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November 15, 2012
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National Pulse 

  • Obama asks CEOs to support his fiscal strategy:   President Barack Obama met with a dozen top CEOs on Wednesday, pledging a fair and balanced approach to the fiscal crisis and asking for the business community's support. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns said, "We were very clear that if we could help him to get to a solution, we are absolutely behind him, because going over the cliff is not something that any of us in the room could live with." The Wall Street Journal (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Agenda Items 
  • Obama promises climate "conversation," but no specific legislation
      
    Reuters
    President Barack Obama has pledged to begin a new national conversation on climate change, but stopped short of proposing a new legislative push to address the issue. Obama added that he would not seek climate solutions that threatened the country's economic recovery. "If the message is somehow, we're going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don't think anybody's gonna go for that," he said. "I won't go for that." Reuters (11/14) , The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Chart: Low-income voters could be key to GOP's revival
      
    Reuters
    The conventional wisdom is that Republicans should focus on winning over middle-class voters in order to win the next election -- but a new analysis suggests that low-income voters might also have a key role to play. Comparing the GOP's vote share for different income levels over the four past election cycles reveals that the party's successful presidential candidates did a good job of winning the support of poor Americans, not just rich and middle-class voters. Slate/MoneyBox blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Get ready for the "fiscal spliff"
      
    Reuters
    Colorado and Washington state have voted to legalize marijuana, prompting late-night host Jimmy Fallon to wonder whether legalization could give the economy a shot in the arm. A wave of hungry, open-walleted drug users could give a much-needed boost to junk-food vendors, Fallon insists. "It could generate trillions in revenue for Taco Bell," he says. NBC.com (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit."
--Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer
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