In today’s news, Boston police have arrested over 100 Occupy Boston protesters; Wall Street will cut 10,000 jobs before the end of 2012; President Obama’s Jobs Act will go to the Senate floor today; and Apple breaks another record with one million iPhone 4s’s sold in 24 hours. In entertainment news, the NBA has canceled the first two weeks of its basketball season, and Hank Williams Jr. has released a song slamming Fox News and ESPN.
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Protesters arrested at Greenway, http://b.globe.com/nu5zBc
Early Tuesday morning, Boston police arrested people who refused to leave the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The arrests took place around 1:20am when more than 200 hundred police officers in riot gear flooded into the Greenway. Police entered the park after issuing a warning, put individual protesters on their stomachs, and cable-tied them, as other officers went around tearing down tents. The crowd, energized by the police presence, chanted: ‘‘The people united will never be defeated,’’ “This is a peaceful protest,” and “The whole world is watching.’’
Wall Street Shrinkage, http://on.wsj.com/pz11m8
New York’s securities industry could lose 10,000 jobs by the end of 2012. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli made the prediction, also noting that bonuses could be reduced. If these predictions are true, it would mean a 17% decline in Wall Street’s job force and a major blow to the economy. The Comptroller said one in thirteen jobs in New York, and one in eight jobs in New York City rely on these security firms.
Obama admin debates releasing Awlaki memo, http://bit.ly/n21sIU
The Obama administration is debating on whether or not to release the classified memo that authorized the assassination of the terrorist and U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The memo allegedly authorized the killing of Awlaki if he could not be captured alive.
Companies use fuzzy math in job claims; candidates still buy in, http://wapo.st/owm1Pc
In an ad that hit radio airwaves on Monday, companies promises one million jobs if lawmakers will create lesser regulations and lower taxes on businesses. The new jobs that are promised in the ad would come from expanding oil and gas drilling and building new pipelines, says the American Petroleum Institute, an industry lobbying group that paid for the ad campaign. However, the API ad exaggerates the effect that looser drilling policies would have on employment; more than half of its projected job growth would come between 2015 and 2030. Still, presidential candidates are using these faulty statistics in promising the creation of new jobs.
Senate GOP poised to kill Obama’s jobs plan, http://bit.ly/pMF911
President Obama’s American Jobs Act is coming to the Senate floor for a vote today. Even though Obama has been going around the country in a campaign-style promotion of the Jobs Act, it is already in jeopardy. The plan features payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses, $175 billion in spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance and help to local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers. The President proposes a 5.6% tax bump for incomes of over $1 million dollars.
Lawmakers Might Spar Again Over Voter ID Bills, http://bit.ly/qUQP2i
Republicans and Democrats are set to fight again over voter ID laws, this time, in Nebraska. “It’s never a good thing. The more roadblocks you put up to voting the less participation you have,” said UNO Political Science Professor Paul Landow. Early this year, lawmakers tabled a photo ID bill sponsored by State Sen. Charlie Janssen. Douglas County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Leahy said he thinks a bill will go before the full legislature this time around and that it might pass.
Same-day registration at issue in Maine backlash to trend of restricting voters’ rights, http://wapo.st/nRaVcb
In Maine, a “people’s veto” referendum is on the ballot. On November 8th, Maine residents will be voting to repeal a new state law that requires voters to register at least two days before an election. A repeal would restore the state’s same-day voter registration which has been available to residents for four decades. Randy Spencer, a Maine guide who divides his time between rural Grand Lake Stream and Holden, says same-day voting saved him on more than one occasion.
As poll numbers drop, Perry pushed to side of debate stage, http://politi.co/qhA0Xg
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been pushed out of center stage by Herman Cain in tomorrow night’s New Hampshire Republican presidential debate. The debate organizers usually have the poll leaders sit in the middle of the stage. This time, Perry has been bumped out of one of the middle spots, and Herman Cain is set to replace him. The seating chart also puts Ron Paul towards the middle of the line-up.
White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law, http://on.msnbc.com/qfcBL3
Newly released records show that seniors in the Obama administration used Mitt Romney’s landmark healthcare law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, even recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act that now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.” “The White House wanted to learn a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts,” said Jon Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney administration on healthcare. “They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.”
Disappointment? Apple’s iPhone 4S Breaks Sales Records, http://nyti.ms/pLxDDc
The new Apple iPhone 4s has already broken records. Apple reported on Monday that the phone was ordered by one million people in 24 hours. The company said that the iPhone 4S has surpassed sales of the iPhone 4, of which 600,000 were sold in the first 24 hours. After the 4s was released, critics everywhere bashed the phone. After seeing the new iPhone 4S announcement, C.K. Lu, an analyst at the research firm Gartner, told Reuters: ”Apple no longer has a leading edge; its cloud service is even behind Android; it can only sell on brand loyalty now.”
The New Yorks Times gives us, “The Myth of Voter Fraud” http://nyti.ms/oPhEkV
Jon S. Cardin, Ben Cannon and Joe Miklos believe, “Voter ID laws cost much, accomplish little” http://bsun.md/pdbENI
Kanye West Visits Occupy Wall Street Without Removing Gold Chains, http://bit.ly/pnXc7f
N.B.A. Cancels First Two Weeks of Season, http://nyti.ms/oFrwIW
Hank’s song is a ‘hit’, http://nyp.st/pjcFLY
Dr Pepper Ten: ‘No women allowed’, http://bit.ly/p8DSfI
‘World’s oldest car’ sells at auction for $4.6 mn, http://bit.ly/oxZNaI