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Republicans Deserved to Lose
National Review Online, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 1/1/2013 7:31:53 AM     Post Reply
The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back — and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens

The Socialist Mind Game:
A Brief Manual
AmericanThinker.com, by Oleg Atbashian    Original Article
Posted By: javaboy- 1/1/2013 7:11:23 AM     Post Reply
We are being played; it´s time we learned the game. Conservatives have their Constitution. Progressives have their Narrative. The current battle for America is between these two concepts, and each side uses different rules to fight it. One set of rules is consistent with an unchanging objective: limited government and individual freedoms. The other side´s rules are as fickle as their goals, which are never fully disclosed beyond the equivocal references to fairness and hyphenated forms of justice.

The eight senators who voted ´no´
Politico, by Kate Nocera    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 7:08:41 AM     Post Reply
Here are the eight U.S. senators who voted against the bipartisan fiscal cliff deal reached by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) Sen. Tom Carper (D-Md.) Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

  


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Senate fiscal proposal:
$620B in tax hikes,
$15B in spending cuts
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 7:03:56 AM     Post Reply
While senators were aiming for an early morning vote on their in-the-works fiscal deal, calculations from congressional number-crunchers quickly raised questions about how House Republicans would take it. In short, according to rough calculations forwarded by a source close to the talks, the proposal would include $620 billion in new tax hikes and $15 billion in net spending cuts. That kind of lopsided ratio could turn off House conservatives, presuming the bill clears the Senate. One Republican predicted House leaders may only be able to attract 70 Republicans in the chamber.

Report: Israeli Doctors Treat
Obama´s Grandmother
Breitbart Big Peace, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 6:56:42 AM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama´s step-grandmother, Sarah Onyango Obama, received emergency eye surgery from Israeli doctors in an Israeli-run hospital in Equatorial Guinea last week, the Times of Israel reports. Sarah Onyango Obama is the third wife of Hussein Onyango Obama, President Obama´s grandfather. She is apparently the source for much of what President Obama knows about his family in Kenya, and is one of the most important sources of family lore cited by Obama in his first memoir, Dreams from my Father. Mrs. Obama was transported from her rural village of Nyang’oma Kogelo in western Kenya to the hospital

Missing Breitbart
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/1/2013 5:20:59 AM     Post Reply
Just before Christmas, after only being able to watch it in bits and pieces during October and November, I finally had the chance to take in the documentary film Hating Breitbart in one sitting. What prompted me to do so was some unfortunate news, namely a lawsuit filed by the immensely talented Dana Loesch signifying that the late Andrew Breitbart’s nascent publishing empire may be imploding. (Snip) While viewing the film, I could not help but wonder whether November’s presidential election might have turned out differently if Andrew had not died on March 1.

Latest! Hillary Clinton
Confirms Brain Crisis
National Enquirer, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/1/2013 5:15:21 AM     Post Reply
New York--A rep for hospitalized Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirms the blood clot is lodged near her brain confirming The National Enquirer´s special reports on her condition. (Snip)“Behind the scenes,Hillary has suffered blinding headaches, problems with her vision and memory, plus terrifying blackouts – and those closest to her say she’s hiding a brain cancer secret,” a source revealed, according to our bombshell report. “If Hillary is indeed diagnosed with brain cancer, the fear that she could die in a manner of months has devastated those in her inner circle.

  


  

Late Obama Appearance
Ruffled Cliff Talks
- Thread Closed
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Nicholas    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/1/2013 4:53:26 AM     Post Reply
Washington--With negotiators finally making progress toward averting the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama on Monday staged a public appearance that for a few anxious moments seemed to derail the talks. The event was part progress report, part pep rally, as the president announced that a deal was "in sight." At the same time, he put Republicans on alert that he wouldn´t let them "shove spending cuts at us" that would hurt middle-class families and said future deficit deals would require more tax increases. He poked fun at lawmakers, saying that "with this Congress," a big deficit reduction

Pakistan ´frees Afghan Taliban
ex-minister Mullah Turabi´
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/1/2013 2:58:20 AM     Post Reply
Pakistan has freed the Afghan Taliban´s ex-justice minister, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, and three other Taliban prisoners, officials say. Afghan officials have been in talks with Pakistani counterparts to try to free certain Taliban prisoners in order to push forward a peace process. (Snip) The officials named the other men released as: Mullah Abdul Bari - a former governor - Mullah Allahdad - a former deputy communications minister - Mullah Azam - a former guard of Taliban leader Mullah Omar - Our correspondent says the officials hope that Mullah Turabi´s release will encourage field commanders to lay

After Chávez, Who?
New Yorker, by Boris Muñoz    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/1/2013 2:42:03 AM     Post Reply
After two weeks of rumors about the health of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, his Vice-President, Nicolás Maduro, announced on Sunday that the situation was “delicate.” He had flown to Cuba, where Chávez is being treated, to be at his side. This came just a few days after a televised Christmas Eve speech in which Maduro said that Chávez had called him from the CIMEQ—an exclusive hospital in Havana—and was “up and taking exercise.” That announcement had increased the confusion that reigns in Venezuela because of its blatant contradictions with an official report

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

  


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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

  


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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

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