News Clips Oct, 13, 2009

Lou Dobbs’s Next Home: Fox Business?

The anchor Lou Dobbs appears to be exploring an exit from CNN, his longtime employer.
Certainly, Fox continues to aggressively bolster its on-air talent, most recently with the hiring of John Stossel, the libertarian investigative journalist from ABC News, for its spin-off channel, Fox Business. Mr. Dobbs, an administration critic who calls himself an independent, met for dinner with Roger E. Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

Fox Business Eying Lou Dobbs

Fox Business Network is eying CNN host Lou Dobbs, the New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports.

Stelter merely mentions the news midway through his article on the ongoing battle between the White House and Fox News:

Lou Dobbs quitting CNN – again?

Lou Dobbs is CNN’s star business reporter, anchoring a nightly ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ show at 7pm on CNN. Now it seems he is being tempted away to be the star turn on rival Fox Business channel.

Is Ailes About to Turn the Fox Business Network Around?

First, Don Imus, second, Jon Stossel, next… Lou Dobbs?  Is Roger Ailes about to turn around the fortunes of the Fox Business Network?  Prior to the arrival of the Imus juggernaut, the ‘not-publicly-available’ viewing figures over at Fox Business didn’t make for happy viewing.  Executives at News Corp must have been thinking about whether they had backed the wrong horse in mounting a challenge to CNBC.  With availability in around 40 million homes, but averaging a daily audience of just 21,000, the chances of the network hitting its break-even target in 2010 was looking bleak.  I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to be in the room when the generals read the revenue sheet.

Lou Dobbs heading to Fox Business?

The New York Times’ Brian Stetler reports that Fox News is relishing its position as the leading voice of partisan opposition to Obama. Fox’s senior vice president for programming, Bill Shine, says of the criticism from the White House, “Every time they do it, our ratings go up.” Stetler reports that Fox is trying to bolster its oppositional forces by adding CNN’s Lou Dobbs to its roster:

Certainly, Fox continues to aggressively bolster its on-air talent, most recently with the hiring of John Stossel, the libertarian investigative journalist from ABC News, for its spin-off channel, Fox Business. The business channel is also keen on another administration critic, Lou Dobbs, who met for dinner with Mr. Ailes last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

CNN: More Like Fox Every Day

Latino in America a Charade without Mention of Dobbs

WASHINGTON – October 9 – The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, about the upcoming CNN series “Latino in America,” scheduled to begin airing on October 22nd.

Last night, some of my colleagues at America’s Voice went to the Washington premier of CNN’s upcoming special, Latino in America.  We’ve been waiting to see how this highly publicized series would handle one of the biggest menaces facing Latinos in America: CNN’s Lou Dobbs.

Arizona Sheriff Vows to Continue Immigration Sweeps Despite Federal Downgrade

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is dismissing a revised Department of Homeland Security policy that takes away his federal authority to make immigration arrests.
A firebrand Arizona sheriff known for his hard-line immigration enforcement is vowing to press ahead with an illegal immigrant sweep Friday, defying a revised Department of Homeland Security policy that takes away his federal authority to make such arrests.

Free migrant detainees; they aren’t felons

Seriously ill immigration detainees can’t wait for the reforms announced last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Detained for more than five months at the Glades County Detention Center, Rosemarie has bled daily as a result of a fibroid tumor in her uterus. Early on, the facility had medical records documenting her need for surgery. Yet she remains in a solitary-confinement cell referred to as the “medical ward” without so much as a window for daylight. Rosemarie, who is from Haiti, still awaits surgery.

Immigrant advocates head to D.C. for rally

A group of immigrant advocates from Massachusetts and New Hampshire are traveling to Washington to rally and lobby Congress in anticipation of changes in immigration laws.

The delegation of about two dozen members of the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition was scheduled to board a bus last night to join groups from around the country in the nation’s capital.

Representative Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois promised last month to introduce a bill today aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration system. The groups are expected to hold a rally at the US Capitol to coincide with planned rallies around the country. Immigration activists are seeking changes that would allow undocumented immigrants in the United States to obtain legal status.

Dozens Rally for Immigration Reform in Center City

by KYW’s Pat Loeb

Dozens of people rallied outside City Hall Monday, calling for immigration reform.

“We want to hear noise…”

The rally was a send off for a delegation of Philadelphians heading to Washington to lobby for immigration reform:

“We want to say that immigrants are here to stay. they have rights and they will stand up for their rights.”

The Early Word: The Health Care Vote

On Tuesday, it becomes five-for-five.
The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote on its health care legislation, which, given the panel’s Democratic majority, is almost certain to pass. Should that actually occur, the Finance Committee will become the fifth Congressional panel to pass health care legislation, following the lead of the Senate Health committee and three House committees.

From foe to friend of reform

By Barbara Shelly

Fifteen years ago, Bob Dole decided it was better to kill health-care reform than to hand a Democratic president a historic victory. Since then, praise be, he’s reformed his thinking.

In Kansas City last week, the former Republican Senate majority leader and presidential candidate added his voice – still strong at age 86 – to the push to help all Americans afford good health care. “This is one of the most important measures members of Congress will vote on in their lifetimes,” he said.

Hispanic lawmakers seek to lay immigration reform blueprint

Though Congress is not expected to take up comprehensive immigration reform until next year, some Hispanic lawmakers in the House are busy writing a bill that supports a path for citizenship for an estimated 12 million unauthorized immigrants already in the country.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, are behind the effort.

Mapping valley’s energy use

Curious how much electricity your home street consumes? How about the one over?

The national models and online calculators are little help when trying to figure out what your desert home’s carbon footprint is.

Those calculators are generic and don’t take into account the additional resources homes in the Mohave Desert consume during the summer, and the water used year-round, said Sheila Conway, executive director of Urban Environmental Research, a Las Vegas-based consulting firm.

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