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AP: 3 resign after
Benghazi report
WMUR-TV (Manchester, NH), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2012 11:58:56 AM     Post Reply
An official says a State Department security chief and two others have resigned after the report on the Benghazi attack, The Associated Press reported. Vivid new details of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were released Tuesday night by a federal committee trying to come to grips with the violence that led to the first murder of a U.S. ambassador since 1988 and the deaths of three other Americans. The report spoke of grossly inadequate security, an issue that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens had complained about well before Sept. 11.

Former House speaker Lujan dies
(UPDATED with statement
from Bill Richardson)
Associated Press, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 12/19/2012 11:42:18 AM     Post Reply
Ben Lujan, the speaker of New Mexico´s House of Representative and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, has died. A spokesman for the congressman, Andrew Stoddard, confirmed in a statement early Wednesday that the elder Lujan had succumbed to lung cancer late Tuesday night. The Santa Fe Democrat spent nearly 40 years in the chamber before he announced on the first day of the session this year that he would not seek re-election.

Christmastime is tamale
time across the USA
Reuters, by Jim Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 11:30:47 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO -- Christmastime is tamale time in South Texas, and Valerie Gonzalez is in the middle of another busy day at Delicious Tamales, the business she has owned for 30 years on San Antonio´s largely Latino west side. Moving quickly between answering the phone and greeting customers in English and in Spanish, she says that December is her busiest month when it comes to the steamed Mexican delicacy that is a holiday tradition among Hispanic families. Customer Jesse Villanueva, 54, of San Antonio, came to buy some for his family.



Sandy Hook shooting: What happened?
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pinkpanther- 12/19/2012 11:01:45 AM     Post Reply
Twenty-six people -- 20 students and six adults -- were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14. Details continue to emerge about what precisely happened. Below is a timeline of events that compiles the latest reporting. At some point before he went to the school, investigators believe Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother, Nancy Lanza. He grabbed three guns from the house -- a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle made by Bushmaster and pistols made by Glock and Sig Sauer -- and went to the elementary school wearing black

Panetta orders global probe
of military day care centers
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: CEP- 12/19/2012 10:16:44 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered a worldwide review Tuesday of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered problems with security background checks of workers at a Washington-area center. Shortly after the Army said it was launching an investigation of hiring practices at its 283 day care centers worldwide, Panetta´s press secretary, George Little, issued a statement saying Panetta supports the review. Little said Panetta has directed each of the military services to conduct similar reviews. The actions stem from the Sept. 26 arrests of two Army employees
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Obama swearing-in to be more
low-key affair than 2009 ceremony
The Hill [Washington DC], by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 10:04:10 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s January swearing-in will be a much more low-key affair than his 2009 ceremony. This time, there will only be three days of festivities instead of the four days of parties held for his first inauguration.And officials expect that the 2013 crowd will be smaller than its 2009 counterpart, Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz said at a briefing last week. There will also be fewer inaugural balls, according to The Associated Press, although the list of formal celebrations has yet to be released. Gone, too, is the star-studded concert on the National Mall,

Why Are Some People
Prone to Obey?
American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2012 9:53:49 AM     Post Reply
Despite mounting evidence indicating that the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, will, in fact, harm seniors; that the "stimulus" has been "nothing more than a political slush fund"; and that the myriad of regulations by Obama has stymied the economy, many Americans still persist in defending these actions. The denial of high unemployment, burgeoning tax rates to begin in a few weeks, and the general decline of the United States is breathtaking.(snip)What makes people act this way?



Exclusive: Revealed, the
family secret that haunted
the tragic mother of Sandy
Hook shooter, her plans to
find a new home for her
troubled son - and how she
feared ´her time was running out´
Daily Mail (UK), by Jonathan Wynne-jones & Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 9:53:28 AM     Post Reply
The mother of the Newtown shooter spent her last months alive criss-crossing the globe in a desperate search for a new home as she knew that ‘time was running out’, MailOnline can reveal today. Nancy Lanza´s sister-in-law Marsha revealed that she had traveled to nine cities in three countries because she wanted out of the mansion she shared with her troubled son Adam - and could have known the end was coming. It is thought that Nancy - who was suffering from multiple sclerosis - wanted to downsize and find a place for him to go to college as she

Pictured: Astonishing arsenal
of guns collected by cops
in buyback program in
America´s deadliest city
Associated Press/Daily Mail (UK), by Staff & James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 9:46:34 AM     Post Reply
Deeply affected by the massacre at Sandy Hook, gun owners in Camden, New Jersey, America´s deadliest town, turned in a record number of weapons in a buy back scheme over the weekend. 1,137 firearms including an elephant-gun were handed in on Friday and Saturday at two churches in the crime-plagued town as the ramifications of the mass child killings in Connecticut seemed to inspire residents to give up their arms. ´We heard that there were a number of gun owners on Saturday who had publicly said, in light of the situation that had just occurred in Connecticut,

Obama to task Biden to tackle
gun violence after Newtown shootings
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: CEP- 12/19/2012 9:44:49 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Obama is tasking Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime gun control advocate, with spearheading the effort. In remarks from the White House on Wednesday, Obama will outline a process for pursuing policy changes following the school shooting, though he is not expected to call for specific measures.
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Obama to offer first steps
toward shooting response
Chicago Tribune, by Christi Parsons    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 9:42:30 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will give the first glimpse of his policy response to mass shootings in an appearance Wednesday morning in which he´ll name Vice President Joe Biden to lead the effort, according to the White House. Obama is not expected to announce specific policies in the appearance before reporters in the West Wing briefing room, but rather to lay out the process by which his administration will proceed, according to an aide. The event comes five days after the shooting that killed children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.



Cooling Down the Fears
of Climate Change
Wall Street Journal, by Matt Ridley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 9:39:28 AM     Post Reply
Forget the Doha climate jamboree that ended earlier this month. The theological discussions in Qatar of the arcana of climate treaties are irrelevant. By far the most important debate about climate change is taking place among scientists, on the issue of climate sensitivity: How much warming will a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide actually produce? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has to pronounce its answer to this question in its Fifth Assessment Report next year. The general public is not privy to the IPCC debate. But I have been speaking to somebody who understands the issues: Nic Lewis.

Chinese State Media Demands
US Citizens Be Disarmed
Breitbart Big Peace, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 9:39:23 AM     Post Reply
The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled “Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,” is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children. The Chinese government stated, “Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.” In an apparent effort to restrict information to their populace,

Robert Bork, 1927-2012
Commentary, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 9:30:28 AM     Post Reply
Robert Bork died today at the age of 85, having had the distinction of becoming one of the most famous figures in the realm of public policy of the 20th century in part because of the unprecedented effort to destroy his reputation following his nomination for a seat on the Supreme Court in 1987. Bob’s sin was believing that the job of a constitutional jurist was to analyze constitutional cases in light of the specific language of the Constitution

South Carolina’s Scott
begins 2014 fundraising,
presumably for Senate
CNN, by Gregory Wallace & Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/19/2012 9:25:11 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina began fundraising for his 2014 efforts - presumably seeking cash for his campaign to return to the U.S. Senate. It´s an office he hasn´t even taken yet.(Snip)Haley had said her pick would not be a "placeholder" who would not seek election to a full term in 2014, and Scott indicated he was looking forward to the bid. In exchange for a donation, his campaign is offering "a limited edition ´Tim Scott- 2014´ bumper sticker." Although the campaign e-mail reads "Paid for by Tim Scott for Congress," Federal Election Commission rules allow transferring funds



The Benghazi Report: How smoothly
Washington washes away its scandals
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/19/2012 9:17:22 AM     Post Reply
You´ll be able to hear and read today about the State Department report on the Benghazi consulate sacking and killings. But no matter how much you listen or read, you´ll only be getting part of the story. Here´s why: The report from the Accountability Review Board is only one tiny piece of a vast bureaucratic ballet that´s evolved in Washington over decades to handle hot issues, even deadly ones like Benghazi, with minimal damage to the politicians and bureaucrats in power at the time. It´s an amazingly sophisticated and bipartisan procedure that looks sound to naive eyes.

Obama’s HHS Gets a
Slapdown in Federal Court
National Review Online, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2012 9:05:53 AM     Post Reply
A federal D.C. district court ruled late Tuesday, just a few days after arguments, that not only can Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey stay in court, but what the Obama administration has said about fixing the religious-freedom problem they and other religiously affiliated non-profits have with the HHS abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate must become real policy, and that the Department of Health and Human Services must report to the D.C. court every 60 days until they fix the problem. This is a huge step toward some restoration of religious liberty as we’ve known it.

Lindisfarne To Sandy Hook:
The Tragedy of Wishful Thinking
American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2012 9:05:38 AM     Post Reply
I pull up in front of our town´s little savings bank branch, drop out of the door and when my boots hit the pavement reach under my shirt and the remove the Smith & Wesson Model 28 .357 which I then put under the seat before locking the truck. "What are you doing Grandpa?" my granddaughter asks walking around from the other door. "Here´s a word of advice cupcake. It´s never a good idea to walk into a bank with a gun."

Judge Bork Has Died
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2012 9:01:32 AM     Post Reply
Robert H. Bork passed away early this morning in Virginia. He died of heart complications. He was 84. I was privileged to know him, as were many of our NR circle. He was, simply, a great jurist and an exceptional man. Our hearts go out to Mary Ellen and to their family.

Conservatives Rationalize as
America Circles the Drain
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2012 9:00:58 AM     Post Reply
It´s often hard to accept the truth, especially when that truth is scary -- when reality seems to offer you no solutions, only poison from which to pick. (snip)Conservatives have always responded to seemingly inevitable political changes by, slowly but surely, compromising their way to tyranny. But rationalization is a huge factor, and what is the scary truth here that conservatives dare not contemplate? They are losing the culture. Little by little. Every day. And as the culture goes, so go political


New York Times Calls Only
African-American In The U.S.
Senate A ‘Token’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 8:58:44 AM     Post Reply
You have got to hand it to the New York Times’ editors – they’ve got moxy. A Times opinion piece on Tuesday introducing their readers to the newest Senator from the Palmetto State, former Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), speaks about him – and those with who share his political affiliation and skin color – in the terms you would describe a curious science project. In “The Puzzle of Black Republicans,” the Times summons all the subtlety of the Kool-Aid Man as they smash through the perception that the “paper of record” maintains a single shred of neutrality

New York Times Needs More
Subscription Dollars, Please
New York Magazine, by Joe Coscarelli    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 12/19/2012 8:53:06 AM     Post Reply
With no end in sight for the decline of ad revenue at the New York Times, money from paying customers is more important than ever. As a result, loyal readers were alerted in letters over the weekend that they will see their second subscription rate increase in two years come January, with a one-year deal now running $660 in the greater New York City region and $837 around the country. "Effective January 7, 2013, we are raising home delivery prices on average by 5 percent," said Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy, while local weekend subscription

Person of the Year: Barack
Obama, Architect of the
New America
Time Magazine, by Michael Scherer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2012 8:51:44 AM     Post Reply
Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States. The networks called Ohio earlier than predicted, so his aides had to hightail it down the hall to join his family and friends. They encountered a room of high fives and fist pumps, hugs and relief.

Cole: Benghazi Report ‘A Very
Damning Indictment of State
Department Performance
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 8:36:08 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Tom Cole (R., Okla.) called the independent review of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya “a very damning indictment of State Department performance” Wednesday on CNN. “Obviously that’s an administration responsibility,” Cole said. “Look, we lost four great Americans here. We had adequate warning. We clearly didn’t do anything to respond to the warning. I don’t think we did a good job, you know, during the incident itself, and I think we’ve been less than honest up

Kagan on the Second
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/19/2012 8:30:41 AM     Post Reply
There have been so many irresponsible statements by those seeking to exploit the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, that it’s hard to keep up with them, but for the combination of arrogance and inaccuracy one can’t beat the editorial the New York Times ran out this week under the headline “Personal Guns and the Second Amendment.” That’s the one in which the Times declared: “The text of the Second Amendment creates no right to private possession of guns, but Justice Antonin Scalia found one in legal history for himself and the other four conservatives.”

Benghazi report could tarnish
Clinton’s legacy
The Hill, by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 8:15:43 AM     Post Reply
The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton´s State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation´s most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America´s image abroad following President George W. Bush´s tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling security, even if it does not single anyone out for disciplinary action.

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