Laughter and tears in Iran. Firoozeh Dumas at Huffington Post: 'Two weeks ago, my translator in Iran, Mohammad Soleimani Nia, was arrested without any reason. For every one of you reading this article, his name means nothing but let me tell you something about my friend, Mohammad. ...' Read the rest at the link.
Would-be impostor arrested in Iowa. Des Moines Register:
A Des Moines man arrested Friday on charges he attempted to illegally use the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz had campaigned for President Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle.
In addition, Zach Edwards, 29, was employed until Friday by a local political consulting firm well connected to Iowa Democrats.
Edwards was arrested on charges alleging he fraudulently used or attempted to use the identity of Schultz, a Republican, or Schultz’s brother, Thomas, with the intent to obtain a benefit. The alleged scheme was intended to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in perceived illegal or unethical behavior while in office, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. ...
More at the Iowa Republican. PowerLine: Not just a dirty trick, but a crime.
Russia to throw Assad under the bus? Via Stratfor (free): 'Russia can no longer help Syrian President Bashar al Assad, the Kremlin's Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee chairman and special Africa envoy Mikhail Margelov said Jan. 23, Reuters reported, citing Itar-Tass. ...'
Morning Report retires. I've been using the "Morning Report" format since May 14, 2004. At its best, it's been a useful gimmick for getting me to sit down at the computer and pick out a few important news items to collect in a single post. But my life is busier now than it was in 2004, and I'm finding that the self-imposed pressure of a (quasi-)daily feature is more of a deterrent to posting than an incentive. Blogging shouldn't be a chore.
So, the point is: Posting at Dreams Into Lightning will continue, and I am hoping that putting aside the Morning Report format will mean more posting, not less.