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New federal law may
make replacing your
furnace much costlier
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by James M. O´Neill    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/24/2012 12:13:31 AM     Post Reply
Replacing an aging furnace could cost homeowners thousands of dollars more after May 1, when new federal energy efficiency standards take effect for northern states, including New Jersey. The new energy-efficient natural gas furnaces aren’t that much more expensive themselves, but they must be vented directly to an outside wall rather than through the chimney, which can increase installation costs dramatically, home heating contractors say. The new rules will not affect homeowners with gas-burning boilers that heat water for radiator systems. But the bulk of homeowners in North Jersey will be affected, since up to 80 percent of homes

President’s decree of new
powers divides Egypt
Washington Post, by Michael Birnbaum and Joby Warrick    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 11:59:41 PM     Post Reply
CAIRO — A stark new divide appeared to be emerging in Egypt on Friday after the nation’s first democratically elected president asserted nearly unlimited powers, as rival crowds of demonstrators poured into the streets of the capital to express disgust and admiration for the move. With Islamists lining up behind President Mohamed Morsi and secular leaders rallying against him, the development threatened to wipe away once and for all the unlikely joining of the two forces that brought down Egypt’s longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011. In a thunderous speech in front of a presidential palace

Syria is central to holding
together the Mideast
Washington Post, by Condoleezza Rice    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 11:55:16 PM     Post Reply
The civil war in Syria may well be the last act in the story of the disintegration of the Middle East as we know it. The opportunity to hold the region together and to rebuild it on a firmer foundation of tolerance, freedom and, eventually, democratic stability is slipping from our grasp. Egypt and Iran have long, continuous histories and strong national identities. Turkey does as well, except for the matter of the Kurds, who are still largely unassimilated, mistrusted by Ankara and tempted by the hope of independent nationhood. Every other important state is a modern

  


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Patty Murray likely to be a key
voice in Senate on budget deal
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 11:53:34 PM     Post Reply
One of the biggest winners in the sweeping Democratic victories in Senate races this month was a woman whose name appeared on no ballot: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). With a low-key style that contrasts with some of the Senate’s camera hogs, Murray may be the most powerful senator a whole lot of people have never heard of outside of the two Washingtons where she lives and works. As chair of her party’s Senate campaign arm, the architect of surprising Democratic gains and the incoming chair of the powerful Senate Budget Committee, Murray now occupies a place

Political suicide, anyone?
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 11:46:36 PM     Post Reply
In an article referenced by Scott earlier today, Byron York shows that Mitt Romney did not lose the election because of his failure to win the Hispanic vote. Romeny would have lost in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire even if he had gained a large portion of the Hispanic votes in these key battleground states. York also demonstrates that, as we have argued, Hispanics are not a natural Republican constituency. If anything, they are natural Democrats for reasons unrelated to the immigration issue. Exit poll information suggests that Hispanics based their votes on a number of issues

Norquist slams latest tax
pledge defector
The Hill [Washington DC], by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/23/2012 11:16:02 PM     Post Reply
Grover Norquist on Friday responded to criticism from GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) who suggested this week that he was ready to ditch the influential activist’s anti-tax pledge. “Senator Chambliss promised the people of Georgia he would go to Washington and reform government rather than raise taxes to pay for bigger government. He made that commitment in writing to the people of Georgia,” said Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, in a statement. “If he plans to vote for higher taxes to pay for Obama-sized government he should address the people of Georgia and let them know

The GOP and the New Culture
American Thinker, by Alan M Aszkler    Original Article
Posted By: LittleRedHen1- 11/23/2012 10:37:31 PM     Post Reply
Obama won re-election in one of the worst economic periods in American history. Collectively the GOP brain trust is correct in their analysis of why Romney lost yet has missed the most fundamental point. The new America Culture just didn´t feel good voting Romney. [snip] Government monopoly of public education has facilitated a cultural shift since the era of the Great Society. Schools teach students to feign rational approaches to problem solving and filter decisions through emotions. How does it make you feel implementing your solution? Public education rewards effort over results,

  


  

Can House Stop U.N. Arms
Trade Treaty Gun Grab?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 11/23/2012 10:37:01 PM     Post Reply
Second Amendment: A House resolution, as futile as it may be, represents growing opposition to another administration bow to the U.N. encroachment on U.S. sovereignty at the expense of its laws and even our Constitution. Treaties are ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Senate, and the final version of the U.N.´s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) may likely be signed by this president and ratified by this Senate, especially if presented as a "sensible restriction" on international arms trafficking with no impact on our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. But some House members

Cameron may want to call a
referendum, but he might not
like what the public has to say
The Independent [UK], by Andrew Grice    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 11/23/2012 9:54:49 PM     Post Reply
In the next two months, David Cameron will make a long-awaited speech on Europe. He will dangle the prospect of a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union, but not until after the 2015 general election. He will argue, rightly, that the EU will be a different animal after the eurozone turmoil, so it makes sense to see its final shape first. The Prime Minister, it seems, wants the British public to vote on whether to accept the new terms of EU membership he negotiates. He hopes an imminent UK referendum will strengthen Britain’s hand in talks on

U.S. troops in Afghanistan
make hilarious spoof mimicking
Miami Dolphins cheerleaders´
video of Call Me Maybe
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LadyVet- 11/23/2012 9:07:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s hard to believe that the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders could be outshone - but it looks like a group of fun-loving soldiers in Afghanistan might have done it. Call Me Maybe by Carly-Rae Jepsen was turned into a music video by the cheerleaders in August, with the ladies splashing around in a swimming pool, writhing on the beach and waving pom-poms. Earlier this month, the soldiers gave them a run for their money with dance moves and lip synching making do with props from their Afghanistan base. Posted on November 11 by Finsproductions who made the Dolphins original video,

Jill Kelley for secretary of state
Orange County Register [CA], by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 11/23/2012 9:07:32 PM     Post Reply
Let us turn from the post-Thanksgiving scenes of inflamed mobs clubbing each other to the ground for a discounted television set to the comparatively placid boulevards of the Middle East. In Cairo, no sooner had Hillary Clinton´s plane cleared Egyptian air space then Mohammed Morsi issued one-man constitutional amendments declaring himself and his Muslim Brotherhood buddies free from judicial oversight and announced that his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, would be retried for all the stuff he was acquitted of in the previous trial.

  


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Wal-Mart and Hostess:
Two Union Stories
Fox Business News, by Elizabeth MacDonald    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/23/2012 9:06:47 PM     Post Reply
Wal-Mart (WMT) protests have broken out at dozens of stores across the country, but lost in the commotion is the reality of the work life at Wal-Mart -- and what the Bentonville, Arkansas mega retailer saw happen with unions at Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs, now in bankruptcy liquidation. (Snip) Here’s the reality. The facts are, many workers come looking for jobs at Wal-Mart from heavily unionized grocery stores and supermarkets, where they get paid much less in the way of benefits, and where labor infractions and on-the-job injuries are significant.

´Hitchcock´ a lifeless portrait, critics say
Los Angeles Times, by Oliver Gettell    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/23/2012 8:57:37 PM     Post Reply
For all his fame and cinematic brilliance, Alfred Hitchcock remained an enigmatic figure — prolific on the screen, private off it. The new biopic "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous director and Helen Mirren as wife Alma Reville, attempts to shed some light on the master of suspense by dramatizing the making of his fabled 1960 chiller "Psycho." According to many film critics, however, "Hitchcock" offers more speculation than illumination and fails to bring its subject to life. Times film critic Kenneth Turan writes that despite the film´s "major league star power … this is one cinematic portrait

Natural gas explosion rocks
downtown Springfield
Boston Herald, by Samantha Tatro    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 11/23/2012 7:06:35 PM     Post Reply
A natural gas leak in Springfield tonight has left two-and-a-half blocks of houses and stores in shambles, authorities said. The “whole city block went up due to a gas explosion,” Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said. Police and fire officials, as well as gas company workers and the Springfield mayor are on the scene, Delaney said. A witness in a nearby barber shop told WWLP-TV he heard a loud explosion that knocked him to the other side of the store. He said he looked up the street and saw one building severely damaged.

India, China in passport, map row again
Indian Express [New Delhi, India], by Shubhajit Roy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 7:01:22 PM     Post Reply
New Delhi - India and China are once again locked in a war over maps, with Beijing showing Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as its territories in its new e-passports. In response, New Delhi has started issuing visas with India’s map stamped on the visa stickers, including both Arunachal and Aksai Chin. The face-off began a few weeks ago, after New Delhi discovered the maps in the e-passports of Chinese nationals visiting India. Instead of rejecting the passports altogether, a “fairly considered” decision was taken to issue visa stickers with a stamp of the Indian map on it.

  


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Obama Considering Corporate
Sponsorship of Second Inauguration
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 6:59:16 PM     Post Reply
Reports suggest Barack Obama is considering laying the cost of his second inauguration at the feet of corporate sponsors rather than private donors. This would represent a reversal of his 2005 inauguration, when he banned donations from corporations. The ostensible reason he is reversing himself, according to Obama’s fundraisers and campaign advisers, is that donors are worn out from supporting his $1 billion reelection campaign. They also cite their perspective that inaugurations are more of a civic event than a partisan affair.

Morsi opponents, backers clash
as Egyptian president defends
his near- absolute powers
Associated Press, by Aya Batrawy,Maggie Michael    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 6:54:07 PM     Post Reply
CAIRO - Supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi clashed Friday in the worst violence since he took office, while he defended a decision to give himself near-absolute power to root out what he called "weevils eating away at the nation of Egypt." The edicts by Morsi, which were issued Thursday, have turned months of growing polarization into an open battle between his Muslim Brotherhood and liberals who fear a new dictatorship. Some in the opposition, which has been divided and weakened, were now speaking of a sustained street campaign

Hamas official: Palestinian
reconciliation is top priority
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 6:42:49 PM     Post Reply
Palestinian reconciliation meetings are due to take place after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas´s return from the United Nations, Senior Hamas official Ahmad Yousef told Ma´an on Friday. In an interview with Palestinian news agency Ma´an, Yousef said that Egypt will ask the Palestinians to resume dialogue over Palestinian reconciliation. According to Ma´an, Yousef stressed that reconciliation would be a top priority of the Hamas movement in the coming months, after Abbas´s statehood bid, set to take place at the UN on November 29.

Union-Backed Walmart
Work Action a Fizzle
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 6:39:12 PM     Post Reply
If the goal of the Walmart workers who walked out on Black Friday was to disrupt business and raise awareness among shoppers, their protest was a dud. The company reported the largest Black Friday in its history and shoppers were far more concerned in bargains than in store employees bargaining Reuters: Protesters demanding higher wages and better healthcare for Walmart hourly workers converged on the retailer’s stores across the United States, though there was no evidence they disrupted operations for the start of the crucial holiday shopping season. OUR Walmart, an organization backed by

Analysis: Hispanic Vote Not
Decisive in Obama Victory
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/23/2012 6:34:38 PM     Post Reply
Exit polls from the 2012 election show that Mitt Romney would have lost Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire even if he had received 100% of the Hispanic vote in those states. This undercuts the notion that Republicans will not win national elections unless they moderate their stances on issues like amnesty and the DREAM Act to court more Hispanics. Hispanics still do not make up a significant number of voters in some of the country´s most important swing states, so so long as the electoral college is in place, discussions about how the "Hispanic vote" will swing

  



Analysis: Charges against BP
employees test reach of U.S. statute
Reuters, by Andrew Longstreth    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 6:16:02 PM     Post Reply
New York - Not all manslaughter charges are created equal. If they were, the U.S. Justice Department might have filed just 11 charges when it brought a criminal case against two BP Plc employees last week, one for each of the 11 deaths in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. (Snip) The seaman´s manslaughter statute was first passed by Congress in 1838 after a string of deadly steamboat accidents. The law, which has been modified multiple times since then, was intended to hold captains, engineers and pilots responsible for deaths attributable to their conduct. The idea behind the law was that those

Syria says Turkey´s bid for
NATO missiles "provocative"
Reuters, by Erika Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 6:04:26 PM     Post Reply
Beirut - Syria on Friday condemned Turkey´s request for NATO to deploy Patriot defense missiles near their common border, calling it "provocative", after a spate of clashes there that has raised fear of the Syrian civil war embroiling the wider region. (Snip) Turkey´s missile request may have riled Damascus and its allies - notably Russia and Iran - because it could be seen as a first step toward implementing a no-fly zone. Syrian rebels have been requesting a no-fly zone to help them hold territory against a government with overwhelming firepower from the air, but most foreign governments

Mexico arrests suspected
murderer on FBI most wanted list
Reuters, by Dave Graham    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/23/2012 5:48:37 PM     Post Reply
Mexico City - Mexican federal police have captured suspected murderer, rapist and drug gang member Joe Luis Saenz, one of the 10 most wanted fugitives on the FBI´s list, the government said on Friday. Saenz, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico on Thursday following an investigation carried out by the federal police in conjunction with the FBI, the government said in a statement. According to the FBI, Saenz is suspected of shooting and killing two rival gang members in Los Angeles in July 1998. For the FBI's most wanted list, see: www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten

Colombia Rebels Ask Obama
to Free Captive Comrade
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/23/2012 5:35:47 PM     Post Reply
Havana - Colombia´s main rebel group is appealing to U.S. President Barack Obama to free a guerrilla leader serving a long prison term in the United States. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia says Simon Trinidad´s presence at the current peace talks with the Colombia government in the Cuban capital of Havana would be an "immense" help to negotiations. The FARC rebels named Trinidad to their negotiating team in September, even though he is serving a 60-year prison term. Last week, the rebels brought a life-sized cardboard cutout of Trinidad to a negotiating session.

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