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Obama Feels Heat On NSA Reform; Al-Qaida Never Stronger; Global Warming Warning Labels; Gun Ownership Rises; Car Exec Apologizes For Admitting To Spying; Where Are The Jobs? – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 1-10-2014

January 10, 2014 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Lawmakers say momentum is growing to curb the National Security Agency’s controversial metadata program after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House Thursday. Obama declined to endorse any specific reforms during the private session with 16 Senate and House lawmakers but acknowledged the agency’s surveillance programs would have to undergo reform. Source: The Hill… 

 

  • From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al-Qaida now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites. Indeed, al-Qaida appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history. Source: CNN… 

 

  • A group of Bay Area environmentalists has proposed labels that will warn drivers of their contribution to global warming every time they pull up to the pump. Similar to the Surgeon General’s warning on a pack of cigarettes, the proposed stickers would remind motorists of the State of California’s position that fossil fuels are leading to potentially hazardous climate change. Source: CBS San Francisco… 

 

  • The latest Economist/YouGov poll shows that 39 percent of American households own guns, which represents a five percent increase over the number of gun owning households in 2012. Source: Breitbart… 

 

  • Ford Motor Co. marketing chief Jim Farley on Thursday apologized for a remark he made Wednesday saying the Dearborn automaker tracks customers through in-car navigation devices. Source: The Detroit News… 

 

  • Ouch! The job market suddenly looks a lot weaker than economists’ had thought. Hiring slumped sharply in December, as the economy added only 74,000 jobs, according to the government. This was the weakest month for job growth since January 2011 and came as a huge surprise to economists, who were expecting an addition of 193,000 jobs. Source: CNN Money… 

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