Dec 6, 2011

The Trump Circus Rolls Back into Town



Today: Russian Troops Respond to Protests , Romney Hid Governor Records , Kabul Blast Kills Dozens
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Morning

December 06, 2011
KINGMAKER

He's meeting with Gingrich and Romney in New York, moderating a GOP debate and, of course, hawking a book. As Republicans scramble for his valuable endorsement, The Daily Beast's David A. Graham talks to The Donald about why he loves Newt, how he'll make a great debate moderator—and when he'll throw his support behind a candidate.

International

Russia has deployed thousands of police and Interior- ministry troops in Moscow after protesters took to the streets alleging electoral fraud. Russia's Interior Minister Vasily Panchenkov said the troops were meant "to ensure the security of the citizens." At least 300 protesters were arrested in Moscow Monday night. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday, "Russian voters deserve a full investigation of electoral fraud and manipulation."

DIRT

For now, the 1,000 pages of dirt Nancy Pelosi said she'd dig up on Newt Gingrich will likely take a back seat to the latest news surrounding Mitt Romney. Reuters has learned that Romney went to great lengths to hide his records as governor of Massachusetts, spending nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term before launching an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. State officials say the move was legal, but acknowledge laws are vague when it comes to technology. Before he left office, Romney's staff had emails deleted from state servers, erasing much of the internal documentation from his four-year tenure as governor.

Terrorism

At least 54 people were killed and 100 more injured after a suicide attack at Abu-Ul Fazil, a Shiite shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul. Hundreds of people had gathered there to mark the holiday of Ashoura, a holiday that Shia were banned from celebrating under the Taliban. Separately, four people were killed in a bombing near a mosque in the northern city of Mazar e Sharif.

Finance

Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine ignored repeated warnings about the company's exposure, according to The Wall Street Journal. Last year, the company's chief risk officer, Michael Roseman, repeatedly expressed his concerns about the Corzine's investment in European bonds to the board of the directors; the board, however, continued to OK Corzine's trades, with the company's exposure to European debt swelling from $1.5 billion in late 2010 to $6.3 billion just before the company's October 31 bankruptcy. Roseman also apparently warned Corzine directly in several meetings, both one-on-one and in front of other people. He resigned from the company in March.


Science
Ebola Vaccine Developed
Formula works in 80 percent of mice.
ADVOCATE
Why I Defended My Two Moms
Iowa teen Zach Wahls on his viral fame.
Scandal
NYPD in New Racist Row
Cops called West Indians "savages" on Facebook.
The Future
S. Korea Builds Robot Prison Guards
Will conduct night patrols.
ANGEL FACE
Amanda Knox Signs Book Deal
With same agent who signed Obama, Clinton.
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