Arizona Fire About To Be State's Biggest Ever

Jun 14, 2011

Good morning

As we've already reported, the morning-after analyses from last night's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire are focusing on Rep. Michele Bachmann's announcement that she's officially entered the race, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emerging "unscathed" and the general focus on criticism of President Obama rather than each other.

We've also passed along video from NBC News of President Obama adding to the pressure on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to resign.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- Wildfire Set To Become Arizona's Largest Ever: "Firefighters say they are winning the battle to save homes from the epic Wallow Fire, but the wildfire continued to claw its way east toward the New Mexico town of Luna on Monday and could become the largest in Arizona history as soon as today. As of 9 p.m. Monday, the Wallow had scorched 452,000 to 463,000 acres. Its exact size was unclear at nightfall. The 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire, the state's largest, charred roughly 468,000 acres." (The Arizona Republic)

-- "CIA Plans Yemen Drone Strikes": "The Central Intelligence Agency is preparing to launch a secret program to kill al Qaeda militants in Yemen, where months of antigovernment protests, an armed revolt and the attempted assassination of the president have left a power vacuum, U.S. officials say." (The Wall Street Journal; behind its paid firewall)

-- Senate Server Hacked: "A band of computer hackers who pride themselves on attacking vulnerable networks for fun accessed a Senate server that supports the chamber's public website but did not breach other files, a Capitol Hill law enforcement official said Monday. The hackers said the release was a 'just for kicks' attempt to help the government 'fix their issues.' " (The Associated Press)

-- Damascus Is Like "Another Planet" As Protests Roil Other Places In Syria: Blogger Jasmine Roman (a pseudonym) talked with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about what life is like now inside Syria, where anti-government protests have continued despite harsh crackdowns by government security forces. She says that for many in the capital, Damascus, life goes on as normal. Many who don't like the regime are afraid to speak out. Others don't want their middle- and upper-income lives disrupted.

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