Sep 27, 2011

Glenn Beck: The Next Oprah?



  Today: Israel Approves New Settlements , Christie Vetoes 'Jersey Shore' Tax Break , Saudi Woman Gets 10 Lashes for Driving
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Afternoon

September 27, 2011
MAKEOVERS

Former Fox News firebrand Glenn Beck is busy building a Winfrey-esque empire. He tells The Daily Beast's McKay Coppins exclusively how his new GBTV online network will rival Fox—and why all politicians are liars.

GOING FOR IT

Israel's Interior Ministry gave final approval Tuesday for 1,100 new homes to be built in Gilo, a sprawling settlement in southeast Jerusalem that Palestinians claim as their future capital. Construction can begin after a 60-day period reserved for public comment. The move is certain to heighten tensions in the city, where relations are already strained amid Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's proposal of a Palestinian state at the U.N. last week. Israel seized East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took the control of Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Israel to freeze settlement construction before the two sides can continue peace talks.

NO FIST PUMPING

GTL: gym, taxes, and laundry. Could New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said to be mulling a Republican presidential run, be alienating a key constituency even before he starts? Christie on Monday vetoed the so-called Snooki subsidy, a $420,000 tax credit for the reality show. He cited the state's budget crunch as the main reason, but it's no secret that Christie is not a fan of fist-pumping. "As chief executive, I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens," Christie said in the letter. Meanwhile, the governor is in Southern California Tuesday for an address at the Reagan Library—a speech that will be closely watched for signs of a 2012 run.

BRUTAL

Just days after Saudi Arabia's king announced landmark voting reforms for women, female activist Shaima Ghassaniya was sentenced to 10 lashes for defying the nation's ban on driving, according to fellow activists. The ruling is the first of its kind—women have been jailed before for operating a vehicle, but not sentenced. There is no actual law on the books in Saudi Arabia that prohibits women from driving, but religious edicts have forbidden it. Women, King Abdullah announced on Sunday, will be able to vote in 2015.

EXPENSIVE

Health-insurance prices are rising at a steeper rate than ever before. A new Kaiser Family Foundation study found that the cost of an average family premium has increased 9 percent in the past year. Rising fees are discouraging businesses from hiring more employees that they'll have to insure, and discouraging many Americans from purchasing their own insurance. President Obama's health-care law may be driving some unforeseen costs as insurers are hiking prices before new rules regulating such hikes take effect in 2012, and provisions such as coverage for adult children under 26 and for mammograms are forcing employers to incur some serious expenses.


DISASTER
Shanghai Subway Crash Injures 200
State media blame signal failure.
JUMPING SHIP
Bachmann Aides in Talks With Santorum
As long-shot former senator guns for Iowa win.
HARVEY DENT
Two-Faced Cat Survives
Janus kitties usually live only a few days.
ANGEL FACE
Knox Lawyer: She's Like Jessica Rabbit
Combats prosecution's "femme fatale" image.
Yes We Can
Australia Lets Women Serve in Combat
Will be just fourth country to do so.
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