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The Fierce Five women´s
gymnastics team gets
giggly after overdue Oval
Office meet-and-greet with
President Obama
New York Daily News, by Kristen A. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 11:34:29 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. women´s gold medal-winning gymnastics team known as the Fierce Five got their long-overdue meet-and-greet with President Obama on Thursday. Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber looked poised in the Oval Office, but the teen phenoms got giggly after leaving the White House. Such an honor to meet President Obama today and see the the White House!!!” Ross wrote on Twitter. Raisman had admitted on Twitter to some last-minute primping in the airport bathroom with Douglas and Wieber before the presidential visit: "Hair & makeup in the airport bathroom

82-year-old man sentenced
to three years in prison
after his dog killed a
cat as he was taking it
for a walk
Daily Mail (UK), by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 11:24:43 AM     Post Reply
An elderly man has been sentenced to three years in prison for allowing his dog to kill another family´s pet cat. Hume Hamilton, 82, was caught on surveillance camera taking his dog for a walk near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June. He walked up a driveway to where a cat was apparently resting, and the dog was filmed suddenly attacking the cat. Hamilton can be seen in the footage trying to separate the two animals by stepping on the cat, but he was unsuccessful. He left the scene with his dog, and the cat later died

Ding dong merrily
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/17/2012 11:22:45 AM     Post Reply
The people of Baldock have won a great victory. A chime of bells will after all ring out on Christmas morning from the church of St Mary the Virgin. It had looked as though one sole complaint would silence them after hundreds of years, and, in place of a joyful 20-minute ring, a single 45-second knell would be allowed. It would sound more like a doleful sexton’s toll than the celebration of good news. One of Baldock’s bells bears a Latin inscription: “I praise the true God and call the people”, and within 48 hours of the ban becoming known



Papa John´s Appreciation
Day is backed by tens
of thousands as the pizza
chain prepares for food
fight over Obamacare
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 11:15:21 AM     Post Reply
Down-heartened pizza tycoon John Schnatter received some pre-holiday cheer on Friday when a conservative group declared it to be national Papa John´s Appreciation Day. Upset following President Obama´s re-election which confirmed the Affordable Care Act into law, Schnatter was boosted by ´Rebooting America´ and their drive to encourage thousands to buy two pizza´s today. Reminiscent in tone to August´s Chick-fil-A´s Appreciation Day, but not as succesful, Rebooting America claimed more than 21,000 Facebook users acted with their stomachs to back the pizza chief´s stance against Obamacare.

Father of Benghazi victim
reacts to Congress hearings
Tampa Bay Tribune [FL], by Howard Altman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 11:08:03 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA -The landlord fixed up Ray Smith´s Gulfport apartment recently and bought the disabled Vietnam veteran a 55-inch television. The first thing Smith saw when he turned it on was a news story about the attack Sept. 11 on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including Smith´s estranged son, Sean Smith, Ambassador Chris Stevens and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. "It was devastating," Smith said Friday morning as hearings on Benghazi were taking place on Capitol Hill. His landlord´s son, watching with Smith, turned off the TV

Asia trip gives Obama
opportunity to build legacy
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 11:03:41 AM     Post Reply
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan- For President Barack Obama, expanding U.S. influence in Asia is more than just countering China or opening up new markets to American businesses. It´s also about building his legacy. Fresh off re-election, Obama will make a significant investment in that effort during a quick run through Southeast Asia that begins Sunday. In addition to stops in Thailand and Cambodia, the president will make an historic visit to Myanmar, where his administration has led efforts to ease the once pariah nation out of international isolation. The trip marks Obama´s fourth visit to Asia

Senate cybersecurity bill fails,
so Obama could take charge
The Christian Science Monitor, by Mark Clayton    Original Article
Posted By: charliecoconut- 11/17/2012 10:53:43 AM     Post Reply
With new cybersecurity legislation failing to pass the Senate this week, expectations are growing that the White House will soon step in with an executive order to shore up cyberdefenses for the power grid, water purification, and other vital systems. White House officials have said that while the president prefers a broad legislative solution, the executive branch would have to act this year if Congress did not. A document purporting to be a leaked draft of the executive order has been on the Internet since September.



US Secret Service startled by lizards
Bangkok Post, by staff    Original Article
Posted By: DaisyMae- 11/17/2012 10:46:59 AM     Post Reply
United States Secret Service agents were taken aback on seeing large water monitors wandering the grounds of Government House during security inspections yesterday ahead of US President Barack Obama´s visit. They mistook them for the ferocious, carnivorous komodo dragons found in parts of Indonesia, a Government House source said. Thai officials calmed their nerves, explaining to them the creatures are relatively harmless. Monitor lizards are commonly found at Government House as the compound is surrounded by canals.US embassy officials accompanying the team told the agents the reptiles could also be found at the US embassy office on Witthayu Road.

Kelly Ayotte: Inaction on the fiscal
crisis ´is not an option´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 11/17/2012 10:12:02 AM     Post Reply
Hello. I’m Kelly Ayotte—a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire. We’ve had a spirited debate this year about the future of our country. And one thing is clear: the American people expect Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the difficult challenges we face. For too long, partisan bickering has paralyzed Washington.

Benghazi Betrayal May be a Cover-Up of
American Weapons in Hands of Terrorists
Townhall.com, by Rachel Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: comstock- 11/17/2012 10:11:18 AM     Post Reply
In a scandal looking more and more like Fast and Furious, information is coming out revealing what may be the real reason why the Obama administration refused to provide military support to save Americans in Benghazi. Obama was terrified the public would find out that American weapons had been given to Libyan terrorists, who then used them against Americans in the attack.

Gaza crisis: Israeli air
strikes hit Hamas HQ
British Broadcasting Corporation, by Jon Donnison    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 11/17/2012 9:52:54 AM     Post Reply
Israel has targeted the headquarters of Hamas leaders and other key facilities in Gaza, on the fourth day of Israeli air strikes in the territory. Prime Minister Ismail Haniya´s office, which Egypt´s PM had visited on Friday, was among the buildings destroyed. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel killed Hamas´s military chief on Wednesday. Israel earlier put 75,000 reservists on stand-by amid speculation of an impending ground invasion. Militants in Gaza have continued to fire rockets into Israel, after aiming at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Friday.



Petraeus case shows ease of
government email snooping
Reuters, by Joseph Menn    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 11/17/2012 9:41:59 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco - The scandal surrounding the sudden resignation of an adulterous CIA director has stunned the American public not just for its prominent cast of characters, but also because of the ease with which authorities appeared to have traipsed through personal email accounts. Technology has transformed communications much faster than the law, giving U.S. authorities at all levels the power to routinely search reams of intimate emails, texts and instant messages, with much lower burdens of proof as far as the relevance to a criminal case.

Woman in Petraeus scandal
visited White House
The Daily Caller, by Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/17/2012 9:23:11 AM     Post Reply
Washington--The two women at the center of the David Petraeus scandal — the biographer with whom he had an extramarital affair and the socialite who received worrisome emails that led investigators to uncover the illicit relationship — visited the White House on separate and apparently unrelated occasions. Neither woman met with President Barack Obama during their visits. Petraeus resigned as CIA director last week after acknowledging an affair with writer Paula Broadwell. In briefings Friday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the retired four-star general was apologetic and regretful and insisted that his resignation was related only to his personal behavior.

Obama says: ´Work as hard as you
can to make our lives better´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 11/17/2012 9:22:07 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. Four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, our economy is growing again and creating jobs. But we have much more to do. Our task now is to build on that progress. Because this nation only succeeds when we’ve got a growing, thriving middle class. That’s what drives me. That’s what I campaigned on for the past year.

Manhandling Hostess, Big Labor
Costs 18,500 Workers Their Jobs
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/17/2012 8:07:01 AM     Post Reply
Politics: Union intransigence and unrealistic expectations at Hostess Brands have forced the bakery to shut its doors permanently and throw 18,500 people out of work. So much for Big Labor caring about the little guy. A down economy and two restructurings in three years left Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Sno Balls, in dire fiscal straits. The company warned its workers, union and nonunion, to make concessions or everyone would go down in a liquidation. Instead, one union, the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International (BCTGM), imagined the company was bluffing and went on strike.



Madoff accountant’s son
commits suicide in Ohio
New York Post, by PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/17/2012 7:39:19 AM     Post Reply
The 23-year-old son of the accountant who helped Bernie Madoff hide his Ponzi scheme shot himself in his apartment in Ohio, police said yesterday. Jeremy Friehling’s shocking suicide comes two years after Madoff’s son, Mark, hanged himself with a dog leash in his family’s SoHo apartment on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest. Friehling was the son of embattled accountant David Friehling, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to helping conceal Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Hostess liquidation puts 286
in NC out of work
News Observer [Raleigh,NC], by Kelly Poe    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 11/17/2012 7:14:04 AM     Post Reply
ROCKY MOUNT -- The 286 people who work in the Merita bread factory on North Church Street are out of work following Friday’s announcement that parent company Hostess will seek permission to end operations and liquidate its assets. About 75 of the workers participated in a nationwide strike that started at midnight Tuesday. Hostess Brands had warned the workers to return to work by 5 p.m. Thursday or face the company’s liquidation. The deadline came and went as picketers stood around a heater under umbrellas in the rain. “It’s five o’ clock and nobody’s crying,” one woman yelled.

Israel launches scores of airstrikes into
Gaza after Hamas hits Jerusalem
Associated Press, by Amy Teibel and Ibrahim Barzak    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/17/2012 7:12:00 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister’s headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels.The new attacks followed an unprecedented rocket strike aimed at the contested holy city of Jerusalem that raised the stakes in Israel’s violent confrontation with Palestinian militants and extended the battlefield.

Obama´s Economy:
What We´ve Learned
Since Re-election
Investor´s Business Daily, by IBD Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 11/17/2012 6:59:57 AM     Post Reply
Obama II: In the "now they tell us" file, add a vast array of reports that have come out since the election showing just how weak the economy really is. Looks like the president will need a new scapegoat soon. Here´s just a sampling of what we´ve learned since voters decided to give Obama four more years to "experiment" with the economy. Earnings falling: The Labor Dept. reported on Thursday that real average hourly earnings dropped again in October for the third month in a row...

President told within 72 hours Benghazi
attack linked to al-Qaida extremists
Washington Guardian, by John Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/17/2012 6:30:20 AM     Post Reply
U.S. intelligence told President Barack Obama and senior administration officials within 72 hours of the Benghazi tragedy that the attack was likely carried out by local militia and other armed extremists sympathetic to al-Qaida in the region, officials directly familiar with the information told the Washington Guardian on Friday. Based on electronic intercepts and human intelligence on the ground, the early briefings after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya identified possible organizers and participants. Most were believed to be from a local Libyan militia group called Ansar al-Sharia that is sympathetic to al-Qaida,


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

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