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Palestinians certain to
win recognition as a state
Associated Press, by Edith M. Lederer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 2:55:58 PM     Post Reply
United Nations - The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state Thursday but success could exact a high price: Israel and the United States warn it could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian state through peace talks with Israel. The United States, Israel´s closest ally, mounted an aggressive campaign to head off the General Assembly vote. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defiantly declared Thursday that the Palestinians would have to back down from long-held positions if they ever hope to gain independence. In a last-ditch move Wednesday,

Rwandan Ghosts
Foreign Policy, by Jason K. Stearns    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 2:48:50 PM     Post Reply
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Televised comments made by Amb. Susan Rice shortly after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi have dominated the debate over her probable nomination for secretary of state. This is a bit surprising, since it´s clear that she played only a marginal role in the affair and appears to have just been reading from the briefing notes provided. It´s also unfortunate that the "scandal" has crowded out a healthy discussion of her two-decade record as U.S. diplomat and policymaker prior to Sept. 2012 --

We’re going over the cliff
Washington Examiner [DC], by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/29/2012 2:48:33 PM     Post Reply
“I believe the probability is we’re going over the cliff and I think that would be horrible,” President Clinton’s Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast meeting yesterday. “It would be insane to breach this fiscal cliff, yet I think there is only a one-third possibility we’ll actually get something done before December 31.” As gloomy as Bowles prediction sounds, it is, if anything, optimistic, if the latest reporting from Politico on the state of the negotiations between Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and President Obama is to be believed.

  


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Now sick babies go on death pathway:
Doctor´s haunting testimony reveals how
children are put on end-of-life plan
Daily Mail Online, by Sue Reid and Simon Caldwell    Original Article
Posted By: redmom- 11/29/2012 2:47:52 PM     Post Reply
Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies. One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take

Governor Mike Huckabee Sings
the Praises of Oliver Stone
PJ Media, by Ron Radosh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/29/2012 2:45:07 PM     Post Reply
Governor Mick Huckabee, now a TV and radio talk-show host, seems to be a nice guy. He is kind to everyone and seemingly wants everyone to like him. Unlike other media hosts, he regularly features as guests those with whom conservatives disagree. When The Iron Lady came out in 2011, Huckabee invited on actress Meryl Streep to discuss her performance of Margaret Thatcher. I recall her nervousness as she clearly feared being the guest of a well-known social conservative with whom she had profound disagreements. The governor quickly put her at ease,

Dem Rep. Hank Johnson:
Amend Constitution to
Restrict Freedom of Speech
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 2:39:00 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “corporations control the patterns of thinking” in the United States and that the Bill of Rights to the Constitution should be amended so that the government is given the power to restrict freedom of speech. "We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations," said Johnson. “These corporations, along with the people they support, other millionaires who they’re putting into office, are stealing your government. They’re stealing the government and the U.S. Supreme Court

Major Garrett Blows Up
Jay Carney for Dodging
Rice Keystone Question
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 2:31:13 PM     Post Reply
White House press secretary Jay Carney dodged questions about Ambassador Susan Rice and her husband’s investment in Canadian oil companies–including up to $600,000 in the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada–in a Thursday press briefing, oddly turning to the Benghazi issue in his response. “I would commend Republican opposition researchers for the intellectual bandwidth that is required to read a financial disclosure form,” Carney said of the issue, “because this was all documented in a financial disclosure form.” OnEarth, an environmental publication, first highlighted Rice’s investments Wednesday. The Washington Post reported on the investments Thursday,

  


  

William Shatner expected to attend
USS Enterprise inactivation
Virginian Pilot, by Mike Hixenbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: gravedigger59- 11/29/2012 2:23:32 PM     Post Reply
The last time Capt. Kirk got this close to the aircraft carrier Enterprise, it was only after traveling 300 years back in time. But that was fiction. On Saturday, the man who played James T. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" television series is expected to see the iconic warship up close, the Daily Press is reporting.
Headline split by staff.

Riding that Train
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 11/29/2012 2:18:57 PM     Post Reply
In Washington there are two kinds of government expenditures. Those that are too small to sweat and those that are too large to do anything about. An example of something too large would be Medicare. In the too small category, there is Amtrak, which gets a billion or so in subsidies every year. In Washington, that is chump change. Not worth the trouble it would take to pry it from the clenched fingers of those who receive it. Still, some Republicans in Congress are making the effort.

Rice meets with Senator
Collins, loses her support
Reuters, by Patricia Zengerle    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 11/29/2012 2:12:34 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - Susan Rice´s attempts to ease the concerns of her Republican critics seemed to have little effect on Wednesday, as more U.S. senators - including a moderate one-time supporter - raised new questions about her despite two days of meetings at the Capitol. U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for over an hour(Snip) The moderate Republican even brought up a new concern, about Rice´s record in the State Department 14 years ago in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

Concorde crash: Continental
Airlines killings verdict quashed
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 2:10:44 PM     Post Reply
A French appeals court has cleared US airline Continental of criminal blame for the July 2000 crash of a Concorde jet shortly after take-off from Paris. The ruling comes two years after another French court fined the airline and held it criminally responsible for the crash in which 113 people died. But Continental may still be liable for damages after the court said the firm still bore civil responsibility. A piece of metal from a Continental jet was blamed for causing the crash. But Continental labelled the initial court decision and its explanation absurd, and launched an appeal.

  


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Pastor Rick Warren To CNN: Churches
Are ‘Probably’ Responsible For
Negative Attitudes Towards Gays
Mediaite, by Anjali Sareen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 2:09:06 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on CNN’s Early Start Thursday morning, Pastor Rick Warren told host John Berman that churches are “probably” responsible for some of the negative attitudes towards gays in America. Warren was on CNN to promote the latest version of his book, “A Purpose Driven Life,” a devotional Christian book. Warren took the opportunity to again underscore his opposition to same-sex couples, after appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight Tuesday and comparing being gay to taking arsenic and punching someone in the nose. Berman then asked Warren about the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi.

Conflict-of-interest issue for
Rice on Keystone XL project?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 2:02:17 PM     Post Reply
The odds of Susan Rice getting the nomination to replace Hillary Clinton may have just gotten longer, perhaps even longer than the proposed length of the Keystone XL pipeline project. That’s not an accidental analogy either, as the embattled UN Ambassador’s finances have begun attracting some interest. Rice’s wealth includes a substantial investment in TransCanada, the firm that wants to build the pipeline — and the next Secretary of State will make the official decision on whether it proceeds: Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations whose name has been

Chevy Volt named
most satisfying car
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ho72- 11/29/2012 1:59:20 PM     Post Reply
Where’s the love? For the Chevrolet Volt it’s right at home. The plug-in hybrid topped the Consumer Reports annual customer satisfaction survey for the second straight year, with 92 percent of owners saying they would definitely buy it again, down from 93 percent in 2011. The magazine says the showing was the result of a growing trend of enthusiasm for fuel-efficient cars, and in the case of the Volt, “the combination of sporty handling and strong engine performance also goes a long way in building loyalty and generating excitement among owners."


Work is for suckers
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/29/2012 1:56:41 PM     Post Reply
The GOP has a golden opportunity, if has the wit to grasp it. Mitt Romney was correct in bemoaning the reality that we have 47% of the population receiving a subsidy from the federal government, but he chose the wrong focus. Instead of framing the recipients as the problem (and be accused of insensitivity or worse), we must focus on the people who work themselves hard in order to make ends meet

  


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Fighting cuts off Damascus
airport, flights suspended
Reuters, by Oliver Holmes    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 1:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Beirut - Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad just outside Damascus on Thursday, restricting access to its international airport, and the Dubai-based Emirates airline and EgyptAir stopped flights to the Syrian capital. A rebel fighter who identified himself as Abu Omar, a member of the Jund Allah brigade, told Reuters that insurgents fired mortars at the airport´s runways and were blocking the road linking it with the capital. He said insurgents were not inside the airport but were able to block access to and from it. Another source in a Damascus rebel unit said mortars

Nicaragua patrols its new
Caribbean maritime territory
Tico Times [San Jose, Costa Rica], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/29/2012 1:53:10 PM     Post Reply
MANAGUA – Nicaraguan Army Gen. Julio César Avilés said Tuesday that Nicaraguan Coast Guard ships are now patrolling the maritime area recently turned over to the country following a ruling by the International Court of Justice. “We are at the [maritime border] limits that the world court has assigned us. We sailed east of longitude 82 and the cays of Quitasueño, Serrana and the southern part of San Andrés, and there is no presence of Colombian Navy ships," he added. The military official said he was confident that Nicaragua and Colombia – which rejects the court ruling

GOP Rep. Gohmert: Obama Admin Has
‘A Bunch of Muslim Brotherhood
Members Giving Them Advice’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 1:51:22 PM     Post Reply
Speaking with Secure Freedom Radio host Frank Gaffney this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) alleged that the Obama administration has actively aided al Qaeda and follows the advice of the Muslim Brotherhood. Gohmert told Gaffney that anti-Muslim investigations are necessary because President Barack Obama made “horrendous decisions” in backing the “revolutions in Northern Africa and across the Middle East and to the Far East.” He chalked such decisions up to the administration listening closely to the advice of Muslim Brotherhood members. Transcript below (emphasis added in bold):

Judge accepts terms under
which Manning would plead
guilty to lesser charges
Washington Post, by Julie Tate & Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 1:42:03 PM     Post Reply
A military judge on Thursday accepted the terms under which the young Army private charged in one of the largest leaks of classified material in U.S. history would plead guilty to lesser charges, a move that raises questions about whether the government will proceed with its most serious charges. Under the terms, Pfc. Bradley Manning would accept responsibility for providing classified materials to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The offenses he is willing to plead guilty to carry a maximum term of 16 years in prison. The decision by the judge, Col. Denise R. Lind, does not mean the plea

Former NBC chief Zucker to head CNN
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 1:26:46 PM     Post Reply
New York - Former NBC top executive Jeff Zucker was named Thursday as president of CNN Worldwide, heading up the news media operation as it seeks to adapt to new technology platforms. Zucker will start in January as head of the 23 news and information businesses including the CNN news channel, CNN International and CNN.com, parent company Time Warner said in a statement. (Snip) The announcement came after CNN´s viewer ratings hit their lowest levels in two decades, behind Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Zucker stepped down as head of NBC Universal after the merger

  



Rice connected to Keystone
pipeline company
Washington Post, by Steven Mufson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/29/2012 1:22:16 PM     Post Reply
If Susan E. Rice becomes Secretary of State, she might have to recuse herself from one of the first and most controversial decisions she would face: the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. The reason: Rice and her husband are major shareholders in the pipeline company as well as a variety of Canadian companies that are involved in exploiting the oil sands region of Alberta, which would feed the Keystone XL and benefit from a new outlet.

Caribbean Crisis: Can Nicaragua
Navigate Waters It Won from Colombia?
Time, by Tim Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/29/2012 1:19:10 PM     Post Reply
With pen and gavel, the U.N.’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague last week redrew the maritime map between Colombia and Nicaragua—doubling Nicaragua’s exclusive economic zone in the Caribbean Sea by 100,000 sq km (38,600 sq mi). But the ICJ may have doubled Nicaragua’s trouble as well, not just because Colombia heatedly rejects the ruling—this week Colombian warships defiantly continue to ply Nicaragua’s newly acquired maritime territory—but because the decision hands the small, impoverished Central American nation more water than it can likely swallow, creating potential new tensions in the pond of the Americas.

McConnell slams the door on
raising tax rates in deficit deal
The Hill, by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 11/29/2012 1:18:47 PM     Post Reply
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) slammed the door Thursday morning on Democratic demands to raise tax rates on families earning more than $250,000 per year. “We’re insisting on keeping tax rates where they are, first and foremost, to protect jobs and because we don’t think government needs the money in the first place,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “The problem, as I’ve said, is that Washington spends too much. But if more revenue is the price that Democrats want to exact, then we should at least agree to do it in a way that doesn’t cost jobs

Boehner says negotiations
over looming fiscal crisis
´not a game´
Fox News & Associated Press, by Kelly Chernenkoff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 1:18:07 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner, clearly frustrated after a closed-door meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, said President Obama´s money man offered no "specific" plan for averting the looming end-of-year fiscal crisis, adding: "This is not a game." "First, despite the claims that the president supports a balanced approach, Democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts," the Ohio Republican said. "And secondly, no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the White House and the House over the last two weeks." Obama dispatched Geithner and White House Legislative Director Rob Nabors to meet separately

Benghazi: Behind the scenes (Part II)
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 12:48:29 PM     Post Reply
We’ve heard different accounts and different timelines concerning the attack at Benghazi. What exactly happened? First, people must understand that the compound that was attacked was situated in a somewhat rural area and was not a consulate, but a rented villa, or a residential structure. The residence was the primary building, and what has been referred to as the annex was located about 1800 feet away as the crow flies, but just over a mile to travel by road. And again, visible security was not present as the compound was the headquarters for a covert operation.

Inside the Beltway: Bill and the hoodie
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: glcinpdx- 11/29/2012 12:22:52 PM     Post Reply
Two decades have passed since nightclub entertainer and blond bombshell Gennifer Flowers stepped before cameras and announced she had a 12-year affair with then-Gov. Bill Clinton, joining a roster of attractive women who reported similar dalliances, wanted and unwanted. Miss Flowers has stepped forward once again to reveal that in 2005, Mr. Clinton offered to come visit her once again.

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