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Santa Claus is coming to Capitol
Hill! Obamas turn on National
Christmas Tree lights (and even
the President was singing carols)
Daily Mail [UK], by Beth Stebner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:55:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and his family have flipped the switch for the 90th annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree, marking the holiday season in the nation´s capital. Mr Obama was joined by his daughters, Sasha and Malia, and wife Michelle. All were bundled to shield themselves from the cold December night. Also helping in the festive ceremony was actor and singer Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the tree-lighting ceremony. ‘Merry Christmas, everybody!’ the president began. He was wearing a black wool overcoat and a maroon scarf tucked loosely in his jacket.

Fox News WH Correspondent: Some Of
Our Commentators Covered Benghazi
‘More Than It Needed To Be Covered’
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:49:48 PM     Post Reply
Ed Henry, Fox News’ White House correspondent, spoke about his job and his network in an Associated Press story published on Thursday. Among the topics covered in the piece was Fox News’ attention to Benghazi. The network covered the issue “more than it needed to be covered,” Henry said. It’s hardly gone unnoticed that Fox News has consistently and critically covered the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi — questioning the Obama administration’s response. UN Ambassador Susan Rice, in particular, has taken heat for the comments she made on Sunday talk shows.

Dem Senator: Don´t Rule
Out 14th Amendment In
Debt Limit Talks
Buzzfeed.com, by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:44:22 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — On the same day the White House ruled out using the 14th Amendment to raise the federal debt limit, a Democratic senator said that tack should be reserved as "an option." "I don´t think they ought to rule it out," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin told reporters Thursday. The 14th Amendment asserts that "the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law... shall not be questioned." Some have argued that the president could use this as justification to unilaterally raise the debt limit, though it´s unclear



Matthews Harangues J.C. Watts
To Agree That GOP’s Secret
Message Was ‘We Don’t Like
Black Presidents’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:37:21 PM     Post Reply
On his program on Thursday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews played a series of clips of self-identified Republicans or surrogates for Mitt Romney’s campaign from the past year for former Congressman J.C. Watts in an effort to get him to admit the Republican party’s leadership were speaking in “dog whistles” to communicate for voters that “we don’t like black presidents.” Matthews played a series of clips from GOP supporters like Donald Trump and John Sununu and asked how Watts reacted to them. “On the birther thing, I think that’s a losing issue,”

Mark Sanford not ruling
out run for DeMint´s seat
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:32:42 PM     Post Reply
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) isn´t ruling out a 2014 Senate run to replace Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). "It´s not a ´no,´ but it´s not a ´yes,´" Sanford told the Wall Street Journal when asked about a run, after saying he´d been bombarded by calls from supporters asking him to run for DeMint´s seat. DeMint announced Thursday morning that he would resign from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation. The former governor was once viewed as a rising star and possible presidential candidate for the GOP —

Study: Obamacare sales tax
will cause premiums to rise
by up to $10k over 10 years
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:26:23 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s health care overhaul contains a tax that will drive up premiums for individuals, families, and even Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, according to a new study released by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Obamacare “imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increase to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year,” AHIP explains to introduce the study on the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). Although the government taxes the health insurance providers, the Congressional Budget Office acknowledged in 2009 that the cost

Believing in America
Starts with You
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/6/2012 8:16:20 PM     Post Reply
Click your trusty mouse on almost any news site or blog these days, and you will read in great detail all about what President Barack Hussein Obama is up to. Ditto when switching on to any television network—including Fox—or tuning in to any radio station news break. Obama’s agenda no longer depends only on the mainstream media to deliver its discouraging and demoralizing message. It’s delivered by the blogosphere. Earth to all patriot columnists, including Canada Free Press (CFP) ones: Stop telling us what Obama is going to do and start telling us



Eva Longoria to serve as co-
Chairwoman of Inaugural Committee
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Daniel Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:08:24 PM     Post Reply
Actress Eva Longoria will serve as a co-chairwoman of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), according to an announcement by the committee on Thursday. The announcement comes roughly a month before Obama´s public inauguration on Jan. 21. The committee also named former Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, Democratic National Committee National Finance Chairwoman Jane Stetson and former National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises member Frank White co-chairmen of the Presidential Inauguration Committee.

Chris Matthews: Bill Clinton
Is the Best Person to Help
Get You Into Heaven
NewsBusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 8:01:09 PM     Post Reply
Chris Matthews´ affinity for Bill Clinton is well known. But on Wednesday´s Hardball, Mathews argued that the Democrat would be the best lobbyist to get one into heaven. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Talking to journalist Joe Klein and GOP strategist David Winston, Matthews lauded the former president´s campaigning for Barack Obama. The liberal host enthused, "...I have to tell you, who would you rather have make your case to Saint Peter than this guy?" Clinton, of course, was accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick, of sexual assault by Kathleen Willey and by Paula Jones of exposing himself."

Schumer: Jobless Benefits
‘The Best Stimulus There Is’
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 7:56:42 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that extending long-term unemployment benefits would be the “best stimulus there is” for the economy, saying it would create the most jobs for the money. “At the end of last year, there were 5 million people receiving emergency UI [unemployment insurance]. This year, there are only 2 million. It’s working,” Schumer said at a press conference Thursday. “We’re all talking about a stimulus. How do we get the economy moving? This is the best stimulus there is.” Schumer and fellow Senate Democrats called for yet another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed

(Video) Reid slams NY Jets and
GOP -Asks Romney supporter Rex
Ryan-´Who´s the quarterback?´
Washington Times, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 7:45:06 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, slammed the New York Jets and Republicans on Thursday asking on the Senate floor NY Jets coach Rex Ryan, a GOP supporter, who he would choose for a starting quarterback. He compared the NFL coach´s dilemma to the Republican Party during the fiscal debate talks: "I´ve been thinking how best to describe what´s going on here on Capitol Hill the last couple of weeks. Every morning I get up. The first thing I read is the sports page. I´m disappointed with the sports page in the Washington Post.



Obama expected to push
gun control in second term
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 7:39:05 PM     Post Reply
With President Obama´s final election behind him, gun-control advocates said they expect the White House to begin pushing through an assortment of gun restrictions in coming months. Obama rarely talked about guns during his re-election campaign, and when he did, it was mostly to reassure voters he had no plans to take away their constitutionally protected firearms. The president has been preoccupied with negotiations over a deficit-reduction deal since last month´s election, but activists said they expect Obama to become a much more vocal proponent of gun control in 2013.

Levin: Obama´s ´Going to Violate
the Constitution, Unilaterally
Lift the Debt Ceiling´
Cybercast News Service, by David James    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 7:32:54 PM     Post Reply
Last night, radio host Mark Levin said that President Obama plans to unilaterally and unconstitutionally lift the debt ceiling, thereby circumventing Congress and avoiding negotiations with them. Levin also stated that President Obama plans to play the “catch me if you can, take me to the court” game by taking this unilateral action, because he will be able to get away with it by the time it reaches the Supreme Court. “We’ve never had a president that’s spent like this ever. Ever. That’s why, in particular right now, the debt ceiling is so crucial,

Pelosi’s Archbishop Leads in
Calling Catholics to Pray, Fast,
Abstain for Cause of Saving Liberty
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 7:24:34 PM     Post Reply
In a statement featuring newly installed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone--who leads the San Francisco Archdiocese where House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi lives--the U.S. Catholic bishops announced on Thursday that they are calling on Catholics to pray the rosary every day and to fast and to abstain from eating meat on Fridays as part of a pastoral campaign aimed at preserving religious liberty, the right to life and the institution of marriage in the United States of America. “The well-being of society requires that life, marriage, and religious liberty are promoted and protected,”

Senator Michelle Obama?
Poll Shows First Lady Leads
Incumbent In Hypothetical Race
Cybercast News Service, by Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 7:20:11 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama would defeat Republican Sen. Mark Kirk by 11 points in a hypothetical race for his Illinois Senate seat. According to a new poll, Mrs. Obama leads the incumbent senator 51 to 40 percent in a head-to-head match-up. The poll also found that 34% of voters approve of the job Kirk is doing, while 19% disapprove. The senator´s approval number is no match to Michelle Obama´s, however, with 60% of voters viewing the First Lady positively. Nonetheless, Mrs. Obama has said in the past that she is not interested in running for office:



Blind Sheik Would Be Proud
Of Egypt´s New Constitution
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/6/2012 7:18:43 PM     Post Reply
Islamofascism: Still intoxicated by their "Arab Spring" fairy tale, the media don´t see a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood´s proposed new constitution for Egypt. Apparently they haven´t read the fine print. ´A quick glimpse at the articles show ... there´s wording that prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and ensures due process, a sensitive topic in Egypt," CNN reported, approvingly. "Mubarak and his loyalists are blamed for jailing and harshly mistreating innocents" before the uprising. The New York Times also shrugged, noting the Muslim Brotherhood drafters simply preserved the language of the old constitution.

U.S. Can´t Afford Obama´s
No-Debt-Limit Credit Card
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/6/2012 7:08:35 PM     Post Reply
Fiscal Policy: The president tells business leaders he wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country´s legal debt limit and be able to do it all by himself. aclgsIf hypocrisy were taxable, we should soon be able to balance the budget and repay the national debt. It was on display again Wednesday, when President Obama told CEOs at the Business Roundtable he is no longer playing the debt ceiling "game" of agreeing to raise the limit in exchange for administration concessions on spending and taxes. Calling the last debt battle in 2011 a "catastrophe"

Exclusive: ´Angry´ Jill Kelley
to write tell-all book about
Petraeus scandal as ´payback
for public humiliation that made
her look like a fool´
Daily Mail [U.K.], by Pual Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/6/2012 6:56:20 PM     Post Reply
The Florida socialite at the centre of CIA director David Petraeus downfall is planning a tell all book, according to friends. The 37 year old is understood to have held preliminary talks with publishers to tell her side of the story that led to the resignation of General Petraeus. ´Trust me, there is going to be a book in the New Year. You can count on it,´ said a friend of the Tampa socialite. Kelley, 37, has not spoken about her pivotal role in the scandal which led to Petraeus´s affair with his biographer Paul Broadwell being exposed last month. Petraeus, 58,

George Zimmerman´s lawyers
say prosecutors are stalling
Miami Herald, by Frances Robles    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/6/2012 6:56:16 PM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman´s lawyers say prosecutors are deliberately dragging their feet, and accused the Duval County State Attorney of delaying - and even hiding - evidence that suggests their client is innocent. It took months and the judge´s intervention for lawyers to get a vivid color copy of Zimmerman´s bloody injuries. The defense didn´t find out about witnesses who had helpful information until recently, and attorneys learned of a police officer´s full role in the case by word of mouth. Papers filed in Seminole County Court in Sanford accuse prosecutors of withholding exculpatory information by delaying reports and a key audio tape.

Hundreds of pot smokers
light up Washington in
fanfare midnight countdown
as state legalizes marijuana
Associated Press/Daily Mail (UK), by Staff & Mario Ledwith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2012 6:51:40 PM     Post Reply
With not an arresting officer in sight crowds of smiling people lit joints under Seattle’s Space Needle on early Thursday morning celebrating marijuana now legal under Washington state law. Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year´s Eve-style countdown to 12am, when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison. A few dozen people gathered on a sidewalk outside the north Seattle headquarters of the annual Hempfest celebration and did the same, offering joints to reporters and blowing smoke into television news cameras.


Exclusive: FEMA teams
told to ´sightsee´ as
Sandy victims suffered
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2012 6:44:14 PM     Post Reply
Hurry up and wait. That’s what first responders were left to do after being deployed by FEMA to assist in the storm-ravaged areas in the initial days after superstorm Sandy, FoxNews.com has learned. A FEMA worker who spoke to FoxNews.com described a chaotic scene at New Jersey´s Fort Dix, where emergency workers arrived as the storm bore down on the Atlantic Coast. The worker said officials at the staging area were unprepared and told the incoming responders there was nothing for them to do for nearly four days. “They told us to hurry, hurry, hurry," the worker,

George Zimmerman sues
NBC and reporters
Associated Press, by Mike Schneider    Original Article
Posted By: jond- 12/6/2012 6:42:12 PM     Post Reply
Orlando, Fla. - George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist. The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed the lawsuit seeking an undisclosed amount of money in Seminole County, outside Orlando. Also named in the complaint were three reporters covering the story for NBC or an NBC-owned television station. The complaint said the airing of the edited call has inflicted emotional distress on Zimmerman, making him fear for his life and causing him

Marijuana´s health effects:
Memory problems, addiction
USA Today, by Cathy Payne and Michelle Healy    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/6/2012 6:37:43 PM     Post Reply
OK, so marijuana is now legal in Washington state. But does that mean it´s good for you? "Daily use increases the risk of becoming dependent," says Roger Roffman, a professor emeritus at the University of Washington´s School of Social Work. He supported Initiative 502, which called for the legalization of a small amount of marijuana for adults 21 and older in Washington. Roffman says there are positive outcomes of marijuana use. Consumption of it can be for medical purposes, and it can reduce symptoms of disease and treatments of disease, he says.

Christie: Nope, we won’t be building
a state exchange in New Jersey
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/6/2012 5:36:41 PM     Post Reply
Oh, the fall from Beltway media grace shall be sharp and swift for the country’s most popular Republican. Christie’s decision comes in ahead of the Health and Human Services already postponed deadline of Dec. 14. It also comes on the same day Christie is meeting with President Obama about aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Would that be the opposite of a hug? The governor today vetoed state-exchange legislation from his state assembly— a revised version of bill he vetoed in May— and says it comes down to insufficient information from the federal government

Bailout on the Brink
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/6/2012 5:31:16 PM     Post Reply
A New York federal judge may rule imminently on a case that could reverse the General Motors (GM) bailout and send the company back into bankruptcy, according to sources close to the case. At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining the automaker of nearly all of its cash on hand and leaving it in worse shape than it was when it collapsed in 2009. One condition of GM’s bailout was to shore up its overseas subsidiaries. On the eve of entering bankruptcy,

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