Morning Brief, Friday, January 8
2008 U.S. Elections Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, U.S. President George W. Bush more or less endorsed John McCain as the Republican nominee. McCain spoke yesterday at the conference in a bid to address conservative doubts about his candidacy. What went wrong? The New York Times retraces Mitt Romney’s political ...
2008 U.S. Elections
2008 U.S. Elections
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, U.S. President George W. Bush more or less endorsed John McCain as the Republican nominee. McCain spoke yesterday at the conference in a bid to address conservative doubts about his candidacy.
What went wrong? The New York Times retraces Mitt Romney’s political missteps.
Prominent evangelical leader James Dobson plans to endorse Mike Huckabee.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was indeed killed by a head injury, not a bullet, Scotland Yard investigators have concluded. The finding comes as members of Bhutto’s party observed the end of the 40-day mourning period following her death.
For the first time, victims of the Khmer Rouge had their day in court.
Police in Nepal arrested a man accused of masterminding a kidney-stealing ring in India.
The fighting is escalating in Sri Lanka.
Iran says it is building a second nuclear power plant. This comes on the heels of news that Iran is testing faster centrifuge technology and renewed questions about the controversial U.S. National Intelligence Estimate.
Angelina Jolie flew to Baghdad to call for more support for Iraq’s refugees.
Concern is growing about the health of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric and a leading voice of moderation.
A kinder, gentler al Qaeda in Iraq?
French police have arrested a suspected accomplice of Jérome Kerviel, the rogue French trader.
Is the world locked in an arms race? Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks so.
In a dramatic sweep, authorities in Italy and the United States arrested 62 members of the Gambino, Genovese, and Bonanno families for alleged mafia activities.
U.S. President George W. Bush promised to swiftly approve a newly passed $168 billion stimulus package. Americans eligible for a tax rebate will start getting their checks in May.
The U.S. military says it lost a year’s worth of Guantánamo detention records for the driver of Osama bin Laden, Salim Ahmed Hamdan.
ExxonMobil, seeking compensation for nationalized oil operations, won a freeze on $12 billion of Venezuela’s foreign assets.
The financial crisis? “Poetic justice,” says billionaire investor Warren Buffet.
- Obama and Clinton are campaigning in Washington state, which is holding its caucuses Saturday.
- John McCain is stumping in Virginia and Kansas.
- The Czech Republic is holding presidential elections.
- South African President Thabo Mbeki delivers the “State of the Nation” address to parliament.
- IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn visits Japan.
- NATO defense ministers are gathering for the Munich Conference on Security Policy, which officially begins tomorrow.
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Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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