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Budget Strains To Cut Carrier Fleet In (Persian)Gulf To 1

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say that budget strains will force the Pentagon to cut its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf area from two carriers to one.

Officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has formally approved a plan to keep just one carrier in the region. There have been two aircraft carrier groups there for most of the last two years.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Gulf but was brought home in December for maintenance. It will return later this month, but plans for the USS Harry S. Truman to deploy to the Gulf this week have been canceled.

Read more: http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/feb/06/budget-strains-cut-carrier-fleet-gulf-1/

White House: No New Peace Plan On Israel Trip

February 06, 2013 18:50 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama won't be unveiling a specific new peace proposal when he visits Israel this spring.

The White House announced Tuesday that Obama would travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, raising the possibility the U.S. would launch a new push to revive the stalled peace process.

But White House spokesman Jay Carney says that's not the purpose of the trip. He says Obama's visit is timed to coincide with the start of new terms for Obama and for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



Of course not, couldn't have THAT now...could we!

Michigan: Former Delphi Flint East Work Is Going To Mexico After GM-Delphi-UAW Agreement Ends

FLINT, MI -- The work to make instrument clusters at the former Delphi Flint East plant is going to Mexico, UAW officials said they were told.

The closing of the former Delphi Flint East plant came as a result of a 2007 agreement coming to an end between General Motors Co. and Delphi, said Lindsey Williams, vice president of corporate affairs for Delphi.

The local union, as well as the regional an national leadership, will begin negotiations to take care of members, either with a soft landing elsewhere, or finding new work as an alternative, Reyes said.

Reyes confirmed that the union was told the work was going to Mexico.

"While this is devastating news, it is not the final word, nor does it mark the end of our responsibilities to our members," he said." As a taxpayer, I am personally offended that less than four years after we helped keep them from liquidation, they show absolutely no regard for the financial well-being of these families in our community."



Gov. Snyder Urges Michigan Legislature To Approve Medicaid Expansion

Source: Lansing State Journal

Lansing State Journal-12 minutes ago

A day before he delivers his budget message to the state Legislature, Gov. Rick Snyder will headline a press conference Wednesday afternoon with groups supporting the federal expansion of Medicaid.

The expansion will allow roughly 470,000 more uninsured low-income Michiganders to be covered by Medicaid. Currently 1.9 million people received Medicaid benefits. But under the Affordable Care Act -- often referred to as Obamacare -- nearly half a million more people will become eligible for the assistance. That’s because the ACA would expand coverage to people within 133% of the federal poverty level -- $11,702 for a single person with no children and $23,021 for a family of four.

The expansion, however, is optional. So while Snyder’s appearance at the press conference signals his support of the expansion, it still has to go through the state Legislature, where it will face many skeptics who don’t believe in supporting any aspect of Obamacare.

Read more: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20130206/NEWS04/302060023/Snyder-urges-Michigan-Legislature-approve-Medicaid-expansion

Shocker here except that Snyder is trying to butter up the Dems so he can get his road project approved./b]

Turkey Has Stopped Israel To Be A Observer Member Of NATO

Turkey definitely does not want to make a partnership Israel with NATO, so the organization’s invitation to Israel blocked by Turkey.

Turkey blocked North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) initiatives taken toward the inclusion of Israel in the organization, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 5 to the reporters during his flight to Hungary.

Erdoğan was speaking on the possibility of cultural differences as the cause of the European Union’s five-decade delay, when he said it was possible that the union was “hesitant because the members will not be able to do everything they want when Turkey gets in,” likening the situation to that of NATO.

“We, as Turkey, would stop wrong steps in NATO. Thus, we saw such steps toward Israel’s inclusion in NATO. We prevented that,” Erdoğan said. “We have our own red lines. For us, to be involved in NATO with Israel is never considerable. To be with such a cruel understanding would conflict with our structure, history and culture.”



Panetta: Defense Budget Cuts Will Damage Economy

Source: Associated Press

Associated Press
Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013

WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is laying out a grim list of spending cuts the Pentagon will have to make in the coming weeks that he says will seriously damage the country's economy and degrade the military's ability to respond to a crisis.

He is slamming members of Congress as irresponsible and willing to push the country off a fiscal cliff to damage their opposing political parties.

He says if Congress doesn't pass a budget the Pentagon must absorb $46 billion in spending reductions in this fiscal year and will face a $35 billion shortfall in operating expenses.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/02/06/3836997/panetta-defense-budget-cuts-will.html#storylink=cpy

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/02/06/3836997/panetta-defense-budget-cuts-will.html

History Won’t Forgive ‘Spoiled Child’ Israel, Turkey Says

Turkey’s prime minister berated Israel Sunday over its alleged air strike on Syria and likened the government in Jerusalem to a “spoiled child.”

In his first response to last Wednesday’s apparent attack on Syrian targets, which was widely attributed to Israel, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the raid was illegal according to international law.

“Anything could happen in the region,” he told members of the press at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. “Those who treated the Israeli government like a spoiled child should know that history will not forgive Israel’s state structure.”

The attack “is unacceptable to us… It is against every international law,” added Erdogan, whose country has been a staunch opponent of the Assad regime throughout a civil war that in two years has claimed the lives of some 60,000 Syrians.



U.S. Envoy: Obama's Trip To Israel Will Bring 'Urgent' Peacemaking Agenda

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro says President Barack Obama will bring an "urgent" peacemaking agenda to Israel on his upcoming visit, focusing on the region and the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

On Tuesday the White House announced that Obama will make it to Israel at the end of March, his first trip as U.S. president, as well as the West Bank and Jordan.

Speaking to Army Radio on Wednesday morning, Ambassador Shapiro said, "We have a very complex agenda about Iran, Syria and the need to get Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, so it's important to begin as fast as possible."

Israeli Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren told Haaretz that the visit is meant "to send a clear message to the entire region about the strength of the U.S.-Israeli relationship and the intent to strengthen this historic alliance still further at this challenging moment in the Middle East."



Comm. On Gaza Flotilla:Political Echelon Could Be Held Criminally Accountable For Alleged IDF War...

Committee on Gaza flotilla: Political echelon could be held criminally accountable for alleged IDF war crimes in future probes

The Turkel Committee, which investigated the 2010 Israel Defense Forces sea raid on the Mavi Marmara as it tried to break the Gaza blockade, recommends dramatic changes in the way decisions are made about opening investigations of possible war crimes by IDF soldiers against Palestinians.

The committee, made up of Israeli and foreign dignitaries, states that the decision whether to open a criminal investigation should not be in any way dependent on the results of operational investigations conducted by the army, contrary to the IDF’s position on the matter.

In January 2011, the panel submitted the first part of its report, which dealt with the failures that occurred during the seizure of the Mavi Marmara in May 2010. Since the release of the first section, the committee has been working on the second part, which deals with Israel’s methods of investigating claims that its security forces violated the rules of war or international law.

This section of the report, some 1,000 pages long, was submitted today to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



Federal Reserve Admits It WAS Hacked By Anonymous As Group 'Takes Revenge' For Suicide Of Swartz

Source: Daily Mail

The Federal Reserve has admitted it was hacked by Anonymous as the group 'takes revenge' for suicide of Reddit founder Aaron Swartz.

The admission, which raises questions about cyber security at the Fed, follows a claim that hackers linked to the activist group Anonymous had struck the Fed on Sunday, accessing personal information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives, which it published on the Web.
Swartz, 26, killed himself on January 11, just a month before he was set to go on trial in Boston for thirteen felony charges.

Today a Fed spokeswoman said 'The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product.'

'Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system,' the spokeswoman said, adding that all individuals effected by the breach had been contacted.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274305/Federal-Reserve-WAS-hacked-Anonymous-revenge-suicide-Reddit-founder-Aaron-Swartz.html#ixzz2K8PmoJvc
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