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After bankruptcy, California city experiments
with letting voters make budget decisions
Fox News, by Claudia Cowan    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 11/13/2012 5:39:31 AM     Post Reply
A California city that recently emerged from bankruptcy is taking a new approach to budgeting -- this time, by asking voters how it should spend the taxpayers´ money. The question is being put to residents in Vallejo, Calif., a blue-collar port city of 116,000 people. Under a pilot program, Vallejo is using what is known as "participatory budgeting" to figure out where to spend a $3.2 million portion of Measure B, a city tax initiative approved last year. At public assemblies throughout the next few weeks, involved residents are brainstorming ideas -- from youth centers to after school programs

Earth to GOP: Get a Grip
Wall Street Journal, by Bret Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/13/2012 5:33:05 AM     Post Reply
In January I was rebuked by some readers for predicting that the GOP would lose, and for saying it deserved to lose, too. (Snip)Which reminds me: Can we, as the GOP base, demand an IQ exam as well as a test of basic knowledge from our congressional and presidential candidates? This is not a flippant suggestion: There were at least five Senate seats in this election cycle that might have been occupied by a Republican come January had not the invincible stupidity of the candidate stood in the way.

Saudi America
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/13/2012 5:28:50 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes the revolution politicians seek isn´t the one they get. Consider the irony—and the opportunity—in Monday´s report that the U.S. is likely to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world´s largest oil producer as early as 2020. In its annual world energy outlook, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) says the global energy map "is being redrawn by the resurgence in oil and gas production in the United States." The U.S. will increase its production to about 23 million barrels a day in 10 years from about 18 million barrels a day now, the IEA predicts.

  


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Children of Couple Killed By Sandy
to Benefit From $50K in Donations
ABC News, by Colleen Curry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/13/2012 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Zoe Everett said she was sitting in her Rutgers dorm room, studying for a test, on the night superstorm Sandy blew into the East Coast and changed her life. "Before Hurricane Sandy I was a typical 19-year-old student at Rutgers," Zeo Everett wrote in a post on Wish Upon a Hero´s website. "But then came October 29th. I was studying for an exam, waiting out Hurricane Sandy and then I received a phone call. At 11pm on October 29th, I found out both of my parents had been killed." Everett, 19, and the oldest sibling of the Everett family,

The Latino-Vote Obsession
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/13/2012 5:18:00 AM     Post Reply
Postelection panic among conservatives about the Latino vote has reached the point of absurdity — and mostly reveals the naïveté of detached political grandees who know little about the ideology and motivations of those they are now supposed to adroitly woo. Republican postmortems have focused heavily on the Latino vote. According to exit polls, it went 70 percent for Barack Obama, and this year it might have accounted for 10 percent or so of the electorate. Presumably, this margin was an important, and in some exegeses the decisive, factor that denied Mitt Romney the presidency. Given demographic reality,

Petraeus helps whistleblower´s
´unstable´ twin in nasty custody fight
New York Post, by Geoff Earle, Jeane MacIntosh *    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/13/2012 5:12:14 AM     Post Reply
Gen. David Petraeus sure loved helping his lady friends. While he was director of the CIA, Petraeus wrote a letter supporting the child-custody fight of the “psychologically unstable” twin sister of his close friend Jill Kelley — whose bombshell claims of being threatened by his lover led to the top spy’s resignation last week, sources told The Post. The four-star general’s letter to the court — written in the past two months — supported a motion to overturn a ruling made nearly a year earlier by a judge who resoundingly denied custody to Kelley’s sister, Natalie Khawam,

A Nation Adrift
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 11/13/2012 5:11:31 AM     Post Reply
It is now an unquestionable reality that the United States is no longer the beacon of freedom and hope for all mankind. As America careens toward not only a fiscal cliff, but a societal one, theories abound as to why, including changing demographics and technology. But the answer is relatively simple: an increasing number of people in the United States, in their pursuit of lives of relative ease, have turned their backs on the basic rules of human behavior as espoused by Judeo-Christian teachings and have instead placed more and more trust in man.

  


  

Katrina and the Knaves
PJ Tatler, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/13/2012 4:51:27 AM     Post Reply
When you vote for big, crappy, incompetent government run by a tool in a bomber jacket, don’t be shocked when you get big, crappy, incompetent government run by a tool in a bomber jacket. Dr. Manny Alvarez is the Senior Managing Editor of FoxNews.com/health, as well as a member of Fox News’ Medical A-Team, and he’s among those who have visited some of the hardest hit areas; according to him, health concerns are a major factor for the millions whose homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged. “To me, it seems like the storm just happened yesterday,

A Petraeus Puzzle: Were Politics Involved?
New Yorker, by Jane Mayer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/13/2012 4:39:53 AM     Post Reply
The director of the C.I.A. has resigned over an extra-marital affair two days after a Presidential election in which the Agency’s role in Libya was of burning concern—what is really going on here? There seem to be some potentially fascinating political aspects of this story that have yet to be explored. Why, for instance, did this news explode publicly when it did? Both the New York Times and the Washington Post report that the F.B.I. had found, after months of investigation, that neither retired General David Petraeus, now the former director of the C.I.A.,

Hill digs in on Petraeus scandal
Politico, by John Bresnahan & Jonathan Allen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/13/2012 4:35:00 AM     Post Reply
The David Petraeus sex scandal now heads behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, where the top lawmakers from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hope to hear new details Wednesday from top CIA and FBI officials about who knew what and when they knew it, sources tell POLITICO.(Snip)These House and Senate hearings were originally scheduled to review the handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But with the Petraeus scandal exploding into public view, those hearings

Will multiple states’ non-cooperation
be too much for ObamaCare?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/13/2012 4:26:24 AM     Post Reply
The answer, of course, is an emphatic yes, since by its very nature, ObamaCare is too much for ObamaCare, but individual states’ freedom to opt out of designing their own state-specific health insurance exchanges is turning out to be yet another flaw in the oh-so-masterful plan. Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the government is extending the deadline by which states must submit their blueprints for their exchanges, meant to be tools with which consumers can shop around for insurance options, but all states must still indicate

  


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Scandal probe ensnares commander
of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: ragu- 11/13/2012 1:51:51 AM     Post Reply
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday. According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top

Broadwell, Lewinsky Lawyers
Partners at Same Firm
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/13/2012 12:41:33 AM     Post Reply
The lawyer representing the woman who was the mistress of former CIA-director David Petraeus works for the same firm as the lawyer who represented Monica Lewinsky. An assistant to Washington Lawyer Robert F. Muse told ABC News that Muse is representing Paula Broadwell, the biographer turned mistress of the former Afghanistan general who resigned last week after admitting their affair. Muse works at Stein, Mitchell, Muse & Cipollone, a Washington-based law firm that covers several practices, including white collar criminal defense, congressional investigations and whistleblower law. The firm boasts such high-profile clients as Lewinsky, former Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore.,

Caterpillar downgraded
on Obama’s energy policy
Chicago Sun-Times, by Francine Knowles    Original Article
Posted By: Rat Patrol- 11/12/2012 11:39:48 PM     Post Reply
Caterpillar Inc.’s stock was downgraded to “Neutral” from “Overweight” by JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst Ann Duignan Monday. Duignan, who had rated Peoria-based Caterpillar “overweight” since April 2009, cited pressures on the sector to reduce costs and the potential negative impact on the U.S. coal and energy sectors following the re-election of President Barack Obama in downgrading the stock. Mining remains “pressured as companies continue to assess their investment plans for the longer term, and cuts are becoming more broad-based,” Duignan said in a research note.

Congress jumps on Libya inquiry
Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman and Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/12/2012 11:17:55 PM     Post Reply
President Obama survived the election without having to answer many key questions about the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, but getting through the lame-duck session of Congress that opens Tuesday could be even tougher — especially with one key senator already talking about the possibility of subpoenas. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding to know who was responsible for the decisions involved in the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya’s second-largest city, and want to know why military assistance didn’t arrive until well after four Americans

  


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Liberal groups mobilize
for ‘fiscal cliff’ fight over
Social Security, Medicare
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/12/2012 11:12:07 PM     Post Reply
With President Obama seeking a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” liberal groups that campaigned aggressively for his reelection are mobilizing to oppose concessions they fear he could make on Medicare and Social Security. Leaders of the nation’s labor unions and other liberal groups are planning Tuesday to press Obama at the White House to reject the kind of cuts in Medicare and Social Security that he has previously offered to make. On Thursday, left-leaning lawmakers and seniors groups plan to rally on Capitol Hill against any changes to entitlements.

Petraeus hoped affair would
stay secret and he could
keep his job as CIA director
Washington Post, by David Horwitz*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/12/2012 11:07:43 PM     Post Reply
CIA Director David H. Petraeus did not intend to resign from his position until it became clear that his extramarital affair with his biographer would become public after a federal investigation of his e-mail accounts, according to two longtime military aides who admire the retired general. In a farewell letter last week to CIA staff members, Petraeus ­described his affair with Paula Broadwell as behavior that is “unacceptable both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” The statement and others from his allies in the days that followed created an impression

It’s Time to Let the
Bush-Era Tax Rates Expire
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/12/2012 11:00:22 PM     Post Reply
The Bush-era income tax rates will expire at the end of the year. That is only one of a number of financially significant–some say cataclysmic–deadlines that occur around year end: the payroll tax holiday ends, the alternative minimum tax patch will expire, $36 billion in Obamacare taxes will take effect, tax extenders will expire, the (minimal) 2009 “stimulus” tax cuts will run out, the inheritance tax will increase, and 100% expensing for business investment will expire. At the same time, $109 billion in sequestration begins, affecting both non-defense and, disproportionately,

Good news: Obama might pick John Kerry
for Defense, Susan Rice for State
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: pinkpanther- 11/12/2012 10:46:43 PM     Post Reply
Time for the daily reminder that elections have consequences, and not just at the presidential level. If the GOP had found a way to get to 51 in the Senate, I’m thinking O might not have bothered nominating Rice. The temptation for Republicans to nuke her out of hand over her Benghazi disinformation would have been enormous. As it is, with 55 seats in the bank, why not? President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement

400,000-plus sign petition
urging Macy´s to dump Donald
Trump over his views on
Obama and ´sexist´ comments
New York Daily News, by Kristen A. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/12/2012 10:42:14 PM     Post Reply
More than 400,000 people have signed a petition asking Macy’s to sever its ties with Donald Trump, in part over his public skepticism about President Obama’s birthplace. The petition on SignOn.org says Macy’s should also break with Trump over his “sexist” comments about women’s looks and other “unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior.” “Donald Trump does not reflect the ‘magic of Macy´s.’ We urge you to sever ties with him,” the petition reads. The petition was created by Angelo Carusone, who previously campaigned against Glenn Beck.

  



Elizabeth Warren Struggles To
Answer Basic Questions In
First Presser As MA Sen-Elect
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/12/2012 10:38:24 PM     Post Reply
Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, in her first press conference last Thursday after defeating Sen. Scott Brown, displayed a glaring lack of knowledge and confidence about the issues voters presumably elected her to solve and the campaign she had just run. In fact, Warren, a liberal professor whose supposed intelligence and convictions the mainstream media often fawned over, came across as awkward and unprepared, as she did when she tried to deflect questions about her questionable Native-American heritage last spring.

Petraeus mistress Paula
Broadwell and her husband
were on a romantic birthday
getaway in Washington, Va.,
when scandal broke
New York Daily News, by Erik Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/12/2012 10:34:58 PM     Post Reply
Paula Broadwell was on a romantic rendezvous with her husband at a Virginia bed-and-breakfast when details of her extramarital affair with Gen. David Petraeus became public Friday. And, according to one report, the breaking scandal quickly spoiled the couple’s otherwise amorous excursion to celebrate Broadwell’s 40th birthday. A source at the Middleton Inn in the sleepy town of Washington, which is about 70 miles west of the nation’s capital, told Washingtonian.com that Paula Broadwell and her husband, Scott, appeared “good” and “upbeat” when they arrived Thursday.

Agent investigating Petraeus
allegedly sent shirtless photos of
himself to woman involved in case
Washington Times, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/12/2012 10:32:06 PM     Post Reply
The story surrounding the former CIA Director David Petraeus´s resignation continues to become more bizarre. The Wall Street Journal is reporting: A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors´ concerns that he had become personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe. New details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the case suggest that even as the bureau delved into

FBI Agents Raiding Home
Of Woman In Petraeus Scandal
WBTV-TV [Charlotte, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Kurto- 11/12/2012 10:31:23 PM     Post Reply
Charlotte, NC - Federal agents are inside the home of the Charlotte author at the center of a scandal involving CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned Friday. The Federal Bureau of Investigations confirms that it has agents inside Paula Broadwell´s Dilworth home. While agents on scene would not confirm what they were looking for, nearly a dozen agents were seen carrying boxes and taking photographs inside the home. Broadwell, the biographer who wrote a book about retired four-star general Petraeus, 60, has not been seen at her home since the news connecting her to an extramarital affair

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