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Obama: ‘Israel Doesn’t Know
What Its Best Interests Are’
Bloomberg News, by Jeffrey Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/15/2013 3:55:38 PM     Post Reply
Shortly after the United Nations General Assembly voted in late November to upgrade the status of the Palestinians, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that it would advance plans to establish a settlement in an area of the West Bank known as E-1, and that it would build 3,000 additional housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. A large settlement in E-1, an empty zone between Jerusalem and the Jewish settlement city of Maaleh Adumim, would make the goal of politically moderate Palestinians--the creation of a geographically contiguous state--much harder to achieve.

How an undercover ´supply sergeant´
helped bring down Alaska militia
Los Angeles Times, by Kim Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 1/15/2013 3:55:25 PM     Post Reply
In another life, William Fulton was "Drop Zone Bill," a bounty hunter who ran a military surplus store in Anchorage. You need a tactical vest? A bayonet that would clip neatly onto an M-4? Bill Fulton was your man. "We do bad things to bad people," his company jackets said. Fulton was also a go-to guy for Republican politicians who occasionally needed to reach out to the far right fringes of the party -- those who spent weekends in the woods in camo gear and considered the Second Amendment an expression of divine intent.

The long season of rage ahead
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/15/2013 3:49:35 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is laying out a revolutionary agenda for his second term, and he’s calling up his heaviest artillery to enforce the transformative presidency delayed in the first. The campaign to confirm Chuck Hagel will be no campaign for the fainthearted summer soldiers who know only small-caliber combat. The emerging White House strategy is to repeat and repeat the canard that anyone who criticizes the president and his agenda is a racist, probably a Klansman and maybe even a conservative. If the canard is repeated often enough, some people will believe it, even if they’re mostly people who believe it already.



Harry Reid: I did not take a bribe
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/15/2013 3:48:02 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., denies taking a bribe from a Utah businessman who claims the Senate Majority Leader was to use his influence to deflect federal regulators from investigating the Utahn’s business. Jeremy Johnson claims that he agreed to pay Reid $600,000 in 2010 to make a federal investigation go away. “The truth is the worst thing I think I’ve done was I paid money knowing it was going to influence Harry Reid,” Johnson told the Salt Lake Tribune. “So I’ve felt all along that I’ve committed bribery of some sort there.” Reid denies the accusation.

New Social Security Retirees
Will Outlive Trust Fund
Investor´s Business Daily, by Jed Graham    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/15/2013 3:44:09 PM     Post Reply
For the first time since Social Security´s cash crisis in 1983, the program can´t afford to pay full benefits for its youngest crop of new retirees through life expectancy, government data show. The hastening of the Social Security Trust Fund´s demise to 2033 means that workers just becoming eligible for Social Security at age 62 face steep future benefit cuts if they live to the average life expectancy, now about 84.

Chile Seeks Developed Status,
Meets Soaring Energy Costs
Bloomberg Markets, by Randall Woods    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/15/2013 3:41:27 PM     Post Reply
Fernando Almeda, who moved to south- central Chile’s Curico valley from his native Spain two decades ago to pursue his love of winemaking, says the Andean nation is a paradise for vintners. Its Mediterranean-like climate is well suited to growing grapes, while the Andes mountain range to the east and Atacama Desert to the north provide natural barriers against pests. And as Chile comes closer to becoming a developed nation, it cultivates a growing number of consumers who can afford the quality of wine produced by Miguel Torres Chile vineyards, where Almeda works as technical director,

British soldiers are ´exasperated´ by
the Afghan forces, general admits
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Deominiczak    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/15/2013 3:37:49 PM     Post Reply
Gen Sir Richard Shirreff, the deputy Nato commander in Europe, conceded that the Afghan army have “deficiencies and gaps” but said they are now “stepping up to the plate”. He said that security is improving and that insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces are not “deflecting us from our task”. [Snip] “That doesn’t mean to say they are completely there. I completely acknowledge that there remain deficiencies and gaps in terms of combat support, issues with administration, issues with leadership and command. But all these are areas that can be put right.”



Trenton man shot in pelvis
while fighting off armed robbers
The Times [Trenton, NJ], by Alex Zdan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/15/2013 3:09:43 PM     Post Reply
Trenton — A city man was shot in the pelvis during a scuffle with two armed robbers last night, police said. The 38-year-old victim was walking behind the 600 block of Liberty Street just after 9:30 p.m. when the two men approached him, Lt. Steve Varn said today. He refused to hand over his belongings and began to fight with the suspects. “The struggle ensued. During that time the suspect was shot,” Varn said. The attackers fled, leaving the wounded man behind. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and was in stable condition, police said.

Is Weiner preparing
for a mayoral bid?
CNN, by Gregory Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 3:03:34 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Could former Rep. Anthony Weiner be preparing for a political comeback? The Democrat´s latest filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, published Tuesday, may send some subtle messages. His mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2005, reported spending just one dollar shy of $37,000 in the last six months. It brought in $27,400 in the same period, largely through a transfer from a previous political committee. Should he decide to run, Weiner now has nearly $4.5 million cash on hand - a start for a

Holiday sales reported by retail
group weaker than expected
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Joan Verdon    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/15/2013 2:50:08 PM     Post Reply
Retail sales for Christmas 2012 were significantly weaker than expected, with sales in November and December increasing only 3 percent, missing a forecast of a 4.1 percent gain, the National Retail Federation reported today. The federation, which is hosting a gathering of more than 27,000 retailers from around the world this week at the Javits Center in Manhattan, said the results proved that all of the fiscal-cliff talk and economic uncertainty in December scared shoppers from spending.(Snip) The NRF called the increase "healthy," coming as it did on top of a higher base set in holiday 2011, when

Venezuela says Chavez is improving
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/15/2013 2:42:14 PM     Post Reply
A lung infection afflicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is controlled, and his health is progressing positively, the government said Sunday. "In spite of the delicate state of his health ... the general medical evolution has been favorable in recent days," it said in a statement that was published by state news. Read more: Chavez supporters take loyalty oath as president misses inauguration The government added that the president, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, is conscious and in contact with his family and his political and medical advisers.



Chrysler CEO: Sales
of new Dart fall short
Associated Press, by Tom Krisher    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2013 2:23:34 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT — Chrysler made the new Dodge Dart a little too European for American tastes. And the company´s CEO says that fact is holding back sales of Chrysler´s first innovative small car in years. The Dart, unveiled with much fanfare at last year´s Detroit auto show, is off to a slow start after going on sale in May. Only 25,000 were sold last year, which CEO Sergio Marchionne concedes is below his expectations. Chrysler, owned by Italy´s Fiat, had touted the sleek compact as the perfect blend of aggressive American styling and Italian technology. It was supposed
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Public School Teaches
“White Privilege” Class
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 2:22:53 PM     Post Reply
A school district in Wisconsin said they will review a high school diversity class that exposed students to radical leftist thinkers and promoted a critical race theory that alleges white people are oppressors. (Snip) The “American Diversity” class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Fox News has learned. “They’re teaching white guilt,” one parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’” The parent, who asked not to be identified, has an 18-year-old son who was enrolled in the class and became

President, Congress Struck
a Bad Deal for America
Post Independent [Glenwood Springs,CO], by James Kellogg    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 1/15/2013 2:15:00 PM     Post Reply
Praise government! Just hours after the federal bureaucracy went over the “fiscal cliff” on New Year´s Day, President Obama voiced approval for an emergency Congressional bill to save us all. Yes, ailing American families and businesses will pay more in taxes. But that´s what it takes for big government to avoid real budget cuts, for now. As soon as the beltway bandits raise the federal debt ceiling above $16.4 trillion in February, runaway deficit spending can continue unabated. Hallelujah! All sarcasm aside, American taxpayers are holding the short end of the stick again. The media wants us to believe
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Days before election, intern for Menendez
was spared arrest, report says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2013 1:55:04 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of "significant interest" from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress. The Homeland Security Department said last month, when The Associated Press first disclosed the delayed arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, that AP´s report was "categorically false".



Adam Carolla: Stop Blaming
Others for Your Own Mistakes
Breitbart's Big Hollywood, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: jj1319- 1/15/2013 1:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Adam Carolla hardly seems the professorial type. The podcast king doesn´t smoke a pipe, wear patches on the elbows of his sports jackets or extol the virtues of socialism. Still, Carolla´s life story offers plenty of lessons for his fellow Americans. After all, he went from being "Not Taco Bell Material" to a New Media trailblazer. Carolla shares some reasons why he evolved beyond a less than idyllic childhood as part of the newest course from Prager University. It´s all about internalization, learning from one´s mistakes without blaming everyone else but you.

NH chiefs´ gun raffle to
include semiautomatics
WFXT-TV [Dedham, MA], by Staff *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/15/2013 1:53:23 PM     Post Reply
Newport, NH - The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police plans to give away 31 firearms, including several semi-automatic weapons, in a raffle to raise money for a youth training academy. The chiefs´ association said it´s selling 1,000 tickets for $30 each to anyone 18 or older hoping to win "some of today´s most popular N.H.-made sporting firearms" during the raffle scheduled for May. (Snip) But he said the association is following the law and raising money for a good cause. The raffle was organized before the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 26 people died,

NRA: Membership Has Grown
by 250,000 in One Month
U.S. News & World Report, by Lauren Fox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 1:43:31 PM     Post Reply
A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to release Vice President Joe Biden´s recommendations to curb gun violence in the United States, the National Rifle Association told U.S. News and World Report that they have seen membership grow by 250,000 in the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Snip) Politico reported membership had grown by more than 100,000 five days ago. The NRA says that when Politico reported the story, membership was close to 200,000, but the number has drastically grown in just five days.

This Metamorphosis Will
Require a Permit
Wall Street Journal, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 1/15/2013 1:35:00 PM     Post Reply
Like many people whose houses were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, my family and I have been living in a rented house since the storm. Unlike some whose houses were totalled, we could have repaired things and been home toasting our tootsies by our own fireplace by now. What happened? Two things: zoning (as in "Twilight Zone") and FEMA. (Snip) Before you could get a building permit, however, you had to be approved by the Zoning Authority. And Zoning—citing FEMA regulations—would force you to bring the house "up to code,"

Obama plans to surround
himself with children during
gun control announcement
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 1:33:24 PM     Post Reply
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced this afternoon that President Obama will unveil a “concrete package” of gun control proposals including assault weapons bans, high capacity ammunition magazine bans, and closing loopholes on background checks. Carney said that the president will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden as well as children who wrote to the president after the Newtown shootings. “They will be joined by children around the country expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents,” Carney confirmed. President Obama specifically mentioned children during his


NE fishermen shut out
of House disaster aid bill
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/15/2013 1:20:24 PM     Post Reply
Boston - The U.S. House of Representatives has shut out Northeast fishermen from any emergency aid in its pending disaster relief bill. The Republican-led House advanced its Superstorm Sandy relief bill Monday without voting on amendments that would have inserted between $116 million and $150 million in fishing industry funding. Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney called the decision "callous and outrageous." Northeast fishermen became eligible for federal aid last year after a national fishery disaster was declared in the region, due to the slow recovery of fish stocks.

And This is Revolution
Canada Free Press, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: ole buzzard- 1/15/2013 1:11:25 PM     Post Reply
There are a few things worth knowing about revolutions. Most people don’t participate in them, even if the history books often make it seem otherwise. Revolutions are thought up by small groups of people who then make it everyone’s business. Or alternately they don’t. And those are the revolutions that never happen.Most people, at any given time and place, are dissatisfied with the government and believe, rightly, that whoever is in charge is guilty of stealing from them, oppressing them and making it impossible for them to live their lives in peace
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Claire Danes: Bill Clinton
is a ´Homeland´ fan
Politico, by Caitlin McDevitt    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 1:07:23 PM     Post Reply
Actress Claire Danes got a special request to hang out with President Bill Clinton on Sunday. The “Homeland” star told Access Hollywood that Clinton “asked if I would come and meet him in some special room” after they both appeared at the Golden Globes. When she arrived, Clinton was “talking to Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson,” Danes said. “I thought, ‘Wow.’ He’s amazing. He’s, you know, an icon.” (VIDEO: Bill Clinton at the Golden Globes) Danes said that Clinton, like President Barack Obama, enjoys her political thriller “Homeland.” “He’s a fan of the show,” she said.

54,000 Mexicans sign petition
for US gun control
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 12:56:45 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY — More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking. Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country´s violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States. Mexico´s best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual presented the petition at the U.S. embassy Monday. Activist Javier Sicilia said "The United States is partly responsible for our humanitarian tragedy." About 70,000 people have died in Mexico in drug violence since 2006, according to the written copy of a speech

Emanuel gives insight to gun
control in D.C., makes plans
for Chicago
WFLD-TV [Chicago, IL], by Joanie Lum & Mike Flannery    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 12:48:03 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO - A fatal gas station shooting involving a man found near the Eisenhower Expressway comes as Mayor Emanuel goes to Washington to push for gun control measures. (Snip) Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an analysis of Chicago´s city employee pension funds to see if they hold companies that make or sell assault weapons. If so, he wants them sold. Emanuel spoke on Monday in Washington about his support for new gun control measures. He participated in a panel with the Center for American Progress Action Fund to talk about his role in getting the Assault Weapons Ban

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