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Report: Port Authority police earn
far more than counterparts in region
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Steve Strunsky    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/3/2012 9:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Port Authority police officers earn far more on an hourly basis than their counterparts in most surrounding law enforcement agencies, including 57 percent more than New Jersey state troopers, according to a report released today by a citizen watchdog group. Officers employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey earn 32 percent more than New York state troopers, 25 to 48 percent more than counterparts in the region’s urban municipal police departments, including the NYPD, and 23 percent more than federal agents in the two states, according to a report by the Citizens Budget Commission,

Romney rejoins Marriott
board of directors
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 9:10:11 PM     Post Reply
He came from the business world, and to the business world he returns. 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc., the company said Monday. Romney´s board term begins today. J.W. Marriott, Jr., Marriott´s executive chairman, said the company is "delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board, on which he has served with distinction twice before. We will benefit from his tremendous energy and capability to guide long-term success in an increasingly complex business environment." Arne Sorenson, the

Obama is left of liberals
Washington Times, by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 8:32:10 PM     Post Reply
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner did what Washingtonians call the “full Ginsburg” on Sunday. The term refers to Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, who was the first to appear on all five network Sunday interview shows in one day. Mr. Geithner’s whirlwind tour revealed more of the White House’s endgame for the fiscal cliff negotiations, and it’s evident President Obama is positioning himself to the left of his own party. For the first time, Mr. Geithner revealed to Fox News’ Chris Wallace the White House determination to raise the top income tax rate all the way to

  


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Contentions On Drawing
the Line at Chemical Weapons
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 8:30:38 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated today what President Obama had said earlier, announcing while in Prague that any use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad is “a red line for the United States.” She went on to issue a not-so-veiled threat: “I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action.” On one level this is unobjectionable. Chemicals are a terrible weapon, a fact widely recognized

Egyptian Feminist Activist: Hillary
Clinton, U.S. Worked With Muslim
Brotherhood to ´Abort´ Revolution
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 8:30:30 PM     Post Reply
Egyptian feminist activist Nawal El Saadawi joined the "Smiley and West Show" on December 1st to talk about the Arab spring and the United States´ involvement in bringing it to an end. Saadawi, who was actively involved in the revolution, tells progressives Tavis Smiley & Cornel West that the Obama administration and, specifically Hillary Clinton, worked with military and the Muslim Brotherhood to "abort" Egypt´s revolution. Saadawi went on to say that Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood are now "twins" for their involvement in prematurely ending the revolution

Sanctions Fight Is an Example
of Why Bibi Doesn’t Trust Barack
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 8:05:24 PM     Post Reply
It’s no secret that President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu don’t trust each other. Personality conflicts are slightly less troubling–they can dislike each other and still respect and even trust each other. But trust is seemingly nowhere to be found in the distressed relationship between the two leaders. (We got another reminder of this at the Saban Forum, when Ehud Olmert restated on the record comments that Rahm Emanuel, once Obama’s chief of staff, had made at the forum off the record. The comments were tinged with anger and resentment at Netanyahu.)

IRS aims to clarify investment
income tax under healthcare law
Reuters, by Patrick Temple-West    Original Article
Posted By: Buckeye11- 12/3/2012 7:58:29 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law. The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income. The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI. The tax applies to

  


  

Obama, Media Whitewash
Morsi´s Pro-Jihad, Anti-Jew Past
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 7:53:14 PM     Post Reply
Islamofascism: To hear the president and his media stenographers, Egypt´s new leader is a "practical" guy who´s surprisingly Westernized. He loves our movies and even the "ERA." Such positive reviews provide Mohammed Morsi a fig leaf of secularism and legitimacy. But they cannot hide his dark Islamist heart. Time magazine does its best, however, in an "exclusive interview" with Morsi. It lets him filibuster, uninterrupted, about his alleged support for America´s once-proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women, claiming that´s what his Muslim Brotherhood party stands for, too. Sharing more details from the interview on MSNBC,

Palin to House GOP: Don´t Be ´Wusses´
During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:46:19 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said the country has already gone over the fiscal cliff and House Republicans should not go “wobbly” or be “wusses” during the fiscal cliff negotiations with Democrats and the White House. On Fox News’ “On The Record" Saturday, Palin said that since the House “holds the purse strings," Republican leaders do not have to “capitulate” to President Barack Obama, who Palin claimed was trying to continue his failed socialist policies to achieve a “fairytale utopia.” She said the House could attempt to defund programs that contribute

Exclusive - Boehner: ´Unreasonable´
White House Passing up ´Middle
Ground Offer´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:39:20 PM     Post Reply
Today, House Speaker John Boehner offered a counteroffer to the White House’s insulting fiscal cliff offer, which would have increased taxes by $1.6 trillion, raised spending, and indefinitely suspended the debt ceiling. Boehner’s offer would have included $800 billion in new tax revenue from closing loopholes and limiting deductions, and reduced the deficit by $2.2 trillion overall by implementing spending cuts and entitlement reforms. The White House immediately rejected the offer. Tonight, Boehner’s office fired back. Kevin Smith, spokesman for the Speaker, told Breitbart

Obama Should Return To
Clinton-Era Spending Levels
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 7:28:28 PM     Post Reply
Fiscal Policy: Talk of Clinton-era tax rates ignores the fact that the former president, working with a GOP Congress, cut spending as a share of GDP and produced four balanced budgets by focusing on growth, not spending. Even as he pushes $150 billion in new "stimulus" spending, President Obama argues that to avoid the fiscal cliff we must return to Clinton-era tax rates for wealthy households, with a top marginal rate of 39.6% vs. the Bush-era 35%. Clinton´s was an age of balanced budgets and economic growth. But it was also an era of budgetary restraint in

  


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Facebook voting begins on
Instagram data-sharing, email privacy
Reuters, by Alexei Oreskovic    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:26:13 PM     Post Reply
San Francisco - Facebook Inc opened the polls on Monday for its roughly 1 billion users to vote on a variety of changes to the social network´s policies, including a proposal to scrap the user voting system that Facebook introduced in 2009. Facebook also said it had "clarified" some of the proposed changes, specifying that a new policy allowing it to share user data with recently acquired photo-application Instagram will be carried out in compliance with applicable laws and that Facebook will seek user consent when necessary. The proposed changes, which Facebook announced on November 21,

Column: GOP should force Obama´s hand
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 12/3/2012 7:20:02 PM     Post Reply
As we careen toward the "fiscal cliff," the House GOP faces a problem. Obama won´t offer his own detailed plan which will involve big tax increases, until they offer their own plan -- which, Obama says, must contain big tax increases or he won´t offer his. That´s a mug´s game. Some have suggested that the House GOP should just walk away and let the nation go over the fiscal cliff. But I have some better ideas. Truth is, Obama's not really a key player here. All that he can do is sign or veto whatever legislation comes to him. And since under the Constitution money bills originate in the House,

Pregnant Kate Middleton
Hospitalized for Hyperemesis
Gravidarum - Which Is What?
Forbes Magazine, by Melanie Haiken    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:19:00 PM     Post Reply
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting the heir to the British royal throne came the news that Kate has been hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum. (Snip) So what is this illness so suddenly in the headlines? Attempting a rough translation from the Latin provides a basic description – it means serious vomiting, or acute morning sickness. Of course, this begs the answer, how can morning sickness be so serious? After all, 50 percent of all pregnant women experience queasiness, nausea, vomiting and lack of

Political Elites Keep Power
By Blocking Change
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2012 7:13:34 PM     Post Reply
Obama´s America: A couple of economists have determined that rulers around the world keep their subjects in poverty so they can maintain power. What does this impart to us about where our country is headed today? Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, an economist at Harvard, published a study in 2006 that found political elites tend to stand in the way of development because it suits their needs. "Political elites," they said, "will block beneficial economic and institutional change when they are afraid that these changes will destabilize the

  


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Questions surround $55 million
program to cut violence in Chicago
CNN, by Scott Zamost & Drew Griffin*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 7:00:56 PM     Post Reply
Chicago - On a chilly afternoon this fall, teenagers across Chicago´s South Side were busy at work, earning $8.75 an hour to hand out fliers with a message of non-violence. )Snip) A four-month CNN investigation found that not only did the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) pay teens to hand out fliers promoting inner peace, it also paid these at-risk teens to take field trips to museums, march in a parade with the governor, and even attend a yoga class to learn how to handle stress. Earlier this year, state legislators passed a resolution demanding the state conduct an audit on the program.

Yahoo ordered to pay $2.7 billion
in bizarre Mexico lawsuit
CNN Money, by Julianne Pepitone    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:50:57 PM     Post Reply
New York - It´s not often that Mexican yellow pages listings makes the headlines, but Yahoo has been ordered to fork over $2.7 billion in a legal dispute involving them. Yahoo released a short and cryptic press release late Friday about the case, which was brought by Mexico´s Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas. The plaintiffs sued Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) and Yahoo de Mexico for "breach of contract, breach of promise, and lost profits arising from contracts related to a yellow pages listings service." A federal judge in Mexico City has ordered Yahoo to pay $2.7 billion,

Pentagon drops ´strategic communication´
USA Today, by Tom Vanden Brook    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:41:00 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The Pentagon is banishing the term "strategic communication," putting an end to an initiative that had promised to streamline the military´s messaging but instead led to bureaucratic bloat and confusion, according to a memo obtained by USA Today. Strategic communication had aimed to synchronize the military´s messages with its actions. Instead, it led to creation of offices and staffs that duplicated efforts of traditional public affairs offices, according to the memo. In the memo, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little wrote that over the past six years,

Fannie, Freddie halt
foreclosures for the holidays
Money Watch, by Jason Henry McCormick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:31:40 PM     Post Reply
Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), along with one of the nation´s biggest lenders, said Monday that they will suspend some foreclosures during the holidays. From December 19 through Jan. 2, 2013, Fannie will halt evictions of homeowners in a single-family property and in apartments with up to four units that are financed by a mortgage from the government-sponsored enterprise. Freddie, the nation´s other main provider of government-backed housing loans, will stop foreclosures for the same the type of homes from December 17 through Jan. 2, 2013. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) also is temporarily

SEC to take action against
´Big Four’ over China audits
Telegraph [UK], by Harry Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:19:51 PM     Post Reply
The Chinese subsidiaries of Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and smaller player BDO are facing “administrative proceedings” by the Securities and Exchange Commission after allegedly refusing to produce audit information requested by investigators. The audit papers had been demanded by the SEC as part of an investigation into “potential wrongdoing” by nine Chinese companies that have shares listed in the US, according to the regulator. (Snip) The US authorities are particularly concerned at reverse mergers – whereby a company takes over the listing of an already

  



The pope joins the
twitterverse as @pontifex
Christian Science Monitor, by Nick Squires    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:13:02 PM     Post Reply
Vatican City - After centuries of issuing theology-heavy treatises and ponderous papal bulls, the Vatican on Monday announced that the pope was embracing the most succinct of communications – Twitter. Benedict XVI is famously technology-averse – not surprising, perhaps, given that he is 85-years-old and a theologian by training – but the Vatican insisted that he would start tweeting regularly in English and six other languages Dec 12. The initiative is an attempt to take the fullest advantage of new media to spread the teachings of the Gospels, amid intense efforts by the Vatican to make its message

Pope Benedict XVI tightens church
control over Catholic charities
Religion News Service, by Alessandro Speciale    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:06:02 PM     Post Reply
Vatican City - Bishops must exercise closer supervision over Catholic charities and ensure that their activities do not contradict church doctrine, according to new rules issued by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (Dec. 1). The new guidelines state that charities with links to the church must “follow Catholic principles in their activity” and may not “accept commitments” that could undermine those principles in any way. They also bar charities from accepting funding “from groups or institutions that pursue ends contrary to the church’s teaching” or for initiatives that are “not in conformity with the

Flu season hits U.S. early and hard
Los Angeles Times, by Michael Muskal    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 5:56:35 PM     Post Reply
The flu season has gotten off to its quickest start in nearly a decade, a sign that it could be a bad year for the illness, officials said on Monday. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged people to get a flu shot to minimize the impact of the deadly disease’s spread. (Snip) The flu is caused by different strains and part of the test for scientists is trying to mix a vaccine that includes the strains that are most likely to be dominant in any given season. The current vaccine, which has been prepared in advance, seems well-matched for the strains that now working their

Mars rover Curiosity finds
organic compounds, not life
Washington Post, by Brian Vastag    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 5:48:16 PM     Post Reply
San Francisco - The Curiosity Mars rover has discovered something interesting in a scoop of ruddy sand, but NASA scientists say they’re not quite sure what it means. Sand that was shake-and-baked inside the car-size rover’s chemistry kit bubbled off traces of organic compounds, mission scientists said at a news briefing Monday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. (Snip) But such compounds also could be contamination from the rover itself — or they may have rained onto the surface inside meteorites, said Paul Mahaffy, a mission scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight

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