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Benghazi report could tarnish
Clinton’s legacy
The Hill, by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 8:15:43 AM     Post Reply
The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton´s State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation´s most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America´s image abroad following President George W. Bush´s tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling security, even if it does not single anyone out for disciplinary action.

Brentwood couple reflects on
the road back from the
edge of total despair
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Jason Schrieber    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 12/19/2012 8:05:19 AM     Post Reply
BRENTWOOD - It´s hard to imagine the grief felt by the parents of the 20 young children gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., unless you´re Ken and Danielle Lambert. (Snip) Their only children were supposed to be going to a sleepover with their aunt, Marci Thibault, but instead, she pulled over on the side of Interstate 495 in Lowell, Mass., and intentionally walked them into oncoming traffic.

The Puzzle of Black Republicans
New York Times, by Adolph L. Reed, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/19/2012 8:05:05 AM     Post Reply
When Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans. Mr. Scott will complete the term of Senator Jim DeMint, who is leaving to run Heritage Foundation.(Snip)But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress. The cheerleading over racial symbolism plays to the Republicans’ desperate



EPA IG audits administrator’s
private e-mail account
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 7:47:34 AM     Post Reply
Combine your family dog’s name with the name of your old home town and what do you get? In the case of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, you get in trouble with some lawmakers for having a less-than-obvious e-mail handle. At the request of congressional Republicans, the EPA’s inspector general has begun auditing how Jackson has used this secondary e-mail account, “Richard Windsor” — named for her dog and the New Jersey township, East Windsor.

What America´s trial lawyers
want from Santa
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/19/2012 7:45:35 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes, you´ve got to spend money to make money. For the American Association for Justice, the largest trial lawyers organization in the country, it costs a lot to keep getting the gift that keeps on giving. The AAJ increased its federal lobbying expenditures by 42 percent -- from $840,000 to $1.15 million -- between the second and third quarter of 2012. Its Christmas list includes anything that opens up or helps keep open opportunities for its members and other plaintiffs´ lawyers to score enormous contingency fees from settlements or court judgments.

Gun lobby´s grip
on Congress threatened
Los Angeles Times, by Matea Gold, Joseph Tanfani*    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/19/2012 7:22:56 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The gun-control debate sharpened Tuesday as President Obama backed an effort to revive the assault weapons ban spearheaded by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is poised to have a powerful new role as the head of the Senate committee overseeing gun laws.Calls for federal gun restrictions were mounting following last week´s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. — even from lawmakers who had rejected them in the past. The National Rifle Assn.

Barack Obama to
announce guns task force
Politico, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2012 7:13:19 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will on Wednesday announce the first step on gun control following the Newtown school shootings: an interagency task force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, charged with guiding the administration’s continuing response. The announcement will be the third time in five days Obama has addressed the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. And it will follow a call on Friday for “meaningful action” and his Sunday pledge to use the White House to “engage” Americans to prevent mass shootings.



Obamacare could drive Little Sisters
of the Poor out of the US
Daily Caller, by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/19/2012 6:55:27 AM     Post Reply
A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities. The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the Little Sisters’ communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes contraception and medical treatments that cause sterility or can cause abortions.

Gun Culture and
Gun-Control Culture
Front Page, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/19/2012 6:39:26 AM     Post Reply
Hardly had the blood been scrubbed off the floors in Newtown than everyone who was anyone had begun shifting the blame from Adam Lanza to some intangible social failure. Back in 2002, Michael Moore trundled his bulk over to Colorado to exploit the Columbine massacre for a general rant about gun culture. (Snip) What did gun culture have to do with a plot by two disgruntled dorks with tastes in pop culture far afield from the rural gun-loving dystopia that Moore was doing his best to depict?

He Says He Wants Us to Change
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/19/2012 6:28:54 AM     Post Reply
I have no doubt that the people who assembled at Newtown High School found comfort in President Obama’s words on Sunday night. But make no mistake (as Obama is so fond of saying). The President didn’t only come to Newtown to pay his respects to those who were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday morning. He also came to lecture the nation and to save us from ourselves: This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job.

The Media’s Gunsmoke
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 6:13:49 AM     Post Reply
Eliminating guns is a separate goal from eliminating violence. The media supports the former but opposes the latter. It routinely props up the culture of death, guarding abortion with even more zeal than it condemns gun rights. “We need to have a conversation about the killing of unborn children,” is a line you will never hear from CNN’s Piers Morgan or Soledad O’Brien. The lamentations of posturing pro-abortion journalists over a coarsened culture don’t count for much. Piers Morgan, when not hectoring the NRA, can usually be seen interviewing actors and directors



Mandatory Voting: Is This The
Obama Administration´s Goal?
Washington Post Writers Group, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 6:01:48 AM     Post Reply
Poet Carl Sandburg supposedly was asked by a young playwright to attend a rehearsal. Sandburg did but fell asleep. The playwright exclaimed, "How could you sleep when you knew I wanted your opinion?" Sandburg replied, "Sleep is an opinion." So is nonvoting. Remember this as the Obama administration mounts a drive to federalize voter registration, a step toward making voting mandatory. Attorney General Eric Holder considers it self-evidently alarming that 60 million adult citizens were not registered in 2008. He wants Washington to register everyone automatically. "The arc of American history," he says, "has bent toward expanding the franchise."

More trouble for the CIA
as official in line to replace
Petraeus is under investigation
for leaking information to Zero
Dark Thirty filmmakers
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 5:54:48 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Defense has launched a investigation into allegations that a top intelligence official who is on the shortlist to head the CIA possibly revealed sensitive information about the Bin Laden raid to the creators of the upcoming thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Pentagon press secretary George Little said Tuesday evening that the probe into Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is being conducted by the Pentagon´s inspector general, not the Justice Department as it was previously reported. Little insisted that Vickers only provided unclassified information to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty, and that the session was arranged

“Progressive” talk radio station
shuts down, feels betrayed
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:52:50 AM     Post Reply
From the website of WVKO 1580AM in Columbus, “Ohio’s Progressive Talk”: It is with great sadness I must inform WVKO’s listeners that once again, Progressive Talk will be silenced on the Columbus airwaves. Our one-year lease on the station is about to expire, and at this time there is no way that we can continue operating the station. So as of midnight on Sunday, December 16th, the new operators will be airing a gospel format on WVKO. Once again, we had a good run with the station, and we were happy to in some small way

Benghazi verdict: grossly
inadequate security and
systemic failures of leadership
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:47:04 AM     Post Reply
An independent investigation of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi has confirmed the obvious — “grossly” inadequate security and reliance on local militias left U.S. diplomats and other personnel vulnerable. The review of the assault that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans faulted systemic failures of leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department. The investigation was conducted by the Accountability Review Board, under the direction of former ambassador Thomas R. Pickering. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen also served on the panel.



Sandy Hook gunman ´feared his mother
was planning to have him committed
to psychiatric home and targeted the
children that she loved more than him´
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 5:46:13 AM     Post Reply
Police are still searching for the motive of Adam Lanza´s killing spree, but one working theory is that he was angry that his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility because he was becoming too difficult for her to handle alone.[Snip] Fox News quotes a neighborhood figure, whose father works as the pastor of an area church, as saying that the 20-year-old shooter found out that his mother was in the legal process of having him committed and was upset. That news, coupled with his jealousy of the time she allegedly spent with a group of kindergarteners

A Hundred Percent of Nothing
Creators Syndicate, by Walter E. Williams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:43:39 AM     Post Reply
JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there´s a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts. In 1960, Detroit´s population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit´s population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent.

Coal to be king again
Daily Express [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 5:36:19 AM     Post Reply
Energy firms will make a frantic dash for coal in the next few years unless new gas power stations are built, experts say. Coal is set to nearly eclipse oil as the world´s major energy source by 2017, the International Energy Agency reports.[Snip] Only strong competition from low-priced gas will significantly cut coal demand. IEA chief Maria van der Hoeven said: "If no changes are made to current policies coal will catch oil within a decade." China will use more coal than all the rest of the world while India will overtake the US as the world´s second largest

Daniel Inouye: A Genuine Hero
Atlantic, by James Fallows    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2012 5:35:55 AM     Post Reply
I have no special standing to speak on the career of Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, who died yesterday at age 88 -- apart from his having been in public office for the entirety of my conscious life. David Graham did a very good appreciation of Inouye last night on our site. (Wikipedia photo of Lt. Inouye, at roughly age 20.) But on the principle that you should never pass up the opportunity to give a deserved compliment; with the knowledge that we´ve come reflexively to view all politicians as unprincipled corner-cutters

The right states of mind
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:32:30 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama gave a fine speech Sunday night to a stunned and shocked nation. He is a born orator backed by a flawless machine, whose personal rise from a difficult childhood is a true inspiration, and whose achievement in breaking the ultimate color barrier is gift to us all. People like the idea that Obama is president. As a politician and president, he has only one failing -- he is the wrong man at the wrong time to be leading this country. He is out of sync with his age and its crises. There is more proof every day --


UK ´could speed up
Afghanistan pull-out´
Daily Express [UK], by Lianne La Borde    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 5:30:39 AM     Post Reply
Cameron has hinted that Britain´s withdrawal from Afghanistan could be speeded up amid speculation that the force size could be nearly halved next year. The Prime Minister and US President Barack Obama in a video call agreed the plan for all combat troops to leave by the end of 2014 was "on track". That meant there would be "further opportunities" for service personnel to be brought home over the next 12 months, according to the leaders. Downing Street said Mr Cameron also discussed Syria, Iran and the Middle East peace process during the hour-long call yesterday afternoon. A spokeswoman

How to beat winter
vomiting outbreak
Daily Express [UK], by Heidi Dore, Mark Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 5:26:14 AM     Post Reply
Britain is in the grip of a winter vomiting bug crisis, as experts admit a million people may have been hit. The rapidly-spreading outbreak of norovirus, which causes fever, headaches, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea, is wreaking chaos across the NHS. Sixty-one hospitals have had outbreaks with 49 ward closures this month alone. Health officials last night pleaded with sufferers to remain at home and not risk infecting others by going to hospitals or GP surgeries.[Snip] Doctors said cases of the highly contagious bug are up by a staggering 83 per cent on last year. Experts admit they are baffled

´In Cold Blood´ Killers Exhumed, Investigators
Hope to Solve 53-Year-Old Cold Case
ABC News, by Alyssa Newcomb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:25:17 AM     Post Reply
The bodies of the killers who were the basis of Truman Capote´s true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed today in Kansas, as authorities hope to crack a 53-year-old cold case using DNA. After committing the "In Cold Blood" murders of Herbert Clutter, his wife and two children on Nov. 15, 1959, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock hit the road, hiding out from law enforcement in Mexico and Florida, among other places, according to Capote´s book and law enforcement accounts. They were ultimately captured in Las Vegas. But it just so happens that Smith and Hickock

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