Geithner Pitches Plan Across the Pond
The NYT fronts and the WP teases the revelation that before Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., was appointed to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat, former governor Rod Blagojevich's brother asked Burris to help Blagojevich raise campaign funds. Burris declined to do any fundraising and no one's charging him with wrong doing on that score. The trouble is that this is now the third distinct version of Burris' recollection of his contacts with the former governor. In fact, Burris' new story pretty plainly contradicts what he told the Illinois House of Representatives impeachment committee while he was under oath. Illinois lawmakers are now calling for a formal investigation.
Times are hard for Detroit automakers and the Big Three have responded by slashing budgets for everything from production to marketing. The WP reports, however, that Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have all kept up their association with NASCAR, as stock car marketing events still have huge potential to convert fans into potential customers.
The paparazzi in South Korea aren't targeting celebrities, according to the LAT. Instead, they go after photos of people committing pretty crimes and use the pictures to collect reward money.
A Nigerian Prince in Every Inbox: Is the Internet too riddled with security problems to survive? The NYT posits that the only way to create a safe, sustainable Web is to start over with a new network that removes some of the anonymity and freedom of the current 'net.
Jesse Stanchak is a writer living in Washington, D.C.