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Stalling of Storm Aid Makes
Northeast Republicans Furious
New York Times, by Raymond Hernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2013 9:11:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Northeastern Republicans, long outnumbered and overshadowed in their own party nationally, erupted in fury on Wednesday after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives blocked a measure that sought to provide billions of dollars in aid to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states pummeled by Hurricane Sandy.The depth of the anger was extraordinary and exceedingly personal, with one Republican after another venting their outrage at one man in particular, Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, who quietly moved to keep the bill from coming to the floor early Wednesday

As 2d term looms, Obama´s Hope and
Change become Fear and Gloom
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/3/2013 9:10:32 AM     Post Reply
With all the fuss over political cliff dives and President Obama´s gaffes, this fresh Gallup Poll almost slipped by unnoticed. Faced with the prospect of 1,478 more days of empty Obama promises and speeches, at least half of Americans have now decided that America´s best days are behind us. While whopping majorities expect this year´s economy will remain troubled. That federal deficits will continue. That crime will increase. Taxes too. Along with foreign turmoil. While America´s influence and power decline globally.

Time Warner Cable Drops
Al Gore´s Current TV Due
To Purchase By Al Jazeera
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/3/2013 9:02:53 AM     Post Reply
As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, Al Jazeera entered into an agreement to buy Al Gore´s failing network Current TV. Hours later, as a result of the purchase, Time Warner Cable dropped the station with a message reading to viewers "This channel is no longer available on Time Warner Cable." According to multiple news sources, Current co-founder Joel Hyatt said in a statement that TWC dropped his TV network because TWC "did not consent to the sale to Al Jazeera." “Current will no longer be carried on TWC,"

  


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Power To the People
Canada Free Press, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/3/2013 9:01:21 AM     Post Reply
At a Brady Center event to “Prevent Gun Violence by Jodie Foster Fans from Accidentally Hitting White House Press Secretaries in the Head” the Brady Center Legal Action Project Director asked retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens whether having a right to a cell phone might be a more universal form of self-defense than gun ownership. “Maybe you have some kind of constitutional right to have a cell phone with a predialed 911 number at your bedside, and that might provide you with a little better protection than a gun, which you’re not used to using,” Justice Stevens mumbled.

Why Does Anybody Need
a 30-Round Magazine?
American Thinker, by William A. Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/3/2013 8:32:11 AM     Post Reply
Senator Dianne Feinstein´s latest divide-and-conquer attack on the Second Amendment has made even Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) a sucker for the argument that private citizens do not need high-capacity magazines. These include not only 30-round rifle magazines, but 17-round magazines for handguns like the Glock. Why does anybody need a high capacity magazine? If Senator Manchin were to educate himself by, for example, attending Front Sight´s four-day defensive handgun class, he would learn the two primary answers: (1) Failure to stop the aggressor, and (2) Multiple aggressors

A Soaring Homicide Rate,
a Divide in Chicago
New York Times, by Monica Davey    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/3/2013 8:21:10 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO — This city’s 471st homicide of 2012 happened in the middle of the day, in the middle of a crowd, on the steps of the church where the victim of homicide 463 was being eulogized. Sherman Miller, who was 21, collapsed amid gunfire not far from the idling hearse that was there to carry away James Holman, 32, shot to death a week earlier. The funeral shooting at St. Columbanus Catholic Church on the South Side left neighbors fretting that no place, not even a church, felt safe any longer. “It’s become the Wild Wild West,”

Meet the New Class: The
Senate Swears in a Historic
20 Female Senators
ABC News, by Sullen Miller    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/3/2013 8:06:05 AM     Post Reply
Today the Senate will make history, swearing in a record-breaking 20 female senators – 4 Republicans and 16 Democrats – in office. As the 113th Congress is sworn in today on Capitol Hill, ABC "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer has an exclusive joint interview with the historic class of female Senators. Diane Sawyer´s complete interview will air on World News this evening. "I can´t tell you the joy that I feel in my heart to look at these 20 gifted and talented women from two different parties, different zip codes

  


  

Senators Got 154-Page
´Fiscal Cliff´ Bill 3 Minutes
Before Voting on It
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 7:48:04 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score. Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to CNSNews.com that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM. The bill is 154-pages and includes several provisions that are unrelated to the fiscal cliff, including repealing a section of ObamaCare, extending the wind-energy tax credit, and a rum tax subsidy deal for Puerto Rican rum makers.

Meet the New Class: The Senate
Swears in a Historic 20 Female Senators
ABC News, by Sunlen Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 7:43:19 AM     Post Reply
Today the Senate will make history, swearing in a record-breaking 20 female senators – 4 Republicans and 16 Democrats – in office. As the 113th Congress is sworn in today on Capitol Hill, ABC "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer has an exclusive joint interview with the historic class of female Senators. Diane Sawyer´s complete interview will air on World News this evening. "I can´t tell you the joy that I feel in my heart to look at these 20 gifted and talented women from two different parties, different zip codes to fill this room," Sen. Barbara Mikulksi, D-Md., said

Iran to Citizens: Flee Isfahan
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2013 7:42:13 AM     Post Reply
Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported. However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material.

In an about face, House Speaker
Boehner promises quick action on $60
billion in Hurricane Sandy aid
New York Daily News, by Joseph Straw , Erin Durkin    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 1/3/2013 7:37:42 AM     Post Reply
Facing a storm of outrage, House Speaker John Boehner did an about face Wednesday and promised to quickly pass $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid - a day after abruptly canceling a vote on the package.Officials from New York and surrounding states had spent much of the day blasting Boehner for initially yanking the Sandy aid from consideration. Some of the fiercest criticism came from fellow Republicans. His voice shaking, Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island) took to the House floor Wednesday morning to launch an extraordinary attack on Boehner, his political leader.

  


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Crony Capitalist Blowout
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/3/2013 7:28:25 AM     Post Reply
In praising Congress´s huge new tax increase, President Obama said Tuesday that "millionaires and billionaires" will finally "pay their fair share." That is, unless you are a Nascar track owner, a wind-energy company or the owners of StarKist Tuna, among many others who managed to get their taxes reduced in Congress´s New Year celebration. There´s plenty to lament about the capital and income tax hikes, but the bill´s seedier underside is the $40 billion or so in tax payoffs to every crony capitalist and special pleader with a lobbyist worth his million-dollar salary.

Conservatives 1, Progressives 0
National Review Online, by Douglas Holtz-Eakin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/3/2013 7:26:10 AM     Post Reply
Conservatives have lost the messaging battle on taxes. The public has bought into the notion that they exclusively care about keeping taxes on the rich low (at the expense of the middle class) and that the growth effects of disguised spending (tax credits) are the same as marginal rate reductions. But stepping back to survey the larger picture, it looks like conservatives have won the war. Beginning with Ronald Reagan’s Economic Recovery Tax Act, conservatives have waged a 30-year war over low tax rates. Consider that in 1979

Gore Rammed Through Current
TV Deal to Avoid Tax Hikes
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 7:24:10 AM     Post Reply
Al Gore may not have to worry about global warming destroying the earth after all. As it turns out, his massive hypocrisy may destroy the universe before global warming can fully kick in. Gore, an ardent proponent of raising taxes, just sold Current TV, his highly unsuccessful TV network that lost hundreds of millions of dollars, to Al Jazeera – a fitting end for a network that features terrorist-friendly programming. Gore was in a rush to finish the deal, which netted him $100 million as owner of 20 percent of Current TV. Why the rush?

Cliffhanger no more: Obama
signs bill to avoid ´fiscal cliff´
Los Angeles Times, by Michael A. Memoli    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 7:16:37 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU - Passing legislation to avoid the "fiscal cliff" -- and undo income tax increases for most Americans -- was hardly automatic. But signing the bill was. President Obama on Wednesday authorized the use of the "autopen" to enact H.R. 8, the compromise bill approved by lawmakers in the 11th hour after a long stalemate to avert the set of tax increases and budget cuts known as the fiscal cliff. House aides said the American Taxpayer Relief Act was delivered to the White House on Wednesday afternoon, well after the president had left to resume his holiday vacation

  


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The America of 2013
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 7:09:46 AM     Post Reply
Americans take great umbrage whenever they, as a society, are portrayed by the residents of other nations as self-centered, avaricious and overbearing. While an egregious exaggeration in the past, is it an accurate description now? Who are the American people today and what sort of country is the United States in 2013? How does one describe a society wherein a majority of the people, and their elected leaders, have embraced the following mindset? •a) The United States can commit to unlimited government spending as the long-term future of the nation is immaterial and will

Fiscal-cliff deal no recipe
for a robust economy
Associated Press, by Christopher S. Rugaber & Paul Wiseman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 7:06:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Housing is rebounding. Families are shrinking debts. Europe has avoided a financial crackup. And the fiscal cliff deal has removed the most urgent threat to the U.S. economy. So why don´t economists foresee stronger growth and hiring in 2013? Part of the answer is what Congress´ agreement did (raise Social Security taxes for most of us). And part is what it didn´t do (prevent the likelihood of more growth-killing political standoffs). By delaying painful decisions on spending cuts, the deal assures more confrontation and uncertainty, especially because Congress must reach agreement later this winter to raise

Father´s photo of his daughter reaching
out from her mother´s womb during
C-section to grab doctor´s finger
takes web by storm
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2013 7:04:22 AM     Post Reply
A stunning photograph that captures the moment when a newly born baby emerges from her mother’s womb has become one of the first viral hits of 2013 after the proud parents posted it on Facebook for friends and family to share. Alicia Atkins of Glendale, Arizona gave birth to daughter, Nevaeh, via Caesarean section on October 9. Her husband Randy snapped this touching image of a baby entering the world for the first time and grabbing hold of the doctor’s fingers. ´The doctor called me over and said, "Hey, she´s grabbing my finger,"´ Randy told 3TV News.

Boehner loses his temper again: Speaker
yells at a Republican congressman
from New Jersey who was asking
about why the Hurricane Sandy
rel
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2013 6:59:07 AM     Post Reply
Under pressure, Speaker John Boehner allegedly lost his temper and screamed at another politician for the second time in just a few days. Boehner snapped at Frank LoBiondo, the Republican representative from New Jersey whose district includes a significant amount of beachfront that was wrecked in the October storm. This comes just days after he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ´go f*** himself´ while standing just feet away from the Oval Office. ‘I was chasing the Speaker all over the House floor last night, trying to talk to him and his staff,’ Republican Congressman Peter King said.

Trade is endangered as a great
liquid superhighway is
blocked by drought
Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Lean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2013 6:51:03 AM     Post Reply
It is still Ol´ Man River, but it´s hardly ”rollin´ along” any more--and the US and the world may be about to suffer as a result. [Snip] Like Huckleberry Finn, coal and crude oil, steel and cement all get carried along this liquid super highway--as does about half of the US corn, wheat and soybean exports that help feed 100 countries--and this is its peak time of year. But one boat has already gone aground as water levels fall, giant barges have been bumping against the bottom, and traffic is forecast to grind to an effective halt this month.

  



If Demography Is Destiny,
Good News for Texas, D.C.
Townhall.com, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 1/3/2013 6:26:08 AM     Post Reply
Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally, the Census Bureau estimates that the United States has grown from 308 million people when the Census was conducted in April 2010

In Politics It Is the Economy, Stupid
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2013 6:14:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — I wonder, as we begin 2013 and look forward to four more years of this insufferable poseur in the White House, where Sandra Fluke might be. Miss Fluke is the lady who made birth control a matter of national security, in particular her own personal supply of pills and God knows what else. Prior to her appearance on the national scene I always thought it was a male’s responsibility to supply condoms, as the occasion warranted. Yet Miss Fluke enlightened me. Actually she never told us what she used these items for.

Attention Mr. President!
There´s still another big
issue you need to address
New York Daily News, by Denis Hamill    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2013 6:10:07 AM     Post Reply
Come back, Mr. President. With the fiscal cliff behind him, the president left Washington for the shimmering rainbows and golden beaches of Hawaii as the people left homeless by the Hurricane Sandy-ruined beaches of Rockaway, Midland Beach, Breezy Point, the Jersey Shore sit waiting for a moribund Congress to approve their $60 billion aid package. As the president hopped Air Force One, thousands of people of the storm he promised to help were still trapped on the edge of a fiscal cliff. Not much has apparently changed since four years ago, when I wrote here

Disbarred Miami lawyer
charged with trying to sell
Saddam Hussein family´s guns
McClatchy Newspapers, by Scott Hiassen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2013 5:59:03 AM     Post Reply
Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged a disbarred Miami-area lawyer and three other people with hatching a scheme to sell a cache of stolen guns that once belonged to the family of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Prosecutors say David Ryan, 48, a one-time personal injury lawyer from Pinecrest, obtained at least seven guns that had been smuggled out of Iraq and then tried to sell them, with the help of others, through a New Jersey sporting goods store. Officials with Iraq’s embassy in Washington confirmed that the guns had been taken from Iraq,

As Trash Goes, Authors´ Clutter in
the Right Hands Is Very Bankable
Wall Street Journal, by Barry Newman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2013 5:52:16 AM     Post Reply
HADLEY, Mass.—The Green Library at Stanford University houses William Saroyan´s mustache clippings. Timothy Leary´s Nintendo Power Glove has been acquired by the New York Public Library. At the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin, Norman Mailer´s bar mitzvah speech is preserved in perpetuity. Authors, take notice: Remember those crates of scratch pads and tax returns in the garage? The trunkful of hotel bills and childhood doodles in the garden shed? Don´t junk any of it—not before you call up somebody in Ken Lopez´s line of work.

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