FSB photo showing alleged International Man of Mystery Ryan Christopher Fogle, seated at right. I like the touch of the one guy with the digitally blurred face.
It depends on what the definition of “news” is. Here’s mine, at this particular moment:
Here’s what we have at this hour:
- Justice Department secretly obtained AP phone records (The Guardian) — AP’s top exec calls it a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” Technically, the intrusion did not actually have mass and therefore couldn’t be “massive” (I once had an editor for whom this was a pet peeve), but you know what he meant.
- Obama says he ‘will not tolerate’ IRS misdeeds (WashPost) — The word “outrageous” was used. What I want to know is, if the IRS had to screw up like this, why did they have to do it to groups that believe, as an article of faith, that this is just the kind of thing government would do?
- Obama dismisses criticism of Benghazi talking points as ‘side show’ (WashPost) — Me, I’m feeling bad for PM David Cameron. Two headlines from his joint presser with POTUS, and neither is about their meeting. So much for the Special Relationship. Meanwhile… a car bomb kills several people in… Benghazi.
- Philly abortion doctor guilty in 3 babies’ deaths (AP) — There were a lot of stories out there on this, but I used this because it was the only headline that used the word, “babies.”
- Major Retailers Join Bangladesh Safety Plan (NYT) — Meanwhile, the death toll from the building collapse tops 1,100.
- Steve Benjamin seeks re-election as Columbia mayor (thestate.com) — But I already mentioned that.
Just some quick headlines:
- Official recounts frustration at Libya response (WashPost) — According to Jennifer Rubin, it was more dramatic than that headline makes it sound.
- Bangladesh death toll tops 800 (The Guardian) — It just gets worse and worse.
- Charges in Cleveland Abduction (WSJ) — What a horrific story.
- Jenny wins; Sanford admits to being in contempt (AP) — Of his divorce decree. His contempt for the people of the 1st District, and their willingness to submit to it, is another matter.
- 17 U.S. officers stripped of missile power (The Guardian) — Nuclear missiles, that is. A very disturbing leaked report.
- Lawmakers Shift Focus to Sex Assaults in Military (NYT) — This was a bigger story yesterday than today, but I didn’t do a VFP yesterday.
A few headlines to close your week with. I mean, a few headlines with which to close your week:
- Obama: proof of chemical weapons a ‘game-changer’ (The Guardian) — Can’t for the life of me figure out why American publications are leading with this. I guess it just sounds different from abroad. The American outlets are stressing that the president says the intel isn’t all in yet. But the more important point is that he’s reiterating that if the WMD use is confirmed, it does indeed cross a red line.
- Congress sends bill to end airport delays to Obama (WashPost) — Thereby causing Democrats to lose a political lever on any efforts to end the sequester.
- 9/11 Plane Debris Found in Lower Manhattan (WSJ) — We’re talking a significant chunk of landing gear.
- Survivors found in collapsed factory (BBC) — That is, the factory that collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday. Meanwhile, workers rampaged and burned other factories to protest unsafe conditions.
- Lexington man accused of branding children (thestate.com) — Not to identify them or anything, just to hurt them.
- ‘He stopped loving her today’ (Tennessean) — George Jones, the man Tammy stood by (up to a point), is dead at 81. I can’t resist wondering whether he’ll show up for his own funeral.
A quick look at the headlines:
- U.S. Says It Suspects Assad Used Chemical Weapons (NYT) — U.S. joins Israel in saying this.
- Boston suspects ‘targeted New York’ (BBC) — It’s interesting that the BBC is leading with this (so is The Guardian), while you can hardly find it on the NYT main page.
- S.C. House passes bill to protect children against parental abuse (thestate.com) — Every once in awhile, the Legislature does something that makes sense.
- Obama calls Bush ‘a good man’ (WashPost) — He sort of had to, since the occasion was the opening of the Bush library, but I thought it worth noting all the same.
- ‘Pimp Stick Quezzy,’ Columbia rapper, pleads guilty to prostitution (thestate.com) — Well, that’s a shock. Some might think he was already sort of pleading guilty when he came up with the monicker.
- West Columbia bank robbery suspect arrested waiting on taxi (thestate.com) — See, this is why we need better public transit. How’s a guy supposed to make a getaway if he has to wait for a cab?
Just a quick look at the current headlines:
- Syria Used Chemical Arms Repeatedly, Israel Asserts (NYT) — Of the usual sources I peruse, only the NYT and the Guardian are leading with this right now, but I think they’re right.
- Officials: U.S. wars motivated Boston suspects (WashPost) — Lots of angles out there on this, but I went with this one.
- Haley signs Boeing incentives bill (AP) — The headline pretty much says it.
- Suspicious item forces closure of downtown streets (WIS) — Again. This time it’s at Assembly and Laurel streets.
- Interview with Elizabeth Colbert Busch (The Guardian) — I found it particularly interesting that a British publication was playing this on high up on their main news web page.
- Developer Kahn files for bankruptcy (AP) — I found this shocking, and distressing.
As you can see, I’m unusually heavy on local today. Another interesting story that didn’t quite make the cut, on the Randy Scott saga: Leon Lott says Scott will always have a place in the sheriff’s department.
Just a quick run through the news:
- Hiring in U.S. Tapers Off as Economy Fails to Gain Speed (NYT) — Not good.
- North Korea warns embassies over safety (The Guardian) — OK, so if I say, “Yeah, you’re starting to worry us a little,” do you think the boy dictator would back off?
- ‘Suspicious liquid’ shuts down Assembly (thestate.com) — This will bear watching.
- Obama Budget Is Dismissed by G.O.P. and Attacked by Left (NYT) — Well, then, he must be doing something right.
- Randy Scott’s letter requesting leave (thestate.com) — It’s good that the city is no longer hiding behind that “personnel matter” dodge — at least to this extent.
- Portugal High Court Strikes Down Some Austerity Measures (WSJ) — Can’t we finish dealing with Cyprus before Portugal has a crisis?
Not much local, but the rest of the world is busy:
Just a quick run through the news at this hour:
- Eurozone in fresh crisis as Cyprus rejects bailout deal (The Guardian) — Crisis is becoming business as usual in the EU.
- US assault weapons ban plan dropped (BBC) — Reid says it only could garner about 40 votes in the Senate.
- Voting goes smoothly in 1st District primaries (Post & Courier) — So far, anyway. Want to know what will happen? In the general, it will be Sanford vs. Colbert’s sister.
- Rand Paul Implies Support for Path to Citizenship (NYT) — I wonder if this is going to make Doug disappointed in the whole Paul family…
- Syrians trade chemical attack claims (BBC) — Hmmm… Maybe that is where Saddams WMD went. Meanwhile, al Qaeda in Iraq (apparently) commemorates the Iraq invasion with a series of car bombings in Baghdad.
- Papacy begins with plea for poor (BBC) — Which seems a good way to start. I like this Pope so far, if only because he, too, loves public transportation.
It’s not much of a news day, but we haven’t had one of these this week, so here goes:
Kind of a slow news day, but since I feel like I owe y’all a post or two, here goes:
- John Allen retires and declines Nato appointment (The Guardian) — This is the Marine general who got caught up in the Petraeus scandal, for those of you who keep track of your newsmakers that way. I thought it would be interesting to use a British version of this American story. After all, NATO affects them, too.
- Tunisia PM Hamadi Jebali resigns (BBC) — I haven’t been following this one, but it sounded important. The Beeb led with it.
- Obama Turns Up the Pressure for a Deal on Budget Cuts (NYT) — While Congress is away, the president doesn’t play, but talks about money stuff…
- AG Wilson to return contributions tied to Harrell (thestate.com) — This was the newsiest thing I could find locally. If you’ll recall, the AG has agreed to investigate the Speaker.
- Pistorius says he thought girlfriend was an intruder (AP) — This is his first public account of what happened.
- As 3-D Printing Becomes More Accessible, Copyright Questions Arise (NPR) — I just think “3D printing” sounds like a cool thing, even if I remain a little confused as to what a 3D print is. What, for instant, is it made of, chemically? Does it have insides, or is it just a shell? I don’t know… OK, the story sort of answers those questions. What it doesn’t answer is what it’s good for. Get back to me when there’s a 3D device that scans a gold bar and makes another gold bar. Made of, you know, gold…
A quick look at the headlines:
- Obama Hails Bipartisan Plan to Overhaul Immigration (NYT) — For more on this, go to my previous post.
- Army Chief Warns of Egypt’s ‘Collapse’ as Chaos Mounts (NYT) — Not sure how much weight to give this. If it’s accurate, this should be the lede story.
- Activists: At least 65 found bound, shot in Aleppo (WashPost) — The ongoing bloodshed in Syria takes a chilling new turn.
- Senate committee approves Kerry (The Guardian) — Hey, that’s who they wanted all along.
- SC Supreme Court to hear Nikki Haley ethics case (thestate.com) — Ol’ John Rainey just won’t let go.
- Cats killing ‘billions of animals’ (BBC) — “And where, oh where is the outrage?” cried a dog spokesman. OK, I made that part up.
Here’s what we have going on:
- S&P 500 Ends Above 1500 (WSJ) — The story says the market did this “for the first time in five years on Friday, capping its longest streak of daily gains since 2004.” The NYT described it this way: Stocks Near New Heights as Small Investors Regain Faith.
- Court rejects Obama’s recess appointments (WashPost) — It should cheer up the administration’s critics, still smarting over Obamacare, that the court found that the president violated the Constitution in naming three to the NLRB last year.
- Fatal clashes mark Egypt uprising (BBC) — That’s three stories in a row, any one of which could have been the lede on an ordinary day.
- Cause Of Boeing’s 787 Problems Remains A Mystery (NPR) — The fleet remains grounded.
- Exxon now ‘most valuable company’ (The Guardian) — Yo, Isaac Newton! What made the mighty Apple fall?
- Freezing rain in SC means school closings, wrecks (AP) — But it should be warmer tomorrow, and tonight won’t be as cold here as last night.
If I’d had room for one more story on my front (my rule is to stop at six) — which is to say, if I hadn’t used the weather thing just to force a local story onto the front — I would have included this, from The Guardian: Mali: ‘war will be over in days’. And obviously, I just cheated to get it on the front, didn’t I? Consider it a refer. Not the kind you smoke, the kind that tells you what’s inside the paper.
Here’s the top news this evening:
- Early Afghan combat handover agreed (BBC) — Obama says this after meeting with Karzai.
- France sends troops to Mali to fight al-Qaeda-allied militias (WashPost) — First Libya, now this. France is getting kind of aggressive these days.
- US to get hotter, drier and more disaster-prone (The Guardian) — Interesting that a Brit paper is leading with this (of course, I think that’s because it knows I’m in the U.S.; readers in London probably see something else).
- Obama to push assault weapons ban (WashPost) — White House disputes rumors he’ll back off because of the perceived resistance in Congress.
- Local social media celebrity died of natural causes before wreck (thestate.com) — The news I previously shared about Rick Stilwell, a.k.a. @RickCaffeinated.
- After 50 Years, Cuba Drops Unpopular Travel Restriction (NPR) — It doesn’t cover everyone though. Top scientists and athletes, for instance, are still stuck there.