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Michele Bachmann Hates the Format of the Republican Debates

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The debate formats this fall haven’t won raves from some of the candidates – Newt Gingrich being the most vocal among them – and now Michele Bachmann is adding her thumbs-down review, POLITICO‘s Reid Epstein reports.

Appearing on Simon Conway’s WHO radio show in Des Moines, Bachmann said debate moderators are showmen “more interested in television” than issues.

“You have to take a look at the moderators of these debates, and what is it that they are asking and what are the questions,” Bachmann said in response to Conway telling her he was disappointed in her performance during Thursday’s debate in Orlando. “We get in trouble if we don’t answer the questions that they ask us. We don’t control the questions, the moderators do, and they’re more interested in television than they are what the people care about.”

Bachmann said she’d be for radically changing the debate format:

I would love to see a different process at the debates. For one thing, all of the candidates don’t get to answer all of the question and the time limits that we have, its very difficult to do. … It would be great if we could get sit-down interviews for 20 minutes or a half-hour so that we can have the same questions and we each answer those questions to the moderator.

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Senate Passes Disaster Relief Spending Agreement

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The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement intended to end a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government at the end of the week.

In two votes, the Senate approved short-term spending measures to fund the government for the start of the new fiscal year that begins Saturday. The deal hinged on FEMA‘s new assessment that it has enough funding for the rest of the current fiscal year.

The measures now go to the House, which would need to approve them to make sure the government continues to be funded after Friday.

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Sources Say Obama Tried to Intervene in Troy Davis Case

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Two sources say that President Obama took time to explain Friday that he tried to save Troy Davis and why he did not say anything about the controversial execution.

A source says the White House spent three days looking at how it could get involved in the case on a federal level. However, it was a state, not federal, case, and the President was unable to intervene.

Via Redding News Review.

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On This Day…

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In 1964, the Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.

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Justice Department Will Not Ask Court of Appeals to Reconsider Health Care Mandate

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The Justice Department announced on Monday that it would not ask the full Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling against the 2010 health care law. That presumably leaves the government to appeal its loss directly to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has already received one of the multitude of federal cases challenging the constitutionality of the law’s individual insurance mandate. It arrived in July from the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, which upheld that provision on a 2-to-1 ruling. A month later, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 against the mandate.

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Woman Arrested for 2010 Stockholm Bombing

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A 28–year–old woman has been arrested in Luton as part of an investigation into a suicide bombing in Sweden in December last year, Scotland Yard says.

She was held on Tuesday on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts.

The Met Police said she was questioned at a central London police station and later bailed until November.

Taimour Al–Abdaly, 28, an Iraqi-born Swede who had been based in Luton, blew himself up in Stockholm on 11 December last year.

Two people were injured after two explosions in the Swedish capital’s shopping district. Abdaly apparently killed himself as he tried to set off a car bomb in the busy street.

It later emerged that Abdaly had moved to the UK in 2001 to study and at the time of the bombing had lived in Luton with his wife and three children.

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Khmer Rouge Tribunal to Conduct Trials on a Charge-by-Charge Basis

On Thursday, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia announced that four former Khmer Rouge leaders will be tried on a charge-by-charge basis.

Nuon Chea attends a trial in his sunglasses and ski cap (Photo Courtesy of Phnom Penh/Reuters

Nuon Chea attends a trial in his sunglasses and ski cap (Photo Courtesy of Reuters)

The court’s desire to accelerate the trials stems from the fact that defendants range in age from seventy-nine to eighty-five. The court is trying to avoid the result of the 2006 Slobodan Milosevic trial, during which Mr. Milosevic died in his cell during trial.

The Khmer Rouge defendants have already cited their health as obstacles to the upcoming trials.

The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. The regime authorized torture, executions, starvation, and child labor camps.

Via Impunity Watch.

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