6-in-the-morning1 DID TORIES PLAN TO PICK UP DUFF’S TAB? The Conservatives are alleged to have planned to pay Mike Duffy’s sketchily claimed living expenses until they found out they were enorrrrrmous. And that’s when Harper’s ex-chief of staff, Nigel “chequebook” Wright, stepped in. The Globe And Mail has a concise summary of the issues raised here.

2 EGYPTIAN SOLDIERS INVOLVED IN “SOFT COUP” SHOOT PROTESTERS The coup has been viewed as not totally terrible since the deposed government was religious rather than secular and had re-written the country’s constitution to have more Allah in it, but this is not confidence-inspiring. Barb Saylor, who on Wednesday wrote “I don’t think that a military coup is ever a good thing” is proved right. Also: the African Union has suspended Egypt’s membership. Bonus also: here’s a Postmedia story on Canada and coups.

3 BOXING BUDDIES Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and former Regina mayor Pat Fiacco will go to the North Central Family Centre gym together and hopefully punch one another.


5 NELSON MANDELA, POPE JEAN PAUL AND EDWARD SNOWDENOn life support, headed for sainthood and probably not going to be granted Icelandic citizenship, respectively.

6 SPORTZ NEWZ It’s NHL free agency fun day! Danial Alfredsson signs with the Red Wings, Mike Ribeiro signs with Phoenix, Ray Emery signs with Philly and Evgeni Nabokov re-inks with the IslandersNathan Horton signed with Columbus and there’s lots more action actioning. Oh and there’s some kind of sport event in Regina tonight.

VIDEO: ROB FORD, COST COWBOY Some satirical genius/concussed doofus made a YouTube!