January 8, 2010
Posted: 1728 GMT
We will start the show in Detroit, Michigan, where Umar Faruk Abdulmutallab will make his first court appearance in connection with a failed plot to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas day.
We will be live outside the courthouse and will speak to a legal expert on what to expect next.
Also today, Paula Newton will talk us through the investigation from Yemen and what more officials are saying about AbdulMutallab's possible connection to Al Qaeda networks in the country.
Once again, winter weather is making people miserable in Europe. Canceled flights, broken down trains and massive traffic jams are still a big problem today. We'll have live reports from Europe and the United States.
We'll take you to Iraq, where an electoral commission is recommending Sunni groups they say are affiliated with the banned Baath party should be barred from taking part in the crucial March 7th election. This could again derail an oft-delayed poll. Diana Magnay brings us the latest from Baghdad.
Plus, we'll celebrate the King's birthday at the IDesk. Elvis Presley would have turned 75 today.
My favorite Elvis song has always been Blue Suede Shoes, though I know it's probably not his best. I just like singing "You can burn my house – Steal my car – Drink my liquor – From an old fruitjar."
I'm not exactly sure what that last part means but find it amusing that there was a time when that was considered as bad as punching someone in the face.
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