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  • Obama: GOP's insistence on halting tax hikes for the wealthy is stopping fiscal cliff deal

    12/30/2012 7:04:46 AM PST · by John W · 28 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Carrie Dann
    President Barack Obama on Sunday said congressional Republicans and their insistence on preventing tax increases for the very wealthy are standing in the way of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. In an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," the president chided House Republicans as the clock continued to run out on a potential agreement. "They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected," Obama...
  • German Spiegel Magazine Declares George H.W. Bush Dead

    12/30/2012 6:46:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    German Spiegel Magazine Declares George H.W. Bush Dead Benjamin Weinthal December 30, 2012 9:19 AM Berlin The German magazine Der Spiegel’s online edition today posted an obituary for George H.W. Bush. It was titled “The Better Bush.” Here is a screenshot of the obituary headline and text: In fact, George H.W. Bush is still alive. The premature death notice was scrubbed without an explanation as to why the magazine’s New York correspondent Marc Pitzke got the story completely wrong. Here is the website announcing that Pitzke’s article can no long be found. Pitzke and Spiegel used the false death notice...
  • Obama: U.S. has good leads on who carried out Benghazi attacks

    12/30/2012 6:43:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama: U.S. has good leads on who carried out Benghazi attacks 9:06am EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has some "very good leads" about who carried out the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador in September, President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Obama told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the United States would carry out all of the recommendations put forward in an independent review of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. "We're not going to pretend that...
  • Court case query: Is Topeka man a sperm donor or father? State wants Craigslist donor to pay

    12/30/2012 5:39:04 AM PST · by billorites · 57 replies
    Capital-Journal ^ | December 28, 2012 | Tim Hrenchir
    Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor — but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father. Nearly four years ago, Marotta donated sperm in a plastic cup to a lesbian couple after responding to an ad they had placed on Craigslist. Marotta and the women, Topekans Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, signed an agreement holding him harmless for support of the child, a daughter Schreiner bore after being artificially inseminated. But the Kansas Department for Children and Families is now trying to have Marotta declared the 3-year-old girl’s father and forced...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 December 2012

    12/30/2012 4:25:17 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 179 replies
    Various driveby media sources ^ | 30 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 30th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): President Barack Obama.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif.; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • London could make EU “unravel”

    12/30/2012 4:23:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.12.12 @ 09:12 | Honor Mahony
    An attempt by Britain to rewrite the EU rulebook to reflect domestic interests could make the European Union fall apart, its top official has warned. EU council president Herman Van Rompuy told the Guardian newspaper that London’s quest to repatriate powers from Brussels could spark other member states to do the same. “If every member state were able to cherry-pick those parts of existing policies that they most like, and opt out of those that they least like, the union in general, and the single market in particular, would soon unravel.” … Meanwhile, the future-of-Europe debate is taking place in...
  • After upgrading status, UN officially switches from “Palestine” to “State of Palestine”

    12/30/2012 1:40:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 25, 2012, 2:44 pm | Raphael Ahren
    While legislative scholars and political pundits continue to debate the exact meaning of the upgrade of the Palestinians to a non-member observer state, the United Nations last week officially changed the way it refers to the body: it’s now the “State of Palestine,” as opposed to merely “Palestine.”The name change is based on an opinion by the UN’s legal department, and might not have any practical implications on the ground, Israeli officials say. But on a symbolic level, the decision will likely boost aspirations of Palestinian leaders who hope their newly gained status will help them establish a full-fledged independent...
  • Margaret Thatcher leaves hospital after growth removed

    12/30/2012 1:15:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:08 ET
    Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has left hospital after having a growth removed from her bladder, sources have told the BBC. She is said to be “doing well” after a minor operation to remove the growth. The 87-year-old, who has suffered from ill health in recent years, was admitted last week and is thought to have left hospital on Friday. The BBC’s Norman Smith says Baroness Thatcher is understood to be “convalescing privately”. …
  • GOP unlikely to oust Boehner as speaker of the House (so saith establishment)

    12/30/2012 12:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/12 1:50 PM EST | Updated: 12/29/12 11:02 PM EST | JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    It’s a truth that fire-breathing conservatives will have to handle: John Boehner isn’t going anywhere as speaker of the House. … When Boehner walks onto the House floor on Jan. 3, there’s an outside chance he‘ll see low double-digit defections—and those in and around his camp recognize it. The speaker’s fate has become a much-discussed topic as the fiscal cliff approaches and the Senate conducts last-minute talks this weekend—so far without a deal—to avoid across-the-board tax hikes. But even staunch conservatives admit what’s become abundantly clear within the House Republican Conference. “John Boehner is our speaker,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz...
  • Drugs Aim to Make Several Types of Cancer Self-Destruct

    12/30/2012 12:24:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 22, 2012 | GINA KOLATA
    For the first time ever, three pharmaceutical companies are poised to test whether new drugs can work against a wide range of cancers independently of where they originated — breast, prostate, liver, lung. The drugs go after an aberration involving a cancer gene fundamental to tumor growth. Many scientists see this as the beginning of a new genetic age in cancer research. Great uncertainties remain, but such drugs could mean new treatments for rare, neglected cancers, as well as common ones. Merck, Roche and Sanofi are racing to develop their own versions of a drug they hope will restore a...
  • Abbas Makes It Official: All of Israel is Palestine

    12/29/2012 11:42:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 12/30/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Fatah party, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has made official what it has been saying more quietly and has adopted a new logo showing all of Israel as Palestine. The logo marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of Fatah by Yasser Arafat and includes a map with the PA flag and a map of Israel that appears to be a depiction of the black and white checkered kefiyah, a symbol of the violent intifada, and the slogan “the state and victory." PMW revealed that the official PA daily published the new official logo. For the past...
  • BREAKING: Top Jewish Leader Says Chuck Hagel Nomination on Monday is “Most Likely”

    12/29/2012 11:28:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Algemeiner Journal ^ | 12/3012 | staff
    A top Jewish leader said that former senator Chuck Hagel is likely to be nominated by the White House for the position of Defense Secretary on Monday, according to audio of an interview with a Jewish radio show obtained by The Algemeiner. “It’s most likely that on Monday they will announce that Hagel will be the choice,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group that represents 50 of America’s largest Jewish organizations, to Jewish talk show host Zev Brenner. The interview took place on Saturday night. While some...
  • Why we are on the brink of the greatest Depression of all time

    12/29/2012 11:21:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Everywhere from FoxNews.com to CNBC.com, I suddenly see commentators warning of pending doom, economic collapse, and a new Great Depression. Welcome to my club. Perhaps America's politicians and economists should have paid attention to an entrepreneur and small businessman that has been warning of economic collapse and a new Great Depression publicly for over two years. More importantly, none of the current commentaries mention the "why's" of this slow motion economic collapse...beyond the obvious -- mountains of deficit and debt. None of them mention the dysfunctional structure of the current U.S. economy and the massive changes in the work ethic...
  • Harry in Afghanistan: Return of the Warrior Prince

    12/29/2012 10:48:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 25, 2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    "It was Big H all the way..." Slightly late (and arguably), Prince Harry answered the Papal call to defend Christendom by killing a major Taliban leader in Afghanistan as reported by The Sun (of London, UK), Dec. 23, 2012 . In his Letter of Instruction to the Crusaders issued in December of 1095, Pope Urban II gave the clarion call "to all the faithful, both princes and subjects..." to take up a Holy Crusade against the armies that sought to destroy Christendom. A millennium later, give or take a century, His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales,...
  • Biden Is Back for a 2nd Run at Gun Limits (brings scar tissue from past battles with the NRA)

    12/29/2012 10:19:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/29/12 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — Never much known for restraint, Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not hold back during a presidential primary debate in 2007 when a voter asking about gun rights in a recorded video displayed a fearsome-looking semiautomatic rifle and declared, “This is my baby.” Mr. Biden, then a Delaware senator in a dark-horse bid for the White House, shook his head. “I tell you what, if that’s his baby, he needs help,” he said. “I think he just made an admission against self-interest. I don’t know if he’s mentally qualified to own that gun.” **SNIP** Mr. Biden, he added, has...
  • Hillary Clinton too sick to testify on Benghazi, not too sick to party

    12/29/2012 9:40:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/29/12 | Joe Newby
    **SNIP** On Friday, however, CNN reported that "doctors have grounded her from overseas travel for several more weeks." The report made no mention of the trip to the Dominican Republic. The Huffington Post said Thursday that according to Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines, Secretary Clinton "continues to recuperate at home and will resume her office schedule next week." Reines also said that "Clinton had no schedule this week because of a long-planned holiday," Matthew Lee wrote. Last week, CNN said Clinton was too sick to appear before Congress to testify on the attack that saw four Americans killed, including Ambassador Chris...
  • Good riddance, Lisa Jackson

    12/29/2012 9:19:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 12/29/12
    Lisa Jackson is an object lesson in the manifest dangers of Leviathanism. Ms. Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is resigning in the new year. She took the reputation of the long-thuggish EPA to new lows, foisting new, damaging and ideologically based regulations on the nation, often by dictatorial fiat, with little transparency (think of her secret email accounts) and with no basis in science. Jackson‘s mission never was to protect or to better the environment but to use environmental regulations to reorder...
  • Ruben Navarrette: California is all over the map on illegal immigrants

    12/29/2012 8:54:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/29/2012 | Ruben Navarrette
    SAN DIEGO -- When it comes to how California handles illegal immigrants, the state is all over the map. Not unlike the rest of the country, the Golden State can't decide whether it wants to make life comfortable for the undocumented or make them so unhappy that it runs them off. 'Twas always thus. Consider my home state's history over the past few decades. In the 1980s, Republican Sen. Pete Wilson of California -- at the behest of agribusiness -- drove support for the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1986. The legislation...
  • Sceptics weather the storm to put their case on climate

    12/29/2012 8:39:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Canberra Times ^ | 12/29/12 | John Spooner
    WELL, so much for the 2012 apocalypse. If the ancient Mayans ever knew anything about the future, they made a serious miscalculation. The same fate has befallen the international climate change emergency brigade. About $1 billion and 18 "Kyoto" meetings later, the world has agreed to do nothing much more than meet again. How did this frightening climate threat dissolve into scientific uncertainty and political confusion? What of the many billions of dollars of wasted public resources? Some might blame the "sceptics", the "merchants of doubt" or the "deniers". Others point to the global financial crisis. We can say for...
  • If Every U.S. State Declared War Against the Others, Which Would Win?

    12/29/2012 7:38:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 102 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 | Jon Davis,
    These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period. After the breakup, many wondered which states would come out in control of the power void created by the dissolution of the United States. There were many with little chance against several of the larger more powerful states. The states in possession of a large population, predisposition for military (i.e.) military bases, and a population open to the idea of warfare fared the best. In the long term, we would look to states with self-sufficiency and long...