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November 9, 2012

NJN/am for Friday, November 9


Friday, and we’re always ready for some football…

Weather: Warming trend, though you couldn’t prove it by this morning. Many (if not most) of you had frost this morning, maybe even a light freeze. But that’s all we’ll see of that for a few days, as temperatures warm up to the middle 70s through the weekend. Lows will stay chilly in the 40s tonight and Saturday. We’ll start off the work week with storms.

Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign. What? You thought we were done for a while? Consider this announcement via Twitter: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who always seems to have the label “rising star in the GOP” affixed to his name somehow, will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Terry Brandstad — the governor of Iowa, home of the first caucus in the race for the Oval Office. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are digging in their heels regarding possible tax hikes, as they stake out their position in negotiations over the coming “fiscal cliff,” the looming deadline for sequestration — automatic budget cuts and tax increases that kick in if a new budget deal isn’t reached by the end of the year.

Attorney General headed out? Eric Holder, by far one of the most controversial members of President Obama’s cabinet, may not be back for the second term. Reuters reported that Holder told a group of students at the University of Baltimore law school, that he must ask himself the question, "Do I have some gas left in the tank?" Holder has been eviscerated by Republicans for his involvement in the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scheme along the Mexican border, where a Border Patrol agent was killed using weapons that were intentionally allowed to get into drug cartel hands.

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