Monday, November 08, 2010

WHILE AMERICA WAS SLEEPING, I fixed a 'news breakfast' for you -- ready each weekday morning at 6am Eastern to satisfy your media craving [feature permalink here]. These must-reads will help you kick start the day:

U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh participate in a joint news conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, November 8, 2010. Obama hinted on Monday the United States could lend support to India's demand to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, a move that could help cement growing ties with the emerging global power. REUTERS/Jason Reed  (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Indian PM Singh During Joint Presser With Obama: "India is not in the business of stealing jobs of the United States of America. I believe the Indian outsourcing industry has helped to improve the productive capacity and productivity of American industry."

Obama Stays Clear of Thorny Kashmir Issue: "President Barack Obama said on Monday that he will deepen efforts with India to fight and prevent terrorism and work with all the South Asian nations to ensure that there are no safe heavens for terrorists. But Obama stayed clear of the contentious issue of playing a role in reducing long-standing, stubborn tensions between India and Pakistan over the war-torn Himalayan province of Kashmir. " (WaPo)

Obama to Address Indian Parliament Later Today: "In his evening address to Indian lawmakers, many expect Obama to announce support for India's bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, something that New Delhi would see as a signal that Washington takes India seriously as a global power." (Reuters) -- Full Day Plan (ABC)

Skies Clear for Indonesia: "President Obama will not have to disappoint his Indonesian hosts a third time. Jakarta airport officials say Monday morning the skies have cleared of volcanic ash which forced the cancellation of some commercial flights and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says,  'We are continuing to monitor, but we are proceeding with plans to depart for Indonesia tomorrow.'" (ABC)

Obama Blames the Economy for Loss: "President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday night that he views last week’s mid-term Congressional elections as “a referendum on the economy” rather than a referendum on him, his policies or the Democratic Party." (NY Times)

Isolated Ahead of 2012: "President Barack Obama has performed his act of contrition. Now comes the hard part, according to Democrats around the country: reckoning with the simple fact that he’s isolated himself from virtually every group that matters in American politics." (Politico)

Olbermann, Impartiality, and MSNBC: "If MSNBC were really worried about coming off as impartial, don’t you think it would have chosen somebody besides Mr. Olbermann, one of the most rabidly partisan figures in national news, to anchor its election coverage? Even Fox News knows better than to do something like that. . . . So what message is being sent by the suspension, which will end on Tuesday? Apparently, Mr. Olbermann is supposed to fire up the base like a convention keynote speaker at 8 p.m., but conduct himself like Brian Williams the rest of the time." (David Carr @ NY Times)

Admin to Push For DADT Repeal: "Defense Secretary Robert Gates is encouraging Congress to act before year's end to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. It's a position shared by his boss, the president. But his new Marine commandant thinks otherwise and the Senate has not yet taken action, setting up yet another hurdle for gay activists who see their window quickly closing. After Tuesday's elections that saw Republicans chip away at Democrats' majority in the Senate and wrest the House from their control, their hopes for ending the 17-year-old law have dimmed." (AP)

No Compromise: "In another ominous sign of new political gridlock developing in Washington, House Republican leaders Sunday took a hard line on compromising with President Obama on extending tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of the year." (LA Times)

Sessions Not Running for Majority Whip, Seeks Reelection at NRCC: " Additionally, the next presumptive Speaker of the House, John Boehner, confirmed in a statement that he has asked Sessions to lead new member development for the class of at least 84 incoming Republican freshmen lawmakers who propelled the GOP into the House majority in last week's congressional midterm elections." (ABC)

G.O.P. Poised to Increase House Win: "Republicans may increase their control of the U.S. House that will be installed in January by picking up seats among nine Democratic-held districts where the outcome remains in doubt." (Bloomberg)

... Vows Cuts in State Budget: "With some of these new Republican state leaders having taken the possibility of tax increases off the table in their campaigns, deep cuts in state spending will be needed. These leaders, committed to smaller government, say that is the idea." (NY Times)

Tea Party Will Test GOP Unity: " They came via a party. But this crowd doesn't care for the Washington dance. " (Rick Klein @ ABC)

It's Already Changing Washington: "Newly elected senator Rand Paul says the Tea Party movement is already changing the way Washington thinks by pushing the nation's high debt and the need for spending cuts to the top of the national debate." (USA Today)

Tea For Tim: "When the massive Republican freshman class arrives in Washington in January, its members will begin the scramble for office furniture, plum committee assignments, and a little attention from the party’s senior leadership. Tim Scott, the African-American Tea Partier from South Carolina’s First Congressional District, will face the opposite problem. Scott, a quiet, somewhat introverted insurance agent turned politician, is hoping he will be seen as just another conservative lawmaker, fundamentally the same as the other newbies." (Newsweek)

Dem Lame-Duck Agenda Shrinking Fast: "In the wake of a midterm election that President Obama called a “shellacking” of his party, Democratic insiders question if anything more than a stop-gap spending measure and temporary extension of Bush-era tax cuts can pass." (The Hill)

The Midterms' Real Winners: "Call it the midterm stimulus program. The record-breaking campaign showered billions of dollars on a broad array of companies, including broadcast conglomerates, polling firms and small-town restaurants, according to a Washington Post analysis of expenditure reports. Candidates spent at least $50 million on catering and liquor, $3.2 million at country clubs and golf courses, and $500,000 on pizza, coffee and doughnuts, the records show." (WaPo)

ARLINGTON, VA - OCTOBER 25: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke pauses as he addresses a symposium at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. The symposium was to discuss on 'Mortgages and the Future of Housing Finance.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Germany Slams Fed Move: "German officials, concerned that Washington could be pushing the global economy into a downward spiral, have launched an unusually open critique of U.S. economic policy and vowed to make their frustration known at this week's Group of 20 summit." (WSJ)

China Too, and Obama Fires Back: "I will say that the Fed's mandate, my mandate, is to grow our economy. And that's not just good for the United States, that's good for the world as a whole. And the worst thing that could happen to the world economy, not just ours, is if we end up being stuck with no growth or very limited growth." (Reuters)

E.U. Debt Fears Revived: "When interest rates soared last week on Irish government bonds, it served as a grim warning to other indebted nations of how difficult and even politically ruinous it could be to roll back decades of public sector largess." (NY Times)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a session of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem November 3, 2010. Netanyahu said on Wednesday he would meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a U.S. visit next week in addition to previously announced talks with Vice President Joe Biden. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS)

Israel to Press U.S. on Iran: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday that only a credible military threat can deter Iran from building a nuclear weapon, Israeli political sources said. In comments signaling growing Israeli impatience with diplomacy, the sources said Netanyahu, beginning a five-day U.S. visit, argued that economic sanctions have failed to persuade Iran to stop its nuclear program." (Reuters)

Gates Disagrees: "I disagree that only a credible military threat can get Iran to take the actions that it needs to, to end its nuclear weapons program. We are prepared to do what is necessary, but, at this point, we continue to believe that the political-economic approach that we are taking is, in fact, having an impact on Iran." (CNN)

Dangerous terrorists to Go Free From Jail in U.K.: " At least 46 convicted terrorists who have been either released from prison or are close to being freed “pose a risk” to the public and face tight new controls on their freedom, a secret Government document discloses." (Daily Telegraph)

Airbus A380s Still Grounded: "Australia's Qantas Airways has grounded its A380 fleet for at least another three days as it investigates oil leaks as a possible cause of the explosion which tore apart one of the superjumbo's engines last week." (Reuters)

Bomb Targets Iran Pilgrims In Iraq Holy City of Karbala; At Least 10 Killed: "The bomb exploded shortly before a meeting to break the political deadlock was due to start." (Sky News)

Five Weddings And a Porno -- Chilean Miners' Return to Normality: " Since escaping their underground dungeon last month the 33 miners have experienced a whirlwind of family dramas, red carpet trips, endorsements and planned film depictions -- including a porno." (Mail & Guardian)

Great Moments of Public Healthcare: "A public inquiry will open later into a [U.K.] hospital where poor standards and conditions are believed to have caused hundreds of deaths. . . . Patients were starved, dehydrated, left in agony and told to lie in their own faeces, it emerged." (Sky News)

West Dismisses Myanmar's Polls: "Western powers have dismissed Burma's first general election for two decades, describing it as neither free nor fair." (BBC)

Violence Erupts: "Three civilians died in clashes between anti-government rebels and government troops, in the eastern town of Myawaddy, near the Thai border, according to reports. Other reports said 10 people were wounded and hundreds of refugees had fled into Thailand. Five villagers were also injured when rocket-propelled grenades landed on Thai soil. Groups from Burma's ethnic minorities have warned civil war could erupt, as the military tries to impose its constitution and deprive them of rights." (Sky News)

Tech, Science

Canadian Scientists Create Blood From Human Skin: "Their process doesn't involve any intermediate conversion of skin stem cells into multi-purpose stem cells that can create almost any other type of cells. . . . The discovery could alleviate blood shortages and provide people needing repeated transfusions, such as cancer or anemia patients, with an assured supply of their own blood type. In the past, many patients who required bone marrow transplants and could not find suitable matches died. Clinical trials could begin in 2012, the authors say." (CBC)

Queen Elizabeth Joins Facebook: "But she's not going to be your friend." (CBC)

Media, Entertainment

Conan Returns: "Conan O'Brien returns to the late-night television circuit Monday with a much-anticipated new show. Actors Seth Rogen and Lea Michele will be guests on the first episode of "Conan," which airs Monday at 11 p.m. ET on TBS. But the veteran host is keeping mum about a mystery guest -- the winner of an online poll." (CNN)