In today’s news, Germany is reopening investigations into former Nazi death camp guards; Obama calls out the GOP regarding the American Jobs Act; taxpayers may have to pay a private law firm for Republicans’ defense of DOMA; and the general consensus is that the Apple iPhone 4S is a letdown. In entertainment news, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel performs at Occupy Wall Street, and Hank Williams Jr. apologizes for his remarks about President Obama.
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Germany reopens investigations into Nazi death camp guards, http://bit.ly/nWdnbI
After the conviction of John Demjanjuk, a guard at Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1943, prosecutors in Germany are reopening investigations of other former Nazi death camp guards. Ninety-one year-old Demjanjuk was deported from the US to Germany in 2009 to stand trial. He was convicted in May of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. Demjanjuk appealed his conviction; however, authorities do not want to wait until the verdict to find evidence against other war criminals. “The suspects are old, that’s why we’re preparing everything now so that as soon as there is a final decision, we can move immediately with charges,” said the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s chief Nazi-hunter, Efraim Zuroff.
Greek Workers Strike Against Proposed Austerity Measures, http://bit.ly/ofjleC
Protesters are continuing demonstrations and work stoppages in a show of displeasure with Athens’ latest austerity plan to avert a Greek debt default. The protests have caused problems in transit, schools have shut down, and protesters have blocked the entrance to many public buildings. Also a Greek terrorist trial was postponed because of a public servants strike.
Democrats hold on in West Virginia governor’s race, http://wapo.st/r82QXG
West Virginia Democrat Governor Earl Ray Tomblin won the state’s special election for governor on Tuesday. His win is good news for the Democratic Party, as it has lost two special elections in the past month. Tomblin became governor 11 months ago when Gov. Joe Manchin (D) won a special election for a U.S. Senate seat. Tuesday’s special election was for the final year of Manchin’s term, meaning Tomblin will have to run again next year for a full four year term.
Unions endorse, will join Occupy Wall Street protests, http://bit.ly/qFd0Bs
As the Occupy Wall Street protesters rally for a third week, social media sites such as Twitter seem to be spurring similar protests in other cities. A Twitter account for Occupy Boston calls for a college-wide walk out on Wednesday. The Massachusetts Nurses Association has said hundreds of the city’s nurses will rally with the Occupy Boston protesters.
War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era, http://bit.ly/nWo5ov
According to a PEW Research Center poll, a third of U.S. military veterans who have served in the armed forces since the September 11, 2011 think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not worth fighting. The poll showed that veterans are proud to have served their country, but believe the American public does not understand the sacrifices soldiers make.
(via LA Times) After 2 killed in California workplace shooting, 2nd shooting reported, http://lat.ms/pguLmb: there has been a second shooting in Cupertino, Calif., in a parking lot at Homestead Road and Tantau Avenue. It’s unknown if that shooting is related to an earlier one Wednesday at a Cupertino quarry, where at least two people were killed when a worker opened fire. The parking lot is about five miles away from the quarry.
Obama Calls Out Republicans in Jobs Speech, http://bit.ly/qUqzFX
President Obama is starting to put up a fight. In Mesquite, Texas on Tuesday, Obama bashed the GOP for blocking his American Jobs Act. He specifically called out majority leader Eric Cantor saying, “Well, I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill does he not believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?”
State to students: Register your car in Maine or don’t vote here, http://bit.ly/pDNIfi
Maine’s Secretary of State Charles Summers has sent a letter to about 200 of the Maine university students cleared in a recent voter fraud investigation, advising them to either get a Maine driver’s license and register their vehicles in Maine or relinquish their right to vote in the state. In Maine, registered voters must also register their vehicles with the state. Summers used this as his rationale for sending out letters to the students; however, others think he sent the letter to intimidate them. “My car registration ran out at the end of September. Now I renewed, but I’m a registered voter [and] I didn’t get a letter from Charlie Summers asking me if I was going to re-register or if I wanted to unenroll to vote,” said David Farmer, spokesman for Protect Maine Votes, which is fighting to reinstate same day voter registration in Maine. “He singled out these students and there’s only one reason to do that and that’s to scare them.”
What The Justice Department Can Actually Do About Voter ID Laws, http://bit.ly/pbv3al
Last week, President Obama told a radio audience that he’s making sure the Department of Justice is reviewing the new voter ID laws across the country. However, the Justice Department only has so much they can do. In South Carolina and Texas, the Department of Justice can look into the laws because the states have a history of voter discrimination and are covered by section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, but in other states the Department of Justice may not be able to act.
Taxpayers On The Hook For $1.5 Million To Defend Law Barring Same-Sex Marriage, http://huff.to/r9zLgl
House Republicans have agreed to a new contract to pay a private law firm up to $1.5 million to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage on the federal level. This is three times more than was orginally agreed upon in April by the House and the firm Bancroft PLLC. A new contract, released to the press by House Democrats on Tuesday, raises that cap to $1.5 million of tax-payer money that will be spent to defend DOMA.
(via POLITICO Morning Tech) THE TALIBAN’S CELLPHONE TACTICS: Taliban forces throughout a large swath of Afghanistan are forcing cell carriers to shut off their signal towers every evening as part of the group’s newest show of influence, the NYT reports. http://nyti.ms/pTMpwE
Apple stumble seen opening door for rivals, http://reut.rs/nnTV01
On Tuesday, Apple unveiled its new iPhone 4S, which disappointed customers who believed the phone would have a design upgrade. However, the 4S has new software and a better camera. This letdown leaves the door open for rival companies like Samsung Electronics, HTC and Nokia to gain ground in the smart phone market.
Shechtman Wins Nobel in Chemistry for Quasicrystals Discovery, http://bit.ly/pppo2P
An Israeli scientist won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for changing the views about the atomic structure of matter with his discovery of quasicrystals. A discovery that was thought to be impossible, Shechtman showed that atoms in some crystals have regular patterns that cannot be repeated. These are being experimented with in the coating for frying pans and heat insulation for engines.
Harold Meyersmith is, “Rescuing America from Wall Street,” http://wapo.st/ny5AAc
Jeff Mangum At Occupy Wall Street: Neutral Milk Hotel Singer Plays Impromptu Show At Protest (VIDEO), http://huff.to/rbQwRz
Hank Williams Jr. apologizes – again for comments, http://reut.rs/ru0hBn
NBA negotiations key on Tuesday talks, http://es.pn/nef2ui
The Coen Brothers Are Making a TV Show, http://bit.ly/omqhTz
Adele ‘Truly Devastated’ To Cancel U.S. Tour, http://on.mtv.com/nghTPh