True journalist along with Amy of Democracy Now, Matt of Rolling Stones, Shepard at Fox, Cynk of TYT, Keith of Current and a few others.RIH Broski…My morning rants excuse my cheese

The voters of the U.S. are about to choose new leadership for the world’s most important nation at a time when we are beset with wars, economic failures and confoundedly complicated social issues. Every Sunday, more than 4 million Americans tune in to Meet the Pressseeking help in trying to understand the issues and the candidates. They choose that program because Tim Russert is among the most astute, discerning and relentless pursuers of truth in the nation, and has been for years.

Most candidates are not eager to present themselves to Tim’s incisive scrutiny, which is fed by his prodigious study and preparation. But they have little choice: appearing on Meet the Press today is as vital to a serious candidate as being properly registered to vote.

Dead Body Found at Miami Home Owned By Rick Ross

Authorities say a man was found shot to death Wednesday morning outside a Miami Gardens home owned by rapper Rick Ross.

Miami Gardens police spokesman Sgt. Bill Bamford said officers responding to gunshots found the body of 39-year-old Gregory Paul Nesbitt outside the home at 3203 Northwest 181st Street around 7 a.m.

Nesbitt was shot several times and neighbors said he had been at the house before, Bamford said.

“It was a loud bam. I jumped up,” neighbor Alberta Chandler said. “I said that was a shot. That wasn’t a firecracker.”

Bamford said the house is registered under Ross’ birth name, William L. Roberts II, and that he purchased it in 2010. Online property records also showed the house belonging to Ross under his birth name.

Bamford added that it’s a home Ross may own but not one where he lives.

This is a developing story.

◙ JR 

PLAXICO BURRESS RETURNS TO FOOTBALL :: Helps Lead NY Jets to Victory Over Bengals

Plaxico Burress saw the ball coming his way and everything started to move in slow motion. He stretched his arms out, grabbed the pass over his shoulder and fell into the end zone for a touchdown. After being away from the game for nearly three years, Plax was back.

“Everything feels normal,” the wide receiver said. “It feels like football. To be honest, it feels like I never left.”

Burress caught three passes for 66 yards, including a terrific 26-yard reception for a touchdown, in his first game since 2008 to help the New York Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-7 in a preseason game Sunday night.

“It’s the tip of the iceberg,” Burress said. “I’m just getting started.”

Signed last month after serving 20 months in prison on a gun charge, Burress made his debut with the Jets a memorable one. He caught a 20-yard pass from Mark Sanchez on the Jets’ first offensive play, prompting huge cheers from the rain-soaked crowd at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

“He was ready to play,” Sanchez said. “He’s been waiting for this for a long time, so I didn’t have to say anything or do anything, really, except get him a ball that he could catch and he was rolling after the first play.”

Burress had another 20-yard grab in the second quarter, but the highlight came on New York’s last offensive play of the first half. Burress could only dream for nearly three years of the cheers he heard Sunday. After a slow start with the Jets because of not being able to practice fully with the sore ankle, Burress got in a few days of full practices this week and felt good.

Now, he needs to build a rapport with Sanchez, who threw Burress’ way seven times.

“We left a few plays out there that we should’ve hit,” Burress said, “but the sky’s the limit.”

:: JR§