Post Racial Politics: The non-apology apology from the New York Post... has, appropriately, had a non-impact impact. Our fifth story on the Countdown: The protests continuing tonight both outside the headquarters of the right wing tabloid's parent company, News Corps... And inside the news room... where even the gossip page is distancing itself from the controversy. All this as right-wing wing-nut Alan Keyes is now warning that President Obama is a "radical communist" and a "usurper" who must be stopped... or... the United States will "cease to exist." No, I am not kidding.
City Hall: On Monday, President Obama will meet with the nation's governors... governors whose states are hurting. Today, Mr. Obama met with more than 70 mayors from around the country. Our fourth story tonight... is the president outflanking the Republican Congress?
ODDBALL: Hannit's puzzle...weee!!
A-Rod & Real: Less than 72 hours after his confessional news conference, designed to begin rebuilding his support among fans (and advertisers), baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez's already improbable story of how and when he used steroids, has fallen apart. Our third story on the Countdown:
-- He said the drug "Boli" -- Primobolan -- had been obtained for him by a cousin; Today a newspaper report revealed Rodriguez had a personal trainer linked to steroids.
-- He said the steroid had been purchased "over-the-counter" in the Dominican Republic; Today another report revealed the drug isn't even legally available there with a prescription.
-- And he insisted he had not used any performance enhancing drugs since the 2003 season; Today, the story about the notorious trainer included the startling revelation that the man had travelled with Rodriguez, as recently as the baseball season of 2007.
WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD: Rick Santelli and El Rushbo vie for tonight's top honors.
The Party's Over: "I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. "Everybody's out of work, or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers can't sell beer. Beer sales are running low, and nobody knows what to do. There's no end to it." In our number one story on the Countdown, for the first time since records have been kept in 1959, beer sales are down -- dramatically so. "We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They're crazy. Everything is going crazy, so we don't go out for a beer any more."