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Nelson Mandela, revered statesman
and anti-apartheid leader, dies at 95
Yahoo News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/5/2013 4:53:42 PM     Post Reply
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection. The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism. Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa´s apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation´s first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid
icon and father of modern
South Africa, dies
CNN, by Faith Karimi    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 4:52:20 PM     Post Reply
Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95. The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations. With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation´s Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace. Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the nation´s consciousness. In a nation healing from the scars

Sharpton, Other Civil Rights Leaders
Launch Fight Against ‘Knockout Game’
CBS Local (New York, NY), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 4:48:53 PM     Post Reply
New York — The Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders have launched a social media campaign in an effort to stop the violent “knockout game.” Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, joined National Urban League president Marc Morial, hip-hop legend Russell Simmons, and Jewish leader Rabbi Marc Schneier, to promote the effort. Simmons and Schneier are chairman and president, respectively, of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. The civil rights leaders want to stop the “knockout game” and the targeting of Jews. Reports of “knockout game” attacks have been reported around the country, and have been concentrated in particular in



Obama´s Uncle Situation Is
Apparently Very Confusing
National Journal, by Matt Berman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/5/2013 4:42:36 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, Onyango "Omar" Obama, uncle to Barack, said in a deportation hearing that he stayed with his nephew in Cambridge in the 1980s. The White House had to that point said that the president had never actually met Omar, who was arrested for drunk driving in 2011. Now, two years after the arrest brought denials of any sort of relationship from the White House, the president is admitting that, yes, he briefly lived with his uncle Omar before heading to Harvard Law School in the ´80s. "The president first met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law

Gun Confiscation Underway in New York
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 4:38:34 PM     Post Reply
Nobody is coming for your guns, they said. Nobody is taking away your rights, they said. This is all about public safety, they said. Nearly a year ago, the New York legislature passed the toughest gun control law in the country known as the S.A.F.E. Act. It was rushed through in the middle of the night and as soon as it landed on Governor Cuomo´s desk, he signed it without asking questions. Now, local and state government are taking the opportunity to crack down on regulations already on the books which means for many, turn in your guns or leave.

Giving up technology is as ´stressful
as getting married´ - and Thursday is
the hardest day to go without gadgets
Daily Mail [UK], by Victoria Woollaston    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 4:35:48 PM     Post Reply
If the very thought of being without your smartphone brings you out in a cold sweat you could be suffering from a form of technology addiction. New research has found that more than half of gadget owners (53 per cent) worldwide admit to suffering anxiety when they can’t use their phones and added having a tech detox was ‘as stressful as a trip to the dentist or even their own wedding day.’ The number of people being treated for this addiction has risen over the past year and around 1 in 8 people in the UK now exhibit signs of being hooked

Intuitive Robots May Stall in
Surgery, Company Warns
Bloomberg, by Shannon Pettypiece & Robert Langreth    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 4:28:11 PM     Post Reply
Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG), the maker of a $1.5 million robot surgery system, told doctors that friction in the arms of some devices may cause the units to stall, the second warning issued about the company’s products in a month. The company sent an “urgent medical device recall” Nov. 11 alerting customers of the issue, which affects 1,386 of the systems worldwide, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a Dec. 3 notice on its website. The stalling may result in a sudden “catch-up” if the surgeon pushes through the resistance, the agency said. Intuitive is facing growing questions about its



RNC targeting Clinton ahead of 2016
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/5/2013 4:20:00 PM     Post Reply
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said his opposition research shop is targeting Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election. Priebus said the RNC is trying to focus on the midterm elections, but added there should be a greater emphasis on the potential presidential candidate. “Well, we have — so our research shop, along with America Rising, has been focusing in on Hillary Clinton,” Priebus said on The Hugh Hewitt Show on Thursday. “But I agree with you that there needs to be a more of a focus.” American Rising is a GOP research firm started by Mitt Romney´s former campaign manager, Matt

Pope Francis is the Catholic
Church’s Obama – God help us
Fox News, by Adam Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/5/2013 4:14:06 PM     Post Reply
Pope Francis is undergoing a popularity surge comparable to the way Barack Obama was greeted by the world in 2008. And just as President Obama has been a disappointment for America, Pope Francis will prove a disaster for the Catholic Church. My fellow Catholics should be suspicious when bastions of anti-Catholicism in the left-wing media are in love with him. Much is being made of his ‘compassion’ and ‘humility,’ but kissing babies and hugging the sick is nothing new. Every pope in recent memory has done the same, yet only now are the media paying attention. Benedict XVI and John Paul II

Chris Matthews: I’m Going to Ask
Obama ‘Some Easier Questions’
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/5/2013 4:04:03 PM     Post Reply
Chris Matthews joined MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Thursday to discuss his upcoming interview with President Obama, saying he would ask the President some “easier questions” before getting into “fun stuff”. MATTHEWS: [I’ll] get into questions that I want to get into, with executive management and political dysfunction in this country that we talk about all of the time on the program and get into some easier questions, for example, voter suppression efforts by the Republicans so he can bite into that. Obama’s appearance on the Hardball College Tour comes at a time when the President faces his lowest approval ratings among young voters

Clear Channel moving Rush Limbaugh
from KFI to revamped KTLK
Los Angeles Times, by Ryan Faughnder    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/5/2013 4:01:49 PM     Post Reply
Rush Limbaugh´s radio tirades will have a new home on Los Angeles airwaves next year. KFI-AM (640) is losing the conservative host´s three-hour show, long a fixture on the station, to KTLK-AM (1150), which owner Clear Channel is hoping to pump up as an outlet exclusively dedicated to right-leaning chatter. The company, which also owns KFI, will use Limbaugh´s audience to anchor the new lineup for KTLK, which is being dubbed "The Patriot" and will also feature national shows by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.



Has Katie Couric Lost Her Cred?
Daily Beast, by Anna Brand    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/5/2013 3:57:53 PM     Post Reply
The current daytime star—and future face of Yahoo News—is taking flak for running an alarmist segment about an HPV vaccine on her talk show. Why Katie’s under fire. Can you trust Katie Couric? For a woman who has hosted news programs on three major television networks, received multiple awards for her reporting, and earned the title “America’s Sweetheart” back in her Today show glory, merely raising the question could be hugely damaging to her career—even more so now as she prepares to take on a high-profile role as the new global anchor of Yahoo News.

The I-Word
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 3:27:20 PM     Post Reply
An academic was the first to cross the invisible line. “The ultimate check on presidential lawlessness is elections and, in extreme cases, impeachment,” Georgetown law professor Nicholas Rosenkranz told Representative Darrell Issa at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the president’s duty to uphold the law. With that first mention of the “i word,” leaks began springing from the dam that had been holding back the House GOP lawmakers united by frustration with President Obama’s executive abuses. Republicans have been watching impotently as Obama has walked all over the law, with increasing brazenness the further he gets into his tenure.

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

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