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President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Obama signed the order, known as a presidential "finding", within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter.

Such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and the White House declined immediate comment.

News that Obama had given the authorization surfaced as the President and other U.S. and allied officials spoke openly about the possibility of sending arms supplies to Gaddafi’s opponents, who are fighting better-equipped government forces.





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Reuters reports:

President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Obama signed the order, known as a presidential "finding", within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter.

Such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and the White House declined immediate comment.

News that Obama had given the authorization surfaced as the President and other U.S. and allied officials spoke openly about the possibility of sending arms supplies to Gaddafi’s opponents, who are fighting better-equipped government forces.





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Several members of a separatist Alaska militia have been arrested in an alleged plot to kidnap and kill judges and state troopers. Now the political associations of the group’s leader are coming to light. From RawStory: View the felony complaint here. Five members or associates of a militia group were arrested in Fairbanks, Alaska Thursday [...]
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The Wisconsin doctors who signed fraudulent sick notes to cover striking state employees may be in trouble.

AP ("Wisconsin Licensing Dept. Looking Into Doctors' Notes"):

Wisconsin officials are investigating complaints about doctors who handed out medical excuses for pro-labor protesters at the Capitol.

Dave Ross, of the state Department of Regulation and Licensing, said the agency is looking into accusations that a number of local doctors provided the notes for protesters who missed work during the week. Ross said the department will review complaints with the independent Medical Examining Board as soon as possible. Tuesday's statement came a day after University of Wisconsin Health, which employed some of the physicians involved, said it was also looking into the matter.

Physician Lou Sanner was one of the doctors who provided notes. He told The Associated Press on Saturday that doctors wrote the notes for what they saw as legitimate health issues arising from stress.

I can't imagine the "stress" argument is going to fly, given that it's transparently bogus. The bottom line is that these doctors violated the trust that's been bestowed on them and should suffer the consequences.




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Ted ThompsonGreen Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said he planned to give both general manager and coach contract extensions, after . Well, it turns out, he already gave Thompson an extension in December. The organization just decided to wait until Friday to announce it. “We are thrilled to have Ted lead our football operations for the [...]




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Thanks to a coordinated propaganda campaign to smear President Obama’s health care law with misinformation, Republicans have found support on the right for their effort to repeal the law. But while Americans are divided on the law as a whole, “most parts of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, are actually quite popular and any attempt to repeal them could very well turn public sentiment against the repeal advocates.” These include items like tax credits for small business to offer health care coverage (supported by 78 percent of Americans) and a provision stopping insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions (supported by 71 percent).

Asked about these popular provisions yesterday on NPR, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) — who will play a key role in the new GOP-controlled Congress next year as the likely chairman of the Rules Committee — said that the Republicans have “said all along” that they want to keep those parts:

INSKEEP: So given that the law is there, I mean, what do you do with it? What do you do with portions of the law that may seem beneficial to people that are probably Republicans.

DREIER: We have said all along that we want to make sure that provisions there that are in fact beneficial in ensuring that people have access, without a huge expansion of government, we don’t want to repeal. We want to make sure that we have these very very market driven provisions that I just went through and have those put in place.

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This is, of course, flat out untrue. In fact, Republicans have been saying “all along” that they want to repeal the entirety of the law. This was one of the key drivers behind the tea party movement and the Republican campaigns they supported this fall. Congressional Republican leaders like future House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have vowed to “repeal and replace” the law with more right-wing reforms. Meanwhile, more extreme lawmakers led by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) have called for repealing the law “lock, stock, and barrel,” irrespective of replacement.

And Dreier should know about this, as he signed a petition circulated by King to repeal the entire bill. The text of the bill Dreier vowed to support — all one sentence of it — is unequivocal: the “Act is repealed…as if such Act had not been enacted.”

And King has been explicitly clear about his intentions. “Obamacare must be ripped out completely, lock, stock and barrel — root and branch — no vestige left behind, not a DNA particle of Obamacare retained,” he wrote in an op-ed. King even went so far as to demand a “blood oath” from Boehner to include a full repeal of health care reform in every appropriations bill next year, even if it results in a government shutdown. There is zero room in King’s pledge, which Dreier signed, to keep popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

ThinkProgress contacted King’s office for comment on Dreier’s apparent flip-flop, but an interview with the congressman was canceled without explanation hours after they agreed to it.

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H.R. 2923, the “Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act of 2010,” which requires retail sellers of products containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine that are precursors for methamphetamine to submit to the Department of Justice a self-certification that includes a statement that the seller understands and agrees to comply with the legal requirements with respect to these products;

H.R. 3553, the “Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act of 2010,” which makes changes to certain Native American housing assistance programs by disregarding as income benefits received for disabilities resulting from military service;

H.R. 3689, which extends the authority of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to construct a visitors center at or near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on federal land in the District;

H.R. 3980, the “Redundancy Elimination and Enhanced Performance for Preparedness Grants Act,” which requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit reports to Congress on: (1) plans to eliminate redundant reporting requirements imposed by FEMA on state, local and tribal governments in connection with the awarding of homeland security preparedness grants; and (2) efforts to measure and assess the performance of the programs funded by the grants;

S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2010,” which (1) specifies that current and former law enforcement and police officers of the executive branch of the federal government and current and former law enforcement officers of the Amtrak police and the Federal Reserve may generally be exempted from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons; and (2) makes various other amendments to the requirements for exemption of current and former law enforcement officers from such state laws; and

S. 3397, the “Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010,” which provides authority for ultimate users who have lawfully obtained controlled substances to deliver those substances for disposal to entities, including long-term-care facilities, authorized to engage in drug disposal in accordance with regulations issued by the Department of Justice to prevent diversion of the controlled substances.







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Shortly after health reform was signed into law, many GOP lawmakers said they would not try to repeal the bill. For instance, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) told a local radio host that he would not want to repeal health reform because such an effort is a “radical approach” based on a “political move, a political argument” rather than a “substantive argument.” However, pressure from ideological big business groups, Wall Street fronts like the Club for Growth, and an increasingly powerful far right faction of the GOP caucus has forced nearly every House Republican to sign Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) discharge petition to repeal “100%” of health reform. As of today, 172 of the 178 Republican members of Congress — as well as Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS) — have signed King’s pledge.

Eventually, even Reichert signed onto a slightly less extreme bill to “repeal and replace” health reform. Yesterday, ThinkProgress asked Reichert to explain why he switched from explicitly opposing repeal to signing onto a repeal bill. Reichert said he does want to repeal health reform, but rather focus on a “practical” path that maintains much of the original bill. He then explained that he would never sign onto King’s discharge petition because “it has no solutions really attached to it.” Reichert correctly stated that the discharge is an effort at “repealing the entire bill”:

TP: So you haven’t signed Steve King’s discharge petition. Is that correct, or have you?

REICHERT: No, I haven’t. I’m one of a handful of Republicans. I don’t know, maybe five or three or four or five? Something like that.

TP: You’re in the slim minority.

REICHERT: I’m not going to sign it because it has no solutions really attached to it. It’s about repealing the entire bill.

TP: It’s for taking out — Steve King said on the other day, he doesn’t want preexisting condition coverage, he doesn’t want that extended coverage on your parents’ plan, the dependent coverage that you just cited, he doesn’t want any of that.

REICHERT: Yeah. Well, everyone has their own approach and preexisting conditions is one of those I agree with.

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Notably, with the exception of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), every lawmaker at the GOP event unveiling the “Pledge to America” has signed King’s radical discharge petition to rescind all of health reform. In Reichert’s words, essentially the entire Republican caucus has already promised “no solutions” on health reform.

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A TRUTHER IN OUR MIDST … WHY ARE WE NOT SURPRISED BY THIS!

From the Investigative Project on Terrorism comes the following. Make sure to check out the VIDEO’s and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s partner Faiz Khan in his own words calling 9-11 and inside job. Faiz Khan, the long time partner of Rauf and a physician who claims to have been a first responder after the September 11 attacks has some major explaining to do.

There is a reason why Americans opposed the building of this mosque and it had nothing to do with the fact that they did not have the right to. The fact of the matter was, the whole situation did not pass the smell test … now the “Truther” comes out.

 

Faiz Khan, 9-11 Truther

But a trove of videos and writings available on the Internet shows that a longtime partner of Rauf believes the 9/11 terror attacks were “an inside job” by U.S. government and corporate interests, the Investigative Project on Terrorism found.

Faiz Khan, a physician who claims to have been a first responder after the September 11 attacks, is a founding member of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth and is on the advisory board of the Muslims for 9/11 Truth. In an essay on the Alliance’s website, he argued that “the prime factor for the success of the criminal mission known as 9/11 did not come from the quarter known as ‘militant Islam’ although the phenomenon known as ‘militant Islamic networks’ may have played a partial role, or even a less than partial role - perhaps the role of patsy and scapegoat.”

In speeches, Khan says people in the Third World, where the “sleaze of governance” is more of a given, few people question whether 9/11 was an inside job.

Check out number 52 on the 9-11 Truth.org list

Are we supposed to believe that the so-called moderate Imam Rauf did not know that his partner was a 9-141 truther? What about the US State Department who paid for Rauf to go to the Middle East and speak on behalf of the US? Did they even bother to vet this guy? How about Barack Hussein Obama, how do you feel now Mr. President that your Imam behind the near Ground Zero mosque has a 9-11 truther as a partner? Then again, as the Gateway Pundit reminds us Obama and his folks never cared enough to vet the communist, radical “green” jobs czar Van Jones to find out that he was one either. Ultimately, Van Jones was forced to resign because it was revealed he was a 9-11 truther … not the the MSM ever covered the story until his resignation.

I am sensing a pattern here. Why did the MSM not investigate this? Maybe NYC Mayor Bloomberg will have a change of heart and actually want this entire project now investigated. Investigating mosques un-American, eh Mayor Bloomberg, want to try again?

I guess we are supposed to believe that just like Barack Hussein Obama sitting in the pews for 20 years that he never heard anything hateful come from the mouth of Reverend Wright once again. Where is  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his partner  Faiz Khan explaining themselves? Hmm? Just how much is America supposed to stomach? Americans are a tolerant people, we are not stupid!

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On Tuesday evening, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) conducted an “America Speaking Out” town hall with his constituents. Gingrey explained that Republicans would solicit ideas from the public using their America Speaking Out online platform to generate a new version of the 1994 “Contract with America.” However, he said regardless of the input received, the new political document outlining the GOP agenda would focus on extending the Bush era tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans. To reinforce his point, Gingrey said that extending the Bush era tax cuts to “at any level” would be a promise so strong it would be akin to “God’s covenant with Moses,” and a “a pledge of your sworn sacred honor” that he would “sign it in blood if necessary”:

GINGREY: I had somebody say you know a Contract with America is a little redundant, going back to 1994. And I had somebody suggest at a town hall meeting recently maybe it ought to be a “Covenant with America.” Just as God’s covenant with Moses, really this is a convenant. This is more of a commitment, more than a contract. This is a pledge of your sworn sacred honor. And maybe that’s the kind of thing that we need to get, to truly get attention and sign it in blood if necessary. So we think it would be not be appropriate at a time like this to raise people’s taxes, at any level. At any level. [….]

GINGREY: When you start taxing men and women who create most of the jobs, you know that’s not the answer. So, our opinion I’m sure will be part of this covenant with America will be to keep taxes low for everybody.

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Oddly, Gingrey also attacked public sector jobs and government spending, while in the same breath empathizing with “the pain that our teachers in Georgia are feeling.”

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