Chris Christie hits Obama and Dems on lack of leadership

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was on ?Morning Joe? this morning (full interview here), for what turned out to be great TV. Christie is famously a good friend of the show, but that didn?t stop host Joe Scarborough from asking him some very tough questions (including why he chose to hang out with Bill Clinton instead of speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference last week.

) Observers will be sure to seize on Christie?s comments that he will probably wait until 2015 to decide whether or not to run for president. But in my estimation, the real news was that Christie went out of his way to hit Democrats and President Obama ? When Mike Barnicle tried to get him to take a swipe at Republicans in Congress, Christie refused to take the bait, instead, criticizing Republicans and Democrats.

“President Obama’s climate change speech on Tuesday laid out a few plans for cutting carbon emissions. Even in the absence of specifics, though, it seems likely that carbon caps on power plants will translate into higher electric bills. For anyone who has watched power bills rise over the past few years, this should come as no surprise: Electricity is getting more expensive, even as temperatures seem to be climbing ever higher.”

Then, completely unsolicited, Christie chastised President Obama for failing to launch a bipartisan ?charm offensive? (By the way, this is information Christie?s team obviously wants you to know, inasmuch as they edited and distributed the video above.)

Dow closes at record high

Intel Corp shares shot up 3.1 per cent to $US21.75 while Hewlett-Packard rose 1.3 per cent to $US22.22. The S&P technology sector advanced 0.8 per cent while the?Philadelphiasemiconductor?sector gained 0.9 per cent. An S&P index of energy shares rose 0.

8 per cent, climbing alongside a rise of 0.9 per cent in the price of US crude oil, which was up on inflation data from?China?that reduced concerns about monetary tightening. Halliburton Co rose 1.8 per cent to $US39.11 and?Chevron Corp?gained 0.7 per cent to $US118.64. Still, profits are seen rising just 1.

“Australian accountant Sabirhan Hasanoff had a good life before he “threw that all away” and became a jihadist. Hasanoff, 37, detailed his life story in a six-page letter to US District Judge Kimba Wood, who prosecutors hope sentences Hasanoff to a maximum 20 years’ prison in a Manhattan courthouse next week. “There was no way I was ever going to assist or become involved in an act of terrorism – my goal, misguided as it was, was to fight in a war zone and, perhaps, die in the process,” Hasanoff wrote.”

5 per cent from a year-ago quarter, down from estimates in January for growth of 4.3 per cent. Analysts said, however, that the market has the momentum to push indexes higher, even with the Dow Jones industrial average up about 12 per cent and the S&P 500 up about 10 per cent for the year. Penney was the S&P 500’s largest per centage loser, tumbling 12.2 per cent to $US13.93 after the department store’s board ousted Chief Executive Ron Johnson and replaced him with his predecessor.

Sex assault cop faces sack but not jail

A decorated NSW police officer who sexually assaulted a girl on a dance floor during an assignment to protect world leaders in Perth has been spared prison but is set to lose his job. On Thursday, Justice Bruce Goetze fined Sleigh $7500 – an amount he said would go to the victim – but spared him a prison term, which he said would have been made doubly hard by his position as a police officer and convicted sex offender.

The court was also told – notwithstanding her family link to the police – that her view of the force had been changed by Sleigh’s assault.

“EXCITEMENT builds on the corner of Burrendah St, Jindalee, with the promise of Santa appearing at any moment. The key figure in a popular festive celebration for many families, Santa travels each Tuesday to Thursday afternoon for three weeks in the lead up to Christmas Not missing an opportunity to speak with Santa, Alyssa Hayman was among the kids who met Saint Nick when he made a pit stop in Jindalee last Tuesday.”

Ohio financial adviser sentenced in $4.4M fraud

CLEVELAND (AP) ? A financial adviser in northern Ohio has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding more than $4. 4 million from nearly 100 clients over a 10-year period. Many churches and charities were among those that lost money.

A federal judge in Cleveland sentenced Richard Zakarian of Vermilion on Wednesday. He also was ordered to repay the $4.

“most businesses with a good offering and good people will achieve some rate of organic growth naturally as existing customers re-order, and they refer new customers to you. Rarely though will this form of growth provide the sort of rapid, transformational growth you are after. Via acquisition, growth of 50%, 100%, or more is possible because you are buying a functioning business with staff and systems. Growth through acquisition is unquestionably the low risk growth option.”

4 million. U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach says Zakarian, a financial planner and self-employed tax preparer, lured investors with promises of guaranteed returns. Instead, the government says he made personal use of the money or invested in high-risk ventures. Zakarian’s attorney says his client is remorseful and wants to make amends.

Arnold: No offers for Rogic yet

Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold has not given up hope of retaining rising star Tomas Rogic in the face of reported interest from Europe. Melbourne Financial Planner While some media outlets have reported the departure of Rogic as all but a done deal, Arnold is not giving up hope of keeping his precocious playmaker.

There hasn’t been 100 percent confirmation of an offer,” Arnold said. “For me it’s a privilege if there is 100 percent interest in those kids from overseas and Europe and if they do go overseas I’ll be extremely disappointed, but on the other hand I’d be proud of them as individuals.” Focusing on the result, which sees the league-leading Mariners maintain a two-point buffer ahead of second-placed Adelaide, Arnold was full of praise for players such as midfielder Oliver Bozanic and stand-in captain Michael McGlinchey.

“THE prospective sale of Tom Rogic to England Premier League club Reading has re-ignited the discussion about the export of our best young players. Then there is the likely destination and understanding of the club, country, philosophy, playing squad, coaching structure and many other details that could determine the success of the move. Reading already tried to sign him once but work permit restrictions stopped the deal and for Rogic it was the best possible outcome because he was able to further his development playing for the Mariners.”

Moelis's Pridham scores Sydney Swans chairmanship

Updated | The investment banker appointed to be the new chairman of the Sydney Swans AFL club, Andrew Pridham, says it will be ?evolution not revolution? when he takes over. Read more at

“Eastern Connecticut State University students participated in clubs and organizations during the spring 2013 semester.
Moelis's Pridham scores Sydney Swans chairmanship
Colchester: Stephanie Armagno, Eastern Outdoors Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Honors Club; Jacqueline Lagasse, Biochemistry Club, Fencing Club, Honors Club; Hassan Qureshi, Biochemistry Club, Martial Arts Club; Erin Drouin, College Democrats, Honors Club, Student Government Association, Math Club; Alexandria Holmes, Culinary Arts Club, Education Club;”

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