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Five Brockton stores
busted in EBT fraud sting
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/8/2012 4:33:48 PM     Post Reply
Police on the hunt for EBT fraud raided five Brockton stores today and busted eight people — including one store clerk caught with cash in hand — in what authorities said were long-running scams to cheat the state by trading food stamps for money and in some cases, using EBT cards to buy discounted groceries that they sold at marked-up prices. As part of a wide-ranging, six-month probe, undercover officers assigned to Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz’s office posed as customers at several Brockton stores, where they handed over EBT cards to store clerks

It’s Mayor Do-Wrong
New York Post, by Andrea Peyser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/8/2012 4:24:26 PM     Post Reply
This city needs someone to lead us out of the dark. The longest, loneliest ride ever taken by Mayor Bloomberg came Monday, when Hizzoner, proving he’s down with the little people, boarded a packed subway train for the journey downtown to City Hall. But the goodwill gesture erupted into farce. Bloomberg was picked up at his East 79th Street town house by a Chevy Suburban and, bypassing the local No. 6 train, he settled into the No. 5 express at 59th, reading the Financial Times while surrounded by six bodyguards. When a Post reporter tried to ask

The Election… The Election of 2014
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/8/2012 4:21:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Jimmy Carter is redeemed! The grinning dunce of yesteryear, who grew into the anile doddering figure of today lecturing the civilized on all manner of statecraft, has been replaced by the saturnine gaunt prophet, Barack Obama. His sorry performance these past four years he lays to the administration of George W. Bush. The next four years will be a replay of the last four years, and an even graver crisis will confront us then with the domestic economy in a funk and foreign potentates all laughing at us. The Prophet Obama has demonstrated that you can preside

  


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Gas rationing to be implemented in
NYC in wake of Sandy, nor'easter
New York Post, by Erik Kriss, Hilary Lewis*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2012 4:13:53 PM     Post Reply
First Sandy — now this! New York City and Long Island will institute gas rationing starting tomorrow to help ease the demand and long lines at gas stations across the area, WABC reported. Nassau and Suffolk Counties are expected to institute a gas rationing system similar to New Jersey's odd-even system. Earlier, Big Apple residents dug out from another weather nightmare today, after being hit with rain, sleet, snow and wind from a strong nor'easter that blew into town yesterday and overnight.

A thank you note from
an average American
Daily Caller, by Jack Finn    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 11/8/2012 4:13:17 PM     Post Reply
Thank you, America. Thank you for re-electing Barack Obama. Thank you for solidifying Obamacare. Thank you for ensuring that my health insurance rates will rise to the point where my employer drops my coverage. Thank you for future higher prescription drug prices, for lower quality care, for long lines to see my doctor, and for allowing a board of 15 people to determine my fate. Thank you, America. Thank you, America, for making sure our media will be taking a coffee break for the next four years instead of holding our elected officials accountable (unless they’re Republicans, of course).

Awkward first press conference
for senator-elect Warren
Boston Herald, by Chris Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2012 3:49:52 PM     Post Reply
A jittery U.S. senator-elect Elizabeth Warren gave one-sentence answers, ducked questions and even passed one on to Gov. Deval Patrick in an awkward first press conference since the election. Warren spoke for a total of less than four minutes during the 11-minute press conference — the rest was taken up by Patrick and reporters’ questions. After being asked her first question — how she’d protect defense spending — Warren was silent as she turned to Patrick. “Defense spending is you,” Patrick prodded Warren. “Oh, that’s mine,” Warren replied.

Indicted lawmaker on being
elected again: 'I stand before
you as a new man'
Chicago Tribune, by Bridget Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2012 3:37:55 PM     Post Reply
State Rep. Derrick Smith defended his re-election to the 10th District at a news conference this morning, chiding those who say he only received the votes because he’s a Democrat. He said that point of view is “misinformed and insulting to the people of the district that voted for me.” (Snip) In August, Smith became the first lawmaker tossed out of the Illinois House in more than 100 years, before he was re-elected on Tuesday in his West Side district. He was arrested a week before the March primary

  


  

U.S. Amb. to Saudi Arabia: U.S.
Foreign Policy Will Change
After Obama Victory
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/8/2012 3:25:34 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Smith, told the Arabic news outlet Asharq Al-Awsat that American foreign policy will now change after President Barack Obama's reelection. Smith made the comments at an election night party at his residence. Ambassador Smith "stressed the desire of President Obama to resolve a number of foreign issues, most notably restoring negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, responding more strongly to Iran, and working with allies to end the Syrian crisis, (Snip) The ambassador appears not to have elaborated further.

On Thanksgiving, it'll be dine-
and-dash as stores open earlier
NBC News, by Martha C. White    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/8/2012 2:43:04 PM     Post Reply
Skip the second helpings. It used to be just called Thanksgiving. Now the day is increasingly called Black Friday Eve or Black Thursday, as retailers double down on early opening hours for the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. This Thanksgiving, some retailers, including the world’s largest, are opening earlier than ever, before the dishes are even cleared from the table. “This is actually something we’ve seen really take off with consumers in recent years,” said Kathy Grannis, spokeswoman at the National Retail Federation. Last year, 24 percent of shoppers said they were at a store at midnight

Iran fired at unarmed
US drone, Pentagon says
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/8/2012 2:42:43 PM     Post Reply
Iran fired on an unarmed U.S. drone last week as it was hovering in international airspace, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Spokesman George Little said the incident occurred Nov. 1 at 4:50 a.m. ET. He said the unarmed, unmanned drone was conducting "routine surveillance" over the Persian Gulf when it was "intercepted" by Iran. He said the MQ1 Predator drone, which was not hit, was not in Iranian airspace. (Snip) Little stressed that the drone was flying 16 nautical miles off the coast of Kuwait in international waters, and never entered the 12-mile limit that would constitute Iranian territory.

Obama to visit Myanmar,
Cambodia, Thailand
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/8/2012 2:38:15 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar and Cambodia when he travels to the Asian nations later this month. The White House says Obama will also visit Thailand. The trip comes less than two weeks after Obama's re-election. Obama's trip to Myanmar marks the culmination of a dramatic turnaround in the country's relations with Washington. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has shifted from five decades of ruinous military rule and shaken off the pariah status it had earned through its bloody suppression of democracy. The president has suspended sanctions to reward

  


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Minus 12: Obama Calls United
States ‘A Former Colony’
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Burke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2012 2:35:00 PM     Post Reply
In his re-election victory speech on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama referred to the United States as a singular “former colony,” when the United States was actually composed of 13 separate colonies prior to gaining independence from the British. “Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward,” said Obama, which was the first sentence of his remarks in Chicago, Ill. Before the United States won its independence from Great Britain with the Treaty of Paris in 1783,

Obama faces familiar world
of problems in 2nd term
Associated Press, by Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/8/2012 2:34:47 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Now that his re-election is secured, President Barack Obama has a freer hand to deal with a world of familiar problems in fresh ways, from toughening America’s approach to Iran and Syria while potentially engaging other repressive countries such as Cuba and North Korea and refocusing on moribund Middle East peace efforts. The first tweaks in his Iran policy could come within weeks, officials said. But a pressing task for Obama will be to assign a new team to carry out his national security agenda. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

House panel invites Clinton
to testify at Libya hearing
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2012 2:33:24 PM     Post Reply
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled an open hearing for next Thursday on the Libya terror attack and has invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify, Fox News has learned. The committee joins two others planning to hold hearings, albeit closed ones, that day. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi. A local Libyan extremist group is suspected of carrying out the attack, but the Obama administration has been criticized for its confusing explanation

New Senate Unlikely to Favor
Law of the Sea Treaty
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2012 2:27:40 PM     Post Reply
Despite Republican setbacks in a number of U.S. Senate races in Tuesday’s election, the next Democrat-dominated Senate looks even less likely than the current one to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, whose official acronym is UNCLOS, although many opponents prefer LOST. Viewed by conservatives as an assault on national sovereignty -- but supported by military and business interests -- the treaty has been awaiting Senate ratification since 1982. In the 113th Congress, Democrats will hold 53 seats to the Republicans’ 45, an increase of two over the current 51-47 breakdown.

  


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Fraud? No, spider delays Mass.
town's vote count
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2012 2:26:05 PM     Post Reply
REHOBOTH, Mass.— It wasn't hanging chads or voter fraud that delayed the vote count in one Massachusetts town — it was a spider. Rehoboth (ruh-HOH'-buth) Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning. She called a technician, who said a spider web apparently prevented the machine's scanner from counting ballots. Conti tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro (http://bit.ly/XmzmSj ) all Rehoboth's voting machines received preventive maintenance a month ago. The vote count wasn't completed until Wednesday afternoon.

Marco Rubio Heads to Iowa.
2016 Starting Already?
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2012 2:22:25 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney only lost his presidential bid on Tuesday night. So when does the courting of voters for the Republican 2016 nomination begin? How about next week? Florida Senator Marco Rubio is heading to the first caucus state of Iowa on Nov. 17 to headline an annual campaign fundraising birthday party for Iowa governor Terry Branstad. Last year all the presidential hopefuls, except for Mitt Romney, came to the party to court the governor and Iowa political dignitaries who attended the bash. The governor’s spokesperson, Tim Albrecht, a caucus expert himself, told ABC News that Branstad invited Rubio

Virginia store closes for a day
to 'mourn the loss of America'
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/8/2012 2:21:50 PM     Post Reply
Virginia's 13 electoral votes went to President Obama for the second straight election, and the proprietor of a store in the south central city of Bedford is not hiding his dismay. Lyons Jewelers hung up multiple signs on the windows of the shop indicating the shop would not be open for business Wednesday, including one saying the store was closed to "mourn the loss of the America that our forefathers endowed to us," WDBJ reported. "Lyons will reopen tomorrow to continue the fight against a president who seeks my demise" and "Shame on VA & USA" read two other signs.

Forgotten by FEMA:
Volunteers step up in
storm-ravaged NYC borough
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte, Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/8/2012 2:17:40 PM     Post Reply
Volunteers and disaster victims have taken rescue, recovery and security into their own hands on New York's storm-ravaged borough of Staten Island, where they say FEMA has forgotten them. Already without power for more than a week in the wake of superstorm Sandy, hard-hit residents of the borough's South Shore braved a nor'easter Wednesday night, many -- perhaps hundreds -- huddling in condemned homes and ignoring orders to evacuate out of fear looters would take what little Mother Nature has left them. "FEMA packed up everything yesterday and left the area,"

Napolitano floated for
attorney general
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2012 2:10:47 PM     Post Reply
The second term game of Obama cabinet musical chairs kicked into high gear Thursday when Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that he might leave soon. He would join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Tim Geither and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on the exit list. Names immediately surfaced of those who might replace Holder including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has steered her department through controversial issues and come out generally unscathed. Senate sources said that she would be a good pick for Obama since she has years of experience in the area and is
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A possible tax hit for
Sandy’s victims
Wall Street Journal, by Bill Bischoff    Original Article
Posted By: LadyVet- 11/8/2012 1:51:24 PM     Post Reply
In addition to the tragedy of lost lives and injuries, Superstorm Sandy caused many billions of dollars in property damage. The sad truth: disasters occur every year in America. If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a disaster-related casualty, here’s what you need to know about the federal income tax implications. Theoretically, our beloved Internal Revenue Code allows you to claim an itemized deduction — on Schedule A of your Form 1040 — for personal casualty losses to the extent they are not covered by insurance. Exactly what is a casualty loss?

Backfire: ‘Modern Family’ mocks
Obama after HHS pushed Hollywood
to tout Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2012 1:49:50 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s Health and Human Services Department used taxpayer money to hire a public relations firm to convince television shows to promote Obamacare. The plan appears to have backfired, as one of the shows targeted mocked the president last night for saddling young people with the cost of his health care law. “In last night’s episode, titled ‘Arrested,’ 13 year-old Luke Dunphy (played by Nolan Gould) suffered from an allergic reaction to soy and was sent to the hospital,” observes Erin Brown of Red Alert Politics. “When three year-old extended family member Lily Tucker-Pritchett (played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons)

GOP Turns Sure Victory into Defeat
Townhall, by Michael Reagan    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/8/2012 1:36:10 PM     Post Reply
Wait until next year -- 2016, that is. That’s what disappointed Republican spinners kept saying Tuesday night as they watched Mitt Romney’s hopes crash and burn in swing state after swing state. How many times did I hear a Republican talk about how their party’s deep bench of future all-stars will return it to power in Washington in four years? But all the Ryans, Rubios, Bushes, Haleys and Christies in America can’t put the GOP -- or the country -- back together again.

Benghazi documents available
to senators only when they
are out of town
Foreign Policy, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/8/2012 1:34:37 PM     Post Reply
Under pressure from senators, the State Department is allowing some lawmakers to look at cables and other documents related to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, but only today and tomorrow, when most senators are not in Washington. Congress is gearing up for a full week of Benghazi-related hearings next week, including a Nov. 13 hearing behind closed doors of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA). Kerry has written two letters to the State Department requesting congressional access to information and documents related to the circumstances

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