Thursday, August 23, 2007

Media-Whore's D'Oevres

"Next weekend Diana Ross will be in town for An Evening Under the Stars where she will give a private performance at Stony Brook Southampton. This event, hosted by Jill and Cliff Viner, will benefit the Kids PumpEd Project at the Diabetes Research Institute." (Hamptons)

Spoken Like Someone About to Retire From The Senate: "In an effort to get Iraqi leaders to take action to quell the violence in their country, President Bush should authorize the withdrawal of U.S. troops next month, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) said Thursday.'Take into consideration the need to send a sharp and clear message throughout the region, to the United States, and one that people can understand,' Warner recommended. He added that such a move would send a message to Iraq’s government and the region that the U.S. commitment is not open-ended and that political progress must be made." (TheHill)

"NBC is getting into the ring with 'American Gladiators,' which has been revived by the Peacock for midseason.The competition skein -- which featured players with names like Nitro, Turbo and Laser in its campy, early '90s syndie incarnation -- will be updated for the 21st century with new technology and twists. MGM TV, which was behind the original hit, is producing along with Reveille." (Variety)

"Democrats are not only gearing up to contest the usual hot spots where they fell short the last time —such as Ohio, Iowa, Missouri and Florida … . But they also appear ready to make a run in a number of states that have long been considered part of the Republican base. Many of the Democratic targets of opportunity are in the Mountain West. But an early target list would also include Virginia, where Democrats appear to have found the formula for statewide success by establishing a beachhead in the burgeoning vote-rich suburbs of Northern Virginia. … The trend is also encouraging for the Democrats in much of the Mountain West. Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada and New Mexico all were carried by Clinton at least once in the 1990s." (Sabato's Crystal Ball via Politico)

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