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Canada wants to own the Arctic:
Country lays claim to region
that could hold up to 15% of
the world´s undiscovered oil
Daily Mail [UK], by Ellie Zolfagharifard, Victoria Woolla    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 4:27:32 PM     Post Reply
Canada has made a claim on the North Pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic. [Snip] Canada filed the preliminary submission last week based on rules laid out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which regulates international law for the oceans. If successful, the country will have rights to the polar region´s resources, which is estimated to contain 30 percent of the world´s undiscovered natural gas and 15 percent of oil. While Canada´s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird announced that the country’s final claim would include the North Pole, he added scientific evidence to back the claim isn't yet ready.

Ryan budget deal gets positive review
at closed-door Republican conference
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Erik Wasson & Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/11/2013 4:23:54 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) won positive reviews from skeptical House Republicans on Wednesday morning for the budget deal he negotiated with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), as senior lawmakers predicted a strong vote as early as Thursday. While some conservatives criticized the deal, lawmakers said there was little sign of the kind of revolt that has derailed Republican fiscal plans in the past. The House is likely to vote on the plan Thursday, and because party leaders expect significant support from Democrats, they are not sweating defections from the right flank. “We feel very good about where we are with our members,”

WH: No comment on Obama´s
sign language interpreter
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 4:20:38 PM     Post Reply
The White House is declining to comment on reports in South Africa that the man who provided alleged sign interpretation of President Obama´s tribute to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is a fake. (Snip) White House spokesman Josh Earnest referred questions to the South African government. It would be "a shame" if this incident became "a distraction" from the many tributes to Mandela, including the one from Obama, Earnest said. "This was an historic event," Earnest said. Loening added: "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." At times he looked like

  


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Rep. Steve Stockman Exempts
His Staff from Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/11/2013 3:49:56 PM     Post Reply
Like Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the GOP primary challenger to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), has exempted his staff from Obamacare. In late October, the Washington Times reported that Stockman “said his staff unanimously voted to reject Obamacare enrollment, saying the law subsidizes abortion and is a ‘Ponzi scheme’ that forces young people to pay more for health care.” “Mr. Stockman´s spokesman, Donny Ferguson, said the staff will be designated as ‘not official’ and keep the federal plan,” the Times reported before quoting Ferguson: “I hope Obama will appreciate us doing our part to

Congressman Accuses Agency
of Blocking Obamacare Probe
Bloomberg News, by Kathleen Miller    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 3:32:54 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told contractors not to cooperate with Congress’s efforts to investigate work related to the Obamacare website, a top Republican lawmaker said. (snip)The department may have sent similar letters to other contractors working on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, wrote Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the House oversight committee. The department’s actions constitute “criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation,” he said in the letter. Joanne Peters, a health agency spokeswoman, didn’t provide immediate comment on Issa’s accusations.

A Least Bad Budget Deal
Wall Street Journal, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/11/2013 3:21:08 PM     Post Reply
The best that can be said about the House-Senate budget deal announced late Tuesday is that it includes no tax increases, no new incentives for not working, and some modest entitlement reforms. Oh, and it will avoid another shutdown fiasco, assuming enough Republicans refuse to attempt suicide a second time. The worst part of the two-year deal is that it breaks the 2011 Budget Control Act´s discretionary spending caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The deal breaks the caps by some $63 billion over the two years and then re-establishes the caps starting in 2016 where they are in current

Africa’s militant threat
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 3:12:13 PM     Post Reply
The deaths of two French soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have reminded the world of the deadly seriousness of France’s latest foreign foray to confront Islamists in their former colonies. Hundreds of troops are still in Mali, where they have helped force insurgents out of their northern city strongholds and into the desert. [Snip] While Britain and America continue their disengagement from overseas incursions in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has fallen to the French to take up the challenge posed by the spread of militant Islam in Africa. Long the region’s self-styled policeman, France has experience restoring regimes

  


  

Group linked to Hillary Clinton
attacks Chris Christie over
Port Authority lane closure flap
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Jenna Portnoy    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 3:03:19 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON — The George Washington Bridge flap just went national. A Democratic group connected to Hillary Clinton is launching an attack against Gov. Chris Christie based on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s closure of lanes to the nation’s busiest bridge, according to a report on CNN.com. (snip)“Correct the Record, formed in part to defend Hillary Clinton, is an arm of American Bridge, an pro-Democratic group that specializes in opposition research. The group launched a graphic Tuesday showing the Republican Garden State leader in front of the George Washington Bridge with a traffic sign that says ‘political retribution’ and

Texas Republicans reopen
filing for Stockman´s district
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2013 2:56:11 PM     Post Reply
The Texas Republican Party is reopening the filing period for Rep. Steve Stockman´s (R-Texas) congressional district after his last-second decision to run instead against Sen. John Cornyn (R). Stockman filed for Cornyn´s seat rather than reelection just minutes before the state´s legal filing deadline Monday night, giving aspiring politicians in the district no heads up that he was doing so. The party´s move gives candidates an additional week, with the new filing deadline set for next Monday. Texas Republican Party spokesman Spencer Yeldell said the party was reopening the filing because it´s required by Texas´s election code. Stockman is facing a steep uphill

Hill staffers warned not to rely on
info from ObamaCare exchange
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2013 2:41:19 PM     Post Reply
Hill staffers that signed up for ObamaCare through the Washington, D.C., healthcare exchange, called DC Health Link (DCHL), are being told to confirm their enrollments in person, and not to rely on data provided by the website. The Hill obtained an email sent to staffers on Wednesday warning them that “it is essential that you confirm your coverage in DCHL through the Disbursing Office.” “Do not rely on your ‘My Account’ page or other correspondence from DCHL,” the email reads. “Please do not assume you are covered unless you have seen the confirmation letter from the Disbursing Office,” the email continues. Hill workers had

Free Hunter Yelton
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 12/11/2013 2:37:11 PM     Post Reply
Hunter Yelton of Cañon City, Colo., is accused of sexual harassment. Hunter Yelton is 6 years old and in the first grade. "He has a crush on a girl at school, who likes him back," reports Colorado Springs´ KRDO-TV. "It may sound innocent enough," the station intones. But in Barack Obama´s America, even a small boy can become a sexual suspect. "It was during class yeah," Hunter tells the station. "We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That´s what happened." His mother continues explaining: "[The girl] was fine with it, they are ´boyfriend and

  


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WestJet Airlines surprises
passengers with gifts after they
touch down from flights
New York Daily News, by Lee Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 2:35:02 PM     Post Reply
Christmas miracle or sickly sweet PR stunt? Either way, it´s unlikely these WestJet passengers care after they had their wildest holiday wishes granted during a flight across Canada. Travelers pitching up at Toronto Pearson and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airports for flights to Calgary were surprised when a virtual Santa Claus asked what they wanted for Christmas. A promo video sees a variety of passengers telling Father Christmas their dream gift.With their wishes made, the footage shows them merrily taking their place on the aircrafts.

Sen. Lamar Alexander´s chief
of staff Ryan Loskarn under
investigation for child pornography
New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 2:27:49 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, is under investigation for child pornography. The Republican Senator from Tennessee revealed Wednesday that law enforcement officers are searching Loskarn´s private residence. “I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned,” the Senator said. Alexander, 73, made the announcement on Wednesday, indicating he "was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office" of the search. The staffer has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

Six people rescued from Nevada
cold kept warm by heating stones
Reuters, by Riley Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 2:04:31 PM     Post Reply
RENO, Nevada- A couple and four young children missing in frigid weather since they went on an outing to play in the snow on Sunday were found alive in a remote mountain range in Nevada on Tuesday huddled in their overturned vehicle, a sheriff´s dispatch supervisor said. The couple had taken their two children and the woman´s niece and nephew, who range in age from 3 to 10, to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada, Pershing County dispatch supervisor Sheila Reitz said. The six were found in good condition and were treated for exposure

Pastor son of Obama´s spiritual advisor
´commits suicide´ after admitting
affair and having domestic
violence order against him
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 1:58:20 PM     Post Reply
The troubled son of a church pastor who is a spiritual advisor to Barack Obama has died in an apparent suicide. Father-of-three Isaac Hunter, 36, had been battling problems since resigning from a Florida megachurch he founded after admitting to an affair with a staff member last year. A judge also granted his wife a domestic-violence petition after claiming his erratic behavior and alcohol abuse had left her ´fearing for my life and the lives of our three children.´ According to court documents, Hunter had written an undated suicide note saying: ´I have become what I never wished to be,

  


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Mack Brown denies
report of resignation
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Rafter- 12/11/2013 1:51:43 PM     Post Reply
Mack Brown denied a report issued Tuesday that he will be stepping down at Texas, though the embattled head football coach´s future with the Longhorns remains swirled in uncertainty. [snip] According to Orangebloods.com, Brown is expected to formally resign at Texas´ football banquet on Friday, with the event to serve as a celebration of his accomplishments during his 16 years with the Longhorns´ program. [snip] Brown restored the Longhorns back to national prominence by stringing together nine consecutive campaigns of double-digit wins from 2001-09.[snip] Brown´s 158 wins at Texas are the second-most in school history, surpassed only by Hall of

GM doesn´t owe $450 million in
retiree benefits, U.S. judge rules
Reuters, by Jonathan Stempel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 1:50:36 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge said General Motors Co is not required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for retirees, in a defeat for the United Auto Workers union. In a 36-page decision, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn in Detroit said on Tuesday that the current GM did not assume any obligation for the payment, which the automaker had contracted to make two years before its June 2009 bankruptcy filing. The payment had been part of a June 2007 contract between the old GM, its former Delphi Corp affiliate and the UAW. It was not, however, included in a different

The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten Soldiers
Wall Street Journal, by Michael M. Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: muncssister- 12/11/2013 1:50:07 PM     Post Reply
Roman Tritz’s memories of the past six decades are blurred by age and delusion. But one thing he remembers clearly is the fight he put up the day the orderlies came for him. “They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” says Mr. Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot. “To hell with them.” The orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned Mr. Tritz to the floor, he recalls. He fought so hard that eventually they gave up. But the orderlies came for him again on Wednesday, July 1, 1953, a few weeks before his

Russia may answer conventional
attack with nukes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 1:46:46 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW— A Russian Cabinet member says Moscow has reserved the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a conventional strike. Wednesday´s comments by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin carried by Russian news agencies reflected Moscow´s concern with prospective U.S. weapons. Weapons that have been developed in the U.S. under the so-called "prompt global strike" program would be capable of striking targets anywhere in the world in as little as an hour with deadly precision. Russia, which has lagged far behind in developing such weapons, has described them as destabilizing. Without naming the U.S., Rogozin said that those who "experiment

Canada Post to end home
delivery in five years
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 1:32:54 PM     Post Reply
Canada Post will phase out home delivery in urban areas over the next five years as the postal service struggles to rein in persistent losses. Under a five-year plan released on Wednesday, the cost of stamps will also rise and as many as 8,000 jobs will be eliminated. But the agency says it will also open more retail locations across Canada. The service faces a projected 1bn Canadian dollar ($943m; £576m) loss by 2020 without "fundamental changes". Canada Post lost C$73m in the third quarter of the current fiscal year, CBC News reported.

  



Vegas Rules: Harry Reid pushed
feds to change ruling for casino’s
big-money foreigners
Washington Times [DC], by John Solomon and David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2013 1:30:36 PM     Post Reply
EXCLUSIVE: The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Times. The move to overturn what is normally a non-appealable visa decision came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some of the visa applicants from Asia, and it ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have donated heavily in recent years to Democrats, the documents show. It also ensnared Mr. Obama’s current

Sending Holiday Season Regards
to our Conservative Warriors
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 1:27:15 PM     Post Reply
Pleasantly surprised and a bit shocked, I enjoyed religious Christmas carols playing in the elevator of a major hotel. Progressive bullies are relentless in their quest to repeal the celebration of Jesus´s birthday, Christmas, declared a federal holiday in 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Illustrating the effectiveness of the progressives´ intimidation, anonymously, signs are being stealthily posted in public areas: "It´s OK to say Merry Christmas." The progressives´ assault on Christmas leads me to MSNBC-TV host Martin Bashir´s degrading and disgusting punishment suggested for Sarah Palin (i.e., that someone defecate in her mouth). While watching the deplorable MSNBC segment,

´NSA uses Google cookies to track
targets,´ reveals latest Snowden leak
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 1:25:10 PM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency has been accused of using Google cookies to pinpoint targets the government wants to hack. In a NSA presentation slide released by Edward Snowden and seen by the Washington Post, the agency appeared to be using internet tracking techniques usually used by advertisers. While the Pref Cookies reportedly being used don´t reveal personal information, they can uniquely identify a person´s browser. The NSA and GCHQ in the UK have been using the tracking files to identify potential targets who are using the internet, according to the documents. As well as listing visits to websites, the cookies

Britain and US suspend
non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels
Reuters, Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 1:03:30 PM     Post Reply
The US and Britain have suspended all non-lethal assistance in to northern Syria after forces from the new Islamic Front seized headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition’s Supreme Military Council. Fighters from the Front, a union of six major rebel groups, took control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) bases at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey late on Friday. Turkey shut its side of the border crossing, in Hatay province, due to a reported increase in clashes on the Syrian side, customs sources told the Reuters news agency. There was no immediate confirmation from

Politicians should drop the selfies and Twitter.
We don´t want them to be human
Telegraph [UK], by Martha Gill    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 12:58:11 PM     Post Reply
There’s a YouTube clip I can’t stop watching called “Margaret Thatcher don’t want to jump”. The then Prime Minister has just reached the end of a TV interview, and the presenter is asking her to “make a little jump”. “Why?” It’s “just a gimmick” that all her guests do. Thatcher raises an eyebrow. “I bet that you wouldn’t do it,” says the presenter, becoming at the same time conciliatory, wheedling, insistent. “Just a little jump.” Come on. “Gorbachev did it.” “But what”, inquires the Iron Lady icily, “is the point of it?” “It just shows another side

Report: Reid and staff
intervened to expedite
visa applications for
Vegas hotel investors
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2013 12:54:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a Las Vegas casino hotel after pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, the Washington Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing internal government documents, said the decision to overturn a prior, normally non-appealable visa decision ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have been heavy Democratic donors. The paper said it also came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some Asian applicants. Reid, who represents Nevada, personally reached out to the top official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, setting in motion a process that

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