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6 October 2008


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Presidential Campaigns Get Personal, Unpresidential -- For two guys who claim they want to change the tone of American politics, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain sure sound like old politics. With four weeks to go before polling day, the attacks and counter-attacks are less about policy and more about personality. The old-hat, Rovian heat is generating less light about the competing visions for the country’s future than ever before in this campaign.

Iraq-Namese Provincial Election Law Approved -- The legislation that sorts out the Iraq-Namese provincial elections is now law. The executive branch approved what the parliament passed over the week-end. As a result, nominations can start on October 15, and the elections must be held by January 31, 2009. However, the absence of Article 50, which protects minorities, from the final bill ensures that the provincial governments will not represent all sides unless reinstated.

Citi and Wells Fargo Fight over Wachovia -- Over the week-end, the lawyers and leaders of Citi and Wells Fargo argued with each other and with federal regulators over the fate of Wachovia Corp., a bank on its way to failure. The two have rival bids, and Citi claims it had an exclusive arrangement, while Wells Fargo will cost the taxpayers nothing. A solomonic solution appears inevitable, cutting Wachovia in two.

Ig®Nobel Prizes for 2008 Awarded -- The Ig®Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday. As the organizing body, the Annals of Improbable Research noted, “In a gala ceremony in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, 1200 splendidly eccentric spectators watch[ed] the winners step forward to accept their Prizes. These [were] physically handed out by genuinely bemused genuine Nobel Laureates.” The favorite here was in archaeology, wherein the winning study proved that the effects of a live armadillo can change the course of history by moving stuff around.

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