It’s been a busy week, so I’ve been remiss in not doing these until now. But you haven’t missed much. The Dog Days of August seem to have stretched all the way through September — even though we had a busy day on Columbia City Council yesterday. Here’s what we have at this point:
- NATO Strike Inside Pakistan Fuels Tension (WSJ) — The significance is that we’re getting more aggressive with these, and Pakistan’s not liking it.
- Ecuador gripped by ‘coup attempt’ (BBC) — Since I actually was present for an actual coup when I lived in Guayaquil — in fact, I was present in the very same house when it was being partly planned (our landlord, an Ecuadorean naval officer, was involved) — I can say, Mr. Correa, I know Ecuadorean coups, and this, sir, was no coup. At least, it certainly wasn’t an effective one. Probably not many paper in this country will put this on their fronts, but I will.
- Emanuel departure closes a chapter for Democrats (WashPost) — As the Beltway turns…
- Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis Dies At 85 (NPR) — One of those people who pretty much defined “movie star” when I was a kid.
- A busy day for Colatown’s council (The State) — The busy day was yesterday, so this is old, but still newsworthy — a new curfew, a new open-container ordinance, cops get to carry more heat, and a bold stroke we were expecting (Sheriff Lott taking over the CPD) suddenly fell through.
- How Nikki got that hospital job (The State) — This is even older, stretching back to the Sunday paper, but since this is my first page of the week I’m pointing it out. You’ve got to read this remarkable story of how Nikki got that custom-made $110k job, and how 20 percent of the donations raised by the foundation were spent on her salary. And on and on. Read it, if you haven’t already. I just cannot begin to fathom how anyone could contemplate voting for this woman. Almost nothing we learn passes the smell test.