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Backed by Obama, sharp-tongued
Susan Rice battles critics
Reuters, by Louis Charbonneau & Susan Cornwell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/24/2012 2:59:04 PM     Post Reply
Susan Rice has had a series of diplomatic triumphs as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Barack Obama, an old friend, showed he has her back when last week he publicly challenged her Republican critics over the Benghazi controversy to "go after me" rather than her. She knew former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the age of 4. And yet Rice is now fighting for her political future. Her chances of becoming the next secretary of state - replacing Hillary Clinton - have been significantly damaged. Senior Republicans, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham,

Here Comes the Regulatory Flood
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 11/24/2012 2:51:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s hyperactive regulators went on hiatus in 2011 to get through Election Day. Now with his second term secure, they´re about to make up for lost time and then some. The government defines "economically significant" rules as those that impose annual costs of $100 million or more, and the Bush, Clinton and Bush Administrations each ended up finalizing about 45 major rules per year. The average over Mr. Obama´s first two years was 63 but then plunged to 44 for 2011 and 2012 so far. The bureaucracies didn´t slow down. They merely postponed and built up a backlog that

After the Tumult and the Shouting
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/24/2012 2:50:57 PM     Post Reply
If I had to choose one word to describe the 2012 presidential election, it would be decline. The results showed a decline in overall turnout, a decline in the GOP coalition relative to its 2004 high, a decline in the Democratic coalition relative to its 2008 high, and in general a stark decline in public confidence that the nation’s leaders can fix its pressing problems. Just look at the results. In 2008, some 131.5 million Americans went to the polls; while the votes are still being tallied, this time around



Morsi Urged to Retract
Edict to Bypass Judges
New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/24/2012 2:45:45 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Egyptian judges and prosecutors struck back on Saturday against an edict by President Mohamed Morsi that gave him unchecked authority without judicial review, vowing to challenge his decree in court and reportedly going on strike in Alexandria. (Snip) Mr. Morsi, the Islamist who became Egypt’s first elected president in June, is seeking to assert an authority unchecked by judicial review to forestall a court ruling expected on Dec. 2 that could disband the constitutional assembly and extend by two months the year-end deadline for that body to finish its work.

None Dare Call It Default
Wall Street Journal, by Holman Jenkins    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 11/24/2012 2:34:44 PM     Post Reply
To call Greece First World may be a stretch, but Greece has defaulted once already, and it is only a matter of time until Greece defaults again. Welcome to default-o-rama, the next chapter in the First World´s struggle for fiscal sustainability. (Snip) America´s fiscal cliff is an artificial crisis. We have no trouble borrowing in the short term. But at some point the market will demand evidence that long-term balance is being restored. President Obama said in his first post-election press conference that he doesn´t want any proposals that "sock it to the middle class." He knows better.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat´s
remains said to be exhumed
Tuesday in Ramallah to test
for polonium poisoning
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/24/2012 2:14:57 PM     Post Reply
Ramallah, West Bank - The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, but have not presented evidence. Israel has denied such allegations. Earlier this year, the detection of a lethal radioactive substance in biological traces on Arafat´s clothing sparked a new investigation. Tests were inconclusive, and experts said

At renovated Iraq shrine,
Shiites mark a holy day
Associated Press, by Khalid Mohammed & Diaa Hadid    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/24/2012 1:27:59 PM     Post Reply
KARBALA, Iraq- It is the most impassioned day of the year for Shiite Muslims - Ashoura, when one of the faith´s most revered figures, Imam Hussein, was martyred in battle. Hundreds of thousands of Shiites who flocked to his resplendent, gold-domed shrine to commemorate him Saturday found the site has radically changed. The shrine of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is seeing its most extensive renovation since the 17th century. The construction is part of a push by Iraq´s Shiite rulers to reinvigorate sacred shrines long neglected under former dictator Saddam Hussein, reflecting the community´s



Oliver Stone Rewrites History — Again
New York Times Magazine, by Andrew Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/24/2012 1:19:11 PM     Post Reply
“Come on, that’s such a canard, you know that,” Oliver Stone said. “ ‘The Greatest Generation?’ That was the biggest publishing hoax of all. It’s to sell books.” This seemingly sacrosanct term was coined by Tom Brokaw for his 1998 book of the same title, in which he recounted the lives of ordinary, World War II-era Americans. “I was in Vietnam with the Greatest Generation. They were master sergeants, generals, colonels. They had arrogance beyond belief. The hubris that allowed Henry Kissinger to say North Vietnam is a fourth-rate power we will break. The hubris of that!”

Whatever happened to the investigation
by Libya into the attack in Benghazi?
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 11/24/2012 1:10:44 PM     Post Reply
In case you were wondering, the Libyan government appears not to have given the investigation of who and what was behind the attack on our consulate very high priority.In fact, they haven´t done anything much at all: After more than two months, Libya´s investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appears in limbo. Key security commanders and witnesses say they were never questioned. No suspects have been named, and gunmen seen participating in the assault walk freely in the eastern Libyan city. Hanging over the probe is a fear of reprisals from extremist militiamen.

Despite Hype, Obama’s Email List
Won’t Be a Second-Term Game-Changer
Daily Beast, by Matt Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 11/24/2012 1:04:57 PM     Post Reply
As it did in 2008, the Obama operation rolled on Election Day this year—making the president the first Democrat since FDR to twice claim an outright majority of the popular vote. But despite suggestions from the administration that it will use its potent supporters list as a second-term “game-changer,” the activist left is fearful it will again be kept in the field and out of the halls of power. Obama’s vaunted campaign machine, “OFA”—short for “Obama for America” during election season,

Irish Daily Star editor resigns over
topless photos of Duchess of Cambridge
Guardian [UK], by Henry McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 11/24/2012 12:59:41 PM     Post Reply
The editor of the Irish Daily star has resigned in the wake of controversy about his decision to publish topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. Michael O´Kane had been suspended from duties since September after publication of the pictures, which were apparently taken with long lenses to avoid detection at a private chateau in Provence. In a statement the paper´s co-owners Independent News and Media said that having considered the issues that arose from that publication in tandem with O´Kane, he had decided to resign immediately. The company added that O'Kane had acted in a



$325M Powerball Drawing Tonight
ABC News, by Alyssa Newcomb    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/24/2012 12:58:47 PM     Post Reply
A $325 million Powerball jackpot, the fourth largest in the lottery’s history, could make this holiday season especially sweet for a lucky winner, if there is one. Despite the swelling jackpot, ticket sales have been lower than usual, likely because of the holiday weekend, Powerball officials said. In Colorado, one of 42 states where Powerball tickets are sold, only 1.9 million of the tickets have been purchased. By comparison, 3.5 million tickets were sold in the state before a big drawing in August. To entice players in Idaho, the state lottery offered a Black Friday special offering

Thieves strike storm-damaged Breezy
Point homes over Thanksgiving holiday
New York Post, by Jennifer Bain*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/24/2012 12:56:12 PM     Post Reply
The grinches struck early this year. Residents of storm-battered Breezy Point returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to discover that thieves had looted their damaged homes — even taking one family’s change jars, The Post has learned. At least three homeowners in the Queens enclave were robbed, including a couple that lost a $25,000 coin collection along with jewelry and watches at their flooded house. The break-ins — part of a rash of recent burglaries — occurred between Wednesday and Thursday, when most residents were away for the holiday. Burglars struck a house whose basement

Obama campaign bagged
$40M from fashion fund-raisers
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/24/2012 12:45:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s campaign took some ribbing when it enlisted top New York fashion designers to craft high-culture Obama-themed purses and scarves — but ended up laughing all the way to the bank. The program, dreamed up by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and called “Runway to Win,” raised more than $40 million by hawking $45 Marc Jacobs T-shirts, $95 Thakoon Panichgul scarves, and $75 Tory Burch handbags at glitzy fund-raisers and on the campaign Web site. Wintour and Scarlett Johansson launched the first fashion-themed event right before New York Fashion Week.

McManus: Petraeus, the comeback general
Los Angeles Times, by Doyle McManus    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 11/24/2012 12:41:30 PM     Post Reply
Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his job as director of the CIA after it became clear that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, couldn´t be kept under wraps.The dust hasn´t settled yet on the chaos kicked up by the FBI´s discovery of the affair, touched off by Broadwell´s jealousy of another woman



Pulitzer wanted for reporter who broke
story on Nazi Germany’s surrender
Washington Post, by Manuel Roig-Franzia    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 11/24/2012 12:38:05 PM     Post Reply
In headier days, Ed Kennedy personified the hard-drinking, hard-charging war correspondent of another era. The first time his future wife saw him, he was sidled up to a hotel bar in Paris with none other than Ernest Hemingway, both of them so “dead drunk” they could hardly stand.Kennedy was a star Associated Press correspondent with a penchant for daring evasion of authority, dashing into World War II battle zones where he wasn’t supposed to go because he had to get the story. He just had to.

Singers continue long
Wisconsin tradition of protest
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/24/2012 12:14:14 PM     Post Reply
MADISON, Wis. — Every weekday as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close their doors, and several police officers take up watch from a distance. Then the group begins to sing, the voices echoing throughout the cavernous rotunda. The first song might include the lyrics, "Hit the road, Scott, and don’t you come back no more." The next tune could say, "We’ll keep singing ’til justice is done. We’re not going away, oh Scotty." Most of the protesters who hounded Gov. Scott Walker

Cross-dressing husband
´dismembered wife and cooked
her body parts in pans on the
stove after stuffing her
severed head in the freezer´
Daily Mail [UK], by Nina Golgowski & Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 11/24/2012 11:46:31 AM     Post Reply
A 68-year-old California man accused of killing and dismembering his wife was cooking her flesh and bones at the time police officers came to arrest him, according to officials. Police said they responded to neighbors´ complaints about a foul odor coming from the home of Frederick Hengl and his wife, 73-year-old Anna Faris, in Oceanside on Friday. An officer who entered the home through a window said he saw on the stove three pans containing what later turned out to be the remains of the elderly woman. Her severed head was discovered in the freezer.

Jackson Jr. shielding wife
Sun-Times [Chicago. IL], by Lynn Sweet    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/24/2012 11:34:32 AM     Post Reply
It looks like former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who resigned Wednesday, is trying to take any potential heat off of his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) — who is also his campaign manager. I’m told that Sandi Jackson has hired her own legal representation as her husband’s lawyers try to work out a deal in the ongoing federal probe of his campaign finances. It doesn’t take too much reading between the lines of Jackson’s resignation letter — unusually poignant — that he is telling the feds to blame him — and leave his wife out of it.

Shocking moment woman
leaves little girl alone tied
to baby reins as she goes
into betting shop to place a bet
Daily Mail[UK], by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 11/24/2012 11:25:39 AM     Post Reply
A mother leaves her young daughter tethered all alone on the other side of a door outside a betting shop on a busy street before going in to place a bet. This was the shocking scene in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, captured by office workers who couldn´t believe their eyes yesterday afternoon. They saw the curly-haired girl, aged around four, being left tied by her reins outside a branch of Ladbrokes opposite their place of work for two to three minutes. She appeared to struggle to free herself before the woman, believed to be her mother, came out.


No God, not even Allah
The Economist [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 11/24/2012 11:23:24 AM     Post Reply
A MOB attacked Alexander Aan even before an Indonesian court in June jailed him for two and a half years for “inciting religious hatred”. His crime was to write “God does not exist” on a Facebook group he had founded for atheists in Minang, a province of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. (Snip) Some of the finest medieval Arabic and Persian poets and grammarians were atheists (though several were also famously executed). Young activists, albeit often exiled, such as Mr Ghazzali, have become more vociferous about their right not to believe in a God. Organisations abroad for former Muslims

Generic Lipitor Recalled - Another
Sign The FDA Needs Help?
Forbes, by David Maris    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/24/2012 11:05:36 AM     Post Reply
Ingesting glass does not lower your cholesterol, but patients taking Ranbaxy’s generic version of Pfizer‘s blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor might be doing just that. Ranbaxy announced today that it was recalling a large number of batches of its generic Lipitor as they might include very small glass particles – something that could be dangerous if ingested. Generics from other manufacturers have not been recalled. The recall is a small positive for Pfizer, which makes branded Lipitor. Pfizer has a generic drug division named Greenstone and some consumers might feel most comfortable asking for the Greenstone generic Lipitor.

´She´s not shying away
from this story:´ Elizabeth
Smart pens first book
describing her abduction and
nine-month captivity and how
she was bound and raped daily
Associated Press/Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/24/2012 10:37:24 AM     Post Reply
Ten years after her kidnapping, Elizabeth Smart is preparing her story of being held captive by a homeless street preacher, her improbable rescue after nine months, and how she advocated for children after the ordeal. St. Martin´s Press bought the rights to the memoir from the now 25-year-old senior at Brigham Young University. Smart married a fellow Mormon missionary, Matthew Gilmour, in February. The account is being written by Chris Stewart, a congressman-elect from Utah who has authored books with religious and patriotic themes.

It’s time to rebuild America
Washington Post, by Rahm Emanuel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/24/2012 10:30:22 AM     Post Reply
Too much post-election analysis has focused on voter demographics and campaign mechanics, leaving Democrats in danger of drawing the wrong lessons from our electoral success. Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year’s election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas.But we cannot expect Republicans to cede the economic argument so readily,

Egypt´s Brotherhood calls
protest to support Mursi
Reuters, by Tom Perry    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 11/24/2012 9:58:34 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO - Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood called for a mass demonstration in Cairo on Tuesday to show support for President Mohamed Mursi, who is facing a storm of protest for issuing a decree that expanded his powers. In a statement published on its website, the Brotherhood also called for shows of support in public squares across Egypt after early evening prayers on Sunday to show support for Mursi´s decisions. Parties opposed to the decree have also called for a protest on Tuesday in Cairo, though in a different square from the one where the Brotherhood called on its supporters to gather.

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