Morning Media Summary


2 Dems claim Arianna Huffington stole website idea:
“Two Democratic consultants are accusing Arianna Huffington and her business partner of stealing their idea for the powerhouse liberal website Huffington Post. ”

Government wants to update ADA for cyberspace:
“Emergency call centers could be equipped to communicate by text message. Websites might need to be programmed to speak to blind users. Movie theaters might have to install technology to allow the deaf to read captions on small screens mounted at their seats.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Western Forests Set to Become Net Carbon Emitter:
“Those dead trees are releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide, turning the region into a net emitter of carbon rather than a CO2 sponge.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Senate Committee Approves Online Gambling Bill in New Jersey:
“New Jersey lawmakers have been moving quickly on a bill that would make the state the first to regulate online gambling in the US. On Monday, the Senate Budget Committee approved the legislation, paving the way for the bill to move along in the state legislature.”

Last Chance For US Online Gambling Bill As Lame-Duck Session Begins:
“Millions of online gamblers across the US will watch patiently over the next couple of weeks as the lawmakers in Washington take one final stab at making changes to US laws in 2010. The lame-duck session began in Congress on Monday, giving online poker players one final hope.”

Health / Safety:

Food-safety bill worries some smalls farms:
“All 65 of the free-range turkeys raised at White Gate Farm this year had their destinies decided weeks ago by the local families who reserved them for their main course this Thanksgiving.”


The U.S. Chamber’s depressing new board game:
“In the genre of congressional office handouts, it’s a pretty clever marketing ploy. Player avatars labeled “CEO,” “entrepreneur” and so on battle their way from a taxed-to-death “Main Street” to “Prosperity Park,” hoping to avoid traps like “Lawsuit Lake” and the dreaded “Red Tape Zone.””

It Begins… Democrat Politicians Calls Cops on Kids Selling Cupcakes:
“Politician Michael Wolfensohn called the cops on two kids in a park selling cupcakes.”

Bachmann: 111 waivers means Obamacare is a failure:
“Well, thank goodness House Republicans kept Michele Bachmann out of the leadership, because Bachmann says crazy things — like offering 111 waivers for ObamaCare indicates a big problem in the bill.”


Author of DOJ report targeting NJ Government Chris Christie has history of using position for political purposes, sources say:
“The Daily Caller has learned that the author behind the recent report from the Department of Justice that targeted five former U.S. attorneys for excessive travel expenses has had, according to our sources, a troubled history in the DOJ and attempted in the past to use her position to smear conservatives.”

Smoking e-mails?:
“E-mails newly obtained by Judicial Watch strengthen contentions that politics motivated the Obama Justice Department’s dismissal of a voter-intimidation case despite video of a nightstick-wielding New Black Panther Party member at a Philadelphia polling place.”

In-state tuition for illegal immigrants is preserved with California Supreme Court ruling:
“The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that illegal immigrants may continue to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at the state’s colleges and universities rather than pay the higher rates charged to those who live out of state.”

TSA to investigate body scan resister:
“The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.”

Tobacco commission reforms needed, Baliles says:
“Former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles says it’s time for Virginia to act on reforms his blue-ribbon panel recommended for a state commission that was defrauded of $4 million in tobacco-settlement money meant to improve education in the state’s struggling tobacco belt.”


Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, plans to endorse the IATSE strike, now its second week:
“The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday to sanction the strike by IATSE and the crew of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

China Leads Other Nations In High-Speed Rail Tracks:
“China already has thousands of miles of railroads — including the world’s longest network of high-speed rail which is 4,000 miles long. And that total is set to double within two years, giving China more high-speed rail tracks than the rest of the world put together.”