Nov 18, 2011

Perry Steered State Jobs to Business Buddies

Today: Rick Perry Offered State Jobs to Personal Business Contacts, Clinton to Visit Myanmar, Syria Agrees to Admit Arab Observers
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Morning

November 18, 2011

Rick Perry is running an ad in Iowa this week that claims he will stop Washington politicians who use their jobs for personal gain. But as Texas governor, Perry has mixed state and personal contracts on occasion, writes Daniel Stone.


Ignore the cupcakes and the optimistic talk—Congress's debt panel won't be making a meaningful deal. The consequences of the supercommittee's failure? Apparently nothing as the draconian cuts won't take effect until 2013. Michelle Cottle on the supercommitte's sham.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Myanmar next month, the first U.S. diplomat to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years, President Obama announced Friday during a visit to Indonesia. "For decades Americans have been deeply concerned about the denial of basic human rights for the Burmese people," said Obama. But "after years of darkness, we've seen flickers of progress in these last several weeks." Obama called Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate who was released from house arrest last year, and sought her support for the visit. Her party won elections in 1990 but the result was suppressed by the military, which has ruled the country for decades. This year, Myanmar began a new civilian system headed by former general Thein Sein.


Does this mean Syria will stay in the Arab League? A Syrian official says the country has agreed "in principle" to admit Arab League observers into the country to monitor its handling of demonstrators. But those demonstrations may be turning increasingly violent. The New York Times reports that armed defections may be on the rise and could now number in the thousands. They've certainly increased in boldness, attacking government offices and military bases over the last several days. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of protesters took to Tahrir Square in Egypt to protest the military government. In Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, the country's emir, tightened security after protesters broke into Parliament and called for the prime minister's resignation.


After its "day of action"—during which 250 people were arrested—the Occupy Wall Street movement seems to be dwindling in numbers. Just two months after the protests against corporate greed started, the 99 percent has been kicked out of its stomping (and sleeping) grounds in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. In honor of the movement's anniversary, protesters marched on the New York Stock Exchange in an—unsuccessful—attempt to shut it down, filled subway stations and other major transportation hubs and hit the Brooklyn Bridge—-the scene of more than 700 arrests during OWS's last march back in October. Now that the movement has lost its homebase it's unclear where and whether it will continue—though some supporters have suggested taking OWS on the road to Washington.

L.A. to Reopen Natalie Wood Case
Sheriff's officials claim 'new information' in 1981 death.
Gingrich Group Received Millions
By health-care industry.
Americans Offered Gaddafi Aid
For millions of dollars.
Second Test for Fast-Moving Particles
To see if they can move faster than the speed of light.
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