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  • Harry Reid: 'We Are Not Going to Do Anything'

    12/20/2012 12:05:47 PM PST · by bestintxas · 60 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 12/20/12 | d halper
    Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his "fiscal cliff" position clear in a press conference today. "We are not going to do anything," said Reid. Reid added, "We are not taking up anything they are working on over there." The top Democrat in the Senate was explaining his inaction on the House plan, the proposal put forward by Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Boehner's plan is being referred to as 'Plan B.' "Boehner described his Plan B as a fallback option to prevent a sweeping tax hike when tax cuts from the administration...
  • Merry 'Cliffmas': Obama, Boehner Deal Dims

    12/20/2012 11:57:09 AM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | Diane Sawyer
    The outlook for a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" by Christmas is increasingly grim, though lawmakers and the White House still have hope for a deficit-reduction compromise by the end of the year. Republicans will move forward tonight with a vote to pass House Speaker John Boehner's so-called "Plan B option" – an extension of current tax rates for Americans making up to $1 million a year while replacing some pending automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs with other measures. The step seeks to show Republicans acting to avoid an income tax hike on 99 percent of Americans...
  • Unclassified Benghazi, To Be Continued ( John Batchelor on CNBC)

    12/20/2012 11:52:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    johnbatchelorshow.com ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | John Batchelor
     Spoke to Joe Kernan, of CNBC "Kudlow Report," re the unclassified report on the Benghazi tragedy, and I aimed to be clear that the State Department is not at fault (about 9 minutes into the lengthy segment)  The Benghazi mission was and continues to be a national security operation for arming, training, funding and transporting Libyan Jihadists from Cyrenaica Province of Libya to Syria to pretend to be the "Free Syrian Army."  This is the Obama foreign policy after two years of the Arab Spring -- making common cause with strongmen and hiring gunmen to do the bidding of the...
  • White House hints that FOX News’ Benghazi reporting was ‘entirely false’

    12/20/2012 11:36:07 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    FOX News White House correspondent Ed Henry asked Carney if the four State Department officials that resigned yesterday were “taking the fall” for President Obama and Hillary Clinton even though they repeatedly said that the “buck” stopped with them. “I’m not sure what you are suggesting, Carney replied. “There were some individuals that did a lot of reporting that turned out to be entirely false, based on the paragraph I just read, Ed.” Carney added testily, ” The facts in the report are the facts.”
  • Letter From Mexican Ambassador Dampens Hope For Release Of U.S. Marine... Obama STILL Silent...

    12/20/2012 11:34:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    RedFlagNews ^ | 20 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    Any hope that Jon Hammar, the Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a disputed gun charge, might be freed in time for Christmas has apparently been dashed by a terse letter a top Mexican diplomat sent to Hammar’s congresswoman. The two-page missive from Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who has been aggressively advocating for Hammar's release, leaves little hope of a diplomatic solution. In it, Sarukhan takes a thinly veiled swipe at the U.S., blaming it for gun proliferation south of the border. "As you know well, Mexico has had very stringent gun-control...
  • UN: Syrian civil war increasingly sectarian ( Video - Raw: Syrian Tanks Attacked Near Capita…

    12/20/2012 11:28:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 20, 6:29 AM EST | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- Syria's civil war is increasingly turning into a sectarian conflict pitting majority Sunni rebels against government forces supported by the country's religious and ethnic minorities, a new U.N. human rights report said Thursday.
  • Carney: Obama and ill Clinton spoke Saturday

    12/20/2012 11:26:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/20/12 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    President Obama spoke with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Saturday, the day the State Department revealed her illness, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday. Pressed at his daily briefing about when Obama learned of Clinton’s illness – her spokesman said on Saturday that she suffered a concussion after falling – Carney dodged and said only that the two spoke Saturday. “I think the State Department has been informing the public about the fact that she was ill and that she fell and the president spoke with the secretary on Saturday, but I don’t have any more information for you,”...
  • Assad’s Deadly Agenda: First Chemicals, Next Iskander 9K720 (cruise missile system)

    12/20/2012 11:26:30 AM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 19, 2012, 11:28 AM
    On Dec. 5, the first American, Dutch and German Patriot missiles landed in Turkey. Within hours, three Russian warships had put into Syria’s Tartus port – the Novocherkassk and Saratov landing craft and the MB-304 supply vessel. Aboard were 300 marines. And not only fighting men. They also delivered a fearsome weapon for Assad’s army and a game changer in the Syrian conflict: 24 Iskander 9K720 (NATO codenamed SS-26 Stone) cruise missile systems, designed for theater level conflicts. While NATO unpacked the Patriots in Turkey, a dozen mobile batteries, each carrying a pair of Iskander missiles, were fixed into position...
  • What You Can Learn From A Public Records Request At The State Legislature

    12/20/2012 11:21:08 AM PST · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 Dec 12 | MacAoidh
    No, you won’t learn what you’re seeking to learn in the request itself. Don’t be ridiculous. That will take months. What you’ll learn is exactly how much effort the people with a legal duty to service the public’s constitutional right to disclosure of public records will put into failing in that duty while concocting an excuse for that failure. Yesterday, we went to court against Butch Speer, the clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and Glenn Koepp, the secretary of the state Senate. Our business there was to secure a writ of mandamus against Speer and Koepp in order...
  • 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...