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Newspaper Publishes Gun
Owners’ Names and Addresses
ABC News, by Colleen Curry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 5:53:10 PM     Post Reply
A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers

India signs $4-bn
defence deals with Russia
Indian Express [New Delhi, India], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 5:48:40 PM     Post Reply
India and Russia sewed up defence deals worth around $4 billion on Monday as Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi for a brief visit. The first contract signed was for delivery of 71 Mi-17V 5 helicopters, while another dealt with delivery of 42 technological kits for SU-30 MKI aircraft licenced production. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Russia a key partner in India’s efforts to enhance its defence preparedness. “A number of joint-design, development and production projects are underway. We expressed satisfaction that these projects are progressing well,” Singh

Isikoff: I Had ´Certain
Homicidal Tendencies´ After
Drudge Scooped the Lewinsky Story
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 5:47:59 PM     Post Reply
In Newsweek´s final print edition, Michael Isikoff writes about when the magazine decided to hold the story of Bill Clinton´s affair with Monica Lewinsky. "The decision was final: Newsweek would hold the story," Isikoff writes, saying that "the brass wanted more work" done on the story before going to print with it. A few days later, the story of the decade would be broken by the Drudge Report. "It didn’t take long, of course, for it to explode," writes the former Newsweek writer. "Early Sunday morning, Internet scribe Matt Drudge popped his screaming ´World Exclusive´:

  


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Interview: Opposition leader says
constitution illegitimate, vows
liberal parliament win
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 5:26:57 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - One of Egypt´s leading opposition figures pledges continued resistance to his country´s constitution even if it is declared to have passed, contending that the process was fundamentally illegitimate. Unofficial tallies say nearly two-thirds voted in favor of the Muslim-friendly constitution, but turnout was low. Hamdeen Sabahi, who placed third in the nation´s first free presidential race over the summer, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the majority of Egypt´s people are not Islamists. He argued that successive electoral triumphs by President Mohammed Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood

Concussion makes Hillary Clinton
questionable Sunday against
the Ravens
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 5:12:23 PM     Post Reply
Fallon: President Obama has given the entire federal government Christmas Eve day off. When he heard that, Joe Biden was like, "But not Santa, right?" Letterman: The fiscal cliff is coming. And we might lose our Triple-A credit rating. Really? $16 trillion in debts. And we´ve got a Triple-A rating? Fallon: Jackie Chan may join the movie ´Expendables 3.´ Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Chan. That´s why movie’s next title is: “The Can’t-Understandables.” Letterman: We had the Wright Bros 100th anniversary of flight the other day. There were actually three brothers,

Monica Lewinsky: The Inside Story
of an Epic Newsweek Scoop
Newsweek Magazine, by Michael Isikoff    Original Article
Posted By: gazela- 12/24/2012 5:01:39 PM     Post Reply
It isn’t often in this business that you’re sitting at your desk and you get a phone call from a source that causes you to nearly fall off your chair. But that’s exactly what happened in my office at Newsweek’s Washington bureau early on the afternoon of Jan. 13, 1998. “There’s a little event going on at the Ritz-­Carlton in Pentagon City right now you might want to know about,” my (very plugged-in) tipster told me. Linda Tripp was having lunch with her good friend Monica Lewinsky—and Ken Starr had the whole thing wired. Starr?! Yes, my source said: I know it sounds crazy, but Starr

Marines to undergo
random Breathalyzer tests
Los Angeles Times, by Tony Perry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 5:01:30 PM     Post Reply
San Diego - Starting Jan. 1, Marines at Camp Pendleton and other bases will be subject to random Breathalyzer tests twice a year under what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military. An order issued by Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead Jr., deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, calls for any Marine or sailor with a blood-alcohol level of 0.01% or higher to be referred for counseling. Any Marine or sailor who tests at 0.04% or higher will be referred to medical personnel to determine his or her fitness for duty. Milstead said that although the new order "is primarily for

  


  

72 Percent of Republicans
Fear New Year
U.S. News & World Report, by Kenneth T. Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 3:12:18 PM     Post Reply
For Republicans, it may be the season to be jolly, but not optimistic. Seventy-two percent of Republicans are fearful about their future in 2013, and 79 percent fear for the world, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. This is a substantial increase in GOP gloom since 2006, when only 20 percent said they were fearful about their personal future during the Republican presidency of George W. Bush. Fifty-four percent of Republicans were fearful about their personal prospects after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008. In contrast, three-quarters of Democrats
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GM recalls Chevrolet Colorado
and GMC Canyon trucks
Los Angeles Times, by Jerry Hirsch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 2:59:06 PM     Post Reply
A welding error by a supplier has forced the recall of 119,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The error, discovered by General Motors during the inspection of faulty hoods on several vehicles, caused a secondary latch to be left off the construction of the hood. That is a safety issue and a violation of federal regulations. If the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly. During vehicle operation, this could obstruct the view of the driver and

Boehner´s tactics
leave supporters puzzled
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: SourKraut- 12/24/2012 2:26:13 PM     Post Reply
Conservative congressmen don´t question House Speaker John Boehner´s dedication to the cause. But as chaos overtakes GOP efforts to prevent a Jan. 1 tax hike, members do have doubts about his effectiveness. Here´s the latest turn of events: Over the summer, House Republicans passed a bill extending the Bush-era tax rates, which are set to expire, resulting in higher rates Jan. 1. That was Boehner´s Plan A. Senate Democrats said no, and so Boehner rolled out Plan B: extend current rates for all income below $1 million, and rein in Social Security spending.

Afghan policewoman
kills US adviser in Kabul
Associated Press, by Denis D. Gray    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 2:06:31 PM     Post Reply
Kabul, Afghanistan - An Afghan policewoman walked into a high-security compound in Kabul Monday and killed an American contractor with a single bullet to the chest, the first such shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies. Afghan officials who provided details identified the attacker as police Sgt. Nargas, a mother of four with a clean record. The shooting was outside the police headquarters in a walled compound which houses the governor´s office, courts and a prison in the heart of the capital. A police official said she was able to enter

  


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Dakar mosque lit up
for Christmas in Senegal
News-Sentinel [Fort Wayne, IN], by Krista Larson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 1:59:16 PM     Post Reply
Dakar, Senegal — After prayers at the mosque, Ibrahim Lo is off to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Soon he is eyeing the rows of dolls wrapped in plastic bags on a wooden table as he searches for gifts for his four children. (Snip) "When they go to school, the children learn about Santa," says Lo, wearing a flowing olive green robe known as a boubou. "We are born into the Senegalese tradition of cohabitation between Muslims and Christians. What is essential is the respect between people." Senegal, a moderate country along Africa´s western coast, has long been a place where

NORAD volunteers
track Santa´s progress
Associated Press, by Dan Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 1:42:14 PM     Post Reply
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado - Volunteers at a Colorado Air Force base monitoring maps showing Santa Claus´ progress are several hours into their goodwill mission and have answered more than 24,000 phone calls from children wanting to know everything from old Saint Nick´s age, to how reindeer fly, to when they can expect their presents. Phones have been ringing nonstop Monday at Peterson Air Force Base, headquarters of the North American Aerospace Command´s annual Santa-tracking operation. Dozens of helpers at NORAD are taking calls and tracking Santa´s location on large projection

As Special Envoy Meets Syria’s Assad,
Russia Signals New Pessimism
New York Times, by Kareem Fahim & Ellen Barry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/24/2012 1:27:11 PM     Post Reply
Beirut, Lebanon - The special international envoy seeking an end to the Syria crisis met in Damascus with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Monday, as new signs emerged that Russia, Mr. Assad’s most important foreign backer, was accelerating efforts to evacuate Russian diplomats and other expatriates from the country. (Snip) The official Syrian state news agency, SANA, said in its account of the meeting that Mr. Assad had “stressed the Syrian government’s keenness” to pursue efforts that “preserve the sovereignty and independence of the homeland.”

Outgoing S.C. Sen. Jim DeMint
shook up Washington
McClatchy Newspapers, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/24/2012 12:28:33 PM     Post Reply
For his first eight years in Washington, Jim DeMint was like most members of Congress – relatively quiet, fairly innocuous and pretty much unknown outside his state. Over his final six years in the Senate, DeMint rocked national politics like an earthquake, gaining fame and notoriety that few lawmakers can claim. Reveling in his nickname as “Sen. Tea Party,” the Greenville Republican rode that populist uprising, fueling it with his uncompromising, in-your-face opposition to nearly all manner of federal spending.

  


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Thousands sign US petition to deport
Piers Morgan over gun control views
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/24/2012 12:09:02 PM     Post Reply
Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views. Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show an “unbelievably stupid man.” Now, gun rights activists are fighting back. A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution”

Bill McBride, Florida gubernatorial
candidate defeated by Jeb Bush in 2002,
dies at 67
Miami Herald, by Steve Bousquet    Original Article
Posted By: ledwith- 12/24/2012 11:09:27 AM     Post Reply
Bill McBride, a gregarious Tampa lawyer with a common touch whose dream of becoming Florida’s governor ended in a one-sided 2002 loss to Jeb Bush, died Saturday. He was 67. McBride, the husband of Alex Sink, the 2010 Democratic candidate for governor, suffered a heart attack while on a holiday trip to North Carolina.

Two firefighters dead after four of
them are hit when shooter guns down
crews responding to Webster, N.Y.,
Christmas Eve house blaze
New York Daily News, by Erik Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 10:51:50 AM     Post Reply
A gunman shot four firefighters and killed two of them at the scene of a house fire in the upstate New York town of Webster on Monday morning, officials said. Details were still emerging as the Monroe County Sherrif´s Office said there could be more than one shooter involved in the attack near Rochester. Authorities didn´t say whether they had apprehended any suspects, but were combing the area.Fire crews were called to the scene on Lake Road just after 5:30 a.m. The shooting, however, forced officials to halt fighting the blaze, which spread to two other neighboring homes,

Tragic Sandy Savior:
Queens lifeguard who used
his surfboard for dramatic
rescues during killer storm
tragically drowns
New York Daily News, by Irving Dejohn & Douglas Feiden    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 10:43:42 AM     Post Reply
A 23-YEAR-OLD hero lifeguard from Queens — who used his surfboard to help save six lives as superstorm Sandy raged — drowned on Sunday in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico. The body of Dylan Smith, 23, was found Sunday morning floating near his beloved surfboard in the Caribbean, off the popular resort Maria’s Beach near Rincon on the western coast of Puerto Rico, police officials said. “The same sport — the sport of surfing — that he used to save all those people, it’s so shocking that he perished that way,” said FDNY Chief Michael Light,

The night before a
jobless Christmas
The Hill [Washington DC], by Brent Budowsky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 10:35:32 AM     Post Reply
It was a jobless Christmas, throughout our American house. Many people are suffering, while politicians play mouse. Unemployment is high, jobless benefits run out. "Tough luck," said our leaders, as invective they spout.The workers now fear, new taxes will crush. "Don´t bother me," say our leaders, to the airports they rush. It was the night before Christmas, and all through the House, not a creature was stirring, the Speaker played mouse. "You fix it," said Boehner to the man down the street. "I´m outta here now, this thing has me beat." "Not me," said Obama,

  



NBC´s Gregory Mocks NRA
Security Guard Idea But Sends
Own Kids to Guarded School
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/24/2012 10:08:47 AM     Post Reply
On NBC´s Meet The Press over the weekend, David Gregory was quite confrontational with the Vice President of the National Rifle Association over the organization´s idea of putting armed security guards in every school in America. But even as Gregory mocked the NRA for the idea, he seems to see nothing wrong with sending his own kids to a school that has armed security guards each school day. Introducing the NRA´s security guard proposal, Gregory confronted NRA VP Wayne LaPierre saying, "You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede

Selfish withdrawal shows
it´s...All about Me-bow
New York Post, by Mark Cannizzaro    Original Article
Posted By: fleetusa- 12/24/2012 9:50:39 AM     Post Reply
Here is what we learned yesterday about the Jets with Greg McElroy as their starting quarterback: Nothing. Here is what we learned about starter Mark Sanchez, who was benched in favor of McElroy: Maybe this Jets’ mess hasn’t been his fault after all. And here is what we learned about backup Tim Tebow, who was inexplicably passed over as the starter when Sanchez was benched: He’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. So he didn’t. Tebow, it was revealed following the Jets’ latest loss — yesterday’s lackluster 27-17 defeat to the Chargers
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End of an era for the QE2: Iconic
cruise liner sold as scrap to
Chinese for £20m
Daily Mail (UK), by Keith Gladdis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2012 9:27:18 AM     Post Reply
The QE2 is set to be sold as scrap to the Chinese for £20m. The move follows the failure of a after a last minute bid to bring it back to the famous cruise liner back to Britain as a five-star floating hotel. The iconic ocean liner - which also served as a troop carrier during the Falklands - has been moored in a commercial port in Dubai since it was sold for £64m in 2008. Dubai had originally planned to convert the QE2 into a 1,000 room luxury hotel at the tip of the famous man made Palm Jumeirah island.

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