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Monday, July 25, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Norway killer plagiarized the Unabomber in his manifesto

Anders Behring Breivik
>> Thirty-two-year-old Anders Behring Breivik confessed to killing 93 people in an Oslo government building bombing and a shooting rampage at a nearby kid's camp. Breivik described his motives as "gruesome but necessary" to "[call] for a Christian war to defend Europe against the threat of Muslim domination." However most his manifesto was plagiarized nearly word-for-word from the "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski. Is it possible for a psycho killer to lose credibility? (BBC, AP)

>> On Saturday House Speaker John Boehner said he wanted a working debt plan by Sunday, but now he is arguing for a two-stage process. Now both sides are working on separate fallback plans after this weekend's private talks failed to produce any debt ceiling compromise. Republicans, remember this as elections loom: everyone is going to hate you when the government has to stop sending millions of Social Security and Medicare checks. (Politico, Fox News)

>> After about 800 couples entered a lottery to get hitched, 300 mostly gay couples were married in Manhattan yesterday, the first day gay marriage was legal in New York. Mazel tov! And with President Obama announcing that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will "once and for all" officially end on Sept. 20, 2011, we can now have an "Army Husbands" spin-off show! (the New York Times, Politico)

>> After more than four months of anti-government protests, Syria has endorsed a law allowing for political parties. These political organizations, allowed for the first time in decades, can't have links to non-Syrian political groups and must go through a strict application process. Bashar al-Assad is such a forward thinker—not! (Wall Street Journal)

>> And finally: Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead from an overdose in her London home on Saturday at age 27. No one can say they're surprised, given her well publicized issues with drugs, but our tears will dry on our own (my favorite Wine-ho song). (BBC)

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