- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In case you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio show, “America’s Morning News” - heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast-to-coast via the Talk Radio Network - here’s what two of Monday’s guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin:

• Chris Versace, financial columnist and director of research at Think 20/20: Mr. Versace said retail shoppers spent about 8 percent less on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving that kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season, than they spent last year. Still, he held out hope that holiday spending would increase as pre-Christmas “sales” go into effect.

• Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard: Mr. Barnes noted that the START nuclear arms treaty between the United States and Russia expires Saturday, which means that President Obama could be a “bit embarrassed” when he receives his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Dec. 10 if no new agreement is reached by then.

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