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Israelis Favor Romney Over Obama By Wide Margin In Latest Poll

Israelis prefer Mitt Romney over President Obama by a wide margin, according to the latest polling from the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.

The Republican candidate leads Obama 57 percent to 22 percent, the organizations' Peace Index for October found in its October survey.

The gap is especially marked among self-described right-wingers — 70 percent of whom prefer Romney — while Obama gets three times more support from Arab Israelis, 45 percent versus 15 percent.

Israeli public opinion stands in stark contrast with the rest of the world, where a clear majority of people prefer Obama over Romney, according to a BBC poll.

That poll of 21,797 people in 21 countries — but not Israel — found an average of 50 percent of respondents favored Obama versus 9 percent for Romney. The two candidates are equally unpopular in Pakistan.



Hurricane Sandy Casts Doubt Over Release Of Fridays October Employment Report

Hurricane Sandy has cast a cloud of uncertainty over the final jobs report before next week's presidential election, with Labor Department officials scrambling to determine if the data can be finalized before Friday's scheduled release.
Officials at the Labor Department said Monday they have not yet decided whether to delay Friday's employment report because of ongoing uncertainty over the extent of damage the hurricane will cause along the East Coast.

Labor officials said they are are trying to determine whether the massive storm will interfere with the ability of economists and analysts to complete the report on time.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) officials are closely monitoring the hurricane as it works its way across the East Coast, and will decide later in the week if they can release the report on time.



Iran Has Pictures Of Restricted Israeli Areas: Iran MP

DUBAI | Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:02am EDT

(Reuters) - Iran holds pictures of Israeli bases and other restricted areas obtained from a drone launched into Israeli airspace earlier this month, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying on Monday.

Earlier this month, Israel shot down a drone after it flew 25 miles into the Jewish state. Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the aircraft, saying its parts had been manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.

The drone transmitted pictures of Israel's "sensitive bases" before it was shot down, said Esmail Kowsari, chair of parliament's defense committee, according to Iran's Mehr news agency. He was speaking to Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam, Mehr reported on Monday.

"These aircraft transmit their pictures online, and right now we possess pictures of restricted areas," Kowsari was quoted as saying.



Supreme Court Seems Skeptical About Throwing Out Lawsuit Over New Fisa Surveillance Expansion

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems skeptical of a government request to throw out a lawsuit challenging an expansion of a surveillance law used to monitor conversations of foreign spies and terrorist suspects.

While the law is aimed at foreigners, a lawyer argued Monday that Americans are getting caught up in the government monitoring. They want to sue to stop the 2008 expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Lawyer Jameel Jaffers said his colleagues are already taking costly measures like flying overseas instead of using telephones and e-mails to keep their conversations private.



Romney 2011: Federal Disaster Relief For Tornado And Flood Victims Is ‘Immoral,’

By Brad Johnson on Jun 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Obama meets victims of the Joplin tornado.
Asked about federal disaster relief for recent tornado and flood victims at last night’s GOP debate, candidate Mitt Romney called the spending “immoral” and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be privatized. With greenhouse pollution on the rise, the United States has been struck by a “punishing series of billion-dollar disasters.”


Mitt Romney: Federal Disaster Relief For Tornado And Flood Victims Is ‘Immoral,’ ‘Makes No Sense...

By Brad Johnson on Jun 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Asked about federal disaster relief for recent tornado and flood victims at last night’s GOP debate, candidate Mitt Romney called the spending “immoral” and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be privatized. With greenhouse pollution on the rise, the United States has been struck by a “punishing series of billion-dollar disasters.”

Embracing a radical anti-government ideology from the most extreme elements of the Tea Party, Romney said that the victims in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and other communities hit by tornadoes and flooding should not receive governmental assistance. He argued it is “simply immoral” for there to be deficit spending that could harm future generations:

Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.



New York Stock Exchange Suspends Physical Floor Trading Due To Hurricane Sandy

Source: News1130

TORONTO - Hurricane Sandy is set to overshadow the start of the trading week after the operator of the New York Stock Exchange said that it is suspending physical floor trading operations.

NYSE Euronext said late Sunday afternoon that while the exchange will remain open for trading Monday, it will invoke its contingency plan which involves trading all NYSE-listed securities on its Arca system, its fully electronic exchange.

The move by the NYSE came after it was announced that New York’s public transit system would shut at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday while 375,000 residents would be evacuated from low-lying areas of the city. Many major businesses in lower Manhattan are suspending or curtailing operations.

It’s not known when the NYSE trading floor will re-open.

Read more: http://www.news1130.com/business/article/416336--new-york-stock-exchange-suspends-physical-floor-trading-due-to-hurricane-sandy

US And Israel Indignant As German Parliamentary Delegation Arrives In Iran

Tehran, Oct 28, 2012

Even as the US and Israel are bristling with indignation, a four-member German delegation has arrived at the Iranian capital of Tehran late Saturday for a weeklong visit despite pressure from pro-Israeli factions to call off the visit.

The German parliamentary delegation will be holding discussions with senior Iranian lawmakers Mohammad-Javad Larijani, Secretary of Iran's High Council for Human Rights; Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, Deputy Foreign Minister; and Mohammad Nahavandian, Chairman of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM).

Bijan Djir-Sarai, of Iranian descent and a member of the German pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), will be leading the delegation. Accompanying him will be Thomas Feist of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), Angelika Graf of the Social Democrats (SPD) and a five-member delegation from the European Parliament.

The German parliamentarians have already left for the historical city of Isfahan in central Iran where they are scheduled to arrive today. The visit by the German delegation comes at a contentious time with Tehran refusing permission to a European Parliamentary (EP) delegation wanting to visit Iran.



Millions Brace For Hurricane Sandy's Wrath

Updated October 28, 2012, 1:06 AM ET

(CBS News) Hurricane Sandy is churning its way up the East Coast this evening heading for landfall in the mid-Atlantic region early next week and a rendezvous with a wintry storm system from the west.

Here's the latest: Sandy has already killed at least 58 people in the Caribbean, and states of emergency have now been declared in nine states and the District of Columbia.

As reported by The Associated Press, Sandy is at winds of 75 mph, approximately about 305 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. CBS News hurricane consultant David Bernard from station WFOR had earlier reported that based on the track, the best chance for significant winds -- meaning 58 mph or greater -- are going to be in the area from the Delmarva, along the Jersey Shore, and right into the New York City metropolitan area. When mentioning significant winds, it means they that have a good chance of causing power outages and a lot of downed trees.


IMPORTANT Michigan: Absentee Ballot Postage

I just assisted my mother in filing out her absentee ballot which was quite time consuming (I can only imagine the lines on election day).

After the envelope was sealed I decided to weight the ballot and yes, the weight came in at 1.2 ounce hence requiring additional postage.

Please make sure you weight your envelope or just to be safe ADD ADDITIONAL POSTAGE.

Make sure to pass this around to others in the State.

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