Wednesday edition - July 23, 2008
A Private, Blunter Bush Declares, ‘Wall Street Got Drunk’
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Congress Pursues $80 Oil With Trading Limits, Disclosure
Iraqi PM pitches reconstruction work to German firms
Bush will ride mountain bike with American athletes in Olympic opening ceremony - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4124 The Associated Press
Four Germany-based soldiers charged in detainee deaths in Iraq
The world over, guns for
hire are known as "Blackwater guys" — and that's the reason Blackwater Worldwide
wants to move beyond the business of private security contracting.
But Blackwater's breakneck growth in the past decade has come largely from successfully protecting the nation's top diplomats on the world's most volatile streets. The company has earned more than $1 billion since 2001 in government contracts, much of it providing security and protective services for U.S. diplomats working in Iraq.
hopping mad that the surge that he backed, and Obama resisted, has now set the
stage for the Bush puppet Maliki to agree with Obama’s exit strategy...It
doesn’t work for McCain — and his foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger — to keep
insisting that timetables will lead to defeat.
The Angry One can try to paint The One as having bad judgment. But who is being advised by Kissinger, the man who helped keep us in Vietnam and get us into Iraq? - Maureen Dowd, NYT
Iraq Looks to Iranian Tourism!
The opening of a new airport Sunday in the southern city of Najaf is expected to help boost the number of religious pilgrims, mostly Iranians, visiting Shiite shrines to 1 million this year, double the number that came in 2007.
I like that John McCain. He looks like the guy they’d send out to the mound to settle down a young pitcher. - David Letterman
McCain tells Md. Republicans: 'I know how to win wars' Baltimore Sun
Planned Ron Paul rally blossoms into three-day mini-convention
Bush drops in for fund-raiser
Savage Loses Advertisers New York Times
McCain volunteer speaks out CNN Video
President Bush spoke with the U.S. Olympic team at the White House Monday before they took off for China. The athletes were warned that their BlackBerrys could be copied, their cell phones could be tapped, and their hotel rooms could be searched. This is the last time they stay in a hotel President Bush reserves for them. - Argus Hamilton
Tory MPs abandon Republicans to back Barack Obama Telegraph.co.uk
Texas Ranger Chuck Norris has just joined the McCain campaign. Just what the candidate needed: a Walker. Laugh Lines
Obama Press Told To Cover Up
Reporters traveling overseas
with Sen. Barack Obama were thrown a bit of curve last week when the campaign
emailed a “dress code” for Israel and Jordan. Aides had passed along as a
courtesy the list that they had distributed to their staff to follow.
But some of the tips raised a few eyebrows, particularly among the female reporters.
Alaska Approves Natural Gas Pipeline
The Alaska State House of
has approved a state license for a Canadian company to pursue a natural gas
pipeline project that could unlock 4.5 billion cubic feet of North Slope gas
Speculative trading isn't cause of record rise in crude oil prices ...
Pickens sees answer to energy crisis in the wind Los Angeles Times
Mortgage Rates Near a Year High
Talk about bad luck: I just replaced tomatoes in my diet with jalapenos. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
Norway Upset At Gas Taxes
In Norway, many motorists are up in arms over why they have to pay the highest petrol (gasoline) prices in Europe when the country is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter and a recent tax hike has done little to cool tempers.
Military Trial Begins for Guantánamo Detainee New York Times
A new study says that Viagra may help arouse women who are taking antidepressants, presumably because their husbands are taking Viagra. - Laugh Lines
Want to have lunch with Dick Cheney? Los Angeles Times, CA
'Vanity Fair' gives the McCains a 'New Yorker' cover treatment
For Opera Lovers YouTubeUK
“In San Francisco, a 75-year-old woman came out of retirement to start a new career as a stripper. 75 years old. See, that's when you know we got to do something about Social Security, okay?” - Jay Leno
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'Batman' star arrested and released in London San Francisco Chronicle
Senate office building jumper surrenders United Press International
The new China
Central Television headquarters building is seen in Beijing Thursday July 17,
2008. The building consists of two angled towers connected at the top to form a
continuous loop of horizontal and vertical sections. The spectacular 230 meter
(755 foot) building, one of Beijing's tallest, will house more than 10,000
staff. The building is one of a series of landmarks, notable for their
futuristic design, that will greet visitors to the Olympics Games, which open