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  • Al-Jazeera in talks to buy Current TV

    01/02/2013 4:31:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that has struggled to win space on American cable television, is negotiating to buy Al Gore's Current TV and with it, access to 60 million U.S. homes, according to a person familiar with the matter.
  • Obama to 'Quickly' Go for Immigration Reform and Gun Control

    01/02/2013 4:27:57 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama will go for immigration reform and gun control this month, the White House tells the left-leaning Huffington Post. Obama's actions will reportedly be done "quickly." Obama glowing "An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well," reports the Huffington Post. "The timeframe is likely to...
  • Fort Hood suspect allowed to keep beard at trial

    12/18/2012 11:38:31 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 18, 2012
    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage will be allowed to keep his beard during his military trial. The new judge overseeing Maj. Nidal Hasan's case told Hasan during a Tuesday hearing that the beard is a violation of Army regulations.
  • 22 kids, 1 adult hurt in China school knife attack

    12/14/2012 9:00:27 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    BEIJING (AP) -- A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes Friday, police said, the latest in a series of periodic rampage attacks at Chinese schools and kindergartens. The attack in the Henan province village of Chengping happened shortly before 8 a.m., said a police officer from Guangshan county, where the village is located.
  • Celebrities Demand Gun Control on Twitter: ‘Stop Defending Your Right to Bear Arms. You’re Stupid’

    12/14/2012 8:25:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 115 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    The Connecticut school shooting that left 27 people dead — including as many as 20 children — has prompted Hollywood celebrities to demand stricter gun control because they believe it will prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. “Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late,” far-left filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted. “At least THIRTY-ONE school shootings since Columbine.” “The way to honor these dead children is to demand strict gun control, free mental health care, and an end to violence as public policy,” he added. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson agreed. “We need gun control. Stop defending...
  • Panetta signs order to send Patriot missiles to Turkey

    12/13/2012 10:28:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2012
    CBS News has learned Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has signed the order to send two U.S. Patriot missile batteries to Turkey. He delivered the news to CBS News correspondent Cami McCormick in an exclusive interview. Panetta spokesman George Little says Panetta is also sending 400 members of the military to operate the missile batteries. The deployment is part of a NATO effort to help build a shield to protect Turkey from chemical weapons attacks or any incoming missiles from its neighbor, Syria. Under NATO agreement, the U.S., Germany and Netherlands will deploy the batteries and set them up inside...
  • Danish historian finds unknown Andersen fairy tale

    12/13/2012 8:28:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish historian says he has discovered what he believes is a previously unknown fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. Retired historian Esben Brage said Thursday he found the six-page text in early October while searching in the National Archives through boxes that had belonged to wealthy families from Andersen's home-town of Odense in central Denmark.
  • Embattled, Rice bows out of running; Kerry likely

    12/13/2012 4:54:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | BEN FELLER and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination. The reluctant announcement makes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the likely choice to be the nation's next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs soon.
  • Sean Penn Attends Vigil for Hugo Chavez in Bolivia

    12/11/2012 11:24:47 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | Dec. 11, 2012
    BUENOS AIRES -- Actor Sean Penn made a surprise appearance yesterday in Bolivia as he attended a candlelight vigil for the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is currently in Cuba undergoing his fourth cancer surgery. The event attracted Chavez supporters as well as Bolivian officials, and took place in a diplomatic location in La Paz. Penn joined Venezuelan ambassador Crisbeylee Gonzalez and took the stage wearing a Venezuelan flag jacket, according to a report by EFE. “Thank you, Sean,” said Gonzalez, “for joining us and for wanting to be here. We know President Chavez is a good friend...
  • AP source: Youkilis, Yankees reach 1-year deal

    12/11/2012 4:43:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | BEN WALKER
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Youkilis and the Yankees reached a deal Tuesday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, returning the hard-nosed All-Star to the AL East and filling New York's immediate need for a third baseman. The one-year contract for $12 million is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
  • President Obama Predicts GOP Will Cave on Taxes

    12/11/2012 3:57:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year. "I'm pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," Obama said today in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters. "I don't think they'll do that," he said of Republicans forcing tax-rate increases for families earning $250,000 a year or less. The sign of optimism follows weeks of tense negotiations and...
  • Obama: US recognizes Syria's main rebel group

    12/11/2012 3:48:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 11, 2012 | MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Syria's main opposition group the sole "legitimate representative" of its country's people Tuesday, deeming the move "a big step" in the international diplomatic efforts to end Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled regime. Obama said the newly formed Syrian Opposition Council "is now inclusive enough" to be granted the elevated status, which paves the way for the greater U.S. support for the organization.
  • Police: Man Shot Dead By Officers Pulled Air Pistol That Looked Like Gun

    12/09/2012 1:43:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Dec. 9, 2012
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -A man with a record of 39 arrests was shot and killed by police detectives in Queens overnight, after pulling what police thought was a gun, but turned out to be a compressed air pistol. Police on Sunday afternoon continued to investigate the shooting that left the 42-year-old man dead. The suspect killed by police had not been identified as of 3 p.m., pending family notification. Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday at Gates and Seneca avenues in the Ridgewood section of Queens, two male plainclothes NYPD detectives – ages 48 and 42 and both nine-year department veterans –...
  • Marquez knocks out Pacquiao in 6th round

    12/08/2012 10:43:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | TIM DAHLBERG
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold with a vicious right hand at the end of the sixth round Saturday night, putting a ferocious end to the fourth fight between the two boxers. Pacquiao had been down in the third round but knocked Marquez down in the fifth and the two were exchanging heavy blows in the sixth round before Marquez threw a right hand that flattened Pacquiao face down on the canvas at 2:59 of the sixth round.
  • Al-Masry Al-Youm Reports On Brotherhood Torture Chambers

    12/08/2012 7:42:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    al-monitor.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 | Mohamad Jarehi
    Al-Masry Al-Youm spent three hours in total in the torture chambers established by the Muslim Brotherhood at the gates of the Ittihadiya Palace in the suburb of Heliopolis. The central torture chamber, which is located in front of the gate facing the Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz Mosque on al-Merghany Street, is secured with a cordon and iron barriers, where the Central Security Forces (CSF) prevent the access of any persons without the authorization of the Brotherhood. We entered the chamber with a great difficulty, after a fellow journalist from the Misr 25 TV channel facilitated. The channel is owned by...
  • Venezuela's Chavez to have another cancer operation

    12/08/2012 7:11:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 8, 2012
    (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he would undergo another cancer operation in coming days after doctors found malignant cells during tests in Cuba. "It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days," Chavez said in a televised broadcast, adding he would return to Havana on Sunday. The socialist leader had flown back to Venezuela on Friday after the tests in Cuba.
  • Obama's official inauguration will be private

    12/06/2012 12:42:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Because next year's inauguration falls on a Sunday, President Obama will hold only a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, and will hold a big public redo the next day. The Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the small private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday.
  • Bi-national gay couples anxiously wait for marriage law

    12/06/2012 11:25:48 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Edith Honan
    (Reuters) - Santiago Ortiz was deeply in love and, he believed, near death when he when asked Pablo Garcia to leave his native Venezuela and join him in New York. There was no time to bother with a visa. Ortiz was HIV positive and he wanted Garcia with him. That was 26 years ago. Ortiz, an American, is still alive. He and Garcia were married in Connecticut last year. And Garcia still does not have a visa. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, blocks federal recognition of same-sex relationships. "I told him, 'I might die tomorrow, I might die...
  • U.S. judge refuses to order anti-Muslim film off YouTube

    11/30/2012 9:44:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 | Steve Gorman
    (Reuters) - An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests against the United States across the Muslim world on Friday lost her second legal bid to force the video off of YouTube. Denying a request by actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a court order requiring the popular online video site to remove the crudely made 13-minute clip, a federal judge found she was unlikely to prevail on her claims of copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald of Santa Clara, California, also canceled a December 3 hearing he had previously set...
  • Pelosi will try to force House vote to extend middle-class tax rates

    11/30/2012 3:22:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | Chris Moody
    WASHINGTON—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will try to force a vote on the House floor to extend current tax rates for the middle class next week if Republicans do not act, the California Democrat announced on Friday. During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi called on House Republicans, who control the chamber, to hold another floor vote on whether to extend current tax rates for individuals who earn $200,000 or less and families making $250,000 or less. If they don't, Pelosi vowed to file a "discharge petition" that would force a vote if 218 House members sign it, which...
  • Stevie Wonder cancels concert for Israeli group

    11/30/2012 3:11:48 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 30, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military. Wonder had been scheduled to perform next week for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.
  • Ban on gay change therapy faces first legal test

    11/30/2012 12:49:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | LISA LEFF
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge is considering whether to block a first-of-its kind California law that prohibits licensed therapists from counseling gay minors on how to become straight. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento held a 50-minute hearing on the issue Friday and said she intended to issue a written ruling next week.
  • Looming amnesty increases illegal immigration

    11/30/2012 11:53:13 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Bob Wilson
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that his department arrested ten illegal aliens being smuggled into the United States. The ten aliens were in the back of a pickup. The driver and suspected smuggler of the group absconded and escaped arrest. The ten would-be immigrants were paying $4000 each to be smuggled into the United States. The apprehension of a pickup packed with illegal aliens is not newsworthy yet the documentation of the smuggling fees of $4000 per alien is. With the possibility of a blanket amnesty being seriously discussed by both political parties, the attraction to come to the United States...
  • See the New ‘Intelligent’ Rifle That Claims to Give You a Perfect Shot Every Time

    11/30/2012 10:59:12 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    A new Texas-based company is developing a shooting system that could turn even the least skilled marksmen into a sniper-quality shooter. TrackingPoint calls its system the “world’s first precision guided firearm.” President Jason Schauble explained in a YouTube demonstration of the technology that what the company did is “put jet fighter lock-and-launch technology into a firing system.” The system uses a conventional gun and ammunition, but combines them with a Intelligent Digital Tracking Scope and a guided trigger. The technology doesn’t let you fire until the shot is spot on. “You don’t have to be an experienced shooter,” Schauble said...
  • Al Qaeda battle in Afghanistan to stretch for years: U.S.

    11/29/2012 5:26:07 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Phil Stewart
    (Reuters) - Al Qaeda fighters are still trying to make inroads into Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, cautioning that battling the group would be a core U.S. mission there for years to come. Panetta made the comments as the United States weighs how large a military force to keep in Afghanistan when the NATO combat mission ends in 2014, ending a war that, at that point, will have stretched for over 13 years. There are approximately 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but the residual force may number less than 10,000. President Barack Obama could decide in...
  • Teenager held for throwing ham at mosque

    11/28/2012 8:31:26 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    standard.co.uk ^ | Nov. 27, 2012
    A 16-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a hate crime after pieces of ham were thrown at a mosque. The teenager was held on suspicion of a religiously aggravated public order offence by officers called to Broadfield Mosque in Crawley, West Sussex. Sussex Police said "real anguish and anxiety" was caused to worshippers who witnessed the incident as they left the mosque at around 4pm last Tuesday. Eating pork and products made from it is strictly forbidden in Islam. The arrested teenager, who is from the local area, has been freed on police bail pending further inquiries. Sergeant Jim...
  • WH: Obama 'Is Not Particularly Concerned' Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People

    11/28/2012 11:44:19 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 116 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people: "What the president is worried about, Major, is what happened and why in Benghazi. He is not particularly concerned about whether the ambassador or I went out and talked about the fact that we believed extremists might have been responsible.
  • Montana tribal elder who 'adopted' Obama dies

    11/28/2012 11:34:38 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 28, 2012
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- An elder from Montana's Crow Indian Tribe who ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama into his family during the 2008 presidential race has died. Tribal officials say 78-year-old Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle Jr. died Monday at his home in Lodge Grass on the tribe's reservation in the southeastern part of the state.
  • Norquist: Obama Placing ‘Left-Wing Fantasies’ Above American Families

    11/28/2012 11:27:18 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Nov. 28, 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, dismissed discussion of GOP defections from his “no new taxes” pledge, and President Obama’s tax theories, as pure fantasy. In a Tuesday interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the conservative activist reinforced that support for his “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” — which was signed by 95 percent of Republican congressmen earlier this month – is not waning. Norquist stated that Democrats’ openness to substantial spending cuts is like imagining a “pink unicorn.”
  • Obama on tax cuts: Don’t ‘screw this up,’ Washington

    11/28/2012 10:43:41 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama urged Americans on Wednesday to help him pressure Congress to prevent a Jan. 1 tax hike on the middle class, saying it was up to the public to make sure Washington doesn't "screw this up." "When the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold Congress listens," Obama said, flanked by Americans who answered the White House's call to detail what that tax increase would cost them personally. "We really need to get this right. I can only do it with the help of the American people," the president said. "It's too important for Washington to screw...
  • Obama to bypass congress to ban semiautomatic firearms, warns expert

    11/27/2012 8:30:35 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 130 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Jim Kouri
    An anti-gun owner initiative considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis, gun law expert John M. Snyder warned on Friday. "According to confidential information," he said, "forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968. Americans familiar with federal gun laws understand that under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America's estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners, notes...
  • Mexico's President-Elect Praises Obama on Immigration: 'We Fully Support Your Proposal'

    11/27/2012 5:36:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    The president-elect of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, praised President Barack Obama's immigration plan in a meeting today at the White House. “We fully support your proposal,” said Peña Nieto in reference to Obama's immigration plan, according to the pool report. “We want to contribute. We want to be part of this.” Obama indicated his willingness to visit Mexico after the president-elect invited the American president to the 2013 North American Leaders Summit. “Any excuses to go to Mexico,” said Obama. “I’m always game.”
  • White House blasts Republican ‘obsession’ with Rice and Benghazi

    11/27/2012 4:21:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    The White House sharply escalated its attacks Tuesday on Republicans trying to stop Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice from succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Press secretary Jay Carney described GOP lawmakers as being gripped by a politically fueled "obsession" with a series of television appearances Rice made shortly after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which she wrongly suggested the attack had stemmed from a demonstration over an anti-Muslim video rather than a terrorist assault. Carney's comments came after Rice met privately on Capitol Hill with Republican...
  • US soars up list of climate-impacted countries - report

    11/27/2012 4:13:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    AlertNet ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Laurie Goering
    LONDON (AlertNet) - Flood-hit countries in Latin America and Asia – particularly Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan – were the most severely affected by climate change in 2011, according to rankings released Tuesday. But the United States soared up the worst-hit list as a result of a spate of tornados, record-breaking temperatures and intense hurricanes in 2011 - which suggests the country’s recent damage from Hurricane Sandy may be part of a trend toward greater vulnerability to climate impacts. The United States, which has been on the most-affected list previously, including after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, moved from 30th place...
  • Female military members sue to serve in combat

    11/27/2012 11:40:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Four female military service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday and is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.
  • GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan

    11/27/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called “Dream Act” to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. GOP Sens. Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they have introduced a bill that would reward those who take college classes or join the military. “We have got to get this ball rolling,” said Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican who is retiring this year. “We have to have a discussion that is sensible, that is calm.”...
  • Rice: We didn't intend to mislead on Benghazi

    11/27/2012 10:32:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | BYRON TAU
    Under fire from congressional critics, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stressed in a Tuesday statement that she did not intend to mislead the public about the September 11th attacks on the Benghazi consulate. "Neither I nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved," Rice said. Rice has emerged as a high-profile administration for congressional critics who claim that the Obama administration tried to cover up a terrorist link to the attacks. Rice and acting...
  • White House cites ‘concerns’ over Egypt, won’t criticize Morsi

    11/26/2012 7:17:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    The White House expressed "significant and serious" concerns on Monday about Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's shock power grab last week. But press secretary Jay Carney carefully avoided offering any criticism of a leader who just one week ago seemed to be on President Barack Obama's speed dial as they worked on a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Carney repeatedly addressed the political crisis in Egypt in relatively dry and mild diplo-speak, while emphasizing that Morsi "played an important role" in crafting the cease-fire and deserved "credit" for that. There was no "we strongly condemn" and no "we denounce," and even...
  • Obama will push for immigration reform, White House says

    11/26/2012 5:04:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    On the eve of a visit by Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, the White House promised Monday that President Barack Obama "will be pressing for action" in Congress on comprehensive immigration reform and regards that goal as "achievable." "There is a real opportunity here to move forward and the president is committed to that," press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing. "He believes that comprehensive immigration reform is achievable ... because there has been in the past bipartisan support for immigration reform," Carney said. "And he thinks it's important not just for specific communities that would be...
  • Susan Rice to meet with McCain on Benghazi

    11/26/2012 4:36:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 81 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice will meet with senators on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya. CBS News has learned her appearance will include a morning meeting with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been among her biggest critics since her initial remarks on the attack. Rice has come under fire from Republicans for her initial account of the attack five days after it took place, when she suggested that there was no evidence the incident was an act of terrorism. On CBS News' "Face the Nation," in one example, she said...
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor Observes 'Transgender Day of Remembrance'

    11/20/2012 7:11:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    CNS News ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Department of Labor is officially observing Nov. 20 as “The Transgender Day of Remembrance." "The Transgender Day of Remembrance [TDOR] will be commemorated in cities and countries around the world today, reflecting on those who have died as a result of fear, hate and transphobia,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a statement on Tuesday. "I stand proudly today--and every day--as an ally to the transgender community and to every person and family impacted by anti-transgender bullying and violence,” she said. “Transgender people are part of the diversity that America celebrates today and they, like every...
  • Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now

    11/20/2012 7:03:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 101 replies
    npr.org ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | Joe Palca
    Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it's a good problem. They have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument. It's a bind scientists frequently find themselves in, because by their nature, scientists like to share their results. At the same time, they're cautious because no one likes to make a big announcement and...
  • U.S. has decimated al Qaeda chiefs but must persist in fight: Panetta

    11/20/2012 6:41:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | David Alexander
    (Reuters) - U.S. forces have decimated al Qaeda's leadership and made gains against some of its affiliates, but the fight has shifted in new directions that will require persistent U.S. efforts to truly end the threat, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday. Panetta, in a speech to the Center for a New American Security, said while the United States had achieved progress against al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, associated groups had made inroads in Mali and Nigeria and were trying to gain a foothold in Libya. He said the United States had "decimated core al Qaeda," killing...
  • Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

    11/20/2012 8:47:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 20, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth. Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied.
  • Obama commends Egyptian efforts on Israel-Gaza: White House

    11/16/2012 5:11:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 16, 2012
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Friday to commend the country's efforts to help calm the situation in Israel and Gaza and underscored his hope of restoring stability there, the White House said.
  • Union: 'Bain-style' killing of Twinkie (Romney's fault)

    11/16/2012 10:35:11 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 78 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    The Bain attack is back. This time it’s being used against Hostess Brands, the Twinkies and Wonder Bread maker that announced Friday it was closing. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka drew the comparison in a public statement Friday. “What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor,” Trumka said in a public statement. “Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price.” Earlier Friday, Hostess Brands announced that it would be closing, which the company said...
  • Exclusive: U.S. gave A123 $1 million as it filed bankruptcy

    11/16/2012 10:22:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Ayesha Rascoe
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration provided struggling battery maker A123 Systems Inc with nearly $1 million on the day it filed for bankruptcy, the company told lawmakers investigating its government grant. The company, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after a rescue deal with Chinese auto parts supplier Wanxiang Group fell apart. That same day, October 16, A123 received a $946,830 payment as part of its $249 million clean energy grant from the Energy Department, the company said in a letter, obtained by Reuters, to Republican Senators John Thune and...
  • Banks may shrink for good as layoffs near 160,000

    11/16/2012 9:39:51 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Sarah White
    (Reuters) - Major banks have announced some 160,000 job cuts since early last year and with more layoffs to come as the industry restructures, many will leave the shrinking sector for good as redundancies outpace new hires by roughly two-to-one. A Reuters analysis of job cuts announced by 29 major banks showed the layoffs were much bigger in Europe than in Asia or the United States. That is a particular blow to Britain where the finance industry makes up roughly 10 percent of the economy. The tally of nearly 160,000 job cut plans, meanwhile, is likely to be a conservative...
  • Petraeus mistress had substantial classified data on computer: sources

    11/15/2012 4:17:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Mark Hosenball and Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Classified material kept by the woman who conducted an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus predates their liaison and does not come from the spy agency, sources briefed on the investigation told Reuters on Thursday. The finding appears to bolster assertions by both Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, that their affair did not put national security secrets at risk - a central question hovering over the scandal that brought down one of the United States' most respected public figures last week. The CIA said on Thursday it had opened an "exploratory" investigation into Petraeus' conduct,...
  • Hillary Clinton to Testify Before Congress About Libya in December

    11/15/2012 11:26:03 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    The Blaze/Fox News ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before Congress in December about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) announced during her committee’s hearing on Benghazi that Clinton would testify in early- to mid-December about the State Department’s own Libya review findings. Clinton will speak before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees, Ros-Lehtinen said. The hearings will be open, Fox News reported.