Quote of the day.
"We're complete strangers to them, and for them to put this together for us, it's an amazing feeling. The Katrina victims paying it forward to the Sandy victims is part of their healing process as well." Tim Occhipinti, Hoboken, N.J. city councilman, helped coordinate transportation and distribution of 8 tons of donated food, clothes and other supplies brought on the “Train of Hope” from Louisiana.
1. Obama aims high but doesn't gloat.
President Barack Obama walked a narrow path between ambition and realism, defiance and accommodation when he addressed reporters for the first time since winning a hard-fought election that gives him four more years to carve his place in history.
2. Immigration reform: Obama predicts action, calls to 'seize the moment.'
In his first press conference since winning reelection, President Obama predicted quick action in Congress on comprehensive immigration reform after his inauguration in January.
(Christian Science Monitor)
3. Obama, Republicans spar on Benghazi.
An escalating showdown between President Obama and leading Republican lawmakers over a deadly September attack in Libya turned angry and personal Wednesday.
4. BP to get record criminal fine.
BP is set to receive a record fine of between $3 billion and $5 billion to settle criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the BBC has learned. It will be the biggest criminal penalty in U.S. history.
5. Romney attributes loss to 'gifts' Obama gave minorities.
Mitt Romney said Wednesday that his loss to President Obama was due in large part to his rival's strategy of giving "gifts" during his first term to three groups that were pivotal in the results of last week's election: African Americans, Latinos, and young voters.
(Los Angeles Times)
6. Gaza militants kill 3 Israelis with rocket fire.
Militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets.
7. Egypt condemns Israeli air strikes in Gaza and demands ceasefire.
Egypt has strongly condemned Israel's military assault on Gaza, calling for an immediate cessation of the air strikes against Hamas's military leadership that claimed the life of the group's operational commander, Ahmed al-Jaabari.
8. Jordan violence escalates during second night.
Police stations come under fire as anger grows over fuel price hikes in the kingdom.
9. Pakistan frees Taliban prisoners, renewing hopes for peace talks.
Pakistan said it had released at least seven senior Afghan Taliban prisoners on Wednesday, rekindling fragile hopes that Islamabad may be ready to help broker peace talks with the militants as the Western military withdrawal from Afghanistan looms.
(New York Times)
10. China names conservative, older leadership.
China's ruling Communist Party unveiled an older, conservative leadership line-up on Thursday that appears unlikely to take the drastic action needed to tackle pressing issues like social unrest, environmental degradation, and corruption.