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Female Army Officer's Wife Can Join Spouses Club (Ft. Bragg)

Source: CBS News

Female Army officer's wife can join spouses club

January 26, 2013
by CBSNews.com

FORT BRAGG, N.C. A woman who is married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers' spouses club said late Friday that she has been invited to become a full member.

Ashley Broadway told the Associated Press that she received the invitation from the club's board in an email Friday.

The invitation came on the same day that Broadway also learned she'd been named Fort Bragg's 2013 "Military Spouse of the Year" by Military Spouse magazine. She is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, who gave birth this week to the couple's second child, a baby girl.

"I'm pleased, I'm happy," Broadway said by phone Friday night. "As soon as things calm down with the baby, I want to get involved. I hate that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion. But I think things happen for a reason. I'm a very devout Christian. I've had faith in God this whole time. I think if anything it's brought up a larger issue: We have two classes of service members and how they're... not treated equally."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57566004/female-army-officers-wife-can-join-spouses-club

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin Won't Seek 6th Senate Term

Source: Huffington Post

AP NewsBreak: Harkin won't seek 6th Senate term

THOMAS BEAUMONT | January 26, 2013 10:13 AM EST |

CUMMING, Iowa — Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he will not seek re-election in 2014.
The 73-year-old Harkin tells The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside," because by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.

Harkin said it would also allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.
The announcement comes as a surprise, considering he had $2.7 million in his campaign war chest and was planning a fundraiser next month.

Harkin played a lead role in urging the Senate's more liberal members to back the 2010 health care bill.
No Iowa Republicans have taken formal steps toward seeking the seat. Harkin's decision eases the burden on the GOP, who have to gain six seats to win the majority.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130126/us-harkin-iowa-

President to Announce Appointment of Denis McDonough New Chief of Staff on Friday

Source: Reuters / Huffington Post

@Reuters: President Obama to announce appointment of Denis McDonough new chief of staff on Friday: White House official #BREAKING

Denis McDonough Named As Obama Chief Of Staff

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama has picked top national security aide Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff.

Obama will announce McDonough's appointment from the White House Friday. McDonough will take over the key West Wing role from Jack Lew, Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary.

McDonough has long advised Obama on foreign policy, most recently serving as his deputy national security adviser. During his four years at the White House, McDonough has emerged as one of the president's most trusted advisers.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/01/25/denis-mcdonough-obama-chief-of-staff_n_2550168.html


January Factory Activity Nears Two-Year High - Markit

Source: Reuters

January factory activity nears two-year high-Markit

Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:15am EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Manufacturing got off to a strong start in 2013 as rising domestic demand helped the sector grow this month at its fastest clip in nearly two years.

Financial information firm Markit said its U.S. "flash," or preliminary, manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 56.1 in January, its best showing since March 2011. It stood at 54.0 last month. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

Output grew at its fastest pace since March 2012, with the subindex rising to 57.2 from 54.5 in December.

Firms tied the growth surge to higher demand from U.S. customers, reflected in the index's new orders component, which rose to 57.7, the highest level since May of 2010.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90N0MI20130124

Ex-U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White Eyed For Top SEC Post - Source

Source: Reuters

Ex-U.S. Attorney White eyed for top SEC post-source

WASHINGTON | Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:39pm EST

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Mary Jo White, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is being considered as a candidate to head up the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a source familiar with the matter has confirmed.

If she were selected, White would become the third-ever female chairman of the SEC and replace current Chairman Elisse Walter, a commissioner who took over as chairman in December after Mary Schapiro stepped down.

The source, who declined to be named, did not provide any additional details because the deliberations over the SEC chairman candidacy are not public. Bloomberg first reported last week that White was among those in the running.

White did not immediately respond to an e-mail requesting a comment. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N0AP2FH20130120

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 330,000 in Latest Week from 335,000; Lowest in 5 Years

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: U.S. jobless claims fall to 330,000 in latest week from 335,000 in prior week; lowest in five years #BREAKING

Jobless claims drop to five-year low; labor market healing

Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:33am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to its lowest since the early days of the 2007-09 recession, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 330,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Claims have now fallen for two straight weeks, suggesting that if employers are concerned tax hikes enacted this year will affect consumer demand, this is not leading to more layoffs.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected claims to rise to 355,000 last week.

Economists have cautioned about reading too deeply into this month's figures, as claims tend to be volatile around this time of the year. This is because of large swings in the model used by the department to iron out seasonal fluctuations.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90E0KL20130124

Breaking: Britain Urges Nationals to Leave Libya's Benghazi Citing Threat

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: RT @BreakingNewsUK: UK Foreign Office urges British nationals to leave Libyan city of Benghazi 'in response to a specific threat to westerners' - PA

@Reuters: Britain aware of specific and imminent threat against westerners in Benghazi, urges nationals to leave: foreign office #BREAKING

Britain urges nationals to leave Libya's Benghazi citing threat

LONDON | Thu Jan 24, 7:47 am EST

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Thursday said it was aware of a "specific and imminent" threat to Westerners in the Libyan city of Benghazi and urged British nationals to evacuate.

"We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately," the Foreign Office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas)

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90N0JM20130124

Juan Cole: Top Ten Republican Myths on Benghazi that Justify Hillary Clinton’s Anger


Top Ten Republican Myths on Benghazi that Justify Hillary Clinton’s Anger

Published on January 24th, 2013
Written by: Juan

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton let Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) have it in here testimony about Benghazi on Wednesday: VIDEO AT LINK

It was not the only emotional or pointed moment. I share her frustration at the bad faith and conspiracy theories that underlay a lot of the question. (Some of the below points are new, some are being revised from an earlier posting.)

1. Republican senators keep saying that it should have been “easy” to find out what happened on September 11, 2012, by simply debriefing US personnel who had been there. John McCain, Ron Johnson and the others who make this charge are the most cynical and manipulative people in the world. The Benghazi US mission was very clearly an operation of the Central Intelligence Agency, and that is the reason that the Obama administration officials have never been able to speak frankly and publicly about it. McCain and the others know this very well, and they know that their public carping cannot be “simply” answered because the answers would endanger sources and methods. The consulate was amazingly well-guarded by some 40 CIA operatives, many of them ex-special forces, in a nearby safe house. These were viewed by consular officials as “the cavalry.” It is still not clear what Ambassador Chris Stevens and the CIA were doing in Benghazi, and unless we know that we can’t know why they were attacked. (They were not overseeing the shipping of weapons to Syria; the Syrian revolutionaries complain bitterly that the US *prevents* them from getting medium and heavy weapons).

2. Republicans keep posturing that their questions about Benghazi are intended to bolster US security. In fact, they are harming it. Republican hearings in the House of Representative have disgracefully revealed the names of Libyans talking to the US consulate, thus endangering their lives and harming US efforts to understand the situation in the country, since who would risk talking to the embassy if they know about Darrell Issa’s big mouth?

3. The GOP figures keep saying that it was obvious that there was no demonstration at the Benghazi consulate against the so-called “film,” the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that attacked the Prophet Muhammad. But in fact Libyan security officials repeatedly told wire services on September 12 that there was such a demonstration, and that the attack issued from those quarters. An American resident in Benghazi at that time confirms that there were such demonstrations that day. The secular-minded revolutionary militia that guarded the US consulate for the Libyan government kept the demonstrations far enough away from the consulate gates that they would not have shown up in security videos.

4. Benghazi, a city of over a million, is not dominated by “al-Qaeda,” contrary to what Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has repeatedly said or implied. The city had successful municipal elections in May, just before I got there. The number one vote-getter was a woman professor of statistics at the university. While political Islam is a force in Benghazi, only some relatively small groups are militant, and it has to compete with nationalist, tribal and regional ideological currents. In Libya’s parliamentary elections of July, 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood did very poorly and nationalists came to power. Women won 20% of the seats! The elected Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad Magarief, called for a secular constitution for Libya and a separation of religion and state.


North Korea Plans Nuclear Test, More Rockets: Defense Commission

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: Report: North Korea is proceeding with high level nuclear test plans - KCNA news agency via @Reuters

North Korea plans nuclear test, more rockets: Defense Commission

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea plans to undertake a third nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches which will be targeted at its "enemy", the United States, its Defense Commission was quoted as saying by state news agency KCNA on Wednesday.

"We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States," the country's top military body said.

(Reporting by David Chance; editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90N03I20130124

The 14 Fossil-Fuel Projects Poised to F*ck up the Climate


The 14 fossil-fuel projects poised to f*ck up the climate

by David Roberts | 22 Jan 2013 12:24 PM | 10 comments

In a justly famous Rolling Stone piece, Bill McKibben popularized the notion of “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” We have a “carbon budget,” between now and 2050, of roughly 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide. If we emit more than that we are likely to exceed the 2 degree C target agreed to in the Copenhagen Accord. (As Thomas Lovejoy notes in clear-eyed and essential piece in The New York Times yesterday, “2 degrees seems nightmarish as it is.”)

According to the Carbon Tracker Initiative, the amount of CO2 represented by the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves is 2,795 gigatons. Here’s the problem, in math terms:

2,795 > 565

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That is indeed terrifying math, but it may become slightly less so as it becomes more specific and concrete. (It is always helpful to break a large task into component parts.) Toward that end, today saw some fascinating new work from the research consultancy Ecofys. Commissioned by Greenpeace, it attempts to rank the most dangerous fossil-fuel projects currently being planned.

The metric is simple: how many additional tons of CO2 the project will emit by 2020. (See the report for more on methodology.) Here’s how they rank:

China’s Western provinces / Coal mining expansion / 1,400
Australia / Coal export expansion / 760
Arctic / Drilling for oil and gas / 520
Indonesia / Coal export expansion / 460
United States / Coal export expansion / 420
Canada / Tar sands oil / 420
Iraq / Oil drilling / 420
Gulf of Mexico / Deepwater oil drilling / 350
Brazil / Deepwater oil drilling (pre-salt) / 330
Kazakhstan / Oil drilling / 290
United States / Shale gas / 280
Africa / Gas drilling / 260
Caspian Sea / Gas drilling / 240
Venezuela / Tar sands oil / 190
There’s a lot to mull over in this list. Here are a few things that jump out:

• Collectively, these projects would raise global CO2 emissions by 20 percent over and above what current projects are emitting. Another way of putting this is, they would eat up somewhere between 20 and 33 percent of our total carbon budget out to 2050. Just these new projects. By 2020. Yikes.

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• Coal is the problem. Four of the top six polluters are projects bringing new coal out of the ground.


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