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Senate approves fiscal crisis
deal after missed deadline,
bill goes to House

Fox News, by Ed Henry & Chad Pergram*

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/1/2013 2:34:13 AM

The Senate approved a scaled-down package early Tuesday morning aimed at halting historic tax hikes for most Americans and postponing across-the-board spending cuts, just hours after Congress missed a midnight deadline for action. The Senate voted 89-8 in favor of the package, which was hastily pulled together after a late-night deal between White House and Senate Republican negotiators. For the near-term, it appears a tax hike will technically go into effect on Jan. 1, as the midnight deadline was missed. In total, $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts are scheduled to hit in the new year

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*[Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report].


And so, in the dead of night, like most things hiding from the light, the dRATS charade goes forward.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: yuban, 1/1/2013 2:57:44 AM     (No. 9092612)

89-8 means more than Dems voted for it. The GOP is also at fault, again. No backbone or just Socialist lite?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: janylou, 1/1/2013 3:04:19 AM     (No. 9092616)

Not at all crazy about this bill. Vote it down!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/1/2013 3:13:02 AM     (No. 9092619)

At what point will the dims push their luck too far? When will all this backfire? I hope the gop has some serious surprises up their sleeve.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: CentralFLMom, 1/1/2013 3:21:36 AM     (No. 9092622)

This entire process is a travesty.
I am keeping close track on those GOP members who voted for this deal. I hope they enjoyed their congressional run because our movement will do everything possible to punish and replace their heartless unAmerican soles.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 1/1/2013 3:53:10 AM     (No. 9092630)

Oh, Pshaw! These are the hoodlums and gangsters that got us into this mess.....spending more than we took in, raiding S.S. and Medicare accounts -- all for boosting their own political prestige and personal gain. Now we are supposed to fall in reverence to their late-night struggles and "agreement?" Heck, no! Stand firm, House conservatives -- NO tax increases on anybody! Any Joe American can go in there and raise taxes, but that´s not where true courage and fortitude lie. Any Joe American who loves his country can go in there and make spending cuts, significant spending cuts and set examples that Americans will not take it anymore -- cut Congressional and Executive perks by at least 50 percent.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MissMann, 1/1/2013 4:04:00 AM     (No. 9092631)

Please, please, please House GOP: do NOT vote for this. It is time to be responsible. It isn´t often popular, but it is time for us to pay for the country we have created, else it will just get worse.

Really, even the cliff doesn´t pay for what we have already spent. It is time to start doing the right thing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: miceal, 1/1/2013 4:11:31 AM     (No. 9092634)

Stabbed in the back by Senate GOPers. A pox on them and their spawn. If "Mr. Speaker" wants to get reelected, he better turn his back on this travesty....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: STLstudent, 1/1/2013 4:29:54 AM     (No. 9092645)

The GOP believes in nothing and will fight for nothing. The constitutional republic is gone.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/1/2013 4:41:23 AM     (No. 9092650)

The whole idea behind this foolish exercise was to"freeze the target",that is House tea party people and make them the top villains in 2014.
If Boehner brings this to the floor,it will pass with dim votes,so his only choice is not bring it to the floor and the "crisis" could go on for weeks with the media stabbing the tea party people,every single day.

Obama wants to crow victory if everything goes right or blame Biden/McConnell if it goes wrong.What a farce him coming back to DC is/was.He probably just misses the WH booze cabinet.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/1/2013 6:09:30 AM     (No. 9092672)

The entire Congress is made up mostly of self-serving spineless wimps, worried only about re-election. The entire lot of them should be replaced.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ecclesiastes, 1/1/2013 6:26:46 AM     (No. 9092676)

But I WANT spending cuts.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: krause, 1/1/2013 7:01:53 AM     (No. 9092699)

Well, I just want to congratulate congress, especially those long-termers for the magnificent way they have handled the people´s money over the years...16+ trillion in debt. But don´t worry, these same people will solve this problem! And they all make a minimum of $174,000 per year. Oops, I forgot, they just got a raise to a minimum $174,900.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 1/1/2013 7:11:56 AM     (No. 9092705)

The payroll tax will go up two percent in this ´deal´.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mws50, 1/1/2013 7:23:14 AM     (No. 9092716)

#13, no. It will go back to where it was. Cutting SS by that 2% was a stupid idea.

It would have been much more productive to reduce all government entities budgets by 1 cent on the dollar.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 1/1/2013 7:34:15 AM     (No. 9092725)

Vote it down. Make this President sign a budget with actual spending cuts.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/1/2013 7:50:30 AM     (No. 9092740)

I wish the Bill No. was in the story - I´d like to read it for myself, and I´d like to see the vote. Guess I´ll go searching.....

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/1/2013 8:06:44 AM     (No. 9092760)

The Senate Bill is available:
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251#position

Tiny version:
http://tinyurl.com/bl37oo9

Here´s the short list of Nay votes:
Bennet (D-CO)
Carper (D-DE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Rubio (R-FL)
Shelby (R-AL

Another short list of Not Voting:
DeMint (R-SC)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)

And Fox News is, just this minute, reporting these specific vote totals.

So, there ya go.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: reformationmama, 1/1/2013 8:18:39 AM     (No. 9092774)

I thought I heard the sound of an empty can being kicked by empty suits in DC. Both my senators, Burr (R) and Hagan (D) voted for the bill. Where´s the backbone? Let´s hope the House will do the right thing.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: uno, 1/1/2013 8:21:36 AM     (No. 9092777)

Ronald Reagan knew what we going to happen and in 1985 told us in an address to the country:
Every time in the past, when a government taxed the people past a certain level, trust in government began to erode. It would begin with efforts to avoid paying the full tax. This would become outright cheating and eventually a distrust in government itself until there would be a breakdown in law and order. How many times have we watched luxuries casually written off to be paid for by somebody else, that somebody being us the taxpayers.
Sound familiar? We´re headed for a breakdown in law and order right now with Hobby Lobby being only one example. 27 States have filed suit against Obamacare (which is a tax) with others ready to join in. Has John Kerry paid his yacht tax yet? Our problem may be due in part to a lack of revenue, but it is certainly not due to the lack of taxes. We´ve seen them do nothing but go up! The country´s fiscal issues are due to the insane, irresponsible spending of a dysfunctional government that is drunk with power so much so that even in the face of a crippling deficit, it can´t wait to spend even more on raises, waste, fraud and hand-outs which has only resulted in a lack of confidence to invest here. Cut the spending big time. Do what makes sense and restore confidence in the American system and we will see investment come back along with a successful economy and plenty of revenue as a result. Sadly however, does anyone really expect this administration to actually do something that makes sense in light of the fact that they have not done so in four years?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 1/1/2013 8:26:48 AM     (No. 9092785)

Byron York thinks it will pass in the House by a landslide. He says only 40 Reps are adamant about voting against it. That leaves more than 200 pubbies whom many vote for it.

Great Americans, all!!!! We´ll see.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jerrodmason, 1/1/2013 8:30:19 AM     (No. 9092790)

What about that pesky Constitution? Art 1 Section 7 states:

"All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives"

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Senate can initiate bills that create revenue, but ONLY if the revenue is incidental and not directly a tax. In US v Munoz-Flores (495 US 385 [1990]), the Court said, "Because the bill at issue here was not one for raising revenue, it could not have been passed in violation of the Origination Clause."

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JAN, 1/1/2013 8:35:31 AM     (No. 9092798)

It has been reported that 12 min. BEFORE midnight the IRS sent out the details of this deal as far as taxes are concerned.

Lot of posturing for some unknown reason.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: Judith, 1/1/2013 8:36:11 AM     (No. 9092801)

Don´t quote the Constitution to this people, especially the potus. To quote the potus "a flawed and irrelevant document". Seems our congress agrees with him.

Can you imagine running your own home/finances this way? Have no idea what your budget is, be heavily in debt, do nothing to curb spending or pay down your debt, just find another credit card and....CHARGE!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/1/2013 8:39:14 AM     (No. 9092805)

A guest on Fox and Friends during the 6 a.m. Hour from American Majority Action said he thought the bill would be passed by the House Dems with a couple dozen moderate House GOPers to complete the votes needed.
If it comes to a vote it will be interesting to see how the GOP leadership votes. Will they be voting their own demise? This guest said he thought well over 100 conservative House members would not vote FOR this solution.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: strike3, 1/1/2013 8:48:17 AM     (No. 9092817)

Higher taxes but delayed spending cuts. I was so blindsided by this development.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: achingbackfarm, 1/1/2013 8:50:05 AM     (No. 9092820)

Anyone who thinks the ship of fools that is our goobermint would do what is good for AmeriKa, is delusional.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Eileen Tudor-Wright, 1/1/2013 8:54:48 AM     (No. 9092829)


*** We are now in permanent crisis mode. ***

That was a primary goal of the socialists.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bubby, 1/1/2013 9:08:11 AM     (No. 9092843)

My Senator John Cornyn from Texas voted to increase taxes on the "rich"! He´s part of the problem and he needs to go. The spending cuts will never materialize. What a joke the Republican party has become. If the House approves this load of bull droppings I will leave the Republican party!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/1/2013 9:21:39 AM     (No. 9092864)

Spending cuts? Ha ha ha ha ha. Zippy already said that the new revenue would be used for spending.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/1/2013 9:44:20 AM     (No. 9092905)

GOP representatives were not elected to vote for tax increases and no spending cuts.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: federale, 1/1/2013 9:45:04 AM     (No. 9092907)

The tax bill that past the Senate seems reasonable. Spending cuts can be handled during the "raise-the debt-limit" process.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: GOPSecretary, 1/1/2013 9:49:41 AM     (No. 9092915)

Well, on the bright side, the Senate passed a bill. First one,right?
Didn´t Iraq have the same problem until they threatened to stop thier salaries.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: aasilver, 1/1/2013 9:53:12 AM     (No. 9092923)

Time to send a clear message to the GOP.

Re-register ´Independent´ tommorrow.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: surfhut, 1/1/2013 9:54:21 AM     (No. 9092925)



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Reply 35 - Posted by: surfhut, 1/1/2013 9:56:03 AM     (No. 9092930)

Sorry about that. Both of my senators here in OK voted for this. I´m beyond tired of politicians.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: tangles, 1/1/2013 9:56:56 AM     (No. 9092931)

The drama queens have given us 2 more months of BS!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 1/1/2013 10:16:50 AM     (No. 9092961)

"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/1/2013 10:17:13 AM     (No. 9092964)

I don´t think that anyone should take comfort that the House hasn´t yet passed this monstrosity. As previously posted, all it takes is a handful of RINO´s to vote for it along will all the Dims, and it will be on it´s way to Obozo. And then the bragging about it will began in earnest.

As for handling spending cuts during the next round of debit ceiling negotiations, don´t bet the farm on it. I´m still waiting for the cuts promised to Regan, by Clinton,
and to W. Bush. If we have those spending cuts, we wouldn´t need to raise the debit ceiling again. In short, there aren´t going to be any spending cuts, now or as long as dims control the Senate and the W.H.

The RINO´s need to go too.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Bpl40, 1/1/2013 10:21:27 AM     (No. 9092972)

$615 billion taxes and $15 billion ´expense savings´? To quote Queen Nancy "Are you serious.? Are you serious?"

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/1/2013 10:21:35 AM     (No. 9092973)

We are witness to the biggest con in history. The grifters in Washington DC have pulled off, once again, nothing more than trickery in order to commit theft. Just once, I wish that the Republicans would stand on their principles but they ALWAYS cave which indicates to me they have no honor. The major concern for most of these knuckleheads is considering what the vote will do to effect their chances of re-election. Every Republican should have declined the pay raise that Lord Bountiful signed by Executive Order. It may be a small gesture but by accepting a raise when we are in dire financial straits is very telling. The mindset in Washington DC is so engrained in their thinking, that nothing will change it. They are the epitome of the entitlement class. We are living under a tyrannical government not much different than that of King George III. All that is missing are the powered wigs and spiffy red coats.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/1/2013 10:27:05 AM     (No. 9092985)

I didn´t create a fiscal crisis

You didn´t create a fiscal crisis

Why do you and I have to pay for a fiscal crisis LOSERS created?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 1/1/2013 11:16:02 AM     (No. 9093074)

It is the first day of 2013 and I fear we will have much more of this throughout the year. Happy New Year, everybody!

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/1/2013 11:31:56 AM     (No. 9093104)

This bill gets us nothing. A few billion more for these worthless politicians to spend. Obama talks about the deficit like he just got to Washington yesterday. His comments from the standard liberal playbook about how much tax cuts ´cost´ the government are typical and expected, like all income is theirs and what they let us keep is a gift. They are all a depressing bunch of incompetent arrogant fools and we are stuck with them and keep re-electing them. I am sorry to say I no longer really care what happens to this country.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/1/2013 11:34:27 AM     (No. 9093108)

Yes, let´s dump it in Boehner´s lap. If it goes down they will blame the Tea Party with clean hands and replace them with blue blooded Republicans in 2014. I wouldn´t put it past them.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Lalo, 1/1/2013 11:37:51 AM     (No. 9093116)

This is what I´ve been hoping for in the realm of realistic hopes - staving off the tax spikes and raising the income limit from $250,000 to $400,000. I do hope and assume the House will consent; otherwise, I will write the Republicans off as idiots for sure. I cannot afford to stand on principle on this and go down with the ship.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Polecat49, 1/1/2013 11:38:36 AM     (No. 9093120)

As far as I´m concerned, little spineless mitch and the majority of senate so-called republicans can go straight to H-LL. mitch has sold us down the river once too many times. All compromise means to a democRAT is when "I drop my drawers, you kiss my butt".

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Reply 47 - Posted by: noproblems, 1/1/2013 11:56:49 AM     (No. 9093136)

vote it down then remove the delay for the previously agreed to spending cuts.

The Repugs have no credibility left for agreeing to delaying the spending cuts. Time for a new party to replace the Repugs.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 1/1/2013 12:17:48 PM     (No. 9093172)

God bless the Pubbies!

We can always count on them to be the tax collectors for the welfare state. This bill has $41 in tax increases for every $1 in alleged spending cuts.

Way to go, Pubbies! The welfare state will live forever!

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Reply 49 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 1/1/2013 12:19:01 PM     (No. 9093177)

Sounds like 90% of the senate is for more taxes and spending. Have to wonder how many of the ´no´ votes wanted more taxes and spending.

Thats what our government does. They trade legislation for votes and donations. Its like a form of prostitution. Too bad the taxpayer has to foot the bill.

Alot of people need to be reminded about the role of government.

Alot of our reps need to be fired.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/1/2013 12:19:15 PM     (No. 9093179)

Tell me where in the constitution it says that historic tax and spend bills shall be arrived at, not by our elected representatives in open and thoughtful debate in Congress, but by the Vice President and Senate Minority leader in closed room in the dark of night?

Washington is broken. I no longer trust them with my money, and don’t want any from them. Include me out.


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Reply 51 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 1/1/2013 12:41:30 PM     (No. 9093232)

I am now beginning to respect Obama. He fights for his beliefs; he respects his base; he uses the power he won in an election; he is not ashamed of his left wing ideology; he refuses to appear on news programs that are not friendly; he spits on the opposition; he doesn´t answer questions he doesn´t like.
Now the Republicans are a bunch of chicken #@%^&*%$ butt kissers, compromising losers; arrogant haters of the regular guy(the base); wannabe lovers of the MSM; unprincipled money hogs. Just remember republican politicians: people feed pigs, they slaughter hogs.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: reilly, 1/1/2013 12:54:04 PM     (No. 9093259)


Unless there´s real spending cuts, kill the bill. Obama wants no part of this for a reason. Make him deal with the math. Meanwhile, his second term agenda gets buried. Let it wait.


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Reply 53 - Posted by: stealthy, 1/1/2013 1:01:39 PM     (No. 9093273)

Will Obama need a vacation now?

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Reply 54 - Posted by: MEMcL, 1/1/2013 1:58:30 PM     (No. 9093334)

I have so-o little respect for the entire process and the elected officials on both sides. What kind of business rams a complex contract through in the dead of night and at the very last second! This is another case of not having time to read the bill and not finding out what is in it until after it passes. Major spending is just acquiesced to (such as green energy subsidies) because there are other major issues to fight for. That is a HUGE slush fund for Obama supporters that the Repubs just agreed to without close analysis. "We´ll give you energy and you give us milk subsidies." We will all be told "we don´t really like it, but it is the best we could do."

What company agrees to a contract that is disastrous for their business? Realizing how impossible it will be to prevail, I am getting close to wanting a 3rd party, or at least re-registering as a Conservative. The Republicans are impotent and will let you down every time.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/1/2013 2:59:54 PM     (No. 9093395)

The 47% of moochers that do not pay taxes are our problem. The Senate gives them extended Unemplyment Insurance so they need not work.

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One dumb teenager is easily excused — but the host of Twitter users currently tweeting bomb threats at major airlines is another story entirely. In case you’ve somehow missed this latest round of Internet idiocy, here’s what went down: Sunday night, a Dutch teenager identified only as “Sarah” infamously tweeted a threat at American Airlines. (“hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye,” she wrote. Hilarious!) She then promptly made the account private and insisted it was all a joke — “I’m so stupid, I’m scared,” she wrote at one point —

Accusation of FBI
spying stalls 9/11 hearing
Miami Herald [FL], by Carol Rosenberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/15/2014 12:14:27 AM     Post Reply
Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba - A military judge abruptly recessed the first 9/11 trial hearing of the year Monday after defense lawyers accused the FBI in open court of trying to turn a defense team security officer into a secret informant. If true, the lawyers argued, attorney-client confidentiality might be compromised in the case that seeks to put on trial and execute five men accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks that killed 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. At issue, in part, was the publication in January of prison camp musings by the alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed,

Boko Haram rears its head in Nigeria´s
capital with deadly bomb blasts (+video)
Christian Science Monitor, by Heather Murdock    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/15/2014 12:01:49 AM     Post Reply
Abuja, Nigeria - Bomb blasts ripped through a bus station in the suburbs of the Nigerian capital today in the largest single attack on Abuja since insurgents began violent operations in 2009. Authorities say 71 people were killed and 124 were injured in a strike on Nyanya Motor Park, a chaotic bus station where commuters board megabuses into the pristine city center for work less than 10 miles away. The blasts in Nigeria´s capital are a direct challenge to the government´s recent assurances that it has managed to contain Boko Haram, Nigeria's militant Islamist group, to the remote northeast of the country. The last attack in Abuja was two years

S.D. jury sentences man
to death for nurse´s murder
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/14/2014 11:42:14 PM     Post Reply
Sioux Falls, S.D. - A man with a history of mental illness was sentenced to death by a jury on Monday for killing a South Dakota hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. James McVay had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge in 2012 in the stabbing death of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. The Sioux Falls jury chose the death penalty, though jurors could have sentenced him to life in prison without parole. McVay, 43, said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of his plan to drive to Washington and kill the president. Authorities said McVay walked away from a minimum-security prison

HHS nominee Burwell faces tight scrutiny
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 10:44:03 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers dug in Sunday for a proxy war over the new health care law, now that President Obama has selected a well-known manager to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and lead his signature program into a new era. Mr. Obama says his budget chief, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, is a “proven manager” who will lead HHS with distinction and build on whatever momentum the White House gained by signing up 7.5 million Americans in private health coverage from October to March. But Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican and member of the Senate Finance Committee that will vet

7 Babies Found Dead in
Utah Home; Woman Arrested
ABC News, by Liz Fields & Dean Schabner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 10:32:14 PM     Post Reply
A woman has been arrested on six counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of seven infants packed into separate cardboard boxes at a home in Utah, police said. Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011. Officers responding to a phone call from a family member who is currently living at the Pleasant Grove residence arrived at the home to find the first baby which "appeared to be a full term," according to a police statement. "A family member was cleaning out the garage

SpaceX To Launch Monday
Despite Space Station Glitch
Time Magazine, by Sam Frizell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 3:05:39 PM     Post Reply
NASA will launch SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on Monday as planned despite a failure in a backup electronics box for the station’s robotic arm. NASA mission managers said Saturday that the crew on board the ISS is in no danger, but a problem in a backup computer component could have forced a postponement, NBC reports. NASA announced Sunday, however, it would proceed with the launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. late Monday afternoon. The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which is slated to carry 4,600 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station, is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9

Sebelius: Health Care
Launch ´Terribly Flawed´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 2:17:12 PM     Post Reply
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the administration´s own predictions that the new health care law´s online sign-up system would be ready by Oct. 1 were "just flat out wrong." Sebelius told NBC´s "Meet the Press" in an interview airing Sunday the health care website´s launch was "terribly flawed and terribly difficult." She says that eight-week period was her low point of her tenure. Sebelius last week announced her resignation. She says she wanted to give President Barack Obama enough time to bring in a new health chief. Sebelius´ resignation comes just a week after sign-ups for



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Ben Carson: White House wanted
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

The world must shift to solar and wind
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
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Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Obama Generation Losing
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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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