Gordon Brown speaks: The former Prime Minister has been in the news recently by way of the voice mail hacking scandals rocking a number of News International papers in Britain, The Sun and the Sunday Times now the major duo (to say nothing of the now-disbanded News Of The World). Of particular note, a possible advancement in this story — Brown claims that the papers hired people to dig up his private information who had known criminal records. Just by looking at Brown’s posture and demeanor, it’s pretty clear the toll these revelations have taken on him. source
Stories to Watch: 7/11/11
It’s so hot out today that if you stick an unlit cigarette out the window, it’ll light right up. No foolin’. Now here’s the news…
Sam Stein reports that President Obama offered to raise the Medicare eligibility age in an attempt to reach an agreement with the GOP on the debt ceiling. This makes me think of a recent quoteby White House chief of staff William Daley regarding the president; “He’s not someone to walk away from a tough fight.”
I’d be a lot more impressed with that if Obama were more interesting in winning those tough fights than he obviously is in just ending them.
Ezra Klein offers three reasons why the recent debt negotiations broke down. The short version; Boehner is a powerless figurehead, the GOP doesn’t really give a crap about spending, and no one that matters is panicking yet.
Rupert Murdoch’s phone-hacking scandals seems to get worse by the day, if not the hour. Not only was he trying to get phone data of9/11 victims, but he was trying to get British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s data as well.
At this very moment, there isn’t a single word about the phone-hacking scandal on Fox News’ front page. Weird, huh?
A new poll has Michele Bachmann ever so slightly ahead of Mitt Romney in Iowa. Note of caution; the poll was no longer in the fieldwhen Shelly had her big “Yay for slavery!” moment.
We also learn that Bachmann is easily spooked.
Former Florida Rep and liberal firebrand Alan Grayson says he take a shot at elected office again.
Finally, a stupid Republican uses a stupid gun stupidly.