International unpleasantness

Al Jazeera has the story of What really happened when a U.S. drone hit a Yemeni wedding convoy. David Weiner at Digg tweeted this from the story: "Shrapnel cut into flesh as three more cars filled with wedding guests caught fire." Liliana Segura from First Look Media called it: “Devastating reporting by @ionacraig on the US drone strike that slaughtered wedding guests in Yemen last month.” Michelle Shephard with the Toronto Star added: “Great piece by brilliant @ionacraig.”

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad told AFP in an exclusive interview there is a 'Significant' chance he will seek re-election this June. Richard Hall at the Independent wrote, “It's a wonder that Assad has been able to maintain his deliberate obtuseness for three years. ‘Why wouldn't I stand?'"

The Guardian also relays some information from Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as half of the world's population. Simon Hattenstone there called it a “Horrifying figure on global wealth inequality. time to rise like lions & shake them chains, as percy wd say.” Luke Bainbridge at The Observer agreed: “Shocking. They could fit on a bus.” George Eaton with the New Statesman tweeted from the piece: “Since the late 1970s, tax rates for the richest have fallen in 29 out of 30 countries.” Christopher Dickey at Daily Beast wrote: “Welcome to Davos.” Brad Walter from the Sydney Morning Herald summed it up, “This makes fascinating but disturbing reading.”

A little closer to home, Eric Lipton at the New York Times tells of the Loophole which Allows Lawmakers to Reel in Trips and Donations. Jeffrey Cane there tweeted: “‘Destination fund-raisers, where business interests blend with pleasure in exclusive vacation venues.’ Great tale.” David Lynch at Bloomberg News shared another quote from the story: "This is a system that is corrupting.” And Anna Sale from WNYC one more: “The lawmaker bought his ski pass in Vail, but his travel, lodging & meals had been provided at no personal expense." Victoria Rametta put it simply: “This is pretty bad.”

And CNN says a teen’s been identified as the malware author in the Target and Neiman Marcus hacks. David Nelson at KWQC-TV put it simply: ‘17-year-old is tied to massive Target hack.” What’s worse, the security company who found this out believes six more retailers were attacked with the same code. We wrote more on that here.

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