News You Can Use for June 17

In the Internet circles I often find myself in, I often hear about how terrible the news media is today, even outside the accusations of bias. So I thought about starting a feature where I run down the top 25 stories of the day that you should know, with no fluff or filler. Think of it as what the evening news SHOULD be. Should generally be up to date by 7:45.

My verdict: There is no such thing as a slow news day. This was a big time sink the first time but I may actually go at it again tomorrow now that I know just how many important stories there really are if you know where to look.

Note that I’m only listing stories reported on by the Associated Press, and for all I know there are probably places on the Internet or elsewhere that are already a great source for substantive news. But it’s so hard to get the word out because the Internet audience is so diverse.

Leave a comment if you quibble with my order or if I missed an important story, or even if I judged a story important that isn’t.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember that this is for June 17, 2008, and may be out of date by the time you read this.

  1. Fed auctions $75 billion to ease credit stresses
  2. Report: Pentagon misled Congress on NORAD threat
  3. Official says Iraq contract dispute cost him job
  4. Bush closes defense contractor tax loophole
  5. Iran says uranium enrichment to continue
  6. Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan denies new nuke weapons claim
  7. Attorney seeks clearance for 9/11 defendant
  8. Gitmo war crimes court back in session
  9. Findings on the Pentagon’s detainee policies
  10. Radical preacher Abu Qatada to be freed in Britain
  11. Hamas says it’s reached cease-fire with Israel/Details of Israel-Hamas truce
  12. US, activists decry Darfur ‘failure’
  13. Energy prices fuel US-China strains
  14. GOP objects to jobless benefits extension bill
  15. Bush to urge Congress to allow offshore drilling
  16. Senators jab OPEC over high oil prices
  17. CFTC boosting oversight of foreign oil trades
  18. Weather, costs could cause record Texas ag losses
  19. Bush begins effort to track state of environment
  20. Fed: industrial production dipped in May
  21. Study: Health costs to rise nearly 10 percent
  22. Countrywide revelations muddle housing rescue
  23. Republicans on tax bill: Just say no.
  24. DNC wants McCain investigated
  25. Obama: Bin Laden still free because of GOP tactics

Other important stories (honorable mentions):

  1. AFSMCE, MoveOn ad targets McCain on Iraq war/McCain ad puts distance with Bush on environment
  2. Obama to seek AFL-CIO, labor backing in meetings/Clinton asks top donors to meeting with Obama
  3. Obama promises tuition tax credit
  4. Conviction thrown out in Abramoff scandal/People convicted in the Abramoff investigation
  5. Mexico to have public trials, presumed innocence
  6. Maryland elects 1st black woman to Congress
  7. Patients signing away right to sue nursing homes
  8. US expects food inspectors in China by year end
  9. Appeals court refuses to stop gay weddings
  10. Summer job market especially tough for poor kids/Tips for teens to land a summer job (hey, a story that’s relevant to me!)
  11. Flood health risks exist, but common sense rules
  12. Taco Bell, Wendy’s starting to use tomatoes again
  13. United projects 2008 fuel costs soaring to $9.5B
  14. Northwest Airlines announces larger capacity cuts
  15. Low sales force Ford to idle SUV plant for 9 weeks
  16. Bush to inspect Iowa flood damage
  17. FDA warns about fraudulent cancer treatments
  18. AMA takes no action on tobacco bill challenge
  19. Not important: Study: The new SAT is not much better

Also of interest:
Poll: Obama leads McCain nationally by small margin

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