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  • Senate Benghazi report blames FBI, CIA but exonerates Obama

    01/02/2013 9:59:51 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jim Kouri
    The U.S. Senate released a report on Monday that blames the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies — but not the White House — for the misinformation allegedly contained in talking points that explained the details of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate diplomatic in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, Libya attack. The Democrat-dominated Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report that said the White House was only responsible for a “minor change” in the White House talking points. A number of GOP...
  • Des Moines Register publishes gun-ban column advocating deadly violence against NRA, GOP leaders

    01/02/2013 9:55:20 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 25 replies
    Fox news ^ | 01/02/13 | Tim Graham
    Donald Kaul retired earlier this year. Now he has decided to return to writing occasional opinion columns for OtherWords.org. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. brought out all his ugliness. In a column that appeared after the shooting with the headline "Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns," he proposed a new liberal agenda: repeal the Second Amendment, declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal, and well, make violent threats to Republican leaders and NRA members. The Des Moines Register published this junk on December 29.
  • Former State Rep. Scott Plakon Files To Run In HD 29

    01/02/2013 9:36:14 PM PST · by flfreedom · 2 replies
    Florida Political Press ^ | 1/3/12 | Flfreedom
    Newly elected Democrat State Rep. Mike Clelland, who shocked the political world when he upset Speaker-Designate Chris Dorworth in November, did not have to wait long to learn who will be challenging him to retake the seat. While perusing the Florida Division of Elections web site today, I saw that former state Rep. Scott Plakon has just filed to run in HD 29 making this the very first Republican vs. Democrat state race for 2014. Yes, Virginia, the next election cycle has begun! This is good news for Central Florida conservatives as Plakon was chosen ‘Legislator of the Year’ by...
  • Naked Man Who Was Choking Dog Shot by Homeowner in Miami: Police

    01/02/2013 8:47:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | January 2, 2013 | Donna Rapado and Brian Hamacher
    A naked intruder who was trying to choke a pet Rottweiler was shot by a homeowner in Miami Wednesday morning, police said. The bizarre incident happened around 5 a.m. in the area of Northwest 2nd Avenue and 56th Street when the occupants of the home were awoken when they heard a commotion and dogs barking. When the homeowner went to check out the noise, he confronted the suspect, who was completely naked and trying to choke one of the dogs, police said. "He comes out and spots a person who is not only fighting with this dog but is naked...
  • Arabs Brutally Attack US Yeshiva Student in Italy

    01/02/2013 8:40:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 1/2/13 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A gang of Arabs brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice, Italy, in what local community leaders said was a rare instance of anti-Semitism. The student was knocked unconscious on Tuesday when he strolled late at night in the center of the city. A band of 15 Arab youth pounced on him, dragged him into a dark corner and pummeled him, using sharp weapons. The student lost consciousness, and the attackers fled when a passerby spotted them and called police and medics. The police are investigating, but have but have not caught the attackers. The...
  • 24-Year-Old Jew Murdered in Iran- 24-year-old Daniel Magrufta, who was dating the daughter

    01/02/2013 8:35:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    inn ^ | 1/2/13 | Elad Benari
    A 24-year-old Iranian Jew, a member of one the most well-known and wealthiest families in Iran, was murdered last week, Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday. According to the report the man, who was identified as Daniel Magrufta, was dating the daughter of a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The report added that it was at first believed that Magrufta was murdered during a robbery at his home, but no evidence indicating that his home had been broken into was found. The woman whom Magrufta was dating was reportedly arrested on suspicion of being responsible for the murder but...
  • If demography is destiny, good news for Texas, North Dakota and D.C.

    01/02/2013 7:55:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michael Barone
    Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally the Census Bureau estimates that the United States has grown from 308 million people when the census was conducted in April 2010 and to almost 313 million in...
  • Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: These tax hikes on the rich are just first step of “the balanced approach”

    01/02/2013 7:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, "balanced approach" is Obama's Orwellian term for selling tax hikes to the public as a condition of spending cuts even though there's nothing remotely balanced about our fiscal problems. Spend 10 seconds looking at the graphs in Yuval Levin's new post at the Corner. That's the reality that the "balanced approach" pretends to address. As Levin said in another post today, “The fiscal trajectory of our welfare state is not sustainable, no matter how much taxes go up.”But okay. The left’s new talking point, pushed by The One himself, is that they absolutely positively won’t negotiate over the...
  • Magazine Ban of 2013 (Video - Bill Will Be Introduced This Week!)

    01/02/2013 7:48:33 PM PST · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    YouTube - Military Arms Channel ^ | 1-2-2013 | Sturmgewehre
    The House Democrats (Diana DeGette, D-CO) are submitting a bill in the next few days to Congress to ban any magazine over 10 rounds in capacity. We must act now to stop this erosion of our 2nd Amendment rights! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXrAt7-ij2k 11:32
  • Lateral Move (Free Republic mentioned)

    01/02/2013 7:32:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-2-2012 | Ed Driscoll
    Lateral Move December 2, 2012 Ed Driscoll “Al Jazeera is putting the final touches on a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago,” the New York Times claims: If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.Rather than simply use Current to distribute its English-language channel,...
  • Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the 'cliff' deal

    01/02/2013 7:24:06 PM PST · by gotribe · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Tim Carney
    The "fiscal cliff" legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren't the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff's edge -- they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week. The Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which passed through the Senate Finance Committee in August, was copied and pasted into the fiscal cliff legislation, yielding a victory for biotech companies, wind-turbine-makers, biodiesel...
  • Netanyahu: West Bank Could Go Way of Egypt, Syria

    01/02/2013 7:23:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cbn news ^ | 1/2/13 | Julie Stahl
    JERUSALEM, Israel - Areas of Biblical Judea and Samaria (West Bank) under the Palestinian Authority rule could end up with a regime change like that in Egypt or a shaking like what is going on in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Speaking at the start of a Bible study at his home, Netanyahu likened the current situation in the Middle East to the beginning of the portion of the Jewish Bible (Torah -- first five books of the Bible) being studied this week. "Now there arose a new king over Egypt," Netanyahu said, quoting the passage from Exodus...
  • Flashback Obama 2008: 'I Will Make It Impossible' To 'Slip' Last Minute Pork In Bill

    01/02/2013 7:14:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/22/2008 | staff
    Speaking at a campaign event on September 22, 2008: "I'll make our government open and transparent so that anyone can ensure that our business is the people's business. As Justice Louis Brandeis once said, sunlight is the greatest disinfectant. As President, I will make it impossible for Congressmen or lobbyists to slip pork-barrel projects or corporate welfare into laws when no one is looking because when I am president, meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public. No more secrecy."
  • INNOCENTS BETRAYED - The TRUE story of GUN CONTROL WORLDWIDE -

    01/02/2013 7:06:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sep 1, 2011 | Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
    In this powerful documentary produced by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (http://jpfo.org), you will learn how governments have historically deprived people of firearms ... and then wiped them from the face of the earth. This is the true story of Gun control from around the world, especially in the 20th century. It details how governments have ALWAYS BEEN the biggest threat to the safety, security and prosperity of the people. While Americans can see how this could happen in other countries, most can't EVER imaging it being able to happen here because there are so many rights guaranteed...
  • OUTGOING GOP REP: WE HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO UNSEAT BOEHNER

    01/02/2013 6:50:58 PM PST · by Buddy Sorrell · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 2, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Outgoing Louisiana Republican Rep. Jeff Landry told Breitbart News there are at least 17 GOP members who plan to unseat House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, and Boehner may resign on Wednesday evening during or after a GOP caucus meeting. ** UPDATE -- Boehner is now making concessions in what AMA’s Meyer says is an attempt “to try to save face.” The Hill reports he told Republicans he won’t negotiate one-on-one with President Barack Obama anymore.
  • NCSL’s Annual List of State Laws Going Into Effect on Jan. 1

    01/02/2013 6:46:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NCSL ^ | 12/20/12
    Along with New Year’s resolutions, Jan. 1 marks the day many new state laws go into effect. In our annual tradition, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has compiled a list of some of the most interesting ones. In 2012, all but four states met in regular session and enacted more than 29,000 bills and resolutions. Not all new laws go into effect on the first of the year—it depends on the state’s constitution and whether the statute itself specifies when the law will officially begin. Among the wide variety of new laws NCSL has identified, several have made...
  • Gun Group To Give Armed Teacher Training In 15 States (Buckeye Firearms Foundation Course)

    01/02/2013 6:38:19 PM PST · by drewh · 8 replies
    Salon ^ | Jan 2, 2013 02:41 PM CST | Natasha Lennard
    Although many lawmakers, the president and gun control advocates immediately scoffed at the NRA’s suggestion that schools needed more armed personnel to avoid tragedies like that of Sandy Hook Elementary last month, teachers and school staff are voluntarily flocking to arms training courses. Ohio-based Buckeye Firearms Foundation has launched an Armed Teacher Training curriculum to offer gun training to teachers and school workers. According to Ohio’s Fox 19, “As of Wednesday, the Armed Teacher Training Program has attracted more than 600 applicants from several states including Ohio, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas,...
  • Leftist/Jihadist Alliance: Al Jazeera acquires Current TV

    01/02/2013 6:26:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/2/13 | Robert
    As I noted earlier today, Al-Jazeera has been dubbed "the most powerful voice of the Muslim Brotherhood." And Pamela Geller has noted that "Al Jazeera is the leading terrorist propaganda organization in the world. Jihad murder mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki has praised Al Jazeera, and several years ago one of its most prominent reporters was arrested on terror charges. Al Jazeera also has for years been the recipient of numerous Al Qaeda videos featuring bin Laden, Zawahiri, and American traitor Adam Gadahn. Yet they never seem to be able to trace where these videos are coming from. They have repeatedly been...
  • UPDATE: Al Jazeera Buys Current TV, But It Won’t Be On Time Warner Cable

    01/02/2013 6:18:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Deadline ^ | 1/2/13 | DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
    Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt just confirmed the sale in a memo to staffers. “Getting this transaction done was very difficult,” he writes. (Read the network’s official statement after the original break of the story.) Since Time Warner Cable would not consent to the sale “Current will no longer be carried on TWC. This is unfortunate, but I am confident that Al Jazeera America will earn significant additional carriage in the months and years ahead.” Time Warner Cable says that it is “removing the service as quickly as possible.” The loss of the No. 2 cable operator will hurt: Time...
  • Analysis: Ireland’s EU takeover bad news for Israel

    01/02/2013 6:12:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 1/2/13 | Herb Keinon
    Israel's harshest critic in the EU assumes the organization's presidency in a time of diplomatic turbulence. Ireland, perhaps Israel’s harshest critic inside the European Union, assumed the position of the EU presidency on Monday at a time when Israel is already bracing for a rocky period with the body over the stalled diplomatic process and construction beyond the Green Line. While the importance of the EU presidency has waned significantly in recent years as Brussels has increased its power and the EU’s foreign policy chief – and not the EU presidency – now chairs meetings of its foreign ministers and...
  • What happens with the Fiscal Cliff legislation?

    01/02/2013 6:01:58 PM PST · by ProudFossil · 7 replies
    Jan 2, 2012 | Vanity
    What happens to the legislation set up last year to impose the fiscal cliff impact?
  • France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech'

    01/02/2013 4:09:36 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02 Jan 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    Few ideas have done as much damage throughout history as empowering the government to criminalize opinions it dislikes Writing in the Guardian today, Jason Farago praises France's women's rights minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, for demanding that Twitter help the French government criminalize ideas it dislikes. Decreeing that "hateful tweets are illegal", Farago excitingly explains how the French minister is going beyond mere prosecution for those who post such tweets and now "wants Twitter to take steps to help prosecute hate speech" by "reform[ing] the whole system by which Twitter operates", including her demand that the company "put in place alerts and...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-2-13

    01/02/2013 5:49:46 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-2-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Gun-hating New York Journal News Hires Armed Security After Map Controversy

    01/02/2013 5:45:54 PM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    Less than two weeks after a New York regional newspaper created a national controversy by publishing an online map of registered gun owners in its circulation area, the Journal News has once again brought attention to itself by hiring armed guards to protect its employees, an obvious case of hypocrisy given the publicationÂ’s virulently anti-gun editorial stance. As you would expect, the Journal News, which had previously touted its love of transparency and an informed public when it published its database of pistol permit holders, did not reveal this information to the public. The news was broken instead by the...
  • Des Moines Register publishes gun-ban column advocating deadly violence against NRA, GOP leaders

    01/02/2013 12:31:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/2/2013 | Fox News
    Donald Kaul retired earlier this year. Now he has decided to return to writing occasional opinion columns for OtherWords.org. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. brought out all his ugliness. In a column that appeared after the shooting with the headline "Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns," he proposed a new liberal agenda: repeal the Second Amendment, declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal, and well, make violent threats to Republican leaders and NRA members. The Des Moines Register published this junk on December 29.
  • Krauthammer: No Apology For Hillary; State Department Ought To Apologize (video)

    01/02/2013 5:44:14 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 20 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 2, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Krauthammer on an apology: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I have no apology to make because I've just explained why I did, as a result of the information that I received. And I would say that perhaps the State Department, if not apologize, ought to explain why it withheld information and why a lot of it mitigated what we now are hearing might have been a more serious set of circumstances. But we still don't know what she was suffering [from] in those two weeks.
  • Obama to 'Quickly' Go for Immigration Reform and Gun Control- W.H. pledges action this month.

    01/02/2013 5:34:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    President Barack Obama will go for immigration reform and gun control this month, the White House tells the left-leaning Huffington Post. Obama's actions will reportedly be done "quickly." Obama glowing "An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well," reports the Huffington Post.
  • House Vote on Fiscal Cliff Bill Breaks GOP 3-Day Pledge to Read the Bill

    01/02/2013 5:31:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 2, 2013 | Matt Cover
    When the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a Senate bill to avoid the fiscal cliff around 10:45 PM on Tuesday, it violated its pledge to allow three days for the public to read the legislation, a promise House Republicans made to voters before the 2010 elections. … In its Pledge to America document, House Republicans promised: “We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority...
  • Panetta allows general to retire as 3-star

    01/02/2013 5:27:38 PM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has permitted a three-star Army general accused of bullying subordinates to retire without a demotion in rank, the Pentagon said Wednesday. ... A Pentagon inspector general's investigation last year found that O'Reilly regularly yelled and screamed at subordinates, often in public, demeaned and belittled employees and behaved in such a way as to result in the departure of at least six senior staffers from the Missile Defense Agency during his time as its director. ... However, Panetta also placed in O'Reilly's permanent file a letter of reprimand, according to a senior defense official. The official, who...
  • Senators Got 154-Page “Fiscal Cliff” Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It

    01/02/2013 5:26:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 2, 2013 | Matt Cover
    The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score. Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to CNSNews.com that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013—a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM. …
  • Ethan Allen Turns the Tables in China

    01/02/2013 5:09:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 January 2013 | JAMES R. HAGERTY
    DANBURY, Conn.—Furniture from China has gobbled an increasing share of the U.S. market in recent years, leading to the closure of hundreds of American factories. Now, turning the tables on their Asian rivals, two big U.S. producers are trying to sell more furniture in China. The companies, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. ETH +4.67% and Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., are pursuing different approaches. Most furniture Ethan Allen sells in China is made in its seven plants in the U.S. and Mexico. Ashley relies on furniture made at its own plant near Shanghai and elsewhere in Asia, though it ships small amounts...
  • Congressmen Confirm That Boehner Will Either Resign Speakership Or Be Forced Out

    01/02/2013 5:08:45 PM PST · by drewh · 372 replies
    Cybercast News Service.com ^ | 1/2/13 | Ron Meyer
    I have confirmed with a group of Congressmen that House Speaker John Boehner will not be reelected Speaker tomorrow. He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow. Only 17 members are needed to block Speaker Boehner's election tomorrow. A Speaker needs an absolute majority of all votes cast for a specific person. If no one has a majority, the House is speakerless. I've confirmed these rules with the House Parliamentarian.
  • Mia Farrow Hearts New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (for Blasting Republicans)

    01/02/2013 4:55:28 PM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 2 Jan 2013, 1:47 PM PDT | by Breitbart News
    The Left's love affair with N.J. Gov. Chris Christie continues ... so long as the outspoken pol is trashing his own party. Christie made headlines today by blaming the death of a Hurricane Sandy relief bill loaded with pork squarely on the GOP. “There is only one group to blame,” he ranted. “The House Majority and John Boehner. Last night, the House Majority failed the basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state. It was disappointing and disgusting to watch. Shame on you, shame on Congress.” That sentiment earned kudos from...
  • 6-Year-Old Suspended For Saying, “Pow”

    01/02/2013 4:49:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | January 2, 2013 | Philip Hodges
    Michael Moore recently said that the only reason white people are buying a bunch of guns in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting is that they’re fearful. Afraid of black people specifically. He said, “Calm down, white people, and put away your guns.” So if we’re all buying guns and ammo out of fear of the black man, what emotion would cause this idiocy: a 6-year-old boy was suspended from school for making his hand in the shape of a gun and pretend shooting it, saying, “Pow,” as it was pointed at a fellow student. Were school officials actually...
  • Al Jazeera Acquires Current TV

    01/02/2013 4:32:30 PM PST · by John W · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 2, 2012 | Brian Stelter
    Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago. Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service. Rather than simply use Current to distribute its English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel, called Al Jazeera America,...
  • Al-Jazeera in talks to buy Current TV

    01/02/2013 4:31:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that has struggled to win space on American cable television, is negotiating to buy Al Gore's Current TV and with it, access to 60 million U.S. homes, according to a person familiar with the matter.
  • Obama to 'Quickly' Go for Immigration Reform and Gun Control

    01/02/2013 4:27:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama will go for immigration reform and gun control this month, the White House tells the left-leaning Huffington Post. Obama's actions will reportedly be done "quickly." Obama glowing "An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well," reports the Huffington Post. "The timeframe is likely to...
  • GOP Activist Group Spokesperson Cites ‘Senior Sources’ Boehner Will Resign Speakership Tonight

    01/02/2013 4:18:54 PM PST · by drewh · 32 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 4:37 pm, January 2nd, 2013 | by Noah Rothman
    Ron Meyer Jr., spokesperson for the activist group American Majority Action, Appeared on MSNBC with Martin Bashir where he said that he is hearing rumors form reliable sources that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will resign the speakership tonight. “We need a new Speaker,” Meyer said. “There are serious rumors that at the conference tonight, at 5 o’clock, John Boehner will announce to the conference that he is resigning as Speaker of the House.” Bashir said he found that hard to believe, to which Meyer replied that he also found it unlikely. Bashir pressed and asked if there was any...
  • Ahmadinejad In Suicidal Anti-Corruption Drive Against Khamenei’s Establishment

    01/02/2013 4:01:45 PM PST · by drewh · 3 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | January 2, 2013, 9:35 PM
    In the unexpected role of social crusader, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech at Kermanshah Wednesday, Jan. 2, “The country’s economy should not be controlled by 3,000 or 10,000 people.” Seventy-six million Iranians still don’t benefit from the country’s oil revenues – “only an elite minority,” he said. Predictably, Iranian sources report, the Iranian president’s relations and friends are rushing for the exits: they are selling property and packing their bags ready to quit the country, worried about his fate and their own, as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his powerful machine prepared to hit back. Ahmadinejad...
  • IDF and Syrian Rebel Officers Meet Clandestinely In Jordan

    01/02/2013 3:42:45 PM PST · by drewh · 2 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | January 1, 2013, 11:10 PM
    Israeli officials have been holding talks in Jordan with Syrian opposition officials “in advance of a possible Israeli-U.S. operation in Syria to protect the Golan Heights,” Western intelligence sources reported Tuesday, Jan. 1. There was no further information about this operation or how rebel commanders were involved in military plans “to protect the Golan Heights.” Altogether, the goings-on on the Israeli and Jordanian borders with Syria are in deep hush. But European intelligence sources, some of them French and Russian, reveal nightly clashes taking place between US, Jordanian, Israeli special forces and Syrian rebels, on the one hand, and Syrian...
  • Hillary Clinton leaves New York hospital, then returns

    01/02/2013 3:42:31 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 82 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 2, 2013 | Joshua Lott and Daniel Trotta
    Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly left New York-Presbyterian hospital on Wednesday, only to return about 15 minutes later, the New York Daily News reported. The State Department declined to comment on where Clinton may have gone or the status of her hospital stay. She was admitted for treatment of a blood clot in a vein behind her right ear. Reporters witnessed Clinton leaving the hospital with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, and an aide. They drove away with a security detail and a man wearing a white coat and a stethoscope. She returned...
  • Do Asian Americans count as "diverse"?

    01/02/2013 3:37:25 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 35 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer Blog ^ | 01/02/2013 | Matt Katz
    New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only "diverse" nominees to the state Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie's most recent picks, the definition of diverse appears to be changing. One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court. Yet the Legislature's black caucus, the state Latino Action Network, and a broad coalition of more than 50 groups, including teachers' unions and Planned Parenthood, are opposing Bauman and the other...
  • Identical twins and 'best friends', 19, give birth just two hours apart on New Year's Eve

    01/02/2013 3:30:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2 January 2013 | Paul Thompson
    Identical twins sisters have given birth on the same day, just hours apart. Ashlee Nelson,19 and her sister Aimee gave birth within two hours of each other on New Year's Eve. Although the identical the twins are best friends, they rarely did everything together and had not planned to give birth on the same day.
  • The "NO" Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 2,2013

    01/02/2013 3:17:38 PM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 2,2013 | Mark Levin
    Enjoy the sub that is on tonight. Mark Levin will be back tomorrow.
  • Medical Device Excise Tax

    01/02/2013 3:12:08 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    irs.gov ^ | irs
    On Dec. 5, 2012, the IRS issued final regulations on the new 2.3 percent medical device excise tax that manufacturers and importers will pay on sales of certain medical devices beginning January 1, 2013. In addition, the IRS issued Notice 2012-77, which provides interim guidance regarding the determination of sale price and other issues related to the tax. The IRS developed the final regulations in consultation with technical experts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and after carefully reviewing numerous public comments. Generally, under the final regulations, a “taxable medical device”...
  • Delhi women gun for licences; rape triggers big rush to acquire arms

    01/02/2013 3:10:40 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 7 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Dwaipayan Ghosh
    NEW DELHI: The horrific attack on Nirbhaya has led to a spurt in requests for gun licences from women. Since December 18, the day the news of the brutal gang rape appeared in newspapers, the licensing department of Delhi Police has received a total of 274 applications from women. In addition, it has also been flooded with hundreds of queries on how to obtain a licence. "We have received over 1,200 calls since that day. These include not only the average working woman, but even students who travel long distances to colleges and even their concerned parents. They were eager...
  • Al Jazeera Is Said to Be Acquiring Current TV (Al Gore's failure network)

    01/02/2013 3:08:13 PM PST · by autumnraine · 24 replies
    Media Decoder ^ | 1/2/2013 | BRIAN STELTER
    Al Jazeera is putting the final touches on a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago. If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service. Rather than simply use Current to distribute its English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will...
  • ROUBINI: America Has Yet To Wake Up To The Full Extent Of Its Fiscal Nightmare

    01/02/2013 3:07:47 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-2-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    ROUBINI: America Has Yet To Wake Up To The Full Extent Of Its Fiscal Nightmare Mamta BadkarJanuary 2, 2013Last night the House of Representatives voted 257-167 to pass the fiscal cliff bill. Many have pointed out that president Obama has come out the winner, while the Republicans who signed Grover Norquist's no-tax- increase pledge have been the biggest losers. But in a new op-ed for The Financial Times, Nouriel Roubini writes that the U.S. has been let down by its leaders and that they "dysfunctional nature" of the country's political system means another crisis isn't far off. He also says...
  • There's No Avoiding Google+

    01/02/2013 2:39:50 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2013 | AMIR EFRATI
    Google Inc. GOOG +2.24% is gaining ground against Facebook Inc. FB +5.18% thanks to a controversial tactic: requiring people to use the Google+ social network. Google over the past year has boosted the Google+ operation by integrating it with the company's top-tier properties, including its Web search engine, Gmail, YouTube, business listings and the Android mobile-operating system. People using Google to search for photos or customer reviews of a restaurant, for example, automatically are steered to the restaurant's Google+ page. In the fall, Google began requiring people who want to post their reviews of restaurants or other businesses to use...
  • Boehner tells GOP he’s through with one-on-one Obama talks

    01/02/2013 2:25:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 2, 2013 | Russell Berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: He’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama. During both 2011 and 2012, the Speaker spent weeks shuttling between the Capitol and the White House for meetings with the president in the hopes of striking a grand bargain on the deficit. Those efforts ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference. In closed-door meetings since leaving the “fiscal cliff” talks two weeks ago, lawmakers and aides say...