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Obama, leaders to meet
at White House Friday
The Hill [Washington DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:24:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders Friday afternoon at the White House just days before the so-called fiscal cliff deadline, when taxes are slated to increase. Obama will host Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to a White House official. (Snip) The sitdown at the White House also comes as GOP leaders announced on Thursday that the House will come back into session on Sunday, just hours before the deadline.

Obama summons congressional
leaders for ‘fiscal cliff’ talks
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderm    Original Article
Posted By: grayjay- 12/28/2012 9:20:31 AM     Post Reply
President Obama summoned congressional leaders to a Friday summit at the White House in a last-ditch effort to protect taxpayers, unemployed workers and the fragile U.S. recovery from severe austerity measures set to hit in just four days. Also Thursday, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he would call the House back into session this weekend. And in perhaps the most significant development, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the first time was engaged directly in talks with the White House. He signaled an interest in cutting a deal.

Republicans cheer ‘tired’ Ed
Markey’s entry into election
Boston Herald, by Hillary Chabot    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:06:43 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey became the first Bay State congressman to jump into the U.S. Senate special election yesterday, with an announcement that gleeful Republicans called a late Christmas gift for Republican Scott Brown. “This is a huge positive for Scott Brown,” said GOP consultant Rob Gray, noting that Markey, in Congress for 36 years, is seen as a consummate insider. “This looks like the first in a series of non-bigfoot candidates that Democrats are putting forward.” Markey, a 66-year-old Malden Democrat, said he is running to replace U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry because

  


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Grim milestone: Austin
shooting apparently 500th
homicide in Chicago
Chicago Tribune, by Jeremy Gorner & Peter Nickeas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:02:43 AM     Post Reply
Gave Bates smiled through tears as she swiped her hand across her phone, flipping through pictures of her cousin playing around and striking goofy poses. "He was a lot of fun, very good at imitating people," Bates said of Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40. "He just had so much fun all the time. And we all grew up together in the same house."Jackson was standing outside a store in the Austin neighborhood around 9 p.m. Thursday when someone walked up and shot him in the head, police said. His death was apparently the 500th homicide in Chicago this year,

Best Dog Whistles of 2012
American Thinker, by G. Murphy Donovan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 8:55:42 AM     Post Reply
A dog whistle makes a sound or sends a command that only a canine can hear. A rhetorical dog whistle is a coded message for select listeners, usually the politically correct. Euphemism is the breath that blows rhetorical dog whistles. A few examples suffice to make the point. "Affirmative action" usually means racial or gender quotas. "Revenue" usually means taxes. Calling "addiction" sickness is a dog whistle that allows drunks and addicts to think they are ill, not irresponsible. Glaucoma treatment has become a dog whistle for legalizing pot.

Why they want to go over the cliff
Politico, by Jonathan Allen    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/28/2012 8:28:39 AM     Post Reply
Washington’s Democratic and Republican power brokers have sent the message to the nation that going over the fiscal cliff is a worst-case scenario. But they’re not acting that way, not at all. Instead, many of them have calculated that it’s better to go over the cliff — at least temporarily — than swallow a raw deal.For many Republicans, a cliff dive means blaming President Barack Obama for a big tax hike in the short term and then voting to cut taxes for most Americans next month.

Three in the Head
American Thinker, by William L. Gensert    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/28/2012 6:45:40 AM     Post Reply
I carried a gun in New York City for more than a decade -- back when there were thousands of murders a year and the Bronx led the nation in killings. On at least four occasions, that gun saved my life, and in a couple of instances, the lives of people who were with me at the time. For 13 years I had a New York City full carry permit. For a number of years I concealed and carried a gun in my son´s grammar school as well.

  


  

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, coalition forces
leader during Persian Gulf War, dies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/28/2012 6:30:09 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn´t care much for his popular "Stormin´ Norman" nickname.The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander´s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."

Reid: House ‘Being Operated
With A Dictatorship Of The Speaker’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/28/2012 6:29:56 AM     Post Reply
Washington--A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas. (Snip)Reid charged Thursday that the House was “being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. John Boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on sound financial footing,” the Nevada Democrat said on the Senate floor.

Muskie and Kerry
American Thinker, by Jacques Porter    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/28/2012 6:12:59 AM     Post Reply
In 1980 Secretary of State Cyrus Vance had resigned due to his opposition to the proposed "Eagle Claw" military mission to rescue the U.S. hostages being held in Iran. Operation Eagle Claw (The first ever use of the U.S. Delta Force) proved to be a complete failure and claimed the lives of six servicemen. U.S. prestige in the world was at an all time low due to the hostage crisis and the USSR flexing its muscles in Afghanistan.

PM Thatcher “never, never
expected” Argentina to invade
the Falklands; “it was such a
stupid thing to do”
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/28/2012 1:32:08 AM     Post Reply
The 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina caught PM Margaret Thatcher by surprise, newly released government papers have shown. The then-prime minister only saw it was likely after getting “raw intelligence” two days before the Argentines landed. Papers released under the 30-year rule show Mrs Thatcher were acutely worried about retaking the Islands. One historian said the documents were among the “most powerful material” declassified in the last three decades. In October 1982, a few months after the war ended, Mrs Thatcher gave evidence behind closed doors to the Falkland Islands Review

  


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As supply shrinks,
price of helium soars
Star-Telegram [Fort Worth, TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/28/2012 1:04:05 AM     Post Reply
Francey Freeman has seen the cost of doing business go sky-high. Prices for buying helium to fill balloons and rental tanks at her Balloons Fantastique in Fort Worth have dramatically increased in the past year, because of a worldwide shortage of the lighter-than-air gas.(Snip) Texas is home to the country´s only Federal Helium Reserve, a site outside Amarillo where more than one-third of the world´s helium supply is produced, and the federal government has worked for years to deplete that supply. Congress more than 15 years ago created a law requiring reserve officials to sell off

Slain woman predicted her own death
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Bill Torpy    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/28/2012 12:20:59 AM     Post Reply
Donna Kristofak was terrified and letting the court know it. John S. Kristofak, who was her husband for 19 years, had been arrested six months earlier as he chased her in a Wal-Mart parking lot. In his car were a butcher’s knife and what police called “a suicide note.” During a court hearing Oct. 12, Mrs. Kristofak begged a Cobb County judge not to release him from jail. “I fear for my life,” she told Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs, telling the judge that a court-issued order of protection would not stop her crazed ex-spouse.

Texas officer who ended ´66
UT sniper rampage dies
Associated Press, by Paul J. Weber    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2012 11:28:04 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin police officer who helped stop Charles Whitman´s 1966 sniper rampage from atop the University of Texas tower has died. Houston McCoy fired two blasts from his shotgun to bring down Whitman, who killed 16 people during nearly two hours of terror on the UT campus. Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association, said McCoy died Thursday in the rural West Texas town of Menard. McCoy was 72 and had been battling a terminal illness for the past year. Whitman wounded dozens of others before McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez

Jackson leaves EPA
to mixed reviews
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2012 11:22:47 PM     Post Reply
A hero to the environmental movement and a constant thorn in the sides of Republicans and the energy sector, outgoing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson presided over one of the most controversial and dramatic periods in the agency’s history. She made her mark by helping craft new automobile fuel standards, imposing a ban on new coal-fired power plants, and being among the loudest in calling for action to combat climate change. But Ms. Jackson, who announced her resignation Thursday after four years at the helm of the EPA, also sustained several legal defeats

  


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Possible strike at docks
would cripple key U.S.
ports, hurt economy
Washington Post, by Brad Plumer and Michael A. Fletcher    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2012 11:18:21 PM     Post Reply
Thousands of dockworkers from Baltimore to Houston are threatening to go on strike Sunday over their pay, a move that could throttle an array of key ports and disrupt commerce at a critical juncture for the economy. Nearly half of the nation’s ocean-bound container traffic runs through the 14 threatened ports on the East Coast and the Gulf Coast, and a work stoppage would crimp imports of household goods, clothing and frozen foods, among other items. The biggest hub, in the New York area, handled $208 billion worth of goods last year. A widespread strike

On Wall Street, realization is
sinking in over the elusiveness
of ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2012 11:15:41 PM     Post Reply
Wall Street is finally waking up to the troubling prospect that lawmakers may not reach a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” before the new year, with stocks swinging dramatically Thursday in response to news from Capitol Hill. Financial markets had been climbing in recent weeks on the expectation that President Obama and the Congress would reach an agreement, adding further momentum to an economy that has been gaining strength. But with the final days trickling away before the year-end deadline, the markets Thursday experienced their greatest volatility since the summer.

Veterans frustrated by
VA disability claims backlog
Star-Telegram [Fort Worth, TX], by Alex Branch    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/27/2012 10:57:09 PM     Post Reply
Infantryman Josh Odom was seven months into his first tour in Iraq when someone lobbed a grenade over the gate at the combat outpost he guarded. It exploded six feet from the Rockwall native, driving three chunks of shrapnel deep into his right shoulder. One pierced his lung. (Snip) Delays in the processing of disability claims are a familiar problem at the VA, one that federal officials have long vowed to solve. But in fiscal 2012, the average time to complete a VA disability compensation or pension claim

Feinstein: All Gun Owners Should
Be Registered, Fingerprinted
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2012 10:51:25 PM     Post Reply
Even as news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein´s (D-CA) "Assault Weapon" ban is really a ban on some of the most popular civilian-owned handguns in the U.S., details of her promised legislation also show that it will require gun owners to register their guns with the government. Feinstein´s legislation does this by banning the import, possession, and transfer of hundreds of different weapons, but making special allowances for gun owners who already own the weapons on the ban list. On first read, the owner of an AR-15,

Hobby Lobby faces millions
in fines for bucking Obamacare
CNN, by Eric Marrapodi    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/27/2012 10:45:40 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is bracing for a $1.3 million a day fine beginning January 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare. The company opposes providing some contraceptives to employees through its company health care plan on religious grounds, saying some contraceptive products, like the morning after pill, equate to abortion. After failing to receive temporary relief from the fines from the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby announced late Thursday through its attorneys that it "will continue to provide health

  



Can you spot the ´invisible
animal´? Incredible images
show nature´s disappearing
act when predators are near
Daily Mail [UK], by Matt Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/27/2012 10:44:02 PM     Post Reply
Whether they are hunters or the hunted, these cunning animals are all masters of disguise who can fool even the most beady-eyed passer by into believing they are not there. Some hide under lily pads, some dissolve into the bark of a tree while others slip seamlessly into the snow, either to hide from a hungry predator or silently stalk an unwitting prey. But the one thing from which they cannot hide is the all-seeing camera lens of photographer Art Wolfe. He has spent over 35 years roaming the deserts of Africa, the rainforests of South America, the mountains

Hypocrisy Of Liberals
Who Cling To Their Guns
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/27/2012 10:39:12 PM     Post Reply
Gun Control: A different set of gun laws applies to network anchors, but even stranger is a newspaper publishing a map showing not only who has a firearm but also telling predators who doesn´t. It should have been sufficient for the Gannett-owned Journal News, headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., reporting on increased calls for stricter gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in nearby Newtown, Conn., to have noted that about 44,000 people in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties in the Lower Hudson Valley — one of every 23 adults — was licensed to own a handgun.

Thank You, David Gregory
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2012 10:38:24 PM     Post Reply
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then your stunt is worth a thousand op-eds. In less than one minute of screen time, you demonstrated several things: First, even “banned” magazines are ridiculously easy to acquire. How long did it take your producers to find that magazine? Five minutes? Ten minutes? There are millions upon millions of these cheap and easy-to-manufacture items in circulation, and “banning” them will have exactly the effects you so brilliantly demonstrated on national television. Second, labyrinthine gun-control restrictions serve mainly to instantly (and often

Why Do Democrats love Revolvers?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2012 10:35:20 PM     Post Reply
If I were a semiautomatic pistol, I would be getting a complex. What Democrats really hate is semiautomatic rifles, although it isn’t clear exactly why. True, the Sandy Hook killings were carried out with such a weapon, but in the scheme of things, rifles of any sort are rarely used as murder weapons. In 2011, according to the FBI, there were 14,612 victims of homicide in the U.S., down 14.7% from 2007. Of those 14,612, only 323 were murdered with any type of rifle. More than five times as many were killed with knives. More were killed with blunt objects, and more than twice as many were killed

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