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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 11:28 AM

FALL BACK tonight. Here's a reminder written by a news organization that mentions fitting in more sleep and/or reading. What you need to know: The OLCC sent out news releases yesterday explaining that bars and juice joints normally open until 2 get to stay open an extra hour. Which ought to be a boon for Portland's cab drivers.

On a pretty slow—and dark and dreary and soggy—news day, how about this old axiom: Sharing is caring. The United States had been on alert over a possible attack from a Yemeni branch of Al-Qaida thanks to tips shared from Saudi Arabia. And other tips and tidbits, shared across the U.S. intelligence community (unlike pre-Sept. 11), helped narrow down the substance of the Yemeni plot—before it could fully unfold. Meanwhile the cleric allegedly advising the Yemeni cell has been ordered captured by his government, "dead or alive."

"I'm going to India," says an electorally battered Barack Obama, clearly a Flaming Lips fan. He talked tough about terrorism in a speech at the Mumbai hotel where he was staying, one that gunmen attacked in 2008. He also unveiled a series of U.S.-India trade deals.

In his weekly Fireside Chat radio and internet address, the chief executive says Congress needs to act RIGHT NOW on extending Bush-era tax cuts (for low- and middle-income Americans), otherwise taxes on all us corporate vassals will start going up January 1. Taxes for the rich guys? Let's talk, Obama says.

After only a two-year sentence, minus time served, was handed to a Bay Area transit officer convicted of shooting an unarmed African-American man, protests erupted in Oakland last night, with some 152 people arrested. While tense and chaotic, it wasn't as bad as protests after other legal decisions in the case.

Rachel Maddow sticks up for Keith Olbermann. Also, she says, MSNBC ain't just Fox News for (damn dirty) libs. "We can lay that old false equivalency to rest forever,” she said on Friday's show. “There are multiple people being paid by Fox News to essentially run for office as Republican candidates. If you count not just their hosts but their contributors, you're looking at a significant portion of the entire Republican lineup of potential contenders for 2012."

More on (pun intended) the "Sarah Palin is Freaking Out the Old Fellows Who Run the GOP" backlash.
George W. Bush reportedly is telling people that he thinks the ex-Alaska governor is unqualified to become the nation's 45th president and that John McCain was a doofus for picking her as his choice for VP in 2008.

It's being called Britain's "Abu Ghraib." In court proceedings brought by 200 inmates, evidence emerged showing starvation, beatings, sexual humiliation and torture at a secret interrogation facility in southern Iraq. Weeks ago, authorities admitted that British military personnel were responsible for the deaths of several Iraqi civilians.

If you're not rich, it's good to handle the finances of those who are! Martin Erzinger, a Colorado financial manager involved in a hit-and-run with a bicyclist—a crash that left the victim horribly injured—avoided felony charges in the crime. Prosecutors explained that "felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession, and that entered into it." According to court documents, Erzinger told police he was unaware he had hit anyone. But when police arrived he was putting a broken side mirror and a bumper in his trunk.

Finally, with the Oregon governor's race settled, I'd like to give props to our neighbors to the South, who navigated a contest with similar dynamics—Jerry Brown the ex-governor vs. Meg Whitman the wealthy, consultant-fed outsider.

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