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Tweet Follow me More at Chicago Breaking News: “Like many Americans, Barack Obama spent today getting things organized so he could head back to work after an extended holiday vacation. But the president-elect’s departure from Chicago’s Midway Airport for a flight to Andrews Air Force Base brought with it some emotion, as he left behind an empty home and the city most associated with his historic political rise. “I gotta say I choked up a little bit leaving my house today,” he told reporters...

Tweet Follow me More at Las Vegas Sun: “WASHINGTON — Tune in Sunday morning when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is scheduled to be a guest on “Meet the Press” as the 111th Congress is about to begin. Reid is expected to discuss the economic stimulus package Congress hopes to have passed and waiting for President-elect Barack Obama shortly after he’s sworn in Jan. 20, his own re-election campaign as well as the escalating drama over Obama’s successor in the Senate.” ...

Tweet Follow me It seems the Multinational Monitor has a habit of writing incorrect and critical news about American Corporations that support it. Support it? With a budget of over $1 million, it doesn’t come from people on the street. But it takes that money from corporations and uses it to incorrectly shame them. This is certainly true with Chevron, the company the “non-profit” organization publication owned by Essential Information, a firm founded by Ralph Nader, who’s not involved...

Tweet Follow me More from ajc.com: “ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given birth to a son, a magazine reported Monday. Bristol Palin, 18, gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Sunday, People magazine reported online. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother, told the magazine that “the baby is fine and Bristol is doing well.” — But everyone wants to know if the Baby has even a hint that the father...

Tweet Follow me More at the New York Post: “The film was “The Last Seduction,” but those who know Linda Fiorentino say the character that made her famous isn’t far from the actress’ own life. And in the real-life story, the “she done him wrong” role is played by her FBI-agent boyfriend, Mark Rossini. The former G-man, 47, turned in his badge several weeks ago for accessing agency files on the case of private investigator Anthony Pellicano without authorization and pleaded guilty...

Tweet Follow me More at FOXNews.com Transition Tracker: “CHICAGO — The Illinois House committee investigating a possible impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t subpoena two incoming White House advisers, the committee chairwoman said Saturday, shutting down a request from the governor’s attorney. In a letter received by the committee Friday, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald asked the special investigative committee specifically to not subpoena President-elect Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett,...

Tweet Follow me More at TheHill.com: “RNC candidate Chip Saltsman’s Christmas greeting to committee members includes a music CD with lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro,” first played on Rush Limbaugh’s popular radio show. Saltsman, a personal friend of conservative satirist Paul Shanklin, sent a 41-track CD along with a note to national committee members. ” — And the Republicans wonder why they lost the election? ...

Tweet Follow me More at SFGate.com : “In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama’s inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including Obama’s incoming chief of staff.” — Blago knows where the bodies are buried, but not with Obama’s people. Things will get interesting when — and if — Blago turns to the Illinois legislature...

Tweet Follow me More at SFGate.com: “(12-25) 16:30 PST New York (AP) — At this time last year, Caroline Kennedy was promoting “A Family Christmas,” her collection of essays that featured the memory of her father letting her use the White House switchboard to call Santa. This year, after warily stepping into the political free-for-all for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s job, Kennedy’s activities during the holiday season included fending off requests to disclose financial information. The...

Tweet Follow me More at SF Gate.com: “Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing more than 200 people and wounding nearly 400 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in years.” ...

Tweet Follow me More at Antiwar Newswire: “Pakistan began moving thousands of troops away from the Afghan border toward India on Friday amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, intelligence officials said. The move represents a sharp escalation in the standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbors and will hurt Pakistan’s U.S.-backed campaign against al-Qaida and Taliban taking place near Afghanistan’s border. Two intelligence officials said the army’s 14th Division was being redeployed to Kasur...

Tweet Follow me More at the guardian.co.uk: “Russia is to increase sharply its production of strategic nuclear missiles, throwing down the gauntlet to the US president-elect, Barack Obama, who would have to deal with the Kremlin’s response to US missile defence plans in Europe. A senior government official in Moscow said the Russian military would commission 70 strategic missiles over the next three years. It was unclear whether sea-launched ballistic missiles were included in this figure, but military experts...

Tweet Follow me More at Huff Post: “WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes fell in November to the slowest pace in nearly 18 years, while new home prices dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that new home sales fell 2.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 407,000 units. That was a weaker performance than economists had expected and was the slowest sales pace since January 1991. The median price of a new home sold in November was $220,400, a drop of...

Tweet Follow me Did Thierry de la Villehuchet kill himself? – Huff Postt: “Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet was found sitting at his desk at about 8 a.m. with both wrists slashed, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said. A box cutter was found on the floor along with a bottle of sleeping pills on his desk. No suicide note was found…” ...

Tweet Follow me More at Huff Post: “Barack Obama’s chief counsel declared on Tuesday afternoon that only one member of the President-elect’s staff — incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel — had any communications with embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his staff since Obama’s election. Emanuel’s interactions, moreover, were not in any way improper, Obama’s aides stressed, and the transition team was fully compliant both with the law and the U.S. Attorney’s investigation...

Tweet Follow me More at CNN.com – Dec. 22, 2008: “NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Japanese auto giant Toyota said Monday that it would suffer an operating loss due to plummeting auto sales and a strong local currency. About 30 minutes after the market closed in Tokyo, Toyota said it expected to lose approximately $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion this fiscal year. Toyota reports earnings on a fiscal calendar beginning in April. This would be Toyota’s first operating loss since 1950, Toyota spokesman Steve...

Tweet Follow me Banks not saying where bailout money is going – The Denver Post: “WASHINGTON — It’s something any bank would demand to know before handing out a loan: Where’s the money going? But after receiving billions in aid from U.S. taxpayers, the nation’s largest banks say they can’t track exactly how they’re spending the money or they simply refuse to discuss it.“We’ve lent some of it. We’ve not lent some of it. We’ve not given any accounting of,...

Tweet Follow me More At The Denver Post”: “In the seconds after Continental Flight 1404 came to a shuddering halt in a ravine after skidding off the airport runway, chaos erupted inside the plane’s cabin.Luggage tumbled down from overhead bins, smoke filled the cabin, seats collapsed into one another, and passengers and flight attendants yelled: “Get out quick. The plane is going to explode,” said Gabriel Trejos, who was traveling with his 13-month-old son and pregnant wife to Houston to visit...

Tweet Follow me More At The Denver Post: “The Continental Airlines 737 jet that departed a DIA runway Saturday night traveled nearly a half mile through fields, then up and over a taxiway and airport service road like a 4-wheeling Jeep before coming to rest on its belly a short distance from an airport fire station, a site visit for news media revealed today.The National Transportation Safety Board took a pool of reporters and photographers to the crash scene for a 20-minute visit shortly after noon today.The tracks...

Tweet Follow me More at SFGate: “(12-21) 17:43 PST — Los Angeles can continue to seek racial balance in assigning tens of thousands of students to specialized magnet schools despite California’s voter-approved ban on race preferences in government programs, a state appeals court has ruled. Friday’s decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles preserves the long-standing desegregation program in the state’s largest school district in the face of a challenge by backers of...