11:04 AM, January 31st, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, Jan 31st

  1. Officials: Iran Willing to Attack U.S.: U.S. intelligence officials said in a report Tuesday that Iran is increasingly willing to attack on U.S. soil in response to American threats.
  2. U.N. Meets on SyriaWorld leaders are in New York on Tuesday to discuss a plan to end the violence in Syria, which continues to worsen as President Bashar al-Assad’s troops retaliate against gains made by rebels over the weekend.
  3. Romney Has Early Lead: Polls have been open in Florida for 4 hours, but Romney already has reason to be confident. Analysis of 632,000 early votes put him up by at least 60,000 votes.
  4. Italy Ends Shipwreck Search: Rescue has become too dangerous to continue at the Costa Concordia site, says Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.
  5. Occupy D.C. Vows to Flout Ban: Occupy D.C. protesters said Tuesday that they planned to remain in two parks near the White House despite an order by the U.S. National Park Service to stop camping in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. 

Photo: Backstage at the Miss Brazil Plus-Size Beauty contest. (Nacho Doce)

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5:45 PM, January 27th, 2012
Indeed, almost no one is advising passengers to accept the Costa offer. “Throwing money at survivors to effectively get them out of sight is not what we have in mind,” says Giulia Bongiorno, an attorney who has gathered a group of about 50 survivors for a class-action lawsuit. “These people have no idea what their agonizing experience is worth yet. It could take years to understand the full impact of the experience.”
10:08 AM, January 20th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Jan 20th

  1. Obama Sings Al GreenRick Santorum would not be pleased about this man-to-man singing.
  2. New Zealand Police Raid Megaupload Head: Kim Schmitz aka “Kim Dotcom”, head of the website Megaupload, had his fortified mansion raided Friday. A pink Cadillac and a sawed-off shotgun were  among the items seized.  
  3. Costa Condordia Rescue Halted Again: There are still 21 people missing from the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia in Italy, but hopes of finding them alive are fading fast after rescue operations were suspended Friday for the third time due to weather. 
  4. France Threatens Afghan PulloutFrance on Friday threatened to pull all of its troops out of Afghanistan early after an Afghan soldier killed four French NATO personnel on the same day. 
  5. Gingrich Daughter Deny Open MarriageNewt Gingrich’s two daughters (from his first marriage) are defending their father from charges that he asked his second wife for an open marriage.

Video: Obama sings Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” to Al Green at a fundraising event. Bonus: Here’s the original.

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9:57 AM, January 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Jan 18th

  1. Websites Go Dark to Protest Piracy Bills: Wikipedia and several other websites have gone dark in protest of two Internet piracy bills—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act. The tech industry argues that the laws will effectively censor the Internet by making companies liable for displaying links to sites that host illegal copies of a film. 
  2. Shipwreck Search Put on Hold Again: Search and rescue has been suspended again at the Costa Condordia site. 24 are still missing. 
  3. Rivals Attack Romney on Tax RateMitt Romney may wait till April to release his tax returns, but his comment that his tax rate is “probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything” is enough for critics to start with. 
  4. Obama Campaigners Want Super PAC: Some aides worry that Obama’s super PC, Priorities USA Action, hasn’t raised enough money. Obamas’ raised $5 mil to Romney’s $12 in the first half of last year. Dick Harpootlian, a member of the Obama campaign’s national finance committee, notes, “He’s flat-out opposed to it.” But, pointing to Romney’s organization, he says that opposition is “dangerous.” “We can’t unilaterally disarm.”
  5. Report: FBI to Arrest 2 for Insider TradingSources told Reuters Wednesday that the FBI will make several more arrests as part of a crackdown on insider trading. 

Photo: The web sites on Wednesday of, clockwise from top left, Google, Mozilla, Wired and Wikipedia. (via NYTimes)

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10:25 AM, January 17th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, Jan 17th

  1. Candidates Attack Romney, Each Other: Mitt emerged unscathed after last night’s debate in South Carolina and now enjoys a 2 to 1 lead in the polls over Gingrich and Paul.
  2. 5 More Bodies Found in Shipwreck: That brings the official death toll up to 11.
  3. U.S. to Force Docs to Reveal Lobbying: You may soon get to find out who your doctor is sponsored by. As part of the new health-care law, the Obama administration will require drug companies to reveal the payments they make to doctors for research, consulting, speaking, travel, and entertainment.
  4. Kim Jong-il’s Other Son Predicts Failure: Kim Jong-nam, the Supreme Leader’s half-brother, sees his brother failing, according to a new book due out in Japan this week. 
  5. Perry: SC ‘at War’: In response to a question about the Obama administration blocking South Carolina’s voter-identification law, Rick Perry said “South Carolina is at war with the federal government.”

Photo: Rescuers plucked three survivors from the Costa Concordia early Sunday, more than 24 hours after the cruise ship ran aground off the Italian coast. Five people have been confirmed dead but some are still unaccounted for. (Reuters / Landov)

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