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Soros Gives Another $1.5M To Obama Campaign

From the New York Times:

Reversing Course, Soros to Give $1 Million to a Pro-Obama ‘Super PAC’

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Thurs September 27, 2012

The billionaire George Soros is committing $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” supporting President Obama, two people with knowledge of the matter said Thursday, a significant donation that could help spur more contributions in the closing weeks of the election campaign…

Of course, this million (really it’s a million and a half) is on top of the untold hundreds of millions that George Soros has already given the Democrat front groups and the news media (but we repeat ourselves) over the years.

Mr. Soros, a retired hedge fund manager, will also give an additional $500,000 to two super PACs backing Congressional Democrats.



France Taxes ‘Rich’ ($194K), Freezes Spending

From a giddy Reuters:

France taxes rich and business to slash deficit

By Daniel Flynn and Leigh Thomas | Fri September 28, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government unveiled sharp tax hikes on business and the rich on Friday in a 2013 budget aimed at showing France has the fiscal rigor to remain at the core of the euro zone.

We will have to wait until the 13th paragraph of this article to learn that "the rich" now means anyone making over 150,000 euros, which is $193,830 dollars.

The package will recoup 30 billion euros ($39 billion) for the public purse with a goal of narrowing the deficit to 3.0 percent of national output next year from 4.5 percent this year – France’s toughest single belt-tightening in 30 years.



Gallup: Record Preference For ‘One Party Rule’

From Gallup:

Americans’ Preference Shifts Toward One-Party Government

Change in preferences driven mostly by Democrats

by Andrew Dugan | Thurs September 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A record-high 38% of Americans prefer that the same party control the presidency and Congress, while a record-low 23% say it would be better if the president and Congress were from different parties and 33% say it doesn’t make any difference. While Americans tend to lean toward one-party government over divided government in presidential election years, this year finds the biggest gap in preferences for the former over the latter and is a major shift in views from one year ago.

These findings are based on Gallup’s annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 6-9. The data show an increased level of support for one-party rule amid a currently divided government in which the Democrats control the presidency and the Senate, while the Republicans control the House.


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Marist Oversamples NH, NV, NC Dems +5, +6%

From NBC News:

Polls: Obama leads in N.H., tighter in Nev., N.C.

By Domenico Montanaro | Thurs September 27, 2012

President Barack Obama leads Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, and the two are locked in tight contests in Nevada and North Carolina, according to a new series of NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls released Thursday.

Obama is ahead of Romney, 51 percent to 44 percent, among likely voters in New Hampshire. He also edges Romney in Nevada and North Carolina, but within the margin of error.

In Nevada, Obama gets the support of 49 percent of likely voters and Romney gets 47 percent. In North Carolina, it’s Obama at 48 percent and Romney at 46 percent. (Among registered voters in all three states, Obama’s lead expands to 8 points in New Hampshire, 4 points in North Carolina, and a wider 7 points in Nevada.)

As usual, all three of these polls oversampled Democrats even among likely voters.



‘Anti-Muslim’ Film Maker Jailed, Denied Bond

From a cheering Associated Press:

Calif. man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed

By GREG RISLING | Fri September 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The surrounding mystery of the man behind the crudely produced anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the Middle East took a strange turn after he appeared in court and gave yet another name in a string of aliases.

Notice that its his use of aliases that is the lead sentence. Not that he was arrested on what is practically a technicality.

Arrested on Thursday after authorities said he violated his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula told a judge his real name was Mark Basseley Youseff. He said he’d been using that name since 2002, even though he went by Nakoula in his fraud case.



Was There "A Formal Finding Of Terrorism"?

From Yahoo News:

U.S. responded to Benghazi attack as terrorism on ‘Day One’: Source

By Olivier Knox | Thurs September 27, 2012

When gunmen struck the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year, the response from American officials was almost simultaneous: They immediately set about collecting information about the attackers, some of whom were quickly identified as foreigners, and tracing links from them to known extremist groups, a knowledgeable source has told Yahoo News

"Friendly Libyans were saying almost immediately that the organized attackers (not the protesters) seemed to be mostly foreigners. By the 13th, people were beginning to be identified and rolled up," the source, who has been critical of the administration in the past, told Yahoo News. One early asset: Social media, where videos and photos of the attack gave intelligence officials early clues to what really happened.



FBI Is Still Not In Benghazi, Scene Not Secured

From CNN, of all places:

Sources: 15 days after Benghazi attack, FBI still investigating from afar

By CNN Wire Staff | Thurs September 27, 2012

(CNN) — More than two weeks after four Americans — including the U.S. ambassador to Libya — were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.

And CNN should know this, since they were able to waltz onto the crime scene and scoop up Ambassador Stevens’ diary.

"They’ve gotten as far as Tripoli now, but they’ve never gotten to Benghazi," CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said Wednesday, citing senior law enforcement officials.


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AP: Obama Has ‘Clear Lead’ As IA Voting Starts

From the Associated Press:

Obama ahead of Romney in Iowa polls as vote starts

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Thurs September 27, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is struggling in swing-state Iowa at a perilous point: just as voters here start casting early ballots in the presidential race.

President Barack Obama has a clear lead in Iowa opinion polls, helped by the fact that the state’s economy is far more robust than other battleground states. The president’s polling edge is so wide it has prompted grumbling among Iowa Republicans who fault Romney for failing to take advantage of Obama’s standing, which had been weakened in the four years since Iowa launched his bid for the White House in 2008…

This is why these polls are getting so outrageous.



Jobless Claims Down, 2Q GDP Revised Down

From a giddy Associated Press:

US unemployment aid applications at 2-month low

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Thurs September 27, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plunged 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 359,000, a hopeful sign for the job market. It’s the lowest level of weekly applications in nine weeks…

Weekly unemployment applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. When they consistently fall below 375,000, it typically indicates that hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate…

What a coincidence. This week’s number is below the magical 375,000 cut off.

By the way, for those keeping track, last week’s number was revised up 3,000 from 382,000 to 385,000. Which means that the new claims number has now been revised up for 35 weeks in a row and 81 of the last 82 weeks.



CBS (Dems +9) Says There Is No Polling Bias

From Sunday’s edition of the Columbus Dispatch:

Ohio Newspaper Poll | Economy: job one

By Darrel Rowland | Sunday September 23, 2012

President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 5 percentage points — 51 percent to 46 percent — among likely voters in the first Dispatch/Ohio Newspaper Organization poll of the 2012 election season.

That 5-point margin matches Obama’s advantage when survey participants were asked which candidate would do the best job of improving economic conditions in Ohio…

And this Dispatch poll has a margin of error of 3.3%.

Meanwhile, a the CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac poll taken at the same time claimed that Obama leads Romney in Ohio by 10%, which is twice what the Dispatch poll found.

For the record, even though the CBS/Times poll said that the party affiliation was "not available" for Ohio, we tracked down the numbers at the Quinnipiac University website.



NAACP Asks UN To Investigate US Election Laws

From CNS News:

NAACP Urges U.N. to Investigate America’s ‘Racially Discriminatory Election Laws’

By Patrick Goodenough | Thurs September 27, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – Charging that millions of citizens, two-fifths of them black, have been denied the right to vote because of felony convictions, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called on the United Nations this week to investigate America’s “racially discriminatory election laws.”

Who knew being a convicted felon was a race? That you are born that way?

An NAACP delegation visiting Geneva hosted a panel on the “disenfranchisement” of U.S. citizens and addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council, which is in session in the Swiss city…

The NAACP urged the U.N.’s “special rapporteur” on racism to investigate “racially discriminatory election laws,” and said the HRC should then make recommendations that would restore the political and voting rights of all citizens…

“Today, nearly 5.3 million U.S.



US Knew It Was Al Qaeda Attack ‘Within A Day’

From, of all places, the Daily Beast:

U.S. Officials Knew Libya Attacks Were Work of Al Qaeda Affiliates

By Eli Lake | Sep 26, 2012

Sources say intelligence agencies knew within a day that al Qaeda affiliates were behind the attacks in Benghazi, Libya—they even knew where one of the attackers lived.

Within 24 hours of the 9-11 anniversary attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, U.S. intelligence agencies had strong indications al Qaeda–affiliated operatives were behind the attack, and had even pinpointed the location of one of those attackers. Three separate U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said the early information was enough to show that the attack was planned and the work of al Qaeda affiliates operating in Eastern Libya.



Now Even Victoria Secret Underwear Is Racist

From Yahoo’s fashion blog, Shine:

Victoria’s Secret Geisha Lingerie Sparks Controversy: How One Blogger Took on a Brand

By Piper Weiss | Tuesday Sept 25, 2012

It takes hundreds of employees, thousands of hours and millions of dollars to launch a mass market lingerie line. And one blogger to take it all down…

They say this like it is a good thing.

Two weeks ago, Jacinto, a 26-year-old Bay Area blogger and non-profit development manager, most likely became one of those factors [in bring down the line].

It all started here. "I saw a link to [Victoria’s Secret’s Go East] line on the blog, Angry Asian Man," she says.

She writes a blog called "Angry Asian Man"?

"Hooray for exotic orientalist bull—-," wrote the blogger who included a link to the "Asian-inspired" lingerie line’s centerpiece: "The Sexy Little Geisha," a mesh teddy that comes with an obi belt, chopsticks and a fan.



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