President Obama calls on Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign; a series of terror attacks strikes Israel; the Department of Justice is investigating Standard & Poor; Rick Perry calls climate change data “manipulated;” multiple reports surface of Michele Bachmann’s staff pushing and shoving reporters; a Russian company aims to have a space resort set up by 2016; only seen in US zoos, a capybara has been spotted in California; Christine O’Donnell walks out of Piers Morgan’s show; and a Jihadist calls for US Muslims to cut out David Letterman’s tongue.
Obama Calls on Assad to Resign, http://apne.ws/nHbBY1
President Obama will publicly demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign due to the persistent violence the Syrian government has enacted on protestors. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also outline a U.S. Policy for the Syrian violence. At least 1,800 Syrian protestors have been killed by its government.
At Least 6 Dead, 25 Hurt in Terror Attacks Near Eilat, http://bit.ly/oL9npR
A series of terror attacks in Israel has left six people dead and twenty-five hurt. The attacks included the shooting of a bus driving off-duty soldiers; when IDF forces came to the scene, a bomb went off causing a shoot-out with the terrorists. In addition, there was a shootout on a passenger bus, mortar fired into Israel, and a bomb detonated near IDF forces on the Egyptian border.
U.S. Inquiry Said to Focus on S.&P. Ratings, http://nyti.ms/q0YR00
The Department of Justice is conducting an investigation of dozens of Standard & Poor’s mortgage security ratings. The ratings were made before the financial crisis, and the investigation began prior to S.&P.’s downgrade of the US credit rating.
A Gnawing Question Answered: It’s a Capybara Roaming Paso Robles, http://lat.ms/ojMzE3
A capybara, the world’s largest rodent, has been photographed near a water treatment plant in California. Capybaras are from South America and “usually [aren't] found in the United States except in zoos.” California game wardens were notified of a capybara siting three years ago, but ignored it thinking it a mistake. Unless hunters or trappers go after it, wardens will let the harmless rodent stay in the wild.
Rick Perry Calls Global Warming an Unproven, Costly Theory, http://lat.ms/p9F5dW
Republican Governor Rick Perry told a New Hampshire audience that researchers have “manipulated data” surrounding climate change “so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.” Perry had said prior that environmental programs had been costing the country “billions, if not trillions” of dollars. He continued, “I don’t think, from my perspective, that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on what is still a scientific theory that hasn’t been proven, and from my perspective is more and more being put into question.”
Michele Bachmann’s Bouncers: Unnecessary Roughness, http://politi.co/rgxpUL
POLITICO is reporting at least five incidents of Michele Bachmann’s campaign staff “pushing [and] shoving” journalists and in one case, even threatening violence. ABC’s Brian Ross was pushed by Bachmann staffers; Bachmann’s husband pushed CNN’s Don Lemon into a cart; FOX’s Steve Brown was caught on camera yelling at a Bachmann bodyguard to “not put your hands on me. Do not do it ever again;” and a foreign reporter says that a Bachmann aide threatened to break his arm.
(via POLITICO Morning Tech) THE AGE OF SPACE TOURISM: Mashable reports that a Russian company plans to have ready by 2016 an orbiting hotel that comes equipped with gourmet foods, specially designed sealed showers and a choice of a vertical or horizontal bed. http://on.mash.to/otJkKw
Jihadist Calls on US Muslims to Cut Off Letterman’s Tongue, http://nyp.st/q28O5I
Christine O’Donnell Walks Out on CNN’s Piers Morgan, http://usat.ly/nMR4b1
MTV to Abercrombie: ‘Jersey Shore’ Diss ‘A Clever PR Stunt,’ http://bit.ly/nEZEiu
The Kardashians Launch Their Sears Collection in Hollywood, http://bit.ly/pFNcd6
Sean Avery to Have Police Battery Charges Dropped, http://bit.ly/nrS4Dc