A Deadly Mix in Benghazi - The New York Times: "Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam."
States running their own Obamacare insurance exchanges are reporting a significant surge in sign-ups just four days before the first major enrollment deadline.
The increase has ranged from 30 percent to 40 percent in the past few weeks, according to state officials who briefed reporters Wednesday. Monday is the last day to sign up for a plan that will guarantee health coverage effective Jan. 1.
California, which has one of the most successful programs, averaged 15,000 enrollments a day last week, up from an average 7,000 a day the week before, state officials said. In all of November, 80,000 Californians picked a plan; in the first week of December, 50,000 signed up.
“Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended," Francis told La Stampa. "There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church.”
Francis' answer was in response to accusations from U.S. critics on the right, including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
Terry Loewen, a former employee of Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, "spent months developing a plan to use his access card to the airport to drive explosive devices into the terminal" on behalf of terror group Al Qaida, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said at a press conference."
Sheriff: Colorado school shooter dead - CNN.com: "A student who opened fire Friday inside a suburban Denver high school appears to have been seeking revenge against a faculty member because of a "confrontation or disagreement," the Arapahoe County sheriff said.
The shooter, identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson, shot one student before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life, Sheriff Grayson Robinson told reporters."
House Passes Budget Bill - Business Insider: "The House of Representatives easily passed the budget bill that was the result of a deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Sen.), clearing its biggest hurdle on the way to becoming law"
The issue was brought up at the same time in the House and Senate and Democrats immediately cried foul, decrying not only the bill, but that it should be an issue decided by all the state’s voters and not just the 315,477 people — about 4% of the state’s voters — who signed the Right to Life petition."
Hey Megan, Santa is usually the color\race of the people in the location where he is being celebrated!
- But hey he's white for most people here in the US.
In contrary to what you said about Jesus - he is not White! It's impossible for him to be White!
Santa Claus White? Fox News’ Megyn Kelly thinks so. But Santa’s not real.: "Earlier this week, I argued that our image of Santa Claus should no longer be a white man, but, instead, a penguin. I hoped the piece would come across as a little tongue-in-cheek, while at the same time expressing my real concern that America continues to promote the harmful idea of whiteness-as-default. Over the past couple of days, I’ve received a lot of responses. Some of them were positive—mostly because, as I said in the piece, people love penguins."
Before the deal was even announced on Tuesday, Heritage Action and Americans For Prosperity stated their opposition to it. Following the announcement, Club For Growth said it would oppose the deal and include it on its congressional scorecard.
"They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous," Boehner said loudly. "Listen, if you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement.""
Five generations of Tafts have served our nation as unwaveringly stalwart Republicans, from Alphonso Taft, who served as attorney general in the late 19th century, through William Howard Taft, who not only was the only person to be both president of the United States and chief justice of the United States but also served as the chief civil administrator of the Philippines and secretary of war, to my cousin, Robert Taft, a two-term governor of Ohio."
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is Catholic, tweeted on the day before Thanksgiving, "Why would our president close the embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare."
Did President Barack Obama close the embassy to the Vatican as a way of sticking it to them over Obamacare? That sounds like some un-divine intervention. But is it the truth? (It would be a venial sin to omit a hat-tip to the Washington PostFact Checker, which ran a check on this earlier today. CNN also did a fact check earlier.)
For exiting McDonnell, investigation ‘heartbreaking and humbling’ | GovBeat: "But he pointed to a wide range of successes, from a bipartisan transportation package to record budget surpluses. Homelessness has declined 17 percent during his administration, and McDonnell has restored voting rights to more ex-convicts than any other governor in Virginia’s history. The state’s rainy day fund, which stood at $427 million in fiscal year 2010, is more than double that, $863 million, in fiscal year 2013."
Rand Paul: Long-term benefits a ‘disservice’ to the unemployed: "“When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” he said on Fox News Sunday. If the unemployed stopped receiving benefits sooner, they would be back to work sooner, he suggested."
Glaring at the reporters, the President continued, “You heard me. If your insurance is crappy, then you just go ahead and keep it—the crappier, the better. Let’s pretend this whole thing never happened.”"
CFC: 49% of GOPers think the election was stolen.: "According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, 49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. And, 25% of Republicans would like their state to secede from the union.
CBS 7 - Your Eye on West Texas: " A large oil vessel explosion rattled much of the Midland area early Friday morning waking hundreds. The explosion took place just before two AM Friday morning on North Highway 349 near the Martin County and Midland county line. Only one worker was taken to the hospital where he was quickly released.
“For a situation that could have been bad it really turned out pretty well,” said Martin County Sheriff John Woodward.
Officials are saying the explosion was caused by a build-up of pressure, something that isn’t uncommon in West Texas. “You feel and hear different thing in the oil field all the time, even some underground movement,” said Woodward.
C.I.A. TIE REPORTED IN MANDELA ARREST - New York Times: "The Central Intelligence Agency played an important role in the arrest in 1962 of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress leader who was jailed for nearly 28 years before his release four months ago, a news report says.
The intelligence service, using an agent inside the African National Congress, provided South African security officials with precise information about Mr. Mandela's activities that enabled the police to arrest him, said the account by the Cox News Service."
Dang, no picture! Army Prostitution Ring: Fort Hood Case Represent Progress | New Republic: Yet again, a soldier employed by the U.S. military’s sexual assault and harassment program has been accused of being a sexual predator. And Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen did his predecessors one better: He allegedly organized a prostitution ring of young servicewomen at the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, pressuring them to have sex with their male superiors. Details are trickling out from the trial of Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, a 17-year army veteran charged with conspiring to use the ring's services. “A young private told authorities McQueen had tried to recruit her to have sex with high-ranking soldiers and sexually assaulted her during what she termed an ‘interview,’”reported the Austin American-Statesman. Accusations that McQueen leveraged both social hierarchy and physical force to get what he wanted from female subordinates won’t surprise anyone who has followed the military’s sexual assault epidemic. But the story reveals another canker of military culture, too: the buddy-buddy refusal to report on a predatory peer. 'via Blog this'
Army Officer Who Tried Blaming Twin Brother For Sexual Assaults Pleads Guilty - Business Insider: " A U.S. Army officer who initially blamed his identical twin brother for a series of sexual assaults on underage girls because they share the same DNA pleaded guilty to the crimes on Tuesday, prosecutors said.
First Lieutenant Aaron Gregory Lucas, an artillery officer stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sexual assault on a child, indecent exposure and other charges, said Lee Richards, spokeswoman for the El Paso County district attorney's office."
Towboat sinks in river in Iowa, releasing oil: "A towboat sank Monday in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water and prompting a response from several agencies who were trying to determine how much fluid leaked, the Coast Guard said."
Why Millions Of Americans Go Hungry And How To Address Their Needs This week many Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. But for millions of others, the holiday will mark another day of worrying how they'll feed themselves and their children. On Nov. 1, a temporary boost in the federal food stamp program came to an end. Anti-hunger advocates across the country said they saw an almost immediate rise in the number of people at food pantries and soup kitchens. Congress is seeking billions of dollars in additional cuts over the next decade to the food assistance program, now known as SNAP. Diane talks with representatives of anti-hunger organizations across the country about why so many Americans are not getting enough to eat.
founder and executive editor of The Hagstrom Report, and columnist for National Journal.
president, Food Research and Action Center.
senior director of government relations, Food Bank for New York City.
executive director, The Center for Civil Justice, in Flint and Saginaw, Michigan.
Reverend Derrick Harkins
senior pastor, The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
The action by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles clears the last of the Scottsboro boys who had yet to be exonerated: Charles Weems, Andy Wright and Haywood Patterson. The three were among nine youths accused of gang-raping two women aboard a freight train in Alabama and convicted by all-white juries in the town of Scottsboro."
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: War on Terror Has Become Too Big: " “I am all in favor of killing terrorists,” Prince said. “But the fact that [Anwar] al-Awlaki was killed and his 16-year-old son, born in Colorado, was killed with no due process other than that he got on the ‘kill list’ is troubling to me.” The Obama administration has claimed that Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed in a drone strike in 2011, was an operational leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.
Prince said he believes al-Awlaki’s son was deliberately targeted in a second strike after the one that killed Awlaki. The Obama administration has said that strike was not targeting Awlaki’s son, but someone else."
Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges against Theodore Paul Wafer, 54, also known as Ted, who allegedly shot the young woman in the face on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. in the early hours of Nov. 2."
As we reported, Zimmerman was arrested in Orlando, FL earlier today after allegedly pointing his DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN at his girlfriend ... and shoving her out of the house, this according to the Seminole County Sheriff.
The GF called 911 in the middle of their argument -- shouting at dispatch while yelling at Zimmerman. Once police arrived, Zimmerman placed his own call to 911."
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is starting to take effect. And here’s a shocker. While the overall legislation is wildly unpopular among Republicans—90 percent disapproved, according to a June poll—individual components seem to be catching on like wildfire among the GOP crowd.
Take, for example, the requirement that insurers continue policies to children whose parents have coverage until they turn 26. The Commonwealth Fund last week released an interesting study (PDF) of young people and Obamacare. It found that between 2011 and 2013, the number of people aged 19 to 25 who had been on a parent’s health insurance plan in the previous year rose from 13.7 million to 15 million. “Of the 15 million young adults on a parent’s plan, an estimated 7.8 million likely would not have been eligible to enroll in that plan prior to the Affordable Care Act,” the Commonwealth Fund reported. The report also found that Republicans were more into this provision of the ACA than Democrats. In March 2013, 73 percent of young Republicans surveyed had heard of the provision, compared with 63 percent of Democratic youths. Maybe it’s because they were more likely to be benefitting from the expansion. “In March 2013, 63 percent of Republican young adults had enrolled in a parents’ policy, compared with 45 percent of Democrats,” the report said.
Pipeline explodes in North Texas; hundreds evacuated - CBS News: "Residents and hundreds of school children in the North Texas city of Milford were evacuated after a 10-inch Chevron natural gas pipeline exploded Thursday morning, CBSDFW.com reports. No injuries were reported and a several mile radius around the pipeline was blocked off as fire crews allowed the fire to burn off.
The Ellis County Sheriff's Office says the explosion occurred about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at a rig near Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas. Chevron spokesman Justin Higgs says the accident involves a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline."
Job Growth Eases Fears About Effect of Closing - NYTimes.com: "The latest figures, along with upward revisions for job creation in August and September released by the Labor Department on Friday, lifted the estimated monthly pace of hiring to 202,000 over the last three months. If that strength persists, the Federal Reserve will probably feel comfortable enough to begin easing back on its stimulus efforts, economists said, though probably not as early as its next meeting in December."
Obama: 'I'm Sorry' About Obamacare Problems - Business Insider: "President Barack Obama told NBC's Chuck Todd in an interview Thursday that he is personally "sorry" about Americans losing their current health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.
"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," Obama said."
The October Jobs Report - Business Insider: "The October Jobs Report is out, and it is much stronger than people had expected.
Total non-farm payrolls came in at 204,000. That's well ahead of the 120,000 that was expected.
Private payrolls were up 212K, which means that the public sector is still a bit of a drag on the labor picture.
Critically, there were strong upward revisions to previous months that totaled 60,000."
Report: Ken Cuccinelli eyed Bob McDonnell removal - Emily Schultheis - POLITICO.com: "As the possibility of a federal indictment swirled around scandal-plagued Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell this summer, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli was planning a “dramatic” break from the sitting governor in which he would use the Virginia state Constitution to try to remove McDonnell from office, a prominent state political analyst reported Thursday.
According to Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Cuccinelli planned to employ a never-before-used section of the state Constitution to deem McDonnell unfit to govern."
In an article posted on Salon on Friday, Eric Stern "re-reported" a recent episode of Fox News' "Hannity" during which host Sean Hannity invited six guests to tell their Obamacare "horror stories."
According to Stern, there was a lot more to each of the guests' stories than Hannity let on. Stern decided to conduct his own investigation by separately interviewing each guest, and what he said he found was not that the guests were cheated by Obamacare, but rather that they had tried very little, if at all, to participate in the ACA."
CGI Federal landed the Healthcare.gov contract. Here’s how it fights for the ones it loses.: "Consider Section 8 rental subsidies. For CGI, the business of handling the low-income housing program started back in 1999, when the Department of Housing and Urban Development -- under pressure to downsize its in-house operations -- started outsourcing the job to public housing authorities around the country. The housing authorities would subcontract with IT providers like CGI Federal, which mopped up more than 25 percent of the $200-300 million or so in fees that came from HUD every year. CGI, the biggest of all the subcontractors, provides the infrastructure and support to route housing subsidies to landlords and monitor for compliance with HUD rules."
Teacher Colleen Ritzer Allegedly Killed By 14-Year-Old - Business Insider: "A Massachusetts town has shut down its schools after a 24-year-old math teacher was found dead outside of Danvers High School, The Boston Globe reports.
A 14-year-old boy is in custody and facing a murder charge, according to The Globe. Officials have not named the boy because he is a juvenile."
Boy Shoots Himself Babysitter's Gun - Business Insider: "A 5-year-old Texas boy accidentally shot himself with his babysitter's gun while she was napping on Monday, M. Alex Johnson of NBC News reports.
The babysitter, Melissa Ann Ringhard, has been arrested on a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child, which carries a sentence of six months to two years."