Wednesday edition - July 12, 2006
Putin Rejects Criticism On Democratic Development
Halliburton to lose exclusive Army deal
McCain-Bush ticket a possibility
So when does the Bush team start their newly found diplomatic skills?
"The CIA special unit that was searching for Osama bin Laden has been disbanded. So I guess, mission accomplished." --David Letterman
Putin and Bush
Interesting Billboard in Downtown Baghdad - Yahoo! Photos
Fighting Fire With Fire Not Working - Suggest Using Water
Israel calls Hezbollah capture of
soldiers act of war
Hezbollah guerrillas have captured two Israeli soldiers and killed up to seven Israelis, in what Israel described as an act of war by Lebanon that would draw a "very painful" response.
Israel mobilized a reserve infantry division and Hezbollah declared an all-out military alert.
Two Lebanese civilians were killed in an Israeli air strike on a coastal bridge at Qasmiyeh.
Four other bridges in the south were hit and five Lebanese were wounded, security sources said.
Dozens more die; Baghdad in crisis Detroit Free Press
General: 2 sides attacking Iraq civilians AP
Russian foreign minister blasts UN draft resolution on N. Korea TREND Information, Azerbaijan
China Wants US to Compromise on N. Korea Sanctions (Update2) Bloomberg
US envoy says N.Korea response discouraging Reuters.uk
Terrorist bombs kill 190 in India Detroit Free Press
"We finally found some weapons of mass destruction. The bad news? They're in North Korea. Boy, that Saddam is sneaky."--Jay Leno
The President Is Always Right? Yeah, If the President Is A Dictator
As Congress opened hearings yesterday on the treatment of terrorism detainees, the Bush administration's view was neatly summarized by Steven Bradbury, the Justice Department lawyer serving as lead witness. "The president," Bradbury said, "is always right."...And in a veiled warning, Bradbury told Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) that Bush still didn't need Congress."The court did leave open the theoretical possibility that the president could come back on his own," he said.
John McCain - Closeted Isolationist?
This, however, was a summit that many believe should
never have taken place at all because of Putin's authoritarian actions and his
aggressive use of Russia's oil and gas resources as a club to hold over Europe.
Sen. John McCain called for cancellation of the summit and, after a long silence by the Bush administration, Vice President Cheney finally criticized Putin in a May speech for backsliding on democracy.
FBI Doesn't Press Right Wing Press Man
BY ROBERT NOVAK SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
I was interrogated at the Swidler Berlin offices on Oct. 7, 2003, by an FBI inspector and two agents. I had not identified my sources to my attorneys, and I told them I would not reveal them to the FBI. I did disclose how Valerie Wilson's role was reported to me, but the FBI did not press me to disclose my sources.
The FBI sure pressed Susan McDougal during the Clinton days
I hereby christen thee "Bob Rovak."-- Grant Gerver
House Approves Crackdown on Online Gambling New York Times
Ex-Florida Prisons Chief Pleads Guilty Houston Chronicle
Republicans seek steps against North Korea Boston Globe
Homophobes Unite in Jerusalem
Christian leaders condemned it. Jewish radicals put a bounty on participants. Muslim clerics threatened to flood the streets with protesters. Jerusalem's conflicting religions have found rare common ground:opposition to an international gay pride parade next month.
What about pre-911 Veterans?
Veterans honorably discharged after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks started gettinga hiring preference Tuesday for jobs in the federal government.
"We've been on vacation for a week. Since we left, North Korea fired a missile at Hawaii and I believe al Qaeda was thinking about blowing up the Holland Tunnel." --Jon Stewart
Oil holds over $74 as Iran resists West pressure Boston Globe
Russia optimistic about quick WTO deal with US Pravda, Russia
Chinese Company Intends to Build MGs in Oklahoma The Ledger, FL
MPs to hold debate on extradition Reuters.uk
Microsoft releases seven security patches
Galileo Codes Cracked by Cornell University
"Mexico is enjoying a bit of American style democracy. The recent election between conservative Felipe Calderon and leftist Andres Obrador was too close to call, went to a contested recount and is now facing protest and legal action. Gee, I hope Mexico doesn't descend into chaos, with many of its residents fleeing its borders." --Jon Stewart
Shooting the Message and the Messenger
The Bush administration is preparinga crackdown on intelligence leaks to the media and will try to pursue prosecutions in some recent cases, the chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
If it weren't for LIBERALS, we'd all be wearing the same uniform.-- Grant Gerver
Britons could be sent to Guantánamo, court told Guardian Unlimited
If Dick Cheney weren't so dangerous, he'd be comical. In speaking at Selfridge the veep tells us that troops will withdraw from Iraq but "not by artificial time lines set by politicians in Washington, D.C." Well why not? We invaded Iraq based on artificial intelligence set up by politicians in Washington, D.C., so why can't we leave the same way?--Bernie R. Klein/Letter to the Editor/Detroit Free Press
Cheney Coming to Quad Cities Monday WQAD, IL
"I want to wish a belated birthday to our president. George W. Bush celebrated the big 6-0 on Thursday. When you realize President Bush and Jessica Simpson were born in the same week, maybe there is something to this astrology stuff." --Jimmy Kimmel
Spacewalkers Piers Sellers (L) and Mike Fossum work in the payload bay of the Shuttle Discovery as they prepare to test thermal protection system repair techniques and materials in this view from NASA TV July 12, 2006. (Photo/NASA TV)