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FBI raids Detroit Public Library;
$1,000 trash cans, possible
shady deals raise eyebrows
Detroit Free Press, by Tresa Baldas and Eric Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/20/2012 7:36:22 PM     Post Reply
Thousand-dollar trash cans, designer lounge chairs and possible contract scams. Those controversial issues should shed some light as to why the FBI raided the Detroit Public Library’s main branch this morning, a source familiar with the library’s ongoing financial woes told the Free Press. The library official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the struggling library system has been embroiled in a controversy over alleged misspending on lavish items, such as $1,000 stainless steel trash cans and $1,000 chairs for a new wing in the library. The expenditures raised eyebrows, the library official said,

Rumors Antonio Villaraigosa
could add Cabinet to résumé
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 7:35:30 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is closely following the most important rule for a potential Cabinet member: Don’t pine after the job. But the man with the top job in the nation’s second-largest city admits that he, too, hears the secretary rumblings and rumors. “I’ve heard commerce … transportation,” he said. “The other day, someone congratulated me that I got appointed. I said, ‘There’s not a job opening, man!’” (Snip) A Cabinet job or a post with the Democratic National Committee would just be the next step in the mayor’s meteoric rise.

NBC News Reporter Blames U.S.
For Not Recognizing Hamas
And Not ‘Reining In’ Israel
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 7:22:14 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner this afternoon, NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin seemed to take a strong position, rather than just reporting, on the United States’ role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He effectively blamed the unresolved crisis on the United States’ refusal to recognize Hamas and for not doing enough to rein in Israel’s military actions. When host Wagner asked Mohyeldin to discuss what America’s role could be in resolving the conflict, Mohyeldin began by talking about what those in the region think but then offered his own analysis:



Israeli airstrikes kill
3 Palestinian journalists
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 7:13:53 PM     Post Reply
Gaza City, Gaza Strip - Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars on Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. Later Tuesday, an Israeli airstrike hit a building that houses the office of the French news agency Agence France Presse. An agency photojournalist who was in the office at the time said the target appeared to be two floors above him. No one was injured and the agency office was not damaged. The strikes came on the seventh day of Israel's

Leading OB-GYN group endorses
greater contraceptive access
Washington Times, by Keely Brazil    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 7:12:12 PM     Post Reply
The nation’s largest professional organization of women’s health experts is now calling for over-the-counter sale of all oral contraceptives. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said in a statement released Tuesday making birth control available without prescription would help decrease the rate of unplanned pregnancies in the United States. The group did not return calls by press time. Given the group’s prestige and influence, the statement — a step beyond ACOG’s recommendation last month to make emergency contraception available over the counter

The Privilege to Speak
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/20/2012 7:05:46 PM     Post Reply
A corporate division has once again exercised its First Amendment rights to argue that corporations don´t have First Amendment rights. This time, however, the New York Times Co. claims to have discovered a loophole that protects its First Amendment rights. In an editorial today, the Times Co.´s eponymous flagship newspaper answers Justice Samuel Alito, who in a terrific speech last week at the Federalist Society in Washington penetratingly ("speciously," according to the Times) defended the court´s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That 5-4 ruling struck down portions of

DNC Chair on GOP: ‘They
Got Whiter and More Male’
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 7:02:30 PM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said the Republican Party “got whiter and more male” while the Democratic caucus is “majority minority and female.” “Take a good look when the House convenes after this next Congress is sworn in at what our side of the aisle looks like versus what the Republican side looks like. I mean they got whiter and more male, and we now have a majority minority and female Democratic caucus – first time in history,” Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said Wednesday at a discussion hosted by the Emily’s List, a group known for supporting



A whiff of glamour,
smuggled from the past
San Antonio Express News, by Michael Quintanilla    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 11/20/2012 6:57:40 PM     Post Reply
Years before Camelot, there was the Côte d´Azur. In 1937, 20-year-old John F. Kennedy spent a summer on the alluring resort coastline known as the French Riviera — with its stunning beaches and glittery parties and fierce convertible drives. That summer Kennedy, a dashing college student, was captivated by a cologne created by perfume connoisseur Albert Fouquet — a fragrance so coveted that, in the later war years, it was smuggled into the United States to a president-to-be in a book with cut-out pages to keep Nazis from seizing it. More than 70 years later — and 49 years after the end of Camelot

Illinois moves to grant
licenses to illegal immigrants
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 6:56:54 PM     Post Reply
Top Illinois state officials said Tuesday they’ll push to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants — a move backed also by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who for years stood as Democrats’ key impediment to pushing immigration in Congress. State Senate President John Cullerton said he’ll try to pass a bill in the legislature’s veto session next week to remove restrictions on illegal immigrants getting licenses there, and Gov. Pat Quinn said he’ll sign it, if it reaches his desk. Both men are Democrats. The move represents pushback after a decade in which states went the other direction,

U.S. Dept. of Labor Observes
´Transgender Day of Remembrance´
Cybercast News Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/20/2012 6:53:25 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Labor is officially observing Nov. 20 as “The Transgender Day of Remembrance." "The Transgender Day of Remembrance [TDOR] will be commemorated in cities and countries around the world today, reflecting on those who have died as a result of fear, hate and transphobia,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a statement on Tuesday. "I stand proudly today--and every day--as an ally to the transgender community and to every person and family impacted by anti-transgender bullying and violence,” she said. “Transgender people are part of the diversity that

AIDS testing for (almost)
everyone? Absolutely.
Los Angeles Times, by Karin Klein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 6:42:42 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is calling for doctors to test most people ages 15 to 64, whether they fall in high-risk groups or not, for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. I see only one thing wrong with this proposal: We should have started doing it years ago. Decades ago. (Snip) For a long time, society´s distaste for the factors most commonly associated with infection -- sex among gay males, sex with multiple partners and intravenous drug use -- kept people from seeking out testing, fearing they would be seen as immoral. Doctors didn't dare even suggest it in many cases.



Clinton vows commitment to
J´lem, calls for de-escalation
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Tovah Lazaroff*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 6:26:37 PM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrived in Jerusalem late Tuesday night amidst announcements that a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas had been delayed. “America´s commitment to Israel´s security is rock sold and unwavering. That is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the situation in Gaza,” Clinton said in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (Snip) The rocket attacks against Israel must end and calm must be restored, she said. “The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security

We’re Doomed! Again!
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/20/2012 6:14:18 PM     Post Reply
The Europeans — and the American intellectuals who yearn to be European — have long believed that America was doomed. It goes way back. There was already a significant literature on the inferiority of Americans during the colonial period, replete with scientific proof: those who lived in North America were held to be shorter, weaker, and stupider than those who stayed put under the old regimes. In the view of the transatlantic intellectual elite, we never really had a chance. Even though the American Revolution is the only durable success among the Big 3 — ours, the French,

Election Integrity
Canada Free Press, by Jimmy Reed    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 6:03:55 PM     Post Reply
Americans have so much to be thankful for, especially election integrity. Fraud in the presidential election would have made future voters wonder if the country’s method of choosing leaders can ever be trusted again. Fortunately, only about 70,000 voting problems were reported — a drop in the bucket, considering how many voting places dot this favored land. Many of those problems were trifling, such as instances in Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Ohio, where ballot casters complained that the voting machines automatically switched their votes from the Republican nominee to the other

Make Thanksgiving 2012 an
‘Agenda 21 Knowing Thanksgiving’
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 5:45:25 PM     Post Reply
Every household should serve up a sizable portion of Agenda 21 and what it’s all about with the turkey and stuffing this Thanksgiving. There is no better time than between Thanksgiving and Christmas to reflect on your life and where loss of individual freedoms is taking modern society. You don’t have to go to university to become a graduate of All Things Agenda 21. The only university courses on the subject are administered by the UN University of Peace in sunny Costa Rica. All you have to do is Google the United Nations and Sustainable Development for a chilling check on reality.



UBS trader jailed for seven
years in $2.3 billion fraud
Reuters, by Estelle Shirbon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 5:34:37 PM     Post Reply
London - UBS trader Kweku Adoboli was jailed for seven years on Tuesday for the biggest fraud in British history, which cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion. The 32-year-old had admitted trading far in excess of authorized risk limits and booking fictitious trades to hide his true positions, but said everything he did was to make profits for UBS and was in line with the bank´s culture. He wept in the dock as his lawyer asked the judge to show clemency, describing his Ghanaian-born client as a sensitive, hard-working young man who had tried too hard to do well.

HP alleges Autonomy wrongdoing,
takes $8.8 billion charge
Reuters, by Poornima Gupta & Nicola Leske    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 5:21:16 PM     Post Reply
Hewlett-Packard stunned Wall Street by alleging a massive accounting scandal at its British software unit Autonomy that will cost the company the majority of $8.8 billion in charges. It was the latest in a string of reversals that have renewed questions about the basic competence of the storied company´s board and senior managers. HP said on Tuesday it discovered "serious accounting improprieties" and "a willful effort by Autonomy to mislead shareholders," after a whistleblower came forward following the ouster of Autonomy´s then-chief executive, Mike Lynch, in May.

FBI: 4 Calif. men charged
in alleged terror plot
Associated Press, by Gillian Flaccus & Shaya Tayefe Mohajer    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/20/2012 5:05:20 PM     Post Reply
UPLAND, Calif. — Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday. The defendants, including a man who served in the U.S. Air Force, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government facilities, and for planning to engage in "violent jihad," (Snip) 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona introduced two of the other men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaida leader. Kabir served in the Air Force from

Clinton in Jerusalem as
Gaza truce still elusive
Reuters, by Nidal al-Mughrabi & Jeffrey Heller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 5:03:46 PM     Post Reply
Gaza/Jerusalem - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Jerusalem for talks on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as expectations rose of a ceasefire soon to end a week of fighting around the Gaza Strip. However, Gaza´s rulers, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, revised a statement that a truce would start overnight, saying it was still waiting for an Israeli response to proposals and did not now expect an announcement until Wednesday. An official in the Egyptian government, whose new, Islamist leadership has been playing peace broker in Cairo,

Tweets Reveal the Soul
of Assault on Pro-Life AG
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/20/2012 4:54:21 PM     Post Reply
Forget the sweet, bubbly Elle Woods character in Legally Blonde. One suspects that the smug, vulgar Sarah Peterson Herr hews much closer to the norm of today´s twenty-something female attorney. Before her termination on Monday, Herr clerked for the Honorable Christel E. Marquardt, judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals. She was fired for sending a series of nasty tweets while sitting in last week on an ethics hearing for former Kansas attorney general, Phill Kline. If there is a pro-life Hall of Fame, Kline deserves his own display case. First as attorney general of Kansas and then as the


Douglas Kennedy skates,
did not endanger child: judge
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 4:54:11 PM     Post Reply
Douglas Kennedy, a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was acquitted Tuesday of child endangerment and harassment charges stemming from a scuffle in a hospital maternity ward. Kennedy had tried in January to take his newborn son from Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. He said he just wanted the 2-day-old boy, Anthony Boru Kennedy, to get some fresh air. However, several nurses objected, saying his request would violate hospital policy. Kennedy tried to leave anyway, and two nurses claimed he hurt them as they blocked his way. Mount Kisco Town Judge John Donohue,

Obama Official Attends
´Symposium on Defamation of Islam´
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 4:50:07 PM     Post Reply
An Obama administration official reportedly attended a Monday meeting with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) officials to work on banning any speech that "associates Islam or Islamists to violence." The official was U.S. Consul General in Jeddah Anne Casper, and the meeting took place in Saudi Arabia. It apparently matters not that "Islamic terrorists have carried out over 19,000 deadly attacks in the name of Islam since the 9-11 attacks in New York," Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. The meeting was advertised as a "Symposium on Defamation of Islam."

97 Republicans Tell Obama
to Drop Susan Rice for State
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 4:42:45 PM     Post Reply
Ninety-seven members of Congress, led by Jeff Duncan (R –SC), are leading the charge against Barack Obama’s reputed choice of Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State. They have written a letter strongly opposing the idea of her nomination because of her lies about the Benghazi attack, and aver that because she misled the American public, her actions give the world, friends and enemies of the U.S. reason to question America’s commitment and credibility. The Congressmen don’t stop there; they charge Obama’s administration with denying Congress critical information necessary

Happy Thanksgiving:
Food Pantries Overwhelmed
Thanks to Obama Economy
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 4:32:59 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s most solid strongholds are suffering from economic disaster under his presidency, according to new reports. {Snip) Assistant UM Professor of Social Work Kristen Seefeldt stated, according to local reports, that “researchers were shocked by the high levels of food insecurity, with nearly 28 percent of people interviewed did not have stable, reliable access to food or were forced to change their eating habits for financial reasons.” Some people, says Seefeldt, are skipping meals; that included many people with a job. A few hundred miles to the East, Boston is running out of

Going out in style: How
relaxed Hillary is upstaging
Obama on last ever
presidential tour - or is
she gearing up for 2016?
Daily Mail (UK), by Tamara Abraham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 4:15:09 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has said that she will make sleep, exercise and relaxing her priorities over the coming year. But the promise of some down-time seems to have already had a positive effect as she bids farewell to her four-year term as Secretary of State. Mrs Clinton, 65, looked on fine form in Myanmar today as she joined President Obama in a historic meeting with the country´s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Though she looked elegant and polished in a crisp white blazer, navy pants and a statement silver beaded neckpiece, it was the broad smile

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