Thursday edition - June 19, 2008
Cindy McCain and Bill Clinton accused of cookie plagiarism
Cindy McCain Presses Obama Patriotism Case
Bush slams Democrats who 'call for retreat' in Iraq
Cookie plagiarism should be punishable by death before a firing squad.
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4101 The Associated Press
Bosnia to send more troops to Iraq guardian.co.uk, UK
Bulgaria sends 154 troops to Iraq Xinhua, China
Taliban driven from 10 villages, Afghan authorities say
Iraq, oil companies near deal Chicago Tribune
"In a recent interview, President Bush acknowledged that he has had some regrets about his presidency. He says you don't get a second chance to do things over in his line of work. Really? What was that second term all about? Wasn't that supposed to be the chance to fix all this?" --Jay Leno
The Torture Continues
under which detainees were imprisoned for years without charges at Guantanamo
and in many cases abused in Afghanistan wasn't the product of American military
policy or the fault of a few rogue soldiers.
It was largely the work of five White House, Pentagon and Justice Department lawyers who, following the orders of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, reinterpreted or tossed out the U.S. and international laws that govern the treatment of prisoners in wartime, according to former U.S. defense and Bush administration officials.
Gas Saving Tip #2: quit your job so you don't have to drive there. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
Texan Messing With DC
Washington is a town filled
They're everywhere, from the bare-breasted ladies who decorate the fountain at Dupont Circle to the peekaboo statue in the Justice Department's Great Hall to the countless nudes in our museums. But while those of us who live here hardly blink at the public nudity, it can shock some of our visitors. Such was the case for Robert Hurt, who last week tried to add the issue of artistic indecency in the nation's capital to the platform of the Texas GOP.
Texas GOP cuts off vendor that sold racist button
McCain's support among GOP women shows cracks San Francisco Chronicle
Bush leads calls to drill off US shore Chicago Tribune
GOP raises $21.5M at gala Dallas Morning News
Reports of problems with
defense contractor KBR Inc. just keep piling up.
The Houston-based company's efforts to repair Navy facilities following Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina were deemed shoddy and substandard, auditors say, prompting one technical adviser to claim that the federal government "certainly paid twice" for many KBR projects because of "design and workmanship deficiencies," according to a report released today by the Defense Department's inspector general.
Contessa Williams Interviews Tommy Chong
"Speaking of Barack Obama, yesterday, Barack Obama said, if he becomes president, he will replace the White House bowling alleys because it's something he would never use. That's what he said, yeah. Yeah, apparently, this is the same reason President Bush got rid of the White House library." --Conan O'Brien
Muslim woman demands an apology from Obama after camera snub Detroit Free Press
of course, going head-to-head you have Barack Obama and John McCain. They're
already putting together debates. Here's how it will be. Barack Obama says after
each question, he wants a one-minute response. And John McCain says after each
question he wants a five-minute nap. That's the way that's going to go down."
Oil prices up $121 since McCain entered Senate, $87 since Obama
Reuters Forum: China needs monetary easing now-economists guardian.co.uk
Federal Communications Commission Won't Communicate
When the Federal
Communications Commission votes on something at a public meeting, the document
they are voting on isn't necessarily for public consumption, the agency said
Commissioners unanimously rejected an appeal by The Associated Press for a copy of a document that was approved by a 4-1 vote at a July 31 public meeting.
Doctors' Group Says It Has Evidence US Military Tortured Detainees Voice of America
The Obama and McCain split on Guantánamo
Southwest Airlines passengers got a scare landing in Phoenix Monday when smoke filled the cabin after a wheel blew out. It was a lesson in safety precautions. One woman nearly suffocated because she didn't have the twenty dollars for the oxygen mask. - Argus Hamilton
US Rep. Alcee Hastings says Bush and Cheney deserve to be impeached Sun-Sentinel.com, FL
Cheney will attend GOP fundraiser in Casper The Casper Star Tribune, WY
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Two models gracefully swing their new Hula-Hoops as they display the latest bodice creations in lingerie at a fashion show in Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 21, 1958. It's hard to believe in age of action-packed video games and other whiz-bang gadgets, the Hula Hoop once was the hippest toy around. The hoopla started 50 years ago Thursday, June 19, 2008 when entrepreneurs Richard Knerr and Arthur 'Spud' Melin sought a trademark for a plastic cylinder that had inspired by a similar toy that had enjoyed modest success in Australia's school yards.