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NYTimes´ Shane Laments How
´Four Pallid Sentences´ Are
Root of GOP Attacks on Rice
Handling of Benghazi
NewsBusters, by Clay Waters    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 3:45:42 PM     Post Reply
A front-page "news analysis" Thursday by New York Times intelligence reporter Scott Shane, "Talking Points Overshadow Bigger Libya Issues," downplayed the seriousness of the controversy and attempted to reduce GOP criticism of UN ambassador Susan Rice, a possible Secretary of State candidate, into just more food for the partisan "meat grinder." Shane questioned why "four pallid sentences that intelligence analysts cautiously delivered are the unlikely center of a quintessential Washington drama, in which a genuine tragedy has been fed into the meat grinder of election-year politics."

Bankrupt Twinkie maker seeks
$1.8 million in exec bonuses
Marketwatch.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: crabam- 11/29/2012 3:32:03 PM     Post Reply
Here’s the latest in the Hostess no more Twinkies saga: The company has asked the bankruptcy judge to approve $1.8 million in bonuses for its top executives for their part in liquidating the business, the Associated Press reported.The bonuses are needed to retain 19 managers to help with the process, the report said.
Headline split by staff.

Reid: I don’t understand
Boehner’s brain
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 3:31:36 PM     Post Reply
Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain. Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending. Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told reporters the ball

  


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Transcript: Time’s Interview with
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
Time Magazine, by Richard Stengel & Bobby Ghosh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/29/2012 3:29:15 PM     Post Reply
Time: You’re on the world stage now. President Mohamed Morsi: (In English) The world stage is very difficult. It’s not easy to be on the world stage. The world is now much more difficult than it was during your revolution. It’s even more difficult. The world. More complicated, complex, difficult. It’s a spaghetti-like structure. It’s mixed up. So we need to somehow take things, easily, so we can go together, the whole world — peacefully, peacefully, hopefully, all kinds of peace. I think you know that in general people like to say that we should keep peace peace by all means. I’m not talking about

Obama´s second inaugural
to be themed ´Faith in
America´s Future´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/29/2012 3:14:42 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s second inaugural ceremony will be focused around the theme of "Faith in America´s Future," congressional organizers announced Thursday. The inaugural program will pay tribute to the nation´s "perseverance and unity," the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said in a press release. And the ceremony will mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Capitol Dome in 1863. Construction on the dome was threatened during the American Civil War, but work continued despite a budget strained by the costs of the war.

The Quisling Consultants
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 11/29/2012 3:14:06 PM     Post Reply
Ahhhhhhh the good life. As lovingly recorded by the New York Times. Here´s the Lord of His Manor…. "A baseball cap perched on his head, his eyes sheathed in sunglasses" as he "sipped a Diet Coke and gazed across Lake Tahoe to California… in this most calming of places -- the glassine lake ringed by snow-dusted mountains, the late-morning quiet.… riding around the lake in his S.U.V., wandering a pristine beach, puttering around his office, and enjoying a long wine-soaked dinner as the sun set over the lake." And when this gentleman of leisure is at hard at work?

Lindsay Lohan charged in
June Cali. crash hours
after NYC club brawl bust
New York Post, by Larry Celona, Jamie Schram &Kevin Fasick    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/29/2012 3:04:55 PM     Post Reply
And the day just keeps going downhill for Lindsay Lohan. California prosecutors filed charges this afternoon against the troubled starlet for allegedly lying this summer to police, authorities said. The criminal complaint, by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, was filed hours after she was busted in New York following a nightclub brouhaha. Lohan, 26, was wearing handcuffs early this morning after getting into a fight at club Avenue in Manhattan, law enforcement sources said.

  


  

Love Letters
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/29/2012 2:57:58 PM     Post Reply
Jay, I hate to be a pedant, but, re Ira Gershwin’s favorite joke, the chorus girl (auditioning in London) actually sang, as Ira told it, “You say eyether and I say eyether”, not “You say eether and I say eether”. So there. I thought of that joke the other day when readers emailed me about Matt Lauer, at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, introducing “‘SWonderful”, the Gershwin song of romantic elision, as “Ess Wonderful“. Ira always hated singers who sang “It’s wonderful, it’s marvelous”, which he felt defeated the point of the number.

A Pain in the Aitch
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/29/2012 2:57:22 PM     Post Reply
For many years, I went back and forth on the issue of “a historian,” “an historian.” There are people who feel very, very strongly about this. Some consider “an historian” a complete abomination. “You wouldn’t say ‘an house,’ huh, huh?” There came a time when I stopped going back and forth. The truth is, both ways are used, legitimate, and correct. You go by ear. That answer is unsatisfying to many — but it’s right, I believe. Most of the time, probably, I say “an historian,” and therefore write it. I would never say “an history of Greece.”

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 --

  


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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.

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

  


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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.

  



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

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

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