Monday, 2 November 2009

The media overnight

Climate bill faces hurdles in Senate - The climate-change bill that has been moving slowly through the Senate will face a stark political reality when it emerges for committee debate on Tuesday: With Democrats deeply divided on the issue, unless some Republican lawmakers risk the backlash for signing on to the legislation, there is almost no hope for passage - Washington Post
Out of Race, Karzai Rival Is Harsh Critic of Election Afghanistan’s last presidential challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, dropped out of the race on Sunday, accusing the government of profound corruption and electoral fraud even as the Obama administration rallied around President Hamid Karzai - New York Times

Military refines a 'constant stare against our enemy' - The rapidly increasing surveillance power of unmanned aircraft gives U.S. officials an option besides troops. – Los Angeles Times

Kissing was developed 'to spread germs' - It isn't the most romantic theory, but scientists believe kissing was developed to spread germs which build up immunity to illness – London Daily Telegraph
Bruce Anderson: Let's be honest... legalise drugs and society would benefit - This is a war that cannot be won. And the suppression of David Nutt won't help –The Independent, London
Putin, Tymoshenko Stoke Gas Fears - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday that Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko blocked a money transfer for Russian gas and risked provoking a new supply crisis that could disrupt flows to Europe.  It seems we have problems with payment for our energy supplies again, which is extremely deplorable,” Putin said at a meeting with United Russia party leaders at his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo after a call with his Ukrainian counterpart, Yulia Tymoshenko. Putin’s comments come in the run-up to a Ukrainian presidential election Jan. 17, in which Tymoshenko will challenge Yushchenko and former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Analysts have interpreted Putin and Tymoshenko’s relatively constructive partnership as a tacit endorsement from Moscow. – Moscow Times

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