who kicked in the door to her house late Wednesday morning, killing one.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Concordia Drive.Dallas police said the woman was home alone when she heard a noise -- two men had kicked in the front door of her house.She confronted the two men as they reached the second-floor landing and shot at them several times, police said.The intruders ran out the front door, and one of the men collapsed from a gunshot wound, police said.He was transported to Methodist Hospital,...
  • Abbas 'Victory Speech': Jerusalem 'Eternal Capital of Palestine'

    12/02/2012 8:18:47 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | 12/2/12 | Chana Ya'ar
    PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.” Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state. "Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!” Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria. "You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians... stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians. "We were...
  • Crocodile eats boy, 12, as he swims with friends in Australia's second fatal attack within two weeks

    12/01/2012 11:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 December 2012 | Richard Shears
    Today’s attack was a chilling reminder of the day earlier in November when the seven-year-old girl was snatched by a saltwater crocodile 210 miles east of Darwin. ... Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 25ft and weigh more than a ton, are plentiful in the Northern Territory... Crocodiles are protected in the Northern Territory and their numbers have increased steadily, resulting in a number of attacks on people, One man writing to the Northern Territory News today said: ‘This has got to stop – there are too many crocs. ‘Of course we need to use common sense when in...