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US Auto Union Close To Big Win Thanks To Germany's VW

American labor leaders are closing in on a decades-long goal of organizing a factory run by a foreign automaker, thanks to a bridgehead opened up at Germany's Volkswagen.

While a vote has not yet been scheduled, the United Auto Workers says that a majority of the 1,700 workers at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee have signed cards asking for union representation.

A win at VW would increase pressure on fellow German automakers BMW and Daimler AG to open the door to unionization efforts at their US facilities.

It could even boost the union's claims for recognition at factories run by Japan's Nissan, Honda and Toyota and South Korea's Kia and Hyundai.

Despite strong traditions of organized labor in their home countries, German, Japanese and South Korean automakers have strongly resisted unionization efforts in the United States.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/biz/business/us-auto-union-close-to-big-win-thanks-to-germany-s-vw/article/368527#ixzz2sCEB6ksb

Bobby Jindal: New Death Penalty Drug That Takes 26 Minutes To Kill Is ‘Fair’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said that using a new lethal drug that took as long as 26 minutes to kill an inmate is a “fair way” to conduct an execution.

Earlier this month, Ohio elected to use two drugs never combined before to execute Dennis McGuire after manufacturers began refusing to sell traditional execution drugs to U.S. states. According to reports, “McGuire gasped for air and took almost 26 minutes to die.”

Louisiana announced last week that it would also use the drug cocktail to convicted killer Christopher Sepulvado.

“Are you comfortable with this execution going forward with this method of killing him?” CNN host Candy Crowley asked Jindal on Sunday.

Jindal pointed out that the Louisiana legislature was considering new laws to give the Department of Corrections more options for conducting executions, but this week’s execution would go forward as scheduled.

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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/02/bobby-jindal-new-death-penalty-drug-that-takes-26-minutes-to-kill-is-fair/

Bill Kristol Says GOP Has Solved Christie’s Scandal With Two Words: ‘Jeb Bush’

Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol said on Sunday that the Republican Party had already found a two-word solution New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s problems: Jeb Bush.

During a panel discussion on ABC’s This Week, Kristol, who was recently hired as a contributor to the network, shrugged off new evidence that Christie may have not told the truth about knowing the George Washington Bridge had been closed.

“Having talked to various Republican establishment types — I’m pro-Tea Party — but anyway, the establishment types over the last 24 hours when you ask them about the Christie situation, there’s a two-word answer: Jeb Bush,” the neoconservative pundit opined. “And I’m really struck by how much Christie was kind of the establishment donor-class favorite, I think, for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. They are beginning to, maybe foolishly, they are beginning to write them off.”

“We will see a big drumbeat of Jeb should get into the race,” he predicted.

Republican strategist, Ana Navarro, who is a close friend of the former Florida governor, said that she hoped he would run.

“He would bring so much to the debate,” she insisted. “He would be a game changer when it comes to Hispanic votes.

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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/02/bill-kristol-says-gop-has-solved-christies-scandal-with-two-words-jeb-bush/

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wins 2nd term in a landslide

Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.

"The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward," Landrieu told is supporters in a victory speech.

Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday's election.

The city's beleaguered sheriff, Marlin Gusman, led three opponents in his race, despite having come under fire last year for problems at the city's notoriously violent jail. An inmate-made video that surfaced showed drug use, drinking and an inmate brandishing a loaded gun inside the jail.

Read more: http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/79d3666703e94d1393ae8815dcbc8d4d/US--New-Orleans-Elections

Differing Perspectives Fuel Debate Over Knox Case

SEATTLE (AP) -- To some Americans, especially those in her hometown of Seattle, Amanda Knox seems a victim, unfairly hounded by a capricious legal system in Italy that convicted her this week in the death of a 21-year-old British woman.

But in Europe, some see her as a privileged American who is getting away with murder, embroiled in a case that continues to make global headlines and reinforces a negative image of U.S. citizens behaving badly - even criminally - abroad without any punishment.

As she remains free in the U.S., the perceptions will likely fuel not only the debate about who killed Meredith Kercher in 2007 and what role, if any, Knox played in her death, but complicate how the U.S. and Italian governments resolve whether she should be sent to Italy to face prison.

"It's been a polarizing case, and that polarization will remain," said Anne Bremner, a Seattle attorney and Knox supporter.

The divergent views on who killed Kercher are rooted not just in the typical dynamics of a legal case in which the two sides hold opposing narratives, but also in the differences between the justice systems in the U.S. and Italy, and examples of Americans avoiding Italian justice.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_KNOX_TRIAL_THE_PERCEPTIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-02-01-03-49-21

Christie 2016 Fate Hinges on Who’s Telling Truth in Probe

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could get knocked out of the 2016 presidential campaign before it even starts if allegations that he lied about his knowledge of politically-motivated traffic jams are true, bipartisan strategists said.

The attorney for a former political ally charged today that the governor, a Republican, gave an incorrect account of what he knew about lane closings that paralyzed a town at the end of the George Washington Bridge after the mayor there failed to join other leading Democrats in endorsing his 2013 re-election bid.

“If it is true and he doesn’t have a credible explanation, it would go directly to the ’trust’ issue, a critical vote-determinative attribute,” said Mary Matalin, a former adviser to President George W. Bush’s campaigns and administration. “Having said that, he is a superior politician and 2016 is a long way off.”

John Podesta, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and former White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend: “I think it’s a killer.”

The Christie administration, in an e-mail today, repeated the governor’s assertion that he first learned of the closures when they were reported by the media and denied other claims by the lawyer for the former ally, David Wildstein, who was involved in the lane closures.

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http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-31/christie-2016-fate-hinges-on-who-s-telling-truth-in-probe

Nearly Half of America Lives Paycheck-to-Paycheck

The economic picture is looking brighter these days. The federal government announced Thursday that economic growth had picked up to its fastest pace in two years, while employment growth over the past five months has averaged a healthy 185,000 new jobs.

But as evidenced by a report out Thursday from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, nearly half of Americans are living in a state of “persistent economic insecurity,” that makes it “difficult to look beyond immediate needs and plan for a more secure future.”

In other words, too many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. The CFED calls these folks “liquid asset poor,” and its report finds that 44% of Americans are living with less than $5,887 in savings for a family of four. The plight of these folks is compounded by the fact that the recession ravaged many Americans’ credit scores to the point that now 56% percent of us have subprime credit. That means that if emergencies arise, many Americans are forced to resort to high-interest debt from credit cards or payday loans.



Read more: http://business.time.com/2014/01/30/nearly-half-of-america-lives-paycheck-to-paycheck/#ixzz2s1eqemuW

Weather Service Debunks Rumors Of Giant Midwest Snowstorm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Meteorologists in the Midwest took to social media on Friday to quell rumors that a winter storm expected to move into the region next week could dump up to 30 inches of snow in some areas.

The National Weather Service's Indianapolis bureau said in Facebook and Twitter messages that predictions that 20 to 30 inches of snow could fall on Indiana and other Midwestern states next Tuesday and Wednesday "are EXTREMELY premature & improbable."

Meteorologist Mike Ryan said none of the forecast models he and his colleagues in Indianapolis have reviewed point to anything like a 2-foot or greater snowfall. He said the Indianapolis office sent the Twitter and Facebook messages because it and other Midwestern weather bureaus have been getting calls from people worried about dire storm predictions that are "rampant" online.

"We wanted to try to alleviate these rumors because the social media network is just kind of running out of control," Ryan said Friday. "Like we said, any snowfall amounts like those people are talking about would really be improbable."

Next week's storm has the potential to bring snow, sleet, freezing rain to Indiana and other states in the Ohio River Valley, but he said it's too early to predict how much will fall and where.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MONSTER_STORM_DEBUNKED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-01-31-18-30-31

Report: US Cattle Herd At Lowest Numbers Since 1951

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- The lingering effects of drought across the Great Plains in recent years have led to another decrease in the U.S. cattle herd.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that the U.S. inventory of cattle and calves totaled 87.7 million animals as of Jan. 1. That was down by about 1.6 million cattle, or 2 percent, compared with this time last year.

The agency says this is the lowest January inventory since 1951.

A bright spot was a 2 percent increase in young, female cattle retained for breeding. One expert says that factor could allow the herd's seven-year contraction to stabilize.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LIVESTOCK_INVENTORY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-01-31-16-46-54

DNC Raises Almost $65M Last Year, Spends As Much

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic National Committee raised close to $65 million last year and spent almost the entire haul.

The DNC's Federal Elections Commission report, filed Friday, also lists $15.6 million in debt. The committee says it has $21 million banked heading into this election year.

The Republican National Committee raised almost $81 million last year and has $9 million banked for this year's elections. The RNC says it's debt-free.

Friday was the deadline for the political committees to tell the FEC how much money each raised and spent in 2013

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POLITICAL_MONEY_DNC?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-01-31-18-34-37
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