In today’s news, Arizona courts will review the state’s controversial immigration laws; the family of the Virginia Tech gunman apologizes; Lowe’s Home Improvement pulls its ads from Muslim-American TV show; Ron Paul is rallying the youth vote; and Rick Perry calls Solyndra a country. In entertainment news, Lamar Odom will be a Maverick, and Radiohead will release a new single.
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High court to look at Ariz. immigration law, http://bit.ly/uFxb8P
On Monday, the Supreme Court released a brief statement saying that it would rule whether the state could enforce ts highly contested immigration legislation, which has currently been put on hold by the Obama administration. The law, SB 1070, requires all immigrants to have their paperwork on them at all times and asks police officers to check for the documents during routine traffic stops if there’s reasonable suspicion that the person may be an alien. Recent appointee Elena Kagan will recuse herself due to her work on the case when she was solicitor general.
U.S., Iraqi Leaders Mark ‘New Day’ http://n.pr/tG43p6
“A war is ending, a new day is upon us,” President Obama said this afternoon at a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday at the White House. The two leaders met to herald a new chapter as the war comes to a close and all U.S. troops will withdraw before year’s end. The two countries are expected to establish more normal yet still unfamiliar diplomatic ties. President Obama made sure to emphasize that the sacrifices made by so many should not be forgotten, including “the untold Iraqis who gave their lives … nearly 4,500 fallen Americans who gave their last full measure of devotion” and “tens of thousands” of Americans who were injured.
Virginia Tech shooting: Gunman Ross Truett Ashley’s family apologizes to slain cop’s family, http://nydn.us/vb8Srj
The family of suspected gunman Ross Truett Ashley has apologized to the family of the police officer who was killed last week on the campus of Virginia Tech in an apparent murder-suicide. “The Ashley family would like to offer their condolences to the family of Officer Crouse,” they said. They continued to say that Officer Crouse and his family are in their prayers. The statement was the first time the family had made a public announcement since the shooting. Investigators still don’t know what motivated Ashley to commit the murder, and his family also said it was seemingly unprovoked. The family asks for privacy while they mourn.
Syria unrest: Local elections held despite fighting, http://bbc.in/uI3Mny
Syria is continuing with their local elections despite ongoing violence toward protesters by the government. Turnout will be very low, since many citizens are scared to even show up at the polls. Some, however, will be forced to vote. A U.K.-based human-rights group reported that dozens of people were compelled to go to the voting booth an Idlib, a center of unrest in the north. At least 4,000 have been killed during the nine-month protest, but Syria’s president insists that he’s not behind the crackdown.
Backlash for Lowe’s as ads pulled from Muslim show, http://yhoo.it/v6HYvN
Lowe’s Home Improvement is receiving backlash after pulling all of its advertisements from a reality television show about American Muslims. The home improvement store pulled all of its ads from TLC’s “All-American Muslims” after a conservative group called the Florida Family Association complained that the show was “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.” Lowe’s said it was sorry for having “managed to make some people very unhappy,” and that it “believe[s] it is best to respectfully defer to communities.” In response, a California state senator says it will consider boycotting Lowe’s.
(via The Wall Street Journal) Civil rights activists in NY protest voting rules: ‘Civil rights activists protested stricter voting laws Saturday with a march from the New York offices of Koch Industries, whose owners have supported an organization that favors tighter safeguards against election fraud.’ http://on.wsj.com/ueItHK
Supreme Court halts new Texas electoral maps, http://bit.ly/s46ETK
The Texas State Primary could be delayed after the Supreme Court blocked the use of state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by federal judges. Late Friday, the court issued a brief order that applies to electoral maps drawn by federal judges in San Antonio that would have ensured minorities made up the majority in three additional Texas congressional districts. Arguments will be heard on January 9th. The judges had issued the new maps for the 2012 elections after a lawsuit was filed in San Antonio over redistricting maps drawn up by the GOP-led legislatures.
President Obama: The economy, the Congress, the future, http://bit.ly/u8BYt6
In an interview with Steve Kroft, President Obama talks about his quest for re-election and his accomplishments during his presidency: “Not only saving this country from a Great Depression. Not only saving the auto industry. But putting in place a system in which we’re gonna start lowering health care costs and you’re never gonna go bankrupt because you get sick or somebody in your family gets sick. Makin’ sure that we have reformed the financial system, so we never again have taxpayer-funded bailouts and the system is more stable and secure. Ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Decimating al Qaeda, including Bin Laden being taken off the field.”
Ron Paul Rally’s the Youth Vote, Draws Big Crowds, http://abcn.ws/vbP7rA
On Thursday night in Ames, Iowa, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke to over 1,000 college age students. The candidate is currently surpassing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for the youth vote. Paul declared that the war on drugs does not work, reminding the audience that more people had died in preventing people from using drugs than from the drugs themselves. “I’m just not frightened by a free society,” said Paul. “I’m frightened by those who prevent us from having a free society. That’s where the real threats are.”
Perry continues campaign push in Iowa, faces hecklers, http://bit.ly/udxXv5
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry faced hecklers on Sunday afternoon in Ames, Iowa after referencing the “$500 million that went to the country Solynda,” also pronouncing the company’s name wrong. After the gaffe, several people began heckling him about his recent ad bashing gay soldiers. However, Perry is still trying to paint himself as the most conservative and most Christian candidate in the race. Warren Blumenfeld, a teacher of gay studies courses at nearby Iowa State University yelled, “Why are you marginalizing people in this country? Why are you demonizing gay and lesbian people?”
Romney jabs Gingrich for ‘erratic outspokenness’ http://usat.ly/uyymDs
In an interview with Fox News, Mitt Romney criticized his GOP presidential opponent by saying Newt Gingrich displayed “erratic outspokenness” when he said Palestinians are an “invented” people. Romney also said Gingrich should return the money he received from Freddie Mac. Gingrich made at least $1.6 million from the mortgage giant, providing what he called “strategic advice.” Romney said the flaw “may be great in a campaign but not great for someone running for president.” This all came after pundits claimed the former House speaker had won the GOP debate Saturday, and polls showed Gingrich surging past Romney in South Carolina and Florida.
Page Gardner & Celinda Lake are “Single and ready to mingle…with the right candidate,” http://bit.ly/sul593
Rick Horowitz says “Meet the Suppress: The GOP Confidence Game,” http://huff.to/tcN2X0
Lindsay Lohan Recovers Stolen Purse, Minus $10,000: Report, http://bit.ly/sqvOsa
Lamar Odom dealt to Dallas, http://es.pn/rBtOZ9
Katy Perry: Hosting ‘SNL’ Was ‘Cherry On Top’ Of 2011, http://on.mtv.com/uADofw
Radiohead to Release New Single, http://p4k.in/w2iQQ2