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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11:09 AM, January 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Jan. 30th

  1. Romney Widens Lead: With one day left before the Florida primary, Mitt’s got a 12 point lead in the state, according to a Reuters poll on Sunday. 
  2. Syrian Forces Seize Damascus SuburbsThe day after the Arab League said it was abandoning its monitoring mission, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Monday raided Damascus suburbs that have been under the control of opposition fighters.
  3. Occupy D.C. Faces Eviction: After a violent protest in Oakland and a solidarity march in New York where 12 were arrested, occupy protesters in DC have until noon today before police try to evict them. 
  4. U.S. Embassy in Cairo Hides Expats: In a sign that the relationship between the United States and Egypt continues to worsen, the American Embassy in Cairo took the unusual step of opening its doors to U.S. citizens working for nongovernmental organizations. Can’t help but think of that scene in The Saint.
  5. Bain Capital Raises $600M Fund: The venture capital wing of Bain Capital announced Monday that it had raised $600 million for a new fund—its largest to date. 

Photo: Novak Djokovic celebrated his victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open men’s final. (Ryan Pierse, Pool, EPA / Landov)

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