Dec 12, 2011

Saudi Woman Beheaded for Sorcery


Today: Romney Goes After 'Erratic' Gingrich , Supremes to Weigh AZ Immigration Law , Perry Blames Lousy Debates on Bad Back
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Afternoon

December 12, 2011
EXTREME

Saudi Arabia executed a woman Monday for practicing magic and sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom. But it obviously doesn't ban beheading, which was how Amina bin Abdulhalim Nassar was killed, according to the interior ministry. The woman was convicted for claiming she could treat people's illnesses using witchcraft. Another woman was executed in October, reportedly for setting her husband's house on fire, killing him. Saudi Arabia has beheaded 73 people this year.

GLOVES OFF

Mitt Romney didn't waste much time in the new week in going after new GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. The former Massachusetts governor said Monday morning on Fox News that Gingrich demonstrated "erratic outspokenness" when he called Palestinians an "invented people" last week. Romney said that tendency "may be great in a campaign but not great for someone running for president." The Romney campaign simultaneously sent out an email to reporters calling Gingrich an "unreliable leader," as many pundits believe Gingrich came out on top in the Iowa debate on Saturday, and polls show Gingrich with a comfortable lead in the key states of South Carolina and Florida. Romney's email singled out a public-service announcement Gingrich had done with then–House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on climate change in 2008, which Gingrich has characterized as the "dumbest single thing I've done in recent years."

ON THE DOCKET

Arizona's hotly contested immigration law is headed to the Supreme Court. The high court announced in a brief statement on Monday that would it rule on whether the state could enforce the legislation, which has currently been put on hold by the Obama administration. The law, SB 1070, requires all immigrants to have their paperwork on them at all times and asks police officers to check for the documents during routine traffic stops if there's reasonable suspicion that the person may be an alien. Recent appointee Elena Kagan will recuse herself due to her work on the case when she was solicitor general.

EXCUSE

My dog ate my homework. To be fair, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he's not making any excuses on his stalled GOP presidential campaign, though he is. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Perry explained that his recovery from his July back surgery affected his debate performances. "I would suggest to you that I was pretty fatigued," he said. "No excuses. It was error. It is what it is." Then he goes on to be a bit too honest. "Look, if anybody is looking for the perfect candidate, I'm not it." He also said that it's too late to regret his performances. "Looking back and trying to 'would have, could have, should have' is an interesting question to ask, but the facts are the facts."

CREEPY

The Dutch sociopath accused of murder sits in a dirty Peruvian prison awaiting trial. But is a doctor from Florida his new conquest, and has he just charmed another victim? Christopher Dickey and Andrea Zarate report.


BACKLASH
Billionaire to Challenge Putin
Mikhail Prokhorov announces presidential run.
WITHDRAWAL
Obama Hails 'New Day' In Iraq
In joint conference with Iraqi P.M.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Roger Ailes Writing Tell-All Book
Fox News chief could bank $4 million.
BLING
Liz Taylor's Jewels Hit the Block
From the 'Mike Todd Diamond Necklace' to emeralds from Richard Burton.
MAYDAY
American Airlines Could Ax 30 Rock
After star Alec Baldwin blew up on flight.
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