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  • Cover-Up: Benghazi Review Board Says Nobody Should Be Held Responsible

    12/20/2012 11:09:51 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Secretary Clinton's "Accountability Review Board" (ARB) declared multiple times in its unclassified report that although there were multiple failures in leadership, "management ability," allocation of security resources and communication, the board could not find "reasonable cause" to discipline (or even name) one person in the State Department. The report states that there was a breakdown in communication between Libya and Washington. It confirmed previous testimony given on Capitol Hill that the personnel in Libya did ask for increased security. However, the ARB found that those working at the embassy in Tripoli "did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy" for increased...
  • Putin: Change is needed in Syria

    12/20/2012 11:09:42 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on December 20, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Change in direction, or political cover?  Either way, the Assad regime won’t be happy to hear Vladimir Putin talk about how the impulse for change after 40 years of single-family rule is understandable. At the same time, Putin’s statement earlier today isn’t exactly a reversal of Russian policy, either: Russia realizes changes in Syria are needed but is concerned that the push to unseat President Bashar Assad’s regime could plunge the country even deeper into violence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.Putin’s assessment came just a week after Russia’s top envoy for Syria was quoted as saying Assad’s forces were...
  • Down And Out In California

    12/20/2012 11:09:16 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 12-20-2012 | Douglas French
    Down And Out In California By Douglas French 12/20/12 Gas in Vegas is a dollar cheaper a gallon than in the Golden State, or so a friend and recent LA transplant tells me. He went on to say the top tax rate in California is over 13%, while, of course, Nevada has no state income tax. Over dinner at Del Frisco’s, he explained how industries are being ruined by runaway government in his old home state. Nevada would surely benefit from businesses making their escape. Plenty of people are leaving California — nearly 700,000, I read somewhere — however, my...
  • Mayan apocalypse party held in cold war Moscow bunker

    12/20/2012 11:04:42 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday, December 21, 2012
    Moscow residents snap up $1,000 (£615) tickets for an end of the world party being held in a cold-war era bunker, 56 metres underground, on Friday. According to a controversial theory, the ancient Mayan calendar ends 21 December 2012, which some interpret as the end of the world
  • Obama: Newtown reminds us of the importance of climate policy or something

    12/20/2012 11:02:37 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    Obama thanked the Diplomatic Corps for the support offered by their home nations after the Sandy Hook shooting, before rallying the ambassadors to unite against other struggles, such as climate change. “[W]hen you think about the last few days, you’re reminded that there’s a fundamental human response that transcends cultures and transcends borders,” Obama said last night. “And that’s what is represented in this room,” he added recalling the foreign policy efforts of his first term. “At the same time, we’re mindful that we’ve got so much more work to do together,” the president continued, noting ongoing threats from terrorists,...
  • Syrian Regime Bombs Palestinian Refugees; UN Condemns Israel

    12/20/2012 10:51:02 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Two days after Syrian regime fighter jets bombed a Damascus suburb that is home to 150,000 Palestinians registered by the U.N. as refugees, the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday passed nine Mideast-related resolutions by large majorities – all critical of Israel. The only reference to Syria during the session was to the “occupied Syrian Golan” – the strategic ridge captured by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War and formally annexed in 1981.
  • House Democrats push for immediate vote on gun control measure

    12/20/2012 10:32:29 AM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 97 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/19/12 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Democrats on Wednesday pressured Republicans to hold a vote now on a bill that would ban high capacity gun clips like the one used in the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., said the GOP leadership should put a bill on the floor by Friday that would limit the size of gun magazines to 10 rounds. Republicans leaders have not publicly responded to Pelosi's demand. Flanked by a crowd of Democratic lawmakers, Pelosi made the statement at a news conference announcing a special House Democratic task force aimed at examining gun violence. Pelosi...
  • Conservatives Rationalize as America Circles the Drain

    12/20/2012 10:19:31 AM PST · by kreitzer · 106 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/19/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    It’s often hard to accept the truth, especially when that truth is scary, when reality seems to offer you no solutions, only poison from which to pick. It’s as with a man I once knew who insisted it couldn’t be proven that smoking was bad for you. He knew better in his heart, but his available choices — giving up cigarettes or accepting the danger of their use —were both emotionally unpalatable to him. Enter the rationalization. We’re seeing the same thing with Republicans in the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election. Radio host Sean Hannity, citing changing American demographics, stated...
  • Sen. Rubio forces truth about Clinton in Congressional hearings

    12/20/2012 10:08:38 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 30 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Members of the Senate and House foreign affairs committees grilled Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides in Congressional hearings Thursday morning. Each lawmaker had their own individual concerns about the State Department’s inadequate security, failure to heed warnings, slow response time, misrepresentations to the public, and all around “grossly inadequate systematic failures” leading up to, and following the events that occurred in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11. Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio was concerned with one revelation in the State Department’s report in particular and he steered his questions accordingly. He said of the...
  • CROWDER RELEASE UNEDITED UNION ASSAULT FOOTAGE!

    12/20/2012 8:58:34 AM PST · by StevenCrowder · 63 replies
    youtube.com/stevencrowder ^ | 12/20/2012 | Steven Crowder
    The media immediately accused the accuser, defaming me and supported the union thugs in intimidating/stifling free speech. This unedited footage REMOVES ALL DOUBT as to what happened that day. Please share to shine a light!
  • Tesla will need more loans to stay afloat in 2013

    12/20/2012 9:57:17 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | John Shinal
    It’s a lucky thing for Tesla Motors shareholders that the U.S. Department of Energy loves the company’s loan applications. Without the hundreds of millions of dollars has received from the federal government this year, the electric-car maker’s financials would be gasping for air as 2012 winds down. Given the ugly state of Tesla’s finances — and the company’s sky-high valuation: almost $4 billion — it will rank among the top candidates in Silicon Valley for a 2013 stock collapse, unless it receives significantly more cash next year. The Palo Alto, Calif., company’s financials are, in fact, in worse shape even...
  • Scott Brown looking strong in initial special-election polling (For John Kerry's seat)

    12/20/2012 9:46:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/20/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Maybe Scott Brown will become the Manny Mota of politics — the guy who excels at pinch-hitting. After having just lost a statewide election to hold onto the seat he won in a January 2010 special election, Republicans want him back as their nominee if John Kerry gets his expected Secretary of State appointment. And according to a new poll from Boston’s NPR affiliate WBUR, Brown leads all of the expected Democratic candidates, too (via Sarah Rumpf): WBUR poll of 500 registered voters finds U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is in a strong position should there be a special election to...
  • How to evaluate 'fiscal cliff' proposals (We shouldn't swallow anything that Boehner cooks up)

    12/20/2012 9:42:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/20/2012 | Philip Klein
    After weeks of relative calm, America's "fiscal cliff" drama has now been overtaken by a flurry of proposals, counterproposals and legislative maneuvering. As various ideas have been floated, they have triggered two main reactions among conservatives. One is to insist that if Republicans firmly stand their ground long enough, they will eventually get what they want from President Obama. Another is to side with House Speaker John Boehner and to act as if anybody who rejects any of his proposals is completely detached from reality. If Republicans refuse to back any deal that doesn't preserve all of the Bush-era rates...
  • Why would any conservative vote against a $4.1 trillion tax cut?

    12/20/2012 9:38:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/20/2012 | Conn Carroll
    Taxes are set to go up by $4.6 trillion on January 1st. That is the law of the land. Yesterday, the official tax scorekeeper of Congress, the Joint Committee on Taxation, released their analysis of Speaker John Boehner’s, R-Ohio, Plan B. According to the JTC, Plan B would cut taxes by $4.1 trillion over ten years. It should come as no surprise that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., whose entire political career has been devoted to enlarging the size and scope of the federal government, is whipping hard against Plan B. “I haven’t seen her work a vote this hard...
  • Racism at the Times

    12/20/2012 9:38:46 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 14 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12.19.2012 - 12:10 PM | by John Steele Gordon
    There is a New York Times op-ed this morning that is somewhere beyond appalling. It is by Adolph L. Reed Jr., a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Reed writes about the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott to replace the retiring Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Scott, in Reed’s view, is essentially an Uncle Tom because he does not agree with the politics of most black Americans: [Says Reed:] ". . . his politics, like those of the archconservative Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, are utterly at odds with the preferences of most black Americans. Mr....
  • Vietnam scars shape Hagel’s outlook

    12/20/2012 9:16:21 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    Shards from a Vietcong mine are still embedded in Chuck Hagel’s chest, 44 years after his infantry squad walked into a booby trap in the Vietnam jungle. Scar tissue marks the left side of his face from another mine explosion, barely a month after his first brush with death. “I remember,” Hagel told an interviewer for the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project in 2002, “thinking to myself, you know, if I ever get out of all of this, I am going to do everything I can to assure that war is the last resort that we, a nation, a...
  • OBAMA SETS JANUARY DEADLINE FOR GUN CONTROL PROPOSALS

    12/20/2012 9:05:27 AM PST · by IbJensen · 54 replies
    GOP USA/AP ^ | 12/19/2012 | July Pace/AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January. "This time, the words need to lead to action," Obama said Wednesday. He tasked Vice President Joe Biden with leading an administration-wide effort to create the new recommendations and pledged to push for their implementation without delay. The president, who exerted little political capital on gun control despite a series of mass shootings in his first term, bristled at suggestions that he had been silent on the issue during his first four years in...
  • The One Single Reason Why We're Going Over the Fiscal Cliff

    12/20/2012 9:04:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 20, 2012 | Phoenix Capital Research
    I’m going to lay out everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff negotiations. After reading this, you can ignore all of the media’s coverage of this topic as well as various politicians’ announcements pertaining to this subject. All you need to know consists of just one sentence. Politicians are in charge of this issue.These are the same folks who haven’t even produced a budget in four years. The same folks who have run $1+ trillion deficits for four years. The same folks who rarely if ever leave office as a result of their fiscal mistakes. In simple terms,...
  • Scott Brown becomes first Republican to back federal assault weapons ban

    12/20/2012 9:04:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 41 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 20, 2012
    Scott Brown of Massachusetts on Wednesday became the first sitting Republican senator to voice support for a federal assault weapons ban after the Newtown, Conn., shootings. Brown failed to win re-election in November, however, and won’t be in Congress to vote on gun legislation. “As a state legislator in Massachusetts, I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately they have not and innocent people are being killed,” Brown told Massachusetts paper the Republican on Wednesday. “As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts."
  • Superintendent Defends Texas Town's Policy Allowing Teachers To Carry Concealed Guns (video)

    12/20/2012 9:03:56 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 12 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 20, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    “What seemed to me to be a problem … is that we basically left our schools open to attack — This is like putting a sign in front of your house that says ‘I really think that it’s a good idea to come and attack me because I don’t believe in guns’ — and that’s exactly what we were trying to avoid,” David Thweatt, Superintendent of Harrold district schools in Texas, said on FOX News this morning. In 2007, according to FOX News, the Harrold, Texas school district made the decision to allow teachers to carry concealed guns at school...