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My President Is Busy
New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/11/2012 1:20:44 AM     Post Reply
Israeli friends have been asking me whether a re-elected President Obama will take revenge on Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for the way he and Sheldon Adelson, his foolhardy financier, openly backed Mitt Romney. My answer to Israelis is this: You should be so lucky. (Snip) No, my Israeli friends, it’s much worse than you think: You’re home alone. Of course, no one here will tell you that. To the contrary, there will surely be a new secretary of state visiting you next year with the umpteenth road map for “confidence-building measures” between Israelis and Palestinians.

Boehner Tells House
G.O.P. to Fall in Line
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/11/2012 1:02:46 AM     Post Reply
Washington - On a conference call with House Republicans a day after the party’s electoral battering last week, Speaker John A. Boehner dished out some bitter medicine, and for the first time in the 112th Congress, most members took their dose. Their party lost, badly, Mr. Boehner said, and while Republicans would still control the House and would continue to staunchly oppose tax rate increases as Congress grapples with the impending fiscal battle, they had to avoid the nasty showdowns that marked so much of the last two years. Members on the call, subdued and dark

Strong quake strikes Burma;
up to 12 feared dead
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/11/2012 12:37:29 AM     Post Reply
Yangon, Burma - A strong earthquake struck northern Burma on Sunday, collapsing a bridge and a gold mine, damaging several old Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many as 12 people feared dead. No casualties or major damage was reported in the nearest major population center, Burma's second-biggest city of Mandalay, about 117 kilometers (72 miles) south of the quake's epicenter near the town of Shwebo. An official from the Meteorological Department in the capital, Naypyitaw, said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck at 7:42 a.m. local time. The area surrounding the epicenter is underdeveloped,

  


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Cuomo´s ´Climate Change´-
Linking ´We Didn´t Have
Hurricanes´ Statement on Sandy
Collapses Easily Under Scrutiny
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 11:54:38 PM     Post Reply
In a Thursday afternoon item carried at the Los Angeles Times via reporters Shashank Bengali and Joseph Serna (HT NewsBusters tipster Gary Hall), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo claimed that "When we built New York, we didn’t think about floods, about storms. We didn’t have hurricanes and floods. ... Extreme weather is here to stay. Climate change is a reality. Political gridlock has held us back too long. ... Maybe Mother Nature is telling us something. One time, two times, three times. There are places that are going to be victimized by storms. We know that now.

Manziel, No. 15 Texas A&M
stun No. 1 Bama, 29-24
Associated Press, by John Zenor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 11:33:56 PM     Post Reply
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Johnny Football and the SEC newbies from Texas A&M took down the biggest bully in their new neighborhood and left No. 1 Alabama with badly bruised national championship hopes. Johnny Manziel, better known around Texas as Johnny Football, staked the 15th-ranked Aggies to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Texas A&M held on to beat the Crimson Tide 29-24 on Saturday. The Aggies (8-2, 5-2), playing in the Southeastern Conference for the first season after ditching the Big 12, also might have ended the league´s run of BCS titles at six years.

With Paula Broadwell, Gen. David
Petraeus let his guard down
Washington Post, by Joby Warrick*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/10/2012 10:27:12 PM     Post Reply
Gen. David H. Petraeus had just assumed his new role as U.S. Central Command chief in 2009 when he began introducing his staff to a young Harvard University researcher who was writing his biography. The woman, Paula Broadwell, then 37, had never written a book and had almost no journalistic experience. But that wasn’t the only thing about her that made the general’s aides nervous. Petraeus — already the most acclaimed U.S. military commander in recent decades — had until then been extraordinarily careful in managing his public image, allowing limited access to a handful of journalists,

The Bridge on the River Potomac?
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 11/10/2012 9:42:20 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of Tuesday’s election, we are hearing lots of talk about bipartisanship and statesmanship, with the unstated premise that statesmanship and bipartisanship are automatically the same thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Snip) If the election battle was indeed a war of ideas, and the president’s ideas prevailed, where does that leave the losing party?Let’s be brutally frank. In essence, Republicans are now prisoners of war who have a hard decision to make:Should they collaborate with their captors in order to try to obtain better treatment for themselves and their constituents?

  


  

GOP firebrand Allen West refuses
to concede; Fla. vote count is
beyond recount margin
Associated Press, by Matt Sendensky    Original Article
Posted By: charliecoconut- 11/10/2012 8:40:04 PM     Post Reply
West Palm Beach, Fla. - Firebrand Republican Rep. Allen West was defeated by Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, according to the state´s vote count Saturday, but the incumbent won´t concede. The state issued complete but unofficial results showing Murphy with a lead of 2,442 votes, or 50.4 percent. That´s beyond the half-percent margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. A handful of overseas and military ballots remain outstanding, but under state law the decision for a recount is based on Saturday´s count. Murphy declared victory early Wednesday morning and has held

Memorials in the Washington
area ready for Veterans Day
ceremonies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/10/2012 8:34:05 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Memorials in the Washington area are preparing for Veterans Day commemorations. Ceremonies are being held Sunday at the World War II Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington as well as Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.The ceremony at the World War II Memorial begins at 9 a.m. and will include a wreath laying and a performance by the United States Air Force Band Brass Quintet. At Arlington National Cemetery the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. President Barack Obama has in the past attended the ceremony and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Rep Gowdy: Either Petraeus Will
Come and Testify to Congress
Or He Will Be Subpoenaed
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/10/2012 7:56:51 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) “The fact that he’s resigned and had an affair has nothing to do with whether he will be subpoenaed to Congress. I hope we don’t have to subpoena a four star general and a former CIA director. I would hope he would come voluntarily but if he won’t he will be subpoenaed. And none of what happened today is an offense to a subpoena… He’s either a witness in our case in chief or he’s gonna be a rebuttal witness if Susan Rice and others blame him for their failure of intelligence and failure of information.

Limiting tax deductions
Washington Post, by Editorial Board    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/10/2012 7:40:30 PM     Post Reply
AS THE FISCAL cliff looms, leaders in Washington draw red lines. President Obama is “asking the wealthiest to pay a little more in taxes,” as he repeated Friday. House Speaker John A. Boehner is “open” to more revenue but only in exchange for significant spending cuts — and raising existing tax rates is “unacceptable,” the Ohio Republican insisted. So, more gridlock? Not necessarily. There are politically feasible ways to get more revenue, mostly from the wealthy — without raising tax rates. One is to limit the value of itemized deductions, 80 percent of which accrued to the top 20 percent

  


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Sunday shows feature many members
of Congress arguing money and stuff
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 11/10/2012 7:33:29 PM     Post Reply
Wow, you better be interested in congressional blather about something this Sunday. In the absence of a national election race and with the next presidential election just 1,455 days away, representatives and senators are pretty much the sole guest fare on the talk shows. It´s like Thanksgiving leftovers two weeks early. For example, Obama´s Chicago strategist David Axelrod will predict that the incumbent White House Democrat will win reelection in last Tuesday´s balloting.

Sick, frail struggle most
in storm´s aftermath
Associated Press, by David B.Caruso    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/10/2012 7:31:16 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- Some of society´s most vulnerable people - the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill - have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy. The storm didn´t just knock out electricity and destroy property when it came ashore in places like the Far Rockaway section of Queens. It disrupted the fragile support networks that allowed the neighborhood´s frailest residents to get by. Here, the catastrophe has closed pharmacies, kept home care aids from getting to elderly clients and made getting around in a wheelchair impossible.

Vietnam Veterans honored,
mark 50 years
Chicago Sun-Times, by Francine Knowles    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/10/2012 7:25:51 PM     Post Reply
While serving his country decades ago as a Marine in Vietnam, James Blue had to be medivaced home to the United States to battle a life-threatening case of malaria, and he returned to face a country sharply divided over the war.Back then there were no words of thanks for his service. But Saturday he and other veterans heard words of appreciation at a city Veterans Day ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War and thank them for their sacrifices. (Snip) Jackson presented Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a Vietnam War commemorative flag at the ceremony,

FBI probe of Petraeus began
with "suspicious emails"
Reuters, by Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 11/10/2012 7:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The FBI investigation that led to the discovery of CIA Director David Petraeus´ affair with author Paula Broadwell was sparked by "suspicious emails" that initially did not contain any connection to Petraeus, U.S. law enforcement and security officials told Reuters on Saturday. But the CIA director´s name unexpectedly turned up in the course of the investigation, two officials and two other sources briefed on the matter said. It was "an issue with two women and they stumbled across the affair with Petraeus," a U.S. government security source said.

  


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Obama Plays Golf
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/10/2012 7:10:51 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is spending his first Saturday after winning reelection on the golf course. Today´s outing is to the course on Andrews Air Force Base. "Motorcade arrived at Andrews Air Force Base at 11:01 am after an uneventful ride," the pool report reads. "President Obama is playing golf with three White House aides: Eugene Kang, Joe Paulson and trip director Marvin Nicholson, according to a White House official. Pool is holding at the Andrews fast food court for the next few hours." Toward the end of the campaign, Obama seemed to have eased off his golf game.

When a C.I.A. Director
Had Scores of Affairs
New York Times, by Stephen Kinzer    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 11/10/2012 7:04:07 PM     Post Reply
WALKING through the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., after handing in his resignation on Friday, David H. Petraeus passed a bas-relief sculpture of Allen Dulles, who led the agency in the 1950s and early ’60s. Below it is the motto, “His Monument Is Around Us.” (Snip) But private life for a C.I.A. director today is apparently quite different from what it was in the Dulles era. Mr. Petraeus resigned after admitting to a single affair; Allen Dulles had, as his sister, Eleanor, wrote later, “at least a hundred.”

No, Mr. Boehner,
the Constitution
is the Law of the Land
Red State, by Daniel Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 11/10/2012 6:57:11 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, Diane Sawyer asked John Boehner in an interview if he planned to push for repeal of Obamacare. He responded that “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.” No, Mr. Boehner, the Constitution is the law of the Republic. In April 2011, following the failure of Republicans to defund Obamacare during the first budget battle, I wrote the following at Red State: If it is reckless to shut down the government over Obamacare, then there is nothing in the budget worth fighting for. Due to the degree of entrenchment of the existing entitlement,

U.S. Extends a Deadline
for States on Coverage
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 11/10/2012 6:49:38 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — With many states lagging far behind schedule, the Obama administration said Friday that it would extend the deadline for them to submit plans for health insurance exchanges, the online markets where millions of Americans are expected to obtain private coverage subsidized by the federal government. The original Nov. 16 deadline will be extended to Dec. 14 — and in some cases to Feb. 15, the administration said. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that 25 million people will obtain coverage through the new online shopping malls known as insurance exchanges.

Good Boy: Obama Lets
Obedient Media Know
Their Place After Election
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Noah Dulis    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 6:37:56 PM     Post Reply
BuzzFeed Politics was forced on Friday to ask the question that all tween girls find themselves pondering about their first crush: why won’t he talk to me? Andrew Kaczynski seemed confused and distraught that President Obama issued a statement without taking any questions in his first press conference since Tuesday’s election. It was the first time an incumbent president has refused to answer questions from reporters after winning reelection in over two decades. Maybe BuzzFeed Politics would’ve been less surprised by this turn of events if they were actually doing the work of real journalists instead of acting

  



Senate/House Intelligence Kept
in Dark on Petraeus Investigation
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 6:34:36 PM     Post Reply
Even though there are laws requiring investigators to inform Senate/House Intelligence committees when senior members of the Executive branch are under surveillance, it appears those laws were not followed in the development of the case against CIA Director David Petraeus. These statues came into play after Watergate, and were designed to keep intelligence committee members abreast of whom they could and couldn´t call upon for needed testimony at certain times. The fact that these rules weren´t followed explains why the Senate/House intelligence committees were so taken aback to find that suddenly

Andrew Sullivan: ‘Fox News has
to be demonized and cut off’
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/10/2012 5:27:52 PM     Post Reply
Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, who seemed to take the ups and downs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign very personally, said in his Friday night appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that the Republican Party should rebuke conservative talker Rush Limbaugh and “demonize and cut off” the Fox News Channel. “The first conservative who will be the future of that party will be the one that says Rush Limbaugh does not speak for the Republican Party,” Sullivan said. “He is a poison on the discourse, and until they start — you see, the media industrial complex on

Brussels Bans Annual
Christmas Tree Display –
It May Offend Muslims
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/10/2012 5:21:34 PM     Post Reply
Brussels replaced its popular Christmas tree exhibit this year at the city center due to concerns that it may offend the local Muslim population. The Right Perspective reported: Government officials in Brussels, Belgium banned Wednesday a popular Christmas tree exhibit out of concerns that the local Muslim population found it “offensive." An “electronic winter tree,” will take the place of the traditional Christmas Tree and Nativity scene at the city center of Grand Place, reports Brussels News. The electronic sculpture will stand 25 meters (82 feet) tall and consists of a set of television screens,

Obama: Voters agreed with me
Politico, by Reid J. Eptstein    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/10/2012 5:16:40 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s first post-election radio address centered on the themes he pushed in his speeches in Chicago Tuesday and in the East Room Friday. Obama couched his reelection victory as giving him the authority to focus on job creation his way, with protections for the middle class and deficit reduction paid for by the nation’s wealthiest. The way to avert the year-end fiscal cliff, he said, is the very proposal he has been making for months on the campaign trail. “The message you sent was clear: You voted for action, not politics as usual,” he said.

George Entwistle resigns
as BBC director general
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 4:44:37 PM     Post Reply
The BBC´s director general, George Entwistle, has resigned in the wake of the Newsnight child abuse broadcast. In a statement given outside New Broadcasting House, Mr Entwistle said: "I have decided that the honourable thing to do is to step down." Earlier, Mr Entwistle said the Newsnight report, which wrongly implicated ex-senior Tory Lord McAlpine should never have been broadcast. Mr Entwistle took up the post of director general on 17 September. In his statement, he said: "In the light of the fact that the director general is also the editor-in-chief and ultimately responsible for all content

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