Obama assassination plot

Four soldiers charged in domestic terror ring; Palin backs delegate fight; and other top Tuesday stories

Topics: Barack Obama, Republican National Convention, Terrorism, Right-wing terrorism,

Obama assassination plot

Obama assassination plot: The AP reports that four Army soldiers based in Georgia plotted a range of anti-government terror attacks, including a plan to kill President Obama, prosecutors said yesterday. The soldiers killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect the secrecy of their militia group, which had stockpiled assault weapons and bomb supplies. The group spent at least $87,000 on weapons. One of the group’s members, who financed the conspiracy, called himself “the nicest cold-blooded murderer you will ever meet.” Gawker reports he attended the Republican National Convention as a page in 2008.

Palin endorses delegate fight: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cheered renegade GOP delegates at the Republican National Committee girding for a floor flight over new rules that would centralize power. “We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It’s about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this,” Palin said a Facebook posting. “Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories … That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected.” Blogger Michelle Malkin also endorsed the fight.

Specter sick: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican who switched parties after Obama’s election in 2008, is seriously ill. Specter survived a brain tumor and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and is now ailing from another form of cancer, CNN reports.

Porn plank: The draft GOP platform includes a plank calling for a crackdown on pornography. “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced,” a draft obtained by Reuters reads. The full Republican convention will vote today on the platform.

Police outnumber protesters 4-1: Police at the Republican National Convention outnumbered demonstrators 4-to-1 yesterday as protesters representing various lefty causes marched near the convention site. About 1,000 police officers on foot, bikes or horseback lined the street as about 250 protesters participated in the “March on the RNC.” Organizers had expected 5,000 people to attend, and said the low turnout was due to Tropical Storm Isaac.  More protests are planned for coming days.

Alex Seitz-Wald

Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at aseitz-wald@salon.com, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Burger King Japan

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.

    Elite Daily/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    McDonald's Black Burger: Because the laws of competition say that once Burger King introduces a black cheeseburger, it's only a matter of time before McDonald's follows suit. You still don't have to eat it.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    Arby's Meat Mountain: The viral off-menu product containing eight different types of meat that, on second read, was probably engineered by Arby's all along. Horrific, regardless.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.

    Michele Parente/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake: The people's choice winner of a Canadian pizza chain's contest whose real aim, we'd imagine, is to prove that there's no such thing as "too far." Currently in development.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    7-Eleven's Doritos Loaded: "For something decadent and artificial by design," wrote one impassioned reviewer, "it only tasted of the latter."

  • Recent Slide Shows



Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>