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HHS Releases Insurance, Pre-
Existing Conditions Regulations
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 10:44:47 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released long-awaited proposed regulations outlining which types of health care services insurance companies must offer and which pre-existing conditions they can take into account when adjusting premiums. Days after it extended the deadline for states to decide if they will establish an insurance exchange, HHS issued proposed regulations outlining what the Obamacare law calls Essential Health Benefits – the package of health care services insurance companies must provide in order to be allowed to sell their product on the exchanges. The EHB regulation is important,

Who killed
Hostess?
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/21/2012 10:44:31 AM     Post Reply
The left is madly spinning (aka, lying about) the impending demise of Hostess, trying to blame the free enterprise system, and even Mitt Romney´s former firm, Bain Capital. This is a lie. It was inside job of the left, with a prominent Democrat helping himself to consulting fees and a hundred thousand dollars a year sinecure for his son. Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO is in the lead on the disinformation campaign, last week stating: "What´s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what´s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures

As More Climate Talks Loom,
Senator Presses Treasury on its
Plans For $100bn Global Green Fund
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 10:38:08 AM     Post Reply
Ahead of the next big international climate meeting, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner how the administration proposes the raise contributions to a $100 billion climate fund to which the U.S. signed up three years ago. In a letter to Geithner Tuesday Vitter, the incoming ranking member on the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, said he was “interested to ascertain how Treasury plans on finding the lion’s share of an additional $100 billion, to give away to foreign nations while we continue

  


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A Sudan Surprise
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Sudan has played a key role in arming Hamas militants with sophisticated Iranian-made rockets, experts said. The Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) principal objective in Gaza is to rid Palestinian terrorists of sophisticated Iranian-produced rockets that are capable of striking deep into Israel’s heartland, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. These rockets originated in Sudan and were then smuggled into Gaza with Iran’s help, sources said. The existence of these advanced Fajr-5 rockets reveals the deepening ties between Iran and its terrorist proxies in Gaza and Sudan, where the rockets were housed before shipment.

Republicans: No Secret Meetings
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 10:30:51 AM     Post Reply
Republicans understand their political leverage is significantly diminished following their electoral drubbing earlier this month, but some fear the secretive, high-level nature of tax and spending negotiations underway risks undermining the GOP position even further. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, last week issued a strong rebuke to the “closed-door meetings” and “secrecy” that have characterized recent efforts to produce a bipartisan agreement. “Secrecy cements the status quo: more spending, more debt, more runaway government. It is the enemy of accountability, change, and reform,” Sessions said in a statement.

Laboratories of Democracy
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/21/2012 10:28:49 AM     Post Reply
The lesson of the 20th century is that Marxism was tried and tried and tried, and failed and failed and failed. But that lesson is lost on the true believer Barack Obama and his Democrat Party. Supposedly a forward looking progressive, Obama is dragging America back into cutting edge ideas from the late 19th century, already proven wrong to everyone except those in Obama’s freeze dried corner of American culture. What else can we make of the spectacle of our re-elected, conquering, Democrat hero president -- the cultural progeny of a 1960s radical American rejectionist mother

Citizens rush council members as
chaos erupts at Newark City Hall
meeting
Newark Star-Ledger, by David Giambusso and James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 11/21/2012 10:26:26 AM     Post Reply
NEWARK — A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray.After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents. "In the absence of a quorum, I have an obligation to sit in," Booker said

  


  

White House condemns
´outrageous´ attack in Tel Aviv
Politico, by Donovan Slack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 10:23:08 AM     Post Reply
The White House on Wednesday condemned an attack on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded at least 10 people. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured, and with the people of Israel," press secretary Jay Carney said. "These attacks against innocent Israeli civilians are outrageous." The bus was near military headquarters and the Israeli Defense Ministry when a bomb that had been placed inside the vehicle exploded, Reuters reports. The attack, deemed a terrorist act by Israel, touched off celebratory gunfire in Gaza that threatened to derail ceasefire talks.

Susan Rice: A secretary
of state worthy of
Obama´s administration
Politico, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 10:18:34 AM     Post Reply
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is set to go straight from misleading the country about a matter of national security to a promotion. A top candidate to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Rice famously purveyed erroneous information about the Benghazi terror attack on five Sunday shows a few days after the deadly incident. But, hey, these things happen. The conventional wisdom says Republicans should get over it and concentrate their energies on more useful pursuits like caving to President Barack Obama on taxes. We are supposed to believe that Rice’s

Why Democrats Are in Trouble
Creators Syndicate, by William Murchison    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/21/2012 10:06:00 AM     Post Reply
"Barack Obama won because he recognized a new America." Or maybe an America more fluid, more insubstantial than post-election wisdom is ready to grant. You can´t always tell about "new" -- a truth the human race rarely acknowledges. We´ll see whether James Carville´s and Stan Greenberg´s words from a Democracy Corps survey stand up better than the consensus of November 1965, following the Lyndon Johnson-led slaughter of almost every Republican downwind from Barry Goldwater. Johnson, father of the Great Society, was all but run out of Washington on a rail after mucking up the Vietnam War.

Obama: The Worst Keynesian Ever
Forbes, by Brian Domitrovic    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 10:02:56 AM     Post Reply
The president is bent on raising taxes big time, if not on January 1, when all sorts of rates are scheduled to go up, then shortly thereafter as the new, more Democratic Congress convenes to do its damage. The rationale? The deficit is getting out of control. Indeed it is. Since January 2009, when Obama took office, the United States has run cumulative budget deficits of $5 trillion. Before that time, debt held by the public was $6.3 trillion. Now it’s $11.4 trillion, an increase of 80%. What did we get for it? Growth of 1.5% per year.

  


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Analysts noting economic parallels
between 1937 and today
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Amity Shlaes    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 11/21/2012 9:45:06 AM     Post Reply
Will 2013 be 1937? This is the question many analysts posed as the stock market dropped after the election. On Nov. 16, they noted that industrial production, a crucial figure, dropped as well. In this case, "1937" means a market drop similar to the one after the re-election of another Democratic President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1936. (Snip) Industrial production plummeted by 34.5 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by half,

Whitewashing Pedophilia at PBS
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 9:45:00 AM     Post Reply
Another victim has come forward and accused the voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo of engaging in pedophilia. Kevin Clash, the 28-year voice of Elmo, has resigned from the show after another alleged victim has come forward, this time in court. Cecil Singleton has sued Clash for engaging in sexual conduct with the boy when he was 15. Singleton is the second victim to come forward. The reaction of the government-funded PBS’s Sesame Workshop? Condemnation? Disgust? Hardly. The statement: “Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential.

Union Chief Warns Democrats
Not To Oppose Obama: "Remember
What Happened To Blanche Lincoln"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 9:40:01 AM     Post Reply
On MSNBC´s "Ed Show" tonight, Leo Gerard, head of the United Steelworkers Union, warned Democrats not to compromise at all on the fiscal cliff. Gerard said any Democrats who does get weak knees isn´t a "real Democrat." and suggested they will suffer the same fate as former Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. Lincoln lost the general election in 2010 after she wasted a lot of her resources fighting off a more liberal challenger in the primary earlier that year. "The best compromise is that the Republicans ought to start to understand that they´re the ones who have

Breaking: Terror Attack Near
Israel´s Defense Center Makes
Ground War More Likely
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 9:33:18 AM     Post Reply
Today’s bus bombing in central Tel Aviv--the first in more than six years--injured twenty-three people and will likely rule out any cease fire in the Gaza conflict in the coming days. The location of the blast is significant: it occurred a short distance away from the Kirya, the nerve center of Israel’s military. The attack was also timed to coincide with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Israel, and sends a message of contempt to the U.S. The likely result is that Israel will continue with plans for a ground invasion of Gaza, just as it used a

  


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Kristol Caves Again, ´Optimistic´
About Future of Egypt
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 9:24:55 AM     Post Reply
Tonight on Fox News’ Special Report With Bret Baier, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol kept up his recent pattern of spouting nonsense when he began complimenting the current Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt for its supposed moderation. Despite the fact that Egypt has sent its prime minister to the Gaza Strip, threatened war with Israel, and accused Israel of perpetrating a “massacre,” Kristol thinks Mohammed Morsi is doing a phenomenal job: “It’s amazing. If you predicted a month ago or three months ago that the Muslim Brotherhood would take over Egypt and has done

SEIU Worker Asks Members
To Falsify Signatures To Sink
Anti-Union Measure
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 9:18:30 AM     Post Reply
The Service International Employees Union – the same union that will be shutting down traffic around Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving Eve – has admitted that a staffer requested that union members stack a legal petition with fake names to sink it. The petition is the brainchild of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who wants to put a measure revising public service employee union pensions on the ballot. Today, SEIU acknowledged that one of its work site organizers had violated the law in order to push its agenda. The SEIU 721 union spokesman explained:

Obama´s Asia trip: No bows this time,
but he did grab an awkward kiss
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 11/21/2012 9:15:18 AM     Post Reply
For someone alleged to have grown up in Asia, Barack Obama is repeatedly clueless about customs there. It´s one thing if you´re a tourist. But as the president of the United States? More problematic. You may recall earlier trips there, part of his apology tours, when the Democrat president was bowing to just about everyone. In Japan, Emperor Akihito in a gesture of hospitality stuck out his hand for a Western greeting rather than expect a bow as he would from a subject. Maybe Obama skips his protocol briefings too.

Many Americans unaware of
health-care law changes
Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/21/2012 9:14:51 AM     Post Reply
After surviving a Supreme Court decision and a presidential election, the Obama administration’s health-care law faces another challenge: a public largely unaware of major changes that will roll out in the coming months. States are rushing to decide whether to build their own health exchanges and the administration is readying final regulations, but a growing body of research suggests that most low-income Americans who will become eligible for subsidized insurance have no idea what is coming.Part of the problem, experts say, is that people who will be affected do not realize the urgency, because the subsidies will not

PJ Media on Hannity Thursday
PJ Media, by Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/21/2012 9:10:56 AM     Post Reply
I will be appearing on Hannity Thursday night along with PJ Media contributor Hans von Spakovsky at 9 p.m. We appear in an hour-long special called “District of Corruption” that serves as a summary to all the outrageous scandals and bankrupt policies of the first Obama administration. District of Corruption is a documentary in select theatres produced by Judicial Watch. More from their presser: The film opened on October 26, 2012, in three states: Florida, Ohio and Texas. It scored the second highest per-screen average at the box office on its opening weekend.

  



Dallas to mark JFK assassination
with focus on his life, legacy
Associated Press, by Jamie Stengle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/21/2012 9:09:25 AM     Post Reply
DALLAS — The city of Dallas will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy next year with a ceremony featuring the tolling of church bells, a moment of silence and readings by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough from the president’s speeches. “I think what we want to do is focus on the life and legacy and leadership of President Kennedy,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday. “The tone is going to be serious, simple, respectful, and it’s going to be about his life.” The commemoration Nov. 22, 2013, will take place in Dealey Plaza,

Well it is the happiest
place on earth: Mitt Romney
takes family to Disneyland
two weeks to the day after
losing election
Daily Mail (UK), by Beth Stebner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/21/2012 9:02:19 AM     Post Reply
Two weeks ago, Mitt Romney was anxiously waiting at his campaign´s headquarters in Boston to hear the results of the election. After his crippling loss, pictures surfaced of the former Massachusetts governor drowning his sorrows in a gallon of chocolate milk. He was recently pictured with his distinctive salt-and-pepper hair unceremoniously unkempt, and has been spotted going to the gym with his wife, Ann. And now, two weeks to the day since he lost the election to President Obama, Romney went to Disneyland, a place typically saved for when public figures experience victory.

Whither America?
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/21/2012 8:52:10 AM     Post Reply
In the 1970´s there was an evocative public service advertisement on television. It showed an old and grizzled Native American Chief with a tear rolling down his cheek as he surveyed the scaring of the landscape of this once pristine land. On that fateful Tuesday evening two weeks past, as the results of the 2012 presidential election became painfully obvious, those of us who were blessed to immigrate to the United States in search of freedom and opportunity and were welcomed with open arms, found ourselves looking across the panorama of our adopted land with tears rolling

White House Thanksgiving
Menu Recipes 2012
ABC News, by Eliza Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/21/2012 8:35:42 AM     Post Reply
The Obama’s are gearing up for their Thanksgiving feast in the White House, and now for the first time the public gets to see how the presidential turkey is prepared. Executive chef Cris Comerford’s recipe for the brine-soaked Thyme-Roasted Turkey and Turkey Gravy was released on the Obama Foodorama website, along with a few other festive side dishes. Thanksgiving “is one of the best days of the year to be an American,” the president said last year. “It’s a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food and some great company.”

Governor Quinn terminates
AFSCME contract
State Journal-Register (IL), by Doug Finke    Original Article
Posted By: Fosterdad- 11/21/2012 8:31:51 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday terminated the state’s contract covering members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. Calling the move unprecedented in the 40-year history of state employee labor contracts, AFSCME issued a statement saying the termination has “little immediate practical effect, as all existing terms and conditions of employment remain in place under state law.”
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Local man unites brownies and bacon
State Journal-Register, by Kathryn Rem    Original Article
Posted By: Fosterdad- 11/21/2012 8:29:53 AM     Post Reply
If you visit Qik-n-EZ stores in Springfield, Lincoln, Pana, Shelbyville or Bloomington, you’ll see Clay Evers’ heart and soul perched near the cash register. That would be his Bacon Brownie, an individually wrapped square of fudgy goodness studded with three strips of chopped applewood-smoked bacon and sprinkled with sea salt. It sells for $2.49. “I call it a Ford truck. It’s made for the working man,” said Evers, 43, a former lobbyist, video producer and pig farmer. His family has farmed in Greenview for five generations.

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