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MSNBC more biased than Fox News according to Pew Research Center study

You know those snarky comments you hear about Fox News and its “fair and balanced” reporting? It turns out they’re not the outlet you need to be keeping an eye on this fall. Cable channel MSNBC has shown more bias in its political news than Fox’s TV coverage, according to a study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Pew studied news stories about Romney and Obama, and the study showed that in MSNBC’s coverage, 71 percent of stories about Romney portrayed him in a negative light, compared to only 46 percent of Fox segments on Obama.

via MSNBC more biased than Fox News according to Pew Research Center study
Read the Actual Study @ The Final Days of the Media Campaign 2012


MSNBC Battles ‘Pro-Obama’ Label Heading Into President’s Second Term

NEW YORK –- MSNBC President Phil Griffin labels his network’s sensibility as progressive, but the cable news channel could also be described these days as simply pro-Obama.

In the final week of the 2012 election, MSNBC ran no negative stories about President Barack Obama and no positive stories about Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

MSNBC’s afternoon and primetime hosts kept their sights on Romney and the Republicans during the election cycle, while spending considerably less time holding Obama accountable on issues like civilian casualties from drone strikes, use of executive power and the Afghanistan conflict, the nation’s longest-ever war, which escalated under the current White House. Instead, the network’s top partisan hosts –- with the exception of former Republican Rep. Joe Scarborough –- seemed to circle the wagons around the Democratic president during his reelection bid.

Read the Rest @ MSNBC Battles ‘Pro-Obama’ Label Heading Into President’s Second Term.

Rick Santelli Explodes At CNBC Guest, Walks Off Camera: ‘I Can’t Even Talk About It Anymore’

Rick Santelli got fired up this morning while he and and guest Steve Liesman were discussing the fiscal cliff. Santelli grew increasingly frustrated… eventually throwing his papers and walking off camera. “Its reprehensible that people go to Charlotte and say “fairness” and then they run to try to beat the tax man… shame on them, I cant even talk about it anymore!”

Clinton: Legalization not the answer to the drug war –

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she did not believe that domestic drug legalization was the answer to the cartel violence that plagues Central America as a result of the drug trade.

Asked by the Costa Rican ambassador to United States Muni Figueres whether the drug war was winnable, Clinton stressed that legalization is the wrong approach. “I respect those in the region who believe strongly that [U.S. legalization] would end the problem,” Clinton said Thursday at a Washington D.C. forum hosted by Foreign Policy magazine. “I am not convinced of that, speaking personally.”

Some Central American leaders have urged the United States to consider other approaches to domestic drug usage — citing ruthless drug cartels that murder thousands of their citizens. Several Central American countries are considering limited legalization of drugs within their borders…

Clinton said that anti-cartel and trafficking efforts in Colombia and Mexico have been successful in quelling some of the worst of the violence.

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Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through – Yahoo! News

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader’s newly expanded powers.

“The people want to bring down the regime,” they chanted in Tahrir Square, echoing the chants that rang out in the same place less than two years ago and brought down Hosni Mubarak.

Read the Rest @ Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through – Yahoo! News.

Syria Crisis Explained – Huffington Post

Click the link at the end of this excerpt for a breakdown of the situation, at least up until March of 2012, the first year of events…

Syria was a relative latecomer to the Arab Spring. On March 18, 2011, protesters gathered in the southern city of Daraa after Friday prayers. Angered by the arrest and torture of children who had spray-painted anti-government slogans on a wall in the city the month before, demonstrators voiced demands for greater freedoms and political participation.

The protests did not initially demand the resignation of President Bashar Assad. Instead, they focused on the lack of basic freedoms in the country, the monopoly of the Baath party, Syria’s security state apparatus and abuses by the elite, Patrick Seale, author of the book The Struggle For Syria, explains in Foreign Policy. Yet security forces responded brutally, firing live ammunition and tear gas at the crowds and killing several protesters.

As anger over civilian deaths grew and protests spread to other cities, Assad offered a series of concessions — officials implicated in the violence would be fired, a number of political prisoners would be released, and the country’s state of emergency would be lifted. The regime maintained its innocence, however, and claimed that foreign agents were to blame for the unrest.

Read the Rest @ Syria Crisis Explained
Further Reading: Syria explained: What you need to know – CNN

Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt –


A decade and a half ago, both of us served on President Clinton’s Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, the forerunner to President Obama’s recent National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. In 1994 we predicted that, unless something was done to control runaway entitlement spending, Medicare and Social Security would eventually go bankrupt or confront severe benefit cuts.Eighteen years later, nothing has been done. Why? The usual reason is that entitlement reform is the third rail of American politics. That explanation presupposes voter demand for entitlements at any cost, even if it means bankrupting the nation.

A better explanation is that the full extent of the problem has remained hidden from policy makers and the public because of less than transparent government financial statements. How else could responsible officials claim that Medicare and Social Security have the resources they need to fulfill their commitments for years to come?As Washington wrestles with the roughly $600 billion “fiscal cliff” and the 2013 budget, the far greater fiscal challenge of the U.S. government’s unfunded pension and health-care liabilities remains offstage. The truly important figures would appear on the federal balance sheet—if the government prepared an accurate one.

But it hasn’t. For years, the government has gotten by without having to produce the kind of financial statements that are required of most significant for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. The U.S. Treasury “balance sheet” does list liabilities such as Treasury debt issued to the public, federal employee pensions, and post-retirement health benefits. But it does not include the unfunded liabilities of Medicare, Social Security and other outsized and very real obligations.As a result, fiscal policy discussions generally focus on current-year budget deficits, the accumulated national debt, and the relationships between these two items and gross domestic product. We most often hear about the alarming $15.96 trillion national debt more than 100% of GDP, and the 2012 budget deficit of $1.1 trillion 6.97% of GDP. As dangerous as those numbers are, they do not begin to tell the story of the federal government’s true liabilities.

The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees’ future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more accurate figure.

Why haven’t Americans heard about the titanic $86.8 trillion liability from these programs? One reason: The actual figures do not appear in black and white on any balance sheet. But it is possible to discover them. Included in the annual Medicare Trustees’ report are separate actuarial estimates of the unfunded liability for Medicare Part A (the hospital portion), Part B (medical insurance) and Part D (prescription drug coverage).

Read the Rest @ Cox and Archer: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt –

Fast food workers call for higher wages – New York News | NYC Breaking News

Workers at some fast food restaurants in the New York City area walked off the job on Thursday. A large group gathered outside a McDonald’s on Madison and 40th St. in Manhattan demanding higher wages and the approval of a workers union.

“They’re giving us $7.25 an hour, so many of my co-workers are living on food stamps. You can’t live on that in this city,” a protester told Good Day NY. The workers who say they don’t make enough to put food on the table for their families would like an increase in their hourly pay to $15.

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Best Places to Be Born in 2013

Though America may be the “land of opportunity,” Switzerland will be the best place to be born in 2013 according to a quality-of-life index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The EIU, a sister company to The Economist magazine, determines quality of life based on surveys of the population covering 11 factors including wealth, crime, family life, trust in government and the stability of the economy…

The top ten best places to be born in 2013:
1. Switzerland
2. Australia
3. Norway
4. Sweden
5. Denmark
6. Singapore
7. New Zealand
8. Netherlands
9. Canada
10. Hong Kong

Read the Rest @ Best Places to Be Born in 2013 – Yahoo!

“Tax me more”… What a Buch of Hypocrites

There’s a reason why these guys don’t voluntarily donate more taxes, if they felt like paying extra taxes, just don’t claim any deductions in the first place. There’s no way these guys are dumb enough to honestly think extra tax money will be used wisely when it isn’t to begin with. We have a SPENDING problem in this country, and more taxes without significant reductions in spending will only enable the wasteful government we have created. This grandstanding is all for show.

Warren Buffett, Hypocrite –

This one’s truly, uh … rich: Billionaire Warren Buffett says folks like him should have to pay more taxes — but it turns out his firm, Berkshire Hathaway, hasn’t paid what it’s already owed for years. That’s right: As Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson notes, the company openly admits that it owes back taxes since as long ago as 2002.

“We anticipate that we will resolve all adjustments proposed by the US Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) for the 2002 through 2004 tax years … within the next 12 months,” the firm’s annual report says. It also cites outstanding tax issues for 2005 through 2009.

Obvious question: If Buffett really thinks he and his “mega-rich friends” should pay higher taxes, why doesn’t his firm fork over what it already owes under current rates?

Likely answer: He cares more about shilling for President Obama — who’s practically made socking “millionaires and billionaires” his re-election theme song — than about kicking in more himself.

Read the Rest @ Warren Buffett’s hokey tax-hike call–Editorial –

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The Best- and Worst-Run States in America – Yahoo Finance

Mmmm, I wonder what state is last…

How well run are America’s 50 states? The answer depends a lot on where you live. Every year, 24/7 Wall St. conducts an extensive survey of all fifty states in America. Based on a review of data on financial health, standard of living and government services by state we determine how well each state is managed. For the first time, North Dakota is the best run. California is the worst run for the second year in a row.

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WH: Obama ‘Is Not Particularly Concerned’ Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People

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. And whether we named them as al Qaeda or not does not–no, it certainly doesn’t have any bearing on what happened and who was responsible as that investigation was continuing on Benghazi.”

via WH: Obama ‘Is Not Particularly Concerned’ Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People | The Weekly Standard.

Who changed the Benghazi talking points? – CBS News

The Benghazi-Gate web has been spinning for weeks, here’s the latest “coverage” by the mainstream news media…

Who within the Obama administration deleted mention of “terrorism” and “al-Qaeda” from the CIA’s talking points on the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi? It isn’t the only unanswered question in the wake of the tragedy, but it’s proven to be one of the most confounding.

The question was first raised 12 days ago when former CIA Director General David Petraeus told members of Congress that his original talking points cleared for public dissemination included the likely involvement by terrorists and an al-Qaeda affiliate. Petraeus said somebody removed the references before they were used to inform the public.

The Obama administration has declined to directly answer who made the edits. And the nation’s top intelligence officials appear either confused or not forthcoming about the journey their own intelligence took.

On Fri. Nov. 16, Petraeus told members of Congress that it wasn’t the CIA that changed the talking points. The White House and the State Department said it wasn’t them.

Read the Rest @ Who changed the Benghazi talking points? – CBS News

‘1%’ CEO Confronts Occupy Protesters