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CNN: Obama touts jobs bill; firms pledge to hire 25,000 vets and their spouses
President Barack Obama got help from his wife and his vice president Wednesday in continuing a public pressure campaign on Republicans to join Democrats in passing his $447 billion jobs plan.
Washington Post: Supercommittee’s lack of progress on debt reduction raises alarms on Hill
With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, a powerful congressional panel devoted to debt reduction is running in rhetorical circles, unable to break the impasse over taxes that has long blocked aggressive action to tame the national debt.
CNN: Perry proposes flat-tax ahead of economy speech
Rick Perry said his plan will center on a complete overhaul of the tax code – a move he says will create jobs and jumpstart economic growth. "It starts with scrapping the three million words of the current tax code, and starting over with something much simpler: a flat tax," Perry said.
CNN: Nevada eyes Feb. 4 caucus date
Nevada might move its caucus date when state Republican leaders meet Saturday, potentially ending a bitter showdown with New Hampshire that threatens to create chaos in the primary calendar.
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CNN: No more animals on the loose in Ohio, sheriff says
An Ohio sheriff believes no more exotic animals are on the loose after his deputies killed 49 lions, tigers and other wild animals freed from a local farm by its suicidal owner. Of the 56 animals released Tuesday night, only a grizzly bear, two monkeys and three leopards were taken alive, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said.
CNN: Napolitano: Deportation reviews to begin shortly
The Obama administration soon will begin its systematic review of the approximately 300,000 pending deportation cases, separating "high priority" cases involving criminals it wants to deport from "low priority" cases it will drop, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress Wednesday.
New York Times: Some Cheer Border Fence as Others Ponder the Cost
Proposals for an imposing border fence have drawn cheers at Republican rallies. Border security appears to be an area where some Republican candidates are ready to set aside their priority on fiscal discipline, since security analysts say very little research is available on how much a border-length fence would cost.
CNN: FDA cites sanitation issues in listeria outbreak
Unsanitary conditions at a Colorado cantaloupe farm's packing facility are a possible contributing cause of one of the nation's worst outbreaks of listeria contamination in food, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
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CNN: Clinton in Afghanistan for talks with Karzai, government officials
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets the Afghan president and other government officials on Thursday for talks aimed at boosting reconciliation efforts in the nation. …Clinton's visit comes as the nation pursues peace with the Taliban after years of insurgency.
CNN: Clashes break out as Greek strikers aim for nationwide shutdown
Protesters and police clashed violently in front of the Greek parliament building Wednesday, as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Athens on the first day of a two-day general strike over austerity measures.
Financial Times: Eurozone leaders meet in Frankfurt
France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Frankfurt on Wednesday night for an emergency meeting with leading players in the eurozone crisis including German chancellor Angela Merkel, as Franco-German differences bedevilled attempts to agree a comprehensive package of measures.
CNN: In Syria, protests mutate to armed resistance amid economic meltdown
The many videos uploaded on social media sites, as well as residents' accounts, suggest some neighborhoods in Homs - at the heart of opposition to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad - are beginning to resemble Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnian civil war.
Al Jazeera: Turkish troops enter Iraq after PKK attacks
Turkish forces have launched operations in the mountains of northern Iraq following simultaneous attacks by Kurdish separatists in southeastern Turkey that killed at least 26 soldiers.
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CNNMoney: Fed: Economy weakening but no sign of recession
The economy is losing steam across much of the nation, but is still growing and not in recession, according to the latest outlook from the Federal Reserve. …The central bank said a few districts even reported improvement in the long-suffering construction and real estate industries.
CNNMoney: Citigroup settles with SEC for $285 million
Citigroup has agreed to pay $285 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that the bank misled investors about the strength of a security tied to the struggling U.S. housing market.
Bloomberg: Murdoch Foes Press for Changes at News Corp.
News Corp. investors seeking to curb Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch’s authority will use tomorrow’s annual meeting to press for reform, looking to persuade a board they can’t force to act.
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