The Top 10 Stories of November 15, 2011

By Duane Shank 11-15-2011

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Quote of the day.
“Facebook has buckled! I’m Salman Rushdie again. I feel SO much better. An identity crisis at my age is no fun.”  - Author Salman Rushdie, successfully convincing Facebook to allow him to use his name after it had deactivated his account, demanded proof of identity, and turned him into Ahmed Rushdie, which is how he is identified on his passport.
(New York Times)

1. New York police evict anti-Wall Street protesters.
"Police wearing helmets and carrying shields evicted protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement early on Tuesday from the park in New York City's financial district where they have camped since September, dismantling their tent city and arresting about 70 people."

2. Coburn targets welfare for the well-off.
"As the congressional 'super committee' works to overcome divisions on a deficit reduction deal, a leading conservative lawmaker is blasting billions wasted on 'welfare for the well-off.'"
(Los Angeles Times)

3. Rare spending deal shapes up on Hill.
"Republicans gave back more than $1 billion that the House had previously cut from food programs at home and overseas, even as the GOP betrayed its own appetite for increased science and infrastructure funding. Democrats protected Amtrak and community policing priorities."

4. Justices to hear health care case.
"The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, setting the stage for oral arguments by March and a decision in late June as the 2012 presidential campaign enters its crucial final months."
(New York Times)

5. TransCanada backs new Keystone route.
"After being handed a major setback by the U.S. move to sideline the $7-billion project until at least 2013, TransCanada Corp. appears to have put the project back on the rails with an agreement with key Nebraskan legislators to re-route the line."
(Globe & Mail)

6. Immigration from Mexico in rapid retreat.
"Data from both sides of the border suggest that illegal immigration from Mexico is already in fast retreat, as U.S. job shortages, tighter border enforcement, and the frightening presence of criminal gangs on the Mexican side dissuade many from making the trip."
(Los Angeles Times)

7. Is it time to rethink nuclear weapons strategy?
"Further reductions in nuclear weapons beyond those agreed to in the New START agreement with Russia are being discussed within the Obama administration as part of the Defense Department review of future spending."
(Washington Post)

8. Karzai call for meeting of elders questioned.
"Despite criticism from neighboring countries, threats from the Taliban and calls for a boycott from some political opponents, President Hamid Karzai has called a loya jirga, the traditional grand council of Afghan elders and leaders, in an attempt to gain popular support for a long-term partnership with the United States."
(New York Times)

9. Obama to make first Australia visit.
"President Obama will touch down on Australian soil for the first time Wednesday morning for a whirlwind two-day visit that the administration will use to unveil an expanded military presence that is part of its shifting focus on security in the Asian Pacific region."
(Washington Post)

10. Syria's 'bloodiest day' leaves scores dead.
"At least 70 people have been killed in violence across Syria over the past 24 hours in one of the bloodiest days since an anti-government uprising began eight months ago."
(Al Jazeera)

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