"Morning Meeting" is a recap of our daily editorial meeting. If we had a show today, these are some of the stories you would probably hear.
We were quick and dirty this morning, mostly planning for shows on Thursday and Friday. We made time to discuss Kasey G. Kazee, a 24 year old in Kentucky who wrapped his face and head in duct tape and robbed a liquor store. Look at him.
"Look at me. Do I look like a duct-tape bandit baby? I'm not no duct-tape bandit. You hear me? Live one-on-one Ashland, Kentucky, you know this is not me. Do the math, do the homework, man."
The highlights, plus the newscast, after the jump.
NEWSCAST: Horrible violence in Iraq. An estimated 200 people were victims of suicide truck bombings that the U.S. military blamed on insurgents. Nine American soldiers were killed, five of whom died when a helicopter crashed. The Bush Administration will add Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps to their list of foreign terrorist organizations -- this marks the first time it has included the armed forces of any government to the list of terrorist organizations. Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert will announce his retirement from Congress. It's not yet clear whether he'll quit immediately or stay on through next year to complete his term. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to two felony charges in the NBA gambling scandal. He faces up to 25 years in prison. In other sports scandals, two more co-defendants of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will testify against him later this week. Vick's attorneys will seek a plea to save his NFL career.
Here's what you should listen for tomorrow and Friday:
STONER HOUR: According an Oxford University philosophy professor, we may in fact live in a matrix. Reminds me of what French theorist Jean Baudrillard said about the Keanu Reeves movie: "The Matrix is surely the kind of film about the matrix that the matrix would have been able to produce."
PARTIES: Not in college anymore, but still find yourself on the bathroom floor after a night of drinking? It turns out we don't fully develop into adults until our mid-twenties. It has to do with science and brains. This is why those of us past our mid-twenties prefer almost anything to a long night drinking beers. Or, as Matt puts it, "I'm just gonna stay in and watch Coach."
THE ILLUSTRIOUS HUMA ABEDIN: Huma Abedin is Senator Hillary Clinton's enigmatic traveling chief of staff. She's captured the media's attention lately with her fancy outfits and inability to produce a single bead of sweat. NPR's Katia Dunn has been in the same room with Ms. Abedin and will explain the sudden fascination with Huma.
OMG MY iPHONE RUINED MY LIFE: iPhone customers are receiving their first bills, many for thousands of dollars and printed on hundreds of pages.
Plus a look inside the MS13 gang, Junior Senior, the Pedophile Blogger and The Week in Iraq.