6/25 Roundup: Uncle Sam's Army, Wolfman, Cry For Me in Argentina

U.S. Defeats SpainLeader: Uncle Sam's Army

- It's possible this isn't actually the most important news story in the world today, but really, what's the point of having a blog if you can't occasionally set your own agenda? Yesterday, the United States Men's National Soccer Team beat Spain-- the best team in the world. Spain had recently won the European Cup, and was undefeated since 2006.  Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored, giving the U.S. a 2-0 victory. The U.S. will now play in the final of the Confederations Cup on Sunday, against the winner of today's game between Brazil and South Africa.

- Many are already calling this the greatest victory in the history of American soccer, and it's certainly way up there, along with our defeats of Mexico and Portugal in the 2002 World Cup, of Brazil in 1995, and of England in 1950. George Vescey compares it to the win by the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey team in 1980. It's that big, seriously.


- President Obama will meet today with Congressional leaders to talk about immigration. The NY Times doesn't seem to think the passage of comprehensive immigration reform is very likely this year.  We here at NDN respectfully disagree!

- The Washington Post covers Chuck Schumer's speech on immigration from yesterday, and particularly his support for biometric identification cards for all American workers. 


- Last week saw an unexpected uptick in the number of new jobless claims.  As unemployment rises, the WSJ reports that people are going further, and doing stranger things for work.  Like this one guy who dresses up as Wolfman every day. 

- In the first quarter this year, the economy shrank by a mere 5.5%, not the 5.7% initially reported.  Even better, things appear to be a little less bad now.


- As the government continued to crack down on protesters in Iran, President Ahmadinejad told the U.S. not to interfere with his country's sovereignty. Our allies in the Arab countries around the Persian Gulf are tickled pink by Iran's unrest-- in part because it means a less powerful Iran, and in part because they suspect this will make it harder for the U.S. to reconcile with Iran. Also, Iran's leaders are officially uninvited from our July 4 festivities.  Good.

New From NDN

- I think that you, yes YOU, should come by our offices or tune in online today for Simon's presentation of his Dawn of a New Politics powerpoint.  It's replete with new slides and new arguments, so even if you've seen it before, check us out!

- Next week, Simon and NDN Fellow Morley Winograd will be up in New York for the Personal Democracy Forum, doing a panel together on America's changing demography.  Should be pretty cool.

One More Thing

- Last, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford had an affair with a woman in Argentina.  He offered the usual display of remorse and courage yesterday, after telling us that he had spent the past five days-- while the nation wondered where he was-- crying in Argentina. Appropriately, Stephen Colbert declared himself governor of South Carolina a few days ago, so presumably he'll be calling the shots now:

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