Bloomberg - President Barack Obama "strongly opposes" an effort in Congress to require General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC to restore relationships shed during bankruptcy proceedings, while stopping short of a veto threat. The administration said today in a statement that "the decision by Chrysler and GM to rationalize their dealer networks was a critical part of their overall restructuring to achieve long-term viability in order to save jobs in the long run.". . . GM plans to shutter about 2,400 dealerships, said spokesman Greg Martin, Chrysler officials have said 789 dealerships were targeted for closing.
Truthout - The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh was mocked in March when he referred to Dick Cheney's secret squad of CIA assassins. Now, he talks to The Daily Beast about the next shoe to drop. . . "Congress has no oversight of it. It's an executive assassination ring essentially, and it's been going on and on and on," Hersh said at the time. He added: "Under President Bush's authority, they've been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That's been going on, in the name of all of us.". . . Now, there are key differences between Hersh's reporting and the Times' latest piece. Hersh suggested that the assassination ring was conducted out of the Joint Special Operations Command rather than the CIA. Moreover, according to Hersh's sources the program was operational, leaving a trail of bodies, while The Times cited officials saying that the CIA hit squad never actually carried out a mission. The Times and Hersh could conceivably be reporting two distinct squads.
Muzzle Watch - Straight out of Avigdor Lieberman's Foreign Ministry: a new Internet fighting team. Israeli students and demobilized soldiers get paid to pretend they are just regular folks and leave pro-Israel comments on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites. The effort is meant to fight the "well-oiled machine" of "pro-Palestinian websites, with huge budgets. . . with content from the Hamas news agency." The approach was test-marketed during
Sarah Palin's PAC raised nearly $733,000 in its first five months, including some $200,000 that came in after she announced she was deserting her post as governor of
The Postal Service is reconsidering its plan to remove the only collection mailbox in
New Scientist - The biggest glacier in the Arctic is on the verge of losing a chunk of ice the size of
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Hot Air - Cecil D. Bykerk, President of the Society of Actuaries, sports seven (7) sets of initials after his name. He is, officially: Cecil D. Bykerk, FSA, MAAA, FCA, RHU, FLMI, BA, MS. By our tally, this puts him in the lead in the Society President Trailing Initials Competition.
Hutch News - A woman, dressed in a medical uniform sporting cartoon characters, walked into the Central Kansas Credit Union branch at
Washington Post - The National Children's Museum has teamed up with the Museum of Science in Boston in a project aimed at getting kids to observe the fireflies in their area and submit that data to a national research program. "There's not a lot known about fireflies," said Don Salvatore, a science educator at the Boston Museum of Science, especially when it comes to counting the insects. "We don't know if fireflies are disappearing. A lot of people think they are, and there's a lot of anecdotal evidence but no real scientific data.". . . Last year, Salvatore's museum and researchers at
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Independent, UK - London Mayor Boris Johnson dismissed the L250,000-a-year he earns from a second job as "chicken feed". Mr Johnson also insisted it was "wholly reasonable" for him to write newspaper columns on the side because he did them "very fast". The comments risk infuriating millions of Londoners struggling to make ends meet amid the economic downturn. . . "I happen to write extremely fast. I don't see why on a Sunday morning I shouldn't knock off an article, if someone wants to pay me for that article then that's their lookout and of course I make a substantial donation to charity.