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Scoop Today - Yesterday's Top 20

Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Scoop Editorial: Time To Get Uncomfortable

If democracy can be likened to a flower then in Russia the flower is wilting. Shortly it will probably be plucked and thrown into the compost heap. The results in the Russian Parliamentary elections - now nearly finalised - are a clear wake-up call ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00098.htm


2: Brian Edwards Dumped From National Radio

National Radio’s star broadcaster Brian Edwards has been dumped from his best rating show ‘Top of the Morning’ which plays on Saturday mornings.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00108.htm


3: Photo Essay - The Wellington Waterfront Plans

In the interests of informing the public Scoop has taken a number of photographs which show plans for massive building development on the Wellington Waterfront.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00104.htm


4: HOUSE: First Question Session For New Government

Revolving Roles: Clark, Cullen, Tizard, Harre, Maharey, Anderton, Burton and King front up to their first Parliamentary Question session - SUBJECTS COVERED: Monetary Policy - Government Policy - Minister For Auckland - ACC - Mental Health - Youth ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00103.htm


5: Russia Launches New ICB Missile as Grozny Invaded

As the Russian military begins its invasion of Grozny, Russia has launched a strategic intercontinental Topol-M missile using the occasion to warn the West against criticising its Chechen campaign. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00079.htm


6: Balance of Payments and Macroeconomic Policy

The balance of payments' current account deficit (CAD) in the year to September 1999 was $6,610 million compared with a $6,217 million deficit for the year ended June. These figures, released on Tuesday, do not include an important new class of "invisibles" ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00106.htm


7: Grozny Assault Underway - Troops Enter Outskirts

The Moscow Times reports that Russian troops have blasted their way into the outskirts of the Chechen capital of Grozny and are now engaging rebel soldiers in the besieged city.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00078.htm


8: Americas Cup - Prada Leads Table As RR2 Ends

Round Robin two of the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Selection Series ended after three previously cancelled matches were re-sailed from Race 6 of 14 November. Team Prada's yacht Luna Rossa completed the Round Robin yesterday with a total of 46 points, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9911/S00101.htm


9: First day nerves

In response to media inquiries regarding Parliament's new Speaker's first day, ACT Leader Richard Prebble put the Speaker's performance down to first day nerves.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00128.htm


10: US Finally Pays Portion of $1.7b UN Debt

The US has saved itself the international embarrassment of losing its vote in the UN General Assemby on 31 December by paying part of the $1.17 billion it owes in outstanding fees. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00107.htm


11: ACC changes show Communism still alive in NZ

‘Moves by the Labour/Alliance minority government to nationalise Accident Compensation in New Zealand is little more than a pathetic exercise in ideology,’ (Acting) Canterbury/Westland Young Nationals Chair Grant Tyrrell commented today. ‘Nobody in the government has ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00050.htm


12: FULL TEXT: Speech From The Throne

If there are any doubts still lingering over whether this new government is planning to shake things up, then this speech appears intended to dispel them. There is change afoot...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00100.htm


13: Select Committe Members - Provisional List

Note: This list is preliminary and subject to change. Select Committee Chair-persons have not been elected yet.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00106.htm


14: Americas Cup - Prada Favourite At End Of RR3

After two days of strong winds and postponed match races the Americas Cup challenger race committee finally gave the gun to the final stages of RR3.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00028.htm


15: Tonight’s Moon Biggest Kiwis Will Ever See

For the first time since 1866 the Summer Solstice and a full moon will coincide tonight, with the moon being the biggest and brightest moon you are ever likely to see.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00102.htm


16: Scoop Column: Feelings Of Frustration On The Coast

Yesterday's snap Parliamentary debate on Timberlands West Coast, seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's back for some West Coasters. Not because of the snap debate, but because Coaster's don't receive the Parliamentary radio broadcast. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00109.htm


17: Labour Breaks Credit-Card Pledge - ACT

ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide today said the government's tax-hike legislation broke Labour's credit card pledges.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00139.htm


18: Party Hopping Bill Won’t Work - Ryall

The Government’s party hopping bill is so full of loop-holes that no defecting MP will ever have to leave Parliament, says National’s Justice Spokesman Tony Ryall.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00123.htm


19: Taxpayers have rights! - Ombudsmen

ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today that the Ombudsmen's Own Motion investigation into the IRD's handling of official information tabled today was the greatest victory ever struck on behalf of taxpayers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00116.htm


20: National Library Restructuring Halted

Restructuring of the National Library and the disposal of books from its general collection has been halted, the Minister Responsible for the National Library, Marian Hobbs, announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00120.htm


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