Quote of the day.
"This is the first time I’ve heard myself speak. It’s like I’m hearing myself talk. I’m healing myself through you guys." - Army Staff Sergeant Kenneth Sargent, seriously wounded in Iraq, after working with a professional songwriter to turn his experience into a song at a retreat led by Life-Quest Transitions, an organization helping vets readjust to civilian life through music.
1. House bids farewell to Giffords.
"The House of Representatives said farewell to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday morning with a moving tribute on her last day as a member of Congress."
2. Indiana House approves bill restricting labor unions.
"Lawmakers Wednesday all but guaranteed Indiana will become the first Midwest, industrial state to limit the ability of labor unions to collect dues, but opponents are not giving up, and plan to leverage next week''s Super Bowl here to amplify the debate."
3. Romney, Gingrich trade attacks on immigration.
"The Republican presidential race turned into a pitched battle for Hispanic voters on Wednesday, with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney hurling insults over immigration policy as each looked for ways to court a critical constituency."
4. Pentagon cuts to include troops and drones.
"President Barack Obama''s plan to cut the defense budget by half a trillion dollars over the coming decade include trimming the Army by at least 38,000 soldiers and grounding of a number of drones, defense officials told CNN Wednesday."
5. IED attacks in Afghanistan set record in past year.
"Attacks with makeshift bombs hit a record high of more than 16,000 in Afghanistan in the past year, and the increasing harm they cause to Afghan civilians indicates insurgents may lack strong leadership, military officials say."
6. Somalia rescue illustrates new U.S. military strategy.
"The Obama administration has spoken of the need for a ''smaller, more agile'' military. Covert operations such as the one that rescued two aid workers in Somalia are part of that strategy."
(Christian Science Monitor)
7. Philippines may allow greater U.S. military presence.
"Two decades after evicting U.S. forces from their biggest base in the Pacific, the Philippines is in talks with the Obama administration about expanding the American military presence in the island nation, the latest in a series of strategic moves aimed at China."
8. Egyptians mass in Tahrir to honour uprising.
"Hundreds of thousands gather in iconic square demanding transition to civilian rule on first anniversary of revolution."
9. Syria chaos claims priest and aid group official.
"Dr. Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was shot in a vehicle clearly marked with the Red Crescent symbol, and Rev. Basilious Nasser was killed in Hama."
(New York Times)
10. Iran won't build nuclear weapon in 2012.
"Iran is unlikely to move towards building a nuclear weapon in 2012 because it cannot yet produce enough weapon-grade uranium and is being deterred by sanctions and the prospect of an Israeli attack, according to a draft report by the Institute for Science and International Security (Isis)."
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