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In speech, Romney criticizes
Obama on foreign policy
Washington Post, by Jerry Markon    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/8/2012 11:37:07 PM     Post Reply
LEXINGTON, Va. — Mitt Romney delivered a broad critique of President Obama’s foreign policy record on Monday, as a new national poll showed a surge by the Republican challenger that put him even with and perhaps ahead of the incumbent with a month to go before the election. Romney focused most of his criticism on Obama’s approach to the Middle East, saying that a withering of American resolve in the region has made it a more dangerous place than it was when the president took office nearly four years ago. “Hope,” he said, “is not a strategy.’’

Romney talks national security
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/8/2012 11:35:12 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney looked the part of commander in chief. In a crisply delivered speech before a bevy of flags at the Virginia Military Institute he looked, as the campaign planned, as if he might already be the president. The speech, as expected, was an indictment of Obama’s failed leadership. Romney highlighted the career of George Marshall, a VMI graduate. (“General Marshall once said, ‘The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.’ Those words were true in his time — and they still echo in ours.”) The focus on Libya was both effective and pronounced

House panel to hear from security
officer who claims State
rebuffed pleas in Libya
Fox News, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/8/2012 11:33:30 PM     Post Reply
Nearly a month after the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, a House committee is set to hear testimony from an American security officer who claims that pleas for enhanced safety measures in the days leading up to the attack were rebuffed by higher-ups at the State Department. An aide to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee confirmed Monday that Lt. Col. Andy Wood has agreed to testify before the panel at Wednesday's hearing. (Snip) Also, Monday, Fox News learned that Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., had just returned from a fact-finding mission to Libya. Corker is the

  


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What Exactly Does Obama
Like About Being President?
Commentary Magazine, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/8/2012 11:29:04 PM     Post Reply
As John’s earlier post points out, there’s a revealing paragraph in today’s New York Times article on Obama’s dismal debate performance: Mr. Obama does not like debates to begin with, aides have long said, viewing them as media-driven gamesmanship. He did not do all that well in 2008 but benefited from Senator John McCain’s grumpy performances. Mr. Obama made clear to advisers that he was not happy about debating Mr. Romney, whom he views with disdain. It was something to endure, rather than an opportunity, aides said. Notice that it’s Romney himself who Obama

Dozens of rockets, mortars hit south
Ynet News [Israel], by Ilana Curiel    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/8/2012 11:25:29 PM     Post Reply
Terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip fired some 55 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel early Monday morning. The shells landed in communities in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries, although two buildings were lightly damaged and several goats were killed due to an explosion in an animal corner. Hamas' military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Ansar al-Quds group have claimed responsibility for Monday morning's attack on the south. They claimed the attack was a response to the IAF's airstrike on Gaza on Sunday. "This blessed operation came in response to continuous and

Fatah: Palestinians have not
abandoned armed struggle
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Khaled Abu Toameh    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/8/2012 11:21:26 PM     Post Reply
The Palestinians have not abandoned the option of armed struggle against Israel, a top Fatah official in the West Bank said on Monday. Mahmoud Aloul, a member of the Fatah central committee and former Palestinian Authority governor of Nablus, said that although the Palestinians have agreed to launch a “popular resistance against occupation, no one has dropped the armed resistance from his dictionary.” Aloul’s comments were made during an interview with the private Watan TV station in the West Bank. (Snip) The Fatah official said that the Palestinians’ red lines remained as solid as ever; the establishment of a Palestinian

Greece given 10 days
to act on reforms
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/8/2012 11:07:17 PM     Post Reply
Greece must deliver on scores of broken promises by next week's EU summit if it wants long-delayed loans, its creditors said as they eased the release of money for Portugal and launched a new "bazooka". "Acting means acting," International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said after talks with eurozone finance ministers due to broaden out to include European Union partners on Tuesday. (Snip) Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg prime minister who chairs the Eurogroup, said a desperately-needed next loans payout, worth 31.5 billion euros ($A40.43 billion), could only go through if Athens "demonstrates" it can "implement" 89 planned reforms such

  


  

Conservative Party conference 2012:
new right to attack burglars
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Winnett    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/8/2012 11:02:42 PM     Post Reply
Home owners who attack burglars will not face arrest or prosecution unless they use “grossly disproportionate” violence, the new Justice Secretary will announce on Tuesday. Chris Grayling is to change the law “at the first opportunity” to give stronger legal safeguards to those who use force to protect their family or property. (Snip) Mr Grayling said: “The basic premise of the change is to get the law to a position where if you are in your home, and you are confronted by an intruder… then if, in the heat of the moment you use a level of force that in

Venezuelan secret service
erased our data, claims journalist
Guardian [UK], by Uki Goni    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/8/2012 10:58:04 PM     Post Reply
Buenos Aires - Argentina's top TV journalist Jorge Lanata has alleged that he was held in the basement of Caracas airport for nearly two hours while Venezuela's secret service erased his team's camera, computer and cellphone memories. Only then, he says, were they allowed to leave the country. Lanata, a harsh critic of the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez and of the Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner, was returning to Buenos Aires on a regular airline flight after covering the Venezuelan election. (Snip) "We are very shaken and they erased all the material we were bringing back," said Lanata on his

Jim Lehrer on critics of
presidential debate: 'I was
not there to question'
Guardian [UK], by Adam Gabbatt    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 10/8/2012 10:55:33 PM     Post Reply
New York - The veteran PBS anchor Jim Lehrer has defended his performance in last week's presidential debate, insisting he was "not there to question people". Lehrer has faced some criticism for failing to challenge questionable assertions by the candidates, for not pressing Mitt Romney on his 47% comments, and for allowing both to run over their allotted time. Appearing on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, New York's public radio station, Lehrer – no relation to his host – said he was "not apologetic" and said the debate had been the first "unrehearsed" moment of the presidential campaign.

Romney Edges Obama
in Presidential Optics
National Journal, by Jill Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/8/2012 10:50:31 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney used the word “lead” or a variation on it 18 times in his foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute. President Obama, he said, is leading passively from behind, “leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.” There are many ways to counter that contention, from the drone strikes and bin Laden raid ordered by Obama to his intervention in Libya and successful push for tough sanctions against Iran. But leadership optics are a different matter. Romney has those down cold, while Obama – the actual president – is struggling. It is true that simply repeating the

  


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Did Obama Just Throw
The Entire Election Away?
- Thread Closed
Daily Beast, by Andrew Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: rolanddd- 10/8/2012 10:41:55 PM     Post Reply
The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating. Before the debate, Obama had a 51 - 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 - 45 lead. That's a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October. Before Obama had leads on every policy issue and personal characteristic; now Romney leads in almost all of them. Obama's performance gave Romney a 12 point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing. Romney's favorables are above Obama's now. Yes, you read that right. Romney's favorables are higher than Obama's right now. That gender gap that was Obama's firewall? Over in one night:

Did Obama Just Throw
The Entire Election Away?
Daily Beast, by Andrew Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/8/2012 10:40:20 PM     Post Reply
The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating. Before the debate, Obama had a 51 - 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 - 45 lead. That's a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October. Before Obama had leads on every policy issue and personal characteristic; now Romney leads in almost all of them. Obama's performance gave Romney a 12 point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing. Romney's favorables are above Obama's now. Yes, you read that right. Romney's favorables are higher than Obama's right now. That gender gap that was Obama's firewall? Over in one night:

NYT Union Chief: Times Is
Hypocritical about Unions
National Review, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 10/8/2012 10:05:07 PM     Post Reply
I wandered down to the New York Times building in Manhattan this afternoon to watch the walkout, and I spoke to a union representative. I asked him whether he was concerned by the gap between the Times’s treatment of its unionized staff, and the pro-union rhetoric of the paper’s editorial board. He told me, “We have a problem with that. We’ve realized that what we’ve said in the New York Times editorial pages is not what is being followed…they fly in the face of their own editorial board…it’s just money”

New York Times
staffers stage walkout
Salon, by Natasha Lennard    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 10/8/2012 9:59:49 PM     Post Reply
Unionized New York Times staffers plan a short walkout on Monday afternoon, reported Katherine Fung at the Huffington Post. The staffers, members of the Newspaper Guild of New York, will meet up and collectively walk outside of the new but iconic New York Times building in Manhattan to protest management’s position on contract negotiations. Fung reports that “the walkout won’t be the first protest that Times’ staffers have staged over proposed contract terms. Earlier this year, employees held a silent protest outside a meeting of top editors, and demonstrated outside the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

  


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Clinton aide swiftly briefed
lawmakers on 'coordinated'
Libya strike, despite Rice claims
Fox News, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/8/2012 9:59:40 PM     Post Reply
In a briefing to Capitol Hill staffers delivered the day after the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the killings appeared to be the result of a terrorist attack. Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy -- who exercises responsibility for all department personnel, facilities, and operations, and who is one of the department's most respected civil servants, having served in his position under both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations -- delivered the assessment in an unclassified, half-hour conference

Mainstream Scream: Todd
'disses Rasmussen as 'slop'
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/8/2012 9:54:10 PM     Post Reply
Our weekly look at the loudest screech from the mainstream media features NBC political director Chuck Todd dissing Rasmussen Reports, the big polling firm that was among the closest to call the the 2008 presidential election correctly. On Wednesday's Squawk Box on CNBC, Todd said: "We spend a lot more money polling than Scott Rasmussen does. We spend a lot more money on quality control....I hate the idea that their [NBC News/Marist] polling, which is rigorously done, has to get compared to what is, in some cases, you know, slop." Media Research Center Vice President of Research

Sesame Street received $1 mil
stimulus bill grant – created
“1.47″ jobs
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/8/2012 9:46:19 PM     Post Reply
This grant was brought to you by the letters “A” and “R” — as in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the “stimulus bill.” Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the popular childrens’ program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding was to promote healthy eating according to the federal Recovery.gov website: SW [i.e., Sesame Workshop] will carry out an expansion of its highly successful Healthy Habits for Life initiative, which promotes improved nutrition and increased physical activity, targeting low-income preschool-aged

Goldberg: Quit blaming Bush
Los Angeles Times, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/8/2012 9:45:11 PM     Post Reply
"Now Gov. Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations on Wall Street, all of us will prosper. In other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down policies that led to the crisis in the first place." — President Obama in an ad released Sept. 27. This is Obama's core message. In one way or another, he says it all the time. It's his kicker on the stump. You cannot watch an interview with the president or one of his subalterns without hearing it. And yet, I don't think I've ever heard

The post-constitutional president
Washington Times, by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/8/2012 9:38:43 PM     Post Reply
Team Obama insists that next month’s presidential election is “a choice, not a referendum.” It sure seems to be the latter with respect to the two candidates’ very different views on the Constitution. Mitt Romney makes plain at every turn his commitment to that document, while Barack Obama’s conduct in office has marked him as the post-constitutional president. Consider just a few examples of President Obama’s systematic disregard of, contempt for and deviation from a national charter he swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend:

  



A class-action blow
to U.S. manufacturing
Washington Times, by Tiger Joyce    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/8/2012 9:33:10 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Supreme Court has until Friday to determine whether it will hear an appeal involving a class-action lawsuit against Whirlpool, the nation’s largest washing machine manufacturer. Until then, the future of all manufacturing in the United States hangs in the balance. The case is one of dozens that class-action attorneys have brought against every major maker of washing machines sold in the United States. If the high court ultimately lets stand the legal theories of liability these attorneys are advancing, the resulting flood of litigation will not be contained in the laundry room. Virtually every

Mrs. Obama: 'Indian Country' Fights
Obesity by Adding 'Buffalo Meat
into School Lunches'
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/8/2012 9:27:43 PM     Post Reply
In marking the one year anniversary of Let’s Move! in Indian Country, First Lady Michelle Obama praised the work done by Native American and Alaskan American communities in fighting childhood obestiy by, among other things, adding "traditional foods like buffalo meat into school lunches." A year ago, Mrs. Obama joined Native American children in the White House garden to launch Let’s Move in Indian Country by planting the “three sisters”--corn, beans and squash. “This is such an important issue,” Mrs. Obama said in the video marking the one-year anniversary of the program. “We know that children in American Indian

Conservative Party conference
hit by Borismania
Telegraph [UK], by James Kirkup    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 10/8/2012 9:11:20 PM     Post Reply
The Mayor of London blew into its conference in Birmingham, a hurricane of blond hair, media attention and other people’s speculation about his prospects of one day taking David Cameron’s job. His reception – in a city not noted for its Tory support – was more suited to a rock star than a politician, with crowds of passengers chanting his name at New Street station. At the conference centre, he was surrounded by a scrum of cameramen and photographers so intense that one was thrown to the floor and required medical attention.

Homeowners win right to
use lethal force on burglars:
'Disproportionate levels of
violence' backed
Daily Mail[UK], by James Slack & James Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/8/2012 9:05:22 PM     Post Reply
The long campaign to give householders the right to use maximum force against burglars will end in victory today. Chris Grayling will announce he is changing the law to allow people to use ‘disproportionate’ levels of violence to protect themselves and their families. The Justice Secretary said it would ‘dispel doubts once and for all’ over the right to fight back against intruders. The new rules could, in some cases, allow for lethal force. The move is designed to remove the threat of a burglary victim being arrested – let alone charged – if they use violence to

Voter registration down
in Chicago, Cook but up
in area counties
Chicago Tribune, by Bill Ruthhart    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/8/2012 8:44:14 PM     Post Reply
Voter registration is down in Chicago and Cook County compared with four years ago, but has increased slightly in most of the suburban collar counties.The numbers from county to county may differ, but election officials agree on a few observations in advance of Tuesday's voter registration deadline: They don't expect the same unprecedented flood of last-minute registration forms as in 2008. They haven't seen teams of campaign workers scavenging for every last unregistered voter. And they don't sense the same level of sheer enthusiasm from voters. It's nothing like four years ago,"

Could Biden hit Ryan too hard?
Politico, by Erika Lovley    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 10/8/2012 8:39:32 PM     Post Reply
Moderator: The pressure is mounting on Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to debate Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday. After a lackluster debate performance from President Obama, a strong showing from Biden could help put the Obama ticket back on track at a crucial point in the campaign. What should Biden do and not do during the upcoming debate? Does he risk coming out too hard against Paul Ryan? Former Rep. Philip English Former member of Congress (R-Pa.), Co-Chair of Government Relations at Arent Fox LLP : Joe Biden faces a similar, but even more difficult challenge than the

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