Sep 20, 2011


  Also: Ga. Inmate Loses Clemency Bid , Ex-Afghan President Killed in Bombing , GOP Leader Abruptly Quits
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Afternoon

September 20, 2011

The fall television season is now upon us, and the offerings seem pretty underwhelming for the most part. From A Gifted Man and Pan Am to Terra Nova and Grimm, The Daily Beast's Jace Lacob breaks down which new shows you should be watching this fall and which will have you running from the room.


Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis, whose case has garnered national attention due to his claims that he was wrongly convicted, has been denied a clemency bid by the state's Board of Pardons and Paroles. Davis, 42, is accused of killing an off-duty police officer in Savannah in 1989. The parole board heard arguments by Davis's family and lawyers that there is enough doubt to delay his execution, as well as calls from the family of his alleged victim to preserve the sentence. Davis is now scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, the fourth time his death has been scheduled.


While meeting with members of the Taliban, Afghan High Peace Council chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed by a bomb attack on his home. The suicide bomber, who hid explosives in a turban, also killed four bodyguards and an adviser to current president Hamid Karzai. Rabbani, a former Afghani president, was charged with negotiating a political peace with the Taliban. It is unclear whether the two Taliban members with whom Rabbani was meeting at the time had anything to do with the attack. Rabbani often spoke out against suicide bombings.

He's Out

Sen. Lamar Alexander abruptly announced in a letter to his colleagues on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his influential leadership post on the GOP side of the Senate Conference Committee after playing a central role in shaping Republican policy against President Obama. Alexander said the surprising move was motivated by his desire to "work for results on the issues I care most about," and to foster consensus—something his partisan job as the GOP No. 3 in the Senate didn't allow. By abandoning the conference committee, Alexander ensures he won't become the powerful party whip in the next Congress. Sen. John Thune from South Dakota is next in line for Alexander's spot on the conference committee.


The U.S. Justice Department just called Full Tilt Poker's bluff. The Justice Department is accusing executives from Full Tilt Poker, including poker celebrities Howard Lederer and Christopher Ferguson, of operating a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded players out of hundreds of millions of dollars. In an amendment to an earlier complaint against the online card room, the Justice Department claimed that Full Tilt executives misled players into believing money in their accounts was being kept safe, when in fact it was being used for owner profits. The Justice Department says Full Tilt owners paid out $444 million to themselves. "Full Tilt was not a legitimate poker company, but a global Ponzi scheme," said Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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President arrives at the United Nations.
Warren Cruises Ahead
Of Republican Scott Brown in Senate campaign.
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