REID AND STEEL FIRESTORM?
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  Can You Believe Their Chutzpah? The Republicans Have the Gall to Accuse Democrats and Media of 'Double Standard' on Race Even As They Repeatedly Challenge the Authority of Their Own Party's Black National Chairman -- Who Has His Own Racial Double Standard by Sticking His Own Foot in Mouth With a Remark Offensive to Native Americans. Read more

IS OBAMA AVOIDING THE PRESS?
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  At the White House press briefing with Robert Gibbs Monday, the ever-blunt Helen Thomas kicked off a discussion of how long it's been since President Obama has held a White House press conference. Here's how it went:

THOMAS: When is the President going to hold a news conference? Not that you're not adequate.

GIBBS: Well, I appreciate that. (Laughter.) Chip asked this question on Friday.
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WHAT'S WRONG WITH GLENN BECK
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Glenn Beck was full of malicious glee yesterday (1/6/10) over the decision by Senator Chris Dodd not to run for re-election. But he took it a step further by smearing Dodd and “acting out” that decision, saying, “There are a few bars I haven’t hit in Connecticut… I haven’t visited all of them yet. I’m going to step aside and let somebody else have a shot. Oooh, shot! I’ll have a double.” Beck then tempered that by saying, “Surely, Christopher Dodd is not going bar hopping any more. And neither am I. But come on.” Regardless of whether Christopher Dodd is an active alcoholic or in AA, Beck, who claims to be in recovery, himself, had just broken a cardinal rule of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is to respect and maintain the anonymity of other alcoholics. Read more VIDEO

GOOGLE'S NEW PHONE NEXUS
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Looking for a Nexus One review? Google has announced that its Nexus One phone is official, and we've got the scoop on early reviews of the device.

TechCrunch has better things to say about the phone than Engadget (see below). According to TechCrunch,

This is the best Android powered phone to date. It's also the fastest and most elegant smartphone on the market today, solidly beating the iPhone in most ways.
TechCrunch adds the Nexus One has "no obvious flaws or compromises."

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal writes in his Nexus One review, "It's the best Android phone so far, in my view, and the first I could consider carrying as my everyday hand-held computer."
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Morgan Freeman Voice of CBS News
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Nearly six months after Walter Cronkite's death, his voice is leaving the CBS Evening News. His introduction of anchor Katie Couric has been replaced by a voiceover featuring actor Morgan Freeman. The legendary CBS News anchor recorded the introduction, played at the beginning of most newscasts, when Couric started at CBS in 2006. Cronkite's voice stayed on the air even after his death July 17.

"As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we're looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made," said CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus. Having Freeman on board gives CBS the flexibility to record different intros when Couric has special reports and is on location, he said.

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Bomber at CIA base double agent
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WASHINGTON – The suicide bomber who killed eight people inside a CIA base in Afghanistan was a Jordan-born terrorist double agent who was invited to the base because he claimed to have information targeting Osama bin Laden's second-in-command, a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a foreign government official confirmed Monday
The bombing killed seven CIA employees — four officers and three contracted security guards — and a Jordanian intelligence officer, Ali bin Zaid, according to a second former U.S. intelligence official. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the incident.

The former senior intelligence official and the foreign official said the bomber was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a 36-year old doctor from Zarqa, Jordan, who had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence. Zarqa is the hometown of slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. NBC News first reported the bomber's identity.
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HEALTH CARE DEATH PANELS
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IN A SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN, Alex Jones warns against the Big Government, Big Insurance Health Care Bill being forced down in the Senate despite opposition by members in both parties and an overwhelming majority of Americans.

After all the denial, the final version of the bill proves to have in place the so-called death panels, the abortion funding, no public option, cuts in Medicare and forced coverage backed by heavy fines or prison.

Outrageously, Senator Reid & co. have added a section to the bill, Section 3403, that prevents any future Congress from changing the Medicare Advisory Boards (i.e. the ‘death panels’). Section 3403 reads “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.


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Freeman to Wed Step-Grandkid: Enquirer
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 Morgan Freeman plans to marry his step-granddaughter, whom he and his now-estranged second wife raised from childhood, family sources tell the National Enquirer. E’Dena Hines, the 27-year-old granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, has been engaged in a secret affair with Freeman for nearly 10 years, and “becoming Mrs. Morgan Freeman has been E’Dena’s goal,” says a source. The affair allegedly led to Freeman’s current divorce battle.  SOURCE: National Enquirer


Robot Learns to Smile
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It's a milestone for robots: One has learned to smile and make realistic facial expressions on its own for the first time,Wired reports. University of California researchers put their Einstein robot in front of a video camera attached to facial recognition software, which gave it feedback as it randomly contorted its 31 artificial facial muscles. The experiment could shed light on how babies learn to make expressions.

"The robotic approach is the ultimate in helping us understand learning and development," one expert said. “There’s so much we can learn by actually trying to make it happen instead of just watching kids try to move their faces—it’s like having a baby as opposed to just watching a baby.” The team now plans to teach the robot to socialize. SOURCE: Wired


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US Journalists Held in Guest House, Not Labor Camp
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North Korea has not yet sent Lisa Ling or Euna Lee to a prison labor camp, keeping them instead in a “guest house,” according to a University of Georgia political scientist who recently visited the country. It's a sign that Pyongyang still wants to negotiate the girls' fate with the US the scholar said, predicting that North Korea would soon schedule talks.

“I heard from North Korean officials that the American journalists were doing fine at a guest house in Pyongyang,” the scholar said. Ling and Lee, who were arrested for attempting to film a piece for Al Gore's CurrentTV, have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. Ling called her sister yesterday, and said that a government pardon was their only hope of freedom. SOURCE: Associated Press 

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