Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Morning Buzz
Good Morning...It is already Wednesday, the week is half over!!! It is just flying by!!! Here are the stories making headlines this morning...make sure you grab plenty of coffee, there is a lot going on today...

Top Stories

Powerful quake shakes Alaska's Aleutian Islands
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the western end of Alaska's Aleutian Islands early Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Iraq war funding
After months of stalemate, the Senate late Tuesday passed a huge government spending bill that includes billions of dollars requested by President Bush to continue the war in Iraq.

Judge orders hearing on CIA videos
The administration must answer questions about the destruction of CIA interrogation videos of two Al-Qaeda suspects, a federal judge said Tuesday, rejecting the government's efforts to keep the courts out of the investigation.

Bush Lawyers Discussed Fate of C.I.A.Tapes
At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions with the Central Intelligence Agency between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes showing the secret interrogations of two operatives from Al Qaeda, according to current and former administration and intelligence officials.

Dozens killed in Pakistani train derailment
A Pakistani express train derailed early Wednesday morning, killing at least 41 people and injuring at least 135 others, police said.

Raw Politics

POLL: In Iowa Democratic Caucuses, Turnout Will Tell the Tale
Turnout will tell the tale of the Iowa Democratic caucuses, where Barack Obama's theme of a fresh start in the nation's politics is resonating strongly against the bulwarks of Hillary Clinton's campaign -- strength, experience and electability.

Crying in politics
Having a Muskie moment isn't necessarily a bad thing anymore. Tears, once kryptonite to serious presidential candidates, today are more often seen as a useful part of the political tool kit.

Economy rivals security as top concern for voters
As an election approaches, campaigns often brace for a last-minute event that could alter the political landscape. But the surprise this time isn't a scandal or a calamity overseas. It's an abrupt shift in the debate away from the battlefields of the Middle East and toward kitchen-table issues, such as the economy.


Keepin' Them Honest

Effort to cut FEMA red tape knocked back
A week after Hurricane Katrina, a FEMA official in charge of streamlining the flow of disaster aid issued a directive that would have cut through the red tape and expedited a staggering 1,029 rebuilding projects and $5.3 billion.

Addicted doctors still practice while in rehab
Troubling cases in which doctors were accused of botching operations while undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol have led to criticism of rehab programs that allow thousands of U.S. physicians to keep their addictions hidden from their patients.


Crime & Punishment

Trial in Slaying of L.I. Man
I did what I had to do; you might as well put the cuffs on me now. This is how the lead prosecutor began his closing arguments Tuesday, echoing words attributed to a black man on trial for manslaughter in the shooting of a white teenager. According to trial testimony, that is what the man, John H. White, 54, said to the police who arrived at his house in Miller Place, on Long Island, after the shooting on the night of Aug. 9, 2006.

White separatist group sues town of Jena
A white separatist group planning a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Jena is suing the town, claiming officials are violating the Constitution by asking participants not to bring firearms, changing the parade route by one block and requiring the posting of a bond.

Fight over heat makes wife hot
A woman who was angry because her husband wanted her to turn up the heat pulled out a gun and shot their flat-screen TV while he cowered behind a pillow, Macomb County authorities say.


AC360 folo

Mom pushes for Internet harassment laws
The mother of a teenage girl who committed suicide after being taunted online urged a state task force on Internet harassment Tuesday to recommend criminalizing such behavior.


What you WILL be Talking about Today

Britney Spears' 16-year-old sister pregnant
Another Spears baby is reportedly on the way -- and it's not Britney's. Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old "Zoey 101" star and sister of Britney, told OK! magazine that she's pregnant and that the father is her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

Omaha store to reopen Thursday
Enticing shoppers back into the department store where the deadliest mall shooting in U.S. history took place is the delicate task now facing Von Maur employees.

Scandal threatens Florida State
An academic cheating scandal could leave Florida State without as many as 25 players for its Music City Bowl game against Kentucky on New Year's Eve, coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday.


Posted By jamie kraft: 5:13 AM ET
  11 Comments
"It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," she said. "I was in complete and total shock and so was he."


I'm shocked Ms Spears doesnt know how babies are made...
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 7:02 AM ET
Please no Jamie Spears tonight. The show has been fantastic so why ruin it with that trash. As for the Katrina issue things were bad from the get go as we all know and yes two years later not much has changed. Where do I sign up to help with getting laws passed to prevent cyber stalking?
Posted By Anonymous Marcia, Warren MI : 7:43 AM ET
Scandal at Florida State? Fine by me...Go CATS!!!
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 8:06 AM ET
Jamie,
Morning...coffee is ready and I'm getting to the stories!

Well it seems Bush is getting everything he asks for nowadays...and who says he's a lame duck!? I guess the Dems are too afrid to do anything. They need to get a backbone it seems and stop cowering in the corner!

You know that the CIA and Bush administration will come up with some type of spin as to why they destroyed the interrogation tapes. We will never get a straight answer no matter what. It's a waste of time to try!

I for one can't wait until this Iowa caucus is over! I'm about tired of the will they won't they game. It has been played to death!! Hopefully the best qualified one will get the nod!

I think it is about time that the candidates discuss what is going on here in the states instead of abroad. We need to see what they are planning on doing to help us. That should be the most important aspect of their campaign, not foreign affairs.

I can not belive that a doctor can still practice even if he is in rehab getting clean from an addiction!! That is just crazy! You all need to tell this story!!

OMG...not more Spears baby news!! I feel SO bad for that baby! It seems like their mom didn't do too swell of a job parenting! Look at her two kids! Jeeze!!

Happy hump day all!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:22 AM ET
Jamie, how could you miss this story:

Hulk Hogan, star of the wrestling ring and reality television, will ride as Bacchus XL two days before Fat Tuesday, the megakrewe announced today.
Posted By Anonymous Grace, New Orleans LA : 9:29 AM ET
Good-morning Jamie Kraft.

What a surprise!! I was shocked at the news that sixteen years old girl named Jamie Lynn Spears was pregnant. However I hope she deliver a healthy and great baby and then she become a good mother.
The baby is God's gift. :-)
Thank you tor posting it all to enjoy.
Posted By Anonymous Kim Jung-Hae. seoul, south korea : 9:32 AM ET
I has become apparent to me and other Iowans I have spoken to that the news media loves to tell us who to vote for. Its interesting how two democratic candidates in Iowa get all the press. Constantly we hear the major news outlets beat the drum for Hillary and Barak.

Last night when mentioning in passing that the Iowa Caucus is a "three way race" Anderson and others go on to discuss only two of the thre candidates in the "three way race". This seems the norm with other news outlets for the most part. I know John Edwards, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, and Bill Richardson are out there campaigning too.

John Edwards is the other candidate Mr Anderson and his guests failed to mention with regards to the close three way race in the Iowa Caucus.

I challenge CNN to stand out from the rest in a very important election by giving equal time to each of the top candidates in each primary. I understand they need to concentrate on the most viable candidates in each race. In Iowa it close three way race but if you viewed last night's 360 you would have thought it was all about two candidates not three.
Posted By Blogger Bob Powell : 10:25 AM ET
Convenience or Coincidence that there is a fire on the white house campus, in the area of Cheney’s office, when a federal judge has asked to receive all documentation on the CIA destroying the interrogation evidence!? When will this administration be held accountable for anything?!

And for the record I like to think we have better things to talk about than if the Spears family will get larger. However thank you for that! Ha!
Posted By Blogger beaslma : 10:51 AM ET
Maybe I've been watching "Law & Order" too much, but in many states a 16 year old is considered a minor, and even if sex is consentual, statutory rape charges could be applied since under the law a minor can not give consent. Maybe Jeff Toobin or Jamie from Court TV could explain this? Or will this be just another "celebrity" exception?

Thank goodness Kevin Federline is the father of this baby, too!
Posted By Blogger Jan from Wood Dale, IL : 11:23 AM ET
What will I be talking about today? Not Jamie Lynn Spears that's for sure. However, Putin being named as Time Magazine's Person of the Year over Al Gore and PETA featuring Michael Vick in a Christmas e-card are in the running.
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 1:50 PM ET
Just say no to Jamie Lynne Spears coverage !
Posted By Anonymous aj huntington, ny. : 9:31 PM ET
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