In today’s news, the supercommittee will announce that it cannot come to a debt agreement; a man is charged in a New York City bomb plot; Michelle Obama was booed at a NASCAR race this weekend; and Newt Gingrich tells the 99% to “take a bath.” In entertainment news, Taylor Swift wins big at the AMAs, Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5 give a stellar AMAs performance, and Jack White will team up with John C. Reilly to re-release White Stripes singles.
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Debt supercommittee members brace for failure, http://wapo.st/tEvfEt
The congressional supercommittee spent its final meeting on Sunday not pushing for a last minute debt crisis plan, but instead discussing how to admit their failure to the public. On Monday, the committee chairs, Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, are expected to issue a joint statement announcing they have not struck a deal. This is Congress’ third big debt agreement fail this year.
Cairo clashes cast doubts over Egypt vote, http://bit.ly/uC83gd
On Sunday, Egypt’s military forces began clearing protesters out of Cairo’s Tahrir Square. As a result, at least 24 people have died and over a thousand have suffered injuries. The protesters are demanding the military hand over power. Even with the parliamentary elections coming up, the army retains executive power until a presidential election, which could not occur until early 2013.
Man Arrested and Charged in Bomb Plot, http://nyti.ms/sYQpiH
New York City’s government workers, returning military personnel and elected officials were the target of a man who planned to build a bomb and detonate it. Police arrested a 27-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer, Jose Pimentel, a Manhattanite and U.S. citizen who had been under surveillance for two years. Pimentel was arrested for purchasing the materials to make explosives. He is believed to have acted alone as he has no actual connections to Al Qaeda. The suspect’s proclaimed heroes were Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
Michigan lawmaker’s family accuses congressman of past sexual abuse of family member, http://bit.ly/saNwyI
A cousin of Congressman Dale Kildee is accusing the lawmaker of sexually abusing him over 50 years ago. Patrick Kildee, who was12-years-old at the time of the first alleged abuse, was said to have been the victim of sexual molestation for five years. Rep. Kildee called the charges “completely false and shameful,” saying his second cousin only accused him after the Congressman recently refused him money and federal benefits. Kildee serves not only on the House Early Childhood Committee, but he also once oversaw the House Page Program which ended a few weeks after the Congressman announced he would not seek an 18th term.
First Lady Michelle Obama Booed At NASCAR Race, http://bit.ly/tbTYaS
First Lady Michelle Obama was booed at a NASCAR event Sunday, along with Dr. Jill Biden. The two had showed up at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to support Joining Forces, an initiative to hire veterans, but were less-than-welcomed when they were introduced at the start of the race. Despite this, the two women received a standing ovation at the earlier pre-race drivers meeting.
Iran may have sent Libya shells for chemical weapons, http://wapo.st/sb34SU
The Obama administration is investigating whether or not Iran supplied Gaddafi with hundreds of special artillery shells for chemical weapons that Libya has been keeping a secret for decades. Former Libyan rebels recently found shells filled with mustard gas, and while it’s not known for certain where the shells came from, a senior U.S. official said that he suspects Iran. Iran has dismissed the claims as U.S. propaganda. In 2004, Gaddafi had made an international promise to destroy all of the country’s chemical weapons.
A Revolution in Canvassing Among Voters, http://nyti.ms/vLaP8L
For the first time, technology is allowing candidates to log onto voter databases cell phones. So, don’t be surprised if the canvasser knocking on your door this election cycle knows details about your political leanings, voting history and even magazine subscriptions. This is the first election since legislative maps have been redrawn with data from the 2010 census. Even though collecting information about voters is not new, new technology is making the research more detailed and convenient for representatives who want information about recently registered constituents.
Highlights from the GOP Thanksgiving Family Forum, http://reut.rs/rOZizR
Newt Gingrich told Occupy Wall Street protesters to, “Go get a job. Right after you take a bath.” as he spoke to a group of Republicans at the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Iowa. Gingrich attacked the protesters, saying they “start with a premise that we all owe them everything.” He continued, “They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they they don’t want to pay for.”
Louie Dane says “From Disinterest to Self-Interest: Youth in Elections,” http://huff.to/u60l8X
Doyle McManus wants “Another presidential gene pool,” http://lat.ms/s5dt1Z
Mary Sanchez believes “School lunch policy: Let them eat crud,” http://trib.in/trBzPN
Robert J. Samuelson tells us “Why there’s a debt stalemate,” http://wapo.st/uWRnYg
Swift unstoppable at American Music Awards, http://apne.ws/8fKEVo
Prince Harry’s Vegas Discovery: Free Drinks While Gambling, http://bit.ly/vx2H4r
Britney Spears Video Tournament Kicks Off Today! http://on.mtv.com/sROpV6
Jack White Teams With John C. Reilly, Reissues White Stripes Singles, More, http://p4k.in/uHSlrT
AMAs 2011: Winners and Nominees Complete List, http://bit.ly/scgC1D