...headlines while you slept
As expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a narrow victory in that country's general elections. What does it mean for the U.S., Middle East and Iran? Here at home, it's back to work for President Obama after all the Inaugural hoopla. That and more in our morning roundup of what happened while you were sleeping, presented by West Wing Reports and NewsRoom America:
Washington Post: Israel's election result appears to have weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and raised prospects of a more centrist government that could ease strained relations with the Obama administration and signal more flexibility in peace efforts with the Palestinians.
ABC News: Israel's election has put a suave former TV news anchor and political novice in the role of kingmaker, and he has signaled he would use his power to try to move hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's next government to more centrist positions.
New York Times: The NRA's Wayne LaPierre angrily accuses President Obama of demonizing law-abiding gun owners in Inaugural Address and of wanting to put every private personal firearms transaction right under the thumb of the federal government.
BBC: North Korea has reacted angrily to a UN resolution condemning its recent rocket launch, pledging to strengthen military and nuclear capabilities.
CNN: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will face long-awaited questions today about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans including our Ambassador.
Fox News: House Republicans were lining up behind a debt ceiling proposal due for a vote today that would raise the nation's borrowing limit temporarily while emphasizing the need for Congress to pass a budget.
And on a lighter note, Beyonce isn't talking about whether she wasn't singing at President Obama's inaugural. And the Marine Band that played at the Inaugural? They claim they don't know. USA Today has the story.
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