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State AG: immigration
program is optional
Union-Tribune [San Diego, CA], by Elizabeth Aguilera    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/5/2012 12:41:11 PM     Post Reply
California’s top law enforcer said local police departments can choose whether to comply with a federal program that targets unauthorized immigrants — even if participation in that program is mandatory. Attorney General Kamala Harris said she released the guidance Tuesday, in the form of a bulletin to law enforcement, (Snip) Supporters said it helps improve public safety by targeting unauthorized immigrants who have broken the law, while opponents said it unfairly captures a large amount of people whose only violation is being in the United States without permission. More than 82,000

Obama and Your Child’s Mind
National Review Online, by Stanley Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 12:40:55 PM     Post Reply
Why does President Obama want your child to read “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management” in school? It’s not the business of a president to shape your local school’s reading assignments. The Constitution and several federal laws prohibit it. Yet by conditioning federal education aid and regulatory waivers on state acceptance of the “Common Core,” Obama has managed to manipulate the states into adopting what is fast becoming a de facto national K-12 curriculum. Parents across the country are just now waking up to the fact that President Obama has forced what is

Rupert Murdoch´s mother
Elisabeth ´dies peacefully
in her sleep´ surrounded by
family in Australia at
the age of 103
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 12:32:06 PM     Post Reply
Rupert Murdoch´s mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, has died at her home in Victoria at the age of 103. In a statement, News Corporation chairman Rupert, said his mother, who died peacefully in her sleep, at her home on Cruden Farm in Melbourne would be mourned by thousands of Australians who had been touched by her long life. During the statement given by Mr Murdoch, on behalf of her extended family, he said: ´We have lost the most wonderful mother but we are all grateful to have had her love and wisdom for so many years.



GOP: Beware the enemy within;
stand for what you believe
Human Events, by M. Stanton Evans    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 12:28:33 PM     Post Reply
The Republican Party’s must reject its leaders’ cringing defeatism over the fiscal cliff talks. Consider the situation: With a president from one political party and a House speaker from the other, some kind of compromise should obviously be needed to pass tax hikes and other major pieces of legislation. That being so, the president would have to make concessions to Congress and not cling dogmatically to his position concerning taxes. In the end he would reluctantly yield to this advice and agree to back off from his long-held views, in exchange for spending measures supposedly accepted by the speaker.

Obama in 2011: We Can Achieve
$1.2 Trillion in New Revenues
Without Raising Tax Rates
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 12:22:28 PM     Post Reply
Three quotes to whet your appetite, followed by the punch line from the president. House Republicans´ latest "fiscal cliff" resolution package -- originally proposed by Democrat Erskine Bowles -- includes $800 Billion in new federal revenues, while lowering tax rates across the board. Democrats instantly rejected the idea, making a heavy play about "the math" not adding up. They´ve repeatedly contended that Republicans´ plan to expand the tax base by closing loopholes, eliminating or capping deductions, and limiting credits cannot hit their projected revenue target.

Obama warns GOP debt ceiling
´game´ will hurt economy
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 12:15:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama warned Republicans against using a hike in the debt ceiling as leverage to win entitlement cuts, arguing it would play havoc with the economy. In an address to corporate CEOs at the Business Roundtable, Obama said business leaders “should not accept going thorough” another debt ceiling crisis like the one in 2011 that caused stocks to fall and led Standard and Poor’s to devalue the U.S. credit rating. He warned a repeat of that showdown would be a “catastrophe” for the nation that would cause a “self-inflicted series of wounds that will potentially

Capitalism and socialism
wed as words of the year
Associated Press, by Leanne Italie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 12:02:14 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster´s most looked-up words of 2012. Traffic for the unlikely pair on the company´s website about doubled this year from the year before as the health care debate heated up and discussion intensified over "American capitalism" versus "European socialism," said the editor at large, Peter Sokolowski. The choice revealed Wednesday was "kind of a no-brainer," he said. The side-by-side interest among political candidates and around kitchen tables prompted the dictionary folk to settle on two words of the year rather than one for the first time



Ryan, Rubio roll out new
GOP message: We care
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/5/2012 11:57:21 AM     Post Reply
The Jack Kemp Foundation holds an annual dinner to celebrate the legacy of the late Republican perhaps best known for referring to himself as a “bleeding heart conservative.” But in an ornate ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington Tuesday night, it was not so much Kemp’s memory as the recent pain of Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remarks that hung over the proceedings. The dinner, at which Sen. Marco Rubio received the Kemp Leadership Award, featured speeches by both Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Why Dick Armey resigned
from his tea party organization
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 11:55:52 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Dick Armey’s resignation as chairman of FreedomWorks follows months of turmoil, accusations of unethical behavior, top officials being put on administrative leave and a wave of staff departures inside the tea party-affiliated organization. Multiple sources inside FreedomWorks told The Daily Caller that Armey’s resignation — made public this week but in the works for months – came about after the former House Majority Leader became angry with how FreedomWorks CEO and president Matt Kibbe was operating the organization. “We had serious differences of opinion about the process of how you do business and I wanted to move on,”

Mark Steyn: Obama aims
to finish the work of FDR and
LBJ to create ´a big Sweden´
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 12/5/2012 11:41:27 AM     Post Reply
With last month’s electoral loss for the Republican Party, President Barack Obama is one step closer to fulfilling an 80-year vision for the United States first put in place by former President Franklin Roosevelt, Mark Steyn said Tuesday. In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” the National Review columnist attempted to hash out Obama’s fiscal cliff game plan, which is to peg the Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner with the political blame. “I think he’s figured out that this is actually an opportunity for him to drive a stake through the Republican Party

Obama to Pitch Unilateral
and Unlimited Debt Ceiling
Authority Today
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 11:21:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will deliver a speech today in which he will personally pitch for unilateral authority to raise the national debt ceiling. Reuters reports that the president wants the ability to raise the nation’s credit card limit by himself, without the “drama” of having to consult the people’s representatives in Congress. The president is embarked on an aggressive campaign to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on steps to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. He will argue to corporate executives that it would hurt the nation’s economy to have another protracted political fight over raising the debt



New Zimmerman evidence
details his interest in police,
alleged racism in Sanford
Orlando Sentinel, by Jeff Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/5/2012 11:08:45 AM     Post Reply
Prosecutors released the latest cache of evidence in the George Zimmerman murder case on Tuesday, including new details of Zimmerman´s interest in law enforcement and testimony alleging racism and sexism in the Sanford Police Department. Among the new documents were FBI reports, (Snip) including interviews with Sanford police, Zimmerman´s neighbors and at least one coworker. One witness, Sanford´s Senior Project Manager Andrew Thomas, described the police as a "´good old boys´ network."(Snip)Said the other witness, a lifelong resident of Sanford: "It is hard to be an African American male in Sanford and not have a criminal record."

On MSNBC, Bob Costas criticizes
“Wild West, Dirty Harry” gun
culture in America
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 11:07:36 AM     Post Reply
On MSNBC last night Bob Costas tried to clarify his remarks on gun control in an interview with host Lawrence O’Donnell, but moved into more controversial territory regarding the right to own guns in America. Costas was defensive about his brief discussion of guns in the Sunday Night Football broadcast where he read aloud a portion of a controversial column by sportswriter Jason Whitlock about gun control. Costas insisted that he wasn’t talking about the Second Amendment, but rather the “gun culture” in America. “It demonstrates itself in the Wild West, Dirty Harry mentality

Kucinich: Obama’s foreign policy
no different from Bush’s [Video]
Daily Caller, by Nicholas Ballasy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 10:53:36 AM     Post Reply
Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich told The Daily Caller on Tuesday he isn’t satisfied with President Barack Obama’s job performance on foreign policy issues. “You could draw a straight line from George [W.] Bush’s international policies to President Obama’s,” Kucinich told TheDC. ”There’s really not that much of a difference. One could say that President Obama’s taken George Bush’s authorization of the use of military force and has used that to telescope wars throughout the Middle East region using drones to further Bush administration policies

Detroit councilwoman
to Obama: We voted for
you, now bail us out
WJBK-TV [Detroit, MI], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 10:48:28 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help. City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday he citizens support of Obama in last month´s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen) "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"



Poll: Majority Of Young Voters
Favors Bigger Government
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 10:30:28 AM     Post Reply
A Pew Research post-election poll found that a majority young voters who were 18-29 years of age preferred bigger government. According to the survey, 59% of young voters said “government should do more to solve problems” while only 37% felt “government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.” Naturally, as a result of these views, young voters not only were more likely to back President Barack Obama, they were also more likely to identify themselves as “Democrats” and “liberals” than older voters. A plurality of voters younger (44%) said they

UN Chief Blames Rich
for Global Warming
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 10:20:52 AM     Post Reply
DOHA, Qatar The U.N. chief says rich countries are to blame for global warming and should take the lead in forging a worldwide climate pact by 2015.Ban Ki-moon says it´s a deadline that "must be met." Ban told The Associated Press on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Qatar on Wednesday that "it´s only fair and reasonable that the developed world should bear most of the responsibility" in fighting climate change. Ban says the "phenomenon has been caused by the industrialization of the developed world," whose factories released carbon dioxide
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Gates warns Assad: Don’t
‘underestimate’ Obama
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 10:17:42 AM     Post Reply
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned Bashar Assad that President Obama would follow through on threats to punish the Syrian leader if he uses chemical weapons. “One of the things about President Obama, he is very tough-minded,” said Gates, in an interview aired Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.” “I think it would be a mistake, particularly on Bashar Assad´s part, to underestimate him.” Gates’s comments come amid reports that the Syrian strongman, whose regime is fighting in violent struggle against opposition forces seeking his ouster, might be moving his stockpile of chemical weapons.

Restaurant chain says criticizing
‘ObamaCare’ may hurt its earnings
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 10:07:07 AM     Post Reply
A major restaurant chain said Tuesday that its complaints about President Obama´s healthcare law have been bad for business. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, had previously announced plans to cut its workers´ hours so that it wouldn´t have to provide health insurance under the law´s employer mandate. Darden is one of several large employers to consider rolling back workers´ hours in response to the Affordable Care Act. But the company said Tuesday that negative publicity surrounding that position might be bad for business.

Whatever Happened to
Common Sense?
American Thinker, by Dennis Lund    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 10:06:56 AM     Post Reply
The time was 1775, the rebellion was increasing in intensity. Blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, and Falmouth had been bombarded by ships of the Royal Navy. The rebellion had begun, but the War for Independence had not. The Continental Congress issued their declaration of causes, as well as extending peace overtures to King George with the "Olive Branch Petition", George Washington, now the commander-in-chief, preceded his evening meals with a toast to the king.


On "fiscal cliff", Obama
appeals to former foes
CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 10:01:40 AM     Post Reply
President Obama today will talk about averting the so-called "fiscal cliff" before the Business Roundtable, a group of chief executives that hasn´t always seen eye-to-eye with the president.(Snip) Mr. Obama´s relationship with the private sector, and the Business Roundtable specifically, has at times been rocky. When the president addressed the group in February 2010, he had to defend parts of his economic proposals, such as rewarding businesses that don´t send jobs overseas: "That´s not anti-business, it´s pro-America, and I don´t apologize for it," he said.

Federal Entitlements Prevent
U.S. From Being Third World
Country, Lawmaker Says
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas & Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 9:57:01 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Corrine Brown (D- Fla.) chided Republican efforts to reform entitlements during a floor speech Tuesday, saying certain federal programs prevent the United States from being a third world country. “Now, I feel that Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security is the difference between us and many of the third world countries,” Brown said. “And in fact it has been the bedrock of American politics as far as helping to raise the standards.” Brown was first elected to the House in 1992, and represents parts of Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida.

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