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Another domino falls as Hollande
pushes France into depression
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/30/2012 7:36:58 PM     Post Reply
If French President François Hollande thinks he can assuage the bond markets by dishing out tax-heavy austerity instead of genuine reform, he has been given very bad advice. His tragically-misguided budget offers no strategic plan to reverse--or even to stop--thirty years of slow national decline. He offers no worthwhile measures to slim the Leviathan state, now a Nordic-sized 55pc of GDP, without Nordic labour flexibility or Nordic free markets. He does not tell us how he will stem the slide in France’s share of eurozone exports over the last decade, down from 17pc to 13pc,

Romney camp joins in calls
for clear Libya explanation, says
Obama officials giving mixed info
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/30/2012 6:10:40 PM     Post Reply
The administration and the Obama re-election campaign appeared to give conflicting statements Sunday about the president’s knowledge on the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, according to the Romney camp, which has joined in asking for a clearer explanation of the events and the U.S. response. Obama Campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the president called the Sept. 11 strike an act of terror “the day after it happened.” However, David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser, said later Sunday that “in the days after” the attack on the consulate in Benghazi

Biden OK with Democrats
citing outdated number to
fault Romney on health care
Plam Beach Post (FL), by George Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/30/2012 5:28:01 PM     Post Reply
Not long after Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told seniors at Century Village of Boca Raton they could be socked with $6,300 a year in higher Medicare costs under Mitt Romney, Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged the figure is based on an analysis of an outdated plan. But Biden argued it’s fair for Democrats to keep using the number, anyway. U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, was one of the speakers who took the stage before Biden on Friday at the heavily Democratic condo community.

  


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Climate change 'may shrink fish'
BBC News [UK], by Matt McGrath    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 9/30/2012 5:25:21 PM     Post Reply
Fish species are expected to shrink in size by up to 24% because of global warming, say scientists. Researchers modelled the impact of rising temperatures on more than 600 species between 2001 and 2050. Warmer waters could decrease ocean oxygen levels and significantly reduce fish body weight. The scientists argue that failure to control greenhouse gas emissions will have a greater impact on marine ecosystems than previously thought. Previous research has suggested that changing ocean temperatures would impact both the distribution and the reproductive abilities of many species of fish.

So where has Farrakhan
led his Nation?
Chicago Sun Times (IL), by Neil Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/30/2012 5:04:14 PM     Post Reply
Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam, was seen last week dining with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Between Ahmadinejad’s stealing of the election in 2009, his suppression of the Iranians who filled the streets to protest after, his quest to develop an atomic weapon, and his threats against Israel, Ahmadinejad must have been hurting for dinner companions. Farrakhan, as is his habit, was happy to comply. Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe, Moammar Gadhafi — the world has yet to offer up a dictator Farrakhan won’t endorse.

Obama’s Penchant for
Arrogance Is Bigger Debate Foe
Bloomberg News, by Al Hunt    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/30/2012 4:36:20 PM     Post Reply
There may be only one impediment to President Barack Obama maintaining his small lead in the U.S. election over the next week: arrogance. For all the focus on the first debate between Obama and the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, in Denver on Oct. 3, history suggests these forums rarely are settled on substance; Romney and the president both are smart and cautious, not gaffe-prone. The very few game-changers in debates occur when a candidate makes a mistake or exposes an unattractive personality trait. Obama and his top political advisers basically are contemptuous of their

Mexican superstar band Maná
playing at Obama event
Associated Press, by Michelle Rindels    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2012 4:09:55 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS -Superstar Mexican rock band Maná is set to perform at President Barack Obama's campaign stop in Las Vegas on Sunday, continuing the campaign's effort to rally Hispanic voters who stand to sway the election in the swing state of Nevada. The event Sunday evening at Desert Pines High School, scheduled a week before online voter registration ends in Nevada and three weeks before early voting begins, comes as both parties have been investing heavily in the region's Spanish-language TV and radio airtime. The free concert is expected to draw 10,000 people and is Maná's first

  


  

As race stands, Obama
within reach of second term
Associated Press, by Thomas Beaumont    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2012 4:05:10 PM     Post Reply
DES MOINES, Iowa- Five weeks to Election Day, President Barack Obama is within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term. Republican Mitt Romney's path to victory is narrowing. To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing the hardest. Polls show the president with a steady lead in many of them as Romney looks to shift the dynamics of the race, starting with their first debate Wednesday in Denver. "We'd rather be us than them," says Jennifer Psaki, an Obama spokeswoman.

Steinitz: Iran economy near
collapse due to sanctions
Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 4:04:29 PM     Post Reply
Iran's economy is edging towards collapse due to international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio on Sunday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that, although sanctions are taking their toll, they are not yet forcing Iran to abandon work that could soon lead to a nuclear warhead. However, Israeli officials appear increasingly ready to acknowledge the effect of recent American and European sanctions designed to restrict Iran's lifeline oil exports. "The sanctions on Iran in the past year jumped a level," Steinitz said.

New York Plaza District Offices
Empty as Banks Cut Space
Bloomberg News, by David M. Levitt    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:59:15 PM     Post Reply
New York - Manhattan’s Plaza district, the area near Central Park that commands the nation’s highest office rents, has a glut of space as financial firms cut back and tenants seek trendier neighborhoods south of Midtown. The availability rate for offices in the Plaza submarket reached 12.3 percent last month, a two-year high, as space leased to Citigroup Inc. (C) and General Motors Co. (GM) went on the market (Snip) “The Plaza’s weakness is symptomatic of a larger problem,” said Michael Knott, a real estate investment trust analyst with Green Street Advisors Inc. in Newport Beach, California.

Third person dead from Venezuela
election shooting: Capriles
Reuters, by Andrew Cawthorne    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 9/30/2012 3:59:14 PM     Post Reply
Caracas - A third opposition supporter has died from a shooting at a rally this weekend that was the worst violence of Venezuela's volatile election campaign, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said on Sunday. "We are going to defeat violence in Venezuela," Capriles told a rally in Caracas, after confirming the third fatality in the confrontation at an opposition event in Barinas state on Saturday.

  


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Egypt's top military commander
vows army overhaul
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:54:56 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Egypt's most senior military commander has promised better training and more modern weaponry for the army in an apparent effort to satisfy officers' demands for change, which have multiplied after an uprising last year. Commander-in-Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is also the defense minister, was appointed by the country's first Islamist president Mohamed Morsi only last month and is under pressure to shake up a military which until recently had held the balance of power in Egypt for decades.Addressing troops last week during the first military drill in a series to mark the

Turkish ruling party model
for Muslim states - Erdogan
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:43:48 PM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has said his ruling political party has become a model for others to follow in Muslim states. He was addressing a congress of the AKP, the Islamist-rooted party which has dominated Turkey for a decade. The presidents of Egypt and Kyrgyzstan were among the guests in Ankara. Khaled Meshaal, exiled political leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, told the congress the party had shown the "bright face of Islam". "Erdogan, you are not only a leader in Turkey now, you are a leader in the Muslim world as well," he said.

Texting: Can we pull the
plug on our obsession?
CBS News, by Susan Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:32:28 PM     Post Reply
Once upon a time, in what seems a far-off land, if you saw someone walking down the street talking to himself, you'd think he was, well, crazy. Not any more. Ninety percent of American adults own cell phones and, whether talking or texting, it seems that 90 percent of the time, they are using them. "These days, the minute that people are alone, at a stop sign, at the checkout line in a supermarket, they panic, they reach for a phone," said MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle. She says high-speed connections have left us more disconnected than ever. "I studied families who are having breakfast together, and every

Why is Joe Scarborough ignoring
Obama's Libya scandal?
Breitbart's Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 9/30/2012 3:30:27 PM     Post Reply
I'm confused. Am I missing something?Joe Scarborough is not only a Republican, he's a Republican with an entire cable news morning show named after him; a show I'm repeatedly told influences the mainstream media. And yet, even as the Libya scandal breaks wide open across New Media, even as we discover more and more incontrovertible evidence proving the Obama Administration engaged in an unconscionable cover up that included trotting a UN Ambassador out on all the Sunday shows to tell a fairy tale our government knew wasn't true -- on Scarborough's own show

  


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Arnold married same-sex
couples while Calif. gov.
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:26:11 PM     Post Reply
Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Lesley Stahl he performed two same-sex marriage ceremonies while he was the Republican governor of California. He also says top Republican political adviser Karl Rove once dismissed his idea to run for California's highest office and that he still hasn't decided whether he will vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama for president. Schwarzenegger will appear in his first interview since it was revealed he had a secret child with his housekeeper tonight on the 45th season premiere of 60 Minutes at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. Below are transcripts of web extras that

Letterman begs Romney
to come on "Late Show"
CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has "done a first-rate job of snubbing us," CBS "Late Show" host David Letterman said Friday, demanding of his audience that if the GOP nominee hasn't appeared on his show by election day on Nov. 6, "don't vote for him." Reprising past pleas to the former Massachusetts governor, Letterman announced that "Mitch" Romney, as the bit goes, has his pick of "any night, any time, short notice, whatever he wants." President Obama went on the show last week. Letterman said he's "getting a whiff" that Romney's "scared -- let me rephrase that... yellow," and joked that

California becomes first state
in nation to ban 'gay cure'
therapy for children
NBC News, by James Eng    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:12:53 PM     Post Reply
California has become the first state in the nation to ban therapy that tries to turn gay teens straight. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits children under age 18 from undergoing “sexual orientation change efforts.” The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors. "Governor Brown today reaffirmed what medical and mental health organizations have made clear: Efforts to change minors' sexual orientation are not therapy, they are the relics of prejudice and abuse that have

Gang of teen girls 'remorseless' after
being charged as adults with beat-
ing disabled woman 'just for fun'
as she sat on her stoop
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/30/2012 3:11:49 PM     Post Reply
Six teenage girls from a Philadelphia suburb were arrested on Friday for allegedly brutally beating a mentally disabled woman ‘just for fun,’ and then posting a video of the savage attack on Facebook. Four of the suspects, ages 16 and 17, were charged as adults in the attack on the 48-year-old woman, a crime that has shaken the city of Chester just outside Philadelphia. Another teen girl and a 19-year-old woman were also arrested and are expected to face charges shortly. Anye Dennis, 16, Rahmiiyah Henderson, 16, Jamia Davis, 15, and Janyea Bell, 16, were arraigned Friday on aggravated assault,

U.S. election: Presidential debate
won’t decide election, says Paul Ryan
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 3:08:54 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Paul Ryan says he doesn’t think one event — such as the first presidential debate Wednesday night — “is going to make or break this campaign.” The GOP vice presidential candidate calls President Barack Obama “a very gifted speaker” who’s been on the national stage for several years. Ryan also is making the point that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has never been in a one-on-one presidential debate. Ryan tells “Fox News Sunday” that the race is close and he expects it will stay that way until Election Day on Nov. 6. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says on CBS’ “Face the

  



No tsunami threat from
7.4 Colombia earthquake
Los Angeles Times, by Shelby Grad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2012 3:00:34 PM     Post Reply
No tsunami warnings were issued for California or the rest of the Pacific Coast from a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that hit Colombia on Sunday morning. The temblor hit 30 miles south of the city of Popayan. There were no immediate reports about causalities or major damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was not expected to produce a tsunami and that no alerts or warnings would be issued. The statement read: Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii. Repeat. A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not

At least 32 killed in Iraq attacks
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 2:59:02 PM     Post Reply
Baghdad - A wave of shooting and bombings in Iraq on Sunday killed at least 32 people and wounded 104, security and medical officials said. The violence was centred in Baghdad and the surrounding areas of Taji, Madain and Tarmiyah, where an interior ministry official said 25 people were killed and 59 wounded, while medical sources put the toll at 28 dead and 77 wounded. Three car bombs near Baquba, north of the capital, killed three people and wounded 19, security officials and a doctor said. Farther south, in Kut, a car bomb exploded near a police river patrol force station,

Paul Ryan Tells Hunters
Thought of Second Obama
Term Makes Him ‘Shudder’
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2012 2:52:36 PM     Post Reply
Columbus, Ohio — Paul Ryan warned a group of hunters and fishermen this evening that he “shudder(s)” to think what President Obama would do “if he never has to face the voters ever again.” “You see the federal government already infringing upon the First Amendment right to religious liberty,” Ryan said, referring to the federal mandate that all employers include insurance coverage for birth control. “I see the president put these kind of regulations out there in a tough election year that could cost him votes, I wonder, I shudder as a gun owner, seeing his record when he was

Elizabeth Warren appears to
inch ahead of Scott Brown in
new Globe poll, 43 - 38
Boston Globe, by Noah Berman & Frank Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 2:48:57 PM     Post Reply
With Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown preparing for their second debate Monday night, Warren appears to be inching ahead in the highly competitive race for Senate, as Massachusetts Democrats energized by the presidential race begin to fall in line behind her, according to a new Globe poll.Warren, a Democrat, leads Brown, a Republican, 43 percent to 38 percent, a shift from the Globe’s last poll in May, when Brown held a 2-point lead. But the race remains within either candidate’s grasp, with 18 percent of voters still undecided, said Andrew E. Smith, the Globe’s pollster and the

President Obama and Mitt Romney
must deliver to crucial undecided
voters in Wednesday's debate
New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist- 9/30/2012 2:43:56 PM     Post Reply
Washington - With a handful of genuinely undecided voters holding sway in a tight race, Wednesday’s Denver debate will likely determine the next President. One way or another, debates are almost always decisive. Just ask Texas Gov. Rick (Oops) Perry — who couldn’t remember a cabinet agency he’d shut down in this year’s GOP primaries — or veterans of Gerald R. Ford’s 1976 campaign. (Snip) As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney fine-tune their strategies after weeks of skull sessions and mock debates, Ford’s misstep is a reminder that in the television era with millions watching, debates are more

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