OBAMA, BOEHNER PLEDGE TO SEEK COMPROMISE TO AVOID 'FISCAL CLIFF': On the day after President Obama's re-election, he and Republican House Speaker John Boehner both pledged yesterday (November 6th) to seek a compromise to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff" of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that could send the nation back into recession. Boehner stressed that Republicans would be willing to accept higher tax revenue under the right conditions as part of a broader effort to reduce the deficit, but said that means tax reform and economic growth rather than raising tax rates. The White House said Obama spoke yesterday to both Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and that he's committed to finding bipartisan solutions, quote, "to reduce our deficit in a balanced way, cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses and create jobs."
FLORIDA ELECTION RESULTS
In other results:
Two Senate races whose result was still up in the air were finalized yesterday, with Democratic seats held in
In the House, there are still eight races in which results haven't been finalized. Although the Republicans retain control by a comfortable margin, with the current count at 233 Republican seats and 194 Democratic, the Dems picked up at least four seats from the current Congress.
In the governor's races, the Republicans picked up one state, and now hold 30 of the 50 governorships. One race, in
In ballot measures whose results were finalized Wednesday:
MSNBC'S CHRIS MATTHEWS APOLOGIZES FOR ELECTION NIGHT SANDY COMMENT: MSNBC's Chris Matthews apologized on his Hardball show Wednesday (November 7th) for comments he'd made during election coverage the night before about Hurricane Sandy that had drawn criticism. While speaking Tuesday night about President Obama's victory, Matthews said he was glad Sandy happened, because it showed undecided voters Obama could come together to work with Republican leaders like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He stated, "I'm so glad we had that storm last week," then tried to clarify, saying, "No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics." As he opened Hardball yesterday, Matthews said in a lengthy, apparently heart-felt apology, "I said something terrible. I said something not just stupid but wrong." He also stated, in part, "I was too deeply enmeshed in political thinking, deep in a world of numbers and issues and people and stakes and focused on who would win and who would lose. But I left out the number one job of anyone on air: To think about the lives, the real lives of people, their losses, their relatives and friends who died in this disaster, their dreams that have been hurt and even destroyed." As he concluded, Matthews said, "I intend to take serious steps to show that I am sincere on this. Please believe me, I am determined to do what I can to help the people who have already been hurt enough, who are suffering and have suffered enough hardship without hearing stupid stuff from me."
AFTER ELECTION VINDICATION, NATE SILVER'S BOOK SOARS ON AMAZON.COM: After all the criticism he came under before the election, accused of both bias and incompetence for his forecasts consistently showing President Obama had a high percentage likelihood of being re-elected, the election results vindicated New York Times political statistician Nate Silver, who correctly called all 50 states, and it's now paying tangible dividends for him. CNNMoney reported Wednesday (November 7th) that sales of Silver's recent book, The Signal and the Noise, on Amazon.com had soared 850 percent in the previous 24 hours. The report said it had become the second-best-selling book on the site, behind only the children's book, The Third Wheel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7. In the days and hours before the election, some 20 percent of visitors to the New York Times website visited Silver's blog, FiveThirtyEight.
HURRICANE SANDY'S NAME LIKELY TO BE RETIRED: Because of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, LiveScience.com reports that the name "
PADRES CATCHER GETS 50-GAME DRUG BAN: Major League Baseball announced Wednesday (November 7th) that San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended for 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone. The ban will take effect at the start of next season. Grandal made his big league debut this year, hitting .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 60 games. He said in a statement, "I apologize to the fans, my teammates and to the San Diego Padres. I was disappointed to learn of my positive test and under the joint drug program, I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension."
The band issued a statement which read, "Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue. We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries."
While not giving any details on what the album is called or when it might surface, Smith said about the music, "It's still very massive. It has a very epic feel to it, but the tempos are a little slower and the subject matter is a little different. I would say it's actually a bit darker -- a little bit more mischievous."
NINE INCH NAILS: NEW MUSIC, POSSIBLE TOUR IN THE WORKS: With all the other projects on his plate -- scoring movies and video games, plus launching a new band -- it may come as a surprise that Trent Reznor absolutely intends to revive Nine Inch Nails. Reznor told Rolling Stone that "all signs point to yes," adding, "Yeah, there will be new music. There are some things in the works." Reznor has also not ruled out live shows, saying, "If it feels right, it's a possibility. I never said that that wasn't going to happen, just that it couldn't go on as it was."
It was 2009 when Reznor took out Nine Inch Nails on what was then billed as a 20th anniversary farewell tour, although he never definitively ruled out either new music or more live shows from the band, of which he has been the only constant member.
SHAUN WHITE AVOIDS JAIL TIME: Snowboarding champ Shaun White dodges jail time for September 16th arrest. As part of his deal, White seek alcohol treatment, perform 24 hours of community service and pay restitution in exchange for having charges of public intoxication and misdemeanor vandalism against him dismissed.
ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO INTRODUCES HER DAUGHTER: Victoria Secrets' model Alessandra Ambrosio recently shot a new London Fog campaign with her four year-old daughter, Anja.
CARRIE FISHER WANTS ROLE IN NEW '
KRISTEN STEWART DODGES THE QUESTION: While on the Today Show, Savannah Guthrie asked Kristen Stewart is she was back with Robert Pattinson. She said, "Funny you mention that . . . I'm going to just let people watch whatever little movie they think our lives are . . . Keep 'em guessing, I always say."
DAVID ARQUETTE GETS BUFF FOR NEW ROLE: David Arquette is currently in
SKYFALL OPENS : Many cities in
TOP GUN 2 PROBABLY NOT HAPPENING: It looks like a planned sequel to Top Gun is off the table. After legendary action director Tony Scott died a few months ago plans began to crumble. And a planned 3D re-release of the original is now up in the air.
SCIENCE EXPLAINS INSTANT ATTRACTION: Researchers say we make snap judgments about physical attraction and personality compatibility within milliseconds of seeing a new face. Researchers in
BREAKTHROUGH IN TREATING PEANUT ALLERGIES: Researchers at National Jewish Health in
FIVE WAYS TO COPE WITH ANY POST-ELECTION WORRIES
1) Read a book. Sometimes we need to consciously assign a new topic to our minds to focus on, and reading is the best escape there is! While reading, your mind is taken off everything going on around you, and you are transported into a whole new realm. For obvious reasons, do not choose a politically-charged book at this time, or you will defeat the purpose of redirecting your thoughts.
2) Focus. Focus on the positive. When we focus on why someone is wrong, or when we vilify another person for their beliefs, we provide a stronger charge to the negative, which only brings us more negative things to dwell upon. Always focus on what is positive.
3) Unplug. Make a conscious choice to unplug yourself from the topic. You do not have to read, watch, or discuss anything that fuels your anxiety. Set limits, get updates if necessary, but ultimately you may want to remove yourself completely.
4) Breathe. When you find yourself under stress and you need an immediate intervention, breathe! Deep breathing will calm your mind and bring you back to center. Close your eyes and take slow deep breaths; focus on your breathing. After a few minutes, you will have gained the upper hand over your stress.
5) Exercise. Exercise is nature's antidepressant. Studies have shown that exercise increases the synthesis of new neurons in the brain, which is the same effect reported through the use of antidepressant medication. Burn off some steam; make some time for yourself and go on a brisk walk!
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APPLE PATENTS REMOTE SMARTPHONE DISABLING TECHNOLOGY: Apple has patented technology that would act as a "kill switch" for smartphones by disabling their cameras and cutting off their connection to mobile networks. The technology would send an encoded signal through mobile networks,
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SMELLING FRESH-BAKED BREAD COULD MAKE YOU KINDER: One study suggests the smell of baking bread brings out the kindest behavior in people. In the study, people standing outside a bakery with the smell of bread baking wafting through the air helped 77-percent of the time when a passerby dropped an item such as a glove. When the same experiment was repeated outside a clothing store, only 52-percent of people helped. (Huffington Post)
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