Monday edition - January 28, 2007
Unfinished business for Bush in final State of the Union address
McCain to Skip State of Union Address
Florida's Jeb Bush not involved in presidential primary
"The government is finally doing something. They're trying to give the economy a boost. ... The Democrats and Republicans today agreed on a tax rebate. Here's how it works. All working Americans who make $75,000 or less will get a check for between $600 and $1200 -- more if you have children -- and even more than that if you have fat children" --Jimmy Kimmel
US Military Deaths in Iraq at 3935 The Associated Press
Where In The World Is Condoleezza Rice?
Rice Lobbies for Colombia Trade Deal The Associated Press
Rice, Australian Foreign Minister Meet The Associated Press
He Puts The W In Walker
The president's grandfather, Sen. Prescott Bush of Connecticut, hewed to his forebears' ethic of "self-restraint and public service," while his grandmother's family, the Walkers, were known for "masculine risk-taking, conquest and domination." The current president is a "Walker through and through,"...
Iraq: "Surge to Nowhere" ~ Translation: if it's broke, keep breaking it. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
Giuliani and Mike Huckabee are both asking their staffs to work without pay.
They want them to work without pay to help them get across their message, 'I'm
the best one to fix the economy.'" --Jay Leno
Memorable moments from President Bush's first six State of the Union addresses
_Bush warns that states like Iraq, Iran and North Korea constitute an "axis of evil" that is arming to threaten world peace.
_Building his case for war in Iraq, Bush says, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson publicly disputes Bush's statement in a newspaper column that precipitates the unmasking of his wife, former CIA employee Valerie Plame. The administration later acknowledged Bush's statement was unsubstantiated.
_Of Saddam Hussein, Bush says, "The once all-powerful ruler of Iraq was found in a hole and now sits in a prison cell."
_Bush challenges a hesitant Congress to change Social Security because it is "headed toward bankruptcy."
_In an unscripted moment, antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen solider, is taken into custody by police after causing a disruption in the House visitors gallery just before Bush speaks.
_Democrats stand and cheer when Bush scolds Congress for not acting on his Social Security proposal. Unfazed, Bush wages his finger and continues, saying, "The rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away."
_Recognizing Rep. Nancy Pelosi's new job as speaker of the House, Bush says he has the privilege of being the first president to begin the State of the Union message with the words "Madam Speaker."
"You hear people say things that are untrue and unfair. It really hurts. George W. doesn't watch the press. He'll call us ... (and say) 'I hear the TV, turn it off.'" - Barbara Bush, who spawned W
Republican Shenanigans News
McCain, Long a GOP Maverick, Is Gaining Mainstream Support New York Times
Vast diversity in Florida tests Republicans Boston Globe
Giuliani's big gamble backfires in Florida Independent, UK
The State of Scarborough Pensacola News Journal, FL
Logging Alaska - Your Backyard Is Next!
3 million acres in Alaska's Tongass National Forest would be open to logging
under a federal plan that supporters believe will revive the state's
struggling timber industry.
Obama landslide in South Carolina Radio Netherlands
Kennedy Will Endorse Obama In Blow to Clinton Washington Post
Obama Vows to Return All Rezko Funds Washington Post
Jackson: Not Upset by Clinton Remarks New York Times
Edwards Campaign Breaks Online Fundraising Record
George of the Jungle
A month after returning from the Middle East, President Bush will travel to Africa in February on a five-country tour.
Paulson warns Senate on stimulus delays
Bush is ecstatic over the "synthetic genome" news: "We can grow more troops!" - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
Sudan's ex-Guantanamo prisoners demand payout Reuters South Africa
France urges US treat Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr as minor The Canadian Press
Cheney's Daughter Joins Romney Camp The Associated Press
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