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With Investors Bailing, Is
Eddie Lampert´s Sears Doomed?
Forbes, by Brian Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/5/2013 3:21:43 PM     Post Reply
Sears stock plummeted Wednesday as news came out that Edward Lampert, its stubborn billionaire chairman and CEO, had to surrender majority control of the 120-year-old big box retailer when investors in Lampert’s hedge fund pulled money out. With no end in sight for Lampert’s quixotic turnaround efforts, it’s time to question whether there’s any way to save Sears as long as he remains in charge. (Snip) Lampert began at Sears with the ill-fated $12 billion merger with Kmart in 2005. Sales have declined for 27 straight quarters and the company’s stock is down over 70% from its high in 2007.

White House admits fabricating story
about Obama meeting his uncle
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/5/2013 3:19:25 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Thursday admitted fabricating an earlier claim that President Obama had never met his Kenyan uncle, Onyango “Omar” Obama. Approximately 3 years ago, as Uncle Omar was fighting deportation following a DUI charge, the White House asserted to The Boston Globe without any apparent qualification that Onyango Obama “has never met his famous nephew.” That statement was untrue. Uncle Omar testified at an immigration hearing earlier this week that the younger Obama had briefly lived with him for several weeks in the 1970s.

After denial, White House now
says Obama lived with uncle
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake & Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/5/2013 3:13:36 PM     Post Reply
The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Obama lived with his uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while he was a student at Harvard Law School -- after previously saying there was no record of the two having met. "The president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement. "After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch. The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him



´Very much loved´ American teacher
Ronnie Smith slain in Benghazi
NBC News*, by Charlene Gubash, Alexander Smith*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 3:07:25 PM     Post Reply
A beloved American teacher was shot dead in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, just days before he was supposed to return to the U.S. for the holidays, the school´s principal said. Ronnie Smith, 33, had been teaching chemistry at the International School Benghazi for about 18 months and was "very much loved," principal Peter Hodge told NBC News. “He was the most amazing person, more like a best friend or a family member," said student Yomna Zentani, 18. "After everything that happened in Libya, we were losing hope and he was the only one who was supporting us,

How Rand Paul thinks
he can save Detroit
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 2:57:19 PM     Post Reply
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is traveling to Detroit this week armed with an ambitious plan to save the bankrupt city. In an interview with The Daily Caller on Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican senator previewed his trip to Michigan, where he will present his ideas for an “economic freedom zone” to the Detroit Economic Club on Friday. Paul acknowledged his idea is similar to those of former Rep. Jack Kemp’s “enterprise zones,” which similarly used incentives to encourage private sector investment in urban areas. “What we’ve done is taken enterprise zones and really given them enterprise zones on steroids,” Paul told TheDC. The plan

WaPo: Obama polling is
worse than its topline looks
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 2:52:46 PM     Post Reply
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the various polls on Barack Obama’s performance and noted the dramatic decline in approval on both policy areas and personal qualities. Today, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan take a look at the former, and inform readers that Obama is in much bigger trouble than just dropping below 40% overall approval: Recent polling from the Pew Research Center and Quinnipiac University has shown Obama’s approval rating on almost all major issues plunging into the 30s — below even his lowest-ever overall approval rating, which has stood around 40 percent

Palin responds to Bashir resignation,
says attack ´par for the course´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 2:52:44 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin, in her first public reaction to MSNBC host Martin Bashir´s resignation following an on-air attack against her, said Thursday that Bashir´s comments were "par for the course." "Six years ago, I probably would have been personally hurt by such an attack," the former Alaska governor told Fox News. "Now, no, I look at it as it´s kind of par for the course." Bashir, in scripted commentary, said last month that someone should defecate in Palin´s mouth. He was invoking an old slave punishment in response to a speech by Palin, a Fox News contributor, comparing the national debt



Exclusive: Clear Channel Shifting
Limbaugh in Major Markets
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 2:48:34 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Clear Channel started announcing major lineup shifts in three of its biggest markets. In Los Angeles, Limbaugh will be moving from the top talk station in the market, KFI, to its sister station, KTLK, which will be flipped from a liberal talk station to a primarily conservative talker anchored by Limbaugh. Breitbart News has learned that Clear Channel will soon be announcing a similar change in San Francisco, as well as confirming the long expected move in New York from Cumulus-owned WABC to WOR, which was purchased by Clear Channel last year. These moves are not unexpected from

Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater
Reserves Underneath The Ocean Floor
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 2:47:29 PM     Post Reply
Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Lead author Vincent Post, from Australia´s Flinders University, said that an estimated 500,000 cubic kilometres (120,000 cubic miles) of low-salinity water had been found buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.

Latest: FSU´s Jameis Winston not charged
Meggs says DNA identified two men
Tallahassee Democrat, by Jennifer Portman and Jeff Burlew    Original Article
Posted By: ucffan- 12/5/2013 2:43:57 PM     Post Reply
Jameis Winston will not face a sexual-battery charge that threatened to sideline both the star quarterback and Florida State’s hopes for a national championship. State Attorney Willie Meggs on Thursday announced his decision to not prosecute Winston. Meggs said DNA analysis of evidence taken the night of the incident identified both Winston and another, unidentified man. He said that would make prosecution difficult.

Barbara Walters Tried to Name
Snowden ‘Most Fascinating Person’
of 2013, ABC Said No
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/5/2013 2:33:57 PM     Post Reply
According to the New York Daily News’ Confidential blog, Barbara Walters wanted to name NSA leaker Edward Snowden as her most fascinating person of the year, but was overruled by ABC network executives. Walters is reportedly especially intrigued by Snowden, and believes he will be chosen as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year (he trailed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian defense minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and twerking minister Miley Cyrus in the readers’ poll). Snowden, who declined to sit for an interview with Walters, remains on the list, but is no longer at the top spot.



3 questions the Obama administration
won´t answer about Obamacare
CNN, by Z. Byron Wolf    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 2:33:45 PM     Post Reply
Washington -- Donald Rumsfeld´s most famous quote has to do with whether there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But he might as well have been a reporter talking about Obamacare. "There are known unknowns," said Rumsfeld back in February of 2002. "That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don´t know we don´t know." When it comes to Obamacare and the frantic White House effort to right the listing website meant to bring private health insurance to the uninsured, there´s a lot more we know we

The Government’s War on
Long-Haul Truckers
National Review Online, by Lee Habeeb and Mike Leven    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 2:22:53 PM     Post Reply
Manuel Hernandez is not a complainer. But lately, he’s got a lot to complain about. Excessive government regulations are making it harder and harder for him to earn a living. And he’s not sure what he can do about it. Hernandez is not an energy executive being hassled by the EPA, a banker trying to cope with Dodd-Frank, or a doctor getting nickel-and-dimed by HHS and Obamacare; he’s a long-haul trucker. And his story is one all Republicans running for office should know, because it personifies our government’s war against a large category of middle-class workers who make our economy

Bear caught, euthanized
after attack on woman
Orlando Sentinel, by Arelis R. Hernández and Stephen Hudak    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/5/2013 2:18:50 PM     Post Reply
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists caught a 200-pound bear in the Longwood neighborhood where a woman was injured by a bear Monday night. The trapped female bear "closely fits the description of the animal that was involved" in the mauling of 54-year-old Susan Chalfant while she was walking her dogs Monday night. In a statement from FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker, because the bear was caught late Wednesday —within 48 hours of the incident and near the area where the woman was injured, "the decision was made to euthanize the bear." Samples from the bear will be sent in for testing,

The Birth-Control Battle
Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 2:16:27 PM     Post Reply
Maybe someone can explain to me how, exactly, conservatives are the aggressors in the culture war? In the conventional narrative of American politics, conservatives are obsessed with social issues. They want to impose their values on everyone else. They want the government involved in your bedroom. Those mean right-wingers want to make “health-care choices” for women. Now consider last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider two cases stemming from Obamacare: Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Democratic politicians and their fans on social media went ballistic almost instantly. That’s hardly unusual these days.



President Obama acknowledges
having lived with his uncle
Boston Globe, by Maria Sacchetti    Original Article
Posted By: bamapreacher- 12/5/2013 2:13:38 PM     Post Reply
President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting. Their relationship came into question on Tuesday at the deportation hearing of his uncle, Onyango Obama, in Boston immigration court. His uncle had lived in the United States illegally since the 1970s and revealed in testimony for the first time that his famous nephew had stayed at his Cambridge apartment for about three weeks. At

A Roll of the Dice
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 1:42:10 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is back selling his health-care law with the manic intensity of a late-night-infomercial pitchman who knows that if he doesn’t move the product, it could be discontinued. Here’s Obama aiming his comments at young people this Wednesday: “The product is good. It’s affordable. This is a big deal, to quote Joe Biden. And if you’re a student-body president, set up a conference on campus. If you’re a bartender, have a happy hour.” But it’s the president who may need a drink after viewing the latest poll numbers on young people’s attitudes towards Obamacare. At the heart of the health-care law

Climate Change Moving Down
Americans’ Foreign Policy Priority List
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 1:26:17 PM     Post Reply
The number of Americans who think “dealing with global climate change” should be a top U.S. foreign policy goal continues to fall in a poll that has tracked the issue since the 1990s, and five years under an administration more inclined to make it an issue does not appear to have stemmed the slide. The latest Pew Research Center poll surveying Americans’ foreign policy goals also found a significant partisan difference when it comes to the importance of prioritizing climate change. Out of 11 foreign policy goals featured in the poll released Wednesday, climate change ranks fourth from the bottom, with 37

Obama expected to arrive in
Hawaii for holidays in two weeks
Pacific Business News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/5/2013 12:41:56 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama and his family will spend Christmas in Hawaii again this year, and are expected to stay in the same beachfront Kailua neighborhood where they´ve spent the past five year-end holidays. Hawaii News Now reports the Obamas are expected to arrive around Dec. 20 and stay until Jan. 5. While Obama typically spends a lot of time at the nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, working out in the gym and playing golf, he does tend to venture out to the same local businesses each trip. Among his favorites are Island Snow and Buzz´s Original Steakhouse in Kailua,

Obama Worship Syndrome
Cybercast News Service, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2013 12:36:07 PM     Post Reply
When George W. Bush was president of the United States, many of the left fell prey to what columnist Charles Krauthammer called "Bush Derangement Syndrome": "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush." With Bush out of office, BDS has waned somewhat. Unfortunately, it has been replaced by a converse condition, just as grave and dangerous to the mental stability of its victims: "Obama Worship Syndrome." Primarily affecting low-information voters and members of the mainstream media, Obama Worship Syndrome attributes impossible capabilities to


GOP bill aims to give rural
states more Internet access
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2013 12:31:49 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced that she introduced a bill aimed at ensuring that rural states get their fair share of federal communications services, such as broadband. Ayotte said her home state currently receives only 37 cents for every dollar they contribute to the Universal Service Fund (USF) — a federal rural communications program. “In our increasingly digital world, it´s critical that rural communities be able to take advantage of the economic and educational benefits of high-speed Internet access,” Ayotte said Wednesday. The USF Equitable Distribution Act, S. 1766, would ensure that a rural state is guaranteed to receive at

Church-state battle envelops school choirs
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Hilary Matheson    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/5/2013 12:24:47 PM     Post Reply
As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate anyone’s rights. Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the “Peace on Earth Community Christmas Celebration” despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana to cancel.

Obama compares health reform
struggles to civil rights movement
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2013 12:14:32 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Wednesday compared the challenges of health care reform to the civil rights movement as he urged young people to do “whatever they can” to help boost enrollment in Obamacare. In an address to a youth summit hosted at the White House, Obama urged young supporters to not get “discouraged” amid the health care law´s rocky rollout and with polls showing declining support for the president´s signature achievement. “Stuff that´s worth it is always hard. The civil rights movement was hard. Getting women the right to vote, that was hard. Making sure that workers had the right to

Francis gives other denominations
a case of ‘pope envy’
Boston Globe, by Alex Beam    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/5/2013 12:13:38 PM     Post Reply
Pope Francis (real name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio) has shaken up the Catholic church with some plain speaking about faith and about life in the 21st century. He has had an impact on other faiths, as well. Welcome to “pope envy.” I first encountered the term in an essay by Jana Riess, a liberal Mormon writer. “I’ve delighted in seeing this beautiful revitalization of hope in the Catholic Church,” Riess wrote, “but I’ve also felt twinges of (an admittedly un-Christian) envy.” Why wouldn’t a Mormon, or anyone for that matter, envy the un-self-conscious spiritual leadership of a prelate who warns nuns

WH-DSCC ObamaCare powwow
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2013 12:01:23 PM     Post Reply
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough held an unpublicized meeting with Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), chairman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, amid anger and anxiety that ObamaCare’s botched rollout could cost the party its majority next year. In the meeting, requested by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), McDonough and Bennet discussed what the White House could do to help vulnerable Senate Democrats and “talked about developing a stronger relationship with the White House,” according to one senior Democratic aide familiar with the conversation. Democratic senators fear the White House is not sympathetic enough to their plight. After the

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