President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday they want an international force dispatched quickly to the Mideast but said any plan to end the fighting must address long-running regional disputes to be effective. The leaders, standing side by side in the White House’s East Room after meeting in the Oval Office, said they want to see a U.N. resolution introduced next week. It is aimed at ending the more than 2-week-old battle between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. Also, Bush announced he was sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice back to the region Saturday to negotiate the terms.
A federal grand jury investigating leaks of classified information has summoned a former National Security Agency officer who says he talked to reporters about the agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program.
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD
John Dean, the White House lawyer who famously helped blow the whistle on the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from office, says the country has returned to an "imperial presidency" that is putting the United States and the world at risk.
By BOB KERR
The Providence Journal
Several movie-theater complexes have been providing patrons with a warning on the way to the latest blockbuster. Call it a reality check, or an escape clause.
The theaters have been posting small signs near ticket windows pointing out that on the way to "Clerks II," "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest" or "You, Me and Dupree" a moviegoer might run into … Oliver Stone!!
By ANN McFEATTERS
For two centuries we Americans have believed we could solve just about any problem. With our belief in our values, our natural resources and our sheer energy and determination to succeed, we have felt unstoppable.
That remarkable can-do spirit is under grave assault.
Bombastic Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former auctioneer known to shoot from the lip, didn’t heap any praise on out-of-state firefighters who came to his state to help put out a 92,000-acre blaze near Billings. Instead Burns walked up to them in front of everyone at an airport and told them they did a "poor job."