Monday edition - June 28, 2010
Reuters – 6-28-10
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the
Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" applies nationwide as a
restraint on the ability of the federal, state and local governments to
substantially limit its reach.
CIA Director Leon Panetta says the agency
has hired Xe (zee) Services — the company once known as Blackwater — for
a $100 million contract to provide security in Afghanistan.
"Congressmen have been saying from the beginning that BP is either lying or
grossly incompetent. Well, why can't we have both?" –David Letterman
The Longest War America Has Ever Fought
The deaths of four Norwegian soldiers in a roadside bomb attack brings to around 100 the number of foreign troops to die in Afghanistan in June, the bloodiest month since the insurgency started in 2001.
“The President took a matter of hours to pick a commander in Afghanistan so why is it taking months to plug the leaking oil?” – Brian Kilmeade Fox and Friends
Shocker: Supreme Court Axes Christian Only Groups On Campus
The Supreme Court has ruled against a Christian campus group that sued after a California law school denied it official recognition because the student organization limits its core membership to those who share its beliefs on faith and marriage.
Karl Rove Is Busy
In a campaign season of
anti-establishment ferment, some of the Republican Party's best-known insiders
are building an ambitious fundraising machine for the fall elections and beyond.
They started with a bang in April, cashing a $1 million check from a Texas oil magnate. After a quiet May, friends and foes are watching to see if the new organization's core group, American Crossroads, can reach its goal of raising $52 million by November.
Karl Rove, who was President George W. Bush's top political strategist, and Ed Gillespie, a former Republican Party chairman and White House aide, modeled their network on successful operations created by Democrats several years ago.
Shocker: Americans Support Obama
A majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's decision to remove Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll.
confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will be shown live
Monday on C-SPAN 3. You know it's going to be boring when C-SPAN 2 passes on
it." –Jimmy Fallon
Thanks to Larry for the graphic!
Maybe They Should Take A Taxi
Britain's Foreign Office named the United States embassy Monday as the worst offender among diplomatic missions that have racked up 36 million pounds ($54 million) in disputed traffic congestion charges.
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Cramer the Screamer
In an era of epically
wrong financial predictions, boisterous Jim Cramer's declaration that "Bear
Stearns is not in trouble!" a week before its March 2008 collapse, rated among
the most moronic, or at least the most infamous.
But it turns out that Cramer made one call far worse:
Mired in a daily battle
against the oil soiling Louisiana's shorelines, marshes and wetlands, locals in
this barrier island town are pushing ahead with a novel plan to block the
crude's path with a flotilla of barges.
"The Cajun navy," Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle calls it.
They're using the barges to partially block five passes where water from the Gulf of Mexico flows between barrier islands into Barataria Bay
Wouldn't be surprised to hear the CIA is investigating how to utilize the vuvuzela for interrogation purposes.- Will Durst
Former Vice-President Cheney was due to go home from the hospital on Monday after receiving medication for his heart disease over the weekend. From his hospital bed on Sunday, he gave the two thumbscrews-up sign. - Laugh Lines
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launched it, Carter killed it and Reagan resurrected it. In its infancy, the Air
Force's B-1 bomber was a quick and dirty military metaphor - Republicans wanted
to buy weapons to defend the nation from the Soviet Union, and Democrats didn't.
Now it could become a different kind of symbol: the Air Force is thinking of
retiring its total 66-plane B-1 fleet to hit budget targets set by Defense
Secretary Robert Gates. Top Air Force officials met behind closed doors late
last week to determine
if permanently grounding the B-1 fleet makes sense.