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Boehner makes enemies
of Christie and King
Washington Post, by Jonathan Capehart    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 1:46:17 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) both have well-earned reputations as political brawlers not to be messed with. Many a Democrat has felt the lash of their scorn and the blunt-force trauma inflicted by their sharp political elbows. But now House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the focus of their opprobrium by putting off a vote on federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. King declared Boehner’s decision not to take action on the $60 billion Sandy bill for New York and New Jersey “disgraceful.” He said that Congress was “writing off”

Obama begins second term
facing pessimistic public: Poll
Yahoo! News, by Rachel Rose Hartman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/2/2013 1:21:23 PM     Post Reply
As President Barack Obama heads into his second term, he faces a pessimistic and weary public, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released late Tuesday. The percentage of Americans satisfied with the direction of the country stands at a paltry 23 percent in a poll taken Dec. 14-17. By a margin of 50 to 47 percent, respondents said the country´s best years are over. Fifty percent of respondents said it is somewhat or very unlikely that today´s youth will have a better life than their parents. That pessimism and negativity extends to the president, according to the poll.

The fiscal cliff negotiations,
in one chart
Washington Post, by Dylan Matthews    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/2/2013 1:16:17 PM     Post Reply
A while back, we posted a chart comparing the offers presented by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in the fiscal cliff talks. Since then, details of Boehner’s “plan B” option became clearer, and Vice President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hashed out a final deal and got it passed. So here’s that same chart, with the most fleshed-out version of plan B, and the final plan, included: The ultimate deal contained no spending cuts, $600 billion in new revenue and $30 billion in stimulus spending in the form of extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
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Visitors flocked to Perot
Museum in its first month
Dallas Morning News, by David Flick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 11:57:34 AM     Post Reply
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has been open exactly one month, but it’s safe to say it’s a hit. By midday Monday, 116,000 visitors had passed through the museum since Dec. 1, when it opened to local fanfare and national praise. In addition, 12,000 memberships were sold in December. Museum CEO Nicole Small said the figures were higher than expected. “We’re pleased with the overwhelming response from the community.” She attributed the crowds to favorable publicity and strong word-of-mouth response by visitors.

Voting Drives In State
Hospitals Will Continue
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 1/2/2013 11:00:35 AM     Post Reply
The director of state facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled said his department will continue to offer annual voter registration and voting assistance for patients and residents. He also said that while efforts are made to notify patients’ guardians about voting activities, a patient’s right to vote takes priority over any objections from guardians. [SNIP] The laws and rules governing voting by mentally challenged individuals remain murky, and it’s unclear whether state employees who assisted disabled patients and residents to cast ballots at early voting sites were complying with the law.
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Back to Vacation: Obama Takes
Midnight Flight to Hawaii. Round-trip
cost of president´s return trip:
$3.6 million
The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Harper    Original Article
Posted By: Scouts Out- 1/2/2013 11:00:20 AM     Post Reply
After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the "fiscal cliff" last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii. Obama had left his family days earlier to return to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff."
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Primary care doctors growing scarce
San Francisco Chronicle, by Drew Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:57:20 AM     Post Reply
Roughly 4 million additional Californians are expected to obtain health insurance by 2014 through the federal health law, an expansion that will likely exacerbate the state´s doctor shortage and could even squeeze primary care access in the Bay Area, experts say. Even without the Affordable Care Act, a worsening doctor shortage had been forecast as the state´s and nation´s population ages and grows, and as a generation of older doctors retires. But by mandating that individuals have insurance and expanding Medicaid, the law will extend coverage to an additional 30 million Americans and place a greater strain

  


  

Rooftopping? It´s just jaw-
dropping! Vertigo-inducing pictures
taken by rooftopper who
wants to take photography to
new heights
Daily Mail (UK), by Sean O´Hare    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:47:29 AM     Post Reply
If the thought of walking along the edge of skyscrapers completely unrpotected turns you queasy, it´s probably best you look away now. Daring photographer Tom Ryaboi snaps the Toronto skyline from the top of skyscrapers as a pioneer of the heart-stopping photography movement rooftopping. To achieve these breathtaking photographs, he often has to evade security guards, dogs - and even urban falcons defending their nests. Scroll down for video

Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin
double down debasing CNN brand
two nights straight
Baltimore Sun, by David Zurawik    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/2/2013 10:39:51 AM     Post Reply
Kathy Griffin´s desperate efforts to get some shock buzz New Year´s Eve on CNN were so obvious that I vowed I wouldn´t write about her (Snip)So, why am I writing about it now if I made that vow on New Year´s Eve not to? Because Tuesday night, Cooper had Griffin back on his show, and the two acted like a couple of adolescents celebrating how naughty they had been the night before. And this went on a long, long time, with video highlights and Cooper letting Griffin plug her next junky special.

Intel Is Reportedly Going
To Destroy The Cable Model
By Offering People The Ability To
Subscribe To Individual Channels
Business Insider, by Jay Yarrow    Original Article
Posted By: LadyVet- 1/2/2013 10:39:05 AM     Post Reply
Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time. Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service. Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection.

The wink that says Aloha!
Obama jets back to Hawaii
after Congress passes deal to
avert the fiscal cliff as
Republicans ´surrender´ on tax cuts
Daily Mail (UK) & Reuters, by Thomas Durante & Reuters Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:31:53 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama jetted back to Hawaii last night to continue his holiday vacation, just hours after Congress passed a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The consensus among political observers is that Obama leaves Washington victorious after winning $620billion in tax hikes from Republicans in exchange for minimal spending cuts. The President was in a triumphant mood as he addressed the nation after the vote on Capitol Hill - even winking at photographers before boarding Air Force One for a flight back to the beach-front mansion where Michelle and the children are staying.

  


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Obama schedules potentially
‘catastrophic’ debt-ceiling ‘fiscal
cliff II’ for February
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:21:33 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama scheduled another so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis for February by announcing late Jan. 1 he would refuse to negotiate any curbs on his use of the nation’s maxed-out credit card. “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” he claimed during a late-night appearance on the last-minute resolution to the December 2012 fiscal cliff. However, the GOP-led Congress wants to use its authority over the nation’s debt ceiling to pressure Obama to shrink future spending,

Fiscal cliff deal raises taxes and
the deficit. The Republicans didn´t
compromise: they surrendered
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2013 10:15:52 AM     Post Reply
It’s probably premature to wish America a happy New Year. The fiscal "compromise" that finally passed Congress was a one sided deal that leaves many questions unanswered. The headline figures are that individuals earning more than $400,000 and families earning more than $450,000 will see their tax rates rise.[Snip]Rates on capital gains and dividends go up and a 2 percent payroll tax cut is due to expire. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the ending of the payroll reduction will raise taxes on 77.1 percent of households. The average cost will be $1,635.

Wall Street Surges Amid Fiscal Relief
Fox Business, by Adam Samson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 10:14:25 AM     Post Reply
The markets soared in the first trading session of the year as Wall Street traders breathed a collective sigh of relief that lawmakers finally passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. As of 9:32 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 192 points, or 1.5%, to 13294, the S&P 500 soared 22.6 points, or 1.6%, to 1449 and the Nasdaq Composite rallied 75 points, or 2.5%, to 3095. After months of political sparring on Capitol Hill, lawmakers finally passed a budget bill Tuesday. The move came after essentially 24-straight hours of wrangling in both chambers of Congress

Court: Hutterites Must
Pay Workers´ Compensation
Associated Press, by Matt Volz    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/2/2013 10:03:46 AM     Post Reply
HELENA, Mont. - A sharply divided Montana Supreme Court has ruled that forcing a Hutterite religious colony to pay workers´ compensation insurance for jobs outside the commune is not an unconstitutional intrusion into religion. The 4-3 decision upholds a 2009 law requiring religious organizations to carry workers´ compensation insurance, which the Legislature passed after businesses complained they could not outbid the religious workers. The Big Sky Colony of Hutterites in northwestern Montana sued, saying the law targeted its religion and infringed on its beliefs. Its members have no personal property and make no wages

  


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The Man Who Said ‘Nay’
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 9:59:50 AM     Post Reply
Michael Bennet was supposed to be going off a cliff in Vail. But instead of his usual New Year’s trip to a ski lodge with his wife and three daughters, the junior senator from Colorado found himself in a strange, unfamiliar place in the middle of the night: breaking with the president and his party to become one of only three Democratic senators and eight senators total to vote against President Obama’s fiscal deal. “I was a little surprised that the margin of the vote was so big,” said a weary Senator Bennet,

The Unspeakable Truth About
Rape in India
New York Times, by Sonia Faleiro    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/2/2013 9:56:59 AM     Post Reply
I LIVED for 24 years in New Delhi, a city where sexual harassment is as regular as mealtime. Every day, somewhere in the city, it crosses the line into rape. As a teenager, I learned to protect myself. I never stood alone if I could help it, and I walked quickly, crossing my arms over my chest, refusing to make eye contact or smile. I cleaved through crowds shoulder-first, and avoided leaving the house after dark except in a private car. At an age when young women elsewhere were experimenting with daring new

´Journal News´
hires armed security guards
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 1/2/2013 9:12:21 AM     Post Reply
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," according to a police report first obtained by the Rockland County Times (Nanuet, N.Y.) and shared with POLITICO.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Kills Insolvent
Obamacare Element
Breitbart.com, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 1/2/2013 9:11:05 AM     Post Reply
As part of the fiscal cliff deal reached by Congressional leaders and Vice President Joe Biden last night, the so-called CLASS Act – an integral component of Obamacare – will be repealed. CLASS Act – the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act -- is a new long-term entitlement program that even Democrats recognized was completely unsustainable It would pay $50 per day for long-term care services for anyone who had paid into the system for five years. In order for the program to work, people would probably have to pay $3,000 per month into the system.

Sources: Enough Republicans Willing
to Unseat Speaker Boehner
Breitbart.com, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 1/2/2013 9:07:32 AM     Post Reply
American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer told Breitbart News late Tuesday that enough House Republicans have banded together in an effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner from his position--they just need a leader to take up the mantle. “At least 20 House Republican members have gotten together, discussed this and want to unseat Speaker Boehner--(snip) Meyer said the conservatives have considered House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to take the helm after Boehner is knocked out.
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The Real Country-Killer in 2013
American Thinker, by Jonathan Mosely    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 1/2/2013 8:52:32 AM     Post Reply
Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. (snip) "What would you cut?" candidates are asked. This is a trap. Attack journalists twist whatever a candidate answers into a scandal of heartless cruelty.

A 2013 Conservative Call to Arms
American Thinker, by Rob Cunningham    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 1/2/2013 8:45:55 AM     Post Reply
In 2013, conservatives can offer no greater tribute of respect to our Founding Fathers and our fellow citizens than to resolve, from this day forward, to relentlessly expose, ridicule, deride, mock and publicly shame arrogant progressives in a manner that, for the first time in our adult lifetimes, communicates this one undeniable founding truth: America was never supposed to be this way. The progressive left´s ultimate weapon of choice in emasculating America´s strength has clearly and undeniably been outed as radical debt accumulation.

Questioning Hillary Clinton’s
concussion, and other outrages
Washington Post, by Melinda Henneberger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2013 8:26:08 AM     Post Reply
Head injuries are no joke, but the backlash against those who initially questioned whether Hillary Clinton’s concussion was for real seems like an overreaction, too; you don’t have to be hateful to have wondered if she really had the flu and fell down right before she was supposed to testify about the security situation at our consulate that was really just a house in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed by terrorists in September. After all, public officials are routinely less than forthcoming about their health,

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