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US scientists aim to make human sperm from stem cells

Source: BBC

US scientists aim to make human sperm from stem cells
By Regan Morris
BBC News, Los Angeles

Skin cells become 'grandparents'
US researchers say they will redouble their efforts to create human sperm from stem cells following the success of a Japanese study involving mice.

A Kyoto University team used mice stem cells to create eggs, which were fertilised to produce baby mice.

Dr Renee Pera, of Stanford University in California, aims to create human sperm to use for reproduction within two years, and eggs within five years.


"I know people think it's Frankenstein medicine, but I think it's not an imagined or lessened health problem - infertility affects your whole life," Dr Pera says.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19879113

Romney 'plays hookey' refuses to face kids on Nickelodeon-can't handle ?s from America’s youth.

Romney refuses to face kids on Nickelodeon after vow to defund Big Bird

Although both then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appeared on the special in 2008, only Obama has agreed to participate this year, the network said on Monday.

“By answering kids’ questions directly, candidates show respect for kids,” host Linda Ellerbee said. “We are disappointed that Mitt Romney wouldn’t take the time to answer the questions, but are thrilled that President Obama participated in the special.”

Deputy National Press Secretary Adam Fetcher told TMZ that Romney had decided to “play hookey” because he couldn’t even handle questions from America’s youth.

“Kids demand details, and I’m sure they want some answers on why Romney could increase their class sizes, eliminate their teacher’s jobs, raise taxes on their families and slash funding for Big Bird,” Fetcher quipped. “‘The dog ate my homework’ just doesn’t cut it when you’re running for President.”


Republican Senator, Vietnam Veteran Endorses President Obama

Source: Huffington Post

10/08/2012 - As a combat veteran of two tours in Vietnam with twenty-two years of service as a Republican member of the U.S. House and Senate, I endorse President Barack Obama for a second term as our Commander-in-Chief. Candidates publicly praise our service members, veterans and their families, but President Obama supports them in word and deed, anywhere and every time.

This decision is not easy for any lifelong Republican. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama, the first time I ever voted for a Democrat, because the Republican Party was drifting toward a dangerous path that put extreme party ideology above national interest. Mitt Romney heads a party remaining on that dangerous path, proving the emptiness of their praise as they abandon our service members, veterans and military families along the way.

And as former member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the then Commerce Committee, I came to know the federal budget in detail. I'm disappointed that just as our troops are returning home after a decade of war, Romney and Ryan might gut by up to 20 percent investments in the Department of Veterans Affairs -- and even suggest privatizing the veterans' health care. Again, they would short change our national security and the education, health care and employment benefits our veterans have earned and deserve just to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

Let's be clear, Romney and Ryan would be disastrous for America's service members, veterans and military families. Public praise rings hollow when you fail to mention an ongoing war in accepting your party's nomination to be president, or veterans in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a so-called jobs plan or in a budget that should be a blue print of our nation's values.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-pressler/larry-pressler-obama_b_1948415.html

GALLUP: Obama Bouncing Back Already To 5-Point Lead

Source: Business Insider

President Barack Obama moved back to a 5-point lead over Mitt Romney, halting the Republican nominee's post-debate momentum. Obama now leads Romney 50 percent to 45 percent in Gallup's daily tracking poll.

Romney had seen a big three-day post-debate move in the Gallup daily tracking poll, but today's results signal that his debate bump is beginning to level off.

Earlier on Monday, Gallup released results of three days of post-debate, which showed that Romney had tied up the race with Obama in those three days of interviews. It also found that Romney was the biggest winner in the history of the presidential debates.

Obama's approval rating — which has swung wildly in recent weeks — also ticked up to 51 percent, above the "safe" 50-percent threshold for an incumbent's re-election.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-vs-romney-gallup-poll-oct-8-results-2012-10#ixzz28jOYu1KN

GALLUPS "REAL" Release Shows Obama GAINING 2 Head-to-Head, 5 on Approval (MSM MISLEADING AGAIN!)

GALLUPS "REAL" Release Shows

Get this WORD OUT NOW to the misleading headline writers in the MSM!

MSNBC just FEATURED 47-47 tie @ (16+ / 0-)
2pm!!!!! The +5 Obama poll has been out since 1pm!! I just emailed Tamron Hall and ask her what the hell was she and MSNBC doing?????

Gallup Daily Poll Regular Monday Release

10:31 AM PT: RCP now is reporting both polls but only including the "tie" in their average.

10:47 AM PT: Note from Chicago Lawyer comment below: to get to this current average implies the Sunday one-day number was 59 O - 39 R. No wonder they tried to get out something ahead of that.

11:53 AM PT: Now RCP has this caveat for their average: "*Gallup released two tracking poll results on October 8. The more recent results (reflecting post-debate interviews) are included in the RCP National Average." So older numbers are now more recent numbers.

Hey, Gallup, how about clarifying all this by putting out an updated press release showing the 3 day average using the most recent Sunday numbers? What? Hello? Hello? ...



MON OCT 08, 2012 AT 10:04 AM PDT
Big Fat Bump for Obama in Gallup & Raz Trackers:
Truth from Job Numbers Trumps Lies from Debate

by Ian Reifowitz
Just for those worry-warts, here's some news from Gallup:

Obama Job Approval: Approve: 48, Disapprove: 46
Head to Head: O: 49, R: 46

Job Approval: Approve: 51, Disapprove: 44
Head to Head: O: 50, R: 45


Romney, Phoney on Israel/Palestine.

Romney, Phoney

Romney on Israel/Palestine.

Foreign Policy Speech …

Finally, I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel. On this vital issue, the President has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new President will bring the chance to begin anew.

Private Fundraiser …

“I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way … the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish … So what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”


GM to add 2,000 jobs in Michigan

Source: Detroit News

October 8, 2012 at 1:00 am
GM to add 2,000 jobs in Michigan

IT center to open in Warren tech campus; other projects in works

General Motors Co. and the state are expected to announce today that GM will create 2,000 new jobs in Michigan, beginning with up to 1,500 at a new information technology innovation center in Warren.

The automaker and the Governor's Office are expected to make formal announcements later today.

It's unclear where GM would add the other 500 jobs, but the state says the innovation center is the first of three projects the company will announce.

GM will invest $300 million combined for the three. The state said GM plans no major investment spending on the information technology center; it will be housed in an existing building undergoing renovation on the Warren Tech Center campus.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121008/AUTO0103/210080340#ixzz28inFnkyT

sorry Mitt

Democrats get smart, use Todd Akin as poster boy for Republican Party

Remember: This is what a hearing on women's health care looks like when Republicans are in charge.

Todd Akin is just the impolite expression of an array of policies that a Republican platform and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan support and are pretty unpopular and try to avoid talking about..........

It’s like letting the crazy relative out of the back room and into the party. It just shown a light for most people are appalled by the ignorance of these politicians when it comes to women’s lives and to their health and to their reproductive systems.


Democrats steadily gain in Senate races nationwide

Source: The Plum Line

Democrats steadily gain in Senate races nationwide
By Jamelle Bouie

While most political observers have been focused on the size of Mitt Romney’s bounce from last week’s debate, something else has been happening at the state level — Democratic Senate candidates have begun to break away from their Republican opponents. In Virginia, after a year-long period of stability, Democrat Tim Kaine has finally begun to break away from Republican George Allen. In the most recent Rasmussen poll, he wins 52 percent to Allen’s 47 percent, which matches his overall favorability with Virginia voters.

Likewise, in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren has built a solid lead over Scott Brown, in a race that was tied for most of the year. On average, according to Real Clear Politics, she leads by 3.5 percentage points. The most recent poll gives her a five-point lead over Brown among registered voters, with a 50 percent favorability rating. Earlier polls showed Warren building her support with Obama voters, and that is ongoing — she’s a short step away from winning 90 percent of Democratic voters in Massachusetts.

The polling in states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida is less recent, but it shows a similar trend — Tammy Baldwin has built a 5-point lead over former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, Sherrod Brown has maintained his advantage over Josh Mandel in Ohio, and Bill Nelson is still leading Connie Mack in Florida. And, thanks to the huge missteps of Todd Akin, the unpopular Claire McCaskill has found a path to reelection. If there’s a wild card, it’s in Arizona, where Democrat Richard Carmona has pulled within striking distance of Republican Jeff Flake. A GOP loss in Arizona would leave Democrats with a stronger position in the Senate than they currently hold.

It almost goes without saying that this is immensely significant for the next presidential administration. If President Obama wins reelection, a larger majority in the Senate — and a smaller Republican majority in the House — will give him a little more space to manuever, even if Senate Democrats still have to deal with procedural hurdles like the filibuster. It’s not guaranteed, but Democrats will probably get a better deal in the upcoming fiscal negotiations if they cut into the GOP’s advantage on the congressional level.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/democrats-steadily-gain-in-senate-races-nationwide/2012/10/08/f2a84ed6-1154-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_blog.html#pagebreak

Romney: The Double Down vs. The Double Back

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