News Picks: Wikileaks, Health, US, Obama, O’Reilly, Howard

Wikileaks

The Man Who Spilled The Secrets – In case you missed it, Vanity Fair’s frankly brilliant account of the volatile relationship between The Guardian and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange during the before and during the release of the Afghan and Iraq War Logs and the Diplomatic cables. Best thing I’ve read all week.

State Department team works to warn people – Elsewhere in Wikileaks news, the US State Department has a designated team of people warning human rights activists, business people and foreign government officials of potential threats to their safety following the release of around 2,700 of the estimated 250,000 diplomatch cables held by Wikileaks and media organisations.

Ireland

Health insurance rise hits families Families in Ireland face a price hike of up to €1000 per year for their private health insurance. With the state of Ireland’s public health service also in disarray, many are asking where on earth is Health Minister Mary Harney whose under increasing pressure to step down at the upcoming general election or sooner.

US

Gibbs forced out by Daley?Suggestions in Washington that new White House Chief of Staff William Daley effectively ended Press Secretary Robert Gibbs time in the Obama administration. Daley’s arrival could also spell the end for White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. The guy is making early waves.

Obama v O’Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday – This should be good. Fox News firebrand Bill O’Reilly will interview the President on Super Bowl Sunday, maintaining the tradition of a presidential interview with the network broadcasting the game.

Mystery surrounds Obama novelStaying with the President and mystery surrounds the identity of the author of an upcoming novel about Obama’s White House. “O: A Presidential Novel”  by Anonymous is said to be similar to Joe Klein’s 1996 book “Primary Colours” which was loosely based on Bill Clinton’s run for the White House which later became a pretty good film starring John Travolta as Clinton.

Media

Robert Harris eulogises the late, great Anthony Howard – Worth a read for any journalist or anyone interested in a truly remarkable man who was truly brilliant at his trade, as he liked to refer to it (in other words he did not consider journalism a profession). It was delivered by the great author Robert Harris, himself once a journalist.

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That’s it have a great weekend. I’ll do a weekend edition if I can.

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

Breaking…

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.