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Jostling in the 2016 race already
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/26/2012 5:30:48 AM     Post Reply
In a report speculating that former Florida governor Jeb Bush may run for president in 2016, the New York Times observes, “When Senator Marco Rubio of Florida held a strategy session here to discuss his own political future last week, the question of Mr. Bush, a mentor, hung over the room; a decision by Mr. Bush, 59, to seek the Republican nomination would almost certainly halt any plans by Mr. Rubio, 41, to do so or abruptly set off a new intraparty feud.” The reporters don’t identify a source for that proposition,

A year later, supercommittee
cautiously optimistic
Politico, by Darren Samuelson & Stephanie Gaskell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/26/2012 5:26:25 AM     Post Reply
It’s now a year since the special congressional supercommittee failed to come up with a deficit-reduction plan. But with the dismal progress made since on its agenda, that milestone took even one of its own members by surprise. “Was it that long ago? Time flies,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told POLITICO. With the nation’s debt problems at the top of the to-do list in 2011, Congress created the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and gave it a Nov. 23 deadline to hammer out a deal to balance the budget or face automatic,

Egypt´s President Doesn´t Understand
Why Everybody´s So Mad at Him
Atlantic, by Adam Clark Estes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 5:19:15 AM     Post Reply
As protests continued to rage in Tahrir Square and pretty much every political party in the country united in opposition to his newfound power, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is surprised. It was three days ago that Morsi issued a decree that grants him immunity from the country´s courts, an aggressive move that practically gives the former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood unchecked authority and earned him the nickname "Pharaoh." To us folks stateside, this all sounds quite unbelievable, since last year, the Egyptian people rose up in fury to oust Hosni Mubarak whom they believed had too much power.

  


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Postelection surprise:
A slew of bad news
Washington Times [DC], by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 5:10:07 AM     Post Reply
Breaking with tradition, this election cycle bypassed the “October Surprise,” unless you count finding out that Donald Trump is a complete idiot. (His “shocking news” on President Obama was his announcement that he was offering $5 million for the release of all drawings the Kenyan native did in kindergarten.) In the end, there wasn’t even a “November Surprise.” Americans, happy with their free stuff from the federal government and fully content to go $1 trillion in debt to get it, stuck with the status quo. The first post-partisan president divided America by class, sex, race, religion and America said, “Eh, whatever.

Ehud Barak announces his
resignation from political life
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Lahav Harkov    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 5:09:31 AM     Post Reply
Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced his intention to quit political life Monday morning in a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. Barak thanked the public for its continued support and said he will remain in his position as defense in minister until a new government has been formed following the coming Knesset elections in late January. (Snip) "I have exhausted politics and I want to dedicate more time to my family," Barak said. Barak reiterated that the Iranian threat would remain a central issue for Israel, exiting politics with the topic he is most famous

Another laughable Benghazi lie
New York Post, by Michael A. Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 5:07:10 AM     Post Reply
More than two months after an Islamist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, we still don’t know what really happened that night — and, thanks to a secretive White House and an incurious Washington press corps, we probably never will. Not officially, that is. But there’s no real mystery about it. From the evidence that’s emerged in dribs and drabs since the Sept. 11 calamity, it’s clear that Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan al Qaeda-affiliated group coordinating with its allies elsewhere

How 2012 Turned Into a Very
Bad Year For Prince Charles
Daily Beast, by Tom Sykes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
It was meant to be a glorious year of royal pageantry, the year of the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, and the year in which the reins of power began to be handed over to Charles at last. A chance to make his mark. In fact, 2012 will go down for the royals in general as a year to forget after two humiliating sets of naked photos of the Young Royals completely eclipsed the summer of celebration. For Charles, it has arguably been even worse than for the family in general.

  


  

Prescribe morning-after pills
in advance, say pediatricians
Reuters, by Sharon Begley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 4:54:40 AM     Post Reply
New York - Wading into the incendiary subject of birth control for young teenagers, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday called on the nation´s pediatricians to counsel all of their adolescent patients about emergency contraception and make advance prescriptions for it available to girls under 17. Because current federal policy bans over-the-counter sales of the pills to girls under 17, having a prescription on hand could help younger teens obtain emergency contraception more quickly than if they have to contact a physician only after they need it.

Hostess with the Mostest
Weekly Standard, by Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 4:54:22 AM     Post Reply
The Scrapbook admits it has not paid too much attention to Twinkies in recent years. Our taste in—what shall we call them?—recreational foodstuffs tends to run in other directions; and to be honest, we were never all that enamored of Twinkies in the first place. On the other hand, Twinkies have suffered something of a bad rap. Yes, they’re full of sugar and not especially nutritious; but they are made and marketed as a snack, not a balanced meal. And then there’s the “Twinkie defense.” Three decades ago the man who assassinated San Francisco mayor George Moscone

Our Enemy, the Payroll Tax
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 4:50:15 AM     Post Reply
WE have two political parties in America, runs a saying that conservatives like to quote. One is stupid, the other is evil. And when they join forces to do something that’s both stupid and evil — well, that’s what we call “bipartisanship.” The payroll tax holiday that passed Congress in the winter of 2010 was a rare exception to this pessimistic rule. Cutting the payroll tax was good short-term politics for both Democrats and Republicans: it was a tax cut that liberals hoped would double as stimulus, and a boost to the middle class

Kill lists for me,
but not for thee
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/26/2012 4:45:54 AM     Post Reply
The use of drone strikes has been expanded dramatically under Obama. The personal involvement of the President in the intimate details of targeting and kill lists is new to this administration. It’s not something Democrats like to talk about. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz denied knowledge of the kill lists, promting this response from Glenn Greenwald, The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz One expects corrupt partisan loyalty from people like Wasserman Schultz, eager to excuse anything and everything a Democratic president does. That’s a total abdication of her duty.

  


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Obama faces huge challenge
in setting up insurance exchanges
The Hill (DC), by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/26/2012 4:42:28 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems. The exchanges were designed as the centerpiece of President Obama’s signature law, and are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to booking a flight or finding a compatible partner on Match.com. Sixteen states — most of them governed by Republicans — have said they will not set up their own systems, forcing the federal government to come up with one instead.

Geithner to Play
Key Negotiation Role
Wall Street Journal, by Damian Paletta    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/26/2012 4:30:26 AM     Post Reply
Washington--Timothy Geithner joined the Obama administration during a crisis. He´s hoping not to leave during one. The White House has tapped the Treasury secretary as its lead negotiator in deficit-reduction talks with Congress, giving Mr. Geithner about a month to help cut a deal before $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts begin in January—and before his long-planned departure from the administration. It is a sharp change in role for the 51-year-old, who has been preoccupied largely with the U.S. financial crisis, banking policy and Europe´s debt crisis in the past four years.

ObamaCare Faces the
Implementation Iceberg
Real Clear Politics, by Paul Howard and Stephen Parente    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/26/2012 12:57:03 AM     Post Reply
Defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, can be forgiven for some post-election triumphalism. But their joy is likely to be short lived. Because the law put off implementation of most key provisions until after the 2012 election, voters cast their ballots on November 6 without knowing what Obamacare’s true effect will be on their tax bills, insurance costs, or access to care. Delaying implementation until 2014 helped the president win re-election, but now the bill is coming due. The administration can’t forestall Obamacare’s massive regulatory impact

U.N. envoy to Middle East acknowledges
‘quiet engagements’ with Hamas
McClatchy Newspapers, by Sheera Frenkel    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/26/2012 12:44:49 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM — The United Nations envoy to the Middle East acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy Sunday that he has maintained quiet contacts with the Islamist group Hamas for “years,” despite the international community’s official policy to isolate the group. Robert Serry described his office’s contacts with Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, as “quiet engagements” and said his office was working now, in the wake of a cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, “hoping to help the parties get to a more durable solution.” “Because we are on

  


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It’s not this family who are bigots —
it’s the multicultural thought police
Daily Mail [UK], by Melanie Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/26/2012 12:17:26 AM     Post Reply
The story sounds just too idiotic and outrageous to be true. A Rotherham couple, by all accounts exemplary foster parents for nearly seven years, took on two children and a baby in an emergency placement. Eight weeks later, social workers came and took the children away--despite the fact that they were thriving--on the grounds that because the couple belonged to the UK Independence Party this was not ‘the right cultural match’. Astonishingly, the official in charge is still unrepentant. Joyce Thacker, the council’s director of children and young people’s services, has said that the children, who were

NRSC Prepares To Interfere In Primaries
Breitbart's Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: vastrightwingconspirator- 11/25/2012 11:51:31 PM     Post Reply
The National Republican Senatorial Committee had a rotten track record in 2012. But now they’re looking to get more deeply involved in picking candidates at the state level, hoping to foreclose Tea Party primary challengers like Richard Mourdock (R-IN). “There’s always going to be fundamental dislike of the national party coming to a local or a state race and saying, ‘This is who we want to pick,” Keli Carender of Tea Party Patriots told The Hill. The NRSC pulled out of several races this cycle, dooming several candidates to less-than-full financial support. The battle for the Republican Party heart

Larry Hagman: the superstar
who made history
Telegraph [UK], by Brian Viner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/25/2012 11:47:38 PM     Post Reply
In 1991, a Bedouin tribe delayed its annual migration across the Sahara because its elders were not prepared to miss the last episode of Dallas. Such was the grip that the lavish American soap opera had in even the most unlikely places--and no character exerted that grip more tightly than JR Ewing, the oil baron unforgettably brought to scheming, malevolent, adulterous, Machiavellian life by Larry Hagman. Here was the devil in disguise, and the disguise was a ten-gallon hat. Hagman’s death at the age of 81 comes shortly after he reprised the role that made him world-famous. The opening

"A communal State exercises more
control and hinders participation"
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Dalyla Dennery    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/25/2012 11:25:57 PM     Post Reply
Carlos Ocariz, mayor of Caracas´ Sucre Municipality, has a clear standpoint on the issue. "Means to provide the people with increased participation already exist, and nothing new needs to be developed," he categorically points out when asked about the impact of the communal State to be implemented. This politician and civil engineer believes that this measure would reduce mayor´s offices and regional governments to their simplest forms. -How do you think Venezuela would be as a communal State? -I believe we will backtrack because, ultimately, the aim is not to give more power to the people

On Non Cooperating With Obamacare
National Review Online, by Wesley J. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/25/2012 10:41:46 PM     Post Reply
The Hill has an interesting story reporting on Republican governors refusing to set up state exchanges under Obamacare–which could save the states money since they are on the hook for costs in excess of federal grants. That means the Feds will have to do it on a state-by-state basis, a daunting task even for this highly bureaucratic administration. Plus, it is perfectly legal under the law to engage in such passive resistance. Some liberals say that approach isn’t conservative because, in effect, it allows the Feds to run state health care. (As if they care!) I’m not buying.

  



GOP has leverage on ´fiscal cliff´
Washington Examiner [DC], by Hugh Hewitt    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/25/2012 10:40:11 PM     Post Reply
Round three of the great American tax and spending debate of the early 21st century is opening. There are nine Senate Democrats who are most interested in a comprehensive "deal" between President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner: They are Mark Begich of Alaska, Max Baucus of Montana, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Mark Udall of Colorado. These are the most vulnerable of the Senate´s majority.

Investigators Probing Suicide of Robert
F. Kennedy Jr.´s Estranged Wife
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/25/2012 10:02:53 PM     Post Reply
The family of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who was found dead on May 16 apparently due to suicide, has hired investigators to examine many “unanswered questions” about her death. They may also file a wrongful death lawsuit against Robert Kennedy Jr. Mary Richardson Kennedy was found hanged in a barn on the couple’s Westchester estate, and the official cause of death was “asphyxiation due to hanging.” Sources told the New York Post that Mary’s family was in the process of “pursuing a wrongful-death action” and had many “concerns” about

Does this mean it’s now okay to say
that Obama is a redistributionist?
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/25/2012 10:00:34 PM     Post Reply
With the reelection of President Obama secured, Washington Post economics reporter Zachary Goldfarb finally identifies “the bedrock belief that has driven the president for decade” (or Obama’s “driving force,” per the web edition). That bedrock belief is that the power of the federal government must be used reduce income inequality in America. According to Goldfarb, Obama formed this belief as a child and young adult living abroad, where he observed, in Obama’s words, “the vast disparity in wealth between those who are part of the power structure and those who are outside of it.”

Holy Land Conflict:
No Peace Among Wolves
Oregon Magazine, by Matt Barber    Original Article
Posted By: teapartyM- 11/25/2012 9:41:05 PM     Post Reply
At times, complicated issues are most clearly understood in simple terms. Speaking before the Knesset in 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu captured, in two brief sentences, that which lies at the heart of the ongoing, centuries-old Arab-Israeli conflict: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms, there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms, there would be no more war.” Indeed, how does one peacefully co-exist with those whose singular obsession is that one should not exist at all? Can a Jewish people who simply wish to live in peace ever do so

Colts cheerleaders have heads
shaved during NFL game in
honour of cancer sufferer coach
Daily Mail [UK], by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 9:32:06 PM     Post Reply
Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders shaved their heads during today´s game against the Buffalo Bills. But the curious hairstyle wasn´t a new fashion trend - the pair were raising money for leukemia research after the team´s head coach was struck down with cancer in September. Attending his second straight home game since he was diagnosed, Chuck Pagano received a standing ovation from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd with 11:23 left in the fourth quarter. Team owner Jim Irsay walked outside his box with Mr Pagano and the two waved to Colts fans who have supported the coach in his battle.

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