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In Texas, a spaceport struggles to soar
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 3:22:26 PM     Post Reply
Brownville, TX - Texas space aficionados hope rockets will someday be launched into orbit from a beachside site near the U.S.-Mexico border, but a tight state budget and a previously frustrated attempt to land such a spaceport could complicate efforts. Backers of a proposal to build a launch site at Boca Chica Beach, about 25 miles east of Brownsville, concede finding more money to lure California-based SpaceX to the state´s southernmost tip will be a challenge. (Snip) Still, some officials think the state´s ability to offer a blank canvas for a dedicated commercial spaceport in the same state
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Hillary Clinton admitted
to hospital with blood clot
following concussion
New York Daily News, by Vera Chinese, Edgar Sandoval*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 3:11:04 PM     Post Reply
An anguished-looking Chelsea Clinton was seen leaving the Manhattan hospital on Monday where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is receiving emergency treatment for a blood clot stemming from a concussion. Clinton hit her head earlier this month when she fainted while battling a stomach bug. State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said doctors discovered the clot while conducting a followup exam Sunday. She is being treated with anti-coagulants.On Monday, Chelsea emerged from a side entrance of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, bundled up against the cold in a black down coat and red scarf.

Taxpayers fork out
£150million a year for
´benefit brood´ families with
more than five children
Daily Mail (UK), by Emma Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 3:03:39 PM     Post Reply
Families with more than five children are costing the taxpayer an astonishing £150million in child benefits every year. At least one parent in 40,000 families with five or more children is claiming jobseeker´s allowance, incapacity benefit, disability allowance, pension or another income boost as well as child benefit. It is estimated that the total cost to the public of these super-sized families comes to at least £350million a year. The families claiming extra benefits include 180 with ten or more children and ten with as many as 13.



Blasts Aimed at Iraqi Shiites,
Police Kill 23
Associated Press, by Sinan Salaheddin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 2:50:17 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD -Insurgents launched a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday, primarily targeting Shiite communities and pilgrims and killing at least 23 people, officials said. The attacks appeared aimed at undermining security and confidence in the government by fomenting sectarian conflict. Overall violence has dropped since the nation neared a civil war several years ago, but attacks of a sectarian nature come almost daily, and government forces seem powerless to prevent them. The deadliest blasts on Monday were in the town of Musayyib, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital,

Ban on demanding Facebook
passwords among new 2013 state laws
Reuters, by James B. Kelleher    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 2:23:52 PM     Post Reply
Chicago - Employers in California and Illinois will be prohibited from demanding access to workers´ password-protected social networking accounts and teachers in Oregon will be required to report suspected student bullies thanks to new laws taking effect in 2013. (Snip) In New Hampshire, a rarely used form of late-term abortion will become illegal except to save the life of the mother - and even then only if two doctors from separate hospitals certify the procedure is medically necessary. John Lynch, the state´s outgoing Democratic governor, had vetoed the measure, saying it would threaten the lives of

Analysis: Venezuela´s Maduro
channels Chavez, lacks his charisma
Reuters, by Daniel Wallis & Brian Ellsworth    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 1:59:25 PM     Post Reply
Caracas - He uses Hugo Chavez´s bombastic language, brandishes the constitution and showers opponents with vitriol at every turn. But Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to replicate the extraordinary charisma of his boss, who is battling to recover from cancer surgery in Cuba. Named as heir apparent by Chavez just before the president returned to Havana for his fourth surgery in December, the 50-year-old former bus driver has become the face of the socialist government in South America´s top oil exporter. Though diplomats say he is easy-going in conversations behind closed

Judge allows ban on funds
to Planned Parenthood
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 1:46:41 PM     Post Reply
Austin, TX - A Texas judge has ruled that the state may cut off funding to Planned Parenthood´s family planning programs for poor women. Attorney general spokeswoman Lauren Bean said Judge Gary Harger has ruled that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding just because they advocate for abortion rights. The state has long banned the use of state funds for abortion. At issue Monday was whether Planned Parenthood and other abortion-rights groups could continue to provide preventive health care to poor women as part of the Women´s



President Obama is Responsible
for Our Fiscal Mess
American Thinker, by Neil Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 1:44:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is responsible for our fiscal mess. I´m not exaggerating, and I´m not saying that simply because I think that Barack Obama is a terrible president, although I do think that he´s an awful president. I´m saying that because the president has had ample opportunity over the past four years to arrive at a compromise solution to our immediate fiscal problem and then to make headway toward dealing with our longer-term fiscal issues, but he has failed miserably. If the president had taken some of the advice of his own National Commission

Man killed, 3 others wounded
Sunday night
Chicago Tribune, by Peter Nickeas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 1:40:08 PM     Post Reply
A man was killed and another young man shot in the head in separate South and Northwest side shootings about the same time Sunday night, authorities said. The shooting death was the third gunshot wound homicide in Chicago since 11 a.m. Sunday -- one happened about 11:30 a.m. and the other about 5:10 p.m. The man killed, 19-year-old Junior Estudillo, was shot about 10:10 p.m. near the intersection of School Street and Keeler Avenue in the Kilbourn Park neighborhood while he was in a car with two other people, police said.

Ann Coulter rails against
NRA’s Wayne LaPierre
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 12/31/2012 1:34:31 PM     Post Reply
On Sean Hannity’s radio show last Friday with Mark Simone filling in for Hannity, conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter expressed her dissatisfaction with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, particularly his “Meet the Press” appearance on NBC from a week ago. Coulter suggested LaPierre and other gun supporters should become familiar with the works of John Lott, whose 1998 book “More Guns, Less Crime” makes an argument against limiting the number of firearms.

In Bay State, more taxes, fewer jobs
Boston Herald, by Holly Robichaud    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 1:27:19 PM     Post Reply
Brace for impact because 2013 is not an election year, so Bacon Hill politicians will be up to their old tricks. You can count on the following helping next year: After months of Gov. Patrick galavanting around the country on behalf of the Obama campaign and failing to focus on the home front, the commonwealth is facing revenue problems. Instead of focusing on the heart of the economic problem, Deval and Bacon Hill leaders will raise our taxes. It is not a matter of if. It is a matter of when and how much.



Sources: ´Fiscal cliff´deal emerging
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 1:16:59 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The contours of a deal to avert the ´fiscal cliff´ emerged Monday, with Democrats and Republicans agreeing to raise tax rates on family income over $450,000 a year, increase the estate tax rate and extend unemployment benefits for one year, officials familiar with the negotiations said. But with a midnight deadline rapidly approaching, both sides were at an impasse over whether to put off automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1, and if so, how to pay for that. Democrats want to put off the cuts for one year and offset

Politico: Breitbart Leads
the Opposition
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 1:13:35 PM     Post Reply
The left-leaning, DC-based Politico news outlet has named--or blamed--Breitbart News as the leader of the opposition to Speaker of the House John Boehner: "The main anti-Boehner grumbling is coming from conservative media outlets like Breitbart and Hot Air, and outside groups such as American Majority Action." In fact, Breitbart News has not opposed Boehner´s speakership as such, but has reported on possible challenges stemming from his apparent weakness in "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Barack Obama, his purge of conservative members from key leadership positions, and his failure to unite the Republican caucus behind "Plan B" proposals to

Bolton trashes Clinton PR operation
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/31/2012 1:11:57 PM     Post Reply
A cable-news quip by Fox News contributor John Bolton is looking even more dubious following yesterday’s news that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had checked in to New York Presbyterian Hospital to treat a blood clot associated with a concussion she’d sustained earlier in December. That concussion kept Clinton from appearing at a Dec. 20 congressional hearing on Benghazi, a set of circumstances that triggered a certain meter of Bolton’s. In a Dec. 17 appearance on Fox News’s “On the Record,” he said:

Obama, Clinton most
admired man, woman
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 1:09:18 PM     Post Reply
PRINCETON, N.J.- Americans named President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the most admired man and woman alive, a Gallup survey indicated. Clinton is the Most Admired Woman for the 11th year in a row, while Obama has been the Most Admired Man five years running, results of a USA Today-Gallup poll released Monday indicated. First lady Michelle Obama, television daytime host Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were behind Clinton on the Most Admired Woman list. Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, evangelist



Obama approves pay
raise for Congress
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 12:59:10 PM     Post Reply
Washington - As Americans brace for across-the-board tax hikes, President Obama is giving members of Congress -- and his No. 2 -- a pay raise. Obama signed an executive order last week that will lift a ban on pay freezes for federal employees. So who benefits? Vice President Biden, for starters. According to disclosure forms, Biden made $225,521 last year. After his raise which goes into effect March 27, 2013, he’ll be taking home $231,900. Rank-and-file members of Congress, meanwhile, will see a $900 bump -- up from $174,000. Congressional leaders will receive a slightly higher raise,

800,000 civilian furloughs at
stake if spending cuts go
into effect, Pentagon says
Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño,    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/31/2012 12:52:32 PM     Post Reply
On the edge of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Pentagon officials said Monday they could have to order furloughs for up to 800,000 civilian employees if lawmakers failed to cancel pending spending reductions. The military’s service chiefs, who have already been making cuts as part of a separate, long-term effort to wean down the defense budget, are now working to assess the impact of the congressionally mandated cuts if the White House and lawmakers fail to strike a last-minute deal. If no such agreement is reached before the end of 2012, the sweeping fiscal retrenchment would begin Wednesday.

FBI subpoena targets 5 Trenton
housing projects from Mayor
Douglas Palmer´s administration
The Times [Trenton, NJ], by Alex Zdan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/31/2012 12:31:36 PM     Post Reply
Trenton - The FBI is investigating all funding sources for five housing projects started under former Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer´s administration, according to a federal subpoena obtained today by The Times of Trenton. All five projects being investigated involved developer Robert Kahan, whose company Tara Developers was a frequent fixture of city projects during the second half of Palmer´s 20-year tenure as mayor.(Snip) The latest federal probe into Trenton development projects is apparently unrelated to the pending case against current Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, who has been indicted on charges he accepted bribes from a developer seeking to build

GOP sets record for quickest
surrender in history
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: fishbone- 12/31/2012 11:53:59 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday, the Republican leadership insisted there would be no fiscal cliff deal unless there was a cap on cost of living adjustments for social security. They were adamant - a deal killer. That was yesterday. By last night, that strong stance had melted like a stick of butter at a midsummer Grant Park picnic. The Hill: Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Social Security cuts are all but off the table. She said that the issue would be "a part of a larger debate," later in 2013 when Congress considers raising the debt-ceiling limit.
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NBC reporter raises
Hillary Clinton questions
Politico, by Kevin Robillard    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/31/2012 11:04:07 AM     Post Reply
The top science reporter for NBC News raised questions Monday about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hospitalization, raising the possibility the blood clot causing isn’t linked to an earlier concussion. “It’s not exactly clear what is happening with Secretary Clinton’s health,” NBC News chief science and health correspondent Robert Bazell said. “All we have is a statement from her office. The hospital isn’t saying anything and the statement from her [office] says that she had this blood clot that stemmed from the concussion and she’s being treated with blood-thinning drugs,” Bazell continued.


Craigslist sperm donor forced to pay
child support to lesbian couple despite
giving up parental rights to daughter before
Daily Mail (UK), by staff    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 12/31/2012 10:47:30 AM     Post Reply
A sperm donor has been forced to pay child support to the lesbian couple who found him via Craigslist. Angela Bauer, 40, and partner Jennifer Schreiner, 34, placed an ad on the site three years ago for a donor which was answered by William Marotta. He provided sperm which was used for artificial insemination on Ms Schreiner. In return, Mr Marotta gave up parental rights including financial duties for the child.

Fiscal cliff: Major
progress toward deal
Politico, by John Bresnahan*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 10:44:57 AM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden engaged in furious overnight negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and made major progress toward a year-end tax deal, giving sudden hope to high-stakes talks that had been on the brink of collapse, according to sources familiar with the discussion. McConnell and Biden, who served in the Senate together for 23 years, are closing in on an agreement that would hike tax rates for families who earn more than $450,000, and individuals who make more than $400,000, according to sources familiar with talks. That would mark

Isakson: Negotiations at Point
Where ‘Revenue is No
Longer a Question’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 10:41:19 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said this morning on CNN that he believes fiscal cliff negotiations have progressed to a point where “the revenue issue is no longer a question.” “I think we stand close to a deal,” the senator said. “The question is making sure any new revenues go to debt spending reduction and deficit relief rather than new spending. It’s deficits that got us into this problem. It’s only reducing deficits that get us out of this problem,” he added. Democrats this morning offered $450,000 as a deal

Who’s Attacking the Constitution Now?
Reason, by A. Barton Hinkle    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 12/31/2012 10:33:01 AM     Post Reply
Many ardent supporters of the Second Amendment are not quite so ardent about the First. And vice versa. A few days ago CNN host Piers Morgan got into it with the head of a gun-rights group. Now more than 87,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that Morgan, who is British, be deported for his “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution.” But the First Amendment does not exempt British nationals, which means those signing the petition are also committing a hostile attack against the Constitution. The irony is probably lost on them.

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