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Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

10/18/11 09:19AM

Tonight the Republican presidential field debates in Las Vegas.  It comes as the state is currently under fire for what many call "over crowding" in the January primary calendar.  Last night, Iowa Republican party officials voted January 3rd as the new date for their state caucuses, which was originally scheduled for February 6th.  The chaos all started in late September when Florida officials moved the date of their primary to January 31st.   South Carolina followed, moving its primary to January 21st and Nevada officials chose the early date of January 14th for their caucus.  New read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Oct. 18th

10/18/11 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Hamas frees Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in prisoner swapDust storm roils through Texas South PlainsCNN Poll: Record high say Obama's policies will failCan Obama hold on to African American voters in 2012?Iowa caucus: State sets early voting date'E! News' anchor announces she has breast cancerPolitico asks: Is Herman Cain serious?Obama drives jobs plan message to N.C. crowdsLawyer: Mom of missing baby has 'nothing to hide'Country stars raise $500K for Texas fire victims read more

Quote of the Day: Dr. Z on OWS protests

10/17/11 12:58PM

Fmr. National Security Advisor to President Carter, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski: "So we have this financial and economic universe which is a result of deregulation, globalization, and Internet-ization – that is to say the instant flow of money – operating mysteriously. And you have a political universe, which seemingly is global, but is increasingly fragmented. There is no center of political direction or of political consensus, even. The United States, which has been playing the preeminent global role, is increasingly powerless. It can’t even assert its own interest in the Middle East. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for October 17, 2011

10/17/11 09:55AM

 AMERICA'S 'PRIMAL SCREAM'  BY NICHOLAS KRISTOFNEW YORK TIMESThe frustration in America isn’t so much with inequality in the political and legal worlds, as it was in Arab countries, although those are concerns too. Here the critical issue is economic inequity. According to the C.I.A.’s own ranking of countries by income inequality, the United States is more unequal a society than either Tunisia or Egypt. Three factoids underscore that inequality: (1) The 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans. read more