President Holds First Press Conference in Eight Months
President Obama says the fiscal cliff is a high
priority. He held his first press
conference since re-election yesterday. He said, “I am open to new ideas. If
the Republican counterparts or some democrats have a great idea for us to raise
revenue, maintain progressivity, make sure the middle class isn’t getting hit,
reduces our deficit, encourages growth, I am not going to slam the door in
their face. I think that fair minded people can come to an agreement that does
not cause the economy to go back into recession, that protects middle class
families, that focuses on jobs and growth and reduces our deficit.”
Other questions included the investigation into the
September attacks in Benghazi
and former CIA Director David Petraeus, but the president did not comment on
either because both are open cases. As
for Petraeus, he will testify regarding Benghazi
on Friday – but it will be closed to the public.
Israel-Hamas Fighting Intensifies
There's more fighting in Gaza as militants have killed three Israelis
in a rocket attack that is certain to exact a harsh retaliation. That comes after Israel assassinated the top
military commander of the terrorist group Hamas on Wednesday. It’s the most intense fighting there since a
full scale war four years ago.
Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Makes it to Capitol Hill
The fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than two
dozen people and sickened 400 others is now being investigated by Congress. The House Subcommittee on Oversight is
specifically looking at the pharmaceutical company that’s linked to the
outbreak, and wants to hear about the FDA inspections of the facility. Many of
the questions posed to officials of the company were met by pleas for taking
the 5th Amendment against testifying against oneself.
Another big recall at Toyota. This time 2.7 million vehicles are affected
by steering and water pump problems. So
far no injuries. Fourteen models are
included. All you need to know at www.Toyota.com.
Humanitarian Aid to Syria
The US is
pledging 30-million dollars in aid to Syria as the conflict there
continues. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton says the money will go to food for the hungry inside Syria, as well as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon,
Jordan, and Iraq. That announcement came just after France
announced they may begin arming the rebels there.
has a new leader, as Xi Jinping takes over for Hu Jintao today. They don’t have an election process like we
do, but Xi was formally appointed at the end of a week-long meeting to not only
be the General Secretary, but also the military commander. It used to be that the outgoing chief held
onto the military post.
Church Around the World
Set to Deport Christian to Iran
A Christian from Iran
who fled to Sweden
is now facing deportation there. Resa
Jebbari is a former Muslim who has been living in Sweden,
and has applied for asylum there because of Iran’s strict laws regarding
apostasy and conversion from Islam.
Jebbari is reportedly active in a local church and regularly
participates in events, but Swedish courts doubt the sincerity of his claims of
Competitors, Not Just Fans
In 1 Corinthians 9, the apostle Paul likens our walk with
Christ to a marathon, not a sprint.
Jimmy Page with Wisdom Walks Sports says today’s Christians need to step
it up and be competitors rather than just fans of Jesus. He says, “There’s a
lot of people that will be passive Christians. You know the fans the ones that
are content to maybe grow personally but not engage in the community or engage
in life in such a way that they are influencers. We believe that you need to
engage in order to truly fulfill your calling, the calling that Christ puts on
each one of our lives. We need to live in such a way that influences those
around us.” More tips and resources at www.WisdomWalks.org.
Family & Relationships
Best Toys for Christmas
Good Housekeeping is out with its annual list of the best
toys for Christmas, in terms of safety and education. The good news is there are more choices under
25-dollars this year. Some of the
winners include: The Techno Source Glow
Crazy Doodle Dome for ages three-and-up.
That’s basically a tent that lets kids draw on the walls. For older kids, like 10 year olds, there’s
the Ravensburger 3D Building Set, a puzzle kit that lets them re-create famous
sites like the Empire
State Building. The full list is up at www.GoodHousekeeping.com.
Working from Home Just Got More Comfortable
With more people working out of their homes, it was only a
matter of time before the home office made it to the bedroom. Companies are catching up with more
office-gear for your bed. Some the new items on this year’s list: The Double
Duty – An adjustable bed with outlets built into it. It allows one person to work while the other
sleeps, theoretically. Several places
have laptop holders or lifters. And
Steelcase has even made a Pseudo Bed for the Office.
Career Change Tips
A lot of workers in the East got time off in the aftermath
of Super Storm Sandy. For some, it’s
made them rethink their career choice. www.Forbes.com has some advice for them, and
anyone mulling that decision. They say
the first question to ask is “Am I Happy?”
And then make sure you’re ready for change and that it’s not just an
Finances & Economy
Used Car Prices Expected to Spike
Another thing that’s being affected by Hurricane Sandy is used
car prices. USA Today says as many as
250,000 cars were destroyed in the storm, which has sent people out looking to
replace those vehicles. www.Edmunds.com says the rise in demand will
mean the rest of the nation will be paying up one-thousand dollars more per
vehicle in the short term.
Stents for Your Eyes?
If it works for hearts, why not for your eyes? Researchers at USC say they’ve come up with a
kind of micro-stent that can be placed in the eye to allow fluid to drain off,
and provide relief for glaucoma patients.
The fluid that builds up causes pressure on the eye which can damage the
optic nerve. Most patients can control
that with eye drops, but when it gets to be too much – these micro-stents may
be able to help.
Super Storm Sandy
Clothed in Compassion
Nick Sippl is from Northern Michigan. He is in New York helping victims of Super Storm Sandy through his job. Seeing the need first hand, he has organized a clothing drive. He says The police and the National guard were literally not knocking on doors, but kicking in doors to see if anyone was home. They had to be evacuated the water was rising so much. This lady I talked to was about five and a half feet tall. She told me when she came out of the house they were holding their children over their heads. When she came down to the street level, the water was up to her neck. They had pretty much lost everything. When they came in, we got them dried off. "That’s what got me thinking, these people have nothing." If you live in the area, please drop clothing off at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church. Click here for their address and phone number. There's a trailer parked outside where you can place your donation.
Pearl Foy is using one of the talents God has given her to raise money for Super Storm Sandy victims. She will give it to the victims by way of the Salvation Army. She's organizing a Hair Cut-A-Thon. It will be held on Sunday November 11th from 10am-5pm in the Phoenix Arizona area. There are two locations. One is located at the Turning Point Beauty College in Mesa. The other will be held at Kor Beauty Academy in Peoria.
Help Salvation Army Relief Efforts with A Simple Text
Text the word "STORM" to 80888. Then respond with a "yes" when the text response comes to you.
Give Blood and Money Through Red Cross
Because many blood donation centers on the east coast are closed, it is even more important for we who are out of harm’s way to donate. www.RedCross.org has all you need to know. You may also give money via that web site, or you can give $10 via text message by texting the word “RedCross” to 90999.
Slice of Family Life Nation reaches Out to Sandy victims
Nick Sippl is from Northern Michigan, but he’s in New York right now
helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Nick has gone the extra mile to organize a clothing drive after seeing
one family’s struggle. Nick told FLR News, “The police and the National guard
were literally not knocking on doors, but kicking in doors to see if anyone was
home. They had to be evacuated the water was rising so much. This lady I talked
to was about five and a half feet tall. She told me when she came out of the
house they were holding their children over their heads. When she came down to
the street level, the water was up to her neck. They had pretty much lost
everything. When they came in, we got them dried off. That’s what got me
thinking, these people have nothing.” Nick says the National Guard had to
literally kick in some people’s doors to see if they were home. We’ve got more stories and links up on this