10 things to know today

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AP Wire
Jan 9, 2014

1. NJ GOVERNOR'S OFFICE LINKED TO TRAFFIC JAM SCANDAL

Chris Christie denies involvement in a road shutdown apparently engineered to punish a Democrat mayor.

2. OBAMA MAY DIAL BACK PHONE SURVEILLANCE

The president is also considering restricting the NSA's monitoring of foreign leaders as part of proposed intelligence changes.

3. MACY'S CUTS 2,500 JOBS

Struggling to stay afloat in cautious consumer economy, the retailer says it will save $100 million a year with the reorganization.

4. BILLIE JEAN KING HAD NO HESITATION ABOUT GOING TO SOCHI

The gay former tennis star says her participation could help the LGBT community in Russia.

5. WHERE CLUES FOR SCHUMACHER'S SKI INJURY ARE

The Formula One star's helmet camera recorded 2 minutes of footage that investigators looked at to understand what happened.

6. EGYPT'S TOP GENERAL FACES PRESIDENTIAL RUN DILEMMA

Strong support for the country's proposed constitution could mean El-Sissi has a popular mandate--but the Muslim Brotherhood has vowed a boycott of the referendum.

7. FORMER REP. GIFFORDS MARKS SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY

The onetime congresswoman who was shot in the head at a 2011 political rally goes skydiving, a testament to her remarkable recovery.

8. WHY THINKING POSITIVE CAN BE GOOD FOR MIGRAINES

A new study suggests it can make your medication work better.

9. WEARABLE TECH GADGETS TRY TO GET FOOTHOLD

For now, they have the advantage of novelty if not style; what remains to be seen is if consumers can be enticed to integrate them into their everyday attire.

10. WHO GOT ELECTED TO BASEBALL'S HALL OF FAME

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas received enough votes to enter Cooperstown, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short

Comments

Barry Soetoro

10. The fact that Maddux didn't get 100% of the baseball writer's votes proves what a farce the baseball HOF voting system is.

Vladtheimp

11, BOHICA - The Fix is In

Contrary to the wishes of a majority of citizens and the best interests of the country, Democrats, including liberals, unions, and immigrant organizations, and Republicans, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (big business), will join to force amnesty for illegal aliens through the Congress this year.

Former Grandhavenite

I think in this case it's the unions (for the most part) actually advocating the more conservative position- control illegal immigration, no amnesty, etc. It's the big business and Chamber of Commerce lobby that want to open the floodgates, since it forces down wages and gives American workers less negotiating power. Anything that they can't outsource to a third world country, they'll just try to bring in the third world workers.

Vladtheimp

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Senate Immigration Bill June 27, 2013

"The United States Senate today moved our country a big step closer to building a common sense immigration system that will allow millions of aspiring Americans to become citizens."

"There is much that works for working people in the Senate bill. Most of all, it allows people who are American in every way except on paper to come out of the shadows, lift themselves out of poverty and be recognized as contributors to our communities and our country. Unfortunately, the bill has become less inclusive, less compassionate and less just since it emerged from the Gang of 8’s bipartisan compromise. We will work to see the bill offer even more protections to workers, more access to needed benefits, a far less militarized, more sensible border security program and fewer obstacles to aspiring Americans. Clearly, no further compromise to the roadmap to citizenship can be tolerated by the labor movement or our allies."

http://www.aflcio.org/Press-Room...

Former Grandhavenite

That's interesting. I'm usually on the unions' side on most issues, and always on the side of ordinary working people, but there's no question the unions are in the wrong here- not just for the country, but for their own members. How on earth is it supposed to benefit the working people of America if we suddenly start importing an unlimited supply of low-wage labor? The corporate interests and the 1% support it for obvious reasons, but you have to wonder if the unions are simply getting paid off here to act against their own members or what's actually going on behind the scenes.

Tri-cities realist

I think the union leaders are blinded by the thought of millions of new members, and that amnesty would create more democrat voters.

Lanivan

#1. Apparently Republicans really like to shut down things. Just months after Republicans shut down the Federal government for 16 days, to the tune of $24+ billion in costs to the economy and taxpayers, the upper echelon of Gov Chris Christie deliberately shut down the George Washington Bridge for 4 1/2 days. Seems it was a retribution power play towards the Democrat mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, who committed the sin of not endorsing Christie in a fall special election.

The George Washington Bridge has the highest traffic volume of any bridge in the world. With 300,000 daily east bound crossing per day, and the closing lasting 4.5 days, at least 1.35 million crossings were affected on a bridge that is considered a critical national security risk.

When will Americans say enough! to wanton displays of petty retaliations, political retribution, and economic wastefulness callously made by Republicans, that inconveniences and disrupts the citizenry and lays waste to the economy?

Vladtheimp

The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

"The White House on Friday said it was wrong for the Internal Revenue Service to target some conservative groups — notably ones that had the words “tea party” in their titles — during the 2012 election session.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday he expects the IRS’s independent inspector general to conduct a full investigation into the matter, and said President supports a thorough probe." (Wash. Times Report)

JUSTICE: Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe into IRS tea party targeting (Jan 8, 2014) http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

bigdeal

12. Republicans believe marriage is key to eradicating poverty (but not sure about the same-sex couples raising kids yet). Because we all know that there are no married impoverished peoples, right? Sen. Marco Rubio (R) FL said today that marriage is a key component of reducing the chances of child poverty, but said there is not enough evidence to determine whether the same is true of children being raised by married same-sex couples.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

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