Wikipedia Live Monitor
is an experimental site that scans Wikipedia edits real-time searching for frenzied editing sessions. Matches are compared with "plausibility checks" on Facebook, Google etc.. to see if there is something in the news, thus quickly pinpointing unexpected events.
Obama Announces Full Troop Withdrawal from Iraq by Year's End.
Confirming reports that emerged last week
that the US does not plan to maintain a residual troop presence in Iraq, the US will pull out of Iraq completely by the end of 2011, bringing to a close a bloody chapter in international history that first began in March 20, 2003. With other recent reports that the administration is considering a faster withdrawal from Afghanistan
in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden's death
at the hands of US special forces in May of this year, an end to America's longest running military conflict
also seems likely to come soon.
Obama Justice Department Finds DOMA Unconstitutional, Will Not Defend in Court
The Justice Department just today sent a letter
to John Boehner and other house leaders informing them of the decision. Here is the DOJ's official statement
on the decision.
Another oil rig has reportedly just exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.
Though coverage is scanty now as this is a breaking story, there is updated coverage here
. This news comes just as a new study by officials from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources working with local oyster men finds that roughly 90% of oysters in the areas they sampled were dead
Obama ban on deepwater drilling overturned.
While many critics on the left have complained all along that the six month moratorium announced by the Obama Administration doesn't go far enough,
and while polls still show nearly 60% of Americans supporting the temporary ban
, the industry and its supporters meanwhile have gone into full-time spin mode, saturating all available bandwidth
with opinions denouncing the moratorium, and now the courts have chosen to side with the industry.
BP agrees to set aside $20 billion for spill claims.
In a much anticipated deal brokered with the heads of the disgraced oil industry giant following on the heels of last night's speech from the Oval Office
, President Obama has received a commitment from BP to establish a $20 billion dollar escrow account to pay for economic damages related to the Deepwater Horizon's now estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrel a day oil gusher
in the Gulf of Mexico (also previously here
, and here
on the blue). Does this development render moot the politically perilous issue of retroactively lifting the $75 million dollar cap on oil company liabilities, which the DOJ recently declared legal
? Some are asking for more details
. NY Times asks: How much will BP really pay?
Darling of the far-right fringe Michelle Balkin cautions BP: "Don't be chumps! This is redistribution of wealth
." And fellow right-of-centrist Sarah Palin wants to call in the Dutch
Massive New York power outage?
Boing Boing is among the first to report that a massive power outage just hit much of the Northeast, including New York, Cleveland and Detroit. CNN
's breaking news just confirmed it.
Drudge clone Mens News Daily,
has vowed to challenge the drudgereport
in this Washington Times article.
Politics set aside, with hundreds of other second rate "drudge wannabe" breaking news sites like OnlineWorldNews
ultra-news, etc etc. when does it stop? How much breaking news do we really need. The news can only break so many ways, no?
NBC employee in New York tests positive for anthrax.
Not much yet, still an un-clickable "breaking news" link at the top of msnbc.com
Oh no, not again.
U.S. Capitol being evacuated; New York airports shut down. Breaking news from CNN.
Bank robbery in progress:
You can probably watch it live on TV right now. Six schools close to the bank have been shut down, and the FBI is negotiating for the hostages to be released.