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In 2014, GOP gets
third crack at Senate
Politico, by David Catanese    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/12/2012 4:58:37 AM     Post Reply
Republicans have whiffed in two straight Senate cycles but will get a third swing at the majority in 2014. It will take a lot more than charm, though, to put them back in power. Twenty Senate Democrats will have to defend their seats that year, while just 13 Republicans will be up for reelection. At least six of the Democrats represent red states — places like Arkansas, Louisiana and South Dakota — and are seen as ripe GOP pickings. Retirements could expand the map for the party. Still, Republicans will need almost everything to break in their favor

San Diego Muslim man
arrested for brutal murder
of his wife was US Army
Islamic cultural adviser
PJ Tatler, by Patrick Poole    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/12/2012 4:49:20 AM     Post Reply
One lost detail following the arrest on Friday of Kassim Alhimidi in San Diego, charged with bludgeoning his wife to death with a tire iron last March, was that Alhimidi was reportedly a former Islamic cultural affairs officer for the U.S. Army (HT: Daniel Greenfield). The San Diego Union-Tribune reported: Alzaidy said her father and Alawadi’s husband had previously worked together in San Diego as private contractors for the U.S. Army, serving as cultural advisers to train soldiers who were going to be deployed to the Middle East.

Broadwell: Petraeus Knew
of Benghazi Plea for Help
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/12/2012 4:42:28 AM     Post Reply
Military expert Paula Broadwell, who was allegedly improperly involved with resigned CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, confirmed in October that the CIA annex in Benghazi asked for reinforcements when the consulate came under attack on September 11. She also acknowledged that "there was a failure in the system." Broadwell was speaking at her alma mater, the University of Denver, on October 26. Her lecture, which is on YouTube under the title "Alumni Symposium 2012 Paula Broadwell," now has added value, because based on the recent disclosures, it can now be assumed that she indeed knew exactly



Obama Let Benghazi 4 Die, Rather
than Defy Libyan Authorities
Frontpage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 11/12/2012 1:41:53 AM     Post Reply
FOX News continues to do invaluable work by investigating Benghazigate and Jennifer Griffin and Adam Housley have a new article which raises serious questions about the so-called “Timeline” as well as continuing to pursue the question of why the Benghazi were allowed to die by the Obama Administration. Now Obama had no problem bombing and invading Libya to prevent a fake massacre in Benghazi whose existence he lied about in a speech to the American people. But he did have a problem sending troops into Libya to prevent an actual massacre of Americans

True love truly does endure all
Worcester Telegram (MA), by Dianne Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 11/12/2012 1:15:37 AM     Post Reply
It’s a simple christening gown with a small lace collar and puffed sleeves. It was made more than a half century ago by a happy young bride who took a piece of her husband’s past and wove it into her family’s future. The courtship of Matthew Smith and Adele Guinee began in 1942. (snip) So when he returned from the war, he brought the white nylon parachute with him. After their first son was born, Adele took the chute that had enabled her husband to float back to earth, and fashioned a christening gown for her son with a simple

Israel launches air raids Gaza
Strip amid hints of ground invasion
The Telegraph [UK], by Phoebe Greenwood and agencies    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/12/2012 12:16:50 AM     Post Reply
Jerusalem - The Israeli airforce carried out several raids on the Gaza Strip overnight in response to Palestinian rocket fire towards southern Israel, the army said in a statement Monday. The raids came as Benjamin Netanyahu indicated Israel may launch a ground invasion into Gaza, after a weekend of escalating cross border violence. The overnight air raids targeted a smuggling tunnel and an arms cache in the northern Gaza Strip as well as a rocket launch site in the area, a military spokesman said, adding that the targets had been hit.

Petraeus Mistress Suggests Benghazi
Attack Was Aimed At Secret CIA Prison
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 11/12/2012 12:11:31 AM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus may have told his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell what really happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 when terrorists murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Broadwell, whose alleged affair with Petraeus forced him to resign last Friday, revealed during an October 26 speech at the University of Denver that Libyan terrorists may have attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 in order to take back Libyan militia members the CIA Annex had taken prisoner. Furthermore, Broadwell confirmed that the CIA Annex in Libya had requested reinforcements



Alleged Petraeus Mistress Suggested
She Was Privy to State Secrets
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/12/2012 12:05:11 AM     Post Reply
The woman at the center of the alleged adultery scandal that led CIA Director David Petraeus to resign on Friday gave a speech last month asserting otherwise unreported information about the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Speaking on Oct. 26 at the University of Denver, Paula Broadwell (Snip)was asked about the 9/11 anniversary attack. “Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this,” she replied, “but the CIA annex had actually—had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate

Petraeus told within
last six weeks of
probe that found affair
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/11/2012 11:49:32 PM     Post Reply
FBI investigators confronted then CIA Director David Petraeus within the last six weeks about his relationship with biographer Paula Broadwell, Fox News has learned -- a detail that comes as lawmakers complain they did not know about the issue until Petraeus resigned Friday.(Snip)Asked when Broadwell was confronted, Fox News was told “a little before that.” Asked why the FBI did not brief Congress immediately when Petraeus’ name surfaced within the scope of the investigation, the source said decisions on notification “should all play out next week”

Jerry Brown: California tax vote
start of national tax hike sweep
Sacramento Bee [CA], by David Siders    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/11/2012 11:40:19 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Jerry Brown said in a television interview this morning that passage of his initiative to raise taxes has national implications, with California at the start of a broader movement to increase taxes on the rich. "Revenue means taxes, and certainly those who have been blessed the most, who have disproportionately extracted, by whatever skill, more and more from the national wealth, they´re going to have to share more of that," Brown said in a taped interview on CNN´s State of the Union with Candy Crowley. "And everyone is going to have to realize

Boeing leads the charge in
post- election layoff announcements
Brainerd Dispatch [MN], by Keith Hansen    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/11/2012 11:31:52 PM     Post Reply
Boeing, a Las Vegas business, and 21 other companies announced layoffs following President Barack Obama’s victory last week. Unemployment had been hovering around 8 percent in recent months, with signs of a stronger job market. (Snip) More American workers received pink slips following last week’s election. A Las Vegas business owner with 114 employees fired 22 workers, as a direct result of President Obama’s re-election. The business owner stated to KXNT radio that “elections have consequences” and that “at the end of the day, I need to survive.” On Friday, an additional 21 businesses said they would be laying off



Lawmakers question timing
of Petraeus resignation
NBC News, by Kristen Welker and Pete Williams    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/11/2012 11:25:46 PM     Post Reply
As more details about General David Petreaus’ alleged relationship with his biographer emerge, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed frustration, asking when the affair was discovered and who in Washington was told about it. “We received no advance notice; it was like a lightning bolt,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said on “Fox News Sunday.” Feinstein chairs the Intelligence Committee. “We should have been told. There is a way to do it.” (Snip) Of Petraeus’ wife, Holly, Boylan said that to suggest that she’s furious is an “understatement.” On CNN, Peter King, R-N.Y., chair of the Homeland Security

Petraeus ´flew mistress to Paris
for a trip that was funded by
the government´ after he was
named CIA chief
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley Peterson & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2012 9:59:19 PM     Post Reply
David Petreaus took his mistress with him on a government funded trip to Paris after he was named director of the Central Intelligence Agency, according to news reports. Petraeus made the trip with 40-year-old Paula Broadwell, who has written a fawning biography of him, in July 2011, an unnamed source told Buzzfeed. Petraus was heading to his new job as chief of the CIA at the time. Sixteen months later, the four-star general has resigned from his post after his affair with Broadwell was uncovered by the FBI.

Obama keeps job;
others lose theirs
Washington Times, by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/11/2012 9:55:26 PM     Post Reply
After an election campaign that featured jobs as a central issue, some of the nation’s businesses have responded to President Obama’s victory with a series of layoff announcements related to a variety of factors including the New Year’s “fiscal cliff.” A number of companies had hoped the election of Republican Mitt Romney would raise the chances of avoiding the cliff’s $1 trillion in federal spending cuts, half of them defense-related, plus higher taxes from the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. Other factors in the spate of layoff notices

Congress’ questions for
Petraeus will have to wait
Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/11/2012 9:53:27 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have questions for former CIA Director David H. Petraeus about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, his recently disclosed extramarital affair and other issues — but their queries will have to wait for a later date. Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell will testify Thursday in closed-door hearings of the Senate and House intelligence committees instead of Mr. Petraeus, who resigned abruptly last week after admitting he had an extramarital affair. Congressional leaders said they want to know when the FBI uncovered Mr. Petraeus’ affair



Pictured with Petraeus and his
wife: Glamorous liaison officer who
complained to FBI about emails
from CIA boss´s ´jealous´ mistress
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2012 9:51:43 PM     Post Reply
This is the woman who complained to the FBI about harassing emails from the mistress of Gen David Petraeus. Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Florida, is an unpaid social liaison officer to military headquarters in the city and has a longstanding friendship with Petraeus, who quit as CIA director in disgrace last week. Mrs Kelley lives in a $1.3million house with her husband Scott, a surgeon, and their three children, age nine, seven and six. She packed her bags and sped away from her lavish home on Sunday night after national news media descended on her upscale neighborhood.

The New York Times takes
on a new target: Its CEO
Washington Post, by Paul Farhi    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/11/2012 9:45:20 PM     Post Reply
In its long and glorious history, the New York Times has challenged presidents, generals and dictators. At the moment, its journalists are taking on an unlikely figure: the newspaper’s new chief executive. In articles, blog posts and commentaries published over the past few weeks, the Times has questioned whether its incoming CEO is fit for the job, although neither the editorial board nor the paper’s media critic has weighed in. The executive in question, Mark Thompson, begins work Monday as president and chief executive officer of the New York Times Co., publisher

Carny Nation
Canada Free Press, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 11/11/2012 9:32:05 PM     Post Reply
Come right in and step right up. See the bright lights and the oddities of nature. Inside folks, for the low price of twenty-two trillion dollars, you can see Binders of Women, Team Big Bird and entire reams of green windmills and fields full of bayonets and horses. Here lies become the truth and everything is full of sugar. And the highlight of the show with be Barack, the Exotic Prince from the Wilds of Indonesia and Kenya, with a special appearance by Oprah and a hologram of JFK. Here in the Carnival of Fools,

Congress wants answers
on Petraeus affair
Associated Press, by Anne Flaherty*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/11/2012 9:06:51 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress said Sunday they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed an extramarital affair between ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, questioning when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren´t told sooner. (Snip) Staffers for Petraeus said Kelley and her husband were regular guests at events he held at Central Command headquarters. In a statement Sunday evening, Kelley and her husband, Scott, said: "We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family

CIA director´s downfall
rooted in jealousy
CBS News, by Bob Orr    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/11/2012 8:41:41 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - Two days after the abrupt resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, more details are emerging about the chain of events that led to his departure. (Snip) Some close to Petraeus say he´s told them the affair with Broadwell began about two months after he took over the Central Intelligence Agency in September 2011, and the affair ended about four months. Friends of Petraeus say he described the trysts with Broadwell as "infrequent," and he said he never pursued her after the affair ended.


FBI Scrutinized on Petraeus
Wall Street Journal, by Evan Perez*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/11/2012 8:24:25 PM     Post Reply
A State Department official´s complaints about email stalking launched the monthslong criminal inquiry that led to a woman romantically linked to former Gen. David Petraeus and to his abrupt resignation Friday as Central Intelligence Agency chief. The emails began arriving in Jill Kelley´s inbox in May, U.S. officials familiar with the probe said. A State Department political adviser for a U.S. military command in Tampa, Fla., Ms. Kelley told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the emails, which she viewed as harassing (Snip)the trail led to what officials said were sexually explicit emails between two lovers,

Zen-ing Obama?
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/11/2012 8:23:01 PM     Post Reply
Bill Kristol has a point: Given that the wealthiest counties in the U.S. are mostly blue-voting elites who caricature Republicans for not voting for higher taxes, maybe Republicans should focus on ensuring no new taxes on the $80,000 to $250,000 upper-middle-class households and let the tax chips fall where they may on the mostly Obama households above that. But only if Republicans demand in return for granting Obama’s “pay your fair share”/”you didn’t build that”/”fat cat” demands — which will only bring in revenues to account for about 8 percent of the annual deficit (this isn’t 1995, and something like

The Petraeus Probe
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/11/2012 8:16:41 PM     Post Reply
Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein said Sunday she intends to investigate who knew what and when about l´affaire David Petraeus, and rightly so. The facts that are dribbling out suggest that all sorts of people knew about the CIA director´s personal predicament—except the President for whom he worked. If the leaks are correct, the FBI was investigating Mr. Petraeus for months. (Snip)It´s also passing strange, not to say politically convenient, that these sources say the FBI alerted the White House for the first time at 5 p.m. on Election Day.

Bill Kristol Caves on Higher Taxes
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2012 7:52:51 PM     Post Reply
“I think Republicans will have to give in much more than they think. He won re-election... "Elections have consequences... The leadership in the Republican Party and the leadership in the conservative movement has to pull back, let people float new ideas. Let’s have a serious debate. Don’t scream and yell when one person says, ´You know what? It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.´ It really won’t, I don’t think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000.

Obama to Boehner:
Put Down the Gun
New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: RUReadyY3K- 11/11/2012 7:02:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s remarks today about the so-called "fiscal cliff" set the stage for a showdown with Congress likely to last for the next few months. Obama set one line in the sand: revenue. He announced that he would compromise with Republicans, but would not give up his insistence that high-income Americans pay more taxes as part of any long-term deficit solution. Interestingly, Obama´s remarks were not predicated on the assumption that the two sides would strike a deal before January. In fact he assumed they would not, and his message was designed to be repeated through the new year.

How I Was Drawn Into the
Cult of David Petraeus
Wired.com, by Spencer Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 11/11/2012 6:48:24 PM     Post Reply
When it came out that CIA Director David Petraeus had an affair with his hagiographer, I got punked. “It seems so obvious in retrospect. How could you @attackerman?” tweeted @bitteranagram, complete with a link to a florid piece I wrote for this blog when Petraeus retired from the Army last year. (“The gold standard for wartime command” is one of the harsher judgments in the piece.) I was so blind to Petraeus, and my role in the mythmaking that surrounded his career, that I initially missed @bitteranagram’s joke.

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