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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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
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SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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