California Death penalty repeal dead: Prop. 34

(11-07) 05:09 PST SACRAMENTO — Proposition 34, an initiative to repeal California’s seldom-used but politically potent death penalty law, looked dead with nearly 95 percent of the votes counted Wednesday. The measure would reduce the maximum sentence for capital murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole and would apply retroactively to the more than 720 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest death row. It was the first statewide vote on the issue since 1978, when a 71 percent majority approved expansion of a death penalty law that legislators had passed the previous year over Gov. Jerry Brown‘s veto. That campaign focused on whether murderers deserved to be executed. The Prop. 34 campaign, by contrast, stressed the financial costs of the state’s death penalty – $184 million a year, according to one study – and the structural paralysis of its system. Since executions resumed in the state in 1992, only 13 inmates have been put to death. Executions have been on hold in California since 2006, when a federal judge ordered the state to improve staff training and procedures for lethal injections. The injunction has granted a reprieve to more than a dozen prisoners who have no further appeals. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Death-penalty-repeal-dead-4014666.php#ixzz2BY8ZH0V3

Prop. 36: ‘Three strikes’ changes approved

California voters overwhelmingly approved changes to the state’s tough “three strikes” law on Tuesday, ending a practice in which prosecutors could seek 25-years-to-life sentences for defendants even if their latest offense – their third strike – was neither serious nor violent. The law, approved by state voters in 2004, aimed to lock up career criminals like Richard Allen Davis, who a year earlier had kidnapped and murdered 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma after an earlier string of assaults, robberies and abductions. But the law came under criticism when lesser offenders – a man who stole a truck and two bikes at Stanford, for instance, and another who stole a pepperoni pizza in Southern California – got 25-years-to-life sentences. The change in the law will allow an estimated 2,800 third-strike inmates currently in prison to petition the courts for a reduced sentence, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, and prevent an untold number of people from being charged with a third strike in the future. Proponents said Prop. 36 restored voters’ original intent: to lock up the worst serial criminals. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, a co-chair of the Prop. 36 campaign, said the measure’s passage would not only save money and allow nonviolent offenders to avoid spending the rest of their lives in prison, but also change the conversation in California.

With its passage, voters sent “a strong message to policymakers about what is considered acceptable to maintain public safety,” he said.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Prop-36-Three-strikes-changes-approved-4014677.php#ixzz2BY56W3G2

TODAY’S HEADLINES 11.07.12

NATION
Pakistani Taliban hiding in Afghanistan
Leader who ordered shooting of Pakistani girl has refuge in Afghanistan.
( by Dana Priest , The Washington Post)
Afghans to testify in soldier’s hearing
Witnesses are believed to be central to prosecution of Army sergeant accused in massacre of 16 civilians.
( by Ernesto Londoño , The Washington Post)
What we’ll learn about the loser
Amid the deluge of election-related coverage, nearly no one is talking about what happens next for the candidate who loses.
( by Jena McGregor , The Washington Post)
What makes an excellent president
The author of The President as Leader talks about the four leadership qualities that define excellence in the White House.
( by Tom Fox , The Washington Post)
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LOCAL
Maryland voters legalize expanded casino gambling
Spending on the ballot measure by supporters and opponents was unprecedented in the state.
( by Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner , The Washington Post)
David Grosso’s victory could reshape balance of power on D.C. Council
Voters oust incumbent Michael A. Brown; Vincent Orange wins bid for reelection.
( by Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart , The Washington Post)
Md. approves same-sex marriage law
In historic victory for gay rights, Maryland joins six states, District in legalizing gay nuptials.
( by John Wagner, Paul Schwartzman and Ned Martel , The Washington Post)
Fewer changes for feds under Obama
Obama’s reelection means there will be fewer hits on the pocketbooks of feds than under Romney.
(, The Washington Post)
Brown fails trustworthiness test
In race for at-large D.C. Council seat, voters give beleaguered candidate a more thorough vetting than in 2008.
( by Mike DeBonis , The Washington Post)
More Post Local: Washington, DC Area News, Traffic, Weather, Sports & More – The Washington Post


POLITICS
South Carolina Election Results 2012
( by Washington Post staff , The Washington Post)
Pennsylvania Election Results 2012
( by Washington Post staff , The Washington Post)
House Republicans hold majority
GOP defends the gains that swept it into power in 2010 and solidified its spot at table in the fiscal debate.
( by Paul Kane , The Washington Post)

Oklahoma Election Results 2012
( by Washington Post staff , The Washington Post)
Ohio Election Results 2012
( by Washington Post staff , The Washington Post)
More Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post


STYLE
Rediscovering first love was great, but there’s some concerns
Carolyn Hax counsels a woman, who after ending an abusive marriage of 40 years, is having second thoughts about the new relationship she’s in.
(, The Washington Post)
CBS brings out the big guys in ratings battle with NBC
It got “leaked” that CBS is developing another “NCIS” spinoff lickety split so as to get it “planted” in two episodes of “NCIS: The Mothership” this season.
(, The Washington Post)
La Tingeria food truck
Reasonable prices and a focused menu roll in Arlington.
( by Nevinn Martell , The Washington Post)
One election, but polls apart
For one voter, being unable to perform her civic duty wasn’t an option
( by Manuel Roig-Franzia , The Washington Post)
Electoral safari in the American wild
400 election officials from 60 countries came to the Washington area to watch the world’s most self-aggrandizing democracy happen.
( by Dan Zak , The Washington Post)
More Style: Culture, Arts, Ideas & More – The Washington Post


BUSINESS
What the election results mean for Main Street
Our first look at how the president’s victory and the congressional divide will affect small business owners and entrepreneurs.
( by J.D. Harrison , The Washington Post)
Freddie Mac posts third-quarter profit
Mortgage funding entity won’t request additional funds from U.S. Treasury to stay solvent.
( by Lynn Adler , The Washington Post)
Electing a health-care plan
COLUMN | Some things you should consider as you review your workplace health-care benefits.
(, The Washington Post)
Amazon Prime: Monthly subscription competes with Netflix, Hulu
Amazon’s new price option for competitive streaming indicates fiercer video competition.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)
Apple move to ARM chips would make sense, analyst says
Rumor has it that Apple may leave Intel chips; one analyst says that makes sense down the line.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

More Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis – The Washington Post


SPORTS
Va. volleyball results, brackets
The semifinals are set in the Northern and Northwest Regions and Region II.
( by Matt Brooks , The Washington Post)
Northwestern boys <br>wear 4A South crown
SOCCER | The Northwestern boys’ soccer team defeats Eleanor Roosevelt to capture its first 4A South title since 1995. Elsewhere, the Bowie girls cruised past C.H. Flowers to earn a trip to states.
( by Eric Detweiler , The Washington Post)
Westfield falls just short
FIELD HOCKEY | Westfield loses to Mountain View in Virginia AAA quarterfinal matchup, 2-1.
( by Preston Williams , The Washington Post)
TV and radio listings: November 7
(, The Washington Post)
Hokies at a glance
(, The Washington Post)

More Sports: Sports News, Scores, Analysis, Schedules & More – The Washington Post


TECHNOLOGY
Amazon Prime: Monthly subscription competes with Netflix, Hulu
Amazon’s new price option for competitive streaming indicates fiercer video competition.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)
Apple move to ARM chips would make sense, analyst says
Rumor has it that Apple may leave Intel chips; one analyst says that makes sense down the line.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)
Microsoft Surface, Apple’s iPad mini, other tablets get the teardown treatment
A look at who’s making a hardware profit on tablets and who’s not.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)
Why Foursquare’s new ratings feature should terrify Yelp
With the addition, Foursquare says its service will tell users where people actually like to go, not just the places they’ve visited.
( by VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com)
Ahead of holidays, Amazon adds $8 monthly plan to Prime program
Change signals Amazon’s intention to be a bigger player in streaming media as pricing closely resembles Netflix’s.
( by Sean Ludwig | VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com) More Technology News – The Washington Post


WORLD
Support for Obama overseas, but with reservations
Global exaltation from 2008 is replaced by anxiety over a lesser U.S. role as Obama pulls back.
( by Keith B. Richburg , The Washington Post)
Pakistani Taliban hiding in Afghanistan
Leader who ordered shooting of Pakistani girl has refuge in Afghanistan.
( by Dana Priest , The Washington Post)
Patriarch Maxim, Bulgarian religious leader, dies at 98
The patriarch of Bulgaria’s Orthdox Christian community led church through period of turmoil
( by  Veselin Toshkov , The Washington Post)
Afghans to testify in soldier’s hearing
Witnesses are believed to be central to prosecution of Army sergeant accused in massacre of 16 civilians.
( by Ernesto Londoño , The Washington Post)
India faces wrangling over environment, infrastructure
A plan by New Delhi to accelerate decisions on big-ticket projects could bypass some existing safeguards.
( by Rama Lakshmi , The Washington Post)
More World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting – The Washington Post


EDITORIAL
Obamacare’s vindication
The president goes big — and wins.
(, The Washington Post)
Settling a bitter argument
Faced with a stark choice in political philosophies, voters chose to side with President Obama.
(, The Washington Post)
Airports authority’s shabby practices
The Transportation Department’s audit makes an irrefutable case for urgent reform.
(, The Washington Post)
Maryland, pioneer for tolerance
Voters embrace same-sex marriage and immigrant education.
(, The Washington Post)
Defeat of the 1 percent
Romney’s victory party a fitting end to his bid.
(, The Washington Post)
More Opinions: Washington Post Opinion, Editorial, Op Ed, Politics Editorials – The Washington Post


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Eugene Robinson Live: How Obama got re-elected
Live chat with Eugene Robinson about his latest columns and political news.
(, vForum)
The Reliable Source Live
Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and their recent columns.
(, vForum)
Web Hostess Live: The latest from the Web
Web Hostess Monica Hesse sifts the Internet so you don’t have to, searching for meaning, manners and the next great meme.
(, vForum)
Brad Hirschfield Live: Can the nation come together after a bitter election?
Brad Hirschfield discusses whether or not we can come together as a nation after the presidential election.
(, vForum)
Brad Hirschfield Live:Can we be one nation following such a closely contested and often bitterly fought election?
Brad Hirschfield discusses ethics and the election.
(, vForum) 

CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT

Last night the country reached a decision on who the leader of the free world would be for the next four years, and in case you somehow avoided the news, SPOILER ALERT: We stuck with the guy who’s currently occupying the coveted seat. Naturally, the outcome left many a Conservative feeling burned and resentful and even more Liberals with a point-and-laugh demeanor. As is always the case, social media lent itself as a platform for both groups to fire off some particularly extreme reactions to the news. We’ve collected the wildest comments from both the sore losers and the less-than-humble winners. Enjoy: Twitter Overreacts To The Presidential Election Night Results.

The 50 Most Stylish Rappers of All Time

After nearly 40 years of hip-hop, the style requirements of the rapper have been upped exponentially. From the earliest pioneers, the role of rap dude has always meant being fluent in the jargon of floss and adept in the art of stunt. Through the decades, Afrofuturists and b-boys turned to grimy thugsters and gangsta pimps turned to shiny suits, sophisticated hipsters and skate park couture. Hip-hop has both defied and defined modern American style, so here we take a state-of-the-trill look at the 50 most notable purveyors of rap style. Why these dudes, you ask? ‘Cause we said so. CONTINUE READING…

Written by Rob Marriott (@Tafari)