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1:34 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mitch McConnell Praises Jim DeMint's 'Uncompromising Service'

Sens. Jim DeMint and Mitch McConnell
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Reacting to the sudden resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is praising his sometime GOP rival, who is leaving in January to lead a conservative think tank.

From McConnell's office:

"I thank Senator DeMint for his uncompromising service to South Carolina and our country in the United States Senate. Jim helped provide a powerful voice for conservative ideals in a town where those principles are too often hidden beneath business as usual. 

There is no question in my mind that he raised the profile of important issues like spending and debt and helped galvanize the American people against a big government agenda. I am confident that he will continue to advocate for conservative principles in the next chapter of his service to the American people."

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Local News
1:27 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Blue Ribbon Tax Commission Finalizing Recommendations

Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission will solidify its final list of recommendations Thursday afternoon, which could include imposing higher income taxes for those making more money.

Gov. Steve Beshear created the group to review the state’s tax code, which officials have determined needs significant changes to respond to slowing revenue.

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Local News
12:03 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Saudi Arabia: The Next Arab Tinderbox?

Saudi Arabia remains one of the last absolute monarchies in world. The royal family maintains control over the religion — and the billions of dollars in oil reserves.

This, coupled with a culture weary of outsiders, made reporting on the country tough for Karen Elliot. But after years of on-the-ground-research she produced a landmark book entitled, “On Saudi Arabia: It’s people, past, religion, fault-lines — and future.”

The New York Times called it one of the best 100 books of the year.

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Local News
11:44 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Strong Stays with UofL; Jurich Says Cardinals a Top 10 Program

University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich
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Tom Jurich concedes: He was nervous that Louisville football coach Charlie Strong may leave for the Tennessee Volunteers.

"Are you nuts? Of course I was nervous," Jurich, UofL's athletics director, said during a news conference.

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Arts and Humanities
11:38 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Camille Paglia on Reclaiming The Arts

Camille Paglia is an intellectual firestarter. Her writing about art, sexuality and literature is sure to inspire eyebrow lifting and some highfalutin debate. 

Her most recent book's message, however, is pretty simple: we need to reeducate ourselves in the visual arts, and this is how. "Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars," does exactly what the title suggests. Although perhaps the most entertaining part of the book is her rollicking introduction, dicing up the state of contemporary art.

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Local News
8:17 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Charlie Strong Staying with Louisville Cardinals

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Charlie Strong will remain the football coach for the University of Louisville, he said Thursday morning in a news conference.

The University of Tennessee offered him the Volunteers' head coaching position on Tuesday, he said.

In confirming that he'd return for a fourth season, Strong spoke highly of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich -- noting that Jurich gave him his first head coaching position after 27 years as an assistant. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Big Break: A Gear Shift

This week on our audio diary series "The Big Break," Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach finishes her run of "A Christmas Story" with a fun souvenir—a recording of herself playing the teacher during a student matinee. Over at the Louisville Ballet, Claire Horrocks explains why the snowflake and the flower are the toughest roles she tackles in "The Nutcracker" and Brad Raymond spends his break from the Kentucky Opera learning music for the Kentucky Opera. (No rest for the talented.)

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

McConnell, Paul Vote Against U.N. Disability Treaty

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Visibly frail and in a wheelchair, Bob Dole reappeared on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday to support ratification of a treaty advocates say will help disabled people worldwide. Dole served in the Senate from 1969 to 1996, many of those years as the Republican leader. He'd been the Republican's 1996 presidential nominee, the Republicans 1976 vice-presidential nominee and the chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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Local News
5:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Says More State Oversight for 'Priority' Schools is Possible

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The Kentucky Department of Education is changing the way it assesses the state’s lowest performing schools and Commissioner Terry Holliday says some may be subject to more state oversight soon.

The school board’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee heard testimony Wednesday from KDE officials who are rewriting current regulations that manage the way the state assesses its 41 priority schools, formerly known as persistently low achieving (PLA) schools.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

The Daily Breaks Down McConnell-Judd in Chart Form

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More to say about the Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell for Senate speculation, which is becoming Kentucky's political version of Pacquiao-Mayweather -- an interesting idea that may never happen.

(You decide who's who. I'm not going there.)

The Daily's blog posted a handy charticle:

Click here to see the whole thing.

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