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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Morning Bits

Delayed? “Hurricane Sandy may delay the election season’s final jobs and unemployment report, the Labor Department said Monday. The department will re-assess when to release the report — which was slated to come out Friday — when the weather emergency is over, said Gary Steinberg, a spokesman for the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Deterred political instability? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to join up with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party in Israel may “bring much-needed political stability and a higher level of governance.”

Deprived of both political and economic news. “U.S. markets for stocks, options and other exchange-based derivatives will remain closed for a second-straight session Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy, the first two-day weather-related shutdown of the markets since 1888.”

Denounced student debt, but did nothing. “The amount of student debt has increased to record levels during President Obama’s administration despite longstanding promises to tackle the problem, according to a report by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center.”

Denied. “The top U.S. military officer is denying reports that Army Gen. Carter Ham’s planned departure as head of U.S. Africa Command is linked to the Sept. 11 attack in Libya.”

Deranged. “It’s Terrorism 101. A New York University class on transnational terrorism is requiring students to ‘hypothetically plan a terrorist attack’ — and shocked cops say the outrageous lesson plan is an insult to the officers killed on Sept. 11. The controversial course, taught by former Navy criminal investigator Marie-Helen Maras, asks the pupils to ‘step into [a terrorist’s] shoes’ and write a 10- to 15-page paper on their battle plan.” I hate to think think what the class assignment in Genocide Studies 101 is.

Deluded. Yes there is poverty in Gaza, but also a building boom and luxury apartments, with waiting lists for decorators. Elliott Abrams remarks on “the remarkable blindness of the ‘activists’ going to Gaza to help alleviate its imagined isolation and non-existent humanitarian disaster. In fact there is a humanitarian disaster in the neighborhood, in Syria. I am still waiting for the ships full of European ‘activists’ and parliamentarians heading into Tartous and Latakia to express solidarity with the Syrian people.”

Discounted. The Democrats’ absentee-ballot and early-voting claims seem to be exaggerated. In Pennsylvania: “In 2008 the GOP edged the Democrats by just 2% in absentee returns. As of today the GOP’s lead is 18.8% — a 16.9% bump in a state Obama won by 10% in 2008. Republicans have turned in 55.2% of the absentee ballots to date, while the Democrats have returned just 36.4%.”

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