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MORNING COFFEE TO GO
Simpson and Bowles release their final report on deficit reduction, including sharp defense cuts, raising retirement age and so on. Chance of others agreeing: possibly zero.
Senate finally passes food safety bill with, at last, some bipartisan support.
Reuters reports that Bank of America shares declined by 3 percent on Tuesday, after investors heard reports that BOA may be the unnamed bank that is the focus of the next trove of documents to be released by WikiLeaks next year.
As I warned: Experts now question N. Korea-Iran missile deal in Wikileaks that NYT and others in US media went nuts over, Wash Post reports.
One again, I blogged the latest news and views on WikiLeaks yesterday. And I’m doing it again today–go here for the latest on Day 4. Here are some of latest from last night and early today: Pentagon chief Robt Gates off the reservation: fallout from WikiLeaks will be "fairly modest" for foreign policy….Interpol issues warrant on "fugitive" Julian Assange…..Classic, from NYT: How Blackwater turned to pirate-hunting as a way to drum up new business…..Bombshell from The Guardian? UK promised in 2009 to protect U.S. interests in official Chilcot inquiry on Iraq war–now a "coverup" charged.
Time magazine with "exclusive" Assange interview — love this, via Skype from an "undisclosed location." (A deep bunker I hope, to avoid drones.) He says Hillary Clinton should resign over UN and embassy spying, which NYT and others here don’t seem to really care about. He reminds media (which usually gets this wrong) that these cables are being redacted "carefully"—hence the slow rollout—and confirms a bank is next big Wikileaks target.