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Senate approves fiscal crisis
deal after missed deadline,
bill goes to House
Fox News, by Ed Henry & Chad Pergram*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/1/2013 2:34:13 AM     Post Reply
The Senate approved a scaled-down package early Tuesday morning aimed at halting historic tax hikes for most Americans and postponing across-the-board spending cuts, just hours after Congress missed a midnight deadline for action. The Senate voted 89-8 in favor of the package, which was hastily pulled together after a late-night deal between White House and Senate Republican negotiators. For the near-term, it appears a tax hike will technically go into effect on Jan. 1, as the midnight deadline was missed. In total, $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts are scheduled to hit in the new year

Bandleader Guy Lombardo´s
legacy kept in SW Fla.
News-Press [Fort Myers FL], by Mary Wozniak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 12:48:46 AM     Post Reply
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The history of New Year´s Eve resides in southwest Florida, where descendants of the late, great bandleader Guy Lombardo try to keep his legacy alive with a treasure trove of memories and memorabilia. Two nieces and a nephew of Lombardo proudly display historical items from Lombardo´s heyday in their homes in Fort Myers and Sanibel, but much more languishes in two storage units in south Fort Myers. The relatives have offered the overflow to three colleges, but there have been no takers. They would like to see the memorabilia on loan to a place

Merry Cliffmas!
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 12:44:13 AM     Post Reply
Here is a summary of where things stand on the "fiscal cliff," with just minutes to spare before the midnight deadline, after which the Bush tax cuts will expire and massive automatic spending cuts are implemented. The White House--meaning Vice President Joe Biden, since President Barack Obama has been AWOL from negotiations--has reached a deal with Senate Republicans, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KS). The rough terms are as follows: an extension of the Bush tax cuts for households earning less than $450,000 per year; an extension of unemployment benefits for the next



Politico: Breitbart Leads the Opposition
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/1/2013 12:41:57 AM     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." {Snip) Breitbart News has also proudly and comprehensively covered opposition to tax hikes from the conservative grass roots, as well as pointing out the failure of such policies in "blue" states such as Illinois and California. We are not alone. In addition to the other outlets and

Obama´s New Economic Normal:
Seven Devastating Facts
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/1/2013 12:27:13 AM     Post Reply
America is entering a new economic normal, a reality where almost everything that should be going up is going down, and everything that should be going down is going up. The United States begins 2013 in uncharted economic waters; America has never been here before. Consider, for example, these seven “firsts” for the U.S. economy: 1. All-time record annual average gas price: In 2012, the average cost of a gallon of gas eclipsed the previous record by nine cents, bringing the annual average to $3.60. 2. All-time record food stamp participation: As of last month, for the first time in American

Georgetown Law professor:
Scrap ‘archaic, idiosyncratic
and downright evil’ Constitution
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 12:20:49 AM     Post Reply
With hours to go before nation heads off the fiscal cliff, Georgetown Law professor Louis Michael Seidman writes that the time has come to scrap the Constitution. In an op-ed published in the New York Times Monday, Seidman, a constitutional law professor, claimed that the nation’s foundational document is the real impediment to progress and solutions to America’s troubles. “As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken,” Seidman wrote. “But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on

Group: Boehner Can´t Get
Majority of GOP to Back Deal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/1/2013 12:18:01 AM     Post Reply
American Majority Action, the conservative group that’s leading the charge against House Speaker John Boehner continuing in his current position, said Monday evening that Boehner doesn’t have at least 50 percent of his House GOP members’ support for the fiscal cliff deal that Senate leaders and the White House have reportedly cut. {Snip) In an email to reporters late Monday, AMA spokesman Ron Meyer said he’s “heard directly from senior GOP conservative members in the House that Speaker Boehner does not have a majority of support from the GOP caucus--not even close.”



The Magna Carta: an old piece
of parchment that made England
a nation – let´s celebrate it
Telegraph [UK], by Philip Johnston    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/31/2012 11:39:38 PM     Post Reply
The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, in 2015, is fast approaching, and we should do it justice. Forty years ago today, the United Kingdom joined what was then called the European Economic Community. [Snip] For our part, we were more interested in the economic than the community bit of the EEC. With an economy seemingly in terminal decline and with continental Europe enjoying faster growth and lower inflation, the Common Market seemed like the route to prosperity until the oil price shock of 1974 dished that prospect. So, did we sell our sovereignty for a mess of pottage?

Clinton’s physicians expect ‘full recovery’
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 11:19:45 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was being monitored closely at a New York hospital Monday night, although doctors said she was making “excellent progress” toward “a full recovery” from a blood clot inside her skull. Doctors discovered the clot Sunday during a routine MRI as part of a follow-up exam to a concussion Mrs. Clinton sustained in mid-December after dehydration from an acute stomach virus caused her to faint and hit her head. “The scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated

Over the ‘fiscal cliff,’
but talks continue
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 11:17:27 PM     Post Reply
Congress careened over the edge of the “fiscal cliff” Monday, even as outlines of a deal emerged on Capitol Hill that could quickly close the hole and keep rates low for most taxpayers, and delay deep spending cuts for several months. The White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the top Republican negotiator, settled on the outlines Monday evening, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden was at the Capitol to sell the deal to reluctant Democrats. Democratic leaders were holding out hope for a late-night Senate vote to try to create momentum

Obama, Senate Republicans
reach agreement on ‘fiscal cliff’
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 11:15:35 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and Senate leaders struck a bipartisan agreement late Monday to let income taxes rise sharply for the first time in two decades, fulfilling Obama’s promise to raise taxes on the rich and avoiding the worst effects of the “fiscal cliff.” The agreement, brokered by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), primarily targets taxpayers who earn more than $450,000 per year, raising their rates for wages and investment profits. At the same time, the deal would protect more than 100 million households earning less than $250,000 a year



Obama’s Crisis Demagoguery
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 11:13:01 PM     Post Reply
There may be a last-minute compromise reached today in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff, but not if President Obama has anything to say about it. Even as Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were believed to have led the effort to have the structure of a deal in place for the two houses of Congress to vote on later today, the president emerged to make a statement that seemed geared to scuttling the negotiations. In a campaign-style event, the president spoke of a possible accord

ObamaCare, 2013, and the
Start of the GOP Comeback
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 11:09:11 PM     Post Reply
Right now the political landscape is grim for Republicans–and in the short term, thanks to the so-called fiscal cliff, things may get grimmer still. But moments like these can pass, often quicker than we think. And next year may turn out to be one in which the pernicious effects of the Affordable Care Act–aka ObamaCare–really begin to kick in, from higher premiums to the loss of employer-based health insurance to the start of enrollment in insurance exchanges. It will become more and more clear to the public what a nightmarish law

Obama’s Press Conference
National Review Online, by Veronique de Rugy    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/31/2012 11:05:54 PM     Post Reply
Robert Costa has the details below of the tax deal that was just supposedly agreed upon in the Senate. From the sound of it, it seems that we would get certain tax increases and spending increases such as the unemployment-insurance extension and other tax credits, in exchange for no spending cuts. I understand now why the president seemed so happy during his 1:30 p.m. press conference. Regarding the press conference, I thought the level of inconsistency coming out from the president’s talking points was even greater than usual. For instance, he talks

North Korean leader, in
rare address, seeks end to
confrontation with South
Reuters, by Jack Kim    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 10:33:39 PM     Post Reply
Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. The address by Kim, who took over power in the reclusive state after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers. Impoverished North Korea raised tensions in the region by launching a long-range rocket in December that it said was aimed at putting a scientific satellite in



Doctors Expect Clinton to Recover
Fully From Blood Clot Near Brain
New York Times, by Helene Cooper & Denise Grady    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 10:21:42 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s blood clot formed in her head, her doctors said on Monday, a potentially serious condition from which they nonetheless stressed they expect her to fully recover. Mrs. Clinton was hospitalized Sunday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for the blood clot — in a vein between the brain and the skull and behind her right ear — and doctors said on Monday that it had not resulted in a stroke or neurological damage. They said they were treating her with blood thinners to try to dissolve the clot. “She will be released once the medication dose has been

A Tepid Fiscal Agreement
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/31/2012 10:11:03 PM     Post Reply
For the first time since President George W. Bush began the country’s long slide into debt by cutting taxes in 2001, a tentative agreement was reached Monday between Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate to raise income taxes on the rich. That’s what makes the deal significant: assuming it is quickly approved by Congress, it begins to reverse the ruinous pattern of dealing with Washington’s fiscal problems only through spending cuts. (Snip) Given that the Bush-era tax cuts expire on Jan. 1, Republicans were forced to give ground on their philosophical opposition to higher taxes,

Brownback’s life permeated
by his strong personal faith
Wichita Eagle [KS], by Brent D Wistrom    Original Article
Posted By: wildcat1- 12/31/2012 9:39:33 PM     Post Reply
TOPEKA — Some call him “Pastor Sam.” He occasionally evokes a preacher’s tone while citing lengthy Bible passages to a crowd of worshippers. And he openly embraces the Lord in the Capitol, praying with lawmakers, priests and ordinary Kansans. Through his bold promotion of Christianity and faith-based programs, Gov. Sam Brownback has brought religion into the public sphere more than any governor in generations. It has heartened some, while drawing criticism from others who see it as a threat to the separation of church and state.

Geithner Tells Congress
U.S. Reaches Debt Limit
Bloomberg News, by Kasia Klimasinska    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/31/2012 9:22:51 PM     Post Reply
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner told Congress that the U.S. hit its statutory debt limit, necessitating emergency steps announced last week as a way to keep funding the government and avoid default. Geithner said he had issued a “debt issuance suspension period” for the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, effective today and to last until Feb. 28, 2013. The letter said the Treasury was taking similar action for the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund. “Federal retirees and employees will be unaffected by these actions,” according to Geithner’s letter. It said the funds “will be made whole”

Hagel, the Enemy of Liberals´
Enemies, Shouldn´t be Their Friend
New Republic, by David Greenburg    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/31/2012 9:07:51 PM     Post Reply
A historian looking back on the public battle over Barack Obama’s second-term appointments might very well scratch his head as he struggles to explain the fight over the president’s next Secretary of Defense. He will look at the columns written for and against the leading nominees and see something very strange. He will notice that liberals, by and large, are rallying behind a conservative Republican, and that conservatives are pulling for a liberal Democrat. The candidate usually cited as Obama’s back-up pick—the understudy, should his first choice prove too hard to confirm—is Michèle Flournoy.


´You´ll never get in trouble
if you say I love you
once a day´: Ronald Reagan´s
touching letter to son on eve
of his wedding
Daily Mail (UK), by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 9:04:54 PM     Post Reply
Economic innovator, Republican stalwart, Middle East hardliner - Ronald Reagan wore many hats during his two terms in the White House. Hopeless romantic wasn´t one of them. However the 40th president of the United States proved himself a dab hand in matters of love when he penned a letter to his son Michael, days before the the 26-year-old´s wedding in 1971. Posted to his son´s home in Manhattan Beach, California, Reagan senior has some sage advice for a long and happy marriage. He opens by telling his adopted son that despite all the cynics, marriage can be

Recreational marijuana
clubs open in Colorado
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/31/2012 9:01:21 PM     Post Reply
DENVER -- Recreational marijuana clubs are open in Colorado. A marijuana den in Denver opened Monday for members-only group smoking, The Denver Post reported. Reggae music was on the stereo and a projector showed "The Big Lebowski." Another club opened Monday in Del Norte, in southern Colorado. The clubs are not open to the public. An attorney for Denver´s new Club 64 says the clubs are permissible under Colorado´s new constitutional amendment on marijuana. Marijuana will not be sold at the clubs. He said Club 64 has 200 members

Happy New Year! Enormous
firework display lights up
central London as UK
celebrates 2013 in style
Daily Mail (UK), by Anthony Bond    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 8:56:44 PM     Post Reply
An enormous firework display in central London has kick-started Britain´s New Year celebrations in style. About 250,000 people lined the banks of the Thames to witness the incredible display of pyrotechnics and lights. Up and down the country, millions of people packed into town´s and cities to celebrate 2013 following the astonishing success of 2012.The spectacle in London saw a quarter-of-a-million people gather on the banks of the Thames to watch the 11-minute firework show which followed the traditional counting down of the final seconds by Big Ben.

Texas health program can
exclude Planned Parenthood: judge
Reuters, by Jim Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2012 8:51:46 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas won a court victory on Monday in its effort to stop state funds under a health program for low-income women from going to clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood, a group that provides abortions at some of its facilities. A Texas judge allowed the state to go ahead with a revamped program for poor women, the Women´s Health Program, that does not include Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood said it does not provide abortions at clinics that participate in the state women´s health program. But it is the nation´s leading reproductive health and abortion provider

Manassas News & Messenger
prints final edition
WTOP-FM [Washington DC], by Kathy Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/31/2012 7:57:24 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The Manassas News & Messenger is no more. The paper printed its final edition after 143 years of covering the news in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park Sunday. The paper´s parent company, the Warren Buffet-owned World Media Enterprises, decided to close the paper and its website InsideNoVa.com in November, saying the paper was losing money, was in a competitive news market, (Snip)Two local weekly print newspapers were created within weeks of the announced closing to fill the void left by the News & Messenger.

Krauthammer: Obama showed
´incredible arrogance´ in
´astonishing´ press conference
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 12/31/2012 7:56:27 PM     Post Reply
On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer voiced his displeasure over President Barack Obama’s New Year’s Eve press conference, which came during intense fiscal cliff negotiations on Capitol Hill. “I found it astonishing,” Krauthammer said. “Here he is — coming out to speak to the nation at a crucial moment in very delicate negotiations — and he comes out there with incredible arrogance. He ridicules the Congress. He spikes the football on the Republicans.

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