10 things to know today

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AP Wire
Jan 8, 2014

1. FROZEN

A cold so profound emergency workers drive homeless people to shelters and Chicago's polar bear stays indoors grips the nation's midsection again.

2. ROBERT GATES CRITICIZES WHITE HOUSE'S 'CONTROLLING NATURE'

In a forthcoming book, the former defense secretary says Obama lost faith in Afghanistan strategy.

3. SURPRISE ADVANCE FOR JOBLESS BILL

Legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits for three months unexpectedly clears an early hurdle, a glimmer of cooperation in an atmosphere of intense partisanship.

4. WHY JUSTICES ARE CAUTIOUS ON TECHNOLOGY RULINGS

If the fight over the NSA's collection of telephone records reaches the Supreme Court, it will be considered by "not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people," as Justice Elena Kagan calls them.

5. KIM JONG UN EXPECTED TO ATTEND RODMAN GAME

The game, which pits former NBA stars against North Korean players, is overshadowed by the politics surrounding it.

6. WHERE PEOPLE ARE LINING UP TO GROW POT

Washington state has received more than 2,600 applications to produce marijuana for sale at state-licensed stores--nearly 10 times as many as were expected.

7. ACTRESS, A FORMER VENEZUELA BEAUTY QUEEN, SLAIN

Monica Spear, 29, and her ex-husband are shot and killed, the latest high-profile crime in a country where even foreign ambassadors and professional baseball players are not safe.

8. WHEN YOU MAY NOT FIND VELVEETA

Kraft Foods says some shoppers may have difficulty buying the cheesy dip ingredient due to a shortage over the next few weeks.

9. ISRAEL FACES KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT IDENTITY IN MIGRANT ISSUE

Fears over threats to the country's Jewish character clash with the need to tackle its African refugee problem.

10. LINDSEY VONN TO SIT OUT OLYMPICS

The most accomplished ski racer in history is "devastated" to announce her knee is "too unstable" to compete in Sochi.

Comments

Tri-cities realist

#1 Gotta love global warming! Even the polar bears are staying indoors.

#8 On a lighter note, have people been stocking up on Velveeta for the bowl games and Super Bowl?

truthhurts

True gloabal warming is liberal propaganda and a way to herd the sheep.

#5 We need to not allow rodhole back in this country! and kim small dong ...well we all know what he is. Wish i could run into him in a dark alley.

Vladtheimp

#2 She wants to be Commander-in-Chief?

“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

He IS Commander-in-Chief?

Leveling one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief sending forces into combat, Gates asserts that Obama had more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan. The president was “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail,” Gates writes in “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

Obama, after months of contentious discussion with Gates and other top advisers, deployed 30,000 more troops in a final push to stabilize Afghanistan before a phased withdrawal beginning in mid-2011. “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” Gates writes.

As a candidate, Obama had made plain his opposition to the 2003 Iraq invasion while embracing the Afghanistan war as a necessary response to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, requiring even more military resources to succeed. In Gates’s highly emotional account, Obama remains uncomfortable with the inherited wars and distrustful of the military that is providing him options. Their different worldviews produced a rift that, at least for Gates, became personally wounding and impossible to repair.

bigdeal

Hillary will win in 2016 and become our first woman President in 2017.
On your second point, do you really believe what you say? Should an incoming President from the opposite party not have some doubts about an outgoing lying President's hand-picked SOD. A president & his crony VP Cheney who lied to get us into two wars (which by then we ALL know about), but the incoming P should fall down on his knees and worship this Gates as the all-knowing and all-powerful OZ? Climb down off your soap box and take a breather, you are delusional (again). Who got Osama Bin Laden, Bush? hahaha what a joker.

Vladtheimp

I don't doubt you will do everything within your power to see that another incompetent will be elected so you can claim another "First" - first African-American, First Woman - what's next, First Transgendered Former Lesbian?

Obama chose to keep Gates; he could have selected someone else - maybe Eric Holder or Van Jones, but he didn't.

Before you slander Robert Gates, maybe you will agree with me that he knows what he dealt with as far as Congress is concerned:

"Congress is best viewed from a distance -- the farther the better -- because up close, it is truly ugly. I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country."

bigdeal

Everything in my power? Yes, I am just going to vote. 1 vote. That's it. Good luck to your competent candidate. Oh, who is that again? How about CC in NJ? I read he just imposed martial law in NJ. Think he would do that if he was Pres?
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CLAIMS AUTHORITY TO SEIZE CONTROL OF ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY FOR SNOW EMERGENCY; ORDERS ALL CITIZENS THEY HAVE "DUTY" TO COMPLY
http://www.turnerradionetwork.co...

Vladtheimp

Chris Christie? You must be joking - the likelihood is he will be challenging Shrillary for the Democrat candidacy. Talk Alan West, Scott Walker or other conservatives, especially from the State level, and you'll be far closer to the mark.

Lanivan

Cherry-picking - thy name is Valdtheimp. You forgot some important quotes from Robert Gates' book, such as:

"I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," Gates writes."

OR: "In praise of Obama, Gates calls the president's decision to order Navy SEALs to raid a house in Pakistan believed to be the hiding place of Osama bin Laden "one of the most courageous decisions I had ever witnessed in the White House."

OR: However, according to the Post, Gates also notes his support for the president's Afghanistan policies, describing Obama as a "man of personal integrity."

“I believe Obama was right in each of these decisions," Gates writes, according to the Post".

He also said he compares Bush favorably in that, Bush "had no 2nd thoughts about Iraq, including our decision to invade". With that comment, my respect for Robert Gates just decreased immeasurably.

I note you have not replied to my comment in the previous "10 Things to know today", my having taken your advice, read your link, and discussed several points. I can either assume you agree with me, or you are all tired out again. You really must learn to pace yourself. This will conclude my discussions with you, as I don't want to be responsible for any reduction in your strength or stamina.

Vladtheimp

I just hit the most devastating things a Secretary of Defense could say about a Commander in Chief and a Wannabe - in fact, Gates said some very complementary things about the President.

Last paragraph:

I didn't reply because I thought TCR hit the necessary highlights, but since you ask:
#1. Obamacare allegedly was intended to cover every American - add up the costs of the website, the costs of expanded Medicaid, the costs of subsidies (and the costs associated with taking $700 Billion from Medicare/Medicare Advantage) and it's perfectly reasonable to compare Walmart Care with Obamacare.

#2. I don't know if the Walmart policies are available to part-time employees. I note that Obamacare's Employer Mandate, which he illegally delayed for a year) exempts big employers from offering health care at the risk of penalty for employees working less than 30 hours a week. Sounds like Walmart is Obamacare mandates into account if it doesn't offer health insurance to its part time employees.

#3. Enough with the pejoratives - and with blowing smoke - of course Obamacare isn't a health insurance policy - it merely dictates what every policy has to include (unless the provisions bite them in the butt and Obama illegally changes the law, such as "permitting" insurers to go back to offering the policies he described as crummy and "substandard). Are you actually arguing that Obamacare doesn't place minimum requirements on every insurance policy issued in the U.S. of A? If so, what is all the fuss about? The lawsuits? The illegal Executive changes to the law? You have jumped the shark of absurdity with this "argument".

Grade - D

Now I'm tired of dealing with an ObamaQueen!

Lanivan

I would like to request you reconsider my grade, and give me an "F". Coming from you, it would better reflect my abilities and enhance my resume.

LessThanAmused

Whooo, you go girl. None of that PC stuff today!

Lanivan

I knew you'd understand.

Tri-cities realist

And I noticed you didn't respond to my post in that same "top10", thanks for agreeing with me!

echo5oscar

#5 Hopefully, Rodman will stay there, and we can have an end to "Dennis Diplomacy". CNN has done many stories as told from defectors. I wonder if Dennis has read any of them.

Former Grandhavenite

For awhile I was seriously wondering if Rodman or any of the Globetrotters, or any of this current team had been recruited by US intelligence. The more I see, the more convinced I am that Rodman just likes to party, eat and drink and smoke the best, etc and if there's one thing Kim Jong Un knows how to do it's how to party- oh yeah, and also to execute people in cartoonish Bond villian style.

echo5oscar

I think there is 9 other players on that team wondering if they are going to get out of that country. I know he whacked the Uncle, but the Uncle probably whacked 1000's.

Goyo

We can't be having the President of the United States in control of things-that's just crazy. Let's have the guys with the bombs cover that on their own. It's just boys and their toys anyway.

Former Grandhavenite

Yeah, the NERVE of Obama to actually set the agenda for the US military. What the hell right does he have anyway, he's just the COMMANDER IN CHIEF and the representative of the people actually paying the bill for all of these wacky and zany overseas misadventures the Pentagon dreams up.

Some of these guys over at the pentagon have fancy medals and uniforms and stuff so clearly they know better- we should just let the military and intelligence establishment make all of our national decisions. It worked out GREAT in Pakistan when they turned their government over to the ISI and the army.

Vladtheimp

Right - they lack basic qualifications to suggest military policy - Community Organizer, Harvard Law, Nobel Peace Prize (notwithstanding he killed Bin Laden and killed kids with drones)and Choom Gang- You're right I'm just anti-Obama and a racist to boot.

LessThanAmused

"You're right I'm just anti-Obama and a racist to boot".

Glad to see you're finally admitting it! That must be a load off your shoulders.
Myself, I absolutely detest any politician that comes from Texas. They're a rare breed and all seem to have as much sense as a sack of hammers.

Vladtheimp

Hey, we can agree on somethings ("Myself, I absolutely detest any politician that comes from Texas"."

Me too: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Jim Wright, Anne Richards, Lloyd Bentsen, Wendy Davis, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ramsey Clark,
Silvestre Reyes, Albert G. Bustamante,

Lanivan

I give Sam Houston a big thumbs up.

LessThanAmused

Aaah ha. Buddy You are so predictible that I could use your responses to validate my psychic skills. Your "list" leaves off at least 3 of the biggest embarrassments in recent times, including our previous illiterate "leader". As a self-professed teacher in another life I can't imagine how you justify supporting a "leader" who could barely chew gum and walk at the same time, let alone read a book? Ahh, no.

So no, I don't think we agree on somethings......gotta stop now before I break my resolution. Come on February.

LessThanAmused

Hiccup #3, or #4. I forget.

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