Wednesday edition - January 18, 2006

Suits filed to stop spying
Detroit Free Press - 1-18-06

Lawyers, scholars, journalists and civil liberties groups -- several of them with roots in metro Detroit -- went to court Tuesday to force President George W. Bush and the National Security Agency to abolish the secret eavesdropping program begun in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks...

White House refuses to reveal details of Abramoff meetings
San Diego Union Tribune, United States -
... WASHINGTON – The White House is refusing to reveal details of tainted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's visits with President Bush's staff. ...

New Orleans mayor sorry for 'chocolate' remark
ABC News -
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The mayor of New Orleans apologized Tuesday for saying the hurricane-ravaged city would be rebuilt as a "chocolate" city and for ...

I'm an Alabama-American.

"President Bush said that the people who are attacking our forces in Iraq are getting more and more desperate because we’re making so much progress. So just remember, the worse it gets, the better it is." —Jay Leno

"I want to thank Jack Abramoff, you know, just because...I'm the first one out -- let's get this thing rolling. I don't know why. Who would name their kid Jack with the last words 'off' at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up. Ahh-alright I just got bleeped. Thank you very much." --George Clooney, accepting the award for best supporting actor at the Golden Globes

 The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News

Peek-a-boo Presidency

The White House fired back at critics of President Bush in unusually tough terms Tuesday as a pair of civil liberties organizations went to court in an effort to halt the administration's domestic spying program as unconstitutional…Bush's chief spokesman lashed out at former Vice President Al Gore for "hypocrisy" and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., for "out of bounds" criticism. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., joined the fray by accusing Bush of breaking the law.

"Bush is smart. I don't think that Bush will ever be impeached, 'cause unlike Clinton, Reagan, or even his father, George W. is immune from scandal. Because, if George W. testifies that he had no idea what was going on, wouldn't you believe him?" —Jay Leno

 Disturbing News

"I can see clearly now... that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate."  - Richard M. Nixon

 Judging Actively

Chief Justice John Roberts expressed doubts Tuesday about legal restrictions on political ads by outside groups as the Supreme Court took up a new challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

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Republican Shenanigans

Hoping for Another DEEP THROAT

Bob Woodward spoke to a full house Tuesday night at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School about what was on his mind. "The thing that is interesting me right now is President Bush," Woodward said

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Rock-The-Voter News

"President Bush met privately with Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger. What did the pair talk about? Neither is sure." —Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update

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Oklahoma City Bombing Update

Michael Fortier, the prosecution's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trials, will be freed this week, more than a year before his sentence was scheduled to end…He was sentenced to 12 years and ordered to pay $200,000 in fines after pleading to having prior knowledge of the bombing plan but not alerting authorities, to helping McVeigh and Nichols move and sell stolen guns, and to lying to federal authorities

Good News

Debatable Honesty

Last week, President Bush said that he would welcome "an honest debate about Iraq" -- as long as "the tone of this debate is respectful."

 Oh, really? Then he should start by denouncing the despicable smear campaign being launched against Jack Murtha.

Biz/Tech News

Flaming Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter, well-known lawyer and conservative author, will speak during a reception hosted by the College ... Coulter has become a "big flame" in the conservative movement…

Their Levees - Our Levees

Bush-Prison-Torture News

“If you like Tom DeLay, you’re going to love Roy Blunt.”  -- Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said today that his party relished the thought that Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt might soon become majority leader

Go-F***-Yourself News

"Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted during an interview this week that he has smacked his children, though only because he believed reports that they were carrying weapons of mass destruction." --Tina Fey

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Odd News


Artist Kim Robertson's 'The Maestro and the Diva,' one of 18 artistic violins being sold to benefit The Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra in Allentown, Pa., is shown in this undated handout. The 18 violins, deemed beyond restoration, have been granted dramatic new lives by an equal number of artists who transformed the violins into unique works of art to mark the orchestra's 25th anniversary. (Photo/Wilson Black and Matthew Burns)