On the Radar: Storm, financial crisis, Tea Party, security, Egypt, Davos, Challenger
Heavy snow fell Wednesday night and into Thursday morning in Washington.
January 27th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

On the Radar: Storm, financial crisis, Tea Party, security, Egypt, Davos, Challenger

Winter weather - A winter storm is causing power outages and airport runway closings in the Northeast. New York and Boston are expected to receive 8 to 12 inches of snow before it's done, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said. Both the District of Columbia government and district public schools will be closed all day Thursday.

Financial crisis final report - The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission will release its report on the causes of the financial and economic crisis. The report will be delivered to the president and Congress and will be available to the public on the commission's website, through the Government Printing Office, and as a paperback and an e-book. The commission reviewed millions of pages of documents, interviewed more than 700 witnesses, and held 19 days of public hearings in New York, Washington and communities across the country.

Senate Tea Party Caucus - Tea Party activists from around the country will gather on Capitol Hill on Thursday for a question-and-answer session with three senators at the first official gathering of the Senate Tea Party Caucus. "What we're trying to do, with Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and I'm sure eventually others, is to make sure all the activists know that we're still listening," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, told CNN. "We want to get their input, we want to keep them up to date with what we're doing. So it's more a forum than a caucus to keep that interaction going." DeMint, along with Paul of Kentucky and Lee of Utah, are currently the only three members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus.

State of homeland security - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to officially announce Thursday that the color-coded threat alert system in place for nine years will go away in April. It will be replaced by a new system, which Napolitano will unveil at what the department is calling the "State of America's Homeland Security address" at George Washington University.

Uprising in Egypt - Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize laureate and opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei is returning Thursday to the country, which has been convulsed by unprecedented protests for the past two days. ElBaradei will participate in protests himself on Friday, calling on longtime President Hosni Mubarak to retire, ElBaradei's brother says. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood has called for its followers to demonstrate after Friday prayers - the first time in the current round of unrest that the largest opposition bloc has told supporters to go out on the streets.

Davos World Economic Forum - CEOs, world leaders and economists from all over the world are gathered in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the future of the global economy. This year's theme is "The New Reality." Have CEOs changed the way they run their companies? Is the new reality that growth will be stuck in single digits? A forum spokesman said "a small firework went off at the back entrance" of the host hotel Thursday, causing a brief scare. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend a party Thursday night at the hotel, one of the most prestigious in Davos.

Challenger anniversary events - The 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger accident is Friday, and several events are planned for Thursday:

NASA remembers the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia, and all those who have given their lives for the sake of exploration and discovery. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 10 a.m.

A wreath will be laid at 10:30 a.m. at the Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy Center director and former astronaut Bob Cabana will take part in the ceremony.

At NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Center Director Michael L. Coats will be joined by astronaut family members to lay a wreath at the Astronaut Memorial Tree Grove at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Economy • Egypt • Finance • National security • On the Radar • Politics • Protest • Shuttle • Space • Switzerland • Tea Party • Terrorism • Travel • Winter weather
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Sat3D.TV + 3Dsat.TV ... Hey, Sony, Samsung, CNN, Sky, Canal+ ... http://x.co/Luk3

    don’t kill another Shuttle crew!!!!!!!!
    the ET cracks might very likely cause a, never seen before, huge ET foam debris that may destroy the Shuttle before it reaches the orbit!!!!!!
    about 15 months ago I’ve proposed the DEFINITIVE solution for the Shuttle ET’s foam issue in this article:
    “The idea that can save SEVEN astronauts” … http://www.ghostnasa.com/posts/050savethecrew.html
    maybe, NASA can use MY idea NOW, for the Discovery STS-133 mission and the latest flights, to avoid a further Columbia or Challenger disaster
    there’s still over a month to fix the ET issue and save the Discovery crew!

    January 27, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Egypt needs a Ghandi.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Sat3D.TV + 3Dsat.TV ... Hey, Sony, Samsung, CNN, Sky, Canal+ ... http://x.co/Luk3

      today "a Ghandi" would be grilled on the barbecue within 24 hours

      January 27, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. shelter101com

    Well the unemployment numbers came out today showing things are a lot worse. Applications for unemployment rose 50,000 this week, get ready for inflation. Wheat is at an all time high near $9.40 a bushel compared to last June of $4.23 a bushel. China is buying commodities such as copper, wheat, oil, coal, sugar and soybeans with US dollars out the back door. http://shelter101.com has more.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Franzo Pamphile

    This is so dumb to say the death of hundreds and thousands of birds mystery is solved, when everyday hundreds of other birds are going through these power lines, resting and even building their nests there. So if I understand very well, we, the people are so dumb while the majority of the deaths seem to almost be one kind.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. duke

    America is through!
    Tea-drinkers,have supreme court judges,politicians and the best lies rich people can buy,
    Terrorism was just the distraction they needed to push forth their SS agenda!
    I am officially out,I don't believe in the american dream anymore nor do I wish to participate in the voting process,
    Rich white people you've won once again,
    Poor to middle class people,you idiots did this to your self and the next oppressed or enslaved race in america is on your hands and we know who will be doing the oppressing!

    January 27, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Don't say tea. It makes me thirsty for ice cold sweet tea.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. drap

    What do dead birds have to do with this article?

    January 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bimbombay

    Let the liberals freeze. Cap and trade their heating oil.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CoOl Cat 14

    is so cool no school today i love snow!

    January 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Coolcat45

    i so good like i wished (plz no school today plz plz) my wish came true i wish thr would be no global somethin is hot! but for the weather now its coooooolllllddddd brrrrr!

    January 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |