In keeping with my philosophy of what makes a lede story, and other obsessive, esoteric, anachronistic stuff that probably wouldn’t interest you (so don’t follow the blasted link, then!), here is what would be my front page if I had a newspaper:
- North Korea ‘severs all ties’ with Seoul (BBC) — Of course, the most ominous and meaningful development from our perspective is that the United States of America has sworn “unequivocal” military support for Seoul. Reminds me of a conversation we were having on another thread about WWI, which had all these international agreements automatically triggering a world war after the Archduke was shot…
- Obama to send more National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border (WashPost) — As mentioned previously today, for those of you with a far, far pettier and more parochial notion of national security.
- BP Faces Bleaker Prospects If ‘Top Kill’ Fails to Stanch Spill (WSJ) — Meanwhile, politicians at various levels compete to see who can be the most shrill in yelling at the company.
- Jamaica drug raid toll reaches 27 (BBC) — Just a wild and alien story going on down Bob Marley way. It involves an island nation all twisted up over a druglord named, of all things, Coke.
- Pollster: Haley likely to make runoff despite affair rumor (thestate.com) — Believe me, if I had anything else local, anything important at all, I wouldn’t run this on the front.
- Polar bears face ‘tipping point’ due to climate change (BBC) — Could this be the end for the cuddly maneaters?