Friday, December 14, 2007
Morning Buzz
Good Morning Folks....Winter weather, the 08' Presidential race and steriods dominated the headlines this week... Here is a look at today's morning buzz. TGIF!!!!


Top Stories of the Morning

Winter storm
A winter storm responsible for deaths in the Midwest blasted the Northeast on Thursday, dumping snow and sleet and clogging some of the nation's most heavily traveled highways.

British Inquiry of Failed Plots Points to Iraq’s Qaeda Group
Investigators examining the bungled terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow six months ago believe the plotters had a link to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, which would make the attacks the first that the group has been involved in outside of the Middle East, according to senior officials from three countries who have been briefed on the inquiry.
The evidence pointing to the involvement of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia includes phone numbers of members of the Iraqi group found on the plotters’ cellphones recovered in Britain, a senior American intelligence official said.


Clemens, Pettitte named in baseball steroid report
Releasing a report that links some of baseball's best to the use of performance-enhancing substances, former Sen. George Mitchell said Thursday it is critical that Major League Baseball restore the integrity of the game.


Raw Politics

S.C. poll: Huckabee bolts to top of GOP; Obama cuts into Clinton lead
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surged to the top among Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina, while Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama among Democrats narrowed since July in that state, according to a new poll.

Clinton adviser out
One of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top advisers is stepping down after saying Sen. Barack Obama's admission of past drug use would hurt his chances in a general election matchup.



Keepin' Them Honest

U.S. paid $32M for Iraqi base that wasn't built
The U.S. military paid a Florida company nearly $32 million to build barracks and offices for Iraqi army units even though nothing was ever built, Pentagon investigators reported.

FBI investigates official in charge of Iraq rebuilding
The FBI is investigating the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Justice Department officials said Thursday, following allegations of misconduct from former employees.



Crime & Punishment

Arrest warrants issued in Malibu fire
Los Angeles County sheriff's arson detectives on Thursday named five men as suspects in the November brush fire in the hills above Malibu that destroyed more than 50 homes.


Death penalty in NJ
New Jersey lawmakers have voted to abolish the death penalty in the state, sending the governor a bill he has already said he will sign. The measure will make New Jersey the first state in more than 40 years to outlaw capital punishment


What YOU Will be talking about Today

Gorillas: Kings Of Congo ****TONIGHT ON AC360*****
CNN's Anderson Cooper Visits Endangered Mountain Gorillas
It's hard to imagine a more magnificent animal than the mountain gorilla. There are only about 700 of them left on the planet and so far this year at least ten have been shot to death.

NASA Love Triangle?
Newly released NASA e-mails hint at something more than a professional relationship between former astronaut Lisa Nowak and a space shuttle pilot.
Posted By jamie kraft: 5:51 AM ET
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Anderson,

Yours is my favorite show but I have one problem with it that may cause me to reconsider watching it. You have too many commercial breaks with too many commerials in each one. Even your competitors can at least get through an entire story before taking a break. Anything you can do about this? I'd hate to have to change the dial. Thanks!
Posted By Blogger Deatheyes : 7:22 AM ET
All the news about the winter storm in the Northeast and the resulting inability of the snow plows doing their work because of the traffic jams just amazes me.

Here in Wyoming, we might not be considered the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, but at least our Highway Department has it right....our entire highway infrastructure has a gate system at every access point to every highway. If the snow is bad, the gates go down, and you stay parked until the snow removal system is complete. Inconvenient? Darned right....Does it save lives? Right again. Bottom line is, the highways get plowed WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, and we are again safe to travel. It's worth the inconvenience in the long-run, it cuts down on unneccessary funerals, and it can work anywhere...if the weather is THAT bad, we shouldn't be out there, anyway! Perhaps New Jersey's Governer should pay us a visit some blustery winter day and see how well it works!
Posted By Anonymous Ed--Sheridan, WY : 7:34 AM ET
The winter weather in the northeast was awful yesterday. School children were stuck on buses until after 8pm. I personally had a 5 hour commute. It typically would have taken me about 25mins. I'm sure today will be better.
Posted By Anonymous Cheryl, Johnston RI : 7:47 AM ET
I'm looking forward to the mountain gorilla story tonight. The fact that they are so isolated is scary.
As far as the political race goes, it ain't over til it's over!
Posted By Blogger pamina : 8:07 AM ET
Looking forward to the segment on the mountain gorillas; Anderson is really lucky to have been able to go see these magnificent primates not once but twice now.

The campaign in Iowa and NH are really getting interesting. The meter that Joe Johns reports on with the undecided voters is quite cool. We may see some surprises in these first primaries/caucuses. Quite an interesting race already.

AnnieKate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 8:36 AM ET
Jamie,
You're so right...THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY!!

I am really looking forward to the 60 Minutes report on the mountain gorillas. I loved it when it first aired and can't wait to see it again!!

I can't see how someone can willfully kill such a beautiful and docile animal!! It just makes you sick!! I hope that all of the fighting over the charcoal can be resolved so that these animals aren't in jeapordy anymore.

Can't wait until tonight's show!!

Have a good one...

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:39 AM ET
Jamie,

I am glad that you will be repeating the "60 Minutes" report on the gorillas tonight; it is well worth watching again. There continues to be fierce fighting between the rebels and the army in the Gorilla Sector.

If possible, please post a website where viewers can send donations to assist the rangers and the gorillas during this time, such as the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and the Gorilla Protection Blog at Wildlife Direct where they are taking donations for their fuel wood campaign.

Thank you,
Jo Ann
North Royalton, Ohio
Posted By Blogger Jo Ann : 11:24 AM ET
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