Morning News Roundup
By Jewcy Newshound / January 10, 2008
I Drink Your Milkshake. I Drink It Up. After Hillary's win in New Hampshire it's unclear which Democrat really has momentum. Well, actually, it is clear that Bill Richardson has zero heat. And now he's acknowledging that and dropping out … Read More
I Drink Your Milkshake. I Drink It Up. After Hillary's win in New Hampshire it's unclear which Democrat really has momentum. Well, actually, it is clear that Bill Richardson has zero heat. And now he's acknowledging that and dropping out of the race. But in the face-off between the front-runners: Obama grabs a union in Nevada and Politico speculates that Hillary, perhaps, stumbled into finally being perceived as "emotionally authentic." Meanwhile, the GOP heads to Michigan. Jonah Goldberg, reminds us, though, about the true meaning of the election season: self-validation. Problems with the Ayatollah? Swarm the US. Using the interpretive lens of self-interest, it seems that there is a very simple reason why some of the leadership of Iran would countenance semi-aggressive naval tactics against the US: President Ahmadinejad is feuding with the real sovereign of Iran, Ayatolla Ali Khamenei. SCOTUS on Voter ID Challenge: Is This It? According to the New York Times, most Supreme Court Justices were unimpressed during oral arguments by the appeal brought against an Indiana law that challenges that state's voter-ID law.
China Hates $100 Oil, Too China's feeling the crunch of high petroleum prices. Inflation is at an 11-year high. In response, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will institute price controls on energy.
Guilty of War Crimes in Rwanda? Come to Congo. As Kenya is experiencing a violent explosion of ethnic conflict, there are indications that Hutu/Tutsi relations are deteriorating in Congo. Two major factors: Hutus responsible for the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi fled to Congo in the ‘90s and the presence of an active Tutsi insurgency in Hutu dominated Congo. And, back to Kenya, Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai speaks to Spiegel the violence that still engulfs the country.
Election in Georgia The Economist reports that even though President Mikheil Saakashvili prevailed in this week’s elections, the fact that he only gained 53% of the vote (instead of the “96%” he had in 2004) AND the fact that opposition parties garnered a relatively impressive numbers of votes, make this election to look less corrupt.