Archive for October 26th, 2009

Sen. Fred Thompson endorses Kris Kobach for Secretary of State

Monday, October 26th, 2009

PRESS RELEASE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATE KRIS KOBACH
For Immediate Release

October 26, 2009
SENATOR FRED THOMPSON, ACTOR AND FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ENDORSES KRIS KOBACH FOR KANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE.

On October 24-25, 2009, Senator Fred Thompson visited Kansas City. During his visit, he formally endorsed Kris Kobach for the office of Kansas Secretary of State. (more…)

Redstate — Tim Pawlenty Endorses Doug Hoffman Over Republican

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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LA man arrested in death of his unborn child

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Los Angeles, CA (AP) –

Authorities say a 37-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for the death of an unborn child believed to be his.

Nearly one in three people with HIV do not know: EU

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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AFP — Japanese firms to develop small nuclear reactors

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Japan’s major nuclear reactor manufacturers have begun developing small nuclear power systems for both developed and emerging countries, a report said on Saturday.
Toshiba Corp. is developing an ultra-compact reactor with an output of about 10,000 kilowatts and has started procedures for approval in the United States, the Nikkei business daily said.

Harvard Tightening Security After 6 Poisoned

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names

Monday, October 26th, 2009

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – Larry Whitten marched into this northern New Mexico town in late July on a mission: resurrect a failing hotel.
The tough-talking former Marine immediately laid down some new rules. Among them, he forbade the Hispanic workers at the run-down, Southwestern adobe-style hotel from speaking Spanish in his presence (he thought they’d be talking about him), and ordered some to Anglicize their names.

Leno: Poor newscast ratings stir unease at NBC stations

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Newspaper circulation falling fast, down 10.6 pct

Monday, October 26th, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — The decline in U.S. newspaper circulation is accelerating as the industry struggles with defections to the Internet and tumbling ad revenue.

Figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show that average daily circulation dropped 10.6 percent in the April-September period from the same six-month span in 2008. That was greater than the 7.1 percent decline in the October 2008-March 2009 period and the 4.6 percent drop in the April-September period of 2008.

Editor and Publisher — Top 25 Daily Newspapers

Monday, October 26th, 2009

NEW YORK Here are the top 25 newspapers in the country ranked by daily (Monday-Friday) circulation for the six months ending September 2009 from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The percent change compares the same six-month period ending September 2008.

Go here for more on this list by E&P Senior Editor Jennifer Saba, and here for a list of the top 25 papers on Sunday. For a list of the top 10 gainers this time around, go here.

Season of false starts for news organizations

Monday, October 26th, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) – A balloon racing across the Colorado sky without a 6-year-old boy inside. A major lobbyist not changing its position on climate change. A shootout with terrorists on the Potomac River that never happened
It’s been a rough season for non-news.

Gallup — Compared with 2008, more Americans ‘conservative’ in general, and on issues

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The 2009 data are based on 16 separate Gallup surveys conducted from January through September, encompassing more than 5,000 national adults per quarter. Conservatives have been the dominant ideological group each quarter, with between 39% and 41% of Americans identifying themselves as either “very conservative” or “conservative.” Between 35% and 37% of Americans call themselves “moderate,” while the percentage calling themselves “very liberal” or “liberal” has consistently registered between 20% and 21% — making liberals the smallest of the three groups.

Iraqis mourn victims of worst bombing in 2 years

Monday, October 26th, 2009

BAGHDAD (AP) – The death toll from Iraq’s worst attack in more than two years climbed to 155 Monday as Iraqis buried the dead from the twin suicide bombings that devastated the heart of Baghdad.
Funerals were held around the city amid heightened security that snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. The bombings targeted two government buildings, calling into question the state’s ability to protect itself as it prepares for January elections and the U.S. military withdrawal.

14 Americans killed in 2 Afghan helicopter crashes

Monday, October 26th, 2009

KABUL (AP) – Helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans on Monday-11 troops and three drug agents-in the deadliest day for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years. The deaths came as President Barack Obama prepared to meet his national security team for a sixth full-scale conference on the future of the troubled war.

Obama plays 24 rounds of golf in 9 months — it took Bush 3 years to play that much golf

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Wash Times — U.S. troops hope Afghanistan sacrifices not in vain

Monday, October 26th, 2009

By next August, Sgt. Coble, 27, from Germantown, will have served more than 30 months combined in Iraq and Afghanistan, far from her only child, five-year-old Troy Davis.

“We would not be honoring the lives of the troops who died if we left here without finishing our mission, and many troops are concerned that the American people have forgotten why we came here to begin with,” she said.

The Hill — White House backing Reid on public option

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Reid is reportedly rounding up votes for a public option with an opt-out clause. The White House, the theory goes, still prefers a “trigger,” which it believes is more likely to garner the support of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

WSJ — The fiscal 2010 bills grow domestic programs by 12.1%.

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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The Middle-Class Health Tax Heist Of 2009 — SALLY C. PIPES

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Poring over the details of the 1,501-page health care bill that came out of Sen. Max Baucus’ Finance Committee, it’s clear that the financing is so full of smoke and mirrors that one has to wear a respirator and hard hat to get through it.

But by the time one gets to the end of the bill, estimated to cost $829 billion over 10 years, clarity emerges – the Democrats plan to finance their expanded government care on the backs of America’s middle-class taxpayers.

Politico — Tom Coburn tells GOP to hold the pork

Monday, October 26th, 2009

But at a closed-door meeting of GOP senators this month, a tirade by the Oklahoman about the hypocrisy of using deficits to decry Democratic health care plans while voting for pumped-up appropriations bills was seconded by several senators.

If there was dissent in the room, no one voiced it.

“I don’t know that there’s another side,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who argues that Republican rhetoric on deficits is right but the reality isn’t there yet. “We’ve got to start living up to that with the way we vote. … We’re going to have to start hanging together.”