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Forty years after parachuting into folklore, the mysterious skyjacker identified as D.B. Cooper may soon be identified.
“We do actually have a new suspect we’re looking at,” says FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandolo Dietrich in a story in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. “And it comes from a credible lead who came to our attention recently via a law enforcement colleague.”
The hijacker left behind DNA and fingerprints on a magazine he handled during the hijacking, on a cigarette and on portions of the plane. Dietrich is not specific about the new piece of evidence but she told The Telegraph, “We’re hoping there are fingerprints they can take off of it. It would be a significant lead,” she continued, “And this is looking like our most promising one to date.”
Reading between the lines, it sounds like this new suspect would have survived the jump from the plane. It sure would be an interesting story if true!
New York magazine did a profile of would-be presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. It’s really quite interesting. It’s basically trying to pit Huntsman vs Romney for the successful businessman candidate.
Neither Romney nor his aides have yet to utter a harsh word about Huntsman—on the record, that is. But privately, their scorn for him is withering and total. Huntsman’s bid, they say, is a vanity candidacy, with zero logic or rationale behind it. He has no base in the GOP and absolutely no hope of building one; as an Obama appointee seeking to lead a virulently anti-Obama party, he is terminally toxic.
I have to agree here. Why is Jon Huntsman running for president? For a Republican Huntsman is saber but he still has some reflexive problems. Look at how he characterizes Michele Bachmann’s popularity:
Until recently, the most obvious beneficiary of such a development would have been Bachmann. But even before her recent troubles with migraines and missed congressional votes, she was always a candidate unlikely to draw sufficient mainstream Republican support to go the distance, more an object of media fascination than a plausible nominee. As Huntsman puts it, somewhat indelicately, “She makes for good copy—and good photography.”
She’s popular because she’s pretty. I guess that’s what Republicans are going with. I don’t think it will work but I think Perry’s their biggest threat right now.
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