CNN: Democrats see hope, Republicans temper expectations for Tuesday vote
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something." Plato
If the GOP wins control of the House next week, senior congressional Republicans plan to launch a blistering attack on the Obama administration's environmental policies, as well as on scientists who link air pollution to climate change.
The GOP's fire will be concentrated especially on the administration's efforts to use the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over air pollution to tighten emissions controls on coal, oil and other carbon fuels that scientists say contribute to global warming.
Timothy Mark Profitt, 53, is charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for stepping on the shoulder and neck of Lauren Valle, a MoveOn.org activist who was trying to get close to Republican candidate Rand Paul to present him with a mock award.
Fourth-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail, a $500 fine or a combination of both.
...the Federal Reserve's meeting, the midterm elections and the release of the government's October jobs report.
"...it's still the weakest recovery we've seen in generations..."
Wall Street is banking on a win for Republicans...
Unemployed security worker Pedro Soria Lopez managed to fall asleep for 17 minutes in a busy Madrid shopping centre, netting him the prestigious title of siesta champion and the £890 prize money.
Despite a runner-up sleeping for 18 minutes, Mr Lopez pipped him at the post due to his impressive 70-decibel snores - roughly the same volume as a person talking loudly.
The likely culprit: warming temperatures linked to climate change.
They found most of the Western Hemisphere, along with large parts of Eurasia, Africa and Australia, will be at risk of extreme drought this century.
The study also finds that drought risk can be expected to decrease this century across much of Northern Europe, Russia, Canada and Alaska, as well as some areas in the Southern Hemisphere.
A new estimate predicts that for every four sun-like stars, one should host at least one planet with anywhere from one-half to twice Earth's mass.
The Kepler spacecraft, which was launched in March 2009 and trails Earth in its orbit around the sun, is designed to detect Earth-size planets in "life-friendly orbits" around distant stars.
...the team calculated that 23 percent of sun-like stars should host an Earth-size planet.
The vast majority of extrasolar planets found so far have been so-called hot Jupiters – massive planets whose orbit times often are measured in a handful of days.
Investors will take in a host of economic reports Friday, including an advance reading on third-quarter U.S. gross domestic product before the market opens.
The dollar strengthened against the euro and British pound, but fell against the Japanese yen.
Oil futures for December delivery were off by 74 cents to $81.45 a barrel.
...Citibank is offering 0 percent introductory balance transfers for a full 21 months. Even when you factor in Citibank’s 3 percent balance transfer fee and ongoing APR, this means that someone with good credit can borrow money for 2 years at about a 3 percent rate.
As millions of Americans are getting cut-off and written-off by their credit card companies due to job losses, the contrast between the “have jobs” and “have-nots” is getting to be especially stark.
...it may be years before credit card issuers forget about the excesses of the credit bubble and throw out a lifeline to fringe borrowers again.
Speculation over just how big of a move the Fed is going to make has dominated talk on Wall Street.
Stocks will likely remain on a rollercoaster leading up to and probably after the Fed announcement on Nov. 3.
The dollar fell against the euro, Japanese yen and the British pound.
Oil for December delivery gained 11 cents to $82.07 a barrel.
The recession introduced millions of Americans to food stamps – many of them, like Hayden, for the first time. Now, more than a year after the recession is officially said to have ended, more Americans than ever are on food stamps, and the trend is higher still.
Not only did the recession boost the number of people who qualify for food stamps because of layoffs and reduced incomes, says Ms. Secor, the ensuing Recovery Act increased food stamp benefits, provided states with extra funding for administering the program, and, most important, eased requirements and access, making many more Americans eligible.
The hot topic in the market remains speculation about how much the Fed will attempt to stimulate the economy at next week's policy meeting in a process called quantative easing...
A report from the Commerce Department on durable goods was due before the market open, while new home sales data were due after the opening bell.
The drop came after the U.S. Geological Survey submitted a revised estimate for the amount of conventional, undiscovered oil in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The agency said untapped oil reserves are about 90% less than previously estimated.
According to 2000 report by the Department of Justice, 17.6 percent of American women are the victims of a completed or attempted rape at some point in their lives.
Previously owned homes sold at an annualized pace of 4.53 million units, up from 4.12 million a month earlier...
...report also noted a decline in the median price of homes compared with a year ago, consistent with concerns among some analysts that foreclosures and a still weak economy could further depress housing prices, which in turn could lead to more loan defaults.
The median sales price this September was $171,700, down slightly from about $176,000 a year ago.
"More than 20 percent of borrowers owe more than their home is worth..."
A stronger-than-expected report on existing housing sales Monday helped propel stocks to 6-month highs.
...investors are nervous ahead of the Nov. 2 elections...
...an onslaught of reports, both corporate and economic.
Oil for November delivery slipped 5 cents to $82.47 a barrel.
...the difference in enthusiasm between Democratic and Republican voters may be less stark than some other polls have suggested. A small plurality of registered voters—48 to 43 percent—would prefer that Democrats keep control of Congress.
...Lafarge, GDF-SUEZ, EON, BP, BASF, BAYER, Solvay and Arcelor Mittal.
NPR gets absolutely no direct federal funding. Zilch, nada, zippo.
"If you're asking, are there al-Qaeda in Iraq, the answer is yes, there are. It's a fact, yes." Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defence, August 2002
It was one of the key American justifications for the Iraq war. But the theory that al-Qaeda was present in Saddam-era Iraq, much cited by the Bush administration in the run-up to the invasion, has been undermined by the content of secret US military documents.
The files contain only half a dozen references to the group for the whole of 2004, the year records begin. But under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian who had met Osama bin Laden while fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the classified reports show that al-Qaeda established itself as major player in the carnage as the conflict wore on.
The infrequency of al-Qaeda-related files early in the war suggest that US officials were wrong when they accused Iraq of harbouring the group's fighters in the years prior to the invasion. Instead, the narrative that emerges from the classified reports indicates that the US presence itself was what attracted them to the country.
Mr. Soros recently donated $1.8 million to NPR, seen by conservative critics (and certainly by Mr. Beck) as proof (a) that NPR is a liberal mouthpiece and (b) that billionaire Soros pressured NPR to get rid of Williams.
“They want NPR to hire him back immediately. If NPR doesn't, they want all public funding of public radio to stop...."
Soros also recently gave $1 million to Media Matters “to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast.”
Company results have exceeded expectations so far this season, and investors are looking for that trend to continue...
...the National Association for Business Economics said Monday that employment conditions improved in the third quarter to the highest level since the start of the 2008-2009 recession.
Oil for December delivery gained $1.04 to $82.73 a barrel.
...any disappointments in either earnings or outlooks could, of course, trigger a sharp sell-off.
Earnings will remain the center of attention this week. Many analysts predict that earnings will continue to support the market rally that kicked off October.
He said he heard from too many single mothers and senior citizens complaining they were frightened by "6-foot-tall kids" showing up at their homes in search of candy.
City officials from Meridian, Miss., to Bishopville, S.C., and Boonsboro, Md., have cut off the trick-or-treat age at 12.
EVIDENCE has been found of a massive asteroid impact near the Queensland-South Australia border more than 300 million years ago.
Up to a third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise...
Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank – land expected to be at the nucleus of an independent Palestinian state in any peace deal with Israel – has surged since a partial freeze on settlement expansion expired on Sept. 26, says the left-leaning Israeli group Peace Now.
...settlers have begun construction on more than 600 new homes in the West Bank since Israel's 10-month moratorium on expansion expired.
Settlement expansion in the West Bank has become the most visible obstacle to peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials touted by President Obama. The Palestinians see the expanding settlements as creating "facts on the ground" that demonstrate Israel is unwilling to give up land conquered in 1967's Arab-Israeli war for peace.
The two-day Group of 20 finance and central bank meeting kicked off Friday in South Korea, and tensions about currency were brewing.
Oil for December delivery rose 91 cents to $81.46 a barrel.
An official of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the national pro-business group that is investing heavily in political advertising during the current mid-term campaign, said the Chamber has not sponsored independent advertising in support of O'Donnell and was not planning to do so.
Republicans insist that their problem is not with O'Donnell but rather her lack of competitiveness in the race, even though that may in part reflect her funding issues.
"I want to show the world that the potato is so healthy that you could live off them alone for an extended period of time without any negative impact to your health..."
Boosting the age limit in the US is one way to help make Social Security solvent, many economists say.
In a September USA Today/Gallup poll, 77 percent of Americans said they agree that the rising cost of Social Security and Medicare "will create major economic problems" for the US in the next 25 years, unless changes are made to these entitlement programs.
China's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic output, grew at an annual rate of 9.6% during the third quarter of 2010.
The government's weekly jobless claims report comes out an hour before the market open...
Oil prices for December delivery slipped 12 cents to $82.43 a barrel.
In a big vote of confidence for the US economy, computer chipmaker Intel says it will hire 800 to 1,000 new workers in Oregon and Arizona as it spends up to $8 billion upgrading four factories and building one new one. All of that construction will create 6,000 to 8,000 hard hat positions, Intel estimates.
...three quarters of its microprocessors are made in the US.
One of the plants will be in greater Phoenix and the second facility will be outside of Portland.
Earnings are on tap from several companies, including Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and Dow component Boeing.
The Federal Reserve is due to release its Beige Book of economic conditions at 2 p.m. ET.
Oil prices for November delivery increased $1.03 to $80.52 a barrel.
"The way of cowardice is to embed ourselves in a cocoon, in which we perpetuate our habitual patterns. When we are constantly recreating our basic patterns of habits and thought, we never have to leap into fresh air or onto fresh ground."
...Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events.
...Saudi Arabia has warned him (the French Interior Minister) that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a Yemen-based group that shares Osama bin Laden's worldview...has France in its sights.
...it's worth keeping in mind that the group hasn't yet successfully organized an attack anywhere in Europe (or anywhere in the West).
...France probably has more to worry about from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb...
...People's Bank of China raised its benchmark deposit and lending rates...
...Bank of America reported a third-quarter net loss of $7.3 billion...
A reading on September housing starts and building permits is due out an hour before the opening bell.
"It's amazing how much everyone has changed, especially Janet Norgren..."
"She's like 3 feet taller, has put on quite a bit of weight..."