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Need to Know News: Obama seeks authority to streamline govt; Iranian supreme leader blames U.S. and Israel for scientist's death
January 13th, 2012
10:13 AM ET

Need to Know News: Obama seeks authority to streamline govt; Iranian supreme leader blames U.S. and Israel for scientist's death

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 13, 2012 – President Barack Obama seeks authority to streamline government, Iranian supreme leader blames U.S. and Israel for scientist's death and Stephen Colbert runs for president (again)...

• Obama seeks authority to streamline government: "President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for more power to shrink the federal government, a White House official said Friday. Obama plans to speak at 11:20 a.m. about his plans to make the federal government "leaner, smarter and more consumer-friendly," the official said."

• Iranian supreme leader blames U.S. and Israel for scientist's death: “Iran's top cleric has blamed the CIA and Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, for killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, Iran's state broadcaster said. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, who died Wednesday, was the third Iranian nuclear scientist in two years to be killed by what Iran described as a magnetic bomb attached to his car.”

• Two Marines in urination video interviewed: "Military officials have interviewed two of four Marines in a video which shows them urinating on dead bodies sprawled out on the ground, a Marine Corps official told CNN Friday. The Marines were not detained after the interview, the official said."

• JPMorgan profit drops 23%: "JPMorgan reported a sharp drop in quarterly earnings Friday morning, hit by big losses from its investment banking and trading divisions. The nation's largest bank by assets said it earned $3.7 billion, or 90 cents per share, in the final three months of 2011. The results were in line with estimates but down 23% from $4.8 billion, or $1.12 per share, in the same period a year ago."

• Colbert for president (again): “Faux-news host and comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday night he was launching his second run for president in South Carolina. 'I'm proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy in the United States of South Carolina,' Colbert said at a taping of his show Thursday evening.”

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  1. roberto

    Will Romney release his tax records? Seems he is reluctant to do it..how many houses? maybe 5 ? The condo in Belmont, Ma is in his wife's name ...How many deferrments during the VietNam war? Quite a few,,his sons have "never" been in the Military,,,the poor & middle class seem to sign up for the draft the moment they turn 18 yrs ..

    January 17, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse | Reply

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