Wednesday edition - August 27, 2008
'TIME IS NOW TO UNITE' | Hillary tells backers to get behind Obama ...
Iraq claims success in push for early US troop withdrawal
2004 Obama Interview Foreshadows 2008 Nomination
"It's fitting that George Bush and John McCain will be appearing together in the Twin Cities because it's awfully hard to tell them apart." - Hillary Clinton
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4147 The Associated Press
US soldier dies in Baghdad
Suicide bomber kills 28 near Iraq police station
Teen Arrested With Explosive Vest Sky News, UK
Iraq, China agree $3 bln oil service deal guardian.co.uk, UK
Fewer Marines needed in Iraq's western province San Jose Mercury News
In an escalating war of
words, President Bush on Tuesday urged Russia to reconsider its "irresponsible
decision" to shower independent status on two breakaway Georgian provinces.
Already rebuffed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Bush warned Russia to change course and respect the borders of its Georgian neighbor.
"Russia's action only exacerbates tensions and complicates diplomatic negotiations," the president said in a statement from Texas, where he is otherwise spending a quiet vacation.
"But here's what they got lined up for the Democratic Convention there in Denver. Nancy Pelosi will give a speech tonight, then there's a film about Joe Biden, then there's a introduction to Denver by Mayor Hickenlooper, and I'm telling you break out the dip, c'mon! Speakers include Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and former Representative Lee Hamilton, cut me a slice of that!" --David Letterman
Gustav kills 8 in Dominican Republic landslide guardian.co.uk
Well, how about that one American female competitor who got robbed of her silver medal, huh? What was her name? Oh, Hillary Clinton. - Jay Leno
30% of Military Age Are Capable of Joining Army
formally opens its first prep school Wednesday.
"It's academic immersion," explained Col. Jeffrey Sanderson, chief of staff at Fort Jackson, home of the Army's largest basic training school. "Our studies show that with only three out of every 10 people of military age being capable of joining the Army, we are going to have to do something different."
Mitt Romney embraces attack-dog role
Ted Stevens Wins Primary in Alaska New York Times
Rebel Republican gives Obama backing on Wall St. MarketWatch
McCain Differs From GOP Platform
The Republican Party released a draft of its 2008 platform that differs from candidate John McCain on issues including immigration, stem-cell research and climate change, while endorsing his ideas for economic growth and free trade.
"Joe Biden is Barack Obama's running mate. Yeah nothing says change like a guy who's been in the Senate for 35 years" --David Letterman
Iraq veterans make some noise at convention The Associated Press
"The theme of the Democratic Convention is unity. Unfortunately they can't agree on how that works." --David Letterman
Meanwhile, Back In Massachusetts
Massachusetts Democrats have
given John Kerry his first primary challenge in 24 years. That has him
acting almost as if he still wants to be our senator. Almost.
Another New Orleans Hurricane?
Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that he
will cancel his
speaking role next week at the Republican convention if Hurricane Gustav
Nearly 600 Were Arrested in Factory Raid, Officials Say New York Times
Internet Explorer 8 To Include 'Stealth' Privacy Mode
"The Democrats chose a
place that is literally one mile above the American people.
I guess Mount Olympus was booked."
-- Jon Stewart
2 Guantanamo inmates transferred to Algeria The Associated Press
Well, you know what’s interesting? Although Joe Biden is in great physical condition, the Republicans are raising questions about his health now. I guess he had a brain aneurysm a couple of years ago. Hey, you can’t expect every vice president to be the picture of health like Dick Cheney, O.K.? - Jay Leno
Crows recognize Cheney, says scientist. They aren't scared. Los Angeles Times
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NASA Images Show Gamma Ray Bursts
Hydrox cookies, the first
creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookie, began returning to grocery stores
nationwide in late August for a limited time. This unprecedented reintroduction
on the part of Kellogg Company, in response to impassioned consumer demand,
comes in honor of the cookie's 100th anniversary.