- Inside the Headlines - 20131227- Inside the Headlines with James Moore and JP Sottile

IS THE US LOSING GLOBAL INFLUENCE?

New gas, old economy, more drones, less food stamps, book bannings on the rise, American influence on the wane, Obama's friends cashing out big time, Washington insiders' very merry Christmas. Hey, hey, it's end times for 2013 and we're taking you "Inside the Headlines" with the extraordinarily insightful Newsvandal JP Sottile.

As always, links to all the headline stories discussed and more listed below. Here's a link to JP's Guardian editorial on the real war on Christmas.

1. Cry Uncle, Sam?
Is US losing global influence?
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/193764-are-us-obama-losing-global-influence
 
Israel to defy US with new settlements
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/194003-reports-israel-to-announce-new-settlements
 
US Drone Kills at Least Three in North Waziristan
http://news.antiwar.com/2013/12/25/us-drone-kills-at-least-three-in-north-waziristan/
 
Another Secret War: CIA Killed FARC Leaders in Colombia
http://gawker.com/another-secret-war-cia-killed-farc-leaders-in-colombia-1488130615
 
Marine crisis response unit lands its largest mission in S. Sudan
http://www.stripes.com/news/south-sudan-crisis-lands-marine-crisis-response-unit-its-largest-mission-1.259075
 
U.S. Sending Arms to Help Iraq Battle Qaeda Violence
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/world/middleeast/us-sends-arms-to-aid-iraq-fight-with-extremists.html
 
The US has pivoted to the Middle East
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cad2fc6e-671e-11e3-a5f9-00144feabdc0.html

2. The Economy Doesn't Suck, It Just Sucks For You
Team Obama Cashing Out: The president might be having a tough time but his staff is still landing well.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/white-house/team-obama-cashing-out-20131223
 
It's a Very Merry Christmas for Washington Insiders 
http://www.cato.org/blog/its-very-merry-christmas-washington-insiders
 
Demand for food stamps soars in US
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/24/food-stamps-programmes-cuts-working-americans-texas
 
Record rally continues on Wall Street
http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/24/investing/stocks-markets/index.html
 
Wall Street's rental empire - the next subprimes?
http://www.dw.de/wall-streets-rental-empire-the-next-subprimes/a-17278409
 
Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/20803-inequality-government-is-a-perp-not-a-bystander

3. Burn, Baby, Burn!
New Greenhouse Gas Discovered
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/new_greenhouse_gas_discovered/
 
Conservative Donors Spend Billions On Climate Change ‘Countermovement’
http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-countermovement-funded-dark-money-conservative-donors-spend-billions-derail-1518282
 
To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/clean-coal-obama-pushes-oil-production-21306726
 
Is Methane Hydrate the Energy Source of the Future?
http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/is-methane-hydrate-the-energy-source-of-the-future-20131224
 
Scotland Zips Past U.S. on Road to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2020
http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/24/scotland-road-100-percent-renewable-energy-2020/

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/singapore_takes_the_lead_in_green_building_in_asia/2720/
 
Scientists Successfully Forecasted the Size and Location of an Earthquake
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/12/scientists-successfully-forecasted-the-size-and-location-of-an-earthquake/
 
More than 150 years after brutal slaughter, a small tribe returns home
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/12/25/more-than-150-yearsafterbrutalslaughterasmalltribereturnshome.html

ODDS & ENDS

Book bannings on the rise in US schools
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/23/book-bannings-rise-us-censorship
 
Big Food Companies Push to Label Genetically Modified Products as “Natural”
http://www.allgov.com/news/controversies/big-food-companies-push-to-label-genetically-modified-products-as-natural-131224?news=851995
 
A new suspect in bee deaths: the US government
http://qz.com/161512/a-new-suspect-in-bee-deaths-the-us-government/
 
Game of drones: Some see privacy threats in civilian drones, others see profits
http://www.economist.com/news/business/21591862-some-see-privacy-threats-civilian-drones-others-see-profits-game-drones
 
China debt grows to $4.6 trillion
http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/26/news/economy/china-debt/index.html
 
Income Inequality Worsening, And Not Just In US
http://www.ibtimes.com/global-income-inequality-story-charts-1519376
 
International waffles cafe opens in Dubai
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/international-waffles-cafe-opens-in-dubai-532151.html
 
Offerings a mixed blessing for shrine
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/12/26/national/offerings-a-mixed-blessing-for-shrine/
 
An Unloved Stadium, but Full of Memories
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/24/sports/candlestick-park-fades-from-a-spotlight-it-made-a-habit-of-stealing.html
 
No Fracking Way - Leo Sayer's Coal Seam Gas protest song
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1990309/no-fracking-way-leo-sayers-csg-protest-song/?cs=305
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