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Obama heads to Asia amid
looming fear of 'Fiscal Cliff'
New York Post, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2012 5:01:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama yesterday announced he’s jetting off on a victory lap around Southeast Asia, despite a new government report warning the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff will plunge the US into a recession and drive the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent. Obama and Congress have just 52 days to reach a deal to avoid sailing off that precipice, when a devastating double whammy of tax hikes and budget cuts will rock the economy and hit just about every American. The negotiations will be difficult. Obama signaled he’s sticking to his demand for raising taxes

Mozart's Piano Returns
Home to Applause
ABC News, by Dragana Jovanovic    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2012 4:57:19 AM     Post Reply
Like a symphony, all the dramatic elements came together. The piano that Mozart used for the last 10 years of his life and which he used to compose much of his music was returned to his former home in Vienna for a performance of his music. "A big, positive shock was how good the instrument is," said Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov Melnikov after the concert Wednesday. "One can't experience something more overwhelming as a pianist than this." "It was played as Mozart heard it," says Isabelle Hackenberg, a music lover who attended Melnikov's performance.

FEMA—Too Big to Succeed
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2012 4:52:57 AM     Post Reply
As people in New York were suffering and hospitals were being evacuated, the New York Times editorial page seized the occasion to score political points: “Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of ‘big government,’ which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it.” This was dishonest partisan spin. In a GOP primary debate last year, Romney had been asked by CNN’s John King about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and whether the “states should take on more of this role.” Romney replied, “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government

  


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The Case of the Missing White Voters
Real Clear Politics, by Sean Trende    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2012 4:48:22 AM     Post Reply
One of the more intriguing narratives for election 2012 was proposed by political scientist Brendan Nyhan fairly early on: that it was "Bizarro 2004." The parallels to that year certainly were eerie: An incumbent adored by his base but with middling approval ratings nationally faces off against an uncharismatic, wishy-washy official from Massachusetts. The race is tight during the summer until the president breaks open a significant lead after his convention. Then, after a tepid first debate for the incumbent, the contest tightens, bringing the opposition tantalizingly close to a win, but not quite close enough.

How the Secret Service
Said Goodbye to Mitt Romney
Gentleman's Quarterly, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2012 4:36:20 AM     Post Reply
At some point, early Wednesday morning, when Gov. Mitt Romney and family were tucked into bed, a quiet call went out on the radio channel used by his Secret Service agents: "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue." Of all the indignities involved in losing a presidential race, none is more stark than the sudden emptiness of your entourage. The Secret Service detail guarding Governor Romney since Feb 1. stood down quickly. He had ridden in a 15-car motorcade to the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston for his concession speech. He rode in a single-car motorcade back across the Charles River

Handful of House Races Still Uncalled
Roll Call, by Joshua Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2012 4:31:39 AM     Post Reply
The 113th Congress isn’t set yet. The winners in six House races remain unclear. Here’s an update on those races: In Arizona’s 2nd district, retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) led Rep. Ron Barber (D), but there are early ballots and provisional ballots left to be counted. Both parties felt confident that the outcome of this race would be in their favor, but it might take a while to find out who is right. “It’s just gonna drag on there for a week or two,” one Arizona Democratic political insider said.

Haley Barbour: The hurricane
saved Obama’s presidency
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2012 4:24:31 AM     Post Reply
I’m going to call BS, partly out of conviction and partly because I just refuse to believe it. I can accept any other conclusion about the election, no matter how grim, but I can’t bear the mental load of thinking that the fate of entitlement reform might have turned on Obama putting on a natty bomber jacket with “President” embroidered on it and standing around in front of storm debris looking concerned. This is the only time you’ll ever see me stick up for low-information voters. They can’t be this dumb. But what if they are?

  


  

Alert: Immigration sellout underway?
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: fiesta del sol- 11/9/2012 3:09:17 AM     Post Reply
Alert! The entire GOP elite seems to be trying to sell out en masse on immigration. Not only Boehner, but Cantor. And Hannity (who works for pro-amnesty world citizen Rupert Murdoch). Even Krauthammer. … Maybe these people are convinced the larger GOP project can be saved simply by caving on just this one issue. That seems cracked. The bulk of the Hispanic electorate appears to instinctively vote Democratic, and not just because of immigration. Maybe they can be wooed over to the Republican side over the course of decades.

Hannity: I've 'evolved' on
immigration and support
a 'pathway to citizenship'
Politico, by MacKenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: Blackeagle- 11/9/2012 1:33:08 AM     Post Reply
Sean Hannity said Thursday he has “evolved” on immigration and now supports a “pathway to citizenship.” Hannity told his radio listeners Thursday afternoon that the United States needs to “get rid of the immigration issue altogether.” “It’s simple to me to fix it,” Hannity said. “I think you control the border first. You create a pathway for those people that are here — you don’t say you’ve got to go home. And that is a position that I’ve evolved on. Because, you know what, it’s got to be resolved. The majority of people here, if some people have criminal records you can send them home,

Boehner 'confident' GOP, Obama
can reach deal on immigration
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Daniel Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: Blackeagle- 11/9/2012 1:24:46 AM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was "confident" Republicans could agree to a comprehensive immigration bill. Boehner (R-Ohio) made the comment in an interview with ABC News released two days after President Obama's decisive reelection victory over Mitt Romney. Obama's win was fueled by Hispanic voters, who made up a larger portion of the electorate than they did four years ago and voted overwhelmingly for Obama. The president won Latino voters by 44 points, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. The defeat and those figures have triggered a round of soul-searching by

**Exclusive** Senate Minority
Leader: No Tax Hikes
Breitbart's Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 11/9/2012 1:02:02 AM     Post Reply
With conservatives across the country concerned about a rumored Republican cave-in in Washington, D.C. over tax policy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is speaking out. Read his lips: no tax hikes. McConnell said in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News: One issue I’ve never been conflicted about is taxes. I wasn’t sent to Washington to raise anybody’s taxes to pay for more wasteful spending and this election doesn’t change my principles. This election was a disappointment, without doubt, but let’s be clear about something: the House is still run by Republicans,

  


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CNN claims Iran shot at a US drone,
revealing the news network's mindset
PressTV (Iran), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: jeffblair- 11/8/2012 11:44:46 PM     Post Reply
Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter (more accurately known as: the Pentagon's reporter at CNN), has an exciting exclusive today. Exclusively relying upon "three senior officials" in the Obama administration (all anonymous, needless to say), she claims that "two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week," while "the drone was in international airspace east of Kuwait... engaged in routine maritime surveillance." The drone was not hit, but, says CNN, "the incident raises fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial (Persian) Gulf oil shipping lanes."

Komen extends fundraising
efforts after race falls short
Houston Chronicle, by Erin Mulvaney    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/8/2012 11:15:06 PM     Post Reply
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Houston saw a sharp decline in participation in the charity's main fundraising event last month, falling 50 percent short of its $3 million goal. Earlier this year, Komen received nationwide criticism after it announced it would stop making grants to Planned Parenthood for breast-cancer screening. It reversed its decision three days later. As a result of the controversy, many Komen supporters around the country abandoned the Race for the Cure. Participation dropped 10 to 30 percent in some cities, including Austin, Dallas

Exclusive - Inside Orca:
How the Romney Campaign
Suppressed Its Own Vote
Breitbart's Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/8/2012 11:11:09 PM     Post Reply
As Republicans try to explain their Election Day losses in terms of policy, tactics, and strategy, one factor is emerging as the essential difference between the Obama and Romney campaigns on November 6: the absolute failure of Romney’s get-out-the-vote effort, which underperformed even John McCain’s lackluster 2008 turnout. One culprit appears to be “Orca,” the Romney’s massive technology effort, which failed completely. A source within the Romney campaign agreed to share his reflections on Project Orca

Obama’s battle on Benghazi
far from finished
Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/8/2012 11:08:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s victory in the general election this week does not silence those who have been criticizing his administration’s response to the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The critics, which include of former military and intelligence personnel, conservative commentators and grieving relatives, are set to redouble their efforts, highlighting what they call the administration’s failure to give straight answers to questions about security at the consulate and official actions before, during and after the attack. “We are going to keep the pressure on,” said Fred W. Rustmann Jr., from the advocacy group OpSec.

  


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Obama To Unleash
Racial-Preferences Juggernaut
Investor's Business Daily, by Paul Sperry    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/8/2012 11:07:50 PM     Post Reply
If your organization has a policy or practice that doesn't benefit minorities equally, watch out: The Obama administration could sue you for racial discrimination under a dubious legal theory that many argue is unconstitutional. President Obama intends to close "persistent gaps" between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation rates. His remedy — short of new affirmative-action legislation — is to sue financial companies, schools and employers based on "disparate impact" complaints — a stealthy way to achieve racial preferences, opposed 2 to 1 by Americans.

Fiscal cliff forecast:
Bad now, worse later
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/8/2012 11:05:55 PM     Post Reply
As Congress prepares to try to negotiate ways to avoid the fiscal cliff, its own scorekeeper has some stark analysis: There will be pain no matter what, but ducking choices now will mean an even worse situation by the end of the decade. In two reports Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office laid out some of the options facing Washington as lawmakers return next week for a lame-duck session of Congress. But the CBO said that no matter what Congress does, the economy in the short term will struggle. “Even if all of the fiscal tightening was eliminated

Market's Selloff Was About
Obama, Not About Europe
Investor's Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/8/2012 11:04:11 PM     Post Reply
Economy: "Obama Re-election Not To Blame (For) Stock Market Collapse" insisted one headline after Wednesday's 313-point drop, the year's biggest. Whew! For a second there, we were really worried. Here we thought the return of the most anti-business, anti-capitalist, anti-entrepreneur, anti-growth president in the nation's history might influence post-election trading. But no, according to the Huffington Post. We had just fallen in with "a bunch of angry Wall Streeters who unsuccessfully sunk (sic) millions into defeating Obama."

GOP’s rejection of higher tax
rates an obstacle to debt deal
Washington Post, by Paul Kane and David A. Fahrenthold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/8/2012 11:02:49 PM     Post Reply
The new conciliatory tone among House Republican leaders this week will soon have to confront an old Washington reality: the GOP’s deep opposition to higher tax rates. As they begin bipartisan talks on a broad debt deal, White House and congressional leaders face a group of skeptical rank-and-file Republicans in the House who don’t view Tuesday’s Democratic victories as a reason to retreat on taxes. “The president may think that he’s got a mandate, but so do we. The president may have won a second term, but I won a third term,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Wednesday.

For Losing Republicans, Moderation
Not The Way Forward
Investor's Business Daily, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/8/2012 10:59:51 PM     Post Reply
They lose and immediately the chorus begins. Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority. The only part of this that is even partially true regards Hispanics. They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative (on abortion, for example).(Snip)For the party in general, however, the problem is hardly structural. It requires but a single policy change: Border fence plus amnesty. Yes, amnesty. Use the word.

  



Re-elected Obama Pushes Anti-2nd
Amendment Gun Grab
Investor's Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 11/8/2012 10:34:30 PM     Post Reply
Second Amendment: Within hours of re-election, the administration fast-tracked a treaty in the United Nations that transcends borders and tramples our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It was no coincidence. Less than 24 hours after President Obama's re-election, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations helped move the U.N.'s Arms Control Treaty a step closer to enactment. America joined 157 other nations in voting Wednesday to finalize the treaty in March. None was opposed and there were 18 abstentions. U.N. delegates and gun-control activists had complained that talks collapsed

Dominance of GOP Governors Continues
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/8/2012 10:24:37 PM     Post Reply
Conservatives still reeling from the presidential election and the loss of some very winnable Senate seats can take comfort in a rather significant consolation prize: Republicans now control 30 governorships for the first time in more than a decade. The victory in North Carolina was particularly sweet for Republicans. But on a more fundamental level, the right has swamped the country with conservative reform-minded governors, and this success is not geographically constrained: such conservatives are at the helm in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Louisiana, New Mexico, and even Michigan.

Obama’s Congrats Caller: Christie
Bloomberg, by Terrence Dopp    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 11/8/2012 10:22:37 PM     Post Reply
Chris Christie, who last year dashed many Republicans’ hopes by turning down pleas to challenge President Barack Obama, says he had one word for Obama during a phone call last night: Congratulations. And Republican Mitt Romney, the man he endorsed a full year before the election, raised millions in cash for, stood with at campaign stops across the country and delivered the keynote address for at the party’s convention? The New Jersey governor says he sent him an e-mail yesterday. “We didn’t have a political strategy discussion. I said, `Congratulations on your win last night,Mr. President

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Laffer
Rush Limbaugh Show, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 11/8/2012 10:22:25 PM     Post Reply
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's the Art Laffer sound bite. Cookie found this. I tell you, earlier today I'm watching Fox News and Art Laffer's on, and he says, "Oh, Martha, I've never been more optimistic in my life." And coupled with everything else, I was reduced to almost uncontrollable giddy laughter. LAFFER: I'm very, very hopeful about what's gonna happen, Martha. I think this was the election not to win. We have the 2013 Taxmageddon that I think is gonna lead to a very sharp drop in economic activity and, you know, looking at 2014 I'm very excited about how the elections

‘The Obama Conquest’: Newsweek‘s
Election Cover Depicts Obama
As Napoleon
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2012 9:26:46 PM     Post Reply
Newsweek will be wrapping its print edition at the end of the year, at which time we can bid a fond farewell to all of the magazine’s amusing and sometimes outlandish covers. And it looks like they’re going out with a bang, because Newsweek‘s post-election cover depicts the president as Napoleon Bonaparte victorious after a battle, with the headline “The Obama Conquest.” The cover accompanies a story written by Daniel Klaidman tracking Obama’s years-long lucky streak in electoral politics. Here’s the full cover, as posted to Newsweek‘s Tumblr earlier today:

Scenes from Obama's America
American Thinker, by Lee DeCovnick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2012 9:19:43 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday, our country split apart along the dangerous fault lines of class, race, gender, age and faith, and we can already glimpse the consequences. Tipping points and inflections can be seen: here are two personal observations from Wednesday. First for some context from sfgate.com: Prop. 30 [which easily passed in California last night] will raise the sales tax by one penny for every $4 spent for four years, while increasing the income tax on the state's highest earners [over $250,000] for seven years. It would generate about $6 billion per year in new revenue.

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