This one is for Nevada SAG Council Member Charlie DiPinto. June 19, 1897, 114 years ago today was the day Moses Horowitz was born in Brooklyn. He headed to Vaudeville. He and his younger brother, plus Larry Fein, launched "the Three Stooges" in New York, but quickly earned a Hollywood Contract. "Moe Howard" died in 1975. Next year a three stooges movie tribute will hit the screens.
The Nevada Republican Party's state central committee has picked past state chairman Mark Amodei to be the party's nominee in a special congressional election in September for the seat left vacant by Republican Dean Heller's appointment to the U.S. Senate. Acting state chairwoman Sherry Dilley says Amodei won 221 of the 323 votes cast Saturday. State Sen. Greg Brower received 56 votes and retired Navy commander Kirk Lippold 46. It's not clear if Amodei will be the only official Republican on the ballot Sept. 13. The state Supreme Court is still considering a lawsuit that says anyone who filed for the race should be allowed in the contest prompted by Sen. John Ensign's resignation.
Scrutiny of al-Qaida's financing has increased and strikes have taken aim at its money men. So al-Qaida's core organization in Pakistan has turned to kidnapping for ransom to offset dwindling cash reserves.That's according to U.S. officials and information in files retrieved from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan after he was killed last month by U.S. Navy SEALs. Bin Laden's interest in kidnapping as a money-raiser bolsters accounts that a financial squeeze has staggered al-Qaida and forced it to search for alternative funding sources. Officials would not detail al-Qaida's role in specific crimes,
but the group's affiliates have targeted diplomats, tourists and merchants.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Shiite extremists, not al-Qaida terrorists, are to blame for most of the recent U.S. military deaths in Iraq, and they're "clearly getting some fairly sophisticated and powerful weapons" from Iran. Gates tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he's worried about the Iranian influence in Iraq and he thinks Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
largest loss of life for American troops in two years.
Gates says the Taliban will only negotiate when they feel they are under greater military pressure. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that the U.S. and Afghan governments have held talks with Taliban emissaries in an
effort to end the nearly 10-year war. Gates says there's been "outreach" to the Taliban by the U.S. and others, but he describes the contacts as "very preliminary." Gates tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he doesn't think
the talks will make any "substantive" progress until at least the winter. He says that before the Taliban are willing to have "a serious conversation," they'll have to feel under military pressure and begin to believe that they can't win. He says a political outcome is the way that most wars end.
President Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist is dismissive of the Republicans who want his boss' job. David Axelrod says they're eager to criticize the Democratic incumbent without offering substantive ways to help the country. Axelrod also says it's too early to start sizing up the competition. But that isn't stopping him from taking on the emerging field of candidates when he was asked to assess the GOP' first major debate of the campaign season last Monday in New Hampshire.Republicans at that forum condemned Obama's handling of the economy and pledged to repeal his health care overhaul.Axelrod tells CNN's "State of the Union" that there was "a view of
unanimity of antipathy toward the president." He says he didn't hear many ideas, but rather "a lot of pat