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Missing American in Iran
Was on Unapproved Mission
Associated Press, by Matt Apuzzo & Adam Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 6:20:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA - but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found. The CIA paid Robert Levinson´s family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined. The U.S. publicly has described Levinson as a private citizen.

Stunner: Ed Schultz receiving
big bucks from unions
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/12/2013 6:20:08 PM     Post Reply
Does MSNBC know that one of its hosts is receiving large amounts of money form an interest group whose political activities he covers? Does the network have any journalistic ethics guidelines at all? Elisha Krauss of truthrevolt.org presents the results of a search of Department of Labor archives showing the amounts of money Schultz has received from politically active organizations he covers: Schultz received at least $177,000 from labor unions in 2012; the average median income for an American family is around $44,000 a year. This year alone the DOL shows Schultz has been paid $75,000 by the AFL-CIO; just yesterday AFL-CIO Richard

Gold Rush: DC Leads in Super Zips
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:41:11 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Well, we may as well stick with this silly budget stuff, ´cause there are a couple of points to be made about it. But it, too, is just part of the daily script of the daily media narrative that´s coming out of Washington. This government´s gonna run whether they get a budget done or not; everybody knows it. Government isn´t gonna shut down. There isn´t any mood to shut down the government. If it does shut down, there´s not any mood to reform it, not right now, for a whole host of reasons. I was watching CNN during the break.



Seattle Vet Offers Medical Pot For Pets
Breitbart´s The Conversation, by Jon David Kahn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:39:19 PM     Post Reply
SEATTLE - Two Seattle veterinarians are pioneering the use of medical marijuana to treat pets. Dr. Sarah Brandon, co-founder of Canna-Pet, says medical cannabis can be used for many ailments plaguing your dog or cat. "Cannibanoids control inflammation to reduce pain from arthritis," she says. "They can help reduce anxiety." Brandon and her colleague Dr. Greg Copas launched Canna-Pet two months ago because citing that traditional pet medicines can have undesirable side effects. For example, Brandon says,"Anti-inflammatories can cause vomiting and Opioids can cause decreased appetite." These are reportedly common arguments to support the use of medical marijuana for humans. However, Brandon

NKorea executes
leader´s uncle as a traitor
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:32:05 PM     Post Reply
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea on Friday announced the execution of Kim Jong Un´s uncle, calling the leader´s former mentor a traitor who tried to overthrow the state. The announcement came only days after Pyongyang announced through state media that Jang Song Thaek — long considered the country´s No. 2 power — had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and leading a "dissolute and depraved life." The state news agency KCNA said a tribunal examined Jang´s crimes, including "attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with

Obamacare: If You Like Your
Medicine, You Can Pay More to Keep It
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:29:55 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Tab in Salt Lake City, great to have you on the program. Hello. CALLER: Yes. Exponential dittos from Salt Lake City, Rush. So glad I got in. RUSH: Thank you very much. CALLER: I wanted to tell you something that has not been advertised in any of the national news in regards to Obamacare, and that is the price increase on my medications. I´m 52 and disabled. I fell 20 feet from a tree. I have no disks between my L3-4, a shattered foot into 62 pieces, a torn meniscus. Anyway, my medications went up from -- this is two months ago

Mike Huckabee quits radio
show, sets sights on 2016 election
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:28:25 PM     Post Reply
Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first obvious sign that he is considering another presidential bid in what is shaping up to be a jammed 2016 GOP primary. He has hosted the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Cumulus Media since April 2012, but said that it takes up to nine hours a day to prepare. “As for the new endeavors, at this time, it would best for me to say, ?Stay tuned!´" he wrote on his Facebook page. Supporters won´t have to wait long. On Friday, he is participating in a “Pastors and



Uncle of North Korean
leader executed as ´traitor´
USA Today, by Michael Winter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:24:19 PM     Post Reply
The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been executed as a "traitor for all ages," the official news agency reported. Jang Song Thaek faced a special military tribunal Thursday and was convicted of "anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts" in a bid to overthrow the the communist country´s leadership, KCNA reported Friday in Pyongyang. The state news agency did not say when or how Jang was killed. North Korean media reported Monday that Jang had been purged for crimes that included faction-building, corruption, drug use and womanizing. He was considered the country´s most powerful figure after his nephew. State TV aired

Heritage Action Defends Opposing
Ryan Deal Before Details Announced
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:17:30 PM     Post Reply
A key outside conservative group is defending its opposition to the Ryan deal before the full details of it were known, saying officials from the group had been in frequent discussion with Republican negotiators before signaling they would oppose its general framework. “The people who were very close to the deal knew we were going to be opposed, knew when we were going to come out and be critical of the framework. And we actually talked to them ahead of time and said, ‘hey, are the press reports true? If not, tell us where they’re wrong and we’ll stand back,’” says

Nothing Works! But Secretary Sebelius
Says You´re "Thrilled" with Your Choices
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:11:29 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: "Congressional staffers were warned Wednesday not to rely on information provided by the Obamacare exchange website, in an e-mail alert informing them they might not be enrolled for coverage even if they technically signed up." Congressional staffers told not to rely on information. What about the rest of us, then? "The ´very important´ message, sent to Capitol Hill officials Wednesday afternoon, is the latest sign that the government has concerns about the reliability of the system." No kidding. They only get concerned when members of Congress can´t sign up or when they can´t rely on information provided by the exchange

Country music legend Ray Price
leaving hospital for East Texas
home, leaves final message for fans
KLTV [Tyler TX], by Marshall Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 5:08:49 PM     Post Reply
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Country Music Hall of Fame member and country music legend Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler on Thursday to go to his home in Mount Pleasant where he will be provided with hospice care. Price, who is best known for his country classics, including Release Me, Crazy Arms and For the Good Times, has been battling pancreatic cancer since 2011. Since then, the disease has spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, even with aggressive treatment. Price and his wife, Janie, who have been married for 45 years, made the



Shell-Shocked GOP
Still Fears Obama
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:08:22 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Well, this budget deal, I was just telling Mr. Snerdley, folks, I must be honest with you. I´m having trouble getting engaged in it, because I think everybody´s expectations are a bit high here when measured against reality. But I feel duty-bound to discuss this. You know, as I said yesterday, I got e-mail from people thinking that I had shirked my duties as premier talk show host by not talking about this. This is Thursday, so it must have been Monday or Tuesday. And it was clear, I talked to a bunch of people about this. The Republicans

Statistics and Other Taboos
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:05:15 PM     Post Reply
When politicians and media people call for "a conversation about race," one suspects that what they have in mind is an exchange so one-sided that it would be more lecture than conversation. A detailed confirmation of that suspicion comes from Jen Eyer, who is not from Charlotte but from Michigan. She is "statewide community engagement director for MLive Media Group," which publishes a website for a consortium of midsize Wolverine State newspapers. Eyer has a post--one of a series on what are termed HOT BUTTON ISSUES--titled "How to Discuss Racial Issues on MLive Without Violating the Community Rules." It should be

Thinking Through the Ryan-Murray Deal
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:51:08 PM     Post Reply
I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.

Newlywed pleads guilty
to second-degree murder
Associated Press, by Matt Volz    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/12/2013 4:49:46 PM     Post Reply
MISSOULA, Mont.—A Montana newlywed pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage. The surprise plea agreement with prosecutors came just before closing arguments were set to begin in the trial of Jordan Graham, 22. In exchange for the guilty plea to second-degree murder, prosecutors agreed to drop a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement to authorities. Graham could face a maximum sentence of life in prison when she is sentenced on March 27.



What is ´affluenza´? Sentence in Texas
teen´s fatal DWI wreck stirs ire
Associated Press, by Ramit Plushnick-Masti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:49:00 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON - "Affluenza," the term used by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, psychologists said Thursday. The term was popularized in the late 1990s by Jessie O´Neill, the granddaughter of a past president of General Motors, when she wrote the book "The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence." It has since been used to describe a condition in which children — generally from richer families —

For the Sake of Repeal,
Support the Deal
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:47:03 PM     Post Reply
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather

Has John Boehner Learned His Lesson?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:42:43 PM     Post Reply
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people

Newlywed on trial:´I
pushed him and I took off´
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:40:13 PM     Post Reply
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI

House Set to Vote on Budget,
With the Right Still in Dissent
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:37:25 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The House moved toward passage of a bipartisan budget accord on Thursday evening that is intended as a truce in the spending battles that have paralyzed Congress for nearly three years, as leaders in both parties sought to marginalize hard-line conservatives opposed to any compromise. With bipartisan support in hand, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio declared open warfare on the outside conservative groups that have tried to scuttle the budget deal. For the second day in a row, he accused groups like Club for Growth, Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity of reflexively opposing a reasonable plan


White House gives sick Americans
more time to select a health plan
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:24:13 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration moved Thursday to help tens of thousands of sick Americans who have struggled to enroll in health coverage for next year because of problems with the rollout of new insurance marketplaces created by the president’s health law. The Department of Health and Human Services announced that patients who have been enrolled in special insurance plans for consumers denied coverage elsewhere would be able to stay on those plans until the end of January. Nearly 86,000 people are currently in such plans. These state-based plans – known as Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans – were created by

Belgian Senate OKs child euthanasia bill
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/12/2013 4:20:41 PM     Post Reply
BRUSSELS — Belgium´s Senate has strongly supported legislation that would extend the country´s euthanasia law to children under certain conditions. Senators on Thursday voted 50-17 in favor of the proposed law. If adopted, it will decriminalize euthanasia for children, if they are in great pain, suffer from a terminal condition and are expected to die soon. The children would have to submit a written request to be euthanized, and be aware of what their request meant. No age limit would be set, but the children would have "to possess the capacity of discernment." Their parents or legal representatives also would

US stocks head for a
third day of declines
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:13:57 PM     Post Reply
Wall Street´s third down day in a row pushed stocks to their lowest levels in a month as investors worried that the end may be nearing for the Federal Reserve´s support for the economy. The Fed´s stimulus efforts have been a key factor in the bull market that has pushed the Standard & Poor´s 500 index 25 higher percent this year. Investors know it will end sooner or later. But the timing, and the fallout, are uncertain. Until this month, stocks had risen for eight weeks straight. But stocks posted their biggest declines in five weeks on Wednesday, and dropped

Poll: Tea party favorability hits record low
Politico, by Tal Kopan    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 12/12/2013 3:50:33 PM     Post Reply
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they

Disturbing levels of HEART DRUGS found
in drinking water, says study, as concern
for long term health effects grows
Daily Mail [UK], by Steve Nolan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 3:38:47 PM     Post Reply
Traces of prescription drugs have been found in far greater quantities in US drinking water supplies than previously thought, a study has claimed. A report on drinking water carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency has found samples of at least 25 different drugs, including medication to treat heart conditions, in supplies coming out of wastewater treatment plants. Medication to treat high blood pressure was not only the most commonly traced drug, but also found in the highest quantities. Health officials say that the traces of the drugs, which include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and prescription drugs such as

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