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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Four more Americans die as Iraq bloodfest continues

Four American soldiers died Sunday in suicide bomber explosions that also killed more than a dozen Iraqi police officers.

In addition to the 2,969 Americans that have died, more than 12,000 Iraqi police officers have been killed as the death toll continues at a bloody and unrelenting pace.

Reports The Associated Press:

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FBI sloppiness cited in Oklahoma City investigation

In a stinging rebuke, a Congressional inquiry says the FBI failed to follow up on information that others helped Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols with the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

A report by the House International Relations investigative subcommittee found no evidence of involvement by foreign terrorists but said too many other unanswered questions remain about the bombing that remains the largest attack by domestic terrorists in the United States.

The report is expected to be released next week.

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Oh what a tangled political web the Internet weaves

Al Gore claimed he invented it. John McCain predicted it would revolutionize political campaigning. Howard Dean made it pay — and then some. Ah, the Internet.

As candidates prepare for the 2008 presidential campaign, the Internet is the new Main Street. An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States travel the digital highway, still a cheap and largely unregulated medium.

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Merry Christmas! Bush hands out holiday pardons

President Bush gave a pre-Christmas gift to 17 minor criminals, but even after adding these pardons and one sentence commutation to his record he remains one of the stingiest presidents for such federal forgiveness.

Six of the federal offenses involved in the 16 pardons and one commutation issued Thursday were drug crimes, while others included bank fraud, mail fraud, the acceptance of a kickback, a false statement on a loan application and conspiracy to defraud the government over taxes.

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Republicans play the blame game for failures

Narrowly defeated in his bid for a fourth term, Montana Sen. Conrad Burns turned his anger on the National Republican Senatorial Committee and commercials it had run months before the election.

"The ads hurt me more than they helped. I wouldn’t have spent the money," he said, his comments characteristic of the season of second-guessing now unfolding among Republicans.

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Gates delivers his Irag ’show and tell’ to Bush

President Bush, drafting an overhaul of his faltering and unpopular war plan, heard Saturday from a Pentagon chief who had just returned from Iraq with a positive impression of Iraqi leaders’ plans to address sectarian violence.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates finished his first week on the job by delivering a report to Bush on the three days he spent talking with Iraqi leaders, U.S. commanders and American soldiers. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace, who traveled with Gates to Iraq, helped make the presentation.

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They tell actors to ‘break a leg’ and Arnie did

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg while skiing with his family Saturday morning in Sun Valley, Idaho, a spokesman said.

Schwarzenegger, 59, was taken to a hospital for X-rays and was discharged with a fracture to his right femur, said Adam Mendelsohn, the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

He will have surgery to repair the bone when he returns to Los Angeles, Mendelsohn said. The governor remained at his Sun Valley home Saturday night and still planned to spend Christmas there.

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