Hello. Now See You Later: No sooner had former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned from exile this morning and set foot on his homeland than government agents had him under arrest again. Sharif, a political opponent of Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was immediately deported to Saudi Arabia the same country that gave him refuge in 2000 after Musharraf deposed him in a bloodless coup a year earlier, CNN reports. Needless to say, his incident set off riots.
Iraq Situation Reports: The long-anticipated progress reports of President George W. Bush‚s administration finally unfold before Congress this morning, the WaPO reports. The two men who will testify, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus, will have a harder sell before a skeptical Congress that has seen its own benchmarks and deadlines passed over.
Coming in for a Hard Landing: A recession may be around the corner. With August job losses in the construction and housing industries and factory activity grinding to a halt, economists say the worst may yet lie ahead.
Wardrobe Malfunction: Viewers of the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show got more than they bargained for when Janet Jackson's now infamous "wardrobe malfunction" sparked a now three-and-a-half year legal battle between the FCC and CBS. The fight has now landed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Read the Legal Times story here.
Can they hang?: Arnold & Porter and Covington & Burling are two of the District's most established firms. But can these old-school favorites keep up with new-school trends? This week's Legal Times looks into that question.