The morning NOW: 8/06/13

Updated

Last nights Daily Show took on the “sharknado” of GOP voter suppression since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act.  Wagz aplenty in this one.

On to the show. Joining Alex today:
Howard Fineman, Editorial Director, Huffington Post Media/msnbc Analyst (@howardfineman)
Janell Ross, Correspondent, The Root (@janellross)
Sahil Kapur, Congressional Reporter, Talking Points Memo (@SahilKapur)
Thenjiwe McHarris, senior campaigner for Amnesty International USA, (@thenjiwetm)
John Harris, Editor-in-Chief, Politico (@harrispolitico)
The big question on everyone’s mind as President Obama heads to Arizona today: is he going to get  another wagged finger in his face? Relive one of the most awkward moments in recent political history.


The $250 million buyout of the Washington Post by Amazon founder CEO took the world by surprise yesterday, as the journalism world ponders the implications of this merger of old and new media for the struggling newspaper industry.. Reactions to the news have been positive for the most part thus far, what do you think Bezos might have planned for the fabled institution?
Last night, despite pleas from the American Bar Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the state of Florida executed John Errol Ferguson, a mentally ill man convicted of murdering eight people in the 1970s. Even though doctors had repeatedly determined that Ferguson “[did] not know right from wrong”, the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution despite a 1986 ruling that executing the mentally ill is “savage and inhumane.” Why didn’t the higher courts intervene, and why are we the only developed nation still using it?
Plus breaking news on President George W. Bush’s heart surgery, and the latest on the State Department’s terror alert.
It all happens at 12pm ET.

The morning NOW: 8/06/13

Updated