The Wire: November 12, 2010

  • 11:01 a.m.

    Test headline

    The once and future king.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Plea hearing set in crash that injured C. Davies

    The driver in a 2009 crash that injured U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies and killed a female passenger is scheduled to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Mexico coach to skip Copa America

    Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre says he will skip the Copa America and send an assistant instead to handle El Tri in next year’s South American championship.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Rangers say Edu's injury not thought to be major

    American midfielder Maurice Edu will miss Glasgow Rangers’ Scottish Premier League match against Aberdeen on Saturday because of a knee injury but the club does not believe there was major damage.

  • 11:00 a.m.


    Pot o' Gold: Family's old vase fetches $83 million

    It was just an old Chinese vase that had been in the family for 80 years. It turned out to be much more.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Boston arts museum unveils new Americas wing

    For years, the Thomas Sully painting of George Washington on the banks of the Delaware River hung in a modern art section in the Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The masterpiece, depicting Washington’s 1776 crossing during the American Revolution, often got dirty, did not sit in its original frame and typically received curious glances from visitors wondering what the piece was doing there.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Zsa Zsa Gabor hospitalized for blood clot

    A spokesman for actress Zsa Zsa Gabor says the actress has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for treatment of painful swelling in her legs.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Artist David Hockney applies brush to dog bowls

    David Hockney is best known for his pop art. His latest project is pup art.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    'Girls Gone Wild' distributor booked for CA death

    The founder of a company that bought the Australian franchise for “Girls Gone Wild” was in jail Friday, accused in the hit-and-run death of a woman who was leaving a concert.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Boston arts museum unveils new wing

    Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has previewed a new wing that will feature more works of art from the Americas.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    'Girls Gone Wild' distributor booked in CA death

    The head of the Australian distributor of “Girls Gone Wild” is accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Southern California.

  • 11:00 a.m.


    Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard to tackle Chekhov again

    Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, will be together again on stage next year in another off-Broadway play by Anton Chekhov.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Clinton gives thumbs-up to new Bush memoir

    Critics are mixed about George W. Bush’s memoir, but the former president has received a rave from a fellow White House alumnus, Bill Clinton.

  • 6:21 a.m.



    BOOK REVIEW: For common sense and effort

    In the immediate wake of the elections, there’s a growing perception that as the novelty wore off and the romance faded, the president proved himself as inept at campaigning (at least for others) as he has been at governing.

  • 11:47 p.m.



    EDITORIAL: The U.N.'s global tax scheme

    The world’s leftists dream of the day when they might erect an international taxation system. Such would be the bottomless well from which they could exploit the world’s productive energies to bankroll utopian schemes and build bigger, better and, most important, higher-paying global bureaucracies. Steps were taken last week to make this dream a reality.

  • 12:37 p.m.


    Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, 61, center, speaks to the media with his lawyers Brian McDaniel, left, and Billy Martin, outside U.S. District Court, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in Greenbelt, Md. Johnson and his wife Leslie were arrested by federal law enforcement agents and charged with witness tampering and destruction of records. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    P.G. County Executive Jack Johnson, wife arrested in FBI sting

    Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, arrested in a corruption probe Friday, told his wife to hide tens of thousands of dollars in her underwear as federal agents arrived at his house to search for illegal payoffs from a developer, federal prosecutors have charged.

  • 8:33 a.m.


    Postal Service reports $8 billion in losses

    The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported more than $8 billion in losses for the 2010 fiscal year while noting that mail volume continues to drop.

  • 8:28 a.m.



    EDITORIAL: Senate GOP's earmark death panel

    The Tea Party’s influence on the direction of Senate Republicans in the 112th Congress is about to be put to the test. Grass-roots activism helped swell the ranks of the chamber’s fiscal hawks with several newly elected members who are fired up about banning earmarks. When the Republican conference meets next week to consider South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s resolution that would end the practice for its members, the outcome will demonstrate whether Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky or Mr. DeMint and the Tea Party have captured the heart and soul of the Senate GOP.

  • 10:12 p.m.

    At APEC, Obama seeks more market access, jobs for Americans

    President Obama appealed to Asian leaders Saturday for greater access to fast-growing markets, proclaiming “the United States is here to stay,” saying its prosperity is tied inextricably to its Pacific trading partners.

  • 7:25 p.m.



    KNIGHT: Lame-duck quackery

    Not all of the snipers targeting U.S. military personnel are in caves or perched on cliffs in Afghanistan. Some are right here in America, planting stories instead of explosives. Their mission: to destroy the military’s moral backbone. On Oct. 28, unnamed “sources” claimed to the Associated Press that a survey conducted by the military over ending the ban on homosexuality reveals that most soldiers are thrilled with the idea. Sure they are.

  • 7:25 p.m.


    Steve Lyons, Howard Cosell  and Don Imus got in trouble for their on-air opinions. (Photos: Associate Press)

    The List: Broadcasters' talking points of peril

    This week, a look at “on-air” news folk who have paid a price for their comments and actions.

  • 7:24 p.m.



    ROHAC: As Kyoto plan collapses, Plan B emerges

    Although preparations are in place for a summit on climate change in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of November, it is clear that the goal of cutting carbon emissions through coordinated action by the world’s governments is dead. Nevertheless, it would be too early to celebrate, as the threat of fear-driven and economically costly climate policies is not gone yet. It is merely being transformed into a more subtle - and potentially more dangerous - agenda.

  • 7:22 p.m.


    MASTIO: Liberals go wild

    Ten liberals whose commentary on the deficit reduction plan make it sound like a really good idea.

  • 7:17 p.m.


    EDITORIAL: Obama's international strikeout

    Margaret Thatcher once said that being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. At the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, President Obama asserted that the results of the midterm elections have not diminished his power internationally and that in some ways, he is even stronger, thanks to the friendships he allegedly has developed with world leaders.

  • 7:12 p.m.



    FRASER: Good ideas, bad ideas

    Say this much for Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson: They understand that Washington’s fiscal policy is putting us on a path to economic disaster. The co-chairmen of the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform know that unless we want to follow the likes of Greece or France, we need to get to work.

  • 7:11 p.m.



    HYNES: A failure to communicate

    President Obama is under attack for saying one thing that is true. He acknowledged on “60 Minutes” on Sunday that he failed at “making an argument that people can understand” in support of his policies, health care reform chief among them.

  • 7:08 p.m.



    MOWBRAY: Tranquility - with an asterisk

    Israelis are not accustomed to having so much going so well for their tiny country - and no one seems to expect it to last. This 62-year-old nation, after all, has never really known a prolonged stretch of peaceful prosperity; something inevitably takes a turn for the worse. Unspoken but widespread is a strange sense that the proverbial “other shoe” will drop, whether it be with Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria or, worst-case, a nuclear Iran, with the only question being when.

  • 7:05 p.m.



    LUCAS: Return the Constitution to the people

    All of the discussion of how the newly empowered Republicans in Congress will interface with the newly empowered Tea Party has overlooked one issue that could prove more fundamental than all of the others. The Tea Party clearly wishes to seize the opening provided by the recent elections to advance many of its supporters’ views of the proper constitutional role of the federal government. Certainly conservatives in 1964, 1980 and 1994 also protested the extent to which the federal government had overreached its original constitutional bounds. However, in the Tea Party universe, constitutional concerns now seem to occupy a more visible position than for its predecessors.

  • 6:29 p.m.


    Terrorists do worse than waterboarding

    Newscaster Matt Lauer asked former President George W. Bush in a Nov. 8 TV interview whether it would “be OK for a foreign country to waterboard an American citizen.” Mr. Bush replied: “All I ask is that people read the book (‘Decision Points’)” after having explained to Mr. Lauer repeatedly that waterboarding was legal.

  • 6:29 p.m.


    Clearing up Camisea misconceptions

    Kelly Hearn’s Tuesday Page One article “U.S. questions development bank after troubled gas project” contained serious errors of fact and misleading information about the Camisea gas project in Peru, which the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) helped finance.

  • 5:59 p.m.

    FBI arrests PG county executive, wife

    Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, who have been arrested by federal authorities, are scheduled for an initial appearance in federal court.

  • 3:42 p.m.



    Ethics panel sets Monday hearing for Rangel

    A House panel has set a Monday morning date to hear the ethics case against New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel, former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and long one of the most influential black lawmakers in Congress.

  • 3:33 p.m.

    Suspect turns case against priest

    Will Lynch is looking for justice in an unusual way. Charged with savagely beating the priest he says molested him as a child, he plans to try to use his trial to publicly shame the Rev. Jerold Lindner in court.

  • 3:19 p.m.

    Media personnel gather neat the headquarters of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party in Rangoon, Burma, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. An ally of Suu Kyi said an order for her release has been signed by Burma's ruling generals, as hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at her political party headquarters and near her residence in anticipation. ( AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Supporters hold vigil, waiting for Suu Kyi's release in Burma

    Supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a vigil on the eve of Saturday’s expiration of her house arrest order, hoping to see the Nobel Peace Prize laureate taste freedom for the first time in seven years.

  • 3:04 p.m.

    Family's old Chinese vase fetches a record $83 million

    A Chinese vase that sat, little-noticed, in a suburban London home has become one of the most expensive artworks ever sold, evidence that China’s sizzling art market shows no signs of cooling down.

  • 2:21 p.m.

    President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, unseen, talk during the G-20 SME Finance Challenge Award winners ceremony at the G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    In Asia, Obama sees progress in measured steps, no home run

    A defensive President Obama claimed progress Friday in a round of global economic talks that exposed discord over U.S. policy and doubts about American influence. Not every summit can be a game-changer, he said.

  • 2:09 p.m.

    Medvedev: Lessons must be learned from spy scandal

    Russia’s president suggested Friday changes to the country’s spy agency are coming in the wake of this summer’s arrest of agents in the United States and a report that a top Russian intelligence officer helped capture them.

  • 1:59 p.m.

    EU offers Dec. 5 meeting with Iran

    The European Union offered Friday to meet with Iran on Dec. 5 to discuss Tehran’s nuclear program.

  • 1:58 p.m.



    BOOK REVIEW: 'God's Own Party'

    ”Now, Billy, you stay out of politics,” Lyndon Johnson instructed Billy Graham, who must have paid at least moderate attention to his friend and fellow paddler in the White House swimming pool. Mr.Graham’s much-advertised pastoral relationships with presidents brought him heartache and rebuke just once - when he lay abed with Richard Nixon and woke up, in Watergate days, scratching fleas.

  • 1:49 p.m.

    Supreme Court allows gay military ban for now

    The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military to remain in place while a federal appeals court considers the issue.

  • 1:24 p.m.

    Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last year

    The Postal Service said Friday it lost $8.5 billion last year despite deep cuts of more than 100,000 jobs and other reductions in recent years.

  • 12:43 p.m.

    Cruise passengers endured stench, cold food

    Passengers, finally on land, describe a three-day ordeal when a fire left their cruise ship without air conditioning, hot water or hot food.

  • 12:12 p.m.

    Suicide attack in Kabul wounds 2 soldiers

    A suicide car bomber blew himself up as a NATO convoy passed by his vehicle on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Friday, wounding two troops, officials said.

  • 11:40 a.m.

    Murkowski: No merit to Miller's vote fraud claims

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s campaign declared she’s headed for re-election, saying rival Joe Miller’s unverified voter fraud claims and frivolous challenges of write-in ballots are pointing to his desperation.

  • Stocks drop on China inflation worries

    Stocks fell Friday as investors worried that China might try to slow its surging economy to combat inflation.

  • 11:21 a.m.


    Steele draws challenger for GOP chairman

    Saul Anuzis of Michigan, who lost his bid for Republican National Committee chairman two years ago, said in an e-mail Friday he is running against Michael Steele.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Hamilton edges Vettel in 2nd Abu Dhabi GP practice

    Lewis Hamilton edged fellow title contender Sebastian Vettel in the second practice session at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Bundesliga CEO: Bayern's struggles benefit league

    Bayern Munich’s struggles this season benefit the Bundesliga as a whole, in the view of the league’s chief executive officer.

  • 10:50 a.m.

    Daily Beast, Newsweek reach deal to join; Tina Brown named editor

    Newsweek, a 77-year-old magazine that once helped set the national news agenda, is linking its future with a startup website just two years in the making.

  • 10:45 a.m.

    Vettel sets pace in 1st Abu Dhabi practice session

    Formula One title contender Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the first practice session Friday at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, more than a second quicker than his two main championship rivals.

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