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NY Couple Not Terrorists, Say Cops,
Just Rich Kids With Drug Habits
Daily Beast, by Michael Daly & Lizzie Crocker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2013 4:54:45 AM     Post Reply
The very pregnant rich kid and her Harvard-educated boyfriend arrested on December 29 in New York’s Greenwich Village for possession of explosives and weapons do not appear to be terrorists after all, police say. Investigators say they believe 27-year-old Morgan Gliedman and 31-year-old Aaron Greene are just two more products of privilege squandering their advantages on drugs. “It looks like they’re junkies,” a high-level police source says. “Well-to-do junkies, not terrorists.”

Conceder In Chief?
New York Times, by Paul Krugman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2013 4:46:49 AM     Post Reply
OK, I’ve had my own sorta-kinda briefing on the apparent fiscal cliff deal, and I’m pretty much with Noam Scheiber. Viewed on its own, it’s a bad and upsetting deal but not as terrible as initial rumors had it. (Snip)Anyone looking at these negotiations, especially given Obama’s previous behavior, can’t help but reach one main conclusion: whenever the president says that there’s an issue on which he absolutely, positively won’t give ground, you can count on him, you know, giving way — and soon, too.

House pulls plug on Sandy aid bill
Politico, by David Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2013 4:41:00 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours before New Jersey lawmakers were preparing for floor debate Wednesday as outlined under a strategy promoted by no less than Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Indeed the Appropriations Committee had gone so far as to file a $27 billion bill Tuesday together with an amendment to be offered by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) seeking an additional $33 billion



Oh, the Irony
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2013 4:37:44 AM     Post Reply
The Journal News — the newspaper that mapped the home addresses of the law-abiding handgun owners in its area — has hired armed guards. The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper’s publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits. RGA Investigations, a private security company, “is doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article,”

Why Harry Reid Was
Sidelined for Joe Biden
National Journal, by Shane Goldmacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2013 4:31:39 AM     Post Reply
The critical conversation between the offices of Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell came early Sunday afternoon, about 36 hours before Congress was set to teeter over the fiscal cliff. Reid, the majority leader, had been negotiating and trading ideas with McConnell, his minority counterpart, since Friday evening. But the soft-spoken Nevada Democrat drew a bold line in the sand midday Sunday: he had no more counter-offers to give. Suddenly and irreversibly, the talks veered into a new direction. Within minutes, the Kentucky Republican was dialing up Vice President Joe Biden, elevating his old colleague

2013? Poll finds Americans
weary and wary
USA Today, by Susan Page    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2013 4:28:20 AM     Post Reply
PITTSBURGH — Remember that wave of optimism and good feeling that typically greets a presidential inauguration, not to mention a new year? This time, it´s hard to find. Battered by an economy that is only slow recovering — and soured by the spectacle of Washington dysfunction in the "fiscal cliff" debate — views of the nation´s future and its fundamental promise have darkened in the four years since Barack Obama´s first inauguration. Then, even during an unfolding financial crisis, Americans believed by a double-digit margin that it was likely young people would have a better life

2013: Welcome to Very,
Very Scary Times
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/2/2013 4:23:49 AM     Post Reply
On the One Hand… These should not be foreboding years. The U.S. is in the midst of a veritable energy revolution. There is a godsend of new gas and oil discoveries that will help to curtail our fiscal and foreign policy vulnerabilities — an energy bonanza despite, not because of, the present administration. (Snip) These are the most foreboding times in my 59 years. The reelection of Barack Obama has released a surge of rare honesty among the Left about its intentions, coupled with a sense of triumphalism that the country is now on board for still greater redistributionist change.



New York area lawmakers lash
House GOP leaders for inaction
on Superstorm Sandy relief bill
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 2:31:16 AM     Post Reply
Washington - New York area-lawmakers in both parties erupted in anger late Tuesday night after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy. (Snip) A House Republican aide confirmed to CBS News producer Jill Jackson that the House would not take up the bill during this session. In remarks on the House floor, King called the decision "absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible. We cannot just walk away from our responsibilities." The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday

Venezuelans told to stop
speculating over Hugo
Chavez´s health
Telegraph [U.K.], by Fiona Govan    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/2/2013 1:49:17 AM     Post Reply
New Year´s Eve in the Latin American nation was marked as thousands attended church masses to pray for their charismatic leader and followed the cancellation of official celebratory events. President Chavez has not been seen publicly in more than three weeks and Nicolas Maduro, his vice-president, on Sunday reported that he was suffering "complications" following cancer surgery on December 11 – the fourth operation in 18 months. Twitter was awash with messages of support for the President but also abounded with rumours that he was already dead.

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Also Doles
Out Millions for Hollywood,
Railroads, Rum Producers
ABC News, by Devin Dwyer and Steven Portnoy    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/2/2013 1:44:58 AM     Post Reply
The “fiscal cliff” compromise has been heralded as a saving grace for middle class taxpayers, their families and the unemployed. But buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are also some lesser-known New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite industries. Under the plan, the federal government would eat nearly $100 billion in forgone tax revenue over the next two years by extending special tax credits for select businesses that had been set to expire.

President Obama Returns
to Hawaii Vacation
Post-Cliff Deal
ABC News, by Devin Dwyer    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/2/2013 1:42:17 AM     Post Reply
Less than an hour after Congress and the White House resolved the fiscal cliff, President Obama boarded Air Force One to return to his planned Hawaiian holiday vacation. He boarded the plane at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Md., shortly before midnight Wednesday following a New Year’s Day of political drama on Capitol Hill. The 10-hour overnight flight was scheduled to arrive in Oahu around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday when he will reunite with First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, who have been vacationing there since just before Christmas.



House passes ‘fiscal cliff’ bill
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 11:21:45 PM     Post Reply
The House late Tuesday gave final approval to a Senate-backed bill that will let taxes rise for the richest Americans, shield the middle class from tax hikes and extend emergency unemployment benefits, ending Washington’s long drama over the “fiscal cliff.” The dramatic vote followed a wild day in which the critical measure was assumed for several hours to be headed for defeat because of widespread Republican objections. The vote was 257 to 167, with 85 Republicans joining with nearly all of the chamber’s Democrats. President Obama, whose vice president, Joe Biden, crafted the deal

Congress Passes Cliff Deal
Wall Street Journal, by Janet Hook & Corey Boles*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/1/2013 11:18:41 PM     Post Reply
Congress broke a rancorous stalemate Tuesday to pass legislation designed to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. But the compromise bill, which blocked most impending tax increases and postponed spending cuts largely by raising taxes on upper-income Americans, left a host of issues unresolved and guaranteed continued budget clashes between the parties. The bill represented the largest tax increase in the past two decades and was passed over opposition from conservative Republicans in the House who objected to the fact that it contained no long-term spending cuts of any significance.

The Journal News is Armed
and Dangerous
Rockland County Times [NY], by Dylan Skriloff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 11:17:39 PM     Post Reply
Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander. A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing

Michael Moore’s New Year’s
Resolution: "Stop Saying,
´I Support the Troops.´
I Don´t"
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 10:47:35 PM     Post Reply
Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore has some peculiar New Year’s resolutions that he published at the Huffington Post Monday evening. At number four was “Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don´t. I used to.”“I understand why so many enlisted after 9/11,” Moore continued. “Sadly, many of them were then trapped and sent off to invade Iraq. I felt for all of them. I understood those who joined because of a lousy economy. But at some point all individuals must answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that



Wolf Blitzer To GOP Rep.
Issa: People ‘Are Going
To Hate You’ If You
Reject Fiscal Cliff Deal
Mediaite, by Anjali Sareen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 10:16:02 PM     Post Reply
Republican Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) joined Wolf Blitzer on CNN Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility that House GOP members would reject the Senate-passed fiscal cliff deal. “You know, a lot of your constituents are going to hate you,” Blitzer quipped. “They are going to hate your fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives if you don’t allow new legislation to go forward.” Issa responded that his only “voting card” was to vote his “conscience” and vote in the “best interest” of his constituency. “Not for one day, for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Boehner´s 100 loyal soldiers
might give him political
cover on ´fiscal cliff´
The Hill [Washington DC], by Bob Cusack    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2013 10:09:01 PM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) has about 100 Republican members he can count on if and when the Senate-passed "fiscal cliff" bill hits the House floor, according to an analysis by The Hill. But it remains unclear if Boehner and his lieutenants will be able to convince the majority of the GOP conference to back legislation that increases tax rates on the wealthy and lacks significant spending cuts. The Senate passed its fiscal-cliff bill, 89-8, early on New Year´s Day.

Why the House Couldn’t
Amend the Deal
National Review Online, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 10:08:43 PM     Post Reply
A lot of conservatives in the House wanted to add spending cuts to the Senate deal and spent hours trying to figure out if they could pass a version of the deal that included them. They failed, though, for the same reason Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” failed. You may recall that Boehner wanted the House to pass a bill that blocked income-tax increases for everyone making less than $1 million a year but allowed scheduled increases to take place for people who make more. He couldn’t get such a bill through the House, though, because Democrats wanted a bigger

Maligned loopholes survive ‘fiscal
cliff’ deal to the tune of $1 trillion
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 9:47:46 PM     Post Reply
Even as Washington says it wants to eliminate the tax credits and loopholes that litter the tax code, the “fiscal cliff” deal that Congress is poised to pass is filled with dozens of them. Tax deductions for college tuition and teachers’ classroom supplies, tax credits for adoptions, and special breaks for businesses that train rescue crews to respond to mine cave-ins are only a few of the giveaways that were criticized by both sides going into negotiations. Even as he called on Congress to go after “loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most,” Mr. Obama on Monday touted

Tea party backers swallow a
bitter pill in ‘cliff’ bill
Washington Post, by David A. Fahrenthold*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 9:41:48 PM     Post Reply
The bill was 153 pages long. It was written only the day before, by Washington insiders working in the dark of night. It was crammed with giveaways and legislative spare parts: tax breaks for wind farms and race tracks. A change to nuclear-weapons policy. Government payments for cheese. And most significantly, the bill would raise taxes but do relatively little to cut government spending or the massive federal deficit. To a tea-party-influenced crop of House Republicans, the bill to resolve the “fiscal cliff” crisis was everything they had wanted to change about the way Washington worked.
Headline changed by source. Corrected by staff


An F for effort on
holding down tuition
Washington Post, by Charles Lane    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2013 9:28:28 PM     Post Reply
At the University of Minnesota, the number of employees with “human resources” or “personnel” in their job titles has grown from 180 to 272 since the 2004-05 academic year. Since 2006, the university has spent $10 million on consultants for a vast new housing development that is decades from completion. It employs 139 people for marketing, promotions and communications. Some 81 administrators make $200,000 per year or more. In the past decade, Minnesota’s administrative payroll has gone up three times as fast as the teaching payroll, and twice as fast as student enrollment.

View From the Left: Obama
‘Kept Giving Stuff Away’
New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2013 9:23:11 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — For President Obama, the fiscal deal pending in the House would finally end four years of debate with Republicans about raising tax rates on the wealthy. But it seemed to reopen a debate within his party about the nature of his leadership and his skills as a negotiator. While Mr. Obama got most of what he sought in the agreement, he found himself under withering criticism from some in his liberal base who accused him of caving in to Republicans by not taxing the rich more. Just as Speaker John A. Boehner

Obama´s Leadership Failure
Washington Post Writers Group, by Robert Samuelson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2013 9:19:29 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The "fiscal cliff" is a massive failure of presidential leadership. The tedious and technical negotiations are but a subplot in a larger drama. Government can no longer fulfill all the promises it has made to various constituencies. Some promises will be reduced or disavowed. Which ones? Why? Only the president can pose these questions in a way that starts a national conversation over the choices to be made, but doing so requires the president to tell people things they don´t want to hear. That´s his job: to help Americans face unavoidable, if unpleasant, realities.

Pope Benedict speaks
out against abortion
Irish Times [Dublin, Ireland], by Patsy McGarry    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2013 9:08:48 PM     Post Reply
The path to attainment of the common good and peace is “above all that of respect for human life in all its many aspects, beginning with its conception, through its development and up to its natural end,” Pope Benedict XVI has said. “True peacemakers, then, are those who love, defend and promote human life in all its dimensions . . . Anyone who loves peace cannot tolerate attacks and crimes against life.” (Snip) “Indeed how could one claim to bring about peace, the integral development of peoples or even the protection of the environment without defending the life

House Republicans don’t
like the dog food, but
probably will eat it
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2013 9:08:27 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans are none too pleased with the “fiscal cliff” legislation that passed the Senate. That’s not surprising. According to the congressional budget office, it adds $4 trillion to the deficit over a decade. There was talk all day that House Republicans might amend the Senate bill by adding spending cuts. But the Seante has made clear that it will not take up an amended bill, meaning that sending it one would take the country over the “cliff.” It appears that not enough House Republicans are prepared to go that route. It also seems unlikely

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