TGIF/Weekend Edition - June 23-25, 2006
US accuses Iran over Iraqi Shias
Cheney urges Congress to OK US-India nuclear deal
Bush compares Iraq to fight against communism
Dick Cheney - the only vice president with five deferments.
"President Bush is in Austria. He's trying to convince European leaders to eliminate agricultural subsidies in order to promote global free trade. Yeah, he has no idea what that means either" --David Letterman
'Fourteen' killed in Iraq blasts BBC News, UK
U.S. says Iraq checkpoint deaths are down AP
7 said killed in Saudi Arabia shootout AP
State of emergency declared in Baghdad AP
DNA tests confirm slain soldiers' identities KTVZ
Accused Troops' Supporters Busy Fundraising Forbes
Democrats Criticize Claim on Iraqi Arms Washington Post
Senate Rejects Calls to Begin Iraq Pullback New York Times
Australia waits on Iraq wheat sales because of risk Washington Post
Australia apologizes for bodyguard's death AP
Coalition forces to leave southern Iraq AP
Senate panel cuts military, foreign aid funds Reuters
Saddam ends hunger strike after missing one meal Reuters
More Stolen Databases
Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial recordsfrom a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials.
"Of course not. I remind them: I AM the law!"--Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, denying to Washington Post reporter Frank Ahrens that his two children ever download music illegally, after his address yesterday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on intellectual property theft.
"President Bush raised $27 million for the Republican Party. A record at a fundraiser. Interesting pricing at the event, like for $2,500 you got dinner. ... $25,000 got your picture taken with the president. And for $250,000 you got your license plate made by a former Republican official now in jail."--Jay Leno
Didn't Jesus Throw the Moneychangers Out Of the Temple?
A bipartisan Senate report released Thursday documented more than $5.3 million in payments to Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition and a leading Republican Party strategist, from an influence-peddling operation run by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff on behalf of Indian tribe casinos.
Doolittle's wife banked more than $66,000 from Abramoff's firm
Former White House Aide Convicted in Abramoff Inquiry
7 arrested in alleged plot to attack buildings
Dubya Did Texas - Jeb Does Florida
A bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jeb Bush
guarantees the Orlando Magic $2 million a year in state money for a new or
The measure certified the team as the
"President Bush said he liked Austria, but he said he got a little annoyed with everyone doing the Arnold impressions all the time."--Jay Leno
Bush seals the deal: 'In God We Trust' is official state motto Tallahassee.com, FL
"It's official. Yesterday was Dan Rather's last day at CBS. What a great couple of weeks for President Bush, huh? He got rid of al-Zarqawi and now Dan Rather. His two biggest enemies." --Jay Leno
Florida Is #46! Heckuva Job, Jeb!
What's next for Jeb? It won't be NFL
commissioner, and he insists that it won't be running for president in 2008. I
have some suggestions.
This month, 14 Palm Beach County schools learned that they had earned a D under the grading system Gov. Bush instituted shortly after he took office in 1999. Five of those schools have received a D for at least two years in a row. Two high schools, Boynton Beach and Glades Central, never have earned above a D. Wouldn't it be great if Jeb Bush agreed to become principal at Glades Central?...A study released Tuesday in Education Week magazine found that districts nationwide have fudged figures to conceal bad graduation rates and that Florida, at 46th, has one of the nation's worst rates. Just 57.5 percent graduate.
Dub's Shriveling Coalition
Oil Prices Remain Above $70 a Barrel CBS News
Judge restricts access to Halliburton lawsuit filings Bryan College Station Eagle
Wall Street gets the jitters International Herald Tribune
Loose Change What really happened on 9-11?
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Why didn't the coffee shop secure their wireless network connection and avoided this whole mess?
A 20-year-old man in Vancouver, Wash., was charged with theft of services for allegedly sitting in a coffee shop parking lot and using its wireless Internet service for months, according to a report.
"It is so hot today that President Bush met with European leaders just for the chilly reception." ----David Letterman
Europe should take some Guantanamo detainees, says UN envoy Jamaica Observer, Jamaica
A Navy ship on Thursday intercepted a medium-range missile warhead above the earth's atmosphere off Hawaii in thelatest test of the U.S. missile defense program, the military said.
"What occurred to me that morning is something that I imagine a lot of you have thought about and he's probably figured it out by now. There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he's at and if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas." --Rep. Steve King (R-IA), at the Iowa State Republican Convention
Cheney Says He Might Testify in Leak Case FederalNewsRadio.com
Cheney in Chicago today Chicago Tribune
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Ancient Shell Beads Could Be First Sign of Modern Culture Scientific American
Man arrested after trying to photograph Angelina Jolie's son San Jose Mercury News
A 26-year-old chimpanzee enjoys a cigarette at the zoo in Xian, China in August 2005. Xiku the chain-smoking chimpanzee has almost kicked his deadly habit thanks to the efforts of zoo keepers in China, but it has taken a beer or two to help get him through detox.(Photo/Xian Zoo)