Archive for September 26th, 2009

Rasmussen — Only 16% Like The Job Congress Is Doing

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Just 16% of U.S. voters give Congress good or excellent ratings now that it’s back in action after a rough-and-tumble August recess, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Congressional Democrats: From Minority to Majority…and Back Again? — By Rhodes Cook

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

When the Democrats lost control of Congress in 1994, few political pundits saw it coming. But such a prospect in 2010, particularly a GOP takeover of the House of Representatives, is already being discussed as a real prospect.

Rasmussen — 29% Say Americans Selfish For Putting Economy Ahead of Global Warming

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Americans continue to send mixed signals about the dangers of climate change, but 47% reject the idea that they are selfish putting economic concerns ahead of the fight against global warming.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 29% of adults take the opposite view and believe Americans are being selfish for putting the economy first. Twenty-four percent (24%) are not sure.

Rasmussen — 2010 Ohio Governor: Kasich 46%, Strickland 45%

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Call it the battle of the ex-congressmen. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is in a near tie with Republican challenger John Kasich in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of the Buckeye State’s upcoming gubernatorial contest.

Financial Times — Age ratings plan to fight internet piracy

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

A scheme allowing broadband customers to choose age ratings for their internet connections could help prevent piracy at its source and reduce the need for draconian legislation to punish file-sharers, one of Britain’s broadband providers said on Friday.

Austin, TX — People who misrepresent themselves as officials in online comments could face civil, criminal penalties, Acevedo says

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says he and some of his officers have been harassed, lied about and had their identities falsely used in online blogs and in reader comment sections on local media Internet sites.

Coroner: ‘Fed’ written in pen on Ky. Census worker

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

BIG CREEK, Ky. (AP) – Authorities said a U.S. Census worker died by asphyxiation but were releasing few other details about the mysterious case nearly two weeks after Bill Sparkman’s body – with the word “fed” scrawled on the chest – was found hanging from a tree near a family cemetery secluded by Appalachian forest.

Podesta Says Value-Added Tax ‘More Plausible’ as Deficits Grow

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) — John Podesta compared the nation’s current budget crisis to the situation former President Bill Clinton faced in 1993 and said some form of a value-added tax is “more plausible today than it ever has been.”

House Democrats considering insurance tax

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats are considering a tax on high-cost insurance plans to help pay for health care overhaul that tops President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda.

Civil liberties groups: Police overreacted at G-20

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police used all the nonlethal tools at their disposal to thwart protesters at the Group of 20 summit this week, firing bean bags, hurling canisters of smoke and pepper spray, using flash-bang grenades and batons and deploying a high-tech sound-blasting device meant to push back crowds.

Financial Times — AT&T calls for FCC action on Google

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

AT&T, the largest US telecommunications group, called on federal regulators to force Google, the internet search and advertising giant, to “play by the same rules as its competitors” and ensure that its Google Voice application does not block calls to some rural areas.

Financial Times — Scepticism over G20 pledge of new era

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

World leaders promised a new era of economic co-operation at the close of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh on Friday, endorsing new guidelines for bankers’ pay, a tight timetable for regulatory reform and a new framework for balanced growth.

CNS News — CNSNews.com Administration Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S-Mexico Border

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Border Patrol Director of Media Relations Lloyd Easterling confirmed this week–as I first reported in my column yesterday–that his agency is planning for a net decrease of 384 agents on the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2010, which begins on October 1.

Financial Times — On Wall St: Sentiment remains fragile

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Until the last day or two, Wall Street was producing lots of cheerful charts with the lines pointing happily skywards. The stock market is up, and the high yield debt market, where poorly rated companies raise money, is “on fire”, according to the analysts at Citigroup.

NY Post — Translator collapsed during Khadafy’s rambling diatribe

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

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Brazil VP says country should build nuclear arms

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s vice president says his country should develop nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad: Iran is not violating IAEA rules

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country has complied with rules of the U.N. nuclear agency which require that it is informed of any new enrichment facility six months before it becomes operational.

AP — Venezuela seeking uranium with Iran’s help

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

PORLAMAR, Venezuela - Iran is helping to detect uranium deposits in Venezuela and initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant, President Hugo Chavez’s government said Friday.

UK Independent — ‘Ahmadinejad has enough uranium to go whole way’

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

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US large-loan bank losses triple to $53 billion

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) – U.S. regulators said total losses from large loans at banks and other financial institutions nearly tripled to $53 billion in 2009, due to a deteriorating economic environment and continued weak underwriting standards.