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Monday Evening News Roundup

Monday Evening News Roundup

I wish I could tell you that I sat down watched hours and hours of the Olympics. I haven’t. For some reason, life hasn’t stopped. I was able to catch a little bit of the US women’s soccer game. An amazing ending.

From Steve Benen @ MaddowBlog:

Truly extraordinary: “The [NASA] spacecraft plunged through Mars’ atmosphere, fired up a rocket-powered platform and lowered the car-sized, 1-ton Curiosity rover to its landing spot in 96-mile-wide (154-kilometer-wide) Gale Crater. Then the platform flew off to its own crash landing, while Curiosity sent out a text message basically saying, ‘I made it!'”

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Huge shake-up┬áin the Assad regime: “Syria’s prime minister has fled the country, activists and Syria’s official media reported Monday, in what appeared to be the highest level defection from President Bashar al-Assad’s government thus far.” (more…)

By |2013-11-03T17:15:57-04:00August 6th, 2012|Foreign Affairs, Mass Shooting, NASA, Sports|Comments Off on Monday Evening News Roundup

Update: Phelps Wins Number Eight

Like most Americans, I watch swimming once every four years. I used to swim for exercise so I know how hard the sport is. Michael Phelps has won eight gold medals. This brings up the question that everyone has been asking, or will ask: Is Phelps the greatest athlete of our time?

Michael Phelps

Update: One of my good friends reminded me of Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses who ran the hurdles undefeated for over 10 years. Then Keith Olbermann, a sports historian, reminded everyone of Jim Thorpe (see the video below). Okay, so Michael Phelps isn’t the best ever. He is still extremely good and he will be very rich, very soon.

By |2008-08-18T23:41:09-04:00August 18th, 2008|Sports|Comments Off on Update: Phelps Wins Number Eight

What's Going On: Evening News Round-up

  • Robert Novak, the Chicago Sun-Times columnist who published Valarie Plame’s name, is retiring suddenly. It appears that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. I although I disagree with Novak’s politics, no one deserves a brain tumor. I hope that he is able to get well soon.
  • The House Republicans were trying to make a big deal of the House adjourning without passing some energy legislation. They were hoping that the White House would go along with their game. The White House balked.
  • A new national poll shows that low-wage workers support Senator Barack Obama two to one over Senator John McCain. Now, all Obama has to do is get these folks out to the polls.
  • A grenade killed 16 policemen in China. This raises doubts on how well China can protect the Olympic athletes.
  • Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Dashcle, whose office received one of the anthrax letters says that the death of a primary suspect does not mean that the investigation is over. There are plenty of unanswered questions. Senator Dashcle was interviewed for NPR.
  • The great reporter Helen Thomas turned 88 today!!! Congratulations Ms. Thomas. Please keep asking those questions, I, for one, appreciate it.
By |2008-08-04T20:03:06-04:00August 4th, 2008|Bush Administration, Domestic Issues, Election 2008, House of Representatives|Comments Off on What's Going On: Evening News Round-up
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