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Obama: Attacks on Susan
Rice ‘outrageous’
Politico, by Jennifer Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 3:54:28 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama offered a fiery defense Wednesday of his administration’s handling of the attack on Americans in Benghazi, calling R epublicans’ critiques of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice “outrageous.” Obama specifically rebutted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who earlier Wednesday called for a “Watergate-style” investigation into the attacks and said they don’t trust Rice, seen as a top contender to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, because of her statements on Benghazi.

The GOP’s Hispanic Opportunity
National Review Online, by Rachel Campos-Duffy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/14/2012 3:45:23 PM     Post Reply
The Republican establishment, consultants, and talking heads should all just take a deep breath. Yes, we have a serious problem with Hispanics. It’s a problem conservative Hispanics have been trying to tell the GOP leadership about for many years with little or no response or action. But the quick-fix immigration solutions now being offered by the likes of Charles Krauthammer and other establishment-elites figures are an over-correction, do not actually address the root of the problem, and, frankly, may even accelerate our losses in the crucial Hispanic demographic.

Obama: I Made Susan Rice
Talk to the American People
About Benghazi
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/14/2012 3:44:48 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama revealed at his press conference this afternoon that he is responsible for sending U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to speak to the American people a few days after the September 11 Benghazi terror attack. "As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her," Obama said at the press conference, defending the statements the ambassador to the U.N. made regarding the Benghazi attack. Rice has been widely criticized for giving misleading statements about Benghazi.

  


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Ten missing dates in
the Petraeus scandal
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/14/2012 3:35:41 PM     Post Reply
Edward Jay Epstein has a large and distinguished body of work on intelligence and intelligence-related issues. Among his books in the field are Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald and Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA. Ed has also taken to the ebook form. His ebooks on intelligence-related issues include Killing Castro and James Jesus Angleton: Was He Right? This morning Ed has forwarded the following thoughts on the Petraeus scandal: Before we can walk the cat back, and establish the chronology of a possible penetration,

President Obama, Washington
Press Corps Gather for a Game
of Slow Pitch Softball
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/14/2012 3:32:23 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama opened his first press conference in eight months, noting that America remains in a difficult economy. After reiterating his campaign boilerplate language regarding jobs and education, the president noted that he had met with “civic leaders” before he meets with business leaders later today. Those “civic leaders” included union heads and the leader of far-left MoveOn.org. The president stated that no one in either party wants the nation to go over the “fiscal cliff.” He said that he was open to compromises and new ideas.
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Catholic bishops pledge
defiance on HHS mandate
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/14/2012 3:30:17 PM     Post Reply
If the Obama administration hoped that the election results and the narrow split in Barack Obama’s favor among Catholic voters would force the US Conference of Catholic Bishops into retreat on the HHS contraception mandate, the USCCB’s unity yesterday had to be a bit disappointing. The current president of the USCCB announced that the bishops would keep fighting the mandate, and while they were open to dialogue, the only option they will refuse to consider is “capitulation”: A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement

Now Obama Lavishes Praise
on Romney
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 3:06:44 PM     Post Reply
With the election over, President Barack Obama lavished praise on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at today´s press briefing: [video]"There are certain aspects of Governor Romney´s record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," said Obama. "Well, and to give you one example, I do think he did a terrific job running the Olympics." Obama added, "He presented some ideas in the course of the campaign that I actually agree with." During the campaign, praise from Obama for Romney

  


  

Republicans blame Corzine
in MF Global failure
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 2:53:23 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - Republicans on a House panel that investigated the collapse of the brokerage MF Global are pinning the blame on ex-CEO Jon Corzine, a former Democratic senator and governor. The Republicans say the investigation shows that Corzine´s decisions caused MF Global´s bankruptcy in October 2011 and its loss of more than $1 billion in customer money. They say Corzine turned the brokerage firm into an investment bank making risky trades. They also say Corzine ran the firm in an authoritarian manner and didn´t allow anyone to challenge his decisions.

Obama Press Conference:
Stonewalls on Benghazi,
Petreaus, Pushes Tax Hikes
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 2:40:05 PM     Post Reply
Today, President Obama held his first press conference in five months. It was a bizarre mix of softball questions from his press sycophants, false righteous indignation from the president over his administration’s Benghazi failures and lies, and an oddly blustery position shift on tax hikes as opposed to tax loopholes. Obama opened his press conference with his usual patter about class warfare and the fiscal cliff, insisting on raising taxes first and foremost. Then a reporter asked him about whether he knew about the Petraeus investigation – or whether he should have known.
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Obama believes ´balanced´
means more spending, higher taxes
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 2:39:22 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has made clear that he will not accept a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that does not include tax rate increases for families making more than $250,000 annually. But just how much will this tax increase accomplish in terms of reducing deficits and putting the nation on the right fiscal track? As it turns out, not much. For some perspective, think back to how Obama and Congress arrived at this point. In 2011, Congress created the so-called supercommittee to reduce the deficit as part of a deal to increase the debt ceiling and

Obama To GOP On Susan
Rice: "If They Want To
Go After Somebody,
They Should Go After Me"
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/14/2012 2:34:51 PM     Post Reply
"As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I´m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and besmirch her reputation is outrageous," President Obama said

  


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Jon Bon Jovi´s Daughter Arrested
After Suspected Heroin Overdose
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 2:25:23 PM     Post Reply
Jon Bon Jovi´s 19-year-old daughter Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was arrested at her college in Upstate New York early this morning after allegedly overdosing on heroin ... TMZ has learned. According to the Town of Kirkland Police Department, cops responded to a dorm room at Hamilton College after someone reported that Stephanie had allegedly overdosed on heroin and was unresponsive. Along with police, emergency medical personnel also responded to the scene and found Stephanie alive. Cops say a drug task force searched the scene and found a "small quantity" of heroin ... along with marijuana

Pelosi: Obama the most
‘famous, respected person
on the planet’ [Video]
Daily Caller, by Nicholas Ballasy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/14/2012 2:20:54 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that she was motivated to stay on as the leader of the Democratic caucus in the House because she wanted to change “the role of money in politics.” She also called President Obama “the most respected person on the planet.” “What I talked about here about changing the role of money in politics is really a very important motivator for me to stay in the leader’s office. I think it must be done. When people say that — ‘oh, and I’ve read in the course

6 N.J. educators breached security
on standardized tests, report says
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jessica Calefati and Jeanette Rundquist    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/14/2012 2:17:49 PM     Post Reply
Six educators whose schools have been implicated in a statewide cheating probe committed security breaches on standardized tests in 2010, including providing students with answers or failing to properly safeguard test materials, according to the state Department of Education. Three top administrators at the Robert Treat Academy in Newark, one of New Jersey’s most successful charter schools, failed to properly secure test materials for sixth graders who took the NJ-ASK test, according to an investigative report released Tuesday. In a separate report, the state found that three educators at John Marshall School No. 20 in Elizabeth gave answers to third-graders

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

  


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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,

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

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