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Mandate with Destiny
New Yorker Magazine, by Hendrik Hertzberg    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 11/26/2012 2:04:54 PM     Post Reply
Thanksgiving was still two weeks away when the Republican Party, to its evident shock, found itself stuffed, trussed, roasted, and ready to be served with all the trimmings. This was not the menu that the Party’s nominees, donors, and operatives had looked forward to. It was emphatically not the feast they had been primed to expect by their vulpine cheerleaders in the island universe of the illiberal media. Romney Beats Obama, Handily, Michael Barone trumpeted a few days before the election in the Examiner, Washington’s conservative giveaway daily.

NBC Execs Defend Matt Lauer After
Thanksgiving Coverage Criticism,
Point To ‘Misdirected Anger’
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:49:50 PM     Post Reply
Today Show host Matt Lauer received some harsh feedback via Twitter when he hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade — on top of the negative sentiment he’s faced following Ann Curry‘s departure from the show. In Howard Kurtz‘s new article on The Daily Beast, NBC executives — including NBC News President Steve Capus — came to Lauer’s defense. “Sadly,” Capus said, “this is the era in which we live: Venomous tweets somehow threaten to drown out all of those who praised Matt for his coverage.” He went on to add: “The Twitter snarkiness is an unfortunate result of misdirected anger

What’s it like to pilot a drone?
A lot like ´Call of Duty´
Fox News, by John Brandon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:41:01 PM     Post Reply
Teenagers raised on "Call of Duty" and "Halo" might relish flying a massive Predator drone -- a surprisingly similar activity. Pilots of unmanned military aircraft use a joystick to swoop down into the battlefield, spot enemy troop movements, and snap photos of terror suspects, explained John Hamby, a former military commander who led surveillance missions during the Iraq War. “You’re always maneuvering the airplane to get a closer look,” Hamby told FoxNews.com. “You’re constantly searching for the bad guys and targets of interest. When you do find something that is actionable, you’re a



Google warns UN conference
may lead to web censorship
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:30:54 PM     Post Reply
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace. Among the issues on the agenda at next month´s meeting in Dubai are ideas to battle Internet spam and fraud. But also tucked into more than 1,300 proposals are potential hot-button items that opponents believe could be used by in places such as Iran and China to justify their crackdowns

Justice Ginsburg: We Need
An All-Female Supreme Court
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when all nine justices are female. “So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” she said. Ginsburg made the remark at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference that was held at the University of Colorado in Boulder in October.

Obamacare´s Pizza Price
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/26/2012 1:22:41 PM     Post Reply
It’s well established that Obamacare is sending the cost of health care skyrocketing. What’s less known is it will make trips to the grocery store more expensive and drive up the cost of pizza. All this is happening because nanny state zealots slipped a zinger into the measure just before it came up for a vote. A provision requiring restaurant menus to display calorie counts might seem like a minor addition to legislation representing the takeover of one-sixth of the economy, but the seemingly simple addition will cost billions. President Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget listed the menu

China lands first jet on its aircraft carrier
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - China has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country´s official news agency confirmed Sunday. The Liaoning aircraft carrier underscores China´s ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, but it is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time. Xinhua News Agency said the landing exercise marked the debut of the J-15 fighter jet, a carrier-based fighter-bomber developed by China from Russia´s Sukhoi Su-33. The Defense Ministry´s website carried photos of the jet taking off



Democrats are the roadblock
to immigration reform
Washington Post Writers Group, by Ruben Navarrette Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Blackeagle- 11/26/2012 1:04:54 PM     Post Reply
San Diego – After Latino voters helped re-elect President Obama — delivering the battleground states of Nevada and Colorado, and contributing to the victories in Florida and Virginia — a consensus quickly emerged among pundits and political observers that the quid pro quo would include comprehensive immigration reform. (Snip) So why don’t Democrats want comprehensive-immigration reform? For the same five reasons that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid teamed up in 2006 and 2007 with the nativist wing of the Republican Party to kill bipartisan bills and, in 2010, helped scuttle the

Supreme Court orders new
look at Liberty University´s
health care challenge
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 12:57:37 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider Liberty University’s legal argument that President Obama´s health care law violates the school’s religious freedom. The case will be returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. “Today’s ruling breathes new life into our challenge to ObamaCare,” Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, which filed the suit on behalf of the school, said Monday. “Our fight against ObamaCare is far from over.” A federal judge in 2010 rejected Liberty’s claim, and the appeals court later ruled the lawsuit was

The tone trap, &c.
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 11/26/2012 12:47:13 PM     Post Reply
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been great concern, whether sincere or fake, over the Republican “tone.” I find all this kind of dumb. Is there a great tuner in the sky, with a bass control, a treble control, and so on? Does some unseen, all-determining Republican hand twist these knobs? The Republican party is composed of millions of people and hundreds or thousands of politicians. These are all human beings. They could not possibly have the same tone. We are individuals, speaking in our individual ways, though we have common beliefs and aims. Take the governors: Susana Martinez,

Cheating scandal: Feds say teachers
hired stand-in to take their
certification tests
Associated Press, by Adrian Sainz    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/26/2012 12:41:14 PM     Post Reply
It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters,



CNN: All Adults in America Went
Shopping on Black Friday Weekend
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 12:31:07 PM     Post Reply
CNN reports that practically all Americans went shopping over "Black Friday" weekend. "A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites in the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend this year, up 9% from 226 million last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation released Sunday," the CNN reports reads. The headline reads: "247 million shoppers visited stores and websites Black Friday weekend." This would seem to mean, according to these statistics, that basically all Americans over the age of 14 went shopping this past weekend. There are, according to

From Man Who Insulted
Muhammad, No Regret
New York Times, by Serge F. Kovaleski & Brooks Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 12:24:40 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making “Innocence of Muslims,” his crude YouTube movie trailer depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a bloodthirsty, philandering thug. Does Mr. Nakoula now regret the footage? After all, it fueled deadly protests across the Islamic world and led the unlikely filmmaker to his own arrest for violating his supervised release on a fraud conviction.

Asian Americans and the GOP
National Review Online, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 11/26/2012 12:18:01 PM     Post Reply
Charles Murray argues, admittedly impressionistically, that the Republican party’s social conservatism is turning off Asian Americans. Asians who became successful because everyone in the family worked two or three jobs (a common strategy behind Asian success) are likely to be offended by the liberal “You didn’t build that” mentality. Unlike every other minority group, Asians owe nothing to the Democrats for affirmative action. On the contrary, Asians are penalized by affirmative action, especially in the universities, where discrimination against Asian applicants (relative to their superb academic qualifications) has been documented in the technical literature.

The Aircraft Carrier
Drought Comes Early
Commentary Magazine, by Michael Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 12:12:28 PM     Post Reply
During the third and final presidential debate, President Obama ridiculed Governor Romney’s arguments about the military. “Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines,” Obama quipped. If Obama is not careful, he may soon need to revise his comments about aircraft carriers. While the Clinton administration found that the United States needed 12 aircraft carriers to adequately project power and fulfill both wartime and peaceful missions, that number slipped



Matt Lauer Gets Sliced Up
as ‘Today’ Show’s Ratings Fall
Daily Beast, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 11/26/2012 11:55:40 AM     Post Reply
The ‘Today’ anchor has become a juicy target for critics, even on Thanksgiving. NBC executives tell Howard Kurtz why it’s unfair to blame the anchor for the program’s slide. It’s been a turkey of a year for Matt Lauer.Even the most magisterial of duties—presiding for NBC over the Thanksgiving Day Parade—has brought out the knives of those who would carve him up. He has been trampled on Twitter for a minor flub during the holiday telecast—a clear sign that Lauer is having a rough season since Today tumbled from its perch of ratings supremacy.

Supreme court revives challenge
to Obama health law
Reuters, by Jonathan Stempel *    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 11/26/2012 11:48:15 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a challenge to President Barack Obama´s healthcare reforms, allowing a Christian college to pursue litigation raising First Amendment objections to a law that the court mostly upheld in June. Liberty University, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, had challenged both the individual mandate, which required all people to obtain insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, and a separate mandate requiring large employers to provide coverage for workers. In September 2011, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, said it lacked jurisdiction

President Obama Prepares
for Cabinet Shuffle
ABC News, by Jake Tapper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/26/2012 11:18:16 AM     Post Reply
As President Obama prepares for his second term, preparations have begun for the traditional shuffling of the Cabinet. Top priority for the president: filling slots for those top officials heading — if not running — for the door: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. To replace Clinton, Democratic insiders suggest that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice is the frontrunner, with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., also a viable candidate. Rice has been harshly criticized by Republicans for the erroneous comments she made on Sunday news talk shows after the attack

Mary Schapiro stepping down
after leading SEC in crisis
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/26/2012 11:10:06 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Mary Schapiro is stepping down as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission after helping lead the Obama administration’s regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC says Schapiro will leave on Dec. 14. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. She took over after the agency failed to detect the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Schapiro is credited with helping reshaping the agency during a tumultuous period. But critics say she failed to act aggressively to bring charges against

Shame on Anyone Who Ever Thought
Mohammad Morsi Was a Moderate
New Republic, by Eric Trager    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 11/26/2012 11:07:23 AM     Post Reply
Nobody should have been surprised when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a “constitutional declaration” on Thursday asserting total political power. This was, after all, the former Muslim Brotherhood leader’s second power grab since he took office in June, complementing his earlier seizure of legislative and constitution-writing authorities by now insulating himself from judicial oversight. Yet Washington was caught entirely off-guard: Morsi’s power play was at odds with the administration’s view that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “democratic party,” and his impressive handling of last week’s Gaza ceasefire created a modicum of trust between him and President Obama.
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1 dead, 8 wounded in
shootings Sunday
Chicago Tribune, by Adam Sege    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/26/2012 10:58:44 AM     Post Reply
Shootings across the city left at least one man dead and eight people wounded Sunday, police said. Two people were shot and one died in a shooting about 8:04 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake Street in the West Town neighborhood, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said. The slain man was identified as Leonard Phillips, 34, of the 800 block of North St. Louis Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office. According to preliminary reports from police, it was a drive-by shooting, with the two victims seated in a vehicle when a

Ready? Fire Ames!
National Review Online, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 11/26/2012 10:56:24 AM     Post Reply
Iowa governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, has suggested that the days of the Ames straw poll — the Midwest summer spectacle that takes the temperature of an idiosyncratic slice of the Republican party months before the first binding primaries — might be numbered. “I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness,” Branstad told the Wall Street Journal. “It has been a great fundraiser for the party, but I think its days are over.”

Hiring a Bush Daughter,
to Attract Younger Readers
New York Times, by Christine Haughney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/26/2012 10:53:48 AM     Post Reply
Southern Living, a magazine with features on decorating fireplace mantels and profiles of former President Jimmy Carter describing how he hunts holiday turkeys, has a loyal following among middle-aged Southern women. Now it is bringing in a younger voice to attract a new readership. Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for NBC News’s “Today” show and daughter of former President George W. Bush, is joining the magazine as an editor at large. She will contribute to a monthly column called Paper Napkin Interview and write for a blog called The Daily South.

Politico´s Tau Ignores
´Hostage´ Language in Obama
Admin Econ Advisers´ Report
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/26/2012 10:47:28 AM     Post Reply
This morning the Obama administration´s "National Economic Council & Council of Economic Advisers" jointly released "The Middle-Class Tax Cuts´ Impact on Consumer Spending & Retailers." Among the howlers in this non-economic political document: "Independent Economic Analysis Clearly Demonstrates Why We Need to Extend the 2001/2003/2010 Tax Cuts for the Middle-class." But not everyone else? Don´t high income-earners spend money too? The primary thrust of the administration´s release is that, in regards to negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff," is the predictable class warfare clarion call, complete with kidnapping-related rhetoric: "There is no reason to hold the middle-class hostage

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