Here’s your very first Virtual Front Page in the new blog format:
- House Set to Reconvene as ‘Cliff’ Looms (WSJ) — Not really. If they were “set to reconvene,” they’d be coming back this evening, not three days from now. Whatever. The leader of the Senate now says a deal is unlikely before the deadline. But apparently, the House coming back “early” was enough to reassure investors, as unlikely as that seems.
- Columbia offers assistant city manager top job (thestate.com) — Anybody know much about Teresa Wilson (I figure Kathryn probably does)? Because I don’t. She may be great at the job, and this is no reflection on her (since I have nothing on which to base such reflections), but I remain uncomfortable with a system of government that allows voters no vetting of the chief executive before that person gets the job.
- Putin Says He Will Sign Law Barring U.S. Adoptions (NYT) — This has to be the weirdest, most esoteric way that one nation has found to slap at another one thus far in the 21st century.
- Winter storm claims more US lives (BBC) — Hard to imagine, with the mild weather we’ve had.
- Iran sacks only female minister (BBC) — Women: You can’t work with them, and you can’t work without them. If you’re Ahmadinejad.
- George Bush Sr in intensive care (The Guardian) — At 88, he’s the eldest of living former presidents.