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´They were going to blow my brains
out´: Two boys, aged 7 and 11,
´hold woman at gunpoint
demanding car and cell phone´
Daily Mail [UK], by Nina Golgowski    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 12/10/2012 5:08:59 PM     Post Reply
A seven and 11-year-old boy pulled a loaded gun on an Oregon woman during an attempted carjacking and robbery outside a church parking lot, police said on Sunday. Armed with a .22 caliber handgun, cocked and loaded, police in Portland say the described 11-year-old delinquent, seen back on the streets today, and his 7-year-old accomplice were caught while trying to flee on Saturday afternoon. ´They told me they were going to blow my brains out if I didn´t give them something,´ 22-year-old victim Amy Garrett recalled to KATU on Sunday while still visibly shaken.

Long-treasured mortgage interest
deduction may face changes
Los Angeles Times, by Jim Puzzanghera    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/10/2012 4:59:50 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — At 70, Frank White isn´t a typical first-time home buyer. But a key reason he ditched his Altadena apartment and bought a three-bedroom house in nearby Pasadena has been common for decades: He wanted the tax break. "I pay very high taxes, and I have no deductions," said White, who owns an apartment rental business with his two brothers. Now, after purchasing the $500,000 home in November, he´s looking forward to writing off the interest on his 30-year mortgage.

Obama: This Michigan right-
to-work nonsense has nothing
to do with economics
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 4:50:14 PM     Post Reply
Campaigning — er, I mean, speaking? — at a diesel engine factory in Michigan on Monday to yet again make the case for raising taxes on families making more than 250k/year, President Obama of course had to weigh in on the Michigan legislature moving forward to become the 24th right-to-work state. I’m sure his many union-backers would have been most displeased if he hadn’t, you know. Via the Washington Examiner: What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. … These so-called right-to-work laws, they don’t



Reid marvels at Sen. Ben
Nelson for having ´hair like
a 15-year-old´
The Hill [Washington DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 4:43:22 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday afternoon paid tribute to outgoing Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who is retiring at the end of this Congress, and Nelson´s famously thick hair. Reid said that while people need to learn not to be envious of others, he said that "if the truth were known, many many senators would be very envious, as I am, and I would even think the presiding officer, about that hair of Ben Nelson´s." "I mean, that is a mop of real hair," Reid continued, adding that many believe Nelson is wearing a toupee. "It´s his hair.

Peter Schiff: Majority Doesn´t
"Have A Right To Steal My Money
Just Because They Voted For It"
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/10/2012 4:41:59 PM     Post Reply
CNBC´s Eamon Javers reports the latest developments on "fiscal cliff" talks in Washington, and debating the financial benefits of raising taxes on the wealthy, with Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital CEO, and Richard Brodsky, Demos senior fellow. ### SCHIFF: You know what the wealthy are going to do? They´re going to invest more abroad, they´re not going to work as hard, they´re not going to pay as much in taxes, they´re not going to employ as many people. Their employees are going to pay all the taxes.

Obama tax plan no small
deal to small businessmen
Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 4:38:26 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama´s plan to increase taxes on top earners would have only a small impact on the nation´s economy, according to congressional budget experts. But don´t tell that to small business owners facing a tax hike. Obama´s proposal would hit about 940,000 people who report business income on their individual or household returns, says the Joint Committee on Taxation, the official scorekeeper for Congress. That´s only 3.5 percent of the people who report business income, but those business owners are projected to earn 53 percent of the $1.3 trillion in business income that will be reported

Obama says he ´won´t
compromise´ on taxes
Associated Press, by Ben Feller    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/10/2012 4:25:55 PM     Post Reply
REDFORD, Mich. — President Barack Obama warned Monday that he "won´t compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the "fiscal cliff." Obama brought his pressure-Congress campaign to the heart of industrial America, ripping lines from his own re-election bid as the nation inched closer to a perilous economic cliff. He said the country couldn´t afford a "manufactured" crisis....



Friends Recall Ex-SEAL
Killed in Libya Attack
Union-Tribune San Diego, by Craig Gustafson    Original Article
Posted By: PLPointer67- 12/10/2012 4:13:06 PM     Post Reply
(San Diego, CA) - Had he survived the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Tyrone “Ty” Woods wouldn’t have written a tell-all book about the experience. He hated the fact that some of his fellow Navy SEALs had become authors. He was a SEAL’s SEAL. He took his secrets to the grave. That’s how friends and fellow car aficionados remembered Woods, 41, of Imperial Beach, as they gathered Sunday morning to raise money for the infant son, Kai, he left behind. The overall fundraising effort since Woods’ death has reached $450,000 (snip) with the hopes of reaching a

Paradise Lost: CA to Provide
Free Cell Phones for Homeless
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2012 4:05:35 PM     Post Reply
In California, the unemployment rate may be above 10.2%, and the state debt may be above $16 billion, the state’s GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isn’t going to stop the gravy train for the state’s poor and dispossessed. The California Public Utilities Commission is all set to greenlight a new program that would give homeless and low-income people free cell phones – call them Obamaphones – with free service. The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with family.

European Union officials accept
Nobel Peace Prize at Oslo ceremony
Los Angeles Times, by Janet Stobart    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2012 3:50:12 PM     Post Reply
London - Hailing the European Union as "the most dramatic example in history that shows that war and conflict can be turned into peace and cooperation," Nobel committee chairman Thorborn Jagland presented the Nobel Peace Prize to top EU officials at a ceremony Monday in Oslo. The award to the 27-nation EU for advancing peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights, was handed to its three leaders, Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council; Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission; and Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.

2 dead, 14 injured in
weekend violence
Chicago Sun-Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 3:22:38 PM     Post Reply
Two people were killed and 14 were wounded in weekend gun violence, including an off-duty Chicago Police officer who was shot during an attempted robbery. The off-duty officer, who is in “stable” condition, was shot three times during an exchange of gunfire with the would-be robber at West 63rd Street and South Nashville Avenue early Monday, police said. Officers were looking for a silver car and three males thought to be connected to the shooting, police said at the scene.



Judge finds NC ‘Choose
Life’ plates unconstitutional
Fox8 News [Greensboro, NC], by Joe Borlick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 3:17:52 PM     Post Reply
RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supporting abortion rights. U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the “Choose Life” plate. Judge Fox concluded, “The State’s offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.”

Gmail suffers international failure
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2012 3:17:33 PM     Post Reply
Gmail, Google’s popular web-based email service, suffered a failure on Monday that left millions of people around the world cut off from their messages. The problems struck just before 5pm GMT and appeared to affect Gmail users everywhere. Google’s apps status dashboard, which tracks the availability of its web services, did not register the outage for half an hour. Consumer and business visitors to Gmail.com were greeted by an error page. The type of error, with the code 502, indicated that proxy servers, which act as a middleman between web browsers and the Gmail servers, were unable

White House Chief of
Staff Valerie Jarrett?
PJ Media, by Sarah McHaney    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2012 3:16:19 PM     Post Reply
Despite an ever-changing White House senior staff, President Obama has had a remarkably stable Cabinet throughout his first term. Only two of the 16 Cabinet seats turned over: the secretaries of Defense and Commerce. However, on average only one or two secretaries stay for the second term of any two-term presidency. Knowing this history and based on secretaries’ statements, in the coming year we can expect new faces around Obama’s table. Although the president nominates individuals to each post, the Senate must confirm each appointment through

UN Hosts Art Depicting
Palestine as All of Israel
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2012 3:14:09 PM     Post Reply
The UN is now hosting in the public entrance hall of its New York headquarters a Palestinian exhibit which includes pieces that artfully depict all of Israel as Palestine. The display goes hand-in-hand with the logo featured at the top of the cover page of the speech that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ delivered to the General Assembly on November 29, 2012. That emblem continues to promote a one state solution, Palestine without Israel. On November 29th the General Assembly granted “Palestine” the status of “non-member observer state” under the pretense that the move brought the world



Group to Endorse Conservatives to
Replace Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2012 3:06:03 PM     Post Reply
Price spokesman Ryan Murphy told Breitbart News he will not challenge Boehner. "Congressman Price is not running for speaker," Murphy said in an email. (Snip) Conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) will endorse three conservative Republicans to replace current House GOP leadership later on Monday, Breitbart News has learned. The group will endorse Republican Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Tom Price of Georgia to replace House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy.

Tim Carney: Jim DeMint was the
libertarian hero of the Senate
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: draggingtree- 12/10/2012 3:04:06 PM     Post Reply
For libertarians, Christian conservative pro-lifer Jim DeMint was the best thing to come through the Senate in decades. DeMint, quitting early to run the conservative Heritage Foundation, embodied an underappreciated fact of life in Washington: The politicians who most consistently defend economic liberty are the cultural conservatives. The National Taxpayers Union gave DeMint a 93 percent rating last year, putting him third out of 100. DeMint scored 100 percent from the Club for Growth, whose sole focus is economic conservatism.
Headline split by staff.

Adams 2016
Townhall, by Mike Adams    Original Article
Posted By: lcl4- 12/10/2012 3:03:09 PM     Post Reply
I´m getting sick and tired of people asking me why I´m running for president in 2016. The answer is that I have to run. The GOP can´t run another big government establishment candidate masquerading as a true conservative. So I´m stepping up to the plate. And I´m going to win, largely because my policies will appeal to young people, libertarians, and Reagan Democrats. But that’s enough of the generalities. Here are the twelve specific changes you can expect when I become your 45th president.
Source corrected by staff.

´Jacintha´s family receiving
less support than DJs
who tricked her´ ... MP
Keith Vaz meets family after
extraordinary attack on hospital
Daily Mail (UK), by Mark Duell, Gerri Peev*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 3:01:18 PM     Post Reply
The distraught family of the nurse found dead after falling victim to a hoax phone call tonight met with Labour MP Keith Vaz in Westminster hours after he accused her employer of failing to support them. Clutching a picture of his dead wife Jacintha, Benedict Barboza, 49, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his two teenage children in his first public appearance since her death last Friday. The 46-year-old nurse had been duped into putting through a phone call at King Edward VII Hospital in central London, which was treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge last week.

Surprise: New insurance
fee in health overhaul law
Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2012 2:56:52 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It´s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama´s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers. "Especially at a time when we are facing


Merck Foundation ends Boy Scout
funding over gay rights stance
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/10/2012 2:55:32 PM     Post Reply
Merck´s charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts´ exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company´s nondiscrimination policy. The foundation says it will reconsider giving money to the Boy Scouts if they change their policy on sexual orientation. Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier was a scout in his youth. He received the "Good Scout" Award from the Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council in June. Records show the foundation gave $30,000 to The Boy Scouts of America in 2011

Bill Clinton: White Americans
Without H.S. Diplomas Are
´Dying of a Broken Heart’
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 2:54:43 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton told a group of pharmacists in Las Vegas on Dec. 3 that white Americans who lack high school diplomas, and who have seen their life expectancy diminish in recent years, are "dying of a broken heart." “They could have said these people are dying of a broken heart,” Clinton told the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. “Because they’re the people that were raised to believe the American Dream would be theirs if they worked hard and their children will have a chance to do better--and their dreams were dashed disproportionally

Morsi Spokesman Tries
to Clarify Military Order
New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2012 2:52:35 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - A day after President Mohamed Morsi formally directed the military to help keep public order and authorized soldiers to arrest civilians, a spokesman on Monday sought to draw distinctions between the order and the forms of martial law that the Egyptian Army had previously imposed. The spokesman, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, said the president had called upon the military for the limited purpose of protecting polling stations during Saturday’s constitutional referendum. He also said the president had instructed the army to refer any civilians arrested by soldiers to a civilian court for trial, instead of military

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