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Transcript by Newsy BY MALLORY PERRYMAN You're watching multisource economy video news analysis from Newsy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew a line in the sand and told her colleagues--pick a side. That’s how the House passed an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for every body who makes less than a quarter mil. But let’s call this what it was: a symbolic vote, or well, flipping the bird to the GOP. Speaking of birds... JOHN BOEHNER (R-Ohio): “I’m trying to catch my breath so I don’t refer to this maneuver going on today as ‘chicken crap’ all right?” (MSNBC) Infuriating Republicans, and adding fuel to an already blazing debate. GERALDO RIVERA: “If Republicans don’t allow tax cuts to lapse on these truly wealthy people while at the same time allowing unemployment benefits to lapse for the poorest people, I think that is so inconceivably unjustifiable.” (Fox News) Now—it’s the Senate’s turn to juggle this political hot potato. ABC reports Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to bring four votes to the floor—two Democratic proposals and two Republican ones. But at the bargaining table—one unnamed Republican Senator objected—so instead, Reid will only bring the two blue bills to the Senate floor. But MSNBC reports -- the reality is—Democrats don’t have the votes to extend the middle class tax cuts without giving Republicans the 250-and-above cuts as well. Joe Scarborough says a compromise has gotta come from somewhere—and congressional Democrats aren’t a part of the negotiations. JOE SCARBOROUGH: “Because the bipartisan deal is between Barack Obama and Republicans in the House and the Senate. For the Democrats this is like a political rapture. Democrats just got left behind on Capitol Hill.” And Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera suggests, in order for the president to compromise, first he’s got to figure out what he wants. GERALDO RIVERA: “Let’s hear the President’s compromise. Let him and Boehner act like grownups for God sakes. Stop staking out a position on the left or right or in Obama’s case, not staking out a position at all. Spell it out and let us now compromise.” And back on MSNBC, Meet the Press host David Gregory says President Obama needs to use the tax cut debate as a political lever. DAVID GREGORY: “Then he has the opportunity perhaps to emerge as a more fiscal conservative when he says to the Republicans ‘Ok. You’re serious about taxes and spending…where are we going to cut?’…If Republicans aren’t willing to make the tough choices then perhaps he’s got a lever there.” The president’s willingness to compromise may prove to be a powerful bargaining chip. CNN’s Dana Bash reports—Democrats have a lame-duck wish list—temporarily extending all tax cuts could help them check-off some of their priorities. But right now, Democrats are losing faith in their leader. DANA BASH: “Things like unemployment benefits, work-pay tax credits, college tuition tax credits, things like that. But again, Democrats here I talked to say they are very, very worried that the President is not going to push hard enough for that. There really is growing mistrust of the president among Congressional Democrats on this issue.” A new poll from CBS News suggests 26 per cent of those surveyed want the tax cuts to continue for all. 53 per cent want cuts continued for only those families who make less than $250,000. And 14 percent want all tax cuts—totally cut. Gallup, AP, and CNN polls had similar results. Get more multisource economy video news analysis from Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy BY UNA LU You're watching multisource economy video news analysis from Newsy. Kiss the candy tax goodbye in Washington State. This summer the state’s lawmakers tacked a tax on sweets--and it was about as popular as dirt-flavored gumdrops.Federal Way Mirror reports how voters repealed the tax in November. “I-1107 passed with more than 60 percent of state voters saying yes to repeal the tax…It is one of the shortest lived in recent memory.” 30 days later, that repeal went into effect. Local CBS affiliate KEPR explains, while the tax was supposed to promote healthy habits, the reality of it wasn’t so sweet. “Treats that you might normally think they are candy like Oreo and Kit-Kat bar are not candy according to the state because they are made with flour; but a lot of goodies I just don’t understand why they made in candy list, like a protein bar, it seems like a healthier option right, no, the state says this is a candy. “ Good intentions-- but a blogger for the Daily Caller writes, this tax was battling a bad reputation. “The fact remains that there is simply no correlation between higher taxes on soda and obesity mitigation. An obvious example is West Virginia, one of two states with a soda tax. Despite having had a soda tax in place for the last 50 years, West Virginia has the nation’s fourth highest obesity rate.” Without the candy tax, Washington State will miss out on about $352 over the next five yeras...A commenter on Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO’s website asks, where else are we going to get that kind of dough? “I voted to keep the tax…We have no income tax (like 43 other states do). We are NOT making it up in sales tax. I would much rather it came from things people don't NEED.” But some Washington candy-lovers are confident the government can find the money elsewhere. “I think they can look elsewhere and find something that is more fair: you know salty snacks were not taxed but candy was taxed but some of candy is consider food bad on with flour and fat sugar was candies." (KING) The candy tax expired on Dec 2nd-- just in time for Christmas. Get more multisource economy video news analysis from Newsy.
4 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy BY CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy Cat got your tongue? No? Maybe your wife does... in her mouth. Yeah, it really happened. WFRV introduces Sheboygan’s most famous ...uh...tongue twister. “Police got a call that she bit her husband’s tongue off last night. When police arrived on the scene, police say they found the 57-year-old woman singing Christmas carols. When they approached, police say she blew a party horn in one officer’s ear and threw a cup of coffee at them.” Gawker has even more juicy details to chew on… “Lueders was apparently on the toilet when Willard went to kiss her. (Weird!) When he went in for the kill, she apparently entered a ‘manic state,’ biting his tongue off and grabbing his junk.” So what’s the 79-year-old victim’s response? WLUK says…turn the other cheek. A tip, if we may: don’t let Karen too close to it. “Willard Lueders doesn’t believe his wife is responsible for biting his tongue. He says her mental state caused her to do it. He says over the past several days, she was in a manic, talking very fast and talking about spiritual things.” But the spiritual talk makes sense. The Smoking Gun found out, she’s a leader at Faith Alliance Church. “… Karen Lueders is a ‘full-time Activity Director for the elderly’ who shares ‘a music ministry named ‘His Harmony’’ with her husband. …[and] ‘teaches good thoughts in Christ are mandatory for a life of love and service.’” Once in court, WKOW says the tongue biter’s behavior just got more bizarre. LUEDERS: “I really need to thank you. Thank you. (Bailiff: Okay, keep going). I love you. It’s too bad you don’t listen. I loooove you! (Bailiff: Come on Karen, let’s keep going) Karen Lueders!” At the end of the day... Willard got his tongue re-attached. And Karen got a mental evaluation. She faces felony domestic abuse charges. Get more video news analysis from Newsy
10 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy. BY CHARLES MCKEAGUE You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy. Is it the beginning of an all-out cyber war? Online hackers are extracting revenge against financial websites supporting a crackdown on Wikileaks. “It appears to be coming from Operation Payback, which earlier this week put on its website kind of a call to arms. They said that the first serious info war is now engaged...” Among the targets so far -- MasterCard and Paypal. PayPal says it was pressured by the U.S. State Department to cut ties with WikiLeaks. But a writer for the Christian Science Monitor says blame PayPal – not the State Department. In an op ed Matthew Humphries says organizations need to think twice before cutting off WikiLeaks. “The State Department contacted PayPal and told them Wikileaks is performing illegal activities. ... PayPal cut off the site. … PayPal should remain independent and react only to facts, not requests. The same is true of any service working with Wikileaks or any other organization that has question marks hanging over its practices.” MasterCard followed PayPal’s lead and said it would no longer process donations to WikiLeaks. Tuesday morning, Mastercard’s website was hacked, and shut down by a group of so-called “hacktivists”. TIME explains the attack. “The way it works is that by launching a DDoS, a site is flooded with so many page requests that it becomes overwhelmed and drops offline.” Many in the media say this is the beginning of a cyber war between WikiLeaks supporters – and governments around the world. Operation: Payback was quoted as saying “we will fire at anything or anyone that tries to censor WikiLeaks.” Fox News explains how the group is backing up that statement. “There are other cyber attacks underway. The Swedish prosecutor in the Julian Assange case, his website has been attacked. The lawyer representing those two women who first made their complaints to the Swedish prosecutor, his website was attacked. So there is definitely a WikiLeaks response, or attack underway by these people throughout, not necessarily the U.S. but the whole world because it looks like Operation Payback is based in the U.K.” And Twitter could be next -- according to Operation Payback – and the group published this video -- which describes its stance on information in an ever-changing cyber world. “In these modern times, access to the Internet is fast becoming a basic human right. Just like any other basic human right we believe it is wrong to infringe upon it. … To move to censor content, based on your own prejudices is at best laughably impossible. The unjust restrictions you impose on us will meet with disaster and only strengthen our resolve to disobey and rebel against your tyranny.” (YouTube / AnonOfTheAbove) So are you worried about a cyber war involving WikiLeaks? Or do you support it? Stay tuned to Newsy’s Mobile apps as we'll bring you more WikiLeaks coverage and analysis. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
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Transcript by Newsy BY HANNAH MYRICK You're watching multisource world new from Newsy This year, Haitians have endured an earthquake, a cholera epidemic and now what many are calling a fraudulent election. Demonstrations erupted Tuesday night in Port-au-Prince as the presidential election results were announced. The popular candidate Michel Martelly came in third place, and will therefore not take part in the second round run-off. Haitians say Martelly was pushed from the running by the current president Rene Preval, who favors another candidate - Jude Celestin. According to NPR, the violence has spread past the capital city. “The streets of Port-au-Prince are in flames. There are bottles in the streets. There are dumpsters that have been dragged out into the streets, and radio reports are saying this is happening all across the country.” The international community, including the United States, has also expressed its concern that the election was, at the very least, questionable. CNN reports the charges of fraud actually preceded the unveiling of the results. “…before Martelly charged fraud Tuesday evening, the entire electoral process had come into question. ... Martelly said aloud what many others in Haiti were thinking: Preval would go to any lengths to ensure a win for Celestin and preserve the power of his party.” The Telegraph quotes Preval, who warns protesters to cut down on the violence. “Demonstrate, that is your right. But don't attack public buildings, businesses or private property…You are giving Haiti a bad image. Conflicts are not resolved by setting things on fire and breaking things. Pull yourselves together Haitians.” However, some protesters claim that they are not the ones originating the violence. “We started this protest peacefully and then all the way downtown there were no problems. But then the police started using violence to disperse the crowd.” A runoff is scheduled to take place in January, but Haitians say they still want Marcelly. “They will now contest a run off in January, but there are now calls for Marcelly to be included. He has until the 10th of December to launch an appeal.” Get multisource video news analysis from Newsy
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Transcript by Newsy BY UNA LU You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Forget the Nobel. China has created its own peace award - “the Confucius Peace Prize.” It has already proposed potential recipients -- Bill Gates, the Panchen Lama, and Jimmy Carter are all possible first winners. It will award the prize on Thursday — exactly one day before the Nobel Committee honors imprisoned Chinese human-rights activist Liu Xiaobo. The chairman of the Confucius Peace Prize Committee tells Taiwanese Cti TV, this prize was born to protest the Nobel Committee’s injustice. Note how he trips up on the wording of the award. The chairman of the Confucius Peace Prize Committee, Tan: “To ease the tension between the mainland and Taiwan and improve world peace, that’s why Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of the KMT Party is awarding the Confucius Nobel... I mean, the Confucius Peace Prize.” Reporter: “The committee was established in December. It’s too new to have an office. It only emphasis its close relationship with Chinese Culture Department officers.” So why are Chinese officials so angry about the Nobel committee awarding the peace prize to Liu Xiaobo? Here are four main reasons released by China’s state-run Xinhua: “By ‘enshrining' Liu Xiaobo, it intended to shame China … to subvert the current Chinese political system … to interfere in the domestic affairs of those countries that do not follow the Western model … to change China's path of development.” The furious Chinese Government not only launched its own peace prize, it is also openly boycotting the Nobel Peace Prize. This year 68 countries were invited to the ceremony, but under pressure from China, 19 countries will not attend. India’s NDTV uses the term -- “China bully” -- to describe that government’s approach. Reporter: “The 19 countries who are not going to go are Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Cuba...” Political analyst: “For a group of 19 or 20, you can’t be antagonizing countries across the globe. (FLASH) India as a democracy, perhaps, has a greater responsibility to honor dissidents rather than isolate dissidents.” But Nobel Institute director Geir Luderstad tells Hong Kong-based Apple Daily, the Chinese government is initiating a series of counterattacks, which are unprecedented in the Nobel’s 109 year history. Geir Luderstad: “Explicitly contacting other embassies to make the ambassadors or make the countries stay away, this is unprecedented, and encouraging a demonstration against the laureate is also unprecedented.” Reporter: “Luderstad says some Chinese residents in Oslo called him to express support for awarding Liu Xiaobo - but they have to protest because they have no choice.” Critics say this has been a busy month for China’s PR machine. The Chinese government is also monitoring all internal media exposure about the Nobel Prize. Here is Next TV’s observation: Reporter: “China Daily, People Daily, Wen Wei, all mainstream media outlets didn’t report the news. The most popular website in China – BeiDu is blocked. The only related article was Chinese Foreign Ministry’s remonstration.” CNN reporter: “So when the announcement was made from Oslo that Liu Xiaobo had won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, CNN broadcast that live into Mainland China but we went to black. We were being censored by government officials.” Friday will mark only the second time in history of the prize that neither the laureate nor a representative could be present to accept the award. The only other time was when German journalist and pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who was locked up in a Nazi concentration camp, could not travel to Oslo for his prize ceremony in 1936. Get multisource video news analysis from Newsy
10 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy BY ALYSSA CAVERLEY You're watching multisource entertainment news from Newsy In a much talked about interview with Barbara Walters - nothing is off-limits for Oprah. The latest released clips have tongues wagging and the media talking. Once and for all Oprah says she is not a lesbian. Here’s what she says about those particular rumors and why they are so frustrating. “I’m not lesbian. I’m not even kind of lesbian. And the reason why it irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I’m lying. That’s number one. Number two – why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life.” (ABC) Walters appeared on Good Morning America to talk about that interview – she says Oprah didn’t hold back. “A wonderful interview with Oprah. Probably the most personal I’ve seen her so or done with her. She talks to a lot of people, but she doesn’t usually talk about herself.” E! Online says sometimes you just have to laugh about it - pointing out Oprah and Gayle themselves aren’t against talking about the rumors. “Remember how Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King were riffing about being lesbians during their camp out. It was just a joke, people.” But TMZ - perhaps a little callously - jokes about the lesbian rumors – telling other entertainment shows to stop spreading lies. “No lesbian vibes between Gayle and Oprah. So other TV shows, stop making it look like there are. Like this ‘that is hot’…’I love thighs rubbing together’… ‘Whoa it’s in my crotch right now’… ‘where is the city bath’. Shame on you Entertainment Tonight.” And Perez Hilton praises the Queen of Daytime for her candid answer and the way she handles the rumors. “Well-said… And we agree! You’re very lucky to have such a close friend on whom you can rely! Not enough people do!” The entire interview with Walters will air Thursday night right before Walters’ Most Fascinating People special. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
10 Dec 2010
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Transcript by (www.newsy****) BY MALLORY PERRYMAN You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy. A surprise vote - an expected result - and a bizarre turn of events in the effort to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Repeal failed 57-40 in the Senate. After Majority Leader Harry Reid called for a vote, he seemed to know wouldn’t go his way. Almost all Democrats and a handful of Republican senators say they’re ready to ditch Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell - yet - in spite of the talk - the policy is still in place. The National Interest points out the seemingly obvious outcome of this news: “The failed procedural vote means DADT is unlikely to be changed any time soon—the lame-duck session of Congress is running out of time...” Reid may have had an ace up his sleeve. Until now, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal has been attached to the broad Defense Spending bill. Fox News reports - the failed vote opens up a new path for repeal. JAMES ROSEN: “After the vote, Senator Joseph Lieberman told reporters he plans to introduce later tonight a stand alone repeal measure and he recounted how it went when he told Harry Reid this on the Senate floor.” SEN. JOE LIBERMAN (I-CT): “He said put me down as a co-sponsor. I said, Harry, we’re going to ask you to bring this to a vote before the end of the lame duck session. And, he said, I will bring it to the active calendar under Rule 14.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains what that means -- and what COULD happen now. RACHEL MADDOW: “This is a whole new idea. It’s previously been attached to the Defense Bill. Now, they’re going to separate it out and do it as a stand alone thing. They’re going to do that in the Senate and they think they have time to do it if they use Rule 14, it doesn’t have to go through the committee process, it just goes straight to the floor….So it could pass the Senate if all those things fall into place but it also has to pass the House.” If the bill does make it to the House - it looks like Pelosi and company are ready - confetti in hand. Pelosi saying: “An army of allies stands ready in the House to pass a standalone repeal of the discriminatory policy once the Senate acts.” The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer says, great - repeal is still possible - but with bipartisan support, the fact that the measure failed at all is quote “the most pathetic, embarrassing political moment I’ve ever covered.” “…the fact that so many senators were willing to sacrifice something as fundamental as equal treatment for gay and lesbian service members on the altar of ‘procedure’ should not be forgotten. And as long as the filibuster exists, this kind of thing will keep happening.” If the Senate fails to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell - there’s still another way. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports, a federal court has ruled the measure unconstitutional- and it’s likely that ruling will be upheld. But Starr says, military leaders want repeal to come from lawmakers. BARBARA STARR: “And what that will mean is when that final court ruling happens, the ban could be immediately ordered to be lifted. The military could have to comply immediately. That's why they wanted legislation. They wanted time to prepare for it. Now if the senate does not act, they're facing that possibility of immediate compliance once the federal courts make a final ruling.” The latest Gallop poll shows 67% of Americans WANT to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy.
11 Dec 2010
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BY JIM FLINK You're watching multisource sports news analysis from Newsy. “It’s a great move. The Red Sox are...They always reload. But they’re significantly reloading with the two acquisitions they made so far this winter.” (ESPN) That’s New York Yankee’s GM Brian Cashman -- a little jealous -- or a lot. Talking about the bitter rival Red Sox. Beantown is abuzz over Boston’s two newest baseball additions -- free agent First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Carl Crawford. Both bit the BoSox bait -- hook, line and sinker. Here’s the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan. “It is indeed a good morning. Carl Crawford has been signed. Seven years, 142. Gotta get beyond the money. If you can live with J.D. Drew for the last several years at 14, you can live with Carl Crawford at 20. ... First you add Adrian Gonzalez. Now you add Carl Crawford. You’re adding two All-Stars. You’re adding two guys who should do very, very well at Fenway.” That may be says ESPN’s Rob Neyer, but c’mon. Seven years? By then, Crawford’s speed will be more -- crawdad-like. “Crawford's coming off his best season, and probably won't ever enjoy another quite as good. Seven years is a long time; $142 million is a lot of money. It's not hard to imagine his OBP (on base percentage) slipping, though, in the last two or three seasons of this seven-season contract. And if Crawford's OBP slips below .340, he probably won't be worth what the Sox are paying him.” So, did the Red Sox overpay over the long-term? MLB****’s Peter Gammons says, it’s all part of the plan Anchor: “We say seven years, what are they doing? But maybe not the worst idea in the world for a guy in his 20s.” Gammons: “Well, they have very strong beliefs, the Red Sox do, that the last peak year is 36. And they have Crawford tied up through the age of 35, and Gonzalez tied up through the age of 34.” Big spenders? No way, says Bloomberg. Big -- shrewd -- savers. Dumping the old. Dropping coin on the present and future. “Boston has replaced the offense lost by the departures of Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre with the bats of the 29-year-old Crawford and the 28-year-old Gonzalez...a move that lowers Boston's 2011 payroll for luxury tax purposes.” So what do you think? Beantown reloading? Or are Boston’s beans -- badly baked? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
11 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy BY KYRSTEN SKULBORSTAD Watch multisource sports news from Newsy It was a three-peat for Auburn quarterback Cam Newton Thursday as he won three of the most prestigious awards in college football -- placing him as USA Today’s official front-runner in the race for the Heisman trophy. According to Sports Illustrated, Newton has accounted for 49 touchdowns, and is both the nation's pass-efficiency leader and the SEC's rushing leader. Despite his standout stats, the continuing shroud of pay-for-play accusations against Newton and his father, have made some skeptical. On ESPN, The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi explains why Newton should be off voter’s ballot. BIANCHI: “The first sentence in the Heisman trophy mission statement says ‘annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance pursues excellence with integrity.’ And in my opinion, Cam Newton is the best player in college football, but he’s not the most outstanding player who’s pursued excellence with integrity. The Heisman trophy is the most coveted award in all of sports, and after the Reggie Bush fiasco last year, I think Heisman trophy voters oughtta be darn careful who they vote for.” So, how exactly do the Heisman voters pick their winners? On Fox Sports, Charles Davis gives viewers a peak into his playbook. DAVIS: “I go by, is this person eligible by NCAA rules? Is he eligible by his school rules? Is he eligible by his conference rules? If so, then he has a chance to be on my ballot. If anything comes out after that, so be it, we’ll deal with it then. But I can’t un-ring a bell by voting against a guy, by evidence we don’t know is true or not, and later on we find out it wasn’t true, and now we can go back and recall the vote. So, I’m voting on the basis of Cam Newton is eligible, and let’s see how the chips fall.” And according to commentators on CNN, those chips will fall right in Newton’s lap. T.J. HOLMES: “There is no mystery at all about what’s going to happen Saturday night in New York. The Heisman trophy is going to be handed out, and it’s going to go to Cam Newton. …” RAFER WEIGEL: “He won three awards, The Walter Camp, Maxwell and O'Brien award for the top quarterback. So, all of these allegations are not affecting the way voters vote for him. Six writers said they would not vote for him for the Heisman. Well you got 950 votes. It’s not going to make a difference.” But Third Age points out one candidate it deems more Heisman-worhty than Newton -- Stanford’s standout quarterback -- Andrew Luck. He’s predicted to be the number one pick in the NFL draft. California coach Jeff Tedford whose team was trounced by Luck and company said... “[Luck is] a class act and he's the best quarterback in the country. I look at him as a complete guy." So, what do you think? Will Newton win the Heisman -- should he? Get more multi-source news analysis on Newsy****.
14 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY JAYNE HENSON You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy A series of released Wikileaks documents threatens to destabilize the fragile government of Lebanon. Wikileaks cables between members of the Lebanese government and foreign countries suggest that several recent political and military attacks are the direct result of secret intelligence gathering, back room deals, and shady political maneuvers. The Independent reports Wikileaks fuels further instability in the region. “Julian Assange may claim that WikiLeaks' disclosure of US documents is for the good of the world, but in Lebanon they have had an incendiary effect…Beirut newspapers have devoted pages to the unexpurgated US cables…An outbreak of violence would be blamed on the Americans, not on WikiLeaks.” Naharnet reports the response from U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman- who defended the use of the cables and their secrecy. “Feltman described the leaks as an "attack on the international community," saying they obstruct diplomatic work aimed at solving crises in different parts of the world…The diplomat stressed that cables sent by U.S. embassies include primary and most of the time incomplete information…” Lebanon is already on the verge of erupting into violence. It’s waiting on indictments from the UN tribunal for the 2004 assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. Al Jazeera explains why the upcoming tribunal could be used as a political weapon to dismantle the mounting Islamic resistance movement. “…leading inevitably to another resolution or some moves by the international community to force Hezbollah to disarm. I think Hezbollah feels it might be discredit by indictments of any of its people in the Hariri assassination some effort to curb Hezbollah in Lebanon.” But Wikileaks documents obtained thus far suggest Hezbollah isn’t the one in the weakened position. Lebanon’s Daily Star reveals several cables discussing concerns over Hezbollah’s military power and the possibility of regional conflict. “The arsenal acquisition by Hizbullah has raised fears that any future conflict with Israel could erupt into a full-scale regional war...Other cables showed Hizbullah has military facilities in Syria that may come under Israeli attack if another war erupts between Israel and the party...” Although many nations demand such transparency, is Lebanon ready for it? Get multisource video news with analysis from Newsy****
14 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY UNA LU You're watching multisource science news from Newsy Let’s call it a non-traditional family. Scientists have created mice with two fathers, by a very complex stem cell technology. It opens up the possibility for same-sex couples to have their own genetic children. The Daily Mail explains how it works. 1) First, the researchers used Father A’s skin to create stem cells 2) then they grew the stem cells over and over in a dish until some naturally lost their male Y chromosome 3) These cells, are injected into young embryos which were carried through pregnancy by surrogate mothers. 4) The female mice with these ‘male eggs’ were then mated with another male – Father B. The offspring therefore carried genes contributed entirely from two males. Dizzy? So are we. Even Richard Berhringer, the lead author of the study at M.D. Anderson in Houston admits to Pink News that the process was complicated; but says, if it was refined, it could save endangered species and benefit same-sex couples. “Someday two men could produce their own genetic sons and daughters… It may also be possible to generate sperm from a female donor and produce viable male and female progeny with two mothers.” Trying this in humans? That’s a much bigger challenge. Despite the technical problems... here comes the controversy. A CBC viewer writes: “For this to work in same sex human couples you'd have to wait until you were old enough to be a grandfather to have children with your partner's female child clone. “ The Examiner warns of possible legal and ethical issues: “European, Asian and Indian medical facilities will offer the procedure to persons in the United States that could spawn a new definition of citizenship and even question the validity of the child as a human being (the X-Man of the future.)” In fact, previous research has found ways to create mice with two mothers. TG Daily says: “2004 Japanese scientists successfully created mice with two mothers. The achievement led to panic in the right-wing press - and perhaps slightly nicer behavior from men worried about being made evolutionarily redundant.” So what do you think? Is this another creepy bio-technology advancement, or new hope for same-sex couples. Get news with analysis from Newsy
14 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY ANGELA CASE You're watching multisource U.S. news from Newsy It seems Rudolph has some competition for ‘Most Rebellious Reindeer’ this holiday season. A nine-year-old female reindeer nicknamed Prancer recently eluded authorities after escaping from a Santa Maria, California, Christmas tree lot. ABC has the story. “She decided she did not want to be loaded into a truck and then as you can see took off. She led police on a three hour chase across a field and even into traffic, but they still couldn’t corral the deer.” CBS reports, the timing was perfect for some residents of a nearby neighborhood, who were getting ready for Christmas themselves. RESIDENT: “We were putting up Christmas lights.” “Yeah, we were actually here and the next thing you know, a reindeer is coming down the street.” Police couldn't catch the deer, so they called in an expert: a local cowboy. And although it couldn’t fly, he too had trouble catching the reindeer. Fox News footage shows the cowboy eventually managed to rope the deer and temporarily secure it to a light pole as police and neighborhood residents looked on. The owners were then able to load the reindeer back into its trailer. And the Santa Maria Times reports Prancer wasn’t the only deer from Hopper Bros. Christmas tree lot who made a break for it. “The business is renting two female reindeer from an operation in Oregon. Both deer got loose when employees prepared to transfer them, but workers were able to bribe the 5-year-old back into the corral with oats.” Officials say neither the reindeer nor the onlookers were injured in the holiday fiasco. Get multisource video news analysis from Newsy
14 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY JIM FLINK You're watching multisource business news from Newsy The ever-popular Angry Birds are about to knock down another structure: Android’s pay structure. Rovio, The Bird’s parent company is launching Bad Piggy Bank, an in-house payment system, changing the way users purchase its Android app. According to MSNBC, The Birds are the most popular paid app in Apple world. Here’s ABC with a little more word on the bird. “...the iPhone version of the game accounts for 65 million minutes of playtime every day — a total..that rivals the daily U.S. prime-time TV audience. At a time when few TV shows, movies or albums are able to puncture the increasingly diffuse world of pop culture, a quirky little mobile phone game has become a widespread hit.” But life in the Android universe hasn’t been as hunky dorey. After a successful first launch, Geek**** reports, Angry Birds began to have problems with its update. Something caused performance to shoot straight down for several of the Android devices. “The Rovio twitter stream and emails were full of outraged customers who were no longer able to enjoy the game that had occupied so much of their time. Rovio wrote recently: 'With our latest update, we worked hard to bring Angry Birds to even more Android devices. Despite our efforts, we were unsuccessful in delivering optimal performance.'” Now with the Bad Piggy pay system, users can buy add-ons or upgrade to the ad-free paid version inside the app, bypassing the Android Market. “From the sound of things, it will be quite the elegant system – any purchases will be billed straight to your carrier, rather than to your Google Checkout account or credit card.” GigaOM reports, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka said Bad Piggy Bank was born out of frustration with Android’s payment system. “Everyone would agree the payment and purchase experience (on Android) has been less than excellent. We’re trying to make that a lot better...We’re about choice. It’s always better to offer consumers choice.” So what do you think? Like the idea of paying for your bird -- on your cell bill? Get multisource video news analysis from Newsy
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY TRACY PFEIFFER You're watching multisource news analysis on Newsy**** The Inflation rate in the People’s Republic of China soared to 5.1 percent in November - a 28-month high- up from 4.4 percent the previous month. Analysts expect the Chinese government to take increasingly aggressive action to slow and reverse the rising Consumer Price Index, but as far as WHAT they’re going to do and whether it’ll work -- well, let’s just say everyone’s a critic. The Chinese government had hoped to decrease inflation to 3 percent in the four years after their 2008 stimulus package, but rates cresting around 5 percent are off the mark. A reporter for Press TV explains one factor behind November’s CPI spike. RIBET: “High global market prices combined with harsh weather at home to push the price of food 11.7 percent higher in November, year on year. Soaring food prices are particularly sensitive in a society where poor families spend up to half of their income on food. Mindful of possible social instability, the government has been selling off state stockpiles of necessities, imposing price controls, and cracking down on speculators and hoarders.” On Bloomberg, an economist thinks China should increase interest rates to stem the inflation -- but notes, they probably won’t go as high as they should. XIE: “I think that they are raising interest rates now, but still they don’t want to raise interest rates by that much. I expect they will raise interest rates by one percent to one and a quarter percent over the next 12 months. That’s not nearly half as much as needed to slow down inflation." In an article on the Business Standard, one writer says that COULD help, but what the country really needs is proper evaluation of the Chinese yuan. “...even if the authorities hold nominal exchange rates more or less steady, Chinese goods are getting more expensive. But this is hardly the ideal solution. If China allowed the yuan to appreciate, imports would become cheaper, exports would slow and price pressure would ease.” And an analyst on CNBC thinks raising interest rates carries too much risk, but doesn’t think China’s current strategy will be effective, either. STRASZHEIM: “One of the things that they are doing, Sue, is imposing a variety of little price controls, which are, quite frankly, window dressing. They’re selling some reserves out of strategic supplies -- that’s fine, but they're putting little price caps on here and here. Those won’t do very much." Finally, a writer for the New York Times says -- it seems no matter what the Chinese government does, they risk damaging their economy. “...soaring inflation could force the government to take sharp measures to slow the economy. Implementing those measures is expected to be difficult and could hurt many industries and prove harmful to the economy, analysts say. Not doing anything could result in spiraling inflation and an overheated economy.” Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY STEVEN HSIEH You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy The story of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery has caused international outrage. Now- that woman- Sakineh Ashtiani’s has supposedly “confessed” to helping her lover kill the husband she is accused of cheating on. Of course- the confession came during a documentary that aired on the government-run Press TV. Analysts say the documentary is an attempt by the Iranian government to deflect criticism over Sakineh’s harsh punishment. “One day he called me and told me to send my children to my mother’s house in Tabriz. I asked why. He said, ‘Tomorrow I want to kill your husband.’ I asked how. He said, ‘You inject him with a drug and make him unconscious. Then I’ll come and electrocute him.’” (Sky News) The documentary resembles a Court TV report- walking the audience through Sakineh’s story as if every event is proven fact. Majikian: “If anyone betrays, that is, he goes against his vow, that is a promise he or she gives. If you don’t respect your word, no one will respect you. Reporter:” But Sakineh’s story was more than just an affair or a betrayal. It was a betrayal that led to murder.” But CBC points out what many are thinking- that the confession was forced. “A confession, advocates say, was almost certainly made under duress. Iran has said Ashtiani’s case is being manipulated by the West to undermine the country. Human rights advocates say it is Iran that is guilty of manipulation, and this latest example is one of the most egregious yet." And a Huffington Post blogger says Iranian authorities dipped to a new low in distracting the public from its human rights record. She says it’s pretty clear what’s going on here. “Anyone with knowledge of legal procedures, of the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners, or plain common sense, will not be fooled by this show of strength from a powerful and brutal state that can and does coerce citizens into confessing to crimes they may or may not have committed.” Finally, a writer for the Telegraph says Sakineh’s case is one of many in Iran, and international attention could possibly have counterproductive consequences. “The causes célèbres we pick on often seem to such places random and motivated by broader political concerns…from the Iranians’ point of view, our sudden singling out of [Sakineh’s] case is capricious, and demands similar treatment in return.” The documentary does not say whether Sakineh will still be executed- but it does point out that her case is still making its way through the Iranian legal system. Get more multisource political video news analysis from Newsy.
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