In place of the firm cuts sought this week by Germany, host of the G8 summit, the gathered leaders agreed to work collectively on a deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through "strong and early" action.
Further evidence has come to light that Iran is indeed fighting a proxy war against the United States and Britain in Afghanistan (and, no doubt, Iraq as well).
Several months after its release and casual dismissal by the president, several GOP senators are urging the president to reconsider the recommendations of the report authored by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
The troop surge in Iraq is not scheduled to be fully deployed and effective until just a few weeks before Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to tell Congress and the president whether the surge is working. There is some debate as to whether the offer of reporting in September is disingenuous on the part of the administration.
Turkey has sent thousands of troops across the border into Iraq to chase Kurdish fighters. The international community had asked them not to do so. It is unclear what the response will be.
Several key provisions of the bi-partisan immigration deal are under assault from amendments being considered in the Senate this week.
Maverick Republican candidate, Representative Ron Paul of Texas, announced his belief that U.S. intervention in the Gulf, particularly Iraq, is about protecting the interests of the oil industry. He went on to criticize the tax breaks and other subsidies the U.S. gives to the oil industry.
The practice in question is creation of genetically modified seeds that will produce a crop that is seedless. Canada is looking to join India and Brazil in banning such a practice.
During a Q & A session at the D conference, Steve Jobs has gone on record reversing months of statements by saying that Apple is working to make the platform accessible to 3rd Party Developers.
According to an internal assessment, Bush's surge in Iraq, intended to secure Baghdad has come up well short with the military in control of only one-third of the city after three months of work.
In concert with the presidents calls for the leading industrialized nations to introduce voluntary curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, the White House claims that while the U.S. economy has grown 10% since 2001, greenhouse gas emissions have risen only 1.6%. They claim this is better than the 8%/5% seen in Europe. That is a false claim representing typically bad administration science.
U.S. president George W Bush, seemingly immune to diplomatic subtlety, will be meeting with Vladimir Putin as part of the G8 summit this week and then will proceed to Poland and the Czech Republic for meetings about his planned missile shield. This after a political firestorm has erupted over Russian missile testing and the targeting of European cities/bases by Russian missiles.
Claiming that industrialized nations are responsible for most greenhouse gas emissions, China has said that growing its economy with the goals of economic development and poverty eradication is more important. They did however commit to being 20% more energy efficient than 2005 by 2010.
In response to U.S. plans to setup a missile shield to protect Europe, Russian president Vladimir Putin has stated that Russia will return to the cold war stance of targeting Europe with missiles.
Three new studies, released just before the G8 summit, add new evidence that action on global warming is needed sooner rather than later.