Thursday, January 10, 2008
Morning Buzz
Morning Folks!! Grab your coffee because there a lots of headlines to get through this morning. Is Bill Richardson dropping out? Is Mike Bloomberg jumping in? Will there finally be a peace treaty in the Mideast, President Bush thinks so...AND are we sending more troops to Afghanistan? Can you say "surge?" Here are the headlines from papers across the country...

Top Stories

U.S. may send 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan
The Pentagon is preparing to send at least 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan in April to bolster efforts to hold off another expected Taliban offensive in the spring, military officials said Wednesday.

Bush calls for peace treaty in 2008
President Bush on Thursday predicted that a Mideast peace treaty would be completed by the time he leaves office, but undercut that optimism with harsh criticism of Hamas militants who control part of the land that would form an eventual independent Palestine.

Difficulties Confront Bush as He Arrives in Israel
They share an enthusiasm for sports, fitness and the occasional cigar. They are both unpopular leaders, scarred by terrorism and zealous in their warnings about the threat of Islamic extremism. And yet they profess grand ambitions to accomplish what other leaders have failed to do for decades: make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Suicide bomb blast kills 25
A suicide bomber, apparently targeting police officers, detonated an explosive outside a court in Lahore Thursday, killing at least 25 people and injuring 39 others, police said.

US airstrikes hit al-Qaeda
U.S. bombers and jet fighters unleashed 40,000 pounds of explosives during a 10-minute airstrike Thursday, flattening what the military called al-Qaeda in Iraq safe havens on the southern outskirts of the capital.

Study Puts Iraqi Death Toll at 151,000
151,000 Iraqis Died in 3 Years After US Invaded, Study by Iraq and UN Health Agency Finds

Raw Politics

Gov. Richardson will drop out
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will quit the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after fourth-place showings in the campaign's first contests, sources said Wednesday.

MIKE'S 50-STATE OP
Mayor Bloomberg has quietly been conducting polling and doing a highly sophisticated voter analysis in all 50 states as he decides whether to launch an independent presidential campaign, associates said yesterday.

Exhausted candidates roll on
With the presidential campaign thrown into disarray for the second time in a week, the exhausted candidates rolled out of New Hampshire on Wednesday and began scrambling for victories in the handful of states holding votes before the Feb. 5 super primary day.

Race Is Fluid
Americans frustrated by Iowa and New Hampshire's clout in picking their presidents can take some heart: The two states' electoral verdicts settled little.

Women's Support for Clinton Rises in Wake of Perceived Sexism
If the race wasn't about gender already, it certainly is now.


Crime & Punishment

Pregnant Marine missing
A search is under way for a pregnant 20-year-old Marine who has been missing from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, since December 14.

New Jersey escapee nabbed
The second of two men who last month pulled off a daring escape from a county jail in New Jersey was taken into custody Wednesday, authorities told CNN.


Keepin' Them Honest

Congress gets $4,100 pay raise
Congress members in 2008 will receive salaries of $169,300, a boost of $4,100 over the salary they have had since January 2006.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY

Golf Channel anchor suspended
Golf Channel suspended anchor Kelly Tilghman for two weeks on Wednesday for saying last week that young players who wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should "lynch him in a back alley."

Pig's 'green' genes
A cloned pig whose genes were altered to make it glow fluorescent green has passed on the trait to its young, a development that could lead to the future breeding of pigs for human transplant organs, a Chinese university reported.

Posted By CNN: 5:28 AM ET
  5 Comments
Good Morning!

Just want to say thanks for a new and improved blog. The contributors posts have been interesting and informative. Also the photos have truly been an added feature.

As far as Bloomberg getting in the race, I really hate to see the race boiled down to
multi-millionares running against a billionare. I guess I should be surprised but this morning I just am.

It is just so hard for me to understand how anyone like Bloomberg living in one of the nation's most expensive homes in Manhattan is in touch with the average man. I don't know Bloomberg. I hope I am wrong.

CNN even profiled his coop on the web as one of Manhattan's most expensive coops. It looked like a nice place to me fit for a person who needs maids, butlers and drivers.

I never thought I would see so much wealth running for President at 40. By the time I am 80, I guess you will have to have billons to run.

Not too many folks in America are living like Bloomberg, Obama, Romney or any of the candidates. I just wonder if one's self gets too wrapped up in all these things they fail to understand the complexities of single parents, loss of health care, no food, college expenses, retirement and struggling.

Does money buy you a ticket to 1600? Only time will tell.
Posted By Anonymous Renee Bradenton, FL : 8:26 AM ET
Jamie,
Morning...man there's alot to read today!

I think we need to send more troops to Afghanistan! I mean it is getting crazy over there! We need to get things underwraps before it spirals out of control like Iraq was for a while there!

I wish Bush could make a peace treaty that would stick between Isreal and Palestine. But I don't see that happening. Thare is just too much hostility there!

I'm sad to see that Richardson is getting out of the race. He was a great addition. But really he did the right thing.

I hate to see Bloomberg jumping in! He is going to mess things up for the dems! Plus why did he wait until this time to get in the race!? I think he waited too long. Plus who really cares about him!? Not me!

OK...why is congress getting a raise when they aren't even doing anything!? I don't get that!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 9:27 AM ET
Good Morning 360!
About the Pig's green genes~
If a pig passes a glow in the dark green gene to one of its young, does that make the rest of the litter "green" with envy?
Just a thought. . .
Posted By Blogger Betty Ann : 10:17 AM ET
So more troops to Afghanistan perhaps? I wonder how the candidates will react to that; their response especially on the Democratic side will be most interesting and add yet another facet to this race.

I'm really sorry that Governor Richardson dropped out. Romney said that Obama was a senator killer; guess it needs extended to governors also. Seriously though I hope Richardson is remembered by the next administration (whichever party takes the election) and they use his prodigious talents to help effect the change they all are talking about.

I can't believe how much Congress members get in salary for as little as they do lately. So many people make so much less than that it seems rather crass that a public servant makes so much and does so little. And then they get a raise - for what? Raises where I work are tied to performance. Theirs must be tied to showing up.

I liked the neon green pig story - hope it will be on 360 tonight. I don't think I've ever seen a glow in the dark pig before. First time for everything!

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 10:18 AM ET
RE: "Women’s Support for Clinton Rises in Wake of Perceived Sexism"

I know you're not responsible for the NYT's headline but... perceived??
Posted By Anonymous Arachnae, Sterling VA : 10:40 AM ET
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