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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Mr. and Mrs. Perkins go gift shopping 2013:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Mr. and Mrs. Perkins go gift shopping 2013
  • Canada plans to challenge Russian claim over North Pole:
    Canada intends to lay claim to the North Pole as part of a bid to assert control over a large part of the resource-rich Arctic, Foreign Minister John Baird announced Monday, a move that has raised tensions with Russia, which also claims the territory.

    Baird said Canada had filed a preliminary submission to a special United Nations commission collecting competing claims and would be submitting more data later.

    “Obtaining international recognition for the outer limits of our continental shelf … will be vital to the future development of Canada’s offshore resources,” said Baird. “Canada is going to fight to assert its sovereignty in the north but I think we will be good neighbors in doing so.”

  • Ron Paul says Rand will "probably" run for president in 2016:
    "I think he probably will. I mean, he's been on TV hinting that he very well might," Paul told CNN on Monday.

    The elder Paul said he thinks his son is "handling himself quite well," and revealed the advice he's given the senator about a potential run.

  • Believers want equal time for Lucifer in Oklahoma City: The state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City boasts a prominent display of one version of the Ten Commandments. Now, the "congregation" of the Temple of Satan wants a statue of Satan.
    The Temple of Satan is less a religious body organized around rituals and regular meetings than a roving band of political provocateurs, said [spokesman Lucien] Greaves. They believe Satan is a "literary construct," the spokesman said, not an actual being with horns and hooves.

    Last year, the Temple organized a gay and lesbian kiss-in at the gravesite of the mother of anti-gay preacher and activist the Rev. Fred Phelps. It also held a rally at Florida's state capitol in support of a law that allows "inspirational messages" at public school assemblies.

  • New Jersey bridge closing partisan payback ordered in "culture of fear"?
    To recap our report from yesterday – and if you missed last night’s segment on this, trust me, it’s worth your time – Fort Lee, New Jersey, was effectively turned into a giant parking lot on the first day of school in September, after the Port Authority closed two of the three lanes leading from the community to the George Washington Bridge. The Christie administration later defended the move, saying it was part of a “traffic study,” though we now know there was no study.

    So why cause the massive congestion on purpose? New Jersey Democrats allege the Christie administration was punishing Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor for refusing to endorse the governor’s re-election campaign. And while that seems hard to believe – Christie was cruising to an easy win, anyway – the burgeoning controversy is increasingly difficult to dismiss.

  • Do we hate thinking outside the box?
    This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.

    “We think of creative people in a heroic manner, and we celebrate them, but the thing we celebrate is the after-effect,” says Barry Staw, a researcher at the University of California–Berkeley business school who specializes in creativity.

  • Miracle cures?
    A team led by a longtime Oregon Health & Science University researcher has demonstrated in mice what could be a revolutionary new technique to cure a wide range of human diseases—from cystic fibrosis to cataracts to Alzheimer's disease—that are caused by "misfolded" protein molecules.

    Misfolded protein molecules, caused by gene mutation, are capable of maintaining their function but are misrouted within the cell and can't work normally, thus causing disease. The OHSU team discovered a way to use small molecules that enter cells, fix the misfolded proteins and allow the proteins to move to the correct place and function normally again.

  • 'Diminished market kills four coal exporting terminals this year:
    As coal continues to decline in the U.S., plans to export it to overseas markets are going south. On Tuesday, the Port of Corpus Christi announced that it was ditching plans to build a major coal export terminal there after two years of development, citing a “seriously diminished” international interest in coal. Ambre Energy North America Inc., who entered into the $2.5 million lease in 2011, will pay a one-time fee to cancel it, according to a meeting agenda released today by the Port.
  • New U.S. solar installations outpace Germany's in 2013:
    Developers installed 930 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity in the U.S. during the third quarter and are on pace to almost double that, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. [...]

    The trade group expects 1.83 gigawatts of capacity to be installed this quarter, putting the U.S. on pace to reach 4.27 gigawatts for the year, according to the report. That 27 percent rise means the U.S. will install more panels this year than Germany, the biggest solar market in terms of existing capacity, for the first time in more than 15 years.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, an extended kickoff segment with Greg Dworkin and Armando. Follow-up on "enhanced medical care." Chait's "Congressional Republicans Reveal Secret Love for Obamacare." Beutler writes on wingnut opposition to a budget deal & how Dem might not fight on UI. Gop "reversal" on sequester. More on the Beutler/Carpenter exchange: Rs "fight" the war on Obamacare the same way they did in Iraq. The Army takes on #GunFAIL. Newt's defense of Mandela. Rs now consider NSA lies to Congress to be criminal acts. Frivolous wrap-ups: Hipster civil war; Hilton vs. Lohan, in "Celebrity Warlords."

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