House passes 'fiscal cliff' bill
Citizens for Legitimate Government: 1 January 2013
Breaking: House passes 'fiscal cliff' bill 01 Jan 2013 The House late Tuesday gave final approval to a Senate-backed bill that will let taxes rise for the richest Americans, shield the middle class from tax hikes and extend emergency unemployment benefits, ending Washington's long drama over the [Wall Street-engendered] "fiscal cliff." The dramatic vote followed a wild day in which the critical measure was assumed for several hours to be headed for defeat because of widespread Republican objections. The vote was 257 to 167, with 85 Republicans joining with nearly all of the chamber's Democrats. President Obama, whose vice president, Joe Biden, crafted the deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was preparing to address the nation.
Senate approves 'fiscal cliff' deal, crisis eased 01 Jan 2013 The Senate moved the U.S. economy back from the edge of a "fiscal cliff" on Tuesday, voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the House of Representatives. In a rare New Year's session at around 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT), senators voted 89-8 to raise some taxes on the wealthy while making permanent low tax rates on the middle class that have been in place for a decade. The agreement came too late for Congress to meet its own deadline of New Year's Eve for passing laws to halt $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts which strictly speaking came into force on Tuesday.
Obama's first kills of 2013: Terror drone strike kills 2 in N Afghanistan 02 Jan 2013 A US assassination drone attack has killed two people in northern Afghanistan. The drone strike killed two Afghans in the province of Kunduz on Tuesday. According to statistics published by icasualties.org earlier in the day, 398 foreign soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in 2012, compared to 2001 when the total death toll for foreign troops stood at 12.
Afghan soldier killings highest ever
31 Dec 2012 More than 1000 Afghan soldiers died in
action this year, the highest since the Taliban insurgency
began. "In the past nine months, 906 Afghan army soldiers
were killed. A total of 1056 soldiers were killed in 2012,"
defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi told
reporters in Kabul on Sunday. "The toll has increased
compared to the previous years."
Was Malala Yousafzai used for a larger US plan? -Why is Malala given so much prominence when other attacks on girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan go virtually unnoticed? by Zafar Bangash Nov 2012 Within days of the assault on Malala, American troops killed three Afghan children on October 14 in an aerial attack in the Nawa district of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. It may not be adjoining Swat Valley but is not very far either from where Malala was attacked and injured... Who is Malala Yousafzai and why has she been turned into an international icon? She even has entries on Wikipedia. How many Pakistani students, much less a girl from a remote town in Pakistan's Swat Valley, have such entries? Is it possible that unknown to her, Malala was being used in a larger US plan by first building her profile, then deliberately releasing information to make her the target of an attack in order to force the Pakistani military to launch an operation in North Waziristan that the US has been demanding for months? Not surprisingly, soon after the attack on Malala, calls were heard both within and outside Pakistan to strike at the Taliban in North Waziristan... Malala was born on July 12, 1997. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, owns a number of for-profit schools. While almost everything else in Pakistan is going down the drain, for-profit schools and the closely related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are generously financed from abroad are thriving businesses.
Reports: Russia sends another naval ship to Syria 30 Dec 2012 Russian news agencies say the navy is sending another ship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base. The reports Sunday by the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agency cited an unidentified official in the military general staff as saying the Novocherkassk, a large landing ship, has set sail from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. The ship is expected to arrive in the Tartus area in early January.
New fears for Hillary Clinton as doctors
reveal blood clot is located between her brain and
skull 31 Dec 2012 The blood clot that sent Hillary
Clinton to the hospital on Sunday is located between her
brain and her skull behind her right ear, it was revealed
this afternoon. The Secretary of State's doctors say they
found the clot in a large vein in her head - though it is in
a blood vessel that runs across the surface of her brain and
is not in the brain itself. Doctors said Clinton has
suffered no brain damage or stroke and that she is expected
to make a full recovery.
Hospital fires EIGHT veteran nurses because they refused to take flu shot for religious reasons 01 Jan 2013 An Indiana hospital has fired eight employees, many of them veteran nurses, because they refused to take the [mercury-laden, squalene-filled] flu vaccine. IU Health Goshen is just the latest hospital to force its employees to receive the jab and fire or discipline the ones who object. At least four of the nurses who was terminated tried to appeal the vaccine on religious grounds with the help of a lawyer. The hospital rejected their arguments and fired them anyway. The hospital said it was following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association, which both recommend mandatory vaccinations for employees.
The Location of Adam Lanza's Body, Like Most Mass Shooters, Is Unknown 31 Dec 2012 The body of Adam Lanza, who [allegedly] carried out the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, has been claimed but the whereabouts of the corpse remains unknown. The body was claimed by Lanza's father, Peter Lanza, according to a family spokesperson. Adam Lanza, 20, [allegedly] killed himself after he [allegedly] shot his mother and then slaughtered 20 first graders and six school staffers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 in one of the worst school shootings in American history... Like many of the mass murderers before Lanza, what happens to his body will likely be unknown.
Anonymous Hackers Target Manteca Police Department --A recently-posted video threatens the takedown of the department's Web site unless officer John Moody is fired for killing an unarmed civilian. 31 Dec 2012 Anonymous recently published a graphic video threatening to take down the official Web site for the Manteca, California, Police Department unless officer John Moody is fired and prosecuted for shooting and killing an unarmed civilian. "Back in June 2011, Manteca Officer John Moody shot 34-year-old Ernesto Duenez Jr. 11 times when he got out of the pickup truck parked in front of his residence," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Duenez, a parolee, was wanted for questioning regarding a domestic violence case."
California cop shoots unarmed man eleven times 28 Dec 2012 The day after prosecutors cleared a police officer for shooting a man eleven times and killing him, attorneys representing the victim released a graphic video showing the shooting. The San Joaquin County district attorney's office concluded that California Police Officer James Moody had been legally justified in shooting 34-year-old Ernesto Duenez Jr., but the video might bring the case back to court. On June 8, 2011, the officer ordered Duenez to get out of his pickup truck, which was parked in the driveway of his house. Duenez was on parole and was wanted in connection with a domestic-violence incident that occurred earlier that day. When the man exited his vehicle, Officer Moody immediately opened fire, shooting 13 times and riddling the man with 11 bullets in 4.2 seconds as he rolled on the ground.
Researcher: Long lines at polls caused 49,000 not to vote 29 Dec 2012 As many as 49,000 people across Central Florida were discouraged from voting because of long lines on Election Day, according to a researcher at Ohio State University who analyzed election data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel. About 30,000 of those discouraged voters -- most of them in Orange and Osceola counties -- likely would have backed Democratic President Barack Obama, according to Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at OSU. About 19,000 voters would have likely backed Republican Mitt Romney, Allen said. This suggests that Obama's margin over Romney in Florida could have been roughly 11,000 votes higher than it was, based just on Central Florida results.