Thursday, December 04, 2008

NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST December 04, 2008

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New York Times
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-More Mumbai Links to Pakistan and Signs of Hostage Abuse
The Mumbai police identified a second Pakistani terrorist as an engineer of the attacks, as gruesome new evidence emerged of mistreatment of hostages.

Fort Report
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-Strapped GOP Governors Face Tough Call on Taxes
Widening state budget deficits are causing big headaches for the governors who met with President-elect Barack Obama this week, especially those Republicans who hope to emerge as the new leaders of their party. In the wake of a dreary election for Republicans, the quest to find their new leaders is on, and the party's governors think they can fill the void. The problem is their states are heading for budget difficulties that may compel the governors to swallow hard and either propose or accept tax increases.

-Is Bush the Worst President in the Last 50 Years?
In Debate Over Bush Legacy, Karl Rove Defends Old Boss but Contradicts Him on WMD

-Obama: The GOP is wishing him success because there's a good chance that if he
fails, we all go down together.

-Suit contesting Barack Obama's citizenship heads to U.S. Supreme Court Friday
Justices will decide whether to consider the case,0,664988.story

-Group says estate tax affects few, should be kept
Fewer than 1 percent of deaths result in estate tax liabilities, and President-elect Barack Obama's proposal to keep the tax alive after it is slated to expire in 2010 is too generous to the wealthy, a tax policy advocacy group said Wednesday.

-What will Arnold Schwarzenegger's next role be?
With Arnold Schwarzenegger's governorship entering its final years and his ability to attract the spotlight intact, one question is arising more frequently: What will Arnold do?

-A bitter brew for Kerry
SENATOR John Kerry's fate illustrates the new political order under President-elect Barack Obama: Reward your enemies, not necessarily your friends.

-New Bush rule could hit poor, rural women the hardest

-Insurers propose universal, centralized healthcare
Several consumer groups criticize the early bid by America's Health Insurance Plans, a trade group that fought an overhaul in the 1990s, to take an active role in Obama's effort to revamp the system.,0,7843753.story?track=rss


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