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Hoyer: GOP Tactics On
Debt Limit "Like Taking
Your Child Hostage"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 11:41:21 AM     Post Reply
"It´s somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, ´I´m going to shoot my child if you don´t do what I want done.´ You don´t want to shoot your child. There´s no Republican leader that wants to default on our debt, that I´ve talked to," House Minority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday. "e have four days to avert a crisis that could harm our fragile recovery, cost us a credit downgrade, impose arbitrary spending cuts that will undermine our national security and slash

Cliff Notes: Five things to watch
at today´s White House meeting
CBS News, by Michael O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/28/2012 11:39:57 AM     Post Reply
House and Senate leaders from both parties will make their way to the White House this afternoon at President Barack Obama’s request for a last-ditch effort to reach an agreement to avoid the impending fiscal cliff. The parties will enter the meeting seeming as far apart as ever on an agreement to avert the combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1. Republicans(Snip) say they have acted – by passing an extension of all of the expiring Bush tax cuts, an unpalatable proposition to Democrats – and now it’s the Senate’s turn.

Author Says Black Liberalism,
Kwanzaa, Are ‘Anti-God’
WXYT Radio (Detroit, MI), by Charlie Langton    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/28/2012 11:39:27 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT - Dependence on welfare and celebrating Kwanzaa are “anti-God,” according to an author who visited the Charlie Langton show Friday morning to outline where he believes religion and liberalism have failed black people.(snip)“I would, quite honestly, be very excited if liberals where to actually put into practice these principles which they so superficially celebrate.” Swimp added that “no conservative” celebrates Kwanzaa, which he describes as an anti-God, anti-American celebration meant to distract black people from the true meaning of Christmas



Report: ‘Troubling’ woes at 17 labs
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/28/2012 11:36:17 AM     Post Reply
An outside review of 17 state labs in the same Jamaica Plain building that housed the scandal-plagued drug lab found they are riddled with their own oversight problems, raising questions about the embattled Department of Public Health’s ability to ensure yet another Annie Dookhan-like fiasco isn’t looming.(Snip)More than 200 drug defendants and convicts have been released since state police reported that drug test findings had apparently been fabricated — possibly jeopardizing up to 34,000 cases. Naughton said he is concerned about whether other scandals may yet emerge from other labs.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin
Deems Chris Matthews A
‘Statesman’: He’s ‘The Model
Figure For Who We Are’
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 11:32:50 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is a “statesman,” according to the network’s president, Phil Griffin. In a recent Associated Press story, Griffin praises the always impassioned anchor for being a “model figure” for the network. Griffin expressed confidence in Matthews’ style and where he is now. “He’s as good as he’s ever been,” Griffin told the AP. “He’s at a place in his life where he’s really comfortable in his own skin. He’s a statesman. He has so much knowledge and I think he understands it better. He’s always been great, but I really think he’s

U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue
to Pay More Than One-Fifth
of U.N. Budget
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 11:29:47 AM     Post Reply
In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget. No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion. The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue

White House Botches
Schwarzkopf Statement
White House Dossier, by Keith Koffler    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/28/2012 11:22:25 AM     Post Reply
The White House Thursday botched a written statement honoring the 1991 Gulf War hero General Norman Schwarzkopf, having to upgrade it from a “statement by the press secretary” to one by the president.(Snip)While the nation and the Schwarzkopf family were surely gratified to have Jay Carney honor General Schwarzkopf on their behalf, someone in the White House with a decent sense of history – or just a decent sense of propriety – must have belatedly realized that the man who cleared Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait and gave the United States victory in war deserved a mention



A new round of special vanity license
plates to sell for big bucks:
Reveal includes Texans plate
Houston Chronicle, by Whitney Radley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 11:22:03 AM     Post Reply
If you ever wanted a personalized license plate to show your city pride, your home team affiliation or your vehicular obsession, now´s the time to start saving your pennies: MyPlates is offering all of the above at The Great Plate Auction 2013. Bidders will battle it out for 10 highly sought-after license plates on Jan. 25 as part of the Houston Auto Show, which will take over the Reliant Center from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27. The up-for-grabs tins include local gems "HOUSTON," "DYNAMO," "ROCKETS" and "TEXAN5" alongside auto-centric terminology like "MAYBACH," "BENTLEY," "BOXSTER," "CARRERA," "PHANTOM" and "INDY CAR."

Polls: NRA has higher
favorable rating than Obama
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/28/2012 11:18:01 AM     Post Reply
A new Gallup poll shows that the National Rifle Association, the target of a wave of intensely negative news coverage after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, still has a favorable rating of 54 percent. While down from the organization’s 60 percent favorable rating in 2005, that is still about a point higher than President Obama’s personal favorable rating. A Huffington Post average of the president’s favorable ratings places it at 52.3 percent. That average includes favorable ratings of 49 percent in a December 16 CBS News poll, 53 percent in a December 9 Wall Street

WATCH: Video shows suspect
fleeing the scene of fatal Queens
subway shove
New York Post, by Larry Celona    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 12/28/2012 11:05:54 AM     Post Reply
A madwoman last night pushed a stranger onto subway tracks in Queens, where he was killed by a train, police and witnesses said. It was the second such nightmare in less than a month. The unsuspecting victim was waiting at the elevated 40th Street station of the 7 line in Sunnyside at 8 p.m. “This lady, she just pushed the guy on the tracks. Then she ran away. I was screaming and closing my eyes,” said witness Tenzing Tegeng, 21, one of five people on the platform.

Hillary Clinton Returning to
Work Next Week
CNN, by Elise Labott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 11:01:06 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work next week after a nasty bout with stomach flu and a concussion sidelined her for three weeks.“The Secretary continues to recuperate at home. She had long planned to take this holiday week off, so she had no work schedule,” her spokesman, Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Reines said in a statement. “She looks forward to getting back to the office next week and resuming her schedule.” Clinton spent the holidays with her family after working from home for the past week. Clinton’s doctors, in a statement released last weekend,



Hackensack officials can´t
say why violations at house
owned by lawyers weren´t pursued
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Jeff Pillets*    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/28/2012 10:50:57 AM     Post Reply
Multiple housing-code violations were discovered more than two years ago in a Hackensack house owned by politically connected lawyers, but the city never issued any summonses or demanded that the deficiencies be corrected. Instead, the violations only came to light this month when a fire damaged a neighboring house also owned by the lawyers. Hackensack zoning board attorney Richard Malagiere, lawyer Carmine Alampi and Anthony Errico — the owners — were not cited for any violations at 236 Johnson Ave. since they purchased the property in 2008, even though previous owners had been issued such citations several times. On Dec. 10,

Taking aim at the easy target — guns
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/28/2012 10:49:32 AM     Post Reply
“What we must have is a national debate about guns.” So goes the media cliche of the moment. Everybody on the left is saying it, but nobody there means a word of it. All these wayward worthies really want is an opportunity to put piety on parade (and take your guns). Everybody agrees that there’s too much violence in the culture. There’s even wide agreement on three major instruments of the violence — guns, the mentally ill, and the entertainment media. Gun owners, usually defined by liberals as “gun nuts,”

FBI removes many redactions
in Marilyn Monroe file
Associated Press, by ANTHONY McCARTNEY    Original Article
Posted By: draggingtree- 12/28/2012 10:40:52 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES— FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star´s acquaintances who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage. The files had previously been heavily redacted, but more details are now public in a version of the file recently obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The updated files reveal that some in Monroe's inner circle were concerned about her association with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was disinherited from his wealthy family over his leftist views.
Headline split, source corrected, content added by staff

Chinese prison factories revealed
American Thinker, by A.M. Mora y Leon    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/28/2012 10:13:09 AM     Post Reply
A Chinese prisoner´s note, found in a box of Kmart Halloween decorations by an unsuspecting Oregonian, described the horrors of China´s prison-factories. Despite that sort of thing not supposed to be happening, it is happening because China remains a communist tyranny. Why is this happening? In part, because the U.S. under Obama has been silent. Maybe that´s because the U.S. relies on China to finance its vast U.S. government spending through its purchase of $1.16 trillion in U.S. Treasury



The lying continues
Boston Herald, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/28/2012 9:57:36 AM     Post Reply
There is something particularly ugly in a democratic society when government officials lie — or in the case in point, tell half-truths. Last week in the wake of a damning report on how some State Department officials handled the security situation at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi prior to and after Sept. 11, it was announced that four officials had resigned. Well, at least that’s what most of us thought they had announced. This is the way State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland put it: that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “has accepted Eric Boswell’s decision to resign

Fiscal cliff debate illustrates
true cost of Obama policies
Oklahoman [Oklahoma City], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/28/2012 9:48:06 AM     Post Reply
IF nothing else, the debate over the “fiscal cliff” has dramatically illustrated the true cost of President Barack Obama´s fiscal policies. If the president and Congress don´t reach an agreement, roughly $671 billion in tax increases and spending cuts would take effect — yet the nation would still continue to run a deficit nearly twice the size of the pre-recession 2007 deficit.(Snip)Falling over the fiscal cliff also could result in nearly 30 million additional filers being hit by the alternative minimum tax, including some earning as little as $33,750, according to the IRS.

Stormin´ Norman dies at 78:
General Schwarzkopf who led U.S.
troops to victory against
Saddam in first Gulf War passes
away from pneumonia
Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:39:56 AM     Post Reply
Retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein´s forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. The 78-year-old succumbed to complications from pneumonia on Thursday in Tampa, Florida, where he lived in retirement. His large personality and public prominence during the nation´s first live-broadcast war made him the the most recognizable, and acclaimed, military commander since Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as ´Stormin´ Norman´ for his notoriously explosive temper.

Beyond Benghazi:
questions for Clinton
New York Post, by John Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/28/2012 9:38:51 AM     Post Reply
The State Department’s Accountability Review Board last week issued a devastating report on the events leading up to the Sept. 11 assassination of four Americans at our Benghazi consulate. Unfortunately, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has still not faced questioning by Congress or the media more than three months after the tragedy. A series of excuses has conveniently allowed her to escape cross examination until after the ARB report was released. Clinton sails right along, now preparing the first steps for what is widely expected to be her 2016 presidential campaign. Last week, however, Sen. Bob Corker asserted

FBI files on ´Communist´
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur
Miller revealed for first
time in 50 years
New York Daily News & Wire Services, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:32:06 AM     Post Reply
FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star’s acquaintances who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage. Among the secret records is one from 1956 in which the FBI documents an anonymous call to the New York Daily News claiming playwright Arthur Miller was a communist and Monroe had ´drifted into the Communist orbit´. The files had previously been heavily redacted, but more details are now public in a version of the file recently obtained


Coming Next: The Social
Security Cliff
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/28/2012 9:26:09 AM     Post Reply
Promises: Social Security ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012, drawing in even less than it paid out last year, with just 1.67 workers supporting each retiree. But instead of confronting the truth, the left still denies reality. According to official Social Security Administration data this week, the program´s incoming cash from the working population and their employers came to $725 billion in fiscal 2012 while it paid out $773 billion in cash and overhead. That´s as the number of retirees and disabled using the system grow 10,000 a day to more than 57 million people currently,

Obama, leaders to meet
at White House Friday
The Hill [Washington DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:24:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders Friday afternoon at the White House just days before the so-called fiscal cliff deadline, when taxes are slated to increase. Obama will host Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to a White House official. (Snip) The sitdown at the White House also comes as GOP leaders announced on Thursday that the House will come back into session on Sunday, just hours before the deadline.

Obama summons congressional
leaders for ‘fiscal cliff’ talks
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderm    Original Article
Posted By: grayjay- 12/28/2012 9:20:31 AM     Post Reply
President Obama summoned congressional leaders to a Friday summit at the White House in a last-ditch effort to protect taxpayers, unemployed workers and the fragile U.S. recovery from severe austerity measures set to hit in just four days. Also Thursday, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he would call the House back into session this weekend. And in perhaps the most significant development, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the first time was engaged directly in talks with the White House. He signaled an interest in cutting a deal.

Republicans cheer ‘tired’ Ed
Markey’s entry into election
Boston Herald, by Hillary Chabot    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:06:43 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey became the first Bay State congressman to jump into the U.S. Senate special election yesterday, with an announcement that gleeful Republicans called a late Christmas gift for Republican Scott Brown. “This is a huge positive for Scott Brown,” said GOP consultant Rob Gray, noting that Markey, in Congress for 36 years, is seen as a consummate insider. “This looks like the first in a series of non-bigfoot candidates that Democrats are putting forward.” Markey, a 66-year-old Malden Democrat, said he is running to replace U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry because

Grim milestone: Austin
shooting apparently 500th
homicide in Chicago
Chicago Tribune, by Jeremy Gorner & Peter Nickeas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2012 9:02:43 AM     Post Reply
Gave Bates smiled through tears as she swiped her hand across her phone, flipping through pictures of her cousin playing around and striking goofy poses. "He was a lot of fun, very good at imitating people," Bates said of Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40. "He just had so much fun all the time. And we all grew up together in the same house."Jackson was standing outside a store in the Austin neighborhood around 9 p.m. Thursday when someone walked up and shot him in the head, police said. His death was apparently the 500th homicide in Chicago this year,

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