Friday, December 7, 2012

Barack Obama - NYT: Obama Administration Approved Secret Weapons Deals that Ended up Arming Islamists in Libya - Hot Air (2) Gallup Unemployment Sharply Rises - Hot Air (3) Congress Unanimously Bans U.N.Internet Regulation - The Blaze (4) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Gets White House OK to Mandate Vehicle 'Black Boxes' Detroit News

NYT: Obama Administration Approved Secret Weapons Deals that Ended up Arming Islamists in Libya - Hot Air - Oopsie! In what has to be one of the least-shocking outcomes of Barack Obama’s Libyan adventure, the New York Times reports that his administration secretly gave approval of weapons shipments to Libyan resistance fighters, only to learn that the weapons ended up arming Islamist terror networks. Who could have seen that coming, right? The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September. But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.  Read more.......


Gallup: Unemployment Sharply Rises - Hot Air - Americans got mixed messages on employment today, as two more indicators tallied up before tomorrow’s jobs report for November. Gallup’s tracking surveys on employment showed bad news, as both adjusted and unadjusted figures showed the sharpest uptick in unemployment in the last two years: U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October. Gallup’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.3%, nearly a one-point increase over October’s rate. … It is unclear what caused the increase in the unemployment rate in November, although some experts speculate that it was caused by jobs lost as a result of superstorm Sandy. It is also possible that lackluster holiday hiring is to blame. Although the increase in the unadjusted rate in November is a sharp contrast to the 0.9-point decline seen in October, November’s 7.8% rate is still tied for the second-best unadjusted unemployment monthly reading of 2012. However, on an adjusted basis, November’s rate is the highest reading in six months. Looking at year-to-year comparisons, seasonally adjusted unemployment is down from 8.9% in November 2011. Underemployment, as measured without seasonal adjustment, was 17.2% in November, a 1.3-point increase since the end of October. The uptick in November also puts an end to the six-month trend of improvements or no change. Still, underemployment has improved 0.9 points since November 2011. Here’s the graph for the last two years. The results don’t put us back into the 2011 time frame, but they come close — and they’re significantly worse than most people expected, even with Hurricane Sandy: Read more......

Congress Unanimously Bans U.N. Internet Regulation - The Blaze - On Tuesday, TheBlaze reported that the U.S. was leading the charge to reject Internet regulation that could be proposed at the U.N. International Telecommunications Union’s world conference. Affirming this stance, the U.S. House of Representatives, like the Senate, unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to ban U.N. Internet control. PhysOrg reported Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) saying before the 397-0 vote that the representatives should “send a strong bipartisan, bicameral signal about America’s commitment to an unregulated Internet.” Congress has been applauded for their ability to come together on the issue.  Read more.....

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gets White House OK to Mandate Vehicle 'Black Boxes' - Detroit News - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles. In a notice posted Thursday, the White House Office of Management Budget said it has completed a review of the proposal to make so-called vehicle "black boxes" mandatory in all cars and trucks, clearing the way for NHTSA to publish its final regulation......In 2010, Congress considered requiring EDRs in all vehicles by legislation.  Data recorders help our engineers understand how cars perform in the real world but looking forward, we need to make sure we preserve privacy. Automakers do not access EDR data without consumer permission, and any government requirements to install EDRs on all vehicles must include steps to protect consumer privacy," said spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist.  Read more.......

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