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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...
  • Grover Norquist: Cliff plan OK with pledge

    01/02/2013 3:51:49 AM PST · by NotSoModerate · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/1/2013 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    For Grover Norquist, the Senate-backed fiscal cliff bill on its way to the House floor Tuesday is a tax cut that House Republicans can vote for and defend to their constituents without violating their anti-tax increase pledges.
  • Exit of EPA boss a protest [Lisa Jackson angry, as Obamugabe may approve Keystone Pipeline]

    01/02/2013 3:26:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/2/13 | JOSH MARGOLIN
    Epa chief Lisa Jackson suddenly resigned last week because she was convinced that President Obama is planning to green-light the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, The Post has learned. “She was going to stay on until November or December,” said a Jackson insider. “But this changed it. She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports it [Keystone] getting built.” While the State Department —not the Environmental Protection Agency —is responsible for the pipeline process because it’s an international project, Jackson is still the president’s top adviser on ecological policy. She has expressed concerns over the proposed $7 billion...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 2, 2013

    01/02/2013 3:01:15 AM PST · by sneakers · 30 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Questioning Hillary Clinton’s concussion, and other outrages [Ha! As if the Clintons never lie]

    01/02/2013 2:52:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Melinda Henneberger
    Head injuries are no joke, but the backlash against those who initially questioned whether Hillary Clinton’s concussion was for real seems like an overreaction, too; you don’t have to be hateful to have wondered if she really had the flu and fell down right before she was supposed to testify about the security situation at our consulate that was really just a house in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed by terrorists in September. After all, public officials are routinely less than forthcoming about their health, even if we do know more now than we did when Edith Wilson...
  • Obama hails tax bill, warns GOP not to pick fight on debt ceiling

    01/02/2013 2:40:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/02/13 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama hailed the sweeping bipartisan tax deal Tuesday night as "one step in a broader effort" to strengthen the nation's economy, saying it prevented a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession. The president, taking a victory lap after fulfilling a campaign promise to raise taxes on the wealthy, spoke less than an hour after the House approved the tax deal, 257-167, in a rare New Year's Day vote. “A simple premise of my campaign for president was to change the tax code that was too skewed toward the wealthy at the expense of...
  • Homeowner shoots burglar, police send facts to prosecutor's office for review(OH)

    01/02/2013 1:38:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | 31 December, 2012 | Pat Galbincea
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland homeowner said he shot a burglar Friday morning after the intruder grabbed a lamp and tried to hit him, Cleveland police said. Police received a call about 8:50 a.m. from the Portage Avenue homeowner, who told police he was holding the suspect at gunpoint, Police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris said.
  • Man shot in face by homeowner charged with burglary(WA)

    01/02/2013 1:32:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 31 December, 2012 | NA
    TACOMA, Wash. — A man who was shot in the face as he entered a home was charged with burglary Monday. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Christopher Rhodes, 20, with residential burglary in the June 19 home invasion burglary of a Tacoma-area home. ---------------------- cut --------------------- Court documents said that at the time of the burglary, Rhodes had a cellphone with an application that allowed him to monitor police radio broadcasts. Police said a witness reported hearing dispatch communications coming from the phone.
  • Hillary Clinton in hospital amid speculation of plane accident in Iran

    01/02/2013 1:10:35 AM PST · by Heuristic Hiker · 45 replies
    DEBKAfile Special Report ^ | December 31, 2012 | DEBKAfile Special Report
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York- Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 - with a blood clot caused by concussion - gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours. However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents....
  • Stocks to soar as world money catches fire, Calvinst Europe left behind

    01/02/2013 12:03:19 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/2/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Bears beware. A monetary revolution is underway. The US, Japan, Britain, as well as the Swiss, Scandies, and a string of states around the world, are actively driving down their currencies or imposing caps. They are tearing up the script, embracing the new creed of nominal GDP targeting (NGDP), a licence for yet more radical action. The side-effects of this currency warfare -- or "beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy as it was known in the 1930s -- is an escalating leakage of monetary stimulus into the global system. So don’t fight the Fed, and never fight the world’s central banks on multiple fronts....
  • On The Road To Athens

    01/01/2013 11:14:53 PM PST · by Nextrush · 20 replies
    1/2/2013 | Self
    "Thank You America" was the theme of a commercial I saw on the Rose Bowl Game telecast yesterday. The bailed out AIG was singing the praises of our tax dollars being pumped into their company from a nation that is now trillions of dollars more in debt than it was before bailouts like theirs were pushed through Congress. The pushing through Congress of band aids like the bailouts and now the new legislation called the "Taxpayer Relief Act" will not stop the trillions of dollars in debt from continuing to expand until new band aids will be needed. Who is...
  • Report: 532 Murdered in Chicago in 2012

    01/01/2013 11:01:58 PM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago website. The number of people murdered the year before was 441, meaning in the city of Chicago, murders have increased by 91 from 2011 to 2012. The Chicago Police Department was not available to confirm these numbers today, which is New Year's Day. The website also claims that, through December 25, 2012, there 2,670 people were shot in Chicago last year. That's also an increase from the year before, when 2,217 people were shot in Chicago that year. In all,...
  • The wink that says I won: and Obama heads back to restart Hawaii vacation

    01/01/2013 11:01:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    Congress last night finally passed a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, as critics attacked the Republican party for giving in and allowing tax hikes on wealthy Americans in return for minimal spending cuts. President Obama was in a triumphant mood as he addressed the nation after the vote on Capitol Hill, even winking at photographers before flying back to Hawaii to resume his vacation.
  • Prince Harry is a 'jackal' who wants to 'kill innocent Afghans while drunk'

    01/01/2013 9:43:19 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    An Afghan warlord has launched a scathing attack on Prince Harry - describing the Royal as a 'jackal' who is only interested in killing 'innocent Afghans while he is drunk'. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is listed as a global terrorist by the U.S., made the comments as Prince Harry spent Christmas in the war-torn country. The Prince is currently on a four month long deployment to Afghanistan serving his second tour of duty as gunship co-pilot.
  • President Obama returning to Hawaii Wednesday morning

    01/01/2013 9:37:25 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    The Star Advertiser ^ | Jan 01, 2013 | Star-Advertiser staff
    President Barak Obama left Washington D.C. tonight and is flying to Hawaii to rejoin his family on vacation.
  • Israeli-Palestinian clashes erupt in West Bank

    01/01/2013 9:20:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 4:58 PM EST | Mohammed Ballas
    An arrest raid by undercover Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors ignited rare clashes in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, residents said, leaving at 10 Palestinians wounded. Israeli army raids into Palestinian areas to seize activists and militants are fairly common. The raids are normally coordinated with Palestinian security forces, and suspects are usually apprehended without violence. …
  • Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes

    01/01/2013 9:13:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 11:37 PM EST | David Espo and Alan Fram
    Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill’s passage on a bipartisan 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hard-won political triumph for the president less than two months after he secured re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. Moments later, Obama strode into the White House briefing room and declared, “Thanks to the votes of Republicans and Democrats...
  • Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Is a Smoke Screen Obscuring Deeper Problems

    01/01/2013 9:06:36 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 15 December 2012 | Jocelyn Edwards
    An evergreen bill imposing life imprisonment on gays is arguably nothing more than an ugly diversion in the hands of politicians eager to avoid real problems, writes Jocelyn Edwards. Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s speaker of parliament, broke her pledge to pass the country’s infamous anti-gay bill before the year’s end on Friday, as the lawmakers in the small East African nation broke for the holidays without debating the legislation. And so, a population found in one survey to be 96 percent opposed to homosexuality won’t get the odious “Christmas gift” she had promised. But for the government, however, that hardly matters....
  • Britain - and Prince Harry - are failing in Afghanistan, says warlord

    01/01/2013 8:49:35 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jan 2013 | Peter Oborne,
    One of Afghanistan's most feared and wanted warlords has warned that the country could collapse into a murderous civil war after the withdrawal of Nato troops next year. [snip] "The British prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk. He wants to hunt down Mujaheddin with his helicopter rockets without any shame.But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy! Jackals cannot hunt lions. During the Mujaheddin attack on the American base the Prince saw that he was the one about to be hunted and...
  • REPUBLICAN HORROR NEW YEAR

    01/01/2013 8:06:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 94 replies
    The Drudge Report ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    REPUBLICAN HORROR NEW YEAR
  • House to vote on Senate-passed fiscal crisis billdespite conservative qualms-$620B hikes,$15B cuts

    01/01/2013 8:06:11 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 1, 2013 | Fox News
    Washington – House leaders are planning to call a vote on the Senate-passed fiscal crisis bill as early as Tuesday night, moving ahead despite the concerns of rank-and-file Republicans about the lack of spending cuts in the package. The House began its debate on the bill Tuesday evening. Lawmakers were moving quickly, after Republicans spent the day weighing their options... If they are to act on the bill, they have less than two days before a new congressional class is sworn in. House Speaker John Boehner had earlier presented members with two options... The first would be to craft an...
  • Rep. Graves Says He Can't Support Fiscal Cliff Bill That Does Not Address Spending

    01/01/2013 7:53:25 PM PST · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    The Chattanoogan.com ^ | Tuesday, January 01, 2013 | The Chattanoogan Staff
    Rep. Graves Says He Can't Support Fiscal Cliff Bill That Does Not Address Spending; Corker Says It's Time To Move On To Spending Cuts Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following statement on the fiscal cliff legislation passed by the U.S. Senate: “The Senate bill offers no commitment to debt reduction, only a demand from taxpayers to bail out Washington. As taxes rise, freedom diminishes. Without any spending reforms, the debt crisis continues. I cannot support a bill that protects Washington and promotes bigger government at the expense of my constituents and future generations. “What began in 2011 as an...
  • House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt

    01/01/2013 7:47:58 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 182 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 31, 2012 | Olivier Knox
  • Why I Will Vote No On The Senate-Passed Bill:Message from my Congressman - a true Tea Partier

    01/01/2013 7:37:31 PM PST · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    1/1/13
    In the dead of the night, with no committee hearings, no public input and no time to read the bill, the Senate approved a bill written in secret by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi – the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.” According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Senate-passed bill would cost taxpayers $3.9 trillion over 10 years and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would add almost $4 trillion in debt over the next ten years. The official estimate is that it will increase spending by at least $330...
  • Eric Cantor Leads GOP Charge Against Senate Cliff Bill

    01/01/2013 4:46:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01/01/2013
    Last-minute efforts to step back from the fiscal cliff ran into trouble on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal that would prevent Washington from pushing the world's biggest economy into a recession. House Republicans complained that a bill passed by the Senate in a late-night show of unity to prevent a budget crisis contained tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans but no spending cuts. Some conservatives sought to change the bill to add cuts. That would set up a high-stakes showdown between the two chambers and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets that...
  • After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar

    01/01/2013 6:58:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | December 29, 2012 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar The 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar never made it to James W. Flanagan, general manager of The Scranton Times. He would never need it: he died in December 1949. But on Friday, 63 years after his death, the U.S. Postal Service made a delivery. A mail carrier, with no explanation of where the package had been the last 63 years, handed it to Chris O'Hora at The Times-Tribune's front desk. The calendar, rolled in a long tube, soon made its way to the office of Bobby Lynett, a publisher of The Times-Tribune and...
  • Washington Post Column: The character assassination of Hillary Clinton

    01/01/2013 7:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/01/2013 | Kathleen Parker
    The new year began not with a cannonball off the “fiscal cliff” but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism. This time it’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi. Several commentators on the right opined via Twitter and TV, those most deadly hosts for the parasites of rumor and innuendo, that Clinton was faking her concussion to duck out on her appearance before congressional committees investigating the attack on the...
  • New York County denies request for names of gun permit holders

    01/01/2013 5:45:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Noreen O'Donnell
    Authorities in a suburban county north of New York City said on Tuesday they will refuse to release names of local gun permit holders to a newspaper that has been publishing the identities of thousands of license-holding residents. Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said he would defy a request for information about pistol permit holders from the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, which has come under criticism for publishing thousands of such identities already. "There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and the Journal News is clearly wrong," Sant said in a statement. "I...
  • Kathy Griffin Kisses Anderson Cooper's Crotch On National Television [Video at link]

    01/01/2013 5:42:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 89 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/1/13 | Noel Sheppard
    No matter what vulgar things Kathy Griffin does on CNN's live New Year's Eve broadcasts, the folks at the supposedly most trusted name in news continue to invite her back. On Monday night's program, after first telling co-host Anderson Cooper "I'm going to tickle your sack," she shortly after midnight actually kissed his crotch...
  • 8 deadly agents 'to bring U.S. to its knees'

    01/01/2013 5:35:46 PM PST · by wesagain · 97 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iranian scientists, working under orders from the radicals running the Islamic regime, have genetically altered microbial agents in a nightmarish scheme to bring the West to its knees. According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit with knowledge of Iran’s microbial research and development, the scientists, with Russian and North Korean help, currently possess eight extremely dangerous microbial agents that, if unleashed, could kill millions of people. As reported exclusively on WND on Dec. 16, the source revealed the existence of a plant in Marzanabad, Iran, where 12 Russian and 28 Iranian scientists are working on microbial agents...
  • CNN: Clinton Itching To Testify on Benghazi Issue

    01/01/2013 5:27:45 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/30/2012
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