Obama Slides Further; GOP Eyes Primary Reform; Colin Powell Wants Single Payer; EPA Can’t Regulate Itself; Mandela Memorial’s Phony Communicator; Homosexuality Still A Crime In The World’s Largest Democracy – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 12-11-2013

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

  • A year that began with President Barack Obama riding high after his re-election victory is ending with him in the biggest hole of his presidency. Just 28 percent give the President high grades for being able to achieve his goals (down 16 points from January); only 37 percent give him high marks for being honest and straightforward (down 5 points from June); and 44 percent give him high marks for being able to handle a crisis (down another 5 points since June). Source: NBC News…

 

  • A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN. Source: CNN

 

  • At a prostate cancer survivors breakfast last week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, marveled at the quality of single-payer health care systems abroad and suggested the U.S. follow suit. Amid frustration with the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care plan, some members of Congress who agree with Powell are pushing for consideration of such a system. Source: U.S. News and World Report…

 

  • The Environmental Protection Agency was warned as early as July 2010 that a senior executive who claimed to be a CIA agent was collecting pay and bonuses not allowed by law but took no action for years, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general. Source: The Washington Post…

 

  • A fake sign language interpreter took to the stage during Tuesday’s memorial for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, gesticulating gibberish before a global audience of millions and outraging deaf people across the world. Source: Reuters…

 

  • India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court’s ruling that decriminalized gay sex, a move condemned by gay rights activists as a big step backward in their struggle for acceptance in this largely conservative country. Source: The Wall Street Journal…

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