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Ex-Streets and San boss, ex-alderman —
both convicts — run for County Board

Chicago Sun-Times, by Fran Spielman

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/5/2013 4:40:54 AM

Calling himself a “scapegoat” for a political hiring system that continues to this day, Chicago’s convicted former Streets and Sanitation commissioner Al Sanchez filed nominating petitions Monday for a seat on the Cook County Board. The longtime head of the Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) Southeast, Sanchez is just five months removed from the federal prison camp in Marion, Ill., where he lost 50 pounds. He spent 2.5 years there for rigging city hiring and promotions to benefit soldiers in HDO, a now-defunct army of political workers that helped to elect and re-elect former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Monday was the filing deadline for

      


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Ex-Streets and San boss, ex-alderman —
both convicts — run for County Board
Chicago Sun-Times, by Fran Spielman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2013 4:40:54 AM     Post Reply
Calling himself a “scapegoat” for a political hiring system that continues to this day, Chicago’s convicted former Streets and Sanitation commissioner Al Sanchez filed nominating petitions Monday for a seat on the Cook County Board. The longtime head of the Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) Southeast, Sanchez is just five months removed from the federal prison camp in Marion, Ill., where he lost 50 pounds. He spent 2.5 years there for rigging city hiring and promotions to benefit soldiers in HDO, a now-defunct army of political workers that helped to elect and re-elect former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Monday was the filing deadline for

   

 

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Democrats´ 2013 Drop-Off Problem
Real Clear Politics, by Sean Trende    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2013 4:37:41 AM     Post Reply
Probably the most jarring election story of 2013 was the successful recall of two Democratic state senators in Colorado. Both represented districts that had voted for President Obama by wide margins: In the recall, Angela Morse ran 15 points behind the president, while John Morse (pictured) ran 12 points behind him. These were extreme cases: low-turnout recall elections where the pro-recall forces were unusually energized by the gun issue. But they highlight what is probably the most troubling indicator for Democrats right now as we inch toward the midterm-election season: The drop-off in Democratic performance in elections this year -- Democrats

Whatever Happened to Chuck Hagel?
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2013 4:53:07 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this year, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel took over the top jobs at the Department of State and the Department of Defense, respectively. Since then, Kerry has been hyper-active. But whatever happened to Hagel? He has impinged on our consciousness only once, as Kerry’s sidekick during congressional hearings on authorizing an attack on Syria. The impingement was slight. Kerry and Gen. Dempsey did almost all of the talking. Hagel was content with silence except for an occasional misstatement of fact (the Pentagon had to walk back his claim that Russia supplies Syria with chemical weapons). Presumably, Hagel was under orders to

Dick Cheney Surprised by
Facebook ‘Attack’ on Daughter
Liz in Gay Marriage Spat
ABC News, by Abby D. Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2013 4:25:52 AM     Post Reply
Former Vice President Dick Cheney reluctantly commented today on the rift between his two daughters Liz and Mary Cheney, saying that he was surprised that Mary, who is lesbian, and her wife attacked Liz on Facebook. “We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said at the National Press Club. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.” After Liz Cheney, a candidate for Senate in Wyoming, made comments on Fox News Sunday indicating that she supports a “traditional” definition of marriage, her

Detroit Bankruptcy Decision
Puts Pensions at Risk
Associated Press, by Ed White    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2013 4:22:54 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years. Judge Steven Rhodes said the city is eligible to stay in bankruptcy court and scrub $18 billion in debt, about half of that amount linked to underfunded pensions and health care obligations. But he also warned officials that they´ll need to justify any deep

Egypt´s Antiquities Fall
Victim to Political Chaos
Associated Press, by Barbara Surk    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2013 4:19:35 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO — The century-old home of Egypt´s mummies and King Tutankhamun´s treasures is trying to make the best out of the worst times of political turmoil. But the Egyptian Museum is taking a hammering on multiple levels, from riots on its doorstep to funding so meager it can´t keep up paper clip supplies for its staff. The museum, a treasure trove of pharaonic antiquities, has long been one of the centerpieces of tourism to Egypt. But the constant instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak has dried up tourism to the country, slashing a key source of revenue.

   

 

  


 
2015 Ford Mustang
photos leaked online
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 6:10:06 PM     Post Reply
This pony is raring to go. Two days before its official unveiling, blurry images of the 2015 Ford Mustang have been leaked on an enthusiast website. A member of the SVTPerformance.com forums has posted several photos of an early copy of the December 9th issue of Autoweek magazine featuring the car in a cover story. You can click here for a link to the website. If authentic, the car in the photos looks very much like many of the speculative renderings that have been circulating in recent weeks, and sports a modern take on the signature Mustang fastback design.

Madoff Henchman Rats
Out Co-Workers
Daily Beast, by Allan Dodds Frank    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 12:04:48 PM     Post Reply
Frank DiPascali, a 33-year employee of the firm that ran the largest Ponzi scheme in recent history, took to the stand to testify against his former colleagues. Frank DiPascali, the Bernie Madoff henchman who won the role as the star witness in the biggest fraud case in American history, torched five of his former colleagues with his testimony Monday in federal court. Perhaps more important, DiPascali is the first witness to demolish the myth that Bernard Madoff ever had a legitimate investment advisory business. The star witness also pulverized Madoff’s assertion that he had acted alone in constructing the biggest

Ashes from cremated
remains left on Auburn´s
field after Iron Bowl
Sporting News, by Troy Machir    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 6:28:38 AM     Post Reply
Chris Davis´ miraculous game-winning 100-yard field goal return for a touchdown will go down as the greatest finish in Iron Bowl history. It´s the type of finish that a fan wants to remember forever, if it means taking a commemorative photo, storming the field, or even scattering the ashes of a loved one following the game. In Alabama, college football is life and death, and following the Tigers´ incredible 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday, one fan scattered the cremated remains of a loved one on the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Pentagon Memo: Please Leave
Unapproved Bombs at Home
Wall Street Journal, by Dion Nissenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 5:56:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has a message for its 24,000 employees who work in the massive building: Please don’t bring your unapproved bombs to work. In an e-mail to Defense Department workers, the Pentagon’s top security officer is reminding people that they aren’t allowed to bring bombs to work – even if they don’t work anymore – without prior permission. Bringing a bomb to work might seem like a no-brainer. But this is the Pentagon facility, after all, home of the nation’s top anti-roadside bomb experts, so it’s not uncommon for people to have a few so-called IEDs – Improvised Explosive Devices

The Politics of Faith,
Trust, and Pixie Dust
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 5:38:21 AM     Post Reply
Poor David Plouffe. The former Obama senior adviser and ABC News contributor said on This Week that the Affordable Care Act will “work really well” when all states run their own health-care exchanges and fully expand Medicaid–actions that may not be seen until President Obama is out of office in 2017. How convenient. The gift that ObamaCare is for America will only dawn on Americans after the president has left the scene. Mr. Plouffe added these observations. “Let’s fast forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up, the economy continuing

   

 

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One-Third of HealthCare.gov
Enrollments Contain Errors
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 5:22:31 AM     Post Reply
One-third of the people who’ve chosen health-care plans on the federal health-insurance exchange have, unbeknownst to them, had something gone wrong with their enrollment, according to the Washington Post. Their errors with these “834 reports,” the information transmitted to insurers once people pick plans, “include failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family members, and mistakes involving federal subsidies.” Insurers have been complaining since the site launched about these problems. If they go unresolved, it’s a big problem for consumers, too: Insurance companies won’t be able to mail them



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President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.

Liberal law prof: Obama’s unconstitutional
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Obama Gets Standing Ovation
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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 4:00:11 PM     Post Reply
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for

   

 

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Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC
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Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 2:51:26 PM     Post Reply
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2013 5:15:04 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: mitzi- 12/3/2013 4:04:43 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews, Barack Obama´s most excitable fan, will be interviewing the President on Thursday´s Hardball. Fawning over the liberal politician is incredibly common among journalists, but Matthews has taken it to a whole new level. According to the network host, Obama is a "perfect," "cool," brilliant figure who is comparable to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The verbose Matthews has no filter when it comes to the Democrat, even once bizarrely blurting out that an Obama speech made him "forget" that the commander in chief "was black." To prepare you for the likely love-fest

   

 



 
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Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 11:18:29 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC´s Chris Matthews will interview President Barack Obama this Thursday, the network announced Tuesday. The interview is part of Matthews´ "Hardball College Tour," and will take place at American University in Washington, D.C. According to a news release from MSNBC, Matthews, along with university students, will "discuss a variety of topics with the president including voter suppression, healthcare, the decline of confidence in the government and the overall political dysfunction in Washington." On Monday our colleagues Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen reported that the White House is launching a coordinated campaign to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act

   

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