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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

News and Notes: The National Scene

Some tidbits that caught my eye:

Graham Photographed With Sign Linking Obama and Clinton to Osama bin Laden - TMZ.com yesterday published this photograph of Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) posing with a printed sign endorsing presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a handwritten sign connecting "Obama" and "Chelsea's Moma" with "Osama." Former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) was criticized for appearing in a photograph with an almost identical sign last month. Graham immediately apologized, which Romney refused to do.

"Bonddad" Sees Possibility of Economic Downturn - Hale Stewart, the economist/blogger who writes at DailyKos.com as Bonddad, published an intriguing piece on Huffington Post this weekend arguing that he sees signs of a possible economic downturn, which might cause the economy to replace Iraq as the #1 issue on the minds of voters as the 2008 election cycle proceeds.

Giuliani Declines To Discuss His Religion - At a town hall meeting in Iowa yesterday, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) was asked whether he considered himself a "traditional, practicing Roman Catholic" and to discuss the role his faith played in making decisions on issues such as abortion. He refused, citing personal privacy. "My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not so good Catholic, I prefer to leave to the priests," Giuliani said.

Taliban Attempts to Storm U.S. Base - Just one day after President Hamid Karzai, while visiting the White House, proclaimed it a "defeated" force, the Taliban tried a rare frontal assault against Firebase Anaconda in the southern part of Afghanistan.

President of National GOP Organization Resigns Amid Sex Inquiry - The newly elected president of the Young Republican National Federation resigned yesterday after authorities began to investigate a charge that he performed unwanted sexual act on a man while the man slept.

UPDATE: Gingrich Predicts Democratic Victory in 2008 - The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich (R-GA) told the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce early Monday morning that "If you’re a betting man, you have to like Democrats’ chances of taking over the White House next year." Audio of part of Gingrich's remarks is available here (5 min.) - but it doesn't include the money quote.

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