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CNN: Cain allegations: legitimate issue or political drama?
Herman Cain doesn't want to talk about the sexual harassment allegations dogging his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but plenty of other folks weighed in on Sunday.
CNN: Rick Perry’s long faith journey culminates in presidential run
Perry’s jump between two vastly different churches mirrors some of the recent changes in American Christianity: From cities to suburbs, from a formal mainline worship style that relies on liturgy to a more casual evangelical approach that’s all about connecting to Jesus.
CNN: Protesters encircle White House grounds, demanding halt to huge pipeline project
Thousands of protesters held hands and encircled the White House grounds on Sunday, demanding President Barack Obama reject a proposed oil pipeline that would stretch between Canada and Texas.
CNN: Justices to debate passports and presidential power
He is a 9-year-old boy without a country. Menachem Zivotofsky is a U.S. citizen, born in Jerusalem. There lies his dilemma. The State Department, in an unusual exception, will not allow his family to list "Israel" as the nation of birth on his U.S. passport.
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CNN: 2 Penn State officials tied to sex abuse case step down
Two Penn State university officials who are accused of misleading a grand jury in its investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against former coach Jerry Sandusky have stepped down, the university said early Monday morning.
CNN: A roundup of Occupy protests
What started as the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York in September has spread across major cities worldwide as a call to action against unequal distribution of wealth. From Atlanta to Sydney, Australia, Sunday marked another day in which police arrested protestors.
CNN: Connecticut utility will not meet deadline to restore power to 99% of customers
Connecticut's largest utility pushed back a self-declared deadline to restore power to 99% of its customers by midnight Sunday, more than a week after a crippling early blizzard. According to the president of Connecticut Light and Power, 95% to 96% of its customers statewide had power, leaving 80,000-plus customers without.
Washington Post: Finding more flaws in HUD’s accounting of HOME program
Local housing agencies have confirmed to the Washington Post that about 75 construction projects drew and spent $40 million in government funds with little or nothing built. That is in addition to the nearly 700 potentially delayed projects The Post identified earlier this year in a series on Department of Housing and Urban Development waste.
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CNN: IAEA report to detail efforts by Iran to develop a nuclear weapon
In a report to be released early this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency will make the most detailed charges to date that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development and military use, several Western diplomats briefed on the report told CNN.
CNN: Greek prime minister to discuss new government amid debt crisis
On Sunday, [Greek Prime Minister George] Papandreou met with Antonis Samaras - the leader of the New Democracy party, Greece's leading opposition party - and agreed to form a new government.
CNN: Gunfire, protests mar Eid celebrations in Syria; 23 killed, activists say
What is usually a time of celebration was marked by gunfire and protests in Syria on Sunday as residents ushered in the first day of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha. Twenty-three people were killed in the violence, activists said.
New York Times: D.E.A. Squads Extend Reach of Drug War
The D.E.A. now has five commando-style squads it has been quietly deploying for the past several years to Western Hemisphere nations — including Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Belize — that are battling drug cartels, according to documents and interviews with law enforcement officials.
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CNNMoney: Stocks: All eyes still glued to Europe
Europe's debt crisis and the unfolding drama in Greece have been taking stocks on a wild roller coaster for weeks, and investors better buckle up because it's far from over. …Outside of Europe, investors will continue to keep an eye on economic and earnings report, though the calendar is light.
Los Angeles Times: China appears unlikely to come to Eurozone's rescue
European leaders are hoping China will be a major contributor to a $1.4-trillion bailout fund, but many in the Asian nation are uncomfortable with that prospect. One reason: Europeans are still better off than Chinese.
Wall Street Journal: More Retailers Attack at 'Black Midnight'
Holiday shoppers, say hello to Black Midnight. Best Buy Co. is joining the list of big store chains opening at midnight after Thanksgiving this year in hopes of getting a jump on the competition, following recent announcements by Target Corp., Macy's Inc. and Kohl's Corp.
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►CNN: Cain allegations: legitimate issue or political drama?
To the REPUBS – it’s NOT legitimate but legitimate if it was Obama!!!
►CNN: Rick Perry’s long faith journey culminates in presidential run
FAITH has NOTHING to do with it when you’re just NOT qualified like Bachmann!
►CNN: Protesters encircle White House grounds, demanding halt to huge pipeline project
But it’s the Repubs song – Drill Baby Drill – they’ll be the ones to object
But I “betcha” if we reelect President Obama – that pipeline will be DOA
And then in 2016 we’ll elect Clinton or Biden and then there’ll be another 4-year delay
►CNN: Justices to debate passports and presidential power
This is all they have to debate – my GOSH is this issue the real last hour?
Off to Work – HAVE A NICE DAY!! :-)