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There were eight candidates in the first big Republican debate of the 2012 campaign season. Two of them dominated the stage from the start in a contest over who has created more jobs.


Romney, according to his campaign. “Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate because he demonstrated that he is the only candidate in the race who can return the country to economic prosperity. Career politicians got us into the mess and it will take someone with experience in the real economy to get us out,” the campaign’s communication director Gail Gitcho said in a statement released after Wednesday’s debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi

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Valley, California. While the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign claimed victory, Rick Perry was the man in the spotlight. All eyes were on the Texas governor as he made his debut on the national stage — and when it was over Perry said in a post- debate statement he was pleased to have been able to introduce his “conservative philosophy and pro- jobs record to the American people.” Perry’s campaign said it was a “strong performance.” The new front-runner in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Perry came out swinging, writes Reuters’ Steve Holland. A confident Perry fended off Romney, the rival he bumped out of the front-runner position when he entered the race a few weeks ago. The governor also fought off friendly jabs from others on

The governor also fought off friendl y j abs from others on the stage, including fellow

the stage, including fellow Texan Ron Paul. “I kind of feel like the pinata here at the party,” Perry said at one point during the debate. Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at Brookings Institution says Perry’s performance proved he has electoral legs.

“Ever since he entered the race last month, and jumped to a double-digit lead, the big question was how he would perform in a major television debate. Would he demonstrate substantive knowledge and would he present himself in a way that would appeal to voters?. Perry demonstrated knowledge of

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September 7, 2011 For one instant on the morning of Sept. 11, an airliner that had vanished from all the tracking tools of modern aviation suddenly became visible in its final seconds to the people who had been trying to find it. It was just after 9 a.m., 16 minutes after a plane had hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, when a radio transmission came into the New York air traffic control radar center. “Hey, can you look out your window right now?” the caller said. “Yeah,” the radar control manager said. “Can you, can you see a guy at about 4,000 feet, about 5 east of the airport right now, looks like he’s —” “Yeah, I see him,” the manager said. “Do you see that guy, look, is he descending into the building also?” the caller asked. “He’s descending really quick too, yeah,” the manager said. “Forty-five hundred right now, he just dropped 800 feet in like, like one, one sweep.” “What kind of airplane is that, can you guys tell?” “I don’t know, I’ll read it out in a

minute,” the manager said. There was no time to read it out. In the background, people can be heard shouting: “Another one just hit the building. Wow. Another one just hit it hard. Another one just hit the World Trade.” The manager spoke. “The whole building just came apart,” he said. That moment is part of a newly published chronicle of the civil and military aviation responses to the hijackings that originally had been prepared by investigators for the 9/11 Commission, but never completed or released.

Threaded into vivid narratives covering each of the four airliners, the multimedia document contains 114 recordings of air traffic controllers, military aviation officers, airline and fighter jet pilots, as well as two of the hijackers, stretching across two hours of the morning of Sept. 11,


Though some of the audio has emerged over the years, mainly through public hearings and a federal criminal trial, the report provides a rare 360-degree view of events that were unfolding at high speed across the Northeast in the skies and on the ground. This week, the complete document, with recordings, is being published for the first time by the Rutgers Law Review, and

selections of it are available online at nytimes.com. “The story of the day, of 9/11 itself, is best told in the voices of 9/11,” said Miles Kara, a retired Army colonel and an investigator for the commission who studied the events of that morning. Most of the work on the document — which commission staff members called an “audio monograph” — was finished in 2004, not in time to go through a long legal review before the commission was shut down that August. Mr. Kara tracked down the original electronic files earlier this year in the National Archives and finished reviewing and transcribing them with help from law students and John J. Farmer Jr., the dean of Rutgers Law School, who served as senior counsel to the commission. At hearings in 2003 and 2004, the 9/11 Commission played some of the recordings and said civil and military controllers improvised responses to attacks they had never trained for. At 9 a.m., a manager of air traffic control in New York called Federal Aviation Administration headquarters in Herndon, Va., trying to find out if the civil aviation officials were working with the military. “Do you know if anyone down there has done any coordination to

scramble fighter-type airplanes?” the manager asked, continuing:

“We have several situations going, going on here, it is escalating big, big time, and we need to get the military involved with us.” One plane had already crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Another had been hijacked and was seconds from hitting the south tower. At F.A.A. headquarters, not everyone was up to speed. “Why, what’s going on?” the man in Herndon asked. “Just get me somebody who has the authority to get military in the air, now,” the manager said. In its 2004 report, the commission praised front-line aviation officials. But it then thoroughly dismantled the accounts of senior government officials, who in the weeks after Sept. 11, and for more than a year afterward, assured the public that fighter pilots had been in hot pursuit of the suicidal hijackers. During these chases, according to accounts from Vice President Dick Cheney, the F.A.A. and the Defense Department, the pilots were described as ready to carry out a wrenching order from President George W. Bush to shoot down airliners. The commission discovered that little of that was true: of the four

flights, military commanders had nine minutes’ notice on one before it flew into the World Trade Center, and did not learn the other three had been hijacked until after they had crashed. Military commanders, given an order outside the chain of command to shoot down hijacked airliners, did not pass it along to the fighter pilots, but instructed them instead to identify the tail numbers of any suspected rogue planes. That turned out to be a prudent call because by then, there were no longer hijackers in the air for them to shoot. The newly published multimedia document spells out precisely how the recordings contradicted the accounts of the senior officials. Throughout the recordings, listeners also get a visceral feeling for the desperate scramble for information, as well as the confusion and lack of coordination between the civil and military aviation authorities. One example is an exchange that began at 9:34 a.m. A military aviation official contacted the Washington center of the F.A.A. to discuss the situation, and learned, to her surprise, that American Airlines Flight 77 had disappeared more than 30 minutes earlier. No one

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• (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Keane) U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks during the American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, South Carolina September 5, 2011.

“The term ‘feminism’ has been hijacked by the secular feminist movement,” says Betsy Hart, a syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service and author of It Takes a Parent. “Many

people – including Christians and

a lot of young, secular women –

associate traditional feminism with very angry, men-hating, strident, unattractive and unhappy women.” But today, Christian women like Palin and Bachmann are redefining a feminist as a woman who is conservative and pro-life, who has a calling in the workplace, but who also embraces her role as a Christian wife and mother. In a 2010 speech, Palin drew a connection between herself and feminists, but reconfigured the

term to mean a self-sufficient, pro -life Christian who believes being

a woman is a source of her

success. Bachmann has said she went into politics partly because

of her woman’s intuition.

This fledging movement has more and more Christian conservative women looking back to feminism’s early roots and

finding a lot to admire and emulate. “The very earliest feminists were women of faith, who were very godly and who said the Bible demanded that women be treated with the same equalities as men and have the same opportunities,” says Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., director and senior fellow for The Beverly LaHaye Institute at Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C. Like us on Facebook “The feminist movement was established to address legal disparities that were really hurtful

to women,” adds Hart. From Abolition to Abortion The feminist movement started in the 19th century with a focus on social causes and suffrage. These women, who included pioneers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, fought for the abolition of slavery and women’s right to vote. “For many years, both secular and religious feminists operated with the same definition of equality,” says Crouse. “Then somewhere in the last 30 years that changed. Feminism was taken over by lesbians, by those who wanted quotas and abortion on demand.”

The shift to an emphasis on abortion and workplace quotas drove many Christians out of the

movement entirely. “Christian

women shied away from feminism because they rejected its stridency and politicization of women,” says Hart. But in a shift that began in the latter part of the 20th century and continuing into the 21st century, many secular feminists saw men as the enemy in a war between the sexes, adding yet another reason for Christian women to disassociate themselves from the movement. “We love our husbands, we love our sons, we love our fathers. We appreciate them and value their contributions to our lives,” says Crouse. “We don’t view them as the enemy.” Feminism in the Workplace Ironically, it’s the workplace that has become part of the dispute between secular feminists and Christian women. “Christian women do not like workplace quotas because Christian women don’t like the idea of being forced into the workplace – Christian women like choice, the option of going into the workplace or not,” says Crouse. Part of the workplace tension between Christian women and secular feminists relates to how both groups define success. A Christian woman tends not to seek accolades or advancement solely in the workplace but instead views her work as part of her calling as a wife and mother. “In general, Christian women are not in the workplace for power,

they are there because they have some challenge, some very fulfilling responsibility,” adds Crouse. “Many Christian women choose to work part time, to bring in some extra income to help the family, but they don’t view their job as a career or they don’t see themselves as career women – they see themselves helping their husbands. It’s a completely different perspective from modern secular feminists, a fundamental disagreement and a different worldview about what it means to be a woman.” Many Christian women also have found that they can easily fit working from home into their roles as wife and mother. “With the advance of technology, so many more woman are simply able to do things at home that our own mothers could not have done,” says Hart. “With more possibilities, their values of that work and being rewarded for it has become more palpable and more Christian women are taking advantage of that and enjoying it.” Reconciling Christianity and Feminism Many Christian women are grateful for those early feminists who did pave the way for women to choose when and how they work, but while some Christian conservatives are returning to the ideals of early, religious feminists, the Christian community continues to fight against modern secular feminism – perhaps for far too long for the term to be

rehabilitated today. “Personally, the term ‘feminism’ has too much baggage that goes along with it, so that’s why I don’t use it. I don’t have a problem with Christian women using the term because I understand they’re using it in a different way,” says Crouse. “When a Christian woman uses the term ‘feminism,’ she’s not using it in the political sense that the term has come to mean.” When talking about Christianity and feminism, it’s good to remember that Jesus taught us the value of men and women. “He violated social taboos, befriending and bringing good news to those who were marginalized racially, economically, morally and religiously,” says Mardi Keyes, who has written and lectured on Christianity and feminism. “Jesus came into a world where in law and life, women were treated as inferior in virtually every way,” says Keyes. “By His teaching and behavior, He continually challenged the patriarchal norms of His culture. For example, Jesus rejected the practice of keeping women separate and silent by including them in His traveling band of disciples.” One place to start reconciling Christianity and feminism is to recognize that both groups saw a problem and attempted to find solutions, sometimes together. Keyes points to alliances between



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Rick Perry arrived at his first presidential debate packing heat. • By Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks during a debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday in Simi Valley, Calif.

By Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks during a debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday in Simi Valley, Calif. The Texas governor who once shot a threatening coyote while jogging came armed, rhetorically, for his debut on the national political scene. He blasted rival Mitt Romney on job creation, doubled down on his critique of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme and defended his record on everything from education to climate change. Perry's performance Wednesday night in the forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., demonstrated not only his considerable strength in the Republican primaries — he has rocketed to the top of the national polls little more than three weeks after announcing his

candidacy — but also his clear vulnerabilities in a general election. And it illustrated the changing shape of the GOP contest for the nomination to take on President Obama in 2012. The spotlight was on Perry and Romney, the man he dislodged as frontrunner in national polls. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party favorite who was the star of the

first debate, was largely eclipsed and the other contenders often had to battle to get into the conversation. So the question ahead may be this: Can Romney or others raise enough questions about Perry's ability to attract the independent voters needed to win the White


governor's stunning rise among Republican conservatives? Romney, noting that Perry has called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme," told him, "You can't say that to tens of millions of Americans who live on Social Security and those who have lived on it." Romney said he would "make sure that we keep the program and make it financially secure." Perry rejoined: "You cannot keep the status quo in place and call it anything other than a Ponzi scheme. It is. That is what it is." Perry's refusal to back down may




Perry's refusal to back down may House to curtail the have shown his commitment to his

have shown his commitment to his principles, appealing to his base, but is all but certain to create serious problems with centrist voters and others who view the nation's retirement program as sacrosanct. And while he was confident in sparring about jobs, Perry dodged questions about why his state has the highest percentage of residents who lack health insurance. He seemed less certain in discussing his skepticism toward climate change when asked to name a scientist who agreed with him. The debate, which stretched for an hour and 50 minutes, was sponsored by NBC News and Politico. Participants included Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, former CEO Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum as well as Perry, Romney and Bachmann. Perry demonstrated his abilities as a natural pol: Barrel-chested and conversational, confident and

folksy. He talked about "gettin' the snake's head cut off" when it comes to controlling federal spending and said that amid all the criticism on stage, "I kinda feel like the piñata here at the party." At one point, he gave Gingrich a broad grin and a thumbs-up sign when he mentioned the glowing introduction he wrote to Perry's book, Fed Up!. While Romney extolled the 59- point plan he unveiled Tuesday to fix the nation's economic woes, Perry used declarative sentences to brag about his state's record on jobs. That provided the evening's sharpest exchange. Perry cited the Lone Star State's job market — Texas accounts for 40% of the jobs created in the country over the past two years — and Romney defended his record in turning around a faltering economy in Massachusetts. " Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt," Perry said. "Well, as a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessor created jobs at a faster rate than you did, governor," Romney shot back. The crossfire reflected the role of opposition researchers in modern campaigns and the careful preparations of both candidates to spin their jobs records into the best possible light. In both cases,

the observations apparently were accurate but involved comparing their opponent to predecessors who governed in more prosperous times. The debate was Perry's chance to make a first impression on many Americans. Before he announced he was running for president last month, only about half of Republican and Republican-leaning voters even knew who he was, according to the Gallup Poll. Now three of four have heard of him, and most like what they see. Perry has the strongest intensity of support of any of the GOP presidential contenders, Gallup found. While the favorable ratings for him and Romney are about the same, 73% and 71%, twice as many of those surveyed say they have a strongly favorable view of Perry. "He has to look energetic and well informed so people come away thinking, 'I need to know more about this guy,' " Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said before the debate began. That means walking a line: Convincing the Tea Party that he's one of them while addressing what Jillson called "some concern about this cowboy out of Texas."

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Tropical Storm Nate, one of three active weather systems in the Atlantic basin, was forecast to grow stronger today in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche, the National Hurricane Center said. Nate, with winds of 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour, was about 125 miles west of Campeche, Mexico, according to an NHC advisory at 8 a.m. New York time. Nate, which along with Hurricane Katia and Tropical Storm Maria is churning over tropical waters, is forecast to turn north tomorrow and may strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph. Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused heavy showers and snarled traffic today in the U.S. Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, the NHC also said. Katia, bearing 90 mph winds, is now 325 miles west of Bermuda and will pass between the island and U.S. East Coast later today and swing northeastward far off Maine and Nova Scotia this weekend, the NHC also said. Computer models suggest Nate, almost stationary now, may go ashore in Mexico south of its oil- and gas-producing region or near Brownsville, Texas, said Travis Hartman, a meteorologist at the

commercial forecaster MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland. “The latest model runs keep it south of the producing region but I don’t think we can write it off just yet by any stretch of the imagination,” Hartman said yesterday. There is a chance the storm may go farther north, which would threaten U.S. rigs and platforms in the western Gulf of Mexico. The Bay of Campeche holds rigs and platforms owned by Petroleos Mexicanos. The Gulf is home to 27 percent of U.S. oil output and 6.5 percent of the country’s natural gas production. Nate, Maria, Katia Nate became the 14th storm to form in the Atlantic region this June-November hurricane season, hours after Tropical Storm Maria. Maria is about 760 miles east of the Windward Islands with winds of 50 mph. It’s moving west at 23 mph, according to the Miami- based hurricane center. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Nevis and St. Kitts. “It’s in an environment that isn’t conducive to explosive strengthening,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the NHC. “In fact, we have it as a tropical storm through the end of the five-day forecast period.”

The statistical peak of the six- month Atlantic hurricane season is later this week. This year has produced storms at a faster rate than 2010, when 19 named systems moved through the basin. The 14th storm didn’t form until Sept. 29 last year. Feltgen said the activity is in line with pre-season forecasts for an above-average storm season. A typical season produces 11 named systems, according to the hurricane center. Atlantic History Since 1995, when the Atlantic entered a warming phase, the seasonal average has been 15, said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The only things that have kept storm numbers down since then are El Nino events, warmings of the central Pacific Ocean, Feltgen said. El Nino creates wind shear in the Atlantic that tears at storms. The most active hurricane season on record was 2005, when 28 storms formed. “If we continue on this pace, we are going to challenge 2005,” said Masters, who used to fly on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane reconnaissance planes. “That would make three of the last six years among the top five busiest hurricane seasons on record.”

Masters said the basin may be entering an era in which 20 storms a year becomes common. Maria, Katia Maria’s forecast path shows it passing near the northeast coast of Puerto Rico in three days and east of the Bahamas on Sept. 12 as a tropical storm. Hurricane Katia is moving north off Bermuda, where a tropical storm watch is in effect, the hurricane center said in an advisory at 8 a.m. Eastern time. Katia is forecast to curve northeast and gain speed tonight and tomorrow as it moves between the island and the U.S. East Coast on a track that may take it just north of the U.K. early next week. Katia is producing dangerous surf conditions along much of the East Coast. It is a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. A system becomes a named storm when its sustained winds reach 39 mph, and a hurricane when winds hit 74 mph. With all the storm activity, the Energy Department may report that oil inventories fell 2 million barrels last week as Tropical Storm Lee came ashore on the U.S. Gulf Coast, causing heavy flooding, and shut output, according to a Bloomberg News survey. Northeast Drenched

Remnants of Lee continued to cause heavy rain and thunderstorms across the mid- Atlantic states and southwestern New England, the NHC said today in an advisory. As much as 6 inches of rain may fall and cause “serious flash floods and mudslides” in an already soaked area, it said. Rain has worsened morning commuters’ travel and also wrecked havoc for a second day at the U.S. Open in New York City. About 36.9 percent of U.S. Gulf oil production and 18.1 percent of natural gas output remain shut following Tropical Storm Lee, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said. To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it


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When Jane McGonigal suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009, she created a game, "SuperBetter," to help herself heal. Today, she unveiled a new platform, SuperBetter, to help others cure what ails them, from obesity to a broken leg to addiction. Deeply impacted by a traumatic brain injury in 2009, and struggling with traditional therapy, Jane McGonigal created a game--SuperBetter--to help heal herself. It worked. Since then, the best-selling author and game designer has been creating SuperBetter the platform to empower anyone to create a browser-based SuperBetter game, tailored to cure whatever ails. Before speaking as a panelist at the SOCAP11 conference in San Francisco this week-- an event that inspires the "flow of capital to [entrepreneurs advancing] social good," McGonigal revealed the SuperBetter beta and a list of partners in her tech-forward effort to make self-help more effective. She revealed that Zappos is SuperBetter's pilot customer and development partner. (McGonigal and Zappos' founder Tony Hsieh are good friends.) All Zappos employees will be creating and playing SuperBetter games in the

will be creating and playing SuperBetter games in the coming months to become less stressed, more

coming months to become less stressed, more fit, and generally happier with their lives. Ahead of SOCAP, McGonigal recounted her inspiration to bring SuperBetter to the masses in a call with FastCompany:

I had a mild traumatic brain injury in 2009 and had a very hard

time healing. It looked like an impossible road ahead. I didn’t know if I could go back to work, or ever be myself again. It was a low point in my life. In a flash, in one moment of clarity that I had, I thought--if I could approach my recovery in the same way that I could play games, it would feel

like anything was possible. It would feel like I was on a road to getting better, an adventure, where I had friends and family who felt like my allies helping me get better. So, I made up a game that helped me. Later, I published the rules online and off, and got letters from

everyone who took them up and made their own versions of SuperBetter. People around the world played this game to help themselves lose weight, get over asthma, diabetes, knee surgery, chronic pain, autoimmune

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Key Republicans will be a no- show for President Obama’s speech tonight before a joint session of Congress, prompting cries of disrespect from the Democrat’s House leader. House Speaker John Boehner (R. -Ohio) has decided there will be no Republican rebuttal following the 7 p.m. unveiling of the president’s $300 billion jobs and economic plan. Sen. Roy Blunt (R.-Mo.) told Fox News he suspects there will be no formal response because the "the speaker doesn't expect to hear much to respond to." Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) called it a snub and says that Republicans aren’t showing respect for her party’s plan to create jobs. “The Republicans' refusal to respond to the President's proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people,” Pelosi said. Other members of the Republican caucus have declared an outright boycott of the House chamber speech. Sen. Jim DeMint, (R.-S.C.) doesn’t plan on attending, Rep. Joe Walsh (R.-Ill.) says he won’t be used as a “prop” for the President, and Rep. Paul Broun (R.-Ga.) will take to the Twitterverse and host his own meeting with followers. Broun’s spokeswoman Meredith

own meeting with followers. Broun’s spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti told CBS News that "jobs are at the

Griffanti told CBS News that "jobs are at the forefront of everyone's mind" and it is a better use of his time to hear from constituents than sit in the House chamber." Obama originally asked Boehner to address the Congress on Wednesday night, which conflicted with the GOP’s presidential debate in California. Boehner politely outmaneuvered the President and suggested he reschedule the speech for tonight, which instead competes for the kickoff of football season and the game between the New Orleans

Saints and Green Bay Packers. Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter says his loyalty will be to his team, and he’ll be watching the game with the rest of “WhoDat nation.” The President’s time slot will also cost him some viewers—WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, Wis., will be airing pre-game coverage instead of the speech. The President’s jobs plan is expected to cost several hundred billion dollars in new infrastructure spending, extended unemployment benefits and aid to

state and local governments, to be paid for in later years with tax increases. The President is also expected to announce that the 2% payroll tax cut will be allowed to continue. According to The Heritage Foundation, Obama, who pledged to create 3.5 million jobs by 2010, is instead running a deficit of 6.7 million. “The President will propose new meaningful initiatives to create jobs and grow the economy, and it will be fully paid for,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.

Some members of Congress are responding to the speech before it’s even delivered. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said in a Senate floor speech Wednesday that his party will oppose any new spending that is not offset by cuts. “It comes to a point that you can’t keep borrowing in a futile attempt to stimulate the economy when the increased debt itself is weakening the economy,” Sessions said. Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) said that if Obama wants his speech to be greeted warmly by Wall Street, he should admit “Obamanomics was a mistake.” “He needs to reverse course and embrace the Cut, Cap and Balance bill, and he should ask Congress to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment immediately. The President also needs to cut the cost of over-regulation in half and to open up drilling. Finally, he has to believe in these proposals, and we would have to believe him,” King said. “If the President's speech goes in the opposite direction by embracing Keynesian economics, he will be digging us even deeper into a hole of record unemployment and stagnant growth. After two-and-a-half years of the President's failed economic policies, we know what to expect from Obamanomics and,



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By now, most Americans have read or heard about the remarks of James P. Hoffa in warming up the crowd in Detroit before President Obama’s Labor Day address. In words that dwarfed those of the President himself, Teamsters President Hoffa denounced the Tea Party-backed Republicans in Congress and declared: “Let’s take these sonofabitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” Strong partisan words, all right, and—while it is certainly not the rhetoric of “civility” that Obama has long called for—it should not be all that shocking coming from the leader of a 1.4 million- member labor union and a partisan Democrat. What makes Hoffa’s words shocking to those who have known and followed him is that he was not always a partisan Democrat. In fact, one of the most notable factors in Hoffa’s rise in 1997 to the union helm once held by his legendary father was his promise “of a union that will not be tied to any one political party." In an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS (Dec. 5, 1997), Hoffa—who was prepared to seek the Teamster presidency

Hoffa—who was prepared to seek the Teamster presidency after incumbent Ron Carey was ruled ineligible because

after incumbent Ron Carey was ruled ineligible because he violated union election rules—vowed he would join with other unions in helping Democrats overturn the Republican majority in Congress in 1998. “No, we’re not going to do that,” Hoffa said. “The Teamsters will not be dictated to by any one

party, and instead we will talk to and support candidates individually—Democrat, Republican and independent—who share the goals of the Teamsters union.” Hoffa went on to contrast his vision of the Teamster political agenda with that of Carey, who had edged him out in the 1996

election that was eventually voided by a court-appointed election monitor. Carey, Hoffa told us, “was trying to make the union an appendage of the Democratic Party.” In demanding a Teamsters Union that would not walk in lock-step with the Democratic Party, Hoffa was calling for a return to its pre-

Carey days. Dave Beck, Teamster president from 1950 to '58, was a registered Republican who in 1956 led the union in supporting President Eisenhower’s reelection. Beck’s successor, the elder Hoffa, was an enthusiastic backer of Richard Nixon in 1960. Frank Fitzsimmons, the man Hoffa handpicked as president when Hoffa went to prison in 1967, backed President Nixon for reelection in 1972. Under Presidents Roy Lee Williams and Jackie Presser in the 1980s, the Teamsters twice supported Ronald Reagan for President. Carey’s immediate predecessor, William McCarthy, endorsed George H.W. Bush in ’88. “All that ended when Ron Carey took over in 1991,” Hoffa told HUMAN EVENTS in 1991. He noted that Carey and his chief lieutenants at the “Marble Palace” (the union’s nickname for its national headquarters in Washington) twice took the union into Bill Clinton’s corner and “did so with no input whatsoever from the 580 Teamster locals.” During that interview 14 years ago, Hoffa went on to praise then- Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R.-Mich.), a strong conservartive who, as chairman of the House Workforce

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• REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Mitt Romney and Rick Perry at Republican Debate, Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, Calif. September 7, 2011

Perry stuck by his comments that the nations most popular entitlement program is a “monstrous lie” and cannot meet the expectations of future retirees. Yet it was his continued reference to the term “Ponzi” that critics have zeroed in on. The term “Ponzi” is often misunderstood and misused by people when describing a certain type of illegal or unethical financial transaction. So, what exactly is a Ponzi scheme? Named after Charles Ponzi who masterminded the scheme at the beginning of the 20th century (although the scheme had been used earlier), it is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from the actual profit earned by the investment, but from the new money that is collected from new investors. Early investors often

see the promised return but when new money fails to keep pace with the required payout, the scheme will collapse. In most cases legal or financial authorities interrupt the scheme, or when the person or company running the scheme is disputed in some other fashion it will end. Why would Social Security be compared to a Ponzi scheme? Like us on Facebook When Social Security began in 1935, it was designed as a safety net for older Americans. Before then, support for the elderly feel to the states, towns and families. The program is based on and dependent upon active workers making contributions into the program. However, unlike an individual retirement account, the money someone is paying into Social Security today is not the same dollar they will receive later on. Plus, those who qualify under disability and some spouses of retirees also receive funds. When a person retires and is eligible for Social Security, they receive benefits for life – even if those benefits exceed the amount they paid into the program. But in order to keep the program afloat,

people who are in the workforce today are funding the retirees of today. If the money coming into Social Security suddenly stopped, the government would be unable to meet its monthly commitments. Does Social Security fit the profile of a true Ponzi scheme? Not entirely, because it was not designed to defraud taxpayers or workers. It does however, depend upon a constant source of revenue from current and new workers to survive. Therein lies the comparison to the “Ponzi” reference. While Democrats cling tightly to the program in order to protect their tradition base of support, Republicans, especially Rick Perry, are saying that if significant adjustments are not made – and made soon – the program will collapse on top of itself. Many pundits are expecting Perry to suffer some fallout over the “Ponzi” comparison; however, others are applauding Perry for bringing attention to the issue. Romney’s wasted little time in attacking Perry on the issue. “Our nominee has to be someone who isn’t committed to abolishing Social Security but to saving Social Security, Romney said

during the debate. “We keep the program and we make it financially secure…Under no circumstances would I ever stay by any measure it’s a failure. We’ve got to keep it working.” One of Perry’s supporters, Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, while attempting to avoid the “Ponzi” term, summed Social Security up by saying, “It [Social Security] is mathematically unsustainable.” New Hampshire State Rep. Pamela Tucker wasn’t nearly so careful, telling Politico after the debate, “You can call it a Ponzi scheme. People are putting money in that’s not gonna be there.” Be the first of thousands of iPosters by sharing your news, views, and analysis. This entry passed through the

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negative results will be,” King said. Republican leaders, including Boehner, requested a meeting with the President prior to his speech but the offer was rejected.

“I do not believe that anyone out there in the country thinks that the answer to getting Washington out of gridlock is having another round, before this speech, of meetings in the Cabinet Room," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Audrey Hudson, an award- winning investigative journalist, is

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The CEO of embattled Gibson Guitar will be the special guest of the leader of Capitol Hill’s Songwriters Caucus at the President’s speech to Congress on jobs tonight. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn.) invited Gibson’s Henry Juszkiewicz as a gesture of support to her longtime friend and constituent, said Michael Reynard, her press secretary. Blackburn, who plays both the guitar and the ukulele, founded the Songwriters Caucus in 2003 as a vehicle to promote her state’s music industry and protect creative property, Reynard said. When House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) heard that Juszkiewicz would be in Washington, he contacted the congresswoman’s office and invited him to watch the speech from the speaker’s box in the House gallery, Reynard said. Before the speech, Blackburn said, she will escort the guitar executive through the halls of the Capitol to meet Congress members and other business- leader guests of the speaker. “Small businesses under the leadership of executives like Henry are the key to getting our nation’s economic engine running

the key to getting our nation’s economic engine running again,” she said. “The best thing President

again,” she said. “The best thing President Obama could do is seek their advice, then get out of the way. Big government doesn’t create jobs, small businesses like Gibson Guitar do,” said Blackburn, whose favorite guitarist is Chet Atkins, who not only played Gibson guitars, but was a revolutionary designer for the company. The company is seen as a victim of heavy-handed government tactics after it was overwhelmed Aug. 24 by more than two dozen

Department of Justice agents in combat gear and armed with automatic rifles. The agents executed search warrants at the company’s Memphis and Nashville facilities, seizing several pallets of rare wood, electronic files and guitars. Although no charges have been filed against the company, Juszkiewicz said it is his understanding that the issue is the Justice Department’s interpretation of Indian export law and its enforcement of the 1900

Lacey Act, which prohibits the importation of materials that are illegal to export from the country of origin. “Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of any wrongdoing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence,” Juszkiewicz said after the raid. The CEO said in an Aug. 25 statement that he was told by Justice Department officials that he would have no more problems if he moved his operations to

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India. “The use of wood from India that

is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India,” he said he was told. “If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.” This interpretation is not shared by officials in India, he said. Blackburn said she wants to hold up Gibson as the model of what is correct about free enterprise in Tennessee and America. “Gibson Guitar is at the heart of this jobs debate, and is an example of exactly why President Obama has it wrong when it comes to getting our economy back on track,” she said. “Maybe if the President spent more time finding real solutions to empowering small-business owners and less time hindering businesses like Gibson, we'd see more new jobs being created,” she said. Neil W. McCabe is the editor of Guns & Patriots. McCabe, an Army reservist, has mobilized twice, first as combat historian in Iraq and then as a photojournalist

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This and more important news from your Fast Company editors, with updates all day. Twitter Announces Activity. Twitter.com has 400 million monthly unique visitors, 100 million active users, and half its users log in every day, Twitter announced today. Also, Twitter has seen a 40% in mobile, quarter over quarter, with 55% of active users loggin in on mobile devices. Dick Costolo, Twitter's CEO rolled out the numbers in his announcement today, live tweeted by their account@TwitterGlobalPR. For a closer look, Twitter has a meaty profile of their users on their blog. --NS --Updated 12:51 p.m. EST GetGlue To Connect Networks And Fans. When it launched, GetGlue tapped into people's need to be social and chatty about the television shows they were watching, and created a check-in application for entertainment. Now, signing up for GetGlue's newly launched business

accounts, networks can create verified accounts for themselves, connect with fans and track their social media engagement across Twitter and Facebook. GetGlue says they've signed up 10 networks so far. --NS GetJar Launches Premium Service. App store pioneer GetJar is launching GetJar Gold, a premium service will begin with a bundle of 50 free apps, to get consumers to try new apps and app developers extra visibility. This puts GetJar in step with the competing Amazon Appstore, which also features a premium app a day. --NS --Updated 12:22 p.m. EST Google Acquires Zagat. Google has bought the 32-year-old ratings company Zagat. Marissa Mayer, Google VP announced the news a blog post on the Official Google Blog today. "I'm incredibly excited to collaborate with Zagat to bring the power of Google search and Google Maps to their products and users and to bring the innovation, trust and their wealth of experience to ours," Mayers wrote. --NS EBay Gets Social, Buys The


acquisition in social retail is the Gifts Project. Friends planning for a birthday party or another event can use the platform to plan a gift and contribute sums online. Ebay and the Gifts Project have been working together for a year, with the Project powering eBays' Group Gifts, which offered a similar service, All Things D reports. --NS --Updated 11:49 a.m. EST [youtube PZ6SkdkXjAQ] Facebook Earned $500 Million So Far In 2011. According to analysis of Facebook's operations by analysts, the world's largest social networking site had revenues of around $1.6 billion for the first half of 2011, and converted this into a net income of $500 million. While this figure may seem low (Facebook makes a profit of only around $1.4 per year for every user) it's twice the estimated figure for 2010. Facebook is expected to IPO in early 2012. Nike Hints At Back To The Future Shoes. Marty McFly's famous self-tightening electric sneakers from Back To The


Future 2 may finally be coming to a store near you, soon. Nike, the brand on the shoes in the movie and also the owners of a recent patent for self-tightening tech for shoes, has released a teaser video that shows hundreds of boots that

look very similar to the movie props on shelves, poised to sell by the truckload during the holiday season. --KE HTC Sues Apple With Google Patents. HTC, makers of some of the better selling Android phones, has a new IP suit against Apple-- which it has just admitted is enabled by patents it bought from Google last week. It's not clear how much HTC paid. Google recently acquired a patent treasure trove by buying Motorola, to ward off IP suits from players like Apple and Microsoft, which were both part of the successful bidding team for Nortel's patents. --KE --Updated 6:00 a.m. EST Yesterday's Fast Feed: Groupon IPO Delay, Facebook Boosts iPhone App, Antitrust Raid For

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"I don't think any single debate is make-or-break but the series of debates over the next few weeks will be critically important," says Republican pollster Whit Ayres. "In many ways, he is an unknown commodity to national Republicans. They know him by reputation. They know him by his record in Texas. But they don't know how he will deal with the very complex issues that a president has to face every day." The debate begins a six-week period that will shape, and perhaps winnow, the GOP field. There are three debates in 16 days — in Simi Valley, Tampa and then Orlando — followed next month by similar forums in Iowa and Nevada. At that point, the opening Iowa caucuses will be just three months away. Contributing: Catalina Camia This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George


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problems, even unemployment. There was a point where I got so

many letters that I thought this was something bigger. Finally, SuperBetter is a platform that's ready and available to try out in beta.

In this system, users will be able

to: create games to address certain challenges they're facing; select a nickname (like Jane The Concussion Slayer); build their

own headquarters or laboratory (image below); select villains to fight, and allies to enlist to play with them online; or choose tasks they must accomplish in order to progress to an "Epic Win." Perhaps those are predictable aspects of the SuperBetter platform.

A more surprising element is the

game system's inclusion of scientific, interactive footnotes. If users--perhaps wary after too many Mafia Wars enticements surfaced on their Facebook walls- -wonder why they should bother to enlist allies to play SuperBetter with them, how that helps them heal, they can click on a symbol within the game screen, and learn

more about the impact of allies on their health. Users will be presented with notes from studies like this one, Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analystic

epidimeology researchers at the University of North Carolina and Brigham Young University. They found:"Social relationships are linked to better health practices and psychological processes such as stress and depression that

influence health outcomes in their

own right

biologic pathways that in turn influence a number of disease[s] Social support is linked to better immune functioning " Other partners in the

development of SuperBetter the platform have included clinical researchers from Stanford, UC Berkeley, the University of Pennysylvania, and Ohio State University. All contributed scientific insights that guided the development of the SuperBetter platform. Ohio State University will further embark on clinical trials of

involve] multiple





SuperBetter games starting on September 26. McGonigal said, "They have a leading research group looking into traumatic brain injury. They contacted me about six months ago asking if they could help me. They've been working with us to think through what will be helpful for doctors to play with their patients, or for patients to play at home with the families." The idea that healing from an injury or illness could be as simple as playing FarmVille or becoming a mayor on Foursquare almost makes you want to go catch a flu to try it out. Almost. SuperBetter can help users achieve goals like training for a half-marathon, or becoming a better dancer, too though. One user enlisted her family to go on a vegan diet for 30 days, McGonigal recounts. Another used it to get over a breakup. Because the achievements this game inspires could fall into any category, SuperBetter seems well positioned to seek revenue from advertisers, from Whole Foods to Match.com. McGonigal is not

sure exactly how she will generate revenue with the game platform, though. She is committed to keeping at least some primary version of this social game free to all users. FastCompany readers can gain priority access to become SuperBetter beta platform users by visiting this link and entering the code: FastCompany [Editor's note: Ahead of her speech at SOCAP, I wished McGonigal good luck on stage with a traditional note, "Break a leg." She quipped that if she ever does suffer another injury, including a broken leg, her readers, followers and colleagues will be suspicious: "It's a ruse! She's just trying to get SuperBetter again. She's working on something."] [Image: Avantgame via Wikimedia Commons]


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U.S. IPO Wall Street Journal HONG KONG— China's answer to Amazon.com is targeting a US initial public offering of up to $5

billion next year, despite US investor wariness toward Chinese firms. A decision by Beijing- based online retailer Jingdong Mall to shun the Hong

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Insight. Inspiration. Impact. We just added 5 new speakers to the lineup for Innovation Uncensored in San Francisco on November 2nd: Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor, City of NewarkDavid Cush, President & CEO, Virgin AmericaJohn Donahoe, President & CEO, eBay, Inc.Nathan Hubbard, CEO, TicketmasterEric Feng, CEO, Erly The conference is going to be intimate enough to give you access to the business visionaries in attendance, so that provocative thinking and collaboration can take place. But that also means space is limited and the earlybird ticket rate expires on September


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For the past two years, Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored event in New York has gathered the people we cover in the magazine to speak candidly about how they do what they do. This past April, the people who took the stage offered an

This past April, the people who took the stage offered an unflinching look at "the power

unflinching look at "the power of transformation," through leadership, marketing, sustainability, design, and technology. Speakers included Hulu CEO Jason Kilar; director Morgan Spurlock paired with JetBlue's SVP, marketing, Marty St. George; FX Networks president John Landgraf in discussion with actor, director, musician Jared Leto; the head of sustainability at Starbucks paired with alternative fuel leader Sapphire Energy; Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, and many more. Christina Norman, the former CEO of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, told the audience that she was unsure about joining OWN. A week later she was let go.

When asked why it's important to break form, Jared Leto responded, "Ultimately, as an artist, I follow my heart, my gut, my soul and do whatever the f--- I want." He continued to discuss the freedom he experiences as a musician, telling the audience to "bet on yourself, you have to always follow your dreams, and be willing to fail." Some 550 business leaders--from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, academia to government, from sustainability to entertainment, and more--joined the conversation. Now we're bringing the conversation to San Francisco. The location may be different, but the goal is the same: to bring together visionaries from all industries and change the way we think about business.

Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored event will take place on November 2nd in San Francisco. Confirmed speakers include:

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CNBC.com Yuan to Be Fully Convertible by 2015, China Tells EU Chamber San Francisco Chronicle 8 (Bloomberg) -- Chinese officials told European Union business executives that the yuan

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had told the military. “They lost radar with him, they lost contact with him, they lost everything, and they don’t have any idea where he is or what happened,” an unidentified F.A.A. official said. The plane was a 767, he said, explaining that he had gotten his information from the F.A.A.’s Indianapolis center. “All I need is the lat-long, last known position of the 767,” the military officer asked. “Well, I don’t know,” the F.A.A. official replied. “That was Boston, that was Indy Center. But they said somewhere, it was, last time I talked to them, they said that it was east of York. And I don’t even know what state that is.” Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon three minutes later. At almost the same time, a military commander, Maj. Kevin Nasypany, discovered that some of the fighter pilots had been sent east of Washington, over the ocean, in pursuit of American Airlines Flight 11 — which had


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Christians and secular feminists that fight pornography, rape, incest, domestic violence, working conditions and even abortion. “Modern feminism has challenged the church to re-examine its life and theology of sex and gender,” says Keyes. “Christians should be deeply thankful for all the responsible biblical scholarship that has resulted – reaffirming that

crashed nearly an hour earlier into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Major Nasypany ordered them to head toward Washington at high speed. “I don’t care how many windows you break,” he said. The account published this week is missing two essential pieces that remain restricted or classified, according to Mr. Kara. One is about 30 minutes of the cockpit recording of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into the ground after passengers tried to storm the cockpit as hijackers flew across Pennsylvania toward Washington, D.C. Families of some of those onboard have objected to the release of that recording, Mr. Kara said. The other still-secret recording is of a high-level conference call that began at 9:28 and grew, over the course of the morning, to include senior figures like Mr. Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the vice

the Gospel Jesus brought to the poor, the lame, the blind, to prisoners and to all who are oppressed is indeed Good News for women, too.” Where Do We Go From Here? Christian women should look to those early feminists who modeled how to impact their world while being wives and mothers. With the economy replacing brawn-based work that

chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard B. Myers. The recording was turned over to the National Security Council. The 9/11 Commission was not permitted to keep a copy of it or of the transcript, Mr. Kara said, and investigators were closely monitored when they listened to it. Mr. Kara said he believed that the only truly sensitive material on the recordings were small portions that concerned the provisions being made to continue government operations if the attacks took out some national leadership or facilities. “There was a staffer who was designated to sit with us, who would stop and start the tape, in my estimation to mask continuity of operations,” Mr. Kara said. Nevertheless, he noted, the commission ended up with hours and hours of recordings that it initially did not have access to or had been told did not exist, a point Mr. Farmer echoed in the preface to the Rutgers Law Review

favored men with service-oriented work that favors women, women will have more opportunities than ever to make a difference in the world. “I’m really excited to see what Christian women are doing today,” says Crouse. “When you look at a list of outstanding women today, you rarely see evangelical Christian women. And yet, if you want to find

article. When the commission began taking testimony, military and civil aviation officials said “that no tapes were made, and we were told at one point that a technical malfunction would prevent us from hearing them,” Mr. Farmer wrote. “If we had not pushed as hard as we did — ultimately persuading the commission to use its subpoena power to obtain the records — many of the critical conversations from that morning may have been lost to history.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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women who have really utilized their potential, there are hundreds of fully committed, evangelical women who are doing really exciting things and accomplishing so much.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- only/faq.php#publishers. Five

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Brisbane Times Murder suspect's 'mental decline' The Australian Kim Patterson is suspected of having suffered a gradual mental breakdown in the lead-up to the horror of Wednesday morning. Source: The Courier-Mail THE late Brisbane woman at the centre of a suspected murder-suicide involving her 14-year-old daughter Friend defends Kim Patterson over killing of daughter Sidonie Thompson NEWS.com.au Police piece together family tragedy BigPond News Family grieves after tragedy Toowoomba Chronicle Sydney Morning Herald- ABC Online- The Canberra Times all 343 news articles »

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Ingraham also stated that eventually Palin’s tease has to deliver or just go away. “Maybe not,” Coulter replied. “Newt Gingrich carried it on for 15 years and I kind of think that might be what we’re getting here, largely because of the polls. I mean, you just showed the Fox News poll. Gallup took a poll - I don’t know - five, six months ago, showing that … 65 percent said they would never definitely, positively, ever vote for Sarah Palin.” With numbers like hers, Coulter said its unlikely Palin would run. Both women agreed that Palin was good at galvanizing crowds but seems to lack substance on some important issues. Coulter also made the statement that conservatives are hesitant to criticize the former governor for fear of backlash. “Most Americans don’t want Sarah Palin for president,” Coulter continued. “But she’s become sort of the Obama of the tea party. She’s just ‘The One’ to a certain segment of right-

wingers. And the tiniest criticism of her - I think many of your viewers may not know this - no conservative on TV will criticize Palin because they don’t want to deal with the hate mail. You say her voice is a few octaves too high, or perhaps Michele Bachman’s speaking voice is more modulated, and you will be inundated with enraged emails.” Like us on Facebook “I got sick of it with Newt Gingrich, too: Fish or cut bait,” Coulter said, ”Because you are ginning up this group of Americans who will not even consider anyone else. You know, we used to all love Sarah Palin - conservatives like me - for her enemies. I’m starting to dislike her because of her fans … I think she’s bright, but her good points do not seem to be in the direction of running for president. I sort of wish, just like Newt Gingrich:

Just run so we can get this over with.” Coulter went on to lament what most conservatives have already thought of Palin as a potential candidate: unelectable. “There is an incorrect statement that is often made by -- by many

conservatives out there. Yes, it's true that liberals will accuse some Republicans of being unelectable, just because they don't want to face those Republicans. But that doesn't mean there's no such thing as unelectable.” “There is such a thing as electable. And Republicans and conservatives ought to be focused on that like a laser beam, because I agree Obama has a glass jar and

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Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, pressed for an investigation of Teamster money-laundering under Carey. He also cited Pat Buchanan, who, Hoffa felt, “perhaps more than any other candidate for President [in 1996], talked about issues of concern to American labor, mainly keeping good jobs in America.” Under James Hoffa, the Teamsters Union has remained the “appendage of the Democratic Party” he charged it had become under arch-nemesis Ron Carey. In 1998, Hoffa’s first year as president, the Teamsters gave $2,333,270, or 93%, of its political dollars to Democratic candidates, and only 6% ($149,650) to Republicans. In this election cycle so far, the union has given 97% of its political dollars to Democrats and only 3% to Republicans. (Figures

provided by the Center for Responsive Politics).

And now comes the salvo about taking “these sonofabitches out.” Simply put, it’s a far cry from the words of the union “reformer” in 1997 who promised “a union that will not be tied to any one political party.” John Gizzi is Political Editor of HUMAN EVENTS. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George

government and the Maoists

yielding positive results. "We are desirous of progress and we are extremely hopeful that the talks (between the Binayak Sen welcomes Mamata's


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Talks with Maoists will be fruitful, Binayak Sen asserts Economic Times KOLKATA: Human right activist Binayak Sen on Thursday exuded confidence about the talks between the West Bengal



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President Dick Cheney, another lingering specimen of the Bush Pathology, China's Rise Isn't Our Demise New York Times



AFP Why a U.S. War With China May Be Inevitable U.S. News & World Report (blog) Coincidental with the rush of 9/ 11 reflections has been the howling of war hounds for conflict with China. Princeton professor Aaron L. Friedberg, a former close adviser to Vice

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BBC News Anglia Ruskin University student finance bus starts tour BBC News A university has begun a road show across the east of England to explain the changes to student finances. Anglia Ruskin University, which has campuses in Chelmsford and Cambridge, will visit 20 towns in East Anglia





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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo gave a progress report at the company's headquarters in San Francisco this morning. Internally, the company looks at three metrics: growth, innovation (new features and how fast they can roll them out), and revenue. But Costolo said that revenue is viewed as a means to an end -- to fulfill the company's mission of connecting people everywhere to what's most meaningful to them. As he put it, "we should think of revenue like breathing -- it's necessary for life, but it's not the purpose of life." As far as growth goes, he gave some pretty amazing stats. Twitter now has:

• 100 million active users (who log in at least once a month). That's up over 80% since the beginning of the year. (Those numbers don't include spam, which is next to zero now.)

• 50 million users who log in every day.

• 40% of active users don't tweet

-- they're just following timelines. That number is way up from the beginning of the year, and Costolo believes this is a good thing -- it's proof that the platform is becoming mainstream, and shows that Twitter has successfully moved from being a publishing platform to a place where people can follow their interests.

• 55% of users log in on a mobile device.

• 400 million monthly unique

visitors just to Twitter.com, according to Google Analytics. That's up from 250 million at the beginning of the year.

As far as innovation goes, Costolo said that he wants Twitter to be completely consistent across mobile devices, and that new

versions of the Twitter mobile apps will be closer in tight. Twitter is also tightening the feedback loops, and trying to

make it easier to find content you're interested in -- that is, moving beyond having to type

hashtags. He didn't discuss Twitter's revenue in detail, but said that advertising is the business focus -- they won't be expanding the data- licensing side, although deals like





important. "Every quarter, advertising as a percentage of revenue will grow and grow and


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Just out: Dan Loeb's letter slamming the Yahoo board.

Fans of hedge fund letters will definitely want to read:


Board of Directors Yahoo! Inc. 701 First Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Attention: Mr. Roy Bostock, Chairman Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

Third Point LLC (“Third Point”) is a registered investment adviser with approximately $8 billion under management. We are writing to inform you that certain investment funds we manage have acquired a 5.1% interest in Yahoo! Inc. (the “Company” or “Yahoo”), bringing our holdings of common stock and currently- exercisable equity options to 65,000,000 of the outstanding shares, and positioning us as the Company’s third largest outside shareholder. This letter details our principled demands for sweeping changes in both the Board of Directors (the “Board”) and Company leadership, and outlines the hidden value of Yahoo, which has been severely damaged – but not irreparably – by poor management

and governance. The Failures of Yahoo’s Board of Directors Necessitate a Significant Infusion of Fresh Board Talent Yahoo’s current Board of Directors has made a number of decisions that have directly harmed the Company and resulted in a stock price far below the Company’s intrinsic value. While we are focused on the future for Yahoo under new management, it is instructive to understand how this Board’s many mistakes have created the current conditions at an asset and talent rich company. Among others:


It is now widely accepted that the Board made a serious misjudgment in approving the hiring of Carol Bartz as Yahoo’s Chief Executive Officer, given her inexperience in the consumer- oriented internet space. Although we are pleased that the Board has terminated Ms. Bartz’s employment, we fail to understand why this decision was so long in coming given her abysmal performance over the last two and a half years. During this period, Ms. Bartz’s poor decision- making and communication skills publicly alienated the Company’s highly respected Asian partners, as well as its shareholders, sell- side analysts, bloggers, customers

and employees. While the decision to hire her alone is grounds for questioning the Board’s competence, its willingness to turn a blind eye to these serious problems and inexplicably remain supportive of Ms. Bartz notwithstanding the negative impact she was having on the Company is even more troubling. As recently as June 23, 2011, at the Company’s annual meeting, Chairman Bostock reportedly stated that the Board remained “very supportive of Carol and this management team” and that they were “confident that Yahoo [was] headed in the right direction." These comments demonstrate that this Board lacks the courage to urgently make the difficult decisions required by the situation today.


It is also now widely recognized that the Board made a gross error in turning down the $31 per share Microsoft bid in 2008, which would have generated significant returns for Yahoo’s shareholders. This mistake is all the more frustrating given Yahoo’s current depressed stock price of $13.61 per share — far below the Company’s intrinsic value, which we currently place in excess of $20 per share, as detailed below. From the failed Microsoft sale negotiations, to a subsequent

bungled and disappointing search deal with Microsoft, through a series of misguided CEO selections, and most recently the Alipay debacle, this Board’s failures have destroyed value for all Yahoo stakeholders. Ms. Bartz’s exit and Mr. Morse’s elevation to interim CEO makes him Yahoo’s fourth CEO in four years and further demonstrates the poor corporate governance Yahoo investors have been saddled with for too long. Even before Ms. Bartz’s hire, Yahoo’s shares materially underperformed the market and their peer group, as graphically evidenced in the Company’s most recent 10-K. Against this background, it is evident that merely replacing the Company’s CEO – yet again – will not be enough to alter the direction of the Company. Instead, a reconstituted Board with new Directors who will bring fresh eyes, relevant industry expertise and increased investor alignment to the table is immediately necessary. Yahoo’s website states the Company’s values, among them:

“We foster collaboration while maintaining individual accountability.” It is time that certain members of this Board were held accountable for its past failures and their individual roles. Accordingly, we insist that Mr.

Bostock, who championed Ms. Bartz’s hiring and led the charge against the Microsoft deal, promptly resign from the Board. We also demand that fellow Directors Arthur Kern and Vyomesh Joshi, who have stood by silently during these last five years of woeful performance, join Mr. Bostock in resignation. Finally, we can only assume that Director Susan James, the

President of Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, will also resign, given her close relationship with Ms. Bartz. If she does not do so voluntarily, the Board should request her resignation as well. As the Company sets out to recruit a new CEO and evaluate strategic alternatives, we are adamant that reconstituting the Board is crucial to provide any serious CEO candidate or strategic counterparty with a stable and responsive governance structure. There is much work to be done and time is of the essence. Even after the Company announced Ms. Bartz’s dismissal


and the pursuit of strategic alternatives, Yahoo shares rose only 5%. We believe the muted market reaction to Ms. Bartz’s dismissal represents a recognition that this management change is a

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necessary, but not sufficient, step towards unlocking Yahoo’s actual value. Investors’ reluctance to embrace the stock and their lack of confidence in this Board’s ability to lead the franchise is understandable given the current Board’s track record. Third Point has held discussions with many highly respected entrepreneurial executives active in technology, internet, media and consumer-related businesses. From these discussions we have distilled an All-Star team of potential Director candidates, who would be indispensable in working with the reconstituted Board to pursue the three paths outlined in the recent company announcement: CEO search, business review and strategic options. We look forward to sharing our candidates with you shortly. The Obscured Value in an Iconic American Technology Asset We firmly believe that there is much to be gained from a successful and rapid transition in management, as we are convinced that Yahoo is grossly undervalued. We have followed Yahoo for many years, and our analysis suggests that at a share price of $13.61, with $2.49 per share in tax adjusted net cash, $3.10 per share and $5.24 per share of after-tax values for the

Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba Group stakes respectively, core Yahoo is left at an implied value of $2.78 per share or 2.2x 2012 EBITDA. With more effective and focused management, one could realistically envision a re-rating to at least 7.0x 2012 EBITDA, driving a target of over $19.00 per share. When coupled with tax efficient outcomes for its Asian assets, an additional $3.00-4.00 per share stands to be realized. Continued share count reduction via buybacks and other potential capital structure optimization alternatives would further bolster the Company’s stock price. In addition, based on our discussions with industry experts and entrepreneurs, we believe that with new management, there is significant further value in leveraging Yahoo’s globally trusted franchise and platform for a range of new products and innovations. Focusing specifically on the Alibaba Group, the mid-term value potential for this stake alone could represent another $5.00 per share of upside. The e-commerce interests housed under the Alibaba Group umbrella hold the dominant positions in the “B2B” (63% of 2010 market share according to Marbridge Consulting), “C2C” (85% share) and “B2C” (51% share) Chinese e

-commerce markets. Alibaba Group’s Taobao business is essentially Ebay and Amazon on

steroids in terms of market share


to Goldman Sachs, the Chinese e- commerce market was $75 billion in 2010, with a 3 year forward compound annual growth rate of 43% compared to the $193 billion U.S. market with compound annual growth of 14% over the same period. We currently estimate a pre-tax value for Alibaba Group of $25 billion. Given Alibaba Group’s growth potential and market share, it is

and revenue growth.

entirely conceivable that Yahoo’s 40% fully diluted stake in Alibaba Group could double in value over the next 2-3 years, highlighting its tremendous value.


Looking deeper into core Yahoo, it is clear that the Company possesses unique scale and scope as the Internet’s premier digital media company. The near completion of significant platform transitions and increasing ad format creativity and client engagement translate to exciting prospects for 2012. These compelling Yahoo initiatives were sadly lost in the chaos surrounding Ms. Bartz’s tenure as CEO. Hidden by Yahoo’s senior management drama is a franchise benefitting daily from tremendous

investment in resources and new platforms successfully built by Yahoo’s corps of talented, committed engineers, product development team and salespeople. Finally, the Company’s leadership needs to rebuild relationships with its valued Asian partners in Yahoo Japan, Softbank and the Alibaba Group. These are important sources of value for Yahoo, and the Company needs to enter a new, constructive era with these critical allies and friends of the Company. In conclusion, we are eager to present to the Board our candidates and thoughts on the Company’s future. We hope that the Board will take our proposals seriously and move towards the

leadership overhaul that we are championing. While the decision to undertake Board turnover initially rests with individual directors, ultimately, shareholders like Third Point have other means to effect changes necessary to protect their investment. We are prepared to propose a slate of directors at the Company’s annual meeting next year should it become necessary. Such proxy disputes are burdensome, and we sincerely hope that one will not be necessary here. Shareholders have already suffered enough. It is time for new leadership at

Yahoo. Yahoo’s investors, employees, clients and users

deserve it. We look forward to having what is great about Yahoo make headlines, encouraged and communicated by new CEO and Board leaders. Sincerely, /s/ Daniel S. Loeb Daniel S. Loeb Chief Executive Officer Third Point LLC


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President Barack Obama will address a Joint Session of Congress tonight at 7 p.m. to present his economic growth plan, "The American Jobs Act" to the American people. The speech comes at a pivotal

moment in Obama's presidency, under pressure from both sides of the aisle to get Americans back to work. His plan may top $400 billion — a number that will undoubtedly draw criticism from Republican lawmakers worried about debt and deficits. Obama has not shared his plan with congressional Republicans, despite their requests to be consulted before the speech, and he may even present his proposal as a formal bill that he will demand Congress take up and bring to a vote. Speaker of the House John Boehner has invited more than a




creating" companies who he says are impacted by the Obama administration's regulatory actions. Here's what we've learned about Obama's plan so far from administration and Democratic sources:

The single-largest component of the bill will be an extension and expansion of the payroll tax cut to benefit employers as well as their employees. The estimated cost of this measure is between $120 billion to $140 billion. He is also expected to unveil a new small business tax cut, which combined with increased transfer payments to state and local governments would cost $100 billion. Obama will push for the extension of unemployment benefits, and may introduce a job creation initiative modeled on a Georgia program to allow business to take on unemployed workers for a trial period without paying them. (The workers would receive unemployment benefits in

lieu of salary.) These plans would run to at least $50 billion. The long-promised infrastructure bank to invest in schools, bridges and other projects would cost another $100 billion. The plan is "fully paid for" through a combination of closing corporate tax loopholes and " asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share." It's not clear whether these are immediate

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Berkeley Astrophysicist Peter Nugent Discusses PTF 11kly A newly discovered stellar explosion is currently expected to be at its brightest phase and can be seen with a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope. PTF 11kly was spotted about 21 million light-years away in the pinwheel galaxy, Messier 101, by scientists from Oxford University on Aug. 24 during the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) sky survey. It is now being observed using the Hubble Space Telescope

through mid-October. PTF 11kly

is a Type Ia supernova and the nearest of its kind to Earth for 40

years. These explosions occur due

to detonation of a white dwarf, and are so bright that they can be

used as standard candles to

determine distances in the universe, and also to measure dark energy. "The best view of this exploding star is likely to be this Wednesday or Thursday," said research team leader Mark Sullivan of Oxford University in a press release. "Look for it just after evening twilight near the ‘handle’ of The

Plough." Looking between Alkaid and Mizar, the first two stars in the handle of The Plough or Big Dipper, the pinwheel galaxy is located above their midpoint at the apex of an imaginary

equilateral triangle. The supernova is a bright star at the edge of one of its spiral arms. "Whilst it looks more or less like just another bright star, unlike its companions this supernova will soon fade away, and after a few days it will only be visible with larger telescopes," Sullivan said. "For many people it could be a once in a lifetime chance to see a supernova of this kind blossom and then fade before their eyes; we may not see another one like it for another forty, or perhaps over a hundred, years!" This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George


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Pilots Defending America's Skies on 9/11 (FOXNews.com) Those were encouraging words as Col. Caine raced to

Those were encouraging words as Col. Caine raced to his jet, climbed into the cockpit as the missiles were loaded onto the wings…for the first time facing a real-life threat on the home front…and not just another practice drill. "Our mission on the morning of 9/

11 was to protect right over downtown Washington, D.C. As my airplane came to life, the generators came on-line, the radios were going ballistic, and you know, people on the emergency channels were saying 'anybody around Washington, D.C., you will be shot down,' and

I remember thinking to myself,


Caine took to the sky and flew near the Capitol and past the White House. He never had to fire a missile. Caine intercepted about a dozen different aircraft, pulling up alongside them on the pilot's left

me.' "


side, waving his wings and indicating the recognized message to change course. He even had to pull in front of some airliners and drop flares out of his fighter, as a signal for the offending planes to turn around.

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"I remember seeing the first tower

burning and realizing pretty quickly as the blue sky surrounded that image that every American remembers to this day," recalls Dan Caine. Caine was like many Americans

on 9/11, as he watched the unfolding horror on a television screen. "I truly realized that we were a nation under attack when I stood


the second tower. And then, after

a second of pause, our training

kicked in." Unlike many of his fellow citizens, he was called to do something about it. Caine is a colonel in the Air National Guard, 113th Wing, based at Andrews Air Force Base, just outside of Washington, D.C. He flies F-16 fighter jets, and he was ordered on Sept. 11, 2001, to take to the skies to shoot down any other hijacked airlines that posed a threat to the nation's capital. When he got the orders to run out to his jet, which was on standby, he recalls his boss saying, "I don't know exactly what you're going to see out there, I don't know what you are going to face, but I trust you and I got your back."

and the second airliner hit

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WASHINGTON – President Obama plans to unveil a $400

billion jobs plan Thursday night,

as he attempts to jolt the economy

out of a motionless slump and convince skeptical Republicans that his proposals are the right medicine. Democratic officials familiar with the plan, which will be called The American Jobs Act, confirmed its size to Fox News. The bill is expected to contain a blend of infrastructure spending, tax relief, unemployment assistance and other aid. Officials said the president will pay for the plan with spending

cuts, though he will not detail them Thursday night. However, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett told Fox Business Network that the bill sent to Congress next week will be paid for through changes in the tax code. "We need a fair tax system. We need to make sure that people that are paying their fair share, that those who can most afford to pay

In this

a little bit more

particular bill, the president will be looking to close loopholes." Obama may ask a new congressional super committee debt panel to go beyond its target of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit

to go beyond its target of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by the end of

reduction by the end of November to cover the cost, allowing the

extra savings in the longer run for short-term economic help. That debt panel meets for the first time Thursday before the president's speech. Republicans have voiced frustration with the whole affair.

They expressed concern that the president would use the address to paint Republicans as obstructionists, though they still don't have his plan in hand. "I can't listen to another political speech from this president," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said. "It will be a lecture."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., told Fox News people are "tired of speeches," but predicted the public would "see right through that" if Obama tries to prop up the GOP to take the fall for the ailing economy. Democratic officials indeed said Republicans would be sending a

signal to the American people that they are on their own if Congress does not pass Obama's legislation. But they described the president's proposals as bipartisan, suggesting the only reason Congress wouldn't pass them is if

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"Several of the intercepts that I ran were airliners that we pushed away, to tell them to go: 'Man I don't care where you go; you're just going somewhere else now.' So we basically created a zone around Washington, D.C., in which nobody would travel except us…. Our defense in-depth plan became pushing traffic away from Washington out to 40, 50, 60 miles, which created time. The single biggest thing I wanted as the mission commander over downtown, was time. I wanted time to be able to determine what is this airplane's intent, is it under control of the right people that are supposed to be in the cockpit, and so that was our game plan that we executed." United Flight 93, the Boeing 757 that crashed in Pennsylvania when the passengers fought back against the hijackers, was one of the planes he was told could be a threat. Col. Caine says "not a day goes by that I personally don't remember the incredible courage, leadership and sacrifice that those passengers made. They made our lives that much more peaceful today by taking matters into their own hands, and being proactive Americans instead of reactive Americans." Caine spent the day over Washington trying to sort out the mass of airplanes that could have

posed a danger, and calls the prospect of having to actually shoot down an airliner, "a complicated question," but realizes that "the nation relies on folks like me to do that and we were prepared to do that, that morning." F-15 Air National Guard pilot, Col. Timothy Duffy, feels the same way. "If it came down to that, would we have done it? Yes. If it was legal order and properly authenticated, then we would have done what we had to do. It would have been, obviously, a tremendously difficult thing to do and to live with." Duffy was scrambled from Otis Air National Guard base on Cape Cod and headed directly to New York City, flying supersonic to get there as fast as he could. "At 18,000 feet, I really wasn't worried about blowing out anybody's windows. I just wanted to get there as quickly as possible." At first, he was told the target was a possible hijacked airliner, but as he neared the city, the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, had already crashed into the north tower. "That was kind of a shock," he recalls. "We heard about a second aircraft and we didn't know the first one had hit yet. So we were probably something like 80 miles

out, going 1.3 to 1.4 mach, and you could see the smoke coming off the towers. As soon as the

second aircraft hit, it was pretty


under attack." Col. Duffy says his first order of business was to make sure there were no more hijacked airliners, and he started a mission similar to Col. Caine's, which was to intercept any questionable aircraft. He points out that even if he had arrived before the second plane hit, he would not have been able to fire any missiles at the airliner. Those were not his orders. "If we'd been there earlier, that's probably the question I get the most, if you'd had been there at least in time for the second aircraft, what would you have done? And we would have intercepted it just like we did the other planes. So, you would have seen me pull up beside it and try to turn it away, but that's all that I could do and that's all that we would have had clearance to do." Duffy intercepted a variety of planes, and when the first tower collapsed, he was doing just that. "When the first tower went down I was actually escorting a Delta jet into Kennedy," Duffy recalls, "and I just remember seeing some, some motion out of the corner of my eye and all I could see was a tan cloud that was over southern

that point that we're


Manhattan." He then headed right for the World Trade Center. "I flew right up over the top of it and I was looking down, and looking at the square of the roof, really just trying to see if it was leaning or doing anything and it looked good, and I was just getting ready to call and tell them hey, you know the building looks great to me from where I'm sitting, and as I'm looking at the square in the roof it just starts getting smaller. And, you know, for a couple of seconds I really didn't have any frame of reference to put it against, and I wasn't sure what I was looking at until I saw the plume coming out of the bottom, realized it was falling away from me. I have to say that was probably the most horrifying thing for me that day was to witness that." Duffy says, "I allowed myself that emotional time to kind of be horrified, and then I had to kind of push that out and then get back to business and focus on the task at hand." The task at hand has remained the same for the National Guard pilots since that morning, a decade ago: Defend America. "We took off in peace time, and landed, basically, in wartime," notes Col. Duffy. "We do not get complacent out here," Caine says. "Every time the

horn goes off I think this is potentially a similar situation to 9/


National Guard units are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The fighters are ready to bolt into the sky at a second's notice. And since 9/11, Col. Caine's National Guard unit has scrambled to face reports of a possible new threat, more than 3,000 times. Just a short walk from the row of fighters waiting to take to the air, there is stark reminder of why Col. Caine and his colleagues are always on alert. "There's a stone from the Pentagon, reminding us that, again in our history, the sleeping giant has awakened and we should never forget." Click for full coverage of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George

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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry participate in the Reagan Centennial GOP presidential primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California September 7, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni By John Whitesides WASHINGTON| Thu Sep 8, 2011 12:27pm EDT (Reuters) - If the Republican presidential race becomes a two- man fight between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry -- and judging from Wednesday's debate it already is -- primary voters will have a stark choice. East Coast establishment calm versus Texas Tea Party fire. Private sector business background versus lifelong politician. Mormon versus evangelical Christian. Romney, the one-time moderate from liberal Massachusetts, and Perry, the outspoken conservative from the west Texas plains, share little except party membership, good hair and a past as governors of their respective states. "On a personal level, these guys are different in every possible way," said Dan Schnur, an aide on Republican John McCain's 2000

presidential campaign who teaches at the University of Southern California. "You couldn't have a sharper choice." The contrast in styles was in full display at the California debate, where the Romney-Perry rivalry turned the other six candidates on stage into bit players except for occasional signs of life from Jon Huntsman. Perry was a fountain of red-meat conservative rhetoric. He declared the Social Security retirement plan a "Ponzi scheme" and a "monstrous lie," and said President Barack Obama had bad information or was an "abject liar" if he believed the border with Mexico was safer. Romney was the voice of moderation. He said Social Security should be overhauled but not dismantled, called Obama "a nice guy" and sympathized with Perry when he admitted he made a mistake in ordering young girls be vaccinated for a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. Perry's fiery style is aimed directly at the Tea Party fiscal and social conservatives who play a big role in the nominating process, but could turn off independents and conservative Democrats who often decide the general election. Romney, whose moderate past

and Obama-like healthcare plan in Massachusetts have made him an object of suspicion for some conservatives, has largely targeted his pitch to independents and swing voters who could decide a general election. The outcome of their Republican battle for the right to challenge Obama in 2012 could set the party's course for years to come, determining if it continues its drift to the right or begins to shift back to the middle. CONFLICT ON JOBS The two candidates have relatively few policy differences, but clashed again at the debate on who would be better at creating jobs. Romney touts his private business experience at an equity firm, while Perry points to his record as governor in Texas. But the difference in rhetoric on Social Security could become a flashpoint in the campaign. Perry's fervent attacks on a program that is extremely popular with seniors, the demographic group that most frequently votes, worry some Republican strategists. "You can't win a national campaign when you are on the record calling for the dismantling of Social Security," Steve Schmidt, who headed McCain's 2008 campaign, said on MSNBC. "It's very problematic for him, and

I think it's something that

Democrats have a lot of glee

over," he said. The attacks on Social Security might not hurt Perry in a primary race dominated by Tea Party conservatives demanding drastic cuts in government spending, but

it could raise concerns about

Perry's chances of beating Obama. "The people who loved Perry are going to love him more," Bruce

Buchanan, a political scientist at the University of Texas, said of his debate rhetoric. "The people worried about his electability are going to be more deeply worried than they were before." Romney was the one-time leader

in polls of the 2012 race, but since

joining the campaign last month

Perry has zoomed past him with the help of deep support from

social and religious conservatives. That has forced Romney to calibrate his approach, appearing at his first Tea Party rally on Sunday and at a conservative forum in South Carolina on Monday in a more blatant appeal

to the party's conservative wing.

Ultimately, the winner in the Perry-Romney battle might be the candidate who is most effective in broadening his message and becoming more like the other. "Does Romney win over the Tea Party and become more of a fighter? Does Perry become

calmer and more reasoned? The one who does that best probably wins," Schnur said. With Perry taking away much of her conservative support, U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann has been sliding in the polls and made little impression

on Wednesday. But Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, had a better and more forceful performance than in the last debate. His showing raised the prospect he could replace Bachmann as the third contender waiting to jump in if either Perry or Romney falter. "I think Huntsman will be a factor before this is over," said Fergus

Cullen, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. "If Bachmann is fading and is being eclipsed by Perry, somebody is moving into that third slot." (Editing by Jackie Frank) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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The United States Capitol building is seen as legislators move into a weekend of crucial health care deliberations in Washington March 19, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Jim Bourg By Kevin Drawbaugh and Donna Smith WASHINGTON| Thu Sep 8, 2011 12:25pm EDT (Reuters) - Members of a congressional "super committee," charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in new deficit reductions, vowed to help get America's fiscal house in order when they met for the first time on Thursday. The panel of 12 congressional Democrats and Republicans acknowledged they had a tough road ahead of them and must keep open minds to reach an agreement. They used the opening meeting to make brief statements and set rules for operating, The committee has until only November 23 to grapple with divisive questions of whether to cut popular social safety net programs and whether wealthy corporations or individuals should be taxed more -- and it is doing so with the 2012 national elections coming into focus.

The two co-chairs tried to tamp down financial market expectations as both warned in nearly identical language that the super committee work product alone is not going to be able to solve all of the country's fiscal problems. Senator Patty Murray, the Democratic co-chair, said in an opening statement that Democrats and Republicans "certainly have some real differences" on how to achieve a deficit-reduction package. But she noted that super committee members so far "have refrained from drawing lines in the sand or carving out areas that can't be touched." She urged members not to be "boxed in or pigeonholed" by special interest groups. Signs of the pressure the panel was under were apparent from the beginning as a small group of labor union-backed protesters outside the room briefly interrupted the proceedings with chants of, "What do we want? Jobs. When do we need them? Now." Police quickly moved the protesters out of the building. In opening statements, two Republican members of the panel said the committee should

consider comprehensive tax reform. Representatives David Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, along with Senator Rob Portman said such reform could be a key to bringing down the deficit and spur economic growth. While Republicans urge comprehensive tax reform, they are not yet saying they would back more targeted tax hikes as part of a deficit reduction deal -- something supported by Democrats. Most experts believe there is not enough time between now and November 23 to achieve a broad rewrite of the complex U.S. tax code. Democratic Representative James Clyburn warned that spending cuts should not be the super committee's only priority, saying that debt and deficit-reduction should be coupled with "a strong code of job creation." The bitter fight between Republicans and Democrats over raising the U.S. debt ceiling this summer brought the country to the brink of a default and led to an unprecedented Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. AAA credit rating. Going beyond $1.2 trillion in savings would hearten financial

markets and U.S. credit rating agencies, which want to see a couple trillion dollars more saved. As the super committee stares down a national debt that will soon race past the size of the entire $14.9 trillion economy, its members know that failure to tackle deficits could result in another downgrade of the government's debt rating. That would be a new blow to a shaky U.S. economy at a time when European countries also are struggling with a massive debt crisis that threatens to ripple across the world. HYBRID PLAN Pressure to reduce government budget deficits is fueled largely by conservative Tea Party activists' successes in the 2010 congressional elections but also by the knowledge that tackling debt would inject confidence into the U.S. economy. It is also a message that President Barack Obama aims to deliver to a joint session of Congress on Thursday when he lays out his plan for creating more jobs. With only about 10 weeks to come up with a plan that Congress would then vote on by December 23, the super committee must come up with a plan that does not fall victim to the partisan

bickering that has sharply divided Capitol Hill and to the acrimony

of the 2012 national elections. Under the law, if a majority of the panel does not agree to at least $1.2 trillion in new savings over 10 years -- on top of the $917 billion agreed to last month and $38 billion in April -- automatic spending cuts will be triggered, beginning in 2013. However, Congress may have time to revisit the issue before the cuts would be triggered. The committee could end up supporting a hybrid plan that combines some budget savings with automatic spending cuts and also sketches out additional savings beyond the 10-year window. (Additional reporting by Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro; Writing by Deborah Charles; Editing by Jackie Frank) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George

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AP Spet. 7: Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stand together before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The two titans of the Republican presidential contest hammered each other over job creation and Social Security on Wednesday night, as Rick Perry got his first chance to articulate his campaign message on the national debate stage. The Texas governor sparred early and often with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom he has overtaken as front-runner since joining the race a month ago. With Perry trying to defend that position and Romney trying to reclaim it, the two came armed with zingers to take each other down a peg. "Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt,” Perry quipped, in a stinging reference to the former Massachusetts governor who lost the presidential election to George H.W. Bush. Romney immediately shot back that “George Bush and his

predecessors created jobs at a faster rate than you did.” The critiques were among multiple rapid-fire exchanges between the two candidates, who shared the stage with six other White House hopefuls at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., a symbolic setting that invoked the memory of the conservative Republican who swept to two terms as president. The debate also marked a key test for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose prospects rose last month with her win in the Iowa Straw Poll only to be overshadowed by Perry's entrance into the race. None of the GOP contenders had anything positive to say about Obama, either his record on creating jobs or the health care law they have vowed to repeal if they win the White House. Bachmann said she would provide the "strong, bold leader in the presidency who will lead that effort. None of us should ever think that the repeal bill will just come to our desk," she said in a pledge that drew applause from the audience. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich resisted an effort to draw him into conflict with other Republicans on stage. "I'm frankly not interested in your efforts to

"I'm frankly not interested in your efforts to get Republicans fighting each other," he said, sparking

get Republicans fighting each other," he said, sparking an even louder round of applause. He said all Republicans should "defeat efforts by the news media" to spark an internal struggle when the real objective is to defeat Obama in 2012. But moments later, businessman Herman Cain said that after trying to defeat Democratic efforts to create national health care, "I'm running against Romneycare," the legislation that passed requiring residents of Massachusetts to purchase coverage. Perry -- who, after taking several jabs from the other candidates, said he felt like "the pinata here at the party" -- had first claimed his state created more jobs in three months than Massachusetts created in four years while Romney was governor. Romney, in response, chalked up

Texas’ success to its oil and gas sector and policies maintained by a Republican legislature, which he said Perry could not claim credit to. “It would be like Al Gore saying he invented the Internet,” Romney said. To distinguish himself, Romney stressed his experience in the private sector over his experience as Massachusetts’ governor. But Perry, while praising Romney’s business record, said “his public- sector record did not match that.” Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sided with Perry when he turned to Romney and said, "47th just isn't going to cut it, my friend," a reference to the rank Massachusetts had among the 50 states in creating jobs during Romney's term. But he also sought to rebut Perry's claim to be chief executive of the country's top job-producing

state. "I hate to rain on the parade of the great Lone Star State governor, but as governor of Utah, we were the No. 1 job creator during my years in service," Huntsman said. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania rounded out the contenders on the stage for the debate hosted by MSNBC and Politico. The debate was the first of three in as many weeks, at a time the polls show Obama's popularity sinking, possibly making the GOP nomination worth more than it appeared only a few months ago. Perry and Romney also sparred sharply over Social Security, with Romney criticizing Perry for calling the retirement safety net a failure and “Ponzi scheme.” Romney said he agrees the current funding formula for Social Security is not sound. But he disagreed that it’s a failure. “You can’t say that to tens of millions of Americans who live on Social Security,” he said. Perry stood by his remarks, saying “maybe it’s time to have some provocative language.” He also took a swing at former Bush adviser Karl Rove, who has criticized Perry’s remarks on Social Security and other topics.

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partisan politics got in the way. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called the planks of the bill "common-sense, sensible" ideas.

and summer focused on negotiations over deficit spending. They say the fall offers the president a window to press congressional Republicans to act on his economic plan -- and if they don't, Obama will spend 2012 running against them as obstructionists. Whether that's enough to win over voters is another matter. In one upbeat sign for those looking for a Washington compromise, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor have told Obama they see potential areas of agreement on jobs -- for example, infrastructure, which Obama has pushed repeatedly. Cantor also signaled to reporters Wednesday that he might support a payroll tax cut. "It is not games and politics for

which raises money for Social Security, to stay at 4.2 percent rather than kick back up to 6.2 percent. That tax applies to earnings up to $106,800. Obama is expected to seek continued unemployment aid for millions of people receiving extended benefits. That program, too, is set to expire at year's end. Among the other potential proposals by Obama:

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Obama speaks during a Labor Day event at Detroit's Renaissance Center, headquarters of General Motors. Related Stories Weekly Jobless Claims

"Every idea in this

piece of

legislation that we will drop next

week in Congress is something

that has had traditional bipartisan support," he told Fox News. Obama is expected to speak for


to 45 minutes, beginning at 7

p.m. ET. Before Obama even said a word, political and economic reality raised two questions: Will any of his ideas get approved, and will they actually work? When asked about some of the ideas Obama is expected to discuss, majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents were all skeptical

that the proposals would do a lot

-- Tax credits for employers who hire -- A major school construction initiative -- Aid to local governments to prevent layoffs of teachers and other workers -- Other tax help for businesses, such as continuing to allow them to deduct the full value of new equipment Since Obama took office in January 2009, nearly 2 million Americans have lost jobs. Almost 14 million people are out of work. The unemployment rate, which stood at 5 percent at the start of the recession and 7.8 percent when Obama began in office, is at 9.1 percent. After a period of steady if modest job creation, employers have stopped hiring. There was no net change in jobs in August. Fox News' Ed Henry and The Associated Press contributed to




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create jobs, a Pew Research

people out across this country. It's real," Cantor said about the state

Center poll out Wednesday found.


series of new polls by major

of the economic debate. "The fact that we have had such sustained joblessness in this country, the fact that people are doing anything they can in many instances just to stay afloat and to pay the bills, it's real." At the heart of Obama's plan will be extending, by one more year, a payroll tax cut for workers that went into effect this year. The president wants the payroll tax,

news organizations finds that the

mood of the country is downright dismal about the direction of the country, with Obama's standing and approval on the economy at

near the lowest levels of his


presidency. Democrats familiar with the president's plans say the White House sees the speech as a pivot point after spending the spring

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“Karl has been over the top for a long time. … I’m not responsible for Karl anymore,” Perry said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Related Video Who Won GOP Debate? Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in

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1500 is big, strong, and engineered to finish any job. The Sierra engine is a powerful Vortec 4.8 L (293 cu in.) Flex Fuel V8 with VVT, producing 301 horsepower and 305 SAE net torque at 4600 rpm (lb-ft). The Sierra 1500 Electronic 4- speed automatic with overdrive and tow/haul mode is standard on

this engine. The fuel tank capacity

is 26 gallons.

Although the exterior commands spectator attention, the interior was my focus point for a driving test experience last week. The rear-seat entertainment

systems allow rear-seat passengers to enjoy the DVD player and an 8-inch diagonal flip -down screen. The system is also compatible with most popular video game systems. The Sierra body is surrounded with overlapping layers of protection. The dual climate control includes

a control system that allows

individual temperature settings for left or right front-seat passengers. For added comfort, the leather appointed 10-way power front seats have heated cushions and setbacks to warm you when temperatures fall. The Bose audio system includes steering wheel-mounted radio

control and a premium speaker system. There is also a woofer mounted in the center console for rich bass notes to give you a further listening experience. Be careful when you first use the bass, it was difficult for me to

adjust it back down to a lower, more tolerable level. The SLE features a 40/20/40 front split seat with a center fold-

down armrest that opens for generous space. Lifting the arm rest reveals a cushion storage compartment, with room for most laptops or other electronic devices, as well as Mom’s purse

or grandchildren’s roller skates.

GMC built the Sierra with safety

in mind. Tire pressure monitoring

and StabiliTrak stability control that instantly adjusts engine speed

and brake pressure to any individual wheel are two examples. Sierra has a rugged frame and

robust body structure. You can

see it in the doors. They are heavy but easy to shut, and once closed appear to be vacuum-sealed. The Sierra body is surrounded with overlapping layers of protection. Looking from the driver's seat. (Courtesy of GMC Media) Dual-stage airbags feature sensors that gauge the severity of

a crash, and then determine

whether to employ one or two levels of inflation, helping to reduce the risk of injury to passengers. There is also a feature called Passenger Sensing System for all the outboard front passengers that automatically turns off the airbag if the passenger is under the appropriate weight. I want to mention just how attractive Sierra is to the spectator’s eye. A chrome rear bumper, 17” styled steel wheels with full-size spare, power locks and windows, and vanity mirrors that shade a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel are items that caught my attention.

Let me get back to some of the strength issues that Sierra is known for. The Crew Cab 1500 trailer towing maximum is 10,600 lbs. with the 6.2 L engine and 3.73 axle. The crew cab’s front axle capacity is 3,600/3,700 lb., and that of the rear axle is 3,950 lb. The EPA Fuel Economy Estimates are 15 city mpg and 21 mpg highway. I averaged 22 mpg the week I drove the vehicle in both situations. The standard vehicle price is $31,835. I would also recommend spending an additional $495 for a

rear-vision camera system.

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my sting, says Advani NDTV.com Holding up his wrists to solicit a pair of imaginary handcuffs, senior BJP leader LK Advani in Parliament dared the government to arrest him. Mr Advani said he was aware of a sting his party conducted in 2008 to expose the willingness of the government Advani dares government to arrest him gulfnews.com Advani slams Government on


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fair at the Phoenix Workforce

Connection in Phoenix, Arizona August 30, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Joshua Lott

WASHINGTON| Thu Sep 8, 2011 10:51am EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. economy may be stumbling, but it is still standing. That was the message from two economic reports that pointed to a weak labor market but also a better performance on trade that should boost third-quarter gross domestic product. The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week, further evidence of an anemic employment picture just hours before President Barack Obama unveils a plan on job creation in a major address to Congress. Still, a considerably narrower trade deficit for July offered a ray of hope for economic growth in the third quarter following a sluggish first half of the year. Applications for unemployment benefits rose to 414,000 in the week ending September 3 from an

upwardly revised 412,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Wall Street

analysts had been looking for a dip to 405,000. "Jobless claims numbers have been stabilizing in recent weeks. We're probably seeing an economy that's just growing slowly," said Gary Thayer, chief macro strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis. U.S. stocks were little changed as investors looked ahead to Obama's address while Treasury debt was slightly higher and the dollar was up. A deteriorating global economic outlook prompted the European Central Bank to leave interest rates on hold, even as markets ratcheted up the pressure on the Federal Reserve to ease monetary policy further at its September 20- 21 meeting. Excluding one week in early August, jobless claims have held above 400,000 since early April. The Labor Department said there was no discernible effect from recent hurricanes and storms on the national figures this week. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out volatility, rose to 414,750 from 411,000 the prior week.

Continuing claims eased to 3.72 million from 3.75 million in the week ended August 27, the latest available data. The number of total recipients on benefit rolls was 7.17 million in the August 20 week. TRADE HELPS U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in August, with zero net job creation raising fears of a new recession and putting pressure on the Fed to ease monetary policy further. But in a respite from the negative news, the trade gap shrank to $44.8 billion in July, Commerce Department data showed, down sharply from June's $53.1 billion deficit and much lower than forecasts around $51 billion. The 13.1 percent decline was the biggest month-to-month percentage drop in the deficit since February 2009. "The trade numbers are probably sufficiently better than expected to cause some upward revision in the GDP forecast," said Pierre Ellis, senior economist at Decision Economics in New York. U.S. exports rose 3.6 percent to a record $178.0 billion, driven by record shipments to countries in South and Central America and

higher demand from China and major oil producers. Records were also set for two large categories, goods and services, as well as for capital goods and autos. Economists wondered whether such strength could be sustained given a recent weakening in many industrial and developing nations. U.S. imports slipped 0.2 percent in July to $222.8 billion, as the average price for imported oil declined for a second consecutive month to $104.27 per barrel and the volume of crude oil imports also fell. Imports from China, however, rose 2.1 percent. (Additional reporting by Doug Palmer in Washington and Ellen Freilich in New York; Editing by Andrea Ricci) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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Sydney Morning Herald More credit card allegations for Thomson NEWS.com.au LABOR MP Craig Thomson and union boss Michael Williamson were allegedly provided with

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A hunting painted frogfish using a lure to attract its prey at Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Matthew Oldfield) The painted frogfish, Antennarius pictus, is also known as the painted anglerfish because it uses

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frogfish. In some species the lure resembles a small shrimp or fish, while in this species it looks more

like a baited fishing line. When the victim is close enough,

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