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Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson
running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.
Chicago Sun-Times, by Hunter Clauss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/26/2012 3:44:26 PM     Post Reply
Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson announced Sunday night that she will run in a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned last week. Halvorson ran unsuccessfully against Jackson in the March 20 primary, garnering about 24 percent of the total votes to 58 percent for Jackson. Halvorson represented the 11th Congressional District from 2009 to 2011. Before that, she served as a state senator for 12 years. In a statement issued late Sunday, Halvorson’s campaign touted the former congresswoman as “the only candidate who could avoid freshman orientation and hit the ground running.”

House ethics panel investigating
New York Republican Michael Grimm
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 3:36:17 PM     Post Reply
The House Ethics Committee said Monday that Rep. Michael Grimm is being investigated for possible campaign finance violations but will defer to the Justice Department, which is conducting a separate probe. The Republican-controlled committee said the inquiry started in July after being informed by the Office of Congressional Ethics that Grimm, R-N.Y., may have violated campaign finance laws by soliciting and accepting prohibited contributions, which might have resulted in false information being included in campaign finance reports. Among the allegations is that

Zero Dark Thirty:
The Girl Who Got bin Laden
Time Magazine, by Richard Corliss    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/26/2012 3:21:07 PM     Post Reply
In a “black site” at an undisclosed location, a CIA officer is interrogating a man suspected of having information on the courier of Osama bin Laden. The suspect, Ammar (Reda Kateb), believes he can withstand the waterboarding, the dog collar, the sleep and food deprivation, the heavy metal music that hammers his warehouse cell 24 hours a day; he boldly asserts that “jihad will go on for a hundred years.” But as his captor, Dan (Jason Clarke), patiently explains, “In the end, bro, everybody breaks. It’s biology.” Ammar turns to Dan’s silent partner, Maya (Jessica Chastain), and cries,

  


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The Coming Sharia State of Egypt
FrontPage Magazine, by Theodore Shoebat    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 3:13:04 PM     Post Reply
Egypt has now a modern pharaoh, named Muhammad Morsi, and with him as the sole ruler, the country will ultimately become an official Sharia state. Sharia is already enforced to some degree, but now that the Muslim Brotherhood is expanding its power, it will implement the edicts of its constitution, the Koran, to is fullest capacity. This is was foreshadowed months ago when counter-revolutionaries were crucified in front of the presidential palace, since these type of executions are demanded in the Koran where it states that: “The punishment of anyone who fight against Allah and His apostle and do

Cambodian ex-king Norodom
Sihanouk to be cremated on Feb 4
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/26/2012 3:07:56 PM     Post Reply
Phnom Penh - Cambodia´s beloved former monarch Norodom Sihanouk, who died aged 89 last month, will be cremated on Feb following an elaborate ceremony, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday. The cremation will be preceded by a procession on Feb 1 that will see King Sihanouk´s coffin carried from the royal palace in Phnom Penh to a funeral pyre in a nearby park, the premier said in a speech on national radio. "It will be a big ceremony," Mr Hun Sen said. More than a million mourners are expected to line the streets for the lavish procession, which will be broadcast live on television,

The “Collaborators” Hamas Executed
Were Actually Al Qaeda Rivals
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 3:03:06 PM     Post Reply
Hamas’ brutal execution of a number of men who it claimed were Israeli collaborators led to a lot of headlines complete with photos of bodies being dragged around behind motorcycles. But in the Muslim world, it’s important to understand context, not just content, and everyone lies all the time. Collaborators are often executed in the West Bank and Gaza, however these people are rarely agents of Israel. Israeli intelligence is pretty good and not that easy to penetrate. Israel doesn’t rely as much on local informants anymore and more on intercepted communications. So who are the

No Cut Left Behind
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 2:50:28 PM     Post Reply
A top Republican is insisting that party leaders retain more than $2 trillion in spending cuts agreed to in last year’s budget agreement as negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff heat up. (Snip) Sessions is concerned that the caps could be scuttled in an attempt to negotiate a deal to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” the term used to describe more than $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to occur on Jan. 1, 2013. “As you know, the BCA signed into law August of last year required that spending be reduced by $2.1 trillion in exchange for an immediate $2.1 trillion increase

  


  

Is Cantor Backing Off Norquist Pledge?
Commentary Magazine, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 2:26:59 PM     Post Reply
Lindsey Graham, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker, and Peter King have already distanced themselves from Grover Norquist’s pledge not to increase taxes, and now it looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is downplaying the pledge too: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) appeared to take a step back from anti-tax champion Grover Norquist on Monday, suggesting that a “no new taxes” pledge coordinated by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform group wouldn’t determine his legislative duties regarding ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations. “When I go to the constituents that have reelected me,

Is Opposition to
Genetic Engineering Moral?
National Review Online, by Henry I. Miller & Drew L. Kershen    Original Article
Posted By: veritas- 11/26/2012 2:20:40 PM     Post Reply
There’s an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished. That certainly seems to be true for many breakthroughs in genetic engineering. Here are several particularly egregious examples. 1. "Biopharming" — a new way to make drugs. Diarrhea is the number-two infectious killer of children under the age of five in developing countries, surpassed only by respiratory diseases. It accounts for roughly 2 million deaths a year. But thanks to a simple but ingenious innovation by an emerging biotech company, Ventria Bioscience, those numbers could become a relic of the past, like mortality from

Bin Laden movie CRITICIZES
Obama: Viewers see graphic
scene of CIA waterboarding
terrorist - before President says:
´I don´t believe in torture´
Daily Mail (UK), by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/26/2012 2:14:36 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is cast in a negative light in the upcoming movie about the Osama bin Laden raid as it opens with 15 graphic minutes of a terror suspect being waterboarded. Moments later, the screen flashes to a news interview of the then-President elect talking about how he does not believe in torture. Conservatives were quick to criticize the film Zero Dark Thirty, preemptively proclaiming that it would prove to be a campaign tool for President Obama, but now select critics have actually seen the film, political pundits may be forced to eat their words.

Chris Christie’s Job Approval
Rockets To Record 77% In
Wake Of Hurricane Sandy
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 2:05:10 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey’s outspoken Republican Gov. Chris Christie frustrated members of his party when he praised President Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy just days before the 2012 presidential election. Christie’s bipartisan approach to storm relief has, however, endeared him to the Garden State’s Democrats. A new poll shows Christie’s job approval rating has rocketed to a personal record of 77 percent with a majority of New Jersey Democrats giving Christie positive marks. A Fairleigh Dickenson University poll of 241 registered voters in New Jersey, taken from November 13 – 18, showed

  


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Mandate with Destiny
New Yorker Magazine, by Hendrik Hertzberg    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 11/26/2012 2:04:54 PM     Post Reply
Thanksgiving was still two weeks away when the Republican Party, to its evident shock, found itself stuffed, trussed, roasted, and ready to be served with all the trimmings. This was not the menu that the Party’s nominees, donors, and operatives had looked forward to. It was emphatically not the feast they had been primed to expect by their vulpine cheerleaders in the island universe of the illiberal media. Romney Beats Obama, Handily, Michael Barone trumpeted a few days before the election in the Examiner, Washington’s conservative giveaway daily.

NBC Execs Defend Matt Lauer After
Thanksgiving Coverage Criticism,
Point To ‘Misdirected Anger’
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:49:50 PM     Post Reply
Today Show host Matt Lauer received some harsh feedback via Twitter when he hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade — on top of the negative sentiment he’s faced following Ann Curry‘s departure from the show. In Howard Kurtz‘s new article on The Daily Beast, NBC executives — including NBC News President Steve Capus — came to Lauer’s defense. “Sadly,” Capus said, “this is the era in which we live: Venomous tweets somehow threaten to drown out all of those who praised Matt for his coverage.” He went on to add: “The Twitter snarkiness is an unfortunate result of misdirected anger

What’s it like to pilot a drone?
A lot like ´Call of Duty´
Fox News, by John Brandon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:41:01 PM     Post Reply
Teenagers raised on "Call of Duty" and "Halo" might relish flying a massive Predator drone -- a surprisingly similar activity. Pilots of unmanned military aircraft use a joystick to swoop down into the battlefield, spot enemy troop movements, and snap photos of terror suspects, explained John Hamby, a former military commander who led surveillance missions during the Iraq War. “You’re always maneuvering the airplane to get a closer look,” Hamby told FoxNews.com. “You’re constantly searching for the bad guys and targets of interest. When you do find something that is actionable, you’re a

Google warns UN conference
may lead to web censorship
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:30:54 PM     Post Reply
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace. Among the issues on the agenda at next month´s meeting in Dubai are ideas to battle Internet spam and fraud. But also tucked into more than 1,300 proposals are potential hot-button items that opponents believe could be used by in places such as Iran and China to justify their crackdowns

  


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Justice Ginsburg: We Need
An All-Female Supreme Court
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when all nine justices are female. “So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” she said. Ginsburg made the remark at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference that was held at the University of Colorado in Boulder in October.

Obamacare´s Pizza Price
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/26/2012 1:22:41 PM     Post Reply
It’s well established that Obamacare is sending the cost of health care skyrocketing. What’s less known is it will make trips to the grocery store more expensive and drive up the cost of pizza. All this is happening because nanny state zealots slipped a zinger into the measure just before it came up for a vote. A provision requiring restaurant menus to display calorie counts might seem like a minor addition to legislation representing the takeover of one-sixth of the economy, but the seemingly simple addition will cost billions. President Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget listed the menu

China lands first jet on its aircraft carrier
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 1:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - China has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country´s official news agency confirmed Sunday. The Liaoning aircraft carrier underscores China´s ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, but it is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time. Xinhua News Agency said the landing exercise marked the debut of the J-15 fighter jet, a carrier-based fighter-bomber developed by China from Russia´s Sukhoi Su-33. The Defense Ministry´s website carried photos of the jet taking off

Democrats are the roadblock
to immigration reform
Washington Post Writers Group, by Ruben Navarrette Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Blackeagle- 11/26/2012 1:04:54 PM     Post Reply
San Diego – After Latino voters helped re-elect President Obama — delivering the battleground states of Nevada and Colorado, and contributing to the victories in Florida and Virginia — a consensus quickly emerged among pundits and political observers that the quid pro quo would include comprehensive immigration reform. (Snip) So why don’t Democrats want comprehensive-immigration reform? For the same five reasons that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid teamed up in 2006 and 2007 with the nativist wing of the Republican Party to kill bipartisan bills and, in 2010, helped scuttle the

Supreme Court orders new
look at Liberty University´s
health care challenge
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/26/2012 12:57:37 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider Liberty University’s legal argument that President Obama´s health care law violates the school’s religious freedom. The case will be returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. “Today’s ruling breathes new life into our challenge to ObamaCare,” Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, which filed the suit on behalf of the school, said Monday. “Our fight against ObamaCare is far from over.” A federal judge in 2010 rejected Liberty’s claim, and the appeals court later ruled the lawsuit was

  



The tone trap, &c.
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 11/26/2012 12:47:13 PM     Post Reply
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been great concern, whether sincere or fake, over the Republican “tone.” I find all this kind of dumb. Is there a great tuner in the sky, with a bass control, a treble control, and so on? Does some unseen, all-determining Republican hand twist these knobs? The Republican party is composed of millions of people and hundreds or thousands of politicians. These are all human beings. They could not possibly have the same tone. We are individuals, speaking in our individual ways, though we have common beliefs and aims. Take the governors: Susana Martinez,

Cheating scandal: Feds say teachers
hired stand-in to take their
certification tests
Associated Press, by Adrian Sainz    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/26/2012 12:41:14 PM     Post Reply
It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters,

CNN: All Adults in America Went
Shopping on Black Friday Weekend
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 12:31:07 PM     Post Reply
CNN reports that practically all Americans went shopping over "Black Friday" weekend. "A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites in the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend this year, up 9% from 226 million last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation released Sunday," the CNN reports reads. The headline reads: "247 million shoppers visited stores and websites Black Friday weekend." This would seem to mean, according to these statistics, that basically all Americans over the age of 14 went shopping this past weekend. There are, according to

From Man Who Insulted
Muhammad, No Regret
New York Times, by Serge F. Kovaleski & Brooks Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/26/2012 12:24:40 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Fuming for two months in a jail cell here, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has had plenty of time to reconsider the wisdom of making “Innocence of Muslims,” his crude YouTube movie trailer depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a bloodthirsty, philandering thug. Does Mr. Nakoula now regret the footage? After all, it fueled deadly protests across the Islamic world and led the unlikely filmmaker to his own arrest for violating his supervised release on a fraud conviction.

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