Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Jan 16, 2008

· NH Update: Kucinich Pays, Count to Begin; Republican Howard's Funds Bottlenecked at Bank

· "Chain of Custody" is most important in New Hampshire recount; VERDICT: New Hampshire is unable to document its chain of custody properly, lacks written procedures, its secretary of state has said he doesn't know where its memory cards are, and LHS has been encroaching on state elections with near-total control. I'll be preparing a Special Report when I return from New Hampshire with documents and video to support this assessment.

· Nevada Supreme Court rules against Kucinich in debate dispute

· Huckabee: Amend Constitution to be in 'God's standards'

· What Religion's Blind Stranglehold on America Is Doing to Our Democracy

· GOP swings next to S.C. as Romney wins Michigan. All eyes turn now to South Carolina, where Republicans vote Saturday with the fight for their party's presidential nomination still wide open after Mitt Romney's much-needed win in Michigan on Tuesday.

· Democracy Now: A Relief From Corporate News B.S. MediaCulture: How one of the country's most fiercely independent news programs is surviving -- and thriving -- in the Republican-controlled heartland.

· Last fall, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Chris Christie awarded his former boss, John Ashcroft, a lucrative no-bid contract to “monitor a large corporation willing to settle criminal charges out of court.” Ashcroft’s consulting company is set “to receive payments of $28 million to $52 million” in the deal, one of the biggest payouts ever reported for a federal monitor.

· Anglo-American Ambitions behind the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the Destabilization of Pakistan. The assassination of Bhutto appears to have been anticipated. There were even reports of “chatter” among US officials

· Wexler Calls For Cheney's Impeachment

· Bush departs Mideast with few apparent gains, experts say. President Bush wraps up a weeklong tour of the Middle East Wednesday, leaving many Mideast political observers mystified as to the purpose of the visit and doubtful that the president made inroads on his twin campaigns for Arab-Israeli peace and isolation for Iran

· Bush’s empty talk on Middle East freedom.

· Dozens claim F-16s chased flying saucer across Texas skies

· Wall St. braces for more losses. JP Morgan earnings disappoint; Intel gives cautious outlook, fanning recession fears; futures sharply lower.

· JPMorgan Chase said on Wednesday quarterly profit from continuing operations fell as the No. 3 U.S. bank took a $1.3 billion loss on subprime mortgage-related positions.

· Retail sales dropped 0.4 percent in December. Data seen raising fears of U.S. recession

· Washington's hard case: How to juice economy. Congress on Wednesday kicks off a series of hearings to weigh stimulus options. The right answer isn't so clear.
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