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But please remember to post and comment on specific news items in the ‘Reader Selected News’ thread below or via the ‘News Selected By Our Readers’ link found in the sidebar.

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Reader Selected News, Week Dec 1 – Dec 7

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

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Flowers Says Clinton Approached Her In 2005

From the Washington Times:

Bill and the hoodie

By Jennifer Harper | November 28, 2012

Two decades have passed since nightclub entertainer and blond bombshell Gennifer Flowers stepped before cameras and announced she had a 12-year affair with then-Gov. Bill Clinton, joining a roster of attractive women who reported similar dalliances, wanted and unwanted.

Is there such a thing as an unwanted "dalliance"? Wouldn’t that be better called ‘sexual assault’?

Miss Flowers has stepped forward once again to reveal that in 2005, Mr. Clinton offered to come visit her once again.

“I picked up the telephone, and it was him. I said, ‘No, you can’t come over here. No way.’ I said ‘No, you can’t come to my house.’ He said, ‘I’ll put on a hoodie and jog up there.’ He used to do that.

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NIH Spends $100K To Teach Condom Negotiation

From the Washington Examiner:

Feds: $100,000 to teach teen girls ‘condom negotiation’

By Paul Bedard | November 29, 2012

The administration is funding a $100,000 study of pregnant and "at-risk" 14-17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas, to determine ways to help them choose safer lifestyles and avoid pregnancy, including better "condom negotiation" tactics.

The National Institutes of Health, part of the Health and Human Services Department, is providing a University of Houston researcher the money because of the lack of study of female teen juveniles in trouble with the law.

Remember, NIH is probably the most sacred of the sacred cows when it comes to federal spending. Not a penny of their funding can be cut, or they won’t be able to cure cancer.

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Islamists Ram Through New Egypt Constitution

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

Egypt Islamists hurriedly approve new constitution

By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL | November 30, 2012

CAIRO (AP) — Islamists approved a draft constitution for Egypt early Friday without the participation of liberal and Christian members, seeking to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel with a rushed, marathon vote that further inflames the conflict between the opposition and President Mohammed Morsi.

Gosh, this sort of sounds like what Pharaoh Obama did when he rammed through Obama-Care in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve.

By the way, this vote was not supposed to take place for another two months. (A detail the AP buries deep in their article.)

The vote by the constituent assembly advanced a charter with an Islamist bent that rights experts say could give Muslim clerics oversight over legislation and bring restrictions on freedom of speech, women’s rights and other liberties.

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UN Recognizes Palestine – Where’s Susan Rice?

From a cheering Associated Press:

UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects

By MICHAEL ASTOR and PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | November 30, 2012

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians still face enormous limitations: They don’t control their borders, airspace or trade, they have separate and competing governments in Gaza and the West Bank, and they have no unified army or police.

They aren’t a state, either. But reality has never stood in the way of the UN.

In an extraordinary lineup of international support, more than two-thirds of the world body’s 193 member states approved the resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status from an observer to a nonmember observer state on Thursday. It passed 138-9, with 41 abstentions.

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Detroit’s Mayor Says City Workers Feel Entitled

From the CBS Detroit affiliate, WWJ:

Bing Said City Workers Feel ‘Entitled,’ Says His Job Second Only To Obama’s

November 29, 2012

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Managing expectations is his day-to-day position against people who believe the mayor can solve all of Detroit’s problems is the hardest thing he deals with every day.

That’s according to an interview Detroit Mayor Dave Bing did with CNN where he talked about the community’s deep problems and how he plans to solve them.

“We are in an environment, I think, of entitlement, we’ve got a lot of people who are city workers, who for years and years, 20, 30 years, think they are entitled to a job and all that comes with it,” Bing said.

And he means they think they are entitled to a unionized government job, with all of its perks and lavish pensions.

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Obama Wants $1.6T In Taxes And More Stimulus

From an unfazed Reuters:

Obama’s opening "fiscal cliff" bid seeks debt limit hike, stimulus

by Steve Holland, Mark Felsenthal | November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s opening bid on Thursday in negotiations to avert a year-end fiscal crunch included a demand for new stimulus spending and authority to unilaterally raise the U.S. borrowing ceiling, a Republican congressional aide said.

"A demand for new stimulus spending"? It’s déjà vu all over again. This is Obama’s solution to every problem. More spending.

The proposal, made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to congressional Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, was seen as offering little the Republicans could agree to and was greeted with laughter, the aide said.

"We can’t move any closer to them because they’re not even on our planet," the aide said.

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Obama Camp Didn’t Pay Off All Of Hillary’s Debt

From the Politico:

Bill Clinton asks for help with Hillary’s 2008 campaign debt

By BOBBY CERVANTES | November 28, 2012

Bill Clinton isn’t finished campaigning just yet.

Amid speculation that Hillary Clinton might make a run for the presidency in 2016, her husband is taking another swing at shrinking her lingering 2008 campaign debt, which totals $73,000 as of Sept. 30.

In an email to supporters Wednesday, Bill Clinton offered a chance to spend a day with him if donors chipped in to drive down his wife’s campaign debt before Dec. 6…

Since becoming the nation’s top diplomat, Hillary Clinton can’t involve herself in any campaigning, which has left Bill Clinton to help out with debt reduction…

So they are still violating the spirit of the law, if not the letter.

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MI State Senator Proposes ‘Dissolving’ Detroit

From CBS Detroit affiliate, WWJ Newsradio:

State Senator Proposes Dissolving City Of Detroit

November 28, 2012

LANSING (CBS Detroit) – It would no doubt be controversial, but the idea of dissolving the fiscally struggling city of Detroit and absorbing it into Wayne County is being tossed around in Lansing.

Sure it sounds preposterous. But a lot of things sounded preposterous a few years ago that are being implemented in Obama’s America.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports some state Republicans are talking about giving the city the option to vote itself into bankruptcy. And mid-Michigan Senator Rick Jones said all options should be considered — including dissolving the city.

“If we have to, that is one idea we have to look at. We really have to look at everything that is on the table,” Jones said.

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Sad, Likely Outcome Of The Fiscal Negotiations

From the Politico:

Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges

By JIM VANDEHEI and MIKE ALLEN | November 29, 2012

[H]ere’s what to expect: Taxes will go up just shy of $1.2 trillion — the middle ground of what President Barack Obama wants and what Republicans say they could stomach.

That is not "the middle ground." Back in the negotiations in 2010, Boehner offered an $800 billion dollar tax increase. To which the Democrats tentatively agreed, but later walked away from. After the November elections, Obama doubled his demand to $1.6 trillion. So this is not the middle ground at all.

Entitlement programs, mainly Medicare, will be cut by no less than $400 billion — and perhaps a lot more, to get Republicans to swallow those tax hikes.

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The Election Over, DOJ Accuses Gallup Of Fraud

From an unblinking Washington Post:

Gallup accused of bilking government

By Sari Horwitz | November 28, 2012

The Justice Department accused the Gallup Organization on Wednesday of bilking federal agencies out of millions of dollars by routinely inflating prices for contracts.

In fact, this is the lawsuit that the DOJ joined back in August, after Axelrod threatened them over their polling methodology in April.

The 57-page civil complaint says that Gallup, the world’s best-known polling organization, inflated estimates for the number of hours that it would take to perform its polling services for the Treasury and State departments. The Justice Department accused Gallup of submitting false invoices totaling $13 million.

Federal officials also accused Gallup of negotiating to hire a federal employee who was responsible for Gallup’s contract at the Federal Emergency Management Agency while it was trying to get more funding from FEMA…

The allegations were first brought to the Justice Department by former Gallup employee Michael Lindley, who said he saw Gallup repeatedly inflate its prices while negotiating single-bidder contracts with government agencies.

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Jobless Claims At 393,000 (Not) Due To Sandy

From the seemingly habitual liars at Reuters:

Jobless claims fall for second straight week

By Lucia Mutikani | November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the storm-related surge, which has muddled the labor market picture.

Someone needs to tell Reuters the elections are over and their man was re-elected. So they can stop spinning like whirling dervishes. And note how they blame Sandy. Later, we were learn Sandy had little to do with today’s report.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week’s figure was revised up to show 6,000 more applications than previously reported.

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Susan Rice = Distraction From Benghazi, Morsi

From an irony proof New York Times:

Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points

By SCOTT SHANE | November 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — Three days after the lethal attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, asked intelligence agencies to write up some unclassified talking points on the episode. Reporters were besieging him and other legislators for comment, and he did not want to misstate facts or disclose classified information.

More than 10 weeks later, the four pallid sentences that intelligence analysts cautiously delivered are the unlikely center of a quintessential Washington drama, in which a genuine tragedy has been fed into the meat grinder of election-year politics.

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Blacks Worry About Losing Jackson, Jr’s Seat

From an unfazed Politico:

Blacks fret free-for-all for Jesse Jackson Jr. seat

By ALEX ISENSTADT | November 27, 2012

Black leaders are growing increasingly worried that a white candidate might seize the seat of former Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in the upcoming Illinois special election.

Just as a mental exercise, switch the terms "black" and "white" in the headline and lead and the rest of this article. And you end up with something that no one outside of the (Democrats’) KKK would even have dared to print at the height of (the Democrats’) Jim Crow.

With a host of black candidates announcing their intention to seek the seat, the concern is that they could split the African-American vote and provide a plurality to a white contender.

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