August 20th, 2008
01:52 PM ET

Barack Obama's 'lost' brother found in Kenya

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on telegraph.co.uk
Nick Pisa
Reporting from Rome

The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Mr Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate's half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not be more different than that of the Democratic contender.

"No-one knows who I am," he told the magazine, before claiming: "I live here on less than a dollar a month."

According to Italy's Vanity Fair his two metre by three metre shack is decorated with football posters of the Italian football giants AC Milan and Inter, as well as a calendar showing exotic beaches of the world.

Vanity Fair also noted that he had a front page newspaper picture of his famous brother – born of the same father as him, Barack Hussein Obama, but to a different mother, named only as Jael.

He told the magazine: "I live like a recluse, no-one knows I exist."

Embarrassed by his penury, he said that he does not does not mention his famous half-brother in conversation.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Global 360°
August 20th, 2008
01:19 PM ET

The Shot: Animal extras

We found two cute animals who have extra ears and heads.

Filed under: T1 • The Shot
August 20th, 2008
12:00 PM ET

The Ethics of Talking Politics at Work

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Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D.
AC360° Contributor
The Ethics Guy®, BusinessWeek.com

The hot-button issues of politics can lead to inflamed tempers that can impede your productivity—and possibly, your progress.

Who do you think should be the next President of the U.S.? John McCain? Barack Obama? Jon Stewart? Regardless of who gets elected, there is no question that this is the most diverse and exciting campaign in many years.

Given what is at stake in the election and the historic nature of this year's race, it is tempting to discuss the issue at work with those colleagues we're accustomed to chatting with and hashing out so many things. Yet there are very good reasons why we shouldn't.

The Fearsome Foursome.

Along with sex, money, and religion, politics is one of the most controversial topics of conversation that exists. I submit that money, more than sex, is the most personal aspect of our lives, and it is the one that opens us up to the greatest potential for embarrassment.

Filed under: Bruce Weinstein • Ethics • Raw Politics
August 20th, 2008
08:47 AM ET

What's Joe Biden doing in a war zone airport?

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Cal Perry
International Correspondent

After a week of no sleep in Tbilisi Georgia, covering the war with Russia, I was finally checking in for my flight to Munich on Monday. All I could think about was getting on the plane, and getting some very necessary sleep.

While waiting for my flight to board, I sat in the business lounge enjoying a relaxing drink. Finally, an opportunity to simply listen to my iPod and clear my head. All of a sudden I look up – and walking towards me is Joseph Biden (D) from Delaware.

Are you freaking kidding me, I thought?

I wandered over, introduced myself – said, “Senator, my name is Cal Perry, I’m a reporter from CNN and just wanted to say hello.” He immediately smiled and asked me to sit with him while we waited for the flight.

The conversation immediately turned to Iraq – a place I spent four years covering for CNN. He peppered me with questions – How are things going there do you think? Who are the most important and reliable politicians, in your opinion? Do you think Abdul Aziz Hakim is the man who wields the most power?


Filed under: Cal Perry • Global 360° • TV
August 20th, 2008
07:37 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The VP wait continues...

Morning folks...

Tropical Storm Fay just won't go away...Fay moved just off the east coast of Florida early Wednesday after spawning at least SEVEN tornadoes that ripped across sections of the state... The storm is expected to hug Florida's Atlantic coastline and maybe even strengthen slightly before making a hard left back into northeastern Florida..."This storm is going to be with us for a while," said Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. "Looks like it could be a boomerang storm." Gary Tuchman continues to watch Fay for us and will bring us the latest if it warrants...

BUT all are on pins and needles waiting to see who Barack Obama picks to be his Vice President... In the run-up to the vice presidential announcements, a campaign stop is less about what's said than where it is; geography and choreography are clues. This week's schedules for Barack Obama and John McCain take them through states home to some of the top VP contenders..Yesterday, McCain was in Louisiana, today he will be in New Mexico. Obama in Virginia today, home to Governor Tim Kaine. These stops are fodder for the guessing game, but they provide no concrete answers about who the No. 2 picks will be. On the Democratic side, the VP speculation should come to an end soon: Sources said Obama will announce his choice this week via text message.


Filed under: T1 • The Buzz
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