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Pennsylvania Could Eliminate State of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse, Stalemate in the Deficit Supercomittee, Immigrant Entrepreneurs, the Price of Thanksgiving Dinner: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Lawmakers in Pennsylvania held an open meeting this week to push for action on long delayed bills that would eliminate the civil statue of limitations on childhood sex crimes and require witnesses to report suspected sexual abuse of children to the police. Pennsylvania representative Louise Williams Bishop came forward during that open meeting to talk for the first time about having been raped at the age of 12. We’ll speak to her about her experience.

1:12pm: Signs of a stalemate are rising at the deficit supercommittee in Washington, D.C. By next Wednesday the six Democrats and six Republicans who’ve been meeting largely behind closed doors for weeks must agree on at least $1.2 trillion dollars in government spending cuts or else across-the-board spending
cuts automatically kick in. Republicans have offered what was previously anathema to them: to raise tax revenue, in exchange for keeping the Bush-era tax cuts. Democrats have counter offered, but still no deal. We’ll get the latest.

1:35pm: Like many immigrants, Kadiatu Jalloh left her home country due to strife – specifically, the civil war in Sierra Leone. She made her way to Louisville in 1998, but her life in America didn’t start easily. She worked as a housekeeper and served food in a diner until she was arrested by INS for having improper documentation. Now Jalloh owns the Maa Sha Allah African Restaurant in the Buechel neighborhood. As part three in our series on immigrant entrepreneurs, we’ll hear her story.

1:50pm: According to a survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation the price tag to
host a feast for ten is up five dollars and seventy-three cents for the classic fixings. That’s about 13 percent more than last year and the biggest jump since 1990. Why the jump, and how will families adapt?

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Paul Wants End of ‘False Partisanship’ , Calls for Compromise

Speaking at the 48th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau breakfast on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stressed compromise and called on both parties to relinquish their ‘false partisanship’ as the 12-member super committee prepares to meet.

The bipartisan panel has until late November 23 to recommend $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. If a majority of the bipartisan committee agrees on a plan, it will be presented to Congress for an up-or-down vote by December 23.

However, if the joint panel fails to come up with the debt savings, the legislation will trigger automatic across-the-board cuts to domestic and military spending.

Paul says the public wants the federal government to quit accumulating debt, but that will require Democrats and Republicans to compromise on their principles.

“Republicans need to admit that not every dollar spent on the military is sacred or well spent. Democrats at the same time need to admit that every dollar for welfare and entitlement programs is not sacred or well spent,” he says. “Both sides will have to admit that. We will both have to admit the debt is not the fault of one party.”