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White House Heralds Unanimously
Rejected Fiscal Plan as Base
for Fiscal Cliff Deal
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 9:39:58 PM     Post Reply
The White House stressed that the offer made to congressional Republicans last week is similar to the proposals that President Barack Obama made in his fiscal year 2013 plan – a proposal that was defeated unanimously in the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House last year. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also referenced that unemployment is higher under Obama than under President George W. Bush. “What is remarkable – and I was struck by this even on the Sunday shows – to this day, December 2012,

Rahm Emanuel Likens
Obama to Lincoln
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Burke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 9:35:02 PM     Post Reply
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, likened Obama’s values and “ability to see a clear road where everybody just sees fog” to President Abraham Lincoln as depicted in the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln.” Speaking at Northwestern University on Friday, Emanuel said, “And I think the president’s experience as somebody who was a community organizer on the South Side, dealing with the steel workers who had lost their jobs and lost any possibility of having a job in their industry mid-life,

(Video) Amb. Rice and Sec.
Clinton cat fight continues
Washington Times, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 9:29:20 PM     Post Reply
The Chicago Sun Times´s report on Friday saying that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to choose between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to succeed her, Clinton would likely opt for Senator Kerry: “Hillary is not close to Rice, who is tough — but is not the friendliest person,” said a top White House source. “And Hillary’s brief comment recently that Rice had done ‘a great job’ was considered underwhelming and tepid,” the source added. Apparently, if this report is accurate, Clinton and Rice have not mended fences since Clinton

  


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Charles Krauthammer on President
Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Campaign:
‘It’s All About Politics, Nothing
About Economics’
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 9:24:01 PM     Post Reply
Today, Republicans offered their own plan in response to the president’s proposal which was presented last week to avoid going over a fiscal cliff. In a three-page letter signed by senior Republicans, the GOP plan included $2.2 trillion dollars combining spending cuts, entitlement reforms, and $800 billion dollars in new tax revenue. The White House quickly rejected the proposal, saying Republicans need to “get serious about forging a balanced approach.” On Special Report, Bret Baier attempted to get more details from Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen. He told Baier that there is a major

U.S. military court removes
judge in Fort Hood massacre case
Reuters, by Jim Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: ramona- 12/3/2012 9:21:37 PM     Post Reply
San Antonio, Texas - The top U.S. military appellate court on Monday ruled that the judge presiding over the case of an Army major charged with a 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas is not impartial and ordered him removed. The court also set aside the order by the judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, that accused gunman Major Nidal Hasan be forcibly shaved. The action by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces further delays the trial of Hasan, 42, who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder after he allegedly opened fire on soldiers and support personnel in a room

Krauthammer: We May Be Forced
To Send Troops Into Syria Simply
To Secure Chemical Weapons
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 9:12:30 PM     Post Reply
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made a dire prediction Monday concerning declining conditions in Syria. Appearing on Fox News´s Special Report, Krauthammer said that if the "inevitable" regime change takes place, "we might be forced to send in our troops simply as a way to secure [Syria´s vast supply of chemical weapons] because of the jihadists among the rebels." (Snip) It seems as if with the rebels acquiring shoulder weapons like the Stingers in Afghanistan that turn the tide of war, weapons that can bring down a helicopter or a plane, the tide is turning.

Report: Port Authority police earn
far more than counterparts in region
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Steve Strunsky    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/3/2012 9:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Port Authority police officers earn far more on an hourly basis than their counterparts in most surrounding law enforcement agencies, including 57 percent more than New Jersey state troopers, according to a report released today by a citizen watchdog group. Officers employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey earn 32 percent more than New York state troopers, 25 to 48 percent more than counterparts in the region’s urban municipal police departments, including the NYPD, and 23 percent more than federal agents in the two states, according to a report by the Citizens Budget Commission,

  


  

Romney rejoins Marriott
board of directors
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 9:10:11 PM     Post Reply
He came from the business world, and to the business world he returns. 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc., the company said Monday. Romney´s board term begins today. J.W. Marriott, Jr., Marriott´s executive chairman, said the company is "delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board, on which he has served with distinction twice before. We will benefit from his tremendous energy and capability to guide long-term success in an increasingly complex business environment." Arne Sorenson, the

Obama is left of liberals
Washington Times, by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 8:32:10 PM     Post Reply
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner did what Washingtonians call the “full Ginsburg” on Sunday. The term refers to Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, who was the first to appear on all five network Sunday interview shows in one day. Mr. Geithner’s whirlwind tour revealed more of the White House’s endgame for the fiscal cliff negotiations, and it’s evident President Obama is positioning himself to the left of his own party. For the first time, Mr. Geithner revealed to Fox News’ Chris Wallace the White House determination to raise the top income tax rate all the way to

Contentions On Drawing
the Line at Chemical Weapons
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 8:30:38 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated today what President Obama had said earlier, announcing while in Prague that any use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad is “a red line for the United States.” She went on to issue a not-so-veiled threat: “I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action.” On one level this is unobjectionable. Chemicals are a terrible weapon, a fact widely recognized

Egyptian Feminist Activist: Hillary
Clinton, U.S. Worked With Muslim
Brotherhood to ´Abort´ Revolution
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 8:30:30 PM     Post Reply
Egyptian feminist activist Nawal El Saadawi joined the "Smiley and West Show" on December 1st to talk about the Arab spring and the United States´ involvement in bringing it to an end. Saadawi, who was actively involved in the revolution, tells progressives Tavis Smiley & Cornel West that the Obama administration and, specifically Hillary Clinton, worked with military and the Muslim Brotherhood to "abort" Egypt´s revolution. Saadawi went on to say that Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood are now "twins" for their involvement in prematurely ending the revolution

  


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Sanctions Fight Is an Example
of Why Bibi Doesn’t Trust Barack
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 8:05:24 PM     Post Reply
It’s no secret that President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu don’t trust each other. Personality conflicts are slightly less troubling–they can dislike each other and still respect and even trust each other. But trust is seemingly nowhere to be found in the distressed relationship between the two leaders. (We got another reminder of this at the Saban Forum, when Ehud Olmert restated on the record comments that Rahm Emanuel, once Obama’s chief of staff, had made at the forum off the record. The comments were tinged with anger and resentment at Netanyahu.)

IRS aims to clarify investment
income tax under healthcare law
Reuters, by Patrick Temple-West    Original Article
Posted By: Buckeye11- 12/3/2012 7:58:29 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law. The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income. The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI. The tax applies to

Obama, Media Whitewash
Morsi´s Pro-Jihad, Anti-Jew Past
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 7:53:14 PM     Post Reply
Islamofascism: To hear the president and his media stenographers, Egypt´s new leader is a "practical" guy who´s surprisingly Westernized. He loves our movies and even the "ERA." Such positive reviews provide Mohammed Morsi a fig leaf of secularism and legitimacy. But they cannot hide his dark Islamist heart. Time magazine does its best, however, in an "exclusive interview" with Morsi. It lets him filibuster, uninterrupted, about his alleged support for America´s once-proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women, claiming that´s what his Muslim Brotherhood party stands for, too. Sharing more details from the interview on MSNBC,

Palin to House GOP: Don´t Be ´Wusses´
During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:46:19 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said the country has already gone over the fiscal cliff and House Republicans should not go “wobbly” or be “wusses” during the fiscal cliff negotiations with Democrats and the White House. On Fox News’ “On The Record" Saturday, Palin said that since the House “holds the purse strings," Republican leaders do not have to “capitulate” to President Barack Obama, who Palin claimed was trying to continue his failed socialist policies to achieve a “fairytale utopia.” She said the House could attempt to defund programs that contribute

  


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Exclusive - Boehner: ´Unreasonable´
White House Passing up ´Middle
Ground Offer´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:39:20 PM     Post Reply
Today, House Speaker John Boehner offered a counteroffer to the White House’s insulting fiscal cliff offer, which would have increased taxes by $1.6 trillion, raised spending, and indefinitely suspended the debt ceiling. Boehner’s offer would have included $800 billion in new tax revenue from closing loopholes and limiting deductions, and reduced the deficit by $2.2 trillion overall by implementing spending cuts and entitlement reforms. The White House immediately rejected the offer. Tonight, Boehner’s office fired back. Kevin Smith, spokesman for the Speaker, told Breitbart

Obama Should Return To
Clinton-Era Spending Levels
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 7:28:28 PM     Post Reply
Fiscal Policy: Talk of Clinton-era tax rates ignores the fact that the former president, working with a GOP Congress, cut spending as a share of GDP and produced four balanced budgets by focusing on growth, not spending. Even as he pushes $150 billion in new "stimulus" spending, President Obama argues that to avoid the fiscal cliff we must return to Clinton-era tax rates for wealthy households, with a top marginal rate of 39.6% vs. the Bush-era 35%. Clinton´s was an age of balanced budgets and economic growth. But it was also an era of budgetary restraint in

Facebook voting begins on
Instagram data-sharing, email privacy
Reuters, by Alexei Oreskovic    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:26:13 PM     Post Reply
San Francisco - Facebook Inc opened the polls on Monday for its roughly 1 billion users to vote on a variety of changes to the social network´s policies, including a proposal to scrap the user voting system that Facebook introduced in 2009. Facebook also said it had "clarified" some of the proposed changes, specifying that a new policy allowing it to share user data with recently acquired photo-application Instagram will be carried out in compliance with applicable laws and that Facebook will seek user consent when necessary. The proposed changes, which Facebook announced on November 21,

Column: GOP should force Obama´s hand
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 12/3/2012 7:20:02 PM     Post Reply
As we careen toward the "fiscal cliff," the House GOP faces a problem. Obama won´t offer his own detailed plan which will involve big tax increases, until they offer their own plan -- which, Obama says, must contain big tax increases or he won´t offer his. That´s a mug´s game. Some have suggested that the House GOP should just walk away and let the nation go over the fiscal cliff. But I have some better ideas. Truth is, Obama's not really a key player here. All that he can do is sign or veto whatever legislation comes to him. And since under the Constitution money bills originate in the House,

Pregnant Kate Middleton
Hospitalized for Hyperemesis
Gravidarum - Which Is What?
Forbes Magazine, by Melanie Haiken    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:19:00 PM     Post Reply
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting the heir to the British royal throne came the news that Kate has been hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum. (Snip) So what is this illness so suddenly in the headlines? Attempting a rough translation from the Latin provides a basic description – it means serious vomiting, or acute morning sickness. Of course, this begs the answer, how can morning sickness be so serious? After all, 50 percent of all pregnant women experience queasiness, nausea, vomiting and lack of

  



Political Elites Keep Power
By Blocking Change
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 7:13:34 PM     Post Reply
Obama´s America: A couple of economists have determined that rulers around the world keep their subjects in poverty so they can maintain power. What does this impart to us about where our country is headed today? Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, an economist at Harvard, published a study in 2006 that found political elites tend to stand in the way of development because it suits their needs. "Political elites," they said, "will block beneficial economic and institutional change when they are afraid that these changes will destabilize the

Questions surround $55 million
program to cut violence in Chicago
CNN, by Scott Zamost & Drew Griffin*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:00:56 PM     Post Reply
Chicago - On a chilly afternoon this fall, teenagers across Chicago´s South Side were busy at work, earning $8.75 an hour to hand out fliers with a message of non-violence. )Snip) A four-month CNN investigation found that not only did the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) pay teens to hand out fliers promoting inner peace, it also paid these at-risk teens to take field trips to museums, march in a parade with the governor, and even attend a yoga class to learn how to handle stress. Earlier this year, state legislators passed a resolution demanding the state conduct an audit on the program.

Yahoo ordered to pay $2.7 billion
in bizarre Mexico lawsuit
CNN Money, by Julianne Pepitone    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:50:57 PM     Post Reply
New York - It´s not often that Mexican yellow pages listings makes the headlines, but Yahoo has been ordered to fork over $2.7 billion in a legal dispute involving them. Yahoo released a short and cryptic press release late Friday about the case, which was brought by Mexico´s Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas. The plaintiffs sued Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) and Yahoo de Mexico for "breach of contract, breach of promise, and lost profits arising from contracts related to a yellow pages listings service." A federal judge in Mexico City has ordered Yahoo to pay $2.7 billion,

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