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  1. Scandals Murdoch’s Future Up in Air: Report Michael Dominic / Landov

    1. Murdoch’s Future Up in Air: Report

    When Rupert Murdoch sits before Parliament Tuesday, his future as News Corp. CEO may be on the line: depending on his performance, the company could choose to replace him as CEO, handing the reins to chief operating officer Chase Carey, according to Bloomberg News. (Murdoch would remain as chairman.) Bloomberg says News Corp.’s independent directors have discussed this move, although a News Corp. executive tells The Daily Beast that the report is "inaccurate." Murdoch’s grilling before Parliament Tuesday will last three hours, and he will be joined by his son James and also by Rebekah Brooks.

    July 19, 2011 6:23 AM

  2. FACE TO FACE Libya, U.S. Hold Talks Hamza Turkia, Xinhua / Landov

    2. Libya, U.S. Hold Talks

    The U.S. and Libyan governments had face-to-face talks in Tunisia on Saturday, officials from both countries confirmed Monday, but the two sides disagreed on what was discussed. A U.S. State Department official said Washington agreed to the meeting only so it could deliver the message that embattled Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi had to step down, and said no further talks are planned; a Libyan official described the meeting as a first step and said Tripoli was not considering Gaddafi’s resignation. Last week the French foreign minister said he had been talking with Libyan officials as well.

    July 18, 2011 11:45 PM

  3. Ex-Presidents Bill Clinton: How I’d Fix Debt Crisis Michael Reynolds, EPA / Landov

    3. Bill Clinton: How I’d Fix Debt Crisis

    President Obama has previously ruled out the so-called constitutional option in the debt debate, under which he would claim the 14th Amendment allows him to continue borrowing and simply ignore the debt ceiling. Bill Clinton, however, would have no such qualms: He’d use the option “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me,” he tells Joe Conason, adding, “I think the Constitution is clear.” Clinton says he expects President Obama to strike a deal with Republicans soon. “It looks to me like they’re going to make an agreement, and that’s smart.”

    July 19, 2011 6:29 AM

  4. Comeback Elizabeth Warren Considers Senate Run Kevin Lamarque, Reuters / Landov

    4. Elizabeth Warren Considers Senate Run

    Elizabeth Warren must be thinking onward and upward. The architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hinted Monday that she will run for Senate next year against Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown. If she does decide to run, it will be one of the most closely watched 2012 races. Brown, a former Cosmo centerfold model, won a surprise victory in the 2009 run for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat and has already raked in $10 million in campaign contributions for 2012, despite some controversial votes. Meanwhile, Warren is a liberal former Harvard Law professor who was nominated to head the CFPB until President Obama named a permanent chief on Sunday.

    July 18, 2011 10:12 PM

  5. 2012 Headaches ‘Incapacitate’ Bachmann Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    5. Headaches ‘Incapacitate’ Bachmann

    Three people who have worked with Michele Bachmann tell The Daily Caller that the congresswoman suffers migraines that “incapacitate” her for days at a time. According to the sources, the migraines occur once a week and Bachmann takes several medications to combat them. On at least three occasions in 2010, she went into the hospital as a result: at fundraisers in May and October and when her communications director resigned in July. “The migraines are so bad and so intense, she carries and takes all sorts of pills,” says an adviser to Bachmann’s 2010 congressional campaign. “Prevention pills. Pills during the migraine. Pills after the migraine, to keep them under control.” The migraines are induced by stress, according to The Daily Caller, whose sources say they are discussing the matter because they worry it could affect her performance as president and become an issue in a general election against Barack Obama. Bachmann's responded to the claims in a statement: “Let me be abundantly clear — my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as commander in chief.”

    July 19, 2011 7:47 AM

  6. Updates Error Reported in Anthony Trial Red Huber, Pool / AP Photo

    6. Error Reported in Anthony Trial

    Prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial repeatedly asserted that she searched for information about chloroform on the Internet 84 times, but they were wrong: A software designer who testified at the trial says she searched only for chloroform once, visiting a site that gave information on the drug’s use in the 1800s. The designer, John Bradley, says he discovered the error after redesigning his software. He alerted prosecutors to the error, but they appear to have never told the defense.

    July 19, 2011 6:32 AM

  7. Compromised Hackers Attack News Corp. Papers AP Photo

    7. Hackers Attack News Corp. Papers

    The hacking group LulzSec said it was shutting down shop last month, but the Rupert Murdoch scandal has apparently brought it out of retirement already: the group has attacked and defaced the websites of several of Murdoch’s papers. First it posted a fake article claiming Murdoch had died from a drug overdose to the site new-times.co.uk, which has been used to tell readers about a site redesign for the Times of London. Then the group routed anyone who tried to visit The Sun’s website to that article. Finally, it went ahead and made all of News International’s papers’ websites inaccessible to the public. As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, The Sun’s website was once again functional, but the sites for the Times of London and News International were still down.

    July 19, 2011 6:35 AM

  8. Family Affairs Mom of DSK Accuser: He Slept With Me Thibault Camus / AP Photo

    8. Mom of DSK Accuser: He Slept With Me

    The mother of Tristane Banon, the French woman who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, says she had sex with the former IMF chief a few years earlier. Anne Mansouret, 65, told Paris detectvies that Strauss-Kahn “took me with the vulgarity of a soldier'” at a work event in 2000. The sex was consensual, but also “brutal,” Mansouret says. Previously, DSK is reported to have said, “I slept with the mother,” and then was “overwhelmed” by the daughter. Banon has accused him of acting like a “rutting chimpanzee” as he tried to rip off her clothes. Police say her mother’s affair with DSK is part of the reason she waited eight years to report the alleged attack.

    July 19, 2011 6:44 AM

  9. Grisly Teen Allegedly Kills Parents With Hammer St. Lucie County Sheriff's Ooffice / AP Photo

    9. Teen Allegedly Kills Parents With Hammer

    How mad was 17-year-old Tyler Hadley when his parents refused to let him throw a party at their home in Florida? Police say he murdered them both with a 22-inch hammer, covered their bodies, and then threw the party anyway. Some 40 to 60 people showed up for the party. Police received a noise complaint but did not inspect the house until they received an anonymous tip that Hadley may have killed his parents. Just last week Hadley had visited family with his father in Georgia. "They had a good time," his grandfather Maurice tells ABC News. "They went for walks together, whitewater rafting, went out on a boat..."

    July 19, 2011 6:49 AM

  10. Bravery Chihuahua Scares Off Robbers Youtube

    10. Chihuahua Scares Off Robbers

    It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, indeed: A Chihuahua was filmed on camera chasing two armed robbers from a smoke shop in Los Angeles. The owner was removing money from the register when the tiny dog arrived on the scene, barking and jumping on the robbers’ legs. One robber pointed his rifle at the dog, before thinking better of it and running away instead; the dog then chased the robbers onto the street. Neither the dog nor the owner was hurt in the attack. The suspects, who still made off with some money, remain at large.

    July 19, 2011 6:59 AM

  11. Television Sharpton to Get MSNBC Show FA Fotos / PictureGroup / AP Photo

    11. Sharpton to Get MSNBC Show

    Who needs Keith Olbermann when you have Al Sharpton? The reverend is in line to get his own show at MSNBC, according to the New York Post. He’ll replace Cenk Uygur at 6 p.m. Sharpton has been subbing for Uygur for three weeks already and has done well with older viewers. Sharpton also filled in in the 10 p.m. slot last month and posted better-than-average numbers. Sharpton’s spokeswoman denied any “formal discussions.”

    July 19, 2011 7:02 AM

  12. OP-ED Warren: Consumer Bureau Under Attack Susan Walsh / AP Photo

    Warren: Consumer Bureau Under Attack

    No hard feelings: Though she was passed over to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that she conceived and got off the ground, Elizabeth Warren praised Obama’s nominee for the role in an op-ed in the Huffington Post on Monday. Warren called Obama’s pick, Richard Cordray, a “strong leader” with a “proven track record.” She also warned of the bureau’s enemies in Washington—namely Republican senators who are out to water down the agency’s authority. "I remain hopeful that those who want to cripple this consumer bureau will think again and remember that the financial crisis—and the recession and job losses that it sparked—began one lousy mortgage at a time," Warren wrote.

    July 18, 2011 12:38 PM

  13. RUBBISH Dumped Bag Found Near Brooks' Home Lewis Whyld, PA Wire / AP Photo

    13. Dumped Bag Found Near Brooks' Home

    Police are examining a bag containing a computer, a phone, and paperwork that was found in the garbage near the home of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International who was arrested Sunday and questioned over the phone-hacking scandal that's rocked Murdoch's media empire. According to The Guardian newspaper, the bag was found in an underground parking lot just yards from the apartment block where Brooks lives. It was handed to security Monday afternoon, and Brooks' husband, Charlie, tried to reclaim it. He couldn't prove the bag was his, and the police were called. He also denied that it belonged to his wife. CCTV footage is being looked at to ascertain who dropped the bag in the trash.

    July 18, 2011 6:13 PM

  14. DEBT POLL Public Frustrated With Obama, Congress Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

    14. Public Frustrated With Obama, Congress

    A USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday found that 50 percent of America believes the president and Congress are doing a worse job than their predecessors in dealing with national issues. Four out of 10 believe it's the worst performance they've seen from lawmakers in their lifetime. The public is split 50-50 on the question of whether Obama is looking out for his own political needs or the nation's interests. "It's discouraging," says John Ross, 71, a moderate Republican from Florida. "The divide has gotten greater between Republicans and Democrats, and the concept of bipartisanship has gone out the window—and the country is suffering." Two thirds hope policymakers will reach a compromise, while 27 percent believe they should hold out for a deal they really want, even past the August 2 deadline.

    July 18, 2011 4:10 PM

  15. Transitions Petraeus Hands Over Afghan Command Musadeq Sadeq / AP Photo

    Petraeus Hands Over Afghan Command

    Gen. David Petraeus handed over command of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen on Monday. Petraeus’ one-year stint included supervision of a troop surge, though it’s unclear if it had the desired results: Violent attacks continued in Afghanistan throughout its implementation. In Newsweek, John Barry follows Petraeus during his last week on the job, and Petraeus addresses the many calls from Republicans for him to run for president, saying, “Yes, I want to be president—president of Princeton.”

    July 18, 2011 11:00 AM

  16. LIQUIDATION Borders Is No More Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

    16. Borders Is No More

    The second-largest bookstore chain in the U.S. is done for good. Borders will liquidate after it failed to receive any bids to save it. The company employs about 10,700 people, and the liquidation of its remaining 399 stores could start as soon as Friday. It'll likely be out of business by the end of September. Barnes & Noble will now be the only remaining national chain bookstore.

    July 18, 2011 5:44 PM

  17. HOT HOT HOT 'Heat Dome' Envelops Midwest Nati Harnik / AP Photo

    17. 'Heat Dome' Envelops Midwest

    The "heat dome" that's hovering over the Midwest is taking its toll on residents and the environment, and the slow-moving wave isn't going to let up anytime soon. Forecasters predict triple-digit temperatures to last through the week, though the wave is expected to begin wafting east by Wednesday. From Texas to Michigan, officials have issued excessive-heat warnings. Some cities have opened cooling centers to provide relief for those whose homes don't have air conditioning. Police said the heat may be to blame for the death of a 55-year-old man in Springfield, Missouri, who was living at a homeless camp. Even wild animals aren't fit for such conditions: The Texas AgriLife Extension Service said pregnant does are miscarrying and many other fawns are being born prematurely.

    July 18, 2011 4:04 PM

  18. TURNED TABLES Murdoch’s Sun Newspaper Hacked Screengrab of TheSun.co.uk on Monday.

    18. Murdoch’s Sun Newspaper Hacked

    Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper The Sun was hacked Monday, most likely by the hacker group LulzSec. The site redirected to a site called new-times.co.uk/sun/ and had a fake article up called “Media mogul’s body discovered.” The satirical article said Murdoch had been found dead in his garden after “ingesting a large quantity of the drug palladium.” LulzSec claimed credit for the attack on Twitter with the hashtag #MurdochMeltdownMonday. There was also a graphic at the bottom that said “By Lulz.” After an hour, LulzSec redirected The Sun's site to LulzSec's own Twitter feed. The Sun is one of Murdoch’s most-read papers; former News International executive Rebekah Brooks, who has since been arrested in connection with the phone-hacking scandal, was once its editor.

    July 18, 2011 6:01 PM

  19. Scandalous News Corp. Considers New CEO: Sources Nati Harnik / AP Photo

    19. News Corp. Considers New CEO: Sources

    News Corp. is considering appointing chief operating officer Chase Carey to succeed CEO Rupert Murdoch, sources told Bloomberg News on Monday. Murdoch would remain on as chairman of the company. The sources, who are not authorized to speak publicly, said the final decision rests on how Murdoch performs tomorrow when he testifies under oath before the British Parliament. Board members are reportedly concerned with how he has been handling the fallout from the scandal. The independent directors of the board, who make up nine of the 16 seats, are said to be weighing how investors would react to such a change in leadership. Murdoch’s top executive in Britain, Rebekah Brooks, resigned Friday and was arrested Sunday in connection to the phone-hacking scandal.

    July 18, 2011 8:32 PM

  20. BOLD Moody’s: Get Rid of Debt Ceiling Mark Lennihan / AP Photo, Mark Lennihan

    Moody’s: Get Rid of Debt Ceiling

    Here’s one way to avoid this mess again: Moody’s, the credit-rating agency, urges the U.S., in a new statement, to eliminate the debt ceiling entirely. Arguing that it creates “periodic uncertainty” among bond investors, Moody’s says the idea of a cap on government spending has not curbed federal outlays anyway. Last week the agency threatened to reduce the AAA credit rating of the U.S. if it ends up defaulting on debts on Aug. 2.

    July 18, 2011 10:05 AM

  21. WINNING Charlie Sheen To Star in New Sitcom Ethan Miller / Getty Images

    21. Charlie Sheen To Star in New Sitcom

    The reports were true: Charlie Sheen has landed himself a big role and ownership stake in new fittingly-named sitcom, Anger Management, produced by Lionsgate and based loosely on the 2003 film starring Jack Nicholson. "I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept," Sheen said in a statement. The tables have been turned since his angry rampage at New York’s Plaza Hotel – at least in Sheen’s latest TV role. He is to play the character of Nicholson’s shrink from the film.

    July 18, 2011 1:50 PM

  22. NEW TUNE

    'Nazi' Duo Prussian Blue Now Liberal

    Prussian Blue, the Nazi-themed pop band that created a media frenzy in the mid-2000s, have outgrown their White Nationalist phase and changed their tune to saccharine singsong. "My sister and I are pretty liberal now," said Lamb Gaede, now 19, who heads up the band with her twin sister, Lynx. "Personally, I love diversity," Lynx added. Though Prussian Blue was never on the pop charts, several years back they were known as "the new face of hate" and were even profiled in GQ. The girls were all about fascist, anti-Semitic chic, having been home-schooled by their mother April Gaed, a prominent figure in racist groups like the National Alliance and the National Vanguard. "I was just spouting a lot of knowledge that I had no idea what I was saying," Lamb admitted to The Daily.

    July 18, 2011 11:47 AM

  23. Disappeared Casey Anthony Drops Out of Sight Red Huber / AP Photo

    Casey Anthony Drops Out of Sight

    Casey Anthony was released from prison early Sunday and took a private jet out of Orlando, according to Radar Online. But to where? No one knows yet, apparently not even her parents. “They don't even know where Casey is,” her uncle Chuck Eddy tells Radar. Eddy also denies reports that she flew to Columbus, Ohio, to stay with him and his wife. “Casey is not staying with us," he says. “I have no idea where that story came from.”

    July 18, 2011 7:05 AM

  24. DOMINOES Second U.K. Top Cop Resigns Lewis Whyld / AP Photo

    Second U.K. Top Cop Resigns

    Another domino falls. John Yates, the deputy commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police (also known as Scotland Yard), has resigned after facing criticism that he didn’t properly investigate phone-hacking allegations at News of the World. Yates made the call in 2009 not to reopen a probe of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid, and his judgment has been called into question lately as new evidence of corruption mounts. Yates has also been called to the House of Commons to “clarify” previous testimony. His resignation follows that of Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson, who also quit over his ties to the scandal.

    July 18, 2011 10:05 AM

  25. Bad Toys Breast-Feeding Doll Causes Uproar

    Breast-Feeding Doll Causes Uproar

    The "Breast Milk Baby" doll is causing a bit of a stir after its maker announced plans to sell it in U.S. toy stores. The doll’s owner wears a special halter top with flowers on the nipples; when she holds the doll up to one of the flowers, it makes suckling noises. The toy is made by Berjuan Toys in Spain; the company says it’s a bestseller in Europe. 

    July 18, 2011 7:07 AM

  26. Scandal News Corp. Mulls Change at Top Sang Tan / AP Photo

    News Corp. Mulls Change at Top

    Could Rupert Murdoch lose News Corp. over the phone-hacking scandal? Bloomberg News reports that the company’s independent directors have begun to consider a leadership change due to Murdoch’s poor handling of the crisis. Independent directors hold nine of News Corp.’s 16 board seats, and two in particular—venture capitalist Tom Perkins and Georgetown law professor Viet Dinh—are the leading skeptics of Murdoch's ability to continue leading. The Guardian, meanwhile, says that Elisabeth Murdoch has replaced her brother James as the strongest family contender to succeed her father. According to The Guardian, she pushed for Rebekah Brooks' resignation against the wishes of James and their other brother, Lachlan. 

    July 18, 2011 6:09 AM

  27. World Japan to Ban Fukushima Beef TEPCO / Kyodo / AP Photo

    Japan to Ban Fukushima Beef

    Nearly six months later, Japan is still dealing with the fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The country will soon ban cattle shipments from Fukushima prefecture after beef with abnormally high levels of radioactive cesium were discovered. The cesium made its way into the food chain through rice straw fed to cattle. Fukushima authorities say 84 head of cattle from five different farms were shipped to eight locations, including Tokyo and Osaka; Kyodo News, however, says as many as 143 cows could have been sent to all but 10 of Japan’s prefectures. It’s unclear if humans have consumed that beef yet, but retailers say it’s unlikely.

    July 18, 2011 6:09 AM

  28. Business Borders Books Nears Liquidation Drew Perine, The News Tribune / AP Photo

    Borders Books Nears Liquidation

    Borders Books may soon be no more: bids were due at 5 p.m. on Sunday for the struggling book-store chain, but the deadline passed without a single offer. The best hope now appears to be a last-minute offer by Books-A-Million over the next 48 hours; otherwise, the company is likely to be sold to liquidators this week, which will put the company out of business. If Borders closes, Barnes & Noble will be the sole national books chain.

    July 18, 2011 6:35 AM

  29. Debt Talks 'Big Deal' Back on Table Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

    'Big Deal' Back on Table

    Most news reports Monday are pessimistic about the prospects of a debt-ceiling deal, except for ABC News, which says a “big deal” to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion is back on the table. According to the network, House Speaker John Boehner is once again discussing such an option and wants President Obama to lay out specific cuts to entitlement programs. But, ABC News notes, “many Republicans doubt such a plan can get through Congress.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, is preparing a backup plan that will allow President Obama to raise the debt ceiling three times over the next year to a total of $2.5 trillion. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat calls the proposal “a procedural gimmick that would try to pin the responsibility for raising the ceiling on President Obama.”

    July 18, 2011 6:09 AM

  30. MUGGLES MAGIC 'Harry Potter' Grosses Record $476M Warner Bros.

    'Harry Potter' Grosses Record $476M

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 cast such a spell that it grossed the biggest worldwide opening weekend of all time by far, taking in a staggering $475.6 million. It broke the previous record of $394 million, which was held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The final Harry Potter movie also broke the domestic debut record by raking in $168.6 million. The record was held by The Dark Knight, which grossed $158.4 million in 2008.

    July 17, 2011 3:54 PM

  31. On Defense Wall Street Journal Fights Back Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

    32. Wall Street Journal Fights Back

    The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy editorial Sunday stressing the integrity of both itself as well as its former publisher and CEO, Les Hinton. "In nearly four years at the Journal, Mr. Hinton managed the paper's return to profitability amid a terrible business climate," the Journal's editorial board wrote. "He did so not solely by cost-cutting but by investing in journalists when other publications were laying off hundreds. On ethical questions, his judgment was as sound as that of any editor we've had." The Journal also addressed the scandal-ridden papers also owned by its parent company, and the sharks circling around its leader, Rupert Murdoch. "The Schadenfreude is so thick you can't cut it with a chainsaw ... We realize how precious that reader trust is, and our obligation is to re-earn it every day."

    July 17, 2011 9:52 PM

  32. Dominoes Karzai Adviser Gunned Down Mamoon Durrani / AFP / Getty Images

    33. Karzai Adviser Gunned Down

    A top aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai was killed in his home by two gunmen on Sunday. Jan Mohammed Khan was governor of the Oruzgan province until his removal in 2006 over allegations of his connection to drug rings. Mohammed Hasham Watanwal, a member of the same province's Parliament, was also killed. The deaths come days after the president's influential half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was assassinated. The Taliban has taken responsibility for all the killings, increasing fears over the militants' intentions to disrupt recent security gains in the violent south. Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group, told Reuters that Khan was killed for "[helping] the Americans and committing atrocities against the Afghan people.”

    July 17, 2011 9:24 PM

  33. Posts Obama Picks Consumer Bureau Leader Kiichiro Sato / AP Photo

    Obama Picks Consumer Bureau Leader

    It looks as though Elizabeth Warren will be headed back to Harvard: President Obama has picked Richard Cordray, the former attorney general of Ohio, to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren, a law professor at Harvard, led the creation of the agency but was passed over for the official post, The New York Times says, in part for her “outspokenness,” which rankled administration leaders, particularly Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (Republicans had also vowed to block her nomination.) Cordray already leads the bureau’s enforcement division and earned national attention for his aggressive probes of mortgage-foreclosure practices when he was Ohio attorney general. He too will face a tough confirmation fight: 44 Republican senators have signed a letter demanding the agency be run by a board of directors instead of an individual leader.

    July 18, 2011 6:09 AM

  34. Scandal Brooks' Lawyer: She's Not Guilty Olivia Harris / Reuters

    Brooks' Lawyer: She's Not Guilty

    Rebekah Brooks, the former News Corp. executive at the center of the phone-hacking scandal, was released on bail on Sunday.  Police questioned her for nine hours, but her lawyer says they did not accuse her of any crimes. He insists she's not guilty, and demands that police give “an account of their actions” considering “the enormous reputational impact” of Brooks’s arrest. It's unclear if she will still appear for questioning by M.P.s alongside Rupert and James Murdoch Tuesday. Parliament was supposed to go on recess Wednesday, but Prime Minister David Cameron has declared an emergency session.

    July 18, 2011 8:18 AM