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US consumer sentiment
unexpectedly falls in November
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/8/2013 1:34:20 PM     Post Reply
U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly dipped in November to a near two-year low as lower-income households worried about their job prospects and financial outlooks and negative views of the government lingered, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan´s preliminary reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment fell to 72.0 in November, its lowest since December 2011. That was lower than both October´s final reading of 73.2 and the 74.5 economists had expected this month. Lower-income households in particular worried about their future financial state. That was a contrast to richer households—those with

How Can We Possibly
Trust Obama on Iran?
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 1:33:26 PM     Post Reply
The Roman legal maxim Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Ominibus, meaning one who testifies falsely on one thing cannot be trusted on anything, may be a bit of an exaggeration. But what about Falsus repeatedly, as Barack Obama has been? How can we let a president who has lied dozens of times about our healthcare negotiate something as cataclysmic as nuclear weaponry with Iran? How can we possibly trust him? And yet that is happening before our eyes. The Wall Street Journal is reporting: Iran and world powers expect to announce an initial deal as early as Friday to curb

Benjamin Netanyahu erupts over
possible U.S. deal with Iran
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree & Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 1:15:53 PM     Post Reply
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted details of an expected deal between the U.S. and Iran that would freeze elements of Tehran´s nuclear program along with limited sanctions relief just as Secretary of State John Kerry was arriving in Geneva to finalize the agreement. Netanyahu called it “the deal of the century for Iran” but a “very, very, bad” deal for the international community. The Israeli leader said he learned about the parameters of the agreement when he met with Kerry on Thursday at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv before he left for Geneva. “I reminded him that he said that



Mass. Crash
Boston Herald, by Chris Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/8/2013 1:06:51 PM     Post Reply
The state website residents must use to sign up for Obamacare health plans is riddled with infuriating computer flaws that cut off people with hyphenated names and force others to falsely say they are prison inmates or mental patients before they can finish their applications, a Herald review found. The review comes just a week after President Obama came to Massachusetts — the birthplace of Romneycare, the model for the White House’s universal health care plan — to defend massive problems with the national website. The review of angry posts from scores of frustrated applicants on the Massachusetts Health Connector

Obama: Most People Will Be Better
Off, "They Don´t Necessarily Know
It Right Now"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 1:06:11 PM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I regret very much that what we intended to do, which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want ´em, as opposed to because they´re forced into it. That, you know, we weren´t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place. And I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position -- a better position than they were before this law happened. Keep in mind that most of the folks who are

Police probe website
targeting crime witnesses
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/8/2013 1:03:23 PM     Post Reply
Philadelphia police and prosecutors are investigating an anonymous Instagram account with thousands of followers that for months has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across the city - aiming, in its creator´s words, to "expose rats." The account, called rats215, has outed more than 30 witnesses since February, posting photos, police statements, and testimony on the photo-sharing website. Because many of the statements posted aren´t public records, authorities are investigating the page as a potential act of mass witness intimidation - in a city where police and prosecutors struggle daily to find witnesses willing to testify. Rats215 had nearly 7,900 followers.

The odd October jobs report: The US
government shutdown failed to
shutdown the US economy
American Enterprise, by James Pethokoukis    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 11/8/2013 1:02:48 PM     Post Reply
The federal government shutdown may have distorted the US employment report for October — but not the US economy. Blowing away expectations, the Labor Department reported a surprisingly large 204,000 gain in October non-farm payrolls vs. a 125,000 consensus. Add in a combined a 60,000 upward revision to job gains in August and September and the three-month average is 202,000 vs. 154,000 in the August-October period in 2012. Capital Economics: Apparently, the near three-week Federal government shutdown had little, if any, impact on payrolls. Manufacturing increased by a healthy 19,000, construction increased by 11,000 and retail increased by 44,000. …



Obama promised on Sept. 26 that people in
individual market would keep their plans
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/8/2013 12:59:44 PM     Post Reply
It was less than a week before Obamacare’s exchanges launched that President Obama gave a speech in Maryland about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Using a community college in a friendly county as a backdrop, Obama pushed back against Obamacare critics, charging them with “fear-mongering” and mocking them for “crazy” predictions about the law. In that speech, he repeated the promise that the law’s changes would not affect those who already had health insurance. Here’s the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” segment of the speech, which made specific reference to the individual market— the

´Real´ Unemployment: 13.8%
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Boland    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 12:58:10 PM     Post Reply
The “real” unemployment rate rose from 13.6% in September to 13.8% in October, according to figures released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Though the national unemployment rate is 7.3%, the “real” unemployment rate is a broader measure of the number of people in the United States, 16 and older, currently looking for jobs. Known as the U-6 unemployment rate, this “real” unemployment figure, seasonally adjusted, includes the unemployed “plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons ….” The U-6 rate captures the fuller picture of people who are willing and able

The Coming Christie-Cruz Alliance
National Review Online, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/8/2013 12:56:10 PM     Post Reply
The New Jersey governor and the Texas senator (an old friend of mine) are leading opposite ends of the party, and are likely to be rivals in the 2016 presidential primaries. That’s why I expect that at some point between now and the Republican convention, they’ll form a tacit alliance. They’ll both have an interest in knee-capping some other candidate who is positioned between them. There’s plenty of recent precedent for this. The campaigns of Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan collaborated in 1996 to knock Phil Gramm out of the race. In 2008, John McCain and Mike Huckabee did what they

Obama to push infrastructure spending
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 12:55:24 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will argue that infrastructure improvements are necessary to facilitate growth in U.S. exports and jobs creation during a trip to the Port of New Orleans on Friday. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama would use the trip to “talk about the need to build infrastructure as part of a broader effort to strengthen our economy for the long term and to increase exports.” “The virtue of investment in infrastructure is that it’s a double win because you get the immediate effect of building and the jobs created from that, and the economic energy and activity created by



Obama has no ‘patience’ for ‘professional
blacks’ in CBC: ‘Double Down’ authors
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/8/2013 12:53:10 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s disagreements with the tea party are well known, but a new book reveals there is no love lost between him and “professional blacks.” In “Double Down: Game Change 2012” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the president is said to have no “patience” with members of the Congressional Black Caucus whom he sees less as black professionals and more like “professional blacks,” Breitbart reports. “Obama had little patience for the ‘professional left,’ and vanishingly close to zero for what one of his senior African American aides, Michael Strautmanis, referred to as ‘professional blacks’ (as opposed to black professionals),”

Snowden persuaded other NSA workers
to give up passwords - sources
Reuters, by Mark Hosenball & Warren Strobel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/8/2013 12:49:55 PM     Post Reply
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said. A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from their assignments, said a source close to several U.S. government investigations into the damage caused by the leaks. Snowden may have persuaded between 20 and 25 fellow workers at the NSA regional operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by telling them they

Possible discrepancy in Fairfax
absentee votes could affect count
in AG race
Washington Post, by Ben Pershing    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 12:48:24 PM     Post Reply
The Fairfax County Electoral Board is investigating a possible irregularity in the number of absentee ballots cast in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction that Democrats say could shift votes in the still-unresolved race for Virginia attorney general. As of Thursday evening, state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) led state Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun) in the contest by 777 votes – or .03 percent of the 2.2 million votes cast — according to the State Board of Elections’ Web site. Local election boards are now counting provisional ballots, cast by people without ID or in the wrong polling place, and canvassing the

Steve King: Boehner a Goner
if He Touches Amnesty
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 12:46:32 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told NewsMax in a recent interview that House Speaker John Boehner may lose his position if he tries to pass any immigration bills out of the House of Representatives. “Asked to assess House Speaker John Boehner´s performance and the possibility he could be replaced before the next election, King observes: ‘John Boehner has been stronger throughout this partial shutdown and the debt ceiling than most everybody thought he would be. He did serve to unify the conference better than I thought,’” NewsMax’s Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter wrote on Monday. But King said he would have a different



Democrats Spin Obama’s
Debunked Promise
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by David Rutz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 12:44:26 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s emphatic pledge, repeated at least 36 times, that nobody who liked their health insurance would lose it under the Affordable Care Act has been proven false, yet loyal Democrats have continued their attempts to spin his statement in television interviews. White House press secretary Jay Carney has been tasked on a near-daily basis with explaining the debunked Obamacare promise, with some memorable attempts including: 5 percent of the population is only possibly affected. The provision within the Affordable Care Act was the manifestation of the president’s promise, that if you had a plan that you liked, you

Cruz legislation offers $5M
reward in Benghazi case
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 12:37:43 PM     Post Reply
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a bill Thursday to offer a $5 million reward for information on the Benghazi terror attack or information leading to the capture of a suspect. Fourteen months following the brutal assault on the U.S. consulate, the families of the four murdered Americans are still no closer to the truth about what happened to their loved ones. Since the attack took place, no one has been arrested, fired or held accountable. Cruz’s bill would require the secretary of state to offer the reward. “The State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program exists to help the U.S. identify

Obama Adivsor: Obamacare, Not Sequester,
Responsible for Deficit Reduction
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 12:35:24 PM     Post Reply
Republicans have claimed for months that the mandatory spending cuts contained within the Budget Control Act, also referred to as sequestration, are responsible for the nation’s declining budget deficit. On Friday, an advisor to President Barack Obama countered this narrative and insisted that the Affordable Care Act is largely responsible for deficit reduction. On Friday, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing spoke with Jason Furman, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, about the October jobs report which showed that over 200,000 new jobs were added to the economy but the official unemployment rate also increased to 7.3 percent. Furman said

Obama Burns Media
Supporters with Apology
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 12:11:56 PM     Post Reply
Many were hurled under President Barack Obama’s bus on Thursday night when he told NBC News reporter Chuck Todd that he was “sorry” those who were losing their health insurance coverage were shocked by this eventuality because of repeated “assurances” he made to the contrary. The president’s supporters in the media were first among those to take a dive under the wheels of the president’s forward-moving signature policy achievement. “Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially

The lowest low of the Obama presidency
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza & Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2013 12:09:07 PM     Post Reply
Here’s what President Obama really wanted to tell NBC’s Chuck Todd about the implementation of the healthcare law in an interview Thursday: “Look, Chuck. We’re talking about 5 percent of the population who can’t keep their plans. Five percent. And once the Web site starts working right, they will realize they can get better plans anyway.” Of course, when you’re president of the United States, you don’t say that — unless you don’t want to be president much longer. Time and time again during the interview with Todd, Obama kept running into the political reality that the 5 percent of


Mediaite’s Joe Concha: Obamacare
Debacle Marks ‘End’ of Obama
Presidency, ‘Lame Duck Status’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 12:07:43 PM     Post Reply
Mediaite’s Joe Concha made a pretty bold statement during an appearance on CNN’s Outfront on Thursday night. Reacting to President Obama apologizing for the botched rollout of the Obamacare website, Concha told Erin Burnett that this fiasco marks “the end of the Obama presidency.” Burnett wondered what would happen in the near political future if Obama ends up being proven right and people are satisfied with their health care. Even if that happens, Concha said, it’s unlikely to change much, because we’re “living in reality” and the White House has to face up to the fact that they won’t be

Democrats considering bill to
lift minimum wage by 40 percent
Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2013 12:00:27 PM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats, hoping to move beyond the disastrous rollout of the new health care law, plan to pivot to legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage by nearly $3, to over $10 an hour. Democratic lawmakers met privately Thursday to discuss proposals, including one by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, a nearly 40 percent increase. It would also would tie wage levels to inflation. Democratic senators weighed the plan after being deluged with letters and calls from constituents complaining that Obamacare has cost them their chosen health care plans and required

Mormon church-owned company
buys huge swath of Florida land
Orlando Sentinel, by Kevin Spear    Original Article
Posted By: Reaganator- 11/8/2013 11:55:25 AM     Post Reply
The Mormon church stands to own nearly 2 percent of Florida by completing a deal to buy most of the real estate of the St. Joe Co. for more than a half-billion dollars. The megapurchase was announced jointly Thursday by a corporate representative of church, which owns the nearly 295,000-acre Deseret Ranches in Central Florida, and by the real-estate and timber business, which has built several communities along the Panhandle coast.

HHS to issue sweeping
mental health rules
The Hill, by Ben Goad    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 11/8/2013 11:29:29 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration will issue long awaited regulations Friday that require insurers to treat mental illness and addiction the same as physical illnesses, current and former lawmakers said. In testimony Thursday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, mental health advocate and former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would announce the action during a speech in Atlanta. Members of the panel familiar with the rule-making also said the regulations would be issued Friday. Kennedy, during his 16-year tenure in Congress, championed legislation designed to bring insurance parity to people suffering from addiction and mental illness.

Did Chris Christie just
try to knife an ally?
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 11/8/2013 11:04:14 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), fresh off a landslide re-election win and seemingly with an eye on the 2016 presidential race, spent Thursday trying to oust a longtime Republican ally from power. Christie and his staff lobbied Republican state senators to dump their leader, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., after three terms atop the GOP conference. At least four Republican senators paraded through Christie’s office Thursday morning to get the hard sell. Christie was pushing Senate Republicans to choose Kevin O’Toole, an Essex senator, to replace Kean. Ultimately, Kean won 10 of the 16 votes inside the Republican

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