Thursday edition - September 13, 2007
Tonight, the Petraeus plan becomes the Bush plan
Republicans See a Healthy Economy, Democrats a Bad One in
Words of Saddam Hussein heard
at New York trial of Texas oilman
I guess the surge is in it's last throes, too.
General Petraeus said the troops can start coming home next summer. ... I
believe his exact words were, 'And then it's Hillary's mess.'" --David
Maliki 'perplexed' at US anger over Iraq-Iran ties
Iran leader denies US allegations of interference in Iraq The Canadian Press
"I guess the Secret Service had a little scare yesterday. ... For a couple of hours, they could not find President Bush. Turns out he was just hiding behind General Petraeus." --Jay Leno
Harriet Miers Update
Democratic leaders have decided to postpone a vote on a criminal contempt
resolution against White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten and former White
House counsel Harriet Miers for several weeks, and possibly longer, according to
top lawmakers and aides....But the slowdown, approved by House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her top lieutenants, is also stirring objections among
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) said he is uncomfortable with the delay and worries the House will be seen as toothless unless it moves quickly to hold top officials in contempt for failing to provide documents and testimony in congressional probes.
Indonesia hit by new quake, tsunami alert issued ABC Online, Australia
"The general testified yesterday before the Senate. After listening to him, Senator Larry Craig said, 'I'm feeling a surge of my own.' ... Senator Craig from Idaho is blaming the media for his guilty plea, especially that cute guy from the Associated Press." --David Letterman
D.C. Madam Wants to Subpoena Senator Leahy
The alleged D.C. Madam
said she wants to subpoena ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross and Sen.
Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) in hopes of showing she's the victim of a political
prosecution...Leahy, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be able
to attest to Bush administration Justice Department officials' political
interference in cases.
A spokesman for Leahy's office dismissed Palfrey's proposal as among the more wacky requests the senator's office has received.
McCain Re-Surges in Iowa
Giuliani's support is soft in key states
Romney Challenges Rivals' Experience The Associated Press
Focus on the Family will lay off 30, move 15 more to new jobs Colorado Springs Gazette, CO
Remember Senator Frist?
President Bush on Wednesday nominated former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to the board of an international aid program that seeks to encourage democracy and openness in poor countries.
Obama Offers Most Extensive Plan Yet for Winding Down War
All In The Bush Family
An independent watchdog
agency has asked the Department of Education to investigate why President Bush's
younger brother, Neil, has received money earmarked for the president's
signature education initiative to sell a curriculum program that has not been
subjected to the rigorous evaluation it deserves.
Neil Bush, 52, who has no background in education, founded Ignite! Learning in 1999 with donations from his parents and a slate of international business interests. The company produces "Curriculum on Wheels" devices -- computer/projectors that are pre-loaded with software aimed at preparing students for standardized tests that are the central tenet of the president's No Child Left Behind law.
his latest video, Osama bin Laden urges all Americans to reject democracy and
convert to Islam. Well, I can see that happening. Is this guy living in a cave?
... No, bin Laden said he wants Americans to convert to Islam ... because there
are no taxes in his world. Which is true. There's also no music, no ice, no
books ... and from the looks of bin Laden, no toothpaste or deodorant either." --Jay
Hurricane Strikes On Heels Of Record $80 Oil CNNMoney.com
Senator: US safety agency too lax on toys
Suspected al-Qaida leader from Afghanistan taken to Guantanamo
Guantanamo Detainee Sues British Gov't
"Several Jewish groups are upset because President Bush issued Rosh Hashanah greetings over a week early. So they're saying that Bush doesn't know when Rosh Hashanah is. Bush says he'll make up the mistake by sending them all something nice for Christmas" --Conan O'Brien
Bush asks for calm in wake of Britney fiasco - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
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Berkeley's tree-sitters can stay, judge rules San Francisco Chronicle
Military files order against former astronaut Nowak
In a photo provided by Don Dobbin, surfer Joe Riopelle, left, pulls in Matt Smolenski and a rescued dog Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2007, off the Grand Haven, Mich., pier. Smolenski rode a wave on his stomach to reach and rescue a struggling dog that had been swept off a Lake Michigan pier by a big wave. Smolenski said he grabbed the pooch's collar just as the exhausted, black-and-brown mixed breed stopped dog-paddling on Tuesday afternoon. "He put the dog up on his surfboard, and the dog rode the surfboard in to shore," Royce Rodgers, an off-duty Muskegon Heights police officer who witnessed the rescue, told The Muskegon Chronicle for a story published Wednesday. Photo/Don Dobbin