Nov 23, 2011


Today: Egypt's Military Moves Up Elections, Sandusky Faces Two New Investigations, Pentagon Not Ready for Budget Cuts
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November 23, 2011

Last night's Republican debate was supposed to be about national security, but the biggest moment was when Newt Gingrich stuck his neck out by speaking against deportation. "I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century," he said. "And I'm prepared to take the heat for saying let's be humane." The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz on Gingrich's risky stance—and how it could help Mitt Romney. Plus, watch video of the best moments and read reactions from Paul Begala, Michael Medved, and more.


Egypt's military said Tuesday it would move presidential elections up to June 2012, but it wasn't enough to quell the country's angry protesters. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out to protest the military's rule Tuesday, and demonstrations continued into Wednesday, with at least one man killed in Alexandria overnight. Overall, at least 37 people have died since the violence erupted Saturday.


Pennsylvania Children and Youth Services has opened two new cases looking into alleged sex abuse by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, according to The Harrisburg Patriot-News. Meanwhile, The New York Times profiles "Victim No. 1" from the Sandusky indictment. The boy was a long-distance runner who lived with his mother in public housing in Lock Haven, Pa. Sandusky lavished gifts upon him, according to a neighbor: the boy began wearing designer clothes and one day showed up with a new set of golf clubs even though, by his own admission, he didn't play golf.


The Defense Department is apparently counting on Republicans to roll back new spending cuts: the Pentagon has made no plans for the $500 billion in budget cuts that, as a result of the congressional supercommittee's failure to strike a debt deal, are set to begin in January 2013. Military analysts, according to The New York Times, say the cuts will be manageable and could touch most weapons programs. Layoffs of civilian employees at the Defense Department are also a possibility, as is reduced military training time. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has opposed the cuts, which come on top of $450 billion in cuts he agreed to last summer. He has warned they will leave the country with "the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history."


Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has suspended the death penalty, saying he will allow no executions as long as he is in office. His decision came after the state scheduled for Dec. 6 the execution of Gary Haugen, a prisoner who actually waived his appeals in a sign of protest against the justice system. "I simply cannot participate once again in something that I believe to be morally wrong," said Kitzhaber, who allowed two executions in his previous term as governor, one in 1996 and one in 1997. "The reality is that, in Oregon, our death sentence is essentially an extremely expensive life prison term, far more expensive than the terms of others who are sentenced to life in prison without parole, rather than to death row." Relatives of Haugen's victim reacted harshly go Kitzhaber's decision, with one family member telling the Associated Press the governor is a "coward."

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Similar to ones that trigged "climate-gate" fiasco.
Anne Rice on Her 'Twilight' Beef
Vampire author stokes fans' furor.
Fallon Apologizes to Bachmann
For insulting intro song.
Texas Suspends Abusive Judge
Who was filmed beating up his daughter.
J. R. Martinez Wins 'Dancing With the Stars'
Beats Rob Kardashian.
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