News Picks: Arizona shooting, Pakistan, Middle East, Cowen, Dalglish

Arizona Shooting

What we know so far - Events are still unfolding in the Arizona city of Tucson following yesterday’s awful shooting at a local shopping mall which, amongst others, claimed the life of 9-year-old girl reportedly born on 9/11. The BBC has a rundown of what is known so far.

Some media incorrectly declare Giffords dead – An interesting rundown of the American media’s initial reporting of the shooting in Tucson where the fact that Rep. Giffords was shot in the head appeared to convince some that she had died as a result.

Sheriff says state has “become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry” - The sheriff of Pima County, where the shooting happened, made some interesting comments in his press conference last night not only about the state of Arizona itself but about the “sad thing of what’s going on in America”. His words are worth a read.

Pakistan

Pakistan’s struggle with extremismThe Guardian’s Declan Walsh has a fascinating insight into the story behind the death of the governor Salmaan Taseer this week. His assassination was in response to his calls for a woman sentenced to death for blasphemy to be released, a campaign he learnt about via Twitter.

Middle East

Israel demolishes historic hotel – What hope for peace talks with stories like this as Israel reportedly demolishes a historic hotel in east Jerusalem to make way for a new settlement.

Ireland

Cowen told to stay away – Ireland’s PM has been told to stay away from any election campaigning with some party members with his popularity at all time low. There’s a suggestion that a General Election in Ireland, originally muted for January, will now be pushed back as far as April, a move that could benefit the current government although they are still likely to lose many seats.

Liverpool FC

Liverpool see sense and turn to Dalglish – Dion Fanning writes a brilliant piece in this morning’s Sunday Independent about the reappointment of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager. He points out that Dalglish was inexperienced when he first became player/manager whilst also pointing out that the Scot is a uniting figure, if nothing else, in contract to the departed Roy Hodgson.

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That’s it, enjoy your Sunday. Come on you Reds!

News Picks: Bonuses, Miliband, Hodgson, Obama, Bachmann

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Robert Peston: Bank bonuses to run to billions - BBC reporting tonight that despite widespread calls for a curb on banking bonuses they will in fact run to billions in the latest round of payments. Business editor Robert Peston, is as always, an invaluable read in such situations.

UK

Ed Miliband’s first 100 days – Good feature on the BBC to coincide with Ed Miliband’s first 100 days as leader of the Labour Party, looking at the first 100 days of other UK party leaders down through the years.

Sport

Roy departure may not be enoughA worrying story from the well connected Sid Lowe in Spain on The Guardian tonight, detailing that Liverpool’s star players may not be appeased by the now inevitable sacking of Roy Hodgson.

USA

New WH chief of staff an “ex-nemesis” of ObamaBarack Obama has appointed a new chief of staff to replace Peter Rouse who had been holding the position temporarily since the departure of Rahm Emanuel last year. The new man, William Daley, is the brother of the current Chicago mayor Richard Daley whom Emanuel is looking to follow in the footsteps of when the election for city leader is held later this year. All of which makes it look very much like Obama is staying inside a close knit group of fellow Chicagoans but as The Daily Beast points out, William Daley has been no friend to the Obama administration.

Watch out Palin - Michele Bachmann is the latest Tea Partier to throw her hat into the the already crowded ring of potential Republican nominees for president in 2012. The US representative from Minnesota once said that God told her to run for congress.

That’s it for tonight. A short one but hope it’s been somewhat useful and insightful.