Just to let y’all know I’m actually back, even though, these being the Dog Days, there is very little substantive news (and why is this so late today? well, I had it about halfway done when we lost Internet service at the office, so I’m finishing it at home):
- U.S., BP Near Deal on Fund (WSJ) — But you know, if they do have trouble figuring out what to do with the $20 billion, I’ll be glad to help. Would a 5 percent commission for my services be fair?
- Making Good on Pledge, Gates Outlines Military Cuts (NYT) — Fewer guys with stars on their epaulets is one part of the plan.
- Man robs Cayce bank (thestate.com) — Not the sort of thing I’d usually put on a front page, but it did actually happen right here in our community this afternoon. So it gets extra points for immediacy.
- As Kagan Joins, Federal Courts’ Roles Rise In Importance (NPR) — A nice step-back, thumb-sucker kind of a story for a slow news day.
- Ethics committee outlines charges against Rep. Waters (WashPost) — Another weak candidate on a better news day, but today it makes my front.
- Charles Taylor ‘gave Naomi Campbell diamonds’ (BBC) — Early today, I saw an NYT headline saying “Testimony by Model at War Crimes Trial Is Challenged.” I thought it was some sort of new historical revelation regarding German Field Marshal Otto Moritz Walter Model. When I found out what it was really about, all I could say (on Twitter) was “Looks like I didn’t miss much real news last week….” And now, underlining just how slow things are around the world, this is actually the lede story on the BBC!