Aug 31, 2012

Chicago Gangs Prey on Citizens

Today: Earthquake Shakes the Philippines , Bernanke: Fed Helped Economy , Ann Romney: Clint's Speech 'Unique'
Cheat Sheet: Afternoon

August 31, 2012

As President Obama preps for the kickoff of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, homicides in his hometown have spiked 60 percent since 2011—and gangs have begun preying on citizens in a phenomenon called 'wilding.' The Daily Beast's Michael Daly reports on the wave of violence.


A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Philippines on Friday, killing one person, causing damage to some roads and bridges, and triggering a tsunami warning that was eventually lifted. (An earlier tsunami warning for Japan, Hawaii, and more of the Pacific Rim was also lifted.) The Daily Beast's Christopher Dickey on the psychological as well as physical aftershocks that have plagued the area since 2004's deadly 9.1 quake.


Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke forcefully defended the Fed's controversial actions since the economic crisis began in 2008 in a highly-anticipated speech Friday morning. Speaking at the the annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium in Jackson, Wyo., Bernanke reviewed and evaluated the actions of the Fed during and since the financial crisis. Bernanke concluded that Fed action, including unconventional actions like the buying of long-term Treasury debt, had been effective and could have added as many as 2 million jobs. Bernanke also identified three factors holding the economy—and employment—back: a sluggish housing sector, cutbacks in state and federal government spending, and uncertainly generated by the European financial crisis. At the end of the speech, Bernanke indicated that the Fed is ready to engage in more unconventional policy "as needed."


Is "unique" a compliment? Discussing Clint Eastwood's bizarre unscripted performance last night at the Republican National Convention on CBS This Morning, Ann Romney first expressed gratitude: "We appreciated Clint's support … I didn't know it was coming." But later, responding to the question of whether or not Eastwood's performance was a "distraction," she appeared visibly uncomfortable, "He's a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night." Mrs. Romney will now take a permanent place in the spotlight, after her husband officially accepted the Republican nomination for president last night in Tampa.


The slump continues. After plummeting earlier in the month, Facebook shares dropped to a new low Friday morning. Shares fell more than 4 percent to an all-time low of $18.23—about a 52 percent drop from its initial public offering on May 18. The reason for the tumble? Concerns are mounting about a slowdown in spending on advertising and the risks ahead as several lock-up expirations in the next year threaten to weigh on the stock.

Ex-NOTW Scottish Editor Detained
In relation to Tommy Sheridan defamation trial.
School Shooter Charged as Adult
Fifteen-year-old opened fire at first day of school.
Day of Upsets at U.S. Open
Caroline Wozniacki falls.
Lohan Cleared in Jewelry Theft
Insufficient evidence to charge the actress.
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Aug 30, 2012

25 Paul Ryan Jokes From Last Night

Thursday, August 30, 2012
While Paul Ryan was giving his supporters a double dose of indisputable charm and questionable facts at the Republican National Convention last night, comedians on Twitter were following along, doling out the snark by tweeting jokes throughout the speech.
WATCH: Jon Stewart Demolishes RNC's Big Catch Phrase
WATCH: Telling The Poor To 'Suck It Up'
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Barry Levinson: The Age of Insanity - Part 2, Paul Ryan
As the age of insanity rolls along, lying has reached a new level in political activism. Apparently, you can lie freely now. I decided to talk to Dr. R.H. Flutes, head of the Lying Institute of America, to explain the lying epidemic sweeping this country.
Jenny Isenman: Do You Speak Starbucks or Are You Committing a Caffeinated Crime?
When you walk into a Starbucks it's a little like entering another country. Some of the language is "Italianish" and the rest is completely fabricated.
D.L. Hughley: A Question of Legitimacy
What I do have a problem with is someone who is insincerely pro-life, someone for whom this is an abstract concept with no relation to the reality. One of the hardest things for me to recount in my recent book was a sexual assault I witnessed when I was a kid...
Cheech Marin: English Only! Part 2
Ok, Let's pretend that the Latino population explosion is not going to happen (heh, heh, heh, at least try it) and go back to the "English Only" issue. If this is the situation, then we are going to have to re-name most of our states.
Jeff Danziger: Off to College

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