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Benghazi gate
Hernando Today/Tampa Tribune, by Len Tria    Original Article
Posted By: Mobyclik- 11/20/2012 12:49:57 PM     Post Reply
After almost ¾ of a year the president finally holds a press conference but the press fails to show up. I mean they physically showed up but not journalistically. In the world of politics and press when the press fawns over someone they find a way to either not ask a probing question or they simply ask a non-consequential one. That is what happened on Wednesday when the president was served up a bunch of softball questions that made for one of the dullest press conferences in recent memory. When queried about Benghazi and...

Senate bill rewrite lets
feds read your e-mail
without warrants
CNET News, by Declan McCullagh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 12:45:01 PM     Post Reply
A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans´ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans´ e-mail, is scheduled for next week. Leahy´s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission --

White House: Obama was up until
2:30 a.m. working the phones
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 12:34:14 PM     Post Reply
Why is president Obama yawning in this photo? Perhaps it’s because he was up late talking on the phone to negotiate a truce between Gaza and Israel. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is traveling to the region this morning, the White House confirmed today, while the president continues to negotiate over the phone with Egyptian President Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. “The President is going to do a lot of work on the phone,” explained deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. “He was on the phone until 2:30 in the morning last night;

  


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NLRB sues to reinstate union
saboteurs at nursing homes
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 12:31:30 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board asked a judge this week to force a Connecticut nursing home to re-hire employees involved in a labor dispute, including the workers who sabotaged patient homes as they went on strike. The Service Employees International Union members who worked at HealthBridge went on strike after rejecting the company’s final offer in contract negotiations. HealthBridge cut benefits, pensions, and raises wages 2.2 percent. “The [NLRB] says those unilateral changes were illegal, and wants the judge to reset the clock so that the union members can continue to

Sources: DNI cut "al Qaeda"
reference from Benghazi
talking points, and CIA,
FBI signed off
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 11:59:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes. There has been considerable discussion about who made the changes to the talking points that Rice stuck to in her television appearances on Sept. 16 (video), five days after the attack that

The best tax deduction to chop
Washington Post, by Charles Lane    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 11/20/2012 11:58:36 AM     Post Reply
What’s the least defensible special break in the U.S. tax code? With so many distortions to choose from, it’s hard to name just one. If forced to pick, I might say the deduction for state and local taxes, which cost $67 billion in fiscal 2011, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. This one overwhelmingly benefits upper-income households in a handful of upper-income states, while rendering the entire nation’s finances less transparent. It’s also a potential source of friction in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations between President Obama and the Republicans (but we’ll get to that in a moment).

Treasury Stonewalls FOIA Request
Washington Free Beacon, by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 11:51:11 AM     Post Reply
Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) is questioning the Treasury Department’s withholding of thousands of pages of emails concerning a potential carbon tax bill from a nonprofit conservative think-tank. Vitter said in a letter sent Tuesday to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that he was “troubled” by the claims the agency is using to stonewall a Freedom of Information Act request from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) seeking emails about a carbon tax. CEI filed a FOIA request on Aug. 8 seeking about 7,300 emails the agency has acknowledged to exist concerning “carbon” from the Treasury Department

  


  

Hispanic Caucus chairman rips
New York Times columnist
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 11:40:13 AM     Post Reply
The chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Monday ripped conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat for a piece that argued Hispanics were flocking to the Democratic Party because they were not “assimilating successfully.” Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) called Douthat’s column “a rambling piece which reflects his lack of understanding of the diverse Latino community and reaffirms the obvious reasons that Republicans lost Latino support,” in a statement. President Obama took 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012, surpassing his 2008 margin

Israel, Gaza militants agree
to ceasefire: Hamas official
Reuters, by Nidal al-Mughrabi    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 11:27:43 AM     Post Reply
GAZA - Israel and militants from the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that will come into force at midnight local (2200 GMT), Hamas official Ayman Taha said, speaking to Reuters from Cairo. "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9.00 p.m. and go into effect at midnight," Taha said.

White House Announces $6
Billion to Promote Clean
Energy – in Asia
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 11:21:59 AM     Post Reply
The White House announced the federal government will spend $6 billion over four years for a “sustainable energy future” plan with Asian countries that involves loaning tax dollars to other countries to increase their purchasing power for U.S. technology, services and equipment. “Recognizing that energy and the environment are among the most pressing issues confronting our region, President Obama, in partnership with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, today proposed the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for

Amnesty International
workers start strike
Associated Press, by Danica Kirka    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 11/20/2012 11:17:03 AM     Post Reply
LONDON - Amnesty International workers in London walked off the job on Tuesday for the second strike in as many months in an embarrassing setback for an organization that campaigns for the rights of workers and is considered one of the world´s pre-eminent human rights advocates. The walkouts are a public airing of staff complaints that have been building for years, with tensions rising dramatically in recent weeks as Amnesty´s international operations prepare to re-organize. The changes include transferring some of its 500 jobs from a centralized London base to 10 regional hubs around the world

  


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Rand Paul admits
interest in 2016 bid
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 11:14:53 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he´s interested in mounting a 2016 presidential bid. "I´m not going to deny that I´m interested," Paul told ABC News in an interview published on Tuesday. A bid for the Republican nomination would continue a family tradition. Paul´s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has repeatedly sought the party´s nomination. The elder Paul is retiring at the end of this congressional term. The younger Paul emphasized that he was not yet ready to announce his candidacy, but said he believed his brand of

Leader of California Taliban
cell arrested yesterday was
US Air Force veteran
PJ Media, by Patrick Poole    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 11:08:41 AM     Post Reply
The complaint filed by federal prosecutors yesterday against four California men who were actively planning on joining the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers and attack U.S. bases there was led by Soheil Omar Kabir, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan. Kabir converted two of the other cell members, eventually radicalizing and recruiting all three other men. He was arrested in Afghanistan. One curious element noted in the complaint is that Kabir also served in the U.S. Air Force prior to the 9/11 attacks. So the leader of a homegrown terrorist cell led by

97 Republicans sign letter
urging Obama to avoid Rice
nomination for State
The Hill, by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/20/2012 11:08:26 AM     Post Reply
Nearly 100 House Republicans on Monday called on President Obama not to nominate Susan Rice as secretary of State. In a letter to Obama, the 97 Republicans said the credibility of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has been gravely wounded by her account of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. “Though Ambassador Rice has been our representative to the U.N., we believe her misleading statements over the days and weeks following the attack on our embassy in Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador [Christopher] Stevens and three other Americans caused irreparable

The Callousness of Hamas
Washington Post Writers Group, by Richard Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/20/2012 11:02:38 AM     Post Reply
Of all the points of disagreement between Israel and Hamas, maybe the most profound is this one: Israel cares more about sparing innocent lives -- including those of Palestinians -- than does Hamas. Not only have Hamas and other militant groups this year sent more than 700 rockets crashing haphazardly into southern Israel, but Hamas instigated yet another war where the chief loser will certainly be its own people. If hell has a beach, it´s located in Gaza. The Gaza Strip is a congested, fetid place. It is densely populated (Snip) For Hamas, civilian casualties are an asset.

  


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Liberal Man of the Year
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 10:59:38 AM     Post Reply
No Supreme Court Justice has ever said "Live from New York, it´s Saturday night," at least on national television, but give it time. This month Glamour magazine named Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg one of its "Women of the Year." And Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently told a muppet on "Sesame Street" that "Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career," which is true, unless you were born to the House of Windsor. But none of his colleagues can compete with the media acclaim cascading over Chief Justice John Roberts after his

Chicago Schools Bribe
Parents With Gift Cards to
Attend Teacher Conferences
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 10:45:49 AM     Post Reply
You may have heard about bribes offered to kids in order to increase attendance, but what about bribing parents? Chicago schools are doing just that. Parents will be given a $25 dollar gift card to Walgreens if they pick up their child’s report card and attend parent-teacher conferences. Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade wondered, “Is it the fact that they’re not flexible enough where the parents are working two jobs and can’t get there on time? Or do they believe that parents […] have that little interest in their children that they need a bribe to go?”

MSNBC vice president: Racism
motivating conservative attacks
against Susan Rice, Eric Holder [Video]
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 10:39:39 AM     Post Reply
According to MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe, who was recently named the vice president and executive editor of MSNBC’s revamped website, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Attorney General Eric Holder have faced criticism recently because they’re black. On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Wolffe made the surprising claim when host Chris Matthews asked who would replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think it’s Susan Rice,” Wolffe said. “There is the question about John Kerry. But I think now that John McCain has sunk his teeth in, he’s made it about presidential authority.

Soros’ MoveOn.org trying to
rally Wal-Mart workers for
Black Friday strike
Daily Caller, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 10:33:32 AM     Post Reply
Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ MoveOn.org has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce. MoveOn.org has sent emails to subscribers nationwide, urging them to descend on Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees. “Instead of listening to and learning from its workers, Wal-Mart has sought to silence us and retaliate against those who dare to speak up,” MoveOn.org said in its email to supporters. “Warehouse workers who work for Wal-Mart contractors have also experienced retaliation for speaking out.

Pew: Positive media coverage of
Obama surged in campaign’s final week
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/20/2012 10:25:30 AM     Post Reply
President Obama had his best run of media coverage during the final week of the campaign, while positive coverage of Mitt Romney dwindled, according to a study released Monday from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 29 percent of stories about Obama were positive, compared to 19 negative, while only 16 percent of Romney’s stories were positive, compared to 33 negative. It was Obama’s best week of media coverage since the Democratic National Convention, and only the second time in the cycle positive stories outnumbered negative ones for the president.

  



Attorney General Holder to
stay into second term ´about
a year,´ source says
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 10:25:24 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder will honor President Obama’s request to stay into the second term and but will remain on the job only “for about a year,” Fox News confirmed Monday. A senior administration official told Fox News that Obama does not want a mass exodus at the start of his second term, especially with his national security team going through major changes. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has said she will leave soon. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Holder has accepted the president´s request to stay temporarily. The names of potential

Mark Levin rips Bill Kristol
over tax hikes: ´Stop talking
like the lib you used to be´
The Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 11/20/2012 10:24:31 AM     Post Reply
Radio host Mark Levin disagreed Monday with Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on tax hikes, and said that he is aiding “Obama’s attack on capitalism and successful people.” As a panelist on “Fox News Sunday,” Kristol has argued that the Republican Party should be willing to raise taxes and that the tea party wouldn’t care if “a few millionaires pay a couple percent more in taxes.” But Levin — a prominent figure within the tea party movement — ripped Kristol’s analysis. “Among the others who I think it’s time just to go someplace and talk among yourselves

Greenhouse gases hit record high
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/20/2012 10:21:15 AM     Post Reply
Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2011, the World Meteorological Organization has said. In its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin released on Tuesday, the organisation said that carbon dioxide levels reached 391 parts per million in 2011. The report estimates that carbon dioxide accounts for 85% of the "radiative forcing" that leads to global temperature rises. Other potent greenhouse gases such as methane also reached record highs. The carbon dioxide levels appear to have been rising at a level of two parts per million each year for the last 10 years - with the latest measure

City University professor:
Whites may start race
war against Latinos
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 10:21:08 AM     Post Reply
A professor from the City University of New York warned last week that white people may launch a “race war” against Latinos as a result of President Barack Obama’s re-election. Linda Martín Alcoff, a philosophy professor, made the remark during a guest lecture at Columbia University. She was invited to speak by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Columbia. Demographic factors are causing white people to lose their political power to the rising Latino population, Alcoff argued. “No other group can realistically pose a threat of ballooning numbers like we can,”

Maher’s Advice For Obama’s
2nd Term: ‘Become An Angry
Black Man Who’s Pushing
A Liberal Agenda’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 10:03:23 AM     Post Reply
While progressives may be happy that President Obama will be around for another four years, Bill Maher warned them not to get too complacent, and pointed out that now Obama no longer has to run for reelection, they can “hold his feet to the fire” on a number of important progressive issues, from the drug war to the the defense budget. Maher said that after four years of conservatives accusing Obama of being an “angry black man with a liberal agenda,” the president should do… just that for the next four years.

Hannity Panel Takes On Lawmakers
Charging Sen. John McCain With
Sexism, Racism
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 9:49:57 AM     Post Reply
Sean Hannity‘s panel on Monday night took on those who criticized Sen. John McCain‘s vowing to block a potential nomination of Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State. Pointing to those who charged McCain with sexism and racism, the panelists questioned the role of such “fear” tactics. Hannity began by pointing to comments from some members of the congressional black caucus, including its chair Rep. Martha Fudge, who said there’s a “clear” sexism and racism in McCain’s unrelenting criticism of Rice. Deneen Borelli argued that the assertions of

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