Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen, didn’t resist a dig at the pop legend, who at 53, is 10 years her senior. “Old singers who need attention—you can understand that they go to such extremes,” she said, adding that if Madonna “does that in France, we’ll be waiting for her.
Frontpage: Tuesday, May 15th
- Colorado Civil Union Bill Killed: A bill that would have allowed same-sex couples equal rights as married couples was killed on Monday night in a special legislative session. Although the bill had been likely to pass the state’s House of Representatives, Republicans rejected it, claiming the Democrats are trying to use it as an issue before the November elections.
- Poll: Romney Leads Over Obama: Mitt Romney lept ahead of President Obama in a new nationwide poll Monday. The New York Times/CBS poll showed Romney at 46 percent and Obama at 43 percent. Last month the poll had found the two tied at 46 percent.
- Rebekah Brooks Charged: Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s onetime deputy, as chief of News International, was officially charged on Tuesday with “perverting justice” in the wide-reaching phone-hacking scandal. Also charged was her husband, Charlie Brooks; the two issued a statement calling the charges a “weak and unjust decision.”
- Greece to Hold New Elections: Greece will hold a new election at some point in the near future, a spokesperson for President Karolos Papoulias said Tuesday—just nine days after an inconclusive vote. Politicians have failed to form a government, and the uncertainty only prolongs the political crisis that could push the country closer to bankruptcy.
- France’s Hollande Sworn In: François Hollande was sworn in Tuesday morning as the president of France, becoming the first Socialist to hold the office in 17 years. Hollande asked that the inauguration ceremony remain as low-key as possible, and neither his children nor those of his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, were there.
Photo: Tyra Banks, photographed in, from left, New York in 2012 and 2003, and Los Angeles in 1992, (Evan Agostini / AP; KMazur / WireImage-Getty Images; Stephen Jerrome / PI-Landov). She penned an open letter to models re: Vogue’s decision not to run anorexic images.
Frontpage: Friday, Mar 30th
- 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.
- Funeral Director Contradicts Zimmerman: The 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Frontpage: Friday, Mar 23rd
- Obama Taps New World Bank Chief: President Obama is set to nominate Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, senior administration officials have confirmed to the Associated Press. Officials are hopeful that the nomination of Kim, a doctor and former director of the HIV/Aids department at the World Health Organization, will quell criticism from developing countries who are wary of the U.S. “monopoly” on the World Bank presidency.
- French P.M. Defends Security Failures: French Prime Minister François Fillon said Friday that there had been no grounds to detain Mohamed Merah prior to last week, when he is suspected of killing seven people in three separate attacks.
- Obama: Trayvon Investigation Needed: President Obama announced his new pick for the head of the World Bank on Thursday and then turned his focus to the investigation of Trayvon Martin’s death. “I can only imagine what these parents were going through. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” he said of the 17-year-old boy who was shot by a neighborhood watchman.
- U.S. to Keep Terrorism Data Longer: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder approved guidelines on Thursday that would allow counterterrorism officials to keep data on uncharged U.S. citizens for up to five years if they are suspected of being terrorists. The previous limit had been 180 days.
- Bales to Be Charged With 17 Murders: Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder, a Defense Department official told NBC News on Thursday. The official charges are expected to be released Friday. Bales is accused of shooting and killing 17 Afghan civilians, including nine children, on March 11.
Photo: Students in Makassar, Indonesia burn tires during a protest against the government’s plans to raise fuel prices near a fuel station in Makassar. The government has planned to raise fuel prices by at least a third to ease state coffers pressured by high oil costs, even though that may push up inflation. (Yusuf Ahmad / Reuters)
Frontpage: Wednesday, Mar 21st
- Romney Sweeps Illinois Primary: Mitt Romney took another major step toward silencing the GOP’s doubters with a decisive win in Tuesday night’s Illinois primary, where he took 46 percent of the vote to Rick Santorum’s 35 percent, and nearly three times as many delegates.
- Obama Plans Korea Border Visit: In a bid to turn up the heat on North Korea before a critical nuclear-security meeting, President Barack Obama plans to visit the demilitarized zone on Sunday. The White House said the trip will show American support for South Korea as the country squares off against its neighbor to the north over nuclear disarmament.
- French Police Besiege Suspect: Two days after a shooter on a motorbike killed four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse, French police launched a predawn raid on a house in the city where the only suspect was hiding. Two cops were injured in the hours-long standoff, during which they exchanged fire with the suspect and arrested his brother, who was in the house.
- Super PACs Outspend Donations: A Federal Election Commission (FEC) report filed today shows that the pro-Romney super PAC called Restore Our Future raised just more than $6 million in February—but spent twice that amount. The super PAC has $10 mil in cash left.
- NYPD Boots 300 Occupiers: Spring weather means more Occupy protesters are coming out of hibernation, and the New York Police Department is getting straight to work. The NYPD, dressed in riot gear, threw 300 protesters out of Union Square Park overnight on Wednesday. One person was arrested.
Photo: Women celebrate the Persian New Year Nowruz in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mustafa Najafizada / AP Photo, Mustafa Najafizada)
Frontpage: Monday, Mar 19th
- Robert Bales Meets with Lawyer: Seattle defense attorney John Henry Browne, who’s represented serial killer Ted Bundy and the “Barefoot Bandit,” is in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Monday for a meeting with Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who’s likely to be charged this week over the alleged killing of 16 Afghan civilians near Kandahar last week.
- Santorum: Bring on the Convention: Rick Santorum doesn’t think any of the Republican candidates have a good chance at securing the 1,144 delegates needed for the presidential nomination, making it likely that the primary will end in a brokered convention.
- Abu Ghraib Soldier: I’m Not Sorry: Lynndie England, the former U.S. soldier convicted of abusing Iraqi detainees in the Abu Ghraib scandal, says in a new interview that she doesn’t regret how the detainees were treated. “Their lives are better. They got the better end of the deal,” she tells The Daily. “They weren’t innocent. They’re trying to kill us, and you want me to apologize to them? It’s like saying sorry to the enemy.”
- Four Dead at French Jewish School: A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Monday morning outside a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing at least four people: a 30-year-old rabbi, his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons, and a 10-year-old daughter of the school’s director.
- Illinois Poll: Romney in Lead: Analysts are saying that Illinois’s Tuesday primary is a must-win for Rick Santorum, but new Public Policy Polling numbers show that probably won’t happen. Frontrunner Mitt Romney has a commanding 45 percent–to–30 percent lead over Santorum.
Photo: Protesters continue to clash with riot police just south of Manama in Bahrain. (Reuters-Landov). More Photos.
Frontpage: Jan. 26th
- Obama and Brewer Argue: When President Obama arrived in Phoenix on Wednesday, he and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer immediately got into it at the airport. Brewer told reporters that Obama was upset that her book Scorpions for Breakfast wasn’t “cordial” to him. Sweet title though.
- Two Buildings Collapse in Rio: Two buildings collapsed in Rio, including one that was 20 stories high. Officials said three bodies have been recovered, but up to 19 people still remain missing. The cause of the collapse is unclear.
- Polls: Romney Leads in Florida: Newt Gingrich’s surge following his South Carolina victory doesn’t seem to have lasted long. According to a new CNN poll, Mitt Romney and Gingrich are essentially tied.
- French Implant Maker Arrested: Jean-Claude Mas, the head of the defunct Poly Implant Prothese, was arrested before dawn in France Thursday in connection with his company’s use of industrial-grade silicone in tens of thousands of breast implants.
- Apple Audits: China Labor Unsafe: As speculation about the iPhone 5 kicks into gear, The New York Times looks into the often brutal factory conditions that make such rapid improvement possible. Apple’s own audits found that hundreds of its supply factories in China require employees—some as young as 15—to work more than 60 hours a week, or more than 6 days a week, sometimes in deadly conditions.
Frontpage: Friday, Jan 20th
- Obama Sings Al Green: Rick Santorum would not be pleased about this man-to-man singing.
- 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.
- 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.
- France Threatens Afghan Pullout: France 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.
- Gingrich Daughter Deny Open Marriage: Newt 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.