New Video of the 17-hour Hostage Standoff in Sydney

Video shows snipers across the street at the Channel 7 newsroom

Video from CBS This Morning


People Magazine's June Hillary Clinton Issue The Worst Selling of 2014

Her book 'Hard Choices' was a total dud.  Her personal approval rating has plummeted. She recently said we should 'empathize' with our enemies. She gives policy speeches to half-empty arenas.   A large number of candidates Hillary campaigned for and endorsed in the midterms  went down in flames. Nobody, including her can name one accomplishment she had as Secretary of State.  Now her face on the cover of People magazine is the worst seller of the year 

And 2016 Republicans are supposed to be worried about her? Gimme a break.

washingtonpost reported:
In June, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on the cover of People magazine for the first time in more than a decade. Real people, not the magazine, talked about what the article might mean for 2016. They talked about whether Clinton was using a walker (she wasn't). They talked about people talking about whether Clinton was using a walker (She still wasn't).

What they didn't do was buy the magazine. According to a report from AdWeek on Monday, the June 16 issue of People featuring the former first lady and senator was the magazine's worst selling of 2014 with 503,890 copies sold. The magazine's best-selling issue --1,169,800 copies -- was the one featuring Robin Williams after his death in late August.

AdWeek said that celebrity weeklies saw poor performances with issues that featured the Kardashians and Beyonce on the cover.


NATO Has Intercepted More Than 400 Russian Flights This Year

Russian jets now flying with transponders off which is posing a real risk to civilian air traffic

NATO has warned Russia that its military flights pose a threat to civil aviation in the Baltic region after a close encounter between a Russian air force jet and a Swedish airliner, Reuters reports.

A Russian jet flying with its transponder locator switched off on Friday caused a commercial flight from Denmark to Poland to abruptly change course. The near collision elicited a strong rebuke from NATO’s secretary general:

“It is not only a question of increased … flights but it’s the way they’re conducting the flights. They are not filing their flight plans and they are not communicating with civilian air traffic control and they are not turning on their transponders,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference on Monday.

“That poses a risk to civilian air traffic. The important thing is that NATO stays vigilant and that we intercept the Russian flights.”

Russia denied its aircraft had posed any hazard to the airliner
NATO said its aircraft have intercepted more than 400 Russian flights this year, a 50 percent increase from 2013.

Here is video of a NATO fighter intercepting a Russian military Su-34 over the Baltic Sea


Federal Judge Rules Obama Executive Amnesty is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

newsmax reported:
A federal court judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday ruled parts of President Barack Obama's executive immigration orders unconstitutional, accusing him of bypassing Congress in granting deportation relief and work permits to as many as 6 million illegal immigrants.

The decision, by Judge Arthur Schwab in Pittsburgh, dismisses the White House's legal reasoning in granting the orders, which Obama announced in a prime-time speech on cable television on Nov. 20.

Schwab's ruling, described by The Washington Times as "scathing," said the president has the authority to issue executive orders and interpret the law. But "Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution..." Schwab wrote, according to The Times.

Judge Arthur Schwab was nominated by George W. Bush in 2002


WH Press Sec. Josh Earnest Takes Swipe at Ted Cruz: He Doesn't Know Much More About Senate Floor Procedure Than I Do

CNN WH correspondent Jim Acosta asks Press Secretary Josh Earnest if O is going to send Senator Ted Cruz a fruitcake for the holidays.

Josh Earnest says Cruz carried out some 'shenanigans' on the Senate Floor


Marist Poll Republican 2016: Romney Leads With 19%

Marist/McClatchy 2016--

Romney 19%
Bush 14%
Christie 9%
Huckabee 9%

Bush leads with 16% if Romney doesn't run

A new poll shows former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) nearing the top of his party’s wish list for 2016 on the day he took his most direct step yet toward a bid for president.

Bush’s support hinges, in part, on whether former GOP nominee Mitt Romney decides to make a third run for the White House. Romney was the top choice for 19 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, while Bush received 14 percent in a new McClatchy-Marist poll. Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Mike Huckabee 9%, while conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson 8%

Bush stands to gain the most if Romney skips the election. He becomes the leader with 16 percent, with Huckabee moving up to second. On Tuesday, Bush said in a Facebook post that he’s starting a leadership PAC and “actively exploring” a run for president.

 Sixty-four percent said it’s more important to choose a nominee who will back conservative principles than it is to back the candidate who has the best shot in the general election. That sentiment could benefit candidates seen by the base as ideologically pure, including Carson, Huckabee, Rep. Paul Ryan, . Rand Paul,  Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz. But as of now, the majority of those candidates have to gain significant ground before they match the poll numbers of Bush and Romney


Obama Fails to Blame Taliban for Attack on School in Pakistan

Statement posted on the  WH website


President Obama's statement condemning the mass murder in a Pakistan school fails to blame the perpetrators, the Taliban. Here's Obama's full statement:
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. As NBC reports:

Uniformed militants attacked a school, killing at least 126 people and taking hostages on Tuesday, an official said - an atrocity condemned by the White House as "heinous" and "horrific."

Provincial official Bahramand Khan said at least 126 people were killed and 122 injured. More than 100 of the dead were school children, he added. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault, which appeared to be targeting the the children of senior military officials.


Jeb Bush to ‘Actively Explore’ a 2016 Run For President

Translation: I'm running in 2016

There's just no way Jeb, who left the governorship almost 8 years ago would toss out news of an exploratory committee if he wasn't running in 2016.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans.

In a holiday message posted on Bush's Facebook page and Twitter account, the son and brother of past Republican presidents said he discussed the "future of our nation" and a potential bid for the White House with members of his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

"As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States," Bush wrote.

He added, "In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America."

Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush, 61, said he has not yet made a final decision on whether to seek the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016. She said that he will announce his decision next year "after gauging support" for a run.

CNN's Gloria Borger: He's running


71% of Americans Favor Use of Drones To Kill Al Qaeda and Taliban Terrorists

You can hit 'em with a hellfire missile, but just don't pour water on them.

Support for the use of unmanned drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists overseas is the highest it's been in over two years, but voters still express concern about innocent civilians killed in such attacks.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the United States’ use of drone aircraft to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists overseas. 
That’s up from 63% a year ago but is still down from a high of 76% in February 2012 after President Obama first acknowledged the drone program’s existence.

Just 12% oppose the use of drones to kill terrorists in other countries, while 17% remain undecided


Krauthammer Jabs Ted Cruz--- His Objection Raised Over the Weekend Wouldn't Have Done Anything to Stop Obama's Executive Order (2 Videos)

Charles says a '12-year-old with a piece of chalk' could have shown that...

"Cruz is a very interesting guy. You heard in that clip, he said, you have to decide if you want to stand with the administration or with the American people. His idea of conservatism is standing with making a statement, rather than doing something. Now, there was no way the objection he was raising over the weekend was going to anything, anything at all to stop the president's executive order. A 12 year old with a piece of chalk and a blackboard could have drawn a graph showing that was impossible"...

After Krauthammer hit Ted Cruz on his constitutional point of order, it was George Will's turn.

George says Ted Cruz is 'completely indifferent to the idea that politics is a team sport'...'He is frankly loathed within the Republican caucus'

Roll Tape--


MSNBC Host: ‘Too Early To Tell’ If Man Asking For ISIS Flag Was Motivated By Islam (Video)

Despite the Sydney, Australia hostage-taker displaying a flag reading in Arabic, ”There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God,” despite his being a self-proclaimed sheikh and despite his demand that police give him an ISIS flag, MSNBC “The Rundown” host José Diaz-Balart wondered if Iranian-born Man Haron Monis is motivated by Islam at all.

“Could very well be he’s hiding behind the flag of Islam to just deal with his own criminal past,” Diaz-Balart said. “It may have very little to do with it. It’s still too early to tell.”

“Absolutely,” agreed NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin, who is himself Muslim. “That’s not to rule anything out, but there are some things emerging that would make me as a journalist [say] ‘Well, this is interesting

h/t dailycaller


New 2016 Poll Has Joe Biden at 2 Percent, Tied With Bernie Sanders

46 points behind Hillary Clinton

Joe Biden is a sitting, two-term vice president of the United States -- a position that often entitles you to frontrunner status in your party's next presidential primary. And Biden has made clear that he's pretty interested in giving it a go.

A new poll from Monmouth University, though, should give him some pause. It shows that very same Joe Biden languishing badly in the 2016 primary. In fact, he's at just 2 percent.

That leaves him tied with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist independent senator from Vermont. Given that the poll has a 5 percent margin of error, it's also statistically possible that Biden is actually at 0 percent

Monmouth Dem 2016--

Flashback Joe Biden on 2016: 'I'm Uniquely Qualified To Be President'

'I think my knowledge of foreign policy, my engagement of world leaders, my experience uniquely positions me to follow through on the agenda Barack and I have of bringing world peace that is real and substantive'