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Al-Qaida Magazine Calls for Car Bombs in US Read Latest.

Al-Qaida sounds a call for its terrorist followers to strike the United States and other Western nations with car bombs — and even suggests times and targets — in the Spring issue of its magazine, Inspire.

The magazine manifesto suggests U.S. targets such as Washington, D.C., New York, northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as locations in Great Britain, France and “other crusader countries.”

The article suggests terrorists aim for places that are heavily populated: sporting events, election campaigns, and festivals.

Christmas and New Year’s are suggested as good times for attack. In Europe, the article suggests attacking the Bastille Military Day Parade in Paris and soccer stadiums in England “when huge crowds leave the stadium and celebrate around the entrances and [the English Football Association’s] FA Cup matches.”

“The important thing is that you target people and not buildings,” the article says.

Washington and New York have “symbolic importance,” the article says, because D.C. is the seat of the federal government and New York is the former capital and currently the country’s financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center.

Northern Virginia is suggested because “almost all the military bases are based in this state, apart from the Air Force which is based in Chicago.” The area also is home to many government agencies, the Department of Defense and CIA and “attracts a load of tourists,” the magazine said.

Chicago is the second-largest financial center in the United States and is a major transportation hub. Los Angeles is the second-largest city and is home to Hollywood. Celebrities often visit restaurants in the area on weekends, the article says.

A letter from the editor in the front of the magazine reads in part:

“The American government was unable to protect its citizens from pressure cooker bombs in backpacks, I wonder if they are ready to stop car bombs!

“Therefore, as our responsibility to the Muslim Ummah in general and Muslims living in America in particular, Inspire Magazine humbly presents to you a simple improvised home recipe of Shahzad’s car bomb.

“And the good news is … you can prepare it in the kitchen of your mom too.”

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By Greg Richter

Biden: Tax Deal Can Be Done in Snap.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Vice President Joe Biden took seven middle-class taxpayers to lunch at a diner in suburban northern Virginia today, highlighting their concern about the looming tax hike that could hit at the end of the month.

“This is no time to add any additional burden for middle-class people,” Biden said, seated with his guests at a table after the meal had been cleared.

“It would take 15 minutes from the time the decision was made by the speaker of the House to pass and make permanent a middle-class tax cut,” he said. “The president would probably have me sprint up to the Hill to bring the bill down and to sign it.

“It can be done like that,” he said, with a snap of his fingers.

The White House has been pressuring lawmakers to enact a tax-cut extension immediately for 98 percent of Americans – individuals earning less than $200,000 a year and families earning less than $250,000 a year – a move that would refocus the “fiscal cliff” debate on top tax rates, entitlement spending and the debt ceiling.

Republicans oppose decoupling the middle-income tax cuts from the upper-income cuts, however, preferring to negotiate on an entire package deal.

Negotiations to avert the cliff have stalled over the administration’s insistence top rates must rise and power to raise the debt ceiling must shift to the White House.

“There are two irreducible minimum requirements for us,” Biden reiterated today, though he noted how much rates could rise is “negotiable.”

“I’m an optimistic [person], genetically,” Biden said, when asked for his outlook on having a deal by Dec. 31.

Earlier in the lunch, Biden also commented on today’s jobs report, saying, “I think we have turned the corner” on the economy.

“It’s undeniable the trajectory is positive,” he said.


By Devin Dwyer | ABC OTUS News

Obama Cancels Some Campaigning to Monitor Storms.

The White House has announced President Obama is cancelling some of his campaign travel Monday as Hurricane Sandy is expected to veer on to the East Coast.

The president is getting out of Washington, D.C., Sunday, earlier than planned, to beat the disruptions expected in air travel. He is scheduled to speak at rallies in Orlando, Florida, andYoungstown, Ohio, two places outside the region braced for the impact. The White House says a Monday evening rally in Northern Virginia near Dulles airport is being cancelled. That area is expecting high winds and heavy rains. The President has also dropped Tuesday morning travel to Colorado Springs.

Spokesmen for the White House and for the Obama campaign say campaigning is appropriate despite the approaching storm, but they said his roles as president and as commander in chief come first. President Obama has instructed federal emergency planners to offer assistance to states and local governments, but the White House emphasizes that during natural disasters, all decisions about preparedness and evacuations are made by local officials, not by the federal government.


By Ann Compton | ABC OTUS News

Road Trip: Mormon-in-chief? Latter-day Saints talk about what a President Romney would mean to them.

“I don’t think Mormons are ready for a Mormon president,” Kim Gardner told Yahoo News when we visited her in Arlington, Va., last month. “I don’t know if the country is either. To me it seems like the craziest long shot to have a Mormon in the White House. It seems crazier than having a woman in the White House, or having a black man in the White House.”

Some 10,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live in Northern Virginia, a crucial battleground region in what is expected to be one of the most tightly contested states of the 2012 presidential campaign. Situated next to the nation’s capital, the area is a hub for politically active Mormons in their 20s and 30s. With Mitt Romney on the verge of formally becoming the presidential nominee of the Republican Party, we traveled to Northern Virginia in June to talk to these voters about what that historic moment–the first Mormon to be nominated for president by a major American political party–will mean to them.

‘I think the big question mark is whether Romney being in the White House would be good or bad for Mormonism’

Kim Gardner, who is 28, lives in a neighborhood of Arlington that’s called “Little Provo”–after the college town in Utah where Brigham Young University is located–for its high density of single Mormons. “My Mormon friends and I talk about homosexual marriage and the place of gay people in our country almost every day,” Gardner, a Democrat and a supporter of same-sex marriage who works in market research, told Yahoo News. The issue has been a discussion point for her since 2008 when the Mormon church supported Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. “As a religious person, there will always be things that are difficult to reconcile,” she says.

‘If Barack Obama were Mormon and Mitt Romney was not, I would still be supporting Mitt Romney’

Peter Jensen started going to a Mormon church when he was six years old. “Someone once said that the only difference between Mormons and the other major religions are that Mormons don’t have the luxury of hiding their skeletons in the mists of time,” says Jensen, a 37-year-old lawyer and self-described libertarian Republican. He says he will vote for Romney. “Having someone who’s president and a member of our faith will help dispel a lot of the old worries and concerns about who we are.”

‘I think America is ready for a Mormon president’

Melanie Mickelson-Graham teaches a gospel doctrine class at a local church, where her husband volunteers as the bishop. “The tendency of some people to not vote for Mitt Romney simply because he’s Mormon does a disservice to themselves,” says Mickelson-Graham, who is 32, a moderate Republican, and an energy consultant. “You can’t rule somebody out simply because of their religious beliefs.”

‘There are millions of Mormons in the United States, and he doesn’t speak for all of them’

Sheldon Gilbert thinks Romney is stuck in a Catch-22 with his religion and probably a little frustrated that he can’t open up more. “If he talked more about his core experiences as a Mormon, then people would understand that he’s a compassionate, empathetic individual,” Gilbert, a 31-year-old lawyer and Republican, told Yahoo News. “On the other hand, if he talks about it then he opens the door to people asking questions about Mormonism nonstop.”

Miki Meek is a freelance reporter and producer for the New York Times, NPR’s “Planet Money” and “This American Life.” Bob Sacha is a multimedia producer, documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, editor and teacher. In March, they drove Ohio’s I-71 and talked to Republicans before Super Tuesady.


By Miki Meek & Bob Sacha | The Ticket 

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