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Hello friends (and people we're pretending we like), the staff here at BPP World Headquarters couldn't help but notice that Alison sashayed into today's Morning Meeting with a certain... um... sassyness. It was the unmistakeable stroll of someone who'd recently been named AfroBella Of The Week . Congrats Ali. Don't get too cocky though, I was just named "NPR Host Most Likely To Panhandle", which is also pretty awesome.
NEWSCAST: Senate Democrats are planning an 'all-nighter' on Iraq, A new intel report says Al Qaeda will like try and strike the US, Rupert Murdoch moves closer to buying the Wall Street Journal, David Vitter says he most certainly did not visit a New Orleans brothel years ago, Andrew Speaker (The Atlanta guy with drug-resistant TB) is having surgery today to try and cure his condition.
NO SLEEP TILL FOGGY BOTTOM -- Senate Democrats are agitating for an up or down vote on the question of if and when US troops should come home from Iraq. Republicans say it should take at least 60 votes to approve such an idea, and they plan to basically stall -- or filibuster -- as long as they need to avoid a straight up 50-50 vote. Top Senate Dem Harry Reid has decided to fire back with an all night debate on Iraq, hoping to show Republicans up. The end result will likely be the same- - no up or down vote. But Reid has been getting lots of good publicity out of it according to US News.
HITLER + BUSH + 9/11 = CONTROVERSY -- Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota has been getting heat in conservative circles, for comments he made to a group of Twin Cities atheists. Most enraging to some, was Ellison's comparison of 9/11 to the burning of the Reichstag building in Nazi Germany, a move that Hitler used to gain further control of the country. While Ellison didn't exactly say that 9/11 was a political plot, the fact that he even compared the two events, while speaking to a group of atheists, has gotten more than a few people's dander up.
GRAHAM v. WEBB, THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL -- Here's an entertaining clip of Senators Jim Webb (D - Virginny) and Lindsey Graham (R - South Cackalacky) arguing about how things are going in Iraq. What's interesting is how they try to keep up the veneer of civility, but then end up sniping and pouting at each other like a couple of 10th graders. The clip also happens to be a big mover on Yahoo Buzz.
BADGERS! -- As if folks in Iraq don't have enough to deal with... now this. People all over the port city of Basra have reported seeing giant, fast moving, cow-eating, possibly monkey-headed badgers. (Seriously. It's all in the piece. You really should read it). The theory on the street is that these hell beasts were released by the British Military which patrols the area. The Brits say that is not the case, and in fact, they're tired of being blamed for every monkey-headed hell beast that people think they may have seen. Scientist-type people say the animals are your garden variety honey badgers.
THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO Ahhhhhhhhhh -- A puppy wuppy has been born in Japan with a perfect heart mark on its fur. The owner says it's the first time she's seen this in the nearly thousand chihuahua puppies she's raised. Yes, this show is going to dedicate blog space to puppies. Deal with it.