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Don’t Blame Boehner
National Review Online, by Larry Kudlow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 5:16:42 AM     Post Reply
When you lose an election you get frustrated. When you’re sitting in a subpar 2 percent economy, and are faced with tax hikes rather than marginal rate reductions, you get even more frustrated. And when you’re staring at $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years, and $8.6 trillion in deficits, your frustration levels climb even higher. These are among the frustrations that led a number of House Republicans to pull back from Speaker John Boehner’s so-called Plan B. Nobody looked good on the Republican side when Thursday night’s vote fell through.

The Obama´s head to Hawaii for
a tropical Christmas...but looming
fiscal cliff means the president has to
return early to Washington next week
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2012 5:11:45 AM     Post Reply
At the end of a busy day during which he attended a funeral, nominated his new Secretary of State and stared over the ´fiscal cliff´ President Obama packed his family off to Hawaii for Christmas. The president, Michelle, Malia and Sasha departed for his native state on Friday evening, shortly after he had delivered a statement on extended the last Bush administration´s tax cuts. Obama had told reporters ´see you next week´ at the end of his appearance in the briefing room, but the White House did not specify when the president would return to Washington. The Obama family

Man Out of Time
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/22/2012 5:09:31 AM     Post Reply
Jack Webb, who died thirty years ago this weekend, arrived at the right time. “After the war, people were much more realistic,” notes Peggy Webber, star of more than 100 Dragnet episodes. “They wanted things to be as honest as possible. And he filled the bill.” Dragnet, as the just-the-facts catchphrase it inspired indicates, depicted police work without the frills. Whereas other detective stories attracted listeners through the promise of a weekly shootout, Dragnet snagged them by keeping the weapons holstered. The iconic music, gimmicky teasers promising to reveal case results, and insistence that the show dramatized real-life events



Fiscal-Cliff Follies
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 5:05:12 AM     Post Reply
Maybe America won’t go over the “fiscal cliff” after all. President Obama yesterday urged Congress to pass a middle-class tax cut for those making under $250,000 and adopt yet another unemployment-benefit extension while punting everything else — including mandatory spending cuts — until next year. The offer came one day after Speaker John Boehner was forced to yank his own tax bill from the House floor; he was unable to get enough Republicans to support a plan to keep Bush-era tax cuts in effect for Americans making less than $1 million. Recalcitrant House conservatives believed such an action —

The Economic Year in Review
Weekly Standard, by Irwin M. Stelzer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 5:00:11 AM     Post Reply
This is a good time to see where we have come during the year now coming to a close. Some things haven’t changed very much, or so it might seem. When the year began, households reported that 142 million Americans held jobs; right now, 143 million are in work. The labor force participation rate—the portion of workers in the labor market—was 63.7 percent when we (or some of us) were sleeping off New Year’s Eve hangovers, and now stands at 63.6 percent. Fortunately, the labor market has done more than return to where it was on January 1,

Former ‘BigJournalism’ star
sues Breitbart empire for $75k,
demands release from contract
Daily Caller, by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/22/2012 4:50:08 AM     Post Reply
In a lawsuit signifying a schism in the house that Andrew Breitbart built, former BigJournalism.com editor Dana Loesch has sued Breitbart.com LLC, claiming the company refused to release her from a contract and warned other media companies away from hiring her. Loesch, 34, is a St. Louis-based conservative radio host. She wrote in her legal filing that the fallout from her eventual departure from the Breitbart brand was an “attempt by one vindictive party to sabotage the reputation and career of another.”

Massachusetts Free for All
Over John Kerry’s Senate Seat
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 4:46:13 AM     Post Reply
Barring an unexpected Senate confirmation fight or the Mayan apocalypse, John Kerry will be the next secretary of State. No wonder a small battalion of Democrats is maneuvering to run for Kerry’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, and one of the names being floated is Teddy Kennedy Jr. On the surface, Kennedy’s candidacy might seem plausible. After all, he is Teddy’s son, and after losing his leg to cancer as a youth, he has developed a career as an advocate for the disabled. But as a political novice who doesn’t live in the state,



Does President Obama
know what he wants?
The Week, by Joel Golinkin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 4:38:16 AM     Post Reply
T he fiscal cliff. The jobless recovery. Comprehensive immigration reform. Climate change. Implementing ObamaCare. Cutting healthcare spending. Rebuilding our infrastructure. Addressing student debt. Fixing the tax code. Gun control. There is no shortage of domestic issues that this president might address.(Snip) And yet, the nature of President Obama´s campaign, coupled with a few odd choices relating to the selection of the president´s second-term cabinet, raise questions relating to whether Obama has thought carefully about what he truly cares about, or whether he is instead playing a very complicated game of whack-a-mole, reacting to events as they pop up.

Roots of John Kerry’s secretary of state
ambition lie in wake of 2004 defeat
Boston Globe, by Tracy Jan & Bryan Bender    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 4:34:40 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Just three months after losing his campaign to be president of the United States, a politically wounded and weary Senator John Kerry took a routine fact-finding tour of the Middle East. It was one of countless overseas trips Kerry had taken in his two decades in Congress. But this time, those accompanying the Massachusetts Democrat noticed something was different. On the return leg of the trip, during a late night stroll to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a crowd spontaneously gathered around the former Democratic nominee for the White House.

Defence cuts put us in danger,
warns Archbishop of York
Telegraph [UK], by John Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2012 4:32:22 AM     Post Reply
Defence cuts could place the security of Britain and the rest of the world in danger, the Archbishop of York warned on Friday night. Dr John Sentamu described the reductions already announced as “savage” and warned that reducing the size of the regular Army and filling the gap with reservists could imperil the “safety of the nation and the peace of the world”.[Snip] Dr Sentamu, who has close links with the Yorkshire Regiment which lost 10 soldiers in Afghanistan this year alone, also described British forces as the “the bravest of the brave”. In a message to troops serving

Democrat Activists in the Press Corps
Slam NRA During Press Conference
(Update: Hot Mic!)
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 4:31:03 AM     Post Reply
For a week following the tragic massacre in Newtown, CT, many in the mainstream media called on the National Rifle Association to speak up. A week later, the NRA did speak up, and many in the mainstream media took to Twitter to attack what the group was saying. Some compared NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s remarks to the long-winded diatribes of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Another simply called it “nuts.”(Snip for Tweets)Mother Jones‘ David Corn slammed LaPierre for taking no questions and called the statement “propaganda,”



Congress may be stalled out,
but the EPA certainly isn’t
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/22/2012 4:23:13 AM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency took a strategic timeout on their zealous regulatory agenda in the run-up to last November’s election, lest their many ambitious plans for job-killing regulations should put a damper on President Obama’s prospects. Post-election, however, it has been full steam ahead for the independent agency, and they are finally starting to release some of the some of the rules and regulations to which we are all going to be forced to adjust over the coming years. On Friday of last week, the EPA issued a new soot rule

Laura Ingraham: ´Well-placed
conservative voice´ says Paul
Ryan in line to replace Boehner
The Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 12/21/2012 11:19:58 PM     Post Reply
After the failed effort to get the fiscal cliff “Plan B” passed this week, some powerful conservatives on Capitol Hill are reportedly pushing for Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to replace embattled House Speaker John Boehner. On Friday night’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” fill-in host Laura Ingraham said her sources indicate a coup may already be underway in Congress. “I had a well-placed conservative voice today on the Hill email me and said he’s beginning to hear rumblings — I already gave something away, ‘he’ — he’s beginning to hear of a move to replace the speaker of the House,”

Obama calls for fiscal
deal, departs for Hawaii
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2012 11:13:21 PM     Post Reply
A day after efforts to avert the fiscal cliff collapsed, President Obama said Friday that he again asked Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress to work out a deal on middle-class tax cuts and unemployment benefits that would prevent taxes for most Americans going up on Jan. 1. “That’s an achievable goal that can get done in 10 days,” Mr. Obama said at the White House. “Everybody’s got to give a little bit in a sensible way. We move forward together, or we don’t move forward at all.” The president spoke Friday

Philly teen who says she was mocked by
teacher for wearing Romney T-shirt sues
school district
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 12/21/2012 11:05:03 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA – The family of a Philadelphia teenager who says she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt to class has sued the teacher and the school district. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the lawsuit claims the district ignored 16-year-old Samantha Pawlucy´s right to free speech. The lawsuit claims the district let other students harass Pawlucy and subjected her to emotional distress. It seeks unspecified damages. A district spokesman won´t comment. Teacher Lynette Gaymon has apologized to Pawlucy. A telephone message left Friday for Gaymon hasn´t been returned. Pawlucy says the teacher questioned why



Local officials in France voice
opposition to gay marriage
Washington Post, by Edward Cody    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2012 10:35:34 PM     Post Reply
BLERANCOURT, France — For Patrick Laplace, the mayor of this trim little town, the Socialist government’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in France is a colossal mistake. Laplace has not taken his stand for political reasons. He belongs to the Radical Party, a loyal ally of the majority Socialist Party in Parliament. Nor has he decided for religious reasons. Laplace has faith in God but puts no stock in the organized church. His opposition, he said, arises from a rational analysis defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman for family and filiation.

CIA complains about depictions
in Osama bin Laden movie
‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Washington Post, by Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2012 10:32:58 PM     Post Reply
The CIA on Friday said that a Hollywood movie portraying the hunt for Osama bin Laden “departs from reality” in significant ways, and emphasized that despite assistance it provided to the filmmakers, the agency had no control over the final product. In an unusual letter to CIA employees, acting Director Michael Morell said that the highly anticipated film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” leads viewers to believe that a “few individuals” were behind the hunt for the al-Qaeda leader, instead of the “hundreds of officers” who were involved over the course of a decade.

Tax fight sends GOP into chaos
Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2012 10:30:58 PM     Post Reply
The main thing that has held Republicans together philosophically is the belief in holding down taxes. Not one of them in Congress has voted for a significant increase in more than two decades. Now that very issue is tearing the GOP apart and making it an all-but-ungovernable majority for Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to lead in the House. Disarray is a word much overused in politics. But it barely begins to describe the current state of chaos and incoherence as Republicans come to terms with electoral defeat and try to regroup against a year-end deadline to avert

Margaret Thatcher ´absolutely
fine´ after surgery
CNN, by Per Nyberg and Melissa Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2012 10:23:38 PM     Post Reply
London -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher "has undergone surgery to remove a growth in her bladder" and is currently recovering in the hospital, her spokeswoman, Gillian Penrose, said Friday. Thatcher, 87, is doing "absolutely fine" after the operation, her spokeswoman said. She was admitted to the hospital Thursday and is expected to be kept overnight. Britain´s only female prime minister, Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness. She enjoyed a close friendship and working relationship

Gun confiscation raised
by rising star Democrat
American Thinker, by Lee DeCovnick    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2012 10:17:19 PM     Post Reply
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly declared the death of the US Constitution yesterday, December 20, 2012. Cuomo, in few short sentences, has begun laying the essential groundwork for the possible mass deportation of undesirable civilians to government "work" camps, re-education camps, and even death camps. After all, only disarmed Americans can be herded and shipped off in cattle cars to their uncertain fate. Cuomo statements are a more than warning shot across the bow of American liberty. They signal that the Democrats and the MSM have jettisoned any remaining loyalty to Constitutional freedoms and individual rights.


Formal Reprimand Issued
To Flatulent Federal Worker
Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/21/2012 9:36:22 PM     Post Reply
DECEMBER 21--A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” in his Baltimore office. In a December 10 letter accusing him of “conduct unbecoming a federal officer,” the Social Security Administration employee was informed that his “uncontrollable flatulence” had created an “intolerable” and “hostile” environment for coworkers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors.

With no deal,
Obama heads to Hawaii
Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: grayjay- 12/21/2012 8:38:58 PM     Post Reply
With financial negotiations all but halted, President Obama was headed out of Washington on Friday evening for his annual winter vacation in Hawaii. Obama is likely to have a short trip this year; aides said he is scheduled to return Wednesday, a day after Christmas, to resume discussions with congressional leaders on how to avert the fiscal cliff. “Merry Christmas – because we didn’t get this done, I’ll see you next week,” Obama said after telling reporters he still had hope of striking a deal to prevent taxes from rising on the middle class next year.

2 dead as supermarket
looting spreads in Argentina
Associated Press, by Almudena Calatrava    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/21/2012 8:28:58 PM     Post Reply
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Looters ransacked supermarkets in several Argentine cities Friday, causing two deaths and evoking memories of widespread theft and riots that killed dozens during the country´s worst economic crisis a decade ago. Santa Fe Province Security Minister Raul Lamberto described the attacks on stores as simple acts of vandalism and not social protests. Lamberto said two people were killed by a sharp object and gunfire after attacks early Friday on about 20 supermarkets in the cities of Rosario and Villa Gobernador Galvez.

The Most Persecuted Religion
Wall Street Journal, by Abraham Cooper, John Huffman*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2012 7:50:50 PM     Post Reply
At the height of the Nazi Holocaust, the wretched human cargo spilling out of cattle cars onto the platforms of Auschwitz was immediately subject to a brutal selektion by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, whose flick of a finger to the left meant immediate death in a gas chamber; to the right, slave labor and slow death from starvation or disease. Fast forward to 2012 Nigeria, where a latter-day incarnation of selektion has been used—this time not against Jews, but against Christians. Nigeria is the most populous black nation on earth. Among its chief blessings are oil and a

Obama´s Regulatory Cliff
Is The Bigger Problem
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2012 7:47:50 PM     Post Reply
Rules: Even if President Obama and John Boehner work out a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," the U.S. is still careening toward a another cliff, thanks to Obama´s massively expensive, if little noticed, regulatory agenda. As IBD reported before the election, Obama´s regulatory minions had temporarily put several costly new rules on ice to protect the president from charges that he was anti-business and to shield the economy from the effects of all these huge new regulatory burdens. But almost as soon as voters decided to give Obama four more years, his regulators once again sprang into action.

Tim Scott: Meet the
New Senator From
South Carolina
Wall Street Journal, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2012 7:44:27 PM     Post Reply
Republicans in need of encouraging signs for the new year need look no further than Tim Scott. He was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday to succeed Jim DeMint as U.S. senator from South Carolina. Mr. Scott is a charismatic and principled economic and social conservative from the Deep South. He owes his rapid political rise in part to the tea party movement. Oh, and he is black. In a few weeks, when the new Congress convenes, Mr. Scott, 47, will take his place as the first black senator from a former Confederate state since Reconstruction.

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