Tuesday edition - April 8, 2008




McCain rips Clinton and Obama for backing 'reckless' Iraq withdrawal
New York Daily News, NY - 4-8-08
Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain cast Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as defeatists for backing "a hasty, reckless and...


Dems take aim at Iraq reconstruction
USA Today - 4-8-08
As Congress hears testimony today and Wednesday from the top US military and diplomatic officials in Iraq, Democrats are questioning whether the United States should continue spending billions of dollars to

US defends decision to renew Blackwater deal in Iraq
AFP - 4-8-08
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The State Department on Monday cited the need to protect staff in Iraq as justification for renewing a contract with private security firm Blackwater USA without prior Iraqi government approval


That picture of McCain hugging Bush creeps me out.



News from the medical front: John McCain has been diagnosed with a severe case of "Bushitis." There is no known cure or treatment.  - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com


The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News

Petraeus Needs More Time


The four-star general in charge of Iraq wants more time in a war that is now in its sixth year. Democrats say he's got until the November elections.



Gen. Petraeus Rocks The Wii Golf - Deadspin.com



"The ambassador to Iraq said today there has been an economic revival in Baghdad. Well, it's nice to see Bush's economic plan working out somewhere." --Jay Leno






Disturbing News

Iraq War Costs


$1.3 trillion for total economic costs of Iraq war from 2002 to 2008, including interest costs of borrowing funds, lost investment, long-term veterans' health care and oil market disruptions, according to a November 2007 report from Congress' Joint Economic Committee.




"Barack Obama is narrowing the gap in Pennsylvania, and his campaign is pulling out all the stops. ... His campaign office is now giving away tickets to Dave Matthews concerts. Apparently, this is Obama's attempt to win over really white voters." --Conan O'Brien

Republican Shenanigans

The GOP Will Use This If Obama Is The Nominee


The trial of Antoin “Tony” Rezko, one-time patron to Sen. Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has turned lurid...Gov. Blagojevich, who's been mentioned often in court, and Sen. Obama, who's received only passing mentions. They're entwined in the Rezko saga, particularly through the bounteous campaign money he raised for them both.

Get used to that name. Rezko's currently in a long-running Chicago trial on federal extortion and bribery charges. Few campaign donors were more responsible than Rezko for the rise of Blagojevich (Blah-goy-ah-vitch) and Obama. Both politicians came to rely on him for political and personal advice -- and lots of campaign money.




Hillary Wants Bush To Boycott Olympic Ceremony


Days before the Olympic torch arrives in San Francisco -- and after protests in Paris and London and at the Golden Gate Bridge -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Monday called on President Bush to boycott the opening ceremony in Beijing to pressure China on Tibet and Darfur.



"The Olympic Torch arrived in Beijing Monday, where it immediately suffered an asthma attack and died." --Amy Poehler

Rock-The-Voter News


"The Clintons just released their tax returns to the public. ... It turns out that over the past eight years, they've donated over $10 million to charity. When they asked Bill Clinton why he gave so much money to charity, he said, 'She's a really good dancer.'" --Conan O'Brien




Biz-Tech News


"In the wake of the expanding mortgage crisis, the Bush administration on Monday proposed the most far-reaching overhaul of the financial regulatory system since the Great Depression. On the downside, all banking transactions now begin with 'Pick a card.'" --Seth Meyers




Meanwhile, Back At The IRS


One more tax-season dread: A week before the filing deadline, Treasury watchdogs said Monday that poor controls over IRS computers could allow a disgruntled employee, agency contractor or outside hacker to steal taxpayers' confidential information.


Bush-Prison-Torture News


War Crimes


As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee wouldn’t talk, the Bush administration’s highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the army’s own Field Manual. The attorneys would even fly to Guantánamo to ratchet up the pressure—then blame abuses on the military. Philippe Sands follows the torture trail, and holds out the possibility of war crimes charges.






"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."- Dick Cheney, Vice President
Speech to VFW National Convention

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