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It´s finally Gutierrez´s time
Crain´s Chicago Business, by Greg Hinz    Original Article
Posted By: brianod1- 11/18/2012 12:05:20 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Luis Gutierrez had just returned from taping a segment on “The O´Reilly Factor,” forming half of an ideological odd couple with Bill O´Reilly if there ever was one. He was preparing a House floor speech declaring, “The Republican Party really met Latinos on Election Day.” And he was telling me on the phone that, when it´s all over, “Chicago is going to see a lot more of Luis Gutierrez.” It´s that kind of moment for the Chicago Democrat. For nearly two decades, the onetime Northwest Side alderman has been an oft-lonely voice in the Washington wilderness on immigration reform.

Obama warns against ´ramping up´
in Gaza crisis
Associated Press, by JIM KUHNHENN    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 11/18/2012 11:46:38 AM     Post Reply
BANGKOK -- President Barack Obama said Sunday an incursion by Israel´s forces into the Gaza Strip could only deepen its death toll, cautioning against an escalation even as he defended the Jewish state´s right to defend itself. Obama also warned Palestinians the crisis could crush peace hopes for years. "Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory," Obama said at the start of a three-nation tour in Asia.

Rubio makes his Iowa
debut as possible ‘future’
of the Republican Party
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 11:33:45 AM     Post Reply
ALTOONA, Iowa –As the Republican Party regroups after Mitt Romney’s defeat, the message Saturday night at Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday fundraiser was “turn the page” and “look to the future” — and what that future apparently holds is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the event’s featured speaker. Rubio was invited to speak at the event around Sept. 1, Branstad told The Daily Caller, and had Romney won, the atmosphere might have been a bit different. But only 11 days after voters went to the polls and Republicans came up short, Rubio was speaking to a crowd that



Stabbing victim´s relative:
´I started screaming´
Chicago Tribune, by Dawn Rhodes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 11:17:45 AM     Post Reply
The 67-year-old man stabbed at a North Michigan Avenue hotel Saturday night had been downtown with seven family members for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, his niece said. A second man was also injured in the attack while trying to keep the assailant from fleeing, police said, and a man is in custody. Around 6:30 p.m., the family had gone to The Cheesecake Factory below the John Hancock Tower for dinner, but they found the wait to be too long, said the niece, Jameela Ali of Lincoln Park. Ali´s cousin suggested that they try The Grill

Incoming Black Caucus
Chair Accuses McCain of
´Sexism and Racism´
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 11:10:35 AM     Post Reply
Matt Cover of CNSNews.com reported that the incoming chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus – Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Cleveland – accused Sen. John McCain of "sexism and racism" for criticizing UN Ambassador Susan Rice for going on five Sunday talk shows and claiming the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to a video posted on YouTube. “There is a clear, a clear in my opinion, sexism and racism that goes with these comments that are being made by, unfortunately, Senator McCain and others,” Fudge said Friday

Expert: U.S. to take back
seat in Israel clash
Boston Herald, by Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 11:04:56 AM     Post Reply
American officials repeated support yesterday for Israel’s right to take military action in the Gaza Strip as Israel stepped up a four-day-old offensive against Hamas militants, but the U.S. is unlikely to take the lead in any policy push in the Middle East, according to one expert. “I think what’s going to happen is the U.S. is going to continue to react to what’s going on. This is going to be a hallmark of American foreign policy in the coming years as we’re seeing crisis after crisis,” said foreign policy expert and author Gordon G. Chang.

How red-state governors are
opening the doors to Obamacare
Politico, by Jonathan Allen    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/18/2012 10:07:16 AM     Post Reply
Bobby Jindal’s got a funny way of showing how much he hates Obamacare and Washington bureaucracy: The Louisiana governor’s about to invite the feds to set up a health insurance exchange right in his backyard. So is Rick Perry in Texas. Ditto for John Kasich in Ohio. And Scott Walker in Wisconsin. These Republican governors, and more than a dozen others in red states around the country, have decided it’s better to have Obamacare forced on them than to legitimize it by setting up their own exchanges, even if that means empowering the federal government at the expense of the states.



Are Journalists Paying Hamas Fixers?
Commentary Magazine, by Michael Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/18/2012 9:53:39 AM     Post Reply
I was doing a post-doc and living in Jerusalem during the 2001-2002 terror campaign that preceded Operation Defensive Shield, a military campaign best remembered for the media’s false accusations of a “Jenin Massacre.” As the campaign ramped up, many journalist friends came to Israel to report for CNN, BBC, and other major networks. Sometimes we’d meet up for drinks afterwards and talk about work. I was surprised to learn that most paid “fixers” to work in Gaza. Producers explained—privately—that the implication for not hiring a fixer was that not only would Fatah

P. J. O’Rourke: By the Book
New York Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 11/18/2012 9:44:25 AM     Post Reply
What book is on your night stand now? “Kearny’s March,” by Winston Groom. The author of “Forrest Gump” has become a wonderful military historian and tells us how, as a result of the Mexican War, we acquired not just Texas but New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and — every silver lining has its cloud — California. When and where do you like to read? Every evening by my living room fireplace in a splendid Eames chair, giving thanks to my bad back for excusing this extravagant purchase. What was the last truly great book you read?

Ted Cruz: Mitt Romney ‘French-
kissed’ Barack Obama
Politico, by Kevin Robillard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 9:00:21 AM     Post Reply
Sen.-elect Ted Cruz believes Mitt Romney got a little too close to Barack Obama in the third presidential debate. “I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama,” Cruz said in a speech at the Federalist Society’s annual conference Friday.Cruz said that conservatives failed to make their case to the American people, leaving Romney no choice but to move toward the president. “We didn’t win the argument, we didn’t even make the argument” throughout much of 2012, Cruz said. But in the first debate, he argued, that changed. “It was the one time we actually contested ideas,

Obama Asks for Prayer on
Budget Deal
ABC News, by Mary Bruce    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 8:52:59 AM     Post Reply
BANGKOK, Thailand — Taking a break from deficit negotiations for a whirlwind tour of southeast Asia, President Obama joked this afternoon as he toured a sacred Buddhist temple that he could use some prayer to help reach a budget deal. “We’re working on this budget, we’re going to need a lot of prayer for that,” the president told a monk at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery. Shortly after arriving in Bangkok, Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, toured the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha, one of the most famous sites in Thailand, and the Eastern Viharn Phra.



Chris Christie pokes fun
at himself with surprise
cameo on SNL... and he
even managed to sneak in
a Springsteen reference
Daily Mail (UK), by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 8:35:40 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie has a reputation as a politician who is more willing than most to laugh at himself - and he lived up to that image during a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live last night. The governor of New Jersey played himself during the ´Weekend Update´ segment of the iconic sketch comedy show, and drew big laughs with his self-deprecating performance. The witty and good-natured act could boost his national profile and help his ambition for a run at the White House in 2016. Christie, notable for his large stature as much as his tough-talking demeanour,

Allen West Patrick Murphy
race update: Counting
continues Sunday in St.
Lucie County
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, by James Kirley, Eric Pfahler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/18/2012 8:27:23 AM     Post Reply
The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board suspended its recount of all early voting ballots late Saturday night, saying members would return at 8 a.m. Sunday to complete the job. The board made the announcement at 10 p.m. that it will continue tabulating write-in and provisional ballots Sunday after counting votes late into Saturday night as supporters for District 18 congressional candidates Patrick Murphy and Allen West watched the process. Poll workers finished entering in early ballots for all precincts on Saturday evening, but the data has to be put into the computer system for the final count.

The Victim of a Crime
American Thinker, by Richard B. Jones    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/18/2012 7:33:46 AM     Post Reply
Have you ever been robbed? I don´t mean burglarized. I mean robbed -- ambushed by armed men, your valuables taken by force. I have -- in broad daylight in downtown San Francisco -- and that´s what happened to conservatives in the recent national election. We can analyze and rationalize all we want, but the basic act was a crime that took decades to set up and only a day to perpetrate. Hurrying, I rounded a corner and met a "homeless" man looking straight into my eyes holding a knife to my stomach.

In Visit to Myanmar, Obama
Will See a Nation That
Shaped His Grandfather
New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/18/2012 6:45:56 AM     Post Reply
Washington--When President Obama lands in Yangon on Monday, he will be the first sitting American president to visit the country now known as Myanmar. But he will not be the first Obama to visit. The president’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, spent part of World War II in what was then called Burma as a cook for a British Army captain. Although details are sometimes debated, the elder Mr. Obama’s Asian experience proved formative just as his grandson’s time growing up in Indonesia did decades later. “His roots go through Burma,” said Timothy Parsons, an African history professor



Porsche Boxster: When
You Need a Great Escape
Wall Street Journal, by Dan Neal    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/18/2012 6:34:21 AM     Post Reply
You´re a recently retired senior government official and you´re looking forward to a drive in the country. France, maybe. What is your choice? What car would you choose if you were on the run, in Europe, with two federal pensions and about, oh, a month or two to kill? For the sake of the hypothetical and purely as a matter of speculation, assume you are not alone, you old dog. Me? My answer is always the Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V wagon with a six-speed stick. Duh. However, I recognize there are other good candidates. They are both named Porsche.

Republicans look to oust Franken
The Hill (DC), by Cameron Joseph & Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 6:13:46 AM     Post Reply
Republicans are seeking to oust Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is up for his first reelection after his narrow 2008 win. Franken will be a tough candidate — he’s worked hard to ingratiate himself in the state, and his poll numbers look fairly solid. But Republicans hope with the right candidate they can topple the first-term senator. Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and John Kline (R-Minn.) are two early mentions for the race. “I´d put Congressmen Paulsen and Kline at the top of the list, they´d both be very strong candidates,” said Brian McClung,

The press had a crush
on David Petraeus, too
Boxton Globe, by Joan Vennochi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 6:07:23 AM     Post Reply
GENERAL DAVID Petraeus seduced the press long before he seduced Paula Broadwell. And perhaps not coincidentally, it was Broadwell who seduced Petraeus, according to how the media frame the story. That preferred narrative is a sign of deep mourning over the passing of Petraeus from fawned-over military genius to disgraced ex-CIA director. As they dish the latest Petraeus dirt, TV anchors and commentators shake their heads sadly over the affair that brought down the man who always answered their e-mail.

Eyewitness Sandy:
Reflections on a Disaster
New Republic, by Leon Wieseltier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 6:02:49 AM     Post Reply
A PERSON IN PAIN is a pariah. Misfortune always strikes twice: there is the calamity itself, and there is the marginalization that comes in the aftermath of the calamity, as the rest of society, all the lucky people who were untouched by the flood or the fire, the war or the famine, continue to live according to the customs of the normal world, and are disinclined to have the satisfactions of normality complicated or disrupted by the adjacent misery. They are not mean or selfish. They are merely creatures of their mild experience.

What´s the Matter With Florida?
Atlantic, by Ta-Nehisi Coates    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/18/2012 5:56:41 AM     Post Reply
Allen West is challenging the vote count for his congressional seat. I think I see why: The elections office has admitted making mistakes in counting the ballots, saying that there was an error in feeding memory cards from voting machines through the vote-counting system. At a press conference earlier this week, the office´s supervisor, Gertrude Walker, said workers had acted in "haste" to get results out to the public on election night and that "mistakes were made." The Florida Secretary of State´s office said it was "concerned" about the situation


The Liberal Gloat
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 5:53:05 AM     Post Reply
WINNING an election doesn’t just offer the chance to govern the country. It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you’ve just beaten. This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics, something in the American subconscious assumes that the voice of the people really is the voice of God, and that being part of a winning coalition must be a sign that you’re His chosen one as well. (Snip)Maybe it’s too soon to pierce this cloud of postelection smugness.

85 MPH: Almost a Speed Limit
American Spectator, by Eric Peters    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 5:45:27 AM     Post Reply
On a stretch of road near Austin, Texas, there is an actual speed limit. Or at least, close to one. You can drive up to 85 MPH on Texas Highway 130 -- and not worry about receiving a "reckless driving" ticket. Or even a "speeding" ticket. It´s a start. Almost 60 years ago -- during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower -- construction of the Interstate Highway System began. Inspired by the German Autobahn, it was specifically intended to be a system of superhighways -- with traffic flowing at speeds of at least 70 MPH. Much higher speeds were anticipated --

Off the Cliff
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 5:42:33 AM     Post Reply
The real fiscal cliff is the nation’s $16 trillion debt, slated to rise to over $20 trillion if President Obama’s budget–for which not a single member of Congress voted–is the de facto blueprint for the next four years. Obama, as far as I can tell, has never once in his life taken responsibility for a problem, let alone solved one. So he doesn’t care about our impending financial collapse, except insofar as he can demagogue it for political advantage. Hence his absurd position, that all he cares about in negotiations with Congress is that upper-income taxpayers–

The Expendables
Vanity Fair, by William Langewiesche    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/18/2012 5:32:16 AM     Post Reply
The word “foreign” in the name French Foreign Legion does not refer to faraway battlegrounds. It refers to the Legion itself, which is a branch of the French Army commanded by French officers but built of volunteers from around the world. Last summer I came upon 20 of them on a grassy knoll on a farm in France near the Pyrenees. They were new recruits sitting back-to-back on two rows of steel chairs. They wore camouflage fatigues and face paint, and held French assault rifles. The chairs were meant to represent the benches in a helicopter flying into action—

Israel´s Iron Dome Has Intercepted
More Than 150 Rockets
ABC News, by Russell Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/18/2012 5:16:06 AM     Post Reply
Israel said that it will install a fifth "Iron Dome" battery before the end of the year, adding another installation to the country´s missile defense system, which has proven itself this week, intercepting more than 150 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. The missile defense system, which can identify enemy rockets, determine if they pose a threat to populated areas, and destroy them within a matter of seconds, has been praised by Israel´s leaders for saving hundreds of lives. The system, however, comes with a steep price. Each interceptor missile, which includes a radar guidance system, costs $40,000.

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