Thursday, August 20, 2009

Top Stories: 8/20/09

Voting has wrapped-up in Afghanistan and ballot tallying is expected to be finished tomorrow. Reports suggest that turnout is lower than expected - Afghans are thought to be concerned about Taliban violence and not willing to risk their life for an election with so many accusations of fraud surrounding it. The good news for President Karzai's rivals is that turnout is disproportionally low in the south, where his base of support is. That suggests that there could very well still be a run-off election.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) - widely considered a 2012 presidential candidate - is grabbing more and more headlines. Politico reports that the healthcare issue has been his primary way of getting in the spotlight and pleasing the conservative base he'll have to appeal to in a primary.

The Huffington Post relays Rush Limbaugh's response to the video of Barney Frank insulting a constituent, and - you guessed it - it's pretty tasteless.

Andrew Gelman of presents an interesting study of how people identify with a particular political party. In short, it has to do with an individual's income relative to their ideology.

And here are last night's political jokes:

An administrative note: Over the next two weeks, WAYLA will only be bringing you the morning's top stories. We'll return with regular posts after Labor Day. There will also be no post tomorrow.

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