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|Worthy News Brief - October 31, 2013|
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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
White House begins pushback against Senate sanctions bill on Iran - Jerusalem Post
New Senate proposal would seek to halve Iran's remaining oil exports; Obama administration argues against timing of the bill that if given a vote, would likely pass with bipartisan support.
Putin Named Most Powerful Person in World by Forbes - RIA Novosti
Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person on the planet by Forbes magazine Wednesday, knocking US President Barack Obama off the number one spot.
Suicide bombers hit Iraq security as attacks kill 35 - AFP
Three suicide bombings killed 14 Iraqi security force members overnight, officials said Wednesday, the deadliest in a series of attacks that left 35 people dead in two days.
Moscow Conducts Large-Scale Nuclear Attack Drill - Washington Free Beacon
Russian strategic forces carried out a large-scale surprise military drill on Wednesday, launching four nuclear missiles that were closely monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies, U.S. officials said.
Huge explosion reported at Syrian air defense base - Times of Israel
A Syrian air defense base near the coastal city of Latakia was reportedly destroyed Wednesday night, with multiple Syrian and Lebanese sources speculating that an Israeli strike from the Mediterranean was to blame.
Netanyahu to advance east Jerusalem construction as 'compensation' for prisoner release - Jerusalem Post
Israel was planning to advance four building projects in east Jerusalem as "compensation" for the overnight release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, Israeli media cited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as saying.
Saudi court sentences man for spying for Israel - Times of Israel
Saudi court reportedly sentenced a Jordanian national to nine years in prison and 80 lashes for spying for Israel.
New settlement plans panned by US, Palestinians - Times of Israel
The US State Department and the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday denounced Israel's announcement that it would expedite several settlement expansion plans, with Ramallah saying the move "destroys the peace process."
Inside the United States
Poll: Obama approval at all-time low - Politico
President Barack Obama's job approval has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
Taper tease? Market worries Fed will end easing - CNBC
To the surprise of virtually no one, the Federal Reserve kept its cheap-money policy in place, but markets interpreted language in the decision to mean that the end may come sooner than expected.
Budget Deficit in U.S. Narrows to 5-Year Low on Record Revenue - Bloomberg
The U.S. posted its smallest budget deficit in five years as employment gains helped propel revenue to a record.
Sebelius rejects enrolling in Obamacare exchanges - Washington Times
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejected calls from Republicans Wednesday to enroll in one of the Obamacare marketplaces, saying she is happy with the coverage she gets as a federal employee.
Obama to Americans who lost 'cut-rate' insurance: Go shopping - Washington Times
Making a fierce defense of his namesake health care reform law, President Obama on Wednesday told Americans who are losing coverage that it's time to bid their "cut-rate" plans goodbye and go shopping for better insurance.
Third Republican joins Democrats' immigration bill - Washington Times
Three Republicans have signed up for House Democrats' immigration bill as of Wednesday afternoon, marking a steady increase in support and adding to pressure on GOP leaders to take some action before the end of the year.
Clapper contradicts White House, says Obama was aware of spying on allies - Washington Times
America's top intelligence official acknowledged Tuesday that President Obama and other senior White House officials were well aware of U.S. surveillance activities targeting leaders of friendly foreign nations -- a stark contradiction of the administration's insinuation in recent days that the president was unaware of such spying.
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