U.S. Embassy in London Targeted: Reuters reports that the U.S. embassy in London was among the targets of a group of men arrested last week in Britain and charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and preparing acts of terrorism. Twelve men were arrested Dec. 20 in what British police said were counter-terrorism raids essential to protect the public from the threat of attack.
Americans Admire Hillary Clinton, Obama: According to a new poll by USA Today/Gallup, Americans say they most admired President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010. Politico reports that Obama is Americans’ most admired man for the third consecutive year, getting 22 percent of the vote in the poll, which surveyed 1,019 adults from Dec. 10 throught Dec. 12. Clinton is the most admired woman, getting the nod from 17 percent of those surveyed.
Obama: Vick Deserved a Second Chance: Obama phoned the the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles to praise the team for giving a second chance to quarterback Michael Vick. Vick is again a National Football League star 19 months after leaving prison for his role in a horrific dogfighting ring that killed pit bulls by electrocution, hanging and drowning, The Washington Post reports.
Sotomayor Guides Court’s Liberal Wing: Three months into Justice Sonia Sotomayor's second year at the Supreme Court, The New York Times reports that she has dispelled the fear on the left that her background as a prosecutor would align her with the court’s more conservative members on criminal justice issues. And she has displayed a quality that is alert to the humanity of the people whose cases make their way to the Supreme Court, reports The Times.