On the morning of December 17, a surprise prisoner swap between the United States and Cuba triggered a series of events that appear to herald a major thaw in relations between the two countries—relations that have been frozen for over five decades.....
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
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. Read more
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
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." Read more
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.
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. Read more