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More GOP governors decline to
create health insurance exchanges
Los Angeles Times, by Noam M. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/17/2012 6:23:27 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — More Republican governors announced Friday they would not implement a key part of the new healthcare law, despite a new attempt by the Obama administration to give states more time to develop plans to put the Affordable Care Act in place. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Maine Gov. Paul LePage joined more than a dozen GOP governors who have notified the administration they will not set up state insurance exchanges next year, instead leaving the job to the federal government. "Operating a state exchange would not provide the flexibility to meet

Top 10 Election Bright Spots
Human Events, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 6:18:56 AM     Post Reply
1. House still in GOP hands Republicans held onto most of the gains made in the 2010 midterm elections, enabling conservatives to keep Obama from imposing a radical agenda on the nation in his second term. House Speaker John Boehner signaled as much, saying on election night that Americans sent a clear message by keeping the House in GOP hands. “With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates,” Boehner said. 2. Popular vote still close With a 50.5 percent to 48 percent popular vote deficit, Romney outperformed McCain’s percentage

Sure, our ambassador was murdered
and the Obama administration is
lying about it, but the real
story is that McCain is a grouch
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 6:08:28 AM     Post Reply
CNN wants you to look over there! Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned… When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.



Remove the Carriers
from the Persian Gulf
Commentary Magazine, by Michael Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 6:04:49 AM     Post Reply
Several months ago, I asked a retired admiral what sign the United States could give that its patience had truly worn thin with Iran. “Remove the carriers from the Persian Gulf,” he responded. At first, that struck me as dumb: The Iranians would depict the American withdrawal as another sign that the United States was weak and in retreat. “Don’t worry,” he assured me. “Any Revolutionary Guardsmen worth his weight would understand.” The Persian Gulf is shallow and the international shipping lanes relatively narrow. The Iranian navy has long drilled swarming American vessels with small boats.

Obama Consults With MSNBC
Host Al Sharpton, and Other
´Civil Rights Leaders,´
on Fiscal Talks
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 6:02:58 AM     Post Reply
This afternoon, President Barack Obama consulted with MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who´s also assicated with the National Action Network (NAN), about the fiscal talks between the White House and Congress. At the same meeting, Obama also consulted with other "leaders of civil rights and civic organizations." Via the pool report: President Obama and Vice President Biden met with leaders of civil rights and civic organizations to discuss negotiations over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. The meeting lasted over an hour, and participants spoke to reporters outside the West Wing after they wrapped up. Per the White House,

CBS Welcomes Obama to
Staten Island, But Criticized
Bush Post-Katrina
Newsbusters, by Matt Hadro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 5:58:51 AM     Post Reply
CBS ran a puff piece Friday morning on President Obama´s visit to hurricane-ravaged Staten Island, which stood in stark contrast to its hostile treatment of President Bush´s visit to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. CBS played into the Obama PR strategy, simply noting that he "pledged the government´s support" to Staten Island residents and "met with families who´ve lost everything." In addition, they aired his plea for the insurance companies to support the victims, afterward quoting residents who were upset with the insurance companies. Meanwhile, CBS had no such love for President Bush in 2005 when they reported

Hillary and Libya
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/17/2012 5:55:29 AM     Post Reply
David Petraeus told Congress Friday in closed hearings that the CIA believed from the start that the September 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were by terrorists. That leaves one VIP who´s still missing from Congressional scrutiny: Hillary Clinton. GOP Congressman Peter King said Mr. Petraeus´s testimony differed from what the former CIA director told Congress immediately after the attacks. Mr. King also said Mr. Petraeus said that the CIA´s original talking points on the attacks were edited. The altered version became the basis for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice´s misleading



Did Obama Cheat? How to
Answer the Question
American Thinker, by Paul Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 5:50:52 AM     Post Reply
There are 15 states with photo ID requirements for voting. Mr. Obama lost in all of them. In places with the weakest controls, specifically counties in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, he generally drew turnouts in the 90% or greater range and won by better than 95% of the vote. Losers tend to look for external explanations, and a lot of conservatives looking at numbers like those from Florida´s St. Lucie County (where Mr. Obama got 247,713 votes from only 175,554 registered voters) are starting to question the legitimacy of the electoral results as reported.

Along Comes Hamas
National Review Online, by Andrew C McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:50:20 AM     Post Reply
The day of reckoning is here. For over 30 years, the United States government and the institutions that drive public opinion have made like Susan Rice when it comes to the ideological threat that Islamic supremacists pose to freedom, fabricating reasons to remain in denial. Thus inured, the American people have elected, and now reelected, a president notoriously fond of America-bashing Islamists. The attraction would not be hard to understand if we were not so ideology-averse — GOP strategists having made Obama’s radicalism a subject nearly as off-limits as Islamic supremacism, helpfully leaving the Left to fill the canvas

Obama Allies Accuse
Israel of ‘Slaughter’
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/17/2012 5:45:29 AM     Post Reply
Two Muslim advocacy groups closely allied with the Obama administration are aggressively attacking Israel and defending the terror group Hamas as it continues to fire rockets at Israeli civilians. The Obama-aligned American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) issued a statement condemning “the continuing Israeli aggression and indiscriminate slaughter of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.” The statement omits all mention of terrorism and continued rocket assaults on Israeli citizens that have already claimed the lives of three people. It omits any mention of the week of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel that preceded the Israeli retaliation.

The Wonderful World
of Jill and Scott Kelley
Atlantic, by Elspeth Reeve    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:41:25 AM     Post Reply
Jill Kelley´s seemingly endless charms got her into the White House three times this fall. Kelley had met a "mid-level White House staffer" while the staffer was visiting the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and this staffer took her on a tour of the White House and ate breakfast with her twice in the staff dining hall. Her charms are nonpartisan -- despite attending Republican fundraisers and the Republican National Convention, she emailed the Democratic mayor of Tampa to say, "I was at the WH with my friends in the Administration this weekend – the stress was surreal!



Diplomats died, Obama lied
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:35:46 AM     Post Reply
In a closed congressional hearing Friday, former Director of Central IntelligenceDavid H. Petraeus told lawmakers that references to al Qaeda involvement in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were stripped from the agency’s talking points. In the wake of the assault, Gen. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice then went about making public statements that failed to mention the terrorist connection. They instead attempted to pin the blame for the attack on a spontaneous uprising over a low-budget YouTube video.

Blame It on the American People
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:32:45 AM     Post Reply
Bill O´Reilly of Fox News and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have added their voices to the swelling chorus of second-guessers saying the Mitt Romney ran the race badly and therefore "deserved to lose" to Barack Obama on Nov. 6. But here´s a simpler and, I think, better explanation. There is no magic that dictates that the American people in their infinite wisdom will always make the right choice, and in this instance they ´doubled down´ (to use one of the president´s favorite expressions) in returning a very bad president

Bam’s Benghazi blues
New York Post, by Peter Brookes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/17/2012 5:28:03 AM     Post Reply
We don’t have all the details of former CIA Director David Petraeus’ testimony to congressional Intelligence Committees yesterday, but it looks like the American people were grossly misled about the Benghazi attack. Is anyone surprised? You shouldn’t be. The last thing the Obama administration wanted to tell the American public during a tight presidential campaign was that al Qaeda had attacked a US consulate on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, killing four brave Americans. That sort of revelation flew directly in the face of the narrative being spooned out by Team Obama during the fall campaign, laden with phrases

Susan Rice’s Talking Points
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:23:38 AM     Post Reply
At his first press conference after being elected to a second term, President Barack Obama did everything he could to avoid directly answering the difficult questions on the growing scandal about his administration’s handling of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. But in so doing, the president inadvertently told us quite a bit.At one point he said: “And we’re after an election now. I think it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in Benghazi, and I’m happy to cooperate in any ways that Congress wants.”



Osama bin Laden is Dead
and So Are Ho Hos
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:08:30 AM     Post Reply
A petition at the White House is urging president Obama to “nationalize the Twinkie industry”. (Real, click on the link) The iconic cake manufacturer declared bankruptcy after it failed to reach an agreement with the union. Politico reports that the AFL-CIO is blaming the company for refusing to operate at a loss. “What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor. Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price,”

The EPA hearts Big Ethanol
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:04:39 AM     Post Reply
I’m not even going to get started on the vast — vast, I say — number of federal policies whose justification for existence is that they help protect small family farmers and/or the environment, when in fact, they accomplish precisely the opposite. For now, I’ll just pick the one — the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires a certain amount of fuel be blended with ethanol (which is generally made from corn) every year. David Horowitz at Red State does the topic justice: The single most regressive market-distorting policy to ever emanate from Washington

Time to rethink the CIA?
Washington Post, by Walter Pincus    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 5:01:40 AM     Post Reply
President Obama should pause before choosing a successor to CIA Director David H. Petraeus and rethink the role of the nation’s primary intelligence agency. Its main focus for the past decade has been fighting terrorists and insurgents. The first question to ask: Has the CIA become too much of a paramilitary organization? The second: Should this be the time to put the agency’s main emphasis on being the premier producer and analyst of intelligence for policymakers, using both open and clandestine sources? That doesn’t mean losing its counterterrorism role.

Petraeus Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism -
Blackmailed To Lie?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 11/17/2012 1:26:39 AM     Post Reply
Scandal: David Petraeus´ admission that he knew almost immediately that Benghazi was a terrorist attack raises anew our question: Was he coerced into telling lawmakers Sept. 14 that it was caused by a video? The tangled web that is Benghazi-gate got more tangled Friday when, according to Rep. Peter King, David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that "al-Qaida involvement" was suspected — but that the line was taken out in the final version circulated to and by administration officials.

Maine’s striking Hostess
workers say company’s
collapse a strong
message of union resolve
Bangor Daily News [Maine], by Seth Koenig    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 12:54:40 AM     Post Reply
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Labor leaders in Maine say the resilience of the Hostess workers on the picket line at the company’s Biddeford plant, which is in the process of being shut down after the company on Friday said it would liquidate the business, gives them inspiration in the face of what they believe have been ongoing efforts — by politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage, and corporate investors — to reduce union influence. Bakers’ union officials and their supporters say also that the demise


St. Lucie County canvassing board
orders recount of early ballots in
West-Murphy race
Associated Press, by staff    Original Article
Posted By: Blackeagle- 11/17/2012 12:28:38 AM     Post Reply
FORT PIERCE -— A county canvassing board on Friday ordered a recount of early-voting ballots in the race between U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy, hours after a judge declined to do the same. The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board voted 2-to-1 late Friday in favor of the move in the 18th Congressional District contest, in which Murphy is the unofficial victor. A series of tabulation errors by the county has raised suspicion among West´s campaign and its supporters and appeared to motivate the board´s favorable vote.

Petraeus: Benghazi seen
as terror strike right away
Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman and Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 12:18:43 AM     Post Reply
In his first testimony since stepping down last week, former CIA Director David H. Petraeus told a closed Capitol Hill briefing Friday that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya “was a terrorist attack and there were terrorists involved from the start,” Rep. Peter T. King said Friday. The New York Republican, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, spoke to reporters after emerging from a closed-door, classified briefing by Mr. Petraeus, who visited Libya last month to interview survivors of the attack in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Romney sinks quickly
in Republicans’ esteem
Washington Post, by Dan Eggen    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 12:10:43 AM     Post Reply
Ten days after failing to sail into the White House, Mitt Romney is already being tossed overboard by his party. The former Massachusetts governor — who attracted $1 billion in funding and 59 million votes in his bid to unseat President Obama — has rapidly become persona non grata to a shellshocked Republican Party, which appears eager to map out its future without its 2012 nominee. Romney was by all accounts stunned at the scale of his Nov. 6 loss, dropping quickly from public view after delivering a short concession speech to a half-empty Boston arena. Then came a series

Both sides appear upbeat on
opening round of ‘fiscal cliff’ talks
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery and Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 12:07:00 AM     Post Reply
After a brutally divisive presidential campaign and two years of acrimony over the federal budget, the nation´s leaders joined hands Friday and pledged fast and far-reaching action to tame the public debt and avoid economy-shaking tax hikes set to hit in January. In a display of bipartisanship unseen since the GOP captured the House in 2010, Republican and Democratic leaders met for more than an hour with President Obama at the White House. They emerged unified, with a message of reassurance for nervous taxpayers and investors — though intense haggling over the shape of a deal is yet to come.

Hamas finds greater support
in a changed Middle East
Washington Post, by Abigail Hauslohner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 12:01:26 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO — As the conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip intensifies, Arab governments are throwing their weight behind the territory’s long-isolated Islamist leaders in a reflection of the region’s shifting political dynamics after nearly two years of upheaval. Long kept at a distance by Arab autocrats wary of Hamas’s hard-line ideology, the group has found a new set of highly influential friends — including the democratically elected governments of Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey, all U.S. allies. Those backers give Hamas stronger standing

BREAKING: The president knew
the truth about Benghazi
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/16/2012 11:55:38 PM     Post Reply
In a blockbuster report, John Solomon, the former Associated Press and Post reporter, has ferreted out the president’s daily brief that informed him within 72 hours of the Sept. 11 attack that the Benghazi attack was a jihadist operation. Citing officials directly familiar with the information, Solomon writes in the Washington Guardian that Obama and other administration officials were told that “that the attack was likely carried out by local militia and other armed extremists sympathetic to al-Qaida in the region.” He adds

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