Morning News and Stuff

While visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox emphasized the shared opportunity and shared problems of the country's North American neighbors. Fox called for the U.S., Mexico and Canada to better harness their collective economic might to ward of the challenge of growing economies in China and throughout Asia.

"This nation needs Mexico," he told The Enquirer. "Mexico imports $250 billion in goods, which means hundreds of thousands of American jobs. We are solid partners of this nation." The former president also said the Untied States needs to concentrate on forming a connection with Mexico. "I am not for total open borders," he said. "I am for substantial discussions that will produce positive changes."

Cincinnati-based grocery chain Kroger Co. trails only one retailer in the nation in sales, Walmart. Kroger was ranked No. 2 in the 2011 Top 100 Retailers list from the National Retail Federation and Kantar Retail. Retail sales in the U.S. determine the annual list and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. came in at nearly $308 billion, while Kroger registered $78.3 billion. Cincinnati-based retailer Macy’s Inc. came in at No. 15 on the Top 100 list with $24.9 billion in retail sales, up 6.1 percent compared to 2009.

Glenn Beck’s last show was filled with pops at The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, with Beck arguing that it comes down to a numbers game. Beck compared his own monologue (21 minutes) to Stewart’s (6 minutes); his own air time (42 minutes) to Stewart’s (22 minutes) and proceeded to introduce his writing staff (two guys named Dan and Pat) to prove what he believes in what he says. Glenn Beck is full of shit and I’m glad he’s done talking.

MSNBC has “indefinitely” suspended Mark Halperin for saying that Obama was “kind of a dick” at his presser yesterday. A statement from MSNBC reads: “Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.”

Kenny fucking Loggins is coming to Cincinnati. Go see him.

You know you want to.