Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Morning Newsdome: Julian Assange is out on bail and out of jail and that's the way it goes

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

>> Reuters is reporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is out on bail this morning. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore pledged $20,000 toward Assange, who was locked up in solitary confinement after turning himself into Scotland Yard on Swedish sex-crime charges. Moore said that so many historic disasters could have been avoided had it been for WikiLeaks, but then what career would Moore have? (Reuters, the Guardian)

>> The tax-cut package exceeded the 60 votes it needed to move forward in the Senate yesterday, and will probably be officially approved today. No more debate? You sure? Really? (the Washington Post)

>> Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke died yesterday at age 69 over a torn aorta. He is best known for the 1995 peace agreement that ended the Bosnian war. As President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, his reported last words to his Pakistani surgeon were "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." RIP. (the Washington Post)

>> At the Islamist movement's 23rd anniversary rally today in Gaza, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told an estimated 250,000 cheering Palestinians that they will never recognize Israel, calling Palestine Liberation Organization's Israel recognition a "historic mistake." Surprise of the century. (Reuters)

>> And finally: The unmanned spacecraft Voyager 1, which launched in 1979 with a phonograph record to impress aliens, is on the verge of exiting our solar system and entering interstellar space nearly 10 billion miles away. Aliens can now get down to the Bee Gees. (Bloomberg)

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