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12:39 PM, June 8th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, June 8

1. American to Be Al Qaeda No. 2?: Intelligence experts say that al Qaeda has five men with the potential to succeed current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri—and one is a U.S. citizen.

2. U.N.: Civil War ‘Imminent’ in Syria: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that civil war in Syria is “imminent” as Syrian government troops blocked unarmed United Nations monitors from investigating a massacre in the small town of Qubeir—and even firing on them.

3. Obama Takes on Sluggish Economy: In a statement Friday morning President Obama blamed an intractable Congress for scuttling the “bipartisan” jobs plan he sent them last year, and said that he urges legislators to reconsider.

4. Cameron to Testify in Hacking Inquiry: British Prime Minister David Cameron will give evidence next Thursday at the Leveson Inquiry into the country’s media ethics.

5. Algae Blooms Under Polar Ice: Scientists in an international team said they have recorded the most intense algae bloom ever—and it was under the polar ice caps in the Arctic last summer.

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Here’s Hamlet the Pig coming down the stairs to have some breakfast. Happy Friday!

11:29 AM, June 7th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, June 7th

  1. U.N. to Discuss Syria Massacre: Following reports of a fresh massacre by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan will meet Thursday with the Security Council and the General Assembly about the growing crackdown in Syria
  2. Panetta: ‘Reaching Limits of Patience’:The U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that the U.S. is “reaching limits of patience as far as Pakistan is concerned.”
  3. China Cuts Interest Rates: China’s central bank announced a rate cut Thursday that will trim a quarter of a percent off its rate for deposits and loans.
  4. Testing Could Spot Disorders in Fetuses: A team of researchers revealed that testing for 3,500 genetic disorders an unborn child could carry can be discovered by taking a blood sample of a woman 18 weeks pregnant and a swab of saliva from the father.
  5. Romney Campaign Misspells Reagan: Mitt Romney’s campaign misspelled the name of one of the Republican party’s most-revered figures, Ronald Reagan.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, center, holds his first cabinet meeting at the state Capitol on Wednesday after he beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election.

11:59 AM, May 31st, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, May 31st

  1. Syria Releases 500 Prisoners: The Syrian government released 500 political prisoners on Thursday, as shelling was reported in Houla, the site a deadly massacre less than a week ago.
  2. Ireland Votes on EU Treaty: Ireland went to the polls Thursday to vote on the European Union’s fiscal pact, the only country of the 25 pro-pact nations that has put the treaty to a vote among its people. The treaty needs to be approved by 12 of the 17 Euro Zone nations to ratify it, so the outcome of the vote could be meaningless for the Euro Zone, but if Ireland rejects the pact, the country could be barred from emergency EU funding when its current bailout package expires in 2013. 
  3. Suspect Kills Self in Seattle: The suspect in two Seattle shootings that left five dead fatally shot himself after a standoff with police Wednesday afternoon. Five other people died in the pair of shootings for which police believe the suspect was responsible. The shooter killed four people and wounded one other at a café in the university district in the north part of the city. 
  4. Obama, Romney Tied in Key States: The general election is off to a close start, with Mitt Romney and Barack Obama virtually tied in Colorado, Iowa and Nevada—three battleground states. According to a new NBC News/Marist poll, President Obama is leading in Colorado among independents, women and voters under 45, while Romney is the favorite among male voters and those over the age of 45.  
  5. Minister Testifies in Leveson InquiryThings are not looking so good for Jeremy Hunt. The embattled culture minister testified Thursday before the Leveson Inquiry about his role in Rupert Murdoch’s controversial—and doomed—bid to take over the British broadcaster BSkyB. Hunt had been the minister responsible for overseeing the regulatory process behind News Corp.’s BSkyB takeover and had the final say in approving the deal.

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“At poolside Marilyn took off her blue bathrobe, hiding her body as she slid into the water. A few moments later, when she raised herself from the water, I could see that her panties were gone. She’d done it! And she was having a lot of fun.”

[Text excerpted from Marilyn & Me: A Photographer’s Memories (Nan A. Talese / Doubleday). Photo by Lawrence Schiller. More here.]

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11:22 AM, May 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, May 30th 

  1. Andy Coulson Detained for Perjury: Andy Coulson, the former editor of News of the World and Prime Minister David Cameron’s former press secretary, was detained Wednesday in connection to a perjury inquiry. 
  2. Charles Taylor Gets 50 YearsThe International Criminal Court at The Hague on Wednesday sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for blood diamonds. In the ruling, presiding Judge Richard Lussaick said Taylor is “in a class of his own” when compared with others convicted by the United Nations–backed court. 
  3. Russia, China Oppose Syria Action: Russia and China both opposed a United Nations–sponsored intervention on Wednesday, one day after special envoy Kofi Annan returned from Damascus and said that Syria is at a “tipping point.” Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Wednesday that the country is “categorically against” foreign intervention in Syria and that any new steps by the Security Council—on which both Russia and China hold important veto power—would be “premature.”
  4. Britain Clears Assange ExtraditionA British high court ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden, where he faces sexual-abuse allegations. The British government is expected to announce an extradition within 10 days, and on the appointed date, Assange will be handed over to Swedish authorities. 
  5. Trump Steals Romney’s Spotlight: Donald Trump sure knows how to crash a party. The real-estate mogul grabbed headlines Tuesday after arguing with Wolf Blitzer—and then appeared at a Las Vegas fundraiser Tuesday with Mitt Romney, who had just clinched the Republican nomination. Romney thanked Trump for use of his Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, and said he “appreciated” Trump’s help. 

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Photo of the Day: May 29, 2012

Hats off Sailors
Graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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3:10 PM, May 29th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, May 29th 

  1. Syrian Diplomats ExpelledKofi Annan began negotiations in Syria on Monday in an effort to save his peace plan, while Russia, one of Syria’s allies, said the government should take most of the blame for the violence in Houla. Meanwhile Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Britain, and Italy all announced Tuesday that they would expel all Syrian diplomats immediately, a move coordinated with the U.S.’s hardline action.
  2. 5.8 Quake Shakes Italy: A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Italy early Tuesday morning, killing at least 15 people and injuring another 200. The quake is the second to hit the region in nine days, after 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck on May 20 and left seven people dead and destroyed hundreds of buildings. 
  3. Facebook Stock Falls to New LowWhat’s worse than your stock tumbling after going public? Your stock tumbling some more. Facebook shares slid another 5 percent Tuesday, dropping the social network’s value about 21 percent since going public on May 18. Shares are now hovering around $30. 
  4. Suu Kyi Makes Thailand Trip: Despite tensions with Burmese President Thein Sein, Democratic leader and activist Aung Sung Suu Kyi is making major strides in her new parliamentary role. The long-time political prisoner arrived in Thailand on Tuesday night—her first trip away from Burma in 24 years—where she is scheduled to meet with migrant workers, Burmese war refugees, and leaders at the World Economic Forum on East Asia. 
  5. Al Qaeda’s No. 2 Afghan Killed: Al Qaeda’s second-highest leader in Afghanistan was killed by airstrikes carried out by NATO, the coalition confirmed on Tuesday. According to NATO, Sakhr al-Taifi was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and has also been credited with directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces.

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Photo of the Day: May 28, 2012

Flood of Memories

A woman is reflected in the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP / Getty Images)

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11:08 AM, May 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, May 18th

  1. Zuckerberg Rings Opening Bell: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the Wall Street opening bell Friday, the day his company is set to debut on the market. Facebook will start trading stocks on the open market at 11 a.m. Friday, 90 minutes after the New York Stock Exchange opens, and a share will be traded at $38, giving the company a $104 billion valuation.
  2. Detective: Trayvon Didn’t Start Fight: The lead detective in the case against George Zimmerman’s alleged shooting of Trayvon Martin said he believes Zimmerman caused the fight by getting out of his car to confront Martin, and believes the Florida neighborhood-watch volunteer should be charged with manslaughter.  
  3. Dimon Will Testify Before Congress: It’s been a rough few days for JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. First came news that his company suffered a $2 billion trading loss. Then came reports that the loss might be closer to $3 billion. Now, Dimon is going to have to go before the Senate Banking Committee to explain what happened. 
  4. Syria Warns Arab NationsGulf powers like Saudi Arabia and Qatar have argued that Syrian insurgents should be supplied with weapons, and Assad’s government has repeatedly accused countries of backing a “terrorist” campaign.
  5. Netanyahu: Iran isn’t Serious About Nuke Talks: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he doesn’t believe Iran is serious about ending its nuclear program. 

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Photo of the Day: May 17, 2012

The Heat is On
A boy leads his goat past a parched pond in India.

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11:01 AM, May 10th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, May 10th

  1. Twin Damascus Blasts Kill 40Twin explosions rocked Damascus on Thursday, killing at least 40 people and injuring 170, according to Syrian state television. The blasts occurred near an intelligence building for the security forces, and they ripped the façade off the building although the structure of the building remained intact. 
  2. Angry Dems: Move Convention!: Charlotte seemed like a good convention idea in 2010. Democrats, angry over the passage of the controversial anti-gay marriage “Amendment One,” have begun petitioning to move the 2012 convention from Charlotte, although Democratic officials insisted on Wednesday that there won’t be change in location.  
  3. Obama Seeks Money After Announcement: Not long after President Obama told ABC News on that he supports gay marriage Wednesday, his campaign team sent out an email explaining his decision and asking boosters to donate to his re-election effort. 
  4. Wreckage of Russian Plane Found: An Indonesian air force official has reportedly located the wreckage of a Russian plane that went missing Wednesday morning. The Sukhoi SuperJet-100, with 48 people on board, left Jarkata during a commercial exercise with reporters, potential buyers, and engineers. 
  5. Olympic Torch Lit in Athens: Although most of Athens remained riveted by the political upheaval, the city hosted one of its oldest traditions: the lighting of the Olympic torch for the 2012 games. The torch was lit Thursday in Athens, before it will travel 8,000 miles—most of it throughout Britain—before arriving in London on July 27.

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Photo: Michelle Galindo and Janice Jabido strike a pose during their 2006 wedding reception at The Riverside Church in New York City. The couple were legally married in Niagara Falls, Canada, but chose to have the ceremony in their home state. Read all of our coverage on yesterday’s interview or watch Obama’s “evolution” in video clips.

2:49 PM, May 7th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, May 7th

  1. Polls Open in Syrian ElectionsSyria held elections Monday as violence continued in the country, where more than 9,000 people have died since a popular uprising began more than a year ago. The vote for seats in the country’s 250-seat Parliament was a sham, members of the opposition against President Bashar al-Assad said. 
  2. Al Qaeda Video Shows U.S. Hostage: A video showing Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old American citizen who was kidnapped in Pakistan last year, surfaced on Islamist websites Sunday. “My life is in your hands, Mr. President,” the al Qaeda captive said in the video, addressing President Obama. “If you accept the demands, I live. If you don’t accept the demands, I die.” 
  3. EU Stocks Shake Election HangoverGerman Chancellor Angela Markel instilled a small measure of confidence in European investors Monday, saying she would welcome newly elected French President Francois Hollande with “open arms.” 
  4. Duncan Supports Gay Marriage: One day after Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for gay marriage, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he too believes couples of the same sex should be allowed to wed. 
  5. 400 Arrested as Putin ReturnsHundreds of opposition protesters were detained in Russia Monday as Vladimir Putin was sworn in as president after serving four years as prime minister. Outside, however, 20,000 people rallied in a demonstration against the former KGB spy that turned violent when protesters and police fought with batons and flagpoles. 

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Photo: A runner makes his way along a trail in view of the “supermoon” at Papago Park in Phoenix, AZ. (Darryl Webb, Reuters / Landov)

11:05 AM, May 4th, 2012
Frontpage: Friday, May 4th
Syrian Forces Fire on Thousands: Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad trained their guns on thousands of protesters Friday as Syrians demonstrated for regime change. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the gunmen fired on crowds in the city of Hama and another nearby town.
Romney Gains Ground in OH, FL: The race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney continued to heat up this week, with a new poll showing that the Republican has caught up with the president in the swing states of Ohio and Florida. Obama pulled ahead in Pennsylvania, however, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. 
Chen Offered University Fellowship: In a deal that may bring an end to careful negotiations between the United States and China, blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been offered a university fellowship, American officials said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement Chen and his wife and children have been made an offer by an American university, and that the Chinese government should hold to its earlier indications that it would allow Chen to travel abroad for study. 
Calif. Pension Fund Sues Walmart: In what may be the first sign of serious blowback for Walmart after a bombshell New York Times report last month, the United States’ second-largest pension fund said it is suing the company over allegations of misconduct in Mexico. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System holds more than 5.3 million shares of Walmart Stores Inc. 
Report: (Only) 115,000 Jobs Added in April: Only 115,000 jobs were added to the American economy in April, according to the jobs report released by the Department of Labor Friday morning—the smallest gain in six months. That’s significantly fewer than the 154,000 jobs that were added in March, according to today’s revised report. 
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Frontpage: Friday, May 4th

  1. Syrian Forces Fire on Thousands: Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad trained their guns on thousands of protesters Friday as Syrians demonstrated for regime change. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the gunmen fired on crowds in the city of Hama and another nearby town.
  2. Romney Gains Ground in OH, FLThe race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney continued to heat up this week, with a new poll showing that the Republican has caught up with the president in the swing states of Ohio and Florida. Obama pulled ahead in Pennsylvania, however, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. 
  3. Chen Offered University Fellowship: In a deal that may bring an end to careful negotiations between the United States and China, blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been offered a university fellowship, American officials said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement Chen and his wife and children have been made an offer by an American university, and that the Chinese government should hold to its earlier indications that it would allow Chen to travel abroad for study. 
  4. Calif. Pension Fund Sues WalmartIn what may be the first sign of serious blowback for Walmart after a bombshell New York Times report last month, the United States’ second-largest pension fund said it is suing the company over allegations of misconduct in Mexico. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System holds more than 5.3 million shares of Walmart Stores Inc. 
  5. Report: (Only) 115,000 Jobs Added in AprilOnly 115,000 jobs were added to the American economy in April, according to the jobs report released by the Department of Labor Friday morning—the smallest gain in six months. That’s significantly fewer than the 154,000 jobs that were added in March, according to today’s revised report. 

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9:54 AM, April 12th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, April 12th

  1. Romney Struggles to Close Gender Gap: In the wake of Rick Santorum’s departure from the presidential race, Mitt Romney’s campaign contended with the former Massachusetts governor’s struggle to win female voters. On the first day of the campaign’s strategy to turn criticism of Romney back on Obama, Romney repeatedly touted the misleading claim that 92 percent of job losses under Obama affected women. 
  2. U.N. Ceasefire Holds in SyriaA U.N.-brokered peace agreement appeared to hold Thursday after the government of Bashar al-Assad halted attacks on rebel forces ahead of the planned deadline. But the country’s defense ministry reserved the right to retaliate against “armed terrorist groups,” casting doubt on the agreement’s longer-term viability. 
  3. Ann Romney Joins Twitter to Respond to Hilary Rosen’s Comments: Solid Storify from the Washington Post
  4. Zimmerman Due in Court Thursday: A lawyer for George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed the unarmed Trayvon Martin during a neighborhood watch patrol, said his client will plead not guilty to second degree murder charges announced Wednesday. 
  5. Weekly Jobless Claim Up: The number of Americans filing for unemployment rose in the first week in April, bringing the total number of jobless claims up to the highest levels since January. The news came shortly after the economy showed signs of slowing March, with only 120,000 jobs added.

Photo: Orlando based attorney Mark O’Mara (left) has just stepped in a blinding public spotlight as the new lead defense attorney for the man sensationally charged with murdering 17 year old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman (right). Here’s are our article on O’Mara. (AP Photo)

11:23 AM, April 11th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, April 11th

  1. North Korea Begins Fueling RocketNorth Korea could launch its rocket tomorrow, despite international objections and warnings. The hermit state said it is injecting fuel into its long-range rocket “as we speak,” meaning there is one more stage before it is ready to launch. 
  2. Foster Friess Goes to Romney: With Rick Santorum out, Foster Friess, the retired investor who spent almost $1.7 million on Santorum’s campaign, is getting behind Mitt Romney. “I’ve got some plans as to how I might be able to be of help,” said Friess.
  3. Massive Quake Strikes off Indonesia: An 8.6-magnitude quake has struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, in the northwest, prompting tsunami warnings throughout the Indian Ocean, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and others. Within a few hours, the tsunami warning for most of the Indian Ocean had been lifted.
  4. Lenders Get Back Into Subprime CreditFirst the banks won’t lend, now they’re back to lending to risky borrowers. As banks look to make up for fee income barred by new regulations, they’ve gone back to offering loans and credit cards to borrowers with bad credit. Credit-card companies gave out 1.1 million new cards to borrowers with bad credit in December, up 12.3 percent from the month before.
  5. U.N.: Syria Will Respect Ceasefire: It’s hard to imagine what assurances Bashar al-Assad could give at this point, but United Nations envoy Kofi Annan says he’s received “further clarifications” from the Syrian leader and that he plans to abide by the peace plan. So far, Assad has responded to the peace plan by increasing attacks on the opposition, reportedly killing at least 100 people yesterday

Photo: North Koreans attend the inauguration of a mosaic portrait of Kim Jong-il. (Bobby Yip, Reuters / Landov) 

10:20 AM, April 10th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, April 10th

  1. Syria: We Are Removing TroopsThe Syrian government said on Tuesday that it has begun to remove troops as the United Nations’ deadline for a ceasefire draws closer—but activists said 12 people had been killed by government forces early Tuesday. 
  2. Tulsa Suspects Confess: Police say the two men arrested in connection with the shooting spree in Tulsa, Okla., have confessed. Alvin Watts, 32, confessed to shooting two people, and Jake England, 19, confessed to shooting three. Three of the victims died and two were seriously injured. All were black, and authorities are still investigating whether the crime was racially motivated.
  3. Radical Cleric Can Be Extradited to U.S.The radical cleric Abu Hamza may soon be on his way to the United States, along with four other men, now that the European court of human rights has ruled their rights won’t be violated by extradition. In 2006 Hamza was sentenced to seven years in prison for inciting hatred at his north London mosque, and he’s also accused of attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999. 
  4. At Least 15 Killed in Afghan Blasts: At least 15 people were killed by early-morning suicide bombings in Afghanistan, officials say. Eight civilians and three policemen were killed by a blast at a local government office in Herat, while another four policemen were killed by three suicide bombers at a police compound in southern Helmand province. 
  5. MD Teacher Trio Claims Winning Ticket: Three teachers from Maryland came forward to claim their share of the record-shattering Mega Millions jackpot, the state announced Tuesday. The teachers pooled $20 each to buy 60 tickets at various Maryland locations, and will each have $35 million wired to their bank accounts within the next 10 days.

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Photo: In 1941, the great American photographer Edward Weston accepted a commission to illustrate Leaves of Grass, by the great American poet Walt Whitman. A show opening April 21 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts presents images from the project, all shot on a cross-country trip. See more.

(Edward Weston, Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

12:17 PM, April 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 9th

  1. Syrian Fire Crosses Turkish BorderSyrian forces crossed more than one line when they exchanged fire with rebel forces in a clash that spilled over into Turkey. One person was killed and more injured at the Killis refugee camp on the Turkish side of the shared border. 
  2. North Korea Prepares Nuke TestSouth Korean intelligence officials warned that the North is preparing a nuclear weapons test to follow its controversial long-range missile test, according to reports Monday. 
  3. Microsoft Grabs AOL Patents for $1B: The technology world is in an arms race, and intellectual property is the weapon of choice. Microsoft bought its way toward the front of the pack Monday when it announced a deal with AOL that will give it 800 of AOL’s patents and license to 300 more, all for just slightly north of $1 billion. 
  4. Prosecutor Decides No Grand JuryThe special prosecutor tasked with deciding whether to press charges against the man who shot Trayvon Martin has decided not to hand the case to a grand jury. Special prosecutor Angela Corey will now decide whether or not to press charges against shooter George Zimmerman.
  5. Hillary Clinton to Skip DNCHillary Clinton has long been a stable figure at Democratic conventions—a consistent presence dating back to the infamous 1968 convention in Chicago, her spokesman pointed out. But the secretary of state is sitting out this year’s convention in North Carolina, as part of her commitment to avoiding political activity (she’s actually banned from taking part by federal law). 

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Photo: The Bosnia War 20 Years Later: Photos by Peter Turnley.

12:21 PM, April 6th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Apr 6th

  1. Syria Broadens Damacus AttackDespite agreeing to a ceasefire that would have gone into effect at 6 a.m. Thursday, Syrian government troops broadened an offensive against opposition fighters in three Damascus neighborhoods on Friday, with fierce fighting breaking out. 
  2. Economy Added Only 120K JobsBad news: the streak of robust hiring in the U.S. economy has come to a close. After three months of at least 200,000 new jobs added, the U.S. produced only 120,000 jobs in March, a disappointing number that was lower than expected. 
  3. Bella Santorum Taken to HospitalRick Santorum’s three-year-old daughter Bella was taken to the hospital on Friday, according to his campaign spokesman. The Santorum campaign did not release any more details, except asking in a statement for “privacy and prayers as Bella works her way to recovery.” 
  4. Obama: ‘Cannot Wait for Romney’: President Barack Obama told supporters at a fund-raising dinner on Thursday night in Washington that he “cannot wait” to compare and contrast his plan for America with what the Republicans bring to the table this election cycle. 
  5. Report: Malawi President Dies: Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika reportedly died from a heart attack Thursday, doctors and cabinet ministers told the BBC, though the official announcement has not yet been made. State media reported that he was flown to a South African hospital, but sources told Reuters that Mutharika was dead when he was rushed to a hospital in Lilongwe. 

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This is Ellie. She works in sales after being rescued from an Alabama construction site. Sumbuddy needs a little doggie hard hat!

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11:36 AM, April 5th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, April 5th

  1. Romney Surges in PennsylvaniaThings aren’t looking good for Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney’s campaign moved to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, and a poll already shows him leading Santorum in his home state by five percentage points. 
  2. Greek Suicide Prompts ProtestReports of a 77-year-old Greek pensioner killing himself in Athens’s Syntagma Square have galvanized austerity protesters. Greek media identified the man as Dimitris Christoulas, a retired pharmacist, who allegedly shot himself after leaving a note protesting austerity measures. “I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance,” the note read. People marched in the square and left flowers and notes at the site of Christoulas’s death, but by evening the demonstrations had devolved into violent clashes with riot police.
  3. Sky News Admits Hacking EmailA senior executive from Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News admitted on Thursday that he had authorized a journalist to hack into email on two separate occasions, and justified the hacking by saying it was “in the public interest.” 
  4. Paul Ryan in Campaign Spotlight: Representative Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have been saying such flattering things about each other over the last few days and it’s prompted speculation of a vice presidential nomination. 
  5. Syria Attacks Damascus Suburb: Syrian forces launched what activists called one of its most violent assaults yet on a Damascus suburb Thursday, shelling residential areas with tanks. According to Mohammed Saeed, an activist based in the suburb, they used troops as human shields as they marched into the area’s main square.
Photo: Athens, Greece— Tear gas fills Syntagma Square during a protest over a financially strapped elderly man’s suicide. The 77-year-old retired pharmacist reportedly shouted ‘I do no want to leave debts to my children’ before he publicly shot himself, spurring an outpouring of sympathy and anger from the public. (Alkis Konstantinidis / EPA-Landov)
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