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At News Conference, Reporters Skip Past
Gun Control and Face Instant Criticism
New York Times, by Ben Sisario    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 8:25:28 AM     Post Reply
The harshest judges of those in news media are often others in the news media, and, with the benefit of Twitter, that intrajournalistic watchdog role can be performed simultaneously with the journalism being criticized. Case in point was the White House news conference on Wednesday afternoon, when President Obama made a forceful announcement in response to the massacre of children last week in Newtown, Conn. He said he was directing Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to lead an effort “to come up with a set of concrete proposals”

Where’s Obama in the
Benghazi Report?
National Journal, by Michael Hirsch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 7:53:28 AM     Post Reply
And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department’s security chief and two other officials resigned. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen—detailed a broad failure

The disappearing independent
Politico, by Lois Romano    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 7:24:19 AM     Post Reply
As Republicans sift through the wreckage of the presidential election and Democrats brace for the 2014 midterms, there is one clear point of agreement between them: Independent voters no longer decide elections. In 2012, Mitt Romney became the first presidential candidate in recent history to decisively win the independent vote — yet just as decisively lose the election. Pollsters and campaign strategists — particularly Republicans — are scrambling to understand what happened — and more important, what it means for future campaign strategies. Romney trounced Barack Obama with independents in five of the eight battleground states that Obama won,

  


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Farmers watch fiscal
cliff crisis closely
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Tom Infield    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 7:17:29 AM     Post Reply
Among the many Americans concerned about the fiscal-cliff negotiations in Washington are farmers, who have a particular stake. Their worry: inheritance taxes. If Congress doesn´t act, the threshold for an estate to become subject to federal taxation would fall from $5 million to a little over $1 million on Jan 1. And the tax rate on value above $1 million would jump from 35 percent to as much as 55 percent. Small-business owners and well-to-do seniors could also be hit by a return to pre-2001 tax rates. But farmers say they are especially vulnerable because of the large investments

Boston University student
and ´cellist nerd´ beats
88 rivals to become first
American crowned as
Miss Universe in 15 years
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 7:10:34 AM     Post Reply
A 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and a self-described ´cellist-nerd´ brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest on Wednesday. Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola during the two-hour competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Culpo wore a tight navy blue mini-dress with a sequined bodice as she walked on stage for the competition´s opening number.

Examiner, readers notch capture
of 50th ´Most Wanted´ fugitive
Washington Examiner, by Scott McCabe    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/20/2012 7:08:11 AM     Post Reply
The popular “Most Wanted” feature in The Washington Examiner reached a milestone this week when readers helped U.S. Marshals nab the 50th fugitive profiled in the newspaper. The weekly feature, which first ran in July 2008, was inspired by the FBI´s "most wanted" posters that appear in post offices. Editors weren´t sure the idea would work. They knew stories about the D.C. area´s most dangerous fugitives would make for lively reading. But would they actually lead to arrests The answer came quickly. Within weeks, tips from readers resulted in three captures, including one violent offender who vowed not

Lawmakers insisting on justice for
Benghazi attack on consulate
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/20/2012 7:06:21 AM     Post Reply
Key Republican lawmakers on Wednesday embraced the findings of the State Department’s internal inquiry into the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, even though its long-awaited report stopped short of probing questions of an Obama administration cover-up in the attack’s aftermath. The report by the Accountability Review Board noted that senior State Department officials ignored intelligence and security warnings that might have prevented the fatal onslaught on the diplomatic mission and prompted the removal of four department officials Wednesday.

  


  

NRA sees rise in membership
after Connecticut school shooting
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 6:50:12 AM     Post Reply
The National Rifle Association, while staying mostly quiet in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut, has registered an average of 8,000 new members a day since the tragedy, an NRA source told Fox News. While this broadly aligns with trends seen after similar incidents in the past, the surge in membership this time is said to dwarf past trends. The source, based on his access to an internal memo prepared by the organization’s membership division, said both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in this period.

On Christmas, Einstein And Atheists
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/20/2012 6:48:40 AM     Post Reply
It´s that time of year when secularists and atheists join forces to eradicate all signs of Christmas from the Christmas season. Thus Christmas trees become "holiday" trees and timid Christians swallow the attacks on their faith and their intelligence. It´s become second nature for secularists like Bill Maher to mock Christians as fools for believing in intelligent design and something as ridiculous as the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection. Many atheists claim that Albert Einstein, reputed to be by some the smartest man ever, was an atheist and the recent sale of his ´God´ letter in which

Discounts abound as stores
try to salvage season
Associated Press, by Anne D´Innocenzio    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/20/2012 6:43:54 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK--When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never.[Snip]But during the final weekend before Christmas, shoppers should expect to see more “70 percent off” and “buy one, get one free” signs as stores try to salvage a season that so far has been disappointing. Teen retailer Aeropostale has slashed prices on everything in its stores by 60 percent. Rival teen chain American Eagle Outfitters is offering 40 percent off all purchases. Saks Fifth Avenue is cutting prices on some designer clothing up to 60 percent, and Children’s Place, a children’s clothing chain, is offering up

´My daughters think Gangnam
Style is cheesy´: How the President
does infamous dance around the
White House JUST to embarrass
daughters Malia and Sasha
Daily Mail (UK), by Tamara Abraham    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/20/2012 6:43:38 AM     Post Reply
The President has admitted that he loves the PSY track Gangnam Style, much to his two daughters´ embarrassment. In an interview with People, Barack Obama says he does the South Korean rapper´s infamous dance at home in the White House, with the sole purpose of winding up Malia, 14 and Sasha, 11. He tells the new issue of the magazine: ´They´re cooler than I am. There are things I like that they think are cheesy, like Gangnam Style. I love that.´ Even his wife admits it is ´a little embarrassing´ when he attempts to do the routine

  


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The Assault Weapon Ban Would
Have Never Passed If
It Wasn´t For Ronald Reagan
BuzzFeed, by Andrew Kaczynski    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/20/2012 6:28:18 AM     Post Reply
In 1994, former President Ronald Reagan´s health was still good enough for him to, occasionally, participate in politics, and his agenda that year was clear: Helping President Bill Clinton pass the Assault Weapons Ban. Reagan had been an ardent supporter of stricter gun laws after his presidency for intensely personal reasons, as he wrote in a 1991 op-ed in the New York Times entitled "Why I´m for the Brady Bill." "´Anniversary´ is a word we usually associate with happy events that we like to remember: birthdays, weddings, the first job.

Hillary Takes a Fall
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell,Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/20/2012 6:15:16 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Think back. Have we not experienced all this before, say in the 1990s? Ever since October we have known that the defense measures at our Benghazi diplomatic installation were inadequate. There was the controversy over whether or not the assault on our diplomatic compound was caused by a peaceful demonstration that went haywire. It turned out there was no peaceful demonstration, contrary to the State Department’s early account. But that was lost in the next controversy. That was the controversy about whether there was sufficient security at the installation. Officials from State appeared before Congress.

‘Forward’ to the Past?
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 6:12:59 AM     Post Reply
The political slogan “Forward” served Barack Obama well during this year’s election campaign. It said that he was for going forward, while Republicans were for “going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place.” It was great political rhetoric and great political theater. Moreover, the Republicans did virtually nothing to challenge its shaky assumptions with a few hard facts that could have made those assumptions collapse like a house of cards. More is involved than this year’s political battles.

Eagle snatch WAS a hoax: Uni
professor reveals how his stu-
dents fooled the world with CGI
footage of child being grabbed
as he played in the park
Daily Mail [UK], by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/20/2012 5:52:49 AM     Post Reply
A blogger has claimed that the Youtube video showing an eagle ´swooping in´ on a toddler and trying to fly off with him is a hoax. The viral video is the work of some creative students at the Montreal-based Centre NAD. A blog post owned up to the fact that the video was the work of pupils studying the school´s 3D Animation and Digital Design program. In the video, a massive golden eagle circles a park before swooping down and appearing to grab a toddler with its claws and trying to fly off with him.

  


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Boehner Plays a Weak Hand Well
Wall Street Journal, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 5:51:38 AM     Post Reply
Since the election, House Speaker John Boehner has emerged as that Washington rarity, the adult in charge. To keep the country from plunging over the fiscal cliff, he has dealt with a president uninterested in compromise while leading a GOP House caucus understandably reluctant to concede much to that president. Mr. Boehner has denied President Obama the easy target he thought he had in the postelection GOP. The speaker has undercut the White House´s strategy of attacking congressional Republicans as do-nothing troglodytes and kept his party unified in a situation with no easy or obvious answers. Demanding that Mr. Obama extend

Will Benghazi Haunt Hillary in 2016?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 5:45:26 AM     Post Reply
The three State Department officials who resigned today in the wake of the release of a scathing report on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya will probably be the only ones held accountable for that disaster. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is conveniently laid up due to a concussion and won’t testify before a congressional committee on the issue, just as she avoided being called to account in the aftermath of the murders even though she issued a statement saying she took “full responsibility” for what happened.

Policeman who´s really on the BEAT!
Dancing traffic cop of Rhode Island
keeps traffic moving (and grooving)
Daily Mail [UK], by Matt Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/20/2012 5:42:47 AM     Post Reply
For traffic policeman Tony Lepore, going on the beat is more than just a job... he takes the term quite literally. The twinkle-toed officer has become a crossroad sensation in Providence, Rhode Island, after turning his daily car management duties into a highly-choreographed dance routine. He spins on his heels, drops to his knees, falls back on his hands and springs back upright, all while blowing his whistle rhythmically as he points his white-gloved fingers frantically from side to side. Mr Lepore has been entertaining motorists since 1984 when he came up with the moves to alleviate boredom after he

Laura Ingraham replaced
by Fox´s younger Tantaros
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 5:41:18 AM     Post Reply
Laura Ingraham´s former radio show on Talk Radio Network Entertainment is going on a youth kick, today announcing that Fox News Channel´s Andrea Tantaros will get the 9 a.m-noon slot. She will be joined by Jason Mattera, the youngest editor ever of conservative Human Events. The "Andrea Tantaros Show with Jason Mattera" will begin January 2, the same day Ingraham will start her new show with Courtside Entertainment Group which also produces Bill O´Reilly´s "Talking Points."

The Psychological Secrets
Behind Nacho Cheese Doritos
Business Insider, by Kim Bhasin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 5:33:25 AM     Post Reply
In 1966, Frito-Lay launched the first tortilla chip brand nationwide. Back then, the salty snack market was dominated by potato chips and pretzels. Now, Doritos are everywhere, led by Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Spicy Nacho, and Salsa Verde flavors. And this year marks the 40th anniversary of Nacho Cheese Doritos, which has become the most popular flavor of them all. We spoke with Frito-Lay marketing VP Ram Krishnan about the evolution of Doritos and how the chips became so hugely successful.

  



Expect Three to Five Special
Elections in the Coming Months
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/20/2012 5:24:45 AM     Post Reply
I periodically joke that there is no off-season in the world of political campaigns. We are likely to see at least four, and perhaps more, special elections in the coming months: Illinois 2nd Congressional District, where Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned. A primary will be held February 26 (at this point, no Republicans are running, but eight Democrats have filed papers) and the special general election will be held April 9. Missouri 8th Congressional District, where Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced she would resign in February. The date for this special election

Conservative Blue
City Journal [NYC, NY], by Christian Schneider    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/20/2012 5:18:06 AM     Post Reply
After November 6, the amount of blue on the presidential electoral map made it appear as if the entire Midwest had been swallowed by the Great Lakes. Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota all went for Barack Obama. Most weren’t close. One might think, then, that the American Midwest is hopelessly lost to the forces of big government. Yet within many of these states, something else is happening: conservatives are enacting some of the boldest reforms in the country, to broad public approval. The latest example comes from Michigan, where Republican governor Rick Snyder signed into law two “right-to-work” bills,

Behind the smears
New York Post, by Walter Olson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 5:15:06 AM     Post Reply
Here’s something you may not know about the 1987 battle that kept Robert Bork off the Supreme Court: Opponents pursued a whispering campaign against him on the grounds that he wasn’t enough of a religious believer. Back then, many Democrats still held seats in the rural South, and the religion angle gave them an easier way to explain their stance to constituents than, We’ve been asked to oppose him as a party-line matter. Thus Rep. John Bryant (D-Texas) warned that Bork was “an agnostic who is not a member of any church.”

North Korea EMP attack
could destroy U.S. — now
Washington Times, by Peter Vincent Pry    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 12/20/2012 5:13:26 AM     Post Reply
North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the United States, as demonstrated by their successful launch and orbiting of a satellite on Dec. 12. Certain poorly informed pundits among the chattering classes reassure us that North Korea is still years away from being able to miniaturize warheads for missile delivery, and from developing sufficiently accurate missiles to pose a serious nuclear threat to the United States.
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