With the clock quickly counting down towards election day in Greece, the two competitors for the Prime Ministerial chair are Alexis Tsipras, the fiery leader of the leftist Syriza party, and Antonis Samaras, the stoic head of the conservative New Democracy party who governed the country until the fall of the coalition last week.
This week, Greece fended off a looming exit from the eurozone with its election of New Democracy's Antonis Samaras -- but couldn't fend off political nemesis Germany on the soccer field, falling 4-2 in the European Cup quarterfinals. In the U.S., the Obama campaign released a new video attacking Mitt Romney's record of shipping American jobs overseas -- both as governor and as a "corporate buyout specialist." Meanwhile, Bloomberg News reported that Romney had asked Florida's Republican governor to stop touting his state's good economic news because it clashed with the GOP candidate's message that Obama is destroying the economy. And there are still 135 more days until the election -- a long, hot run-up that promises to be increasingly ugly. Finally, Rodney King died this week, his plaintive "can we all get along?" plea resonating as a fitting epitaph for our times.