Frontpage: Friday, May 11th
- Clooney Raises $15M for Obama: It’s believed to be the largest one-night campaign haul ever: $40,000 a plate, 150 people, and President Obama stayed a while and gave a speech. Obama pal George Clooney threw a backyard party at his Los Angeles house Thursday night for the president, raising $15 million for the campaign.
- Dimon: $2B Loss ‘Puts Egg on Our Face’: Stock index futures on Wall Street were down Friday after JPMorgan Chase stunned investors with news that it suffered a trading loss of at least $2 billion from “egregious mistakes” on a hedging strategy.
- Brooks: I Talked Hacking with Cameron: Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s former right-hand woman and the ex-chief executive of News International, testified before the high-profile Leveson Inquiry on Friday morning in London. According to Brooks, current Prime Minister David Cameron used to send her texts signed “LOL” until Brooks told the politician that the acronym did not stand for “lots of love.” Brooks admitted she discussed the hacking allegations with Cameron in 2009-11, saying “on occasion” they talked about it. LOL.
- Romney Tries to Shift Focus: Mitt Romney is trying to shift the national focus back to the economy by shrugging off discussions of gay rights after President Obama’s historic endorsement of same-sex marriage Wednesday.
- Bachmann Drops Swiss Citizenship: What a patriot. “I was born in American and I am a proud American citizen,” Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann said in a statement Thursday, announcing that she had asked the Swiss government to withdraw her citizenship. The former Republican presidential candidate said she gained dual citizenship after she married husband Marcus, who is the son of Swiss immigrants.
Photo: via mattstopera
Frontpage: Friday, April 13th (It’s cool, we’ve got Cory Booker)
- Cory Booker Details Rescue: Newark Mayor Cory Booker joined the gang at CBS This Morning to recount his heroic rescue of a neighbor from her burning home. Booker describes his “come to Jesus moment” when, while searching for the woman, he realized there was a very good chance he might not make it out of the house.
- Obama, Biden Release Tax Returns: The battle of the tax returns begins Friday, with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden releasing theirs to the public and urging Mitt Romney to join them. The Obamas revealed that they earned a combined income of $798,674 in 2011, of which they paid over 20 percent in federal taxes—a total of $162,074. Their income took a big dip from last year, when they reported about $1.7 million.
- U.N.: Rocket Test ‘Deplorable’: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called North Korea’s failed rocket launch “deplorable,” joining South Korea, the U.S., Japan, and foreign ministers from the Group of Eight nations including Russia who united in condemnation of Kim Jong-un’s regime. North Korea had defied international warnings to conduct the test of a rocket. In a rare admission of weakness, the North Korean government issued a statement admitting the failure.
- Iran Conceals Oil Sales: Iran is pulling some stealthy moves to circumvent Western sanctions on its oil revenues. Tehran ordered the captains of Iran’s 39-strong fleet of oil tanks to disable their tracking devices, so that the ships are now all “off-radar,” a senior executive at the National Iranian Tanker Co. confirmed to Reuters.
- GOP Strategist: Ann Romney a ‘Win’: Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace said Friday that the Hilary Rosen-Ann Romney spat over stay-at-home mothers has been a “win in every regard” for the Romney campaign. “The Romney campaign has handled this brilliantly, and kudos to them,” said Wallace, a former adviser to John McCain and George W. Bush.
Photo: So the other day I breathlessly announced to the office that Boo the Dog had died. Thankfully, it was just a Buzzfeed prank. Happy Friday.
Boo is ALIVE. thank heavens.
Frontpage: Wednesday, Feb. 15th
- Fake Cancer Drug Hits U.S. Market: The pharmaceutical company Roche is telling hospitals that there’s a fake version of its cancer drug Avastin floating around American markets. This was discovered after counterfeit vials were shown to have none of the active ingredients that combat cancer.
- Iran to Reveal Nuke Steps: Uh oh. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will announce “key nuclear achievements” Wednesday. Iranian news reports that the progress will probably be that the uranium enrichment plant, Fordo, located inside a mountain, is “fully operational.”
- Romney Rushes to Defend Michigan: With Rick Santorum surging ahead of Mitt Romney in the polls, the former frontrunner is returning to defend his home state. Romney’s campaign bought nearly $1.3 mil in airtime.
- Biden Lectures Chinese VP: Leave it to Vice President Biden to give a straight-talking toast to China’s vice president, and likely future leader, Xi Jinping. “As Americans, we welcome competition,” Biden said during a State Department lunch. “But cooperation, as you and I have spoken about, can only be mutually beneficial if the game is fair.”
- Syria’s Assad Sets Referendum Date: President Bashar al-Assad says Syria will hold a referendum on a new constitution on Feb. 26, but even as he made this seeming concession, his forces increased their bombardment of opposition towns.
Photo: “Untitled” by Weaam El-Masry, a fiery Egyptian artist whose nudes are risqué by almost any standards. She says she is worried about the prospect of an Islamist-dominated government. “They don’t think. They don’t use logic,” she says. “They think art is forbidden.” See more of her work and read Ty McComrick’s piece on Egyptian artists and government censors.