Your Virtual Front Page, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011

Man, these have been a busy couple of days. I’ve had a lot of stuff I’ve wanted to post — such as about Lindsey Graham’s speech at Rotary yesterday — but haven’t had time yet. But at least, here are some headlines:

  1. Rebels overrun Gaddafi’s compound (BBC) — Which is a very promising development for the challengers. Meanwhile, the defending champ is nowhere to be seen.
  2. Earthquake Shakes U.S. East Coast (WSJ) — At least this story captures some of the scope of the event: “A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Washingon, D.C., shook the East Coast, with shocks felt as far south as Florida and as far north as Maine and Ontario.” I liked The Guardian‘s perspective: they said the quake was “felt in New York and Martha’s Vineyard, where Obama is on holiday…”
  3. Virginia Nuclear Plant Loses Power (WSJ) — And there’s a spooky sidebar development.
  4. Clergy Sues To Stop Alabama’s Immigration Law (NPR) — And where does the Church stand in South Carolina?
  5. Democrats blast Republicans for high-salaried staff ( — Harpootlian manages to make the front, on account of these being the Dog Days. Personally, I don’t care that they’re making a decent living. What I DO care about is that these jobs are filled by political operatives rather than qualified staff. The two categories are not entirely mutually exclusive, but in practice in SC, they overlap too seldom.
  6. Judge Dismisses Charges Against Strauss-Kahn (NYT) — The long and sordid saga comes to a close — for the moment.