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NEWS   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014   NEWS

Obamacare Offers Firms $3,000 Incentive To Hire Illegals Over Native-Born Workers
Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare. President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges. Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama is selling out Americans over illegals - he can't go much lower.

Military Reviewing Bergdahl Report Including Recommendations On Whether Punishment Applies
Nearly five months after the release of Taliban prisoner Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the military has yet to release a report on Bergdahl leaving his Afghanistan post in 2009 that also makes recommendations on whether he should be punished. The Pentagon says it is not holding up the decision, though the review by Army Gen. Kenneth Dahl was finished in early October. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, recently acknowledged the report has been completed and said it is under review. “As you know, in this building that can sometimes take a while, especially for major investigations like this," he said. Fox News

King To Obama: Invite Wilson To White House
Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said Tuesday that President Barack Obama should invite Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson to meet with him at the White House.
"I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or at least invited him to the White House," King said on Fox Business Network. "And say, 'you've gone through four months of smear and slander and the least we can do is tell you that it is unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job.'" Reflecting on Obama's speech last night, King said he thought the President's remarks were "lackluster." CNN
VOA VIEW: Wilson should be hailed by the president, instead of being sympathetic to the Browns, who failed to properly rear the son.

Romney Tops Republican Poll For '16; Ahead Of Clinton In Election
Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ben Carson each with 8 percent each, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 6 percent. Reuters

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Small Businesses Bear Brunt Of Ferguson Mayhem
As they have since the days after the August shooting, businesses owners bore the brunt of the outrage on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers. The worst of the destruction occurred on a main commercial strip on West Florissant Avenue where the violence was described as more severe than anything seen previously. A Little Caesar's pizzeria was destroyed by a tornado three years ago and it's a pile of rubble once again. The manager, who didn't want to give his name, had anticipated trouble Monday night. CBS
VOA VIEW: Shooting a few looters and rioters would put a quick end to the mayhem.

Ebola Vaccine Seems Safe In First-Stage Testing
An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday. The vaccine is designed to spur the immune system's production of anti-Ebola antibodies, and people developed them within four weeks of getting the shots at the National Institutes of Health. Half of the test group received a higher-dose shot, and those people produced more antibodies, said the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Some people also developed a different set of virus-fighting immune cells, named T cells, the study found. That may be important in fending off Ebola, as prior research found that monkeys protected by the vaccine also had that combination response. ABC

U.S. Stocks Climb To Record Levels Amid Economic Optimism
U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark indexes closing at all-time highs, amid optimism the economy is showing sufficient strength to weather a slowdown overseas. Phone companies led gains, while technology stocks rose as Hewlett-Packard Co. advanced to the highest level since May 2011 even after missing analyst earnings estimates. Energy producers decreased as Seadrill Ltd. suspended dividends amid the lowest oil prices in more than four years. The Standard& Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) rose 0.3 percent to 2,072.83 at 4 p.m. in New York, extending gains in the final 15 minutes of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 12.81 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,827.75. Both gauges ended at records. Bloomberg

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President Obama's Latest Executive Order Doesn't Cause Flap
President Obama issued yet another executive order today, granting two turkeys amnesty from Thanksgiving dinner. "I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked about executive action this month," Obama said before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House. "Today, I’m taking an action fully within my legal authority -- the same kind of action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before me, to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, from a terrible and delicious fate," Obama said. Republicans have threatened to sue the president over his use of executive orders, including one that would allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country. ABC

Jobless Claims In U.S. Increase To Almost Three-Month High
More Americans than forecast filed for unemployment benefits last week, a possible sign the pace of improvement in the labor market has cooled. Jobless claims increased by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ended Nov. 22, the highest since early September, from 292,000 in the prior period, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. It would take several weeks of sustained elevated readings to confirm the labor market has taken a step back. It’s particularly difficult to adjust the data during the holiday season, suggesting there should be no rush to judgment yet, Thomas Simons, an economist at Jefferies LLC in New York, said in a research note. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The facts are contrary to Obama's deceptive positive view of the economy.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization — just three weeks after elections handed Republicans control of the Senate — raised anew the question whether President Barack Obama would be able to appoint a like-minded replacement. The situation "sends many, particularly on the left of the political spectrum, into a tizzy," said Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School. Ginsburg's procedure came after a blockage was discovered in her right coronary artery, said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. Las Vegas Sun

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Calling It Quits: American Smoking Hits 50-Year Low
Fewer Americans are smoking, with the smoking rate at its lowest point in 50 years, federal health experts reported Wednesday. Just under 18 percent of Americans are smokers, down from 21 percent in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. "That is the lowest prevalence of adult smoking since the CDC's Nation Health Interview Survey began keeping such records in 1965," CDC said in a statement, with 42.1 million people still smoking in 2013. "There is encouraging news in this study, but we still have much more work to do to help people quit," said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "We can bring down cigarette smoking rates much further, much faster, if strategies proven to work are put in place like funding tobacco control programs at the CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns." MSNBC

Pentagon Working On Battlefield ‘Hibernation’ Treatment For Wounded
Time is a killer on the battlefield when troops are wounded, but the Pentagon is betting that “hibernation” drugs being pioneered by an Australian researcher will mitigate that problem. Dr. Geoffrey Dobson of Queensland’s James Cook University and the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine hopes that through science they can essentially rewire the body’s natural response to trauma so that deployed troops have enough time to get their injured comrades medical attention. Washington Times

Feds Threaten To Act Against Airbag Maker Takata
U.S. safety regulators are threatening fines and legal action against airbag maker Takata Corp. unless it admits that the company's driver's side airbag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata's Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Japanese company until Tuesday to file paperwork declaring a defect and agree to expand the recall from high-humidity states to the full nation. The company's airbags have been blamed for at least five deaths and multiple injuries worldwide. They can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a mental canister and sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers. CBS

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Defense Secretary Pick Will Be A Challenge For Obama
The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said they’re not interested in the job. Within minutes of reports Monday that Secretary Chuck Hagel would resign, the names of Michele Flournoy and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed emerged as top prospects. But each made clear by the end of the day that they didn’t want the coveted but high-wire, Cabinet-level post. The new secretary would indeed step into a difficult and complicated world, with the emergence of the deadly and unpredictable militant group Islamic State, amid Defense Department cuts. Fox News
VOA VIEW: No qualified person wants to end up with a bad reputation working for Obama.

Christie Partly Blames Obama For National Anxiety
Asked about the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that people across the country are deeply anxious because of a lack of leadership and that President Barack Obama is at least partly to blame. Christie made the remarks as he talked to reporters about the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The potential presidential candidate calls the situation in Ferguson "tragic" and says people have a right to protest but that they should be nonviolent. Asked if he is blaming Obama for the anxiety that he says comes from a lack of leadership, Christie responds that lots of people have responsibility for that, not just Obama. Las Vegas Sun

Hospital Chain Bans Hysterectomy Device After FDA Warning
A hospital chain that operates 280 facilities in the United States and Britain has banned a device used in hysterectomies after the FDA said it may spread cancer.
The device, a power morcellator, will no longer be used at HCA Holdings Inc. hospitals, Jeff Prescott, a spokesman for the Nashville-based company said Monday. The decision came on the same day the FDA warned the device could spread hidden cancer. "We believe that in the vast majority of women, the procedure should not be performed," William Maisel, deputy director for science and chief scientist at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, told the Wall Street Journal. UPI News

U.S. To Convene First Anti-IS Ministerial Meeting In Dec.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Brussels in December to chair the first ministerial-level meeting of the Coalition to counter the Islamic State, the State Department announced Wednesday. Representatives are expected to "discuss the political mechanism for our joint efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL." December's ministerial meeting follows a military conference hosted by U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., in November that brought military planners from 33 Coalition partners together for 10 days to refine a multinational strategy to counter IS, also known as ISIL, in both Iraq and Syria. UPI

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Nearly 1 In 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving On Food Stamps
Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

Phyllis Schlafly On Amnesty: ‘Republicans Ought To Show Some Fight’
Conservative grande dame Phyllis Schlafly says that Republicans in Congress should be actively opposing President Obama’s “unconstitutional” and “illegal” executive order granting unilateral amnesty to five million illegal aliens. “I think the Republicans ought to show some fight,” the still feisty 90-year-old founder of Eagle Forum told CNSNews.com. Schlafly, who almost single-handedly rallied the conservative grassroots in the 1970s and managed to overcome “enormous odds” to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) even though 30 states had already ratified it, pointed out that determined opponents of amnesty can do the same today. CNS News

U.S. Government Says 462,125 People Signed Up For 2015 Obamacare Plans
Open enrollment for the second year of Obamacare individual health coverage brought in 462,125 people who chose their health plans in its first week, nearly half of whom were first-time customers, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set a goal of 9 million people for 2015 individual plans. This new coverage was introduced in 2014 for the first time as part of President Barack Obama's national healthcare law, often called Obamacare. After fixing the technology issues that last year contributed to a rocky start for enrollment in the program, more than 7 million people were enrolled in 2014 plans. Reuters

Fetch! Dogs May Understand Commands More Than You Think
Ever wonder just how much Fido really understands when you talk to him? New research suggests your pooch processes human speech much the way he or she hears other dogs' barks and growls. That doesn't mean they know what you're saying, exactly, but at the very least they're listening attentively. The experiment presented voice cues to dogs in both ears at the same time, then measured which way the dog turned its head. That theoretically indicates which hemisphere of the brain that voice is primarily being processed by. The University of Sussex researchers observed that a manner of speaking that emphasized the commands in a sentence ("Let's go for a WALK") was processed more in the left hemisphere, while emphasizing other words ("LET'S go for A walk") did the opposite. MSNBC

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ISIS Says Its Flag Will Wave Over Jerusalem, Even If The Jews Don't Like It
The Islamic State has threatened to make it all the way to Jerusalem "even if the Jews and Crusaders despise it." The threat appears in the foreword of the fifth edition of the organization's official magazine, Dabiq - named for a town in the suburbs of Syria's Aleppo, in which the group's members believe their will be a great war between Muslims and the West after its armies conquer Syria. In the foreword, Islamic State announces that it plans to widen its rule into the Arabian Peninsula, the Sinai Peninsula, Yemen, Libya and Algeria. Jerusalem Post

US Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills Five Suspected Militants
A U.S. drone killed five suspected militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, a militant and a government official said, as the intensity of air strikes grew as part of an anti-Taliban offensive by the Pakistani military. The drone strike hit a house in Datta Khel, near the Afghan border, which was used by militants, said a militant in the area. Those killed were Pakistani fighters, the militant said. "The Government of Pakistan condemns the drone strike that took place in the early hours of Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at Garga, north of Shawal in North Waziristan Agency," the government said in a statement. Jerusalem Post

Oil Price Falls Ahead Of Opec Meeting
The price of oil has fallen as Opec oil producers prepare for their meeting on Thursday and data showed crude stocks rose last week. Inventories of commercial US crude oil increased by 1.9 million barrels from the previous week, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Brent crude future's price slid 0.8 to $77.75 a barrel after the data. The drop came as Saudi Arabia indicated it would not push for output cuts to help push up oil prices. US crude finished Wednesday's business down 40 cents at $73.69 a barrel. Saudi Arabia is the largest producer of the 12 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec). BBC

Nato Commander Warns Russia Could Control Whole Black Sea
Nato's top military commander, Gen Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian "militarisation" of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea. Speaking in Kiev, Gen Breedlove said Russian military assets being installed in Crimea would have an effect on "almost the entire Black Sea". Mr Breedlove is in Ukraine for high-level talks with Ukrainian leaders. Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014. Russia's defence ministry said on Wednesday that it had deployed a batch of 14 military jets to Crimea, as part of a squadron of 30 that will be stationed on the peninsula. BBC

Mexico's Missing Students Draw Attention To 20,000 'Vanished' Others
The disappearance and probable massacre of 43 student teachers after they were attacked and arrested by Iguala’s municipal police two months ago has focused world attention on the horror of Mexico’s drug violence – and the official corruption that allows much of it to happen. A wave of protests triggered by the massacre put President Enrique Peña Nieto under acute political pressure. But the incident has also lifted the lid on the open secret of Mexico’s many other disappeared: amid the drug-fuelled violence of recent years, some 20,000 people have simply vanished. Guardian

Ron Paul And Other Gold Bugs Keep Fingers Crossed For Swiss Vote That Could Add $50 To Price Of Gold
Gold, once challenged, is running up in price. Now Switzerland is voting this week to add more to its gold reserves -- a move that could boost prices by $50 per ounce. Ron Paul and investor Marc Faber who don’t trust the current financial system think the conversation about gold should go global. Swiss voters are likely to reject a November 30 referendum to force the Swiss National Bank to hold 20% of its reserves in gold, but you can’t crush a gold bug. Die-hard gold fans – known as ‘gold bugs’ – aren’t discouraged by the impending rejection of the Swiss people for their favorite metal. Their faith in the yellow metal remains rock-solid, even as prices are down about 37% from gold’s all-time nominal high of around $1,920 an ounce, set in September 2011. Proponents say gold is now a bargain and plump for the yellow metal as an insurance policy against economic disasters. They point to the lack of growth in Europe and Japan and China’s growth slowdown. And they don’t buy the improvement in the US economy. Guardian

Israeli President Criticises 'Jewish State' Bill
Reuven Rivlin, the Israeli president, has lent his weight to mounting criticism of a bill that would officially define Israel as a Jewish state, calling it a threat to Zionism that plays into the hands of the country's enemies. His intervention represents the most authoritative attack yet on the proposed legislation, which has been labelled "racist" by critics and which has left Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government deeply split. The bill - approved by the cabinet on Sunday and subject to a parliamentary vote that has been postponed until next week - would classify Israel as the "nation state of the Jewish people" while effectively denying the country's Arab minority, 20 per cent of the population, collective national rights. Telegraph

Ferguson Shows That Barack Obama's America Is Still Divided By Race
It seemed to sum up so much about Barack Obama’s presidency. As he stood at a lectern in the White House, urging calm and discoursing in detached fashion about the “enormous progress” made in American race relations over the last decades, out on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the bricks and bottles were flying. “He doesn’t get it!” screamed one young protester, referring to the Kenyan ancestry that has always left America’s first black president in the uncertain middle ground of America’s ever-charged race debate. “The President is not even one of us. I would say that to his face.” Telegraph

Obesity-Related Cancers On The Rise, Especially In Developed Countries
Being overweight or obese have become major risk factors for developing cancer, particularly among women and in more developed countries, the specialized cancer agency of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Overweight and obesity are responsible for an estimated 481,000 – or 3.6 per cent – of all new cancer cases in 2012, and reducing such health issues at the population level could have significant health benefits, according to a new study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). UN News

‘Profoundly Concerned’ Over Violence In Libya, Security Council Warns Of Possible Sanctions
The Security Council today expressed its “profound concern” over the deteriorating situation in Libya and its impact on regional peace and stability, warning of the possibility of sanctions. In a press statement issued this morning, the Council, recalling resolution 2174 – which it adopted in August and condemns the use of violence against civilians and civilian institutions – emphasized that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction “those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability or security or that obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition.” UN News

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