Friday, November 30, 2012

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    * House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday that negotiations with Democrats to avert the "fiscal cliff" have reached a "stalemate." "Right now, we're almost nowhere," Boehner said. President Obama, meanwhile, was in Pennsylvania, where he pressed Republicans to freeze taxes for the middle class while allowing tax rates on the wealthy to to go up. "It's not acceptable to me, and I don't think it's acceptable to you, for just a handful of Republicans in Congress to hold middle-class tax cuts hostage simply because they don't want tax rates on upper-income folks to go up," Obama said.

    * Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) won't be running for the Senate or governor in 2014. "I am not running for Senate and I am not running for governor in 2014," he said in an interview. Sen. Mark Pryor (D) is expected to be vulnerable to a Republican challenge in two years.

    * It turns out conservative blogger Erick Erickson won't be challenging Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), after all. "Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign," Erickson wrote on "I'm not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement."

    * Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) won't be running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014. "I'm very happy with my district and very happy in the House. I think there will be stronger candidates statewide than I would be," Yarmuth said in an interview.

    * The Supreme Court announced no decision Friday about whether it would hear unrelated cases involving the California ballot initiative defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and the the Defense of Marriage Act. The high court could announce a decision on Monday.


    * Here's Rep. Charles Rangel's (D-N.Y.) assessment of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), now-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2000 New York Senate race: "He looked at her and got prostate cancer and quit. Giuliani just left the fight and the struggle. But quite frankly, I think Hillary Clinton was a helluva good reason to withdraw his candidacy." Giuliani was diagnosed with cancer in the runup to that campaign and ended his bid. As for a possible Clinton 2016 presidential run, Rangel had this to say: "I don't see how an individual, male or female, could be better qualified for that particular office." He added: "If her nation required a draft, she would answer."

    * After facing some criticism for not appointing any women to head any committees so far, Boehner announced Friday that Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) will chair the House Administration Committee. House Democrats are expected to have five women as ranking members on committees.

    * New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is a very popular man in the Garden State right now -- so popular that even Bruce Springsteen trails the governor by 36 points in a hypothetical matchup, according to Democratic automated pollster Public Policy Polling.

    * Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) plans to hold press conferences on Saturday to announce the support of top federal and state Republican officials, a move that looks as if it is designed to head off a primary challenge in 2014.


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    Woman Behind The NYPD Officer

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    Friday, November 30th

    Woman Behind The NYPD Officer "Boots" Photo
    Jennifer Foster, a tourist from Arizona, was walking around Times Square several days ago when she saw a man, who appeared to be homeless. He was on the sidewalk asking for change as his bare feet were exposed to the near freezing New York weather. Without any fan fair, an NYPD officer bent down on a knee and gave the man a brand-new pair of winter boots and socks. Foster used her cellphone to take a picture of the act of kindness - which rocketed instantly across social media websites across the globe. Officer Larry DePrimo, 25, was identified hours later. The New York Times said he lives with his parents on Long Island. Foster joined Sean in the show's final hour to discuss what she witnessed and how it reminded her of childhood memories of her own father, a Phoenix police officer. The photo was posted on the NYPD's Facebook site Tuesday with a description of the scene provided to the department by Foster. "I have been in law enforcement for 17 years," Foster wrote. "I was never so impressed in my life." To listen to Sean's entire heart warming discussion with Jennifer Foster please click here.

    Questions Surface About Rice's History At State Department
    New troubles have developed for Ambassador Susan Rice. Questions have surfaced about her time at the State Department when Al Qaeda bombed two African embassies in the late '90s, and how the situation parallels what happened prior to the terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead. Republican Senator Susan Collins met with Ambassador Rice for 90 minutes, and after the closed-door meeting, the senator questioned Rice's role at the State Department back in 1998 when she served as the assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Clinton administration. The comparisons are eerily similar. It gets worse. After the attacks in '98, Susan Rice was put out by the administration at the time to go on PBS and talk about the attack. Rice's explanation back in 1998 sounds an awful lot like her explanation of what happened in Benghazi this year. To watch Rice's 1998 PBS appearance and reaction from Fox News national security analyst KT McFarland, please click here.
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    Melissa Francis, host on the Fox Business Network and author of the newly released book "Diary of Stage Mother's Daughter," joined Sean in the second hour of Friday's show. Francis' book, a memoir of her life as a child star, tells the startling tale of a family under the care of a highly neurotic and dangerously competitive "tiger mother." Now the mother of two young children, Melissa knows from personal experience that the key to raising happy, confident and successful children is to respect each child for who they are, and avoid the one size fits all, pressure-packed approach. For more on Melissa Francis' new book, please click here.

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    Local Business Alert: Pepco, District officials discuss D.C. United stadium for Buzzard Point

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    Pepco, District officials discuss D.C. United stadium for Buzzard Point
    The Washington Post Friday, November 30, 2012 5:40:12 PM

    Local Business Alert


    Pepco, District officials discuss D.C. United stadium for Buzzard Point

    District officials have entered preliminary discussions with Pepco over the feasibility of building a soccer stadium for D.C. United where the utility's generation and substation facilities are located on Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C.

    Pepco's property constitutes a major portion of the footprint for a new stadium based on the plans that D.C. United officials began vetting with District officials in 2010. The utility decommissioned the generation units on the site in May of this year, but its substation there remains operational.

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