Testing out the Wire

Today we’re testing out a feature that may appear on the LittleSis start page daily. Tentatively called the NameWire, it is a collection of quick summaries of major news stories with links to the LittleSis profiles of the people that appear in those stories. We see it as a way to offer relevant entrypoints into the content on the site.

Here are the day’s quick clips:

Dan Rooney’s Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Michael Bidwill’s Arizona Cardinals 27-23 to win the Super Bowl last night. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Arizona Republic)

Tom Daschle is “deeply embarrassed” about his $128,000 tax error; over the past two years he has earned $2 million at Alston & Bird, where he advised health care conglomerates like United Health. (The Guardian, WaPo)

The Wall Street Journal reports that Larry Summers may lift the National Economic Council “to a level of prominence unmatched since President Bill Clinton created the body in 1993.” (WSJ)

Sandy Weill, former chairman and CEO of Citigroup, has given up his rights to use the company aircraft. (WSJ)

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed $4 billion in budget cuts to address a funding gap caused by the financial crisis. (NYT)

Barbie-maker Mattel reported a nearly 50% nosedive in net income in the 4th quarter, and shares fell 16% in early trading. (Bloomberg)

Vermont governor Jim Douglas is in Washington to lobby fellow Republicans in support of the stimulus bill. (ABC News)