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Noontime News Roundup – November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

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Noontime News Roundup – November 16, 2011

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Wisconsin Republicans Move To Make It Harder For Many College Students To Vote

This year, Wisconsin joined other GOP-led states in passing a highly restrictive voter ID law — one that not only disenfranchises low-income, minority, and senior voters, but places a serious burden on students hoping to vote by restricting the types of acceptable student IDs. Few institutions currently have IDs that comply with the law and now have to print stickers with required information for the IDs so they can be used at the polls. Even with this updated IDs, students “still have to show proof they were currently enrolled at school” to vote.

Wisconsin Recall Walker Website Hit With Cyber Attack

The effort to recall Wisconsin’s unpopular Gov. Scott Walker (R) kicked off last night with activists planning 100 events across the state in pursuit of more than 540,000 signatures required to get the recall on the 2012 ballot. But right out of the gate early this morning, one group leading the recall campaign was hit with a cyber attack. The website of United Wisconsin was “subjected to a distributed denial of service attack.” The Democratic Party of Wisconsin slammed the attack, noting that “the laws of Wisconsin and the United States were clearly broken tonight in a desperate and illegal attempt to stifle the voice of people” and demanded that the “criminals that launched this attack must be apprehended.” They also called on Walker and the state GOP to “immediately condemn” the attack and call on the state Attorney General “to launch a full investigation with the assistance of the FBI” to prove they “are really concerned with protecting the integrity of the recall process.”

Scott Brown Introduces Bill Applying Insider Trading Laws To Congress: ‘We Serve The Public, Not Our Bank Accounts’

In an attempt to burnish his Wall Street reformer credentials ahead of his race against Harvard Law Professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) today plans to introduce the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2011, which would apply laws against insider trading to members of Congress, who are currently thought to be exempt from such measures. Brown’s move comes after a 60 Minutes report showed that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) traded on information he received in private briefings at the height of the financial crisis, earning nearly $30,000.

Federal prosecutors seek to revoke BP’s probation for 2006 spill

BP, the biggest oil field operator on Alaska’s North Slope, has failed to fix pervasive management and environmental safety problems and is a repeat environmental offender, federal prosecutors said in a new court filing this week.

The federal government is seeking to revoke BP’s probation on a criminal misdemeanor conviction from 2007 that arose from a huge spill in 2006. A hearing on the probation issue is set to begin Nov. 29.

Occupy Wall Street protesters allowed back in park – without tents – after early morning raid

NEW YORK — After being completely cleared in a surprise police sweep early Tuesday morning, Occupy Wall Street protesters were permitted to re-enter Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park around 5:30 p.m.

Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports

The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners in European airports, parting ways with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives hidden under clothing.

The European Commission, which enforces common policies of the EU’s 27 member countries, adopted the rule “in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety.”

House GOP Classifies Pizza As A Vegetable To ‘Prevent Overly Burdensome’ School Lunch Regulations

Earlier this year, the USDA made an attempt to bolster the nutrition guidelines for the federal school lunch program. Under the new guidelines, for instance, school lunches would be limited to one cup of starchy vegetables a week and the ability of schools to count tomato sauce on pizza towards their fruit and vegetables requirement would be scaled back. But House Republicans, in a new spending plan unveiled yesterday, have done away with those changes

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  • addisnana

    Thanks for the round-up.

    • winterbanyan

      You’re very welcome. I’m still reeling over “pizza is a vegetable.” And Warren must have Brown running scared for him to have sponsored that bill to make Congress liable for “insider trading.” Imagine that. I’m betting it will not pass.