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The heart-melting moment that a
dog is saved from a frozen lake
by the owner´s cousin and a
daring team of rescuers
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/28/2012 1:44:45 PM     Post Reply
A rescue worker dove into a near-frozen lake to save an 11-year-old dog and the daring man who had fallen through the ice attempting to rescue him. Jim Swayze of Brownstown Township, Michigan was walking his Walker Coonhound, Bart, near Lake Eerie Thursday afternoon when Bart wandered off and fell through a thin sheet of ice covering the water. ´I tried to walk around to him and it was just too deep, and I couldn´t get to him,´ Swayze told ClickonDetroit.com. Bart kept his front two paws on the ice while his body was submerged in the freezing water.

Margaret Thatcher understood that the
Special Relationship is special only
as long as it´s convenient
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/28/2012 1:33:47 PM     Post Reply
The more you learn about the “real” Margaret Thatcher, the more you have to admire her.[Snip] The latest slew of documents released by the National Archives reveals her bludgeoning world leaders into backing her effort to liberate the Falkland Islands in 1982. She dashed off letters to them from her desk at Number 10 like the clichéd “angry of Tunbridge Wells.” “No, Mr Mitterand – you will not sell missiles to the Argentine!” “No, Mr Reagan, you will not tell the enemy about our battle plans!” More power to your elbow, Mrs T! We learn some very interesting things about

Critics question aim of
$25-per-gun tax in Chicago
Fox News, by Mike Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 1:26:36 PM     Post Reply
With gangland shootings becoming an every-day occurrence in Chicago, the Board of Commissioners in surrounding Cook County is trying anew to tackle the deadly problem -- with another tax. But already, some are questioning whether the move is more about making a statement than addressing the violence. Under the new law, Cook County is charging an additional $25 tax on every handgun sold inside county lines. Gun shop owner Fred Lutger said this fee targets legal gun buyers, and not the gangsters responsible for many of Chicago´s homicides. "They make it sound like it´s a tax but

  


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America doesn´t have to tumble
the whole way down the cliff
Telegraph [UK], by Jeremy Warner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/28/2012 1:26:03 PM     Post Reply
Not much to be said about the fiscal cliff until America plunges over it, pulling the rest of us with it, suffice it to say that this now virtually annual political charade is getting somewhat tiresome. One minute its Eurogeddon threatening to plunge the world into never ending depression, the next it´s another US budget crisis. So here´s the West Wing on the related "debt ceiling" negotiations--that one´s coming up for renegotiation any moment too. It´s always the end of the world until the last minute, when, lo and behold, it´s not. The so-called fiscal cliff grew out of

Deal Reached to Avert
East Coast Port Strike
Fox Business Network, by Jennifer Booton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 1:23:18 PM     Post Reply
A major roadblock in the negotiations between the International Longshoremen´s Association and port employers has been overcome, averting a crippling strike that threatened to shut down 15 ports along the East and Gulf Coasts starting on Saturday. The container royalty payment, or the amount of money port workers receive based on the size of the containers coming into port, was the largest point of contention between the port workers´ union and the Maritime Alliance that represents port operators. The two reached an agreement regarding the royalty payment on Friday, a day before an existing contract was set to expire

Let’s Be Gone With the Wind
National Review, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 12/28/2012 1:01:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama likes to talk about making sure “the biggest corporations pay their fair share.” Treasury secretary Tim Geithner calls for tax reform to close loopholes and subsidies. Budget hawks say federal spending must be curbed. Congress and federal environmental regulators claim they are doing everything they can to save endangered species. By doing nothing and waiting for December 31 to pass, all of those folks could strike a blow in support of each of these policies. All they have to do is let the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy expire on schedule this coming Monday.

Exclusive: McConnell Calls
Out Obama´s Negotiation Charade
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 12:40:51 PM     Post Reply
The office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to reports today that President Barack Obama called him and other congressional leaders to receive updates about negotiations to avoid the Jan. 1 "fiscal cliff" by noting that it was the "first time McConnell has heard from any Democrat, including the President, on this since Thanksgiving." The President and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a show of returning to Washington this week, as if to continue negotiations--when their open opposition to Speaker of the House John Boehner´s "Plan B" last week helped doom that plan to defeat

  


  

CNN´s Jeff Zucker raids
ABC again as he eyes
Chris Cuomo for CNN
Daily Mail (UK), by John Clarke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 12:36:14 PM     Post Reply
CNN´s new chief Jeff Zucker is raiding ABC again in his search for a new face to lead the network. According to reports, Mr Zucker is eyeing ABC´s Chris Cuomo, the network´s legal correspondent and co-anchor of ´20/20.´ Since taking over as president of the cable network in November, Mr Zucker has been trying to build up prime-time news lineup, expand coverage beyond politics and war, and increase Hollywood coverage. Now he just needs some new blood. ´Jeff’s still looking for an anchor he can basically make the centerpiece of the network,´ a source tells the New York Post.

Mexico Still Battling
Against SB 1070 in Court
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 12:19:27 PM     Post Reply
It´s been more than two years since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 and six months since the Supreme Court upheld many parts of the law, including allowing local law enforcement authorities to question immigration status after a crime has been committed. Regardless, Mexico is still fighting the legislation in court. The Mexican government has asked the 9th District Court of Appeals to block a piece of the law that prohibits harboring of illegal immigrants, something the Supreme Court did not consider during their ruling last summer. Lawyers representing Mexico asked the 9th Circuit Court

Chicago sued for alleged
discrimination against
black teachers
Reuters, by James B. Kelleher    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/28/2012 12:15:49 PM     Post Reply
The federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and announced on Thursday is the latest battle with the city since teachers staged a week-long strike in September. It alleges that more than half of the tenured teachers fired in the most recent round of school closings and turnarounds were African American. But blacks make up less than 30 percent of the tenured teaching staff in the district and 35 percent of the tenured teacher population in the failing schools, the lawsuit claims.

Attorney: Hobby Lobby to defy
morning-after pill insurance
requirement while lawsuit´s pending
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 12:08:32 PM     Post Reply
An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception

  


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Randi Zuckerberg loses control
on Facebook (and Twitter)
CNET, by Chris Matyszczyk    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/28/2012 12:06:50 PM     Post Reply
It´s easy to have sympathy for those who have been misled by Facebook´s ever-morphing privacy controls. One should therefore have additional sympathy when the person led astray is a former director of Facebook and enjoys the name Zuckerberg. Randi Zuckerberg thought she had posted a picture to be only seen by her friends. Suddenly, it was there for all to see. Yes, all. The world. The whole misanthropic, green-eyed human race. As ReadWriteWeb´s Dan Lyons icily fulminates, it seems that one of her sister´s friends saw the picture, assumed it was for public viewing

Why Howard Kurtz is
the Laziest, Most Insipid
Writer in Washington
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 12:03:06 PM     Post Reply
Read Howie Kurtz’s defense of David Gregory, the NBC hairdo who recently brandished an ammunition magazine that is illegal to own in Washington, DC. NBC reportedly sought permission to show the magazine on Meet the Press, and the DC police turned them down. Gregory held the magazine up on the air anyway, in an attempt to browbeat NRA chief Wayne LaPierre into, well, something. LaPierre sensibly blew Gregory off. Now the DC police are investigating Gregory. Count on Kurtz to bring exactly zero real insight into the story. The Twitterverse has exploded over the news that Washington’s

Hoyer: GOP Tactics On
Debt Limit "Like Taking
Your Child Hostage"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 11:41:21 AM     Post Reply
"It´s somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, ´I´m going to shoot my child if you don´t do what I want done.´ You don´t want to shoot your child. There´s no Republican leader that wants to default on our debt, that I´ve talked to," House Minority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday. "e have four days to avert a crisis that could harm our fragile recovery, cost us a credit downgrade, impose arbitrary spending cuts that will undermine our national security and slash

Cliff Notes: Five things to watch
at today´s White House meeting
CBS News, by Michael O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/28/2012 11:39:57 AM     Post Reply
House and Senate leaders from both parties will make their way to the White House this afternoon at President Barack Obama’s request for a last-ditch effort to reach an agreement to avoid the impending fiscal cliff. The parties will enter the meeting seeming as far apart as ever on an agreement to avert the combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1. Republicans(Snip) say they have acted – by passing an extension of all of the expiring Bush tax cuts, an unpalatable proposition to Democrats – and now it’s the Senate’s turn.

  


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Author Says Black Liberalism,
Kwanzaa, Are ‘Anti-God’
WXYT Radio (Detroit, MI), by Charlie Langton    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/28/2012 11:39:27 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT - Dependence on welfare and celebrating Kwanzaa are “anti-God,” according to an author who visited the Charlie Langton show Friday morning to outline where he believes religion and liberalism have failed black people.(snip)“I would, quite honestly, be very excited if liberals where to actually put into practice these principles which they so superficially celebrate.” Swimp added that “no conservative” celebrates Kwanzaa, which he describes as an anti-God, anti-American celebration meant to distract black people from the true meaning of Christmas

Report: ‘Troubling’ woes at 17 labs
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/28/2012 11:36:17 AM     Post Reply
An outside review of 17 state labs in the same Jamaica Plain building that housed the scandal-plagued drug lab found they are riddled with their own oversight problems, raising questions about the embattled Department of Public Health’s ability to ensure yet another Annie Dookhan-like fiasco isn’t looming.(Snip)More than 200 drug defendants and convicts have been released since state police reported that drug test findings had apparently been fabricated — possibly jeopardizing up to 34,000 cases. Naughton said he is concerned about whether other scandals may yet emerge from other labs.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin
Deems Chris Matthews A
‘Statesman’: He’s ‘The Model
Figure For Who We Are’
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 11:32:50 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is a “statesman,” according to the network’s president, Phil Griffin. In a recent Associated Press story, Griffin praises the always impassioned anchor for being a “model figure” for the network. Griffin expressed confidence in Matthews’ style and where he is now. “He’s as good as he’s ever been,” Griffin told the AP. “He’s at a place in his life where he’s really comfortable in his own skin. He’s a statesman. He has so much knowledge and I think he understands it better. He’s always been great, but I really think he’s

U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue
to Pay More Than One-Fifth
of U.N. Budget
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 11:29:47 AM     Post Reply
In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget. No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion. The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue

White House Botches
Schwarzkopf Statement
White House Dossier, by Keith Koffler    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/28/2012 11:22:25 AM     Post Reply
The White House Thursday botched a written statement honoring the 1991 Gulf War hero General Norman Schwarzkopf, having to upgrade it from a “statement by the press secretary” to one by the president.(Snip)While the nation and the Schwarzkopf family were surely gratified to have Jay Carney honor General Schwarzkopf on their behalf, someone in the White House with a decent sense of history – or just a decent sense of propriety – must have belatedly realized that the man who cleared Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait and gave the United States victory in war deserved a mention

  



A new round of special vanity license
plates to sell for big bucks:
Reveal includes Texans plate
Houston Chronicle, by Whitney Radley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 11:22:03 AM     Post Reply
If you ever wanted a personalized license plate to show your city pride, your home team affiliation or your vehicular obsession, now´s the time to start saving your pennies: MyPlates is offering all of the above at The Great Plate Auction 2013. Bidders will battle it out for 10 highly sought-after license plates on Jan. 25 as part of the Houston Auto Show, which will take over the Reliant Center from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27. The up-for-grabs tins include local gems "HOUSTON," "DYNAMO," "ROCKETS" and "TEXAN5" alongside auto-centric terminology like "MAYBACH," "BENTLEY," "BOXSTER," "CARRERA," "PHANTOM" and "INDY CAR."

Polls: NRA has higher
favorable rating than Obama
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 11:18:01 AM     Post Reply
A new Gallup poll shows that the National Rifle Association, the target of a wave of intensely negative news coverage after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, still has a favorable rating of 54 percent. While down from the organization’s 60 percent favorable rating in 2005, that is still about a point higher than President Obama’s personal favorable rating. A Huffington Post average of the president’s favorable ratings places it at 52.3 percent. That average includes favorable ratings of 49 percent in a December 16 CBS News poll, 53 percent in a December 9 Wall Street

WATCH: Video shows suspect
fleeing the scene of fatal Queens
subway shove
New York Post, by Larry Celona    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/28/2012 11:05:54 AM     Post Reply
A madwoman last night pushed a stranger onto subway tracks in Queens, where he was killed by a train, police and witnesses said. It was the second such nightmare in less than a month. The unsuspecting victim was waiting at the elevated 40th Street station of the 7 line in Sunnyside at 8 p.m. “This lady, she just pushed the guy on the tracks. Then she ran away. I was screaming and closing my eyes,” said witness Tenzing Tegeng, 21, one of five people on the platform.

Hillary Clinton Returning to
Work Next Week
CNN, by Elise Labott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 11:01:06 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work next week after a nasty bout with stomach flu and a concussion sidelined her for three weeks.“The Secretary continues to recuperate at home. She had long planned to take this holiday week off, so she had no work schedule,” her spokesman, Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Reines said in a statement. “She looks forward to getting back to the office next week and resuming her schedule.” Clinton spent the holidays with her family after working from home for the past week. Clinton’s doctors, in a statement released last weekend,

Hackensack officials can´t
say why violations at house
owned by lawyers weren´t pursued
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Jeff Pillets*    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/28/2012 10:50:57 AM     Post Reply
Multiple housing-code violations were discovered more than two years ago in a Hackensack house owned by politically connected lawyers, but the city never issued any summonses or demanded that the deficiencies be corrected. Instead, the violations only came to light this month when a fire damaged a neighboring house also owned by the lawyers. Hackensack zoning board attorney Richard Malagiere, lawyer Carmine Alampi and Anthony Errico — the owners — were not cited for any violations at 236 Johnson Ave. since they purchased the property in 2008, even though previous owners had been issued such citations several times. On Dec. 10,

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