Open Phones: Brian's Back, What'd He Miss?

Brian famously misses big news while on vacation. On August 4th, within minutes of walking out of the WNYC building to start his two-week summer trip, news came across the wire that NYC Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith had resigned. The next day the S&P announced they were downgrading the US to a "AA+" nation. Then: a deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Rick Perry joined the GOP race and James Franco tried to save us from those damn dirty apes.

So, what else? What is the most important news that happened while Brian was away for the past two weeks?