FROM Marc Santora
Northeast Braces for Monster Blizzard Mayor Thomas Menino today warned the people of Boston . "This is a storm of major proportions…Stay home… Make sure that our public safety vehicles are able to get through the streets." New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced , "Many of the same communities that were inundated by Hurricane Sandy's tidal surge just about a hundred days ago are likely to see some moderate coastal flooding this evening." Marc Santora of the New York Times is keeping track of what's expected as the Northeast prepares for what could be another weather disaster.
Iraq to Investigate Hussein Video Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly wanted to hasten the execution of Saddam Hussein. Today, al-Maliki ordered an investigation into which witnesses taunted Saddam before he died and who leaked cell-phone video to the Internet and the media.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.