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At a luncheon on climate control, media mogul Ted Turner urged world leaders to adopt China's one-child policy on a global scale.

Turner said the environmental stress on the Earth requires radical solutions, according to the Globe and Mail. He suggested that countries should follow China's lead in instituting a one-child policy to reduce the population growth -- and ultimately, the human population.

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The new Public Policy Polling (D) survey of Michigan, which saw strong Republican gains this year with a pickup of the governorship and other offices, suggests that President Obama is still the early favorite to hold the state again in 2012.

Obama previously carried Michigan by 57%-41% against John McCain in 2008.

In this poll, Obama was tested against various Republicans: He leads Newt Gingrich by 52%-37%, leads Mike Huckabee by 51%-39%, and leads Sarah Palin by 56%-36%. Only native son Mitt Romney comes close -- as the son of the late Michigan Governor and auto executive George Romney -- but Obama still leads by 47%-43%.

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In January, Colorado will begin enforcing a law that forbids bars, restaurants and liquor stores from selling low-alcohol beer -- usually low-calorie beer like Michelob Ultra, Heineken Light and others. Even Guinness may qualify as low-alcohol and be booted from Irish pubs. How did this happen?

In Colorado, convenience and grocery stores can only sell low-alcohol beer. Bars, restaurants and liquor stores can sell full-strength beer, plus wine and liquor. It's a two-tier system that was designed in order to keep full-strength beer away from fake-ID-toting minors who frequent convenience stores.

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), under investigation for alleged violations of House ethics rules, is demanding an investigation into two suspended House ethics committee aides, Roll Call reported.

Waters will introduce a privileged resolution today that would create a bipartisan task force to conduct the probe into the suspension of the two lawyers, her office confirmed to the newspaper.

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Self-described "patriot" Mark Krause, a 40-year-old Arkansas blacksmith whose home was foreclosed upon, was arrested in Washington state on Friday and charged with placing a bomb made out of a Pepsi can in front of a polling place during the runoff election for the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary.

It allegedly started on June 8, the day of the runoff election for the Democratic Senate primary between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

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Gay marriage is heating up as a political issue in the big presidential caucus state of Iowa. Gay marriage was legalized by the state Supreme Court in 2009, and now Republican Gov.-elect Terry Branstad is attacking Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, for saying that he will not hold a vote to send a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to the state's electorate.

As the Quad-City Times reports:

"Just because you're a leader in the Legislature doesn't mean you're a dictator where you have the right to make a unilateral decision, I think, on an issue of this importance and magnitude," Branstad said. "Certainly the senators should be given an opportunity to vote on this."

Asked about Branstad's comments during a separate session at the seminar, Gronstal said he has no intention of reversing course.

"Dictators are people who take away other people's rights," said Gronstal. "I'm not going down that road."

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The difference of intensity between the Dems' approach to reversing the top-bracket Bush tax cuts, and the GOP's approach to repealing health care reform tells you much of what you need to know about the differences between the two parties.

Discuss.

A new Public Policy Polling (D) survey of Minnesota finds that Minnesotans far and wide say that Democrat Mark Dayton was the winner of the gubernatorial race -- he leads by about 9,000 votes -- and that Republican nominee Tom Emmer should concede.

Still, it looks like Republicans could be gearing up to legally contest the gubernatorial race at the conclusion of the recount process.

The poll asked: "Do you think the rightful winner of the Governor's race was Mark Dayton or Tom Emmer?" The answer was Dayton 68%, Emmer 21%. Democrats say it was Dayton by 95%-3%, independents say Dayton by 72%-13%, and Republicans only say Emmer by a plurality of 46%-37%

The next question: "Do you think Tom Emmer should concede the Governor's race or not?" The answer here was 68% yes, 22% no -- nearly identical to the previous number on who the rightful winner is, with internal numbers that closely match it given the margins of error.

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Jon Stewart last night got in the holiday spirit by expressing his disbelief that the annual Christmas parade in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been renamed the Holiday Of Lights.

"Nietzsche was right, God is dead," Stewart said.

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