Thursday edition - January 19, 2006
Bin Laden says new US attacks prepared, offers truce
White House will not say who met with Abramoff
group offers students $100 to spy on professors
Another Osama tape. I never thought I'd yearn for the days of Linda Tripp taping Monica.
"The Republican Party is still dealing with the fallout from the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal. The latest victim: Ohio Congressman and Three-Time World Comb-Over Champion Bob Ney. Ney stepped down from his position as House Administration Committee chairman this week while he's under investigation. That chairmanship goes to the next highest ranking Republican on the committee, Representative Giant Pile Of Jack Abramoff's Money." --Jon Stewart
Iraq says Iran to release nine detained coastguards Reuters.uk, UK
IRAQ: Power shortages continue to affect millions Reuters AlertNet, UK
US, Europe reject Iran’s request for nuclear talks Helena Independent Record, MT
Washington did not corrupt lobbyists and the Government. REPUBLICANS DID! -- Grant Gerver
I am sooooo sick and tired of the Constitution getting in the way of everything. Hey, Constitution, you're not the boss of Bush. -- Grant Gerver
Alleged kidnap plot targeted Blair's son Indianapolis Star, United States
Laura Throws Block for GOP While Jetting Home from Africa
Laura Bush raised a ruckus in the genteel first ladies' club yesterday by labeling Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments about GOP leaders as "ridiculous."
Drip, Drip, Drip
One day after a New York investment group raised $110,000 for Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the House passed a defense spending bill that preserved $160 million for a Navy project critical to the firm. •The man who protected the Navy money? Lewis.
Reid says his 'conscience is clear' despite GOP Abramoff attacks Las Vegas Sun, NV
Strayhorn drops 'Republican' from TV ad Houston Chronicle, United States
Republican strategist John McLaughlin to aid Likud Jerusalem Post, Israel
Governor Goes on Road to Mend Fences in GOP Los Angeles Times
Mass. Governor Spent $300k On Trips Post Chronicle
Critic says state money turned into donations to GOP Houston Chronicle
Kstreet: Fleece, Undermine, Corrupt. (Whatever you do, don't rearrange the first letter of each word. Thank you.) -- Grant Gerver
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Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, five of them Republicans, say the Bush administration is ignoring environmental problems.
The E-P-A's first administrator, Bill Ruckelshaus, says the administration isn't committed to preventing greenhouse gases and solving other problems. Ruckelshaus served under Presidents Nixon and Reagan.
Keeping A Low Profile Might Be A Good Idea
Texas Republicans are now being led by Rep. Joe Barton of Ennis, chairman of the critical Energy and Commerce Committee. [Tom] DeLay sits in on their meetings by speakerphone. Barton is just the man for the job in these ethically sensitive times. He’s going to spend next weekend aboard a private train with lobbyists who pay $2,000 for the privilege. After a seven-hour run from Fort Worth to San Antonio, there will be cocktails, an evening tour of the Alamo, dinner and breakfast on Sunday.
“It’s going to go on for quite awhile. A lot of people with lying eyes”. -- Sen. John McCain on the IMUS Show 1-19-06 talking about the Abramoff scandal
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Geri's inland Seas
"Well, tonight's show turns out better than last night's show. Oh my God, halfway through last night's show, Judge Alito's wife ran out in tears.”—David Letterman
If Not Now,
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Will Senate Dems preserve our rights
And filibuster Sam?
How 'bout it Dems? Let's see you fight
And prove you give a damn.
Cause Democrats must do much more
Than talk and primp and bluster.
It's time for Dems to show some guts
And Sammy filibuster.
http://www.madkane.com/sam_alito.mp3 (podcast version)
Will the oil price reach $100-a-barrel in 2006? AME Info, United Arab Emirates
Russian Gas Cut to Europe Again The Moscow Times
Halliburton pulls off Coalfields Expressway Richlands News-Press & Clinch Valley News, VA
Activists look to sue over cartoons in cereal ads Boston Globe
PC prices set to rise as cost of memory increases Techworld.com
DailyKos: The Internet Is Not Enough AlterNet, CA
Milblogging.com Joins Military.com Military.com
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown has placed blame on everyone from New Orleans' mayor to Louisiana's governor for the chaos following Hurricane Katrina. Now, he's including himself.
“This Alito guy, he's not very forthcoming and he is very tight-lipped. And finally, to loosen him up, Ted Kennedy sent over a couple of Bloody Marys.”-- David Letterman
Guantanamo prisoners tied to London bomb probe Reuters AlertNet, UK
Iraq asks US to free six Iraqi women Seattle Post Intelligencer
US deliberately abuses detainees, rights group says Baltimore Sun, United States
Hey Bush, Just Google It
The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.
"Vice President Cheney is on an extended tour of the Middle East. They love him over there. They call him Lawrence of Arythmia." --David Letterman
“And here's your government at work. This week -- this week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for thousands of Christmas lights that they say may pose a risk of electric shock. They're recalling Christmas lights. Good timing. What is it, January now? You think this is maybe where the ex-head of FEMA wound up?”—Jay Leno
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William Shatner sells kidney stone, raises $25,000 for charity San Jose Mercury News
Winnie, a seven-day-old brown bear weighing around 400 grams (14 ounces), drinks milk at Attica Zoological Park in Spata, near Athens, Greece. Winnie and his sister Baloo were abandoned by their mother who refused to feed them, zoo officials said. (Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)