- President Obama will be sworn in twice, again. It's not because he l-o-o-o-ves the oath of office so much, but because the constitutionally mandated ceremony on January 20th falls on a not-so-audience-friendly Sunday. The do-over will be on Monday.
- Boston Mayor Thomas "Mumbles" Menino says Vice President Joe Biden promises that tougher federal gun control laws will pass by the end of January. Biden should insist on a cut of the ensuing gun-sales rush.
- Former Office of Management and Budget head Peter Orszag says the president has lost his leverage in upcoming budget battles. Too bad the GOP is totally unprepared to take advantage.
- Outgoing Czech President Vaclav Klaus pardoned all prisoners serving a term less than one year, plus all those over the age of 75, provided their sentence was less than 10 years — about 30 percent of the total.
- In a sign that the past may have been more Looney Tunes than previously imagined, scientists say that dinosaurs may have shaken their tail feathers to attract mates.
- A second Texas state trooper has been punished for an out-of-line "body cavity search" of two women alongside a state highway. He was temporarily suspended. With pay.
- An under-construction Quaker meeting house was torched in Philadelphia after the group hired a non-union contractor. Guess who the cops think done the deed.
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