Morning News; July 31st, 2008

1) U.S. Economy is looking better than it did last quarter (with a 1.9% growth rate), but not as good as some thought it would look (2.3%).

2) In an effort to make clear that he is not merely continuing the politics and policies of the Bush administration, McCain has hired “the leadership of members of President Bush’s re-election campaign, including Steve Schmidt, the czar of the Bush war room that relentlessly painted his opponent, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, as effete, elite, and equivocal through a daily blitz of sound bites and Web videos that were carefully coordinated with Mr. Bush’s television advertisements.”

Regarding McCain’s recent drive to portray his opponent in a negative light, Senator Obama had this to say: “I do notice that he doesn’t seem to have anything to say very positive about himself.” So true. (The Times ran an editorial today, titled Low-Road Express, so you might have an idea about how it views McCain’s recent strategy).

3) I’m sure most of you have seen this already, but I think it’s worth reporting to those who haven’t that Keira Knightley deserves a self-esteem/integrity award for her refusal to allow the promoters of her new movie “The Duchess” to enhance her breasts in publicity photos for the movie. (Link is SFW, with the exception of a large type “breast” across the top of the screen).

4) Ken Griffey Jr. has been traded to the White Sox, Manny remains on the Red Sox- though there have been reports of a three-team trade between the Pirates, Red Sox, and the Marlins that’d send Jason Bay to the Sox, prospects to the Pirates, and Manny to the Marlins.

I’ll try and keep the Manny/trade-deadline watch up to date.


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