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AP Wire
Dec 11, 2013

1. GRIDLOCK EASES ON CAPITOL HILL

A budget deal is reached that would avert about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts. It's expected to be approved by both houses.

2. WORLD LEADERS REMEMBER MANDELA

Obama's eulogy is the day's rhetorical highlight, with the crowd at the Johannesburg soccer stadium erupting in thunderous applause.

3. IN FIRST, WOMAN TO HEAD A U.S. AUTOMAKER

General Motors picks products chief Mary Barra to take over the company, which has made $20 billion since emerging from bankruptcy.

4. POLICE MOVE ON UKRAINE PROTEST CAMP

Shouting demonstrators fend off the advance, which comes just as two Western diplomats are visiting the country hoping to defuse tensions.

5. HOW SEARCHERS FOUND MISSING TRAVELERS IN NEVADA MOUNTAINS

A cell phone ping leads rescuers to a couple and four children stranded for 48 hours in subzero temperatures after their Jeep rolled over.

6. URUGUAY'S CONGRESS OK'S GOVERNMENT-RUN MARIJUANA MARKET

The plan now awaits the signature of the country's president, who says he's convinced the global drug war is a failure.

7. WHICH MAJOR INDEX STILL HASN'T FULLY RECOVERED

The Nasdaq — the biggest beneficiary of the late '90s Internet mania was also its biggest victim — remains 20 percent below its dot-com peak in March 2000.

8. SCIENTISTS PLAN TRICKY RENDEZVOUS WITH COMET

The European Space Agency is planning to land an unmanned spacecraft on a comet next year in an unprecedented mission.

9. 6-YEAR-OLD SUSPENDED FOR KISSING GIRL AT COLO. SCHOOL

The district superintendent tells the AP the boy was punished because of a policy against unwanted touching.

10. WHO WON'T BE SKATING AT SOCHI

America's Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic figure skating champ, announces that a hip injury will keep him from competing.

 

Comments

Vladtheimp

#2. Forgetting about the fact that President Obama ignored 50 years of American protocol by bowing and shaking hands with dictator Raul Castro who has imprisoned American government contractor Alan Gross for over 4 years, if you can picture this in your mind it is hilarious:

Mandela Memorial: Deaf Signer Was 'Fake'

"Bruno Druchen, national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, said the unidentified man who was on stage alongside world leaders including US President Barack Obama, "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for". http://news.sky.com/story/118072...

And what was the Secret Service thinking?

Robtownredneck

Now I don't mind carrying a grudge. But, maybe after 50 years its time to put down the sword, and offer an olive branch. WWJD? This ain't Fidel its his brother. I would think about inviting him over for ham sandwiches, cake and coffee after the funeral is over. Its a good time to rethink this stuff. On #2 I am confident the SS has the situation under controll. I think the partying, hooker group have been let go. New culture now that we got all those Bush left overs out of there. I am myself a reformed republican of some 30 years. Maybe if we just look for the good things Mr V instead of trying to twist everything around and turn it into a negative all the time. You might find yourself a happier person as well.

Goyo

Happy? Happy!!! Really? Rethink? Is that where you take someone else's thoughts from the internet and call them your own? Rethinking and happy is for loser liberal hand shaking commie socialists. Get on board, Robtownredneck.

Vladtheimp

On #2 I am confident the SS has the situation under controll. I think the partying, hooker group have been let go. New culture now that we got all those Bush left overs out of there.

Oh really?

Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, was accused of gesticulating gibberish during Tuesday's service. Members of the deaf community said his movements did not resemble any recognized form of sign language and some groups accused him of being a "fake."

Jantjie told NBC News that he is currently receiving treatment for schizophrenia and had been violent in the past. He said he started hearing voices in his head during the Mandela event and hallucinated visions of angels flying into the stadium.

Asked by The Associated Press how often he had become violent in the past, he said "a lot," but he declined to provide details. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_ne...

Nov. 15, 2013 "More than 18 months after a prostitution scandal in South America rocked the agency, new allegations have surfaced about sexual misconduct among agents. Two supervisory agents assigned to Mr. Obama’s protective detail were investigated for sending sexually suggestive emails to a female co-worker."
http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

Lanivan

11.) Lots of news about ALEC: The American Legislative Exchange Council is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations. Together, they develop model bills that lawmakers introduce and try to pass in their state legislatures. Through these model bills, ALEC has worked to privatize public education, cut taxes, reduce public employee compensation, oppose Obamacare and resist state regulations to reduce global warming gas emissions.

Leaks coming from a recent ALEC pow-wow, as reported by The Guardian:

Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency, which is Barack Obama's main channel for climate action. http://www.theguardian.com/world...

The American Legislative Exchange Council may be hemorrhaging members and grappling with a funding crisis, but that hasn't hampered its ambitions. In 2013, the conservative outfit, which specializes in generating state-level legislation, launched a multi-front jihad on green energy, with more than 77 ALEC-backed energy bills cropping up in state legislature. Among the most prominent were measures to repeal renewable energy standards and block meaningful disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. Most of these bills failed. But as state lawmakers and corporate representatives gather in Washington this week for the group's three-day policy summit, ALEC is pushing ahead with a new package of energy and environmental bills that will benefit Big Energy and polluters. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/...

And then there is this: ALEC is sort of almost a dating service between politicians at the state level, local elected politicians, and many of America's biggest companies. It brings them together much as a dating service would do. It sits them in rooms behind closed doors where three times a year they come together to think about what should be the next wave of state-based legislation and they have presentations from the companies that say what they would like to see done legislatively in states right across America. Then they have a vote and the legislators begin. Hundreds of state legislators across America belong to ALEC and come to these meetings.

They begin to have a vote on what they'd like to do in the next state assembly session. And after the legislators have voted the companies get to vote and essentially they have a veto. If they don't vote by at least 50 percent to approve a piece of legislation going forward, it doesn't happen. If they think they do approve of it, it goes ahead and becomes a model bill, which is like a blueprint for a piece of legislation that ALEC wants to see spread across America. http://www.npr.org/2013/12/10/24...

Would someone please show me where in the Constitution it states that our legislators must get a vote from corporations on proposed legislation, acting as representatives of the citizenry, before said legislation is proposed to the citizenry.

Is government controlled by Big Business any better than "Big Government"?

bigdeal

The GOP crickets are deafening...

Lanivan

My thoughts exactly.....

bigdeal

That really shut them up. They have no decent answer for ALEC. You might think the masterdebater Vampire would chime in with a silly YouTube video retort, but even he has no answer for these scumbags. If anything could ruin America, it would be the Conservatives who make up this group. They do not have YOUR best interests anywhere in their sleazy agenda. They want to control you, your thoughts, your beliefs, and your actions. Like Vlad the parrot believes, if you repeat something enough times, you begin to believe it and so do those around you.

Lanivan

ALEC is but one of several conservative think tanks, most funded and controlled by the Koch Bros, among other billionaire conservatives, whose reason for being is solely to manipulate the system, the government, and the citizenry through devious means to attain their political ambitions - largely as tax-exempt 501(3-4)C's. We the People? The Constitution? Just red meat words to keep the masses preoccupied while they go about taking advantage of that preoccupation.

Don't be too hard on Vlad, and those who think as he does. He, at least, is a more principled conservative who is smart enough to be aware of the consecration and manipulation of conservative ideals by these so-called conservative think tanks whose goal is turning our Constitutional Republic, governed by Democracy, into a Plutocracy.

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