Thursday Edition - January 5, 2006

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Bush, Cheney Defend Iraq War, Spying
ABC News - 1-4-06
Vice President Dick Cheney delivers his remarks on the War on Terror at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006

Bush campaign giving Saginaw Chippewa contribution to charity
Flint Journal, MI - 1-5-06
Republican officials said President Bush's re-election campaign was donating to charity a $2,000 ...

White House Told NSA Briefings Broke Law
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 1-5-06
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told President Bush Wednesday that the ...


Has any one asked the question - Are there recording devices in the Oval office and when can we listen to them?


“President Bush said that he wants Syria and Iran to keep al Qaeda members from entering Iraq. Al Qaeda members? We can't even keep Florida high school teens from entering Iraq.” – Jay Leno


 

 

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“Well, actually, according to a new poll, President Bush's approval rating on the rise. A lot of those polls are phone polls. People are worried Bush is listening.” – Jay Leno


Two Years and Nine Months After the Iraq War began...

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff knows the armor protecting troops and their vehicles in Iraq isn't perfect, but he says it's getting better as the military learns to adapt to a clever insurgency.


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Disturbing News


Marlboro Man

So whatever happened to Lance Cpl. Blake Miller -- the U.S. Marine pictured as a kind of war-weary "Marlboro Man" in one of the most widely published iconic images of the Iraq war?

The 2004 photograph by Luis Sinco of the Los Angeles Times showing Miller, face dirty under a helmet, a cigarette dangling from his lips, went around the world and back again, hitting front pages everywhere. Now Miller, of Jonancy, Ky., is a civilian "and is having trouble adjusting to civilian life," CBS News reports.


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“Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's the start of a new year, and President Bush wants to hit the ground bungling.” – David Letterman


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Republican Shenanigans


White House Christmas

 

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What's Jeb Bush Been Up To?

Voicing concerns that expanded gambling will hurt Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday reluctantly signed into law a bill that gives the green light for Las Vegas-style slots in Broward County.

"I oppose the expansion of gambling because it is detrimental to Florida's economic development and hurts Florida's families," said Bush, a staunch opponent who had tried to defeat the constitutional amendment that opened the door for slots. "However, I have a constitutional duty ... to implement the voter-approved initiative."


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Imagine Dennis Hastert In An Orange Jumpsuit

This week's guilty plea by lobbyist Jack Abramoff could renew scrutiny of a letter by House Speaker Dennis Hastert urging Interior Secretary Gale Norton to block an Indian casino opposed by rival tribes represented by Abramoff.

Hastert's letter was sent just one week after Abramoff hosted a fundraiser for the Illinois Republican's political action committee.


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“I'm not smart enough to debate your point to point on this, but I have the feeling -- I have the feeling -- I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap. But I don't know that for a fact.” David Letterman telling Bill O'Reilly what he thinks of him


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Biz/Tech News


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January 4, 2006

And former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) called on House Republicans to elect a new majority leader to permanently replace Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), Abramoff's most powerful ally in Washington, who faces a trial on unrelated criminal charges of violating Texas campaign laws.

April 17, 1997

House Speaker Newt Gingrich, calling himself "a person of limited means," announced today that he will pay his $300,000 ethics violation penalty with a personal loan extended by former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.



Bush-Prison-Torture News


“According to the White House, while President Bush was spending the holidays at his Texas ranch, he was clearing brush and a tree branch cut his face. Yeah. As a result, the tree was cut down and tortured by Dick Cheney.” -  Conan O’Brien



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The sight of Jack Abramoff striding out of federal court here yesterday, looking like a stocky gangster from a 40's movie in black fedora and trench coat, may seem like the strongest evidence so far of how graft and hubris have overwhelmed the capital.

It could have been a scene from "The Godfather," a favorite film of the felonious lobbyist. The Washington Post reported that he "did business with people linked to the underworld," bilked Indian tribes of tens of millions and then lavished a bundle in tribal gambling profits on greedy members of Congress.


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Odd News


 

A couple jumps into the icy water during the annual New Years Day polar bear dip at Mooney's Bay in Ottawa, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. (Photo by CP, Jonathan Hayward)

 

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