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Dying patient, 30, ´was kicked out
of hospital for being "uncooperative"
and forced into a taxi where he was
found dead by his mother when he*
Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2013 4:38:53 PM     Post Reply
A dying patient who was escorted out of a North Carolina hospital for being ´uncooperative´ was loaded into a taxi where he was later found dead by his mother, she has claimed. Deborah Washington has filed a lawsuit against AlliedBurton Security Services claiming their staff at Cumberland County Hospital forcibly removed her adult son even though he was dying or already dead. She claims that the guards took A´Darrin Washington, 30, from the hospital, carried him from his wheelchair to a waiting taxi, buckled him up and sent him home even though he was gravely ill. Mr Washington was found dead in the

Western nations admit they CANNOT
remove Assad from power in Syria...
as it would lead to ´chaos and a
takeover by Islamist militants´
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2013 4:30:28 PM     Post Reply
Western nations have admitted to the Syrian opposition that they cannot remove President Bashar al-Assad from power as it would risk Islamist militants taking control of the war-torn country. Officials revealed it will likely be essential to keep Assad´s Alawite minority in any transitional administration. The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting of the anti-Assad Friends of Syria alliance in London last week, was prompted by rise of al Qaeda and other militant groups. They have taken over a border crossing and arms depots near Turkey belonging to the moderate Free Syrian Army, the sources told

Report: IRS vendor owed
$525 million in back taxes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/18/2013 4:22:24 PM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general´s report says. Altogether, 1,168 IRS vendors owed back taxes totaling $589 million as of July 2012, according to the report released Tuesday. Only 50 were in a payment plan to pay off their debt. "When the IRS conducts business with vendors that do not comply with federal tax laws, it conveys a contradictory message in relation to its mission to ensure compliance with the tax laws," said J. Russell George,

  


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BBC condemned for not moving in to
halt huge IT project which wasted
£100million of licence fee for money
Daily Mail [UK], by Matt Chorley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2013 4:21:00 PM     Post Reply
The BBC faced fresh criticism today for failing to spot that a botched £100million IT project had run into serious trouble. The Digital Media Initiative, which was supposed to allow staff to share and manage videos from their desks, was axed in May after MPs branded its collapse an ‘outrage’. A new report today accused the Corporation of being too slow to act and having a management system which was ‘not fit for purpose’. The report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found key controls on spending failed and the project was allowed to slip further into problems. In response Diane Coyle, Vice Chairman

Al Sharpton to Interview
Michelle Obama
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/18/2013 4:19:09 PM     Post Reply
As the President continues to sink in the polls, his advisors apparently think it´s wise for him and his wife to seek refuge amongst their closest supporters in the media. On Wednesday, Al Sharpton announced via Instagram that Michelle Obama will be his radio guest Thursday on his National Action Network: As Mediaite pointed out, it´s not clear whether or not parts or all of this interview will be aired on Sharpton´s show on MSNBC. However, given recent calls for Sharpton and/or his MSNBC producer to be fired as a result of deceptive edits of a Fox News video clip

Federal Reserve begins tapering QE:
what the analysts say
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2013 4:04:40 PM     Post Reply
Daniel Heckman, senior fixed income strategist at US Bank Wealth Management A lot of people had gone short into this meeting expecting some announcement even if they had not felt confident in voicing that. Ultimately, this will allow the yield curve to steepen a little bit more especially if we get some more encouraging economic data. The announcement is bond-market friendly in terms of the limited size of the tapering so we´re seeing some short-covering. Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac The forward guidance from the Fed has offset the tapering announcement. The Fed has come along and

Kerry ´regrets´ India diplomat
Devyani Khobragade row
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2013 4:01:25 PM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called a top Indian official to express his regret over the treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York arrested on suspicion of visa fraud. Devyani Khobragade, deputy consul general, was handcuffed upon arrest last week and later strip-searched. Mr Kerry spoke with India´s national security adviser, who had described the treatment as "despicable and barbaric". He said the "unfortunate" incident should not damage US-Indian relations. Ms Khobragade has denied allegations of visa fraud and making false statements, after she was accused of underpaying her Indian maid. The maid had complained the diplomat was paying her less

  


  

Why Ritalin Still Rules
National Review Online, by Mary Eberstadt    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/18/2013 3:56:23 PM     Post Reply
Almost 14 years ago, the inaugural issue of Policy Review under newly appointed editor Tod Lindberg ran an essay of mine called “Why Ritalin Rules.” It observed that American children were taking psychotropic drugs at (then-) record rates; that some doctors and other experts believed methylphenidate (the generic name for Ritalin) was being over-prescribed; that the disorder for which it and related stimulants were given — Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — included a uniquely protean symptoms checklist; and that the line between science and advocacy was hard to find in the bustling pediatric zone of the psychotropic universe. Alongside

Stop the nanny-state lecturing.
I drink because I like it
Telegraph [UK], by Graeme Archer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2013 3:53:47 PM     Post Reply
No. Enough of this. Middle-aged and elderly people drink more than the young, is the headline, coupled with the "More in sorrow than in anger but definitely with an urge for government action" quotation from a lobby group/charity/We-Know-What´s-Good-For-You person, in this case Elaine Hindal, chief exec of "alcohol education charity" Drinkaware (isn´t that the industry-sponsored body?): [Snip] I did not tramp about London in the rain shoving unread leaflets through disinterested letter-boxes, one small atom in the maelstrom of activity that resulted in the despatch of the New Labour terror from office, in order to continue to be lectured by charities

J.C. Hayward: A long-time local
benefactor and WUSA anchor
awaits a legal resolution
Washington Post, by Emma Brown*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 3:40:51 PM     Post Reply
J.C. Hayward’s last noon broadcast began like any other, with orchestral theme music and the top headlines of the hour. It was Oct. 1, the first day of a partial government shutdown that would dominate Washington news for weeks, and there was Hayward, pivoting to lighter fare with a short take on two National Aquarium alligators heading to a new life in Louisiana. She then emerged from behind the WUSA (Channel 9) anchor’s desk to interview a cancer survivor whose story inspired a feature film. These are the rhythms of local television news, the rhythms that have been at the

Paul Ryan´s Deal Throws
away 2014 Advantage
Canada Free Press, by Jonathon Moseley    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/18/2013 3:38:40 PM     Post Reply
Republicans in the United States just damaged their chances of winning elections in 2014, while trying to increase their chances. That is what is wrong with the Republican Party: A total failure to properly diagnose or understand the Party’s circumstances cripples it. What Ronald Reagan saw so clearly, Republican insiders cannot grasp. Obama lied. He broke his promises about ObamaCare. Broken faith is melting the Democrats’ hopes of winning elections in 2014. Obama cannot smooth-talk voters back who no longer trust him and are no longer listening. Therefore, Republicans had to save the Democrats and throw away the GOP’s advantage for 2014.

  


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End of the line for the lead
bullet? Regulations, bans force
switch to ´green´ ammo
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 3:31:06 PM     Post Reply
When the last bullet-producing lead smelter closes its doors on Dec. 31, it will mark a major victory for those who say lead-based ammunition pollutes the environment, but others warn ´green´ bullets will cost more, drive up copper prices and do little to help conservation. The bid to ban lead bullets, seen by some as harmful to the environment, started slowly more than a decade ago. But with two dozen states, including California, banning bullets made of the soft, heavy metal, the lead bullet´s epitaph was already being written when the federal government finished it off. First, the military announced

Fed pulls back on stimulus
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 3:27:38 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it would begin rolling back its stimulus for the economy, cutting the amount of bonds it purchases every month by $10 billion. The Federal Open Market Committee announced it was ready to “modestly reduce” the size of its bond purchases at the end of its policy meeting. The central bank had been buying $85 billion in bonds every month. Beginning in January, it will buy $35 billion in mortgage bonds and $40 billion in Treasury debt. The Fed said it decided to begin rolling back its stimulus due to “cumulative progress” towards maximum employment and the improved outlook of the labor market. “The committee sees the improvement in economic activity and labor market conditions over that period as consistent with growing underlying

Rep. Scalise Calls for Obama
to Fire Podesta ´Immediately´ for
´Jonestown´ Comparison
Cybercast News Service., by James Beattie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 3:22:59 PM     Post Reply
Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is calling for the resignation of White House counselor John Podesta for comparing the House Republicans to Jonestown cult. Podesta was named to the post just one week earlier. The Jonestown Massacre resulted in the deaths of more than 900 people who drank poisoned Kool-Aid in 1978 at the direction of cult leader Jim Jones in a South American Jungle. Podesta told Politico that "[White House officials] need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one

Insurers extend deadline for Americans to
pay first month´s Obamacare premiums
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/18/2013 2:41:07 PM     Post Reply
Insurers have agreed to extend the deadline for individuals to pay for insurance policies they choose through President Obama´s health care program, industry group America´s Health Insurance Plans announced Wednesday, about a week after the Department of Health and Human Services "strongly encouraged" it to do so. As a result of the change, individuals who pick plans by Dec. 23 will be considered covered as of Jan. 1 as long as they pay their first month's premiums by Jan. 10. Previously, payment had been required by Dec. 31.

  


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Man out for walk says he showed gun,
halted armed robbery of Mpls. market
Star Tribune Minneapolis, by Paul Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: RockingStrata- 12/18/2013 2:23:33 PM     Post Reply
A northeast Minneapolis man said he interrupted an armed and bloody robbery at a corner market in his neighborhood, sending the two suspects fleeing when he drew his handgun from his holster and had it “at the ready.” The confrontation occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the University Market in the 300 block of 37th Avenue, according to police and the man who stepped in and halted the crime. Store owner Mohamed S. Ahmed, 41, had the “back of his skull split open pretty good” from being pistol-whipped by one of

So You Think Obama’s 2013
Was Bad? Just Wait Until 2014
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/18/2013 2:21:42 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is ending a miserable year on a down note. Public opinion polls show Mr. Obama’s approval ratings at their low and disapproval ratings at their high. He’s being tagged by the elite media as a liar and as having had the Worst Year in Washington. His signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, is a rolling disaster. And the rest of his agenda–on gun control, climate change, immigration, and much else–is dead in the water. As CNN’s John King put it, Obama was “0 for 13” on the policy proposals he advocated at the beginning of the year.

Corvette breaks 200 mph
on Texas toll road
Chicago Tribune, by Robert Duffer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 2:11:07 PM     Post Reply
This will get your motor running. A 700-horsepower Hennessey C7 Corvette Stingray became the first 2014 Corvette to break the 200 mph barrier. It happened on a newly created CLOSED section of the Grand Parkway toll road outside of Houston, Texas. Highway 99 is slated to be opened to the public on Saturday. Even though Texas has the Union´s first 85 mph highway, the Hennessey team does not recommend the following video. This was a legal operation overseen by the Texas Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety. The Hennessey C7 HPE 600, equipped with a 100 horsepower Nitrous

NSA shouldn’t keep phone database,
review board recommends
Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima & Ashkan Soltani    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 2:08:05 PM     Post Reply
The White House will release later Wednesday the report of a surveillance review board that has recommended modifying the National Security Agency counterterrorism program that collects virtually all Americans’ phone records. The recommendation that the NSA no longer keep the phone database — estimated by some former officials to contain more than 1 trillion records — is among a set of sweeping technical reforms aimed at restoring public confidence in the spying apparatus, said individuals briefed on its contents. President Obama on Wednesday morning met with the five-member Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Rather than the NSA, the phone

Judge smacks Obama
secrecy in unique FOIA case
McClatchy News, by Michael Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/18/2013 2:01:39 PM     Post Reply
In a Freedom of Information Act victory, a federal judge has slapped the Obama administration for its secretive ways and ordered officials to turn over a bland-sounding foreign policy document. Chastising what she called "the government’s unwarranted expansion of the presidential communications privilege at the expense of the public’s interest in disclosure," U.S. District Judge Ellen Seal Huvelle ruled the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development is not exempt from FOIA. Judge Huvelle´s 20-page decision took a shot or two, or three, at the Obama administration´s

  



Photos Reveal Just How ‘Disgusting’ Steve
Stockman’s Condemned Campaign Office Was
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/18/2013 2:00:07 PM     Post Reply
When you think of “political campaign office,” you think of a nice, neat, orderly place with a conference room, desks with people on laptops, and coffee/soda stains everywhere. Well, recently the campaign office of Texas House Republican and Senate candidate Steve Stockman was shut down, and now we have the pictures explaining why. Following last month’s revelation that Stockman’s campaign office, described as “unsafe for habitation,” was shut down, Talking Points Memo filed a request to see the photos of the condemned building, and they obtained photos showing what looks like the decaying debris and detritus of a dilapidated dorm room.

Pajama Boy: The Obama Machine’s Id
Nation Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 1:58:12 PM     Post Reply
Oh dear. The Obama administration isn’t doing very well with putting an empathetic face on its calamitous health-insurance law, is it? First, we had Julia, the creepy, eyeless, vision-of-horror from Brave New World whose life was run from cradle to grave by the federal government. Then, we had Adriana, the painfully neutral and carefully ambi-racial stock-model-from-everywhere whose face became so synonymous with HealthCare.gov’s hilarious launch that she had to be replaced with a graphic plugging an 800 number. And now, courtesy of Organizing for Action, we have “Pajama Boy, a metrosexual hipster in a plaid onesie who wants you to

Insurers extend premium deadline
amid ObamaCare problems
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 1:54:24 PM     Post Reply
Consumers worried that tight deadlines around the holidays and lingering computer problems could thwart their efforts to secure coverage under President Barack Obama´s health overhaul will get extra time to pay, the health insurance industry said Wednesday. The board of the industry´s biggest trade group -- America´s Health Insurance Plans -- said consumers who select a plan by Dec. 23 will now have until Jan. 10 to pay their first month´s premium, instead of a previous New Year´s Eve deadline set by the government. For coverage to take effect, consumers must make sure they pay their initial premium on time. Karen

Ambassador Appointment Draws Ire
Inside Democratic Donor Class
BuzzFeed, by Ruby Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/18/2013 1:41:48 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s appointee to a plum South American ambassadorship is at the center of a dispute over whether he bought the post fair and square — a battle that is dividing powerful Los Angeles financial supporters and which lifts a curtain on the forces of money and influence that help drive presidential politics. Noah Mamet, a 44-year-old political consultant and longtime fundraiser, was appointed as U.S. ambassador to Argentina at the end of July. When word got around as early as April that Mamet would receive the nomination, the news was met with surprise, and in some cases anger, by his

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