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Wall Street Thrashed as Italy
Worries Mount
Fox Business, by Adam Samson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 4:21:31 PM     Post Reply
Capitalism Lives Here-The markets were pummeled Monday in the worst rout since November as traders fretted over the specter that Italian elections may not yield a government. Today´s Markets -The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 216 points, or 1.6%, to 13784, the S&P 500 slid 27.8 points, or 1.8%, to 1488 and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 45.6 points, or 1.4%, to 3116. The markets came under dramatic selling pressure in late trading on Monday. In a sign of how swift the action was, the VIX, seen as Wall Street´s fear gauge, surged 36% in its biggest jump since November.

Sen. Coburn urges White House
to freeze hiring, curb traveling
to ease budget pain
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 4:13:28 PM     Post Reply
A top Republican lawmaker countered warnings about the purportedly devastating impact of looming budget cuts, calling on the administration to lessen the blow by taking two simple steps -- stop hiring, and stop traveling. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in a letter to the White House budget office, called Monday for a "hiring freeze" on non-essential positions. He pointed out that, amid pronouncements about the dire impact of spending cuts poised to hit starting this Friday, the administration is still advertising for a host of "lower priority jobs" -- like a staff assistant to answer phones

Debating ‘House of Cards’ 2:
How to Reap the Cable Whirlwind
New York Times, by DAVID CARR and ASHLEY PARKER    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/25/2013 4:05:13 PM     Post Reply
Welcome back to “House of Cards,” the Recap. Today, Ashley Parker and David Carr take on episode two and tease apart the collaborations between the various estates in Washington. Abundant spoilers so proceed at your own viewing peril. If you missed the first installment, you can read it here. More to come in the next few days and in the meantime, please consider weighing in with a comment below.Episode Two Synopsis: With the help of Zoe Barnes, Frank Underwood plants a story that will prove the undoing of Michael Kern, the president’s pick for secretary of state.



The Pope and the Spy Who Loved Him
GQ, by Sean Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/25/2013 4:00:23 PM     Post Reply
The whole thing began, as many cryptic scandals do, with an apparently innocuous phone call. In the spring of 2011, a friend that Gianluigi Nuzzi hadn´t heard from in quite some time asked to meet for coffee in Milan. Nuzzi´s friend didn´t work in journalism, which is Nuzzi´s business, and he didn´t mention that he might have the seeds of a story. At the café they exchanged pleasantries, caught up.

Treasury gradually unloads GM stock
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 3:53:48 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Treasury Department said it realized $156.4 million from sales of General Motors stock in January. The department is expected to unload its approximately 300 million shares on the open market by the end of 2014. It plans to do so gradually, using a trading plan that has not been made public so that hedge funds cannot corner the market, The Detroit News reported Monday. In January, it sold about 5.4 million shares for $27.61 to $29.16 per share, the News reported. The department, at one point, expected to lose $44 billion in bailouts

Barack Obama’s Cairo Speech
and His Israel Problem
Daily Beast, by Marty Peretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/25/2013 3:53:30 PM     Post Reply
Last week President Obama announced he will finally visit Israel. But there’s no guarantee that it will be a pleasant trip. (Snip)Comparisons will inevitably be drawn between Obama’s 2009 trip to Cairo and his impending one to Jerusalem. His fanciful Cairo speech—delivered with no evident recognition that each and every one of the Arab countries was at that moment on the precipice of chaos—was a shoddy and slippery job, historically so misleading on so many matters that one can hardly attribute it to innocent error.

Sonia Sotomayor rebukes federal
prosecutor for racially charged
remark against Latinos, blacks
NBC News, by Pete Williams    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 2/25/2013 3:52:56 PM     Post Reply
A federal prosecutor came in for some biting criticism today from Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer for a racially charged remark made during a criminal trial. The comment by the justices came as the court declined to hear the appeal of a man who was convicted in a Texas federal court of being in on a drug conspiracy. The issue for the defendant, Bongani Charles Calhoun, was whether he knew that the people he accompanied on a road trip were about to buy illegal drugs, or whether he was merely along for the ride.



Gas prices set record high for month
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Mike Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/25/2013 3:51:17 PM     Post Reply
Gas prices continue to go in the wrong direction. Atlantans were paying an average of $3.79 a gallon for gasoline early Monday, an increase of nearly a dime since a week ago and 67 cents more than the mid-December price. The current national average price is $3.78, and the national average for the month of $3.63 is the highest ever for the month of February, according to AAA. The average has surpassed $4 a gallon in four states, “and a couple others are only a few cents shy of reaching the $4 mark,” said Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for AAA.

Napolitano: Cuts will make US more
vulnerable to terrorist attack
The Hill [Washington DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 3:28:17 PM     Post Reply
Allowing the $85 billion sequester to go forward will make the United States more vulnerable to a terrorist attack, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Monday. Napolitano added that the blunt nature of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set for March 1 “makes it awfully, awfully tough” to mitigate threats faced by the nation. “I don´t think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester compared to without sequester,” said Napolitano, whose agency includes the Transportation Security Administration.

Exclusive: Obama Fails to Register
Site Points to NRA Home Page
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 3:25:01 PM     Post Reply
At the beginning of the year, President Barack Obama´s new 501(c)4 political nonprofit, Organizing For Action, was launched with all the usual bells and whistles. But the tech wizards at OFA forgot one important rule in today´s Internet world: Register all the iterations of your website address before someone else does. Now Obama´s team is filing complaints against the folks smart enough to get the addresses before he did. As Obama´s OFA made its debut, no one in his purportedly Internet-savvy campaign had obtained the corresponding .com, .net, .org or .us sites,

Assailant shoots into
SF home with AK-47
San Francisco Chronicle, by Will Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/25/2013 3:14:43 PM     Post Reply
San Francisco — A Sacramento man was arrested early Monday after he shot up a man´s Western Addition home with an automatic rifle, San Francisco police said. Kareem Benton, 42, got into an argument Sunday night with another man on the 1000 block of McAllister Street and followed the man to his home nearby, said Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman. Benton then pulled out a fully automatic AK-47 and "sprayed" the man´s home with bullets just after 7:30 p.m., Esparza said. The victim, who was in his home, was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.



NY Dem warns sequester will crush
hope of medical breakthroughs
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/25/2013 3:02:29 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that the sequester could cut millions of dollars in healthcare research in New York, which she said would lead to both job cuts in her state and less research into life-saving medical technologies. "I urge House leadership to avoid triggering a sequestration of federal funding that will impose draconian cuts to the research and development programs that are our hope for the future," Maloney said Sunday. "I am determined to join colleagues in both parties and both houses of Congress to prevent our nation from being forced into this entirely manufactured fiscal crisis."

Sen. Warren calls automatic
budget cuts ‘just plain dumb’
Boston Herald, by Marie Szaniszlo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 2:59:15 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the automatic cuts in federal spending slated to take effect Friday “just plain dumb,” but the Bay State’s newly minted, but still senior, senator said it’s largely up to congressional leaders to reach a compromise. “The sequester negotiations are mostly with the leadership,” she told reporters this morning before addressing the New England Council. “We all talk, but it’s not happening with every Republican reaching out to every Democrat. Right now, the White House, the leaders in the Senate and the House of Representatives are in negotiations.” Warren called the $85 billion in automatic cuts

White House raises terror
threat, warns illegals could
flood borders after sequester cuts
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/25/2013 2:58:41 PM     Post Reply
Upping the ante in the spending showdown with Congress, the Obama administration warned Monday that looming automatic budget cuts will expose the nation to a greater risk of terrorist attack and a new influx of illegal immigrants. “I don’t think we can maintain the same level of security,” said Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. “If you have 5,000 fewer border patrol agents, you have 5,000 fewer border patrol agents.” With $85 billion in mandatory so-called “sequester” cuts due to start taking effect Friday, the administration is putting pressure on Republican lawmakers to raise more tax revenue to postpone at least

GOP lawmaker: Obama using
fake Twitter messages in fight
over gun control
The Hill (Washington, DC), by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/25/2013 2:52:32 PM     Post Reply
A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama´s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don´t exist. "Obama´s anti-gun campaign is a fraud," Stockman said. "Obama´s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress," he added. "I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign."



GOP blockade hurts us all
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Juan Williams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/25/2013 2:50:25 PM     Post Reply
This week’s upcoming vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary feels joyless and anti-climatic. After a poor performance during his Senate confirmation hearings, he walks into the job looking like a dullard. And where is the victory for Republicans? They succeeded only in making themselves look petty by delaying the vote. They vainly used the time they created to seek dirt with which to smear their fellow Republican, merely because he is President Obama’s nominee. Never before has the minority party in the Senate filibustered a president’s nominee for a Cabinet post,

Obama’s Gifts to New York
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/25/2013 2:49:16 PM     Post Reply
What a surprise in the White House list of federal outlays that will be cut in New York State because of the sequester. It turns out that the impact will be largely positive in a state with one of the highest combined tax rates in the country. The White House list is too long to include in its entirety. But the President has cut shrewdly, and here is a sense of it. One big gain will be a $42.7 million savings that taxpayers won’t have to pay to teachers and schools.

Biden: Americans ´No Longer
Worried´ About Economy
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/25/2013 2:46:59 PM     Post Reply
In remarks today at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden said that Americans don´t have the same economic worries they did when President Barack Obama came into office: "The are no longer traumatized by what was a traumatizing event, the great collapse of 2008," said Biden. "They are no longer worried, I think, about our economy being overwhelmed either by Europe writ large, the EU, or China somehow swallowing up every bit of innovation that exists in the world. They are no longer, I think, worried about our economy being overwhelmed beyond our shores.

I’m Sick of Compromise!
PJ Media, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/25/2013 2:35:42 PM     Post Reply
In the words of George Will, “gridlock isn’t an American problem. Gridlock is an American achievement.” The media, representatives, and senators all claim to be yearning for some re-entrenchemnt of compromise in government. The American people like it, and left-leaning pundits like it. They say it’s essential to good governance, but history paints a different picture. Compromise was the cancer that kept the institution of slavery alive in the United States. The Compromises of 1820 and 1850 did little to assuage the friction between free states and slave states. Why?

MSNBC Contributor: Beyond Defense,
All That’s Left To Cut Are Seniors’
Heating And Milk For Children
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 2:27:01 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid said on Monday’s Now that the sequester cuts aimed at the Defense Department are the only effective way to cut wasteful government spending. She said that the Pentagon is “where the money is.” Beyond defense, Reid said, the only aspects of the budget that can be cut are “old peoples’ lights and heating,” food stamps, or milk for children. Both host Alex Wagner and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele remarked at the novelty of Congressional Republicans’ openly saying that sequester cuts to the defense department are welcome.


DNC Chair On Hillary 2016:
‘I Don’t Know a Woman or
Man in the Country’ Who
Doesn’t Want To See Her Run
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/25/2013 2:22:32 PM     Post Reply
When asked about a possible presidential run by Hillary Clinton in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said, “I can tell you that I would love to see her run. I don’t know a woman or a man in the country right now who doesn’t want to see her run.” The DNC Chair was speaking at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches late last month when she was asked about a 2016 presidential run by Hillary Clinton. “I’m going to give you the party line: Secretary Clinton is going to take a well-deserved rest.

Is the Post ‘pro-gay’?
Washington Post, by Patrick B. Pexton    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 2/25/2013 2:21:18 PM     Post Reply
I get a steady stream of e-mails and phone calls from readers who assert that The Post has a “pro-gay agenda” and publishes too many “puffy” stories about gay marriage, and that it even allows too many same-sex couples to appear in the Date Lab feature in Sunday’s WP Magazine. “The conservative, pro-family side gets short shrift,” as one reader recently put it, and The Post “caters slavishly to Dupont Circle.” Indeed, that reader got into a vigorous three-way e-mail dialogue with a Post reporter and me over the issue, an exchange that goes to the heart

Iran Put Some Extra Clothes
on Michelle Obama at the Oscars
New York Magazine, by Joe Coscarelli    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 2:19:27 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama´s surprise Oscars cameo is international news, but with a slight twist. Persian Letters blogger Golnaz Esfandiari noticed this morning that Iran´s semi-state-run Fars News Agency added some sleeves and and chest coverage to the first lady´s Naeem Khan dress, perhaps in the name of modesty, or otherwise to minimize the American power apparent in Mrs. Obama´s biceps. A translation of the article makes no reference to the digital alterations, although Iran made sure to call out Best Picture winner Argo as a "Hollywood version" of historical events and an "advertisement for the CIA."

Obama at National Governors Meeting:
‘Let’s Clear Out the Press So We
Can Take Some Questions’
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/25/2013 2:17:38 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama spoke on Monday at the closing session of the National Governors Association’s annual meeting then cleared the room of reporters so he could “take some questions.” Obama said he looked forward to working with the nation’s governors to strengthen the economy and build a “thriving middle class” where anyone who works hard can get ahead. “That’s our goal, and I know that’s the goal of all of you as well. So I look forward to our partnering and with that, what I want to do is clear out the

Obama Donor Arranged Michelle
Obama Oscars Appearance
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/25/2013 2:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Hollywood producer and Obama fundraiser Harvey Weinstein arranged First Lady Michelle Obama’s Oscars appearance, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Silver Linings Playbook producer and promoter approached the Academy Awards’ president and Oscar show producers who “loved the idea.” Michelle Obama, who said, “we watch movies all the time at the White House,” also liked the idea. Complicated plans—which one Oscar show producer likened to a CIA mission—were then made for the surprise appearance. Weinstein also hired former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter to lobby for Silver Linings,

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