Jul 5, 2011

IS Obama going to Dump Biden in 2012? Skipwaves for Jul 5

Obama - Cuomo 2012?

A Prominent Republican is joining a prominent Democrat in predicting that Gov. Cuomo will become President Obama's running mate for vice president next year.

Former New York GOP boss William Powers, credited with playing a key role in electing Rudy Giuliani mayor and George Pataki governor, was effusive in his praise of Cuomo's successes in the just-ended legislative session, and in his prediction of the freshman governor's political future.  Read more from the NY Post 


Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba (AP)

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hold a Venezuelan flag and Chavez' image during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday July 3, 2011. Thousands of Venezuelans marched celebrating the country's bicentennial and also to show support for their president, who remains in Cuba recovering from surgery. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)AP - President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to Venezuela from Cuba before dawn Monday, saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor.


There was a knock on the door this morning.  I opened it to find a young man standing there who said:  "Hello sir, I'm a Jehovah's Witness."

I said "Come in and sit down."  I offered him coffee and asked "What do you want to talk about?"

He said, "Beats the shit out of me, I've never gotten this far before."


Katie Horner is leaving KCTV 5.

The local CBS affiliate gave no timetable for the longtime KC meteorolgist's departure in a press release e-mailed today, just that it would be later this year.

In the statement, KCTV general manager Bobby Totsch said, “We have spent a great deal of time talking about her future and right now she feels she needs some additional time with her young daughters. We discussed several options, but we simply couldn’t figure out a way to make it all work. I’m certain her career as a meteorologist is far from over, it may just be on hold for a bit.”

The statement said Horner had been part of the station and KCTV5 News for more than 17 years.

Bottom Line adds depth to the story even though written before the confirming news release.


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(Reuters) - Venezuela's flamboyant socialist leader Hugo Chavez said on Thursday he had undergone a successful operation in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumor and was on the road to full recovery.

The announcement, which confirmed rumors swirling for nearly three weeks, threw the South American OPEC nation's politics into confusion ahead of a 2012 presidential election.

Looking grave and emotional in his speech, Chavez gave no indication when he would return to Venezuela and did not name a temporary substitute to lead the country of 29 million people.


The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials. -0-

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has ruled in favor of the Obama administration, saying a key provision in the sweeping health care reform bill passed last year was constitutional.
The "individual mandate" requiring nearly all Americans purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties was challenged in federal courts by individuals and groups. The three-judge panel ruled the requirement was constitutional.


Why Ending the War on Drugs is a Social Justice Imperative
We need to call out the war on drugs for what it really is -- a war on families and communities.  Read this essay from The Nation.


Tuscon shooter in Springfield MO goes to court over his head drugs

Attorneys for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage on Friday appealed a federal judge's ruling that he can be forced to continue taking anti-psychotic drugs.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ruled Wednesday after a hearing in San Diego that he didn't want to second-guess doctors at the federal prison in Springfield, Mo., who determined that suspect Jared Lee Loughner was a danger.

Loughner's attorneys appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in a one-paragraph filing. They say Loughner had been forcibly medicated since June 21.  A message left for lead Loughner attorney Judy Clarke wasn't immediately returned Friday.

Loughner has been at the Springfield facility since May 28 after a judge concluded he was mentally unfit to help in his legal defense.

Wildfire too close to Los Alamos and its Nuclear Waste!!
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation.

Officials at the nation's premier nuclear weapons lab gave assurances that dangerous materials were safely stored and capable of withstanding flames from the 93-square-mile fire, which as of midday was as close as 50 feet from the grounds.

A small patch of land at the laboratory caught fire Monday before firefighters quickly put it out. Teams were on high alert to pounce on any new blazes and spent the day removing brush and low-hanging tree limbs from the lab's perimeter.

"We are throwing absolutely everything at this that we got," Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico said in Los Alamos.


Twenty-two students and a teacher died when lightning struck their school in Uganda.
Another 51 students, aged 7 to 16 were injured in the freak strike 160 miles northwest of Kampala, said local police spokeswoman Zura Ganyana.  Lightning strikes in recent weeks have killed at least 38 people around the country in recent weeks, as  unseasonably heavy storms have ravaged the area.


 More sniping between Jon Stewart and Chris Wallace.  High entertainment!


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