The Georgia Mae Morning News

Alaska officials are investigating racist jokes about President-elect Barack Obama that have been circulating on state government e-mail accounts. One of the five e-mails obtained by The Associated Press asks about the outcome of the Democrat’s victory after all the time and money invested and concludes: “Another black family living in government housing!” AP

All three major U.S. automakers announced plans yesterday to shut down manufacturing plants due to the slumping domestic auto market. Operations at Chrysler’s 30 plants will be halted at the end of business on Dec. 19 and are not scheduled to return back online until Jan. 19, 2009, or later. Ford announced it plans to shut down 10 of its North American assembly plants for an additional week in January instead of its normal two-week holiday stoppage. And General Motors Corp., said it will halt construction of a factory in Flint, Mich., designed to make engines for the Chevrolet Cruze and the electric plug-in Chevy Volt, which is expected to travel up to 40 miles on electricity alone.

Many prominent liberal groups and gay rights proponents have expressed outrage at President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration next month. Warren, one of the most influential religious leaders in the nation and author of the wildly popular book “Purpose Driven Life,” has adhered to socially conservative stances — including his opposition to gay marriage and abortion rights that puts him at odds with many in the Democratic Party, especially the party’s most liberal wing. CNN

Col. Theoneste Bagosora, a senior Rwandan military officer charged with being one of the masterminds behind the 1994 slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda, has been convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced to life in prison. NY Times


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