In today’s news, the judge who set bail for Jerry Sandusky has been involved in his charity; Herman Cain’s wife sticks by him; and ‘Obamacare’ is going to the Supreme Court. In entertainment news, Lady Gaga splits with her long-time creative director, and Justin Timberlake attends the Marine Corps. ball.
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(via Associated Press) Obama calls waterboarding ‘torture’: ‘President Barack Obama says the interrogation technique known as waterboarding constitutes torturing, disputing Republican presidential candidates who say they would reinstate the practice. Obama called waterboarding “torture” and said it was “contrary to America’s traditions” during a news conference at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.’ http://bit.ly/tpLEs2
Portland police arrest over 50 as protest camps cleared, http://reut.rs/ruc32s
On Sunday, Portland police arrested more than 50 members of the Occupy movement as they cleared out and blocked off encampments after an eviction notice was issued. Portland’s mayor Sam Adams said that the encampments have been linked to increased crime and drug use, and while he supports the Occupy movements and what they stand for, they need to move beyond encampments to achieve their goals.
Judge Who Freed Sandusky on Bail Reportedly Volunteered at His Charity, http://fxn.ws/vhrOoe
Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who ordered former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail, is said to have volunteered for Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile. Dutchcot gave the Second Mile between $500 and $1,000 and lists volunteering for the organization as one of her career achievements. Prosecutors originally asked that Sandusky’s bail to be set at $500,000 and that he be required to wear an ankle monitor. Dutchcot set the bail for $100,000.
A Disturbing New Dimension of Far-Right Terror, http://bit.ly/u29JgE
Police in Germany have busted a neo-Nazi ring that may have carried out at least 10 murders over the past 10 years. Police hunted down two members of the ring, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, who had recently robbed a bank. The two men took their own lives, but police found the weapons of two officers that were murdered in 2007. When police went to search the apartment where the men had been living, another member of their group blew up the residence before they arrived. Still, police recovered a murder weapon, propaganda videos, and other evidence and have made two arrests.
Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC, http://nyti.ms/rKbCz9
On Monday morning, NBC is announcing that they have hired Chelsea Clinton as a full-time special correspondent. Clinton is supposed to start work promptly on Monday and will report within the “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News.” The segment highlights people who make a difference in their communities.
What Would Gabby Do? http://bit.ly/vTjSbI
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the public eye this week, as she and her husband sit down for an interview with ABC News and publish a memoir. She may be doing better than people would have expected, but she is not as well as the media has led people to believe. Apparently, Giffords does not speak as much in the ABC interview as ads suggest. Instead she says just a few words, and the feature is more based on managing Gifford’s image.
Jordan’s king urges Syria’s Assad to step down, http://apne.ws/evjTAr
Jordan’s King Abdullah has publicly urged President Bashar al-Assad to step down, making him the first Arab-ruler to issue a statement over the violent handling of the 8-month uprising. Syrian regime supporters reacted to the ouster with violence, storming regional embassies. Meanwhile, the U.N. estimates that 3,500 civilians have died since the beginning of the crackdown. Over the weekend, one activist was shot down in front of his 9-year old son.
Judge: Norway terror suspect is not insane, http://bit.ly/vJE5tx
On Monday, District Court Judge Torkjel Nesheim said Norway mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik is not insane. Breivik confessed to a bombing and a shooting that killed 77 people in Norway this summer. Nesheim said there was no evidence Breivik had any accomplices and ordered his custody be extended for another 12 weeks. The courtroom was packed with over 500 people including survivors of the shootings and family of the victims.
Court sets 5 1/2-hour hearing on health care, http://bit.ly/vTRfwd
The Supreme Court is set to review ‘Obamacare.’ On Monday, the justices announced that they will see three cases arguing how constitutionally sound the health care reform is. The court will hold oral arguments sometime in the spring, most likely in March. It is expected to issue a decision by the end of its current term, which is normally in late June.
College students will be allowed to use stickers on IDs to vote, http://bit.ly/vsBMZI
A Wisconsin law passed in the spring said that students may use college IDs at the polls, but they must expire in two years; however, most IDs issued by Wisconsin schools expire in 4 to 5 years. In response, a law has been passed allowing colleges to issue stickers to validate IDs. The IDs will be required for the February 2012 primary.
Gloria Cain speaks out about sexual harassment allegations, http://wapo.st/vHnqqO
In her first ever television interview, Gloria Cain disputes the sexual harassment claims made against her husband. She said that Cain would have to posses a split personality to be capable of the acts the five women are accusing him of committing. “To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is,” she said. Herman Cain had previously said that his wife supported him during the allegations, and that she knew he would not do anything as silly as what the women claim.
(via Politico) Herman Cain’s poll numbers slide in POLITICO poll: ‘Among likely Republican voters surveyed Sunday, Nov. 6, Cain led the field with 40 percent. On Monday, he was third with 22 percent. By Wednesday, just 19 percent of those surveyed said they supported Cain for the nomination.’ http://politi.co/t8MAsb
(via NY Times) Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams: ‘It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space.’ http://nyti.ms/sXPpD5
Peter J. Boyer describes “The Wonk Who Slays Washington” http://bit.ly/sn00e5
Ben Keller on “How Romney Could Win” http://nyti.ms/uOnqDa
Lady Gaga Splits From Longtime Creative Director Laurieann Gibson, Rep Confirms, http://bit.ly/uEHjNK
Reality TV’s Instant Stars Populate a Magazine, http://nyti.ms/sYi7Vt
‘Hunger Games’ Full Trailer Debuts, http://on.mtv.com/swUMiL
Justin Timberlake Attends Marine Corps Ball, http://on.mtv.com/sJQ2rb