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Legal Pot Could Be Contagious
Reason, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 11/14/2012 2:09:02 PM     Post Reply
Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, "I do not know anything about the bill." The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. "It has something to do with something that is called marihuana," Rayburn said. "I believe it is a narcotic of some kind." Seventy-five years, millions of arrests, and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a

How Jill Kelley and her ´Kardashian´
win sister were invited to General
Petraeus´s daughter´s wedding - and
mingled with Vice President Joe Biden
Daily Mail [UK], by Sara Nathan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 2:05:11 PM     Post Reply
The Florida socialite who sparked the FBI´s discovery of the affair between CIA chief General David Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell scooped an invite to his daughter´s high security wedding last month. Jill Kelley - whose own alleged relationship with General John Allen has led to his nomination to lead American troops in Europe being put on hold - was invited to the wedding of Anne Petraeus and Matt Mauney, alongside her twin sister Natalie Khawam, MailOnline can reveal. Pictures taken at the nuptials clearly show Kelley, 37,

Reid takes Social
Security off the table
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 1:57:28 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will not allow changes in Social Security to be part of the negotiations to avoid a federal budget fiscal cliff, further narrowing the opportunities for savings that could be tapped to close the deficit. Republicans have insisted that big entitlement programs such as Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid be part of the end-of-year negotiations to head off tax-rate increases and the $110 billion in automatic spending cuts. But Mr. Reid said Democrats have already made changes to Medicare as part of President Obama´s health law,

  


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Michelle Obama: Living
in a Tax Loophole?
Washington Times, by Tim Kern    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 1:50:27 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, D.C ? The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) is not an elected official. The title doesn´t come with a paycheck. Michelle Obama, however, has turned it into an exercise in imperial excess, spending taxpayers´ dollars as though the Treasury were her cookie jar. There was an old radio spot that ran in the South, when I lived there some 20 years ago. The commentary always started with, “Ya know what makes me sick?” That’s probably not a great way to grab a breakfast-time audience, but ya know, I’m almost there with the FLOTUS.

Demonstrators met with tear gas in
Italy and Spain as Europe grinds to a halt
in series of strikes and austerity protests
Independent [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/14/2012 1:32:05 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of thousands of people across Europe joined demonstrations or went on strike today as they demanded governments stop cutting benefits and create more employment. (Snip) To combat a three-year financial crisis over too much sovereign debt, governments across Europe have had to raise taxes and cut spending, pensions and benefits. As well as hitting workers´ incomes and living standards, these measures have also led to a decline in economic output and a sharp increase in unemployment. The 17 country eurozone is expected to fall into recession when official figures are released tomorrow.

Schumer: Deficit deal must raise
tax rates on high-income families
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 1:31:28 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats´ chief political strategist, on Wednesday rejected any possible deficit-reduction deal that does not raise tax rates on the wealthy. Republican leaders have expressed willingness to consider new revenues as part of a compromise to avert the fiscal cliff, but they have rejected raising income tax rates. Schumer said the government cannot raise the $1.5 trillion in new revenues President Obama has called for unless the top rate rises from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. He said Democrats would not accept any proposal that caps tax deductions for families earning below $250,000 a year.

Could this be the beginning
of a new war in Gaza?
Telegraph [UK], by Jake Wallis Simons    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/14/2012 1:16:39 PM     Post Reply
Now that Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas´ military wing in Gaza, has been killed by Israel, it is only a matter of time before attacks begin of a different sort. Last weekend saw an intense wave of rocket attacks from Gaza, which wounded several Israelis and caused extensive damage to property despite the Iron Dome defence system and a network of bomb shelters. This raised the spectre of vulnerability in Israel, as the public begins to feel that the level of deterrence achieved by Operation Cast Lead in 2009 has been steadily eroded. Bibi Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister

  


  

Video highlights: Republican Senators
McCain, Graham and Ayotte Hold News
Conference on Benghazi Investigation
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 1:08:41 PM     Post Reply
Republican senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte held a news conference on Capitol Hill today to discuss the status of the investigation into the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, and the upcoming hearings on the matter. The trio called for the creation of a joint committee to investigate the attack, similar to panels that investigated 9/11, Iran-Contra, and Watergate. Watch McCain’s opening remarks: Graham later responded to a question about speculation that President Obama will pick U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Military sex scandals and a fiscal cliff:
this is not how Barack Obama
wanted to begin his second term
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/14/2012 1:08:30 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama probably wanted to open his second term by talking about his re-election victory, the audacity of hope, a new dawn for America, yada yada. Instead, as his first press conference looms, he’s going to have to talk about sex and money.[Snip]Why does the Petraeus story matter? Some European commentators think that it reflects lingering American Puritanism, and I have to respectfully disagree. It’s more that Americans have always made gods out of military men--often because they’ve been cast as the saviours of the system. The contributions of George Washington, Andrew Jackson or Dwight Eisenhower

Greenpeace and The Guardian: yet again,
sticking up for the bad guys
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/14/2012 1:04:41 PM     Post Reply
When is a scandal not a scandal? When it comes via Greenpeace and is splashed over the front page of The Guardian, I´d say. While obviously I´m delighted that The Guardian and Greenpeace think I´m so powerful that I have the ability to effect a 180 degree shift in government onshore wind policy just by the mere threat of standing in a by-election, I do think a little examination of news priorities might be in order here. In an op-ed for tomorrow´s Daily Telegraph (which will probably appear online later this evening), I explain--not for the first time: but

McCain: ‘Watergate-Style’ Committee
Needed For Benghazi Investigation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 12:54:00 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain is calling for establishment of a Watergate-style congressional committee to investigate the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Arizona Republican tells “CBS This Morning” he believes the unanswered questions surrounding events at Benghazi on Sept. 11 require such a select committee. McCain accused the Obama administration of making misleading statements. He also said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on national television and said incorrectly that the violence was the result of a demonstration against an anti-Muslim

  


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In a Pinch, Aid
Workers Go Upscale
Wall Street Journal, by Josh Dawsey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 12:48:16 PM     Post Reply
Relief workers who rushed to New York after the superstorm created a logistical challenge: finding accommodations for thousands in a tourist-clogged city in the throes of a housing crisis. For two of the biggest aid organizations, the solutions included government-owned ships floating in the harbor, storm shelters, friends´ apartments—and a luxury hotel in Lower Manhattan. Representatives for the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said they have placed workers at the Soho Grand since the storm, paying a discounted nightly rate of $310 a room.

Diversity in action:
Straight white men are a
minority among House Democrats
San Francisco Chronicle, by Kyle Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 12:46:03 PM     Post Reply
Though they weren’t able to pick up the 25 seats necessary for a majority in the House, Democratic leaders are touting the incoming class of freshman Congressman, particularly for its diversity. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.., and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced the newly elected lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill. “These new members reflect the priorities and diversity and the values of the districts that elected them,” Israel said. “The Republican Caucus, if you look at it, it looks like a re-run of the show ‘Mad Men.’ Our caucus looks like America.”

In ‘Sean Hannity’ appearance,
pundit Dick Morris defends
prediction of Romney landslide
as attempt to boost
conservatives’ hopes
New York Daily News, by Erik Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 12:40:10 PM     Post Reply
Conservative pundit Dick Morris insists he was keeping hope alive when he boldly predicted Mitt Romney would win the White House in a landslide. On Tuesday’s “Hannity" show, Morris said supporters realized the Republican challenger was on the ropes as the election neared, and it was his job to boost their candidate’s profile. “I hope people aren’t mad at me about it,” said Morris, a former adviser to President Clinton and regular Fox News political analyst.Before the election, he continued, “The Romney c ampaign was falling apart, people were not optimistic, nobody thought there was a chance of victory

Egypt will no longer tolerate
attacks on Palestinians: FJP
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 11/14/2012 12:24:11 PM     Post Reply
CAIRO: Egypt´s Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, formerly headed by President Mohamed Morsi, said on Wednesday Egypt would no longer stand by as Israel attacked Palestinians after air strikes killed a Hamas leader. The FJP, the political arm of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood movement, said Israeli air strikes that killed top militant Ahmed al-Jaabari in Gaza earlier on Wednesday required "swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres." The party, which fielded Morsi in a June election to replace toppled president Hosni Mubarak, said Israel "must take into account the changes in the Arab region and especially Egypt."

  


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N.Y. Times: MSNBC Voice
Of Obama´s America
Breitbart Big Journalism, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 12:22:40 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times, in a puff piece about its spiritual cousin MSNBC, said that the leftist network is the megaphone for Barack Obama: If Fox sees itself as the voice of the opposition to the president, MSNBC sees itself as the voice of Mr. Obama’s America. Who knew? which features intellectual luminaries Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O’Donnell and Ed Schultz of course, the Times had to admit that Fox has two million more viewers than MSNBC. So, how to spin that so it looks good for Obama’s mouthpiece?

Salon owner ´killed himself because
President was re-elected´ and scrawled
´F*** Obama´ on his will
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 12:22:06 PM     Post Reply
A former tanning salon owner was found dead two days after the election after telling his partner that he was ´not going to be around´ if President Obama won a second term. Henry Hamilton was discovered next tow two empty prescription pill bottles with the message ´F*** Obama!´ written over his will. His partner said that the 64-year-old man was ´very upset about the election results.´ Police are not searching for any suspects in the case, as police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said ´there´s absolutely no evidence of foul play´. The Miami Herald reports that Hamilton´s

The Republican Party is a
Political Insane Asylum
Canada Free Press, by Jeff Crouere    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 11/14/2012 12:18:03 PM     Post Reply
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert Einstein In the end, it was another Democratic Party rout. On Election Day, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney by over three million popular votes and 126 electoral votes. The President won every battleground state except one and ushered in to Congress two more Democrats in the Senate and at least seven more in the House. While Obama recorded seven million fewer votes than in 2008, Romney was one million votes shy of reaching John McCain’s losing total.

Tough Laws Enacted in Russia
Under Vladimir Putin
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 12:17:03 PM     Post Reply
The first six months of Vladimir Putin´s return to Russia´s presidency, after a four-year sojourn as prime minister, have brought an array of tough measures that critics say are aimed at intimidating the opposition. The latest, expanding the definition of treason, went into force Wednesday. A look at the recent laws: TREASON -Under the new treason law, anyone possessing information deemed a state secret could be imprisoned for up to 20 years. The old law defined high treason as espionage or other assistance to a foreign state that damaged Russia´s external security; the new law drops the word "external."

Jill Kelley has military access REVOKED
at Tampa base during inquiry into
thousands of ´flirtatious´ emails
between Petraeus´ whistleblower
and top general
Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Thompson & James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 12:15:16 PM     Post Reply
After a lifetime dedicated to working her way up to the fringes of power, Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the Petraeus sex scandal, is facing the prospect of being blackballed by the military establishment. Mrs Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa socialite who hosted parties for the nation´s top brass, has been told today that she is no longer welcome at military HQ near her Florida home. Kelley´s complaint over threatening emails triggered an FBI investigation that led to CIA director Petraeus´ resignation when it came to light that he was having an affair with

  



If they want to secede, let ´em
San Francisco Chronicle, by Caille Millner    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/14/2012 12:13:14 PM     Post Reply
It´s barely been a week since President Obama´s re-election, and some people can´t believe, truly can´t believe, that things didn´t go their way. (Snip) Then I started thinking a little more strategically. Centuries of heavily enforced inequality in certain states have left them incapacitated for the modern economy. What do they contribute to the current union, anyway? What would happen if we just decided to let them go? Imagine the possibilities. After a short phase-out period (so that the panicked citizens of New Orleans; Austin; and Washington, D.C., can join us), we let these ungrateful states go.

U.S. News Exlusive Interview:
Broadwell Hailed Petraeus as
´Relentless´ Mentor During Affair
U.S. News & World Report, by Elizabeth Flock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 12:11:12 PM     Post Reply
Paula Broadwell spoke in glowing terms about Gen. David Petraeus and his legacy to U.S. News back in February, just weeks after the publication of her biography of the four-star general, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus." "Petraeus´s legacy is still being established," she said at the time. "I don´t think he will leave the national security apparatus for decades if he has anything to do with it." The revelation of the affair between Broadwell, 40, and the CIA director, 60, led to his resignation last week.

Democrat King concedes defeat in
state Senate race to Republican Gudex
WTAQ Radio [Green Bay, WI], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/14/2012 12:04:49 PM     Post Reply
OSHKOSH, WI - Republicans will have a firm three-vote majority in the Wisconsin Senate, after Democratic incumbent Jessica King of Oshkosh conceded her close election Tuesday. King lost by 0.7 percent to Fond du Lac Republican Rick Gudex – but she wanted to see the official canvasses from last Tuesday’s voting before deciding whether to seek a recount. Gudex said he increased his lead by 9 votes after the canvasses in Fond du Lac and Winnebago counties, with Dodge County’s canvass coming up Wednesday. Republicans held the seat for 35 years before King defeated Randy Hoppe

Boehner tells GOP to ´sit back,´
fiscal talks ´going to take awhile´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 12:02:36 PM     Post Reply
Meeting with his conference for the first time since the election, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday told his troops to settle in for a long battle over the “fiscal cliff.” “Sit back, this is going to take awhile,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said in characterizing Boehner’s message at the closed-door meeting. The Speaker offered few new details on talks to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts, saying he expected the negotiations would intensify after congressional leaders meet with President Obama on Friday.

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