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CBO: Spending Cuts Could Hit U.S. Economy Hard

The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From Reuters: The U.S. economy could take a big hit from automatic government spending cuts even if Congress only leaves them in place for a month or two. The cuts were meant to be so painful that they would force Congress to find a more thoughtful way to tighten the… Read More

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How the Republicans Killed the Violence Against Women Act

The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From TPM: The Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994 and has since been routinely reauthorized without controversy. By providing resources for law enforcement to combat spousal abuse, it has protected countless women from domestic violence. But the 2012 re-authorization, like many initiatives of the just-concluded Congress, fell… Read More

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Fireman Shooter Left Chilling Note on Killing People: “What I Like Doing Best”

The Daily Banter Headline Grab (From the BBC): A man alleged to have lured two US volunteer firefighters to their deaths in Webster, New York left a long note outlining his plans, police say. No motive was given but the note left by William Spengler, identified as the gunman said he was planning to “do… Read More

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FDA Approves Genetically Modified Super Salmon

  The Daily Banter Headline Grab (From the Independent): A GM salmon which grows twice as fast as ordinary fish could become the first genetically-modified animal in the world to be declared officially safe to eat, after America’s powerful food-safety watchdog ruled it posed no major health or environmental risks. The US Food and Drug… Read More

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Senator and Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Dies at the Age of 88

The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From The Washington Post: Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye has died at age 88, his office confirmed Monday night. His last words, according to a statement released by his staff, were “Aloha”. Inouye has been hospitalized since early December due to respiratory problems. His cause of death was “respiratory complications”…. Read More

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PPP Poll: Colbert Tops List of Potential DeMint Replacements

The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From TPM: Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert is the most popular choice among South Carolina voters to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint (R), according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling. DeMint is leaving the Senate to lead the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation in January. Colbert… Read More

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Unemployment Rate Drops Again

  The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From the WaPo: The unemployment rate dipped and job creation remained steady in November, as the U.S. economy shrugged off any major impact from Hurricane Sandy and showed surprising resilience in the run-up to the fiscal cliff. The November jobs report, released Friday morning, was a pleasant surprise to… Read More

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Egyptian Supreme Court Calls to Disolve Parliament

From the BBC: Egypt’s supreme court has caused widespread alarm by calling for the dissolution of the lower house of parliament and for fresh elections. Two days before Egyptians choose a new president, it has declared last year’s parliamentary vote unconstitutional. Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Mursi said the decision “must be respected”. But other… Read More

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Shocker: Paedophiles Using Children’s Website

From Channel 4 News: Seemingly innocent, Habbo Hotel, with its bright colours, pink teddy bears, flashing lights, and roaming ponies, is one of a growing number of virtual worlds created for kids. And with 10 million unique visitors a month, it is “the world’s largest social game and online community for teenagers”. The game is… Read More

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Spain Bailed Out

Responding to increasingly urgent calls from across Europe and the United States, Spainon Saturday agreed to accept a bailout for its cash-starved banks as European finance ministers offered an aid package of up to $125 billion. European leaders hope the promise of such a large package, made in an emergency conference call with Spain, will… Read More

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EU and Germany Urgently Explore Ways to Rescue Spain

Germany and European Union officials are urgently exploring ways to rescue Spain’s debt-stricken banks although Madrid has not yet requested assistance and is resisting being placed under international supervision, European sources said on Wednesday. Spain, the euro zone’s fourth biggest economy, said on Tuesday it was effectively losing access to credit markets due to prohibitive… Read More

Ex Liberian President Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years

Liberia’s ex-President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in jail by a UN-backed war crimes court. Last month Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war. Special Court for Sierra Leone judges said the sentence reflected his status as head of state at the… Read More

Could Syria’s Assad Cause Civil War in Lebanon?

A prominent Sunni cleric, well-known as an opponent to Syria’s president Bashar al Assad, was shot by soldiers in Akkar, northern Lebanon ten days ago. The killing has caused some in Lebanon to fear that Syria’s bloody uprising is spilling over into its neighbour. Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid and his companion Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Merhbi… Read More

Syrian Diplomats Expelled Throughout West

Major Western powers say they are expelling senior Syrian diplomats following the killing of 108 people in the Houla region of Syria on Friday. The United States, France, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland all took action. Most of the victims in Houla were summarily executed, the UN says. UN-Arab… Read More