The Jesusita Fire has expanded to over 8000 acres. Eighty homes have been destroyed. 3500 homes are in “immediate jeopardy” according to Reuters. The San Francisco Chronicle headlines, Jesusita fire likely a sign of things to come. The best blog on the fire, that I have found, is: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/
Forty-three States now report confirmed cases of H1N1. According to the CDC 1639 US residents have confirmed infections. Japan and Australia have reported their first cases. According to WHO, 25 nations have confirmed 2500 cases.
Intense fighting between Pakistani and Taliban forces has prompted a massive civilian exodus. According to the Daily Times (Pakistan), “On Friday, troops targeted Taliban mountaintop training camps, ammunition dumps and command and communication centres in precision strikes.” (More from Reuters, Associated Press, and Al Jezeera.)
On Friday the House Republican Conference released a video entitled, Never Again, criticizing the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies. Richard Clarke, former White House (and Obama campaign) counterterrorism advisor is pushing back.
The White House and Senator Vitter continue to exchange jabs over the Lousiana Senator’s “hold” on the nomination of Craig Fugate as FEMA Administrator. Meanwhile the nomination of Tim Manning as Deputy Administrator (Preparedness) cleared the Senate.