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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Today's top 20 rating items on Scoop are...

1: Editorial: Massive War Crime Threatened In Grozny

In the last four weeks of the 20st century, not to mention the millennium, the world is on the verge of experiencing the effects of a new generation of horrific weapons systems.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00030.htm


2: The New Cabinet

Helen Clark has announced her new cabinet. The placings are:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00044.htm


3: PM-elect announces new ministry

Prime Minister-elect Helen Clark today announced the ministerial portfolios for the new Labour-Alliance government, confirming Jim Anderton's appointment as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Michael Cullen's as Finance ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00036.htm


4: Americas Cup - Prada Loses For Second Time

AmericaOne has beaten Americas Cup leading challenger Luna Rossa ITA48 after a controversial penalty was dished out to Luna Rossa after it hit AmericaOne's transom with its bow. PLUS: here are the latest points, race tables, and schedules...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00011.htm


5: Heartless Government Slashes Benefits

Beneficiaries around the country are reeling today after the Labour/Alliance Government confirmed they will cut benefits by $20 a week before Christmas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00013.htm


6: Greens Could Get Seventh MP on Specials

The Greens are looking good to get their seventh MP into parliament as a result of the special votes which are still being counted.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00038.htm


7: Americas Cup - Stars & Stripes Bulkhead Separates

Here's the latest in the Americas Cup challenger series - Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes suffers serious damage - Next race to watch between top rated yachts - the points table - the weather - who races who...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00008.htm


8: Americas Cup - Winds Fickle For Match Racers

Shifts and light winds made a lottery out of Americas Cup challenger series match racing on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf yesterday. Here are race reports, the latest of who won, who lost, the points to date and the weather conditions expected for today's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00014.htm


9: Americas Cup - America One Beats Leading Prada

Luna Rossa (ITA-48) managed to get on the stern of AmericaOne (USA-49) with two minutes to go before the start. Francesco De Angelis was trying to push Paul Cayard towards the start line but he came too close and hit AmericaOne's transom square in the middle.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00010.htm


10: Rebel Caucus Outraged At Benefit Bonus Backdown

The Rebel Caucus today voiced its disgust that the incoming government had reneged on their promise of a $20 per week benefit increase, saying that it was tantamount to a cut in beneficiaries' incomes and could split the coalition.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00015.htm


11: Greens $250 Million Christmas Bonus Grossly Unfair

The cost of the Greens 'Christmas Bonus' for all beneficiaries has today been put at a staggering $250 million.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00031.htm


12: Simon Upton: The Arrival Of The Greens

"The arrival of the Greens will put the Labour Alliance coalition agreement to the test sooner than later", outgoing State Services Minister Simon Upton said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00030.htm


13: Jeanette Fitzsimons wins Coromandel

The Green Party's Jeanette Fitzsimons has won the Coromandel electorate by 246 votes after the counting of special votes on Tuesday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00028.htm


14: Tasmania Moves Towards Cannabis Decriminalisation

In an Australian first, Tasmanian cannabis smokers will, from next year, be given up to three chances to reform their ways before they face criminal charges. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00042.htm


15: Wellington Council Loan $300k For Film / TV School

The Wellington City Council has approved $300,000 for a loan to set up a Film and TV school in the city, but it will face some stiff international competition via the Internet. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00043.htm


16: Greens can Thank ALCP for Win

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is claiming a key role in the election success of the Green Pary.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00014.htm


17: Stocks Warning Sounded By Aussie Exchange Head

The chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange is warning that narrow trade on soaring global markets is a sign they could "implode" soon. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00035.htm


18: Warning Labels for Green MPs

A Libertarianz spokesman says Green MPs preparing for parliament have already demonstrated the need for their own warning labels: 'Warning. These politicians contain socialism - consumption or use of their ideas will be dangerous to you, your property, your ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00011.htm


19: Rankin Thursday: No Seattle Washington Consensus

The "Washington Consensus" is the popular name for the neoliberal policy programme promoted by the Bretton Woods institutions: the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the late-born World Trade Organisation (WTO).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00041.htm


20: Scoop Today - WINSTON WINS BY 62!

Winston holds Tauranga by 62 VOTES! And all the rest of the days news...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00040.htm

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