Though she has yet to officially take office as Secretary of State, Hilllary Clinton is already seeking to build a more powerful state department. She wants a bigger budget, high-profile special envoys to trouble spots and an expanded role in dealing with global economic issues at a time of crisis. NY Times
A manhunt continues today for a gunman in a pickup who is suspected of killing two people and injuring another in a series of rush hour shootings on Dallas-area roads. ABCNews.com
The United Kingdom's Sun newspaper yesterday quoted the author of an upcoming book about Michael Jackson saying the King of Pop was battling a potentially fatal disease that required a life-saving lung transplant. As you might imagine, the news spread quickly through the Internet rumor mill, but Jackson's publicist insists that the 50-year-old singer "is in fine health." CNN
Yesterday the Internet was also buzzing about new shirtless photographs of President-elect Barack Obama, who is in Hawaii on vacation with his family. It was a hot topic on CNN's American Morning today (see the video below). Personally, I think it's pretty scary that paparazzi were able to get this close to Obama and his family. I also feel really guilty for thinking my future president is hot. It's almost as bad as lusting after Jim Caviezel when he played Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ," for which I've also asked for forgiveness.