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Dave Brubeck, jazz legend,dies at 91
Los Angeles Times, by Amy Hubbard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 2:08:33 PM     Post Reply
Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at age 91. The death of Brubeck, whose quartet performed “Take Five,” which became a jazz standard and the bestselling jazz single of all time, was confirmed Wednesday by the Associated Press. Brubeck would have turned 92 Thursday. According to the AP, Brubeck died of heart failure after being stricken while on the way to a cardiologist´s appointment in Connecticut.

Bill Clinton says two parties
feeling each other out over
fiscal cliff proposals
Sacramento Bee [CA], by David Siders    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/5/2012 2:06:48 PM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO, Calif — Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that Democrats and Republicans are like dogs "sniffing each other out" over a piece of meat in their negotiation to avert the "fiscal cliff," suggesting the two sides are approaching a deal. Clinton told a Sacramento audience that while watching news of the negotiation Tuesday he feared "the American people are going to be sick when they watch this." "But it´s just a Kabuki dance," Clinton said at Memorial Auditorium. "They´re sort of like two dogs that meet each other over a piece of meat. They´re sniffing each other out.
Headline resplit by staff.

For the poor, ´recovery´ is a mirage
USA Today, by Marisol Bello    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/5/2012 2:00:01 PM     Post Reply
Troy, Ohio — The rise in poverty here is evident in the mass of people who crowd the waiting room of the free health clinic every Thursday night -- so many that the volunteer staff turns away about half of them. It is marked by the bare shelves of the pantry at Richards Chapel United Methodist Church, a one-story sanctuary where laid-off factory workers, retirees and parents with children fill the dining hall for a free lunch. And it is lived by Nancy Scott, a former stay-at-home mom working a temporary minimum-wage job



A Man For All Seasons
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/5/2012 1:53:06 PM     Post Reply
NYPD officer Larry DePrimo was unaware that he had been caught on camera giving a homeless man a pair of socks and weatherproof boots he had purchased for him. A passing tourist from Arizona, Jennifer Foster, caught the selfless act and sent it to the NYPD Facebook page. The photo has gone viral and has generated mixed reactions from activists for the homeless who assert that DePrimo´s compassion does not represent the NYPD´s routine treatment of the homeless. That may be their viewpoint but Officer DePrimo reminds me of the cops I knew as a child when I lived in Spanish Harlem.

The Bill of Rights, with Your Host,
Piers Morgan
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Mr. Know-It-All- 12/5/2012 1:51:45 PM     Post Reply
My fellow expatriate, Piers Morgan, appears to be on yet another quest to embarrass himself, this time by taking the Constitution’s amendments one by one and demonstrating in public that he has no idea what they mean. In the wake of Bob Costas’s anti-gun rant, Morgan took to Twitter to complain about the Second Amendment: Piers Morgan ?@piersmorgan The 2nd amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns & assault rifles. Fact.

ObamaCare: 21 States Reject
Exchanges On Cost, Rules
Investor´s Business Daily, by David Hogberg    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/5/2012 1:38:31 PM     Post Reply
ObamaCare´s subsidized insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running in little more than a year, putting a key piece of the federal health care law into action. But it´s unclear that will happen, especially with a growing number of states saying they don´t want the cost and regulatory headaches. The exchanges are where consumers without employer-based coverage will shop for insurance under ObamaCare and receive a tax credit toward its purchase if they are eligible. But 21 states have expressly declined to set up their own exchanges, with nine others still undecided ahead of the Dec. 14 deadline.

Oyster Farm Loses To
Federal Bullies And Eco-Fanatics
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/5/2012 1:30:30 PM     Post Reply
Closed: The federal government wants California´s biggest oyster farm to shut down. Not because it´s broken the law or is irredeemably dirty. Washington just wants it to go away. Last week, one day before the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.´s 40-year-lease expired, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar himself told the company that the deal was not going to be renewed. He gave the business 90 days to clear out of the Point Reyes National Seashore estuary in west Marin County. The oyster company operates on about 1,100 acres of a 2,700-acre plot that Washington wants to return to nature.



Journalist Bob Woodward:
Our job is ‘not to be
cheerleaders’ for Obama
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 1:26:46 PM     Post Reply
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward was interviewed this morning by Mike Allen about his reporting behind President Obama’s presidency. During the conversation, Allen suggested that perhaps Woodward was “disappointed” in the Obama presidency. “I wouldn’t say disappointed,” Woodward said immediately. “It goes to the question of what’s our job in the news media and our job is not to be cheerleaders.” Woodward noted that the job was to be an “irritant” of people in power by “asking and raising questions.” “That’s the job.” he concluded.

How to cut U.S. carbon emissions
by 10 percent —without Congress
Washington Post, by Brad Plumer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 1:04:27 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and his advisers keep suggesting that they’d like to do more about climate change, but Congress just won’t cooperate. Now one environmental group is arguing that the Obama administration doesn’t even need Congress to make sweeping cuts to U.S. carbon emissions. On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a new report explaining how the Environmental Protection Agency could enforce sharp emissions cuts at America’s power plants. In the best case, the group said, the United States
Intro corrected by staff

GOP lawmaker: Boehner said
members were punished for
their ´voting patterns´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2012 12:59:22 PM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned his conference on Wednesday that leaders are "watching" how the rank-and-file vote to determine committee assignments, according to sources in the closed-door meeting. Boehner addressed the firestorm over the removal of four lawmakers from plum committee assignments at the weekly GOP conference meeting. According to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), one of the lawmakers denied a spot on his current committee in the next Congress, Boehner did note "that we [leadership] have punished four members, he claimed that it had nothing to do with their conservative ideology, but had to do with their voting patterns."

High honours: The top
ten skyscrapers of the
year named... and stunning
New York block tops the lot
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2012 12:51:28 PM     Post Reply
It would be a tall order to beat this lot. The top ten skyscrapers of the year were named yesterday with a stunning New York residential block taking top spot. Eight Spruce Street, in Manhattan, picked up the Emporis Skyscraper Award where judges chose the best buildings which were completed in 2011. The 76-storey tower, designed by Frank Gehry, is the 12th largest tallest residential block stretching 265-metres into the sky.



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

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