Thursday, 08 November 2012 10:04
by The Associated Press
10 things to know today
1. AFTER ELECTION, OBAMA AND GOP LAY DOWN MARKERS FOR DEFICIT DEAL The White House says voters want both sides to set aside partisan interests as Boehner hints at accepting some form of higher tax revenue.
2. HOW OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY COULD CHANGE IN HIS SECOND TERM The president has a freer hand to deal with Syria, Iran and China but first he has to select a new team to implement his agenda.
3. NEW STORM BRINGS SNOW TO NORTHEAST Tens of thousands lose power as Sandy-ravaged areas dig out from nor’easter. 4. WHAT THE CHINESE PRESIDENT TOLD HIS COUNTRY’S COMMUNIST CONGRESS Hu Jintao urges party members to curb graft but keep firm political control as he prepares to hand off power to successor.
5. GIFFORDS SHOOTER TO BE SENTENCED Plea-bargain will ensure that the man who shot the Arizona congresswoman and 17 others will spend the rest of his life in prison.
6. ARGENTINES PREPARE FOR HUGE ANTI-GOVERNMENT MARCH Pot-banging demonstrators will voice their concerns in Buenos Aires and plazas around the nation.
7. WHERE SCIENTOLOGY DOESN’T SET OFF ALARMS A newly opened headquarters for the movement has caused little controversy in Israel.
8. MARIJUANA VOTES SET UP SHOWDOWN WITH FEDS And a fight is exactly what pot proponents in Colorado and Washington say they want.
9. RISING TIDE OF VIOLENCE TARGETS PAKISTANI HINDUS The long-suffering minority faces increased physical attacks, forced conversions and discrimination.
10. THE COMPROMISE APPLE MADE ON THE IPAD MINI AP technology writer Peter Svensson says the screen quality on the smaller tablet is a letdown.
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DEC 6 Here we are, at the top of another bad list: this time, Louisiana has the (dubious) honor of beating out all other states when it comes to gutting higher ed funding, this Picayune story reports. The American Association of Colleges and Universities says our cuts (nearly 18 percent this year alone) are the highest in the nation. Three-fourths of the states increased funding last year, with the top spender increasing funding by 28 percent. This is a great legacy for our governor, right?
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DEC 6 Blogger Tom Aswell tells us about some fishiness he found in the state worker's comp office. There's some confusion about when one guy started working there, and there's also some involvement by a GOP lege from Hammond. It's all just another example of the Jindal administration's actions that "defy explanation," Aswell says.
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DEC 6 Here's an interesting post on DIG Magazine for football history buffs. It's about the Pelican Bowl, the Bayou Classic and the history of black college football. It's a trip down memory lane and the story of a "mythical black college national crown." What killed it? Trying to compete with the Bayou Classic.
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DEC 6 We've all been passed by a nut on the highway and assumed the driver was on drugs. Maybe that's not hyperbole: here's a story from the Picayune about a guy riding around with a meth lab in his back seat. One wonders if his insurance policy included coverage for random explosions.
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