Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:24
by The Associated Press
10 things to know today
1. BRITISH BANK TO PAY RECORD FINE HSBC’s agreement to pay $1.9 billion is the biggest ever in a case involving a bank.
2. WHY AMERICANS ARE AFRAID OF THE ‘FISCAL CLIFF’ Voters tell the AP they have tough financial problems and have no confidence that Washington can reach a deal.
3. CLASHES EXPECTED IN CAIRO Supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist leader planned to stage rival mass rallies ahead of a vote on a constitution that has polarized the nation.
4. MORSI LOOKS MORE AND MORE LIKE A DICTATOR Some say it should come as no surprise: heavy-handed rule has a history in Egypt and in the region. 5. MEXICO PRESIDENT NOT BACKING DOWN FROM WAR ON DRUGS Enrique Pena Nieto tells The AP’s Katherine Corcoran that legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states won’t keep him from prosecuting it in Mexico.
6. WHY INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING AT THE OWNER OF JENNI RIVERA’S PLANE The Las Vegas company was involved in a federal drug investigation before the plane crash that killed the singer in Mexico.
7. SCALIA REBUTS CRITICS WHO SAYS HE IS ANTI-GAY The Supreme Court justice says legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral when asked about his rulings on sodomy laws.
8. ANOTHER JUSTICE SHARES PERSONAL SIDE Sonia Sotomayor says her fear of dying young from diabetes kept her from having children.
9. APPLE TAKES AUSTRALIANS THE WRONG WAY Police say the software giant’s mapping service is “potentially life-threatening” for sending drivers looking for the southern city of Mildura to a remote desert.
10. WHY ALAN ALDA WANTS TO KNOW WHAT TIME IS The “MASH” star posed the question from his childhood to scientists as a visiting professor at a New York college.
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AUG 28 As the controversy surrounding the Office of Group Benefits intensifies, blogger Tom Aswell gives us some background on the current problems. The OGB, which handles health insurance for current and retired state employees, is deep in the red since it was privatized by Jindal, and Aswell gives us the skinny: this great plan was designed by ALEC. The company handling it? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - a longtime member of ALEC.
AUG 28 This post on the Morning Joe program's blog runs down Bobby Jindal's recent work to "raise his profile nationally." (Yeah? No kidding.) The best part of the story about the governor who coyly declines to say he's running for president? His long-time consultant who poo-poos the memory of his cringe-worthy response to the 2009 State of the Union by saying you can tell he's doing a good job on the current campaign trail. What campaign trail?
AUG 28 Blogger CB Forgotston has a concept for a new reality show: the wives of the "Dork Dynasty." That's the name that some troopers have given to State Police Commander Mike Edmonson and his inner circle. The ladies CB has picked for his cast are not just housewives, however, and the connections here are pretty interesting.
AUG 28 Blogger Ian McGibboney is writing about the strife in Ferguson in this post, and articulating what many people down south are saying. There's a fairy tale about how there's tons of racism in the South, but it's all hunky dory up North. (Really? Look again.)
AUG 28 Scott Rogers, a television host who had a self-produced weekend morning show on WAFB, died in a shooting at his house, this story on the Baton Rouge television station tells us. He died in his St. Gabriel home, apparently at the hand of his son-in-law, who then turned the gun on himself, the story reports.
AUG 28 If you're one of those LSU football fans who think there is no greater sin than to fail as the school's football coach, this bad luck might make you happy. The son of former LSU Coach Gerry DiNardo was booked on drug and weapon charges, this post on the Picayune tells us.
AUG 28 If you lose in state court to your own constituents, the thing to do is sue the President. Right? Bayou Buzz takes a look at Bobby Jindal's legal "strategy," which basically seems aimed at getting his name in the papers. Hey -- looks like it's working!
AUG 28 Columnist Jeremy Alford takes a look at how the GOP and the Dems are approaching the Senate race in Louisiana. One study predicts a ho-hum outcome from this fall's elections, but in Louisiana the race is a focus for both parties, he says.
AUG 27 Columnist Stephanie Grace is writing about those bosom buddies (not), Bobby Jindal and David Vitter, in this post. On the one hand, the two politicians have so much in common, it's hard to tell them apart, she says. But Vitter has taken pains to distance himself from the governor, she says.
AUG 27 State retirees who get their health coverage through the state can look forward to paying more for premiums, drugs and out of pocket costs, blogger Tom Aswell tells us in this post. The problem is that Bobby Jindal's plan to privatize the system has resulted in a monthly $16 million deficit, Aswell says, so Bobby's trying to price retirees out of the system.
AUG 27 Blogger CB Forgotston is bumping up against shrill in this post, when he's talking about the taxpayer-funded house where State Police Commander Mike Edmonson lives on your dime. For instance, CB's complaining about the "servants," but the story he links to here reports that a convict cleans the house. CB also calls it a "mansion" but it sure looks more like a standard brick suburban house.
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