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No Shots Fired: State Dept
Benghazi Security Force Unarmed
Breitbart's Big Peace, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/11/2012 6:01:09 AM     Post Reply
A source with personal knowledge of the security situation in Benghazi told Breitbart News that Senators who listened to closed door testimony about the Benghazi attack were shocked to learn State Department security personnel agents were not immediately armed. Additionally, agents separated from Ambassador Chris Stevens left to retrieve their M4 weapons in a separate building. Only one returned to protect the Ambassador, while the other two hunkered down in the barracks, the source relayed. “From the accounts I read, those guys were not ready. When the attack came that night, they had to

Lance Armstrong investigation
conducted by Justice Department
for contract fraud still ongoing
issue for disgraced cyclist
New York Daily News, by Michael O´Keeffe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 6:00:03 AM     Post Reply
The United States Attorney in Los Angeles may have dropped his investigation of Lance Armstrong earlier this year, but it looks like the Justice Department isn’t done with the disgraced cyclist just yet. A federal judge unsealed documents last week that say the U.S. Postal Service, which paid approximately $40 million to sponsor Armstrong and his team from 1996-2004, is investigating the cyclist for contract fraud. The Postal Service contract specifically banned doping and required the team to take “immediate action” against individuals who used substances banned by cycling’s governing bodies.

The Other Susan Rice File
Wall Street Journal, by Bret Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 5:55:35 AM     Post Reply
The trouble with a newspaper column lies in the word limit. Last week, I wrote about some of Susan Rice´s diplomatic misadventures in Africa during her years in the Clinton administration: Rwanda, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo. But there wasn´t enough space to get to them all. And Sierra Leone deserves a column of its own. On June 8, 1999, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ms. Rice, then the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, delivered testimony on a range of issues, and little Sierra Leone was high on the list.



Worker Liberation in Michigan
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: NancyD- 12/11/2012 5:51:13 AM     Post Reply
The economic policy drift in Washington is antigrowth, but here and there in the states are glimmers of hope and change. The best news of late is in Michigan, which is poised this week to pass a landmark right-to-work law. You can tell this is a big deal based on the fury of Big Labor's reaction. Union activists plan to descend on Lansing Tuesday to protest, including many from out of state. State police will have to be on duty to ensure that legislators can get through what is likely to be a loud and abusive cordon of activists who want to block the vote. This thuggishness is a deliberate

In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered
Immune Cells Beat Leukemia
New York Times, by Denise Grady    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/11/2012 5:48:51 AM     Post Reply
Philipsburg, Pa. - Emma Whitehead has been bounding around the house lately, practicing somersaults and rugby-style tumbles that make her parents wince. It is hard to believe, but last spring Emma, then 6, was near death from leukemia. She had relapsed twice after chemotherapy, and doctors had run out of options. (Snip) The experiment, in April, used a disabled form of the virus that causes AIDS to reprogram Emma’s immune system genetically to kill cancer cells. The treatment very nearly killed her. But she emerged from it cancer-free, and about seven months later is still in complete remission.

Right to Sue
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/11/2012 5:44:58 AM     Post Reply
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will make Michigan one of the largest right-to-work states in the country on Tuesday, but opponents have vowed to fight the legislation. “You can expect the lawsuits. There’s nothing to prevent the unions from filing suit, so they’re going to do it,” said Patrick Wright, a senior legal scholar at the conservative Mackinac Public Policy Center. Snyder urged labor groups on Sunday to “move forward … and get something done so we can move on to other important issues in our state.” The state’s powerful union shops responded by continuing protests that began last week.

Explosives Co. Faced
Scrutiny Before La Evacuation
Associated Press, by Holbrook Mohr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 5:38:45 AM     Post Reply
The explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town has come under scrutiny for explosions and its handling of dangerous materials before, and it was so far behind on its rent that the Louisiana National Guard refused to lease it more space. Explo Systems Inc. was cited for safety violations by the federal government in 2007 for its use of old Army explosives in mining operations in West Virginia, where a blast with "outdated deteriorated military ordnance" injured one worker and exposed others to toxins. And the company had fallen hundreds of thousands of dollar behind



The War on (Married) Women
Weekly Standard, by Ashley E. McGuire    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 5:29:52 AM     Post Reply
As our lawmakers?—?newly reminded of the power of female voters?—?huddle to strategize about the “fiscal cliff,” they have an opportunity to address a real threat to female prosperity: a tax code that is disproportionately burdensome to married women, especially working moms. Although some states have adjusted their tax rates to correct for this, and Congress has adjusted the penalty for certain tax levels, it is still true that when couples come together “for richer, for poorer,” the IRS has no problem making working women poorer. Here’s how the marriage penalty works:

At least 12 Cowboys were
reported at Dallas private club
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Domingo Ramirez Jr.*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/11/2012 5:28:56 AM     Post Reply
At least 12 Dallas Cowboys players were at a private club Friday night in the hours before one of them was fatally injured in a wreck and another went to jail, according to a Twitter account registered to a promoter for the trendy club. "I have 12 Cowboys in theeee building!!!!!!!!!!Privae,´´ a promoter/event coordinator for Privae Dallas tweeted late Friday. Early Saturday, Jerry Brown Jr., 25, a linebacker on the Cowboys´ practice squad, was fatally injured when a car driven by his roommate, defensive lineman Josh Brent, 24, crashed on a Texas 114 service road in Irving.

Ripples from the Election
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 5:24:30 AM     Post Reply
Now that the election is over, we are starting to see the contours of what lies ahead for the next four years. Here are some likely consequences from the Obama victory. 1. Barack Obama is not very interested in tax reform, deficit reduction, or curbing annual spending. He believes in big government, and the bigger the better. His tenure is not so much a repudiation of Reaganism as it is of Clintonism, and the whole notion of keeping the annual growth of federal spending at or below 2 percent, balancing the budget, and declaring the era of big government over.

The devil´s no diplomat!
New York Post, by Jane Ridley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/11/2012 5:20:52 AM     Post Reply
Visiting then-First Lady Hillary Clinton at 1600 Pennyslvania Ave. in the 1990s, Anna Wintour couldn’t help herself. She stuffed a pile of White House letterhead notepaper and envelopes into her Prada handbag, and gave the distinctive stationery to her family as “been there, done that” souvenirs. It’s the sort of prank you might expect from social-climbing desperate housewife Jill Kelley on a private West Wing tour, not the fashion veteran who is rumored to be on President Obama’s shortlist for US ambassador to the UK, or possibly France.“It kind of underscores her political knowledge or lack thereof,”



Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With
Maid: How the Case Changed France
Daily Beast, by Christopher Dickey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 5:15:11 AM     Post Reply
In 10 minutes or less, an African immigrant chambermaid changed the history of the world. Not through design or desire, as she tells the story, but by first consenting out of fear, then refusing out of pride to be the sexual victim of one of the planet’s most powerful men.And while the details of the settlement inked in a Bronx court Monday remain sealed (earlier reports in the French press that $6 million was involved have been roundly denied), the explosive impact of the complaint for sexual assault lodged on May 14 last year

‘We Knew Exactly Who
We Had to Go Get’
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 5:05:37 AM     Post Reply
I’ve been getting a lot of fascinating correspondence about the presidential election, much of it dealing with the technology used by the Obama campaign. It documents a remarkable degree of precision that the Obama foot soldiers and cyberwarriors brought to bear on the American electorate, right down to identifying potential voters who might, if approached in the proper way, go to a voting booth and support their candidate. (Snip)“We knew exactly who we had to go get.” Instead of an American political manager, put those words in the mouth of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,

Obama Moves "Red Line" On
Syria´s Chemical Weapons
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/11/2012 5:00:31 AM     Post Reply
Mideast: The chemical weapons that Syria is preparing to use may have come from a stockpile that Iraq used against its own people and which the Russians helped transport to Syria before Operation Iraqi Freedom. Syria´s chemical weapons are on the move, their precursor chemicals having been mixed, a crossing of a line drawn by President Obama Aug. 20 when he said "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized." So our resolute president decides to draw another line

in Secret Negotiations
Hot Air, by Mike Antonucci    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 4:58:58 AM     Post Reply
The National Education Association is working more closely than ever before with its counterparts in organized labor. NEA, SEIU and AFSCME teamed up to fund a series of ads targeting key lawmakers in the fiscal cliff negotiations and they are the driving force behind today’s “day of action” rallies in a number of cities. While three of the largest public employee unions in the nation are cooperating on external communications and operations, they are also crafting an internal agreement that would establish a détente over competition for members. A group of high-level NEA officials met



The GOP´s immigration jam
Politico, by Jim VandeHei & Mike Allen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 4:53:49 AM     Post Reply
Think Republicans feel in a jam about raising taxes? Wait until President Barack Obama springs comprehensive immigration reform on them early next year. With Obama making plain his plans to push immigration soon, leading establishment Republicans — fresh off Mitt Romney getting his clocked cleaned by 44 percentage points among Hispanics last month — insist they are now very much open to a comprehensive package, including eventual citizenship for illegal immigrants. But while top Republicans think they need to make a big move on the issue and actually want a bipartisan deal with Obama,

The Region: Israel’s only alternative
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Barry Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 4:47:36 AM     Post Reply
The Palestinian leadership, abetted by many Western governments, has now torn up every agreement it made with Israel. Once the efforts of two decades of negotiations – including irrevocable Israeli compromises in giving the Palestinian Authority control over territory, its own armed forces, dismantling settlements and permitting billions of dollars of foreign aid to the Palestinians – were destroyed, the world decided to focus the blame on Israel for approving the construction of 3,000 apartments. In 1993, Israel signed an agreement with the PLO to make peace in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The War on Christmas Is Over
Newsweek, by David Sessions    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2012 4:43:13 AM     Post Reply
Jon Stewart recently introduced his annual skewering of the “war on Christmas” with a montage of Fox News personalities breathlessly reporting the latest outrages against the holiday’s religious origins. “Let’s face facts,” Stewart said. “The annual Fox ‘war on Christmas’ has become a little predictable.” For several years now, there have been signs the war on Christmas is running out of ammunition. Google Trends shows a peak in news articles mentioning the Christmas clashes in 2005, after which they slowed to a small annual blip. In 2007 the Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register remarked

The Royal Presidency - Thread Closed
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: rubi03- 12/10/2012 11:59:27 PM     Post Reply
From the New York Daily News: “Snooki Gives Kate Middleton Advice on Being a New Parent.” Great! Maybe Kate could return the favor and give Snooki and her fellow Americans some advice. About fiscal prudence, for example. Say what you like about a high-living, big-spending, bloated, decadent, parasitical, wastrel monarchy, but, compared to the citizen-executive of a republic of limited government, it’s a bargain. So, while the lovely Duchess of Cambridge nurses her baby bump, the equally radiant president of the United States nurses his ever more swollen debt belly.

What If Conservatives Have
Lost the Argument?
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2012 11:09:03 PM     Post Reply
The debate over the “fiscal cliff” is an important tactical one and could have widespread political ramifications. There are complicated issues to consider. Should the Republicans give in to Mr. Obama’s demand that we raise the top tax rates? If so, what should they demand in return? If they don’t get it, is it more prudent to retreat in order to fight another day on more advantageous ground for the GOP? Or should Republicans be willing to go cliff diving with the president, confident that in the end Obama will own any future recession? Whatever the answer


Despite turmoil, major lending
effort aims to boost Egypt,
Arab neighbors
Washington Post, by Howard Schneider    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2012 10:48:24 PM     Post Reply
The United States and a coalition of international lenders are pushing ahead with billions of dollars in loans and other help for Egypt and neighboring states despite the region’s sometimes violent political turmoil, in hopes of heading off a destabilizing economic collapse. The risks involved in the effort have been on sharp display in Egypt in the clashes between protesters and forces loyal to President Mohamed Morsi, whose Islamist government must be trusted by the United States, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and others to deliver on commitments made in return for

In ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ she’s
the hero; in real life, CIA
agent’s career is more complicated
Washington Post, by Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2012 10:43:26 PM     Post Reply
She was a real-life heroine of the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden, a headstrong young operative whose work tracking the al-Qaeda leader serves as the dramatic core of a Hollywood film set to premiere next week. Her CIA career has followed a more problematic script, however, since bin Laden was killed. The operative, who remains undercover, was passed over for a promotion that many in the CIA thought would be impossible to withhold from someone who played such a key role in one of the most successful operations in agency history. She has sparred with CIA colleagues

Report: Taliban plan to
move in as U.S. withdraws
Washington Times, by Kristina Wong    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2012 10:40:51 PM     Post Reply
A Pentagon report on Afghanistan says enemy attacks have increased slightly since last year and the Taliban will try to reclaim lost territory as coalition forces withdraw combat troops by the end of 2014. However, coalition and Afghan forces have made measured progress toward strategic goals, according to the report, released Monday. Taliban combat abilities have declined from their peak in 2010, but the militants remain “resilient and determined,” the report states, and they will seek to regain ground and influence by relying on high-profile attacks, intimidation, assassinations and roadside bombs.

U Cal.´s New Logo: A Sign of the Times
FrontPage Magazine, by Bruce Bawer    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 12/10/2012 10:37:54 PM     Post Reply
So now comes the news that the University of California system has replaced its traditional seal, dating back to 1868, and featuring an open book, a star, and the words “Let there be light,” with a wonderfully horrible new logo that looks like a parody of every misguidedly minimalistic corporate symbol to come down the pike in the last few decades. Remember (are you old enough?) the three-year period in the late 1970s during which NBC, with great fanfare, introduced a new corporate logo – a letter “N” consisting, quite simply, in the words of Wikipedia, “of two trapezoids, one red,

Ministers accused of ´sham´
consultation over gay marriage
Telegraph [UK], by John Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Montesquieu- 12/10/2012 10:34:43 PM     Post Reply
MPs will be told that the biggest official “listening exercise” ever undertaken on a government proposal found that a narrow majority support the highly contentious move. This result is based on the responses of around 228,000 people who took part in the consultation earlier this year, the vast majority of whom submitted anonymous online forms to the Government. Yet petitions organised by campaigners, in which more than 500,000 people opposed plans to redefine marriage to include gay couples and around 64,000 supported them, have been ignored by ministers.

Boehner faces ouster
threats within GOP
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2012 10:24:36 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John A. Boehner is facing increasing pressure as several rebellious Republicans hinted that they won’t vote to re-elect him to run the chamber, and a conservative interest group announced a bid to recruit someone else to run against him for the speakership. Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, is not in any danger yet — the rebellion shows no signs of reaching beyond a small group of dissatisfied lawmakers — but it could complicate his efforts to strike a deal with President Obama to head off the looming “fiscal cliff” that will send tax rates soaring

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