Sunday, January 13, 2008
Morning Buzz
Happy Monday morning to you. Your usual morning blogger Jamie Kraft is off skiing, so Ted Fine filling in here. The big snow that was forecast for the New York area hasn't arrived, but still my kids have a 90-minute delayed opening at school. Why is that? President Bush arrives in Saudi Arabia this morning, the Republican Presidential candidates focus on Michigan, and a Marine suspected in killing another Marine is still on the run.

CNN: President Bush used a speech Sunday to gently nudge authoritarian Arab allies to satisfy frustrated desires for democracy in the Mideast, but he saved his harshest criticism for Iran, branding it "the world's leading state-sponsor of terror."
CNN: A city marshal in Shreveport, Louisiana, cast doubt Sunday on reported sightings there of a man charged with murder in the death of a pregnant Marine. Authorities in North Carolina have charged Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean with murder in the death of a fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, 20. She was eight months pregnant when last reported seen.
LA Times: Eager to cement the security gains of last year's troop buildup, the U.S. military has shifted its strategy from the streets to the corridors of power in a high-stakes effort to persuade Iraq's wary Shiite leaders to put thousands of predominantly Sunni men, many of them former insurgents, on the government payroll.
Washington Post: Sen. Hillary Clinton defended her recent remarks on civil rights Sunday, as Sen. Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy for the first time, describing Clinton's earlier comments about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as "unfortunate" and "ill-advised."
CNN: The Republican presidential field appears to face a tough general election fight in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. released Saturday. According to the survey, both of the Democratic front-runners, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, hold mostly double-digit -- and statistically identical -- advantages over Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee, drawing greater than 50 percent support in each hypothetical matchup.
CNN: Retail sales in 2008 will suffer their weakest pace of growth in six years as Americans struggle with rising unemployment, worsening housing and credit market conditions and rising food and energy costs in the months ahead, according to a new industry forecast released Monday.

SF Chronicle: In the eyes of the law, keeping a caged tiger is like hauling dynamite or storing uranium - an activity so dangerous that even the most careful proprietor is responsible for any injuries to bystanders.

Albany Times Union: The names of R&B music star Mary J. Blige, along with rap artists 50 Cent, Timbaland and Wyclef Jean, and award-winning author and producer Tyler Perry, have emerged in an Albany-based investigation of steroids trafficking that has already rocked the professional sports world, according to confidential sources.





Freed Colombian hostage meets with son
CNN: Colombia's child welfare agency has granted freed hostage Clara Rojas full custody of the 3-year-old son taken from her during her years in a rebel camp in the jungle, the agency's director said Sunday.





'Atonement' takes best drama at Golden Globes
AP: The first Golden Globe of the night went to Cate Blanchett for her supporting role in "I'm Not There" -- and that pretty much said it all about the awards ceremony Sunday that was wiped out by the Hollywood writers strike.
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Posted By Blogger Sharon from Indy : 8:56 AM ET
It is truely sad that they found Maria Lauterbach and her unborn baby dead. I hope that they find this Laurean guy before he leaves the country...because I bet that is what he will try to do since he can be chared with both deaths if the military takes over the case.

Hey I say whatever works they need to do it! If putting Sunnis on the payroll in Iraq is going to make things better and get our troops out sooner than we need to do it! The sooner the better I say!

OK...I hope that race isn't going to be dragged into this election! If so I am going to be VERY disappointed in them all!! Having the race card pulled does nothing but turn me off! Who ever started this should be ashamed! I thought we as a country were better than this! I can see Hillary's point...If any other person would have been president then the laws that MLK were pushing may not have made it! LBJ did a lot of strong arming to get them passed! What is so racist about saying that!? I hope that this doesn't get so out of hand that it takes our attentions away from what really matters and that is the issues! ALOT of which Obama has never even told his views on! People get a clue...these are diversionary tactics!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 9:03 AM ET
I'm curious about the San Francisco Zoo...aren't there security cameras? I would think there would be cameras everywhere, motion detectors, or something that would alert staff to a problem. I would feel better knowing there is someone looking out for me at a zoo.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 9:25 AM ET
Good Morning:

Obama needs to learn that the race card can be played both ways. Just because LBJ was white doesn't mean he did not play a big role in the Civil Rights Bill. He MADE it happen. He knew he wasn't going to leave a legacy worth squat on Vietnam, so he HAD to do something meaningful. It is written history of his hard work on Civil Rights. And, of course, we all knew MLK devoted his life to Civil Rights. But civil rights are not exclusive to blacks. They emcompass everyone.
It seems to me that Obama is going to try to cry FOUL...CIVIL RIGHT VIOLATION all the way to the White House. He needs to watch out or he will prostitute his campaign. Leave race alone and go for the issues.
Posted By Anonymous Sandi : 11:01 AM ET
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i like how the blogs are getting more graphics. it's cool and looks great. makes it a little more fun to look at and read, but it was already fun to read. =)
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