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Fishbowl America Round-Up for July 8th:

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  • “Lost” To Air on Sci-Fi Channel – Sci-Fi has jumped in to help us all with the hiatus blues and announced it will begin airing 4 hour blocks of LOST every Monday at 7:00pm starting September 15. The episodes will run in order up to the season 4 finale.
  • Carey Takes Helm of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force – Rea Carey was happily serving as interim executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force until a few months ago. The organization had embarked on an extensive search to find a replacement for Matt Foreman, who resigned in January.
  • What the Pregnant Man Didn’t Deliver – By the time Thomas Beatie, “the Pregnant Man,” strode across Oprah Winfrey’s stage on April 3, his story had already become a worldwide phenomenon. Beatie — a transgendered man who was born a woman and became pregnant through artificial insemination — h
  • Alabama Senate: Sessions 58, Figures 34; Obama down by 15 – Rasmussen Reports takes another snapshot of the Alabama Senate race, this time finding Sen. Jeff Sessions leading his Democratic challenger Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, 58 percent to 34 percent.
  • Retired Military Leaders Come Out Against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell / Queerty – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell took a severe blow today. A study released today asserts that openly gay soldiers do not threaten unit cohesion.
  • Wockner: The Day ACT UP Put a Condom On Jesse Helms’ House – AIDS activists inflated a giant “reservoir-tipped condom” over U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms’ house Sept. 5 [1991] in Arlington, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.
  • A Clintonian at Fox – Howard Wolfson, who was a top strategist for the presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is going where some Democrats were unwilling to go during the early days of the election season: the Fox News Channel.
  • Charred Bodies Found on Tijuana Street – Police on Monday found six charred bodies on a Tijuana street following a bloody weekend that left 14 people dead.

Fishbowl America Round-Up for July 7th:

Ted Koppel interviews villagers in Qiejiajie, in the Chongqing province, with his interpreter, Mao Sai Feng.

  • Changes In China: Koppel Investigates – The image of Ted Koppel interviewing world leaders is so ingrained that it feels odd to see him wearing a hardhat for a nervous trip into a Chinese coal mine, or sitting in a Chongqing karaoke bar where teenage girls are hired to “entertain” male customer
  • Bush To Meet Russia’s Medvedev – US President George W. Bush on Monday holds his first face-to-face talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a chance to weigh up Vladimir Putin’s heir and tackle outstanding disputes.
  • McCain Promises To Balance Budget – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to promise on Monday that he will balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security, his advisers told Politico.
  • McCain Struggles to Regain Footing – John McCain calls himself an underdog. That may be an understatement. The GOP presidential candidate trails Democrat Barack Obama in polls, organization and money while trying to succeed a deeply unpopular fellow Republican in a year that favors Democrats
  • FDA Reports More Cases Of Salmonella Illnesses – The government on Saturday increased the number of people reported being sickened in a record salmonella outbreak in which tomatoes are the leading suspect although investigators are testing other types of fresh produce.
  • UAE To Cancel Iraq’s $7 billion Debt – Dubai has forgiven the nearly $7 billion Baghdad owes it, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced Sunday.

International Herald Tribune: Robert Mugabe, the runaway winner in a one-horse race, was quickly inaugurated on Sunday as president of Zimbabwe after a runoff election on Friday. His opponent had already dropped out because state-sponsored enforcers were beating and murdering his followers.

“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, do swear that I will truly serve in the office of president, so help me God,” he said somberly as he stood before a white-wigged judge under a red-carpeted tent at his official residence in Harare.

Me thinks he did.

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Obama and McCain

Los Angeles Times: Buoyed by enthusiasm among Democrats and public concern over the economy, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has taken a sizable lead over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the opening of the general election campaign for president, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.

In a two-man race between the major-party candidates, registered voters chose Obama over McCain by 49% to 37% in the national poll, conducted Thursday through Monday.

CNN: Zimbabwe’s opposition presidential candidate took refuge Monday at the Dutch Embassy, a day after rampant violence forced him to bail out of this week’s runoff election.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice slammed the Zimbabwean government for what she called a “continuing campaign of violence against its own people.”

“Yet another vicious assault on the opposition and its supporters for exercising their right to assemble and their right to free speech has reinforced that it is impossible for there to be a free, fair or peaceful election in Zimbabwe on June 27,” Rice said in a statement.

Morgan Tsvangirai dropped out of Friday’s presidential runoff against incumbent Robert Mugabe after youth militias loyal to Mugabe attacked a political rally at a stadium in Harare. Tsvangirai said vote rigging and violence made a fair election impossible.

Newsweek: The latest Newsweek Poll shows the Democrat with a 15-point lead over McCain.

Barack finally has his bounce. For weeks many political experts and pollsters have been wondering why the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain had stayed so tight, even after the Illinois senator wrested the nomination from Hillary Clinton. With numbers consistently showing rock-bottom approval ratings for President Bush and a large majority of Americans unhappy with the country’s direction, the opposing-party candidate should, in the normal course, have attracted more disaffected voters. Now it looks as if Obama is doing just that. A new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that he has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide.

Newsweek: The latest Newsweek Poll shows the Democrat with a 15-point lead over McCain.

Barack finally has his bounce. For weeks many political experts and pollsters have been wondering why the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain had stayed so tight, even after the Illinois senator wrested the nomination from Hillary Clinton. With numbers consistently showing rock-bottom approval ratings for President Bush and a large majority of Americans unhappy with the country’s direction, the opposing-party candidate should, in the normal course, have attracted more disaffected voters. Now it looks as if Obama is doing just that. A new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that he has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide.

John McCain is already swiftboating Obama through Vets For Freedom.

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Jed Report: Yesterday, John McCain proudly announced that thirty “prominent Democratic and unaffiliated leaders and activists” had endorsed his campaign and along with Joe Lieberman would “rally Americans of all political parties to support John McCain’s candidacy.”

Notwithstanding Joe Lieberman, it sounds impressive until you find out that one of John McCain’s thirty most “prominent Democratic and unaffiliated” supporters in the country is Phillip “Icky” Frye, a television and VCR repairman from West Virginia who decided to run for governor to seek revenge against then Governor Bob Wise, who had engaged in an extramarital affair with Frye’s wife, a state employee. (Their affair was a media goldmine, complete with an e-mail trail.)

McCain brags that Frye is a “former Democratic gubernatorial candidate” from West Virginia. That’s technically true, but Frye never won the Democratic nomination. He didn’t even come close, in fact. In the 2004 primary, he finished in 7th place — out of 8 candidates. He received 2,892 votes — good enough for 1% of the vote. (The winner took 149,362 votes.)

Here’s the details: Frye’s wife, Angela Mascia-Frye, had been having an extramarital affair with the then-incumbent governor, Bob Wise. After Frye filed divorce papers, Wise admitted to the affair.

West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, a Democrat, took a potentially damaging blow to his political career when he admitted to being “unfaithful to my family” on Monday. Wise’s confession came after the Charleston Daily Mail contacted his press office with allegations of an affair with a state employee.

A divorce case filed by Philip Frye against Angela Mascia Frye, who is the director of European operations for the West Virginia Development Office, implicates Wise as the reason for the couple’s split. Frye told the Charleston Daily Mail that his wife of seven years had been having an affair with the governor for months. “I had private detectives all over this thing. I’ve got pictures and documents — all kinds of hard evidence,” Frye said.

Frye then decided to seek revenge by challenging Wise, later explaining his decision to run for office in blunt terms: “It was fueled by revenge to some degree, and I wanted to embarrass Wise.” Frye, who criticized Wise a “typical Democrat,” also said he hoped to cash in on his story:

Frye referred to Wise as a “little weasel-faced bastard” and a “typical Democrat,” but he will not release the details of his allegations because he hopes to sell his story, the Daily Mail reports.

And there you have it: Icky Frye, one of the thirty most prominent Democratic supporters of John McCain in the entire United States of America.

Makes you wonder…who the heck is vetting these lists? And who in the press is fact-checking them?

Jed Report: Yesterday, John McCain proudly announced that thirty “prominent Democratic and unaffiliated leaders and activists” had endorsed his campaign and along with Joe Lieberman would “rally Americans of all political parties to support John McCain’s candidacy.”

Notwithstanding Joe Lieberman, it sounds impressive until you find out that one of John McCain’s thirty most “prominent Democratic and unaffiliated” supporters in the country is Phillip “Icky” Frye, a television and VCR repairman from West Virginia who decided to run for governor to seek revenge against then Governor Bob Wise, who had engaged in an extramarital affair with Frye’s wife, a state employee. (Their affair was a media goldmine, complete with an e-mail trail.)

McCain brags that Frye is a “former Democratic gubernatorial candidate” from West Virginia. That’s technically true, but Frye never won the Democratic nomination. He didn’t even come close, in fact. In the 2004 primary, he finished in 7th place — out of 8 candidates. He received 2,892 votes — good enough for 1% of the vote. (The winner took 149,362 votes.)

Here’s the details: Frye’s wife, Angela Mascia-Frye, had been having an extramarital affair with the then-incumbent governor, Bob Wise. After Frye filed divorce papers, Wise admitted to the affair.

West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, a Democrat, took a potentially damaging blow to his political career when he admitted to being “unfaithful to my family” on Monday. Wise’s confession came after the Charleston Daily Mail contacted his press office with allegations of an affair with a state employee.

A divorce case filed by Philip Frye against Angela Mascia Frye, who is the director of European operations for the West Virginia Development Office, implicates Wise as the reason for the couple’s split. Frye told the Charleston Daily Mail that his wife of seven years had been having an affair with the governor for months. “I had private detectives all over this thing. I’ve got pictures and documents — all kinds of hard evidence,” Frye said.

Frye then decided to seek revenge by challenging Wise, later explaining his decision to run for office in blunt terms: “It was fueled by revenge to some degree, and I wanted to embarrass Wise.” Frye, who criticized Wise a “typical Democrat,” also said he hoped to cash in on his story:

Frye referred to Wise as a “little weasel-faced bastard” and a “typical Democrat,” but he will not release the details of his allegations because he hopes to sell his story, the Daily Mail reports.

And there you have it: Icky Frye, one of the thirty most prominent Democratic supporters of John McCain in the entire United States of America.

Makes you wonder…who the heck is vetting these lists? And who in the press is fact-checking them?

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New Yorker:

Olbermann reveres Murrow, but Murrow never called a President “Idiot-in-Chief.’’

It was nearly midnight before Keith Olbermann left the NBC News election studio on May 13th, having spent five hours on the air, co-anchoring coverage of the West Virginia Democratic primary. Olbermann had a short ride home from Rockefeller Plaza to his condominium on the Upper East Side, and he was in bed by 2 A.M. But he lay wide awake, overcome by an urge to get up and move about.

He has been given a diagnosis of Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome, also known as “restless-legs syndrome” (and also “the kicks,” “Jimmy legs,” and “jitters”), a neurological disorder that produces a prickling, itching, or crawling feeling in the legs, profoundly disturbing sleep.

Reclining exacerbates the condition, so Olbermann got out of bed, took a pill for the ailment, and, while waiting for the drug to kick in, scrolled through his BlackBerry, scanning recent messages. One arrested his attention. It was a link to the Web site Politico, which featured an interview conducted that day with President Bush. Olbermann was struck by two questions from the interview, and by Bush’s answers to them: CONTINUE READING

New Yorker:

Olbermann reveres Murrow, but Murrow never called a President “Idiot-in-Chief.’’

It was nearly midnight before Keith Olbermann left the NBC News election studio on May 13th, having spent five hours on the air, co-anchoring coverage of the West Virginia Democratic primary. Olbermann had a short ride home from Rockefeller Plaza to his condominium on the Upper East Side, and he was in bed by 2 A.M. But he lay wide awake, overcome by an urge to get up and move about.

He has been given a diagnosis of Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome, also known as “restless-legs syndrome” (and also “the kicks,” “Jimmy legs,” and “jitters”), a neurological disorder that produces a prickling, itching, or crawling feeling in the legs, profoundly disturbing sleep.

Reclining exacerbates the condition, so Olbermann got out of bed, took a pill for the ailment, and, while waiting for the drug to kick in, scrolled through his BlackBerry, scanning recent messages. One arrested his attention. It was a link to the Web site Politico, which featured an interview conducted that day with President Bush. Olbermann was struck by two questions from the interview, and by Bush’s answers to them: CONTINUE READING

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