Daily Flog: Obama strikes first in stab at replacing Cheney


As the nation’s first presidential return cast a favorable omen to Barack Obama — Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, voted for the Democrat 15-6, the first time in 40 years that the country’s historically first precinct has gone Democratic — let’s not forget about the guy who’s being replaced. From his official White House biography:

Throughout his service, Mr. Cheney served with duty, honor, and unwavering leadership, gaining him the respect of the American people during trying military times.

And don’t forget the other guy:

President Bush has worked with the Congress to create an ownership society and build a future of security, prosperity, and opportunity for all Americans.

How can we forget?

For news about Cheney’s replacement, watch CNN all day if you want, but if you’re stuck at your computer all day, you’d be better off with the BBC’s “Live Text: US Election Day 2008,” which reloads automatically.

My indefatigable colleague Roy Edroso will be hammering at the keyboard all day at Runnin’ Scared. Check him out.

Meanwhile, people are being raped and killed in the Congo. And you’re late with your mortgage payment. So . . .


Global Research (Canada): ‘How McCain Could Win’

Slate: ‘The Coming Obama-Press War: It’s inevitable’ (Jack Shafer)

Wall Street Journal: ‘Homeowners Wait as Relief Plan Drags’

McClatchy: ‘Ailing economy takes toll on health’

N.Y. Daily News: ‘Reputed Genovese capo indicted in ’77 murder’

“The feds Monday indicted a reputed Genovese capo for the 1977 murder of a gangster who, after his killer’s gun jammed, snarled: ‘What’re you gonna do now, tough guy?’ ”

Washington Post: ‘In Congo, a March Behind Rebel Lines: Renegade General Compels Thousands Displaced by War to Return Home and Sing His Praises’

Register (U.K.): ‘Philosophy, computing, and Republican desperation’

“In a last-ditch attempt to spook credulous Americans into voting for John McCain, a Republican congressman and his brother-in-law have offered $10,000 to a software-wielding Oxford don, asking for proof that Barack Obama’s memoir was written by former domestic terrorist William Ayers.”

N.Y. Daily News: ‘Wall St. scammer gets 6 1/2 year sentence, will pay back millions’


Der Spiegel (Germany): ‘Germany and France Compete for Role of Financial Savior’

“As tremors shake markets around the world, European partners Germany and France have gone separate ways in fighting the crisis. Sarkozy wants to bring banks and threatened industries under the government’s protection, but Merkel is opposing such state intervention.”

Jurist: ‘Federal judge orders Cheney aide to testify in VP records lawsuit’

Al Jazeera: ‘End of Chicago free-market ideas?’

Washington Post: ‘China Faces Faltering Economy’

“After first declaring itself unaffected by crisis, officials turn to bailouts to forestall unrest.”

Der Spiegel (Germany): ‘Obama and the Overseas Vote: Grassroots in the Age of Social Networking’

Al Jazeera: ‘Analysis: US battleground states’

In The News (U.K.): ‘Analysis: The DRC’s deep-rooted conflict’

“Latest estimates from the UN put the number of Congolese who have abandoned the homes in fear of their lives over the one million mark.”

N.Y. Times: ‘Afghan Officials Aided an Attack on U.S. Soldiers’

N.Y. Times: ‘Bin Laden’s Son Seeks Asylum in Spain’

Der Spiegel (Germany): ‘Court Says Kaczynski Can Be Called a Duck’

“A court in Poland ruled on Monday that it was not slanderous to refer to President Lech Kaczynski as a duck.”

Telegraph (U.K.): ‘Heavy rainfall could be linked to autism, scientists claim’

Christian Science Monitor: ‘Congo’s riches fuel its war’

N.Y. Times: ‘New Terrain for Panel on Bailout’

“A committee of five little-known officials is picking winners and losers among institutions seeking a slice of the bailout.”