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Troubled Past for Suspect
in Fatal Subway Push
New York Times, by Marc Santora and Anemona Hartocollis    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/31/2012 6:56:55 AM     Post Reply
Long before Erika Menendez was charged with pushing a stranger to his death under an oncoming train at a Queens elevated station, she had years of contact with New York City’s mental health and law enforcement establishments. She was treated by the psychiatric staffs of at least two city hospitals, and caseworkers visited her family home in Queens to provide further help. She was also arrested at least three times, according to the police, twice after violent confrontations.

Blood clots like Clinton’s can be minor,
but stroke is a worry if they travel to the brain
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/31/2012 6:53:19 AM     Post Reply
Blood clots like the one that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is being treated for following her recent concussion can occur for a host of reasons. How serious a clot is depends on where it is and why it formed. A Clinton aide would not say where hers is located. WHAT THEY ARE: Blood pools and thickens into a clot after an injury or because of a heart problem, clogged arteries or other condition. Clots also can break off and travel to another part of the body.

Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/31/2012 6:40:35 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was hospitalized in New York on Sunday after doctors monitoring her recovery from a concussion discovered a blood clot, according to a statement from her office. The statement said that “in the course of a follow-up exam, Secretary Clinton’s doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.



Latest Senate committee report on Benghazi
terrorist attack faults State Department
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/31/2012 6:33:40 AM     Post Reply
A scathing Senate committee report on the Benghazi terrorist attack faults the State Department for failing to adequately respond to mounting security threats in the lead-up to the assault. The report says the facility was woefully under-protected at a time when the region, according to a top department official, was "flashing red" -- yet security was not improved, and nobody recommended the compound be shut down.The report, produced by the Senate homeland security committee and obtained by Fox News, follows the release of a State Department-commissioned review earlier in the month. Both are highly critical of the department.

Professor Calls for Death Penalty
for Climate Change ´Deniers´.
American Thinker, by Timothy Birdnow    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/31/2012 5:29:12 AM     Post Reply
It is as inevitable as the rising of the sun; the Left, when thwarted in their quest for power, suggests the use of lethal force to compel those who disagree. There is a nauseating litany of murders done by our betters in their pursuit of the Benthamite vision of "the greatest good for the most people" -- which in their minds equates to collectivization and socialism. You have Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Margaret Sanger, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot. Now we can add one more name to the list: Professor Richard Parncutt, Musicologist at Graz University in Austria.

´Make noise for my baby
mama!´ Kim Kardashian and
Kanye West confirm they are
expecting their first child
Daily Mail (UK), by Lizzie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 2:45:32 AM     Post Reply
Kim Kardashian is expecting her first child with her boyfriend Kanye West. The reality star´s representative confirmed the happy news to MailOnline. The pregnancy was revealed by Kanye onstage during a concert in Atlantic City on Sunday night as Kim watched. The rapper said ´stop the music´, then announced ´make noise for my baby mama right here,´ with a wide smile. Kanye´s announcement prompted a flurry of excited tweets from the audience. Watch announcement below...The two have been dating for eight months. They have previously denied pregnancy rumours. Kim is thought to be around the 12-week mark.

Among Top News Stories,
a War Is Missing
New York Times, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 2:38:20 AM     Post Reply
Look closely at the end-of-the-year lists of 2012’s top news stories. What’s missing? The 11-year-old war in Afghanistan and American-led counterterrorism efforts around the world. The Pew Research Center’s weekly polling on the public’s interest in news stories showed such a low level of interest that the overseas conflicts didn’t make the organization’s list of the year’s top 15 stories. Nor did the Afghan war come up often when The Associated Press conducted its annual poll of editors and news directors in the United States. The only overseas stories voted to be the year’s top news stories



India gang-rape victim´s family
want killers executed
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/31/2012 12:46:33 AM     Post Reply
NEW DELHI: The family of a murdered Indian gang-rape victim will not rest until her killers are hanged, her brother said in an interview published on Monday. "The fight has just begun. We want all the accused hanged, and we will fight for that, till the end," the brother told the Indian Express. Six men are facing murder charges after allegedly luring the 23-year-old onto a bus in New Delhi on December 16 and then taking it in turns to rape her before throwing her out of the moving vehicle. She died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital

Obama signs warrant-less
surveillance bill
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 12:35:48 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama Sunday signed a five-year extension of the law allowing warrant-less electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists, the White House said. The statement from the press secretary´s office simply stated the president had signed the measure, without which the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would have expired at year´s end. The Senate had given its approval to the re-authorization of the act´s provisions on a 73-23 vote Friday, the Los Angeles Times said. The House had passed it previously. The law has bee criticized by privacy advocates,

Senate approves Baer to head
Justice Department´s antitrust team
Reuters, by Doug Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 12:22:08 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The U.S. Senate on Sunday approved prominent antitrust attorney William Baer to head the Justice Department´s Antitrust Division 10 months after he was tapped by President Barack Obama. The Senate voted 64-26 to approve Baer´s nomination, which ran into problems with some Republicans because of secret information in an FBI background report. (Snip) The Justice Department´s Antitrust Division, along with the FTC, reviews mergers to ensure they comply with antitrust law and prosecutes price-fixing and other antitrust violations. Baer first joined FTC as a young attorney

Exclusive: Huawei partner
offered embargoed HP gear to Iran
Reuters, by Steve Stecklow*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 12:08:53 AM     Post Reply
A major Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran´s largest mobile-phone operator in late 2010, documents show. China´s Huawei, the world´s second largest telecommunications equipment maker, says neither it nor its partner, a private company registered in Hong Kong, ultimately provided the HP products to the telecom, Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran, known as MCI. Nevertheless, the incident provides new evidence of how Chinese companies have been willing to help Iran evade



Publisher Tribune to emerge
from bankruptcy on December 31
Reuters, by Sakthi Prasad    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 11:56:27 PM     Post Reply
Bangalore - U.S. media giant The Tribune Co, owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, said late on Sunday it will emerge from bankruptcy on December 31, ending four years of Chapter 11 reorganization. Chicago-based Tribune said it will emerge from the Chapter 11 process with a portfolio of profitable assets that will include eight major daily newspapers and 23 TV stations. The company will also have a new board of directors. As part of the Chapter 11 exit, the company will close on a new $1.1 billion senior secured term loan and a new $300 million asset-based revolving credit

Offers fly, but still no
‘fiscal cliff’ agreement
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan and Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 11:52:40 PM     Post Reply
With hours to go, President Obama and Congress barreled toward the New Year´s Day “fiscal cliff,” trading last-minute offers and narrowing the range of options Sunday, but reaching no deal. “There’s still significant distance between the two sides,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, announced Sunday evening, though he said there was still time to reach agreement by Monday’s midnight deadline. “We intend to continue negotiations.” Talks were so broken at one point Sunday that the top Republican negotiator, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, bypassed Mr. Reid to speak

Senate negotiators yet to
reach ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
as clock winds down
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 11:49:54 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joseph Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell were locked in urgent talks late Sunday over the “fiscal cliff” after Democrats offered several significant concessions on taxes, including a proposal to raise rates only on earnings over $450,000 a year. With a New Year’s Eve deadline hours away, Democrats abandoned their earlier demand to raise tax rates on household income over $250,000 a year, as President Obama vowed during the recent presidential campaign. They also relented on the politically sensitive issue of the estate tax, promising to stage a vote in the Senate that would guarantee that

Graham changes mind: ‘I think
we’re going over the cliff’
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 11:47:42 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who earlier Sunday said there was an “exceedingly good” chance of getting at least a small fiscal cliff deal done, has apparently changed his mind. Graham is now predicting that cliff will not be averted. “I’m incredibly disappointed we cannot seem to find common ground,” Graham said on his official Twitter feed. “I think we’re going over the cliff.”



From partisan perspective,
‘cliff’ may not be that scary
Washington Post, by Zachary A Goldfarb &Rosalind S Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 11:45:55 PM     Post Reply
To many Americans, what’s going on in Washington looks like a circus show that isn’t the least bit entertaining — the nation’s leaders seemingly unable to come up with a deal that keeps most people from paying higher taxes. But there is a logic to it. For all the posturing of the last few weeks, both sides see a measure of political upside in going over the “fiscal cliff” — or, at the least, an advantage in waiting until the last minute, since they want to avoid drawing the ire of their most loyal

As ‘fiscal cliff’ looms, Republicans
have no political incentive to
make deal with Obama
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 11:43:15 PM     Post Reply
Amid the last-minute wrangling over a “fiscal cliff” deal, it’s important to remember one overlooked fact of the 2012 election: Republicans in the House and Senate have absolutely no political incentive to compromise with President Obama. The numbers are stark. Of the 234 Republicans elected to the House on Nov. 6, just 15 (!) sit in congressional districts that Obama also won that day, according to calculations made by the Cook Political Report’s ace analyst David Wasserman. That’s an infinitesimally small number, particularly when compared

Lawmakers Leave Capitol
Without a Deal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 11:40:02 PM     Post Reply
Washington D.C. lawmakers in both chambers left the capitol on early Sunday night after negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff fell apart in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) said there is "still time left to reach an agreement.” In the meantime, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will continue negotiations on the phone tonight with Vice President Joe Biden. McConnell told reporters, “There’s no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. The sticking point appears to be the willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal.

Deal reached for stopping
spike in milk prices
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 11:31:38 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. (Snip) In addition to the one-year extension that has the backing of the committees, the House GOP is also considering two other extension bills: a one-month extension and an even smaller bill that would merely extend dairy policy that expires Jan. 1. Expiration of those dairy programs could mean higher prices at the grocery store within a few weeks.

Venezuela VP: Chavez
suffers ´new complications´
Associated Press, by Ian James    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 11:21:17 PM     Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela - Hugo Chavez has suffered "new complications" following his cancer surgery in Cuba, his vice president said Sunday, describing the Venezuelan leader´s condition as delicate. Vice President Nicolas Maduro spoke with a solemn expression in a televised address from Havana, saying he had spoken with Chavez and that the president sent greetings to his homeland. Maduro did not give details about the complications, which he said came amid a respiratory infection. "Several minutes ago we were with President Chavez. We greeted each other and he himself referred to these


Preener in Chief
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 11:01:17 PM     Post Reply
The results of the 2010 elections raised the question of what the president’s role would be in the legislative process in a period when the two houses of Congress were run by two different parties. It could have turned out that such a situation would give the president more power—making the Democratic senate irrelevant and creating a dynamic of direct engagement between the Republican House and the chief executive. Or it could have turned out that such a situation would give the president less power—making it so difficult to get legislation through congress

Fiscal cliff: Industries serving
military would lose jobs
Union-Tribune [San Diego, CA], by Nathan Max    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 10:06:44 PM     Post Reply
With its heavy concentration of military facilities and defense companies, San Diego could be one of the hardest hit regions in the country by the fiscal cliff. The process called sequestration calls for automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over 10 years, split equally between military and domestic programs. The effect of sequestration on the Defense Department wouldn’t be immediate, however, giving the military time to avert a worst-case scenario. Funding for active-duty military personnel will be exempt from the cuts. Longer term, if no deal is reached, the impact on the local economy would be

Obama Seizing Sole
Authority for US Defense
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 9:56:52 PM     Post Reply
In an attempt to seize total control over national security and bypass congress, a frightening new step by the Obama Administration is coming into play. As noted in Friday’s Wall Street Journal in an op-ed by John Bolton and John Woo, a State Department advisory group that is run by former Secretary of Defense William Perry is advising that the U.S. and Russia both reduce nuclear weapons without a treaty, as a treaty would require ratification by Congress. This would allow Obama and his executive branch to unilaterally cut our nuclear weaponry and ignore the treaty clause of the

WashPost´s Endorsement Of Kerry:
Curious And Curiouser
Cybercast News Service, by Ken Blackwell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 9:47:01 PM     Post Reply
The editorial staff of the Washington Post surely meant well. They wanted readers to think that Sen. John Kerry´s vast experience in foreign policy over four decades equips him to serve as Secretary of State in the second Obama administration. (Snip) As to his qualifications for that role, we´re reminded of Frederick the Great´s response when he was urged to make a less than stellar general a field marshal. Reminded the only-occasionally victorious general had been in every battle for years, Frederick pointed to his mount: "So has my mule. Must I make him a field marshal, too?"

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