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June 30th, 2009

A 14-year-old girl is believed to be the only survivor of a Yemenia air bus that crashed into the Indian Ocean.

The deposed president of Honduras plans to return Thursday in an attempt to reverse the military coup that exiled him to Costa Rica.

Minnesota's Supreme Court has declared Al Franken the winner of the Senate race that has been in contention since the November election. If the Court's decision is upheld, Franken would give the Senate Democrats a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.

Iran's Guardian Council would like us all to know that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the elction. For serious, just in case anyone forgot where they stand since a few days ago. Meanwhile Ahmadinejad has warned that he will seek revenge on a "monopoly of global powers" that he says encouraged pro-democracy sentiment in Iranian citizens.

Don't eat the cookie dough! It has e.coli. Salmonella I get, but e.coli? In cookie dough? Oh yeah, don't eat the beef, either. Have fun at all those 4th of July barbecues, America!

Mark Sanford has crossed the line from necessary candor into tragic oversharing:

During an emotional interview at his Statehouse office with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sanford said Chapur is his soul mate but he’s trying to fall back in love with his wife... South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he “crossed lines” with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them.

A female talking head on CNN just said if she was this guy's wife, she'd be tossing his belongings from the roof of the governor's mansion. I can't really disagree. I mean... really, dude? You have children. Show a little restraint with what you offer to the press for release to the public.

I never entirely understand why it matters who a politician is sleeping with in regard to their job. Is it infuriating/hilarious to see some family values blowhard get caught in an infidelity scandal? Sure. But if the guy can do his job, then what he does with his dipstick is no one's problem but his and his family's. The problem with Sanford is he decided that the governor of a state could drop off the grid for a few days without telling anyone and it would be acceptable. If he'd just made a phone call to his office, he wouldn't be in this mess right now.

mcguffin, given your comment yesterday, I blame you for this.

Finally today, the media frenzy can officially end. Michael Jackson is just fine! He and Elvis are planning a big tour next fall. Whether Tupac will open is as yet undetermined.