Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will respond to accusations of fraud impacting the recent presidential election. A UN-backed report claims Karzai did not win the race and should face a runoff with former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah. Karzai has previously refused to take part in a runoff election, BBC News.
Senior White House officials appeared on Sunday morning political shows yesterday to discredit right-wing news channel Fox News. Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel said Fox News “is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective,” New York Times.
American scientist Stewart David Nozette was arrested by the FBI today and charged with spying for Israel. The former Defense Department and NASA worker faces life in prison if convicted, BBC News.
A Chilean telescope has discovered 32 new planets outside of our solar system. The planets were found using the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS. There are about 400 known exoplanets, and the group who found the 32 exoplanets say they will present more after further study, CNN.
Today, on the U.S. tax deadline, right-wing protesters have organized tea parties to protest the Obama administration’s wish to raise taxes on those who make over $250,000 a year. Fox News is sending 4 of their anchors to tea parties in different cities, including Atlanta, where your editor will be only 60 miles from Sean Hannity (blergh). Here’s the AJC’s article on today’s events.
Leading liberals have commented on the right’s movement of sending tea bags to politicians, including President Obama, and have hilariously labeled them “teabaggers,” but I don’t think most Republicans understand why that’s so funny (this is why Urban Dictionary was created). Continue reading
International markets rally on news of U.S. plans to buy toxic bonds, CNN International.
Uproar in Canada over Fox News host’s comments about Canadian military. Responding to a member of the Canadian military who said that Canada may take a break from its military involvement in Afghanistan once its commitment ends in 2011, Greg Gutfeld, host of the program Red Eye, said “The Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white capri pants.” Gutfeld then called for the U.S. to invade Canada. Canada’s defense minister, Peter MacKay, demanded an apology from Gutfield. Gutfield released a statement saying his comments may have been “misunderstood, ” London Guardian.
Astronauts take 3rd spacewalk. Astronauts Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold II were both schoolteachers prior to their selection by NASA in 2004. This is the final spacewalk for members of the space shuttle Discovery during this mission. The astronauts performed maintenance to the international space station, Washington Post.
In other NASA news, a contest to name a new room on the International Space Station has been won by Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report. Colbert, a write-in vote, garnered 230,539 votes via the internet, handily beating NASA’s favorite, “Serenity.” Reserving the right to make the final decision, NASA has said it will take the internet voting into consideration, Yahoo News.