[Guest post by DRJ]
I’m home with strep that I got from my kids so I decided to do a global post with the headlines that caught my eye. (You might want to wear a mask as you read this, lest you catch my germs.)
PRESIDENTIAL AND VP DEBATE MODERATORS NAMED:
The New York Times Caucus blog says the 3 Presidential and 1 Vice Presidental debate moderators have been named:
September 26 – PBS’s Jim Lehrer will moderate a Presidential debate on domestic policy at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.
October 2 – PBS’s Gwen Ifill will moderate a Vice Presidential debate on domestic and foreign policy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
October 7 – NBC’s Tom Brokaw will moderate a Presidential debate in a town-hall style forum at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. According to The Caucus, this debate:
“… will entail vetting questions submitted by undecided voters of the Nashville region who were chosen by the Gallup Poll organization. The commission says the vetting process is primarily to avoid duplication. In addition, Mr. Brokaw will be allow to pose questions submitted via the Internet.”
October 15 – CBS’s Bob Schieffer will moderate a Presidential debate on foreign policy at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.
DEMOCRATS REVISIT ENERGY AND OFF-SHORE DRILLING:
After reading this Politico report, Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have to single-handedly save the planet until January since she may have released politically vulnerable Democrats to back off-shore drilling and other aspects of Republican energy policy. Apparently she expects a big Democratic majority in Congress next year so she will wait until then to establish a conservation-based energy policy.
FLASHBACK – JOHN A. “JUNIOR” GOTTI ARRESTED:
John A. “Junior” Gotti, son of deceased Gambino family crime boss John Gotti, was arrested in Florida on conspiracy charges linking him to cocaine trafficking and the murder of 3 New Yorkers in the 1980s and 90s. His attorney described it as “tragic” and “laughable” that he and his family have to “continually go through this.”
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS MAKE A COMEBACK:
Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, Tennessee, agreed to a new 5-year contract that gives its poultry processing employees a day off for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr in lieu of Labor Day. Approximately 700 of its 1,200 employees are Muslim, most of them Somali.