Fox News analyst Liz Trotta joked over the weekend about assassinating Barack Obama.
** REZKO VERDICT LIKELY MID-WEEK. The corruption trial of Chicago developer Tony Rezko seems likely to come to its conclusion this week with a jury verdict. Rezko was a patron and financial supporter of an up-and-coming Chicago pol with the unlikely name of Barack Obama. What’s striking is how little Obama has figured in the trial. He’s barely been mentioned.
** INDY 4 A HUGE HIT AROUND THE WORLD. Fulfilling one of the easiest NWN forecasts ever made, Indiana Jones returned for a fourth picture following a 19-year hiatus in the ever so elegantly named Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And achieved one of the biggest openings in movie history. Between its Thursday opening and last night, Indy 4 grossed took in $311 million in global box office. In domestic box office, the picture took in $151 million.
To put that in perspective, in only five days, Indy 4 achieved a bigger domestic box office than such recent summer movie smash hits as Terminator 3 (sorry, Governor), Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen did in their entire theatrical runs.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
Barack Obama is in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following his Memorial Day visit to New Mexico and pror to his Wednesday visit to Colorado. The Mountain West is in play for the general election. Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada together equal Ohio in electoral votes.
John McCain is in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. Denver to try to contest the Mountain West, a new suite of swing states, with Obama. Phoenix for a fundraiser with President Bush.
Hillary Clinton is in Montana. Clinton has tried to sneak up on Obama there, but trails now, 52% to 35%.
Bill Clinton is in Puerto Rico.
** MY LATEST PODCAST. The road ahead.
** THE OTHER BIG PROBLEM WITH HILLARY’S NOTORIOUS REMARKS. I explain the OTHER big problem with Hillary Clinton’s notorious Friday afternoon remarks, on my other blog. (Not the RFK assassination reference, but her false claim that Bill Clinton’s 1992 nomination was in any doubt in June. As you’ll see, the Clinton high command knew in May that the fight was effectively over.)
** SCHWARZENEGGER WEBCAST THIS MORNING. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joins U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons at Lake Tahoe to receive the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission report. Schwarzenegger will outline specific steps to be taken in advance of the fire-prone Sierra Nevada region’s fire season. The event will be webcast live this morning at 10:30 AM from www.gov.ca.gov.
** 24/7 LIVE TV NEWS FEED FROM RUSSIA TODAY. Russia has re-emerged as one of the world’s great powers. Click here for a live TV news feed on your computer, bringing you English-language, jargon-free, fast-paced coverage of global and Russian news from the new Russia Today channel. You probably already know about CNN International, BBC World, and Al Jazeera. Russia Today, which also features culture, entertainment, and sports, is based in Moscow and is owned and operated by the TV Novosti division of Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti.
While it’s quite foolish to expect to see, say, criticism of Vladimir Putin on Russia Today, which I know as a former DemRussia advisor, the channel is very interesting nonetheless. The NWN live link to RT does not constitute an endorsement of the channel’s views. It’s presented as an otherwise unavailable new media window.
** TRACK GLOBAL AND U.S. ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. Crude oil is trading in the $130 to $132 per barrel range.
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