Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Italian prime minister embroiled in underage prostitution scandal

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
>> Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer gave WikiLeaks' Julian Assange two computer disks at a press conference yesterday with details of thousands of offshore bank accounts on them. Elmer says he tried to give the files with evidence of tax evasion related to "American, European and Asian individuals and multinational companies" to authorities but felt he had no other choice than WikiLeaks. Well, if the guy has no choice, he has no choice. Put a gun up to his head why don't you. (ABC News)

>> Opposition politicians are calling for the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi following an investigation into whether the 74-year-old politician paid for sex with a Moroccan girl, a minor at the time with the nickname "Ruby the Heartstealer." Berlusconi: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Heartstealer. (MSNBC)

>> After a 26-year-old Tunisian man lit himself alive and catalyzed the bring-down of Tunisia's dictatorship, five people in North Africa have also burned themselves alive in protest. Kind of extreme. I'm more of an online petition guy. (CNN)

>> While the Obama administration still opposes the House vote to repeal the health-care law this week, the administration says it is now "open" to Republican suggestions to improve the law, a clear shift from last year when congressional Democrats blasted Republicans for not backing the new bill. This effort to reduce the partisan divide in Washington is definitely new: now clap together. (the Washington Post, CNN)

>> And finally: Thirteen percent of Tea Party members say violence against the current administration is justified, while 4 percent of non-Tea Party members say violence is justified. Honestly, I think at least 37 percent of Tea Party members aren't telling the truth. (Daily Kos)

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