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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Nation says goodbye to President Gerald R. Ford

The nation honored Gerald R. Ford on Tuesday in a high-powered fanfare for the common man who was summoned to the presidency in the Watergate crisis. He was remembered for what he didn’t have — pretensions, a scheming agenda, a great golf game — as much as for the small-town authenticity he brought to high office.

“In President Ford, the world saw the best of America and America found a man whose character and leadership would bring calm and healing to one of the most divisive moments in our nation’s history,” President Bush said in his eulogy.

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Time for the Democrats to put up or shut up

On Thursday, the new Democratic leadership of Congress must start proving it can live up to the promise that led to their return to power on Capitol Hill.

Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say they are "prepared to govern and ready to lead."

We’ll see.

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Romney starts paper trail for Presidential run

Gov. Mitt Romney this week will submit the necessary paperwork to form a presidential exploratory committee, but not until funeral services for former President Gerald R. Ford have concluded, according to a top aide familiar with his plans.

Romney will file by Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, the aide said, a registration that will allow the Massachusetts governor to raise and spend money in pursuit of the 2008 GOP nomination.

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Time for the Democrats to prove they can deal with Iraq

Congress returns to work on Thursday, where Democrats will inherit a congressional agenda dominated by the war in Iraq, increasing their exposure to what has only been a politically damaging issue for Republicans.

In the weeks ahead, the new Democratic Congress will be confronted with President Bush’s new plan for Iraq and a White House request that lawmakers authorize an estimated additional $100 billion to pay for the war.

Democrats also may be asked to support a plan lifting restrictions on reserve deployments to ease the strain on active-duty troops.

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Slip-sliding away

A new report by scientists studying Louisiana’s sinking coast says the land here is not just sinking, it’s sliding ever so slowly into the Gulf of Mexico.

The new findings may add a kink to plans being drawn up to build bigger and better levees to protect this historic city and Cajun bayou culture.

If the land is shifting — even slightly — engineers may need to take that into consideration as they build new levees and draw lines across the coast to identify areas that should and shouldn’t be protected.

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Washington says goodbye to former President

Ordinary Americans joined President Bush and other dignitaries to pay final respects to Gerald R. Ford as his flag-draped casket rested under the Capitol dome, before a last round of funeral services and burial near his old family home in Michigan.

The remains were to be removed from the Rotunda on Tuesday, to lie in repose briefly outside the Senate before leaving the Capitol where Ford served as a congressman for 25 years.

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