The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has mocked the new $33 million bounty on its top leaders heads by offering its own bounty for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 10 camels for Obama and 20 chickens for Clinton.
The World-Is-a-Safer-Place-Without Saddam
- ‘UFO’ over Middle East reportedly a Russian missile test
- Iraq pilgrimage security tight after mortar attack
- Syrian troops and rebels clash across country
- NATO limits airstrikes on Afghan homes
- Taliban close Afghan schools over NATO killings
- Afghans: Ambulance hits roadside bomb; 5 dead
- India, Pakistan in talks on disputed glacier
- Fish pedicures: Baghdad’s newest sign of progress?
Congress Keeps 3 Billion in Bi-partisan Perks
Members of the House of Representatives voted Friday to protect their own office expense accounts from budget cuts.
The bipartisan 307-102 vote came on a $3.3 billion measure funding congressional operations.
The founder of USA Today recently referred to Donald Trump as a “clown.” Even clowns were like, “Are you kidding? That guy’s hair is ridiculous.” – Jimmy Fallon
- GOP mood toward Romney’s fall prospects brighten
- Jeb Bush says GOP primary boxed in Romney on immigration
- New Romney ad hits Obama on the “fine” economy
- Jindal calls Obama ‘most liberal, most incompetent’
- NYC mayor defends “stop and frisk” at black church
- House approves GOP bill repealing medical tax
- Bristol Palin Says Reality Show Will Present Her as a ‘Grounded, Normal Mom’
Mike Huckabee on being vice president: I have not been asked. I think there’s a greater likelihood that I’ll be asked by Madonna to go on tour as her bass player than I’ll be picked to be on the ticket.
Attorney General Holder to Be Held in Contempt?
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will vote June 20 on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the committee announced Monday morning.
Rock the Voter
- David Axelrod Insists Classified Leaks Not From White House
- Holder appoints 2 US attorneys to lead leaks probe
- Secretary of Commerce John Bryson Suspected of Felony Hit and Run, Office Says He Had Seizure*
President Obama’s campaign is spending $12 million on a one-minute commercial hitting Mitt Romney’s business record. Though Obama’s made some bad business moves too — like spending $12 million on a one-minute commercial. – Jimmy Fallon
By Don Davis
- Oil prices fall on global economic concerns
- Airline industry profits to plummet in 2012: IATA
- British ex-PM Brown blasts Murdoch press at inquiry
- ‘Cake Boss’ to sell his creations in US stores
- Glenn Beck signs 5-year $100 million radio deal
That’s right, half of all senior citizens are using the Internet. Yeah, I read that when my grandma sent the entire story to me in the subject line of an email.- Jimmy Fallon
Today is Monday, June 11, the 163rd day of 2012.
There are 203 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On June 11, 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft. Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin were never found or heard from again.
On this date:
In 1509, England’s King Henry VIII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.
In 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain
In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner.
In 1922, the groundbreaking documentary feature “Nanook of the North,” produced by Robert J. Flaherty, premiered in New York.
In 1936, Kansas Gov. Alfred “Alf” Landon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Cleveland.
In 1937, eight members of the Soviet Red Army High Command accused of disloyalty were put on trial, convicted and immediately executed as part of Josef Stalin’s Great Purge.
In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.
In 1963, a Buddhist monk (Thich Quang Duc) set himself afire on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.
In 1971, the year-and-a-half-long occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay by American Indian activists ended as federal officers evicted the remaining protesters.
In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.
In 1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced majority in Parliament.
Ten years ago: Congressional investigators released a report which said Clinton administration workers had defaced equipment (removed the letter W from computer keyboards) and left behind prank messages as they vacated the White House in Jan. 2001; but the investigators failed to uncover the widespread problems alleged by some Republicans. Rock star Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married in a remote Irish castle. (The couple divorced in 2008; McCartney married again in October 2011.) The very first episode of “American Idol” aired on Fox Television with hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman and judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. (The winner of the first season was Kelly Clarkson.)
Five years ago: Republicans blocked a Senate no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. A divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bush administration could not use new anti-terrorism laws to keep Ali al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident, locked up indefinitely without charging him. (The issue was rendered moot in 2009 when the Obama administration ordered al-Marri turned over to civilian authorities.) Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in a restroom sex sting. (Craig, who denied soliciting an undercover police officer, later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a fine.) Actress Mala Powers died in Burbank, Calif., at age 75.
One year ago: Rejecting calls by Democratic leaders for him to resign in a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner instead announced he was seeking professional treatment and asking for a leave of absence from Congress. (Weiner ended up leaving office.)
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Photographer Sean Hunter Brown captured these stunning wave images from different locations around Laguna Beach, Calif., with the aid of a waterproof encased camera and a great eye for light. His work will be on display at the 46th Annual Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach, running from June 29 through Sept. 2