The Hill: GOP ‘Eye Obscure Tool’ — Budget Reconciliation!

From The Hill:

Republicans eye obscure budget tool to repeal ObamaCare

By Scott Wong | December 21, 2014

Republicans on and off Capitol Hill are rallying behind using a rarely-deployed budget tool next year to dismantle ObamaCare. But the issue of how to use “budget reconciliation” has divided Republicans, with some calling for it to be implemented to overhaul the tax code or to push through major energy reforms.

The Hill calls ‘budget reconciliation’ "an obscure tool? Even though the Democrats used it in 2010 to ram through Obama-Care in the dead of night on Christmas Eve? (A detail that The Hill will mention in passing in the 25th paragraph of this article.)

The tool is useful because it could allow newly-empowered Senate Republicans to pass legislation with a 51-vote simple majority rather than the usual 60, greatly increasing the chances of moving legislation to President Obama’s desk…

Which is exactly why the Democrats turned to it to ram through Obama-Care.

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‘Viva Fidel!’ Castro Thanks Obama, Reaffirms Communism

From a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

Raul Castro: Don’t expect detente to change Cuban system

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | December 20, 2014

HAVANA (AP) – Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don’t expect detente to do away with the communist system.

The NYT’s article on this news actually put it more succinctly: ‘Castro Thanks U.S. in Speech But Reaffirms Communism.’

Castro’s speech to Cuba’s National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more likely to encourage reform in Cuba’s one-party system and centrally planned economy.

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Facebook Caves To Russia, Pulls Down Putin Critic’s Page

First there is this from the Agence France Presse:

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin’s top critic

December 21, 2014

Moscow (AFP) – Russian authorities convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from Internet users Sunday.

Supporters on Friday created an event page for January 15, the day President Vladimir Putin’s biggest critic Alexei Navalny will hear his verdict in a controversial embezzlement case which could see him sent him to prison for up to 10 years. Russia’s Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor said Sunday that the page has been blocked on orders of the general prosecutor.

The prosecutor "demanded to limit access to a number of resources calling for an unsanctioned mass event, including social networking groups.

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Obama: NK Hack Not Act Of War, NK Threatens US Strikes

First, there is this via the Washington Post:

Obama: North Korea hack ‘cyber-vandalism,’ not ‘act of war’

By Sean Sullivan | December 21, 2014

President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he does not think a recent North Korean cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was "an act of war." "No, I don’t think it was an act of war," Obama said on CNN’s "State of the Union." "I think it was an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately."

By shutting down the showing of one of North Korea’s movies?

He added, "We’re going to be in an environment in this new world where so much is digitalized that both state and non-state actors are going to have the capacity to disrupt our lives in all sorts of ways.

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Emanuel’s Son Robbed By Perps Using ‘Bear Chokehold’

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son robbed near North Side home

By Michael Sneed | December 20, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son was robbed Friday night across the street from his family’s North Side home, leaving him with a chipped tooth and fat lip, a source told the Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed.

Zach Emanuel went outside to take a walk around 10 p.m. Friday and was jumped in the 4200 block of North Hermitage Avenue in Ravenswood, according to the source…

Zach also ducked his round the clock police escort. Which, taken together, could raise some eyebrows.

Two people approached the teenager from behind as he was walking and talking on his cell phone, according to a police report that said one of them “placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a bear chokehold.”

The Chicago Tribune’s version of the story says he was put in a "near chokehold." In either case, where is the outrage?

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FL Police Officer Killed, Run Over, By A Convict On Parole

From Reuters:

Florida police officer dies on duty after getting shot, run over

By Letitia Stein | December 21, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – A veteran Florida police officer died on Sunday after being gunned down and run over with a car by a felon who said he "felt like a caged rat" because he faced likely arrest and more prison time, a law enforcement official said.

This is the next ‘civil rights movement.’ Getting convicted criminals out of jail. — In fact, it is already well underway, as Messrs Obama and Holder are doing everything they can to let more hardened criminals out of prison. Especially, minority drug dealers. Was this felon one of the felons Holder released before his sentence was up?

Officer Charles Kondek, a 45-year-old married father of six, was killed in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a noise complaint around 0700 GMT, the local police department said.

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Jets Players, Giants Coach, Support NYPD (Anger Rams?)

From a quietly outraged Associated Press:

Jets players speak out on murdered NYPD officers

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. | December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty. The New York Jets defensive lineman who has been critical of law enforcement in the past spoke out Sunday in support of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were murdered in Brooklyn…

So why was he stunned when his lies words led to someone taking retribution?

"Some innocent blood was spilled," Richardson after New York’s 17-16 loss to New England. "I’m not with that at all. That’s the message that I’m trying to get across.

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Cop Killer Gets Support — Cheered In Streets And Online

From the Daily Beast:

Anger at The Cop Killer – And The Police

By M.L. Nestel | 12.20.14

In the Brooklyn neighborhood where two police officers were brutally murdered, not everyone was grieving… [T]he scene outside Woodhull Hospital wasn’t entirely supportive.

"You’re a bunch of killers," a passerby told cops standing sentry there, according to one police source. And short distance from the crime scene—where a crowd was backed up by the police tape—a few members of the crowd repeated "fuck the cops" within earshot of a Daily Beast reporter.

One 30-year-old local who gave his first name only as Carlos, didn’t hear the fatal gunfire but saw the hysteria aftewards [sic]and walked to the police tape.

“A lot of people were clapping and laughing,” he said.

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Obama Calls For ‘Patient Dialogue’ After NYC Cop Killings

From The Hill:

Obama condemns NYPD killings, calls for ‘patient dialogue’

By Justin Sink | December 21, 2014

President Obama called for “patient dialogue” in a statement Saturday night “unconditionally” condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers. “Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification,” the president, vacationing in Hawaii, said in a statement. “The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day.”

Obama went on to ask for a rejection of “violence and words that harm” —

"Violence and words that harm should be rejected"? Haven’t Obama, Holder, de Blasio and Obama’s best friend, Al Sharpton, been the ones who have been saying the words that harm?

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Sharpton Gets Threats, NAACP Blames Guns For Deaths

From the Daily Caller:

Sharpton Whines ‘I’m Getting Threatening Phone Messages After NYPD Killings’

By Patrick Howley | December 21, 2014

The Reverend Al Sharpton is trying to shift focus away from his own out-of-control protests and make himself into the victim because he allegedly received at least one angry voice mail message.

Sharpton said Sunday that he is under “intense threat” because he received several intimidating phone calls after a gunman killed two New York police officers in retribution for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“I have instructed our attorneys last night, I have began receiving threatening phone calls and hate. I’ll play one because I’m turning this over to the FBI,” Sharpton said at a press conference with Garner’s widow and mother in the aftermath of the execution-style murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

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De Blasio Attacks NYPD For Turning Their Backs on Him

From the Daily Caller:

De Blasio Attacks NYPD Officers That Turned Their Backs on Him

By Patrick Howley | December 21, 2014

Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launched a disgusting attack on the New York Police Department officers that symbolically turned their backs on him before a press conference to address the shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu…

“Mayor de Blasio, the blood of these two officers is clearly on your hands,” said Sergeants Benevolent Association police union president Edward Mullins. “That blood on their hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor,” said Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Police union members turned their backs on de Blasio when he entered a press conference after the shooting.

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AP Fears NYPD Cop Killing Might Curb Anti-Cop Rhetoric

From a beyond shameless Associated Press:

Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

By RIK STEVENS and VERENA DOBNIK | December 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

As a thought experiment, imagine if some Muslims were finally attacked because of anti-Muslim rhetoric. Would the AP be concerned that such an attack might put an end to anti-Muslim rhetoric?

In the raw hours [sic] following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor.

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NYPD: ‘Don’t Make Arrests Unless Absolutely Necessary’

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Police departments on alert after cop killings

By TOM HAYS | December 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car…

After the officers’ killings, a union-generated message at the 35,000-officer NYPD warned officers that they should respond to every radio call with two cars — "no matter what the opinion of the patrol supervisor" — and not make arrests "unless absolutely necessary."

So the protesters terrorists have won?

The president of the detectives union told members in a letter to work in threes when out on the street, wear bulletproof vests and keep aware of their surroundings.

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AP: Policemen’s Killer Angry At (Non) ‘Chokehold’ Death

From the Associated Press:

AP sources: Cops’ killer angry at chokehold death

By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ | December 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

Note that the AP doesn’t mention that minor detail that the (alleged) perp was black and the two slain officers were Asian and Hispanic (two non-black minorities) until the seventh paragraph of their article. Which is odd, since when there is a black victim their race is usually mentioned in the headline and lead.

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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Dec 20 To Dec 26

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