Friday, December 26, 2008

NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST December 26, 2008

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New York Times
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-Expansion of Clinics Shapes a Bush Legacy
President Bush has doubled federal financing for community health centers, enabling the creation or expansion of 1,297 clinics in underserved areas.

-Getting Immigration Right
In a time of economic crisis, it is especially vital to uphold workers' rights, even for those here illegally. Exploitation erodes working conditions and job security everywhere.

-Barack Be Good
President-elect Barack Obama has said that he wants to "make government cool again." Before Mr. Obama can make government cool, however, he has to make it good.

-How They Handle Scandal
By Tobin Harshaw
While team Obama's report on the Blagojevich affair was remarkably spare, Kenneth P. Vogel and Carrie Budoff Brown of the Politico think it provides a roadmap to how the next administration will handle scandals. Here are the "five rules" they have discerned: "Be transparent, to an extent"; "don't let the news cycle dictate response"; "no freelancing"; "aides take hits to protect the boss"; and "shy away from even justified fights."

-Solar Meets Polar as Winter Curbs Clean Energy
Many alternative energy sources like wind turbines and solar panels experience problems in cold weather. This time of year, wind turbine blades ice up, biodiesel congeals in tanks and solar panels produce less power because there is not as much sun. And perhaps most irritating to the people who own them, the panels become covered with snow, rendering them useless even in bright winter sunshine.

-China's Financial Industry Recruits Abroad
Mary Yu pitches hard to the recruiter sitting in front of her. "I've got experience in risk management," she explains, naming the bank where she works and watching anxiously as the recruiter scribbles on her résumé.

Washington Post
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-Peace for the Mideast
How Our Plan Could Aid Barack Obama's Efforts
By Turki al-Faisal
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President-elect Barack Obama is about to inherit not just a nation entrenched in two wars but a world of instability and an entire Middle East that is sick with discord. While disputes in this region may seem eternal, there are reasons to be optimistic. If Obama joins with forces for peace and stability and acts boldly, his presidency could have a marked impact on world affairs.

-Foreclosure Relief or Scam?
More firms now charge for help in modifying mortgages, a service nonprofits offer for free.

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-Family is only part of Kennedy's appeal
In 1962, a young Massachusetts man who had barely passed the constitutional age barrier decided to run for the Senate. At the time, one of his brothers was president of the United States; the other brother was attorney general.,0,3847329.story

Fort Report
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-Problems Seen In E-voting Overseas
Study Says Problems Exist In Getting Overseas Votes Electronically
Election ballots could be safely distributed electronically to Americans overseas, but getting their votes back securely could present problems, a study released Wednesday says.


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