August 27th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Glenn Beck

His Restoring Honor celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., tomorrow has managed to draw protest from civil rights supporters, Christians and, of all people, members of the Tea Party. The Fox News host has been planning this event for months, yet Beck says divine intervention led to the booking of the gathering on August 28, the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. That speech also took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Civil rights advocates, including a Washington, D.C., City Council member and the Rev. Al Sharpton, are organizing counter-events to "Take the Dream Back," officials said. Meanwhile, a religious concert at the Kennedy Center organized by Beck, which will include former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, has drawn ire from Christian conservatives. Beck is a Mormon, part of a religion not considered by some evangelicals as true Christianity.

Finally, Tea Party advocates think that Beck is knocking the wind out of events they have scheduled for September. "I hope they have a wonderful time, but I just don't get why he's having this and why now," Andrew Ian Dodge, Maine coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told NPR yesterday. He called the event "Beckapalooza."

NPR: Beck comes to D.C., controversy follows


Kim Yong Nam

The supreme leader of North Korea's Assembly reportedly told former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that his country wants to resume nuclear negotiations. Kim Yong Nam has been the de facto leader of North Korea since the mid-1990s - No. 2 to Kim Jong-Il.

"Kim Yong Nam expressed the will of the DPRK government for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks," the Korean News Agency said after Carter's departure. This has perplexed critics, because Kim Jong-Il was not present during Carter's visit to free an American sentenced to hard labor for crossing the border earlier this year.

While the son of Kim Jong-Il has been rumored to be his successor, Kim Yong Nam remains the diplomatic face of North Korea. News agencies report he has held meetings with various leaders from Africa, Syria, the Palestinians, and has been to Indonesia. He also attended the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Reuters: North Korea says it wants to resume nuclear talks

Col. Robert Sinkler

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander has served in two areas of the U.S. that have been obliterated by flooding. From 2006 to 2009, Sinkler commanded the Corps' Rock Island District, a $3.9 billion expansion/restoration of the locks and ecosystem along the Mississippi River. States protected by this project include Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.

Last year, he assumed command of the Corps' Hurricane Protection Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose mission is to rebuild levees and improve flood response. He is the third commander for the Corps there since 2005. The Corps has been targeted historically for making the levees vulnerable. Critics, however, admit to progress under Sinkler's watch. Meanwhile, he's trying hard to bolster the area. "We're doing about 15 to 20 years of construction work in about 36 months," he told CNN earlier this week.

Sinkler has been in the Corps since the early 1980s, serving in Bosnia, Iraq and the U.S Central Command in Florida. He is also an instructor at the Army War College.

CNN: Skeptics worry about post-Katrina levees

Quad City Times: Corps of Engineers welcomes new leader, says farewell to Sinkler

CONAN O'BRIEN

This Sunday, NBC will broadcast the annual Emmy awards telecast, and O'Brien is nominated for hosting "The Tonight Show." The Emmys will take place just three days before an agreement with NBC expires that prohibits O'Brien from "disparaging" his colleagues at the former network. This includes comments that are untrue, which leaves NBC vulnerable to O'Brien noting some truths: Ratings at the network are down, and a controversial acquisition of the network by Comcast has already been fodder at the O'Brien-friendly "30 Rock." Incidentally, "The Jay Leno Show" was not nominated for an Emmy. O'Brien's new late-night talk show on TBS will debut in November.

EW.com: Your Conan O'Brien roundup, just because

soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Double D

    If Republicans win OH BOY my healthcare care insurance will go up 300%, my house will be worth 25,000 instead of 250,000, Gas will be $9.00 per gallon, my children will be forced to except Christ in public schools, cost of living will go up 500%, minorities will be put in concentration camps, and then my children will be forced to invade Iran and probably die. This is what it was like when republicans were incharge. Why are people already voting for them again in ? If Republicans win say good by to the middle class. Middle class was almost extinct and I am just starting to get back on my feet and now people want to vote these animals back into power. I can't survive another 4 years of republican control, I will be wiped out. My wife and I have great jobs, great healthcare and I will lose it all if these animals win in November.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PrettyAngel

    Let's pull the plug on Fox news : Click the link below to join us and our partners at Truthout.com in standing up to Fox, and we'll give you a free TurnOffFox sticker. And then please ask your friends and family to do the same:

    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=90115&id=22941-17829640-LGENeEx&t=3

    August 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyhouse

      Prove them wrong and I will join your crowd.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HumanRehab

    If Glenn Beck wants to restore honor to America, then on the great Mall of Washington, he should speak up for the gays! It was Baron Von Steuben that gave our troops the order (he wrote the Revolutionary War Drill Manual and introduced the bayonet) and defense strategy. It isn't Washington that should have that tall lengthy obelisk dedicated to him, it should be Von Steuben. The connection, Von Steuben was gay and he was responsible for us winning our independence. How ironic? Dont Ask, Don't Tell...all these years later...He made Valley Forge history. So, Glenn, if you bother to read CNN or have others do it for you, come clean, be a proud true American and come out and speak for honor, freedom and regaining of civil rights!

    August 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyhouse

      It has equaled out. He saved the United State and some recently have helped to break it.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PrettyAngel

    DoubleD, then i guess that means you will be voting straight Democratic. people constantly complain about Obama, well if a republican gets nominated in 2012, then Change will come to America.

    August 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John C

    Glen Beck is a cacner to this country, to christianity and to the media. The only one served by his hate rhetoric is Glen Beck. The man is seriuosly mentally ill. He needs help and this will not end well. WHatever you, tell him no when he offers you a drink......

    August 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. meg

    Very funny story about Glenn Beck at http://newspile.weebly.com/

    August 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. meg

    Funny story about Glenn Beck at http://newspile.weebly.com/

    August 28, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Violet Reese

    Glenn Beck is a joke and deep down you must know it!!!!! I try watching him to just see what crap he is spewing now, but i just shake my head in disbeleif that there are really Americans that could follow this man ..... but then there were people that followed Jim Jones and look where the ended up. I really feel sorry them just as i did for the people who drank the deadly kool aid....PLEASE THINK for your selfs No Kool aid its deadly!

    August 28, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    Forget about Beck's rally, someone should concentrate on shutting sharptons mouth, he's the one spreading racism and hate and yet we are supposed to just let him. MLK's dream wasn't just for people of color, it was for all men.

    August 28, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. johnnyhouse

    He must be doing something right if he has them upset.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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