OBAMA TO SPEAK TODAY ON ECONOMY: President Obama will speak at the White House today (November 9th) on the economy, ahead of upcoming talks with congressional Republicans on avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff." Republicans are continuing to insist against raising taxes on upper-income earners, something that was a key part of Obama's
presidential campaign. The "fiscal cliff" is a potentially economy-damaging set of tax increases and automatic spending cuts due to automatically take effect in January in nothing is done.
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Florida, with final results potentially not in until tomorrow, but Brett Doster, a senior adviser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, told the Miami Herald Thursday (November 8th) that they're effectively conceding the state to President Obama.
officials, Obama leads Romney by 49.92 percent to 49.22 percent, a margin of some 58,000 votes, with more than 97 percent of the vote counted.
the Republican Party of Florida said he and other Romney supporters were, quote, "obviously not happy with the result."
GIFFORDS PRESENT, HUSBAND SPEAKS, AS LOUGHNER SENTENCED: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was on hand Thursday (November 8th) in an Arizona courtroom as Jared Lee Loughner, the man who shot her in the head, killed six people and wounded 12 others in a
January 2011 Tucson attack at one of Giffords' congressional events, was sentenced to life in prison. Before the sentence was imposed on Loughner, who's been diagnosed with schizophrenia and will likely serve his sentence in a prison psychiatric ward, statements were delivered by some of the victims and their families, including by Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who spoke for his wife because she still has difficulty speaking. Kelly, who spoke with Giffords at his side, said, "Her life has been forever changed. Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered. . . . Every day is a
continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at." He stated, "You may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place." Before finishing, Kelly said, "Know this, Gabby and I are done thinking about you." In addition to her difficulty speaking, Giffords, who resigned
her House seat because of her injuries, was left partially blind with a paralyzed right arm and a limp.
NAVY SEALS PUNISHED FOR DISCLOSING CLASSIFIED INFO: Seven members of Navy SEAL Team 6, including one who was involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for allegedly disclosing classified information to the maker of a video game called, Medal of Honor: Warfighter. AP cited a senior defense official as saying the seven received "nonjudicial" punishment involving a punitive letter of reprimand and
a partial forfeiture of pay for two months. Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged disclosures. The two main complaints were that the SEALs didn't seek permission from their command to take part in the video project, and that they showed the video designers some of their specially designed combat equipment that's unique to their unit.
REPUBLICAN HOUSE SPEAKER: OBAMACARE IS 'LAW OF THE LAND': With the re-election of President Obama on Tuesday (November 6th), it looks like Republicans might have decided to give up the fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act health care law, which has been dubbed "Obamacare." In an interview with
House Speaker John Boehner was asked if repealing the law was, quote, "still your mission," and said, "The election changes that. It's pretty clear that the president was
re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land." However, a spokesman for Boehner said later that the speaker and the House Republicans, quote, "remain committed to repealing the law."
WHO'S LEAVING ADMINISTRATION IN OBAMA'S SECOND TERM?: As President Obama now readies to begin his second term, he's expected to have to fill a few Cabinet posts, as their current occupants will be leaving either before his second term begins or soon after. The most high-profile of those expected to go is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has said
previously that she'd only serve for one term. Senator John Kerry of
Panetta, and potentially Attorney General Eric Holder, who said Thursday (November 8th) that he hasn't yet determined whether he'll leave or not, saying he has to speak with both Obama
and his family.
CALLS FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR PAKISTANI GIRL SHOT BY TALIBAN: Tens of thousands of people in Britain called on their government Friday (November 9th) to nominate Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up to the Islamist militants and advocating for girls' education, for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Yousufzai is receiving medical treatment in
October 9th as she got on her school bus in
become a symbol of resistance to the Taliban's attempts to subjugate women.
More than 30,000 people have signed a petition in
similar campaigns in
prominent figures, such as members of national assemblies and governments, are
able to make nominations. Yousufzai's doctors say she is recovering well.
POPE GETTING HIS OWN TWITTER ACCOUNT: The
personal Twitter account. Details about the pontiff's Twitter name and other information will be released when the account is officially launched, potentially before the end of the year. While the new Twitter account will be Benedict's own, it's unlikely that he himself will write the tweets, but will probably sign off on messages written in his name. The pope sent his first
tweet from a
SEA LEVEL RISE SPEEDING UP ALONG EAST COAST: Researchers gathered in North Carolina for the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America said Thursday (November 8th) that sea levels are rising at so-called "hotspots" along the East Coast about three times more quickly on average than they are globally. That is the fastest rise in the world -- and it's speeding up. Researcher Larry Atkinson of Old Dominion University said that computer models suggest that if the acceleration continues at the same pace, the rise along the East Coast, from
close-mouthed about what was going on in the talks, with players' association executive director Donald Fehr saying, "All I can tell you is we have been meeting, and we will be
meeting again. I can't say more than that. We haven't talked about [the weekend], but if there is something to talk about then I expect we will be." The player lockout is in its 55th day, and is threatening to force the second cancellation of an
KORN REUNITING WITH FOUNDING GUITARIST FOR FESTIVAL DATES: Korn will reunite with founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch for two German festival shows next summer, according to Blabbermouth. The shows, set to take place at the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals that take place between June 7th and 9th, will feature Welch playing full sets with the group. Korn posted a statement at its website saying, "Head returns as a special guest to play two full shows with Korn for the first time since 2004."
BLINK-182 RELEASING NEW MUSIC ‘IN A FEW WEEKS’: Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus
has hinted that new music from the trio is coming very soon, writing on his Twitter feed, "We're releasing some new blink-182 songs in a few weeks. Watch this space." Hoppus did not reveal any other details, but he did tell NME last month that the band has begun working on material for a new record -- although he did not expect to have that album ready until sometime next year.
Singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge also tweeted that Blink will have a new EP ready to go before Christmas -- but did not indicate how it would be released.
DEFTONES STREAMING NEW ALBUM: Deftones are streaming their new album, Koi No Yokan, online in its entirety at RollingStone.com. The group's seventh studio disc arrives in
stores on Tuesday (November 13th) and follows 2010's Diamond Eyes. Frontman Chino Moreno said about the new record, "This time, we had a little more chance to experiment and
just play." Check out the stream at http://tinyurl.com/cjhd6y9
NEW P.O.D. LIMITED RELEASE: P.O.D. will release a limited edition vinyl pressing of its latest album, Murdered Love, on November 20th. The vinyl version of the disc will come in either transparent red or clear with red splatter, with the latter only sold online at the band's label website. P.O.D. will join Daughtry and 3 Doors Down as special guests on those two bands' co-headlining
HOW TO DESTROY ANGLES EP STREAMING: How To Destroy Angels,the new band featuring Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, is streaming its new EP, An Omen, online in its entirety. The six-song release comes out next Tuesday (November 13th) and will serve as an appetizer for the band's full-length debut, due out sometime in 2013. Listen to An Omen at http://tinyurl.com/cge4emr
FORMER 'AMERICAN IDOL' JUDGE LANDS TEACHING GIG: Former American Idol
judge Kara DioGuardi is teaching a class, "Hit Songwriting," at
with promising talent, and I aim to share my experiences with my students so as to better prepare them creatively and emotionally for an industry fraught with change and competition."
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Daniel Craig told E! News, "No . . . Because he's not gay."
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BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET BATTLING THYROID PROBLEM: Dancing With The Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, who is the mother of four children, is battling thyroid cancer. The reality star took to Youtube to share the news of her physical condition. She said, "I need to have thyroid surgery and a thyroidectomy, which means I'm going to have a nice, big scar right here across my neck."
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TATTOO PARLOR TILES FLOOR WITH PENNIES: The owner of a
offered to compensate helpers who spent at least 30 hours working on the floor
with a complimentary Abraham Lincoln penny tattoo. (
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IPHONE NO LONGER WORLD'S BEST SELLING SMARTPHONE: Apple's iPhone has been dethroned. Market research from Strategy Analytics indicates the iPhone is no longer the world's number-one selling smartphone. The top position now belongs to Samsung's Galaxy S III. In the last quarter Samsung shipped 18-million units, while Apple came in number-two,
shipping an estimated 16.2-million units. Apple's iPhone-5 is expected to regain the top title in the December quarter. (Fox News)SCIENTISTS
brain where self-related goals are stored, and tells it to pay attention. (Daily
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the responses of the dogs. (Daily Mail)
Prosper Mobile Insights finds most people who own a smartphone or tablet plan to use their devices to research items, purchase gifts, and locate stores. Research shows that when shoppers are inside a physical store, 66-percent will use their mobile device to compare prices with another physical store, and 60-percent will use them to check the prices of online retailers. One expert says these are shopping strategies smart consumers have adopted to stay within their budgets. (Fox News)