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Dick Cheney Surprised by
Facebook ‘Attack’ on Daughter
Liz in Gay Marriage Spat
ABC News, by Abby D. Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2013 4:25:52 AM     Post Reply
Former Vice President Dick Cheney reluctantly commented today on the rift between his two daughters Liz and Mary Cheney, saying that he was surprised that Mary, who is lesbian, and her wife attacked Liz on Facebook. “We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said at the National Press Club. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.” After Liz Cheney, a candidate for Senate in Wyoming, made comments on Fox News Sunday indicating that she supports a “traditional” definition of marriage, her

Detroit Bankruptcy Decision
Puts Pensions at Risk
Associated Press, by Ed White    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2013 4:22:54 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years. Judge Steven Rhodes said the city is eligible to stay in bankruptcy court and scrub $18 billion in debt, about half of that amount linked to underfunded pensions and health care obligations. But he also warned officials that they´ll need to justify any deep

Egypt´s Antiquities Fall
Victim to Political Chaos
Associated Press, by Barbara Surk    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2013 4:19:35 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO — The century-old home of Egypt´s mummies and King Tutankhamun´s treasures is trying to make the best out of the worst times of political turmoil. But the Egyptian Museum is taking a hammering on multiple levels, from riots on its doorstep to funding so meager it can´t keep up paper clip supplies for its staff. The museum, a treasure trove of pharaonic antiquities, has long been one of the centerpieces of tourism to Egypt. But the constant instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak has dried up tourism to the country, slashing a key source of revenue.



Heffron, of WWII´s Band of
Brothers, dies in NJ
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 3:09:00 AM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA— Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, whose World War II service as a member of the Army´s famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died at age 90. He died Sunday at a hospital in Stratford, N.J., said his daughter, Patricia Zavrel. Heffron and the rest of his Band of Brothers fought through some of World War II´s fiercest European battles. A paratrooper in Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Heffron took part in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and helped liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in Landsberg,

Wreckers of the world, unite
PowerLine, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 3:00:16 AM     Post Reply
There is a disturbing undercurrent in Obama’s campaign-style speech on behalf of Obamacare rat the White House today. Obama never credits opponents of the law with the substance of their criticism. He does not attribute decent motives or good faith opposition to them. Rather, he treats them as “wreckers” (as they were deemed in the Soviet Union) guilty of destructive thought crime: Now, we may never satisfy the law’s opponents. I think that’s fair to say. Some of them are rooting for this law to fail — that’s not my opinion, by the way, they say it pretty explicitly. (Laughter.)

Mommy, the Drone’s Here!
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 2:44:59 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The novelty of flying cars never materialized. But flying novels are right around the corner. If you aren’t nervous enough reading about 3-D printers spitting out handguns or Google robots with Android phones, imagine the skies thick with crisscrossing tiny drones. “I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” Jeff Bezos told Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes” Sunday, unveiling his octocopter drones. The Amazon founder is optimistic that the fleet of miniature robot helicopters clutching plastic containers will be ready to follow GPS coordinates within a radius of 10 miles and zip around the country providing half-hour

´Liberty Van´ grandmother drives
5,000 miles, beats $56 ticket
Express-Times [Easton, PA], by Matthew Bultman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/4/2013 1:14:07 AM     Post Reply
Despite the bumper-to-bumper decorations, Lynda Farley says she can see perfectly fine out of her minivan. And she was willing to drive more than 100 hours and 5,000 miles to prove it. The 62-year-old Kentucky woman made the nearly 12-hour, 800-mile drive from Edmonton, Ky., to Warren County "four or five times" in recent months to fight the $56 obstructed-view traffic ticket. Today, a New Jersey Superior Court judge in Belvidere tossed the ticket after ruling Farley´s view through the windshield wasn´t hindered by the political signs and figurines that cover her van.



Downton´s battle royal:
Buckingham Palace special takes
on BBC for Christmas Day TV glory
Daily Mail (UK), by Emma Lowe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 11:15:52 PM     Post Reply
As they climb the plush staircase side by side, watched by liveried footmen, there is no mistaking the glamour of the occasion. This is Downton Abbey’s rebellious Lady Rose, accompanied by her aunt Cora, at her ‘coming out’ at Buckingham Palace. The scene is from the two-hour Christmas Day episode, which promises to be quite the contrast to last year’s festive offering. Then, many fans complained that ITV had ruined their day by killing off much-loved character Matthew Crawley in a car crash.This year it would seem they can look forward to a cheerier affair as the Crawley family and

Obama to address income inequality
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 11:10:35 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.

The Forty-Year Slump
American Prospect, by Harold Meyerson    Original Article
Posted By: redbadge- 12/3/2013 10:51:41 PM     Post Reply
Since 1974, they´ve steadily lost power—and they´re getting just a fraction of the wealth they produce today. The steady stream of Watergate revelations, President Richard Nixon’s twists and turns to fend off disclosures, the impeachment hearings, and finally an unprecedented resignation—all these riveted the nation’s attention in 1974. Hardly anyone paid attention to a story that seemed no more than a statistical oddity: That year, for the first time since the end of World War II, Americans’ wages declined.

Short-term fix eyed for another
problem with U.S. healthcare website
Reuters, by Roberta Rampton*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 10:19:17 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s administration has found a short-term fix to pay insurance companies for plans selected on HealthCare.gov, the not-yet-complete government website used to shop for insurance required under Obama´s healthcare program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet finished building the part of the website that would transfer billions of dollars in subsidies for plan premiums and cost-sharing payments to insurance companies. (Snip) Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for CMS, said the government will make the payments to insurers for premium tax credits and cost sharing on time.



Bill Clinton: Damage to
Democrats over Obamacare
rollout failure will be ‘minimal’
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/3/2013 10:18:10 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton, who prodded President Obama last month to keep his promises on Obamacare, said Tuesday that the political damage for Democrats from the flawed law will be “minimal.” “I believe that if the computer problems are all fixed, and it’s up and running by — and healthy in the next several weeks, I think that the damage will be minimal,” Mr. Clinton told interviewer Jorge Ramos of Fusion. “It’s getting better. I think it’ll be fixed by — in the next few weeks. If it’s worked through, I think within four or five months people will be

Newsweek Print Edition Coming Back
Next Year as New ‘Premium Product’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 10:10:08 PM     Post Reply
Newsweek ended the print edition of the paper at the end of 2012 under the leadership of Tina Brown, but starting early next year the long-running magazine will be pumping out physical copies again, but don’t expect the old Newsweek, because according to the paper’s editor-in-chief, it’s going to be more of a subscriber-driven “premium product” this time around. The New York Times broke the news of the big move late Tuesday, and Newsweek editor-in-chief Jim Impoco explained that instead of advertisers, the paper would “depend more heavily on subscribers,” who would have to pay more, but they believe it

With visit to London, Sen. Marco Rubio
tries to burnish foreign policy credentials
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/3/2013 10:09:59 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio is making a push this week to burnish his foreign policy credentials and establish gravitas on the world stage ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run, traveling to London to deliver a major policy address and meet British leaders. At a time of vigorous debate within the Republican Party about the United States’ global role, the first-term senator from Florida is articulating a worldview that places him neatly between the GOP’s tea-party-led isolationist wing and its more established interventionist wing. Speaking at the Chatham House think tank in London on Tuesday, Rubio paid homage to the “special

Obama embarks on new health-
care push after Web site fixes,
urges Americans to sign up
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb and Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/3/2013 10:07:25 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Tuesday embarked on the difficult task of persuading Americans to reconsider his landmark health-care law after its botched launch, imploring people to sign up as part of a major push to publicize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans immediately lampooned the effort — coming more than three years after passage of the law and two months after its disastrous rollout — and conservative activists vowed to wage a counterassault publicizing the law’s downsides. But Obama and his Democratic allies expressed confidence that they were finally turning the corner after severe technical issues hobbled HealthCare.gov, the



Iran accord in Geneva followed
by new violence, new
diplomacy for Mideast
Washington Post, by Liz Sly    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/3/2013 10:04:30 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — A surge of diplomacy and an outburst of violence in the days since world powers reached a deal with Iran illustrate both the promise and the peril of what could be the start of a more peaceful era in the Middle East — or the beginning of a new round of bloodletting. The announcement of the six-month accord on Iran’s nuclear program, hailed by President Obama as an opportunity to reverse decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran, has quickly been followed by indications of the deal’s potential to unlock other regional conflicts. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad

White House chief of staff slams
GOP´s ´nostalgia´ for even worse
pre-Obamacare system
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 9:40:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s chief of staff Tuesday declared that Obamacare´s website is “getting back on track,” and excused the difficulty reforming health care by declaring it harder to accomplish than peace in the Middle East. “Reforming our healthcare system is not an easy task,” said Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff, at a health care forum sponsored by Georgetown University and the health-focused law firm Arent Fox. “I’ve worked on many complicated issues: Middle East peace, Iran and budget deals. And I can tell everybody in this room that reforming the health care system is the single most complicated issue I’ve faced,”

Congressman to Constituents:
Proceed on Healthcare.gov
At Your Own Risk
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/3/2013 9:38:26 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) is warning his constituents to not go on healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website, unless they’re “willing to accept the risk that their identities will be stolen.” The online health care exchange has been beset with glitches since its launch, with one particularly alarming issue being users having their personal information compromised. The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday that the marketplace is even more vulnerable to security breaches since the administration “fixed” Healthcare.gov, according to a cyber security expert. Brooks, therefore, bluntly said he would not recommend anyone from his district, Alabama’s 5th, go on the site.

Obama’s uncle contradicts White House,
says Obama stayed with him in 1980s
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 9:28:00 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s uncle said at a deportation hearing Tuesday that Obama stayed with him while he was a student at Harvard Law School in the 1980s -- despite the White House having said that Obama never met the man. Onyango “Omar” Obama, 69, was arrested for drunk driving in 2011 and faced deportation after living in the United States for five decades. The judge decided to let the Kenyan national remain in the United States. According to the Boston Globe, Omar Obama also made the following claim: Maria Sacchetti @mariasacchetti Follow He testified that president stayed w/ him in Cambridge

Low-Information Leadership
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 12/3/2013 8:47:59 PM     Post Reply
The president’s problem right now is that people think he’s smart. They think he’s in command, aware of pitfalls and complexities. That’s his reputation: He’s risen far on his brains. They think he is sophisticated. That is his problem in the health insurance debacle. People have seen their prices go up, their choices narrow. They have lost coverage. They have lost the comfort of keeping the doctor who knows them and knows they tend to downplay problems and not complain of pain, and so doing more tests might be in order, or tend to be hypochondriacal and probably don’t need


Suspect Caught in Rape of Young
Female Missionary
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/3/2013 8:30:38 PM     Post Reply
The suspect in the vicious attack of a Catholic missionary worker who prayed the “Hail Mary” while she was raped is now in custody on Rikers Island in connection with several robberies in Manhattan. According to a report by Murray Weiss in DNAinfo, DNA evidence taken from a fedora hat dropped by the suspect near the crime scene at Washington Square near New York University (NYU) matched that of a homeless ex-con who had been arrested over a week ago in connection with three robberies in the Midtown and Chelsea sections of Manhattan. Detectives had launched an intense manhunt for

5 things to know about Roger Rodas,
who died with Paul Walker
CNN, by Josh Levs    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 8:08:31 PM     Post Reply
Roger Rodas, the man believed to be driving the car in the crash that killed him and actor Paul Walker, leaves behind a family, a charity he founded with Walker, and friends and fans of his own. Here are five things to know about him: He was married and had two young children -The 38-year-old El Salvador native was known as a loving family man, CNN affiliate KCAL reported. His young son was among the first to arrive at the scene after the accident, said Jim Torp, a car enthusiast who was at the same charity event as Rodas and

US army halts shipments from
Afghanistan via Pakistan
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 7:33:45 PM     Post Reply
The US military has halted its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan because of the risk to drivers after protests over US drone strikes. Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright this would affect outgoing shipments of equipment and other goods from US units on Afghan soil. He said deliveries could be resumed "in the near future". Pakistanis have blocked the US main supply route to Afghanistan, blaming the drones for causing civilian deaths. Protesters have been harassing truck drivers, turning back vehicles carrying Nato provisions. The blockade is centred on a road in Pakistan´s north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Islamabad says it

Rep. Gutierrez: Obama ´Should Be
Expanding His Prosecutorial Discretion’
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 7:31:07 PM     Post Reply
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said that President Barack Obama should be expanding his prosecutorial discretion when it comes to enforcement of immigration laws. “Unfortunately, he should not be limiting his prosecutorial discretion. He should be expanding his prosecutorial discretion,” Gutierrez said during a hearing on the constitutionality and legality of actions the Obama administration has taken on issues like the enforcement of immigration laws. The president signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain young illegal aliens who came into the country as children and have pursued education or military service

Illinois lawmakers approve
major pension overhaul
Chicago Tribune, by Ray Long & Monique Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 7:13:45 PM     Post Reply
SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois General Assembly today narrowly approved a major overhaul of the state government worker pension system following hours of debate on the controversial plan strongly opposed by employee unions. The House voted 62-53 to approve a measure that aims to wipe out a worst-in-the-nation $100 billion pension debt by reducing and skipping cost-of-living increases, requiring workers to retire later and creating a 401(k) option for a limited number of employees. The measure needed a minimum of 60 votes to pass the House. (See how House members voted HERE.) Moments earlier, the Senate voted for the measure 30-24. The

Judge: Obama uncle can
stay in the United States
Boston Herald, by John Zaremba, O’Ryan Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 6:51:22 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s illegal-alien uncle has been granted the right to remain in the United States to immigration court today, after going before a judge to seek permanent residency and quash a decades-old deportation order today. Onyango Obama, a Kenyan national who was ordered deported in 1992, appeared before immigration judge Leonard I. Shapiro — the same judge who granted asylum in 2010 to Obama’s sister, Zeituni Onyango -- the president´s aunt. Asked about his family in the U.S., Onyango Obama said, "I do have a nephew." Asked to name the nephew, he said, "Barack Obama, he´s the president of the

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