9:05am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: History Doesn't Quite Repeat Itself

Members of a pro-Islamic human rights group and Syrians living in Turkey gather, one holding a placard that reads, "we did not forget Hama" as they stage a protest against the Syrian regime and its leader Bashar Assad during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.
AP

David Kenner is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.

Something was stirring in the Syrian city of Hama. The Assad regime appeared to be losing control; it had issued vague warnings about an Islamist takeover, but had gone ominously silent for over a week. A government-planned trip to the city was canceled. Syrian officials warned privately that any attempt by intrepid journalists to visit Hama would be "life-threatening."

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8:54am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: A Lesson From The Great Depression

A family of migrant workers flees from the drought in Oklahoma camp by the roadside in Blythe, California, during The Great Depression.
Dorothea Lange Getty Images

John B. Judis is a senior editor of The New Republic and a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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8:53am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Time To Celebrate Health Care?

President Barack Obama speaks about efforts to prepare veterans for the workforce, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington. On Friday the president also declated Aug. 7-13 as National Health Center Week.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Jeffrey H. Anderson was the senior speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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8:43am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Riots In London Over Police Shooting; Saudis Recall Ambassador From Syria

People walk past a burned van Sunday, a day after riots in the Tottenham area of London. A peaceful protest against the police killing of a 29-year-old man degenerated into a rampage.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Good morning!

As we said earlier, we'll be watching the markets as they react to the United States' rating downgrade and the greater worries about the global economy. But, here are some other stories making headlines:

-- London Riots: For the first time in decades, London witnessed intense riots this past weekend. The riots started after police shot and killed Mark Duggan a 29-year-old father of four. The AP reports:

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8:30am

Mon August 8, 2011
Business

Uneasy Financial World Awaits Wall Street Reaction

Wall Street was poised Monday for a day of potential turmoil after global stocks slid in the wake of a first-ever downgrade of U.S. credit and major intervention by the European Central Bank to help stave off defaults in Spain and Italy.

European markets lost early momentum and moved sharply lower amid mounting concerns over eurozone debt woes and the pending opening of U.S. markets, when traders will have their first chance to respond to Standard and Poor's decision Friday to lower its triple A rating for the U.S.

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8:13am

Mon August 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Bill Toughens Penalties for Assaulting ER Workers

Anyone who assaults a doctor or nurse in a hospital emergency room would be charged with a Class “D” felony under a bill proposed by Kentucky state Senator John Schickel. The Republican from Union spoke in support of his measure during a meeting today of a legislative panel. Schickel says the proposal has the support of the Kentucky Association of Emergency Room Nurses and the Kentucky Hospital Association.

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8:02am

Mon August 8, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Fancy Farm Speakers Support Coal

Much of the speaking at this weekend’s Fancy Farm picnic trended towards national issues. Candidates praised the military, worried about public debt and criticized what is—or isn’t—getting done in Washington. But coal and federal environmental regulations were also a target in several speeches.

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7:59am

Mon August 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Pols Spar Over Homeless Voters

Speaking at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, the candidates for secretary of state continued their debate about registering homeless people to vote in Kentucky. Declaring that people without an address should not be allowed to vote, Republican nominee Bill Johnson said allowing them to register opens the door to possible voter fraud. Last month, he filed an ethics complaint over a 2-page memorandum sent to county clerks by the secretary of state’s office telling local officials to approve voter applications that have “homeless” or “place to place” listed as an address.

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7:57am

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

Hearing Set in Voucher Suit

A judge in Indianapolis is scheduled to hear arguments this week in a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher program, created this year by the General Assembly. The program allows parents who meet income guidelines to use tax money to send their children to private schools, including those with religious affiliations.Opponents of the program include the Indiana State Teachers Association.

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7:57am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: In Wake Of S&P Downgrade, Watching The Markets

The markets are trying to digest a lot, this morning: First, is the news from Friday that Standard & Poor's downgraded the United States' credit rating. Second, is that this morning the European Central Bank started buying Italian and Spanish government bonds.

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