Monday, December 31, 2012

News Nuggets 1142

DAYLEE PICTURE: A European Robin in Northumberland in the UK.  From the Daily Mail of the UK.

Biden Gives Republicans One Last Chance to Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff' (Jed Lewison) from Daily Kos
Kos seems to have the most up-to-date info as of noon today.
" seems as though with every day that Republicans refuse to take action, their options just keep on getting worse—and Democrats need to keep that in mind."

This Isn’t a Normal Negotiation (Greg Sargent) from the Washington Post 
"The eventual GOP agreement to raise the debt ceiling will not constitute a concession on Republicans’ part. Republican leaders know they will have to raise the debt ceiling, because (as they also know) not doing so will lead to default and damage the economy. If and when they do agree to do so, that will simply constitute an agreement on their part not to hurt the country, yet they will ask that it be treated as a concession for which they should receive something in return."

Fiscal Cliff: GOP Gives In On Social Security Cuts In Stalled Talks (UPDATE) from the Huffington Post
"Senate Republicans realized in a caucus meeting Sunday afternoon that the idea was a loser for now, even if they might return to it in reaching a larger deal later on."

Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume After GOP Caves On Social Security Cut from Talking Points Memo
"If Senate leaders reach an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, they won’t announce it today. On the Senate floor Sunday evening, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that, after a brief run off the rails, negotiations will continue in earnest through the night, with an ultimate resolution on New Year’s Eve."

Fiscal Cliff Fiasco Part CCXXVIII (Brian Beutler) from Talking Points Memo 
"What we’re witnessing in these waning hours, though, reveals a lot about the current balance of power in Washington, and the way the parties are responding to the outcome of the election."

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Most Admired in 2012 from Gallup
"Clinton has been Most Admired more than any other woman in Gallup's history."

Republican Party is 'Devoid of a Soul', says Jon Huntsman from the Daily Telegraph [of the UK]
"The Republican Party is leaderless and "devoid of a soul" but can rebuild in the wake of its election defeat if it embraces its history of supporting limited government, Jon Huntsman has said."

Researcher: Long Lines at Polls Caused 49,000 Not to Vote from the Orlando Sentinel
"About 30,000 of those discouraged voters — most of them in Orange and Osceola counties — likely would have backed Democratic President Barack Obama, according to Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at OSU."

The 15 Most Important Pets Of 2012 (SLIDESHOW) from the Huffington Post 
"Which should be considered the top pet of the year? Scroll through the slideshow below -- where the animals are listed in no particular order -- and tell us what you think in the comments."
Hope-for-Paws's Fiona is at #14!!  Go to the site and vote for it as the #1 story of the year in the comments section!!  It will bring the organization and their mission the attention that will translate into more rescued dogs!

Death of the Desert Fox: Rommel's Son's Account of his Father's Last Moments After Hitler Ordered Him to Take a Cyanide Pill or be Arrested from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"German general Erwin Rommel told his teenage son he had been ordered to kill himself by Adolf Hitler.  In a newly discovered letter, Manfred Rommel describes watching his father being led into a car moments later. Rommel, known as Desert Fox, was accused of plotting to kill Hitler."

23 Tech Predictions for 2013 from the Daily Beast
"Mini iPhones. Robotic caretakers. Implantable pedometers?! The Daily Beast runs down the tech innovations you’re most likely to see (and might not) in 2013."

Gladwell, King, Sedaris, and More: Books to Look Forward to in 2013 from the Atlantic
"'s about to be a big year in books. Below, read more on what these and other notable authors are up to in 2013."

Hell: A Very Rough Guide from the Economist [of the UK]
"Hell is steadily losing adherents. The Infernal Tourist Board (chief field-researchers Dante Alighieri and John Milton) has therefore produced a promotional flyer."

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