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Bob Woodward:
´Who is Barack Obama?´
Politico, by Emily Schultheis    Original Article
Posted By: Flyball dogs- 12/6/2012 1:29:09 PM     Post Reply
Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward said Wednesday morning that the fiscal cliff talks are like the movie “Groundhog Day.” “It’s Groundhog Day: The question is, who’s playing Bill Murray?” he told Politico’s Mike Allen at Playbook Breakfast Wednesday morning. “It’s such a repetition: It’s the same players, at the same seats, at the same table.” He said that it’s still too early to tell how the negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congress — specifically, House Speaker John Boehner — will turn out. “I think anyone who thinks they know is wrong,” he said.

Special Report: Amazon´s
billion-dollar tax shield
Reuters, by Tom Bergin    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/6/2012 1:18:22 PM     Post Reply
In 2005, Amazon rented a historic five-storey building in Luxembourg´s Grund quarter, right at the bottom of a steep rock-walled valley below the old town. By setting up in Luxembourg, and channelling sales through its units there, the world´s biggest online retailer could minimize corporate taxes. It was a move with big financial consequences. Amazon´s Luxembourg arrangements have deprived European governments of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax that it might otherwise have owed, as reported in European newspapers.

Reclaiming the Culture
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/6/2012 1:09:52 PM     Post Reply
People on the right spend a great deal of time and energy excoriating Hollywood, Broadway, and the music industry. Entertainment has become the province of the Left and is hugely biased. True enough — but it’s been that way for some time. And with all the complaining by conservatives and libertarian-types it may even have gotten worse in recent years. Certainly, it hasn’t gotten better.(Snip) Many say the answer is to boycott Hollywood — some already have. But when you do that just realize that you are turning your back on the culture and that can have,

  


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Whither the Black Vote in 2016?
PJ Media, by Patrick Reddy    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/6/2012 1:04:54 PM     Post Reply
Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of Jesse Jackson Sr.’s first bid for the presidency. (Snip) Barack Obama capitalized on the financial collapse of 2008 and other Republican mistakes to win the presidency with a coalition of, well, “blacks, women, Hispanics and Native Americans.” Like Jackson, Obama was able to inspire a record black turnout. But unlike Jesse, he was also able to appeal to other minorities and numerous white voters. Barack Obama was able to defeat first Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries and then Republican opponents in 2008 and 2012 due to his charisma and coalition-building ability.

Does Jim DeMint want Tim
Scott to replace him?
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2012 1:01:16 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has told state Republican officials that he wants Rep. Tim Scott to become his successor, according to a South Carolina Republican operative with knowledge of the conversations. “Jim DeMint has said he wants Tim Scott — period,” the operative said. “The ball is in Governor Haley’s court. Does she go with the status quo and appoint Scott? I think it would be hard not to.” But the operative, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations, said Haley also may appoint a placeholder — two names under discussion are
Headline corrected by staff

Sources: DeMint wants Rep.
Tim Scott to take his
place in Senate
Hill [Washington,DC], by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2012 12:46:29 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has made it known in South Carolina that he wants Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace him in the Senate, two state Republican sources tell The Hill. The sources, requesting anonymity to speak candidly, say Scott is DeMint´s preference for the seat, though the final decision will be Gov. Nikki Haley´s (R). She will appoint someone to serve out the rest of DeMint´s term after he officially resigns from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation in January. An election for the seat will then be held in 2014 for the remaining two

Dana Milbank Chides Mitt
Romney for Not Riding to
the Rescue of the Country
that Just Rejected Him
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:43:05 PM     Post Reply
This is one of the dumbest, most arrogant articles I’ve ever read. The stupid starts in the title. Romney can retire later Mitt Romney isn’t actually retiring. As Milbank even notes in the article, Romney is taking on another job when he doesn’t have to. He just wants to work. Milbank just wants him to save Barack Obama and help destroy the Republican Party. The nation is heading toward the “fiscal cliff,” but have no fear: Mitt Romney is coming to the rescue — of Marriott International Inc.

  


  

The Case for Tim Scott
Replacing Jim DeMint
in the Senate
Atlantic, by David A. Graham    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2012 12:41:00 PM     Post Reply
In seismic political news, Jim DeMint, the senator form South Carolina and leading light of the hard-right wing of the Republican Party, announced Thursday that he´s leaving office in January to head the Heritage Foundation. (Snip) For a small state, South Carolina has an impressive bench of possibilities, but there´s one name that immediately sticks out: Rep. Tim Scott. Scott, who represents Charleston, was elected to the House as part of the Republican wave of 2010. Strongly aligned with the Tea Party, Scott would not only be a strong conservative successor to DeMint, he would be the first black Republican

Illinois Anti-Gun Democrat
Busted Trying to Bring a
Gun Onto an Aircraft
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:39:01 PM     Post Reply
Illinois Democrat State Sen. Donne Trotter joins a long list of leftists who live by a simple rule: Guns for me, but not for thee. Despite prosecutors charging him for allegedly trying to bring a gun onto an aircraft at O’Hare Airport, the South Side Democrat once voted against allowing Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons. Trotter later voted “present” on another measure that would have softened the penalty for getting caught with a concealed weapon. His arrest brings the number of sitting Illinois lawmakers facing criminal charges to three, which is a high-water mark

Taxpayers footing the
bill for next generation
of electric car batteries
Fox News, by John Brandon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:31:33 PM     Post Reply
Whether you like it or not, you are an investor in the electric vehicle (EV) battery of tomorrow. Late last week, the Department of Energy announced plans to spend $120 million to establish a major battery research center at the Argonne National Lab outside of Chicago. The stated goal: to create a new “Manhattan Project” that will develop an EV battery in the next five years that lasts five times as long and costs one-fifth as much as current EV batteries. And they say it’s all in the interest of national security.

World´s tallest woman dies
aged 40 after losing battle
with tumour that caused
her to grow to 7ft 8in
Daily Mail (UK), by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2012 12:28:02 PM     Post Reply
She was the world’s tallest woman, but she had a tragically short life. Yao Defen, who measured a gigantic 7ft 8in (2.36m), passed away last month aged just 40, it emerged today. At her peak, she also weighed over 31st (200kg) and had size 26ft. Scroll down for video -She reportedly died on the morning of November 13 in her hometown of Zhucheng, eastern China. Born in 1972, Yao developed gigantism due to a tumour on her pituitary gland. By the age of 15, she stood at over two metres tall.

  


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Is anyone serious about debt?
Human Events, by David Harsanyi    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:25:13 PM     Post Reply
The “fiscal cliff” deal House Republicans and President Barack Obama are debating can be called many things — the “avoiding a political nightmare” deal or a “Yes, Mr. Obama, may I have another” deal — but please let’s stop referring to it as a “deficit reduction” deal. We’ve yet to see a serious proposal on debt. Actually, by proposing a tax increase for spending with no real corresponding cuts, the president has been arguing for growing deficits. And with a priority on “fairness” over prosperity, any chance of easing the $16 trillion national

Federal Appeals Court Likely to
Invalidate Obama´s Recess Appointments
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ken Klukows    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:19:24 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama made headlines months ago when he installed controversial nominees to key government positions, bypassing the U.S. Senate by declaring the Senate in recess so that Senate confirmation was not needed. Today a federal appeals court signaled that it might rule Obama’s move unconstitutional, and remove those officials from power. The U.S. Constitution says that Congress can by statute allow minor government players—“inferior officers”—to be appointed by the president, by Cabinet officers, or by the courts. But high-level administrative officials—called “principal officers”—must be nominated by the president, then confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Fox News´ Ed Henry battles
accusations of Republican
bias as he covers the
Obama White House
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2012 12:18:27 PM     Post Reply
Ed Henry´s assignment covering the White House would be a challenge for any journalist, no matter his employer. Yet Henry works at Fox News Channel, home base for viewers who longed for President Barack Obama´s defeat. More than anyone, he understands how the natural adversarial role of reporting on the highest level of government has become complicated in recent years by the rise in partisan media and online critics who parse every word reporters and anchors say. "It definitely puts pressure on all of us," Henry said, "and if you step out and ask tough questions, you´re somehow

Capital High School Principal
Cancels Pledge, Anthem for a Day
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 12:04:53 PM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County principal cancelled the Pledge of Allegiance for a day after several students claimed they were being forced to recite it. Capital High School principal Clinton Giles also canceled the national anthem on Monday. Giles tells media outlets that the students´ complaints disturbed him because they misrepresented what the school was doing. So, he cancelled the activities for a day. Giles says Capital students aren´t required to recite the pledge. But they are required to stand up during the pledge so those who participate

  


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Ad claims Exxon ‘hates your children’
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ben Geman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:48:55 AM     Post Reply
Two liberal groups hope to gain momentum for ending taxpayer backing of fossil fuel production by making a very strong allegation about the nation´s largest oil company. “Here at Exxon, we hate your children,” states a faux-Exxon official in a new ad from the groups Oil Change International and The Other 98%. “We all know the climate crisis will rip their world apart, but we don’t care, because it is making us rich.” The groups are raising money to buy TV time for the 30-second video. As the "executive" speaks, viewers see images of extreme weather,

Cleveland Plain Dealer Cutting
One-Third of Newsroom
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:43:20 AM     Post Reply
The Cleveland Plain Dealer is one of Ohio´s biggest papers but neither size nor influence is likely to save the jobs of one-third of the paper´s newsroom employees who are preparing for big cuts to hit as the new year begins. Workers at the paper found out on Wednesday that 58 employees would likely be losing their jobs starting in 2013. Harlan Spector of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild reported the cuts as a one-third reduction in the news force. Some of those members may be offered jobs at the Internet division for Cleveland.com, but

Think Again: The Truth About
Playing the Liar Card
Aspen Times, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 12/6/2012 11:41:11 AM     Post Reply
Believing a free press to be a vital safeguard of liberty, Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Many believe the inverse of Jefferson´s maxim — the people are uninformed, and therefore the government can´t be trusted. After all, what well-informed American would knowingly allow politicians to lead us to the monumental economic and budgetary “cliffs” we face? Despite a proliferation of new media, it´s increasingly difficult to separate fact from narrative. Combined with rancorous political discourse in which opponents are demonized in order to delegitimize competing arguments and render unnecessary
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Kristol: GOP Should
´Acquiesce´ to Obama
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:37:41 AM     Post Reply
William Kristol, Editor of the Weekly Standard, seems to have decided that retreat is the way forward for the Republican Party. In a new editorial, the Fox commentator essentially advises the GOP to throw in the towel on the fiscal cliff talks and more or less accept Obama´s terms. In the piece, a dour Kristol details all the shock and depression that Republican insiders feel after losing an election they all thought was in the bag for Team Romney. He then goes on to complain that the GOP´s legislative scene isn´t any better than its failed electoral scheme.

Clinton spearheads new
diplomatic push on Syria
CNN, by Jill Dougherty*    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 12/6/2012 11:33:54 AM     Post Reply
Dublin, Ireland -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting Thursday with key players as part of a new U.S. diplomatic push on Syria, amid reports that the government of President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing to use chemical weapons. Clinton is holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while in Dublin for an international security conference. She also will meet with both Lavrov and the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, later in the day, a senior State Department official said.

  



DWS: Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio
Must Believe All Americans
Have Been ‘Neuralyzed’
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:29:02 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.) on the Ed Show Wednesday evening discussed Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio’s recent outreach to the middle class. DWS declared that given their positions on entitlement reform, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio must believe that all Americans have been “neuralyzed“: DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: And you know, I think what Mr. ryan and Mr. Rubio must think is, you know, that movie, “Men in Black”? There have been three “Men in Black” movies, and I think one of the coolest things about that movie that most people remember is that little device that erases peoples’ memories.

NHTSA gets White House OK to
mandate vehicle ´black boxes´
Detroit News, by David Shepardson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/6/2012 11:28:12 AM     Post Reply
Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles. In a notice posted Thursday, the White House Office of Management Budget said it has completed a review of the proposal to make so-called vehicle "black boxes" mandatory in all cars and trucks, clearing the way for NHTSA to publish its final regulation. Nearly all vehicles currently have the devices. NHTSA´s proposed rule, which would raise the percentage of vehicles required to have an EDR from 91.6 percent today to 100 percent of light-duty autos

Scarborough: Difficult For Obama
To Be ‘Gracious’ After Being
Treated Like ‘Second-Class
Citizen’ For 4 Years
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:24:58 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Joe Scarborough examined the way both sides are handling themselves as the fiscal cliff hoopla continues. Particularly, he focused on President Obama who is facing what he deemed to be an interesting and difficult dynamic in his second term — after being treated so poorly in his first. “In my toughest political battles, every time I won, the bigger the victory, the more gracious I was afterwards,” Scarborough said. “That’s how you get things done.” Later in the segment, referring to fiscal cliff talks, Brzezinski said,

Memo To Strikers: You Could
Have Killed Your Own Job
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2012 11:18:47 AM     Post Reply
Exporting Jobs: For a week, an 800-member clerks´ union shut down most of the vast Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport. Who´s winning? Workers in Mexico. Who´s losing? Workers in Southern California. Ironic, isn´t it? The clerical workers unit of the longshoremen´s union at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike for a week, shutting down 10 of the harbor´s 14 container terminals, idling thousands of dockworkers and truckers and costing the local economy an estimated $1 billion a day in lost wages and sales. And for what? To protect jobs,

The Critique of Hagel
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 12/6/2012 11:18:18 AM     Post Reply
Democrats and Republicans are expressing opposition to President Barack Obama’s possible selection of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R., Nebr.) as the next secretary of defense. Hagel, who is reported to be on Obama’s shortlist to head the Pentagon, has long raised red flags on Capitol Hill for his controversial foreign policy views, which include sharp criticism of Israel, supporting the elimination of America’s nuclear arsenal, and pushing for direct unconditional talks with Iran. Hagel’s foreign policy views placed him in the minority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle during his 12 years in the Senate.

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