Chad’s Morning Brief: Ann Romney and Stay at Home Moms, North Korea Fails Again, and More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of April 13, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am. Join Chad from 11am-1pm at Stone Gate Golf Course for the Lunch Rush! Stone Gate is located at 110th and Indiana.
1. Stay at Home Moms
Well Hilary Rosen really stepped in it didn't she? Rosen's attack on Ann Romney has really ticked off a lot of women as it should and now Democrats are in clean-up mode. Even Obama came to the defense of mothers on Thursday showing just how important the female vote will be in the upcoming election. If you missed it, here's what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney.
On CNN Thursday night, Rosen questioned what advice Ann Romney could give. “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” she told Anderson Cooper. “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing.”
After Rosen's comments Ann Romney said on Twitter:
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
And with that the battle was on. How stupid is Hilary Rosen? My Mom was a stay at home mom and it was work. I appreciate what my Mom did by staying home. I'm sure my parents could have made more money and been better off financially, but she made the sacrifice. When my Wife and I have kids, I hope that we will be in a situation where she can stay at home with our children.
Stay at home moms aren't out of touch with the economy. They still go to the grocery store, and they still buy clothes for the kids. Any suggestion otherwise is ignorant and in this case only goes to serve as a political line.
2. North Korean Rocket Failed (link)
Here's something shocking, North Korea's rocket launch failed.
A senior U.S. official who is receiving updates from U.S. military launch observers tells Fox News the rocket broke apart between 90 seconds and 2 minutes after launching.
Data suggests the rocket broke up in mid-flight inside the Earth's atmosphere. Officials tell Fox News the rocket did not fall into any populated areas, suggesting it fell into the ocean.
The rocket likely broke apart during the first phase of a three phase process.
Now we get to see how the Obama administration will handle this. A strongly worded letter, or something else?
3. Romney Pulls Ahead (link)
Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of President Obama in a new FOX News poll. Though it's early and I believe we will see the lead go back and forth. According to FOX:
Republican Mitt Romney holds a slim edge over President Obama in a head-to-head matchup, a Fox News poll released Thursday shows. In addition, the poll finds the president’s job rating has dropped to its lowest point of the year.
In a presidential matchup, Romney tops Obama by 46-44 percent if the election were today.
As with every Romney-Obama matchup in the past six months, the race is so tight that it is within the poll’s margin of sampling error. This, however, is only the second time the Fox News poll shows Romney on top. The first time was November 2011, when he was also up by 2 percentage points.
Another FOX News poll showed that 56% of people said that the President tried to intimidate the Supreme Court over Obamacare.
4. Why all the Earthquakes?
According to Bloomberg, the swarm of earthquakes across the middle of the United States is due to drilling.
A spate of earthquakes across the middle of the U.S. is “almost certainly” man-made, and may be caused by wastewater from oil or gas drilling injected into the ground, U.S. government scientists said in a study.
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey said that for the three decades until 2000, seismic events in the nation’s midsection averaged 21 a year. They jumped to 50 in 2009, 87 in 2010 and 134 in 2011.
Those statistics, included in the abstract of a research paper to be discussed at the Seismological Society of America conference next week in San Diego, will add pressure on anenergy industry already confronting more regulation of the process of hydraulic fracturing.
“Our scientists cite a series of examples for which an uptick in seismic activity is observed in areas where the disposal of wastewater through deep-well injection increased significantly,”David Hayes, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, said in a blog post yesterday, describing research by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Apparently not all wells induce earthquakes so it's pretty impossible to predict. The good news is that these quakes have been very small.
5. Dumb story of the morning (link)
A North Carolina middle school student has been suspended for hugging a teacher.
WECT-TV reports that Ryan Blackmon, an eighth grade student at Bladenboro Middle School, was suspended when he hugged his teacher after she broke up a potential fight between himself and another student.
“”I said, ‘Thank you,’ after she got done,” Blackmon told the station. “I went to hug her, then she just snatched me up by the arm and drug me to the other teacher and said that I needed to be written up, and that something serious had happened.”
According to school documents obtained by the station, it is against the rules for a student to hug a teacher.
Young girl saves a life.
A 911 call dialed by Cynthia Almendarez, 10, saved her two year old nephew's life.
"I was a little bit scared but i knew that I had to stay calm so i controlled it," said Cynthia Almendarez.
It was back in July when Cynthia kept her cool and translated CPR directions in Spanish to her mom.
They got the baby breathing before help arrived.
911 dispatcher Cheryl Dean was the voice on the other end of that call.
"You don't get a lot of children that are able to handle calls and be that exceptional when they call," said Dean.
Cynthia earned a big recognition for her bravery that day.
With her nephew by her side, the 5th grader was honored with the Citizen Life Saving Award.
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