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September 22, 2011

After a three-and-a-half hour delay, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday night, pronouncing him dead at 11:08 p.m. Davis had survived the day of his execution three times before when courts issued stays, but the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene this time, announcing its denial of a stay without explanation at about 10:20 p.m. Strapped to the gurney, Davis lifted his head and looked at Mark and William McPhail, the son and brother of the police officer Davis was convicted of killing in 1989. "I am sorry for your loss," Davis said. "I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent." The Daily Beast's Mansfield Frazier on the serious concerns about Davis's guilt—and how to move forward with the death-penalty debate in America.

On the Hill

We weren't supposed to be back here so soon, but once again the United States is on the verge of a September 30 shutdown after 48 House conservatives revolted against the GOP Wednesday and joined Democrats in voting down the budget bill. Democrats wanted the bill to provide more for disaster victims and auto manufacturers; the conservatives who voted against it, meanwhile, wanted it to make deeper cuts. The unexpected revolt reveals the limits of House Speaker John Boehner's power; he even went as far as to threaten stripping committee assignments in his efforts to get the bill passed. Republicans will have to rewrite the bill to hold on a new vote.


Following his U.N. address on Wednesday, President Obama convened with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and warned that the U.S. would veto a bid for Palestinian statehood in the U.N. Security Council. Abbas's spokesman told Reuters that both leaders reiterated their positions during the meeting, with Abbas vowing to move forward with his bid and Obama promising to shut it down. Earlier in the day, Obama said that Palestine deserved statehood but only through direct negotiations with Israel. "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N.," he told the assembly. "Ultimately, it is the Israelis and Palestinians—not us—who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them." Once the request reaches the Security Council—a body of 15 states that has the sole authority to grant membership—a full review could take weeks or even months.


As the nation looked to Troy Davis in Georgia, the state of Texas quietly executed Lawrence Russell Brewer, a white supremacist who killed a black man in 1998 by dragging him behind his pickup truck. Brewer was the first of two to be put to death for the crime, while a third man received a life sentence. He spoke no last words and tears formed in his eyes as he died, according to the Houston Chronicle. Brewer's execution came after the Supreme Court issued stays to halt Texas' two previous scheduled executions.


Full Tilt Poker has fired back at the U.S. Justice Department' after it filed a civil case alleging that the online gambling site was a $444 million Ponzi scheme. "Under any reasonable interpretation, the worldwide operations of the online cardroom are not a so-called Ponzi scheme," Full Tilt's lawyer said, though he conceded, "maybe it was mismanaged." The Justice Department claims the service used hundreds of millions of player money to pay its executives even as funds dwindled.

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