11:50 AM, May 1st, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, May 1st

  1. Report: Bank of America to Cut 2,000 Jobs: Bank of America is planning on cutting 2,000 jobs—including 400 in its investment banking, corporate banking, and sales and trading units—The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. 
  2. May Day Protests Across the GlobeHappy May Day! Workers across the globe planned strikes and marches to demand better labor conditions on Tuesday, while Occupy Wall Street hopes to launch a spring awakening of its protest movement. Occupy called for “no work, no school, no shopping, no banking” throughout the country, as spokesman Mark Bray said the movement wants to show that the “99 percenters make things run in this country.”
  3. Bin Laden Planned Obama Assassination: In the months before his death, Osama bin Laden planned assassinations of President Obama, General Petraeus, and other U.S. officials, while also considering changing the name of al Qaeda due to “disaster after disaster.” John Brennan, President Obama’s top counterterrorism official, said the documents found in the raid that killed bin Laden showed that he felt the terrorism network had become a “shadow” of its former self and its core leadership would soon be “no longer relevant.” 
  4. M.P.s: Rupert Murdoch Not ‘Fit’Members of the British Parliament who are investigating phone hacking called Rupert Murdoch “not a fit person” to lead News Corp. and said he had misled them. Murdoch “turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness,” said the report by the 11-member House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport. 
  5. Clinton Heads to ChinaU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left for China on Monday, where a blind dissident is reportedly being protected at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Both governments avoided making any official comments about Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest last week, but officials said that Chen is expected to demand to stay in China and continue his campaign for reform.

Photo: “NYPD arrest #OWS protester in Midtown, Manhattan for ‘jaywalking’ #m1gs” (via @_mikehayes, @timcast) Watch Tim Pool’s live stream. You can also follow tweets from the protests.  

1:29 PM, April 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 2nd

  1. Pakistan Jails Bin Laden Family: Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two eldest daughters have been sentenced to 45 days in jail and a fine of $114 each for living in Pakistan illegally. After their jail terms—in about two weeks, because they’ve already served a month of their sentence—they’re expected to be deported.
  2. Not Zimmerman’s Screams on 911 TapeThe cries for help heard in the background of a 911 call from the night of Trayvon Martin’s shooting are not George Zimmerman’s, experts said Sunday. The experts said that the tests would be admissible in court, and that similar tests had recently been allowed into evidence in a murder trial. Screams and a single handgun report are heard in the recording. 
  3. Syria Agrees to Deadline: Is this finally the end of violence in Syria? Kofi Annan has reportedly said that the nation—mainly President Assad—has agreed to a six-point peace plan. The plan specifies a UN-supervised ceasefire in which all soldiers and weapons will be removed from cities within 48 hours of an April 10 deadline. 
  4. 12 Survivors in Russian Plane Crash: A dozen people survived the crash of a turboprop aircraft in Siberia and 31 were killed in an accident that Russian officials are now blaming on icing. 
  5. Santorum Ad Compares Mitt with Obama: Rick Santorum’s latest Wisconsin ad asks voters if they would support a candidate who advocated for a health-care overall, a Wall Street bailout, and “job killing” cap-and-trade legislation. Behind the narrator is the image of President Obama, but then it’s revealed that the candidate she is talking about is actually Mitt Romney. See what you did there. 

Photo: A surfer approaches Lake Ontario in near freezing temperatures as part of “the Freshest Wave” competition. (Mark Blinch / Reuters-Landov)

11:05 AM, March 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 30th

  1. Paul Ryan Backs Romney: Is Paul Ryan riding high from his budget victory? The conservative Wisconsin Republican congressman endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Fox and Friends Friday morning. 
  2. Funeral Director Contradicts ZimmermanThe funeral director who prepared Trayvon Martin’s body said Friday there was “no physical signs like there had been a scuffle” on the teenager—a key part of George Zimmerman’s claim that he shot and killed Trayvon in self-defense. “The hands—I didn’t see any knuckles, bruises or what have you,” said Richard Kurtz. Isn’t this what police are supposed to determine? 
  3. Wife: Bin Laden Fathered Four Kids: What a “martyr.” Osama bin Laden apparently didn’t have such a bad experience on the run, since he had time to father four children, and owned five houses that he moved among, according to The New York Times, which cited a testimony given by bin Laden’s youngest wife to Pakistani investigators.
  4. Arrest Made in Pasadena Shooting: Pasadena police officers are being questioned over the shooting death of an unarmed 19-year-old college student on Saturday night in Pasadena, California. Kendrec McDade was killed on a dark, narrow street, and reports say no light was turned on to see what was happening. 
  5. France Arrests 19 Radical Suspects: French police on Friday arrested 19 people described as radical Islamists as part of an operation targeting suspected jihadist networks in a number of cities. President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview with Europe1 radio that he was mounting a crackdown after self-proclaimed al Qaeda member Mohamed Merah killed seven people in the Toulouse area before being shot dead last week. 

Photo: So, Katniss, aka Jennifer Lawrence, witnessed this Blake Griffin dunk.

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