9:52 AM, January 13th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Jan. 13th

  1. Obama Send Iran’s Ayatollah Warning: The New York Times reports that using secret communications, the Obama administration has directly warned Iran’s Supreme Leader that blocking the Strait of Hormuz is a “red line”—and the United States will take action. 
  2. 5 Pardoned Men Missing: Five men who were pardoned by former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour are still on the loose—and the attorney general says they will likely be sent back to prison.  New Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, said Thursday that he would support a state constitutional amendment to tweak the governor’s clemency powers. 
  3. U.S. Warns of Bangkok ThreatThe U.S. Embassy in Bangkok warned Friday that there is a credible threat of a terrorist attack against Americans in the Thai capital. Tourists have  been urged to use extreme caution in the area. 
  4. Newt Jabs Romney for Speaking French: In a bizarre online ad titled “The French Connection” that’s sure to go viral for all the wrong reasons, Gingrich’s campaign emphasizes the similarities between Massachusetts politicians Mitt Romney and John Kerry.
  5. Burma Releases 651 Prisoners: Almost all of Burma’s most prominent political dissidents have been set free, as the thawing government released 651 prisoners Friday in another move toward democracy. 

Photo: A political prisoner, is welcomed by his friend as he comes out of the Insein prison in Yangon, Burma. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win via The Telegraph)

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