Daily Briefing: The Ups and Downs of the Political Atmosphere, Actual Atmosphere

  • Iraq war to be central issue in November, "it's the other guy's fault" speeches to intensify over next two months. [WP, NYT]

  • Ohio preserving paper ballots from 2004 presidential election to "study irregularities." [NYT]

  • California to have strongest limits on greenhouse gasses in nation, and initiate "a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020." [NYT, LAT, W$J]

  • New Pentagon report reveals soldiers' financial problems, use of predatory loan services. [USAT]

  • Iran set to ignore today's nuclear fuel production deadline, US set to push sanctions through UN. [NYT]

  • Amount of nicotine in cigarettes up as much as 36% between 1998 and 2004, no word from cigarette companies on how that happened. [WP]

  • Egyptian novelist and Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz died yesterday at the age of 94. [WP]
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