McCain Veepstakes – Sarah Palin! UPDATED

The internet is abuzz. McCain may make Alaska Governor Sarah Palin his running mate.

The Trail reports:

Speculation quickly turned to a dark-horse candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Atlantic’s Mark Ambinder was the first to report that a private plane from Anchorage landed last night at a private airport about 30 miles from here.

The private plane is connected to a McCain fundraiser.

There have been more female names dropped recently, among them Condoleeza Rice and Carly Fiorina.

Poor Mitt..

UPDATE:CNBC calls it for Palin!

UPDATE II: Palin is under investigation for abuse of power!

UPDATE III: Audio from her spokesperson, shows the lack of openness and transparency in her government.

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European Press Roundup

Author’s note: Whenever I speak of the European press, I have to admit, that I am leaving out Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, I simply lack the language skills to read what is written there. The sources I use are usually the websites of the German, Swiss, Austrian, British, French, Italian and Spanish leading newspapers. For news from other countries I have to rely on second-hand information provided by the sources mentioned above.

This said, let’s proceed to today’s roundup:

Obviously, the death of Luciano Pavarotti, the singer with the voice of gold, has made it to the front page of every single webpage I have visited this morning. Here’s the obituary from the British “Guardian”, and please honor this great artist by visiting the post below and hear him sing the aria “nessun dorma”. The one aria which he sang as if it was written just for him.

Iraq again: There have been airstrikes into a Baghdad neighbourhood, by the US military. At least 14 people have been killed.

Terrorism is, not quite unexpectedly, another big issue. While almost all newspapers/websites are reporting on yesterday’s arrests in Germany, the German newspapers “Der Spiegel” and “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” are already covering the political implications. On the right aisle of the government was a quick move to reintroduce the topic of “online-searches” into the political debate. Nice try, but they’re being a little too obvious.

Another topic that made all the sites is the nonchalant handling of atomic warheads by the US government. In case you can’t get enough of it, here’s the London “Times”.

Switzerland helped itself to its very own federal attorney firing scandal. There are allegations, that the Swiss Minister for Justice might have been involved in a plot to oust the federal attorney. The FA has already resigned in July 2006. The Minister for Justice is up for re-election this fall.

More news are a shipwreck off Cadiz with five sailors still missing and snowfall and flooding in Austria.

I wish you all a very good morning and stay safe!