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In corporate personhood test, PR firm will run for Congress

In response to this week’s Supreme Court ruling that corporations are entitled to the same freedoms of speech held by individuals, Murray Hill, a Maryland public relations firm, announced that it intends to run for Congress, Baltimore City Paper.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama rebuked the Supreme Court for its controversial 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, prompting a response from Justice Samuel Alito, Christian Science Monitor.

The ruling may have unintended consequences, including opening the door to political campaign contributions from foreign entities, Washington Post.

Full coverage of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission from Bill Moyers Journal.

A new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute concludes that distraction, not cell phones are to blame for most car crashes, CNET.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced this week that it will spend $10 billion on research and distribution of vaccines, Reuters.

Gunmakers in Pakistan, even working with limited resources, can produce 1,000 guns a day. First hand account from CNN.

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Haiti rescue search ended; 111,000+ confirmed dead

Haiti has called off the search for survivors from last week’s earthquake and will now focus solely on providing services to those who survived, BBC News. Haiti says more than 110,000 are now confirmed dead, CNN. A discussion of the role of journalists in natural disasters- do journalists help or hurt?, NPR.

In the aftermath of clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Nigerian city of Jos that ended this week, residents are realizing that the violence may have been even worse than thought. Bodies are now being found in wells and sewer ditches, including 150 found in wells in the village of Kuru Jantar, Al Jazeera.

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said the Supreme Court overturned more than a century of law when it ruled that corporations have a constitutionally protected right to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns, White House. Transcript. The ruling will have an impact on existing laws in some states, New York Times.

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Crisis continues in Haiti

Survivors of last week’s earthquake in Haiti got another shock yesterday when a powerful 6.1 tremor again shook the island. This time, the aftershock was centered 35 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, Christian Science Monitor. Many survivors are choosing to sleep outdoors rather than risk being in a building collapse. Many are calling for Haiti’s building codes to be overhauled, CNN. 400,000 are being relocated to tent cities, BBC News. One of Port-au-Prince’s piers has opened and much needed aid is now being moved into the capital, CNN.

The Nigerian city of Jos has reopened after days of fighting between Muslim and Christian groups. More than 460 people are reported to have died.  Many residents have fled to refugee camps. The Nigerian military is now in control of the town, Al Jazeera.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that it is unconstitutional to restrict campaign spending by corporations and other organizations, including unions, New York Times.

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Honduras Lifts Emergency Decree Curtailing Civil Liberties

Honduras has restored civil liberties that were suspended by an emergency decree in September. The decree also shut down two radio stations that supported ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Zelaya is currently holed up in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras. He was threatened with arrest in a military coup in June. Zelaya’s opponents, led by de facto President Roberto Micheletti, claim Zelaya was attempting to illegally change the country’s constitution so that he could serve a longer term as president. The international community has condemned the coup and refused to accept Mr. Micheletti as the Honduran head of state. Talks brokered by the Organization of American States are expected to commence this week in an effort to resolve the crisis, BBC News.

Ohio Governor Ted Stickland issued orders to delay two scheduled executions today. The decision comes after an execution that was aborted in September because executioners could not find a suitable vein for a lethal injection in a prisoner, Reuters.

The U.S. Supreme Court began its 2009-2010 term today with new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Washington Post. The Supreme Court declined to hear 2,000 cases, New York Times.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new rules about product information and online reviews. The guidelines will include bloggers and will require websites disclose free gifts and payments made for product reviews. The FTC also said that questionable products can no longer be sold with the diclaimer “results not typical,” Associated Press. How will music blogs be affected by the new rules? Idolator.

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Sonia Sotomayor to be Sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Today

Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be sworn in as the 111th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court today. Watch the ceremony on C-SPAN starting at 11am EDT.

An analyst for the British Embassy in Iran is one of the 100 people on trial for involvement in the Tehran protests following the disputed reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, CNN International.

An update on the theory that Thursday’s Denial of Service attacks on Twitter and Facebook were actually directed at a Georgian blogger, an economic professor with the username Cyxymu, New York Times.

President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address calls again for health care reform in the United States and dispels rumors that a government-run health care plan will result in euthanasia of the elderly or rationing of care.

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Iceland Close to Joining European Union

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing finished today after four days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate’s vote on Sotomayor may be as soon as next week, but no date has been scheduled as of yet, CQ Politics.

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will set up his headquarters in Honduras and will lead his “final battle” against coup leaders. The aide also has said Zelaya will attempt to return to the country today, but will not tell where the headquarters will be located. Zelaya was ousted last month after introducing a vote that would have allowed the government to write a new constitution, AP.

Iceland’s parliament has narrowly voted to seek entrance to the European Union. The country will also attempt to change their currency to the euro. The grueling debate lasted five days and saw supporters citing the bleak economic climate as the primary reason to join. Dissenters fear the move will harm Iceland’s fishing industry, BBC News.

Hot Topic: On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, NASA has relased a new video showing the historic moon landing.

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Charles Taylor Denies War Crime Allegations

Former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor is on trial for war crimes in the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone at the Hague. Taylor is accused of directing war against Sierra Leone. Taking the stand today, Taylor has denied the charges, New York Times. Reuters Factbox on Taylor. More on Liberia’s bloody past, CNN.

Goldman Sachs posted a record profit for last quarter. The company received $10 billion in rescue funds from the US government earlier this year, Bloomberg.

Jerzy Buzek, former prime minister of Poland, was elected president of the European Parliament. Hoping to increase Eastern Europe’s influence in the EU, Poland lobbied hard for the post, even though it is largely ceremonial, New York Times.

A new study indicates that swearing may lessen an individual’s perception of pain, WebMD.

Yesterday was the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court candidate Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee gave opening statements outlining what their questioning of Sotomayor will be. Sotomayor also gave an opening statement where she discussed her judicial philosophy.The Los Angeles Times has full text of the statements. CSPAN has live coverage of second day of hearings starting today at 9:30am EDT.

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Pakistani Refugees Return to Swat Valley

2 million refugees are returning to Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Swat Valley residents were evacuated from the area while the Pakistani military conducted an intensive fight against the Taliban. The area is safe for families to return to but many homes have been destroyed, Voice of America.

Unrest continues in the Chinese city of Urumqi between Muslim Uighurs and the Chinese government. Two Uighurs were shot and killed by police today. The police were trying to prevent the men from attacking another Uighur, according to official reports, BBC News .

The Prime Minister of Japan is expected to call an election on August 30. His party, the LDP, which has been in power in Japan for most of the past 30 years, suffered losses in recent Toyko elections prompting a vote of no confidence, Reuters.

Suspected Nazi John Demjanjuk has been charged with 27,900 counts of accessory to murder for his alledged involvement in the gassing of prisoners at a concentration camp in Poland during World War II, Associated Press.

The spaceshuttle Endeavor is set for another launch attempt this evening. This will be the fifth try on this go round, Associated Press.

South Korean media reports that Kim Jong-il is suffering from pancreatic cancer, Christian Science Monitor.

Sonia Sotomayor, US President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court, will begin her Congressional confirmation hearings today at 10am EDT. USA Today is live blogging the hearings. Watch live on CSPAN.

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