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Chinese Leader Arrives Today For State Visit

Jan 18, 2011

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Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), holds his wife's hand. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao before the G20 summit in Seoul last November. Tunisian PM Mohamed Ghannouchi.

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Chinese president Hu Jintao lands at Andrews AFB later this afternoon, where Politico reports he'll be welcomed by Vice President Joe Biden. Tomorrow night, Hu will literally receive red-carpet treatment; the Washington Post explains why the Obama Administration is hosting a black-tie, state dinner in the Chinese leader's honor.

CONFUSION CONTINUES IN TUNISIA

Tunisia's interim Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi defended his government in a radio interview; the AP reports he called it a necessary step in a new 'era of liberty'. CNN says some Tunisians are upset because Ghannouchi retained many of the same ministers who served ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The BBC reports three junior ministers have changed their minds and quit Tunisia's interim government.

GIFFORDS REACHES OUT FOR HUSBAND

ABC's Diane Sawyer has the interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, who says the wounded congresswoman recognizes him. "She stuck her hand up on the side of my face this morning," he said. "I'm pretty sure she wouldn't do that for somebody else." She also gave him a neck rub.

BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES, MRS. OBAMA

First Lady Michelle Obama spent her 47th birthday yesterday helping paint a Washington, D.C. middle school, joining a community service event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Later that evening, the AP reports her husband treated her to dinner at The Source, the famed Wolfgang Puck restaurant. Mrs. Obama is supposed to be a Capricorn, but...

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY A GEMINI

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports Parke Kunkel, a local astronomy instructor, calculates everyone's star sign is wrong. He says gravity has pushed Earth's orbit in a new direction and:

...that has created about a one-month bump in the stars' alignment, meaning that "when [astrologers] say that the sun is in ­Pisces, it's really not in Pisces," said Kunkle, who teaches astronomy courses at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Is Mrs. Obama really a Sagittarius?


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