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Netanyahu: 'No Compromise' Over Iran's Nukes

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1. Netanyahu: 'No Compromise' Over Iran's Nukes
2. Santorum: McCain Is Obama's 'Ace in the Hole'
3. Weather Expert Links Russia's Pipeline Shutdown to Global Cooling
4. 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.': Onassis Paid for
    Robert Kennedy's Assassination
5. Imus: Media 'Afraid' of Obama Because of Race
6. We Heard: Mitt Romney, Michelle Obama, Hillary, Will Smith


1. Netanyahu: 'No Compromise' Over Iran's Nukes

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is the "single most important issue" facing incoming President Barack Obama.

And he insisted Israel would not compromise on Iran's nuclear program.

Appearing on Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Thursday, Netanyahu — who many observers believe is the leading candidate to become prime minister in the upcoming Israeli elections — discussed the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and said: "In the case of Hamas and its patron Iran, they openly declare, both of them, their desire to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

"Iran is racing to produce a nuclear weapon to that end. And so, with people who want to destroy you . . . there is no compromise. What compromise could we make with them? The method of our destruction? Of course not.

"In the case of this forward base of Iran's next to our cities, ultimately that regime will have to go."

Netanyahu went on to say: "I think there is [an] issue that will be perhaps the single most important issue facing incoming President-elect Obama. And that is the decision to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, for two reasons.

"One is that they intend to use those weapons directly against us. And the second is — you can imagine what would happen to these Iranian bases on the Mediterranean, one in Gaza and one in Lebanon, with Hezbollah, if its proxy terrorists also enjoy a nuclear umbrella.

"The prospect of having a militant Islamic regime committed to Israel's destruction, a sworn enemy of the United States, having nuclear weapons, which it can give to its proxies, is something very, very frightening indeed.

"And even if it doesn't give it to its proxies, the fact that it will wield a nuclear sword over the heads of the United States, of Israel, and many other countries, is something that should give halt to anyone concerned with the peace of the world. I think this is the biggest and most fundamental challenge facing the United States and the world."

Cavuto referred to incoming Vice President Joe Biden's remark that Barack Obama could be tested in his first few weeks in office and asked Netanyahu if he agreed.

"I have no doubt that the terrorists and their patrons — or the terrorist states and their proxies — will continuously challenge the leadership of the United States," the former prime minister answered.

"But from my two conversations with President-elect Obama, I could see that he understood this threat.

"He said that he was absolutely committed to making sure that Iran would not acquire nuclear weapons. And I think this was very important."

As Newsmax reported, Netanyahu said in late 2006, "It's 1938, and Iran is Germany, and Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs."

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2. Santorum: McCain Is Obama's 'Ace in the Hole'

Former Rep. Rick Santorum writes that as president, Barack Obama will have an "ace in the hole among Senate Republicans" — his presidential foe John McCain.

In a commentary published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pennsylvania Republican observes, "This unlikely ace can deliver not only the GOP moderates needed to break a filibuster, but also the stamp of bipartisanship."

Santorum writes that McCain was a "mainstream media darling" when he joined Democrats on many issues, earning the "maverick" moniker, and shored up that status by opposing President George W. Bush on taxes and the environment.

But when McCain became the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in the last election cycle, "he began to sound more like a conservative by altering his stands on immigration, the environment and taxes," Santorum notes. "Then he named Sarah Palin as his running mate."

That turned the media against him, according to Santorum.

But "losing the presidency will not be the final chapter of his life story," says Santorum, a former chairman of the Senate Republican Conference who lost his House seat to Bob Casey Jr. in 2006.

Santorum adds, "He knows the path to 'big media' redemption. Working with the man who vanquished him in November will show them all the real McCain again."

Santorum predicts that McCain will forge common ground with Obama and the Democrats on "a long list of initiatives that go far beyond where he has gone before, including the stimulus package."

Santorum concludes, "The two White House rivals now stand positioned to help secure each other's place in history."

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3. Weather Expert Links Russia's Pipeline Shutdown to Global Cooling

Russia's decision to cut the flow of natural gas to Europe could be linked to reports that the planet is entering a new ice age, a leading weather expert says.

AccuWeather's chief hurricane and long-range forecaster Joe Bastardi said on Glenn Beck's radio program, "My theory . . . is that [Russian Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin knows what's going to happen, or he believes the same way I do about the overall climate pattern.

"So if you control the pipeline into Europe, you literally can control Europe without firing a shot — if you control the energy."

Russia supplies about one-quarter of the European Union's gas, 80 percent of it shipped through Ukraine's vast pipeline network. Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe on Jan. 7 just as the continent was gripped by freezing temperatures, possibly instigating a new Cold War.

One report published by the Russian news source Pravda Online stated, "The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science.

"Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm, 12,000-year-long Holocene period will rather soon be coming to an end, and then the earth will return to Ice Age conditions for the next 100,000 years."

The report dismisses assertions that manmade emissions of carbon dioxide are causing global warming, noting: "Global temperatures precede or cause global CO2 changes, and not the reverse.

In other words, increasing atmospheric CO2 is not causing global temperatures to rise; instead the natural cycle increase in global temperature is causing global CO2 to rise."

Bastardi said in an interview with the Business and Media Institute cited by NewsBusters.com, "If you look at those Russian scientists, where a lot of these studies on it getting cold come from . . . what makes you think that Putin doesn't have some knowledge of that?"

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4. 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Says Onassis Paid for Robert
    Kennedy's Assassination

Robert Vaughn, who starred in the 1960s hit TV show "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," has written a book that lays out a bizarre scenario befitting a spy thriller: Tycoon Aristotle Onassis funded the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

"Most people believe a lone assassin — Palestinian refugee Sirhan Bishara Sirhan — was responsible for [Kennedy's] death," Vaughn writes.

"After studying documents, talking to experts and interviewing a crucial witness, I believe there is strong evidence that Bobby's killing was carried out by more than one gunman. And more shockingly, that the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis paid for the assassination."

Vaughn's book "A Fortunate Life," which has been excerpted in Britain's Daily Mail, is mostly about his escapades in Hollywood. But he does devote a segment to the Kennedy-Onassis connection.

Vaughn said he first met Kennedy in 1960, and over the years stayed a number of times at the Kennedy family's estate in Virginia.

Kennedy, meanwhile, had first crossed paths with Onassis in the 1950s, when Kennedy was working for the federal government. Onassis was charged with violating U.S. shipping laws, and "blamed Bobby for his predicament," according to Vaughn.

The author, citing a book by investigative journalist Peter Evans, said Onassis met John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline in 1956, and several years later began an affair with Jackie's sister, Lee Radziwill.

Onassis wed Jackie in 1968, five years after JFK's assassination.

"According to Evans, the notion of killing a Kennedy did not take shape in Onassis' mind until early 1968 when he met Mahmoud Hamshari, a follower of Yasser Arafat and a fanatical anti-American and anti-Israeli activist," writes Vaughn, who played Napoleon Solo on the TV show.

"Hamshari suggested that killing 'a high-profile American on American soil' would make the U.S. government 'think twice about backing the Jews.'

"When Hamshari had an opportunity to meet Onassis, he used it to shake down the Greek magnate for money to carry out the plot."

Vaughn said he interviewed photographer Helene Gaillet, who told him she spent time with Onassis at his Greek estate in 1973.

At the end of a conversation that reflected Onassis' "still vivid and intense" hatred of Bobby, Gaillet said, Onassis told her, "You know, Helene, I put up the money for Bobby Kennedy's murder."

Skeptics are bound to cast doubt on Vaughn and Gaillet's account, but he writes, "I'm convinced her story is a faithful rendition of what happened to her."

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5. Imus: Media 'Afraid' of Obama Because of Race

Controversial radio talk-show host Don Imus says the media is wary about criticizing or parodying Barack Obama because of "the race issue."

During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Imus agreed with Hannity that in an election Imus wants the winner to be the one who would provide the most material for comedy and commentary.

"But you supported McCain over Obama," Hannity noted. "Doesn't Obama give you more material?"

Imus answered: "I don't know. I don't hear a lot of it. I think everybody is afraid. Maybe they should be."

Hannity: "Why?"

Imus: "Well, there's the race issue."

Hannity revisited the issue later in the interview, saying: "I don't want to be in a position, as you were suggesting earlier, that anybody that's critical of him is going to be . . . "

Imus interrupted: "Oh, I don't — I'm not suggesting that. I'm saying I think people are afraid of that . . . When I saw the other night when you were critical of Obama, I don't think anybody would think you were a racist about it. It wasn't racist criticism . . . It was legitimate criticism of the policy of a guy who's going to be president."

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6. We Heard . . .

THAT former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has sent an e-mail seeking contributions to his Free and Strong America Political Action Committee and offering warm winter gear in return.

Romney, who sought the Republican presidential nomination in the last race, wrote: "My Free and Strong America PAC will be actively involved in important races this year and next year.

"There are gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, and in 2010, 36 state houses will be up, as will one-third of the United States Senate and all 435 congressional seats.

"Because the future of our country rests on what we do in these coming months, I would be grateful if you would make a generous contribution to my PAC to help with our efforts."

Contributors who give at least $60 will receive a Free and Strong America fleece hat, and those who donate $100 or more will receive a fleece hat and scarf set.

THAT a big-city daily newspaper is in danger of being shut down.

Hearst Corp. has announced that if it can't find a buyer for its Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 60 days, it will stop printing the paper and either offer it only online or shut it down entirely.

The Post-Intelligencer, founded in 1863, has the second largest circulation in the state of Washington. The paper reported losing $14 million last year amid dwindling circulation and advertising revenue.

THAT the high-paying position first-lady-to-be Michelle Obama held at a Chicago hospital has been eliminated.

The University of Chicago Medical Center, which is seeking to trim $100 million in expenses, announced that it is eliminating 15 senior executive jobs, including vice president for community and external affairs, Obama's job.

Another executive will take over her duties, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Obama began working at University of Chicago Hospitals in 2002 and earned more than $300,000 in 2005. She cut back to a part-time position during the campaign and subsequently took a leave of absence.

THAT when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 16 to 1 in favor of confirming Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, the lone vote against her was cast by Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter.

Vitter said Clinton has too many conflicts of interest because of husband Bill's fundraising in foreign nations. But the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party issued a statement calling Vitter's vote a political stunt.

THAT "Men in Black" star Will Smith would be willing to play Barack Obama in a movie about his rise to the White House.

Attending a premiere in London, Smith laughed about reports that Obama had indicated he would like Smith to play him if his life story were made into a movie, Britain's Telegraph reported.

"If I am ordered by my commander in chief to star in a film about him, I will do my duty as an American," he said.

As for moving into the White House for real, Smith said, "It's a whole lot more fun to be a movie star."

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