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Dual election losses ‘very
personal’ for Mitt’s right-hand man
Boston Herald, by Hillary Chabot    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2012 9:38:48 AM     Post Reply
Eric Fehrnstrom, top strategist for Mitt Romney and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, told the Herald he hasn’t “even thought about what’s next” career-wise after a bruising double-barrel loss in two of the nation’s most closely watched contests — but those close to him say he’s taken the defeat hard. “I’m taking some time off over the holidays and spending it with my family,” said Fehrnstrom, who dismissed chatter that the high-profile defeats would tarnish his, or his consulting firm the Shawmut Group’s, reputation. “I’m proud of the role the Shawmut Group played in helping Gov. Romney win the Republican

Can the Republican Party
Avoid the Fate of the Whigs?
Breitbart Big Government, by Pat Caddell    Original Article
Posted By: dman- 12/1/2012 9:37:48 AM     Post Reply
If present trends continue, the Republicans will likely soon fall out of political viability; and the Grand Old Party will be the Grand Defunct Party. They are well on their way to becoming the 21st Century incarnation of the Whigs.Let’s consider: At the national level, Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential elections; if one measures the popular vote, they have lost five of the last six. Indeed, over the last six elections, the GOP has averaged approximately 44.8 percent of the popular vote, whereas the Democrats have won 48.8 percent.

White House opposed
new Iran sanctions
Foreign Policy, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/1/2012 9:24:30 AM     Post Reply
The White House announced its opposition to a new round of Iran sanctions that the Senate unanimously approved Friday, in the latest instance of Congress pushing for more aggressive punitive measures on Iran than the administration deems prudent. On Thursday, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate passed 94-0. The new legislative language would blacklist Iran´s energy, port, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, while also placing new restrictions on Iran´s ability to get insurance for all these industries. The legislation would also vastly expand U.S. support

  


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Obama on the fiscal cliff:
Let´s do taxes first
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/1/2012 9:20:59 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. I’m here on the factory floor of a business in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where folks are working around the clock making toys to keep up with the Christmas rush. And I came here because, back in Washington, the clock is ticking on some important decisions that will have a real impact on our businesses — and on families like yours. The most pressing decision has to do with your taxes. See, at the end of the year, middle-class tax cuts are set to expire. And there are two things that can happen. First, if Congress does nothing, every family will see their income taxes automatically

When Does Obama´s Plan
Balance the Budget?
Hoyer: ´I Don´t Know´
Cybercast New Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/1/2012 9:20:10 AM     Post Reply
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he does not know when President Barack Obama’s plan for the fiscal cliff will balance the federal budget. “The President’s proposition was that—on the revenue side—to balance the spending cuts we needed to raise additional revenues,” Hoyer said(Snip)“We are now collecting revenues at about 15 percent and spending at about 22 percent of GDP [Gross Domestic Product].” “You can’t do that for very long,” he said. “Even the richest country on the face of the earth can’t do that forever without having serious adverse consequences.”

Should Conservative Professors
Come Out as Conservative?
American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2012 9:20:00 AM     Post Reply
Every week, in different forms -- some dismissive, others tactful -- the question above lands in my e-mail inbox. It comes from conservatives who wince at the thought of an untenured professor publishing right-wing opinions. There is a sincere concern underlying the question. It goes like this: the apotheosis of any academic´s career is tenure, and until one has tenure, one should not tempt fate by alienating the overwhelmingly liberal power structure that decides promotion cases. Some commenters are earnest in saying "just teach your area of expertise." But for me, all roads lead to

Cornyn labels ‘outrageous’
Obama’s ‘crazy idea’ to
unilaterally raise debt ceiling
Houston Chronicle, by Richard Dunham    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/1/2012 9:09:42 AM     Post Reply
John Cornyn is known for being a politician who carefully chooses his words. He is, by choice, deliberate and judicious. Today, he was just plain mad. In an interview on Fox News, the San Antonio Republican condemned a proposal floated by the White House to unilaterally raise the nation’s debt ceiling if Congress fails to act before the spring 2013 deadline. “It’s profoundly irresponsible,” Cornyn said. “So that’s a crazy idea and I’m amazed that [Treasury] Secretary [Tim] Geithner had the courage to float that yesterday.”

  


  

The Biggest Lesson the GOP Should
Learn from the Election
PJ Media, by Frank J. Fleming    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 12/1/2012 8:56:20 AM     Post Reply
So what lessons should Republicans learn from the 2016 election? I don’t think anyone other than me has thought to ask this question, as Republicans tend not to be very analytical. But I think the answer is pretty obvious when you look at the failure of their presidential candidate this year and the one in 2008: Republicans need to stop nominating right-wing extremists like John McCain and Mitt Romney. Obviously, the two most recent Republican presidential candidates were far too extreme to the right to be elected by the American public.

The Real Danger From the Fiscal Cliff
Wall Street Journal, by Rand Paul    Original Article
Posted By: Grambo- 12/1/2012 8:45:46 AM     Post Reply
Americans are told that they face a fiscal cliff if automatic spending cuts and tax increases occur at the end of the year.I´m not in favor of jumping off a cliff, but the logic of the proprosed threat needs to be questioned. The fiscal cliff narrative assumes that spending cuts are bad for the ecconomy. It follows then, that more spending (and therefore more government debt) are good for the economy.

The Way Back
Barnstable Patriot [Hyannis, MA], by Steve Tefft    Original Article
Posted By: swami- 12/1/2012 8:13:06 AM     Post Reply
What now, Republicans? Since their stunning electoral loss, the GOP has been bombarded – from without and within – with analyses blaming their defeat on an array of problems. The Republican base has become “too old, male and white.” They are technologically inept. Mitt Romney was too patrician. The GOP is caught in a demographic tailspin from which it will never return. Much of this is overwrought. The truth is simple, as it usually is. Romney ran a weak campaign whose strategists badly misread the electorate (which explains their absolute shock at losing).

End of federal unemployment benefits
hits hard in Dorchester
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Brendan Kearney    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2012 8:06:39 AM     Post Reply
Crystal Thompson’s frustration was palpable as she settled down at a table in the SC Works Career Center in Summerville this week. She swore she already had filled out a particular unemployment form on a prior visit. Her 5- and 3-year-old daughters were fidgeting and chatty. And then, of course, there was the larger circumstance that brought her into 2885 West 5th North St. Wednesday afternoon: no job. Thompson made $18 an hour as a senior account executive at Daniel Island giftware manufacturer Davis & Small until March, and the 36-year-old single mother hasn’t been able to find suitable replacement

  


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US Open ref off hook in hubby death
New York Post, by HELEN KUMARI and TODD VENEZIA    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/1/2012 7:56:04 AM     Post Reply
Game. Set. Match.The feisty US Open referee who was busted before the tournament this year for allegedly killing her husband in LA was cleared of all charges yesterday.Prosecutors had accused veteran tennis umpire Lois Goodman, 70, of bludgeoning and slashing her 80-year-old hubby, Alan, to death with a broken coffee mug in their Woodland Hills, Calif., condo in April.She was arrested in Midtown on murder charges in August en route to Flushing Meadow and dragged off to Rikers Island, before being humiliatingly flown back to LA in handcuffs.

The Monster of Monticello
New York Times, by Paul Finkelman    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 12/1/2012 7:48:46 AM     Post Reply
THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek. We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths.

Jubilant Ukip piles on
pressure for EU vote
Daily Express [UK], by Martyn Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2012 7:46:01 AM     Post Reply
David Cameron last night faced mounting pressure to promise a referendum on the EU after Ukip’s best ever by-election result. Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage said his party was now the main challenger to Labour in the North of England after it surged to second place in two key votes. He hailed Ukip’s “best-ever by-election result” after support for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats collapsed in Rotherham and Middlesbrough. After Ukip secured almost 22 percent of the vote in Rotherham, he warned it should not be underestimated, adding: “Which ever way you look at it, Ukip is on the

Obama cranks up "fiscal cliff" pressure,
Boehner says talks stalemated
Reuters, by Mark Felsenthal    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/1/2012 7:32:33 AM     Post Reply
HATFIELD, Penn. - President Barack Obama turned up the pressure in "fiscal cliff" talks on Friday, hitting the road to drum up support for his drive to raise taxes on the wealthy and warning Americans that Republicans were offering them "a lump of coal" for Christmas.In a visit to a Pennsylvania toy factory, Obama portrayed congressional Republicans as Scrooges who risked sending the country over the fiscal cliff rather than strike a deal to avert the tax increases and spending cuts that begin in January unless Congress intervenes.

  


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Dog day afternoon! The Great Dane
caught on camera doing endless
cannonballs in owner´s pool
while they are at work
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2012 7:30:15 AM     Post Reply
What do dogs get up to when their owners are at work? They have a pool party of course. Well, this particular pet does anyway. An amusing video has captured a Great Dane having a great time tumbling down a waterslide into its owner´s swimming pool, supposedly while they´re out for the day. The footage, uploaded on Pawnation.com this week, is doing the rounds online, with dog lovers fawning over the pooch´s impressive party trick. The huge black animal is seen on the tape bounding down the slippery slide, which is carved out of what look to be rocks

Welfare State has ballooned to
over 12 times its original size,
figures reveal as Chancellor
prepares benefits freeze
Daily Mail [UK], by Jason Groves    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/1/2012 7:14:24 AM     Post Reply
The cost of the Welfare State has risen 12-fold in real terms since its introduction, figures reveal today – as George Osborne prepares to unveil a benefits freeze. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions to mark the 70th anniversary of William Beveridge’s landmark report on welfare, show the cost of the modern system dwarfs that of his original vision. They come as the Chancellor puts the finishing touches to next week’s Autumn Statement on the economy, when he is expected to announce a freeze in the value of most benefits apart from pensions and disability payments.

Collecting Disability Becomes
A Career Choice For Men
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2012 6:20:19 AM     Post Reply
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators. The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this. But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect.

It´s Over: Why Everyone Is
Losing Hope For Green Energy
Business Insider, by Rob Wile    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2012 6:04:39 AM     Post Reply
On the surface, green energy sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, it is extremely costly and requires heavy government subsidies. Last year, the epic downfall of Solyndra — the former solar cell manufacturer backed by the Obama administration — was one of the most notorious blows to the industry. As with most young industries, experts argue that green energy just needs time before it can reach economies of scale and become cost effective. But lately, those time frames have become extended. Meanwhile, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas continue to be devastatingly cheap.

Thrill and agony in
House office lottery
Politico, by Kate Nocera    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/1/2012 6:00:12 AM     Post Reply
A rowdy group of 70 House freshmen gathered in the Rayburn building on Friday for a monumental moment of their new lives in Washington: the congressional office lottery. It’s one of the few times when it’s just fine for politicians to start measuring the drapes for their new digs. Suffice to say it was not your typical Hill event. Members and staff pore over maps of office buildings, desperately hoping to draw a low number and land prime working space. They picked their numbers and scampered off on an office scavenger hunt, trying to determine

  



Theater manners. Please.
Boston Globe, by June Wulff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2012 5:51:40 AM     Post Reply
Now that your focus on table manners around the Thanksgiving dinner table has passed, it’s time to switch to theater manners during this season of nutcrackers and scrooges. A few weeks ago during a terrific production of “Guys and Dolls” at the North Shore Music Theatre, a large man sitting next to me used his ticket stub to floss his teeth and later used his hands to pat his tummy (did he think the orchestra’s percussion section needed help?). I said nothing because “Please floss at home and stop banging your drum” didn’t feel right,

Plan to Raise Estate
Tax Divides Democrats
Wall Street Journal, by Siobhan Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2012 5:47:24 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Mary Landrieu and President Barack Obama can link arms on many pieces of the White House´s proposed budget package, including raising taxes on higher-income Americans and spending more on infrastructure. But Ms. Landrieu, along with a notable handful of Democratic colleagues, parts ways with the White House on one increasingly thorny issue: the president´s call to raise the estate tax as part of Washington´s bid to strike a deficit-cutting deal before year´s end. "This particular tax is inherently unfair," Ms. Landrieu said, adding that she would oppose any year-end

Red State, Blue City: How the
Urban-Rural Divide is Splitting America
Atlantic, by Josh Kron    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2012 5:41:31 AM     Post Reply
Starting before the Civil War era, America´s political dividing lines were drawn along state and regional borders. Cities and the then-extensive rural areas shared a worldview North and South of the Mason-Dixon line. While there was always tension within states, they were bound by a common politics. The city of Charleston, for example, was as rabidly anti-North as some inland plantation areas. Economic engines, ways of life, and moral philosophies changed at the 36th parallel, where the North began. Today, that divide has vanished. The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside.

GOP Kills Dem Talking Point
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2012 5:35:09 AM     Post Reply
The ways in which the Romney-Ryan ticket beat Democrats on Medicare talking points are detailed in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Dan Senor and Peter Wehner say the Republicans won on one major issue, Medicare, despite losing the presidential election: That was supposed to be impossible. Republicans were warned that if their nominee made even sympathetic noises about Medicare reform, it would be politically poisonous. Mitt Romney, to his great credit, ignored the warnings. He not only endorsed structural reforms for Medicare, he chose as his running mate

Hillary Praises PA; Blasts Israel
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/1/2012 5:29:04 AM     Post Reply
During a press conference in Washington yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for "their real achievements on the ground" citing the safe streets of the West Bank, the overhaul of government institutions and helping to enhance Israel´s security. Clinton then berated Israel for announcing new settlement construction stating such activities "set back the cause of a negotiated peace." I suppose Hillary thinks Palestinian unilateral declarations of independence are just fine and dandy. Well, last I checked Palestinians were throwing stones at PA buildings

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