Blago Gone Wild: "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I am not a crook. I've earned everything I've got." Substitute the word Governor for President... And, in our fifth story on the Countdown, you pretty much have not what Richard Nixon said 35 years ago last month...But what Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said today. Of course, the Governor spiced it up with a passage from Rudyard Kipling's famed poem "If"... And perhaps all you need to know about Blagojevich is, he bailed out of the stanza just before Kipling warned "don't look too good, nor talk too wise."
You Say Dubai, I say Hello: The auto industry was bailed out today...17.4 billion dollars in emergency loans...to prevent G-M and Chrysler from collapsing. During an 8-minute-long televised announcement timed to end before the stock market opened...President Bush laid out a so-called rescue package...replete with conditions, deadlines and concessions...especially from the union... In our fourth story on the Countdown, instead of bankruptcy for two of the Big Three, the federal government will tap the fund initially set aside to bail out the financial industry. But unlike the lifeline thrown to the banks...this one has strings attached.
ODDBALL: zamboni goes boom and south korea brawl fest 2008
W. MARK FELT: 1913-2008
: Today is the the day we were meant to learn the true identity of "Deep Throat". A secret which Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein promised they would keep until the man -- or woman -- had died. Instead, he outted himself - thirty three years after Watergate - admitting --quote-- "I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat" Tonight, in our third story on the Countdown, W. Mark Felt, the former Deputy Associate Director of the F-B-I, has died of congestive heart failure in Santa Rosa, California. He was 95.
WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD: Sean Hannity, Gretchen Carlson, Florida State Department of Revenue and Carl Lindner, Jr. , Chairman of Great American Insurance Company.
A Big Meth: A drug bust... in the crystal meth capital of Alaska. Six felony counts -- for a manufactured substance. In our number one story on the Countdown, the Thrilla in Wasilla. And the target -- the future mother-in-law of Governor Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter. Which could mean, really, just by definition... Governor Sarah Palin... pallin' around with drug dealers?