Daily News Clips for Friday, January 7, 2011
The Washington Post
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Pentagon is confronting the reality that inexorable increases in defense spending are no longer a sure thing and that cuts that actually shrink the military's bottom line could be on the horizon.
In an unexpectedly tough vote, District Democrats selected Sekou Biddle on Thursday night to temporarily fill a vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council, giving the school board member a chance to represent all city residents until a special election is held in late April.
Maria Glod, Ovetta Wiggins and John Wagner
Separate packages addressed to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and his secretary of transportation contained incendiary devices that flashed, smoked and produced an odor when they were opened Thursday, causing minor injuries to two employees and putting officials around the Washington region on alert.
Dan Morse and Keith L. Alexander
The unusual slaying at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda was high-profile, coming on New Year's Day at the well-known facility. The victim, Roosevelt Brockington, was stabbed more than 70 times in a basement boiler room.
A 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Alexandria has been detained in Kuwait and says that he was tortured by security agents who questioned him about his travels in Yemen and Somalia.
Same-sex marriage is, if nothing else, a waiting game. Consider the position the District found itself in for years.
Kafia A. Hosh
Officials in charge of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County struck down a proposed outdoor site for the airport station, citing the cost and scope of the project and its potential to mar views of the architecturally significant main terminal.
The votes cast during the first days of the congressional session by two Republican lawmakers who skipped Wednesday's swearing-in ceremony will be invalidated, House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said that Democrats will push ahead with a plan to reform the Senate rules, with or without Republican support.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A homeless man whose silky announcing voice has catapulted him to national fame reunited Thursday with his mother, recorded a commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and agreed to do voiceover work for MSNBC.
The New York Times
The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, told senators on Friday that he expected the recovery to be “moderately stronger” this year.
Michael D. Shear
President Obama will name Gene Sperling today to be the permanent replacement for Larry Summers as director of the National Economic Council, White House officials said.
Mark Landler and Scott Shane
The State Department is warning hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and businesspeople identified in leaked diplomatic cables of potential threats to their safety…
Two Mississippi sisters who have been imprisoned for 16 years were released on Friday morning on the condition that the younger sibling donate a kidney to her older sister, whose organs are failing.
Salman Masood and J. David Goodman
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A key political party reversed course and rejoined the government Friday, salvaging the fragile coalition of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani…
LONDON — Police officers armed with automatic weapons and accompanied by bomb-sniffing dogs stepped up patrols at airports on Friday amid reports that the terror alert for transportation hubs in Britain had been raised.
Ellen Weiss, the senior vice president for news at NPR whose quick firing of the senior news analyst Juan Williams last October ignited a political and public relations firestorm, resigned Thursday at the end of an internal investigation into the dismissal.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan to abolish capital punishment in a whirlwind reversal on a historic vote.
Setting the tone for the 112th Congress — in which every House bill must cite the constitutional source of its authority — members of the House of Representatives began to read the United States Constitution aloud from the chamber’s floor on Thursday morning.
MOSCOW — There are few things that Russian politicians like less than being scolded about democracy and human rights…
CNN Wire Staff
President Barack Obama announced several new members of his economic team Friday as the administration trumpeted a falling unemployment rate.
By a 46 to 40 percent margin, Americans want their representative in the House to vote to repeal the new health care law, according to a new national poll.
The result of a Senate committee's long-awaited review of media-based ministries has finally been released.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now part of the minority party in Congress, but don't expect her to be introspective after the November losses.
CNN Political Unit
Asked about a report he is telling friends he will run for President in 2012, Donald Trump told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King that "a lot of people" are asking him to run for the Republican nomination, but would only say he is "seriously considering" the possibility.
The reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives was going smoothly Thursday morning, that is until someone in the visitors gallery shouted aloud when the subject of presidential eligibility was read.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- High hopes for December's employment numbers were dashed Friday, when the Labor Department reported disappointing job gains for the month. But the unemployment rate took a surprising dive.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Gunmen killed four women and four children, including an 18-month boy, and wounded three others Thursday in an attack on a minibus in Honduras, officials said.
Two years after international forces dispatched a flotilla of warships to counter piracy around the Horn of Africa, attacks on merchant ships are rising again.
NASHVILLE — Thousands of Southern Sudanese immigrants will cast votes in eight U.S. cities starting Sunday to decide whether their region of the country will part ways with northern Sudan and its government.
Nearly two-thirds of nursing home patients have advance directives, documents allowing people to make end-of-life decisions when they might not be able to speak for themselves, a government study shows.
An Internet safety expert is calling for Facebook to take more direct steps to intervene in potential suicide cases signaled by users of the popular social network.
ATLANTA (AP) — Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay — may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some kids' teeth.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Videos anonymously delivered to authorities show men sexually assaulting at least 10 severely handicapped women, sheriff's officials said Thursday.
Bristol Palin, who bought a five-bedroom house in Maricopa, Ariz., now has a job offer to go with her new digs.
Let's start taking bets now: Will Piers Morgan reduce Oprah to tears?
The House of Representatives on Friday votes to bring the repeal of the healthcare overhaul to the floor for formal debate.
The Congressional Budget Office's latest analysis on the effect a repeal of the overhaul would have on the federal deficit may pose a challenge to GOP efforts to dismantle the law. House Speaker John Boehner dismisses the estimate.
The finding surprises scientists, who say the gas was consumed much more quickly than expected.
Four Democrats joined House Republicans on Friday on the first procedural vote setting up next week’s debate to repeal Obama’s health care reform law.
The hotly debated Comcast-NBC Universal merger may be near the finish line, but that hasn’t deterred both companies from reaching out to scores of Democrats and Republicans in pursuit of additional last-minute support.
The Pentagon is expected to seek in the range of $120 billion for overseas war costs next year, a significant drop from 2011 but still a stubborn strain on deficit-reduction efforts.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted House Republicans Thursday for their plan to repeal the health care law passed last year, pointing to a report that shows such a move will run up the deficit.
Ben Smith and Jennifer Epstein
John Edwards is denying a report that he’s going to marry longtime mistress Rielle Hunter, a source close to the former North Carolina senator tells POLITICO.
The Huffington Post – Most Popular
Travis Walter Donovan
On Wednesday, GeaPress reported hundreds -- possibly thousands -- of dead and dying birds in Italy.
Two House Republicans Missed Swearing In While At A Fundraiser In The Capitol, Violating Constitution On Day It Was Read
WASHINGTON -- Two House Republicans have cast votes as members of the 112th Congress, but were not sworn in on Wednesday, a violation of the Constitution on the same day that the GOP had the document read from the podium.
Since news broke that a new edition of Mark Twain's classic book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" would be published next month with every instance of the N-word replaced by "slave," a horde of readers, scholars and concerned people have spoken in outrage. Yet this is not the first time expurgated books have made their way to the public.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police investigating the New Year's Eve shooting death of a local councilman did not have to look further than the last photograph the victim took. That photo led to the arrest of two suspects.
In the fall of 2008, George Washington University freshman Todd Belok was pledging campus fraternity Beta Theta Pi, training with the university's Navy ROTC program, and openly dating his boyfriend.
What's more depressing than 2 million dead baby fish (pictures below)? Try 279 floating manatees – and not floating in the good way.
Adam D. Chandler and Luke Norris
When Judge Henry Hudson ruled last month that part of President Obama's signature health care reform law was unconstitutional, he gave conservatives a big boost.
Last spring, when President Obama was considering whether to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal, his top Afghanistan commander, some wondered whether the president really believed in the underlying counterinsurgency strategy that McChrystal was pursuing.
In her annual report to Congress delivered Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service's ombudswoman urged lawmakers to simplify the federal tax code.