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Only Israel knows its best
interests: Netanyahu to Obama
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/16/2013 12:03:12 PM     Post Reply
Only the people of Israel can decide who will represent their best interests, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in remarks directed at US President Barack Obama a week before a general election. "I think everyone knows that the citizens of Israel are the only ones who can decide who will faithfully represent the vital interests of the state," he said. His remarks came in response to an article by prominent Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg in which he quoted Obama as saying repeatedly: "Israel doesn´t know what its own best interests are." Obama, he wrote, appeared to see

Al Qaeda-linked group reportedly
holding 7 Americans among 41
hostages after taking control
of Algerian gas field
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:55:30 AM     Post Reply
Islamist militants from Mali have attacked and taken control of a natural gas field partly owned by BP in southern Algeria, killing two and reportedly taking 41 people hostage, including seven Americans. A group called the Katibat Moulathamine, or the Masked Brigade, called a Mauritanian news outlet to say one of its subsidiaries had carried out the operation on the Ain Amenas gas field, taking 41 hostages from nine or 10 different nationalities. The group´s claim could not be independently substantiated and typically there would be fewer than 20 foreign staff members on site on a typical

Meese: Obama Could Be Impeached
If He Uses Executive Order
For Gun Control
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:51:46 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with Newsmax, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, who served under President Reagan, says President Obama could be impeached by Congress if he enacted gun control through executive order. MEESE: It should be remembered that the president cannot by executive order do things that affects the public at large unless there is some Congressional basis for it. In other words, some Congressional authority he has been given. An executive order without specific Congressional authority can only apply to those portions of the government that are under his control. In their words, the executive branch.



Alleged US spy crucified
in Yemen
Times of Israel, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RU4us- 1/16/2013 11:39:29 AM     Post Reply
Victim was accused of directing US drones targeting terrorists. An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Yemen crucified an alleged US spy, and posted a video of the crucifixion on YouTube, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said on Wednesday.MEMRI posted the clip, but only to subscribers and with a viewer discretion warning. The Washington, DC-based media watchdog said the man had been crucified by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Al-Shari’a for allegedly directing US drones targeting terrorists in Yemen. It said the YouTube clip was posted on Monday.
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Dems offer bill to
abolish debt limit
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:37:24 AM     Post Reply
A group of House Democrats are introducing legislation to abolish the debt ceiling, saying uncertainty surrounding the hikes causes unnecessary pain to the economy. The lawmakers — who will unveil the bill Thursday — accuse Republicans of hurting the economy by ransoming a hike in the debt ceiling for steep spending cuts. They argue uncertainty over whether the U.S. will raise the debt ceiling will roil markets and damage confidence in the U.S. economy. The Dem lawmakers behind the bill are Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Hank Johnson (Ga.), Jim Moran (Va.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Keith Ellison (Minn.)

Whole Foods CEO says Obama
healthcare law is ´more like fascism´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:31:33 AM     Post Reply
The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama´s healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash. John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR. "Technically speaking, it´s more like fascism," Mackey said of the Affordable Care Act. "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn´t own the means of production, but they do control it, and that´s what´s happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms." The term "fascism" was first used to describe the right-wing regime of Italian

Dad of Reddit co-founder Aaron
Swartz blames government for suicide
New York Post, by Tom Francis and Lia Eustachewich    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2013 11:26:30 AM     Post Reply
Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz’s heartbroken dad yesterday blamed the US government for his son’s suicide in an emotional eulogy at the young man’s funeral. “Aaron did not commit suicide — he was killed by the government. And [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] betrayed all its basic principles” in helping the feds, said grieving dad Robert Swartz to 200 mourners packing Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill. “Aaron did something that wasn’t illegal and was destroyed by it,’’ Robert added. “He could have done so much more.” Aaron, 26, hanged himself Friday in his Brooklyn apartment amid charges



Former Rep. Allen West to
launch Internet television show
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:25:58 AM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) announced Tuesday that he will begin hosting an Internet television program for conservative website PJ Media. The Tea Party lawmaker narrowly lost reelection to now-Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) in November. The new show will be called "Next Generation Today" and launch in February. “We’re going to look at the news, the current news, through the lens of young Americans, and we’re going to start to stand up for that next generation,” West told Fox News. West launched multiple legal challenges of the election results in his House race,

Florida GOP Rep. says Obama
impeachment should be ´on the table´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:22:15 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that "all options should be on the table" when asked about the possibility of Republicans initiating impeachment proceedings against President Obama. In an interview with Florida political website The Shark Tank, the freshman lawmaker was asked about the possibility of impeaching the president for executive overreach. Citizens "have completely lost our checks and balances in this country," he said. "The Congress needs to hold the president accountable for the decisions that he’s making right now, and that´s why, again, I would say that all options should be on the table.”

Former Gov. Sanford, former
Sheriff Nash joining 1st District race
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Schuyler Kropf    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2013 11:18:37 AM     Post Reply
Two former and controversial political figures are now in the 1st Congressional District race, though one is a bigger surprise than the other. As expected, two-term Gov. Mark Sanford will formally join the field today by issuing a press statement confirming that he will go after the seat he held for three terms previously, beginning in the 1990s. The move will be his first ballot test among Republicans and other voters since the final months of his term as governor were overshadowed by his affair with an Argentine woman, now his fiancee. Meanwhile, former Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash also
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Reid: ´I´ve Shed Tears´ Over
Obama Picture, Laments ´Damage´
Tea Party Has Caused In Congress
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:12:32 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) appeared on a local Reno program with Jim Rogers and former Nevada first lady Dawn Gibbons to talk about Reid´s time spent with President Obama. After several minutes of Reid and Rogers fawning over President Obama´s academic credentials, the Senator lamented how much the Tea Party "has damaged" Congress. Reid then shared that a moving picture signed by President Obama and given to him has brought him to tears more than once.



Citing “Content” Issue, Printer
Refuses to Print Marie Calloway’s
Tyrant Books Debut
Publishers Weekly, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/16/2013 11:12:31 AM     Post Reply
Sales of erotic books have surged in the wake of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades success, but does Marie Calloway’s forthcoming Tyrant Books release What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life cross a line? For printer Sterling Pierce, the answer is apparently yes. Gearing up for a June publication, Tyrant publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano this week received word that the printer has refused to print review copies of the book. In a brief note, which DiTrapano shared online, the printer said that “due to the content, we are going to have to pass on printing this book.”

Obama Economy Hits Reuters:
Major Layoffs Announced
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:04:25 AM     Post Reply
It’s not your business model that sucks; it’s you that sucks. -- Andrew Breitbart Just as we saw last week at the New York Times and Time Magazine, the mainstream media´s pro-Obama chickens are finally coming home to roost. The media sold its soul to elect Barack Obama and then re-sold it to re-elect him. This, even though his economic policies have been a stone cold disaster. But now, in a fit of extremely satisfying karma, Reuters has joined the membership of high -profile, left-wing news outlets announcing a series of layoffs. Once source told Talking Biz News,

Krugman: More Government Spending
Would Revive Economy in Two Years
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:01:04 AM     Post Reply
Paul Krugman, a liberal economist and New York Times columnist, said increased government spending is key to economic recovery. During an interview on Friday on “Moyers & Company,” on PBS, Bill Moyers asked, “And you argue that this could actually be solved in two years?” Krugman, a Nobel prize winner, answered that it was a matter for more government spending. “That´s right, and that´s not a number plucked out of thin air,” Krugman said. “That´s a guess at how long it would take to get a serious spending program going, and we could actually make a

Media will ‘put up pictures of dead
children’ to sway gun-control votes
Daily Caller, by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 10:55:46 AM     Post Reply
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin fears a full-court-press from the media on gun control, according to the leader of a gun-rights group who met with him Tuesday afternoon in his Charleston, W.Va. office. Writing on Facebook, West Virginia Citizens Defense League president Keith Morgan described Manchin’s reaction when he contended that Congress would not renew a federal-level “assault weapons ban” or create new limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines. (Snip) “Senator Manchin told me,” Morgan wrote, “what the media will do if Congress (including the US House of Representatives)



Obama´s alleged criticism of
Netanyahu enlivens Israeli election
Reuters, by Dan Williams    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/16/2013 10:54:14 AM     Post Reply
Jerusalem - Long-strained ties between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of Israel´s election campaign on Wednesday after the U.S. president was quoted as criticizing the prime minister´s character. Less than a week before a January 22 ballot that opinion polls predict the right-wing Netanyahu will win easily, Israeli media highlighted a U.S. commentator´s column on Obama and questioned whether the Democratic president was trying to sway the vote. Netanyahu´s office declined comment on Tuesday´s unsourced column by Bloomberg´s Jeffrey Goldberg, which described Obama as frustrated at West Bank settlement building that has deepened Israel´s diplomatic

On Eve of Obama´s Second
Inauguration, Al Qaeda
Opens New Front
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 10:50:44 AM     Post Reply
The killing of Osama bin Laden was touted as the beginning of the end of Al Qaeda (the term "war on terror" having long since been abandoned). Yet as the nation´s capital prepares for President Barack Obama´s second inauguration, Al Qaeda is opening new fronts, including ground assaults on French forces in Mali and, today, the kidnapping of foreign workers at a natural gas facility in Algeria, which borders Mali to the north. French troops are preparing to fight Islamist guerillas in northern Mali, which has been turned into a virtual Al Qaeda state following the

Low-interest Obama inauguration
leaves DC hotel rooms empty
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 10:45:36 AM     Post Reply
In the days before Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Washington’s hotels were not only sold out but had been sold out for weeks. Rooms weren’t available at any price. On January 18, 2009, the Washington Post reported that “all but 400 or so of the District’s 29,000 hotel rooms were booked.” Finding one of those 400 rooms was a daunting challenge — and even they were gone by Inauguration Day. Now, as Obama prepares for his second inauguration amid lessened hope and enthusiasm for his presidency, it’s easy to find a room.

First picture of helicopter
pilot who died in the Thames
skyscraper crash: Second
victim was killed in fireball
on the street below
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Duell, Hugo Gye,*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2013 10:44:43 AM     Post Reply
The pilot who crashed his helicopter into a newly-built tower in central London, killing himself and a second person on the street below, was today named as experienced aviator Pete Barnes. He had requested to divert via Heathrow air traffic control and land at Battersea Heliport, due to bad weather conditions, when the helicopter hit a construction crane at the top of the tower near Vauxhall Bridge at 8am. Mr Barnes, 50, who flew a helicopter for James Bond film Die Another Day and had been an air ambulance pilot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Disinviting God to the Inauguration
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 10:41:53 AM     Post Reply
Liberals booed God at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last year after skittish party officials reinserted a mention of him in the platform. Nothing has changed since then. The latest secularist push of the party is to remove God from the inauguration. Prominent liberals are questioning the use of the Bible for the presidential oath and the use of prayers in the ceremony. They have already made some progress in their demands. In 2009, Obama upset them by selecting vaguely conservative pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation. But this year Obama has chosen a


Star-Ledger announces layoffs of 34
employees, including 18 newsroom staff
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Ted Sherman *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/16/2013 10:41:01 AM     Post Reply
Newark — The jobs of 34 Star-Ledger employees — including nearly 10 percent of the newsroom — are being eliminated in the first large-scale layoffs in the history of the state’s largest daily newspaper, publisher Richard Vezza said this morning. Eighteen part- and full-time staffers in The Star-Ledger´s newsroom of 195 employees are expected to be laid off today, along with 16 positions in other departments. The totals include 19 full-time employees and 15 part-time positions. In a letter posted shortly after 8 a.m. today throughout the newspaper´s Newark offices, Vezza called it a difficult day,

Largest Pa. gun show says
no to assault weapons
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Jeremy Roebuck    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2013 10:39:28 AM     Post Reply
Pennsylvania gun owners threatened to boycott the state´s largest hunting and fishing expo Tuesday after organizers announced that they would ban the display and sale of assault rifles at this year´s show. Reed Exhibitions, a British-based company that runs the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg each February, notified vendors of the change in policy over the last several days, a company representative confirmed to The Inquirer. The presence of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines might have served as "a distraction" from other aspects of the event in the wake of the recent school shootings

Obama´s Social Security Games
Make Case For Private Pensions
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/16/2013 10:34:02 AM     Post Reply
Politics: President Obama threatened Social Security checks would be delayed if Congress didn´t play ball on the debt ceiling. Once again, he turned pensions into a political football. There are ways to stop this. Americans should know: Social Security payments won´t be affected by debt-ceiling talks, and Obama knows it. Still, it´s not as if the Social Security system is healthy. In a Page 1 story Monday, IBD´s Jed Graham reported that 2013 marks the first year new Social Security retirees will outlive the trust fund. Their benefits will be slashed 25% as the system goes bust in 2033.

Money surge to carry Wall Street
through the make-or-break line?
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2013 10:33:58 AM     Post Reply
This from the technical chartists at RBS, for those who like entrails and soothsaying. [Snip][ Wall Street is at a key juncture. If the S&P does not push through this line, it is likely to break down for a while. They predict a reversal. There are plenty of triggers. The US is going into a Triple Witching Month in March: the federal government shutdown, the debt-ceiling, and the spending cuts from sequester. A nasty brew. On the other hand, look at the US money supply in this chart from Paul Ashworth at Capital Economics:

PBS Planning Week-Long
Programming on Newtown
School Murders
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 10:33:47 AM     Post Reply
Taxpayer-funded PBS is planning a week-long series of programs focused on the murders committed last December at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. The series will begin on February 18. The programs, to be gathered under the rubric "After Newtown," will "continue the public conversation" by focusing on many aspects of the incident. Such issues as gun laws, mental illness, school security, and violence in society and the media will be featured in this series of programs meant to explore the crime. Several PBS news-style programs will participate in the series. Among them will be "Frontline,"

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