Jan 29, 2012

U.N. Nuke Inspectors Land in Iran


Today: Michael Tomasky on How Rick Santorum Nailed Mitt on Romneycare , 300 Arrested at Occupy Oakland , Nine Killed in Syria Clashes
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Morning

January 29, 2012
INSPECTOR

A team of nuclear inspectors from the U.N. watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency landed in Iran Sunday over allegations that the country was trying to develop nuclear weapons. The IAEA said the six-member team, which includes chief inspector Herman Nackaerts, will be there until Tuesday. Such a mission by a senior team is unusual, pointing to the seriousness of the concerns. The agency said in November that it could not verify whether the Iranian nuclear program was peaceful.

ACHILLES HEEL

In Thursday's debate, Rick Santorum exposed the astonishing weakness of Romney's position on Obamacare—and gave President Obama a blueprint for how to go after Mitt in the fall, says The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky.

THROWN OUT

Police arrested 300 people at Occupy Oakland in California Saturday, after demonstrators broke into City Hall and burned a U.S. flag, following a day of protests that saw officers fire tear gas to disperse rock- and bottle-throwing activists. Police continued to stand guard around City Hall to prevent any more protesters from entering the building, while fencing was torn down at a convention center following the most turbulent day since police raided the Occupy Oakland camp last November.

NO END

At least nine people were killed when clashes erupted between the Syrian military and groups of Army defectors on the eastern edge of Damascus Sunday, as government forces sent more tanks rolling into the area. Fighting has intensified over the weekend, bringing the violence close to the capital city a day after the Arab League suspended operations for its observers. Nearly 100 people have been killed since a spike in violence that began Thursday.

PIZZA VOTE

Maybe Herman Cain misses the campaign trail? The former Republican presidential candidate—and Tea Party favorite—endorsed his onetime rival, Newt Gingrich, at a campaign event in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday. "Speaker Gingrich is a patriot," Cain said. "Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas. And I also know Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage-grinder—I know what this sausage-grinder is all about. I know he is going through this sausage-grinder because he cares about the future of America." The endorsement comes just three days before Florida's high-stakes primary, where the winner will collect more delegates than all the previous primaries combined.


GLOVES OFF
How Romney's Winning the Ad War
He's out-slicking Newt in Florida.
REFUGE
Yemen's Saleh Arrives in U.S.
For medical treatment in New York.
FAREWELL
Stars Attend Funeral for Etta James
Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder perform.
BEST PICTURE
'The Artist' Wins Directors Guild Award
Another top honor.
FESTIVAL
'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Wins Sundance
War on drugs documentary also gets award.
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