August 6, 2009
Posted: 2024 GMT
This is a POST-IDesk edition of the "Today at the I-Desk" blog. We had very little time today, before the programme, to put together a preview.
But, here's what you missed... And, we invite all of your comments on any of the topics.
Off the top of the show, we started with Hillary Clinton's trip to Africa. The U.S. Secretary of State landed in South Africa during the later edition of I-Desk. And, our Nkepile Mabuse helped preview the diplomat's trip, including a possible visit to former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
One of the biggest stories of the day, in terms of instant global impact, was the hacking of Twitter. The way everyone is reacting, you'd think the entire Internet crashed. HAHA. No matter whether you're a member of Twitter or not, the cyber-attack (aka: denial-of-service attack OR D.O.S.) did have a wide-reaching impact. Our Colleen McEdwards joined us from the Newsroom to breakdown the hacking, as well as a quick explanation on what the heck a D.O.S. really is.
Then, breaking news happened! The U.S. Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor, as the next Supreme Court Justice. With the confirmation, Sotomayor made history, as the 1st Hispanic justice on the high court. Of course, the confirmation was expected... but, it was a matter of how many opposition senators would vote FOR her. About 15 minutes after the confirmation, Barack Obama spoke from the White House, to give his reaction... And, as always, you saw that LIVE at the I-Desk.
Finally, if you missed the end of the show, you missed a VERY different walk-off (or dance-off) by Isha Sesay and Patrick Snell. The pair waltzed off the set, following a light-hearted story about a woman who enjoys dancing with her horse. Ummm, no comment from this producer.
Hope you enjoyed it... See you Friday, at the I-Desk.
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