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´Palestine´ to be used in West
Bank public documents
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2013 6:34:59 AM     Post Reply
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told West Bank officials to prepare to put the words "State of Palestine" on public documents, official media say. Until now passports, ID cards, driving licences and other documents have been stamped "Palestinian Authority". In November, Mr Abbas led a successful campaign for the UN to upgrade the Palestinians´ status to that of a non-member observer state. The status was previously that of a non-member observer entity. In a decree carried on Sunday by the official Wafa news agency, Mr Abbas said the move on labelling public documents would help bolster the Palestinian state

Obama to nominate
Brennan as CIA head
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2013 6:30:42 AM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama is to nominate John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the White House has said. Mr Brennan, who has worked for the CIA for a quarter of a century, is currently the president´s chief counter-terrorism adviser. Mr Brennan, who was considered for the role in 2008, is to be formally nominated later on Monday. His appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.

President Obama to nominate Chuck Hagel
his next defense secretary, senior
administration official says
Associate Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/7/2013 6:29:24 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he´s ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel´s stands on Israel and Iran. Obama, who avoided a Capitol Hill battle by deciding not to nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as his first choice for secretary of state, went ahead with Hagel, 66, even as leading Republicans announced their opposition — though they stopped short of saying they might try to block Hagel.

  


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12 States Get Failing
Grades on Public School
Policies From Advocacy Group
New York Times, by Motoko Rich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2013 6:05:16 AM     Post Reply
In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing a series of laws and policies overhauling teacher tenure, introducing the use of standardized test scores in performance evaluations and expanding charter schools. (Snip) In a report issued Monday, StudentsFirst ranks states based on how closely they follow the group’s platform, looking at policies related not only to tenure and evaluations but also to pensions and the governance of school districts. The group uses the classic academic grading system, awarding states A to F ratings.

Property, Rule of Law & Freedom
Canada Free Press, by Kelly OConnell    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 1/7/2013 6:04:57 AM     Post Reply
While in the midst of a wholesale reevaluation of the right to private property, it is timely to reexamine the history of US property rights. What exactly caused America’s unparallelled level of prosperity and freedom? Certainly our economic success then created unparallelled global influence and military might. But what factors allowed America’s stunning growth in economic power in such a short period of time? This economic success was driven by a firm Rule of Law regime which supported the Constitution’s unique defense of private property.

The Principles of Taxation
Canada Free Press, by Alan Caruba    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 1/7/2013 6:01:08 AM     Post Reply
“NYSR to Sell Itself in $8.2 Billion Deal” was the lead story in the December 21, 2012 edition of The Wall Street Journal.” “The New York Stock Exchange, the cornerstone of American capitalism for 220 years, agreed to be sold as part of an $8.2 billion takeover by IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. If regulators and shareholders approve, the combined company would own 14 stock and futures exchanges and five clearing operations that serve as middlemen between buyers and sellers of futures and other contracts, doing more things in more places than any other rival.

Letterman Admits He
Apologized to Palin So
He Could ‘Go Forward
Making Fun of Her’
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2013 5:59:31 AM     Post Reply
Sounds like a personal vendetta ahead of genuine regret. CBS Late Show host David Letterman admitted to Oprah Winfrey, in an interview first aired Sunday night, that he backtracked after outrage erupted following a sex joke he told involving Sarah Palin’s then-14-year-old daughter Willow, not because it was highly inappropriate, but primarily so he could continue ridiculing Willow’s mother: I’ll tell you why I apologized. I felt like Sarah Palin was somebody I wanted to continue to be able to make fun of and I felt like if I don’t apologize, if I don’t sincerely express my regret,

  


  

Hillary Clinton back to
work Monday
Agence France-Presse, by Kevin Lamarque    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2013 5:53:12 AM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work on Monday after a month-long absence caused by a series of health scares, including a blood clot in her head, the State Department said.(Snip) According to the schedule, the US top diplomat will meet at 9:15 am (1415 GMT) on Monday with her assistant secretaries at the State Department in Washington. The meetings will be closed to the press. A series of other meetings is planned through the week including talks at the White House on Tuesday with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

Infantry now shut to women;
do they want it open?
Associated Press, by Pauline Jelinek    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2013 5:49:51 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops — the country´s front-line warfighters — how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they´d be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs. In fact, the Marines asked women last year to go through its tough infantry officer training to see how they would fare. Only two volunteered and both failed

Obama to Boehner: ´We Don´t
Have a Spending Problem´
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2013 5:42:49 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened up about President Obama’s utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama reportedly told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” Boehner added that President Obama continues to maintain that America’s federal deficit is caused not by governmental overspending but by “a health-care problem.” Said Boehner, “They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system.” Boehner told Obama, “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with Obamacare.

Al Jazeera´s first order
of business: getting rid
of former New York governor
turned liberal TV host
Eliot Spitzer
Daily Mail (UK), by Damian Ghigliotty    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2013 5:36:45 AM     Post Reply
First CNN, now Current TV. Former New York state governor Eliot Spitzer is on his way out the door from another television gig - this time due to changes at the top as Middle Eastern media giant Al Jazeera finalizes its deal to buy Al Gore’s Current TV channel for $500 million. Spitzer ´has chosen to step back from hosting,´ and will no longer appear on his show ‘Viewpoint,’ a Current spokeswoman said on Sunday. Spitzer, the disgraced politician turned liberal television host, confirmed the news, noting that his professional relationship was with

  


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Obama´s Disarming Haste
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/7/2013 4:28:06 AM     Post Reply
According to the Washington Post´s Philip Rucker, President Obama is committed to moving quickly on gun violence legislation. Reported as good news, in truth this carefully projected haste and urgency ought to be regarded -- and would be reported, by a media that did not have a stake in leftist authoritarianism -- as the gravest warning sign. "A warning sign of what?" asks the scoffing useful idiot. "Of the end of even the pretense of liberal democracy, constitutional republicanism, or any other form of government answerable to the governed."

California gun sales have risen,
gun injuries have decreased
Sacramento Bee, by Phillip Reese and Cynthia Hubert    Original Article
Posted By: beancounter- 1/7/2013 3:49:09 AM     Post Reply
California has millions more guns than it did 10 years ago. It also has thousands fewer gun injuries and deaths each year. Those are two simple facts that, depending on whom you ask, have everything or nothing to do with each other. Last month´s horrific Connecticut school shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in California, a state with some of the nation´s strictest gun laws. State legislators will likely take up additional gun law proposals later this year, ranging from further limits on ammunition purchases to requiring regular background checks for gun owners. If recent trends hold, that

Hopes of new diabetes
drug with no side effects
Daily Express [UK], by Jo Willey    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2013 2:47:25 AM     Post Reply
Scientists have discovered exactly how a common diabetes drug works, raising hopes for ­powerful new treatments without harmful side effects.[Snip] The drug, which costs as little as 2p a day, is the gold standard treatment for obesity-triggered Type 2 diabetes and has been safely used for more than 50 years to control blood sugar levels. Yet one in 10 patients suffers side effects--nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting--and it can also become ineffective over time. Now experts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that metformin works in a different way than ­previously thought.

´Tomato skin´ pill could cut
risk of strokes, heart
attacks and cancer
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2013 2:34:43 AM     Post Reply
A single pill containing a chemical found in tomato skin could cut the risk of stroke and heart attacks and slow the progression of cancer, scientists have claimed. The pill, called Ateronon, contains a chemical known as lycopene which had previously been shown to help unclog blocked arteries, and which is thought to be one of the main health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now a further trial has shown the natural remedy also made patients’ blood vessels more efficient, boosted their blood flow and softened arteries which had hardened with age. Researchers believe the pill may be able

  


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New York congressman introduces bill
to abolish presidential term limits
The Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/7/2013 2:02:49 AM     Post Reply
New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduced a bill in Congress on Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which places term limits on the U.S. presidency. The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office. H.J. Res. 15 proposes “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”

Nancy Pelosi urges Obama to
sidestep Congress, use 14th
Amendment to raise debt ceiling
The Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 1/7/2013 1:44:08 AM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared her own idea Sunday on how to avoid a government shutdown should the Republican House and President Barack Obama find themselves unable to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling: invoke the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Pelosi started the discussion on CBS’ “Face the Nation” by saying she didn’t believe raising the debt ceiling should be tied to spending cuts. “I don’t think these two things should be related,” Pelosi said. “I think that we should subject every dollar we spend, every taxpayer dollar, whether it’s defense or domestic

Hillary back to work on Monday,
the State Department says
New York Daily News, by Bill Hutchinson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/7/2013 12:57:14 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton isn´t taking any extended time off following her blood clot scare. Secretary of State Clinton is planning to head back to work Monday after treatment for a blood clot near her brain, the State Department said Sunday. Clinton, 65, is set to resume a busy schedule beginning with a 9:15 a.m. meeting with her assistant secretaries. She also plans to go to the White House on Tuesday to meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. On Thursday, Clinton will host Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the State Department.

Pure adrenaline: world’s most
extreme 15-day competition
takes off in Lima
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/7/2013 12:52:07 AM     Post Reply
Competitors are putting the final touches to their motorcycles, quad bikes, cars and trucks ahead of the start of one of the world’s most extreme races. The Dakar Rally returns once again to South America, beginning in Lima, capital of Peru on Saturday January 5, before making its way to Santiago de Chile for a grand finale outside La Moneda on January 20. The race will have two segments in Chile, with riders arriving from Arequipa in Peru before moving on through Arica and Calama then crossing the border to Salta in Argentina. The race returns to Chile

Conflict Brewing in Venezuela´s
Ruling Party, Says Hugo Chavez Foe
Fox News [Latino], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/7/2013 12:28:14 AM     Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela – The conflict brewing between two of Hugo Chávez´s key political confidants is, according to one of the Venezuelan ruling party´s political opponents, the real reason the Presidential inauguration has been postponed. Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges said in a news conference on Sunday that a rivalry between Vice President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello is behind the postponement of Chávez´s swearing-in ceremony. Chávez has not been able to return to Venezuela from Cuba following a Dec. 11 operation, his fourth surgery

  



Obamacare layoffs, hiring freezes begin
Breitbart's Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/7/2013 12:22:00 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare opponents warned that forcing companies employing 50 or more full-time workers to buy healthcare would prompt employers to slash jobs and worker hours. And that’s exactly what’s happening, says one of President Barack Obama’s favorite economists, Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics. “It will have a negative impact on job creation” this year, says Mr. Zandi. The Obamacare employer mandate doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2014, but the government requires businesses to track worker schedules for three to 12 months in advance. That means many employers plan to get a

Fight for your life today
Morning Journal [Lorain, OH], by Tom Skoch    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 1/6/2013 11:59:20 PM     Post Reply
Today is the day to fight for your life. Within weeks, proposed laws will be decided that would destroy your ability to protect your family from predators, including criminals, and, especially, the political wolves who can force you to live, or die, on their terms. Tyranny, rooted in these gun control proposals, is exactly what the Second Amendment was written to prevent. Each of us has a natural human right to keep and bear arms to preserve life and liberty. History proves that surrendering arms to the state has always been a fatal mistake for populations who disarmed.

Assad rallies soldiers
in show of defiance
Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters, by Ariel Ben Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 11:34:38 PM     Post Reply
Syrian President Bashar Assad gave a defiant speech on Sunday at the packed Damascus Opera House, linking the opposition with al-Qaida terrorists and rallying his faction to remain steadfast. The Syrian opposition rejected his proposals and called his speech a declaration of war. Assad framed his speech as a new plan for a political solution, but it turned out to be a rallying cry, rejecting any concessions and signaling that he would continue his war “to defend the nation.” He called those opposing him “terrorists,” linking them with al-Qaida, thus trying to draw parallels to the West’s “war on terror.”

Biofuels cause pollution, not
as green as thought - study
Reuters, by Alister Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 11:18:27 PM     Post Reply
Oslo - Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday. The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel - seen as a cleaner alternative to oil and coal - released a chemical into the air that, when mixed with other pollutants, could also reduce farmers´ crop yields. (Snip) Hewitt told Reuters there would be a similar impact wherever biofuels were produced in large quantities in areas suffering air pollution, including the United

Richardson, Schmidt fly to
North Korea Monday: reports
Reuters, by David Chance    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 11:06:29 PM     Post Reply
Seoul - Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will start their controversial private mission to North Korea on Monday that may include an effort to secure the release of an imprisoned American, South Korean media reported. (Snip) The mission has been criticized by the White House due to the sensitivity of the timing. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea and the isolated and impoverished state remains technically at war with South Korea. South Korea is in the midst of a transition to a new president

Police union cards used
to get cop relatives out of
minor jams are selling on eBay
causing fury among city officials
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/6/2013 10:43:25 PM     Post Reply
New York police union cards, which officers give their friends and family as ‘get out of jail free’ cards for minor offenses, are selling on eBay for as much as $100 a pop and city authorities are fuming, the New York Post reports. The union cards are meant to be used to prove that a police officer can vouch for another person, though holders often use them to get out of minor incidents like parking and speeding violations.(Snip) The cards that represent officers of a higher rank are reportedly worth more because they carry more weight than a street patrolman’s

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