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Barracuda Palooza!

Bar the Door, Barry!
Sarah Barracuda's Coming!

by Robert Jay March

Not since Brett and Bart have there been two Mavericks like McCain and Palin appearing on our television screens.

In a brilliant masterstroke designed to "close the deal" with disaffected Hillary supporters, not to mention let the air out of Senator Obama's post-convention bounce, Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, selected Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.

This just happened on Thursday, August 29, right?

Nope; and we prove it below. You read it here FIRST. If you subsequently read it elsewhere, they got it from us.

The domain "mccainpalin.com" was registered anonymously on January 29, 2008 with DreamHost Web Hosting, a California based hosting service that handles non-profits as well as commercial accounts. Yup. January. Eight months ago. Given that it takes 24 to 48 hours for a domain name to proliferate to all servers, the running-mate decision was made at least 2 days ago, and Palin had been under consideration at least since January. More likely, as information below implies (if not outright confirms), McCain intended to select Palin all along, and the other leaks and hints were just subterfuge.

In fairness, mccainjindal.com, mccainlieberman.com, mccainhuckabee.com, mccainromney.com, and mccainpawlenty.com were also registered (none anonymously); but, when and by whom?

  • Mccainjindal.com was registered on February 10 with Name.com by Christian Investments LLC, d/b/a Protected Domain Services of 125 Rampart Way, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80230, a domain-name broker who owns over 51,000 domain names. According to RegainDomain.com, Protected Domain Services is a known "Cybersquatter." Cybersquatters register domain names that are identical or similar to someone else's name or brand that they think they will be able to sell at a profit down the road. Think of it as going long in commodity trading of website addresses. It is a practice widely considered to be unethical.
  • Mccainlieberman.com was registered on January 10, 2005 by Jerome Greenwald of 1521 Alton Rd #708, Miami, FL 33139. According to the Huffington Post, Greenwald is a Democratic donor who gave $250 to the Kerry campaign in 2004.
  • Mccainhuckabee.com was registered on June 9, 2007 by Michael Deutsch of 7000 Boulevard East #128C, Guttenberg, New Jersey 07093, a consultant who gave $1,000 to McCain 2000 campaign on February 7, 2000. According to American Stock Exchange Weekly Bulletin of April 7, 2006, he owned seat no. 663-R as of March 31, 2006. On April 9, 2005, he registered mccainpawlenty.com. He is co-owner of SCD Associates, L.L.C., a dormant corporation formed in 1993, according to corporationwiki.com. According to the Huffington Post, he had donated $256 to the 2008 McCain Campaign; guess he didn't have exact change. Perhaps he was hedging his bets when he later registered mccainhuckabee.com
  • Mccainromney.com was registered on Dec 23, 2007 by Terry Graham, a registered Independent who is soliciting offers for the sale of mccainromney.com.

Had anyone bothered looking last week (The March Report did), they would have found the "mccainpalin.com" website carrying the following information: "Welcome to McCainPalin.com -- the best source for information on the John McCain - Sarah Palin 2008 Republican Presidential Ticket. Stay tuned for important announcements." The mccainjindal.com, mccainlieberman.com, and mccainhuckabee.com sites had the typical cybersquatter advertising links on them. mccainromney.com and mccainpawlenty.com contain offers to sell mccainromney.com and mccainpawlenty.com. We couldn't ethically run the story last week in the absence of confirmation from the campaign, and since they were playing games (very successfully) with the big boys, we kinda doubted that they'd talk to us.

Now, with the minutia out of the way, let's asses what "Sarah Barracuda," a name she earned as point guard for Wasilla's championship high school basketball team, brings to the table.

This may well be the first election where, for both parties, people will be voting for the Vice-President as their primary reason for selecting a given ticket.

In the August 29th edition of The Christian Science Monitor, writer Linda Feldmann describes Gov. Palin as "The popular, telegenic governor of America's 49th state brings to the table a record of challenging the status quo, strong social conservative views, and the potential to attract disgruntled supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who came close to winning the Democratic nomination but was not chosen as nominee Barack Obama's running mate. Governor Palin's own maverick streak, pushing for ethics in government and opposing special-project funding from Washington, meshes with Senator McCain's stance." Feldmann goes on to quote Dennis Simon, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas as assessing the Palin pick as "both a bold and a risky move. Bold, because McCain went way outside the Washington, D.C., establishment and chose someone who was hardly on the radar screen; risky, because she has no exposure to the rough and tumble of national politics. I don't want to draw too close a comparison, but the last time this happened was when [the first President] Bush went with Dan Quayle." Please note that, despite the gales of derisive laughter, Bush won.

The New York Daily News' Corky Siemaszko writes:

"She's the runner-up beauty queen who could wind up in the White House.

"She's a mooseburger-eating hockey mom married to an Eskimo.

"She's a gun-toting, pro-life Christian conservative -- and a Republican reformer who took on crooks in her party.

"Meet Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, John McCain's unlikely choice for running mate - a mother of five who drives a snowmobile, flies a plane, fishes for salmon and wears the mantle of maverick like a parka."

Pat Buchanan opined: "I think this is the biggest political gamble, just about, in all of American history." He says that Palin was a "brigader for me in 1996," a reference to the Buchanan Brigades who metaphorically wielded the pitchforks when Pat was running for President.

A reformer, she took on corruption in her own party, forcing Republican Party Chairman Randy Reudrich out of office; see Wikipedia for the gory details. While this did not endear her to GOP party insiders, Palin achieved an upset victory over Alaska's powerful Gov. Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary, and went on the defeat her Democratic challenger in the 2006 race.

A survey on Laura Ingraham's website asked, "Will Palin draw a significant number of female Hillary supporters to McCain?" The results: Yes: 84%; No: 16%.

Sarah Palin is mother of five, a lifetime NRA member, and former beauty queen. A staunch opponent of abortion, she held to her principles and gave birth to her last child knowing that he had Down's Syndrome. As voters get to know her, the women will want to BE her and the men will want to wake up next to her -- AND stay for breakfast.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton is quoted in numerous media outlets as saying, "Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency." An Obama spokesman chiding McCain for selecting as his VICE Presidential running mate someone who has less experience than just about anyone -- except maybe . . . OBAMA!

Even Obama knows that his ticket is bass-ackwards. Note the Freudian slip Obama made on August 23, where he introduced Senator Biden as "The next President -- the next VICE President -- of the United States." You can view a BBC video of the gaffe here. I looked for some domestic video footage of this, but all of the American coverage seems to have omitted the misstatement; an error they will no doubt rectify in the near future -- my sweet patootie. Hey, kiddies, can you say "in the tank"?

Obama had to scuttle his original selection of Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President after his disastrous thumping by Senator McCain at the Saddleback Faith Forum Debate on August 17. In 2004, Sebelius was considered by the Kerry campaign for the Vice Presidential nod. Obama may now be regretting that decision, particularly since Biden has caused him a loss in poll numbers.

Whomever wins this election, it will be one for the history books. We will either have the first Black Vice President -- (whoops!) I mean, the first Black President of the United States, or the first Female Vice President.

Let the games begin.

As Nancy Wilson of Heart sang, "Oooooh, Barracuda!"

 

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Drunk Wheelchair Driver Banned From The Roads

Der Spiegel (DE)

A German court considered exactly that question this week in the town of Hagen in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia -- and came to the conclusion that drunk driving should be punishable no matter what the vehicle is. The court forbade 20-year-old Michael S. from driving his wheelchair for an entire month. ...


Police: Huffing Caused Car Explosion

WHNS-TV

Anderson police said two men were sitting in a car parked in a lot next to the baseball fields, huffing keyboard cleaner in aerosol cans. They said the men had all the windows rolled up on the car. Investigators said one of the men tried to light a cigarette and the chemicals from the keyboard cleaner ignited, causing all the windows in the car to be blown out. ...


Porky Pussycat May Have To Give Up The Crown

Sam Wood -- Philadelphia Inquirer
There's a new fat cat in town. When Prince Chunk, said to be 44 pounds, was discovered in South Jersey last month, the tubby tabby made national headlines and captivated morning television news shows. ...


Alleged Fire Bomb Attack Backfires On Assailant

Niesha Lofing - -- Sacramento Bee
Woodland police say witnesses on Wednesday reported seeing a man try to throw a fire bomb from his car at a house on the 1300 block of East Oak Street. During the attempt, the bomb broke inside the man's vehicle, causing the vehicle to erupt into flames and crash, a Woodland police news release states. ...


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Alaskans 'Shocked' By McCain's V.P. Pick

Associated Press

Video Mixed reaction in Alaska that Sarah Palin, who went from a small-town mayor with a taste for mooseburgers to the governor's office, is now the first female running mate on a Republican presidential ticket ...


Text Report: McCain Chooses Palin As Running Mate

Michael Cooper And Elisabeth Bumiller -- New York Times

"Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America, but it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all," Ms. Palin said to huge applause ...


Special Report's Panel On Palin Pick, Obama's Speech

FOX News

Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard: "Look, it's going to change this convention for sure. This was going to be pretty dreary. Even if they named the hometown boy Tim Pawlenti, the governor of Minnesota as the running mate, it wasn't an exciting chase, and neither would have been Mitt Romney and so on. But Sarah Palin really stirs things up." ...


Conservative Blogosphere Rejoices At Palin Pick

NeoConstant

Michelle Malkin: Obama-Biden has to be in full snit-fit mode, and Hillary must be experiencing a schadenfreude-licious moment right now. ...


Staged Unity In Denver

Norman Birnbaum -- Der Spiegel (DE)

Controlled and stage managed by the Obama machine with a rigour that would not have been out of place in a People's Republic (every speech was edited, and parts were sometimes censored out), the convention was utterly devoid of debate. It was a fair, a Kermesse, with a decent showing of rock stars, film actors and actresses, miscellaneous celebrities of every sort (but few or no scientists, perhaps in deference to the Biblical literalists.) And, of course, there were the rich, buying shares of power or at least proximity to it ...


Misleading Web Addresses Lead To Anti-Obama Site

Los Angeles Times

Obama-Biden.org and Obama-Biden.com divert people to the website of the American Issues Project, the group behind TV ads decrying the Democratic nominee's link to a onetime radical. ...


Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech At The 2008 DNC

Democratic National Convention
Video This video shows Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech in it's entirety. Running time: 45:16 ...


Full Text Of Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech

March Report
This is a transcription of the full text of Barack Obama's acceptance speech ...


John McCain On Convention Night

www.johnmccain.com
Video John McCain congratulates Sen. Obama ...


Obama Vows To Reverse Bush-McCain Legacy

John Whitesides -- Reuters
"We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight," Obama told a flag-waving crowd of about 75,000 supporters in Denver's open-air football stadium as he accepted the nomination on the last night of the Democratic convention. ...


Disaster In Denver

New York Sun
You heard it here first: The Democratic Convention in Denver will go down as a disaster the likes of which have not been seen since Patrick Buchanan's 1992 speech to Republicans in Houston ...


Interview With Bob Shrum-- The Democratic Consultant Who Loses Presidential Races

American Prospect
"Look, it would be inconceivable that a Democrat under these circumstances with this economy would lose. Every model says that he wins. But the one thing we cannot factor into those models is race, and it's what we don't talk much about because we hope it isn't true. But it's clearly going to be a factor. JFK lost some votes because he was Catholic and Obama is going to lose some votes because he's an African American," says Shrum ...


Obama's 'Truth' Site Filled With Misinformation And Outright Lies

Jeremy Meister -- The Conservative Voice
In the latest news the BO camp has issued a letter of complaint to the FEC that American Issues Project backer Harold Simmons is breaking the law. For the first time in American history our government is taking action against a private citizen for daring to talk about political issues in a political campaign. Even if he is found in violation of the law, this is outrageous. I thought the first amendment was meant to protect the rights of private citizens to say and print their thoughts in political campaigns. ...


Dick Morris Interview: 'One Of The All-Time Greatest Speeches'

NewsMax
Video In an interview moments after Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech Thursday night, Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV his opinion of the speech and his admonition to John McCain on how to recover "from this incredible body blow." ...


After Historic Convention, Political Spotlight Turns To GOP

FOX News
Republicans are headed to St. Paul for their national convention, where they will make the case why McCain, not Obama, has the experience and judgment to be president. McCain is expected to announce his running mate choice Friday in Dayton, Ohio, quickly snatching attention from the Democratic National Convention. The McCain campaign already began to fire back Thursday night, accusing of Obama running on a featherweight record ...


McCain Reportedly Picks Female Governor As VP

Lance Barry -- WCPO-TV
News agencies are also stating that current Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have not been selected ...


McCain Makes Decision On Running Mate

Associated Press
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a rival of McCain's in the primary race, were considered among the leading contenders to join the McCain ticket. McCain will appear with his No. 2 at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Frida ...


McCain Aiming For Quick Shift Of Attention

Russell Berman --New York Sun
By announcing his veep choice Friday, Mr. McCain is aiming to turn the country's attention quickly toward his campaign following the weeklong focus on the Democratic National Convention here ...


McCain-Palin Website

Robert Jay March -- March Report
So, there was this big mystery as to whom John McCain would pick as his running mate. The decision was just made last night, right? Oh, really. Then why was the domain "mccainpalin.com" registered on January 29, 2008. Yup. January. Eight months ago. ...


Sarah Palin's Parents: "We are thrilled!"

Shushannah Walshe -- Fox News
They found out that their daughter was John McCain's Vice-Presidential choice by watching it on Fox News. They were alerted to tune in this morning from Palin's husband, Todd, but they did not know positively until they saw it on television ...


Defending Against the First Attacks on Sarah Palin

Patrick J. Casey --American Thinker
As John McCain has shocked pretty much everybody with his pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, it's important to prepare for the attacks on her that will be launched, starting this afternoon, by the Democrats and the media ...


A Profile of GOP Vice Presidential Candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Justin Quinn -- About.com
Although Palin does not have much in the way of practical foreign policy experience, she is clearly strong in areas where GOP presidential candidate John McCain is weak. Her strong conservative principles will unit the party around them and her gender will give former Hillary Clinton supporters a significant reason (among many others) to cross party lines and vote Republican ...


Who Will McCain Pick?

Nick Gillespie -- Reason Magazine
This story is moot now, but we're leavving up because some of our newsletter readers may link to it. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who may be flying into Dayton today, is no great shakes from a libertarian view, but would at least put a different face on the GOP ...


Republicans Hawked Phony $3 Bills At The Evergreen State Fair In Monroe, Washington

Ken Schram -- KOMO News
Featuring a picture of Barack Obama decked out in an Arab headdress with the words "da man" under his picture, the mocking merchandise was prominently displayed alongside the "proud republican" bumper stickers and the "Dino Rossi for Governor" paraphernalia. ...


Raw Video: First Look Inside Invesco Field

Associated Press
Video Preparations are underway at Invesco Field, the site of Barack Obama's convention speech. Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination there Thursday night in front of 75,000 people ...


Bill Clinton: Obama 'Ready' To Be President

Democratic National Convention
Video Former President William Jefferson Clinton's entire speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, on August 27, 2008. Runing time 21:18 ...


Obama Wins Nomination; Biden And Bill Clinton Rally Party

Adam Nagourney -- New York Times
In an effort to fully ease the lingering animosity from the primary season, former President Bill Clinton, in a speech that had been anxiously awaited by Mr. Obama's aides given the uncomfortable relations between the two men, offered an enthusiastic and unstinting endorsement of Mr. Obama's credentials to be president. Mr. Clinton's message, like the messenger, was greeted rapturously in the hall ...


Biden Says Trust Obama's Judgement

Associated Press
Video Sen. Joe Biden accepted his party's nomination for Vice President and in a speech said Barack Obama's judgement shouldn't be questioned by rival McCain, instead it should be trusted more ...


Biden Shows More Bark Than Bite

Kevin Connolly -- BBC News
Video AND TEXT. To put it bluntly, he papers over a hole in the Obama resume. Joe Biden papers over the foreign policy hole in Barack Obama's resume. He talked about the difficult decisions America has faced - still faces - on troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan; it was one of a number of issues where he finished a description of a problem with the words: "John McCain was wrong, and Barack Obama was right." ...


Beau Biden Introduces His "Hero" At DNC In Denver

Joe LeCompte -- WILM Radio
In an emotional outpouring, DE Attorney General Beau Biden introduced his father, Senator Joe Biden, to the audience as the VP nominee ...


Barack Obama To Accept The Democratic Nomination In A 76,000-Seat Stadium On A Stage Set With Faux-Greek Columns,

Lisa Wangsness -- Boston Globe
"The advantage is that it puts him at his best - he's a great speaker, he moves audiences quite emotionally, so I think there's a great advantage for him," said Christopher Arterton, dean of the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. "But the McCain effort to paint him as a celebrity is something he has to watch, and if this comes off as closer to a rock concert as opposed to a speech to a nation from someone likely to be president, I think it could be detrimental." ...


Axelrod Previews Obama's Speech

Athena Jones -- MSNBC
He said the speech would lay out the case for change and set the stakes in the election. Obama will talk about "the risks of continuing down the road we're on, which is plainly what Sen. McCain is offering. And he's gonna talk about an alternative path that's rooted in the best of what this country is and the kind of future that we can build if we take it." ...


Obama's Next Challenge: The White Vote

Byron Pitts -- CBS News
Obama got trounced by Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania primary, losing three-to-one. With two months left to go before the election, Obama's volunteers are working overtime to make sure race is not the decisive factor in November. ...


The Bradley Effect

Wikipedia
Researchers who studied the issue theorized that some white voters gave inaccurate polling responses because of a fear that by stating their true preference, they might appear to others to be racially prejudiced. This theory suggested that statistically significant numbers of white voters tell pollsters in advance of an election that they are either undecided, or likely to vote for the non-white candidate, but that those voters exhibit a different behavior when actually casting their ballots. White voters who said that they were undecided break in statistically large numbers toward the white candidate, and many of the white voters who said that they were likely to vote for the non-white candidate ultimately cast their ballot for the white candidate. ...


Texas GOP To Launch Ad Highlighting Obama's Links To Questionable Characters

FOX News
In a continuing effort to erode the credibility of the Democratic presidential nominee, the ad describes Obama's relationships with three characters that have frequently been used in efforts to tar Obama's patriotism and honesty. Among the three named is Weather Underground member Bernadine Dohrn, Tony Rezko, who helped Obama purchase a home and was recently convicted of 14 felonies related to influence peddling and corruption, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for several anti-American sermons he has given ...


McCain Will Announce Vice Presidential Pick Aug. 29

Lorraine Woellert -- Bloomberg News
The Arizona senator will make the announcement at an appearance scheduled for 11 a.m., local time, said the officials, who requested anonymity. His pick will come a day after Illinois Senator Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination ...


Thursday, August 28, Democratic National Convention Podium Schedule

Denver Post
2008 Democratic National Convention Podium Schedule - Day 4 ...


J. Lo, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson Light Up Vinyl

Marty Meitus -- Rocky Mountain News
Video AND TEXT.  Voto Latino lit up the red carpet Wednesday night with the sound of motorcycles gunning in the background. Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Fat Joe and Wilmer Valderrama stopped and talked to the crowd and posed for pictures on their way into the club...


Determined To Give Speech, Kennedy Left Hospital Bed

Adam Nagourney -- International Herald Tribune
Kennedy's aides described a harrowing 48-hour period in which it appeared that Kennedy would not be able to give the convention speech. In June, he had told family members when he left the Duke University Medical Center, where he was operated on for brain cancer, that he was intent on giving the speech ...


Conservative Democrats Peeling Away From Obama; Moderate/Liberal Republicans Also Shifting More To McCain

Gallup Poll
Within the Democratic Party, Obama's losses are primarily evident among the relatively small group that describes its political views as conservative. The 63% of conservative Democrats supporting Obama over McCain in Aug. 18-24 polling is the lowest Obama has earned since he clinched the Democratic nomination in June. At the same time, there have been no similar drops in support for Obama in the preferences of liberal or moderate Democrats ...


Ayers Unrepentant For Radical Group's Violence In 1960s, 1970s

FOX News
William Ayers, who was a founder of the 1960s and 1970s radical group the Weather Underground, told FOX News correspondent James Rosen in a candid 2004 interview that he still believed he was "on the side of justice" years after the group's wave of attacks. Ayers claimed the Weathermen were driven by "hope and love," not despair, and said he did not think the group's violent acts, targeting federal officials and local law enforcement officers, were "a big deal." Ayers, now a professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, served with Barack Obama on the board of the charitable Woods Fund of Chicago for three years and helped launch Obama's political career ...


Iraq Veterans Make Some Noise At Convention

Kimberly Hefling -- Associated Press
The Iraq veterans in Denver say they want to keep the war and veterans' issues in the public spotlight. They are doing that by soliciting donations at fundraisers for vets running for Congress, marching in demonstrations and throwing a concert Wednesday, headlined by Rage Against the Machine, for 8,000 people. ...


What Does Biden Bring To Obama?

Telegraph-Journal (CA)
Biden does not believe that every problem in the world can be solved by the application of U.S. military power, but he does think that many of them can. He backed the U.S. military intervention in Bosnia, the bombing of Serbia during the Kosovo crisis, the invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11, and the invasion of Iraq ...


Denver Police Arrest 91, Fire Pepper Spray & Pepper Balls At Protest

democracynow.org
The incident began near the Civic Center Park around 7:00 p.m., where a few hundred protesters had gathered to march. The police arrived in full riot gear, surrounded the protesters, blocking them in before firing pepper spray into the crowd. Protesters fled across the park, where they were met by dozens of police officers who boxed them in. Many of the marchers sat down in the street. Nearly a hundred people were arrested. ...


Karl Rove: Hillary Speech Can't Solve Obama Voter Problems

Kenneth D. Williams -- NewsMax
"I hope the Obama people are not counting on this speech to heal the [Obama-Clinton voter] rift," he told Fox News' Shepard Smith. He said there are two audiences for Hillary's speech tonight. One will be in attendance and is composed of true-blue Democrats - those who will support Obama no matter what. The other audience is made up of the 18 million people who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries, 4 million or 5 million of whom are now for McCain or are undecided. ...


John McCain's "3 AM" Ad

JohnMcCain.com
Video It's 3 AM and somewhere in the world, someone is looking at the Democratic Convention and shaking their head ...


The Reagan Democrats Are Back

Chad Selweski -- Macomb Daily
"The Reagan Democrats are back," the Greenberg poll said, "and perhaps more than in any election we have witnessed in years, very much undecided, watching the candidates closely and trying to find a way to vote for change." ...


Republicans Draw Up Their Party Platform

Martiga Lohn -- Associated Press
The 112-member platform committee approved planks on the economy and social issues, after strengthening statements in favor of gun and property rights and the swift deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of gang crimes ...


'War Room' Revs Up With High-Profile Republicans

Andrew Taylor -- Associated Press
There's a satellite truck in the parking lot. Inside, posters with the GOP's convention tag line - "A Mile High, an Inch Deep" - plaster the walls. There's not a gray hair to be found among the more than two dozen party operatives. But there are pizza boxes, lots of water and the occasional can of beer. ...


Nader (Is He Still Alive?) Campaigns In New Mexico

Melanie Dabovich -- Associated Press
"As long as young people are subjected to the Obama snare and delusion, they'll continue to have a ring in their nose and will provide the Democratic Party with the tether," said Nader, referring to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. ...


Suspected Assassins Were Consumed By Seething Hatred Towards "Black" Obama

NewsLocale.org (IN)
"Obama don't belong in political office. Blacks don't belong in political office. He ought to be shot," Nathan Johnson, 32, told a TV station in Denver. Yet the suspects - at least one of whom allegedly has white-supremacist ties - were slapped only with minor drug and gun charges ...


The OTHER Democrat With A Funny Name

Payvand (IR)
Iranian Americans Continue to Rally Support for Darius Shahinfar for Congress ...


Campaign Video From The Other Democrat With A Funny Name

DariusForCongress.com
Video Campaign Video ...


FBI Looks Into Denver Reports Of Threat On Obama

Associated Press
Video Aurora police say Tharin Robert Gartrell was arrested Sunday in a routine traffic stop in the Denver suburb. The FBI is looking into reports in Denver media outlets that Gartrell may have made threats against Barack Obama, officials said ...


Four Arrested In Plot To Kill Obama

Geoff Elliott -- The Australian
According to Denver TV station CBS4, one of the suspects told authorities they were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ... rifle sighted at 750 yards". ...


Text Report: Four Arrested In Plot To Assassinate Barack Obama

Leo Standora And James Gordon Meek -- New York Daily News
Four people with links to white supremacist groups are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech, a U.S. counterterror official confirmed Monday night ...


100 Protesters Taken To Temporary Center

Denver Post
Police fired pepper spray when several of the protesters charged toward the police line, which had been set up to protect the roadway and prevent any movement toward the pedestrian mall. ...


House Speaker Pelosi Pushes For Party Unity

Associated Press
Video House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged Monday that Democrats are still reconciling following a bitter primary fight, but said "wallowing" in it would not advance their goal of recapturing the White House ...


Caroline Kennedy Democratic Convention Speech: Excerpt

Huffington Post
Caroline Kennedy paid tribute to Barack Obama and her uncle Ted Kennedy tonight during her speech at the Democratic Convention. Below is an excerpt of her speech. ...


Twitterers Gush Over Michelle Obama

Sarah Lai Stirland --Wired
Introducing herself to the world, and to Americans at large, Obama described herself as "a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president," and as a "Mom whose girls are the heart of my heart and the center of my world -- they're the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I think about when I go to bed at night. Their future -- and all our children's futures -- are at stake in this election." ...


Blog Reaction To "The Overly Dramatic Michelle Obama Speech"

A.J. Strata -- strata-sphere.com
I had to laugh out loud when she wanted to claim we need to follow our "dreams", not our fears. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda are not fantasies liberals - they are real. 3,000 funerals might have clued you folks in. Pretending we can ignore the threat - that is not dreaming that is delusion. Don't give me the I can have "my dreams" spiel. They include turning back time and cheating death. You going to promise me that for my vote? ...


Michelle Obama's Brother Talks Family

Katie Couric -- CBS News
Time was, Craig Robinson was best known as the head basketball coach at Oregon State University. But that's changing. His new claim to fame is he's the brother of Michelle Obama. CBS News anchor Katie Couric spoke with him.This is a partial transcript of the interview ...


Jimmy Carter, Not Gone But Just About Forgotten

Sheldon Alberts -- canada.com
The 83-year-old former president is one of - count 'em - two living former Democratic presidents ... and yet Carter didn't even warrant a prime time speaking slot at the party's national convention. Not even on its opening night, by far the least coveted of the four-day event. ...


Democratic Party's Left Pushes For A Seat At The Table

Gerald F. Seib -- Wall Street Journal
Progressives -- the term of art for the party's liberal wing -- contend, with some justification, that they have provided much of the fuel that could propel the party to win control of the White House and both houses of Congress for the first time in 16 years. They have contributed and raised large amounts of money, fired up their troops on the Internet, and generally are thrilled at the prospect of a Democratic sweep ...


McCaskill: 'A Ringside Seat To The Real America'

Fredreka Schouten -- USA Today
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, from the presidential battleground state of Missouri, told her party's national convention Monday that Barack Obama's "story is an American story" that will resonate with voters in her state and others like it. ...


Frank Marshall Davis, Alleged Communist, Was Early Influence On Barack Obama

Toby Harnden -- Telegraph (UK)
Although identified only as Frank in Mr Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father, it has now been established that he was Frank Marshall Davis, a radical activist and journalist who had been suspected of being a member of the Communist Party in the 1950s. In a surviving portion of an autobiographical manuscript, Mr Davis confirms that he was the author of Sex Rebel: Black after a reader had noticed the "similarities in style and phraseology" between the pornographic work and his poetry. ...


Kennedy's Life -- And 48 Years Of The Party's -- Convention By Convention

David S. Broder -- Washington Post
Video AND TEXT. Despite the rigorous radiation and chemotherapy treatment he has been undergoing for his tumor, which was diagnosed in May, Kennedy was in full voice. Standing without support at the lectern, he launched into a brief speech, almost every sentence of which was greeted with cheers. ...


Kennedy The Draw At Convention

Walter R. Mears -- Associated Press
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night for what likely was his final appearance in a familiar setting. His name itself has become the cue for an ovation from Democrats when they convene every fourth year. It was, indeed, a last hurrah. ...


Musician Daddy Yankee Backs Sen. McCain

Associated Press
Video Does Daddy Yankee have the 'Gasolina' to fuel John McCain's presidential campaign? The reggaeton artist endorsed the Republican nominee-in-waiting during a campaign stop Monday ...


McCain And Jay Leno Joke About His Age

Michael D. Shear -- Washington Post
In his monologue, Leno introduced McCain and 41-year-old Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, by saying: "They're not here because of politics or Olympics. I just like being around successful people who told they were too old for the job." ...


John McCain Is Not Lying Low

Ed Henry -- CNN
"If you had told me two months ago that we'd be dead even heading into the Democratic National Convention, I would have told you were crazy," one McCain adviser told me. So McCain advisers say their goal is to keep Obama's convention "bounce" to a minimum, so McCain can head to St. Paul, Minnesota, next week with some real momentum. They think the best way to do that is to drive a deeper wedge between Obama and Sen.Hillary Clinton. ...


Jack Cafferty, CNNpolitics.Com's Propaganda Minister

Human Events
Jack Cafferty posed this question on his CNNPolitics.com blog: "Is John McCain hypocritical to condemn Russia for invading Georgia when he voted to invade Iraq?" Jack's question reminds me of a statement made by Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." ...


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Bloomberg Mistakenly Publishes Obit For Apple CEO Steve Jobs

San Jose Business Journal
Bloomberg, which was founded by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and prides itself on its accuracy and transparency, later published a note acknowledging the story's retraction on its wire. "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today," the message read. "The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted." ...


Thomas Weller, Unappreciated Vaccine Hero

Brandon Keim -- Wired
It took nearly five decades to develop the polio vaccine, and end-stage researchers like Jonas Salk get most of the glory -- but it wouldn't have happened without fundamental advances like Weller's. That's worth remembering as we wait impatiently for an AIDS vaccine and other therapies, and wonder why researchers spend so much time and money on basic research ...


Toxicology Test Ordered For Dr. Dre's Son

Ken Lee -- People Magazine
"We don't know yet why he died," Capt. Ed Winter told PEOPLE Wednesday. "There were no signs of trauma or foul play. We'll be doing toxicology and other tests, which will take up to six weeks." ...


Ralph Young, Sandler & Young Singer, Is Dead At 90

Frank Prial -- New York Times
Mr. Young's career spanned the big-band era, Broadway and television. He and his longtime performing partner, Tony Sandler, were particularly popular from 1966, when they signed with Capitol Records and recorded a spate of hits, through the prime of the television variety programs, especially Ed Sullivan's. They were among the performers on the very last Ed Sullivan show to be televised by CBS, on June 6, 1971. ...


Fred Crane, 90, Spoke First Line In 'Gone With The Wind'

Kay Powell -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mr. Crane's twin was played by George Bessolo, who changed his name to George Reeves and won fame as TV's Superman. The barbecue scene had to be shot three times, Mr. Crane said - one reshoot because the twins' red hair was too curly, and another because Scarlett, played by Vivien Leigh, was showing too much bosom. Mr. Crane appeared in four other scenes. ...


Tad Mosel, TV Dramatist, Dies At 86

Bruce Weber -- New York Times
Mr. Mosel was among a handful of writers, including Paddy Chayefsky, Gore Vidal and Rod Serling, who have received much of the credit for what has been called the golden age of live television. Beginning in 1947 and ending a decade later, dramatic plays performed live were a staple of network broadcasts ...


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Indian Floods Leave Victims Helpless

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Video India's worst floods in 50 years have killed at least 65 people and displaced over 2 million people in India's eastern state of Bihar The Kosi river burst a dam in neighboring Nepal earlier this month and surged into Bihar, swamping village after village as authorities failed to evacuate millions in time ...


Text Report: Massive Evacuation As Millions Hit By India Floods

Agence France-Presse

About 60 people have died and three million have been affected since the Kosi river breached its banks earlier this month on the border with Nepal and changed course, swamping hundreds of villages in eastern Bihar state ...


Putin Says Ukraine Not Russian `Target' After Georgia Dispute

Maria Kolesnikova -- Bloomberg News

Russia has "long recognized'' Ukraine's borders, Putin said yesterday in an interview with Germany's ARD television. He also said Russia will honor its oil- and gas-export contracts, and he repeated criticism of U.S. involvement in Georgia ...


Thai PM Consults King Over Escalating Protests

Agence France-Presse

Supporters of the so-called People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have been squatting in the grounds of Government House since Tuesday, with 45 of their guards breaking into the now-empty main office building briefly on Saturday before their leaders told them to retrea ...


Putin Accuses U.S.; Russia May Cut Oil

Bloomberg News
Video Putin accuses U.S. of orchestrating Georgian attack on Ossetia; Russia may cut oil supplies to Western Europe ...


Alarm Bells In Ukraine

Steven Eke -- BBC News (UK)
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has warned that Moscow may indeed set its sights on Ukraine - a situation he described as "very dangerous". ...


Russia: G7 Condemnation Over Georgia Shows 'Bias'

Voice Of America
Russia has accused the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations of being "biased" in condemning Moscow's recognition of the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Russian foreign ministry said Friday the G7 statement justified "Georgian acts of aggression." ...


US Promises Consequences For Russian Actions In Georgia

David Gollust -- Voice Of America
The Bush administration said Thursday Russia will face consequences for what was termed its disproportionate military action in Georgia and recognition of two breakaway Georgian regions. U.S. officials meanwhile dismissed a suggestion by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that the United States pushed Georgia toward conflict ...


The Russian Perspective: Georgia Begins War To Retake South Ossetia

Russian Information Agency (RU)
Georgian forces have launched a massive military offensive to take control of its breakaway republic of South Ossetia. Heavy artillery is bombarding the capital Tskhinvali while fighter planes have attacked at least one village. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has rejected a Russian-drafted statement calling on both sides to renounce violence ...


Russia And U.S Trade Barbs Over Iraq

Louis Charbonneau -- Reuters
U.S. Deputy Ambassador Alejandro Wolff told the meeting it was a violation of the U.N. charter for member states to use force against others, or threaten to use it, and suggested that Moscow's claims to be protecting Russian citizens in Georgia's South Ossetia region were a sham. Russia's U.N. envoy, Vitaly Churkin, suggested Wolff's statement was hypocritical and referred to the U.S.-led March 2003 invasion of Iraq, which Moscow strongly opposed ...


Police Enter Gutted Mansion In Search Of Bodies

Reuters
A suspected arson attack ripped through Osbaston House, in Maesbrook, near Oswestry, England, its stable block and a garage area early on Tuesday. Millionaire businessman Christopher Foster, 50, his wife Jill, 49 and their 15-year-old daughter Kirstie have not been seen sinc ...


Shanghai Police To Shame Jaywalkers On TV

Reuters
Offending pedestrians, moped riders and cyclists would be snapped at selected intersections and their images put in regular columns and on special television programs set up by police, the Shanghai Daily said ...


Bihar Villagers Desperate As Floods Spread

Sunil Kataria -- Reuters
The Kosi river burst a dam in neighbouring Nepal earlier this month and surged into Bihar, swamping village after village as authorities failed to evacuate millions on time ...


Iran Says 4,000 Atomic Centrifuges Working

Reuters
Iran says it is installing centrifuges to enrich uranium so it can make fuel for nuclear power plants. But the West accuses Tehran of seeking to master technology so it can enrich uranium to much higher levels for use in nuclear warheads ...


Gaddafi Son Raps 'Greedy' Relatives

Ananova
Mr al-Gaddafi, who is seen by many as likely to succeed his father, also told BBC2's The Conspiracy Files: Lockerbie that the Libyan government took responsibility for Britain's worst terrorist attack only to get international sanctions lifted ...


G-7 Envoys Condemn Russia; Russia Warns EU; Sarkozy: Russian Action To Determine Relations With EU

Bloomberg News
Video G-7 envoys condemn Russia on Georgia regions' independence; Russia warns EU not to scale back trade relations; Sarkozy says Russian actions to determine relation with EU ...


Cheney Calls Georgia Victim Of 'Unjustified' Russian Assault

Gerry J. Gilmore -- American Forces Press Service
"That young democracy has been subjected to an unjustified assault, and the international community has joined in condemning Russia's invasion of a sovereign, democratic neighbor and its recognition of Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia," Cheney said during his address at the American Legion's annual convention. ...


Hague Court Ex-Spokeswoman Charged With Contempt

Irish Times (IE)
Ms Hartmann faces one charge of disclosing information in her book and another over an article published in January this year by the Bosnian Institute, a privately-funded organisation that seeks to inform and educate people about the history of Bosnia-Herzegovina. ...


Russia Compares Tensions To First World War

This is London (UK)
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev showed no sign of heeding warnings from western countries that the move was a flagrant breach of international law. He said Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili had chosen 'genocide to solve his political tasks', adding that his country did not seek a new Cold War - but was not afraid of one. ...


Tensions Rising Between U.S., Russia

Associated Press
Video President Bush says the United States condemns the 'irresponsible decision' by Russia to recognize two breakaway Georgian provinces as independent ...


'Nothing Scares Us,' Says Russian Prez, Flouting U.S. On Georgia Independence

Corky Siemaszko -- New York Daily News
"Nothing scares us, including the prospect of a Cold War," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said. Russia - over the objections of U.S. and Georgia - will maintain a buffer zone inside the country "to send an early warning if they (Georgia) start a new military adventure," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. ...


Russia Reaches Out To China As West Fumes Over Georgia

Agence France-Presse
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was to meet his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on Wednesday, as Moscow looked to bolster support in a diplomatic stand-off with the West over its conflict with Georgia ...


China's Press On The South Ossetia Issue

Xinhua News Agency (China)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed decrees on Tuesday, recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Countries like the United States, Britain and France have voice opposition and dissatisfaction over Russia's move. ...


A Test Case For NATO

Daily Georgian Times (GE)
How NATO responded and will continue to react to the expansionist gambits of its former adversary towards NATO's closest de facto ally will have a lot to say about the relevance of this alliance. What can a NATO of 26 members do if Russia has decided to undermine it at any cost? ...


Syria, Iran Warm To Russia As US Tensions Grow

Sam F. Ghattas -- Associated Press
"The Russian move into Georgia has begun a tectonic shift in the (Mideast) region," said Joshua Landis, a Syria expert in the United States. "It has emboldened Syria, Hezbollah and Iran to push harder against Israel and the U.S." ...


North Korea To Suspend Nuclear Disablement

Jack Kim -- Reuters
"We have decided to immediately suspend disabling our nuclear facilities," the North's KCNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry official as saying. "This measure has been effective on August 14 and related parties have been notified of it." ...


Hijackers Free All Sudanese Plane Hostages

Salah Sarrar -- Reuters
The airliner was hijacked on Tuesday after leaving Sudan's war-battered Darfur region and was forced to land in the remote Sahara desert oasis of Kufrah. Libya's Civil Aviation Authority said 95 passengers were on the Boeing 737/200 ...


Russia Threatens NATO

Jeremy Page -- The Australian (AU)
Russia has threatened to suspend an agreement allowing NATO to take supplies and equipment to Afghanistan through Russia and Central Asia. His remarks are likely to alarm NATO commanders because the Taliban has been targeting the alliance's supply routes this year, mimicking tactics used against the British in 1841 and the Soviet Union two decades ago ...


Russian Parliament's Upper Chamber Backs Independence Of Abkazia And S. Ossetia

Russia Today
Video Russia's upper chamber of parliament has unanimously voted to ask the Russian President to recognise independence of Abkazia and South Ossetia ...


Tense Stand-Off In Disputed Georgia Village

Reuters
Georgian and South Ossetian forces were in a tense stand-off on Monday over control of a disputed village on the edge of the breakaway region, according to Georgian and separatist officials. Georgian and Russian troops fought a brief war in the region earlier this month and are now observing a fragile ceasefire. ...


U.S. Consulate Official Escapes Pakistan Attack

Jane Perlez -- New York Times
The shooting came as Peshawar, one of Pakistan's biggest cities, is increasingly threatened by the Taliban, who virtually control the nearby tribal areas. The diplomat, Lynne Tracy, the principal officer at the consulate, regularly leaves her home about 8 a.m. for the office, and it appears the gunmen knew her routine, a Western official said. ...


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Can Hillary Save The Democratic Party From Her Supporters?

Jean Marbella -- Baltimore Sun
The Hillary holdouts are not just a media invention. They do exist, and you can be sure the McCain campaign will provide them every opportunity to be heard ...


Nobama Mamas

Andy Jordan -- Wall Street Journal
Video Hanging out with the Clinton faithful at a march, candlelight vigil and an RNC "happy hour" designed to court scorned fans ...


California's Roll Call Vote: Conspiracy? Stage Craft? Or Just Delegate Math

Mary Anne Ostrom -- San Jose Mercury News
But when they reached California, State Democratic Party Chair Art Torres mysteriously declared "California passes." Was it part of an agreed-on script to let New York and Illinois get the limelight? ...


They Still Love Hillary

WNBC-TV
While most delegates expressed optimism about Obama's chances, Crowley said he was concerned that unseen racism could hurt the presumptive Democratic nominee. "I have misgivings about hidden racism. You can't poll it. It's an unknown factor and we can hope that the party's agenda and the need to revive the economy will persuade the majority." ...


Hillary Releases; Delegates Resist

FOX News
At 1:45 pm this afternoon in Denver, before an assembly of her elected delegates, alternates, friends and staff, Senator Hillary Clinton announced "I'm now releasing you delegates." The hundreds present shouted, "No." ...


By The New York Delegation, Madness Lies

Jason Horowitz -- New York Observer
When Clinton quipped about the "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit," Kathleen Donahue, vice president of the New York State department of teachers, bawled. When she concluded, Mejias said she "single-handedly brought the party together." Perkins said she had accomplished her mission, "and then some." ...


In The End, Clinton Went By The Script

Joanna Nasar -- Rocky Mountain News
The coup de grace on Wednesday came from Obama's former rival herself, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who after the alphabetical vote reached her own state of New York, asked delegates to acclaim Obama's nomination unanimously ...


Emotional Night For Clinton Supporters

Associated Press
Video Hillary Clinton's many supporters reacted with emotion to her headlining speech at the Democratic convention. Many say they plan to vote for Barack Obama because Clinton asked them to, but others say they still need time ...


Was Tuesday First Speech Of Next Clinton Campaign?

Rebecca Sinderbrand -- CNN
Clinton has not addressed whether another presidential campaign is possible anytime in her future, but some of her senior advisers have been less reticent. There's no way to tell whether their predictions come from inside knowledge or wishful thinking, but senior Clinton aides like former campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe and former campaign communications director Howard Wolfson have told reporters this week that they expect her to make another run for the White House in eight years -- after a two-term Obama presidency ...


Obama, Bill Clinton Remain Distant

David Maraniss -- Washington Post
"Obama does not like Clinton, and Clinton knows it," asserted one longtime Clinton adviser, a refrain that several compatriots repeated almost word for word, though occasionally in stronger terms. ...


"She Said What She Had To Say, And Didn't Say Any More." --Krauthammer

David Bauder -- Associated Press
ABC's George Stephanopoulos said he had heard from a prominent campaign supporter who, after watching the speech, remarked that it was a mistake for Democrats not to nominate her. ...


"Will Someone Please Convince Me To Vote For McCain?"

National Journal
Elizabeth Joyce and a handful of Clinton faithful at a Republican National Committee happy hour in Clinton's honor in downtown Denver were feeling jilted by the party's treatment of their candidate. "I will never be for Obama. I don't believe he has been fairly chosen," said Marnie Delano, a New York member of People United Means Action, a PAC formed in June by Democrats who oppose Obama. ...


Keeping Hillary's Dream Alive

Reader's Digest
The whispered speculation in Denver this week has been that Hillary (and Bill) really want Obama to lose in November so she can run again in 2012. That plan won't work if the Clintons are blamed for an Obama loss, so they have to go through the motions-or so the chatter went. It seemed to me that Hillary met this standard tonight, surpassed it, really. Compare her performance to that of Edward Kennedy in 1980. Caught in a similar situation at the Democratic convention in New York that year, Kennedy barely mentioned the name of his rival, Jimmy Carter-he did so once, and did not ask people to vote for him-and Carter just so happened to be an incumbent Democratic president. So if Teddy reprised himself Monday night, Hillary reprised him, too, and was more gracious than Kennedy was those many years ago ...


The Tragedy Of Hillary Clinton's Speech

Ryan Tate -- Gawkers
Video AND TEXT. Tonight was going to be a sad and even tragic night for some Hillary Clinton supporters no matter what. Those who threw themselves into the presidential candidate's long and ultimately bitter campaign against Barack Obama were going to have a tough time listening to her speak anywhere on the Democratic convention schedule other than at the triumphant end ...


Clinton Preaching Unity In Denver

Associated Press
Video Sen. Hillary Clinton preached unity Monday in her first appearance at the Democratic National Convention, insisting she is doing everything possible to prove her full support for Barack Obama ...


Spotlight On Clinton Supporters As Democrats Meet

Andrea Hopkins -- Reuters
Fresh polls showing more than a fourth of Clinton backers say they will abandon party loyalty and vote for McCain in the November 4 election have clouded the Democratic convention, where Obama is set to be named the party's presidential nominee. ...


Former Clinton Delegate, Supports John McCain

JohnMcCain.com
Video The ad features Debra Bartoshevich, a lifelong Democrat and former Clinton delegate, explaining why she supports John McCain. Because John McCain has the experience and judgment we need at these challenging times, millions of Democrats from across the country are supporting him. The ad will air in key states ...


Hillary Supporters And The Coming Catharsis

New Republic
On CNN, James Carville insisted Team Obama "disrespected" Hillary, while another commentator suggested the Hillary brigades aren't over it yet, not nearly. And so the national convention of the party notorious for internecine warfare begins, in its fashion. ...


Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead

Jake Tapper --ABC News
The Clintons - especially Bill - are providing some behind-the-scenes drama, with former President Bill Clinton reportedly disappointed that he will be speaking on the night devoted to "Securing America's Future." "The former president is disappointed, associates said, because he is eager to speak about the economy and more broadly about Democratic ideas - emphasizing the contrast between the Bush years and his own record in the 1990s," Politico reports. "This is an especially sore point for Bill Clinton, people close to him say, because among many grievances he has about the campaign Obama waged against his wife is a belief that the candidate poor-mouthed the political and policy successes of his two terms." ...


 

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Underdog Federer Continues Title Defense

Simon Cambers -- Reuters
Roger Federer, relegated to second seed in New York after losing his number one ranking to Spaniard Rafael Nadal, is trying to avoid ending the year without a grand slam title for the first time since 2002 ...


Andy Pettitte Rocked By Red Sox As Yankees Slide

John Harper -- New York Daily News
Pettitte will always be a favorite here for the same reason that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are beloved, as homegrown Yankees who won those four championships - heck, he was hardly booed upon being knocked out in the fifth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox that could truly be the beginning of the end for this team. ...


Strahan Decides To Stay Retired

Associated Press
"He was very close to returning, but the great part about Michael is that he takes his time to think about things and he is very thorough," Tony Agnone said Tuesday night. "You can get excited about coming back and running through the tunnel one more time." ...


U.S. Open Era Celebrated; James Blake Outlasts Donald Young

David Waldstein -- New Jersey On-Line
Donald Young, who for several years has uncomfortably worn the mantle of the next great American male star, at last played a match worthy of the expectations that have hounded him for years, although he ultimately lost a five-set heartbreaker to fellow American James Blake ...


Will Strahan Return To Fill The Gap?

Tom Rock -- Newsday
Ever since Osi Umenyiora was taken off the field with a knee injury Saturday night, and since the announcement Sunday that Umenyiora would have season-ending surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus, the desire by some Fantasy Football GMs to lure Strahan back to the field at any cost has been furious. ...


Twins Get Closer Guardado

Denver Post
Eddie Guardado was acquired by the Twins on Monday in a trade with the Rangers for minor-league pitcher Mark Hamburger. ...


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Pancreatic Cells Turned Into Insulin-Producing Beta Cells

Amanda Gardner -- Amanda Gardner
The achievement is a step toward finding a treatment or even a cure for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, both of which involve problems with either insulin production or uptake. ...


New York's HIV Rate 3 Times Higher Than Nation's

Mythili Rao -- CNN
The findings are based on new lab technology and a newly derived statistical model developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lab technology enables health officials to determine whether HIV-positive individuals contracted the virus within the past five months, and the statistical model allows researchers to then make projections about a population's infection rate. ...


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'Urban' Villages Counter Ancient Amazon Theory

Christopher Joyce -- NPR

Michael Heckenberger from the University of Florida has been excavating in a region of the southern Amazon called Xingu. Heckenberger compares them in sophistication to medieval villages in Europe. ...


Arctic Sea Ice Drops To 2nd Lowest Level On Record

Seth Borenstein And Dan Jolin -- Associated Press

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that sea ice in the Arctic now covers about 2.03 million square miles. The lowest point since satellite measurements began in 1979 was 1.65 million square miles set last September ...


Dark Matter Detected In Cosmic Crash

MSNBC
Astronomers say fresh imagery of a powerful collision of galaxy clusters supports the idea that dark matter is something totally separate from ordinary matter ...


New Space Telescope Begins To Comb The Cosmos

Agence France-Presse
The US space agency released Tuesday the first all-sky map created by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, previously known as GLAST, with two high-tech instruments that scientists hope will help them uncover mysteries ...


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Google Introduces Android Apps Store

Nancy Gohring -- Computerworld

The first handsets running Android, which is expected to appear later this year, will include a beta version of the Android Market, Google mobile platform manager Eric Chu wrote in a blog post. Initially, users will at least be able to find free applications there. After that, Google expects to update the market to allow users to buy and download paid conten ...


HBO's "True Blood" Strikes While The Vampires Are Hot

Jennifer Thomas -- Chicago Pioneer

Vampires never age, and stories about them never get old. With the absence of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," comes a new vamp series, HBO's "True Blood," by the creator of "Six Feet Under," Alan Ball ...


Be Safer Than NASA And Disable Autorun/Autoplay

Michael Horowitz -- c|net News
NASA has confirmed that a computer on the International Space Station is infected with a virus (see Houston, we have a virus). The malicious software is called W32.TGammima.AG and technically it's a worm. The interesting point, other than how could NASA let this happen, is the way the worm spreads - on USB flash drives. ...


Security Hole Opens Up Password Protected iPhones

c|net News
A serious security hole in the latest iPhone software exposes e-mail, text, and voice messages to whoever gets a hold of the device despite it being password-protected ...


11 Fake Twitterers Ripe For A Takedown

Jenna Wortham -- Wired
When characters from AMC's hit show Mad Men began Twittering, fans of the show quickly jumped on the bandwagon. But when people began mistaking the fake tweets from Mad Men's Peggy Olson, Don Draper and Joan Holloway as guerrilla marketing for the TV show, AMC sent takedown notices to Twitter, which complied and suspended the users' accounts ...


Explaining Technology With Edible Robots

Wall Street Journal
Video As part of a robotic education program Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute demystifies technology with the use of cucumbers, gouda cheese and a series of sensors ...


More Drones = More Demand For Spooks

David Axe -- Wired
Rather than replacing people, the new robotic spy drones have actually increased demand for human spooks, according to Air Force Times. "For each orbit ... about six intelligence airmen are needed to analyze the full-motion video piped back" to bases in the U.S. In total, the Air Force says it needs another 2,000 analysts over the long term to handle the extra 23 drone orbits. ...


US-Russia Chill Threatens NASA Space Program

Agence France-Presse
"If recent Russian actions are any indicator, a technical excuse to completely block US access to the ISS for geopolitical reasons would fit nicely into the Kremlin toolkit," Vincent Sabathier, an expert on human space exploration at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told AFP ...


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Review Of "The Good Temp"

Reviewed by Claudia Morain -- UC Davis News Service

Understanding the temporary help industry, its rise and the "good temp" worker it produces is important to understanding today's economy, according to author Vicki Smith. She notes that only about 30 percent of American workers today have one permanent, Monday-through-Friday, 40-hour-a-week job, and that the underemployment rate -- the proportion of workers who are over-qualified for their jobs or are working fewer hours than they prefer -- has reached nearly 10 percent ...


Fall Preview

Hillel Italie -- Associated Press

In case you're wondering which books to read this fall, Michael Moore has a suggestion: Don't read any. Here's why ...


Five Books About Food

Lucia Watson -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lucia Watson is proprietor of Lucia's Restaurant, Wine Bar and Lucia's to Go. Her love for cooking began watching her grandmother Lulu pick blueberries and bake bread at the family cabin up north. Here are five books about food she thinks everyone should read ...


Gillard Mocks Costello's 'Book With A Spine'

ABC News (AU)
Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has used literacy week to belittle former treasurer Peter Costello, who is releasing a book next month ...


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