Morning Buzz: Aug. 1, 2007

At the CNN/YouTube debate last week, Sen. Barack Obama said he would meet with the leaders of rogue states, including North Korea, Cuba, and Iran, during the first year of his presidency. Sen. Hillary Clinton said she wouldn’t. Today Obama is criticizing Clinton’s response and her Iraq war vote by calling her “Bush-Cheney Lite” as he addresses an audience at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Obama will also suggest sending troops into Pakistan to deal with al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, a bold statement for a candidate whose rivals call him naive on foreign policy.

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At the CNN/YouTube  debate last week, Sen. Barack Obama said he would meet with the leaders of rogue states, including North Korea, Cuba, and Iran, during the first year of his presidency. Sen. Hillary Clinton said she wouldn’t. Today Obama is criticizing Clinton’s response and her Iraq war vote by calling her “Bush-Cheney Lite” as he addresses an audience at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Obama will also suggest sending troops into Pakistan to deal with al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden,  a bold statement for a candidate whose rivals call him naive about foreign policy.

After a century of family ownership, the divided Bancroft family decided to allow Rupert Murdoch and his media empire News Corp. to purchase Dow Jones & Co. and the Wall Street Journal for $5 billion.  When Murdoch originally approached the Bancrofts in May, they weren’t interested in selling the prominent business newspaper to the owner of the Fox News Channel. But they have since expressed a change of heart.

Researchers yesterday released the results of a study on sexual behavior and discovered that people have sex quite simply because it feels good. Expressing love and affection was less important than the No. 1 reason that people get together--“I was attracted to the person.” Scientists who compiled the list of 237 reasons found that 20 of the top 25 reasons  were the same for men and women.  Men ranked “It’s fun” a little higher than women. Women ranked “I wanted to give someone else a sexually transmitted disease" at the bottom. In another interesting area of sex research, U.S. News talked to Carlos Schenck, a psychiatrist at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center and the Hennepin County Medical Center, in June about people having sex in their sleep.