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Hundreds of cars torched in French
New Year ´tradition´
Associated Press, by staff    Original Article
Posted By: schnapps- 1/2/2013 2:21:30 PM     Post Reply
Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday that 1,193 vehicles were torched by French youths overnight in what has become a dubious New Year´s Eve tradition. Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Year’s Eve, set afire by young revelers, a much lamented tradition that remained intact this year with 1,193 vehicles burned, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday. His announcement was the first time in three years that such figures have been released. The conservative government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to stop publishing them in a bid to reduce the crime

Is Texas Sen. John Cornyn
ripe for a primary challenge?
Houston Chronicle, by David Jennings    Original Article
Posted By: draggingtree- 1/2/2013 2:16:57 PM     Post Reply
After his vote to increase the deficit in the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations, I think so. Definitely so. Think about it. He voted to increase federal income taxes on “rich folks”, giving more revenue to a bloated government without demanding cuts in spending. He voted to increase capital gains taxes without demanding cuts in spending. He voted to increase dividend taxes without demanding cuts in spending. He voted to extend unemployment payments to the tune of $30 billion in more debt without demanding cuts
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Flooding of 2 Police Warehouses
Destroys Evidence Needed for
Criminal Trials
New York Times, by J. David Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2013 2:12:04 PM     Post Reply
Perched on a narrow crook of land jutting into New York Harbor, the Erie Basin auto pound and evidence warehouse seems a logical place to store hundreds of seized cars, thousands of guns and 9,846 barrels of evidence containing sensitive DNA material. It is easy for the New York Police Department to safeguard the secluded bunker, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from potential thieves. But not, it turns out, from the surrounding water. As Hurricane Sandy lashed the city, the surge breached the warehouse’s roll-top doors



Why the 2nd Amendment
Townhall, by Walter E. Williams    Original Article
Posted By: lcl4- 1/2/2013 1:55:47 PM     Post Reply
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: "The British are not coming. ... We don´t need all these guns to kill people." Lewis´ vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment. How about a few quotes from the period and you decide whether our Founding Fathers harbored a fear of foreign tyrants. Alexander Hamilton: "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed," adding later, "If the representatives of the people betray their constituents,

As 2013 Begins, Get Ready For
An ObamaCare Tax Onslaught
Forbes, by Grace-Marie Turner    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/2/2013 1:46:38 PM     Post Reply
The third wave of ObamaCare taxes began on January 1, the latest blitz before the tsunami of changes from the health overhaul law hit in 2014. These new and higher taxes are being levied to partially pay for ObamaCare’s massive new subsidies for private health insurance and expansion of Medicaid. The most controversial of the latest ObamaCare taxes is the Medical Device Tax that hits entrepreneurial firms making equipment such as heart valves and hip replacement parts. They face a 2.3% profit on gross sales – a tax they must pay even if they have no profit at all.

Boehner makes enemies
of Christie and King
Washington Post, by Jonathan Capehart    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 1:46:17 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) both have well-earned reputations as political brawlers not to be messed with. Many a Democrat has felt the lash of their scorn and the blunt-force trauma inflicted by their sharp political elbows. But now House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the focus of their opprobrium by putting off a vote on federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. King declared Boehner’s decision not to take action on the $60 billion Sandy bill for New York and New Jersey “disgraceful.” He said that Congress was “writing off”

Obama begins second term
facing pessimistic public: Poll
Yahoo! News, by Rachel Rose Hartman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/2/2013 1:21:23 PM     Post Reply
As President Barack Obama heads into his second term, he faces a pessimistic and weary public, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released late Tuesday. The percentage of Americans satisfied with the direction of the country stands at a paltry 23 percent in a poll taken Dec. 14-17. By a margin of 50 to 47 percent, respondents said the country´s best years are over. Fifty percent of respondents said it is somewhat or very unlikely that today´s youth will have a better life than their parents. That pessimism and negativity extends to the president, according to the poll.



The fiscal cliff negotiations,
in one chart
Washington Post, by Dylan Matthews    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 1:16:17 PM     Post Reply
A while back, we posted a chart comparing the offers presented by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in the fiscal cliff talks. Since then, details of Boehner’s “plan B” option became clearer, and Vice President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hashed out a final deal and got it passed. So here’s that same chart, with the most fleshed-out version of plan B, and the final plan, included: The ultimate deal contained no spending cuts, $600 billion in new revenue and $30 billion in stimulus spending in the form of extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
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Visitors flocked to Perot
Museum in its first month
Dallas Morning News, by David Flick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 11:57:34 AM     Post Reply
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has been open exactly one month, but it’s safe to say it’s a hit. By midday Monday, 116,000 visitors had passed through the museum since Dec. 1, when it opened to local fanfare and national praise. In addition, 12,000 memberships were sold in December. Museum CEO Nicole Small said the figures were higher than expected. “We’re pleased with the overwhelming response from the community.” She attributed the crowds to favorable publicity and strong word-of-mouth response by visitors.

Voting Drives In State
Hospitals Will Continue
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 1/2/2013 11:00:35 AM     Post Reply
The director of state facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled said his department will continue to offer annual voter registration and voting assistance for patients and residents. He also said that while efforts are made to notify patients’ guardians about voting activities, a patient’s right to vote takes priority over any objections from guardians. [SNIP] The laws and rules governing voting by mentally challenged individuals remain murky, and it’s unclear whether state employees who assisted disabled patients and residents to cast ballots at early voting sites were complying with the law.
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Back to Vacation: Obama Takes
Midnight Flight to Hawaii. Round-trip
cost of president´s return trip:
$3.6 million
The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Harper    Original Article
Posted By: Scouts Out- 1/2/2013 11:00:20 AM     Post Reply
After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the "fiscal cliff" last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii. Obama had left his family days earlier to return to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff."
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Primary care doctors growing scarce
San Francisco Chronicle, by Drew Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:57:20 AM     Post Reply
Roughly 4 million additional Californians are expected to obtain health insurance by 2014 through the federal health law, an expansion that will likely exacerbate the state´s doctor shortage and could even squeeze primary care access in the Bay Area, experts say. Even without the Affordable Care Act, a worsening doctor shortage had been forecast as the state´s and nation´s population ages and grows, and as a generation of older doctors retires. But by mandating that individuals have insurance and expanding Medicaid, the law will extend coverage to an additional 30 million Americans and place a greater strain

Rooftopping? It´s just jaw-
dropping! Vertigo-inducing pictures
taken by rooftopper who
wants to take photography to
new heights
Daily Mail (UK), by Sean O´Hare    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:47:29 AM     Post Reply
If the thought of walking along the edge of skyscrapers completely unrpotected turns you queasy, it´s probably best you look away now. Daring photographer Tom Ryaboi snaps the Toronto skyline from the top of skyscrapers as a pioneer of the heart-stopping photography movement rooftopping. To achieve these breathtaking photographs, he often has to evade security guards, dogs - and even urban falcons defending their nests. Scroll down for video

Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin
double down debasing CNN brand
two nights straight
Baltimore Sun, by David Zurawik    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/2/2013 10:39:51 AM     Post Reply
Kathy Griffin´s desperate efforts to get some shock buzz New Year´s Eve on CNN were so obvious that I vowed I wouldn´t write about her (Snip)So, why am I writing about it now if I made that vow on New Year´s Eve not to? Because Tuesday night, Cooper had Griffin back on his show, and the two acted like a couple of adolescents celebrating how naughty they had been the night before. And this went on a long, long time, with video highlights and Cooper letting Griffin plug her next junky special.

Intel Is Reportedly Going
To Destroy The Cable Model
By Offering People The Ability To
Subscribe To Individual Channels
Business Insider, by Jay Yarrow    Original Article
Posted By: LadyVet- 1/2/2013 10:39:05 AM     Post Reply
Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time. Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service. Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection.



The wink that says Aloha!
Obama jets back to Hawaii
after Congress passes deal to
avert the fiscal cliff as
Republicans ´surrender´ on tax cuts
Daily Mail (UK) & Reuters, by Thomas Durante & Reuters Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:31:53 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama jetted back to Hawaii last night to continue his holiday vacation, just hours after Congress passed a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The consensus among political observers is that Obama leaves Washington victorious after winning $620billion in tax hikes from Republicans in exchange for minimal spending cuts. The President was in a triumphant mood as he addressed the nation after the vote on Capitol Hill - even winking at photographers before boarding Air Force One for a flight back to the beach-front mansion where Michelle and the children are staying.

Obama schedules potentially
‘catastrophic’ debt-ceiling ‘fiscal
cliff II’ for February
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:21:33 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama scheduled another so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis for February by announcing late Jan. 1 he would refuse to negotiate any curbs on his use of the nation’s maxed-out credit card. “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” he claimed during a late-night appearance on the last-minute resolution to the December 2012 fiscal cliff. However, the GOP-led Congress wants to use its authority over the nation’s debt ceiling to pressure Obama to shrink future spending,

Fiscal cliff deal raises taxes and
the deficit. The Republicans didn´t
compromise: they surrendered
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2013 10:15:52 AM     Post Reply
It’s probably premature to wish America a happy New Year. The fiscal "compromise" that finally passed Congress was a one sided deal that leaves many questions unanswered. The headline figures are that individuals earning more than $400,000 and families earning more than $450,000 will see their tax rates rise.[Snip]Rates on capital gains and dividends go up and a 2 percent payroll tax cut is due to expire. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the ending of the payroll reduction will raise taxes on 77.1 percent of households. The average cost will be $1,635.

Wall Street Surges Amid Fiscal Relief
Fox Business, by Adam Samson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:14:25 AM     Post Reply
The markets soared in the first trading session of the year as Wall Street traders breathed a collective sigh of relief that lawmakers finally passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. As of 9:32 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 192 points, or 1.5%, to 13294, the S&P 500 soared 22.6 points, or 1.6%, to 1449 and the Nasdaq Composite rallied 75 points, or 2.5%, to 3095. After months of political sparring on Capitol Hill, lawmakers finally passed a budget bill Tuesday. The move came after essentially 24-straight hours of wrangling in both chambers of Congress

Court: Hutterites Must
Pay Workers´ Compensation
Associated Press, by Matt Volz    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/2/2013 10:03:46 AM     Post Reply
HELENA, Mont. - A sharply divided Montana Supreme Court has ruled that forcing a Hutterite religious colony to pay workers´ compensation insurance for jobs outside the commune is not an unconstitutional intrusion into religion. The 4-3 decision upholds a 2009 law requiring religious organizations to carry workers´ compensation insurance, which the Legislature passed after businesses complained they could not outbid the religious workers. The Big Sky Colony of Hutterites in northwestern Montana sued, saying the law targeted its religion and infringed on its beliefs. Its members have no personal property and make no wages


The Man Who Said ‘Nay’
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 9:59:50 AM     Post Reply
Michael Bennet was supposed to be going off a cliff in Vail. But instead of his usual New Year’s trip to a ski lodge with his wife and three daughters, the junior senator from Colorado found himself in a strange, unfamiliar place in the middle of the night: breaking with the president and his party to become one of only three Democratic senators and eight senators total to vote against President Obama’s fiscal deal. “I was a little surprised that the margin of the vote was so big,” said a weary Senator Bennet,

The Unspeakable Truth About
Rape in India
New York Times, by Sonia Faleiro    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/2/2013 9:56:59 AM     Post Reply
I LIVED for 24 years in New Delhi, a city where sexual harassment is as regular as mealtime. Every day, somewhere in the city, it crosses the line into rape. As a teenager, I learned to protect myself. I never stood alone if I could help it, and I walked quickly, crossing my arms over my chest, refusing to make eye contact or smile. I cleaved through crowds shoulder-first, and avoided leaving the house after dark except in a private car. At an age when young women elsewhere were experimenting with daring new

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