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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Today: Isaac Verges on Hurricane Status , Gingrich Takes the GOP Convention to School With Newt University , Troops Punished for Quran Burning
Cheat Sheet: Morning

August 28, 2012

With Romney's likability at a record low, Republicans appear to have given up on getting America to like their candidate. Instead, they'd rather divide and conquer as if it's 1968, writes Michael Tomasky. Plus, full coverage of the Republican National Convention. And tune in tomorrow for our all-star Tampa lineup: Sen. John McCain, Candy Crowley, T. Boone Pickens, Rudy Giuliani, Ann Coulter, Martin Amis, David Frum, and more. Live on The Daily Beast homepage starting at 12 noon ET.


Tropical Storm Isaac could become a full-fledged hurricane before it strikes land along the Gulf Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday, a frightening prospect for residents of Louisiana and neighboring states who remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Forecasters said that the storm, which could be the first hurricane to strike the area since 2008, could make Category 1 status as it continues on its current path toward New Orleans. Isaac had winds of 70 miles per hour on Tuesday morning, and was moving toward land at about 12 miles per hour.


Deprived of center stage in Tampa, the former speaker and 2012 candidate is hosting Newt U. Lloyd Grove joins a class and learns about Democrats' lies, Obamacare's robbery of Medicare, and more.


The U.S. military announced on Monday that troops involved in an incident of Quran-burning and a separate incident of soldiers urinating on corpses will be punished, though not prosecuted. An investigation conducted by the military found that 100 copies of the Muslim religion's holiest book were burned by soldiers earlier this year. "However, I absolutely reject any suggestion that those involved acted with any malicious intent to disrespect the Quran or defame the faith of Islam," said Brig. Gen. Bryan Watson in the military's report. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called the actions of the Marine's urinating on corpses "inhuman," and it is unclear whether the punishments will satisfy calls for justice in the country.


Samsung Electronics is fighting tooth and claw to keep its smartphones and other devices on American shelves after losing a $1.05 billion patent ruling to Apple in a U.S. court a week ago. The South Korean company said it will take "all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S. market" in a statement. After winning the latest battle in the ongoing patent wars between the two tech giants, Apple moved on Monday to have eight Samsung devices tossed out of U.S. stores. The products—which are only a few of the 28 Samsung gadgets found to infringe on Apple patents—include versions of the company's popular Galaxy and Droid smartphones.

Report: Planes Kill 60 in Damascus
Attacks strike suburbs, activists say.
Israel: Army Didn't Kill Activist
Court rules on Monday.
Reporter Malcolm Browne Dies
Took 'burning-monk' photo in Vietnam.
Mom of Empire State Shooter Speaks
Searches for answers.
Spielberg Denies Bin Laden Project
No plans to option SEAL account.
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