THE MORNING LOOP: 11.16.11
White House Shot At? x Concealed Guns to Cross State Lines x Penn St Coach Speaks Up
America is not the only country struggling with unemployment. England is suffering as well. Their 8.3% jobless rate is the highest in 15 years. There are 2.6 million people without jobs—over a million of those young people. The government is constrained in its ability to address it though because it’s focused on erasing its budget deficit. Sound familiar?
Republicans are split over a bill that would allow concealed-weapons license holders to carry their stashed guns to any other state with similar laws. Every state except Illinois already has concealed weapons laws but every state has different requirements and rules for who can get those licenses and how. If the Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act passes, it would allow a person with a concealed weapon license to travel to any other state with their gun. But some Republicans are saying that this law would usurp a core Republican belief of states’ rights. Others say that a federal standard should be put in place so that there are uniform rules across every state.
The Secret Service surely isn't trying to keep the fact that they've found shell casings on White House grounds. Apparently, someone shot at a White House window leaving behind AK-47 bullet casings on the White House lawn. They are also letting it be known that they are looking for a man named Oscar Ortega-Hernandez who they suspect is connected to the incident.
The once peaceful Occupy protests are starting to be occupied with violence. Yesterday, a man was shot by police on the campus of UC Berkeley during a protest yesterday. Officials have not determined if the man was a part of the protest group. All they know is that heard about a man carrying a gun, and when they found him, he drew his weapon on them. Yes, that’s exactly how you get shot by the police sir. Good job.
Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary is tired of getting blasted in the media for not doing enough when he saw Jerry Sandusky raping a boy in the locker room shower. In an email that has surfaced he writes, “I didn’t just turn and run…I made sure it stopped…I had to make quick tough decisions." At least his decision making is better than the 16 seconds it took Sandusky to say he’s not a child molester.
As his sentencing approaches, Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyers are hoping to appeal to Judge Michael Pastor and ask for probation. Because Dr. Murray does not have a criminal past and he isn’t a danger to the public, his lawyers hope he can bypass Los Angeles’ overcrowded jails. Dr. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and faces up to four years in prison.
At the Occupy Boston protest, the rap mogul Russell Simmons introduced a piece of legislation that would “bar private donations to candidates for federal public office.” Simmons thought Boston would be the perfect place to introduce his constitutional amendment because of it’s rich American history. Simmons has long been a supporter of the Occupy movements, especially in New York. He told the Hollywood Reporter, that capitalism “should not be a job to pay off politicians. That is the core of demands of all of the occupations.”
After having throat surgery that canceled her entire U.S. tour, Adele is doing well in recovery. “I’m doing really well, on the mend, super happy, relaxed and very positive with it all,” the 23-year-old U.K. soul singer wrote on her personal Web site. “The operation was a success and I’m just chilling out now until I get the all clear from my doctors.” Adele underwent vocal cord microsurgery to stop repeated vocal cord bleeding. Get well soon Adele!
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