Aug 28, 2012

Romney Campaign Counts on Ann




Today: Isaac Declared a Hurricane , No Attack Dog: Christie Heels And Plays Positive , Report: Iranian Troops Aid Syria
Cheat Sheet: Afternoon

August 28, 2012
Better Half

The candidate's advisers admit their man just isn't very good at selling himself. Howard Kurtz on why they're banking on his wife to warm up his image. Plus, Lloyd Grove on the candidate's sense of humor, Peter Beinart on Chris Matthews, and full coverage of the Republican National Convention.

STORM

Tropical Storm Isaac has been declared a full-fledged hurricane. While traveling through the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Isaac became a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 75 mph. The hurricane is still expected to strike land along the Gulf Coast, a frightening prospect for residents of Louisiana and neighboring states who remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Isaac is currently on a path towards New Orleans and it could become the first hurricane to strike the area since 2008. The storm has slowed to 10 mph and is expected to dump 7 to 14 inches of rain when it makes landfall.

Opening Act

The New Jersey Governor's keynote address is the substantive centerpiece of the first night of the convention. But he won't play the role of attack dog, writes John Avlon. 

REINFORCEMENTS

Members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed that the Islamic Republic is sending commanders and soldiers to support dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, the first confirmation by Iran's military of its role in the ongoing conflict. The relationship between the Iranian and Syrian security apparatuses is long-standing, and it has been suspected that Iran has played a role in propping up Assad's regime over the course of the bloody 17-month Syrian uprising. "Today we are involved in fighting every aspect of a war, a military one in Syria and a cultural one as well," said Iranian Gen. Salar Abnoush in a speech Monday.

INQUIRY

France has opened an inquiry into the possibility that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered, according to Agence France-Presse. Medical records say that a stroke was the cause of Arafat's 2004 death, but speculation has swirled ever since, with his family contending that he may have been poisoned using the radioactive element polonium-210. An investigation by the news agency Al-Jazeera into the poisoning claims led to findings by scientists in Switzerland that "significant" traces of polonium were found on Arafat's belongings. Based on the Al-Jazeera report, Arafat's family filed a case with officials in France to demand further investigation.


TROPICAL STORM
Obama Warns of Isaac
FEMA on the ground in Louisiana
ARMY
Prosecutor: Troops Plotted 'Terror'
Formed anti-government militia.
COMEBACK
Home Prices Post Gain
First positive annual growth since summer of '10.
BIPARTISAN
Dolan to Offer Prayer at DNC
As well as benediction at GOP convention.
NOT RED-HANDED
Lohan Suspected in Jeweler Theft
$100,000 in merchandise.
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