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Nobel Prize-winning economist
warns of US stock market bubble
that could be ruinous for the country
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:18:19 AM     Post Reply
An American who won this year´s Nobel Prize for economics believes sharp rises in equity and property prices could lead to a dangerous financial bubble and may end badly, he told a German magazine. Robert Shiller, who won the esteemed award with two other Americans for research into market prices and asset bubbles, pinpointed the U.S. stock market and Brazilian property market as areas of concern. ´I am not yet sounding the alarm. But in many countries stock exchanges are at a high level and prices have risen sharply in some property markets,´ Shiller told Sunday´s Der Spiegel magazine. ´That

Horrified US Airways passengers ´advised
to get TB shots´ after infected man is
taken off their flight on landing
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:09:12 AM     Post Reply
Passengers aboard a US Airways flight from Texas to Arizona Saturday were shocked when a firefighter boarded the plane and reportedly announced that everyone inside the cabin had been exposed to tuberculosis. The incident happened aboard US Airways Express Flight 2846 from Austin to Phoenix operated by Mesa Air. A passenger told ABC15 that she, her husband and 10-year-old daughter were just minutes away from deplaning at Sky Harbor Airport when suddenly a group of paramedics boarded the aircraft and removed a man who was sitting in front of them. According to the woman, one of the first responders then

Get ready for arctic plunge: Up to
eight inches of snow to sweep Britain
Daily Express [UK], by Nathan Rau    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 5:59:33 AM     Post Reply
An “Arctic plunge” is set to trigger freezing temperatures this week and could bring snow across much of Britain by Friday. Severe gales are expected to sweep in from the North and cause blizzards on high ground. This could be only the start of a particularly bad winter with below-­average temperatures and heavy snow for three months, warn forecasters. They say the blast of cold air could see the mercury dip to -13C (9F) overnight in the North, bringing eight inches of snow with wintry showers as early as tomorrow and heavy snow forecast for Wednesday. It will feel bitterly



Is the HealthCare.gov Fix Too
Late to Save Obamacare?
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:54:05 AM     Post Reply
So the troubled site apparently now works 90 percent of the time. That should be good news for Obama—but the question is whether Obamacare will get the mass enrollment it needs. HealthCare.gov finally works. Now people just need to use it. The error-plagued website, which was supposed to be the portal for Americans seeking to buy health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, is finally approaching basic functionality two months after it went online. In a report released Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services breathlessly announced that the website now functions more than 90 percent of

The Syrian jihad is a distraction.
Pakistan´s diehards are the real threat
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 5:49:34 AM     Post Reply
Every few weeks we hear of another Briton killed in Syria, fighting for al-Qaeda linked groups. So far as many as 20 are thought to have been killed fighting government forces, reigniting fears of a new generation of British Muslims learning jihad overseas before returning to launch terrorist attacks at home. Maybe, but I´m told MI6 remains far more exercised about the dozens of Brits in Pakistan´s tribal areas. And with good reason. [Snip] Security officials and members of the Pakistan Taliban have tried to talk up something of an exodus of jihadis to the Middle East. For Pakistan, it

Sack Sebelius
Real Clear Politics, by Jack Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:47:52 AM     Post Reply
One of the things for which I’m thankful this Thanksgiving is that I’m not Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That Ms. Sebelius is still HHS secretary is remarkable. If they’d presided over a fiasco like the Obamacare rollout, the CEO of every corporation anywhere in the world would have been fired long ago. Ms. Sebelius is fortunate she works in government, where there is no accountability. And in the Obama administration, where there is no integrity. Earlier this month, TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was convicted of fraud for making health claims less obviously false than those Ms. Sebelius and her boss have

ObamaCare´s Next Legal Challenge
Wall Street Journal, by Scott Pruitt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:42:29 AM     Post Reply
Oklahoma City- As millions of Americans see their health-insurance premiums increase, have their coverage dropped as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and are unable to use the federal exchange, Oklahoma has sued the Obama administration. The Sooner State and several others are trying to stop the government from imposing tax penalties on certain states, businesses and individuals in defiance of the law. If these legal challenges are successful, the deficit spending associated with the new health-care law could be reduced by approximately $700 billion over the next decade. While the president´s health law is vast and extraordinarily complex, it is



Can Democrats Still Win With
a Women-Centered Strategy?
National Journal, by Shane Goldmacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:40:06 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis. Alison Lundergan Grimes. Mary Burke. Alyson Schwartz. Michelle Nunn. Natalie Tennet. The Democratic Party is hoping 2014 will be a Year of the Woman—again. As party operatives prepare for the 2014 midterm elections, Democratic women are being cast in starring roles, on the ballot and at the ballot box, as the party tries to take back politically important governor´s mansions and keep its fragile majority in the Senate. "The importance of women to the Democratic Party in 2014 cannot be overstated," said Jess McIntosh, a spokeswoman for EMILY´s List, which recruits and supports Democratic women candidates. "They are running in our

HORROR: British authorities abduct
child from womb via C-section
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/2/2013 5:24:41 AM     Post Reply
A pregnant woman who was confined to a psychiatric hospital in England after suffering a panic attack awoke from heavy sedation to a horrifying surprise: Her baby had been taken from her via non-consensual caesarian section. Fifteen months later, British social services still refuse to return the baby girl to her mother, who is an Italian citizen. The horrifying ordeal began in July of 2012, when the pregnant woman–whose name has been withheld–traveled to Essex, England to attend a job training seminar. It was there that she suffered a panic attack attributed to withdrawal from medication she was taking to

How the Nazis Used Gun Control
National Review Online, by Stephen P. Halbrook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:16:36 AM     Post Reply
The perennial gun-control debate in America did not begin here. The same arguments for and against were made in the 1920s in the chaos of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which opted for gun registration. Law-abiding persons complied with the law, but the Communists and Nazis committing acts of political violence did not. In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the

Rob Ford Can´t Even Go
To a Football Game
Without an Ethical Lapse
Atlantic, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:12:00 AM     Post Reply
Crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford took in a game of sport today, stopping by the NFL´s big Toronto game to watch the Buffalo Bills play the Atlanta Falcons. But, as with all things Rob Ford, it was not without controversy. For, while Ford was posing for photos and chowing down on chicken wings, a prominent Canadian musician was freaking out because the seat Ford plunked himself into was his:(Snip for tweets)In earlier, happier times for Mays, he used his Twitter account to show off his Falcons-Bills ticket:



Obama neglects his power to pardon
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:07:54 AM     Post Reply
AT LEAST MR. OBAMA is aware that he possesses the power of clemency. Unpardonably, though, with the exception of the silly Thanksgiving ritual in which he spares a turkey by executive order, he virtually never discusses this prerogative, and he rarely uses it. In fact, no modern president comes close to Mr. Obama in meting out mercy so rarely and so stingily. In his first term in office, Ronald Reagan signed 250 pardons for federal inmates; George H.W. Bush authorized 77 and Bill Clinton, 56. Mr. Obama granted just 23. (Including more granted this spring, his total is now up to

Man who claimed family´s home for himself
while they visited dying relative has done
the same with another ELEVEN properties
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:52:01 AM     Post Reply
A ´sovereign citizen´ who claimed an Ohio family´s home while they visited a dying relative has filed deeds for another 11 properties. Ohio´s Robert Carr applied for the ´quiet titles´ after claiming the owners gave up their ownership rights when they left the property. ´When you abandon a property, bam, walk away from it, ‘I ain’t never coming back. I don’t want nothing to do with it’ right? Somebody can come in, ‘Oh mine´,´ he told WLWT. As a member of the sovereign citizens movement, Carr believes he can handpick which laws to follow. The movement is premised on the idea that current

Obama and the Suspension of Disbelief
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 4:46:14 AM     Post Reply
Adding straws of scandal — Fast and Furious, the Associated Press monitoring, the IRS fiasco, and the NSA spying — on any presidential back except Barack Obama’s would have long ago broken it. Watergate ruined Richard Nixon. Iran-Contra earned a special prosecutor and nearly destroyed the Reagan second term. Katrina’s incompetent local and state reactions, coupled with a tardy federal effort — and the insurgency in postwar Iraq — ended the viability of George W. Bush in his second term. Second, well apart from scandal, the perception of presidential lying usually ends presidential agendas. Richard Nixon resigned after never telling the

My son and the Marine
New York Post, by Mark Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:43:42 AM     Post Reply
This time of year in Hong Kong, Americans here look forward to port calls by the US Navy. For many of us expats, their arrival means a chance to get to know the sailors and Marines who defend us by having them over for a home-cooked meal. My family enjoys these meetings as much as anyone. Yet each year at this time, we offer a special thank you for a Marine we never met. His name is Kurt Chew-Een Lee. In his story shines the honor of the Marine Corps and the glory of America. Lee entered the Marines near the close



On repealing the 22nd amendment
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:39:42 AM     Post Reply
This is one of those issues which seems to pop up reliably during the second act of every two term presidency. Should we impose term limits on US Presidents and was the 22nd amendment really a good idea? It’s a concept which has been unofficially in place since the first President and was then enshrined in the constitution in 1951 as a backlash against FDR. Of course, the people most exuberant about the idea tend to be supporters of the current White House occupant and for all the wrong reasons. This cycle is no exception, with Jonathan Zimmerman taking to

Death penalty for Boston
bomber a complicated question
USA Today, by Kevin Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 4:36:38 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — When gang members Richard Tipton, Cory Johnson and James Roane were sentenced to death in 1993 for their roles in multiple murders, they took their places on federal death row, where they have remained for two decades. A series of appeals and a more recent challenge to the lethal injection protocol used in federal executions have helped prolonged their lives in a place where — despite its designation — executions are rarely carried out. The high-security wing at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., now represents an increasingly complicated backdrop for a decision Attorney General Eric Holder is

Is There An Obama Doctrine?
The Federalist, by David Corbin & Matt Parks    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 4:34:31 AM     Post Reply
Six days before completing his negotiations with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry told a somewhat confused assembly of Latin American diplomats that “the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.” Greeted with (as the transcript has it) “tentative applause,” Kerry left his script to assure the audience “that’s worth applauding–that’s not a bad thing”–and accidentally to provide, as we’ll see, the best summary yet of the President’s foreign policy. The uncertainty of Mr. Kerry’s audience should be excused, since the Monroe Doctrine as represented in his speech is wildly different from the historical original–and in all the ways we’ve come

Thousands Demand Resignation
of Ukraine Leader
New York Times, by David M. Herszenhorn    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/2/2013 4:33:58 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine — Enraged by a violent crackdown by security forces, Ukrainians took to the streets with new, revolutionary urgency on Sunday, with hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich and a realignment of the country away from Russia toward Europe. “I want the authorities to know that this is not a protest; this is a revolution!” Yuri V. Lutsenko, a former interior minister and an organizer of the Orange Revolution nine years ago, told a vast crowd here in Independence Square that many observers said outstripped even the biggest gatherings in 2004.

Insurers Seek to Bypass Health Site
Wall Street Journal, by Louise Radnofsky*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:26:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—Insurers and some states are continuing to look for ways to bypass the balky technology underpinning the health-care law despite the Obama administration´s claim Sunday that it had made "dramatic progress" in fixing the federal insurance website. Federal officials said they had largely succeeded in repairing parts of the site that had most snarled users in the two months since its troubled launch, but acknowledged they only had begun to make headway on the biggest underlying problems: the system´s ability to verify users´ identities and accurately transmit enrollment data to insurers.


Pilot Use of Automation
Eyed in Air Crashes
Associated Press, by Joan Lowy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:22:18 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today´s airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they´re sometimes unprepared to take control, according to aviation safety experts and government and industry studies. Increasing automation has been a tremendous safety boon to aviation, contributing to historically low accident rates in the U.S. and many parts of the world. But automation has changed the relationship between pilots and planes, presenting new challenges. Pilots today typically use their "stick and rudder" flying skills only for brief minutes or even seconds

Officials: Worst tech bugs
over for Healthcare.gov
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/1/2013 11:03:48 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday. But that doesn´t mean HealthCare.gov is ready for a clean bill of health. Officials acknowledged more work remains on the website that included hundreds of software bugs, inadequate equipment and inefficient management for its national debut two months ago. Federal workers and private contractors have undertaken an intense reworking of the system, but the White House´s chief troubleshooter cautioned some users could still encounter

Broken promise of Obamacare to haunt
Democrats’ congressional campaigns
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/1/2013 10:55:10 PM     Post Reply
President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president’s faulty health care law. Several polls in the past week have shown congressional Republicans pulling even or slightly ahead of Democrats in generic balloting for the midterm elections, a swing of at least 10 percentage points in less than a month. Pollsters attribute the seismic shift to the series of glaring flaws in Obamacare, most of which came to the public’s attention after the program’s rollout Oct.

As senators work on Iran
sanctions bill, White House
lobbies lawmakers not to act
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung & Joby Warrick    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/1/2013 10:52:50 PM     Post Reply
As much as any other foreign policy issue during his five years in office, the Iran sanctions question now finds President Obama at odds with a hefty portion of his own party’s lawmakers, as well as most Republicans. A bipartisan juggernaut of senior senators is spending the remaining week of the Thanksgiving recess forging agreement on a new sanctions bill that the senators hope to pass before breaking again for Christmas. The administration believes the legislation could scuttle the interim nuclear agreement reached with Iran on Nov. 23 and derail upcoming negotiations on a permanent deal — scheduled for

Netanyahu: I will not ´shut up´ when
Israel´s interests are at stake
Jerusalem Post, by Herb Keinon, Henry Rome    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 10:15:01 PM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessor Ehud Olmert battled over Israel’s Iran policy Sunday, with Olmert slamming Netanyahu for “waging war” against the US administration and Netanyahu responding that he would speak out loudly when Israel’s security is at stake. “As opposed to others, when I see that interests vital to the security of Israel’s citizens are in danger, I will not be quiet,” Netanyahu said in Rome in a clear reference to comments Olmert made earlier in the day. Speaking at a Hanukka candle- lighting ceremony at the Great Synagogue in Rome, where he is on a two-day

Amazon envisions eventually
delivering packages in 30
minutes via drones
Washington Post, by Timothy B. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 10:11:20 PM     Post Reply
Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´s "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years. This is more than a theoretical idea. Bezos showed CBS´s Charlie Rose a working prototype of an eight-rotor helicopter drone called an "octocopter." Emblazoned with "Amazon Prime Air," the flying robot has a claw at

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