April 20, 2004 Tuesday
With God on his side
...Of course, as a self-described
"messenger" of God who was "praying for strength to do the Lord's will,"
Bush was not troubled about shredding a little secular document called the
Kerry lends sympathetic ear to veterans
State veterans and troops' families feel betrayed on WMD
With Washington state contributing more than 10,000 hometown troops to the war in Iraq, some veterans of past wars and families of soldiers serving there feel deceived about the Bush administration's premises for the conflict.
I don't know which is more frightening -- that Bush implies that God told him to wage war or that he knows God didn't but said so anyway.
"Two big announcements coming out of
Washington, DC. This is kind of sad. The tour of duty for 20,000 troops in Iraq
may be extended. That's too bad. And the other announcement, the tour of duty
for President Bush may not be extended." David Letterman
More from Bob Woodward...
Cheney Was Unwavering in Desire to Go to War
washingtonpost.com - 4-20-04
This is the third of five articles adapted from "Plan of Attack," a book by Bob Woodward that is a behind-the-scenes account of how and why President Bush decided to go to war against Iraq. Simon & Schuster...
Iraq War News
Mortar Attack Kills 21 in Baghdad Prison
AP - Mon Apr 19, 5:10 PM ET
The number of American troops who have died in Iraq since U.S. forces invaded in March 2003 has surpassed 700 and the number wounded in action has topped 3,600, the Pentagon said Monday.
Deal is reached in volatile Fallujah
Los Angeles Times - 4-20-04
BAGHDAD — At a sprawling desert camp in southern Iraq, U.S. soldiers sleep in trucks and Humvees because Iraqi merchants are afraid to deliver tents to them.
AP - 4-20-04
Iraq's multinational peacekeeping force scrambled to regroup Monday after Spain's announcement that it would pull out its 1,300 troops, with Albania pledging more soldiers but U.S. officials bracing for further withdrawals.
AP - 4-20-04
U.S. officials and local leaders in Fallujah called on insurgents to lay down weapons in return for a promise from the United States not to resume its offensive against the Sunni Muslim stronghold
AP - Fri Apr 16,11:32 PM ET
In Fallujah's darkened, empty streets, U.S. troops blast AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" and other rock music full volume from a huge speaker, hoping to grate on the nerves of this Sunni Muslim city's gunmen and give a laugh to Marines along the front line.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 5:22 PM ET
A list of news organization employees killed in Iraq since the start of war March 20, 2003:
AP - Mon Apr 19, 6:17 PM ET
Fleeing the city of Fallujah in their car, 9-year-old Gofran Mohammed's parents and three of her siblings were killed by a spray of gunfire — U.S. fire, her relatives say. Now Gofran, wounded in the attack, is huddled with other Fallujah families in Baghdad who vow never to forgive the Americans.
CNN team questioned on suspicion of filming at nuclear plant
AP - 4-20-04
Pittsburgh International could become the nation's first major airport to get the OK to abandon the post-Sept. 11 rule that says only ticketed passengers are allowed past security checkpoints.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 2:52 PM ET
When his teenage male pupils asked about love, Mohammed al-Suhaimi would describe it as a great and noble feeling. When they asked whether Islam permits music, he would tell them the matter is disputed, but that music is a gift from God.
AP - Mon Apr 19,10:43 PM ET
President Bush gave a chilly welcome to Spain's new leader Monday, suggesting his abrupt withdrawal of troops from Iraq would give "false comfort to terrorists."
AP - Mon Apr 19, 8:26 PM ET
A Democratic congressman on Monday demanded to know whether the Bush administration transferred $700 million to Iraq war planning efforts out of counterterrorism funds without informing Capitol Hill. The Pentagon said it didn't happen.
AP - Mon Apr 19,12:36 PM ET
The United States is bracing for possible terrorist attacks before the November presidential election, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
washingtonpost.com - Tue Apr 20, 1:00 AM ET
President Bush holds significant advantages over John F. Kerry in public perceptions of who is better equipped to deal with Iraq and the war on terrorism, and he has reduced the advantages his Democratic challenger held last month on many domestic issues, according to a Washington Post-ABC News Poll.
"The Governor of my home state of
Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, has filed emergency, emergency legislation to freeze
a court order allowing gay marriage. We have a gay emergency. We are in code
pink, ladies and gentlemen." Jay Leno
Graphic by OZ
"Hey, did you all get your taxes done on time? You know, we got to thank President Bush. He made it a lot easier for people to do taxes this year. Sure, no job, no income tax. Couldn't be simpler." Jay Leno
Click here to see what our troops in the desert have to confront -- a Camel Spider ---ugh!
Blair condemns Israel and opens rift with US
Bill Clinton Endorses Gaza
China Says Media Didn't
Jordan's King Snubs Bush Over Israel Plan
By JAMAL HALABY
Associated Press Writer
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The king of Jordan, one of America's closest allies in the Middle East, postponed a White House meeting with President Bush this week, questioning the U.S. commitment to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
TV giants back Bono 'free speech'
Arab Democrats Feel Betrayed by Bush
AP - Sun Apr 18, 1:12 PM ET
A Republican fight over proposed restrictions on tax cuts has hamstrung congressional approval of next year's $2.4 trillion budget. It's a battle between President Bush's cherished tax reductions and deficit worries.
Reuters - Tue Apr 20,12:18 AM ET
The Supreme Court considers on Tuesday whether foreigners held at a U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba can go to American courts for relief, the first time it examines President Bush's policies in the "war on terrorism."
AP - Mon Apr 19,11:01 PM ET
Subdued Supreme Court justices contemplated ordering new sentences for more than 100 convicted killers Monday in a case harking back to a 2002 ruling that made juries, not judges, final arbiters of the death penalty.
Reuters - Mon Apr 19,10:24 PM ET
Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will not use oil prices to try to sway the U.S. presidential election, denying an allegation that the kingdom would cut petroleum prices before November to boost President Bush's re-election bid.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 8:32 PM ET
A federal appeals court Monday overturned a three-strikes sentence of 25 years to life given a repeat shoplifter, saying his first two convictions were not serious enough to justify the lengthy term.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 4:44 PM ET
Upcoming events with the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks:
WASHINGTON -- Former representative Bob Barr is trying to revive a $30 million defamation suit against Bill Clinton, Democratic political adviser James Carville, and pornographer Larry Flynt.
Frist Funnels Cash to Daschle's Foe
AP - Mon Apr 19, 8:03 PM ET
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is relying on his fund-raising strength to try to oust his Democratic rival — Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. Frist has helped funnel more than $150,000 so far this year to Republican John Thune, who is trying to unseat the three-term Daschle
After the successful turnaround of its U.S. business, McDonald's Corp. faces a new challenge — the sudden death of CEO Jim Cantalupo puts a young and unproven leader in charge of the world's largest restaurant company.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 9:41 AM ET
The Associated Press announced Monday the introduction of a new service called AP Financial News that will extend the breadth and depth of AP's business coverage of top companies and financial markets around the world.
AFP - Mon Apr 19, 8:57 PM ET
Struggling automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is planning to cut 4,500 jobs, or 10 percent of its total workforce, as part of a restructuring plan to be revealed April 30, a report said.
Microsoft, Minnesota reach deal in antitrust case
Shell name dragged through mud after explosive report
Chief Executive of US Airways Quits Amid Strife
AP - Mon Apr 19, 7:59 PM ET
Search engine toolbars for the Internet Explorer browser have become nearly essential tools online: They can block pop-up ads, alert you to new e-mail, even protect you from scams.
PC World - Mon Apr 19, 7:00 PM ET
Service firms, tech vendors say their time is stolen by a pest that's growing faster than viruses.
TechWeb - Mon Apr 19, 6:00 PM ET
The worm can change itself to avoid and shut down anti-virus software, steal Windows software license keys, lift user names and passwords, and kill other worms and viruses.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 7:09 PM ET
Online games that allow children to "shoot" illegal immigrants, Jews and blacks are among the thousands of extremist Web sites described in a report released Monday by an international human rights organization.
TechWeb - Mon Apr 19, 4:00 PM ET
A survey to be presented Tuesday at Infosecurity Europe found that 71% of office workers polled were willing to reveal their passwords for the price of a chocolate bar.
MacCentral - Sun Apr 18, 7:41 PM ET
Apple Computer Inc. on Sunday kicked off the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, NV with an invitation-only event to unveil three product updates and two brand new products for the professional video market.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 9:36 PM ET
Pop star Michael Jackson has won a legal fight to shut down a pay-per-view Web site operated by a New Jersey man once awarded a warehouse full of Jackson family memorabilia.
Website logs 20000 human genes
"At the White House today, President Bush was answering questions about Iraq and said that he's worried the violence in Fallujah will spread to other parts of the country he can't pronounce." —Craig Kilborn
"It is, in a sense, the story of his presidency. This is the decision he made, he made it all alone. There was no committee vote," Woodward told CNN's "Larry King Live" on Monday. "He's the one who thought this story should be told."
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"The adult film industry has shut down all production because two of their stars have tested positive for HIV. Governor Schwarzenegger has of course declared a state of emergency and President Bush says we may have to dip into our porn reserve." —Jimmy Kimmel
Reuters - Mon Apr 19,10:32 AM ET
Chinese police have broken up a gang of deaf teenaged robbers who carried out a string of thefts on the orders of a brutal leader.
Reuters - Mon Apr 19,10:30 AM ET
Two Texas judges have made a federal case out of dog poop on the courthouse lawn.
Mon Apr 19, 5:38 PM ET
After living on a boat for 15 years, Neil and Suzanne Ablitt don't find anything unusual about their plans to squeeze into a home that measures only 19 feet wide and 19 feet deep.
Mon Apr 19, 9:43 AM ET
Judges on Monday rejected a woman's claim that candy-giant Haribo did not properly warn her that the quantities of licorice she was consuming could be potentially harmful.
Sun Apr 18,10:31 PM ET
After the tummy tuck, the forehead tightener, the nose job and the jowl trim, something still might be giving away your age: your voice. For patients who think their trembly, raspy or wispy words...
Mon Apr 19,11:19 AM ET
A restaurant in southwestern China has been fined for offering to serve sushi on the bodies of naked women, a newspaper reported Monday, after advertisements for the event sparked a rush of both indignation and curiosity.
Tue Apr 20, 2:48 AM ET
Afghanistan has disbanded its national soccer team after nine players disappeared from a training camp in Italy last week, an official says.
Kevin Spacey and the dog in the night-time
Woman takes legal action after scissors found in abdomen
"In his press conference the other night, President Bush said that freedom is a gift from the almighty and we have been called by God to use our military power to spread freedom throughout the world. Then he called that al Sadr guy in Iraq a religious nutcase. He also said God is in favor of a cut in the capital gains tax." —Jay Leno
Australian Troy Brooks performs a 'superman' move in the Fosters Expression Session during the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Torquay, Australia, April 10, 2004. Brooks, who is one of a handful of surfers who can execute the Superman, is able to climb off his board in mid air and then jump back on his surfboard before landing back on the wave.(FES/HO)