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McFortress
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 3:45:54 PM     Post Reply
The manager of a business in West Nyack, N.Y., Caryn McBride, was receiving vaguely menacing "negative correspondence" and phone calls. (Snip) So she decided to protect herself with guns. As the Rockland County Times reports, McBride is the Rockland editor of the Gannett-owned Journal News, a rival newspaper based across the Hudson in White Plains. "Due to apparent safety concerns," the Times reports, the Journal News "decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location." The Times "has not investigated" whether the paper´s headquarters is also protected by

White House: We Want ´Even
More Revenue From The Wealthiest´
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 3:44:00 PM     Post Reply
While conservatives fume over the fiscal cliff aversion bill that passed through Congress and now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature, Obama’s team is triumphal about it – and they are ready for a debt ceiling debate featuring more talk about taxing the rich. Despite Obama’s proclamation that the rich are now “paying their fair share,” Obama will undoubtedly call for more tax increases for top earners if Republicans insist on cutting government spending. How do we know? This morning, Obama’s team, led by David Plouffe, sent out an email

Peter King: Halt donations to
House GOP
Politico, by Kevin Robillard    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/2/2013 3:40:33 PM     Post Reply
New York Republican Rep. Peter King went to war with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday after leaders spiked a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, calling on New Yorkers to stop all donations to GOP House members. “These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars,” King said on Fox News. “They’re in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night

  


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Media Taunts Begin:
Ryan ´Strong Candidate for
President... as Democrat´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Larry O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 3:39:25 PM     Post Reply
They never learn. Well meaning Republicans pressured by media hacks interested only in supporting left-wing policies end up compromising on principles and, instead of getting praise, they get hammered by those same media hacks. The latest example of the damned if you do, damned if you don´t media double standard happened moments ago on MSNBC´s "Morning Joe." Joe Scarborough´s coffee clatch is an arena that constantly criticizes Republicans for being "unreasonable" and beholden to the "radical" tea party wing of their party. You´d think they´d celebrate the Republicans who voted the President´s way and reversed

Clinton talking to staff as
she recovers from clot
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 3:34:34 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is speaking with staff and reviewing paperwork while she continues to recover from a blood clot in her head. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Clinton has been "quite active" on the phone Wednesday with State Department aides. She says doctors will continue to monitor her progress. Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday and is being treated with blood thinners to dissolve a clot in the vein behind the right ear. Doctors found the clot during a follow-up exam stemming from a concussion she suffered

The Democrats´ Coming Civil War
BuzzFeed, by Blake Zeff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 3:31:46 PM     Post Reply
For Democrats, there may be few things more entertaining than watching the Republican Party self-destruct and fight with itself these last few weeks. But it may be time to put away the party favors – because a Democratic internal war may be on the way. Just as Republicans were so divided over taxes – from failing to pass their own “Plan B” bill last week, to their leaders splitting votes on last night’s legislative package – Democrats are about to endure an emotional debate about one of their own bedrock principles: the protection of programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Central African Republic
Rebels Halt Advance
Reuters, by Richard Valdmanis*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 2:59:57 PM     Post Reply
Bangui - Rebels in Central African Republic said they had halted their advance on the capital on Wednesday and agreed to start peace talks, averting a clash with regionally backed troops in the mineral-rich nation. (Snip) CAR remains severely underdeveloped despite its deposits of gold, diamonds and other minerals. French nuclear energy group Areva mines CAR´s Bakouma uranium deposit - France´s biggest commercial interest in its former colony. Diplomatic sources have said talks organized by central African regional bloc ECCAS could start on January 10. The United States, the European Union

  


  

Christie goes off on ‘toxic’ House
Republicans over Sandy aid delay
Washington Post, by Rachel Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2013 2:50:03 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) condemned House Republicans Wednesday afternoon for failing to pass a $60 billion package of funding for Hurricane Sandy relief. In the strongest terms, he accused House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of letting “toxic internal politics” impede necessary storm relief. “There’s only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these victims: the House majority and their speaker,” Christie said. “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch.” Christie told reporters that he has spoken to both Boehner and President Obama today.

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

  


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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.

  


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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

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