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Chicago Tribune, Six Other
Papers Drop Associated Press
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2012 8:54:37 AM     Post Reply
The Chicago Tribune has announced that starting in January, the Chicago-based paper and several other Tribune-owned papers will be dropping the Associated Press as its chief wire service. Along with the Chicago paper, six other Tribune-owned papers will also be dropping the AP. Those papers are the Baltimore Sun; the Orlando Sentinel; the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; the Hartford Courant; the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania; and the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia. Reports from Tribune insiders were confirmed Sunday by Paul Colford, director of media relations for AP.

Benghazi penalties are bogus
New York Post, by Josh Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2012 8:41:06 AM     Post Reply
The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned. The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back. The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of

China Opens World´s Longest
High-Speed Railway
Sky News, by Mark Stone    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2012 8:09:42 AM     Post Reply
Beijing -The world´s longest high speed rail route has opened in China, covering a distance of 1,427 miles (2,298km). The first passenger train departed from Beijing in the north for Guangzhou on the country´s southern coast at 9am local time, with another leaving an hour later. The line carries new bullet-style trains at speeds of up to 220mph (350kph) and reduces the travel time from 22 hours to just eight hours. There are 35 stops along the route in major cities spanning the length of the country including Shijiazhuang, capital of the northern Hebei Province; Zhengzhou,



Shooter who ambushed firefighters
left note showing intent to burn, kill
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/26/2012 8:05:40 AM     Post Reply
A sniper who ambushed volunteer firefighters in upstate New York on Monday, killing two and seriously wounding two others, left a note saying he hoped to burn down his neighborhood and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday. A charred body, believed to be his sister´s, was found in the burned house she shared with him Tuesday, police said. William Spengler, 62, used a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle, the same kind of weapon used in the assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said. "He was equipped to go to war," Chief Pickering said.

New Year’s resolutions
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2012 7:59:57 AM     Post Reply
Resolutions are made to be broken, I suppose. But here are a few suggestions for pledges that really should be kept in 2013: The Media: When reporting on mass shootings, be right, not first. Check and then double-check names and other facts before blurting them out online or on the air. And resist the urge to pontificate when no real information is available. (Snip) Senate Republicans: Do not allow the confirmation of a new secretary of state unless the current one gives a full accounting of her role and the White House’s role in the Benghazi debacle.

2012 Man of the Year:
José Rodriguez
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2012 7:52:20 AM     Post Reply
José Rodriguez served as director of the National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency during the Iraq war. His policies led to the eventual detaining and elimination of key insurgents who threatened the safety of the United States of America. A man of indomitable will, Rodriguez authorized the use of enhanced interrogation techniques to extract key intelligence from captured terrorists who held critical information on the whereabouts of terrorist leaders and on terror plots. Receiving authorization from United States officials including President George W. Bush, certification from the Department of Justice, and bipartisan congressional support,

President Obama´s schedule
for Wednesday
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2012 7:49:20 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU- U.S. President Barack Obama heads back to Washington from Hawaii Wednesday, cutting his Christmas vacation short. First lady Michelle Obama and his daughters will not accompany him when he boards Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu for a red-eye flight. The president is returning to Washington, hoping to reach agreement with Congress to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to kick in Jan. 1.



Did Obama skip church
on Christmas?
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/26/2012 7:47:47 AM     Post Reply
Did the Obama family skip church services this Christmas? The White House readout of the President’s activities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day makes no mention of church services – although the President and the First Lady made time to visit service members of the United States Military at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. Below is the text of the White House release to the press: Last night, the President made holiday telephone calls to US service members, then sat down with his family for Christmas Eve dinner.

Policewoman who killed US
aide in Kabul ´is Iranian´
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2012 6:53:02 AM     Post Reply
A policewoman who shot dead a US civilian aide at the police headquarters in Kabul is an Iranian national, Afghan authorities say. The woman, believed to have mental health problems, joined the security forces using an illegally obtained Afghan identity card. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that she may have been in touch with "terrorist networks". The incident is a major blow to the government´s security screening policy. Insider attacks against Afghan police and Nato troops have risen sharply in 2012. It is thought to be the first time such an insider attack was carried out by a

The internet is leaving children brain-dead:
Inventor warns ´Google generation who
spend life in front of screens are
losing creativity and skills´
Daily Mail [UK], by John Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2012 6:43:02 AM     Post Reply
One of Britain´s leading inventors has warned that a ´Google generation´ who rely on the internet for everything are in danger of becoming ´brain-dead´. Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens. The 75-year-old said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands. But he said children could rediscover vital skills if schools used Meccano and other practical toys. Mr Baylis said: ´Children have got to be

Bo, Bo, Bo! Adorable White House
dog steals the spotlight from Michelle
Obama when he jumps on her lap as
she reads ´Twas The Night Before
Christmas´ to sick children in hospital
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2012 6:33:30 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama is typically the star of the show when she attends a charity event. That wasn´t the case when she recently read Twas The Night Before Christmas at a Washington area children´s hospital. As she sat down on stage to begin reading the classic tale to the tiny tots, Bo the First Dog jumped right up on his mother´s lap. He seemed quite comfy as well, since he didn´t move from the position throughout the seven minute session.[Snip] That was no matter for Michelle, however, as she gamefully played along and even jokingly held the book out so that



The Pope is right – we´ve
lost the ability to slow
down and think
Telegraph [UK], by Harry Mount    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2012 6:16:48 AM     Post Reply
In his Christmas message, the Pope said, “The faster we can move, the more efficient our time-saving appliances become, the less time we have." How we rush to fill our days with those time-saving appliances that soon become mere time-filling devices. Mobile phones, iPads, Facebook, tweeting--all, at their best, are staggeringly efficient things that produce extraordinary advances in our working lives.[Snip] Those same marvellous things then come along and devour our spare hours, destroying our capacity for spiritualism, for reading long books and for just thinking. We shouldn´t really blame the devices themselves, more our capacity for being waylaid

Perfect 10? Never Mind That.
Ask Her for Her Credit Score.
New York Times, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 6:07:15 AM     Post Reply
As she nibbled on strawberry shortcake, Jessica LaShawn, a flight attendant from Chicago, tried not to get ahead of herself and imagine this first date turning into another and another, and maybe, at some point, a glimmering diamond ring and happily ever after. She simply couldn’t help it, though. After all, he was tall, from a religious family, raised by his grandparents just as she was, worked in finance and even had great teeth. Her musings were suddenly interrupted when her date asked a decidedly unromantic question: “What’s your credit score?”

Tax chaos looms in wake of
Boehner’s failed ´Plan B´ proposal
The Hill (DC), by Bernie Becker & Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:59:09 AM     Post Reply
The failure of House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” could create chaos for taxpayers across the income spectrum. With a slew of tax provisions scheduled to expire in less than two weeks, a dive off the fiscal cliff could also complicate the chances for a fundamental rewrite of the tax code — something top officials on both sides have said they want. But with the clock ticking, some lawmakers aren’t so sure that their colleagues appreciate the possible upheaval if all current tax policies expire, even for just a few days or weeks.

The Multiple Distortions
of Wind Subsidies
Wall Street Journal, by Phil Gramm    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:52:54 AM     Post Reply
Federal subsidies for new wind-power generation will end on Dec. 31 unless they are renewed by Congress. For the sake of our economy and the smooth operation of the energy market, Congress should let the subsidies lapse. They waste taxpayer money, subvert the allocation of capital, and generate a social cost many times the price tag of the subsides themselves. Since 1992, the federal government has expended almost $24 billion to encourage investment in wind power through direct spending, tax breaks, R&D, loan guarantees and other federal support of electric power. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates



Potential port strike shows that
Big Labor needs big reform
Daily Caller, by Rick Berman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:49:18 AM     Post Reply
’Tis the season — at least for strikes. Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed the death of Hostess and its Twinkie (until someone buys the brand), a teacher strike in Chicago, a Thanksgiving Eve strike at Los Angeles International Airport, failed union walkouts at Wal-Mart and New York City’s fast food restaurants, and an eight-day, $8 billion strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California. Rounding out the list is the looming threat of a strike at all of the ports on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Twelve days of woe
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:44:59 AM     Post Reply
By all our traditional Christmas standards, Barack Obama must have been a wonderful child this year. Even before the year started, St. Nicholas brought him such armfuls of presents, they overflowed even the most capacious of stockings, and barely fit under the tree. Christmas 2012 started in 2009-2010, when Republicans were given a boxload of candidates who wouldn´t be ready until 2016, leaving them with a handful of used toys from last time, too scruffed-up and dingy for use. Gift No. 1 came in October 2011, when Chris Christie, dragged to the gate by a cohort of activists,

Bernie Madoff Sent A Letter
To CNBC On Christmas Eve
CNBC, by Scott Cohn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:40:38 AM     Post Reply
The recent rash of insider trading cases may be a shock to some on Wall Street, but not to one long-time market player: Bernie Madoff. In a Christmas Eve letter from the medium security federal prison in North Carolina where he is serving a 150-year sentence for running a massive Ponzi scheme, Madoff tells CNBC that insider trading has been around "forever." He also rails against what he calls a lack of transparency in the financial markets, and says the growth of hedge funds is forcing market players to take outsized risks in order to earn decent returns.

The president’s Obama-centric
view of the world
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/26/2012 5:30:18 AM     Post Reply
While the media focuses almost exclusively on tax increases and blaming Republicans, the prospect of achieving real solutions to our economic problems and doing anything about government overspending has completely fallen off the radar. Equally underreported but vital to any analysis of what is possible is the apparent state of mind of the president in this current crisis, and his overall approach to his second term. The president said three revealing things in his last two press conferences that say much about his state of mind. His own ego and arrogance are on vivid display,

The Anecdotal Presidency
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:22:59 AM     Post Reply
Honestly assessing the Benghazi disaster would not have been pleasant for the pre-election Obama team. Anyone could sense that there might be no firewalls — as the media could jump to a resurgent al-Qaeda that had been declared moribund after the hit on Bin Laden; or the shattered dreams of the Arab Spring; or the politicization of our embassy security that led to deliberate neglect of proper defenses; or a Libyan intervention gone bad. Almost all those narratives have subsequently emerged in post-election inquiries or from the State Department’s official internal investigation. Yet the Obama administration offered an exegesis —


Grinchy Weather: Nasty Winter
Storms Spawn Tornadoes, Blizzards
ABC News, by Lauren Effron    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:15:59 AM     Post Reply
A nasty Christmastime storm system spawned blizzard conditions in some states and at least 15 reported tornadoes in the South, damaging homes, taking out power lines and dangerously snarling holiday travel. Severe weather swept across the United States during the Christmas holiday, bringing tornadoes and intense thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, while dumping heavy snow and freezing rain on the Southern Plains. At least 15 tornadoes were reported today from Texas to Alabama, putting this storm system potentially on track to be one of the largest Christmas day tornado outbreaks on record.

The year´s 9 most hilarious
New York Times corrections
The Week, by Chris Gayomali    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
T he internet has unquestionably made it easier for readers to interact with big media organizations — and that includes calling them out on mistakes. Still, you´ve really got to hand it to The New York Times. Internet or no, the paper of record has long exhibited unrivaled diligence when it comes to issuing corrections. And because the paper addresses every minute inaccuracy with the same strident gravitas, it´s often quite "funny to hear pop-culture quibbles addressed in the Gray Lady´s formal language," says Josh Dzieza at The Daily Beast. Without further ado, some of the year´s most endearing Times corrections:

R.I.P., Cap-and-Trade?
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 4:56:57 AM     Post Reply
Prospects for the revival of cap-and-trade legislation in the upcoming Congress as a tonic for global climate change appear to be going up in smoke. Democrats anticipate that some package addressing greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s coal-fueled power plants will likely emerge next session. But getting any proposal through the Republican-controlled House is dubious and it’s extremely unlikely that lawmakers will specifically reconsider cap-and-trade. “Cap-and-trade may reappear in the House of Representatives but it has no chance of passing,” said Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

Poll results: Christmas
movie, TV special winners
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/26/2012 4:51:34 AM     Post Reply
By Zuzu’s petals, this turned out to be a close-run poll — at least in the movie category. Thanks to a larger-than-expected turnout from the Bedford Falls region, the Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life edged Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun in A Christmas Story to win the Hot Air poll for best Christmas movie of all time. George Bailey ended up winning by just 45 angels’ wings over Ralphie. As promised, here’s a Christmas Day clip from one of Hollywood’s best:(Snip for video clip)Honestly, though, the vote was so close

Yes, Columbine Had Armed Guards
—And They Saved Lives
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/26/2012 4:47:57 AM     Post Reply
School Safety: Critics of the National Rifle Association´s call for armed security guards at our schools respond that one famous school did have a sheriff´s deputy on scene. But without him, the toll would have been much worse. After remaining silent on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, the NRA´s Wayne LaPierre held a press conference Friday to condemn another tragedy in a gun-free zone and to advocate the placement of armed security guards at our schools as is done at airports, banks and other public venues.

We can all learn from
Sen. Crapo´s mistake
Idaho Statesman [Boise, ID], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 4:47:02 AM     Post Reply
Idaho constituents have learned a few things about Sen. Mike Crapo over the past couple of days. He has shown three things: That he is human, that he can make a mistake and that lemonade is not the strongest drink in his glass. At the moment, he also has something more on his mind than the fiscal cliff. What happened to Mike Crapo in the early morning of Dec. 23 can happen to a lot of people, especially during the holiday season. He attended a social gathering in Alexandria, Va., had a few drinks and drove home.

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