Wednesday edition - August 20, 2008
Rice calls Russia 'outlaw'
Rice to sign missile defense deal with Poland
NATO freezes ties with Moscow
Obama, McCain will disclose running mates after election - Grant Gerver, comedy writer
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4144 Washington Post
Raid on governor's office in Iraq's Diyala province sparks outrage Los Angeles Times
The National Guard Should Guard Our Nation, Don't You Think?
The Pentagon is determined
to overhaul both training and active duty tours for the Army National Guard, but
finding a way to give these part-time soldiers more time at home will cost more
than $128 million, The Associated Press has learned.
After struggling for more than a year and a half to compress the training process, Guard leaders have managed to chop months off the time that citizen soldiers must spend away from their jobs and families because of deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan.
At least 45 killed as plane skids off runway in Madrid International Herald Tribune
Obama Takes A Nose Dive
Republican John McCain has
taken a five-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama in the race for President,
the latest Reuters/Zogby telephone survey shows.
McCain leads Obama by a 46% to 41% margin.
And McCain not only enjoys a five-point edge in a two-way race against Obama, but also in a four-way contest including liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr, the poll reveals. In the four-way contest, McCain wins 44% support, Obama 39%, Barr 3% and Nader 2%.
Secret New Bob Woodward Book on Bush and Iraq Now Has Title -- and ... Editor & Publisher
Talk of McCain’s No. 2 Concerns Conservatives New York Times
Subject: My choice for VP
My # 1 choice would be:
Governor Bill Richardson (NM): The ticket needs someone with administrative
experience. As a rule of thumb, Senators pontificate while Governors
administrate. Mr. Richardson, with 14 years of Congressional experience was
a Cabinet member, 1998-2000, under Clinton and also served as our Ambassador
to the UN 1997-1998. Richardson has been recognized for negotiating the release
of hostages, American servicemen, and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq,
and Cuba. The Governor is also Hispanic, born in California, raised in Mexico,
and earned a Bachelor's degree at Tufts in 1970, majoring in French and political
science. He went on to earn a master's degree in international affairs from Tufts
University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971.
My second choice would be Hillary as I think she might help the ticket. She violates
my premise of Administrative experience, but... Another choice might be Chelsea
Clinton (not seriously), but she has a political future if she wants one.
The other choices being thrown about by the press are Biden, Bayh, and a few
others...all of whom have very little to offer to POTUS-to-be Obama to add strength
to the ticket...all have baggage to drag it down just a little.
Other than JFK, in modern times we have only elected men with administrative
experience. LBJ can be excused as he was a VP and part of the Administration.
The Moron of course did nothing as governor except make Texas worse, as Reagan
did for California, but nonetheless, they qualify. Ike administered a huge military
regime and Bush, the smarter, was head of the CIA and earned his spurs as a VP.
Carter(GA), Nixon(CA) and FDR(NY) were Governors and Truman also was a VP
as well as a judge and a Senator.
Thanks for writing Nat.
I love Bill Richardson and he'd bring in the Hispanic vote. Plus, their skin color is almost identical!
Barack The Tease
Barack Obama and his newly named running mate will campaign together Saturday at the place where the Democratic presidential hopeful formally launched his White House bid.
Activists decry Denver's 'secret' detention facility
Obama’s vice president a ‘he?’
Hillary to Boca Palm Beach Post
Poll workers will not be allowed to take voting machines home for safekeeping in the days before the November presidential election because the practice known as "sleepovers" is an unacceptable security risk, the state elections chief said Tuesday.
Senior House Democrat Wants Ban on US Oil Exports CQPolitics.com, DC
Court Rejects EPA Limits on Emissions Rules
Google to Invest in Geothermal
BAA Should Sell Two London Airports, UK Regulator Says
Federal foreclosure-purchase program may fall flat in California Los Angeles Times
The Russians Are Staying, The Russians Are Staying
Russian military trucks crossed from Georgia back into Russia on Wednesday but there was no sign of the large-scale, rapid pullout demanded by the West.
A detainee is back home, but still haunted by Guantanamo The Plain Dealer
I’m really into the Olympics. Just today while watching, I pulled a hamstring in my left eye. - LaughLines
Anybody see the pin to my grena
Grant Gerver, comedy writer
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Maddow gets own MSNBC show Variety, CA
Board approves law that holds parents accountable for kids' graffiti Los Angeles Times
College leaders hope to renew debate on a lower drinking age Los Angeles Times
African Spurred Tortoise "Arava" (L) is seen at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo August
18, 2008. Arava is paralyzed in her back legs and is unable to walk. It is not
known how the tortoise got paralyzed. After veterinarians were unable to restore
the use of her legs, they attached wheels to help her maneuver. According to
Shmulik Yedvav, a zoological curator at the zoo, everyday for a few hours, Arava
is attached to the wheels, and is moving in the enclosure in an almost normal