TPM News

Egyptians on Monday headed to polling stations in the first free election since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.

Reuters reports:

In the nine months since a popular revolt ended Mubarak's 30-year rule, political change in Egypt has faltered, with the military apparently more focused on preserving its power and privilege than on fostering any democratic transformation.

Frustration erupted last week into bloody protests that cost 42 lives and forced the army council to promise civilian rule by July after the parliamentary vote and a presidential poll, now expected in June - much sooner than previously envisaged.

There were no reports of serious election-day violence. But scuffles among women voters erupted at one Alexandria polling station that opened late because ballot papers had not arrived.


Two weeks of international climate treaty talks kick off on Monday in Durban, South Africa. The location for the conference, an annual two-week confab, is a nod to this developing nation's increasingly robust economic and political influence.

The big question going into this year's U.N. climate summit is whether or not international negotiators will, finally, formally create a successor to 2007's Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

Read More →

Mitt Romney has been hanging out in New Hampshire for years, building up support and racking up endorsements. But when it came time for it to get behind a candidate, the Granite State's biggest paper went with the guy who just returned to the GOP's good graces weeks ago.

The headline in the New Hampshire Union Leader Sunday: "An Editorial: For President, Newt Gingrich".

Read More →

TINA CASEY If House Republicans expected the Solyndra investigation to focus public attention on their opposition to President Obama's energy policies, by any measure they have succeeded. However, in gunning after the Department of Energy and its solar power loan program they have fallen prey to the law of unintended consequences, and are now heading on a collision course with the Department of Defense.

Read More →

The poster boy for taking a hardline on illegal immigrants is set to back the candidate who collapsed after telling Republicans to “have a heart” when it comes to providing in-state tuition benefits to illegal immigrants.

NBC’s Carrie Dann reports:

NBC News has confirmed with a source familiar with the matter that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, will endorse Rick Perry this week. Arpaio will campaign with Perry in New Hampshire this week, the source said.

The New Hampshire Union-Leader’s big front-page editorial Sunday: “For President, Newt Gingrich”

From the editorial:

Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running. In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich. He has the experience, the leadership qualities and the vision to lead this country in these trying times. He is worthy of your support on January 10.

Read the rest here.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Florida on Saturday, launching a $2.5 billion nuclear-powered NASA rover toward Mars to look for clues on what could sustain life on the Red Planet.

Read More →

Joint Statement by the Departments of State and Defense

Secretaries Clinton and Panetta have been closely monitoring reports of the cross-border incident in Pakistan today. Both offer their deepest condolences for the loss of life and support fully NATO's intention to investigate immediately.

Secretary Clinton, Gen. Dempsey and Gen. Allen each called their Pakistani counterparts as well. Ambassador Munter also met with Pakistani government officials in Islamabad. In their contacts, these US diplomatic and military leaders each stressed -- in addition to their sympathies and a commitment to review the circumstances of the incident -- the importance of the US-Pakistani partnership, which serves the mutual interests of our people.

All these leaders pledged to remain in close contact with their Pakistani counterparts going forward as we work through this challenging time.

From The Hill: “U.S. officials huddled with Pakistani leaders Saturday to defuse new tensions spawned by an attack that led Islamabad to shut down routes used to move supplies to American forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.”

If you're looking for bad news on this Black Friday, you're probably Googling "Walmart." The massive discount retailer has been the scene of injuries, arrests, pepper-spraying and general pandemonium at locations across the country today.

Asked about the stories of fights over sale items and arrests, Walmart touted its pre-planning for the biggest shopping day of the year, though acknowledged the chain is "always learning" about how to deal with the crowds that pack its stores.

Read More →