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Senate approves fiscal crisis
deal after missed deadline,
bill goes to House

Fox News, by Ed Henry & Chad Pergram*

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/1/2013 2:34:13 AM

The Senate approved a scaled-down package early Tuesday morning aimed at halting historic tax hikes for most Americans and postponing across-the-board spending cuts, just hours after Congress missed a midnight deadline for action. The Senate voted 89-8 in favor of the package, which was hastily pulled together after a late-night deal between White House and Senate Republican negotiators. For the near-term, it appears a tax hike will technically go into effect on Jan. 1, as the midnight deadline was missed. In total, $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts are scheduled to hit in the new year

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*[Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report].


And so, in the dead of night, like most things hiding from the light, the dRATS charade goes forward.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: yuban, 1/1/2013 2:57:44 AM     (No. 9092612)

89-8 means more than Dems voted for it. The GOP is also at fault, again. No backbone or just Socialist lite?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: janylou, 1/1/2013 3:04:19 AM     (No. 9092616)

Not at all crazy about this bill. Vote it down!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/1/2013 3:13:02 AM     (No. 9092619)

At what point will the dims push their luck too far? When will all this backfire? I hope the gop has some serious surprises up their sleeve.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: CentralFLMom, 1/1/2013 3:21:36 AM     (No. 9092622)

This entire process is a travesty.
I am keeping close track on those GOP members who voted for this deal. I hope they enjoyed their congressional run because our movement will do everything possible to punish and replace their heartless unAmerican soles.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 1/1/2013 3:53:10 AM     (No. 9092630)

Oh, Pshaw! These are the hoodlums and gangsters that got us into this mess.....spending more than we took in, raiding S.S. and Medicare accounts -- all for boosting their own political prestige and personal gain. Now we are supposed to fall in reverence to their late-night struggles and "agreement?" Heck, no! Stand firm, House conservatives -- NO tax increases on anybody! Any Joe American can go in there and raise taxes, but that´s not where true courage and fortitude lie. Any Joe American who loves his country can go in there and make spending cuts, significant spending cuts and set examples that Americans will not take it anymore -- cut Congressional and Executive perks by at least 50 percent.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MissMann, 1/1/2013 4:04:00 AM     (No. 9092631)

Please, please, please House GOP: do NOT vote for this. It is time to be responsible. It isn´t often popular, but it is time for us to pay for the country we have created, else it will just get worse.

Really, even the cliff doesn´t pay for what we have already spent. It is time to start doing the right thing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: miceal, 1/1/2013 4:11:31 AM     (No. 9092634)

Stabbed in the back by Senate GOPers. A pox on them and their spawn. If "Mr. Speaker" wants to get reelected, he better turn his back on this travesty....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: STLstudent, 1/1/2013 4:29:54 AM     (No. 9092645)

The GOP believes in nothing and will fight for nothing. The constitutional republic is gone.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/1/2013 4:41:23 AM     (No. 9092650)

The whole idea behind this foolish exercise was to"freeze the target",that is House tea party people and make them the top villains in 2014.
If Boehner brings this to the floor,it will pass with dim votes,so his only choice is not bring it to the floor and the "crisis" could go on for weeks with the media stabbing the tea party people,every single day.

Obama wants to crow victory if everything goes right or blame Biden/McConnell if it goes wrong.What a farce him coming back to DC is/was.He probably just misses the WH booze cabinet.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/1/2013 6:09:30 AM     (No. 9092672)

The entire Congress is made up mostly of self-serving spineless wimps, worried only about re-election. The entire lot of them should be replaced.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ecclesiastes, 1/1/2013 6:26:46 AM     (No. 9092676)

But I WANT spending cuts.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: krause, 1/1/2013 7:01:53 AM     (No. 9092699)

Well, I just want to congratulate congress, especially those long-termers for the magnificent way they have handled the people´s money over the years...16+ trillion in debt. But don´t worry, these same people will solve this problem! And they all make a minimum of $174,000 per year. Oops, I forgot, they just got a raise to a minimum $174,900.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 1/1/2013 7:11:56 AM     (No. 9092705)

The payroll tax will go up two percent in this ´deal´.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mws50, 1/1/2013 7:23:14 AM     (No. 9092716)

#13, no. It will go back to where it was. Cutting SS by that 2% was a stupid idea.

It would have been much more productive to reduce all government entities budgets by 1 cent on the dollar.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 1/1/2013 7:34:15 AM     (No. 9092725)

Vote it down. Make this President sign a budget with actual spending cuts.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/1/2013 7:50:30 AM     (No. 9092740)

I wish the Bill No. was in the story - I´d like to read it for myself, and I´d like to see the vote. Guess I´ll go searching.....

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/1/2013 8:06:44 AM     (No. 9092760)

The Senate Bill is available:
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251#position

Tiny version:
http://tinyurl.com/bl37oo9

Here´s the short list of Nay votes:
Bennet (D-CO)
Carper (D-DE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Rubio (R-FL)
Shelby (R-AL

Another short list of Not Voting:
DeMint (R-SC)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)

And Fox News is, just this minute, reporting these specific vote totals.

So, there ya go.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: reformationmama, 1/1/2013 8:18:39 AM     (No. 9092774)

I thought I heard the sound of an empty can being kicked by empty suits in DC. Both my senators, Burr (R) and Hagan (D) voted for the bill. Where´s the backbone? Let´s hope the House will do the right thing.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: uno, 1/1/2013 8:21:36 AM     (No. 9092777)

Ronald Reagan knew what we going to happen and in 1985 told us in an address to the country:
Every time in the past, when a government taxed the people past a certain level, trust in government began to erode. It would begin with efforts to avoid paying the full tax. This would become outright cheating and eventually a distrust in government itself until there would be a breakdown in law and order. How many times have we watched luxuries casually written off to be paid for by somebody else, that somebody being us the taxpayers.
Sound familiar? We´re headed for a breakdown in law and order right now with Hobby Lobby being only one example. 27 States have filed suit against Obamacare (which is a tax) with others ready to join in. Has John Kerry paid his yacht tax yet? Our problem may be due in part to a lack of revenue, but it is certainly not due to the lack of taxes. We´ve seen them do nothing but go up! The country´s fiscal issues are due to the insane, irresponsible spending of a dysfunctional government that is drunk with power so much so that even in the face of a crippling deficit, it can´t wait to spend even more on raises, waste, fraud and hand-outs which has only resulted in a lack of confidence to invest here. Cut the spending big time. Do what makes sense and restore confidence in the American system and we will see investment come back along with a successful economy and plenty of revenue as a result. Sadly however, does anyone really expect this administration to actually do something that makes sense in light of the fact that they have not done so in four years?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 1/1/2013 8:26:48 AM     (No. 9092785)

Byron York thinks it will pass in the House by a landslide. He says only 40 Reps are adamant about voting against it. That leaves more than 200 pubbies whom many vote for it.

Great Americans, all!!!! We´ll see.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jerrodmason, 1/1/2013 8:30:19 AM     (No. 9092790)

What about that pesky Constitution? Art 1 Section 7 states:

"All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives"

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Senate can initiate bills that create revenue, but ONLY if the revenue is incidental and not directly a tax. In US v Munoz-Flores (495 US 385 [1990]), the Court said, "Because the bill at issue here was not one for raising revenue, it could not have been passed in violation of the Origination Clause."

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JAN, 1/1/2013 8:35:31 AM     (No. 9092798)

It has been reported that 12 min. BEFORE midnight the IRS sent out the details of this deal as far as taxes are concerned.

Lot of posturing for some unknown reason.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: Judith, 1/1/2013 8:36:11 AM     (No. 9092801)

Don´t quote the Constitution to this people, especially the potus. To quote the potus "a flawed and irrelevant document". Seems our congress agrees with him.

Can you imagine running your own home/finances this way? Have no idea what your budget is, be heavily in debt, do nothing to curb spending or pay down your debt, just find another credit card and....CHARGE!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/1/2013 8:39:14 AM     (No. 9092805)

A guest on Fox and Friends during the 6 a.m. Hour from American Majority Action said he thought the bill would be passed by the House Dems with a couple dozen moderate House GOPers to complete the votes needed.
If it comes to a vote it will be interesting to see how the GOP leadership votes. Will they be voting their own demise? This guest said he thought well over 100 conservative House members would not vote FOR this solution.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: strike3, 1/1/2013 8:48:17 AM     (No. 9092817)

Higher taxes but delayed spending cuts. I was so blindsided by this development.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: achingbackfarm, 1/1/2013 8:50:05 AM     (No. 9092820)

Anyone who thinks the ship of fools that is our goobermint would do what is good for AmeriKa, is delusional.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Eileen Tudor-Wright, 1/1/2013 8:54:48 AM     (No. 9092829)


*** We are now in permanent crisis mode. ***

That was a primary goal of the socialists.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bubby, 1/1/2013 9:08:11 AM     (No. 9092843)

My Senator John Cornyn from Texas voted to increase taxes on the "rich"! He´s part of the problem and he needs to go. The spending cuts will never materialize. What a joke the Republican party has become. If the House approves this load of bull droppings I will leave the Republican party!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/1/2013 9:21:39 AM     (No. 9092864)

Spending cuts? Ha ha ha ha ha. Zippy already said that the new revenue would be used for spending.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/1/2013 9:44:20 AM     (No. 9092905)

GOP representatives were not elected to vote for tax increases and no spending cuts.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: federale, 1/1/2013 9:45:04 AM     (No. 9092907)

The tax bill that past the Senate seems reasonable. Spending cuts can be handled during the "raise-the debt-limit" process.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: GOPSecretary, 1/1/2013 9:49:41 AM     (No. 9092915)

Well, on the bright side, the Senate passed a bill. First one,right?
Didn´t Iraq have the same problem until they threatened to stop thier salaries.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: aasilver, 1/1/2013 9:53:12 AM     (No. 9092923)

Time to send a clear message to the GOP.

Re-register ´Independent´ tommorrow.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: surfhut, 1/1/2013 9:54:21 AM     (No. 9092925)



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Reply 35 - Posted by: surfhut, 1/1/2013 9:56:03 AM     (No. 9092930)

Sorry about that. Both of my senators here in OK voted for this. I´m beyond tired of politicians.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: tangles, 1/1/2013 9:56:56 AM     (No. 9092931)

The drama queens have given us 2 more months of BS!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 1/1/2013 10:16:50 AM     (No. 9092961)

"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/1/2013 10:17:13 AM     (No. 9092964)

I don´t think that anyone should take comfort that the House hasn´t yet passed this monstrosity. As previously posted, all it takes is a handful of RINO´s to vote for it along will all the Dims, and it will be on it´s way to Obozo. And then the bragging about it will began in earnest.

As for handling spending cuts during the next round of debit ceiling negotiations, don´t bet the farm on it. I´m still waiting for the cuts promised to Regan, by Clinton,
and to W. Bush. If we have those spending cuts, we wouldn´t need to raise the debit ceiling again. In short, there aren´t going to be any spending cuts, now or as long as dims control the Senate and the W.H.

The RINO´s need to go too.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Bpl40, 1/1/2013 10:21:27 AM     (No. 9092972)

$615 billion taxes and $15 billion ´expense savings´? To quote Queen Nancy "Are you serious.? Are you serious?"

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/1/2013 10:21:35 AM     (No. 9092973)

We are witness to the biggest con in history. The grifters in Washington DC have pulled off, once again, nothing more than trickery in order to commit theft. Just once, I wish that the Republicans would stand on their principles but they ALWAYS cave which indicates to me they have no honor. The major concern for most of these knuckleheads is considering what the vote will do to effect their chances of re-election. Every Republican should have declined the pay raise that Lord Bountiful signed by Executive Order. It may be a small gesture but by accepting a raise when we are in dire financial straits is very telling. The mindset in Washington DC is so engrained in their thinking, that nothing will change it. They are the epitome of the entitlement class. We are living under a tyrannical government not much different than that of King George III. All that is missing are the powered wigs and spiffy red coats.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/1/2013 10:27:05 AM     (No. 9092985)

I didn´t create a fiscal crisis

You didn´t create a fiscal crisis

Why do you and I have to pay for a fiscal crisis LOSERS created?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 1/1/2013 11:16:02 AM     (No. 9093074)

It is the first day of 2013 and I fear we will have much more of this throughout the year. Happy New Year, everybody!

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/1/2013 11:31:56 AM     (No. 9093104)

This bill gets us nothing. A few billion more for these worthless politicians to spend. Obama talks about the deficit like he just got to Washington yesterday. His comments from the standard liberal playbook about how much tax cuts ´cost´ the government are typical and expected, like all income is theirs and what they let us keep is a gift. They are all a depressing bunch of incompetent arrogant fools and we are stuck with them and keep re-electing them. I am sorry to say I no longer really care what happens to this country.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/1/2013 11:34:27 AM     (No. 9093108)

Yes, let´s dump it in Boehner´s lap. If it goes down they will blame the Tea Party with clean hands and replace them with blue blooded Republicans in 2014. I wouldn´t put it past them.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Lalo, 1/1/2013 11:37:51 AM     (No. 9093116)

This is what I´ve been hoping for in the realm of realistic hopes - staving off the tax spikes and raising the income limit from $250,000 to $400,000. I do hope and assume the House will consent; otherwise, I will write the Republicans off as idiots for sure. I cannot afford to stand on principle on this and go down with the ship.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Polecat49, 1/1/2013 11:38:36 AM     (No. 9093120)

As far as I´m concerned, little spineless mitch and the majority of senate so-called republicans can go straight to H-LL. mitch has sold us down the river once too many times. All compromise means to a democRAT is when "I drop my drawers, you kiss my butt".

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Reply 47 - Posted by: noproblems, 1/1/2013 11:56:49 AM     (No. 9093136)

vote it down then remove the delay for the previously agreed to spending cuts.

The Repugs have no credibility left for agreeing to delaying the spending cuts. Time for a new party to replace the Repugs.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 1/1/2013 12:17:48 PM     (No. 9093172)

God bless the Pubbies!

We can always count on them to be the tax collectors for the welfare state. This bill has $41 in tax increases for every $1 in alleged spending cuts.

Way to go, Pubbies! The welfare state will live forever!

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Reply 49 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 1/1/2013 12:19:01 PM     (No. 9093177)

Sounds like 90% of the senate is for more taxes and spending. Have to wonder how many of the ´no´ votes wanted more taxes and spending.

Thats what our government does. They trade legislation for votes and donations. Its like a form of prostitution. Too bad the taxpayer has to foot the bill.

Alot of people need to be reminded about the role of government.

Alot of our reps need to be fired.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/1/2013 12:19:15 PM     (No. 9093179)

Tell me where in the constitution it says that historic tax and spend bills shall be arrived at, not by our elected representatives in open and thoughtful debate in Congress, but by the Vice President and Senate Minority leader in closed room in the dark of night?

Washington is broken. I no longer trust them with my money, and don’t want any from them. Include me out.


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Reply 51 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 1/1/2013 12:41:30 PM     (No. 9093232)

I am now beginning to respect Obama. He fights for his beliefs; he respects his base; he uses the power he won in an election; he is not ashamed of his left wing ideology; he refuses to appear on news programs that are not friendly; he spits on the opposition; he doesn´t answer questions he doesn´t like.
Now the Republicans are a bunch of chicken #@%^&*%$ butt kissers, compromising losers; arrogant haters of the regular guy(the base); wannabe lovers of the MSM; unprincipled money hogs. Just remember republican politicians: people feed pigs, they slaughter hogs.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: reilly, 1/1/2013 12:54:04 PM     (No. 9093259)


Unless there´s real spending cuts, kill the bill. Obama wants no part of this for a reason. Make him deal with the math. Meanwhile, his second term agenda gets buried. Let it wait.


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Reply 53 - Posted by: stealthy, 1/1/2013 1:01:39 PM     (No. 9093273)

Will Obama need a vacation now?

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Reply 54 - Posted by: MEMcL, 1/1/2013 1:58:30 PM     (No. 9093334)

I have so-o little respect for the entire process and the elected officials on both sides. What kind of business rams a complex contract through in the dead of night and at the very last second! This is another case of not having time to read the bill and not finding out what is in it until after it passes. Major spending is just acquiesced to (such as green energy subsidies) because there are other major issues to fight for. That is a HUGE slush fund for Obama supporters that the Repubs just agreed to without close analysis. "We´ll give you energy and you give us milk subsidies." We will all be told "we don´t really like it, but it is the best we could do."

What company agrees to a contract that is disastrous for their business? Realizing how impossible it will be to prevail, I am getting close to wanting a 3rd party, or at least re-registering as a Conservative. The Republicans are impotent and will let you down every time.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/1/2013 2:59:54 PM     (No. 9093395)

The 47% of moochers that do not pay taxes are our problem. The Senate gives them extended Unemplyment Insurance so they need not work.

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Washington - The National Archives on Friday released its largest batch yet of previously withheld documents from the Clinton administration, with topics including the conflicts in Somalia and Rwanda, Middle East peace negotiations, the Oklahoma City bombing and public figures as varied as Richard M. Nixon and Oprah Winfrey. The bundle that is likely to receive the most attention, though, is one that covers Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ill-fated attempt as first lady to overhaul the health care system. Mrs. Clinton, who ran for president in 2008, is considering a second attempt in 2016. Here are some notable sections:

CIA’s former top lawyer fires back
at Senate report, criticizes Feinstein
McClatchy DC, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 6:20:07 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the former Bush administration, Congress and the American public. At the same time, John Rizzo, who left the CIA as acting general counsel in 2009, said some CIA employees or contractors were overzealous in the use of the tactics but that the CIA informed lawyers at the Justice Department of the excesses. Rizzo was responsible for helping to create the legal foundation for permitting waterboarding,

GM to seek court protection
against ignition lawsuits
Reuters, by Jessica Dye    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 6:01:10 PM     Post Reply
General Motors Co said it would ask a U.S. court to bar lawsuits related to actions before its 2009 bankruptcy, signaling a tougher stance toward legal claims stemming from its recent recall over faulty ignition switches. GM has said it is protected from liability for claims related to incidents that occurred before it exited bankruptcy in 2009, and has taken steps to raise those issues with the court by filing motions to stay recall-related lawsuits while it asks that bankruptcy court to clarify the extent of that protection. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday, GM asked for a stay on litigation

China´s Xi purging corrupt officials
to put own men in place: sources
Reuters, by Benjamin Kang Lim *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 5:54:36 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said. Xi hopes that removing corrupt officials and those resisting change will allow him to consolidate his grip on power and implement difficult economic, judicial and military reforms that he believes are vital to perpetuate one-party rule, said the sources, who have ties to the leadership. In the most far-reaching example of his intentions, Xi plans to promote about 200 progressive officials

What Your Sleeping Position
Says About Your Relationship
Time Magazine, by Alexandra Sifferlin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 5:47:21 PM     Post Reply
According to a new study, spooning with your partner really does say something about your relationship. Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire surveyed 1,000 people and found that couples who maintained physical contact while they slept were more likely to report being happy in their relationship. An overwhelming 94% of couples who touch while sleeping said they were happy, while only 68% of couples who didn’t touch while snoozing expressed being satisfied with their relationship. Not only that, physical distance while sleeping seemed to translate into emotional distance.

Pakistani Taliban End
Cease-Fire With Government
New York Times, by Ismail Khan & Declan Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 5:33:00 PM     Post Reply
Peshawar , Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban said Wednesday that they were ending a six-week-old ceasefire but would continue peace talks with the Pakistani government. In a statement emailed to journalists, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, as the group is formally known, accused the military of torturing prisoners and killing 50 militants during the ceasefire. In a statement emailed to journalists, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, as the group is formally known, accused the military of torturing prisoners and killing 50 militants during the ceasefire. “The T.T.P. showed restraint and patience over the ongoing operations,” said the spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, in reference to the Pakistani military. “But the government failed to take

Court Deportations Drop
43 Percent in Last Five Years
New York Times, by Julia Preston    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 5:04:45 PM     Post Reply
New deportation cases brought by the Obama administration in the nation’s immigration courts have been declining steadily since 2009 and judges have increasingly ruled against deportations, leading to a 43 percent drop in the number of deportations through the courts in the last five years, according to Justice Department statistics released on Wednesday. (Snip) The statistics present a different picture of President Obama’s enforcement policies than the one painted by many immigrant advocates, who have assailed the president as the “deporter in chief” and accused him of rushing to reach a record of two million deportations.

Knife found in enchilada at Calif. airport
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 4:59:04 PM     Post Reply
Sonoma, Calif. – A woman is facing a possible fine after federal officials say they found a knife inside an enchilada in her bag during security screening at a Northern California airport. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez says the 8 and a-half inch long blade was found Monday at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. The passenger, who has not been identified, said she made the enchilada over the weekend, and didn´t know how the knife got into the bag. She was questioned by Sonoma County Sheriff´s deputies, but then cleared to board her flight. Melendez says the TSA



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