1. Biased professors? — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack has a story out this morning at 5 a.m. on professors who appear in political stories who have donated to President Obama’s reelection effort. Cusack conducted a “months-long” investigation on the subject. The story suggests reporters should ask profs if they have donated to a particular candidate. We learn the professors who donated to Obama and subsequent pro-Obama remarks they’ve made in interviews. Funniest quote: Garrison Nelson from UVM, who donated to Obama this year and has commented favorably on the President, emitted a sarcastic, “Big deal.” Read here.
2. Journos threatened in Pakistan — The Guardian has the lowdown on how journalists in Pakistan covering the Taliban’s attempt to kill a 14-year-old girl are in danger. The threats have been specific and against named people, the story says. Read the story.
3. Halle and Sarah Bonded for Life — A story generating buzz concerns actress Halle Berry, who thinks she’s related to former Alaska Gov. and Veep hopeful Sarah Palin. “In some twisted way…somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative],” Berry told “Extra.” A story on Berry’s unexpected relative in Us Weekly mentions that Tom Hanks is a third cousin to — who else? — Abe Lincoln. In other Us Weekly news, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin reports this morning that the gossip mag is preparing to grill President Obama. “Cue the outrage from the fourth estate,” writes Gavin.