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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Half of Americans still believe Iraq had WMDs in 2003


Do you believe in Iraqi "WMD"? Did Saddam Hussein’s government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003?

Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq.

People tend to become "independent of reality" in these circumstances, says opinion analyst Steven Kull.

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Pension overhaul bill loaded with pork


Defense contractors, airlines and a food company are among those singled out for different treatment under a massive pension overhaul bill that Congress could send to the White House as early as this week.

The legislation, passed by the House and the Senate, has the lofty goal of reinforcing the employer-based pension system that is the retirement lifeblood of some 44 million Americans.

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Pension overhaul ain’t all it’s cracked up to be

By John Crawley

Legislation approved by Congress could help undermine the future of traditional pensions if companies balk at tougher rules for maintaining them, financial and other experts say.

Airlines, autos and other big manufacturers are the industries most affected by the first overhaul of pension funding rules in 30 years, approved by the Senate on Thursday and sent to President George W. Bush for his signature.

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Scandal-ridden Republican Congressman won’t seek re-election

Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), dogged by an influence peddling probe in Washington, will not seek re-election, state Sen. Joy Padgett said early Monday.

Ney called Padgett on Saturday and asked the fellow Republican to run in his place, saying that defending himself has been a strain on his family, she said.

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Connecticut Democrats turn their backs to Joe Lieberman

By John Whitesides
Political Correspondent

Jocelyne Hudson-Brown says she no longer trusts Sen. Joseph Lieberman. John Reardon calls it a loss of confidence. Bob Walsh says Lieberman turned his back on his party.

For all three Connecticut Democrats, all one-time Lieberman supporters, the former vice presidential nominee’s staunch advocacy of the Iraq war was the final straw that convinced them to back Lieberman’s anti-war challenger Ned Lamont.

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Lebanon forces delay in vote on UN resolution

By Evelyn Leopold

Opposition from Lebanon caused the United States and France to delay a vote on a U.N. resolution aimed at ending more than three weeks of fighting and setting terms to settle the Israel-Hizbollah conflict.

The 15-member U.N. Security Council was scheduled to hold consultations on Monday and the United States and France could present a revised text at that time.

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Rice admits UN resolution won’t stop fighting

By Steve Holland

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned on Sunday that a U.N. resolution would not stop all the fighting in southern Lebanon, calling it a first step toward a lasting cessation of violence.

Rice, in Crawford to consult with President George W. Bush about the Middle East crisis, told reporters it was important to get a vote on the U.N. resolution in the next day or two.

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Santorum trails in latest poll

The latest independent statewide poll in Pennsylvania shows Democratic challenger Bob Casey with a slight lead over Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in their hotly contested Senate race.

The poll found 45 percent of the voters questioned supported Casey, the state treasurer, while 39 percent supported Santorum, the No. 3 Senate Republican.

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U.S. sanctions sour ties with Russia

By Guy Faulconbridge

U.S. sanctions against two leading Russian arms exporters mark a new low in chilly ties between the White House and the Kremlin and could scupper major potential trade deals with U.S. firms, the Russian press said on Monday.

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