May 2012 bring all that you wish for and then some...
It is a happy New Year for NASA (at least a bright note if not the funding the need).. A NASA spacecraft has successfully slipped into orbit around the moon. A roomful of scientists and engineers monitoring the New Year's Eve maneuver clapped after the Grail-A probe signaled that it was circling the moon. The celebration was brief. Mission team members looked ahead to. New Year's Day when twin Grail-B was scheduled to perform the same move. The duo will study the moon's gravity to determine what's inside straight down to the core. The $496 million mission is managed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
An Arab organization is calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Arab League monitors from Syria. The 88-member Arab Parliament says President Bashar Assad's regime continues to kill government opponents even in the presence of the observers. The monitors are supposed to be ensuring that Syria complies with
terms of the League's plan to end the 9-month-old crackdown on dissent. But the head of the Arab Parliament says the monitors are only providing cover for the regime's "inhumane actions."
Tune in to Radio Bilingue, and you will hear - in Spanish - breaking news, debates about taxes or health care reform and songs spanning the Latino music spectrum. As the only Spanish-language, non-commercial public radio network in the U.S., Fresno-based Radio Bilingue reaches an estimated 500,000 Latino listeners per week. It airs on 7 FM stations, via 100 affiliates and on the Internet. Controlled by Latinos and run by a Harvard-educated former farmworker, the network fills a crucial gap in public broadcasting, which attracts overwhelmingly white, middle or upper class, English speaking audiences. Radio Bilingue targets immigrant and first generation Latinos who are predominantly low-income, young and undereducated. Experts say the network's efforts to foster civic engagement are key as the number of Latinos keeps growing and the nation moves toward a presidential election. www.radiobilingue.org
With the Iowa caucuses only two days away, it appears a large number of those who'll be voting still haven't decided which presidential candidate to support. A Des Moines Register poll finds 41 percent of the likely GOP caucus goers surveyed are either undecided or say they could still change their mind.Romey and Paul are in a virtual tie in the polls, Rick Santorum is not far behind, with the other candidates still in the running. If this were a horse race, it would be a nail biter.
This will be the year of the "superpacs", as political action committees had the restrictions removed by the US Supreme Court, which in 2009 undid over 110 years of campaign reform with one overextended decisions. Republicans benefit the most from Superpacs, but until they have a candidate the political action committees will help control who the nominee will be....the one that represents big money. Already money has lined up against Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
Republican Rick Santorum says that if he's elected president, he would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities unless they were opened for international arms inspectors. Santorum says President Barack Obama hasn't done enough to prevent the Iranian government from building a nuclear weapon and has risked turning the U.S. into a "paper tiger." Santorum tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he would tell Iranian leaders that either they open up those facilities, begin to dismantle them and make them available to inspectors - or the U.S. would attack them. The Obama administration, like the Bush administration, has focused primarily on international diplomacy and economic penalties to try to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear program. Iran contends its efforts are for peaceful purposes.
Michele Bachmann is desperate for a late lift in Iowa and the Minnesota congresswoman is increasingly stressing a distinction in the Republican presidential field: She's the only woman competing for the nomination. She's made the gender card central to her closing argument. She's urging voters to embrace the idea of a "strong woman in the White House" and is molding herself as "America's Iron Lady" in the vein of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. That carries as much risk as potential reward because some of the religious conservatives she's courting have traditional views about gender roles. Iowa has never elected a woman as governor or to its congressional delegation. Bachmann seldom underscored gender early in her campaign. But she's been hitting the theme hard as Tuesday's caucuses near.
A prosecutor in the Casey Anthony murder trial says he is running for the state attorney's office in central Florida. In a video posted Sunday on the Orlando Sentinel's website Jeff Ashton said he would challenge his former boss, Lawson Lamar, to be the Orange-Osceola State Attorney. Ashton worked for the state attorney's office for 30 years. He retired as planned days after Anthony was found not guilty in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Ashton says he would offer voters the choice between a prosecutor and a politician. He says he hopes the election won't focus on the Anthony trial.