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NEWS   WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014   NEWS

Schumer Says Obamacare Hurt Dems
Speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said focusing on health care reform in 2009 was a mistake that hurt Democrats because most Americans were happy with their coverage but were unhappy with the economy. Schumer said the health care law, popularly known as Obamacare, is “very important” but the timing was wrong, and was not at the “top of the agenda” of the American people. “We were in the middle of recession. … People were hurting and said ‘What about me? I’m losing my job,’” said Schumer, who spoke as the Democratic Policy Chairman on why his Party was defeated in the 2014 mid-term elections by Republicans. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Democrats must accept and admit to their mistakes, or take more political losses.

Nancy Pelosi Gives 14 Million Reasons Why Chuck Schumer Is Wrong
Nancy Pelosi says there are 14 million reasons why Chuck Schumer is wrong. In an intraparty feud about political strategy, the House minority leader on Tuesday called out the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader for saying that it was a mistake for Democrats to focus on passing health care reform in 2010. "After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them," Schumer said in a remarks focused on political messaging heading into 2016 at the National Press Club. New York's Schumer added, "We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform." CNN

Obama Fights For Rebalance On Chaotic Global Stage
The news out of Ferguson, MO turns out to be overshadowing one of the low points in President Obama’s national-security record. Consider: He’s now looking for his fourth Defense secretary after forcing Chuck Hagel to resign from the post. And the administration is scrambling after the Iran talks failed to produce a deal, which Team Obama so badly wants. (Yes, the United States and Iran are still talking, but the prospects of an eventual deal don’t look good right now.) More than anything else, chaos -- whether it’s ISIS, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak in Africa -- has defined President Obama’s second term in office. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Obama is a total loser.

Nor'Easter Likely To Bring Thanksgiving Travel Chaos To Northeast
Millions of Americans planning to take to the roads and skies for Thanksgiving face travel chaos due to a storm that's forecast to batter the Northeast on Wednesday. Meteorologists said Tuesday that the nor'easter was likely to hit on a day when more than 46 million people across the nation were expected to journey 50 miles or more. The nor'easter is expected to throw a variety of misery at travelers, from a slushy mixture and rain and snow and 30 mph winds in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., to as much as 16 inches of snow in western Massachusetts. MSNBC

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Opposition To Common Core Spurs Jump In Homeschooling
The home-schooling boom is getting a new push due to opposition to Common Core, the controversial national education standard that some parents claim is using their children’s public school lessons to push a political agenda, according to critics of the Washington-backed curriculum. North Carolina, already a home-schooling hotbed, saw a 14 percent rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report from Heartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists. Fox News

U.S. Economy Picks Up Speed
The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace in the third quarter than originally reported, another sign that the recovery is picking up speed. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic health, was revised up to 3.9% in the third quarter. Both consumer spending and business investment showed strength. The combined growth in the second and third quarters represented the best six months for the economy since 2003. There are other good signs. The unemployment rate is now below 6%, auto sales have been strong and the home price rebound continues. Plus, the stock market continues to hit records. CNN

Obama In Vegas: 32 Minutes For Immigration Speech, 9 Hours For Golf
President Barack Obama traveled to Las Vegas on Friday to speak to high school students about his plans to shield up to five million illegal aliens from deportation. His speech at Del Sol High School lasted 32 minutes, according to pooled press accounts distributed by the White House, from 12:50 p.m. to 1:22 p.m. On Saturday, the president spent approximately seven hours playing 27 holes of golf at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in North Las Vegas. On Sunday, he spent an additional two hours at the driving range and on the putting green at the Reflection Bay Golf Course on Lake Las Vegas. The president therefore spent 17 times more time playing golf than he did selling his executive order – a 1,700 percent difference between the time he spent speaking and golfing. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Typical Obama laziness and wastefulness.

U.S. To Leave More Troops In Afghanistan Than First Planned
The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. "If they hadn't done that, the mission would have lost bases," the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described as a "bridging solution" until other nations fulfill their pledges later in the year or the troops are no longer needed, Washington may provide up to 1,000 extra soldiers. Reuters

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Hagel Exit Shows Obama Has Taken Power Away From Pentagon
President Barack Obama pushed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel out of his job yesterday after less than 21 months, with White House officials citing disagreements over Iraq and Syria policy. Hagel, who had grown increasingly frustrated with tight White House management of policy, was ready to go anyway, a U.S. defense official said. He resigned without a fight. The Vietnam veteran’s departure spotlights how one of Washington’s most powerful jobs -- overseeing the world’s strongest military and a budget of more than $600 billion -- has faded in the Obama era. Under Obama, the strict White House control often has left Hagel and other Cabinet members with limited authority and autonomy. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Obama, the little Napoleon.

Why Senate Republicans May End Up Embracing Harry Reid Procedural Rule
With Chuck Hagel's resignation, America now needs a new secretary of defense, along with a new attorney general and dozens of federal judges and ambassadors.
Approving President Barack Obama's choices for those jobs will fall to Republicans, who take over the Senate in January. But Senate Republican leaders face a dilemma on how to confirm Obama's nominations: Do they keep a rules change that makes it easier to approve who they want, or should they return to decades of precedent that lets the other party have more say? It would seem an easy choice — if it weren't for the story behind the rules change. It was engineered by the Republicans' nemesis, Sen. Harry Reid, almost exactly one year ago. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Pay back is sweet.

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Federal Judge Overturns Arkansas' Marriage Ban
A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban Tuesday but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The couples argued the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation. "The fact that Amendment 83 was adopted by referendum does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny," Baker wrote in her ruling. The state's marriage laws and the amendment violate the U.S. Constitution by "precluding same-sex couples from exercising their fundamental right to marry in Arkansas, by not recognizing valid same-sex marriages from other states, and by discriminating on the basis of gender," she wrote. ABC

Obama Threatens Veto Of Emerging Tax Agreement In Congress
President Barack Obama would veto a tax-break agreement being negotiated in Congress by Senate Democrats and House Republicans. “The president would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families,” Jen Friedman, a White House spokeswoman, said in an e-mail today. The veto threat raises uncertainty about the path forward for extending the tax breaks. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Obama must be exposed and harnessed.

As OPEC Faces Tough Test, Lower Oil Prices Loom
These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day. The 12-member group's purpose is to coordinate how much oil is produced in order to keep prices high and stable and maximize member countries' revenue while making sure global demand for oil stays strong. A steep, coordinated cut in output could stop and possibly reverse what has been a 30 percent decline in prices over five months. But there is widespread doubt that OPEC will be able to do much of anything when it meets Thursday in Vienna. Either the members won't agree to a cut, analysts say, or the cut will be too small to influence oil prices. They could also, as in the past, agree to lower production but then fail to stick to the target. Las Vegas Sun

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Amid Hacking Attack, State Department Info-Security Still In Shambles
Weeks before the State Department’s Nov. 16 shutdown of its unclassified email system in the face of unprecedented hacking attacks, auditors took the department’s management to task for ignoring warnings about their lax security habits and chronic failure to enact protections against high-tech intruders. The situation was so bad, the auditors say in a highly censored report, that they “identified control deficiencies across a total of 102 different systems reviewed over five years, yet many of the same deficiencies have persisted.” State Department bureaucrats say that they are working to fix the problems — even as the document notes that that the same problems were identified a year ago or longer. Fox News

Michael Brown's Family Gets Sympathy From Congress
Members of Congress from around the country posted messages of sympathy for the family of Michael Brown after a grand jury cleared the Ferguson police officer who shot the teenager, but the elected officials included in their messages calls for peace and changes in the criminal justice system. Rep. Lacy Clay, a Democrat who represents the Browns' congressional district, and Missouri's two senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt, sent messages meant to soothe their state. ABC
VOA VIEW: Officials are sending a very bad message.

Supreme Court Agrees To Consider EPA Regulations On Mercury
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider whether the cost of federal limits on mercury emissions outweigh the benefits. The regulations set by the Environmental Protection Administration in emissions from oil- and coal-fired electrical generating plants have been challenged by a group of states and industry groups. Sixteen other states support the federal action, arguing that air-born pollutants cross state lines and that regulation at the federal level is needed. A federal appeals court in Washington upheld the limits in a 2-1 ruling. UPI

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U.S. House To Hold Hearing On Oil Export Ban
A House of Representatives panel will hold a hearing on Dec. 11 to explore whether a decades-old law that prohibits the export of crude oil makes sense in an era of domestic energy abundance. The House subcommittee on energy and power, chaired by Representative Ed Whitfield, will hone in on the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act, drafted in response to the 1973 oil crisis. The law prohibited the export of most crude oil, created the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules for cars and trucks, also known as CAFE standards. Reuters

Obamacare Adviser Warned Of Premium Increases As Obama Vowed Savings
While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show. Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist currently under fire for suggesting the Obama administration tried to deceive the public about the Affordable Care Act, was hired by former Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle in 2010 to conduct an analysis on how the federal health-care reform would impact the state. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Obama is a known liar.

Eric Holder Promises ‘Thorough’ Civil-Rights Probe In Ferguson
The Justice Department’s civil rights investigation in Ferguson will be “thorough,” Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, adding that law enforcement must work to “restore trust” and “foster understanding.” Mr. Holder’s comments come the day after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of black teenager Michael Brown. The announcement set off a wave of protests around the country and rioting in Ferguson. Mr. Holder said he was “disappointed that some members of the community resorted to violence,” and that the “acts of violence threaten to drown out those that have legitimate voices.” “The way we’ve made progress in this country is we’ve seen peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations,” the attorney general said. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Holder is an anti white racist and race bater.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un Labels Americans 'Cannibals'
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un referred to Americans as "cannibals and brutal murderers seeking pleasure in slaughter" during a tour of an anti-U.S. museum in Sinchon on Tuesday. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted the Supreme Leader's explanation for visiting the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities. The museum, built in 1960, portrays the mass murder of approximately 35,000 Sinchon villagers during the Korean War, purportedly by U.S. soldiers. According to KCNA, Kim last visited the museum in 1998 with his late father, Kim Jong Il. UPI

Herzog: Netanyahu Government Endangering The Basic Interests Of Israel
Opposition leader Issac Herzog on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government of "endangering the basic interests of Israel." Speaking at the Sderot Conference, Herzog said that "only a prime minister who lacks confidence needs a Jewish state bill to justify himself. The bill itself is a farce," he said. He reiterated his calls for Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid to quit Netanyahu's coalition. Jerusalem Post

Syria Conflict: Raqqa Air Strikes 'Kill Dozens'
At least 36 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Syrian government warplanes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa, activists say. Most of the casualties were caused by two strikes in quick succession on an industrial area, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. One opposition activist network said more than 80 people had died. Syrian government and US-led coalition aircraft frequently bomb Raqqa, which IS has made into a stronghold. Activists say most of the casualties from the raids have been civilians. BBC

Yemen: Raid Frees Eight Hostages, Including US Serviceman
A group of seven Yemenis and a US military expert who were taken hostage by a group linked to al-Qaeda have been freed by Yemeni Special Forces, a local security source has told the BBC. The eight were captured in Lahij province in southern Yemen. Seven kidnappers were reported to have been killed in the overnight operation.
Scores of people have been kidnapped in Yemen in recent years, by tribesmen for ransom, and more recently by Islamist militants as part of their insurgency. BBC

US Prosecutors Travel To London To Quiz Traders On Market Manipulation
US prosecutors will travel to London in the coming weeks to interview traders about currency market manipulation, the latest sign that authorities are closer to filing criminal charges stemming from the long-running probe, sources told Reuters. Officials from the US Department of Justice will interview current or former employees at HSBC, among other banks, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The plans to interview traders from HSBC do not necessarily indicate that prosecutors will file criminal charges against the bank or its employees, sources said, noting it is common for prosecutors to speak to witnesses in any criminal investigation. HSBC declined to comment. Guardian

French Justice Minister Denounces US Police Killings After Ferguson Decision
France’s black justice minister Christiane Taubira has waded into the conflict over racially charged killings in the US, quoting reggae legend Bob Marley on Twitter to express her anger. “Kill them before they grow,” the minister tweeted, citing Marley who sang the phrase in his 1973 hit song I Shot the Sheriff. Taubira’s tweet came as riots erupted in the suburb of Ferguson outside St Louis after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead black teen Michael Brown in what he said was self-defence. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Anti white blacks stick together in favor of demonic forces.

Pope Francis Warns 'Bureaucracy Is Crushing Europe'
Europe’s era of philosophy and “great ideas” has been replaced by the "bureaucratic technicalities” of European Union institutions, Pope Francis has warned. In a speech that was highly critical of contemporary political culture, the Pope told the European Parliament that the EU was in danger of being seen as “downright harmful” to Europe’s peoples. “In recent years, as the EU has expanded, there has been growing mistrust on the part of citizens towards institutions considered to be aloof, engaged in laying down rules perceived as insensitive to individual peoples, if not downright harmful,” he told MEPs. Telegraph

Naftali Bennett Rebuffs US Over 'Jewish State' Law
A war of words has erupted between Israel and its closet ally, the United States, after a leading right-wing politician told Washington to mind its own business over a highly contentious bill to declare the country a Jewish state while stripping Arabs of national rights. The rebuff was delivered by Naftali Bennett, the economy minister and leader of the nationalist Jewish Home party, after the US State Department suggested the bill - approved by the cabinet on Sunday - undermined Israel's democratic credentials. "Israel is a Jewish and democratic state and all its citizens should enjoy equal rights. We expect Israel to stick to its democratic principles," said Jeff Rathke, a state department spokesman. Telegraph

UN Rights Chief Concerned Over ‘Disproportionate’ Killings Of African-Americans By US Police
The decision by a Grand Jury in Missouri to absolve a police officer for the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager has spotlighted broader concerns about institutionalized discrimination across the United States, the top United Nations human rights official said today. “I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in US prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in a statement issued by his office in Geneva this morning. UN News
VOA VIEW: Over 90% of blacks killed, are killed by blacks - the truth hurts.

UN Sounds Alarm To End ‘Global Pandemic’ Of Violence Against Women
Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body today marked the International Day to End Violence against Women. “But violence against women and girls does not emerge from nowhere. It is simply the most extreme example of the political, financial, social and economic oppression of women and girls worldwide,” Mr. Ban said at an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event at Headquarters. Joining Mr. Ban at today’s panel discussion were UN Women Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and actor Teri Hatcher, among others. UN News

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