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  • Boehner Responds to Reid: 'Go F— Yourself'

    01/02/2013 6:25:35 AM PST · by RummyChick · 139 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 1/2 | weekly standard
    "Go f— yourself," Boehner repeated. Politico reports on the exchange: House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday. It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal. “Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present. Reid, a bit startled,...
  • Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget for 2013

    01/02/2013 6:17:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 3:23 AM EST | Kimberly Dozier
    Congress has drastically trimmed the budget for U.S. spies and satellites for 2013, though not quite as deeply as the White House wanted. In one of the last votes of the year, House lawmakers voted Monday 373-29 in favor of a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president’s $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies including the CIA, adding extra cash for the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida, and the counterintelligence fight against foreign governments trying to spy on the U.S. … The bill was stripped of several measures meant to block the leaking of classified information, including a provision that...
  • Hugo Chavez 'only kept alive by life support' after cancer surgery

    01/02/2013 6:15:59 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 2, 2013 | Anthony Bond
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery, it was claimed today. Sources at the hospital in Cuba where he is being treated told a Spanish newspaper he was showing 'very weak' vital signs, adding that doctors could decide to switch off the machines 'at any moment'. With rumours swirling that Chavez had taken a turn for the worse, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the ailing president's condition remains 'delicate' three weeks after his cancer surgery. He did not provide further information about the president's condition and...
  • Japan plans 'nationalisation' of factories to save industry

    01/02/2013 6:04:09 AM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-1-13 | Ambrose Evans–Pritchard
    Japan's government is to take the unprecedented step of buying factories and machinery directly with taxpayer funds, the latest in a series of radical steps to lift the country out of its deep slump. Premier Shenzo Abe is to spend up to one trillion yen (£7.1bn) buying plant in the electronics, equipment, and carbon fibre industries to force the pace of investment, according to Nikkei news. The disclosure came just a day after Mr Abe vowed to revive Japan's nuclear industry with a fresh generation of reactors, insisting that they would be "completely different" from the Fukishima Daiichi technology.
  • 2013: Welcome to Very, Very Scary Times ... Victor Davis Hanson

    01/02/2013 6:03:54 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On the One Hand… These should not be foreboding years. The U.S. is in the midst of a veritable energy revolution. There is a godsend of new gas and oil discoveries that will help to curtail our fiscal and foreign policy vulnerabilities — an energy bonanza despite, not because of, the present administration. Demographically, our rivals — the EU, China, Russia, and Japan — are both shrinking and aging at rates far in excess of our own. In terms of farming, the United States is exporting more produce than ever before at record prices. Americans eat the safest and cheapest...
  • FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 659 FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 659

    01/02/2013 5:58:03 AM PST · by ZULU · 38 replies
    THOMAS ^ | January 1, 2013 | Library of Congress
    The roll call that gave Obama a Triumph. Check out the other GOP Traitors who voted with Boner to screw the American Public and give Obama a victory.
  • How to Cut Federal Spending: The Real Country-Killer in 2013

    01/02/2013 5:44:50 AM PST · by Moseley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. So Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is now juggling federal accounts via questionable extraordinary measures to squeeze out perhaps two more months. Uncle Sam has maxed out his credit cards. More than ever before, America now faces national ruin unless political leaders cut federal spending. However, Washington no longer understands what budget cuts are. Simply trim a few percent from every program -- here a...
  • Nothing Is Certain Except More Debt and Taxes

    01/02/2013 5:40:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/02/2013 | David Malpass
    Whatever ultimately emerges from the fiscal-cliff negotiations over the past 48 hours, the country will survive. But the damage can't be undone. Taxes are going up for all working Americans. And so is the size of government. Businesses have been waiting to see whether a second Obama administration will encourage the economy. During the fiscal-cliff negotiations, however, the president made clear that his goal isn't to get business going again but instead to expand government and redistribute income. He offered no real spending cuts and instead used the year-end deadline to divide America into classes—to the point of campaigning on...
  • Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

    01/02/2013 5:33:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2013 7:49 AM EST | Stephen Olemacher
    While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That’s because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year. The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington research group, estimates that 77 percent of American households will face higher federal taxes in 2013 under the agreement negotiated...
  • Sheriffs called out to fight the law (resisting gun confiscation)

    01/02/2013 5:19:46 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    WND ^ | 1/2/2013 | Michael Carl
    A high-profile former sheriff who once sued the U.S. government over its gun regulations – and won – says it’s the local sheriff who will have to defend Americans when and if the feds start banning and confiscating guns. Richard Mack, a former sheriff in Graham County, Ariz., joined with then-Ravalli County Sheriff Jay Printz in a lawsuit against Washington when Bill Clinton demanded sheriffs enforce provisions of the Brady Bill gun-control law. He won. And since then he’s been at the front of a movement that highlights the responsibility of local sheriffs. Now, as Washington gears up to consider...
  • Experts: Clinton's Condition Could Have Been Serious

    01/02/2013 5:17:03 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was lucky that, being the top U.S. diplomat, her medical team had thought to do a follow-up MRI after her concussion last month, medical experts told ABC News on Tuesday. The doctors said that Clinton's latest health update -- cerebral venous thrombosis -- is a rare and potentially "life-threatening" condition, but one from which the globe-trotting secretary of state is likely to recover from. In an update from her doctors, Clinton's brain scans revealed a clot had formed in the right transverse venous sinus, and she was being successfully treated with anticoagulants. "She is...
  • Take Caution with Response to Sandy Hook, Say Experts [A Sane Analysis...For Once!]

    01/02/2013 5:14:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 12/26/12 | Conan Milner
    Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, America has debated desperately for an appropriate response to match the weight of its outrage... In the midst of media frenzy, Finkelhor’s statistics are comforting. Sandy Hook is an anomaly; school shootings are extremely rare to begin with and have actually fallen since the 1990s. According to Finkelhor, Sandy Hook is unusual in many ways, but he stressed that the knowledge we may get from analyzing this case will not necessarily be useful in terms of the things the nation needs most in order to keep children safe. “I’m not saying that there are...
  • Kulluk drilling rig accident stokes fresh fears on Arctic drilling

    01/02/2013 5:08:12 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig amid a fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska raised the specter of a fuel spill in the region and provided fresh fodder to drilling foes who insist Arctic oil exploration is too risky to allow. The episode also cast doubt on whether Shell Oil Co. will be able to resume its hunt for Arctic oil this year. The 29-year-old Kulluk conical drilling unit was unmanned when it plowed into rocks on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island Monday night in Alaska, and there were no major injuries. But Coast Guard and Shell...
  • Taliban likens US Afghan role to Vietnam War (IOW “cut-&-run”)

    01/02/2013 5:06:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2013 2:04 AM EST
    The Taliban Wednesday likened the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan to America’s pullout from Vietnam, calling it a “declare victory and run” strategy. … “They want to flee from Afghanistan just as they turned tail and ran from Vietnam,” the Taliban statement said. “When America faced utter destruction in Vietnam, they came up with the formula ‘declare victory and run’ and want to utilize the formula of ‘transfer security and run’ here in Afghanistan.” …
  • Intel to Challenge Cable and Offer Individual Channels

    01/02/2013 5:02:23 AM PST · by chopperman · 77 replies
    Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time. Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service. Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection. And instead of having to pay $80 a month for two hundred channels you don't want, you'll be able to subscribe to specific channels of your choosing.
  • 2 killed in knife attack at a school in Egypt

    01/02/2013 4:58:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2013 7:31 AM EST | Haggag Salama
    Egyptian security officials say two men have killed a technician and a principal at a school in the southern city of Luxor, slitting their throats with a knife. … The officials said an initial investigation indicates that one of the suspects is the father of a student who was allegedly sexually harassed by one of the victims. …
  • Obama claims victory, heads back to Hawaii [Hurl inducing statement from Clown in Oval Office]

    01/02/2013 4:27:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    "While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they’ve passed..."
  • Israeli docs in Africa treat Obama’s granny

    01/02/2013 4:25:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 30, 2012, 10:18 pm | Adiv Sterman
    American President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother underwent emergency eye surgery in an Israeli-run hospital in Equatorial Guinea last week. Sarah Onyango Obama, the president’s father’s third wife, lives in the remote Kenyan village of Nyang’oma Kogelo and suffered from an unspecified optical ailment. … The procedure was successful and Obama is making a full recovery, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Sunday. …
  • Obama departs on post-'cliff' vacation [stop by Sacramento, CA to testify?]

    01/02/2013 4:16:44 AM PST · by SvenMagnussen · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan 02, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama is headed to Hawaii. Again. The White House announced late Tuesday that Obama — who was forced to cut his Christmas vacation short last week to return to Washington — would be traveling back to Hawaii, where he would be reunited with the first family.
  • McDonnell quietly certifies revised abortion clinic regulations [Article REEKS of liberal bias]

    01/02/2013 3:52:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Richmond Times ^ | 1/2/13 | Jim Nolan
    Gov. Bob McDonnell has certified health regulations that impose strict hospital construction standards on Virginia abortion clinics —triggering the next step in a multitiered approval process that could make the revised rules permanent by this summer. Unlike the public relations ballyhoo that accompanies many executive actions, McDonnell, an anti-abortion Republican, certified the regulations and had them posted to the Virginia Town Hall website without a public announcement on the Friday between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The signoff comes more than three months after the rules were adopted in September by the state Board of Health at a contentious...