Top Stories for Sunday, December 7, 2014

Republican Bill Cassidy Defeats Mary Landrieu in LA Senate Runoff

From AP, “IN LOUISIANA, GOP’S CASSIDY VOWS TO OPPOSE OBAMA”: “Cassidy specifically cited the president’s health care overhaul and alluded to the administration’s regulatory approach to oil, gas and coal, repeating the GOP mantra that those policies “kill those jobs.” He also lambasted Obama’s executive action on immigration. But he offered no alternatives to any of those policies.

The senator-elect’s lack of details reflected his campaign strategy of making the election about Obama and Landrieu’s voting record in support of the White House. That approach was enough to yield a 56 percent to 44 percent victory in a Saturday runoff.

With the win, Republicans will have a 54-seat majority when the Senate convenes in January, to go along with at least 246 seats in the House, compared to 188 for Democrats. A recount remains unsettled in one Arizona House district. The numbers give Republicans their strongest advantage on Capitol Hill since Democratic President Harry Truman’s administration after World War II. The results also will leave Democrats without a single governor, U.S. senator or legislative majority across nine Southern states from the Carolinas to Texas.”

NFL Players Protest Eric Garner Choking Death

From Yahoo, “NFL players show support for ‘I can’t breathe’ protests”: “Several NFL players joined other stars Sunday to support the “I can’t breathe” protests sweeping the United States demanding justice for black men who have died at the hands of white policemen.

On Saturday, Chicago Bulls NBA star Derrick Rose wore a T-shirt bearing the words, which has become the slogan of the demonstrations in major US cities because they were the last phrase uttered by a black father of six in New York when police placed him in a chokehold.

Eric Garner died but a grand jury on Wednesday decided not to charge the white police officer, triggering days of protests in several US cities.

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush wore a top with “I can’t breathe” written on it ahead of an NFL game on Sunday, as did Cleveland Browns ace Johnson Bademosi.

Davin Joseph, a St Louis Rams guard, wrote the same words on his cleats and tweeted it, along with the caption: “RIP Eric Garner.””