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Tech: Sharpton: FCC should threaten radio stations carrying Rush [Video]: “If the left can’t get Rush by reviving the Fairness Doctrine, maybe the race card will work . . .” Australia’s Outback could get web via TV antenna: “Researchers in Australia from the government science agency CSIRO have developed new technology that could achieve connection speeds to compete with the best: through the tangled piece of metal already attached to most roofs.” Apple Lawyers Up for Patent Showdowns With Nokia: “Steve Jobs made Apple Inc.’s iPhone one of the best-selling smartphones on the market with its touch screen, fast Web connection and access to more than 300,000 downloadable applications. Now he’s adding lawyers to the mix.” Consumer Reports cell-service Ratings: AT&T is the worst carrier: “AT&T is the lowest-scoring cell-phone carrier in the U.S., according to a satisfaction survey of 58,000 ConsumerReports.org readers. Of all the carriers rated, AT&T was the only one to drop significantly in overall satisfaction.” SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, first privately owned spaceship, set to attempt launch into orbit: “The future of the space travel will undergo a crucial test Tuesday when the first privately owned spaceship attempts a launch into orbit.” Global Warming / Environment / Energy: Rep. Upton urges President Obama to Open ANWR: “Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton sent a letter Monday to President Obama urging him to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The letter comes on the 50th anniversary of ANWR’s establishment.” Environmental groups call for U.S. to assist foreign nations in combating climate change: “Two leading environmental groups are calling for increased government funding of international climate change initiatives.” 2004-2005: A New Vice-President: “President Gore sat back and passed the time doing what second-term presidents do best: micromanaging their legacies.” Insurance / Gambling: France Online Gambling Market Expands With Addition Of Titan Poker: “France has made big strides in its online gambling industry in 2010. This year, the French government opened its doors to online gambling regulation, something that previously had not been done in the country. Now, the government is moving all in.” Health / Safety: Aetna to Pay $500 Million for Health-Records Firm Medicity: “Aetna Inc. agreed to acquire Medicity for about $500 million, boosting its presence in the electronic health-records sector.” Economics: Fed Forced to ‘quarantine’ 1b $100 bills after printing error makes them worthless: “A printing problem with the new high-tech $100 bills has forced government printers to shut down production – and to quarantine more than one billion of the notes.” Schwarzenegger to declare fiscal emergency: “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to welcome the new Legislature on Monday by declaring a fiscal emergency and ordering it into a special session.” TheDC Investigation: Universities encouraging students to receive welfare benefits: “Many American colleges and universities are steering their students toward a new source of “financial aid”: food stamps.” Net Job Effect of the Obama-Pelosi $814 Billion Stimulus: Zero: “A new study by Daniel J. Wilson of the San Francisco Federal Reserve discovered that the net job effect of the $814 billion Obama-Pelosi Stimulus was zero jobs created or saved.” Mark Levin: The tax deal is a bad deal: “Levin has poured over the numbers and believes the GOP let themselves get stuck with nothing but the status quo and the Democrats got more taxes and tax credits. So basically it’s a bad deal all the way around:” Legal: Resolution to be introduced demanding all legislation cite Constitutional authorization: “New Jersey Republican Rep. Scott Garrett plans to introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives Tuesday that would require all legislation to cite an enumerated power in the Constitution that grants authority for the bill’s mandate.” Chicago police expand use of Tasers: “A new report shows that Chicago police used Tasers to subdue nearly 700 offenders over 12 recent months, a dramatic increase that reflects the department's decision earlier this year to expand its use of the weapons.” Illinois sells $1.5 billion in tobacco bonds: “The Governor's Office of Management and Budget says Illinois has successfully sold $1.5 billion in tax-exempt tobacco revenue bonds -- its first sale of such fiscal instruments.” The Wikileaks sex files: How two one-night stands sparked a worldwide hunt for Julian Assange: “But if extradition proceedings involving ¬Britain are successful, it could soon be rather more celebrated — by the U.S. government at least — as the place where Mr Assange made a ¬catastrophic error.” Labor: Hospital Workers to vote on deal: “About 540 caregivers at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks will vote this week on a tentative agreement reached Saturday following a marathon negotiation session over the weekend.” Transportation/ Land Use: City Considers Eminent Domain to Save Job: “When the Haskon Aerospace plant in Taunton, Mass. shut down in October 100 workers lost their jobs. Many had worked at the facility for decades, making seals and gaskets for aircraft.” High-speed rail agency urged to rethink planning: “California's nascent high-speed rail program "needs a thorough reassessment" of how it is being planned and managed, a peer review group has concluded.”