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Right ballistic over John Boehner ‘purge’
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/5/2012 8:08:18 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner is under fierce attack from conservatives in the blogosphere and on Twitter over his “purge” of several conservatives from top congressional committees, as well as for his offer to fend off the fiscal cliff. “#purgeboehner,” tweeted Michelle Malkin, following committee changes that hit members, including Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.). “Boehner, GOP leaders purge conservatives from powerful committees; update: Boehner scoffs,” read a headline at Breitbart.com. “Tomorrow we should all call John Boehner’s office to remind him to call Congressman Amash,” tweeted RedState.com’s Erick Erickson.

Hillary Clinton Wins High Popularity,
Majority Support for a 2016 Bid
ABCNews, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/5/2012 7:20:27 AM     Post Reply
Carried by a new high in personal popularity and broad approval of her work as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closes out her diplomatic career with majority support as a candidate for president in 2016. Fifty-seven percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’d back a run by Clinton to succeed Barack Obama, vs. 37 percent opposed. That includes a broad gender gap – 66 percent support for Clinton among women, dropping to 49 percent among men.

Against the Tide,
Part III
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: duhem- 12/5/2012 6:32:16 AM     Post Reply
For the last couple of days, I’ve been writing about American culture and American politics. The two are basically inseparable, I find. Anyway, for the first part of the series, go here; and for the second, go here. I will now wrap up. There is a defeatist strain among conservatives. Some say, “You know, we’ve done our best. We’ve tried our best in politics. Let’s just give up, and tend to private life, such as it is. Let’s look after our families, our places of worship, our friends.



Romney´s defeat caused by
´extraordinary´ drop in white
male support as autopsy of
failed Republican campaign
gets underway
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2012 6:27:56 AM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney lost the election after an ‘extraordinary’ collapse in support among white men, the very group the Republicans counted on to turn out for him. As the official inquest into the defeat got underway, the former Presidential candidate’s own pollster revealed his lead among white males was cut from 27 points to as low as 12 points. Staff revealed that nobody had even read Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention which caused them deep embarrassment. And in another blow, Romney’s own campaign manager also admitted that his infamous 47 percent comment was ‘the epitome of low

Ryan to Rubio: ´Know Any Good Diners
in Iowa or New Hampshire?´
Weekly Standard, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/5/2012 6:21:25 AM     Post Reply
At an event in Washington, D.C. this evening, Paul Ryan asked Marco Rubio, "Know any good diners in Iowa or New Hampshire?" The reference, of course, is to the first state to hold a primary contest (the Iowa Caucus) and the first to in the nation to hold a primary election (New Hampshire). Both men are said to be contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman, is the House Budget Committee chair, and was the Republican vice presidential nominee last election. Rubio is the junior senator from Florida, and a rising Republican star.

Planting the Seeds
of His Own Demise
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 6:13:39 AM     Post Reply
Stop that cringing! I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it´s not pretty for today´s neo-Marxist Democrat party. The man you see before you as your President today bears a striking resemblance to the main character in a Greek tragedy. He so reeks of hubris. Every word that drops from his lips speaks a haughty derision of the lesser beings not benighted to be a cog in his political machine. All witness Obama the Magnificent, the conqueror of America, which was the world hyperpower, but is now the Sick Man of the 21st Century,

Undermining faith in law enforcement and
national security: the legacy of Eric Holder
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2012 6:10:22 AM     Post Reply
I wrote here about the sustained persecution of CIA agents who protected America by obtaining information from terrorists in the aftermath of 9/11. The persecution culminated in a decision by Attorney General Holder to reopen cases against some agents that the Justice Department had already deemed unworthy of prosecution. I now know the “back story” to Holder’s decision. It renders that decision even more disgraceful than I had thought. (Snip)My focus, though, is on Holder’s decision to reopen the investigation of the CIA agents. Understand first that the techniques used by these agents had been analyzed in detailed legal memos



Will Google´s Eric Schmidt join the
Obama administration? Cabinet
shakeup watchers say yes
Daily Mail [UK], by Damian Ghigliotty    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2012 6:08:50 AM     Post Reply
One of Silicon Valley’s most valued men could soon become one of the president’s closest business confidants. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is reportedly in line for a powerful position within the Obama administration. Schmidt, 57, the search giant’s former chief executive, may soon become secretary of Treasury or Commerce, or fill a new ‘secretary of business’ slot, the Washington Examiner reports. Schmidt’s big role in the Obama re-election campaign, Google´s $1.9 million donation to Democrats during the race, and Washington´s efforts to quiet a looming Federal Trade Commission investigation into Google are key signs that the President

One lucky uncle?
He’ll drink to that!
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 6:03:57 AM     Post Reply
There are three chances that Barack Obama’s illegal-alien Uncle Omar will be deported by his nephew’s government. Slim, fat and none. In other words, do you know who I am? He’s 68, he will take a drink under extreme social pressure, and he has to wait until March before this OUI in Middlesex is erased from his record. Oh yeah, and when he was lugged in Framingham in August 2011, he said to the cops, “I think I will call the White House.” Yes, Uncle Omar, we do know who are, only too well.

The Rice Question
New York Times, by Roger Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 5:53:53 AM     Post Reply
WHEN Thomas Pickering took up the No.3 position at the U.S. State Department in 1997, his attention turned to Sudan. The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum had been vacated the previous year after the C.I.A. reported threats, but Pickering wanted the mission reopened in a country that had harbored Osama bin Laden until May 1996 and had more experience than most with violent Islamist extremism. “The intelligence reports that prompted the closure of the embassy were false and I felt strongly that the embassy should be reopened,” Pickering, who has served as ambassador

Volvo develops the ´no death´ car:
Vehicles which drive themselves
and are totally crashproof could
be on British roads in eight years
Daily Mail [UK], by Ray Massey    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2012 5:51:43 AM     Post Reply
Car giant Volvo is developing ´no death´ cars that drive themselves and are impossible to crash--ready for launch in showrooms within eight years. The computerised vehicles will be fitted with high-tech sensors and will ´refuse to be steered´ into other objects. Volvo says they will be on sale to customers by 2020, but that some of the life-saving technology will be incorporated into its vehicles even earlier--from 2014--it says. Volvo´s head of government affairs Anders Eugensson said: ‘Our vision is that no one is killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020.’ Swedish-based Volvo--now owned by China´s



Playing the Odds
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Evans    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 5:43:18 AM     Post Reply
An online gambling bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) could slip through during the lame-duck session and become law, giving Reid’s home state a competitive advantage over other states in the online poker industry. Cosponsored by outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), the bill would outlaw all forms of online gambling except poker and would set up a federal Office of Online Poker Oversight in the Department of Commerce. Reid indicated last week that the bill was not likely to pass, as he needed 15 to 17 Republican votes.

How do Right-wing parties
attract immigrant voters?
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2012 5:40:42 AM     Post Reply
The 1984 presidential election was conservative America’s greatest triumph. Ronald Reagan won every state except Walter Mondale’s Minnesota. Yet here is an astonishing fact. If you break down the votes by ethnic group, and then apply them to the altered demographics of America in 2012, Mondale takes the White House. US Republicans can’t win without--to be blunt--attracting many more Latino voters.[Snip]Reagan used to quip that Latinos were Republicans who just didn´t know it yet, and George W Bush polled well enough among voters of Mexican descent. Yet 71 percent of Hispanic voters backed Obama last month.

Thus Begins the Odd Era of
John McAfee, Political Refugee
Atlantic, by Adam Clark Estes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 5:39:27 AM     Post Reply
This John McAfee saga sure is a nail-biter. Just when you thought the crazy bath salt aficionado couldn´t get any more perplexing, McAfee revealed that he´s seeking political asylum in Guatemala. He´s hired a lawyer, too. And not just any lawyer. McAfee is being represented by former Guatemalan Attorney General Telésforo Guerra who also happens to be his girlfriend´s uncle. The curious details just keep stacking up from there. Let´s start with McAfee´s hasty and highly secretive exit from Belize, where he´s wanted for questioning in the murder of fellow American ex-pat

Does the ‘no’ crowd matter?
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 5:32:05 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Jim DeMint (R- S.C.) may not have many legislative accomplishments and may have backed some losing conservative candidates, but there is no one better at getting headlines. HIs latest effort is a blast at House Republicans for their offer of $800 billion in new revenue, asserting it will destroy jobs. (Well, not as many as President Obama’s plan or the recession would, nor if the 1986 tax reform is any guide.) A House GOP aide in a tone barely betraying annoyance told Right Turn: “Senator DeMint openly admitted that tax revenues



Let the Taxi App Roll
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2012 5:26:47 AM     Post Reply
If Hollywood remade The Graduate and set it in 1980, the one word the businessman would have for Dustin Hoffman’s character wouldn’t be “plastics.” It would be “medallions.” That’s because the single greatest investment you could have made over the last 30 years isn’t in gold or silver or even Apple stock. It’s in New York City taxicab medallions. Since 1980, New York’s taxi medallions — essentially the license to drive a cab in the Big Apple — have appreciated nearly 2,000 percent, according to one estimate.

Hill & Mike both have a motive
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2012 5:16:39 AM     Post Reply
For political pot-stirring, it’s hard to top the story that Mayor Bloomberg urged Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for mayor. It has all the elements that tickle New York’s erogenous zones — big names, big money, big surprise. There’s even a juicy touch of betrayal, with Bloomy’s pledge to back City Council Speaker Christine Quinn suddenly looking shaky. It’s hard not to squirm at the painful description of a New York Times reporter informing Quinn of the call to Clinton, and Quinn’s surprised answer of, “Really?” Quinn wouldn’t say more, but somebody’s talking and there’s a reason

The Sebelius Coverup
Weekly Standard, by Jeffrey H. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 5:12:04 AM     Post Reply
Many states are wisely signaling that they aren’t interested in doing the Obama administration’s bidding on Obamacare. As a result, many if not most of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges — the heart of the beast — will have to be set up and run by the Obama administration at the federal level. States are not required to set up Obamacare exchanges, but it seems to have surprised observers that many are choosing not to. Politico reports that, with only 17 states so far having said they will set up the exchanges,

After homeschoolers lobby,
UN disabilities treaty fails
Human Events, by Hope Hodge    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 5:04:30 AM     Post Reply
A United Nations human rights treaty that drew broad ire from conservative groups was rejected by a slender margin on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon. The vote was 61 for to 31 against, six “aye” votes shy of the two-thirds majority necessary to pass a treaty. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ostensibly would have expanded access and opportunity for the disabled. But opponents, particularly those in homeschooling and faith-based organizations, argued that it redefined parental rights more narrowly while impinging on U.S. sovereignty.

Pundits Pin Blame For Murderer
Jovan Belcher On Everything But Him
Daily Beast, by Buzz Bissinger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 5:00:25 AM     Post Reply
I hear the swell and crescendo of violin strings. I smell the stench of the concussionista conspiracists trying to make a murderer who subsequently committed suicide into the newest poster boy for pro-football players who commit acts of violence because of head injuries. It’s a 24-hour journalism cycle now. The web is stuffed with idle innuendo, stories that pose ominous questions to whet reader appetite but never answer them because there are no facts to answer them. Victims are hot, even one who kills a woman friend with nine bullets, then kills himself to leave their three-month-old-daughter an orphan.


Top FreedomWorks Staffers Depart
in Wake of Armey´s Resignation
Roll Call, by Jamie Lorber    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 4:54:16 AM     Post Reply
Several top FreedomWorks staffers are leaving the conservative advocacy group in the wake of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s resignation, the organization confirmed Tuesday. Max Pappas, the group’s former vice president for public policy and government affairs, has left the organization, and Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns, will depart on Friday. Two of his staffers, Amanda Shell and David Spielman, have also resigned. (Snip) But The Associated Press reported Tuesday morning that the terms of his resignation were set in September under a confidential contract that would compensate him with $8 million in consulting fees, paid in annual $400,000 installments.

To What Lengths Did Someone Go
to Scapegoat George Zimmerman?
PJ Tatler, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 4:46:35 AM     Post Reply
The “new” photo of George Zimmerman raises some very disturbing issues. Take a look at the black and white version of the photo, which the Florida prosecutor gave to the defense as part of the discovery process shortly after his altercation with Trayvon Martin. (Snip for photo)Other than color, what else is missing from this photo? Can you tell how old George Zimmerman is? To me, he looks like he could be any age from 20 to more than 50. But the graininess and lack of visible hair on the top of his head suggest that he is an older man.

Friendly reminder from GAO:
You’re about to hit the
entitlement iceberg, people
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2012 4:39:48 AM     Post Reply
While we meddle on the margins and stay safely ballparks away from anything that might actually tackle our deficit and debt problems: The Government Accountability Office warned in a report Monday that if cuts are not made to mandatory spending — including Social Security and Medicare — there will be a fundamental gap between spending and revenue as more baby boomers retire. “Significant actions to change the long-term fiscal path must be taken,” the GAO warned. Strangely, the Government Accountability Office does not headline this report

President Obama, Architect of Pain
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2012 4:31:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s proposal to Republicans to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff — huge tax increases, huge spending increases, and no serious entitlement reform — is risible. What the president is offering up is essentially his last budget, which didn’t win a single vote of support from any member of Congress. It may be that this proposal was simply an extreme negotiating position that will be dramatically reshaped over the next 27 days. Or it may be that the president is, for political reasons, happy to have us go over the cliff.

Ed Asner Under Conservative
Attack Over ´Tax the Rich´
Teachers Union Video
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 3:48:16 AM     Post Reply
An eight-minute animated video that channels Occupy Wall Street is a "disgusting hit piece" and "propaganda," says Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity. Ed Asner became the target of conservatives late Tuesday for appearing in a cartoon created by the California Federation of Teachers that excoriates wealthy Americans for not paying their "fair share" of taxes. Asner, the Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant star who has called himself a socialist, narrates an eight-minute video called Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale

Germany eyes big-ticket
Mideast arms sales
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 3:42:56 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT, Lebanon- The German government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is eyeing big arms deals in the Middle East and Asia that could make the country a major global defense exporter. The deals reportedly include a Saudi Arabian request for Boxer armored cars built by defense giant Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, which is already in line to sell Riyadh 600 Leopard 2A7+ tanks worth $12.6 billion. German newspapers say Riyadh´s looking for "several hundred" armored vehicles modified for desert combat.

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