It’s not just Monday, it’s an Olympic Monday (cue the trumpet fanfare)…
Weather: The usual. After some scattered rain over the weekend, we now fall back into the regular summertime pattern. There’s a 20 to 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms each day, with highs around 96 today and 93 tomorrow. Nighttime lows will be in the middle 70s.
Romney supports Israeli strike. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said he would back a unilateral military action against Iran and that nation’s effort to develop nuclear-weapon capability. The comments came in a speech Romney gave Sunday in the Old City section of Jerusalem. While Romney said he hoped that diplomacy could run its course, “no option should be excluded,” he added.
Billy Graham says, “EAT MOR CHIKIN.” The man often called “America’s Pastor” is supporting a push by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (himself a former Baptist pastor) to support embattled fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A this Wednesday. The move comes after mayors in Boston and Chicago said they would stand in the way of efforts by the chain to open stores in their cities because of remarks by company president Dan Cathy in opposition to gay marriage. Chick-Fil-A, based in Atlanta, has long been known as a company that strives to operate on Christian principles, including its policy of closing its stores on Sundays.
Sports: USA men’s hoops beats France. It wasn’t the prettiest win that the latest incarnation of the Dream Team could ask for, but Kevin Durant scored 22 points as the Americans prevailed 98-71 on Day 2 of the Summer Olympics in London. Elsewhere, Dana Vollmer set a new world record in swimming’s 100-meter butterfly to win gold for the U.S., while the men’s 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay team was upset by France, as Ryan Lochte was passed on the anchor leg. Meanwhile, Olympic TV rights-holder NBC continues to be slammed for delayed coverage of major events, such as Saturday’s win by Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley. Results were known hours before NBC showed the race on its prime-time block, and the network’s live-streaming video has been plagued with outages and glitches, prompting a popular hashtag on Twitter: #NBCfail…. NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson became the fifth racer to log four victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as he won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday. Johnson joins Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon and Indy 500 champs A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Jr. and Rick Mears in the four-victory club; Michael Schumacher won five Formula One U.S. Grand Prix races at The Brickyard. Kyle Busch placed second Sunday, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon.