December 10, 2007

Oprah endorses Obama in Iowa

Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and one of the most influential women in America, openly endorsed Barack Obama for President. She spoke at length about why she felt Obama was the best choice, and though she said she felt "out of her pew," her endorsement will in all likelyhood be a huge boost for Obama's campaign. The New York Times

Colorado River Compact of 1922 finally outdated

Federal officails have reached an agreement with the states served by the Colorado River about how water will be allocated in case of future droughts. Change was necessary due to the growing populations of the states, and the decrease in available water. Two major reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell are at about half full now, and with predicted climate change, will continue to grow shallower unless something is done. The New York Times has more.

November 19, 2007

Respectful Opposition is the name of McCain's game

Accordin to a New York Times aritcle, Senator John McCain intends to use a much different tactic than his Repubican competitors. McCain said in a speech he made on the 18th in New Hampshire that while he disagrees with Senator Clinton on policy issues, he respects her as a person and a political leader, and will stick to arguing the issues with her.

November 12, 2007

Supreme Court to address 2nd Ammendment

The Supreme Court may hear a case soon about whether a District of Columbia gun control law is constitutional. Theywil ahve to decide whether the Ammendment truly protects an individual's right to possess arms, or if it only protects the rights of members of state militias to own weapons. The case has been carefuly constructed to force the nation's highest court to make a ruling on the issue. Star Tribune

November 5, 2007

Demand rising for cell phone jammers despite fines

Devices which emits a powerful radio transmission that block cell phone transmissions are rising in popularity as cell phone use becomes more obnoxious. The devices vary in strength and price, with some merely interrupting a call, and others creating dead zones. One thing that doesn't change is their illegality: interfering with the cell phne airwaves carrries an $11,000 fine for first offenders. More details from the Star Tribune.

Stock analyst threatened after Citigroup performs as she predicted

Meredith Whitney, a CIBC analyst has been recieving threats after she predicted Citigroup's poor performance. Whitney, who was Forbes magazine's 2nd rated stock analyst for 2007, predcicted that Citigroup would perform below the market, after they posted a large drop in profits last quarter. The stock dropped almost 7 percent on Thursday. More information can be found in severeal articles in The Times of London

October 29, 2007

Stephen Colbert top Facebook Candidate

The Facebook group "1,000,000 Strong For Stephen T. Colbert" reached its goal Friday, only 10 days after its formation, according to the Star Tribune. This makes Colbert the most popular candidate on the site by far.
For perspective, it has taken Barack Obama's group 9 months to get 381,000 members.

October 15, 2007

The Internet may not be as anonymous as you think

Two men in Phoenix were senetnced to five years in prison this week, after they sent millions of unsolicited messages advertising pornographic websites. Jeffrey Kilbridge and James Schaffer were convicted under a federal anti-spam law, and were conviceted of several other crimes as well. The Associated Press has the story here.

Proposed Farm Bill will Provide permanent disaster relief

This year's proposed farm bill will provide permanent punding for disaster relief. This is drawing some criticism from some who disagree with passing disaster relief in a year when farm incomes are high. However, this bill would change disaster relief by providing guaranteed aid instead of the current system, in which disaster relief must be passed by congress on a case by case basis. Details of the debate have been provided by the Associated Press.

October 1, 2007

Iraq's politicians react negatively to a United States Senate proposal to divide the country

Several senators introduced a resolution last week, which would divide Iraq into three power sharing regions. This resolution was met with strong opposition from several Iraqi political groups, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. The resolution was considered presumtiuous, and there were concerns that such a move would spark greater violence and unrest. The story is covered in more depth by the New York Times, and the Associated Press.

September 24, 2007

Is The Department of Homeland Security watching Americans too closely?

The Department of Homeland Security is keeping highly detailed records of the travel habits of millions of Americans, including items carried on trips out of the country, and also intended destinations and hosts. Civil liberties advocates claim that this is a violation of the Privacy Act, while the Department of Homeland Security insists that the records help them assess potential threats. This Washinton Post article explains the situation quite well.

September 16, 2007

Alan Greenspan claims that the Iraq war was mainly about oil

In his memoire, Alan Greenspan says, "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone already knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." In addition to this harsh statement, Greenspan also strongly criticises the Republican economic policy. The Times of London hs these, and other excerpts from Greenspan's memoire, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," due for release Monday, in an article here. The Canadian Press has a similar Associated Press article here, while the Chicago Sun-Times posts a two paragraph article which mentions the economic criticism, but fails to mention the Iraq comment at all.