Noontime News is a snapshot of our RSS feeds from the noon (Eastern time) hour.


Walker: Union Bill’s Changes ‘Are Indeed Fiscal’ (VIDEO)

“Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) spoke to the press on Thursday morning, at a heated moment when the Capitol was under lockdown amid protests over the impending passage of his anti-public employee union proposals. Walker himself used the language of class in his discussion of the bill’s benefits — and also touted what he said was the bill’s clear fiscal impact.

“We followed the law, and yet it allows us to move forward with these reforms — which are indeed fiscal,” said Walker. “They’re not in conflict with that requirement for a quorum, but they are indeed fiscal”.”

Read More: Wisconsin Justice Dept. Investigating Threat Sent To Senate GOPers
Read More: Wisconsin Can Repeal Walker’s Anti-Union Bill In 2012 And Amend The State Constitution In 2013
Read More: After Tumultuous Day, Wisconsin Farmers Plan A Tractorcade
Read More: State troopers worry they may be sued for illegal tactics

Rand Paul: I Have Less Choice In Toilets Than Women Have In Abortions (VIDEO)

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is upset that the federal government has squelched his right to own a super-toilet, leaving him with less freedom than women, who are still allowed to have abortions. It’s an unusual comparison, but it’s meant to underline his opposition to the executive branch’s involvement in encouraging energy efficiency.”

Barton: Govt Subsidies Necessary To Keep Exxon From Going Out Of Business

“Check out this interview of Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) — he of apologizing to BP fame — by ABC on Wednesday. Pressed repeatedly by Jon Karl to stake out a position on tax credits enjoyed by offshore oil companies, Barton argued that the subsidies represent equal treatment, and are required to keep the companies like Exxon-Mobil from going out of business.”

Rep. Ellison Tears Up At King Hearings While Telling Story Of Muslim 9/11 First Responder (VIDEO)

“Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was moved to tears today at Peter King’s hearings on radicalization in the American Muslim community, when telling the story a Muslim first responder who lost his life on September 11th, 2001.”

Read More: House Republican: Hypothetically, Let’s Say CAIR Is A Terrorist Organization … (VIDEO)
Read More: Lungren On King Hearings: No One Complained About Scope Of Hearings On Neo-Nazis Or The KKK (VIDEO)
Read More: Bush Security Official: Al Qaeda Could Use King’s Anti-Muslim Narrative As A Recruiting Tool
Read More: FACT CHECK: King Falsely Claims He ‘Never Said’ There Are Too Many Mosques In America

Woman Forced To Watch Her Baby Die Because Nebraska Anti-Abortion Law Prohibited Doctor From Acting

“Thirty-four-year-old Danielle Deaver was 23 weeks pregnant when she faced a fate “worse than your own death” — her baby would not make it. Her water broke early and, without amniotic fluid, the fetus would not develop lungs to survive outside the womb. Deaver and her husband decided they wanted to let “nature take it’s course” and would not risk harming the child further, so they asked their doctor to help “put an end to this nightmare.”

But because of Nebraska’s law prohibiting any abortion after 20 weeks, the doctor could not assist or he would “face criminal charges, jail time, and lose his medical license.” Her doctors told her “she’d just have to wait.” So she did, in “torture,” and gave birth to Elizabeth at 3pm, watched her gasp for breath, and then watched her die at 3:15pm on December 8, 2010.”

A Failing City Calls In The Finance Doctor

“Reading, Pa., was once so well off that it had a Monopoly card named after it: Reading Railroad.

But the city has fallen on tough times. Every year, the people who run Reading struggle to come up with millions of dollars to patch holes in the budget. A few years back, the city sold a whole lake. The county paid $4 million for it. But the budget holes persisted. In 2009, Reading needed to come up with another $11 million.

That’s when the mayor, Thomas McMahon, decided it was time for Reading to throw in the towel.”

Homeless veterans could lose 10,000 housing vouchers

“Top Senate Democrats raised loud objections Thursday to a plan by Republicans in the House of Representatives that they said would eliminate 10,000 housing vouchers for homeless veterans this year, an effort to save $75 million from the 2011 federal budget.”

Dalai Lama steps away from political role over Tibet exiles

“The Dalai Lama on Thursday announced that he intends to transfer his political authority over the Tibetan government in exile to an elected leader, a move that he said would promote democratic development but that the Chinese government slammed as “tricks to deceive the international community.””

World Briefing | Asia: China: Democratic Reforms Risk Plunge Into ‘Abyss,’ Leader Says

“The leader of China’s quasi-legislature said that China would never embrace Western political tenets because loosening the Communist Party’s hold on power risked plunging the nation into “the abyss of internal disorder.””

Satire: Responsible, Thoughtful Nation Decides To Ignore Charlie Sheen Situation

“Calling the situation “none of our business” and “not worth a second of our time, quite frankly,” a responsible and thoughtful U.S. populace uniformly decided this week to ignore Charlie Sheen’s recent outbursts, saying they had far more important things to focus on than a sitcom actor’s personal troubles”


Good News: Could Diamonds Become An Oncologist’s Best Friend?

“When doctors set out to poison cancer cells with drugs, there’s always a risk healthy tissues will fall to friendly fire. And sometimes a drug is kicked out of tumor cells or flushed out of the body before it can do much good.

For help overcoming those hurdles, biomedical engineer Dean Ho and his colleagues at Northwestern University have turned to a surprising material: diamonds.”

Reader Comments Welcome. Share news stories you have seen here…please be sure to attribute them. Comments with violations of Fair Use guidelines may be edited.