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FEDEX searches for missing radioactive equipment
FedEx is searching for radioactive rods used for medical equipment that went missing during shipment between North Dakota and Tennessee. Memphis-based FedEx spokeswoman Sandra Munoz said Friday the rods are used for quality control purposes for CT scans. She says the rods were likely misplaced and there's no indication the material was stolen.


Next Debt Crisis May Start in Washington
The US needs to take urgent action to cut its debt in order to prevent the next financial crisis, which may start in Washington, Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposits Insurance Corp. (FDIC) wrote in an editorial in the Washington Post.


Al Simpson speaks out against debt committee critics, political climate
During Al Simpson's nearly 50 years in government, he hasn't been afraid to take on critics and naysayers of his work in the U.S. Senate or on a variety of high-profile commissions and committees. But as the co-chair of President Obama's debt commission, the Wyoming Republican said he's been taking an unprecedented amount of flak for the commission's draft proposals to help erase the nation's $13.8 trillion debt.


Doctors say Medicare cuts force painful decision about elderly patients
Want an appointment with kidney specialist Adam Weinstein of Easton, Md.? If you're a senior covered by Medicare, the wait is eight weeks. How about a checkup from geriatric specialist Michael Trahos? Expect to see him every six months


TSA Worker Accused Of Assault Had Prior Record
Channel 2 Action News has learned a TSA security worker accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman had previously been convicted of misdemeanor harassment and stalking. Randall King remains hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Police said last Wednesday, King agreed to drive a woman home from the airport. Instead, investigators said King took her to a MARTA station parking lot and placed novelty handcuffs on her.


Election Law to Rahm: No Mayor’s Race for You?
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (D) may face as many as 19 other contenders in the race to succeed retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D), according to candidate filings submitted Monday. But even before Emanuel contends with his rivals on the ballot, he’ll have to overcome another hurdle: a dispute over his residency.


Police Investigate Al Qaeda-Style ‘Bomb Factory’ in Southern California
Police have reportedly discovered large quantities of bomb-making materials in the home of a naturalized U.S. citizen from Serbia living in southern California. The Escondido house in northern San Diego County came to the attention of authorities last weekend when a gardener was hurt in an accidental explosion.


House fails to extend unemployment benefits
The legislation would have extended the deadline to file for federal unemployment benefits to Feb. 28, sparing 4 million people from falling off the rolls. The deadline is currently Nov. 30.


Federal Judge Halts Certification of Alaska Senate Election as Miller Eyes Lawsuit
An Alaska federal judge ruled Friday that Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's challenge to the counting of write-in ballots raises "serious" legal issues but is a matter for a state, not federal, court to decide.


Senate Approves $4.6 Billion for Claims by Black Farmers, American Indians
The U.S. Senate yesterday approved spending $4.6 billion to settle two lawsuits: one by black farmers who alleged racial discrimination by government lenders and the other by 300,000 American Indians who said they had been cheated out of land royalties dating to 1887.


FCC may regulate Internet lines days before Christmas
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a Christmas gift in store for the phone and cable industry: it may move ahead on its controversial net-neutrality regulations three days before Christmas.


Rockefeller: FCC Should Take FOXNEWS, MSNBC Off Airwaves
"There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future."


Podesta: Obama Can Use ‘Armed Forces’ to Push Progressive Agenda
The liberal Center for American Progress doesn’t believe significant GOP gains in the House and Senate should stop the President from implementing more of his polices. The group released a report Tuesday suggesting ways Obama can bypass Congress to accomplish a progressive agenda, and it cites the president’s power as commander-in-chief to make its point.


Fears of new food crisis as prices soar
The bill for global food imports will top $1,000bn this year for the second time ever, putting the world "dangerously close" to a new food crisis, the United Nations said.


FEC Likely to Allow Obama Bailout for Biden
In a flashback to the campaigns of yesterday, the Federal Election Commission released a draft opinion to allow President Barack Obama’s campaign committee to transfer money to pay for campaign finance penalties left over from Vice President Joseph Biden’s 2008 White House run.


Sarah Palin Says She Could Beat Obama
Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012, the former Alaska governor told ABC News' Barbara Walters.


Time for Holder to go
The failure of Holder’s DoJ to win anything more than a single conspiracy count against Ghailani as a result of using a process designed for domestic criminals than wartime enemies shows that the critics had it right all along. It also shows that both Obama and Holder have been proven spectacularly wrong, since a man who confessed to the murder of over two hundred people will now face as little as 20 years, with a big chunk of whatever sentence Foopie receives being reduced by time already served.


If Obama won’t fight for the left’s agenda, we should look elsewhere, says... George Soros
At a private meeting on Tuesday afternoon, George Soros, a longtime supporter of progressive causes, voiced blunt criticism of the Obama administration, going so far as to suggest that Democratic donors direct their support somewhere other than the president.


Arpaio Recruits Big Names for Border Posse
"America's toughest sheriff," Phoenixs Joe Arpaio, is creating an armed "Immigration Posse" to combat illegal immigration, and Hollywood actors Steven Seagal and Lou Ferrigno, along with Dick Tracy and Wyatt Earp, have signed up.


New Republican Governors Promise: ‘This Is Going to Hurt’
"Why do you exist?" Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Corbett said that he would ask every state agency when he spoke yesterday at the Republican Governors Association meeting in San Diego. New Mexico Governor-elect Susana Martinez said she would reduce the public payroll by 5 percent through attrition to deal with a deficit she said recently nearly doubled to $452 million on $5.6 billion in revenue next year.


GOP Blocks Pay Equity Measure in Senate
Senate Republicans have succeeded in blocking a measure designed to reduce wage disparities between men and women. The 58-41 vote to take up the Paycheck Fairness Act fell short of the 60 needed to overcome GOP opposition.


Rangel found guilty of 11 ethics violations
A House Ethics subcommittee announced Tuesday that they have found Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) guilty of 11 of ethics violations. Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said the committee rolled two charges together, meaning that Rangel was ultimately charged with 12, not 13 charges as originally stated. She added the committee was split on one of the 12-- identified as a charge of harming the credibility of Congress.


Government Employees Owe Billions in Delinquent Taxes
Need a quick three billion dollars, Uncle Sam? How about looking in your own pockets? Deficit cutters struggling to make ends meet in Washington are eyeballing an unusual pot of potential revenue: back taxes owed to the government by federal employees themselves. According to an IRS study last year, those employees and federal retirees owed a staggering $3.3 billion dollars in delinquent tax payments to the government


Dejected House Dems wipe away tears as GOP celebrates victory
Freshman Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.), who lost her reelection bid, wiped away tears as she hugged fellow members of the class of 2008, many of whom lost on Nov. 2.


2 Dems claim Arianna Huffington stole website idea
Peter Daou and James Boyce charge that Huffington and partner Ken Lerer designed the website from a plan they had presented them, and in doing so, violated a handshake agreement to work together, according to a lawsuit to be filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.


Dems ready to push amnesty during lame duck session
"The White House is ready and willing, and we may be having another meeting with the White House very soon this week," Menendez said on a conference call, adding that Obama is "clearly interested" trying to reach a deal on immigration before the Congress convenes.


CBC rebelling against Pelosi?
While the CBC says it supports Clyburn for "the number three position," the group pointedly refused to endorse Pelosi for the top position until Pelosi explains exactly what Clyburn’s authority and power will actually be in the new make-work position of "assistant leader"


Deficit Dem Calls for Europe-Like Consumption Tax Needed
"We need a broad-based consumption tax. That is not politically popular, but at some point we are going to have to do it," said Alice Rivlin, a former Congressional Budget Office director. Rivlin is part of a 18-member presidentially appointed panel that is charged with finding ways to tackle the huge U.S. deficit.


Angry Liberals Turn on Obama
Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, says the White House misinterpreted election results. "It’s less ‘Oh no, they’re triangulating,’ and more ‘Boy, their political instincts are really stupid,’" he tells The Hill. The White House "fundamentally" doesn’t get that "the only way to get Republicans to deal in good faith is to fight them, crush them and teach a lesson that if Republicans are on the wrong side of an issue, there will be consequences. ... So it makes no sense to negotiate," Green says.


6 GOP Hispanics Loosen Dems' Grip on Hill
As the newly elected Republican class of the 112th Congress gathers at the Capitol this week for freshmen orientation, the group boasts a record six Hispanics - loosening the Democratic Party's long held grip on the nation's fastest-growing minority group. But whether the surge is a one-year anomaly or portends a future of Hispanic GOP pickups in the 2012 election remains to be seen.


Reid, McConnell to Stay in Senate Top Party Posts
Senate Democrats and Republicans alike are poised to return their respective party leaders to their posts following an election in which the top Democrat scrambled to retain his seat and the senior Republican picked up 13 new senators. Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, is unopposed to keep his post, as is Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, the minority leader.


Obama Pushes to Gut U.S. Nukes in Lame Duck
"I reiterated my commitment to getting the START treaty done during the lame-duck session," Obama said, noting that Congress returns next week for its postelection session. In talks with Medvedev on the sidelines of the summit of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Obama also reiterated his support for bringing Russia into the World Trade Organization, calling Russia "an excellent partner."


Bikers Rally to Ride With Boy After School Banned American Flag
After his Sacramento, Calif., school told him to remove the American flag from his bicycle, Cody Alicea, 13, received an amazing surprise when hundreds of patriotic bikers - many of them veterans - showed up to escort him to school Monday morning:


Read the Updated Beck TV Background Guide to George Soros
Glenn Beck’s TV team has provided The Blaze with an updated background and research guide for its George Soros expose. According to the team, it contains added sources and links. The original guide is still available in this story:


Palin's Open Letter to GOP Freshman Members of Congress
Now you will come to Washington to serve your nation and leave your mark on history by reining in government spending, preserving our freedoms at home, and restoring America's leadership abroad. Some of you have asked for my thoughts on how best to proceed in the weeks and months ahead and how best to advance an agenda that can move our country forward. I have a simple answer: stick to the principles that propelled your campaigns.


Democratic Party Suicide
Is outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentally stable? Sanity - at least for Democrats - is subjective. Yet, following the Republicans' historic election landslide, it was assumed that Mrs. Pelosi would step down as House Democratic leader. Some even thought the unpopular San Francisco liberal would resign from Congress.


Obama’s America: $27 Light Bulbs
Contractors billed New Jersey $27 apiece for light bulbs, and ran up tens of thousands of dollars in other "unreasonable costs" on a $119 million weatherization program funded with U.S. stimulus money, the state auditor said


GE Takes Obama’s Stimulu$ to China
GE said Tuesday that it will likely spend $500million on research and development and new customer innovation centers, adding more than 1,000 new jobs. More than $1.5billion is expected to be put toward new joint ventures with Chinese state-owned enterprises in high-technology sectors.


Rep. Charles Rangel's Ethics Trial Approaches Monday
Rangel stands accused of 13 counts of violating House rules but has emphatically denied any wrongdoing. Rangel allegedly failed to reveal more than half a million dollars in assets on financial disclosure forms, improperly obtained four rent-controlled apartments in New York City and failed to disclose financial arrangements for a villa at the Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic.


Palin e-mail hacker sentenced to year in custody
A former University of Tennessee college student who hacked into Sarah Palin's e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign was sentenced Friday to a year and a day with the judge recommending the term be served in a halfway house, not prison.


White House Staffers Got a Bigger Raise Than You Did Last Year
Earlier this week, USA Today published an analysis of the federal workforce showing that it pays to work for the government: The number of feds earning more than $150,000 per year has increased tenfold since 2005, and the number earning above $180,000 has increased twentyfold. That prompted us to take a look at White House salaries, and it turns out that working for Barack Obama is not a bad gig.


Secret WALMART Survey Shows Inflation Already Here
There might not have been a second round of quantitative easing, if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke shopped at Walmart. A new pricing survey of products sold at the world’s largest retailer showed a 0.6 percent price increase in just the last two months, according to MKM Partners. At that rate, prices would be close to four percent higher a year from now, double the Fed’s mandate.


GOP Victory Forces Obama Retreat on US Trial for 9/11 Mastermind
The self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks is expected to remain in military detention without trial for the foreseeable future, largely due to the results of the recent midterm elections.


Leadership Struggle Averted by House Democrats
House Democrats averted a messy leadership struggle, clearing the way for Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to become second in command of their new minority without a challenge from South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn.


Arizona Pot Measure Pulls Ahead in Vote Count
A measure that would legalize medical marijuana in Arizona pulled ahead for the first time Friday, with both supporters and opponents saying they believed the proposal that went before voters on Election Day would pass.


Fed’s $600 Billion Plan Will Backfire, Cause Big Inflation
"The danger is that once the economy begins to come out of this man-made depression that we’re in because of Obama, then everyone will start spending money at once," he tells Newsmax.TV. "And that means gigantic inflation."


Clinton Announces Aid to Palestinian Authority, Meets with Egyptian Counterpart
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced new funding to the Palestinian Authority and held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Wednesday, a day before her scheduled meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.


Axelrod Denies Obama Would Concede Tax Cuts
Senior White House adviser David Axelrod said this morning that President Obama has not caved to GOP demands on the extension of the Bush tax cuts, despite a report to the contrary.


Democrats pressing Pelosi to step aside
In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file say they won't support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January.


Perry calls Social Security bankrupt 'Ponzi scheme'
Perry criticized President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and an early 20th-century "progressive era" movement that "gave the federal government access to our wallets via taxation."


NC town to be first in nation to accept Mexican ID from illegals
If approved, Durham would be the first city in the country to accept the Matricula Consular. It's an identification card issued by the Government of Mexico through its consulate offices to Mexican citizens residing outside of Mexico regardless of their emigration status


White House edits stain its reliance on science
Academics, environmentalists and federal investigators have accused the administration since the April spill of downplaying scientific findings, misrepresenting data and most recently misconstruing the opinions of experts it solicited.


Oil prices close in on $90
World oil prices neared 90 dollars for the first time in more than two years on Thursday, stoked by expectations of increased demand amid tight supplies, traders said.


Michele Bachmann drops out of race for GOP Conference chair, endorses Hensarling
Jeb Henserling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair. Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party’s call for these values.


New ag reports point to inflation in food prices
Fresh on the heels over the debate of whether and when inflation hit food prices, the Department of Agriculture warned yesterday that, well, inflation will hit food prices - and hard. Projected crop yields, combined with production issues and higher demand in Asia, have put food commodities in an "alarming" position, according to analysts. That’s good news for farmers, and bad news for just about everybody else:


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Boehner under fire: First cut should be lawmakers' salaries
Cutting member pay would show voters the new GOP majority in the House is going to lead by example in their efforts to rein in spending and start with their own wallets, say officials with three prominent taxpayer advocacy groups in Washington, D.C.


Obama calls for compromise, won't budge on tax cuts
Obama noted the importance of extending the tax cuts in the lame-duck session, but focused the address on digging in against the full extension sought by Republicans and some Democrats.


Rubio warns fellow Republicans to stick to principles, not squander election
Rubio’s speech drew a clear line between the policies of the Republican Congress under President George W. Bush, which passed a $500 billion Medicare prescription drug bill, and a new regime of fiscal authority that Tea Party voters have demanded.


Government Trampling on Constitutional Rights of Parents
When the liberals and the feminists, including Hillary Clinton, began saying the "village" should raise the child, most people recognized village as a metaphor for government. We’re now seeing how intrusive Big Government Nannyism really is.


For NEA, It Could Have Been Worse, But Not Much Worse
Not to belabor the obvious, but a bad day for the Democrats is a bad day for the National Education Association’s political operations. NEA spent money on safe incumbents, so its overall record for 2010 won’t seem so bad, but in the candidate races all across the country where the union was heavily involved, particularly in the U.S. House of Representatives, it got shellacked.


EPA official who pushed CO2 regulation resigns
Lisa Heinzerling, the head of EPA’s policy office, will return to her position as a Georgetown University law professor at the end of the year, said EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan.


Does Steele Deserve 2nd Term at RNC?
In a contentious roundtable with reporters three days after his party's historic midterm win, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele pushed back forcefully against criticism of his leadership at the committee over the past two years and hinted that he may be running for another two-year term.


Anti-Tea Party E-mail Sparks Outrage
The email called Tea Party members "dangerous, radical hate mongers" who want to take the nation back to the days of the Ku Klux Klan and it was sent by an employee of the Duval County School District in Jacksonville, FL.


Bachmann Leadership Bid Getting Bulldozed by GOP?
Self-proclaimed tea party leader Michele Bachmann's bid for a top Republican post in the House received a cool reaction Thursday from Speaker-to-be John Boehner, an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the antiestablishment movement's winners in Tuesday's elections.


Demoralized Democrats Brace for a Rocky, Divided Future
Demoralized Democrats face an uncertain future after their bruising election losses, and the soul-searching and finger-pointing already have begun. A debate raged about whether the party, which suffered its biggest losses in Congress since 1938, needed a dramatic shift in course ahead of President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.


Murdoch: 'Impossible' for Obama 2012 Win
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch says President Barack Obama will be a one-term president as long as the Republican Party can offer up an appealing alternative. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Murdoch told the Australian Financial Review that Obama "doesn’t listen to anybody" believes the president "will find it impossible to win" re-election in 2012 if there is "any kind of a Republican candidate - a decent Republican governor, say."


Transparency: New GOP Committee Chair Orders Cameras for Hearing Room
"Given the important nature of our work, my Republican Rules Committee colleagues and I have repeatedly requested that the majority undertake the installation of cameras in the Rules Committee hearing room to the end that we begin webcasting our proceedings," Dreier wrote.


Obama's Department of [In]Justice and Sharia Prosecutes Infidels for "Hate" Speech Crimes
And so it begins. This is an outrage. An infidel was prosecuted by Obama's Department of Justice and sent to jail for a year for saying in an email that he would "do WHATEVER it takes to eradicate Islam." So what? A year in prison? A $3,000 fine?


Walking the walk: NJ Gov. Chris Christie to cut 1,200 public sector jobs
Since assuming office, Chris Christie has been relentlessly hammering home the message that New Jersey’s state government, which is badly in the red, must live within its means. But he’s also not afraid to make the tough decisions either. Whereas the previous governor, Jon Corzine, struck a deal to prevent layoffs in the public sector at a time when private sector workers were unemployed in record numbers, here comes Christie taking on the public sector unions:


Ron Paul vows renewed Fed audit push next year
Republican Representative Ron Paul on Thursday said he will push to examine the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decisions if he takes control of the congressional subcommittee that oversees the central bank as expected in January.


Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs
AARP's endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now the seniors' lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.


Missing SF ballots found floating in pond
San Francisco's director of elections, said Thursday the ballots were found floating in a pond at the Palace of Fine Arts in the city's Marina neighborhood. Arntz described the ballots as "waterlogged." A memory pack that records information from the ballots, and a voting roster that also disappeared have not been recovered.


Bag of Uncounted Ballots Found in Bridgeport
Republican officials were approached by Democratic operatives and told about the surprise ballot bag, according to Bridgeport GOP Chairman Marc Delmonico.


Election nearly wipes out white Southern Democrats
Democrats didn't just see most of their recent gains obliterated, they lost at least 19 Southern House members and a senator, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Even some of the most conservative Democrats such as four-term Rep. Jim Marshall of Georgia and 10-term Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi couldn't withstand the wave. It also snared such veterans as John Spratt of South Carolina, the 14-term chairman of the House Budget Committee, and 14-term Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia.


Feds print money to force inflation
Well, the media is calling it "quantitative easing" again, or "QE2"? for short, but that’s what it is, isn’t it? The Fed will print about $600 billion in order to buy Treasury bonds to keep interest rates from going too high. They want to force some inflation to get people holding capital to start spending it, while still not having a plan to unload the assets they bought during QE1:


Volcker: Fed Plan an Illusion, Won't Boost Economy
"The thought that you can create a prosperous economy by inflating is an illusion, in my judgment," he told reporters after his speech. "And we should never forget that. I thought we'd learned that lesson and I hope we continue to learn that lesson."


Republicans vying to replace Barney Frank on key bank panel
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), the panel's ranking member, and Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) are competing for the chairmanship of the committee that oversees bank regulators and Wall Street.


Clinton Rules out a Presidential Run Through 2016
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2012 or 2016 on Friday, saying the United States should be ready for a woman president but it would not be her.
She knows Palin would mop the floor with her.

Christie: 'Zero' Chance He's Running for President
"Short of suicide, I don't really know what I'd have to do to convince you people that I'm not running," Christie told reporters at a press conference Wednesday in Trenton.


Obama Tells Left-Wing MoveOn: I Will Fight GOP
Obama may have expressed humility during his conciliatory news conference Wednesday over the shellacking he took in the midterm elections, but just hours after speaking to the nation, he made it very clear in a phone call to left-leaning activist group MoveOn that he is not willing to compromise his core beliefs.


Rep. Van Hollen done as chairman of DCCC
Days after Republicans won dozens of Democratic seats in a wave election that handed control of the House to the GOP, Van Hollen said he wasn't interested in serving another two years as the leader of House Democrats' campaign efforts.


Energy Roundup: Top spot on Senate energy panel up for grabs
While the three-way Alaskan Senate race remains undecided, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) chances of winning another six-year term are looking quite good. So . . . there's already speculation over whether she'll need to battle Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to retain the top GOP spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


Top 10 challenges John Boehner will face as Speaker of the House
Boehner has said he has learned from prior Speakers from both sides of the aisle, and has vowed to run the House in a much more open manner than his predecessors. Keeping that promise will be difficult, though that is only one of many challenges the Ohio Republican will face over the next couple of months.


Gibbs: GOP efforts to repeal healthcare won't get past Senate
The White House does not think President Obama will have to veto legislation repealing his signature legislative accomplishments. Though Republicans are rattling their sabers with threats to repeal the new healthcare and financial regulatory laws, the White House feels safe with its buffer in the Democratic Senate.


Wins in state Houses give GOP the advantage in redistricting process
Republicans are poised to control next year's redistricting process, which could solidify the party's House majority over the next decade. Major state legislative gains have the Republican Party poised to control next year's redistricting process, which could solidify its majority in the House for the next decade.


Labor Unions Use U.N. Stage to Condemn U.S. for Human Rights ‘Violations’
The summary of submissions to the council shows a number of controversial criticisms and suggested remedies, including the recommended adoption of the Employee Free Choice Act, a.k.a. "card check." The summary also demands the U.S. adopt the U.N.’s suggested policies without approval of the legislature.


Over a dozen House races have yet to be called but GOP majority remains secure
Republicans have picked up 63 seats in the House and that number is likely to grow as several contests remain too close to call early Wednesday, while others may be headed for recounts.


Voters ban judges from using international law
Oklahoma voters have approved a measure that would forbid judges from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases. Republican Rex Duncan, the sponsor of the measure, called it a "pre-emptive strike" designed to close the door on activist judges "legislating from the bench or using international law or Sharia law."


Iowans dismiss three justices
"It appears we're headed for a resounding victory tonight and a historic moment in the state of Iowa," said Bob Vander Plaats, the Sioux City businessman who led a campaign to remove the justices because of the 2009 gay marriage ruling. "The people of Iowa stood up in record numbers and sent a message ... that it is 'We the people,' not 'We the courts.' "


CBSNEWS: Palin Emerges with More Clout.
Former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin endorsed dozens of Tea Party candidates this election season and many of them won. Jeff Glor reports on what it might mean for her political future.
Karl Rove, you know what you can do with your "gravitas"?

US to spend $200 million a day on Obama's Mumbai visit
About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.


Sugar soars to 30-year high as supply fears grow
Traders believe that prices could soar over the coming months as the market faces a supply shortfall driven by smaller-than-forecast crops in important growing countries from Brazil to Russia and western Europe. At the same time, inventories are at their lowest levels in decades. "All buyers we see are buying on a hand-to-mouth basis," said Peter de Klerk of Czarnikow, the London sugar merchant.


Bernanke Faces Greater Scrutiny After Republican Election Gains
With Republicans reclaiming a majority in the House of Representatives and eroding Democrats’ hold on the Senate, Tea Party candidates who campaigned in part against the Fed get an opportunity to call Bernanke to task for taking part in the unpopular financial rescues that helped propel them to office.


Breaking: Sink concedes, GOP sweeps Florida; Update: Pickup in Maine with LePage win
After a closely-fought battle and a long night of counting, Alex Sink finally conceded the Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Rick Scott less than an hour ago. The victory by Scott, a Tea Party favorite who beat a favored Republican, Bill McCollum, in the primary, clinches a sweep by the GOP of statewide offices and control of the legislature, painting Florida red:


President Obama, America's Trial Separation From You Has Begun
Across the country, in nearly every demographic, nerves are frayed and tempers have flared. The passion from the first days of dating has cooled and some people can't remember what they saw in him in the first place. And so they've decided to send a message - loudly.


Republican wave bigger than 1994
Republicans have swept control of House seats across the country, handing them control of the lower chamber. The GOP have won 63 Democratic-held seats while Democrats picked up three GOP seats, which gives the Republicans a net gain of 60 seats so far.


GOP likely to urge Obama officials not to shred documents
Before the election, GOP officials on Capitol Hill privately discussed the issue but refrained from publicly tackling it, not wanting to assume what would happen on Election Day. Now that Republicans will control the House, the shredding matter will move front and center.


From change to 'change course': It's GOP's turn at helm of the House
"The people’s priorities will be our priorities, and the people’s agenda will be our agenda," Boehner said. He said the American people "sent an unmistakable message" to the president. "And that message is change course," Boehner said to loud cheers. "We hope President Obama will now respect the will of the people, change course, and to commit to making changes that they are demanding. And to the extent that he’s willing to do that, we’re ready to work with him."


'Write-in' candidate leads in Alaska; long legal battle looms
The total number of write-in votes comprises 40 percent of Alaska's total returns, with the vast majority of precincts reporting. Republican nominee Joe Miller is running second with 34 percent of the vote, while Democrat Scott McAdams has already conceded defeat.


Thune Sees Big GOP Win, Repealing Obamacare Top Priority
In an exclusive Newsmax interview, South Dakota Sen. John Thune says the ability to repeal Obamacare and correct other faltering policies of President Barack Obama depends on just how much power Republicans can wrestle from Democrats in the midterm election. The man often touted as a possible presidential contender in 2012 also predicts the Bush tax cuts will be renewed, but not without a fight.


Obama prepared to dust off veto pen should GOP take the House
Democrats and White House aides said that Obama is prepared to wield his veto pen and effectively stare down Republicans


House loss could propel Pelosi into retirement
Many analysts believe Pelosi's political career could end Tuesday. Her national popularity is in the basement. She has become a symbol of Democratic excesses, much like Gingrich once was for Republicans, a radioactive "San Francisco liberal" from whom moderate Democrats in marginal districts are fleeing.


Gitmo killer sentenced to 40 years; Obama admin deal cuts term to 8 years...
A military jury on Sunday gave teen terrorist Omar Khadr a 40-year prison sentence for killing an American commando in Afghanistan, but the sentence was merely symbolic, the United States already had agreed to limit Khadr's prison time to eight years, and Canada last week said it would allow Khadr to serve the bulk of his sentence there.


Estate tax rise has some planning death
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis says some of her Wyoming constituents are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that they plan to discontinue dialysis and other life-extending medical treatments so they can die before Dec. 31


Republicans Appear Poised to Win Big on Tuesday
The final USA Today/Gallup measure of Americans' voting intentions for Congress shows Republicans continuing to hold a substantial lead over Democrats among likely voters, a lead large enough to suggest that regardless of turnout, the Republicans will win more than the 40 seats needed to give them the majority in the U.S. House.
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Romney calls Palin presidential run 'great'
"She would be a great thing for the Republican primary process," said Romney, a 2008 presidential candidate and a potential candidate again in 2012. "It'd be a good thing for her to get in."


Miller campaign claims KTVA reporters caught on tape discussing smear; Update: Palin calls Alaska media "corrupt bastards"
In an apparent accidental voice mail message left on the cell phone of Joe Miller’s spokesperson, Randy DeSoto, what is believed to be the news director for CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, along with assignment editor Nick McDermott, and other reporters, openly discuss creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller. The voice mail message was later authenticated by Mr. McDermott, who sent a text to DeSoto stating "Damn iPhone . . . I left you a long message. I thought I hung up. Sorry."


Ohio McDonald’s Encourages Employees to Vote Republican
A handful of McDonald’s employees in northeastern Ohio received handbills in their most recent paychecks suggesting they vote for three Republican candidates.


MoveOn ‘Republicorp’ Activist Chokes Conservative Protester at Arizona Rally
You may remember that the woman who was stepped on by the Rand Paul supporter was working as an instigator for the MoveOn "Republicorp" project which tries to ridicule Republicans as lapdogs for business interests. Well those Republicorp activists are a busy group. And sometimes they are instigating the violence! Witness this encounter in Arizona:


Reid Promises Lame-Duck Senate Vote on Amnesty for Young Illegals
According to the Huffington Post, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has pledged to hold a vote on the so-called DREAM Act, a bill which would allow some undocumented young people to assume legal status.


U.S., Arizona Face Off in Appeals Court Over Immigration Law
Eleven states filed briefs supporting Arizona, and as many as 11 U.S. cities, Mexico and nine Latin American countries filed documents in support of the federal government before a hearing on the constitutionality of the measure that began today at the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.


Tax Cuts May Be First Conflict of New Congress
The Bush-era tax cuts may provide the first issue of dispute between Republicans and Democrats in the new Congress. Many experts say the lame-duck session of Congress is unlikely to deal with the tax issue,


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