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Ministers order an inquiry into the
care pathway payments that saw
hospitals receive millions to imple-
ment controversial system
Daily Mail [UK], by Steve Doughty, Daniel Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/27/2012 6:31:43 AM     Post Reply
Ministers yesterday ordered an independent inquiry into why hospitals have been paid to hit targets for numbers of patients dying on the Liverpool Care Pathway. The new investigation will examine how hospitals have received tens of millions of pounds to implement the controversial system for care of the dying.[Snip]The decision to order an independent investigation follows deepening concern over the LCP, which is thought to be used in the deaths of 130,000 hospital patients each year. The method, first developed in a Liverpool hospital and widely in use across the NHS for the past four years, aims to ease

The train companies have got Middle
England by the short and curlies
Telegraph [UK], by Jake Wallis Simons    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/27/2012 6:21:22 AM     Post Reply
I am a member of a persecuted minority group in Britain. And we are angry. We have been victimised so consistently that we are nearing breaking point. It is not in our nature to complain; we are a placid people, and don’t like to cause a fuss. But the placid are ferocious when provoked. And my God, have we been provoked. I speak, of course, of the brotherhood of commuters. I travel to the Telegraph every morning by train from outside of London using South West Trains. (I don’t choose to use South West Trains. I have no choice

American Mismatch
National Review, by Jillian Kay Melchior    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 11/27/2012 6:15:27 AM     Post Reply
In September, 238,000 American jobs went unfilled, despite employers’ best efforts. At the same time, unemployment was at 7.8 percent nationally. And believe it or not, this was no statistical oddity. The manufacturing sector has long had trouble finding skilled applicants for its jobs. Around 48 percent of manufacturing companies are looking to hire, according to the most recent report from ThomasNet, a company that helps connect producers and suppliers. But 67 percent of manufacturing companies see a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers, and last year, as many as 600,000 jobs went unfilled,

  


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Boris tells Mittal ´if France doesn´t
want you, Britain does´
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/27/2012 6:13:48 AM     Post Reply
He called French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg, who accused Mr Mittal of leaving the country after he announced the closure of two blast furnaces in the north-eastern region of Florange, an "eccentric", telling an audience of businessmen in Delhi they should avoid "persecution" in Paris and base their European operations in London.[Snip]"We don´t want Mittal in France anymore because they haven´t respected France," Mr Montebourg was quoted as saying in the business newspaper Les Echos. The trouble, he said, "isn´t the furnaces in Florange, it´s Mittal". Mr Mittal has considerable business interests in France. The comments were seized upon

Religious Stirrers
American Spectator, by Jonathan Aitken    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/27/2012 6:11:05 AM     Post Reply
CARDINAL MARTINI SHOOK UP a heady intellectual cocktail for the Catholic Church before he passed away. His recently published last testament has stunned the Vatican and set the faithful arguing about the direction of Catholicism in the 21st century. At nearly the same time, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the retiring leader of 100 million worldwide Anglicans, has been stirring up his flock with valedictory messages. The lives of Cardinal Martini and Archbishop Williams share common themes. Both have held the highest academic positions and been recognized as great scholars, having produced over 50 works

Petraeus scandal: South Korea to revoke
honorary title given to American
socialite Jill Kelley: officials
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 6:03:23 AM     Post Reply
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea will revoke an honorary title given to an American socialite tied to a scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, officials said Tuesday. Jill Kelley, the Tampa, Florida, socialite, misused her title as South Korean honorary consul by raising it in unspecified personal business dealings, a Foreign Ministry official in Seoul said. The official, who declined to be named because the matter is still being discussed, wouldn´t elaborate and said it´s not clear when the title will be revoked. Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun told South Korean reporters during a visit to Washington

How Obama´s ´Life of Julia´ Prevailed
Wall Street Journal, by William McGurn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:56:37 AM     Post Reply
The name of the program now escapes me. Several months ago, while flipping channels with the remote, I stopped on an MTV show about a working mom whose whole life was upended when her partner announced that he was splitting. It caught my attention because this mother lived in a nice apartment that looked like one in my suburban New Jersey town, and she was applying for food stamps. This wasn´t your caricature "taker"—the woman had a real job. With her partner leaving, however, she could no longer afford the rent, and she would have trouble providing

  


  

The Washington Post’s
Dreams of Dixie
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:52:35 AM     Post Reply
Criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice and opposition to her possible nomination as secretary of state has generally divided into two camps. One camp, concerned by Rice’s handling of the administration’s response to the Benghazi terrorist attack, in which she presented talking points officials knew were false, believes her role in the misdirection must be accounted for. In other words, this group of critics has focused on Rice’s professional responsibilities. A second group agrees Rice isn’t the best choice for secretary of state, but has aimed its fire at Rice’s supposed personality flaws, attitude problems,

Obama´s NLRB protects
union thugs, not elderly
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/27/2012 5:48:04 AM     Post Reply
President Obama portrays himself as a president who stands up for the most vulnerable in our society. Nursing home patients and their families in Connecticut got a look behind the rhetoric last week. In the name of standing up for workers´ rights, Obama´s National Labor Relations Board -- the one staffed by people he installed through controversial "recess appointments" when the Senate was in session -- sued to have a nursing home reinstate employees who went on strike. The Service Employees International Union members who worked at HealthBridge nursing homes went on strike after rejecting the company´s final offer in contract negotiations.

Republicans Swept Southern
Statehouses, and No One Noticed
Business Insider*, by Grace Wyler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:44:07 AM     Post Reply
In the two weeks since the election, the general consensus has been that Republicans got hammered. From Mitt Romney´s Election Day collapse to the party´s failure to take back the Senate and prevent ballot initiatives legalizing same-sex marriage, Republicans took big hits up and down the ballot. But the results actually weren´t all bad for the GOP. AP reporter David Lieb points out that the Republican supermajorities swept statehouses across the South and Great Plains states, ushering in powerful one-party governments that are likely to make major tax cuts, slash spending to public education

Why is Shelley Moore Capito
a target of the far right?
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:40:30 AM     Post Reply
You need look no further than today’s headlines for a primer on why Republicans get themselves into trouble in national elections. After years in which prominent Republicans courted her to run for the Senate, the popular Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) announced today that she will run for the Senate in 2014, when Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) may retire. She has statewide name recognition and a 70.27 lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. But lo and behold the Club for Growth — which backed such stellar (not!) Senate candidates as Richard Mourdock in 2012 and Sharron Angle in 2010

  


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Vienna protesters call
for ´death to Jews´
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Benjamin Weinthal    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:35:37 AM     Post Reply
Anti-Israel demonstrators gathered on Friday in the heart of Vienna, protesting Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense and chanting slogans calling for the murder of Jews and bashing the Jewish state. Israel’s eight-day military operation to stop Hamas rocket fire from entering the country prompted two fiercely anti-Israel protests in the Austrian capital. Samuel Laster, an Israeli journalist who lives in Vienna, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that he heard a contingent of 15 to 20 Austrian Islamists chanting in Arabic, “Death to the Jews.”

How to Approach the ‘Fiscal Cliff’
National Review Online, by James C. Capretta    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:31:34 AM     Post Reply
Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House will intensify this week as the deadline for steering clear of the year-end “fiscal cliff” approaches. Like the 2011 showdown over the debt limit, these talks will be a high-stakes affair for both parties, with maybe the potential for lasting political effects. With so much at stake, how should the GOP approach the talks? The following are a few suggestions for navigating the treacherous political waters that lie ahead.Acknowledge the Economic and Policy Risks of Going Over the Cliff.Tempting as it might be, the GOP should resist minimizing

It´s All Fun and Games...
The Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 11/27/2012 5:27:14 AM     Post Reply
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday declined to elaborate on President Barack Obama’s plans to wage a grassroots messaging campaign in conjunction with the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff. “It would ruin the fun if I gave you all the details now,” Carney said. Party leaders have a matter of weeks to agree 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.

Big Bill for Levee Upkeep
Comes to New Orleans
Associated Press, by Cain Burdeau    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/27/2012 5:25:46 AM     Post Reply
In the busy and under-staffed offices of New Orleans´ flood-control leaders, there´s an uneasy feeling about what lies ahead. By the time the next hurricane season starts in June of 2013, the city will take control of much of a revamped protection system of gates, walls and armored levees that the Army Corps of Engineers has spent about $12 billion building. The corps has about $1 billion worth of work left. Engineers consider it a Rolls Royce of flood protection — comparable to systems in seaside European cities such as St. Petersburg, Venice, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

  


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‘Poverty’ like we’ve never seen it
New York Post, by Robert Rector    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:22:10 AM     Post Reply
The federal government now considers a family of four in New York City to be poor if its pre-tax income is below $37,900.Even with full medical coverage. The calculation helps explain why newly revised Census Bureau figures hike the number of poor Americans to 49 million as of last year, further widening an already yawning gap between ordinary perceptions of poverty and how the government sees it. This breathtaking number begs the question: What does it mean to be “poor” in the United States? To the average American, the word “poverty” means significant material hardship and need.

Close Guantánamo Prison
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 5:16:43 AM     Post Reply
On his second full day in office in 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that was a declaration of American renewal and decency hailed around the globe. It called for the closure, in no more than a year, of the detention camp at the United States Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — the grim emblem of President George W. Bush’s lawless policies of torture and detention. Accompanied by other executive orders signaling a break from the Bush era of justice delayed and denied, it was a bold beginning. What followed was not always as uplifting.

Why aren’t Asians Republicans?
American Enterprise, by Charles Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/27/2012 5:10:42 AM     Post Reply
Last week, I pointed out that there is no such thing as a natural social-conservative skew among Latino Americans. But that leaves open a rejoinder, expressed by several readers: The GOP doesn’t need to get all of the Latino vote, just its fair share. That’s true, and I should have made my point clearer. In the wake of the election, some social conservatives have tried a new version of the old Silent Majority argument, contending that Republicans can continue to make their candidates pass litmus tests on abortion and gay marriage and still win national elections

Santorum: ´I´m open´ to 2016 bid
CNN, by Ashley Killough    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/27/2012 5:00:10 AM     Post Reply
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum hinted Monday he may see another presidential run in his future. "I´m open to that possibility," the Republican said when asked on CNN´s "Piers Morgan Tonight" about a 2016 White House bid. "But we´re a long way..." he added, pausing, then continuing, "I´m focused right now on trying to stay involved in the fray and make sure that we do the right thing up on Capitol Hill right now." Santorum proved a tough opponent to Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential primary, ultimately forcing the contest to run as late as April

What would happen if
Texas actually seceded?
The Week, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 4:52:31 AM     Post Reply
"Talk of secession is in the air," says Brett Arends at MarketWatch. At least a small number of people in each of the 50 states have filed petitions on the White House website "We The People" asking that their state be allowed to leave the Union. Under rules laid out by President Obama, any petition that gets 25,000 "signatures" in 30 days earns an official response: At least seven states have more than 30,000 signatures, and the Texas petition had more than 117,000 as of Nov. 26. All of this secession fever "comes 150 years after the Civil War,

  



Hollywood Cachet
Doesn´t Always Cash In
Roll Call, by Stuart Rothenberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 4:46:37 AM     Post Reply
Today’s question: What do the following people have in common: actors Alec Baldwin and Robert Redford, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr and former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter? Answer: Each of them is a bona fide star, and each was mentioned at some point as a possible candidate for the House or Senate. None of them ever ran. You can now add actress Ashley Judd to the list of celebrities mentioned as possible candidates for Congress. You can now add actress Ashley Judd to the list of celebrities mentioned as possible candidates for Congress.

Learning from the Election
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 4:39:18 AM     Post Reply
1. Populism The Republicans have only won the popular vote since Ronald Reagan’s presidency on two occasions: 1988 and 2004. In both instances, even the patrician Bushes were able to paint their liberal opponents as out-of-touch Massachusetts magnificoes. Lee Atwater turned Michael Dukakis, the helmeted tank driver, into a bumbling Harvard Square naïf. Karl Rove reminded the country that John Kerry, the wind surfer, was a spandex-wearing, wetsuit-outfitted yuppie who lived in several of his rich wife’s mansions, as he jetted around in her plane and sailed on her boat. Otherwise, it was the Republicans

Do You Live In A
Death Spiral State?
Forbes, by William Baldwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2012 4:30:24 AM     Post Reply
Thinking about buying a house? Or a municipal bond? Be careful where you put your capital. Don’t put it in a state at high risk of a fiscal tailspin. Eleven states make our list of danger spots for investors. They can look forward to a rising tax burden, deteriorating state finances and an exodus of employers. The list includes California, New York, Illinois and Ohio, along with some smaller states like New Mexico and Hawaii. If your career takes you to Los Angeles or Chicago, don’t buy a house. Rent.

U.S. State Dept.: No Information
on N. Korea´s Missile Launch
Arirang News [South Korea], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/27/2012 1:25:02 AM     Post Reply
The United States says it has no new information about North Korea´s speculated preparations for a long-range missile test. Instead, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland urged the leadership in Pyongyang to refrain from further launches, in accordance with the UN Security Council´s presidential statement adopted following the North´s missile launch in April. Reports surfaced last week that latest U.S. satellite images suggested North Korea was preparing to launch another missile in the near future. South Korean officials will meet with their U.S. counterparts in Washington in the

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