Thursday edition - November 13, 2008
Stocks plunge after Treasury's Paulson changes financial bailout ...
The financial sector was beaten down after Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson said his department was ditching its plan to purchase troubled assets from...
Local Newspapers Cover Rising Number of Racist Anti-Obama
Congress scrutinizes hedge fund industry
Rep. Waxman examines 'virtually unregulated' hedge fund industry, in House committee testimony featuring industry player George Soros.
On Veterans Day John McCain laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Plumber. - David Letterman
The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without George W. Bush
British death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan hits 300 Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom
Iraqi soldier guns down 2 GIs, injures 6 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Suicide Attack Kills 11 in Eastern Afghanistan Voice of America
Two schoolgirls blinded in acid attack in Afghanistan
New rocket barrage tests shaky Israel-Hamas truce The Associated Press
Two newspapers asked a federal judge Wednesday to make public several documents relating to a former Army scientist who was named as a person of interest in the 2001 anthrax attacks and later exonerated...."The public has a right to know why he was targeted," said Jeanette Melendez Bead, lawyer for the newspapers.
Study: Calif dirty air kills more than car crashes The Associated Press
the Secret Service that follows the candidates around and stuff? They have
nicknames for the people that they work with. Like Barack Obama, his nickname,
the Secret Service called him 'Renegade.' John McCain, I think they called him
'Maverick.' President Bush's Secret Service nickname is 'Occupant.'" --David
Fooling The Media
MSNBC was the
victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified
himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential
candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday.
David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday
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Saxby Chambliss says he’d vote to expel Alaska senator, and Sarah Palin may replace him Atlanta Journal Constitution
Republican Party to challenge campaign money laws The Associated Press
Gingrich says GOP is outmatched MLive.com, MI
Exit poll: Tenn. still buckle of Bible Belt
Just Separate Church and State, Already!
The US Supreme Court
Wednesday took up the issue of freedom of speech and religion in a case in which
a small sect wants to place its own monument alongside one of the Ten
Commandments in a public park in Utah.
Senate, 90-year-old Robert Byrd will step down as Appropriations Committee
chair. He'll be replaced by Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye, who is 84. Finally
we're getting some young blood in there." --Jay Leno
Democrat takes lead in Alaska Senate race The Associated Press
Obama aides heading to Georgia for Martin Atlanta Journal Constitution
Fake New York Times
A group of pranksters handed
out more than 1.2 million fake New York Times newspapers mainly in New York City
and Los Angeles on Wednesday with a front page story declaring "Iraq War Ends."
The elaborate 14-page edition, dated July 4, 2009, is said to be the work of a group called the Yes Men,
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Gah! Nothing specific right now. Sitting here in these chairs that I’m going to be proposing but in working with these governors who again on the front lines are forced to and it’s our privileged obligation to find solutions to the challenges facing our own states every day being held accountable, not being just one of many just casting votes or voting present every once in a while, we don’t get away with that.
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Recession fears grip world markets CNNMoney.com
Bailing Out Our Pockets
"It's a mess," said Eric M. Thorson, the Treasury Department's inspector general, who has been working to oversee the bailout program until the newly created position of special inspector general is filled. "I don't think anyone understands right now how we're going to do proper oversight of this thing."
Subject: Bailout of Banks
Henry Paulson learned this
Modus Operandi from Paul Bremer who handed out billions in cash in Iraq in order
to bypass the bureaucracy and speed up the rebuilding process.
When someone asks where it went they will just shrug their shoulders and say it was more important at the time to distribute it than keep track of who actually got it.
Hopefully they at least have it written down on a yellow legal pad somewhere...
I doubt anyone in the Bush administration writes anything down.
Henry Paulson looked nervous, as though he was lying, in his TV appearance yesterday. No wonder stocks dropped like a rock.
Meanwhile Another 84,868 Foreclosed Last Month
As government and industry
scrambled to stem the housing crisis,
another 84,868 homes were lost to foreclosure in October, according to a
report released Thursday.
"Obama said his favorite part of the tour was when the president showed him the secret dial under his desk that he uses to control the price of gasoline." --Jimmy Kimmel
Valerie Plame Movie - But She's Not The Star
The long-awaited Rod Lurie, "Nothing But the Truth" -- loosely based on the Valerie Plame/CIA leak case and starring Kate Beckinsale as a Judy Miller character -- opens on December 17
Cheney set to meet with his successor Joe Biden The Associated Press
Valerie Plame Update
organizations scored a legal victory this week when a federal court denied a
motion by the Bush Administration to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the White
House's failure to properly store and recover millions of e-mails.
The e-mails are thought to pertain to several controversial issues including the Iraq war, the Valerie Plame leak and the CIA's destruction of interrogation tapes.
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A virtual version of ancient Rome's Coliseum is shown in an animated map provided by Google Earth in Rome November 12, 2008. Chief Technology Advocate Michael T. Jones, co-founder of Google Earth and Maps, the service that lets users move through three-dimensional satellite images of city streets, was in Rome to launch a new facility providing virtual visits to ancient Rome, circa 320 AD. Based on virtual architecture of the ancient city created by U.S. and Italian academics, it now allows the 400 million people who visit Google Earth to enter the ancient Roman Forum "or go to the Circus Maximus and imagine you are Ben Hur", said Jones.