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Threat Assessment: December 27th-January 3rd

Thomas Barwick

AGAINST US

WOMEN'S WORK DOESN'T TRANSLATE TO WEALTH  


Women represent 40 percent of the world’s labor force but hold just 1 percent of the world’s wealth, according to a new report from the World Bank. [WSJ]

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EGYPT HALTS 'VIRGINITY TESTS'


An Egyptian court ordered an end to the tests in army prisons, after several women were subjected to the practice when they were detained during a March protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square. [Yahoo News]

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AGAINST US

HUGO CHAVEZ HINTS US BEHIND CANCER TREND  


"Would it be so strange that they've invented the technology to spread cancer and we won't know about it for 50 years?" the recently cancer-stricken Venezuelan president wondered aloud, a day after Argentina's president said she'd been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Other leftwing Latin America leaders diagnosed with the disease in recent years include Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Paraguay's Fernando Lugo, and the former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. [Guardian]

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WITH US

PALIN SLIPS IN 'MOST ADMIRED' POLL


Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the annual survey; Sarah Palin fell to fourth place among women, from second in each of the last three years. [USA Today]

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AGAINST US

HALF OF COMBAT VETS SUFFER EMOTIONAL TRAUMA


Large numbers of post-9/11 veterans report flashbacks or nightmares related to traumatic battlefield experiences. [Pew Research]

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WITH US

CRIMINAL CHARGES POSSIBLE IN BP SPILL


U.S. prosecutors are preparing a case that some BP engineers and supervisors may have misled regulators about drilling risks. [NPR]

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WITH US

CA JUDGE SAYS DEATH PENALTY 'NOT EFFECTIVE'


"I don’t think it is working," said GOP-appointed California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye recently said, calling for "a merit-based discussion on its effectiveness and costs." [ThinkProgress]

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AGAINST US

BILLIONS OF GIFT-CARD DOLLARS GO UNSPENT


The amoung of money on gift cards that's gone unclaimed since 2005, according to a new report? $41 billion.  [NPR]

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WITH US

ECONOMISTS SEE U.S. RECOVERY IN 2012


They expect the economy to grow 2.4 percent next year, faster than in 2011, barring an economic meltdown in Europe or elsewhere. [AP]

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GINGRICH WAS FOR ROMNEY'S HEALTH-CARE LAW …


… before he was against it. Like every other contender for the GOP nomination, the former Speaker has had a fine old time beating up on Romney over the universal health-care measure the latter pushed through as governor of Massachusetts. But in a 2006 memo discovered by the Wall Street Journal he was all praise. "Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney" on health care, Gingrich wrote. [WSJ, ABC]

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