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Breaking: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Stepping Down





WASHINGTON —(NYT) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises.

The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said
Chuck Hagel will stay on until his replacement
Obama asked Hagel to step down last Friday

**UPDATE**
Hagel was fired

The officials say the White House has lost confidence in Hagel to carry out his role at the Pentagon. According to one senior official, “He wasn’t up to the job.”

Ted Cruz: GOP Should Halt Confirming Any Executive or Judicial Nominees If Obama Implements His Illegal Executive Amnesty

Cruz on Fox and Friends this morning

Ted Cruz on Fox and Friends outlines his plan to deal with President Obama’s executive action on immigration: Refuse to vote on any more of his nominees.

“If the President announces executive amnesty, the new Senate Majority Leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee — executive or judicial — outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists"



 

Video- Greatest Catch Ever in the NFL?



Un-believable. Odell Beckham Jr., rookie wide receiver for the NY Giants made an incredible one-handed catch in the game Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium 11/23/2014

Collinsworth thinks this catch by Odell Beckham could be the greatest ever by an NFL player.

'That is absolutely impossible what he just did'...



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Iraqi Soliders, Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters Retake 2 Towns North of Baghdad From the Islamic State




Kurdish peshmerga fighters are rolling into new territory in Iraq and they're coming in from the sky too. Together with Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militia, the fighters say they're making gains against Islamic State.

On Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from IS fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months -- and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. It's a battle that comes with a cost.

The advance left at least 10 soldiers, peshmerga and militia fighters dead and 32 wounded. It's unclear how many IS fighters were killed. Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has been trying to push back the IS since it swept through mainly Sunni Muslim provinces of northern Iraq in June, meeting virtually no resistance.

The focus now is to take back the city of Ramadi



 

Vladimir Putin Says He Doesn't Want To Be President For Life, Will Step Down No later Than 2024


The world would be a much safer place if this thug stepped down tomorrow

news.au
VLADIMIR PUTIN has said he won’t remain Russia’s president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency released on Sunday.

Staying in office beyond that would be “detrimental for the country and I don’t need this,” he told the Tass news agency.

Putin, 62, has effectively led Russia since he was first elected in 2000. He stepped aside after two four-year terms to abide by constitutional term limits, but retained power as prime minister and was elected president again in 2012 to a six-year term.

Putin said his decision on whether to run for a fourth term in 2018 will depend on the situation in the country and his “own mood”.

Throughout the interview, Putin described efforts at home and abroad that he said were aimed at trying to undermine his rule.
If Putin ran for office in 2018 and won, he will have led the country for 24 of the 33 years since the fall of the Soviet Union.

 

Obama Says Voters Will Want That 'New Car Smell' in 2016


Would that not eliminate Hillary Clinton 2016 and Joe Biden too?


ABC News
President Obama, acknowledging he's taken some political "dings" during his time in the White House, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that the American people will want that "new car smell" when it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign, suggesting he may not have a prominent role on the campaign trail as the country prepares to select his replacement.

"I think the American people, you know, they're going to want -- you know, that new car smell. You know, their own -- they want to drive something off the lot that doesn't have as much mileage as me," Obama told ABC News Chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.



 

Holiday Shopping on Your Front Porch- Thieves Caught on Camera Stealing Packages (Video)



With the holidays ahead, thieves are on the look-out for easy targets. Among the most enticing for criminals? Packages left on residential porches.

Police call it "porch pirating:" Thieves steal delivered packages from porches and front door steps.

While the crime happens year-round, thieves will be working overtime throughout the holidays looking for packages left in cars and delivered to homes


 

Lindsey Graham: House GOP Benghazi Report 'Full of Crap' (VIDEO)

Graham: The House Intelligence committee is doing a lousy job policing their own
CNN Gloria Borger: 'The report said no one lied. Period.'
Graham: That's a complete bunch of garbage!


Lindsey Graham on Sunday blasted a House GOP-led investigation that recently debunked myths about the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The House Intelligence Committee released a report on Friday evening, which took two years to compile, that found there was no outright intelligence failure during the attack, there was no delay in the rescue of U.S. personnel and there was no political cover-up by Obama administration officials.

After Graham was asked whether the report exonerates the administration, he initially ignored the question, and then eventually said “no.”


 

Maher: 'Jonathan Gruber, You've Met Your Soul-Mate'...I Agree, the American People Are Stupid

Bill Maher says he agrees with Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber. Chris Matthews and Roland Martin are Maher's guests on the panel, they pretty much agree with him.

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Krauthammer: 'Big Winner of the Week Is President Obama, Because He Will 'Get Away' With Executive Amnesty

Special Report panel- Winners and Losers

Charles: Loser is James Madison, who is turning over in his grave at Obama's assault on the separation of powers




 

Hillary Clinton to Fundraise For Mary Landrieu in NY


Mary Landrieu currently trails Bill Cassidy by 15 points according to a Rasmussen survey that came out Thursday. Hillary will be able to add this one to the long list of midterm losers.



thehill 
Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraiser in New York City for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Dec. 1, according to an invitation to the event.

Landrieu is facing an uphill climb in her Dec. 6 runoff election against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is looking to unseat the Democratic incumbent. The cocktail event at a private home is the latest Clinton effort for Democratic Senate candidates in the midterms.

Several potential Republican presidential rivals to Clinton have sought to tie her to Democrats' losses on Election Day. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) branded the vanquished Democrats whom she campaigned for as "Hillary's losers."

Recent polls show Landrieu trailing Cassidy by double digits.

She also suffered a setback when her bill approving the Keystone pipeline fell one vote short in the Senate this week.

Landrieu pushed the vote to tout her energy credentials. A similar measure backed by Cassidy passed the House.


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