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Barack Obama has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. They call him a “transformational figure” who has changed the paradigm of US politics. Sarah Palin came in as 4th runner up. Do u agree with Time’s choices this year?
Docs at a clinic in Cleveland offer details today about an incredible face transplant they performed 2 weeks ago. It’s the first of its kind in the US-surgeons replaced 80% of a patient’s face w/that of a female cadaver. The woman’s name hasn’t been revealed because of privacy issues, but our medical reporter Elizabeth Cohen will watch the news conference and have this story tonight.
P-E Obama will name Gov Tom Vilsack as Sec of Agriculture and US Sen. Ken Salazar as Sec. of the Interior. W/ the selection of Arne Duncan as his Education Secretary nominee yday, some people are noticing an interesting trend: P-E Obama is compiling quite an impressive basketball line-up.
Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, National Sec Adviser James Jones played at Georgetown, AG Eric Holder (known for his “easy dunk”) and UN Amb. Susan Rice played in High School, and Gov. Janet Napolitano has guest-coached for b-ball teams too. P-E Obama said “I think we are putting together the best basketball playing Cabinet in American history.” There’s going to be a lot of dribbling going on at the White House these next 4 yrs.
Tomorrow Fed regulators will adopt tougher restrictions on credit card companies and apparently make it harder for them to raise interest rates on existing customers. But Drew Griffin is Keeping Them Honest and tells us if these rules go far enough in protecting consumers-he found some interesting loopholes he’ll share tonight.
The case against an Iraqi journo who threw his shoes at Prez Bush has been referred to trial, he’ll most likely be charged with assaulting a foreign head of state under the Iraqi penal code. The shoe-thrower’s brother has said the journo hated the "material American occupation" and Iranian influence in Iraq. There were protests against his detention on Tuesday.
Prez Bush, when asked by Candy Crowley abt the incident said "I didn't have much time to reflect on anything, I was ducking and dodging." He said the journalist was "looking for notoriety" and that authorities shouldn't "overact" in their treatment of him.
In News of the Weird, Burger King has a holiday gift idea for meat-lovers. They’ve created a fragrance called “Flame”, a “seductive” body spray with a hint of flame-broiled meat”, just for men. So gals, next time you want a burger, just spritz some on your man and have some fries. See u tonight!
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